MacNews Latest News
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

MacNews Latest News

Jan 07
iPhone tops the Virtue 100 list for third straight year

Apple’s iPhone continued its reign earning the top spot again for the third-straight year on the Vitrue 100 list, which annually ranks the most social brands. Rounding out the top five are Blackberry, Disney, Android and iPad. Apple ranked number seven on the list, the iPod number 15 and the Mac number 75.

The Vitrue 100 measures a brand’s “social mentions” by analyzing online conversations on a daily basis across social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, photo and video sharing sites. The rankings represent the sheer volume of social mentions, not sentiment. This is the third annual Vitrue 100. Go here for current and past rankings: http://www.vitrue.com/smi .

“Our third annual Vitrue 100 rankings revealed some surprising and interesting things about some of the world’s most iconic brands, as well as newer brands, and their effective use of social media,” says Vitrue CEO Reggie Bradford. “iPhone...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Mac App Store hacked

A number of security loopholes in the applications listed on the Mac App Store allow users to download paid applications for free and repackage bootleg programs with malicious code, according to "eWeek" report (http://macte.ch/HEftd).

Less than 24 hours after Apple unveiled the Mac App Store for the Mac OS X, reports emerged on various user forums, including "Pastebin" and "Daring Fireball" (http://www.daringfireball.net), that some paid apps don't properly validate App Store receipts, making it easy to obtain those programs for free, the article adds. Users can copy the App Store receipt from any legitimate Mac App Store download -- free or paid -- and paste it to validate other paid applications, according to the posted instruction.

"This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps," wrote John Gruber of Daring Fireball,...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Chinese web site selling fraudulent iTunes accounts

"Tens of thousands" of fraudulent iTunes accounts are for sale on a major Chinese web site, according to the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/XoeTu). About 50,000 accounts linked to stolen credit cards are listed on auction site TaoBao, the country's equivalent of eBay, the article adds.

Buyers are promised temporary access to unlimited downloads from the service for as little as 1 yuan (10p) a time. Apple, which recently stepped up iTunes' security after a series of break-ins, declined to comment on the matter to the "BBC."

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: WeSC debuts headphone collection

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WeSC, a Stockholm-based street-fashion brand short for “We Are the Superlative Conspiracy,” is unveiling its fall 2011 premium headphone, expanding the brand’s line of seasonal and non-seasonal headphones and earbuds.

WeSC seasonal collections are inspired by the brand’s collaborations with visionaries across the different genres of culture, art, sports, music and creativity, according to CEO and co-founder Greger Hagelin. The new line will include such models as The Standad, Jason Lee and Bing Bang.

| Read more »
Jan 07
IK Multimedia offers handheld microphone for iOS devices

IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced the iRig Mic, a handheld quality condenser microphone for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, designed for all vocal and mobile sound needs. You can pre-order it now for US$59.99.

iRig Mic is designed especially for the singer, vocalist and songwriter on the move, as well as for recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. Its sports an unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule that provides quality recording, in both close mic and long distance mic conditions, and real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector.

A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing. The iRig Mic can be mounted on any mic stand, leaving the iOS device free for app operation.

iRig Mic also comes with...

| Read more »
Jan 07
O'Reilly Media releases 'Office 2011 for Mac Missing...

O'Reilly Media has released "Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual," an 816-page book by Christopher Grover. It costs US$27.99 for the ebook version and $34.99 for the print version.

Topics covered include: taking advantage of new tools; creating professional looking documents; crunching numbers with ease; staying organized; making presentations; and using the programs together. Grover has worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years.

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: ThermaPak introduces new laptop, iPad cooling products

ThermaPak is introducing new products at this week's 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new products are:

° IcePad (US$34.99) – ThermaPAK’s new icePad sleeve brings environmentally-friendly cooling to the iPad using patented HeatShift Technology. The polyurethane cover provides access to all iPad buttons and connections, while keeping the Apple tablet cool. The icePad fits snuggly around the iPad, with openings to plug in a charger, cable or headset. It's available in translucent clear and black.

° LapSaver ($25.99-$29.99) --The LapSaver features the HeatShift Technology for cooling in addition to offering a sleeve for storage of the user’s laptop. While the laptop is on, it can be rested on the back of the LapSaver to ensure it stays at a safe temperature. When the user is ready to go, the laptop can be slipped into the built-in smooth neoprene sleeve for transport. The LapSaver is available in 14-inch and 16-inch models, both in...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Mac App Store downloads top one million in first day

Apple says that over one million apps have been downloaded from the new Mac App Store in the first day. The store launched on Thursday with more than 1,000 free and paid apps.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through the Software Update as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting,...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Apple’s 2011 proxy statement now online

Apple says its 2011 proxy materials are now available on the web under the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice and Access rules and can be found at http://www.apple.com/investor . As a result of the Notice and Access rules, Apple is able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of producing and delivering printed materials, the company says.

Apple shareholders can still receive a printed copy of the proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided at http://www.apple.com/investor or in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that will be mailed to individuals who were Apple shareholders as of Dec. 27. Apple’s 2010 Form 10-K was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 and may also be viewed at www.apple.com/...

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Griffin introduces StompBox for the iPad

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has introduced the StompBox for iPad and Mic Stand Mount for iPad.

The StompBox multi-function foot controller integrates with iShred LIVE to give guitarists an iPad-ready pedalboard. It's due for release in the first quarter of the year for US$99.99. The Mic Stand Mount turns an iPad into a music stand. It's due later this month for $39.99.

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Speakal debuts iPhone dock

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) debuted the DS910, a a Bluetooth iPhone dock for users to make hands-free calls, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It incorporates a CD display, alarm clock, FM radio, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for other music sources. Pricing and a release date haven't been announced.

| Read more »
Jan 07
This Mac OS X app will Nag you

Electric Pocket has announced a Mac version of its Nag reminder app (http://electricpocket.com/mac/), offering a way to give yourself a persistent reminder that something needs to be done.

You can set an alarm for important events. When the alarm time comes, Nag will sound its alarm -- and will continue its nagging every minute until you acknowledge the alarm.

Nag requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

| Read more »
Jan 07
Speck introduces TimetoRock for six gen iPod nano

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has released the TimetoRock wristband and armband headphone cord organizer for the six gen iPod nano

“Watchbands have become a real symbol of style and personal expression over the years and so we drew inspiration from that,” says Bryan Hynecek, director of Design at Speck. “With the TimetoRock wristband, our customers will recognize the delicate balance between fashion and protection that’s synonymous with Speck.”
 
TimetoRock’s adjustable strap lets you listen to your favorite tunes while walking, jogging, working or just lounging around the house. The iPod nano fits securely inside the band, but also pops in and out as you wish.

At the same time, the wristband offers protected access to sleep/wake and volume control buttons along with the earphone jack. The TimetoRock also includes two adjustable headphone cord management armbands (one...

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Panasonic introduces new digital cameras, camcorders

Panasonic has introduced new digital cameras and camcorders at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new Lumix DMC-S3 and Lumix DMC-S1are two easy-to-use models that offer smart features for taking photos and 720p (at 30fps) High Definition videos. The 14.1-megapixel Lumix S3 and 12.1-megapixel Lumix S1 also feature a new design, with a distinct rounded shape designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The Lumix DMC-FH27 and Lumix DMC-FH25 shoot 16.1 megapixel images and combine a 28mm wide-angl Leica DC lens with an 8x optical zoom. Designed with an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, both models feature large Intelligent LCDs, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and an advanced iA (Intelligent Auto).

Panasonic has introduced three new Full-High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders to its 2011 line, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800. The new full-HD camcorders feature 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1080/60p recording...

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Olympus debuts new cameras, accessories

Olympus has introduced new cameras and accessories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new products include the Olympus PEN E-PL2, the fourth generation of the PEN family of compact interchangeable lens digital cameras.

This camera expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight (MAL-1) and new Olympus PENPal Bluetooth accessory. The lineup of six new Olympus cameras includes the XZ-1, an ultra-compact with a built-in ZUIKO lens.

Olympus' new point-and-shoot cameras offer new features including 3D photo mode, Eye-Fi Card compatibility and new Magic Filters, adding artistic effects to your videos. They include the TG-610, TG-310, SP-610UZ and VG-120.

| Read more »
Jan 07
New iCal alternative available at the Mac App Store

Little Marauder (http://www.littlemarauder.com) has released Caliander, a new iCal alternative on the Mac App Store. The US$18.99 has a novel timeline based user interface, event creation using common English descriptions, and a global keyboard shortcut for adding events.


Since Caliander uses the same calendar database as iCal, it syncs just as usual, so there's no need to migrate old calendars. It doesn't use the conventional paper calendar layouts in favor of a novel, dynamic timeline layout, which can be panned and zoomed freely.

Caliander also has a perceptual mode, which squeezes together the distant future to show the near future in greater detail. This means that the software can show a detailed daily schedule while still reminding the user of things coming up in the next couple of days. Caliander requires Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later.

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Buffalo launches USB 3.0 storage family, expands wireless...

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Buffalo Technology (http://http://www.buffalotech.com/) has launched a family of USB 3.0 storage devices and expanded its wireless portfolio.

The new USB 3.0 external hard drives deliver interface speeds up to 5 gigabits per second and range in price from US$99.99 to $629.99. The new MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0, DriveStation Axis USB 3.0, DriveStation Duo USB 3.0 and DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 are designed for quick transfer and storage of high-resolution graphics, digital audio/video, large multimedia files, photos and more.   

Buffalo Technology also announced the AirStation Nfiniti Wireless-N High Power Dual Band Router & Access Point. The gigabit WZR-HP-AG300H is the latest addition to Buffalo's DD-WRT powered wireless portfolio. It will be available in February at an estimated street price of US$149.99.

| Read more »
Jan 07
HyperCard clone available on the Mac App Store

Bayhoff Software has released BayCard 1.0, a modern day HyperCard clone on the Mac App Store. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and costs US$19.99.

It was designed to allow non-programmers to bring their own visions to life without the need to learn how to write code. Like HyperCard, a BayCard document can be thought of as a stack of index cards. Unlike HyperCard, BayCard doesn't feature a scripting language. In place of a scripting language, BayCard features over 25 interface widgets including, but not limited to, tables, lists, web pages, date pickers, and iTunes-style star ratings.

According to the folks at Bayhoff Software, BayCard can be utilized in many different ways by different users. For example, one user may choose to use BayCard to organize their life. Another user may use the program to design a simple presentation. Finally, a third user may use BayCard to design several point-and-click adventures.

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Assero introduces line of iPad front-packs

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Assero Industries (http://www.asseroindustries.com) has launched a line of iPad front-packs that will purportedly allow iPad functionality with complete hands-free mobility.  T

The trademark-design allows the iPad user to wear the forward-facing gear bag and unzip the front pack creating a drop down desk that houses the iPad in a secure form-fitting case. The interior of the bag is lined with soft neoprene fabric to protect the screen, while supplemental pockets for credit cards, chargers and a cell-phone provide a total mobile office.
 
Assero’s front-packs range from US$89.99-129.99. The iPad bags are comprised of sturdy materials including an easy-to-clean Ripstop nylon exterior and a neoprene iPad sleeve with Vlcro backing to adjust against the soft, brushed tricot interior. The straps are Memory Foam covered by...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Tembo is new find utility for Mac OS X

Houdah Software has released Tembo, a "friendly" find utility for Mac OS X designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible.

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).

Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Tembo may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

| Read more »
Jan 07
Panorama Sheets for Mac OS x combines database, spreadsheet...

ProVue Development has released Panorama Sheets, a new Mac OS X application that combines the power of a database with the familiar simplicity of a spreadsheet for only $39.95.

All database operations are RAM based in order to run quickly, and all data entry, searching, sorting, data analysis and data manipulation is handled using a straightforward spreadsheet-like interface. Data can be imported or exported to/from text files and spreadsheets, and can be printed in tabular format or using standard Avery mailing label templates.

When setting up a search, analysis or data manipulation, Panorama Sheets instantly previews the results as each key is pressed (similar to Spotlight). The live preview updates in real time, so users can immediately see how different options interact with actual data before they actually perform an action.

There are two versions of Panorama Sheets for OS X. The version available from Apple's Mac App Store requires an Intel Mac running...

| Read more »
Jan 07
InnoPocket launches Amphibian Case for the iPhone 4

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has launched the US$29.99 Amphibian Case for the iPhone 4, a waterproof, play-through case with an with an inner shell that can be used as an everyday polycarbonate hard case.
 
This molded polycarbonate inner shell is rigid and crush proof making the case durable and strong, according to the folks at InnoPocket. The silicon jacket and its bump out corners will further protect your iPhone 4 from accidental drops.

The play-through design allows for full control of the touch screen functions. The utout at the back for the camera will let you to take underwater pictures and videos with your iPhone 4.

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Verbatim introduces new flash drives, memory cards, SSDs

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has announced a new line-up of flash drives, high-speed memory cards and performance-driven solid-state disc drives at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They include the:
 
° Verbatim Netbook USB Drive -- this low-profile and lightweight new flash drive is simply inserted into a netbook or other electronic device with a USB port and left in place for always-ready removable storage. It works with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and is available in storage capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. A special Car Audio USB edition, specifically targeted at automotive applications is also available in a capacity of 8GB.
 
° Verbatim 64GB SDXC Memory Card -- the newest format in the Secure Digital (SD) arena, the Verbatim 64GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) memory card, is compatible with SDXC devices supporting both the High Speed...

| Read more »
Jan 07
Kensington announces four new iOS device accessories

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Kensington Computer Products Group (http:www.kensington.com) has introduced four new products to extend connectivity with iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices and the applications that run on them. They are the:

° US$49.95 Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery and Dock, which is designed to give your iPhone hours of extra power plus a handsfree stand with the Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery and Dock. The 1200 mAh battery pack provides charging while the kickstand flips open to let you enjoy FaceTime chats and videos. It features two position charging: in-line use for phone conversations and docking for charge, sync and FaceTime.

° Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad ($39.99), which wraps your Apple tablet with an industrial rubberized band allowing a secure grip for handling in any iPad orientation. It protects not just the edges but cushions iPad from accidental drops. The BlackBelt protection band...

| Read more »
Jan 07
CES: Speakal unveils new speaker solutions

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) announced an expansion of its lineup of advanced docking solutions to include lifelike replicas for the football, basketball, and soccer fan.

Each of these 2.1 companions for your iOS device boasts 360 degree sound distribution, a 15W subwoofer, and volume touch controls. The Speakal MiGolfball tees up golf enthusiasts with a wireless stereo speaker set that wirelessly plays your favorite music from your Bluetooth device, MP3 player, or computer. Go to the Speakal web site for pricing.

| Read more »
 
AAPL
$93.74
Apple Inc.
-1.09
GOOG
$693.01
Alphabet Inc.
+1.99
MSFT
$49.87
Microsoft Corporation
-0.03
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

The beginner's guide to Warbits
Warbits is a turn-based strategy that's clearly inspired by Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Since turn-based strategy games can be kind of tricky to dive into, see below for a few tips to help you in the beginning. Positioning is crucial [Read more] | Read more »
How to upgrade your character in Spellsp...
So you’ve mastered the basics of Spellspire. By which I mean you’ve realised it’s all about spelling things in a spire. What next? Well you’re going to need to figure out how to toughen up your character. It’s all well and good being able to spell really, really long words, but it’s not going to mean a thing if your gear isn’t up to scratch. [Read... | Read more »
5 slither.io mash-ups we'd love to...
If there's one thing that slither.io has proved, it's that the addictive gameplay of Agar.io can be transplanted onto basically anything and it will still be good fun. It wouldn't be surprising if we saw other developers jumping on the bandwagon, and we've come up with five major games that we think could benefit from taking a leaf out of slither.... | Read more »
How to navigate the terrain in Sky Charm...
Sky Charms is a whimsical match-'em up adventure that uses creative level design to really ramp up the difficulty. [Read more] | Read more »
Victorious Knight (Games)
Victorious Knight 1.3 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.3 (iTunes) Description: New challenges awaits you! Experience fresh RPG experience with a unique combat mechanic, packed with high quality 3D visual content, set in fantasy medieval theme. | Read more »
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game (Gam...
Agent Gumball - Roguelike Spy Game 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Someone’s been spying on Gumball. What the what?! Two can play at that game! GO UNDERCOVERSneak past enemy patrols to collect secrets, plant bugs, take down targets, and rescue missing agents. Which spy will... | Read more »
Runaway Toad (Games)
Runaway Toad 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It ain’t easy bein’ green! Tap, hold, and swipe to help Toad hop to safety in this gorgeous new action game from the creators of Super Splatters! and illustrator Nina Limarev.Story | Read more »
PsyCard (Games)
PsyCard 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: From the makers och Card City Nights, Progress To 100 and Ittle DewPSYCARD is a minesweeper-like game set in a cozy cyberpunk dystopia.Use your psychic powers, and some risky luck, to determine the position of the hidden cards and... | Read more »
Sago Mini Robot Party (Education)
Sago Mini Robot Party 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: -- Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice -- | Read more »
Egz – The Origin of the Universe (Games...
Egz – The Origin of the Universe 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: ►►► Special offer until 2nd may : get the game at 2.99€ instead of 3.99€ ! ◄◄◄Egz is a mesmerizing mix between an addictive action puzzle game and an animated movie! Don’t let your Egz die! | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.