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Jul 28
Kensington announces new laptop locking station

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced a new locking station and tether kit for laptops. The US$79.99 Kensington Laptop Locking Station is built with an all-steel backbone that purportedly resists cutting, drilling or prying.

Users place their laptop on the base of the unit and close the side arm, with no key or cable required. To unlock, insert a key to release the laptop. The optional Tether Kit ($29.99) offers additional flexibility to users who do not want to permanently attach the laptop locking station to a desktop surface.

The Kensington Laptop Station allows your laptop to rotate, slide and tilt for optimal positioning and access to laptop ports. It can be installed on any desk and works with laptops from 13.3 to 17 inches.

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Jul 28
Griffin updates iTrip Auto, WindowSeat

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced the latest versions of their iTrip Auto and WindowSeat automobile solutions. Each has been updated for handsfree smartphone support, and universal compatibility for a wide array of devices.

The US$59.99 iTrip FM transmitter technology has been brought together with an handsfree microphone, so users can talk on their mobile phone without taking their attention off the road. It gets its power from the car's 12-volt accessory socket, and includes a USB port for charging a mobile device with its own charging cable.

The $39.99 WindowSeat mounts an iPod touch, iPhone, BlackBerry, or other mobile device at eye level on the car's windshield or dashboard, putting street maps, directions, and more safely in view and within reach. The adjustable mounting bracket holds the device securely, and a thumb release allows quick...

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Jul 28
Samsung introduces new digital camera, camcorder

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) unveiled the ST80, a 14.2 mega-pixel point-and-shoot camera that joins Samsung’s growing line of Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras. Samsung has also introduced a pocket-sized Full-HD camcorder. They're due in September for US$249.99 and $199.99, respectively.

It supports wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Samsung’s AllShare (DNLA) connectivity. The camera houses a 3x optical zoom as well as a 3.0-inch wide touch-screen on the back of the camera.

The ST80 comes equipped with Samsung’s new "Smart Crop" feature, an editing tool that takes place directly on the camera. With Smart Crop, users can crop images taken at any angle or slant, such as banners or signs, and then straighten them as if they were originally taken straight on. The ST80 also lets you capture mages with Samsung’s Smart Auto (Still & Movie) scene recognition technology. Smart Auto (Still & Movie...

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Jul 28
SanDisk launches smallest USB flash drive in North America

SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has announced the availability of its smallest USB flash drive to U.S. and Canadian consumers. The SanDisk Cruzer Blade is about the size of a standard size paper clip and weighs approximately the same as a penny.

It's available in capacities ranging from 2GB to 16GB, the SanDisk Cruzer Blade. A 4GB drive can store 1,000 songs, 1,200 high-resolution photos, or 8 hours of 768kb/s video. The SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB flash drive is available now in the United States and Canada at sandisk.com, with prices ranging from US$14.99 to $77.99. The drive carries a two-year limited warranty.

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Jul 28
Cumulus Sites features added in Cumulus product line update

Canto Software has announced the availability of an update to the Cumulus product line that includes feature additions to Cumulus Sites, the company’s browser-based Wweb publishing and file sharing tool, released in March.

New to Cumulus Sites is an option that sends email links that enable users to download requested files at later times so they can close browser windows without having to wait for large-file downloads to complete. File sharing via Sites has also been improved.

Collection links can now be viewed, edited and reused, so users can see which settings were used, and more quickly re-share files. Embargo dates can ensure shared files are not available until specified times, and new social media sharing options make it easy to post files to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and 12 other social networks.

Flash movies and MP3 files can now be streamed from within Sites, and PDF files can be previewed at full resolution without additional plug-ins or software....

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Jul 28
CleanApp now scans for duplicates, empty folders

Synium Software has released CleanApp 3.4 (http://synium.de/products/cleanapp/index.html), a new version of the uninstaller and system management tool for Mac OS X. It now scans for duplicate files and applications and for empty folders anywhere on your system.

CleanApp requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

CleanApp can be purchased for US$15. CleanApp 3.4 is a free update for existing users. Registration codes of these prior versions will automatically work with CleanApp 3. For new users the cost is US$15.

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Jul 28
REAL Studio update includes 81 improvements

REAL Software says their rapid application development tool, REAL Studio 2010 Release 3, includes 81 improvements and 25 new features. The new functionality includes:

° LLVM for RBScript: RBScripts now run up to 17 times faster than in previous releases. Using LLVM for RBScript is the first step towards the adoption of LLVM for building applications in REAL Studio.

° Cocoa (neta):  The option to build for Cocoa is now available, but is at the beta stage.  There are some new features for Cocoa builds, such as Pushbutton now has a ButtonStyle property that gives access to nine new styles of pushbuttons. 

° Documentation: The REAL Studio documentation is now locally stored and the user can choose between viewing the local version or the online documentation.

° Reporting improvements: To make reporting easier, reports can now take a RecordSet directly to report upon.

°Database Improvements: ODBC and REALSQLDatabase queries and updates no longer block...

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Jul 28
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance release

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.5.1, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. It's a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.

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Jul 28
KeyCue update for Mac OS X adds diagnostic tool

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 5.1, an update of the keyboard shortcut "cheat sheet." introduces a new built-in diagnostic tool for application-specific adjustments, increases compatibility with third party applications, and improves overall performance, particularly in Safari.

In addition to that, KeyCue 5.1 improves the installation and upgrade experience by displaying a more prominent warning when a new version is not covered by the current license, and by allowing to skip one particular version in the automatic update check.

KeyCue detects and displays an instant overview of all shortcuts. Until now, KeyCue could show only keyboard shortcuts that are visible in a program's regular menus. Version 5 also comes with a new technique for easy installation and update and offers further improvements, like an option to specify on which display the shortcut table shall...

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Jul 28
Geomatica for Mac OS X gets additional satellite sensor support

PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, has announced the availability of an upgrade to its remote sensing and image processing software. The new version includes additional satellite sensor support in addition to enhanced functionality.

Geomatica 10.3.2 is the latest version of the image-centric desktop software and now includes imaging tools for GIS. The new version adds imaging tools for GIS. It also adds additional satellite and aerial sensor support.

Geomatica is PCI Geomatics’ set of software for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, raster spatial analysis, mosaicking and automated production workflows. There are a variety of pricing options, which you can find here: https://store.pcigeomatics.com .

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Jul 28
TrendyDigital releases Dimension case for the iPad

TrendyDigital Design has unveiled the US$44.99 Dimension Case (http://trendydigital.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&produ...) for Apple's iPad. It looks like a jacket, but protects the tablet device in a frame case at the right side. The frame case has openings for all the access points of the iPad.

Users can interact with iPad in this jacket setting. However, if users want to be able to carry their protected iPad device around, they can separate the frame case from its base cover.

When the user is tired of holding the iPad in its framed case, he can attach the frame case to its base cover. If stand viewing is desirable, the case can be converted into a viewing stand once the frame case is attached back to its base cover. The viewing stand can be...

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Jul 28
GEAR4’s UnityRemote is an iPhone gadget for replacing remotes

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), has announced the UnityRemote, which will be available in October. It will let you control all electronic devices directly from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Using the UnityRemote, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners can control everything from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes -- anything that has an infrared receiver -- using one single device, according to Tom Dudderidge, CEO of GEAR4.

The UnityRemote consists of two parts. The first is an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. The second part is a sleek device that receives Bluetooth and transmits and receives infrared signals. iPhones, iPod touches and iPads can not currently send infrared signals, so this device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device and then sends an infrared command in 360 degrees via 5 infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.

After...

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Jul 28
Mac WPS improves handling of location manager exceptions

Tension Software has released Mac WPS 1.0.1 (http://www.pomola.com/products_macwps/macwps.html) for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Snow Leopard"). the new version offers better handling of location manager exceptions.

Mac WPS is a Cocoa application to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware to detect your coordinate in the more precise way via Apple core location.

Mac WPS shows your position over a zoomable map. The map can be shown with the zoom level you prefer and maintain this zoom level during position upgrade. The map can scroll maintaining current position at the window center.

The map is interactive, and you can drag scroll and drag zoom. A demo is available for download. An Intel-based Mac is required.

Mac WPS costs US$10, though version 1.0.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 28
Macintosh Explorer adds Quick Look support

RAGE Software has released RAGE Macintosh Explorer 5.0 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/explorer.html). It adds support for Quick Look on Mac OS X Leopard, offers improved file browsing, an updated user interface and better support for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

RAGE Macintosh Explorer 1.3 also includes new file sorting features which let you group directories together when sorting files. The utility brings the hierarchical, tree-view navigation style of Windows Explorer to the Mac.

RAGE Macintosh Explorer is available for users of Mac OS X 10.5 or later. A free trial version is available for download, which allows 14 fully functional launches. Registration is US$24.95 with volume discounts available.

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Jul 28
Ortelius 1.1 introduces pro-level map symbol management

Mapdiva has updated Ortelius (http://www.mapdiva.com/), its map illustration software for Mac OS X, to version 1.1.The new version offers introduces a professional-level symbol Library Manager and many workflow enhancements.

Ortelius is a vector-based drawing program made especially for (though not limited to) map design and presentation. Through its drag-and-drop interface, Ortelius offers a solution for floor plans, landscape plans, scaled drawings, and a variety of custom maps.

Ortelius allows you to draw directly with features such as roads, rivers, coastlines, buildings, symbols, and contours. It's designed for reports, presentations, books, research papers, invitations, magazines, web sites, brochures, public displays, and new media applications with professional-level results.

Every drawing feature supports map attribute information, such as those imported from geographic information...

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Jul 28
AirePoint Credit Card Reader attaches to an iPad

If you take credit cards for payment on the road, you may want to check out the the AirePoint credit card reader attachment for iPads Developed by Global Tek Labs (http://www.globalteklabs.com), this small accessory is the first credit card reader attachment approved by Apple for use with the tablet device.

Along with the ezPOS app, available on the Apple App Store, the AirePoint lets you finish secure, authorized transactions (including signature capture and green receipts) in less than one minute. The AirePoint works with any iPhone OS device: the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPhone 4, and now iPad.

The huge selection of apps available for these devices allows the business owner to customize their iPad to include any function necessary to work efficiently in the field, according to the folks at Global Tek Labs. Anywhere there is a cell signal or wi-fi access (depending on the type...

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Jul 28
BannerZest Fun Pics now lets you create, share slideshows

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated BannerZest Fun Pics, which enables people to create and share animated slideshows on Facebook. The latest version of the free app lets create and share animated slideshows on their Facebook and on their friends wall.

To use you select a theme, add photos, customize titles and colors and publish to Facebook wall. BannerZest Fun Pics gives its users access to a wide range of themes. When downloading the app, users get one theme and a hundred credits will be credited to their account so that they can go pick their favorite theme for free.

Twenty-three themes are available for purchase for 100 or 200 credits. BannerZest Fun Pics integrates seamlessly with social networks and provides the opportunity to invite friends or even to become a fan of the application.

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Jul 28
Snapz Pro X upgrade improves compatibility with newer MacBooks

Ambrosia Software has updated Snapz Pro X (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/snapzprox/), its screen capture software, to version 2.2.3. The upgrade improves compatibility with newer MacBook models.

It also: addresses issues with display mirroring during movie capture and improvers movie capturing to a disk with little free space. There are other bug fixes, as well.

Snapz Pro X allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime movie or screenshot that can be e-mailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you want.

Snapz Pro X is free to all registered users of Snapz Pro X 2.x. For new users the cost is US$69. A demo is available for download.

Snapz Pro X 2.2.3 is a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is compatible with MacOS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

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Jul 28
Nvidia announces fermi-class Quadro

Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) has launched what it says is the era of the "computational visualization workstation" for designers, engineers, researchers and animators by introducing its Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on Nvidia Fermi architecture, and by also introducing the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro solution.

The new Quadro GPUs deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation1, shattering previous benchmarks, company says. The Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 array, and Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs feature the new Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage Nvidia Application Acceleration Engines (AXE). Rated at an 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance3, the Quadro 6000 enables users to interactively work with models and scenes that are five times more complex than ever before, says Jeff...

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Jul 28
Intel says light beams can replace electronic signals for future...

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced an advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers.

The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50GB of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

Today computer components are connected to each other using copper cables or traces on circuit boards. Due to the signal degradation that comes with using metals such as copper to transmit data, these cables have a limited maximum length. This limits the design of computers, forcing processors, memory and other components to be placed just inches from each other.

Intel says its new research achievement...

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Jul 28
DVDVideoSoft releases converters for iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple...

As popularity of Apple products grows, DVDVideoSoft (http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/), a developer of multimedia software, has introduced programs that let everyone easily get video for such devices as iPod, iPhone, iPad and the AppleTV.

The Free Video to iPod Converter and Free Video to iPhone Converter are refreshed products in the set of free multimedia tools Free Studio, while Free Video to iPad Converter and Free Video to Apple TV Converter are completely new tools launched by DVDVideoSoft especially for release of iPad and Apple TV.

The programs convert almost all currently popular video formats including .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .wmv, .mov, .qt, .amv, .3gp, .3g2, .flv as well as support of HD video formats from modern cameras such as .mts, .m2t, .m2ts, .mod, and .tod. Output files have MP4 format compatible with Apple devices. What's more, it's possible to choose in what quality the...

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Jul 28
The Clasp designed to hold your iPad case closed

The Clasp (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_clasp/index.html) is a new US$9.99 product that offers a solution for keeping your iPad case closed. It's constructed from a similar black rubber material as the Apple iPad Case and attaches with double-sided adhesive to the front.

The Clasp can be easily removed if necessary. Once attached, the Clasp adheres to the back of the Apple case with a Velcro tab and holds both sides closed.

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Jul 28
WristOffice promises solution to iPhone antenna problem

The folks at WristOffice (http:/www.wristoffice.com) say their WristOffice "hands-free" solution, iPhone users no longer have to hold their iPhone and worry about signal loss.

WristOffice is a universal mobile device accessory (MDA) that attaches your cell or mobile device to your wrist, says company co-founder Walt Froloff. With WristOffice it becomes a hands-free and hands-on device while driving using the speaker phone or Bluetooth. WristOffice works with most mobile devices, he adds.

It's available in a variety of colors. The WristOffice costs US$34.77.

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Jul 28
Thursby updates ADmitMac, DAVE

Thursby Software Systems has announced the latest versions of its ADmitMac and DAVE software. Key enhancements to the ADmitMac and DAVE software include:

° Broader support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS), which is not offered native with Apple OS X;

° Better network volume integration for popular Mac applications such as Adobe’s Creative Suite and Apple Final Cut Pro;

° Deeper ADmitMac support for Microsoft Active Directory/Group Policy Objects (GPO) along with Mac Workgroup Manager (WGM) for identity and access management from either the PC or Mac sides of an organization.

Thursby’s client-based solutions allow Macs to be managed just like PCs. Support is by Mac-Windows specialists rather than AppleCare or UNIX generalists.

ADmitMac software turns a Mac into a true Active Directory client. DAVE software delivers commercial grade Mac file and printer sharing with Windows. For more info to to...

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Jul 28
Apple releases updates for new Macs

Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update iMac (Mid 2010) for its new iMac models and has introduced the Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update.

Mac OS X v10.6.5 Update iMac Mid 2010 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1065) is recommended for all users of the new iMacs. This update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update, plus the following specific fixes for iMac (Mid 2010):

° Resolves compatibility and performance-related graphics issues;

° Improves compatibility with large-format SDXC memory cards'

° Adds support for Magic Trackpad.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and is a 452.62MB download.

The Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update enables Magic Trackpad support on Intel-based Macs. It also adds inertial scrolling and three-finger drag gesture support to recent MacBook Pro and MacBook models. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4....

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