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Jan 12
eMedia to release Bass Method 2.0 in March

eMedia Music Corp. ( says Bass Method 2.0 software for bassists and aspiring bassists, will be released in March at an estimated price of US$59.95. It will come on a hybrid CD that's both Mac and Windows compatible.

A new Instant Feedback in Bass Method 2.0 "listens" to your playing through the computer's microphone and highlights correctly played notes. There will also be full-screen lessons and remastered video. The 140-plus lessons start with the basics, such as tuning the bass, and move on to playing simple bass lines and catchy rhythms with fills, syncopation and shuffle rhythms. They continue on with reading tablature and standard music notation. A new theory chapter covers intervals, scales and triads.

Featuring more than 30 vdeos and over 200 songs and exercises, eMedia Bass Method 2.0 will include folk, rock, country, and songs i made famous by Bob Dylan,...

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Jan 12
Typinator 4.3 lets you define new snippets

Ergonis Software ( has released Typinator 4.3, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version allows you to define new snippets via configurable hotkeys or via Typinator's menu.

Also, Typinator 4.3 also makes it easier to delete empty snippets and improves compatibility with Firefox, Google Chrome, FreeHand, and other third-party applications.

Typinator 4.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.3 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.

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Jan 12
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.3

MaBaSoft ( has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.3 In the new version,  daylight-saving time information for Fiji, Israel, Morocco, and Western Sahara has been updated.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.

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Jan 11
The Good and Bad of Verizon iPhones

We welcome Verizon to the iPhone market: it's been a long time coming, and it will challenge AT&T to provide better service and options, while at the same time growing the iPhone market for iOS developers. One thing to point out is that a Verizon experience is not going to be like an AT&T experience on the iPhone ... both for the good and for the bad.

The good: Presumably, Verizon's network will stand up better to use than AT&T's has. Yes, AT&T was better recently at CES, but again, texts were delayed, phone calls dropped and more. If you judge from the customer experience point of view, Verizon takes their network more seriously than AT&T. Hopefully competition here will help AT&T see the light.

The bad: Because Apple had to change the antenna a bit for CDMA radio signal characteristics, the ringer switch is moved just a tad. This means that any accessory that relies on precise placement of cut outs, or access will likely at least...

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Jan 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 11

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

SchoSoft Studios has announced Tipping Guide 1.0, for iPhone and iPod touch devices. This US$0.99 tipping app not only provides users with a variety of tipping calculators but offers them with general tipping information on a region-by-region basis. Tipping Guide includes tips relevant to more than 40 separate countries worldwide. It also includes the exact Wikipedia link to every country it lists within its in-app library.

Taprockets has released Nomis, a music discovery app for iOS devices.The $0.99 device automatically analyzes the songs on ones iPhone and creates a list of favorites. For these the user receives an individual news feed that only contains albums and titles relevant to the user. New artists are added every time the user enters Nomis. Songs...

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Jan 11
Class action firm investigates claims iPhone 4’s glass prone to...

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a class-action firm, is investigating claims that Apple’s iPhone 4 was manufactured with a defective glass casing, making the screen prone to scratches and shattering during normal use.

The investigation was sparked by consumer reports that the phone’s new aluminosilicate glass components scratch easily and shatter when dropped from even small distances. Within the first week of the iPhone 4’s release, some consumers began to express concern that the new glass casing made the device prone to scratches during normal use. Apple, in some instances, charged consumers to repair the broken or scratched glass, media reports contend, according to Hagens Berman.

The firm says it's investigating these consumer and media complaints to determine if Apple failed to live up to its requirements under a variety of consumer protection laws including its obligation under express warranty. It is also investigating iPhone 4 advertising and marketing...

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Jan 11
So how many Verizon iPhones will be sold?

Now that's it official, financial analysts are offering their estimates on how many Verizon iPhones will sell in 2011. The range: nine to 15 million units, according to "eWeek" ( However, this will all come at a price to Verizon Wireless.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Verizon could match AT&T in shipping as many as 15 million iPhones in 2011. Gleacher and Co.'s Brian Marshall told "eWEEK" that Verizon should sell 12 million iPhone units in 2011, assuming a similar ramp to what AT&T experienced in 2007 and 2008. And that number might actually prove conservative, Marshall said, adding that AT&T shipped 14.1 million iPhones in the fourth quarter alone.

“Some think 10 million is possible in the calendar year,” Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair told "AllThings Digital" ( “And...

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Jan 11
It's heeeere: the iPhone on Verizon

After months (years?) of speculation, it's finally happened. Verizon Wireless and Apple has announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on Feb. 3, ahead of general availability. The iPhone 4 on Verizon will have all the features of the AT&T version plus it will include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, at a special press event. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.” ...

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Jan 11
Google ending H.264 support, setting up potential battle with...

On its Chrome blog (, Google says it's ending support for H.264 on its Chrome browser, opting instead for the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs.

"We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles," Google writes. "To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies."

This seems to be setting up a new...

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Jan 11
Verizon to sell CDMA iPad

In addition to carrying the iPhone, Verizon Wireless will sell a version of the iPad that can connect directly to its CDMA network.

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, the parent of the wireless unit, said in an interview, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" ( IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo didn't say when the change may happen.

Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, began selling the iPad in its stores in a package with its credit card-sized Wi-Fi device in October for US$629.99 to $829.99. Apple, which introduced the iPad in April, offers versions of the tablet that connect directly to AT&T’s network.

Most of the phones in the US use GSM or CDMA technologies. AT&T, which has previously been the...

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Jan 11
Serisag for Mac OS X lets you manage serials, licenses, more

Sagois SLU has released Serisag for Mac OS X and Windows ( It's software for managing your serial numbers, licenses, installers, invoices and more -- and keeping them organized.

You can search by name, bundle, category, month of purchase, and more. Serisag also allows you to store the installer and keep it organized. You can even launch the installer from within the application and manage your bundles.

You can assign software to computers, so you can see what software is being used on each computer. You can keep your private pages safe. Access to the private area protected by a password.

Serisag allows you to store the necessary information about your software. It's organized into three sections: Software, Docs and Private areas.

Serisag is being offered for approximately US$13 through Jan. 31. It's...

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Jan 11
Creativity Different launches mBrace for the MacBook Pro

Creativity Different ( has introduced the mBrace, an accessory for your Macbook Pro. It's designed to improve the comfort and convenience of carrying a notebook around the office, on campus or anywhere you take your Mac.

Made from Acetal plastic and Uretek fabric, the mBrace easily and securely attaches to a Macbook without affecting any of its typical uses, according to Terrance Kirkwood, founder of Creativity Different.

You can leave it on your Macbook Pro all the time because even with the mBrace attached, the Macbook Pro still fits nicely in most bags and sleeves with no problem, he adds. It even fits with most covers and cases attached. But just in case, the mBrace detaches as effortlessly as it attaches to your notebook, says Kirkwood. And as a bonus, when attached the handle can rest underneath the Macbook Pro to provide an angled...

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Jan 11
New astronomy app available on the Mac App Store

Vito Technology ( has introduced Solar Walk for Mac, a 3D Solar System model application available on the Mac App Store for US$2.99.

This app is designed to explore not only the Solar System, but also the whole Galaxy. Among other features are real-time trajectories of  the most interesting artificial Earth’s satellites, your current position marker, the biggest cities on the globe, and the points of interests on Mars, Venus, and the Moon. The app starts the educational movie collection with the first video "Solar System Planets' Size Comparison".

Users can zoom in and zoom out to turn the Solar System and the Galaxy in any direction. Other features allow you to discover our own planet in greater details our own planet.

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Jan 11
'The Daily' coming to the iPad on Jan. 19?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will join News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch on stage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to reveal iPad newspaper, "The Daily," according to a "Mashable" report (

When? Probably on Jan. 19, but that may change, the article adds. Of course, neither Apple nor News Corp. have confirmed when (or if) the event is happening.

"The Daily" will have no web or print edition. The only way to get it will be on the iPad, where each edition will cost US$0.99.

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Jan 11
WaterField Designs introduces the Muzetto Bag in black leather

For the "refined male," WaterField Designs has released the black leather Muzetto for tablets, notebooks and gadgets. Available for pre-order, this "fashionable man bag" boasts naturally-tanned, black leather with a choice of six accent colors.

Five sizes fit laptops, netbooks, iPads and more and have a dedicated cell phone pocket. The vertical bag includes one main compartment, an under-flap pocket, a zippered interior pocket for extra security, and a back pocket. An adjustable strap allows users to wear the Muzetto across the chest or hanging from one shoulder. To reduce shoulder and back fatigue, a removable, shoulder pad with a grippy underside keeps the strap in place.

A gold liner lights up the interior making contents easy to differentiate, according to Waterfield founder Gary Waterfield. The flap length and angled sides highlight the Muzetto's svelte look.

The personal and portable sizes can carry daily necessities like a wallet, cell-phone,...

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Jan 11
Freecom launches thin mobile hard drive exclusively for Macs

Freecom ( has unveiled the Mobile Drive Mg, a mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac. Encased in an ultra-lightweight and strong magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is an ideal match for the MacBook, according to Jelle Stalpers, Apple business development manager for Freecom

At 10mm, it's also the thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world, he adds. Interestingly, the drive sports an USB 3.0 interface -- and Macs don't support USB 3.0. However, it's backwards-compatible and will work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks.

The Mobile Drive Mg will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers in a range of three different models. The models are 320GB for approximately US$103, 750GB for $155, and 750GB for $168.

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Jan 11
Clandestiny game launches on Mac App Store 

Clandestiny, a family orientated puzzle adventure game, was launched today by GRL Games (, the company long time industry veteran Graeme Devine founded after leaving Apple late last year. It's available at an introductory price of US$9.99 at the newly launched Apple App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Clandestiny combines classic adventure, animated story and fun puzzles. There are over 40 minutes of animated story to go with the over 30 puzzles in the game. Join Andrew and Paula on this spooky adventure as you experience the castle's eerie rooms and hidden passageways, and encounter the angst-ridden ghosts of the family MacPhiles. Solve "wee" rascally riddles and persnickety puzzles to learn the fate of this dimwitted clan."

Clandestiny has three levels. The game was originally released by Devine when he was at Trilobyte in 1996 as the company’s third title,...

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Jan 11
FileMaker Pro 11 half off with purchase of FileMaker Go

FileMaker Inc. (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, says that, starting today, those purchasing FileMaker Go for iPad or iPhone may purchase FileMaker Pro for US$149 more than half off the retail value of $299.
Since its debut in July 2010, FileMaker Go has become the top-selling business database app for iPhone and iPad. Customers who purchase FileMaker Go for iPhone ($19.99) or FileMaker Go for iPad ($39.99) from the iTunes App Store between Jan. 11 and June 17 will be able to download FileMaker Pro 11 from the online FileMaker Store for $150, a 50% discount.
The FileMaker Go apps let customers work remotely with FileMaker Pro databases on the iPhone or iPad to manage a range of tasks, including customer relationship management, on-site event registration, management of inventory or tracking project status while traveling. Businesses can use more than 30...

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Jan 11
NewPC gadgets releases stainless steel iPad kickstand

NewPCgadgets ( has introduced Tablet Coasters, a stainless steel kickstand for your iPad. These polished stainless steel coasters are designed to raise the Apple tablet to a comfortable 35 degree viewing angle while enabling you to be more productive.

Actually, Tablet Coasters work with all popular tablet computers including the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, HP Slate, BlackBerry PlayBook, Toshiba Honeycomb, Motorola Xoom, ZTE Light and dozens more. Not only do they improve the look of your iPad but the steel surface may help improve the wifi signal in some models, according to the folks at NewPCgadgets.

The Tablet Coaster includes non-skid rubber feet on the bottom and top lip. Coasters are priced as low as US$14.95 each (in quantity).

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Jan 11
friedEgg Touch 1.6 released on the Mac App Store

FriedEgg Limited ( has released version 1.6 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. From this version onwards, friedEgg Touch will only be available through Apple's Mac App Store.

As part of this transition, the price has been reduced from US$39 to $14.99. In addition, there are several key improvements in this latest release, which focus on the sharing of data and analysis files:

° Save as a package, with data. Analysis files can be saved as package, containing a copy of the original file with the data table. As the analysis is closely tied to the source data table, it makes it easier if they can be stored together, according to to the folks at FriedEgg Limited. The package is shown as a single file in the Finder, and can be moved and emailed to other users, as if it were a single file.

° Export all data columns. Selected data can be...

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Jan 11
Artbeats releases Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library.

Artbeats, which specializes in the production of high quality stock footage, has released their Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library. The initial offerings include a variety of nature shots, plus the first S3D aerial stock footage available to the royalty-free market.

New 3D content will be added monthly, including pyrotechnic, city scene, establishment, winter scene and additional aerial collections, says Phil Bates, Artbeats president and lead cinematographer. Artbeats is the first production company to utilize Pictorvision's gyrostabilized eclipse 3D aerial rig, capturing aerials of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and the shores of Catalina, he adds.

Artbeats' S3D stock footage is offered as QuickTime movie files with formats that include HD stereo pairs (both sides squeezed horizontally into a single HD frame), separate HD Right and Left views and 4K versions (when shot on RED). Available via the company's web site (...

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Jan 11
Safari Prairiefire gets speed boost

Balooba Software has updated Safari Prairiefire, a Mac OS X tool that allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks, to version 1.5.

With the tool, the user gets presented with a unique, clearly outlined list of all Safari web bookmarks. Version 1.5 brings performance upgrades. Scanning, checking duplicates and deleting unwanted bookmarks are now up to 100 times faster, according to Balooba Software CEO Peter Berglund.

Safari Prairiefire also allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks. The user gets presented with an outlined and intuitive list of all Safari web bookmarks. Users can then perform a scan where each bookmark link is tested and verified for accuracy and online status. The user can then select Individual or groups of bookmarks and edit or remove outdated, unwanted or bad links. Duplicate bookmarks can be identified and removed.

Safari Prairiefire costs US$6 throughout January; a demo version is...

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Jan 11
Phiaton releases PS 20 NC, PS 210i earphones

Phiaton Corp. ( manufacturer of personal audio products, has released two personal listening solutions. The new earphones include:

° Primal Series PS 20 NC (US$149), available in glossy black and glossy white versions. The slightly larger than conventional earbud-type headphones allow for a wider frequency range and more realistic musical presence, according to the folks at Phiaton. Notably, the new PS 20 NC Earphones feature Phiaton's exclusive "Noise Blocker" noise cancellation technology – blocking 95% of outside noise, they add.

° Primal Series PS 210i ($139) -- in addition to their "Half In-Ear" design, they feature dense silicon eartips, purportedly delivering deep bass and crystal clear high frequencies for rich and balanced sound.  The PS 210i features a remote microphone cable that allows you to pause your music to accept a phone call and then resume listening with the...

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Jan 11
iWebTemplate announces five new iWeb templates

In collaboration with iPresentee, iWebTemplate has added five new themes to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Happiness, Personal Page, Black Style, Old Fence and Village.

The new iWeb templates can be customized. Over 150 iWeb templates are now available at iWebTemplate. The new themes includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place.

The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 and iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more info are available at the iWebTemplate web site (

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Jan 11
QNAP unveils new rack-mounted NAS Server

QNAP Systems ( has expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-419U+ rack-mounted NAS server targeted specifically at the SMB and workgroup market segments.  

The TS-419U+ features four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with up to 8TB of total capacity (using 2TB drives) packaged in a compact 1U rack-mounted chassis. The TS-419U+ supports 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives in hot-swappable drive carriers. The TS-419U+ features a Marvell 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of DDRIII memory,.

The TS-419U+ can be configured for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, or JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration for high data redundancy. The TS-419U+ supports iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover and load-balancing, and Wake on LAN. The TS-419U+ also features four USB ports and 2 e-SATA ports for expanding the storage capacity or...

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