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Jul 06
beaTunes update improves concurrency for large collections

Tagtrum has released version 2.1.10 of beaTunes (http://www.beatunes.com), the iTunes add-on for Mac and Windows. The new release offers improved concurrency for large collections.

beaTunes can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute and musical key, as well as find and fix typos and inconsistencies such as misspelled artists and rarely used genres.
BeaTunes analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs, intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, etc.), lets you blog about your playlists and more.

A seven-day demo version is available at the product web site. Registration is US$31.95. Upgrades to version 2.1.10 from 1.x are $11.95 and free for registered 2.x users. beaTunes requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Jul 06
Storyist for Mac OS X gets maintenance release

Storyist Software, a developer of creative writing tools for Mac OS X, has updated Storyist, a story development tool for novelists and screenwriters, to version 2.2.1. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Storyist provides a word processor with the features writers expect from a top-notch writing program, including spelling and grammar checking and a page layout view with support for headers, footers, and style sheets. It also provides a number of features not found in typical word processing applications and screenplay formatters.

Storyist 2.2.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. The download-only version is $59 and a download + boxed set (CD + printed manual) version is $79. Both are available through the company’s online store (http://www.storyist.com/store).

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Jul 06
Studiometry for Mac OS X updated to version 7.1.3

Oranged Software (http://www.oranged.net/) has released Studiometry 7.1.3, an update to the Mac OS X compatible software for companies to organize, plan, invoice, track and create with client and project data. The new version adds Catalan localization.

Also, you can now show Client ID numbers in the main window's client list and can sort clients by their ID numbers in the main window's client list. Studiometry 7.1.3 also has bug fixes.

Version 7.1.3 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x. Upgrades from Studiometry 6 are US$59. The price for new users is $199.

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Jul 06
Yojimbo for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2.1

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 2.2.1, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that includes fixes for reported issues.

Yojimbo is an Universal Binary application that requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Version 2.2.1 is a free update for registered 2.0x users.

For new users Yojimbo 2.2.1 is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers. Any registered owner of Yojimbo 1.0 through 1.5.2 can upgrade to Yojimbo 2 for $20, including individual, family and academic licenses.

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Jul 06
Analyst lowers iPhone sales predictions, ups iPad sales forecast

In a note to clients, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu has lowered his sales estimate for iPhone from nine million units to 7.5 million for Apple's third fiscal quarter. His predictions for the Mac and iPod remain the same at 3.2 and 9.8 million.

"Based on our more detailed analysis of supply chain data, we are shifting our iPhone assumptions to latter quarters due to the high likelihood that an inventory drawdown and screen supply constraints could impact near-term shipments over the next two quarters," Wu says. "We believe most Street estimates have not factored this in and thus we believe consensus at 8.5 million iPhones for the June quarter may likely prove too aggressive."

The analyst is predicting 3.5 million iPad sales for the third fiscal quarter. He's raising Apple price target from US$342 per share to $349 per share.

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Jul 06
Tee-Boy announces iPhone/iPad Developer Camp

Tee-Boy (http://www.tee-boy.com) has announced the dates for its upcoming iPhone and iPad Developer Camp. The camp will be held Oct. 25-29 in the countryside of the Southwest Louisiana Cajun Prairie.

During the week, participants will learn how to develop and deploy applications for Apple's iPhone and iPad products. In addition to a learning environment, all attendees will be treated to Cajun food cooked fresh daily. Accommodations will be provided by the highly rated L'Acadie Inn, which encompasses 13.5 acres of countryside outside of Louisiana's Prairie Cajun Capital of Eunice, Louisiana.

The entire training session, including materials and sample software, plus food and accommodations. The cost is US$2,995 per person.

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Jul 06
Shot Logger Pro released for Final Cut

Red Lightning Software (http://www.redlightningsoftware.com/Shot_Logger_Pro.html) has released Shot Logger Pro, an on-set logging application for professional and amateur filmmakers and videographers. The US$299 app is designed to help you annotate and organize all shots during Final Cut Pro editing sessions.


When using Shot Logger Pro on location, a place holder clip is created at the same time the video clip is being recorded. When the clip is finished recording, annotate each shot with accurate notes, ratings, shot type, scene, and take numbers. Once all the clips have been shot, the filmmaker can instantly Batch Connect all the annotated place holder clips with their corresponding video clips and export all the clips and their logging information to Final Cut Pro. In Final Cut Pro, all your shots will be logged and organized in the shot...

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Jul 06
Apple Store Haywood Mall to open July 10

Apple will open a new retail store in Greenville, South Carolina, this Saturday, July 10.

Apple Store Haywood Mall (http://www.apple.com/retail/haywoodmall/) is located at 700 Haywood Road, Suite 106, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 The phone number is 864-987-7589.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 to 6 pm.

Apple Store State Street will be the company's 294th retail store. Apple plans to open another 19 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Jul 06
CNS Menu adds background and foreground font colors for menu...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated CNS Menu (http://cnsmenu.cnsplug-ins.com) to version 1.1.10. This version -- for both Mac OS X and Windows systems -- adds support for background and foreground font colors for menu items, as well as fixes a few bugs dealing with mouse positions and mouse button presses.

CNS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks. Creating menus with CNS Menu can be as easy as handing the plug-in a return-delimited list of menu items to display. Your menu items can display one value and have a separate value that can be used in your scripts, so the end user can see useful information while the value can be an ID number.

This version is a free upgrade...

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Jul 06
iPhone 3G is most recycled phone

Apple’s second-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G, is the most recycled handset in the UK, according to phone recycling comparison site, Sell My Mobile.

"Telegraph" (http://macosg.me/2/he) says the iPhone 3G is the most popular phone to be recycled in the UK this month, with owners getting up to £170 in exchange for their unwanted iPhone. According to Sell My Mobile, the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone 3G, as well as the 16GB iPhone 3GS, the third-generation iPhone, were the most-recycled handsets in June.

Sell My Mobile said the average price offered to phone users for their unwanted handset was £77.75, but warned that there were big differences in the prices offered by different mobile phone recycling sites. Users looking to offload the 16GB model of the iPhone 4, for instance, could lose out on an extra £132 if they didn’t shop around for the best recycling price deal.

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Jul 06
xcelMe announces free iPhone, iPad marketing webinar

xcelMe -- a provider of online iPhone/iPad development and marketing training -- has announced a free, one-hour webinar entitled "Secrets to Marketing you iPhone/iPad Apps."

Participants will learn from xcelMe's Jeff Hughes, a consultant and best-selling author, the key areas of focus "to successfully market your iPhone and iPad apps." The webinar will be held July 8 at 6 pm (Pacific). This event will not be recorded. You can register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/491610778 .

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Jul 06
SyncMate for Mac OS X adds Bonjour support, more

Eltima Software has updated SyncMate (http://www.sync-mac.com/), software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices, to version 2.6. The new version adds Bonjour support.

It also adds 64-bit operation on Macs and support for multimedia syncing. Version 2.6 also syncs Safari bookmarks across the Mac and Windows versions of the web browser.

SyncMate lets you synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar, Notes in mobile device with Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Stickies on Mac OS X. The software enables Internet sharing between the Mac and the mobile device. The connection can be made via USB cable or Wi Fi.

SyncMate is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

SyncMate is available in two editions. SyncMate Free Edition is a synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC/smartphone devices that will help you keep...

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Jul 06
Monthly iPad orders surpass two million in July

Apple's monthly iPad orders to Taiwan makers surpassed two million units for July and the volume are expected to maintain above the level in the future, according to Mingchi Kuo, senior analyst for Digitimes Research (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100706PD214.html).

Apple is estimated to have outsourced 2.3-2.35 million iPads to Taiwan players in July with 58-60% for the Wi-Fi and 3G hybrid model despite Wi-Fi only models having stronger sales in the first half of 2010, Kuo added.

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Jul 06
Semiconductor revenues will increase to $295 billion in 2011

International Data Corporation (IDC) expects global semiconductor revenue to reach US$274 billion, $295 billion, and $344 billion in 2010, 2011, and 2014, respectively, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8% over the 2009-2014 forecast period.

Strong double-digit personal computer semiconductor revenue growth in 2010 (greater than 35% year over year), primarily driven by mobile computer applications followed by strong growth in enterprise spending in 2011 and 2012, will help achieve a healthy CAGR of 12.2% (2009-2014) for the computing industry segment, according to the research group.

Double-digit semiconductor revenue growth in converged mobile devices (smartphones) is helping the Wireless Industry segment to achieve a record $59.3 billion this year. However, with average memory content in handsets stabilizing and continued pressure on pricing, high-single digit growth is expected to return in 2011 and 2012.

In the Industrial, Military and Aero,...

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Jul 06
URL Extractor update adds Adjustable Server Timeout

Tension Software has released URL Extractor X 3.1 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). Url Extractor X is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup.

The new version adds an Adjustable Server Timeout preference for loading dat. There are also new functionalities via menu items and new keyboard shortcuts.

URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jul 06
PDFpen for Mac OS X adds Evernote support

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html ), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 4.7. Tex The update adds support for Evernote, the multi-platform memory enhancing service.

PDFpen 4.7 features a "Save to Evernote" option in the File menu, which prompts the user to login and to set the name and note title for the PDF document. For convenience, PDFpen can save the user's Evernote login to the Mac OS X Keychain.

PDFpen costs US$49.95, 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 June 1, 2008. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 4.0 are $25.

PDFpen 4.7 and PDFpenPro 4....

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Jul 06
Ruby on Rails bootcamp in Europe planned for August

Big Nerd Ranch Europe (http://bignerdranch.com/classes/ruby_ruby_on_rails.shtml) is holding a Ruby on Rails Bootcamp Aug. 23-27 It will be held in a retreat outside Frankfurt, Germany.

The five-day class, taught by Charles B. Quinn, is geared for developers, web designers, and project managers "interested in creating robust and efficient web-based, database-driven applications for the Internet, as well as developing stable intranet and extranet solutions." The class price of €2800 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and ground transportation to and from the Frankfurt airport.

Participants save Euro 200 when signing up before July 19. Students are encouraged to bring independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and individual instructor attention.

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Jul 06
'Consumer Reports': iPhone 4 signal issues aren't...

A new "Electronics Blog" at "Consumer Reports" (http://macosg.me/2/h6) says the iPhone 4's supposed reception problems aren't unique and that all phones are subject to interference from the human who is using them.

"And even if the alleged signal loss is real, there's an absence of hard evidence that iPhone 4 reception is problematic compared to past iPhones; indeed, there's evidence of just the opposite," Mike Gikas writes in the article. "... From my day of testing, I've determined that the iPhone 4 performs much better than the 3GS in situations where signal is very low, at -113 dBm (1 bar). Previously, dropping this low all but guaranteed that calls would drop, fail to be placed, and data would no longer be transacted at all. I can honestly say that I've never held onto so many calls and data simultaneously on 1 bar at -113 dBm as I have with the iPhone 4, so it's readily apparent that the new baseband...

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Jul 06
Apple fourth on Experian Hitwise Hot 100 E-Retailer list

Apple ranks fourth in the latest UK Experian Hitwise Hot 100 E-Retailer list (http://www.hitwise.com/uk). Hitwise provides insights on how eight million UK Internet users interact with more than one million web sites, across 165+ industries.

Apple.com is listed above the retail sites of Windows manufacturers such as HP (ranked 24th), Dell (36th). iTunes ranks 66th. The top three on the list are Amazon, Argos and Play.com.

Experian Hitwise measures the largest sample of Internet users -- 25 million worldwide, including eight million in the UK. The company has developed proprietary software that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use to analyze web site logs created on their network. This anonymous data is aggregated and provided to Hitwise, where it's analyzed to provide a range of industry standard metrics relating to the viewing of web sites including page requests, visits, average visit length...

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Jul 06
Lenova exec: thank goodness Apple doesn't care about China

Apple is missing a huge opportunity in the Chinese market, according to Liu Chuanzhi, the head of Lenovo, the country’s leading computer maker. The company holds about 30% of its home market, which is one of the fastest growing globally and which is expected to become the world’s largest within a year.

Speaking of Apple’s chief executive, Lenovo’s founder and chairman, told the "Financial Times" (http://macosg.me/2/h7): “We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble.”

Apple’s products are proving to be as desirable for Chinese consumers as for their international peers, but official channels for their sale are extremely limited, the article adds. The company has only a handful of flagship stores and authorized resellers in the country’s largest cities.

However, as...

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Jul 05
Some Apple App Store accounts reportedly compromised

Compromised Apple App Store accounts have been abused by rogue developers to boost their ranking and increase their sales, according to a report at "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/05/itunes_app_store_manipulation/).

Hijacked accounts were reportedly used to buy multiple copies of previously obscure Vietnamese-language eBooks, in an apparent bid to game the iTunes ranking system. The eBooks concerned have been pulled from Apple's store and the account of seller Thuat Nguyen of mycompany has been suspended.

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Jul 05
EU legislation could force Apple to change software policies

Neelie Kroes may also launch a probe into interoperability between various smartphone platforms, including iPhone, reports "Rethink Wireless" (http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/07/05/apple-face-eu-probe-new-antit...).

Kroes has already fined Microsoft $1.4bn for lack of software openness, and is now focusing on whether smartphone vendors comply with new European interoperability rules. Kroes specifically named Apple's App Store as an example of a closed environment.

"We need to make sure that significant market players cannot just choose to deny interoperability with their product," he says. "This is particularly important in cases where standards don't exist ... This is not just about Microsoft or any big company like Apple, IBM or Intel. The main challenge is that...

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Jul 05
'MUG Event Calendar': MacSpeech, Wi-Fi picnic, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" roars back to life this week, with a wide variety of speakers, topics and presentations.

Jay Gonzales of MacSpeech will present to a California group, a Mac dealer will show off the iPad in Kansas, “free stuff” will be identified at a Florida group, an annual “Wi-Fi picnic” will be held in New Jersey, and Time Machine and iPhoto backups will be the focus at at group in Australia.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Jul 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 2

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/).

Paragon Software Group has released a mobile version of the UEFA Football Dictionary for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$15.99 reference source provides trilingual translations or monolingual word definitions in three official UEFA languages -- German, English and French -- of all terms related to football. 

EmirBytes has announced Splash Factory 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch platform, utilizing the touch interface. It's $2.99 level app for splashing colors on your photos. It boasts a color/object selection method whereby users can mix either selection by shades of color and/or by area definition.

The official website of the state of Rhode Island (http://www.RI.gov) has...

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Jul 02
Macsimum Poll: iPhone 4 owners, are you having reception...

In this week's poll, we're asking iPhone 4 owners whether they're having reception problems. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you planned to buy an iPhone 4. Fifty-percent said "yes, but not during launch week," 22% said "no, not until it's freed from AT&T," 21% said "yes, and I gotta have it now," and 7% said "no, never."

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