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Dec 06
Mac App Store to launch in one week?

Appletell (, quoting an "insider source," says Apple is targeting a Monday, Dec. 13, launch of the Mac App Store.

Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6, and will be built into next year's Mac OS X Lion.

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Dec 06
Strategy Analytics: iPad faces pricing challenge

Two-thirds of potential iPad buyers expect to pay less than US$500 or 500 Euros, according to a survey of 4,800 US and European consumers conducted by Strategy Analytics’ ( "Tablet and Touchscreen Strategies" service.

With iPad retail pricing starting at $499 in the US, price is likely to present Apple with its first major hurdle as it seeks to sustain the iPad’s early success, according to the research group. The report concludes that competitors may gain tablet market share by targeting consumers’ price expectations, and that Apple will eventually be forced to offer lower priced iPads.

The study, “Apple's iPad: Users, Buying Intentions and Price Expectations,” also found that iPad users are not simply hardcore Apple fans: many continue to use mobile phones and computers from other brands, and still feel positively towards them.

Only 22%...

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Dec 06
The Plugin Site releases FocalBlade 2 for MacOS X

The Plugin Site ( released version 2 of its FocalBlade plug-in for Mac OS X. It's a sharpening plug-in for Photoshop and other compatible applications.

FocalBlade 2 also reduces noise and produces blur, soft focus and special effects. It supports one, two and three pass sharpening workflows, incorporates modes for various tasks and experience levels offering interactive explanations for each feature. FocalBlade even batch process images with the help of actions or scripts.

FocalBlade 2 purportedly renders 10 to 100 times faster than version 1 (depending on the used settings and CPU). It supports multiple sharpening workflows and various output devices. FocalBlade 2 is now fully scripting aware and supports smart filtering in Photoshop CS4 and CS5.

FocalBlade 2 achieves better sharpening effects with less artifacts through improved edge masking and halo...

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Dec 06
SQLLiteManager adds table editor with foreign key support

SQLabs has updated SQLLiteManager (, a SQLite database manager tool for Mac OS X and Windows, to version 3.6. The upgraded features a new table editor with foreign key support and a low level SQlite, three-database analyzer.

SQLiteManager is a graphical user interface (GUI) database manager for SQLite databases. it allows you to open and work with SQALite 2.x, SQLite 3.x, in memory databases and REALSQL Server databases. It allows you to create and browse tables, views, triggers and indexes. SQLLiteManager enables you to insert, delete and update records and supports arbitrary SQL commands.

It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A SQLiteManager single license is US$49, and a $20 discount coupon code is available for SQLiteManager 1.x registered users. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. SQLLiteManager is a...

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Dec 06
Password Repository update improves the category dialog editor

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (", a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.2. The upgrade improves the category dialog editor, now it correctly scrolls on new created row. It also improves field editor, now it correctly select the first field creating the first row in a new document.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

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

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Dec 06
Optique SMS Salon software ready for the Mac

OptiqueSMS Salon Software ( is now ready for Mac users in the U.S. and Canada. It's salon management software program for luxury boutique owners, hair, beauty and nail salons, spa resort operators and esthetic retail shops.

Features include: point-of-sale (with split commission; shared commission and or family sale); service and product history; daily sales review; end-of-day cash-out; automatic payroll; a time card system; client gift certification and gift card system; and fixed, progressive and sharing commission.

Pricing starts at US$699 for a single-user license. A license for up to three people is $999 and up to six people is $1,299. An unlimited user license costs $1,599. OptiqueSMS offers competitive upgrades from competing products; also, custom development is available at extra cost.

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Dec 06
RunRev introduces way to create iPhone/iPad apps

Runtime Revolution ( has introduced what it says is the fastest way to create applications for iPhone and iPad with its LiveCode Deployment Pack for iOS.

The new LiveCode for iOS lets software developers create applications for deployment to the Apple App Store using a tool that works across every major computing platform -- mobile, Web, Mac, PC, Linux and server. The new iOS Deployment Pack is a part of the LiveCode development platform, which includes individual solutions for desktop and web development, multiple users and other requirements.
As a cross-platform development solution, LiveCode for iOS allows developers to use the same code to deploy to multiple mobile platforms, while taking advantage of the many OS-specific features on each device, says RunRev CEO Kevin Miller. LiveCode pricing begins at US$99 for a one-seat, personal use license, including LiveCode...

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Dec 03
Apple sued for age discrimination

Another day, another lawsuit. Michael Katz, a Florida man in his 60s, has sued Apple, alleging that he was denied promotions when he worked at the company's retail store because of his age, reports "AppleInsider" (

He claims Apple violating the state's Civil Rights Act, as he believes he was subjected to discrimination based on his age. The complaint, filed this week, seeks damages in excess of US$15,000.

"AppleInsider" says Katz began working as a Mac specialist at the Apple store at Millennia Mall in Orlando in March 2006, when he was 60 years old. In his lawsuit, he says he expressed his desire to be promoted to the title of "Creative."

In his tenure at the Apple store, there were "several" openings for creatives at the store, and Katz claims he applied each time but was denied the position. Those who were selected for the job were at least 15 years...

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Dec 03
Analyst foresees digital TV, pico projector for the iPhone 5

Ticonderga Securities analyst Brian White said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- that suppliers tell him that mobile digital TV and miniature embedded pico projectors are poised to become major selling features in future smartphones such as the iPhone 5.

"Watching local TV stations on a smartphone could be an attractive option for some consumers," White says. "Additionally, an embedded pico projector allows users to project a slide presentation or video on a wall or other surface in large size, which makes sense for the iPhone 5 in our view, as Apple seeks to expand the features in the next-generation iPhone."

In addition, the analyst says he could see the features also appearing in a future hardware update to the iPad, allowing users to have an "even richer experience."

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Dec 03
'PC World': MacBook Air performs worse than similarly...

Lab tests prove that many Windows 7 laptops having a similar price offer better performance than the 2010 MacBook Air models, reports "PC World."

"The numbers show that many Windows notebooks that carry a similar price tag outperform the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models we tested," the article says. "Other differences show up, too. Many of the better-performing Windows laptops are bigger and heavier than the Air, and some have poorer battery life. But if you’re interested in getting the most pop possible for your buck, it’s clear that the MacBook Air isn’t the best way to go."

You can read the details of their test at .

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Dec 03
Apple, publishers still disagree on mag app subscription details

Apple and the publishing industry haven’t been able to come to terms over magazine app subscriptions for the iPad. According to "All Things D" (, publishers want the ability to sell the subscriptions themselves, or at least the opportunity to hang on to subscribers’ personal data, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs is opposed to that.

The article -- quoting "publishing sources" -- says here’s what Apple is offering publishers, according to publishing sources:

° The ability to sell app subscriptions through iTunes.

° Seventy percent of the revenue from each sale.

° The ability to offer an opt-in form for subscribers that would ask them for a limited amount of information...

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Dec 03
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 3

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Namco Networks has unleashed Buccaneer Blitz, the latest addition to their suite of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad games. Available now on Apple’s App Store, the game can be purchased for $2.99. An additional 12 levels can be downloaded for an extra $0.99. In Buccaneer Blitz, players find their inner pirate and set sail to conquer 15 enemy levels in campaign mode.

Cameron Davidson has announced Arlington Cemetery 1.0 for iPad users. The $1.99 app offers a quiet reflection and tour of the scenes, rituals, ceremonies and monuments that are so important in commemorating the fallen heroes resting in Arlington National Cemetery. Users get to view some of the aerial, landscape and portrait photos taken by Davidson for his Smithsonian book, "A Moment of...

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Dec 03
comScore: Apple has 24.6% of US smartphone market

Approximately 60.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in October, up 14% from the preceding three-month period, representing one out of mobile subscribers, accodring to a new report by the comScore research group (

RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 35.8% hare of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.6% share (up 0.8 percentage points). Google Android saw another month of strong growth, rising 6.5 percentage points to capture 23.5% of smartphone subscribers.

Microsoft accounted for 9.7% of smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 3.9%. Despite losing share to Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow, according to comScore.

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Dec 03
XILS Lab releases PolyKB II

XILS Lab ( has launched the PolyKB mk II, the recreation of a very polyphonic synthesizer released in the 80's.

The PolyKB II is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer based on two waveform morphing, aliasing free oscillators and a self oscillating four poles low pass filter. The oscillators take a large part of the sound of this synthesizer while the filter recreating a standard analog chip of the 80's (with the help of very complete modulation sections), allows the PolyKB II to create "incredibly warm sounds from gorgeous basses to slowly evolving pads, through aggressive leads and thin crystal keyboards as well as a huge range of incredible special effects that all sound designers will love to use," according to the folks at XILS Lab.

Through Dec. 19, the new PolyKB II Synthesizer will be sold at introductory price of US$89 (it's normally $199) or as part of the "...

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Dec 03
Analyst: Apple will sell 32 million iPads in fiscal 2011

The iPad will cause nearly 50% of all growth for Apple in fiscal year 2011, according to Caris & Company analyst Robert Cihra. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- he calls Apple's growth "stunning."

In the December quarter, Cihra expects Apple to sell 6.7 million iPads. He has also projected the sale of 32 million iPads in fiscal year 2011, accounting for more growth in Apple's bottom line than the iPhone.

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Dec 03
OWC iMac upgrade program now offers 3TB hard drive

Other World Computing ( says its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2010, 27-inch now offers iMac owners the option to upgrade the hard drive to a 3.0TB model. That's a 50% storage capacity increase over the 2.0TB factory option.

This new storage capacity option joins existing upgrade program choices:

° Adding up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs for up to a total of 1.44TB capacity; up to 5.5X higher than the factory SSD option;

° Adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, and/or adding up to 16GB RAM with savings up to 81% versus factory options.

The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48-business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s warranty coverage.

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Dec 03
Apple-Motorola legal battle now involves 42 patents

There are now 42 patents involves in the ongoing legal brouhaha between Apple and Motorola.

Apple now alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining 3 with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad and iPod), reports "Foss Patents" (

Litigation between the two companies takes place in several different federal courts -- primarily the Western District of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Florida -- as well as before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), the article adds. Last week it was announced that Apple's patent claims against Motorola...

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Dec 03
No demos, betas on the Mac App Store

Following Thursday night’s seeding of a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Apple updated its Developer News site ( with a few tips for developers to consider before trying to submit their Mac apps for approval.

"MacStories" ( notes that, among these tips Apple has confirmed that demos, trial versions and beta software is off limits for the Mac App Store . The company says: "Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps."


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Dec 03
EA VP: Apple has 'good chance to succeed' with a game...

Apple would have a "relatively good chance to succeed" if it tried to take on Sony and Microsoft in the video game console market, according to Electronic Arts Vice President Patrick Soderlund, who fielded questions from "CVG" ( about the future of the games industry and those competing in it.

He said that anyone else but Apple would find it very hard to compete with PlayStation and Xbox. "CVG" asked Soderlund what would happen if Apple were to make a move into mainstream gaming and tried challenge the big two with a console of its own.

"If it was anyone but Apple, I'd say that's going to be very hard," he replied. "I still think it's going to be extremely hard for them but they've surprised many people before. Look at what they did with the iPhone, right? They are a...

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Dec 03
TrendNet releases 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge

TrendNet ( has released the US$69.99 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB, which is designed to provide a high performance wireless connection for all networked media center devices.

The 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge connects a Ethernet-ready gaming console, network television, receiver, media controller, and DVR to a lag-free high-speed wireless n network, says Sonny Su, technology director of Trendnet. There's no need to place your media center near a hardwired Internet connection-cut the cables and experience the high definition connection quality of the Wireless N Media Bridge, he adds.

Users who have a router with a WPS button require practically no setup. Power up the TEW-640MB, press the WPS button on your router, then the WPS button on the TEW-640MB, and it's connected to your router and the Internet. Finally, network media center devices to the four...

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Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0

Black Cat Systems ( has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99.

The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper.

The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.

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Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view

DVDxDV Pro ( has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view.

Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie.

DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone,...

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Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac

Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line ( no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Dec 03
PowerProduction Software updates StoryBoard Quick

PowerProduction Software has updated StoryBoard Quick -- software for visually planning media projects -- to version 6, adding new screenwriting software imports including support for Final Draft fdx format.

"This version offers new and more artwork, simplicity and speed to every task," says Jeff Walsh, vice president of Product Management at PowerProduction Software. "By streamlining the digital workflow for the professionals, and enabling beginning videographers to plan projects, StoryBoard Quick 6 brings new vitality to the essential process of storyboarding for pre-production.”

StoryBoard Quick integrates with screenwriting applications such as Final Draft, Screenwriter , Montage, Storyist, etc. and batched image imports. It's designed for pre-production planning for projects and lets you compose your shots using the ready-made art as well as enabling the layering and compositing of integrated artwork with imported photos.

Other new features in version 6...

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Dec 03
Mophie announces juice pack plus for the iPhone 4

Mophie ( has announced the the juice pack plus, an US$99.95 enhanced capacity iPhone 4 battery case that will purportedly more than double the time iPhone users have to rock, talk and surf.

The plus is mophie’s second rechargeable external battery case designed for the iPhone 4, and has a 2,000 mAh battery capacity, the largest of any juice pack case produced to date. In keeping with mophie’s award-winning juice pack design, the juice pack plus is ultra-thin and light-weight, providing protection and now even more power for the iPhone 4 while adding only 1mm of thickness when compared to the original juice pack air design, says Susan Schedel, vice president of sales and marketing for mophie.

The juice pack plus boasts a 2,000 mAh charging capacity, offering iPhone 4 power users with more than double the battery life on-the-go. It features enhanced design elements including a dual...

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