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Sep 04
Ping users top one million in first 48 hours

Apple says that in less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users have joined Ping, its new social network for music which lets users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.”

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, U2, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma and more, to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.

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Sep 03
Android continues to gain in mobile OS market share

Android continues to put in a powerful performance as measured by the share of mobile web consumption attributable to devices running Google's operating system, as reported by the Quantcast (http://blog.quantcast.com/) research group. It's also catching up to iOS in OS share of mobile web consumption in the US (though it still has a ways to go to catch up).

In August Android took share from every corner of the market, putting in its best month share gain since November 2009. According to Quantcast, iOS has gone from about 68% of the market to 56% since May. In that time period, the Android has brown from less than 10% to 25%.

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Sep 03
Color Converter upgrade can resize pictures

Economy-x-Talk has released Color Converter 3.0 (http://www.color-converter.com), an update of the color conversion tool for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. This tool encodes color values from and to any of the following color spaces: CMYK, H.Lab, HEX/HTML, HSV, RAL, RGB, XYZ and X11 Color Names. Additionally, it provides an RGB-based brightness value.

Color Converter can also analyze any area of your (primary) screen and display a color histogram based on the results of the analysis. A long list of X11 color names can be searched and color names can be converted to all other color spaces with a click of the mouse. With the release of Color Converter 3, Economy-x-Talk has added the ability to resize pictures.

Color Converter 3 is free a free update for current license holders of Color Converter 2. For new users the cost is just over US$10.

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Sep 03
Info needed on server security software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at retail management apps for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Sep 03
Digitimes Research: Apple to ship 20 million iPods by end of...

"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100903PD214.html) says that "market watchers" forecast that manufacturer Quanta will ship more than 10 million iPad touches for Apple by the end of 2010, "helping to ease the company's lower-than-expected sales of notebook products."

Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo predicts that overall iPod shipments will reach 20 million units with the iPod touch to account for more than 55% of that total. He thinks that the iPod nano and shuffle will each ship 20% and remaining 5% will be iPod classics.

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Sep 03
Apple posts web site for iOS 4.2 for iPad

Apple has posted a web page (http://www.apple.com/ipad/software-update/) for the iPad version of iOS 4.2, which is coming in November.

"iOS 4 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. And soon iPad owners will get to enjoy its 100+ new features and innovations -- including multitasking, folders, printing, and more," says Apple.

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Sep 03
FaceBook blocking Ping?

"All Things D" (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20100902/facebook-blocked-api-access-to-ping-...) reports that, according to "sources familiar with Facebook’s platform," the site has essentially denied Apple’s Ping access to application programming interfaces (APIs) that would allow it to search for an iTunes user’s friends on Facebook who also had signed up for Ping, Apple's new social music network that's part of iTunes 10.

Normally, this API access is open and does not require permission. That is, per "All Things D," unless some entity wants to access it a lot. In that case, Facebook requires an agreement for reasons primarily centered on protection of Facebook user data...

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Sep 03
SageTV releases SageTV HD Theater 300

SageTV (http://www.sagetv.com) has released SageTV HD Theater 300 for US$149.95. It's a networked media player that lets you enjoy virtually any home video, music or photo from your home network in Full HD on your HDTV.

You can also search, browse and play internet video from YouTube and many other popular online video services on the SageTV HD Theater 300. It supports the latest HD audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD/MA for bitstreaming to your HDMI 1.3 receiver as well as two channel decoding to provide full audio support on all TVs in your home.

Setup with the SageTV HD Theater 300 involves connecting it to your HDTV and connecting to your home network. If you don‘t have a home network near the TV, the optional USB wireless adapter ($29.95) can be used -- or any USB storage will work as well. Any NAS with Mac or Windows compatible networking or UPnP can also be used with the SageTV HD...

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Sep 03
Revolution Software releases Broken Sword for the Mac

Revolution Software has released the "director's cut" of Broken Sword: Shadows of hte Templars, an adventure game for the Mac and PC. It's available for download at http://store.steampowered.com/app/57640/ for US$9.99, and a retail version, to be published by Mastertronic, will follow.

Here's how the game is described: "Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut, is an update to one of the most popular adventures ever written, and boasts an all-new story arc woven into the original plot. With new facial animations drawn by Dave Gibbons (co-creator of Watchmen), enhanced graphics and audio, a context-sensitive help system designed for those stumped by the game’s ingenious puzzles, new mini-games and puzzles, and a new perspective on one of gaming’s most celebrated plots, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut is an essential adventure for...

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Sep 03
iPhone Max is new iPhone 4 'manager'

4Media has launched 4Media iPhone Max (http://www.mp4converter.net/iphone-max-win.html), an "iPhone Manager" for the iPhone 4 "without the restrictions and limitations of iTunes."

It's a free-to-try iPhone movies and music manager that supports transfer, convert, backup, copy, rip, and manage any format of movie, music and image between the iPhone 4, computer and iTunes. It also lets you rip CDs/DVDs, DVD folders and ISO images to the iPhone.

You can even use your iPhone as a portable hard disk. This converter offers you to create a new playlist or a new photo album, edit song tags, check and search files. It supports iTunes 9.2, iPhone 4 and iOS 4. Registration is US$49.99.

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Sep 03
ShareTool update delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the...

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.1.1. The upgrade delivers  iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.1.1 costs US$25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Registered ShareTool 1.x users can upgrade to ShareTool 2.x for the reduced price of $15 (for two licenses).

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Sep 03
PC World launches ‘iPad Media Streaming’

PC World has launched an iPad Media Streaming service. Designed in collaboration with Livedrive, it allows iPad owners to store 100GB of media and data online. This can then be accessed and played through live streaming via a 3G or Wi-Fi network, all for £39.99 per year.
 
The launch of the service comes hot on the heels of the Meet iPad service. Available as a consultation in-store, the UK service has seen thousands of iPad owners booking one to one consultations with Apple trained expert store staff to get expert advice on setting up and using the iPad to its fullest capability.
 
Available to buy at PC World stores throughout the UK, the iPad Media Streaming lets you back up the majority of your media and data files from your Mac or PC online and then lets you access them remotely through your iPad, effectively increasing its hard drive by a further 100GB.
 
This service allows you to live stream your music, videos and photos direct from your...

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Sep 03
Chronicle for Mac OS X update adds income tracking

LittleFin Software has released Chronicle 3.4 (http://www.littlefin.com/chronicle.html), an update to their home finance and bill paying application for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the ability to track income and compare it to bill spending.

Chronicle provides a graphical means to enter and track finances. Features include: automatic bill paying reminder; long-term debt tracking; database of payments and receipts; graphs and reports which analyze trends and averages; and a sortable list of upcoming bills which can be paid on-line from within the app.

In addition, Chronicle analyzes payments by month and year and displays the information graphically. It also averages payments so it is easier to budget for bills that fluctuate, like utilities or credit cards. Finally, the sortable overview screen displays at a glance when each bill is due. Colorful icons indicate when a...

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Sep 03
LaCie spawns the MosKeyto USB key

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has spawned a new breed of USB key: the LaCie MosKeyto, a small flash drive that measures less than 20mm and weighs 10 grams. It comes in capacities up to 16GB with pricing starting at US$17.99 for a 4GB model.



The MosKeyto is so small it can even travel with the computer in a protective sleeve or briefcase, according to Alexis Kobassian, accessories product manager, LaCie. Because it lies flush against your device, there's no risk of damage to the port, computer or key if the drive is knocked or bumped, he adds.



Outfitted in s black plastic, the MosKeyto is also equipped with a durable nylon strap to attach to an accessible key ring and a cap to protect its USB connector. Additionally, LaCie has integrated an extra 4GB secure online storage from Wuala into the MosKeyto.

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Sep 03
SoniVox unveils Vocalizer, a vocal production synthesizer

SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) is offering a pre-release preview complete with MP3 and video examples of the first instrument from their new Nemesyth Audio Research Group, Vocalizer. It's a vocal production synthesizer.

Vocalizer couples a new technology synthesis engine with an open input based architecture. It's one part effect plug-in and one part virtual instrument, according to the folks at SoniVox. Vocalists, non-vocalists, and producers feed Vocalizer any audio source, and it re-pitches, effects, and re-synthesizes the original source into a whole new sound.

Primarily designed for vocal use, vocalists will enjoy the vast options afforded by Vocalizer to add previously unattainable dimensions to their voice, says the gang at SoniVox. Inversely, non-vocalists will enjoy the opportunity to use their voices in musical ways that they previously thought impossible, they add.

Vocalizer...

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Sep 03
Native Instruments releases five new instruments and effects

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has released five products that further extend its versatile Komplete Instruments and Effects range.

The new products include the modal synthesizer Reaktor Prism (US$79), the studio reverb Reflektor ($119), the organ emulation Vintage Organs ($119), the effect suite Traktor's 12 ($79) and the amp emulation Rammfire ($59). All products are based on the technology of Kontakt, Reaktor and Guitar Rig, and can be used both within the full versions and the free Player versions of these instruments.

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Sep 03
JABMenu for Mac OS X gets support for networked sources

JNSoftware (http://www.jonn8.com/) has updated JABMenu, a tool for utilizing your Mac OS X Address Book data through a system-wide menu, to version 2.5. The new version adds support for networked sources (i.e., Exchange and CardDAV servers) and improved flexibility in acting on contact data through enhanced scripting support.

JABMenu also adds an option to toggle related groups in the "Groups" submenu for the contacts specified in the contact source preference. Additionally, the upgrade adds a menu item to clear the data cache without having to open the preferences window and help buttons in the preferences window.

JABMenu provides access to your contacts' phone numbers, email, instant messaging, and postal addresses, URLs, and notes. Selecting a menu item can trigger an action such as displaying it in large type, copying it to the clipboard, creating a new email message, dialing the phone, or showing...

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Sep 03
FileWave revved to version 4.1

FileWave (http://www.filewave.com), which makes system lifecycle management, has released version 4.1 of their self-titled management suite: FileWave.

New features include the ability to place bandwidth limitations on clients, search across your entire repository of Filesets for any specific file, create smart groups based on ip addresses and subnets, and generate client group memberships based on those of another system.

FileWave is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. A demo is available for download. Contact the company for pricing options.

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Sep 02
Realmac releases Courier for Mac OS X

Realmac has released Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/), an US19.95 (for a limited time) tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and a 64-bit Mac.

To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube.

Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file.

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Sep 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 2

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/).

Hairy Monster Studios has announced Roll Em Hoops HD 1.0, their latest game made exclusively for the iPad. The US$1.99 game combines Skee-Ball like play with the classic basketball shooting games. You flick your finger to roll the ball up the alley into one of five hoops racking up points and unlocking bonus levels such as Rainbow Jumpers, COW, We've Got Spirit and Bombs Away.

Hashsoft has released myPill 1.0, their first app for iOS devices. It's an $1.99 app that helps women who are taking birth control pills to track their pills pack, remember to take daily pill and plan future events, track history and more. myPill's icon badge indicates how many pills are left at the pack, or alternatively how many days left until the period start. Users are...

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Sep 02
SD Association reveals new memory card design

The SD Association (http://www.sdcard.org) has defined a new, dual-row pin memory card design achieving bus interface speeds of up to 300MB per second for SDXC and SDHC devices and memory cards. It's fully backwards compatible, allowing equipped devices full use of any SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.  

New high speed interface signals will be assigned on the second row of pins of select SDXC and SDHC memory cards offering the new speed. This option will be available in both full-size and micro form factors and does not change the physical size or shape of the cards. This design will be part of the forthcoming SD 4.0 specification, expected in early 2011.  

At IFA, the Association is displaying new products based on SDXC, its latest standard. Attendees will see more than 40 products from 18 different global brands including memory cards, HD digital cameras, HD video cameras, HD televisions, e-books, card...

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Sep 02
Macsimum Poll: what was the most exciting new Apple announcement?

Apple has announced several revamped products at a Sept. 1 special event, and we want to know which one you're the most excited about. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you felt there was a need for a 7-inch iPad. Fifty-two percent of you said "no, the current one is perfect," 37% want an even bigger model than the 9.7-incher and 30% said the present iPad is too big.

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Sep 02
Quark, Snap launch private label version of QuarkPromote.com

Quark has launched the first private-label version of QuarkPromote.com with Snap, aprinting franchise in Australia.

Called Snap Promote, the new service from Snap leverages the technology behind QuarkPromote.com to offer small businesses in Australia an easy and affordable way to create and print marketing material using professionally-designed templates for business cards, postcards, tri-fold brochures, flyers, and more, says Grant Vernon, CEO of Snap.
 
There are a number of ways printers can work with QuarkPromote.com. Franchise and independent printers in the United States can join the QuarkPromote.com network of printers to send customers to their store specifically or to participate as a prints-by-mail provider. Independent printers and print franchises around the world who are interested in private-label opportunities with QuarkPromote.com for their own markets should contact Cyndie Shaffstall at cshaffstall@quark....

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Sep 02
NewerTech announces seven-port USB hub

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced a $27.95 Seven Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub for connecting and powering up to seven USB devices simultaneously to a Mac or PC. It delivers the required 500mA of power to each of the seven industry standard USB ports to eliminate device disconnection commonly experienced by typical underpowered hubs, the company says.

It's designed for powering multiple desktop accessories like external drives, scanners, printers, optical drives, and digital cameras. The NewerTech Seven Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub also offers access to temporary devices like thumb drives, media readers, and even USB chargeable devices like iPods and iPhones.

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Sep 02
Deutsche Telekom to lose iPhone exclusivity in Germany?

Deutsche Telekom AG will lose exclusivity for the iPhone in Germany ahead of the l Christmas holiday shopping season, bringing the number of providers who sell the popular device in the country to three, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870420680457546725283446376...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

In addition to Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group PLC and Telefonica SA's O2 will sell the iPhone, the people said. One said that deals haven't been finalized yet but negotiations are in a advanced stage. Deutsche Telekom's exclusive rights to sell the device haven't been extended and could end as early as October, posing a threat to growth in its home market.

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