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Jun 29
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog plug-in for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 for FileMaker Pro 11. It's a maintenance release, but also includes a handful of enhancements.

Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html).

Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. The plug-in also runs on Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is...

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Jun 29
Pragmatic Studio offers iPhone 4 SDK training

The Pragmatic Studio is offering their iPhone/iPad Programming Course (http://pragmaticstudio.com/iphone) in Santa Clara, California on Aug. 17-20, 2010.

In this 4-day, hands-on training course, participants will earn how to create iPhone/iPad apps with guided instruction from two renowned developers and authors, Matt Drance and Daniel Steinberg. You'll get hands-on coding experience and answers to your questions. You'll have to contact the Pragmatic Studio for pricing.

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Jun 29
MOTU introduces the MicroBook audio interface

MOTU has announced the MicroBook (http://www.motu.com/marketing/motu_products/audio_interfaces/microbook/), a USB bus-powered audio interface that purportedly delivers studio-grade audio performance in a compact size small enough to fit in your pocket. The MicroBook -- which will ship next month and cost US$269 -- turns a Mac or PC computer into a personal 4x2 recording studio with audio I/O and mixing.

"The MicroBook is small in size but huge when it comes to audio quality," says Jim Cooper, MOTU marketing director. "Our tests show that it matches or exceeds the measured audio specifications of other so-called 'high-end' interfaces on the market that cost two and three times as much. So it's perfect for discriminating users who want quality I/O for on-the-go recording, personal studio tracking, laptop-based...

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Jun 29
iWork Pages Templates available for Mac OS X, the iPad

Hong Kong based FaCILISI has introduced iPad Pages Templates, an iPad compatible version of their iWork Pages Templates, made for the Pages application for Mac OS X. The templates enable the creation of brochures, flyers, postcards, posters, business cards, and envelopes.

Users need only add their own text and pictures to create documents in iWork Pages for Mac OS X, or iPad Pages for iOS 3.2 or later. FaCILISI iWork Pages Templates offers the user an additional 1200-plus templates from which to choose.

The FaCILISI STORE web site (http://www.facilisi.com/products.php?cat=164) displays templates under three headings: Categories, Themes, and Packages. iWork Pages Templates and iPad Pages Templates are available individually for US$0.99 or in complete packages priced from $9.99 to $19.99.

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Jun 29
Gossip: Apple to buy more companies, get into the TV biz

"Silicon Alley Business Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apples-shopping-spree-isnt-over-2010-6) says that, according to "gossip" at a a CEO dinner last night at Il Buco in Manhattan -- set up by the local Mobile Monday group and folks from Skyhook Wireless and Gunderson Dettmer -- Apple plans to buy more companies and get into the TV business.

"Besides the leaks of a supposed new Apple TV device, the company also renamed its iPhone OS 'iOS,' foreshadowing a future beyond mobile devices," the article says. "The company's move into advertising -- mobile, so far, but no reason it can't extend into TV somehow -- is another hint."

"Silicon Alley Business Insider" also says Apple is looking at all kinds of deals, even up to $1 billion. This move is purportedly being led by Adrian Perica.

Perica is...

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Jun 29
Tech stocks drop on global economic concerns

Tech stocks -- including Apple -- slumped Tuesday as concerns about global economic growth drove the broad market right into the red.

As noted by "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/broad-losses-lead-to-early-tech-slump-2...), every major tech stock lost ground, including Apple, Intel, Google, Dell and Micron Technology.

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Jun 29
PowerEZ Plus compatible with the iPhone 4

Konnet Technology (http://www.konnetonline.com) has released the PowerEZ Plus, an US$29.99, 1000mAh external charging solution for the iPhone and iPod family of devices, including the new iPhone 4. It combines a battery pack with a retractable prop for iPod/iPhone movie watching in widescreen format.

Nearly .5 inches thick, the PowerEZ Plus attaches to the bottom of an iDevice to provide slightly less than full charge for users on-the-go. Four LED lights convey how much juice is left in the pack; if it needs recharging, connect the PowerEZ Plus to your computer using a USB charge and sync cable (included).

Featuring “Smart Charging” technology and “Over-Current Protection”, the PowerEZ Plus avoids over-charging your device by shutting down when it senses a full tank, says says Christine Custodio, vice president of marketing for Konnet Technology. With the press of a button, you can also...

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Jun 29
iFrogz announces line of cases for the iPhone 4

iFrogz (http://www.ifrogz.com) has announced its new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4. The line includes eight designs, including favorites such as the Luxe Original and the Fusion.
 
The eight iPhone 4 cases offered by iFrogz include the Treadz and Wrapz, which are fashioned from silicone, as well as options with harder protective surfaces, such as the Luxe Lean, Fusion, Frosted Swerve, SoftGloss, Luxe Original and Luxe Transition. Each case offers impact protection and allows access to all ports, sensors and inputs. Pricing ranges from US$14.99 to $29.99.

iFrogz also offers three styles of screen protectors for the iPhone 4: mirrored, anti-glare and privacy. The mirrored and anti-glare protectors retail for $19.99. The privacy screen protector retails for $29.99.

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Jun 29
GEAR4 enters U.S. market with iPod, iPad, iPhone accessories

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), a UK iPod and iPhone audio brand with an emphasis on design, has entered the U.S. market. It will offer 11 products in the categories of home, portable and alarm, as well as two app-enabled accessories -- available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1.
 
GEAR4's focus for the U.S. launch is on its iPhone and iPod touch speaker systems, as well GEAR4’s new app-enabled accessories. Prices will range from US$49 to $34.
 
Included in the October product launch are two new app-enabled accessories, taking advantage of an application and an accessory working together to do more than what either can do separately, according to GEAR4 CEO Tom Dudderidge. One of these is UnityRemote, which allows users to turn their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote without requiring a special case or any type of special dongle to plug into the iPhone. 
 
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Jun 29
Seagate offers 3TB external desktop drive

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the first 3TB external desktop drive: the US$249.99 FreeAgent GoFlex Desk. The company says it allows you to store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

An addition to the company’s recently introduced GoFlex family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive’s USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can create, store and access content from either a Mac OS X or Windows cpmputer on the GoFlex Desk external drive, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

The NTFS driver for Mac allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer,...

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Jun 29
Dot Hill launches new end-to-end storage arrays

Dot Hill Systems Corp. is now shipping its next generation 3000 Series storage arrays featuring “end-to-end” 6Gb storage solutions.

The company is introducing two models: the 3520 2U 24-drive solution with 2.5-inch drives, and the 3530 2U 12-drive standard array, which offers 24TB of storage utilizing 2TB 3.5-inch drives. Each controller includes four 6Gb SAS 2.0 connections, for a maximum of eight host-attach connections per storage array.  The Dot Hill 3520 and 3530 enable businesses to expand storage dynamically and easily in direct-attached storage environments. There are four ports per controller, the solutions deliver exceptional performance, while eliminating the need for a switched SAN environment.
 
The Dot Hill 3520 and 3530 are now shipping through major original equipment manufacturer partners and will be available via Dot Hill resellers starting in July. More information can be obtained on specific products and features at...

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Jun 29
Creaceed releases iOS4 Speech Recognition SDK

Creaceed (http://www.creaceed.com) has released an iOS4 speech recognition (SDK) which can be used by all developers to design iPhone and iPad applications.

Creaceed's CeedVocal SDK supports isolated words recognition from a list of up to 5,000 words, and keyword spotting. The SDK is available in six languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian). As no training is required from the end user, speech recognition is ready to use as soon as the app is launched, according to the folks at Creaceed.

iPhone developers can purchase a license either for developing a single application, or for developing an unlimited number of applications. The licensing scheme includes no royalties (even if CeedVocal SDK is integrated in a paid app). For more information about the SDK fee and SDK license pricing, see Creaceed's web site.

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Jun 29
Analyst: Adobe should cut its iPhone losses and switch focus

Adobe should cut its losses with Apple and target its flagship Flash Player at telecoms carriers, independent analyst group, Ovum (http://www.datamonitor.com), claims in a new report.
 
With the spat over Apple’s refusal to support the Adobe Flash technology on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices continuing to generate column inches, Ovum believes it's time for Adobe to turn the tables by courting new sponsors of its technology in the shape of telecoms operators.
 
The report states that Adobe and telecoms carriers are faced with similar threats and share similar goals in relation to value-added applications and content, and that carriers should therefore seek an industry-wide partnership with Adobe to use Flash as the basis of their own multi-screen device, development, delivery, and distribution systems.
 
Ovum believes both sides could work together to create a...

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Jun 29
'EveryMac' updated with new Mac mini, iPhone 4 info

This update of EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com) features complete specs and a variety of Q&As on the all new aluminum Mac mini, an assortment of new and updated Q&As on the now shipping iPhone 4, and new ways to browse iPod, iPhone and iPad models.

The Currently Shipping, By Year, By Processor, By Case Type, By Capability, and By Identifier Mac specs listings have been updated. Also, the Mac manuals and Mac benchmarks have been upgraded, as well.

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Jun 29
Jobs to attend Sun Valley Media Executive Retreat

Apple CEO Steve Jobs plans to attend the annual Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, "giving him a chance to court executives he needs to add content to his company’s products," reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macosg.me/2/g8). He last attended the event in 2005.

Executives of media and technology companies often use the conference, which isn't open to the press, to network and discuss deals. Walt Disney used it to launch its $19.5 billion acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC Inc. Yahoo! Inc. co- founder Jerry Yang met former Warner Bros. executive Terry Semel at an Allen & Co. conference before tapping him as CEO in 2001, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."

Other expected attendees this year include News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, Disney CEO Bob Iger, KKR & Co. Henry Kravis, Facebook Inc. CEO Mark...

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Jun 29
Law firm investigating 'potential problems' with...

The California law firm of Kershaw, Cutter and Rainoff is investigating investigating potential problems with the release of iPhone 4. 

There have been reports of reception problems with the iPhone 4. Apparently, much of the problem involves gripping the smartphone in such a wave intuitive to left-handed people. Apple's response (so far) has been to avoid gripping the handset in the lower left corner, or use "one of many available cases" to prevent one's skin from touching the metal band.
 
"If you recently purchased the new iPhone and have experienced poor reception quality, dropped calls and weak signals, we would like to hear from you," says a note at the KCR web site. "Please call us toll free at (888) 285-3333, click "live chat" above to immediately speak with a KCR representative, or email us at jwilkinson@kcrlegal.com for more details."

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Jun 29
Consumer confidence jumps in June

Consumer confidence in consumer electronics moved up sharply in June as confidence in the overall economy dropped to its lowest point since July 2008, according to the latest figures released today from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and "CNET."

The CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE) climbed in June to 82.7, up 11.2 points from last month. The ICTE, which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, is down 1.7 points from this time last year.

“Traditionally, the summer has been a strong time for tech spending. The recent news about the new iPhone and upgrades to video game consoles may have sparked renewed interest in tech among consumers,” says Anne Claudio, vice president of research at CBS Interactive.

The CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE) fell to 162.8 points this month, its lowest point since July 2008, when it was 162.2 points. The ICE, down 1.4 points from last month, measures consumer...

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Jun 29
T-Plan announces support for Safari 5

T-Plan Limited (http://www.t-plan.com) -- which produces test process management. Incorporating test process and supporting tools -- has announced support for Apple’s Safari 5 web browser, adding to the list of web browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer, its Robot Enterprise automation tool supports.

This support comes as part of T-Plan’s ongoing application test acceleration and compatibility (ATAC) program that it has launched in cooperation with its US distribution partner, nSyte Software, that seeks to dramatically shorten developer’s time to market by offering support for new web browsers and application platforms the same day they are released.

Charlie Wheeler, sales and marketing director for T-Plan, says discussions with T-Plan reveal that being able to support Safari 5 on the same day that it was released to market is only one of similar initiatives that are...

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Jun 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 28

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/).

Amazon.com has released a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch, which allows readers to enjoy the benefits of embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books. The first books to take advantage of this new technology, including "Rick Steves’ London" by Rick Steves and "Together We Cannot Fail" by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com/kindleaudiovideo . Kindle Editions with audio/video are available now with the latest Kindle App on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Also, Kindle for iPhone is now optimized for iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

Widgetize has announced Colorize, for the iPhone and iPod...

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Jun 28
Quark Partners with NewsGator to deliver digital content to...

Quark has partnered with NewsGator, a social computing provider, to help publishers and other content creators deliver digital content to the iPhone, iPod touch, and soon, the iPad.

The partnership allows Quark Publishing System users to instantly publish newsfeed content to Apple’s digital devices through a newsreader application that can be created using NewsGator’s TapLynx Framework. Walker Fenton, vice president of Corporate Development at NewsGator, says TapLynx is the easiest way to make a unique digital content app for the iPhone and iPod Touch because users only need to fill out a simple configuration file. The framework supports multiple ad formats and servers so that publishers can monetize their content, and it lets consumers share content through social media. TapLynx is the foundation of NetNewsWire, NewsGator’s iPhone feed reader.
 
Quark Publishing System enables publishers and other content creators to publish to their newsfeeds with a single...

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Jun 28
Goshen College goes green with Mac minis

When Goshen College (http://www.goshen.edu) students return to classes this fall in Goshen, Indiana, their desktop computing experience will be very "green." This summer the college has launched a "Green Desktop" initiative as part of Goshen's zero carbon footprint goals by ordering 400 energy-efficient Apple Mac minis to replace every campus PC.

"The minis run a mix of Windows 7 and Mac OS X, but more importantly, they consume as little as one-eighth power of the PCs they are replacing," says Michael Sherer, director of the college's Information Technology Services.

Facilities Manager and Sustainability Coordinator Glenn Gilbert estimated that the upgrade will save the college US$8,000 per year in electricity and cooling costs. The computers that are being replaced will be sold or recycled.

Sherer said standardizing on Mac Mini's has benefits that go far beyond low-power consumption.

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Jun 28
MMColor tweaked for FileMaker Pro 11 on Mac OS X


Comm-Unity Network Systems (http://mmcolor.cnsplug-ins.com/) has updated MMColor, an interface plug-in that allows you to create and edit color in FileMaker Pro, to version 1.6.1. The upgrade includes many core bug fixes and enhancements imported from other CNS Plug-ins. It also includes a few positioning fixes for the Slider dialogs under FileMaker Pro 11 on Mac OS X.

MMColor is a user interface plug-in that allows users to work with color palettes as they would in any professional design application. The software has functions for bringing up the system color picker as well as custom sliders for adjusting any component of any color space used by MMColor right in FileMaker Pro. MMColor supports the RGB, HSV, HSL, CMY, and CMYK Color Spaces.

Version 1.6.1 a free upgrade for anyone with a 1.x.x license. However, if you haven't upgraded to 1.6.x, you will need a new license key for...

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Jun 28
Quirky releases Pivot Power power strip

Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products) has released the US$25 Pivot Power, a community-developed electronic power strip that adjusts and flexes to maximize outlets, as well as conserve space.

It boasts six adjustable outlet pods. Plus, the Pivot Power's flexible form bends into circular, semi-circular, and zig zag shapes, enabling it to fit into tight spaces and wrap around furniture and corners.

It's the 44th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.

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Jun 28
Oklahoma State University to launch iPad student pilot...

Oklahoma State University will pilot an Apple iPad initiative during the Fall 2010 semester with select courses in the School of Media and Strategic Communications and the Spears School of Business at both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, announced OSU President Burns Hargis.

"We will evaluate the academic enhancement to the courses, how the iPad and its specific apps and web-based tools can be integrated in this capacity, and perhaps most importantly, how the integration of these mobile tools can expand the tactical abilities of students as they enter the workforce," he says. "This pilot initiative will provide valuable insight into the research benefits of the Apple iPad in the classroom,” said Hargis. "The iPad has had an amazing impact since being introduced and we are excited to be able to put this powerful and creative tool in the hands of students and faculty and see what happens."

Bill Handy, visiting assistant professor in the School of Media and Strategic...

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Jun 28
Pulsar for Mac OS X now lets you pause live radio

Rogue Amoeba has released Pulsar 2 (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/pulsar/), an update to the XM and SIRIUS desktop client for Mac OS X. The app now enables users to pause live radio.

If a song comes on you don't like, use the handy Next Song command to skip right past it. Missed the name of a band? Jump backwards to hear the DJ again. With buffered audio, you're in control.

With Pulsar, satellite radio subscribers can get their audio on the Mac with no hardware or web browser required. Version 2 also brings several other improvements. Favorites are now accessible from Pulsar's mini-player, and they can be re-sorted via drag-and-drop in the main Favorites view, to get just the order desired. Pulsar now features Growl integration, to make the currently playing song visible in any application. Track titles can now also be sent to Last.fm, automatically.

Pulsar 2 is US$20 for...

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