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May 25
Genuine Fractals adds support for Photoshop CS5

onOne Software says its Genuine Fractals Professional and Standard Edition plug-ins for Photoshop are now compatible with the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended Software.

Owners of Genuine Fractals 6 can download the free update from onOne Software’s web site (http://www.ononesoftware.com/). This update isn't for Plug-in Suite 5 owners but rather for customers using Genuine Fractals 6 independently of Plug-In Suite 5. Owners of Plug-in Suite 5 should not install this update and should wait for the upcoming Plug-In Suite 5.1 update that adds Photoshop CS5 compatibility and 64-bit compatibility.

Registered owners of previous versions of Genuine Fractals (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) can upgrade to the current version for US$99.95 plus shipping if applicable. Alternately, these customers may also upgrade directly to the Plug-In Suite 5, which includes all six of the onOne Software...

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May 25
College students prefer print over digital textbooks

Hard to believe but even with new digital handheld gadgets, smart phones, pads, and laptops glued to every college student's hand, 74% still prefer to use a printed textbook when taking a class, according to the findings of a new Student Watch study conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) that helps companies better understand the college market.

The survey also found that 53% of students were unsure about purchasing digital textbooks or would not consider buying them even if they were available.

"The findings of the report are not surprising," says OnCampus Research Manager Laura Cozart. "Every new innovation takes time before the mainstream population embraces it."

Currently, of the NACS (http://www.nacsfoundation.org/) member stores that offer digital content, e-books comprise only 2-3% of course material sales. However...

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May 25
LaCie announces Rugged Safe hard drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the LaCie Rugged Safe hard drive, offering multiple levels of data protection. The Rugged Safe features "unbreakable" 128-bit AES hardware encryption, biometric authentication technology, and a shock-proof enclosure. 



Designed for people on the go, the LaCie Rugged Safe is bus-powered through USB or FireWire and is compatible with Macs or PCs. Where other safe products require software installation on every workstation, the Rugged Safe is plug and play. Once configured, it will grant a user access to his or her data on any computer with a single finger swipe. 



The Rugged Safe combines a 128-bit AES encryption engine and biometric fingerprint access -- preventing unauthorized access. Professionals can protect and share sensitive files or intellectual property with up to 10 registered users, according to Erwan Girard, LaCie Business Unit manager.

The...

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May 25
ProClip USA introduces iPad holders, mounting solutions

ProClip USA (http://www.proclipusa.com) has announced a variety of iPad holders designed to securely mount Apple’s new tablet in the car, home and office.

All holders, designed and manufactured by Brodit AB in Sweden, are custom made for the iPad. The device slides easily in and out of the holder, allowing you to quickly take the iPad with you.

There are dashboard, desk stand, headrest mount, wall mount and vehicle mount holders. Contact ProClip USA for pricing.

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May 25
Konnet Technologies releases PowerV Duo

Konnet Technologies (http://konnetonline.com/store) has released the PowerV Duo, an US$39.99, multi-functional and chic charging station that wirelessly juices two Wiimotes (the remote controls of the Wii game system) and two USB-powered devices at once.

The USB-powered products can include Nintendo’s DS Lite/DSi/DSi LL or Apple’s iPhone/iPod/iPad. The PowerV Duo uses wireless induction technology and reflects charging status through a red or blue LED light

Smart charging makes it impossible to waste excess energy on overcharging, according to the folks at Konnet. The PowerV Duo includes an AC/DC Adaptor cord and two rechargeable Ni-MH 800mAh battery packs.

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May 25
Boris FX introduces Final Effects Complete 6 AE

Boris FX introduces Final Effects Complete 6 AE
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced Final Effects Complete 6 AE (FEC 6 AE), which brings 120 designer effects and transitions to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features 12 new filters and transitions, faster rendering, audio-driven keyframe generation, customizable animated presets, and a new Compare Mode feature that enables users to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side view or a live split-screen view. Each Final Effects Complete filter has been re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems.

Final Effects Complete 6 AE will be available in the third quarter of the year at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$895. Owners of previous versions of Final Effects Complete AE may upgrade for $295. Customers who purchase...

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May 25
Seydoggy offers Havnit RapidWeaver theme

RapidWeaver theme designer Seydoggy (http://www.seydesign.com) has released Havnit Ultimate, a new theme to date that introduces "smart navigation," "smart layout" and an advanced built-in slide show. It also embraces technologies like CSS3 and HTML5.

"Theme developers previously had to account for end users' choice to opt into or out of some of RapidWeaver's built in features by creating numerous and often insignificant theme options," says SeyDoggy lead developer Adam Merrifield. "Havnit's new smart layout is able to automatically detect and account for the presence of a footer, a breadcrumb, enabled navigation, and even ExtraContent."

Following the trail blazed by a few other RapidWeaver theme developers, SeyDoggy is adopting future forward methods and employing the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts, he adds. Because of this, SeyDoggy is fast tracking on their upcoming modern browsers support...

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May 25
FileMaker offers Bento 3 Student Survival Kit

FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced a free way for students to organize their daily lives: the Bento 3 Student Survival Kit.

When students download a free, 30-day trial of Bento 3 for Mac, they receive a set of ready-to-use templates for organizing lecture notes, courses, group projects, special events and job searches. The templates in the kit are an integrated set of student organizing tools.

The Student Survival Kit works with Bento 3, FileMaker’s personal database for the Mac, and can be synchronized for use with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad (sold separately for US$4.99). Registration for Bento 3 is $49. 

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May 25
FontAgent Pro adds auto-activation support for Adobe CS5

Insider Software has announced the immediate availability of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS5 auto-activation plug-ins for FontAgent Pro for Macintosh. With this release, FontAgent Pro becomes the only font manager to offer auto-activation support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 applications.

FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins can be used on machines running Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.6 -- as well as Classic applications. The latest plug-ins provide auto-activation for Adobe Creative Suite 5 using FontSavant technology that ensures you always auto-activate the right fonts in your documents.

All FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins offer Universal Binary support so run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 4 of FontAgent Pro is required to use the new CS5 plug-ins to ensure correct font activation.

Users of earlier versions must purchase an upgrade to Version 4 to use the plug-ins. Current licensed users running FontAgent Pro 4 or later...

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May 25
iFunia Video Converter Pro adds iPad options

iFunia, a developer of Mac multimedia processing tools, has launched a new version of its flagship product, iFunia Video Converter Pro Converter. This new version offers output options optimized for the iPad.

You can now convert HD video to an iPad 720p h.264 HD video format. Besides converting video formats, iFunia Video Converter Pro can be used to convert between several HD video formats, including HD AVI, AVCHD M2TS, MTS, TS, HD MOV, HD WMV ,HD MP4, HD FLV, and more. With the program, customers will be able to watch converted HD video clips on almost any portable device including their iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, and several others, according to David Lee, senior product manager from iFunia.

The program also supports simple video editing. Customers can trim a segment or crop the footage from their HD video and then make the conversion.

The iFunia Video Converter Pro for Mac is now available through the iFunia web site (...

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May 25
AT&T launches pilot WiFi project in Times Square

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has launched an AT&T Wi-Fi "hotzone" in New York City's Times Square, providing coverage for AT&T customers visiting and residing in New York who use Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, netbooks and other devices.

The new Wi-Fi coverage zone is a pilot deployment to explore the use of Wi-Fi to provide an additional mobile broadband option in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use. It will hopefully alleviate some of the 3G congestion for iPhone users in that neck of the Big Apple.

AT&T has installed Wi-Fi service in the north central part of Times Square, near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Street, to provide a large outdoor hotspot zone that AT&T users can access using any Wi-Fi enabled device. The AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone at Times Square is available at no additional charge for nearly 32 million AT&T customers with qualifying smartphone...

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May 25
Apple sued for denying Geniuses rest breaks

Another day, another lawsuit. An Apple employee has filed a class action suit (http://appleemploymentclassaction.com/) in California against Apple.

Representative plaintiff Steve Camuti filed a Complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court on Sept. 15, 2009. The lawsuit is on behalf of all persons employed in non-exempt (hourly paid) “Genius” positions in California.

It alleges that Apple denied those employees rest breaks without paying wages for that time in violation of California law. The proposed plaintiff class seeks to recover unpaid wages, penalties, an injunction and other equitable relief and fees and costs for the period of Sept. 15, 2005, through the present.

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May 25
Walmart cuts price in half on 8GB iPhone

Walmart has lowed the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS from US$197 to $97. You still, of course, must sign up for the two-year service contract.

Also, the 32GB version is still $297 at the giant retail chain. There are rumors that Apple will announce a new iPhone at June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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May 25
Apple launches back-to-school promo

Apple has launched its 2010 back-to-school promo (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/back_to_school). Students and educators can buy a Mac and get a free iPod touch.

If you’re a college student or a faculty or staff member at any grade level and you buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing from May 25 through Sept. 7, 2010, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch. You're also eligible for a US$50 discount on the MacBook, $100 off a MacBook Air, up to $200 off of a MacBook Pro, and up to a $100 on an iMac.

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May 25
'MacVoices' looks at upcoming versions of TopXNotes

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com, James Lee of Tropical Software tells how he's looking for a few good people to help test and suggest for the upcoming iPhone and iPad versions of TopXNotes.

He talks about the history of their flagship program, where it falls in the note-taking software hierarchy, and why so many users find it easy to understand and adopt. TopXNotes recently received an interface update; Lee covers that, along with his plans for the mobile device version and invites you to contact him to participate. He also has some praise for Apple's iPad/iPhone development policies, and uses some examples from the Mac's past to explain why he supports their efforts to protect us from "the nasty stuff."

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there...

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May 25
OpenTrust Mobile extends its support to the iPad

OpenTrust (http://www.opentrust.com), a next gen IT security software publisher, says it has successfully secured the iPad using its OpenTrust Mobile technology to secure access to corporate networks.

OpenTrust Mobile supports the most common Mobile OS including iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows. This latest development will allow customers to manage digital identities held on the Apple iPad, along with smart phones equipped with Digital IDs, to remotely and automatically authenticate themselves to corporate networks, according to OpenTrust Chief Technical Officer Sherley Brothier.

"The iPad is one of many end user platforms we are targeting, including other mobile computing devices and smartphones," he says. "In line with our core mission of building trusted ecosystems, it is important that our authentication offering supports all users, all networks and all devices, in particular mobile ones."

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May 25
Kroll Ontrack beefs up services for Mac users

Kroll Ontrack (http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/apple%2Drecovery%2Dservices/) -- a provider of information management, data recovery, and legal technology products and services -- has announced improvements to its data recovery capabilities for Mac systems, addressing the surge in usage of Apple systems, services, applications and devices, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Through its Ontrack Data Recovery services, Kroll Ontrack’s proprietary Recovery Positioning SystemT feature adds a higher level of precision to the data recovery process, resulting in faster service and a higher quality data recovery, according to Todd Johnson, vice president of Ontrack Data Recovery operations, Kroll Ontrack.

Ontrack Data Recovery engineers report that requests for Mac-specific data recoveries have doubled over the last three...

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May 25
Honeywell products now work with iPhones, iPod touches, iPads

Honeywell (http://www.honeywell.com), a provider of security technology, is helping consumers give their home and business security systems modern-day makeovers using some of today's most popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPod touch.

The company’s Total Connect communications service -- which consumers use to remotely control their security systems from Web-enabled devices such as laptops and smart phones -- now provides streaming video services that allow consumers to view live video of their homes and businesses. The system notifies customers via email of security incidents such as attempted break-ins, and non-emergency events such as a child returning home from school.

Consumers can then access the video from a laptop or handheld mobile device. In addition, they can remotely pan and tilt cameras, manually record video clips, or even take snapshots.

Total Connect...

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May 25
Macsimum Poll: should Apple release an iPad-like (closed) Mac?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you think Apple should released an iPad-like Mac -- in other words, one with a closed system. The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if Apple should support Flash on its mobile devices. Seventy-nine percent of you said "no," and 21% said "yes."

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May 25
MacWise rings up version 12.0.3

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.0.3 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise 12 costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered...

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May 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 24

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/).

Macsoftex has announced American Poetry 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. It's an US$0.99, searchable compendium of 5,000 poems by 50 of America's greatest poets. The app uses a parchment/sepia motif with a modest Victorian floral border to display poems in a black Times font, which is adjustable in size. A century of American poetry from Edgar Allan Poe and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to Sylvia Plath and William Carlos Williams is represented.

Hot Chili Apps has released Text Buttons 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch users. The $0.99 app enables the user to add buttons important contacts. Buttons can be created by using words and symbols in individual colors. Friends and relatives will be represented by a customized icon in the address book and by...

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May 24
iLuv announces three new speaker solutions

iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has announced their new line of peripherals for the iPad, Mac/PC desktops and laptops. The newest products in this line include three small and portable speaker options. The line-up includes:

° iSP130: Mini Clip Speaker (US$19.99), a speaker companion for any laptop. The USB powered iSP130 includes a built-in hanging clip for mounting;

° iSP150: Portable Speaker Bar ($34.99), designed for iPad, iPhone, iPod, laptops and other portable audio devices with a 3.5mm jack. It features a built-in power switch, volume control and  two power source options: USB or 4 AAA batteries;

° iSP170: Cube Speakers ($39.99), a small cubed designed, USB powered speaker solution designed for laptop users. The iSP170 is 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches in size and features built-in volume control.

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May 24
MacCleanse for Mac OS X scrubs up to version 2.0.1

Koingo Software has updated Mac Cleanse (http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php), a small Mac OS X application geared towards purifying your system, to version 2.0.1. The upgrade adds an option to always obtain admin auth before a scan/delete in the Preferences window.It also automatically prints out certain types of crash information to the Console.

MacCleanse can perform over 50 tasks that would take nearly an hour to perform manually. It erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. You can purify junk from your system, clear personal information, and recover hard drive space. Mac Cleanse is available for US$19.95. Version 2.0.1 is a paid upgrade ($9.99) for customers owning a 1.x license that's more than six months old.

Mac Cleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like FireFox (including beta 3), Mozilla,...

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May 24
YummySoup for Mac OS X heats up to version 1.9.4

HungrySeacow Software has updated YummySoup (http://www.hungryseacow.com/home/yummysoup.html), its recipe management software for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.4. BBCGoodFood.com and MyRecipes.com importers have been updated in the new version.

YummySoup 1.9.4 is a free update for registered users; for new users the cost is US$20. A 15-day demo is available at the HungrySeacow Software web site.

YummySoup is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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May 24
FinderPop ready for Snow Leopard

FinderPop (http://www.finderpop.com/), a preference pane that extends OS X's contextual menus using a FinderPop Items folder much as the Apple Menu Items folder used to do for the Apple menu, has been updated to version 2.3.0. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

You can use it as a launcher that takes up zero screen real estate or a filesystem browser. Also, FinderPop sports a Processes menu (so you can command-click a blank menubar area.)

FinderPop is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The app is free, but if you like it, you're encouraged to make a donation to the developer so development can continue.

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