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Aug 18
Otterbox Communter Series available for the iPhone 4

OtterBox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released the Commuter Series of cases for the iPhone 4.
It costs US$49.95 and offers three layers of security to complement the smartphone’s thin design.

First, a self-adhering screen protector keeps the Multi-Touch display screen safe from scratches. Next, a silicone mid-layer absorbs shock, keeping the glass panels safe from bumps and shock. Finally, a polycarbonate shell provides added strength and helps the device slide easily in and out of a pocket or purse.

The Commuter Series offers coverage for the iPhone 4 power button, volume rocker and home button, while silicone plugs for the charging port and headphone jack keep out dust and dirt but flip open for easy access. Included with each Commuter Series case is a microfiber cleaning cloth and installation card for smooth application of the screen protector.

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Aug 18
NewerTech adds nine new colors to iFolio case for the iPad

NewerTech has added nine new color choices to the iFolio custom handcrafted premium Brazilian leather carrying case for the iPad. Previously offered in only red and black colors for US$129.99, NewerTech’s new colors for the iFolio expands the protective case’s style palette to 11 total.

The NewerTech iFolio is now available in dark read,cream, yellow, orange, lite green, dark green and blue at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of USr149.99; as well as two custom leather finishes, cognac and tan, with a MSRP of $179.99. However, for a limited time you can get all 11 iFolio color choices for $99 each from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (http://eshop.macsales.com/search/iFolio).

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Aug 18
XtremeMac launches line of iPad, iPhone, iPod chargers

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has released a new InCharge line of charging solutions for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. All three devices provide Apple users 2.1 amps of power.

The US$59.99 InCharge Duo is a dual charging dock that allows users to simultaneously charge an iPad and/or any combination of iPod/iPhone models. It features a compact design that fits on any desk or counter top and a bi-color LED status indicator to show when each device is fully charged. It also includes a removable adapter to support the iPad as well as dock adapters for the current iPod and iPhone models.

The $24.99 InCharge Auto is a mobile charging solution for the iPod, iPhone and iPad while on the road.  It features a one-piece compact design that fits 12V accessory outlets, LED power status indicator and an integrated safety fuse to protect your device while charging.

The $34.99 InCharge Home is a dual...

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Aug 18
SmileOnMyMac changes name to Smile

SmileOnMyMac has changed its name to Smile. Originally a developer of software for Mac OS X exclusively, Smile now develops software for iOS devices as well.

"We've developed software for the Mac for seven years," says founder Greg Scown. "Now that we have TextExpander touch for iPhone and iPad, we've outgrown the
SmileOnMyMac name.

The company website is now available at http://www.smilesoftware.com ; the company also has a new tagline: "Software that's just right."

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Aug 18
A Better Finder Attributes 4.49 changes EXIF and creation date

publicspace.net has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility (http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderAttributes/) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 4..49. The upgrade adds the ability to simultaneously add or subtract time from both the EXIF photo date and the file's creation date.

"A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is a Universal Binary. This means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$14.95, though version 4.49 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.

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Aug 18
Wondershare updates Video Converter, DVD Ripper

Wondershare (http://www.applemacvideo.com/) has updated Video Converter and DVD Ripper for the Mac to versions 2.0. You can now convert DVDs, general video, video recorded from HD camcorder to files viewable on portable devices, including the Apple TV, Final Cut Pro, the Xbox 360, and mobile phones.

A new Mac-style interface has been optimized with more efficient workflow. And the program's main codec libraries have been upgraded to support for SWF, 5.1 surround sound in AAC and AC3 output format. Support for atch conversion and multithreading has also been added.

If you/re a registered user of Wondershare Video Converter or DVD Ripper for Mac, you can upgrade for free to version 1.9.5.9 by contacting sales-hm1@wondershare.com ; for new users the cost is US$39.95 per app.

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Aug 18
Typinator 4.1 simplifies creation of text expansions with...

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version allows to define set-specific presets for abbreviation options and speeds up the newly introduced QuickSearch function as well as the import of text files.

Typinator 4.1 also improves the installation and upgrade experience by allowing to skip one particular version in the automatic update check and by displaying a more prominent warning when a new version is not covered by the current license. What's more, the new release solves a problem with composing Gmail messages in Firefox and improves compatibility with certain third party apps like Mail, aMSN, Kindle for Mac, and others.

Typinator 4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator...

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Aug 18
Flickery update for Mac OS X beefs up sorting features

Eternal Storms (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has updated their flickr client, flickery, for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher to version 1.9.1.5. Items in photosets and galleries can now be sorted.

"Key" images can now be set for galleries and photosets by dragging the wanted image onto the photoset or gallery. In flickery 1.9.1.5, comments now show users' buddy icons and these user's photostreams can be shown right from comments. The new version auto-detects crash logs for easy submission to Eternal Storms Software, and Location data can be changed any time after upload as well

With flickry, you can browse flickr's photos, view and comment on pictures of your friends, or upload and manage your own photos and favorites. flickery offers three ways of viewing photos: the miniature-overview of the photos where you can see multiple pictures at a time; the full-window-view, which lets you view one photo at...

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Aug 18
IvySkin Reception Case Color for the iPhone 4

IvySkin has just revealed the new Reception Case Color for the iPhone 4 (US$19.99). It features an overmold color design that incorporates colors into the polycarbonate shell of the Reception case. The case conceals the smartphone's built-in antenna, captures more of the available wireless signal and clears the internal antenna, according to the folks at IvySkin.

The IvySkin Reception Case Color measures in at 0.6mm thin. It's available in 10 colors: Phantom Black, Avalanch white, USAred, USABlue, HotPink, Aqua, SpeedYellow, GoGreen, Pinkberry and Platinum Silver.

The package includes both front and back scratch-free body armors in addition to the Polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone 4. The Reception Case Color is now available online (http://www.ivyskin.com/recptioncase-color.html) and at retail stores in the coming weeks.

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Aug 18
iWeb Themes Park presents updated iWeb Themes Box

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has announced five new iWeb themes for iWeb, Apple's web creation component of its iLife suite. The new themes are Beach Life, Currency, Music Band, Precise and Romantic.

The renewed iWeb themes bundle -- the iWeb Themes Box -- now has 50 iWeb themes. In addition, new Combo Package 5.0 can be purchased. The Combo Package 5.0 includes the 10 newest iWeb themes.

The themes require a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 50 themes is priced at US$39.99. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained for $21.98. Two iWeb Themes are free for everyone.

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Aug 18
'MacNotables' looks at jailbreaking an iPhone

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac expert Ted Landau is back from vacation to update us on the state of jailbreaking your iPhone and iPad, a topic that seems to change every week. He talks about online vs. offline jailbreaking, what you can still jailbreak and what you can't, whether you can go back if you've already updated your software, and the legality of it all. Landau also
talks about a new method of sharing files with your Mac and between your iOS devices, and comments on Apple's cash stash.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly...

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Aug 18
iPad supply finally catching up to demand

The iPad supply is finally catching up to the pent-up deman with shipping delays shrinking from 5-to-7 business days to 3-to-5 business days, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/qf). That's the prognosis of Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, who noted the "shrinkage" in a note to clients Wednesday.

"iPad demand remains strong with production ramping above expectations," he writes. Fidacaro has revised his iPad build forecast for Apple's fourth fiscal quarter from six million to seven million units. His fourth quarter iPad shipment estimate now stands at 4.75 million units, a 45% increase from the third quarter.

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Aug 18
KT receives 110,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in nine hours

Korea Telecom (KT), the provider of the iPhone in South Korea, says it's received a total of 110,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in nine hours.

"MobileCrunch" (http://macosg.me/2/qe) notes that, by way of comparison, when the 3GS came out in Korea, the company reportedly registered just between 60,000 and 65,000 pre-orders in the first week. The iPhone 4 will launch in South Korea next month.

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Aug 18
Criminal Minds coming to the Mac

Legacy Interactive will bring its Criminal Minds game to the Mac and PC this December, reports "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).

Based on the themes and characters in the popular television crime drama, the casual game will feature brand new cases and hidden object gameplay. It will be available on Legacy Games and at leading retailers.

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Aug 18
Apple getting 55% of mobile ad hits

Apple is still getting 55% of mobile ad hits, but the Android is gaining fast (up 690% since January), according to a report by Millennial Media, an independent mobile ad network. According to the report -- as noted by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/q6):

° Android ad requests grew 47% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has grown 690%.

° iOS ad requests increased 24% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has increased 15%.

° RIM ad requests increased 18% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has increased 66%.

° iPad ad requests grew 327% month-over-month.

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Aug 18
USB Fever releases new iPhone, iPad products

Silicone case for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1989) is an US$24.99 case that makes your smartphone appear to be encased in a chocolate bar.

The Double Protection Robotic Case iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1990) is a $12.99 case with a hard interior and soft exterior. The Custom-Made Headrest Mount for iPad (http://usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1971) is a $21.99 gadget that lets you mount abracket to your headrest and attach the Apple...

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Aug 18
Apple's Logic, GarageBand in top 10 most popular music...

Digital Music Doctor has announced results of the "Music Software Internet Popularity Index (http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/reviews/musicblog/) for the second quarter of 2010. Apple Logic and GarageBand both place in the top 10 most popular music software apps.

During the second quarter ImageLine FL Studio traded places with Steinberg Cubase for the second and third positions. Interest in Ableton Live decreased causing it to drop four positions to tenth place. Both Cakewalk Sonar and Adobe Audition showed upward trends, and Audition increased its standing by two positions to rank in the sixth slot. Both MOTU Digital Performer and Sony Sound Forge increased their showing by two positions to rank eighth and ninth respectively.

The ten most popular music software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity, are: Avid Pro...

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Aug 18
Logitech unveils new illuminated keyboard

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced the rechargeable Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, which features ambient light and motion sensors. It's due later this month for US$99.99.

The keyboard is designed to ensure that you have the right amount of backlight when you need it, while conserving battery life when you don’t, says Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. It includes the PerfectStroke key system and Logitech Incurve keys

The Wireless Illuminated K800 backlighting automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room using ambient light sensors. Motion sensors detect your hands as they approach to turn the backlighting on and to turn it back off when your hands move away. As a result, you’ll enjoy up to 10 days of battery life without recharging, according to Pavillard.

The Wireless Illuminated K800's...

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Aug 18
SanDisk introduces world's smallest 64GB solid state drive

SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has announced the first product in a new category of embedded solid state drives (SSD) that are smaller than a postage stamp and offer higher capacities and performance than existing storage solutions.

The SanDisk integrated SSD (iSSD), the first product within this new category, is designed for use in fast-growing mobile computing platforms such as tablet computers and ultra-thin notebooks. And perhaps future iPads?

The SanDisk iSSD offers 160MB/second sequential read and 100MB/second sequential write speeds for greater system responsiveness. With no moving parts, the tiny, robust drive is designed to deliver the durability needed by portable devices that are frequently dropped or jostled, says Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk.

The SanDisk iSSD is available now for sampling to original equipment manufacturers, and is being evaluated by...

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Aug 18
NoteList for Mac OS X beefs up adding notes feature

Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.9. The upgrade has support for adding notes via drag and drop of files (txt, rtf and rtfd with images) from the Finder to the list.

NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.

NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 18
YesVideo debuts MemorySafe mobile site for Apple devices

YesVideo (http://www.yesvideo.com), which specializes in the leader in consumer media conversion services, has announced a new mobile version of MemorySafe, YesVideo's online archival service for consumer home movie and photo memories.

Now viewable on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, MemorySafe provides consumers with on-the-go access to their precious collection of home movie and photograph content. The mobile experience mirrors MemorySafe's full web experience, allowing YesDVD customers to securely view their home movie library, invite others to view via email invitations and share memories on Facebook and Twitter, says Sai-Wai Fu, CEO of YesVideo.
 
YesVideo also announced new pricing options for MemorySafe services and products. The new MemorySafe Premium plan protects up to 15 home movies with a one-year subscription for US$59.99. YesVideo customers can also choose to...

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Aug 18
Kanex Hive forum is now abuzz

Kanex has started a forum, Kanex Hive (http://hive.kanexlive.com/forum.php), for current and future Kanex product owners.

Members will find the latest news about upcoming products from Kanex, as well as receive tech support either from the Kanex team or from other members of the forum. There’s also a section to submit idea for new products.
 
The Kanex forum allows members to discuss about Kanex products and receive feedback from the Kanex team itself as well as other Kanex product users. The forum was established as a means to communicate directly with Kanex. Previously, users who posted on other forums about Kanex products didn’t receive any information or feedback from the Kanex team, and in turn weren't being heard by Kanex.

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Aug 17
Sample Logic announces Cinematic Guitars

Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Guitars (http://www.samplelogic.com/cinematicguitars.html), an US$399.99 collection of morphed guitar instruments harnessed in a "core effects sequencer" engine powered by the Native Instruments Kontakt Player.  

Derived entirely from true electric and acoustic guitar recordings by guitar guru Steve Ouimette (known for his work on the Guitar Hero franchise) this library isn't a traditional guitar sample library, but is an extensive collection of atmospheres, instrumentals, and percussives.

Taking it one step further, Cinematic Guitars gives users the power to create and manipulate custom instruments using the "core effects sequencer" designed by Sample Logic and built into the Kontat engine. This library sports over 1,000 instruments and multis, starting with bizarre, dark, euphoric, spiritual, electronic sounds...

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Aug 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 17

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/).

PocketLabworks has announced PocketSing, PocketRap and PocketAmp for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. PocketSing and PocketRap provide amplification and vocal effects when singing along with your iTunes music. Both apps are priced at US$0.99. PocketAmp turns your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad into a practice guitar amplifier and effects processor. It's on sale for $2.99 for a limited time.

Oofsource has scared up Scare Factor 1.0 for iOS. It's an $1.99 entertainment app designed to scare unwary friends, capture their reaction, and post it on Twitter or Facebook. On the pretext of playing an enjoyable game of finding the small differences between two nearly identical photos, a friend holds the device and stares intently at the screen. Soothing...

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Aug 17
AntennaSys prez: Apple won't change antenna for a Verizon...

If an iPhone does appear on Verizon, don’t expect Apple to change its antenna design, Spencer Webb, president of AntennaSys, says -- as reported by "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/q5).

"I've called Apple's antenna design 'bold' and 'risky,' but they won't change it [for a CDMA-based phone]," he says. "The antenna design is architecturally fixed in the design, and it would take them a while to make whatever the next design is."

Webb told "Computerworld" he doesn't expect Apple to revert to sticking the antenna inside the iPhone's case, where it was located until the iPhone 4. Calling Apple's move a "design choice" that had known trade-offs, Webb said he has no idea how Apple will address what in hindsight became a major negative: dropped calls.

"You can bet your bippy that they're going to be addressing this issue somehow," he told "Computerworld." "They want to be the smartest guys on the...

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