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Jul 13
'MacNotables' looks at new books by 'Dr. Mac...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been hold up in his office authoring not one but two new books. He first discusses the upcoming, "iPhone for Dummies, 4th edition," which covers the iPhone and iOS 4. LeVitus talks about what the book will offer both new and veteran iPhone users, and highlights two of his favorite features: fast user switching and folders.

The second book is "Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies," a follow-up to his successful "Incredible iPhone Apps For Dummies." LeVitus celebrates by sharing some of his current iPad and iPhone app favorites, comments on Apple's iAds, developer support and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen,...

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Jul 13
BannerZest for Mac OS X gets jQuery compatibility

Aquafadas has updated BannerZest (http://www.aquafadas.com), a flash presentation tool for professional and amateur web designers, to version 2.2.2. The upgrade adds jQuery compatibility for the alternate slideshow (javascript).

With BannerZest you can turn your pictures into a flash slideshow. BannerZest doesn't require you to know or even possess Flash, according to the folks at Aquafadas. It uses the concept of themes, which work like templates.

BannerZest comes in two versions: a standard edition (US$49) and a pro version ($129). The Pro version has all the features of the standard version, plus some advanced editing options, workflow enhancements and specific pro templates. Version 2.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

BannerZest requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

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Jul 13
Apple to open retail store in Hong Kong

Apple will open a retail store in Hong Kong sometime in 2011, reports "CrunchGear" (http://macosg.me/2/im).

The first Shanghai store opened last week, and Apple plans on opening 25 new retail outlets in the country. "CrunchGear" notes that the The retail expansion is a huge strategy shift for Apple. Up until last week’s opening, there was only one Apple Store in all of China -- Beijing, which opened in 2008.

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Jul 13
Toshiba releases Canvio for Mac portable hard drive line-up

Toshiba has introduced the Canvio for Mac Portable Hard Drive lineup. It provides Mac owners 500GB, 750G, or 1TB of storage space, with pre-loaded Mac-customized backup software.

According to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division the Canvio for Mac line makes data backup simple for everyone, from novice users to the most tech-savvy consumers. The included NTI Shadow 5 for Mac software allows for fully customized backup and synchronization, including the backup of specific folders, certain file types, or even a complete system backup and recovery of everything saved on the Mac.

Selected folders on the Canvio for Mac and the Mac computer can be merged and synchronized, while the frequency of backups can be adjusted to different periods (from weekly to continuously). Complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data and a special Drive Space Alert monitor sends an...

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Jul 13
Bookends for Mac OS X updated to version 11.0.6

Sonny Software has released Bookends 11.0.6, a Mac-only full-featured bibliography/reference and information management application for professionals and students. You can now attach multiple files to the same reference with one drag and drop.

You can also import multiple text files with one drag and drop. Witih Bookends 11.0.6, you can automatically rename attachments by title. It sports improved author "ignore list" for sorting, drag and drop import of references to a specific group and an attachment indicator displayed in red if a reference has more than one attachment.

A free evaluation copy of Bookends 11.0.6 can be downloaded from the Sonny Software web site (http://www.sonnysoftware.com). All features are enabled in the evaluation copy except that databases are limited to a maximum of 50 references. Once purchased, Sonny Software will supply a registration number that will "unlock...

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Jul 13
VueScan 8.6.44 removes 'Input/Scan from Preview' option

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.44, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version removes the "'Input/Scan from Preview' option. This is now controlled by preview and scan resolution.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Jul 12
Restore lost, deleted files with ReclaiMe

RecialMe (http://www.recialme.com) has released ReclaiMe, a data recovery application that lets computer users to restore folders and files that they've accidentally deleted, or that have become lost.

It runs on Windows, but it can recover files from your Windows, Mac, or UNIX/Linux drives, as well as USB and eSATA drives, and the memory cards used in digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and video recorders. ReclaiMe comes in four editions.

ReclaiMe Multimedia costs US$29.95 and lets you recover more than 50 types of photo, music, and video files. ReclaiMe Windows costs $79.95. In addition to restoring multimedia files, it also recovers all files from Windows disks (FAT, exFAT, and NTFS).

ReclaiMe Universal costs $139.95, processes the multimedia and Windows files described above, and also restores Apple Mac files. Simply attach your Mac storage device to your Windows system,...

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Jul 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 12

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/).

Viaden Mobile has released All-in Fitness, an A to Z fitness app for iPhone and iPod touch. The $2.99 app helps you organize your workouts and training.

Reactor has announced SimplyNoise 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. It's a $0.99 white, pink, and brown noise generator designed to help people from all age groups and professions block distractions, enhance privacy, aid sleep, soothe Tinnitus, and melt away stress.

New Wave Industries has debuted iOS and Android versions of its freeBoston Freedom Trail App.The mobile device application takes users on an interactive, self-guided tour of the historical sites along Boston's famous Freedom Trail.

David Palmerio has introduced Blues'n Jazz 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app is...

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Jul 12
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X updated to version 1.7.6

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.6. In the new version the metadata drawer now remembers its state after relaunching. Also, selecting a photo creating with iPhone doesn't doesn't produce an error anymore.

Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.

With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG,...

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Jul 12
Apple posts new iPhone 4/FaceTime ads

Apple has posted four new iPhone 4 television ads that promote the smartphone's FaceTime feature. In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi.

Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the Phone screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins.

The ads -- "Meet Her," "Haircut," "Smile" and "Big News" -- are 30 seconds each. They can be found at...

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Jul 12
Samsung plans to regain number one spot in the French mobile...

Samsung Electronics says it plans on regaining its number one spot by value in the French mobile phone handset market from Apple by September this year

Samsung remains first in terms of volume, taking 39% of the market with 4.5 million phones sold, David Eberle, the head of Samsung's French operations, told "AFP" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100712/tc_afp/franceskoreatelecomequipcomp...). However, the iPhone has helped Apple to the top spot in terms of value, with 26% to Samsung's 25%, the article adds.

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Jul 12
NoteList for Mac OS X gets some interface changes

Tension Software has updated NoteList (http://pomola.com/products_notelist/notelist.html), a Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.8.2. The upgrade allows the search field to be selected at startup and makes some small interface changes.

NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.

NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.8.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jul 12
MacCleanse for Mac OS X scrubs up to version 2.0.5

Koingo Software has updated Mac Cleanse (http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php), a small Mac OS X application geared towards purifying your system, to version 2.0.5. The upgrade fixes a bug that would prevent you from using the Quit on Cleanse option.

MacCleanse can perform over 50 tasks that would take nearly an hour to perform manually. It erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. You can purify junk from your system, clear personal information, and recover hard drive space. Mac Cleanse is available for US$19.95. Version 2.0.5 is a paid upgrade ($9.99) for customers owning a 1.x license that's more than six months old. However, it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 2.x.

Mac Cleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like FireFox (including beta 3), Mozilla, iCab, Adium, AIM, aMSN, Colloquy, Fire...

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Jul 12
AT&T offering some customers a free 3G MicroCell?

Hey, I want one. Want a what? A free 3G MicroCell from AT&T. According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) the telecom is sending out certificates to some customers for the device, which is designed to offer improved reception at home.

AT&T's 3G MicroCell is used to patch dead zones with the carrier's service. Users can plug the device into a broadband Internet connection, and provide local signal for both voice and data. Nationwide rollout of the hardware started in mid-April.

Individual or FamilyTalk subscribers can pay an extra l US$19.99 per month to make unlimited calls through the special femtocell hardware device. The hardware costs $149.99, but comes with a $100 mail-in rebate for customers who select a MicroCell calling plan. Also,, customers who purchase a new line of broadband service with AT&T are also eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate.

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Jul 12
STC, Mobily to carry the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia

Both Mobily and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) will be official providers for Apple iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia, reports "SaudiMac" (http://macosg.me/2/ii). The expected launch date for the latest version of the Apple smartphone from STC is expected to be the second week of August during this year’s Ramadan.

"SaudiMac" says Mobily has apparently just renewed their deal with Apple as STC signed a deal of its own. There is no exclusivity deal according to some rumors, both carriers will offer the iPhone 4, the article adds.

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Jul 12
InPreflight update improves EPS file handling

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.7. The new version improves EPS file handling and addresses some performance and stability issues.

InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.

Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive...

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Jul 12
'MUG Event Calendar': MacNotables, homegrown...

"The MUG Event Calendar" keeps humming along this week, with two MacNotables live and in person, and homegrown presentations.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will be the featured guest at a Texas group, while Macworld Senior Editor Christopher Breen will make a return visit to a Hawaii group. Jean MacDonald of SmileOnMyMac will speak to one California group while the folks from Smule will be at another, Paul Garay of Mac Video Training will discuss their products at an Oregon group, and a host of video gurus, including Richard Galvan of Adobe, Kevin Monahan, Robert Sharp, Mark Christansen and Bruce Gee of Gee Three will participate in a California Final Cut Pro group meeting. Other topics on tap this week include DVD backups, the iPad, Garageband, a demo of the Wi-Fire, a picnic, two different swap meets, Mac maintenance and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com...

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Jul 12
'MacVoices' looks at Save My Place for the iPhone,...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Duncan Champney and Steve Sheets of WareTo discuss Save My Place for the iPhone and iPad.

They talk about the origins of the application, how users are bending it to uses not originally intended, and how that is influencing their future direction. Save My Place leverages Google maps, but improves on them with bookmarking and comparison features to deliver a more useful, personal experience.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Jul 12
'Consumer Reports' doesn't recommend the iPhone 4

"Consumer Reports" (http://www.consumerreports.org) says its engineers have completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," "CR" says. "Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

"Consumer Reports" tested three of iPhone 4s purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area "in the controlled environment of CU's radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber." "In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers," "CR" says. "We also tested several other AT&...

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Jul 12
Apple repairing, replacing some Time Capsules

Apple is now offering free repairs or replacements for Time Capsules bought between February and June 2008. According to an Apple Knowledge Base article (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3351), some Time Capsules sold between approximately February 2008 and June 2008 may not power on or may shut down unexpectedly after starting up.

Some Time Capsules with serial numbers in the following range may be affected: XX807XXXXXX - XX814XXXXXX. The serial number is located on a gray strip on the bottom of the device.

If your Time Capsule falls within serial number range above and it does not power on or shuts down unexpectedly after starting up, it may be eligible for repair or replacement. If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider confirms that your Time Capsule is affected, Apple will repair or replace it free of charge.

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Jul 12
Blu-ray Association says format will thrive 'for years to...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has called Blu-ray's licensing system a "bag of hurt" and there's no hint that Blu-ray playback support will appear any time soon -- if at all -- on Macs. However, the Blu-ray Association (of which Apple is, ironically, a member) doesn't think the format is in danger of extinction due to online video downloads.

"According to market analysis Blu-ray Disc has a rate of adoption that is very similar to that of the DVD at the same seniority (18 million U.S. homes with Blu-ray in Q4 '10, the same numbers of penetration of DVD to Q1 of the fifth year on the market of that size, Adams Media Research)," Andy Parons, chairmain of the Blu-ray Disk Association told the "setteB.IT" web site (http://macosg.me/2/ig). "We agree that the Internet will increase its importance to both stream that content to be scarce, but we do believe that physical media like Blu-ray Disc will continue to dominate for many...

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Jul 12
Secunia: Apple leads in most bugs found in its product

Apple is in the number one spot for the most bugs found in all of its products during the first half of 2010, ahead of Oracle, and Microsoft, according to Secunia (http://secunia.com/gfx/pdf/Secunia_Half_Year_Report_2010.pdf).

Trailing Apple in the top 10 are Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Adobe, IBM, VMWare, Cisco, Google and Mozilla. Secunia says their analysis supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities. Apple (iTunes, Quicktime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), and Sun Microsystems (Java, now part of Oracle) consistently occupy the top ranks during the last five years, with Adobe (Acrobat Reader, Flash) joining the group in 2008.

Secunia specializes in "vulnerability intelligence." The company provides security advisories and information about patches, and...

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Jul 12
Mirror Image Internet, Wowza Media Systems support high capacity...

Mirror Image Internet (http://www.mirror-image.com), a provider of content delivery solutions, has announced expanded streaming capabilities with partner, Wowza Media Systems (http://www.wowzamedia.com), boosting per-server performance to 10 Gbps for high capacity video streaming.

Since the companies began working together in 2009, the partnership has enabled organizations to take advantage of video streaming to the latest and most popular devices and platforms including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with hundreds of customers streaming content on Mirror Image’s network through Wowza servers.

Video streaming, on the Web and to mobile devices, has quickly become one of the leading content strategies, with growth only expected to continue. According to results of Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast...

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Jul 12
Surgeons use iPhone 4 video calling to help patient

In what may be one of the first known iPhone 4 “video calling” medical consultations since the phone’s release, surgeons at Valley Presbyterian Hospital near Los Angeles and University of Arizona used the advanced technology to successfully collaborate long distance in “real time” on a wound consultation for a patient.

Using the FaceTime feature on the new iPhone 4, Dr. David G. Armstrong, professor of surgery at the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), was able to instantly connect with Dr. Lee Rogers, associate director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center (http://www.valleypres.org/apc), near Los Angeles by video calling. What is essentially a simple phone call, turned into a long distance consultation and second opinion for a patient who recently underwent surgery.

“Video consultation over the Internet has been available...

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Jul 12
Netgear announces home storage system for multimedia content

Netgear (http://www.netgear.com/ultra) has announced the ReadyNAS Ultra family of 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay network storage systems for "power users" who want to "set their digital entertainment content free."

The Ultra family is the first-ever storage with media-shifting capabilities, enabling users to centralize media on a ReadyNAS and consume it in any networked location and on any networked device, according to Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at Netgear. The Ultra family is more than twice as fast as legacy ReadyNAS systems, he adds.

The ReadyNAS integration with TiVo enables users to stream video programming, music and photos to any TiVo box in the house. ReadyNAS Ultra products are the first storage systems with Skifta media-shifting capabilities, so users can access their private media libraries remotely from any DLNA certified device without worrying about the physical...

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