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Nov 17
PEMDAS 2.0 Calculator Widget for Mac OS X released

Michael Filippone has released PEMDAS 2.0 (http://donkeyengineering.com/pemdaswidget/), an update of a free scientific calculator widget for Mac OS X (10.5.8 and later). The first major update to PEMDAS 1.1, which won the 2007 Apple Design Award for Best Dashboard Widget, Runner-Up, the latest version offers refinements and expanded features.

Version 2.0 features a new, sleeker keypad and equation history view, and adds a third, mini-view, which reduces the view to just equation and answer. The equation history view has been redesigned, and now displays equations with their results directly below, as well as a list of all variables in the current session.

Nearly the entire interface has been re-written in response to user feedback, says Filippone. Every aspect of its graphical user interface, keypad layout, use of color, typography, display and entry fields,...

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Nov 17
Yojimbo for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 3.1, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that includes fixes for reported issues.

Version 3.0.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 3.0. For new users Yojimbo is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers.

All registered Yojimbo 2 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 3.0. Any registered customer with Yojimbo 1.0 through 1.5.2 may purchase an upgrade to Yojimbo 3 for $20, including individual, family and academic licenses.

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Nov 17
Vitamin-R update adds new charting features

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.35 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds charting of productivity and concentration levels over the course of one or several weeks allowing people to detect patterns in their work habits.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now...

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Nov 17
Typinator 4.2 compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5.

It also offers improved compatibility with third-party applications like iTunes 10, 4D, Outlook 2011, and others. Typinator 4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.2 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.

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Nov 17
Wolfram Research releases Mathematica 8

Wolfram Research has released Mathematica 8 (http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/), the latest version of its flagship computation, development, and deployment platform that introduces the concept of linguistically controlled computing.

Integrating technology of Wolfram|Alpha, the Mathematica-powered computational knowledge engine, makes it possible to enter math or data calculations in plain English and get immediate answers or start an extensive analysis, according to Wolfram CEO Stephen Wolfram. Free-form input is a new entry point into the Mathematica idea-to-deployment workflow, but Mathematica 8 adds a major new endpoint too: generation of C code and standalone executables.

Using Mathematica, organizations no longer have to rely on separate tools for prototyping and deployment, but can complete the entire workflow with one integrated tool, says Wolfram. But he says that...

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Nov 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 16

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

David Palmerio has announced E-Folk 1.0, a guitar learning tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The US$3.99 app features 11 original lessons of increasing difficulty, conveniently divided into three sections. There is no musical knowledge required to use this app. The musical notation is accompanied by audio and movie recordings.

"O, The Oprah Magazine" has come to the iPad via the O reader. It costs $3.99 and "optimizes the iPad functionality for the O reader, providing the inspiration, information and readability of the print edition, while adding bonus material and interactive features which take advantage of the device's innovative display and Multi-Touch interface."

The Iconfactory, a graphic design firm specializing in icons...

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Nov 16
MacTech releases Office for Mac 2011 benchmark results

"MacTech" has released the results of its extensive benchmark study of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. The goal was to see how well the new Office applications performed compared to Office 2008 and 2004 across a variety of configurations.  

The large suite of about 1000 tests was performed comparing the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The purpose of the testing and the article are to answer the questions "How well does Office for Mac 2011 run compared to Office 2008 and 2004?"

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for over 25 years. Our focus is to help those in the industry not only in making tough decisions, but with real-world answers. In this case, we wanted to help people understand how the new Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 performs," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "These tests clearly accomplished their goal and will aid decision makers in understanding what to expect out of Office 2011 compared to Office...

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Nov 16
QuarkXPress 8.5 available as a free update

Quark (http://www.quark.com) has released QuarkXPress 8.5, a free update to Quark’s graphic design and page layout software that is available to all QuarkXPress 8 users.

The updates in QuarkXPress 8.5 include support for Microsoft Word DOCX for the first time, updated and new PANTONE color libraries, an automatic software updater, and a number of resolved issues. In addition, the update resolves a number of user-reported issues.
 

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Nov 16
Loop Business Expo is Mac-oriented event in Orlando

The Loop Business Expo (http://loopbusinessexpo.com/?utm_source=max+event+invitations&utm_campai...) is a Mac-based event to be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Downtown Orlando Conference Center in Orlando, Florida.

The event will deliver a wealth of answers to questions spanning a wide spectrum of interests -- from medical, legal, real estate, creative and more -- says Terry Jarrell of Max Your Macs (http://www.maxyourmacsapple.com), a certified Apple and Mac consulting and training firm providing support to Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and all of Florida. PC users...

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Nov 16
Group Logic expands ExtremeZ-IP Product, announces Xserve...

Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com), a provider of digital content-driven solutions for collaboration in the enterprise and the cloud, has announced new enhancements to its ExtremeZ-IP family of products and services.

The latest release of ExtremeZ-IP, version 7.1, delivers expanded support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS).  In this latest release, Group Logic unveiled a new option for ExtremeZ-IP, called DFSConnect, that provides DFS file share support for organizations with Mac clients on Mac OS X 10.4 or later.  In addition, Group Logic announced a new suite of low-cost migration services for Apple Xserve customers looking to migrate to a Windows server environment in response to Apple’s end of life announcement.  
 


Microsoft DFS is widely used today and allows an organization to provide a single point of access to multiple file server resources. Until recently, Mac users...

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Nov 16
Elgato announces EyeTV Netstream Sat

Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has announced the new EyeTV Netstream Sat, a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV in the European market. It streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house.

It connects to your existing satellite feed and sends the TV signal through your router. If you have a Wi-Fi Network, even iPads can access standard definition channels from EyeTV Netstream Sat. This direct connection between the network tuner and an iOS4 device requires iOS 4.2 and the new version of the EyeTV app, (version 1.2 is available in the Apple App Store). This EyeTV app feature also works with the DVB-T version of the network tuner, EyeTV Netstream DTT. EyeTV Netstream Sat ships on Nov. 22 at a price of 199,95 Euro. A dual-tuner add-on is sold separately.

The newly announced version 1.2 of the EyeTV App enables both EyeTV Netstream Sat and EyeTV Netstream DTT...

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Nov 16
Mozy 2.0 promises more 'native-Mac' experience

Mozy -- the online backup service from EMC Corp. -- has announced Mozy 2.0 for Mac (http://www.mozy.com/mac-2). It sports improved features and a native-Mac experience, according to Russ Stockdale, vice president of Product Management for Mozy.

Mac users will now be able to enjoy faster upload speeds generated by optimized bandwidth usage and faster file scanning as well as pre-transfer processes, he says. Mozy 2.0 for Mac also has a new look and feel, offering a true native-Mac experience, Stockdale adds. And, in response to customer feedback, Mozy 2.0 for Mac also delivers greater visibility into which files are backed up, increasing transparency of the backup process.

Mozy 2.0 for Mac supports more advanced features for users who want even more control of the backup experience. Users can set advanced rules to automatically include or exclude specific types of data and adjust the rules as...

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Nov 16
'MacVoices' looks at vectors vs. pixels

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), graphics guru Deke McClelland is back in a bonus-length visit to talk about his new book, "Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One," his background with vector programs, and the differences between working with vectors vs. pixels.

He provides some real-world examples of the power of Illustrator, talks about when it is the right tool for the job, and how moving projects back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop lets you tap the strengths of both programs. McClelland also has Illustrator CS5 One-on-One Fundamentals video training available from lynda.com, and talks about how and why he took to video, the benefits of that format, and how he and lynda.com are hoping to continue improving it.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals...

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Nov 16
Speck adds new cases for fourth gen iPod touch

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has rolled out more than a dozen cases for the fourth gen iPod touch.

They include three new CandyShell designs, four fabric-wrapped Fitted patterns, an updated PixelSkiin HD, the GeoMetric and the Fitted x Burton case. Prices range from US$29.95 to $39.95.

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Nov 16
New Drobo products unveiled

Data Robotics (http://www.drobo.com), or "Drobo," has unveiled its new Drobo S system, which leverages USB 3.0 technology. The company is also announcing the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, "the world’s easiest-to-use remote backup for small and medium-sized businesses."

Drobo Sync is available with the company’s new DroboPro FS system. All Drobo systems feature patented BeyondRAID technology, which enables greater ease-of-use, data safety, affordability, and expandability for organizations who rely on digital storage but who do not have deep storage expertise, according to Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi.

He says the Drobo S is currently the most expandable USB 3.0 product in the market, with "industry first" support for multiple storage volumes and capacity of up to 32TB and beyond. It features backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 systems.

Drobo Sync can purportedly be configured in just minutes...

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Nov 16
Prosecution: accused Apple manager 'should forfeit all...

Paul Devine, the Apple manager accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for company secrets, should forfeit all proceeds from his fraud, prosecutors said in a court filing -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-23/judge-sets-bail-for-apple-manag...?).

Devine, let out of jail with an US$440,000 lien against his mother’s home to help secure bail, must forfeit cash “derived from proceeds” of his fraud and money laundering, the U.S. argued in court documents. Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of about $950,000 seized from as many as six different accounts, and a Porsche Cayenne, according to the Nov. 10 filing.

"Bloomberg" reports that Devine appeared in court today before U.S. District...

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Nov 16
Altec Lansing releases Octive Stage for the iPad, other iOS...

Altec Lansing (http://www.alteclansing.com) has introduced the US$149.95 Octiv Stage docking speaker system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Designed to y enhance center channel voicing for dialogue as well as stereo audio while playing and charging the device, it's is the first product from Altec Lansing designed to support the iPad.

The Octiv Stage allows users to dock and charge their iPad with the Apple 30-pin connector, while a 3.5mm auxiliary jack offers support for additional devices. Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment technology provides distinctive center channel voicing and enhanced stereo delivery for distortion-free performance even at full volume, says Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager.

What's more, the Octiv Stage features a rotating connection arm that allows the iPad to be viewed in both portrait and landscape positions. It offers a tilt screen for multiple viewing...

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Nov 16
Buffalo launches new USB storage solutions

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced the MiniStation Stealth and DriveStation Axis LED, two external drive solutions designed to meet today's storage consumer needs. The former is a portable storage solution; the latter is a single drive storage solution sporting a LED capacity meter display.

The MiniStation Stealth (pictured) is a compact portable hard drive that's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source. You can plug it into any available USB port on your Mac or PC computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. The MiniStation Stealth will be available later this month in the US market at an estimated street prices of US$74.99 for the 320GB model, $89.99 for the 500GB system and $104.99 for the 640GB version.

The DriveStation Axis LED is an external hard drive for the instant addition...

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Nov 16
Pearson, Peachpit books available on the Apple iBookstore

Pearson and Peachpit says that hundreds of their books for the home, office, and technical professional communities are now available on Apple’s iBookstore. Books from the iBookstore can be downloaded and read on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Pearson’s imprints including Addison-Wesley Professional and Prentice Hall Professional, Sams Publishing, IBM Press, Cisco Press, and Pearson IT Certification, publish a suite of learning materials and tools in the areas of IT certification, programming, operating systems/server, mobile and web development and software engineering. Que Publishing delivers practical advice on home, office and business computing.

Peachpit's umbrella covers Adobe Press, New Riders, Apple Pro Training, and Apple Training titles. Peachpit’s iBookstore titles include books by bestselling authors such as Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Garr Reynolds, and many others.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the...

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Nov 16
Web browsers, desktop software top 'Dirty Dozen' list

Bit9 (http://www.bit9.com/) has unveiled its fourth annual report of the top applications with reported security vulnerabilities in 2010. Google Chrome placed first on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by Apple Safari and Microsoft Office.

Apple and Adobe are the most represented companies with three applications each making this year’s list. The “2010 Top Vulnerable Applications” report serves as a warning to enterprises about the risks of employees downloading unauthorized software and affirms the importance of staying current with software updates, says Harry Sverdlove, chief technical officer of Bit9.

The “Dirty Dozen” list ranks applications by the number of reported “high severity” vulnerabilities that impacted end users during 2010, and includes the following:

1. Google Chrome (76 reported vulnerabilities)

2. Apple Safari (60)

3. Microsoft Office (57)

4. Adobe Reader and...

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Nov 16
LANguard updated to version 9.5

GFI Software (http://www.gfi.com), an IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, has released GFI LANguard 9.6, an update of the network security solution for automating missing patch detection and remediation for the top five web browsers running on Windows systems -- Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera Browser.

The new version expands the automated patch management capabilities to new applications-- including all of the major Web browsers. GFI LANguard combines vulnerability scanning, patch management and network and software auditing into one solution that allows IT professionals to scan, detect, assess and correct potential security risks on their networks. It costs as little as US$4 per IP.

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Nov 16
Sanyo announces new eneloop rechargeable batteries

Sanyo (http//us.sanyo.com) has released new AA- and AAA-size "eneloop" rechargeable batteries with approximately 500 more charges than previous eneloop batteries. The batteries are charged and ready to use and will maintain approximately 75% of their charge up to three years, according to Tom Van Voy, vice president and general manager of the Sanyo Digital Solutions Division.

The new eneloop 1500-cycle batteries are available immediately at Costco Stores nationwide. The combo-pack containing the 4-position charger, eight (8) AA batteries and four AAA batteries sells for US$25.99 at Costco.

The eneloop batteries in the Costco combo-pack come in two shades of blue and two shades of green. The colors provide added convenience making it easy for consumers to "pair" the batteries in devices and in the charger, says Voy.

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Nov 16
The Beatles come to iTunes

Apple said today was be a "day you'd never forget" due to some exciting iTunes news. If you're a Beatles' fan, that's true. If you're not, well, it may be, despite Apple's assertions, just another day.

You can download individual Beatles songs, the legendary group's original studio albums or buy a box set with the whole shebang. The box set is US$149, individual songs are $1.29 and albums are $12.99 each.

iTunes also has videos of Beatles performances and new TV ads announcing the group's arrival on iTunes.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Nov 16
Cheetah 3D 5.6 for Mac OS X gets rewritten transform tool

Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.6. The upgrade adds a rewritten transform tool.

The new transform tool now support multi-object selections, a gadget mode to arbitrarily align the transform gadget and much improved snapping tools for precise modeling. Version 5.6 also introduce post- and pre-rotations which are great for orienting joints. The added support for many video codecs like H.264 or MPEG4 plus many small workflow enhancements rounds up the new features.

Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.6 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4 and 16MB of VRAM. It's a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC...

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Nov 16
Verbatim rolls out new MediaShare Mini

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has introduced the MediaShare Mini, an US$89.95 home networking solution designed to make any USB drive and its files network accessible.  The new unit also allows for seamless content sharing with friends and family as well as multimedia streaming, says Verbatim Product Manager Ron Hanafin. 

Whether it’s retrieving files remotely, streaming iTunes music or uploading photos directly onto Facebook, the MediaShare Mini is "the must-have tool for today’s connected consumer," he adds. With it, consumers can view, manage and share their files through the unit’s browser-based interface. 

By simply plugging in the MediaShare Mini, connecting the unit to a home router through the included Ethernet cable and attaching any external storage device, USB or flash drive to the unit, files automatically become network accessible.  Likewise, all content stored on a drive...

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