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Dec 28
Compressor 4 Tutorial offers Guide to A/V publishing on the Mac
Infinite Skills has announced a new Apple Compressor 4 Training Course (http://macte.ch/As7Ep) Costing US$49.95, the course can be purchased as a DVD-ROM or instant download Presenting a full walkthrough of Compressor's exporting and effects functionality, this 44-lesson training series looks at the audiovisual workflow tool and its filters and effects. Narrated by Apple Certified Professional Matt Schalk, the extended Compressor training course spans 2.5 hours and includes usable sample files. He looks at customization options such as video filters and geometry adjustments, workflows for lossless and compressed audio, video publishing to H.264 and MPEG standards and more. Each individual lesson features three to 10 minutes of realtime onscreen guidance, with narrated tips and usable sample files provided for viewers to follow the training.
Dec 28
eXtra Voice Recorder 2.0 for OS X released
Wave Soft has released eXtra Voice Recorder 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), an update to their Productivity app that lets users record and organize audio files. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Accessible via the menu bar, eXtra Voice Recorder offers audio recording, hot key control, categorization and search tools for recordings, audio editing, adding comments, recording without pauses, audio markers, continuing previous recordings, email of audio, meta tag notes, export to MP3 or AAC, and Dropbox compatibility. Users can adjust the app to stop recording when they stop talking, eliminating long pauses. What's more, users can add several layers of text and subtext to help identify recordings, as well as content within recordings. Each recording can be given a title and there's a large text field, Description, with enough room for a detailed summary. Titles appear on a scrolling list that can be...
Dec 28
Google releases Mac tools
Google's internal Mac Operations Team is releasing the tools, scripts and utilities it uses to help manage their "large fleet of Macs." To start they've released Google-Macops (http://macte.ch/CRQhg) for managing Macs in a corporate environment, a collection of Python utilities for Mac OS X system administration (http://code.google.com/p/pymacadmin/), as well as a simple facter recipe (http://macte.ch/Nqczn) to create facts from the database. The Google Mac Operations Team says that they'll be releasing other items over time.
Dec 28
Phising scam aimed at Apple customers
A "plausible" phishing scam is making the rounds and is aimed at Apple customers, reports "TG Daily" (http://macte.ch/a3TMX). The email claims to come from the company's customer support, and asks for billing information to be updated. "Failure to update your records will result in account termination," it says. Customers are asked to click on a link that takes them to a sign-in page and then a page asking for credit card information. While the link looks genuine (it's store.apple.com) the related URL isn't an Apple address, notes "TG Daily."
Dec 28
Ivy Bridge processors coming April 8
Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, reports "DigitTmes" (http://www.digitimes.com). The processors will doubtless find their way into new Macs next year. Desktop CPUs to be unveiled include quad-core Core i7-3770K, 3770, 3770S, 3770T, and Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450, with prices ranging from US$184-$332. Additionally, the Core i5-3470T will be available in May priced at $184. "DigiTimes" says notebook CPUs Core i7-3920Qm, 3820QM and 3720QM will be released in April priced at $1,096, $568 and $378, respectively. Other models including Core i5-3520M, 3360M, 3320M and ultrabook CPUs Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U will be unveiled later. Intel will also release notebook chips HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 priced at $48, $48, $43 and $40, respectively in April before launching QS77 ($53) and QM77 ($48) in May, says "DigiTimes."
Dec 28
iPod, iPhone, iPad trades prove successful for GameStop
In the months since GameStop began accepting trades on the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the company has seen strong consumer enthusiasm for the program. Customers are taking advantage of this new option to put money in their pockets or use store credit to pay for video games, consoles and pre-owned gaming tablets and mobile devices by scoring trade credit, says President Tony Bartel. Customers can receive up to US$180 for an iPod touch, up to $300 for an iPhone and up to $400 for an iPad. For complete details on trades, visit http://www.GameStop.com/iTrades .
Dec 28
Deskorder for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.3
Dosware has released Deskorder 1.1.3 for Mac OS X, an update to their video app that lets users record video of their screen, camera, mic, and speakers. It's a maintenance update. Deskorder is designed for recording and sharing video tutorials. The app features full or partial screen recording, user selectable frame rate and compression, saving video as an MOV file, and full support for uploading to video hosting sites such as YouTube, ScreenCast, and Facebook. Depending upon their needs, users can set Deskorder to record the entire Mac screen or just a part of it. An expanding/contracting record window lets users drag any corner to create a custom size and shape. Similarly, video producers can adjust the location of the record window by simply dragging it with the mouse. Clicking the Record button at the center of the window initiates the recording process. Deskorder requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$29.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store...
Dec 28
iFunia releases AVCHD Converter 3.5.0 for Mac OS X
iFunia has released AVCHD Converter version 3.5.0, an update of the AVCHD video converter and AVCHD editing software that enables Mac users to convert interlaced and progressive 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720 AVCHD or AVCHD Lite videos into a variety of video and audio formats on Mac OS X. Version 3.5.0 has reclassified the conversion profiles by device type, as well as added support for the iPhone 4S and Amazon Kindle Fire. Additionally, it's now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian interface languages. Priced at US$32, iFunia AVCHD Converter 3.5.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). To get more info or to obtain a free trial version, go to http://www.ifunia.com/avchd-converter-mac.html .
Dec 28
Noteboom Productions updates Lion video tutorial
Noteboom Productions has announced Tutor for Lion version 1.6, their latest video tutorial. It's available for the Mac on the Mac App store and on the iPad in the iTunes App Store for US$4.99. In Tutor for Lion, the user watches 51 categorized videos to learn how to use the Macintosh and Lion, Apple's latest operating system. The update includes new videos on iCloud, iTunes Match,  adding Guest Accounts, using screen sharing in iChat, Desktop Pictures, and Screen Savers. Version 1.6 is a free update for anyone who has purchased any previous version of Tutor for Lion.
Dec 28
Application Wizard conjures up version 3.2
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net/) has updated Application Wizard -- their application launcher, quitter, and switcher for Mac OS X -- to version 3.2. The update adds the possibility to run AppleScripts, allows users to sort running applications chronologically and exclude applications from the Switch menu, and fixes some minor bugs. Application Wizard lets you open, quit, show and hide applications, open them automatically at startup and force them to open using Rosetta, turn single application mode on and quit background-only applications and the Finder. With the software you can also navigate volumes and frequently used folders to quickly open enclosed items, access favorite files, recent folders, Address Book contacts and your iPhoto or Aperture library, preview images, music, movies and PDF files, copy pictures and display slideshows, view the metadata associated with files and check system memory usage. Application Wizard 3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A single-user...
Dec 28
SWF Converter for Mac revved to version 1.1.1
iOrgsoft Corp. has updated SWF Converter for Mac OS X (http://macte.ch/Rq7pI) to version 1.1.1, which adds support for outputting to most portable devices. SWF Converter offers a way to convert SWF videos to formats across HTML5 browsers, including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, as well as mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung. Version 1.1.1 also offers performance and interface tweaks. Mac SWF Converter 1.1.1 costs US$99.95. It includes free lifetime upgrades and technical support.
Dec 27
iOS, Android OS shatter records on Christmas Day
Historically, more iOS and Android apps are downloaded on Christmas than on any other day of the year.  This is due to a massive influx of smartphones and tablets given as gifts.  With record-breaking mobile growth for both Apple and Google this year, Flurry Analytics (http://www.flurry.com/) -- a cross-platform mobile application analytics provider -- has been anticipating an equally record-breaking Christmas.  In 2011, Apple’s App Store is on pace to exceed 10 billion downloads, which will double the cumulative number of downloads earned across 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Android Market also set records, more than tripling its life-to-date downloads of three billion, reached in May 2011, to now over 10 billion cumulative downloads reached this December, according to Flurry. Putting into perspective the sheer size of new devices activated on Christmas Day, Flurry established a baseline using the average from the first 20 days of December.  Over this period, daily activations had...
Dec 27
Foxconn to double factory size to build more iPhones
Foxconn plans to double its Zhengzhou, China, factory size to build more iPhones, reports "M.I.C. Gadget" (http://macte.ch/Bxvub). In fact, Central China’s Henan province plans to build the world’s largest manufacturing base for smart phones starting next year, the article adds. The base will purportedly be centered on the Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou, provincial capital of Henan. The expansion plan, which will cost 7 billion yuan (US$1.1 billion), will increase its current production lines and expects to bring US$20 billion in sales revenue in 2012, says "M.I.C. Gadget" Foxconn’s factory plant in Zhengzhou was opened last year and has already reached a daily production of 200,000 Apple iPhones with 130,000 workers.
Dec 27
Report: iTV to come in 32-inch, 37-inch models
Apple's supply chain will start preparing materials for the Apple-branded HDTV (the so-called "iTV") in the first quarter of 2012 with the sets rolling out in the second or third quarter of next year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources." Sharp will reportedly product the displays for the TVs, which will be available in 32-inch and 37-inch versions, the article adds. "DigiTimes" also says that the set-top box Apple TV will live in in a "next generation" model, though the article doesn't elaborate. Apple has reportedly turned to Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod and the iTunes Store, to guide development of the company's HDTV effort, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/LOVFk), quoting unnamed "people with knowledge of the project." According to the sources, Apple is working to integrate seamless content search features into the device. "For example, instead of having to separately check to see if a movie or show is available through...
Dec 27
Apple fined for misleading product guarantees
An Italian watchdog group has fined Apple 900,000 euros (approximately US$1.2million) for its handling of customer guarantees, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/iNpdw). The country's Antitrust Authority said Apple had failed to inform shoppers of their legal right to two years' technical support, recognizing instead only a one-year standard warranty. The Antitrust Authority said the firm's action had led people to pay extra for Apple's own support service, which overlapped in part with the free guarantee. According to the "BBC," the authority said the penalties applied to the iPhone maker's three local divisions -- Apple Italia, Apple Sales International and Apple Retail Italia. The Italian watchdog group added that Apple would have to publish an extract from its ruling on its website, and must add details of the two-year guarantee to its Applecare plan within 90 days.
Dec 27
Holiday gifts drive Apple iOS 12x higher
Apple iOS and Android devices were apparently popular gifts worldwide over the holiday weekend, with the number of new devices seen by Localytics over 12 times higher than previous weekends. Global growth in the two competing platforms was virtually tied, but with strong regional differences across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Localytics provides mobile analytic services to top app publishers across over 200 million devices. A key metric tracked by publishers is how many new devices, or customers, use their applications. By calculating the number of new devices across its entire publisher base, Localytics can estimate the growth of iPhones, iPads, Android phones and other devices. Among the top 20 countries for mobile devices, Localytics saw a huge increase in both Apple iOS and Android devices over the Dec. 23-26 weekend compared to previous weekends since Nov. 25. The US and Germany registered the highest growth rates for iOS while South Korea and Sweden had the highest growth...
Dec 27
Apple web page explains iTunes Match and how it works
Apple has published a new web page for iTunes Match (http://www.apple.com/itunes/itunes-match/) designed to answer questions about the service. Among other things the page has a video showing how it works. With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in Apple's iCloud. You can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. According to Apple, here’s how it works: "iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free...
Dec 27
Apple has more web traffic than Wal-Mart in November
Apple attracted more online visitors in the United States during November than Wal-Mart. According to a comScore press release first noted by "Ad Age" (http://macte.ch/yw3k9), Apple’s Web properties saw more than 79 million U.S. unique visitors last month. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart saw nearly 59 million. iTunes, Apple's digital-content store made up about 30% of Apple's more than 79 million in U.S. unique visitors in November. Apple gets almost as many web visitors as the largest newspaper site, that of "The New York Times," notes "Ad Age." Per comScore, Apple was the No. 13 web property ranked by U.S. unique visitors in November. Amazon is the biggest retailer by this measure, at No. 5. Ebay ranks No. 15, and Walmart No. 18.
Dec 27
iOS devices account for most online, non-desktop sales
According to a new study from "RichRelevance" (http://www.richrelevance.com), Apple mobile devices account for the bulk of all online non-desktop sales: just over 92% of the sales originated from an iPad or an iOS-enabled device in December 2011, up from 88% in April. Apple mobile devices also have a larger average order value compared to other mobile platforms (US$123 for Apple vs. $101 for Android in December 2011). They also far outstrip desktop orders ($87) RichRelevance, which specializes in dynamic personalization for retail, recently released its inaugural Holiday Shopping Study to give companies new insight into how these consumers shop and buy. The study analyzes 3.4 billion shopping sessions between April and December to uncover the trends that have shaped holiday 2011 and will define 2012. -- Dennis Sellers
Dec 27
eBook survey predicts 'quality' as the top factor for...
Data Conversion Laboratory, (DCL), a provider of digital publishing services, reports 70% of 411 respondents to a survey drawn from a cross section of the publishing industry cited "quality" as the most important consideration when publishing an eBook. Another important finding is that 63% of the respondents plan to publish a digital book in 2012. "Eighteen months ago, more publishers were concerned about getting their information onto an eBook platform and quality was not the overarching theme it is now," says DCL President and CEO Mark Gross. "The survey demonstrates that the publishing industry realizes consumers will not tolerate typos and bad formatting in an US$15 eBook." In another shift from tradition, 64% of the respondents stated they were interested in publishing non-fiction and technical digital content. This statistic is indicative of an expansion in the use of e-readers from casual reading of novels to a myriad of business and technical applications, Gross adds. "The...
Dec 27
Apple's Santa-Siri ad the most effective of the holiday...
Apple’s Siri ad featuring Santa using the voice technology on his iPhone 4S was 2011′s most effective holiday advertisement according to viewer reaction as measured by Ace Metrix, a TV ad analysis firm -- as reported by "GigaOm" (http://www.gigaom.com). Ace Metrix scores ads based on perceived effectiveness by a selection of randomly selected viewers. Apple’s Santa/Siri ad scored a 652 overall out of a total possible 950 points, which is based on respondent scores on criteria such as relevance, persuasion, watchability, information, etc. Apple’s 652 was 8% higher than the average score for ads in the same tech-oriented category.
Dec 27
'Dark Knight Rises' trailer has over 12.5 million...
The new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" smashed the record for most combined downloads through the iTunes Movie Trailers site (http://www.itunes.com/trailers) and the iTunes Trailers iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The trailer went online at 10:00 Monday morning, Dec.19, and was viewed more than 12.5 million times in its first 24 hours, breaking the previous record by well over two million. The trailer can be viewed in HD at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thedarkknightrises/ . Opening on July 20, 2012, "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The film is directed by Nolan from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.
Dec 27
Super Swap! Puzzle Game comes to the Mac App Store
Selectsoft has introduced Super Swap 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$4.99. Here's how the game is described: "Super Swap! offers new twists on the swapping puzzle game with four fun game modes: focus on strategy in Classic Mode, slide rows to win in Rows Mode, beat the clock in Speed Mode and try to stay alive in Sudden Death. Match up, down and diagonally to swap, make combos, and get power-ups. "Drag up, down and diagonally to swap, make combos, and get power-ups. Match the colors in groups of 3 of a kind or more. The bigger the group, the bigger the bonus! But watch out - when you pop a set, everything above it collapses. Arcade action meets puzzle strategy as you race to keep the stack from reaching the top. Pick your skill level and favorite background for a customized experience. Switch between six unique swap sets, featuring cubes, spheres, cones, gems, candy and diamonds. You can even change swap sets on the fly!"
Dec 27
9MM game comes to the Mac
Gameloft, a global publisher of digital and social games, has released the action game 9mm on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US46.99.   Here's how the game is described: "Now Mac gamers can join in on the fun as they take on the role John 'Loose' Kannon, the leader of a special team of hardened cops that aren't afraid to bend the law to clean up the streets. After killing a local drug lord's brother and stealing millions in cash, the theft makes Kannon's whole team the target of every gangster in the city. Now Kannon has only one option, take down the gang leader that's hunting them before they get taken out first." For more info, go to http://www.gameloft.com .   
Dec 27
RB Package Maker Studio for OS X updated to version 2.5
Bluetelligence has announced RB Package Maker Studio 2.5 for OS X, an update to their app that provides Real Studio developers with a tool set that automates the process of preparing their app for submission to the Mac App Store. With a drag 'n drop interface, RB Package Maker Studio is designed to eliminate the details of packaging and code signing required for acceptance to the Mac App Store. RB Package Maker Studio lets users upload packages that are in full compliance with Apple's stringent specifications, according to the folks at Blueintelligence. RB Package Maker Studio requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$18.95 and is available at the Bluetelligence website (http://www.bluecolin.com/rbpms/index.html).
Dec 23
Air Dictate lets you use the iPhone 4S to dictate to your Mac
Avatron Software has unveiled Air Dictate, an app that enables Mac users to enter text onto their computers by by talking into an iPhone 4S. It's available at a special introductory price of US$0.99. Avatron says it's the first developer to use its own user interface to enable Apple's Siri technology to take dictation. Apple expressly prohibits developers from using private application programming interfaces (APIs). And, there aren't any public APIs enabling Siri to take dictation. Avatron programmers, independent of Apple, have devised codes that empower Siri to automatically convert speech spoken into an iPhone 4S into a Mac's text field, just as if it was typed on the computer's keyboard, says CEO Dave Howell. "While Siri does what you say, until now it lacked the ability to take iPhone's users' speech and automatically convert it into text on Macs," he says. "Air Dictate does exactly this, dramatically simplifying and speeding the inputting of text without a keyboard onto any Mac...
Dec 23
Castle Clout now on the Mac App Store
Selectsoft has released Castle Clout on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and is on sale for US$2.99 for a limited time. Here's how the game is described: "Castle Clout features exciting trebuchet action combined with easy controls, a powerful build-and-share level editor, detailed graphics, and fun sound effects. Listen to the agonized cries of your defeated foes while you smash their castles to smithereens! "Choose between classic click controls and precision directional aiming as you adjust your angle and ammo to maximize the damage you inflict. The exciting physics-based play is similar to popular slingshot games but takes expert timing and strategy to master."
Dec 23
Nuclear Nova releases Fractal 3D on the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software has released Fractal 3D on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. Fractals 3D is Nuclear Nova's second graphics and media app on OS X. It's on sale during the first week for US$1.99. The regular price is $4.99. Featuring double precision 64-bit mathematics, it's a tool for generating and exploring fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and customization, while the 3D view captures images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution.
Dec 23
Ozzy Bubbles floats onto the Mac
Ozzy Bubbles, an arcade game set in the underwater world of the Atlantic Ocean, has come to the Mac Game Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$6.99. Here's how the game is described: "Gamers play as Ozzy - a friendly turtle living under the sea. One day he decides that it is time to go and seek for adventures in the open. Very soon Ozzy discovers that the Ocean is not a friendly place for such a little creature like him. Piranhas, crabs, squids and many other underwater predators would be more than happy to eat Ozzy for lunch. Luckily he has several means to defend himself. "In addition to a classical head-jump the turtle is able to shoot air-bubbles that imprison his enemies for a limited period of time. After the foe is bubbled and becomes unable to move, Ozzy has several seconds to pop the air balloon and eliminate the danger. Some of the monsters leave power-ups that enhance various Ozzy's characteristics and help him fight the monsters more effectively. "...
Dec 23
Contrast is new digital scanning Mac app
Klemen Kloboves has announced a free trial of Contrast, a Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher) app designed to help users scan documents using a digital camera. You can try it on the product website (http://www.contrastapp.com/try.html), right from your web browser. Or you can purchase it for $9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Contrast uses an algorithm to enhance images, ensuring a white background and black text, according to Kloboves. Printing the resulting image requires much less ink and text is easier to read, he adds. Contrast purportedly requires almost no configuration. It can process multiple files in one job.
Dec 23
Shuttle Scuttle is new retro-styled shooter for the Mac
Embraceware Software has introduced Shuttle Scuttle 1.0, a retro-style shooter game for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available for US$1.99 in the Mac App Store. Here's how the game is described: "Neptune station reports of unidentified spacecraft approaching. A hostile force is making its way through the sol system towards earth. Armed shuttles for asteroid destruction are the only defense crafts available. "Seek out and intercept this hostile force before Earth becomes a target. Shuttle Scuttle features 14 tracks of original music with 32 levels with eight epic boss battles."
Dec 23
Quickstart American Sign Language comes to the Mac
Selectsoft has released Quickstart American Sign Language on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, cost US$6.99 and is available in the Education category. Quickstart ASL offers a way to learn signing, covering such topics as greetings, emergency situations and more. In nine video lessons, professional sign language interpreter Renee Moore teaches basic skills needed to communicate with deaf friends, family, customers and co-workers. Quickstart American Sign Language combines video lessons, text and a quiz to teach basic ASL skills. The app uses a videobook format that lets you easily navigate to find and review lessons.
Dec 23
SmartHF releases Wi-Fi heart rate monitor for iPhone, iPad
The SmartHRM Wi-Fi Fitness Heart Rate Monitor is a new heart rate monitor to link directly and wirelessly to the iPhone and iPad. Designed for runners, cyclists and anyone interested in fitness, the monitor makes it easy for users to track their heart rate, distance, pace and other metrics on their iPhone. The monitor requires no adapter, no pairing and features automatic connectivity with the iDevice and automatic upload of a user's workout. The SmartHRM Wi-Fi monitor works with the iPad and iPhone 3, 3G, 4, and 4S, using Wi-Fi connectivity between the monitor and the iPhone. Working with compatible fitness apps, the monitor lets users track heart rate, as well as pace, distance and other variables. Current apps include SportyPal, CardioMapper and SmartHRM Wi-Fi Fitness. The SmartHRM Wi-Fi Fitness Heart Rate Monitor is available for US$129 at SmartHF online (http://www.smarthf.com). Other features include a rechargeable battery (six hours/charge) and one-year warranty.
Dec 23
Artboard for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface
Mapdiva has updated Artboard (http://mapdiva.com/artboard), their vector drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$25.99. Version 1.3 features a redesigned user interface for creating simple styles as you draw, dozens of new built-in styles and editable vector clip art, and a help resources panel featuring an orientation video for new users. With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fashions, web graphics, and more. Use pre-designed templates to create fliers, invitations, signs, and business cards. Artboard includes over 1,600 styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning, plus a library to store your own creations. The software features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-...
Dec 23
Marked for Mac OS X adds RTF copy/export
Brett Terpstra has released Marked 1.3.2 for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher), an update of his viewer for Markdown and MultiMarkdown files. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Version 1.3.2 adds RTF copy/export, word count for selection, readability statistics and tools, enhanced keyboard navigation and more. Marked turns any text editor into a Markdown editor, allowing you to edit when you like, where you like. It can track changes in the file and update the preview automatically on every save. Marked allows for HTML export, printing, save to PDF, copying HTML source directly to the clipboard, document statistics and more.
Dec 23
Atomic Dashboard blasts onto the Mac
The Atomic Dashboard is a new, interactive chemistry resource and learning tool from Bitwixt Software Systems. It requires Mac OS 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Education category. The Atomic Dashboard is designed for educators, students, scientists, and the simply curious, It features an interactive periodic table that lets you explore the chemical elements -- their properties, periodic trends, history, and relevance to society. It sport a 3D Molecule Library and physics-based, 3D models of atomic orbitals, molecules, compounds, gases, and crystals, The Atomic Dashboard is designed to help you explore the relationships between the behavior of atoms and molecules and their 3D structure.
Dec 23
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Numbers '09
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Numbers '09 version 1.0, their latest video tutorial. It's now available at the Mac App Store for $4.99. 
You can watch videos to learn how to use Numbers '09, part of iWork '09 for the Macintosh. The video tutorial consists of 63 categorized video chapters on various subjects including importing and exporting to Microsoft Excel, categorizing rows, creating charts, sharing, adding security, and everything you need to create spreadsheets with Numbers '09.
Dec 23
SweetP serves up Cookie 2.1.7 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.1.7 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), a maintenance update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99. Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies. Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
Dec 23
Waccy Accy for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.1
PFiddlesoft has released Waccy Accy 1.1.1, an update to the second application in the PFiddle Collection. You can download it at pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/ . Waccy Accy is a game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface). To win you must 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. Version 1.1.1 of Waccy Accy is a minor release. It adds support for sudden termination and automatic termination, enables text entry in the name field as soon as the Enter Key Manually window is opened, resolves a problem that prevented Waccy Accy from verifying a registration key when it was launched automatically at system startup, and fixes a crashing bug when viewing a registration key more than once. The PFiddle Collection is a growing collection of Mac apps. Buy the collection once for US$4....
Dec 22
iPhone sales up in Britain, down on the Continent
New data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://www.kantarworldpanel.com) shows that in the latest 12 weeks of sales Apple has increased its share of the British smartphone market from 21.4% a year ago to 30.9%. "In Great Britain, the US and Australia, Apple’s new iPhone continues to fly off the shelf in the run up the Christmas, reversing the share losses seen during much of 2011," says Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director. "However, this trend is far from universal, with sales in Germany and France somewhat underwhelming." In fact, in Germany, Android achieved a dominant 61% share of smartphone sales in the latest 12 weeks, with the Samsung Galaxy S II the top selling handset, according to Kantar. The success of the new iPhone in Britain has meant that O2 --- which has by far the highest proportion of existing iPhone owners -- has benefited the most, taking 36.1% of all iPhone sales in the past 12 weeks. However, this hasn't had a dramatic impact on the number of O2...
Dec 22
German court rebuffs Apple band on the Galaxy 10.1N
A German court has rejected Apple's claims that Samsung Electronics' reworked tablet PC still looks like a copycat version of the iPad, in a preliminary assessment, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/MoxgX). "According to the court's assessment, the defendant has moved away sufficiently from the legally protected design," Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said in court on Thursday. A ruling was slated for Feb. 9. In response to an earlier court ruling in Apple's favour, Samsung had redesigned its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the German market only and named it Galaxy Tab 10.1N, notes "Reuters." However, Apple challenged the reworked version as well, seeking an injunction that would ban Samsung from marketing the product in Europe's largest consumer market.
Dec 22
Recording Academy gives Steve Jobs a Special Merit Grammy
The Recording Academy has awarded the late Steve Jobs a Special Merit Grammy for "outstanding contributions" to music outside of performance. In a statement (http://macte.ch/yEAhY), Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, had this to say: "Visionary, pioneer, innovator, genius -- all of these words and more have been used to describe the dynamic, passionate, and driven Steve Jobs, who always believed, and often proved, that the impossible was possible. He took technology and turned it into art, becoming a key player and leader in the entertainment world, particularly music, and changing the way we all use the Internet and consume music, TV, movies, books, graphics, and more. In 2002, Apple Computer, Inc. was a recipient of the Technical Grammy Award for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field -- which the groundbreaking company continues to achieve to this day. The world has lost an inspiring and creative inventor whose extraordinary...
Dec 22
Poll shows iPad still tops tablet market, but competition is...
Maritz Research (http://www.MaritzResearch.com) has announces the results of its Maritz Holiday Tablet Poll, designed and analyzed using Maritz’ DecisionVue 360 research methodology. The poll projects tablet purchases over the next three months (December 2011 through February 2012) will be approximately 10% higher than the past three months. While a majority of tablet consumers have purchased an iPad in the last three months, there are only 16% of buyers who entered the market with solely an Apple tablet in mind. For the first time, the study identifies four key buyer segments in the overall tablet market: single-minded (21%), tablet-committed (44%), newcomers (13%) and low-end tablet buyers (22%). Single-minded buyers are "individuals who really want to buy an Apple tablet." Tablet-committed buyers are committed to buying a tablet but is undecided on a brand. These buyers are aware of three or more brands while entering the purchase cycle and are willing to consider brands other...
Dec 22
Nektony Disk Expert is new disk space manager for the Mac
Disk Expert is a new disk space analysis and management tool for the Mac that's designed to help you organize your hard drive content and free up disk space. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Disk Expert visually displays the file system usage and allows you to work up the content of the drive and free up disk space. The app enables you to analyze and manage a disk's content usage and volume by moving items from the disk to a special list from which they can be transferred to another drive or even deleted. Users can preview a file using QuickLook and view details regarding the system's information of the file with one click. Disk Expert supports HDD drives, CD and DVD discs, removable USB drives, mounted and even SMB disk images.
Dec 22
Drone Station lands at the Mac App Store
Drone Station, an app for controlling the AR.Drone is now on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$12.99 and is available in the Utilities category. Flyers can now control the Drone with XBox controllers, PlayStation 3 Controllers, several joystick and gamepad brands, keyboard mouse combinations, Wii motion controllers, and even the Wii Balance Board. Video recording, image capture, object tracking, and object stalking are all standard features. In addition, external Wi-Fi dongles may be used for extended range.
Dec 22
Zondervan's NIV Study Bible comes to the iPhone, iPad
Zondervan's NIV Study Bible on the market is now available the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available at the Apple App Store for US$24.99. The NIV Study Bible features hundreds of full-color videos, maps, charts, illustrations, diagrams and 360-degree interactive panoramic HD renderings. You can navigate, search and highlight passages for emphasis, bookmark where you left off, copy and paste notes into texts and emails, and share passages via Facebook and Twitter.  The cornerstone of the app is the 20,000 study notes with color icons designed to make important information easy to spot and access. Several of the scholars responsible for the translation of the bestselling NIV Bible also developed study notes, which are the most comprehensive and widely used study notes available in any NIV Study Bible on the market, according to Chip Brown, Zondervan's senior vice president and publisher for Bibles. To learn more, visit http://nivbibleapps.com/ . 
Dec 22
Solitaire Kingdom available on iOS, OS X devices
Funkitron has announced the immediate availability of Solitaire Kingdom Supreme for the iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC. The iPhone/iPod touch/iPad version is available at the Apple App Store for US$0.99. The Mac version is available at the Mac App Store for the same price. "We are huge Solitaire fans here at Funkitron, but we always thought that the game needed a bit more fun and excitement added to it," says David Walls, president of Funkitron. "So we decided to reinvent Solitaire by creating new features like Kingdom Cards which make the game much more fun to play. For example, Griffin guarantees you a great deal. Hero rescues the card you need from wherever it is trapped. Thief steals aces from wherever they are hidden. These and many more Kingdom Cards really add up to a brand new Solitaire experience that is totally fun and addictive."
Dec 22
Snapz Pro X updated to version 2.3.3
Ambrosia Software has updated their screen capture utility, Snapz Pro X (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/snapzprox/), to version 2.3.3.  The upgrade, which is free to all registered users of Snapz Pro X 2.x, offers improved "Save Later" performance and can save to the clipboard as PICT and TIFF files. Snapz Pro X 2.3.3 is an Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later -- and is compatible with Lion. For new users the cost is US$69.
Dec 22
TinyBooks for Mac OS X revved to version 7.0.7
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.7. The upgrade includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more. TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-Time Associates. TinyBooks Pro 7.0.7 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x. For new users the cost is US$69 for a single user license. TinyBooks (the non-Pro TinyBooks) is still available for those...
Dec 22
Alundus announces Kanga Pouch device cases
Alundus, has announced the Kickstarter launch of its Kanga Pouch device cases for the iPad and iPhone product lines aiming to make them more child and human resistant. The cases are designed to present the removal of the charger and audio cords, screen touches, exiting out of apps, turning the volume up, turning the device off, and are less likely to accidentally damaging the device. More info can be found at http://www.alundus.com .
 

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