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Feb 25
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports major subscription...

Adobe says the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers. It's currently available as pre-release technology.

With 130 Adobe produced titles available for purchase and download today, the addition of subscription capabilities increases the business opportunity for publishers -- including more than 3,000 publishers and content authors currently participating in the pre-release program for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports a variety of payment methods: free content; single issue purchases; and the ability for publishers to tie into their existing e-commerce and fulfillment mechanisms for print and digital bundling and other offers. In the latest pre-release of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, there's new support for Apple App Store subscriptions when...

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Feb 25
Wondershare Video Converter comes to the Mac App Store

Wondershare Software says Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. It's licensed for personal use in non-business environments for US$38.99.

Wondershare Video Converter for Mac provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.

Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. You can import video to applications like QuickTime, iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Feb 25
Native Instruments introduces Scarbee Funk Guitarist

Native Instruments has introduced Scarbee Funk Guitarist (http://macte.ch/bja96), a new Kontakt-based software instrument that puts a "virtual funk guitar" at the hands of producers. For use in the Kontakt 4 sampler and in the free Kontakt Player, it provides a range of rhythm guitar lines for funk, soul, hip hop, house, pop and other contemporary styles.

At the heart of Scarbee Funk Guitarist is a phrase concept that allows users to combine different guitar grooves and chord types via the MIDI keyboard. The integrated groove sequencer maintains a constant rhythmic flow, while articulations like up and down strokes, mutes, hammer-ons and slides are triggered automatically by the script-based engine of the instrument.

Scarbee Funk Guitarist is based on over 3,000 chords that were recorded in various voicings, multiple velocities and with all relevant articulations, resulting in over 130,000 individual...

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Feb 25
LifeProof cases debut at Launch Conference

LifeProof Cases (http://www.lifeproof.com) says it's one of 40 never-before seen technology companies selected to present at the Launch Conference, taking place in San Francisco on Feb. 23 and 24.
 
To an audience of potential investors and media, LifeProof introduced a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and snowproof case for Apple’s iPhone 4 in a sleek design that provides full access to all device functions. The LifeProof case will be available in April and is available to pre-order at an introductory price of US$69.95.
 
LifeProof cases are slim yet designed to meet military specifications (MIL-SPEC), giving individuals complete freedom to use their iPhone in any wet, dirty, freezing or rough situation, says Gary Rayner, LifeProof Cases founder and CEO. Texting in the shower, videos in the pool, FaceTime on the surfboard, LifeProof makes it possible to be anywhere with your mobile...

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Feb 25
Bioserie offers 'Made of Plants' printed iPhone 4...

Bioserie has announced its new line of printed iPhone 4 covers, utilizing the company’s “made of plants” materials and Beckers CDF patent-pending Surface Digital Enhancement (SDE) printing technology.

Emitting significantly less greenhouse gas in the complete manufacturing and printing process, bioserie printed covers are made from a unique blend of bioplastics that are derived from plants and other annually renewable resources, says bioserie CEO Kaya Kaplancali. The colors are available in a selection of patterns, color combinations and designs.


Bioserie has launched printed covers with 14 designs under four collections: blueprint, bloom, backpack and bold. They're available for purchase on bioserie's online store (http://www.bioserie.com) for an introductory price of US$34.95. The collections will also be available on store shelves within March for the same price.

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Feb 25
Zevrix releases Instant Backup 1.7

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Instant Backup 1.7, an update to its solution to securely back up selected data online and locally. The new version improves the reliability and stability of the FTP connection as well as other improvements.

Instant Backup is designed to back up sensitive active projects -- the ones users don't want to take any chances with. For example, when users want to back up a project after specific changes, without waiting for their scheduled automatic backup. Or when users prefer to have a password protected copy of the project on an FTP site, in addition to all their regular local backups.

Instant Backup is not a replacement for the complete computer backup systems, such as Time Machine. It's designed to backup selected projects whenever needed. And FTP backup protects users data against theft, fire or other disasters that could affect their hardware.

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Feb 25
Mewshop adds Avid Pro Tools training

Manhattan Edit Workshop (http://www.mewshop.com) is now an official Avid Authorized Training Partner. The Manhattan-based training center now offers authorized classes in Pro Tools 9 that are compliments to the array of post-production and content creation classes already offered.

To initiate Mewshop's new Avid Pro Tools Authorized Training, the facility is offering three new authorized instructor-led classes that are designed to get students up-to-speed with the robust new Pro Tools 9, says Josh Apter, owner and founder, Manhattan Edit Workshop. These include: Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools, Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools, and Pro Tools 130: Pro Tools for Game Audio.

Mewshop offers student loans for courses that total more than US$2,500. Students may take a combination of courses together, or a single course that equals that amount.

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Feb 25
Invoices to create and manage invoices on Mac OS X

Tension Software has announced Invoices 2.9 (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), an update native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices on Mac. The new version sports layout changes to increase ease of use, internal improvements and a document migrator inside the application itself (it's not a separate app anymore).

Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both Power PC and Intel systems.

Invoices costs US$40; version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 25
Blackmagic Design offers free DaVinci Resolve for Mac workshops

Blackmagic Design will host a series of free DaVinci Resolve for Mac training workshops in association with the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG) on Tuesday, March 15.

Two two-hour sessions, hosted by FilmSystems' David Catt, will provide an introduction to the DaVinci Resolve for Mac non-linear color correction system, showcase proper set up and integration tips, provide how-to’s and detail Resolve features and capabilities. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a color correction solution for Mac OS X and Linux computers.

For more event information and to register for one of the workshops, go to http://bosfcpug031511.eventbrite.com/.

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Feb 25
Vodafone Italy provides iPhone users with free navigation,...

Vodafone Italy now provides all its prepaid and post-paid iPhone users with a free mobile location companion, Vodafone Find & Go, powered by Telmap, specially designed to enrich users’ on-the-go experiences, beyond in-car and pedestrian navigation.
 
Vodafone Find & Go will be free to all iPhone users who purchase a data package, and represents the first time such a service is offered in Italy for free. It will enable users to search for and access up-to-date location-based information and will include:
 
° An all-in-one solution including real-time turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names, dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content;

° Points of interests information such as gas stations and parking lots along the way;

° Full maps of Italy.
 
VF Italy iPhone users can download Vodafone Find & Go by going to...

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Feb 25
Readdle has released PDF Expert 2.2

Readdle (http://www.readdle.com) has updated its application for editing PDF forms and annotating PDF documents. PDF Expert 2.2 is now able to flatten signature, filled forms data, and annotations, making it possible to protect PDF files from editing and view all annotations within any PDF reader application.

The latest version of PDF Expert for iPad makes the flattening process "flawless," taking just a single tap to flatten a PDF file before emailing it, says Readdle CEO Igor Zhadanov. One of the long-standing benefits of the PDF format is that it allows users to add notes, comments and highlights to PDF file, he adds.

PDF Expert extended this capability making PDF annotations editable on the iPad. While lawyers tend to protect document from being changed, professors, students and medicals might well need the ability to edit existing annotations, says Zhadanov. Another feature that can come in...

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Feb 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 24

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

Spiceworks has announced Spiceworks for the iPhone. It's a free app that allows the 1.3 million users of Spiceworks to connect with peers, access the help desk, and manage their IT networks from the Apple smartphone.

Deateca has released VideoPuzzle! for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Billed as the next level of interactive slide puzzle, this US$0.99 game allows users to slide and organize not only photos from separate blocks but from full moving images and videos as well. The game has a library of pre-loaded video and photo puzzle available for users as well.

TECHxART has introduced Dancing Cloth 1.0 ($3.99), a 3D interactive artwork using 3D physics simulation technology, which shows users realistic animation of the symmetric cloth. The shapes...

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Feb 24
Thunderbolt technology strikes from Intel

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the availability of Thunderbolt technology, a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. And it's already appearing on Macs -- in the revamped MacBook Pro line announced today.

Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple.

The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use computers, says Eden. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision...

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Feb 24
MacBook Pro gets new processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, according to Apple.
 
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

Starting at US$1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models...

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Feb 24
Apple releases developer preview of Mac OS X Lion

Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which the company takes some of the best ideas from the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the Mac OS X.

Lion features Mission Control, a new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer. 

“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”

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Feb 24
LaCie announces Thunderbolt drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced plans for the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple.

Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before, says Philippe Spruch, chairman and general manager, LaCie. Thunderbolt technology delivers bandwidth at 10Gbps and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like the LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays.

The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance, says Spruch. With...

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Feb 24
Webb School students to get iPads

Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in fourth grade and higher at The Webb School of Knoxville, a private K-12 school, will be required either buy or lease an iPad for the coming school year, reports "The Journal" (http://macte.ch/nwNZe).

The move has been a long time coming, Jim Manikas, technology director for the 1,050-student school, told "The Journal." But when Apple introduced the iPad, the idea of "one computer per student" took off, he added.

Before announcing the initiative, Manikas said his team gave the school's existing technology infrastructure a good, hard look. What they saw were about 700 computers, a high percentage of which had either passed into obsolescence or come pretty close to reaching it. Replacing those units would cost the school about $550,000 -- an investment that would simply put the IT infrastructure "at a reasonable level without expanding it in any way," Manikas told...

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Feb 24
FaceTime now available on the Mac App Store

Apple's FaceTime video chat app for Mac OS X has left beta testing and is now available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.

FaceTime was first introduced with the iPhone 4. FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.

All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.

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Feb 24
Say goodbye to boxed copies of MobileMe

Apple is telling resellers that it's stopped shipping boxed copies of MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet services. Apparently, MobileMe will only be able to be purchased online, through Apple -- though rumors abound that Apple is planning a major overhaul of the service.

Resellers can continue to sell remaining their stock, but once they're gone, they're gone. Of course, the box sets were mostly for retail promotion, containing only an activation code.

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Feb 24
Apple shareholders back CalPERS on board member election...

CalPERS wins 'high profileThe California Public Employees' Retirement System has won a "high-profile" victory in its effort to pressure Apple to reform the way the tech giant's board members are elected, reports the "Sacramento Bee" (http://macte.ch/AHbQC). At Apple's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, shareholders approved a CalPERS proposal to adopt a majority vote requirement for board elections.

The CalPERS proposal is non-binding, but puts pressure on Apple to approve the plan, says the "Bee." Currently, nominees to the Apple board who are unopposed don't need a majority of shareholders' votes to be elected.

A nominee could win election with only one "yes" vote. Shareholders who don't like a particular nominee can "withhold" their vote, but it has no practical effect. For the past year, CalPERS has been pressuring Apple and 57 other companies to adopt a majority-...

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Feb 24
Apple store opens in Mongolia

An official Apple store has, at long last, opened its doors in Mongolia in what is known as the world’s coldest capital: Ulaanbaatar, reports "M.A.D. Corporate Services" (http://macte.ch/8xkfy).

The opening of an Apple shop in Mongolia is "something of a leap of faith within a country of less than three million people that still ranks as one of the poorest in the world," the article adds. However, despite its apparent poverty, "M.A.D." says Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, "propelled largely by its enormous mineral reserves and its close proximity to the insatiable Chinese economy."

Until now Apple products have only been available in Mongolia in the form of imports brought by individuals from the US or China. Prices were excessive, often double if not triple the official Apple retail prices.

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Feb 24
Federal workers in Australia could get iPads

Thousands of federal public servants in Australia could soon have their work laptops replaced with iPads, reports "The Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/2c0T8).

Senior officers in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are trialling more than 40 iPads. The trial is expected to conclude in early March. "The Herald" says the department will then decide whether to roll out "thousands of the tablet computers."

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Feb 24
AutoCrypt for Mac OS X offers batch process encryption of...

AutoCrypt is a new multipurpose encryption tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later) from Pomola Software (http://www.pomola.com) that, using a document-based application, lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for crypto batch processing of files.

Using the blowfish algorithm, all the encrypted files will be unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password. Documents are at the basis of the way AutoCrypt operates. These documents don't contain encrypted data, but they're used to encrypt the files the user likes to protect .

In case the files to encrypt or to decrypt are updated with frequencies, an AutoCrypt document listing this files provides a one-click method to encrypt them, storing the updated files in a user specified place. The user can launch AutoCrypt as example in the night using the Autorunoption turned...

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Feb 24
Clip-on task lamp comes to Quirky store

This week marks the official release of Mantis -- a socially-developed task lamp and monitor light -- at the Quirky online store (http://macte.ch/ktYsB) for US$29.99. It's a clip-on light that brightens your workspace, with minimal interference to your surroundings.

Mantis is portable and battery operated so you can take it with you and use it to illuminate your keyboard, bookshelf, worktable, or any other low-lit spot. It's designed to function either as a clip-on or free standing.

Mantis comes fully equipped with 11 bright LED's and two light settings. Its replaceable batteries provide 30 hours of light and automatically shut off after two hours of use. The unit itself is nine inches wide, with a removable clip designed to clamp onto any monitor, laptop, or shelf.

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Feb 24
iBiz 4 available at the Mac App Store

IGG Software says iBiz 4.1.3, the latest version of its time-tracking and billing app, is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$39.99 and can be found in the Business category.

iBiz is a solution for the management of billable hours and invoicing. With it you can bill according to hourly rates, one-time fees, quantities, mileage, or any combination. Version 4.1.3 sports an all-new library of invoice templates .

iBiz Professional, IGG's networkable client/server edition of the software with many additional, admin-level features, remains exclusively available from IGG (http://www.iggsoftware.com). iBiz Pro and iBiz 4 are both available as free trial downloads from IGG's website as well.

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