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Jan 05
MacTech Labs releases comprehensive virtualization benchmarks

MacTech Labs, part of "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com), has released the latest in its extensive benchmark study of virtualization solutions running on Intel-based Macs. MacTech's goal was to see how well Parallels Desktop 6 and VMware Fusion 3.1 perform compared head-to-head.

The large suite of more than 4,000 tests were performed comparing the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. The purpose of the testing and the article are to answer the questions about performance for the different virtualization solutions available, as well as the differences between Windows XP and Windows 7 in virtual machines, as well as multiple processors, running from Boot Camp volumes and more.

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for more than 20 years. Our focus is to help the community not only in making tough decisions, but with real-world and how-to answers. In this case, we...

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Jan 05
Macworld 2011 announces second annual Mobile Showcase

The Macworld 2011 Mobile Apps Showcase will be one of the largest gatherings of mobile app developers under one roof at one time, IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2011 says. Now in its second year, the Showcase will feature the latest innovations from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch app developers and give attendees an opportunity to test drive the newest and coolest applications and meet directly with the people who develop them.

"The introduction of the iPhone marked the advent of an explosive mobile apps market that has continued to build momentum with the launch of the iPad in 2010," says Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld 2011. "Macworld 2011 is the one place that showcases the creativity, enthusiasm and genius of the developers behind these apps, as well as the wide variety of new apps available for Apple product users. The Mobile Apps Showcase delivers a truly unique experience for users and developers alike and we are excited to be a key launch...

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Jan 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 5

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

Greentech Media, a green technology business-to-business news company, has announced a free iOS app that serves up Greentech Media’s daily content and previews of market research reports from GTM Research. Users can interact with the app by sharing content on Twitter and Facebook or emailing articles to colleagues; they can also post and respond to comments directly through the app.

Candywriter has released Candyticker 1.0, a freeware RSS screensaver for iOS devices. The screensaver displays real-time App Store developments in a Wall Street-themed stock ticker. Candyticker is fully customizable and supports any ranking app on iTunes. Developers can assign custom "ticker symbols" to their apps and configure Candyticker to display a running feed of their...

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Jan 05
Sonnet introduces Yin•Yang FireWire Mini Hub

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the US$69.95 Yin•Yang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub (http://www.sonnettech.com/product/yinyang.html), which enables users to connect a FireWire 800 device plus a FireWire 400 device to a computer simultaneously through a single FireWire 800 port.

The latest Macs (with the exception of the Mac Pro) have only a single FireWire 800 (IEEE-1394b) port and no FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port. However, with the Yin•Yang Mini Hub. Two FireWire peripherals, such as external drives, DV camcorders, webcams, audio interfaces, and previous-generation iPod mobile digital devices, can be concurrently connected and used. No adapter or cable swapping is required. 

Yin•Yang is small and portable, and it supports one bus-powered device (on either port). The hub housing, measuring just 1.9 by 1.5 by 0.6 inches, is about the size...

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Jan 05
Apple launches My Support Profile

Apple has launched a "My Support Profile" web page (http://macte.ch/5Aly0). It offers one-stop access to manage your products, support activities, and contact information.

You can also join VoicePass, so Apple can quickly identify you and provide a fast, personalized experience when you call. The VoicePass service is used when calling in to customer support; certain customers in the US and Canada can have a support number recognized automatically by the phone system so they don't have to identify themselves every time they call.

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Jan 05
Xsilva Systems showcases Mac-based point-of-sale system

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Xsilva Systems (http://www.xsilva.com/) will be showcasing the latest addition to its platform, a fully integrated mobile point-of-sale (POS) system called LightSpeed Mobile.

With LightSpeed Mobile, Xsilva offers retailers the ability to eliminate impersonal cash register line-ups and instead complete transactions on the retail floor using the same hardware as Apple does in its own retail stores, according to Dax Dasilva, CEO and founder of Xsilva Systems. More than just a mobile payment-processing platform, LightSpeed Mobile offers barcode scanning and ties into LightSpeed’s business and inventory workflows, making it a viable option for retailers who require a comprehensive back-end system, he adds.

In addition to highlighting LightSpeed Mobile at CES, Xsilva company will be introducing conference visitors to the full suite of its Mac-based...

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Jan 05
ÜberMask for Mac OS X hides files and folders

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has released ÜberMask for Mac OS X, an US$19.9 utility that hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Files and folders managed by ÜberMask can't even be found by Spotlight.

"ÜberMask is not designed to encrypt files or turn a Mac into Fort Knox," says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. "Rather it will hide files and folders as quick as a flash so that colleagues, partners or kids can not stumple upon them. Any user of ÜberMask can give his Mac into other hands without a second thought."

ÜberMask uses custom selected key combinations to hide and manage files and folders. Using a BOSS key, all managed data will be hidden at the same time. The ÜberMask key is used to hide or reveal single files and folders and to launch the ÜberMask application.

As soon as the Mac is switched off, ÜberMask taked care...

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Jan 05
CES: GE debuts new digital camera line-up

General Imaging (GIC), the exclusive worldwide licensee of GE Digital Cameras (http://www.ge.com/digitalcameras/US), will unveil the latest additions to its Power, Power Pro and Smart Series lines, and the brand's first handheld 1080p HD digital video camera at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The US$129.99 GE DV1 (pictured) is the first GE-branded handheld, HD digital video camera. It's pocket-sized and waterproof and offers a built-in flip out USB plug for instantly connecting and uploading HD videos and photos to share. With full HD 1080p movie recording capabilities combined with a highly durable exterior, the DV1 is not only waterproof to 16 feet, but shockproof and dustproof , according to the folks at GE.

The X500 ($149.99), due next month, features an electronic view finder, 16-megapixels, optical image stabilization, 15X optical zoom, 27mm wide...

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Jan 05
Worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) expects worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012, up from 15.7 million in 2010. The iPad, which essentially revitalized the category, will remain the market-share leader through the forecast period, with an expected 69% of the global market in 2012, down from 85% in 2010, according to the research group.

Consumers in the US will be big drivers of tablet sales, making up 62% of all tablets sold in 2010. Looking back on successful technology launches personal computers, video-game consoles, DVD and MP3 players, smartphones the recent wave of tablets led by the Apple iPad stands out for its instant popularity and steep adoption curve, says Research and Markets.

What's more, the Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) has released...

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Jan 05
Canon announces new Pixma office printers

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has launched five new Pixma Office printers, four of which have the ability to print, copy, scan and fax while the remaining printer has 13 x 19-inch printing capabilities. They sport features such as Advanced Media Handling, an Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and Full HD Movie Print.

The Canon Pixma MX882 (US$199.99), MX420 ($99.99) and MX410 ($149.99) Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO) printers help make daily office tasks more convenient by printing from almost anywhere, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. In addition, each of these Wireless AIO models are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified. For the business owner who doesn't need the wireless option, the Canon Pixma MX360 Office AIO model is available for $79.99.

Canon recognizes the needs of small businesses to have a desktop printer that prints...

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Jan 05
Comcast to bring in-home streaming to the iPad

Comcast (http://www.comcast.net) has announced plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On-Demand content this year on Apple’s iPad, as well as Android powered tablets. Later this year, customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want, the company says.

Comcast plans to roll out its new play now feature, which will enable customers using the popular Xfinity TV iPad app to watch nearly 3,000 hours of On Demand content, including movies and hit TV shows, either in the home or on-the-go, including anywhere there is a wireless connection.

The initial selection of programs and movies is just the beginning, says Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast. Comcast plans to bring thousands of additional choices to the iPad in the weeks and months ahead and to add the same functionality and content to Android powered devices later this year, he adds....

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Jan 05
SRS iWOW 3D announced for iOS devices

SRS Labs announced the latest generation of SRS’ plug and play hardware audio enhancement accessory, the SRS iWOW 3D for the iPod, iPod touch, iPod nano and iPad. Engineered to work in tandem with a free SRS iWOW app, this small plug-in device delivers an "immersive, engaging and truly personal audio entertainment experience," says Allen H. Gharapetian, vice president of marketing for SRS Labs.

The new SRS iWOW 3D is housed in a slim, satin black enclosure that features an extended line-out headphone jack at one end; the other end is designed to connect to the standard 30-pin connector of an iPod, iPhone or iPad. The SRS iWOW 3D is available in two models: the premium iWOW-3DHF model and the base iWOW-3D model.

Both models feature the new SRS iWOW 3D adapter but in different package configurations. Five interchangeable color faceplates create a personalized appeal in the HF model only. This model also touts custom-designed, in-ear earbuds.

SRS iWOW 3D...

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Jan 05
Seagate introduces GoFlex for Mac external drives

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced a new collection of GoFlex for Mac external drives designed to make it easy for those who use Mac OS X and Time Machine to backup, shuttle, or share their digital content.

These new portable and desktop solutions are HFS+ formatted out-of-the-box, making them fully compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software, while maintaining the ability to work across both Mac OS X and Windows computers. GoFlex for Mac drives can also be used with computers running Windows by simply downloading an HFS+ driver for Windows from Seagate.com, which will provide full read-write access to the drive from a Windows computer.

Each GoFlex for Mac product comes bundled with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables -- the most popular interfaces for Apple computers -- but also delivers the flexibility to change the drive’s interface to USB 3.0 or powered eSATA for use...

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Jan 05
Retrevo's CES 2011 predictions

By Andrew Eisner

CES 2011 officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 6 and we're already getting a sense of what products and categories are going to stand out from the crowd. We still believe that 2011 will be the year of the tablet and expect to see lots of them in Las Vegas.

Android tablets will be everywhere

Google may have been caught off guard in 2010 as far as a tablet-friendly version of Android but with new versions including Gingerbread and Honeycomb about ready to ship we expect to see Android-based tablets make up for lost ground this year. We expect to see large crowds gathering around a Honeycomb-based tablet at the Motorola booth. Android tablets will most likely be featured in booths from vendors like LG, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, Asus, MSI, Dell, Lenovo, and many others while we expect to see Windows Phone 7 (or some other Microsoft mobile OS) running on tablets in the Microsoft booth.

HP and Palm have managed to...

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Jan 05
Micron introduces solid state drives for NAND Flash-based...

Micron Technology (http://www.micron.com) has unveiled a new portfolio of the RealSSDTM solid-state drives (SSDs) for the flash-based notebook market. A new breed of notebooks are entering the market that have lightweight construction, snappier system responsiveness and a longer lasting battery -- all made possible because of the innovations in flash-based storage products, says Dean Klein, vice president of memory system development at Micron. "

The new portfolio is the first SSD product line to incorporate Micron's 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology, creating a broad portfolio of capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. The drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors.

As with its predecessor, the product line also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, which opens up the data path between the host processor and the SSD delivering improved overall system responsiveness including...

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Jan 05
Linkius update for Mac OS X offers performance boost

Conceited Software (http://conceitedsoftware.com) has announced Linkinus 2.2, an update of the chat app for Mac OS X. The upgrade boasts improved overall performance and CPU usage, a multi-line input field: a more responsive channel listing, better support for /who and /names, revamped IRC identities and updated styles.

Linkinus provides a social IRC experience, featuring embedded media, short URL expansion, message starring, combined chats, emoticons, and more. You can assign colors to chat participants, group consecutive messages into a unique block, customizing emoticons, smart scrolling, put the spotlight on specific channel users, jump to highlights and being alerted of relevant content automatically.

Linkinus 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater and costs approximately US$27. A 15-day free trial is available. Student, multi-user, and 1.x upgrade discounts are also available.

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Jan 05
TimeTable 2.0 for Mac OS X supports multiple calendars, more

Developer Steven Riggs has updated TimeTable for Mac OS X (http://www.stevenriggs.com) to version 2.0.

This release adds: multiple calendars; the ability to set rates per calendar; the ability to save column layouts; the ability to save text export settings; live preview for the text export; live preview for the notes export, better date selection controls; the ability to view time in hours, minutes or duration; improved to-do export options; and enhanced user interface; and other internal enhancements.

TimeTable allows you to export iCal calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendar. It's designed to make it simple to track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendar. TimeTable reads and filters iCal calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events.

TimeTable 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's...

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Jan 05
CoverSutra 2.5 coming to the Mac App Store

Sophiestication Software's CoverSutra (http://www.sophiestication.com/coversutra/), an iTunes extender for Mac OS X has been updated to version 2.5. The upgrade will be available for US$4.99 on the Mac App Store when it launches on Thursday, Jan. 6.

CoverSutra 2.5 adds bigger Desktop Album Cases (up to 256 pixels), a new keyboard bezel display style, an option to let CoverSutra automatically start and quit with iTunes, along with localizations in German, Italian, Russian, Spain, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

CoverSutra lets you control iTunes without having to leave the currently active application. The software does this through the use of global keyboard shortcuts, information bezels and a transparent floating window. In addition, CoverSutra has integrated support for Last.fm, a social music recommendation service...

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Jan 05
Withings launches iPhone connected blood pressure monitor

Withings has launched the Withings Blood Pressure monitor. All data is recorded and saved to the user’s secure online space for measurement access and retrieval through their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other screen connected to the device's interface.

Through the Withings application programming interface, specialist partners can interface with the platform to offer additional services, as Withings has already proven with its WiFi Body Scale and partners such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault and numerous health & sports coaching websites such as DailyBurn.com, RunKeeper.com, FitOrbit.com, gymtechnik.com, aujourdhui.com, Strands.com, Danholt4mac.com, Jogmap.de and more, says Withings co-founder Cédric Hutchings.

The Withings Blood Pressure monitor costs US$129. It will be available later this month at http://www.withings.com .

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Jan 05
MiLi debuts MiFlip smartphone charger

MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has unveiled the MiFlip, an US$49.99, foldable smartphone charger. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and Blackberry.

The MiFlip has multiple functions filling the need for a charger, battery back-up, and mobile device stand. Its flip design keeps it slim and sleek, not adding unneeded bulk or weight, says MiLi Power Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. The design also provides a built-in kickstand for widescreen movie viewing.

The MiFlip provides up to eight hours of talk, 15 hours of video or 80 hours of music. It uses a mini-USB connector and lets you sync all your data between your computer's iTunes library and smartphone.

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Jan 05
Workamajig software gets drag and drop project set-up

Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated to version 10.5.3.8, adding the ability to set up new projects via drag and drop.

Workamajig's new features for setting up new projects allows users to drag templates into campaigns automatically creating new projects, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. The software's features continue to integrate tightly with Apple's Safari web browser, and Google's Chrome browser, both for the Mac and Windows platforms, he adds.

As alway, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 21,000 users of Workamajig. All client log-ins and vendor logins are always free.

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Jan 05
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini debuts

Other World Computing (OWC) says its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini 1.5TB model is the highest capacity 2.5" “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 12 models priced from US$99.97.

It features a “quad interface” of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini has no fan and is available in brushed aluminum. No AC adapter is required.

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1.5TB model, are available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB . They're compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and later, including all versions of Mac OS X, and Windows 98SE or later.

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Jan 05
CryptoEdit 1.6.1 for Mac OS X improves internal engine

Tension Software has updated CryptoEdit (http://www.pomola.com/products_cryptoedit/cryptoedit.html), a Mac OS X program to create and edit protected encrypted documents, to version 1.6.1. The update offers improvement in the internal engine. Also, opening an encrypted document the password dialog is now centered and not resizable.

CryptoEdit can import from other documents in standard TEXT or RTF or RTFD (RTF + images) . Documents can also be exported as TEXT, RTF or standard RTFD (included images)

CryptoEdit document are saved always encrypted for security purpose. Saving a document containing images will create on disk a single file with all the text and images encrypted in a single file. Any data the user puts in the document is encrypted and not redeable without the right password.

CrytopEdit costs US$30, though version 1...

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Jan 05
Scorpion Barcode optimized for Snow Leopard

Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher), to version 2.10. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

There's also a new Terminal Command Line scripting added for custom solutions, a new Trim barcode height feature and a new display text over-ride feature. Magnification control has been improved in version 2.10. Also, there AppleScript improvements and the fixing of anomalies.

Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$160; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.

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Jan 05
Withings releases iPhone compatible Smart Baby Monitor

Withings (http://www.withings.com) has announced the Smart Baby Monitor. for iPhone users in mind. It doesn't consist of two physical objects (the camera and the receiver); however it’s a smart sensor (camera) alone that can communicate with any existing connected screen (iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Mac, PC, tablet, eBook reader, LCDTV, etc.).

The Smart Baby Monitor features a 3MP camera, extra wide view lens and night vision with infrared LEDs. The Smart baby Monitor can detect any event in the room without being moved.   The smart sensor gives parents access to information such as audio/video (day and night vision) and ambient parameters (temperature and humidity) remotely from anywhere in the world.

The Smart Baby Monitor is also equipped with a microphone that allows parents to interact and sooth their child even when they're not physically in the room. Another feature allows parents to control...

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