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Sep 08
Sketch is new vector drawing app for Mac OS X

Bohemian Coding has introduced Sketch 1.0 (http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch), a vector drawing application for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls.

Tools and modifiers are accessed as needed from drop-down graphical menus, and help/control dialogues open and close automatically. Sketch offers vector drawing and text tools and can be used in conjunction with the company's bit-mapped graphics editor, DrawIt for Mac OS X, as well as the portable SketchPad app for iPad.

In addition to a wide of object creation tools, Sketch features a host of object modification tools. These include: precise Boolean operations, join & split, decorate, transform, scissors, rotate, smart rotate, stroke width, patch, blob, eraser, distort, and mirror...

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Sep 08
QNAP refreshes Business Series Turbo NAS line-up

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the fall 2010 refresh of its Business Series Turbo NAS servers for SMB and corporate users.

New are the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage (using 2TB hard drives). The new Business Series Turbo NAS Pro+ models incorporate new dual-core Intel Atom processor D525 with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB RAM, which can achieve up to 116MB/second transfer rates (FTP/Samba reads).

Turbo NAS Pro+ series comes with the new version 3.3 of the QNAP NAS management software embedded as firmware. Contact QNAP for pricing options.

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Sep 08
Raidon releases HyBrid RunneR iH2420

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com) has launched its first generation of HyBrid RunneR, iR2420 internal storage devices. It utilizes the speed performance of SSD and large capacity of HDD. It's based on RAID technology.

According to the folks at Raidon, the HyBrid RunnR provides optimum data access rate, while obtaining cost-effective capacity of HDD for instant backup or backup scheduling to secure the valuable data from the possibilities of SSD failures. What's rmore, the remaining capacity other than the reserved SSD backup sectors from HDD will also be partitioned into an individual volume to provide an additional storage space.
 
SSD can be individually taken out as a portable storage on field, and upon return insert the original SSD back into the iH2420, which will automatically backup the existing data from SSD to HDD. If in the event that SSD is damaged, you can replace it with a new SSD and...

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Sep 08
Stellar launches Stellar Drive ToolBox for Mac

Stellar Information Systems Limited has released Stellar Drive ToolBox (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/), an utility to optimize the performance of your Mac's hard drive. It's an "all in one," pre-crash hardware maintenance utility that optimizes, protects, manages, repairs, and sanitizes your Mac hard drive volumes.
 
The Software is a combination of 13 hard drive maintenance and management tools. The modules include Surface Scan, Drive Initialization, Benchmark, Drive Performance, Volume Repair, Crap Remover, Drive Stats, Free Space Optimizer, Manage Volume, Stellar Shield Raw Data Editor, Wipe and Drive Clone
 
Stellar Drive ToolBox is available in both the CD and Download versions for single home user, Administrators, and Technicians. The single home user edition is available for US$99.

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Sep 08
Matias releases iRizer stand for iPad

Matias has released the iRizer for iPad (http://matias.ca/irizer), an US$39.95, ultra-slim stand that's adjustable to viewing angles from 20 to 70 degrees. And it packs flat so it's portable.

"One thing we're especially happy about is the material used to make this iRizer model," Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias, says. "It's a special organic composite, that's 45% plant fiber. This significantly reduces the environmental impact of making the stand. We're really excited about this new material, and hope to use it in more products in the future."

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Sep 08
Details, speakers, topics announced for 2010 MacTech Conference

More details -- including the speaker list and topics -- are now available for the 2010 MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference), which will be held Nov. 3-5, 2010, in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City.

The MacTech Conference will have two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels of attention paid to the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod. You can check out the speaker and topic list
(http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions) for specific sessions. The conference will kick off on with a keynote by Andy Ihnatko at 10 am on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

"We're thrilled to welcome Andy as our keynote speaker," Neil Ticktin,
editor-in-...

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Sep 07
Enfocus announces PitStop Workgroup Manager

Enfocus (http://www.enfocus.com/contentpage.php?id=794) has announced PitStop Workgroup Manager, an efficiency tool developed to simplify the use of Enfocus PitStop Pro in multi-user, collaborative working environments.
 
PitStop Pro is designed to operate as a standalone desktop application, but in practice it is frequently used in workgroups, where people need to collaborate. This means different team members wish to share Preflight Profiles, Action Lists, Workspaces, etc., while the team manager needs to control the settings that are used. Although you can export the PitStop Pro Action Lists and Preflight Profiles for import by other users, there's been no way to manage this across a workgroup from a single central point and make sure that everybody uses only the latest settings.
 
PitStop Workgroup Manager solves this issue. To be released at...

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Sep 07
GameIntro Xcode project template for iPhone released

Michael Amorose has released GameIntro, an iPhone application template project for Xcode 3.2. It provides a starting point project for creating view-based iPhone game apps in Xcode.

GameIntro includes an application template that provides code and resources for displaying two company splash screens for iPhone games on startup, and an application icon. It's free and can be downloaded from the author’s web site (http://www.michael-amorose.com/software/cocoa_classes/index.htm).

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Sep 07
Studiometry for Mac OS X updated to version 8

Oranged Software (http://www.oranged.net/) has released Studiometry 8, an update to the Mac OS X compatible software for companies to organize, plan, invoice, track and create with client and project data. The new version adds new icons, Blueprints for creating commonly used work items, a new calendar and more.

Studiometry 8 is available for US$199.95 for new licenses, and upgrades from Studiometry 7.x start at $59.95. Multi-User packs and bundles with our other apps are also available.

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Sep 07
Apple releases iWeb 3.0.2

Apple has released iWeb 3.0.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1104). According to Apple, this update refines comment and search support for blogs and podcasts published to MobileMe.

It also resolves some issues related to publishing sites to MobileMe. It's a 177.14MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later. You can obtain iWeb 3.0.2 via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 07
HyperDrive is new hard drive for the iPad

The Hypershop has released a HyperDrive hard drive (http://www.hypershop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=IPHD%2D000) designed specifically for the iPad. It's an USB hard drive that can purportedly carry up to 750GB of HD 720p video and photos.

The HyperDrive can also be used to back up and view view memory cards without computers or external power. With it you can perform file and folder operations like copy, cut, paste, delete, rename, create new folder, sort file directory by name/date/type, format hard drive, erase card etc.

The HyperDrive lets you selectively copy single or multiple files/folders between memory card and internal hard drive. Pricing ranges from US$299 for a 120GB model to $399 for a 250GB version.

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Sep 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 7

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

Neon Play has announced Hotshot Pool 1.0, an US$0.99 billiard arcade game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Hotshot Pool features 100 levels of arcade action with girls on a pool table, with five stages/girls to unlock: Cindy, Angel, Tiffany, Brandy and Mercedes. The achievement system has over 35 tasks for the players to unlock, and on each level, you can earn up to three golden stars by completing the level in the least amount of shots.

Redbot Software has released ABC Letters Tracing 1.3.0, an update to their $1.99 educational app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app helps parents teach their children the alphabet, based on popular letter writing and tracing activity books used in schools. The child uses their finger to trace each letter on the...

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Sep 07
Analyst raises his forecast for iPhone activations by AT&T

UBS telecom analyst John Hodulik has raised his forecast for September quarter Apple (AAPL) iPhone activations at AT&T to 4.5 million from 2.5 million, which would be up from the 3.2 million activated in the June quarter, as reported by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/07/apple-ubs-bumps-up-outlook-for-sept-qtr-att-activations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+barrons/techtraderdaily/feed+(BARRONS.com+Blog:+Tech+Trader+Daily).

In response, Hodulik trimmed his third quarter EPS [earnings per share] estimate for AT&T to 55 cents, from 60 cents, to reflect the resultant pressure on the company’s margins. For all of 2010, he goes to $2.30, from $2.40; for 2011, he now sees $2.45, down from $2.55, notes "Barron's."

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Sep 07
Nike unveils Nike+ GPS app

Building upon its growing array of digital training tools for athletes, Nike has announced the availability of its US$1.99 Nike+ GPS App on the Apple App Store. The app is engineered to operate between GPS and an accelerometer for an accurate, motivating and entertaining runner’s tool, according to Stefan Olander, vice president, Nike Digital Sport.
The new Nike+ GPS App allows runners to use their iPhone to visually map every run while tracking pace, distance, time and calories-burned as well as stay motivated with instant feedback during and after each run from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, and comedian Tracy Morgan, he adds. The app also connects runners around the world or just down the street through http://www.nikeplus.com, the largest running community in the world with more than 3 million members.

From indoor to outdoor, track to treadmill, this new app combines the power...

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Sep 07
Gertrudis Graphics releases GMX-PhotoPainter for Mac OS X.

Gertrudis Graphics has released GMX-PhotoPainter (http://www.gertrudisgraphics.com/), an US$59 standalone Mac and Windows program that transforms an image (generally a photo) into an original artwork. With it, artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting from another program or imaging application.

GMX-PhotoPainter first performs a topological analysis of the image's content and builds a matrix of flow direction vectors. Users can then paint a few quick strokes across the desired features of their image. GMX-PhotoPainter uses this information to generate something that looks more like hand-drawn masterpieces, according to the folks at Gertrudis Graphics.

While one of the main goals of GMX-PhotoPainter is enabling users to create their own styles, there are a number of standard, "ready to use" styles which...

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Sep 07
Thursby Software releases ADmitMac PKI 3

Thursby Software Systems has released ADmitMac PKI 3, its third generation Mac-Windows integration software. It enhances security, increases efficiency, reduces identity fraud and protects personal privacy for government and enterprise clients integrating Apple Macs into their enterprise PC worlds using CAC and PIV smart card security, according to the folks at Thursby.

ADmitMac PKI now supports Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), as well as Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") operating systems. It also adds formal support from Thursby for all of the U.S. Government CAC Next Generation cards, including Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K and Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual. ADmitMac PKI continues to include all of Thursby's additional networking software from both DAVE and ADmitMac technologies including full OCSP, Microsoft DFS and single sign on over VPN support.

Thursby's software is engineered and supported by Mac-Windows specialists from Arlington, Texas. Their client-based solutions allow...

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Sep 07
Wordwide converged mobile device market projections raised 10%

The worldwide market for converged mobile devices (also commonly referred to as smartphones) is expected to grow 55.4% this year compared to 2009 amid greater-than-expected demand for the do-it-all devices. This is 10% higher than the previous forecast from the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker."

IDC now expects mobile phone vendors to ship 269.6 million converged mobile devices this year compared to the 173.5 million units shipped in 2009. The increased market forecast for smartphones comes amid the launch of several new models, such as the BlackBerry Torch, EVO 4G, and the iPhone 4, in recent months.

"The smartphone is the catalyst behind the rebound in the worldwide mobile phone market this year," says Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Additional product introductions and an expected...

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Sep 07
LanSchool update brings Windows parity to Mac version

LanSchool Technologies, a provider of classroom management software, has updated the software for it teacher console for its classroom management software, to version 7.5. The upgrade brings the Mac version to feature parity with the Windows version, adds audio listening and broadcast for language labs, introduces efficient Multicast video distribution and playback and adds real-time keystroke alerting on banned words to help teachers control cyber-bullying in the classroom.

LanSchool 7.5 also sports a new wireless protocol increases performance and reliability. And the new version adds iPad, iPod, iPhone teacher and student support.

The LanSchool Mac teacher console runs on Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. It has the same basic layout and features of the Windows teacher console, but looks and feels like a Mac program. From the console teachers can teach, monitor and assess students running on Macs, PC and thin clients.

LanSchool 7.5 is a free upgrade for...

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Sep 07
Mobile World Congress to adds MacWorld Mobile

The world's biggest mobile fair will host its first event for Apple developers next year "in a sign of Apple's huge influence over the industry, even though the company itself has never participated in the show," says "Reuters" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100907/tc_nm/us_apple_mwc_developers;_ylt=A...).

Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona, Spain, will add MacWorld Mobile to its new slate of events focused on developers. The event is scheduled...

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Sep 07
CalDigit AV Drive now shipping

The CalDigit AV Drive (http://www.caldigit.com) is now shipping. It's CalDigit’s first single drive solution, and it has been completely optimized for audio and video. 

The CalDigit AV Drive is also the first USB 3.0 drive for the Mac -- though the the Mac doesn't support USB 3.0. The dual interface drive also supports FireWire 800, which has been optimized and runs up to 30% faster than other FireWire 800 drives.

FireWire 800 will allow you to connect to your current computer. Then when you get the CalDigit SuperSpeed PCI Express Card or a USB 3.0 equipped computer, you will be ready to start using the CalDigit AV Drive at the fastest possible speeds, according to the folks at CalDigit.

The 1TB CalDigit AV Drive starts at US$199 and the CalDigit SuperSpeed PCI Express Card is $59. A 2TB version of the CalDigit AV Drive is also available.

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Sep 07
Anokimobi launches ecoskin iPhone 4 cover

Anokimobi has launched the iPhone 4 ecoskin (http://www.e-pouch.co.uk/ecoskin), a cover produced in the UK from recycled high grade plastic and impregnated with silver ions to reduce bacteria levels on mobile phones.

According to Tom Tranter, director of Anokimobi, the ecoskin features the same Biomaster antibacterial protection technology used in hospitals after a recent "Which Magazine" report highlighted the potential for mobile phones to carry high levels of bugs. What's more, its packaging is made of recycled materials.

The econskin lets you charge the iPhone 4 while in the case. It's available in pink, black and clear flavors for approximately US$25.

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Sep 07
iCarpus coming for devices like the iPhone, iPod touch

Visual Factor has announced the iCarpus (http://www.icarpus.com/), an accessory for hands-free viewing of portable devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Its grip enables horizontal and vertical positioning without adjustments.

The spring-clamp design and non-slip edges provide superior protection and surface grip, according to the folks at Visual Factor. The iCarpus also functions as a headphone caddy.

You can position it in portrait or landscape orientation with no assembly, adjustment or aid of other objects. The iCarpus will arrive this fall for US$12.99.

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Sep 07
Final Effects Complete 6 supports Adobe CS5

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says Final Effects Complete 6 AE (FEC 6 AE) is now available. FEC 6 AE brings over 110 designer effects and transitions to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features support for native After Effects lights, on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow, audio-driven keyframe generation, and a new Compare Mode feature to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side or live split-screen view. Each Final Effects Complete filter has been re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems.

Final Effects Complete 6 AE is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$895. Owners of previous versions of FEC AE may upgrade for $295.

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Sep 07
Apple zaps spam on its Ping music network

Apple has tweaked its new Ping social network for iTunes over the Labor Day weekend, cleaning out spams and scams that had appeared shortly after it launched last week, notes the "San Jose Business Journal" (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/09/06/daily6.html?su...).

There are also new "back" and "forward" buttons added now to make Ping easier to navigate. On Friday Apple announced that in less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users have joined Ping, its new social network for music which lets users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of...

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Sep 07
Intuit updates QuickBooks for the Mac

Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) has announced QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac. The latest version of the financial software will be available Sept. 28 at a suggested retail price of US$229.95 for a single user license.

QuickBooks 2011 for Mac also features new reports and tools to help users track job-related mileage so they can claim the tax write-offs they deserve. Users can also customize reports and forms to reflect their brands and to show the exact data they need to show, says Dan Wernikoff, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division.

He adds that tTwo new features ensure that QuickBooks 2011 for Mac can grow as a small business expands:

° Multi-User Access allows up to five employees to simultaneously view and edit QuickBooks data files.

° User Permissions lets small businesses determine who can work in up to eight accounting activity areas....

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