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Nov 09
'Glassmate' hits iPhone case makers

Apple’s retail stores have suspended sales of iPhone 4 slider cases because of concerns about trapped dirt causing scratches and cracks -- the so-called “Glassgate” issue, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/67948/67948).

The ban is impacting at least half-a-dozen case makers who expected to have a blockbuster holiday season, a source who works in the case industry and asked for anonymity, told Leander Kahney of "Cult of Mac." The story says Apple is investigating whether the constant action of sliding cases on and off the glass-backed iPhone can cause scratches and eventually cracks.

"Cult of Mac" says the iPhone 4′s back is not made from the same toughened Corning Gorilla Glass used on the front. The "Glassgate" issue purportedly isn't affected by snap-on cases.

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Nov 09
Security research criticizes Safari's 'phone call...

A security researcher says Apple has made a poor security decision by allowing Safari to honor requests from third-party applications to perform actions such as making a phone call without warning a user, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9195578/iPhone_s_Safari_dials_cal...).

Safari, like other browsers, can launch other applications to handle certain URL protocols. These might be in clickable links, or in embedded iframes. An iframe containing a URL with a telephone number, for example, will cause Safari to ask if the user wants to make a phone call to that particular number, Nitesh Dhanjani, a security researcher, on the "SANS Application Security Street Fighter" blog...

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Nov 09
SafeEyes offers YouTube filtering for the Mac

Now families with Macs can block the unwanted content on YouTube without blocking the entire site with the newest Mac edition of InternetSafety.com's Safe Eyes, a Mac family Internet manager with intelligent YouTube filtering.  

Safe Eyes 3.6 for Mac eliminates the need to make all YouTube videos off-limits simply to shield children from those that are off-color and otherwise objectionable -- including 5,700 clips about phone sex, 287,000 tagged bra, and 907,000 labeled porn. While forbidding access to all YouTube content is still an option, the software now has the ability to:

° Filter videos on the YouTube site on a clip-by-clip basis.

° Enforce tighter controls than YouTube's own self-policing system, which enables site users to voluntarily flag videos as unsuitable for viewers under 18 but has no automated rating capabilities.

° Simultaneously screen YouTube videos embedded in Facebook, emails, blogs and elsewhere.

Parents can configure Safe...

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Nov 09
Sococo Team Space available for the Mac

Sococo (http://www.sococo.com), a provider of communication services, has added Mac support to its flagship product, Team Space, a service for distributed teams. Team Space is built on Sococo's communication platform.  

Sococo provides always-on smart spaces that help people communicate more naturally and effectively, says Ken Rosen, principal, Performance Works, Sococo. Smart spaces automatically connect people with multi-channel communications and enable them to visualize where they are and what's going on around them, he adds..

Team Space is an always-on service that promotes more effective communication. It presents an intuitive visual layout that depicts an office floor plan with individual offices, conference rooms and common areas. Visual cues allow you to see who's in the office, who's busy, who's free and who's meeting with whom.  

A click allows you to enter any room and be instantly...

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Nov 09
Duracell introduces wireless USB charger

Duracell (http://www.duracell.com) has introduce the US$34.99 Duracell myGrid, a wireless USB charger. It's a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that gives users the freedom to stay connected to devices they value most without the hassle of searching for an outlet.

The Duracell myGrid USB Charger is compatible with devices such as smart phones, e-readers, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, GPS units, Bluetooth®headsets, and virtually anything else that can be connected with a USB cable. Recharging the Duracell myGrid USB Charger is simple as it is compatible with the Duracell myGrid charging pad ($69.99). Users drop the Duracell myGrid USB Charger onto the myGrid and go, or it can be charged through its USB input.

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Nov 09
OWC expands Mercury On-The-Go Pro line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has added four new 750GB 7200 RPM models to its OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus powered portable storage solution line.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is a pocket-sized portable storage solution for Mac or PC users featuring FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3, and/or USB 2.0 interfaces. Available with up to 1.0TB of storage capacity, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro can hold up to one million JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro 750GB 7200RPM line features four models, including: a “Triple Interface” model for FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0; a “Combo Interface” model for FireWire 400 and USB 2.0; a USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” model for USB 3/2.0 Backwards; and a USB 2.0 model all available immediately priced from $134.99 from Other World Computing. In addition to the newest models, Mercury On-The-Go Pro...

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Nov 09
FxFactory Slideshow Plug-in CoverFlux 2 released

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says FxFactory development partner, idustrial revolution, has released a major update to its "freebie" slideshow generator, CoverFlux.

The new CoverFlux 2 is completely re-written, bringing faster rendering and over 10 unique features to its "iTunes-style" image browsing effects. Powered by FxFactory, CoverFlux 2 is free for users of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects.

CoverFlux 2 is completely free, with no watermark when registered. With 10+ new features, users can now select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle, the depth of field of the display, add round corners, soft edges, travelling gloss to highlight edges, and more.

Users can load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. It has an option to choose the auto-animation feature or manual keyframe control to jump forward or backwards to any image...

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Nov 09
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of Safari 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Sharon Zardetto's talks about her new book, "Take Control of Safari 5."

She looks at the new features, big and small in this version of Apple's web browser. Leading the pack in the "big" category is Reader, a function that makes web page content more legible and accessible by changing it to a standard size, type and style while stripping out a web site's ads, navigation and more. While good for web surfers, publishers and advertisers haven't exactly welcomed the feature. Zardetto discusses this struggle, along with the other big new Safari feature, Extensions, by talking about their functionality, the two ways to get them, and some of her favorites.

"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...

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Nov 09
Kids Puzzle Planet puts together Children Puzzle

Kids Puzzle Planet (http://kidspuzzleplanet.com/) has released Children Puzzle, a Mac OS X and Windows puzzle intended for the youngest audience. As the name suggests, this puzzle is devoted to children and scenes with children in various situations.

Children Puzzle is an affordable, compact and great-looking puzzle application with a highly intuitive interface suitable for users of all ages, including the very youngest, says says Nikita, the project manager of Children Puzzle. Children will find it fun to put colorful puzzles together and their parents will finally get a break and relax while their kids are busy with a product that is both entertaining and educational, she adds.


The full version of Children Puzzle can be purchased for US$12.95. The company offers discounts for multi-product orders (10% off of two-product orders and 20% off of two-product orders). A demo os Children...

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Nov 09
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga ships Nov. 12

Feral Interactive says LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga will ship to stores on Friday, Nov. 12, bringing the videogame franchise to the Mac for the very first time. 

Developed by TT Games and LucasArts, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga uses LEGO bricks to recreate the scenes, characters and settings from all six Star Wars movies in a universe packed with 36 levels of action and humor. As characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, players live out the scenes from the movies -- while building objects out of LEGO bricks and knocking them down, and collecting LEGO studs to unlock new characters and content. The game will also feature enhanced multiplayer co-op abilities that allow a second player to join the fun, dropping in at any time to help the first player complete missions or master tricky tasks.  

The game will retail in North America for US$39.95. It’ll be available through retailers and online download services. It’s currently available...

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Nov 09
Dragon Stop Motion for Mac OS X roars to version 2.3

D-Zed Software has released Dragon Stop Motion 2.3 (http://www.dragonstopmotion.com/), an update to their professional stop motion animation software for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade includes a variety of new features that expand on the application's support for monitoring, exporting, composing, animating, automating lighting, and automating 3D shooting.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of feature film, commercial, broadcast television and independent film, Dragon Stop Motion controls digital still and HD cameras for shooting single frame animation and effects.

The Auxiliary Monitor feature allows the user to send the main view to a second monitor (video village). The Image Sequence Export provides flexibility in choosing image formats for frame export, as well as customized naming, etc. Advanced Composition Guides emulate ground-glass with single-screen setup.

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Nov 09
Soundfreaq launches Sound Platform

Soundfreaq has launched Sound Platform, the company's first product: a wireless, hi-fi speaker, developed with design firm, Boombang. Launching just in time for the holidays, the Bluetooth-enabled device is equipped out-of-the box to support multiple devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry.



Target will serve as Soundfreaq's exclusive mass retail launch partner for North America. The Sound Platform will be featured with the iPad in Target stores nationwide starting Nov. 19 for US$199 and will also be available online at http://www.Soundfreaq.com .



The Sound Platform allows users to multi-task -- surf the Internet, check emails and text message -- while streaming audio directly to the dock. With Bluetooth-enabled devices, users can listen to sound while keeping their iPad or smartphone in their hand.


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Nov 09
Brosix Business instant messenger updates its free trial program

D-Bross has updated its free trial program for Brosix 3 (http://www.brosix.com/), the newest version of the instant messenger software, now available for Mac and Linux systems. It provides instant messaging combined with collaboration tools such as file transfer, voice chat, video chat, whiteboard, screenshot and co-browse.

"In the initial versions of Brosix, it was available for Windows users only. Brosix recognized a need from its customers for more system options so they wouldn't have to worry about whether or not their computer could use Brosix," Stefan Chekanov, owner of Brosix, says.

Besides using Brosix on almost any computer, it can also be placed on a zip drive and loaded remotely so installation isn't required. Brosix specialized in providing free and paid enterprise instant messaging solutions for companies and individuals that wish to communicate with their co-workers, clients, and family on a...

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Nov 09
iHub Basic updated with iOS 4.2 compatibility

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 1.0.3, a free upgrade for registered usres. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

Version 1.0.3 adds compatibility with iOS 4.2. It also fixes some minor bugs when working with address book groups and large amounts of data.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In...

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Nov 09
USB Fever releases HDMI Dongle for iOS devices

USB Fever has released the HDMI Dongle (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2076 ) for the iPad, iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.

The US$69.99 dongle lets you transmit the video and audio on your iOS device to an HDTV or HDMI AV device. It's plug and play. No external power supply is required, and you don't have to jailbreak your Apple device.

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Nov 09
Courier for Mac OS X adds MobileMe

Realmac has updated Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/), a tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook, to version 1.1. The upgrade adds support for MobileMe.

To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube.

Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file.

Courier is an US19.95 (for a limited time) tool. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users. Courier requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and...

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Nov 09
Verbatim releases Store 'n Go USB drive

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has released the Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive, which lets you combine digital and hardcopy files. The US$19.99, paperclip-like device simply snaps onto documents, folders and envelopes like a paperclip.  

It's available in 4GB capacity and comes in five colors: pink, green, blue, orange and black. The new device is exceptionally lightweight, adding no additional postage cost when sent along with paper documents in the mail, says Mark Rogers, Verbatim product manager, Flash. The Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive will be available beginning in December.

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Nov 09
Stairways Software releases Switcher Maestro 1.0 for the Mac

Stairways Software has released Switcher Maestro 1.0 (https://sites.fastspring.com/stairways/instant/switchermaestro), a new utility for launching applications on the Mac. It takes the window and application switching features of Keyboard Maestro and adds a new app launcher.

At the recent "Back to the Mac" event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a glimpse of Launchpad, which will eventually bring the iPhone/iPad home screens to the Mac so people "don't have to go hunting around for their apps." However, the folks at Stairways Solutions say that organizing applications on the iPhone has never seemed like much fun to us, so they've got their own solution -- press a hot key, type a few characters of the application name, press return and your application launches.

You can see a video of Switcher Maestro at...

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Nov 09
SOHO Organizer now supports new MobileMe calendars

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released SOHO Organizer 8.5, an upgrade to their personal/business productivity suite. The new version adds support for Apple's new MobileMe calendars.

"Apple recently rewrote their MobileMe calendars so that they're based on CalDAV (an industry standard for calendars)," says Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos. "SOHO Organizer 8.5 can now access these new MobileMe calendars directly without syncing via Apple's Sync Services technology. Our customers will be thrilled as this has been a heavily requested feature."

SOHO Organizer is a productivity suite consisting of three applications that work together: SOHO Organizer, SOHO Notes, and SOHO Print Essentials. SOHO Organizer helps users increase their productivity by managing their tasks, calendars, contacts, and notes.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded...

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Nov 09
Raidon launches new USB 3.0 disk array storage devices

Raidon (http:/www.raidon.com.tw) has released new one to four bay, USB 3.0 disk array storage devices. (Just remember that Apple isn't officially supporting USB 3.0 at this time, so the devices will run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs.)

However, Raidon has also released two types of USB3.0 PCI Express Cards to both desktop and notebook users for external storage expansion. They will apparently work with MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.

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Nov 09
Adobe Audition for the Mac available in public beta

Adobe Audition for the Mac, an all-in-one professional audio toolset for recording, mixing, editing and mastering, is now available in public beta. You can obtain it at http://www.adobe.com/go/audition_labs .

A de-hummer and de-esser will be new features when Audition for Mac is released. Additionally, a volume leveler will be new when Audition for Mac is released, though it is currently included in Soundbooth.

Jason Levine, Adobe Audition senior worldwide evangelist, told "Mac News" that Audition is the "most commonly encountered computer software" encountered in radio stations and that a Mac version has been requested for over 10 years.

"There's always been a hole in the Mac platform for audio editing and mastering tool. The Mac version of Audition will be all-new, not just a PC port," he says. "It's targeted to broadcast and post-production environments and...

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Nov 09
Adobe updates Open Source Media Framework

Adobe has released an update to Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), an open framework for building custom media players.

OSMF was developed to help streamline media player development by allowing developers to assemble pluggable components to create high-quality, full-featured playback experiences.  Version 1.5 supports all of the Multicast features recently launched Flash Media Server 4, including: native IP Multicast; Application level Multicast (peer to peer) and Multicast Fusion
 
OSMF 1.5 also supports stream reconnect so that if a network connection is lost, it will seamlessly switch to another available network. OSMF 1.5 can be downloaded for free at http://www.osmf.org .

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Nov 09
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Apple and Java -- and more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at Apple and Java, new gadgets and email clients.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Nov 09
Apple to open two new retail stores Nov. 13

Apple is set to open two new retail stores on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Apple Store University Park Mall is located at 6501 North Grape Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545. Apple Store Summit Mall is located at 3265 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio 44333. Both will open to the public at 10 am (Eastern) on Nov. 13.

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Nov 09
Monotype Imaging introduces the Harmonia Sans Family

Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, has added the Harmonia Sans family to the Monotype typeface collection. The suite features 17 fonts that can be licensed and downloaded from the company’s Fonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com stores.

Harmonia Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com Web Fonts. Designed by Jim Wasco in collaboration with George Ryan, both of Monotype Imaging, it combines calligraphic proportions with geometric letterforms inspired by sans serif typefaces such as the Futura and ITC Avant Garde Gothic designs.

Harmonia Sans includes five weights that range from light to black. Each has a cursive italic counterpart. Condensed designs are available for the regular, semi-bold and bold weights, in addition to four monospaced designs. All 17 Harmonia Sans fonts are available as OpenType Pro selections, which allow for the automatic insertion of old style figures, arbitrary fractions, tablular figures,...

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