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Mar 10
Safari, IE go down first at hacking contest

Safari and Internet Explorer were successfully hacked on the first day at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, BC, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/qu5pb).

"Safari goes down first at Pwn2Own!" tweeted Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team at Pwn2Own sponsor Tipping Point. Insecurity research company Vupen broke into the Safari browser, running on a fully patched version of Mac OS X, by successfully exploiting a zero-day flaw, says "The Inquirer."

The hack happened even though Apple issued a last-minute security patch for Safari. Apple is supposedly adding more focus on security for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.

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Mar 10
Twelve South Compass ready for the iPad 2

Twelve South says its Compass Mobile Stand works just fine with the iPad 2, which goes on sale tomorrow.

Compass is an US$39.99 compact folding stand that's compatible with both the original iPad and the new iPad 2. Standing upright as an easel, Compass displays the Apple tablet in both portrait and landscape positions.

Work mode holds the iPad 2 at an angle for typing. In addition to retail Apple Stores, Compass is available at the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com) as well as the Twelve South web site (http://www.twelvesouth.com).

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Mar 10
Six iPad 2 cases available from WaterField Designs

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced new custom-sized iPad 2 cases: the Smart Case (pictured) Slip Case, Ultimate SleeveCase and Suede Jacket.

For carrying the iPad 2 with the Apple Cover or another slim case, WaterField offers the EXO SleeveCase. For toting the iPad along with the wireless keyboard and accessories, WaterField Designs recommends the iPad Wallet.

"We have re-designed our iPad line creating new custom sizes for the lighter, thinner iPad 2," says WaterField Designs owner, Gary Waterfield. "The EXO and iPad Wallet remain great choices for carrying the iPad 2 within another case and the iPad 2 with its mobile accessories."

The Smart Case (US$59) has an Ultrasued, scratch-free liner with an impact-resistant, screen-protecting insert and is enveloped by a water-resistant exterior. The Slip Case ($29) has a water-resistant fabric exterior that surrounds a plush...

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Mar 10
NXE announces Recline iPhone 4 case

NXE (http://www.nxeproducts.com) has announced the Recline protective case with a dual-orientation and flip-out kickstand. It's available for AT&T and Verizon iPhones for US$29.99.

The flip-out kickstand on the back that allows the case to sit upright -- either horizontally for the optimal viewing of a movie, photos or games, or vertically for video calling interaction. The Recline also features a soft internal lining, while still allowing the user full access to all external buttons, controls and input/output ports.

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Mar 10
XtremeMac unveils iPad 2 cases

XtremeMac (http://www.XtremeMac.com) has announced a line of new cases for the iPad 2. They'll arrive this spring.

The Tuffwrap Shine is a form-fitting case for the new iPad 2. Made of soft durable materials, the Tuffwrap Shine offers full protection and better grip support without adding any bulk and providing full access to all controls. Trend right colors include honeysuckle pink (Patone’s color of the year), black and clear, each with a high-gloss finish that provides a touch of style.

The Microshield for iPad 2 is thin hard plastic case designed to protect against scratches, dust and dirt.  The thin, impact-resistant case gives users full access to all controls while providing a soft touch surface and added grip. These cases are available in a frosted finish, in black, blue or purple.

XtremeMac’s Thin Sleeve is a coverage case that fits both the iPad and iPad 2. The exterior and soft...

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Mar 10
FileMaker launches new podcast series

FileMaker Inc. has announced “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad,” a new podcast and Facebook Fan Page.

Aimed at iPad and iPhone users interested in database solutions for business, both the podcast series and fan page feature real companies and business owners who are managing their data on-the-go using Apple’s iOS devices. Hosted by Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Matt Navarre of MSN Media, the first three podcasts are available today on iTunes.

FileMaker plans to add new episodes, so stay tuned to the Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad on iTunes. You can go to FileMaker’s new “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad” Facebook Fan page for more info.

The site offers customer stories, YouTube videos offering how-to advice and more. Visitors can also see screens with examples of how to mobilize inventory management, contacts, and events.

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Mar 10
Wrapsol introduces screen protection for the iPad 2

Wrapsol has announced the availability of Wrapsol ultra and fingerprint-fighting Wrapsol clean screen protector lines for the Apple iPad 2.

Using the company’s patent-pending adhesive films, they're designed to protect the screen of the Apple tablet. Wrapsol for iPad 2 is fully compatible with Apple’s SmartCovers and is available for pre-order at http://www.wrapsol.com for US$29.95. Shipping is expected to begin next week.

Wrapsol ultra and clean screen protectors for the iPad 2 are applied with three steps: align the film, tack it down, smooth it on. Purportedly, the proprietary adhesive formula actively releases air bubbles over time for the smoothest application possible, and delivers a high level of protection against impact damage, scratches, cracks, dents, dings and scuffs from foreign objects, abrasive grit or damaging surfaces.

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Mar 10
iWeb Themes Park releases new templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced new iWeb themes for iWeb, the web creation component of the iLife suite. The new themes are Break Dance, Hunting Club, Lighted, Perspective and Writing.

To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park you'll need a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 105 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99.

Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Mar 10
iPresentee expands iWeb templates for Business collection

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has released iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 to be used with Apple's website building application.

iWeb Themes for Business includes five new themes: Bakery, Herbs, Hair Stylist, Movie and Clothes. Designed for casual and business use, the new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 115 themes. All themes incorporate a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or later. Each iWeb Theme for Business is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 may be purchased for $30. The iWeb Suite Bundle may be purchased for $70.

Bundle includes 75 iWeb Themes, 40 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes for Business 7.0...

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Mar 10
Flashcards for Mac updated, gets price reduction

Independent software developer Christian Kienle has released Flashcards 3.4 (http://christian-kienle.de/Flashcards/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). The new version boasts some refinements and performance improvements.

Flashcards is a flash card application with an iTunes-like user interface. You can organize your cards in decks, folders and smart decks. Decks can be exported and saved in any place on your hard disk. Each card has a progress indicator so that you see your overall performance at a glance.

Smart decks allow you to specify a set of rules that determine which cards the deck will contain. For example, you could have a smart deck that always contains cards you recently studied and answered wrong.

Flashcards comes with a formula editor. The formula editor lets you create graphical formulas by typing in a LaTeX style text. For example, you can then...

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Mar 10
Lagente releases PinPoint 3.6 for Mac

Lagente Software has releases PinPoint 3.6.1 (http://www.lagentesoft.com), an update of their mouse enhancement tool for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$2.99.

Used by screencast professionals and presenters to help their audience locate the mouse on screen, PinPoint provides the user with a series of animated graphics that are displayed around the mouse pointer. It's designed to help audiences follow along with presentations and demos and also serves to help the visually disabled use their computers more effectively.

PinPoint provides the user with a series of animated graphics that are displayed around the mouse pointer. Many shapes, behaviors and animations are available, including a Full Screen Crosshair mode, and pointers with visual click indicators.

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Mar 10
Codeminion releases Phantasmat Collector's Edition on the...

Codeminion has released Phantasmat Collector's Edition 1.11 (http://phantasmat.com/), the latest version of their horror-adventure game on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Here's how the game is described: "Combining compelling plot with hidden-object and match-3 mechanics, this game follows up with beautifully hand drawn art and AAA production values. The game immerses the player in the dark story of a sunken city and mysterious hotel still inhabited by its former citizens. Phantasmat marks the evolution of the adventure-horror genre in casual games."

The Collector's Edition features extra game content such as an additional hour of gameplay incorporated into the Epilogue. Players also get access to development materials, like concept art, character profiles and the official soundtrack by Rob Westwood. There are over 100 locations and puzzles.

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Mar 10
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X is more customizable

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.54 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version allows customers to tailor the product's workflow to suit their own requirements and preferences.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give...

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Mar 10
Unblunder for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Yazsoft has released Unblunder 1.0.2 (http://yazsoft.com/products/unblunder/), an update of its recovery solution for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance update with some performance tweaks and bug fixes.

The Yazsoft says Unblunder was developed specifically to help protect against accidental data loss by offering Mac OS X a "Recently Deleted" feature, giving you time to recover files before they're gone forever. It uses Mac OS X's UNIX underpinnings to hang on to files after the Trash has been emptied.

When started, it runs quietly in the background and stays out of your way, according to the folks at Yazsoft. For optimal file recovery and peace of mind, Unblunder needs to be running before an accident happens.

By default, trashed files over 250 MB in size linger for five minutes and smaller files are kept for a day. Of course, you can tweak all these settings to...

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Mar 10
'YML' looks at the iPad 2 launch, iOS update

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the iPad 2 launch, the iOS update and more.

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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Mar 09
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 9

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

Steton Technology Group has announced Steton 360 mobileEl, a free app for iPads and iPhones that gives decision makers on-the-go access to customizable business intelligence dashboards and reports. Steton 360 mobileEl is an extension to Steton 360 Enterprise Edition, Steton's Web-hosted business intelligence solution. It provides a way for managers to explore and analyze data in real-time. When used with Steton 360 Enterprise Edition, the application gives executives, managers and key workers information on how the organization is complying with quality, safety, regulatory and brand standards.

PollMate 1.0 for iOS is a new quantitative research tool. The free app allows anyone with a question to target people with answers. It uses Apple's Push Notification...

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Mar 09
Apple updates software for the Apple TV

Apple has updated the software for the US$99, streaming-only Apple TV to version 4.2 It adds support for AirPlay in iOS 4.3, support for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when playing Netflix videos and the ability to access MLB.TV and NBA League Pass Broadband content

There are also new slideshow themes; you can view photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes. Apple TV 4.2 also improves the on-screen keyboard, letting you search and enter names and passwords more easily, according to Apple.

You can update the Apple TV software via iTunes.

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Mar 09
Apple updates Safari to version 5.0.4

Apple has released version 5.0.4 of its Safari web browser. The new version offers:

° Improved stability for webpages with multiple instances of plug-in content;

° Improved compatibility with webpages with image reflections and transition effects;

° Improved compatibility with VoiceOver on webpages with text input areas and lists with selectable items;

° Improved stability when using VoiceOver;

° A fix for an issue that could cause some webpages to print with incorrect layouts;

° A fix for an issue that could cause content to display incorrectly on webpages with plug-ins;

° A fix for an issue that could cause a Screen Saver to appear while video is playing in Safari.

You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 09
Apple releases iOS 4.3

Apple has released iOS 4.3. The update is available via Apple’s iTunes application.

New features include: faster Safari mobile browsing performance with the Nitro JavaScript engine; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice of using the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute the audio; and the Personal Hotspot feature for sharing an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.

The Nitro JavaScript engine that Apple pioneered on the desktop is now built into WebKit, the technology at the heart of Safari, and purportedly more than doubles the performance of JavaScript execution using just-in-time compilation. With the Nitro JavaScript engine, Safari works faster to support the interactivity of complex sites you visit on a daily basis.

New iTunes Home Sharing allows iOS 4.3 users to play music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch from their iTunes library on a Mac or PC over a local Wi-Fi network. With a tap...

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Mar 09
OWC announces 16GB RAM update for new MacBook Pros

OWC announces 16GB RAM update for new MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB memory modules that provide 12GB and 16GB memory configurations for the 2011 MacBook Pro models. With these OWC Upgrades, new MacBook Pro model owners can add up to twice the factory maximum installed memory.

Available configuration options are:

° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$59.99 (or $46.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory.

° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (2 x 4GB) -- $112.99 (or $86.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces both existing 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory. Up to $113 less vs. factory 8GB option.

° OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (8GB + 4GB) -- $879.99 (or $853.99 after OWC offered factory...

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Mar 09
iPad sales hurting PCs -- but not Macs

Although surging tablet sales are eating into sales of more expensive computers and netbooks, the Mac market share continues to throw, thanks to products like the best-selling MacBook Air.

In fact, the Mac line of products accounts for 17% of the $420 price estimate for Apple stock by "Seeking Alpha" (http://macte.ch/fRw7q), while iPads represent an additional 7%. The price estimate by the "website for actionable stock market opinion and analysis, and vibrant, intelligent finance discussion" stands about 15% ahead of market price.

"Seeking Alpha" says its report revised 2011 computer growth rate expectations from 15.9% to 10.5% for 2011, as the iPad and other tablets continue to cannibalize computer sales. However, SA expects Apple to offset this trend with notable market share gains in both notebooks and desktops. Apple’s share in the notebook market has increased from around 3.5% in 2005 to 4.8% in...

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Mar 09
Analyst: Apple may sell 29 million iPads this year

Analyst Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan Research has warned investors in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that build plans for iPad shipments from Apple's rivals may be too high, presenting "increasing risk of a bubble burst" in the second half of 2011. He estimates that Apple could see nearly 100% sales growth year over year, resulting in more than 29 million iPads sold worldwide in 2011.

"In our view, the technical and form factor improvements of the iPad 2 stand to make it tougher for the first generation of competitive offerings to play catch-up, meaning actual shipments could fall well short of plan," Moskowitz wrote.

Using discounted build plan estimates to project tablet shipments for the year, the analyst claims that tablet makers will build approximately 65.1 million tablets this year. When compared against J.P. Morgan's estimates of 47.9...

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Mar 09
Micromat releases TechTool Pro 6 for Mac OS X

Micromat (http://www.micromat.com) has released Tool Pro 6 for Mac OS X. The new version of the diagnostics, maintenance and drive repair tool adds features to help Mac users diagnose hardware problems and make it easier to fix issues on their hard drives.

Volume Cloning has been added for creating duplicates of volumes or disk images for volume recovery, archiving or for upgrading. TechTool Pro 6 can create an emergency start-up volume on the active hard drive using its eDrive technology, eliminating the need for using a boot DVD for most users or having to burn an eDrive on a secondary source to repair a Mac's internal drive. Plus, TechTool Pro's upgraded eDrive technology no longer requires Apple's boot disk updates to keep the software current, says Christian Pickman, Micromat's product manager for TechTool Pro.

TechTool Pro 6 features a new Local Network Tool, which shows the active services...

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Mar 09
SK Telecom to carry the iPhone in Korea starting March 16

Korean carrier, SK Telecom (http://www.sktelecom.com), says it will offer the iPhone 4 in Korea on March 16 with a range of tariff plans tailored for customers of the Apple smartphone.

iP"SK Telecom is proud to offer iPhone 4 on the nation's top network," says So Jin-Woo, president of Platform Business and co-CEO of SK Telecom. "Our customers will benefit from flexible tariff plans tailored to their unique usage needs along with a high level of customer care."

Customers may pre-register for iPhone 4 beginning March 9 at 7 a.m. at SK Telecom's official online store, T Smart Shop (http://www.tsmartshop.co.kr), or at one of 1,500 authorized SK Telecom T World retail stores. Full pricing and availability details for iPhone 4 in Korea will be available soon.

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Mar 09
JixiPix announces a photo to painting app for Mac

JixiPix (http://www.jixipix.com) has introduced PhotoArtista Oil 1.0, a photo-to-oil painting application, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be found in the Graphics & Design category.

PhotoArtista -- Oil was developed specifically for converting photographs into works of oil painted art. It includes six art styles that range from realistic to expressionistic: portrait, landscape, realism, impressionism, expressionism and tone painting.

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