iWeb Themes Park updated with five new Lion templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) is offering five new iWeb themes for iWeb, Apple's entry-level web creation software that's part of the iLife suite. The themes -- Attractive, Bargain, Effects, Forestry and Main Points – work just fine with the recently updated iWeb and OS X Lion.
Use of the themes requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 135 themes is priced at US$29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
2empowerFM Hands-Free Printer ready for Lion
Dracoventions has announced 2empowerFM Hands-Free Printer 2.5 for FileMaker Pro. It's an update of the FileMaker printer plug-in that can individually control every printer setting in the Windows Print and Print Setup, dialog along with similar options in the Mac OS X print dialog.
Version 2.5 adds OS X Lion compatibility and the ability to set the two-sided printing option on FileMaker Pro on the Mac. (The rest of the 2empowerFM plug-in family has also been tested to be Lion compatible.)
2empowerFM Hands-Free Printer 2.5 is a free upgrade for those who purchased the plug-in within the last year. New Hands-Free Printer licenses start at US$89 for a single user; upgrades after a year are half price. Developer (redistribution) licenses are also available. Fully functional, 30-day demo copies can be downloaded at the Draconventions web site (http://macte.ch/9L2us) with no sign-up required.
Better Finder Attributes 5.05 features new EXIF engine
publicspace.net has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility (http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderAttributes/) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.05. The upgrade replaces the previous EXIF date changing engine with a faster and more expandable implementation.
"A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$14.95, though version 5.05 is a free update for registered users of version 5.x.
ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 ready for Lion
Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com) has released ExtremeZ-IP 7.2, which boasts performance, reliability and usability enhancements. It supports OS X Lion and will allow organizations to use and support multiple versions of Mac OS X.
Also, GroupLogic will now bundle its ShadowConnect at no additional cost, allowing Macs to instantly self-restore previous versions of files and folders from the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy service. ExtremeZ-IP’s ShadowConnect option affords Mac users access to the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services Windows.
So Mac users have self-serve access to prior versions of their Windows files, says Group Logic CEO Chris Broderick. With ShadowConnect, Mac users can: restore previous versions of files and folders; restore deleted files; and browse shadow copy files with Cover Flow and Quick Look previews.
A new license for ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 is US$395 for a three-client server and $1,495 for a 10-client server. Upgrade pricing and an enterprise licensing...
Flash'in'App flashes to version 2.7
Eltima Software has released Flash'in'App 2.7, an update of the Cocoa framework that allows loading and fully managing Flash movies right in Mac applications. The upgrade fixes communication with a Flash Player component and fixes some glitches.
Flash'in'App features options that make implementing Flash Player component into any Mac application more convenient. A set of classes will let any application play SWF files, manage their playback, communicate with them via an external application programming interface, FSCommands or Variables, control external resources loading, and more.
Flash'in'App 2.7 costs US$399.95 for a single license and $699.95 for a corporate license and is available for purchase and download from the Flash'in'App website (http://mac.eltima.com/). It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
DEVONAgent Express gets maintenance update
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) released a maintenance update for DEVONagent Express to version 3.0.3 and brings its freeware image viewer and web cam utility PhotoStickies to the Mac App Store.
The new version of Express uses a more compact layout when no preview icons are shown, increases the maximum download to eight megabytes, and fully supports 64-bit, which speeds up processing search results on 64-bit-capable Macs. Some internal plug-ins have been improved, too, and so has the encoding and date handling.
PhotoStickies celebrates its 10th anniversary and is now also available in the Mac App Store. In addition to the necessary changes for compliance to the store the freeware image, slideshow, and web cam viewer is now fully 64-bit compliant, faster, and more robust.
PhotoStickies shows images frameless like “sticky notes," makes simple slideshows from folders of pictures, and displays web cams directly on the desktop. All pictures can be loaded directly from...
Package Central 1.5 lets you export InDesign documents to PDF,...
Zevrix Solutions has announced updated Package Central (http://zevrix.com/PackageCentral.php), a document packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 1.5. The new version lets users export InDesign documents to PDF and IDML during processing.
Originally developed for a publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hotfolders. Package Central offloads packaging to a central system, leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The software offers font auto-activation, e-mail notifications, detailed logs and more.
Package Central can be purchased for US$299.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 or higher, is a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS2-CS5.5.
Trend Micro's Mac portfolio includes support for Lion
The Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure, which combines in-the-cloud reputation technologies and lightweight client architecture, now adds OS X Lion support.
From now until August 19th, Trend Micro Smart Surfing will be on sale for 50% off the normal price for users in the U.S. For details, go to http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/personal/smartsurfing-mac/index.html .
Lodsys tries to get Apple's legal efforts denied in lawsuit
More than a month after Apple filed a motion to intervene as the defendant in a lawsuit from Lodsys that targets 11 application developers, Lodsys has filed a rebuttal seeking to get Apple's efforts denied, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/sFS8w).
In a "heavily redacted document" filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division, Lodsys notes that things have changed since Apple got involved, the article says. That includes who's been targeted by the suit, which was expanded last week to include a number of gaming giants like Atari, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Square Enix, and Take-Two Interactive, all of which Lodsys says violate the patents it holds with their mobile software.
"Apple repeatedly asserts that the defendants are allegedly individuals or 'small entities with limited resources'," the filings says. "But Apple prematurely filed its Motion before Lodsys filed its Amended Complaint against several large companies with substantial financial...
Ultimate Electronics wants $420,104 from Apple
Another day, another lawsuit. The company behind Ultimate Electronics, a bankrupt chain of consumer electronics, has lodged a complaint against Apple, seeking a payment of at least US$420,104 in return for financial transfers, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Ultimate Electronics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. Now Ultimate Acquisition Partners, the group behind the retailer, has filed suit against Apple in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware. Ultimate Acquisition Partners and its chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, Alfred T. Giuliano, believe they are entitled to more than US$420,000 from Apple, notes "AppleInsider."
The suit bases that claim on what are known as "preferential transfers." A preferential transfer -- also referred to as a "preference" -- is a transfer made prior to a bankruptcy filing to a creditor by a debtor to the exclusion or detriment of its other creditors.
Under Section 547 of the Bankruptcy Code, a trustee in bankruptcy...
Owensboro, Kentucky students getting MacBook Airs
Forget iPads. Students in Owensboro (Kentucky) Public Schools will be getting MacBook Airs to help them with their work next school year, reports the "TriState" newspaper (http://macte.ch/Ya2aY).
More than 2,000 students in grades 5-12 will receive the ultra-light laptops. The OPS School Board approved a specific policy of how they will be used and it bans visiting illegal websites or gambling over the internet. Students in the Daviess County School District have been taking home laptops as well, notes "TriState."
Affinity Labs sues Apple (again) for patent violations
Another day, another lawsuit. Affinity Labs (http://afflabstx.com/), a patent holder that last sued Apple in 2009 has targeted the company this time accusing the company of violating two patents related to media playback, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Two years ago Affinity Labs-- which describes itself as an "innovation company" that generates new product and business ideas -- sued Apple, accusing them of violating three patents related to streaming and downloading of content. The lawsuit said the technology Apple uses to transfer voice mails and music streaming is a violation of patent law. This week, the company says Apple has violated two more patents involving a content delivery system and method and a method for managing media.
Affinity Labs seeks damages from the court, as well as applicable attorneys' fees, notes "AppleInsider." The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday.
-- Dennis Sellers
Survey: 35% of consumers want an iPhone 5
Anticipation in the consumer electronics world is soaring for the launch of Apple's iPhone 5, which is rumored to be hitting store shelves this fall. PriceGrabber (http://www.pricegrabber.com) a part of Experian, just released the results of its iPhone 5 survey, revealing that 35% of consumers plan to purchase the latest iPhone upon its release.
Of these respondents, 51% indicated that they will buy the smartphone within the first year of release, 30% will purchase it before the end of 2011, 14% will buy it within the first month, and 7%will buy it within the first week. Conducted from July 1-11, 2011, the survey includes responses from 2,852 U.S. online consumers.
When it comes to the new features shoppers deem most important in their decision to purchase the iPhone 5, practicality seems to reign. When respondents were asked to select new iPhone 5 features most important when considering a purchase, 59% indicated a better battery life, and 55% are looking for cost reduction. Forty-...
Research group: iPad to remain atop tablet market until 2016
Android tablets won't outsell the iPad until 2016, according to the Informa research group -- as reported by "Reg Hardware" (http://macte.ch/XYBbe).
Informa's forecast for tablet sales in 2015 has Apple shipping 90 million tablets, just ahead of combined sales from Motorola, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Toshiba and others of 87 million units. By the following year, Android unit shipments will have surpassed Apple's, but that will still leave Apple the dominant tablet hardware manufacturer, notes Informa.
Apple eyeing solar-powered products?
Apple and Samsung have been evaluating the possible niche market for solar-powered consumer products and considering the inclusion of Taiwan-based solar firms in their respective supply chains, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/22Vhs).
However, these niche markets will need a longer time to develop, the article says, quoting Taiwan-based solar firms. "Samsung's solar-powered netbook adopts a unique sized solar cell, added industry sources, and the number of solar cells used is less than rooftop solar systems, hence it is unlikely for solar-powered consumer products to form a solid market in the short term," says "DigiTimes."
Mobixell enables Flash content delivery on iOS devices
Mobixell Networks, a global provider of rich media mobile data solutions, is offering a clientless solution to enable viewing of Adobe Flash video content on iOS devices.
Mobixell Seamless Access 5, the company’s flagship product, provides a clientless solution enabling mobile operators to deliver Adobe Flash video content to subscribers using an iPhone or iPad. What's more, users will soon also be able to browse websites which make use of Adobe Flash animation technology without downloading apps, says Noam Green, vice president of marketing at Mobixell.
For more information and a demonstration of Mobixell Seamless Access enabling Adobe Flash video content on Apple iOS devices, go to http://www.mobixell.com/flash-on-ios .
Canon announces new Pixma printers
Canon U.S.A. has introduced two new photo printers, the PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One and the PIXMA iP4920 Photo Inkjet Printer models. Both printers feature upgrades to Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print software.
An incentive for those who have registered with the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service or Picasa Web Albums is PIXMA Cloud Link, which provides the ability to print, directly through the PIXMA MG5320 printer without the use of a computer, photos from photo albums stored in those services, says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technology and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Users of PIXMA Cloud Link will also have access to exclusive templates including stationary, envelopes, memos, calendars and many others. In addition, the PIXMA MG5320 printer is 802.11n Wi-Fi certified allowing for a network transfer rate. Wireless networks can be set up with the press of one button when using a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Canon U.S.A...
Unity Technologies releases Unity 3.4
Unity Technologies has announced that Unity 3.4 is available for download today at http://unity3d.com/download .
The new version, through the integration of Allegorithmic's Substance technology, features highly customizable procedural textures that can be adjusted both within the Unity editor and at runtime, says David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. Using substances in Unity, developers can stream high quality textures in just a few kilobytes, significantly reducing download times, he adds.
Those textures can also be modified in real time on Mac or PC systems or baked into traditional textures for mobile platforms. Substances also include smart filters allowing artists to make bitmaps and optimize their texturing pipeline.
Unity, Unity Technologies' entry level product, is free for commercial use by startups, small companies, students and individual developers. To get the free, feature-packed Unity for creating games and interactive visualizations, visit http://unity3d.com/unity...
Former Apple exec joins Entrust
Entrust (http://www.entrust.com), which specializes in securing online identities and information, says former Apple exec, Jon Callas, has been appointed chief technology officer.
Callas brings more than 30 years of experience to his new position at Entrust, where he will be responsible for shaping the direction of new technology and innovation, particularly as the company continues to develop solutions for mobile, as well as logical and physical security. He will report directly to Entrust President and CEO, Bill Conner.
Prior to joining Entrust, Callas co-founded PGP Corp., which specialized in email and data encryption software. Over the course of more than 15 years, He held leadership functions including CTO and CSO. Most recently, he also served as an operating system security expert with Apple. Additionally, he has held leadership positions with corporations including Wave Systems Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and Counterpane Internet Security.
Passware Kit Forensic 11 is Lion ready
Passware (http://www.lostpassword.com/) -- a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies and private investigators -- says its Passware Kit Forensic 11, a new version of its flagship product,– recovers Mac OS X user log-in passwords from computer memory in a matter of minutes.
As Apple's operating system has increased in popularity in recent years, so have security threats for users, says Passware President Dmitry Sumin. The Mac OS vulnerability relates to user log-in passwords that are stored in the system memory even if the computer is locked or put into a sleep mode, he adds.
Passware Kit Forensic 11 captures live Mac computer memory over FireWire and analyzes it, extracting these passwords. The process takes a few minutes, regardless of the password strength and use of a FileVault encryption. The vulnerability is present in all modern versions of Mac OS X,...
Mergemill update compatible with Lion
Cross Culture has released the 4.0.1 update to their completely re-written and re-designed Mergemill Pro. The release has addressed all known issues and works on Mac OS X Lion and Windows 7.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data -- such as databases, web pages, e-mails and more -- and merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from web pages to customized e-mails. The program features data-processing capabilities such as data filters, multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, and multiple search-and-replace actions.
Mergemill Pro supports Unicode and other text encodings, and has project scheduling and auto-run functionality. Users can control output in templates through scripting with tags for content insertion, arithmetic expressions, looping, branching, statistic calculations and for marking text blocks for variable assignment or special output actions.
Mergemill Pro 4.0.1 is available for Macs running OS X 10.4 or higher and PCs running Windows XP or above...
LogMeIn offers service to manage access from mobile devices
LogMeIn -- the developer behind the mobile remote access app, LogMeIn Ignition -- has unveiled a new service that helps organizations enable and manage secure access to corporate computers and data from personal devices entering the workplace.
Starting with the iPad and iPhone, the new service pairs access to applications, files and important data with control of users and their mobile devices. As a result, organizations can implement policies to control what’s being accessed, by whom, and from what device, while providing device owners with mobile access benefits far beyond simple email and calendar functions, says Andrew Burton, LogMeIn vice president of Access & Management.
A preview of the access control service is now available with general availability to follow. The preview is currently restricted to iOS endpoint devices but control over access from other platforms, including desktop computers and Android, is in the works.
Delivered through LogMeIn’s management suite,...
AViiQ portable charging station ships
AViiQ (http://www.AViiQ.com) has released the US$79.99 AViiQ Portable Charging Station, a travel sleeve that charges three USB devices at the same time using only one power outlet.
It sports multiple internal and external pockets to keep device-specific cables neat and organized. Small enough to fit in a purse, laptop bag or backpack, the travel sleeve measures 10 x 5 x 1.5 inches and weighs less than one pound.
KeyCue revved for Lion
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 5.4, an update of the keyboard shortcut "cheat sheet." The new version is Lion compatible.
KeyCue uses the same key symbols that are used throughout Mac OS X, but some of these are obscure and need an explanation, especially for users who are new to the Mac. Switchers will particularly appreciate the new legend, according to the folks at Ergonis. Like the shortcut table itself, the legend is compact and context-sensitive.
KeyCue 5.4 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The upgrade to KeyCue 5.4 is free for anyone who has purchased KeyCue in the last two years. For new users the cost is US$29 for a single user license.
HoudahSpot 3.4 improves Lion compatibility
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 3.4. The upgrade improves Lion compatibility and brings refinements to many aspects of the product.
HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology, so is compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications. The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to the file well to be presented with a window to enter any number of tags. Select tags and double-click to start a search. Hold down the option key while double-clicking to match any of the selected tags.
HoudahSpot works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$30 for a single-user license.
Web Help Desk announces support for Lion
Web Help Desk says its Web Help Desk, an ITSM solution, fully supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
The Web Help Desk was the first service management solution to fully support Mac OS X on both the server and the client side, says Terry Siddall, vice president at Web Help Desk. The software's centralized approach to ITSM simplifies the management of IT services in a heterogenous environment, and provides portability across platforms when needed, he adds.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is supported across all Web Help Desk editions, including the Professional Edition, Lite Edition, and the Free Help Desk Software Edition. For more info go to http://www.webhelpdesk.com/ .
ITC: Mac OS X violates patents held by S3 Graphics
Mac OS X violates patents held by S3 Graphics, while the platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad tablet doesn’t, the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a July 1 ruling made public Tuesday -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/qeuac).
The operating system on the Mac infringes two S3 patents related to graphics chips, Judge James Gildea said. S3 Graphics makes image compression technology. If Gildea’s decision is upheld in a review by the full six-member commission, the ITC can ban U.S. imports of some Macs.
Macs that have Nvidia graphics processing units have an implied license to the patents, the judge said. Gildea found that two other S3 patents were invalid, as were aspects of the two patents found to be infringed, notes "Bloomberg."
The iPhone and iPad are no longer under threat of a ban from the S3 case. The two devices accounted for about 46 percent of Apple’s revenue last fiscal year, according to data compiled by "Bloomberg."
Kobo developing HTML5 reading app for iOS devices
Following recent Apple App Store policy changes imposed by Apple, Kobo (http://www.kobo.com), which specializes in eReading, says development is underway on an HTML5 eReading web app.
Kobo is dedicated to an open-platform experience and believes that consumers "should have the freedom to read on any device, at anytime, anyplace in the world," says CEO Michael Serbinis. With the new HTML5 web app, Kobo remains committed to open solutions and extends eReading capabilities to a platform that can be quickly enhanced and updated with the latest eReading features and functionality, he adds.
Kobo's HTML5 app will not replace the company's existing apps, but extend its read-across-any-device strategy to reach a broader set of users and add additional value for their current customer base. Serbinis says that, over the past weeks, Kobo has worked with Apple to create a solution that would benefit the iOS eReading community within Apple's new App Store guidelines.
Unfortunately, Apple has...
OWC announces 16GB RAM upgrade for new Mac minis
Other World Computing says, through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab, the first 12GB and 16GB Memory (RAM) upgrade kits available for the new mid-2011 Mac mini models announced by Apple last week.
These new OWC MaxRAM Kits, estimated to start shipping in seven days, join two existing and most memory upgrade sizes -- 4GB and 8GB -- available for immediate ordering starting at US$37.99.
For more info on OWC Memory upgrades up to 16GB for the new Mac mini, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_Mac_mini/DDR3_1333 . For info on internal drive upgrades up to 1.0TB, internal OWC Mercury SSD upgrades up to 480GB, and other accessories go to http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/ .
Grandview for Mac OS X offers full-screen interface for writing
Dark Heartfelt Software has released Grandview 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 through 10.7 Lion. It's a hot-key activated, full-screen interface for writing.
By pressing a hotkey from any application on Mac, you can quickly enter a full-screen writing experience. Grandview appears in a flash, displaying words as large as possible as they're typed. The contents are then saved to your clipboard for immediate pasting.
Grandview doesn't have an interface like normal software. It's more of an "insta-face" and doesn't even need to sit in your lower dock, according to the folks at Dark Heartfelt Software.
Grandview 1.0 is available to try for free today at Dark Heartfelt's website (http://www.darkheartfelt.com/grandview). It's also available in the Mac App Store for US$3.99.
Apple shares cross $400 mark
Apple shares crossed the US$400 mark on Tuesday morning for the first time and set an all-time high. The stock was last trading at $401.62, up 0.7% from the previous close.
The shares have gained more than 6% since the company reported strong earnings growth for the June quarter last week. Apple shares are up about 25% since the first of the year, notes "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/22rFU).
Apple adds three suppliers for upcoming iPad 3
Apple has added three new Taiwan-based suppliers for its upcoming iPad 3, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/SizDZ): Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems (Taiwan) and Integrated Memory Logic (iML).
iML is believed to have landed orders of its integrated programmable gamma/Vcom buffer solutions from the iPad 3 supply chain. Other IC solutions that have been, or are likely to be, added to the iPad 3 supply chain include Novatek's LCD driver ICs, Capella's ambient light sensors and Richtek's integrated power management ICs, says "DigiTimes."
Depending on which report you believe, the next generation of the Apple tablet will launch late this year or in the first quarter of 2010.
HTC willing to make a deal with Apple
HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone maker butting heads with Apple in a patent battle, says it’s willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/ZoSmP).
“We have to sit down and figure it out,” Winston Yung, chief financial officer of the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company, told "Bloomberg" by phone. “We’re open to having discussions.”
On July 6 HTC announced an US$300 million deal to buy S3 Graphics, less than a week after that company won an ITC ruling against Apple over two patents. In a July 15 initial determination, the same commission ruled in Apple’s favor on two other patents.
Regarding the latter, the US trade commission said that HTC was guilty of violating two Apple patents when it produced mobile phones based on the Android operating system. Apple had filed a complaint against HTC for infringing ten of their patents.
However, the findings are preliminary and are subject to...
Griffen releases StompBox for iOS devices
Griffin Technology has released the StompBox, a programmable multi-functional foot controller for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that enables virtual guitar effects.
Designed to work with any instrument that takes a 1/4-inch jack such as a guitar, bass guitar, electric violin and keyboard, StompBox was created to work with Frontier Design’s iShred LIVE app. The combination of StompBox and iShred LIVE allows musicians to switch effects with their feet, without taking their hands off the instruments.
StompBox is packaged with the Griffin GuitarConnect cable to enable simultaneous connection to instruments, headphones and an iOS device. Using iShred LIVE, the individual foot switches can be assigned to control different effects within the app, turning your device into an effects rig.
StompBox isn't just for musicians. Its programmable controls also work with Qscript, Griffin’s US$7.99 teleprompter app for the iPad. Using StompBox with Qscript you can control text scrolling and other...
Zero1.tv introduces VooMote One for the iPhone, iPod touch
Zero1.tv, a provider of user interfaces for home entertainment solutions. has introduced the VooMote One. This device, when paired with a free app available at the Apple App Store, converts your iPhone and/or iPod touch into a "smart" universal remote control.
The VooMote One slides onto your iOS device, while still allowing full control of the iPhone or iPod touch. Once the device is connected and the app loaded, it instantly transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a fully functional universal remote for your TVs, DVD players, stereo systems, consumer electronics and more.
With VooMote One you can utilize the “One View” feature, which allows the user to create personalized and multiple device remote control layouts. This lets you, for example, lower the volume on the stereo while pressing play on your favorite DVD in a matter of seconds. By also using the “One Touch” feature you can create an entire chain of commands with a single click. With the press of one button you could turn...
Line 6 unveils MIDI Mobilizer for iPhone, iPad
Line 6 (http://line6.com) has introduced the US$69.99 MIDI Mobilizer II, its latest portable MIDI interface that connects all classic and modern MIDI equipment to an iPhone and iPad.
Descended from the first-generation MIDI Mobilizer, MIDI Mobilizer II is compatible with CoreMIDI. This allows users to connect their MIDI gear to the latest crop of music apps like GarageBand for iPad and other music creation and education apps from developers all over the world, says Chris Grigg, Line 6 mobile products manager.
MIDI Mobilizer II plus MIDI Memo Recorder, a free app available at the Apple App Store, allow users to record, play and back up any MIDI data. MIDI Memo Recorder features a streamlined interface for storage and recall of MIDI recordings, patches and more. Users can back up and transfer MIDI data into replacement keyboards, classic and modern MIDI equipment and a variety of Line 6 guitar amplifiers and multi-effect processors.
MIDI recordings can also be opened in any digital...
Sanho releases HyperThink HDMI cable
Sanho Corp. has released HyperThin, which it says is the world's thinnest, most compact and most flexible HDMI cable. It works with Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac mini and other HDMI capable portable electronics.
The HyperThink fits in small pockets and connects flexibly in tight spaces. It's capable of full HD 1080p and beyond, up to 8K resolution. It supports the latest HDMI 1.4, 3DTV and 7.1 channel digital surround audio specifications. The HyperThin supports more than 15.8Gps HD bandwidth, 240Hz video image refresh rate and 48-bit color .
It's available at hyperthin.com in two different lengths: 0.8 meter (US$19.95) and 2.5 meters ($39.95). The HyperThin comes in two different colors: black and white.
iCurrency Plus now supports precious, industrial metals
Limited Securities has announced the support for precious and industrial metals in iCurrency Plus (http://www.limitedsecurities.com), for Mac OS X and iOS. The app tracks and evaluates currency exchange rates and now extends its supports to these metals.
iCurrency Plus also provides trends, graphs and a currency conversion calculator. The software sends push notifications to your iOS device for critical changes in the currencies or metals of your choice.
It requires iOS 3.0 (for the iPad and iPhone versions) and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher (for the Mac OS X version). iCurrency Plus costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
iMovie '11 the focus of next MacBUS meeting
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm.
This month's meeting will feature a presentation by MacBUS member, Dale Fletcher. He will showcase what's new in iMovie '11. Features such as movie trailers, audio editing, one step effects, the people finder, and sports and news themes will be highlighted.
A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.
MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of each calendar month. To inquire about presenting,...
Drobo supports Lion Time Machine
Drobo is one of the first NAS vendors to support Lion Time Machine.
The DroboFS, B800fs and DroboPro FS users running Mac OS X Lion (OS X 10.7) must update the product's firmware to be compatible with Time Machine on OS X 10.7 Lion. The firmware release is available for download at http://www.drobo.com/support/updates.php .
Comm-Unity Networking Systems announces Lion compatibility
Comm-Unity Networking Systems is kicking off the FileMaker Developers Conference early by offering all FileMaker Pro plug-in orders (even upgrade orders) at 25% off the normal price. The company says that all FileMaker Pro plug-ins have been tested with OS X 10.7 Lion and there are no known issues.
CNS is also offering their FMP Ref and CNS Barcode iOS apps at discounted prices. These discounts will be available now through the end of August. FileMaker DevCon Attendees: drop by the CNS Plug-ins booth for an additional discount. You can browse all CNS Plug-ins and iOS Apps at http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/ .
Apple releases Supplemental Updates for Snow Leopard
Apple has released a "supplemental update" for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1429) is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and resolve issues with:
° Transferring personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion;
° Certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete;
° System audio that stops working when using HDMI or optical audio out.
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Server Supplemental Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1430) is recommended for all servers currently running Snow Leopard Server. This update includes specific fixes for server-side performance issues.
Barnes & Noble to offer more than 175 digital periodicals...
Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, says that in the coming days NOOK for iPad customers will be able to access one of the largest selections of digital periodicals,including more than 175 full-color, interactive magazines and leading newspapers.
NOOK Kids for iPad app users can access more than 550 engaging, interactive children’s picture books through that newly updated app. All NOOK iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers can continue to enjoy their Barnes & Noble digital libraries through the newly updated free reading applications.
NOOK for iPad will soon be updated to offer the interactive magazine experience first available on the award-winning NOOK Color. Optimized for high-resolution displays, iPad users will have access to popular daily, weekly and monthly periodicals, including Esquire, Maxim, Forbes, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, Popular Science, ESPN The Magazine, Elle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Parenting: Early Years, The Washington Post, USA TODAY,...
Apple releases iOS 4.3.5
Apple has released iOS 4.3.5, which fixes “a security vulnerability with certificate validation." To update to the latest operating system, plug your iOS device into iTunes and follow the prompts.
Actually, the 4.3.5 update applies to the iPad and iPad 2, the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4 (GSM model). Version 4.2.10 is for those using a CDMA (Verizon) iPhone 4.
Freeverse discontinues some titles
Freeverse (http://www.freeverse.com) has discontinued some of its gaming titles now that Mac OS X Lion is prowling.
"We here at Freeverse have been focusing on creating fantastic mobile games like Fantastic Fish, Skee-Ball and Flick Fishing," the company says in an online note. "Of course with said focus on mobile games, some of our Mac titles have not gotten the attention that we would have liked to provide them. Rather than leaving our customers with a sub-par experience running certain titles under OS X Lion, and in light of phasing out our GameSmith service later this summer, we've made the hard decision to discontinue some titles."
Those titles are Airburst, Burning Monkey Casino, Burning Monkey Mahjong
Burning Monkey Puzzle Lab, Burning Monkey Solitaire, Enigma
Periscope, Squabble, ToySight, 3D Bridge, 3D Crazy 8s, Euchre Deluxe, Hearts Deluxe, Pitch-Setback, Spades Deluxe, CrossCards and X-Words Deluxe.
Two unauthorized Apple stores shut down in China
Chinese authorities shut two unauthorized Apple stores in Kunming for operating without business licenses, a newspaper run by the southwestern city’s government reported, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/AClYE).
Investigators also examined three other stores that used Apple’s logo without the company’s permission, though they were found to have operating permits, according to the Dushi Shibao newspaper report posted today on the Kunming government’s website. The findings were part of a probe into more than 300 electronics vendors in the city, according to the report, notes "Bloomberg."
Firetask launches free Cloud syncing on Mac OS X, iOS
Gerald Aquila has announced Firetask 1.5, an update to his project-oriented GTD task management application for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Firetask lets you focus on the most important due and next tasks across all projects by combining concepts from GTD with practical elements of classical task management such as due dates and priorities. New app versions of Firetask for Mac, iPad and iPhone/iPod touch launch a new free cloud-syncing service in the form of a public beta, Lion support and more.
Firetask 1.5 costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Firetask for iPad and Firetask for iPhone/iPod touch are available through the Apple App Store for $9.99 and $5.99 respectively. A free 15-day trial version of Firetask for Mac can be downloaded for free from the Firetask website (http://www.firetask.com).
FileWave announces Lion support
FileWave (http://www.filewave.com) has announced support for Lion. System administrators can now easily manage their deployments to Mac OS X 10.7 systems, while maintaining complete post deployment control of all files in any installation.
Lion clients can be managed directly alongside of other OS X clients, Microsoft Windows clients, and iOS devices. FileWave designs industry leading software deployment, management, and inventory tools. The FileWave and Inventory suites allow IT administrators to control their software and hardware in complex, multi-platform environments.
Quicken users should export data before moving to Lion
Before updating to Mac OS X Lion, users of all versions of Quicken for Mac (prior to Quicken Essentials) MUST export their data so that they may import it to new software, whether Essentials, iBank 4, or any other app, according to the folks at Intuit (http://www.quicken.com).
Updating to Lion without extricating one's Quicken data first will mean that it is trapped in an app that won't launch. Quicken is personal finance software.
RemoteSight roars onto Lion
BenSoftware (http://www.bensoftware.com/) has released RemoteSight 1.0.3, an update to their network video and audio streaming software. The new version is Lion ready.
RemoteSight can stream video from a variety of devices, such as the built-in iSight cameras included on most Macs. Designed to operate as part of a video surveillance system, the app integrates with SecuritySpy, multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac to provide video and audio feeds from any computer attached to a network.
RemoteSight can also be used as a standalone application for remotely monitoring anything happening on or around a particular computer, or for adding live images to websites. It effectively turns the computer's camera into a network camera that can be viewed using a web browser such as Safari or FireFox.
RemoteSight 1.0.3 can be downloaded and tested free of charge for 30 days before purchasing. Single user and site licenses are available for approximately US$27 and $270, respectively.