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Mar 24
Boingo releases new Wi-Fi app for Mac, iOS devices

Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has released a new version of its Wi-Fi app. The app not only logs customers onto more than 325,000 commercial hotspots around the globe with a single click, it also helps anyone find and connect to hundreds of thousands of free and open Wi-Fi networks worldwide.

The app includes the ability to search for paid or free networks and presents search results on a map. Boingo Wi-Finder is immediately available for Mac and Windows laptops, Android smartphones and iOS devices.

Boingo Wi-Finder is designed to help solve the problem of getting connected to Wi-Fi when there are multiple Wi-Fi signals in one place. Through connection logic, Wi-Finder identifies available networks and automatically connects a user to the best signal. The app’s logic also includes the ability to accept a network’s terms of service on the user’s behalf on a one-time or recurring basis to...

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Mar 24
Graph graphs graphs on Mac OS X, iOS devices

A new, free app for graphing graphics -- appropriately called Graph -- is available from VVI (http://www.vvi.com) for Mac and iOS devices in the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store.

Graph supports several 1D, 2D and 3D graph types including bar, column, pie, line, area, scatter, 3D perspective scatter, trajectory and surface, volumetric, z-sliced cell, user defined maps, linear, semi-log, x-log, log-log, polar, r-log, Gregorian date and many variations. Maps are geographic, schematic, process maps, node graphs, floor plans or any diagram. A map of the United States is included, and users can load an additional 30 maps they construct themselves using the optional Vvidget Builder application.

Thousands of graphic, graph and data attributes -- including customized artwork, autoscaling and many other attributes can be set by using Vvidget Builder -- an optional Mac OS X desktop application, to make a skin...

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Mar 24
'iPhone Obsessed' is an interactive book

"iPhone Obsessed, Photo Editing Experiments with Apps," just released from Peachpit Press is part how-to and part interactive book. It's filled with coverage of over 47 of the best iPhone photo applications.

Author Dan Marcolina explains his techniques on combining app effects such as blurs and vignettes, high dynamic range, film looks, and painting to turn snapshots into statements. You not only learn some advanced techniques on integrating Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop but also how to think about image taking on the mobile device.

"iPhone Obsessed" has over 125 creative app recipes for the new generation of mobile image makers using the Apple smartphone. Plus, there's a compendium of over 45 of the "most useful and sometimes unexpected photography app recommendations and reviews." Marcolina says it's the first book of its kind to deeply integrate the use of Microsoft tag and the iPhone to enhance and extend the readers experience.

When scanning one of...

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Mar 24
Future Media Concepts announces iTraining Bootcam

Future Media Concepts, an authorized digital media training center, has announced iTraining Bootcamp, a range of Apple-authorized courses and exams to be held May 17-24 in Orlando, Florida. This all-things-Apple event includes not only classes but travel, hotel, meals, and social opportunities in a single package. 

Designated an elite, Gold Level training center by Apple, Future Media Concepts offers 13 courses at iTraining Bootcamp, including Mac OS X, Apple Pro Apps, Apple Server, Xsan, iOS Apps Development, Final Cut Pro, iLife and iWork®. All courses are intended to lead to Apple certification, which helps professionals distinguish themselves and their organizations in today's competitive marketplace. The complete iTraining Bootcamp schedule is available at http://www.itrainingbootcamp.com/Courses.htm#schedule. 

"The significant growth in demand for Apple certification in our training centers has prompted us to combine our 13 Apple courses into a single,...

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Mar 24
FileWave 5 gets updated user interface, more

FileWave (http://www.filewave.com) has introduced version 5 of its software deployment and management suite, with new features and an updated user interface.

FileWave allows you to take granular control of your software deployments, both pre and post-deployment. Version 5 includes iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) in the same management console used to control Mac and Windows client systems.

It also introduces the Intelligent Downloader, which gives file level control of existing client software without the need to redeploy it. In addition, FileWave 5 adds the capability to remote wipe Mac, PC, and iOS devices, integrates with LDAP directories, manages MCX preferences, deploys iTunes content to sync stations and includes numerous performance increases. Contact the folks at FileWave for pricing options.


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Mar 24
ConceptDraw Project can now exchange data with MS Project

CS Odessa says ConceptDraw Project 6.0 now has the ability to import and export Microsoft Project XML files, with the new Project Exchange. Users have increased flexibility on how to exchange project information with all members of the project team.

ConceptDraw Project 6 has the ability to save to a MS Project XML file format so that ConceptDraw Project files can be shared with users of MS Project (2003, 2007, and 2010) as well as any other project management tools that can accurately import MS Project xml file format. This allows users of ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2 (contains ConceptDraw Project 6) to generate project content that can be shared with all team members.Project participants also have the ability to import MS Project files into ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2.

The ability to exchange data between ConceptDraw Office and MS Project is a big plus for project members because they can then use the other project tools that...

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Mar 24
Tidy Up! for Mac OS X gets interface tweak, more

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.3, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version improves the interface of the search panes of the Basic mode to present a more clean look. It also adds the possibility to automatically report a list of the iTunes and iPhoto missing files. 

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.3 has the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.

Tidy Up 2.3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Mar 24
Ntractive unveils Elements 2.1 for Mac OS X

Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has announced an upgrade to Elements CRM, the company's Mac Customer Relationship Management Solution. Version 3.1 offers a 100x speed improvement, user interface refinements and is available at the Mac App Store.

Elements CRM 3.1 is one of the first SaaS CRM applications available to Mac business and enterprise users in the store. Small business pricing starts at US$24.95 per user per month, and professional pricing starts at $44.95 per user per month.

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Mar 24
EXIF viewer for Mac OS X updated with RAW images support

CocoaWithChurros has announced iExifer 1.2.1 (http://www.cocoawithchurros.com/iexifer.php), an update of the EXIF viewer for Mac OS X. Designed for photography aficionados, it sports an interface that reveals all the EXIF metadata, GPS location and image thumbnails stored inside image files.

iExifer also displays IPTC tags, and more specific EXIF Maker Notes. Version 1.2.1 includes EXIF metadata for major cameras, as well as RAW images support.

To celebrate the release of this new version of iExifer, cocoaWithChurros is currently offering a special, limited-time pricing of US$0.99; it's normally $2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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Mar 24
Leaping Bytes releases Colorplex 1.2 for Mac

Leaping Bytes has updated Colorplex (http://www.leapingbytes.com/products/colorplex), its color calculator app for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The US$1.99 app allows you to manipulate colors in RGB, HSB, CMYK or Gray Scale colorspace and instantly see results in the large preview area.

Colorplex provides individual controls for foreground and background. You can even replace the background with an image of your choice or use text as a foreground. For serious color gurus, Colorplex provides a handy scrap book that lets you preserve your work and share it with your colleagues and customers.

Version 1.2 can use text as a foreground and can drag the foreground around with a mouse. There's a bigger preview image for sharing, and the app can switch between NSColor and UIColor.

Colorplex requires Mac OS X 10.6. It can be found at the Mac App Store in the...

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Mar 24
Serif Letter Shapes theme released for iWork apps

Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com) has released Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic. This US$9.99 add-on product is created specifically for Keynote but can be used with the other iWork applications.

You can use Keynote's advanced fill attributes of graduated colors to make unique drop caps and titles. You can fill the letters of a word with different images or span multiple letters by masking with multiple copies of a single panoramic image.

Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic are individual alpa-numeric Keynote shapes (vector) in Times Serif Extra Bold Regular and Italic. Assemble your word with the letters, set fill and stroke or Mask with images, make your letters as tall as the slide then build in with a move action and crawl across the screen.

In fact, you can create professional video sequences with the...

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Mar 24
WebsitePainter 1.4 for Mac OS X adds external CSS style support...

Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.4 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html), an update to web editor for Macintosh and Windows. Version 1.4 adds support for external CSS styles, Quicktime and Youtube videos, the HTML 5 audio component, improved FTP upload, and german language interface translation. Also included are two new free website templates.

WebsitePainter was developed for creating websites without HTML knowledge and programming. It lets you create webpages with elements like Web 2.0 buttons, gradients, round borders, hover effects, transparencies, continuous text and more. WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports Web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP.

WebsitePainter has built-in support for dynamic HTML content to, for example, create a dynamic slideshow with a list of images that will fade in and out...

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Mar 24
EarthDesk 5 now 64-bit compatible

Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, to a fully 64-bit application with version 5.7.

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. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background and optionally as a screen saver.

New features along with 64-bit compatibility introduced in EarthDesk 5.7 are:

° Faster rendering, lower processor usage, and a cleaner interface;

° Seasonal maps, with snow and vegetation levels changing month-to-month;

° Support for a higher resolution map and cloud data on large displays;

° Adjustable brightness and...

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Mar 23
Apple to expand AirPlay functionality?

Apple is considering expanding its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/i3UoT), quoting "two people familiar with the project."

AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV. The wireless technology is being integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.

Under the expanded AirPlay plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, says "Bloomberg." Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio.

An expanded AirPlay would let users stream programming wirelessly from an Apple mobile device to a TV that carries the technology. That may spur wider use...

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Mar 23
Open source suite may Samba off Mac OS X Lion

The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Samba is an open source/free software suite that provides file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. It's freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

The goal behind the Samba project is one of removing barriers to interoperability. The software was released in 199 and originally developed by Australian Andrew Tridgell of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. As of version 3, Samba provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients and can integrate with a Windows Server domain, either as a Primary Domain Controller (...

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Mar 23
Jobs re-elected to Disney Board of Directors

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been re-elected to the Walt Disney Company Board of Directors, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/xXzZm).

Jobs, 56, was re-elected with 12 other nominees at the shareholder meeting today in Salt Lake City, with 74% of the votes cast backing the group, according to a preliminary count. The Apple executive, absent from the meeting, owns 7.3% of Disney and is the largest shareholder.

The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, opposed Jobs’ reelection. The group said Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board.

Also, the Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, also questioned Jobs’s re-election to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board...

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Mar 23
The 'iCar' upgraded with iPad 2s

Mercedes-Benz customizer Brabus has revised their "iCar," adding some iPad 2s to the iBusiness 2.0 (http://macte.ch/2Xxge), reports "Autoevolution" (http://macte.ch/3hgRQ).

Brabus is the first company to develop an advanced car multimedia system based on the the second gen Apple tablet, the article add. The iPad 2 has been integrated in the rear compartment of the Brabus 800, a version of the V12-powered S-Klasse, which offers 800 horsepower. The iPad 2 has been linked to the car’s on-board entertainment system and allows the rear passengers to access all function of the S-Klasse in the rear of the car.

Thanks to its good built-in cameras, the iPad could also provide an excellent platform for video conferences, says "Autoevolution." What's more, Brabus technicians have created a custom table to which the tablet computers can be connected...

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Mar 23
Apple wins five 2011 Mobility Awards

MobileTrax (http://www.mobiletrax.com), a mobile and wireless industry analyst firm, has announced the winners of the 2011 Mobility Awards at the Wireless Innovators dinner held during the annual International CTIA Wireless trade show at the Rosen Center. Apple won the most awards with five including Product of the Year for the introduction of the iPad.

The 2011 Mobility Awards were selected by 31 press and analysts who cover the mobile and wireless market. The awards recognize the best mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services introduced to the market during the past year.

“There’s a need to recognize the hard work that the mobile device makers, software vendors and wireless operators are doing to provide subscribers with unique products and services,” says J. Gerry Purdy, principal analyst with MobileTrax. “The Mobility Awards have honored the brightest innovators...

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Mar 23
Bertrand Serlet leaving Apple

Apple says that Bertrand Serlet (top photo), Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi (bottom photo), Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report to CEO Steve Jobs.

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” says Serlet. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Federighi is responsible for the development of Mac OS X and has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years. He worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac...

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Mar 23
QuarkAlliance members to release QuarkXPress 9 XTensions

Quark has announced the upcoming availability of hundreds of XTensions that extend the functionality of QuarkXPress 9, Quark’s graphic design and page-layout software.



The upcoming QuarkXPress 9 XTensions will offer users hundreds of ways to add even more functionality to QuarkXPress. Developed by members of QuarkAlliance, XTensions software cover a wide-range of applications, from advanced spell check, pre-flighting, and exporting solutions to translation applications, image-management software, and more, according to the folks at Quark. The new XTensions will become available when QuarkXPress 9 ships in April 2011.

Quark is currently offering customers who purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 at the regular price between Jan. 1 and the April ship date a complimentary upgrade to QuarkXPress 9. Those who qualify should complete the QuarkXPress 9 upgrade redemption form located here: ...

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Mar 23
Analyst offers scenarios for Apple's upcoming, ginormous...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/VWdxU) -- Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi mulled over what he considers the most likely prospects for Apple‘s Maiden, North Carolina-based data center, which may go live this spring.

Sacconaghi says the facility, which could end up being the largest such facility in the world, will probably not only be used to increase the iTunes and MobileMe services, but may help the company to offer five other services: a larger advertising platform, for serving up iAds; a digital “locker” in the “cloud” to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices; a music streaming service on a subscription basis; an “aggressively priced video subscription service”; and a service that would support a “voice interface” on Apple devices, taking user requests in spoken natural language and returning answers, similar to Google’s free voice search.

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Mar 23
With Limewire shuttered, peer-to-peer music sharing declines

In late October 2010, LimeWire shuttered its file sharing services, months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and found the peer-to-peer (P2P) service liable for copyright infringement.

According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9% in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.

The average number of music files downloaded from P2P networks also declined from 35 tracks per person in Q4 2007 to just 18 tracks in Q4 2010, although some downloaded just one or two tracks, while others took hundreds. NPD estimates there were 16 million P2P users downloading music in Q4 2010, which is 12 million fewer than in Q4 2007.

According to NPD's "...

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Mar 23
Apple tells adult app store to ditch the 'app store'...

MiKandi -- which bills itself as “the world’s first app store for adults -- has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple over its use of the term "App Store," according to "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/VPnyT).

It’s not MiKandi’s first brush with Apple. The company was pushed in the spotlight last year when Apple’s Steve Jobs referred derisively to the fact that there was a “porn store” on Android -- referring to MiKandi without using its name, says "GeekWire."

For the record, the words “app store” still appear on the MiKandi site. Co-founder Jesse Adams tells "GeekWire" they’ll wait it out, for now, and see how Microsoft’s challenge to Apple’s trademark registration turns out.

MiKandi is the second digital download service targeted by Apple in defense of its trademark application this month, the first being the Amazon App Store for Android. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court...

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Mar 23
Adobe Pass offers 'TV Everywhere'

Adobe has announced the Adobe Pass service, a new authentication solution that enables pay TV subscribers to access premium content from virtually any Internet-connected device.

Leveraging the Flash Platform and HTML5, Adobe Pass allows pay TV providers and content owners alike to deliver a wider range of content on more platforms -- including Mac, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV systems. Promoted by the broadcast and cable industry as TV Everywhere, Adobe Pass makes it possible for pay TV providers to authenticate their paying subscribers online and provide them with the anytime, anywhere content experiences that audiences crave, taking TV Everywhere from concept to reality, says Pritham Shetty, vice president for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe.

Adobe Pass creates a way for pay TV subscribers to view content across multiple websites with just one sign in and doesn't require any additional downloads. Shetty says this eliminates one of the biggest barriers to TV...

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Mar 23
Senators want Apple to ban DUI, checkpoint alert apps

Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps -- such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer -- that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://macte.ch/lKzSy).

Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.

"We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the letter said.

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