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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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Apr 14
iA63 is motorized, rotating iPhone/iPod touch dock

Building on the success of its iA5, 2010’s inaugural app-enhanced alarm clock speaker system, iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) is shipping the iA63. 

Adding a variety of new features while maintaining the same US$99 price point, the iA63 includes an FM Radio, a remote control and a motorized rotating dock that provides a stand for watching videos in landscape mode. Features include:

° A motorized rotating dock to watch videos and picture slideshows in landscape mode;

° The ability to play and charge a docked iPhone/iPod;

° Alarm clock functionality, users can wake and sleep to their iPhone, iPod or FM radio;

° The ability to work with iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps.

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Apr 14
ComboApp expands into the Mac App Store

ComboApp (http://comboapp.com) is releasing Mac compatible versions of their most popular business and finance learning systems at the Mac App Store.

ComboApp business apps now available at the store are: Business Essentials Guide, Legal Environments of Business, Marketing Process Guide, Real Estate: Investing, Small Business Guide, Smart Investment Training, Business Education Pro, Sales Management Training, Profiting from Financial Statements and Modern Supervision. Each are available for US$39.99.

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Apr 14
Flash Decompiler Trillix available in the Mac App Store

Eltima Software says Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.2 (http://mac.eltima.com/swftofla-converter.html) is now available in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

The Flash decompilation tool helps when decompiling Flash movies and converting them back to their source FLA format or Flex project files. It also allows exporting SWF elements to various formats. Over 50 options are available to extract sounds, images, videos, shapes, frames, morphs, fonts, texts, buttons, sprites and ActionScripts.

The first two days after Flash Decompiler Trillix becomes available in the Mac App Store, all Mac App Store users can purchase it for US$19.99. The regular price for Flash Decompiler Trillix in the Mac App Store is $79.99.

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Apr 14
LightSpeed releases mobile hardware kit upgrade

Xsilva Systems, makers of unified retail point of sale tools sold under the LightSpeed brand, has announced upgrades to the hardware kit for its mobile point of sale platform, LightSpeed Mobile. LightSpeed Mobile Hardware Kits will now ship with Linēa-pro 4 for the four generation iPod touch or Linēa-pro 4 for the iPhone 4 from Infinite Peripherals.

LightSpeed Mobile is the mobile retail extension to the LightSpeed Point of Sale system for Mac that transforms the way retailers sell to their customers. The application, when paired with a hardware kit that consists of a supported iOS mobile device and a sled that adds a 1D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, offers retailers an alternative to traditional retail systems.

Retailers using LightSpeed Mobile can now use either the fourth-generation iPod touch or the iPhone 4 as their hardware of choice. The first generation of the Linēa-pro sled, the same hardware used in Apple’s retail stores, was compatible only...

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Apr 14
Mac a Montreal offers on-site Apple solutions for home, office...

Mac a Montreal (http://www.macamontreal.com/en/), a member of the Apple Consultants Network headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, is expanding its services to include a wide range of on-site and remote services to business and home users looking to install, configure, and make better use of their Apple equipment.

The company says Mac a Montreal consultants will set you up from beginning to end, including the transfer of your existing data from your older machines and will identify opportunities for improving your business and work flow through technology. In addition to managing their growing client base, Mac a Montreal is approved by Apple in Cupertino to work hand in hand with all official Apple retail stores in the Montreal area (Carrefour Laval, Sainte-Catherine, and Fairview) to provide a range of expertise in the design and implementation of Apple solutions.

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Apr 13
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 13

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

Simply Dusty Apps has announced Golf Shot Distance 1.0 for iOS. The free app uses GPS to calculate a shot's distance in meters or yards. As you walk to the tee box, simply press the start button to set the position. After you crush that drive and get to the ball in the fairway, press the end button and the shot's distance will be calculated.

IL&FS Education has released Xperica HD 1.0, a free, education app for the iPad. Xperica is like a virtual science lab that aims at strengthening the understanding of science concepts. With a primary focus on physics experiments, the experiments cover topics like the Archimedes Principle, pulleys, resistance, oscillation, projectile motion and more.

David Vondracek has introduced DropBy 1.0 for iPhone, iPad...

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Apr 13
Tablets vital; laptops to remain largest segment of mobile market

Mobile computer shipment momentum is slowing, from 30% year-over-year growth in 2010, to 27% in 2011, when the market will reach 277.7 million units, according to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report" (http://www.displaysearch.com).

Decline in mini-note shipments and emerging regions is slowing growth, but notebook and tablet growth in mature markets is buoying the overall market, according to the research group. Shipment growth is expected to slow in the short term as compared to previous forecasts but pick up longer term, as emerging markets return to contributing at the high rates they have seen over the last several years.

Shipments into mature markets are expected to rise in the short to medium term with increasing demand from tablet computer shipments and a commercial market computer refresh cycle, says DisplaySearch. Shipments into North American are...

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Apr 13
Apple looking for cloud systems software engineer

A new Apple job posting (http://macte.ch/SgsQZ) shows the company is looking for a cloud systems software engineer.

Candidates must have a BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience. Apple also wants someone with experience in Java, NoSQL databases such as MongoDB or Cassandra, Linux and Hadoop.

Here's Apple's take on the position: "Consider joining a small team writing the software which forms the foundation for some of our most exciting new products and services. We are looking for an extremely capable engineer who has a strong background in web services development, and who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems. In this highly visible position, the successful candidate will collaborate with cross-functional engineering teams to define and implement some of the core backend

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Apr 13
In EquiTrend study, Apple ranks fifth in Mobile Phones category

Verizon was named the Mobile Networks Brand of the Year among consumers according to the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. That's not surprisingly, but, amazingly, Apple only ranks fifth in the Mobile Phones category.

In the Mobile Networks category, Verizon is highest ranked for the second-year running over archrival AT&T. Harris Interactive announced their Technology Brands of the Year in four other major categories: Mobile Phones (Motorola), Consumer Electronics (Sony), Computer Hardware (HP), and Gaming (Nintendo). Overall, awards are given in each of 46 different categories.

"Since the change in the portability of phone numbers, switching mobile phones and mobile networks is significantly easier," says Jeni Lee Chapman, executive vice president of Brand and Communications Consulting with Harris Interactive. "Verizon's strong brand equity can have a large impact when consumers have a choice."

Motorola, buoyed by strong familiarity and a significant...

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Apr 13
Apple debuts Final Cut Pro 7

Sadly, it didn't even warrant a press release, but Apple has debuted Final Cut Pro 7 this week at the Final Cut Pro User Group Supermeet at the NAB 2011 show in Las Vegas. It will ship in June for US$299 at the Mac App Store.

That's a drastic price reduction from $999 for previous versions. The new version of the professional video editing application will include 64-bit support, OpenCL support, a revamped interface and more.

New versions of the Apple ProRes codec in Final Cut Pro 7 let you edit faster and at higher quality across a wide variety of workflows, according to Apple. The family now includes ProRes 422 (Proxy), ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes 4444, in addition to the original ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ).

Choose ProRes 422 (Proxy) for offline editing or use ProRes 422 (LT) for projects that require reduced file sizes at broadcast quality, such as news, sports, and events. At the other end of the scale, ProRes 4444 is designed for compositing and...

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Apr 13
Intel to release Thunderbolt developer kits

Intel says developer kits for Thunderbolt will be available this quarter, which could lead to the quick availability of a wider range of products based on the interconnect technology, says "IDG" (http://macte.ch/sO9Bs).

Thunderbolt was first announced on Feb. 24 and is currently being offered only by Apple in its new MacBook Pro laptops, which were launched on the same day. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable.

Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple.

The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster,...

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Apr 13
iPhone, iPad maker looking at Brazilian investment

iPhone and iPad maker Foxconn Technology Group is considering investing US$12 billion in Brazil, "a move that could help Apple and other tech companies expand in the world's eighth largest economy," reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/F59hQ).

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday her government is studying Foxconn's investment plan, the latest move by the manufacturer to expand its manufacturing operations beyond the booming southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the article adds. Rising labour costs have forced many companies to set up operations in cheaper parts of China, but a Foxconn move into Brazil would help tech companies sidestep hefty import tariffs on products they sell in the South American country, notes "Reuters."

The move is possible within the next five to six years. The Brazilian government is forming a working group to look at issues raised, according to Rousseff.

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Apr 13
The Magic Bar coming to the Mac in June

Mobee's inductive charger for Magic Mouse, The Magic Charger, was a hit so the company has announced an unobtrusive device for the recharge the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard: the Magic Bar.
 
The Magic Bar is the described as the world's first inductive charger for the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Including a specific cylindrical battery pack, an aluminum-made base station and a micro-USB cable, it will be available at the end of June. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Apr 13
FontExplorer X Pro 3.0 available for the Mac

Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, and its subsidiary, Linotype, have introduced version 3.0 of FontExplorer X Pro (http://www.fontexplorerx.com/) or the Mac.

New capabilities include a transparent font slideshow feature, which allows users to place text over an existing document in a preview window and change the desired fonts automatically. A new “character toolbox” capability displays information on the languages supported by a particular font, in addition to specific characters available.

Other new features include the ability to compare fonts relating to their ink and paper consumption during printouts. An “ad-hoc groups” function facilitates a simpler approach to organizing fonts. Users can also choose a selection of fonts that can be organized into a group or intelligent set. In addition, support for French has been included in FontExplorer X Pro 3....

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Apr 13
Raidon releases new storage solution

Radion (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has launched the GR6610-5S-U5, a five-bay storage solution offering RAID 6 functionality that provides sustained performance via a mini-SAS interface and can be populated with 3.5-inch SATA HDDs. 
 


The GR6610-5S-U5 is designed for data intensive workflows and security environments. This SAS RAID solution has with a built-in RAID controller and 512MB of internal cache memory under the hood. Supporting up to 10TB of usable capacity in RAID 0 (when populated with 5 X 2TB drives), the GR6610-5S-U5 offers the flexibility of multiple RAID levels of 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD.

The GR6610-5S-U5 is a direct attached storage solution featuring a mini-SAS interface offers speeds in excess of 300 MB/s, and supports multi-access. It features LCD management and a web GUI [graphical user interface] to remotely manage maintenance and configuration. The GR6610-5S-U5 is also...

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Apr 13
Eye-Fi launches Eye-Fi Mobile X2

Eye-Fi (http://www.eye.fi) has launched the Eye-Fi Mobile X2, a new 8GB wireless memory card empowering cameras around the world with immediate uploading capabilities.

The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 provides instant uploads anywhere by wirelessly connecting the camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and is available later this week for US$79.99. Also, later this week, Eye-Fi will be releasing its Direct Mode and accompanying iOS and Android apps as free upgrades to its line of Eye-Fi X2 cards.

With Direct Mode, users can enjoy the best of the devices they already own, namely the quality of digital cameras and the ubiquitous connectivity of their mobile devices, says Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. The Eye-Fi card can now establish a direct connection to the mobile device by creating its own Wi-Fi network anywhere users capture memories, even if that is miles from a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Eye-Fi Mobile X2...

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Apr 13
New book looks at media handling on the iPad, iPad 2

TidBits has published "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition" (US$15) by Jeff Carlson.

The author covers the basics, so even new iPad users can get up to speed quickly. For those who want to go further, Carlson expands their media universe, helping them explore a variety of options, whether they want to read ebooks, enjoy music or audiobooks, watch video, or view photos. The ebook also helps readers integrate their iPad with an Apple TV, and it has tips that will help iPad 2 owners take better photos with that device's cameras.

Carlson is the managing editor of TidBITS, a columnist for the "Seattle Times," a frequent contributor to "Macworld," and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, video editing, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, Web design and Palm organizers. For more info about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, go to...

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Apr 13
Microsoft releases Office for Mac updates

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update. (333MB) It has also released the Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition installer. (64MB) The update requires that the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 (12.1.0) or later be installed first.

According to the update’s description this update improves stability and addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to execute malicious code. For more info go to http://macte.ch/PVbNa .

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Apr 13
New AJA Hi5-Fiber and FiDO SI/optical fiber mini-converters...

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is debuting five new Mini-Converters among the company's product introductions at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference, April 11-14 in Las Vegas.

The manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions is showcasing the new Hi5-Fiber Mini-Converter and four new models of the FiDO family of SDI/Optical Fiber Mini-Converters. Hi5-Fiber converts HD/SD-SDI over a single mode 1310 nm ST-style Fiber Optic cable to drive HDMI monitors.

It supports embedded 8-channel audio in the HDMI output, allowing for a single cable audio/video connection and also provides 2-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring. HDMI 1.2 capability is standard with no user-configuration required.

FiDO (Fiber Digital Optical) is a family of nine SDI/Optical Fiber converters that enable the transport of SDI, HD-SDI and 3G SDI over distances of...

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Apr 13
Delegate for the iPhone, iPad, Mac updated

App4mac (http://www.app4mac.com) has released Delegate 2, an update of the to-do list manager for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Delegate allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet for remote access from any location and is compliant to the GTD (Getting Things Done) method.

Version 2 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) offers a global view of all opened lists. It also improves the sharing of a list, user feedback and the user interface. Version 2 for the iPhone and iPad offers a global view of all opened lists. It also improves remote access of a list, user feedback and the user interface.

There are two versions of Delegate for Mac. The lite version of Delegate is free. The pro version costs US$29.99, is available at the Mac App Store and allows you to share a to-do list on the Internet. When a list is shared on-line, you can access it from any Mac, iPhone or iPad running the Delegate application. Users...

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Apr 13
PopChar X upgrade focuses on metrics, font size

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.2 (http://www.ergonis.com), an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade focuses on metrics and font size.

The most prominent change is a new slider at the bottom of the PopChar window that allows you to customize the display size of individual fonts in addition to the global setting in PopChar's preferences. The new slider is designed for fonts with small and light characters that you want to appear in a larger size.

PopChar 5.2 also contains fine-tuned adjustments for many popular fonts. The program "knows" about 70-plus fonts with unusual metrics and avoids large white areas around characters, which results in larger characters that are easier to read. Beyond that, PopChar 5.2 solves some known issues and reduces the CPU load when running in the background.

PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however,...

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Apr 13
Cocktail for Snow Leopard shaken to version 4.9

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").


Cocktail 4.9 (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 10.6.7. 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 website.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.

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Apr 13
Bria for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 3.2

CounterPath has updated their enterprise grade desktop and laptop softphone, Bria (http://macte.ch/wfd6Y) ,with the release of Bria 3.2 for Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

The update includes user requested functionalities and new option, including a richer user interface, wider ranging presence capabilities and enhanced contact and account integration. Bria users can pull in and communicate with contacts from different sources and accounts, including local and company directories, Microsoft Outlook, XMPP, XCAP and WebDav servers. Contacts can be merged into a single view with all of their information from different sources in one place.                      

The latest update enable Bria users call or IM a contact with a single click, as well as expand or collapse their list to show more or less information about each contact. With version 3.2, the software now enables organizations to create...

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