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Mar 28
eggPlant offs a mobile testing solution

There's a rush in the mobile applications market. The market will reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117% increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010.

Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass US$15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190% increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion, according to the Garter research group.

This rapid growth is driven by the concept of instant access to web browsing, email, document viewing, messaging etc. Everything on the fly. Welcome to Generation Facebook.

This growth is bringing with it a massive challenge of releasing stable apps that are robust when accessed from multiple mobile devices, across global telecom networks and locations. If you add multiple releases to this rich Internet applications (RIA) whether they're HTML5/Flash, developers have on their hands a...

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Mar 28
Email Stats is email monitoring tool for the Mac

JBMJBM has released eMail Stats 1.0 (http://www.jbmjbm.com/emailstats.html) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The app monitors your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly email usage. It costs US$1.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

If you ever wonder how many emails you have been sending or receiving, this app can tell you. As a matter of fact, it has your email statistics for the day, previous day, week, month, and the year and all from your Mac Menu Bar.

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Mar 28
Destination: Treasure Island Lite comes to the Mac App Store

Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Destination: Treasure Island Lite -- inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island" -- is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, is free and can be found in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Destination: Treasure Island is a Point and Click adventure game, with pristine photo-realistic graphics and environments, inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Treasure Island. With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly colored varied and exotic environment.

"With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly coloured varied and exotic environment, they'll...

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Mar 28
Aquafadas starts pre-release of digital publishing software

Aquafadas is making its digital publishing solution publicly available through a pre-release program. Aquafadas digital publishing tools can be requested at www.aquafadas.comen/publishing/tryitforyourself/ .

Aquafadas’ tools enable you to publish interactive documents on the iPad, iPhone, and Android-based tablets and smartphones. It supports magazines, newspapers, book publishers, communication agencies, and corporations as well as individual designers.

Aquafadas’ AVE App Factory allows generating Apps for iPad and Android tablets without requiring programming skills. Plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress XTensions enable designers to create digital publications without coding.

AVE App Factory as well as the plug-ins and XTensions can be used for free. A fee is applied only when apps and content are published. Aquafadas says its...

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Mar 28
'Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition'...

Jeff Carlson's new ebook, "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition," takes readers way beyond the basics with a full discussion of using media on the iPad or iPad 2.

He covers the basics, so new iPad users can get up to speed quickly. For those who want to go further, Carlson expands their media universe, helping them explore a variety of options, whether they want to read ebooks, enjoy music or audiobooks, watch video, or view photos. The ebook is also designed to help readers integrate their iPad with an Apple TV, and it has tips that will help iPad 2 owners take better photos with that device's cameras.

The 158-page ebook is available in PDF format  for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-media. After purchase, readers can also download the ebook in EPUB format.

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Mar 28
ProAnimator 5 adds multiprocessing support, more

ZaxWerks (http://www.zaxwerks.com) has updated ProAnimator, US$649 software for creating 3D animations, to version 5.0. It works with Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS 4.

ProAnimator works as both a standalone app and a plug-in for After Effects. If you're on a Mac, it is not yet compatible with After Effects CS5; however, the standalone version will create movies that CS5 an use, so you’re not really out of the running. Highlights of version 5 include:

° Multiprocessing -- ProAnimator will now use every core on your system to render much faster than before.

° And integrated drawing window -- All 3D objects have to be modeled. As you draw, the 3D model is created for you, on the fly. As you edit the 2D paths the 3D objects are re-built in real time. If you draw one path inside of another path the program knows what to do. The Auto-

° Live text editing -- You can edit the Bezier curves of...

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Mar 28
Patterno for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 2.0 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X.

Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.

Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.

Patterno features a real-time preview and doesn't require Adobe Photoshop or any other software to run. It costs US$30 and requires...

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Mar 28
ShareTool for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.2. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and tweaks. Also, the demo period has been reset for all users.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.2 costs US$15 for a single license, $25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Users that purchased ShareTool 1.x from April 13 to May 13, 2010 are entitled to a free 2.x upgrade.

Also, with every ShareTools purchase you get two freebies: the Attachments Menu and Unblunder. The...

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Mar 28
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Twitter, more

March may be wrapping up with a short list of activities on "The MUG Event Calendar, "but quality trumps quantity this week.

Kyle Wiens of MacFixIt will be the featured presenter at an Ohio group, and MUG Center Editor/MacVoices Group producer Chuck Joiner will talk Mac User Groups and more with a new group who has set up shop in Qatar. Other topics up for discussion this week include going paperless, Twitter, social media, iMovie ‘11, Macworld highlights and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Mar 25
Apple releases iOS 4.3.1

Apple has released iOS 4.3.1. The update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

° Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation);

° Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks;

° Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs;

° Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

iOS 4.3.1 is recommended for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. No update is available for the CDMA iPhone running on Verizon.

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Mar 25
And the winner is ... Apple -- or Kodak?

And the latest victor in the Kodak vs. Apple/RIM battle is Kodak. Or perhaps it's Apple. There are conflicting reports about the latest even in the legal brouhaha.

Eastman Kodak won the latest round in its patent dispute with Apple and Research in Motion, a victory with the potential to generate more than US$1 billion in new licensing revenue for the camera company, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/ucKnT).

Kodak rose as much as 21% in late trading after the U.S. International Trade Commission said it will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on a way to preview digital images using less processing power and storage space, the article adds. The ITC, which can block imports of products that violate U.S. patents, plans to make a final determination by May 23.

However, "Reuters" (...

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Mar 25
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 25

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

Renkara Media Group has announced iPhraseBook 1.0, its new universal travel app for iOS devices. It's an expandable audio phrase book that serves to help travelers communicate in 10 languages. This expandable audio phrase book can be upgraded by adding new languages. At any time, users can upgrade their iPhraseBook app to gain access to an expanded selection of languages. Each language offers over 2,000 phrases and accompanying native speaker audio pronunciations. iPhraseBook 1.0 is priced at US$12.99. The five additional languages cost $2.99 each.

Dante Varnado Moore has released Perform Pro 1.0, a professional sheet music organizer, reader and recorder designed specifically for iPad. The $4.99 app offers a way for musicians to read music without ever...

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Mar 25
Hide Files app released on the Mac App Store

JBMJBM has released Hide Files (http://www.jbmjbm.com/hidefiles.html) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for US$2.99 in teh Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Hide Files is a program for the Mac that protects documents and folders from others viewing, modifying, or y deleting. It's as easy as dragging the file or folder into the app and clicking Hide, instantly those files/folders and all their contents are concealed. There are options to enable password protection of hiding, which ultimately removes access.

This is a standard and simple way to make files/folders on the Mac operating system invisible. If you need advanced levels of protecting your data, there are other ways to accomplish this including Mac OS X FileVault and various other removable media types.

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Mar 25
MacTech Conference coming to LA in November

MacTech Magazine will be holding the MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 2-4, in Los Angeles. Early Bird Registration is now open for the three-day, information-packed event, which will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening.  

This immersion conference is hotel-based, giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to meet new people and spend time with their peers and industry leaders.

"With the incredible success of MacTech Conference 2010, attendees made it clear to us how much they liked our format, our content, and our hospitality. MacTech has always been here to serve the community, and MacTech Conference and MacTech Boot Camp events extend that concept," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, MacTech Magazine. "In both the IT and developer communities, bonding with peers is among the top requests, and the MacTech Conference will be built to serve those wishes from the beginning."

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Mar 25
Analyst thinks Apple is working on a Smart TV

Analyst Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley told clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that the firm's "checks in Asia suggest Apple is working on a Smart TV prototype."

He speculated that a Smart TV could be an opportunity for Apple to consolidate "TV/Video content, gaming, DVR, as well as other features like apps and FaceTime into one product," much like the company did with its strategy for the iPad. It's a position that Piper Jaffray Gene Munster has also espoused.

However, this seemingly goes against a report that Apple is considering allowing TV makers to build its AirPlay media-sharing protocol into their sets, according to a "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/i3UoT) report last week. AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from an iPad, iPhone and iPod...

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Mar 25
Kodak CEO: win over Apple, RIM would mean $1 billion in revenue

Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez says a victory for his company in its patent fight with Apple and RIM may add more than US$1 billion in revenue from royalty payments, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/3jonI).

Of course, Kodak hasn't won the legal battle yet. Perez just thinks his company "deserves to win."

A decision is scheduled for about 5 p.m. Washington time today on whether the U.S. International Trade Commission will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on an image- preview feature in camera phones. Opening a review would revive Kodak’s effort to extract compensation from Apple and RIM, notes "Bloomberg."

However, in January, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and RIM is invalid and not infringed. Kodak pressed on nevertheless, arguing that all the digital...

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Mar 25
Hercules rolls out XPS Diamond 2.0 UBS speakers

Hercules (http://www.hercules.com), a digital audio specialist, is expanding its XPS multimedia speaker line with the XPS Diamond 2.0 USB Speakers, which are designed for women who want to add a touch of “glam” to their computer and who are looking for a compact accessory.

The fully USB connection means that both the power supply and audio signals are carried via the kit’s single USB cable. The XPS Diamond comes with a wired miniature remote for volume control.

The satellites’ compact measurements -- just 3.5 inches in diameter -- and the included black velvet carrying pouch (featuring separate compartments) are designed for portability. The XPS Diamond will be available next month at a suggested retail price of US$39.99.

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Mar 25
Product Builder helps developers create apps for the Mac App...

Tension Software has released of Product Builder 1.0 (http://macte.ch/MkLkm), software that allows software developers to create packages ready to be transmitted using the Application Loader (from Apple and included with the Developer tools) to the Mac App Store.

It allows developers to correctly submit application with spaces in the application name (you can't do it directly via XCode). With Product Builder, developers can code sign correctly the application before building.

After inserting the correct setup one time only, to create a package the user just needs to launch Product Builder and drag and drop the application to submit on the Product Builder window. A standard Help and PDF User Guide is included.

Product Builder requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$5.99.

Price for Product Builder is US$ 5.99 (available...

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Mar 25
iSkin releases EarTones stereo earphones

iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) has released the US$39.99 EarTones stereo earphones in various colors. Featuring an integrated microphone with remote control, earTones connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and other supported gadgets to provide audio in/out, plus the ability to remotely answer and terminate calls or control music and video playback.

The new earTones by iSkin features Microban antimicrobial product protection on both the ear buds and the microphone to inhibit the growth of fungus, odor and stain-causing bacteria on the product. For comfort, earTones features lightweight materials and soft-tipped earbuds with FlexFit, a flexible neck that allows the earbuds to flex when inserted into the ear.

On iOS devices such as iPad 2, earTones delivers audio for all games, videos and music applications. With apps that support audio input, you can use your earTones as a microphone for recording audio,...

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Mar 25
Macgamestore releases Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction

Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com) says UbiSoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction is now available as a digital download through its web site. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99. Or you can get a deluxe edition that includes the standard version plus an Infiltration Mode and three bonus weapons for $24.99.

Here's how Splinter Cell Conviction is described: "An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

"Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites...

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Mar 25
Macware releases Logo Design Studio Pro in the Mac App Store

Macware (http://www.macwareinc.com) has released Logo Design Studio Pro in Apple's Mac App Store. It's being offered for US$39.99 for a limited time; it's normally $59.99.

Logo Design Studio Pro is a full-fledged vector illustration and drawing application that allows you to design and use professional business logos and graphics. It comes with over 1,000 pre-designed logo templates, over 2,800 editable vector graphics, over 500 background textures, over 500 taglines and slogans and 15 commercial use fonts.

Other features include: a knife tool to slice graphics on the canvas; an eraser tool to remove parts of graphics, a blend tool to create 3D tunnel effects and unique shapes, a component Library to save and reuse new graphics you create and an object browser that includes special one-click filters.

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Mar 25
Big Grips frame for iPad made for kids

Constructed of durable, lightweight foam, the Big Grips Frame (http://www.biggrips.com) from KEM Ventures is a new, big, soft protective case for iPad that's easy to grab, comfortable to hold and very grip-able. It's made for kids.

Big Grips Frame mounts into the Big Grips Stand in portrait or landscape orientation for watching movies, working at a desk, or surfing on the couch. Made from the same material as Big Grips Frame, the Big Grips Stand is designed to be sturdy and stable --even on soft or uneven surfaces, says Kirk Mills, founder and president of KEM Ventures.

Big Grips Frame and Big Grips Stand are available separately for US$34.95 and $24.95 or as a matching set for $49.95. They come in four colors: Fresh Green, Electric Blue, Carnation Pink and Steel Grey. Pictures and more information, including where to purchase Big Grips, are available online.

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Mar 25
Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is new virtual instrument

Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is new virtual instrument
SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) has released their latest virtual instrument: Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion (US$299.99) for Mac and PC systems. It features over 12GB of more than 200 instrument presets all designed by SoniVox’s sound designers to deliver explosive sounding drums and percussion.

An integral part of Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is a new technology called Intelligent Rhythm Control, or IRC. Intelligent Rhythm Control Technology is a new concept in music production that offers real-time rhythm correction for maximizing in-time musical performance, according to the folks at SoniVox. 

I.R.C., intercepts and adjusts MIDI events as they occur, integrating each note into the host timeline and enabling users to create drum and percussion tracks with fluidity and ease, they add. Big Bang is compatible with any MIDI...

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Mar 25
Samuari II: Vengeance slashes onto the Mac App Store

Madfinger Games (http://www.madfingergames.com) says Samurai II: Vengeance, a hack-and-slash action game, is now available for Mac via the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games category.

Here's how Samurai II: Vengeance is described: "amurai II's move to Mac brings a wealth of updates. Environments and textures are four times more detailed, while anti-aliasing effects have been cranked up to 16x the mobile version. The game features full HD graphics, running full screen at 60 frames per second even on low-end MacBook laptops. Say goodbye to virtual d-pads and botched combos; Samurai II now supports keyboard and gamepad controllers, offering a new level of precision control.

"After the loss of his beloved, Samurai II’s campaign takes hero Daisuke from a serene village to the Valley of the Damned on his quest for revenge. With tons of enemies on screen, players can...

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Mar 25
R10Cipher encryption solution gets North America release

Application Systems North America has announced the North America release of R10Cipher, a encryption solution for Mac, Windows and Linux. It employs 384-bit blowfish encryption to keep your documents, email, and files safe.

These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file. These encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption.

R10Cipher for Mac OS X offers Twitter integration, allows you to send encrypted tweets. Only those knowing the specific shared secret can decrypt and read those tweets.

R10Cipher requires Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. It can be purchased for US$14.99 and is available through Application Systems North America online store (http://www.applicationsystems.com) and other selected retailers.

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