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Aug 11
TextExpander for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.1.1. The update resolves one issue that was causing users to lose all their snippets. It also fixes a problem with case sensitivity preferences, among other fixes and improvements.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.1.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Aug 11
The MacJury looks at Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site

The "MacJury" (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to examine Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site.

They dissect each of the focused areas, including Having Fun, Simplicity, Working Hard, Sharing, Compatibility, and Choice, as well as the Top 10 Reasons and the many flavors of Windows. Legitimate points are recognized, false information called out, and the overall delivery and message of the site are considered in the deliberations.

The panel who question the photoshopping of the model on the site and the contrived Twitter feed include John F. Braun, Peter Cohen, Pat Fauquet, John C. Welch and Tim
Robertson.

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Aug 11
SniperSpy Software unveils remote surveillance for the Mac

Retina-X Studios has released SniperSpy Mac (http://www.sniperspymac.com). Using the remote monitoring technology, parents and employers can now silently watch the entire screen of their child or employee's Mac instantaneously from any location.

The hybrid surveillance system also displays full activity logs of keystrokes, chat conversations and other activities. SniperSpy Mac runs in extreme stealth mode and no mentions of the program are shown within the computer. The software runs in the background behind all other applications. After the software is setup on a Mac, it silently records screenshots and activity logs and uploads them to a secure web site. The customer views activity by logging into the website from any web browser including all computers and smartphones.

Also included within SniperSpy Mac is activity logging. All activity of the monitored Mac is recorded and uploaded for...

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Aug 11
KavaMovies, the Mac movie database, gets more customizable

KavaSoft has updated KavaMovies (http://www.kavasoft.com/KavaMovies/), the Mac movie database, to version 1.5. The update is more customizable than ever.

You can keep track of personal information, such as where and when you saw a movie. There are also customizable fields for other kinds of information, such as who you saw movie with, who you loaned a movie to, or anything else you can imagine. Data in custom fields is are now browsable, searchable and sortable.

KavaMovies 1.5 also adds MPAA rating information for all your movies. Keep it PG-13 if you're watching a movie with the kids, or sort by rating to find something more NC-17.

KavaMovies lets you organize the movies you've seen, the movies you want to see, and the movies in your collection. It connects to the Internet and downloads tons of information about each of your movies in realtime.

You can use...

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Aug 11
Reliance on mobile phone replacements key to continued growth

After only 4% growth in 2009, the mobile phone display market is set to grow by 14% in 2010, with shipments forecast to reach 1.68B units, according to the latest DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile Phone Shipment and Forecast Report (http://www.displaysearch.com).

In the first quarter of 2010 (Q1’10), mobile phone display shipments fell 9% Q/Q due to seasonality, but increased 34% year-over-year, reaching 370.5 million units.

"With an average worldwide market penetration of mobile phones at 70%, manufacturers are eager to introduce new features, applications and user interface improvements, such as touch screens, to ensure continued growth for this segment this year," says Calvin Hsieh, research director at DisplaySearch. "The migration of various display panel technologies and increasing average display sizes reflects these trends."

The fall in shipments, combined with a 4% Q/Q...

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Aug 11
'YML' looks at PC vs Mac, Liquidmetal, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Microsoft's PC vs Mac site, Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple and Apple's plans for Liquidmetal technology.

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 10
Happy 60th Birthday Woz!

August 11th is Steve Wozniak's 60th birthday. We spoke to Janet Wozniak tonight and she tells us that she had a video made for Woz's birthday. Everyone is welcome to check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FzuZdZLt54

All of us at MacNews and MacTech wish Woz the happiest of birthdays, and many more to come!

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Aug 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 10

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/).

EA Mobile says the fan-favorite Madden NFL videogame franchise is available on the iPad for the first time, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It costs US$12.99.

Toon Boom Animation has released Flipboom Lite, a free app for creating animations on your iPad. It lets you use your fingertips to doodle, scribble or draw a sequence of images and see them move.

Developer CDE Humble Gaming Limited has announced Arena 9-HD 1.0, a free iPad version of their iPhone game. The user begins as an apprentice with five free cards. The object is to have multiple duels with other users through which experience and arena points are accumulated. Accumulation of experience points allows the user to upgrade from apprentice to journeyman, then adept and...

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Aug 10
iPresentee releases premium iWeb themes

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 9.0 designed specifically for Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite.

The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 80 themes designed for personal and business usage. Each iWeb theme can be customized.

iWeb Themes 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 or later. Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes 8.0 may be purchased for $25. The iWeb Suite bundle may be purchased for $70. The bundle includes 40 iWeb Themes, 35 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects.

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Aug 10
OWC announces memory upgrades for new Mac Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced multi-channel OWC PC3-8500 ECC DDR3 1066MHz and PC3-10600 ECC DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kits up to 64GB for the new Mac Pro models.

The kits are offered in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB matched sets with a 6GB Set starting from US$207.99; individual modules also available from $69.99. OWC memory modules are designed to meet, if not exceed Apple Design Specifications, including use of Apple required thermal sensor EEPROM, JEDEC board design, and chip co

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Aug 10
Scosche releases car chargers for the iPad

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) has released the US$24.99 reVIVE II Dual USB Car and Home Chargers for the iPad. They allow you to charge two devices at once.

According to the Pew Research Center adults between 18 and 29 own four gadgets on average and those between 30 and 64 average just under three, making the need for a dual USB charger even more important. The two reVIVE II models feature both a 2.1 Amp (iPad) and 1 Amp (iPhone or any other USB powered devices) port so iPad users can power  their new iPad and another handheld device simultaneously when at home or on the go. 

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Aug 10
DMG Master for Mac OS X updated to version 2.3.1

Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive "Add files" dialog panel and sports an improved "Remove file" handling and interface.

DMG Master costs US$20, though version 2.3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Aug 10
FontAgent Pro gets speed boost

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has updated FontAgent Pro to version 4.140. It offers a speed boost, beefing up precision font selection and auto-activation.

FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins can be used on machines running Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.6 -- as well as Classic applications. The latest plug-ins provide auto-activation for Adobe Creative Suite 5 using FontSavant technology that ensures you always auto-activate the right fonts in your documents.

All FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins offer Universal Binary support so run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 4 of FontAgent Pro is required to use the new CS5 plug-ins to ensure correct font activation.

FontAgent Pro 4 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. FontAgent Pro Server 4.0 requires Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or higher.

Release 4.140 of FontAgent Pro is free to users...

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
AppleXsoft releases Mac SD Card Recovery software

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released their latest Mac data recovery software: SD Card Recovery. The US$49.95 software supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few.

It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 10
Otterbox announces new iPad cases

Otterbox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released its Defender and Commuter series of iPad cases. The former (US$89.99) combines a two-piece polycarbonate shell lined with soft felt, silicone outer skin and a self-adhering screen protector for protection.

An additional polycarbonate cover snaps over the face to protect the Multi-Touch display or can function as a built-in stand while browsing the web or watching a video. Silicone grip pads on the bottom of the case prevent the iPad from sliding when sitting on a flat surface. The case also accommodates the optional dock accessory.

The Commuter Series case ($64.99) sports a self-adhering screen protector; the device is then wrapped in durable silicone and fortified with a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell that snaps over the outside. Layers safeguard the iPad from unsightly scratches and dings and make it easy to slide out of any backpack...

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Aug 10
Otterbox announces new iPad cases

Otterbox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released its Defender and Commuter series of iPad cases. The former (US$89.99) combines a two-piece polycarbonate shell lined with soft felt, silicone outer skin and a self-adhering screen protector for protection.

An additional polycarbonate cover snaps over the face to protect the Multi-Touch display or can function as a built-in stand while browsing the web or watching a video. Silicone grip pads on the bottom of the case prevent the iPad from sliding when sitting on a flat surface. The case also accommodates the optional dock accessory.

The Commuter Series case ($64.99) sports a self-adhering screen protector; the device is then wrapped in durable silicone and fortified with a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell that snaps over the outside. Layers safeguard the iPad from unsightly scratches and dings and make it easy to slide out of any backpack...

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Aug 10
Griffin Technology unveils CinemaSeat, stylus, new cases for...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled their next series of devices for iPad: CinemaSeat, Stylus; and new cases: Reveal, Elan Form Graphite, and Outfit. These new accessories cleverly blend form and function for a wide range of uses.

The US$39.99 CinemaSeat (pictured) turns the iPad into an in-car entertainment system. This automobile solution holds iPad in a padded frame that gives easy access to controls and ports.

The Stylus for iPad ($19.99) gives users more control to write, sketch, tap, and drag on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or other touchscreen devices. It's a balanced pointer with a soft rubber tip, custom designed to mimic a finger.

The $49.99 Reveal case protects the back of the iPad with a clear plate of durable polycarbonate. Around the edges, inside and out, Reveal hugs iPad with a one-piece wraparound rubber cushion.

The $49....

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Aug 10
ARES Commander Edition is new 2D/3D CAD solution

Graebert GmbH (http://www.graebert.com) has released ARES Commander Edition 1.0, a new solution for 2D and 3D CAD that runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It offers full native cross-platform support on all three operating systems.

Also, mobile support is planned for support for Windows Mobile and, possibly, the iPad and Android. It's available at an introductory price of US$495 through the end of September, a 50% discount from the regular price of $995.

ARES uses a common design interface and is purportedly the first CAD solution to run natively across Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's been optimized for specific operating system features and capabilities.

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Aug 10
Adobe posts Lightroom 3.2, Camera Raw 6.2 release candidates

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The updates extend raw file support to 12 new camera models, improve on several of the lens correction profiles introduced as part of the Lightroom 3 and Camera Raw 6.1 releases, and add over 50 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct for undesirable distortion and aberration effects. In addition, the Lightroom 3.2 Release Candidate now allows Lightroom 3 customers the ability to publish their photos directly to Facebook from within the application, and addresses issues reported by customers on the Lightroom 3.0 release.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading...

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Aug 10
Hills & Mountains Collection of symbols available

Cartography software provider Mapdiva (http://www.mapdiva.com) has announced the availability of 10 groups of hill and mountain symbols for graphic designers and mapmakers to create maps for websites, magazines, books, and brochures.

The Hills & Mountains Collection was created by Mapdiva's design team to allow users to illustrate pictorial-styled landscapes and terrain and choose from a variety of map styles. Symbols can also be customized thanks to Ortelius' Style Inspector and integrated Mac OS X color picker.

Featuring 10 groups of hill and mountain map symbols -- 126 in all -- the Hills & Mountains Collection includes an array of editable vector map symbols modeled after cartographers such as Erwin Raisz and Abraham Ortelius, and calligrapher Heather Child. The Hills & Mountains Collection can be imported into Ortelius' new professional-level Library Manager.

Ortelius is a...

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Aug 10
SeedCode Complete grows for FileMaker 11

The new FileMaker 11 version of SeedCode Complete (http://www.seedcode.com/cp-app/ste_cat/sccomplete11), a contact and project management template for FileMaker, is now available. It's built on SeedCode's Pro calendar extension for FileMaker, offering color coding, repeating events, and drag-and-drop scheduling.

SeedCode Complete links the company's new drag-and-drop calendar to Contacts, Projects, and Invoices in an unlocked, multi-user solution. It's designed as a starting point for those looking for a head start in building their own database system.

It's fully unlocked for you to modify and extend, adding your own fields, layouts, and scripts, or modifying the ones we've written. SeedCode Complete is US$479 for a site license (there are no per seat charges).

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Aug 10
Boris AAF Transfer available

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced the availability of Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer.

Editors can use Boris AAF Transfer to transfer an entire live Apple Final Cut Pro program sequence with media, markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio preserved. The transferred sequence can be edited and finished in the Avid Media Composer timeline without returning to Final Cut Pro. Editors can edit Final Cut Pro sequences live in Media Composer -- either on the same system or any other Mac or Windows Media Composer system.

Boris AAF Transfer is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299 and an MSRP of $399 when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris...

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