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Feb 11
Softmatic Barcode Maker now a Mac App Store exclusive

Softmatic has released Barcode Maker 4.0 ( and is offering it as a Mac App Store exclusive. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is found in the Graphics & Design category. The price for an individual license has been reduced from US$99 to $29.99.

The barcode software creates all common linear and 2D barcode symbologies for use in DTP, Office and graphics applications. A three-step process lets you create standards compliant barcodes for package design, coupons, labels, book and magazine covers. Also featured is support for all GS1 code symbologies including Code 128 GS1.

The generated bar codes can be exported in a variety of vector and raster formats (EPS, PNG, TIFF) for use in all common DTP, design, illustration, and graphics applications. To meet commercial requirements for barcodes, the software also features support for bar width reduction to compensate for...

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Feb 11
iSync updated with support for new cell phones

Nova media has unveiled an update to its iSync plug-ins software, adding compatibility with new cell phones E5-00, E7-00 and E73 from Nokia.

iSync plug-ins allow you to synchronize contacts as well as calendar entries between a Mac and a cell phone. The application extends the abilities of the built-in iSync application of Mac OS X, so that iSync is able to synchronize with more than 295 additional cell phones. iSync plug-ins sustain the amenities of iSync to, for example, synchronize selected address book groups or to only synchronize contacts that include telephone numbers.

iSync plugins is available today for US$11.84 on nova media's web site ( It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. One license of iSync plugins allows to synchronize with up to three cell phones.

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Feb 11
Griffin releases Survivor case for the iPhone, iPod touch

Griffin Technology has debuted the US$49.99 Survivor (, their first case for iPhone 4 or iPod touch (fourth generation) to pass military endurance testing.

The Survivor, the first in Griffin’s new Armored collection, is a case designed to go anywhere and stand up to the toughest of environments, says Michael O’Connor, Quality Assurance Certification coordinator at Griffin. Designed and tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F and UK Department of Defense Standard 00-35, Griffin's Survivor Extreme Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPhone or iPod from extreme conditions -- dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration -- and other environmental factors, he adds.

Survivor is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in shock-absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals...

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Feb 11
Video tutorial on iMovie '11 available

Noteboom Productions ( says Tutor for iMovie '11 1.0, their latest video tutorial, is now available at the Mac App Store. You can find it in the Photography category for US$4.99.

In Tutor for iMovie '11, the user watches videos to learn how to use iMovie '11, part of iLife '11 for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 37 video chapters on various subjects including and overview of the interface to importing your movies to using precision editing to assigning keywords to sharing with Facebook.

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Feb 11
iWeb Themes Park offers new Valentine's templates

iWeb Themes Park ( presents 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Arrowed Heart, Love, Wedding, Action, Living Place, Medical, Painting, Dark Light, Planning and Targeting

The iWeb Themes Box of 100 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Feb 11
Irukandji now on the Mac App Store

Charlie's Games has announced Irukandji 1.5, an update of its Irukandji game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs US$0.99 and can be found in the games category.

Irukandji is a score attack shoot-em-up game set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of animated sea monsters. unlock a variety of different ships, each with its own unique weaponry and play style, which offers a different way to play the game.

There are 10 achievements to attempt, and online high score tables for every ship. A demo of Irukandji can be downloaded from the Charlie's Games web site (

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Feb 11
TechSmith enters the Mac App Store with Camtasia 1.2

Camtasia for Mac 1.2 is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later, and costs US$99.

Camtasia for Mac is TechSmith’s ( screen recording and video editing software that allows users to make screencasts -- recordings of presentations done on computer screens.

With Camtasia, users can record onscreen activity, keynote slides, camera video, microphone or system audio. Users can also record in front of a live audience or at their desk. For education and compliance purposes, Camtasia for Mac has captioning capabilities, among other features.

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Feb 11
TrailRunner mini runs onto the Mac App Store

Berbie Software says TrailRunner mini 1.1.9 ( is now available in the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Sports category.

TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. Based on the openStreetMap project, it lets you create, layout and modify routes using the route planner. Users can automatically download elevation data, view mile markers along a routes course, select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile and much more.

You can import GPX or KML files from your iPhone, GPS device or a community portal. TrailRunner mini also lets you: view mile markers along a routes course; automatically download elevation data; select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile; name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected...

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Feb 11
Pixel Research Labs releases Ringer 1.2.2

Pixel Research Labs has released Ringer 1.2.2 (, an update to their $0.99 iPhone ringtone creation tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's also now available at the Mac App Store.

Ringer allows users to choose any non-protected file from their iTunes library or any media file on their system that can be opened by QuickTime and turn it into a unique ringtone. Version 1.2.2 adds the ability to save ringtones as .aac or .wav files in addition to the existing choices. Facebook integration has been added and several bugs have also been fixed.

With Ringer's built-in waveform editor, precisely select the exact start and end points of a ringtone. Preview it exactly as it will sound on the iPhone. Press the create button, and Ringer will make the ringtone and automatically import it into iTunes where it will be ready to sync to the iPhone.

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Feb 11
iXiu pasteboard app comes to the Mac App Store

Xinfinite has released iXiu 2.0 ( in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Productivity category.

A visualized pasteboard application, iXiu is a tool to paste any thing at any time within any application on a translucent panel sticked below the menubar. In addition, iXiu can send your clipboard to another local iXiu user. With a right-click on the panel or one of its icons, it will show a contextual menu with several options. Or simply double-click on an icon to open your browser or another application associated with the data.

When iXiu is started, it will create a new panel below the menubar on the right side of your screen. This panel will appear when the mousepointer is moving above its tab. On this panel you can drop or paste anything you want.

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Feb 11
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail ( for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It fixes compatibility issues with the latest versions of supported web browsers (Camino 2.x, Chrome 9.x, Firefox 4.x, Flock 3.5.x, OmniWeb 5.x, Opera 11.x, Safari 5.x) and improves the "Delete localization files" procedure. This release also fixes other minor bugs discovered in the previous version.

Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use...

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Feb 10
Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhones?

I'd take this one with a grain of salt, but "Bloomberg Businessweek" ( says Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google's Android software,

Quoting "people who have been briefed on the plans," the article says one of the iPhones would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says.

The article adds that Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract. Android phones for a range of prices at AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and other carriers, and typically are sold with agreements that include a fee for broken contracts, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."

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Feb 10
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 10

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

Seagate's Seagate TV Remote application has been apProved and is now available for download from the Apple App Store. Use of the free app requires installation of the latest GoFlex TV HD media player or FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player firmware, which can be accessed and downloaded from the support site on to either of the two HD media players as long as the device is located in the US.

The new Seagate TV Remote app enables control of a GoFlex TV or FreeAgent Theater+ Product from anywhere in the home using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via Wi-Fi. The app interface resembles the existing media player’s infrared remote controls. Additionally, because the app...

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Feb 10
Antec announces soundscience rockus speaker system

Antec ( has released the US$249.99 soundscience rockus 3D/2.1 speaker system, which is "designed to create a personal theater experience, bringing the power and realism of 3D sound together with the clarity and accuracy of high-fidelity audio, making it an ideal solution for experiencing game and movie sound in 3D," says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec.

Soundscience’s 3D audio technology, 3Dsst, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field, resulting in immersive 3D sound for your movies and games from 2.1 speakers, according to Richards. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction,...

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Feb 10
iAds hitting a 'rough spot'?

Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot, Erik Schonfeld writes for "TechCrunch" ( He says that, across the board, several developers he's spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.

The fill rate -- what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad -- for two separate developers plummeted from 18% to 6%, Schonfeld writes. And in a few instances for some newer apps, none of the ad slots were getting filled, compared to nearly complete fill rates from other mobile ad networks, he adds. Others report better fill rates but as one developer says, “They have definitely come down.”

One reason for the dip could be just seasonal. The fill rates and advertising budgets across all ad networks in general take a hit after the holiday, Schonfeld notes. But there seems to be something else going on here as well, he...

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Feb 10
Germany researchers say they hacked a locked iPhone in six...

Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode, reports "PC World" (

The attack requires possession of the phone and targets keychain, Apple's password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, according to the researchers at the state-sponsored Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT).

The attack is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked, they add. Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and...

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Feb 10
Former Apple exec to help HP with webOS

Richard Kerris, a former Apple exec, is joining HP as vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations to help with webOS.

At Apple he helped lead projects like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and iLife. He also served as the senior senior director for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Additionally, Kerris spent three years as chief technical officer of Lucasfilm.

According to "MobileCrunch" (, at HP, Kerris will help promote and develop webOS, HP's operating system (acquired from Palm) that's based on Linux. HP says it's going to ship WebOS not only in phones, tablets and printers, but in PC’s as well. In doing so, the world's largest PC supplier hints they'll be shipping PC’s without Windows.

(Photo courtesy of 'MobileCrunch')

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Feb 10
Apple on its way to becoming biggest firm in the world

Apple is on the way to becoming the most valuable firm in the world by 2012. Sales of its products, including the latest generation of iPads, iPods, iPhones and Mac laptops and computers, are expected to propel it even beyond the value of the current top company, Exxon, which is now worth approximately $358 billion, reports "The Telegraph" (

Strong sales, particularly in the US, have led experts to predict a 32% rise in Apple's share price over the next year, which would take its value to $367 billion. Providing the shares of Exxon, an oil firm, do not rise beyond that, Apple's foretold success would make it the biggest in the world for the first time.

As "The Telegraph" notes, a technology firm at the top of the corporate tree would be a change from the norm. The list of the world's most valuable firms is traditionally dominated by those in the mining, banking or retail sectors....

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Feb 10
Verizon may sell nine million iPhones this year

Verizon Wireless, which will begin offering the iPhone today, may sell two million or more of the devices this quarter and draw subscribers. The company started sales at 7 a.m. (Eastern) today.

However, while online sales to existing Verizon users Feb. 3 ended within hours as the company exhausted its stock, there were few lines at stores that began selling the device today, reports "Bloomberg" ( The carrier gaining the iPhone will intensify competition in the U.S. smartphone market and curb customer growth at AT&T, Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told the publication. The threat of losing users may encourage AT&T to increase subsidies on its devices, which would force other carriers to match the lower prices, benefiting consumers, he added

Verizon may sell two million iPhones this quarter, according to Rick Franklin, an analyst at Edward Jones...

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Feb 10
Belkin, Verizon Wireless partner to offer cases for iPhone 4

Belkin ( has announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to launch several cases for the new iPhone 4 on the Verizon network.

The partnership will include Belkin’s performance ProFit Armband for use during workouts. The rollout of the new compatible cases will accompany the launch of the Verizon iPhone today. These Belkin cases are available through and in Verizon stores.

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Feb 10
Miraizon Releases Cinematize 3 Pro

Miraizon has released Cinematize 3 Pro for Macintosh. Built on top of its predecessor, Cinematize 2 Pro, Cinematize 3 Pro is a DVD clip extractor and converter.

It allows users to extract audio and video clips off of DVDs and convert them into formats such as QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Keynote, PowerPoint, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as formats suitable for web sites such as YouTube. With the introduction of dramatically enhanced preview and batch extraction features, Cinematize 3 Pro users can extract DVD clips more quickly and easily, says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon.

Cinematize 3 Pro provides fully synchronized preview of any combination of video, audio, and subtitle tracks available on a DVD, helping users to locate clips for extraction. Its improved batch extraction functionality greatly saves users’ time by allowing them to extract at once clips from any part of a DVD using the same or different settings. This...

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Feb 10
Apple TV games, iPad 3 coming this year?

A couple of interesting rumors say that games could be coming to the Apple TV this year and that we'll see not only the iPad 2 in 2011, but the iPad 3, as well.

"Engadget" ( says bits of code found in the latest beta version of iOS 4.3 released to developers hints that gaming, multiplayer functionality, leader boards such as the iOS Game Center and gaming controllers may be coming to Apple's set-top box. The article says that several references have been found pertaining to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder" that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front.

"Apple TV's minimum storage capacity (about 8GB) suggests the company might look to streaming not entirely unlike how OnLive works; as our tipster speculates, the OpenGL is mature and thoroughly implemented enough that streaming low bandwidth data and...

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Feb 10
AppleSource Software releases TimeNet Law 2.4 + Control Center

AppleSource Software has released TimeNet Law 2.4 (, an update to their case management, time tracking, billing and accounting solution Mac OS X.

TimeNet Law was developed specifically for law firms, private investigators, and others who need total control over clients, matters, slips, payments, trust/escrow/retainer funds with automatic payment application, statements, reports, accounting, and more. This update will be free for all licensed TimeNet Law users.

TimeNet Law is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It's on sale for US$197 for a limited time (it's normally $299).

TimeNet Law Control Center has also been released. Control Center allows you to set user permissions and perform live auditing of your TimeNet Law Database. You can see all changes, when they were made and who they were made by. You can control every user in the...

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Feb 10
NuKit, Launcher and Shortcuts launch on Mac App Store

Nulana LTD ( says NuKit, Launcher, and Shortcuts, their lightweight productivity applications, are all available on the Mac App Store for half price.

NuKit is a bundle of everyday tools to increase productivity and save time. Launcher is an utility that provides instant access to apps, search engines, scripts, Dictionary, and more. Shortcuts is a program that allows users to make their own keyboard shortcuts for everyday apps, frequent actions, files, and web sites.

All require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. NuKit (US$9.99), Launcher ($4.99) and Shortcuts ($4.99) are available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 10
Epson updates PrintJinni mobile printing app

Epson and Thinxtream Technologies has announced a free upgrade to the PrintJinni for Epson mobile printing app, delivering mobile device users expanded e-mail support and web page printing.

The app connects to Epson wireless all-in-ones over a wireless network and:

° Previews and prints without the need for an intermediate computer, additional software or printer drivers;

° Prints PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Macintosh versions 2004 and 2008), and JPEG e-mail attachments;

° Prints web pages by web address (URL);

° Works directly with Apple’s Mail App (POP3 and IMAP accounts) to preview and print e-mail attachments;

° Provides built-in attachment support for Apple MobileMe, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange and AOL, and other IMAP e-mail accounts.

In the latest version, the user interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen size and rotation capabilities. It also offers: improved browsing of e-...

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