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Jan 20
Cropmark numeric keypad offered for Bluetooth Macs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the US$39.99 Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad for Apple wireless keyboard users. Cable/driver free and plug-and-play ready, it adds the numeric capability missing from Bluetooth-enabled Mac keyboards for the entering of figures, tables, and calculations.  

The 28-key Cropmark numeric keypad is designed for anyone who works with numbers, such as small business owners, accountants, restaurateurs, financial analysts, stock brokers, bookkeepers, and spreadsheet users. Designed with the same cylindrical base and brushed aluminum finish as the Apple keyboard, the Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad includes a custom linking connector that snaps in, integrating the keypad with the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

It features a full set of number keys, including forward delete, page up, page down and five additional function buttons. Scissor-type membrane keys...

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Jan 20
'Woz' to do ESC 'fireside chat'

Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak will give a "fireside chat" on Tuesday, May 3, at 9 am, as part of the ESC [Embedded Silicon Systems] Silicon Valley 2011 conference (http://esc-sv09.techinsightsevents.com/), which will be held May 2-6 in San Jose California.

The Embedded Systems Conference is a global electronics industry event for the design engineering community with demonstrations, speeches and technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. You can get more info and register at http://www.embedded.com/esc/sv .

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Jan 20
MacTech Conference acquires US NSConference

"MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com) and iDeveloper TV (part of The Mac Developer Network Limited) has announced that "MacTech" is acquiring the US version of NSConference and merging it into MacTech Conference: For Apple IT Pros and Developers.

While iDeveloper TV will continue to operate NSConference UK independently, NSConference organizers will now be a part of the MacTech Conference team. The yet-to-be-announced MacTech Conference 2011 is slated for fall 2011.

NSConference UK will be held March 21-23 in Wokefield Park outside of London. The sold-out event focuses on sessions presented by some of the world's top Mac OS X and iOS developers.

MacTech Conference 2011 will be a US-based event that delivers content for both IT pros and OS X/iOS developers on the Mac. NSConference's head, Steve Scott ("Scotty"), will join the MacTech Conference 2011 team as Sessions Chair for the...

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Jan 20
Macworld 2011 will serve as launch pad for over 100 new products

Dozens of companies will showcase more than 100 new products next week at Macworld 2011, IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2011, announced today.

Each year, Macworld is the event of choice for Apple third-party product manufacturers to unveil and launch their newest products -- including software, hardware, peripherals, accessories and applications -- for the Apple products platform, says IDG. The Macworld 2011 First Looks program showcases these products for media and attendees to make it easy to locate innovations at the show.

Macworld 2011 will take place Jan. 26-29 at Moscone Center's West Hall in San Francisco. To register, go to https://register.rcsreg.com/r2/macsf2011/ga/clear.html .

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Jan 20
SEC chair: Apple handling Jobs' medical leave appropriately

Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt, "once disinvited from joining Apple Inc.’s board amid differences over corporate governance, said the company has disclosed enough about CEO Steve Jobs’s health, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/qBihB).

Levitt, who headed the SEC from 1993 to 2001, told "Bloomberg Businessweek" the severity of Jobs’s cancer is well established and the board doesn’t need to share more details with the public.

“It’s easy to criticize the board, but I think the reality is that someone who owns Apple stock has got to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that Jobs has an illness that can reoccur at any time,” he said in a telephone interview. “Jobs going on medical leave sends a message to the market. An intelligent investor should know the risks of Jobs having a relapse. For the board to opine on what the extent of the illness is right...

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Jan 20
Quark launches iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress 8 users


Quark has introduced a new service that enables QuarkXPress 8.5 users to publish QuarkXPress content to the iPad. With its iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, Quark will configure a starter iPad app with the customer's logos and colors, and enable the enrichment of QuarkXPress content, which can then be published to that app.

The new service is designed for anyone from the individual designer to corporate publishers and book, newspaper, and magazine publishers who are interested in reaching the digital market quickly with richly-designed, interactive content at a fraction of the cost of conventional app development and publishing, says PG Bartlett, senior vice president of product management for Quark. Customers that use the iPad Publishing Service starting in February 2011 will be able to easily migrate to App Studio for QuarkXPress later in 2011, he adds.

With the iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, users can either convert existing print publications for...

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Jan 20
Apple sues Nokia in London

Another day, another lawsuit as the Apple-Nokia battle continues. Apple sued Nokia Oyj in the U.K. over claims that one of the h company’s European patents for scrolling technology on touch-screen handsets is invalid, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/XeB0o).

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the High Court in London, challenges one of seven Nokia patents asserted against Apple in a September 2010 lawsuit in Dusseldorf, Germany, Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant told "Bloomberg" in an e-mail.

“Nokia is confident that all of the 37 patents it has asserted against Apple” are valid, he said. “We are examining the filing and will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights.”

The Apple-Nokia legal brouhaha has been underway for some time now. In November Nokia announced the filing of t another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents....

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Jan 20
Digital music revenues grew 6% globally in 2010

Action to stop digital music piracy is gaining momentum worldwide, with implementation by ISPs of warnings and deterrent sanctions taking effect in three countries in 2010 and governments in other countries expected to implement measures in 2011, according to a new report by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). The group represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1,400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries.

ISP cooperation measures are now in place aimed at substantially reducing illegal file-sharing in France, South Korea and Ireland. Governments in several other countries, including the UK, New Zealand and Malaysia, are expected to implement new laws in 2011 and the European Union is reviewing its intellectual property enforcement legislation, says the IFPI.

An overview of the global digital music sector is provided in IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2011" The report shows that consumer...

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Jan 20
Chinese environmental group blasts Apple

Apple ranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/sxl1j).

BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Environmental and Public Affairs said in a phone interview today. Apple refused to confirm suspected polluters were among its suppliers and avoided taking responsibility for environmental problems related to its products, he told "Bloomberg."

"We originally thought that Apple, as a corporate citizen, would take a leadership role, but now we feel they ended up as the most obstructive," Jun said.

“Apple has had an extensive supplier auditing program since 2006 and we have lots of information available through our web site,” said...

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Jan 20
Study: iPhone making big headway with smaller businesses

The small and medium business (SMB) market is fertile ground for breaking Research in Motion’s (RIM) corporate smart phone hegemony, new research by AMI-Partners (http://www.ami-partners.com) -- which specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence --indicates. Apple’s iPhone, in particular, is making headway, especially with smaller businesses (SBs).

“The wealth of applications available for the iPhone makes it an attractive option for SBs,” says Karen Nielsen, senior telecom analyst with AMI. “Small businesses are less apt to have in-house IT support, making the application-rich iPhone an attractive multi-use option. mployees are driving a dual/multiple smart phone model by purchasing their preferred brand for personal reasons, and then using it for corporate access.”

AMI’s new study, "2010 The Dynamics of...

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Jan 20
TriGeo: hackers will increasingly target iOS devices

Surges in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Poisoning will yield record-breaking malware outbreaks for businesses in 2011 according to TriGeo Network Security (http://www.trigeo.com/) , a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for mid-market enterprises. The company says that, in addition to SEO poisoning attacks in 2011, companies should expect to see:

° Hackers increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in mobile devices – specifically the iPhone and the iPad. The consumerization of IT continues to present a significant risk to businesses. As new, popular mobile devices are introduced into the workplace, look for hackers to uncover new mobile device vulnerabilities that lead to increased data breaches.

° Data breaches at schools and hospitals yield record-breaking financial losses in 2011. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, educational and medical...

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Jan 20
Jawbone launches motion-controlled Bluetooth headset

Jawbone has unveiled the Jawbone ERA, a Bluetooth headset that delivers a HD audio experience. It boasts a 25% larger wideband speaker and builds on Jawbone's legacy of noise-canceling expertise with the latest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology, says Jawbone CEO and founder Hosain Rahman. 

The Jawbone ERA can detect your surroundings and adjust the inbound volume and intelligibility, whether you're in a restaurant, ball game or traffic to give you the clearest, richest sound, automatically without any user intervention. What's more, Jawbone has teamed with Fullpower-MotionX, which specializes in motion technology, to create what the company says is the first headset with a built-in accelerometer integrated with the patented MotionX platform.  

Jawbone ERA detects your natural movements when you interact with it. Out of the box, users can "Shake Shake" the Jawbone ERA into pairing mode, and "TapTap" it to answer or end a phone call. And this is...

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Jan 20
GarageGames buys Torque assets

GarageGames (http://www.garagegames.com), a subsidiary of Graham Software Development, has acquired the assets relating to the Torque software division of InstantAction, and will be relaunching the Torque business

The resurrection of the GarageGames brand highlights the new company’s focus on the independent game developer community, according to CEO Eric Preisz. To celebrate the relaunch and return to its “indie” roots, GarageGames has reduced pricing across all its Torque on-line products to US$99 each for a limited time.

GarageGames' Torque products provide developers, regardless of size or experience level, an affordable way to create high quality games, says Preisz. The Torque line of products includes 2D and 3D solutions for the Mac/PC, iOS, Xbox 360 and Wii. Torque solutions offer features such as editing, rendering, a streamlined art pipeline, web publishing, multiplayer networking,...

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Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X

Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary.

You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added.

TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.

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Jan 20
Frosty Dogs announces TaskSurfer for the Mac App Store

Frosty Dogs has announced TaskSurfer 1.0, the company's task management application in the Mac App Store. Featuring s synchronization across Macs and mobile devices, it's a task manager that fits GTD or tag-based systems.

Because a project-based GTD style doesn't suit everyone, TaskSurfer features a tag browser that lets the user focus on tasks that have been tagged with the user's custom tags. Tags can be used for categories, time, locations, people, and anything that can be typed.

Using Snow Leopard's Core Location technology, tasks can be assigned to a location-based context, and tasks will be filtered as the Macbook moves from one location to the next. At home, office, or the coffee shop, TaskSurfer will show only the tasks appropriate for the current location.

TaskSurfer also provides the option to synchronize tasks with online task manager Toodledo. Tasks can be kept in-sync across Macs at home and office, and any device that supports syncing with...

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Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X

Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary.

You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added.

TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.

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Jan 20
EyePower Games launches Ink2Go 1.0.13 on Mac App Store

EyePower Games has launched Ink2Go 1.0.13 (http://ink2.eyepowergames.com) on the Mac App Store. It's a tool for presentation and communication.

Ink2Go allows its users to scribble notes and annotations on the desktop, regardless of the application that's currently active, to enhance the point of discussion in a presentation, in a meeting or during a live lecture. Users can toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is needed.

As a desktop application, Ink2Go launches itself as a floating toolbar, that can be dragged to anywhere on the screen so that it doesn't get in the way of the presentation. On the toolbar are buttons for various functions, including pen, highlighter and eraser. Ink2Go also provides a function that allows its users to toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is...

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Jan 20
Brain app available via Mac Game Store

UK-based independent games developer Chris Mayer today announces Brain App, the popular Mac brain training software, is available for purchase via Mac Game Store. The app presents a variety of rapid-fire math problems in quick succession to exercise the brain.

Brain App tracks progress and encourages users to improve day-by-day. Four Brain Exercise types have been included in the initial release of Brain App for Mac. A fifth exercise will be added via a free update in February. Brain App users can suggest new features and exercises on the Brain App Facebook Page.

Brain App requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's available for download from the MacGameStore.com (ttp://www.macgamestore.com/product/1727/Brain-App/), priced at US$4.95; customers may also opt for a DVD Backup of their purchase for $7.95.

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Jan 20
The Support Group offers free FileMaker Go seminar

The Support Group (http://www.supportgroup.com/) has announced free, two-hour, live seminar on FileMaker Go that will demonstrate how FileMaker Pro users can have full access to all their data via an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

It will be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 am to noon (Eastern) at The Support Group's corporate facility in Natick, Massachusetts. The Support Group is one of the few firms chosen by FileMaker to be both a Platinum level member of the FileMaker Business Alliance and an Authorized training provider.

The class is described as appropriate for any level of FileMaker Pro user. Scheduled speakers are Matt O'Dell, systems engineer with FileMaker, and Chad Novotny, vice president, Technology for The Support Group, All participants must register in advance by contacting Greg Lekstrom at (866) 940-8400 x225.

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Jan 20
Vitamin-R gets new time slice adjustment feature

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.41 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version provides a way for users to adjust the duration of a time slice while it's running.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to...

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Jan 20
iWebThemesPro extends collection, adds animated iWeb themes

iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has announced new "animated with Flash" iWeb themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include flash animation and static backgrounds.

Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. All themes incorporate backgrounds, so any web site can be filled with different amounts of information.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$9.99. The set of 25 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.

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Jan 20
TankBot can be controlled by iOS device

Desk Pets International (http://www.mydeskpets.com) -- a creator of interactive micro-robotic toys and gadgets with big-play value -- has unveiled TankBot, a sub-US$20 micro-robotic toy that can be controlled by your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

TankBot’s three modes allow it to navigate mazes, roam, and be fully controllable by your Apple device. With a built-in USB charger, battery cost is non-existent, giving TankBot hours of inexpensive playtime. Not available until June, TankBot will make its first public appearance at this year’s Toy Fair in New York City on Feb. 13-16.

Desk Pets has revolutionized remote control toys by connecting their most recent micro-robot to today’s latest mobile technology. Each TankBot features a dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Utilizing Apple’s accelerometer technology, Desk Pets developed a program that enables...

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Jan 20
Mac Shutdown X now shuts down at end of a Chrome download

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.1. The upgrade provides shutdown at the end of Chrome download and fixes some bugs.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5or higher.

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Jan 20
PDFPen 5.2.1 available in Spanish

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.1. The update adds Spanish localization and improves the Italian localization. It also fixes a performance issue with continuous viewing.

The changes in PDFpen 5.2.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.1, 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 $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro are $40.

PDFpen 5.0.2 and PDFpen Pro...

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Jan 20
Skysoft updates SyncPod for Mac

iSkysoft Studioh has upgraded SyncPod for Mac (http://www.iskysoft.com/syncpod.html). The upgrade "aims at revolutionizing" the way Mac users backup and share multimedia files, such as music, TV shows, and audiobook, videos, pictures, PDF and ePub e-books, to Mac, iPod, iPad and iPhone devices.

The new interface facilitates drag-and-drop file transfer. Also, the upgraded SyncPod for Mac comes with more user-friendly features.

SyncPod for Mac offers the ability to back-up your iOS device's content to your Mac and transfer multimedia files from Mac to Apple devices. It costs US$39 for a single user license. SyncPod for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac (32-bit or 64-bit) running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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