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Mar 11
CompanionLink announces PC Sync support for the iPad 2

CompanionLink Software has announced two-way synchronization of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between popular PC software and the iPad 2.

CompanionLink offers multiple ways to sync the iPad 2, including local Wi-Fi sync, a secure hosted wireless sync service, and automatic wireless sync via Google. The sync works in tandem with a business-focused iPad app called DejaOffice.

CompanionLink will sync the iPad 2 with CRM suites like IBM Lotus Notes, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, Novell GroupWise, Salesforce CRM, and Highrise. CompanionLink also synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook add-ins like Franklin Covey PlanPlus for Microsoft Outlook, Getting Things Done (GTD), Take Back Your Life, Respond, Avidian Prophet, and Outlook Business Contact Manager.

CompanionLink's sync solutions for iPad are available for a one-time cost starting at US$39.95. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless is available for $9.95 per month. Free telephone support is included. More details...

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Mar 11
Spirit is Calling is daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X

BKeeney Software has introduced Spirit is Calling, a daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) co-authored by Rev. Chris Michaels and Dr. Edward Viljoen. The US$21 app encourages daily journal entries that allow the user to track their spiritual growth over the course of a year.

The journal tracks thoughts and reflections on a daily basis and allows the user to return to previous entries at any time. The program can be scheduled to automatically open every day at a scheduled time.

Michaels is a national speaker, author and ordained minister. Viljoen is a national speaker, author and is the senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. A 14-day demo of Spirit is Calling can be downloaded at the BKeeney Software's website (http://www.bkeeney.com).

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Mar 11
iBank for Mac OS X rings up version 4.2

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.2, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The version delivers multiple enhancements including in-line editor calculations, improved transaction entry and split editing, and enhanced rules for complex imports.

iBank costs USS$59.99; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.2 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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Mar 11
Transitioning to Xcode 4 screencasts available

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has released six free screencasts to help developers transition from Xcode 3 to Xcode 4 and learn new time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

This initial round of screencasts is geared toward developers familiar with Xcode 3 who want to make the jump over to Xcode 4. Many of the concepts will be familiar to iOS developers, but the screencasts will help guide you around the new user interface. There is also a handy Xcode 4 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet available for download.

In their upcoming hands-on iPhone/iPad Programming courses the Pragmatic Studio will be teaching Xcode 4. It will be held April 18-21 in Denver, Colorado, and July 18-21 in Reston, Virginia.

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Mar 11
Desktop search engine supports Adobe, Quark, Microsoft

Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has announced PageZephyr 2.11, a free update of the desktop search and content extraction engine for InDesign and other formats on the Mac.

PageZephyr desktop search converts InDesign, QuarkXPress and Publisher documents to the Internet. Version 2.11 supports InDesign CS5 plus extracts and exports text to your WordPress Blog, Scribd, Google Docs, and Box.net accounts.

PageZephyr searches documents within InDesign, Publisher and QuarkXPress and extracts and finds content within specific areas across file types. It's a semi-automatic content creator, providing ability to merge, edit and combine content.

This search engine finds content in multiple documents in different formats and highlights search criteria. You can customize discovered text by editing font styles, size, colors, etc., to optimize for output options.

PageZephyr costs US$99. It...

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Mar 11
NLU Products launches iPad 2 products

NLU Products (http://www.BodyGuardz.com) has released protective films for the new iPad 2 from the company’s BodyGuardz and ScreenGuardz lines to safeguard the device from scratches and nicks. Available for order online now, NLU Products will ship iPad 2-compatible products on Monday, March 14.

iPad 2 users can choose from BodyGuardz, BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber and ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare. All films are custom-designed for the iPad 2, add virtually no bulk and are compatible with accessories such as hard cases, docking stations or the Apple Smart Cover.

BodyGuardz, made from the same material typically used to shield the fronts of automobiles from damage, is available in full-body, screen- or back-only protection. For those seeking personalization while safeguarding against scratches, BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber provides back and side protection while adding a carbon-fiber pattern to the...

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Mar 11
BaseElements FileMaker plug-in is free, open source

Goya (http://www.goya.com.au/) has announced BaseElements, a free and open source plug-in for FileMaker. It's a cross platform developer tool for analyzing, documenting and completely cross-referencing every element in FileMaker Pro database systems.

This plug-in is not only available for unlimited free use to end users and workgroups, but also available under an open source license. FileMaker developers can extend their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues.

The BaseElements plug-in allows users to add to and enhance their FileMaker solutions via the plugin interface. By adding options to perform File, XSLT, Dialog, Clipboard and more functions, FileMaker developers can work on extending and improving their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues, says Nicholas Orr, owner of Goya. The source code for the plug-in is available from github (...

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Mar 11
Adobe updates Lightroom, Camera Raw

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The Release Candidates bring raw file support to seven popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Olympus E-PL1s, improve on lens correction profiles introduced in the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 releases, and add over 10 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.

In addition, the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution designed to help serious amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

The Lightroom 3.4 Release Candidate is...

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Mar 11
BatchOutput for InDesign adds Deliver Express support

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The upgrade adds support of Deliver Express for automated delivery of output files.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.11 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11 are free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Mar 10
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 10

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

MobileInfocenter has announced Tech News Tube 1.0 for iOS. It delivers the latest tech news, rumors and articles in a free, universal app, aggregating the tech news aggregators to bring readers the latest industry news and articles. Users can finger swiper their way through the day's headlines and share links.

Big Pixel Studios has released Land-a Panda 1.0 for iOS devices. In the puzzle game (which is US$0.99 for the iPhone and iPod touch and $1.99 for the iPad) players control a young lovestruck male panda called Yang Guang, whose goal is to meet his dream partner, a female panda called Tian Tian.

Makers Interactive has introduced World Academy 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an educational quiz game for learning world culture into fun....

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Mar 10
Jobs ties for 110th ranking on world's billionaires list

"Forbes" has released its list of the world's billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/wealth/billionaires). Apple CEO Steve Jobs ties for 110th place with a net worth of US$5.5 billion. He ranked 136 last year (though he comes in at 34th among US billionaires)>

Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs:

"In March the Apple founder made a surprise appearance at the unveiling of his iPad 2, after taking medical leave in January. Insanely creative Apple chief transforms a multibillion-dollar industry every few years. First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as messiah tablet, savior for publishing industry. Apple still sells computers, but twice as much revenue now comes from music distribution and hand-held devices. Shot past long-time rival Microsoft as world's most valuable tech...

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Mar 10
Xcode available at the Mac App Store

Apple's Xcode is now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99 (and still free for Apple developers who pay the annual membership fee).

Xcode is a toolset for building Mac OS X and iOS applications. According to Apple, with Xcode 4, the tools have been redesigned to be faster, easier to use, and more helpful. The Xcode IDE purportedly understands your project’s details, identifies mistakes in both syntax and logic, and will even fix your code for you.

Xcode 4 also has a brand new user interface, built upon technologies that Apple itself uses to build Mac OS X and iOS, and that have produced over a quarter million Mac OS X and iOS apps.

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Mar 10
Mobile app downloads approached eight billion in 2010

2010 saw considerable growth in the mobile applications market, and more competition is expected in 2011. Despite more proactive involvement in app store development from other platform providers, Apple’s iTunes is still the market leader after having such a successful head start, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

The research group says the iPhone interface had notched up more than 5.6 billion accumulated downloads by the end of 2010, compared to nearly 7.9 billion total downloads from all stores during that year. However, Apple is set to face more intensive competition in 2011.

“The iTunes App Store only targets iOS users; that leaves more room for other platform application stores to step up and focus on ‘non-Apple’ clientele,” says research associate Fei Feng Seet. “Android smartphone quarterly shipments now exceed Apple’s. There is still a long way to go, but...

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Mar 10
iPad 2 hits the stores Friday

Just in case you somehow missed it, the iPad 2 be available tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. (Pacific).

Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more. The iPad 2 will also be available beginning at 5 p.m. local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

The iPad 2 has a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G -- compatible with the Verizon network...

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Mar 10
Apple to open up 'popup store' for SXSW

Apple will open a temporary store Friday in Austin, Texas, in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference and the release of the iPad 2 , reports the "American-Statesman" (http://macte.ch/al3hn).

Popup stores are a trend for retailers that want to unveil products or test a new location without committing to a permanent space. SXSW (http://sxsw.com/) features five days of presentations from experts in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a line-up of special programs "showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer."

On Wednesday, construction workers were busy retrofitting the 5,000-square-foot space in the building, at Congress and West Sixth Street, that...

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Mar 10
New Apple shop opening at Virgin Megastore Mall of the Emirates

Virgin Megastore is opening the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai. The Apple shop will open on Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m.

The new Apple shop carry the full range of Apple desktops and notebooks, including the award-winning MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, along with a range of Mac-compatible software and accessories with the support of Mac Solutions Consultants.

"Since 2005, the Virgin Megastore has been one of the best places to test drive and explore Apple products in Dubai," says Nisreen Shocair, president of Virgin Megastore in the Middle East. "With the opening of the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, we're really excited to build on this and offer our customers a first class shopping experience for everything Mac. Customers who want to learn more will be able to watch the various daily product demos showing the different types of projects you can...

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Mar 10
Apple had 83% of tablet market in 2010

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker" (http://www.idc.com), 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10) -- more than double the 4.5 million shipped in the third quarter.

Apple's share came down from 93% in 3Q10 to 73% in 4Q10, but still reflected Apple's strong leadership position. Samsung's Galaxy Tab was the primary competitor in the holiday season, beating other players to market and capturing more than 17% share, while a number of smaller regional players also participated.

"Strong holiday sales of media tablets were in line with IDC projections and strong consumer interest in the category while device vendors scrambled to offer products competitive with Apple's iPad and now iPad 2," says Loren Loverde, vice president, Consumer Device Trackers. "Media Tablets are on pace to reach shipments of roughly...

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Mar 10
Safari, IE go down first at hacking contest

Safari and Internet Explorer were successfully hacked on the first day at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, BC, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/qu5pb).

"Safari goes down first at Pwn2Own!" tweeted Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team at Pwn2Own sponsor Tipping Point. Insecurity research company Vupen broke into the Safari browser, running on a fully patched version of Mac OS X, by successfully exploiting a zero-day flaw, says "The Inquirer."

The hack happened even though Apple issued a last-minute security patch for Safari. Apple is supposedly adding more focus on security for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.

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Mar 10
Twelve South Compass ready for the iPad 2

Twelve South says its Compass Mobile Stand works just fine with the iPad 2, which goes on sale tomorrow.

Compass is an US$39.99 compact folding stand that's compatible with both the original iPad and the new iPad 2. Standing upright as an easel, Compass displays the Apple tablet in both portrait and landscape positions.

Work mode holds the iPad 2 at an angle for typing. In addition to retail Apple Stores, Compass is available at the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com) as well as the Twelve South web site (http://www.twelvesouth.com).

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Mar 10
Six iPad 2 cases available from WaterField Designs

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced new custom-sized iPad 2 cases: the Smart Case (pictured) Slip Case, Ultimate SleeveCase and Suede Jacket.

For carrying the iPad 2 with the Apple Cover or another slim case, WaterField offers the EXO SleeveCase. For toting the iPad along with the wireless keyboard and accessories, WaterField Designs recommends the iPad Wallet.

"We have re-designed our iPad line creating new custom sizes for the lighter, thinner iPad 2," says WaterField Designs owner, Gary Waterfield. "The EXO and iPad Wallet remain great choices for carrying the iPad 2 within another case and the iPad 2 with its mobile accessories."

The Smart Case (US$59) has an Ultrasued, scratch-free liner with an impact-resistant, screen-protecting insert and is enveloped by a water-resistant exterior. The Slip Case ($29) has a water-resistant fabric exterior that surrounds a plush...

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Mar 10
NXE announces Recline iPhone 4 case

NXE (http://www.nxeproducts.com) has announced the Recline protective case with a dual-orientation and flip-out kickstand. It's available for AT&T and Verizon iPhones for US$29.99.

The flip-out kickstand on the back that allows the case to sit upright -- either horizontally for the optimal viewing of a movie, photos or games, or vertically for video calling interaction. The Recline also features a soft internal lining, while still allowing the user full access to all external buttons, controls and input/output ports.

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Mar 10
XtremeMac unveils iPad 2 cases

XtremeMac (http://www.XtremeMac.com) has announced a line of new cases for the iPad 2. They'll arrive this spring.

The Tuffwrap Shine is a form-fitting case for the new iPad 2. Made of soft durable materials, the Tuffwrap Shine offers full protection and better grip support without adding any bulk and providing full access to all controls. Trend right colors include honeysuckle pink (Patone’s color of the year), black and clear, each with a high-gloss finish that provides a touch of style.

The Microshield for iPad 2 is thin hard plastic case designed to protect against scratches, dust and dirt.  The thin, impact-resistant case gives users full access to all controls while providing a soft touch surface and added grip. These cases are available in a frosted finish, in black, blue or purple.

XtremeMac’s Thin Sleeve is a coverage case that fits both the iPad and iPad 2. The exterior and soft...

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Mar 10
FileMaker launches new podcast series

FileMaker Inc. has announced “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad,” a new podcast and Facebook Fan Page.

Aimed at iPad and iPhone users interested in database solutions for business, both the podcast series and fan page feature real companies and business owners who are managing their data on-the-go using Apple’s iOS devices. Hosted by Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Matt Navarre of MSN Media, the first three podcasts are available today on iTunes.

FileMaker plans to add new episodes, so stay tuned to the Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad on iTunes. You can go to FileMaker’s new “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad” Facebook Fan page for more info.

The site offers customer stories, YouTube videos offering how-to advice and more. Visitors can also see screens with examples of how to mobilize inventory management, contacts, and events.

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Mar 10
Wrapsol introduces screen protection for the iPad 2

Wrapsol has announced the availability of Wrapsol ultra and fingerprint-fighting Wrapsol clean screen protector lines for the Apple iPad 2.

Using the company’s patent-pending adhesive films, they're designed to protect the screen of the Apple tablet. Wrapsol for iPad 2 is fully compatible with Apple’s SmartCovers and is available for pre-order at http://www.wrapsol.com for US$29.95. Shipping is expected to begin next week.

Wrapsol ultra and clean screen protectors for the iPad 2 are applied with three steps: align the film, tack it down, smooth it on. Purportedly, the proprietary adhesive formula actively releases air bubbles over time for the smoothest application possible, and delivers a high level of protection against impact damage, scratches, cracks, dents, dings and scuffs from foreign objects, abrasive grit or damaging surfaces.

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Mar 10
iWeb Themes Park releases new templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced new iWeb themes for iWeb, the web creation component of the iLife suite. The new themes are Break Dance, Hunting Club, Lighted, Perspective and Writing.

To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park you'll need a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 105 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99.

Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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