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Feb 23
FileMaker Developer Conference 2011 features over 60 sessions

FileMaker, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2011, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. It will be held Aug. 2-5, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego.

Attendees will save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price, paying $1,295 (or US$1,949 for the Gold Conference registration package, which includes pre-conference and FileMaker Training Series sessions, as well as the FileMaker Developer Conference), by taking advantage of the limited-time “early bird” discount, available until June 17. Attendees will receive complimentary copies of FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced and FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad.

Conference goers will learn how to build more professional databases, extend solutions to the web and deploy custom solutions for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to increasing their...

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Feb 23
New desktop audio player delivers hi-res playback

Audiofile Engineering has launched Fidelia (, an US$19.99 "premium desktop music player" created exclusively for Mac OS X and designed to offer "rich high-fidelity playback for music lovers of any taste or technical background."

It has support for numerous high-resolution file formats and an interface that honors the classic stereo amplifiers of decades past. Also, Fidelia integrates with users' existing iTunes libraries, says Matthew Foust, founding partner of Audiofile Engineering.

"Just as high-definition video technology has changed the way people experience movies and television, high-resolution audio formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless give consumers access to superior levels of sound quality," he adds. "Fidelia is designed as an elegant, approachable way for casual and studious listeners alike to embrace these...

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Feb 23
iBike Dash released for iPhone, iPod touch

Velocomp (, a sports technology company and creator of the iBike line of power meters, has announced the iBike Dash CC (Cycling Computer), a light-weight wireless bicycle computer system that turns any iPhone or iPod touch into your own personal fitness trainer. 

Priced starting at US$199, the iBike Dash CC includes a free app for the iOS devices. The app features customizable tools, from simple speedometers to work-out programs. The app is displayed on the iPhone or iPod touch screen with high-resolution color graphics and animation.
Intelligent biking is all about sustaining your energy, so that you have more than enough left for the last few miles. The iBike Dash CC tells you how hard is too hard. Riding within your boundaries is critical for safe training, and with the iBike Dash CC’s “HR Pacing Meter,” you can see at a glance whether your heart rate in the...

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Feb 23
V-MODA unveils customized headphones

V-MODA has unveiled Crossfade Customs, a personalization option for its over-ear headphone, the Crossfade LP. In honor of its five year anniversary of launching fashion metal headphones in color, the company will offer this service, previously only available to celebrities, to everybody.

To kick off the program, V-MODA customers can choose from six plate color options, four unique engraved designs with custom text on a choice of four base frames. Initial designs include a numbered jersey, crown, skull snake, and vinyl immortal angel logo. Colors available for the metal Crossfade LP plates are gold, black, gunmetal, pink, purple and red. The custom headphones will arrive ready-to-wear according to the buyer’s specifications.

The Crossfade LP features a patented 50mm dual-diaphragm driver, BLISS noise isolation, memory foam ear-cushions, metal memory headband and signature "V-ANGLE" design. Each pair includes an exoskeleton hard case, soft cleaning cloth, 24K gold plugs...

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Feb 23
Southwest Airlines teaming up with iTunes (sorta)

Southwest Airlines has launched InAirtainment as a website that sells music, TV shows and movies through Apple's iTunes Store, reports "Variety" (

Southwest said it receives a small percentage of the sales generated by each download. Apple's iTunes Affiliates program typically pays a 5% commission for revenue generated by links to the iTunes store from websites and emails. Southwest's site launched by offering a playlist of 20 free songs from artists "about to fly" in their music careers, says "Variety."

"We want our customers to be able to find all their travel needs at and a big part of traveling is loading up on songs, movies, and all the television you've missed during the week," Southwest spokesperson Whitney Eichinger told "Variety." "Our new InAirtainment page allows customers an easy in to...

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Feb 23
Freshcode releases Bodega 1.4 with enhanced app updating

Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.4, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.

Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced app updater feature, along with across-the-board feature and performance enhancements.

The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.

Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.4 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete...

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Feb 23
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 2.67

Easynth has released version 2.67 of its ForeUI prototyping tool ( The upgrade allows you to add a comment on any entity in the action editor.

ForeUI is a tool to create static or interactive prototypes for websites/software in your mind. Your prototype will be skinnable, and you can change its style from "hand drawing" to "wire frame," 
and to native OS styles. The behavior of prototypes can be defined with flow charts to handle specific events.

The prototype can be exported to wireframe images, PDF documents or DHTML simulation. The created prototypes will be useful for idea sharing, design review, feedback collection or usability testing etc.

ForeUI requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. The cost is US$99 per user for a lifetime usage license.

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Feb 23
File Multi-Tool 5 hits the Mac App Store has announced that File Multi Tool 5, a Mac App Store exclusive version of its A Better Finder Attributes product, is now available.

File Multi Tool 5 is a file tweaking tool for Mac OS X. It combines the features of "Photo Date Changer" and "File Date Changer 5" and adds a few tricks of its own.

Just like Photo Date Changer, File Multi Tool 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time. It also allows you to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF, as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.

Just like File Date Changer 5, File Multi Tool 5 gives you total control over file creation and modification dates, setting them to specific times and dates, adding or removing time or simply removing them altogether. File Multi Tool 5 is available...

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Feb 23
TextExpander update adds new HTML/CSS snippet group

SmileOnMyMac ( has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.4. The update adds a new HTML/CSS predefined snippet group that takes advantage of the fill-in snippet format, which handles input of multiple variables.

When one of the new HTML/CSS fill-in snippets is triggered, the user can manually enter the attributes of HTML tags and CSS definitions, such as width, height, and URL. Fill-in snippets were first introduced in TextExpander 3.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15.
Version 3.2.4 is a free update for registered users of...

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Feb 23
Sick Chinese workers ask Apple for help

Chinese workers injured while making touchscreens for mobile devices, including iPhones, have written to Apple asking it to do more to help them, reports the BBC (

Some 137 workers suffered adverse health effects following exposure to a chemical, known as n-hexane. They claim that the Taiwanese factory owner has not given them enough compensation. Apple has commented on the matter.

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Feb 22
Intel to debut Light Peak on Thursday?

Intel plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, says "CNET" (, quoting an unnamed "industry source familiar with the details of the event."

Intel released a statement to the media today saying that on Thursday in San Francisco it will "host briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market." "Maybe not coincidentally, Apple is expected to roll out new MacBook Pros -- and possibly other products -- on Thursday, notes "CNET."

Intel has said in the past that the first products using Light Peak should appear in the first half of 2011. When Intel initially demonstrated Light Peak at its developer conference in 2009 it used a machine running Apple's Mac OS X.

Light Peak paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of...

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Feb 22
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 22

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Nagaraja Rivers has announced Speak Shan 1.0, an iPhone app for learning the Shan Language. It's a $1.99 talking phrasebook and vocabulary builder containing over 400 words and phrases with audio playback recorded by a native Shan speaker. Shan is spoken by over three million people in Shan State of Burma, northern Thailand, and southern China. It's very closely related to the Thai and Lao languages.

Fotopedia has released Memory of Colors, presenting the amazing colors of humankind’s last treasures. The new app for the iPad and iPhone takes viewers "on a photographic journey through disappearing cultures around the world and shares a message of peace, tolerance, and respect." Fotopedia Memory of Colors is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch....

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Feb 22
MacTech Labs releases study of top games under virtualization

MacTech Labs, part of "MacTech Magazine" (, has released its latest testing results of its study of gaming under virtualization.

MacTech's goal was to see how well Windows games played under Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, and give customers advance information on what the experience they can expect. MacTech has released the results including video captures of each game, playability scores, and frames per second.

Testing specifically focused on how well the game performed and playability, rather than an evaluation of each game itself. Games were selected based on whether they were Windows-only, their popularity, and rankings from top gaming sites, and are a good representation of the questions MacTech receives about Windows gaming on the Mac. The tests were performed on MacBook Pros running Windows 7.

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for more...

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Feb 22
Apple makes list of world's most innovative companies

"Technology Review" has announced the 2011 TR50, the second annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies. Not surprisingly, Apple is on the list.

In selecting the TR50, the editors of "Technology Review" look for companies that are setting the agenda in an increasingly important market, on the verge of disrupting an established market, or creating an entirely new market. Spanning energy, computing, the Web, biomedicine, and materials, the companies on the list are using their inventions to reshape their industries and to transform how we live.

“The TR50 companies are leaders,” says Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "Technology Review." “They are setting the agenda in their markets and prompting other companies to follow them.”

"Technology Review" says the rest of the consumer electronics industry is scrambling to catch up to the iPad and that the iPhone still sets the standard for smart phones, even if its market share slips. The...

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Feb 22
'All Things D': iPad 2 to debut March 2

According to a plethora of online reports, the iPad 2 is due in March, or else it's delayed until June. Now, in an exclusive "All Things D" (, quoting "several sources close to the situation," Apple will announce the second gen tablet on March 2.

Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display, as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support, the article adds. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world.

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Feb 22
Apple planning special media event this week?

Apple has asked its retail employees to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of an all-hands meeting likely to be held later this week, and potentially foreshadowing a forthcoming media event, "AppleInsider" ( reports, quoting "people familiar with the company's retail plans."

Employees on Monday were asked to sign non-disclosure forms. Those who did not sign are said to be excluded from the next employee meeting, expected to be held in the next week, says "AppleInsider."

So what would the media event entail? Most likely new MacBook Pros.

Another possibility is the iPad 2, though I don't think that's going to be announced until March with an April or May ship date. Also, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says sources tell them the iPad 2 may not ship until June.

Pundit Robert X. Cringely thinks it could see the unveiling of Macs with Light Peak technology...

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Feb 22
Analyst: Macs to see 22% sales increase for March quarter

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, eyeing info from research firm NPD, thinks January sales of Apple’s Macs will be roughly in line with his 22% increase for the entire March quarter. He tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's ( -- that he thinks NPD will report a 5% to 10% decline in January iPod sales, in line with his 6% decline for the quarter.

Munster says that Apple retail store staff are directing customers more and more to the MacBook Air, and that the device holds the "pride of place" (the “front left table") on the retail store floor. The analyst thinks the the Air has been a strong seller and likely the driver of January results, though he’s not sure if the sales level is sufficient for Air to actually show up in the data as a percentage of total Mac sales.

Additionally, Munster cautions that reports of Apple introducing refreshed MacBook laptops, perhaps in...

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Feb 22
iTunes may get higher quality song files

Apple and other digital music retailers are in discussions with record labels to improve the quality of the song files they sell, reports "CNN" (, quoting "executives involved in the talks." This means that online music stores could offer songs that sound truer to their original recordings, though perhaps at a premium price.

Professional music producers generally capture studio recordings in a 24-bit, high-fidelity audio format. Before the originals, or "masters," are pressed onto CDs or distributed to digital sellers like iTunes, they're downgraded to 16-bit files. From there, the audio can be compressed further in order to minimize the time the music will take to download or to allow it to be streamed on-the-fly over the Internet.

Most Macs can play 24-bit sound, and the iTunes program is capable of handling such files. But most portable electronics, and many computers, don't...

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Feb 22
Analyst: iPad crimping notebook sales growth

Global notebook shipment growth probably won't top 15% year-on-year and is, in fact, expected to reach only 12% since buyers from the enterprise market are increasingly fond of tablets such as the iPad and are considering replacing their existing notebooks with such a device instead of a new notebook, according to Joanne Chie, senior analyst at Digitimes Research (

As more tablet computers begin showing up in the second half of 2011, their sales impact on the notebook industry will only expand further. This will most likely cause global netbook shipments in 2011 to reach only 24.23 million units, while forcing the notebook industry to enter the initial phase of maturity, Chien adds.

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Feb 22
iPad 2, iPhone 5 both delayed?

The iPad 2 may be pushed back to June and the iPhone 5 to September, according to sources such as "Fortune" (, "Bloomberg" (, "Reuters" ( and "Business Insider" (

The new version of the iPad that was widely expected to be unveiled in April may be delayed until June, per analysts from Taipei-based Yuanta Securities. Why? "Production bottlenecks" at Hon Hai's Foxconn factories.

FBR Capital's Craig Berger to the effect that the launch of the next iPhone may be pushed back from June or July to September. According to Berger, various casing and touchscreen suppliers are still ramping up, some chip vendors have not yet received...

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Feb 22
Jobs purportedly weighs in on digital subscription controversy

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly weighed in on the iOS in-app subscriptions controversy with one of his terse e-mails. Responding to an iOS developer's inquiry, Jobs purportedly said apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, Salesforce and other similar software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps would not be required to use Apple's new in-app subscription service, according to "MacRumors" (

"We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps," Jobs reportedly said in the e-mail.

Jobs' note comes soon after Readability -- an online service that allows you to save the text of articles for later reading offline -- complained in a blog post that Apple rejected its iOS app for failing to use the new in-app subscription service. Readability charges a recurring membership fee for its service and then distributes 70 percent of its profits to writers.

"PC World" (...

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Feb 22
Apple plans new Los Angeles retail store

Apple will push its Los Angeles region retail presence further north later this year, into the Santa Clarita valley’s Valencia Town Center shopping mall, reports "ifo AppleStore" ( The store will probably open in mid-September, the article adds.

The mall is along Interstate 5 about 35 miles north of LA, and about 20 miles from the nearest existing store in Northridge. As part of the Westfield group of malls, it underwent a $140 million renovation last year, resulting in 40 new open-air spaces, notes "ifo AppleStore."

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Feb 22
Twelve South ships BookArc for MacBook Air

Twelve South is shipping the US$39.99 BookArc for MacBook Air. Designed exclusively for MacBook Air (late 2010 models), the latest BookArc firmly grips the thin MacBook Air and includes built-in cable management to keep desktop and power cables in place.

Like previous versions of the BookArc, the MacBook Air model is fashioned from heavy gauge steel. One addition is built-in cable management. Since MacBook Air has inputs on both sides, the BookArc cable housing routes power, external display, USB and other cables behind the MacBook for a clean workspace.

For those who use MacBook Air with an external display, a key benefit for BookArc is the performance boost it gives your Mac, according to the folks at TwelveSouth. If you connect MacBook Air to an external monitor and leave the MacBook open, video memory is split between the two displays. When working with MacBook Air in the closed position, resting in BookArc, 100% of the video memory is dedicated to powering the...

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Feb 22
OWC announces 12TB RAID storage drive

Other World Computing ( has announced the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 hardware RAID storage drive with 12TB of storage/backup in a desktop-sized brushed aluminum enclosure. 

Featuring four 3TB hard drives in four hot swappable drive bays, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 12TB RAID storage drive offers the flexibility of a “quad interface” of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA; four selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, plug and play storage and redundancy for Macs and PCs.
Designed for 24/7 enterprise-class capacity-optimized applications, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 offers two million MTBF, nearly double the MTBF of consumer class drives. It's pre-configured in Hardware RAID 5 mode to provide data redundancy for uninterrupted access and protection against data loss.

The drive can also be...

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Feb 22
Monotype Imaging introduces Camphor typeface family

Monotype Imaging Holdings has added the 12-font Camphor typeface family to the company's Monotype collection. The new additions are now available from Monotype Imaging's, and stores. In addition, Camphor Web fonts are available from Web Fonts for website design.

"Camphor is a sturdy, hard-working yet elegant design," says Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. "It's space economical and suitable for a wide range of applications, from branding and advertising to signage and content. Camphor is a perfect addition to our Monotype collection, home to ageless classics such as the Gill Sans® face, a design Nick Job researched when he created Camphor."

The complete Camphor family features 12 typefaces. Each of the six weights, which range from thin to heavy, have a companion italic. The family is available as a suite of OpenType Pro fonts, which allow for the automatic insertion of small caps, ligatures...

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