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Apr 06
iFunia adds iPad video converters to product family

iFunia (http://www.ifunia.com) has expanded its family of Mac video converter products to include iFunia iPad Video Converter and iFunia DVD to iPad Converter.

The new iPad Converter utilities offer a way to help Mac users convert their digital video content for Apple’s new iPad. Both application are priced at US$29, require Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and can be downloaded online from the company.

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Apr 06
Autodesk integrates Craft Director Studio into its software

Craft Animations and Autodesk, have announced the integration of certain Craft Director Studio plug-ins within the 2011 versions of Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Softimage software.

Craft Director Studio provides interactive control and simulation of cameras and vehicles, which helps greatly reduce animation production times, says Stig Gruman, Autodesk vice president of digital entertainment. It also allows artists to use a variety of input devices to create on-the-fly animation, helping make 3D animation as easy as playing a game, he adds.

The Craft Director Studio plug-in bundle will be included, free of charge, on the Samples DVDs that will be shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software. The bundle includes: Craft SoftMotionCam, Craft ObserverCam. Craft MultiStateCam and Craft HumanizerCam.

The 2011 versions of 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and Softimage software are expected to be available for purchase on...

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Apr 06
Analyst: iPhone OS 4.0 unveiling will include multitasking, iAd

Apple's unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0 later this week will likely include full multitasking support, the new "iAd" mobile advertising service, and gaming related announcements, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw told clients in a note today.

He said checks with his sources indicate that iPhone OS 4.0 will be a full multi-tasking environment where third-party applications will be able to run simultaneously and in the background along with Apple's own built-in applications, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). While multitasking will be important for the iPhone and iPod touch, it'll be even more important for the iPad, the analyst said.

"We believe this will be particularly important for the iPad, due to its much faster processor and much larger screen where users will more likely want the capability to run multiple applications much like most do with their PCs and Macs," Wu...

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Apr 06
Verizon CEO: it's up to Apple if we carry the iPhone

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg says it's up to Apple whether or not his company will carry the iPhone. But he says he's amendable to the idea.

In remarks Tuesday before the Council on Foreign Relations, Seidenberg cited a recent "Wall Street Journal" report that said Apple is working on a version of the iPhone that would be compatible with Verizon's network, reports the Associated Press (http://www.courant.com/technology/sns-ap-us-tec-apple-verizon-iphone,0,4...?). However, he didn't confirm the report or give any details.

The "Wall Street Journal" claims Apple is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for Verizon Wireless. "People briefed on the matter" told the "WSJ" that one of the new iPhones is being manufactured by Taiwanese...

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Apr 06
JVC ships HD Everio camera

JVC says a new top-end JVC HD Everio video camera is now available. The GZ-HM1 HD Everio (http://camcorder.jvc.com/product.jsp?modelId=MODL028649&pathId=171&page=10) purportedly offers a full slate of technologies to optimize picture quality and an array of manual controls for creative flexibility.

According to the folks at JVC, the GZ-HM1 offers performance improvements in three key areas -- low light performance, camera-shake compensation and digital still quality. It sports 64GB of internal storage and an SD/SDHC card slot. When it comes to still images, the GZ-HM1 delivers real 10 megapixel stills for detailed images up to 3648 x 2736.

The GZ-HM1 offers an array of manual controls. These include a manual adjustment dial that, among other functions, allows precise...

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Apr 06
Are iWorks apps for the iPad 'crippled'?

Apple sells US$9.99 versions of its iWork app (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) for the iPad. However, it seems that the iPad’s crippled support for iWorks documents is causing frustration for some users.

The problems relate to the Keynote and Pages apps for the iPad and how these apps support certain features when documents are imported to the iPad from Keynote and Pages for Mac. You can read more here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=7935&tag=nl.e539 .

However, Apple does have KnowledgeBase articles related to both Keynote and Pages for the iPad that outline the limitations. You can find 'em at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4066 and http://support.apple....

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Apr 06
'MacVoices' looks at Drobo FS

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mark Fuccio, the senior director of Products & Markets for Data Robotics, introduces the newest Drobo product, the Drobo FS.

Need a file server? The Drobo FS is for you. Boasting "plug and share" storage technology that is even easier than previous Drobo models, the Drobo FS can also use apps to morph into a specialized media server, FTP server, web server and even your own personal cloud using the new Oxygen Cloud Drobo app, Fuccio says.

"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 06
GelaSkins announces line if iPad skins

GelaSkins (http://www.gelaskins.com) has announced a new line of US$29.95 GelaSkins for the iPad. Users can now choose from a wide range of images and designs.
 
Stock designs from all online catalogs are available for the iPad, along with customizable skins through the Do-It-Yourself service.  The new line of GelaSkins for the iPad cover non-screen portions of the front and back of the device.
 
Downloadable, matching wallpapers are also available on GelaSkins.com.  Like other mobile devices offered by GelaSkins, wallpapers are free, and continue the image through the iPad’s screen, offering a continuous design.

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Apr 06
iPad expected to represent bulk of slate shipments in 2010

For 2010, the total portable computer market is expected to grow to 215 million units and US$117 billion, according to a new report by DisplaySearch (http://www.displayresearch.com). And the iPad will play a key role.

Dramatic increases in the size of the slate-style market are expected to be driven by the iPad and slates from other brands that are expected to be launched this year. DisplaySearch expects slates to take some market share from clamshell-style netbooks, as well as lure customers that desire more functionality away from the e-reader market. The company also foresees the majority of slate volume to ship into the North American and Western European markets due, in large part, to Apple’s distribution plans and known content agreements.

The mini-note/netbook/slate category will be the fastest-growing segment of the portable computer market for 2010, propelled in part by the...

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Apr 06
TikiCase releases new iPhone cases

TikiCase (http://www.tikicase.com) has released the Tiki iPhone case. It's named after the South Pacific deity from the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It "transforms" the Apple smarkphone into a tiki by wrapping the phone in a snug-fitting silicone skin, designed to look like traditional Polynesian tiki.

The Tiki case is available in two colors: ocean blue and Hawaiian wood. It costs US$29.97 and works with the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

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Apr 06
Apple wins five Red Dot design awards

This year Apple received one Red Dot award for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and four Red Dot awards for "Best of the Best" with the iMac, Magic Mouse, iPod shuffle and the iPad.

Apple took 1% of all 45 "Best of the Best" awards. The Red Dot awards were selected from 4,252 products sent from 57 countries. Also, recently the Apple Industrial Design team lead by Jonathan Ive received four iF product design awards.

You can read more at http://www.setteb.it/?p=8577 .

-- Fabio M. Zambelli

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Apr 06
LibreDigital to deliver ebooks for the iPad iBookstore

LibreDigital says it's working with Apple and book publishers to power the delivery of e-books to the new iBookstore and iPad. LibreDigital is a d partner for publishers looking to bring their titles to iPad and iBookstore customers.

LibreDigital works with the such U.S. book publishers as including HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Kaplan, Simon & Schuster and Scholastic, and the leading newspapers and magazines. It enables all publishers to securely market and deliver content across an expanding array of digital channels, including e-readers, tablets, smart phones, social networks and online stores, says CEO Russell Reeder.

LibreDigital also offers solutions for device manufacturers and retailers seeking to deliver digital books, newspapers and magazines. Publishers interested in distributing their works on the iPad and in the iBookstore can go here: ...

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Apr 06
Case-mate introduces three iPad cases

Case-mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has released three iPad cases. They're offered in a variety of designs, materials and price points. The selection of case-mate iPad cases include:

° Walkabout Felt Folio (US$79.99): This case (pictured) has a side opening, leather accents and pockets for storage. A magnetic strap keeps the iPad in place.

° Traveler Leather Commuter ($49.99): This executive folio made of premium tan leather has embedded magnetic locks for a sleek fit.

° Express Nylon Folio ($34.99): Created out of a black ballistic nylon material, this splash-resistant folio offers fuss-free protection.

Case-mate will also be launching three other iPad cases in Q2, which include the Gelli series, Tough and I Make My Case personalization tool.  

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Apr 06
WD launches VelociRaptor SATA hard drive

WD is now shipping 450GB and 600GB versions of the WD VelociRaptor the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance Macs, PCs, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers.

As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation, according to Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager, WD. It's built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor, he adds.

The WD VelociRaptor drive is also available in the IcePack enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this drive cool when installed in...

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Apr 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 5

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/).

Squires Studios has announced Notes To Store 1.0 for the iPad. The US$3.99 app lets you create multiple multimedia notebooks on the iPad, each with unlimited pages. You can type in text, draw sketches and import photos for markup and reference. You can record all of your ideas just like a real notebook, and you can type with the built-in keyboard, hardware keyboard or write with your finger if you prefer.

The latest version 1.0.2 of Elgato’s EyeTV app enables streaming of live TV signals over Wi-Fi as well as 3G connections. Using the EyeTV app to watch TV on the road no longer requires a Wi-Fi connection. EyeTV for iPhone 1.0.2 is available from the App Store as a free update for existing customers. For new users it's $4.99.

Other Ocean...

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Apr 05
Apple has 25.4% share of the smartphone market

comScore (http://www.comscore.com), which measures the digital world, released data from the latest comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month period between November 2009 and February 2010.

The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone platforms in the U.S. according to their share of usage by current mobile subscribers age 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone. The February report found Motorola to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 22.3% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 42.1% market share.

Approximately 45.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average month during the December to February period, up 21% from the three months ending November 2009, according to...

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Apr 05
Many iPad buyers already own Macs, iPhones, iPods

A big chunk of iPad purchasers are Apple fans who already own Macs, an iPhone, and at least one iPod, according to a weekend survey from Piper Jaffray.

Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster coordinated a survey of 448 iPad buyers on Saturday and said 74% of iPad owners surveyed currently own a Mac, while just 26% own a PC, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10472604-17.html). What's more, about 66% percent of those surveyed said that they currently own an iPhone. And 99% of those iPhone owners say they will use their handset in conjunction with the iPad.

Munster notes that 92% of iPad owners currently own an iPod. From that number, 97% plan to use both products going forward.

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Apr 05
Envivio delivers live, on demand HD video to the iPad

Envivio says its 4Caster C42 video encoding/transcoding platform now offers comprehensive support for the iPad, enabling delivery of live and on demand high definition (HD) TV services over Wi-Fi and 3G networks for the new device.

Available for both the 4Caster C4 and 4Caster C42, the enhancement further expands the flexibility of the industry's leading Three Screens video delivery platform, which already powers network operator and over the top TV services for the iPhone, including premium Pay TV, sports and movie content for operators in Europe, coverage of the Olympics and NHL hockey in Canada, and telecomm Mobile TV services worldwide, says Julien Signes, president and CEO of Envivio.

New iPad owners can experience the quality of the Envivio video delivery platform for themselves by visiting the Envivio web site (http://www.envivio.com) and signing up for a free demonstration of HD and SD live...

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Apr 05
Lightroom 2.7, Camera Raw 5.7, DNG Converter 5.7 announced

The updates add raw file support for nine new popular camera models, including the Canon EOS 550D, Sony A450 and Olympus E-PL1. The term "release candidate" indicates the updates are well tested but would benefit from additional community testing. Adobe encourages photographers to try out the newly added raw file support in this update and provide the product team with feedback so they can create the highest quality experience for customers working on a variety of hardware and software configurations.

Photoshop Lightroom software is a digital photography workflow solution, allowing photographers to import, process, manage and showcase images. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras. Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) format is a publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras.  

The Lightroom 2.7 Release Candidate is available as a free download...

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Apr 05
WoodWing offers solution to help publishers get onto the iPad

The Wonderfactory, a New York-based digital strategy and design agency, and WoodWing Software (http://www.woodwing.com/ipad) have collaborated on what they says is a publishing industry first: tools that enable publishers to produce beautifully-designed and compelling content for the iPad in almost the same way they create content for print.

The two companies plan to help magazines, book publishers, and advertisers create and distribute interactive, user-focused experiences to the iPad and other mobile devices. The first collaboration is with TIME Magazine's launch coinciding with the April 3 launch of the iPad.

"Using newly-developed InDesign plugins, the layouts for any digital magazine can be enriched with interactive multimedia elements like video, slideshows, and dynamic content," says Erik Schut, president of WoodWing Software. "Magazine designers retain full creative control and...

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Apr 05
App downloads pick up pace after smartphone sales soar

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) expects 2010 to be a big year for mobile application downloads, with just under six billion mobile applications forecast to be downloaded, up from an estimated 2.4 billion in 2009.

The rapid adoption of smartphones, registering a sales growth of 20% in 2009, as well as the proliferation of application stores are the major drivers for this expansion. In addition, two new smartphone platforms will make their debut later this year; Samsung’s Bada OS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series. Both platforms, similar to Apple’s, will have proprietary application stores and are racing to populate these stores with winning applications, according to the research group.

“The iPhone will continue to be the leading app platform, with a database of over 125,000 applications offering niche and localized content,” says wireless research associate Bhavya Khanna. “...

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Apr 05
Pragmatic Bookshelf announces 'beta' version of iPad...

Pragmatic Bookshelf has released a "beta" version of "iPad Programming: A Quick-Start Guide for iPhone Developers" (http://macosg.me/2/33). As you might guess from the title, it shows iPhone developers how to build apps specifically for the iPad. The final version will be US$34.

It's not for beginners (for beginners should check out "Beginning Mac Programming," also $34)). This book jumps right in and shows busy developers just what they need to know since the iPad is a different beast, according to the folks at Pragmatic Bookshelf.

For the last six years, Pragmatic Bookshelf has made titles available as beta books in eBook formats. Just like beta software, these books are still works in progress. There's no index; they haven't been copyedited or fully typeset.

But they do give readers up-to-date information, and authors get feedback to help shape the manuscript to match readers' needs....

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Apr 05
Ingram to provide publishers with access to Apple's...

Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through CoreSource, Ingram's solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on the iPad.

"Digital book distribution is changing the publishing industry, and Apple is positioned to be a key player with the iPad," says Phil Ollila, chief content officer, Ingram Content Group. "With Ingram, Apple is working with industry experts who understand the fundamentals of book distribution and the complexities of the digital model.  We're pleased to be able to offer this new channel to publishers."

Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher's catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple's required format, and submitted to the iBookstore.

Ingram currently distributes over 500,000 digital assets to major...

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Apr 05
The MacJury weighs in on the iPad

After spending the weekend working with their brand new iPads, a panel of MacJurors (http://www.macjury.com) convened to discuss their experiences and opinions on the Apple's latest mobile device.

The group share their first impressions, some app picks, and opinions on all things iPad, including weight, battery life, intended vs. actual uses, app picks and prices, pixel doubling, virtual and BlueTooth keyboards, the rapidly evolving iPad interface, Apple's apps, cases, docks, and a whole lot more. So much more that the deliberations had to be split into two
shows.

Empaneled to discuss the iPad were: Jeff Gamet, John Grezeskowiak, Matt Neuburg, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Steve Sande, Terry White and host Chuck Joiner.

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Apr 05
Beats by Dr. Dre Red Sox Edition headphones released

Beats by Dr. Dre, co-founded by artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, and Monster, which specializes in audio/video accessories, have teamed up with Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox organization for the introduction of Beats by Dr. Dre Red Sox Edition Headphones from Monster (http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=5872).

The headphones, featuring official Boston Red Sox team colors and insignia, are the first-ever Major League Baseball licensed Beats by Dr. Dre headphones created for a sports team that are being made available to the general public. Beats by Dr. Dre Red Sox Edition Headphones from Monster are being made available with Monster iSoniTalk, a microphone/headphone adapter for iPhone, and other music enabled phones. Contact the company for pricing.

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