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Oct 04
Digital comic book, eBook manager for Mac OS X available

Kaiju Software has announced the public beta launch of Ehon 1.0 (http://www.ehonapp.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.4 or higher). It's a Mac-only digital comic book, manga and ebook management program.

Ehon is designed to simplify digital library management. Users can import all of their digital comics and ebooks and let Ehon do all the work. The app will import all of the major ebook and  comic file formats, as long as they're not DRM protected, including epub, PDF, CBR/RAR, CBZ/ZIP and even image folders.

The configurable application offers shelves, CoverFlow or simple list modes. Users can choose which elements to display in the library.

Ehon is  available immediately for download as pre-release software. Early adopters get a discounted price of US$18 until the final version 1.0 is released. Early purchasers get a fully functional license that will work with 1.0 version and all 1.x updates. Just...

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Oct 04
DockView for Mac OS X now refreshes constantly

Kapeli has released DockView 1.4.1 (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), an update of the Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. The previews refresh constantly so you can keep an eye on windows without activating them.

With DockView, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed. The app helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.

DockView requires Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted. Version 1.4....

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Oct 03
AddMovie for Mac OS X premieres version 1.9

Limit Point Software has updated AddMovie (http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities/AddMovie.html), a tool for combining multiple movies or images into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime, to version 1.9. It combines multiple movies into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime.

AddMovie is a utility for concatenating several files into one single movie, or batch converting movies to other formats. It supports all formats provided by Quicktime. Since the output format is configurable, you can also use AddMovie to convert movie file formats, say from MPEG-4 to 3GP for display on your Bluetooth phone, etc,

It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's donationware. Try it and if you use it, donate to the developers so they can continue working on this and other Mac products....

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Oct 03
NetMarketShare: Mac, Safari, iOS gain market share

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from August to September, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.03% of the global market share in September, compared to 5% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 91.08% as of September. That's up from from 91.34% in August. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.27% in September compared to 5.16% in August, while Internet Explorer had 59.65% Firefox had 22.96% and Chrome had 7.98%. That compares to, respectively, August percentages of 60.40%, 22.93% and 7.52%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare....

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Oct 02
Apple ordered to pay damages to Mirror World

Apple has been ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-01/apple-loses-mirror-worlds-trial...). The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed.

"Bloomberg" says the verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict.

In 2008 Mirror Worlds Technologies, a Texas based company, accused Apple of violating four distinct but related patents that touch on creating "streams" of documents that...

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Oct 02
Gridstore to demo next-gen NAS solution

Gridstore (http://www.gridstore.com), which specializes in enterprise-class Network Attached Storage grid (NASg) solutions, will demonstrate its next-generation scale-out NAS solution in booth #758 at the MSPWorld conference, being held in Los Angeles Oct. 4-6.  

Demonstrations will focus on the solution's grid architecture and how it changes the dynamics and economics of NAS for the MSP and SMB markets, enabling them to create storage pools that centralize sharing and management of massive amounts of NAS-stored files. By combining the simplicity, convenience and affordability of NAS with the scalability, performance and reliability of enterprise-class storage, the NASg solution eliminates the risk, cost and complexity of traditional siloed storage solutions.  Gridstore puts scale-out NAS in reach of MSPs and small-medium sized businesses who until now suffered with the limitations of stand alone NAS,...

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Oct 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 1

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

Mobz technologies has announced two new Halloween apps for the iPhone and iPad. They contain a specially selected set of scary Halloween sounds. The iPhone edition is a free lite version of the $1.99 iPad edition.

Zombie Roadkill, a $1.99 zombie-killing sidescroller, is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. You play as one of the last remaining humans in the zombie apocalypse, a tough biker and mechanic who's turned a giant construction wheel into a vehicle and anti-zombie weapon of mass destruction.

Webvision Internet Services has introduced Galaxart 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $0.99 app lets you create your own galaxies. There are many pre-created assets, including planets, galaxies, nebulae, lens flares and more....

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Oct 01
iTunes virus making the email rounds

A message from do_not_reply@itunes.com has been plaguing iTune users' inboxes, reports "WKBN" (http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/iTunes-Virus-Hits-Emails/rq...). It claims you owe money -- and even some without iTunes accounts have received the email, the article says. 

Representatives from Apple said this is a very new virus and they are working to get the issue under control.They said to delete the email from your inbox and do not click on any of the links provided.   

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Oct 01
Apple settles music distribution lawsuit

Apple has become the latest defendant to settle infringement allegations from Sharing Sound LLC over a patent for online music distribution, joining Microsoft, Napster LLC and others, reports "Law360" (http://macosg.me/2/x6).

Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas signed off on the settlement Wednesday, clearing Apple of allegations that it on a Sharing Sound patent for "distribution of musical products by a website vendor over the Internet." Apparently, Sharing Sound is using the broad patent to rake in money from as many companies as it can because apparently the company "has never managed to use its patented technology to produce anything, or at least not anything interesting," says "TechCrunch" (...

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Oct 01
NPD Group: iPad not cannibalizing the PC market

Contrary to popular belief, the iPad isn't causing cannibalization in the PC market because iPad owners don't exhibit the same buying and ownership patterns as the typical consumer electronics customer, according to the new "iPad Owner Survey" from market research company The NPD Group (http://www.npdgroup.com).

According to the report, only 13% of iPad owners surveyed bought an iPad instead of a PC, while 24 % replaced a planned e-reader purchase with an iPad. iPad owners, especially the consumers who purchased an iPad within two months of launch, are significantly more likely to own Apple products and newer technologies, such as e-readers and smartphones.

iPad owners are much more likely than the overall population to own Apple computers, with 48 % owning a Mac desktop or Mac notebook, while NPD's "Online Household Penetration Study" fielded earlier this year found Macs in only about 11% of...

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Oct 01
TaskSurfer is new task management app for Snow Leopard

Two Dogs Software has released TaskSurfer 1.0 (http://www.frostydogs.com/tasksurfer), a cloud-syncing task management application for Mac OS 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It's an US$39, flexible task manager that fits GTD or tag-based systems, but doesn't force the casual user into a complicated workflow, says Two Dogs developer and founder Mike Stewart.

Because a project-based GTD style doesn’t suit everyone, TaskSurfer features a tag browser that lets the user focus on tasks that have been tagged with the user’s custom tags. Tags can be used for categories, time, locations, people, and anything that can be typed. The Tag Browser keeps it all sorted out.

Using Snow Leopard’s Core Location technology, tasks can be assigned to a location-based context, and tasks will be filtered as an Apple laptop moves from one location to the next. At home, office, or the coffee shop,...

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Oct 01
Olympic Developments sues Apple, others for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. A private Delaware company by the name of Olympic Developments AG, LLC, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the California Central District Court Los Angeles Division against several major technology companies, including Apple, reports "Patently Apple" (http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/10/olympic-developments...).

The lawsuit appears to involve the sale of goods through Apple's iTunes and App Stores via an iPad or iPhone, the article adds. According to court documents, "this is a patent infringement action to stop Defendants' infringement of Plaintiff's United States Patent No. 5,475,585 entitled "Transactional Processing System" (the "''585 patent"; a copy of which is...

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Oct 01
Go Steampunk with iRetrophone iPhone dock

Got US$350 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you may want to spring for the iRetrofone Steampunk base (http://www.etsy.com/listing/51073861/iretrofone-steampunk-blackgold) for the iPhone.

It's a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset and complete compatibility with USB cable. Each individual iRetrofone is hand-sculpted and hand-cast in urethane resin.

The folks at Etsy say the iRetrofone base is made of heavy-duty, half-inch thick urethane resin creating a stable, functional work station that routes voice communications through the included handset. It's designed to be compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4, and accommodates sync and charge functions via a USB cable (not included).

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Oct 01
iWeb Themes Park unveils another five iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has unveiled five new iWeb themes for iWeb, the web design component of Apple's iLife suite. They require a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later.

These themes -- Feelings, Safari, Sunset Dance, Western Farm and Wet Glass -- are "for people who want to build a highest quality web site in a blink of an eye." It is very easy to move, rotate, change in size and opacity or remove each element in each theme. You can also mix the elements among different themes. New navigation menu bars, logos and elements are some of the features in this new iWeb Themes release.

The Feelings them is romantic, while Sunset Dance is perfect for dance enthusiasts. The Safari theme is for wild animal lovers, while Western Farm can help to represent a local farm. The Wet Glass” theme has a magic water-on-the-glass effect.

The iWeb Themes Box of 65 themes is...

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Oct 01
Accessory Workshop releases TyPad for the iPad

Accessory Workshop has released the TyPad for the iPad (http://buytypad.com/), an US$125.95 leatherette case with a built-in Bluetooth wireless keyboard. It's a soft case that allows the iPad to slide in and out.

The folks at Accessory Workshop say it's light and easy to use. There are no cords or snap cases involved.

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Oct 01
Testing for the panels for the 'iMac touch' underway?

Sintek Photronics has reportedly sent samples of projected capacitive touch panels to Apple to be incorporated in upcoming iMac, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100930PD213.html), quoting "industry sources."

Since current capacity for 20-inch and above projected capacitive touch panels is limited and the technology involved quite complex, Sintek, which is equipped with 5.3G generation production lines, has a good chance of becoming a supplier of the new models, the article says. The next iMac is rumored to have a "good vertical and horizontal viewing angle, and its projected capacitive touch panel will adopt a one-glass solution, which integrates the touch sensor and cover glass, to reduce thickness and weight," says "DigiTimes."

In August it was revealed that Apple had filed a patent for "transitioning between modes of input...

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Oct 01
Xerox announces new digital color printer

Xerox (http://www.xerox.com) has announced a entry-level light production printer, the Color 550/560, which sports a color touch screen. It's designed for quick print shops, small commercial printers, in-plant operations, advertising agencies, creative shops and office settings.

Applications ranging from marketing materials and photo specialty items to office documents and PowerPoint presentations can be produced on the Xerox Color 550 at 50 color pages per minute (ppm) or 55 ppm in black and white; and on the Xerox Color 560 at 60 color ppm or 65 ppm in black and white. The Xerox Color 550/560 Printer is immediately for order taking worldwide with a U.S. list price under $40,000.

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Oct 01
Metakine announces Hands Off! 1.0 for Mac OS X

Metakine says Hands Off! 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/) will be released on Monday, Oct. 4. It's an US$24.95 is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks.

Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage, according to the folks at Metakine. When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent.

Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or...

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Oct 01
Conquest: Divide and Conquer game to launch Oct. 2

Proxy Studios, a small independent games developer, says their debut title, Conquest: Divide and Conquer (http://www.conquest-game.com), will be released on Saturday, Oct. 2, for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It costs US$15, though you can pre-order it today for an additional 33% discount.

Here's how the game is described: "Conquest: Divide and Conquer is a unique spin on the turn-based strategy genre, offering fast, simultaneous turn-based online multiplayer gameplay instead of multiple-hour long games of research and building.

"Proxy Studios has built the game from ground up to be intuitive, balanced and deep, with a strong random map generator that offers unlimited experiences. A new trailer showcasing recent gameplay is now available. Players are invited to try the free multiplayer demo to launch along with the game's release. Both paying and demo customers will be able to play...

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Oct 01
Rand Media releases first animated books in the iBookstore

Rand Media Company (http://www.randmediaco.com) has released animated versions of its “Skinny On” for the iPad. Rand Media is the first company to animate books for sale in the iBookstore, says founder, Jim Randel.

iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Oct 01
Logos Bible Software launches Logos 4 for Mac OS X

Logos Bible Software has released Logos Bible Software for Mac 4.0, an update to their Logos Bible software.

According to Bob Pritchett, president of Logos Bible Software, some of the features in Logos 4 include:

° An advanced search system that can return library-wide searches in less than one second;

° Smart searching that suggests synonyms and alternate terms;

° Synchronization "to the cloud" for backup and to keep preferences, notes, reading plans, and your library in sync across all your computers, including Macs, PCs and iPhones;

° A smart tab and window management system for workspace customization and multi-monitor support;

° The Cited By tool, which returns the books from your library that cite the material in your active window;

° 60 new high-resolution maps of the biblical world;

° A custom-built index of all the places mentioned in the Bible;

° A one-of-a-kind family tree diagram for every person mentioned...

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Oct 01
Info needed on copywriting software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at copywriting software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Oct 01
Password Repository update for Mac OS X improves internal engine

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.1 The upgrade improves the internal engine and improves preferences handling.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Oct 01
New Sampling in Reason 5 tutorials released by macProVideo.com

macProVideo.com has released a new feature-length tutorial on the new sampling features of Propellerhead Reason 5.

In this new title, called "Reason 5 202: Live Sampling in Reason," Reason trainer and technical author Mo Volans takes you deep into Reason's rack to show you how to create samples "that are guaranteed to enhance your sonic universe and give new life to your tracks." macProVideo.com tutorials are available for HD download (US$29.50 to $29.50 per title) or for online streaming to your computer, iPhone, and iPad using the company's N.E.D. (Nonlinear Educating Device) tutorial players.

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Sep 30
Grantwood Technology ships Car Kit for iPad

Grantwood Technology has released the US$39.99 Car Kit for iPad (http://grantwoodstore.com/Grantwood-Technologys-Car-Kit-for-iPad/M/B0044...), consisting of a SimpleCase for iPad, headrest straps, and FM transmitter/Car Charger for iPad. It's compatible with the iPad and iPad 3G and can be used with almost any vehicle.

The Car Kit for iPad allows the iPad to be strapped to a headrest, around the base of the headrest or between two headrests. The FM transmitter simultaneously charges the iPad while playing the sound over the car speakers.

The Car Kit comes with a SimpleCase for iPad that has removable attachment straps both long and short, that can be used to attach the iPad to a car headrest, or between head rests. The straps can also be used as shoulder or carrying straps.

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