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Nov 15
Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star comes to the Mac has announced iWin's Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star Premium Edition for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's available as an US$19.95 digital download; a 60-minute trial version is also available.

The Sleepless Star Premium Edition is the fifth game in the casual game series. Here's how it's described: "Follow the travels and travails of intrepid explorer, Percy Pack, in Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star. On a quest for a jewel called the Sleepless Star, Percy discovers that the jewel has been stolen from a Native American village by an unscrupulous jewel collector.

"Along with Percy and a beautiful Algonquin named Yellow Feather, travel to exotic locations on two continents and overcome dangers at every turn, in an effort to recover the jewel. Solve over 150 jewel board puzzles, including never-before-seen obstacle puzzles! Progress through a beautifully illustrated and fully voice-acted story that includes collectible power-ups and quest options filled with...

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Nov 15
SQLabs announces SQLiteConverter

SQLabs has announced SQLiteConverter (, an US$49 tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite.

The app guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.

SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire database or just select the individual tables you want to backup.

SQLiteConverter requires...

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Nov 15
Adobe ships Acrobat X Pro

Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat X Pro, its document collaboration tool for creative professionals. It allows users to deliver communications using PDF Portfolios, and work together with shared document reviews.

Users can also simplify workflows with integrated online services for storing and sending documents, and ensure designs will print accurately with advanced print production tools, according to Adobe. Additionally, the company has added two new cloud services -- Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF -- designed to improve document exchange and enable easy PDF creation. In Acrobat X:

° The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.

° New customization options for PDF Portfolios enable designers to create and share custom layouts and themes and develop PDF Portfolios with consistent branding and presentation.

° Tight integration with online services at allows users to share large files...

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Nov 15
PDF Checkpoint update automates file routing, more

Zevrix ( has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.3. The new version automates file routing and report creation after preflighting.

PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.

PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.

With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK...

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Nov 15
European iAd partners may be named this week

This week, Apple is reportedly set to announce its first European partners for iAd, reports "" ( The news follows on the heels of last week’s deal to take iAds to Japan, in partnership with Japanese agency Dentsu.

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50%of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010, says Jobs.

He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using...

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Nov 15
Apple's Scott Forstall a 'name you need to know'...

"Forbes" magazine says Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone Software, is "a name you need to know" in 2011.

Here's what' "Forbes" say about Forstall: "Last month, Jobs said we’ll start finding more ideas from the mobile version of Apple’s OS X operating system recycled in its desktop machines. It’s also a safe bet that the software will play a role at the center of any new devices Apple introduces over the next few years.

"So, Keep an eye on Scott Forstall, the engineer who came to Apple from NeXT with Jobs, and who runs Apple’s iOS group, which now power more than 100 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Forstall was one of the original architects of OS X, the operating system that saved the company earlier this decade."

Forstall graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a degree in symbolic systems, and received his Master's Degree in 1992 for computer science, also from Stanford.

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Nov 15
Financial services, technology and healthcare industries...

Good Technology, which specializes in multiplatform enterprise mobility, has released numbers that show that the financial services, technology and healthcare industries are seeing the greatest adoption of the iPad for business use.  

The data comes from an analysis of Good Technology's user base, which includes over 4,000 enterprise customers, whose iPad deployments range from one to over 1,000 iPads.  The company also released an update to its Good for Enterprise application in the Apple App Store, which delivers an user experience tailored for the larger iPad screen and enhances IT's ability to

"We took a close look at our customers who have deployed iPad devices so far," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "We found that the financial services sector dominated, accounting for 36% of Good's iPad activations to date. The technology sector came in second at 11%, followed closely by healthcare at 10%. We believe these...

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Nov 15
Cleveland Heights students getting Apple laptops

About 1,900 Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio students are receiving Apple laptop computers this week and next week, reports "The Sun News" ( It’s part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district’s Teaching and Learning with Technology initiative, launched two years ago at Monticello Middle School.

Students at each small school at the high school are receiving their laptops on a different day, through Tuesday. Informational meetings for parents or guardians are being held the night before students get the computers, says "The Sun." When the rollout is complete, all students and teachers in the district in grades 6-12 should have laptop computers.

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Nov 15
'MUG Event Calendar':MacBook Air, iLife '11, more

A variety of topics are on this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Dae Helmly of Adobe will visit a Maryland group, while a California Final Cut Pro Group will welcome Larry Jordan, along with a host of other speakers. Some of the topics to be demoed by user group leaders or guest presenters include the MacBook Air, iLife ‘11 and its components, the iPhone, Address Book, Preview, Photoshop Elements, the iPad, TypeStyler, Art Text and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (, 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 Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Nov 15
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Mac OS X 10.6.5, 3D TV, more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at Mac OS X 10.6.5, 3D TV, Windows 7 Phone and more.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at .

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Nov 15
Apple TV number 12 on Amazon's best-selling gadgets list

Amazon has quietly updated its best selling electronics list to include several gadgets that were not showing up before, including the Apple TV and the Boxee Box, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (

Apple TV is currently the no. 12 best-selling gadget on Amazon. The Boxee Box is no. 15.

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Nov 15
Cisco hires former Apple vice president

Cisco has hired Mark Papermaster, who oversaw Apple Inc.’s mobile-device engineering until he left in August after criticism of the iPhone’s antenna design, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" ( He'll be serving as a vice president working on chips at Cisco.

Papermaster is responsible for chips that go into the Nexus 7000 and Catalyst switches, products that help route network data, Neil Wu Becker, a spokesman for Cisco, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, told "Bloomberg Businessweek."

Papermaster has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of...

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Nov 15
New Take Control book explains networking

Basic network connections from an iPhone or iPod touch are simple to make, but for those who need to go beyond the basics, whether to understand more fully how to make unusual connections, or to establish connections that are private and secure, there's the new Take Control ebook, "Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition."

The 165-page ebook costs US$15, and it is available now at . In this ebook, readers will learn how networking expert Glenn Fleishman thinks about iOS networking and profit from his explanations and advice on key networking topics, such as the ins and outs of creating secure Wi-Fi connections, exploiting alternative 3G data plans, tethering, conserving 3G data, connecting Bluetooth devices, accessing files stored on local computers and in the cloud...

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Nov 12
Apple releases iTunes 10.1

Apple has released iTunes 10.1 on Friday, adding support for iOS 4.2 and iOS 4.2's AirPlay feature. iOS 4.2 hasn't been released yet, but is expected any day now.

AirPlay is audio streaming technology. At a special event on Sept. 1, Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted the technology, a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.

iTunes 10.1 also offers stability and performance improvements, according to Apple. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 12

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

Swag Soft has announced Sedo PicPic 1.0, a photo app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$0.99 was designed to let photo loving folks decorate their pictures with frames and stamps based on the cute and crazy characters from the new cartoon series "Sedo Dog." You can personalize messages, doodle in different shapes and colors and resize stamps and photo props. And you can share your masterpieces with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

XIMAD has released Office Rush HD 1.0 for the iPad. The $1.99 arcade style puzzle adventure. Players are tasked with working their way up the corporate ladder in the most literal sense as they hurdle obstacles and progress through a maze-like gauntlet en route to the top floor of a skyscraper to achieve the...

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Nov 12
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bare Bones Software ( has released BBEdit 9.6.1, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. It's a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.

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Nov 12
iPad among TIME's '50 Best Inventions of 2010'

TIME lists the iPad among the "50 Best Inventions of 2010." Here's what the publication has to say about the Apple tablet:

"How does Apple keep out-inventing the rest of the tech industry? Often, it's by reinventing a product category that its competitors have given up on. In theory, the iPad is merely a follow-up to such resoundingly unpopular slate-style computers as Microsoft's Tablet PC. But Apple is the first company that designed finger-friendly hardware and software from scratch rather than stuffing a PC into a keyboardless case. When it calls the results 'magical' and 'revolutionary,' it's distorting reality only slightly. One analyst says the iPad is the fastest-selling nonphone gizmo in consumer-electronics history."

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Nov 12
Is the MacBook Air cannibalizing iPad sales?

Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar tells clients that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing iPad sales, reports "Fortune" ( The analyst says:

° Supply chain checks that suggest that Apple's monthly iPad production rate is unlikely to exceed two million per month by year's end -- considerably less than the 3 million/mos. some had predicted. That would put those six-plus million sales estimates for the December quarter at risk.

° Unspecified "anecdotal evidence" that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing the iPad. "A fully functional notebook in a very attractive form factor, may be resonating more with consumers than a content consumption only device." says Kumar.

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Nov 12
Murdoch: iPads cannibalize newspaper sales

James Murdoch, head of News Corp's operations in Europe and Asia, says sales of newspaper apps for devices like the iPad are cannibalizing sales of physical newspapers, reports "Reuters" (

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's CEO and James's father, has called the iPad a game-changer for news media. Many in the industry agree, thanks to the iPad's large screen, high resolution and capacity for interactive features, notes "Reuters."

The article says James Murdoch welcomed the opportunity to sell through Apple's iTunes online store...

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Nov 12
Jouve Group offers direct online eBook conversion for Apple’s...

Jouve ( has developed an online client platform for Apple’s iBookstore, making its industrial conversion solutions available to publishers of all sizes.

Production costs start from US19.99 per book. Whatever the format (image or print PDF, epub, XML) or the complexity of the job, Jouve says it "ensures the highest quality production from its site in France. The production cost for each title is quoted upfront, and publishers can pay online to start the conversion process immediately.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Nov 12
AJA ships KONA 3G

AJA Video Systems ( is shipping its new KONA 3G capture card. The multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G/2K video I/O hardware for Mac and PC-based systems is available now, with an optional K3G-Box for additional connectivity.

AJA President Nick Rashby says KONA 3G provides professional editors with the utmost in workflow flexibility, supporting a broad range of video formats including: 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, new HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, real-time hardware-based up/down/cross conversion to support a range of SD and HD formats, dual-link HD, even 2K formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer and more.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995. The K3G-Box is $395.

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Nov 12
Grand Theft Auto trilogy drives onto the Mac

Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software and TransGaming have brought the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy to the Mac. The trilogy revisits the entries of the series and includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy is available via TransGaming’s Mac gaming portal ( for 30 days, with additional retailers to follow across North America and Europe. Each game costs US$14.99.

Here's how the trilogy is described: "Grand Theft Auto III introduced a 3-dimensional Liberty City and a completely open and interactive world, filled with hidden challenges and innovative 3D gameplay. The immense map offered players a scope and depth never before seen in games.  

"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City took a trip back in time and revisited the 1980s, complete with the era’...

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Nov 12
PluralEyes for Promiere Pro CS 4/5 launched

Singular Software ( has launched PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X public beta program. Designed with video professionals in mind, PluralEyes provides workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects.

Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. The PluralEyes application accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions, he adds.

PluralEyes for Premiere Pro for OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software website for an introductory price of US$119 until Dec. 11.  The...

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Nov 12
SOHO Labels 5 adds new templates, artwork

Chronos ( has released SOHO Labels 4, an upgrade to its label, envelope, and letterhead software for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later. It adds new "smart" templates and a collection of artawork.

Also new is: Cover Flow for previewing kits in a dedicated window; a Font Preview mode for previewing fonts in a list or animated fashion; a Trim To Label feature to hide objects outside the canvas for a quick preview; named placeholders, automatic images, and more; regular text placeholders and text + image placeholders. Also, SOHO Labels 5 sports 23 new iScrapKits containing 1,308 graphics from artists all over the world.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site. SOHO Labels costs US$39.99 a single user license and $69.99 for a family pack. Registered SOHO Labels 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x customers can upgrade to version 5 for $25.

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Nov 12
Akvis revs NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.5 ( for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an update of the tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos.

You can choose from these nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire. You can also create a vast array of effect versions.Change the weather on a photo, illuminate a night sky with glistening stars, light up a dark landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect and more.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased...

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