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Sep 20
Nuance launches Dragon Dictate for the Mac

Nuance Communication has unveiled Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0, the newest addition to the Dragon family of speech recognition products that includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon Mobile Apps. 

Dragon Dictate for Mac -- the first major desktop product for Mac OS X from the Dragon family following Nuance’s acquisition of MacSpeech earlier this year -- makes it easier than ever to create documents and emails, search the web, navigate the Mac desktop, and interact with popular Mac applications -- all by voice, says Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager for Dragon at Nuance.

Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 2.0, improves on the accuracy and performance of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, leveraging the new Dragon 11 engine, which also powers the recently-announced Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for the PC, he says. Dictate 2.0 offers a more streamlined set-up, revamped Mac user interface, and new voice commands for dictation, editing, navigation and...

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Sep 20
RunRev introduces LiveCode software development platform

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has debuted its updated software development platform LiveCode, a massive step forward in compile-free programming and a new deployment pack for iPhone/iPad development. The cross-platform solution offers deployment packs for the Web, desktop, server and additional mobile platforms starting at US$99.

Formerly the Revolution development environment, LiveCode enables real-time development with adaptations and modifications. LiveCode offers: compile-free coding; an English-like programming language; and cross platform development. It's a development platform that enables the creation of mobile applications, commercial software, enterprise IT solutions, in-house utilities, front ends, e-learning solutions and even school projects.

Following in the heels of the revised Apple developer guidelines, RunRev introduces the pre-release version of LiveCode Deployment Pack...

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Sep 20
Castle Vox game enters beta testing

Sillysoft Games (http://sillysoft.net/) says Castle Vox for Mac OS X and Windows has entered beta testing. The new simultaneous-turn strategy game will feature large maps with no player limit, teams, castles, and knights, reports Inside Mac Games.

Those who pre-order the game for US$12.20 will be able to participate in the beta test. Here's how the game is described:

"Castle Vox is a simultaneous-turns strategy game. Out-strategize your opponents on a variety of war maps. Board game fans will particularly enjoy Castle Vox, which mixes elements from both Diplomacy and Axis & Allies. Castle Vox includes maps spanning many eras and mythologies, such as the American Revolution, Hades, Japan, Napoleonic Wars, Native America, Outer Space, and the Roman Empire. The map editor lets players create their own boards. Multi-player modes allow both relaxed one-move-a-day games as well as...

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Sep 20
Share from Meeting is new screen sharing software

Hutchings Software has released Share from Meeting, screen sharing software optimized for meetings and presentations. It runs on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and uses bandwidth you already pay for to share screens with participants in your online meeting.

Participants can take turns presenting, whether they are on your local network or across the Internet. Besides being used for collaborative meetings, Share from Meeting is designed as a presentation tool for sales professionals and trainers. Sharing your screen lets you control the conversation, as participants need to watch in real time and can't jump ahead. S

Share from Meeting is a client/server solution, where the "server" is deployed at a home or office. The server runs on low-end Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems, such as netbooks and decommissioned desktops. The server owner customizes the "client" with connection information, a logo, and usage agreement.

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Sep 20
Everplay update for Mac OS X brings list mode, more

Snarb.tk has released Everplay 1.5 (http://snarb.co.uk/everplay.html), an update to the US$14.95 successor to their iTunes controller Cover Stream. The new version brings list mode, easy organizing of upcoming songs, library editing capabilities, improved full screen mode with Party Lock, and much more.

Everplay plays music from your iTunes music library as well as from Last FM online radio services. It lets you browse, search and play your iTunes music library and playlists in one Cover Flow window. All this without launching iTunes. Play count and other iTunes metadata is automatically updated as soon as iTunes is launched by Everplay's background daemon.

In addition to the standard media player features, Everplay also lets you create playlists on-the-fly using Everplay's song queuing feature (Jukebox mode). Other features not provided by iTunes include visual player...

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Sep 20
Mailplane for Mac OS X flies to version 2.2

Uncomplex gmbh has released Mailplane 2.2 ( http://mailplaneapp.com), a new version of the Google Mail client for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Gmail's Priority Inbox, improved attachment downloads, integrated Rapportive and TrueNew plug-ins and more.

Acting as a site specific web browser for Google's Gmail, Mailplane is a full fledged Mail client for the Desktop. It integrates the Gmail web interface into the Mac experience. It supports multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts and lets you switch between accounts without the need to sign in/sign out from the Gmail accounts.

With iLife integration, you can browse and attach files from your iPhoto and iTunes libraries. Downloads can be directly imported into iPhoto as well. The integrated screenshot tool lets you take and attach a window, screen or region.

You can drag and drop files and images on the dock application icon, or any...

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Sep 20
Cronette adds 'At Document Opening on Days' option

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4. A new "At Document Opening on Days" option allows a user to specify a task to be launched at document opening (or Cronette opening or Mac startup) if the day matches with the selected plan and for a specified maximum runs per day.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute...

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Sep 20
'MUG Event Calendar': Drobo, Final Cut, more

Several notable guests and events are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Macworld Senior Editor and MacNotable Christopher Breen will present to one California group, while just down the road, representatives of Data Robotics will show off the many faces of Drobo at another. Aaron Davis of Apple will be the featured presenter at a Maryland group, and a Final Cut Pro User Group will not only hold their monthly meeting one day, but will also hold an event at DV Expo the next night. Other topics up for discussion this week include Apple Mail, iWork, archiving and data sharing methods, Apple’s Motion, iChat, Skype and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems,...

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Sep 20
iPhone 4 coming to China on Sept. 25

Apple says the iPhone 4 will be available to customers in China beginning Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m. at Apple Retail Stores, including the new Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the new Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing opening on the same day.

The iPhone 4 will also be available on Saturday at China Unicom retail stores for qualified buyers with a new two year contract. It will have a suggested retail price of CNY4,999 for the 16GB model and CNY5,999 for 32GB model without a contract. At China Unicom stores, the iPhone 4 will be available for qualified buyers with a new two year contract, sold separately. For pricing and tariff information go to http://www.10010.com .

The new Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza is located at 282 Huaihai Zhong Road, Shanghai. The new Apple Store Xidan Joy City is located in the Joy City shopping center at 131 North Xidan Avenue, Beijing. For more information go...

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Sep 20
CoverScout update ready for iTunes 10

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has released CoverScout 3.3.2, an update of the software for completing album covers in iTunes. The upgrade is ready for iTunes 10.

The interface of CoverScout is based upon the principles of Cover Flow. Its interface lets you flip through your music library and find all their missing cover are. CoverScout scans your music library as soon as the application is launched showing all covered and uncovered tracks. It searches for appropriate cover art on the Internet, which it can automatically apply to entire albums or individual tracks.

CoverScout searches multiple music archives like Amazon, WalMart and Google Image Search simultaneously. It can also be adjusted to include additional search sources. In the integrated cover editor, each album cover can be edited with pixel precision, rotated, cropped, scaled and the colors can be adjusted. CoverScout even offers the...

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Sep 18
Taiwanese carriers don't have nearly enough iPhone 4s for...

Fans in Taiwan "who showered Apple with 200,000 pre-orders while the company’s carrier partners expect about one-quarter that number will be available there by year’s end," reports "iPhonetouch.Blorge" (http://iphonetouch.blorge.com/2010/09/17/apple-greets-200k-iphone-4-pre-...).

Although customers in the country ordered that many units, Apple’s three carrier partners -- Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone -- only had 1,800 units on hand when the iPhone 4 went on sale. What's more the carriers only expect 45,000 to 50,000 units will be allocated to Taiwan by the end of the calendar year, adds "iPhonetouch.Blorge."

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Sep 18
Keynote Theme Park releases 360 Elements, Nation Elements

Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com/) has released 360 Elements and Nation Elements Keynote themes. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

360 Elements, are looped QuickTime movies made with transparent background for use with OS X Keynote presentations. Each set includes isolated letters A-Z, 0-9 and six symbols centered within a ring that slowly rotate. Each set is available for immediate download for US$5.95 or four white or four black sets for $14.95 each.

Nation Elements are a matched collection of "clipart" type items for each nation of the world. Each nation slide includes the national flag, a flag version rendered in the reflective sphere, location maps that consist of up to six isolated elements (can be broken apart and customized to your needs). National border shapes that take a Keynote fill, stroke and shadow. Plus national...

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Sep 18
Einstein is NewtonOS running on other operating systems

Einstein (http://code.google.com/p/einstein/) is a platform developed by Paul Guyot to get the NewtonOS running on other operating systems. On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X and an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

It was written and released by Paul Guyot several years ago, but got a shot in the arm earlier this month when Matthias Melcher got it up and running on iOS and posted a video of himself running it on his iPhone, notes "Panic Blog" (http://www.panic.com/blog/2010/09/newton-never-dies/).

So what's a Newton? It was the first personal digital assistant proposed by then-Apple CEO John Sculley in 1987; the Newton project was initiated in 1990. The Newton prototype was announced two years later. In 1993 the Newton MessagePad was announced just...

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Sep 17
Sunday is Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrr, mateys, mark Sunday, Sept. 19, on your calendar. Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD). Though not exactly government sanctioned, it was launched in 1996 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) -- pictured -- who proclaimed Sept. 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

They came up with the idea during a racquetball game. You can read the history of the origin of ITLAPD at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/faq.html . What started as an inside joke between Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy has gained momentum. The holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day.
So what's the Apple connection. Steve Jobs is once reported to have said, "I'd...

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Sep 17
Dialectic telephony app gets 64-bit compatibility, more

JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (http://www.jonn8.com/dialectic/), a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.7. Among the new features are 64-bit compatibility, integration with Exchange, CardDAV, & LDAP accounts, and new or improved support for many devices and services including Aastra IP phones, MagicJack, and more.

Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book.

In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up...

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Sep 17
Apple, others in advanced talk with Justice Department

Several U.S. tech companies -- including Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit and Walt Disney's Pixar unit -- are in advanced talks with the Justice Department to avoid a court battle over whether they colluded to hold down wages by agreeing not to poach each other's employees, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870344060457549618252755267...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

The article says some companies more willing to settle to avoid an antitrust case than others. If negotiations falter, both sides could be headed for a defining court battle that could help decide the legality of such arrangements throughout the U.S. economy, notes the "Journal."

Spokespeople for Google, Apple,...

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Sep 17
iPad debuts to big crowds in China

The iPad officially went on sale in China Friday morning and hundreds of people lined up at Apple stores to be the first to get the tablet device. "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/china-ipad-lines-2010-9) says that "unlike in the other countries, Chinese consumers had to tough it out through a big rain storm to get their tablet at Apple's Beijing store."

The article says customers were in line for three days just waiting to get an iPad. That's the Wi-Fi model; the Wi-Fi plus 3G model isn't on sale in China yet. Yoou can see some photos of the Beijin store launch at the "Silicon Alley Insider" web site.

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Sep 17
European companies worried about Apple, Google 'Trojan...

French newspaper "Le Figaro" -- as noted by "Mobile Business Briefs" (http://www.mobilebusinessbriefing.com/article/orange-t-mobile-telefonica...) -- reports that Stephane Richard CEO of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices.

The talks are set to take place on Oct. 8 in Paris. "Mobile Business Briefs" says they're motivated by a view that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have become a “Trojan horse” for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain.

While operators globally have moved away from a closed...

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Sep 17
Info needed on ISP software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at ISP software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 22.

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 17
MacFlatplan is new Mac OS X pagination solution

Independent developer Heikki Ohvo has announced MacFlatplan 1.0 (http://www.heikkiohvo.com/en/ohje19.html) for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher, an US$39 pagination solution for magazines and other publications. The application enables the user to view a color-coded map of all the pages of their publication, providing a complete overview of the relative location, page number, and category of content of every page.

Page sizing is adjustable, print sections of a fixed number of pages may be specified, and page content may be color-coded by 1/4, 1/2, or full pages. While it's not a magazine desktop publishing program such as QuarkXpress or InDesign, MacFlatplan can be used to keep track of the order of finished pages and empty pages/space remaining. It can also provide an invaluable guide to the printer during pre-press planning, says Ohvo.

The application offers a variety...

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Sep 17
Apple shipping 27-inch Cinema Display

Apple is shipping its 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. It costs US$999.

Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is designed as a companion for the MacBook family or a Mac desktop. The screen uses the same 16:9 ratio panel as the 27-inch iMac.

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Sep 17
'DigiTimes': Second gen iPad coming in early 2011

Component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for the iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation Apple tablet, says "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100916PD215.html), quoting Taiwan-based component suppliers.

Apple is expected to launch the second-gen iPad in the first-quarter of 2011, the article says. Some folks had thought it might see the light of day in time for the holidays, but perhaps not.

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Sep 17
Metakine releases Hands Off! 0.9.1 for Mac OS X

Metakine has released Hands Off! (http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/) for Mac OS X 0.6.4 and higher. It's an US$19.95 application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks.

When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent, according to the folks at Metakine.

Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or erase information on your computer without your knowledge. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control disk access from all applications as to prevent them from obtaining confidential information, erasing your data or...

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Sep 17
Broken Sword games available at Macgamestore

Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com) has released adventure games, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Director's Cut and Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror for the Mac. They require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and cost US$9.95 each.

Here's how the games are described: "George Stobbart is an American tourist on holiday in Paris in the autumn. The story opens with George's quiet coffee at a cafe rudely interrupted by the explosion of a bomb planted by a man dressed up as a clown. He sets off investigating the explosion and, gradually, he and photo-journalist Nico Collard are drawn into a globe-trotting adventure involving conspiracies, cults and murder, all revolving around the Knights Templar.

"Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror was originally released in 1997 and opens with George Stobbart witnessing the kidnapping of his now girlfriend Nico Collard. It is up to George to break Nico...

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Sep 17
Rowmote Pro update for Mac OS X adds three, four finger support

Regular Rate and Rhythm Software have announced Rowmote Pro 3.2 (http://rowmote.com), an update to the $4.99 remote control solution for Mac OS X and Apple TV. The upgrade adds three and four finger gestures support.

Rowmote Pro emulates the Apple hardware remote control. It controls and switches between over twenty popular applications, from music applications like iTunes and PandoraJam to video players such as DVD Player, Hulu Desktop, Plex, and Front Row, to presentation tools such as Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote.

In addition, Rowmote Pro allows complete control over the Mac with its trackpad and optional keyboard. It supports landscape full-screen mode, two finger scrolling and right clicking, dragging, and accented and international characters. These remote control facilities have been enhanced with the 2.0 release to boast native to near-native speeds, according to the folks at Regular Rate...

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