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Oct 25
ActionSoft updates Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has updated Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (http://www.actionsoft.com/games/midnightmansion2/), to version 1.0.2. This version fixes problems in various mansions, including one in Jasperlone Mountains Hard that would prevent the game from being able to be completed on Hard difficulty.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a...

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Oct 25
MacUpdate Desktop updated to version 5.0.5

MacUpdate Desktop (http://www.macupdate.com), an application that helps you keep third party applications updated, has been revved to version 5.0.5.The upgrade adds automatic background checking of your apps and continues to improve upon the auto-download and install features.

MacUpdate Desktop lets you keep all your Mac software up-to-date. It offers automatic software updates to every application, widget, screen saver, and preference pane. It searches and matches more than 30,000 pieces of Mac software

MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 sports a redesigned user interface and one-click updating. You can download and install updates with a single click. There's also now update verification; you can confirm which updates were installed successfully.

In MacUpdate Desktop 5.0, you can archive older versions in case you need to revert to a previous release of an updated item. You can also organize your apps...

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Oct 25
First app in the PFiddle Collection available

Fiddlesoft has released version 1.0.0 of Applidude (http://pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/), the first application in the PFiddle Collection. It floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active.

Applidude costs US$4.95. A full-featured, 30-day demo is available for download.

The next application in the PFiddle Collection is almost ready. It's Waccy Accy. a game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface).. You fill in the blanks on the game board by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters in your user name.

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Oct 25
MixTape for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.5 -

Atomic Droplet (http://atomicdroplet.com/) has released MixTape 1.1.5, an update for its mixing application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. This update removes the requirement to create an publishing account prior to purchase.

It takes the music users already have (from iTunes) and gives them an environment where beat matched mixes can be created without the complexity associated with audio workstations or DJ apps. The resulting mixes can be published either back into iTunes or directly onto the web.

Music is drag and dropped from iTunes into MixTape's library where a beat detection algorithm finds the base tempo and strips of lockable beats called "timing tabs." The main user interface is a timeline where music can be: dragged to its desired play location; have it's in and out points set with drag handles; and create "snap to grid" regions using the timing tabs. This "snap to grid" behavior...

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Oct 25
Nvidia unveils 3D software for computers/HDTVs

Okay, Apple, take note: Nvidia has unveiled 3DTV Play software that will let users connect 3D notebooks and desktops running its 3D Vision technology to 3D high-definition TVs for a “big-screen entertainment experience,” the company says.

According to "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/hosted/showArticle.jhtml?ar...), any compatible Nvidia GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU)-powered system running the 3DTV Play software can be connected to an HDMI 1.4 3D HD TV, letting users view 3D photos and videos on a larger screen. They will also be able to play some 500 games in 3D -- more than any other platform -- according to Nvidia.

When the compatible video playback software is employed, users can also watch Blu-ray 3D movies in full 1080...

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Oct 25
Analyst: Apple's failure to pay dividends keeps some...

According to Toni Sacconaghi at Bernstein & Co., Apple’s failure to pay a dividend is preventing some investors from buying shares, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-apple-investor-oct-22-2010-10).

About 10% to 15% of the investors he speaks with avoid Apple because they only buy firms with payouts or they’re concerned Apple will use the cash for an acquisition. However, "Silicon Alley Insider" says Sacconaghi's talking to the wrong investors "as the stock has increased 5x the past 5 years versus an 11% gain in the S&P 500, with little signs of stopping."

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at MacTech Conference

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief, publisher of "MacTech Magazine," talks about the first MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference/), will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

He reminds us of the genesis of the conference, what it will offer, who it is (and isn't) for, who's
attending, and more. Starting with an Andy Ihnatko keynote, the MacTech Conference is built for developers and serious Mac geeks. Recent additions to the list of offerings include a panel on virtualization that is being supported by the major players in the virtualization space, Apple certification exams, and the first conference discussions of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Ticktin also talks about the first non-university public appearance of Mac-based rovers, and why the MacTech Conference...

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Oct 25
Blabbelon introduces integrated Suite of voice products

Blabbelon (http://blabbelon.com/, games developer and creator of voice systems has announced the release of its desktop client products for both Mac OS X and Windows. The company simultaneously released its 2.0 update of its browser-based voice software, with integration between the three products.

Earlier this year, the company announced the approval of its iPhone app in the Apple App Store. All four products share a common proprietary core application programming interface that lets users stay in touch regardless of desktop, web, or mobile access. All products remain free-of-charge for unlimited users.

The Blabbelon iPhone app is available now and can be downloaded for free.

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Oct 25
'MUG Event Calendar': three Final Cut Pro meetings...

"The MUG Event Calendar" closes out October with a wide variety of presentations and demos.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will be the featured speaker at a New Jersey group, while three Final Cut Pro User Groups, one in San Francisco, other in Los Angeles and one in Indianapolis, will feature presenters talking about a range of video-related topics and products.

Other topics on the week’s agenda include 1Password, Snow Leopard, Mac holiday gifts and crafts, Skype, iChat, the Verizon MiFi and the iPad, landscape photography, 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...

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Oct 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 22

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/).

Mobivention has announced Mahjong Mountain 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's based on a classic Chinese game concept that has the goal of finding matching gaming pieces. Additional difficulty levels are included through different game layouts and different pilings of the pieces. The first 1,000 downloads of the full version are free. Further campaigns and details of the game can be found on http://www.facebook.com/mobivention .

Appdicted has released Monster Meter 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The US$0.99 gives parents a way to prove to young children that there are no monsters hiding in their room. The app offers four different monster...

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Oct 22
Analyst: MacBook Air shipments to hit 700,000

MacBook Air shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 are expected to reach about 700,000 units, accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments, while the 11.6-inch model will account for 60% of the total MacBook Air sales due to its low price, according a Chinese-language Commercial Times report citing vice president of Concord Securities research department, Mingchi Kuo -- as noted by "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101022PB200.html).

Kuo pointed out that the new MacBook Air notebooks paired with the company's upcoming new operating system Mac OS X Lion next year should be able to attract more consumers to purchase the machine as their second computer choice, while Taiwan-based supply chain players including notebook maker Quanta Computer, chassis maker Catcher Technology, panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) and...

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Oct 22
'MacVoices' looks at BookBrewer

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Dan Pacheco, founder and CEO of FeedBrewer, and Kelly Peterson, eBook Manager for Borders, discuss BookBrewer, the site that lets bloggers turn their sites into ebooks, suitable for publication and sale.

Pacheco reviews the process, how much it costs, how web sites get converted to ebooks, how long the process takes, and how they'rre distributed for sale. Peterson talks about Border's involvement in distribution and how it fits with their model of delivering content that people want to read.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 22
Jobs, President Obama talk jobs

President Barack Obama discussed job creation and American competitiveness during a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in California on Thursday, reports "Fox News" (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/obama-talks-jobs-apples-steve...).White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the pair met at the Westin hotel in San Francisco.

"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the president's Race to the Top initiative," Gibbs said in a statement. "They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation."

Jobs is a major donor to Democratic causes, having contributed US$50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, per Federal Election Commission...

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Oct 22
Apple addresses FaceTime beta issue

Along with Apple’s FaceTime beta release came a new iTunes Store account security flaw. Now Apple has offered a fix.

According to "Cocoa Touch Apps" (http://cocoatouchapps.com/2010/10/apple-fixes-facetime-security-flaw-ser...), while people were "poking around" in the FaceTime beta, they noticed that they could easily access their iTunes Store accounts right from the app.  In doing so, they’re able to update their account settings without re-entering the iTunes Store password.  To make matters worse, the application automatically saves your username and password even if you sign out

"Cocoa Touch Apps" says this is Apple's "easy ... yet annoying fix":

Go to your User Folder / Library / Preferences and delete com.apple.FaceTime.plist

That will reset the settings for the app...

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Oct 22
Jobs comments on Java-Mac OS X situation

Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac understandably worried Java developers.

Apple has posted developer documentation (http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#releasenotes/Java/JavaSnowLeopar...) that said:

"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X.

"The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles...

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Oct 22
Apple denies discrimination against Korean iPhone users

Apple would be willing to improve its customer service policy for Korean iPhone users if a directly operated branch in Korea is established, Farrel Farhoudi, a senior director for the IT company's iPhone service, said in a parliamentary audit on Thursday -- as reported by "The Chosunilbo" (http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/10/22/2010102200910.html).



Grand National Party lawmaker Kwon Teak-ky raised the issue of different after-sales service policies between China and Korea and suggested it is discriminatory. Farhoudi replied that the regulations in China are different from those of Korea as there are directly operated Apple stores in China but none here, so the company's responsibilities are different., says "The Chosunilbo."

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Oct 22
Audioengine introduces N22 desktop audio amplifier

Audioengine has released Audioengine N22 Premium Desktop Audio Amplifier. The N22 is a compact integrated stereo power amplifier and headphone amp that you can connect to your iPod, computer, and speakers or headphones for a great-sounding personal stereo system.

For example, you can connect it to your Mac or PC with no software to install or settings to change. You can pair the N22 amp with the Audioengine P4 passives or your favorite speakers for a high-end mini desktop hi-fi music system, according to the folks at Audioengine. You can connect a subwoofer via the variable line output and charge your iPod via the USB power port. Two audio inputs are standard so you can plug in your computer, iPod or stereo directly.

The vertical design of the N22 with its integrated stand allows the 22 watt/per channel stereo class A/B amplifiers to run cool through passive convection without a fan or heatsink. The N22 fits easily on your desk and doesn't take up much space.

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Oct 22
'iFixIt' tears down the new MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air is an exercise of proprietary engineering, according to the gang at "iFixit," who recently took the new teeny laptop apart. You can find the teardown at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Air-11-Inch-Model-A1370-Teardown/... .

According to "iFixIt," while you can easily access everything once you remove the proprietary screws, you can't really replace any component with an off-the-shelf part, unless you source it from Apple or someone involved in Apple-based repair. Most components -- RAM included -- are soldered to the logic board, preventing them from being replaced. We definitely recommend users to buy the 4GB RAM version of the Air, as the paltry 2GB already borders on obsolete by today's standards.

The one standout in this proprietary sea is the 64GB SSD. It's...

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Oct 22
'AppleScriptObj C Explored' is available

Often overlooked in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") are the dramatic updates to AppleScript, specifically the new AppleScript/Objective-C support for the creation of AppleScript applications and applets.

Starting with Snow Leopard, AppleScript can now call any of the Cocoa routines and methods directly in application scripts, providing access to the full of the power of the Cocoa frameworks. In addition, AppleScript applications now fully integrate all Cocoa interface elements using outlets and actions, or Cocoa bindings, that link directly to AppleScript properties and handlers.

Adoption of ASOC (AppleScript/Objective-C) has been constrained by the lack of good documentation -- until now. AppleScript expert Shane Stanley, has written AppleScriptObjC Explored, an in-depth guide to creating AppleScript Objective-C applications. The guide includes both thorough documentation (in PDF format) and numerous example Xcode projects. For more info go to...

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Oct 22
Info needed on farming/agricultural software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at farming/agricultural software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 27. We had intended to run a column on copywriting software for the Mac -- but we found none.

Category Reviews 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 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 21

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/).

EA Mobile has announced that Reckless Racing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the Apple App Store. The game is based on the original top-down racer developed by Sweden-based Pixelbite. The iPad is costs US$4.99, and the iPhone/iPod touch is $2.99.

MadFinger Games has released Samurai II: Vengeance ($2.99), a hack-and-slash action game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Shutterfly, an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, has expanded their mobile offerings with the introduction of a free photo-sharing application for the iPad designed to give customers more ways to enjoy and share their photos stored at Shutterfly.com.

iAPPS2GO has introduced iManage and iManage SE, the "Swiss Army Knife...

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Oct 21
Clio launches Apple in Law Firms Survey

Clio has launched the inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey. All legal professionals and law students from all law firms and law schools are invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location.

The survey aims to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future. Available online at http://macsurvey.questionpro.com/ , the Clio Mac Survey will remain open until Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5pm Eastern.

The tabulated results will be presented by Clio President Jack Newton at MILOfest, a conference for Mac-using attorneys being held on November 11-13 at the Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Clio will also be giving away a free iPad to a randomly selected survey respondent.

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Oct 21
iPresentee triples Mail Stationery Collection, offers free...

iPresentee (ttp://www.ipresentee.com) has released Mail Stationery 2.0 templates to be used with Apple's Mail software. It's an US$30 collection of 160 templates.

The new release retains 60 templates from the previous release and adds 100 new Mail Stationery templates for Mail. Also, iPresentee is offering a number of Mail Stationery templates for free.

New Mail Stationery templates comes with an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place and would be displayed in Apple Mail New Message Stationery menu automatically. They require Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Oct 21
Equinux introduces new Stationary Pack Business Edition

Small businesses and offices can now send Stationery emails suited for a variety of purposes, whether a special offer, invoice or newsletter with the Stationery Pack Business Edition from equinux (http://www.equinux.com).

It's a collection of over 200 templates. Featuring 12 unique design lines with 17 layout variations for each, Business Edition is equipped to cover many common business scenarios.

Each layout gives users the option to create Stationery emails in the style they want. You can add company logos, digitized signatures and photos in portrait and landscape format. There are text areas for headlines, message content, legal disclaimers and footers.

Stationery Pack Business Edition is available in English, German and French. Licenses start at US$59.95 at the equinux online store. Discounted volume licenses are also available. Stationery Pack Business Edition will soon be available as...

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Oct 21
MiRow is set of plug-ins for Front Row

FireCore has released MiRow (http://ww.firecore.com/mirow), a set of plug-ins for Apple's Mac OS X app, Front Row. The solution lets you:

° Enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV and more without having to leave Front Row;

° Stream media from sites like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, BBC and more;

° Automatically download cover art and other metadata for your media files;

° Find new artists by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows;

° Use an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to take control with the Remote HD app;

MiRow normally costs US$24.95, but it's available now for pre-order for $19.95.

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