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Sep 09
Bluestreak launches integrated Flash/HTML 5 app platform

Bluestreak Technology (http://www.bluestreakteck.com), which specializes in delivering software presentation solutions on embedded devices, has announced from IBC 2010 the launch of MachBlue XT, an integrated Flash and HTML5 application platform.

According to Dominique Jodoin, Bluestreak Technology CEO and president MachBlue XT offers a flexible solution to the current Flash versus HTML5 technology battle that is forcing network operators to maintain multiple application platforms to achieve true cross-platform support. MachBlue XT unites the top presentation technologies, including Flash and HTML5, into a single open platform for delivering rich media experiences uniquely optimized to run across TVs, set-top boxes, mobile phones, and other consumer electronic devices, he adds.

The platform includes both a custom Flash player as well as an HTML application engine, specifically...

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Sep 09
Vector 3 announces support for ProRes Codec

Vector 3 (http://www.vector3.tv), a developer of IT-based graphics and playout solutions, announced today that its Vector MultiPlay product line now supports the Apple ProRes codec.

The newly supported codec offers full format compatibility to Vector MultiPlay customers who use Final Cut Pro for production. MultiPlay is Vector 3's IT-based, multi-channel playout solution that's designed to optimize redundancy management for multi-channel broadcasters.

ProRes is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple for use in post production. It was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2.

Attendees to the IBC 2010 exhibition, held in Amsterdam from Sept. 10–14, can visit Vector 3 and learn more about their support for the ProRes codec on stand 7.C01.     

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Sep 09
Pentax announces two new Optio cameras

Pentax (http://www.pentaximaging.com) has announced two compact cameras: the Optio RS100 and the Optio RZ10. They'll ship in October for US$149.95 and $219.95, respectively.

The Optio RS1000 may be "dressed" to match the personality and style of its owner. This cosmetically customizable digital camera features a removable faceplate to hold interchangeable skins of any personal design.

The Optio RS1000 features 14 megapixels, a three-inch LCD monitor, and a 4X optical zoom lens covering 27.5mm wide angle. It's encased in a lightweight body about the size of a credit-card.

The Optio RZ10 digital compact camera boasts a 10X optical zoom lens, a 10X zoom and macro focus settings. The camera also features dual Shake Reduction (mechanical sensor-shift and digital) for blur reduction and an upgraded Auto Picture mode for “hands-off” selection of the most appropriate shooting settings.

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Sep 09
Navara Mobility Suite update extends support for the iPhone

Navara (http://www.navara.com) has introduced version 6.2 of the Navara Mobility Suite. This new version enables software providers to mobilize any B2B application or workflow onto any device, including the iPhone.

With all major device types supported by the Navara Mobility Suite -- including Windows Mobile, Blackberry and iPhone -- software companies can now support their client’s growing mobile workforces, especially in healthcare, sales and field service organizations, says Ken Heard, vice president of sales, Navara. Allscripts, the largest supplier of healthcare software in the United States, is the first user of version 6.

In addition to support for iPhone, version 6.2 of the Navara Mobility Suite introduces the Navara Store to help improve the control, configuration and administration of mobile applications onto different devices. Simplified system management tools make it possible to remotely...

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Sep 09
AKVIS Chameleon 7.0 now a standalone app

AKVIS (http://www.akvis.com) has released version 7.0 of its photo collage program AKVIS Chameleon. The new version offers a standalone program in addition to the plug-in.

The plug-in version is compatible with Photoshop CS5 64 bit. Also there's improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 and Windows 7.

AKVIS Chameleon has four operating modes. In Montage mode, you can take a rectangular part of the source image and then use two pencils -- red and blue -- to roughly indicate the parts that should appear on the resulting photo collage.

In Chameleon mode, from which the program gets its name, and object is pasted into a picture in such a way that the object adapts to the new color range and blends with the background, as chameleons do. Blend mode works in a similar fashion to Chameleon mode, in that it adjusts the color range and smoothes the borders of an object, but in addition it makes the object...

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Sep 09
Microsoft Office 2011 coming Oct. 27

Microsoft France has let slip the launch date of Microsoft Office Mac 2011 on its annual September meeting held at its HQ near Paris, reports "MacGeneration" (http://www.macgeneration.com/news/voir/167861/microsoft-office-2011-pour...).

Microsoft Office Mac 2011 should be launched on October 27, 2010. (Thanks to Anthony Nelzin, editor of "MacGeneration" for the heads-up on this.)

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Sep 09
Design your own iPhone case

Case Hut now lets you design your own iPhone Case Skin for iPhone 3G/S and iPhone 4. Their Design your own Case Skin program (http://www.casehut.com/index.php/popular-products/design-your-own-iphone...) allows you to put a picture or image of your choice in a Skin and wallpaper format for your iPhone.

You can use any image, design or photograph to customize your iPhone. The Skins are printed using the latest in printing technology to produce vibrant and high resolution images, according to the folks at Case Hut.

All you need to do is provide an image or design that is at least 150dpi (standard quality image) that doesn't need to be stretched and it will be made into a skin for your iPhone. They're priced at just £12.99 and available to the UK.

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Sep 09
Apple issues statement on App Store review guidelines

Apple has issued a statement on its review guidelines for the Apple App Store. It reads:

"The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile applications are developed and distributed. With over 250,000 apps and 6.5 billion downloads, the App Store has become the world’s largest mobile application platform and App Store developers have earned over one billion dollars from the sales of their apps.

"We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.

"In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security...

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Sep 09
Apple updates iMovie for the iPhone

Apple has released iMovie 1.1 for the iPhone. The new version adds support for the fourth generation iPod touch that was unveiled last week.

iMovie 1.1 also adds the ability to split video clips, video scrubbing support, support for automatic music looping when videos are longer than music tracks, and an in-app page of tips. It's available for US$4.99 at the Apple App Store.

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Sep 09
LaCie introduces new USB 3.0 hard drives

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has debuted new USSB 3.0 hard drives: the LaCie Minimus and LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0. The former offers transfer speeds at 5Gb/second in a small Rikiki form factor. The latter is for for users who need terabytes of storage.

The Rikiki and Minimus hard drives are encased in brushed aluminum. It offers resilience from blunders, improved heat dissipation, and is fully recyclable. The drives come with LaCie’s Software Suite for setting up and backing up support for Macs or PCs. Macs don't yet support USB 3.0 so the drives will run at USB 2.0 speeds.

Additionally, each product comes with 10GB of Wuala online storage so you can store and share files online. The LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 is available in 500GB/1TB capacities starting at US$99.99. The LaCie Minimus is available in 1TB/2TB capacities starting at $129.99.

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Sep 09
Apple releases iOS 4.1

Apple has released iOS 4.1 for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as every iPod touch after the first generation model. (However, note that not all the features are compatible with every device.)

The update adds support for Game Center, HDR photo capture, HD video uploads and TV show rentals. It also fixes some bugs and glitches including a faulty proximity sensor that could cause accidental hangups while on a call, poor audio quality when using Bluetooth accessories, slow iPhone 3G performance, and Nike + iPod fixes.

iOS 4.1 is a free update for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and second-generation iPod touch or later. It's available via iTunes.

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Sep 09
Kobo app available for the Mac

Kobo, a global eReading service, has announced the Kobo Desktop Application, a free, downloadable application now available from http://www.kobobooks.com that enables users to read, build a digital library, and shop for eBooks directly from their computer or laptop. It's Mac OS X and Windows compatible.

The new application also allows Kobo customers with third party eReaders, such as the Sony Reader, to connect to the Kobo service to download or purchase content. Through the Desktop Application customers can instantly access their library and download their purchases directly to their computer and read offline without an Internet connection. Additionally, the Kobo Desktop Application enables users to shop for eBooks through the integrated Kobo eBook Store and download content to their desktop to easily build and manage their library.

Kobo currently offers dedicated applications for the iPhone,...

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Sep 09
Apple earns top honors in PC Mag's Reader's Choice...

Apple earns yet another Readers' Choice Award from "PC Magazine" (http://www.pcmag.com) in ranking laptops and portables. Apple had an overall score of 9.2 (out of 10), 9.3 for reliability, 8.6 for tech support, 8.1 for repairs, and a 9.3 score for those who would recommend the company's products for others.

For the most part, Apple's results remained consistent with last year. "PC Mag" readers rated the company a 9.3 for reliability despite the fact that 15% of Apple respondents reported that their laptops needed repair. The repair rate is the "main chink among Apple's otherwise stellar ratings," says "PC Mag." Only Dell and Fujitsu had more laptops needing repairs (18% each); Apple was on par with Lenovo and HP, with 15% needing repair.

Apple's satisfaction with tech support slipped slightly from last year from 8.8 to 8.6. "It's still head and shoulders above the competition -- Lenovo is next at 7.3 ==...

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Sep 09
Apple posts iPhone Configuration Utility 3.1

Apple has posted the iPhone Configuration Utility 3.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL851). It's a 9.94MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.x.

The iPhone Configuration Utility (IPCU) lets you create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs. It's recommended for those managing devices running iOS 4.0 or later.

Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems. 



According to Apple, iPCU 3.1 adds support for new Mobile Device Management (MDM) features introduced in iOS 4 and enables wireless delivery of configuration profiles. It...

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Sep 09
DockView for Mac OS X now lets you disable live previews

Kapeli has released DockView 1.2.1 (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), an update of the Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. You can now disable the live previews.

With DockView, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed. The app helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.

DockView is a 3.8 MB download that requires Mac OS X 10.6. ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted. Version 1.2.1 is a free update for...

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Sep 09
BatchOutput update improves image exporting

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com)has released BatchOutput 3.9.2, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update suppresses color settings warnings and improves image export from InDesign CS3.

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 3.9.2 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.9.2 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 Adobe InDesign CS-CS5...

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Sep 09
'YML' looks at Ping, new Apple hardware

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Ping and Apple's new hardware.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Sep 09
OCRKit for Mac OS X now lets you save HTML, RTF formats

OCRKit (http://ocrkit.com/), a text recognition app for Mac O X 10.4 or higher, has been updated to version 1.5. The new version allows you to save HTML and RTF formats and TXT UTF-8 encoded plain text. In addition it improves the recognition and stability of OCRKit plus the user-interface translations got updated.

OCRKit transforms images and PDF files into searchable PDFs. With built-in OCR it allows for editable PDF files via drag and drop. And you can find 'em with the Mac's built-in Spotlight desktop search.

OCRKKit comes with support for several OCR languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, and even more user-interface translations: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese and Traditional-Chinese. It's designed for Intel Macs only.

OCRKit costs approximately US$49, though version 1.5 is a free update...

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Sep 09
Study: demand for mobile applications will help consumers...

Consumer demand for mobile applications will wear down resistance to in-app mobile ads, propelling the North American market to $2 billion by the end of the year, according to a new report by Parks Associates (http://www.parkassociates.com). "Monetizing Downloadable Mobile Applications" shows North American in-app ad revenue will surpass US$860 million in 2014 and paid mobile app profits will exceed $4 billion.

"As appetites for mobile apps grow, consumers will become more accepting of in-app ads," says Heather Way, research analyst, Parks Associates. "Our latest report shows 46% of adults 18-34 are either indifferent to in-app ads or willing to endure ads in free mobile apps."

New digital technologies will give companies an edge with more creative and personalized advertisements. Parks Associates' analysts say Apple's iAd mobile advertising ad network is a good example of using novel...

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Sep 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 8

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/).

Urban Anomaly has announced Invoice Robot 1.0, an iPad and iPhone application for creating and transmitting stylish, professional invoices in PDF format. The US$1.99 app provides a calculation template that can also be used for proposals, quotations and receipts.

Viaden Mobile has released Sleep Tracker 1.0, a $0.99 app for iOS devices. It will record noise and light disturbances that happen at night. This makes it possible to play back the noises and flashes of light and overlay the recording with the graph of the user's sleep cycle. Having this information at hand, users are then able to make appropriate improvements to their sleeping environment.

Libero Spagnolini has introduced FaceMan 1.0, a $1.99 video effects app for iPhone and iPod...

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Sep 08
Macsimum Poll: do you plan to buy an Apple TV?

Apple announced several revamped products at a Sept. 1 special event, including a new Apple TV. In this week's poll, we're asking if you plan to buy "take three" of the Apple TV. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked what was the most exciting Apple announcement last week. Fourty-four percent of you said the new Apple TV, 21% said the new iPod touch, 15% said the new iPod nano and 2% said the new iPod shuffle. And 19% said "none, I wanted a new Mac announcement."

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Sep 08
MakeMusic updates Finale PrintMusic

MakeMusic (http://www.makemusic.com) has released Finale PrintMusic 2011 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This updated version of the music notation software includes new features and provides compatibility with current operating systems and files created with Finale 2011, MakeMusic’s flagship software package.

With a list price of US$119.95, PrintMusic is targeted to songwriters, teachers, band and choir directors, church musicians, students and other musicians. With it you can arrange pieces of up to 24 staves and extract individual parts from the score. Notes can be entered with a computer keyboard, a MIDI keyboard, with the exclusive MicNotator or by scanning existing music.

PrintMusic tools include Drum Groove and Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing. Music plays back using hundreds of built-in sounds or additional external sound libraries (sold separately), and can be shared with others using the...

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Sep 08
XtremeMac offers new iPod, iPhone audio docks

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced two new audio products for iPod and iPhone. The Luna SST and The 3 in 1 Microdock work with the company's XtremeMac’s new alarm clock app.

The US$129.99 Luna SST (pictured below) alarm clock features dual independent alarms with a detachable speaker. The design allows for placement on an opposite nightstand tables and enables full stereo sound. The dual independent alarm settings and controls allows two users to wake to iPod/iPhone, FM radio or chime as well as snooze and activate/deactivate alarms from both locations.  The Luna SST also features a dimmable display.

The 3 in 1 Microdock ($59.99) -- shown at the top -- gives users the ability to play, charge and wake to iPod or iPhone at home or on the go. It comes with a travel pouch, Microdock’s compact design takes up little space and packs into any suitcase or backpack.

XtremeMac is...

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Sep 08
Gumdrop Cases releases new shells for the iPod touch 4

Gumdrop Cases has announced new shells to fit the fourth generation iPod touch. Gumdrop’s newest line of cases is shipping now, prior to the release of the new music gadget.
 
The newest line of Gumdrop Cases designed for the iPod touch are styled for an active youth consumer, according to David Adam, vice president of products for Gumdrop. Priced from US$24.95 to $29.95, the Moto Skin is first to ship, while the Skater Nation cases will begin shipping on Sept. 30.

With special attention to the iPod Touch 4’s new features, including cutouts for the camera, the Gumdrop cases will fit the new music device perfectly for maximum protection, style and functionality, says Adam. Pre-orders for the iPod Touch 4 cases are available now at http://www.GumdropCases.com or at ...

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Sep 08
iMainGo 2 is portable case/speaker combo

Portable Sound Laboratories has released the iMainGo 2 (http://www.imaingo.com), an US$39.95 protective case, that turns your iPhone, iPod touch or MP3 device into a portable speaker.

It custom fits and protects all iPods, iPod nanos, iPhones, iPod touch®es and most MP3 devices. The iMainGo 2 doubles as an external stereo speaker system for any device with a 3.5 mm connection. You can control and view your device without opening the case.

With the iMain Go 2, you can wake up to music with built-in alarm feature (on alarm-equipped iPods only). It comes with four AAA Energizer batteries and a removable carry strap and measures 5.7 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches.

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