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Jan 26
Find the best deals in the Mac App Store with Store News

Independent software developer Christian Kienle has announced Store News 1.0, his new, free application for Mac OS X. It offers a way of finding out the best deals in the Mac App Store.

An app that cost real money yesterday could be totally free today. Store News shows both categories of apps that are totally free and apps that still cost a little bit of money. Users may share what they have found via Twitter.

Store News delivers the best deals twice a day. You can learn more at http://store-news-app.com/ .

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Jan 26
AnyBizSoft releases PDF Password Remover for Mac

AnyBizSoft has released a new version of PDF Password Remover for Mac. The new version empowers users to remove PDF password and restrictions on Mac OS X.

With PDF Password Remover for Mac, users can copy or print the PDF files with unknown owner password (PDF files with copying or printing restrictions). As with AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Windows, this new released Mac version is also not a brute force password cracker. Users need to have the authorization to get access the protected PDF files.
 
AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Mac 1.0.0 is priced at US$29.95 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at
http://www.anypdftools.com/pdf-password-remover-for-mac.html#262 .

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Jan 26
iOS devices account for over 65% of Q4 Good Tech activations

Good Technology -- a provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for the iPhone, iPad, Android and other leading smartphone platforms -- has released its second quarterly data report detailing the changing landscape of IT and mobile enterprise technology. The trend of personal smartphones infiltrating the workplace is being led by both Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone platforms.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, this trend continued to grow, but the iPad revolutionized the enterprise mobility landscape going from zero percent of Good's activations in March 2010 up to 22% by the end of the year.

"If 2010 was all about the consumerization of enterprise, 2011 will be the year of the tablet," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "The iPad came out of nowhere to define this new category, and already we are seeing very compelling Android tablets entering the space, with more on the horizon."

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Jan 26
App Tamer update offers more user info, faster user switching

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (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 offers more information about applications that are paused by its AutoStop feature.

It also adds the ability to automatically hide paused applications. Version 1.0.3 also offers: better handling of downloads in Safari; and improved compatibility with Dreamweaver, Xcode, BBEdit, NetNewsWire, Cosmopod, and faster user switching.

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...

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Jan 26
Macworld: Papershow Teacher's Edition debuts

Canson is introducing the new Papershow  Teacher’s Edition (http:///www.Papershow.com), a "key to effective learning," at the 2011 Macworld in booth 1001 and in the First Looks Showcase. 

The Papershow Teacher’s Edition takes the interactive presentation tool and digital whiteboard to a new level, adding functions and features for teachers K-12, including an interactive calculator, magnifying glass, two measurement tools, lined paper for students learning to write and 72 different colors. It consists of three elements: a wireless Bluetooth pen, an USB Key and interactive paper that work together to allow one to create a digital flip chart or annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint Presentation live. After a Papershow session, one can save it and then immediately print and/or email it to participants.
 
Papershow for Teachers costs US$249 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The...

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Jan 26
Macworld: YouBiq offers way to capture, share media with the...

YouBiq (http://www.YouBiq.com) -- a developer of smartphone accessories, apps and services -- is introducing OUBIQ Gymbl at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

The YouBiq App and YouBiq Cloud, when combined, form a solution for capturing, managing and sharing media with the iPhone 4. YouBiq Gymbl transforms your iPhone into a "camera with a smartphone." This accessory is an all-in-one grip, tripod and tripod adapter. At the heart of the Gymbl is a gimbal, a pivoting, panoramic head that lets the user rotate the iPhone 4 around its optical center.

The Gymbl is a d, compact and versatile accessory that can be attached in seconds to a hard-shelled, ergonomic iPhone 4 case (included). The Gymbl can serve as a handheld grip to steadily and securely hold the camera in any position, or as a tripod to enable hands-free use of the iPhone 4.

The YouBiq App connects to the YouBiq Cloud,...

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Jan 25
Macworld: Prosoft announces Drive Genius 3.1 with Live Defrag

Prosoft Engineering (http://www.prosoftengineering.com) has announced Drive Genius 3.1 with Live Defrag at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

"We are excited to release this new version of Drive Genius 3 that no longer requires users to boot from the DVD or a second drive to use the Defrag function for the boot drive," says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. “The Defrag feature is one of the most popular, award-winning features that Drive Genius 3 offers. Booting from the DVD has long been one of the cumbersome steps involved to defrag. Now users can simply install it as an application and efficiently begin improving the performance of their hard drives."

Drive Genius 3.1 also comes on a bootable DVD that incorporates Apple’s latest boot technology which now supports all the newest machines from Apple, he says. Drive Genius 3.1 costs US$99 for a personal license....

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Jan 25
Verizon to offer $30 iPhone unlimited plan for limited time

Verizon said it would offer the same US$30 unlimited data plan for the iPhone as it offers for all of its other smartphones on Tuesday morning. But by Tuesday afternoon, the company updated its announcement and backpedaled, saying it would only offer the unlimited iPhone data plan "for a limited time," says "CNN Money" (http://macte.ch/KQlhd).

Those who get in during the window will have unlimited data on their iPhones throughout the life of their Verizon contract, the article says. The company declined to comment on how long the temporary unlimited offer would last. But it said that after the initial period, it will move to a metered system similar to the one used by AT&T, which makes its smartphone customers pay for the amount of data they consume.

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Jan 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 25

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

Apalon has announced Magical Images 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The US$0.99 appn features a collection of specifically designed images of animals, people and objects. When a layer with vertical stripes is put on them, it gives the illusion of motion that brings everything to life. The image collection was created from scratch specifically for the app and then broken into several frames. A special overlay is used to trigger an animation effect.

WStudio has released aClock Illusion 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad. Developed as a Universal application, the $0.99 app is a simple clock in its function. There are two views, an Optical and Normal mode.

Bacon Bear Productions has introduced TomTom Now 1.0, a $1.99 to get you on the road faster with...

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Jan 25
App4mac introduces Imagerie 1.0 for Snow Leopard

App4mac has introduced Imagerie 1.0 (http://www.app4mac.com/imagerie.html), their new image editor built for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It features layers management, vector tools, gradient editor and a history navigator. Imagerie is especially made to be flexible, very speedy and clear while doing common editing. No complex windows or hidden features.

According to the folks at App4Mac, Imagerie makes it y easy and speedy for everyone to edit an image. Its features range from "basic and effective pimp-up to high-class filters for sophisticated stuff."

Imagerie is available for approximately US$38 until the end of March. It's a special introductory price. Updates are always free for lifetime. Imagerie is also coming soon to the Mac App Store.

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Jan 25
Macworld: Speck announces CandyShell Wrap for the iPad

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has introduced the newest addition to its CandyShell case family: the CandyShell Wrap case for iPad. It's available in DarkLord Black (black/black) for US$59.95

The CandyShell Wrap delivers screen protection with the addition of a removable front cover that also folds back to serve as a viewing and typing stand. At its core, the CandyShell Wrap is a glossy hard shell exterior with a soft rubberized interior designed to further protect and insulate the iPad from everyday bumps, drops and scrapes.

The outer hard shell case slips into a bag or backpack, while the front cover adds extra shock-absorbent impact and scratch protection to the touch screen. The CandyShell Wrap also features a flip-back panel that allows the iPad to dock without removing the case.

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Jan 25
You lets you wake up using your Mac

iLifeTouch has released You 1.0 (http://ilifetouch.com/youmac/) for Mac OS X. The app was designed to help you wake up with alarms that actually work every time.

The app provides you with local weather and allows you to add your local news feed. Features include: options for setting alarms; options to set reminders,, meetings, etc.; Universal Time; and user controlled news feeds

You requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$2.99. It's available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jan 25
MacBook Air SuperDrive gets protective case

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has announced the SuperDrive Sleeve, a new protective case custom fitted for Apple's MacBook Air SuperDrive.

Mobile MacBook Air users may now carry a SuperDrive in the light and protective SuperDrive Sleeve that safeguards the device with ballistic nylon and shock-absorbing neoprene padding. The sleeve is cushioned with high-grade neoprene wrapped in black, ballistic nylon shell with a small tab at the bottom of the case to assist in removing the device. Users tuck the USB cord into a flush stretch pocket along the backside of the case.

The SuperDrive Sleeve is available for US$25. Its available now at the WaterField Designs online company store.

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Jan 25
Xsilva updates LightSpeed, LightSpeed Mobile

Xsilva Systems (http:/www.xsilva.com) has released LightSpeed 3.4 and LightSpeed Mobile 1.3.

The latest release features a POS user interface that tightly integrates with LightSpeed Mobile, allowing transactions to be created and paid by credit card from a mobile unit, or instantly dispatched to a Mac sales station for processing alternate payment methods. This is a first for mobile POS, says Dax Dasilva, CEO and founder of Xsilva.
 
On the retail floor, employees using an iPod touch or iPhone running the LightSpeed Mobile application scan or search the product(s); add, edit or set the customer; and then hand off the sale to a Mac desktop running the LightSpeed POS. This functionality allows a workflow for those customers who want to pay by a method other than credit card, namely cash, check, or alternate payment method that requires a Mac-connected cash drawer or external terminal, says Dasilva.

The user of the desktop POS will see a bubble appear on the...

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Jan 25
Macword: Likewise program eases integration of Macs into schools

Likewise, which specializes in helping businesses and educational institutions manage IT environments with mixed operating systems, has announced a program that enables educational institutions of all sizes to take advantage of reduced pricing and cross-platform expertise to better track, authenticate and secure Mac, Linux and Unix systems. It will be demoed at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
 
The competitive pricing of Likewise Enterprise for Education, along with volume discounts, helps universities and school districts achieve significant cost savings, says Arne Gallagher, director of worldwide education sales at Likewise. Also, Likewise Open, an open source and free product, can integrate small groups of computers using Microsoft Active Directory. No additional hardware is required to set up Likewise, so schools don't need to worry about additional budget for servers.
 
Johns Hopkins University, a private research university based in...

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Jan 25
Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny available on the Mac App Store...

Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$14.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is a point and click adventure game, taking place in Alexandria, Egypt, 48 BC. The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter.

"Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and that the partisan of Ptolemy are behind the kidnapping. Cleopatra promises Thomas that in exchange for the tablets required for the divination, her guards will find...

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Jan 25
FxFactory serves up Manifesto plug-in pack

Noise Industries has announced its latest FxFactory freebie plug-in pack, Manifesto. The titling plug-ins provide new and current FxFactory users with a way to generate titles in Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Manifesto comes in two variants: a static title generator and a title roll/crawl generator.

With Manifesto, no keyframes are required for animation. The text of choice is scrolled in and out of frame automatically based on the length of the generator track. This feature also lets users match a title roll (or crawl) to the duration of a different clip.

Manifesto can reference an existing RTF file on disk, allowing users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout. Users can create animations at any frame rate with built-in motion blur and the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts. You can use external media to determine which portions of the title are visible, or vice versa.

Manifesto is offered...

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Jan 25
Linguisoft releases Grammarian PRO2 X

Linguisoft (http://www.linguisoft.com) has announced Grammarian PRO2 X, an update to their advanced grammar, spelling, AutoCorrect, and AutoType proofreading application for Mac OS X.

Grammarian PRO2 X provides an arsenal of professional writing tools to combat embarrassing writing errors. It is a universal interactive grammar checking, smart multilingual spelling checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that virtually works with every program on the Mac computer.

The update has an improved user interface, offers improved performance and faster start-up, and has improved grammar and spell checking accuracy. It also checks for many new classes of grammar and spelling errors with over 250 primary writing rules.

Grammarian PRO2 X retails for US$49.95 and $25 for eligible upgrades. Upgrade and installation instructions are included with the Grammarian PRO2 X download....

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Jan 25
ITC says Kodak lawsuit against Apple is invalid

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion Limited is invalid and not infringed, reports "24/7 Wall Street" (http://macte.ch/IMayK).

Kodak argued that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent and intellectual property for previewing images on digital camera-enabled devices. The Kodak patent covers the technology related to a method for previewing images.

"24/7 Wall Street" says Kodak will continue its fight and noted that the ITC had previously upheld the patent in its case against LG and Samsung.  Kodak also noted that Kodak has licensed this patent in question and others to technology companies like LG, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.

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Jan 25
iPhones, iPads to gain NFC payment features?

Apple plans to introduce "Near-Field Communication" services in its next iteration of the iPad 2 and the iPhone for AT&T, enabling the mobile devices to be used in making purchases, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/v1ods).

The services are based on "Near-Field Communication," a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to four inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told " Bloomberg Businessweek." Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing "engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project."

Apple's service may be able to tap into user information already on file, including credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and bank data, said Richard Crone, who leads financial industry adviser...

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Jan 25
IDC: Android to challenge iPad for developer mindshare

Appcelerator and IDC (http://www.idc.com) surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from Jan.10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. With 85 new, primarily Android tablets announced at CES, developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.

This quarter’s report shows that Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smart phone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets. Microsoft and RIM made solid gains through their product line update, while Google TV and Apple TV interest dropped off.

As these trends unfold, IDC says it's becoming clear that the days of mobile app experimentation are over. This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development efforts and the average developer is now building for four different devices, says the research group.

Meanwhile, a dramatic...

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Jan 25
Bitstream releases Pageflex Studio ID 2.0

Pageflex, a division of Bitstream (http://www.bitstream.com) has released Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign. This new release adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms and the patented flex technology that enables design templates to react to variable content in a more sophisticated manner than any other VDP software solution on the market.

Using variable data lets marketers achieve a sophisticated level of personal communication with their audiences, according to Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream. But creating the templates used to develop these types of communication can be a time consuming and complex process. Other technologies require graphic designers to create a range of template versions that will look graphically pleasing when different amounts of variable content are used.

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Jan 25
Panasonic expands ZS range of digital cameras

Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras. It sports a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar and features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD --which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.  

The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and shared with friends and families. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best images that provide a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV, according to David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

The format of the 3D image is compatible...

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Jan 25
Macworld: Fujitus to showcase new portable scanner

Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/platforms/fcpa/home/) will showcase its new ScanSnap S1100 ultra-portable scanner, one of the world's smallest document scanners, at this week's Macworld 2011 Conference and Expo.

The new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, weighing just over 12 ounces and featuring a new sleek style, fits into a briefcase or purse and digitizes your documents. The scanner utilizes its paper path system and fast front-side color scanning functionality to scan anything from contracts and long receipts to business cards and plastic IDs.  

The ScanSnap S1100 is powered by a single USB cable, converts scanned data into searchable PDF files and even allows you to transform your paperwork into editable Word and Excel files. Additionally, the ScanSnap S1100 enables you to scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs cloud...

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Jan 25
New DiskStation will be iPhone, iPad-ready

Synology America Corp (http://www.synology.com) has released its latest DiskStation for home and small office use: the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.

Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use and 9.6 watts in hibernation. The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim and more RAM (now 256MB).

Bundled with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim offers numerous tools to home users. In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.  

Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation...

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