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Oct 05
EarthCam Control Center 7 app customized for iDevice users

EarthCam (http://www.EarthCam.net) has released the Control Center 7 app for their clients who use the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It's free at the Apple App Store and allows the user to immediately view and control their public and private video cameras from around the world in real-time over WiFi, 3G and Edge.

For non-EarthCam clients, the app provides an interactive demo of one of their cameras at Ground Zero in New York City. Features include the ability to remotely operate the pan, tilt, zoom controls, access presets and view any archived images from a graphical calendar interface.

Additionally, users are able to utilize the built-in camera on the iPhone to take pictures and videos from project sites and automatically upload them into EarthCam's easy-to-use online system and share share progress and comments with team members. EarthCam clients can also monitor connection speed, solar power...

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Oct 05
iPhone interest among high schoolers at an all-time high

Interest in the iPhone among high schoolers is up sharply since the launch of the iPhone 4 to a new all-time high, according to the Piper Jaffray research firm -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)

The firm recently completed its 20th bi-annual teen survey, a national study which polls around 6,000 students around the country about their interest and buying patterns in mobile phones, portable media players and online music services. The study shows the percentage of teens that own an iPhone currently sits at 14%, which is essentially unchanged from the same survey conducted last year. However, interest in purchasing an iPhone in the next six months rose to an all-time high of 33%.

On the other hand, Apple's market share among teens in the portable media player category fell to 78% from 92% in a similar study six months ago. Share gains from Sony and the "other"...

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Oct 05
New Syncplicity Business Edition sports Mac support

Syncplicity, which specializes in cloud based file management solutions, has launched a new version of its Syncplicity Business Edition, which combines Mac support and newsfeeds with the company’s IT console for centralized administration. 
 
The latest Syncplicity Business Edition release provides full synchronization, backup, and file sharing for Macs, including large files and transfer resumption, with all existing Syncplicity supported endpoints such as PCs, file servers, and cloud applications like Google Docs. The Syncplicity Newsfeed feature allows users to see the latest real-time activity around files and folders they're working with or collaborating on. 

The IT management layer offers reporting and administration, giving companies the ability to protect users from data loss, to ensure users have anywhere access to their files, set file management policies to secure corporate data, and easily configure and support multiple users, says Leonard Chung, CEO...

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Oct 05
PanzerCAD releases CameraMatch 2011 for the Vectorworks 2011...

Nemetschek Vectorworks says that PanzerCAD (http://www.panzercad.com) has released the 2011 version of its CameraMatch plug-in to be compatible with the Vectorworks 2011 line of software products.

The CameraMatch 2011 plug-in allows a user to align a 3D model view to a photograph. With this plug-in, a user can also superimpose the rendered model into the photograph, saving time by eliminating the need to spend hours creating models of a project's surroundings, says Matt Panzer, owner of PanzerCAD. Some of the new features in CameraMatch 2011 include:

° A rewritten view calculation procedure that makes calculated views more accurate and allows for more difficult situations;

° Mask Object's new Clone Mode -- the feature allows a Mask object to shift the photo image it displays, which lets a Mask object behave similar to the Clone tool in many image-editing applications

° New Shadow...

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Oct 05
Razer releases special editions of MMO gaming mouse

Razer (http://www.razerzone.com) has launched a new suite of Razer Naga Special Edition gaming mice -- the Razer Naga Maelstrom Special Edition and the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition.
 
The Maelstrom Special Edition features the same 17 MMO-optimized buttons with macro functionality as its predecessor. However, this mouse has a whirlpool of entrancing blue light emanating from its swirling core.
 
In addition to the Maelstrom version, Razer also introduces the Molten Special Edition, which glows a fiery red hue. Along with the lava-red fissures cutting a jagged path across the mouse, the MMO-optimized buttons glow a blazing crimson color.

They're US$79.99 each. The special edition mice will be available in November.

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Oct 05
PHYX offers new 'freebie' plug-ins

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says development partner, PHYX has released freebie plug-ins for the FxFactory platform.

The PHYX Freebies utilities plug-ins provide users with a way to export and convert color channels and sharpen image edges with the Color Channel and Edge Sharpen tools. The PHYX Freebies are completely free for everyone and support the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express Motion and After Effects.

The PHYX Freebies utilities plug-ins are offered as free downloads via the Noise Industries website. To download the freebies, go to http://www.phyxware.com/NI_Freebies_01.html .

FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29.

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Oct 05
Report: tablets becoming 'next big thing' in the...

After a lackluster initial reception in the 2000s, tablet computers are finally becoming the next big thing in personal computing. Apple’s iPad has led the charge so far, but according to the latest Sector Focus commentary by Turner Investments (http://www.turnerinvestments.com), tablet computers generally may capture 20% of the U.S. computer market by 2013, up from less than 1% in 2009.

Turner, an investment firm based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, publishes Sector Focus commentaries monthly as part of the continuing efforts of its five analyst teams to monitor the market sectors for its growth-stock portfolios.

Entitled "Tablet Computers: an Idea Whose Time has Come at Last," the piece was written by Turner’s technology-sector analysts: Tara Hedlund, portfolio manager/security analyst; Dan Hirsch, security analyst; Mike Lozano, security analyst; Chris McHugh, vice chairman and senior...

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Oct 05
Sintek: touchscreen iMac? what touchscreen iMac?

Sintek has denied previous reports the company is trialling touchscreen displays for a future iMac, reports "9to5 Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/29313/sintek-denies-touchscreen-imac-claims?utm_s...). Sintek Photronics spokesperson Barry Wu denied Digitimes’ claims contained in a report last week.

"DigiTimes" had said that Sintek Photronics has reportedly sent samples of projected capacitive touch panels to Apple to be incorporated in upcoming iMacs. Since current capacity for 20-inch and above projected capacitive touch panels is limited and the technology involved quite complex,...

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Oct 05
Apple TV parts may cost under $64

The components in the latest Apple TV, which sells for US$99, may cost less than $64, according to market research firm, iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com), as reported by "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2010/tc2010104_872952.htm).

The most expensive part, at $16.55, is the A4 processor, designed by Apple and manufactured by Samsung Electronics. The same chip is used in the iPad and iPhone 4.

Andrew Rassweiler, an iSuppli analyst who conducted a so-called teardown analysis of the device, says the materials cost of the new model leaves room for Apple to earn a profit. With the original device, the cost of materials was closer to the retail price, he says.

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Oct 05
Mercedes-Benz Financial goes nationwide with iPad program

Mercedes-Benz Financial (http://www.mercedesbenzfinancial.com/mbfsr/en/misc/index.do) says its going nationwide with its program to put iPad into the hands of its dealers, becoming the first automotive finance company to give dealers mobile access to its proprietary point-of-sale dealer system called MB Advantage. Mercedes-Benz Financial is one of the first companies to adapt the consumer-oriented iPad as a mobile business tool.

MB Advantage on the iPad will give dealership sales personnel instant access to marketing programs for specific models, quicker turn time on the credit application process, and increase speed and efficiency on the return of lease vehicles, according to Andreas Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial.

“We see the iPad providing wireless mobility, information and flexibility on...

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Oct 05
Apple forks out $1.7 million for data center land

Apple needed land owned by Donnie and Kathy Fulbright for a US$1 billion data center in rural North Carolina and were willing to pay big bucks for the Maiden property.

The Fulbrights say they spurned one offer, then a second, "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/apple-s-data-needs-mean-1-7-mil...) reports. Finally, they agreed to sell for $1.7 million, county records show, opting to leave the single-story house on the less than one acre of land they purchased for $6,000, the article adds.

Last year it was announced that Apple would build a data center in Catawba County on the outskirts of Maiden. Maiden and Catawba County agreed to US$7.3 million in incentives for Apple in order for them to...

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Oct 05
Que offers how-to video tutorials for Microsoft Office...

Que Publishing is now offering technology training videos covering popular topics such as Microsoft Office, Excel, and QuickBooks, available for instant download at http://www.quepublishing.com/video .

The videos feature expert technology authors J. Peter Bruzzese, Bill Jelen (AKA MrExcel) and Laura Madiera. They can be purchased as complete lesson sets or individual lessons.

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Oct 05
'MacVoices' looks at DroboPro FS

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mark Fuccio, senior director for Data Robotics, introduces a new Drobo product: the DroboPro FS.

He and colleagues Colleen Kelly and Alex Lindsay discuss it and Drobo's reliability and expandability in general. The DroboPro FS offers redundant gigabit Ethernet connectivity, expandability up to 16TB, and the new Drobo Sync that simplifies backup to a remote DroboPro FS.

"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 Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 05
Bento Template Exchange surpasses half-million downloads

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) says that over 500,000 free templates have been downloaded from the Bento Template Exchange since its launch in June 2009.
 
Bento by FileMaker is the personal database software for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The Exchange makes it easy for visitors to try Bento for free, and to browse, install and use a huge variety of real-world templates contributed by Bento users.
 
The Bento templates show how Bento can organize virtually any information in business, education and home settings. The more than 700 templates illustrate the uses for Bento, ranging from Sales Funnel Management and Simple Home Inventory to Teacher Lesson Plans and Psychotherapy Session Notes. Among the most popular templates are Contact & Customer Manager and Project Manager.
 
The Exchange provides easy instructions on how to download and import templates along with...

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Oct 05
ShareTool update delivers screen sharing, file sharing, more

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.1.2. The upgrade includes screen sharing, file sharing, remote printing, secure browsing and more. It also delivers  iTunes Home Sharing across the Internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.1.2 costs US$25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Registered ShareTool 1.x users can upgrade to ShareTool 2.x for the reduced price of $15 (for two licenses).

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Oct 05
Hitachi launches new family of 750GB mobile hard drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (http://www.hitachigst.com) has announced its new 375GB/platter, 5,400 RPM and 7,200 RPM, 2.5-inch hard drives -- the Travelstar 5K750 and the Travelstar 7K750 hard drive families.

Featuring what the company says is the industry’s highest capacities in a standard 9.5mm two-disk design, the new drives come in capacities of 750GB, 640GB and 500GB. The drives feature technology that delivers high shock protection.

The Travelstar 5K750 and 7K750 drive families are the first Hitachi GST hard drives that feature Advanced Format. Advanced Format increases the physical sector size on hard drives from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes. This helps utilize the storage surface area more efficiently, allowing for increased drive capacities and improved data integrity at higher storage densities.

The Travelstar 5K750 is currently shipping in volume. Hitachi Travelstar...

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Oct 05
UA introduces new UAD-2 QUAD Omni package

Universal Audio has released the UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package (http://www.uaudio.com/products/uad/uad2quadomni/index.html ). It gives producers and engineers 50 UAD powered plug-ins for Mac and Windows systems.

The PCIe card features four analog devices SHARC chips to “power” analog emulation plug-ins, including classics from Manley, Neve, Roland, BOSS, dbx, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more. The UAD-2 QUAD Omni (v5.7) DSP Accelerator Package features:

With the UAD-2 QUAD Omni package, you can run large, professional mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more. It's available for purchase from authorized UA dealers worldwide.

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Oct 05
MicroNet unveils storage system with 10TB capacity, RAID 5

MicroNet Technology (http://www.micronet.com), a provider of storage solutions that small and medium businesses (SMBs) can rely on, has unveiled the RAIDBank5, a storage solution that combines a 10TB capacity with the performance and data reliability of RAID 5 and the speed of  USB 3.0 connectivity.

The RAIDBank5 is a RAID solution for storage-intensive digital media applications. The folks at MicroNet say they designed the RAIDBank5 for maximum performance with a hardware RAID architecture that delivers more than 200 MB/second and quad interface connectivity with the industry’s fastest external storage interfaces including, FireWire 400 and 800, 300 MB/sec eSATA and the new USB 3.0 at 500 MB/sec.

When configured for RAID 5 operations, the RAIDBank5 delivers read and write speeds of 218 MB/sec and 220 MB/sec, respectively. It's designed for storage-centric needs of professional digital audio...

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Oct 05
Disk Drill is free data recovery software for Mac OS X

CleverFiles Software (http://www.cleverfiles.com/) has released the first public version of Disk Drill Beta, their new professional level data recovery solution for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher). The free app helps recover lost data, deleted files, and also strives to prevent unexpected data loss with the help of its own Recovery Vault technology.

Disk Drill knows the most popular formats and their binary signatures so it can find deleted data and recover it even when there's only raw access to your drive, according to the folks at CleverFiles. It offers several data recovery methods: deep scan, quick scan and recovery from its own Vault. It supports all file systems and will attempt to recover data even from not partitioned media including hard disks or memory cards with corrupted file system, etc.

Disk Drill also protects data from unexpected damage by implementing its own Recovery Vault...

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Oct 05
WebDesign 3.0 for Mac OS X adds support for HTML 5

Rage Software has released WebDesign 3.2 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/webdesign.html), an update to the web development software for Mac OS X. The new version provides support for HTML 5 with the addition of new auto-complete features and a syntax checker that supports all the new HTML 5 tags and attributes. It also adds faster website publishing.

WebDesign sports over 40 HTML wizards. Features include live side-by-side web page previews, auto code completion as you type, integrated HTML help, and much more.

WebDesign is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$59.95.

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Oct 05
SonicMood for Mac OS X sounds off to version 4.9.83

SonicIdeas (http://SonicMood.com) has released SonicMood 4.9.8.3 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

There's also now an undo/redo for the main SonicMood window, the Edit window, and the Mixer window now share a common stack. The other windows, like Preferences and the Picture window, continue to have separate undo/redo stacks.Version 4.9.8.1 also makes some changes to the Edit window to make it a little more understandable.

SonicMood's 28 ambient nature music Moods can be found at the iTunes Store with each Mood available for US$0.99. SonicMood is an $12.95 Mac only application that's designed as a multifaceted ambient music-maker/player. Each of the 28 available Moods on the SonicMood Player can be completely altered and edited .

SonicMood has two separate types of sound generation -- the MIDI player and the Soundfiles that come with the application....

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Oct 05
Freeverse releases Hordes of Orcs 2 for Mac OS X, Windows

Freeverse (http://www.freeverse.com) has released Hordes of Orcs 2 for Mac OS X and Windows. Developed by MrJoy, it's an US$19.95 sequel to -- as you could probably guess -- Hordes of Orcs .

Here's how the game id described: "Defend your castle from destruction by strategically building walls to redirect the flow of the onslaught, and then spend your money on the right combination of defense towers to defeat the attacking forces.  Choose carefully from Arrow Towers, Radiation Towers, Fire Towers and the all-new Railgun Tower, as each enemy has different tolerances.  And don‚t forget to use your handy spells:  casting Fog will slow them down, Weaken inflicts damage to all enemies, Bait will distract the Orcs with an irresistible basket of shitake mushrooms and dung, and Teleport will transport enemies back to the Portal from whence they came.  But if 20 Orcs make it into your castle, it's game over -- you...

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Oct 05
MoneyWell for Mac OS X rings up version 1.6.2

No Thirst Software has updated MoneyWell (http://nothirst.com/moneywell/), the personal financial application for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.2. The new version adds an automatic refresh of exchange rates.

It also adds: Quicken 2010 for Windows OFX direct connect emulation; an user option to disable automatic update prompt for similar transactions; and a check all/none command to update.

MoneyWell offers flexible account transfers, a reconcile process, color-coded negative numbers, and a Transfers smart bucket. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

MoneyWell 1.6.2 is a free upgrade for all 1.x users and is available to new users at the introductory price of US$39.99. You can download a free trial limited to 200 transactions.

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Oct 04
MEI adds development, design for tablet publishers

MEI (http://www.maned.com) is offering specialized training, consulting and design services for publishers working to move their products to tablet editions.

The new MEI program provides a range of assistance, from strategic planning to hands-on technical work at all stages of digital production, including workflow development, issue design and app deployment. Services include training staff on the latest digital publishing innovations, creating templates and other layout elements, and more.

Depending on a publisher's specific tablet needs, MEI also offers its expertise as the exclusive distributor of the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform in the Americas, says Dennis McGuire, CEO and president of MEI. K4 allows publishers to integrate Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy to create and manage content for print, online, mobile and, now, iPad and other emerging media.

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Oct 04
iPad's sales rate better than the iPhone, DVDs when they...

Apple’s iPad sold three million units in the first 80 days after its April release and its current sales rate is about 4.5 million units per quarter, according to Bernstein Research -- as noted by "CNBC" (http://www.cnbc.com/id/39501308?__source=yahoo%7Cheadline%7Cquote%7Ctext...). This sales rate is blowing past the one million units the iPhone sold in its first quarter and the 350,000 units sold in the first year by the DVD player, the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product.

“The iPad did not seem destined to be a runaway product success straight out of the box,” said Colin McGranahan, retail analyst at Bernstein Research, in a note. “By any account, the iPad is a runaway success of unprecedented proportion.”

At this current rate, the iPad will pass gaming...

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