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Aug 18
Logitech unveils new illuminated keyboard

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced the rechargeable Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, which features ambient light and motion sensors. It's due later this month for US$99.99.

The keyboard is designed to ensure that you have the right amount of backlight when you need it, while conserving battery life when you don’t, says Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. It includes the PerfectStroke key system and Logitech Incurve keys

The Wireless Illuminated K800 backlighting automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room using ambient light sensors. Motion sensors detect your hands as they approach to turn the backlighting on and to turn it back off when your hands move away. As a result, you’ll enjoy up to 10 days of battery life without recharging, according to Pavillard.

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Aug 18
SanDisk introduces world's smallest 64GB solid state drive

SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has announced the first product in a new category of embedded solid state drives (SSD) that are smaller than a postage stamp and offer higher capacities and performance than existing storage solutions.

The SanDisk integrated SSD (iSSD), the first product within this new category, is designed for use in fast-growing mobile computing platforms such as tablet computers and ultra-thin notebooks. And perhaps future iPads?

The SanDisk iSSD offers 160MB/second sequential read and 100MB/second sequential write speeds for greater system responsiveness. With no moving parts, the tiny, robust drive is designed to deliver the durability needed by portable devices that are frequently dropped or jostled, says Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk.

The SanDisk iSSD is available now for sampling to original equipment manufacturers, and is being evaluated by...

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Aug 18
NoteList for Mac OS X beefs up adding notes feature

Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.9. The upgrade has support for adding notes via drag and drop of files (txt, rtf and rtfd with images) from the Finder to the list.

NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.

NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 18
YesVideo debuts MemorySafe mobile site for Apple devices

YesVideo (http://www.yesvideo.com), which specializes in the leader in consumer media conversion services, has announced a new mobile version of MemorySafe, YesVideo's online archival service for consumer home movie and photo memories.

Now viewable on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, MemorySafe provides consumers with on-the-go access to their precious collection of home movie and photograph content. The mobile experience mirrors MemorySafe's full web experience, allowing YesDVD customers to securely view their home movie library, invite others to view via email invitations and share memories on Facebook and Twitter, says Sai-Wai Fu, CEO of YesVideo.
 
YesVideo also announced new pricing options for MemorySafe services and products. The new MemorySafe Premium plan protects up to 15 home movies with a one-year subscription for US$59.99. YesVideo customers can also choose to...

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Aug 18
Kanex Hive forum is now abuzz

Kanex has started a forum, Kanex Hive (http://hive.kanexlive.com/forum.php), for current and future Kanex product owners.

Members will find the latest news about upcoming products from Kanex, as well as receive tech support either from the Kanex team or from other members of the forum. There’s also a section to submit idea for new products.
 
The Kanex forum allows members to discuss about Kanex products and receive feedback from the Kanex team itself as well as other Kanex product users. The forum was established as a means to communicate directly with Kanex. Previously, users who posted on other forums about Kanex products didn’t receive any information or feedback from the Kanex team, and in turn weren't being heard by Kanex.

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Aug 17
Sample Logic announces Cinematic Guitars

Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Guitars (http://www.samplelogic.com/cinematicguitars.html), an US$399.99 collection of morphed guitar instruments harnessed in a "core effects sequencer" engine powered by the Native Instruments Kontakt Player.  

Derived entirely from true electric and acoustic guitar recordings by guitar guru Steve Ouimette (known for his work on the Guitar Hero franchise) this library isn't a traditional guitar sample library, but is an extensive collection of atmospheres, instrumentals, and percussives.

Taking it one step further, Cinematic Guitars gives users the power to create and manipulate custom instruments using the "core effects sequencer" designed by Sample Logic and built into the Kontat engine. This library sports over 1,000 instruments and multis, starting with bizarre, dark, euphoric, spiritual, electronic sounds...

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Aug 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 17

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/).

PocketLabworks has announced PocketSing, PocketRap and PocketAmp for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. PocketSing and PocketRap provide amplification and vocal effects when singing along with your iTunes music. Both apps are priced at US$0.99. PocketAmp turns your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad into a practice guitar amplifier and effects processor. It's on sale for $2.99 for a limited time.

Oofsource has scared up Scare Factor 1.0 for iOS. It's an $1.99 entertainment app designed to scare unwary friends, capture their reaction, and post it on Twitter or Facebook. On the pretext of playing an enjoyable game of finding the small differences between two nearly identical photos, a friend holds the device and stares intently at the screen. Soothing...

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Aug 17
AntennaSys prez: Apple won't change antenna for a Verizon...

If an iPhone does appear on Verizon, don’t expect Apple to change its antenna design, Spencer Webb, president of AntennaSys, says -- as reported by "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/q5).

"I've called Apple's antenna design 'bold' and 'risky,' but they won't change it [for a CDMA-based phone]," he says. "The antenna design is architecturally fixed in the design, and it would take them a while to make whatever the next design is."

Webb told "Computerworld" he doesn't expect Apple to revert to sticking the antenna inside the iPhone's case, where it was located until the iPhone 4. Calling Apple's move a "design choice" that had known trade-offs, Webb said he has no idea how Apple will address what in hindsight became a major negative: dropped calls.

"You can bet your bippy that they're going to be addressing this issue somehow," he told "Computerworld." "They want to be the smartest guys on the...

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Aug 17
Apple releases Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0

Apple has released Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4286). It contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X 10.6.4.

Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 Addresses frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 by Valve, on the iMac (Late 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac mini (Early 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac Pro (Early 2009), MacBook (Early 2009 and Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) or MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) models.

It also resolves an issue that could cause Aperture 3, or StarCraft II by Blizzard, to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive. Finally, it resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.

Snow Leopard Graphics 1.0 can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's...

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Aug 17
Artbeats releases hi-def Hawaiian Aerials collections

Artbeats (http://www.artbeats.com) has released three new HD collections featuring the overhead beauty of the Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiian City Aerials, Hawaiian Establishment Aerials and Hawaiian Scenic Aerials.

Shot using the RED One Camera, combined with the eclipse gyrostabilized camera system, these new collections give Artbeats the unique status of having the largest, and highest quality, library of royalty-free Hawaiian aerial footage available on the web, says Artbeats president and lead cinematographer, Phil Bates.

Hawaiian City Aerials features fly-overs of Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kapaa, Koko Kai, Lahaina, Lihue, Nanakuli, Pearl City and Waianae. Hawaiian Establishment Aerials was shot from a higher perspective and features sprawling cities, vast lava fields, the remote Mauna Loa Observatory and more. Hawaiian Scenic Aerials captures the beauty of Hawaii's rocky cliffs, lush...

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Aug 17
PluralEyes available for Adobe Premiere Pro

Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, says its flagship product PluralEyes is now available for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5. Well, it's available for Windows, though a Mac version is in the works.

PluralEyes provides workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects. By analyzing audio information, it synchronizes audio and video clips automatically, without the need for timecode, clappers or any special preparation.

PluralEyes is available for purchase on the Singular Software website (http://www.singularsoftware.com/buy.html). An introductory discount of 20% will be applied to the original price (US$149) if purchased before Sept. 17. Students and instructors can also benefit from Singular Software's academic discount of 50%, which can be...

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Aug 17
An iPad mini for the holidays?

I'm not sure an iPad mini makes sense, but the scuttlebutt going around today is that we'll see a 7-inch version of the Apple tablet in time for the holidays.

Chinese-language "Economic Daily News," a financial newspaper, says Taiwanese companies are starting to assemble a 7-inch iPad. The publication -- whose story was translated by the IDG News Service (http://macosg.me/2/q3) -- says Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD screens, while touchscreen technology for the "iPad minis" will come from Cando Corp. Compai Electronics will assemble the devices, says "Economic Daily News."

I may not think a 7-inch iPad make sense, but Kit Eaton of "Fast Company" (http://macosg.me/2/q4) does. "A 7-inch iPad would appeal to a slightly different audience than the 9.7-inch unit for two reasons: Size and price," he says. "Some folks would find its...

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Aug 17
Apple has 48% of worldwide mobile market earnings in second...

Apple collected 48% of the worldwide mobile market’s earnings before interest and taxes in the second quarter of 2010 despite having approximately 3% of the overall mobile sales in the quarter,, according to new stats from Asymco (http://macosg.me/2/q2), which provides mobile app development services to business customers.

"It dwarfs all the other vendors, more than double the nearest (Nokia)," says Asymco. "All that in three years and with the added burdens of only three models, a recession and limited distribution."

Looking at the pure smartphone vendors RIM and Apple, "the picture is nothing short of astonishing," they say. The two entrants went from about 7% profit share to 65% in three years.

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Aug 17
Boris FX announces new Boris Continuum unit: 3-Way Color Grade

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, 3-Way Color Grade, is now available. The Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit brings professional-level color grading tools to desktop editing and compositing systems, according to Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX.

Built-in masking and keying tools allow editors to isolate areas for secondary color correction. Separate color grading can be applied to the inside and outside of a mask, eliminating an extra compositing step.

The Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99 USD. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete...

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Aug 17
HOB debuts Mac-specific remote access solution

HOB (http://www.hobsoft.com) has launched a new secure remote access solution designed specifically for Mac users. The HOB MacGate provides users with access to computers running Mac, especially graphics workstations, on a corporate network either through a LAN or over the Internet.

In addition, access to Mac computers is possible from any client platform including Windows, Linux or even from another Mac workstation. Available now, the HOB MacGate is powered by the company’s HOB Remote Desktop VPN.

HOB MacGate merges Mac OS X desktops onto PC desktops and provides the user with the experience and usability of working simultaneously on both a PC and Mac, says HOB CEO Klaus Brandstätter. Once logged in, users see the desktop of the remote system on the client computer, and can work with it as if locally installed on their own computer.

Additionally, all components and elements of the Mac user...

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Aug 17
Dropbox powered text editor for iPhone, iPad available

Second Gear Software has released Elements 1.0 (http://www.secondgearsoftware.com/elements/), a new text editor for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It allows you to view, edit and share plain text documents on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

All of your data is stored on your personal Dropbox account so that its accessible from any device you have. Elements is available for an introductory price of $4.99.

It requires an iPad running iOS 3.2 or an iPhone/iPod touch running iOS 4. A free Dropbox account is also required. Elements can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

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Aug 17
Griffin releases more iPhone 4 cases

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has released three more cases for the iPhone 4. The Elan Frame is Griffin's classic Elan Form case in a new backless design.

It surrounds iPhone 4 in a thinring of impact-resistant polycarbonate with a bonded synthetic outer layer. The case frames the smartphone, elevating the front and back off surfaces while protecting the edges and allowing full access to ports and controls. The Elan Frame is now available in black and platinum leather and graphite finishes. The cost is US$29.99 for the black version and $34.99 for the platinum and graphite versions.


The $19.99 FlexGrip wraps the iPhone 4 in a tear-resistant TPU. The slim design provides protection, while allowing full access to the Multi-Touch display, controls, and ports. The FlexGrip is now available in black and clear, with blue and pink colors coming soon.

The $...

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Aug 17
Raidon releases new HyBrid RunnerRs

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) is releasing two new generations of its HyBrid RunneR, the internal storage devices iH1010 and iH2420. The RAIDON HyBrid RunneR, is a two drive, tray-less internal array that delivers performance from solid state drives while automatically backing up an SSD to a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drive.
 
The function of the Hybrid RunneR is to utilize part of the capacity of an HDD, identical capacity to SSD and backup from the beginning sector of HDD, to backup data in the event of an SSD failure. Although a sector of the HDD is used as backup area of SSD, the remaining capacity of the HDD is still available as extended data storage.
 
The advantage of this technology is that the user gets the speed of the latest SSD read/write performance with the backup protection provided by today’s latest spindled 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs, according to the folks at Raidon...

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Aug 17
Monsoon Multimedia launches Vulkano for Macs, iPhones, iPads


Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the availability for Vulkano and Vulkano Pro from select retail and distribution partners and Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro direct from Monsoon at http://www.myvukano.com .

Vulkano integrates multiple "disruptive technologies" -- the DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play streaming and Mobile Video Recording -- while eliminating the need for multiple boxes, according to Monsoon Chief Technical Officer Steve Stone. Vulkano, a consumer device with an integrated hardware and software platform that has a video processor and local storage, is set to replace multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, he opines. It's available now at prices ranging from $259 to $379, depending on storage capacity.



When connected to a set-top box and a TV, Vulkano enables a video experience across iPhones, iPads,...

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Aug 17
Dock-It for Snow Leopard revved to version 2.7.5

Gideon Softwarks (http://www.gideonsoftworks.com/) has updated Dock-It, its multifunctional dock and Finder enhancer. for Mac OS X, to version 2.7.5. The upgrade fixes the Clipping Applet menu, so it's no longer always disabled.

Dock-It lets you create multiple docks that can be used to hold files, folders, applications, scripts, etc. It supports all Finder file operation modifiers.

For new users Dock-It costs US$10. Version 2.7.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

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Aug 17
Flash Optimizer adds support for Flash CS5

Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has updated Flash Optimizer for Mac, a SWF (Shockwave file) compression utility, to version 2.4, adding support for Flash CS5

Flash Optimizer for Mac compresses not just separate parts of SWF, but the whole file including curves, zero objects and more. It's customizable and gives the user full control over the compression process.

Flash Optimizer for Mac costs US$99.95. Version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 17
BatchOutput update lets users automate output to InDesign Markup...

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update lets users automate output to InDesign Markup format.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.9 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Aug 17
ProteMac Meter for Mac OS X gets faster

ProteMac has updated ProteMac Meter (http://www.protemac.com/Meter/), the network activity monitor and network traffic logger utility for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 3.7. The upgrade sports speed increases.

ProteMac Meter allows control network activity for each application on your Mac, showing you what was transmitted and to where. It shows information about each connection: application network connections, host availability, remote host name, amounts of incoming and outgoing traffic through connection or application, timestamps of the first and last activity, application that initiated or accepted this connection, full path to the application the process belongs to, and much more. The traffic summary indicator shows an upload and download speed graph and traffic totals specially for selected application.

You can use ProteMac Meter right from your menubar floating diagrams...

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Aug 17
New 'MacVoices' looks at 'taking your iPad to the...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), author Steve Sande, along with Erica Sadun and Michael Grothaus, talks about the new "Taking Your iPad to the Max" book from Apress.

They also discuss the need for a book about Apple’s latest hit hardware device. The iPad can be almost anything you want it to be. Sande talks about how he and his co-authors approached both the built-in applications as well as third-party apps, and where the iPad fits into both your work and play lifestyle.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Aug 17
DutyWatch Remote for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

ActyMac has released ActyMac DutyWatch Remote 1.8 (http://actymac.com/DutyWatch_Remote/), an update of the distant computer monitoring application for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.

DutyWatch lets you monitor a specific computer or a group of computers that have ActyMac DutyWatch installed within a local network. The program's interface enables a user to check each employee's activity and control their productivity at any time during the day, week or month even being far away from the office. ActyMac DutyWatch records all typed emails, chats, IMs, web sites or web searches. The program captures screenshots of current activity and stores all running programs.

With the help of DutyWatch Remote the monitoring statistics can be viewed on iPhone and/or iPod touch devices or in an Internet browser. A user can find out what applications are used, what...

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