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Sep 16
Olive introduces HD music server under $1,000

Olive Media (http://www.olive.us) has announced the US$999 Olive O3HD music server for home stereo systems. Based on the Olive O4HD, it requires no software installation, networking setup or virus protection. It features a 24-bit/192 kHz DAC, dedicated storage and color touchscreen navigation, allowing you to store and access your complete music collection right at your stereo system.

The new Olive O3HD stores your music collection right at your stereo system, so networking problems are a concern of the past, says Dr. Oliver Bergmann, co-founder and CEO of Olive. The 24-bit DAC with 192 kHz up-sampling delivers your music in a quality that has never been heard before on a product in this price category, he says. Olive even has a free mobile application that will turn your iPhone or iPad into an Olive remote control.

Designed for music lovers with large music collections, the O3HD stores up to 1,500 CDs or...

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Sep 16
USB Fever releases Universal Cradle for the iPhone, iPod

USB Fever has released the US$29.99 Universal Cradle for iPhone/iPod with USB Hub (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2019).

As you might guess from the name, it's a cradle that doubles as a three-port USB hub. The Universal Cradle is deigned for connecting iPhones and iPods to a computer while they're still wearing their cases.

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Sep 16
Better Finder Rename update adds new insertion options

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.7, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release adds new options for inserting space-saving alphabetical sequences into file names.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Sep 16
UI Browser update for Mac OS X adds more Help buttons

PFiddlesoft has released UI Browser 2.1.1 (http://pfiddlesoft.com/uibrowser/), an update to the assistant for GUI scripting with AppleScript on Mac OS X. The new version adds Help buttons to many alerts and fixes a number of dead links in the UI Browser Help book.

UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most Mac OS X applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable.

UI Browser is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser 2.1.0 is available for download.

New customers may purchase UI Browser 2.1.1 for US$55, with quantity discounts available. It's free upgrade for...

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Sep 16
eMedia Music to Expand For Dummies CD-ROM line

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) is partnering with For Dummies, a branded imprint of Wiley, to release six new titles in the eMedia For Dummies line of music instruction CD-ROMs.

Rock Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Bass Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Piano For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will be in stores just in time for the holiday season. All of these titles feature eMedia's interactive Instant Feedback technology, which listens through your computer's microphone as you play and highlights correctly played melodies.l 2.

Rock Guitar For Dummies, Bass For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and Piano For Dummies Level 2 will be released next month at retail stores in the US and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95. Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will also be...

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Sep 16
eMedia Music to Expand For Dummies CD-ROM line

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) is partnering with For Dummies, a branded imprint of Wiley, to release six new titles in the eMedia For Dummies line of music instruction CD-ROMs.

Rock Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Bass Guitar For Dummies CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Piano For Dummies Level 2 CD-ROM, Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will be in stores just in time for the holiday season. All of these titles feature eMedia's interactive Instant Feedback technology, which listens through your computer's microphone as you play and highlights correctly played melodies.l 2.

Rock Guitar For Dummies, Bass For Dummies, Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and Piano For Dummies Level 2 will be released next month at retail stores in the US and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95. Guitar For Dummies Deluxe and Piano For Dummies Deluxe will also be...

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Sep 15
Tango TRX is new Bluetooth audio solution for iDevices

XTremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced theTango TRX, a 2.1 wireless high-fidelity audio system for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The US$179.99 system allows users to wirelessly transmit high quality audio through the latest Bluetooth technology. 

It boasts a 2.1 digital audio system that includes two midrange drivers, two dome tweeters and a downward firing subwoofer. Tango TRX features LED status indicators for system feedback, a line-in jack for connecting other audio devices and a multifunction remote control.

The free XtremeMac Tango TRX app integrates with the unit for enhanced control and functionality. With the Tango app, users can control music directly from their iPod, iPhone, or iPad, turning any of these devices into a virtual remote which appears as a digital version of the included physical remote. The app also provides a five-band graphic equalizer that enables customers to...

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Sep 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 15

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/).

Quickwish is a new, US$0.99 social wish list app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It allows the user to keep track of the things they want and send them to the people they know using Email, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tasa Graphic Arts has announced two $0.99 iOS apps for geology students. The geotimescale Enhanced app is now available for iPhone and the iPod touch and the geotimescale Enhanced HD app is available for iPad. These apps illustrate significant events and periods of time in Earth's history. The Geologic Time Scale shows the names of the eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages along with their corresponding dates. Each app also includes illustrations and information for significant events.

Zentertain has released RingtoneMaker PRO 1.0...

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Sep 15
'YML' looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Sep 15
'Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ' answers 100...

TidBITS Publishing has announced the newest ebook in the Take Control series, "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ," by iTunes expert and audiophile Kirk McElhearn.

The 146-page "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" uses a Q&A approach to help readers appreciate and understand the process of adding media to iTunes, tagging it, adding album art, and organizing it into playlists.

"Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ" costs US$10, and includes coupons for $5 off Equinux's SongGenie tool for adding missing metadata and $3 off Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil wireless audio distribution software. You can find the ebook at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/itunes . Questions answered in the ebook include:

° How do I use the new Album List View in iTunes 10?
° What can I do with Ping, the new musical social network in iTunes 10?
° How do I control the sound quality...

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Sep 15
Analysts: Verizon iPhone needed to combat the Android threat

Bernstein Research analysts Toni Sacconagh and Pierre Ferragu told clients in a research note that Apple needs a Verizon iPhone if it's serious about warding off the Android threat.

As noted by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/14/apple-to-ward-off-an...) the analysts say that the daily run-rate for Android phone sales has more than tripled in the last seven months, to 200,000 phones a day from 60,000. Sacconagh and Ferragu estimate that 53 million Android phones will ship this year. With that in mind, the Bernstein analysts think the Android installed base could exceed that of the iPhone in a little over five quarters.

One of the main reasons for the Android’s momentum is the fact that the iPhone...

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Sep 15
Vvidget Builder 10.6.7 improves polar, bar graphs

VVI (http://www.vvi.com/ ) has released Vvidget Builder version 10.6.7, an update of the point and click graphing solution for Mac OS X. The new version offers the following improvements:

° Polar and log-polar graphs now display and autoscale better and their inspectors give access to autoscale parameters. Polar and log-polar wizards resize and autoscale better as well.

° The bar and column chart wizard now displays full or half width stacked bars in addition to offset bars.

° Skins are a type of Vvidget Builder document that can be imported into the Graph and Vvidget iPhone, iPad and iPod touch applications to customize their graph display. This version of Vvidget Builder coincides with the upcoming version of those applications to provide skin making for polar and log-polar graphs.

Contact VVI for pricing options.

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Sep 15
iBank rings up version 4.0

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.0, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

Among dozens of new features and improvements in iBank 4 are: faster transaction entry and dynamic editing options in a two-line register; a set-up assistant for transferring data from Mac and PC versions of Quicken, MS Money, or other finance programs; a streamlined set-up process for downloading transactions from online bank accounts; a more accessible user interface for easy monitoring of account balances, net worth, or summaries of assets and liabilities; upgraded investment tracking capabilities; more powerful support for multiple currencies; and speed enhancements.

Features that have been entirely revamped for iBank 4 include:

° An all-new reporting engine that, for example, lets users examine income and expenses by...

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Sep 15
Flash Decompiler 4.2 offers Flash CS5 support

Eltima Software has released Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.2 (http://mac.eltima.com/swftofla-converter.html) for Mac OS X. It's an update of the SWF to FLA converter designed to help users decompile Flash movies and convert SWF elements into multiple formats.

Version 4.2 offers Adobe Flash CS5 support, P-code view of ActionScript 3.0 and a fixing mechanism for third-party SWF files that don't satisfy the Adobe SWF file format specification.

The software lets you extract all SWF objects from the file (images, sounds, videos, shapes, morphs, fonts, texts, sprites, etc) and save them in various formats. Eltima added the ability to choose resources to extract and process several files simultaneously. Also, Flash Decompiler Trillix lets you export ActionScripts, which can be searched through later.

The new interface of Flash Decompiler Trillix 4.0...

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Sep 15
Syncro Soft releases Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author 12

Syncro Soft (http://www.oxygenxml.com) has released version 12 of its Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author, which contains a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

The user interface has been redesigned, and the Project view provides a simplified toolbar, an intuitive contextual menu and synchronized selection with the currently edited document.
A new Open/Find resource dialog has been added along with improvements in Outline and Attributes View.

Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author 12 offers generic conditional text support for any XML documentation framework, including (but not limited to) DITA and DocBook. All you need to do is to define the profiling attributes and corresponding profiling values.

The new ePUB support allows you to change, extract, validate and process data stored in ePUB files. These capabilities allow developers to pack files into ePUB and also...

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Sep 15
The MacJury weighs in on 'Too Few Women in Tech'...

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to discuss a recent "TechCrunch" article, "Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men."


The article raised the blood pressure of some members of the MacJury Pool, and they wanted to discuss and debate the article and the challenges of women in technology. The panel of Pat Fauquet, Jean MacDonald, Dori Smith, Omaha Sternberg and host Chuck Joiner take on the topic, discussing both their personal experiences and those of women in general in a variety of tech-related activities, including conference speaking, business, gaming and more.

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Sep 15
Speck rolls out new accessories for the iPad, small computing...

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) is introducing a new line of carry bags and totes to accommodate the iPad, netbooks and other small computing devices.

The A-Line 10 (pictured) is a tech tote that can hold your iPad, netbook, e-reader or other smaller device. The new tote takes its namesake from the apparel industry description for dresses and skirts offering the classic “A-Line” shape. The zippered, padded and microfleece-lined main compartment holds and protects an iPad, netbook or e-reader, while two interior zippered pockets offer organized storage for other smaller essentials and include headphone cord pass-through openings.

The $49.95 PortPack is an expandable shoulder bag stays slim when loads are light or unzips to expand to twice its capacity as needed. Low-profile zippered pockets offer extra storage space and organization for all the essentials, and a microfleece lined and...

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Sep 15
Group Logic enhances ArchiveConnect for the Mac

Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com) has updated ArchiveConnect, its File System Archiving (FSA) solution for Mac desktops.

Version 1.1 extends its s integration with Symantec's EnterpriseVault and CommVault's Simpana to include new usability enhancements and support for network-based home directory environments with active enterprise FSA deployments. Together, these new features measurably boost productivity for Mac users of Symantec and CommVault FSA systems, according to Brian Ulmer, product manager for ArchiveConnect at Group Logic. "

"The Mac's inability to differentiate between online and offline files the same way Windows can present serious challenges. In an archiving environment like EnterpriseVault or Simpana, the Mac's file previewing features trigger unintended requests to restore archived files automatically.," he says. "For just about any archiving system, this can cause severe...

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Sep 15
MacTech Conference adds Macworld Panel, Apple Certification...

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles, has announced two new additions this week: Macworld VP & Editorial Director Jason Snell will moderate a panel on virtualization, and Apple Authorized Training Center v.2 Consulting is offering a study hour and exam session for all Apple Certifications.

The three-day, information-packed event has expert speakers from a variety of backgrounds covering a broad array of topics. Evenings are full of activities, including an exclusive visit the Griffith Observatory (one of Los Angeles' greatest landmarks). On the final evening, the MacTech Conference Party will include dinner, billiards, video games, and more. The first ever MacTech Bowl will take place to raise money for the "School Field Trip" program at the Griffith Observatory.

Macworld VP & Editorial Director Jason Snell will be moderating a panel entitled "Trends in Virtualization" at MacTech Conference 2010. The panel...

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Sep 15
Newspaper subscriptions coming soon for the iPad?

The "San Jose Mercury News" (http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_16076242?) is reporting that Apple is expected to announce soon a new subscription plan for newspapers, "which hope tablets like the iPad will eventually provide a new source of profit as media companies struggle with declining print circulation and advertising revenue."

Not surprisingly, Apple wouldn't comment to the newspaper. However, Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo., told "The "News" that Apple probably will take a 30% cut of all subscriptions sold through the company's Apple App Store, and as much as 40% of the advertising revenue from publications' apps.

Apple has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers to allow the company to share with publishers their information, which includes vital...

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Sep 15
iOS devices surpass Sony PSP as gaming platform (and close in on...

A new survey shows that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have surpassed Sony PSP as a gaming platform in the United States and have almost caught up with Nintendo's DS, according to "GamePro" (http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/216511/apple-closes-in-on-nintendo-p...).

According to a survey from the International Gamers Survey 2010 from market research and consulting firm Newzoo, 77 million Americans play games on mobile phones and portable devices. Of those, 40.1 million use the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The platform of choice for 41.0 million ages 10 and up is the Nintendo DS and DSi.

"GamePro" says that 18 million Americans play using Sony’s PSP. The survey also reveals that two-thirds of PSP and iPad users play games at least three days a week, compared to 50%...

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Sep 15
Mix up a Martini QuickShot for Final Cut Pro

PowerProduction Software has released Martini QuickShot Creator (Martini), the first plug-in for post-production visualization. Designed to work within Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Martini (http://www.martiniquickshot.com) lets editors direct additional shots and sequences.

With Martini’s dynamic power, editors no longer need to use black slugs with text explaining what “shot goes here, says PowerProduction Software Chief Technical Officer Paul Clatworthy. From single shots to multi-shot sequences, Martini helps directors and editors create a better final film, he adds.

Loaded with classic and unique shot styles, Martini's interface guides editors through the quick creation of composite shots. Editors can select a style, such as basic over-the-shoulder shots, two and three shots, and close-ups as well as fight scenes, chase scenes, and other pre-composed multiple shot sequences. Then,...

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Sep 15
Apple AirPrint wireless printing coming in November

Apple is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to members of Apple’s iOS developer program today, and says AirPrint will be included in the free iOS 4.2 software update in November.

AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

AirPrint is designed to support a range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this fall include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.

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Sep 15
dB Logic debuts new headphones, earphones

dB Logic (http://www.dblogic.com) has announced what it says the world’s first family of no-battery-required, ultra-low distortion sound pressure level limiting headphones and earphones for teens and adults.

The headphones and earphones with SPL2 technology are designed to help protect users from long-term hearing damage, according to the folks at dB Logic. In addition, the company is also launching “dB Logic for Kids,” the first family of headphones with SPL2 technology designed for children.

dB Logic’s proprietary sound pressure level (SPL) limiting technology, SPL2, limits volume levels and provides consumers with a low-distortion listening experience. Additionally, dB Logic headphones and earphones integrate a SPL2 monitoring circuit that regulates the volume where needed, while still keeping the musical content largely unchanged.

dB Logic headphones and earphones for adults will be...

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Sep 15
Nikon releases D7000 D-SLR

Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com) has introduced the D7000 digital SLR camera, which can take 16.2-megapixel photos and full HD (High Definition) movies. It sports a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability that the folks at Nikon say have never before seen in a DX-format (APS-C) camera.

The new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver high image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 D-SLR provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF).

The D7000 D-SLR camera will be available throughout the U.S. beginning mid-October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$1,199.95 for the body only and $1499.95 for body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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