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Jul 19
Apple releases iTunes 9.2.1

Apple has posted iTunes 9.2.1, which fixes some bugs found in iTunes 9.2. You should note that Apple says the update disables older versions of some incompatible third party plug-ins, but doesn't say which ones.

iTunes 9.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later to run. You can update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Preferences app -- or from the Apple support web site (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1056?viewlocale=en_us).

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Jul 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 19

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/).

PowPowGames has announced its first iPhone game, Rocket Boy 2D, an US$0.99, RPG oriented action side scroller with animation, artwork and a ton of guns and equipment to use. It features more than 35 guns with over 70 items to equip, a RPG like leveling system and 3 worlds to fight in.

Davka Corporation has released Talking Hebrew Word Book 1.0 for the iPad, a $5.99 Hebrew language tool featuring over 500 modern Hebrew phrases, expressions and words. Designed for tourists, travelers, and students alike, each word and phrase is pronounced in Israeli-accented Hebrew, and appears on screen with English translation and a descriptive photo or illustrative cartoon. It's divided into 18 phrase sections and 29 word sections.

Icanology has debuted...

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Jul 19
Apple's 'Magic TrackPad' gets FCC approval?

An unnamed new Bluetooth-equipped Apple product, dubbed the Apple Magic TrackPad, first submitted to the Federal Communications Commission for review last October, has apparently been granted regulatory approval this week, according to "engadget" (http://macosg.me/2/k5).

Apparently a Bluetooth trackpad, the device's model number is A1339 is the culprit here. It's described as a "Bluetooth Device" used in conjunction with a MacBook without any associated filings for WiFi or WWAN networks.

Apple applied for ownership of the Magic Trackpad trademark in February, notes "CNET" (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20010949-263.html). "Engadget" also claims the device would allow for handwriting recognition as well as "every feature you can find on a Magic Mouse (and possibly...

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Jul 19
Macsimum Poll: will 'antennagate' stop you from buying...

In this week's poll, we're asking if "antennagate" -- the hoopla, whether real or perceived over iPhone 4 reception/antenna issues -- will keep you from buying an iPhone 4. 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 already had an iPhone 4, if you were experiencing said problems. Fifty-percent said you didn't have an iPhone 4, 33% said "no," nine percent said "yes, but no worse than with previous versions" and 6% said "yes, more than with previous versions."

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Jul 19
O'Reilly publishes 'Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One...

O'Reilly Press has published "Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One" by author Deke McClelland. The US$49.99 book/DVD combo offers step-by-step tutorials, hours of DVD-video demonstrations, and lots of hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your skills.

"Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One" simulates a classroom environment with one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson. McClelland is a lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive videos that ship with Adobe Photoshop and other products.

For more info about the book, including sample content, a table of contents and author bio, go to http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596807986 .

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Jul 19
SyncMate for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Eltima Software has updated SyncMate (http://www.sync-mac.com/), software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices, to version 2.6.1118. It's a maintenance update -- free to registered users of version 2.x -- that squishes some bugs.

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 all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff organized. With the...

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Jul 19
CAZE announces Full Swarovski case for the iPhone 4

CAZE has announced the Full Swarovski case (http://macosg.me/2/k2) for the iPhone 4. The US$199 case combiners Swarovski crystals and an ultra thin design.

It comes in four "flashed colors." CAZE used Zero 5, the World's thinnest transparent iPhone case for crystal embellishment, so the crystal case has the thinnest possible wall-thickness and can fully protect the chrome edges and corners of an iPhone, according to the folks at CAZE.

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Jul 19
OptiTrack to demo 'the future of virtual filmmaking'

With the massive success of computer-generated 3D films like "Avatar," real-time virtual production workflows are setting a new trend in Hollywood. At SIGGRAPH 2010, OptiTrack, in conjunction with Autodesk, will provide attendees with a demonstration of how to create a cost-effective virtual production pipeline that will ntegrate into existing workflows.

Live demonstrations featuring OptiTrack and Autodesk products will be available at the OptiTrack booth (#701) and Autodesk booth (#500), July 26 - 29, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Featuring real-time data streamed between the OptiTrack and Autodesk booths, joint demonstrations will showcase how body motion capture (from OptiTrack Arena software) and virtual camera work (from the OptiTrack Insight VCS) can be combined with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Face Robot to create a comprehensive computer generated film sequence.

The Insight VCS will ship in late summer....

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Jul 19
New Brunswick tourist destination keen on iPads, iPods

Visitors to one of New Brunswick's most popular tourists destinations are plugged into interpretive iPads and iPods, reports the "Telegraph-Journal" (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1140471).

Paul Gaudet, interpretive services manager at Hopewell Rocks, said they are probably the only tourist centre in the country using the technology this way, the article adds. As part of a pilot project guides can show tourists a variety of historical and geological information on the handheld Apple technology.

Gaudet said the IPads act as a database that can help tour guides enhance a guest's experience. He told the "Telegraph-Journal" he thinks it's only a matter of time before everyone in the interpretive world is using the same technology.

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Jul 19
Reactions to Apple's response to 'antennagate'

HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics aren't happy with Apple's claims that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other global smartphone makers, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/jw).

Taiwan-based HTC said Monday that reception problems aren't common on smartphones and Apple should address the problem on its own rather than blame competitors. Samsung said it "hasn't received significant customer feedbacks on any signal reduction issue for the Omnia II" smartphone that was featured in Apple's video.
Apple's arguments were also rejected by RIM and U.S.-based Motorola Inc., "which said they have deliberately avoided Apple's approach of locating antennas on a phone's edge," says the "Journal."

Meanwhile, Patrick Kerley, a crisis communication expert for Levick Strategic Communications, says that Apple should have responded faster to the uproar over the iPhone 4's reception...

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Jul 19
Marvell announces Mac compatible Easy Plug Computer Installer

Marvell (http://www.plugcomputer.org) has released the open source Easy Plug Computer Installer (EPI) to simplify Plug Computing software deployment. EPI is the first ever wizard-based installation tool for Marvell's Plug Computer.

It provides more than 20,000 Plug Computer developers worldwide with a faster, easier way to integrate their low-power and affordable Plug Computing solutions, according to the folks at Marvell.

EPI is designed to make it easier for Plug Computer developers to program new applications while preparing consumers for the day when they can order and download applications online for their personalized Plug Computer. It provides interaction with the Marvell ARMADA 300/310 processor family, purportedly making it easier to bring performance-bound digital home applications and services to market. EPI and supporting information is currently available for download at...

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Jul 19
Seagate introduces GoFlex Home for centralized storage

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has unveiled the newest addition to its GoFlex family of hard drives -- the GoFlex Home network storage system. When it's connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store, easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from Mac and Windows systems on the home  network.

The new centralized storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with the Apple Time Machine, as well as including a version of the backup application for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, says Darcy Clarkson, Seagate vice president of Retail Sales and Marketing. With the GoFlex Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos, movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game consoles or a GoFlex TV HD media player, from any room in the house.

The GoFlex Home is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities at...

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Jul 19
Fifty-plus free iWork templates from iWork4School

More than 50 free iWork templates are now available for education professionals, students and teachers from the new iWork4School (http://www.iwork4school.com/). The site is a sister site of the Free iWork Templates blog.

Each template is sorted by three criteria: grade level, subject and intended users, says Joel Wolfgang, founder of both the Free iWork Templates Blog and iWork4School. These two sites hope to help education professionals by saving them the time necessary to create their own templates for projects, papers and assignment, he adds.

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Jul 19
Apple sentiment weakens ahead of earnings

Crowd Technologies, the provider of the stock research site Piqqem, has announced the sentiment results (http://www.piqqem.com/equities/aapl) for Apple Computer going into their earnings announcement on Tuesday, July 20. The company says sentiment for Apple has dropped 15 points to the lowest level in the past 15 months.

Piqqem's quarterly chart shows Apple's sentiment dropping by 15 points from the beginning of the quarter through today. In comparison, sentiment for the Piqqem Technology Index rose two points in the same period, which means Apple's decreasing sentiment was not strongly influenced by market forces. On the Piqqem scale, Apple's sentiment rating of 34.60 is still considered positive and indicates a quality stock.

Apple has consistently been a top three rated company on Piqqem's top rated list and now doesn't appear in the top 25. At its peak, Apple had a...

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Jul 19
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In ready for FileMaker Pro 11

24U Software has updated SimpleDialog Plug-In (http://www.24uSoftware.com/SimpleDialog) to version 4.0. The update is compatible with FileMaker Pro 11 and offers a new feature called live updating dialogs, which changes the dialog while it's on the screen.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In is a dialog-showing plug-in that allows you to display progress bars and almost arbitrary dialog boxes combining text, passwords, check boxes, radio buttons, pop-up menus, etc. A demo is available for download.

For new users 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 4.0 costs US$48 for a single user license; additional users pay $24. Developer licensing starts at $349 (limited to 20 concurrent users per site, unlimited to a number of solutions or customers). Permanent discounts are available to FBA, FileMaker TechNet, and FMPUG members. A special offer with highly reduced price and extra bonuses is...

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Jul 19
Product manager for Mac OS X updates copying features

Tension Software has updated Product Manager (http://pomola.com/products_productmanager/productmanager.html), software for managing a company's products from different points of view, to version 1.5.1. Now copying an item, date is updated to today and copying an item, Item number is updated to the next one available.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products inside, subdivided in families. It can be a general repository for all the data used for marketing and technical management. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

According to the folks at Tension Software, Product Manager allows to organize products in a logical subdivision. For every product the user can store: the main data with generic data fields; release...

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Jul 19
iPad available in nine more countries Friday

Apple says the iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore this Friday, July 23.


All iPad models will be available in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore on Friday. It will roll out to more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

The Apple tablet is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US for a suggested retail price of US$499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB for iPad Wi-Fi models and $629 for 16GB, $729 or 32GB and $829 for 64GB for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models.

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Jul 19
'MUG Event Calendar': investing with your Mac, photo...

The MUG Event Calendar" is packed this week with sessions on investing with your Mac, photo enhancements and much more.

Mac expert, author and MacNotable Ted Landau will be the featured guest at one California group, while Jean MacDonald of SmileOnMyMac will visit another this week. Investing with your Mac will be the topic in Maryland, photo enhancements using iPhoto will be covered in Virginia, a picnic will be held in Ohio, and secure email will be covered in Michigan.

"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 go to Apple's MUG page...

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Jul 16
IDC: 66% of purchasers delaying buying the iPhone 4

International Data Corporation (IDC) fielded a brief directional survey done in collaboration with the IDG TechPanel that seeks to provide insight into the impact the technical problems with the Apple iPhone 4 will have on the buying behavior of those in the market for a new phone.

The survey indicates that 66% of current iPhone owners are delaying their purchase of the iPhone 4, thus lengthening the normal upgrade cycle associated with the release of a new device. However, the antenna issues do not seem to be impacting the 74% of non-iPhone owners who indicated that they are not delaying their purchase plans.

"We are pleased that Apple is working with its customers to offset the reception issues related to the iPhone 4," says William Stofega, program director, Mobile Device Technology and Trends at IDC. "It will be interesting to monitor the effect of Apple's response to the antenna problem over the next several months."

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Jul 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 16

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/).

SGN (http://www.sng.com), which specializes in social mobile gaming, has announced the launch of the first multi-platform mobile game allowing iPhone and Android users to compete live against one another. First launched on iPhone in December 2009, SGN's hit aerial combat game "Skies of Glory" is now available on Android-based mobile phones above 2.0, including the EVO, Nexus and Droid. Android-toting gamers can not only join the action, but can play against their iPhone-carrying friends.

In multiplayer game mode, an Android-based player can spot, engage and shoot down an iOS-based player. "Skies of Glory" for Android was developed in collaboration with Revo Solutions Games, SGN's...

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Jul 16
Jobs outlines Apple's course of action on the iPhone 4...

At today's special press event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to say that the Apple gang has been "working our butts" off in trying to find out the (reported) antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

"You know, we're not perfect," he said. "And phones aren't perfect either. But we want to make all of our users happy. And if you don't know that about Apple, you don't know Apple"

The CEO says Apple has sold well over three million iPhone 4 units since it launched three weeks ago. And he admitted that Apple has heard reports of "some people" having issues with the antenna system, "which is very advanced."

But, going on the defensive, Jobs said though it "doesn't sound like a good idea to grip your phone and lose the signal," but it's not unique to the iPhone 4. It happens with the Blackberry Bold 9700, the HTC Droid Eris, the Samsung Omnia and others, he says.

"These phones were all tested in areas of relatively weak signal strength and they all...

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Jul 16
Upcoming Mac Pro to support USB 3.0, updated Firewire?

AppleThe Mac Pro will be updated by the end of summer and include USB 3.0 and either Firewire 1600 or 3200 support -- but not Blu-ray playback, reports the French site, "HardMac" (http://macosg.me/2/jr).

USB 3.0 is specified to transfer at five gigabits per second, or 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Plus, USB 3.0 products are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices and will interoperate with them, as well, so there's no reason for Apple not to include USB 3.0 on upcoming Macs.

FireWire 3200 and/or 1600 will use the same connectors as FireWire 800. Hopefully, Apple will go with 3200, as it purportedly delivers at least four times the performance. It increases FireWire speed from 800 Mbps to 3.2 Gbps. You'll notice that, on paper, that's slower than USB 3.0, but FireWire also has advantages in areas such as power management.

"Hard Mac" also says that Apple is interested in LightPeak technology, but...

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Jul 16
One iPhone bug fixes as another appears

Apple has issued a fix for one problem with the iPhone as reports start to emerge of another bug, reports the "BBC" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10659123).

An iPhone software update has corrected the way that different versions of the handset display signal strength. But some users are reporting that an earlier update means their 3GS phones now drop far more calls than before.

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Jul 16
Survey: enterprise adoption of Apple products accelerating

In a clear indication of Apple's continuing strength with business customers, a new survey of enterprise technology managers shows accelerating interest in purchasing first-time or additional Macs and iPhones.

In addition, the survey shows that the iPad is off to a very strong start, with nearly one in four IT managers stating they've already purchased or ordered the new Apple tablet. The survey also showed that for most IT managers, the lines between their personal and business use of Apple products have blurred.

Over 80% of survey respondents use their Macs, iPhones and iPads for both personal and professional applications and tasks. Seventy-nine percent said they are "more likely to allow more users to deploy Macs as their enterprise desktops" in 2010-2011, up from 68% in ITIC's 2009 survey.

Seven percent of respondents said they have more than 250 Macs in their enterprise. In the 2008 survey, only 2% had more than 250 Macs.

Twenty-three percent said...

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Jul 16
Tryten Tech releases 2010 Mac mini Security Mount

Tryten Technologies (http://www.tryten.com/) has released the US$64.22 Mac mini Security Mount, which secures the Mac Mini to a variety of locations, including the back of a monitor or to any side of a workspace without limiting functionality.

The Tryten Mac Mini Security Mount boasts a LockBar with a seven pin pick-resistant lock. Even while protected, the open design of this Mac Mini Mount allows access to all peripheral connections and the disk slot, and maintains optimal WiFi and Bluetooth communications, according to the folks at Tryten. The design of the Tryten Mount offers alternative locking options including a selection of keyed or combination locks, and a built-in security slot for added flexibility.

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