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May 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 25

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Nibi Software Group, a provider of next-generation collaborative learning solutions, has released an US $1.99 iPad and iPhone application, offering access to 200 authoritative YouTube channels on a wide variety of educational topics that are each linked to relevant Wikipedia entries on the same or related topics.

ChovanART has announced a new iPhone app, Whatizit? It's described as a family game that "game stimulates the brain while eliciting laughs as contestants ponder a sketch and attempt to guess its name in one or two words." The $0.99 full version consists of 25 pictures giving you a possible 100 points for a perfect score.

Accessing working capital, business loans, and equipment financing on the go is now possible thanks to a new,...

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May 25
EditShare announces beta program for Lightworks Open Source

EditShare, which specializes in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage, has announced the Lightworks Open Source beta program.

Lightworks Open Source is at open-source development initiative for a large-scale, non-linear editing (NLE) platform. It offers a gateway into the NLE's core engine, enabling the implementation of progressive features and workflows.

Limited to 80 highly-experienced participants, the exclusive beta program offering includes imminent new features of Lightworks Open Source, including: project sharing, advanced 3D stereoscopic editing, Universal Media File support, native RED support, native 2K support, and integration with Avid and FCP. Qualified editors can apply to participate in the beta program before June 21 by visiting: .

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May 25
UI Browser update for Mac OS X adds Accessibility features

PFiddlesoft has released UI Browser 2.1.0 (, an update to the assistant for GUI scripting with AppleScript on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 Accessibility features.

Version 2.1.0 also:

° Allows users to make UI Browser a accessibility process without enabling global access for assistive devices;

° Allows users to enable global access for assistive devices, if desired, without opening System Preferences;

° Generates an AppleScript handler that allows any GUI Scripting script to enable global access for assistive devices on the fly without requiring users to open System Preferences;

° Adds a new Follow Focus mode that automatically tracks UI elements as keyboard focus changes.

Also, The PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks are now installed separately as shared frameworks in /Library/...

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May 25
AviiQ releases Portable Laptop Stand

AViiQ ( has released the US$79.95 AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand, which the company claims is the world's thinnest laptop stand. It folds down to 1/4 inch for portability.

The AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand provides an optimal ergonomic angle of 12 degrees and purportedly reduces strain on the wrist and increases comfort for the user. The angle is also designed to improve visibility, decrease screen glare and maximize productivity. The angle benefits the laptops as well by allowing air to flow underneath, thus dissipating heat from the laptop and improving battery life and computing efficiency, says AViiQ Director of Marketing Alan Yeung.

The body of the AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand is composed of German-made Hylite, a composite material comprised of aluminum sheets bonded to a polypropylene core. By milling off the aluminum and leaving the polypropylene, the material becomes flexible...

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May 25
Griffin and Threadless release new iPod touch cases

Griffin Technology has unveiled a new collection of Griffin + Threadless cases for the iPod touch. The new additions include case designs based on Theadless T-shirt designs.

The designs include I Wanna Dance, The Gaming Revolution, Put the Needle on the Record, and Space Needs Color. They're $34.99 each and are now available at Best Buy and at .

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May 25
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.2

Many Tricks has released version 3.2 of Witch (, its window switching utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Spaces users can now work with windows in all Spaces using Witch 3.2. Users can optionally choose to see Space number badges on the window icons in Witch's switching panel.

Witch 3.2 is a free update for all Witch 3 users. Witch 3 is US$19 for new users and $8 for users of Witch 2.x.

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May 25
Study: iPads putting the hurt on netbooks

With the Netbook Summit in San Francisco underway, and Apple's iPad shaking up the mobile computing market, has released a new "Pulse" study about the mobile computing market. Following are some highlights of the study:

° After the iPad was announced in January, 40% of people surveyed held off on buying a netbook, and bought an iPad instead.

° Thirty percent of people surveyed held off buying a netbook after the iPad was announced in January. Then, they bought a netbook.

° Of people currently looking to buy an iPad or netbook, 78% of them are leaning toward an iPad and 22% are leaning toward a netbook.

° Of people who bought a laptop or netbook last year, 35% choose a netbook and 65% chose a laptop.

°Of people who are looking to buy either a laptop or a netbook this year, 35% are looking to buy a netbook, while 65% of them are looking to buy a laptop. says Apple may have grabbed 30% of those netbook buyers who held...

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May 25
Analyst: iPad production could crank up to 2.5 million units a...

Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh is expecting Apple to really ramp up its iPad production. In a note to clients he says his checks with the company’s supply chain finds that the company has been been producing the tablet at a rate of 1-1.5 million units a month, higher than most estimates.

"Barron's" ( reports that the analyst predicts production could crank up to 2.5 million units a month or more in the September quarter. He says that some previous manufacturing bottlenecks have been solved, though memory remains “a constraint.”

Rakesh also says that checks indicate that new iPhones are coming in the September...

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May 25
Google releases non-beta version of Chrome for the Mac

Google has introduced the "stable channel release" of Google Chrome for Mac (, providing their very first non-beta release of the web browser for the Mac. It comes with a host of new features.

You’ll be able to synchronize not only bookmarks across multiple computers, but also browser preferences -- including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, preferred languages, and even page zoom settings. Meanwhile, for avid extensions users, you can enable each extension to work in incognito mode through the extensions manager. 

The Google for Mac release also incorporates HTML5 features such as Geolocation application programming interfaces, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag and drop. Google has also given Chrome’s bookmark manager a facelift with HTML5.

In recent weeks, Google has been beta-testing Adobe Flash Player integration into...

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May 25
Genuine Fractals adds support for Photoshop CS5

onOne Software says its Genuine Fractals Professional and Standard Edition plug-ins for Photoshop are now compatible with the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended Software.

Owners of Genuine Fractals 6 can download the free update from onOne Software’s web site ( This update isn't for Plug-in Suite 5 owners but rather for customers using Genuine Fractals 6 independently of Plug-In Suite 5. Owners of Plug-in Suite 5 should not install this update and should wait for the upcoming Plug-In Suite 5.1 update that adds Photoshop CS5 compatibility and 64-bit compatibility.

Registered owners of previous versions of Genuine Fractals (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) can upgrade to the current version for US$99.95 plus shipping if applicable. Alternately, these customers may also upgrade directly to the Plug-In Suite 5, which includes all six of the onOne Software...

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May 25
College students prefer print over digital textbooks

Hard to believe but even with new digital handheld gadgets, smart phones, pads, and laptops glued to every college student's hand, 74% still prefer to use a printed textbook when taking a class, according to the findings of a new Student Watch study conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) that helps companies better understand the college market.

The survey also found that 53% of students were unsure about purchasing digital textbooks or would not consider buying them even if they were available.

"The findings of the report are not surprising," says OnCampus Research Manager Laura Cozart. "Every new innovation takes time before the mainstream population embraces it."

Currently, of the NACS ( member stores that offer digital content, e-books comprise only 2-3% of course material sales. However...

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May 25
LaCie announces Rugged Safe hard drive

LaCie ( has announced the LaCie Rugged Safe hard drive, offering multiple levels of data protection. The Rugged Safe features "unbreakable" 128-bit AES hardware encryption, biometric authentication technology, and a shock-proof enclosure. 

Designed for people on the go, the LaCie Rugged Safe is bus-powered through USB or FireWire and is compatible with Macs or PCs. Where other safe products require software installation on every workstation, the Rugged Safe is plug and play. Once configured, it will grant a user access to his or her data on any computer with a single finger swipe. 

The Rugged Safe combines a 128-bit AES encryption engine and biometric fingerprint access -- preventing unauthorized access. Professionals can protect and share sensitive files or intellectual property with up to 10 registered users, according to Erwan Girard, LaCie Business Unit manager.


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May 25
ProClip USA introduces iPad holders, mounting solutions

ProClip USA ( has announced a variety of iPad holders designed to securely mount Apple’s new tablet in the car, home and office.

All holders, designed and manufactured by Brodit AB in Sweden, are custom made for the iPad. The device slides easily in and out of the holder, allowing you to quickly take the iPad with you.

There are dashboard, desk stand, headrest mount, wall mount and vehicle mount holders. Contact ProClip USA for pricing.

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May 25
Konnet Technologies releases PowerV Duo

Konnet Technologies ( has released the PowerV Duo, an US$39.99, multi-functional and chic charging station that wirelessly juices two Wiimotes (the remote controls of the Wii game system) and two USB-powered devices at once.

The USB-powered products can include Nintendo’s DS Lite/DSi/DSi LL or Apple’s iPhone/iPod/iPad. The PowerV Duo uses wireless induction technology and reflects charging status through a red or blue LED light

Smart charging makes it impossible to waste excess energy on overcharging, according to the folks at Konnet. The PowerV Duo includes an AC/DC Adaptor cord and two rechargeable Ni-MH 800mAh battery packs.

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May 25
Boris FX introduces Final Effects Complete 6 AE

Boris FX introduces Final Effects Complete 6 AE
Boris FX ( has announced Final Effects Complete 6 AE (FEC 6 AE), which brings 120 designer effects and transitions to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features 12 new filters and transitions, faster rendering, audio-driven keyframe generation, customizable animated presets, and a new Compare Mode feature that enables users to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side view or a live split-screen view. Each Final Effects Complete filter has been re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems.

Final Effects Complete 6 AE will be available in the third quarter of the year at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$895. Owners of previous versions of Final Effects Complete AE may upgrade for $295. Customers who purchase...

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May 25
Seydoggy offers Havnit RapidWeaver theme

RapidWeaver theme designer Seydoggy ( has released Havnit Ultimate, a new theme to date that introduces "smart navigation," "smart layout" and an advanced built-in slide show. It also embraces technologies like CSS3 and HTML5.

"Theme developers previously had to account for end users' choice to opt into or out of some of RapidWeaver's built in features by creating numerous and often insignificant theme options," says SeyDoggy lead developer Adam Merrifield. "Havnit's new smart layout is able to automatically detect and account for the presence of a footer, a breadcrumb, enabled navigation, and even ExtraContent."

Following the trail blazed by a few other RapidWeaver theme developers, SeyDoggy is adopting future forward methods and employing the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts, he adds. Because of this, SeyDoggy is fast tracking on their upcoming modern browsers support...

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May 25
FileMaker offers Bento 3 Student Survival Kit

FileMaker Inc. (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced a free way for students to organize their daily lives: the Bento 3 Student Survival Kit.

When students download a free, 30-day trial of Bento 3 for Mac, they receive a set of ready-to-use templates for organizing lecture notes, courses, group projects, special events and job searches. The templates in the kit are an integrated set of student organizing tools.

The Student Survival Kit works with Bento 3, FileMaker’s personal database for the Mac, and can be synchronized for use with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad (sold separately for US$4.99). Registration for Bento 3 is $49. 

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May 25
FontAgent Pro adds auto-activation support for Adobe CS5

Insider Software has announced the immediate availability of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop CS5 auto-activation plug-ins for FontAgent Pro for Macintosh. With this release, FontAgent Pro becomes the only font manager to offer auto-activation support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 applications.

FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins can be used on machines running Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.6 -- as well as Classic applications. The latest plug-ins provide auto-activation for Adobe Creative Suite 5 using FontSavant technology that ensures you always auto-activate the right fonts in your documents.

All FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins offer Universal Binary support so run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 4 of FontAgent Pro is required to use the new CS5 plug-ins to ensure correct font activation.

Users of earlier versions must purchase an upgrade to Version 4 to use the plug-ins. Current licensed users running FontAgent Pro 4 or later...

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May 25
iFunia Video Converter Pro adds iPad options

iFunia, a developer of Mac multimedia processing tools, has launched a new version of its flagship product, iFunia Video Converter Pro Converter. This new version offers output options optimized for the iPad.

You can now convert HD video to an iPad 720p h.264 HD video format. Besides converting video formats, iFunia Video Converter Pro can be used to convert between several HD video formats, including HD AVI, AVCHD M2TS, MTS, TS, HD MOV, HD WMV ,HD MP4, HD FLV, and more. With the program, customers will be able to watch converted HD video clips on almost any portable device including their iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, and several others, according to David Lee, senior product manager from iFunia.

The program also supports simple video editing. Customers can trim a segment or crop the footage from their HD video and then make the conversion.

The iFunia Video Converter Pro for Mac is now available through the iFunia web site (...

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May 25
AT&T launches pilot WiFi project in Times Square

AT&T ( has launched an AT&T Wi-Fi "hotzone" in New York City's Times Square, providing coverage for AT&T customers visiting and residing in New York who use Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, netbooks and other devices.

The new Wi-Fi coverage zone is a pilot deployment to explore the use of Wi-Fi to provide an additional mobile broadband option in areas with consistently high 3G traffic and mobile data use. It will hopefully alleviate some of the 3G congestion for iPhone users in that neck of the Big Apple.

AT&T has installed Wi-Fi service in the north central part of Times Square, near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Street, to provide a large outdoor hotspot zone that AT&T users can access using any Wi-Fi enabled device. The AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone at Times Square is available at no additional charge for nearly 32 million AT&T customers with qualifying smartphone...

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May 25
Apple sued for denying Geniuses rest breaks

Another day, another lawsuit. An Apple employee has filed a class action suit ( in California against Apple.

Representative plaintiff Steve Camuti filed a Complaint in San Francisco County Superior Court on Sept. 15, 2009. The lawsuit is on behalf of all persons employed in non-exempt (hourly paid) “Genius” positions in California.

It alleges that Apple denied those employees rest breaks without paying wages for that time in violation of California law. The proposed plaintiff class seeks to recover unpaid wages, penalties, an injunction and other equitable relief and fees and costs for the period of Sept. 15, 2005, through the present.

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May 25
Walmart cuts price in half on 8GB iPhone

Walmart has lowed the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS from US$197 to $97. You still, of course, must sign up for the two-year service contract.

Also, the 32GB version is still $297 at the giant retail chain. There are rumors that Apple will announce a new iPhone at June's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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May 25
Apple launches back-to-school promo

Apple has launched its 2010 back-to-school promo ( Students and educators can buy a Mac and get a free iPod touch.

If you’re a college student or a faculty or staff member at any grade level and you buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing from May 25 through Sept. 7, 2010, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch. You're also eligible for a US$50 discount on the MacBook, $100 off a MacBook Air, up to $200 off of a MacBook Pro, and up to a $100 on an iMac.

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May 25
'MacVoices' looks at upcoming versions of TopXNotes

On the new "MacVoices" (, James Lee of Tropical Software tells how he's looking for a few good people to help test and suggest for the upcoming iPhone and iPad versions of TopXNotes.

He talks about the history of their flagship program, where it falls in the note-taking software hierarchy, and why so many users find it easy to understand and adopt. TopXNotes recently received an interface update; Lee covers that, along with his plans for the mobile device version and invites you to contact him to participate. He also has some praise for Apple's iPad/iPhone development policies, and uses some examples from the Mac's past to explain why he supports their efforts to protect us from "the nasty stuff."

"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...

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May 25
OpenTrust Mobile extends its support to the iPad

OpenTrust (, a next gen IT security software publisher, says it has successfully secured the iPad using its OpenTrust Mobile technology to secure access to corporate networks.

OpenTrust Mobile supports the most common Mobile OS including iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows. This latest development will allow customers to manage digital identities held on the Apple iPad, along with smart phones equipped with Digital IDs, to remotely and automatically authenticate themselves to corporate networks, according to OpenTrust Chief Technical Officer Sherley Brothier.

"The iPad is one of many end user platforms we are targeting, including other mobile computing devices and smartphones," he says. "In line with our core mission of building trusted ecosystems, it is important that our authentication offering supports all users, all networks and all devices, in particular mobile ones."

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