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Dec 09
Gartner: worldwide semiconductor market to grow 4.6%

As the semiconductor industry completes one of its most successful years in 2010, the market is positioned for continued, albeit slower, growth in 2011, according to the latest outlook by the Gartner research group ( Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total US$314 billion in 2011, up 4.6%t from 2010's estimated revenue of $300.3 billion.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is on pace to grow 31.5% in 2010, as the industry is expected to surpass the $300 billion mark for the first time in its history. However, a modest chip correction began in the third quarter of 2010, and Gartner analysts estimate it's going to last four quarters.

"Third-quarter sequential semiconductor revenue growth was below the seasonal norm, and company guidance indicates that fourth-quarter growth will also fall short and likely become negative for the first time in six quarters," says Bryan...

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Dec 09
GestureWorks 2.0 Multitouch Software Framework sports over 200...

Ideum, a multitouch software and hardware development firm, has updated their GestureWorks multitouch authoring solution to version 2.0, which has built-in support for over 200 hundred gestures.

The GestureWorks software environment provides a standardized approach to multitouch application development in Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex. ActionScript developers can associate gestures with objects and layers as simply as mouse events are handled, according to Jim Spadaccini, director of Ideum.

GestureWorks provides tools Flash and Flex ActionScript 3 developers need to author multitouch applications. A built-in simulator allows developers to test their applications from within the Flash environment.

Along with support for over 200 gestures, the software has an open source Gesture Library that is fully extensible; gestures can be added, dropped or modified. Gestures can be mapped for multitouch or dual touch systems and customized for any number of touch points in a...

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Dec 09
Matrox introduces Mac-friendly, multi-monitor adapters

Matrox Graphics ( has announced connectivity improvements to the Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition and TripleHead2Go DP Edition Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) benefitting Mac notebook and desktop users.

The DualHead2Go DP and TripleHead2Go DP products now come packaged with a Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable that allows Mac users to connect these external multi-monitor modules directly to the mini-DisplayPort output of their systems to drive multiple monitors or projectors. Mac professionals and enthusiasts now benefit from the convenience of a true plug and play platform while experiencing the productivity-enhancements gained across an advanced dual- or triple-monitor workspace, says Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics. In addition, an upcoming firmware release will enable the support of a dual 1600x900 resolution on DVI monitors, further expanding the...

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Dec 09
AppKit helps you build iOS apps

The new web project myAppKit (, launched by German company Haase & Martin GmbH this week, is designed to enable everyone to build iPhone apps without any knowledge of programming or coding.

The online toolkit offers general tools to customize apps for any usage and different business sectors -- for instance, mobile marketing or information purpose. With myAppKit users may build personal apps containing image galleries, like fashion guides or photo albums, apps providing latest news with dynamic RSS feed integration or apps that give information .

During the app creation process users of myAppKit are free to place images, company logos, contact features like e-mail, buttons for telephone call and web links. Integration of map views will help iPhone users getting in touch with a company or a retail store.

There are templates and design options that you may...

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Dec 09
AutoCont is new handsfree FM transmitter

iKit ( has released the AutoCon, which features a 3.5mm aux cable and rapid auto scan technology to play music from your MP3 player through your car radio.

The US$44.95 device -- available in a black finish -- allows you to have full control of the play/pause, volume, track, and skip features of your MP3 player. This control also displays the current song and library selection, guaranteeing clear and simple use.

The AutoCon also integrates a handsfree wireless option to answer incoming calls on your iPhone while driving. iKit’s AutoCharge USB car charger is also bundled with the AutoCon to provide a rapid charge so your FM transmitter will never run out of juice.

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Dec 09
Elan Form Chilewich released for fourth gen iPod touch

Griffin Technology ( and Chilewich/Sultan have expanded the Griffin + Chilewich Co-Op Initiative with the release of the US$39.99 Elan Form Chilewich for the fourth generation iPod touch. The Co-Op partners are offering the new case in three colors: teal, pink, and nickel.

The Elan Form Chilewich case offers two layers of protection for your iPod touch. It has an outer layer of designer Sandy Chilewich’s trademarked Mini Basketweave textile, bonded to an impact-resistant polycarbonate inner shell. The EasyDock design allows docking of your iPod touch without removing the case. The case allows unobstructed access to all controls, ports, cameras, and, of course, the Multi-Touch display.

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Dec 09
Infusions of Grandeur releases Giftory 3.5 for Mac OS X

Infusions of Grandeur ( has released Giftory 3.5, an update to their US$19.95 gift buying and tracking utility for Mac OS X. The new version offers enhanced budgeting, including an all-new Budget Manager interface.

There's also Improved online shopping integration with and eBay, including a completely re-designed shopping interface. Giftory 3.5 improves the storing and management of hiding places and stores for faster, more convenient gift entry. Also, there are new keyboard shortcuts for faster, more convenient data entry.

Giftory helps keep track of gift giving and receiving for multiple people, on multiple occasions, over a period of years. The upgrade offers online shopping integration with Amazon, eBay and Yahoo Shopping, as well as integration with Apple's MobileMe service.

Giftory can also help with setting and...

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Dec 09
PC Publishing releases 'Logic Pro 9 Tips and Tricks'

PC Publishing has released "Logic Pro 9 Tips and Tricks," an US$19.95, 192-page book that covers the new features introduced in Logic Pro 9.

The tips and tricks are culled from author Stephen Bennet's long familiarity with Logic in music production, multimedia work and audio restoration, from his columns for several music technology magazines and from the results of research arising from the many questions he receives from Logic users. "Logic Pro 9 Tips and Tricks" looks at how to: optimize Logic Pro 9; organize your work; get Logic to work your way; record, edit, and mix; use plug-ins; and learn the Logic Environment

Bennett is a composer and post-production engineer who uses Logic every day. He says "Logic Pro 9 TIps and Tricks" is the book he wishes had been available when he first got to grips with the fascinating software that is Logic.

For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see:...

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Dec 09
BOH game for the Mac updated with new missions

BOH has released an update of its self-titled game ( for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. It now offers a total of 50 missions.

The update also: reworks the advanced automapper; improves the video modes suggestions; allows terminating map lines with CR+LF; improves error logging; improves the graphics of blocks in theme "C64"; updates the manuals; and more.

BOH is available on a CD-ROM in a DVD box along with a 24-page, full-color, English manual for approximately US$18. A downloadable version is available for approximately $15.

Here's how the game is describe: "BOH is an original, retro-flavoured game of exploration and action. You move in claustrophobic, traps-packed, mind-boggling battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard...

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Dec 09
Land Air Sea Warfare comes to the Mac, iPhone, iPad

Isotope 244 today has released Land Air Sea Warfare 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.2) Windows, iPhone and iPad platforms. The computer versions costs US$19.95, the iPhone version is $4.99 and the iPad version is priced at $9.99. Version 2.0 contains over 1,000 changes since the previous release.

Here's how the game is described: "Command a force of thousands of units into strategic warfare in this new real time strategy game. Fortify your base with turrets, surface to air missile launchers, torpedo launchers, and long range cannons. Next create factories to pump out enormous legions of vehicles, aircraft, and ships to wage war with, you decide what to build. Form groups with the easy to use grouping interface and transport units to prepare for an assault on the enemy!  Finally execute your strategic battle plan and enjoy the immense carnage that ensues. With unique explosions, wreckages, sound effects, and animations for every unit the carnage is as beautiful as it is deadly. Discover...

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Dec 09
Comic Life 2.0 for Mac OS X adds full template support

Plasq has introduced Comic Life 2 (, the latest version of the photo comic creation software for Mac OS X. Version 2 introduces full template support, which means users get a head start on their projects; advanced balloon control and text flow for precision layout; predefined and freeform shapes for more creative expression, integrated Facebook uploader for sharing with the world and an enhanced user interface.

The full template support allows you to get your project jump started with full page layouts including panels, titles and captions along with complementary styles for a professional look, says plasq CEO Robert Grant. You can also create your own templates with all your favorite font and style choices.

You can use the new Facebook exporter to upload and share your comics with your friends and family. Comic Life 2 automatically creates an album to contain the...

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Dec 09
Best Buy offers 'free' iPhone on Friday

On Friday, Dec. 10, you can get a free iPhone 3GS at Best Buy. Well, it's "free" when you sign up for a two-year plan with AT&T.

Also, note that Best Buy is offering the iPhone 3GS, not the latest iPhone. That would be, of course, the iPhone 4.

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Dec 09
Apple extends iTunes song samples to 90 seconds

Apple has begun extending the length of song samples from 30 seconds to 90 seconds at the iTunes Store in the U.S. Many samples of the site's top-selling singles -- such as The Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and Coldplay's "Christmas Lights," -- are available in the longer format, reports "CNET" (

The length of song samples has been found to be key to a consumer's decision to purchase music online, the article adds. Researchers at Robert Morris University reported last year that consumers were more likely to buy songs if allowed to sample the music for about 60 seconds and if provided access to a "high-quality" version of the music.

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Dec 09
Apple iPhone gaming head departs -- to make iOS games

Graeme Devine, who joined Apple's iPhone Game Technologies division last year, tells the "Kotaku" site ( that his last day at the company was Friday. He says he left the company to return to game development, concentrating specifically on the iPhone and iPad.

"My job there was basically to make gaming on the iOS devices fantastic," Devine said. "Basically that meant looking at the technologies involved and making sure the software played well with the hardware, to look at upcoming hardware/API and say 'Yup, that is a good thing'."

Devine told "Kotaku" that he can't comment on whether his position will be filled. But he says Apple gamers shouldn't worry.

"Apple has the smartest and most talented group of people I have ever worked with," he told "Kotaku." "Every day I...

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Dec 09
iPads, smartphones, laptops higher on consumer Christmas wish...

Despite a massive media frenzy for tablets such as the iPad, the latest research from has shown old favorites such as smartphones and laptops are still just as high on consumer Christmas wish lists in 2010.

In its latest survey, the website asked visitors, 'What is top of your Christmas list?' Surprisingly, laptops edged ahead of tablets by just 1%, with smartphones just 1% behind the latest gadget to capture the public's imagination. The result follows a recent Broadband Genie poll that found around 80% of UK consumers were not prepared to pay pounds Sterling 400 or more for an iPad.

"This Christmas, many are continuing to fall back on gadgets they trust and understand, such as traditional laptops and smartphones," says Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling. "For a lot of consumers, it is difficult to see what practical purpose a tablet currently provides beyond what other devices can already do extremely well. However, it is also clear the tablet...

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Dec 09
iPod among top 10 brands for 8-24 year-olds

Global market research firm, Harris Interactive ( has released the 2010 results of the first annual Youth EquiTrend study, which asks 8-24 year olds to rate between 98 and 125 brands on several key elements of brand equity including familiarity, quality and purchase consideration. Apple's iPod ranked number five overall.

The top 10 brands, based on equity, are M&Ms, Google, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Oreo's, iPod, Target, Subway, Hersey's Milk Chocolate, Doritos and Pixar.

"Today's youth are not just tomorrow's consumers; they are already consumers in their own right with their own money to spend," says Regina A. Corso, SVP, Youth and Education Research at Harris Interactive. "What companies need to remember is that if brand loyalty is built in these early years, that brand loyalty will remain for years to come. At this stage, the brands that...

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Dec 09
Decimus releases Synk 7 featuring Live Sync

Decimus Software has rolled out Synk 7, an update of its file synchronization and backup software for the Mac.

Building on the success of the ZeroScan feature introduced in Synk 6, Synk 7 has been rebuilt from the ground up around synchronizing live as files change. This makes it faster, safer, and more convenient than ever before to keep your files in sync and backed up, says Benjamin Rister, Decimus's president.

"Live synchronization means that syncs and backups will always be up-to-date," he adds. "You'll always be ready to pick up the laptop and walk out the door on a moment's notice, and if your system fails you won't lose any more than seconds of work from your backup. What's more, live sync also improves the performance of syncs, and minimizes the window of vulnerability to sync conflicts (when a file is edited on both sides of a sync).

Beyond live synchronization, Synk 7 still includes many features from previous versions of Synk, such as rules,...

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Dec 09
Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.0

Apple has released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.0 ( for the MacBook Air. The 2.4.1 update is recommended for MacBookAir (11-inch and 13-inch, late 2010) models and requires Mac OS X 10.6.5.

According to Apple, this update resolves a rare issue where MacBook Air boots or wakes to a black screen or becomes unresponsive.  You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Dec 09
SMEStorage supports Webdav for DropBox, Google Storage for iWork

SMEStorage ( says its CloudDav offering has been updated to support WebDav access to DropBox and Google Storage.

CloudDav adds a WebDav access layer to any cloud that SMEStorage supports though its Cloud Gateway, even if the underlying Storage Provider doesn't support WebDav. The service already supported over 10 other Clouds including Amazon S3, Google Docs, and Microsoft SkyDrive.

As well as iWork other iPhone/iPad WebDav-enabled applications can be used such as Readdle Docs, and Office2 HD. CloudDav is also designed for other mobile platforms such as the Nokia N8 Smartphone, which features a native WebDav client on the phone; this can be used with CloudDav to enable native access to many file clouds.

CloudDav is a onetime US$5 purchase for SMEStorage users. Users can register free for single file cloud support directly from the SMEStorage web site. Users who...

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Dec 09
Latexian is new LaTeX Editor for Mac OS X

Taco Software has released Latexian 1.0, a new LaTeX editor for Mac OS X. Latexian can be used with the LaTeX and XeTeX typesetters, and also includes support for working with BibTeX documents.

Latexian's signature feature is Live Preview, which allows you to see how your document typesets while you're editing it; the PDF preview updates automatically. Latexian features include Project files, Navigator, Code Folding, Error Tokens, Spell Checking and more.

Latexian costs US$24.95 per license, and can be downloaded from Taco Software's web site ( It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. A free, 30-day trial is availab

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Dec 09
PhotoLooks 1.5 supports Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop CS5

Red Giant Software ( has released Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5, an update of the software that adds support for Photoshop CS 5, Apple's Aperture and Adobe Lightroom.

This new support provides more options to create color treatments for your photographs. Other 1.5 features include new color management support, support for 16-bit TIFF files and multi-image support.

PhotoLooks lets you manipulate and experiment with color while preserving photographic detail. Sophisticated Look presets and customizable tools let you control lighting conditions and create stylized effects. You can use the software as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.

Version 1.5 is a free update for registered users of version 1.x. For new users the cost is US$199.

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Dec 09
Sonnet introduces SDHC Memory Card to SxS Adapter

Sonnet Technologies has introduced its SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot, designed expressly for use in Sony XDCAM camcorders, which use SxS memory cards for recording.

This Sonnet adapter enables the use of Class 10 and faster SDHC memory cards in place of SxS memory cards, supporting the performance required for HD recording modes while, according to the folks at Sonnet, allowing users to save hundreds of dollars on the purchase of memory cards in equivalent capacities.

Sonnet's SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot offers Sony XDCAM camcorder users an alternative to using SxS memory cards for recording. Available at the price of a single SxS card, the Sonnet adapter and several high-quality SDHC memory cards are designed to empower users to shoot longer without having to offload footage, reformat, and reuse the same SxS card. 

Sonnet's SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot is the same size as an SxS memory card and, unlike standard memory card adapters, allows the...

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Dec 09
'YML' looks at the Mac App Store, awards and more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the upcoming Mac App Store, a variety of tech-related awards and more.

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 -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

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 in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Dec 08
Study: Android users are more 'data hungry' than...

A series of studies, undertaken by Arieso ( -- a provider of customer centric network management software solutions -- comparing subscriber demand for mobile data has shown that different users and different devices exhibit markedly different demands on mobile networks.

The findings of this analysis -- using Arieso’s edge location-aware and customer-centric network management solution, ariesoGEO -- uses the iPhone3G as a benchmark and shows that data call time on certain handsets can increase by as much as 250%. It also shows that the actual number of data “calls” can increase by more than 130%. In addition, uplink and downlink data volumes can increase by as much as 130% and 40% respectively.

“Smartphone subscriptions are rising and so too is subscriber appetite for mobile data," Arieso Chief Technical Officer Michael Flanagan says. "Since the launch of the iPhone3G, we’ve seen a...

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Dec 08
Absoft releases Pro Fortran Performance Pack

Absoft Corp. -- a developer of compilers and high performance computing tools for Mac OS, Windows and Linux -- has announced general availability of a new Performance Pack for Absoft Pro Fortran v11.1 customers on Mac OS X and Windows.

The performance pack is included with the new v11.1.1 service pack. Absoft says the performance pack is the result of improved tuning of algorithms used in the new Load Balancing (–05 ) optimizer.  In addition to the performance improvements, the service pack includes a variety of fixes.

The Service Pack can be downloaded at no charge by registered Absoft Pro Fortran v11.1 customers from: .

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