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Apr 05
WebMerge update for Mac OS X offers enhanced CSS support

Fourth World (http://www.fourthworld.com) has released WebMerge 2.6, an upgrade to the tool for generating static Web pages from database or spreadsheet data. The new version offers enhanced support for CSS, new template tags, and includes performance and interface enhancements for Mac OS 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Windows 7.

WebMerge works with any database or spreadsheet that exports in tab-delimited, merge, or other tabular formats, including FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Access, and most affiliate data feeds. Using simple tags in templates created with any HTML authoring tool, WebMerge makes a new page from the data in each record of the exported file. WebMerge can also create index pages with links to each of the detail pages. Generated pages can be hosted on any web server without the need for a specialized database hosting solution.

A trial version of WebMerge can be used for free to generate...

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Apr 05
Pinball for MacOS X, Pinball Remote for iPhone released

Gamepromo has released Pinball for Mac OS X (http://gameprom.com/thepinball) and Pinball Remote (itms://itunes.apple.com/app/pinball-remote/id347819481?mt=8) for the iPhone and iPod touch. Both are free.

The game offers the ability to buy new pinball tables and offers start, pause, restart, flipper controls, table tilting, camera controls. Pinball and Pinball Remote have a built-in Help for pinball tables and local and global high score tables. You can also turn on a stereoscopic mode (stereo glasses are required for this).

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Apr 05
The 'MUG Event Calendar' is filled with (as you'd...

When it comes to the MUG Event Calendar, the iPad will be on everyone’s agenda this week, whether it's an officially listed meeting topic or not. Even so, there are plenty of other topics and presenters on the schedule.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will be at a New Jersey group, Daniel Busse of Apple will be in Illinois, and an unspecified Apple presenter will visit a Nevada group, and we bet they’ll all be focusing on the iPad. The folks from Smule will show off their latest creation to a California group, Elgato’s Mike Evangelist will be the guest of an Illinois group, and Eric Paquin of Microsoft will talk visit a group in Ireland.

Outside of iPad demos, presentations and general banter, topics on the list for this week include Apple TV and EyeTV, Pixelmator, Skype, video asset management, Bluetooth, Google Docs and Calendar, iMovie, and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (...

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Apr 04
Apple may have sold 600,000 to 700,000 iPads on launch day

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster estimated that by midnight Sunday, Apple will have sold 600,000 to 700,000 iPads, including pre-orders -- more than double his relatively conservative pre-launch estimate of 200,000 to 300,000, reports "Fortune" (http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/04/04/new-ipad-launch-d...).

Other analysts had published estimates of 300,000 to 400,000. It took Apple 74 days to sell its first million units of the original iPhone, and three days each to...

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Apr 04
The iPad could cannibalize Mac notebooks sales '...

The iPad could offer "significant" cannibalization of Apple's laptop sales, according to "Seeking Alpha" (http://seekingalpha.com/article/196954-mac-notebook-cannibalization-from...).
"Seeking Alpha" estimates that there could be $15 (6%) downside to Apple’s stock if iPad sales were to eventually cannibalize about half of Mac notebook sales. Such a scenario could materialize if the majority of prospective Mac notebook buyers are primarily content consumers rather than content creators, the financial site says. )

About 18% of Apple’s stock value is attributable to the company’s Mac business. Mac notebooks are the most valuable component of the Mac business, constituting about 8% of Apple’s stock. In comparison, we...

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Apr 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 2

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

To accompany the long-awaited iPad launch, Zondervan is one of the first publishers to release titles in the iBookstore beginning Saturday, April 3, 2010. More than 1,000 titles will be available for download from all product groups. Zondervan plans to release all its future ebooks in an iPad version and is working to release more than 150 additional books in the next three months.

Dragon Dictation, the mobile dictation app you've seen on the iPhone and the iPod touch, is now available to download on the iPad. And it's free for a limited time. With Dragon Dictation for the iPad, users can take advantage of the power of Dragon NaturallySpeaking to speak their email messages just like the previously-released Dragon Dictation for iPhone and iPod touch.

And Dragon Dictation for iPad also lets people speak and save drafts of...

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Apr 02
macProVideo.com releases NI Kontakt tutorials

macProVideo.com has released a tutorial-video about Native Instruments Kontakt sampler plug-in, called"Native Instruments 105: Exploring Kontakt" (ttp://www.macprovideo.com/tutorial/nativeinstruments105).

In this tutorial, composer and sound designer Scott Freiman shows you how to use Native Instruments’ Kontakt 4 sampler. Tips and tricks are scattered among this courses interactive tutorial-videos.

After a brief series of “getting started” videos, Freiman gets right into music making with Kontakt. He introduces Kontakt's features. Topics include creating a database of your own samples, using Kontakt as a plug-in, automating Kontakt with MIDI, and getting the most from the Kontakt browser. The course also takes a detailed look at each of the sample collections that make up the Kontakt Factory Library.

This tutorial is priced at US$39.50 for the HD Download, which users can download to their computer and review anytime, or $25 for unlimited monthly access to the...

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Apr 02
ZAGG releases InvisibleShield for the iPad

ZAGG (http://www.zagg.com) has released the $29.99 InvisibleShield for the iPad. It's described as a "military-grade, virtually invisible, and indestructible film that protects thousands of gadgets from bumps, scratches, and dings with a lifetime guarantee."

The original invisibleSHIELD will provide fingerprint resistance and added grip to the iPad’s smooth surfaces, and at the same time will not compromise the touch screen, says Derek Smith, vice president of sales for ZAGG. he full body invisibleSHIELD sells for US$39.99, and the front only or back only sells for $29.99.

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Apr 02
Four in 10 UK consumers want a tablet

There was good news for Apple today with new research from price comparison site Kelkoo UK stating that 40 per cent of consumers are ready to ditch their laptops for a tablet PC like the iPad, reports "V3" (http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2260785/four-ten-uk-consumers-fancy").

When it comes to the iPad, 23% felt its functionality was too limited at the moment, while 32% said they didn’t see the need for one at all. However, Bruce Fair, managing director of Kelkoo UK,says the iPad could do for the tablet market what the iPhone did for the smartphone market and pave the way for a host of imitators.

“When it comes to transforming the fortunes of niche markets, Apple undoubtedly has the ‘Midas touch’,” he told "V3." “The iPad is a hybrid of Apple’s best loved products all under one roof, which is good for consumers as it could lead to significant cost savings. Like netbooks, the iPad provides the basic functions offered by a laptop at a margin of the cost -- which in the...

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Apr 02
iPad developer support continues to soar

Since Apple introduced the iPad in late January, Flurry Analytics (http://www.flurry.com/) -- a cross-platform mobile application analytics provider -- says it's noticed a significant spike in developer support, indicating early excitement for the promise of the device.

As April 3 draws near, developers continue to develop for the iPad at a fever pitch. Today Apple added a toggle switch to its online iTunes store that allows consumers to view apps available specifically developed for the iPad. About 2,000 iPad apps were listed upon Flurry's initial count.

Comparing the two pie charts from Flurry, the first notable difference is that iPad made up 22% of new projects starts within Flurry over the last 60 days. In March, over 3,000 unique applications were created within Flurry. A second point of interest is that Android's share of new project starts has decreased from 18% to 10%.

However, it...

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Apr 02
DODOcase announces limited edition iPad case

DODOcase (http://www.dodocase.com/) is announcing its limited first edition iPad case. Hand built and designed in San Francisco, CA the DODOcase takes the best of the traditional hardcover book/journal and brings it to an iPad case with inspiration from the Moleskine writing journals we all know and love, says Patrick Buickley, founder and CEO of DODOcase.

The DODOcase's protective cover is constructed using traditional book binding techniques. The iPad is held in place by a carved bamboo piece with foam inserts for added protection. Lightweight, strong and eco-friendly, the DODOcase design enables easy access to your iPad on the go with a fold around cover and a simple lift out for when you want to take the iPad from its case, says Buckley.

Orders are being accepted now at DODOcase online. Due to high demand cases will ship in 3-5 weeks. The price is normally US$49.95, but, for a limited time,...

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Apr 02
Milo.com tracks iPad availability at Best Buys

In addition to Apple retail stores, Apple’s new iPad will be available at most Best Buy stores this Saturday, April 3, beginning at 9 a.m. But with just 15 units available per store, it is likely the highly anticipated iPad will be elusive.
 
Milo.com, tracks the real-time in-store availability of Best Buy products, and almost 50,000 other retail stores nationwide. Early adopters in hot iPad pursuit can simply enter their location and type “iPad” on the Milo.com Web site or from their mobile phones and Milo.com will find the nearest Best Buy location with it in stock.

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Apr 02
iPresentee debuts Mail Stationary 1.0, free Easter Mail...

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com), a developer of add-ons for Apple’s iWork and iLife applications, released Mail Stationery 1.0 templates to be used with Apple’s Mail software. It's a collection of 65 templates for Apple Mail.

What's more, iPresentee is presenting 15 free Easter Mail Stationery templates. Most of the templates includes extra design variations. Messages created with Mail Stationery can be read by popular webmail services and email programs on both Mac computers and PCs.

Moreover all Messages created with Mail Stationery can be viewed on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. New Mail Stationery templates comes with an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place and would be displayed in Apple Mail New Message Stationery menu automatically. 

Mail Stationery 1.0 is priced at US$25 and requires Mac OS X 10.5n. Free Mail Stationery templates for Easter holiday...

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Apr 02
iSuppli: iPad sales to hit seven million in 2010, triple by 2012

The iPad's attractive design, compelling applications and multi-touch capability will help to offset the omission of Adobe Flash from the device and send demand soaring in 2010 and beyond, according to a preliminary forecast by iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).

Worldwide iPad sales are expected to amount to 7.1 million units in 2010. Sales will double to 14.4. million in 2011 and nearly triple to 20.1 million in 2012, says iSuppli.

Sales in 2010 will be driven by early adopters and others attracted to the iPad's unique touch screen-baed user interface, the research group says. In 2011 and 2012, iPad sales will be driven up by a range of factors, including a flood of new applications, improved functionality and declining prices.

What's more, iSuppli reps say this forecast is "conservative." Factors that could boost sales beyond their preliminary expectations are swift feature enhancements...

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Apr 02
MusicSkins launches line of skins for the iPad

MusicSkins has launched a new line of vinyl skin products for the iPad. Available today, the new line of MusicSkins covers the entire back of the iPad, custom-cut to allow for complete functionality. 

The new line of fully removable entertainment-themed skins for the iPad feature MusicSkins’ entire catalogue, encompassing musical genres like rock, rap, country, R&B, pop and reggae, as well as fashion, art, models, Adult Swim and other media themes. Through its partnership with Live Nation, MusicSkins has gained rights to market skins from some of the largest acts in the industry, including The Beatles, Jay Z, Black Eyed Peas, Sex Pistols, AC/DC, Madonna, Lil Wayne, and Kiss, as well as acts from other companies such as Bob Marley, Taylor Swift, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Linkin Park and among others.

Jed Seifert, MusicSkins executive vice president, says the MusicSkins line of device skins are made of premium quality vinyl that provides a high-gloss...

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Apr 02
Animate 2 software available for Macs, Windows

Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Animate 2 (http://www.toonboom.com/products/animate/), an update of the animation software that lets you publish animation for all types of media, from online to HDTV.

Version 2.0 offers: distribution of character parts to layers; adjustment of velocity on multiple character parts; creation of richer-looking ambiance; SWF export with effects; direct import of scanned drawings (TWAIN); and text capability.

Animate can handle such formats and jobs as vector, bitmap, symbols, pegs, camera, morphing, inverse kinematics, advanced lip sync and more. It enables users to create traditional and bitmap animation as well as combine both styles. Users can access lip-sync and cell swapping tools.

Buy Toon Boom Animate 2 is available for US$599.99 until April 14; the regular price is $699.99. All customers who took advantage of...

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Apr 02
'MacVoices' looks at Instapaper

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Marco Arment is "the guy who does everything for Instapaper," talks about the origins of Instapaper.

He reveals his method of beta-testing, explains why graphics aren't included in Instapaper-processed articles, and what drove his feature set and pricing decisions for the two versions of the program. Arment also discusses his iPad expectations, and why he thinks it will be important to have an iPad-native version of Instapaper available as soon as possible.

"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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Apr 02
Wheels Away expands offerings of iMac carriers

McGovern Photography, owned by Mary McGovern, is announcing that Wheels Away, which developed the 21.5-inch iMac carrier is now expanding their product offering to include custom requests for other iMac computers.

Like the 21.5-inch iMac model, they're waterproof, durable, lightweight, silver, and sleek. Wheels Away has a 30 day warranty. The products can be purchased on-line at http://www.wheelsaway.com. The custom requests are handled by phone or email.

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Apr 02
FileMaker announces Bento for the iPad

FileMaker (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the immediate availability of its Bento for iPad on the Apple App Store for US$4.99.

The app is based on Bento for iPhone with enhancements to make the most of the big, beautiful iPad screen, says Ryan Rosenberg, FileMaker vice president of marketing and services. The new app enables users to manage contacts, track projects, plan events and more, and can be used by itself or synchronized with Bento 3 for Mac.
 
Bento for iPad works in both portrait and landscape views, automatically switching between views as the user rotates the iPad. Users can touch the screen to edit information in choice, date and rating fields and checkboxes. A new quick tap lets users watch videos, view photos and send e-mails. Customers can even browse web links in Bento without leaving the app. 
 
The app features new...

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Apr 02
USB-IF certifies 75 SuperSpeed USB products

At this week's SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference in Taipei, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the certification of 75 SuperSpeed USB products and multiple company demonstrations of new SuperSpeed USB consumer products.

Certified SuperSpeed USB products from industry-leading companies are available to consumers worldwide. Additionally, SuperSpeed USB products in new device classes, from display to hubs, are emerging.

“SuperSpeed USB momentum continues to explode, with new products rapidly entering the market, furthering the expansion of the SuperSpeed USB ecosystem,” says Jeff Ravencraft, president and chairman, USB-IF.

“SuperSpeed USB is tracking with IDC’s forecast from last year for its adoption,” adds Shane Rau, director of IDC’s Computing and Storage Semiconductors research. “Driven by the need for more and faster data storage capabilities in personal computers, we continue to forecast that SuperSpeed USB will ship in 45% of mobile computers...

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Apr 02
iLuv announces iPad accessories

iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has unveiled a line of cases and sleeves that provide protection for iPads.

Ranging from casual fabric cases to leather cases to silicone cases, this series also includes protective water resistant neoprene sleeves which will feature two front cover pockets for protecting your iPad protected while on the go. Go to the iLuv web site for details and pricing.

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Apr 02
Black Cat Systems releases Morse Mania 4.0.0

Black Cat Systems has announced that version 4.0.0 of Morse Mania (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/morsemania.html) has been released and is now available for immediate download. This version is a complete re-write in Cocoa, and adds Universal Binary support.

Morse Mania is a morse code tutor for the Macintosh. The software package helps you learn morse code at speeds ranging from five to 50 words per minute. Morse Mania is designed for amateur (ham) radio operators who want to learn or improve their morse code proficiency, especially in order to upgrade their license class. The generated morse code is played using the computer's speaker.

In addition to drills to help learn the various characters, Morse Mania also allows complete text files to be sent, so that "real life" messages can be used for practice. Simulated morse code...

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Apr 02
CBS, ABC planning free iPad content?

CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC are adapting episodes of their TV shows to be viewable free of charge on the iPad, according to people familiar with the matter, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230333830457515673000868093...).

The two U.S. networks are planning to stream their TV shows over the Internet with commercial breaks, similar to on their existing Web sites, people briefed on the plans said. CBS plans to stream episodes of TV shows through the iPad's built-in Web browser, while ABC plans to stream its shows in an iPad window, says the "WSJ."

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Apr 01
Microsoft says no Office for the iPad for now

In what may be good news for Apple's iWork apps, Microsoft has no plans to make Office products for the iPad, Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft’s business division, told "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&tkr=AAPL%3AUS&sid=auK...).. At least not yet.

Elop said the company would take a “wait and see” approach to tailoring software for the iPad, which goes on sale on April 3. “We never say never, but we have no current plans” to develop a version of Office for the Apple iPad, he added.

An iPad edition of Office would likely be built by a unit within Microsoft’s consumer business that creates versions of Office that work with Apple’s Macintosh personal computers. Kristen Woody, a spokesman for that unit, told "Bloomberg" it “doesn’t...

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Apr 01
Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel to offer apps, content for the iPad

Disney and its affiliates will offer applications from all of its businesses on the new iPad. The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad.

iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 ABC series through a Wi-Fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store. The ABC iPad app brings the full experience of ABC.com’s full episode player to a touch-screen, handheld device for the first time. Additionally, the ABC.com site is now optimized for the iPad, complete with full-functionality for all its features, including short-form video.

Disney Publishing Worldwide has built two original “Toy Story” read-along apps for the iPad, both combining Disney stories and activities. Each “Toy Story” read-along is an immersive multimedia experience – the books feature video from the feature films, karaoke and voice record features, the...

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