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Apr 04
AT&T makes changes to early smartphone upgrade pricing

AT&T has confirmed to BGR (http://macte.ch/RlePn) that it has made changes to early upgrade pricing for its smartphones. The changes impact customers who wish to upgrade to a new smartphone but are not yet eligible for an upgrade at fully discounted two-year contract prices.

An imminent change to AT&T’s early upgrade pricing for smartphones was by the Android Central blog (http://macte.ch/xOBCV). AT&T has now confirmed to BGR that off-contract early upgrade pricing has increased by US$50 for all smartphones, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Windows Phones and Android devices. Pricing has increased by $150 when these phones are purchased with a one-year agreement.

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Apr 04
Ambrosia releases Mondo Solitaire: Extreme for Mac OS X

Ambrosia has released their first person shooter, Mondo Solitaire: Extreme (http://lgm.com/MondoExtreme), for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$15.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Bringing the addictive card tossing game play of solitaire to the edge of your seat excitement of surviving a post apocalyptic world. Play as Andrew 'Wild Card' Welch, armed with a deck of cards and a half chewed cigar, he fights his way across the barren wasteland. In a world of anarchy, the only rule is to count your cards."

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Apr 04
The New Logic Studio Unveiled By macProVideo.com

macProVideo.com, a company that specializes in tutorial videos for Apple software, has announced an exclusive first look (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eNIFtcKjVo) at the New Logic Studio.

"macProVideo.com is known for our dedication to Logic Studio education. Because of this, Apple has provided us with a world exclusive first look at the next version of Logic Studio," says macProVideo.com founder Martin Sitter. "What's more, we've been given permission to unveil some of the best new features that will be included in this amazing update to our favorite audio editor!"

macProVideo.com's publisher, Steve H, has put together a detailed tutorial video demonstrating some of the key features in the new Logic. In particular, he provides a comprehensive overview of the revolutionary "Smart Music" plug-in. Using the latest generation of predictive DSP processing, Smart...

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Apr 04
SaFPWR battery case released for the Phone

Nelson Technologies has introduced the US$79.95 SaFPWR battery case (http://www.iphonecasewithbattery.com/iphone-4-fusion), dubbed the Fusion, for the iPhone 4. The thin case sports a rechargeable battery case that purportedly more than doubles the time of your Apple smartphone.

The rechargeable iPhone 4 battery case is designed to protect the iPhone from ordinary wear and tear with a low profile design that allows you to keep the original look and feel of your iPhone 4. The SaFPWR technology promises up to 42 extra hours of audio, 11 extra hours of video play back and over two more days of total runtime.

SaFPWR batteries also protect smart phones from short-circuiting, overcharging, and over-discharging by harnessing a proprietary, built-in technology, according to the folks at Nelson Technologies.

The Fusion case adds less than  of...

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Apr 04
Lagente releases Scenario 1.5 for the Mac

Lagente Software has announced Scenario 1.5 (http://www.lagentesoft.com), an update to their AppleScript Launcher utility for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher in the Mac App Store (in the Utilities category) and costs US$4.99.

A tool for non-experienced or experienced AppleScripters alike, AppleScript Launcher enables users to automatically launch AppleScripts when specific System events occur.

The list of events include logging-in, logging out, waking from sleep, going to sleep, becoming Idle or active again and pressing a user-defined key combination. It's a great tool to automate everyday tasks. Many users like to personalize their environment, and Scenario was developed to help them, says Marcie Lewis of Lagente.

Since Scenario launches scripts based on the AppleScript language, it can talk to and automate many applications and system components, Lewis adds...

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Apr 04
Kevin Smith headlines NAB SuperMeet

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) SuperMeet (http://www.supermeet.com), now in its 10th year, is welcoming indie filmmaker, actor, director, and editor Kevin Smith to Las Vegas as the event's headlining speaker.

Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith will discuss Avid Media Composer with SuperMeet attendees. Smith launched his career in the film industry in 1994 with Clerks, followed by films such as Chasing Amy (1997), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Jersey Girl (2004). His latest project, Red State, a horror film, is set to hit theaters in October. A devoted Avid editor, Smith is set to address SuperMeet attendees on his use of Avid Media Composer during the edit process, with a special sneak peak of the soon-to-be-released Red State thrown into the mix.

One of the largest gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Avid, Autodesk, and Adobe editors, HDSLR filmmakers and digital content...

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Apr 04
Scrivener comes to the Mac App Store

Literature & Latte says Scrivener 2.0.5 (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php), an update of their content-generation tool for writers, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$44.95.

Scrivener is an application that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the first or even final draft says its creator, Keith Blount. It won't try to tell you how to write; it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application, he adds. Virtual index cards store a synopsis for every document you create and more.

With Scrivener you can edit multiple documents. You can create "limitless" documents in the same project and edit them separately or merge them dynamically and edit them as a whole.

A fully-featured outliner helps you take control of...

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Apr 04
SecureMac says it's discovered a new Mac OS X trojan horse

SecureMac say they have discovered a new version of BlackHole RAT trojan horse as labeled by the hacker as 2.0 for Mac OS X. This new version should not be confused with an older variant already detected back in February by SecureMac as BlackHole RAT 1.0c that has recently been in the news called OSX/BlackHoleRAT.B.

Upon first release of BlackHole RAT 1.0, SecureMac identified three variants of the trojan horse, including one disguised as Apple's Safari web browser. At that time, it was noted that the trojan horse appeared to be a work-in-progress, and that further variants would probably appear in the future.

SecureMac says their prediction proved to be correct, as there is a brand new version of the trojan horse currently being passed around on hacker message boards. This new version of the trojan horse is substantially different than previous variants, and is described as version 2.0 by the hacker who created it.

The new version of the trojan horse adds...

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Apr 04
'MUG Event Calendar': MobileMe, Wordpress, more

April kicks into gear on "The MUG Event Calendar" with a variety of topics.

Aaron Davis of Apple will demo MobileMe to a Washington D.C. group, a Kansas group will look at an “alternative” source for video programs, a Massachusetts will talk about syncing, Wordpress will be the topic at a Pennsylvania group --and that’s just the beginning.

"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 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 (http://www.apple.com/usergroups/).

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Apr 01
Apple-backed rules on conflict minerals take effect

Rules backed by Apple and Intel to stop sales of minerals used in electronics from funding war in Central Africa took effect today (April 1), forcing miners from the region to seek new buyers in Asia, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/3Fo4A), quoting exporters.

“There is a de-facto embargo, it’s very clear,” John Kanyoni, president of the mineral exporters association of North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told the publication. “We’re committed to continue with all these programs. But at the same time we’re traveling soon to Asia to find alternatives.”

The Conflict-Free Smelter program applies to shipments of tin ore, tungsten, gold and coltan from Congo and its neighbors and demands mineral processors prove purchases don’t contribute to conflict in eastern Congo. The regulations were developed by the Washington-based Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and Global E-Sustainability...

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Apr 01
ComScore: Apple has 25.2% of US smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in February. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8% market share. Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 33% market share.

Approximately 69.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in February, up 13% from the preceding three-month period. Google Android grew seven percentage points since November, strengthening its number one position with 33% market share. RIM ranked second with 28.9% market share, followed by Apple with 25.2%. Microsoft (7.7%) and Palm (2.8%) rounded out the top five.

Apple's numbers moved up just slightly. It had 25...

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Apr 01
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 1

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

Time Warner Cable has added 17 new channels to its TWCableTV app for the iPad. The channels, which were added overnight, include an array of programming, including sports, news and public affairs networks. Also included are Time Warner Cable’s local news channels in each market where they're available. Customers will receive all of the available networks that are included in the cable package to which they subscribe.

Swap.com, a swap movement both online and in communities across the world, has announced what it says is the first mobile swapping application for the iPhone. The free Swap.com Mobile app will enable users to scan bar codes on books, video games, movies, or CDs, and get instant access to Swap.com’s inventory of over 13 million items to swap...

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Apr 01
Jobs on list of 'World's Best CEOs'

Apple CEO Steve Jobs not surprisingly is on Barron's list of the "World's Best CEOs" (http://macte.ch/6E2YH). The list includes the "top corporate leaders from around the world."

Here's what Barron's says about Jobs: "Jobs, 56, just might be the most successful technology executive of all time, turning his start-up into both a money-minting corporate giant and a global cultural trendsetter. By the end of this year, the number of iPhones in the world could hit 100 million.

"Even now, on his third medical leave from Apple, Jobs remains a forceful presence. On March 2, he took to the stage and launched the sleek iPad 2 with classic Jobs flourish.

"The fabled inventor quietly underwent a liver transplant in 2009, raising serious questions about whether he and Apple had told shareholders enough about his medical condition. Today, with Jobs' return uncertain, battle-tested Chief Operating Officer Tim...

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Apr 01
Analyst: Apple products all have plenty of room for growth

Apple's shares could rise further despite having risen 51% over the past one year as the company's Macs, iPads and iPhones have plenty of room for growth, brokerage Sterne Agee told clients, as reported by "CIOL" (http://macte.ch/B5ZTy). The brokerage raised its price target on the stock to US$445 from $400 and said it is still a buy at the current levels.

"We think the beauty with the Apple story is that the company doesn't need to win everyone over to continue its success," says analyst Shaw Wu. "The company just needs to continue winning a fair share of its vast end markets."

He says the Mac share of the computer market share could double to 8-10% (not even counting the iPad). I'm not sure, but I think he means global market share as the Mac has already accomplished this in the US). With the iPad, the company's market share in computing devices could approach 15-17%, nearly that of HP and exceeding...

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Apr 01
Gartner adds tablets to its computer hardware spending estimates

Gartner (http://www.gartner.com) has added media tablets, such as the iPad, to its computing hardware spending estimates beginning this quarter. Including media tablets has increased the research group's computing hardware growth outlook from 7.5% to 9.5% or 2011.

Worldwide media tablet spending is projected to reach US$29.4 billion in 2011, up from $9.6 billion in 2010. Global spending on media tablets is forecast to increase at an annual average rate of 52% through 2015.

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Apr 01
Boom volume booster for Mac OS X explodes to version 1.1

Global Delight has updated Boom, a volume booster application for the Mac, to version 1.1. The update offers improvements with video boosting, channel balance, reduced CPU utilization by more than 50%. More importantly when it is idle (you make the volume boost/presets off), the app does not consume any CPU/memory.

Global Delight has also added a fun element to the app, called Shriek. With Shriek, users can test the power of their voice with the loudest shriek getting the better score and being awarded a title. Users can compete and challenge friends on Facebook using this app and compare scores both locally and globally.

Users are often confronted with the issue of low audio output on their Mac (both desktop and laptops). Sometimes the content itself comes with poor audio quality, as is the case with online videos. At other times, being outdoors doesn't help. The experience could be frustrating too like in the case of bad volume during voice chats in spite of...

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Apr 01
Let's Create! Pottery hits the Mac App Store

Infinite Dreams has released Let's Create! Pottery (http://www.idreams.pl/Pottery/index.html) on the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category. The ceramics making app requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$9.99.

Let's Create! Pottery is designed to let you create one of a kind pottery items and share them with your friends. There's also an iOS version for $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store.

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Apr 01
Avadon: The Black Fortress now available at the Mac App Store

Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html), an indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X, on the Mac app store. It requires Mac OS X10.5 or later and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey...

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Apr 01
MacX iPhone Mounter lets you transfer files from iOS devices

MacXDVD Software has announced MacX iPhone Mounter (http://www.macxdvd.com/iphone-mounter/), a file transfer solution. It's being offered for free now through April 10.

MacX iPhone Mounter lets you transfer music, movie, TV shows, podcasts, eBooks, pictures, voice memos, camera shots and more from any iDevice. The built-in browser lets you sort the files by artist, album and genres to find the files you want to transfer.

MacX iPhone Mounter lets you mount an iPhone, iPod or iPad as a portable device to export files on a Mac to anywhere you want. You can connect multiple devices simultaneously. You can read and export pictures and videos recorded by iPhone to share with just a flick.

MacX iPhone Mounter supports all generations of iOS devices and is compatible with iOS 4.2 and higher and Mac OS X 10.5 or later. After April 10, it will cost $25.95.

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Apr 01
First Toon Boom App approved in the Mac App Store

Toon Boom Studios' (http://www.toonboom.com) has been approved by the Apple for inclusion in the Mac App Store. It's available in the Entertainment section for US$39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Flip Boom Cartoon is an app for kids that lets them create animated greetings cards with drawing tools and fun templates. Children can draw and color a series of pictures with small progressive changes, record their voice over the animation, press play to see their cartoon characters come to life and share projects on Facebook and YouTube or on your iPod with the direct upload feature.

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Apr 01
Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas on the Mac App Store

PAN Vision says Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas (http://www.pvnvzvp.com) is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$0.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Pandas is an addictive new physics-based puzzle game. Players take control of the four factions, each launching their minions as projectiles at opposing armies."

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Apr 01
Intrexx is web-based app creation tool for Mac OS X

United Planet (http://www.unitedplanet.com), a developer of enterprise portal software in Europe, has introduced Intrexx for Mac OS to its portfolio of Business Adapters for operating platforms.

The new portal software will enable the Apple community to create web-based business applications and process-optimized enterprise portals, without the need for lengthy or complex programming, says Axel Wessendorf, CEO of United Planet.

“Until now, there have only been a few tools available on the market for Apple users to create database-supported applications themselves," he says. "Users have typically used Apple’s “FileMaker”. The new Business Adapter for Mac OS offers an alternative approach which will enable self-powered web applications, intranets and mobile applications to be created for Apple computer users with a simple ‘point and click’.”
 
At the heart of the new portal...

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Apr 01
Mazda Kit available for the iSimple GateWay car docking system

iSimple says its GateWay automotive docking solution for iPhone is now compatible with many 2010-2011 Mazda models.

The company has introduced a new Mazda-specific GateWay kit and added select Mazda applications to its GateWay kit for Ford. For those that own late-model Mazda vehicles, the days of needing a FM modulator or 3.5mm auxiliary cable to enjoy music from an iPod or iPhone are over, according to the folks at iSimple.

Available at car audio specialty stores nationwide, the GateWay expands the audio and entertainment capabilities of most original equipment manufacturers' stereo systems by delivering sound directly from any model of iPod or iPhone using the vehicle's factory radio controls. The GateWay also supports battery charging on all models of iPod and iPhone with 30-pin connectors, and offers an additional audio input for use with other MP3 players, smartphones and tablets.

Users can further enhance the features of their GateWay with a number of...

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Apr 01
Public preview of Helios UB2 server software available

Helios Software -- a developer of multi-purpose file-, print-, image-, and PDF-server software -- has launched a public preview of its upcoming Helios UB2 server solutions suite.

UB2 delivers better overall performance, enhanced Mac and Windows client support, as well as a broad range of new features including improved SMB/CIFS and AFP compatibility, new AD/PDC authentication, PDF text export, Apple Spotlight compatible searches, and support for Oracle Solaris 11 and Red Hat 6 servers, says Helmut Tschemernjak, president of Helios Software.

He says that Windows PCShare UB2 clients will benefit from higher SMB/CIFS compatibility, increased overall performance, as well as a new AD/PDC authentication. The upcoming Helios EtherShare UB2 provides advanced file server compatibility for Mac clients, including support for extended attributes used by Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 clients to store file comments. Support for AppleTalk, which is no longer part of Mac OS X starting...

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Apr 01
iBuildApp offers free digital company for the iPad

Silicon Valley-based startup iBuildApp recently added an iPad publishing solution (http://ibuildapp.com/ipad_self_publishing/) to their suite of iPhone templates designed for the non-coder. The solution has templates, is automated, and totally free to create and update. See it here: http://ibuildapp.com/ipad_self_publishing/.

The solution also delivers a good experience for the reader, says Rafael Soultanov of iBuildApp. When someone swipes from page to page they can choose different stories to read. Images are vivid and video is optimized, Soultanoy says. If a reader wants to comment or share what they're reading, they just tap a button.

Soultanoy says the publishing app takes just 2-3 hours to create and publish content. Just copy/paste content into the...

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