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Sep 16
Apple shines in 2020 Best Global Brand Study

The Interbrand 2010 Best Global Brand Study, a guide to the world’s most valuable brands, has been released -- and Apple shines, as usual. Interbrand (http://www.interbrand.com), a brand consultancy, publishes the study each year, ranking the top 100 global brands using a unique methodology. Brands in the IT/technology sector dominate the list, occupying five of the top 10 brands. Some other interesting findings include:
 
Here's what Interbrand says about Apple: "Apple’s brand value grew 37%. This year, iPhone 4’s reception glitches warranted a public apology from Steve Jobs -- leaving the door wide open for public criticism. Yet, sales on its first day alone reached the 1.5 million mark. Meanwhile, negative buzz over the iPad name was quickly replaced by glowing sales and avid converts. The brand can attribute its success to carefully controlling its messaging, and in effect, always managing to...

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Sep 16
Smith Micro rolls out Stuffit Deluxe 2011

Smith Micro Solutions (http://www.smithmicro.com) has released Stuffit Deluxe 2011 for the Mac, which introduces StuffIt Destinations, a new drag-and-drop toolbar application designed to help users securely transfer files quickly and easily, according to Matthew Covington, senior director, Product Management of Smith Micro Software.

StuffIt Destinations helps users transfer videos, presentations and other large files from one location to another using a file compression workflow that's simple and intuitive, he adds. Whether the user is looking to backup files to a DVD or deliver a project to a customer’s FTP server, tasks can be accomplished with a single click on the toolbar button.

StuffIt Destinations provides support for email, FTP and iDisk file transfers, and also allows files to be burned to CD/DVD or moved to a local or network folder. Users can zip files prior to transfer and have...

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Sep 16
USB Fever releases new Crystal Case for the iPhone 4

USB Fever has released the 6X Telescope with Crystal Case for iPhone 4G
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2020), an US$18.99 case with an expansion telescope.

If you don't want to be bounded by the built-in camera on the iPhone, now you have a way to "expand" its functions. This telescope has a 6x expansion that can help you to shoot close up on objects.

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Sep 16
IvySkin USA releases Quattro T5 iPad cases

IvySkin USA (http://www.ivyskin.com) is now shipping the Quattro T5 cases for the iPad. Quattro T5 features the company's atented Xylo Glass technology in a "touch-thru" design. Vertical grips on the US$59.99 T5 makes holding the iPad in a vertical position with one hand just as comfortable as holding it horizontally, according to Mike Wissman, vice president of Operations of IvySkin USA.

He says features include: a "drop-proof" screen; four layers of protection (PolyCarbonate, Polysilicon, enhanced TPE and Glass Touch-Thru screen); an upgraded Polysilicon tactile solution to enhance the tactility for the Home button; an optional Click-Stand and battery pack; and slide-off access for optional iPad dock. The Quattro T5 is available in four colors. Jet-Black, Royal-Blue, Raz-Red and Alpine-White.

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Sep 16
PDF2Office Professional 5.1 for Mac OS X released

Recosoft Corp., the developer of the PDF2Office family of products, has released PDF2Office Professional 5.1 for Mac OS X (http://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2office/macintosh/macpro5.htm), the next version of the PDF-to-Office formats conversion tool for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the Office 2010/2011 family of products.

In particular several issues when converting PDFs to the native 2010/2011 formats have been addressed. What's more, PDF2Office 5.1 correctly integrates with the latest Office family of products.

PDF2Office Professional converts PDF documents to the Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, RTF and other formats recreating the intended construction and layout of the document -- forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables;...

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Sep 16
'MacVoices' looks at iTunes 10

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Kirk McElhearn talks about his new book, "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ."

He discusses the new features of iTunes 10, including the new use of cover art, and the limitations of the Ping social network. McElhearn also talks about some of the features of
iTunes that are often unknown but are very useful, new ways to manage and organize your music for your enjoyment, and more.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 16
Url Extractor X beefs up international Google site support

Tension Software has released Url Extractor X 3.2 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). Url Extractor X is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can now retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites.

Url Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Sep 16
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.58

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.58, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for new Canon scanners and multi-core scanning.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Sep 16
Adobe releases Square for Mac OS X

Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/) has released a preview version of Flash Player "Square" that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems.

Adobe says they've made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability. Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player "Square" on production machines.

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Sep 16
Apple releases Pro Applications Update 2010-02

Apple has released Pro Applications Update 2010-02 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL949). It adds compatibility for new camera formats, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.

This update is recommend for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio. Pro Applications Update 2010-02 is a 321.1MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and QuickTime 7.6.2 or later.

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Sep 16
Olive introduces HD music server under $1,000

Olive Media (http://www.olive.us) has announced the US$999 Olive O3HD music server for home stereo systems. Based on the Olive O4HD, it requires no software installation, networking setup or virus protection. It features a 24-bit/192 kHz DAC, dedicated storage and color touchscreen navigation, allowing you to store and access your complete music collection right at your stereo system.

The new Olive O3HD stores your music collection right at your stereo system, so networking problems are a concern of the past, says Dr. Oliver Bergmann, co-founder and CEO of Olive. The 24-bit DAC with 192 kHz up-sampling delivers your music in a quality that has never been heard before on a product in this price category, he says. Olive even has a free mobile application that will turn your iPhone or iPad into an Olive remote control.

Designed for music lovers with large music collections, the O3HD stores up to 1,500 CDs or...

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Sep 16
USB Fever releases Universal Cradle for the iPhone, iPod

USB Fever has released the US$29.99 Universal Cradle for iPhone/iPod with USB Hub (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2019).

As you might guess from the name, it's a cradle that doubles as a three-port USB hub. The Universal Cradle is deigned for connecting iPhones and iPods to a computer while they're still wearing their cases.

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Sep 16
Better Finder Rename update adds new insertion options

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.7, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release adds new options for inserting space-saving alphabetical sequences into file names.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Sep 16
UI Browser update for Mac OS X adds more Help buttons

PFiddlesoft has released UI Browser 2.1.1 (http://pfiddlesoft.com/uibrowser/), an update to the assistant for GUI scripting with AppleScript on Mac OS X. The new version adds Help buttons to many alerts and fixes a number of dead links in the UI Browser Help book.

UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable.

UI Browser is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser 2.1.0 is available for download.

New customers may purchase UI Browser 2.1.1 for US$55, with quantity discounts available. It's free upgrade for...

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Sep 16
eMedia Music to Expand For Dummies CD-ROM line

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) is partnering with For Dummies, a branded imprint of Wiley, to release six new titles in the eMedia For Dummies line of music instruction CD-ROMs.

Rock Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Bass Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Piano For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will be in stores just in time for the holiday season. All of these titles feature eMedia's interactive Instant Feedback technology, which listens through your computer's microphone as you play and highlights correctly played melodies.l 2.

Rock Guitar For Dummies, Bass For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and Piano For Dummies Level 2 will be released next month at retail stores in the US and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95. Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will also be...

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Sep 16
eMedia Music to Expand For Dummies CD-ROM line

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) is partnering with For Dummies, a branded imprint of Wiley, to release six new titles in the eMedia For Dummies line of music instruction CD-ROMs.

Rock Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Bass Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Piano For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will be in stores just in time for the holiday season. All of these titles feature eMedia's interactive Instant Feedback technology, which listens through your computer's microphone as you play and highlights correctly played melodies.l 2.

Rock Guitar For Dummies, Bass For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and Piano For Dummies Level 2 will be released next month at retail stores in the US and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95. Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will also be...

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Sep 15
Tango TRX is new Bluetooth audio solution for iDevices

XTremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced theTango TRX, a 2.1 wireless high-fidelity audio system for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The US$179.99 system allows users to wirelessly transmit high quality audio through the latest Bluetooth technology. 

It boasts a 2.1 digital audio system that includes two midrange drivers, two dome tweeters and a downward firing subwoofer. Tango TRX features LED status indicators for system feedback, a line-in jack for connecting other audio devices and a multifunction remote control.

The free XtremeMac Tango TRX app integrates with the unit for enhanced control and functionality. With the Tango app, users can control music directly from their iPod, iPhone, or iPad, turning any of these devices into a virtual remote which appears as a digital version of the included physical remote. The app also provides a five-band graphic equalizer that enables customers to...

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Sep 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 15

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

Quickwish is a new, US$0.99 social wish list app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It allows the user to keep track of the things they want and send them to the people they know using Email, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tasa Graphic Arts has announced two $0.99 iOS apps for geology students. The geotimescale Enhanced app is now available for iPhone and the iPod touch and the geotimescale Enhanced HD app is available for iPad. These apps illustrate significant events and periods of time in Earth's history. The Geologic Time Scale shows the names of the eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages along with their corresponding dates. Each app also includes illustrations and information for significant events.

Zentertain has released RingtoneMaker PRO 1.0...

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Sep 15
'YML' looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X.

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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Sep 15
'Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ' answers 100...

TidBITS Publishing has announced the newest ebook in the Take Control series, "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ," by iTunes expert and audiophile Kirk McElhearn.

The 146-page "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" uses a Q&A approach to help readers appreciate and understand the process of adding media to iTunes, tagging it, adding album art, and organizing it into playlists.

"Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" costs US$10, and includes coupons for $5 off Equinux's SongGenie tool for adding missing metadata and $3 off Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil wireless audio distribution software. You can find the ebook at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/itunes . Questions answered in the ebook include:

° How do I use the new Album List View in iTunes 10?
° What can I do with Ping, the new musical social network in iTunes 10?
° How do I control the sound quality...

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Sep 15
Analysts: Verizon iPhone needed to combat the Android threat

Bernstein Research analysts Toni Sacconagh and Pierre Ferragu told clients in a research note that Apple needs a Verizon iPhone if it's serious about warding off the Android threat.

As noted by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/14/apple-to-ward-off-an...) the analysts say that the daily run-rate for Android phone sales has more than tripled in the last seven months, to 200,000 phones a day from 60,000. Sacconagh and Ferragu estimate that 53 million Android phones will ship this year. With that in mind, the Bernstein analysts think the Android installed base could exceed that of the iPhone in a little over five quarters.

One of the main reasons for the Android’s momentum is the fact that the iPhone...

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Sep 15
Vvidget Builder 10.6.7 improves polar, bar graphs

VVI (http://www.vvi.com/ ) has released Vvidget Builder version 10.6.7, an update of the point and click graphing solution for Mac OS X. The new version offers the following improvements:

° Polar and log-polar graphs now display and autoscale better and their inspectors give access to autoscale parameters. Polar and log-polar wizards resize and autoscale better as well.

° The bar and column chart wizard now displays full or half width stacked bars in addition to offset bars.

° Skins are a type of Vvidget Builder document that can be imported into the Graph and Vvidget iPhone, iPad and iPod touch applications to customize their graph display. This version of Vvidget Builder coincides with the upcoming version of those applications to provide skin making for polar and log-polar graphs.

Contact VVI for pricing options.

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Sep 15
iBank rings up version 4.0

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.0, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

Among dozens of new features and improvements in iBank 4 are: faster transaction entry and dynamic editing options in a two-line register; a set-up assistant for transferring data from Mac and PC versions of Quicken, MS Money, or other finance programs; a streamlined set-up process for downloading transactions from online bank accounts; a more accessible user interface for easy monitoring of account balances, net worth, or summaries of assets and liabilities; upgraded investment tracking capabilities; more powerful support for multiple currencies; and speed enhancements.

Features that have been entirely revamped for iBank 4 include:

° An all-new reporting engine that, for example, lets users examine income and expenses by...

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Sep 15
Flash Decompiler 4.2 offers Flash CS5 support

Eltima Software has released Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.2 (http://mac.eltima.com/swftofla-converter.html) for Mac OS X. It's an update of the SWF to FLA converter designed to help users decompile Flash movies and convert SWF elements into multiple formats.

Version 4.2 offers Adobe Flash CS5 support, P-code view of ActionScript 3.0 and a fixing mechanism for third-party SWF files that don't satisfy the Adobe SWF file format specification.

The software lets you extract all SWF objects from the file (images, sounds, videos, shapes, morphs, fonts, texts, sprites, etc) and save them in various formats. Eltima added the ability to choose resources to extract and process several files simultaneously. Also, Flash Decompiler Trillix lets you export ActionScripts, which can be searched through later.

The new interface of Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.0...

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Sep 15
Syncro Soft releases Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author 12

Syncro Soft (http://www.oxygenxml.com) has released version 12 of its Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author, which contains a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

The user interface has been redesigned, and the Project view provides a simplified toolbar, an intuitive contextual menu and synchronized selection with the currently edited document.
A new Open/Find resource dialog has been added along with improvements in Outline and Attributes View.

Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author 12 offers generic conditional text support for any XML documentation framework, including (but not limited to) DITA and DocBook. All you need to do is to define the profiling attributes and corresponding profiling values.

The new ePUB support allows you to change, extract, validate and process data stored in ePUB files. These capabilities allow developers to pack files into ePUB and also...

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