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Feb 02
Bubble Harp comes to the Mac App Store

Developer Scott Snibbe ( says Bubble Harp 1.0, his visual music app is now available in the Mac App Store. With Bubble Harp, it's possible to create music just by moving your mouse or fingers.

Because it's algorithmically generated, the song shifts subtly each time it repeats, like a jazz musician might riff on a scale or theme, Snibbe says. It's based on his iOS app of the same name.

The Mac version features a new "heads-up" interface that pops up from the bottom of the screen to allow change the musical scale, tempo, drawing speed, and other parameters. Bubble Harp requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$1.99.

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Feb 02
AutoCrypt is app for batch processing encryption of documents

Pomola ( has released AutoCrypt for batch processing encryption of documents. It lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives.

Using AutoCrypt, a single click is enough to encrypt hundred of files from a source to another places. Using the blowfish mechanism, all the encrypted files will be totally unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password, according to the folks at Pomola.

The obtained encrypted files can be transmitted or stored in unsafe place without any security problem. All the setting used to encrypt the original files, are saved inside an AutoCrypt document.

AutoCrypt Mac OS X requires 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. AutoCrypt is being offered an introductory price of US$7.

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Feb 02
MyService offers 3TB iMac, Mac Pro hard drive upgrade

MyService ( has announced a new 3TB hard drive upgrade for the iMac and Mac Pro. These new 3.5-inch drives by Hitachi are the largest desktop drives available. The upgrades cost US$299, plus shipping.

MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service includes the new drive, professional installation and data transfer. Most hard drive upgrades are completed the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac is cleaned, tested and returned to you, along with your old drive. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 3TB upgrade won't void your Apple warranty.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB hard drive comes with 7200RPM performance, a 64MB data buffer and uses the new 6Gb/s SATA interface. This configuration shows an improvement of up to 27% over previous generation products, according to the folks at MyService.

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Feb 02
Stairways Software releases Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store

Stairways Software ( has released Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and offers a way for children to learn the most common English words.

The program -- which requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 -- can handle multiple children (even an entire class), and tracks each child's progress showing which words that child has mastered and, more frequently, prompting them with words that have not yet been committed to memory. Almost 2,000 words are included, including those in the Dolch Word List.

All are internally ordered from easiest to hardest, so that the easier words are offered early. You can also generate a report of the child's current status, showing words they know, words they are still working on, and words that they haven't yet tried.

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Feb 02
SIP/H.323 video conferencing now on iPhone 3GS, iPad

After the recent launch of ClearSea Client for the iPhone and fourth generation iPod touch, Mirial says that iPhone 3GS and iPad have been added to the list of certified devices for Mirial ClearSea.

ClearSea is a video conferencing software including a client for iOS devices that enables organization to connect every Mac, PC, Android or iOS device and any standards-based H.323/SIP equipment. It allows you to integrate a traditional room based video communication systems or to deploy a new HD desktop and mobile solution without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.

ClearSea for iOS devices is available today. For more info and a free demo go to .

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Feb 02
BorisFX releases AAF Transfer 2

BorisFX ( has released Boris AAF Transfer 2.0, an update of the set of two Apple Final Cut Pro plug-ins for transferring sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems.

One of the plug-ins exports Avid-compatible AAF format files from Final Cut Pro to Avid editing and finishing systems. The other plug-in imports AAF format files from Avid editing and finishing systems to Final Cut Pro.

Using Boris AAF Transfer, Avid and Final Cut Pro users can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes. Avid’s AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture gives Avid users direct access to many QuickTime formats, while Final Cut Pro users can access Avid MXF files using Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import for OS X. Boris AAF Transfer supports both online and offline workflows.

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Feb 02
MarkMyWords for Mac OS X gets new plug-in system

Xelaton Software has released MarkMyWords 1.1.0, an update to the text-editor specially aimed at web authors. Improvements in version 1.1.0 gives writers more control over their articles.

MarkMyWords offers ways to format and structure articles for the web while retaining platform-independence by using plain text documents. Version 1.1.0 sports a new plug-in system to enhance the feature set. By using one of the script-languages -- Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby -- plug-ins can be created. The MarkMyWords-Plugin web site offers a collection of plug-ins to download and developer documentation on how to write your own.

Also new in version 1.1.0 are refinements and enhancements to existing features. For example, creating Markers, setting Markers and removing Markers are all now possible in just one shortcut. One-Click-Styles have been improved by adding block-markup for lists and Markdown quotes.

Another new feature is the use of preselected save-folders. With a...

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Feb 02
Apimac Compress Files 5.0 available on the Mac App Store

Apimac's Compress Files 5.0 ( for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

Compress Files enables Mac users to create Zip compressed and encrypted files, XAR archive files, 7zip and 7zip crypted archives, TAR archives; Gzip compressed archives; Bzip2 compressed archives and compressed and encrypted disk images. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information and Mac specific file attributes when creating Zip archives.

What's more Compress Files let you omit Mac-specific invisible files when creating zip files. Invisible Mac-specific files can be annoying when you transfer Zip files to other systems. Windows and Linux make these files visible, and they could create confusion to recipients that receive your files. Compress...

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Feb 02
TapeDeck for Mac OS X adds channel selection support

SuperMegaUltraGrovvy and toastycode have updated TapeDeck (, an audio recorder designed with a quick-capture workflow in mind, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for channel selection on professional audio hardware, and audio monitoring for recording line input sources. TapeDeck now allows users to listen to their attached audio sources as they're recording.

Recordings from TapeDeck will preserve their full fidelity when dragged into GarageBand, Logic Pro, or any Professional audio application that supports ALAC audio, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. The app was designed to emulate a real cassette tape recorder with a few key differences.

Every recording is automatically saved and organized in the searchable "tape box." There's no need to "tape over" anything, because a new recording is always just a click away.

TapeDeck requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Feb 02
Fanurio for Mac OS X gets new interface

Atelier Software has released Fanurio 2.4 (, an update of the Mac OS X time tracking and billing application designed for freelancers. The upgrade sees a a tweaked interface and a dock icon menu to control the timer.

Fanurio 2.4 also has a new user manual. You can now export time to an .iif file that can be imported by QuickBooks Pro. Plus, there are other improvements and bug fixes

Fanurio costs US$59; version 2.4 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available at the product web site.

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Feb 02
Yummy FTP update adds speed, usability enhancements

Yummy Software ( has updated Yummy FTP -- an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client -- to version 1.8.3. The upgrade offers speed and usability enhancements, as well as some bug fixes.

Yummy FTP was designed to deliver speedy file transfers, using a multi-connection file transfer engine coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. It has a dual pane user interface.

Yummy FTP is US$28 for a single user license. Multi-user discounts are available beginning at 10 seats. Site licenses and other discounts are available upon request. A free 30-day, fully-functional trial is available.

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Feb 02
Power Manager 4.0.4 adds new developer tools

DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.4 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes.

Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule.

For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to . Registration is approximately US$53 and $398 for Power Manager Professional.

System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later for Power Manager, and Mac OS X 10.6 for Power Manager Professional. Version 4.0.4 is free for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update.

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Feb 02
Zevrix updates BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel

Zevrix Solutions ( has released BatchOutput XLS 2.0, an upgrade to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel.

Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with Excel 2011.

BatchOutput XLS 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions web site, as well as from authorized resellers. Licensed users of version 1.x can upgrade for $19.97. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.

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Feb 02
'MacVoices' looks at SMART Board, MacTivia

Two new "MacVoices TV" ( episodes look at products seen at last week's Macworld Expo.

In one episode, Christopher Klein of SMART Technologies demonstrates the latest capabilities of the SMART Board, and talks about why their products reach far beyond their traditional education market. In another episode, KL Chang of AWIND explains how their new product, MacTiVia, can broadcast your Mac's screen to your big-screen television without the bother of cables or physical connections.

"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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Feb 01
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 1

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

Power App has announced SMSWriter 1.0 for iOS, an US$0.99 app with over 800 message templates for every occasion. There are 843 different templates in English, and 1,170 in German. Categories include: Love, Friendship, Birthday, Valentine's Day, Easter, Greetings, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Weddings, and Jokes. Customized messages may be sent from within the app.

Electric Pocket has introduced Ringtone Remix Pro for iOS, putting the power of a ringtone creation studio onto iPhone smartphones. With Ringtone Remix Pro, iPhone users can y create their own free ringtones from the music they already own and connect with Dropbox to sync and share ringtones. Ringtone Remix Pro is available for an introductory price of $0.99. A free "lite" version is...

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Feb 01
Galaxy Tab return rate is 16% (compared to the iPad's 2%)

Consumers are buying fewer Samsung Galaxy Tabs than previously believed and are returning them more frequently.

ITG Investment Research tracked point-of-sale data from nearly 6,000 wireless stores in the U.S. from the Galaxy Tab’s November debut through Jan. 15 and found the device to have an unusually high return rate, as reported by "All Things D" ( According to ITG estimates, cumulative return rates for the Galaxy Tab through December 2010 were about 13 %.

And that percentage is growing as holiday purchases are returned. ITG estimates that cumulative Galaxy Tab return rates through January 15 were 16%. The return rate for the iPad at Verizon since its debut on the carrier is just 2%, notes "All Things D."

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Feb 01
NetMarketShare: Mac, Safari, iOS gain market share

Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.25% of the global market share in January compared to 5.02% in December (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.70% as of January. That's down from 90.29% in December. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.30% in January compared to 5.89% in December, while Internet Explorer had 56% Firefox had 22.75% and Chrome had 10.70%. That compares to, respectively, December percentages of 57.08%, 22.81% and 9.98%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.05% of the global market share...

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Feb 01
Two new lawsuits involve iOS devices

Another day, another lawsuit. Well, two actually. One lawsuit is against Apple, accusing the company of privacy violations for the way it shares information collected from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users with advertisers.

The suit was filed last Thursday on behalf of an Apple user in California and seeks class-action status. According to "PC World" (, it charges Apple with sharing information about users' browsing history, application use and other personal details without their consent.

"Apple's privacy policy is opaque and confusing but one thing is clear: it does not inform mobile device users that by providing application developers with their UDID, Apple enables them to put a name to highly personal and in many cases embarrassing information derived from app downloading activity and usage, and internet browsing history, that would otherwise be anonymous," the suit reads....

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Feb 01
Apple rejects Sony's iPhone app

Apple has nixed Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store. For many, it's a disturbing development.

What's more, the company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the Apple App Store, reports "The New York Times" ( Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division, told "The Times."

The move could affect companies like and others that sell e-book readers that compete with Apple’s iPad tablet and offer free mobile apps so customers can...

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Feb 01
Beatles' 'LOVE' album, 'All Together Now...

The Beatles' "LOVE" album and "All Together Now," the feature-length documentary about the making of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, will make their worldwide digital debuts this month exclusively on the iTunes Store (  

Both titles are available for pre-order on iTunes starting today in most countries. "LOVE" will be released on iTunes worldwide Feb. 8 and "All Together Now" will follow soon after.

The "LOVE" album (US$12.99) includes exclusive, previously-unreleased "LOVE" versions of "The Fool on the Hill" and "Girl," and comes as an iTunes LP featuring an art gallery that blends images of the Beatles with colorful photos from the stage production.  "LOVE" will also be available to purchase and download as individual songs.

The "All Together Now" documentary ($12.99 HD) will be offered with iTunes Extras including the 84-minute film, three bonus featurettes and a...

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Feb 01
Comcast, Time Warner's TV Everywhere agreement offers iOS...

Comcast Corp. ( and Time Warner have signed a long-term agreement that provides Comcast digital cable customers with access to top-rated shows and movies from Turner Broadcasting System networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

The content will appear shortly after initial airing at no additional cost to Comcast’s customers on, Comcast’s On Demand service, applicable Turner web sites and Xfinity and Turner branded iPad, iPhone and Android-based tablet and phone applications with plans for live streaming later this year.

Comcast digital cable customers will have access to current and library content from signature Turner shows On Demand and online, such as “The Closer,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Southland,” “Conan,” “Lopez...

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Feb 01
Screen enlarging utility zooms to the Mac App Store

Hubapps ( has released Zoom 1.0, a screen enlarging utility for Mac OS X, in the Mac App Store. It costs US$2.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

Zoom "goes beyond the essential functionality for improving visibility and legibility of small text and images, providing a superior experience in the form of a unique, hypnotically beautiful zoom mechanism which keeps 100% of the screen visible while also zooming," according to the folks at Hubapps.

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Feb 01
TopXNotes now available at the Mac App Store

Tropical Software's TopXNotes ( note manager is now available at the Mac App Store. With the latest version (1.7) you can take your notes with you no matter which Apple touch device you're using.

TopXNotes now offers improved synchronization with iOS devices. Version 1.7 also includes other minor changes, improvements and enhancements. For example, a new, taller and customizable toolbar makes TopXNotes easier to use by putting the most frequently used tools at the user's fingertips.

The NoteOrganizer was also redesigned with a new striped background making it easier to focus on and select individual notes from the list. Note icons have also been redesigned and support for two-finger scrolling has been added.

TopXNotes 1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category...

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Feb 01
iWebTemplate adds five animated themes

In collaboration with iWebThemesPro and iPresentee, iWebTemplate ( has launched five new animated-with-Flash themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite.

The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include Flash animated and static backgrounds to choose from. All themes incorporate backgrounds and can be customized.

The new themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$9.99.

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Feb 01
Free public beta of Lo-Fi photo app for Mac OS X available

Wingnut is offering a free public beta test version of Lo-Fi, a retro photo effect application for Mac and Windows systems. It gives pictures the "funky look" of low end, toy cameras.

You can download Lo-Fi from . It turns digital photos into retro handmade snapshots. You can mix a wide range of effects from the film world, such as grain, colorful cross processing, lens blur, light leaks, and frames. All these happy accidents of film photography combine to give each photo its own quirky personality, says Terence Tay, one of the creators of Lo-Fi.

It looks and behaves like a gizmo you are holding and playing with, he adds. Lo-Fi will sell for US$29 and run on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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