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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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Feb 02
The Daily debuts on the iPad

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, unveiled The Daily, the industry’s first national daily news publication created from the ground up for the iPad.

“New times demand new journalism,” says Murdoch. “So we built The Daily completely from scratch -- on the most innovative device to come about in my time -- the iPad. The magic of great newspapers -- and great blogs -- lies in their serendipity and surprise, and the touch of a good editor. We’re going to bring that magic to The Daily -- to inform people, to make them think, to help them engage in the great issues of the day. And as we continue to improve and evolve, we are going to use the best in new technology to push the boundaries of reporting.”

The Daily mixes text, photography, audio, video, information graphics, touch interactivity and real-time data and social feeds. Led by Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo and Publisher Greg Clayman, The Daily is the first application made available on the Apple Ap...

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Feb 02
Best Buy to offer iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless

Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com) has announced that the iPhone 4 from Apple on the Verizon Wireless network will be available in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the country beginning Feb. 10, the first day the device is available to the public.
 


“The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” says Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.”
 


The iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless retails for US$199 for 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a new or qualified upgrade with two-year agreement.

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Feb 02
Smartphone market a three-way race

Nielsen Wire (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/?p=25901) says that the competition between smartphone operating systems is a heated one.

When it comes to the installed base -- that is, U.S. mobile consumers who already own smartphones -- it's three-way tie between Blackberry RIM, the smartphone pioneer, Apple’s IOS, which revolutionized the smartphone and popularized mobile apps, and Android OS, the operating system created by Google which has been taking the market by storm.

Analyzing the preferences of those who purchased a smartphone in the past six months paints a different picture, however, one in which Android is clearly in the lead with 43% of recent acquirers purchasing an Android device, compared to 26% for Apple iOS and 20% for Blackberry RIM.

Apple’s iOs is the favorite among U.S. smartphone owners who are Asians/Pacific Islanders....

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Feb 02
iPhone 4 on Verizon available for pre-order tomorrow

Verizon Wireless’ 94 million customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 online beginning on Thursday, Feb. 3, through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) and at http://www.verizonwireless.com/iphone . Due to high demand, customer orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 9, all qualified customers will be able to order an iPhone 4 on Verizon through the Apple Store for delivery or reserve for in-store pick up beginning Feb. 10.

Beginning at 7 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 10, the iPhone 4 on Verizon will be available to all qualified customers at Apple’s retail stores. The iPhone 4 will also be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication Stores nationwide.

The iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will be available for a suggested...

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Feb 02
Apple looking for iOS photography software engineer

Adding to the mounting evidence that Apple plans to add cameras to its next-generation iPad, the company's digital photography team is hiring a software engineer to create applications for the iPad platform, reports "AppleInsider," which found a new job listing (http://macte.ch/YHQDR) for an iOS photography software engineer.

Apple's Digital Photography team is looking for a "dynamic software engineer with the drive and desire to deliver great photography applications for the Mac and iPad platforms. "The Digital Photography team has delivered top applications including iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac platform," says Apple. "As a member of the team, you will help us with text rendering and editing and HTML generation for publishing and viewing photo based content."

Preferred skills are Mac OS X and/or iOS programming experience and UIKit, Cocoa and Core Text and CoreAnimation experience. Apple says that...

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Feb 02
Digital Film Tools rolls out PhotoCopy for Final Cut, Photoshop...

Digital Film Tools, a developer of visual effects software, has released PhotoCopy, software for creating a photographic reproduction of a printed or graphic work made with a process in which a new image is formed by the action of proprietary image analysis, color, texture and light. Whether it's still or moving images, the key attributes are copied from one image and applied to another, says Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools.

With Photocopy, you can pick from 94 Academy Award nominated movies, including "Apocalypse Now," "Blade Runner," "Frankenstein," "Gone with the Wind," "King Kong" and "The Lord of the Rings." You can choose from 72 paintings from artists such as Cezanne, Chagall, Greco, Leonardo, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir and Van Gogh.

You can select from 40 photographs by various masters of photography including Abbott, Andreev, Cunningham, Fenton, Nadar, Outerbridge, Stieglitz and Weston. With Photocopy, you can try one of 30 historical...

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Feb 02
Cubetastic is new puzzle game for the Mac

DoPanic Studios has introduced Cubetastic 1.0 (http://www.cubetasticapp.com/) at the Mac App Store. The $1.99 game plays out as a 3D maze where users guide a light from start to finish by combining and recombining the cells on a cube. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Games category.

Here's how Cubetastic is described: "Set atop a 3D cube consisting of smaller rotating cubes, users are tasked with navigating a ball of colored light from its starting tile to the designated finishing tile by arranging and rearranging the cube to create a solid path consisting of same colored tiles for the light to cross on. Developed to provide users with a puzzle game that offers boundless challenges and boundless entertainment, Cubetastic is currently available on the Mac App Store on sale for just $1.99 for a limited time only.

"This uniquely structured puzzle adventure requires users...

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Feb 02
Bubble Harp comes to the Mac App Store

Developer Scott Snibbe (http://snibbe.com) says Bubble Harp 1.0, his visual music app is now available in the Mac App Store. With Bubble Harp, it's possible to create music just by moving your mouse or fingers.

Because it's algorithmically generated, the song shifts subtly each time it repeats, like a jazz musician might riff on a scale or theme, Snibbe says. It's based on his iOS app of the same name.

The Mac version features a new "heads-up" interface that pops up from the bottom of the screen to allow change the musical scale, tempo, drawing speed, and other parameters. Bubble Harp requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$1.99.

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Feb 02
AutoCrypt is app for batch processing encryption of documents

Pomola (http://www.pomola.com) has released AutoCrypt for batch processing encryption of documents. It lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives.

Using AutoCrypt, a single click is enough to encrypt hundred of files from a source to another places. Using the blowfish mechanism, all the encrypted files will be totally unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password, according to the folks at Pomola.

The obtained encrypted files can be transmitted or stored in unsafe place without any security problem. All the setting used to encrypt the original files, are saved inside an AutoCrypt document.

AutoCrypt Mac OS X requires 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. AutoCrypt is being offered an introductory price of US$7.

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Feb 02
MyService offers 3TB iMac, Mac Pro hard drive upgrade

MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has announced a new 3TB hard drive upgrade for the iMac and Mac Pro. These new 3.5-inch drives by Hitachi are the largest desktop drives available. The upgrades cost US$299, plus shipping.

MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service includes the new drive, professional installation and data transfer. Most hard drive upgrades are completed the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac is cleaned, tested and returned to you, along with your old drive. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 3TB upgrade won't void your Apple warranty.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB hard drive comes with 7200RPM performance, a 64MB data buffer and uses the new 6Gb/s SATA interface. This configuration shows an improvement of up to 27% over previous generation products, according to the folks at MyService.

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Feb 02
Stairways Software releases Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store

Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and offers a way for children to learn the most common English words.

The program -- which requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 -- can handle multiple children (even an entire class), and tracks each child's progress showing which words that child has mastered and, more frequently, prompting them with words that have not yet been committed to memory. Almost 2,000 words are included, including those in the Dolch Word List.

All are internally ordered from easiest to hardest, so that the easier words are offered early. You can also generate a report of the child's current status, showing words they know, words they are still working on, and words that they haven't yet tried.

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Feb 02
SIP/H.323 video conferencing now on iPhone 3GS, iPad

After the recent launch of ClearSea Client for the iPhone and fourth generation iPod touch, Mirial says that iPhone 3GS and iPad have been added to the list of certified devices for Mirial ClearSea.

ClearSea is a video conferencing software including a client for iOS devices that enables organization to connect every Mac, PC, Android or iOS device and any standards-based H.323/SIP equipment. It allows you to integrate a traditional room based video communication systems or to deploy a new HD desktop and mobile solution without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure.

ClearSea for iOS devices is available today. For more info and a free demo go to http://www.mirial.com .

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Feb 02
BorisFX releases AAF Transfer 2

BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris AAF Transfer 2.0, an update of the set of two Apple Final Cut Pro plug-ins for transferring sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems.

One of the plug-ins exports Avid-compatible AAF format files from Final Cut Pro to Avid editing and finishing systems. The other plug-in imports AAF format files from Avid editing and finishing systems to Final Cut Pro.

Using Boris AAF Transfer, Avid and Final Cut Pro users can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes. Avid’s AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture gives Avid users direct access to many QuickTime formats, while Final Cut Pro users can access Avid MXF files using Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import for OS X. Boris AAF Transfer supports both online and offline workflows.

Boris AAF Transfer...

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Feb 02
MarkMyWords for Mac OS X gets new plug-in system

Xelaton Software has released MarkMyWords 1.1.0, an update to the text-editor specially aimed at web authors. Improvements in version 1.1.0 gives writers more control over their articles.

MarkMyWords offers ways to format and structure articles for the web while retaining platform-independence by using plain text documents. Version 1.1.0 sports a new plug-in system to enhance the feature set. By using one of the script-languages -- Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby -- plug-ins can be created. The MarkMyWords-Plugin web site offers a collection of plug-ins to download and developer documentation on how to write your own.

Also new in version 1.1.0 are refinements and enhancements to existing features. For example, creating Markers, setting Markers and removing Markers are all now possible in just one shortcut. One-Click-Styles have been improved by adding block-markup for lists and Markdown quotes.

Another new feature is the use of preselected save-folders. With a...

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Feb 02
Apimac Compress Files 5.0 available on the Mac App Store

Apimac's Compress Files 5.0 (http://www.apimac.com/compressfiles/) for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

Compress Files enables Mac users to create Zip compressed and encrypted files, XAR archive files, 7zip and 7zip crypted archives, TAR archives; Gzip compressed archives; Bzip2 compressed archives and compressed and encrypted disk images. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information and Mac specific file attributes when creating Zip archives.

What's more Compress Files let you omit Mac-specific invisible files when creating zip files. Invisible Mac-specific files can be annoying when you transfer Zip files to other systems. Windows and Linux make these files visible, and they could create confusion to recipients that receive your files. Compress...

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Feb 02
TapeDeck for Mac OS X adds channel selection support

SuperMegaUltraGrovvy and toastycode have updated TapeDeck (http://tapedeckapp.com), an audio recorder designed with a quick-capture workflow in mind, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for channel selection on professional audio hardware, and audio monitoring for recording line input sources. TapeDeck now allows users to listen to their attached audio sources as they're recording.

Recordings from TapeDeck will preserve their full fidelity when dragged into GarageBand, Logic Pro, or any Professional audio application that supports ALAC audio, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. The app was designed to emulate a real cassette tape recorder with a few key differences.

Every recording is automatically saved and organized in the searchable "tape box." There's no need to "tape over" anything, because a new recording is always just a click away.

TapeDeck requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Feb 02
Fanurio for Mac OS X gets new interface

Atelier Software has released Fanurio 2.4 (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com), an update of the Mac OS X time tracking and billing application designed for freelancers. The upgrade sees a a tweaked interface and a dock icon menu to control the timer.

Fanurio 2.4 also has a new user manual. You can now export time to an .iif file that can be imported by QuickBooks Pro. Plus, there are other improvements and bug fixes

Fanurio costs US$59; version 2.4 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available at the product web site.

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Feb 02
Yummy FTP update adds speed, usability enhancements

Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com) has updated Yummy FTP -- an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client -- to version 1.8.3. The upgrade offers speed and usability enhancements, as well as some bug fixes.

Yummy FTP was designed to deliver speedy file transfers, using a multi-connection file transfer engine coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. It has a dual pane user interface.

Yummy FTP is US$28 for a single user license. Multi-user discounts are available beginning at 10 seats. Site licenses and other discounts are available upon request. A free 30-day, fully-functional trial is available.

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