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Apr 15
MainMenu 3 adds custom tasks, archiving feature

Incredible Bee has released MainMenu 3, an update to its maintenance utility for Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

MainMenu lets you free up disk space, clean your home folder and optimize your Mac. Accessible via a configurable global hot key, the overlay menu offers access to maintenance tasks. With custom tasks you can group maintenance tasks to run them in one go. For users whose Desktops clutter up quickly, the new MainMenu offers a task to archive the entire Desktop in a single click.

MainMenu costs US$15. There's also a $19 MainMenu Pro. Both are available as free downloads from the MainMenu website (http://mainmenuapp.com) and run in a 14-day trial mode with all features active.

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Apr 15
iWeb Themes Park rolls out new themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has announced new iWeb themes for Apple's web design application. They include Diagonal, Frame, Green House, Quad Sport and Synergy.

All the themes from iWeb Themes Park consist of separate elements, each of which can be modified, replaced or removed. Diagonal is a bright theme with ornaments, while the Frame theme has photo frames with shadows and other elements. Quad Sport is a theme for quad or motor sport lovers. The Green House theme is recommended for presenting your house or green technologies. The Synergy theme is for a small or home business website.

The themes require iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 115 themes and is priced at US$29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Apr 15
Free iPhone app source code available at CodeStore

UK based independent developer Chris Mayer has announced two new Xcode projects available for free from the CodeStore website (http://www.codestore.co.uk/index.html).

CodeStore offers Xcode template projects to anyone looking to create an app for the iPhone or iPad. The projects have a range of uses, and can be freely modified. No knowledge of the Objective-C programming language is required to create an app using the templates, as the code is already complete. All that's required is the replacement of the example content (JPEG images, MP3 audio, HTML text, etc.).

The two new projects which are available for download are simplified versions of the Advanced Book App, and Story Book App, which have been used by a number of authors to publish their books on the App Store. The paid projects currently offered include:

° Comic Book Project for creation of an iPad...

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Apr 15
CleanMyMac revved to version 1.9.5

MacPaw has updated CleanMyMac (http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac/fullfeatures), its Mac disk maintenance utility, to version 1.9.5, which addresses various bugs and other issues.

The upgrade provides an updated application uninstaller feature that provides faster operation. In addition, CleanMyMac 1.9.5 boasts an enhanced knowledge base that the app relies upon to identify and manage a myriad of applications and filetypes.

CleanMyMac is a tool that maintains caches, log files, language files, and more. It doesn't just clean unnecessary, unwanted, damaged, and corrupt files from a user's Mac, but restores large amounts of hard drive space in the process.

CleanMyMac requires an Intel or PowerPC-based Mac running, Mac OS X 10.4.11. It costs US$29.95.

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Apr 15
Native Instruments announces Maschine expansions

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced its new series of Maschine Expansions, download libraries for its groove production system.

All expansions provide new drum kits and instruments as well as pre-programmed patterns created by sound designers and producers, and feature a distinctive take on a contemporary sound aesthetic or musical style. The series debuts with Vintage Heat and Transistor Punch, created by Goldbaby and Surround SFX.

Vintage Heat was created by sampling artist Goldbaby, and specializes on warm, saturated sounds The library includes 50 kits with analog, digital and acoustic origins, complemented through 50 matching synthesizer sounds ranging from bass and leads to brass, pads and strings.

Transistor Punch takes its inspiration from contemporary European club music, and provides sounds for a wide range of electronic styles...

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Apr 15
TransGaming announces Kula Blox game

TransGaming (http://www.transgaming.com) says its Studio Division is currently in production on Kula Blox, a multi-platform game targeted to a family audience.

Leveraging TransGaming’s cross-platform game enablement technologies, Kula Blox will be simultaneously released on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, PC and the GameTree TV Smart TV Gaming Platform in the summer of 2011.

Kula Blox will be an animal-themed arcade-style game that allows a broader audience of non-traditional gamers to have immersive, but still "snack" gaming experiences, according to the folks at Studio Division. The Kula Blox property is designed to become a franchise that spans across multiple future titles.

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Apr 15
BurnAgain FS gets more intuitive workflow

Freeridecoding has released BurnAgain FS 1.6 (http://freeridecoding.com/burnagainfs), an update of the CD/DVD multisession burning application for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings a more intuitive workflow, as well as a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Disks burned with BurnAgain FS are readable without additional software on all platforms. The software automatically preserves special Mac file attributes (resource forks) as well.

BurnAgain FS works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs approximately US$12; version 1.6 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available at the Freeridecoding web site.

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Apr 15
TaskTimer update enhances syncing capabilities

BKeeney Software has released Task Timer 5.0.5, an update to their time management software for Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS platforms. This release enhances the synchronization capabilities between the desktop and iOS version, as well as fixes a number of minor bugs.

Task Timer tracks time spent on an unlimited number of projects and tasks down to the minute. It even allows multiple users to synchronize to a centralized database server.

Task Timer generates reports using a specified data range. Users can view weekly, monthly and yearly totals in chart settings. Task Timer synchronizes data on each user's computer with a database server, so it even tracks time when users are away from the office.

Task Timer for Mac OS X may be purchased online for US$29.99 in the Mac App Store or via the BKeeney Software website (http://www.bkeeney.com). A free 14-day trial is available at the latter. Task...

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Apr 15
Chess Crusades coming to the Mac

Appache Mobile (http://www.appachemobile.com) says its iPad game, Chess Crusades, has been submitted to the App Store for the Mac platform for approval.

Appache Mobile previously licensed the game for the iPad platform, but has extended this license to cover the Mac, as well. The game was converted from the iPad to the Apple Mac using Slam Productions' proprietary Rapid Application Development platform.

"Chess Crusades is the perfect app for the Apple Mac -- it's fun, looks even better on the larger screen of the Apple Mac and delivers an experience that you would expect from a big budget console videogame," says Ed Blincoe, CEO of Appache Mobile. "By moving into the Apple Mac AppStore so quickly we're positioning Appache Mobile to be a key player in the AppStore for Mac."

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Apr 15
TimeCache update for Mac OS X updated to version 8.0.13

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.13. The update squishes some bugs.

TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.

Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.13 is a free update for registered users of version 8.x. Registered TimeCache 7 users can purchase an upgrade to version 8 for $40. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 14
Apple releases Xcode 4.0.2

Apple has released Xcode 4.0.2 (http://macte.ch/14CEo), an update of the developer tool for creating apps for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Xcode 4 is available to members of the Mac and iOS Developer Programs from the Apple Developer website.

Version 4.0.2 offers improved Assistant editor logic when switching among different file types and fixes some bugs. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and is a 4.25GB download.

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Apr 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 14

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has launched its curriculum for Algebra 1, the HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 App, in the Apple App store. The US$59.99 app provides the Holt McDougal Algebra 1 core curriculum enhanced with interactive capabilities. HMH is also poised to release Geometry and Algebra 2 apps this spring and is optimizing its major K-12 titles for use across a multitude of digital devices.

Sega has announced Streets of Rage 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $2.99 allows players to fight the evil crime boss, Mr. X., in a series of street-level battles.

Jetsetter.com has released its Jetsetter app for the iPad. The free app provides a virtual window into Jetsetter’s hand-selected, verified hotels and resorts around the world via 360-degree...

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Apr 14
Apple hires data center guru from Microsoft

Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft’s global cloud computing operation, has left the company and is expected to take a leadership position at Apple, reports "Data Center Knowledge" (http://macte.ch/TvKmz). The move "strongly hints that Apple is stepping up its plans for an expansion of its data center infrastructure beyond its huge new facility in North Carolina," the article adds.

Timmons went to work for Microsoft in mid-2009. He helped oversee the completion of data centers in Northlake, Illinois, and Dublin, Ireland. He then moved to streamline the company’s data center design and cost structure.

Apple doesn’t talk about its data centers. But if it is looking for an executive to “think different” about data centers, Apple may have found its man in Timmons, says "Data Center Knowledge."

“Challenge everything you know about a traditional data center,” Timmons...

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Apr 14
Apple updates Safari, iOS 4.3.2

Apple has released Safari 5.0.5, Security Update for 2011-002 for Snow Leopard and iOS 4.3.2.


The first two can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. Safari 5.0.5 is recommended for all Safari users and includes the latest security updates. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is a 52.59MB download.

Snow Leopard’s Security Update 2011-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X, according to Apple. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher and is a 4.43MB download.

iOS 4.3.2 -- for the iPhone 4 and 3GS, iPad and iPad 2, and iPod touch (generations three and four) -- fixes a FaceTime issue and a glitch that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks using the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. To download and install the update connect your device to your Mac or PC and click Check for Updates in iTunes....

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Apr 14
Apple dominates as physician mobile use grows 45%

Android devices may have a market-share edge among consumers, but among physicians and other healthcare providers, Apple’s iPhone and iPad still hold a commanding lead over all competing platforms, including Android, RIM and Palm, according to a new analysis by Bulletin Healthcare (http://www.BulletinHealthcare.com).

The analysis, based on the reading habits of more than 550,000 healthcare providers, including more than 400,000 physicians who subscribe to Bulletin Healthcare’s daily email briefings, focused on mobile device usage between June 1, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2011. Reaching the members of two-dozen leading medical associations each day, Bulletin Healthcare has a combined audience of roughly half of the practicing physicians in the U.S.,

Examining the proportion of briefings accessed on mobile devices, the analysis indicates that mobile consumption of medical news climbed by...

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Apr 14
Mac continues to gain US market share

Once again, the Mac has increased its US market share, according to the latest results from both the Gartner (http://www.gartner.com) IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group. The former has Apple will 9.3% of the US computer market share; the latter says Apple has 8.5%.

Remember: these stats don't include iPad sales. Neither research group counts the tablet in their personal computer sales even though the iPad is obviously a tablet computer.

According to Gartner, Mac shipments totaled approximately 1.5 million units in the first quarter of 2011, up from 1.3 million in the first quarter of 2010. That's year-over-year growth of 18.9%.

This places Apple fifth on the list of Gartner's US computer vendors. It trails HP (26.2% market share with -3.5% year-over-year growth), Dell (22.3%, -12.1% year-over-year growth), Acer (11.3%, -24.9%...

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Apr 14
Intel's Ivy Bridge chips to directly support USB 3.0

Intel says its silicon will support USB 3.0 in 2012 and urged developers to target both USB and its new "Thunderbolt" technology, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/af0vy).

"Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We're going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe they're complementary," said Kirk Skaugen, a vice president at the Intel Architecture Group, speaking at Intel's developer conference in Beijing.

Currently, Intel has support for USB 3.0 only in select desktop motherboards. And those boards don't use an Intel chip but a separate part from NEC to implement USB 3.0, notes "CNET."

However, Intel's 2012 Ivy Bridge technology will put USB 3.0 directly into the Intel chips that will accompany the main Ivy Bridge processor, making USB 3.0 available universally across all types of computing devices.

So will future Macs sport USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt? Probably....

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Apr 14
Verizon iPhone spurs month-over-month iOS growth

In the March "Mobile Mix Report" (http://macte.ch/UreTp) from Millennial Media, the Verizon iPhone helped spur an 11% month-over-month growth for iOS, and the influx of new tablet devices contributed to a 21% month-over-month growth for connected devices as a category.

"With the recent release of the iPad 2 and the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Playbook -- we anticipate connected devices will continue to grow," says Mack McKelvey, senior vice president of marketing for Millennial Media, a mobile advertising platform.

Android remained the leading smartphone OS on the platform's network for the fourth consecutive month with a 48% impression share. However, iOS apps represented a 47% share in the Application Platform Mix of the March "Mobile Mix Report."

-- Dennis Sellers

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Apr 14
DropSync is new syncing tool for the Mac

Mudflat Software has released DropSync (http://www.mudflatsoftware.com/dropsync.html), a syncing tool for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.  It's available on the Mac App Store in the Utilities section for US$10 until the end of August.

Dropsync is designed to make it easy to keep folders in sync between computers, hard drives and remote servers. It's targeted to web development, offsite back-ups, and keeping files in sync between work and home.

DropSync is based around pairs of folder trees rather than a flat list of folder pairs. While this alternate mental model takes some getting used to, the payoff is that managing folders for syncing becomes much more dynamic, according to the folks at Mudflat Software. DropSync can always infer the partner for any folder, so adding new folders to sync is just a click, or dropped folder away.

DropSync is also one of...

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Apr 14
Equinux announces Mac Designer for the Mac

Equinux has announced Mail Designer. This new Mac App allows users to create individual mail designs for newsletters, offers, invitations or personal emails that can be sent to customers, colleagues or any larger group of recipients.

Each Mail Design can be saved as a template and sent through Apple Mail. To keep things simple, a variety of predefined layout blocks including headlines, text objects and multicolumn layouts can be dragged, dropped and rearranged, says equinux CEO Till Schadde. Numerous textures and background patterns are also included.

Artists, agents and businesses can integrate their own cooperate designs into Mail templates and integrate dynamic content. Mail Designer includes graphics, text-objects and dynamic and customizable text and image placeholders. With tools, rulers and guides, users can create customer newsletters, and each mail design can be saved as a template that can be used repeatedly.

Mac users who already use Stationery Pack...

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Apr 14
Case-Mate introduces new line of ‘creature cases’

Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has introduced its new Creatures collection of iPhone 4 cases that are "inspired by cartoon art and childhood fun."

Monsta and Waddler are the first cases in the Creatures collection. The former retails at approximately US$29 and is available in green, pink, white and grey. Waddler also retails at $29 and is available in black, blue and brown.
 
From mid-April, the Monsta (pictured) and Waddler cases will be available from stand Q8 at the Gadget Show Live, online at http://www.bmcdigital.co.uk, http://www.cleverkit.com and at many retailers. In the coming months, new creatures will be added to the collection.

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Apr 14
Smasher 2 offers automated font preventive maintenance

Insider Software has announces Smasher 2, offering Mac users automatic preventive font maintenance, previewing and font integrity verification. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

The app works unattended to eliminate corruption of font caches and temporary files, so fonts always appear and print correctly. Smasher 2's new interface and functionality includes an all-new font validation and verification engine, font previewing, a one-step, drag and drop importer and more.

Smasher's set-it-and-forget-it functionality eliminates cache-related problems on an automatic, ongoing basis, according to the folks at Insider Software. Like a virus checker, it runs regularly to clean and maintain the integrity of your Mac and ensure that you start with pristine font, print and preference caches every time you use your computer.

Smasher offers support for OpenType, Mac TrueType, Windows TrueType and Mac Type1 Postscript fonts. Font archiving creates a backup copy of your...

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Apr 14
Robokill clamors onto the Mac App Store

Malicious robots have nowhere to hide, as Wandake launches Robokill -- Rescue Titan Prime (http://www.wandake.com/robokill/) on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$4.99.

Here's how the game is described: "The new version keeps the incredibly popular Survival mode featured in the iOS version of the game, and builds in new mouse and keyboard controls to deliver a level of precision never before seen. This may well be the definitive edition of the game hardcore fans have been waiting for. 

"We're very pleased to be able to offer Robokill to Mac users," said Bruce Brodie, Director of Games at Wandake. "This game is just too much fun to be confined to mobile devices, so now we're unleashing it on the Mac as well. We apologize to bosses and significant others as their employees and loved ones are completely sucked into the experience."

"Robokill is...

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Apr 14
TextSoap 7 adds Universal Menu, more

Unmarked Software celebrates 13 years of Mac software development this week with the release of TextSoap 7, an upgrade to their Mac OS X productivity tool designed to help people who work with other people's text. The new system-wide menu -- the Universal Menu -- provides TextSoap features to virtually any application that supports copy and paste, greatly expanding integration options.

TextSoap 7 -- now a 64-bit application -- also brings interface changes designed to streamline efforts of people who process other people's documents, emails, web pages and more. The new release also adds more control in matching and changing both text and a variety of text attributes.

The TextSoap upgrade expands on its existing batch file support via Automator and adds a new Batch File Cleaning option within the application. The new feature enables users to quickly batch process a whole collection of files in a few quick steps within the application, according to the folks at...

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Apr 14
White iPhone due in the next few weeks?

Apple will begin selling a white model of the iPhone 4 in the next few weeks after a 10- month delay, according to "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/eXKny), quoting "three people familiar with the plans."

The new version will be available from AT&T. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people. The release was stalled as Apple resolved manufacturing challenges, including paint that peeled under heat, one person told "Bloomberg."

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