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Feb 15
iPhones with bigger screens? iPhones with slide-out keyboards?

Apple reportedly will change the screen size of the iPhone from 3.5 to four inches for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/pxwkh), quoting unnamed "upstream component suppliers."

The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to four inches to support the tablet market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market, the article adds. Smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly four inches and larger. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S and Google's Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels, Sharp adopts 5.5-inch panels for its smartphone, and Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone.

In other iPhone rumors, "Engadget" (...

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Feb 15
Apple launches subscriptions on the App Store

Apple has announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the Apple App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.’s “The Daily” app.

Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy apps and in-app purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.).

Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30%share that it does today for other In-App...

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Feb 15
DiskRadar 1.0 for Mac OS X offers hard disk fault prediction,...

Binary Fruit has introduced DiskRadar 1.0 (http://www.diskradar.com) for Mac OS X, an utility featuring hard disk fault prediction, infographic usage data, cleanup function, and HD temperature monitoring to prevent overheating.

Designed for use by non-technical users, the application provides access to sufficient hard drive diagnostic data to satisfy any system administrator, according to the folks at Binary Fruit. Additional features include: 64 bit, multi-core optimization; 100% safe in-app file removal; and history-based disk health evaluation.

DiskRadar 1.0 is compatible with all: standard internal hard drives (IDE/ATA/SATA and RAID); external hard drives (FireWire drives, USB drives, thumbdrives); CD/DVD drives and images; network share drives and FUSE drives; and Time Machine volumes. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

DiskRadar has three types of licenses. There's the lite...

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Feb 15
iWork '09 zooms with Token

Developer Dale Gillard has introduced Token 1.0 (http://dalegillard.com/token.html), a Mac menu bar app designed to make iWork faster. Recent iWork documents and templates open directly from Token in the Mac menu bar.

Available exclusively on the Mac App Store, Token automatically saves your iWork documents every 10 minutes so you can relax and focus, says Gillard. iWork will do more using simple AppleScripts you can download and customize to do your own tasks, he adds.

Token requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and any one of the iWork '09 apps. It costs US$4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 15
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets new conversion engine

Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.1. The upgrade adds a new conversion engine and all-around conversion improvements.

It's more robust in handling various import formats and now can accept Real Media files. General adjustments were made to the presets and additional options were enabled in the Advanced panel. The trial sample length was also extended. Various bug fixes were made including the crop settings, Quicklook icons, file association, and updater, as well as numerous other fixes and improvements.

VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.

For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow...

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Feb 15
Ohanaware releases HDRtist Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X

Ohanaware has released HDRtist Pro 1.0 (http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtistpro/) for Mac OS X 10.5 running on an Intel Mac. It costs US$29.95.

HDRtist Pro is the more advanced version of Ohanaware's freeware HDRtist. It's been designed to provide more creativity with HDR images, while maintaing an easy-to-use interface, according to the folks at Ohanaware. Utilizing Apple technology, HDRtist Pro is able to wield and manipulate 128-bit floating-point images (that's 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo).

The app's engine has been designed to work with multiple exposures, single RAW images, and can make single JPEG images look like HDR. One-click styles, editable HDRs, and a "drop-N-click" system are all featured in HDRtist Pro.

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Feb 15
Raidon presents 8-bay RAID storage solutions

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the new SAS 6G storage solution, iR2880-8S-U5, performing a data transfer rate beyond 700MB/second. High level RAID6 data redundancy also can be installed.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers an optimum SAS 6G storage solution especially to multi-operational workstations and data-based servers for the small to medium sized business market. It's equipped with an Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM under the hood, embedded dual SAS 6G host interface. With support for eight of 15mm height 2.5-inch HDD from a physical figure of three standard 5.25-inch CD-Rom spaces, it also provides simple system configuration and monitoring via LCD control panel, LAN or RS232 ports.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers multiple RAID levels up to RAID6 for the highest data redundancy ability, further provides high level snapshot and clone functions. The snapshot function calculates from...

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Feb 15
NewTek releases TriCaster Virtual Set Editor

NewTek (http://www.newtek.com) has released NewTek TriCaster Virtual Set Editor (VSE), which allows TriCaster TCXD850 and TriCaster TCXD300 users to customize TriCaster high definition (HD) virtual sets to fit their production needs.

It will be showcased on the main stage of NewTek booth E20 at the Broadcast Video Expo 2011, Feb. 15-17, in London. With TriCaster Virtual Set Editor, producers get exclusive TriCaster VSE Sets that produce real-time reflections and specular highlights, and have a wide variety of elements that can be edited, according to NewTek Executive Vice President of Engineering Andrew Cross.

TriCaster VSE users also have the option to create their own virtual sets by populating Layer Sets with their artwork, or composing layers in Adobe Photoshop, and then importing the layers into TriCaster VSE, which instantly transforms the PSD file into a Layer Set for use in VSE. Once a...

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Feb 15
MacAngel launches online learning environment

MacAngel (http://www.macangel.com) has launched the MacAngel Academy, a self-guided learning environment for small businesses that use Apple computers and devices.

MacAngel Academy members have access to short concise lessons that include a video, step-by-step instructions, and a downloadable PDF. Lessons are not only on Marketcircle's products Daylite, Billings and Billings Pro, but also productivity, small business infrastructure, time management and conscious business building.

To participate, you'll need a web browser capable of HTML 5 such as Safari 5. Chief Technology Evangelist Marni Melrose says MacAngel is hosted on Engine Hosting's load balanced cluster to provide speed and scalability, as well as superior Expression Engine compatibility. The online video platform Brightcove delivers the videos.

The price is US$49.95 per month or $549.95 per year. MacAngel's entire training...

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Feb 15
iSkin introduces revo SE for the iPhone 4

iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) has announced a special edition of its revo4 protector for the iPhone 4, aptly named the revo4 SE. It comes in a black and red combination and features a tinted screen ViSOR to match.

The special edition, US$44.99 revo4 features a redesigned screen ViSOR that has a touch-through zone that lets users answer and terminate incoming calls without ever having to first remove the ViSOR. This feature will encourage users to keep the ViSOR snapped over the iPhone's screen, ultimately reducing screen damage caused by any impact, according to the folks at iSkin. The ViSOR can be snapped to the back of the revo4 when surfing the web or using applications.

Like the revo4, the revo4 SE is made from a hypoallergenic silicone material that's designed to absorb shock, resist moisture and protect against everyday handling. It also features embedded MICROBAN antimicrobial product protection...

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Feb 15
Boxee adds Netflix, VUDU support

Expanding content options available to users, D-Link and Boxee say the Boxee Box by D-Link now features support for both Netflix and VUDU.

The Boxee Box offers a way to bring TV shows, movies, music, and photos from the Internet to your TV. All that’s needed is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection. The Boxee Box has support for a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, support for all popular media file formats, and integrated social networking that delivers personal recommendations straight to the TV.
 
Boxee Box by D-Link users who are Netflix members are now able to instantly watch thousands of  TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix for US$7.99 per month through an application that’s free for consumers.
 
VUDU provides Boxee Box users access a large selection of HD movies on demand, new releases (same day as DVD) and thousands of standard definition movies for rental at $2 for two nights. The VUDU HDX format on...

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Feb 15
Playback Media Server for Mac OS X gets new engine

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.2 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update sports a new high-performance engine.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer...

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Feb 15
Zevrix releases BatchOutput PPT 2.0

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PPT 2.0, an update to the output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated PDF production directly from PowerPoint. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with PowerPoint 2011.

BatchOutput PPT 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix web site, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput PPT runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 and 2011.

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Feb 15
Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 released for FileMaker Pro 11

Troi Automatisering has releasesd Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 11. Troi File Plug-in is a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database.

Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Version 5.0.2 is a maintenance update that includes these bug fixes and improvements.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11.

The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Developer licenses...

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Feb 15
New Outlook add-in synchronizes multiple, sub-folders with...

Most iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows smartphone users find synchronizing their personal Outlook calendar Exchange ActiveSync easy to do, but encounter barriers with public or group calendars and tasks as these are stored in public folders -- and “Exchange” doesn't support public folders synchronization.

Motivated by business users or those who have a family who often share tasks, content or calendars, for which Outlook creates these non-sync public folders, Somebytes Software Developer (http://www.somebytes.net/1-1-Home.html) has released OLMixedFolders to resolve this problem. It allows users to synchronize different Outlook folders through a personal profile.

Outlook users with more than one address folders (e.g. one for business contacts one for personal contacts) will usually find that their cellular phone will only synchronize one folder. In that case...

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Feb 14
Apple releases 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report (http://macte.ch/8FRoY), an annual report that looks at how well its suppliers are -- or are not -- adhering to its code of conduct.

Apple requires suppliers to commit to a Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business.

The code specifies everything from fair hiring practices and work-hour limits to safe working conditions. To monitor compliance, Apple conducts onsite audits, approves corrective action plans, and verifies implementation. As a result, "worker protections and factory conditions have improved at many facilities throughout Apple’s supply base," the company says.

"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made," Apple says. "We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally...

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Feb 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 14

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

AnyBizSoft has announced PDF Reader for iPad. The free app can help users read and manage PDF eBooks on the Apple tablet.

Dan Tullis has released Word Mend 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 word puzzle/jumble game designed for gamers of all ages. There are over 11,000 jumbled words that you can rearrange in as little as one second to several minutes, depending on the difficulty of the word and the sharpness of your brain.

Random Ideas has introduced Wasabi 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $4.99 to-do list app for that includes over-the-air sync, location aware task notifications, as well as the ability to add projects, tasks, and locations to your iOS home screen. You can capture new to-dos from virtually any screen in the app, organize...

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Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book."

"The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight.

Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are...

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Feb 14
Aquafadas to launch Digital Publishing Platform on March 17


Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) says it will launch its Digital Publishing Platform on March 17 and that it will offer these key advantages in digital publishing:

° It enables designers to create digital content quickly through plugins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with no coding required.

° Publications can be based on PDF or XML , enhanced by picture galleries, slide shows, videos, and sound.

° Aquafadas ’s Solution makes it easy to deploy digital publications to multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and to multiple operating systems, such as iOS and Android simultaneously.

° Publications can be published as interactive PDF, custom Apps, and in a XML-based format that supports text reflow while maintaining the publication’s design.

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Feb 14
iPhone mini rumors are back

Rumors of an iPhone mini (or iPhone nano, if you will) were prevalent a couple of years ago. Now they're baaaaack with the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bdNbC) saying Apple is working on the first of a new line of less-expensive iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices.

Quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter," the "WSJ" says the iPhone mini is intended for sale alongside the current iPhone line-up and be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The new phone would purportedly be available to carriers at about half the price of the main iPhones.

That would allow carriers to subsidize most or all of the retail price, putting the iPhone in the same mass-market price range as rival smartphones, says the "WSJ." There's no timetable on when the iPhone mini might debut, the article says.

"ZDNet" (http://...

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Feb 14
GRAMMY nominees, winners available at iTunes

The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards were held Sunday and a complete list of the winners and nominees are available at iTunes.

The list includes the album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and more. Covered artists include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, Drake and more.

There's also a free MusicMapper app that "will allow fans worldwide to connect songs to special memories and places." You can select a song powered by Rd.io, tag it to a specific location using maps, and then attach a note describing how the song and location define a specific moment in the user's life.

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Feb 14
Apple tops 'Most Respected Companies' list

Apple has topped "Barron's" list of the "Most Respected Companies" (http://macte.ch/l3Oah) for the second time. The list is based a survey of professional money managers.

Per the survey, 68% of managers said they "highly respected" Apple, 22% respected the company, 8% respected Apple "somewhat" and none admitted that they "don't respect" the company. Apple had a mean score of 4.25 out of 5.

The other companies on the "Most Respected List" are, in descending order, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, McDonald's, Google, 3M, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, ExxonMobile, Walt Disney, United Parcel Service, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, United Technologies, Intel, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Schlumberberger, Siemens, Microsoft, Honda Motor, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

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Feb 14
Drops app drops onto Mac OS X

Software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Drops 1.0 (http://christian-kienle.de/Drops/), his new application for Mac OS X. It's a tool for uploading files.

Simply drop files or folders on the Drops icon in your menu bar. Your files will be uploaded to your server and the URL copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL wherever you want. Drops can also automatically shorten the URL for you. You can tell Drops to automatically compress files and folders before uploading.

Drops requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For a limited time, it's being offered for US$0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Feb 14
DssW releases Battery Report for Mac OS X

DssW has released Battery Report for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The US$8.99 app creates detailed reports about a user's computer and power sources.

Battery Report focuses on providing users with a clear report about their computer, the computer's internal battery, and connected external power sources. Supported external power sources include most power adapters connected to the mains, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

Users can easily share their reports with Mac support staff using the "Send to E-mail" menu item, or by saving the report as a PDF, says Graham Miln, director, DssW. For more info, or to download a demo version of Battery Report, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/batteryreport/ .

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Feb 14
AuraSound introduces universal media player

AuraSound (http://www.aurasound.com) has unveiled the innovative Sound Station, a media player that sports an "audiophile-class" acoustic design with a 7-inch color screen and several connectivity features.


Sound Station supports Internet radio and iPod/iPhone docking and serves as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, FM radio, and video player. It doesn't require a computer to set up or operate. The product will be available next month initially via selected retailers in the U.S. and Europe, with global expansion to follow. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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