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Sep 20
Apple licensing intellectual property from Rovi

According to a filing with the US Security and Exchange commission (http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1424454/000142445410000030/form8-...) Rovi Corp. (http://www.rovicorp.com) -- a company that specializes in digital entertainment services -- has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from Rovi.  The specific terms of the license agreement are confidential.

According to claims at the Rovi web site:

° Approximately 111 million subscribers and 91 million CE devices worldwide use their guidance technology.

° The Rovi content protection technology is on approximately nine billion DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

° More than 500 million devices are...

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Sep 20
Bible goes high tech

The recently released print version of The Almighty Bible - Genesis (first book in the graphic novel series) has been welcomed with a positive reception from teens, tweens, parents and grandparents in both Christian and secular communities. Now the team behind this project has announced the release of an app for the iPad and iPhone.

“It is our goal to create a tool that young people will be eager to revisit outside of Sunday school, youth group and Bible study sessions," says Kevin O’Donnell co-producer of the project and creator of the award winning “Liberty’s Kids” from PBS.

Each page is also accompanied by illustrations and "Bblically accurate" condensed text that young people nine and up can follow. In addition to what the print version already offers, the app will provide the reader with narration, maps, glossary, historical commentary and other features.

The first app in the series, Genesis,- will be released to the public on Oct 1 with a live debut of...

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Sep 20
Uniea to release new iPhone cases

Universal Electronic Accessories (http://www.uniea.com) says its soon-to-be-released line of new iPhone 4 cases will all offer a new feature that eliminates the discoloration problem that many iPhone 4 users have experienced when taking flash photos with their new device.

A flash-optimized camera lens cut-out was developed by Uniea’s designers after extensive research and design efforts to determine the source of the discoloration problems associated with the iPhone 4 when taking flash photos in the dark, according to Jefferey Chan, brand director at Unia. Testing by the company's designers determined that in order to avoid discoloration when taking HD photos with the iPhone 4’s LED flash, the camera lens cutout on an iPhone 4 case must feature a custom shape and design.

Uniea’s camera lens cutout will be a standard feature on all three of their new iPhone 4 cases that will arrive in mid-October.

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Sep 20
eHolster introduces Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch

eHolster (http://www.eholster.com) has introduced the Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch to its expanding product line. These new leather front pocket wallets are designed to comfortably fit in a front pocket and include a soft protective pouch for a cell phone or smartphone.

The Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch includes an ID holder slot to hold a drivers license or other form of identification, two card slots to hold credit cards or business cards, and a zippered coin pocket to hold currency, coins and other flat items. The front pocket wallet includes a universal cell phone pouch with specially designed elastic sides to accommodate most cell phones and smartphones.

The universal cell phone pouch will fit: iPhone devices (such as iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G, iPod touch, iPod classic), Blackberry devices (such as Blackberry Bold, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Storm,...

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Sep 20
BatchOutput Server update improves long queue handling

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.5.6. The new version improves long queues handling and addresses several other issues.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.5.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Sep 20
Quark to demo digital publishing to the iPad, iPhone at IFRA


Quark (http://www.quark.com) will be onsite at the IFRA Expo 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, on Oct. 4-6 in booth #1.551 to demonstrate digital publishing to the iPad, iPhone, desktops, and other digital devices. 



The company is currently helping companies around the world publish content to the iPhone and iPad using Quark dynamic publishing software to automate the publishing workflow and prepare content for delivery to digital devices. Quark Publishing System users can instantly publish newsfeed content to Apple’s digital devices through a newsreader application that can be created using NewsGator’s TapLynx Framework.



At the iFRA Expo, Quark will demonstrate how publishers using QuarkXPress can create digital media content that can be published to the Blio eReader, reading software that will soon be available on leading digital devices. Publishers in need of an application for iPad, iPhone and other...

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Sep 20
Poll investigates spending habits of iPhone gamers

Games company Dreadnought Design has launched a research poll to investigate the spending habits of iPhone games consumers.

The first in a series of research initiatives designed to better understand the characteristics of the fledgling iPhone games apps market, the poll invites iPhone gamers to declare how much they spend on new iPhone game downloads each month. There are five options to choose from, ranging from less than US$5 per month to $50 or more for big spenders. You can find the polls at http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/DreadnoughtDesign/121001591273361?v=app_... .

The poll will remain open until Oct. 31. After this date, the results will be collated and published on Dreadnought Design’s web site.

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Sep 20
'MacVoices' looks at getting things done on your Mac

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Katie Floyd and David Sparks talk about their in-depth approach to getting things done with your Mac that's the basis for their show, Mac Power Users.

They discuss the origins of the show, what they were doing before this, and the expectations they
set by adopting this particular name. The format has evolved over time, and now includes workflow shows with some notable guests, hardware and software discussions and more. Floyd and Sparks tell about what you will find when you listen, how the hosts' backgrounds and professions affect the content, and why they value their back catalog in this unplugged conversation.

"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 making it happen on the front lines of the global...

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Sep 20
Pentax announces K-5 digital SLR

Pentax Imaging Systems (http://www.Pentaximaging.com) has announced the Pentax K-5 digital SLR camera, which is targeted to high-end prosumers with features such as a: 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor; up to seven FPS to capture fast action shots.; and an 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall.

The K-5 can also record widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. It sports an 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor. It also has: native support for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files; an in-camera HDR image capture; SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update); a weather-sealed and coldproof design; a 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution; and more. The Pentax K-5 digital SLR will ship in October as a body kit only for...

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Sep 20
Apple buys face recognition company?

Apple has purported acquired Swedish face recognition firm, Polar Rose (http://www.polarrose.com), according to a report from "Mac1" (http://mac1.no/artikkel/9307/apple-kjoper-svensk-fototeknologi). The company makes a "high performance, low level face detection and recognition library for custom integration."

Polar Rose grew out of computer vision research -- the analysis of digital images and video -- at the Universities of Lund and Malmö in southern Sweden. The company is currently a team of 15, including computer science graduates, mathematics Ph.Ds, and a "technology-fascinated economist."

Polar Rose was founded by Dr. Jan Erik Solem, chief technical officer, in November 2004. He holds the core patent around Polar Rose's technology, namely the...

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Sep 20
Analyst: Verizon iPhone won't hurt AT&T as much as...

AT&T was raised to “outperform” at Credit Suisse Group AG, which said Verizon's anticipated introduction of the iPhone in the first quarter won’t hurt AT&T’s business as much as investors fear, reports "Bloomberg" http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-20/at-t-raised-at-credit-suisse-gi...).

“The impact from the loss of iPhone exclusivity should be substantially less than current valuations imply,” Jonathan Chaplin, a Credit Suisse analyst, wrote in a report sent to clients today. AT&T is currently the only U.S. company that offer the iPhone.

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Sep 20
BMW announces iPad support

German luxury car maker BMW showed off a new iPad car mount for the new 2011 BMW X3 at the 2010 Paris auto show, reports "PadGadget" (http://www.padgadget.com/2010/09/19/bmw-first-car-company-to-support-ipa...).

BMW is the first car company to provide support for Apple’s magical gadget and are the first to introduce an iPad car mount as a new car option, the article adds. The iPad car mount allows the iPad to be positioned either horizontally or vertically to match the rear passenger’s viewing preference.

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Sep 20
iPad sales to have 'slight' negative impact on Mac...

Although previous reports have stated the latter, strong sales of the iPad are expected to have a "slight" negative impact on Mac sales, particularly on the low-end notebook models from Apple, according to analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros.

In a note to investors Monday morning -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), he said overseas suppliers have indicated that the iPad appears to be "slightly cannibalizing" low-end MacBook sales. Otherwise, Apple is poised for a strong quarter in Mac sales, with numbers indicating the company could sell a record 3.8 million in the September quarter.

Wu has adjusted his sales figures accordingly, notes "AppleInsider." He has forecast Apple to sell 5.7 million iPads in the September quarter, up from his previous prediction of 3.6 million. He has also slightly reduced his expected Mac sales to 3.8 million, down from 3.9 million, due to...

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Sep 20
Acclivity releases international version of AccountEdge

Acclivity has released an international version of their accounting software for Mac small businesses, AccountEdge.

The version is designed for countries that don't have a localized version of AccountEdge, with configurable sales tax and multi currency support. An international version of AccountEdge Network Edition is also available.

"We have several localized versions of AccountEdge that separately support many different types of sales tax, including GST, VAT, and Sales Tax," says Tom Nash, Acclivity Managing Partner. "So we created a version that combines all tax types from our other versions."

The international version of AccountEdge allows the user to create whatever tax is required for their country, with sales tax reports available to report on tax information for tax forms. The software has long supported multiple currencies. In this version of the software, the user doesn't need to lock in a currency. The user can select their home currency, and then...

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Sep 20
Before Dawn Solutions adds remote back up and monitor to MacMini...

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has added remote backup and monitoring services to the Mac Mini Hosting & Colocation plans at their Denver, Colorado, hosting facility.

The remote backup solution consists of 1GB of back-up space (more can be added at any time), that can be accessed via, SFTP, WEBDAV, rsync, or scp. The remote monitoring solution includes one URL or IP address, that's monitored via ping or wget every 30 minutes.

Mac Mini hosting starts at US$35 per month.

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Sep 20
Searchware Solutions announces Print Window 4.1 for Mac OS X

Searchware Solutions (http://www.searchwaresolutions.com) has released Print Window 4.1, an update of the window printing utility for Mac OS X. Print Window lets you generate and print file/directory listings of the currently selected Finder window or folder.

Version 4.1 adds: the option to print only folders and not any files contained in the folders; the option to use QuickLook to generate icons for supported file types (Print Window Advanced Only); the option to bold names of folders in file listings; services support for Mac OS X 10.6 or greater; an option, when using the "File" format, to use the full Unix path of a file in place of the name

Print Window works with the Mac OS X Finder. You can create and print a file listing directly from the Finder using several different methods, including a contextual menu item, the Dock menu or using a keyboard shortcut.

Print...

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Sep 20
HP unveils new print solutions

HP (http://www.hp.com) has announced several new print solutions. The company introduced two content devices designed to serve the access and print needs of digitally connected consumers. In addition, HP is offering HP ePrint on all new HP Photosmart devices as well as direct printing from Apple iPad, iPod touch and iPhone devices with iOS 4.2..

The HP Photosmart eStation All-in-One combines the full features of an HP All-in-One with web browsing and access to HP print apps and widgets -- plus a detachable, 7-inch, full-color touchscreen. Additional features include access to Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore with more than one million digital titles, as well as one-touch access to customized content from Yahoo!, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Weather direct from the display. Customers also can fax without the need of a phone line. The Energy Star qualified HP Photosmart eStation is currently...

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Sep 20
Nuance launches Dragon Dictate for the Mac

Nuance Communication has unveiled Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0, the newest addition to the Dragon family of speech recognition products that includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon Mobile Apps. 

Dragon Dictate for Mac -- the first major desktop product for Mac OS X from the Dragon family following Nuance’s acquisition of MacSpeech earlier this year -- makes it easier than ever to create documents and emails, search the web, navigate the Mac desktop, and interact with popular Mac applications -- all by voice, says Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager for Dragon at Nuance.

Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 2.0, improves on the accuracy and performance of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, leveraging the new Dragon 11 engine, which also powers the recently-announced Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for the PC, he says. Dictate 2.0 offers a more streamlined set-up, revamped Mac user interface, and new voice commands for dictation, editing, navigation and...

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Sep 20
RunRev introduces LiveCode software development platform

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has debuted its updated software development platform LiveCode, a massive step forward in compile-free programming and a new deployment pack for iPhone/iPad development. The cross-platform solution offers deployment packs for the Web, desktop, server and additional mobile platforms starting at US$99.

Formerly the Revolution development environment, LiveCode enables real-time development with adaptations and modifications. LiveCode offers: compile-free coding; an English-like programming language; and cross platform development. It's a development platform that enables the creation of mobile applications, commercial software, enterprise IT solutions, in-house utilities, front ends, e-learning solutions and even school projects.

Following in the heels of the revised Apple developer guidelines, RunRev introduces the pre-release version of LiveCode Deployment Pack...

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Sep 20
Castle Vox game enters beta testing

Sillysoft Games (http://sillysoft.net/) says Castle Vox for Mac OS X and Windows has entered beta testing. The new simultaneous-turn strategy game will feature large maps with no player limit, teams, castles, and knights, reports Inside Mac Games.

Those who pre-order the game for US$12.20 will be able to participate in the beta test. Here's how the game is described:

"Castle Vox is a simultaneous-turns strategy game. Out-strategize your opponents on a variety of war maps. Board game fans will particularly enjoy Castle Vox, which mixes elements from both Diplomacy and Axis & Allies. Castle Vox includes maps spanning many eras and mythologies, such as the American Revolution, Hades, Japan, Napoleonic Wars, Native America, Outer Space, and the Roman Empire. The map editor lets players create their own boards. Multi-player modes allow both relaxed one-move-a-day games as well as...

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Sep 20
Share from Meeting is new screen sharing software

Hutchings Software has released Share from Meeting, screen sharing software optimized for meetings and presentations. It runs on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer and uses bandwidth you already pay for to share screens with participants in your online meeting.

Participants can take turns presenting, whether they are on your local network or across the Internet. Besides being used for collaborative meetings, Share from Meeting is designed as a presentation tool for sales professionals and trainers. Sharing your screen lets you control the conversation, as participants need to watch in real time and can't jump ahead. S

Share from Meeting is a client/server solution, where the "server" is deployed at a home or office. The server runs on low-end Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems, such as netbooks and decommissioned desktops. The server owner customizes the "client" with connection information, a logo, and usage agreement.

Most home broadband Internet...

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Sep 20
Everplay update for Mac OS X brings list mode, more

Snarb.tk has released Everplay 1.5 (http://snarb.co.uk/everplay.html), an update to the US$14.95 successor to their iTunes controller Cover Stream. The new version brings list mode, easy organizing of upcoming songs, library editing capabilities, improved full screen mode with Party Lock, and much more.

Everplay plays music from your iTunes music library as well as from Last FM online radio services. It lets you browse, search and play your iTunes music library and playlists in one Cover Flow window. All this without launching iTunes. Play count and other iTunes metadata is automatically updated as soon as iTunes is launched by Everplay's background daemon.

In addition to the standard media player features, Everplay also lets you create playlists on-the-fly using Everplay's song queuing feature (Jukebox mode). Other features not provided by iTunes include visual player...

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Sep 20
Mailplane for Mac OS X flies to version 2.2

Uncomplex gmbh has released Mailplane 2.2 ( http://mailplaneapp.com), a new version of the Google Mail client for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Gmail's Priority Inbox, improved attachment downloads, integrated Rapportive and TrueNew plug-ins and more.

Acting as a site specific web browser for Google's Gmail, Mailplane is a full fledged Mail client for the Desktop. It integrates the Gmail web interface into the Mac experience. It supports multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts and lets you switch between accounts without the need to sign in/sign out from the Gmail accounts.

With iLife integration, you can browse and attach files from your iPhoto and iTunes libraries. Downloads can be directly imported into iPhoto as well. The integrated screenshot tool lets you take and attach a window, screen or region.

You can drag and drop files and images on the dock application icon, or any...

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Sep 20
Cronette adds 'At Document Opening on Days' option

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4. A new "At Document Opening on Days" option allows a user to specify a task to be launched at document opening (or Cronette opening or Mac startup) if the day matches with the selected plan and for a specified maximum runs per day.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute...

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Sep 20
'MUG Event Calendar': Drobo, Final Cut, more

Several notable guests and events are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Macworld Senior Editor and MacNotable Christopher Breen will present to one California group, while just down the road, representatives of Data Robotics will show off the many faces of Drobo at another. Aaron Davis of Apple will be the featured presenter at a Maryland group, and a Final Cut Pro User Group will not only hold their monthly meeting one day, but will also hold an event at DV Expo the next night. Other topics up for discussion this week include Apple Mail, iWork, archiving and data sharing methods, Apple’s Motion, iChat, Skype and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems,...

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