The April monthly meeting of Natmac will take place on April 6th commencing at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital.

Since this will be the last meeting for awhile for several of our ?snowbird? members I thought we should go all out and really give away some good door prizes this month. Accordingly, the give-aways this month will be a 16GB iPad 2, an 8GB iPod Touch and an Apple TV.

The usual rules will apply; each paid membership will receive one raffle ticket but additional tickets can be purchased at the cost of $1 or 6/$5. Only one prize per membership still applies.

The preceding was a test to see how many of you actually read the Reminder! Please take note of today?s date before you get too angry with me.

MacUpDate periodically sells bundles of software at really good prices, and they have an exceptional bundle on sale at this time. A member suggested that it would make a good door prize. It complicates matters when one person purchases the bundle for another person, especially when at the time of purchase you can?t even give the name of the person who will be the registered owner, but we will try to overcome this problem and will give away a bundle. It contains Parallels 6 which sells for $79 and 1Password which sells for $39 as well as 8 other items. Here is the whole list:


Amazon just came out with a free 5GB cloud storage program similar to DropBox. You can check it out here:

See you on the 6th,



Some items to ponder:


Search Alliance no threat to Google

The Yahoo! / MSN Search Alliance, which rolled out in the US late last year - and with mixed results, transitions in Europe imminently. As advertisers and agencies this side of the Atlantic await its arrival, leading search marketing specialist and technology firm Greenlight, is sceptical it will finally deliver on being a serious Google competitor. Moreover, Greenlight has uncovered shortcomings when it comes to paid search with the Alliance and what it really offers the advertiser.


Free iMedia Browser 2

Karelia Software has released iMedia Browser 2, a major new update to its popular iMedia Browser, a free utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac app.


Phishing / Malware Update 1103-14

Phishing and malware criminals flock to natural disasters and celebrities... but that's not all - here's our cybercrime update for this week . . .

* Avoid Japanese earthquake phishing scams

* Earthquake and tsunami breed web scams, malware

* Charlie Sheen death hoax spreads malware through Facebook

* Facebook email address phishing scam spreading

* FTC Files First Large-Scale SMS Spam Case

* FBI Warns of Three Online Scams: Sex, Taxes and a Desktop Hi-Jack

* Malware attacks double as cybercriminals get smarter

* Google's Android security tool gets spoofed by malware

* 5 ways to protect your Android phone from malware

* Anti-virus software is not stopping many malware threats

... and more!


 Phishing / Malware Update 1103.28

Our last report was on the 14th, and a lot can happen in two weeks. Among others, we were blown away by the report that spammers make 7-grand a day!

Others include:

 * Your social media profile: Watch out for the risks

 * Using Google Alerts For Reputation Management

 * Could Facebook Keep Your Kid Out of College?

 * The Risks of Social Media: Avoiding Disaster

 * Spotify splattered with malware-tainted ads

 * Web-search box at top of Facebook page may be malware

 * NetQin Denies Claims of Malware with Its Antivirus Software

 * Securing against identity theft

 * Spammers Make $7000 a Day

 * Dvorak : The Worst Spam Filter

 * ID thief sentenced to more than 16 years in prison

 * and more ...


Amazing new clipboard

Want to copy/paste more than one thing and put it aside for a while? Xinfinite has enhanced iXiu - an enhanced visualized pasteboard application. In your favorite application, you want to copy/paste more than one thing and put it aside for a while, even if your computer has restarted. Operating Systems aren't created with this in mind.



I have mentioned this site before, but haven't done so in a while. Make Use Of presents PDF documents telling how to do things. In this case, the title is iPad: A Magical and Revolutionary Guide.


AT&T To Impose Caps, Overages

Broadband's DSL Reports is reporting that notices will go out this week to U-Verse and DSL services, that they are going to cap data usage and charge customers for overages.


DVD to iPad Converter Software

iPadinTouch has announced DVD to iPad/iPad 2 Converter Software. DVD to iPad Converter allows users to rip and convert DVD movies into the universally readable iPad and iPad 2 file format.

The list of DVD to iPad converter and Mac DVD to iPad converter software will allow users to evaluate the top three software solutions for ease of use, ability to merge, support for batch conversion and basic video editing capabilities available.


GoodReader just got better

GoodReader, named as 2010 s #2 best-selling iPad app in the U.S., is now available with an amazingly simple-to-use Auto Sync feature which enables users to download documents or entire folders from remote servers and mark them to automatically synchronize.


Smart text editing for iPad

Most text editors for iPad really suck, no matter what Apple tells you. We've been waiting for BareBones to release BBEdit for the iPad - sadly, it just hasn't appeared. But today, we discovered Textastic 2.1 for iPad - a plain text editor for developers and webmasters featuring syntax highlighting that rivals BBEdit!


Time Bomb for Mac OSX

iLifeTouch has announced the release of Time Bomb 1.0 for Mac OS X. Time Bomb introduces a new way of keeping time. Set an alarm or countdown timer in dramatic fashion with Time Bomb. Pick the time and Time Bomb will simply do the rest, from counting down the last minute to exploding and notifying you of an important event in your life.


Cartoon of the month (from Stan Pechman):