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Jun 02
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 4.9.3 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9.3 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail ( for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The new version adds clearing of the latest variants of the Mac Defender (Mac Protector, Mac Security, Mac Guard) trojan. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status at startup" procedure, as well as updated Automator actions. Cocktail 4.9.3 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Jun 02
Pixel Research Labs rings up Ringer 1.3
Pixel Research Labs has released Ringer 1.3 (, an update to their $0.99 iPhone ringtone creation tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's also now available at the Mac App Store. Ringer allows users to choose any non-protected file from their iTunes library or any media file on their system that can be opened by QuickTime and turn it into a unique ringtone. Version 1.3 includes 30 pre-made ringtones and a new ringtone navigator to jump directly to anywhere in your song. Ringer 1.3 also preserves relevant song metadata, including cover art. And a new recent songs menu lets you quickly make a ringtone from a recently played song With Ringer's built-in waveform editor, precisely select the exact start and end points of a ringtone. Preview it exactly as it will sound on the iPhone. Press the create button, and Ringer will make the ringtone and automatically import it into iTunes where it will be ready to sync to the iPhone.
Jun 02
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.5 for Adobe Illustrator
Avenza Systems -- producers of the PDF Maps app for iOS and geospatial plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop -- has released MAPublisher 8.5 for Adobe Illustrator. This release is now fully compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS5.1, part of the new Creative Suite 5.5 family. Avenza President Ted Florence says that major features and new functionality are already being planned and developed for the next release of MAPublisher. It's map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. Developed as a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, MAPublisher leverages the graphics capabilities of this graphics design software for working with GIS data and producing high-quality maps. MAPublisher 8.5 for Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher customers with an active maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance users at US$599. New licenses are $1,399. Academic, floating and volume pricing...
Jun 02
Avast releases new Mac antivirus beta
Avast Software has released a beta version of its avast! free antivirus for Mac. The new app is available for downloading and testing at the avast! user forum ( “It’s time for Mac users to start thinking about an antivirus app and this beta shows what they will need for their protection,” says Ondrej Vlcek, chief technical officer of Avast. “The Mac has long had a ‘cloak of invulnerability’ because its small market share made it a fringe target for malware. As Mac sales surge it is becoming a natural target for malware such as the Pinhead and Boonana Trojans or the MacDefender fake antivirus.” Avast! Mac beta comes with three separate shields -- Web, Mail, and File system --and an on-demand scanner. The Web Shield is a completely new build, monitoring and filtering all HTTP traffic from the Internet before sending it on to the browser. Vlcek says the new Mac antivirus will be a free product that will eventually replace the current avast...
Jun 01
Apple, others sued; lawsuit involves 27-inch iMac and more
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Intel and HP been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit that takes issue with, among other things, the iMac and its use of Intel processors, reports "AppleInsider" ( The lawsuit was filed this week by X2Y Attenuators. The company claims Apple's 27-inch iMac, utilizing a 3.2Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, is in violation of five patents it has registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as is HP's TouchSmart 610 Series PC. X2Y Attenuators ( describes itself as an "Intellectual Property Company that develops advanced passive component solutions for the electronics industry. Founded in June 1996, the company is headquartered in Nevada and has its main office in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jun 01
Eric Schmidt: want security? get a Mac
Asked for his advice on Internet security at the D9 conference in California, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said: “You could use a Mac instead of a PC.” A former member of the Apple board of directors, he also told the D9 conference in California that computer users would be safer using Google Chrome as their web browser and should activate two-factor identification on Gmail, reports "The Telegraph" ( Schmidt also included Apple as one of his ‘Gang of Four’ major technology platforms. He said that Google dominates information, Facebook in identity and social networking, Amazon in shopping and Apple in making “beautiful products." Schmidt joined Apple's board of directors in 2006, but stepped down in 2009 as Google began entering more of Apple's core businesses with Android and the Chrome OS. It was felt that his effectiveness as an Apple Board member would be diminished, since Schmidt would have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to...
Jun 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X down slightly; Safari, iOS up
According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (, the Mac OS X market share dipped slightly last month, while Safari and the iOS' market share rose a bit. According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.32% of the global market share in May compared to 5.40% in April (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). 5.40% was the highest percentage ever for Mac OS X. Windows remains dominant with 88.69% as of May. That's down from 88.91% in April. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 7.28% in May compared to 7.15% in May, while Internet Explorer had 54.27% Firefox had 21.71% and Chrome had 12.52%. That compares to, respectively, April percentages of 55.92%, 21.80% and 11.57%, respectively, for the browsers. The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.38% of the global market share in May compared to 2.24% in April. NetMarketShares' monthly surveys don't measure market share in terms of...
Jun 01
Guy Kawasaki to keynote MacTech Conference 2011
MacTech Magazine, the journal of Macintosh technology, says industry legend Guy Kawasaki, the original Mac evangelist, will give the keynote speech at MacTech Conference 2011 (, which will be held Nov. 2-4, 2011 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, California. MacTech Conference is targeted to IT Pros, Enterprise, and Apple developers. The event is specifically designed to not only have the highest quality content from experts across the industry, but enhance the "people experience" as an immersive event filled with constant opportunity to network with peers and meet new people. Kawasaki ( is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions," and the former chief evangelist of Apple. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. "We're thrilled to have Guy as our keynote speaker. Time and...
Jun 01
Analyst thinks iCloud will tie in with new version of iOS
RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky told clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( that he expects Apple's upcoming iCloud service as more than just a digital "locker" service that will store users' file. He thinks the "cloud" based service will let the company target iPhones at 5.1 billion handset users worldwide, compared to 1.3 billion computer users. Abramsky envisions a new version of iOS (version 5, perhaps, which Apple will discuss at next week's Worldwide Developer Conference) where users no longer need to tether to a machine to upgrade their software, making the addressable market much larger. The analyst also said that iCloud could allow Apple to exploit three competitive advantages: licensing and digital rights management, consumer friendliness, and an installed base of more than 200 million iOS devices, plus iTunes users. "Apple's licensing relationships and 'controlled' platform may appeal to studios/publishers seeking to...
Jun 01
iPad 3 unlikely to sport AMOLED panel display
Rumors that Apple hopes to use AMOLED panels for the iPad 3 have been dismissed by industry sources as the capacity of AMOLED panels is still too low, according to "DigiTimes" ( This means it would be unlikely for firms to meet the large demand from Apple. South-Korea based Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) announced its 5.5G facility will begin operations for AMOLED panels two months ahead of schedule, "Digitimes" reports, quoting unnamed industry sources. Taiwan-based panel makers pointed out that Samsung tablets have not all adopted AMOLED panels. Only its Galaxy S II smartphones feature AMOLED panels, so it's unlikely that the iPad 3 will adopt AMOLED panels. It's more likely for Apple to adopt AMOLED panels in products after the iPad 3, says "DigiTimes." AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions. OLED describes a specific type of thin film display technology in which organic compounds...
Jun 01
Apple's 'pay per install' ban brings no joy to...
Tapjoy ( -- a company that specializes in "monetization and distribution services for social and mobile gaming applications, MMOs, virtual worlds, social platforms and other publishers selling virtual goods or premium digital assets" -- says Apple’s ban of a popular kind of promotion on the iPhone is hurting mobile game developers, reports "GameBeats" ( Tapjoy and Apple held talks on the ban in the past few weeks, but Apple’s hard-and-fast ban on “pay per install” incentive promotions remains in place, the article adds. Apple was concerned that game developers were paying Tapjoy to rocket their games to the top 25 ranks of the App Store, unfairly gaming the system and hurting the quality of the game rankings, says "GameBeats." However, Tapjoy said such incentivized promotions are common and that their use has enabled game developers to create a predictable and stable business on a platform that has a lot of competition. CEO Mihir Shah...
Jun 01
Apple's 'pay per install' ban brings no joy to...
Tapjoy ( -- a company that specializes in "monetization and distribution services for social and mobile gaming applications, MMOs, virtual worlds, social platforms and other publishers selling virtual goods or premium digital assets" -- says Apple’s ban of a popular kind of promotion on the iPhone is hurting mobile game developers, reports "GameBeats" ( Tapjoy and Apple held talks on the ban in the past few weeks, but Apple’s hard-and-fast ban on “pay per install” incentive promotions remains in place, the article adds. Apple was concerned that game developers were paying Tapjoy to rocket their games to the top 25 ranks of the App Store, unfairly gaming the system and hurting the quality of the game rankings, says "GameBeats." However, Tapjoy said such incentivized promotions are common and that their use has enabled game developers to create a predictable and stable business on a platform that has a lot of competition. CEO Mihir Shah...
Jun 01
Analysts says tablet build plans are down by10% since March
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- that aggregate tablet build plans have declined by roughly 10% since early March. He thinks this means that "non-Apple tablet hopefuls have adjusted to the weak showing so far." Describing the trend as an "early dose of reality," the analyst noted that the market has yet to see a high-volume tablet competitor to the iPad. Moskowitz cites Asustek’s Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola’s XOOM, RIM’s PlayBook, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab as examples of tablets that have failed to gain traction and whose makers have consequently reduced build plans.
Jun 01
Mac Defender malware returns in another variant
Less than a day after Apple tackled the malware threats in OS X with an updated implementation of its malware detection technologies, the MacDefender malware developers have issued another variant that bypasses Apple's definitions to root out and remove the malware, reports "CNET" ( "ZDNet" ( says the new variant comes as a download called "Mdinstall.pkg" and will run without being detected by Apple's new security implementations. It also shows that the malware developers are very actively trying to circumvent Apple's efforts; the file's time stamp shows that it was issued less than 8 hours after the security update for OS X was released. Despite this new variant, Apple's security update will still detect and remove older variants of the malware.
Jun 01
Apple to open second Charlotte, North Carolina retail store
Apple will open a second store in Charlotte, North Carolina, inside the Northlake Mall on the city’s north side, reports "ifoAppleStore" ( According to a job listing and just-issued building permits, the future store will occupy space on the second level of the mall, about 16 miles north of the existing SouthPark location, the article adds. When the second Charlotte store opens, it will be the fifth Apple retail store in North Carolina.
Jun 01
Gemini ships FirstMix USB DJ controller
Gemini ( has announced the availability of the FirstMix -- an USB DJ Controller for aspiring DJs. It connects to a laptop or desktop via USB and allows users to DJ with their iTunes or other music library by navigating through folders and tracks with the browse function. Once a file’s been loaded, the touch-sensitive jog wheels let you scratch or can be used to bend the pitch of a track.  FirstMix also has a Sync feature that allows the DJ to combine two separate tracks and beat match the tempos. You can spice up tracks with effects and reverse, as well as adjustable bass and treble. You can record a set and share on Facebook or SoundCloud.  The FirstMix ships with Cross LE DJ software from MixVibes and is also compatible with Traktor, Virtual DJ, Algoriddim’s DJAY and other popular DJ software. Priced at US$99.95, the FirstMix is available at retailers like Pro Sound Stage and Lighting, Musician’s Friend and more.
Jun 01
LogicalVue announces SQLVue 4.1
LogicalVue Software has announced SQLVue 4.1 (, an update to their IDE for SQLite developers. With it you can edit table data using the data editor. SQLVue 4.1 sports an all-new table designer that lets you create and alter tables without using SQL. You can now create Views from SQL statements and export database table structure as SQL commands to include in your apps. You can also create demo databases using the Chinook sample database. This SQL editor will auto-complete SQL commands, table names and column names. SQLite a free, open-source, single-user database engine. It's used by a wide variety of applications and development tools, including Mac OS X (CoreData), iOS, Real Studio, Adobe Flex/Air, Google Gears, Bento and more. SQLVue uses a tab-based design familiar to most developers. Other features include: full code completion (for SQLite syntax and your table and column names); full display of database Pragma values; and a table editor...
Jun 01
Zevrix delivers Deliver 2.3.4 for Mac OS X
Zevrix Solutions ( has delivered Deliver 2.3.4, an update to its automatic solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The new version lets admin users view destination passwords in clear text. Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with automatic e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe, AFP, SMB and local servers, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix for US$19.95; it's free with the purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Jun 01
ConceptDraw Project can now import/export MindManager files
CS Odessa says ConceptDraw Project 6 ( has gained the capability to import and export Mindjet MindManager files. Now MindManager users will have access to the Project management capabilities of ConceptDraw Project. ConceptDraw Project can import and export MindManager files that have been built with either the Mac or PC- based product. MindManager users can now gain access to not only ConceptDraw Project, but also the full capabilities of ConceptDraw Office. Users’ capabilities are now extended with their ability to manage larger Projects using ConceptDraw Project. ConceptDraw Project, using CS Odessa’s INGYRE2 technology, is a component of ConceptDraw Office. ConceptDraw Pro, an application in ConceptDraw Office, provides the ability to render, from a Project’s data, visually oriented reports. Also, with the latest generation of ConceptDraw products, CS Odessa has also introduced ConceptDraw Solution Park, which contains solutions that extend the...
Jun 01
MacProxy 2.0 adds support for HTTP/web proxy protocols
Tidal Pool Software has announces MacProxy 2.0, an update of the software that provides system-wide network proxy support for the Mac. The upgrade offers support for HTTP/web proxy protocols, including transparent, non-transparent, and connect. There's also SSH tunnel support, multiple user support and more. MacProxy forwards network traffic from applications that don't support proxies and avoids complex setup for applications that do. The app allows you to surf the Internet from behind a firewall, tether your Mac to a smartphone, and navigate the Internet anonymously. A variety of SOCKS and HTTP/web proxy protocols are supported and a proxy checker, to determine the type of proxy server, is included. Built-in SSH tunnel support provides secure Internet access. MacProxy 2.0 is available immediately for download and is priced at US$29.99. A free, fully functional, 30-day demo is available at the product web site ( It requires an Intel-based Mac...
May 31
Lodsys sues seven iOS developers
Another day, another lawsuit. Lodsys ( filed suit against seven developers for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The patent holding firm has been targeting small iOS developers with notices of patent infringement for providing in-app purchase and/or Apple App Store purchase links within their apps. The company said developers had to obtain a license within 21 days or face the prospect of a lawsuit. Lodsys has been criticized by some for targeting app and website publishers instead of Apple itself. On May 22, Apple’s chief lawyer Bruce Sewell announced that Apple’s license to the Lodsys patents gave Apple’s third party developers complete and “undisputable” freedom to use the covered inventions without paying royalties or fearing lawsuits. "“Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license,” Sewell wrote."Thus the technology that is targeted in your notice letters is...
May 31
Apple releases Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard)
Apple has released Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard). You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app. Apple says Security Update 2011-003 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 and is a 2.36MB download.
May 31
Feature films to be a part of Apple's iCloud?
Feature films could be part of Apple's iCloud launch next week, according to "CNET" ( Today Apple announced it would debut iCloud, upcoming cloud services offering, along with Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference. In the past several weeks, Apple executives have stepped up their attempts to convince some of the major Hollywood film studios to issue licenses that would enable Apple to store its customers' movies on the company's servers, two sources close to the negotiations told "CNET." Apple began discussing a cloud service with the studios over a year ago, the article adds. Earlier this year it was reported Apple had acquired the domain name from the Swedish firm Xcerion. Most reports and speculation have iCloud dealing more with music than video. Apple has reportedly signed deals with most, if not all, music publishers. The "Wall Street Journal" ( expects iCloud to be a "scan and match"...
May 31
iWork available for iPhone, iPod touch users
Apple says its iWork productivity apps -- Keynote, Pages and Numbers -- are now available for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad. Created for the Mac and then completely redesigned for iOS and Apple’s Multi-Touch interface, Keynote, Pages and Numbers allow you to create and share presentations, formatted documents and spreadsheets on the go. iWork apps are available on the Apple App Store for US$9.99 each to new users and as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers. “Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” says Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch.” Keynote, Pages and Numbers import and export documents from iWork for...
May 31
eXtra Voice Recorder is new audio recording tool for Mac OS X
X-Wave Soft ( has announced eXtra Voice Recorder, an US$9.99 audio recording tool for Mac OS X. It's designed to facilitate recording, offering a number of advanced, time-saving features. The app supports instant recording to a new or existing file and allows users to supply each recording with a detailed description. Important parts can be tagged and commented on for ease of searching, both during and after recording. All recordings can be continued at any time. eXtra Voice Recorder supports categorization and features a search mechanism. With the help of the "Split" function, every recording can be broken into several fragments. The software works with its own recordings and files created by external applications. The latter can be added to the eXtra Voice Recorder collection by dragging and dropping them onto the program window. eXtra Voice Recorder also supports recording without pauses. In this mode, the program starts recording only when it detects sound...
May 31
Apple to unveil Lion, iOS 5, iCloud at June 6 WWDC keynote...
Apple says CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil: Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system that powers the iPad®, iPhone and iPod touch; and iCloud, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.
May 31
Apple launches MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program
Apple has announced the free MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Project ( for owners of the consumer portable that has seen the rubber bottom begin to separate from the case. Apple says it's determined that, under certain conditions, the rubber surface on some MacBooks may separate from the bottom case of the system. MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 may experience this issue. Apple will replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook, free of charge, that exhibits the issue. Note: If your MacBook doesn'tt exhibit any signs of this issue, no action is required on your part at this time.
May 31
Samsung wants to see the next gen versions of the iPhone, iPad
Samsung Electronics is seeking a court order to force Apple to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations of copying, reports "Bloomberg." (Note to Samsung: don't hold your breath.) Samsung must see the final versions of the iPhone and iPad to “evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists” between Samsung and Apple products likely go on sale about the same time, according to documents filed May 27 by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in San Jose, California, federal court. Samsung is asking Apple to turn over the samples by June 13, reports "Bloomberg." The move comes a month after Apple asked the court to order the South Korean company to disclose unreleased Samsung products, according to the filing. Samsung’s request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies. Last month Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and...
May 31
Apple to open new French retail store on Saturday
Apple will open its newest France retail store this Saturday in the east-central city of Lyon, bringing the total number of the companies retail stores in the country to seven, reports "ifoAppleStore" ( The store be inside the La Part Dieu shopping mall in city center next to the main train station. TThe grand opening is at 9:30 a.m. on June 4th.
May 31
Digital music industry revenues down
Revenue growth in digital music dropped from 91% in 2006 to 6% in 2010, according to a new Parks Associates ( report. "Digital Music Services: Trends and Outlook" evaluates consumers' growing demand for music everywhere solutions and industry's response with new business models including enhanced discovery engines, multidevice access, music-centric social networking tools, and digital locker options like those being launched by Amazon, Apple, and Google. While over 50% of U.S. broadband households prefer the computer as their digital music access point, proliferation of smart mobile and connected CE (consumer electronics) and new cloud-based delivery models are expanding music services into more unique consumer devices and environments. In 2010, 34% of U.S. broadband consumers were using their mobile phone as a music player, up from 9% in 2007. In response, digital music service companies such as 7Digital, Pandora, and Spotify have been proactive in...
May 31
Forrester’s IT Forum: App Internet, not cloud, future of The...
The app Internet will dramatically alter the Web as users know it, force today’s leading technology vendors to adapt to a new business environment, and affect every job function in the business technology (BT) organization, Forrester Research CEO and Chairman of the Board George F. Colony told more than 1,300 business technology professionals attending last week's Forrester’s IT Forum (, Forrester’s largest IT event of the year. Despite industry’s preoccupation with cloud computing, Colony said that a standalone cloud or web solution is not the web architecture of the future. According to Colony, Apple has established leadership in the app Internet space, and web-centric companies such as Google and Facebook are risky bets in the app Internet market due to their overreliance on web-based technologies. Forrester estimates that the app Internet market was $2.2 billion in 2010 with a compound annual growth rate of 85% through 2015. To succeed in this market, other...
May 31
Wiley introduces new instructional books for the iPad/iPad 2
To help users learn about the iPad and get the most from the device, Wiley ( is introducing a series of new instructional books:   "Teach Yourself VISUALLY iPad 2" is designed for an audience of users accustomed to an operating system driven by visual cues and tactile interface. The book covers all the features unique to the iPad as well as syncing the iPad with other devices and services to provide a connected and omnipresent user experience. "iPad 2 PortableGenius" is a compact guide that provides tips, secrets and tricks to help readers maximize the iPad. It provides coverage of key skills, tools and shortcuts.    "iPad 2 Fully Loaded" is a reference that will show iPad 2 users how to download almost anything onto their new iPad 2 -- from old LPs, radio/television shows and movies, to spreadsheets, presentations and computer rescue files. Going beyond just downloads, the book will enable users to modify the iPad 2 to their own specifications and teach them...
May 31
Holderness Media presents Dawjuh Ball for Mac OS X
Holderness Media ( has introduced Dawjuh Ball 1.0 for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$0.99 and is available in the Games section of the Mac App Store. Dawjuh Ball mixes elements of air hockey, dodge ball, and ping pong into one game. The goal is to strategically dodge and hide behind planks to reflect orbs away from you. In Dawjuh Ball, you collect points by avoiding deadly orange and violet orbs. Flashing white orbs reward you with explosives, extra lives, and more. You can hide behind planks to use them as protective shields and to reflect other orbs.
May 31
Nova media releases new 3G surfstick for the Mac
Nova media has unveiled the iCON 461, a new 3G surfstick for Mac OS X made by the Belgium company, Option. The modem sports GPS support. The iCON 461 is neither SIM locked nor netlocked and can be used in most 2G and 3G networks around the globe out of the box. It features a MicroSD card slot compatible to SDHC cards with up to 32GB memory. The retractable USB connector makes for convenient storage and use and is placed off centered to allow access to other USB ports, say jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. The iCON 461 comes with launch2net Premium, a 3G connection manager for Mac OS X. The software features a SMS text message manager, statistics, a GPS control panel and the ability to share a 3G connection with other Macs and devices. Launch2net Premium includes connection settings for most mobile network providers worldwide to avoid a cumbersome manual configuration, says Fuellemann. For cross-platform usage, the iCON 461 comes with a connection manager for Windows...
May 31
Handy Calculator available in the Mac App Store
The Alice Dev Team ( has introduces Handy Calculator 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 an higher). It's an US$1.99 utility that allows users to input and check entire sequences of arithmetic operations, including parentheses, before pressing the "=" key. Handy Calculator is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Designed as a real-world calculator for use with Mac apps, it features an oversized keypad and display window, white numerals on a black background, single click copying and pasting into and from the display, and 80% transparency when inactive. Developer Stanislav Kuptsov says Handy Calculator has been designed for simplicity and style. Its oversize keypad and display, nearly half the height of the screen, makes input using a mouse easy, he adds.
May 31
Updated Paradise Beach 2 comes to the Mac App Store
Nevosoft ( has launched a new update for Paradise Beach 2: Around the World for Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$6.99. Paradise Beach 2 is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category. Here's how the game is described: "Paradise beach 2 is a building simulation game and a worthy continuation of the first part. Unlike other games of this genre, both parts of Paradise Beach offer new and welcome complexity, which involves strategic and divergent thinking. Once again the goal is to create the perfect beach resort for others, making everybody satisfied and happy. This update includes many improvements game enthusiasts are sure to love. "Players will help manage a family businesses on eight different islands. After finishing the story mode - which can easy take up to seven hours - one can enjoy the sandbox mode, or try to replay levels for a better rating and obtain all of the awards. Each of the eight islands varies in landscape, each with...
May 31
Code Pilot with Xcode 4 support has landed
Macoscope has released the new version of its Xcode plugin, Code Pilot. Now the app is fully integrated with Xcode 4 and sports a new user interface. Code Pilot is an .xcplugin bundle that integrates with Xcode runtime, gaining access to its internals and interacting with the user as a single application. It enhances IDE and allows programmers browse through files and other parts of projects in a rapid manner, according to the folks at Macoscope. After a year of development, there are version 1.2.4 for Xcode 3 (Xcode 3 lovers can still buy it) and version 2.0 for Xcode 4. Code Pilot 2.0 is available on the Code Pilot website ( and new users can use it for free for 10 days. Everyone who bought CP 1.x in 2011 before the 2.0 version's release will get the new version free. Holders of 1.x license from before 2011 get the 2.0 upgrade with a 50% discount. For new users Code Pilot 2.0 will be priced the same as the previous version: $29.95.
May 31
Diagrammix for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Deep IT has updated Diagrammix, a Mac OS X diagramming tool for building attractive diagrams with minimal effort, to version 1.2.1. It's a maintenance update. You can use Diagrammix as a fast business tool for illustration purposes. It offers several art elements and different connectors that let users prepare elements in vector drawing editors. Diagrammix has several palettes with elements specially designed for this release. Once elements are connected by a line, they stay connected no matter how much you change them or move them around. That means the logical integrity of your diagram is preserved regardless of how you choose to position the elements. There are several connector styles: thin, thick, solid, dashed, dotted, with different arrows and colors, all with predefined styles. Work can be saved in a number of formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF or copied to text processors via a clipboard. Diagrammix costs US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; a demo is available...
May 31
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.4
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (, an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.6. It's a maintenance update. Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later date. The items you delete will be moved to the...
May 31
BatchOutput Server now compatible with InDesign CS 5.5
Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (, an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.7.5. The new version makes BatchOutput Server compatible with the recently released Adobe InDesign CS 5.5. Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well. BatchOutput 4.7.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.2.8 is available for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.
May 30
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day
MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.
May 30
Take Control books release Mac Fitness trilogy
TidBITS Publishing has announced that author Joe Kissell has completed his Mac Fitness book trilogy with the release of "Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac," which joins the new second edition of "Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac" and the recently revised "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac."' The 196-page "Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac" is a compendium of detailed explanations, specific directions, and tips for testing and tuning a Mac. In it, Kissell explains how each component of a Mac contributes to its performance, and shows where bottlenecks can appear that can cause a previously swift machine to bog down with the dreaded spinning pizza of death cursor. The ebook version is available for US$15 at . Kissell also addresses the needs of those whose Macs have problems beyond sluggish performance. Within the 110 pages of his newly revised second edition of "Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac," the author provides...
May 30
Graphic Node releases 10 new iWeb themes
Graphic Node ( has updated its selection of products for iWeb, Apple's web site creation app, with 10 additional themes. The new themes range from the "warm and cozy" Family Album to the bright Fantasy World to the "modern and bold" Calendar Days. The set also includes a number of business-oriented themes with more understated styling, such as Plain View and Transparent. Each theme features customization capabilities. Users can view samples of the themes and purchase iWeb Themes on the Graphic Node website. After the product is downloaded and installed on a computer, the new themes will automatically appear in Themes Chooser. The themes require Apple iWeb 2.0 or later. The iWeb Themes Bundle costs US$49; each theme is $12.99 if purchased separately.
May 30
Aquafadas releases Comic Composer for Mac OS X
Aquafadas ( has presented Comic Composer, a software application built for the creation of interactive digital comic books, at Book Expo America. It's designed to complement Aquafadas’ suite of digital publishing tools. Comic Composer makes it easy to get your comic books to the next level and publish them to iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook or your blog, according to the folks at Aquafadas. The company already offers plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QXP to create rich-design interactive apps based on print books, magazines and brochures. Comic Composer allows you to easily transform your comics into animated comics by adding transition effects, zoom and camera movements. It adds guided reading to comic book. Creating a digital version of your comic is the first step towards its publication on tablets and smartphones. The second step is to create the iPad or iPhone application with AVE AppFactory, Aquafadas’ application generator. You can create a Comic Book...
May 30
Land-a Panda lands at the Mac App Store
Big Pixel Studios has released a Mac version of their iOS game, Land-a-Panda ( It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$1.99. Here's how the game is described: "The world's panda population is in decline, and Land-a Panda's mission is to resolve this crisis. Players control a young lovestruck male panda called Yang Guang, whose goal is to meet his dream partner, a female panda called Tian Tian, in this highly innovative puzzle game. Players must use a variety of unique cannons, pickups, and obstacles to blast Yang Guang within reach of the beautiful Tian Tian, although it's important to collect some golden coins along the way or she may not be impressed!

" "This clever new title has been fully optimized for Mac OS X, with both mouse and keyboard controls, full screen support, and beautiful High Definition graphics. Featuring a total of one hundred levels spanning five different worlds, and with more planned for future updates, it will keep even the most...
May 30
DEVONthink, DEVONnote revved to version 2.1
DEVONtechnologies ( says all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and the intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote are now available in version 2.1. Version 2.1 includes over 50 new features, enhancements, and bug fixes -- from the rewritten "Clip to DEVONthink" function, a new support assistant, and savable workspaces to an overhauled Sorter. The Clip to DEVONthink function improves compatibility by no longer injecting the user interface into the web page from which it was called but using a native panel, says Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies' president. This also allows selecting the database and group where the clipping is saved to and auto-completion for tags. A new welcome and support assistant greets new users with an introduction screencast, tips, tutorials, and downloadable extras. The regularly updated tips and tutorials give hands-on advice and explain the most commonly used tasks in DEVONthink and DEVONnote step-by-...
May 30
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X baked to version 1.2.4
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (, an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.2.4. The app's schedules can now be extended by actions like Growl Notifications, Clean AppStore Cookies, Voice Notifications and others available for free from WriteIt! Studios' Extension Galleries. Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies, Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions will be available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. WriteIt! Studios is offering the...
May 30
MacPractice announces ANSI 5010 EClaims preparedness
MacPractice -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals for Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- has assured all MacPractice clients and prospective users of its preparedness for the new ANSI 5010 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) format required on Jan. 1, 2012. MacPractice has been working on behalf of doctors with its medical and dental clearinghouse partners since the end of last year to avoid potential interruption or delay of insurance payments and other EDI transactions such as eligibility verification and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) due to the change in formats from ANSI 4010A1 to ANSI 5010, scheduled to take place in seven months, says President Mark Hollis. Contrary to what heath care providers have been told, MacPractice users need do nothing to prepare for 5010 now, he adds. "There is no additional data that the office is required to collect at this time. MacPractice users do not and...
May 30
Sandvox for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.4
Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.4. The upgrade is now localized in German and Brazilian Portuguese. 

In addition to localization in two new languages, Sandvox 2.0.4 is a maintenance release that includes fixes to reported issues, and is available free of charge to currently registered customers. Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different pagelets. Version 2.0.4 is available for download and purchase from Karelia's web site. Sandvox 2.0.4 is priced at US$77 and available directly from Karelia Software. Registered owners of Sandvox 1.x are eligible to purchase Sandvox 2 for an upgrade price of $47. The Sandvox 2.0.4 update is available free of charge for any registered owner of Sandvox 2.
May 30
Dialectic for Mac updated to version 1.8
JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (, a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.8. The upgrade adds: support for Microsoft Outlook 2011; Google Chat support to Google Voice Dial Method; two-step verification support to Google Voice Dial Method; and more. Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book. In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the clipboard or insert it into your current document. Dialetic is Universal Binary so runs natively on both...

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