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Jul 15
OWC Mercury Pro SSD line is now available in capacities up to...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line has begun shipping in the largest capacity model available of any SandForce-based processor SSD on the market -- up to 480GB --- by being the first SSD on the market to use the new SandForce SF 1232 processor that'soptimized for the higher flash density required by these drives.

The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line is available for immediate ordering in eight configurations from 50GB to 480GB starting at US$194.99. All models are Mac and PC compatible and installs into notebooks, as well as into desktops/towers with an OWC Multi-Mount adapter kit sold separately.

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Jul 15
REAL Studio to include Cocoa framework beta in upcoming release

REAL Software says their rapid application development tool, REAL Studio, will include the option to compile a Cocoa application in the upcoming 2010 Release 3. 

REAL Software has been working on the development of the Cocoa framework for a long time and though it is not yet complete, it is far enough along that it will be made available as a beta to all REAL Studio users, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO.

On Mac OS X there are two ways for applications to communicate with the operating system: Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon was designed to allow applications from Classic Mac OS, like REAL Studio, to run natively on Mac OS X. Cocoa is the method that has been part of Mac OS X since its introduction and all applications must move to Cocoa to continue to be modern.

"Unlike when other companies have gone through the conversion, REAL Software is trying to minimize the impact on their users," says Perlman. "One of the many benefits of using REAL...

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Jul 15
Boris FX announces new Boris Continuum Unit: Lens Blur

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says a new Boris Continuum Unit, Lens Blur, is now available. The Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit delivers Lens Blur, Lens Shape, and Lens Transition filters to Adobe and Apple video editing and compositing software.

Each filter is mutli-processor accelerated for fast performance on modern computing platforms, says Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX. The Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit supports Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

The Lens Blur filters are also included with the Boris Continuum Complete 7 visual effects plug-in collection. Boris Continuum Lens Blur Unit is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for a manufacturer's...

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Jul 15
'MacVoices' looks at disconnecting from cable

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Katie Floyd talks about her research into the costs, benefits and compromises of disconnecting from cable, and shares her findings.

She covers the options for over-the-air video acquisition, what is and isn't available on Hulu Plus and Netflix, and the costs of download options like the iTunes Store. On the hardware side, Apple TV, TiVo, HD antennas, dedicated streaming media boxes are covered, along with a dedicated Mac mini, remote control options and more.

"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 making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Jul 15
'DigiTimes': New, slimmer MacBook Air coming later...

"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100715PD208.html) says Apple is working on botha new MacBook Air and a new iPod touch. The article says the next MacBook Air will sport an 11.6-inch display and Intel Core ULV CPU.

The machine will be released in the second half of this year and be built by Quanta computer, according to "DigiTimes." It will purportedly be even slimmer and lighter than the previous gen MacBook Air.

As to the next iPod touch, "DigiTimes" says will feature a 3-megapixel camera, capable of both photo and video recording, and will adopt Apple's latest A4 processor, which is also used in the iPhone 4.

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Jul 15
Video looks at Xcode projects for publishing a book on the Apple...

Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced a step-by-step video demo to accompany his range of complete Xcode projects for eBook authors. Entitled "It's That Easy", the video lasts just two minutes, but covers every step in creating a book app for iPad or iPhone.

Specifically designed to help authors publish their books on iPhone and iPad devices, these projects are ready-made apps, just waiting for content to be loaded in a choice of either HTML format files or PNG image files. Anyone who can edit a HTML document, or create an image in PNG format can publish a book on iPhone or iPad, sys Mayer.

Pages can be created in any HTML editor such as Dreamweaver, and may use a variety of fonts and styles, as well as images within the pages, or even be image based pages -- with a single PNG file loaded for each page. Three complete Xcode Projects (http://...

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Jul 15
ShareTool update for Mac OS X offers more reliable VPN detection

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.03. The update offers more reliable VPN detection and support and improved Bonjour service discovery.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.0.3 costs US$15 for a single-user license, $25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Users that purchased ShareTool 1.x from April 13 to May 13, 2010 are entitled to a free 2.x upgrade.

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Jul 15
Registration opens for 2011 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says registration is open for the 2011 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, scheduled for Jan. 6-9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Registration for the 2011 International CES is free to industry professionals through Sept. 30. A registration fee of US$100 will go into effect starting Oct. 1, and the fee will be $200 effective 5:01 p.m. (Eastern) Dec. 31. Hotel room rates in Las Vegas, currently at some of the lowest rates in years, are available through a special block set aside for CES registrants. Attendees, exhibitors and media can register at http://www.CESweb.org .

The International CES attracts more than 120,000 executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from more than 130 countries.

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Jul 15
Power Manager for Mac OS X now lets you automate tasks

DssW has updated Power Manager (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/), a Mac OS X utility designed to help users save energy by automating Macs, to version 4.0. The upgrade provides the ability to automate tasks and perform sequences of actions.

With Power Manager, users can schedule their Macs to start up or wake, shut down, restart, log out, switch to the log-in window, and sleep. A 30-day demo is available for download. Power Manager costs approximately US$52 for a single-user license and $387 for Power Manager Professinal. Volume discounts for 100-plus Macs are available.

Version 4.0 is free for registered users of all previous versions. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Jul 15
e-Node announces CalendarSet 3.6

e-Node has announced CalendarSet 3.6 (http://www.e-node.net/cs), an update of the tool for implementing calendars on 4th Dimension forms. The new versioin fixes various bugs, simplifies the license system and brings an overall better stability. 


Version 3.5 licenses can be upgraded to 3.6 for free (except original equipment licenses subscribed with a third party). Contact e-Node with a valid proof of purchase if your license was purchased from a third party. 


CalendarSet 3.6 requires 4D 2004 or higher, including 4D 11 SQL. Only one registration key is required. The key is either linked to the 4D or4D Server serial number, or to the name of the company/developer. 


Like all e-Node plug-ins, CalendarSet offers six different license types. There are no such things as MacOS vs Windows or Development vs Deployment.

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Jul 15
Turbo.264 HD SE lets you convert video for the iPad, iPhone

Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) has released a software edition of Turbo.264 HD, a video converter for the Mac. It gives users the ability to instantly edit HD camcorder clips without converting them first, and supports nearly any kind of video source format.

It uses advanced encoding technology to convert any video file to a high-quality iPhone- and iPad-compatible format. The interface offers pre-installed output formats for iPad, iPhone, YouTube and more. The software edition of Turbo.264 HD is available for download immediately in the Elgato Online Store at a price of US$49.95 USD. A hardware-accelerated version of Turbo.264 HD is also available.

Turbo.264 HD automatically detects USB camcorders and enables users to preview and edit video clips before importing them. Turbo.264 HD Software Edition does not require a lengthy conversion into an intermediate format, according to the folks at Elgato....

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Jul 15
iWeb Themes Park announces five new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has announced five new themes for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. They are Double Power, Family, Natural, Radio and Surrounding.

The original and updated iWeb themes bundle has 42 iWeb themes all in all. The package of forty themes is priced at US$39.99. Each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained for $21.98.

Every visitor of a gifts page at the iWeb Themes Park web site can download two iWeb Theme samples for free. To use the themes you'll need a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later.

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Jul 15
Registration underway for 2010 MacTech Conference

Registration is now underway for the 2010 MacTech Conference. It's a three-day technical conference designed to raise the level of knowledge for the entire Apple/Mac community.

MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Apple developers will be held Nov. 3-5, 2010, in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City. The information-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but also to get to know others in the industry.

"The whole idea of the MacTech Conference is to allow members of the Apple community to meet and exchange ideas," says Edward Marczak, conference chair and Executive Editor of "MacTech Magazine." "This will be spurred on by presentations from some of the best and well-known experts in the community."

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both...

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Jul 14
Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference Friday

Apple has sent out invitations to the media for a press conference on Friday, July 16, at 10 am (Pacific) at the company's Cupertino campus. Details haven't been divulged, but it will almost certainly deal with the reported antenna/reception problems with the iPhone 4.

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Jul 14
Gartner, no, Apple has 9.8% of US market share

The IDC research group's latest data says Apple had 8.8% of the US computer market in the second quarter of 2010. But the Gartner research group has the number at 9.8%.

Gartner says Apple shipped 1.79 million Macs during the quarter, compared to 14 million in the second quarter of 2009. In the year-ago period, Apple had, per Gartner, 9.1% of the computer market, so has seen annual growth of 24.7%.

Gartner, like IDC, lists Apple as fourth among US computer vendors. Ahead of it, by market share, are HP (25.7%), Dell (23.7%) and Acer (11.3%).

Worldwide computer shipments reached 82.9 million units in the second quarter of 2010, a 20.7% increase from the second quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results by Gartner. These second quarter results were slightly above the research group's earlier market outlook. Gartner had expected second quarter computer shipments to grow 19.3%.

"The preliminary second quarter results indicate ongoing improvement of...

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Jul 14
IDC: Apple has 8.8% of US computer market

Despite rising worries over sovereign debt and the pace of economic recovery, the global computer market grew 22.4% in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), in-line with forecasted growth of 22.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

Apple now has 8.8% of the US market, up from 8.6% in the second quarter of 2009, according to IDC. That's 15.4% year-over-year growth.

Apple is number four among US computer vendors. Ahead of it -- and their market shares -- are HP (25.7%) and Dell (24%).

On a worldwide basis, desktop computer shipments exceeded expectations, helping to confirm signs that businesses are moving ahead with replacements, while portable sales trailed forecast estimates, reflecting the effects of a thus-far jobless recovery on consumer spending.

"The personal computer market remains robust, and in a recovery phase, despite challenges to a broader economic recovery, such as slow job growth and a...

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Jul 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 14

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/).

Minijuegos has announced Spiderly 1.0, a new US$0.99 game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In the game you have to defeat the evil spiders with the help of four birds.

Playees has released Balloon Heaven, a free, ethereal balloon flying game for iOS devices. The object of the game is to carefully inflate a colored balloon to its full size and then guide it through the matching color ring in the sky. Gameplay ramps up slowly, preparing the player for higher levels where the tempo, number of balloons, evil clouds, and devil balloons all add difficulty.

Riptide Games has introduced iLookFunny 1.0, a $0.99 photo app for iPhone devices. It lets users take funny photos of themselves and their friends with the iPhone camera, or front camera...

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Jul 14
Apple releases iOS SDK and iOS 4.1 beta

Apple has released iOS SDK and iOS 4.1 beta for its developers. They're available from the iPhone Dev Center. Apps built with iOS SDK 4.1 beta should only be tested on devices running iOS 4.1.

Apple says to make sure to read the Xcode 3.2.4 Readme  (http://macosg.me/2/j8) and the iOS SDK 4.1 beta Release Notes  (http://macosg.me/2/j9) before installing and downloading these new releases. iOS is the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS.

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Jul 14
Microsoft paying developers to build mobile apps

Microsoft is paying developers to build mobile applications for its Windows Phone 7 system to help it narrow a lead by rival products from Apple and Google, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/j7).

The company is providing financial incentives ranging from free tools and test handsets to funds for software development and marketing, said Todd Brix, a senior director at Microsoft who works with app developers. In some cases, Microsoft is providing revenue guarantees, and will make up the difference if apps don’t sell as well as expected, he told "Bloomberg."

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Jul 14
Apple's Scott Forstall is all a-Twitter

Apple's Senior Vice President of iPhone Software Scott Forstall has created a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/forstall, reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/13/scott-forstall-twitter/. The account has been labeled as "Verified" which means that Twitter has authenticated the identity of the user.

"It’s certainly possible that Forstall wants to save his vanity Twitter handle (@forstall) just in case someone else tries to use it to impersonate him -- or if he thinks he may want to use the service in the future (like when he no longer works at Apple)," surmises "TechCrunch." "But the more interesting scenario will be if he intends to actually use the account sometime soon."

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Jul 14
Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 coming later this summer

Kanex XD has announced the Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 (http://kanexlive.com/products/iAdaptV2.html), an US$34.95Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter that supports audio for the newer Macs.
 
The iAdapt HDMI V2 has been engineered to support full 1080p HD video output and audio to a single HDMI cable. Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 will allow you to connect a Mini DisplayPort equipped Apple computer to any HDMI enabled external display such as an HD projector, monitor, or HDTV.  

It supports audio and video passthrough for April 2010 MacBooks and MacBook Pros and all 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac desktop computers. The iAdapt HDMI V2 will be released later this summer.

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Jul 14
ChronoSync and ChronoAgent for Mac updated

Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.1 and updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.1. New scheduling options have been added to both.

Additionally the new versions include several other features and bug fixes. ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X and ChronoAgent for Mac is a utility that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync, giving you full root access to the destination Mac. C

Both run natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Demos are available for download. For new users ChronoSync costs US$40, and ChronoAgent is $10. As always, all existing ChronoSync users can update for free.

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Jul 14
BatchOutput Server for InDesign gets support for commercial...

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.5. The new version adds support for commercial printer workflows, book processing and more.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Jul 14
The iPod is still alive and doing well

Don't write the iPod off just yet. While some have predicted its demise due to the rising popularity of the iPhone and iPad, the iPod is alive and thriving.

In the US in May, the iPod line-up accounted for 73% of the MP3 player market, according to new research by the NDP Group (http://www.npdgroup.com). That's pretty much the percentage the line has had for, well, years.

If you want to predict a product's demise, begin planning the funeral service of Microsoft's Zune. According to NPD, it held just 1% of the US market share in May.

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Jul 14
Analyst says 'Consumer Reports' test of the iPhone 4...

Bob Egan, a technology blogger and global head of research/chief analyst at the TowerGroup, says the "Consumer Reports" on the antenna/reception problems of the iPhone 4 -- which left the publication unable to recommend the smartphone -- is flawed and "can barely be counted as scientific."

Egan says "Consumer Reports" replicated the same uncontrolled, unscientific experiments that other sites have done. He also wonders if the issue is even entirely Apple's, supposing that AT&T could share some of the blame for the signal variance and call dropping problems.

On his own web site, "Viewpoints by Bob Egan," (http://macosg.me/2/j5) he had this to say: "Let me start off by saying that for much of my career, I worked as an electromagnetic engineer on exactly the kind of issues that now face Apple on the iPhone4. But this isn’t about me. It is about Consumer Reports and its not so scientific testing on the...

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