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Aug 24
Virtual TimeClock update offers new payroll integration

Redcort Software has announced Virtual TimeClock '10 (http://www.redcort.com/timeclock/), the latest version of the time and attendance software for Mac and Windows computers. It brings payroll integration with payroll service providers, including SurePayroll, Paychex Online, Paychex Preview, PayChoice, AccountEdge, and CheckMark Payroll.

The new Virtual TimeClock Pro release also integrates employee time and attendance with desktop payroll software, including Acclivity Software's AccountEdge for Mac and Windows computers. A fully functional free trial of Virtual TimeClock software is available directly from the Redcort Software web site in Basic, Pro and Network Editions at Redcort Software online.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock '10 starts at US$99. Discounted upgrade pricing is available for users of prior releases of Virtual TimeClock software. Full pricing details are...

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Aug 24
iTunes U downloads top 300 million

In just over three years, iTunes U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs, according to Apple. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store.

New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe, according to Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services.

"iTunes U makes it easy for people to discover and learn with content from many of the world’s top institutions," he says. "With such a wide selection of educational material, we’re providing iTunes users with an incredible way to learn on their computer, iPhone, iPod or iPad.:

Created in collaboration with colleges and universities, iTunes U makes it...

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Aug 24
CheckUp 2.7 detects more common Mac problems

App4Mac (http://www.app4mac.com) has updated CheckUp, a Mac OS X tool for checking the health and monitoring the behavior of a Mac computer (even from a remote computer), to version 2.7. The upgrade can detect more common issues of Mac computer and display more details about how to fix them.

CheckUp 2.7 also offers improved alerts management on disks or memory issues, support of recent Macs (Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini Server), a new tool to send feedback directly from the help menu, auto update functionality an an updated user interface. There's also improved documentation.

A user license of CheckUp costs US$49 and can be installed on two computers. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. Discounts are available for education and volume licensing.

CheckUp Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A trial version of CheckUp is available at app4mac.com. Some features are free and will stay free...

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Aug 24
iBank rings up version 4.0rc1

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.0rc1 a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"). This update to the iBank 4 public beta fixes three import bugs pertaining to Quicken QIF files.

iBank costs USS$59.95. iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard").

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Aug 24
GraphicConverter X update adds 'scale after crop'...

Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 6.7.4. The new version adds a "scale after crop" option, PDN preview and sepia batch.

GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

GraphicConverter costs US$30 for the downloadable version and $35 for the CD version. Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.4.4 or later for Mactels and Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later for PowerPC Macs. Version 6.7.4 is a free update for registered users of version 6.x.


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Aug 24
File Courier update for Mac OS X offers new destinations

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated File Courier, a digital delivery solution for Mac OS X (10.4.2 and higher) with timesaving options, to version 2.0b2. The upgrade adds SFTP, WebDAV, Secure WebDAV, Amazon S3 and MobileMe destinations.

File Courier delivers files and folders to FTP and local destinations and sends automatic e-mail delivery notifications. The e-mail messages are based on variable templates and contain the detailed info about the item and its location. The software can also create a low-res version of a PDF file and attach it to e-mail, compress folders and protect deliveries with password.

File Courier is designed to automate and simplify the process of preparing, sending and confirming delivery to free up users from time consuming, tedious manual tasks which can also lead to mistakes and miscommunication between a sender and a recipient, according to the folks at...

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Aug 23
iPhones, iPads growing in popularity among doctors

Smartphones and tablets such as the iPad are poised to play a greater role in health care as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said last month, as reported by "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/351320/Doctors_Warming_Up_to_Mobi...).

In a poll of 2,000 U.S. physicians by Manhattan Research LLC, 71% of the respondents said that a smartphone is essential to their practice, and 84% agreed that the Internet is critical to their jobs The iPhone is popular with many young doctors, and there are signs that the iPad tablet has a future in health care, the article adds.

Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, Calif., already has 25 company-owned iPads and...

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Aug 23
Higosoft releases Kodak Video Converter for the Mac

Higosoft has released Kodak Video Converter for the Mac (http://www.higosoft.com/for-mac.html). The US$35 software is specially designed for Kodak users who use Mac OS X to editing and playing on their computers.

Mac Kodak Video Converter offers a way to convert the Kodak HD mov video to other formats such as MP4, flv, swf, mkv, dv, rm/rmvb, wmv etc and convert Kodak video to mp3, ac3, mp2, flac etc and more audio formats. Besides, Kodak Video Converter Mac solves a problem for converting video to different video editing applications for further editing such as iMovie, iTunes and Final Cut PrP to create your personalized videos, according to the folks at Higosoft.

With Kodak Video Converter for Mac, after conversion, you can play kodak videos on portable devices like the iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, PSP, Apple TV, Blackberry etc. A...

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Aug 23
Security holes in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal

Reports are appearing about a major security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal, reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/23/paypal-itunes-fraud/).

At least one group of scammers has found a way to charge thousands of dollars to iTunes accounts through PayPal. At least PayPal is aware of the issue, but it seems like the problem is on the iTunes side, says "TechCrunch."

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Aug 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 23

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/).

The Young Readers’ edition of QuickReader, the iPhone eBook reader and speed reading app, has been relaunched just in time for the new school year with 132 children’s classics and free promotional codes for teachers and schools. The Young Readers’ edition of QuickReader is available for US$5.99. Teachers can request a special US promo code to obtain a free copy of the app by emailing free4teachers(at)quickreader(dot)net.

Frimby Limited has announced SongStumblr 1.0, a free music discovery and sharing app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It allows users to see and hear what nearby people are listening to, and to share out their own music to the people in their surrounding. Users can listen to discovered songs for free, purchase songs, or...

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Aug 23
Freeway 5.5 released with Showcase Gallery app

Softpress Systems has released Freeway 5.5 , a new version of its web design products, Freeway Express and Pro. 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 including borders, shadows, reflections and more. Freeway...

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Aug 23
Apple filling more telesales positions?

Multiple sources have told "MacDailyNews" (http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/26418/) that Apple is hiring more employees in telesales positions and that this has been described by one as "huge" and by other sources as "significant."

The article says these sources report that Apple will begin an intensive four-week training course for these new hires starting next week. The training is said to be in preparation for an October release of "a very big new product."

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Aug 23
Buffalo refreshes its DriveStation line

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced a refresh of the DriveStation Duo and DriveStation Quad, formerly DriveStation Quattro, representing the latest generation of high-performance direct attached storage solutions.

The new multi-drive external hard drives, equipped with NovaBackUp Business Essentials, are designed for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring redundant and high performance external storage. Also announced today is the new DriveStation Axis, a single drive storage solution.

The DriveStation Quad is a 4-drive, RAID enabled storage solution for small servers, creative professionals, offices and consumers requiring large, redundant and high-performance external storage. Equipped with four hard drives, DriveStation Quad supports RAID 0, 5, 10 and Normal modes, but ships configured in RAID 5 for a balance between data...

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Aug 23
Apress publishes 'iPhone 4 Made Simple'

The latest title in Apress's Made Simple series, "iPhone 4 Made Simple" (http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430231920) is a go-to guide for the latest and greatest version of the iPhone. This 750-page book includes over 1,000 screen visuals and instructions that illustrate both basic and advanced features of the iPhone 4.

It costs US$29.99 for the print version and $20.99 for the ebook version. The authors are Gary Mazo and Martin Trautschold.

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Aug 23
Macgamestore.com releases Hoyle Card Games 2011

Macgamestore.com (http://www.macgamestore.com) has Hoyle Card Games 2011 for Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher). The game is immediately available for purchase as a digital download for $19.95.

Here's how the game is described: "Hoyle Card Games 2011 features all of your favorite team-style and solo card games from Old Maid and Canasta to Solitaire and Poker. Learn new games, refine your strategy and play the cards you're dealt, all in the company of the personable HOYLE characters!"

A free 60 minute trial version is available for download.

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Aug 23
Yum update cooks up redesigned interface

Dare to be Creative has updated Yum, a recipe manager for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"), to version 4. The user interface was redesigned from the ground up by Apple Design Award winner Dietmar Kerschner.

The new interface features a corkboard to browse recipes by photo, the ability to search recipes with simple text or advanced filters, and an option to view recipes in full screen.

Yum is a recipe and cook book manager that allows users to organize recipes into categories, assign ratings, print with custom layouts and create shopping lists from a recipe's ingredients. Yum is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

It's US$29; a demo is available at the Yum web site (http://yum-mac.com/). Version 3.2 is a free update to registered users.

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Aug 23
MacNotables looks at input devices, iOS apps

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.

Adam Engst discusses his preferences of input devices, from the Tactile Pro Keyboard to an unusual pointing device. As a professional writer, he spends lots of time putting material into his Mac, so things like keyboard feel, pointing device precision, mouse acceleration curves and more are important to him.

Engst then turns his attention to the trials and tribulations of keeping an iOS app up to date, their experiences with building and maintaining the TidBITS publishing system,
and why "...some content never goes out of date."

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko,...

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Aug 23
iWisdom grows wiser with version 2.10

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.10 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version adds the ability to import quotations from WikiQuote.org. This new feature can import quotations from both author and work (i.e., book and movie) pages, and supports multiple languages.   

iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source, year of publication, title and category. iWisdom allows you to view wisdom in a list view (with optional sort fields), a category view, an edit view, and a display mode, which you can use to randomly display a new quotation at set intervals.

iWisdom stores its data in the wisdom XML format, and can publish a wisdom collection in HTML using a series of included XSL templates and cascading style sheets.

A demo version of the program can be downloaded from the PowerSurge Publishing web site (...

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Aug 23
Flux web page creation app revved to version 3

The Escapers has released Flux 3.0 (http://theescapers.com/flux2), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). Major new features include:

° Tab support in Page Designer, which lets you make the most of your screen real estate by viewing all your pages in tabs;

° List & tree views in File manager, for making the managing large and complex sites easier and quicker;

° Widget palette, for creating easy galleries, jQuery effects, using Dojo widgets and more;

° Rich HTML5 support (including HTML5 video);

° A new professional user interface with a minimal user interface;

° WebKit support for features such as transforms;

° Plug-ins (limited Coda Plug-in support): you can use not just plug-ins created for Flux 3, but for Panic's Coda...

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Aug 23
Power Manager for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0.1

DssW has updated Power Manager (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/), a Mac OS X utility designed to help users save energy by automating Macs, to version 4.0.1. The upgrade includes bug fixes and minor refinements.

With Power Manager, users can schedule their Macs to start up or wake, shut down, restart, log out, switch to the log-in window, and sleep. A 30-day demo is available for download. Power Manager costs approximately US$52 for a single-user license and $387 for Power Manager Professinal. Volume discounts for 100-plus Macs are available.

Version 4.0.1 is free for registered users of all previous versions. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Aug 23
Beta demo of Vera Blanc: Ghost in the Castle available

Winter Wolves has released a beta demo for its upcoming, Mac OS X compatible game Vera Blanc: Ghost in the Castle (http://www.verablanc.com/), the second title in the mystery adventure series. It can be ordered for US$19.99.

Here's how Vera Blanc is described: "This time, Vera and Brandon are investigating a mysterious ghost that is haunting a castle in a town in the middle of the Italian countryside. A local famous businessman, Roberto Anastasi, wants Vera to solve the ghost problem, because he doesn’t want the town filled by tourists. The first day seems to be rather quiet and relaxing, but as soon as the night comes, Vera will have a short encounter with the ghost! A short chase in the woods that ends up in an opening and a man hanged on a tree!"

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Aug 23
Analyst: multiple US carriers could be signed for the iPhone

Apple needs another carrier to maintain the iPhone's current rate of growth in the U.S., says Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu in a note to clients Monday -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/08/23/verizon-and-apple-at-loggerheads/...) -- but it doesn't necessarily have to be Verizon -- though that's the company that most folks expect to become the second US carrier.

According to Wu, Apple's share of AT&T's 90-million subscriber base is approaching saturation. Verizon, with 93 million subscribers, would be...

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Aug 23
Mac government, enterprise, home sales surge in June

In June Apple scored its biggest gains in government, big business and the European home market, according to Needham analyst Charles Wolf, using using the second quarter number from the IDC research group. In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/08/23/mac-enterprise-sales-surged-in-june/) -- Wolf says:

° At 35%, Mac shipment growth in June easily exceeded the market's growth rate of 20.9%.

° Mac shipments grew 31.4% in the home market, topping the market's growth rate of 25.2%.

° At 49.8%, the Mac's growth in business was three times higher than the market's 15.7%.

° Mac shipments in government grew 200%, sixteen times faster than the market's 12.1%.

° In the European home market, Apple's unit share more than doubled between quarter...

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Aug 23
Acer chairman: iPad share will drop to 20%

Take this one with a grain of sale: In a Chinese-language interview with the Economic Daily News -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100823PB200.html), JT Wang, chairman of Acer, said that he expects Apple's iPad market share to drop from close to 100% currently to only 20%-30% after the tablet PC market stabilizes.

He also cited a research report indicating that the market share for Android smartphones has already surpassed that of iOS models. According to "DigiTimes," Wang said that, according to past experience, a closed platform will eventually lose to an open one, and that he believes Android simply needs a little more time before it begins to dominate.

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Aug 23
90% of iPad buyers will be existing Apple owners

Only 2% of US homes which do not currently own an Apple device intend to buy an iPad during the next 12 months, compared to 18% of Apple-owning households, according to a new survey of 2000 US consumers by Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com).

The report, “Apple's iPad: Identifying Early Adopters and Intentions to Buy,” finds that ownership of another Apple product -- such as an iPod, MacBook or iPhone -- is the strongest indicator of intention to buy an iPad. For example, nearly a third of iPhone users in the US plan to buy an iPad during the coming year. In total 90% of iPad sales are expected to come from existing Apple device owners.

“Apple’s iPad is preaching to the converted,” says the report’s author, David Mercer, principal Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Many iPhone, Apple computer and iPod owners have snapped up their first iPad in the first few months...

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