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Feb 21
iPad price cuts could hint at upcoming iPad 2
Both T-Mobile and Orange have dropped their iPad pricing, suggesting that the iPad 2 arrive in a matter of weeks, says "Tech Radar" (http://macte.ch/7bcOe). Previously, Orange was offering the iPad WiFi + 3G at £199.99 upfront on a £25 per month contract to existing customers and at £229.99 for new customers on a £27 per month contract. T-Mobile is only offering the discount to existing customers on a 24-month £25 tariff.
Feb 21
Apple planning retail store in Anchorage, Alaska
Apple has confirmed last month’s tip of a future retail store at the Fifth Avenue Mall in Anchorage (Alaska) by posting job listings for the location, according ot "ifoAppleStore" (http://macte.ch/JLCGD). It would be the furthest-north store in the chain, at 61° north latitude, just 320 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the article adds. According to the original tip, the fit-out is underway inside the former Eddie Bauer space on the second level of the downtown mall. Based on construction schedules, the store will open in September.
Feb 21
Blockbuster initiates process to sell the company
Facing rising pressure from digital services such as iTunes and online services such as Netflix, Blockbuster (http://www.blockbuster.com) has initiated a process to sell the company, which it believes represents the best means of maximizing value for Blockbuster’s stakeholders. In conjunction with this process, Blockbuster has entered into an asset purchase agreement with a “stalking horse” bidder, Cobalt Video Holdco, a limited liability company formed by funds managed by Monarch Alternative Capital, Owl Creek Asset Management, Stonehill Capital Management and Värde Partners, each of which is a secured noteholder of the company. In addition, Blockbuster has filed a motion seeking authorization from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to conduct an auction process for the company. Blockbuster expects that its U.S. operations, including a majority of its stores, DVD vending kiosks, by-mail and digital businesses, will continue to serve customers in the...
Feb 21
Apple to use Light Peak soon under a different name?
An announcement from Apple is expected soon about Light Peak, a new high-speed connection technology, a source told "CNET" ((http://macte.ch/qw3Ve) reports, quoting an unnamed source. Whether the new connector tech will be part of an upcoming MacBook Pro update (rumored to happen Feb. 24) or announced in another context "is not clear," the article says. "CNET" thinks Apple will use Light Peak soon, but probably use another name for it. Intel has said in the past that the first products using Light Peak should appear in the first half of 2011. When Intel initially demonstrated Light Peak at its developer conference in 2009 it used a machine running Apple's Mac OS X. Light Peak paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gbs over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a...
Feb 21
Europe favors iOS devices over competition
According to new data from the StatCounter (http://gs.statcounter.com) research group -- as noted by "Reg Hardware" (http://macte.ch/SnjWM) -- Europe as a whole clearly favors iOS devices over competing devices. The iOS market share has run between 50% and 45% between January 2010 and January 2011, which is well ahead of nearest rivals Symbian, BlackBerry and Android, the article adds. While Apple's share is trending downward, it's a very slow decline. In the UK, Apple and Research in Motion are the two key smartphone players, oscillating about a line at 42%, says "Reg Hardware." Android usage is growing there, as well, but it's still below 15%. "Crucially, the strength that Android is showing in the US, is not yet a factor in the UK and Europe," says "Reg Hardware." "That may change over the coming year, but the Google OS is going to have to gain a lot of support if it's to mount a serious challenge to Apple and BlackBerry here, and against Apple in the wider continent."
Feb 21
Shareholder group demands Apple CEO succession plan
With Apple CEO Steve Jobs on another medical leave, a shareholder group has formally demanded that Apple provide more details about its CEO succession planning. Sponsored by the Central Laborer’s Pension Fund in Jacksonville, Ill., the shareholder resolution calls on Apple’s board to adopt and disclose a written “succession planning policy.” Under such a policy, the board would review its succession plan each year, maintain an emergency succession plan and “identify and develop internal candidates," reports "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/2Jcbp). Apple is against the measure, saying it has already abides by many of the proposed policies. The company further argues and that going public with its “confidential objectives and plans” isn’t in shareholders’ best interest.
Feb 21
Store News hits the Mac App Store
Independent software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Store News 1.0 (http://store-news-app.com/), his free application for Mac OS X, now available in the Mac App Store. Store News offers a way of finding out the best deals in the Mac App Store. It shows categories of apps that are totally free and apps that still cost a little bit of money. Users may share what they've found via Twitter. Store News requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can be found in the Productivity category.
Feb 21
Choice group says Apple overcharges Australian iTunes customers
Australian consumer advocate Choice has blasted Apple for overcharging Australian consumers compared to the US in the iTunes Store, "but the blame could lie with the Australian music industry," says "SmartHouse" (http://macte.ch/2xa59). The article says Australian blogger Graham Spencer found that iTunes customers in Australia pay up to 69% more for some songs than in the US. This was followed up by Choice spokesperson Christopher Zinn who has criticized the likes of Apple and Sony for lacking global price parity. Apple uses an exchange rate that's not directly linked to world exchange rate fluctuations, so an Australian currency appreciation hasn't shifted iTunes prices in favour of Australian consumers, says "SmartHouse." (Sony offers a ‘Music Unlimited' music subscription service that costs Australians three dollars more a month than in the US). Apple says the diversity of global prices is due to individual content agreements with each country, rendering exchange rates irrelevant...
Feb 21
Softmatic PhotoStamp now a Mac App Store exclusive
Softmatic has announced PhotoStamp 3.0 (http://www.softmatic.com), which is now a Mac App Store exclusive. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be found in the Photography category. The price for an individual license has been slashed from US$29.95 to $9.99. The app offers batch stamping, batch resizing and automatic thumbnail generation. PhotoStamp features a five-step process to batch-stamp digital photos. It stamps text, copyright signs and notices, images, Exif data, dates and more. PhotoStamp reads virtually any image format, including raw formats, and outputs watermarked images as JPEG, TIFF, PNG and more. The "Assistant"-style concept of PhotoStamp is designed to make it easy to use. Source images are simply dragged over the drop target in the first pane of the main window. These can be individual files or complete folders. In the second step any of the predefined watermark designs can be applied to the images. Text watermarks can contain static text but also dynamic...
Feb 21
Akvis ArtWork 5.0. now sports watercolor effect
Akvis has released ArtWork 5.0, an update of the tool for transforming photos into paintings using various techniques. ArtWork is available in plug-in and standalone versions for Mac and Windows systems. Version 5.0 introduces the watercolor style. Photos can now be converted to an image in the airy, light style of watercolor paintings. Also new to Artwork 5.0 are the post processing tools Smudge and Blur, which are available under the Business and Deluxe licenses. These tools help to improve the results made in the oil and watercolor styles. Additionally, thanks to the new Animated Processsing feature, you can observe the photo-to-painting conversion in real time. Each painting style in ArtWork includes presets. Version 5.0 adds new presets for the oil, comics, and pen & ink styles. The new watercolor style comes with six presets. Akvis ArtWork is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plug-in to a photo editor. ArtWork runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and...
Feb 18
Four more cities announced for MacTech Boot Camp 2011
On the heels of the success of MacTech Conference in November, and a sell-out MacTech Boot Camp in San Francisco in January, MacTech has announced today four more MacTech Boot Camps in 2011.   Each of these one-day events cater to those who support the home user, and small business market. MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel-based seminar specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their clients better. MacTech Boot Camp will be held in the cities of Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. "Last month, MacTech Boot Camp San Francisco 2011 sold out. We know that many consultants and techs in the market focus on serving the home and small business communities. We've designed the MacTech Boot Camp curriculum just for them," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, MacTech Magazine.  "If you're already serving the home and small business Mac users, or want to be, MacTech Boot Camp expert-taught sessions will help you to learn best...
Feb 18
Apple nearing a deal for China Telecom to carry the iPhone?
Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White has told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/DSTMR) -- that Apple s getting closer to closing a deal for the iPhone with China Telecom. He cites material on NetEase’s web site,stating that a branch of China Telecom is accepting pre-orders for the CDMA version of the iPhone 4, and that terms of a deal between the two companies are being worked on. The relationship between Apple and China Telecom is clearly moving in the right direction, and "we believe that a deal will eventually be announced this year," says the analyst. White believes all three Chinese cellular carriers are competing to carry the phone. (China Unicom (CHU) already carries the iPhone.) This “would ultimately open the door for the iPhone to tap into China’s 842 million wireless subscribers,” he tells clients, noting thatChina Telecom, in particular, has 90.5 million subscribers, versus 167 million for China Unicom and 584 million for China Mobile.
Feb 18
'NYT': no iPhone mini coming
Forget the rumored iPhone mini/nano reports that have been floating around the web this week. "The New York Times" (http://macte.ch/TfiKu) says Apple isn't planning on making a smaller iPhone, but is planning to make a less expensive version -- and one that works with voice commands. Quoting "people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential," the article says Apple won't not make a smaller iPhone because: 1) a smaller device would not necessarily be much cheaper to make 2) it would be more difficult to operate, and 3) a phone with a smaller screen would force many developers to rewrite their apps. The "Times" says ass part of its effort to find new customers for the iPhone, Apple plans to make it easier to operate the device through voice commands, removing an obstacle for people who do not like using a virtual keyboard. The company is also purportedly considering changing internal components of the device to bring costs down.
Feb 18
Apple to open Shanghai store this summer
Apple will open its fifth retail store in Shanghai this summer, according to Ron Johnson, senior vice president of retail operations at Apple -- as reported by the "People's Daily Online" (http://macte.ch/Up8Xp). The other four stores include two in Beijing and one in Shanghai and Hong Kong, respectively. Apple now has 323 retail stores worldwide and 87 out of them are outside the U.S. The four stores in China have both the largest flow of customers and the highest revenue in the world, according to the "People's Daily Online."
Feb 18
Antitrust enforcers eyeing Apple's digital subscription...
U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple has set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its iPad and other devices, says the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/cKco3), quoting "people familiar with the matter." The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission's interest in Apple's new subscription service is at a preliminary stage, and might not develop into either a formal investigation or any action against the company, the article adds. However, it comes as Apple has attracted growing antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe. A spokeswoman for the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, told the "WSJ" that the commission was aware of the new subscription service and was "carefully monitoring the situation." The Justice Department and the FTC are both interested in examining whether Apple is running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws by funneling media companies' customers into the payment system for its iTunes store...
Feb 18
MyService offers MacBook 480GB SSD upgrade
MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has announced a new 512GB solid state drive upgrade for the MacBook. These new SSD drives by OWC are the biggest SSD drives available for the Apple laptop. The upgrade service includes the new drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer. Most drive upgrades are completed the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac is cleaned, tested and returned back to you along with your old drive. In addition to the 512GB drives, MyService also offers a line of OWC Mercury Pro SSD drives ranging from 120GB to 480GB in stock. All drives feature a three-year warranty. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 480GB SSD upgrade will not void your Apple warranty.
Feb 18
QuickerTek introduces the Little Black Box USB Batter
QuickerTek has introduced the US$29.99 Little Black Box (http://www.quickertek.com/products/ipad_charge_monitor_usb.php), their new USB battery pack that allows you to use any AA battery to charge or power Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or virtually any USB powered device. The Little Black Box is compact so you can take it on an airplane, camping or road trips. That means you can use Alkaline, Carbon, Ni Metal Hydride or NiZinc rechargeable AA batteries as long as all four AA batteries are the same kind and brand. The internal circuitry compensates for different battery voltages to supply the correct voltage for USB compatibility. QuickerTek says its test studies show that the best batteries to use are the rechargeable NiZinc batteries, they are the highest capacity (mAhr). The Little Black Box has a one-year parts and labor warranty.
Feb 18
Winter Wolves releases dating sims game
Winter Wolves, in collaboration with Christine Love, has released Love & Order (http://www.winterwolves.com/loveandorder.htm), a dating sim game. It costs US$19.99 and runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Dana Larose, a young woman starting her career as a secretary in the Crown Attorney's office. The office is both overworked and understaffed, so you'll have to work out whose projects you help with accordingly. Will you be able to unravel the mystery being covered up, balance the stress of juggling overtime for everyone, and still manage to find love...? "The game features beautiful manga artwork, captivating gameplay and a relaxing soundtrack. In the classic tradition of dating sims, you can pursue four characters, three men and one woman. The game is completely family friendly and easy to pick up and play. Beside working in the office, completing several tasks for the various characters, you'll also be able to...
Feb 18
2011 Loop Business Expo road tour kicks off March 30
The 2011 Loop Business Expo National Road Tour (http://www.loopbusinessexpo.com) kicks off in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, March 30, at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  This event is for all business owners that use Macs, iPhones and iPads for their day-to-day business operations. Free admission will be granted to all guests that use Apple in their business or PC business end-users thinking about switching to Apple.  The Expo will have over 50 manufacturers and developers from all over the world showcasing business solutions for Apple users. There are already have 300 business end-users registered for the Los Angeles Expo and over 500 business owners are expected. The upcoming Los Angeles Expo is expected to be four times bigger than our past events. The event will add the iPad/iPhone Zone. This zone is especially designed for iPad and iPhone developers and accessory makers targeted at business users.  The Loop Business Expo will be promoted by the Local Apple...
Feb 18
Winter Wolves releases dating sims game
Winter Wolves, in collaboration with Christine Love, has released Love & Order (http://www.winterwolves.com/loveandorder.htm), a dating sim game. It costs US$19.99 and runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Dana Larose, a young woman starting her career as a secretary in the Crown Attorney's office. The office is both overworked and understaffed, so you'll have to work out whose projects you help with accordingly. Will you be able to unravel the mystery being covered up, balance the stress of juggling overtime for everyone, and still manage to find love...? "The game features beautiful manga artwork, captivating gameplay and a relaxing soundtrack. In the classic tradition of dating sims, you can pursue four characters, three men and one woman. The game is completely family friendly and easy to pick up and play. Beside working in the office, completing several tasks for the various characters, you'll also be able to...
Feb 18
Swann's new DVR kit compatible with the iPhone
Swann Security (http://www.swann.com) has released a new DVR kit that features remote viewing on a variety of smartphones, expanded hard drive capacity, remote control, a mouse and higher resolution cameras. Debuted at the 2011 International CES, this all-in-one DVR kit includes all of the equipment and software necessary to install a surveillance system. For the first time, Swann offers a DVR that allows users to view live video remotely using a number of 3G-enabled smartphones. Now you can see what’s happening at your home or business live at any hour on your phone. Supported smartphones include the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian, as well as the iPad. This new DVR kit also boasts a e 500GB hard drive capable of recording up to 30 days of non-stop video from four cameras simultaneously (depending on settings, longer with motion detection). It also has controls clickable using a mouse and remote control, and is packaged with Swann’s new PRO-580 color...
Feb 18
SoftRAID releases SoftRAID 4.0.2
SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 4.0.2, an update to its RAID product for Mac OS X. The upgrade includes several additions to the 4.0 feature set. For instance, 4.0.2 has specific support for Advanced Format disks. These are the latest generation of disk drives that have larger sectors (1, 2 or 4 kbytes). By using these larger sector sizes, disk drive manufacturers can increase the number of gigabytes per platter and offer greater error correction. SoftRAID version 4.0.2 is the first software RAID package on Mac OS X that correctly supports these drives, says Tim Standing, president, SoftRAID, LLC. SoftRAID version 4.0.2 also includes better support for SSD drives, adds a feature to create read-only volumes, and improvements to the email notification features in SoftRAID. It includes online help, so that users can be guided on each feature as they use SoftRAID. SoftRAID 4.0.2 also includes performance enhancements for SSD drives and several enhancements in...
Feb 18
iFunia Video Converter Pro available on the Mac App Store
iFunia has updated iFunia Video Converter Pro Converter to version 2.9.1 and is offering it on the Mac App Store for US$34.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. iFunia Video Converter Pro is a tool for Mac users that converts video into numerous video/audio formats for use on personal computers or portable players. Users can preview and edit video clips before converting them, trim or crop the video, and can also add text or images as a watermark on the movie. A demo is available at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com/video-converter-mac.html).
Feb 18
BackJack Online Backup for Mac unveils 4GB free account
Synectics Business Solutions has announced the availability of a 4 GB Free Account to complement its business service. The company says users will benefit from a full-featured version of the BackJack software along with access to the company's support. Additional Macs or storage can be added by subscribing to the full service, where pricing starts at US$8 per month for 20 GB of protection. To get started with a free 4 GB account, go to http://www.backjack.com/freeaccount . You must be running Mac OS X 10.4.10 or higher.
Feb 18
321Soft Studio releases Data Recovery for Mac
321Soft Studio has released 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac (http://www.321soft.com/download.html), which can recover lost data -- including photos, documents, video, music, PDF, and text files -- from all types of media such as hard drives, USB flash drives, iPod, SD Card, memory sticks, mobile devices, or any other type portable storage device. It's compatible with HFS+, FAT16/32, NTFS ISO9660, UDF, and EXT2/3 file system volumes. 321Soft Studio is non-destructive data recovery software and won't write or make changes to the drive it's recovering from. All recovered files must be saved to another storage device or another drive letter in the system. 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac is available in both single user and technician licenses. The software is available at a starting price of US$99.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Feb 18
TinyBooks 7.0.6 for Mac OS X adds Receipt button
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.6. The upgrade adds a Receipt button to the Professional Invoice Printer window. It also made the Generate button the default button on the Reports window, fixed the New and New With Import dialogs so the default fiscal year is shown on dialog opening, added a cloverleaf (Apple/Command key) icon to the Calculate Tax button on the Enter/Modify Item dialog to properly show the keyboard equivalent, modified the Enter/Modify Item dialogs to more prominently highlight the current month, and improved the international handling of Import and Export functions. 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...
Feb 17
Arten Science Limited announces free Twitter update client
Arten Science (http://www.artenscience.com/) has announced TwitQwik for Mac OS X. It offers a way to update your Twitter status and upload photographs from your Mac. TwitQwik doesn't download your tweets, leaving you to read those at your leisure using your existing favorite Twitter client. The app purportedly has no advertisements, no spyware and uses minimal system resources. TwitQwik is free unless you're using it within a company or enterprise in which case a site license is available for US$100. This also provides you with a customized version with your own logo.
Feb 17
MailMate is new Mac OS X email client
Freron Software has introduced MailMate 1.0 (http://freron.com), an email client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. MailMate is designed for and only supports IMAP while still working when offline. It features searching capabilities and smart mailboxes. It also has alternative message viewer layouts and a browser-inspired design. According to the folks at Freron Software, the encouraged workflow in MailMate is to handle each incoming email by either archiving or deleting it. Smart mailboxes can then be used to automatically organize emails based on any message header of any message body part. MailMate includes a set of alternative layouts for the main view. For example, a widescreen layout with the message view to the right of the messages outline and a correspondence layout which allows one to immediately see any messages in any existing email correspondence related to the currently selected message(s). MailMate 1.0 costs US$. A demo is available for download.
Feb 17
Sony not abandoning iTunes
Sony has no plans to withdraw Sony Music songs from Apple's iTunes Store as payback for Apple's decision to block the Sony e-reader app from the Apple App Store, says "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/gKE4B). Earlier this week, it was reported that Sony might pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, according to "Yahoo News" (http://macte.ch/qv7oI). Sony plans to launch a rival online music store to iTunes in Australia called Music Unlimited. The company may also be planning to launch a gaming service that would enable mobile phone users to play first generation Playstation games on their handsets -- a service Sony says is unlikely to be available through iTunes. "Yahoo News" says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim told reporters that Sony’s music streaming is a "new technology" that gave consumers greater freedom to play their music on a variety of devices...
Feb 17
iPhone 4 named Best Mobile Device
The iPhone 4 was named the Best Mobile Device at this week's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, even though Apple wasn't participating. Here's what the judges had to say about the iPhone 4: "Great screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 built on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smart phones." The winners of the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards were announced at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Hosted by British TV and radio star Jonathan Ross, the winners were recognized in a two-part afternoon awards ceremony and evening Congress Party and Awards Celebration.
Feb 17
Steve Jobs to meet with President Obama
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently took a medical leave of absence from his company, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be among the attendees of President Obama's event with business leaders in San Francisco Thursday evening, reports "ABC News" (http://macte.ch/iGfup), quoting an unnamed source "familiar with the event." They'll be among many business leaders in technology and innovation the president will sit down and talk to, as he continues to sell his State of the Union message, the article adds. “The president and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy,” a White House official said. Jobs' reported attendance may be a surprise for some, as a flurry of Internet rumors have put the CEO on death's door. Such sources as the "National Inquirer" and celebrity gossip site, "Radar Online" (http://macte.ch/Xkq7p), yesterday served up articles...
Feb 17
Apple reportedly secures 60% of global touch capacity
In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vWEql), quoting unnamed "sources from upstream component makers." Sources from tablet makers told "DigiTimes" that the component shortage is causing their shipment volumes to be unable to catch up with their orders, especially for second-tier players. Touch panels are currently suffering the most serious shortage due to Apple holding control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, and with US-based RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also competing for related components, second-tier players are already out of the game, the article adds. Sources from iPad distributors told "DigiTimes" that in 2010, Apple's order forecasts to its original equipment manufacturer partners were all high and the biggest problem on the supply...
Feb 17
Apple releases Camera RAW update
Apple has released Camera RAW 3.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1357). It adds RAW image compatibility for new Canon, Olympus and Pentax cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. It also addresses processing problems for some cameras. Camera RAW 3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is a 6.45MB download.
Feb 17
Wondershare launches PDF converter on Mac App Store
AnyBizSoft PDF Converter, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$69.99. AnyBizSoft PDF Converter lets you convert PDF to six formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text on Mac OS X. By converting PDF to the Office formats, users can edit, reuse, present PDF files. Also, converting PDF to EPUB can improve the eBook reading experience on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader, and more. PDF Converter preserves all the elements of original PDF files, such as text, hyperlinks, images, layouts, tables, columns, and graphics. It supports batch-conversion and partial-conversion modes. Batch-conversion allows Mac users to convert maximum 50 PDF files at one time. Partial-Conversion helps users specify page ranges (e.g. page 1-15) or select specific pages (e.g. page 5, 7, 14…). PDF Converter also converts encrypted PDF files. If the PDF file has copying, printing and editing restrictions, Mac users can convert it with this app directly. If the PDF file has an...
Feb 17
Windows Phone 7 Connector app available
The Windows Phone 7 Connector app for Mac computers is ready and lets you transfer data between a WP7 smartphone and a Mac. It's free and is available at the Mac App Store. The app is designed to sync your media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and, when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software.
Feb 17
Trine game available at Macgamestore.com
Frozenbytes's Trine is now available at Macgamestore.com and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. The game is normally priced at US$19.95, but is available for a limited time for $9.95. Here's how Trine is described: "Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil. "The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics - each character's different abilities help the player battle an army of undead and defeat hazardous contraptions. The player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle: The Wizard is able to summon objects to help solve puzzles and create new ways to overcome obstacles, the Thief uses her agility and dead-on accuracy to swiftly surprise the monsters, and the Knight unleashes...
Feb 17
TARMAC now supports creation of App Catalogs
Equinux has updated TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html), a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform, to version 1.5. With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads  over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde. TARMAC now supports the creation of App Catalogs -- a way to provide employees with pre-defined groups of applications through the TARMAC web interface. With the App Catalog, TARMAC 1.5 can host internally developed apps and link those apps to specific workgroups. Using TARMAC, companies can provide employees with an app to access internal sales figures or earnings predictions from internal databases – all without going through the App Store. Using the Admin-interface an administrator can upload, delete or update new apps. Administrators in corporate networks can define user groups and then categorize and restrict access to certain apps based on the user group. Within the App Catalog,...
Feb 17
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.1
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.1. A free update for registered users of version 4.0, it's a maintenance release with some bug fixes. FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up. FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.
 FoldersSynchronizer lets you specify global settings like whether the software should display a preview panel listing all the...
Feb 17
SugoiSoft brings Jisho to the Mac App Store
SugoiSoft has made its debut on the Mac App Store with the release of its flagship Japanese English dictionary, Jisho 4.1. This is purportedly the first Japanese English dictionary available on the Mac App Store not designed for native speakers of Japanese. Jisho supports searching in multiple languages including: Japanese, English, German, Russian, and French. It also has the ability to convert the Japanese phonetic script hiragana, and Katakana to Roman letters making it easier for beginners to pronounce and read Japanese. Lists of words can also be made within the application so users can track forgotten words or any other vocabulary they choose. Jisho 4.1 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$20. A full trial and direct purchase version of Jisho is also available for direct download from the Sugoi Software web site (http://www.sugoisoft.com).
Feb 17
Class on Demand offers Pinnacle Studio training
Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15." Developed in conjunction with Avid, the new course instructs users how to leverage both Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 to create HD movies and video with effects, transitions, and more. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering instruction on its integrated tools and his own tips-and-tricks. The new Class on Demand Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 is priced at $49.99 and is available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery formats from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net/media/pinnacle-training/studio14and15.aspx).
Feb 16
Apple, others looking for international tax amnesty
A group of tech, pharmaceutical and energy giants -- including Apple -- is readying a major lobbying blitz for a tax holiday that would allow them to bring home the estimated $1 trillion they've got parked overseas at a steeply discounted rate, according to "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/kY9Zo). Quoting "sources close to the effort," the article says Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Duke Energy and Pfizer are among the major players looking to bankroll a coordinated, sustained pitch to sell policymakers on the idea. Their goal: win a one-year tax amnesty on their foreign earnings, allowing them to repatriate that money at a tax rate of about 5%, instead of the 35% they face now. The push is timed to coincide with the start of a debate on an overhaul of the corporate tax code, and the companies are hoping to include the holiday in any reform package that moves forward, says "Fortune." However, if the broader reform effort stalls, the companies will probably try to move their plan separately, the...
Feb 16
Quark holding special online event Feb. 23

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Quark is hosting a special online event to make a "significant, product-related announcement." Members of the press are receiving instructions on how to register for the event. No other details have been offered.
Feb 16
MobileMe to get live video streaming, location-based check-in,...
According to an exclusive report (http://macte.ch/YtK8H) by "Cult of Mac," Apple's MobileMe is in for bigger changes than anyone has anticipated. MobileMe is Apple's US$99-per-year, subscription suite of Internet services. 
Rumors have abounded this week that Apple would be soon offer the service for free, perhaps in conjunction with a "streaming only" iPhone that would lack internal storage of any sort. (I'm dubious; see http://www.macnews.com/2011/02/16/cloud-not-entirely-not-ever). Now "Cult of Mac," quoting an unnamed source, says that, among the chances planned for MobileMe, are: ° A live video-streaming service like Ustream; ° A location-based check-in system like Gowalla or Foursquare; ° A geo-tagging system codenamed “Tokens” that tags real-world locations, "like Facebook Places on steroids." -- Dennis Sellers dsellers@applecentral.com
Feb 16
iPads propel Apple past HP to top mobile computer position
Surging iPad shipments propelled Apple to a 17.2% share of worldwide mobile pesonal computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 (Q4’10), placing Apple at the top of the DisplaySearch market share ranking. According to preliminary results from the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report," Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet computers combined, nearly a million more units than HP in Q4’10. While Apple’s iPad is benefiting from a first-mover advantage, particularly in mature markets, its notebook computer shipment growth rate continues to exceed the industry average. “While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate,” says Richard Shim, Senior Analyst at the DisplaySearch (http://www.displaysearch.com) research group. “Apple is...
Feb 16
Apple's notebook shipments should remain strong
Apple is expected to see its notebook shipments remain strong in the first quarter of 2011 since Intel's defective chip incident didn't impact the company, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/7nEbB), quoting unnamed "sources from retail channel vendors." Those sources says that because Apple's products have high ASPs [average selling prices], even if the company is slow in upgrading its products to the latest platform, it won't see a significant impact on its pricing or gross margins. Apple's shipments in January reached the company's expectations, and the company is reportedly planning to increase its orders for the first quarter, says "DigiTimes." According to the IDC research group, Apple shipped approximately 2.86 million laptops in the fourth quarter of 2010. That's up 34.2% year-over-year.
Feb 16
Android market outpacing Apple App Store in growth?
Lookout (http://www.mylookout.com), a company that specializes in smartphone security, has released the findings of its second App Genome Report, based on an analysis of over 500,000 mobile apps across different device platforms and app markets. Results indicate that the Android Market is maturing, with the rapid addition of apps and increased proportion of paid apps. In addition, Lookout analyzed specific alternative app markets and found that while these markets increase users’ access to apps, some also have a higher number of apps that could be repackaged with malware or illegitimate ad code. Results show that the Android Market is growing at a rate nearly three times faster than the Apple App Store. Lookout found that the number of apps available in the Android Market increased approximately 127% since August 2010, while the Apple App Store grew at a rate of 44% during the same period. This coupled with the fact that the Android Market has seen the prevalence of paid apps go...
Feb 16
AT&T head wants universal app store for smartphones
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson says he's frustrated with the way applications are sold to smartphone users and thinks customers should be able to buy an application once and have it work across many different devices, reports "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/imDCY). As an alternative to today's most popular application stores, such as the Apple App Store, Stephenson touted an emerging system that lets carriers like AT&T sells apps directly to users, the article adds. He likes a new standard for web software, HTML 5, which will allow applications to run on different devices, and the Wholesale Applications Community (or WAC), which launched Monday. "You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again," Stephenson said in a keynote speech at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "That's not how our customers expect to experience this environment."
Feb 16
MagicWand connects Magic Trackpad to Apple Wireless keyboard
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced MagicWand, an US$29.99 accessory that connects the Apple Magic Trackpad to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. With MagicWand in place, Mac users can fully utilize Apple’s multi-touch gesture technology with an iMac, MacBook or Mac home theater setup, says Andrew Green, creative director of Twelve South. The MagicWand has a special “H” beam to create a stable, portable input device you can use at a desk or on your lap, he adds. To set up, you snap your keyboard into one end of MagicWand, and your Trackpad into the other. The Trackpad can be positioned on either side of the keyboard, for right or left-hand use. No more balancing a keyboard on one knee and Trackpad on the other while working from the couch, something those who have a Mac home theater setup will really appreciate, says Green. For added control in the office, MagicWand can be used in conjunction with a mouse. Place the Trackpad on one side of your keyboard and a mouse on...
Feb 16
VintageScene comes to the Mac App Store
JixiPix says VintageScene 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), a retro photography application, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$7.99 and is available in the Graphics & Design category. VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more. With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save presets for any custom designed look; add a randomize effect to get a unique look; and create a number of combinations with over 60 built-in presets.
Feb 16
Bubble Breaker is new puzzle game for your Mac
Mayan Software has leased Bubble Breaker (http://www.mayansoftware.com/bubblebreaker/) on the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is found in the Games category. In the game the goal is to burst as many connected bubbles as you can, plan your moves wisely and push yourself to the top of the global leader board. Bubble Breaker comes with three game modes, and includes customizable features. In casual mode, you play along and pass each level by scoring as much as you can. In classic mode, you test your skills on how much can you score with only one board of bubbles. In Zen mode, you're supposed to be calm, take your time and rule the leader board.
 
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