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Feb 15
Zevrix releases BatchOutput PPT 2.0

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PPT 2.0, an update to the output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated PDF production directly from PowerPoint. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with PowerPoint 2011.

BatchOutput PPT 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix web site, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput PPT runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 and 2011.

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Feb 15
Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 released for FileMaker Pro 11

Troi Automatisering has releasesd Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 11. Troi File Plug-in is a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database.

Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Version 5.0.2 is a maintenance update that includes these bug fixes and improvements.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11.

The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Developer licenses...

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Feb 15
New Outlook add-in synchronizes multiple, sub-folders with...

Most iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows smartphone users find synchronizing their personal Outlook calendar Exchange ActiveSync easy to do, but encounter barriers with public or group calendars and tasks as these are stored in public folders -- and “Exchange” doesn't support public folders synchronization.

Motivated by business users or those who have a family who often share tasks, content or calendars, for which Outlook creates these non-sync public folders, Somebytes Software Developer (http://www.somebytes.net/1-1-Home.html) has released OLMixedFolders to resolve this problem. It allows users to synchronize different Outlook folders through a personal profile.

Outlook users with more than one address folders (e.g. one for business contacts one for personal contacts) will usually find that their cellular phone will only synchronize one folder. In that case...

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Feb 14
Apple releases 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report (http://macte.ch/8FRoY), an annual report that looks at how well its suppliers are -- or are not -- adhering to its code of conduct.

Apple requires suppliers to commit to a Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business.

The code specifies everything from fair hiring practices and work-hour limits to safe working conditions. To monitor compliance, Apple conducts onsite audits, approves corrective action plans, and verifies implementation. As a result, "worker protections and factory conditions have improved at many facilities throughout Apple’s supply base," the company says.

"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made," Apple says. "We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally...

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Feb 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 14

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

AnyBizSoft has announced PDF Reader for iPad. The free app can help users read and manage PDF eBooks on the Apple tablet.

Dan Tullis has released Word Mend 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 word puzzle/jumble game designed for gamers of all ages. There are over 11,000 jumbled words that you can rearrange in as little as one second to several minutes, depending on the difficulty of the word and the sharpness of your brain.

Random Ideas has introduced Wasabi 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $4.99 to-do list app for that includes over-the-air sync, location aware task notifications, as well as the ability to add projects, tasks, and locations to your iOS home screen. You can capture new to-dos from virtually any screen in the app, organize...

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Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book."

"The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight.

Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are...

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Feb 14
Aquafadas to launch Digital Publishing Platform on March 17


Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) says it will launch its Digital Publishing Platform on March 17 and that it will offer these key advantages in digital publishing:

° It enables designers to create digital content quickly through plugins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with no coding required.

° Publications can be based on PDF or XML , enhanced by picture galleries, slide shows, videos, and sound.

° Aquafadas ’s Solution makes it easy to deploy digital publications to multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and to multiple operating systems, such as iOS and Android simultaneously.

° Publications can be published as interactive PDF, custom Apps, and in a XML-based format that supports text reflow while maintaining the publication’s design.

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Feb 14
iPhone mini rumors are back

Rumors of an iPhone mini (or iPhone nano, if you will) were prevalent a couple of years ago. Now they're baaaaack with the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bdNbC) saying Apple is working on the first of a new line of less-expensive iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices.

Quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter," the "WSJ" says the iPhone mini is intended for sale alongside the current iPhone line-up and be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The new phone would purportedly be available to carriers at about half the price of the main iPhones.

That would allow carriers to subsidize most or all of the retail price, putting the iPhone in the same mass-market price range as rival smartphones, says the "WSJ." There's no timetable on when the iPhone mini might debut, the article says.

"ZDNet" (http://...

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Feb 14
GRAMMY nominees, winners available at iTunes

The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards were held Sunday and a complete list of the winners and nominees are available at iTunes.

The list includes the album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and more. Covered artists include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, Drake and more.

There's also a free MusicMapper app that "will allow fans worldwide to connect songs to special memories and places." You can select a song powered by Rd.io, tag it to a specific location using maps, and then attach a note describing how the song and location define a specific moment in the user's life.

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Feb 14
Apple tops 'Most Respected Companies' list

Apple has topped "Barron's" list of the "Most Respected Companies" (http://macte.ch/l3Oah) for the second time. The list is based a survey of professional money managers.

Per the survey, 68% of managers said they "highly respected" Apple, 22% respected the company, 8% respected Apple "somewhat" and none admitted that they "don't respect" the company. Apple had a mean score of 4.25 out of 5.

The other companies on the "Most Respected List" are, in descending order, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, McDonald's, Google, 3M, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, ExxonMobile, Walt Disney, United Parcel Service, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, United Technologies, Intel, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Schlumberberger, Siemens, Microsoft, Honda Motor, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

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Feb 14
Drops app drops onto Mac OS X

Software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Drops 1.0 (http://christian-kienle.de/Drops/), his new application for Mac OS X. It's a tool for uploading files.

Simply drop files or folders on the Drops icon in your menu bar. Your files will be uploaded to your server and the URL copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL wherever you want. Drops can also automatically shorten the URL for you. You can tell Drops to automatically compress files and folders before uploading.

Drops requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For a limited time, it's being offered for US$0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Feb 14
DssW releases Battery Report for Mac OS X

DssW has released Battery Report for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The US$8.99 app creates detailed reports about a user's computer and power sources.

Battery Report focuses on providing users with a clear report about their computer, the computer's internal battery, and connected external power sources. Supported external power sources include most power adapters connected to the mains, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

Users can easily share their reports with Mac support staff using the "Send to E-mail" menu item, or by saving the report as a PDF, says Graham Miln, director, DssW. For more info, or to download a demo version of Battery Report, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/batteryreport/ .

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Feb 14
AuraSound introduces universal media player

AuraSound (http://www.aurasound.com) has unveiled the innovative Sound Station, a media player that sports an "audiophile-class" acoustic design with a 7-inch color screen and several connectivity features.


Sound Station supports Internet radio and iPod/iPhone docking and serves as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, FM radio, and video player. It doesn't require a computer to set up or operate. The product will be available next month initially via selected retailers in the U.S. and Europe, with global expansion to follow. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Feb 14
Adobe reports strong mobile adoption of Flash Player, AIR

At this week's Mobile World Congress, Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.

By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit m.flash.com .

In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. But don't count iOS devices among them, as Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- isn't a Flash fan. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit,...

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Feb 14
NetGear announces , new femtocell

NetGear (http://www.netgear.com) has announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The company also announced the the MF100H Femtocell, a next generation 3G femtocell with Ethernet LAN.

The new line-up of mobile broadband routers purportedly integrate features from NetGear's line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks. The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The line-up includes:

° MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN;

° MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN;

° MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/...

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Feb 14
ooVoo shows cross-platform video chat solution

Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), , ooVoo (http://www.oovoo.com), a cloud-based video communication service that delivers video across every platform, will demonstrate its multi-point video chat on Apple iOS mobile devices.

“We’re thrilled to deliver our best-in-class video communication service across every platform,” says Philippe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo. “One reason we’re the fastest growing communication app on the Internet1 is because we’ve broken down the platform barrier connecting video calls across smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and now iOS mobile devices.”

ooVoo Mobile is already available today from the Android market. ooVoo’s free over-the-top application will be available in the AppleApp store starting in April.

In December, ooVoo launched a first 4G mobile video chat service that allows 6-way video chat. The service works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G to simultaneously connect...

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Feb 14
Second edition of 'Working with Your iPad' released

Joe Kissell's second edition of "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" has been published by TidBITS Publishing. The 133-page ebook costs US$15 and is available at
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-working . You can get a print edition for US$26.99.

The new edition includes information not only on the changes that iOS 4 has brought to the iPad but also on the many new and revised iPad apps that have become available recently. With this new edition in hand, readers can learn how to:

° Type right: they'll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and discover the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options.

° Select, cut, copy, and paste: these commands may be second nature to regular computer users, but their touchscreen versions are another matter. Kissell explains how to use touchscreen...

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Feb 14
Artist-designed 'skins' available for iPhone, iPod...

Griffin Technology have teamed up with the Grammy Foundation to highlight original artwork by Phoenix, OK Go, Ben Folds and MGMT on a collection of limited edition skins for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch (fourth generation).

Proceeds from the partnership will help raise money for the Grammy Foundation's programs. You can learn about the artists and their designs at http://www.griffintechnology.com/coop/grammy_foundation .

The skins are available for US$9.99 at http://www.griffintechnology.com . You can get a skin bundled with a Griffin Reveal case for $29.99.

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Feb 14
Boingo introduces unlimited Wi-Fi plan for Europe

Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has launched a new all-you-can-eat Internet access plan for laptops that's tailored to customers connecting primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Boingo Europe Plus gives laptop users unlimited access at more than 90,000 hotspots in Europe, Middle East and Africa for €27.95 per month. Usage outside the designated region is billed at €0.10 to €0.15 per minute and includes almost 170,000 additional hotspots across Asia Pacific and the Americas. Users can also sign up for the plan in British Pounds Sterling (£22.95 per month and £0.09 to £0.13 per minute for use outside EMEA).

“The new Boingo Europe Plus plan is part of our ongoing initiative to provide more flexibility to customers whose Internet access needs are concentrated in specific geographic regions,” says Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless. “This provides an...

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Feb 14
Global femtocell shipments good, could be better

Global femtocell shipments generally met the expectations of ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) analysts in 2010, but one salient exception demonstrates how a simple regulation can impede a market’s growth.

“About 1.3 million femtocells shipped into world markets in 2010,” says ABI Research Practice director Aditya Kaul. “That number is in line with ABI Research’s forecasts. The total could have been significantly higher -- perhaps 20% higher -- were it not for the continued low performance of the Japanese femtocell market.”

That low performance can be traced to a simple cause: the Japanese government’s unique requirement that every femtocell be installed by a qualified technician. When those truck-rolls are multiplied by hundreds of thousands of installations, the drag on the market is no longer trivial, says Kaul. Mobile network operators have long called for the removal or relaxation...

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Feb 14
Mobilize offers smartphone, mobile device detection for...

NimbleHost (http://nimblehost.com) has announced Mobilize 1.1, a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds mobile device detection to the Mac OS X web site design application.

In version 1.1, Mobilize enables you to detect when cellphone and smartphone users are visiting your web site, and will redirect them to the web site of your choosing. Support for a wide variety of cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices are included.

Until now RapidWeaver users had no way to easily detect and redirect visitors using cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices, according to NimbleHost CEO Jonathan Head. Mobilize gives you full control over this aspect of web design, enabling you to target a number of mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as android devices, Blackberry devices, palm and webOS devices, Windows Mobile/Phone, and generic cellphones.

Mobilize requires Mac...

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Feb 14
Animetrics releases facial recognition app for smart phones

Animetrics (http://www.animetrics.com), a developer of 3D imaging technologies for facial biometric systems, has begun offering FaceR CredentialME in the Apple App Store.

FaceR CredentialME AppLock enables the iPhone user to use facial recognition as the biometric authentication to unlock the device. CME AppLock provides the options of either letting the device camera automatically take a picture of your face and thereby verify via face recognition the user or use a password to secure the user's choice of applications on the handset. FaceR CredentialME can be used as a second factor authentication via bundling with third party applications.

It's based on Animetrics patented 2D-3D FACEngine facial recognition technology. CredentialME is also offered for use to smartphone application developers to embed for primary or two factor authentication in securing their app.

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Feb 14
NXP Software enables Android devices to access Apple content...

NXP Software (http://www.software.nxp.com) is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio.

This new version allows Android-based devices to play content encoded for Apple’s adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Fully compatible with major video service providers, it lets Android users access the extensive content available within the Apple ecosystem, says Peter Van de Berg, marketing director, NXP Software.

The software also ensures high-quality viewing, he adds. It supports up to standard definition resolution content.

LifeVibes QuickPlayer allows consumers to watch online videos, and access live and on-demand content. The software is available to service providers as a software development kit (SDK) for a downloadable application. The SDK includes a reference application ready to deploy and can also be integrated...

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Feb 14
'MUG Event Calendar': Maximo products, Macworld 2011,...

The Valentine’s Day holiday doesn’t slow down this week’s "MUG Event Calendar." Aaron Davis of Apple will visit a Maryland group, and Maximo will demo their mobile MP3 products to an Oregon group.

Other topics up for discussion include Macworld 2011, Mac Security, backing up and restoring your Mac, iLife ‘11 and more. Macworld 2011 will be the focus in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and more, The Mac App Store will make several appearances, along with GarageBand, Automator, using your Mac for health care issues 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, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest...

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Feb 12
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market

Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes tells clients in an note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/rfRpL) -- that he talked with a research analyst at Forrester Research and says the iPad is doing well in the corporate world.

His conclusions from the call are that the iPad is “running far ahead of its tablet competition and its their game to lose." There is opportunity for others, including Google’s Android and for Research in Motion, Reitzes says. Apple hasn’t set up an enterprise salesforce, but it is “listening to enterprise customers," he adds.

Reitzes notes that Forrester’s work supports the view more and more corporate users are “buying devices and bringing them into work.” So far, Apple is the “winner in the consumerization of IT,” he argues. Also, Forrester sees the tablet computer co-existing with both smartphone and laptop, though “it does delay laptop replacements.” Barclays is...

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