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Jan 25
Verizon to offer $30 iPhone unlimited plan for limited time

Verizon said it would offer the same US$30 unlimited data plan for the iPhone as it offers for all of its other smartphones on Tuesday morning. But by Tuesday afternoon, the company updated its announcement and backpedaled, saying it would only offer the unlimited iPhone data plan "for a limited time," says "CNN Money" (http://macte.ch/KQlhd).

Those who get in during the window will have unlimited data on their iPhones throughout the life of their Verizon contract, the article says. The company declined to comment on how long the temporary unlimited offer would last. But it said that after the initial period, it will move to a metered system similar to the one used by AT&T, which makes its smartphone customers pay for the amount of data they consume.

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Jan 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 25

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

Apalon has announced Magical Images 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The US$0.99 appn features a collection of specifically designed images of animals, people and objects. When a layer with vertical stripes is put on them, it gives the illusion of motion that brings everything to life. The image collection was created from scratch specifically for the app and then broken into several frames. A special overlay is used to trigger an animation effect.

WStudio has released aClock Illusion 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad. Developed as a Universal application, the $0.99 app is a simple clock in its function. There are two views, an Optical and Normal mode.

Bacon Bear Productions has introduced TomTom Now 1.0, a $1.99 to get you on the road faster with...

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Jan 25
App4mac introduces Imagerie 1.0 for Snow Leopard

App4mac has introduced Imagerie 1.0 (http://www.app4mac.com/imagerie.html), their new image editor built for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It features layers management, vector tools, gradient editor and a history navigator. Imagerie is especially made to be flexible, very speedy and clear while doing common editing. No complex windows or hidden features.

According to the folks at App4Mac, Imagerie makes it y easy and speedy for everyone to edit an image. Its features range from "basic and effective pimp-up to high-class filters for sophisticated stuff."

Imagerie is available for approximately US$38 until the end of March. It's a special introductory price. Updates are always free for lifetime. Imagerie is also coming soon to the Mac App Store.

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Jan 25
Macworld: Speck announces CandyShell Wrap for the iPad

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has introduced the newest addition to its CandyShell case family: the CandyShell Wrap case for iPad. It's available in DarkLord Black (black/black) for US$59.95

The CandyShell Wrap delivers screen protection with the addition of a removable front cover that also folds back to serve as a viewing and typing stand. At its core, the CandyShell Wrap is a glossy hard shell exterior with a soft rubberized interior designed to further protect and insulate the iPad from everyday bumps, drops and scrapes.

The outer hard shell case slips into a bag or backpack, while the front cover adds extra shock-absorbent impact and scratch protection to the touch screen. The CandyShell Wrap also features a flip-back panel that allows the iPad to dock without removing the case.

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Jan 25
You lets you wake up using your Mac

iLifeTouch has released You 1.0 (http://ilifetouch.com/youmac/) for Mac OS X. The app was designed to help you wake up with alarms that actually work every time.

The app provides you with local weather and allows you to add your local news feed. Features include: options for setting alarms; options to set reminders,, meetings, etc.; Universal Time; and user controlled news feeds

You requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$2.99. It's available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jan 25
MacBook Air SuperDrive gets protective case

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has announced the SuperDrive Sleeve, a new protective case custom fitted for Apple's MacBook Air SuperDrive.

Mobile MacBook Air users may now carry a SuperDrive in the light and protective SuperDrive Sleeve that safeguards the device with ballistic nylon and shock-absorbing neoprene padding. The sleeve is cushioned with high-grade neoprene wrapped in black, ballistic nylon shell with a small tab at the bottom of the case to assist in removing the device. Users tuck the USB cord into a flush stretch pocket along the backside of the case.

The SuperDrive Sleeve is available for US$25. Its available now at the WaterField Designs online company store.

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Jan 25
Xsilva updates LightSpeed, LightSpeed Mobile

Xsilva Systems (http:/www.xsilva.com) has released LightSpeed 3.4 and LightSpeed Mobile 1.3.

The latest release features a POS user interface that tightly integrates with LightSpeed Mobile, allowing transactions to be created and paid by credit card from a mobile unit, or instantly dispatched to a Mac sales station for processing alternate payment methods. This is a first for mobile POS, says Dax Dasilva, CEO and founder of Xsilva.
 
On the retail floor, employees using an iPod touch or iPhone running the LightSpeed Mobile application scan or search the product(s); add, edit or set the customer; and then hand off the sale to a Mac desktop running the LightSpeed POS. This functionality allows a workflow for those customers who want to pay by a method other than credit card, namely cash, check, or alternate payment method that requires a Mac-connected cash drawer or external terminal, says Dasilva.

The user of the desktop POS will see a bubble appear on the...

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Jan 25
Macword: Likewise program eases integration of Macs into schools

Likewise, which specializes in helping businesses and educational institutions manage IT environments with mixed operating systems, has announced a program that enables educational institutions of all sizes to take advantage of reduced pricing and cross-platform expertise to better track, authenticate and secure Mac, Linux and Unix systems. It will be demoed at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
 
The competitive pricing of Likewise Enterprise for Education, along with volume discounts, helps universities and school districts achieve significant cost savings, says Arne Gallagher, director of worldwide education sales at Likewise. Also, Likewise Open, an open source and free product, can integrate small groups of computers using Microsoft Active Directory. No additional hardware is required to set up Likewise, so schools don't need to worry about additional budget for servers.
 
Johns Hopkins University, a private research university based in...

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Jan 25
Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny available on the Mac App Store...

Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$14.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is a point and click adventure game, taking place in Alexandria, Egypt, 48 BC. The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter.

"Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and that the partisan of Ptolemy are behind the kidnapping. Cleopatra promises Thomas that in exchange for the tablets required for the divination, her guards will find...

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Jan 25
FxFactory serves up Manifesto plug-in pack

Noise Industries has announced its latest FxFactory freebie plug-in pack, Manifesto. The titling plug-ins provide new and current FxFactory users with a way to generate titles in Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Manifesto comes in two variants: a static title generator and a title roll/crawl generator.

With Manifesto, no keyframes are required for animation. The text of choice is scrolled in and out of frame automatically based on the length of the generator track. This feature also lets users match a title roll (or crawl) to the duration of a different clip.

Manifesto can reference an existing RTF file on disk, allowing users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout. Users can create animations at any frame rate with built-in motion blur and the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts. You can use external media to determine which portions of the title are visible, or vice versa.

Manifesto is offered...

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Jan 25
Linguisoft releases Grammarian PRO2 X

Linguisoft (http://www.linguisoft.com) has announced Grammarian PRO2 X, an update to their advanced grammar, spelling, AutoCorrect, and AutoType proofreading application for Mac OS X.

Grammarian PRO2 X provides an arsenal of professional writing tools to combat embarrassing writing errors. It is a universal interactive grammar checking, smart multilingual spelling checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that virtually works with every program on the Mac computer.

The update has an improved user interface, offers improved performance and faster start-up, and has improved grammar and spell checking accuracy. It also checks for many new classes of grammar and spelling errors with over 250 primary writing rules.

Grammarian PRO2 X retails for US$49.95 and $25 for eligible upgrades. Upgrade and installation instructions are included with the Grammarian PRO2 X download....

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Jan 25
ITC says Kodak lawsuit against Apple is invalid

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion Limited is invalid and not infringed, reports "24/7 Wall Street" (http://macte.ch/IMayK).

Kodak argued that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent and intellectual property for previewing images on digital camera-enabled devices. The Kodak patent covers the technology related to a method for previewing images.

"24/7 Wall Street" says Kodak will continue its fight and noted that the ITC had previously upheld the patent in its case against LG and Samsung.  Kodak also noted that Kodak has licensed this patent in question and others to technology companies like LG, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.

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Jan 25
iPhones, iPads to gain NFC payment features?

Apple plans to introduce "Near-Field Communication" services in its next iteration of the iPad 2 and the iPhone for AT&T, enabling the mobile devices to be used in making purchases, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/v1ods).

The services are based on "Near-Field Communication," a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to four inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told " Bloomberg Businessweek." Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing "engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project."

Apple's service may be able to tap into user information already on file, including credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and bank data, said Richard Crone, who leads financial industry adviser...

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Jan 25
IDC: Android to challenge iPad for developer mindshare

Appcelerator and IDC (http://www.idc.com) surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from Jan.10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. With 85 new, primarily Android tablets announced at CES, developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.

This quarter’s report shows that Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smart phone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets. Microsoft and RIM made solid gains through their product line update, while Google TV and Apple TV interest dropped off.

As these trends unfold, IDC says it's becoming clear that the days of mobile app experimentation are over. This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development efforts and the average developer is now building for four different devices, says the research group.

Meanwhile, a dramatic...

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Jan 25
Bitstream releases Pageflex Studio ID 2.0

Pageflex, a division of Bitstream (http://www.bitstream.com) has released Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign. This new release adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms and the patented flex technology that enables design templates to react to variable content in a more sophisticated manner than any other VDP software solution on the market.

Using variable data lets marketers achieve a sophisticated level of personal communication with their audiences, according to Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream. But creating the templates used to develop these types of communication can be a time consuming and complex process. Other technologies require graphic designers to create a range of template versions that will look graphically pleasing when different amounts of variable content are used.

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Jan 25
Panasonic expands ZS range of digital cameras

Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras. It sports a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar and features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD --which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.  

The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and shared with friends and families. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best images that provide a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV, according to David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

The format of the 3D image is compatible...

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Jan 25
Macworld: Fujitus to showcase new portable scanner

Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/platforms/fcpa/home/) will showcase its new ScanSnap S1100 ultra-portable scanner, one of the world's smallest document scanners, at this week's Macworld 2011 Conference and Expo.

The new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, weighing just over 12 ounces and featuring a new sleek style, fits into a briefcase or purse and digitizes your documents. The scanner utilizes its paper path system and fast front-side color scanning functionality to scan anything from contracts and long receipts to business cards and plastic IDs.  

The ScanSnap S1100 is powered by a single USB cable, converts scanned data into searchable PDF files and even allows you to transform your paperwork into editable Word and Excel files. Additionally, the ScanSnap S1100 enables you to scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs cloud...

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Jan 25
New DiskStation will be iPhone, iPad-ready

Synology America Corp (http://www.synology.com) has released its latest DiskStation for home and small office use: the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.

Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use and 9.6 watts in hibernation. The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim and more RAM (now 256MB).

Bundled with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim offers numerous tools to home users. In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.  

Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation...

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Jan 25
Brother rolls out new mono all-in-ones

Brother International (http://www.brother.com) has announced its newest line-up, the MFC-7000 Series. The new series includes three new mono laser all-in-one models (MFC-7360N, MFC-7460DN and MFC-7860DW) with prices ranging from US$199-$299.

The new models will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers beginning in March. The new series offers a multitude of exciting value opportunities for small businesses by being the first in the category to offer duplex printing and wireless networking capabilities for under $300, says Jeff Sandler, director of marketing, Laser Products, Brother International.  It also offers an optional high-capacity replacement toner cartridge that can help lower operating costs.  

The flagship of the product line, the MFC-7860DW, offers a number of step-up features over the other models in the series, such as duplex printing and...

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Jan 25
Macworld: MLstate announces iServer for Mac OS X

MLstate -- a start-up which was the Laureate of the French Ministry of Research Innovation Contest three years ago -- says it has rewritten the whole server technology, bringing verifiable security to web applications. The result is described as a breakthrough: all SQL and similar database injections; all buffer overflows are eliminated.

Now, thanks to this One-Pot Application (OPA) technology, creating an Intranet and other web applications is simplified. iServer is the Web 2.0 collaborative portal for Ma from MLstate. iServer features a web site, intra and extranet and a social network, all combined in one. Among its features: workgroups, blogs, forums, wikis, calendars and more.

iServer combines an exclusive technical structure introducing enhanced Administrator Experience (AX). It integrates Web 2.0 tools necessary to collaborate and communicate, and with an ongoing focus on user experience (UX).

A Mac Mini is purportedly sufficient to power a 50-people...

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Jan 25
Sorenson Media releases Sorenson Squeeze 7

Sorenson Media has launched Sorenson Squeeze 7, an upgrade of the company’s video encoding application. Among its key new features are GPU acceleration, adaptive bitrate encoding and myriad new input and output formats.
 
Peter Csathy, CEO of Sorenson Media, says Sorenson Squeeze 7's new improvements include:

° New GPU acceleration. By utilizing GPUs, the specialized microprocessors that power graphics cards in personal computers, laptops and workstations, Sorenson Squeeze 7 delivers significantly faster encoding times. Sorenson Squeeze 7 automatically recognizes when the user’s primary CPU or GPU may be faster and will use the better resource for the encoding job. The software is optimized for CUDA, the computing architecture created by Nvidia that powers a variety of popular graphics processing units. Internal benchmark tests have shown Sorenson Squeeze 7 is up to three times faster than Sorenson Squeeze 6 when encoding in the H.264 format using GPU...

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Jan 25
Flip Boom Classic now includes a sound library

Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Flip Boom Classic 5, an update of the animation software for children. The upgrade includes a sound library of over 100 sounds.

Additionally, over 75 new templates have been added. Flip Boom Classic costs US$39.95 and works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Jan 25
'MacVoices' looks at SG Project 2

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the Road to Macworld continues as Ty Jacobs of Fourth Frame Technologies, the makers of SG Project 2 (which brings project management to the iPad) explains the compromises and benefits of this particular type of software on a mobile device.

He also looks at some of the choices made in this generation, and gives a peak at upcoming pro version of the product. Jacobs also talks about his decision to exhibit SG Project 2 at Macworld, and what his goals are for the show.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"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...

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Jan 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Jan. 24

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

Onyx Apps has announced ClockMaster 1.0 for iOS devices. It's an US$4.99 app designed specifically for the measurement and regulation of mechanical pendulum clocks. ClockMaster uses a microphone to capture the audible ticks of the clock's escapement and pendulum, and then determines the beats per minute and the rate of error in seconds per day fast or slow. The app is appropriate for clock owners who want to make simple adjustments, as well as professional horologists who require a precision test instrument.

Razoric has introduced Boom Boat 1.0 for iOS gadgets. It's a $0.99 action game featuring physics-based puzzles that test the player's mind and reflexes. Assuming the role of Boom Boat, players will find themselves in the midst of the worst oil crisis...

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Jan 24
Analyst offers $550 price target on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/mYO9R) -- Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White reiterated a "buy" rating on Apple shares and an US$550 price target.

He notes that Apple’s shares, backing out $64 in cash per share, trade at just 11 times his pro-forma EPS [earnings per share] number for calendar 2011 of $25.58 this year, and just 10 times his 2012 estimate of $27.75. White says Apple may increase prof-forma earnings 37% this calendar year, but the S&P 500, which is projected to increase EPS only 11%, trades higher, at 14 times.

What's more, the analyst thinks estimates are “conservative” given continued strength in Apple's product line. He estimates cash will increase from $60 billion, roughly, at present, to $74 billion at the end of the September fiscal year, and $126 billion by September of 2013.

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