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Aug 27
ActionSoft releases Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has released Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (http://www.actionsoft.com/games/midnightmansion2/), a US25 game for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a classic 2D platformer based on the highly successful Midnight Mansion. Reminiscent of games such as Dark Castle and...

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Aug 27
Smart Trash for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.6

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has updated Smart Trash, which enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash, to version 1.1.6. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes.

Smart Trash enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash by adding several menu options including selective file deletion, extensive logging, the ability to empty the trash on specific volumes, and more.

Smart Trash is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard"). Smart Trash costs US$10, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.

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Aug 26
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor 5, RSMB 4 Sparks

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says new versions of their Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur plug-ins for Autodesk Advanced Systems (Smoke, Flare, Flint, Flame, Inferno, and Burn), including Smoke on Mac, are now available.

Twixtor enables you to speed up or slow down your image sequences. It synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence, employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.

ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB. All versions of Smoke, Flint, Flame, Inferno, Flare and Burn on Linux 64-bit and Mac OS X 10.6 are supported.

A ReelSmart Motion Blur v4 Sparks node-locked license is US$189.95, and a floating license is $284.93. A Twixtor v5 Sparks node-locked...

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Aug 26
'YML' looks at Apple's upcoming special event

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at Apple's upcoming special event and more.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Aug 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 26

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/).

Netflix is now offering its free Netflix App for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing Netflix members on plans starting at US$8.99 a month to instantly watch a vast selection of TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch at no additional cost.

Hairy Monster Studios has announced Save Betsy 1.0, an US$0.99 game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's best described as Doodle Jump for meat lovers. The game challenges players to help Betsy the cow escape from the Vegan Meat Co. by jumping up on stationary, moving and breakable platforms that become harder and harder to navigate as the player gets higher. Save Betsy has built in Facebook integration so you can brag about your scores along with local and global leader boards.

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Aug 26
Abilene Christian University expanding its use of iOS devices

With a fall 2010 freshman class of digital natives and a campus fully saturated with iOS devices, Abilene Christian University’s (http://www.acu.edu) mobile-learning initiative, Connected, enters its third year with dozens of real-world projects designed to find new ways to learn, work and collaborate in the digital age.

ACU’s mobile-learning initiative -- based on Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- has attracted partners including Cambridge University Press, Alcatel Lucent, Inkling, McGraw-Hill and GetYa Learn On. ACU’s 5,000-student/faculty campus is the test-bed for the partner projects. Scott Perkins, Ph.D., coordinator of research for ACU's mobile-learning initiative, says that over two years of empirical investigations of the impact of mobile learning on student outcomes at ACU have shown that:

° Faculty and students are consistently positive about the overall impact and potential of the program....

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Aug 26
Qualcomm looking for an 'iPhone developer guru'

Qualcomm, which has long been rumored to supply a CDMA chipset to Apple for a Verizon-compatible iPhone, is looking to hire an "iPhone Developer Guru" for a "secret" project, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

A Qualcomm job listing (http://macosg.me/2/sb) for an "iPhone developer guru" has this to say: "The iPhone has no secret for you? Well, that's what you think... join us and develop the most challenging product of your life! ou are driven by a very strict development discipline, well versed in Agile, and your passion is to bring product in the hands of consumers. You have been exposed to application or game development on mobile for years and you have developed deployed apps on the iPhone. Join us now: we are small fast moving team working in a lab 24hrs/day."

Responsibilities are: "iPhone software...

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Aug 26
Laplink releases PC to Mac transfer, syncing tool

Laplink Software (http://www.laplink.com) has released Switch & Sync, a tool for moving from a PC to a Mac. It allows you to move files to a Mac or synchronize folders between a PC and a Mac.

Switch & Sync copies all selected files and folders from a PC to a Mac, even automatically converting email, contacts and calendars from their PC format for use on a Mac with programs such as Apple Mail and Entourage. The Outlook conversion feature is compatible with Outlook 2000 or later, Windows Mail and Outlook Express 6 or later.

Switch & Sync automatically copyies all of the files and folders the user selects -- including documents, music and pictures -- from a PC to a Mac. It can then be used to keep all of the files and folders up-to-date between the PC and Mac with automated synchronization and Laplink's patented SpeedSync technology. This allows users to enjoy the benefits of each machine and...

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Aug 26
macProVideo.com releases Reason 5, Record 1.5 tutorials

Online tutorial vendor MacProVideo (http://www.macProVideo.com) has released two new Propellerhead Reason 5 tutorials covering the Kong Drum machine and Record 1.5.

The first title is a 2.5-hour tutorial called "Kong: King of Drums." Comprised of 54 separate videos, this tutorial provides an exploration of Kong's beat-making features, including using samples, physical modeling, and synthesis to create drum sounds. This title is produced by Mo Volans, a veteran technical author and Reason user.

The second title is called "Core Propellerhead Record." Produced by G.W. Childs IV, this 2.5-hour tutorial contains 40 separate videos that provide insight into the inner workings of the Record software. Record has unlimited tracks, a mixer modeled after the SSL 9000K with FX, EQ and dynamics processing on every track. From basic set-up techniques to audio time stretching and the new Blocks feature,...

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Aug 26
IK Multimedia, Sonic Reality ship DrummerTracks for AmpliTube

IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have introduced DrummerTracks, a new series of style-based full-length drum backing tracks performed by top studio drummers.  

Unlike loops, DrummerTracks are full song drum tracks and designed for use as play-along tracks for the AmpliTube range of software and mobile apps. DrummerTracks offer guitarists, bassists and other musicians a way to play along with drum grooves.

A variety of styles ranging from Classic Rock to Progressive Rock to Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Country and more are available. You can import DrummerTracks into the AmpliTube SpeedTrainer section in the standalone versions for Macs and Windows systems. You can load them into the songs or recorder sections of AmpliTube for iPhones, iPods and iPads. Or you canr import them to a track in your preferred DAW sequencer/

DrummerTracks titles are available for $29.99 each. Registered users of AmpliTube for Mac/PC and AmpliTube Mobile products (currently AmpliTube for...

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Aug 26
Just Mobile releases AluPen for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Just Mobile (http://www.just-mobile.com) has released the US$19.95 AluPen, a chunky pencil-shaped stylus designed to offer precise control over your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It's sculpted from aluminum with a soft rubber nib.

The AluPen is compatible with all capacitive touchscreens. According to the folks at Just Mobile it works with all iPad and iPhone apps.

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Aug 26
Get Backup for Mac OS X adds disk cloning capability

BeLight Software has released Get Backup 2.4 (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/getbackup/overview.php) for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds disk cloning capability, including bootable backups.

The folks at BeLight say that Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) should be used as the highest level of protection, while AES-128 is a good alternative when faster encryption is required and lower security level is acceptable. Blowfish encryption is thought to be a happy medium by providing sufficient security and a quick encryption process.

The update is free for all Get Backup users. For new users the cost is US$39.95. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 26
Analyst: investors should sell Apple options

Investors should sell Apple options because “the best technology company on the planet” may gain from more iPhone sales outside of the U.S. and selling ads on mobile devices including the iPad, Gleacher & Co. told clients -- as noted by "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/sa).

Analyst Brian Marshall recommended selling Apple’s January 2012 US$230 puts, which fell 1.2 percent to $38.39 yesterday. Selling a put, which gives the right to sell, is a bet that the stock will rise, allowing the seller to keep the premium paid, notes "Bloomberg." The shares gained 1.2 percent to $242.89.

“The No. 1 driver of the stock over the next 12 months will be continued penetration into the smartphone segment, especially in the international market where their penetration is much less compared with the U.S.,” Marshall said in an interview with "Bloomberg."

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Aug 26
HTC says Apple's patent infringement claims are invalid

Smartphone maker HTC which Apple has sued twice, says the patents Apple has accused it of infringing are invalid, according to the "Groklaw" web site (http://macosg.me/2/s4).

The article says that HTC denies infringing the patents, but also says, as a first affirmative defense, that four of the patents are invalid for "failure to comply with one or more of the conditions for patentability set forth in Title 35 of the United States Code, including, but not limited to, utility, novelty, non-obviousness, enablement, written description and definiteness in accordance with 35 U.S.C. §§ 101, 102, 103, 112, and/or 116, or are invalid pursuant to the judicial doctrine barring double-patenting."

"Groklaw" says HTC also claims prior art, marking, laches and marking defenses, and it says it has license agreements with third party suppliers to do what they do the things Apple is suing them over. It asks the court...

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Aug 26
Apple, others sued for infringing an object orientation patent

Another day, another lawsuit. A case has started in the court of the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division accusing a number of companies -- including Apple -- of breaching a patent relating to object orientation, reports "TechEye" (http://macosg.me/2/s5).

Ganas claims the companies infringe on their patents for an "object oriented communication among platform independent systems across a firewall over the internet using HttP-SOAP and an "object oriented communications system over the internet." The company wants a jury to award it damages, costs, expenses, post-judgement interest and enhanced damages.

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Aug 26
iPads hurting sales of other Apple products -- or maybe not

Is the iPad's popularity hurting sales of other Apple products? Yes. And no. As with many things in life, it depends on whom you ask.

According to a survey by Alphawise, Morgan Stanley's internal research team, and investment bank Piper Jaffray, almost 44% of iPad owners would not be buying a notebook, and 24%said the notebook they wouldn't buy would have been a Macbook, while 20% said it would have been a PC, reports the "International Business Times" (http://macosg.me/2/s3).

Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster of 448 iPad buyers found that 99% of respondents hadn't considered either an iPod touch or iPhone before making the purchase. However, stock analysis firm Trefis said the Apple tablet doesn't appear to be cannibalizing the company's Mac sales so far. He told "IBT" that he expects Apple to sell around 10 million iPads in all of 2010 even as the company...

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Aug 26
Samsung releases new monitors with HDTV tuners

Samsung Electronics America (http://www.samsung.com/monitor) has announced two new lines of multi-function monitors (MFMs) offering consumers a computer monitor and HDTV in one. Ranging from 21.5 to 24 inches, the 30 and 90 display series allow viewers to switch from work to play with enhanced picture quality all in one space-saving device, according to Young Bae, director of display marketing Samsung Enterprise Business Division.

Both the 30 and 90 series monitors can be used as a small TV with full HD resolution and also feature Picture in Picture (PiP) so multi-tasking users can simultaneously use their computer and watch TV without the need for a second monitor or additional connections. The monitors come equipped with two HDMI inputs for easy connection to multiple HD devices -- cable boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc.

Samsung’s Connectshare feature adds even more...

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Aug 26
Canon releases new EOS 60D digital SLR camera

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon) has released the EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera. For the first time on an EOS camera, the EOS 60D DSLR boasts a three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, EOS Full HD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera functionality for RAW image processing -- plus Creative Filters to manipulate images after taking them.

Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features designed to make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images. With the camera you can do things like capture an overhead shot on the Vari-Angle screen at a graduation ceremony or convert a color image to black and white for a nostalgic look.

The 60D camera features a LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution plus anti-reflective and smudge-resistant coatings. Another first for the...

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Aug 26
AppMakr.com integrates HTML 5

AppMakr.com, a free platform for building native mobile applications, has announced the integration of HTML5 to its features, allowing users to leverage advanced functionality within customized HTML tab.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.

In addition to the HTML5-enabled tab, AppMakr.com has also implemented PhoneGap’s leading open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. These features will give all users the ability to code their application using HTML and JavaScript and utilize those languages to take advantage of native, device-specific functionality allowing for the app to access the device camera...

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Aug 26
Sonnet announces SDXC card support for memory card reader/writer

Sonnet Technologies has announced SDXC card support for its US$29.95 Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 adapter, enabling users with MacBook Pro and Windows laptop computers equipped with an ExpressCard slot to use these extended-capacity cards designed for the latest high-megapixel digital cameras and digital video camcorders.

The new format SDXC cards (starting at 64GB) surpass previous-generation SDHC cards 32 GB maximum capacity. Sonnet's Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 moves files from memory cards to a notebook computer's hard drive, with no cables required. This handy device inserts flush inside a MacBook Pro or Windows notebook's ExpressCard slot so it can be carried inside the computer slot even when not in use.

The Sonnet multimedia reader supports the most popular memory card formats used in digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices, including Memory Stick, MMC (Multimedia Card), SDHC (...

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Aug 26
Red Giant Software to host free FCP SuperMeet workshops at...

Red Giant Software, publishers and developers of iPhone apps and software tools, will host free Final Cut Pro SuperMeet workshops as part of the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, in the heart of Amsterdam in Dam Square.

The training will consist of three separate identical sessions to take place during the day prior to the SuperMeet, which will be the largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Avid and Adobe editors, DSLR filmmakers, digital media makers and Gurus during IBC2010.

Apple Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker will demonstrate how to quickly stylize shots, store favorite looks and tools, remove color casts and make primary and secondary corrections. Simon will also show how to use power masks and keyers to isolate areas, boost visual sharpness, smooth skin and repair cosmetic blemishes as well as adding instant Hollywood looks to footage whilst maintaining accurate flesh tones. All this...

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Aug 26
'MacNotables' looks at the future of books

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

A discussion with Adam Engst and Andy Ihnatko starts with a blog post by the latter, "Darwinist Consumerism: What's the most ethical way to buy books?," and ends with an analysis how long brick-and-mortar bookstores have to live. Along the way, whether you should, and can afford to, support your local bookseller, the loss of a cherished institution, and changes in how future generations will view books are examined. The differences between this digital transition and that of music and video enter into the conversation, as well as comic books, physical media storage challenges and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy...

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Aug 26
DataLore for Mac OS X gets over a dozen enhancements

XtraLean Software has released DataLore 1.1, an update to the front end to Spotlight hat makes it easier and faster to search and share files both locally on one's own computer, and on the network.

This update adds more than a dozen enhancements to the interface to simplify browsing. Faster search algorithm and improved interface also make it faster to find and display files, and easier to narrow down and display the search results. A new Filters tab allows users to add more filters to their search in order to further narrow down and customize the search results to their specific needs. Other features new with this update include the ability to use DataLore as a Finder, and "exclude files" has replaced the former "exclude folders"feature for faster narrowing down of results.

DataLore's developer, Hagen Kaye, says the app uses a "Search-as-You-Type" technology for finding files fast. It also employs "Text Shorthand" and "Special Characters" for highly defined or more...

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Aug 26
Codafy 1.0 RapidWeaver plug-ing enables native Firebug...

NimbleHost has announced Codafy 1.0 (http://rapidweaver.nimblehost.com/plugins/codafy.html), a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds native "Firebug" functionality to the Mac OS X web site design application.

It's free and enables web designers to see how the underlying HTML, CSS, and Javascript code of their web site relates to the actual design, improving workflow and reducing development time. Firebug lets content creators more easily understand how to make customizations and changes to their web sites, as well as simplify the search for any bugs and errors in the underlying code.

For RapidWeaver users utilizing this Firebug/Firefox combination, the process of constantly switching between two applications quickly becomes a time consuming process. Codafy was specifically developed to enable the open source WebKit Web Inspector so that it...

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Aug 26
New credit card solution offered for the iPhone

Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) and mophie has released the Complete Credit Card Solution, an all-in-one product that enables small businesses to process credit card payments via theiPhone. It integrates Intuit’s GoPayment credit card processing app and quick-to-activate merchant account with the mophie marketplace iPhone credit card reader.

This package is now available in Apple Retail Stores and soon on Apple.com. As part of this solution, Intuit GoPayment offers an application process designed to let merchants start processing credit cards on their iPhones in as few as 15 minutes, according to Chris Hylen, general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. As an option, GoPayment is also compatible with QuickBooks Mac to help save time in keeping business financial files up to date, he adds.

GoPayment has been on the market for more than a year. This latest version offers the ability for...

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