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Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has added to its selection of business templates for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork bundle. Each theme includes 32 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts.
All photo slides feature media placeholders to crop a placed image into a custom shape. The complimentary Bullets folder includes a set of 15 extra bullet designs, which can be used to further customize any of the themes for a specific case.
Jumsoft's themes require iWork '08. Each theme is US$19.| Read more »
Our next Migration Kit will look at retail management apps for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.| Read more »
Nolobe has updated Total Interarchy, its file transfer product for Mac OS X (10.4.11 and later), to version 10.0.1. It's a maintenance update.
A demo of Interarchy 10.x is available for download. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license. Version 10.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 10. Users of earlier versions can upgrade to version 10.x for $29.95.| Read more »
USB has launched new products for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The Sync and Charging Controller Adapter for iPhone/iPad/iPod (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1959) is a US$9.99 charging/syncing device.
The $14.99 Golf Bag/Sun Visor Clip Holder for iPhone/iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1964) is a device for mounting your Apple gadget on a golf bag. The Custom-Made RearView Mirror Holder for iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1965...| Read more »
Mirye Software (http://www.mirye.net) has announced the the Shade X 2010 Early Access Program for users of Shade 10 or higher. Shade X is an early access program that gives Shade users private access to early releases of the next generation of Shade, the professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool set from Mirye Software.
Shade X 2010 is available only to users of Shade 10. Shade X 2010 users will have access to pre-release versions of the next generation of Shade that will be released in English in 2011, as well as a full license of the product. Users of the Shade X Early Access Program will also have access to Shade Unplugged, a special, internal release of Shade, immediately available, which adds several new features that will be incorporated into to the 2011 official release.
What's more, Shade X 2010 users have access to a private forum and mailing list that includes professional artists...| Read more »
AlwaysOnPC has announced version 1.0 of their Virtual PC app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It boasts more than 40 pre-installed programs including a mobile office suite and Firefox.
AlwaysOnPC purportedly delivers a combination of productivity tools and capabilities that frees users from their desktops. Using Open Office, users can edit, copy and paste between apps, and save most common file types including Word (.doc and .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), and PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and more.
The lack of Flash has been a controversial issue regarding Apple's idevices and a disappointment for some -- until now, say the folks at AlwaysOnPC. Their product delivers an iPad and iPhone Flash Player with Firefox so users can finally browse the whole web on their device. Although it doesn't yet support audio or full motion video (these improvements are purportedly coming soon) customers still enjoy access to their favorite sites like Facebook games, Google Analytics, and...| Read more »
Foxit Corp. (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/), a provider of solutions for reading, editing, creating, organizing, securing PDF documents and eReader devices, has announced an upcoming security patch for its Foxit Reader. The upcoming Foxit Reader enhances PDF document security that is currently being used to compromise iPhone/iPad devices.
Foxit is taking a proactive measure in securing its 100 million PDF Reader users against the iPhone/iPad jailbreaking application that utilizes malicious PDFs to hack the systems of unsuspecting users, according to , says Alex Alexander, AVP, corporate marketing for Foxit. Hackers are now trying to use these malicious PDF’s to access sensitive data on desktops. Foxit expects the release to occur within the next 10 days.| Read more »
Virtual Programming has released a Mac OS X version of Sabi Games' ItzaBitza, an education game in which children's drawings come to life and help them develop their reading skills, thanks to a drawing recognition system called Living Ink.
ItzaBitza stars Sketchy, who asks children to draw things that he or she (depending on the gender chosen by the child) puts to good use. For example, Sketchy will grow or shrink to fit into a house. Then Sketchy will ask the player to complete a task to earn a star, such as drawing additional items for Sketchy to use, or finding hidden objects.
Speech bubbles containing simple words also appear. When the child holds the mouse over each word, Sketchy says it, enabling the child to not only identify those words but also understand the concept of reading words from left to right, top to bottom, says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. As children draw objects and point at words, they also develop valuable computer mouse skills.... | Read more »
Genilogix (http://www.genilogix.com) says QC Mobile, is now available for download via the Apple App Store. It allows professionals to run application testing through HP Quality Center from virtually anywhere.
Using Apple iPads, iPhones, and/or iPod touch mobile devices running Genilogix QC Mobile, development and quality professionals can perform tests, track defects, and transmit electronic test data wirelessly. Genilogix QC Mobile integrates with HP Quality Center, a quality-management software platform.
"Genilogix QC Mobile addresses environments where mobility is a critical component for testing and defect tracking," says Nate Stuyvesant, chief technical officer of Genilogix. "Certain verticals like manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, hospitality, and telecommunications are now able to extend the workflow and reporting capabilities of HP Quality Center beyond software testing to...| Read more »
Google is expected to prevail in a key battleground for its wireless war with., as the smart phone market share of the Android Operating System (OS) rises to surpass that of the iPhone’s iOS in 2012, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) predicts.
Android will be used in 75 million smart phones by 2012, up from five million in 2009, forecasts the research group. Meanwhile, iOS usage will amount to 62 million in 2012, up from 25 million in 2009.
This will give Android a 19.4% of the global market for smart phone OSes in 2012, up from 2.7% in 2009, according to iSuppli. Apple’s iOS for the iPhone will see its share rise to 15.9% in 2012, up from 13.8% in 2009. In 2014, Android’s share of global smart phone OS usage will rise to 22.8%, while iOS will decline to 15.3 %, predicts the research group.
"Android is taking the smart phone market by storm," says Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless...| Read more »
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/).
DISH Network has announced a free app for the iPad: DISH Remote Access. It's specifically designed for the tablet and allows users to control their televisions and manage their programming remotely.
VoiceTra, a voice translation application enabling conversation via voice input, and TexTra, a text input-based translation application, are available for free download from the Apple App Store. Developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, both applications enable high-quality translation among multiple languages.
Focusing on adapting their endpoint security and data loss prevention cloud services to the lifestyle of modern businessmen and gadget-loving home users, CoSoSys has is offering the free My Endpoint...| Read more »
The worldwide smartphone market grew 50% year over year in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), driven in large part by makers of smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system, though Apple maintained its number three position globaly, according to a new report by the IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group
Vendors of converged mobile devices, more commonly known as smartphones, shipped a total of 63 million units in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), compared to 41.9 million units in the same period one year ago. For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 118.3 million units, up 54% from the 76.8 million units shipped during the first half of 2009.
Google's smartphone partners, such as HTC and Samsung, posted the highest year-over-year growth rates in IDC's 2Q10 smartphone Top 10 vendor rankings. In fact, four of the top ten vendors, all of whom predominantly ship Android-powered...| Read more »
Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices, according to "CNET" (http://macosg.me/2/nn).
After the iPhone Dev Team released the latest jailbreak software hack for the iPhone over the weekend, it became apparent that the way the jailbreak worked -- via an iPhone's mobile Safari browser -- that the phone has a security vulnerability when it comes to the way it loads PDF files from the web, the article adds.
On Wednesday an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement, "We're aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update."| Read more »
iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) has released solo and revo4 cases for the iPhone 4. What's more, the new iSkin solo will be initially offered online for US$14.99 -- 50% off the suggested retail price until Aug. 31.
The iSkin solo's design combines a glossy translucent back, matt finished sides and highlighted button accents. It's made from a "phthalate-free" polymer and is available in five shades: Carbon (black), Quartz (clear), Breeze (light blue), Vive (purple) and Cosmo (pink).
The iSkin revo4 delivers full body protection against moisture, shock and impact. Integrated headphone jack and charging port covers are designed to seal and guard the ports from moisture and particles. All buttons are securely covered, while maintaining full functionality and sensitivity. The revo4 also features the hard-plastic Visor that snaps over the iPhone’s screen, protecting it against impact and hazardous environments...| Read more »
MakeMusic (http://www.makemusic.com) has released SmartMusic 2011, the latest update of the interactive music software that provides educators and students with access to thousands of band, orchestra, concert solos and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performances.
SmartMusic also allows teachers to individualize instruction, document progress for every student, and create an ideal practice environment. MakeMusic CEO Ron Raup says SmartMusic 2011's new features include:
° Streamlined screens, controls and personalized home pages that provide quicker, easier access to music, tools and key information;
° Enhanced educator screens and controls that make it faster and easier to send customized instructions, create assignments and document and track student progress;
° The ability to send assignments directly...| Read more »
Positech Games has released Gratuitous Space Battles (http://www.redmarblegames.com/gsb.html) for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The US$22.95 game requires a Mac with an Intel processor.
Here's how the game is described: "GSB is the ultimate space strategy game. It's a strategy/management/simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'.
"In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorio| Read more »
Wow, how's this for a change? Shares of Microsoft edged lower Wednesday after Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry downgraded the software giant in part due to increased competition from Macs to Windows systems, notes the "Seattle PI" (http://www.seattlepi.com/business/1310ap_us_microsoft_mover.html).
The analyst told investors he doesn't expect the Big M to see any upside to his estimates for the next 12 to 18 months. Chowdhry says that, increasingly, companies are giving their employees a choice to either use Macs or PCs -- and, increasingly, employees are choosing Macs over Windows. What's, Chowdhry said 70% of college freshman are entering school with Macs, up about 10 to 15% a year ago.| Read more »
SinoCast Daily Business Beat (http://macosg.me/2/nl) is reporting that Apple is close to purchasing Handseeing Information Technology, a mobile Internet service provider and a mobile game developer in China, for as much as US$150 billion.
Apple's plan to take over the Chinese company underscores its mounting interests in China's potentially huge mobile Internet sector, which has been basically ignored by it for a long time, the article adds. If Apple is interested in the company, it's probably for its online gaming technologies.
But that's a big "if." As "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com), there's no way Apple would pay $150 billion for Handsetting.| Read more »
ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) expects mobile application downloads from Apple's iOS and the Android to account for 78% of all application downloads in 2010, with iOS (the iPhone’s operating system) taking the lion’s share of 52% of all applications.
The numbers are driven by availability, variety and novelty in both the Android market and the Apple App Store, which is currently unmatched by any other smartphone platform, says the research group. In addition, the sale of Android phones has taken off in 2010, with over 160,000 activations being reported daily.
"The Apple App Store’s days of being the only game in town are over, although the store will continue to be the biggest player in the market,” says wireless research analyst Bhavya Khanna. “However, downloads from other platforms, such as Blackberry’s App Store and Nokia’s Ovi Store remain sluggish, hampered by a lack of...| Read more »
Rodale Inc.’s "Runner’s World" (http://www.runnersworld.com) says the digital edition of the publication, designed exclusively for the iPad, is now available for purchase in the Apple App store for US$4.99. Runner’s World is the first consumer running magazine to enter the iPad market.
The September issue of "Runner’s World" serves as the title’s inaugural digital edition and is exclusively sponsored by Puma. Downloaders will receive multimedia and interactive content, plus 26 free “preview” pages of handpicked content from the issue, including an exclusive profile of the nation’s Second Lady and running enthusiast, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as an audio reading from Peter Sagal, "Runner’s World" columnist and host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!” iPad users can also purchase a comprehensive Marathon Training Guide designed specifically for the device.
In addition to the reliable running...| Read more »
Sanyo North America (http://www.us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras) has introduced a new waterproof Full HD (1920 x 1080) Dual Camera Xacti, model VPC-CA102YL, that can be used to record over 480 minutes of 1080 Full HD video on a single 64GB SDXC memory card and 14MP photos from a depth of 10 feet underwater. The camera will be available later this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.
Designed for any indoor or outdoor adventure, the VPC-CA102YL fits in the palm of the user's hand and is small enough to be carried in a pocket, backpack, or purse. Sanyo Dual Cameras use the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, which simplifies the sharing of videos online, on blogs or on other multimedia sites simple. The media created can also be easily edited and exported to portable media devices. Photos and videos can be displayed in Full HD resolution on high definition TVs.... | Read more »
Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has presented their newest available families of cases for iPhone 4. The announcement includes Griffin’s Elan Form and Outfit cases, as well as the new Reveal Etch and Motif.
The hard shell case, Elan Form, offers two layers of protection in a slim, no-clip design. The premium outer layer is bonded to an impact-resistant inner shell that snaps shut and fits snugly around the iPhone 4. Openings provide access to the Multi-Touch display, headphone jack, dock connector, camera, and flash. The Elan Form is now available in black and platinum leather and a graphite finish. Pricing ranges from US$29.99 to $34.99.
The Outfit Ice is a $29.99 hardshell, slim, no-clip case that surrounds iPhone 4 in an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell with a frosted matte finish to protect it against dings and dents. It's available in red, blue, black...| Read more »
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) -- the developer of the PDF2Office family of products, PDF2ID tool for InDesign cross platform file format conversion solutions and PDF converters -- has announced PDF2ID Standard 3.0 and PDF2ID Professional 3.0. They'll ship next month.
They add support for InDesign CS5, interactive property conversion and enhanced PDF to InDesign conversion. There's also a new graphics option panel letting you fine tune the way images and vector-graphics are converted.
PDF2ID provides a direct, transparent process for PDF document data retrieval and reuse within InDesign. It's been engineered to provide seamless integration with Adobe InDesign to eliminate the necessity to acquire and install additional PDF data recovery tools.
PDF2ID 3.0 is available immediately in the following configurations: US$299 for the standard configuration; $399 for the pro version; $129...| Read more »
IDFusion Software has announced Bodega 1.2 (http://appbodega.com), an update of its "corner store" for Mac apps. The update brings a new feature to Bodega called The Loop Picks.
In conjunction with the Apple-centric website, The Loop, each week Bodega will showcase five of the hottest Mac applications available through Bodega as selected by The Loop's editors, along with what makes the applications so hot. From there, the user need only click upon an application icon for more info and to purchase the application through Bodega.
Also new with Bodega 1.2 are performance improvements. There are additional keyboard shortcuts for an improved user navigation experience, a completely redesigned receipts viewer window along with the ability to easily print receipts, and overall application speed enhancements.
Bodega is designed as an one-stop shop for software needs. Users can browse the top- rated and...| Read more »