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Apr 26
'Layers Magazine' launches online CS5 learning center

"Layers" (http://www.layersmagazine.com/) , the “how-to magazine for everything Adobe," has launched its new Adobe CS5 Learning Center (http://www.layersmagazine.com/cs5) to help readers and online visitors better familiarize themselves with the latest version of Adobe Creative Suite 5.

The Layers Adobe CS5 Learning Center includes nearly 35 in-depth tutorial videos on Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. It features pros such as Adobe Worldwide Design Evangelist Terry White and NAPP instructor RC Concepcion.

Photographers, graphic and web designers, art directors, video producers, educators and students of all interest and skill levels will have free access to the Layers Adobe CS5 Learning Center.

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Apr 26
wKiosk Browser ready for Snow Leopard

App4Mac has updated wKiosk Browser (http://www.app4mac.com/wkiosk.html), a web browser designed for Internet kiosk applications, to version 6. It's a Mac OS X solution for presenting web-based content (HTML, Flash, PDF, videos, etc.) and applications on public access terminals with or without access to the Internet.

Version 6 is fully optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It'a also rewritten in Objective C 2.0 with a Cocoa framework (instead of Carbon) and is powered by the most recent version of Apple webkbit engine (compliant to Acid 3 test / HTML 5). There are various other improvements as well.

You can use wKiosk to individually restrict access to web sites, the operating system, system settings, and applications. Your computer will be protected against any manipulation from the time you boot until you shut it down. Since wKiosk is built with Apple Safari Engine,...

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Apr 26
Koingo updates MacPilot, Librarian Pro

Koingo Software (http://www.koingosw.com) has released MacPilot 4 and Librarian Pro 2 for Mac OS X. Upgrades are free for owners of the Utility Package or buyers within the past six months. For all others, the upgrade option is $$9.95.

Sporting numerous user interface enhancements and 91 new features, the main highlight of MacPilot 4 is the ability to create save points. You can now ssave the system state and restore later with only a few clicks.

Librarian Pro has gone from a personal home inventory solution to an advanced tool for any rental business, according to the folks at Koingo Software. Version 2.0 has a new borrowing system, the ability to track late fees, a borrowing history, and the ability to manage multiple copies of the same item. Coming soon in a free update for 2.0 users will be a completely revamped product gallery view mode where items appear on a bookshelf.

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Apr 26
iPad to be discussed at next MacBUS meeting

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 pm.

MacBUS member Dale Fletcher will demonstrate the inner technical workings of the iPad. A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system.  The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

Hunt Room
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South Broad...

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Apr 26
Paragon Volume Snapshot released for Mac OS X

Paragon Software (http://www.paragon-software.com) has released Paragon Volume Snapshot for Mac OS X. It's an US$39.95 snapshot-based, back-up solution for protection of both data and systems.

With Paragon Volume Snapshot, you can ccreate an exact point-in-time copy of your data & system. When a disaster strikes, you can recover your data. Unlike Time Machine and other file-level backup utilities, our solution has very fast backup and restore capabilities, according to the folks at Paragon. Now you can back-up running applications and locked system files. If your system fails, there's no need re-install; just boot from the Mac OS X Install DVD and launch the restore operation.

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Apr 26
NetGear launches sub-$500 Gigabit firewall for businesses

NetGear has announced the ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall, which it says is the first business firewall to provide in excess of 1Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance for under US$500..

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprise, the SRX5308 delivers up to 1 Gbps of firewall throughput. It sports four Gigabit WAN ports that provide session-based load balancing and features a hardware-accelerated data flow architecture that enables 1 Gbps LAN-to-WAN of stateful firewall throughput. What's more, the SRX5308 affords remote users the ability to build VPN tunnels to the corporate office to access centralized data using the IP Security (IPsec) standard or software clientless Secure Socket Layers (SSL).

The SRX5308 firewall supports up to 125 IPsec VPN tunnels and 50 SSL VPN tunnels simultaneously, for enhanced protection from network security threats. The NetGear ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN...

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Apr 26
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X revved to version 2.7

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 2.7. With the upgrade, the "any text" criterion also matches text content of files.

HoudahSpot 2.7 now also offers the option to enable global shortcuts independently of the global menu (status bar item). Shortcuts allow for activating HoudahSpot and provide access to the popular BlitzSearch window.

HoudahSpot is a Spotlight front-end for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). With it, users may create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to.

HoudahSpot costs US$30 for a single-user license. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users.

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Apr 26
BatchOutput for Mac OS X updated to version 3.7

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced BatchOutput 3.7, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting to various formats from Adobe InDesign. The upgrade offers a new way to combine automatic output and digital delivery.

With BatchOutput 3.7, the final output files such as PDF, EPS and JPEG can be automatically sent to FTP and local destinations using File Courier, a professional digital delivery solution from Zevrix with advanced features.

BatchOutput automates InDesign output workflow of printers, ad agencies, service providers and publishing houses. With the software, users can select the files to output and adjust the settings, instead of opening and printing each document manually. For example, BatchOutput can be left to output hundreds of InDesign files overnight, and the completed job can be picked up next morning.

BatchOutput also allows users...

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Apr 26
SyncMate now lets you sync Macs, Android phone

Eltima Software has updated SyncMate (http://mac.eltima.com/sync-mac.html), software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices The upgrade now lets you sync files between Macs and Android phones.

SyncMate lets you synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar, Notes in mobile device with Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Stickies on Mac OS X. The software enables Internet sharing between the Mac and the mobile device. The connection can be made via USB cable or Wi Fi.

SyncMate is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

SyncMate is available in two editions. SyncMate Free Edition is a synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC/smartphone devices that will help you keep all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff organized. With the SyncMate Free edition...

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Apr 26
Fast-teks, Gillware Data Services team up for back-up solution

Fast-teks (http://www.fastteks.com), an on-site computer services company, and Gillware Data Services (http://www.gillware.com), an online data backup provider, have teamed up to offer a unique remote backup solution to Fast-teks’ customers.
 
Gillware’s Remote Backup technology is a multifaceted business-grade backup solution designed to protect mission critical data from permanent loss, says Fast-teks Chief Technology Officer Christopher Tain. Data are backed up remotely using secure Internet connections.

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Apr 26
Samsung unveils Story hard drive with USB 3.0 interface

Samsung Electronics (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the fastest external hard drive yet in its Story Station product portfolio -- the Story Station 3.0 with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.

The 3.5-inch external hard drive purportedly offers 10 times faster speed compared to the previous USB 2.0 interface.The USB 3.0 interface offers a maximum transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) compared to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) in USB 2.0. Users can now transfer 4 MB of music (equivalent of a 3-minute song) or image files (6megapixel camera in hi-resolution photos) in approximately 0.02 seconds and an HD movie in 2.3 minutes, says H.S. Lee, vice president, storage marketing, Samsung Electronics. The new interface is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 interfaces.

The minimalist design was inspired by retro electronics and combines a grey, brushed aluminum casing with the logo...

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Apr 26
TwonkyBeam adds support for the Mac, Firefox

PacketVideo has updated its TwonkyBeam (http://www.twonkymedia.com) connected home solution to version 1.21, adding support for Mac and Firefox users. Firefox and Mac users can now beam media from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and Last.fm to connected devices throughout the home.

Separate downloadable versions of TwonkyBeam are now available for PC users running the Internet Explorer browser, Mac users running the Firefox browser, and PC users running the Firefox browser. What's more, as of version 1.21, the software now supports more high definition YouTube videos, beaming the highest resolution video available on YouTube pages. When HD video is unavailable, TwonkyBeam automatically selects the next highest quality level for streaming to devices.

Additionally, TwonkyBeam now works better than ever with an expanded number of devices such as Yamaha MusicCAST2 wireless multi-room music systems...

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Apr 26
iPad to be tested in new digital marketing executive education...

Each student enrolling in the new Mini-MBA: Digital Marketing Executive Certificate Program this summer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will receive an iPad. It will be an integral part of the 12-session program, customized with Apple’s help to provide a new dimension to executive education in a field that is defined by technology, says Eric Greenberg, a CMD faculty member who is program director of the digital marketing mini-MBA.

Rather than offering the program online, the Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD) is seeking to merge the benefits of in-person classroom learning with the power and flexibility of digital technology, he says. Rutgers faculty are working with Apple to customize the iPad for use in the course, and with programmers to develop apps specific for each of the 12 three-hour modules.

“The Digital Marketing Mini-MBA is a perfect course to pilot since it is designed for marketers who have an interest in learning and...

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Apr 26
Apple global editorial games manager

Apple has hired Matt Casamassina of IGN to serve as the global editorial games manger for its iTunes App Store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Casamassina got started in covering gaming when he launched N64.com, a site that was later bought by IGN, the article adds. After 13 years of reviewing games and covering the industry, he's known to many readers in the gaming industry as a prime source for information about Nintendo. In a blog posting (http://mouthonfire.com/?p=34d), Casamassina had this to say:

"Anybody who has read my work through the years will know that I’ve long been a huge Nintendo fan, but if there is one company that could entice me away from covering Mario and Zelda it’s the one owned by Steve Jobs. Beginning early May, I will join Apple as global editorial games...

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Apr 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 23

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/).

As a thank you to baseball fans for making At Bat 2010 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad the top paid sports app in the Apple Apple Store, MLB.com will offer free live streaming video on those mobile devices via MLB.TV on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25. This free weekend of MLB.TV will be made available exclusively to At Bat 2010 subscribers on the the Apple devices, subject to blackout restrictions

Zanisoft has announced Shopary for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$3.99 shopping diary application with push notification deals, location/mapping, photos and barcode scanning.

Demansol has released Treasure Hunt: The Ultimate Memory Game 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch users. The $0.99 app is actually a memory puzzle, which users...

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Apr 23
Sugar Sync now hosts more than two petabytes of user data

SugarSync -- makers of the SugarSync file sync, backup and file sharing service, -- say they now host more than two petabytes of user data.

“This significant milestone highlights the trend toward mainstream adoption of combination cloud sync/back up services,” says CEO Laura Yecies. “It also validates the scalability of our infrastructure and service."

SugarSync also released a handful of key statistics to further illustrate its growth. From March 2009 – March 2010, the amount of customer data added on a daily basis to SugarSync’s private secure data centers more than quintupled, from 1 terabyte/day to 5 terabytes/day. Average inbound traffic multiplied from 189 Mbps/day to 743 Mbps/day.

As an incentive for new customers to try all of SugarSync’s new features, the company also announced a special offer: new users can earn an extra free 1GB of space simply by sharing on social media which feature encouraged them to download the service. SugarSync’s referral...

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Apr 23
RE:Vision Effects releases Final Cut Pro products

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has announced that FxPlug versions of FieldsKit and ReelSmart Motion Blur are now available, and that new FxPlug versions of Twixtor and DE:Noise have been released. The Effections bundle for Final Cut Pro has also been updated.

FieldsKit (US$89.95 and now up to version 3.0) uses proprietary field reconstruction and adaptive motion techniques to build full frames from fields. You can upgrade the FieldsKit After Effects-compatible version to the FxPlug version for $29.97. Version 3.0 adds support for 8-bit and 10-bit YUV and floating point processing. It's compatible with Final Cut Pro 6.03 and up and Final Cut Express 4.0.1 and higher.

ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. It's designed to give video a more film-like feel, and is also useful to reintroduce motion blur for blue or green screen...

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Apr 23
Build-to-order models of new MacBook Pros see slight delays

If you've ordered one of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro models with build-to-order options you may mind that your shipment has been delayed, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Several who ordered new MacBook Pros the day they were released were originally quoted ship dates within a few weeks. Now, those customers have told "AppleInsider" that those orders have been pushed back to early May.

Standard configurations of all the new MacBook Pro models, without the antiglare screen or other custom options, are still listed on Apple's online store as shipping within 24 hours. Any custom 15-inch MacBook Pro appears to have a wait time of 5-7 days, while adding the antiglare option to the 17-inch model results in a wait of 1-3 days for shipping, says "AppleInsider."

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Apr 23
iPhone has 72% of Japan's smartphone market

Apple’s iPhone shipments to Japan more than doubled in the past year, capturing 72%of the country’s smartphone market, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-23/apple-iphone-captures-72-of-...).

Shipments of the iPhone, which began selling in Japan in July 2008, climbed to 1.69 million units in the year ended March 31, per Tokyo-based MM Research Institute Ltd. said in a report yesterday. That raised the total to 2.3 million, Hideaki Yokota, an analyst at the research firm, told "Bloomberg."

The iPhone helped smartphone sales more than double last fiscal year in Japan as shipments of regular mobile phones shrank, according to the report. Smartphone shipments will probably exceed three million units in the 12...

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Apr 23
Hulu to test subscription service

Hulu, an online site for watching television shows, plans to begin testing a subscription service as soon as May 24, people "with knowledge of the plans" told the "Los Angeles Times" (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/04/hulu-pushe...).

Under the proposal, Hulu would continue to provide for free the five most recent episodes of shows like Fox's "Glee," "ABC's "Lost" or NBC's "Saturday Night Live." But viewers who want to see additional episodes would pay US$9.95 a month to access a more comprehensive selection, called Hulu Plus, the "LA Times" says.

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Apr 23
My Living Desktop for Mac OS X sports under-the-hood...

Amuse has released My Living Desktop 4.71 (http://www.mylivingdesktop.com/) for Mac OS X, a new version of their video desktop and screen saver utility. The app replaces the standard still desktop with a video desktop that plays high-definition movies of the user's choice. The new version.

Version 4.71 sports various under-the-hood improvements, as well as customer requested features. for example, there's now the ability to hide desktop icons, showing only the video that My Living Desktop is currently playing. Users can also now choose what displays on multiple screens.

My Living Desktop is a cross between a video desktop (moving wallpaper) and screen saver. With its built-in video importer, users can import their own movie scenes for use as video desktops. Anyone can now have family movies, movies of friends and special events, vacation movies and more as their desktop -- or as a...

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Apr 23
The Tube for Mac OS X adds support for new TV receivers

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has expanded its TV software The Tube to version 2.9.6. which supports several new TV receivers. In addition to existing DVB-T/DTT devices from Hauppauge and PCTV, The Tube users can also now use the Nova-S USB digital satellite television (DVB-S) TV receiver with their Mac.

With The Tube 2.9.6 Mac users can now watch and record digital and analog TV via DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S and  analog cable, while chatting live with other viewers via TubeTalk. Browsing through the many TV stations is made easier with an integrated channel search function that allows you to flick through channels using keyboard shortcuts (channel number + Enter).

Users of The Tube in the US can now use the electronic program guide from Tribune. The Tube contains a plug-in for the TMS Data Direct TV service, and users can manage their channel lists via a web interface.

The Tube 2.9.6 now...

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Apr 23
iFunia HD Video Converter adds iPad support

iFunia says iFunia HD Video Converter for Mac now supports converting HD video to the iPad supported formats. Version 2.4 allows Mac consumers to convert HD and AVCHD video to iPad 720p H.264 HD video they need for the iPad’s high-resolution screen.

Besides iPad support, the new version 2.4 also fixes some minor bugs and improves overall performance. The HD Video Converter for Mac is available through the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com/hd-video-converter-mac.html). Exclusively for the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, and is available for US$32.

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Apr 23
24-Inch LCD for Mini DisplayPort ships

CinemaView (http://www.cinemaview.com) says its new US$399, 24-inch LCD display for Mini DisplayPort Macs is now shipping. It works with any Mini DisplayPort equipped Mac and provide a full HD 1920x1080 work space that connects natively, without adapters.

Since Apple transitioned its entire Mac product line to the new Mini DisplayPort jack for connecting external displays no manufacturer has offered plug-compatible display products. Also, no display maker has adopted Apple's current industrial design theme of aluminum, black, and glass in products aesthetically matched to current Macs, according to the folks at CinemaView.

The new CinemaView includes a 4-port powered USB 2.0 hub, and an all-in-one cable that provides Mini DisplayPort, USB 2.0, and DC power. Its UniFrame Aluminum construction is designed to match the look of current Apple computers.

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Apr 23
Apple's MagSafe gets safer

Apple's MagSafe power adapter has gotten safer, according to a "Wired" post (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/04/apple-makes-magsafe-magsafer/#ixz...). The company has updated MagSafe tips for the 85 Watt adapters which come with the 15 and 17-inch MacBooks, and the 65 Watt versions for the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.

"Wired" says the tip is aluminum and puts the plug in parallel with the cable instead of at right-angles, just like that of the MacBook Air. However, with this new design the aluminum extends past the rectangular tip and into a cable-coddling tube. This tube alone should fix a major failing point of the adapters, says "Wired."

Almost a year ago, a lawsuit was filed seeking class action status and accusing Apple of neglecting a flaw in the MagSafe power...

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