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Sep 15
MacTech Conference adds Macworld Panel, Apple Certification...

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, November 3-5, 2010 in Los Angeles, has announced two new additions this week: Macworld VP & Editorial Director Jason Snell will moderate a panel on virtualization, and Apple Authorized Training Center v.2 Consulting is offering a study hour and exam session for all Apple Certifications.

The three-day, information-packed event has expert speakers from a variety of backgrounds covering a broad array of topics. Evenings are full of activities, including an exclusive visit the Griffith Observatory (one of Los Angeles' greatest landmarks). On the final evening, the MacTech Conference Party will include dinner, billiards, video games, and more. The first ever MacTech Bowl will take place to raise money for the "School Field Trip" program at the Griffith Observatory.

Macworld VP & Editorial Director Jason Snell will be moderating a panel entitled "Trends in Virtualization" at MacTech Conference 2010. The panel...

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Sep 15
Newspaper subscriptions coming soon for the iPad?

The "San Jose Mercury News" (http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_16076242?) is reporting that Apple is expected to announce soon a new subscription plan for newspapers, "which hope tablets like the iPad will eventually provide a new source of profit as media companies struggle with declining print circulation and advertising revenue."

Not surprisingly, Apple wouldn't comment to the newspaper. However, Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo., told "The "News" that Apple probably will take a 30% cut of all subscriptions sold through the company's Apple App Store, and as much as 40% of the advertising revenue from publications' apps.

Apple has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers to allow the company to share with publishers their information, which includes vital...

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Sep 15
iOS devices surpass Sony PSP as gaming platform (and close in on...

A new survey shows that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have surpassed Sony PSP as a gaming platform in the United States and have almost caught up with Nintendo's DS, according to "GamePro" (http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/216511/apple-closes-in-on-nintendo-p...).

According to a survey from the International Gamers Survey 2010 from market research and consulting firm Newzoo, 77 million Americans play games on mobile phones and portable devices. Of those, 40.1 million use the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The platform of choice for 41.0 million ages 10 and up is the Nintendo DS and DSi.

"GamePro" says that 18 million Americans play using Sony’s PSP. The survey also reveals that two-thirds of PSP and iPad users play games at least three days a week, compared to 50%...

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Sep 15
Mix up a Martini QuickShot for Final Cut Pro

PowerProduction Software has released Martini QuickShot Creator (Martini), the first plug-in for post-production visualization. Designed to work within Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Martini (http://www.martiniquickshot.com) lets editors direct additional shots and sequences.

With Martini’s dynamic power, editors no longer need to use black slugs with text explaining what “shot goes here, says PowerProduction Software Chief Technical Officer Paul Clatworthy. From single shots to multi-shot sequences, Martini helps directors and editors create a better final film, he adds.

Loaded with classic and unique shot styles, Martini's interface guides editors through the quick creation of composite shots. Editors can select a style, such as basic over-the-shoulder shots, two and three shots, and close-ups as well as fight scenes, chase scenes, and other pre-composed multiple shot sequences. Then,...

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Sep 15
Apple AirPrint wireless printing coming in November

Apple is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to members of Apple’s iOS developer program today, and says AirPrint will be included in the free iOS 4.2 software update in November.

AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

AirPrint is designed to support a range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this fall include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.

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Sep 15
dB Logic debuts new headphones, earphones

dB Logic (http://www.dblogic.com) has announced what it says the world’s first family of no-battery-required, ultra-low distortion sound pressure level limiting headphones and earphones for teens and adults.

The headphones and earphones with SPL2 technology are designed to help protect users from long-term hearing damage, according to the folks at dB Logic. In addition, the company is also launching “dB Logic for Kids,” the first family of headphones with SPL2 technology designed for children.

dB Logic’s proprietary sound pressure level (SPL) limiting technology, SPL2, limits volume levels and provides consumers with a low-distortion listening experience. Additionally, dB Logic headphones and earphones integrate a SPL2 monitoring circuit that regulates the volume where needed, while still keeping the musical content largely unchanged.

dB Logic headphones and earphones for adults will be...

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Sep 15
Nikon releases D7000 D-SLR

Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com) has introduced the D7000 digital SLR camera, which can take 16.2-megapixel photos and full HD (High Definition) movies. It sports a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability that the folks at Nikon say have never before seen in a DX-format (APS-C) camera.

The new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-point AF system and 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver high image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 D-SLR provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF).

The D7000 D-SLR camera will be available throughout the U.S. beginning mid-October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$1,199.95 for the body only and $1499.95 for body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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Sep 15
Targus announces three new laptop cooling devices

Targus (http://www.targus.com) has announced three new cooling devices designed for the traveler, gamer and casual user, as well as new iPad accessories.

The US$59.99 HD3 Gaming Chill Mat (pictured) is designed specifically to cool up to 18-inch high-performance gaming laptops. Its cooling system features three quiet fans with sealed shafts. An adjustable fan speed dial features tactile control for adjusting the cooling level without taking your eyes off of the laptop screen, while airflow straighteners reduce air turbulence for more efficient cooling. The non-skid elastomer feet provide a stable grip

The $29.99 Travel Chill Mat is sized specifically for travel, fitting in a laptop case or backpack. It uses dual fans to disperse heat and provide ventilation. Its ergonomic work surface is designed to cushion your lap and provide a pain-free typing angle while rubber stops prevent slippage. The Travel...

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Sep 15
Altec Lansing unveils new speaker system/charger for iPhones,...

Altec Lansing (http://www.alteclansing.com) has introduced the new Octiv Duo (M202) dual docking and charging speaker system and free Music Mix App to give multiple device households a way to play and charge their iPod and iPhones simultaneously.  

The combo lets you play your tunes while charging and sharing playlists from two devices at once. What's more, you can charge a third device through the built-in USB port and expand the musical player options with the aux-in.  

With a low profile compact wedge design, the Octiv Duo is designed for limited spaces such as corners in the kitchen or on the nightstand. The included remote allows playlist access and control from across the room.  

The free Music Mix app shuffles songs from both players and allows users to set the percentage of music played from each iPhone or iPod while docked. Also included is the free Altec Lansing Alarm Rock...

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Sep 15
AQ releases Orbit wireless iDock

AQ (http://www.aqaudio.com/) has released the AQ Orbit wireless iDock. The Orbit -- which costs approximately US$156 -- is a multitasking sound system. With an auxiliary input and removable USB transmitter the AQ Orbit Wireless iDock allows you to connect its speakers to any audio source including your computer or HiFi.

The AQ Orbit Wireless iDock and transmitter is compatible with audio sources such as the iPhone 4, 3G & 3GS, iPod, TVs, DVD players, MP3 players, the PSP, laptops and desktop computers. Its wireless charging function enables you to charge the speakers without connecting any cable or plug; just place the speaker on the dock and the charging will activate. A fully functional remote control enables you to, play, pause, skip, fast-forward, rewind, mute and control volume.

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Sep 15
Logitech unveils new wireless trackball

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the US$59.99 Wireless Trackball M570. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, its laser tracking sensor uses the ball, rather than a surface, to guide movement.

Logitech’s newest trackball also has a scroll wheel and back/forward buttons. Plus, it uses the tiny Logitech Unifying wireless receiver. It stays in your laptop, so there’s no need to unplug it when you move around, and the 2.4 GHz wireless means a connection from up to 30 feet away.

You can add a compatible keyboard, number pad or additional mouse to the same receiver so you don’t fill up all your USB ports. You can purportedly go for up to 18 months without replacing the included AA battery.

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Sep 15
ModulR releases iPad accessories

ModulR (www.modulrcase.com/) has announced the immediate availability of its iPad Case and Accessory System. The product line includes a protective, ergonomic iPad Case + Cover and interchangeable accessory attachments, including a wall mount and display stand.

Ergonomic nodes on the back of the modulR Case create a comfortable, secure grip for the iPad and also extend the iPad's uses, according to Josh Beatty, modulR co-founder and CEO. The nodes connect to an ever-expanding line of modulR accessories that allow you to mount, position and adapt the iPad to your needs, he adds.

modulR’s Case + Cover along with two accessories -- a low-profile Slim Mount for wall mounting and a Quick Stand (pictured) with two viewing angles for typing and table-top viewing -- are now available. They can be purchased separately or together as part of a limited offer, US$99 Starter Package.

Additional modulR...

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Sep 15
Sound ID announces three new Bluetooth headsets

Sound ID (http://www.soundid.com) has announced three additions to their 5 Series product line: the Sound ID 520 Bluetooth headset, the Sound ID 512 Bluetooth headset and the Sound ID 500 Bluetooth headset.

The Sound ID EarPrint app offers personalized audio performance for Phone, Media (A2DP) and Pass Thru modes. It offers EarPrint compatibility with the iPhone, select BlackBerry devices and Android 2.1/2.2 devices. The Sound ID EarPrint app is available for free from the Apple App Store on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and compatible with iPad in media (A2DP) mode with the 2X option.

The Sound ID 520, 512 and 500 will be available in the fourth quarter and range in price from US$79.99 to $129.99. All units come with a small Universal AC travel charger, USB charging cable, three sizes of RealComfort EarLoops and an Ear Hook for an alternative over-the-ear wearing option. The 520 and 512 also come...

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Sep 15
Markzware updates PUB2ID for InDesign CS5

Markzware (http://www.markzware.com), a developer of data extraction and conversion software and inventor of preflighting, has released an upgrade (version 3.0) of its PUB2ID conversion tool for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows platforms. The upgrade adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 3.

PUB2ID is a plug-in that enables users to convert native-application Microsoft Publisher files (MS Publisher versions 2002 through 2007) to Adobe InDesign while preserving the content, as well as the styles and formatting. The InDesign user simply clicks on File in the toolbar, then Open, and selects the Microsoft Publisher file for conversion. With version 2.10 grouped items in Publisher remain grouped in InDesign. Text wrap around an image works more consistently. Image scaling issues are resolved preserving the original scaling in InDesign. And Pantone names are preserved as are custom RGB and CMYK values...

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Sep 15
Invoices 2.6.4 for Mac OS X is a maintenance release

Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.6.4. It's a bug fix release.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Sep 15
'YML' looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the 10th anniversary of Mac OS X.

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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Sep 15
Mailings for Mac OS X updated to version 1.9.82

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 1.9.82 (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html), an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. In the new version,

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$10; upgrades are always free. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 15
IDC foresees robust update for 802.11n deployments

In the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), the International Data Corp. (http://www.idc.com) found year-over-year revenue growth of 26.4%, and more modest 2.4% growth over a strong first quarter, for enterprise wireless local area networks (WLANs). The market enjoyed a strong performance across all regions and key product segments, especially for 802.11n technology.

"The continued strength in the WLAN market in the second quarter was very encouraging with all regions and both the enterprise and retail-class market segments making a contribution," says Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "Specifically, growth in 802.11n deployments continues to accelerate in 2010, with 65.9% of all access point revenue being "n" based, up from 56.1% in 1Q10, and up from 45.6% in 2Q09."

Ratification of the 802.11n standard in September last year continues to boost enterprise WLAN deployments,...

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Sep 14
Avery (California) Middle School brings iPads into the classroom...

Ninety-seven 8th-grade students at Avery Middle School in California returned from summer break to the news that each of them would receive an iPad that interfaces with their entire school curriculum. Additionally two classroom sets were provided for 6th and 7th grades.

The iPad Program is the result of a collaborative effort under the leadership of AMS Principal Christine Linder, Vallecito Union School District (VUSD), Superintendent Dr. Rick Brewer, CBO Gretchen McReynolds and Director of Technology Michael Wells. In April the leadership team envisioned the concept of integrating cutting edge technology to enhance learning in the classroom. This vision became a reality after conducting a teacher pilot program over the summer, holding student and community meetings and receiving VUSD board support, says Brewer.

“After extensive evaluation of currently available technology, the iPad proved to be cost effective, and most applicable to meet the educational needs of our...

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Sep 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 14

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/).

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have developed a new iPhone/iPod touch/iPad application in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to engage health care practitioners and the general public in issues of drug safety and real-time pharmacovigilance. The free app, MedWatcher, allows users to track the latest drug safety updates provided by official alerts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as news from informal channels such as the media. It also enables users to report information about drug side effects and view reports of adverse events submitted to the application by patients and physicians.

Encyclopaedia Britannica has released three apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The three apps...

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Sep 14
Linq lets you wear the iPod nano as a watch

Incipio (http://www.myincipio.com) has announced Linq for the new iPod nano. It lets you wear the music player as a wristwatch. The folks at Incipio say it was born from the logical "link" between the idea of the iPod nano existing simultaneously as a timepiece and a media player.

Linq is made of polymer material and secures to the wrist with a nylon and Velcro interchangeable strap. This durable and rugged iPod nano carrying option is a perfect solution for users who want to keep all functions of the nano close at hand (literally) at all times, says Incipio President andy Fatollahi. Now you can wear your 6th generation iPod nano all day, everyday without a hint of it ever being worn (or torn), he adds.

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Sep 14
Apple looking for 'Liquidmetal' engineers

Apple is hiring a number of experts on amorphous metals, as the company looks to create hardware constructed from a newly licensed, super-durable custom metal alloy known as "Liquidmetal," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The web site discovered a number of new job listings this week. Apple is looking for an amorphous metal development manager and two metal process development engineers to work at its Cupertino, California, corporate headquarters, says "AppleInsider."

Apple has struck a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies (http://www.liquidmetal.com/technology/default.asp), a California-based company that holds patents on new metal and alloy designs, for essentially access to all of its intellectual property. According to the LiqudMetal Tech web site,...

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Sep 14
ComScore: iOS, Android platforms surge in the past year

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that specializes in measuring the digital world, has released a study of smartphone use showing that the Symbian platform holds 54.4% of the Western European market.

ComScore lists Apple in second place, as of July, with 10% share of smartphone UK subscribers. Symbian is in first place with 68.8%. When it comes to the top mobile OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) Apple is also in second with 10.2% while Nokia has 65.5%.

However, despite Symbian’s continued growth in number of smartphone subscribers, its market share has fallen as growth in the Apple iOS and Android (Google) platforms has surged in the past year. Smartphone adoption in the EU5 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy) has grown 41% in the past year to 60.8 million subscribers. Currently, more than one out of every two smartphones is a Nokia manufactured device, although Nokia accounted...

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Sep 14
Kingston Digital launches USB 3.0 flash drive

Kingston Digital (http://www.kingston.com) is shipping its first USB 3.0 Flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Flash drive takes advantage of the faster USB 3.0 specification that has up to 10 times the data transfer rates of the current USB 2.0 specification.

The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 has a read speed of 80MB/second and a write speed of 60MB/second. It's available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

To ensure backwards compatibility, Kingston is also including a Y cable as some USB 2.0 ports require it to initialize USB 3.0 drives. And you'll need it for Macs as they currently don't support USB 3.0.

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Sep 14
MarsEdit for Mac OS X now 64-bit compatible

Red Sweater Software has updated MarsEdit (http://www.red-sweater.com/marsedit), weblog publishing software, to version 3.1. The upgrade is 64-bit compatible and adds a new per-blog setting to constrain image media to pre-set size.


There's also support for Lightroom 3 media libraries and a new "Paste HTML Source" command for e.g. embedding YouTube easily in rich mode. MarsEdit 3.1 offers enabled plug-ins for the rich editor so you can, for example, see embedded movies.

The "Send To Weblog" command now works when preview window is front-most. Finallyl, version 3.1 offers optional support for Google Data API 2.0 with Blogger

MarsEdit costs US$39.95; upgrades from previous versions are $9.95 (though version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x). A 30-day demo copy is available from Red Sweater Software. MarsEdit 2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher; it'...

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