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Mar 21
'MUG Event Calendar': MobileMe, Dropbox, more

March isn't over yet on "The MUG Event Calendar" with two notable presenters and a number of informative presentations.

One California group will have presentation by "Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen, while a California Final Cut Pro group will hear from Academy Award-winning film editor Alan Heim. Other topics for the week include MobileMe, Dropbox, Adobe Premier Elements 9, Microsoft Office 2011, fixing and retouching photos, 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 21
New version of LogMeIn Ignition adds iPad 2 support

Apple iOS device owners can use their iPad 2, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to view, transfer and save files from their Macs and PCs with the newest update to LogMeIn Ignition.

The newest version from LogMeIn, Inc. (http://macte.ch/abkVl) adds file functions to Ignition's remote control capabilities. It's the first iOS app to combine remote control with file management, according to Andrew Burton, LogMeIn's vice president, Access & Management. The app is available now Apple App Store for US$29.99 and is a free update to current users.

With the introduction of file viewing and management, iOS device owners can choose to remotely control a computer desktop or directly access a computer's file systems -- or multiple computers' file systems -- using a single app. The new LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone/iPad also introduces the ability to wake a sleeping computer from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using
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Mar 21
Digital Heaven adds new features to Final Cut plug-ins

Digital Heaven has released free updates to eight of their plug-ins for Final Cut Pro and Express.

From freeware grid and guides generators to animating counters, subtitle creation and dead pixel correction, these 14 plug-ins provide a suite of tools for professional editors. The most popular plug-in, DH_Subtitle now features automatic line wrapping and metadata support. Other updates include automatic format detection in DH_LegalText and more.

The Digital Heaven products require Final Cut Express (version 2 and later) or Final Cut Pro (version 4 and later). Freeware plug-ins (DH_Fade, DH_FieldTrans, DH_Grid and DH_Guides) are available by registering on the Digital Heaven website (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk).

Other plug-ins are available for individual purchase from the Digital Heaven online store at US$29 or $59. Existing customers are eligible for a free update...

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Mar 21
Tembo 1.4 for Mac OS X gets new options

Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.4, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store.

The upgrade adds: a result count in group headers; an option to use a larger font size; an option to quit on the close of the last window; an advanced option to exclude files by type; and an AppleScript application programming interface to open search to a given folder.

Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It's sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

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Mar 20
AT&T to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion

AT&T (http://www.att.com) and Deutsche Telekom AG have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately US$39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. 

With this transaction, AT&T commits to a "significant expansion" of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95% of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans -- including rural communities and small towns, according to AT& Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.  This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE, he adds.

As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an...

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Mar 18
Forrester: iPad will dominate the tablet market as the iPod does...

Forrester Research (http://www.forrester.com) has released a study of the tablet plans from various vendors, concluding (not surprisingly) that Apple will dominate this market as it does the MP3 player market with the iPod.

The reason, as noted by "PC World" (http://macte.ch/8b0ED): Android tablets, along with the coming HP WebOS and RIM BlackBerry tablets, are overpriced, sold in cell phone stores that customers dislike visiting. And they're not compelling products in their own right.

However, the Forrester study says that most would-be tablet buyers really want a Windows tablet. Now THAT I do find hard to believe.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Mar 18
29% of apps in Mac App Store are games

The Mac App Store has 2,225 applications available in the store approximately two months post-launch, according to the Distimo research group (http://www.distimo.com). Comparatively, the Apple App Store for iPad had 8,099 applications two months post-launch.

Although on the Mac gaming has been less popular than on Windows, the Mac App Store promises a bright future for Mac gaming. There are already 646 games in this store (29%), and 39% of the most popular applications are games as well.

The proportion of free applications in the Mac App Store is lower than that of, say, the app store for iOS devices. Only 12% of the applications are free.

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Mar 18
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 18

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

Stefan Preuss has announced Hummingz EVO 1.0 for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's an US$0.99 retro arcade shooter with extras and boss enemies. Shoot your way through many different levels filled with nasty bugs, spiders, frogs, bees and more. Hummingz EVO offers two game modes.

Big Blue Bubble has released Burn the Rope HD 1.0 for iPad. In the $4.99 game, players have to feed the fire and burn as much rope as they can in each level to progress.

Digiarty has introduced PetsWar 1.0, their new 2D tower defense game for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. In the $2.99 game, you take on the role of the cowboy whose country has been destroyed by an evil wizard. Players get help from pets to build up sufficient forces to drive back the...

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Mar 18
Macgamestore.com offers 'Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle...

Macgamestore.com has announced the "Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle." This time-limited bundle of 15 games is aimed at helping the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Available now thru Monday, March 21, this exclusive collection combines hit games from some of the most popular names in independent Mac gaming today. Proceeds will be donated to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster relief fund through the American Red Cross.

The Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle contains US$200 worth of games for just $19.95, a savings of nearly $185. The games are: Destination: Treasure Island; Escape The Museum 2; LUXOR 5th Passage; Diamond Detective; Jewel Quest 4: Heritage; The Stroke of Midnight Collector's Edition; Mishap 2: An Intentional Haunting Collector's Edition; Cake Mania 3; Sally's Salon; Brain App; Mondo Solitaire; Twisted Lands: Shadow Town; The Treasures of Montezuma 2; Fishdom H20: Hidden Odyssey; and 4 Elements.

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Mar 18
iSuppli: Japanese earthquake poses potential supply problems for...

The aftermath of the Japanese earthquake may cause logistical disruptions and supply shortages for the iPad 2, which employs several components manufactured in the disaster-stricken country—including a hard-to-replace electronic compass, the battery and possibly the advanced technology glass in the display, IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) research indicates.

The IHS iSuppli teardown analysis of the iPad 2 so far has been able to identify five parts sourced from Japanese suppliers: NAND flash from Toshiba Corp., dynamic random access memory (DRAM) made by Elpida Memory Inc., an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, the touch screen overlay glass likely from Asahi Glass Co. and the system battery from Apple Japan Inc. There potentially are other components from Japan in the iPad 2; however, the teardown analysis process cannot always identify all components’ countries of origin.

iSuppli says...

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Mar 18
PopCap discounts games, donates sales to Japan relief efforts

PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is discounting the prices of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad adaptations of all of its games including Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies for 48 hours to raise funds for earthquake-stricken Japan.

Partnering with the Red Cross, PopCap will donate all of its revenues from the sale, which begins Saturday, March 19, at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) and ends at midnight on Sunday, March 20. The price of each iPhone and iPod touch title is reduced to US$0.99 cents during that time, while the iPad adaptations are reduced to 1.99. Consumers can purchase the games via the Apple App Store or by going to PopCap.com.

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Mar 18
HDRFactory creates HDR images from series of photos

Akvis (http://www.Akvis.com) has released Akvis HDRFactory 1.0, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The software creates HDR-images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures or from a single photograph.

You can create stylized images with colors and unique effects. HDRFactory also includes a deghosting tool for removing ghost artifacts that sometimes appear when combining photos with moving objects. The app can also be used for photo correction. You can adjust color saturation and brightness, and bring out the detail in dark and bright areas.

Advanced types of licenses (Deluxe, Business) offer additional features. They include a tool that helps to repair the so-called "ghosts" that sometimes appear when creating an HDR image. These "unwelcome guests" (semi-transparent doubled passersby, cars, tree leaves, etc) are a result of combining a series of source photos that...

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Mar 18
Regex is new Mac OS X app for testing regular expressions

MotionObj has released Regex (http://motionobj.com/regex/), a new app for testing regular expressions running on Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

Regex features an interface for testing and constructing regular expressions. It offers dynamic highlighting of matches while the regular expression or sample text is being modified. It also supports capture groups and matching options such as case-insensitive matches.

With Regex, you can paste in a regular expression and a piece of sample text to work against and the tool allows you to tweak the regular expression, as well as the sample text and the matches will be highlighted dynamically. It supports capture groups and more.

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Mar 18
Beat Tagger for Mac OS X lets you tag Beatport WAV music files

Silicon Studios has introduced Beat Tagger 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.beattaggerapp.com), a drag and drop app that automatically tags WAV files purchased from Beatport. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, costs US$2.99, and is available in the Mac App Store.

Unlike MP3 tracks downloaded from Beatport, uncompressed WAV files don't include ID3 metadata. Beat Tagger automatically adds these tags to WAV files so that when they're played back on players like iTunes, Serato, or Traktor the following info appears: Track Title, Album Name, Artist Name, Remixer Name, Genre, Label, Year of Release, and Album Artwork.

Beat Tagger also identifies corrupted WAV files, so that users may re-download within the limited time allowed by Beatport. The app is designed as an integrated solution for music lovers and DJs who purchase Beatport WAV files, and want their music labeled and organized without having to do...

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Mar 18
HEX unveils slim iPod watch band for women

HEX has released the newest member of the HEX product lineup: the Slim Watch Band for the sixth generation iPod nano. The watch band features a thin strap designed specifically for women and people with smaller wrist sizes (15-21cm), including children.

It's made of silicon that, according to the folks at HEX, meets all REACH and RoHS silicone safety and quality standards. The Slim Watch Band also features a “pop-in, pop-out” design for easy insertion of the iPod nano, integrated control buttons and an audio port cover with inline orientation to keep headphone cords out of the way. 

The HEX Slim Watch Band is available now in four colors -- pink, purple, black and white -- for US$29.95 at shopHEX.com .

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Mar 18
Ohanaware donating funds to the Red Cross

Ohanaware (http://www.ohanaware.com) has announced plans to help the people of Japan. From Mar 18 until Mar 25, the will be selling their software, including the new HDRtist Pro and Funtastic Photos, at half price.

All the profit that Ohanaware generates this week will then be donated to the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org), to be used to provide medical care, shelter, food and water for those that need it after last weeks earth quake and tsunami. The death toll from the recent tsunami and earthquake is expected to exceed 15,000, and over half a million people are without homes, heat, food and water. "

HDRtist Pro is a Mac App thats been designed to create and edit HDR or Exposure Blended images. Funtastic Photos is a "non-permanent and easily reversible: photo editor, with over 60 one-click styles, an advanced effects...

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Mar 18
Color It By Numbers -- Animals prowls onto the Mac

ColorItByNumbers has released Color It By Numbers -- Animals (http://macte.ch/QbWpc), the first product in the company´s line of colorful infotainment products for children. This game features three coloring modes and a soundtrack that accompanies children as they paint animal-themed templates in different colors.

This edition of the software is dedicated to animals and features several species, including a dotted Alpine cow, a parrot, an ever-changing chameleon, a funny octopus, a crab, a pelican, a cute puppy, a huge elephant and an African lion. Each animal is represented by a multi-piece coloring template with numbers inscribed into each piece.

Children can pick a brush on the left-hand side and paint regions of the template with corresponding numbers. The other two coloring modes offered by the program include "Color to make it visible" and "Color it in your favorite colors." In the first case,...

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Mar 18
'Cult of Mac' looks at the iPhone 5/NFC/MobileMe...

With all the rumors about NFC (near field communications) being -- or not appearing, depending on what you read -- in the next iPhone "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/nBmaz) says they have a few more details about Apple’s remote computing plans that revolve around the technology.

NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology.

"Cult of Mac," quoting "a source close to the company," says Apple is busy testing several prototype iPhones with NFC. Unfortunately, the source has no knowledge of when Apple will actually introduce the technology in the iPhone, the article adds. It could be the next model, due this summer (the iPhone 5), or next year’s version (the iPhone 6).

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Mar 18
PADACS readies iPad 2 keyboard cases for April

PADACS readies iPad 2 keyboard cases for April
PADACS (http://www.padacs.com) says its first products for Apple’s new iPad 2 -- the improved Toccata and Rubata Bluetooth keyboard cases -- are planned for an April launch in the US and Canada.

The PADACS Toccata Bluetooth Keyboard Case (shown) contains a compact QWERTY keyboard that's purportedly large enough to type on comfortably without adding to the iPad 2 case size. Charged by an included USB cable, the Lithium battery-powered keyboard runs for as long as 45 hours. The PADACS Rubata iPad 2 keyboard case provides a cover with a built-in hard plastic shell Bluetooth keyboard with special iPad keys.

The Toccata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case has been redesigned to hold the 33% slimmer iPad 2, making the entire Toccata 2 case thinner and sleeker. Other enhancements include: keyboard controls to adjust the iPad screen brightness; addition of new keys...

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Mar 18
ExactScan Pro gets new Imprinter module

ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.14. The upgrade features a new Imprinter module which makes it possible to print flexible text onto the scan result (e.g. scanned date) or watermarks.

ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 230 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed.

ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German,...

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Mar 18
Pittsburg Apple store vandalized for third time

The Shadyside Apple store in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, burglarized at least twice in the past four months, was hit again on Thursday, reports the "Pittsburg Post-Gazette" (http://macte.ch/k1hHH). Police told the newspaper that thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of laptops and iPods.

The same store was burglarized in November and January. Each case was similar in that bandits broke the glass and made off with merchandise in the early morning hours, says the "Post-Gazette."

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Mar 18
Chrome updated to address Flash player issue

Google (http://macte.ch/vlqmD) has updated its Chrome 10 browser for the third time this month with the release of Chrome 10.0.648.134 for Mac, Windows and Linux and Chrome Frame, reports "eSecurity Planet" (http://macte.ch/sYgkn).

Chrome 10.0.648.134 is being issued to fix a single issue. It provides an updated Adobe Flash player that fixes a zero day vulnerability that is already being exploited in the wild.

Google's Chrome browser includes an integrated Flash player, which is something that no other browser vendor provides. Additionally Chrome is getting the Adobe Flash fix before even Adobe issues a public fix for all users, says "eSecurity Planet." Adobe issued a security advisory earlier this week, warning of a critical vulnerability in Flash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions.

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Mar 18
Class On Demand adds new Avid training

Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.com) will exhibit at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, held in Las Vegas from April 11-14. Stationed at booth SL11217, Class on Demand plans to display its full range of training titles, spanning recent software releases from Apple, Adobe and more, including the just-announced "Complete Training for Avid Studio" training course.

Class on Demand instructors and experts will be on site to discuss the benefits that post-production and broadcast professionals receive from staying up to speed on the latest industry trends and techniques with Class on Demand's affordable, self-paced products, says says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. The Class on Demand team will also demonstrate the pioneering Class on Demand Learning Platform, which includes a secure streaming video server employing Microsoft's Silverlight DRM...

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Mar 18
DiscLabel 6.3.1 adds support for Microboards disc printers

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated DiscLabel, its CD/DVD label design software, to version 6.3.1. The update adds support for Microboards' PF Pro, PF 3 and G3 disc printers.

DiscLabel costs US$35.95 for new users. The DiscLabel Family Pack, for up to five computers in one household, is $44.95 and an office pack is $99.95. DiscLabel 6.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A fully-functional demo version is available at the SmileOnMyMac web site.

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Mar 18
DevonTechnologies updates products

DevonTechnologies says all editions of its information manager, DevonThink, and the note-taking application, DevonNote, are now available in version 2.0.9. DevonNote, EasyFind 4.7.1, and XMenu 1.9.2 are now also available on the Mac App Store, and DevonThinkTo Go 1.1 has been submitted to the iOS App Store for review.

Version 2.0.9 of all editions of DevonThinkand DevonNote brings, first of all, an updated conduit for DevonThinkTo Go, fixing a number of bugs. The older conduit e.g. transferred, accidentally, only the first 1KB of data of indexed text so that larger documents were not completely searchable, and could crash when sending very large files.

In addition DevonThinkPro Office 2.0.9 allows to properly archive mailboxes from any  supported email client skipping messages archived earlier. This makes it possible to regularly "sync" a mailbox with the archive in DevonThink to keep the archive up-to-date.

DevonThinkPro and up can rebuild the global inbox...

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