MWSF07: Mark/Space Announces Two New Applications

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 17:20
Category: Software

San Francisco — Mark/Space, makers of the Missing Sync series of products, has announced two new applications at this year’s Macworld Expo.


SyncTogether allows the users selectively sync individual Address Books and iCal calendars to other users’ Macs via a local network. The software allows for certain groups to be selected and shared without moving an entire list across. Specific iCal calendars (including custom calendars) can be shared with other users, who can modify events and information as a shared calendar.
SyncTogether will be available in the first quarter of this year and retail for $49.95. The program requires a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, an Internet connection for product registration and a network connection for shared synching.
Missing Sync will also receive a significant addition to its family of products. Missing Sync for BlackBerry will allow Mac users to synch with BlackBerry handhelds and be available in the first quarter of this year for an asking price of $39.95.
The program requires a PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later to run and supports the following BlackBerry models:
-7100 series
-7290 (Cingular/T-Mobile)
-7250 (Verizon)
-7520 (Nextel)
-7130 series
-8700 series
-8707 series
-8703 series (Sprint)
-8100 series, aka “Pearl”
More information on this as it becomes available.


MWSF07: Bare Bones Updates Three Applications

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 17:09
Category: Software

San Francisco — Bare Bones Software, makers of web developer shareware favorite BBEdit, have updated three of their products as of Tuesday, January 9th.


BBEdit reached version 8.6 with hefty improvements in its language support as well as new features. The new version also adds maintainence fixes and is available as a 14 megabyte download. BBEdit is priced at $125 for new users and is available at a $30 to $40 upgrade price from older versions.
Yojimbo, the company’s information organizer, reached version 1.4 and now features support for inter-application AppleScript automation. Users can now create automated workflows as needed. The version is a 10 megabyte download and retails for $39.
Finally, TextWrangler has been updated to version 2.2. The new version claims to sport more than 100 new features and fixes while the core interface has received a significant overhaul to improve efficiency. The program is available for free and is a 9.9 megabyte download
Please let us know how the new features are working out for you.


MWSF07: Fetch Updated to 5.2

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 16:55
Category: Software

San Francisco — Fetch Softworks has updated Fetch, the perennial popular file-transfer program, to version 5.2 as of Monday. The new version, a 14.4 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:


-Added WebView: Easily view files in your web browser and copy web addresses while in Fetch.
-Added support for FTP with TLS/SSL (FTPS) connections (requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later).
-Added droplet shortcuts: Drag files to a droplet shortcut’s icon to upload them to your server
-Overhauled FTP networking for improved compatibility and performance
-Moved Refresh button from an optional toolbar button to a permanent button on transfer window info bar
-Added Get As command that prompts you to choose a folder in which to save downloads
Fetch requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is a Universal Binary program that can run natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The program is available for a $25 shareware registration fee.
If you have any comments about the new version, please let us know.


iPhone Countdown Begins

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 16:01
Category: Fun has a cool link, albeit somewhat disconcerting.
Visit for a live counter to June and Apple’s iPhone release date.


MWSF 2007: Day 2 Gallery Online

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 15:24
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — An online gallery, courtesy of flickr, has been posted covering the second day of Macworld Expo San Francisco.


For access to the full gallery, click here. The gallery also includes close up shots of Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station, which was quietly released along with the iPhone and Apple TV yesterday.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


Apple Announces Updated AirPort Extreme Base Station

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 12:52
Category: News

Amidst all the hubbub with yesterday’s Apple TV and iPhone announcements, Apple also released an updated AirPort Extreme Base Station. The new unit, which runs on the 802.11n networking standard, is cited as up to five times faster boast twice the range of it predecessors.
Breaking from the classic “flying saucer” design that these units have been associated with for years, the new AirPort Extreme Base Station sports a smooth, square form factor similar to the Apple TV and Mac Min, measuring 6.5″ square and 1.3″ in height.
Although the new model is based on the 802.11n networking standard, the device is compatible with both the older 802.11b and 802.11g standards and devices. The 802.11n protocol uses a Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology to both communicate with older products as well as run at faster speeds while offering a longer communications range. The 802.11n standard can support up to 50 simultaneous wireless connections at once, perhaps replacing environments with multiple older AirPort Base Stations currently in place.
The new units will ship in February and be priced at $179.
Pictures of the unit will be available with today’s photo gallery.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


iPhone to Include Components from Intel and Balda

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 12:41
Category: News

An article on MacNN is reporting that the procesor will be made by Intel while the touch-screen will be handled by German hardware manufacturer Balda.


Apple surprised the technology industry yesterday by announcing its iPhone product, which will be released in June pending FCC approval and includes full MP3 playback capabilities, robust phone tools and what the company believes to be the best Internet features of any device currently on the market.
The iPhone will retail for $499 for a 4 gigabyte configuration and $599 for an 8 gigabyte configuration with service being offered exclusively through Cingular.


Matias Now Selling USB 2.0 Keyboard

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 12:33
Category: Hardware

Canadian hardware firm Matias has released a keyboard with two USB 2.0 ports built into it as opposed to the standard USB 1.1 ports generally included with a keyboard.


The keyboard ships in both black and white, is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and is available throughout retail electronics stores as well as online for $29.95.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.


Update: Microsoft Office 2004 and Office X Updated to Version 11.3.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Software

Microsoft has released another update for its Office 2004 suite for the Mac. The update, a 57.3 megabyte download containing previous fixes and updates, features “several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerablities with malicious code.”


Nothing too specific, but the update is easy enough to grab via the Microsoft AutoUpdate utility in your Applications folder and simple enough to download from the company’s Office 2004 downloads page.
The patch applies to all versions of Microsoft Office 2004. A 39 megabyte patch which performs the same functions for Microsoft Office X can be downloaded from the Office X site.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.


MWSF07: Day 3 About to Begin

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 09:40
Category: Macworld Expo

San Francisco — Guys, I’m about to leave the hotel in a bit and wander over to the Moscone Center to take in more of the Expo and let you know what’s going on as much as possible.


If there’s anything you want me to look into or have specific questions about that you’d like me to look into, email me at chris (at) this site’s domain and let me know.