MacNews Latest News
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

MacNews Latest News

Feb 17
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.1

SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.1. A free update for registered users of version 4.0, it's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.

FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.


FoldersSynchronizer lets you...

| Read more »
Feb 17
SugoiSoft brings Jisho to the Mac App Store

SugoiSoft has made its debut on the Mac App Store with the release of its flagship Japanese English dictionary, Jisho 4.1. This is purportedly the first Japanese English dictionary available on the Mac App Store not designed for native speakers of Japanese.

Jisho supports searching in multiple languages including: Japanese, English, German, Russian, and French. It also has the ability to convert the Japanese phonetic script hiragana, and Katakana to Roman letters making it easier for beginners to pronounce and read Japanese. Lists of words can also be made within the application so users can track forgotten words or any other vocabulary they choose.

Jisho 4.1 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$20. A full trial and direct purchase version of Jisho is also available for direct download from the Sugoi Software web site (http://www.sugoisoft.com).

| Read more »
Feb 17
Class on Demand offers Pinnacle Studio training

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15."

Developed in conjunction with Avid, the new course instructs users how to leverage both Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 to create HD movies and video with effects, transitions, and more. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering instruction on its integrated tools and his own tips-and-tricks.

The new Class on Demand Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 is priced at $49.99 and is available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery formats from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net/media/pinnacle-training/studio14and15.aspx).

| Read more »
Feb 17
'YML' looks at iPhone rumors, digital subscriptions

This week's episode of "Your Mac Life" looks at the latest iPhone rumors and Apple's digital magazine subscription policy.

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.

| Read more »
Feb 16
Apple, others looking for international tax amnesty

A group of tech, pharmaceutical and energy giants -- including Apple -- is readying a major lobbying blitz for a tax holiday that would allow them to bring home the estimated $1 trillion they've got parked overseas at a steeply discounted rate, according to "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/kY9Zo).

Quoting "sources close to the effort," the article says Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Duke Energy and Pfizer are among the major players looking to bankroll a coordinated, sustained pitch to sell policymakers on the idea. Their goal: win a one-year tax amnesty on their foreign earnings, allowing them to repatriate that money at a tax rate of about 5%, instead of the 35% they face now.

The push is timed to coincide with the start of a debate on an overhaul of the corporate tax code, and the companies are hoping to include the holiday in any reform package that moves forward, says "Fortune." However, if the broader reform...

| Read more »
Feb 16
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 16

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

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has announced “App Editions” of feature films “Inception” and “The Dark Knight,” giving consumers a new way to own special edition movies with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The “Inception: App Edition” and “The Dark Knight: App Edition” are now available on the App Store. 

The free App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards.  The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the app. 

Neon Play has...

| Read more »
Feb 16
Quark holding special online event Feb. 23


On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Quark is hosting a special online event to make a "significant, product-related announcement."

Members of the press are receiving instructions on how to register for the event. No other details have been offered.

| Read more »
Feb 16
MobileMe to get live video streaming, location-based check-in,...

According to an exclusive report (http://macte.ch/YtK8H) by "Cult of Mac," Apple's MobileMe is in for bigger changes than anyone has anticipated. MobileMe is Apple's US$99-per-year, subscription suite of Internet services.


Rumors have abounded this week that Apple would be soon offer the service for free, perhaps in conjunction with a "streaming only" iPhone that would lack internal storage of any sort. (I'm dubious; see http://www.macnews.com/2011/02/16/cloud-not-entirely-not-ever). Now "Cult of Mac," quoting an unnamed source, says that, among the chances planned for MobileMe, are:

° A live video-streaming service like Ustream;

° A location-based check-in system like Gowalla or Foursquare;

° A geo-tagging system codenamed “Tokens” that tags...

| Read more »
Feb 16
iPads propel Apple past HP to top mobile computer position

Surging iPad shipments propelled Apple to a 17.2% share of worldwide mobile pesonal computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 (Q4’10), placing Apple at the top of the DisplaySearch market share ranking.

According to preliminary results from the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report," Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet computers combined, nearly a million more units than HP in Q4’10. While Apple’s iPad is benefiting from a first-mover advantage, particularly in mature markets, its notebook computer shipment growth rate continues to exceed the industry average.

“While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate,” says Richard Shim, Senior Analyst at the DisplaySearch (...

| Read more »
Feb 16
Apple's notebook shipments should remain strong

Apple is expected to see its notebook shipments remain strong in the first quarter of 2011 since Intel's defective chip incident didn't impact the company, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/7nEbB), quoting unnamed "sources from retail channel vendors."

Those sources says that because Apple's products have high ASPs [average selling prices], even if the company is slow in upgrading its products to the latest platform, it won't see a significant impact on its pricing or gross margins. Apple's shipments in January reached the company's expectations, and the company is reportedly planning to increase its orders for the first quarter, says "DigiTimes."

According to the IDC research group, Apple shipped approximately 2.86 million laptops in the fourth quarter of 2010. That's up 34.2% year-over-year.

| Read more »
Feb 16
Android market outpacing Apple App Store in growth?

Lookout (http://www.mylookout.com), a company that specializes in smartphone security, has released the findings of its second App Genome Report, based on an analysis of over 500,000 mobile apps across different device platforms and app markets. Results indicate that the Android Market is maturing, with the rapid addition of apps and increased proportion of paid apps.

In addition, Lookout analyzed specific alternative app markets and found that while these markets increase users’ access to apps, some also have a higher number of apps that could be repackaged with malware or illegitimate ad code.

Results show that the Android Market is growing at a rate nearly three times faster than the Apple App Store. Lookout found that the number of apps available in the Android Market increased approximately 127% since August 2010, while the Apple App Store grew at a rate of 44% during the same period.

... | Read more »
Feb 16
AT&T head wants universal app store for smartphones

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson says he's frustrated with the way applications are sold to smartphone users and thinks customers should be able to buy an application once and have it work across many different devices, reports "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/imDCY).

As an alternative to today's most popular application stores, such as the Apple App Store, Stephenson touted an emerging system that lets carriers like AT&T sells apps directly to users, the article adds. He likes a new standard for web software, HTML 5, which will allow applications to run on different devices, and the Wholesale Applications Community (or WAC), which launched Monday.

"You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again," Stephenson said in a keynote speech at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "That's not how our customers expect to...

| Read more »
Feb 16
MagicWand connects Magic Trackpad to Apple Wireless keyboard

Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced MagicWand, an US$29.99 accessory that connects the Apple Magic Trackpad to the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

With MagicWand in place, Mac users can fully utilize Apple’s multi-touch gesture technology with an iMac, MacBook or Mac home theater setup, says Andrew Green, creative director of Twelve South. The MagicWand has a special “H” beam to create a stable, portable input device you can use at a desk or on your lap, he adds.

To set up, you snap your keyboard into one end of MagicWand, and your Trackpad into the other. The Trackpad can be positioned on either side of the keyboard, for right or left-hand use.

No more balancing a keyboard on one knee and Trackpad on the other while working from the couch, something those who have a Mac home theater setup will really appreciate, says Green. For added control in the office, MagicWand can...

| Read more »
Feb 16
VintageScene comes to the Mac App Store

JixiPix says VintageScene 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), a retro photography application, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$7.99 and is available in the Graphics & Design category.

VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more.

With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save...

| Read more »
Feb 16
Bubble Breaker is new puzzle game for your Mac

Mayan Software has leased Bubble Breaker (http://www.mayansoftware.com/bubblebreaker/) on the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is found in the Games category.

In the game the goal is to burst as many connected bubbles as you can, plan your moves wisely and push yourself to the top of the global leader board. Bubble Breaker comes with three game modes, and includes customizable features.

In casual mode, you play along and pass each level by scoring as much as you can. In classic mode, you test your skills on how much can you score with only one board of bubbles. In Zen mode, you're supposed to be calm, take your time and rule the leader board.

| Read more »
Feb 16
Next MacBUS meeting looks back at Macworld 2011

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation by MacBUS members Ben Romney, Linda McNeil, and Mark Bazrod, who will highlight the latest gadgets, deals, and tech trends from the 2011 Macworld Expo. In addition, Ben Romney will explain how to successfully implement a paperless workspace.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

This month's meeting will feature a demonstration of Dimdim, a virtual meeting hosting service.  A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

...

| Read more »
Feb 16
Study: iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app...

According to data collected in January from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network, iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app users. And utility app users have a higher value than game and entertainment app users.

Mobclix found that advertising on iOS devices were more effective than advertising on Android devices, sometimes yielding double the revenue or more. This makes iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users more "valuable" to developers and advertisers.

According to Moblclix, average revenue is defined as monthly revenue/unique users per month. Apps with 500k+ downloads and/or 75k+ daily active users were used for calculation purposes. Apps spent an average of two weeks in their categories' "Top 10" listing and are free apps

Value is based only on advertising revenues. An active user is defined as a usage of three times a week for a minimum of five minutes.

| Read more »
Feb 16
Sales of Verizon iPhones below expectations?

Initial sales of the Verizon iPhone 4 have failed to meet the expectations of both Apple and Verizon, says the "Boy Genius Report web site (http://macte.ch/eruFX), quoting unnamed sources.

The article says data from five Apple stores show that Verizon iPhone 4 sales for its first five days of availability were significantly lower than for the debut of the AT&T iPhone 4 over the same period of time.

"Additionally, we have been told that online pre-orders between Verizon and Apple amounted to around 550,000 units," says "BGR." "We also have some statistics on who’s buying Verizon iPhones to share with you: 30% of people buying Verizon iPhones were Android users, just over 25% of people buying iPhone 4 were BlackBerry users, and only 14% of people buying the Verizon iPhone were AT&T iPhone owners. The remaining percent didn’t want to say, didn’t have a smartphone, or didn’t have a phone prior to...

| Read more »
Feb 16
Crimsonworld game released for Mac OS X

Crimsonworld is a new Mac OS X game available exclusively in the Mac App Store. It costs US$1.99.

Here's how the game is described: "CrimsonWorld is an intense shooter with loads of beasts and loads of weaponry to fight them. Watch the action from an overhead perspective as you fight off teeming alien hordes on various desolate landscapes. Progressively upgrade weapons to do away with your foes more effectively, splattering blood, bones, and innards in your wake."

Crimsonworld has 25 unique locations, 12 types of weapons and lots of monsters. A demo is available at http://www.gamepro.com .

| Read more »
Feb 16
foxLTMv2 is wireless, portable speaker for the iPad

Soundmatters (http://www.soundmatters.com) is delivering foxLv2 Bluetooth, a wireless, portable speaker for the iPad. The US$199 speaker measures 5.6 x 2.2 x 1.5 inches.


The foxLv2 boasts eight hours of rechargeable battery-time, and features a full range of audio output from 80Hz-20kHz. It features patented dual 1-inch Linear Magnetic Drive “Twoofers," patented “BassBattery” technology that turns the battery into a woofer for deeper bass, and a “DomeForward”driver alignment and high-transparency acoustic grill .

The foxLv2 has a built-in, noise canceling microphone and supports Bluetooth music streaming. It even shows up in the iPad’s AirPlay menu.

| Read more »
Feb 16
Noise Industries releases free barcode generation plug-in

Noise Industries says their development partner, Yanobox, has released Barcode, a free barcode plug-in powered by the FxFactory platform.

The new Barcode generator boasts adjustable parameters that allow users to replicate the EAN-13 encoding of the universal barcode, as well as take the symbol to a whole new level with custom color modes, random digitization options, and more. Barcode supports the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects.

Barcode is offered as a free plug-in via the Noise Industries and Yanobox web sites. To download the Barcode freebie, go to http://www.yanobox.com/Barcode .  

FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29. FxFactory products can be purchased via the Noise Industries website (...

| Read more »
Feb 16
CopyPaste Pro 3.0 adds search-through clips feature, more

Plum Amazing has updated CopyPaste Pro (http://plumamazing.com/mac/copypaste/), a multiple clipboard utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. 

Macs come with only one clipboard; every time you make a new copy all previous clip info is lost. CopyPaste Pro changes that because it works in the background and remembers all copies and cuts creating a "Clip History." The "Clip Archive" is the place in CopyPaste Pro where permanent clips are kept. 

CopyPaste Pro 3 adds a search-through clips feature for the History and Archives, so you can find anything in any clip. Also new is a Clip Revolver feature. Actually, this feature existed in a much older version of CopyPaste. Users requested it so Plum Amazing has brought it back.

This is how it works: turn Clip Revolver on in the preferences and then command-option-v pastes and empties the last clipboard. This can be set in the...

| Read more »
Feb 16
LifeSize video center introduces mobile HD video streaming

LifeSize (http://www.lifesize.com) has announced HD video content streaming on mobile devices using LifeSize Video Center. Now organizations can use HD video streaming, recording and auto-publishing to make video content available to teams working remotely on mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

The latest version of LifeSize Video Center helps organizations address the need for workers to have mobile access to live and on-demand video content such as executive updates, business presentations, sales meetings, training sessions, lectures and data, according to the folks at LifeSize. Users can access live and on-demand HD video content not only on a PC, but on a variety of devices, including an iPod, iPhone or iPad connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. Videos are accessed through the native web browser, which requires no additional software installation.

LifeSize Video Center now features...

| Read more »
Feb 16
SRS iWOW 3D audio adapter for iOS shipping

SRS Labs says the SRS iWOW 3D is now shipping and is available from SRS Labs’ online store and select online retailers. It's designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iPod nano to deliver an immersive, high fidelity audio experience, says Allen Gharapetian, vice president of Marketing for SRS Labs.

The SRS iWOW 3D is housed in a slim, sleek gloss black enclosure that features an extended line-out headphone jack at one end, while the other end is designed to connect to the standard 30-pin connector of an iPad, iPhone or iPod. The SRS iWOW 3D is available in two models: the premium iWOW-3DHF model and the base iWOW-3D model. Both models feature the new SRS iWOW 3D audio enhancement adaptor but in different package configurations.

Five interchangeable color faceplates create a personalized appeal (HF model only). Custom-designed in-ear earbuds are designed to further enhance the SRS iWOW 3D experience (HF model only), according to Gharapetian.

...

| Read more »
Feb 16
AJA, Avid partner to deliver Full Video I/O in Avid Media...

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has added support for Io Express in Avid Media Composer 5.5 and Avid NewsCutter 9.5. AJA Io Express delivers a portable video I/O solution offering HD/SD capture, monitoring and output in Avid Media Composer 5.5.

AJA Io Express with Avid Media Composer 5.5 will be showcased at the AJA stand at the Broadcast Video Expo (D20) in London from Feb. 15-17. Paul Foeckler, vice president, Creative Professionals, Avid Technology, says key features of Avid Media Composer 5.5 workflow with AJA Io Express: HD/SD-SDI input/output; HDMI 1.3a input/output with Deep Color support at 30 bits per pixel; HD/SD Component video output; 10-bit HD to SD hardware downconvert; RS422 support, 2-channel RCA audio output; ExpressCard-34 and PCIe interfaces available for laptop or desktop use; small, portable design including standard 4-pin XLR power connector.

Media Composer 5.5 supports a variety...

| Read more »
 
AAPL
$99.86
Apple Inc.
-0.49
GOOG
$735.72
Alphabet Inc.
+3.06
MSFT
$53.00
Microsoft Corporation
+0.68
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Warcher Defenders (Games)
Warcher Defenders 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Warcher Defenders is a tiny castle defense action RPG with a very unique and challenging gameplay!Join this epic archery adventure (with lots of weapons and spells) and fight lots of enemy hordes to defend the towers in the... | Read more »
The best value players on UEFA EURO 2016...
With Euro 2016 kicking off on June 10th, time's running out to pick your 15-man fantasy squad in UEFA EURO 2016 Fantasy. [Read more] | Read more »
How to become the ultimate robot warrior...
Chrono Strike is a delightfully immersive beat ‘em up with a sense of humor (any game with a good Sims reference gets points in my book). [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a higher score in...
Snow Roll is a devilish endless runner very much in the vein of Flappy Bird. It revels in its dastardly level of difficulty, and doesn’t really care how angry you get at it as it knows you’ll keep coming back for more. [Read more] | Read more »
How to win big in Slots Deluxe
Cheating while gambling is illegal and morally wrong, and in some parts of the world it leads to men with names like Vinnie "Six Knuckles" Manchenzo beating you to a pulp in a dark alley. [Read more] | Read more »
How to take over the world in Dictator 2
Running a country isn't easy - especially when you're a dictator who wants to take over the world and crush everyone in your path while you do it. [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a higher score in...
Tank.iois - you guessed it! - another multiplayer arena battler likeAgar.io and Slither.io. It does differentiate itself by putting you in a tiny tank though, so it's not exactly the same. To help you get that all-important high score, we've got a few tips and tricks for you. [Read more] | Read more »
How to unlock characters in One Tap Tenn...
As the title suggests, One Tap Tennis requires only a single tap to play its particular brand of tennis, and rewards you with a ton of unlockable characters if you perform well. Fortunately for you, we at 148Apps have got a few tips and tricks to help get you up to speed. [Read more] | Read more »
Grab it now: Game Craft’s Legend of War...
The real time strategy game is now available for you to sink your teeth into, through the App Store and Google Play. Combining elements of skill, strategy and empire building, Legend of War is a real gamers’ game. [Read more] | Read more »
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka (Gam...
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Skateboard Party is back! This third edition of the popular sports franchise features professional skater Greg Lutzka. Skateboard Party 3 brings the thrill of skateboarding to your mobile device! Hop on your... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.