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Jan 24
Mounties Feedback Trainer comes to Mac App Store

Stairways Software ( has released Mounties Feedback Trainer 1.0 on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. The app was designed to help you learn to correctly identify feedback tone frequencies, a skill needed by budding sound engineers and useful for any musician.

You can use Mounties Feedback Trainer train your ear to detect the various frequencies and then test yourself to see how well you know which frequency is which. It includes includes a built-in equalizer so you can adjust the volume of the tones for the variable output of your particular speakers. Mounties Feedback Trainer requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater.

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Jan 24
Apple’s App Store downloads top 10 billion

Apple says more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its Apple App Store by the more than 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide.

The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive an US$10,000 iTunes Gift Card.

“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years -- a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone -- the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

The Apple App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in...

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Jan 24
Apple hires new director of global security?

Apple has allegedly named a new director of global security -- David Rice, who's currently a consulting director of policy reform for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a faculty member at the Institute for Applied Network Security, and director of The Monterey Group, a cyber-security consulting firm, reports "PC Mag" (

Apple hasn't confirmed such a hire. Speculation suggests that Rice will be heavily involved in enterprise security surrounding the iPad and iPhone, "an area that Apple's been interested in for some time now," says "PC Mag."

Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles who not only can speak the kind of language that makes CIOs comfortable, but can also back up that language with the skills and knowledge to match, says Arik Hesseldahl at "NewEnterprise" (http://macte....

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Jan 24
SilverCocoa serves up Wines 1.0 for Mac OS X

SilverCocoa has served up Wines 1.0 (, offered exclusively on the Mac App Store. Wine lovers, collectors or enthusiasts can add to their collection, take notes, rate it and more.

Wines lets you track a collection, cellar, or simply which wines you tasted recently and enjoyed. By rating, commenting and classifying your wines by country, region, varietal, price, and much more, you can find which wine you are looking for quickly.

Adding new wines is facilitated with the help of the Snooth database. Just enter the name of the wine you are looking for and 90% of the time, it will be found in the database and information will be filled in for you. With the Smart Image Finder you will find bottle or label images for most wines. If you can't find one, use the integrated webcam feature to snap a picture of a bottle and use it in the application.


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Jan 24
Bare Bones updates BBEdit, TextWrangler

Bare Bones Software ( has updated BBEdit and TextWrangler for Mac OS X.

BBEdit 9.6.3, an update to its strength HTML and text editor, is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements. The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.

TextWrangler 3.5.3 is an update to the text editor. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues. All Mac OS X users may download TextWrangler 3.5.3 free of charge from the Mac App Store or the Bare Bones Software web site.

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Jan 24
MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant

MacPractice (, an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, says its MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB.

This is in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), says Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice.
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria...

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Jan 24
Mailings for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.01

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 2.0.01, an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc.

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo can be downloaded at the product web site, (

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Jan 24
Launch2net update supports Nokia CS18, CS19 surfsticks

Nova media has updated launch2net Premium ( its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1.2 offers support for Nokia's high speed surfsticks CS18 and CS19.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.1.2 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current...

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Jan 24
'MUG Event Calendar': it's all about Macworld...

While "The MUG Event Calendar" isn't completely quiet this week from a local meeting perspective, it clearly belongs to Macworld 2011, since that’s where everyone will be.

There will be a user group reunion event at Macworld on Thursday, but the real action will be on the show floor and in the conferences, running through Saturday. Two separate groups are planning bus trips to the show, while many others will be represented by their members as attendees.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (, 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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Jan 21
Verizon iPhone's Personal Hotspot will pause web data when...

Verizon tells "The LA Times" ( the Verizon iPhone 4's Personal Hotspot feature will pause web data when a call is taken on the handset.

Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman, said that the company has a policy of pausing any web data on any phone with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities when a call comes in and is answered, so as to maintain the call's quality.

"If you do two things at once and you do both of them poorly, what's the point?," Muche told the "Times." "That's part of the reason we don't have the same dropped call issues that other carriers do. We really do believe that a phone is only as good as the network it's on and this is the way we have always looked at it and that's why we aren't willing to sacrifice call quality."

While using the Personal Hotspot on the Verizon iPhone, or any other phone with the feature if a call isn't answered web data will go on uninterrupted, he said....

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Jan 21
Belgium competition minister eyeing 'unfair' Apple...

Apple wrote to European publishers earlier this month outlawing the private exchange when a reader downloads a mag or newspaper from within an app. Apple says subscriptions must use the company's own billing mechanism with Apple getting a 30% cut.

However, Belgium competition minister Vincent van Quickborne doesn't think this is fair and has launched a "rapid" competition investigation into the issue, reports "The Register" ( On the other hand, Apple doesn't have a monopoly share of the digital reader market, so "it might be hard to make that one stick," the article says.

News Corp's Project Alesia was created with the intention of offering a licensing system to all comers on equitable terms. However, "the print industry didn't have the brains to join in" and the 100-man project was dismantled last autumn, says "The Register."

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Jan 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 21

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Bostorm has announced Archies Memory 1.0, an iPad game. The US$3.99 app is a turn-based pairs game with additional language learning features. The aim of the game is both entertainment and training the brain for remembering both images and also textual associations. TArchies Memory supports one and two player modes, as well as features a computer opponent with three difficulty levels.

Nexscience has released Alarm Security System 1.0, the deluxe version of their $1.99 alarm security app for iPhone and iPod touch. It's designed to provide security for your iDevice and protect your valuable private data. While running, the alarm system detects any movement. When the alarm is triggered, a glass breaking sound is played, followed by loud police alarm with...

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Jan 21
Analyst: Apple invests in 'tens of millions' of iOS...

The most likely use of Apple's secret US$3.9 billion long-term supply investment is for tens of millions of displays for the iPhones and iPads the company plans to sell in the near future, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors, as reported by "AppleInsider" (

She estimated that Apple's $3.9 billion investment could purchase about 136 million iPhone displays, or approximately 60 million iPad displays. If those displays were coupled with touch panels, the money could buy Apple 100 million iPhone panels, or 40 million for the iPad, Huberty adds.

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Jan 21
AG cases are Verizon iPhone compatible

AG Findings ( is offering Verizon customers some of its most popular cases for the upcoming Verizon iPhone 4. 

The Vandelay Cases (US$34.99) come in multiple color and pattern choices. The two-piece design provides the ability to dock the device without removing it from the case, as well as impact protection, and access to the camera and all controls. The Vandelay Cases also sport an included holster with kickstand.

The Beetle Cases ($34.99) are crafted to be slim and light-weight and are also available in a range of colors. The design allows access to the device’s camera and controls. Each case is engineered with a shock absorbing liner.

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Jan 21
DataMind Srl announces Jade Plugin 3.0 for Apple's Aperture...

DataMind Srl has announced Jade Plugin 3.0, an update of the digital image processing plug-in for Aperture, Apple's professional photographer application.

Based on DataMind's digital image processing applications, Jade and Beryl, Jade Plugin implements algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamic range, remove red-eye effect and remove noise. Jade Plugin is an image enhancement tool that will automatically improve digital images directly in Aperture.

Jade will use its proprietary algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamics, automatically detect and remove red-eye effect and to reduce noise. In addition, it provides manual controls to fine-tune the intensity value, increase the contrast and apply the color correction for unbalanced images. The red-eye removal can be tuned by setting the threshold level, the intensity of correction and by directly selecting the eye or image area to be corrected.

Jade Plugin requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and...

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Jan 21
iFunia releases 3DGallery for Mac OS X

iFunia has announced 3DGallery for Macintosh. It's a 3D photo gallery maker that can turn digital photos into a flash image presentation.

Users can view their photos in 3D and upload the 3D flash photo gallery to liven up web sites or blogs. You can add photos and music and choose from a variety of preset 3D flash gallery templates to create personalized flash galleries for sharing.

iFunia 3DGallery for Mac is priced at US$39.95 for a personal license. A commercial license is also available. For more info or a demo go to the iFunia web site (

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Jan 21
Report: 65% of Apple's sales came from iOS devices

The iPhone and iPad generated US$15 billion of revenue for Apple last quarter. In addition, the iPod touch generated about $2.3 billion, implying that iOS based devices were responsible for sales of $17.3 billion -- or 65% of Apple's revenue, says the asymco research group (

Mac OS X powered hardware generated 20% of sales. The sale of Mac OS X software (both the operating system and applications for it) accounted for another $786 million or 3% of total. In addition, asymco suggests the proportion of sales due to apps in the Apple App Store is nearly half, or another $600 million (a bit more than 2%).

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Jan 21
Apple adds suppliers for iPhone 5

Apple has added Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar as component suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 5, scheduled for launch during the summer (or perhaps the fall), says Chinese-language "Economic Daily News " -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (

Foxconn will become the iPhone 5's new earphone supplier, the article says. With a shortage of HDI boards, Apple has also purportedly added GCE as a supplier, but will continue to source from Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology. And ED chipmaker Epistar could break into Apple's supply chain after forming a strategic alliance with Japan's Toyoda Gosei, which also provides Epistar access to Toyoda technologies, says "DigiTimes."

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Jan 21
FontDoctor 8 is in the house

FontGear has released FontDoctor 8 for Macintosh. It's an update of the font problem diagnosis and repair utility for graphic designers and the publishing industry.

The new version can identify and fix common font related problems that often interrupt creative workflow and production, according to the folks at FontGear. FontDoctor can also optimize workflow by creating a library of manageable font files and folders organized by font foundry name, family name, and more.

Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side.

FontDoctor 8 is available for US$69.99 for a single user license, and $350 for a site license. Version 7.x users can upgrade to version 8 for $19.99.

FontDoctor 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Purchases, upgrades and a demo version are...

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Jan 21
Apple updates 'Purchase Policies' web page

Apple has updated its “Purchase Policies” web page ( to reflect the end of re-stocking fees on opened Apple products, reports "ifoAppleStore" (

As previously reported, the change was sparked by the addition of Personal Set-Up services to each purchase of a Mac or iPod, which includes the unboxing of the product. Previously, product returns were accepted within 14 days without a re-stocking fee, but only if the product box was un-opened. Now, since the Specialist or customer opens the product within the store, a re-stocking fee on opened products is no longer appropriate, says "ifoAppleStore."

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Jan 21
Apple restates pledge for safe working conditions

Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers, reports "IDG News" (

"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in a statement. The company requires all suppliers to sign up to Apple's code of conduct before the contracts are made. Compliance is then monitored through factory audits and measures to correct violations, says IDG.

Apple has recently beenranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (...

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Jan 21
Apple releases new Brother printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released new Brother printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X 10.6.

Both require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can find the drivers here ( Or you can obtain 'em via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 21
Christofle, LaCie reveal Galet USB Key

Christofle and LaCie have introduced Galet, an USB key with design by Christofle, a French luxury brand. It costs US$139 and comes with 4GB of storage.
Here's how it's described: "Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life."

The Galet includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is available in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store (

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Jan 21
TimeTag is new time sheet app for Mac OS X

Capparsa has debuted TimeTag ( at the Mac App Store. It's a personal time sheet application that allows you to create and use descriptive tags to track the time spent on your day's activities.

Time Tag avoids the long list of time records and instead automatically and intelligently groups together hours by activity. This allows the user to know where his day went without the need for a calculator and spreadsheet app.

TimeTag, originally an iOS-only app, was completely re-designed for the Mac. You can categorize tags, so a group of tags can be "Being Productive" or "Leisure Time."

TimeTag also features a filter that allows the user to pull up a specific subset of records. There can be combined with the export feature, which lets you export all or some of your records for use in other apps.

Time Tag requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available...

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Jan 21
Akvis NatureArt adds Frost effect

Akvis ( has upgraded Akvis NatureArt -- a tool for "imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos" -- to version 2.0.

In addition to the six nature effects previously offered by NatureArt (Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire), version 2.0 offers a new nature effect: Frost. The Frost effect allows you to adorn an image with an openwork of frost crystals. Also in the new version is the possibility to save/load selections.

What's more, version 2.0 of NatureArt introduces the ability to create new images. The New Image dialog provides a choice of default presets for creating your own postcards, posters, and other projects. You can create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars. You can even draw a unique picture with the help of NatureArt's effects.


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