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Jul 12
The Tube update integrates better with TV Movie Flat Rate EPG...

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has expanded its TV software The Tube to version 2.9.7. The upgrade offers better intergration of TV Movie Flat Rate EPG service in German-speaking countries only) and improved overall EPG management in preferences.

The Tube 2.9.7 is a free update for all registered users. The Tube is available for US$39.95 to new users. The Hauppauge Nova-S receiver is available with The Tube for the price of approximately $120. The Live TV app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store. Subscription for Tribune's Data Direct TV service is available within the application.

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Jul 12
Flux web page creation app gets maintenance update

The Escapers has released Flux 2.48.18 (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). It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Now users can work directly off FTP and SFTP sites, so there's no need to repeatedly download and publish your site. But if publishing your site from your local computer suits your workflow, Flux can not only publish to FTP, SFTP, and MobileMe, but Flux can also compress all your images on the fly while publishing. This means that your large PNGs get compressed before they get uploaded.

You can apply effects to images from within the app. You can also attach JavaScript actions to your page and embed QuickTime movies, Flash and other objects. Some templates are supplied to get you...

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Jul 12
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1v541

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1v541. The upgrade beefs up GPX and TCX import performance.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.

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Jul 11
Lawsuit against Apple, AT&T granted class action status

A lawsuit alleging that Apple and AT&T secretly formed monopoly with their exclusive iPhone agreement has received class action status, meaning the plaintiffs now represent everybody who’s bought an iPhone in the United States, reports "Wired" (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/iphone-class-action/).

Judge James Ware of the U.S. District court for the Northern District of California on Thursday granted class certification of plaintiffs’ antitrust claims seeking damages and injunctive relief for the complaint that was originally filed in 2007.

The class-action lawsuit alleges that Apple and AT&T had illegally exerted a monopoly by telling customers their iPhone contract was two years long when in actuality the companies’ exclusivity agreement was for an indefinite, undisclosed amount of time. That means even after...

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Jul 11
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated

PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. (PFiddlesoft distributes applications and utilities that were formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc.)

The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were updated to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.0 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.0. Both frameworks can now be embedded in an application package, as well as installed as shared frameworks. They also add several initializers and factory methods to create new user interfacer elements, observers, and event taps based on the target application's full path, file URL, or bundle identifier.

You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted...

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Jul 10
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets Chinese localization, more

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.2. the upgrade includes Chinese localization, fixes an issue where a selected item might not be moved to the trash, and has lower memory usage.

Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you...

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Jul 09
Apple sues three companies for 'knock off' power...

Another day, still another lawsuit. Apple has filed a lawsuit against three companies it alleges are selling knockoff power adapters for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20010156-37.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday. It names Brilliant Store, Sunvalleytek International, and Hootoo.com as defendants. Apple cited a patent it received in 2003 for the power adapter design, notes "CNET."

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Jul 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 9

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/).

Daniel Wetzel has announced News Wall 1. 0 for iPad and iPhone devices. The US$2.99 presents news feeds. All feeds are presented as an area of articles allowing the user to skim through the information at high speed. To keep track of all articles, the user can shrink single feeds, dim read articles or show images embedded in the feeds. The app supports several tools for sharing and saving articles.

Spoonjack has released Vuvuzela Man 1.0, A $0.99 personal Vuvuzela for iPhone, iPod touch users. It offers an array of intuitive controls. You can touch or blow to produce a sound, slide a finger to bend the pitch, and raise and lower the bell to adjust volume. With the World Teams upgrade, users can additionally support their favorite team and choose...

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Jul 09
Apple moves from 253 to 197 on 'most profitable companies...

Apple has moved to number 197 on the "Fortune" list of most profitable companies. That's up from 253rd place in 2009 and 337th place in 2008. Apple is listed as having revenues of $36.5 million -- up 12.5% from 2008 -- and profits of $5.7 million -- up 18% from 2008.

The top 10 companies on the list are Old Mutual, American International Grouop, Aegon, Gruppo Mediolanum, Groupe BPCE, Lloyds Banking, Freddie Mac, Hartford Financial Services, Aviva and International Assets Holding.

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Jul 09
Mini Ninjas for the Macs spring from Feral Interactive

Feral Interactive has released Mini Ninjas (http://www.feralinteractive.com/game/minininjas) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher. The game costs US$39.95; a demo is available for download.

Here's how Mini Ninjas is described: "In Mini Ninjas you play at first as Hiro -- the last and best hope of the ninjas. Hiro’s been sent on a quest to defeat the Evil Samurai Warlord, whose otherworldly armies are wreaking havoc across the empire. As you journey with Hiro through lush landscapes and creepy castles you’ll find your missing ninja comrades, taking control of them and their unique skills in the battle to restore the balance of nature."

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Jul 09
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.4

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.4 adds full compatibility with iTunes 9.2.

Tidy Up 2.2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Jul 09
Wi-Fi iPhone for China may be getting closer

Apple appears to have moved a step closer to delivering an iPhone with Wi-Fi capabilities to the Chinese market, says "PC World" (http://macosg.me/2/i6).

This week, Chinese regulators issued a network access license for an Apple iPhone that is equipped to use the China-developed wireless LAN security protocol, WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure). With that license, a Wi-Fi iPhone can now be sold in China, suggesting it may debut soon, notes "PC World."

Representatives from Apple and China Telecom, the local carrier that Apple has selected as its partner, would not comment on the device's capabilities, nor when it would go on sale. Wi-Fi is seen as important to the success of the iPhone in China because many people want to use the devices to surf the web, but don't want to pay higher data rates for using the mobile network. China has required mobile phones with Wi-Fi also to support...

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Jul 09
Research group: iPhone dominance in mobile app download market...

The dominance of the iPhone in the mobile app download market will be eroded over the coming years as rivals Android, Symbian and BlackBerry make inroads, Ovum has forecast, reports "Bank Systems & Technologies (http://macosg.me/2/i0).

A new report by the research group says that mobile application downloads generated by non-operator application stores will grow by a compound annual growth rate of around 41% globally over the next five years, with total downloads almost reaching 21.3 billion by 2015. That’s up from 2.69 billion in 2009.

According to Ovum estimates, Apple generated 67% of all smartphone app downloads in 2009, despite claiming just 14% of the overall smartphone installed base. On the other hand, Symbian commanded a 49% share of the smartphone installed base but only generated an estimated 9% of the total applications downloads market. The report states in 2015 Apple will generate a...

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Jul 09
Next Apple TV to stream 99 cent shows?

Apple's next rev of the Apple TV will offer US$0.99 TV shows that can be streamed, but not downloaded, according to a "NewTeeVee" report (http://macosg.me/2/hx). If that's true, Apple would be cutting the price of TV episodes in half and competing more squarely with rivals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon's Video On Demand.

Right now Apple TV only allows you to download TV episodes from iTunes and charges an average of $1.99. "NewTeeVee" says that, once started, the new TV rental will be available for 24 hours before it expires. Unlike its current TV and movie sales through iTunes, the new service will move content into the cloud and stream it to users, rather than having them download video, the article adds.

Earlier this month, "The New York Times" also offered a forecast of what's in store for Apple's "hobby." The "Times" said that Apple is working on an update to its Apple TV and software,...

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Jul 09
Jobs among top 50 'smartest people in tech'

"Fortune" (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technology/1007/gallery.smartest_peo...) lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs as among the top 50 "smartest people in tech." That list is for those with "an alchemy of intellect, ambition and that uncanny ability to peer around corners."

Here's what "Fortune" has to say about Jobs: "When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after a 12-year exile, the company was close to bankruptcy. Thirteen years later it has a market cap of $250 billion and is the world's most valuable tech company, transforming whole industries along the way. iTunes reinvented music. Pixar, now part of Disney, elevated animated films. The iPhone changed telecom. And the new iPad has other computer makers scrambling to respond. Rocking one industry could be luck, but...

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Jul 09
KB Stand is new, multi-position stand for the iPad

KB Covers (http://www.kbcovers.com) has released the KB Stand for the iPad. It's an US$29.95, lightweight, portable, multi-position stand that allows users to set the correct angle for their Apple tablet, achieving optimal ergonomics.

Composed of 70% recyclable materials, the KB Stand for the iPad provides multiple angles to hold your iPad. With the push of a button, the stand can fold up for easy storage or portability. Because the legs of the KB Stand are extendable, it can also be used with a laptop or notebook computer. And it comes with a stylish carrying bag.

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Jul 09
iMapBuilder adds more interactive apps, other new features

WebUnion Media has released iMapBuilder 4.30 (http://www.imapbuilder.com/), an update of the interactive map making software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platform.

The latest version of iMapBuilder enables easier creation of interactive maps by adding more map templates and new features including adding placemarks to map using longitude and latitude co-ordinates, bulk data import function from excel file, map legend, heat map, as well as custom map area and custom map icons functionality.

By using iMapBuilder, business owners, schools, organizations and government agencies can build branch location maps, floor plan maps, diagram representing sales data, distribution, as well as routing maps such as those used by airlines. No programming or Flash editing experience is required.

Users can pick up a pre-designed map template to jump start their own interactive map projects. They can...

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Jul 09
AppMakr upgrades to full iOS 4 compatibility

PointAbout says its AppMakr platform (http://appmakr.com/) for self-service mobile app creation has been upgraded to include full support for
iOS 4, as well as advanced features for styling and action elements within content feeds.

With Apple’s progression to the new operating system for their newest flagship phone, the iPhone 4, app creators now have the ability to leverage AppMakr to publish fully-compatible apps to the App Store that will function seamlessly with iOS 4. Advanced users can also leverage newly-added capabilities that allow them to insert JavaScript code and CSS styling into specific feeds within their apps.

AppMakr has also added Millennial Media as one of the many mobile advertising platforms that app creators can integrate into their apps with the goal of monetizing their audiences.

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Jul 09
NTP sues Apple, others for infringement of wireless email...

Another day, another lawsuit. NTP Inc. (http://www.ntp-inc.com/) -- a company that specializes in network monitoring, security and protocol analysis solutions -- has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Microsoft and Motorola in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for infringing NTP's eight patents related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems.

Each of the defendants is a manufacturer or developer of either wireless handheld devices or software applications used in the delivery of email across wireless communications systems.

"Use of NTP's intellectual property without a license is just plain unfair to NTP and its licensees," Donald E. Stout, NTP's co-founder, said in a press statement. "Unfortunately, litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental technology on which wireless...

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Jul 09
Blue Crowbar Software releases TwitExport 2 for iPhoto, Aperture...

Blue Crowbar Software has releasedTwitExport 2, the successor to iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. It's a plug-in for iPhoto and Aperture that lets you send tweets and photos to Twitter from within the Mac photo application.

With TwitExport 2, the iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter plug-ins have been merged into one product. The new name was implemented to comply with Twitter's updated trademark policy. On the outside, the new plug-in has been redesigned to become even easier to use, according to the folks at Blue Crowbar Software.

Under the hood, support has been added for Twitter's new OAuth secure authentication system. The biggest advantage of that is that the user's password for Twitter no longer has to be shared with the third party photo sites.

TwitExport 2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and an Intel-based Mac. It works with iPhone '08/'09 and Aperture 2.1.4 or later.

A license for one user costs US$5.90 and is valid for use with both...

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Jul 09
Playback Media Server gets under-the-hood improvements

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.6.2 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade includes some under-the-hood improvements.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the...

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Jul 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 8

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/).

Texans can now use their smart phone to manage their home’s temperature, no matter where they are. TXU Energy’s free app allows users of its TXU Energy iThermostat to manage their home's heating and air conditioning through a new mobile web site that lets them view real-time temperature settings and even adjust the temperature setting, all from a handheld. The new TXU Energy iThermostat mobile website (txu.com/control) is compatible with the latest models of the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry Tour and Android smart phones (all brands).

Bobby Cronkhite Software has announced 4 Light 1.0 for iPhone 4 users. The US$0.99 harnesses the power of the new LED camera flash built into the iPhone 4 to give you a light wherever you need it.

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Jul 08
Study looks at how the iPad is being used

Resolve Market Research has completed a comprehensive study that looks at how the iPad is being used, and how the iPad is impacting other technology devices like e-readers, portable gaming consoles and netbooks. As reported by "Mashable" (http://macosg.me/2/hw), the study shows:

° Approximately 28% of users said that one of their main uses for the iPad would be playing games. Additionally, only 23% said that they thought of the iPad as the most enjoyable device for playing games. However, after owning an iPad, those figures start to change. It turns out that 38% of respondents said that they did not plan to buy a portable gaming device after owning an iPad.

° Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they wouldn't buy an ebook reader after owning an iPad. Other devices those surveyed said they wouldn't buy after owning the tablet: netbook/laptop (32%), MP3 player (29%), MID (24%) and smartphone (22...

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Jul 08
New Share from User is Mac, Windows compatible

Hutchings Software has released Share from User (http://ShareFromUser.com), a screen-sharing tool for remote technical support. It allows an organization's employees to view screens of their customers as needed to provide remote assistance.

Share from User comes in a free version and an US$200 pro version. There are no monthly fees associated with using Share from User. It is designed to run on low-cost hardware, such as netbooks and decommissioned desktops, and purportedly uses bandwidth most businesses are already paying for.

The server runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The user and agent components run on Mac OS X and Windows.

A limited trial version is available for free download. Setup assistance is also available. As Share from User is self-hosted and uses bandwidth you're already paying for, there are no monthly or usage fees for the service.

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Jul 08
Atlona adds new features to HDAiR

Atlona Technologies (http://www.atlona.com) has added new features to the HDAiR, their wireless USB to HDMI adapter. They've also reduced the price to US$169.

The first release of the HDAiR in 2009 was a video-only solution.  After its release, users from around the world responded to Atlona’s customer survey asking what additional features could make the HDAiR even better. The overall consensus was to add audio support. 

So Atlona has released an all new HDAiR with the ability to output audio in both 3.5mm analog, as well as embedded on the HDMI output. This latest update to the HDAiR allows users to connect up to four receivers to a single transmitter.

This update also allows full Mac support for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Like the older model AT-HDAiR, this newer model with audio still uses Ultra wide band (UWB) frequencies to transmit audio and video signals.

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