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Feb 28
Jumsoft adds templates to the Mac App Store

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) says two more of its template applications are now available at the Mac App Store. With one or two clicks, users can open their preferred templates in Pages or Keynote, or save all templates in any location on their hard drive.

Jumsoft Templates for Pages is a collection of 100 templates for structuring and styling any text documents created with Apple's Pages. Themes for Keynote features 15 designs to create presentations. Both applications feature preview screens.

Jumsoft's Templates for Pages and Themes for Keynote are available for US$18.99 each from at the Mac App Store. Both applications work with iWork '08 or later.

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Feb 28
Chronos announces SOHO Notes 9, SOHO Organizer 9

Chronos has released SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9, upgrades to these two productivity software products.

According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos, "SOHO Organizer 9 takes advantage of the cloud by letting users easily share contacts and calendars using open standards like CardDAV and CalDAV. SOHO Notes' new Widescreen View and Tag Explorer make managing lots of notes easier than ever."

SOHO Notes 9 offers the following new features: a widescreen view, bookmarklets, a tag explorer, geo-tagged note support, the ability to edit externally attached tasks, improved NoteLife syncing and more. SOHO Organizer 9 offers the following new features: CardDAV support for contact sharing, one-step MobileMe calendar setup, nested smart groups for contacts, calendar groups, week view scrolling options (by day/week), a duplicate checker, offline support for CardDAV & CalDAV, automatic postal code lookups, the ability to archive events &...

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Feb 28
Free Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 released for Mac OS X

In Poculis (http://www.in-poculis.com/) has released Mahjong In Poculis 4.0, an update to their free solitaire game for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade adds 180 new layouts and a new presentation.

Mahjong In Poculis is a memory game where players have to select identical tiles to make them disappear. The game features 300 layouts and six scenarios, including Christmas, Halloween, Asian and Easter.

Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 boasts Child, Standard and Expert modes. It purportedly takes 150 hours to finish the game in Expert mode

Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 28
WriteRoom 2.5 available in Mac App Store

WriteRoom 2.5 is now available in the Mac App Store. For a limited time you can get it for US$4.99. It will switch back to $24.99 on Feb 27.

WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. It's designed to let you focus on writing. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher or iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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Feb 28
'MUG Event Calendar': CodeWeavers, Boinx Software

Two special visits from software developers highlight this week’s "MUG Event Calendar."

Jon Parshall of CodeWeavers will show off the latest version of CrossOver at a California group, and Bastian Wolfle of Boinx Software will demonstrate FotoMagic to a Colorado group. Gary “MacMan” Barker will speak to an Australian group, and the Mac App Store will be the featured topic at groups in Ohio and Michigan. Other topics to be presented this week include iTunes, utilities, MobileMe and DropBox, AppleTV, Skype, cloud computing and more.

"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...

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Feb 26
Verizon CEO says iPhone sales not disappointing

Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel S. Mead told "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/9UJ7z) that the company sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history, countering reports of disappointing sales.

Compared to the usually large crowds that have greeted previous launches of the iPhone, the Verizon iPhone launch saw modest crowds at some high-profile locations in major cities. However, Mead says that's because most of the sales were online (about 60%).

At peak sales times the CEO said the iPhone brought 100 times more orders than usual to the Verizon Wireless website but didn't give specific numbers. Mead said it wouldn't release iPhone sales figures until the company's next earnings release.

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Feb 25
Mac OS X Lion to lead to 'Retina displays' for Macs?

A high-DPI mode for resolution independence has purportedly been in development at Apple for a long time and may be coming at long last with Mac OS X Lion.

"CrunchGear" (http://macte.ch/Gy1gW) says this would "be a step towards resolution independence, a UI holy grail in which UI elements are the same size for users across all resolutions -- so whether you’re looking at an icon on an iPhone, MacBook Air, or Cinema Display, they’re all exactly the same size."

Resolution independence refers to an operating system's ability to scale objects on the screen, so that if you're running a super-high resolution display, your icons and text don't continuously shrink. A 512 x 512 pixel image might be two inches across on a 20-inch display running at 1680 x 1050. Resolution independence relies more on vector-based text and graphics than fixed-resolution bitmaps.

The developer build of Lion released this week...

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Feb 25
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 25

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

Crawl Space Games has announced Float, a balloon game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app "captures fun childhood memories of batting balloons in the air and trying to keep them off the floor."

ComboApp has released Paint Me 3D: Airplanes 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Created to encourage children's artistic development, the $0.99 app offers young users the chance to color in 3D airplane characters. A variety of pre-drawn 3D airplane outlines are available for coloring.

Tidal Pool Software has introduced QuickBuy 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a free, location-based shopping utility that finds products from local retailers. QuickBuy displays product information along with current prices and inventory from...

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Feb 25
'Consumer Reports' doesn't recommend Verizon...

The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, "Consumer Reports" says (http://macte.ch/HSWwl).

"Consumer Reports" engineers say they've found in lab tests that the problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple's newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone's external casing is covered.

However, the phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem, says "Consumer Reports." Still, "CR" says: "We are not including the Verizon iPhone 4 in our list of recommended smart phones, despite its high ranking in our Ratings. Although Apple no longer offers a free case to buyers of the iPhone 4, as it did for a time after the problem was...

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Feb 25
Apple among top brands in charitable e-commerce

BiddingForGood, a charitable e-commerce platform connecting consumers and marketers to thousands of nonprofit auctions, has announced the top performing brands and categories on its platform. Apple is on the list.

Some of the other top brands on BiddingForGood include Starbucks, Marriott Family, and PF Changs. These brands have helped the company reach over $105 million in merchandise sales supporting non-profits and schools across the U.S.

“Charity malls are becoming increasingly popular in the specialty e-commerce space, but they typically give less than 15% back to causes, whereas BiddingForGood gives 91% of merchandise sales back to causes and offers a unique way for businesses to become involved in a socially responsible program," says CEO Jon Carson.

BiddingForGood is a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, shoppers and businesses. Online auctions powered by BiddingForGood have generated over $100 million for non-profit organizations...

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Feb 25
Security experts reviewing Mac OS X Lion

"CNET" (http://macte.ch/d8CxN) is reporting that Apple is letting security experts review Mac OS X Lion. A developer preview of the next major version of the operating system was released yesterday.

"I wanted to let you know that I've requested that you be invited to the prerelease seed of Mac OS X Lion, and you should receive an invitation soon," said a letter sent by Apple to an unknown number of security researchers, according to "CNET." "As you have reported Mac OS X security issues in the past, I thought that you might be interested in taking a look at this. It contains several improvements in the area of security countermeasures."

Dino Dai Zovi and several other researchers tweeted about being invited to try out the prerelease version of the new Mac OS. "This looks to be a step in the direction of opening up a bit and inviting more dialogue with external researchers," Dai Zovi told "CNET." "I won'...

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Feb 25
Ronald Sugar 'most popular' Apple board member

According to the SEC Form 8-K filed on Thursday -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/DKoGo), Apple CEO Steve Jobs was re-elected to the company's board of directors with nearly 3.5 million fewer votes than Ronald D. Sugar.

Sugar is the the former CEO of Northrop Grumman (NOC) who was selected in November to fill one of the seats on Apple's board left vacant by the death of  Jerry York last March and the forced departure of Google's (GOOG) Eric Schmidt in 2009.

Sugar served as Chairman and CEO at Northrop Grumman Corp. from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to Northrop, he held executive positions at Litton Industries and TRW, where he served as chief financial officer.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a director of Chevron Corporation, Amgen...

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Feb 25
South Korea's SK Telecom to carry the iPhone 4

SK Telecom, South Korea's top mobile carrier, will release the iPhone 4 in the local market in March, ending the exclusive distribution by its rival wireless operator, KT Corp., reports "Asia One Digital" (http://macte.ch/5gtm2), quoting an unnamed "industry source."

"Negotiations between SK Telecom and Apple are in the final stage," says the source. "As the negotiations are going smoothly, it is virtually decided that SK Telecom will launch the iPhone."

SK Telecom declined to comment. KT Corp., the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, introduced the iPhone in the domestic market in November 2009.

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Feb 25
iFixIt tears down the new MacBook Pro

iFixIt has torn down the new MacBook Pro, looking at the Thunderbolt port and more. This is what they found:

"Thunderbolt -- or the Thunderport, as we started calling it around iFixit -- is the latest evolutionary change from the folks at 1 Infinite Loop. We were super-excited to try out the port itself, but had to first peek at it from the inside.

The Thunderbolt port (we keep wanting to type "Thunderport" -- it just feels so natural) has its own controller IC. The IC is quite prominent on the logic board, being the fourth-largest chip after the CPU, GPU, and logic board controller. We'll have to wait until a company like Chipworks places an SEM on the puppy to see what's *really* inside, but we believe the chip's footprint is a testament to the potential of this port.

"The MacBook Pro earned a very respectable 7 out of 10 repairability score. This revision allows you to disconnect the battery without removing it from the laptop. It's a nice design choice...

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Feb 25
OWC announces memory upgrades for new MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) is offeringOWC 4GB and 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrades for the new MacBook Pro 13", 15", and 17" models announced by Apple on Thursday.

The OWC 8GB Memory Upgrade Kit offers owners of the newest MacBook Pro models savings of up 55% versus the factory installed 8GB option, as well as an option for 6GB of total memory not available from the factory. Upgrade options are:

° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$59.99 or as low as $46.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate. This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory and isn't available as factory memory upgrade option.

° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules) -- $114.99 or as low as $89.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate. This replaces both existing 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory.


OWC Memory upgrades are...

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Feb 25
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports major subscription...

Adobe says the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers. It's currently available as pre-release technology.

With 130 Adobe produced titles available for purchase and download today, the addition of subscription capabilities increases the business opportunity for publishers -- including more than 3,000 publishers and content authors currently participating in the pre-release program for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports a variety of payment methods: free content; single issue purchases; and the ability for publishers to tie into their existing e-commerce and fulfillment mechanisms for print and digital bundling and other offers. In the latest pre-release of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, there's new support for Apple App Store subscriptions when...

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Feb 25
Wondershare Video Converter comes to the Mac App Store

Wondershare Software says Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. It's licensed for personal use in non-business environments for US$38.99.

Wondershare Video Converter for Mac provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.

Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. You can import video to applications like QuickTime, iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Feb 25
Native Instruments introduces Scarbee Funk Guitarist

Native Instruments has introduced Scarbee Funk Guitarist (http://macte.ch/bja96), a new Kontakt-based software instrument that puts a "virtual funk guitar" at the hands of producers. For use in the Kontakt 4 sampler and in the free Kontakt Player, it provides a range of rhythm guitar lines for funk, soul, hip hop, house, pop and other contemporary styles.

At the heart of Scarbee Funk Guitarist is a phrase concept that allows users to combine different guitar grooves and chord types via the MIDI keyboard. The integrated groove sequencer maintains a constant rhythmic flow, while articulations like up and down strokes, mutes, hammer-ons and slides are triggered automatically by the script-based engine of the instrument.

Scarbee Funk Guitarist is based on over 3,000 chords that were recorded in various voicings, multiple velocities and with all relevant articulations, resulting in over 130,000 individual...

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Feb 25
LifeProof cases debut at Launch Conference

LifeProof Cases (http://www.lifeproof.com) says it's one of 40 never-before seen technology companies selected to present at the Launch Conference, taking place in San Francisco on Feb. 23 and 24.
 
To an audience of potential investors and media, LifeProof introduced a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and snowproof case for Apple’s iPhone 4 in a sleek design that provides full access to all device functions. The LifeProof case will be available in April and is available to pre-order at an introductory price of US$69.95.
 
LifeProof cases are slim yet designed to meet military specifications (MIL-SPEC), giving individuals complete freedom to use their iPhone in any wet, dirty, freezing or rough situation, says Gary Rayner, LifeProof Cases founder and CEO. Texting in the shower, videos in the pool, FaceTime on the surfboard, LifeProof makes it possible to be anywhere with your mobile...

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Feb 25
Bioserie offers 'Made of Plants' printed iPhone 4...

Bioserie has announced its new line of printed iPhone 4 covers, utilizing the company’s “made of plants” materials and Beckers CDF patent-pending Surface Digital Enhancement (SDE) printing technology.

Emitting significantly less greenhouse gas in the complete manufacturing and printing process, bioserie printed covers are made from a unique blend of bioplastics that are derived from plants and other annually renewable resources, says bioserie CEO Kaya Kaplancali. The colors are available in a selection of patterns, color combinations and designs.


Bioserie has launched printed covers with 14 designs under four collections: blueprint, bloom, backpack and bold. They're available for purchase on bioserie's online store (http://www.bioserie.com) for an introductory price of US$34.95. The collections will also be available on store shelves within March for the same price.

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Feb 25
Zevrix releases Instant Backup 1.7

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Instant Backup 1.7, an update to its solution to securely back up selected data online and locally. The new version improves the reliability and stability of the FTP connection as well as other improvements.

Instant Backup is designed to back up sensitive active projects -- the ones users don't want to take any chances with. For example, when users want to back up a project after specific changes, without waiting for their scheduled automatic backup. Or when users prefer to have a password protected copy of the project on an FTP site, in addition to all their regular local backups.

Instant Backup is not a replacement for the complete computer backup systems, such as Time Machine. It's designed to backup selected projects whenever needed. And FTP backup protects users data against theft, fire or other disasters that could affect their hardware.

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Feb 25
Mewshop adds Avid Pro Tools training

Manhattan Edit Workshop (http://www.mewshop.com) is now an official Avid Authorized Training Partner. The Manhattan-based training center now offers authorized classes in Pro Tools 9 that are compliments to the array of post-production and content creation classes already offered.

To initiate Mewshop's new Avid Pro Tools Authorized Training, the facility is offering three new authorized instructor-led classes that are designed to get students up-to-speed with the robust new Pro Tools 9, says Josh Apter, owner and founder, Manhattan Edit Workshop. These include: Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools, Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools, and Pro Tools 130: Pro Tools for Game Audio.

Mewshop offers student loans for courses that total more than US$2,500. Students may take a combination of courses together, or a single course that equals that amount.

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Feb 25
Invoices to create and manage invoices on Mac OS X

Tension Software has announced Invoices 2.9 (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), an update native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices on Mac. The new version sports layout changes to increase ease of use, internal improvements and a document migrator inside the application itself (it's not a separate app anymore).

Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both Power PC and Intel systems.

Invoices costs US$40; version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 25
Blackmagic Design offers free DaVinci Resolve for Mac workshops

Blackmagic Design will host a series of free DaVinci Resolve for Mac training workshops in association with the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG) on Tuesday, March 15.

Two two-hour sessions, hosted by FilmSystems' David Catt, will provide an introduction to the DaVinci Resolve for Mac non-linear color correction system, showcase proper set up and integration tips, provide how-to’s and detail Resolve features and capabilities. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a color correction solution for Mac OS X and Linux computers.

For more event information and to register for one of the workshops, go to http://bosfcpug031511.eventbrite.com/.

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Feb 25
Vodafone Italy provides iPhone users with free navigation,...

Vodafone Italy now provides all its prepaid and post-paid iPhone users with a free mobile location companion, Vodafone Find & Go, powered by Telmap, specially designed to enrich users’ on-the-go experiences, beyond in-car and pedestrian navigation.
 
Vodafone Find & Go will be free to all iPhone users who purchase a data package, and represents the first time such a service is offered in Italy for free. It will enable users to search for and access up-to-date location-based information and will include:
 
° An all-in-one solution including real-time turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names, dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content;

° Points of interests information such as gas stations and parking lots along the way;

° Full maps of Italy.
 
VF Italy iPhone users can download Vodafone Find & Go by going to...

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