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Jun 15
Quantcast: Google's Android gaining on the iPhone

When it comes to web consumption attributable to the manufacturers of mobile devices, Apple's iPhone OS (from now on to be known as iOS), but the biggest winner is clearly Google's Android, according to Quantcast (http://www.quantcast.com).

Android continues to capture more share, and if the recent launch of the HTC Incredible on Verizon and Sprint's HTC Evo 4G is anything to go by, Android will continue to rapidly gain share, according to the company, which "measures and organizes the world's audiences in real-time." In the past year Android has taken market share from all parts of the market, and noticeably so from Apple's mobile operating system, says Quantcast.

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Jun 15
iPhone 4 available for pre-order

The black iPhone 4 is available to pre-order today with free shipping or in-store pickup on Thursday, June 24. However, the white iPhone 4, however, is “currently unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup."

The 8GB iPhone 3GS, which will replace the iPhone 3G at the lower $99 price point, is also available to pre-order today with free shipping or in-store pickup. Some new iPhone 4 gear apparently won't be ship by June 24. For example, the new $29 dock for the iPhone 4 won't ship until July 2.

At last week's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4 featuring a new feature called "FaceTime" and a "Retina display," the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a three-axis gyro and up to 40%.

All this comes in a new design of glass and stainless steel that's purportedly the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4...

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Jun 15
Daniusoft releases Video Converter Pro for the Mac

Daniusoft (http://www.daniusoft.com) has released a professional version of Video Converter, available for Mac and Windows. It lets convert between popular video and audio formats (HD video also included) and rip DVD to video and audio in any popular formats.

A variety of multimedia devices are supported, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Android phone, BlackBerry etc. What's more, it lets you trim clips, crop frame size, add effects and watermark and adjust the output parameters.

Daniusoft Video Converter Pro for Mac is priced at $49,while Daniusoft Media Converter for Win is $39.95 for a single user license.

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Jun 15
AnyBizSoft releases three new Mac PDF solutions

AnyBizSoft (http://www.anypdftools.com) has completed its PDF solution line for Mac by simultaneously releasing three flagship products, including PDF Converter for Mac, PDF to Excel for Mac and PDF to PowerPoint for Mac.

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac (US$69.95) is an integrated 6-in-1 solution that provides Mac users with a f way to transfer PDF to a range of document formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text. With it, Mac users can edit PDF contents in Word, rearrange information or calculate data of PDF table in Excel, create interactive PowerPoint presentations from PDF materials, read PDF eBooks on the iPad or other portable devices by converting PDF into EPUB format, publish PDF content on the web and extract text from PDF files.

AnyBizSoft also released single functional products -- PDF to PowerPoint for Mac and PDF to Excel for Mac. They cost $49.95 and $49.95...

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Jun 15
Buffalo announces new external Blu-ray writer

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced what it says is the world's fastest external Blu-ray writer: the MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer.

It offers 12x Blu-ray write speeds and is designed for users who want optimal playback and writing performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs on their PCs or notebooks or for those who want to archive content to optical discs. The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer connects via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0.

Cyberlink enables full HD and Blu-ray 3D playback and upgrades consumers' in-home movie experience with 3D movie playback or HD upscaling for standard DVD discs and video files. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with Mac OS X as it doesn't support Blu-ray playback.

The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer supports the following media formats: BD-R SL 8x Read / 12x Write, DVD –R SL 16x Read /...

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Jun 15
New Mac mini comes with HDMI port, SD card slot

Apple has unveiled a completely redesigned Mac mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an aluminum enclosure. Pricing starts at US$699.

"The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. "With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini."

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20% and keeping cable clutter to a minimum.

A removable panel underneath provides access for memory expansion. The new HDMI output...

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Jun 15
Apple releases Apple Store app

Apple has introduced a new Apple Store app which lets US customers purchase Apple products, including the new iPhone 4, from their iPhone or iPod touch. The Apple Store app is available as a free download on the App Store beginning today.

The new Apple Store app lets US customers with an iPhone or iPod touch find an Apple retail store near them and make reservations for retail services including free tech support and advice at the Genius Bar, hands-on workshops, Personal Shopping appointments and personal training sessions through Apple’s One to One program. Customers can also shop the full selection of more than 1,000 products and accessories available from the Apple Online Store, get the latest Apple product news, read customer reviews and get answers to their product questions.

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Jun 15
Macsimum Poll: are you happy with the specs on the new Mac mini?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you were happy with the specs of the updated Mac mini. The poll can be found on the right side of the "Macsimum" home page, below the "Macsimum Opinion" column.

In our last poll, we asked if you were happy with Apple's announcement at the Worldwide Developer Conference? Forty-one percent of you said "yes." Twenty-six percent wanted more Mac hardware news, 20% wanted more Mac OS X news, and 14% wanted an Apple TV announcement.

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Jun 14
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app

Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.)

The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more.

TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-...

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Jun 14
SerialMailer update for Mac OS X adds database manager, more

Falkon Ware (http://www.falkonware.com) has updated its SerialMailer bulk email app for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 7.0. The upgrade adds a database manager, personalized attachments, test runs with separate databases and TLS support.

The date of the last successful mail delivery is saved for each recipient and tools for e-mail address verification were added. Data imported from the AddressBook now includes all available data fields and the support for CSV files has been improved.

The software helps with sending mass communications to large groups like customers, students, employees, family or friends. The full version of SerialMailer costs US$34.95. The update to version 7.0 is free for everyone who registered an older version of SerialMailer after April 1, 2010. Otherwise it costs $14.95.

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Jun 14
ExactScan Pro update for Mac OS X improves USB interface

ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.11. The upgrade improves the USB interface.

ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 180 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed.

ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.4...

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Jun 14
VueScan 8.6.37 for Mac OS X changes maximum spot dust size

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.37, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version changes maximum dust spot size from 64 to 32 pixels for performance improvements.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Jun 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 14

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/).

Biometric Intelligence & Identification Technologies (http://www.bi2technologies.com) has announced what it says is the first-of-its kind iPhone-based Mobile and Wireless Multi-Modal Biometric Offender Recognition and Information device and system -- or MORIS. It's being implemented at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department (MA) and City of Brockton Police Department (MA) in addition to a new facial recognition system that is part of a Statewide Facial Recognition contract award from the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association (MSA).

Nextrials, which specializes in clinical research software and services, has released an iPad version of its clinical trial data...

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Jun 14
AddMovie for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8.2

Limit Point Software has updated AddMovie (http://www.limit-point.com/Utilities/AddMovie.html), a tool for combining multiple movies or images into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime, to version 1.8.2.

Export settings can be saved and reloaded from settings files. This is done from the Preferences window using the new "Save" and "Load" buttons under the export component menu. Settings files have extension "amse." Also, as of version 1.8.2, the menu items in the export component menu now have "tool tips" that contain the export components description, as provided by the component itself.

AddMovie is a utility for concatenating several files into one single movie, or batch converting movies to other formats. It upports all formats provided by Quicktime. Since the output format is configurable, you can...

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Jun 14
Mapdiva updates Ortelius map illustration software for Mac OS X

Mapdiva has updated Ortelius (http://www.mapdiva.com/), its map illustration software for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.9. Mac users can now make custom tourism and recreation maps with the full set of U.S. National Park Service (NPS) recreation map symbols included with Ortelius cartography software.

Ortelius is a vector-based drawing program made especially for (though not limited to) map design and presentation. Through its drag-and-drop interface, Ortelius offers a solution for floor plans, landscape plans, scaled drawings, and a variety of custom maps.

Ortelius allows you to draw directly with features such as roads, rivers, coastlines, buildings, symbols, and contours. It's designed for reports, presentations, books, research papers, invitations, magazines, web sites, brochures, public displays, and new media applications with professional-level results.

Every drawing feature supports map...

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Jun 14
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.5

Many Tricks has released version 3.2 of Witch (http://manytricks.com/witch), its window switching utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). You can now show a live preview of every open window; just leave a window selected for two seconds (changeable) in the switcher to see its preview.

With 3.5 the app adds a pref to control the interval before the live preview window appears (including Never and No Delay). You can now optionally use a small version of the live preview in place of the usual icons in the switcher. And the new version adds a pref to let the selector wrap around (as it does when using the keyboard) when scrolling via a scrollwheel or trackpad.

Spaces users can now work with windows in all Spaces using Witch 3.2. Users can optionally choose to see Space number badges on the window icons in Witch's switching panel.

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Jun 14
Apple sued over iAd name

Another day, another lawsuit. Online ad firm Innovate Media Group of Costa Mesa, California, has filed suit in the US District Court of the Central District of California, charging that Apple has knowingly usurped their rights to the term iAds, reports "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/14/innovate_media_sues_apple/)

"It appears that Apple's strategy with respect to Innovate Media and the 'iAds' mark is just another sequence in a pattern of conduct by Apple, of ignoring and trampling the intellectual property rights of others," the suit reads.

"As a result of Apple's refusal to acknowledge Innovate Media's 'iAds' marks, and blatant and willful infringement of those marks," the suit reads, "Innovate Media has been left with little choice but to file this lawsuit seeking injuntive relief, damages...

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Jun 14
Samsung introduces new drives, BD Combo, DVD writer

Samsung Electronics (http://www.samsung.com) has rolled out a new drive series, a BD Combo and an external DVD writer.

Samsung is now shipping the Spinpoint F4, the newest model of its Spinpoint F series drives. It's engineered for high-end computing in Macs, PCs high-end workstations and server applications. The one-head platform of the new 7200rpm Spinpoint F4 packs up to 320GB of storage capacity per one head in half platter.

With a one-head platform design and fewer mechanical parts, the reliability and acoustic features of the Spinpoint F4 have been improved, says In-Chul Park, vice president of sales, storage systems division, Samsung Electronics. The drive delivers 10% increased read/write performance and 7% lower power consumption than the Spinpoint F1, he adds.

The Spinpoint F4 features 7200rpm speed rotation, advanced areal density technology and a SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. The drive...

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Jun 14
Starbucks to offer free Wi-Fi starting July 1

Starbucks (http://www.starbucks.com) says that, on July 1, there will be a better Wi-Fi offering at all U.S. company owned stores. Better, as in free.

That’s right, free Wi-Fi with just one click. No Starbucks Card will be required. No username or password will be required. And there will be no time restrictions.

Also announced today, to launch later this fall, is a new digital content offering called the Starbucks Digital Network. Customers will have access to an array of premium and exclusive content -- available, naturally, only when connected to Wi-Fi at Starbucks.

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Jun 14
Media 100 Suite ready for After Effects CS5

Media 100 (http://www.media100.com)-- a provider of editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, postproduction, and new media industries -- has released Media 100 Suite 1.6 is now available. The new version offers enhanced support for tapeless digital formats and new support for Adobe After Effects CS5.

Version 1.6 supports Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import, AVC-Intra Decode, and DVCProHD Decode products, allowing Media 100 Suite editors to directly open MXF files, import and playback AVC-Intra media, and playback media created in the DVCProHD codec. In addition, it includes Boris XML Transfer Version 2 for Media 100 Suite, giving users the ability to export Media 100 Suite timelines to Adobe After Effects CS5.


Media 100 Suite supports AJA’s KONA 3X/3, KONA LH/LHe, KONA LHi, and KONA LS/LSe video I/O hardware; the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices; Blackmagic Design’s Intensity Pro,...

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Jun 14
T.C. Gou may open 100 stores in China to sell Apple products

T.C. Gou, whose brother is is chief at Apple supplier, Foxconn Technology Group, plans to open 100 stores to sell Mac computers and iPod music players in China, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-14/foxconn-chief-s-brother-plan...).

Gou’s Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. jumped its 6.9% limit in Taipei trading after the company confirmed plans to open its first Apple retail outlet in Shanghai by the end of 2010. Taipei-based Cheng Uei aims for 100 stores in China within three years, investor relations spokesman T.P. Liu told "Bloomberg."

The component-maker’s plan may help Apple add market share in China, where retail sales jumped 18.7% in May and which is forecast to be the biggest computer market by...

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Jun 14
Khronos releases OpenCL 1.1. spec

The Khronos Group (http://www.khronos.org) -- an industry consortium (of which Apple is a member) creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of graphics and dynamic media on a variety of platforms and devices -- has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.1 specification.

It's the latest version of the open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors. According to Neil Trevett, chair of the OpenCL working group, president of the Khronos Group and vice president at Nvidia, OpenCL 1.1 adds significant functionality for enhanced parallel programming flexibility, functionality and performance including:

° New data types including 3-component vectors and additional image formats;

° Handling commands from multiple hosts and processing buffers across multiple devices;

°  Operations on regions of a buffer...

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Jun 14
MMQuery plug-in gets maintenance update

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released MMQuery 1.1.1 (http://mmquery.cnsplug-ins.com/), an update of the plug-in for FileMaker Pro that lets you work with your data through the calculation engine. This is a maintenance update which imports core plug-in updates from other CNS Plug-ins. Version 1.1.1 also adds a preference to always use the new FileMaker Pro 11 SQL interface.  

MMQuery allows you to perform SQL queries on your own database or use the helper functions in the plug-in to do the same types of queries without actually having to know SQL. MMQuery requires FileMaker Pro 7.0v3 and above to function properly. The plug-in won't under previous versions of FileMaker Pro. If you have FileMaker Pro 7.0 but have not updated to 7.0v3, you can obtain a free update from FileMaker, Inc's web site.

A single-user license for the client version of MMQuery is US$35. To use the Server...

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Jun 14
iHub for Mac OS X 'coming soon'

Nova media has announced iHub for Mac OS X (http://www.novamedia.de/en/mac-ihub.html). Coming soon, it will synchronize address books and calendars between Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPod touches wirelessly via WiFi without relying on cloud-based services.

The software runs as a background application on a Mac and synchronizes data automatically between different devices in the network. iHub features an user interface to set up permission controls. It's possible to completely deny access to iHub as well as to restrict access to certain address book groups and/or calendars. Read and write permission can be set on each calendar and address book group for each user separately.

iHub uses open standards like CalDAV and CardDAV, so it's not necessary to install any additional software on any client Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touches as they will use the built-in software...

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Jun 14
Scottish church converts to HTL5

A Scottish church has converted to HTML5, and is now streaming its services in a form that iPads and iPhones can understand, as well as to Flash-capable devices.

St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness, West Lothian, believes it is the first to stream its services in real time to iPhones and iPads, and more than doubled its normal Sunday attendance with online participants, reports "eWeek Europe" (http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/scottish-church-streams-services-to-ip... ). The church has had a Flash stream for a while, but added an iPhone-compatible stream for mobile devices for its service on June 13.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and...

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