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Dec 01
MenuEverywhere ready for large, multi-monitor Mac users

Binary Bakery Software (http://www.binarybakery.com) has released MenuEverywhere 1.4.3, an update to their US$14.95 Mac OS X 10.6.x utility. Designed for large monitor or multi-monitor users, it makes the menubar's menu accessible from any window on any screen.

MenuEverywhere works with almost any Mac OS X application. With the app, you can access menus in the following ways: screen-top menu on (non-primary) secondary screens; window-attached menubar; window-attached menu button; and hotkey pop-up menu at mouse location

In MenuEverywhere, menu access methods are all optional; those not used may be switched off. The app has configurable button/menubar styles, multiple font sizes for menu labels and menu items, the ability to show the Apple menu in addition to application's menu, an exclude list facility to prevent usage on apps of your choosing, and more.

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Dec 01
Prepare for mind games in Winter Voices, Episode One

You can now plunge into the mind's eye of a tragic heroine in the first episode of Winter Voices, the narrative-driven, episodic, single player role-playing game from independent game developer Beyondthepillars. Players can download the first episode, "Those who have no name," now for the Mac and PC at the Winter Voices web site for US$4.99.

Gamers who embark on the wondrous, psychological adventure of Winter Voices must embrace a new form of role-playing, leading the heroine past her own personal demons come to life, says Guy Levi-Bochi, CEO of Beyondthepillars. Players will confront= terrors by choosing one of three female character classes and helping their heroine persevere her difficult journey.

Levi-Bochi says the game offers "a challenging and snowy ordeal, bringing her face-to-face with strangers and travelers as she leaves behind the familiar faces of her home village." To progress, players need to guide her beyond the fears plaguing her journey, including...

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Dec 01
DxO Optics updated to version 6.5.1

DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5.1. The upgrade adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

DxO Optics Pro and upgrades for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows will be offered at a 30% holiday season discount through Dec. 25. They're available from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers at the holiday season discount of:

° DxO Optics Pro Standard edition: US$99, reduced from $169;

° DxO Optics Pro Elite edition: $199, reduced from $299.
 
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the 30% discounts:

° DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: $49, reduced from $79;

° DxO Optics Pro...

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Dec 01
Epic Games releases November 2010 Unreal development kit beta

Epic Games (http://www.epicgames.com) has released the November 2010 UDK Beta, the latest version of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides access to the toolset used in blockbuster video games, 3D visualizations, digital films and more.

Epic says it's committed to providing the UDK community with regular software releases at no charge, and the latest beta is available now at http://www.udk.com/download .

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Dec 01
iPad, iPhone in the Enterprise to be Addressed in MaaS360...

MaaS360, the provider of cloud-based Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions, has announced a free webinar titled “Enabling iPhones and iPads in the Enterprise” on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 2 pm (Eastern).

Donna Lima, Fiberlink’s customer engineer, will provide best practices for enabling employees to securely access corporate resources and collaboration applications from their iPhones and iPads. You can register for the free webinar at...

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Dec 01
Lightworks 2010 Public Beta available

EditShare has announced the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source. The free Lightworks 2010 public beta download is available to all interested participants.

Now anyone can familiarize themselves with the Lightworks editing system and view the new features and enhancements on the professional editing solution. It was introduced in 1989 with real-time synchronization and a variety of editing features.

The next version will include improvements in capture/playback, editing, effects, tools, film, third party support, collaboration, I/O support and more. For more info on the Lightworks Open Source project and the public beta, go to http://www.editshare.com/lightworks .

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Nov 30
It's iPad verses Kindle in the eReader market

The eReader market has essentially become a two horse race between the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad, according to the latest survey of more than 2,800 consumers by the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com).

The Amazon Kindle (47% of the market and down 15 points) is hanging on to a rapidly diminishing lead over the iPad (32%; up 16 points) among current eReader owners. However, the iPad’s share of the overall market has doubled since the last time ChangeWave surveyed e-Reader owners in August. The rest of the market includes the Sony Reader (5%) and the Barnes and Noble Nook (4%).

In terms of owner satisfaction ratings, ChangeWave's survey shows that 75% of iPad owners are "very satisfied" with its eReader capabilities compared to 54% for the Kindle. The research group also asked eReader owners about the types of content they’re reading on their devices -- and found major...

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Nov 30
Retrevo report: iPhone owners love their accessories

By Andrew Eisner

Not everyone is lucky enough to own an iPhone, Droid or some other cool smartphone, but we'd wager that most of you know someone who does and there's also a good chance you'll be buying a gift for that person this holiday season.

If you want to make sure your gift is well received we suggest you heed this advice based on a recent Retrevo Gadgetology study that looked at smartphone owners under the age of 35, the gadgets accessories they own, and the ones they want to buy.

Smartphone owners prefer accessories

Although most non-smartphone owners would still prefer a sweater or scarf this year, smartphone owners under 35 are a different breed. The study found a large number of those smartphone owners say they would like to receive accessories for their phones and other gadgets more than more traditional items like clothing, books, perfume, and sweets. When we asked what they plan to buy for themselves...

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Nov 30
Apple sued over 'unsafe' MagSafe

Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in Connecticut by Great Northern Insurance Company claims that Apple's MagSafe charger, attached to a 2007 MacBook Pro, caused a major fire at a Connecticut home, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

According to the lawsuit, the fire marshal of the town of Glastonbury concluded that the blaze, which occurred on May 23, 2008, was caused by the "external system components" of the laptop found in the home. Great Northern has made payments in excess of $75,000 to a client after an accidental fire occurred at their family's home, notes "AppleInsider."

Great Northern's lawsuit attempts to prove that the MagSafe adapter was "in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition" due to Apple. The complaint argues that Apple "manufactured and sold the MagSafe adapter in a condition that it knew, or should have...

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Nov 30
Apple updates Game Center terms of service

Apple has updated its Game Center terms of service so that gaming invites sent to friends will include the "real" name users have associated with their Apple ID, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

iOS games that support Game Center connect to your account automatically at launch and enable features such as multiplayer support, high score leaderboards, and the ability to invite friends to play with you. However, yesterday Apple issued an update that prompts users to first agree to the new ToS, which includes the comment, "we have changed the Game Center terms and conditions to provide you notice that if you send a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the recipient. If you accept a friend invitation, the full name associated with your Apple ID will be shared with the sender."

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Nov 30
Apple's 'data center guru' dies from heart attack

According to "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/38912/apples-top-data-center-executive-olivier-sa...), Oliver Sanche (center), the man in charge of all things related to data centers for Apple, passed away last Thursday from a heart attack.

Sanche was heading Apple’s soon-launching North Carolina data center, the article adds. He joined Apple from eBay in late 2009 where he used to lead data center projects as well.

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Nov 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 30

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/).

Deep Prose Software has announced FastTalker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad. The US$1.99 app is for making quick audio notes on-the-go without having to look at the screen or tap a lot of buttons. It is designed to capture quick audio recordings of 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds at a time. FastTalker starts and ends recording automatically; just start the app and record your thoughts.

Hot Chili Apps is expanding their Christmas Card Edition. Christmas C@rds HD 1.0 are e-cards. The $3.99 app allows anyone to design on the iPad in HD quality and in a complete new look, with a choice of various graphic elements for designing his/her own Christmas card to his individual taste. It has 36 C@rd templates that can be decorated on the iPad with personal photos or...

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Nov 30
OWC Expands Mercury Rack Pro Rackmount RAID Line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded the storage capacity of its OWC Mercury Rack Pro rackmount storage solutions to 12TB.

It touts four hard drive bays each capable of holding up to 3TB each in a 1U rackmount design. The Mercury Rack Pro is available in two RAID and interface models: the “Quad Interface” model with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2, and eSATA ports and Hardware RAID 0/1/5/10/Span modes; and the eSATA port multiplier RAID ready model.

The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 17 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB with manufacturer's retail pricing starting at US$529.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher, and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems and comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty.

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Nov 30
TRTL Bot unveils eco-functional iPhone 4 case

TRTL Bot (http://www.trtlbot.com) has announced the Minimalist 4, an "eco-functional" case for the iPhone 4 that is only being offered during the holiday season. It combines the protection of a case and the capability of a money holder, allowing you to carry up to three ID/credit cards with your phone.

Designed and manufactured in the Los Angeles area using recycled plastic, the white Minimalist 4 is similar to its predecessor, the Minimalist 4 and TRTL Stand 4, containing at least one plastic water bottle per case. TRTL Bot blends minimalistic design with simple practicality, both represented in the white color of the case, says President Peter Gloria.

Both the white and black Minimalist 4 and the TRTL Stand 4 are currently available for US$34.99 at the TRTL Bot web site.  For iPhone 3G/3GS users, a Minimalist 3G/3GS is also available in black or white for $24.99.

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Nov 30
AG Findings releases new iPhone 4 case

AG Findings has announced the Vent Shell for the iPhone 4. It's available in a variety of vibrant colors and is engineered with polycarbonate to keep your phone guarded from everyday dings.

The Vent is a one-piece shell, which snaps onto your mobile device and leaves the charging port, camera and controls fully accessible. The Vent Shell is available at AT&T retail stores for US$29.99 in a two-pack that includes red and black, both with a soft-touch coating.  An additional two-pack (clear and purple) is available at http://www.att.com/wirelessaccessories . Other combinations and colors are available at http://www.agfindings.com .

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Nov 30
Griffin Technology releases LightBoard case/app combo

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has released LightBoard, an interactive children's experience for the iPad. The combination case and app creates a kid-safe arts activity center while simultaneously protecting the Apple tablet, says Mark McGlon, creative director at Griffin.

The LightBoard is an US$39.99 protective case and art table in one. Your iPad is surrounded in a shatter-resistant polycarbonate shell with openings for the speakers and headphone jack. A built-in polycarbonate screen shield protects the Multi-Touch display against scratches and impacts. A clipboard frame holds a piece of drawing paper firmly in place.

The LightBoard case is custom-built to work with the included LightBoard Trace app, a free download from the Apple App Store. With the app, your iPad serves up more than 35 different coloring activities and figures for your child. Slide a...

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Nov 30
Star Shipping game comes to the Mac, iOS devices

Corbomite Games has released Star Shipping (http://starshipping.corbomitegames.com/), a new commerce strategy game, for the Mac, Windows, iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

Here's how the game is described: "The goal of Star Shipping is to become the richest captain in the galaxy by trading commodities between new and exciting planets, while working for the intergalactic space trading company 'Star Shipping Inc.' Since space is unpredictable while traveling to different planets, you’ll encounter multiple types of enemies like space pirates, monsters and other alien lifeforms. You can choose between flying solo or protecting your cargo by hiring defense drones. In-game news at the end of each turn dramatically affects the next turn’s outcome as well as random events that occur during travel will make players think twice before taking chances and increases the fun as the game...

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Nov 30
Study: use of tablets such as the iPad to grow in the workforce

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) says that by 2013, 80% of businesses will support a workforce using tablets. The Apple iPad is the first of what promises to be a huge wave of media tablets focused largely on content consumption, and to some extent communications, rather than content creation, with fewer features and less processing power than traditional computers and notebooks or pen-centric tablet computers.



"Support requirements for media tablets will vary across and within enterprises depending on usage scenario," says Gartner. " At minimum, in cases where employees are bringing their own devices for convenience, enterprises will have to offer appliance-level support with a limited level of network connectivity (which will likely include access to enterprise mail and calendaring) and help desk support for connectivity issues."

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Nov 30
New version of Flock browser is Mac compatible

Flock, creator of a social web browser, has announced the availability of a Chromium 7-based version of its new Flock browser on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Shawn Hardin, president and CEO of Flock, says his company offers the only browser that lets the user:

° See all of their social content in one place by simply glancing at the Flock Sidebar, including tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn status updates, RSS feeds, and YouTube and Flickr content.

° Choose to see everyone in the Sidebar and get their updates fast.

° Share content and updates across Facebook, LinkedIn and multiple Twitter accounts with two clicks.

° Group friends in multiple ways while still having their social media updates visible in the scrolling Sidebar. They can also combine or group their friends according to work, play, school, clubs, interests -- any way they choose.

Flock for the Mac supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 and will be available on Dec. 1 for...

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Nov 30
Apple among world's most admired knowledge enterprises

Teleos (http://www.knowledgebusiness.com) -- an independent knowledge management and intellectual capital research firm -- has announced the winners of the 13th annual Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) study. For the first time, Google has been named the overall Global MAKE Winner, but Apple is also on the list.

"These organizations have been recognized as global leaders in effectively transforming enterprise knowledge into wealth-creating ideas, products and solutions," says Apple among world's most admired knowledge enterprises. "Even during this period of global economic uncertainty, they are building portfolios of intellectual capital and intangible assets which will enable them to out-perform their competitors now and in the future."

A panel of Global Fortune 500 senior executives and internationally-recognized knowledge management/intellectual capital experts...

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Nov 30
Telio bundles Teliophone service with the iPad

Telio (http://www.telio.ch/no/) -- a Norwegian telecommunications company that provides VoIP telephony services in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands --is offering its Teliophone service bundled with the iPad

“Teliophone enables our customers to achieve substantial savings for a number of their calling scenarios and especially when traveling outside Norway," says Eirik Lunde, CEO of Telio Holding ASA. "For many customers this will be a possibility to substantially reduce the very high roaming costs. This is a new method of distributing Telio’s access independent telephony services."

The bundle will be launched at the price of NOK 2,995 with a Telio Mini subscription of NOK 159 per month. Through Teliophone it is possible to call any number on the traditional fixed and mobile networks all over the world at prices from 0,- per minute.

Lunde says Teliophone on iPad enables you to use iPad as...

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Nov 30
Audio-Technica announces under-$100, noise-canceling headphones

Audio-Technica (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/c35da94027e94819/index.html) now offers two noise-cancelling headphones under US$100 -- the QuietPoint ATH-ANC27 over-ear and ATH-ANC25 on-ear models. They cost $99.95 and $79.95, respectively.

Both headphones feature exclusive, highly effective QuietPoint ANC technology that detects environmental noise and applies a corresponding sound-canceling signal, according to the folks at Audio-Technica. Like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint models, the ATH-ANC27 and ATH-ANC25 are designed for use with the the iPod, iPhone and iPad, along with computers, in-flight entertainment systems or virtually any device with a headphones jack.

Both models have a detachable cord, enabling their use as cordless noise-canceling headphones. They work even when their noise-canceling...

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Nov 30
SanDisk, Nikon, Sony Propose Industry Standards for Next-Gen...

SanDisk, Nikon and Sony have announced the joint development of a set of specifications that addresses the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash Association (CFA), the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Professional photography and High Definition (HD) video applications require a new generation of memory cards capable of processing significantly larger files, according to Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company. To address the imaging industry’s future speed and capacity demands, SanDisk, Nikon and Sony proposed a new card specification whose performance and storage capabilities surpass those of existing memory cards. Once accepted, the new format will enable "exciting new possibilities" in the professional imaging and video markets, Kazami says.

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Nov 30
SintraWorks releases CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X

SintraWorks has released CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://sintraworks.com/index.php/sintraworks/commandpdf_home/), a PDF imposition tool designed to handle intense imposition workflows.

It consists of a graphical user interface app to design and test imposition templates, and two command line apps -- one to impose PDF documents according to a chosen imposition template, and a daemon to automate the imposition process. CommandPDF will also overlay the pages of documents on top of each other.

CommandPDF 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. running on an Intel Mac. A single user license is US$199.95. A demo is available for download. Also, aAs an introductory offer SintraWorks is offering CommandPDF 1.0 at 30% off the regular price through Dec. 14.

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Nov 30
New DJ software for Mac and Windows available

MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released a "simple" version of its DJ Software, DJ Mixer Express. The US$29.95 app turns your computer into a high-end DJ system and includes a virtual mixing desk, automix function, precise beat recognition and a preview function.

DJ Mixer Express lets you automate common tasks like automatic DJ mixing, automatic BPM counter and beat mixing, or apply a high degree of control over every aspect of your mix. You can define your own sound by applying distinct effects to the song. Each of the two independent decks have functions for play/pause, pitch (speed), vinyl simulation (scratch, reverse play, brake, spin), gain, equalizer, listening only in headphones, etc.

DJ Mixer Express 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and Windows 7, XP and Vista. A demo is available for download.

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