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Jun 24
Speck offers new iPhone 4 cases

Speck has introduced several new cases for the iPhone 4 (http://www.speckproducts.com/content/iphone-4). The PixelSkin comes in black, pink and purple for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$24.95.

The CandyShell is available in BatWing Blue, Mooniscle White, India Whoa Blue, PaleMoon Grey and LoveHate Pink for $34.95.

The $29.95 Fitted Case comes in Darkest Tartan Plaid, Dalmatian Houndstooth, Purple SpexyHexy, TartanPlaid White, Purple Argyle, and Brown Cookie Camo. The $29.95 PixelSkin HD is available in black, purple, pink, and blue. And the GeoMetric costs $29.95 and comes in DeathRock Black, ProgRock Purple, and IndieRock Red.

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Jun 24
SONiVOX announces Reggaeton Instrumento Virtual

SONiVOX (http://www.sonivoxmi.com) has released Reggaeton Instrumento Virtual, a virtual instrument plug-in for the Mac or PC. For the first time, Reggaeton producers can enjoy a virtual instrument solely dedicated to their craft, according to the folks at SONiVOX. 

Designed for quick and easy professional beat construction, Reggaeton’s bilingual (English and Spanish) user interface affords integration of MIDI keyboards and MPC pad controllers. It's designed to bridge the gap between MPC style music creation and the computer-based virtual instrument environment.   

Reggaeton Instrumento Virtual is packed with 7GB of instruments forged by SONiVOX’s sound design team, as well as a selection of loop based construction kits by Reggaeton producer Michael Cipriano. It's available now with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149 and an introductory street price of $99.

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Jun 24
Apple, dozens of others sued for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Keranos -- based in Austin, Texas -- has filed a lawsuit against Apple and about a billion other companies for patent infringement.

Named in the lawsuit, in addition to Apple, are: Analog Devices, Alcatel-Lucent, Atheros,  Austriamicrosystems, EM Microelectronic, Seiko Epson, Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon, IBM. Intel, Microchip Technology, Micronas Semiconductor, Nanya, National Semiconductor, NEC, NXP, Oki, Rohm Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Renesas, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Toshiba, TSMC,, Ubicom, Vanguard, Vis Micro, Winbond Electronics and Zilog. The suit was filed in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas, the lawsuit capital of the world.

According to "TechEye.net" (http://www.techeye.net/business/intel-apple-...

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Jun 24
Apple may sell one million iPhone 4s Thursday

"Odds are strong" that Apple will sell one million iPhones Thursday, reports "24/7WallSt." (http://macosg.me/2/fi). The smartphone will launch in the US and several large wireless markets including the UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

Early reports say the iPhone 4 is already sold out in Japan. Other reports say people are in lines in front of Apple stores around the world in an effort to get the new iPhone.

What's more, Apple may top two million iPhone sales by the end of the fiscal quarter on June 26, according to Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities. Approximately 600,000 iPhones have already been ordered online from Apple or AT&T.

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Jun 24
Calcine for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.3

Tension Software has updated Calcine (http://pomola.com/products_calcline/calcline.html), a modern version of the desktop calculator, to version 2.0.3. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

Calcline starts as a small window utility. Insert a mathematical expression to evaluate, and the software will do the work.

Calcline costs US$20, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Version 2.0.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. Calcline is an Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jun 24
Macsimum Poll: will you buy an iPhone 4?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you plan to buy an iPhone 4. The poll is located on the right hand side of the home page beneath the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you were happy with the specs on the new Mac mini. Eighty-one percent of you said "yes," and 19% "no."

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Jun 24
Connect One ships 3G personal mobile hotspots

Connect One (http://www.connectone.com/) is shipping Wi-Reach Classic, an US$99, compact, battery-operated, mobile, personal WiFi hotspot that delivers high-speed Internet connectivity for laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and other wireless devices, to distributors worldwide.

Wi-Reach Classic transforms existing 3G USB modem into a personal WiFi cloud that can be easily shared between as many as 10 WiFi devices. It provides natural mobile Internet connectivity for tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad that use WiFi as the main or only interface to the network, according to Erez Lev of Connect ONe.

In addition to supporting more than 130 3G modems worldwide, Wi-Reach Classic’s technology extends this support by identifying any 3G USB modems and attempting to deliver connectivity to unlisted modems as well. A built-in rechargeable battery delivers four to five hours of normal use that can be...

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Jun 24
Survey: iPad, Android tablets dominate mobile priorities

Appcelerator -- a platform for rapidly developing native mobile, desktop, and iPad applications using web technologies -- has announced updated findings of its newest Appcelerator Mobile Developer Survey taken of application developers about their plans to build applications for various mobile and tablet platforms.

Taken last week from a pool of Appcelerator’s 51,000+ application developers, 2,733 developers responded that Apple iPad, Android Tablet, and even HP’s potential for webOS tablets are rapidly moving these devices to the top of the mobile priority list. This survey is posted on www.appcelerator.com/mobile-developer-survey-June-2010 .

While the Apple vs. Google battle has been well documented, developers see the real battle between these two titans as near-term momentum vs. long-term dominance. Appcelerator’s most recent...

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

TKO Solutions has introduced the US$19.99 Onhand X-Band (http://tko-solutions.com/cowbell/index.php?p=page&page_id=about_us) for the Pad. It's a combo glove and case that lets you display the screen horizontally or vertically using just one hand.

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

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

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Jun 24
AppFest targeted to iOS fans, developers

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

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

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

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

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Jun 24
Former Apple exec joins IQ Engine board of directors

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

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

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

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Jun 24
PhotoLinker for Mac OS X now integrates with iPhoto

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

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

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

PhotoLinker's track and waypoint browser...

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Jun 24
Akvis Artwork 4 introduces the linocut style

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

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

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

Home users...

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Jun 24
Sample Logic releases the Vuvuzela

In light of the World Cup championships, Sample Logic has released a Vuvuzela sample library (http://www.samplelogic.com/vuvuzela.html). With this amazing South African stadium horn, the Sample Logic team was able to create and deliver a wide range of sounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 24
TopXNotes for Mac OS X adds NoteSync feature

Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"), to version 1.6. With its new NoteSync feature, version 1.6 now has note synchronization with Apple touch devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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

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

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Jun 24
Initiative works to bring iPods, iPads to schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

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

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

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

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Jun 23
iToner update address iTunes 9.0.2, iOS 4 issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 23
Elgato announces EyeTV 3.4 Special Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at 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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Jun 23
VidMe offers private way to share videos online

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

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

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

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