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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.

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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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Jan 11
So how many Verizon iPhones will be sold?

Now that's it official, financial analysts are offering their estimates on how many Verizon iPhones will sell in 2011. The range: nine to 15 million units, according to "eWeek" (http://macte.ch/kWf71). However, this will all come at a price to Verizon Wireless.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Verizon could match AT&T in shipping as many as 15 million iPhones in 2011. Gleacher and Co.'s Brian Marshall told "eWEEK" that Verizon should sell 12 million iPhone units in 2011, assuming a similar ramp to what AT&T experienced in 2007 and 2008. And that number might actually prove conservative, Marshall said, adding that AT&T shipped 14.1 million iPhones in the fourth quarter alone.

“Some think 10 million is possible in the calendar year,” Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair told "AllThings Digital" (http://macte.ch/Gyp1a). “And...

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Jan 11
It's heeeere: the iPhone on Verizon

After months (years?) of speculation, it's finally happened. Verizon Wireless and Apple has announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on Feb. 3, ahead of general availability. The iPhone 4 on Verizon will have all the features of the AT&T version plus it will include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, at a special press event. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.” ...

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Jan 11
Google ending H.264 support, setting up potential battle with...

On its Chrome blog (http://macte.ch/qFtik), Google says it's ending support for H.264 on its Chrome browser, opting instead for the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs.

"We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles," Google writes. "To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies."

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Jan 11
Verizon to sell CDMA iPad

In addition to carrying the iPhone, Verizon Wireless will sell a version of the iPad that can connect directly to its CDMA network.

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, the parent of the wireless unit, said in an interview, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/6Hchs).. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo didn't say when the change may happen.

Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, began selling the iPad in its stores in a package with its credit card-sized Wi-Fi device in October for US$629.99 to $829.99. Apple, which introduced the iPad in April, offers versions of the tablet that connect directly to AT&T’s network.

Most of the phones in the US use GSM or CDMA technologies. AT&T, which has previously been the...

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Jan 11
Serisag for Mac OS X lets you manage serials, licenses, more

Sagois SLU has released Serisag for Mac OS X and Windows (http://www.sagois.com/en/serisag/index.html). It's software for managing your serial numbers, licenses, installers, invoices and more -- and keeping them organized.

You can search by name, bundle, category, month of purchase, and more. Serisag also allows you to store the installer and keep it organized. You can even launch the installer from within the application and manage your bundles.

You can assign software to computers, so you can see what software is being used on each computer. You can keep your private pages safe. Access to the private area protected by a password.

Serisag allows you to store the necessary information about your software. It's organized into three sections: Software, Docs and Private areas.

Serisag is being offered for approximately US$13 through Jan. 31. It's...

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Jan 11
Creativity Different launches mBrace for the MacBook Pro

Creativity Different (http://www.creativitydifferent.com) has introduced the mBrace, an accessory for your Macbook Pro. It's designed to improve the comfort and convenience of carrying a notebook around the office, on campus or anywhere you take your Mac.

Made from Acetal plastic and Uretek fabric, the mBrace easily and securely attaches to a Macbook without affecting any of its typical uses, according to Terrance Kirkwood, founder of Creativity Different.

You can leave it on your Macbook Pro all the time because even with the mBrace attached, the Macbook Pro still fits nicely in most bags and sleeves with no problem, he adds. It even fits with most covers and cases attached. But just in case, the mBrace detaches as effortlessly as it attaches to your notebook, says Kirkwood. And as a bonus, when attached the handle can rest underneath the Macbook Pro to provide an angled...

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Jan 11
New astronomy app available on the Mac App Store

Vito Technology (http://www.vitotechnology.com) has introduced Solar Walk for Mac, a 3D Solar System model application available on the Mac App Store for US$2.99.

This app is designed to explore not only the Solar System, but also the whole Galaxy. Among other features are real-time trajectories of  the most interesting artificial Earth’s satellites, your current position marker, the biggest cities on the globe, and the points of interests on Mars, Venus, and the Moon. The app starts the educational movie collection with the first video "Solar System Planets' Size Comparison".

Users can zoom in and zoom out to turn the Solar System and the Galaxy in any direction. Other features allow you to discover our own planet in greater details our own planet.

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Jan 11
'The Daily' coming to the iPad on Jan. 19?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will join News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch on stage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to reveal iPad newspaper, "The Daily," according to a "Mashable" report (http://macte.ch/84d7p).

When? Probably on Jan. 19, but that may change, the article adds. Of course, neither Apple nor News Corp. have confirmed when (or if) the event is happening.

"The Daily" will have no web or print edition. The only way to get it will be on the iPad, where each edition will cost US$0.99.

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Jan 11
WaterField Designs introduces the Muzetto Bag in black leather

For the "refined male," WaterField Designs has released the black leather Muzetto for tablets, notebooks and gadgets. Available for pre-order, this "fashionable man bag" boasts naturally-tanned, black leather with a choice of six accent colors.

Five sizes fit laptops, netbooks, iPads and more and have a dedicated cell phone pocket. The vertical bag includes one main compartment, an under-flap pocket, a zippered interior pocket for extra security, and a back pocket. An adjustable strap allows users to wear the Muzetto across the chest or hanging from one shoulder. To reduce shoulder and back fatigue, a removable, shoulder pad with a grippy underside keeps the strap in place.

A gold liner lights up the interior making contents easy to differentiate, according to Waterfield founder Gary Waterfield. The flap length and angled sides highlight the Muzetto's svelte look.

The personal and portable sizes can carry daily necessities like a wallet, cell-phone,...

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Jan 11
Freecom launches thin mobile hard drive exclusively for Macs

Freecom (http://www.freecom.com) has unveiled the Mobile Drive Mg, a mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac. Encased in an ultra-lightweight and strong magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is an ideal match for the MacBook, according to Jelle Stalpers, Apple business development manager for Freecom

At 10mm, it's also the thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world, he adds. Interestingly, the drive sports an USB 3.0 interface -- and Macs don't support USB 3.0. However, it's backwards-compatible and will work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks.

The Mobile Drive Mg will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers in a range of three different models. The models are 320GB for approximately US$103, 750GB for $155, and 750GB for $168.

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Jan 11
Clandestiny game launches on Mac App Store 


Clandestiny, a family orientated puzzle adventure game, was launched today by GRL Games (http://www.grlgames.net), the company long time industry veteran Graeme Devine founded after leaving Apple late last year. It's available at an introductory price of US$9.99 at the newly launched Apple App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Clandestiny combines classic adventure, animated story and fun puzzles. There are over 40 minutes of animated story to go with the over 30 puzzles in the game. Join Andrew and Paula on this spooky adventure as you experience the castle's eerie rooms and hidden passageways, and encounter the angst-ridden ghosts of the family MacPhiles. Solve "wee" rascally riddles and persnickety puzzles to learn the fate of this dimwitted clan."



Clandestiny has three levels. The game was originally released by Devine when he was at Trilobyte in 1996 as the company’s third title,...

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