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Aug 05
MakeMusic releases SmartMusic 2011

MakeMusic (http://www.makemusic.com) has released SmartMusic 2011, the latest update of the interactive music software that provides educators and students with access to thousands of band, orchestra, concert solos and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performances.

SmartMusic also allows teachers to individualize instruction, document progress for every student, and create an ideal practice environment. MakeMusic CEO Ron Raup says SmartMusic 2011's new features include:

° Streamlined screens, controls and personalized home pages that provide quicker, easier access to music, tools and key information;

° Enhanced educator screens and controls that make it faster and easier to send customized instructions, create assignments and document and track student progress;

° The ability to send assignments directly...

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Aug 05
Gratuitous Space Battles blasts onto the Mac

Positech Games has released Gratuitous Space Battles (http://www.redmarblegames.com/gsb.html) for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The US$22.95 game requires a Mac with an Intel processor.

Here's how the game is described: "GSB is the ultimate space strategy game. It's a strategy/management/simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. 


"In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorio

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Aug 05
Analyst: Microsoft shares because of Mac competition to Windows...

Wow, how's this for a change? Shares of Microsoft edged lower Wednesday after Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry downgraded the software giant in part due to increased competition from Macs to Windows systems, notes the "Seattle PI" (http://www.seattlepi.com/business/1310ap_us_microsoft_mover.html).

The analyst told investors he doesn't expect the Big M to see any upside to his estimates for the next 12 to 18 months. Chowdhry says that, increasingly, companies are giving their employees a choice to either use Macs or PCs -- and, increasingly, employees are choosing Macs over Windows. What's, Chowdhry said 70% of college freshman are entering school with Macs, up about 10 to 15% a year ago.

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Aug 05
Apple to buy Chinese ISP, mobile game developer?

SinoCast Daily Business Beat (http://macosg.me/2/nl) is reporting that Apple is close to purchasing Handseeing Information Technology, a mobile Internet service provider and a mobile game developer in China, for as much as US$150 billion.

Apple's plan to take over the Chinese company underscores its mounting interests in China's potentially huge mobile Internet sector, which has been basically ignored by it for a long time, the article adds. If Apple is interested in the company, it's probably for its online gaming technologies.

But that's a big "if." As "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com), there's no way Apple would pay $150 billion for Handsetting.

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Aug 05
iOS, Android pulling away in smartphone 'two-horse'...

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) expects mobile application downloads from Apple's iOS and the Android to account for 78% of all application downloads in 2010, with iOS (the iPhone’s operating system) taking the lion’s share of 52% of all applications.

The numbers are driven by availability, variety and novelty in both the Android market and the Apple App Store, which is currently unmatched by any other smartphone platform, says the research group. In addition, the sale of Android phones has taken off in 2010, with over 160,000 activations being reported daily.

"The Apple App Store’s days of being the only game in town are over, although the store will continue to be the biggest player in the market,” says wireless research analyst Bhavya Khanna. “However, downloads from other platforms, such as Blackberry’s App Store and Nokia’s Ovi Store remain sluggish, hampered by a lack of...

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Aug 05
'Runner's World' runs onto the iPad

Rodale Inc.’s "Runner’s World" (http://www.runnersworld.com) says the digital edition of the publication, designed exclusively for the iPad, is now available for purchase in the Apple App store for US$4.99. Runner’s World is the first consumer running magazine to enter the iPad market.

The September issue of "Runner’s World" serves as the title’s inaugural digital edition and is exclusively sponsored by Puma. Downloaders will receive multimedia and interactive content, plus 26 free “preview” pages of handpicked content from the issue, including an exclusive profile of the nation’s Second Lady and running enthusiast, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as an audio reading from Peter Sagal, "Runner’s World" columnist and host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!” iPad users can also purchase a comprehensive Marathon Training Guide designed specifically for the device.

In addition to the reliable running...

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Aug 05
Sanyo introduces new 'underwater' Xacti camera

Sanyo North America (http://www.us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras) has introduced a new waterproof Full HD (1920 x 1080) Dual Camera Xacti, model VPC-CA102YL, that can be used to record over 480 minutes of 1080 Full HD video on a single 64GB SDXC memory card and 14MP photos from a depth of 10 feet underwater. The camera will be available later this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.

Designed for any indoor or outdoor adventure, the VPC-CA102YL fits in the palm of the user's hand and is small enough to be carried in a pocket, backpack, or purse. Sanyo Dual Cameras use the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, which simplifies the sharing of videos online, on blogs or on other multimedia sites simple. The media created can also be easily edited and exported to portable media devices. Photos and videos can be displayed in Full HD resolution on high definition TVs.

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Aug 05
Griffin Technology announces new iPhone cases

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has presented their newest available families of cases for iPhone 4. The announcement includes Griffin’s Elan Form and Outfit cases, as well as the new Reveal Etch and Motif.

The hard shell case, Elan Form, offers two layers of protection in a slim, no-clip design. The premium outer layer is bonded to an impact-resistant inner shell that snaps shut and fits snugly around the iPhone 4. Openings provide access to the Multi-Touch display, headphone jack, dock connector, camera, and flash. The Elan Form is now available in black and platinum leather and a graphite finish. Pricing ranges from US$29.99 to $34.99.

The Outfit Ice is a $29.99 hardshell, slim, no-clip case that surrounds iPhone 4 in an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell with a frosted matte finish to protect it against dings and dents. It's available in red, blue, black...

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Aug 05
PDF210 products ready for InDesign CS5

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) -- the developer of the PDF2Office family of products, PDF2ID tool for InDesign cross platform file format conversion solutions and PDF converters -- has announced PDF2ID Standard 3.0 and PDF2ID Professional 3.0. They'll ship next month.

They add support for InDesign CS5, interactive property conversion and enhanced PDF to InDesign conversion. There's also a new graphics option panel letting you fine tune the way images and vector-graphics are converted.

PDF2ID provides a direct, transparent process for PDF document data retrieval and reuse within InDesign. It's been engineered to provide seamless integration with Adobe InDesign to eliminate the necessity to acquire and install additional PDF data recovery tools.

PDF2ID 3.0 is available immediately in the following configurations: US$299 for the standard configuration; $399 for the pro version; $129...

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Aug 05
Bodega for Mac OS X gets The Loop Picks feature

IDFusion Software has announced Bodega 1.2 (http://appbodega.com), an update of its "corner store" for Mac apps. The update brings a new feature to Bodega called The Loop Picks.

In conjunction with the Apple-centric website, The Loop, each week Bodega will showcase five of the hottest Mac applications available through Bodega as selected by The Loop's editors, along with what makes the applications so hot. From there, the user need only click upon an application icon for more info and to purchase the application through Bodega.

Also new with Bodega 1.2 are performance improvements. There are additional keyboard shortcuts for an improved user navigation experience, a completely redesigned receipts viewer window along with the ability to easily print receipts, and overall application speed enhancements.

Bodega is designed as an one-stop shop for software needs. Users can browse the top- rated and...

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Aug 05
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.1

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.1. Forty-eight cities in Australia, Austria, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Ireland, and Mexico have been added to the World Clock Deluxe database.

Daylight-saving information for Egypt has been updated. And the Help > Lookup Latitude & Longitude command now takes you to the GeoNames geographical database that covers all countries, including the United States and Antarctica.
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With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and...

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Aug 05
Interarchy 10 adds new plug-in architecture

Nolobe Software (http://nolobe.com/interarchy) has updated Interarchy, the file transfer tool for Mac OS X, to version 10. Among the new features is a plug-in architecture.

Users can now develop their own plug-ins and execute commands directly on remote servers. Actions such as compressing files, archiving folders and running scripts can now be performed with a simple mouse click.

Interarchy 10's new plug-in architecture is built on top of iFTP, a new file transfer protocol exclusive to Interarchy. Built on top of SSH, iFTP is fast, powerful and secure, easily outperforming traditional protocols such as FTP and SFTP, according to the folks at Nolobe Software.

Other new features include support for Google Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files, Cover Flow and Quick Look for previewing remote files, speed improvements, Net Disks, and a refined user interface. A demo of Interarchy 10 is...

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Aug 05
Stop Extraction command

Tension Software has released URL Extractor X 3.1.2 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). URL Extractor X 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. The new version improves the Stop Extraction command.

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 3.1.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Aug 05
NewerTech announces NuRAM memory upgrade kits for new iMacs

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced NuRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SO-DIMM Memory Upgrade Kits up to 16GB starting at US$99 for the latest iMac models.

The upgrade kits are for the new iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz i3, 3.20GHz i3, and 3.6GHz i5; iMac 27-inch 3.20GHz i3, 3.6GHz i5, iMac 27-inch 2.8GHz i5 Quad-Core, 2.93GHz i7 Quad-Core models. You can order:

° NuRAM 4GB DDR3 Memory Kit (2 x 2GB matched memory modules) - $99 (add to factory installed 4GB RAM for 8GB total RAM; the upgrade isn't offered as a factory option);

° NuRAM 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules) - $239.99 (add to factory installed 4GB RAM for 12GB total RAM; this upgrade isn't offered as a factory option);

° NuRAM 16GB DDR3 Memory Kit (4 x 4GB matched memory modules) - $469.99 (53% lower cost than factory 16GB option).

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Aug 05
Logitech unveils new G-Series gaming headset, mouse, keyboard

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) unveiled three new G-Series gaming peripherals -- the Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930, the Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 and the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510.

The Wireless Gaming Headset G930 (US$159.99) immerses you in 7.1 Dolby surround sound, creating a detailed, positional soundfield that lets you hear your opponents before they see you, according to Elliott Chin, Logitech’s senior manager of product marketing for gaming. With gaming-grade wireless technology designed specifically for two-way, uncompressed audio streaming, you can focus on your game without being distracted by typical wireless lag or interference annoyances, he adds.

The G930 gaming headset comes fully equipped, with three programmable G-keys that put you in command over music, voice morphing and chat clients. A memory-foam-lined headband is designed to fend off fatigue, while ear...

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Aug 05
NuKit is new productivity tool for the Mac

Nulana LTD has released NuKit 1.0 (http://nulana.com/nukit), a new productivity and timesaving toolkit for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. This US$19.99 app combines different utilities such as a launcher, tweaker, shortcut editor, window mover and advanced calculator.

NuKit was offered for public beta testing since June and now it is available in full version. In the launcher component, you can type first letters of the application name;for example "e" to receive a list of apps starting with in alphabetic order. What's more, it's possible to assign to eBay search command (for example), then will open eBay with the search string . And finally you'll see a value of mathematical constant e with nine digits after the decimal point. By the way, this advanced calculator knows about mathematical functions and displays results in decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal.

Tweaker gives access to hidden Dock...

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Aug 05
R10Cipher update adds auto delete feature

Arten Science has updated R10Cipher (http://www.artenscience.co.uk), a cross platform encryption/decryption tool, to version 4.1.3. The new version adds an option to automatically delete original files following successful encryption.

R10Cipher supports drag and drop multiple file encryption, and decryption by double clicking a file to recreate it with its original filename. R10Cipher takes text or files and encrypts them. These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file.

Its encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption. If encrypting text, this Cipher Text can then be copied into an email, saved as a file and attached to an email or just copied elsewhere. The recipient can use R10Cipher to open the file and view the encrypted...

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Aug 05
Fontcase for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Bohemian Coding and Laurent Baumann have updated Fontcase (http://www.bohemiancoding.com/?Fontcase), a font manager for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.5.4. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Fontcase focuses on metadata. For every font and weight, you can add a variety of metadata. You can set tags, genres, assign designers and foundries and more. They are not just pieces of text, but actually show up in the source list, right under your smart collections. Everything in the interface can be dragged.

Fontcase has several preview options. You can preview fonts with any sample text you want and you can view individual glyphs, as a waterfall text and as body text. If you want to go in more detail, there's a special Compare mode which was designed to compare a small set of fonts and allow you to choose the right font from them....

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Aug 05
SerialMailer update lets you block multiple addresses

Falkon Ware (http://www.falkonware.com) has updated its SerialMailer bulk email app for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 7.0.3. Multiple addresses can now be blocked by using the wildcard character in the blacklist.

The date of the last successful mail delivery is saved for each recipient and tools for e-mail address verification were added. Data imported from the AddressBook now includes all available data fields and the support for CSV files has been improved.

The software helps with sending mass communications to large groups like customers, students, employees, family or friends. The full version of SerialMailer costs US$34.95. The update to version 7.0.3 is free for everyone who registered an older version of SerialMailer after April 1, 2010. Otherwise it costs $14.95.

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Aug 05
MailForge for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.4

Infinity Data Systems has updated MailForge (http://www.infinitydatasystems.com/mailforge/), the Eudora style email client formerly known as Odysseus, to version 2.0.4. The send button defaults to "Queue" if preferences are set to queue emails by default.

Built from the ground up for Mac OS X and Windows, MailForge is designed to be a successor to the Eudora email client, providing users with a familiar look and feel, while at the same time adding features and abilities to further enhance the user experience. Harnessing the power of SQLite, MailForge offers significant performance advantages, ranging from the ability to have a virtually unlimited number of emails in a single mailbox, to search capabilities that offer near instantaneous results, according to the folks at Infinity Data Systems. Even routine tasks, such as moving tens of thousands of emails from one...

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Aug 04
Epson expands Artisan line of printers

Epson has introduced three new premium photo all-in-ones -- the Artisa 835, Artisan 725 and an all-white Artisan 725 Arctic Edition. Among their features are what Epson says is the world’s fastest 4 x 6 inch photo print speeds, built-in Wi-Fi n, wireless printing from an iPhone, and a variety of creative applications.

The Artisan 835 and 725 offer full-featured scanning/copying, automatic two-sided printing, and superior image enhancing tools.  The flagship Artisan 835 also features a built-in fax, 7.8-inch smart touch panel, and a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder. In addition, the sleek, all-white Artisan 725 Arctic Edition gives consumers more options in matching the décor and computer equipment in their home.  

The Artisan 725 (US$199.99) and Artisan 835 ($299.99) will be available in mid-August through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and Epson’s retail site,...

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Aug 04
Sample Logic releases Metallix for Live

Sample Logic (http://www.samplelogic.com) has released Metallix, a toolkit of morphed metallic instruments, percussives, atmospheric soundscapes, pads, and tempo-synced audio loops for cinematic music production. It's based on recorded metallic instruments and sounds.

The instruments (presets) and clips (loops) are integrated into Ableton Live. Each instrument uses Live's Rack format, with the eight Macro Controls mapped to provide top-level control for tweakability. This also means that all of the instruments and loops are ready to be mapped to a hardware controller or automated directly in Live.

Effects and parameters include: Attack & Release, Reverb, Filter Delay, Arpegiator, Filter Cuttoff & Resonance, and much more. This makes sound sculpting each instrument intuitive and easy. On top of this, all clips and presets are production ready, custom tailored and mastered using Live's...

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Aug 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 4

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore).

ConglomerApps has announced Infinity Organizer Notebook 1.0, an US$2.99 app for the iPad. It provides a way to organize your notes, reminders, messages and more. Users can edit and share photos and entries, choose between five different types of paper, GPS stamp their entries and use the built-in calculator.

Cypress Point Technologies has released Trin 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $19.99 app brings users real time Trading Index updates for the major American stock exchanges. Three meters are automatically updated every five seconds to reflect index changes, as they happen, for NASDAQ, NYSE and the Russell 2000 stocks, as well as the Dow Jones, NASDAQ Composite and Russell indices.

I-Imagine Interactive says their featured Xbox...

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Aug 04
'MacVoices' looks at iPhone navigation apps

On the new MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com),Glenn Fleishman updates his December 2009 look at iPhone navigation apps, outlining what is new and what has changed since he initially spent lots of time driving around Seattle testing them.

He compares and contrasts app-based navigation with dedicated hardware devices, identifies three key issues that need to be accounted for if you are going to let your iPhone guide you to your destination, and talks about some hardware accessories you might want to explore. The latest enhancements in display options, why sunglasses and your iPhone don't mix and features that contribute to convenience and safety are all covered.

Fleishman also looks at how the download vs. live-over-the-air apps compare with DVD-based dashboard systems, why iPod control considerations are important, and how well all classes of apps handle points-of-interest.

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Aug 04
Release of the iPad in China gets a bit closer

iPad has received a safety certification mark from Chinese regulators, which means the Apple tablet moves a bit closer to be being released in the country.

Apple has made no announcement about the iPad being sold in China at this time. However, the company appears to be preparing it for an entrance into the Chinese market, says "PC World" (http://macosg.me/2/ni). On Monday, the device was given the China Compulsory Certification by the China Quality Certification Center.

By receiving the certification, the iPad has cleared a major government hurdle to allow the product to be exported and sold to the Chinese market. But, as "PC World" notes, the device will likely need the approval of China's Telecommunications Equipment and Certification Center.

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