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Nov 01
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from September to October, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 4.98% of the global market share in October, compared to 5.03% in September (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.21% as of October. That's up from 92% in September. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.33% in October compared to 5.27% in September, while Internet Explorer had 59.26% Firefox had 22.82% and Chrome had 8.47%. That compares to, respectively, September percentages of 59.65%, 22.96% and 7.98%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to...

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Nov 01
Adobe unveils Connect 8

Adobe has announced Adobe Connect 8, an update to the company’s web conferencing solution. Based on Adobe Flash Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with capabilities for deliveringexperiences across multiple devices

Key new features of Adobe Connect 8 include a simplified interface for greater usability, expanded and more flexible collaboration capabilities for sharing ideas more freely, and enhanced audio and video integration for richer multimedia experiences, according Adobe. In addition, it offers a software development kit (SDK) for greater extensibility, a new, optional desktop client based on the Adobe AIR runtime for easier meeting management, and support for a range of mobile devices to extend reach and enhance productivity.

Adobe Connect 8 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis by the end of November. It's expected to be available on a hosted basis in North America starting this month (...

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Nov 01
Patterno 1.1 for Mac OS X adds 'Antique tile' effect

Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 1.1 (, an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X. The new release brings new "Antique tile" effect, enhances the "Rays" effects and adds 10 new shapes to use for patterns design.

Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.

Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.


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Nov 01
'MacVoices' starts down the 'Road to Macworld...

On the new "MacVoices" ( Paul Kent, vice president and general manager at IDG for Macworld, offers a first look at the Macworld 2011 Conference tracks and what will be offered.

Starting with the "immersive learning experience" that is the Macworld workshops, he takes us through who will presenting and some of the topics, including the just added Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iLife '11 sessions, the Supersessions, the IT Conference track, and the User Conference track. Kent also provides an exclusive announcement on the "Show Me Something I Don't Already Know" track, talks about the dates of this year's show and how they worked out, the part that music will once again play at Macworld, and gives an update on The Macworld All-Star Band.

He and 'MacVoices' host Chuck Joiner discuss the opportunity that Macworld offers to hardware and software developers to connect with the most...

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Nov 01
SmartBackup update for Mac OS X gets speed boost

Freeridecoding has updated SmartBackup (, a Mac OS X app for lightweight backups, to version 3.1. The upgrade boasts faster analyzing due to optimization of the sync engine.

There's also a new option to accelerate analyzing by only comparing the modification date . Additionally, SmartBackup 3.1 offers improved support for WebDAV and improved handling of locked files during archiving and purging.

SmartBackup performs backups to hard drives, network sharepoints, webDAV, USB sticks and iPods. It supports configuration via Spotlight "saved searches," archiving of deleted or changed items, file exclusion, handling of multiple backup sets, one-click restore and automation using iCal, Automator or shellscripts.

A home single license is priced at US$27. A Family Pack option (five installations) is available for $58, and business...

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Nov 01
'MUG Event Calendar': Dr. Mac, iLife '11, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" for November is getting off to a busy start.

Mac author and MacNotable Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will make his annual trek to Chicago for pizza and a MUG appearance, while user group activist Nicholas Pyers will be the presenter at an Australian group, and a team from The Apple Store will present the new iLife ‘11 to a California group. Other notable topics include a VOIP presentation in Ireland, mobile apps in California, making movies with cell phones in New Zealand, and the new Apple TV in Virginia.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (, an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one...

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Nov 01
TopXNotes for Mac OS X adds note syncing with iOS devices

Tropical Software ( has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.6.1. It now has note synchronization with iOS devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the User Interface including a new, taller, customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and several cosmetic improvements. Version 1.6.1 is a small update with minor feature additions, changes and fixes.

TopXNotes 1.6.1 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. TopXNotes 1.6 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5. Existing customers with a version previous to 1.5 can upgrade to version 1.6 for $19.95.

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Nov 01
NEC introduces new desktop monitor series

MultiSync EA192M and 20-inch widescreen MultiSync E201W to the desktop product lineup.

Compared to previous generations of NEC’s desktop LCD monitors, the LED backlight technology in both the MultiSync EA192M and E201W allows less greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces power consumption and heat radiation, according to Lynn Gu, product manager for NEC Display Solutions. These new LED-backlit models also use more recycled plastics, less hazardous materials and are mercury-free, a significant advantage when compared to conventional CCFL-backlit LCD monitors, he adds.

The ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness to the optimal setting depending on ambient lighting, screen content or both, has been added to the MultiSync EA192M and E201W to further minimize power consumption. DisplayPort connectivity is also implemented on both models, providing expanded connectivity, along with VGA and DVI-D.

The 20-inch widescreen MultiSync E201W is a new...

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Nov 01
Logitech introduces solar-powered keyboard

Logitech ( has introduced the US$79.99 Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 , the company’s first light-powered keyboard. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself whenever there’s light, even indoors.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself through its integrated solar panel, so no power bricks or charging cables are needed. The included solar power app (available for download beginning Nov. 15) features a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, lets you get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.
Logitech’s first solar keyboard can be powered by indoor light and stays charged for at least three months in total darkness, according to Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. It's 1/3-inch thick and sports rounded edges and a thin profile....

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Nov 01
Akvis Magnifier 4.0 introduces new image reducing algorithm

Akvis Software has released Akvis Magnifier 4.0 (, an update of the tool for increasing image resolution for Mac OS X and Windows. Version 4.0 4.0 introduces an advanced algorithm for reducing images.

The new Sharpness parameter improves the clarity of images by increasing the color contrast of neighboring pixels. Now images can be reduced and placed in your online photo album without a loss in detail and with an improvement in quality. Also in Akvis Magnifier 4.0, the parameters for processing images are divided into two groups: those which reduce an image (a new parameter to control image clarity), and those which increase an image (all other parameters).

Featuring photo resizing algorithms, Akvis Magnifier enlarges digital pictures to "super-high resolution" for enlargements and poster-size prints. Version 2.0 also adds...

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Nov 01
Waccy Accy is second app in PFiddle Collection

PFiddlesoft ( has released Waccy Accy 1.0, the second application in the PFiddle Collection. It's an US$4.99 game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface). A 30-day demo is available for download.

To win Waccy Accy, you reveal your full user name by flipping the placards displaying placeholders so they show their hidden characters. You fill in the blanks by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters.

The more you play Waccy Accy, the more familiar you will become with where things are on your desktop. You play against the clock, and your best time is recorded for posterity.

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Nov 01
Tuples is native PostgreSQL Client for the Mac

Lost Bytes has released a new version of Tuples (, a PostgreSQL native client for the Mac. The new release includes previously requested changes to the user interface along with bug fixes such as adding space to the Connection List, allowing each connection to take up as much space as necessary.

The Editor received a new component, the information box that sits beneath the database structure and displays information about the currently selected table or column. Tuples is a PostgreSQL client designed exclusively for the Mac. It was developed using Cocoa and Objective-C as opposed to non-native clients.

The Connection List allows the user to manage database connections and lists previously configured connections. It allows for the creation and edition of connections and double clicking on an existing connection will open an Editor window to the server defined by that...

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Nov 01
GoGadget is new syncing solution for Mac OS X

Mark/Space has released GoGadget 1.0 for Mac OS X (, software designed to make it simple to sync almost any gadget to your computer. Using the USB cable that came with the devices, GoGadget 1.0 for Mac connects media players, phones, GPS navigators, digital picture frames, and other gadgets to your computer for easy syncing.

Through a simple user interface, you can select photos, music, documents, video, and ringtones from your Mac to sync with your gadget. Playlists you've created in iTunes and albums in iPhoto are transferred to your device with the click of a button. Whatever your gadget is able to play and display can be synced with your Mac.

A complete list of devices supported by GoGadget 1.0 for Mac can be found on the GoGadget product page on the Mark/Space web...

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Nov 01
AudioCopy/AudioPaste SDK helps iOS apps share audio

Sonoma Wire Work has released the AudioCopy/AudioPaste Software Development Kit 1.2 for iOS audio app developers. Apps that support AudioCopy/AudioPaste now include a pasteboard history of up to 12 items with audio previews.

Users can make up to 12 copies of audio, then launch an AudioPaste app, and paste from any of those 12 copies. The AudioCopy/AudioPaste pasteboard includes meta data such as tempo, file format, name of app copied from, duration, and more.

Forty apps from 15 publishers have implemented AudioCopy and/or AudioPaste. The AudioCopy AudioPaste SDK code license is free, downloadable, and includes source code, optional UI, instructions, a license agreement, an example app, and a link to a demo video to help developers implement the features into their apps. You can find it at .

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Nov 01
Stellar Partition Manager released for Mac OS X

Stellar Information Systems has launched Stellar Partition Manager 1.0, (, a disk utility product for Mac OS X 10.3.9. The software is designed to manage Mac partitions with the help of several features.

This Mac volume manager tool is capable of creating and deleting Mac partitions along with partition resizing without causing any data loss. Using this partition manager for Mac systems you can hide or reveal the selected Mac partitions so that untrusted users cannot access the confidential data, if any, on these Mac volumes.

You can just drag together the available free spaces, as shown in the software interface, to create a new new Mac partition. You can also: create new partitions by collating multiple free spaces; resize partitions without inflicting data loss; move the partitions without any data; and hide or reveal Mac...

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Oct 31
Apple countersues Motorola for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has sued Motorola, alleging that the company's smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker's intellectual property, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (

The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October for patent infringement. Motorola claims that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents.

Overall, Motorola Mobility's three complaints include 18 patents, which the company says relates to early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in technology areas found on many of Apple's core products and associated...

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Oct 31
Apple releases iPhoto '11, version 9.0.1

Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.01. It addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.

The upgrade is 35.4MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Oct 29
Ingram pitching the iPad to businesses

Technology distributor Ingram Micro is seeing increasing interest in the iPad tablet as a business tool, opening up a larger potential market for the device, reports "Reuters" (

Greg Spierkel, chief executive of Ingram Micro, said Apple has preferred to sell the iPad to retailers but that the company is increasingly letting his firm sell it to businesses. One significant use of tablets by businesses is by sales representatives in the field, he said.

Apple reported this month that it sold 4.19 million iPads in the quarter just ended, which was lower than expected due to supply and production bottlenecks. Spierkel said that in the business environment, Ingram Micro customers are continuing to refresh personal computers and related systems, leading to double digit growth...

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Oct 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 29

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

7twenty7 has announced Stencils - Draw & Design! 1.0, an app that enables users to create artwork on their iPhone and iPod touch devices. It comes with a built-in library of over 100 stencil shapes in 10 categories. Other features include multi-level undo, the ability to open a photo to paint directly on, and the option to save or email the creation directly from the app. The Stencils App has a limited-time introductory price of US$0.99; the regular price is $1.99.

Vito Technology has updated their $2.99, 3D Solar System app for the iPhone. Pluto and Retina Display support have been added.

Where will you be for Halloween? Well, if you can't make it to a graveyard, why not bring one home? Ghost Buddy is a $0.99, 3D first-person...

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Oct 29
OmniVision to supply sensors for next gen iPad?

OmniVision will supply CMOS image sensors for a second-generation iPad that will launch in the calendar first quarter of 2011, according to a research note to clients from investment firm Detweiler Fenton, as noted by "Barron's" (

The research firm says the new iPad will ship with two cameras, a 5 MP camera and a VGA camera, and likely will support Apple’s FaceTime video chat software. Detweiler expects Apple to build 2.5 million units of the next iPad in the first quarter of 2011, providing an incremental five million units of demand from Apple for OVTI.

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Oct 29
Silego announces GreenPAK Designer for the Mac

Silego Technology has released its new GreenPAK Designer for Mac software. This version was created to provide Mac users with a graphical schematic design tool for the GreenPAK device (a one-time programmable mixed-signal micro-FPGA).

The GreenPAK Designer for Mac software is extremely intuitive for circuit designers, due to the graphical interface and circuit design requiring no programming language or compiler, according to Aron Cooperman, product marketing manager at Silego. GreenPAK Designer works in conjunction with Silego’s GreenPAK Programmer (a USB-based programming stick) to give circuit designers the ability to create custom highly integrated circuit designs.

GreenPAK Designer for Mac is available for download free of charge at Silego’s web site ( GreenPAK development kits are available from Silego directly for US$19.95. The kit includes the USB programmer, USB cable...

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Oct 29
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of MobileMe

On the new "MacVoices" (, author and Mac expert Joe Kissell is back to talk about the second edition of "Take Control of MobileMe."

MobileMe has evolved both over its lifetime, and since the first edition of this book. Kissell covers this evolution, talking about what has disappeared, what has been introduced, and how the little changes have added up to an imperfect but improved and valuable service. Among the functions and features discussed are syncing through MobileMe, MobileMe Mail and the ways it beats Gmail, the uses and shortcomings of iDisk and photosharing and more. Kissell explains why, even with its faults, MobileMe is a good value and why you should be a member.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the...

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Oct 29
OnOne announces new, updated products

OnOne Software ( made several announcements regarding its products. First up, the company announced Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom.

Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking, professional photographic effects, and now layers for Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture, in one package. With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4, CS3 and CS2, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1, Perfect Resize 7 and the new Perfect Layers.

With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers now have more options for where they use many of the onOne products. Photographers will now have the ability to create layered files that are fully...

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Oct 29
Apple joins top five global mobile phone vendors

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. And Apple entered the top five vendors in the global market.

According to the International Data Corporation ( research group, vendors shipped 340.5 million units in 3Q10 compared to 297.1 million units in the third quarter of 2009. The growing popularity of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, with consumers and businesspersons is evidenced by the appearance of a second smartphone-only vendor in the top five ranking, says the research group.

Apple moved into the number 4 position worldwide in 3Q10, joining Research In Motion (RIM) as one of the world's largest mobile phone suppliers. RIM has spent three quarters on IDC's leaderboard. Apple and RIM also posted the highest-growth...

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Oct 29
InvisibleShield, ZAGGskins now available for new MacBook Air

ZAGG ( is now selling their invisibleShield and ZAGGskins protection for Apple’s new Macbook Air. The new generation of Macbook Air comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models, and is built with flash storage.

The invisibleShield is ZAGG's patent-pending, military-grade, "virtually invisible" film, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. The MacAir version costs US$54.95.

ZAGGskins are customized images and designs fused with the invisibleShield to provide personalized protection. Pricing for the invisibleSHIELD for the MacBook Air starts at $19.99.

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