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Aug 16
MoneyWell for Mac OS X rings up version 1.6.1

No Thirst Software has updated MoneyWell (ttp://, the personal financial application for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.1. The new version improves the description of changed information during sync conflict resolution and fixes some bugs.

The MoneyWell update also provides a new report that uses active filters to generate a hard copy of the selected transactions. There's also a duplicate transaction review, daily balance display and the ability to copy/past transactions.

MoneyWell offers flexible account transfers, a reconcile process, color-coded negative numbers, and a Transfers smart bucket. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

MoneyWell 1.6.1 is a free upgrade for all 1.x users and is available to new users at the introductory price of US$39.99. You can download a free trial limited to 200 transactions.

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Aug 14
Apple manager arrested, accused of accepting kickbacks

Paul Shin Devine, a global supply manager, was among two people arrested and accused of accepting more than US$1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories, reports the "San Jose Mercury News" (

Devine and Andrew Ang of Singapore were named in a 23-count federal grand jury indictment for wire fraud, money laundering and kickbacks. The alleged scheme used an elaborate chain of U.S. and foreign bank accounts and one front company to receive payments, per the "Mercury News."

"Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said in a statement. "We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company."

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Aug 13
MacProVideo offers new studio, recording tutorials, a tutorial video site dedicated to Mac users, has released a new series of "Studio & Recording Techniques" videos for audio producers.

This new series focuses on the craft of music production, including instrument skills, recording techniques, and software-agnostic workflows like mixing music for depth and sonic dimension. There are four titles already available in this series. For details go to .

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Aug 13
Study: one-third of consumers interested in a Verizon iPhone

A recent Morpace ( study shows that if the iPhone does become available on the Verizon network, it would impact the phone and carrier intentions of many consumers. The study found that nearly a third of consumers are very likely or somewhat likely to purchase an iPhone if it is made available to Verizon.

The survey reveals that Verizon iPhone intenders come primarily from current Verizon customers. However, intenders are also drawn from current AT&T customers as well as from other carriers. Current AT&T iPhone customers are also interested in a Verizon iPhone.

Recent rumors of the iPhone availability on Verizon or another carrier may also be impacting the number of upgrades seen for the iPhone 4, according to Morpace, a market research and consulting firm. Nearly all 34% of AT&T iPhone owners who haven't yet upgraded to the iPhone 4 say they are waiting for the...

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Aug 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 13

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

Eyedip has announced Pocket Devil HD -- Hell Yeah! for the iPad. The US$2.99 app allows players to summon hordes of devilish underlings. As their malevolent overseer, players then completely annihilate them, one by one, choosing from a variety of torture methods and a vast assortment of weaponry.

Mobz technologies has released the iSoundGrid product line, a family of theme based, sound effects players for the iPad. Designed especially for the Apple tablet, the $1.99 iSoundGrid player can play up to 32 sounds simultaneously. You can play multiple sound effects through the use of a well-designed user-interface.

Zentertain has introduced Pocket Karaoke 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's a $0.99 music app that allows you to play...

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Aug 13
VirnetX sues Apple, others for patent infringement

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, is suing Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, the patent lawsuit capital of the universe.

VirneX claims the companies violate five of its patents that involve virtual private networking (VPN) connectivity. The company received a US$200 million settlement from Microsoft in May on similar complaints.

One patent cited in both lawsuits, titled "Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability," describes technologies for creating and managing a virtual private networking (VPN) connection, notes "Computerworld" ( VirnetX has asked for both unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

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Aug 13
Survey: iPads, computers beat TV as primary entertainment device

A survey by Cooper Murphy Webb (, a British copyrighting firm, shows that the iPad is the preferred method of reading newspapers and magazines among consumers already owning the device.

The poll of 1,034 UK iPad owners also found that a plurality of iPad owners prefer the device for reading books and gaming. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed use the tablet device f20-20 hours per week.

However, the news is just as good -- perhaps better -- for Macs. In the Cooper Murphy Webb poll, 33% of those surveyed used a computer as their primary entertainment device. The iPad came in second with 24%, trailed by the TV (19%), mobile phone (22%) and "other" (2%).

-- Dennis Sellers

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Aug 13
News Corp. plans iPad compatible digital magazine

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch is embarking on an ambitious plan for a new national digital newspaper to be distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as the iPad and mobile phones, reports the "Los Angeles Times" (

The initiative, which would directly compete with the "New York Times," "USA Today" and other national publications, is the latest attempt by a major media organization to harness new devices to reach readers who increasingly consume their news on the go, the article adds. The development underscores how the iPad is transforming the reading habits of consumers much like the iPod changed how people listen to music.

"We'll have young people reading newspapers," the 79-year-old Murdoch said during the company's Aug. 4 earnings call. "It's a real game changer in the presentation of news."

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Aug 13
MYStuff update for Mac OS X adds Dropbox/iDisk support, more

Minder Softworks has updated MYStuff (, a "stuff manager" for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for saving the database to Dropbox, iDisk, or other location, and also adds an "All Records" category.

Combining features of PDF managers and home inventory programs, MYStuff adds additional features, and gives users a way of filing and finding their information. It makes it easy to file and find information about the things you own, according to the folks at Minder Softworks. You make a new record, and key in what you bought, where you bought it, how much you paid and how you paid for it, warranty information, and other key data. Then you can add an unlimited number of files to the record: a scan of the receipt, photos of the item, a PDF of the manual, and anything else you'd like to add. What's more...

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Aug 13
TickerMenu for Mac OS X ticks to version 2.0

The Highly Technical Doohickey Company has released TickerMenu 2.0 (, an update of the Mac OS X-only application that lets you keep an eye on current stock prices by displaying them in the your menu bar. Now a single click reveals current, color-coded price information for all stocks in the user's tracking list.

In TickerMenu 2.0, the user can specify that the information appearing in the menubar rotate through all of the symbols in the tracking list, changing at an interval selected by the user, from once a second to once a minute. Also, the user can now specify that any stock with significant price movement is highlighted.

With TickerMenu, clicking on a quote reveals more information about the stock and its trading activity, including the day's high and low prices and trading volume. A click of a menu item leads directly to full information about a stock available...

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Aug 13
Gertrudis Graphics releases GMX-PhotoPainter for Mac OS X

Gertrudis Graphics has released GMX-PhotoPainter ( for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), a US$59 standalone software solution that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. With GMX-PhotoPainter, artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting from another program or imaging application.

GMX-PhotoPainter first performs a topological analysis of the image's content and builds a matrix of flow direction vectors. Users can then paint a few quick strokes across the desired features of their image. GMX-PhotoPainter uses this information to generate something that looks more like hand-drawn masterpieces.

While one of the main goals of GMX-PhotoPainter is enabling users to create their own...

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Aug 13
Credit Card Reader rolls out for the iPhone, iPod touch

PhoneTransact has introduced Credit Card Reader for iPhone and iPod touch (, their plug-in hardware accessory that allows the user to swipe credit cards. Its sleeve design purportedly fits snugly and plugs in to the 30-pin charging connector of the iPhone or iPod touch, providing bi-directional card reading meeting ANSI/ISO standards.

When used with PhoneTransact's iMerchant Pro app, the system works with any merchant account. To receive swipe discount rates the merchant account must be set up for "Card Present" transactions.

Credit Card Reader for iPhone and iPod touch sports an one-piece design with no parts or cables to lose or damage. It's constructed of reinforced plastic and features magnetic fingerprint technology to confirm the credit card's...

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Aug 13
Photoshop Express available for the iPad, iPhone

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Express for iPad and iPhone. Formerly known as Mobile, the newly-branded application now brings photo editing, organizing and sharing technology to the iPad.

Photoshop Express for iPad delivers all of the photo-editing features iPhone users have enjoyed, such as crop, rotate and flip, as well as effects like Vibrant, Pop, Border, and Vignette. There are one touch adjustments to exposure, saturation, tint and black & white.

Photoshop Express also offers features specific for iPad users, such as the ability to change screen orientation from landscape to portrait views of photos, as well as redesigned workflows for organizing, editing, and uploading photos. For example, you can now edit multiple images in sequence, and then simultaneously upload each photo to and Facebook. The new Organizer also simplifies album sharing.

Adobe Photoshop Express for iPad and iPhone is...

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Aug 13
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Papermaster's departure...

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple, a possible downturn in computer sales and the upcoming Office 2011 for the Mac.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at .

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Aug 13
Paragon releases SlovoEd dictionaries for Mac OS X

Paragon Software Group, a software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, has released 54 SlovoEd dictionaries for Mac OS X users.

The SlovoEd 7.0 series offers original premium content in more than 30 of the most popular languages directly from the world’s top publishers. They contain the most up-to-date dictionary databases in complete accordance with the published originals and provide the user with any needed information 10 times faster than with print editions, according to the folks at Paragon.

Most of the electronic dictionaries contain detailed word translations with usage and sound samples, transcription, grammatical information, and color markup to satisfy all learning needs. You can find a list of the languages and dictionary titles available at .

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Aug 13
ShareTool update delivers iTunes Home Sharing across the...

access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.1. The upgrade delivers iTunes Home Sharing across the internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.1 costs US$25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Registered ShareTool 1.x users can upgrade to ShareTool 2.x for the reduced price of $15 (for two licenses).

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Aug 13
StarWind Software announces ed, government discounts

StarWind Software (, which specializes in SAN software for building iSCSI storage servers, has announced a special program for US government, educational and non-profit organizations.

Now these organizations will be able to get special discounts and offers in time for the beginning of the new academic year. The full range of world-renowned storage management and SAN solutions from StarWind Software is available under this program. To set up a free consultation and receive more information on special pricing offers, please contact John Lynch, StarWind Senior Account Manager:

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Aug 13 launches with iCollect Movies app update

Hooked In Motion has launched coinciding with their latest update of the iPhone app, iCollect Movies. Version 3.4 of iCollect Movies brings a new Sync tab to the application, which now allows users to sync their movie collections to and from the web.

Users of the app are then able view and make changes to their entire movie collection at for free. On users are able to view their entire collection of movies. Users can add and remove items, as well as search for new items to add based off of title or barcode. A unique username and password is available for free to every user of iCollect Movies.

With iCollect Movies version 3.4, users will now see revamped Sync and Settings tabs. The new Sync tab enables users to sync their collections to and from, as well as enable users to share one library of movies across multiple devices.

The new version of iCollect Movies also has a revamped Settings...

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Aug 13
360Works updates SuperContainer for use with FileMaker Go

360Works, a FileMaker product developer and innovator, today announced the immediate availability of SuperContainer 2.75 (, which has been optimized to support FileMaker Go on iPhone and iPad.

The update doesn't require any programming or database changes for existing SuperContainer users. 360Works SuperContainer offers advantages for making documents such as PDF, Word files, QuickTime movies, and graphic images available to mobile users on FileMaker Go such as faster image display and the ability to view PDF files, Microsoft Office documents, and QuickTime movies.

Also, to use regular container fields with FileMaker Go, your container data must be embedded inside your FileMaker database. This can lead to very large file sizes, which are difficult to transfer and back up. SuperContainer stores all data as individual files outside your main...

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Aug 13
Larry Jordan's August Final Cut Studio newsletter released

The August edition of Larry Jordan's free Final Cut Studio newsletter ( is now available. Now in its sixth year, it's packed with valuable techniques, tips, and the latest industry news.

The August edition of the newsletter includes over 42 pages of information covering all aspects of Apple's Final Cut Studio. The newsletter is supplemented by weekly live webinars, providing on-going training on the latest technology surrounding Final Cut Studio.

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Aug 13
The MacJury looks at Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site, part II

The MacJury ( recently convened to examine Microsoft's PC vs. Mac site. This is the second part of that look.

Among other things the panel looks at the many flavors of Windows. The panel who question the photoshopping of the model on the site and the contrived Twitter feed include John F. Braun, Peter Cohen, Pat Fauquet, john C. Welch and Tim Robertson.

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Aug 13
CryptoEdit for Mac OS X adds Menu service

Tension Software has updated CryptoEdit (, a Mac OS X program to create and edit protected encrypted documents, to version 1.6. In the update a Menu service available to create a CryptoEdit document with selected text within any other application.

CryptoEdit can import from other documents in standard TEXT or RTF or RTFD (RTF + images) . Documents can also be exported as TEXT, RTF or standard RTFD (included images)

CryptoEdit document are saved always encrypted for security purpose. Saving a document containing images will create on disk a single file with all the text and images encrypted in a single file. Any data the user puts in the document is encrypted and not redeable without the right password.

CrytopEdit costs US$30, though version 1.6 is a free update for...

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Aug 13
iPad and iPhone trade-in programs available from PowerMax

PowerMax ( has launched a new trade-in programs for both the iPhone and iPad. S

CEO Kevin Anderson says that, compared to companies offering dedicated iPhone and iPad trade-in/upgrades for cash, "PowerMax can offer considerably more aggressive trade-in valuations (often 10-15% higher) on every iPhone and iPad model -- new or used -- because the credits are applied to purchases made through PowerMax."

PowerMax customers visit the Trade-in Program page, select a device, enter the model, specs, condition and any original accessories that may be included in the trade, and submit contact information via web form. A PowerMax trade-in expert responds to the submission with a quoted value for the device. If the customer agrees to the quoted value, they're given instructions on sending it into PowerMax.

When received, an Apple product expert performs a thorough evaluation and...

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Aug 12
New Take Control ebook help readers wrangle fonts in Snow...

Take Control Books has released "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard" ( Created by font
expert Sharon Zardetto, who has been writing about the Mac professionally since 1984, this ebook covers not only Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), but also special font situations in Adobe CS4 and CS5, Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008, iLife, and iWork.

The 225-page ebook costs $15 and includes a coupon worth 20% off on any purchase from Ergonis Software, makers of the font utility PopChar X and other software. There's also a print version of the book for $29.99. "Take Control of Fonts in Snow Leopard" covers topics such as:

° The ins and outs of different font installation method;

° Using Font Book to manage, validate, and organize fonts;

° Making the most of character-rich Unicode fonts...

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Aug 12
Apple releases iMac Display Brightness Update

Apple has released the iMac (Mid 2010) Display Brightness Update 1.0 ( It addresses an issue with 21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2010) display brightness.

It's a 378KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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