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Jan 12
Pre-registration for MacTech Boot Camp ends Jan. 17

If you're interested in attending MacTech Boot Camp 2011 (and you know you are), you have until Monday to save US$100 on registration through the pre-registration price. It's a one-day event for those that support the home user, and small business market.  

MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

"MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, Enterprise, and ISV markets. We know that many consultants and techs in the market focus on serving the home and small business communities. MacTech Boot Camp is designed just for them," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine," sponsors of the camp.  "If you're already serving the home and small...

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Jan 12
4iThumbs2 available for the Verizon iPhone

4iConcepts (http://www.4iConcepts.com) has released 4iThumbs2, a new product designed to will help Verizon customers shift from a physical keypad to the iPhone’s touch screen. It's an "invisible," removable, ridged screen that slips onto the iPhone face to guide typing.

The overlay screen provides tactile feedback similar to a QWERTY keypad. The design protects the face of the phone without blocking the screen.

4iThumbs2 allows for blind typing on touchscreen interfaces and requires no installation or sticky adhesive. It can be removed and stored on the back of phone when not in use. It's also available in both landscape and portrait versions for the iPod touch and iPhones 3G/S and 4

4iThumbs2 (keypad only) costs US$12.95. 4iThumbs2+ with bumper to store on the back is $24.95.

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Jan 12
CloudPull backs up Google Docs to the Mac

Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull, a Mac OS X application that backs up Google Docs to the Mac. It backs up documents, spreadsheets, and presentations as Microsoft Office files; drawings as PNG image files; and other files in their native formats.

CloudPull provides users with a local, independent backup of their Google Docs, says John Brayton, developer of CloudPull. It backs up automatically, once every hour. It maintains backups of prior revisions of documents and maintains backups of documents that have been deleted from Google Docs

CloudPull allows you to: drag and drop backups from CloudPull to the Finder at any time; preview your backups via QuickLook; and search documents by filename. It supports up to 10 Google accounts.

CloudPull requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available for download and purchase from the Golden Hill Software web site (...

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Jan 12
Analyst keen on FaceTime's effect on sales of iOS devices,...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/G4vLo), Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes today raised his price target on Apple from US$390 to $420, saying the company's FaceTime video conferencing capability will have network effects that should enhance sales of iOS devices and Macs.

Apple will have 200 million FaceTime-enabled devices by the end of its 2012 fiscal year, ending September of that year, he writes. That’s an increase from the 150 million FaceTime devices Reitzes anticipated back when he first introduced this thesis, in October.

The analyst sees Apple selling 50 million FaceTime compatible iPhone units in this fiscal year; 15 million iPods with the capability; million FaceTime Macs; and 10 million FaceTime iPads. Apple’s advantage over other vendors’ wares is that the FaceTime video conferencing experience should be consistent across devices, he told clients.

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Jan 12
iPad among '10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products'

The iPad is among the "10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products of 2010" as determined by CTOEdge.com, the IT business edge-network site for IT managers who choose and implement specific technologies.

The solutions and products chosen by CTOEdge.com come from a mix of established technology companies and growing startup firms. The varied offerings that made the cut include network switches, servers, storage devices, tablets, and software.

“These products lead the pack in addressing the overarching enterprise needs that businesses will face in 2011 and in the years to come,” says CTOEdge.com Editor Michael Vizard, who oversaw creation of the list.

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Jan 12
Microsoft says Apple can't trademark the App Store name

Microsoft is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it., reports "Infoworld" http://macte.ch/LvyOx).

Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year; earlier this month Apple launched the Mac App Store.

On Tuesday, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld." In its motion, Microsoft said "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App Store and that "store" is generic for retail store services.

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Jan 12
Apple, others still pursuing those Novell patents

Open source advocates celebrating Web reports that a Microsoft-led consortium has withdrawn plans to buy hundreds of Novell patents will have to put the corks back in the champagne bottles.

However, Microsoft "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/N8Ijn) and other news media a statement saying its withdrawals of the plan from German regulators was just a procedural matter. In other words, nothing has changed, says "InformationWeek."

According to the "FOSS Patents" site (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/cptn-holdings-llc-acquirer-of-88...), Apple has teamed up with Microsoft, Oracle and EMC in a joint venture to purchase 882 patents from a company called Novell.

"I don't know much about EMC other than that it's a very significant...

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Jan 12
DocScanner available at the Mac App Store

Norfello says DocScanner Mac, a Mac OS X version of the DocScanner iPhone scanning app, is now available on the new Mac App Store.

DocScanner iPhone turns the iPhone into an OCR scanner. The app allows users to take an image from a paper document using iPhone's camera and it automatically transforms the picture into a clear PDF document that looks like it has been scanned with a flatbed scanner.

DocScanner Mac is an US$14.95 Mac OS X version of the iPhone app. It brings the same functionality to Mac OS X and it now works with any digital camera. Porting the iOS app to Mac OS X allows DocScanner to take advantage of the OpenGL 3D accelerated graphics and fast processor on your Mac. The results are much faster image processing and OCR extraction, says Tuomas Rasila, Founder of Norfello.

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Jan 12
Case-Mate announces accessories for the Verizon iPhone

Wow, what took them so long? Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has announced nine new cases for the Verizon iPhone, which was announced yesterday but doesn't arrive until February. The following Verizon iPhone accessories will be available any day now:

° Monsta (US$24.99) -- a nod to the slightly strange, this animated case "turns monsters from scary to silly." It's available in white/red, pink/purple, green/dark green and gray/white.

° Waddler ($24.99) -- an abstract penguin hides on the back of this soft case. It's available in black, brown and blue.

° Egg ($24.99) -- extruded dots of different heights simulate the distinctive look of an egg crate. It's available in red, white, blue and black.

° Gelli ($19.99) -- it offers "visually dazzling patterns and flashes of color." It's available in red, clear and grey.

° Vroom ($14.99) -- it's created with an on-the-go lifestyle...

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Jan 12
HTML 5 arrives for iOS devices

Zeewe (http://www.zeewe.com), the new HTML 5-based free and independent application platform, has reached the market. With this technology, professionals purportedly have a cheaper, easier and faster option to develop and launch an app on iOS devices, the Android, TVs, Symbiams and computers, among other possibilities.

Another Zeewe differential is the capacity to offer collection within the application. These collections are done through integration with Mozca (http://www.mozcapag.com), a Latin platform for micro-payments of virtual goods through the cell phones and other means of payment.

HTML5 is a revision to Hypertext Markup Language used to describe Web pages; CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are used to format web pages. H.264 is a video compression technology used in streaming video among other areas.

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Jan 12
Speck announces ToughSkin, ToughShell cases for the iPhone 4

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has announced ToughSkin and ToughShell cases for the iPhone 4.

“We’ve designed our new cases with two different abuse degrees in mind," says Bryan Hynecek, director of design at Speck. "The ToughSkin is well-suited for active on-the-go, everyday use, while the ToughShell is ideal for more extreme applications such as construction, law enforcement, sports and those wanting truly expanded device protection.”
 
The ToughSkin’s rubberized design sports a distinct, textured pattern that offers extra grip while protecting the phone from accidental bumps and drops, without adding excess bulk or limiting access to controls and sensors. Additionally, an inner plastic hard shell creates a secondary layer of protection from impacts. The detachable holster with rotating belt clip offers the flexibility to access your iPhone 4 and can also function as a...

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Jan 12
Mobile Edge releases ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags

Mobile Edge (http://www.mobileedge.com) has released its eco-friendly ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags. The company teamed up with DuPont,  incorporating DuPont’s polymeric material Sorona as the main material for their new cases.  

This material is produced partially with Agricultural Feedstock (corn stalks) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63 %when compared to typical petroleum based Nylon or Polyester production, according to G. David Cartwright, president and CEO of Mobile Edge. The Sorona fibers are soft and extremely stain resistant with high strength and stiffness qualities, he adds.

In 2008, the TSA announced guidelines that allow travelers with properly designed carrying cases to pass through security checkpoints without removing their laptops.  Mobile Edge responded by creating the ScanFast Collection, constructing each case to provide an unobstructed security scan of the...

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Jan 12
Jigsaw joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/) has begun enlisting system integrators to help simplify the deployment, integration and management of Macs in a Windows environment.

The first system integrator with cross-platform Mac-Windows expertise to join the EDA is Jigsaw Systems (http://www.jigsaw24.com/), serving the UK and Eire. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment, says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic.

The Enterprise Desktop Alliance was founded in 2008 to provide information to IT managers and administrators about the ways they can leverage their Windows infrastructure, management tools and expertise...

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Jan 12
Demolition Master game explodes onto the Mac App Store

AppMania has rolled out Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 (http://appmania.org/), now available in the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$0.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Demolition Master aims to be the most explosive game adapted for Mac OS X platform. Your goal in each mission is to demolish a construction with an explosive. Experience an exciting adventure in nine locations throughout the Earth as well as in three locations on the new planet, the Moon.

"Overall there already are 12 colorful locations and 180 unique levels, and their number will grow with every new update. Impressive explosions, curious locations worldwide together with charming music, adrenaline, and hunger for victory are among the feelings that the 'Demolition Master for Mac' will create for you."

Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 is available all over the world exclusively...

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Jan 12
Intego updates VirusBarrier with 11-plus new features

Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11, an update to the anti-malware and network protection tool for the Mac.

In addition to improving performance and reliability, VirusBarrier X6 adds 11-plus new key features, offering memory management, improved scanning, and detection of additional types of attacks. In addition, VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11 offers a new Mini Scanner, which provides a small, floating orb where users can drag and drop files for instant scans.

This version is a free upgrade for all users of VirusBarrier X6, and is available for download via NetUpdate, Intego’s automatic update tool. For new users the cost is US$49.95 for a standard pack that protects up to two Macs or a $99.99 family pack that protects up to five Macs. For more information, or to download a demo version of VirusBarrier X6, go to...

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Jan 12
EarthDesk 5 updated; now available at the Mac App Store

Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, and has also made the application available in the new Mac AppS tore.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems on your Macintosh desktop. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. U

EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased from the Xeric Design web site for US$24.95 Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 4.x and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1, 2 and 3. For more information and to download an evaluation version, go to the product web site. EarthDesk is also...

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Jan 12
Synium's Screenium in the Mac App Store at 50% off (for now...

Synium Software has announced Screenium 1.3.3 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/screenium/), an update of their screencast recording application for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, is now available in the Mac App Store for US$14.99 until Jan. 16. After that, it will go back to the regular price ($29.99)

Screenium allows users to capture anything on a Mac's screen in order to produce tutorial videos or capture presentations. You can structure your lessons with chapter marks and text overlays, highlight your mouse movement and mouse clicks with Screenium's Mouse Visualization feature.

What's more, you can uUse any QuickTime-compatible webcam to include a video feed of yourself or point it at your hands, a whiteboard, flip chart or anything else related to your tutorial. Once finished, export your tutorial in any QuickTime video format for uploading it to video...

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Jan 12
Tembo 1.1. for Mac OS X gets refined user interface, more

Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.1, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store.

Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. Version 1.1 sports a refined user interface that uses less screen real estate. It also adds menu items to limit search to file names or text content, keyboard shortcuts and basic AppleScript support

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may...

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Jan 12
Mynatime Workout Assistant comes to the Mac App Store

Vaura has released MynaTime (http://www.MynaTime.com), a personal workout software for Mac OS X, in the new Mac App Store for US$9.99. It offers your own assistant that talks you step-by-step through workouts.

MynaTime converts the text to voice and speaks instructions in real time during a workout, all set to your music of choice, with Apple’s lifelike text-to-speech voice, Alex. From weightlifting and yoga to running and physical therapy, MynaTime is ideal for any activity that can be represented as a series of timed actions, says Vaura President Joe Klinger. With less than a page of text, most workouts can be expressed in detail, including the sequence of exercises, rest periods, weight, target heart rate and more.

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Jan 12
eMedia to release Bass Method 2.0 in March

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) says Bass Method 2.0 software for bassists and aspiring bassists, will be released in March at an estimated price of US$59.95. It will come on a hybrid CD that's both Mac and Windows compatible.

A new Instant Feedback in Bass Method 2.0 "listens" to your playing through the computer's microphone and highlights correctly played notes. There will also be full-screen lessons and remastered video. The 140-plus lessons start with the basics, such as tuning the bass, and move on to playing simple bass lines and catchy rhythms with fills, syncopation and shuffle rhythms. They continue on with reading tablature and standard music notation. A new theory chapter covers intervals, scales and triads.

Featuring more than 30 vdeos and over 200 songs and exercises, eMedia Bass Method 2.0 will include folk, rock, country, and songs i made famous by Bob Dylan,...

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Jan 12
Typinator 4.3 lets you define new snippets

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.3, 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 allows you to define new snippets via configurable hotkeys or via Typinator's menu.

Also, Typinator 4.3 also makes it easier to delete empty snippets and improves compatibility with Firefox, Google Chrome, FreeHand, and other third-party applications.

Typinator 4.3 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 4.3 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.

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Jan 12
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.3

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.3 In the new version,  daylight-saving time information for Fiji, Israel, Morocco, and Western Sahara has been updated.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.

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Jan 11
The Good and Bad of Verizon iPhones

We welcome Verizon to the iPhone market: it's been a long time coming, and it will challenge AT&T to provide better service and options, while at the same time growing the iPhone market for iOS developers. One thing to point out is that a Verizon experience is not going to be like an AT&T experience on the iPhone ... both for the good and for the bad.

The good: Presumably, Verizon's network will stand up better to use than AT&T's has. Yes, AT&T was better recently at CES, but again, texts were delayed, phone calls dropped and more. If you judge from the customer experience point of view, Verizon takes their network more seriously than AT&T. Hopefully competition here will help AT&T see the light.

The bad: Because Apple had to change the antenna a bit for CDMA radio signal characteristics, the ringer switch is moved just a tad. This means that any accessory that relies on precise placement of cut outs, or access will likely at least...

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Jan 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 11

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

SchoSoft Studios has announced Tipping Guide 1.0, for iPhone and iPod touch devices. This US$0.99 tipping app not only provides users with a variety of tipping calculators but offers them with general tipping information on a region-by-region basis. Tipping Guide includes tips relevant to more than 40 separate countries worldwide. It also includes the exact Wikipedia link to every country it lists within its in-app library.

Taprockets has released Nomis, a music discovery app for iOS devices.The $0.99 device automatically analyzes the songs on ones iPhone and creates a list of favorites. For these the user receives an individual news feed that only contains albums and titles relevant to the user. New artists are added every time the user enters Nomis. Songs...

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Jan 11
Class action firm investigates claims iPhone 4’s glass prone to...

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a class-action firm, is investigating claims that Apple’s iPhone 4 was manufactured with a defective glass casing, making the screen prone to scratches and shattering during normal use.

The investigation was sparked by consumer reports that the phone’s new aluminosilicate glass components scratch easily and shatter when dropped from even small distances. Within the first week of the iPhone 4’s release, some consumers began to express concern that the new glass casing made the device prone to scratches during normal use. Apple, in some instances, charged consumers to repair the broken or scratched glass, media reports contend, according to Hagens Berman.

The firm says it's investigating these consumer and media complaints to determine if Apple failed to live up to its requirements under a variety of consumer protection laws including its obligation under express warranty. It is also investigating iPhone 4 advertising and marketing...

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