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Aug 30
Today for iCal offers new default calendar feature

Second Gear (http://secondgearllc.com) has released Today 2.5, an update of the US$15 Mac OS X application for managing iCal events and tasks. The new version adds the ability to set a default calendar for new events and tasks you create inside Today.

Version 2.5 also adds support for creating daily, weekly, monthly or yearly recurring events. What's more, the update should also be a better MobileMe syncing citizen by remembering your calendar preferences more reliably between machines.

Today distinguishes between different events based on the calendar color you define in iCal. Assign a keyboard shortcut, and you can toggle Today's visibility in a split second. Adding new events and tasks can be accomplished in the same way. You can also schedule next week's meeting or a quick task in Today. No iCal required.

It synchronizes calendar information from an iPhone and iPod touch and...

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Aug 30
Times for Red releases public beta of Red Pill 1.0 for Mac OS X

Times for Fun has announced a public beta release of Red Pill, a new image editor for Mac. A final version is scheduled for release in the near future. Red Pill offers 10 useful tools and handles big image.


Features include: tools like magic wand, brush, paint bucket and clone stamp; transform and adjust filters; a paste into command; float/anchor selection; unlimited undo; the ability to resize, rotate and flip an image; a quick save command; file manager and batch processing

The public beta version is available for download at http://www.timesforfun.de/Red_Pill.html . Just remember : beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

Red Pill is build for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 30
Intel to acquire Infineon's Wireless Solutions business

Infineon Technologies and Intel Corp. (http://www.intel.com) have entered into a definitive agreement to transfer Infineon's Wireless Solutions (WLS) business to Intel in a cash transaction valued at approximately US$1.4 billion.

WLS, a provider of cellular platforms to top tier global phone makers, will operate as a standalone business serving its existing customers. WLS will also contribute to Intel's strategy to make connected computing ubiquitous from smartphones to laptops to embedded computing, says Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

Intel's goal is to expand its mobile and embedded product offerings to support additional customers and market segments, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and embedded computing devices, he adds. Through this effort, Otellini says Intel will pair WLS' cellular technology with its core strengths to enable the delivery of low-power, Intel-based...

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Aug 30
Next MacBUS meeting will look at using Dimdim

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a demonstration of Dimdim, a virtual meeting hosting service.  A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

CBS Auditorium
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
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Aug 30
Mail Act-On beefs up support for Act-On, Outbox rules

Indev Software has released Mail Act-On 2.17 (http://www.indev.ca/MailActOn.html), an update of the enhancement to Apple's Mail application that lets you create rules to perform actions on messages by responding to simple keystrokes. The upgrade adds preliminary support for saving /reading Act-On and Outbox rules to/from a drop box folder or shared network folder.

To use an alternate folder, use the following terminal command. defaults write ca.indev.MailActOn ruleSavePath "Path/to/dropbox" Note: This won't work with inbox rules because of potential sync problems with MobileMe.

Other new features include the use of preferred mailboxes when moving messages, and the ability for organizational rules to activate other rules to enable sophisticated workflows such as automatically filing messages that you have replied to, and using combined And/Or logic in your rules. There are also...

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Aug 30
OverSite 4.0 update for Mac OS X adds new widgets, more

Independent software developer Dave Taubler has released OverSite 4.0 (http://www.taubler.com/oversite), an update to his wireframing and interaction design application for Mac OS X.

The new version adds: new widgets, the ability to colorize the page background. and the ability to colorize individual spreadsheet cells. Also, wireframe canvases can now autosize to fit components.

The registration cost for new users is US$65; existing users can upgrade for $30. OverSite is compatible with PowerPC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

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Aug 30
MiniMail for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.3

Indev software has released MiniMail 2.0.3 (http://www.indev.ca/MiniMail.html). It provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.5.

MiniMail 2.0.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6, up to version 10.6.2. As maintenance releases for OS X 10.6 are released, MiniMail will need free updates for continued compatibility.

MiniMail keeps the single mini window mode that's familiar to version 1.X users, while introducing a new multiple window mode. In this new mode, the zoom button will miniaturize each message viewer, showing just the selected mailboxes, letting you maintain different mini windows for a focused view on different mailboxes.

MiniMail now uses Sparkle for updating so that the update process should be the familiar and the same as numerous other applications that use Sparkle. The app is now localized into French, German, Danish, and Norwegian.

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Aug 30
Phone Amego for Mac OS X adds new device tables

Sustainable Softworks has released Phone Amego 1.2.6 (http://www.sustworks.com/site/prod_phoneAmego_help/PhoneAmegoHelp.html), an update of the Mac OS X (10.5 and later) tool designed to make using your phone easier when you're near your computer by providing on-screen caller ID, letting you click to dial a phone number from your Address Book or on your screen, and optionally dialing through Google Voice.

The upgrade adds some new device tables and fixes some bugs. In addition to Mac OS X 10.5 or later Phone Amego requires: a Google Voice account or a compatible Bluetooth cell phone or a landline phone connected through a compatible USB modem and caller ID service or VoIP phone connected through a Linksys/Sipura VoIP telephone adaptor.

It costs US$20, though version 1.2.6 is a free update for registered...

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Aug 30
Flux web page creation app revved to version 3.0.8

The Escapers has released Flux 3.0.8 (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 audio support and improved French locale.

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

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Aug 30
iBank rings up version 4.0r3

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.0rc3 a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). This is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

iBank costs USS$59.95. iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard").

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Aug 28
Apple tops IBM's X-Force security list

Apple tops the list of IBM's X-Force security list of most vulnerable vendors followed by Microsoft and Adobe, according to the "International Business Times" (http://macosg.me/2/st). However, Apple is the only major vendor that has patched all critical security flaws in its operating systems.

Apple held the top position for a second year in a row, while Microsoft moved from third to second. Adobe jumped from the ninth position to third on account of recent PDF and Flash-based loopholes like the ones used to jailbreak the iPhone. Linux topped the list of the most vulnerable operating systems.

Apple accounted for 4% of all vulnerability disclosures with Microsoft reporting 3.4%. But when it comes to the least patched vendors, the top three positions are held by Sun, Microsoft and Mozilla with Apple in the fourth place.

The IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report is produced twice per year: once at mid-...

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Aug 28
Apple App Store has over 250,000 apps

148Apps (http;//www.148apps.biz/), which offers iPhone development news and information, says the Apple App Store has over 250,000 apps from 50,304 publishers as of Friday, just slightly over two years after it opened.

AppShopper.com, which keeps a similar list, has the total at 253,777 apps, including 24,334 for the iPad, notes "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/ss).

A 148Apps pie chart that breaks down the list by category shows that books (with 17%) have now overtaken games (14%) and entertainment (11%). According to an analysis posted by Royal Pingdom Friday, roughly 70% of the offerings on Apple's store are paid apps. On Google's Android Market, by contrast, 64% are free, notes "Fortune."

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Aug 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 27

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/).

Buddy Bergman has announced The Language Buddy 1.0, a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It provides a simple interface to enter in a word or short phrase in your native language along with a Romanized "sounds like" spelling for another language. You can also assign photos and audio clips.

Intersog has released Pocket CFO -- Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention (US$39.95) for the iPad. Optimized for mobile learning, it's designed to help business managers and owners understand and utilize modern internal control tools to detect, deter, and ultimately prevent fraud.

DeviceVM has introduced Splashtop Remote for the iPad ($19.99), which allows users to access and control their PC through the Apple tablet. iPad. Splashtop Remote...

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Aug 27
Apple to pay iPhone developers sooner, more frequently

According to a post at the Apple iPhone Dev Center (https://developer.apple.com/iphone/news/archives/2010/august/#paymentsan...), the company will pay developers sooner and more often under a new Payments and Financial Reports module in iTunes Connect.

Apple says this new module provides you with details on all financial reports and payments. From a dashboard view, developers obtain information including last payment, amount owed, latest monthly earnings, a rolling transaction history, unit sales, and payment trends.
In addition, Apple has also made updates to how your payments will be processed and how they are presented on iTunes Connect, including:

° Reduction in the thresholds required to be paid, increasing the frequency you will receive proceeds;

° A consolidated...

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Aug 27
Microsoft co-founder sues Apple, 10 other companies

Another day, another lawsuit. A tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s, reports "TechFlash" (http://macosg.me/2/sr).

In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay are being targeted. Microsoft isn't on the list.

A total of four Interval Research patents are cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. In a statement this morning, Allen’s firm calls the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and search companies operate today," says "TechFlash."

The patents cited in the suit include one for a “Browser for use in...

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Aug 27
Apple to pay iPhone developers sooner, more frequently

According to a post at the Apple iPhone Dev Center (https://developer.apple.com/iphone/news/archives/2010/august/#paymentsan...), the company will pay developers sooner and more often under a new Payments and Financial Reports module in iTunes Connect.

Apple says this new module provides you with details on all financial reports and payments. From a dashboard view, developers obtain information including last payment, amount owed, latest monthly earnings, a rolling transaction history, unit sales, and payment trends.
In addition, Apple has also made updates to how your payments will be processed and how they are presented on iTunes Connect, including:

° Reduction in the thresholds required to be paid, increasing the frequency you will receive proceeds;

° A consolidated...

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Aug 27
Mariner Software launches Narrator

Mariner Software (http://www.marinersoftware.com) has launched Narrator under its brand after recently acquiring it from Dejal Systems. It's Mac OS X software that allows the user to read stories out loud using speech synthesis.

Narrator is now up to version 2.1. The latest rev lets you export to iTunes and, listen to your own texts like audiobooks. It supports multiple voice characters and multiple chapters in a single document and can export AAC sound files.

Narrator costs US$39.95 for a downloadable version; a boxed/CD version will be offered soon. Version 2.1 is a free upgrade for registered users and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Aug 27
Bluetrek Metal Evolution headset specially designed for the...

Bluetrek (http://www.bluetrek.com/product_info.php?id=107) has launched a Bluetooth headset specially designed for iPhone 4 and 3GS. It's an US$59.99 silver color case in a brushed metallic finish on a reinforced aluminum casing.

The Bluetooth chipset used in this Metal Evolution headset is from the same maker as the one used in the iPhones. The audio tuning of the Metal Evolution for iPhone is specially catered to iPhone 4 and 3GS, according to John Haley, director of Bluetrek USA. In addition, the headset is equipped with “NoiseLock” noise cancellation technology that effectively eliminates background noise in the surrounding environment up to 80dB, he adds.

The belt clip also embeds a mini USB adapter to charge the headset from any standard USB compatible travel charger or car charger.

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Aug 27
Kodak announces new all-in-one printer

Eastman Kodak Company (http://www.kodak.com) has announced the newest addition to its innovative line of all-in-one inkjet printers: the ESP 9250 AiO. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$249.99.

The ESP 9250 Printer features Kodak's proprietary pigmented inks and an intelligent bar code system that optimizes settings for superior printing performance using Kodak's proprietary pigmented ink system. Kodak printers automatically detect and adjust for printing documents or photos and feature a bar code reader that works with Kodak Photo Paper to customize the printer's ink output to produce the best results.

With the latest Wi-Fi and networking capability, consumers can effortlessly print with the ESP 9250 Printer, from anywhere in their home or even from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device. A control panel and built-in templates allow you to print a variety of forms, including graph paper,...

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Aug 27
Macs, laptops Steaming up

Valve has released some figures in the Steam for OS X universe, showing a mass move to portable computers and strong steps for Mac gaming, notes "9to5 Mac" (http://macosg.me/2/sg). The latest figures show us that over two thirds of Mac users on Steam own a MacBook or MacBook Pro, another 23 percent use an iMac.

Overall 72% of processors at Valve are Intel, while the majority (59%)of graphics cards in Gamerland come from Nvidia. Also, 32.73% of users were still using Windows XP.
According to the survey, 45.78% of Mac users are gaming on a MacBook Pro, 23.18% are using an iMac, 20.25% a MacBook, 5.41% a Mac Pro and 3.44% a Mac mini.

Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series.

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Aug 27
Firefox support for PowerPC Macs coming to an end

Mozilla says it's unlikely that the final version of Firefox 4 will run on older Macs with PowerPC processors, according to "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/sf). Apparently, you'll need a Mac with an Intel processor.

"We are not likely to be supporting PowerPC," said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox, in a message Tuesday on the Mozilla.dev.planning discussion group. "[But] no announcement has been made yet, as I'd like to have the data to back it up, and am having trouble getting it."

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Aug 27
Reverb Communications must remove 'deceptive' reviews

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled against a marketing firm that posted favorable reviews of its clients' gaming applications on iTunes, reports the "BBC" (http://macosg.me/2/sd).

Reverb Communications employees posed as ordinary reviewers in a ploy that the FTC called "deceptive advertising." The firm must now remove all of the reviews posted by its employees.

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Aug 27
MPEG LA offers H.264 video license royalty free for life

MPEG LA says its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as “Internet Broadcast AVC Video”) during the entire life of this license.

MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through Dec. 31, 2015. The latest announcement makes it clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.

MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services.

AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player...

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Aug 27
Intel's third quarter below expectations

Intel (http://www.intel.com) says third-quarter revenue will be below the company’s previous outlook. The company now expects third-quarter revenue to be US$11.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, compared to the previous expectation of between $11.2 and $12.0 billion.

Revenue is being affected by weaker than expected demand for consumer computers in mature markets. Inventories across the supply chain appear to be in-line with the company’s revised expectations.

The company’s expectation for third-quarter gross margin is now 66%, plus or minus a point, lower than the previous expectation of 67%, plus or minus a couple of points. The impact of lower volume is being partially offset by slightly higher average selling prices stemming from solid enterprise demand.

Equity investments, interest and other is expected to be $175 million, consistent with the company’s revised expectation reported on Form...

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Aug 27
Free Photoshop World Expo passes available

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) says free Expo passes (http://photoshopworld.com/free-expo-pass/) are now available for the public to attend the 2010 Photoshop World Expo on Sept. 2-3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Photoshop World Expo -- produced by the NAPP in partnership with Adobe -- is part of Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the world’s largest Photoshop and photography training event. This industry expo features product launches, hands-on demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Dell, Epson America, iStockphoto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Wacom Technology, Wescott and Xerox Corporation.

It's targeted to photographers and design students, as well as hobbyists. During the final two days of the Expo, Photoshop...

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