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Aug 31
Oddmakers bet on Apple's special event announcement

Tomorrow Apple will gather the media and take the stage in San Francisco for its latest product announcements. As speculations among Apple aficionados abound, CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for what to expect from tomorrow’s announcement.
 
So what will Apple announce tomorrow? Here's what Bookmaker expects:
 
The release of a revised version of the iPhone 4        +100     50%
A new iPod Nano with a 3cm by 3cm touch screen     +150     40%
Apple TV priced at $99                                                +200     33%
A new iPod touch                                                        +250     28%
 
(The +/- indicates the return on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.)

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Aug 31
OddGroves releases reggae drum loops pack

Inspired by the reggae drummers of the mid-seventies, Swedish music production company OddGrooves (http://www.oddgrooves.com/) has released Reggae Drumming, an US$27 MIDI drum loop pack arranged for several popular drum samplers.

According to OddGrooves' chief drummer Magnus Brandell the goal with the Reggae Pack was to "get into the soul" of the reggae drummers of the 70's. Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and The Wailers served as major sources of inspiration when recording the loops. Reggae Drumming features 247 reggae drum loops, predominantly roots reggae, but also reggae pop such as The Police and loops inspired by Frank Zappa's classic reggae variations. It's recorded in a total of 10 tempos.

All drum loops are played live by a professional session drummer. The grooves aren't quantized All grooves are in song format to make life easier for composers and producers on a time schedule, Brandell...

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Aug 31
FirmTek ships eSATA controller with Mac support

FirmTek (http://www.firmtek.com) has announced the SeriTek/e6G 2-Port eSATA 6G host adapter is shipping. Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) 64-bit and 32-bit modes are supported along with Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.4.11, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.

This new PCI-Express 2.0, one-lane (1x), 6G, eSATA controller is designed to expand the external storage options available for the Mac Pro, late 2005 PowerMac G5 and Windows PC's with an available PCI-Express expansion slot. The ultra small, high quality, 2-port, 6G, eSATA FirmTek SeriTek/e6G can provide 255MB/s average read performance with a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE Solid State Drive or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to ten hard disks, says Chi Kim Stanford vice president of Business Development.

The SeriTek/e6G can be used without installing a driver with Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x systems. However, if the FirmTek driver is...

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Aug 31
EastWest announces EastWest trial program

EastWest, which specializes in virtual software instruments, has announced the EastWest, the company's entire collection on a terabyte hard drive with free 10-day trial versions of all products.

The EastWest includes 10-day trial licenses of all EastWest/Quantum Leap products except Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus (Platinum 24-bit samples are included), including their latest releases Hollywood Strings and The Dark Side. The trials are complete versions and include all instruments and samples, but with 10-day time limited licenses. Each 10-day license starts upon activation of the individual collection. Full licenses of any product can then be purchased from http://www.soundsonline.com or http://www.soundsonline-europe.com for permanent use.

The EastWest is supplied on a Western Digital Caviar...

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Aug 31
Apress publishes book on iPhone, Mac programming

Apress's latest book "Objective-C for Absolute Beginners: iPhone and Mac Programming Made Easy," (http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430228326) is written for those who have never programmed before. Author Gary Bennett shares his formula for success in four tips for brand-new programmers:

° Learning to program is an interactive process. Code, code, and keeping coding. The more you code, the better you'll get. Like learning to play an instrument, you have to practice.

° Be patient with yourself. You are going to have to spend time coding. Your program doesn't care if you are having a bad day or how many times you ask it to perform a task. Your program will do whatever you tell it to do. Often, what you think you've told your program to do and what it actually does are two different things.

° You will really learn when you debug your programs. Spending time...

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Aug 31
Zulu is new iCal server for FileMaker

SeedCode has released an iCal server for FileMaker, Zulu (http://www.seedcode.com/zulu), a collaboration with the developers at 360Works. Zulu is a server-side plugin for FileMaker Server that lets iCal see your FileMaker data as iCal calendars.

You can edit your records in iCal and from the calendars on your iPhone and iPad. When you do, you're editing the FileMaker records directly. iCal will even respect FileMaker's record locking if someone else is editing the record when you try to do the same.

You can show your FileMaker data as another calendar in iCal. Zulu filters allow you to publish just part of a FileMaker table or publish a single table as more than one calendar. Zulu respects FileMaker access privileges and record locking. You can optionally run post-edit and pre-delete scripts in FileMaker when changing records in iCal.

Changes made in iCal, iPhone, or iPad are...

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Aug 31
REAL Software announces REAL Studio Web Edition

REAL Software -- creator of REAL Studio, a cross-platform software development tool for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux -- has announced a new platform for their development tool, the web, which will be available in REAL Studio Web Edition.

Traditional web development requires developers to learn multiple languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP and Java. REAL Studio Web Edition, that includes patent pending technology, provides a visual drag and drop interface builder that saves hours of development time when compared to hand-coding HTML and CSS, according to Geoff Perlman, REAL Software Founder and CEO. Developers will only need to learn a single high-level, object-oriented language which is tightly integrated with the REAL Studio web framework, he adds.

Perlman says benefits of using REAL Studio Web Edition to develop web applications include:

° A low learning curve compared to learning multiple complicated languages;

° Speed of development...

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Aug 31
Jumsoft adds 10 Keynote themes to Its free Goodies Bundle

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its selection of free products for Apple's iWork with 10 new Keynote themes. The popular Goodies collection of exciting design templates, themes, images, and 3D objects is available for download for free.

The themes contain up to 20 master slides, which include a mix of bulleted text and photo-oriented layouts. The 10 Keynote themes included in the Goodies feature IT-related images, nature motifs, various patterns, and other design elements.

Users can view and download the free Keynote Themes as well as other Goodies on Jumsoft's web site. The themes require Mac OS X with Keynote 4.0 or later installed.

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Aug 31
Canon announces two new camcorders

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the new Canon XF105 and XF100 professional camcorders for mobile HD video capture in a compact form factor.

Canon’s smallest professional camcorders, the new XF105 and XF100 utilize the same Canon XF Codec featured in the Canon XF305 and XF300, introduced earlier this year. The Canon XF Codec is an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec used for high-definition image quality and full non-linear editing (NLE) systems.

These camcorders include in-camera features enabling the set-up and capture of high-definition 3-D video when two XF105 or XF100 camcorders are paired, as well as Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature enabling the capture of HD video in complete darkness. Both models record to Compact Flash (CF) cards and feature hot-swappable card slots.

Differentiating the two models are HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out)...

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Aug 31
Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 3 font auto-activation plug-...

Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) has announced new font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 for Suitcase Fusion 3. The plug-ins automatically activate the exact fonts required for each file using the patented Font Sense technology to create a unique fingerprint for each font.

The new plug-ins are available for the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager on both Mac and Windows systems. The full list of auto-activation plug-ins now includes: Adobe InDesign CS5, CS4 and CS3; Illustrator CS5, CS4 and CS3; Photoshop CS5 and CS4 (32 and 64-bit versions); and QuarkXPress 8 and 7.

Existing Suitcase Fusion 3 users may obtain the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3. All new purchases will automatically include the new plug-ins.
Pricing and Availability

Suitcase Fusion 3 is available immediately at a suggested retail price of US$99.95. Upgrades...

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Aug 31
NetGear announces new home networking solutions

NetGear has announced the Powerline AV 500 family. The company also announced the NetGear Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit, which it says is the industry's first powerline + wireless-N access point solution with automatic wireless set-up.

NetGear Powerline AV solutions let consumers set up a home network. With such a set-up, consumers can simultaneously enjoy HD video streams on multiple TVs and computers and makeVoice over IP (VOIP) phone calls using the electrical wiring and outlets already in their homes as the conduit to the Internet. NetGear powerline technology also gives consumers a way to create a Ethernet LAN connection using any ordinary electrical outlet.

NetGear Powerline AV 500 products are all HomePlug AV certified. Designed for compatibility with the draft IEEE P1901 global standard for high-speed powerline communications, users can enjoy data rates of up to 500Mbps. In addition, all AV 500 products come with a Gigabit Ethernet connection,...

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Aug 31
MacHighway launches MacName

MacHighway (http://www.machighway.com), a leader in Mac-centric web hosting, has launched a new service, MacName (http://www.macname.com).

It provides domain name registration along with a way to connect and use your domain name with services such as MobileMe, Google Apps, Wix, Blogger, SmugMug and Squarespace. MacName also allows you unlimited "you@yourdomain.com" email forwarding addresses for an

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Aug 31
Dragon Age: Origins expansion pack coming to the Mac

TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening for the Mac. It's an expansion pack for the dark fantasy series game from BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts,and is available now for all Mac gamers through TransGaming’s digital download Mac games portal, GameTreeOnline.com.

Set after the events of Dragon Age: Origins in the land of Amaranthine, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening places the player in the role of a Grey Warden trying to rebuild the order while also dealing with political matters as the Arl of Amaranthine. As the Warden Commander, the player travels to Vigil's Keep to assume command of the Grey Wardens there. Throughout the game, the player journeys to several locations and recruits party members of whom may undergo the Joining ritual to become Grey Wardens.

Dragon Age: Origins --Awakening is available now at...

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Aug 31
Attachments Menu organizes Apple Mail attachments in the menubar

Yazsoft has announced Attachments Menu 1.0 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/attachments-menu/) for Mac OS X. It's an US$10 utility that lives in the Mac OS X menu bar to provide access to all attachments located in Apple Mail.

All attachments are categorized; you can even refer to the actual email that contains a specific attachment at a click of a button. Attachments menu is also customizable to suit your work preferences.

Also, Attachments Menu is included for free with every purchase of ShareTool and/or Playback, two other Yazsoft products. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later.

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Aug 31
Survey: what does your phone say about you?

Android users are manly-scented, pork-eating, news-reading, bird lovers, while iPhone users are feminine-smelling, chicken-eating, entertainment-reading fish owners. Well, that’s according to data released today by Coupons.com Incorporated that highlights differences between the coupons selected by iPhone users and Android users.

The data was pulled by analyzing coupon usage via the company’s Grocery iQ shopping list application, for the period Jan 1 to July 31, 2010. Grocery iQ is the a shopping list application for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android that allows users to create, organize and manage shopping lists.

The top coupon in the Body Wash category among iPhone users was for women’s body wash, which was eight times more popular than the same coupon among Android users. Men’s body wash topped the list among Android users.

Chicken was the most popular item in the Dinner Meats category among iPhone users, while pork ribs were most popular among...

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Aug 31
AutoDesk announces AutoCAD for Mac and iPhone/iPad app

Autodesk has announced an upcoming version of AutoCAD, software for professional design and engineering, that runs natively on Mac OS X (10.5.8 or later). The company also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.

“The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design. Over 5000 customers have helped develop this product through our beta program and they are delighted to have the choice of a native Mac version of AutoCAD,” says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “The combination of this new version of AutoCAD and the extension of AutoCAD to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is a big step in Autodesk’s efforts to accelerate design and make design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people so...

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Aug 31
Firetask brings project-oriented GTD task management to the Mac

Independent developer Gerald Aquila and designer Wolfgang Bartelme have released Firetask for Mac, their new GTD-based task management application for Mac OS X. The new desktop version complements its mobile counterpart Firetask for the iPhone and iPod touch and is geared towards professionals, creatives and managers who need to enter, manage and delegate up to a hundred or more tasks every day.

As such, it's heavily optimized for keyboard control while providing a clear and visually attractive overview of all relevant tasks across different project task lists. Like its mobile counterpart, Firetask for the Mac combines concepts from David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach with practical elements of classical task management such as due dates and priorities.

Firetask sports a "Today" screen showing both upcoming due tasks and relevant next tasks in a single view as well as its "Waiting For" list for keeping track of delegated tasks. Firetask explicitly...

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Aug 31
Apple devices lead Android in BBC streaming

A Freedom of Information request to the BBC has revealed that streaming to Apple's mobile devices is currently significantly more popular than iPlayer on Google Android devices, reports "Macworld UK" (http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipod-itunes/news/?newsid=3237438).

Ben Griffiths of the WhatDoTheyKnow web site made the request earlier this year, with the BBC providing figures for July in response, the article adds. The data covered both streaming to Apple iOS devices -- iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- and Android 2.2 smartphones using flash 10.1 technology.

The BBC responded that in July 2010 there were 5,272,464 programs requested via the BBC iPlayer from the iPhone, iPod Ttouch and iPad devices. During the same time period, 1,026 hours of programming were streamed from the BBC iPlayer to Android devices.

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Aug 31
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.55

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.55, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for the Canon LIDE 110 and LIDE 2010 scanners.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Aug 31
TaskCard for Mac OS X gets new background app

The Alchemist Guild has released the latest version (1.3) of TaskCard (http://www.taskcardosx.com), a task management application for Mac OS X. There's a new "TaskCardHelper" background application that notifies of overdue tasks even if TaskCard isn't open (see the manual for more information).

Also, cards can now have a background or title image. To add an image to the title drag and drop a file on the title text or choose the Card menus "Add Title Image..." item. If you wish to add a background image use the Card menus "Add Card menus "Add Background Image..." item. To clear the image choose the "Clear Image" item.

TaskCard offers a way to organize your thoughts and tasks into to-do lists. Like sticky notes on the desk, TaskCards can be posted and organized in different sizes and colors around your desktop to help you remember important things or keep lists for projects. TaskCard is also a...

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Aug 31
Basilisk Games ends PowerPC support

Basilisk Games, developer of the Eschalon old school RPG series, has announced the end of support for PowerPC Macs., according to "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).

Version 1.05 of Book I, and version 1.04 of Book II will be the last Universal Binary releases of the games. The change will mean that PPC users will not have access to the upcoming free Eschalon: Book II expansion.

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Aug 31
Cheap mobile phones aren't the whole story in emerging...

In depth interviews with low-income first-time mobile phone owners in Manila show that basic no-frills phones will meet the needs of some emerging market consumers, but others want more features -- and will pay for them, according to the Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) research firm

“Voices of the Next Billion: Mobile Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” a new report from the Strategy Analytics Emerging Markets Communications Strategies service (EMCS), introduces a set of consumers for whom the ultra low cost handset (ULCH) is not necessarily the only viable offering, despite limited spending power. With household incomes of $ 200 a month or less, these consumers fall well below the median for metropolitan Manila.

“They obviously do not have a lot of money to spare,” notes Tom Elliott, dDirector of EMCS and author of the study. “But if they want an...

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Aug 31
MacLogger DX updated to version 5.29

Dog Park Software (http://www.dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html) has updated MacLogger DX, ham radio logging software, to version 5.29. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

MacLoggerDX logs into your favorite Telnet DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the station on the real time grey line 2D and 3D Maps with distance and bearing from your station and real-time propagation by band. If you decide to work the station, MacLoggerDX is ready to instantly add the QSO and your Radio's VFO information to your log and can swing your beam around to work the station Direct or Long Path. MacLoggerDX supports ADIF Import/Export and is fully compatible with eQSL.cc and the ARRL LOTW.

MacLoggerDX 5.29 works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. A single user license is US$95, though version 5.29...

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Aug 30
Apple sued for patent infringement regarding iAds

Another day, another lawsuit. StreetSpace, a company headquartered in Malaysia, is suing several companies, including Apple, for infringing a patent related to location-based ads such as Apple's iAds, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

StreetSpace makes a remote Internet terminal known as the Web Station. The lawsuit -- filed last week in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California -- alleges that iAds is in violation of StreetSpace patent 6,847,969 because it delivers personalized advertisements based on a user's location, profile and usage history. The delivery of ads on the iPhone, iPod touch and (eventually) the iPad is infringing on the '969 patent owned by StreetSpace, the company claims.

The StreetSpace patent -- published in 2005 -- is for: "A method and system for providing, personalized and integrated online services for communications and...

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Aug 30
Apple cuts Nvidia rating, foreseeing more Apple distancing

Standard & Poor’s analyst Clyde Montevirgen has cut his rating on Nvidia to Strong Sell from Hold, while keeping his $9 price target on the stock, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/08/30/nvidia-sp-downgrades...).

“Considering our concern about weakening consumer PC demand and anticipated market share loss as Apple shifts vendors, we are more confident in our forecast for sub-industry growth over the next few quarters, and believe the shares will under perform,” he writes in a research note to clients. "“Although its Tegra line provides growth opportunities, we are cautious of sales following customers’ initial product ramps. Meanwhile, the share price implies a forward P/E multiple that is currently...

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