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Apr 13
Sena Cases announces new iPad cases

Sena Cases has debuted its new collection of high-end leather cases (http://www.senacases.com/apple/apple-ipad-cases) for the Apple iPad. There are four models in the line, including modern and progressive protection in Sena signature styles, and two new unique cases, the Folio and ZipBook cases.  

The Folio case offers a book style, side folding design with cutouts for play-through functionality that allows the device to be fully functional within the case.

The ZipBook case is a designed as a portable option for the busy, on-the-go individual that prefers a stylish look within a clamshell leather design with a zip closure, according to the folks at Sena Cases. Both cases feature an integrated recessed collapsible back stand which folds flush to act as a stand while holding the iPad at an ideal angle to watch videos, surf the web, view slideshows,...

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Apr 12
TypeIt4Me ready for Snow Leopard

Ettore Software (http://ettoresoftware.com) has released TypeIt4Me 5.0, an update of its text expander for the Mac. The new version is full 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatible.

It also boasts improved expansion speed and a re-designed user interface with a fully resizable clippings editing window. Since 1989, TypeIt4Me has allowed users to set up short abbreviations that expand to words, pictures, phrases, paragraphs or indeed entire pages when typed.

No longer presented as a System Preferences item, TypeIt4Me is now a regular application which can optionally display its icon in the dock as well as in its traditional menubar position.

Available now as a 30-day demo, TypeIt4Me 5.0 costs US$27 ($14 for students and teachers). Upgrades for registered users of previous versions are $9. Users who bought the previous version on or after Jan. 1, 2009, will receive a free upgrade...

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Apr 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 12

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/).

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Nebraska.gov have rolled out a free driver license practice test application for the iPad and iPhone.

And the Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division has released one of the nation’s first government applications developed specifically for the iPad. The free Utah Driver License Practice Exam app is an interactive 15-question practice test designed to aid those preparing to receive a driver’s license in the state of Utah. It's also available for the iPhone.
ABBYY is offering lite, free versions of its Business Card Reader app for the iPhone. It's a business tool that transfers contact data from business cards directly to the smartphone's address book by using the device's...

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Apr 12
CPC, Avid to deliver HD Closed Captioning for Media Composer

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, CPC, which specializes in closed captioning and subtitling software solutions, has announced development of a complete software-only HD closed captioning solution for users of Avid Media Composer.

This software-only metadata workflow will save Avid users time and money by eliminating the need for a dedicated external hardware closed caption encoder which can cost US$8,000 or more, simplifying workflows for handling video with closed captioning data, according to the folks at CPC. Closed captioning is required by the FCC for virtually all TV broadcasts in the United States, and by the CRTC for most TV broadcasts in Canada.

This new workflow allows facilities to complete the entire closed captioning process in-house. For an upcoming Media Composer release, Avid has developed a workflow for working with high definition video metadata, including closed caption data. CPC’s closed captioning software is a full caption preparation...

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Apr 12
New iPad stand is a real Joule

Element Case has debuted their latest creation: an luxuary stand just for the iPad, dubbed the Joule (http://www.elementcase.com).

The Joule offers a solid prop-up base for the device. It's designed to make the iPad easier to use, whether it’s reading recipes in the kitchen, surfing the web in your den, watching movies or giving a presentation at work, says creator Jeff Sasaki.

The Joule's components consist of a heavyweight, machined solid aluminum base and magnetically attached, adjustable angle tilt foot.  The Joule is available in a polished finish or anodized black. Custom laser engraving with your name, favorite image or company logo is also available.

The Joule’s nesting slot is lined with velvet to hold the iPad gently yet securely in place, says Sasaki. The rear of this slot is contoured to match the curves of the iPad, and the front side provides a fitted notch for the home button...

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Apr 12
Atempo Digital Archive update introduces dedicate support for...

Atempo (http://www.atempo.com), a provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, has introduced several new features for Atempo Digital Archive designed to address the file archiving needs of organizations in media and entertainment markets.

These new capabilities in Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) 3.1 include the archival of complex file formats with full metadata ingestion, partial and full restoration of creative content and the ability for creative professionals to directly archive from Final Cut Pro. Together with the software’s performance, flexibility and intuitiveness, the added functions further optimize ADA as the preferred solution for customers to integrate digital archiving into the creative workflow, says Marylise Tauzia, director of Product Marketing and Management at Atempo.
 
Atempo Digital Archive 3.1 features the new capability to archive MXF, DPX and MOV files...

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Apr 12
Analyst: 31% of US teens want an iPhone, 92% own an iPod

In a note to clients today, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster unveiled his semi-annual survey of teen buying habits and found that "Apple's dominance in the [consumer electronics] and online music markets is going seemingly unchecked."

As noted by "Fortune" (http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/04/12/survey-31-of-u-s-...), Munster says:

° 31% of the U.S. teens surveyed planned to buy an iPhone in the next six months, up from 22% last fall and nearly double the 16% who wanted one a year...

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Apr 12
Future iPhones to add sense of smell?

In the future you'd better be sure your deodorant is applied, or your iPhone might notice. At least if the Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) gets its wish.

According to an "InformationWeek" report (http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/government/showArticle.jhtm...), S&T hopes to see prototype phones from Apple, LG, Qualcomm, and Samsung that can sense carbon monoxide and fire in a year or so.

S&T is spearheading a project called the Cell-All initiative. The goal is to equip your cell phone with a sensor capable of detecting deadly chemicals at minimal cost -- to the manufacturer (a buck a sensor) and to your phone’s battery life.

“Our goal is to create a lightweight...

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Apr 12
iPhone OS 4 diverting Apple resources from Mac OS X 10.7?

John Gruber of "Daring Fireball" (http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/reading_between_the_iphone_os_4_lines) says that "Mac OS X 10.7 development continues, but with a reduced team and an unknown schedule." He's predicting that there'll be no Mac OS X 10.7 news at this year's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference and "probably none" until WWDC 2011.

Why? Gruber says that Apple’s company-wide focus has since on iPhone OS 4 and that the "number one priority at Apple is to grow mobile market share faster than Android." Several of the “tent-pole” features in iPhone OS 4 that Apple promoted at yesterday’s event are directly related to this, he adds.

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Apr 12
Dept. of Justice investigating the hiring practices of Apple,...

The US Department of Justice is investigating a number of Silicon Valley giants, including Apple, over hiring practices that allegedly include agreements to not poach each others' top talent, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230470310457517429386762083...). Such agreements could potentially violate labor laws.

The federal government had Apple, Google and other companies over similar deals. Specifically, the probe is looking into whether the companies' hiring practices are costing skilled computer engineers and other workers opportunities to change jobs for higher pay or better benefits, says the "Journal."

Antitrust experts say the Justice Department could argue that an agreement between...

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Apr 12
Seagate offering FreeAgent Go drives with pre-loaded movies

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) and Paramount Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC) have teamed up to pre-load a selection of 500GB FreeAgent Go ultra-portable hard drives with Paramount movies.

Beginning immediately, United States’ customers who purchase specially marked packages of the FreeAgent Go ultra-portable hard drive will be able to activate Paramount Pictures’ hit film, "Star Trek," for no additional fee. Seagate and Paramount are partnering to pre-load 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Go ultra-portable drives with 21 Paramount films to jump start consumers' digital movie collections.

In addition to "Star Trek," those who have purchased the specially marked hard drives also receive an assortment of 20 Paramount Pictures movies pre-loaded on the FreeAgent Go 500GB ultra-portable drives that can be unlocked through the online purchase of a license key. The films...

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Apr 12
New broadcast mobile TV tech to begin testing May 3

Hundreds of TV viewers in the Washington, D.C. area are just a few days away from their first taste of a new broadcast technology that enables viewing of TV programs while “on the go." For the first time, viewers will be able to watch local digital TV broadcasts on a variety of mobile devices, including specially-equipped iPhones, and iPads.

The Open Mobile Video Coalition’s Mobile DTV Consumer Showcase will begin on Monday, May 3 and continue throughout the summer in the Nation’s Capital. Compared to video delivered over wireless Internet platforms, Mobile DTV delivers always-on video at the highest quality and the lowest cost and is never affected by network congestion, claims Brandon Burgess, CEO of ION Media Networks and chairman of the OMVC (Open Mobile Video Coalition).

The Consumer Showcase will demonstrate how the U.S. digital TV system, now deployed in more than 1,600 stations across the country reaching 300 million Americans, allows each television station...

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Apr 12
Las Vegas SuperMeet to be video streamed over the Internet

The Final Cut Pro User Group Network says the Ninth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (http://www.supermeet.com, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 13, in the Amazon Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, will be live video streamed (http://www.supermeet.com/live) over the Internet by Boinx Software and Zaplive.tv.

Registration will be required to view the free live video stream which will begin at 6:30 pm.. This SuperMeet will have Adobe, Apple and Avid on one stage together. The live video stream will begin at 6:30 pm (Pacific) and will be produced using BoinxTV from Boinx Software, a live production tool for creating Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video.

For those that are going to the 2010 Nab Show and wish to attend the SuperMeet in person, tickets are still available online for $15 each, (...

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Apr 12
CosmoPod Safari extension update improves reliability, memory...

Cocoamug Software, developers and publishers of great Mac software, has released CosmoPod 4.3.2 (http://www.cocoamug.com/cosmopod/index.html), an update of the Safari extension that lets you download Flash videos from web sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc. The upgrade mainly improves the application reliability and memory usage.

CosmoPod can automatically convert downloaded files to an Apple device friendly format, tag them and add them to iTunes. Additionally, you can convert most video already on your hard drive via drag and drop so can be used as a tool to import your DVD collection to your Mac, iTunes, AppleTV, and iPhone.

CosmoPod costs US$12. Version 4.3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. CosmoPod 3 and earlier users can upgrade for $3.90.

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Apr 12
WhoPaste update for Mac OS X adds new task functionality

Mac-Chi has updated WhoPaste (http://www.whopaste.com/), a contact acquisition utility for the Mac OS X Address Book, to version 4.6. The upgrade's new task functionality provides a user default that controls whether there is a due date and if so how many days in the future.

WhoPaste 4.6 also provides a "skip Saturday" and a "skip Sunda"' option. iCal users can specify a default calendar for new to dos, while Daylite and Entourage users can specify a default category and project.

WhoPaste 4.6 also introduces four new license options. Both the new "Add One" and "Up to 5" license options are available to one, two, three or four user licenses. The new 'Up to 10' option is available for 5 user licenses and the new 'Up to 25' option is available for 10 user licenses.

With WhoPaste installed Mac users can simply copy any contact information (e.g. just a phone number in a Sticky note, a whole...

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Apr 12
Silanis: iPad to propel adoption of e-signatures in insurance

Silanis Technology (http://www.silanis.com/index.html), a provider of electronic signature process management solutions to the insurance industry, says the iPad will remove the final hurdle for achieving mass adoption of electronic signatures in the agent channel -- a move that will significantly reduce application cycle times, not-in-good-order (NIGO) applications, and processing costs.

"While some of our insurance customers are seeing solid e-signature adoption rates in their agent channel, it lags the 90% adoption that the direct-to-consumer channel is seeing,” says Silanis CEO Tommy Petrogiannis. “The iPad promises to significantly drive acceptance upward."

The high cost of proprietary tablet PCs and limited internet connectivity have made it more difficult for agents to drop their pens in favor of a paperless, electronic process when closing business with customers in their...

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Apr 12
Boris FX introduces Continnuum Complete 7 AE

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com, a developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, has announced Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE (BCC 7 AE), which the company says brings over 200 filters to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features 11 new filters including a three-way color grade filter with built-in keying and masking tools, a new video noise reduction tool, a spline-based warp filter, an audio-driven keyframe generator, a new OpenGL particle engine, and still and video morph technology. Each Boris Continuum Complete filter has been re-engineered to take advantage of 64-bit processing and OpenGL acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE will be available in May at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995 USD. Owners of previous versions of Boris Continuum Complete AE may upgrade for $295. Customers who...

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Apr 12
Nvidia announces Quadro Digital Video Pipeline

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) has unveiled its new Quadro Digital Video Pipeline, a a turnkey system which dramatically simplifies and accelerates the production of live 3D broadcasts.

It's designed to solve the complexity of acquiring, processing and delivering both traditional and 3D content by leveraging Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs). Quadro Digital Video Pipeline features include:

° Acquisition: it ingests four HD-SDI feeds (or two stereoscopic 3D feeds) simultaneously, using the GPU to debayer raw camera data in real-time, so directors see the highest quality, color corrected images.

° Processing: it renders and composites real-time 3D graphics, virtual effects and transitions;

° Delivery: it outputs right eye and left eye HD-SDI streams with audio, for immediate previewing and broadcasting.
 
The Quadro Digital Video...

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Apr 12
Red Giant announces Creative Suite 5 support

Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com) says its products will support the just announced Adobe Creative Suite.

Magic Bullet Looks, Knoll Light Factory, Trapcode Suite, and Pro Keying Suite will be the first products available for Adobe After Effects CS5 and/or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Red Giant Software will release these Adobe CS5 updaters within two weeks of Adobe CS5 shipping. All other products will be available for Adobe CS5 by this summer. The Adobe CS5 updaters from Red Giant Software are only applicable to users that choose to upgrade to Adobe CS5.
 
According to Sean Safreed of Red Giant, the Adobe CS5 updaters for Red Giant Software products offer support for 64-bit computing, which provide many benefits including:

° Better use of memory to allow multiple applications to run with increased performance;

° Support of RAW content with the...

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Apr 12
AJA announces Ki Pro support for Avid Systems, new Mini...

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video (http://www.aja.com) -- a manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, has collaborated with Avid to enable the AJA Ki Pro portable digital video recording device to record Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that are directly compatible with Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems via the Avid Media Access (AMA) architecture.

The company has also introduced five new Mini Coverter products and a team-up with CineForm.

The AJA Ki Pro is a portable, rugged tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. It connects production directly with post by enabling filmmakers, broadcasters, video professionals and prosumers to skip the process of re-rendering to an editing codec by providing immediate access to full raster edit-ready files directly from camera. Through its AMA...

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Apr 12
Intego releases VirusBarrier Server 3 for the Mac

Intego (http://www.intego.com), a Mac security specialist, has released VirusBarrier Server 3, the latest version of its anti-malware and network protection software for Macs running as servers. It includes new threat-detection techniques, improved methods of detection, and combined detection protocol.
 
According to the folks at Intego, in addition to being the best defense against viruses and malware for Macs, VirusBarrier Server 3 adds more than 100 new features that provide hardened security and help protect against the latest threats. Here are some of them:
 
° Remote GUI administration: VirusBarrier Server 3 allows administrators to manage the program remotely, with full access to all settings and configurations. Administrators can manage multiple servers from a single GUI console and the program can also be administered locally. With VirusBarrier Server Admin, administrators get a bird’...

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Apr 12
Private Contact update for Mac OS X adds autorecovery docs, more

Tension Software (http://pomola.com/products_privatecontact/privatecontact.html) has updated Private Contact, a native Cocoa software to manage an address book in an encrypted form in Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 2.3. The upgrade adds: autorecovery documents; preferences improvements; and a resizable category panel.

With Private Contact informations inside documents, relative to various persons, can be read only by the Mac owner. In case of unauthorized access or theft of the Mac, the data inside Private Contact documents can’t be read without the proper master password.

Private Contact uses the powerful Blowfish algorithm to encrypt data. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Private Contact can be purchased for US$25. Version 2.3 is a free update to registered users of...

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Apr 12
WoodWing announces support for Adobe CS5

WoodWing Software, a supplier of cross-media publishing solutions, has greeted the launch of Adobe's Creative Suite 5 with the news that its products will be fully compatible. A beta version of WoodWing's award-winning Smart Styles CS5 plug-in for Adobe InDesign and InCopy has been already released.

The first WoodWing product already available for CS5 is the Smart Styles efficiency plug-in. A beta release is currently available on WoodWing's Community Site at http://community.woodwing.net/labs . The final release will be ready at the same time Adobe CS5 ships.

WoodWing is close to the beta stage of CS5 versions of other plug-ins and the Enterprise publishing system, as well, says President Erik Schut. These betas are expected to be released in May.

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Apr 12
Network Series keypad, remotes support Macs, Apple TVs

URC (http://www.UniversalRemote.com) -- which specializes in remote control technology, has announced that its Network Series keypads and remote controls all fully automate AV systems connected to a Mac, PC or Apple TV via conventional wires, or wirelessly via Apple’s AirPort Express.

Touch one colorful icon on the screen of a URC network remote control to automatically activate the TV, start the audio system, and select the correct settings and inputs, so that you can see the video or listen to the music without any technical knowledge of how the AV system operates. URC remotes display color screens that let you browse, select and play anything on iTunes, even though the PC, Mac or Apple TV may be in a completely different room.

URC’s Network Series of 2-way controllers -- the MX-6000 Touch Screen, the MX-5000 Touch Screen Remote and the KP-4000 In-Wall Touch Screen Keypad Controller...

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Apr 12
Mobile, Internet leaders to meet to discuss 'open vs. Apple...

The battle for control of the multi-billion dollar mobile Internet space is the focus of the debate at the Open Mobile Summit (http://www.openmobilesummit.com), where industry world leaders convene in London, May 26-27th to explore how to monetize the open mobile ecosystem. Among the topics will be "open vs. Apple."

While the world watches to see if Apple CEO Steve Jobs will repeat the iPhone’s success with the iPad, criticism of Apple’s closed approach to device development runs high. Open vs closed models, the evolution of ebooks, tablets and devices "beyond the phone" -- and the impact on future publishing and media revenues -- are high on the agenda at this year’s Open Mobile Summit.

Joining the debate this year will be major handset players such as Nokia, HTC, Sony and Acer, operators Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3 and TeliaSonera, and Internet leaders Yahoo!, Spotify, EA Games and...

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