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Aug 09
New Mac Pros shipping

Apple has begun taking orders for the new Mac Pro announced last month. It has up to 12 processing cores and purportedly up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation.

The new Mac Pro features the latest quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD). At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing speed.

These systems feature an integrated memory controller for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6GHz; and Hyper-Threading to create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can...

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Aug 09
'get' for Final Cut Pro available

AV3 Software (http://www.av3software.com/about_us), a media software developer and electronic download store, and Nexidia, a provider of audio search and speech analytics solutions, has announced the general availability of "get" for Final Cut Pro (FCP).

It's designed to streamline the process of identifying and selecting the right content for any editing project, and improve workflows by saving hours of manual searching, tagging and logging. Priced at US$499, "get" is now available for download. A demo version is available.

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Aug 09
Kulabyte demos HD, iPhone streaming from a laptop

Kulabyte Corp. (http://www.kulabytes.com), which specializes in live high-quality HD video streaming, and its distributor Omega Broadcast Group, will be demonstrating live HD video streaming to web and mobile devices on the show floor at the Texas Association of Broadcasters trade show on Aug. 12 in booth #67.

Kulabyte, provides Live HD Internet streaming products and services to major broadcast networks and sports franchises, the United States Army and many corporate, faith-based and non-profit organizations. The demonstration will include simultaneously encoding a live 720p HD stream as well as an iPhone stream from a laptop on the show floor.

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Aug 09
iPhone exec leaves Apple

Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the iPhone, has left the company following the "antennagate" brouhaha over the iPhone 4 although that's not officially the reason for his departure, reports the "New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/technology/08apple.html?_r=1&ref=business).

Apple confirmed Mr. Papermaster’s departure, but would not say whether he was ousted or left of his own accord, the article adds. Reached on his cellphone by the "Times," Papermaster declined to comment. A person with direct knowledge of the situation, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it, said Papermaster had been pushed out over a series of hardware problems, including some related to the iPod touch, the article adds...

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Aug 09
AV3 ‘get’ for Final Cut Pro available

AV3 Software (http://www.av3software.com/about_us), a media software developer and electronic download store, and Nexidia, a provider of audio search and speech analytics solutions, has announced the general availability of "get" for Final Cut Pro (FCP).

It's designed to streamline the process of identifying and selecting the right content for any editing project, and improve workflows by saving hours of manual searching, tagging and logging. Priced at US$499, "get" is now available for download. A demo version is available.

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Aug 07
At the opening of the world's largest Apple retail store

By Tim Conroy

The world's biggest Apple retail store opened Saturday in Covent Garden, London. Here are some interesting insights into the store.

At one stage the queue started about level with the St in Bow St opposite the entrance to the Royal Opera House on the attached map screen grab. The snap of the T-shirt is rather puzzling unless you see the facade of the building: see attached arches.

I went for breakfast and when I came back the queue had shortened considerably (but not the separate one for those wanting to buy an iPhone 4. Apple must have shipped a mind-boggling number of the smartphones today.

The Apple Store Covent Garden features rooms dedicated to Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPods for customers to experience hands-on. And I managed to get an iPad camera connection kit, which have been scarce as hell!

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Aug 07
AT&T addresses end of iPhone exclusivity in SEC filing

AT&T says in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it doesn't expect to suffer a "material negative impact" from the end of its exclusive arrangements to carry handsets, including its Apple-iPhone deal, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870330970457541367272787893...).

AT&T has had exclusive US rights to carry the Apple smartphone since 2007. "We do not expect any such terminations to have a material negative impact on our wireless segment income, consolidated operating margin or our cash from operations," AT&T said in the filing with regulators on Friday.

Explaining the lack of impact on its business, AT&T said more than 80% of its contract customers...

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Aug 07
Space Dock comes to earth for the iPad

LapWorks has released the US$64.95 iPad Space Dock (http://www.laptopdesk.net/ipad-space-dock.html), a low profile aluminum stand for the Apple tablet. It allows the iPad to position in both portrait and landscape postures.

The Space Dock is cut from a rod of solid aluminum and then brushed for a clean, elegant and stylish finish. The inside channel of the Space Dock is lined with velvet-like material. Its T-shaped support arm features three-position incline settings and it securely screws into the back side of the Space Dock at three pre-drilled positions of incline.

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Aug 07
SMEStorage release Mac Cloud Drive beta 4

UK based multi-cloud data access provider SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has released the fourth beta of a Mac Cloud Drive thath enables up to 10 commercial storage providers to be accessed directly from a virtual drive in Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6.

The drive brings cloud computing directly into the Mac OS with over 10 cloud storage vendors supported, including Amazon S3, Google Docs, Microsoft SkyDrive and RackSpace Cloud Files.

"We have completely re-written huge parts of the drive in this beta to deal with the nuances of Mac Finder," says SME Storage CEO Ian Osborne. "The result is a huge step forward in our goal of having a robust multi-cloud drive for the Mac OSX. The drive now supports the encryption features of our gateway which can overlay any cloud, as well as giving the ability to generate a URL directly from the desktop."

The next beta will continue the hardening of the...

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Aug 07
Toon Boom releases Storyboard Pro 2

Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Storyboard 2, an update of the , a new version that the company says infuses more power and flexibility into the idea creation, development and visualization process.

New feature highlights include:

° Content creation tools: an extended set of tools and tool properties; the creation and reuse of brushes with specific settings; creation of custom brushes using a stroke or a series of strokes; setting of separate colors for Brush, Pencil and Paint tools; selection of strokes based on the current color selection; extended rich text support for captions; and the addition of sketch captions on a panel-by-panel basis.

° Input/output capabilities: Final Draft 8 support; customization of the PDF export on a panel-by-panel basis; improved PDF Export with Analyze functionality; extended export to Final Cut Pro through XML; Final Cut Pro...

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Aug 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 6

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/).

LIFE has announced two new iPad apps: photography book “Wonders of the World” and a Wallpaper app. “Wonders of the World” (US$4.99) features more than 100 photos of some of the most amazing creations in the world, old and new, man-made and natural. LIFE’s Wallpaper app ($1.99), featuring classic LIFE imagery, is the first in a series of themed wallpaper apps from LIFE that will allow users to use iconic photos for their iPad screen background.

Nordersoft has released WordMesh HD 1.0 for the iPad. It's a take on the word game genre, where players separate two words that have been meshed together. The words, which float in 3D space, are manipulated by the player and as they clear each level the words get longer and the puzzles get harder. Starting...

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Aug 06
Chain Reaction comes to the Mac

Jalada has released Chain Reaction, an US$9.99 puzzle game for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Be prepared to enter the exciting world of Chain Reaction and let yourself be mesmerized by this unique arcade puzzle game. Collect the color bubbles on the field by combining them into chains to enter the next level, and create the longest chain ever to get the highest score. Besides a subtle strategy, various rewards will help you to solve a level in a faster way."

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Aug 06
Analyst expects new iPods, MacBook Airs in September

BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman tells clients in a note that he's expecting new iPods and MacBook Airs next month, reports "Barron's" (http://macosg.me/2/o0). He's anticipating new iPod nanos and iPod touches.

Bachman thinks the former will be smaller than its predecessors and will lack a click wheel. He's expecting a touch with a camera.

When it comes to the MacBook Air, he's expecting two models. Bachman doesn't offer too many details but does foresee a price drop.

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Aug 06
PANTONE PLUS Libraries Installer available for download

The PANTONE PLUS Libraries Installer, a utility that allows creatives to access PANTONE PLUS Libraries directly from Adobe Creative Suite design applications, is now available on the Pantone web site.

Users can download the installer free-of-charge at http://www.pantone.com/colors4adobe to integrate all the 566 new PLUS SERIES Colors into Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
 
The Installer includes the following PANTONE PLUS Color Libraries:
 
PANTONE PLUS Solid Coated
PANTONE PLUS Solid Uncoated
PANTONE PLUS COLOR BRIDGE Coated
PANTONE PLUS COLOR BRIDGE Uncoated
PANTONE PLUS PREMIUM METALLICS Coated
PANTONE PLUS PASTELS & NEONS Coated
PANTONE PLUS PASTELS & NEONS Uncoated
PANTONE PLUS CMYK Coated
PANTONE PLUS CMYK Uncoated
 
The PANTONE PLUS Libraries will be differentiated from...

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Aug 06
China Unicorn can sell iPhone with Wi-Fi

China Unicorn will begin selling iPhones with Wi-Fi on Monday, Aug. 9, in China, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macosg.me/2/nu). The wireless provider began selling the Apple smartphone in October, but early models lacked wireless connections due to Chinese regulations.

China Unicom will sell 8GB iPhones with third-generation service and Wi-Fi throughout China starting Monday. The company also sells 16GB and 32GB iPhones without Wi-Fi.

Beijing barred use of Wi-Fi while the government tried to develop a competing Chinese system, dubbed WAPI but regulations issued this year allow Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is seen as important to the success of the iPhone in China because many people want to use the devices to surf the web, but don't want to pay higher data rates for using the mobile network. In the past China has required mobile phones with Wi-Fi also to support WAPI, a "homegrown" security protocol.

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Aug 06
Apple Japan must offer iPod nano replacement battery

Japan's trade ministry has ordered Apple Japan to state on its web site that users who are concerned about their iPod nano portable music player catching fire can receive a replacement battery, reports "Reuters" (http://macosg.me/2/nt).

The ministry ordered Apple to publish an "easy to understand" statement online explaining how users of the devices -- purportedly responsible for four cases of minor burns in Japan -- can receive replacement batteries and obtain advice, a spokesman for the ministry told "Reuters."

Six incidents involving the 2005 model nano catching fire while being charged have been reported to the Ministry of Economy since 2008. And there were purportedly an additional 21 cases involving incidents where the players overheated and emitted smoke since 2005.

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Aug 06
Aimersoft DVD Copy lets you copy and back-up your DVDs

Due to restrictions by Google, this article has been redacted.

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Aug 06
Jumsoft releases 10 new themes for Keynote

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has added to its selection of business templates for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork bundle. Each theme includes 32 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts.

All photo slides feature media placeholders to crop a placed image into a custom shape. The complimentary Bullets folder includes a set of 15 extra bullet designs, which can be used to further customize any of the themes for a specific case.

Jumsoft's themes require iWork '08. Each theme is US$19.

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Aug 06
Info needed on retail management software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at retail management apps for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Aug 06
Interarchy for Mac OS X gets 'bug fix' update

Nolobe has updated Total Interarchy, its file transfer product for Mac OS X (10.4.11 and later), to version 10.0.1. It's a maintenance update.

A demo of Interarchy 10.x is available for download. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license. Version 10.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 10. Users of earlier versions can upgrade to version 10.x for $29.95.

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Aug 06
USB Fever launches new iPhone, iPad, iPod products

USB has launched new products for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The Sync and Charging Controller Adapter for iPhone/iPad/iPod (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1959) is a US$9.99 charging/syncing device.

The $14.99 Golf Bag/Sun Visor Clip Holder for iPhone/iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1964) is a device for mounting your Apple gadget on a golf bag. The Custom-Made RearView Mirror Holder for iPhone 4 (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1965...

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Aug 06
Mirye Software announces Shade X

Mirye Software (http://www.mirye.net) has announced the the Shade X 2010 Early Access Program for users of Shade 10 or higher. Shade X is an early access program that gives Shade users private access to early releases of the next generation of Shade, the professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool set from Mirye Software.

Shade X 2010 is available only to users of Shade 10. Shade X 2010 users will have access to pre-release versions of the next generation of Shade that will be released in English in 2011, as well as a full license of the product. Users of the Shade X Early Access Program will also have access to Shade Unplugged, a special, internal release of Shade, immediately available,  which adds several new features that will be incorporated into to the 2011 official release.

What's more, Shade X 2010 users have access to a private forum and mailing list that includes professional artists...

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Aug 06
AlwaysOnPC releases virtual PC app for idevices

AlwaysOnPC has announced version 1.0 of their Virtual PC app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It boasts more than 40 pre-installed programs including a mobile office suite and Firefox.

AlwaysOnPC purportedly delivers a combination of productivity tools and capabilities that frees users from their desktops. Using Open Office, users can edit, copy and paste between apps, and save most common file types including Word (.doc and .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), and PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and more.

The lack of Flash has been a controversial issue regarding Apple's idevices and a disappointment for some -- until now, say the folks at AlwaysOnPC. Their product delivers an iPad and iPhone Flash Player with Firefox so users can finally browse the whole web on their device. Although it doesn't yet support audio or full motion video (these improvements are purportedly coming soon) customers still enjoy access to their favorite sites like Facebook games, Google Analytics, and...

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Aug 06
Foxit designed to protect against malicious jailbreak PDFs

Foxit Corp. (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/), a provider of solutions for reading, editing, creating, organizing, securing PDF documents and eReader devices, has announced an upcoming security patch for its Foxit Reader. The upcoming Foxit Reader enhances PDF document security that is currently being used to compromise iPhone/iPad devices.

Foxit is taking a proactive measure in securing its 100 million PDF Reader users against the iPhone/iPad jailbreaking application that utilizes malicious PDFs to hack the systems of unsuspecting users, according to , says Alex Alexander, AVP, corporate marketing for Foxit. Hackers are now trying to use these malicious PDF’s to access sensitive data on desktops. Foxit expects the release to occur within the next 10 days.

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Aug 06
Itzabitz is new educational game for the Mac

Virtual Programming has released a Mac OS X version of Sabi Games' ItzaBitza, an education game in which children's drawings come to life and help them develop their reading skills, thanks to a drawing recognition system called Living Ink.

ItzaBitza stars Sketchy, who asks children to draw things that he or she (depending on the gender chosen by the child) puts to good use. For example, Sketchy will grow or shrink to fit into a house. Then Sketchy will ask the player to complete a task to earn a star, such as drawing additional items for Sketchy to use, or finding hidden objects.

Speech bubbles containing simple words also appear. When the child holds the mouse over each word, Sketchy says it, enabling the child to not only identify those words but also understand the concept of reading words from left to right, top to bottom, says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. As children draw objects and point at words, they also develop valuable computer mouse skills.

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