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Mar 07
'MUG Event Calendar': tax preparation, going paperless...

A busy week on "The MUG Event Calendar" features both new and familiar presenters.

Original Mac team member and iApp developer Bill Atkinson will address one California group while Adam Christianson will be the featured guest at another. Rob Pegorano of the Washington Post will speak to a Washington D.C. group, Intego will appear at a Texas Group, The Apple Store will make presentations to North Carolina and California groups, and Best Buy will send their Apple reps to a Virginia group.

Other topics on this week’s calendar include online tax preparation, the Command Line, iWork, going paperless, Mac maintenance, RapidWeaver and, more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical...

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Mar 07
'MacVoices' looks at the iPad 2

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) John Martellaro of "The Mac Observer" talks about his disappointment in the iPad 2.

He tells why wasn’t as wowed as he would have liked, and wrote an article that drew plenty of interesting responses. Martellaro talks about why he was disappointed, but will buy an iPad 2 anyway, and the many and varied comments that have been directed his way.

"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 who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Mar 04
Apple looking for iOS speech engineers

Apple plans to hire new employees related to voice control and syncing for the iPhone, "suggesting further enhancements in both categories for future handsets," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The web site's staff found job openings for "iOS Speech Operations Engineers" and an "IOS Server Speech Engineer" that will work as part of the iOS Application Frameworks team at Apple's Cupertino, CA, headquarters. Another three job listings pertain to iPhone and iOS sync technology. Two are for an "iPhone Sync Development Engineer" and one is for an "iPhone Sync QA Engineer."

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Mar 04
Apple negotiating for more flexibility for digital purchases

Apple is talking with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group to give users more flexibility in how they access purchased music, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/k8U6Y).

Under discussion is a deal that would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost, the article says, quoting "three people with knowledge of the plans." The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.

Apple and the record labels are eager to maintain demand for digital downloading amid increasing popularity for Internet services such as Pandora Media, which don’t sell tracks and instead let users stream songs...

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Mar 04
iPad 2 shipments expected to top two million in March

Apple's still on target to take 40 million iPads from Taiwan suppliers in 2011 with shipment volume expected to top 6-6.5 million units, including over three million iPad 2 models, in the first quarter and to further expand to 10-12 million units in the second, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://macte.ch/fsonZ).

After producing 1.7-2 million units of the first-generation iPad in January, Apple began to phase out production of the old model in February, while beginning to roll out the iPad 2, the article adds, quoting component suppliers in Taiwan." Shipments of iPad 2 are expected to top 2-3 million units in March.

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Mar 04
TransGaming releases Dragon Age: Ultimate

TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Ultimate (http://gametreemac.com/bioware/dragon-age-origins-ultimate-edition-mac) for Intel-based Macs for US$39.99. It includes the original Dragon Age: Origins, the sequel: Awakening, and all nine DLC packs.

Here's how Dragon Age Ultimate is described: "Dragon Age: Origins: Discover the groundbreaking RPG, winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 'Game of the Year' awards! You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures....

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Mar 04
Apple eyeing iPhone based on China Mobile telecoms standard?


Apple CEO Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on China Mobile's fourth-generation telecoms standard, the chairman of the Chinese telecoms operator says -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/dr223).

"Jobs has said he's very interested in developing an iPhone that will run on TD," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's consultative meeting. Apple officials weren't available for comment.

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, is currently testing a fourth-generation network that runs on its homegrown TD standard, and is looking to smartphone operators to design phones that support the system.

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Mar 04
Apple patching Safari before hacking contest?

Apple will patch its Safari wb browser before the Pwn2Own hacking contest kicks off next week, according to security researchers -- as noted by "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/zONus). If so, the company will join both Google and Mozilla, which have issued security updates for Chrome and Firefox as preparation for Pwn2Own.

On Wednesday, Apple patched 57 vulnerabilities in its iTunes music software. Fifty of those bugs were attributed to WebKit, the open-source browser engine that Safari’s built on, says "Computerworld." iTunes relies on WebKit to render its online store component.

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Mar 04
M-Edge announces accessories for the iPad 2

M-Edge Accessories (http://www.medgestore.com) has announced their upcoming line of accessories designed for the upcoming iPad 2. They'll be available in the spring.

M-Edge CEO Patrick Mish says the iPad 2 accessories will include fan favorites from M-Edge’s Professional line, made of durable microfiber leather and available in a variety of vibrant colors. Among the Professional line offerings are the Executive Jacket, sporting a new design and updated stand functionality; and the Method Portfolio, a favorite of business professionals, with additional storage space and versatility.

For the more intrepid iPad 2 users, M-Edge’s Sport line provides peace of mind and the ultimate in rugged protection, Mish says. The bestselling Latitude Jacket will be back with a new look, but the same zip-around protection to guard your iPad from dust and drops. For fully-optimized use of the iPad 2, the Latitude...

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Mar 04
BusyCal, BusySync, and the new MobileMe Calendar

Apple recently announced that all MobileMe members must upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5. If you're a BusyCal or BusySync user (http://www.busymac.com), upgrading to the new MobileMe Calendar may require significant changes to your calendar sharing workflow and affect other members of your workgroup.

The new MobileMe Calendar functions as a CalDAV server and requires all calendars you wish to sync between your Mac and iOS device to be hosted on MobileMe. This allows you to sync calendars between multiple Macs and iOS devices through the cloud from any location. It's ideal for single users, families, and small workgroups provided everyone uses MobileMe as their cloud server.

However, if you're sharing calendars with others in a large workgroup it may not be practical for all users to use MobileMe as their cloud server. In that case, your organization may wish to consider other cloud...

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Mar 04
Case-Mate debuts accessories for the iPad 2

Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has unveiled a collection of cases for the iPad 2.. The collection includes seven new accessories that will be available starting in late March:
 
The Pop! case (US$49.99) is co-molded materials of plastic and soft rubber unite to create a hard case with a soft touch. A built in stand extends for an l viewing screen or remains hidden to create a flat back cover. A

The $34.99 Simple Slab is a two-toned protective case that "strips the iPad 2 down to its truest geometric form, a rectangle. The angular case looks unforgiving but is actually squishy and grippy.

The high-profile Leo case ($99.99) unfolds into a portable workstation. Made of leather and nylon, Leo comes equipped with a grip handle for a carry solution. Secured with a zipper closure, the textured embossed case features an adjustable viewing stand and provides storage for a notebook and...

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Mar 04
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid Case for iPad 2 available for pre-order

Marware says its C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad 2 is now available for pre-order (http://www.marware.com/ipad-kindle-cases-and-covers/iPad-2-Cases/C-E-O-H...). The sequel to the original iPad case is a fusion of the traditional hard shell case and soft fabric folio case.

The protective lid doubles as a stand and adjusts into multiple angles for displaying, viewing, typing or using FaceTime. The C.E.O. Hybrid sports an integrated hand strap, reinforced grip corners for maximum hold, a secure closure and added corner protection.

The Marware case allows access to all iPad 2 buttons and ports and has a camera hole cutout on the back. It's available in black.

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Mar 04
Strata launches Design 3D SE in Mac App Store

Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released Strata Design 3D SE in the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It provides the essentials for getting started in 3D design, with 3D modeling and texturing tools, advanced lighting features, environments, and Strata's Raydiosity rendering engine.

Users can create from scratch or choose to utilize prebuilt scene templates, models, textures and effects, or import models from other 3D modeling programs and download sites like Google 3D Warehouse. Strata Design 3D SE was developed using a large subset of the tools and the same user interface found in Strata's professional 3D modeling and animation software, Strata Design 3D CX.

Strata 3D University extends the Strata Design 3D SE offering with professional online video training in 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering, allowing subscribers to learn Strata Design 3D SE at their own pace. A subscription the Strata...

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Mar 04
OWC Data Doubler replaces optical bay with more internal storage

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution adds 133% more internal storage capacity than the factory offers to the new 2011 MacBook Pro models announced by Apple last week.

The OWC Data Doubler enables new MacBook Pro owners to replace their infrequently used optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for upgrading the main drive bay up to 1TB storage capacity and/or adding up to 750GB additional capacity in the optical drive bay for a total of 1.75GB of total internal data storage and backup capacity, create an internal RAID, or create other customized internal data storage configurations.

The US$75 OWC Data Doubler is available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/datadoubler/ and comes...

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Mar 04
New 'Class on Demand' webinar available

Larry Jordan details mixing techniques in Soundtrack Pro, as well as innovative ways to create high-definition Blu-Ray discs in Final Cut Pro, Roxio Toast, and Adobe Encore in this week's "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinars.

An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. This week, Jordan explores the process of audio mixing and creating Blu-ray disks with "Advanced Audio Mixing Techniques in Soundtrack Pro" and "Create a Blu-ray Disk for HD Video."

Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar is priced at US$34.99. For more information about the "Legends Series," including a full list of available webinars, go to http://www.classondemand.com/legends/ .

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Mar 04
Disk Drill is new data recovery software for Mac OS X

CleverFiles Software has announces Disk Drill, a data recovery solution for Mac OS X. It helps recover lost data, deleted files, and also strives to prevent unexpected data loss. It lets you recover from HFS/HFS+, FAT, NTFS and other file systems -- even from initialized and formatted disks.

Disk Drill 1.1 offers support for Apple-related data like PAGES, MOV, etc), scanning session management, live preview while scanning, iPod recovery (non-iOS devices only), portable mode and more. It also features S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and now helps you prevent hard disk's failures by constantly checking a number of parameters provided by hard drive manufacturers.

If your disk gets unmounted by itself during scanning due to bad blocks, or produces ticking noise and is likely to go offline for good before you get all your data back from it, Disk Drill lets you back-up any disk into DMG, which can be mounted in your Mac for delayed recovery. The main difference here is the fact...

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Mar 04
PDF Studio 6.6 released with new tool chest, more

Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6.6. The upgrade adds a tool chest, custom stamps, annotation groups, Microsoft Word import, native file dialogs, and more.

PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard and supports the latest PDF format. You can: manage digital IDs and trusted certificates for digital signatures; batch preflight to preflight to verify PDF/X compliancy for multiple documents at once; and batch crop to crop multiple documents at once and change the margins for crop box, bleed box, trim box or art box.

PDF Studio is available for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. PDF Studio comes in two flavors: PDF Studio Standard at $60 and PDF Studio Pro at $95.

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Mar 04
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator

Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator. The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution now includes a thematic mapping feature called MAP Themes.

Like the name implies, it produces dot density maps and uses stylesheets to symbolize choropleth maps based on various types of data classification. In addition, it can create custom charts using data attribute values.

Other new features and enhancements of MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator include:

° New thematic mapping features including support for pie and bar charts and dot density maps;

° New import services: Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Map Service (WMS);

° Support for import formats including GPX and Microsoft Excel;

° Import support for Esri ArcMap documents (.mxd).

Esri Basic Personal Geodatabase format support is now available for the Mac. A new...

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Mar 04
CTM releases FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1, Server for Mac OS...

CTM Development (http://www.ctmdev.com) has released FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2, an update to their networked document indexing and retrieval solution for Mac OS X. The new version offers enhanced preview displays with additional document types with FoxTrot's usual occurrences highlighting and document-level search, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents, as well as iCal events, Address Book contacts, and Mail messages.

There are several user interface improvements. FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2 also offers: optimized concurrent updating of indices (using the Indexing menu); partial index updating; and enhanced AppleScript support

Developed with law firms, media and mobile professionals in mind, FoxTrot Professional Search locates documents and their content using multiple categorization of search results, ranked by relevance. Utilizing the latest Cocoa...

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Mar 04
Drink More Water trickles to the Mac App Store

iLifeTouch has introduced Drink More Water 1.1 (http://ilifetouch.com/DrinkMoreWater) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$1.99 and is found in the Health & Fitness section.

Drink More Water allows you to keep track of exactly how much water you have consumed in a day. It also allows you to keep track of your water consumption for the entire week and provides you with your weekly average.

Drink More Water was designed to be so simple that no language component is needed to understand how to use the app. Look at the screenshots, and you're ready to use this water tracking device immediately, according to the folks at iLifeTouch.

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Mar 04
Digital Heaven announces public beta of Final Print 2.0

Digital Heaven (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk) has announced a free, time-limited public beta release of Final Print 2.0, a tool for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects.

It allows the user to view a list of clips, markers or the content of a bin with up to 10 columns of information. Version 2.0 adds the option of printing clips inside sequences, support for colored markers and the ability to load items directly from projects currently open in Final Cut Pro.

This new version also adds numerous features and enhancements including: a completely redesigned interface; the ability to load projects directly from Final Cut Pro 7; support for viewing clips within sequences; the ability to have multiple XML files or projects open at once; and the ability to filter current display by colored markers and video/tracks.

Final Print 2.0 beta requires an Intel-based Mac with Final...

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Mar 03
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 3

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

"The Chronicle of Higher Education," a voice in higher-education journalism, has launched what it says is the first-ever app for higher-education news to be developed especially for the iPad. The free app preserves the t look-and-feel of the print publication, and adds interactive audio, video, and slideshows to supplement The Chronicle's mix of reporting and commentary.

Wertago Team has announced ClusterPic, an event pic-sharing iPhone app giving event-goers instant access to all photos taken at their event. The app will be available for free on all Apple iOS devices after Apple App Store approval.

Next Gen Games has released Ball Busters 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The game features a reworked classic pong style gameplay with...

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Mar 03
Gartner: iPad cutting into mobile computer sales

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) is lowering its personal computer forecast for 2011 and 2011 based on expectations of weaker demand for mobile computers thanks to devices such as the iPad.

Gartner expects 2011 computer unit growth has been lowered to 10.5% and the 2012 growth reduced to 13.6%. However, the research group expects things to pick up over the long haul.

Gartner forecasts that global computer shipments will reach 387.8 million in 2011. For 2012, the research group is eyeing shipments totaling 440.6 million units.

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Mar 03
Apple launches Joint Venture retail service

Apple has launched Joint Venture (http://www.apple.com/retail/jointventure/), a retail-based service. It's an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers.

According to Apple, Joint Venture is a program designed to help you use your Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs. The JV team will set up your new Apple products, train your employees to get the most out of them, and make sure everything stays working with dedicated support.

Apple says it will work with you from the beginning to make sure your new systems are up and ready to use, usually within 24 hours. "We’ll transfer your existing data -- including your mail, calendar, and address book -- from your PC or Mac, and install any additional software you’ve purchased from the Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store," the company says.

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Mar 03
Apple tops 'Most Admired Companies' list for fourth...

"Fortune" has revealed its annual list of the World’s 50 Most Admired Companies. Apple tops the list again, for the fourth year in a row.

Working with the Hay Group, "Fortune" surveys more than 4,100 executives, directors, and  analysts across industries, who select the companies they admire most. Apple tops the list, followed by Google (No. 2) and Berkshire Hathaway (No. 3)

Of the nine traits the Hay Group surveys, only Apple preserved its pre-recession (2007) status as the top company for “innovativeness.” Goldman Sachs triumphed over General Electric in the “ability to attract, develop, and keep talented people," Amazon.com is now number one over Anheuser-Busch for “quality of products and services,” and Google replaced Berkshire Hathaway as the company most “valued as a long-term investment.”

In another sign of the “great shakeout,” Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, L’Oreal and AT&T have dropped off this year’s list. The most heavily represented categories on...

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