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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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Mar 09
Speakal unleashes 'Cool iPig' speaker dock

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) has unleashed the Cool iPig, an Apple-certified speaker dock with chrome accented sunglasses, cutely perked ears, and four piggy hooves.

The $159.99 dock features advanced motion detection technology that allows you to control volume, skip tracks, play/pause your music by waving your hand in front of sensors around the ears, sides and nose. Speakal also includes a remote for full control when sitting across the room. 

The Cool iPig can entertain on-the-go, packed with a lithium-ion battery good for up to eight hours of continuous playback. It features 23W of total sound power with a built-in 15W subwoofer with bass reflex technology. The Cool iPig is iPhone and iPod certified and features a 3.5mm input allowing connection to most music sources.

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Mar 09
OWC intros New Mercury Rack Pro 1U RAID

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced new OWC Mercury Rack Pro “Quad Interface” 4-Bay 1U solutions with: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3 and eSATA interface ports; selectable Hardware RAID 0/1/3/5/10/Span and non-RAID Independent Drive modes, and storage/backup capacity up to 12TB.

The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 15 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB, priced starting at US$549.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems.

It comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $100 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty. For more info go to 
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Rack_Mount/FireWire_USB3_eSATA_1U .

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Mar 09
Secret of the Lost Cavern comes to the Mac App Store

Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Secret of the Lost Cavern is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and normally costs US$19.99. However, it's being offered for a limited time for $9.90.

Here's how Secret of the Lost Cavern is described: "It's a point and click adventure game, that plunges the player into an inspiring adventure that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C. Delve into a world of exploration and intrigue as you embark on a Stone Age quest filled with puzzles and mystery.

"Experience your adventure through the eyes of Arok and meet many fascinating characters. Contend with the wild world where fishing, hunting, gathering, and mysterious shaman ceremonies are all part of the struggle for survival as you follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave....

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Mar 09
DaisyDisk 2 available in the Mac App Store

DaisyDisk Team has released the final version of DaisyDisk 2.0, an update to the disk analyzer utility for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$19.95.

DaisyDisk displays disk contents as an interactive color-coded sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be needed, and allowing you to delete them. Version 2.0 features built-in file deletion, can scan several disks at a time, has a new user interface based on Core Animation, and more.

DaisyDisk represents disk content as an interactive color-coded sunburst map. The map can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is.

A demo is available at the DaisyDisk web site (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/). Existing DaisyDisk customers can upgrade to version 2.0 for $9.95. Free...

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Mar 09
Tekkeon’s Dual Port Power Pack charges two devices at once

Tekkeon (http://www.tekkeon.com) has introduced the newest member of its mobile power product family: the US$69.95 TekCharge MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, to simultaneously charge and power an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch, and a second small portable device

It connects to devices in three ways: to an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch using the included Dock Connector/USB cable, or to any compatible device using the USB device cable or an adapter tip. An Apple Dock Connector to USB cable is included for charging and syncing iOS devices, with Mini USB and Micro USB adapter tips included for connection to current models of BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. 

The included USB adapter tips can be used to charge Kindle2, Nook, MP3 players, PDAs, portable media players, pocket video cameras, portable routers, GPS, MP3 players...

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Mar 09
Mondo Solitaire is new solitaire game for the Mac

Ambrosia Software (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com) has released Mondo Solitaire, an US$9.99 solitaire game for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and a demo is available for download.

Mondo Solitaire has over 300 game variants and an user interface that's been designed especially with the Mac in mind. In addition to having every solitaire game under the sun, Mondo Solitaire also offers some unique variants such as additional suits, additional decks, and alternate rules, according to the folks at Ambrosia.

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Mar 09
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal come to the Mac App Store

Codeminion and Twin Bottles say Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal 1.28 (http://brunhildathegame.com/), their casual adventure game for Mac OS X, is now at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games section.

The story focuses on an ancient prophecy and makes Brunhilda personally responsible for solving the great mystery. The story is packed with twists and turns and humorous dialogues. The gameplay is a mixture of hidden object mechanic, puzzles and point-and-click quest solving.

Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal boasts over six hours of gameplay. There are 10 different lands to visit with multiple locations and NPC characters and three arcane mini-games.

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Mar 09
Marware Eco-Flip case for iPad 2 available for pre-order

Marware (http://www.marware.com) says the Eco-Flip case for the iPad 2 is now available for pre-order. It's a leather flip-style cover that costs US$54.99 and is available in black "eco-leather."

The Eco-Flip offers three solutions in one: a vertical stand, a foldaway, low-angle typing stand and an elastic hand strap for an improved hold while walking, exercising, lounging, or using FaceTime. The Eco-Flip offers access to all buttons and ports, allowing you to charge and sync without removing the case.

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Mar 09
Faber Acoustical brings SignalScope Pro 3 to the Mac App Store

Faber Acoustical has announced SignalScope Pro 3.0, an update to their acoustical test and measurement toolset for the Mac. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

SignalScope Pro offers a suite of tools on the Mac for dynamic and real-time signal analysis, data acquisition, and automated testing. Version 3 features an enhanced user interface, better control over audio device configurations, and more comprehensive user preferences.

New functionality in SignalScope Pro includes the option to perform arithmetic operations, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication, on two arbitrary input channels of an audio input device. Users can also specify arbitrary FFT lengths and view live spectrogram data in 3D with a logarithmic frequency scale. Two of each type of analysis tool can be opened and operated simultaneously.

A 30-day demo version is available for download at the from Faber Acoustical website (...

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Mar 09
Cristallight Software releases iBarcoder 3.3.3

Cristallight and Don Kurt have released iBarcoder 3.3.3 (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/), the latest Mac barcode software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

iBarcoder (US$39.95) supports multiple symbologies including the Japanpost customer Mac barcode, three types of FIM codes, Postnet, Several UPC, EAN and IBSN codes, QR code, and more. With the app you can individualize the coding to identify location sold, style, and other tracking information.

A Counter Mode automatically creates the next barcode in a sequence from the defined parameters you have specified. You can use starting numbers and postix parts using the increment value established.

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Mar 09
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.4

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.4. In the new version, Daylight-Saving time information for Chile and Cuba has been updated.

This year, Chile has extended Daylight-Saving time (which was originally planned to end on March 13) to continue until April 3 to face water shortage in reservoirs and avoid a possible energy crisis.Cuba decided to postpone the start of DST from the second to the third Sunday in March.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

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Mar 09
Booxter for Mac OS X revved to version 2.7

Deep Prose Software (http://www.deepprose.com) has released Booxter 2.7 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books.

Version 2.7 improves on the free companion iPhone app, available from the Apple App Store. Customers can now scan barcodes and have them sent directly into Booxter, wirelessly. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you now have a scanner. Other improvements include adding Amazon Italy as a search site for books, music and movies, improving online searches, and enhancing the user interface.

Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later. A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library.

The full version costs US$29.99; there's a free version with a limit...

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