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Jun 24
TKO Solutions hands off Onhand X-Band for the iPad

TKO Solutions has introduced the US$19.99 Onhand X-Band ( for the Pad. It's a combo glove and case that lets you display the screen horizontally or vertically using just one hand.

The user pulls each of the leather dog-ears over the four corners of the iPad, and it's ready to slip one's hand into. The Onhand X-band (the neoprene strap forms an X) allows the user to hold an iPad with confidence and without fatigue, according to the folks at TKO. The "hands-free" technology lets the user operate the iPad with one hand, while the other hand wears it like a glove.

The first in a series of Onhand gloves for iPad, the X-Band is made with five-ounce chaps leather and 5mm nylon backed neoprene. It attaches to all four corners of the iPad,...

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Jun 24
AppFest targeted to iOS fans, developers

Kagan Media Net is launching AppFest, a live outdoor show with 100 developers and their apps for iOS 4, the mobile application platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The first show is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, in Waltham, MA, with a second show lined up for Saturday, October 23, in Sunnyvale, CA. Each show will feature a unique set of exhibitions, entertainment and ideas. Developers and users can learn more at .

The purpose of AppFest is to provide a live forum for developers to meet with users in order to improve their products, and understand how their customers use their apps. It will also serve as an opportunity to promote their apps, find new talent, meet potential partners, and learn about new technologies.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch enthusiasts can see the latest apps, some of which have been developed locally. They will have an opportunity...

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Jun 24
Former Apple exec joins IQ Engine board of directors

IQ Engines has secured US$1 million in a Series A financing and added a former Apple exec to its board of directors: David Austin. At Apple, he served as, at various times: senior director, Engineering & Design, Professional Applications; senior director, Applications Business Development; and senior director, Applications Product Development.

The company plans to use the capital to support the public launch of its any-image recognition engine, an application programming interface (API) that enables retailers, handset manufacturers, wireless carriers, and application developers to build visual search, image labeling, and augmented reality applications for mobile phones. The IQ Engines any-image recognition API is now available via the company's new developer portal at .

The company also announced today that it has received a $119,000 research grant...

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Jun 24
PhotoLinker for Mac OS X now integrates with iPhoto

Early Innovations has released PhotoLinker 2.2 (, an update of the professional photo annotation and geotagging tool for Mac OS X (10.5and higher). The new version integrates with iPhoto by reading and writing tags with the iPhoto database

You can synchronize metadata, and iPhoto tags can be written back to the photo (and/or sidecar). PhotoLinker 2.2 also sports: topographic maps for the US and Canada from MyTopo; support for PNGs; integrated spell checking; contextual menus on the photos; shareable metadata templates; and a new version of GPSBabel.

PhotoLinker is a customizable metadata editor to facilitate a streamlined and efficient workflow. It complies with the recommendations of the Metadata Working Group, ensuring proper handling of your photos' metadata.

PhotoLinker's track and waypoint browser...

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Jun 24
Akvis Artwork 4 introduces the linocut style

Akvis Software ( has released Akvis ArtWork 4.0. the latest version of the software that transforms your photos into paintings using various techniques. The upgrade introduces the linocut style. Photos can now be converted to an image in the style of a linocut print.

Akvis ArtWork is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plug-in to a photo editor. The plugin version of Akvis ArtWork is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and PhotoImpact. Akvis ArtWork runs on Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) and Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7.

Akvis ArtWork Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72. Registered users can upgrade to version 4.0 for free. Just download the program and reinstall it. Use your license key to reactivate the program after reinstallation.

Home users...

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Jun 24
Sample Logic releases the Vuvuzela

In light of the World Cup championships, Sample Logic has released a Vuvuzela sample library ( With this amazing South African stadium horn, the Sample Logic team was able to create and deliver a wide range of sounds.

The collection includes traditional staccato, sustain, and flutter patches, to morphed war calls, impacts, and ethnic rhythms. The US$9.99 mini sample library contains 40 instruments and multis.

Offered as a direct download, Vuvuzela will only be available for a limited time before it goes away into the Sample Logic vault. It's a 375MB download.

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Jun 24
Graph Paper Maker for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2.1

Black Cat Systems has updated Graph Paper Maker (, Mac OS X software for creating custom sheets of graph paper, to version 2.2.1. The new version corrects a bug that resulted in the default background color for some graph types being black.

With Graph Paper Maker, you can control the graph characteristics. X and Y axis can independently be set for linear or log scale, and scaling. Youc an select from a dozen standard paper sizes, or custom create your own. Graphs can be saved as PDF files, and you can choose whatever color you want for the lines. Also, you can specify independent line weights for the X and Y axis lines.

Graph Paper Maker costs US$19.99, though version 2.2.2 is a free update for registered users. It works with Mac OS X 10.2 and later. Graph Paper Maker is Universal...

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Jun 24
TopXNotes for Mac OS X adds NoteSync feature

Tropical Software ( has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"), to version 1.6. With its new NoteSync feature, version 1.6 now has note synchronization with Apple touch devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which completely modernized the user interface, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and several cosmetic improvements.

TopXNotes 1.6 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. TopXNotes 1.6 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5. Existing customers with a version previous to 1.5 can upgrade to version 1.6 for $19.95.

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Jun 24
Initiative works to bring iPods, iPads to schools

Kids Are Heroes, a non-profit founded by Maryland middle school student MaryMargaret O'Neill and her father, provides a foundation and a forum for young kids to positively affect an issue or problem that interests them.

Whether it' saving horses, bringing needed attention to a childhood disease, or aiding the embattled children of Haiti, each young person is encouraged to develop a plan of action to help. In effect, Kids Are Heroes members become mini social entrepreneurs because developing such a plan is akin to running their own small businesses. All proceeds are directed toward the cause, so a monetary profit is not made. However, the kids profit by experiencing the good effects and change that their efforts have, which is something no amount of money can purchase.

Kids Are Heroes has many activities in which kids can directly participate. Their next big event is this Saturday, June 26, 2010, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Levar Fisher, ex-football player,...

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Jun 23
International expansion of the iPhone to be big for Apple

International expansion of the iPhone is the single most important driver of Apple stock in 2010, with overseas sales predicted to account for 80% of all of the company's handset sales by the end of 2010, according to one analyst -- and as reported by "AppleInsider" (

Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Company told clients that he's increased his 2010 iPad sales estimates to 12 million in calendar year 2010, and 20 million in 2011. More impressive yet, the analyst said that the iPhone is still in the "driver's seat" for Apple.

Marshall says Apple's international carrier partners offer a postpaid subscriber base more than six times larger than AT&T, the exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone in the U.S. Despite that, international sales in calendar year 2009 represented only 60% of total units sold, so there's nowhere to go but up, up, up.

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Jun 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Flying Penguin has announced Skelanimals Dance Party, a new rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod touch developed by Hardcore3D Wireless. It's the first entry into the video game realm for the Skelanimals brand and is available immediately for US$2.99.

Electric Peel Software has introduced Note-A-Lator 1.0, a $1.99 music reading quiz program for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's designed to help students learn to read music by giving them note and rhythm identification quizzes.

MyNature has unveiled MyNature Tree Guide 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $6.99 app helps identify more than 200 trees commonly found in North America. You can search by question and answer to identify a tree, see digital images of leaves, needles, bark, fruit or...

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Jun 23
iToner update address iTunes 9.0.2, iOS 4 issues

Ambrosia Software has updated iToner (, an utility for Mac OS X that lets iPhone users create and install custom ringtones on the Apple communications device, to version 2.0.6. This update addresses compatibility issues with iTunes 9.2 and the new iOS 4 as well as minor changes to improve the iToner user experience and reliability.

iToner allows you to assign different ringtones for your different contacts. With iToner, you can now "have a Barry White ringtone for when your girlfriend calls, Frank Zappa for when your college buddies ring you up, or the theme from "Jaws" for when your boss is calling," according to the folks at Ambrosia.

iToner is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later. iToner costs US$15, though version 2.0.6 is a free update for...

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Jun 23
White iPhone 4 won't be available until second half of July

If you were hoping for a white iPhone 4, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Apple issued a statement today that said white models of the phone have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected.

As a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models isn't affected.

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Jun 23
Elgato announces EyeTV 3.4 Special Edition

Elgato has announced a special edition of EyeTV 3.4 that offers a feature called a "Vuvuzela Filter." This filter dampens the stadium buzz of live football broadcasts on the Mac, and can be quickly switched on and off for the full audio experience at any time during the game.

The Vuvuzela Filter is available in EyeTV during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and will disappear with the next software update. EyeTV 3.4 Special Edition is available as a free update for EyeTV 3 users. To install the Vuvuzela Filter, go to the Elgato web site (

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Jun 23
HumanSoftware releases DepthField for Photoshop, Aperture,...

Human Software ( has released DepthField, an US$89.95 lens simulation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Apple Aperture in 32 or 64bit mode. With DepthField photographers can draw attention to their subject by manipulating focus and depth of field after the shot has been taken.

DepthField features multiple diaphragm for realistic blurring and altering the mood of a scene. It lets you manipulate the focus as you would using an expensive lens. DoF techniques let you move the attention to your subject. With this module you can manipulate the focus after the shot has been taken.

You can place a virtual lens anywhere on your image applying a tilt lens effect or a planar-3D blurring effect. You can perform all kind of blur adjustments, add bokeh effects with blade adjustments or add the vignetting effect of your choice.


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Jun 23
'YML' looks at iPhone 4, iOS 4

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the iPhone 4 and iOS 4.

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 -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

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 in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Jun 23
VidMe offers private way to share videos online

VidMe (, a private video sharing service online, announced its launch and the release of its iPhone application, which give consumers a more private way to share their videos.

Videos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and can't be forwarded, downloaded or become viral without the video owner’s approval. Privacy controls are set for each video, allowing users to decide exactly which videos they want to share with which people. Video owners can always see who they’ve shared a video with and can easily remove a person’s access to any video at any time.

Links to videos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and become inoperable if they are forwarded to anyone else. Other sharing services allow videos to be viewed if the links are forwarded in an email, reposted, or allow them to be downloaded without the owner’s knowledge or consent. With VidMe, if...

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Jun 23
SPEC Releases SPECviewperf 11

SPEC’s Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) project group has released SPECviewperf 11, a new version of its graphics benchmarking software that includes a new GUI [graphical user interface] and fully updated viewsets based on traces from professional applications. SPECgpc members involved in the development of SPECviewperf 11 include Apple, AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, and NVIDIA.

"This is one of the most significant releases of SPECviewperf in recent years," says Ian Williams, SPECgpc chair. "It delivers a much better user experience and the major workload updates better align graphics performance results with what users experience in their day-to-day work with professional applications."

The new SPECviewperf 11 GUI makes it easier for novice or infrequent users to set up multiple benchmark runs, access results, and receive help for common issues, he says. Test files in SPECviewperf 11, called viewsets, are traced from newer versions of eight...

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Jun 23
ProactiveWatch offers agent support for Mac OS X

ProactiveWatch ( -- a provider of remote monitoring and management software for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), VARs, and other IT support companies -- has announced the immediate availability of new agents to monitor Mac OS X in response to the increased popularity of Mac OS X in the SMB market and demand from it’s partners.

“We were getting feedback from our customers that the Mac Mini Server is becoming more important as an inexpensive stand-alone server platform to provide basic workgroup services like file-sharing, web server and more,” says Michael Mittel, president of ProactiveWatch. “Providing proactive monitoring and trend reporting for the server, as well as for workstations, was important for them to grow their business and support their clients.”

Service Providers using ProactiveWatch can monitor clients with heterogeneous environments that...

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Jun 23
Apple expands lawsuit against HTC

Apple has expanded its lawsuit against HTC. In a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Apple accuses HTC of infringing two additional patents and re-asserts its allegations of infringement of two others, reports "All Things Digital" (

Apple filed in March against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

As many as 10 of those violations involve the Nexus One, Apple said in a complaint submitted to the ITC. The Delaware lawsuit, however, didn't specify the HTC-made phones...

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Jun 23
Analyst: Average selling price of Apple App Store app is $1.49

The Apple Appe Store isn't highly profitable for Apple, as paid-for applications carry an average selling price of $1.49, according to "AppleInsider" (

Gene Munster, Wall Street analyst with Piper Jaffray, told clients in a note today that app pricing data suggests that 81%of downloaded applications (totaling four billion) are free, while the top 50 paid applications have an average selling price of $1.49. Applications on the iPad are a bit more expensive, with the average selling price of the top 30 amounting to $4.66. Munster said he expects the cost of Apple App Store software to skew higher as the mix shifts slightly toward the tablet device.

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Jun 23
iPhone has big impact in Europe; latest version goes on sale...

comScore (, a company that "measures the digital world," has outlined the impact the first three generations of Apple’s iPhone have had on the European mobile market, in light of record pre-sales and extraordinary consumer demand for the iPhone 4, which launches today.

And reports say that crowds have lined up globally to get their hands on one. In fact, over 1,000 people, many queuing through the night, besieged a store in downtown Tokyo on Friday as the iPhone went on sale in Japan for the first time. The iPhone 3G went on sale at 7:00 a.m. at the flagship store of Softbank Mobile in downtown Tokyo. More than 500 people queued outside Apple's store in the Ginza district.

The iPhone currently represents just 4% of the EU5 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy) mobile market, but 18% of the overall EU5 smartphone market. However, the iPhone has facilitated fundamental change...

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Jun 23
Blue Crowbar Software releases AppControls 1.0 for Mac OS X

Blue Crowbar Software has announced AppControls 1.0 ( for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It's an US$29.99 tool for creating custom controls for use in iPhone, iPad or Mac applications and for use on the web.

It combines ease-of-use with high-quality output of images and CSS code. AppControls renders its text and images using Apple's Quartz technology, which means that the results perfectly match the look of Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps and at the same time look great in the modern web browsers, says Steven Vandeweghe, founder of Blue Crowbar Software.

"Designing custom buttons and other controls for applications can take a lot of time and the currently available tools often produce images that are difficult to tweak and that don't match the rendering quality of the platforms that they're created for," he adds. "...

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Jun 23
Stellar Phoenix releases Entourage repair software

Stellar Information Systems has released what it says is the first Entourage repair application. Stellar Phoenix Entourage Repair 1.0 repairs and restores corrupted RGE files from Microsoft Entourage 2008 and Entourage 2004 applications.

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, Tiger, the all new Entourage repair software is designed as a data recovery solution for all cases of Microsoft Entourage corruptions. Entourage database corruption is a common scenario for most of the users, says Stellar Information CEO Sunil Chandna. With the launch of this Entourage repair software, Stellar has further enhanced its capabilities with the widest range of data recovery software tools, he adds.

The free demo version of the product is available to download at . Stellar...

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Jun 23
MoneyWorks releases free MYOB file converter

The maker of MoneyWorks, Cognito Software, has released a free utility ( that solves the problem MYOB users experience when they want to change their accounting software, then struggle to extract the necessary financial data.

It's common for organizations to have outgrown their accounting package, but have concerns about the difficulty of moving to a new solution and the accuracy of the data that is transferred. This can form an impasse that traps users in an uncomfortable situation, where they're restricted by a system that no longer meets their needs and provides inadequate management information.

For MYOB users, exporting complete data is very difficult. For example, when they try to export their products/items list no stock on-hand information is included.

Previously, the only way to for MYOB users to change systems was by...

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