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Oct 20
Boxee Box to ship Nov. 10

D-Link and Boxee have announced the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link will begin shipping on Nov.10 to customers who pre-order the Boxee Box through Amazon in the U.S. or Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. The Boxee Box will be generally available through the company's network of retail and online distributors on November 17, 2010.

Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the US and Canada will be $229 with an average street price at about $199. Prices may vary in other regions.

The Boxee Box was first unveiled in December 2009 and is the first media device capable of playing most popular media file formats from a home network along with free and premium TV shows and movies, videos, music, and photos from the Internet, with support for full 1080p high-definition (HD) and 5.1 surround sound, says Rod St. Michel, vice president of consumer sales at D-Link. He says that with tens-of-thousands of movies, shows and apps available, the Boxee Box gives users unparalleled...

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Oct 20
Class on Demand ships new Photoshop CS5 titles

Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5"; the third of four recently released Class on Demand titles centered around the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) family.

Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the exciting Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, it offers both novice and advanced users alike a look at the newest Photoshop workflow. The instructor is Sue Jenkins, an Adobe Certified Expert and web and graphic designer.

"Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5" is broken down into seven segments, covering approximately seven hours of Photoshop features ranging from tools, to styles and adjustment layers, web graphics, retouching techniques, editorial techniques, and more. It's available via the Class on Demand website (http://www.classondemand.com) for US$99.95.

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Oct 20
Civilization V coming to the Mac in time for the holidays

Aspyr Media will publish Sid Meier’s Civilization V for Mac, the latest entry from the flagship turn-based strategy franchise. Released in partnership with 2K Games, a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the newest addition to the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise on the Mac.

Here's how the game is described: "Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience. Players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. The Mac version is expected to be available this holiday season."

Pricing and system requirements haven...

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Oct 20
Epson ships new projectors

Epson America (http://www.epson.com) announced the PowerLite 1750, 1760W, 1770W, and 1775W are now shipping. Introduced at InfoComm in June, these sleek new models weigh less than four pounds and at 1.7-inches tall, are as thin as a laptop.

Designed for mobile professionals and corporations, the PowerLite 1700-series offer reliable 3LCD image quality, high brightness and easy-to-use, hassle-free features, according to Heather Gareis, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America.

The PowerLite 1750 (US$799) and 1760W ($899) offer 2600 lumens of color and white light output, and the PowerLite 1770W ($999) and 1775W ($1,199) offer 3000 lumens of color and white light output. The PowerLite 1750 features XGA resolution, while the PowerLite 1760W, 1770W and 1775W all feature WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for use with widescreen laptops and DVD content.

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Oct 20
Myithemes is new site for iLife, iWork themes

Myithemes (http://www.myithemes.com) has launched a new web site selling themes and templates for such Mac applications as iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, Garage Band, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Rapidweaver, Sandvox, and WordPress applications.

Similar in function to TemplateMonster and ThemeForest, the site offers all designers an opportunity to display and sell their work. Also available are an affiliate program with commissions on sales, and a membership subscription offering unlimited downloads.

Myithemes is made possible by a partnership between leading suppliers of themes and templates for Macintosh applications. Themes are priced from US$9.95 (USD) and up, and may be downloaded using PayPal. An annual membership subscription, allowing unlimited downloads for one year, is available for $49.95.

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Oct 20
Learn 'How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming...

Thinking Drone has released "How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" ( http://www.createyouriphoneapp.com), an US$97 ebook that takes users by the hand and walks them through the entire process of developing, submitting and eventually marketing their own app for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

"How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" includes these free bonuses: source code for a live application, details on how to make money from free apps, and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template.

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Oct 20
USB Fever releases Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone 4G

USB Fever has released the US$39.99 Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2043).

With this item, you can "wear" this battery on your iPhone 4G, you can sync your iPhone 4G with your Mac or PC, even when the battery is on. With this external battery, you no longer have to hassle with the external battery with an external battery or synchronization, say the USB Fever.

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Oct 20
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds new Text Translation tool

TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.9. The upgrade adds a new Text Translation tool.

Detachable cards now have blurred background and possibility to tune the background color. Version 12.9 also sports improved english words colorizer for plai ntext dictionaries.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words...

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Oct 20
Encoding.com video format library now includes Ogg/Theora, WebM/...

Encoding.com (http://www.Encoding.com), a video encoding service provider, has announced the expansion of its video format library to include WebM and Ogg Theora. Along with existing support for H.264, Encoding.com now has encoding presets to support all popular Internet browsers.

Video content developers now have a one-stop service for converting videos to high-quality formats across all HTML5 browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera, and mobile devices including iPhone / iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung, says Jeff Malkin, president of Encoding.com.

"While HTML5 delivers on the promise of viewing videos across the web without the need for browser plugins, there is no standardization of video codecs and containers across the various browsers and mobile devices," he says. "Content providers who want to maximize their viewership must therefore encode...

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Oct 20
XanEdu, NYU Stern conduct iPad testing in MBA classes

XanEdu (http://www.xanedu.com), a provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has partnered with New York University Stern School of Business to conduct its first program-wide test of iPads this fall. Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on iPads.

Last month XanEdu announced its iPad CoursePack publishing program as part of the company's strategic technology plan. XanEdu's iPad app feature set will be driven by input from hundreds of students participating in XanEdu's fall 2010 class tests. Features include digital note taking, collaboration tools and integration into learning management systems on campus. Students will be asked to provide feedback through usage logs, surveys and focus groups.  

As part of its commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the learning environment, NYU Stern's IT group was seeking...

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Oct 20
Holiday consumer spending forecast looks good for Apple

This holiday season should be a good one for Apple. Spending on consumer electronics gifts will reach historic highs, despite an overall decline in gift spending, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (http://www.CE.org/). And it's good news all around for Apple.

Consumer electronics will once again be the “hottest” gifts, both to give and to receive, this holiday season. Overall, consumers will spend US$750 on holiday gifts, down 2%t from last year. They will, however, spend more on CE gifts than ever before. Consumers will spend $232 on CE gifts, up 5% from last year and the highest level since CEA began tracking holiday spending.

Nearly a third of consumers’ total gift budgets will be allocated to CE. When it comes to spending, nearly half will buy a CE gift for children on their list, two in five will buy a CE gift for their spouse/significant other and 29% will...

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Oct 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 19

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/).

Logic Consulting has announced BaDaBing 1.0 for the iPad, a free, animated, virtual drum kit. The animations of the drum kit provide the user instant visual feedback in addition to sound. The drum surfaces depress and the crashes rock back and forth giving the user a complete experience.

Unicorn Media (http://www.unicornmedia.com), which specializes in video workflow optimization technology, has released Unicorn Once, a stream management service for IP-enabled devices including mobile and iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). This patent-pending technology allows publishers to incorporate dynamic ad integration and real-time video analytics for the first time when...

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Oct 19
Pre-orders taken for Grand Theft Auto: the Trilogy

Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has begun taking pre-orders for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, for the Mac. The first 3D releases in the epic saga are here together in sequence: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

This limited edition packaging makes it "the ultimate collector's set of GTA games on Mac," say the gang at Macgamestore. The game is scheduled to ship on Nov. 22. Pre-order pricing is US$39.95.

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Oct 19
Monotype Imaging debuts Fonts.com APIs, plug-ins

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced its Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface), which enables developers to integrate the Web Fonts solution in web applications, providing users with the ability to tap into Monotype Imaging’s Web font offering.

Also new are plug-ins for the open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! content management systems. Using any of these popular CMS offerings, users are able to create websites that support Fonts.com Web Fonts.
 
The Fonts.com Web Fonts API enables developers to integrate Web fonts into applications and cloud-based CMS products, which are designed to provide users with simplified methods for publishing Web content to web sites, says Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. Monotype Imaging’s new open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! plug-ins, all based on the company’s API, feature a WYSIWYG editor, which allows text to display in a chosen Web font while the user is...

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Oct 19
Google accounts for 97% of all iPhone search traffic

Despite the hoopla surrounding Microsoft Bing's tighter integration with Facebook, Google hogs as much as 97% of all the search traffic on the iPhone, according to ad network Chitika, as reported by "eWeek" (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Googles-iPhone-Search-Traffic-as...).

Apple’s mobile Safari toolbar sends 49% of traffic to Google, while the Google homepage racks up about 42.24% of the traffic on the iPhone. The Google App accounts for 8.68%of Google’s iPhone traffic. 

Chitika analyst Dan Ruby told "eWeek" that, counting the Google App and Safari to be different sources, Google controls the top two iPhone search engine spots on the popular mobile device.

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Oct 19
Ad revenue from iPad users surges in MobileMe report

Advertising revenue generated from iPad users increased 316% in the third quarter of calendar 2010, as the number of advertisers also grew by 94% per the monthly "MobileMix" report for Sept. 2010 from advertiser Millennial Media, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Millennial Media says iPad impression growth in the third quarter increased 156 percent, while ad requests on the Apple tablet grew 63% month-over-month in September alone. The iPad is the second-largest "connected device" tracked by Millennial Media, trailing only the iPod touch.

The iPad surge helped Apple's iOS mobile operating system see a 10% overall increase in ad impressions for the third quarter of 2010, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). STill, iOS lagged behind rivals Android, which saw impressions...

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Oct 19
Study: Macs will increase enterprise market share by 57%

A survey of IT administrators conducted by The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- revealed that Macs will be the fastest growing systems in the enterprise through 2011.

End users are seeing the value of the increased productivity of the Mac and IT administrators are finding the tools to integrate them into their current management environment. Macs will climb from 3.3% of all systems in 2009 to 5.2% in 2011. In that same period, more than 25% of all net new systems added in the enterprise will be Macs, says the EDA.

Much of the growth in Macs will happen in organizations that already have Macs installed. The median percentage of Macs in those organizations will double from 5% to 10%. In addition 65% of the respondents had at least some Macs...

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Oct 19
iPhone wins 'gadgetoral' votes in U.S. for cell phone...

By Andrew Eisner

The great state of California, home to Hollywood and the place Tony Bennett left his heart, casts its 83 votes for the iPhone. Meanwhile, New Jersey, the Garden State, home to Tony Soprano and Thomas Edison pledge their votes to Android. In this make believe world, electoral, or should we say "gadgetoral," votes are defined by how many smartphones of a particular type are represented in every state of the union.

In fact, if the government felt it needed to apportion the nation by smartphone ownership, it could use the findings from Retrevo's 2010 Gadget Census that looked at what gadgets people own and how they use them, including data on how many smartphones are represented per capita in each state.

iPhone states

Whether you're an iPhone owner looking for a state with more iPhone owners so you have more in common with them or you're looking to avoid them so you have a better chance of getting a...

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Oct 19
iSuppli updates iPod forecast to 43.7 million units in 2011

Amid indications that iPad component availability is improving, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) is raising its shipment forecast for the product to 13.8 million units in 2010, up from its July outlook of 12.9 million.

Apple in its earnings announcement for the fiscal fourth said it shipped 4.2 million iPads during the three-month period ending Sept. 25. The pronouncement indicates that Apple has been able to overcome limitations in component supply so that it can ramp up production.

“In its previous iPad forecasts, iSuppli noted that the only constraint on shipment growth now is production -- and not demand,” says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “The only factor limiting production is the availability of key iPad components, such as the Field Fringe Switching (FFS) LCD panels, projected capacitive touch screens and NAND flash. Despite ongoing yield issues, Apple's...

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Oct 19
IceWarp Server 10.2 improves iPhone, iPad support

IceWarp (http://www.icewarp.com) has released IceWarp Server 10.2, the latest in the version 10 product line that started with the release of 10.0 in November.

This latest version has put the emphasis on improving the end user experience and giving today’s modern workforce the flexibility and agility they need to thrive in a competitive business environment, says Christopher Knott vice president of Support Operations for IceWarp. Some of the new features include:

° Improved WebDAV, iPhone and iPad support -- IceWarp now has full support the growing fleet of Apple devices: iCal on OS X 10.6 is now fully supported including access to shared calendars, invitations, free busy data and more. iPhone and iPad users can synchronize their calendars via CalDAV and contacts via CardDAV.

° Full time zone support -- users can specify the time zone when creating a calendar event, support for UTC/GMT, and...

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Oct 19
Application Systems North America announces ContaxCRM Suite 2.0

Application Systems North America has made available, for the first time in North America, ContaxCRM Suite 2.0 (http://www.application-systems.co/contaxcrm/). It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$149.

ContaxCRM Suite 2.0, from Arten Science, allows individuals and companies to better manage their day-to-day contacts and relationships -- and build a more detailed contact history with clients, vendors and sales prospects.

Integration with Apple applications removes much of the administration around contact management, according to the folks at Arten Science. Apple Mail will automatically save both sent and received emails to an individual contact record held within ContaxCRM. iCal will also enable calendar events -- including setting alerts and to-do lists -- to be entered via ContaxCRM Suite's event management module.

Arten Science...

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Oct 19
BatchOutput update improves spread exporting

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.5, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that addresses an issue related to exporting InDesign documents as single spreads.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9.5 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.9.5 are free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with...

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Oct 19
MacTech Conference first to show Mac-based planetary rovers

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, in Los Angeles, will have Mac-based planetary exploration rovers and a boat controlled by iPod touches on hand at the opening of the international conference. This is the first public display of these rovers outside a university or research setting.  

Keynote speaker Andy Ihnatko will open MacTech Conference: a three-day, information-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening. This fully immersive conference is packed with sessions from renown speakers and evening activities, including an exclusive trip to the Griffith Observatory, and the MacTech Bowl party.

Professor Wolfgang Fink, who came to the University of Arizona from Caltech last year, will be demonstrating the rover units on the first day of the conference prior to the conference's keynote by Ihnatko. The rovers, which can carry a payload of 40 pounds, and the boat are based on Mac minis and controlled by iOS...

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Oct 19
Mixamo, DAZ 3D team up

DAZ 3D and Mixamo have announced an alliance that brings Mixamo's animations and real-time customization capabilities to the DAZ 3D character model portfolio. Users of DAZ 3D's latest generation human figures now have access to the entire Mixamo motion collection at http://www.mixamo.com .

Every Mixamo motion is guaranteed to work with any character created from the DAZ 3D human figures within DAZ Studio. The DAZ 3D/Mixamo modeling and animation pipeline improves productivity by up to 80% and reduces costs by up to 75%, says Dan Farr, CEO of DAZ Productions.

DAZ 3D community members can visit http://www.mixamo.com and see any motion applied to the DAZ 3D standard characters, Victoria and Michael (with the Kids forthcoming), in the Mixamo 3D viewer. They can also customize these motions, download and merge them back into their scenes....

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Oct 19
ImageFramer for Mac OS X gets new features, frames

Apparent Software has updated ImageFramer (http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer), their custom image framing utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 3.0 The update contains over 400 various frames -- and more are being added constantly.

ImageFramer 3 is a total redesign of ImageFramer 2, featuring features like combining multiple frames and mats, saving design templates and even an embedded frame editor that allows users to create their own frames from their graphics. The newly added frames are downloaded automatically for registered users. In addition, users of Pro version have access to hundreds of additional high-resolution frames from frame manufacturers with catalog numbers.

ImageFramer can apply photo-realistic frames to digital images, drawings or any original artwork. Users can add frames, watermarks, batch process several images at a time, as...

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