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Feb 04
App Tamer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.4

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version fixes some bugs.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any...

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Feb 04
Wrapsol offers film coverings for the Verizon iPhone

Due to the slight shift in buttons on the Verizon version of the iPhone 4, many current iPhone cases aren’t fitting properly with expectations for a short supply in phone protection, according to the folks at Wrapsol. The company says it's jumped in to provide that protection with pre-orders so there’s no delay in keeping the sleek new phones from wear and tear.
 
Wrapsol will be offering two different types of film for pre-ordering for the Verizon iPhone 4 including Wrapsol’s Ultra film (US$29.95) that offers clear protection for front to back scratch and drop protection. There's also the Wrapsol Clean version ($14.95), which is a matte screen protector that also eliminates fingerprints, smudges and glare.
 
For those whose pre-order the films, Wrapsol is offering a 25% discount with the code verizoniphone. Pre-orders ship Feb. 10.

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Feb 04
DEVONtechnologies updates products

DEVONtechnologies (www.devon-technologies.com) has released a second public beta of DEVONagent and updates all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and its intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote to version 2.0.7.

The second beta of DEVONagent 3.0 brings new plug-ins, e.g. for Gutenberg.org and ACM Digital Library, and a new navigation bar for search results that gives direct access to all objects collected on a selected page. Selections can be remembered and are re-applied to similar content when loading the same or another page from the same site to simplify taking notes, using services, or adding to DEVONthink.

Domains and single URLs can be excluded from searching with wildcards, several scanner and search plug-ins have been improved, the plug-in assistant is more flexible, and older archives are no longer renamed and so still be accessed from DEVONagent 2.3.1....

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Feb 04
Akvis ArtSuite adds St. Valentine Pack

Akvis has updated Akvis ArtSuite to version v.6.7. ArtSuite is a collection of effects for decorating photos.

Version 6.7 includes an improvement in the transformation of photos in hand-painted frames, a Recent Files list that's accessible by right-clicking on the Open Image button, and a new themed frame pack: the St. Valentine Pack. The St. Valentine Pack is available for US$12.

Available as a stand-alone product and a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other editors on Windows and Macintosh, Akvis ArtSuite lets you decorate digital photos, create original postcards, personalized desktop wallpapers, etc.

Akvis also offers a free set of frames (30 designs for any occasion), as well as Wedding, Travel, and Christmas frame packs. Each contains 50 hand-painted frames. These themed packs are offered at a price and are intended for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames. Note that these frames are only available in the...

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Feb 04
Apimac Clean Text 6.5 available on the Mac App Store

Apimac has released Clean Text 6.5 (http://www.apimac.com/cleantext/), which is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.95 and can be found in the Productivity category.

Clean Text is a Mac OS X tool for eliminating all text formatting issues. It performs such functions as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, removing tab characters, converting smart quotes, tabs, returns, and more. A new Quick Clean action in version 6.5 lets you solve the most common cleaning problems of text found in email messages, documents and web page with a single click.

Clean Text 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 04
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds Spanish localization, more...

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.3. The update adds a Spanish language localization.

It also further refines the optional feature to eliminate double capitals. TextExpander can now correct double capitals when they appear at the beginning of words as well as at the beginning of sentences.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Feb 04
'MacVoices': parenting in a connected world, the...

Two new "MacVoices TV" (http://www.macvoices.com) episodes look at sessions from last week's Macworld Expo.

In one episode, a panel of Mac technologists discuss the challenges of raising children in a connected world that is constantly changing. Social media use, gaming, cell phone
use,texting, balancing tech with real world activities, and how much tech is too much or not enough are all discussed.

In another episode, Jake Ehrlich and Leo Vassershten of BulletTrain show off the BulletTrain Express, a chassis that fits an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Apple Magic Trackpad into an ergonomic, unified surface for controlling your Mac remotely, whether it is in front of you on your desktop or across the room in your home theater. Their entry in the iPad accessory is the Magic Stand, an add-on that lets you angle your iPad almost any way, and even hang it.

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Feb 03
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 3

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

Smart Skunk has announced Candy Tracker 1.0, their new tracking app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The app -- being offered for US$0.99 for a limited time -- tracks individual selling goals for Camp Fire boys and girls, as well as allow for emailing a polite "Thanks" to buyers and tracking selling data.The application allows for the inputting of goals and orders for multiple sellers.

Viaden Mobile has released Calorie Counter 1.0, its new diet organizer for iOS devices. The $1.99 app is a diet and activity calculator tool that combines everything necessary for a weight management plan. The linchpin of Calorie Counter is the extensive database of food and activities. Every database entry contains all necessary details for precise and effective tracking...

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Feb 03
Analyst still predicting an Apple television

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he still thinks Apple is planning on releasing its own television. Eventually.

Munster said recent meetings in Asia -- not with component suppliers -- suggested that Apple has put its "secret" US $3.9 billion investment toward securing displays for its range of products. He says Apple is believed to be investing in manufacturing facilities and securing supply for LCD displays.

Munster adds the investment could further signal Apple's intention to enter the television market. The analyst has repeatedly forecast that Apple will introduce its own HDTV by the end of 2012 at the earliest.

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Feb 03
Apple releases new Lexmark printer drivers

Apple has released Lexmark Printer Drivers 2.4 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL901). It's a 139MB download.

The Lexmark Printer Driver Update includes the latest drivers for printers you have used on your system, says Apple. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is required.

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Feb 03
Barcode Express now shipping

The Mac Barcode Company has introduced Barcode Express 1.0 (http://www.mac-barcode.com/express/), a software package for creating barcodes for Mac OS X. It costs US$99; a demo is available for download.

With Barcode Express, type in your barcode number, set a few options, click save, and -- voila -- instant barcode. The software supports all industry standards, and makes vector EPS files that import into Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. PNG, TIFF, and JPEG are supported, too.

Barcode Express makes UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other barcode types for use on product packages, books, labels, and more. With Instant Preview, it lets you see your barcode as you type it and change the settings, so you always know what you're going to get.

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Feb 03
Some publishers wary of Apple's digital subscription service

Apple's plans to funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers and other content through its iTunes store is making some publishers "uneasy," according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/kKLCZ).

Apple wants to popularize subscription sales of digital content for the iPad via an upcoming coming new delivery and billing system (well, actually, it's already here, though only the Daily, which debuted yesterday, is using it). At the same time, Apple is tightening enforcement of a rule governing how some apps for the iPad must handle sales, a shift that affects online books as well as other electronic publications, says the "Journal."

"Apple's moves are a hot topic, in part because they could require publishers to share revenue from some content with the Silicon Valley company for the first time," the article says. "The hardware maker also could require that publishers forgo collecting...

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Feb 03
27 individuals busted for fraudulently buying Apple products

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced indictments of 27 individuals in connection with “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft ring based in Brooklyn that compromised hundreds of bank accounts, and fraudulently purchased Apple products from stores around the country to resell for profit.

Charges in the indictments include Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. The crimes charged in the two indictments total 57 counts on two separate conspiracies: 48 counts on the first conspiracy, which occurred between June 2008 and December 2010, and nine counts on the second conspiracy, which occurred between September 2010 and December 2010. The defendants were the target of a joint investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s...

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Feb 03
iKit rolls out NuCharge case for the iPhone 4

iKit has announced the NuCharge case available for both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4. The NuCharge doubles the battery life of your device, providing a charge solution, ensuring your device is always functional.

This black lightweight case (6mm thick and weighs two ounces) packs a charge, unleashing 1400 mAh of power. It features a slim elegant design and is crafted to protect your iPhone against drops and scratches.

The NuCharge also comes with an on/off switch to cater to conserve power when not in use. The battery life is indicated on the front of the case by a blue LED light to remind you just how much back-up time you have.  

A kickstand is also integrated into this case for landscape and video viewing, and full access to all buttons is maintained, providing maximum functionality of your iPhone 4.

The NuCharge for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 is now available at http://www.iKit.com...

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Feb 03
Quark presents iPad publishing eSeminar

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Quark will host a free eSeminar to detail how a new module for Quark Publishing System that reduces the creative and technical barriers associated with publishing to the iPad.

Quark Publishing System is the editorial workflow system that is the core of Quark’s dynamic and digital publishing solutions for mid-to-large business organizations. With the new module, called App Studio, professional and corporate publishers who use Quark Publishing System can create and publish custom iPad apps and put designers in control of producing compelling digital publications, according to the folks at Quark.



"Publish Custom Branded iPad Apps with Quark Publishing System" will be held at 9 am (Mountain Time). You can register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/298286384 .

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Feb 03
Horizon 2.1 released in the Mac App Store

Lucerne Systems has announced Horizon 2.1, exclusively in the Mac App Store. Horizon is a calendar-based personal financial analysis system. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$29.95.

Version 2.1 adds a DayZoom feature, and a special import feature for App Store developers. These additions join a number of bug fixes and enhancements already found in Horizon 2.

Horizon 2 builds on the calendar-based analysis concept introduced in Horizon by adding edit-in-place cells, simpler, "infinite" repeats, a "shuttle" control to navigate between months, and animated transitions between months and views. A 30-day, fully functioning trial version is available from the Lucerne Systems home page (http://www.lucernesys.com).

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Feb 03
KeynotePro announces Tribeca Theme for Keynote '09

KeynotePro (http://www.keynotepro.com) has introduced Tribeca, a new theme for Keynote '09. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

Tribeca was inspired by the New York City neighborhood of the same name. It's especially designed for presentations on architecture, fashion or high-impact corporate themes.

The Tribeca theme includes 27 master slides -- a mix of narrative and image-driven styles, including Full Spectrum and Inline slides in the Tribeca signature style. The core layouts encompass a range of general-purpose styles, including new Citation and Compare and Contrast masters.

Tribeca HD, available exclusively in the Tribeca Pro and Pro Mobile Editions, expands the style into HD format with aspect-optimized 16:9 and 16:10 versions of the Tribeca design. The Tribeca EP Edition themes -- included in the Tribeca Pro Mobile Edition -- take the Tribeca style...

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Feb 03
Vault only at the Mac App Store

Hubapps (http://hubapps.com) has released Vault 1.1 (http://hubapps.com/vault) for Mac OS X, a solution for creating and using encrypted file storage vaults on the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

It sports an animated, point-and-click interface and a set of built-in actions for files contained in vaults. Vault lets anyone create, access, and safeguard "encrypted disk images" -- basically secure folders on the Mac.

You create a new vault with a password, and then it can be opened and closed at leisure. Files dropped in the vault will be visible while the vault is open -- and not visible when the vault is closed. Vaults are portable and can be opened with (and only with) the correct password, and are protected with 256-bit AES...

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Feb 03
MenuStrip 3.5 exclusively at the Mac App Store

Indeeo has updated MenuStrip (http://www.indeeo.com/menustrip/index.html), their menu bar utility application for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. It's now available exclusively on the Mac App Store. To celebrate the launch of MenuStrip on the Mac App Store, it's currently on sale for US$9.99.

MenuStrip allows users to create their own menu items with their most commonly used applications, files, or folders. Users can also create "Action Buttons" that launch, hide, and quit groups of applications at once. MenuStrip's menu items can be displayed in the menu bar, or in a floating collapsable control strip that can be placed anywhere on the screen.

Version 3.5 adds support and compatibility for Mac OS X 10.6. It can also be expanded with plug-ins. The currently available plug-ins allow menu bar access to Address Book contacts, an easily browse-able organized Safari...

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Feb 03
Jumsoft announces Process for the Mac App Store

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has announced Process 3.0.13, an update to its productivity app for Mac OS X, on the Mac App Store.

Process is a productivity application that combines outlining, note taking, and project managing. Users can brainstorm, organize, schedule, plan, coordinate, collaborate, and do the work.

Process 3.0.13 is available from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The introductory price is US$18.99 until March 1; after that, it will cost $38.99. The application works with Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Feb 03
TimeCache update for Mac OS X improves workgroup support

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.12. The update offers improvements to workgroup support and to importing information from iCal, and several bug fixes.

TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.

Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.12 is a free update for registered users of version 8.x. Registered TimeCache 7 users can purchase an upgrade to version 8...

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Feb 03
'MacVoices' looks at iFusion, ParaSync

Two new "MacVoices TV" (http://www.macvoices.com) episodes look at products seen at last week's Macworld Expo.

In one episode, Niel Levonius, director of Corporate Strategy for AltiGen, introduces the iFusion, a dock for the iPhone that turns it into your home or office phone, with charging, speakerphone, wired handset, and audio capabilities all built-in. In another episode, Peter Jauss of Parat Solutions introduces the ParaSync, a 20-slot iPod dock that will charge and sync up to 20 iPod nano, iPod touch or iPod classic units at one time.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Feb 03
'YML' looks at Macworld Expo, The Daily

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at last week's Macworld Expo and the new iPad newspaper, The Daily.

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.

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Feb 02
AT&T's Hotspot app coming Feb. 13

Playing catch-up to Verizon, AT&T (http://www.att.com) says select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone -- via Wi-Fi -- thanks to the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. Bundled with the AT&T Data Pro plan, customers will get 4GB for US$45 per month.

Also on Feb. 13, to bring AT&T's smartphone tethering plan in line with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot offer, AT&T will automatically add the additional 2GB of monthly data usage to smartphone customers already on a tethering plan at no extra charge. Customers will incur the same $20 monthly fee they're accustomed to paying, only now they'll receive an extra 2GB of data each month.

AT&T Mobile Hotspot details include connectivity for multiple wireless devices to AT&T's mobile broadband network and 2GB of data usage for $20 a month, bundled with AT&T's Data Pro plan ($25/2GB)....

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Feb 02
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 2

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

Comcast Corp. says its Xfinity TV service now enables customers to watch many of their top favorite TV programs and movies On Demand directly on the iPad either at home or on-the-go. This new feature is available as part of an updated version of the Xfinity TV app, which is offered for free to Xfinity TV digital customers. You can learn more at http://macte.ch/JONUu .

RiMetric Games has announced Drop-Up for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Drop-Up is an US$1.99 game that offers players a 3D gaming environment. Gameplay allows players to find the best position for their game pieces by spinning grid cubes against an earth at night background. The grids can be viewed from any direction and...

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