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Oct 26
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets HTML5 support

Bare Bones Software ( has released BBEdit 9.6, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. The upgrade adds HTML5 support.

A refined Translate command simplifies the process of converting documents between HTML and plain text, according to Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. BBEdit 9.6 also includes support for directory-specific settings and a new command-line option for creating projects.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.

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Oct 26
Security loophole found in iOS 4.1

A security loophole in iOS 4.1 (as well as the 4.2 beta, apparently) allows unauthorized access to the iPhone’s contacts, phone functionality, emails and MMS, reports "SlashGear" (

Spotted by forum members at "MacRumors" (, the exploit apparently works this week: from the iPhone 4 lockscreen, hit “Emergency Call”, type in a random number and initiate the call, and then press the sleep key as soon as the end-call button appears on-screen.  That automatically takes you to the handset’s contact list.

From that list, it’s possible to browse all the contacts, as well as...

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Oct 26
Chinese workers become ill while working on Apple products

Workers in southern China, who say they were assembling Apple laptops and iPhones, have become seriously ill after using a dangerous chemical, reports "ABC News" (

The Number Five People's Hospital in Suzhou has been treating workers who breathed in vapors from the chemical n-hexane, the article adds. According to the workers, the chemical was being used in the production of Apple products and has left them unable to walk.

The ABC's Foreign Correspondent snuck into the Number Five People's Hospital to visit a group of women who were working in a very small, badly ventilated factory. They say they were using n-hexane to glue and polish the logos on Apple products.

"ABC News" says Apple wouldn't confirm it had sourced products from companies based in China, but said it...

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Oct 26
Adobe announces new Digital Publishing Suite

At MAX, Adobe’s annual worldwide conference, Adobe announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (, providing publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces.

Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager for Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.

Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of...

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Oct 26
Google sued for violating privacy rights

A class action lawsuit filed Monday challenges Google's alleged practice of illegally sharing the search queries of its users with third-parties.

In 2006, Google successfully fought a subpoena filed by the Department of Justice that sought to compel the release of search queries. Google argued: "[S]earch query content can disclose identities and personally identifiable information . . ." It further stated that it "will keep private whatever information users communicate absent a compelling reason."

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., is brought by Paloma Gaos of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gaos is represented by Kassra Nassiri of Nassiri & Jung and Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire. The class action seeks monetary relief for those whose search queries were wrongly shared, and injunctive relief to prevent continued privacy abuses.

"Because of its dominance in the search business, Google, more than any other company,...

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Oct 26
'MacVoices' looks at games and technology

On the new "MacVoices" (, gaming expert Omaha Sternberg talks about how games push technology forward, and how Apple is taking some surprising lead positions in gaming, especially portable gaming.

Even if Steve Jobs is projecting the reality distortion field, it can't be argued that Apple is suddenly playing a more important role than ever before. Sternberg explains the initial hesitancy of some game makers to get involved, and why now we can look forward to better and more sophisticated games on all of Apple's iDevices.

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 front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 26
Office 2011 for the Mac now available

Microsoft Office 2011 has been released. It will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering.

The former includes the Word word-processing. The price is US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger, along with Outlook for the Mac. Outlook replaces Entourage as Office’s mail client and is one of the centerpiece changes of the 2011 edition of the productivity suite. The Home and Office edition will cost $199 for a single license and $279 for a multi-pack that allows two installs on two machines.

The MacBu previewed Office 2011 for Mac at February's Macworld Conference & Trade Show. Based on user feedback, the upgrade is designed to simplify how people work together, according to the MacBU. The suite has new connections to Microsoft services so you can work together...

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Oct 25
'Back to the Future' game coming to the Mac in...

Telltale Games has announced the platforms, release month and pricing for Back to the Future: The Game. The Mac and PC versions are expected to burst out of the time space continuum in December, followed shortly by the arrival of the game on PlayStation 3 system and iPad.

The PC and Mac versions of Back to the Future: The Game are now available to pre-order for US$24.95 at The pre-order special includes Telltale Games Puzzle Agent, a $9.95 value, available for download immediately after placing your order order. For each pre-order of the series on the Mac and PC from Telltale, the company will donate $1 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Here's how the game is described: "Picking up shortly after the events of the third Back to the Future film, Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel...

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Oct 25
Adobe posts Lightroom, Camera Raw updates

Adobe says the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidates, along with a new Adobe Lens Profile Downloader, are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The Release Candidates bring raw file support to new camera models, including Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for 21 new Nikon lenses and four new Canon lenses. The Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 -- a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 -- allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles provided by the community. Photographers can create custom profiles for their own lenses and share them with the user community by downloading the Lens Profile Creator also available on Adobe Labs.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

The Lightroom 3.3 Release Candidate is...

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Oct 25
OWC upgrades Turnkey Upgrade Program for mid-2010 iMacs

Other World Computing ( says its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2010 iMac 27-inch now offers the ability to have OWC professionally install up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drives for up to a total of 1.44TB SSD highest performance capacity while retaining use of the internal optical drive, adding a larger capacity 2TB hard drive, and/or adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac.

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 renowned warranty coverage. The upgrades involve a four-step process:

° Start by adding the only available eSATA port offered for the iMac for $169. Or add an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD up to 480GB in capacity from $319.

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Oct 25
Mophie offers workbook for the iPad

Mophie ( has released the workbook, its second iPad accessory. The workbook is mophie’s first protective case for the Apple tablet, providing an adjustable folio for the device.

The US$59.95, form-fitting case provides iPad users with adjustability and a variety of viewing angles for comfortable typing and screen viewing. The design and flexibility allows the case to act as a stand for the iPad, says Ross Howe, vice president of business development, mophie.

The workbook comes in five color combinations: black with black strap; white with grey strap; orange with black strap; chocolate with cyan strap; and cement with yellow strap. The exterior is easy to clean, yet stands up to the elements of the world, according to Hoew. The soft interior fabric ensures the iPad is cradled snugly inside.

The workbook's pass-through design enables full access to all ports and controls,...

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Oct 25
Avenza releases Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop

Avenza Systems has released Geographic Imager 3.2, which adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop. Along with support for Adobe CS5 and Mac OS 64-bit, it includes the ability to create and export geospatial PDF documents and terrain shading functionality.
In addition to allowing the use of Adobe Photoshop and its native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies and layer adjustments, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize common industry raster image formats, automatically mosaic and tile images, reproject and transform images, georeference images based on ground control points and export images with all spatial information intact.

Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop is available now as a free upgrade for all Geographic Imager customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$319. New licenses are $699 for a single-user fixed commercial license. Prices include one year...

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Oct 25
Chinon AVi is iPod docking/charging station with 7-inch LCD...

Chinon ( has released the Chinon AVi, an US$179.99 iPod docking/charging station featuring a 7-inch LCD monitor to display movies, music videos, and TV shows purchased at the iTunes Store.

Fashioned after the American "boom box" the AVi also plays iTunes music and standard MP3 music on its dual speakers. Plus, it comes with an ATSC digital TV tuner for picking up Over-The-Air TV signals to view local channels for free.  Users can also showcase their digital photos on the LCD.

The AVi's retro frame is complimented by a modern rubberized black finish, silver trim, and large controls. The AVi package comes with a wireless remote control, TV antenna, AC/DC adapter, AV cables, and aux-in cable.

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Oct 25
StarTech offers Mini DisplayPort adapters ( has announced the availability of their new line of Mini DisplayPort adapters, which are designed to allow users to overcome compatibility issues between laptop and desktop computers equipped with a Mini DisplayPort output port and monitors/displays that only support older video connections such as DVI, HDMI and VGA.’s new Mini DisplayPort Adapter product line includes the following:

° Mini DisplayPort to VGA (US$29.99), which lets you connect a VGA monitor, TV or projector to a computer with a Mini DisplayPort output (video only);

° Mini DisplayPort to HDMI ($28.99), which lets you connect an HDMI TV or monitor to a laptop/desktop with a Mini DisplayPort output; adapter supports audio as provided by source, requires audio-capable display (e.g. HDTV, monitor with built-on speaker etc,);

° Mini DisplayPort to DVI ($28.99), which lets...

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Oct 25
Apple products top UK children's holiday wish list

According to a survey in the UK, almost a quarter of children have put an Apple product at the top of their Christmas list, reports the "Telegraph" ( The survey, by battery manufacturer Duracell, polled over 2,000 kids and found that top "toy" on the wishlist was an iPhone 4.

Approximately 39% of children quizzed wanted Apple gadgets this year, with 17% of five to eight- year-olds, 50% of nine to 12-year-olds and 66% of 13 to 16-year-olds all putting Apple items -- including iPads and iPod touches -- at the top of their lists. The top 10 toys for Christmas 2010, according to the report are:

1) iPhone 4 (14%)
2) iPod touch (13%)
3) iPad (12%)
4) Kinect for Xbox (6%)

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Oct 25
Apple, Google, Facebook, others counterattack Paul Allen lawsuit

Apple last week joined forces with Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others in an effort to dismiss patent infringement charges brought by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, reports Computerworld.

In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.

In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay were targeted. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wasn't on the list.

A total of four Interval Research patents were cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. In a statement, Allen’s firm calls the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and...

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Oct 25
New Apple data center could launch 'any day now'

The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials, reports "Data Center Knowledge" (

Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site, the article adds. The facility -- not counting the rumored expansions -- is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.

The North Carolina state legislation requires that the average wage exceed the wage standard of the county in which it’s located. A data center will typically contract locally for services such as...

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at social media from an enterprise...

On the new "MacVoices" (, Chuck La Tournous provides an update on social media from the enterprise perspective.

No longer an option for businesses, he discusses why any return-on-investment (ROI) measurement of social media initiatives doesn't tell the whole story and the impact that social media may have on other communication and service channels. La Tournous also covers some of the kinds of information to distribute with your social media efforts and how it can help humanize and distinguish your company.

"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 front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 25
Adobe extends AIR applications across screens

At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms.

Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android, iOS, and desktops including Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.

Adobe also announced previews of developer tools that make the process of multiscreen development more streamlined. With new releases of Flash Platform tools, including an AIR 2.5...

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Oct 25
Red Pill is new image editor for the Mac

Times for Fun has released Red Pill (, a new image editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It offers a dozen tools and purportedly handles big images a as fast as Photoshop.

Features included: tools like magic wand, paint brush, paint bucket and clone stamp; a transform, adjust filter; paste into command; float/anchor selection; unlimited undo; the ability to resize, rotate and flip and image; a quick save command; a file manager; batch processing; and smart fill.

A trial version is available for download. Registration is approximately US$24. Red Pill is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
Long Island model suing for 'stolen' sexy photos

Another day, another lawsuit. An aspiring Long Island model is suing Apple and app maker Samba Studios for "turning her into an Internet tart," reports the "New York Post" (

Rebecca Battino claims she was surprised when sexy self-portraits she took as a 16-year-old (she's now 19) popped up in an online app from Samba Studios dubbed "eXtreme Cam Girls." The shots were swiped from iPhone on her Mac, she says, so she's accusing Apple and Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

The steamy shots were swiped from her computer, Battino claims in a $1 million Manhattan federal-court lawsuit that accuses Apple and app-maker Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

eXtreme Cam Girls has been removed...

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Oct 25
CrumplePop brings adjustable Lower Thirds to Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop ( has released LowerThirds, an US$69 tool for creating adjustable lower thirds in Final Cut Pro. It allows editors to add lower thirds to any FCP project by dragging and dropping.

CrumplePop LowerThirds automatically adjusts in size to fit whatever text you type in, eliminating repetitive resizing and dramatically improving workflow. With the software, you type in some text -- a name or title, for instance -- and a background box grows to match the size of your text. Then drag in color swatches, photos, or video to create almost any look for your lower third.

CrumplePop LowerThirds is based on Apple's Master Template architecture, so busy editors can use LowerThirds right inside of Final Cut Pro. It comes with 10 intro/outro animation styles and 15 high resolution ProResLT video backgrounds.

CrumplePop LowerThirds also includes a collection of...

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Oct 25
Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS available

Boris FX ( says Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS (BCC 7 AVX for DS) is now available.

BCC 7 AVX for DS brings over 180 filters to Avid DS. New features include a video noise reduction tool, a new OpenGL particle engine, new on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow, and support for Boris AAF Transfer.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$2,495. It's a free upgrade for BCC 6 AVX for DS users. Owners of previous versions of BCC AVX for DS may upgrade for $599.

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Oct 25
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets full screen mode, more

Ben Bird has updated SecuritySpy (, a multi-camera video surveillance application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.9. The upgrade includes a full-screen mode, support for more network cameras and bug fixes.

SecuritySpy's remote viewing feature lets you access your surveillance system over the Internet or over a local network using a web browser. Pricing starts at US$50 for one camera. A 30-day demo is available for download. SecuritySpy is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
ActionSoft updates Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has updated Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (, to version 1.0.2. This version fixes problems in various mansions, including one in Jasperlone Mountains Hard that would prevent the game from being able to be completed on Hard difficulty.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a...

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