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Jul 21
SonicMood for Mac OS X gets new moods

SonicIdeas ("http://SonicMood.com) has released SonicMood 4.9.8.1 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. The update adds the Moods "Windy Day" and "Climbing Mount Fuji."

There's also now an undo/redo for the main SonicMood window, the Edit window, and the Mixer window now share a common stack. The other windows, like Preferences and the Picture window, continue to have separate undo/redo stacks.Version 4.9.8.1 also makes some changes to the Edit window to make it a little more understandable.

SonicMood's 28 ambient nature music Moods can be found at the iTunes Store with each Mood available for US$0.99. SonicMood is an $12.95 Mac only application that's designed as a multifaceted ambient music-maker/player. Each of the 28 available Moods on the SonicMood Player can be completely altered and edited .

SonicMood has two separate types of sound generation -- the MIDI player and the Soundfiles that come with the application. Each of the 28 Moods have three separate MIDI...

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Jul 21
SeaMonkey 2.0.6 scampers from Mozilla

Mozilla has released SeaMonkey 2.0.6 (http://www.seamonkey-project.org/), an update of the app thta combines Firefox and Thunderbird. The new version offers security fixes.

SeaMonkey runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It uses the same internal platform as Firefox 3.5.4 now. Due to this change SeaMonkey is now much closer to Firefox as far as user profiles, add-ons and functionality of user interface elements are concerned.

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Jul 20
Apple retail stores get busier, make more money, sell more Macs

Apple retail stores generated record revenue and customer traffic in In the the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26. Revenue was US$2.58 billion, an increase of 73% over the same time period in 2009.

With an average of 287 stores open, the average revenue per store was $9 million compared to $5.9 million a year-ago. The stores saw 60.5 million visitors in the quarter, compared to 38.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Twenty-four more stores will open this quarter including Paris and Shanghai, London Covent Garden, Barcelona and Madrid. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the stores sold 677,000 Macs during the latest fiscal quarter compared to 492,000 last year, an increase of 38%.

Oppenheimer said that -- wait for it, it's coming -- half of the Macs sold were still to new Mac users. It's always half. Never 40% or 60%. How is that possible?

Not that I'm doubting Peter. I'm thrilled that more and more folks are buying Macs. But...

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Jul 20
iPods sales decline, but it's still the top MP3 player

For the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple shipped 9.4 million iPods, compared to 10.2 in the same period a year-ago. However, according to the latest info from the NPD Research Group, it still accounts for over 70% of the US market for MP3 players -- as it has for years.

In fact, as Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer points out, the iPod is the top selling MP3 player internationally and growing in popularity in almost every country.

Oppenheimer says that the iPod touch is going strong with sales growing 48% year-over-year. With its growth, the iPod ASP [average selling price] is up.

The iTunes Store generated approximately US$1 billion in revenue, growing 25% year-over-year. Over 225,000 apps are now available -- with more than 11,000 just for the iPad, Oppenheimer says. Over five billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Speaking of the iPad, Apple shipped 3.27 million iPads to customers in 10 countries...

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Jul 20
Forget 'Antennagate,' Apple can't make iPhone 4s...

In the the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones, including over 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the initial five countries in which it went on sale. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said the demand for the iPhone 4 has been "phenomenal."

"Antennagate" or note, he said that Apple is selling every iPhone 4 it can make.

Apple's recognized revenue from the smartphone line-up for the latest fiscal quarter was $5.33 billion compared to $3.06 billion in year-ago quarter. The iPhone -- currently on sale in 88 countries -- now generates 34% of Apple's revenue.

Sales value of iPhones alone in the third fiscal quarter was about $5 billion -- with an ASP [average selling price] of $595. Apple Chief Financial Officer says Apple has surpassed sales of 100 million iOS devices.

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Jul 20
Macs set fiscal quarter record, beating industry growth overall

For those of you who have forecast the impending demise of the Mac, well, forecast again. Fo the fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, Apple shipped 34.7 million Macs, beating their previous-best ever quarter by over 100,000.

That's year-over-year growth of 33%, compared to 22% growth for the market overall, based on the latest stats by the IDC research group.

Apple Chief Operating Office Office Tim Cook said that most Mac sales were still in the consumer market, but that there are signs it's gaining group in the business and enterprise markets.

Apple saw double digit Mac growth in all geographies, lead by the iMac and the MacBook Pro. The company's computer sales outgrew the global market in both desktops and laptops.

There were record Mac sales in the US education arena, despite continued budget restraint issues, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. If you do the math, you'll see that the Mac accounts for 28% of Apple's...

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Jul 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 20

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/).

You can read, listen to and share the Bible with your friends and family through the free Bible.is iPhone app. Features include: dramatized audio with 180 characters, music and sound effects; audio New Testaments with full text in 37 languages and 63 versions; simple verse sharing on Facebook; and the complete Bible in English (Old and New Testaments).

RadVision -- a technology and end-to-end solution provider for unified visual communications including video network infrastructure, developer tools and high definition (HD) room, desktop and mobile video conferencing systems -- is working on SCOPIA Control for the SCOPIA XT1000 HD room system, the first iPad app for control of video conferencing room systems. It's due in September.

MOG (...

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Jul 20
Apple reports all-time record revenue

If you listen closely, you can hear 'em singing Abba's "Money, Money, Money" at One Infinite Loop because Apple has announced great financial results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26.

The company posted record revenue of US$15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $9.73 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.83 billion, or $2.01 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.1 % compared to 40.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 52 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 3.47 million Macs during the quarter, representing a new quarterly record and a 33% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 8.4 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 61% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 9.41 million iPods during the quarter, representing an 8% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. Of course, the...

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Jul 20
iSuppli ups iPad forecast

Amid indications that Apple Inc. is ratcheting up its iPad production targets to meet booming demand, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) is ratcheting up its shipment forecast as well.

iSuppli now predicts Apple will ship 12.9 million iPads in 2010, an increase from the previous forecast issued April 2 of 7.1 million units. Shipments will rise to 36.5 million in 2011 and 50.4 million in 2012, predicts the research group.

“The iPad is shaping up to be the ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ of the 2010 holiday season, with product demand expected to vastly exceed available supply,” says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “Apple has hiked its iPad manufacturing goals to suppliers across Asia. As iSuppli stated in its initial forecast, the key to continuing success will be how quickly Apple responds to issues as they arise and whether the company can align suppliers to meet demand needs. Apple’s...

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Jul 20
Blue Microphones announces second gen Mikey

Blue Microphones (http://www.bluemic.com) says the second generation Mikey will be available online and in-stores on Aug. 20 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99.

Building upon the audio technology developed for the original Mikey, the second generation portable mic is designed for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch, featuring improved circuitry for superior recording and enhanced new features, says John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones.
Like the original, Mikey features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for professional-quality stereo recording capabilities.

To accompany its sleek new design, Mikey features an improved acoustic circuit that allows for higher quality recordings of high-volume events, like concerts, Maier says. Mikey also now boasts a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sound sources such as a guitar or mixer along with a USB pass-thru connection to allow for...

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Jul 20
LinkOptimizer update addresses resolution handling

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.2, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version addresses an important issue related to resolution handling.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.2 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.2 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 20
Apple Store Fayette Mall to open July 24

Apple will open a new retail store in Lexington, Kentucky, this Saturday, July 24.

Apple Store Haywood Mall (http://www.apple.com/retail/fayettemall) is located at 3401 Nicolasville, Road, Suite 303, Lexington, Kentucky 40503. The grand opening will be from 10 am to 9 pm. Regular store hours haven't yet been announced.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 295th retail store. Apple plans to open another 18 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Jul 20
Apple takes top spot in Q2 Media Impact Value ranks

Media measurement technology firm, General Sentiment, has released its quarterly Top 20 report highlighting the brands that made the biggest media impact for the quarter. Apple topped General Sentiment's Impact Value rankings this quarter on the strength of its iPad and iPhone 4 product releases.

Google fell to the number three spot despite generating record levels of discussion for the brand.  This marks the fourth quarterly analysis of its kind by General Sentiment, whose premier report was for the third quarter of 2009. General Sentiment also announced the launch of a new media value metric called Perception Value, which measures the brand with a greater emphasis on the quality of the content and exposure.

For the first time, General Sentiment has produced a top-10 ranking of winners and losers based on Perception Value. Perception Value isolates effects of the public sentiment on brand value by assigning positive value to positive mentions and negative value to...

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Jul 20
McAfee releases new Mac products

McAfee has launched McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Family Protection for the Mac (http://www.mcafee.com/mac). 

McAfee Internet Security empowers consumers to surf the web safely, while McAfee Family Protection allows parents to filter inappropriate content from their children, says Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager, consumer, mobile and small business at McAfee. 

McAfee Internet Security for Mac includes the following features and benefits:

° McAfee SiteAdvisor technology protects users from malicious web sites, browser exploits and notifies users whether an ecommerce site has been scanned by McAfee for potential vulnerabilities.

° SiteAdvisor technology provides site ratings in 22 search engines, and features advanced phishing protection that will alert users to sites that may try to steal personal identities or gain access to financial information...

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Jul 20
OWC announces eSATA ExpressCard adapter

Other World Computing (http://www.owc.com) has announced the US$39.99 Slim eSATA ExpressCard Adapter for adding a high speed 3.0Gb/s eSATA port to any Apple MacBook Pro model that offers a built-in ExpressCard slot.

Featuring a flush fitting design, the OWC Slim eSATA ExpressCard Adapter fits completely inside the MacBook Pro ExpressCard slot and is AHCI compliant requiring no drivers for Mac OS 10.5.x and later. No drivers are required and the “hot swappable” card can be inserted at any time and sits flush with the edge of the ExpressCard slot.

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Jul 20
OtterBox announces cases for the iPhone 4

OtterFox (www.otterbox.com/iphone-cases/iphone-4-cases/) has unveiled its Defender Series case. Impact Series and Commuter Series cases for the iPhone 4. The Defender Series case sports a polycarbonate shell made of hi-impact, shatter-resistant material .

Built into the shell is a clear Multi-Touch display screen cover as well as a clear cover for the Apple logo cutout on the backside. Finally, a silicone skin wraps around and locks into the shell . A holster-style swivel belt clip is enclosed.

Coming soon, the OtterBox Commuter Series case features two layers of device security. A silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell combine to provide protection from bump and shock, while the self-adhering screen protector defends from scratching. Similar to the Impact Series, the Commuter Series will offer coverage for the iPhone 4 power button, volume...

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Jul 20
GEAR4 announces line of portable audio solutions for the iPod,...

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), an UK iPod and iPhone audio brand, has expanded its presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of new portable audio solutions for the iPhone and iPod touch. They'll be available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1.
 
The US$149 Explorer SP is a lightweight iPod/iPhone speaker that comes with a carrying case and a remote. It has a lithium-ion battery with a fast-charge feature, purportedly giving it 10 hours of continuous play after only two hours of charge.

The StreetParty Size 0 is a slim and slender dock. Then there's teh StreetParty 4, a device dock that actually folds completely flat for storage. Both are powered with AA batteries, and manufacturer's suggested retail price is $99 and $69, respectively.
 
Rounding out GEAR4’s portable solutions, the StreetParty Compact is an option with a MSRP of $49. It's smaller in height than the other portable...

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Jul 20
Paradigma Software ships Valentina DB 4.7

Paradigma Software (http://www.valentina-db.com) has released Valentina DB 4.7, an update of the columnar database for business and developers. The new version sports over a dozen of user requested improvements and optimizations, as well as several core improvements and updates for 64-bit operations under Mac OS X.

Valentina DB based products include Valentina ADK and Valentina Developer Network for developers desiring to incorporate the Valentina DB into their applications. VDN also allows royalty free deployment of Valentina Embedded Server. Developer solutions start at $199 for every major development environment for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and iPhone.

Standalone, business ready Valentina Office Server is also available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, and includes full PHP development, PDF reports generation, SSL security, Bonjour auto-lookup features and more.

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Jul 20
PulpMotion upgrade for Mac OS X offers new photo frame theme

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.1. The new versions offers a new photo frame theme and a brand new version of animated books.

With all these new features there are now more than 190 themes available in PulpMotion Advanced, including 30 new wedding themes.

PulpMotion 3.1 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Complimentary upgrades are available to customers who purchased PulpMotion on or after Jan. 1. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jul 20
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated

PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were upgraded today to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.1 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.1. Both frameworks can now be used with an assistive application that runs as a trusted accessibility process, so that its user does not have to turn on the global "Enable access for assistive devices" setting in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management.

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Jul 20
USB Fever releases two new products.

USB Fever has released two new products. One is for the iPad, the other for the iPhone.

The Headrest Mount for eeePC/UMPC/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1918) is an US$33.99 gadget for mounting a tablet device to your windshield windows. The MonoPod Collapsible Self-protrait Stick
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1930) is a $16.99 doohickey for using the iPhone and other device for taking a self-portrait.

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Jul 20
Centrify offers free AD authentication for Macs

Centrify Corp., which specializes in securing and auditing access to cross-platform systems and applications through Active Directory, has announced availability of Centrify Express, a new set of free software applications and tools, content resources and community forums designed to help organizations improve security and compliance of data center and desktop systems.

A subset of the company’s award-winning Centrify Suite of identity and access management solutions (IAM), Centrify Express is ideal for organizations interested in establishing a single sign-on experience for Mac and Linux users based on their existing Active Directory credentials. To download the free software, visit http://www.centrify.com/express .
 
Centrify Express comprises:

° DirectControl Express, which enables Mac OS X and Linux servers and workstations to participate in a Windows Active Directory...

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Jul 20
Apple explains its location collection info practices

Apple told Congress it collects location information about users of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers in batches and encrypts it before sending it over a WiFi connection from the device to Apple's servers every 12 hours, reports "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/kd).

Apple said its iPhone, iPad and Mac computers collect location information, but do so anonymously in batches and encrypt it before sending the data over a WiFi connection from the devices to Apple's servers every 12 hours. Apple's info was in response to a list of questions from U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe L. Barton (R-Texas).

Last month the Congressmen sent Apple a letter demanding to know about the company's practice of collecting, storing and sharing the location of users' mobile devices. Apple, which will not let users download any applications from the iTunes store without agreeing to the new terms and conditions, shares...

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Jul 20
SQLLiteManager adds table editor with foreign key support

SQLabs has updated SQLLiteManager (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqlitemanager.php), a SQLite database manager tool for Mac OS X and Windows, to version 3.5. The upgrade adds a table editor with foreign key support and an advanced low level SQlite 3 database analyzer.

SQLiteManager is a graphical user interface (GUI) database manager for SQLite databases. it allows you to open and work with SQALite 2.x, SQLite 3.x, in memory databases and REALSQL Server databases. It allows you to create and browse tables, views, triggers and indexes. SQLLiteManager enables you to insert, delete and update records and supports arbitrary SQL commands.

It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A SQLiteManager single license is US$49, and a $20 discount coupon code is available for SQLiteManager 1.x registered users. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. SQLLiteManager is a...

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Jul 20
Spootnik launches a web front end for OmniFocus MacOS/iOS app

Buzzard AG has announced a web front-end for OmniFocus as an additional feature to their Spootnik web service (http://www.spootnik.net), which provides synchronization between OmniFocus and Basecamp to enable collaboration between co-workers and customers.

A Spootnik Account functions as a hub, keeping OmniFocus on iPhone and Mac in sync, synchronizing tasks with the online collaboration app by 37signals Basecamp, and now also providing access via a web browser. Spootnik makes OmniFocus accessible from everywhere; only a web browser is required

Device requirements are: OmniFocus on Mac OS X computer or iOS device; OmniFocus 1.5 or higher; and a web browser (Firefox 2+, Safari 4+, Chrome 5 and IE 7+).

The Spootnik web service is available via monthly subscription plans. A 30-day free trial is available.

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