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Feb 02
BorisFX releases AAF Transfer 2
BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris AAF Transfer 2.0, an update of the set of two Apple Final Cut Pro plug-ins for transferring sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. One of the plug-ins exports Avid-compatible AAF format files from Final Cut Pro to Avid editing and finishing systems. The other plug-in imports AAF format files from Avid editing and finishing systems to Final Cut Pro. Using Boris AAF Transfer, Avid and Final Cut Pro users can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes. Avid’s AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture gives Avid users direct access to many QuickTime formats, while Final Cut Pro users can access Avid MXF files using Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import for OS X. Boris AAF Transfer supports both online and offline workflows. Boris AAF Transfer is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through...
Feb 02
MarkMyWords for Mac OS X gets new plug-in system
Xelaton Software has released MarkMyWords 1.1.0, an update to the text-editor specially aimed at web authors. Improvements in version 1.1.0 gives writers more control over their articles. MarkMyWords offers ways to format and structure articles for the web while retaining platform-independence by using plain text documents. Version 1.1.0 sports a new plug-in system to enhance the feature set. By using one of the script-languages -- Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby -- plug-ins can be created. The MarkMyWords-Plugin web site offers a collection of plug-ins to download and developer documentation on how to write your own. Also new in version 1.1.0 are refinements and enhancements to existing features. For example, creating Markers, setting Markers and removing Markers are all now possible in just one shortcut. One-Click-Styles have been improved by adding block-markup for lists and Markdown quotes. Another new feature is the use of preselected save-folders. With a single click a folder can...
Feb 02
Apimac Compress Files 5.0 available on the Mac App Store
Apimac's Compress Files 5.0 (http://www.apimac.com/compressfiles/) for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and is available in the Utilities category. Compress Files enables Mac users to create Zip compressed and encrypted files, XAR archive files, 7zip and 7zip crypted archives, TAR archives; Gzip compressed archives; Bzip2 compressed archives and compressed and encrypted disk images. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information and Mac specific file attributes when creating Zip archives. What's more Compress Files let you omit Mac-specific invisible files when creating zip files. Invisible Mac-specific files can be annoying when you transfer Zip files to other systems. Windows and Linux make these files visible, and they could create confusion to recipients that receive your files. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information (such as the .DS_Store files) and Mac specific...
Feb 02
TapeDeck for Mac OS X adds channel selection support
SuperMegaUltraGrovvy and toastycode have updated TapeDeck (http://tapedeckapp.com), an audio recorder designed with a quick-capture workflow in mind, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for channel selection on professional audio hardware, and audio monitoring for recording line input sources. TapeDeck now allows users to listen to their attached audio sources as they're recording. Recordings from TapeDeck will preserve their full fidelity when dragged into GarageBand, Logic Pro, or any Professional audio application that supports ALAC audio, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. The app was designed to emulate a real cassette tape recorder with a few key differences. Every recording is automatically saved and organized in the searchable "tape box." There's no need to "tape over" anything, because a new recording is always just a click away. TapeDeck requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$24.99. Version 14 is a free upgrade for registered users; a demo is...
Feb 02
Fanurio for Mac OS X gets new interface
Atelier Software has released Fanurio 2.4 (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com), an update of the Mac OS X time tracking and billing application designed for freelancers. The upgrade sees a a tweaked interface and a dock icon menu to control the timer. Fanurio 2.4 also has a new user manual. You can now export time to an .iif file that can be imported by QuickBooks Pro. Plus, there are other improvements and bug fixes Fanurio costs US$59; version 2.4 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available at the product web site.
Feb 02
Yummy FTP update adds speed, usability enhancements
Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com) has updated Yummy FTP -- an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client -- to version 1.8.3. The upgrade offers speed and usability enhancements, as well as some bug fixes. Yummy FTP was designed to deliver speedy file transfers, using a multi-connection file transfer engine coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. It has a dual pane user interface. Yummy FTP is US$28 for a single user license. Multi-user discounts are available beginning at 10 seats. Site licenses and other discounts are available upon request. A free 30-day, fully-functional trial is available.
Feb 02
Power Manager 4.0.4 adds new developer tools
DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.4 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes. Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule. For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/ . Registration is approximately US$53 and $398 for Power Manager Professional. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later for Power Manager, and Mac OS X 10.6 for Power Manager Professional. Version 4.0.4 is free for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update.
Feb 02
Zevrix updates BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput XLS 2.0, an upgrade to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with Excel 2011. BatchOutput XLS 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions web site, as well as from authorized resellers. Licensed users of version 1.x can upgrade for $19.97. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.
Feb 01
Galaxy Tab return rate is 16% (compared to the iPad's 2%)
Consumers are buying fewer Samsung Galaxy Tabs than previously believed and are returning them more frequently. ITG Investment Research tracked point-of-sale data from nearly 6,000 wireless stores in the U.S. from the Galaxy Tab’s November debut through Jan. 15 and found the device to have an unusually high return rate, as reported by "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/3fqHd). According to ITG estimates, cumulative return rates for the Galaxy Tab through December 2010 were about 13 %. And that percentage is growing as holiday purchases are returned. ITG estimates that cumulative Galaxy Tab return rates through January 15 were 16%. The return rate for the iPad at Verizon since its debut on the carrier is just 2%, notes "All Things D."
Feb 01
NetMarketShare: Mac, Safari, iOS gain market share
Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com). According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.25% of the global market share in January compared to 5.02% in December (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.70% as of January. That's down from 90.29% in December. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.30% in January compared to 5.89% in December, while Internet Explorer had 56% Firefox had 22.75% and Chrome had 10.70%. That compares to, respectively, December percentages of 57.08%, 22.81% and 9.98%, for the browsers. The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.05% of the global market share in January compared to 1.69% in December. That's an all time high. If you combine the Mac OS X and iOS...
Feb 01
Two new lawsuits involve iOS devices
Another day, another lawsuit. Well, two actually. One lawsuit is against Apple, accusing the company of privacy violations for the way it shares information collected from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users with advertisers. The suit was filed last Thursday on behalf of an Apple user in California and seeks class-action status. According to "PC World" (http://macte.ch/UUTMY), it charges Apple with sharing information about users' browsing history, application use and other personal details without their consent. "Apple's privacy policy is opaque and confusing but one thing is clear: it does not inform mobile device users that by providing application developers with their UDID, Apple enables them to put a name to highly personal and in many cases embarrassing information derived from app downloading activity and usage, and internet browsing history, that would otherwise be anonymous," the suit reads. The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to...
Feb 01
Apple rejects Sony's iPhone app
Apple has nixed Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store. For many, it's a disturbing development. What's more, the company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the Apple App Store, reports "The New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/technology/01apple.html?_r=1). Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division, told "The Times." The move could affect companies like Amazon.com and others that sell e-book readers that compete with Apple’s iPad tablet and offer free mobile apps so customers can read their e-book purchases on other devices. An iPad owner, for instance, has not needed to own a Kindle to read Kindle books bought from Amazon.That may now...
Feb 01
Beatles' 'LOVE' album, 'All Together Now...
The Beatles' "LOVE" album and "All Together Now," the feature-length documentary about the making of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, will make their worldwide digital debuts this month exclusively on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com).   Both titles are available for pre-order on iTunes starting today in most countries. "LOVE" will be released on iTunes worldwide Feb. 8 and "All Together Now" will follow soon after. The "LOVE" album (US$12.99) includes exclusive, previously-unreleased "LOVE" versions of "The Fool on the Hill" and "Girl," and comes as an iTunes LP featuring an art gallery that blends images of the Beatles with colorful photos from the stage production.  "LOVE" will also be available to purchase and download as individual songs. The "All Together Now" documentary ($12.99 HD) will be offered with iTunes Extras including the 84-minute film, three bonus featurettes and a trailer for the "LOVE" stage production, and is also available to rent. 'LOVE,' a Cirque du...
Feb 01
Comcast, Time Warner's TV Everywhere agreement offers iOS...
Comcast Corp. (http://www.comcast.com) and Time Warner have signed a long-term agreement that provides Comcast digital cable customers with access to top-rated shows and movies from Turner Broadcasting System networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The content will appear shortly after initial airing at no additional cost to Comcast’s customers on http://www.XfinityTV.com, Comcast’s On Demand service, applicable Turner web sites and Xfinity and Turner branded iPad, iPhone and Android-based tablet and phone applications with plans for live streaming later this year. Comcast digital cable customers will have access to current and library content from signature Turner shows On Demand and online, such as “The Closer,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Southland,” “Conan,” “Lopez Tonight,” “The Venture Brothers,” “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,” “Speeders,” “Glory Daze,” “House of Payne,” “Meet The Browns,” and “Piers Morgan Tonight,” among...
Feb 01
Screen enlarging utility zooms to the Mac App Store
Hubapps (http://hubapps.com) has released Zoom 1.0, a screen enlarging utility for Mac OS X, in the Mac App Store. It costs US$2.99 and is available in the Utilities category. Zoom "goes beyond the essential functionality for improving visibility and legibility of small text and images, providing a superior experience in the form of a unique, hypnotically beautiful zoom mechanism which keeps 100% of the screen visible while also zooming," according to the folks at Hubapps.
Feb 01
TopXNotes now available at the Mac App Store
Tropical Software's TopXNotes (http://www.tropic4.com/) note manager is now available at the Mac App Store. With the latest version (1.7) you can take your notes with you no matter which Apple touch device you're using. TopXNotes now offers improved synchronization with iOS devices. Version 1.7 also includes other minor changes, improvements and enhancements. For example, a new, taller and customizable toolbar makes TopXNotes easier to use by putting the most frequently used tools at the user's fingertips. The NoteOrganizer was also redesigned with a new striped background making it easier to focus on and select individual notes from the list. Note icons have also been redesigned and support for two-finger scrolling has been added. TopXNotes 1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Feb 01
iWebTemplate adds five animated themes
In collaboration with iWebThemesPro and iPresentee, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com/) has launched five new animated-with-Flash themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include Flash animated and static backgrounds to choose from. All themes incorporate backgrounds and can be customized. The new themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$9.99.
Feb 01
Free public beta of Lo-Fi photo app for Mac OS X available
Wingnut is offering a free public beta test version of Lo-Fi, a retro photo effect application for Mac and Windows systems. It gives pictures the "funky look" of low end, toy cameras. You can download Lo-Fi from http://www.lofiapp.com . It turns digital photos into retro handmade snapshots. You can mix a wide range of effects from the film world, such as grain, colorful cross processing, lens blur, light leaks, and frames. All these happy accidents of film photography combine to give each photo its own quirky personality, says Terence Tay, one of the creators of Lo-Fi. It looks and behaves like a gizmo you are holding and playing with, he adds. Lo-Fi will sell for US$29 and run on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Feb 01
Ntractive announces Elements CRM 3.0
Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has updated Elements CRM, the company's Mac Customer Relationship Management solution, to version 3.0. New features include: °  A revamped user interface; ° Speed improvements throughout the app; ° System workflow enhancements including sales and projects; ° The ability to create rules to filter your data and view what's important; ° Beefed-up credit card processing via improvements to integration with Authorize.net.; ° More integrations like Gowalla, Linkedin and a full Twitter app; ° Marketing workflow enhancements with Mail Merge and MailChimp integrations; ° Improved invoicing look and feel with more custom options; ° Acclivity AccountEdge and Intuit QuickBooks enhancements.  Elements CRM 3.0 is available immediately. Small business pricing starts at US$24.95/user/month, and professional pricing starting at $44.95/user/month.
Feb 01
PuzzleTiles 1.0.1 comes to the Mac App Store
Fat Apps has announced PuzzleTiles 1.0.1 (http://www.fat-apps.com/apps/puzzletiles-mac.html), their 15 tile sliding puzzle game for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available in the Mac App Store in the Gaming division for US$4.99. Here's how the game is described; "PuzzleTiles is a simple yet addicting puzzle game in which you slide numbered tiles into the correct order, and try to beat your best time. PuzzleTiles features three built-in tile sets, with the ability to make a puzzle from any picture on your computer. It offers multiple difficulty levels, from easy to expert, and much more."
Feb 01
Apress publishes 'Beginning iPhone 4 Development'
"Beginning iPhone 4 Development," the latest book from Apress (http://www.apress.com), offers a soup-to-nuts course in iOS development. The authors of "Beginning iPhone 3 Development" for Cocoa Touch developers are back with the same material completely updated for iOS 4 and written from the ground up using the latest version of Apple’s Xcode 3. Written by Dave Mark, Jack Nutting and Jeff LaMarche, "Beginning iPhone 4 Development" is 680 pages. It costs US$39.99 for the print edition and $27.99 for the ebook version.
Feb 01
Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X updated to version 3.2
Developer Tibor Andre has released Tune-Instructor 3.2 (http://www.tune-instructor.com/) for Mac OS X, an update of the app that provides a variety of options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls. The menu bar controller is always present and permits navigation and playback without opening iTunes. Tune-Instructor allows custom editing of the ID3 tag, which contains all the metadata of an MP3 file, so that users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish. Advanced audio players and ID3 editors are called taggers, and permit batch tagging other utility functions. Tune-Instructor offers Search & Replace functionality across all the following categories: Name, Artist, Album, Album Artist, Composer, Show, Sort Name, Sort Artist, Sort Album, Sort Album Artist, Sort Composer, Sort Show, Genre, Comment, Grouping, Lyrics, and Episode ID. Search parameters include: Tag-Text Contains, Tag-Text Starts With, Tag-Text Ends With, Tag...
Feb 01
QNAP debuts new Turbo NAS family
QNAP (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x12 line-up of Turbo NAS servers intended for the home and SOHO market segment. The new models utilize the latest Marvell 1.2GHz processor and include 256MB of DDRII memory and Gigabit LAN ports, offering up to 8TB of networked storage. The TS-x12 series includes the 1-drive TS-112, 2-drive TS-212, and 4-drive TS-412. The new TS-x12 models also improve the multimedia experience and capabilities for home users, says Tony Lu, product manager at QNAP. The built-in UPnP media server (TwonkyMedia) feature of the TS-x12 series supports numerous UPnP-compliant media players such as the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Users can even use their iPhone and Android phone to stream music and video or view digital photos stored on the NAS in real-time from anywhere with a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The TS-x12 series will be available starting in February through commercial distributors, resellers, and retailers globally. Pricing hasn't...
Feb 01
URL Extractor update offers internal improvements
Tension Software has released URL Extractor 3.2.2 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). The new version offers internal improvements and bug fixes. URL Extractor is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites. URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Jan 31
PayPal hires seven-year Apple veteran
PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, as vice president of Global Design, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/d2D4r). At PayPal, Brody will focus on improving the PayPal user experience and making sure that its payment platform is easy to use, the article adds. At Apple, Brody worked on the first iPhone and an early version of the iPod Nano. Some of her more recent design work can be seen on the homepages of Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and Pro, says "All Things D."
Jan 31
26% of apps downloaded in 2010 were used just once
The market for phone and tablet apps is very competitive, with about 400,000 iPhone/iPad and 200,000 Android apps. The good news is that customers seem very willing to give new apps a try; it took only two weeks for 8th grader Robert Nay’s Bubble Ball to unseat Angry Birds. The bad news is that 26% of the time customers never give the app a second try, according to Localytics. The research group studied thousands of iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. For all new customers of an app in 2010, Localytics looked for the first time each customer used the app and whether or not there was any follow-on usage through Jan. 26, 2011. All one-time uses of apps were grouped into the quarter they occurred and calculated as a percentage of all new customers in the same quarter. The resulting analysis shows that for customers using an app for the first time between January and March, about 22% of them never open the app again. In...
Jan 31
Analyst: 65 million Phones to be sold this year
BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman raised his estimate of iPhone sales based on the smartphone market outlook offered this morning by his colleague, Tim Long, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/duEma). Bachman sees 14.9 million iPhones being sold, up from a prior 14.6 million estimate, with gains at Verizon offset by churn at AT&T. For the fiscal year ending in September, Bachman sees 65 million iPhones being sold versus a prior view of 62 million. Bachman sees the higher number boosting revenue for Apple this year to US$97.1 billion, higher than he expected by $1.8 billion. He also raised his EPS [earnings per share] estimate to $22.30 from $21.60. For fiscal 2012, Bachman now sees Apple selling 84.3 million iPhones, up from 79.1 million previously. He raised his revenue estimate $113.9 billion, up from $111 billion. His EPS estimate goes to $26.05 from $25.20.
Jan 31
AJA ships Ki Pro Mini portable flash disk recorder
AJA Video Systems (http://www.ajasystems.com) is now shipping the Ki Pro Mini, the smaller, lighter version of its portable tapeless recorder that captures to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from a camera. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$1,995. With its miniature form factor and ability to mount to a range of digital cameras and accessories, Ki Pro Mini makes for the smallest camera and recorder package available for the capture of high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 files that are immediately ready for editing, according to AJA President Nick Rashby. It bridges production and post, effectively eliminating log and capture, he adds. Key features include: ° 10-bit full-raster recording to Apple ProRes 422 SD and HD formats (including HQ, LT and Proxy); ° The ability to record SD/HD files from digital video cameras to Compact Flash (CF) cards; ° Mac OS X friendly media and native QuickTime files (no log-and-capture required); ° Professional video connectivity through SD/...
Jan 31
Intel identifies chipset design error, implementing a solution
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives. The chipset is utilized in computers with Intel’s latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Sandy Bridge is expected to start popping up in Macs soon. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories. The company says it has corrected the design issue, and has begun manufacturing a new version of the support chip which will resolve the issue. The Sandy Bridge microprocessor is unaffected and no other products are affected by this issue. The company expects to begin delivering the updated version of the chipset to customers in late February and expects...
Jan 31
Intrexx is new Enterprise Portal software for Mac OS X
United Planet (http://www.unitedplanet.com), a developer of Enterprise Portal software in Europe, has introduced Intrexx for Mac OS X to enable companies to create and operate web-based business applications and Enterprise Portals for the Mac environment.   "No one can doubt the popularity of the iPhone and iPad in the business world. More and more companies are now also using Apple computers across the business, and not just in a marketing or design environment," says United Planet CEO Axel Wessendorf. "But whilst it is not surprising that business users are moving towards the Mac, given the world-renowned intuitiveness of its operating system, it could be suggested that it has been lacking powerful business software that will enable it to break into more mainstream business environments. We intend to bridge this gap with Intrexx for Mac OS X."   Mac users will now be able to optimize their business processes by creating and operating web-based business applications and Enterprise...
Jan 31
Active Storage announces metadata controller appliance for Xsan
Active Storage (http:/www.activestorage.com) has introduced ActiveSAN, a high-performance metadata controller appliance for Xsan and StorNext networks. In November 2010 Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server as of Jan. 31. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company said. “On the day that Apple has formally stopped selling Xserve, we have exciting news," CEO Alex Grossman. "Until now, Apple's Xserve was the metadata controller of choice for most Xsan installations, providing enterprise form factor and capabilities. Xsan users in high-pressure industries require datacenter-level quality products to manage their Metadata, but also demand the ease of use and setup of Xsan. Previously, that meant one thing: Xsan on an Xserve. But all that changes today -- with ActiveSAN.” ActiveSAN is a server-based appliance that incorporates Active Storage product design and the...
Jan 31
New app at the Mac Store helps prepare Federal Tax Returns
Taxsoftware.com (http://www.taxsoftware.com) says an application for six of the most often used 2010 federal tax returns is now available on the Mac App Store. The forms can be completed entirely on Macs. The app for the 2010 tax year version of Form 1040 return includes most forms and schedules needed to prepare tax returns. Paid preparers must be registered with IRS and have an EFIN, a PTIN and an IRS E-services account. They must also be registered with a Taxsoftware.com Eservices account and have a digital ID. All business forms include depreciation of up to 10 assets and the use of one vehicle for business. The app includes unlimited tax preparation and printing. There is an e-filing charge of US$4 for a Mac App 1040 and a $15 fee for any Mac App business return (1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S and 1099-MISC.)
Jan 31
No Gravity 1.0 game comes to the Mac
Realtech VR has released No Gravity 1.0 (http://www.nogravitythegame.com/mac/), a game originally released as a PSP game that's now on the Mac. It costs US$3.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category. The game pits the player against evil forces who have unleashed a mind-altering sickness across thousands of colonies. To help in the fight, each ship comes equipped with six weapons, everything from lasers to ion blasters. Players have 31 mission levels to play, can choose from six different spaceships and two levels of difficulty. No Gravity requires OpenGL 2.0 or better.
Jan 31
WordCrasher update, now on the Mac App Store
Kevin Ng Games (http://kevinnggames.com) has announced WordCrasher 1.0.3, an update to his tactile word game that's now available on the Mac App Store. WordCrasher offers a take on the word game genre; letter discs fall and collect on the screen as the player touches discs in sequence to make words. WordCrasher features realistic tactile physics, three difficulty settings, comes with new music and graphics designed for the Mac version and more. Version 1.0.3 adds game dictionaries in four new languages. WordCrasher 1.0.3 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. It normally costs $3.99, but is available for $0.99 price for a limited period. WordCrasher for the Mac App Store requires Mac OS X 10.6.6.
Jan 31
Canalys: Android now world's leading smartphone platform
The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) has published its final fourth quarter (Q4 2010) global country-level smart phone market data, which revealed that Google’s Android has become the leading platform. Shipments of Android-based smart phones reached 32.9 million, while devices running Nokia’s Symbian platform trailed slightly at 31.0 million worldwide. But Nokia did retain its position as the leading global smart phone vendor, with a share of 28%. Apple had 16% market share compared to 16.3% in Q4 2009. However, the number of iPhones shipped rose from 8.7 million to 16.2 million from Q4 2009 to Q4 2010. The fourth quarter also saw the worldwide smart phone market continue to soar, with shipments of 101.2 million units representing year-on-year growth of 89%. The final quarter took shipments for the year to fractionally below 300 million units, with an annual growth rate of 80% over 2009. In Q4 2010, volumes of Google OS-based smart phones (Android, OMS and Tapas) were...
Jan 31
Android captures 22% of global tablet shipments in Q4 2010
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global tablet shipments reached 10 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple maintained first position, while Android soared and captured a record 22% global share. Global tablet shipments grew 120% sequentially to reach 9.7 million units in Q4 2010. Apple maintained first position and recorded an impressive 75% global market share during the fourth quarter. However, it has slipped from a peak of 95% in Q3 2010 due to rising competition from Android, says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. "Android tablet volumes experienced 2000% sequential growth and its global market share soared to a record 22% in Q4 2010," says Neil Mawston, another director at Strategy Analytics. "The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android’s success, as the model was launched in dozens of countries and promoted heavily by Samsung. Tablet makers like Android because of its perceived low cost...
Jan 31
Apple is world's most desired brand
Apple is the world's most desired brand, per the new "Brand Desire" report (http://www.brand-desire.com/) issued by the Clear marketing division of M&C Saatchi, the advertising firm formed by the Saatchi brothers in 1995. Apple and its various brands (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.) came in No. 1 out of 100 in the survey of 17,000 people around the world. However, Apple doesn't rule everywhere. BMWs are No. 1 in China. Rolls Royces are No. 2 after iPhones in the U.K. In Singapore, it's Singapore Airlines, and in Germany, it's the World Wildlife Fund, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/28/apple-worlds-most-desired-brand/).
Jan 31
PC graphics shipments down 7.8% year-over-year
Overall shipments of graphics devices for 2010 came in below expectations with an unimpressive 4.3% total year to year growth -- a disappointing result given the enthusiastic start of the year, according to Jon Peddie Research (http://www.jonpeddie.com). Q4 of 2010 didn't boost the year as expected. Instead of the traditional seasonal pickup, market leader Intel showed decline, which affected the overall results. Over 113 million graphics chips and CPUs with graphics shipped in Q4 2010. Intel was the leader in unit shipments for Q4’10, elevated by Clarksdale, continued Atom sales for Netbooks, and Sandy Bridge. However, on a quarter-to-quarter basis AMD and Nvidia gained market share at Intel’s expense. AMD reported graphics was 26% of the company’s total sales, an increase of 8.7% sequentially and 0.7% from last year. The graphics business benefited from a double-digit volume increase. Intel reported revenue from chipset and other revenue of US$1.68 billion in Q1; however, that...
Jan 31
Diagrammix is new Mac OS X diagramming tool
Deep IT has released Diagrammix, a new Mac OS X diagramming tool for building diagrams with minimal effort. It costs US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; a demo is available for download (http://deepit.ru/products/Diagrammix/info/). 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.
Jan 31
Twelve South debuts BookArc for new MacBook Airs
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a new version of its BookArc, designed exclusively for latest MacBook Air (late 2010 models). The new model grips the thin MacBook Air and includes a built-in cable management system to keep cables in place for "grab and go" use. When BookArc is paired with a MacBook Air and external monitor, it offers a noticeable boost in power for graphics-intensive programs, says Creative Director Andrew Green of Twelve South. BookArc for MacBook Air begins shipping next month for US$39.99. Like previous versions of BookArc, the MacBook Air model is fashioned from heavy gauge steel. Since MacBook Air has inputs on both sides, the BookArc cable housing routes power, external display, USB and other cables behind the MacBook for a clean workspace.
Jan 31
ABI Research: Apple, RIM, HTC win in mobile handset race
In nearly all parts of the world, consumers’ appetite for purchasing the very latest handsets has not abated. In fact, ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) estimates 390 million handsets and smartphones were shipped in the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2010, up 15.6% year-on-year, says vice president of forecasting Jake Saunders. Overall, that takes the 2010 total of handsets shipped to 1.36 billion. This is a remarkable turnaround given that just one year ago, 2009 shipments had contracted 4.4% year-over-year, Saunders says. Nokia’s market share slid marginally to 31.7% because its revamped smartphone portfolio has yet to gain traction. Samsung made marginal gains in market share (to 20.7%). Samsung’s smartphones, including the Galaxy-S, have helped to strengthen its competitiveness in the smartphone sector, but in the overall handset market, this vendor is treading water, Saunders says. Apple’s iPhone 4 continues to capture a growing chunk of the smartphone market (4.2%). RIM also...
Jan 31
Icon Pallet 2.0 available in the Mac App Store
Carnation Software (http://www.carnationsoftware.com) says Icon Pallet 2.0, its program and document launcher for Mac OS X, is now available in the Mac App Store. With Icon Pallet, you can switch between apps, launch documents and folder items. Drag files, folders and documents to the pallet, and they'll aways be there for you. Designed to complement your OS X Dock, Icon Pallet keeps your icons in the same location, and at the same size, no matter how many you add (well, up to 600). Icon Pallet stores the link to your folders, apps and documents, for launch and access with a single click. You can organize your programs, files and folders on an expandable pallet instead of cluttering your desktop with icons or squeezing them onto a crowded dock. You can add names and colors to your folder icons, making it easier to recognize them on your Icon Pallet without having to roll the mouse over the folder icon to see the full name. Icon Pallet 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs...
Jan 31
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.0
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. 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 files FS is going to copy, replace and delete. You can also specify to save a log file, to send a...
Jan 31
Keynote Theme Park releases USA Elements, Letter Shapes
Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com/) has released USA Elements, another in the Nation Element series, plus a new product, Letter Shapes. These add-on products are created specifically for Keynote, but can be used with the other iWork applications. State symbols are made from single or multi-layer editable Keynote shapes that you can ungroup and edit. Location maps are made of several individual elements so they can be ungrouped, arranged, and masked. Each state in USA Elements includes several objects, such as the state location map, flag, flag orb, seal, symbol and state border Keynote shape. A USA map is made of isolated states ready for masking with the hi-res elevation image or custom fill and stroke. New to Keynote is Letter Shapes -- individual alpa-numeric Keynote shapes in Sans Serif regular and italic. You can use Keynote's fill attributes of graduated colors to make drop caps or titles. Also, you can fill letters of a word with different images or span...
Jan 31
Rage Software unveils SEIntelligence for Mac business owners
Rage Software (http://www.ragesw.com) demoed an entirely new software application for Mac business owners to help them attract targeted users to their web site at last week's Macworld Expo. Search engines are the number one source of traffic to most web sites. Unfortunately, since we don't know exactly what Google and other search engines use to rank web sites, it's difficult for business owners to get top ranking sites. Using statistical analysis, Rage Software's SEIntelligence application compares a user's web site to the currently top ranking web sites. The application also tells you exactly what needs to be changed in order to match, and beat, the strategies employed by the already successfully ranked web sites. SEIntelligence is on sale for a limited time for US$99.95. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Jan 31
iDatabase 2.0 available in Mac App Store
Apimac has updated iDatabase (http://www.apimac.com/idatabase/) for the Mac to version 2.0. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99. iDatabase is a personal database manager that offers a way to organize your information and data. With it Mac and iPhone users can manage membership lists, expenses, projects, keep track of Internet accounts and more. Users can choose from 16 ready-to-use, customizable database templates to organize any type of information or can create a totally new database from scratch. The types of fields a user can create are: Small Text, Large Text, Number, Date, Time, Date and Time, Image, Choose, and calculation. There's also a special field type named Separator Field for dividing a record into distinct visual parts. iDatabase for Mac and iDatabase for iPhone can be synchronized via Wi-Fi. iDatabase supports backup and restore, exporting and importing of databases in .idatabase and .CSV formats (the iPhone version via the service online Dropbox). The ....
Jan 31
Akvis Sketch 12 introduces Smudging parameter
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Sketch 12, an update of the software that converts photos to pencil and watercolor drawings. The new version introduces the new Smudging parameter that creates the effect of smearing hatching in midtone areas without affecting the contour lines of the drawing. The algorithm handles semi-processed images more effectively. They are now simpler and more exact, according to the folks at Akvis. Also new to version 12 is the ability to view a list of recent images by right-clicking on the Open Image button. An Akvis Sketch Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72. Registered users of the previous versions can upgrade to version 9.0 for $39. Or you can buy the Alchemy Bundle (which includes the Sketch, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite plug-ins) for $325. For business licenses consult the Akvis web site. One license key allows activating the software on two...
Jan 31
iSkin announces ProTouch keyboard for 11-inch MacBook Air
iSkin has announced its ProTouch Classic Keyboard Protector for the 11-inch MacBook Air. It's designed to overlay the keyboard and block small particles of food, dust and other impurities from entering and causing damage. ProTouch forms a thin, yet durable, layer that protects without overheating or hampering use of the keyboard, according to the folks at iSkin. It also dampens the sound caused by typing and helps to prevent key wear from heavy use. The ProTouch keyboard protector features Microban anti-microbial product protection that works to inhibit the growth of odor‒causing bacteria and fungus on the product. The ProTouch can also be removed and washed with warm water and detergent.   The ProTouch Classic for 11-inch MacBook Air will initially be offered in an Arctic (Clear Frosted) flavor. This is a clear, colorless version that is specially coated to provide a smooth, satin-like finish. Finally, its specially formulated non-toxic silicone has been optimized to provide a...
Jan 29
Macworld: Connected Accounting ERP Software updated
Accountek Solutions announced Connected Accounting & ERP 6.3, the latest updates to their small business accounting software suite, at this week's Macworld Expo. Connected has been designed to meet the needs of growing small to mid-sized businesses, providing accounting and ERP features. Version 6.3 includes full integration to NRGShip Pro for UPS, as well as enhanced customer and vendor Actions to improve business workflow and support and more. Connected users will be able to automatically update freight amounts and UPS tracking numbers will appear as active hotlinks on Connected's invoice entry screen, enabling front line customer service representatives to immediately determine the status of a shipment from within the accounting software. With the enhanced customer workflow, accounting staff will be able to add customers "on the fly" and enter orders without having to exit the order entry screen, saving valuable processing time, says Scott Archer, director of Product...
Jan 28
Macworld: new version of iPad-compatible hard drive released
Sanho Corp. announced the second iteration of their HyperDrive Hard Drive for iPad at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo. It's the only hard drive in the market that can connect directly to the iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit. This new version allows users to directly use their iPads to browse and transfer up to 1TB of video and photo content without the need for computers, additional apps or a jailbroken iPad. Finished in a slim enclosure, the HyperDrive looks exactly like any portable USB hard drive except that it has two mini USB ports, one for connecting to the computer to function as a normal USB hard drive, and the other to connect to the iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit. Using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, the iPad is able to connect to SD cards and self-powered USB devices. However there is a size limitation of 32GB, making it impossible for larger USB hard drives to connect to the iPad. HyperDrive iPad Hard Drive overcomes this limit with its...
 

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