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Jun 08
DVDxDV Pro now offers standard def to high def conversion

DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com) has been updated to version 2.1, which fixes some glitches introduced in version 2.1. The upgrade converts standard definition DVDs into high definition 1080i video suitable for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD.

Version 2.0 added direct export from DVD to Apple TV. Used in the television and film industry, DVDxDV Pro converts DVD to high quality Quicktime movies for editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid, iMovie, and more. In addition to the Apple TV, DVDxDV Pro version will convert DVD video directly to the 5G (video enabled) iPod and the iPhone. The software costs US$80; version 2.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Jun 08
iLuv announces cases for the iPhone 4

iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has announced a new line of creative graphic designed cases and a screen protectors for Apple’s new iPhone 4. They range from dual layer mix and match cases, metallic cases, leather cases, soft coated ultra thin silicone cases to 2-way privacy screen protectors and glare-free screen protectors.

The entire line of new Apple iPhone 4 accessories will be available starting in June. Prices will range from US$14.99 to $49.99.

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Jun 08
iWisdom grows wiser with version 2.0.0

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.00 for Mac OS X and Windows. New preference options now allow the user to select the format they wish to use for transferring/copying individual wisdom items out of iWisdom and onto the System clipboard.

The display pane for wisdom items has been cleaned up a bit as well. Also, when entering multiple quotations from the same source, a new "Last Author and Work" menu item now permits that information to be carried over from one entry to the next. Numeric titles for wisdom items are now supported. And entry of the wisdom item body now follows lightweight markup conventions, reducing the need to view or enter HTML tags.   

iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source, year of publication, title and category. iWisdom allows you to view wisdom in a list view (with optional sort fields), a...

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Jun 08
ATTO announces line of 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters

ATTO Technology, which specializes in storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, has announced the immediate availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters.

The ExpressSAS R60F (16 port internal), R680 (8 port external), R608 (8 port internal), and R644 (4 port external/4 port internal) feature ATTO’s RAID stack and incorporate Marvell Technology Group’s 88RC9580 RAID-on-Chip (ROC) processor technology. The adapters are available in four different port configurations, and there are 6Gb/s SAS/SATA HBAs available in five different port configuration.

For more information on ATTO’s ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Adapters visit: http://www.attotech.com .

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Jun 08
'MacJury' weighs in on the WWDC keynote announcements

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) considers the announcements at yesterday's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.

CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the iPhone 4.0, iOS 4 and more. The MacJury examines those announcements and more, including why the whole Gizmodo affair didn't tarnish the the excitement of the new iPhone, FaceTime and why they think the time for video calls may have finally arrived.

Apple's handling of a potential trademark issue, why the video capabilities of the iPhone 4 and iMovie for iPhone may be the device's killer app and more are all addressed in part one of a two-part discussion by the panel of John F. Braun, Bryan Chaffin, Peter Cohen, Keith Lang, Chuck LaTournous and host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 08
Analyst: iPad partly to blame for drop in netbook sales

In a note to clients today, analyst Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley has raised her iPad sales estimates from six million to 10 million units for 2010 and her Apple price target from US$310 to $332.

As reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/08/hello-ipad-goodbye-netbook/?sourc...), she told clients:

° The iPad is on track to become the fastest ramping mobile Internet device out of the gate and one of the most popular in history.

° Early iPad usage patterns validate the tablet as a computing device. It's already overtaken the web browsing share of devices like the iPod touch.

° It's at least partially responsible for a sharp drop in the growth of netbook sales, which decelerated to -13% year-over-year in the month of April, from +45% in the first...

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Jun 08
Apple posts video of WWDC keynote

There's now an online video of the keynote address at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. CEO Steve Jobs delivered the keynote, introducing the iPhone 4 and iOS 4.

The keynote video is available in QuickTime and MPEG-4 format. You can download it at http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1006ad9g4hjk/event/index.html .

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Jun 08
Adobe offers Photoshop Lightroom 3

Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3 for Mac and Windows, an update of the digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application.

The new version introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality, according to Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras, he adds.

The import experience has been redesigned to be more intuitive, with added previews and default selections that give users quick access to sort through and find images. Helping streamline and adapt to...

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Jun 08
iSkysoft releases DVD and Video to iPad Converter

iSkysoft Studio (http://www.iskysoft.net/) has released its DVD to iPad Converter and iPad Video Converter, both available for Mac OS X and Windows. The iSkysoft iPad DVD and Video Converter helps iPad users convert DVD movies and almost any video format to an iPad friendly format.

With DVD to iPad Converter you can convert encrypted or homemade DVDs. With iPad Video Converter you can convert any popular video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MKV, and more to iPad friendly formats.

DVD to iPad Converter is priced at $29 and iPad Video Converter is $25 for a single user license. Both iPad Converters for Mac are perfectly compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and iPad Converters for Windows fully supports Windows 7.

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Jun 08
Andy Ihnatko to keynote at 2010 MacTech Conference

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles, has announced its keynote speaker -- Andy Ihnatko. MacTech Conference is a three-day,
session-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to know others in the industry, says Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "MacTech Magazine."

"We're thrilled to welcome Andy as our keynote speaker," he says. "As an internationally beloved tech journalist (not to mention that he's the Chicago Sun Times' Technology Columnist), Andy is insightful, funny, and a pleasure to work with. The response to the conference is overwhelmingly positive. The keynote announcement makes it that much better."

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...

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Jun 08
NextWorth trade-in program provides iPhone owners a free upgrade...

NextWorth (http://www.NextWorth.com), a player in consumer electronic upgrade and trade-in programs, has announced a new trade-in program for iPhone owners that covers the full subsidized price of upgrading from the current iPhone 3Gs to the new iPhone 4.
 
Currently, NextWorth customers can receive between US$208 and $260 for their 16GB iPhone 3Gs when trading in their iPhone through the service. With the new 16GB iPhone 4 prices starting at $199, trade-in amounts will fully cover the cost of an upgrade, plus extra cash for accessories, according to NextWorth CEO Dave Chen.
 
NextWorth provides attractive trade-in value for every Apple iPhone model -- new or used. iPhones purchased by NextWorth in any condition will be refurbished and resold by NextWorth, keeping the used devices out of the waste stream, thereby promoting reuse and recycle, Chen says.
 
A list of additional...

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Jun 08
'MacVoices' looks at iPad networking, security

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), networking guru Glenn Fleishman takes on two very specific topics in his new book, "Take Control of iPad Networking & Security."

Networking on your iPad can be simple, but to get the most out of it, you need to understand that it' all about management -- power, what to connect to, service, plans and more. You can do a whole with a properly networked iPad, and Fleishman provides examples, including recovering a lost or stolen iPad and controlling other Macs or PCs. He explains why AT&T's new data plans really shouldn't affect many users, and how to manage your networking to be sure it doesn't. Getting data on and off your iPad, ebook access and reading and more are included in Fleishmann's discussion of the book.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac...

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Jun 08
'MacNotables' looks at WWDC keynote, the post-PC era...

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

Yours Truly joins host Chuck Joiner to discuss the announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with an eye toward what a post-PC world might look like. We hit the high points of Steve Jobs' keynote, including the new iPhone design, the clear shots at Google, and how the biggest surprise announcement was software-based. The iPhone 4 and the newly renamed iOS 4.0 addressed many of the criticisms that have been leveled at the iPhone in recent months; Chuck and I look at those and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob...

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Jun 08
Belkin introduces new cases for the iPhone 4

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) has introduced a plethora of new cases for the iPhone 4. They're available in five types.

Grip cases protect your iPhone and come in a variety of textured designs while adding style, color, and gripability. Grip cases’ form-fitting design lets your iPhone charge while still in the case. These cases are designed for those carrying their iPhone in their palm and using it to video chat and play games.

Shield cases protect your iPhone while providing increased shock absorption and impact resistance. These cases add little bulk and offer protection while allowing full access to connector, buttons, and iPhone screen. Shield cases work well for pocket carriers.

Verve cases are leather cases that protect your iPhone from everyday scratches and scuffs. They're tailored to be slim and form-fitting.

Fit armbands are designed for the active user. They're made with...

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Jun 07
Safari 5 supports extensions, has speed boost, more

Apple has released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser. The new version features the new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web without distraction, a 30% performance increase over Safari 4, and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safari's search field.

Available for both Mac and Windows, Safari 5 includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies that allow web developers to create rich, dynamic websites, according to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and enhance the browsing experience, he adds..

Safari Reader makes it easy to read single and multipage articles on the web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter, says Schiller. When Safari 5 detects an article, users can click on the Reader icon in the...

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Jun 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 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/).

Guitar Hero is now available for the first time on iPhone iPod touch. The US$2.99 game features all-new gameplay exclusively designed for the Apple devices. It sports tracks from such bands as Queen, Rise Against, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Weezer and The White Stripes.  

Eltima Software has announced Promini 1.0, an $1.99 puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod touch. With it you build color cubes into minimum 2X2 figures of one color and watch the laser burn them forming new color figures and new challenges for you. The more complex figures you build, the more points you earn diving even deeper into the Promini world.

James Lupton has introduced i Give Up 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. It's a $0.99 puzzle game where the...

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Jun 07
Videos tout the iPhone 4

Apple has released videos praising the iPhone 4 and the new FaceTime technology. You can find 'em at http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/#design-video and http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/facetime.html#facetime-video .

The video features Apple execs talking about the new iPhone. Version 4 of the smartphone will go on sale June 23 with pre-orders starting June 15.

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Jun 07
Apple to debut iAds on July 1

Apple will debut its iAd mobile advertising network on July 1 on iPhone and iPod touch devices running its iOS 4 software platform. iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

iAd will kick off with mobile ad campaigns from leading global brands including AT&T, Best Buy, Campbell Soup Company, Chanel, Citi, DirecTV, GEICO, GE, JCPenney, Liberty Mutual Group, Nissan, Sears, State Farm, Target, Turner Broadcasting System, Unilever and The Walt Disney Studios. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50 percent of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010, says Jobs.


He adds that iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.

Developers who join...

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Jun 07
Say hi to the iPhone 4

Apple today presented the new iPhone 4 featuring a new feature called "FaceTime" and a "Retina display," the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a three-axis gyro and up to 40%.

All this comes in a new design of glass and stainless steel that's purportedly the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of Apple's (renamed) mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1,500 new application programming interfaces for developers.

iOS 4 features multitasking, folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at US$199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.

"iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone," says Apple CEO...

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Jun 07
Macsimum Poll: were you happy with the WWDC announcements?

In this week's poll, we're asking whether you were happy with Steve Job's Worldwide Developer Conference announcements (the iPhone 4 and the iOS 4). The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if Apple release an iPad-like, "closed" Mac? Sixty-eight percent of you said "no" and 32% said "yes."

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Jun 07
Apple now has 22% of eBook market

During his keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, CEO Steve Jobs said Apple now has 22% of the eBook market thanks to the iBookstore, which was introduced with the iPad and is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jobs says that users have downloaded more than five million books in the first 65 days of the iBookStore availability. That's about 2.5 for each device sold—in the first 65 days of iBooks’ availability. The 22% figure is based on reports from five of the six largest publishers on the app's share of their electronic sales.

When Apple announced the iPad, it also announced the new iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore, a way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device. And Apple has plans for the iBookstore beyond the US.

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Jun 07
Notes from Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote

Steve Jobs has introduced the iPhone 4G. He says it's the biggest leap yet for the smartphone with over 100 plus features. He's talking about eight main features.

It has a new design with a glass front and rear. Jobs keeps using the word "precision" to describe the iPhone 4G. It's 24% thinner at 9.3 mm and is, per Jobs, the thinnest iPhone on the planet.

The iPhone 4G has a front camera, receiver home, micro SIM, camera with LED flash and a second mic for noise cancelation.

It has three "bands" in the stainless steal part of the structure of the phone -- which uses the stainless steel band as part of the system — so the bands separate the tech. It's made of stainless steel for strength.

Jobs says the iPhone 4G has a "retina display" and four timex the pixels in the same space. It has really sharp text and 326 pixels per inch. As for the retina display moniker, 300 pixels is the limit of the human retina, Jobs says.

Now the CEO is showing...

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Jun 07
The iPad 'guzzles network capacity'?

Wireless network provider Meraki has reported that iPad usage consumed more than half the network capacity of one installation despite accounting for less than 10% of the devices on the network, reports "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?...).

Meraki reports that hat tests taken during a week in May compared the use of different devices on a network at MIT’s CSAIL network, the university’s largest interdepartmental laboratory. More than 300MB was transferred during the week by the average iPad user. iPhone users averaged 31MB and iPod Touch users averaged 12MB.

"InformationWeek" says "the results take on new significance" when compared with AT&T’s unveiling this week of metered data plans that include plans...

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Jun 07
Continually updated notes from Jobs' WWDC keynote...

Steve Jobs has introduced the iPhone 4G. He says it's the biggest leap yet for the smartphone with over 100 plus features. He's talking about eight main features.

It has a new design with a glass front and rear. Jobs keeps using the word "precision" to describe the iPhone 4G. It's 24% thinner at 9.3 mm and is, per Jobs, the thinnest iPhone on the planet.

The iPhone 4G has a front camera, receiver home, micro SIM, camera with LED flash and a second mic for noise cancelation.

It has three "bands" in the stainless steal part of the structure of the phone -- which uses the stainless steel band as part of the system — so the bands separate the tech. It's made of stainless steel for strength.

Jobs says the iPhone 4G has a "retina display" and four timex the pixels in the same space. Ithas really sharp text and 326 pixels per inch. As for the retina display moniker, 300 pixels is the limit of the human retina, Jobs says.

Now the CEO is showing...

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Jun 07
Evizone secure communications service is Mac compatible

A new subscription service, Evizone, can be used to secure communications between not only individuals, but workgroups as well. It's Mac and PC compatible.

By selecting workgroup members and setting the access and retention periods that Evizone will automatically enforce, all workgroup communications can purportedly be secured. The company says new subscribers can start communicating securely within 15 minutes of registering online at http://www.evizone.com .

Evizone provides personal subscribers with a 30-day free trial of the service. The standard service is available at US$24.95 per month per user with lower subscription rates available to large group accounts.

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