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May 18
Sennheiser releases new Bluetooth headset

Sennheiser Communications (http://www.sennheiserusa.com) has introduced the US$79.95 EZX 60 mobile Bluetooth headset. It has digital noise cancellation and connects to any Bluetooth-enabled phone.

The EZX 60 features the latest Bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology. This advanced protocol ensures outside interference won’t spoil the EZX 60’s sharp sound -- while at the same time eliminating unsightly wires which could get in the way of your hair or outfit, according to the folks at Sennheiser.

The EZX 60 weighs 0.4 ounces and is equipped with a soft ear hook. You flip and rotate it to effortlessly switch between wearing the headset on your right or left ear, without the need to carry around a second ear hook. The EZX 60 purportedly delivers up to 7.5 hours of phone conversations and up to 300 hours of standby time.

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May 18
Apple releases Java updates

Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL971) and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL972). The first is a 122MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8. The second is a 78MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3.

According to Apple, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_24, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_20 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs. J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.

Apple says Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_20.

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May 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 18

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).

Kelley Blue Book, a provider of new and used car information, has announced the free, interactive kbb.com app, which provides iPhone users with the Kelley Blue Book Values and crucial information to negotiate with dealers on the spot. With this app, users will find both new and used-car values, including MSRP, Invoice, New Car Blue Book, Certified Pre-Owned, Suggested Retail, Private Party and Trade-In Values.

Musicnotes.com, a digital sheet music retailer and publisher, has launched the Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer app for the iPad. The free app enables musicians to instantly connect their Musicnotes.com digital sheet music library with their iPad.

Pedala Games has released Stunt...

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May 18
Ascender launches FontsLive.com:

Ascender Corp. has launched http://www.FontsLive.com, a new service for web designers and developers seeking high quality fonts to format web sites with CSS @font-face using licensed downloadable fonts instead of system fonts or headline graphics.

Ascender, known for the creation of screen and user interface fonts for Microsoft, Google, Motorola, Nokia and other leading technology companies, launched the site this week. FontsLive.com leverages the Ascender Web Fonts platform, using the CSS @font-face rule and downloadable fonts.
 
Instead of programming images to represent fonts, use of FonstLive.com allows developers and designers to utilize the real font, eliminating a step within the production process, says Bill Davis, vice president of Ascender. FontsLive.com delivers web fonts to all major desktop browsers and mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad.

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May 18
Sprint CFO: we'd love to have the iPhone

Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently told investors that the company had seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up, reports "Information Week" (http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2010/05/sprint_says_pr...). What's especially interesting is that he also lamented the (lack of) impact of the Palm Pre and said Sprint would love to be an iPhone carrier.

"The Pre didn't work out as well as we hoped," he said. Brust said Palm's supply issues were part of the problem, and that, concerning the iPhone, "we'd love to have it."
Brust did note that this was unlikely at this point in time, notes "Information Week."

Which is too bad. In December Thomas Weisel analyst Doug Reid added Sprint to his list of potential iPhone carriers in the US. In a note to...

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May 18
Steve Jobs among TIME's 'top college dropouts'

Okay, kids, don't take this as a reason to quit school (believe me, it's hard enough in the working world without a good education), but Apple CEO Steve Jobs has made the "Top 10 College Dropout" list (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1988080_19880...) by "TIME" magazine.

Also on the list are Bill Gates, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminister Fuller, James Cameron, Mark Zuckerberg, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Lady Gaga and Tiger Woods. Here's what "TIME" says about Jobs:

"The Mac, the iPod, heck, even Buzz Lightyear probably wouldn't have existed had Steve Jobs stayed in school. The future wizard of One Infinite Loop dropped out of Reed College after just six months because of the undue financial strain it placed on his working-class parents'...

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May 18
Enhance Technology unveils 4-disk, RAID-5 storage system

Enhance Technology (http://www.enhance-tech.com) has released the EnhanceRAID E400 FR desktop storage series. It's the next generation cable-less 4-Bay USB, Firewire and eSATA combo RAID storage arrays designed for 3.5-inch SATA HDDs.
 
Its LCD keypad control panel provides system information and status at a glance; no additional management software is needed. The EnhanceRAID E400 FR desktop RAID system sports enterprise grade cable-less design, field replaceable controller, and hot-swappable components, provides true hardware RAID-5 data protection and flexibility with built-in multiple host connectivity.
 
The EnhanceRAID E400 FR features hot-swappable HDD drive trays with protective key locks, cable-less and modularized design and 80 Plus energy efficient power supply. It will be available through authorized dealers worldwide starting later this month, which includes a standard...

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May 18
Griffin Technology expands power solution line for the iPad

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced their latest car charging solutions, updated to the 2.1 amp charging level required by iPad: PowerJolt Plus, PowerJolt Micro and PowerJolt SE.

You plug the US$29.99 PowerJolt Plus into your 12-volt socket and connect its coiled dock cable to your iPad. While it's charging, it pops open to reveal another 12-volt accessory socket, built right in. You can charge and power your GPS, mobile phone and more; you won't have to unplug PowerJolt to regain the use of the socket.

The $24.99 PowerJolt Micro's DC charger delivers 2.1 amps of power. You can use it to charge from almost any vehicle's 12-volt accessory socket. The detachable dock cable can be used separately to charge and sync your iPad, iPhone or iPod. You can use it with other devices, too; use the cable that comes with your device and plug it in PowerJolt's USB...

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May 18
Launch2net Premium update offers support for ZTE modems

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated Launch2net Premium, its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.0.1 offers support for modems from ZTE, improves the french translation and contains bug fixes.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.0.1 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's...

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May 18
PrintSprint update for Mac OS X adds remote photo order option

Blue Lamp Software (http://bluelampsoftware.com/printsprint/) has updated PrintSprint, a Mac OS X utility for users who want prints from their digital photos, to version 1.6. The upgrade adds the option (in the preferences) to remove photos from the order after printing or collecting them. It also speeds up printing to PostScript printers.

According to the folks at Blue Lamp Software, PrintSprint makes it simple to select photos, set the print size, quantity, and crop and then generate your order. It never modifies your originals and it works with your organizational system so it doesn't matter if you're using iPhoto, Aperture or have your photos on your hard drives or CDs.

PrintSprint requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. A demo is available for download. PrintSprint costs US$19.95, but version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.

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May 18
MMScript for FileMaker Pro revved to version 1.1.2

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released MMScript 1.1.2, an update of the FileMaker plug-in to trigger and schedule scripts. It's compatible with FileMaker Pro 8.5 on Mac OS X (both PowerPC and Intel systems) and Windows.

MMScript allows you to create a whole calendar of events. You can trigger a script in the present or at any time in the future. For example, you can set up a script to trigger in five minutes or five days. In addition to one time events, you can schedule recurring events. Version 1.1.2 fixes some bugs.

A 30-day demo version can be downloaded from the MMScript product page (http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/products.htm?product=mmscript). A single user license for MMScript is US$35. Version 1.1.2 is a free update for registered users.

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May 18
SharewarePublisher for Mac OS X offers interface refinements

Ergonis Software has updated SharewarePublisher (http://www.ergonis.com/products/sharewarepublisher/), a software submission tool and assistant for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. The upgrade offers user interface refinements and improvements.

SharewarePublisher was developed specifically for shareware developers, vendors and media specialists alike. The folks at Ergonis say it was built to make submitting software applications to leading software listing sites and repositories easy. It ships with almost 200 pre-configured shareware sites, with carefully hand-tuned ratings/priorities. Developers can submit to 100-plus sites within just a few hours, which would otherwise take several days, according to Reichenberger.

Other features of SharewarePublisher include: management of listing URLs; an integrated two-tab web viewer; Autofill submission forms;...

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May 18
BMFM update for Mac OS X beefs up EXIF info handling

Publicspace.net has updated The Big Mean Folder Machine (http://www.publicspace.net/BigMeanFolderMachine/), a file/folder management utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.7. The new delivers improved handling of missing EXIF information during the batch folder creation stage.

BMFM is a a tool for those who work with large file collections, including digital photographers, content creation, post-production, system administrators, and other creative professionals. Featuring an copying engine, The Big Mean Folder Machine walks you through each decision. BMFM also resolves name conflicts automatically. You can unify entire file collections from various locations into a single folder. Or, alternatively, you can split files into several folders based on a range of criteria.

BMFM is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It...

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May 18
Arten Science releases CRM solution

Arten Science releases CRM solution
Arten Science (http://www.artenscience.co.uk/artenscience/Home.html) has announced a multi-user MySQL based version of their cross platform CRM Solution, ContaxCRM. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$99 per user.

ContaxCRM works in mixed Mac and Windows environments. It will let you store, view, interact and communicate with your contacts, customers, prospects, network and suppliers.

ContaxCRM is designed for individuals, clubs and businesses who wish to use their contact or membership database proactively. It's also designed for graphic designers, web developers, software developers, the self-employed, electricians, plumbers, consultants and more.

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May 18
Cocoamug Software releases TabExpose 2.2 for Safari

Cocoamug Software has released TabExpose 2.2 (http://www.cocoamug.com/tabexpose/index.html), an update of the Safari extension that brings Mac OS X Expose feature to your browser tabs. The extension enables you to view all open tabs in Safari the same way Expose displays all open windows on your Desktop.

Version 2.2 fully supports Mac OS 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and runs on previous Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5 too. Grab your copy today, or upgrade for free from previous version, from our website.

TabExpose requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Safari 4 or later. It costs approximately US$8.50, though version 2.2 is a free update for registered users.

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May 18
CoreMelt launches Rolling Shutter Reduction

CoreMelt (http://www.coremelt.com) has launched Rolling Shutter Reduction inside Lock & Load X, a stabilizer for FCP.

Lock & Load X now has the ability to reduce rolling shutter artifacts as it stabilizes. This reduces the vertical distortion and horizontal skew effects in your footage.

CoreMelt has also included shutter coefficient settings for the Canon EOS 5D mkII, 7D and 550D. The rolling shutter feature is part of a free update for current users of Lock & Load. Lock & Load X is available for FCP, FCE, and Motion, After Effects version coming soon,

Lock & Load X requires Mac OS X 10.5.4 or later and one of the following hosts: Final Cut Studio 2, Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 (or later), Motion 3.0.2 (or later), Final Cut Express 4.0 or later.

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May 18
PhatWare offers WritePad as SDK

PhatWare Corp. says WritePad is now available as a software development kit (SDK) for evaluation and licensing on iPad and Mac OS X platforms.

The WritePad SDK includes static libraries and dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and sample code in ObjectiveC. WritePad SDK is a natural, style, writer, and lexicon independent multiplatform handwriting recognition technology.

The WritePad SDK recognizes natural handwritten text in a variety of handwriting styles: cursive (script), PRINT and MIXed. It recognizes dictionary words from its main or user-defined dictionary, as well as non-dictionary words, such as names, numbers and mixed alphanumeric combinations.


The SDK provides automatic segmentation of handwritten text into words and automatically differentiates between vocabulary and non-vocabulary words, and between words and arbitrary alphanumeric strings. It doesn't require a user to train the...

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May 18
Relationship for Mac OS X evolves into customer relationship app

Jumsoft has released Relationship 2.0 (http://www.jumsoft.com/relationship/), an update of the customer relationship management application for home-based or small businesses for Mac OS X. In the new version, Jumsoft expands its scope, turning Relationship into a contact and project management solution.

Relationship 2 features a series of improvements, including direct e-mail integration, a fully remade event feature, and project tracking capability. It features a series of improvements over its predecessor, including direct e-mail integration, a fully remade event feature, and project tracking capability.

Relationship is designed to help people organize and manage their contact information, titles, campaigns, and resources. With it, you can collect information about your customers, partners, and suppliers, organize contacts by groups and "smart groups," add custom columns...

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May 18
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator

Avenza Systems (http://www.avenza.com), makers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop has released MAPublisher 8.3 for Adobe Illustrator. It's the latest version of mapmaking software used to produce maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution. New features of version 8.3 include:

° Compatibility with Adobe Illustrator CS5 for both Mac and Windows;

° A new Line Plotter function to create polylines by entering coordinates or the distance and bearing values between points;

° The ability to import MAP Objects to copy MAP objects between documents, including stylesheets and MAP selections;

° Enhanced MAP Selection functionality offering additional selection options including spatial, art and attribute;

° A new knockout function for creating knockouts for text objects;

° A Buffer Art...

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May 18
Dexim introduces solar-powered P-Flip foldable power dock

Dexim (http://www.dexim.net) has released the US$79.95 DCA199 Foldable Solar-Powered P-Flip for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It's purportedly capable of extending talk time up to eight hours, video or game time up to 15 hours, or audio playing time up to 60 hours.

The DCA199 is equipped with a 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery and two camouflage-colored solar panels that receive a charge from the sun. It can flip horizontally or vertically for hands-free video viewing, or fold together for storage and carrying.

To obtain a full charge, the DCA199 takes around 15 hours of exposure to natural sunlight. Users can also still charge and sync their device using the included micro USB cable.

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May 18
Hulu's iPad subscription service still in the works

Hulu's planned US$10-a-month subscription service for the iPad is still in the works, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Hulu (http://www.hulu.com) is an online site for watching TV shows.

The company plans to charge a monthly subscription for access to Hulu on the iPad through an app that will be available (probably for free) at the Apple App Store. Hulu executives had hoped to release the app and subscription plan along with the iPad's release. However, according to "AppleInsider," it seems the debut of the service may be a while off as content holders are still in negotiations with Hulu.

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May 18
Psystar files opening brief in appeal

As per the agreed extension between the parties, Psystar filed its opening brief with the Ninth Circuit yesterday. However, the entire thing was filed under seal, but you can find the actual filing at the "World of Apple" web site (http://news.worldofapple.com/archives/2010/05/18/apple-v-psystar-psystar...). Apple’s response is due June 16.

In January Psystar officially filed its Notice of Appeal in the copyright suit it lost against Apple. The appeal involved a copyright infringement suit Apple brought against Psystar to stop the Florida company from...

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May 18
Apple updates MacBook with better processor, graphics

With no fanfare, Apple has updated the unibody MacBook with a faster processor and better graphics, while keeping the price at US$999.

The revved MacBook sports a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card. The previous version touted a 2.26GHz processor and Nvidia GeForce 9400M.

Other specs include a 13-inch display, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, two USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 8x double-layer SuperDrive, built-in iSight camera, a combo audio in/out port and Mini DisplayPort video out. Apple says the laptop gets 10 hours of battery life on a full charge. That's up from seven in the previous incarnation.

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May 18
'MacVoices' looks at GoodReader for the iPhone, iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Yuri Selukof, the founder of Good.iWare, profiles GoodReader for the iPhone and iPad.

Many think of GoodReader as an app to view PDFs on Apple's mobile devices, but it goes beyond that. Selukof covers all the file formats GoodReader will accept and why Good.iWare decided to make the list as broad as possible, as well as the multiple ways to get files into GoodReader, including WiFi, direct connect, internet access and from email.

"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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May 18
V-MODA presents Remix Audio headphones

V-MODA has announced Remix Audio, the latest "fashion-forward" in-ear headphone. It's a redesigned version of the company's original in-ear headphones. The Remix Audio is at available at Amazon.com and V-MODA.com for a retail price of US$79.99.

The Remix Audio boasts a remastered driver, redesigned soft silicone fittings, all-metal construction and Kevlar-reinforced cables. The headsets are available in three colors: rouge, blush and gunmetal.

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