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Oct 18
HoudahSpot now supports legacy type, creator codes

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 3.1. It now supports the legacy type and creator codes

In version 3.1, the text preview of source code now bypasses the Spotlight engine. HoudahSpot may now reveal multiple items at once in Finder or PathFinder. And the app now highlights the selected criterion rows.

Tags are non-hierarchical keywords assigned to files. They serve a similar purpose than folders. The crucial difference being that a file may be assigned several tags and be located by any of them.

HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology, so is compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications. The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to...

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Oct 18
LinkOptimizer for InDesign gets maintenance update

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.8, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.8 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.8 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Oct 18
MultiMode update adds TCP/IP server feature

Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets you Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.0. This version adds a TCP/IP server feature, which allows remote clients to connect to MultiMode and receive a stream of the decoded text.

MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. A lite version is also available which decodes CW, RTTY, and weather fax modes, which is...

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Oct 18
Posterino update for Mac OS X gets new interface

Zykloid Software has updated Posterino (http://zykloid.com/posterino), its "life poster" composing application, to version 2.0. The new version sports an interface that allows for customization of templates, layouts and filters with a single click.

There are also new themed templates. You can integrate Posterino 2.0 with the latest versions of iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom. Also, you can export to disk, as an e-mail, to iPhoto, to Flickr and as your desktop background.

Posterino lets you create life posters, postcards, greeting cards and contact sheets from your digital pictures. The software supports auto-placement of photos, export of posters or postcards, custom template creation, and various image manipulation routines such as cropping and rotation. You can import images from file system folders.

A life poster is a collection of dozens of images of your life onto one single...

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Oct 18
Tablet sales grow, netbooks sales shrink

According to new forecasts from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), just over 11 million media tablets and  43 million netbooks will ship worldwide this year. That's somewhat lower than observers expected at the end of last year based on the diminutive computers’ remarkable showing in the period following their introduction, per the research group.

Nonetheless, says ABI Research principal analyst Jeff Orr, “43 million netbook shipments are good growth, just not the meteoric pace of the past couple of years.”

Part of the drop in demand for netbooks may be laid at the feet of the potentially-competitive media tablets. However, tablets are still a long way from the 40-50 million annual shipments that ABI Research considers the threshold for a “mass market” product -- a definition that netbooks still fit.
 
“Apple has sold a few million iPads in its first quarter, which is...

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Oct 18
Analyst thinks Apple's financials may disappoint

Apple will announce its latest financial earnings today. And Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks the results may disappoint investors.

Why? "Silicon Alley Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-earnings-2010-10?utm_source=feedbur...) says the analyst told clients that the iPad has a lower profit margin than investors think. Also, supply-constraints have prevented Apple from selling as many iPads as it could have.

"Don't expect typical EPS upside due to iPad," Munster says. "The Street is looking for EPS of $4.05. Assuming a typical beat over the...

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Oct 16
MacBook, iPad sleeves made from Irish Tweed

Foof (http://foofshop.com) now has available 100% wool Irish tweed protective foofbag sleeves for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and iPad, as well as small foofpod pouches for the iPhone/iPod touch.

Two new designs are available: a classic blue herringbone called 'BlueBone' and a retro orange hocksack called Oraiste. The Irish tweed is woven in Ireland from 100% lambswool. The soft case sleeves are hand made ethically in Australia.

The foofbag design is a sleeve with an opening at one end for easy removal of your MacBook or iPad, without having to deal with zippers, velcro, snap-on latches or straps. The inner lining is made of a snug "sherpa fleece" fabric that purportedly doesn't scratch or pill and keeps your device protected from dust and scratches and minor bumps when inside a backpack or luggage case.

Pricing is: $38 AUD for MacBook sleeves; $28 AUD for iPad Sleeves; and $18 AUD for the iPhone/iPod...

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Oct 16
Apple updates MobileMe Calendar Web app

Apple has launched a tweaked the MobileMe Calendar Web app. MobileMe is the company's US$99-per-year suite of Internet tools.

It sports a new web interface with calendar sharing and event invitations, as well as new features designed to make it easier to use. Features include the ability to: share calendars with family and friends (though they must be MobileMe members in the beta); publish calendars for groups or teams; and offer event invitations with RSVPs. The app works with the calendar applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

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Oct 16
Iomega rolls out external SSD drives

Iomega has announced new host-powered Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drives. The pocket-sized 1.8-inch external USB 3.0 SSD Flash drives will be available in early November in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

They're encased in a sleek metal enclosure that delivers added protection from drops up to 10 feet. Iomega's new SSD Flash Drives feature 256-bit hardware encryption for security, bundled anti-virus and backup software.

The new Iomega External SSD Flash Drive USB 3.0 will be available worldwide in early November in three capacities: 64GB for US$229, 128GB for $399, and 256GB for $749. Iomega's new External SSD Flash Drives will be available in the channel from distributors, systems integrators and others, as well as retailers and at www.iomega.com .

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Oct 15
Apple’s iPad coming to AT&T stores on Oct. 28

AT&T and Apple say that all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, Oct, 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple’s easy on-device activation and management.

All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots. All iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in AT&T Stores across the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. Domestic data plans for iPad are priced at $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB with no term contract. Both plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

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Oct 15
Verizon Wireless to carry the iPad

Verizon Wireless and Apple say the iPad will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, Oct. 28.

Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of US$629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for$20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.

The MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The MiFi 2200’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a...

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Oct 14
Tunepresto music composition platform announced

Tunepresto (http://www.tunepresto.com) has announced its new online platform that creates original, royalty-free music composition. Designed for videos, slideshow presentations and more, it analyzes video content to create an original background soundtrack based on individual musical style preferences.

Content can be shared across social media networks (Facebook, Twitter) and published to various video and slideshow platforms (YouTube, SlideShare). A soundtrack can be exported in a variety of audio formats, or published as audio and video combined. For further customization, files can easily be imported into Garageband, Final Cut Pro, and Windows MovieMaker.

Tunepresto also offers a more advanced downloadable desktop product -- Abaltat Muse 2.0. Unlike Tunepresto, Abaltat Muse 2.0 users have the added capability of adjusting the genre of music, tempo and changing instruments. Abaltat Muse 2.0...

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Oct 14
'YML' looks at next week's Apple Event

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at next week's "Back to the Mac" Apple event, the Windows Phone announcements, and more. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 14
NetMine for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

ProteMac has released ProteMac NetMine 2.0 (http://www.protemac.com/NetMine/), an update of the network firewall for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a new interface, a new firewall rules editor and a realtime connection request

NetMine can control Internet and network activity of all applications on your Mac. ProteMac NetMine intercepts all network activity traveling from your Mac and from every an application of your Mac.

NetMine firewall can prevent all unwanted outside and inside traffic from reaching protected machines. It can also restrict or prevent outright the spread of networked computer worms, trojans, viruses and malware, according to the folks at ProteMac.

The two-way firewall stops inappropriate or malicious access to your computer from both internal and external network sources. As a frontline defense, it prevents malware from spreading, providing protection...

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Oct 13
IDC: Apple has over 10% of US computer market

In the third quarter of 2010, Apple is estimated to have sold approximately two million Macs (I predict it's more), and the IDC research group says that puts Apple in third place among US personal computer vendors, passing Acer.

Apple grew more than twice as fast as any other US vendor. According to IDC, it now has 10.6% of the US market compared to 8.9% a year ago. Mac sales were up 24.1% year-over-year. Ahead of Apple in the US market is Dell with 23.1% and HP with 24.3%.

Globally, the computer market grew 11% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), nearly 3% below expectations, says IDC. The research group says constrained consumer spending resulted in a tepid back-to-school season but a commercial refresh remained largely on schedule and the overall market improved in September compared to the earlier part of the quarter.


What's more, the market still exhibited positive sequential growth over the second quarter which is the hallmark of third quarter...

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Oct 13
PadDock 10 is stereo sound system for the iPad

SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has released the PadDock 10 (http://www.pdstand.com/), an US$99.99 stand/stereo sound system for the Apple tablet.

It cradles the iPad securely, keeping it safe and available for continuous desktop or countertop use. Charging the iPad while cradled, PadDock allows the user to tilt or rotate the iPad 360-degrees, supporting apps in any screen orientation. PadDock also eases syncing of iPad content with iTunes without swapping cables.

What's more, the PadDock 10 is a powerful stereo sound system for the iPad. It utilizes custom oval speakers, a class-D stereo amplifier and a passive radiator for extended bass frequencies.

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Oct 13
Sam's Club to sell iPhones, iPads

Wal-Mart's warehouse unit Sam's Club will begin selling the iPhone and iPad, reports the "Associated Press" (http://www.kgw.com/news/business/104860964.html).

The world's largest retailer said at an investor meeting in Wednesday it's expanding Sam's Club electronics and jewelry sections and will carry the Apple smartphone and tablet. The announcement comes a day after Wal-Mart said it will sell the iPad at 2,300 Walmart stores in the U.S. by mid-November.

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Oct 13
FotoMagico 3.6 offers iMediaBrowser 2 integration, more

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released version 3.6 of FotoMagico, the slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds MediaBrowser 2 integration and updated Flickr support.

The new iMediaBrowser 2 framework and interface sports expanded media libraries support for media browsing and locating capabilities, as well as added support for Flickr browsing directly within the application. A new "Linked to Slides" audio option provides users with the ability to link audio and soundtrack to specific slides, or allows it to move throughout the entire show.

In addition, users can now purchase the FotoMagico Remote iPhone app for US$4.99 (reduced from $19.99). With two Apple Design Awards under its belt, FotoMagico continues to impress users in version 3.6 with product updates and enhancements.

Version 3.6 also comes complete with a variety of product enhancements and bug fixes for a more...

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Oct 13
Absoft Pro Fortran 11.10 advances HPC code development

Absoft Corp. (http://www.absoft.com) has announced general availability of the new Absoft Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS X. The new version advances parallel code development, analysis and performance on the Mac and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard") and Xcode 3.2.

Absoft considers version 11.1 a major release as it includes several new features that simplify development of extremely fast code for parallel systems, says President Wood Lotz. The new version expands the Fortran suite with additional performance tools for multi-cores.

 In addition to Absoft’s proprietary Dynamic AP technology, new features in Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS include: a graphical SMP code and vector analyzer to assist in code tuning, OpenMP 3.0 support in the compiler, debugger and IDE, CUDA GPU support, IDE improvements (Apple C/C++ is supported as a plug-in), Fortran 2003 ISO C bindings, and upgraded...

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Oct 13
Apple plans 'Back to the Mac' event

Some folks would say it's about time, but Apple has announced a "Back to the Mac" media event at 10 am on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Naturally, there are no details. In its invitation to the press, Apple only says that invitees can see what's new for the Mac and that it will preview the next version of Mac OS X. Let the speculation begin....

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Oct 13
BatchOutput Server update tweaks 'write logs' feature

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6. The new version can automatically write logs to a text file along with InDesign documents and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Oct 13
Windows iPhone 7 will sync to Macs

If you really care, Windows iPhone 7 will sync to your Mac. When Microsoft failed to announce any Mac software for Windows Phone 7, many people assumed that meant that there would be no way to directly load content from an Apple computer onto the new devices. However, that won't be the case, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20019432-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers," Microsoft said in a statement.

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Oct 13
Apple shares top $300 for the first time

Apple shares climbed above the US$300 mark for the first time in the company's history as trading began Wednesday, notes "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-rise-above-300-for-first-t...).

Apple rose $2.15 to $300.65 a share as the market opened, continuing the stock's rise this year that has lifted the stock by more than 42%. Apple is scheduled to report its fiscal fourth quarter results on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Oct 13
Apple to open new St. Louis retail store Saturday

Apple is set to open a new retail store in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 16. Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria (http://www.apple.com/retail/saintlouisgalleria) is located at 2401 St. Louis Galleria.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria will be the company's 305th retail store. Apple plans to open another 16 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S. The store is also the first to offer a lounge area that will offer free Wi-Fi and allow customers to check in to Genius bar appointments.

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Oct 13
South Korean lawmakers want Apple to answer iPhone service...

Apple has been summoned by South Korean lawmakers to answer questions about the company’s iPhone- service policy amid complaints from local users, parliamentary officials said.

According to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-10-13/apple-summoned-by-korea-lawm...), Farrel Farhoudi, senior director for Apple’s iPhone service, will appear in parliament on Oct. 21 at the request of lawmakers led by You Won Il. South Korean buyers of the iPhone have complained that Apple mostly gives refurbished used phones to customers with faulty devices, instead of providing new handsets, free repairs or refunds, says "Bloomberg." Apple’s local service warranty gives buyers the four options when they have trouble within 14 days of purchase,...

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