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Nov 17
Ronald D. Sugar joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, former chairman of the board and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corp. has been appointed to Apple’s Board of Directors. He will serve as the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

“Ron is an engineer at heart, who then became a very successful business leader. We are very excited to welcome him to Apple’s Board,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “In addition to having been the CEO of a high-tech Fortune 100 company, Ron has a Ph.D. in engineering and has been involved in the development of some very sophisticated technology.”

Sugar served as Chairman and CEO at Northrop Grumman Corp. from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to Northrop, he held executive positions at Litton Industries and TRW, where he served as chief financial officer.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a director of Chevron Corporation,...

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Nov 17
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim comes to the Mac

Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com/) has released Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.3 or later and an Intel processor. Majesty 2 costs US$39; a demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "As in its best-selling predecessor, Majesty 2 takes players to Ardania, a kingdom still in disarray after a demon wreaked havoc 500 years previous. Players recruit heroes who help them complete a 16-mission campaign, but the heroes have minds of their own: they may be more interested in having a beer at a local tavern than fighting monsters. Smart hero management is key to restoring Ardania to its former glory.

"AAs they complete quests, each hero improves their statistics with better abilities and fills their inventory slots with increasingly powerful items, giving Majesty 2 a role-playing element. Complementary heroes can be assigned to groups that...

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Nov 17
Griffin Technology unveils Slap for sixth gen iPod nano

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled Slap for the six generation iPod nano, a wearable case designed to take full advantage of the return in popularity of the wristwatch, and of the new iPod nano's timepiece functionality.

The US$24.99 Slap case -- which comes in red, purple, blue, green, black, orange, yellow and pink -- sports a flexible, spring-steel band that's wrapped in soft silicone. Snap the Slap open, then snap Slap shut around your wrist; it comfortably self-adjusts to your exact size, according to Melissa Lapsley, head of User Research at Griffin. Your iPod is surrounded by a frame of thick silicone that guards against bumps and jolts.

Slap protects the dock connector and volume controls, but leaves the headphone port open so you can plug in and listen any time. And speaking of time, you can use your Slap-enclosed iPod nano as a wristwatch...

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Nov 17
iWebTemplate releases 30 new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added 30 new iWeb templates to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite.

iWeb Themes for Business 9.0 and 10.0, developed by iPresentee, extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 125. iWeb Themes 9.0 includes Rock, Wall, Night, Your Leisure and Suntrap. iWeb Themes 10.0 includes Christmas, New Year, Halloween, Valentine's Day and Easter holiday. Christmas is coming! Start your own Chistmas website today.

Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. iWeb Themes for Business requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife 08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife 09). Each iWeb theme is available for US$10.

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Nov 17
NewerTech debuts keyboard covers for Apple laptops

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its accessory line for Macs with the NuGuard Keyboard Covers. Featuring a silicone surface texture, they protect MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models.

The Keyboard Covers are available in black, white, pink and red. They're US$17.99 each.

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Nov 17
Missing Sync for Android updated to version 1.5

Mark/Space (http://www.markspace.com) has updated their all-in-one Android PIM and media synchronization software, The Missing Sync for Android. Version 1.5 brings phone-to-desktop calendar synchronization to Android phones. The upgrade adds full support of synchronization over fast and secure USB cable connections and increasing the overall performance of media sync.


The Missing Sync for Android software is available for Windows PC and Mac computers and supports phones running Android OS, such as the Google Nexus One, Verizon Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Incredible.


The calendar app included on Android-powered phones syncs with Google Calendar. To sync with a Mac or Windows PC, Mark/Space had to develop their own Android calendar app. Fliq Calendar is their full-featured calendaring app designed especially to synchronize with calendars from Outlook and iCal. Fliq Calendar works with The Missing...

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Nov 17
Budcase is ear bud keychain for iOS devices

Extended Access has announced BudCase 3 (http://www.budcase.com), an US$12.95 ear bud keychain case for the iPhone, iPad, and mobile music lovers. It's designed to provide quick and easy access to ear buds anytime, anyplace, anywhere, says Extended Access CEO Chris Dawson.

He says the product was "born out of the frustrating fact that when leaving home, many people simply forget to bring their ear buds." BudCase 3 uses a compact design to solve this problem. You clip BudCase 3 onto a keychain where ready access to a music lover's ear buds is made immediately available.

The BudCase 3 is made from synthetic leather and a magnetic fastener designed to make opening and closing it quick and easy. Alternatively BudCase 3 can store two USB memory drives or other small items.

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Nov 17
PEMDAS 2.0 Calculator Widget for Mac OS X released

Michael Filippone has released PEMDAS 2.0 (http://donkeyengineering.com/pemdaswidget/), an update of a free scientific calculator widget for Mac OS X (10.5.8 and later). The first major update to PEMDAS 1.1, which won the 2007 Apple Design Award for Best Dashboard Widget, Runner-Up, the latest version offers refinements and expanded features.

Version 2.0 features a new, sleeker keypad and equation history view, and adds a third, mini-view, which reduces the view to just equation and answer. The equation history view has been redesigned, and now displays equations with their results directly below, as well as a list of all variables in the current session.

Nearly the entire interface has been re-written in response to user feedback, says Filippone. Every aspect of its graphical user interface, keypad layout, use of color, typography, display and entry fields,...

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Nov 17
Yojimbo for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 3.1, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that includes fixes for reported issues.

Version 3.0.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 3.0. For new users Yojimbo is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers.

All registered Yojimbo 2 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 3.0. Any registered customer with Yojimbo 1.0 through 1.5.2 may purchase an upgrade to Yojimbo 3 for $20, including individual, family and academic licenses.

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Nov 17
Vitamin-R update adds new charting features

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.35 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds charting of productivity and concentration levels over the course of one or several weeks allowing people to detect patterns in their work habits.

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...

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Nov 17
Typinator 4.2 compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.5.

It also offers improved compatibility with third-party applications like iTunes 10, 4D, Outlook 2011, and others. Typinator 4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.2 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.

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Nov 17
Wolfram Research releases Mathematica 8

Wolfram Research has released Mathematica 8 (http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/), the latest version of its flagship computation, development, and deployment platform that introduces the concept of linguistically controlled computing.

Integrating technology of Wolfram|Alpha, the Mathematica-powered computational knowledge engine, makes it possible to enter math or data calculations in plain English and get immediate answers or start an extensive analysis, according to Wolfram CEO Stephen Wolfram. Free-form input is a new entry point into the Mathematica idea-to-deployment workflow, but Mathematica 8 adds a major new endpoint too: generation of C code and standalone executables.

Using Mathematica, organizations no longer have to rely on separate tools for prototyping and deployment, but can complete the entire workflow with one integrated tool, says Wolfram. But he says that...

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Nov 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 16

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/).

David Palmerio has announced E-Folk 1.0, a guitar learning tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The US$3.99 app features 11 original lessons of increasing difficulty, conveniently divided into three sections. There is no musical knowledge required to use this app. The musical notation is accompanied by audio and movie recordings.

"O, The Oprah Magazine" has come to the iPad via the O reader. It costs $3.99 and "optimizes the iPad functionality for the O reader, providing the inspiration, information and readability of the print edition, while adding bonus material and interactive features which take advantage of the device's innovative display and Multi-Touch interface."

The Iconfactory, a graphic design firm specializing in icons...

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Nov 16
MacTech releases Office for Mac 2011 benchmark results

"MacTech" has released the results of its extensive benchmark study of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. The goal was to see how well the new Office applications performed compared to Office 2008 and 2004 across a variety of configurations.  

The large suite of about 1000 tests was performed comparing the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The purpose of the testing and the article are to answer the questions "How well does Office for Mac 2011 run compared to Office 2008 and 2004?"

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for over 25 years. Our focus is to help those in the industry not only in making tough decisions, but with real-world answers. In this case, we wanted to help people understand how the new Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 performs," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "These tests clearly accomplished their goal and will aid decision makers in understanding what to expect out of Office 2011 compared to Office...

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Nov 16
QuarkXPress 8.5 available as a free update

Quark (http://www.quark.com) has released QuarkXPress 8.5, a free update to Quark’s graphic design and page layout software that is available to all QuarkXPress 8 users.

The updates in QuarkXPress 8.5 include support for Microsoft Word DOCX for the first time, updated and new PANTONE color libraries, an automatic software updater, and a number of resolved issues. In addition, the update resolves a number of user-reported issues.
 

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Nov 16
Loop Business Expo is Mac-oriented event in Orlando

The Loop Business Expo (http://loopbusinessexpo.com/?utm_source=max+event+invitations&utm_campai...) is a Mac-based event to be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Downtown Orlando Conference Center in Orlando, Florida.

The event will deliver a wealth of answers to questions spanning a wide spectrum of interests -- from medical, legal, real estate, creative and more -- says Terry Jarrell of Max Your Macs (http://www.maxyourmacsapple.com), a certified Apple and Mac consulting and training firm providing support to Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and all of Florida. PC users...

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Nov 16
Group Logic expands ExtremeZ-IP Product, announces Xserve...

Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com), a provider of digital content-driven solutions for collaboration in the enterprise and the cloud, has announced new enhancements to its ExtremeZ-IP family of products and services.

The latest release of ExtremeZ-IP, version 7.1, delivers expanded support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS).  In this latest release, Group Logic unveiled a new option for ExtremeZ-IP, called DFSConnect, that provides DFS file share support for organizations with Mac clients on Mac OS X 10.4 or later.  In addition, Group Logic announced a new suite of low-cost migration services for Apple Xserve customers looking to migrate to a Windows server environment in response to Apple’s end of life announcement.  
 


Microsoft DFS is widely used today and allows an organization to provide a single point of access to multiple file server resources. Until recently, Mac users...

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Nov 16
Elgato announces EyeTV Netstream Sat

Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has announced the new EyeTV Netstream Sat, a network tuner for free-to-view satellite TV in the European market. It streams the signal, live and in HD, from a satellite dish to any computer in the house.

It connects to your existing satellite feed and sends the TV signal through your router. If you have a Wi-Fi Network, even iPads can access standard definition channels from EyeTV Netstream Sat. This direct connection between the network tuner and an iOS4 device requires iOS 4.2 and the new version of the EyeTV app, (version 1.2 is available in the Apple App Store). This EyeTV app feature also works with the DVB-T version of the network tuner, EyeTV Netstream DTT. EyeTV Netstream Sat ships on Nov. 22 at a price of 199,95 Euro. A dual-tuner add-on is sold separately.

The newly announced version 1.2 of the EyeTV App enables both EyeTV Netstream Sat and EyeTV Netstream DTT...

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Nov 16
Mozy 2.0 promises more 'native-Mac' experience

Mozy -- the online backup service from EMC Corp. -- has announced Mozy 2.0 for Mac (http://www.mozy.com/mac-2). It sports improved features and a native-Mac experience, according to Russ Stockdale, vice president of Product Management for Mozy.

Mac users will now be able to enjoy faster upload speeds generated by optimized bandwidth usage and faster file scanning as well as pre-transfer processes, he says. Mozy 2.0 for Mac also has a new look and feel, offering a true native-Mac experience, Stockdale adds. And, in response to customer feedback, Mozy 2.0 for Mac also delivers greater visibility into which files are backed up, increasing transparency of the backup process.

Mozy 2.0 for Mac supports more advanced features for users who want even more control of the backup experience. Users can set advanced rules to automatically include or exclude specific types of data and adjust the rules as...

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Nov 16
'MacVoices' looks at vectors vs. pixels

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), graphics guru Deke McClelland is back in a bonus-length visit to talk about his new book, "Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One," his background with vector programs, and the differences between working with vectors vs. pixels.

He provides some real-world examples of the power of Illustrator, talks about when it is the right tool for the job, and how moving projects back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop lets you tap the strengths of both programs. McClelland also has Illustrator CS5 One-on-One Fundamentals video training available from lynda.com, and talks about how and why he took to video, the benefits of that format, and how he and lynda.com are hoping to continue improving it.

"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...

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Nov 16
Speck adds new cases for fourth gen iPod touch

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has rolled out more than a dozen cases for the fourth gen iPod touch.

They include three new CandyShell designs, four fabric-wrapped Fitted patterns, an updated PixelSkiin HD, the GeoMetric and the Fitted x Burton case. Prices range from US$29.95 to $39.95.

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Nov 16
New Drobo products unveiled

Data Robotics (http://www.drobo.com), or "Drobo," has unveiled its new Drobo S system, which leverages USB 3.0 technology. The company is also announcing the immediate availability of Drobo Sync, "the world’s easiest-to-use remote backup for small and medium-sized businesses."

Drobo Sync is available with the company’s new DroboPro FS system. All Drobo systems feature patented BeyondRAID technology, which enables greater ease-of-use, data safety, affordability, and expandability for organizations who rely on digital storage but who do not have deep storage expertise, according to Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi.

He says the Drobo S is currently the most expandable USB 3.0 product in the market, with "industry first" support for multiple storage volumes and capacity of up to 32TB and beyond. It features backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 systems.

Drobo Sync can purportedly be configured in just minutes...

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Nov 16
Prosecution: accused Apple manager 'should forfeit all...

Paul Devine, the Apple manager accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for company secrets, should forfeit all proceeds from his fraud, prosecutors said in a court filing -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-23/judge-sets-bail-for-apple-manag...?).

Devine, let out of jail with an US$440,000 lien against his mother’s home to help secure bail, must forfeit cash “derived from proceeds” of his fraud and money laundering, the U.S. argued in court documents. Prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of about $950,000 seized from as many as six different accounts, and a Porsche Cayenne, according to the Nov. 10 filing.

"Bloomberg" reports that Devine appeared in court today before U.S. District...

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Nov 16
Altec Lansing releases Octive Stage for the iPad, other iOS...

Altec Lansing (http://www.alteclansing.com) has introduced the US$149.95 Octiv Stage docking speaker system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Designed to y enhance center channel voicing for dialogue as well as stereo audio while playing and charging the device, it's is the first product from Altec Lansing designed to support the iPad.

The Octiv Stage allows users to dock and charge their iPad with the Apple 30-pin connector, while a 3.5mm auxiliary jack offers support for additional devices. Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment technology provides distinctive center channel voicing and enhanced stereo delivery for distortion-free performance even at full volume, says Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager.

What's more, the Octiv Stage features a rotating connection arm that allows the iPad to be viewed in both portrait and landscape positions. It offers a tilt screen for multiple viewing...

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Nov 16
Buffalo launches new USB storage solutions

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced the MiniStation Stealth and DriveStation Axis LED, two external drive solutions designed to meet today's storage consumer needs. The former is a portable storage solution; the latter is a single drive storage solution sporting a LED capacity meter display.

The MiniStation Stealth (pictured) is a compact portable hard drive that's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source. You can plug it into any available USB port on your Mac or PC computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. The MiniStation Stealth will be available later this month in the US market at an estimated street prices of US$74.99 for the 320GB model, $89.99 for the 500GB system and $104.99 for the 640GB version.

The DriveStation Axis LED is an external hard drive for the instant addition...

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