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Mar 03
Booq unveils the Booqpad Folio for the iPad 2

Booq has announced the Booqpad for iPad 2. It's available for pre-order at http://www.booqbags.com with eco-friendly and weatherproof versions for US$49.95 and a higher-end luxury option for $99.95. It will ship in late March.

The Booqpad is especially built for designers, writers, engineers, and creative professionals. The interior layout includes designated areas for a pen, stylus, cash, paper notepad, and, of course, the iPad 2. A pair of business card slots provide access to your cards, as well as a holder for the contacts you make during your day.

Designed symmetrically for right and left hand users, each Booqpad ships with a 50-sheet A5 notepad made from at least 30% post-consumer materials and printed with soy ink. Paper refills come in multiple options, all tailored for creative professionals on the go. Each notepad has a specific layout created with certain tasks in mind, including website...

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Mar 03
D-Link Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router available

D-Link (http://www.dlinkshop.com) says its US$129.99 Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320), a combination networking solution for extending wired and wireless home networks throughout the house by tapping into a home’s electrical wiring, is now available.

This combination IPv6-ready network solution merges PowerLine 200 Mbps technology with a Wireless-N router and Ethernet ports, offering consumers two connectivity options to extend home network coverage and enjoy high-bandwidth applications, including HD video content, multimedia, VoIP calls, and more.

Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America, says the DHP-1320 extends wired and wireless networks to all devices in the home with optimal speed and bandwidth for a range of HD video-on-demand, gaming and other applications. Essentially turning a home’s existing electrical system into an Ethernet network,...

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Mar 03
iMaginator 5 his the Mac App Store

Stone Design says iMaginator 5.0 (http://stone.com/iMaginator), the latest version of their image processing app for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or later) is now at the Mac App Store in the Photography section. It's being offered at an introductory price of US$9.99; it's normally $49.

iMaginator 5 offers access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters. Users can layer images, paint and text, and apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects. You can crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten images in real time, and then save processed images as TIFF or JPEG files, and even create QuickTime movies showing the effects changing over time.

You can mask images and erase or replace any set of colors. With iMaginator 5, you can replicate and reuse the base image any number of times.

Each overlayed image or text can have its own chain of sub-effects to create independent effects...

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Mar 03
SteelSeries introduces new headsets for the iPad, iPhone, iPad

SteelSeries (http://www.SteelSeries.com) says the SteelSeries 7H and Siberia v2 Headsets will now be available to music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad.

SteelSeries CEO Bruce Hawyer says the alternative designs have been collaborated to meet Apple’s performance standards; both featuring a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an inline remote that controls audio and call controls. Each headset includes SteelSeries’ signature features including original designs for long lasting comfort, optimized soundscapes, and a retractable microphone to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.

The SteelSeries 7H Headset has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129.99. For iPod, iPhone and iPad users, the Siberia v2 will be available in white with an MSRP of $99.99.

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Mar 03
Arten Science announces SMSRelay text messaging suite

Arten Science has released the SMSRelay Suite (http://www.smsrelaysuite.com/) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a company wide text messaging solution with bulk sending capability.

SMSRelay Suite consists of three programs that cater to your SMS messaging requirements. SMSBatch allows you to send the same SMS message to groups of people. SMSRelay can send SMS messages created from many types of software. In addition ContaxCRM integrates with SMSRelay Suite, letting you send SMS messages directly from your Contact record, knowing that the history of the message will be saved against the contact.

SMSRelay is available to buy now. SMSRelay is priced at approximately US$170 for a site license; a demo is available for download. For a limited time, by way of an introduction to SMSRelay, you can use the coupon code, SMS40, to get a 40% discount on the purchase price of SMSRelay.

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Mar 03
Zevrix automates printing, PDF production from Microsoft Office

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced BatchOutput Office Suite, a collection of output automation applications for Microsoft Office on Mac OS X.

The suite consists of three programs, which automate printing and PDF production from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Office applications, eliminating the need for post-processing.

BatchOutput Office Suite can be purchased for US$89.88 from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The suite's applications can be also purchased separately for $39.95 each. Demos are available for download. BatchOutput Office runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher and works with Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011.

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Mar 03
DMG Master For Mac OS X updated To version 2.3.2

Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive recognized by any Mac, to version 2.3.2. The upgrade offers a new layout for the Image menu and new commands.

DMG Master costs US$20, though version 2.3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Mar 03
Keynote Themes Plus releases 10 new themes

Keynote Themes Plus (http://www.keynotethemesplus.com) has disclosed 10 new Keynote themes for use with Keynote, the presentation creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The themes are Alphabet, Blue Lines, Butterfly, Cubics, Icy Water, Orange Blue, Ornaments, Rainbow, Rectangles and Vortex Mosaic. All the presentations made using the new Keynote themes can be transferred to an iPad.

There are five sizes available for each theme, including HD. They are: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720, 1680x1050 and 1920x1080. To use them, you need iWork '08 (Keynote 4.0) or later.

Twenty Keynote Themes can be purchased for US$19.99. Ten Keynote Themes are available for $23.99. A package that unites all 30 Keynote Themes is $29.99. Each single theme with a moving background costs $11.99, while the static ones are $7.99 each. Three Keynote themes are offered for free.

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Mar 03
SPL, BrainWorx to product plug-ins

Universal Audio (UA), a manufacturer of audio recording hardware and software, has announced an agreement wherein two German-based companies, SPL (Sound Performance Lab) and Brainworx, will become third party audio plug-in developers for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

SPL and Brainworx are also working with Universal Audio to finalize a software development kit (SDK) that will allow other select developers of professional audio plug-ins to create software for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, and to sell these plug-ins via UA’s online store -- located at http://www.uaudio.com/store.html .

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Mar 03
TrailRunner mini, RaceBunny let you carry planned routes on an...

Berbie Software (http://trailrunnerx.com/mini/?utm_source=prmac&utm_campaign=prmac_trm120 ) says TrailRunner mini 1.2 and RaceBunny 4.3 are now available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store, respectively.

TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. You can name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected routes. RaceBunny is a GPS tracking application for the iPhone. With RaceBunny users can display routes created in TrailRunner mini and follow their course. TrailRunner mini is based on the openStreetMap project.

TrailRunner mini is available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99. RaceBunny is available on the App Store and is free.

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Mar 03
Tembo 1.3 For Mac OS X adds AppleScript access to search results...

Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.3, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports:

° An option to specify the folder to search;

° Support of quotes to specify a phrase to search for;

° The ability to compute total sizes for folders;

° Shows begin dates for events registered with iCal;

° Wildcard support to filters in Messages & Bookmarks;

° AppleScript access to search results;

° Mac OS X Service to search a selected folder.

Tembo is designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.

Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo...

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Mar 03
'YML' looks at the iPad 2, Apple NDAs

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the iPad 2 and Apple NDAs Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

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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Mar 02
Apple releases iTunes 10.2

Apple has released iTunes 10.2, which brings compatibility with the upcoming iOS 4.3 and improved home sharing support for browsing iTunes libraries from iOS 4.3 device. You can obtain the update via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

With iTunes 10.2, you can sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. And you can browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Mar 02
Steve Jobs on hand to launch the iPad 2

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, currently on a medical leave, popped up today to introduce the iPad 2, with a new design that's 33% thinner and up to 15% lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

The iPad 2 sports Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of polyurethane and rich leather colors.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” Jobs said at a special media event launching...

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Mar 02
iOS 4.3 includes faster Safari performance, iTunes Home Sharing...

Apple has introduced iOS 4.3, the latest version of its mobile operating system. New features include: faster Safari mobile browsing performance with the Nitro JavaScript engine; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice of using the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute the audio; and the Personal Hotspot feature for sharing an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.

“With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs at a special media event today. “iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices -- iPad, iPhone and iPod touch -- providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities.”

He said the Safari mobile browsing experience gets even better with iOS 4.3. The Nitro...

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Mar 02
Random House makes 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore

Random House, , the largest trade book publisher in the US, has made its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore, including bestsellers by Stieg Larsson, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, Laura Hillenbrand, Cormac McCarthy, Lee Child and many more.

Starting today, customers can pre-order upcoming releases from Random House including Lisa Gardner’s “Love You More,” Suze Orman’s “The Money Class” and Jean Auel’s “The Land of Painted Caves.” With the addition of Random House, the iBookstore now offers ebooks from all six major trade publishers and thousands of independent publishers, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.

“iBookstore customers have already downloaded more than 100 million books in less than one year, and we think they’ll love being able to choose from Random House’s incredible selection of titles to enjoy on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch," he adds.

iBookstore customers can choose from a wide...

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Mar 02
6 to 6.5 million iPads expected to ship in Q1 2011

Shipments of the iPad are expected to be between 6 million and 6.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, on their way to 40 million for the calendar year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vpbGG), quoting "sources from the supply chain."


The article adds that 300,000-400,000 units of iPad 2 -- expected to be unveiled today -- will be turned out in the initial batch. "DigiTimes" says that about 1-1.5 million units worth of iPad inventory were in the channel in January. Since Apple only ordered about 1.8-2 million iPads in January, it indicates that Apple is already set to phase out the first-generation iPad and let the iPad 2 take its place, the article adds.

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Mar 02
Neatberry releases new image tool for Mac OS X

Neatbeery has introduced Smoke 1.0 (http://neatberry.com/smoke) for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The US$9.99 app offers an unique type of brush that renders graphics with simple mouse movements

You can vary number of parameters to change the brush behavior, color flow, blending mode, background, brush colors and more. This results in the ability to build abstract backgrounds, lighting texts, art-house drawings and more.

Smoke is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A demo is available for download.

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Mar 02
Fournova introduces new Git client for Mac OS X

Fournova has introduced Tower 1.0, a new Git client for Mac OS X designed to make using Git easy and more efficient. Git is a free, open source, distributed version control system.

Tower works with the most popular tools and services for developers, according to the folks at Fournova. Repositories can directly be created and cloned on the leading Git hosting services, GitHub and Beanstalk.

To improve the working experience even more, users can choose between a wide range of diff and merge tools such as Kaleidoscope, TextMate, BBEdit, and many more. Tower is compatible with all Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

A free 30-day trial version with all features can be downloaded from the Tower website (http://www.git-tower.com/). A single-user license is available for US$59 and includes all future 1.x upgrades. Volume discounts are available, as well as discounts for students...

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Mar 02
Study: iOS strong in mobile open source development

Black Duck Software (http://www.blackduckstore.com) -- a global provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software -- have announced trends in mobile open source development platform choices that show Android leading the pack but Apple iOS still in the game.

Analyzing data from the almost 9,000 mobile free and open source software (FOSS) projects contained in the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, Black Duck found that of 3,800 new mobile projects started in 2010, the open-source Android leads as the platform of choice with 55% of the total. Apple's iOS is a close second with 39%, and other platforms had a 2% or lower share of new projects. While Android is open, iOS is not, indicating that FOSS developers support the most popular platforms, regardless of their openness. Beyond the two leading platforms, Windows, Palm and Symbian have two...

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Mar 02
Aquafadas president talks about the future of digital publishing

Claudia Zimmer is Aquafadas’ president and founded the company with Matthieu Kopp in 2004. Aquafadas started with video editing software and later became Europe’s leading solution provider for the creation and distribution of digital comic books, which can be consumed on video game consoles, computers, smartphones, and now tablets.

Long before tablets hit the market Aquafadas established its foundations for their latest development: An end-to-end publishing solution dedicated to digital publishing on tablets and smartphones. Aquafadas’ solution will be launched on March 17, at the Paris Book Fair and at a worldwide Web event.

In this interview Claudia Zimmer speaks about the importance of digital publishing across media and industries, the business challenges of digital publishing, and the technical obstacles presented by new tablets and mobile operating systems, and she provides insights on how Aquafadas' approach to digital publishing is different.

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Mar 02
Oddsmakers bet on Apple iPad 2 event

Will Steve Jobs make an appearance today at the Apple announcement? This is just one of the many rumors surrounding the big iPad 2 event, taking place today at 10 a.m. (Pacific).
 
With that in mind, Tony Harvey and his team of oddmakers at Bookmaker.com, an online sportsbook, have laid out the odds on what’s to come for the upcoming tablet. Here are the odds they've determined.
 
There will be three versions of the iPad 2
Yes  -1500  (96%)
No   +500    (17%)
 
A front and back-facing camera
Yes   -1500   (96%)
No   +500   (17%)
 
Slimmer, lighter and retina display
Yes  -5000  (160%)
No   +1000  (9.10%)
 
The iPad 2 will have a flat back
Yes  +100   (49%) 
No    -160   (61.7%)  
 
A wide-range speaker
Yes   -130   (56%) 
No    -130   (56%)
 
The iPad 2 will have a USB port
Yes    +200   (33.3%)
No     -500...

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Mar 02
IMCapture lets you record video, audio calls from FaceTime

IMCapture has introduced IMCapture for FaceTime (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture-for-FaceTime/), a new product designed to record and save FaceTime conversations. It costs US49.95 for a single user license.

This Mac call recorder creates a universal platform for your recorded files, enabling you to convert all FaceTime conversations into different video formats. What's more, IMCapture for FaceTime engages an automatic recording feature as an option that enables to launch recording process by default as soon as the conversation has been started.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. IMCapture is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Mar 02
DateLine now available on the Mac App Store

MachineCodex Software (http://machinecodex.com/software.php) has released DateLine 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It's a linear desktop calendar that costs US$7.99 and is found in the Productivity category.

With Dateline, you can see your events and tasks in a floating window. You can add a customizable hot key to quickly access the app. Dateline syncs with iCal, BusyCal and other Mac calendaring apps.

It's been localized for English, French, Italian, Japanese, German and Portuguese. Dateline has support for all calendar formats and locales. You can double click on a day to jump to your calendar app.

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Mar 02
FolderGlance 3.0 adds a menu extra, context-sensitive script...

Yellow Lemon Software has updated FolderGlance for Mac OS X (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/) to version 3.0. The new version adds a menu extra for access to files and folders from your menubar, and context-sensitive script support.

FolderGlance is an utility that enables users to browse files and dig into folders directly from the Finder's context menu. With Hover Previews, files can be previewed instantly from the Finder's context menu simply by hovering the cursor over the file of interest.

Files can be opened, moved, copied or opened with a custom application using a custom Open With menu. The custom Open With menu lets users tailor the applications that appear when attempting to open a file with a different application than the default.

Package and bundle contents can be viewed from the context menu. Using Custom Folders, users have access...

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