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Aug 04
Freeway 5.5 Preview released with Showcase Gallery app

Softpress Systems has released Freeway 5.5 Preview, a free evaluation version of its upcoming paid-for upgrade to the web-design products, Freeway Express and Pro. Preview versions of both Freeway Express and Freeway Pro are available from the Softpress web site (http://www.softpress.com).

According to Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan, alongside Freeway's extensive existing feature set, Freeway 5.5 has a range of new functionality including:

° Freeway Showcase: Showcase offers even absolute beginners thousands of fully-customizable options so that they can effortlessly build professional, feature-rich galleries and slideshows from scratch in just minutes, he says. You can import images for use into the application via drag and drop from the Finder, or from iPhoto/Aperture libraries displayed in the app itself), or by direct import. A variety of appearance and layout options are available...

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Aug 04
Clearwire introduces 4G broadband service for iOS devices

Clearwire Corp. (http://www.clearwire.com), a provider of wireless broadband services, has announced CLEAR iSpot, a personal hotspot with dedicated support for Apple’s line of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

The iSpot brings the speed and mobility of true mobile broadband to a user base primed for the rich online experience of 4G, says Thomas Enraght-Moony, senior vice president of marketing at Clearwire. With CLEAR, customers can run all of their Apple mobile devices at true broadband speeds for a single, simple monthly fee, he adds.

The iSpot is CLEAR’s first 4G personal mobile hotspot made exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. iSpot users can share 4G speed with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled Apple mobile devices simultaneously. The CLEAR iSpot’s ergonomic design and white casing were specifically designed to complement the iconic image of Apple...

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Aug 04
'YML' looks at jailbreaking, RIM and Microsoft

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at jailbreaking the iPhone, RIM and Microsoft.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Aug 03
Security firm: vulnerabilities found in iOS

A newly discovered vulnerability in the software that runs Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch could allow hackers to remotely enslave the popular mobile devices, according to the Vupen security firm (http://www.vupen.com)

"Two vulnerabilities have been identified in Apple iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod, which could be exploited by remote attackers to take complete control of a vulnerable device," says Vupen. "The first issue is caused by a memory corruption error when processing Compact Font Format (CFF) data within a PDF document, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary code by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted web page using Mobile Safari. The second vulnerability is caused by an error in the kernel, which could allow attackers to gain elevated privileges and bypass sandbox restrictions. Note: These flaws are currently being exploited by jailbreakme to remotely jailbreak Apple...

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Aug 03
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 3

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/).

Soupface has announced D Morph -- Celebrity Visual Face Trivia 1.0, an US$0.99 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The objective of D Morph Game is to "d morph" the images of combined celebrity faces. It's visual face trivia! Players have 30 seconds to "d morph" each of the countless images. The faster you answer correctly, the more points you receive.

MightyExcellentPosse has released FaceTag 1.0, a $0.99 app for iOS. It allows users to add customized messages to any photo and offers numerous ways to share their creations with others. You choose one to four built-in text bubbles, which can be resized and placed anywhere in the photo, and then simply type what their friend's face just said, or whatever funny, witty or insightful thought comes to...

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Aug 03
Mobile Edge makes checkpoint friendly laptop bags from corn

It may sound corny (sorry, couldn't stop myself) but Mobile Edge has teamed up with DuPont and incorporated their new polymeric material Sorona as the main material for their new ScanFast laptop cases. This pioneering material is produced partially with agricultural feedstock (corn stocks) that purportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63 percent when compared to typical petroleum based Nylon or Polyester production.

Mobile Edge designed their new Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Case Collection (http://www.mobileedge.com/scanfast) with this new renewable resource which reduces energy consumption during production by 30%, reducing dependency on oil and petrochemical products, according to G. David Cartwright, president and CEO of Mobile Edge. The Sorona fibers are soft and extremely stain resistant with high strength and stiffness qualities, he adds.

The TSA has announced...

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Aug 03
Visit FreeUnixIAM.com to download Quest Identity Manager

Quest Software has launched Quest Identity Manager for Unix as freeware to  streamline the management of local Mac/Unix/Linux users and groups. With it you can report on key identity and group information across Unix/Linux systems and assess the readiness of systems for advanced functionality such as Active Directory bridge technologies.

Quest Identify Manager offers a bird's eye view of all local Unix accounts and system parameters, enabling administrators to determine which systems are ready for advanced functionality offered by Active Directory bridge technologies such as Quest Authentication Services. The web-based console ties identity related tasks together for a centralized point of management that can be run from any Mac, Windows Unix or Linux platform and any of the most common browsers.

You can try Identity Manager by going here: http://www.freeunixiam.com/ .

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Aug 03
SuperMegaUltraGroovy updates Capo for Snow Leopard

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has updated Capo (http://supermegaultragroovy.com/products/Capo/), a Mac OS X application designed to help aspiring musicians learn to play their favorite tracks, to version 2.0. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Capo slows down songs from iTunes without changing the pitch, letting users hear every note and chord and play along at their own pace. It allows users to adjust the speed and pitch of audio, independent of one another. Pitch adjustments can be made finely, to match an instrument's tuning, or coarsely, to change the song's key. In addition, users can set markers, and create loops, to aid their learning. All these settings can be saved in Capo documents, so that users can later return to where they left off.

The marker features in Capo lets you move around a song quickly. When learning a new section,...

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Aug 03
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html) -- a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.5.1. The upgrade sports some interface improvements and bug fixes.

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

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.5.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Aug 03
Tame your MacBook cables with new Stick-On Cable Organizers

Stick-On Cable Organizers (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/stick-on/index.html) are new devices for taming your excess computer cables. They're designed to work with MacBooks or any other device that requires multiple cables.

The soft rubber pads of the Stick-On Cable Organizers grip up to five cables. They have a double-sided adhesive backing so you can attach them to any surface. Packaged in sets of two for US$12.95, each organizer can hold up to five small or medium size cables (less for larger cables).

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Aug 03
Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer revved for Snow Leopard

Softhing (http://www.softhing.com/home.html) has updated Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer to version 1.8.0. With Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer, you can ensure your on-line Exchange mailbox never gets full.

EEAO now shows detailed info about each session executed. Days can be incremented with option or command key pressed: option key increase/decrease by 10 days, command key increase/decrease by 50 days. EEAO in now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Under Snow Leopard the minimum system requirement is 10.6.3

This utility automatically moves old mail from your Exchange account to a replicated structure within Entourage. You select how many days of mail to keep in Exchange and EEAO does the rest. It can handle multiple accounts and be set to run automatically. It works in both Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and Entourage 2004 and above. A demo is...

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Aug 03
Noise Industries ships FXFactory Pro 2.5

Noise Industries has released FxFactory Pro 2.5 (http://www.noiseindustries.com/support/fxfactory250) for Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects applications.

FxFactory powers over 300 visual effects plug-ins optimized for real-time performance on the Mac. Version 2.5 introduces eight new filters and transition plug-ins, as well as enhancements to the platform's slideshow generator, which includes a new user interface for selecting and arranging images.

The update is free for current FxFactory Pro 2.0. For new users the cost is $399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29.

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Aug 03
Traffic2Net now monitors iPhone tethering connections

iPhone tethering connections can now be monitored by Traffic2Net, a utility for Mac OS X from Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de). The US$14.95 app is a universal statistics manager to keep track of time and data usage of mobile Internet connections.

Traffic2Net displays connection details of 2G and 3G connections in one window. The connection details include the time online, up- and download volume, average data throughput, peek speeds, and even the IP address and interface used. Data usage and time online of the current connection are visible in the menu bar of Mac OS X.

Traffic2Net allows you to set session and period limits for your connections. This way, you can have a warning displayed on the screen whenever a limit has been reached, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. This is very helpful feature to avoid any additional payments caused by overstepping a data plan's limits,...

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Aug 03
Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery 4.1 released

Stellar Information Systems (http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com) has released Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery 4.1, which promises improved "quick recovery" results from Mac-based storage media. 


The Quick Recovery option now supports recovery of files up to 4KB in Sparse Bundle Image. Also, in version 4.0, the software's user interface hosts a Mac style find option that enables you to search a particular file.
 
Macintosh Data Recovery recovers lost or deleted data from HFS, HFS+, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes. Users can also take advantage of a boot DVD that can be employed in case of data recovery from unbootable Mac machines.

Macintosh Data Recovery is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. It can be obtained in four different license options: single User, Administrator, Technician and Academic. The single user license is...

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Aug 03
Akvis Retoucher updated to version 4.0

Akvis has released Akvis Retoucher 4.0 for Mac OS X and Windows systems (http://akvis.com/en/retoucher ), an update of the app for restoring damaged photos by removing dust, scratches, stains, and by reconstructing the missing parts of a photo automatically.

Version 4.0 allows small and large objects to be removed, improving the composition of your photos. You can remove date stamps, distracting details and even bigger objects (i.e. a passersby who fell into the shot by accident, cars in the background, etc.). Also, now the interface contains some auxiliary tools that help the program to reconstruct the background.

What's more, Akvis Retoucher is also available in a a standalone version. The plugin version is compatible with Photoshop CS5 64 bit.

Registered users with a Home license can upgrade to Retoucher 4.0 for free. Owners of a Business license will need to pay USS$19...

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Aug 03
PulpFx Abstract adds two new generators

Aquafadas has released PulpFx Abstract 1.1 (http://www.aquafadas.com/en/pulpfx), an update of the collection of five generators for producing show-animated slideshows in Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects. This new version comes with two new generators.


Small Moves lets you add simple transitions and move to your slidesho. Sphere adds a touch of fun to your creations.

The generators are: Static Pulse, which generates horizontal and vertical slice and flip effects to a slideshow; Light Slice, which offers a 3D shattered shadowing effect to add to your image slideshows; Pulse, which sports spin, flip and splice effects: Cover Flow, which brings the Cover Flow feature of Mac OS X to your animated slideshows; and Black Reflections, which adds an "atmospheric style for your creations."
 
PulpFx Abstract is available for US$49, though...

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Aug 03
VanDyke Software launches beta version of SecureCRT for Mac OS X

Responding to growing demand from long-term customers for a fully-featured terminal client on the Mac OS, VanDyke Software today announced its launch of the beta version of the company's SecureCRT for Mac OS X, a terminal client that helps network administrators manage secure remote access and securely "tunnel" e-mail, web, and corporate application data.

Three trends evolving over several years drove VanDyke's development of SecureCRT for Mac OS X, says Jeff P. Van Dyke, president and founder of VanDyke Software. According to a survey commissioned by the company and executed by Amplitude Research, network administrators ranked "securing remote access" their top priority for four years running (since 2006).  Meanwhile, in 2008, Yankee Group released findings that 80% of senior IT execs surveyed had Macs in their organization, increasing from 47% in 2006.  Additionally, since 2005, inquiries from network administrators about a secure terminal emulator for Macs had doubled...

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Aug 03
WaterField designs wireless TrackPad cases

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has announced two new protective cases for Apple's Magic Trackpad. Mobile professionals may now carry their Trackpad in the minimalist Trackpad Slip case or the Trackpad Socket.

The Trackpad Slip case safeguards the device with ballistic nylon and light padding. It costs US$25 and is available in black.

The Trackpad Socket is a soft, padded pouch. It costs US$12 and is available in black, copper, pine, green, flame and pearl. WaterField also offers keyboard cases to tote the keyboard and accessories.

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Aug 03
PowerAlert Network Shutdown ready for Mac OS X

Tripp Lite (http://www.tripplite.com), a manufacturer of power protection equipment, has announced that its latest version of PowerAlert Network Shutdown Agent (PANSA) is now fully compatible with Mac OS X.

PANSA enables networked computers not directly connected to a UPS System to shut down automatically when a power problem is detected. The software monitors an SNMP-capable device connected to the UPS, and is configurable to respond to specific power event.

PANSA provides automatic shutdown for a computer that's receiving battery backup protection from a Tripp Lite UPS system, but is unable to connect directly to the UPS system via USB or serial cabling. It's able to "listen" to an SNMP-capable device on the local network that is directly connected to the UPS system, allowing you to configure your computer to shut down when specific power events are detected. PANSA doesn't require the Java...

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Aug 03
iWeb Themes Park announces five new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has announced five new themes for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. They are Direction, Green Success, Megaphone, Orange Wave and Park.

The original and updated iWeb themes bundle has 47 iWeb themes all in all. The package of forty themes is priced at US$39.99. Each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained for $21.98.

Every visitor of a gifts page at the iWeb Themes Park web site can download two iWeb Theme samples for free. To use the themes you'll need a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later.

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Aug 03
You can now play iConquer in full screen mode

KavaSoft has announced iConquer 4 (http://www.kavasoft.com/iConquer/index.php), an update of the original game of world conquest for Mac OS X. It costs US$35; a demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "From Brooklyn to Manhattan, Piccadilly to Westminster, and the Eiffel Tower to Notre-Dame, iConquer 4 lets you conquer world-class cities one neighborhood at a time. Crafted from over 50 megapixels of satellite imagery, maps feature exquisite detail and neighborhood borders with block-by-block precision.

"You can now play iConquer in full-screen mode. High-definition maps fill up the largest Cinema Displays. Transparent heads-up display windows can display armies, cards, statstics, continents and messages without obscuring the game map.

"iConquer 4 features new computer player personalities with advanced artificial intelligence...

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Aug 03
Mediata Survey 3.0 available for Macs, PCs

Bebosoft has announced Mediata Survey 3.0 (http://www.bebosoft.com/products/mediatasurvey), a major update to their Mac/PC solution that enables the non-programmer to author, host, and analyze online surveys.

Mediata Survey supports a variety of question formats, eliminates the cost of a survey hosting service, permits creation of an unlimited number of surveys for any number of sites, permits branching questions based on answers, and includes graphical, table, and text tools to analyze and sort response data. The application generates a flow chart providing a quick overview of all logic.

Surveys can be configured as public or by invitation only. Following the survey Mediata Survey can also do the data retrieval and analysis. The database may be tabulated, filtered, and searched. Tables, lists, and bar graphs may be generated from the data.

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Aug 03
iPhone 4 approved for sale in South Korea

South Korea's telecommunications regulator said Tuesday it has given Apple approval to start the sale of its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4 in the country, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/n0).

KT Corp., the country's biggest telecom operator, which has an exclusive contract to offer iPhones in South Korea, said it may be as much as two months before the company can offer the device to its customers. The government's approval is just a regular procedure and it normally takes about one or two months to talk about business matters before launching, according to the "Journal."

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Aug 03
Apple cloud-based music plans may be modest in scope

Eight months after its acquisition of Lala.com, Apple is telling executives at the four top labels that if Apple offers any cloud-music features within the next few months, they will likely be "modest in scope" and not include the kind of functionality that Apple outlined in meetings with the labels, such as storing users' music on its servers, sources told "CNET" (http://macosg.me/2/my).

They added that Apple still hasn't negotiated the kind of licensing deals it would need to distribute music from the cloud, the article adds. Not surprisingly, an Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Apple bought Lala last September. Lala offered "the first and only free fully licensed service to instantly provide anywhere web access to an existing music library such as iTunes." Apple's goal is probably to allow Apple to implement a new iTunes feature that would allow users to stream their purchased media content...

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Aug 03
Apple still warning iPhone users against jailbreaking

Despite last week's ruling that jailbreaking the iPhone is legal, Apple is still warning consumers that doing so is a violation of the company's terms of service and that it reserves the right to terminate service to jailbreakers, notes "Information Week" (http://macosg.me/2/mz).

"Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the OS," Apple says in a bulletin on its support forum. "It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the Phone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software."

The note was published last month, prior to the Library of Congress' ruling that jailbreaking is not a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is therefore legal. But the fact that the warning remains on Apple's support site indicates the...

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