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May 10
Spring Cleaning 11 Deluxe available for Mac users

Smith Micro Software has released Spring Cleaning 11 Deluxe for Macintosh, a suite of utility tools packed into one solution that enables users to clean up, optimize and maintain their Macs with tools that organize files, reduce clutter and completely uninstall unwanted applications.

According to Pauline Shumake, senior product manager, Productivity and Graphics Group at Smith Micro Software, the features and benefits of Spring Cleaning 11 Deluxe include:

° A new QuickBackup feature that enables users to run a simple back up of selected files, as well as monitor files so they are automatically backed up when modified;

° A new MagniFile feature that cmbines a file information viewer and disk usage monitor, which lets users quickly view dozens of properties in text or graph format;

° Improved custom search that helps users find what they are looking for by optimizing the search on two fronts: utilizing a Spring Cleaning custom file-based search or a...

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May 10
No HyperCard for the iPad

In order to support its revMobile customer base, Mirye Software (http://www.mirye.com) says it submitted an in-depth proposal to Apple that it create an iPhone-only product that uses native Cocoa objects, supports 100% of their application programming interface (API), "works perfectly with multitasking and battery life, but uses a variant of the revTalk language to use these objects and APIs, and then translates those into native code.

"While a significant engineering departure for us from the current revMobile path, this solution would have resulted in perfect-quality iPhone-only applications impossible to distinguish from native applications," says Lynn Fredericks of Mirye Software. "Apple clearly and distinctly turned down the proposal with a very clear message from Steve Jobs himself."

he says RunRev is regrouping from this set back, and revMobile as it is planned will be re-engineered into a...

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May 10
Cradle is new iPad lap desk

Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products) has released the Cradle, a community developed iPad lap desk. Its minimalist bent design is constructed of sustainable bamboo plywood, also known as Plyboo. It has an integrated circular plate, made from matte, soft-touch plastic, that allows you to rotate your iPad between portrait and landscape views.

The underside of the US$52.50 desk is lined with a foam cushion with woven covering that rests on your lap for added comfort. The compact Cradle measures 21inches wide by four inches tall by 13 inches deep by a quarter-inch thick.

The Cradle is the 39th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.

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May 10
NewerTech announces StoraDrive stackable anti-static case

Newer Technology has expanded its hard drive accessory line with the introduction of the US9.95 StoraDrive stackable anti-static case solution (http://www.newertech.com/products/storadrive.php) for storing, protecting, and organizing any bare 3.5-inch hard drive. It sports a sliding drive storage drawer for access without disrupting other cases.

Each drive drawer includes a convenient label area for content identification. The stackable, interlocking design enables more StoraDrive cases to be added as storage needs grow. Anti-static injection molded ABS plastic provides durable drive storage and non-skid rubber feet keeps the case and drives securely positioned.

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May 10
Gameloft celebrates 10 year anniversary with free iPhone...

Gameloft, which specializes in downloadable games for all platforms, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by giving away free iPhone games during its iPhone Happy Hour promotion.
 
For two hours every day, from May 10-21, with the exception of the weekend, one Gameloft iPhone/iPod touch game will be available for free. There will be unlimited downloads allowed during the two hours. Ten different games will be given away during the promotion. The specific title and hours for the giveaway will be revealed daily on Gameloft’s Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/gameloft). The daily reveals will occur at random times so participants are encouraged to follow Gameloft on Twitter to be the first to know.

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May 10
ABI Research: cloud-based consumer backup revenue to increase...

Revenue related to consumer use of cloud-based backup/storage sites will grow from almost US$75 million in 2009 to more than $372 million in 2015, at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 27.89%, according to new info from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

According to ABI Research practice director Larry Fisher, “The consumer value proposition for many cloud computing applications is simple; they’re free. Most of the 1000+ US consumers responding to a 2010 ABI Research survey said they were hesitant to pay anything for use of a cloud-based service site.”

Right behind the price/cost issue, the major reason most would consider using a cloud-based application was ubiquity: the concept that they could access their valued content from any Internet-connected computer. ABI Research’s analysis found that just 11.6% of the US consumer market for online backup/storage services was paid for...

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May 10
O'Reilly releases 'iPhone App Development: The Missing...

O'Reilly has released "iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual" by Craig Hockenberry, developer of the Twitterific iPhone app. The book costs US$39.99 and includes illustrated, step-by-step tutorials and real-world examples.

° Get to know the tools for developing your iPhone app;

° Design a great app before you start coding;

° Build a complex app with Xcode and Interface Builder;

° Decide how to brand your app -- then beta-test that brand in the real world;

° Learn the inside scoop on how to get your app into the Apple App Store.

More information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596809782 / .

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May 10
Australia: Apple says it's not profiteering with the iPad

Apple has blamed the GST, not international price gouging, as the reason Australian consumers are being forced to pay more for the iPad, according to the "Herald Sun" (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/apple-denies-profiteering-with...).

Victorians will have to pay $629 for the entry level 16GB version of the device -- about $70 more than for the same model sold in the US. Australians will pay an average 12 % more for the six various iPad configurations than US buyers.

Corporate affairs spokeswoman Fiona Martin told the "Herald Sun" if not for the GST component, the difference between an iPad bought in the US and Australia would be marginal.

"The (Australian) price is actually very comparable to the US...

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May 10
In Japan 3G iPad to be SIM-locked

In Japan models of the 3G iPad will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile, which has evidently negotiated an exclusivity deal on the device, reports "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100510/ipad-3g-sim-locked-to-softba...). Softbank is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in Japan.

This is a bit surprising since NTT DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada said during an earnings call last month that the company would sell iPad-compatible micro-SIM cards in time for the device’s launch in the country. But "evidently, Apple has been pleased enough with Softbank’s support for the iPhone to tweak the multiple carrier distribution plan it had intended for the iPad outside the states" or "the company has always been open to international SIM-lock exclusivity deals...

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May 10
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog plug-in for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 11. The upgrade adds support for bigger icons and offers several other tweaks and bug fixes.

Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.2 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html).

Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.2 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. The plug-in also runs on Windows Vista or Windows 7....

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May 10
Analyst: Apple has as-yet-unannounced products for the digital...

Phil Leigh of "Inside Digital Media" (http://www.insidedigitalmedia.com), a market research firm specializing in the future of media, says Apple will introduce as-yet-unannounced products to address huge latent market opportunities in the digital living room and media and transactional online services.

"Since the turn of the century Apple evolved from a secondary computer company into the most potent force transforming media," Leigh says." It is the premier digital media innovator as evidenced by the iPod, iPhone and most recently the iPad. Basically each introduction defined a new product category or enabled an incipient one to 'cross the chasm' into mass market acceptance. More of the same is expected in the future, not only from products but also from transactional services."

Most any business affected by the future of media will be directly impacted by Apple’s future...

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May 10
Product Manager for Mac OS X adds new reports

Tension Software has updated Product Manager (http://pomola.com/products_productmanager/productmanager.html), software for managing a company's products from different points of view, to version 1.5. The update adds a Customizable To Do Report, Customizable Bug Report and report printability.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products inside, subdivided in families. It can be a general repository for all the data used for marketing and technical management. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

According to the folks at Tension Software, Product Manager allows to organize products in a logical subdivision. For every product the user can store: the main data with generic data fields; release notes; press releases; a bug...

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May 10
New MacBook Air updates this week?

There might be a new MacBook Air released this week, according to "Macworld Australia" (http://www.macworld.com.au/news/view/macbook-air-update-this-week-4886), quoting "a well-placed source familiar with Apple inventory levels and product refreshes."

The source says the number, MC516LL/A K87 BETTER BTR-USA, most likely points to a Mac product due to the "BETTER" segment of the product code. "Macworld Australia" notes that this could refer to a 27-inch display, which could be a new Cinema Display or, less likely, a new, high-end iMac.

However, "it looks like there are several thousand on their way to Australia this week, which suggests a major new product," "Macworld Australia" notes. The MacBook Air was last updated in June 2009.

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May 10
NPD: Android OS overtakes iPhone OS in smartphone market

The Android operating system (OS) continued to shake up the U.S. mobile phone market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010, moving past Apple to take the number-two position among smartphone operating systems, according to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company.

NPD’s wireless market research reveals that based on unit sales to consumers last quarter the Android operating system moved into second position at 28% behind RIM’s OS (36%) and ahead of Apple’s OS (21%).

“As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share,” says Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “In order to compete with the iPhone, Verizon Wireless has expanded its buy-one-get-one offer beyond RIM devices to now include all of their smartphones.”

Strong sales of the Droid, Droid Eris, and Blackberry Curve via these promotions...

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May 10
President Obama 'declares war' on iPods, iPads, etc.

President Barack Obama, a BlackBerry user, "declared war on technology," singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia, the "New York Post" and "Fox News" (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/05/10/obama-warns-grads-twitter-ipad...) report.

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia.

Obama described the most popular offerings of companies like Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo as "distractions" that are putting unnecessary pressure on the country. He...

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May 10
WirelessHD standard announced

The WirelessHD Consortium (http://www.wirelesshd.org), the largest 60GHz initiative worldwide and the only wireless standard that provides wireless lossless A/V support, has announced immediate availability of the WirelessHD 1.1 specification announced this January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

This next generation WirelessHD specification enables HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players, PCs and portable devices to transmit, share and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy as well as instantaneously transfer large multi-gigabyte media files among a variety of devices, according to John Marshall, chairman of the WirelessHD Consortium.

The WirelessHD specification is currently supported by over 45 global technology companies. Products implementing WirelessHD 1.1 technology will be backward compatible to those products using WirelessHD 1.0 technology. Marshall says...

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May 10
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7. In the new version, 96 cities in Antarctica, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam have been added to the World Clock Deluxe database.

The software now supports all-year-round Daylight-Saving Time. Also, Daylight-Saving information for Morocco, Samoa, Western Sahara, and for San Luis, Argentina has been updated.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all...

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May 10
Bruji releases version 4.6 of the Pedia suite for Mac OS X

Bruji (http://www.bruji.com) has announced updates to DVDpedia, Bookpedia, CDpedia and Gamepedia, their "Pedia" media cataloging programs for Mac OS X. They retrieve information from numerous international search sites via iSight scanning and keyword searches.

Users can organize their media in collections and folders, export in various different formats, including HTML, and access statistics about their databases. The Pedias are fully Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatible.

In this latest version of the Pedias, the iSight scanning feature has been revamped from the ground up and is faster and compatible with most cameras for scanning. In addition users can choose which camera to use for scanning when more than one is connected to the Mac. Several new search plug-ins have been added, including The Open Movie Database, a new film database built with user-generated content.

The HTML export has...

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May 10
Filter Forge 2.0 pre-orders being taken

Filter Forge has announced a beta and pre-order availability of Filter Forge 2.0 (http://www.filterforge.com), an update of the plug-in for Adobe Photoshop allowing computer artists to build their own filters: textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames and more. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

With the second version of the software. Filter Forge 2.0 will feature full support for unlimited HDR colors, shadows via ambient occlusion, point and area lights, and dozens of new components to create filters from. It's available for pre-order at a special price; pre-order customers can save up to US$170. The offer is valid until the commercial release of Filter Forge 2.0 which is planned for the second quarter of the year.

Filter Forge is a Photoshop plug-in that lets users create a variety of realistic and abstract textures and effects...

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May 10
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.1

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.1. It's a maintenance update that fixes an issue where AppDelete might not launch on a user account, and includes various localization edits. Also, the Apps panel search has been expanded, as well as miscellaneous optimizations throughout.

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...

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May 10
Pantone unleashes Pantone Plus

Pantone has announced Pantone Plus, the next generation of the Pantone Matching System. Enhancements include the chromatic arrangement of colors for more intuitive selection, an expanded palette of spot colors, the addition of new premium metallics and a broader range of neons.
 
Pantone Color Manager Software, available free-of-charge with every Plus Series purchase, lets designers update their favorite design applications with the new Plus Series Color Libraries. An added feature allows users to convert spot colors to CMYK simulations based on loaded ICC profiles. Creatives can also access the entire Pantone Plus Series from their iPhones with the myPantone iPhone application. Additionally, with the myPantone X-Ref iPhone application, designers can easily cross-reference all Pantone Color Libraries.
 
All guides in the Plus Series include a ColorChecker Lighting Indicator to instantly show whether current lighting conditions are suitable for color...

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May 10
VueScan update for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.29

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.29, 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 offers an increase in the speed of saving files and refreshing the screen.

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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May 10
'AppleInsider': Apple developing Gianduai -- a kinda...

Hmmm. So here's another reason Apple CEO Steve Jobs may hate Flash. Apple is developing an alternative to the technology called Gianduia. Well, it's more than a Flash alternative, but it definitely has the potential to harm Flash.

According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), it's a client-side, standards based framework for Rich Internet Apps, to create production quality online apps for its retail users.

Apple introduced Gianduia last summer at WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference), an independent event scheduled near the company's own WWDC event in June.

Gianduia, named after an Italian hazelnut chocolate, is "essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters," developer Jonathan "Wolf" Rentzsch told "AppleInsider." While the emerging new support for Rich Internet App features in HTML5 is often...

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May 10
Macsimum Poll: should Apple support Flash on its mobile devices?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you think Apple should support Flash on its mobile devices (it currently doesnt'). The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked what product Apple should concentrate on next. Thirty-nine percent of you said the Apple TV, 17% said Mac desktops, 11% said Mac OS X, 6% said new iPads, 6% said something entirely new, 5% said new iPhones, 4% said iLife, 4% said iWork, 4% said Final Cut products, 3% said Mac laptops, and 1% said Aperture.

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May 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 7

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/).

Zacware has announced Soundtastic 1.0, an US$0.99 app available exclusively for the iPad. Soundtastic provides an interface for changing the pitch of a wide variety of built in sounds, as well as allowing the user to record as many of their own custom sounds as they want. Using the iPad's touch screen, users can then play these sounds in any combination, and can vary the pitch of each sound from the lowly bellow of a monster to the high pitched screech of a chipmunk.

xhumans has released Cinema for iPad 1.0, a $2.99 motion picture app exclusively for the iPad. It harkens back to the golden age of cinema going and presents a great number of films at specific showtimes throughout the day, just like a real repertory theatre.

Sascha...

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