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Oct 12
MegaSeg debuts new Wave Viewer with trackpad beat syncing

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.5 (http://www.megaseg.com), an update of the Mac-based DJ and radio automation software. According to Fidelity Media Founder Jason Cox, the new version --- a free update for registered users of version 5.x -- contains over 100 improvements.

For example, it debuts a new Wave Viewer with trackpad beat syncing and scrubbing for visual beat mixing and cueing. The feature is compatible with MacBook trackpads as well as Apple's new wireless Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. In addition, MegaSeg 5.5 integrates album art displays within redesigned decks and track info popups.

The category browser has new audio and video filter options to help find specific media types fast. What's more, MegaSeg update 5.5 adds 3x gain controls for softer tracks, minimum title and album separation rules, and video icons in list view.

MegaSeg is a self-contained DJ music mixing and...

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Oct 12
PDFPen update for Mac OS X reduces memory footprint

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0.2. The update reduces memory footprint for large PDF documents.

Smile also added an AppleScript document property, "needs OCR," to PDFpen. This addition makes it easier to write AppleScripts for paperless document workflows. Other minor fixes and improvements have also been made.

The changes in PDFpen 5.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $...

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Oct 12
Free Safari extension helps ensure privacy

Orbicule has introduced Incognito (http://www.orbicule.com/incognito/), their free Safari extension that helps ensure greater privacy by preventing Google and Facebook from tracking the user's movements and actions while online. It requires Safari 5 or later on Mac or Windows systems.

Incognito protects the user by blocking Google AdSense and Google Analytics on non-Google pages. In addition, it provides the option of blocking Facebook content and embedded YouTube Movies on non-Facebook and non-YouTube pages.

Although effectively blocking Google Adwords, Incognito is not a dedicated ad-blocker. It simply prevents the aforementioned companies from gathering information about the user from websites other than the company's own.

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Oct 12
Kanex expands connectivity solutions for Apple Cinema Displays

Apogee, makers of Kanex products (http://www.kanexlive.com/), has introduced the Kanex C Series, a line of products to help people who are looking for alternative connectivity solutions to connect an Apple Cinema Display.

The US$129 Kanex C247m (pictured) is designed for previous generations of MacBook and Mac mini with mini-DVI video output. The C247m, due in November, combines audio and video to 24-inch and 27-inch Cinema Displays.

The $129 Kanex C247d, also due in November, is designed for Macs or PCs with DVI video output. It converts and combines audio and video to 24-inch and 27-inch Cinema Displays.

Designed for the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display 30-inch and other displays with Dual-Link DVI-D, the $99 Kanex C30 (available now) converts Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI-D at a max resolution 2560x1600. The 30-inch displays require larger resolutions due to the size of the screen,...

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Oct 12
Krypton Products introduces new iPad accessory line-up

Krypton Products (http://www.kryptonproducts.com) has released its iPad Screen Armor Line and Dreamcoat cases for the iPad.

The iPad Screen Armor line protects the iPad display from nicks and scratches and even helps prevent finger prints. It's made with three layers of scratch resistant materials and comes in US$19.99 "Ultra-Clear" and $24.99 "Anti-Finger Print" versions.

The Dreamcoat cases for iPad are sold in a variety of colors and provide an industrial design that allows the iPad to rest firmly on flat surfaces. They come in black, white, clear and cranberry and cost $29.99.

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Oct 12
Harman updates JBL On Stage, On Stage Micro docking stations

Harman (http://www.jbl.com) has released the JBL On Stage Micro IV and JBL On Stage Micro III iPod/iPhone docking stations. They boast a new industrial design dubbed the Weave.

Both of the new units are compact and will fit on your desk, in the kitchen or at the next tailgate party. The JBL On Stage IV -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$179.95 -- uses four Odyssey transducers and includes an AC adapter or can be powered by six AA batteries that will provide up to 16 hours of normal play.

With a smaller footprint and a more portable size for a lifestyle on the go, the JBL On Stage Micro III ($119.95) is equipped with two Odyssey transducers and is powered by an AC adapter or four AAA batteries that will provide up to 24 hours of continuous play. Both units include an IR remote with fully functioning control from up to 15 feet away.

And both are compatible with most docking iPod...

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Oct 12
Indian telecom operators working to carry the iPhone

Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access (CDMA) technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870344000457554767026127639...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

The talks with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices Ltd. --which offer mobile phone services based on CDMA technology -- come soon after rumors that Apple is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year in the U.S. Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone services based on CDMA technology.

If a CDMA iPhone actually happened, this would be the first time Apple...

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Oct 12
Apple cleans up at 2010 T3 Gadget Awards

Apple won five of 19 categories in the 2010 Gadget Awards by "T3" magazine (http://www.t3.com/news/apple-wins-big-at-t3-gadget-awards-2010?=49851).

The iPhone won the Commuter Gadget of the Year, The iPad was named Innovation of the Year and Gadget of the Year. The MacBook Pro was dubbed Computer of the Year (for the second time). Apple was named Retailer of the Year.

"With the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 expected to emerge from Apple’s compound in the next 12-months, expect the ever popular Apple to feature heavily again in next year’s T3 Gadget Awards," says "T3."

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Oct 12
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

According to reports, Walmart will begin carrying the iPad on Oct. 15. The Apple tablet will initially appear in under 1,000 stores, but be available in approximately 2,000 Walmarts by -mid-November.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. Amazon and Target are also carrying the Apple tablet.

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Oct 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 11

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/).

Clever Coding has released Mathlete 1.0 for iOS devices. The US$0.99 app lets you take math quizzes in either single player mode or by using Game Center. Players can compete with people around the world through the auto-match feature or against their friends in real time quizzes. In both single player and multi player games, the scores are posted to the Game Center Leader Boards so you can see where you you stand in your math skills with people around the world.

Rhine-o Enterprises has announced Team Shake 1.0 for iOS. The $9.99 provides a way to choose teams for board games, tournaments, school projects and any other application where groups are required. Instead of a hat and scraps of paper, the user enters his friends' names in his iPhone and...

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Oct 11
WiebeTech releases RXT 220-QR enclosure with RAID

WiebeTech (http://www.wiebetech.com) has released the RTX200-QR HDD enclosure with RAID. As a direct replacement for the RTX200H-QR, the RTX220-QR provides a fast way to mirror (RAID 1), stripe (RAID 0) or create a quick backup disk.

Additional features of the dual TrayFree bay enclosure include: an updated RAID controller with a new menu system, a handle for portability, quad interfaces (FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0 and eSATA) and a companion utility to customize fan and alarm behavior. The user-configurable audible and visual warnings are context-specific with alerts for both system and RAID status.

System LEDs indicate power, hardware and RAID status. The RTX220-QR portable storage enclosure is available with base units starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$499.

RTX220-QR TrayFree technology simplifies hard drive installation by merely inserting the drive into the...

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Oct 11
iOS apps more popular than many TV shows

The daily audience for apps that run on Apple’s iOS operating system has now surpassed 19 million users who spend an average of 22 minutes per day using these apps, according to one measure.

"MobileBeat" (http://venturebeat.com/2010/10/11/iphone-apps-have-become-more-popular-t...) says this means the audience for the iOS devices is now bigger than NBC’s "Sunday Night Football" and is "just shy "of the audience for ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars." Only four million daily viewers separates the iOS audience from the No. 1-ranked TV show’s...

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Oct 11
LANDesk products gain mobile device management

LANDesk Software (http://www.landesk.com) has announced the latest versions of LANDesk Management Suite 9 and LANDesk Security Suite 9. The management of mobile devices is a major component of this new release, enabling organizations to instantly discover, secure and manage smart mobile devices on a corporate network through a single LANDesk management console.

Additionally the LANDesk suites now offer simplified infrastructure management, enhanced software distribution and license monitoring capabilities and updated antivirus and anti-spyware for endpoint security, says Steve Workman, vice president of product management, LANDesk Software. The upgraded solutions, with numerous new features and functionalities, reduce risks and software expenses, while increasing productivity in several key areas, including:

° Mobility Manager, which extends LANDesk’s management reach to address the rapidly growing...

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Oct 11
Cachet files patent application for RDC platform for the Mac

Cachet Financial Solutions (http://www.cachetfinancial.com), a provider of remote deposit capture (RDC) solutions, has filed a patent application for their new RDC platform for Mac OS X. Cachet will begin offering their entire RDC Select product suite to Mac users starting Oct. 15.

"Today most financial institutions only offer their remote deposit capture (RDC) solution to PC users, but with Apple's growing popularity there is a large segment of the RDC marketplace that is being underserved," says Jeffrey Mack, president and CEO of Cachet Financial Solutions.

The software behind Cachet's RDC Select solution is now Mac and PC compatible. The web-based solution allows financial institutions greater freedom and flexibility when providing RDC to their customers, says Mac. Not only is RDC Select more efficient for end users, it is also more cost-effective and requires less internal support...

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Oct 11
Flux offers better Lively Coda Plugin support

The Escapers has released Flux 3.1.4 (http://theescapers.com/flux2/), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). The upgrade offers better support for the Lively Coda Plugin.

Snapshots can be easily created using a keyboard shortcut. Also, a new palette manages the complete history of your web page.

Users of both Flux 1 & 2 are entitled to an upgrade for £34.99, and new users can pay £69.99 for a single user license, or £99.99 for a family license.

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Oct 11
HoudahGeo for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.6.4. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.6.4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Oct 11
MacWise rings up version 12.17

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.17 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version fixes Kermit upload timing to get a successful file transfer message from the host.

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.17 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 12.x.

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Oct 11
iWinSoft label maker now supports Epson direct to disk printing

iWinSoft has released an update (version 1.7.0) to its CD/DVD label design software for Mac OS X. The update adds Epson direct to disk printing functions.

Also added in this release is the ability to add text table to labels. as well as interface improvements that simplify the creation of custom label formats. iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac costs US$29.95 and is available for download at the iWinSoft Web site (http://www.iwinsoft.com/). Version 1.7.0 is a free update for registered users.

CD Label Maker 1.7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 11
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html) -- a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6. The upgrade sports Interface improvements in the Restart via Web page section.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Oct 11
USB Fever releases two new iPhone 4 products

USB Fever has released two new products for the iPhone 4.

The Retro Cassette Tape Case for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2035) is an US$39.99 case for the Apple smartphone that looks like a cassette from yesteryear. The Aluminum (Metal) Back Cover for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2038) is a $12.99 case made of aluminum and filled with a neoprene lining.

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Oct 11
'GigaOM': CDMA iPhone could add $32 billion to Apple...

Both the "Wall Street Journal" and the "New York Times" are reporting that Verizon will sell a CDMA version of the iPhone in 2011. In the U.S., that could help Verizon maintain its lead of total subscribers over rival AT&T and boost iPhone sales figures by an estimated 10 million handsets per year in 2011, according to "GigaOM" (http://macosg.me/2/y5).

Also, a CDMA iPhone offers Apple an even larger sales opportunity, as more than 543 million customers globally use CDMA networks. Adding a CDMA iPhone option, increases Apple’s addressable market for an iPhone by 16%, says Horace Dediu of asymco, a mobile research site. The estimated sales of 10 million Verizon iPhones account for only two percent of that potential market, affording Apple a big opportunity to boost iPhone sales outside of the U.S., he adds.

"If Apple sold iPhones to only 10 percent of the total addressable CDMA market, it would...

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Oct 11
Tuxera NTFS for Mac released with 64-bit support

Tuxera -- a provider of Windows-compatible file systems for Mac, Linux, Android and other platforms -- has released a new version of its Tuxera NTFS for Mac loaded with full 64-bit support, extended attributes, and other improvements.

Apple's latest Mac Pro computers, released in mid-August, are the first to have the Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") operating system installed in 64-bit kernel mode. Tuxera follows Apple's direction with the revamped NTFS file system application that is guaranteed to work with future Macs, says CEO Mikko Välimäki.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac allows Mac users to read and write in Windows-format. The software is compatible with virtualization and encryption solutions including Parallels Desktop, VmWare Fusion and TrueCrypt.

"This is a major upgrade for Tuxera NTFS for Mac," says Välimäki. "We have worked hard to rebuild 'under the hood' functionality to be fully compatible with 64-bit and are pleased with the performance throughput," stated...

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Oct 11
ACCC takes Apple to task over iPhone warranty issues

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a consumer watchdog agency, has taken Apple to task over warranty issues as reports surface of new design problems relating to the iPhone 4's glass body, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macosg.me/2/y3).

Telstra, following discussions with the ACCC, has agreed to provide full two-year warranties for customers who buy handsets on two-year contracts. The agreement included all manufacturers except Apple.

"Although nearly all major handset manufacturers have agreed to honour full warranties, the ACCC continues to have concerns in relation to warranty issues with the Apple iPhone," the organization told the "Herald."

The consumer watchdog's concerns come as new reports surface of large cracks appearing in the iPhone 4's body when certain third-party slide-on cases are used, the article adds. The affected cases are purportedly Apple...

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Oct 11
'Fortune': Apple may have sold four million Macs this...

Mac unit sales, which stalled in the second quarter as customers waited for the new MacBooks that arrived in April and May, took off in the third quarter, coming in just shy of 3.5 million, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/y2).

Although Apple's competitors saw computer sales weaken this summer, all signs suggest that the Mac was the exception, driven by back-to-school sales and the new desktop models released in late July (not to mention store traffic from people coming in to buy iPhones and iPads), the article adds.

The average Q4 unit sales estimate of the 31 analysts "Fortune" polled is 3.86 million Macs. Five of them, however, expect Apple to report that it sold four million or more.

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Oct 11
China: Apple puts halt to production of Meizu M8

After negotiations fell through, Apple has convinced the Chinese state Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to stop Meizu's production of the Meizu M8, which Apple says looks too similar to its iPhone, reports -- "Meizu Me" (http://macosg.me/2/y1).

Meizu CEO Jack Wong agreed to Apple and SIPO's terms to stop producing the phone in face of a potential factory closure. However, he tells "Meizu Me" that Apple wants even more and is now demanding that Meizu not only stop production, but also stop all display and sales of the remaining stock of Meizu M8 phones.

China's SIPO has the right to close factories without a court order, which means that Meizu's factory could be shut down if they don't comply, says "Meizu Me." Wong says this is angry as he claims that this isn't part of the original deal, and also that this will force a lot of Meizu's franchised stores to go out of business.

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