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Mar 22
Portfolio manager iStockEx now available on the Mac App Store

danholt4mac (http://macte.ch/ggDRI) says (iStockEx (formerly called iStock) is now available at the Mac App Store.

iStockEx is a portfolio manager for private or professional use. You can set up as much portfolios as you want and track the performance of your shares in real time. iStockEx continuously retrieves the latest quotes from the Internet and updates automatically the value of your assets.  You can y enter your sells and buys and watch your portfolios including calculation of gain or loss in a convenient format, all done in your local currency.

For the launch of iStockEx on the Mac App Store its price has been reduced: You can now buy iStockEx for only US$4.99; previously, it was $19.99.

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Mar 22
iWeb Valet update adds social bookmarking link creator

ZiggySoft (http://www.ziggy-soft.com/) has released a new version (2.4.0) of iWeb Valet, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The upgrade adds a social bookmarking link creator.

This widget helps you to generate bookmark links for your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and makes it simple for visitors to save and share your content. Items from the drop-down menu widget now can be reordered in real time by dragging and dropping

iWeb Valet 2.4.0 also improves the hit counter widget and email addresses obfuscation
Plus, the update adds tooltips to display the file path in file lists.

iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance...

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Mar 21
Apple, others sued in patent infringement lawsuit related to...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Sony are being sued in a new patent infringement lawsuit related to integrated cameras, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Cayman Islands-based Imperium Holdings has filed a complaint against the seven companies and accusing them of violating five patents related to picture taking and processing on smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Patent infringement suits are frequently filed in that jurisdiction, in hopes of a more favorable outcome, notes "AppleInsider."

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Mar 21
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7. The update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

° Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac;

° Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers;

° Address various minor Mac App Store bugs.

Apple says the 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 21
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 21

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

Internet Design Zone has announced Counting For Kids 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 educational game where children count the animals displayed on screen. The child also learns to identify animals from their pictures and names along with counting from one to 10.

Viki & Joe Software has released Hungarian Pottages for the iPhone and iPad. It offers a selection of the fozelek recipes with photos. Fozelek is a type of thick Hungarian vegetable dish. Hungarian Pottages costs $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod touch version and $1.99 for the iPad version.

House of File has introduced iTaxable 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $1.99 app was created to offer users a single mobile resource to understand how all of their financial...

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Mar 21
Microsoft takes legal action against Barnes & Noble,...

Microsoft has filed legal actions in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, and its device manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec Corporation, for patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader and tablet devices that are marketed under the Barnes & Noble brand.

"The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights.  To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers," says Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing. "Other vendors, including HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, have taken a license under this program, and we have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble,...

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Mar 21
Woz to keynote at 48th Design Automation Conference

Steve "Woz" Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and chief scientist, Fusion-IO, will keynote at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC), an event devoted to design and design automation of electronic systems (EDA).

He will be interviewed live on stage by "San Jose Mercury News" columnist Mike Cassidy on a range of topics, including the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Wozniak will provide an insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world (that would be Apple, of course).

The 48th DAC (http://www.dac.com/) will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10. Wozniak’s keynote interview will take place on Monday, June 6, at 2 pm and is sponsored by Magma Design Automation.

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Mar 21
The AT&T/T-Mobile merger: Five issues for consumers

"Consumer Reports" says the AT&T/T-Mobile merger has five issues that should concern consumers. AT&T, one of the biggest national wireless carriers, is proposing to buy T-Mobile, one of the smallest. It's a $US39 billion deal that, if approved by regulators, will see AT&T's 95 million and T-Mobile's 33 million subscribers served by a united company, probably beginning sometime next year.

What's at stake for consumers? In an online blog (http://macte.ch/8EpHI) "Consumer Reports" had this to say:

"t's early days, obviously, but our advocacy colleagues at Consumers Union (the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports) have already voiced concern, saying: "From a consumer's perspective, it's difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors."

"Here are five questions that could shape how good or bad a merger might be...

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Mar 21
Apple number eight on most valuable brands list

Google became the world's most valuable brand this year based on Brand Finance's (http://www.brandfinance.com) rankings of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe. Apple ranks eighth on the list.

Per Brand Finance, the top 10 most valuable brands and their value are: Google (US$44.29 billion), Microsoft ($42.80 billion), Wal-Mart ($36.22 billion), IBM ($36.15 billion), Vodafone ($30.67 billion), Bank of America ($30.61 billion), General Electric ($30.50 billion), Apple ($29.54 billion), Wells Fargo ($28.94 billion), and AT&T ($28.88 billion).

Apple’s success continues as it moves up 12 places, "supported by innovative design, a very loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. However, Coca Cola has dropped out of the top 10for the first time. This is underpinned by the consumer trend in developed markets to move towards healthier, non-carbonated...

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Mar 21
Apple number two on most desired employees list

One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees. Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google, almost twice as many as chose Apple, which ranked second, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/AN08L).

Walt Disney Co., the U.S. State Department and Amazon.com rounded out the top five.
To conduct the survey, Universum asked 10,306 young professionals -- defined as college graduates with one to eight years of work experience -- to pick as many as five ideal employers out of a list of 150.

Respondents also could write in companies not on the list. The top write-in was Facebook, followed by the Department of Homeland Security and the United Nations.

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Mar 21
No kiddin'? A clown drove Jonny Ive from the UK?

"The Daily Mail" (http://macte.ch/aoWSD) says there's no truth to recent rumors that Apple design guru Jonathan Ive planned to leave Apple and return to his native Britain. And he moved to the States to work for Apple because of a clown, the article claims.

Per the "Daily Mail": " ‘We lost a great talent,’ saysClive Grinyer, who first hired Ive after he came to work with him on a placement from Newcastle Polytechnic ‘We virtually created our own consultancy, Tangerine, just so that we could employ Jony (as Ive prefers to be called). And if I had to put my finger on why and where we lost him it would have to have been one day at Ideal Standard in Hull.

" 'Tangerine had a consultancy contract with the bathroom-fittings company to design a toilet. I was there when Jony made an excellent presentation to this guy who was wearing a red nose because it was Comic Relief day. This clown then decided to throw his...

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Mar 21
No iPhone on T-Mobile for at least a year

With AT&T acquiring T-Mobile USA for US$39 billion, customers of T-Mobile are wondering whether T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone. Not for at least a year, it seems.

In a FAQ section (http://macte.ch/oZG54), T-Mobile had this to say: "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."

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Mar 21
Yay! is new music streaming, sharing app for Mac OS X

Snarbsoft has introduced Yay!, a new music streaming and sharing app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. With it, you can sream and share music, as well as extend your local music library with tracks from blogs, forums and websites all over the Internet.

From a single interface, you can catalogue secondary material like blogs, news and reviews, artist biographies, images, lyrics and music videos, all updated in real time. Yay! lets you do advanced searches by tags. Tags aren't limited to genres, but may describe a mood or gender, etc.

You can create and share playlists with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Shared playlists are uploaded to Yay! Playlists, a public repository where other members of the Yay! community can check out, vote and comment on your compilations

Yay! is available from its dedicated website (http://getyay.com). A free trial version can be downloaded and run without any restrictions...

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Mar 21
TuneWear releases new cases protective film for the iPad 2

TuneWear (http://www.tunewear.com) has announced eggshell, CarbonLook, SoftShell, TuneFolio and TuneFolio Urban protective cases for the iPad 2. Also announced was the TuneFilm protective film for the second gen Apple tablet, which is available in clear and anti-flare types.

The US29.95 eggshell for iPad 2 is "as light and thin as an egg shell and adds a layer of protection to iPad 2 without adding additional weight or bulk," according to the folks at TuneWear. The $39.95 CarbonLook for iPad 2 is a protective case for iPad 2 with a carbon fiber pattern.


The $29.95 SoftShell is a transparent, flexible, protective case. The $49.95 TuneFolio is a synthetic leather case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle.


The $59.95 TuneFolio Urban is a durable nylon case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to become a stand positioned at any...

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Mar 21
Energizer expands suite of Qi-enabled products

Energizer (http://www.energizer.com) is expanding its suite of Qi-enabled products (pronounced "chee"). The company says this new universal charging standard, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), will give consumers the freedom to charge any Qi device five watts or less on any Qi charging pad regardless of manufacturer.

Following the launch of the first suite of Qi-enabled products in fall 2010, which included the two-zone Energizer Inductive Charger, the company will be showing a new single-zone inductive charger, the recently introduced iPhone 4 sleeve, and the new Energizer Micro/Mini USB Adapter. This slim, compact Qi adapter adheres to the back of any phone.

Additionally, Energizer will soon demo the following products:

° Energizer Travel Adapter -- an all-in-one AC adapter that includes an iPhone/iPod dock, nightlight, three AC outlets and two USB outlets with numerous...

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Mar 21
Speck expands Burton Snowboards collaboration

Speck has expanded its “Fitted x Burton” partnership with Burton Snowboards to include all-new custom-designed hard-shell Fitted cases (http://www.speckproducts.com/burton-cases.html) for the iPad and iPhone 4.

These new cases feature Speck's protective, form-fit two-piece design, along with original fabric-wrapped styles from the Burton apparel collection. Patterns include two rad plaids, Lumber Lighter and Buffalo Plaid, plus the new Headache Dot.

“Fitted x Burton” for iPad (US$59.95) is a custom-edition Fitted iPad case designed for "a stylish, tailored look," while the form-fit two-piece hard-shell design protects it from scratches and scuffs. It maintains access to all buttons, controls, sensors and connections.


“Fitted x Burton” for iPhone 4 ($39.95) is a fabric-backed Fitted iPhone 4 case that "combines Speck’s functionality and protection...

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Mar 21
Will Smith donates Macs to West Philly high school

Will Smith is donating Mac replacements for 30 stolen computers to a high school in West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/3oIWk).

The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Charlie Mack Cares philanthropic organizations are giving 29 Apple laptops and one desktop to West Philadelphia High School.
Local community activist Charlie Mack is a longtime assistant and friend of Smith, the music, TV and film superstar, says the "AP."

Mack says he plans to deliver the new computers to the school Friday. Smith is working elsewhere and can't make it. The "AP" says two students have been charged with stealing 60 computers from the school last month. Police recovered half of them, but the rest remain unaccounted for.

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Mar 21
Roulette, Craps 3D roll onto the Mac App Store

Viaden Mobile (http://mobile.viaden.com/) has debuted its first apps for the Mac: Roulette and Craps 3D.

Roulette 3D offers three roulette tables: European, American and French, with "professional dealers" who comment on every step of the game. Craps 3D is characterized by simple controls, flowing 3D animation, background music and "a friendly dealer who really knows from craps."

Roulette and Craps 3D are played for fun money only, no actual money involved. Both games are currently available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 each.

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Mar 21
App releases 'bugs' all over your Mac's screen

JBMJBM has released Bugs 1.0 for the Mac (http://www.jbmjbm.com/bugs.html). Launch this app and small, realistic looking ants, spiders or lady bugs start "crawling" around your screen -- and you can squish 'em. Bugs costs US$2.99, works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store.

There's also a counter to count how many bugs have been smashed. You can also increase or decrease the number of ants, spiders, or lady bugs on the screen. There's an option to change the type of bug.

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Mar 21
Tutor for iDVD 1.0 available in the Mac App Store

Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for iDVD 1.0 (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/app/tutor-idvd), their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$4.99.

You can watch videos to learn how to use iDVD, part of iLife '11. The video tutorial consists of 21 video chapters on various subjects. This includes topics ranging from using Magic iDVD to using drop zones to adding photos and files to adding chapters.

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Mar 21
Cocktail 4.8.2 fixes issues with Safari extensions

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The new version fixes compatibility issues with Safari extensions, adds the "Delete Localization Files" Automator action as well as compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.7.


Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.7. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain website.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.

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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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