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Jun 02
iFrogz announces line of protective iPad cases

iFrogz (http://www.iFrogz.com) has expanded its collection of protective cases with a new line for the iPad. The line includes six designs with pricing ranging from US$24.99 to $39.99.

The six iPad cases offered by iFrogz include: Silicone Wrapz, SoftGloss, Luxe, Luxe Lean, Envoy and NeoFirm Burst. The company also offers two styles of screen protectors for the iPad: mirrored and anti-glare. Both retail for $19.99.

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Jun 02
iPhone tops smartphone survey in customer satisfaction

In a new ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com) survey of 1,009 smartphone owners who have purchased their phone within the last six months, the iPhone topped the list in customer satisfaction.

Seventy-seven percent of new Apple owners said they were very satisfied with their purchase. Motorola came in second with 64% of their customers being very satisfied.

Only 7% of iPhone owners said they were very likely to return the device. That compares to 12% for Motorola, 15% of HTC, 18% for Samsung, 21% of RIM and 36% for Palm.

With rumors swirling about the release of a new iPhone that can be used on  Verizon's and Sprint's CDMA cellular network, ChangeWave asked respondents whether they’d have still purchased their new smart phone if the iPhone had been available at their cellular service provider at the time of purchase.

Nearly one-in-three new smart phone buyers (32%) say they’d...

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Jun 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 2

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/).

Sol Robots has released Double Across, an US$9.99 app for the iPad. It's designed for everyone who loves books, board games, or crossword puzzles. Double Across's hallmark feature is its use of literary based computer opponents, namely: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare, and Aesop.These players only play words from their published works, and whenever you play a word that these characters have used in their writings, they will quote the relevant passage. A sixth AI player "Mr. Genius" is also included.  

Hello-Hello, a language learning company, has launched what it says is the world's first complete language courses for French, German, Italian and Portuguese on the iPad. Hello-Hello developed these courses in collaboration...

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Jun 02
Apress releases 'iPad Made Simple' book

Apress has released "iPad Made Simple" (http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430231297), a new book that explains all of the key features of the iPad, introduces what's new, and reveals dozens of shortcuts and techniques.

The book has over 1,000 screen shots and is written by Martin Trautschold and Gary Mazo. Trautschold is the Founder and CEO of Made Simple Learning, a provider of BlackBerry, iPhone, and other smartphone training videos and books. Mazo is a writer, a college professor, an ordained rabbi, and a gadget nut who has co-authored 13 books in the Made Simple Series.

"iPad Made Simple" costs US$29.99 for the print edition and $20.99 for the ebook version.

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Jun 02
Yojimbo for Mac OS X gets a Sidekick

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 2.2, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. The upgrade introduces Sidekick, a new feature that exports most types of data in a portable web page format, available for delivery to an iPhone, iPad, or any other mobile device with a modern web browser.

Yojimbo 2.2 also offers several usability enchancements, such as a flexibly sized comments field, and placing the top search result into Yojimbo's find pasteboard for convenience. There are also fixes to reported issues and other refinements.

Yojimbo is an Universal Binary application that requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Version 2.2 is a free update for registered 2.0 and 2.1 users.

For new users Yojimbo 2.2 is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack...

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Jun 02
FotoMagico 3.5 offers new plug-in support

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released version 3.5 of FotoMagico, the slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers new plug-in support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and Adobe After Effects.

FotoMagico 3.5 Pro (including PhotoPresenter 4) is available today for US$149. A multi-license package is also available for $269.

The update to FotoMagico 3.5 is free of charge for existing FotoMagico 3.x owners at their current license levels. A built-in assistant will guide users through the process of acquiring the proper license. Existing FotoMagico 2.x owners at their current license levels can upgrade to FotoMagico 3.5 Pro for $89.

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Jun 02
Iomega announces new eGo drives

Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) has announced the worldwide availability of a new generation of single-drive Iomega eGo portable and desktop hard drives, including a new smaller Compact model with up to 1TB in capacity, new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable and desktop models, and new high capacity FireWire 800 Mac edition portable and desktop HDDs with up to 2TB of capacity.

Iomega now has two different USB interface versions of its eGo Portable Hard Drive: the new 500GB SuperSpeed USB 3.0-powered eGo Portable Hard Drive, and three capacity flavors of the new Iomega Compact Edition USB 2.0 eGo Portable Hard Drive. All eGo portable models are designed for slipping into a laptop bag or pocket to take anywhere your laptop goes. The USB interface eGo portable models require no external power supply.

The new charcoal gray Iomega SuperSpeed USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard Drive boasts transfer speeds up to 10 times...

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Jun 02
New software lets Macs, Windows PlayNice

PocketMac has released PlayNice for Mac and Windows systems (http://www.pocketmac.com/PlayNice_for_Mac_and_Windows.php). The US$39.97 software allows the syncing of data back and forth between the two platforms. Unlike subscription services like MobileMe, it's a one-time purchase-and-install, and there are no subscription costs.

With PlayNice, Mac and PC users can sync contacts, appointments and Tasks between Outlook on Windows and Address Book/iCal on Mac.

"With PlayNice, users can sync between their Mac and their PC," says Tim Goggin of PocketMac. "They can sync between their Mac and their other Mac. They can sync between their two Macs and their PC. They can sync between their two PCs and their Mac. Now they can make sure their data is current on on all their machines. PlayNice also works with Parallels Desktop. That means you...

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Jun 02
onOne announces compatibility with Photoshop CS5, Mac 64-bit

onOne Software says all its commercially available Photoshop software plug-ins are compatible with the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software.

Specifically, the following Photoshop plug- ins from onOne Software are now compatible with Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended: Plug-In Suite 5.1; Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition 6.0.6; Genuine Fractals 6.0.6; PhotoTools 2.5.3 Professional Edition; PhotoTools 2.5.3 Standard Edition; PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Professional Edition; PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Standard Edit; Mask Pro 4.1.8; PhotoTune 3.0.2; and FocalPoint 2.0.1.

onOne Software’s compatibility updates for Photoshop CS5 are available now and are free of charge to registered owners of the current product titles listed above. These free software updates are available from within each application and as a download from the onOne Software web site and can be found at...

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Jun 02
CS Odessa updates ConceptDraw MindWave

CS Odessa has released ConceptDraw MindWave (http://www.conceptdraw.com/mindwave), an updated version of its mind mapping tool for Google Wave. This is a no charge add-in, which enables users to collaborate with any amount of people, from two to 2000.

ConceptDraw MindWave -- compatible with Mac OS X and Windows -- provides teams the opportunity to interactively collaborate on a mind map while building a map structure that represents the focus of collaboration. The mind map can then take full advantage of Google Wave playback and more, according to Olin Reams, general manager for the Americas at CS Odessa. He adds that improved functionality of ConceptDraw MindWave 2:

° A Getting Started mind map on first launch to introduce new users to functionality;

° A horizontal scroll bar for more versatile navigation;

° Automatic hyperlinking of URL topic text;

° ...

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Jun 02
Adobe releases Camera Raw 6.1

Adobe has released Camera Raw 6.1 (http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/). It adds support for new cameras.

Camera Raw 6.1 also includes new lens correction functionality that can apply profile-based corrections to accommodate geometric distortions, chromatic aberration and lens vignette effects. Manual corrections for geometric distortion as well as vertical and horizontal perspective transforms are also available. A handful of lens profiles are included for automatic correction and more can be created by the community with the Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

This release addresses a bug on the Mac platform that could cause Photoshop CS5 to quit unexpectedly when opening a file in the Camera Raw 6.0 plug-in. Version 6.1 also contains performance enhancements designed to improve the responsiveness of the controls and the scrolling mechanism relative to Camera Raw 6.0...

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Jun 02
iPresentee releases new iWeb themes for business

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 to be used with iWeb, Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite.

iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 includes five new themes available in standard and flash edition: Clock, Golden, Relax, Architecture and Business World. The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 70 themes.

Each iWeb Theme for Business includes 12 templates: Home, About Us, Services, Support, Clients, Contact Us, Catalog, Presentations, Gallery, Events, Podcast and Blank. They can be customized.

iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09). Each theme is available for US$10 The set of five new iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 may be purchased for $30. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 are available immediately at the...

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Jun 02
Boris FX announces RED 5

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced Boris RED 5. Boris RED is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application designed for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software.

Version 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas 9, adds 30+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels, a curve editor, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window. The new filters cover many common post-production tasks including three-way color grading, the ability to uprez SD video to HD, video noise reduction, and a range of image restoration tools.

Boris RED 5 will be available in the third quarter of the year for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Owners of previous versions of Boris RED may upgrade for $295 USD. Customers who purchase Boris RED 4.3...

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Jun 02
DiskWrangler spiffed up for Snow Leopard

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has released version 3.1 of DiskWrangler, its file launcher and browser for Mac OS X users who prefer keeping their hands on the keyboard. The upgrade offers a number of improvements for working in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), as well as a cleaner, more focused interface, and a number of other improvements.

The software also now includes a Find File feature and an option for exporting disk or folder content listings.DiskWrangler's Launcher lets you launch specific applications, files and web and e-mail URLs, all from the keyboard. Launcher Sets allow users to open any number of files and applications at once. Keyboard shortcuts allows users to launch and activate applications with keystrokes.

DiskWrangler's Browser lets users view and manipulate files under keyboard control. It allows viewing files and setting their file attributes and...

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Jun 02
iPod Converter update for Mac OS X offers video engine fix, more

Macvide (http://www.macvide.com/) has updated its iPod Converter, the video to iPod MP4 conversion utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.4. The update offers a video engine fix, interleaved video fix, DVD video fix and more.

With iPod Converter, you can convert video and audio files such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MP4, VOB, DivX, XviD, AAC, AC3, MP3, etc. to formats supported by iPod MP4. You can convert video to MP4 for playback on all recent generations of the iPod or other portable MP4 players, the iPhone and the Apple TV. 

Macvide iPod Converter provides functions to set different settings for your video files. It allows you to select crop video area, the bit rate, frame rate, video resolution. Video preview with “rangebar” allows you to choose the exact video footage you want, anywhere between the first and last frames.

iPod Converter costs US$29.95 for new users. A demo is available for download...

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Jun 02
iWeb Themes Park extends iWeb themes bundle to 32 templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has released five new iWeb themes for iWeb, Apple's website building application that's part of the iLife suite.

The new themes are Grey Symbols, Impressive, Real Estate, Sportive and World Key. The updated and enlarged collection now contains 32 iWeb themes, including two free ones.

Each template is available for US$10.99). Three iWeb Themes can be obtained for $21.98. The package of 30 themes is priced at $32.99.

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Jun 02
CrumplePop brings the Metal to Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop has released Metal (http://www.crumplepop.com), an US$69 tool for creating "big, mean, summer blockbuster titles" in Final Cut Pro. It allows editors to add giant, high-quality metallic titles to any FCP project by typing in text and rendering.

CrumplePop Metal works right on the Final Cut Pro timeline, without requiring a trip to another application. You can add titles that appear to be cut from a solid block of steel, copper, chrome-plated steel, or steel diamond plate. CrumplePop Metal is based on Apple's Master Template architecture.

In addition to text, CrumplePop Metal also lets you drop in any logo artwork with transparency, instantly giving it a "dipped in steel" look. For instance, you could import a Photoshop document containing your logo into FCP, drop it into CrumplePop Metal, and your logo will look as if it was cut from a solid plate of metal. CrumplePop Metal gives you...

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Jun 02
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.0

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.0, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The upgrade provides improved support for inserting roman numerals into existing file names.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jun 02
Kensington introduces new TrackballWorks software

Kensington Computer Products Group has announced its TrackballWorks software (http://www.trackballworks.com), designed to customize the user experience with Kensington’s trackballs for increased productivity and comfort.

It lets users assign functions or keyboard shortcuts to any trackballs buttons to match the way they work. Additionally, the software enables “chording” to assign additional functions to combinations of trackball buttons. Bill Rathbone, global product marketing manager, Kensington, says the TrackballWorks software offers customizable buttons, pointer motion, scrolling speed and direction adjustability.

TrackballWorks is free. It's compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.

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Jun 02
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.1 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 2.1 (http://www.vinotekasoft.com), an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade syncs with the US$4.99 iPhone/iPod touch Vinoteka app.

It also features an enhanced search feature and user interface improvements. Plus, there are localization improvements in all languages and localization improvements in English in the printing feature.

Vinoteka costs US$49.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $99.90 or a business pack for $149.90. Version 2.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Jun 02
The iP49 is new rechargeable audio system for iPhones, iPods

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) has released the US$159.99 iP49 Portable Rechargeable Audio System for the iPhone and iPod. The first portable offering from iHome’s newly minted Studio Series features Bongiovi Acoustics’ Digital Power Station technology.

Also, the iP49 is also iHome’s first portable alarm clock radio with a rechargeable battery. The iP49 Portable Rechargeable Audio System with Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod delivers 20 watts of quality power and has a compact folding design.
 
The built-in docking station allows owners to charge their iPhone or iPod, listen to their music out loud, and wake to either a custom playlist, FM radio or buzzer, all with 7-5-2 (weekly, daily, weekend) alarm settings.  The iP49 also comes with a remote control. 

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Jun 02
Jobs speaks at All Things D

Apple CEO and Co-founder Steve Jobs appeared at the eighth D: All Things Digital, in an interview Tuesday night. The event is sponsored by "The Wall Street Journal."

In the almost two-hour, wide-ranged interview, Jobs covered a variety of topics. You can read the entire transcript at http://d8.allthingsd.com/20100601/steve-jobs-session/, but here are some of the highlights:

° Concerning Flash (and his dislike of it): "Flash has had it’s day, but HTML5 is starting emerge ... The video looks better and it works better and you don’t need a plug-in to run it."

° On the Foxconn suicides: Saying that Apple is extraordinarily diligent and rigorous about vetting its manufacturing partners, Jobs says, “Foxconn is not a sweatshop. They’ve got restaurants and swimming pools ... For a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.”

° On Apple's...

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Jun 02
Eton announces solar-powered sound system for iPod, iPhone

Eton (http://www.etonsoulra.com) has announced the Soulra, portable, solar-powered sound system for the iPod and iPhone. It contains a large solar panel and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

In addition, the battery charge indicator alerts you when you need to recharge the Soulra in direct sunlight or via an AC outlet. To provide a solution for all-weather use outdoors, the Soulra has an aluminum and rubberized body. Its case is IPX-4 splash proof and the speakers are sealed on the inside -- providing protection from sand, water and other outdoor elements.

The Soulra also contains an audio line input. It's available now in black for US$199. The Soulra comes packaged with an AC adapter, remote control and user manual.

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Jun 02
AT&T tweaks data plan as new iPhones expected

AT&T is pulling in the reins on data usage by its customers with smart phones and iPads as next week's Apple Worldwide Development Conference looms, where new iPhones are expected to be announced, reports the "Associated Press" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ATampT-caps-phone-data-usage-apf-499602515...).

The U.S. carrier of the iPhone is introducing two new data plans, starting June 7, with limits on data consumption. They'll replace the US$30 monthly plan with unlimited usage that it has required for all smart phones, including the iPhone.

The AP says that, with the change, AT&T is adopting a "carrot-and-stick approach to assuage the data congestion on its network." Subscribers who use little data or learn to limit their consumption will pay slightly less...

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Jun 02
'MacNotables' looks head to WWDC

The latest edition of MacNotables (http://www.macnotables.com) a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau looks forward to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with an evaluation of the very stable state of the Mac operating system, and why it is so hard to envision what enhancements may come our way in the future. What can we expect to see next week? Landau offers some thoughts in light of the delinquency and sometimes outright lack of announcements about WWDC. He also discusses two new security concerns you should be aware of, including the new possibility of "tabnapping" in your favorite browser, and his latest adventures in the world of iPad gaming.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko,...

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