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Aug 26
AppMakr.com integrates HTML 5

AppMakr.com, a free platform for building native mobile applications, has announced the integration of HTML5 to its features, allowing users to leverage advanced functionality within customized HTML tab.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.

In addition to the HTML5-enabled tab, AppMakr.com has also implemented PhoneGap’s leading open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps. These features will give all users the ability to code their application using HTML and JavaScript and utilize those languages to take advantage of native, device-specific functionality allowing for the app to access the device camera...

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Aug 26
Sonnet announces SDXC card support for memory card reader/writer

Sonnet Technologies has announced SDXC card support for its US$29.95 Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 adapter, enabling users with MacBook Pro and Windows laptop computers equipped with an ExpressCard slot to use these extended-capacity cards designed for the latest high-megapixel digital cameras and digital video camcorders.

The new format SDXC cards (starting at 64GB) surpass previous-generation SDHC cards 32 GB maximum capacity. Sonnet's Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 moves files from memory cards to a notebook computer's hard drive, with no cables required. This handy device inserts flush inside a MacBook Pro or Windows notebook's ExpressCard slot so it can be carried inside the computer slot even when not in use.

The Sonnet multimedia reader supports the most popular memory card formats used in digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices, including Memory Stick, MMC (Multimedia Card), SDHC (...

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Aug 26
Red Giant Software to host free FCP SuperMeet workshops at...

Red Giant Software, publishers and developers of iPhone apps and software tools, will host free Final Cut Pro SuperMeet workshops as part of the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, in the heart of Amsterdam in Dam Square.

The training will consist of three separate identical sessions to take place during the day prior to the SuperMeet, which will be the largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Avid and Adobe editors, DSLR filmmakers, digital media makers and Gurus during IBC2010.

Apple Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker will demonstrate how to quickly stylize shots, store favorite looks and tools, remove color casts and make primary and secondary corrections. Simon will also show how to use power masks and keyers to isolate areas, boost visual sharpness, smooth skin and repair cosmetic blemishes as well as adding instant Hollywood looks to footage whilst maintaining accurate flesh tones. All this...

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Aug 26
'MacNotables' looks at the future of books

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

A discussion with Adam Engst and Andy Ihnatko starts with a blog post by the latter, "Darwinist Consumerism: What's the most ethical way to buy books?," and ends with an analysis how long brick-and-mortar bookstores have to live. Along the way, whether you should, and can afford to, support your local bookseller, the loss of a cherished institution, and changes in how future generations will view books are examined. The differences between this digital transition and that of music and video enter into the conversation, as well as comic books, physical media storage challenges and more.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy...

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Aug 26
DataLore for Mac OS X gets over a dozen enhancements

XtraLean Software has released DataLore 1.1, an update to the front end to Spotlight hat makes it easier and faster to search and share files both locally on one's own computer, and on the network.

This update adds more than a dozen enhancements to the interface to simplify browsing. Faster search algorithm and improved interface also make it faster to find and display files, and easier to narrow down and display the search results. A new Filters tab allows users to add more filters to their search in order to further narrow down and customize the search results to their specific needs. Other features new with this update include the ability to use DataLore as a Finder, and "exclude files" has replaced the former "exclude folders"feature for faster narrowing down of results.

DataLore's developer, Hagen Kaye, says the app uses a "Search-as-You-Type" technology for finding files fast. It also employs "Text Shorthand" and "Special Characters" for highly defined or more...

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Aug 26
Codafy 1.0 RapidWeaver plug-ing enables native Firebug...

NimbleHost has announced Codafy 1.0 (http://rapidweaver.nimblehost.com/plugins/codafy.html), a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds native "Firebug" functionality to the Mac OS X web site design application.

It's free and enables web designers to see how the underlying HTML, CSS, and Javascript code of their web site relates to the actual design, improving workflow and reducing development time. Firebug lets content creators more easily understand how to make customizations and changes to their web sites, as well as simplify the search for any bugs and errors in the underlying code.

For RapidWeaver users utilizing this Firebug/Firefox combination, the process of constantly switching between two applications quickly becomes a time consuming process. Codafy was specifically developed to enable the open source WebKit Web Inspector so that it...

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Aug 26
New credit card solution offered for the iPhone

Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) and mophie has released the Complete Credit Card Solution, an all-in-one product that enables small businesses to process credit card payments via theiPhone. It integrates Intuit’s GoPayment credit card processing app and quick-to-activate merchant account with the mophie marketplace iPhone credit card reader.

This package is now available in Apple Retail Stores and soon on Apple.com. As part of this solution, Intuit GoPayment offers an application process designed to let merchants start processing credit cards on their iPhones in as few as 15 minutes, according to Chris Hylen, general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. As an option, GoPayment is also compatible with QuickBooks Mac to help save time in keeping business financial files up to date, he adds.

GoPayment has been on the market for more than a year. This latest version offers the ability for...

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Aug 25
Kubato Tools launches new Vintage Delish Lightroom presets

Kubota Image Tools has announced the availability of its latest package of presets for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Fully compatible with the recently-released Lightroom 3, the Kubota Lightroom Presets - Vintage Delish offers photographers pre-programmed short-cuts to create image effects.

The tools were devised by photo industry veteran Kevin Kubota. This latest edition of the Kubota Lightroom Presets includes 42 custom Develop Presets for Lightroom 3 that include image adjustments for: color-toned black & whites; faded antique effects; burnt & rusty colors; touches of grain; softening and glowing; deep, bold vignettes; warming tones; cross-process styling; and more.

Available for immediate online purchase, the Kubota Lightroom Presets Vintage Delish can be downloaded instantly. Immediate download is available for US$39 and can be ordered through at...

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Aug 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 25

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/).

Chiaro Software has announced the availability of FireRocker, an US$0.99 radio app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It comes with more than 1,600 radio station. You can add new stations and share them with others. FireRocker lets you record audio, listen to audio in the background on supported devices and update the stations database without updating the app. Another FireRocker feature is playlist creation, where users can list their favorite radio stations.

VoltGamer has released Impossible Mission Quiz 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The first series, Impossible Mission Quiz ($0.99) is a brainteaser is in the form of a quiz but with a twist.

Enlevel Studio has introduced iMotion Flashlight 1.0,a free motion sensor LED flashlight...

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Aug 25
ErgoMotion Mouse scampers from SmartFish

SmartFish Technologies (http://www.getsmartfish.com) has released the ErgoMotion Mouse. It's an US$49.95 laser mouse ethat sports a patented swivel mechanism that promotes a fluid movement, allowing the mouse to adapt to the user’s hand position. 

Smartfish’s ErgoMotion technology enables forward, backward and lateral wave-like movements for the wrist every time the mouse is in use.  This helps to relieve discomfort from repetitive stress injuries related to extended computer usage, according to Dr. Jack Atzmon, president and CEO of Smartfish Technologies. 

The ErgoMotion Mouse boastsboth left and right click, four-way scroll wheel and a discreet wireless USB plug-in. The device is compatible with Macs and PCs, and features an ambidextrous design for both right and left-handed users. 

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Aug 25
Brenthaven introduces the 5-in-1 iPad Case

Brenthaven has introduced the 5-in-1 iPad Case (http://www.brenthaven.com/ipad-catalog/5-1-ipad-case-matte-black). Available in matte black or metallic bronze at a manufacturer's suggested retail price, this multi-faceted iPad case performs five functions including:

° A two-sided hard shell protection system for protection;

° A horizontal viewing stand for watching your favorite movie;

° Strap attachment system for watching shows on the go;

° A typing stand when you need to tap out an email;

° An EZ-Grip handle system to help secure your iPad safely in your hand while reading an e-book.

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Aug 25
Propellerhead releases Record 1.5, Reason 5

Propellerhead Software (http://www.propellerheads.se) has released Reason 5 and Record 1.5, updates of the software for musicians that introduce new instruments, effects, sequencing, sounds, patches and more for composing, beatmaking, loop-mangling, vocal treatment, songwriting, remixing and music production.

The new Kong Drum Designer and Dr. Octo Rex loop player extend Reason’s instrument arsenal. Reason 5 and Record 1.5 add a new take on sequencing: Blocks, in which you build songs parts like patterns and string them together for fast arranging with the ability to freely go back and forth between pattern and linear modes.
Neptune is a pitch correction tool and voice synthesizer. You can play new harmonies on a MIDI keyboard for instant backing vocals. Live sampling into all sample capable devices means any musician can use samples in a new manner for creative sampling.

The...

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Aug 25
Don't expect a revamped Apple TV to be a hit of iPad...

Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't expect any upcoming Apple TV refresh to be a hit of iPad proportions, because most consumers aren't ready to cancel their cable TV or stream content from iTunes, reports Peter Burrows of "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macosg.me/2/s0).

Apple will hold a special media event on Wednesday, Sept. 1, but "look for CEO Steve Jobs to focus on the ability for customers to watch their favorite TV shows and movies on their iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches," the article adds, quoting a "person familiar with the plan." Burrows says that company will announce that customers can rent many TV shows for 99 cents. Also, look for Jobs to show off a new iPod touch that features a high-resolution screen like the one in the iPhone 4.

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Aug 25
Apple to hold special event on Sept. 1

Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a special event to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1. It's been widely rumored that the event would focus on a revamped Apple TV. However, the invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.

The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.

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Aug 25
'MacVoices' looks at the upcoming Amsterdam Final Cut...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Michael Horton and Dan Berube are back again, this time to talk about the upcoming Amsterdam Final Cut Pro SuperMeet, their third in that city, and their fourth FCP event this year.

Who will be presenting, exhibiting and attending are all discussed, along with a tease about a super-secret special speaker that they aren't ready to announce yet. SuperMeet workshops and Open Screen Theater will make their first appearances in Amsterdam, and the whole event will be streamed online for the benefit of those unable to attend.

Berube and Horton also offer their thoughts on the trend of DSLR filmmaking, the adequacy
of the latest Mac Pro machines for video professionals, and hint at future events.

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

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Aug 25
Knoll Light Factory update supports Adobe CS5

Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com) has released Light Factory 2.7, an update of its plug-in that now supports Adobe CS5/64-bit processing along with new tools.

Knoll Light Factory is a motion graphics tool best known for its high-fidelity simulations of light effects called flares, which simulate reflections from a bright light source as seen through a camera's lens. It was created by John Knoll, Photoshop co-creator and "Star Wars" effects guru.

You can buy Light Factory 2.7 for US$399. If you own a license of Knoll Light Factory Pro version 2.5 or later, you qualify for a free update. Upgrades for registered users of prior versions are $99.

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Aug 25
USB Fever releases Solar Power Pack for the iPhone 4

USB Fever has released the Solar Power Pack the for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1999). It's an US$56.99 power pack with dual power sources: solar or USB mini five-pin.

With it, you can enjoy your movies, music, phone calls and internet surfing without worrying about the battery running out, according to the folks at USB Fever. This portable charger can recharge your iPhone to 100% about one and half times when the this powerpack is fully charged, they add.

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Aug 25
Barclays Capital reiterates 'overweight' rating for...

Barclays Capital reiterated its "overweight" rating on iPhone maker Apple Inc. with a price target of $340, as reported by "IB Times" (http://macosg.me/2/ry).

“We continue to believe Apple's valuation is very attractive and believe shares can benefit driven by strong iPad demand, a new iPhone upgrade cycle, significant international expansion, and additional new products expected later this year,” said Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital.

The analyst said Apple’s stock has been performing over the past month in-line with the market, which has brought questions from investors after such a strong June quarter.

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Aug 25
Texas launches iTunes program for teachers, students

Texas students can now download podcasts, videos and other multimedia lessons directly from iTunes through a new online program aimed at providing free, supplementary coursework that can be accessed anywhere, state officials announced Tuesday.

The Texas Education iTunes U channel allows teachers to upload material from their classes to help students understand new concepts or do more research in a specific subject area. Students and parents can access the material through home or school computers, and those with iPods can download the information to the handheld devices.

The state first met with Apple about three years ago. The governor's office and the Texas Education Agency began working on the project in November, finding and culling existing teacher training videos and programs for students, said agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe.

"A lot of that content may already be out there, but it's either overlooked or hard to access," Gov. Rick Perry told about 50...

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Aug 25
Apple removes Boot Camp support from Mac OS X server edition

Apple has removed support for Boot Camp from all new Macs shipping with the server edition of Mac OS X, notes "Hexus" (http://macosg.me/2/rr). 

Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

In a note (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3307) at its support site, Apple merely says: "Boot Camp is not included with Macs that ship with Mac OS X Server pre-installed. This includes all Xserves as well as Mac mini and Mac Pro configurations that...

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Aug 25
Apple will dominate tablet market through 2012

Even with a flood of rival products in the works, Apple's iPad is unlikely to face a viable competitor until 2011, allowing the company to maintain a dominant share in the tablet market at least through 2012, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).

The iPad will account for an overwhelming 74.1% of global tablet shipments in 2010, with the remaining 25.9% consisting of a mix of older PC-type tablet products and competitive slates, says the research group. Despite the arrival of the first real iPad competitors in 2011, Apple still will maintain a prevailing 70.4% share of shipments, iPad research from iSuppli bears out. 

Even in 2012, the iPad will continue to control nearly two-thirds of shipments, at 61.7 % as the competition strives to develop ecosystems of tablet apps and content that can match up with those of Apple.

“Although the iPad has been on the...

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Aug 25
Apple excludes iPhone from UK green ranking scheme

Apple has said no to its iPhones being included in the UK's first-ever green ranking scheme for mobile phones, reports "The Guardian" (http://macosg.me/2/rq). The scheme gives phones a rating of zero to five based on their environmental footprint.

Major manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung have signed up. The network O2, which is launching the rating system Wednesday, said 93% of the devices its customers use will be covered.

Launched in partnership with sustainability advisers Forum for the Future, the green ranking scheme scores handsets on the ecological impact of their raw materials, the manufacturing process, packaging, how long they are likely to last, energy efficiency and how easy they are to reuse or recycle.

“We know that sustainability is important for many of our customers and for the first time they will have the whole picture from which to make a full and...

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Aug 25
Apple to hold Apple TV (iTV?) media event on Sept. 7?

Apple is expected to host a special event to introduce new products for music and television, including a 99-cent TV show rental service, as well as new iPods, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).

Rumors have it that the revamped Apple TV may be redubbed the iTV, cost US$99 and would allow users to stream video, such as rentals, to their TV sets. Customers currently can pay to download electronic copies of many cable and broadcast shows, often for $1.99 each for the standard version, to view on iPhones, the iPad, Apple TV or other devices.

Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu told clients in a note on Wednesday that the revamped Apple TV would move to an ARM architecture processor running the same iOS software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The current version uses an Intel x86-based chip, running a "light" version of Mac OS X and its Front Row software.

"Bloomberg...

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Aug 25
Smartphone app market hits over $2.2 billion dollars

The worldwide smartphone applications market grew more than $2.2 billion dollars within the first six months of 2010, according to research2guidance (http://www.research2guidance.com). Mobile application download numbers reached a total of 3.8 billion in only six months, compared to 3.1 billion in 2009 according to the latest report by the research group.

"Apple's competitors like Nokia and BlackBerry started to leverage their global reach and increased the traffic on their app stores" says Egle Mikalajunaite, research analyst at research2guidance. "We see this trend continuing in the next several months and years. The next wave of new app stores will be niche stores specializing on e.g. business or mobile health apps."

Average application prices steeped to $3.60 US per paid application in the first half of 2010.

"Although there are still significant differences with regard...

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Aug 25
Logitech announces THX certified speaker system

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the THX Certified Logitech Speaker System Z623. With this 2.1 system, you’ll hear and feel immersive audio from 200 watts (RMS) of power whether you’re connecting the speakers to a computer or a TV.

Logitech includes all the inputs and cables you need to get great sound from up to three audio devices, according to Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. There are RCA and 3.5 mm inputs, in addition to the built-in headphone jack. Integrated controls on the right speaker satellite let you dial the volume and bass up or down to customize your listening experience.

The Logitech Z623 speakers are THX Certified. To qualify for THX certification, the two-satellite-and-subwoofer Z623 speaker system has to meet strict performance standards, Schneider says. The Logitech Speaker System Z623 is expected to be available...

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