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May 05
MacWise rings up version 12

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version supports HostAccess and Accuterm screen saves and restores.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise 12 costs US$95 for a single users license.

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May 05
'MacNotables' looks at WWDC, Adobe vs. Apple, more

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac expert Ted Landau and host Chuck Joiner catch up on a wide variety of tech stories and happenings in a broad discussion of the Apple universe. From Landau's sophisticated Airport network arrangement and an analysis of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to the battle between Apple and Adobe over Flash and the fall of Palm, the two cover a lot of ground in this edition.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to scheduling conflicts.

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May 05
Blue Crab for Mac OS X skitters to version 4.9.27

Blue Crab (http://www.limit-point.com/BlueCrab/BlueCrab.html) has been updated to version 4.9.27. It's a maintenance update.

Blue Crab is an US$25 Mac OS X program for copying the contents of a web site to your computer, in whole or in part, conducting offline browsing and searching without an Internet connection, creating a snapshot of a web site for historical archiving, collecting specific types of resources such as images or email addresses, searching current content on your own computer and checking a site for broken links, or generate an HTML site map.

Blue Crab is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.

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May 05
Epson Stylus is under-$100, wireless all-in-one

Epson America has introduced what it says is the first US$99 all-in-one with built-in wireless-n1 (IEEE 802.11n). The Epson Stylus NX420 printer/scanner/copier is designed for y families and students who want to conveniently share one printer with multiple users for various everyday printing tasks, such as schoolwork, recipes, or vacation photos.
 
Its individual ink cartridges and exclusive fade, smudge and water-resistant DURABrite Ultra ink make it simple to print everything from family pictures and photo projects to book reports and driving directions, according to Stacey Tieu, associate product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America,. In addition, the Epson Stylus NX420 boasts a 1.5-inch LCD screen and built-in memory card slots to effortlessly print stacks of borderless photos, all without turning on the computer.

The Epson Stylus NX420 lets you scan up to 2400 dpi (dots per inch) and make multiple black and color copies with just one touch. It reduces...

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May 05
FCC eyes additional rules on broadband providers

Federal regulators plan to impose some additional rules on broadband providers to ensure the government "has authority to move ahead with a sweeping plan to bring high-speed connections to all Americans," reports "USA Today" (http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2010-05-05-fcc-broad...).

Regulators also want to ensure they have jurisdiction to impose so-called "network neutrality" rules requiring phone and cable companies to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks, the article adds.

"USA Today" says that on Thursday Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will unveil a roadmap for regulating broadband. Currently, the FCC regulates broadband as a...

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May 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 5

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/).

Kurani Interactive has announced Opinionaided, a free iPhone app that allows users to get opinions in real-time from friends, family, and the public.

The US$0.99 Flea Market app for the iPhone and iPod touch, developed by Tag It Sell It is here. It allows you to locate antiques, collectibles, memorabilia and treasures is now just a click away. Upon opening the app, users will instantly be presented with Flea Markets in their area where collectors, merchants, wholesalers, vendors and liquidators are waiting to sell items.

Kyle Davis of Wolflane Software has released Solidarity Solitaire Lite 1.5 for iPhone and iPod touch users. The app is a free, "lite" version of Solidarity Solitaire and offers the same l 3D graphics, silky smooth animation...

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May 05
OCZ introduces USB 3.0 Solid State Drive

OCZ Technology (http://www.ocztechnology.com/aboutocz/press/2010/376) has announced the Enyo Portable SSD, utilizing the next generation USB 3.0 interface. The Enyo features all the performance and durability advantages of an internal Solid State Drive but delivers portability with an external storage solution for on-the-go users who need to share files between various computer systems, according to OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen,.

The Enyo is an external SSD with up to 260MB/second read and 200MB/second. The drive features a sleek, anodized aluminum housing and will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities. Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSDs will begin shipping soon; pricing hasn't been announced.

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May 05
Telltale Game launches Pilot Program for games

Telltale Games, an independent digital publisher and developer of episodic interactive entertainment, has announced the creation of their new Pilot Program. With this program, Telltale can bring ideas to market more quickly through game “pilots,” similar to the entertainment industry’s television pilots, according to CEO Dan Connors.

Through this program Telltale’s internal studios will explore new video game concepts, content and play patterns to complement the publisher’s current episodic projects. Successful pilots will be considered for migration to the company’s highly successful episodic gaming model.

The first title in Telltale’s Pilot Program is Puzzle Agent. The title combines accessible Professor Layton-inspired puzzling with doses of Nordic folklore, enigmatic gnomes, and dark David Lynch and Coen brothers sensibilities. Puzzle Agent releases in June on the Mac, PC iPhone/iPod touch, iPad and Nintendo Wii.

Telltale is creating Puzzle Agent in...

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May 05
Survey shows (gasp) dropped calls are a problem for AT&T

Who could have known (insert symbol for sarcasm here)? A new survey shows that dropped problems are a call for AT&T!

Wireless telecom provider Verizon has been trouncing AT&T for months in surveys of customer satisfaction and loyalty. But a recent survey by ChangeWave Research shows dropped calls are a growing problem for AT&T stock, reports InvestorPlace (http://www.investorplace.com/experts/jeff_reeves/att-dropped-calls-t-sto...). Even Sprint Nextel (S) and T-Mobile -- a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom -- could see gains as customers think of leaving AT&T over the network troubles, the article adds.

Specifically, a March survey of 4,040 smartphone customers was...

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May 05
WAC looking to take on Apple

The Wholesale Application Community (http://www.wholesaleappcommunity.com/default.aspx) has been laying out its philosophy ahead of a promised business plan next month, and all-out war with Apple next February, reports "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/05/wacaday/).

The WAC is a coalition of network operators who've been looking at Apple's business model and wondering why they're not making any money out of it, with a view to launching an Apple App Store competitor on which they can make money, "even if it's not as good as the Apple experience," the article adds.

"The industry has decoupled application revenues from the network investment required to support them," interim WAC CEO Tim Raby told "The Register."...

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May 05
Apple tweaks iPhone for Chinese security protocol

Apple seems to have tweaked its iPhone to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks, as companies increasingly adopt Chinese government-backed technologies to break into the country's market, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/195524/apple_tweaks_wifi_i...). The move suggests Apple may soon launch a new version of the iPhone in China with Wi-Fi, a feature that regulations previously barred, the article adds.

Chinese regulators last month approved the frequency ranges used by a new Apple mobile phone with 3G and wireless LAN support, the web site of China's State Radio Monitoring Center shows. The device appears to be an iPhone and uses GSM and the 3G standard WCDMA, just like iPhones currently...

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May 05
'Early Bird' pricing for FileMaker Developer...

Attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/developers/devcon/?nav=community-devcon) have until May 21 to save US$200 on their registration through the “Early Bird” pricing program. After May 21, the full conference fee of $1,495 will apply.

The 2010 FileMaker Developer Conference will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Aug. 15-18. This year’s conference will feature more than 80 sessions and workshops, the most ever offered. Sessions will focus on FileMaker database development best practices and techniques. New features of FileMaker 11 will be covered in-depth.

Attendees can also sign up for the FileMaker Developer Conference Gold Package for $1,949 (valued at $2,800), an all-inclusive 4-day pass for pre-conference sessions, FileMaker Training...

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May 05
NRGship Mac update offers enhanced Address Book importing

NRG Software has released NRGship Mac 1.1 (http://www.nrgsoft.com/products/mac/ups/mac/index.php), the latest version of the software that allows UPS shippers to switch to their Mac and manage all of the their shipping information in one place. The new version offers enhanced Mac Address Book importing, batch shipping and updated printer and USB scale options.

Mac users can streamline their shipping workflow without the use of My UPS (UPS.com). As of version 1.1, NRG has added default importers to allow UPS shippers to move their address books from UPS and Worldship in just a few minutes. In addition to the new address book imports, shippers can now batch ship to multiple recipients out of the Mac address book.

Additionally, NRGship 1.1 adds additional features to allow the use of networked or shared Zebra printers as well. There's also now...

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May 05
NEC updates pro desktop display products

NEC Solutions of America (http://www.necdisplay.com) has announced updates to its professional display portfolio, including the addition of the new 27-inch MultiSync PA271W display to the MultiSync PA Series, the first release of the MultiProfiler display configuration application and SpectraViewII version 1.1.04, which adds support for the 24-inch MultiSync PA241W and the new MultiSync PA271W.

Featuring a new size for the professional desktop category, the MultiSync PA271W is a high-definition monitor designed for advanced graphics applications, digital photography, video editing, print production and other environments where color accuracy is critical, according to Art Marshall, product manager for NEC Display Solutions. Boasting a 10-bit p-IPS panel, a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and internal 14-bit programmable 3D lookup tables (LUTs), the MultiSync PA271W can display 1.07 billion colors out of a...

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May 05
About Objects adds iPhone Development Classes for WWDC attendees

About Objects has added extra class dates to its schedule to accommodate developers attending Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco June 7-11.

The classes, "Objective-C for Beginners," scheduled for May 29-30, and "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development," scheduled for May 31 through June 4 (the week immediately before WWDC), will be held near the Apple campus in Cupertino, California,, and will give developers who are new to the platform an opportunity to get up to speed on Objective-C and the iPhone SDK (software development kit) before attending the conference's technical sessions.

About Objects will repeat the Objective-C for Beginners class June 5-6, and the Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development class June 7-11, in parallel with WWDC. The latter dates had been scheduled prior to Apple's announcement of WWDC 2010. The classes will be conducted at the Hilton Garden Inn Cupertino, located at 10741 North Wolfe Road in Cupertino,...

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May 05
TextSoap for Mac OS X scubs up to version 6.4

Unmarked Software has updated TextSoap (http://www.unmarked.com/textsoap) -- a Mac OS X utility for cleaning out the extraneous forwarding marks, invisible characters, and formatting that you often find in e-mails and long documents -- to version 6.4. The upgrade -- free to registered users of 6.x -- improves batch file processing support, speeds up the Markdown conversion and addresses additional issues reported by customers. It also includes an improved implementation of the cleaner that converts the Markdown format to HTML.

TextSoap is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher.

Pricing for new customers normally starts at US$39.95. Upgrades for users of TextSoap 4 and 5 start at $19.95.

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May 05
Publicspace.net wants you to take your Vitamin-R 1.06

publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.06 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version sports improvements centering around usability, presentation and workflow.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to...

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May 05
Dropbox unveils iPad/iPhone-compatible Dropbox Anywhere

Dropbox, a provider of Internet file synchronization, sharing and security services, has released Dropbox Anywhere, a set of mobile apps and APIs (application programming interfaces). Users can now have access to their files from virtually any device or mobile app.

With this release, Dropbox is now available for the iPad, Android and BlackBerry, and joins the existing Dropbox iPhone app in providing native support for accessing, viewing and sharing documents and files stored in Dropbox directly from these devices. The company is also announcing the Dropbox mobile API, which will enable developers to create apps that access the contents of users' Dropbox accounts, while keeping them in sync across devices. The new Dropbox apps, as well as the first Dropbox-enabled partner apps, are available now at http://dropbox.com/anywhere .

Providing support for all major mobile platforms, Dropbox...

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May 05
75% of iPhone, iPod touch users download entertainment content

According to the latest update to the ''Entertainment Trends in America'' consumer tracking surveys conducted by The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), market research company, 16% of Americans age 13 or older are using devices other than their home computers to download software applications, music, video, and other entertainment content from the web.

Based on NPD’s entertainment market research, 75% of iPhone and iPod touch users are connecting to the web to download entertainment content and apps, compared to 19 % of game console users and 17% of Blu-ray Disc (BD) set-top product users.

"It’s not surprising that Apple users are ahead of others when it comes to downloading Web-based content, given the breadth of the company’s app catalog and the head start iTunes had selling music for the iPod,'' says Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. ''Like other groups of early adopters, consumers...

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May 05
HDD industry to deliver more than 300,000 petabytes of storage...

Despite trying economic times, and an unprecedented decline in hard disk drive (HDD) terabyte shipments for enterprise applications in 2009, HDD vendors forged ahead by introducing new HDD products/form factors that address both current and future enterprise storage market requirements.

According to new research from the IDC research group (http://www.idc.com), HDD shipments for enterprise applications will increase from 40.5 million units in 2009 to 52.6 million units in 2014. Moreover, the HDD industry will ship more Petabytes for enterprise applications in the next two years than it did in the preceding 20 years.

Several ongoing trends will continue to impact enterprise HDD market revenue over the forecast period, including a continued shift away from higher cost performance-optimized HDDs to lower cost capacity-optimized solutions and solid state drives (SSDs) to complement HDDs in storage systems. HDD...

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May 04
Seagate introduces GoFlex storage options

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced the next evolution of the company’s FreeAgent external hard drives -- its GoFlex storage solutions. The family includes plug-and-play portable and desktop drives with an array of interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that allow each drive to adapt to the interface or device being used.

GoFlex hard disk drives are also specially designed to provide interoperability between operating systems in order to work with both Mac OS X and Windows systems, according to Dave Mosley, executive vices president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management, Seagate. For the first time, Seagate will include an NTFS driver for Mac OS X on all GoFlex portable and desktop offerings, enabling storage and access of files from both Mac and Windows computers.

The NTFS driver is simply installed once on your Mac computer, and allows access and storage of files on a...

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May 04
Compartments is new home inventory app for Mac OS X

LittleFin Software has introduced Compartments 1.0 (http://www.littlefin.com/compartments.html) for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), an US$19.95 home inventory application. It allows household items to be entered, searched and sorted by location, type, value or any custom tag. Drag and drop photos and other info can be added to each item listing.

The first step in using Compartments is to set up Locations, which are the places in which the user's items are stored. A Location can be a room, a house, a piece of furniture, a briefcase, or a safety deposit box -- any place that contains things to be cataloged. Next, the user creates an Item for each one of their possessions.

The Add Item dialogue box permits one or more of the following entries: item photo, item name and type, location, date acquired, estimated value, make and model, serial number, notes, and tags....

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May 04
Grace Digital releases Solo Wi-Fi Internet tuner

Grace Digital (http://www.GraceDigitalAudio.com) has announced the US$124.99 Solo Wi-Fi Internet radio tuner. The newest addition to Grace’s audio family provides over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts, and on-demand programs.

The Solo connects to any home stereo system or powered speaker set and provides access to the world of Internet radio. It's equipped with stereo RCA jacks, Solo is compatible with most of your existing audio devices. Setup is via a built-in Wi-Fi 802.11g card that connects directly to any 802.11b/g/n wireless router.

Solo’s convenient front display controls and a full function remote allow you to search, skip, and power the Solo from any location in the room. The iPhone or iPod touch users can also download Grace Digital’s free iPhone remote control app. This innovative application allows you to control one or all of your Grace Digital radios from your Apple...

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May 04
Marware ships SportGrip Pro for the iPad

Marware has released the SportGrip Pro for the iPad. It's a dual-layered silicone skin that not only provides soft protection for the iPad, but also a grip solution. The inner layer of silicone provides thin rear and side protection, while the outer layer of silicone offers sdditional protection for the back and corners of the iPad, and a hand pocket.

Slide your hand between both layers of silicone, and you can keep a firm grip on your iPad while using the touchscreen. With its dual layered design, the SportGrip Pro helps you minimize the chance of dropping your iPad, according to the folks at Marware.

The SportGrip Pro is available in black, white, blue and pink. It retails for US$39.99 .

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May 04
Karelia Software introduces video training for Sandvox

Karelia Software has announced the immediate availability of a screencast video training course for its Sandvox web site builder (http://www.karelia.com/sandvox/training/). The video training course runs for 2.5 hours total, divided into 19chapters.

The training is divided into five sections: The Basics, covering general document management; Page Components, describing the many types of pages, pagelets, and collections; Moving Along, delving into topics such as blogging, making use of the inspector, and customizing designs with banners and logos; Getting Published, showing how to upload a site to any web host, with specific tutorials on three of Karelia's hosting partners; and Advanced Features, walking the viewer through tasks such as injecting custom HTML code onto the page and performing Search Engine Optimization with Google's tools.

The course is available in...

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