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Aug 25
Vitamin-R 1.27 adds sound, voice notifications for timed breaks

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.27 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds sound and voice notifications for timed breaks.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those...

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Aug 25
Aestiva announces help desk software offering

Aestiva Software (http://www.aestiva.com) has debuted of a new web-browser-based help desk management software called Aestiva Help Desk. The software is designed to help organizations improve internal operations via improved controls over internal problems, according to the folks at Aestiva.

The workflow tool allows requests to be submitted, approved and posted online from anywhere via the web or company intranet. Features include on-screen help ticket histories, automated email alerts with remind-until-done controls, issue prioritization and performance reporting to ensure issues are properly tracked and rapidly serviced.

Installed on standard servers or hosted on the cloud, Aestiva Help Desk is 100% web-browser native and requires no special desktop software. It's scalable for deployment in global enterprises. Users can access the application via an Intranet or the Internet from any browser (Safari...

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Aug 25
Red Rock Software releases DeltaGraph 6 for Snow Leopard

Red Rock Software has released DeltaGraph 6 for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Windows 7. It's the latest version of the graphing application that offers 80+ scientific and business charts, analysis tools, complete chart customization capabilities and more.

According to Craig Hopson, managing partner and lead engineer at Red Rock Software, DeltaGraph 6 highlights include:

° A cross-platform file format that lets you exchange files between Mac and Windows systems;

° Cross-platform support for international (Unicode) text;

° An updated rendering system;

° Support for transparent drawing;

° The ability to rotate text at arbitrary angles;

° Support for Pantone and other third-party spot colors in PDF and EPS exports.

Designed with scientific, business, and creative professionals in mind, Red Rock DeltaGraph 6.0 helps researchers, analysts and managers working with complex sets of data to collect, analyze and present their...

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Aug 25
Adobe debuts redesigned Photoshop Express apps

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Photoshop Express Organizer, and Photoshop Express Uploader, a free set of integrated online apps for editing, organizing, syncing, and sharing photos.

Available atPhotoshop.com, these renamed and redesigned apps are faster and more intuitive to use for uploading and organizing photos for easy access anywhere, applying quick fixes and fun effects, and sharing albums and slideshows online with family, friends, and colleagues, according to Matt Domenici, director of product management for online and mobile digital imaging at Adobe. These online apps also integrate tightly with our recently released Photoshop Express apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, so customers can truly interact with their photos anywhere they happen to be, he adds.

While registering for a free Photoshop.com account is a requirement for storing photos online, creating and sharing galleries and albums, the...

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Aug 25
Monterey College of Law goes with iPads

Monterey College of Law, a California accredited law school located in Seaside, California, is the first law school in the US to adopt the iPad as an integral part of the law school curriculum. Law students at Monterey College of Law returned from summer break to the news that they're part of a pilot program that will provide iPads to each law student at the school.

Through a program developed by the law school with BAR BRI, the country’s largest bar exam review company, each MCL law student receives an iPad when they enroll in the BAR BRI supplemental curriculum program that the students use while attending school and in preparation for the California Bar Exam

"Law schools are rarely found close to the leading edge of technology,” says Mitchel Winick, president and dean of the law school. “However, it is clear to me that combining this technology with interactive, portable, timely content and harnessing the energy of on-line social networking provides a number of...

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Aug 25
wKiosk Browser gets tweaked interface

App4Mac has updated wKiosk Browser (http://www.app4mac.com/software/product_details.php?item_id=3), a web browser designed for Internet kiosk applications, has now up to version 6.0.5. It's a Mac OS X solution for presenting web-based content (HTML, Flash, PDF, videos, etc.) and applications on public access terminals with or without access to the Internet. The new version fixes some bugs and tweaks the user interface.

You can use wKiosk to individually restrict access to web sites, the operating system, system settings, and applications. Your computer will be protected against any manipulation from the time you boot until you shut it down. Since wKiosk is built with Apple Safari Engine, you will benefit from all the features the browser has to offer (Flash, QuickTime, Real Audio, multimedia formats, etc), according to the folks...

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Aug 25
Mental Case update improves joystick 'hat' movement

MacFlashCards has updated Mental Case (http://www.macflashcards.com), a Mac OS X app described as "RSS for your head," to version 1.8.4. The upgrade improves the behavior of joystick "hat" movement and adds game properties info and snapshot for the newly released Halo 2600 ROM.

With Mental Case, you create "mental notes," which are similar to traditional flash cards. You can add a small amount of text and/or an image to each mental note, and optionally include a prompt or question. Here's how it works: you gather tidbits of information in mental notes. Enter some text, drop in an image, take a screen shot, or even snap a picture with your iSight. Mental Case schedules the note to reappear at future dates using an optimized learning algorithm. When you have a few minutes to spare, you watch the scheduled notes in an automated slide show.

Mental Case is Universal Binary so runs natively on...

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Aug 24
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1v547

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1v541. The upgrade adds speed decoding from GPX files.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.

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Aug 24
Apple releases Security Update 2010-005

Apple has released Security Update 2010-005 for Mac OS X 10.5.8, Mac OS X Server 10.5.8, Mac OS X 10.6.4 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.4.

According to Apple, it's recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

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Aug 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 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/).

Peavey Electronics and Agile Partners has announced that the AmpKit and AmpKit+ Apps are available now on the App Store. The apps are iPhone amp and effects studios with recording and re-amping capabilities.  AmpKit and AmpKit+, together with AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity electric guitar interface for iPad, iPhone and second- and third-generation iPod touch, provide guitar and bass players with a way to jam with high quality tones anytime and anywhere.
 
AmpKit is a free app that includes the Peavey ValveKing amp with clean and very-high gain lead channels, two ValveKing cabinets (4x12 and 1x12), two pedals (Noise Gate, Elevenizer), two mics (Workhorse 57 dynamic mic, Germann 87 condenser mic), and a built-in Noise & Feedback Filter....

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Aug 24
Gary Fong introduces tripod adapter for iPhone

Gary Fong (http://www.garyfonginc.com), developer and manufacturer of photography equipment, has introduced the US$19.95 Tripod Adapter that enables iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users to maximize their mobile device’s photographic capabilities. 

The new Gary Fong iPhone adapter affixes to most tripods as well as the popular Gary Fong Flip-Cage lineup of camera stands, enabling both casual and pro shooters to steady their iPhones and produce crisp images and video in a wide variety of lighting situations. The adapter features a 1/4-20 female tripod socket to affix to most popular tripod models, and is constructed of industrial strength plastic to safely stow inside a backpack or pocket.

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Aug 24
Upcoming iPad accessory very eMate-ish

A new third-party iPad peripheral coming soon to the U.S. will turn Apple's touchscreen tablet into more of a traditional laptop form factor, with a clamshell case that provides tactile input via an attached Bluetooth keyboard, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). It may bring the late, lamented eMate to mind for those of us who have been around Apple tech for several years.

Created by Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology Co., Ltd., the product dubbed "BL-BKB76" passed through the FCC last Friday and will likely be available for sale in the U.S. soon, the article adds. The clamshell design allows the iPad to be used in a laptop-style configuration, with the screen propped up and a flat keyboard to type on, says "AppleInsider" (from whence the top photo of the upcoming device comes).

The eMate 300 (bottom photo) was a Newton with a built-in keyboard. The Newton was Apple's...

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Aug 24
Apple in 'advanced talks' with News Corps regarding TV...

Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. to let iTunes users rent TV shows for US$0.99 cents and is in discussions with other media companies about similar deals, three people "familiar with the plan" told "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/rj).

Purportedly, viewers would be able to rent programs from News Corp.’s Fox for 48 hours, said the people ("who declined to be identified because discussions aren’t public"), the article adds. CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co., where Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a board member and the largest shareholder, also are in talks about joining the effort, says "Bloomberg."

The article says Apple is counting on video content to increase the appeal of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The a la carte rental plan follows an abandoned effort to create a subscription television service and goes along with the rumored Apple TV revamp. Media companies didn’t want to endanger revenue from...

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Aug 24
WD rolls out HomePlug AV compatible solution

Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) has introduced its new WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit, a HomePlug AV compatible solution that enables consumers to use their existing electrical outlets to extend high-speed Internet connections throughout the home.

Complementing the WD TV line of media players, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit enables consumers to deliver HD video streams to the home theater, transfer large files or play multi-player online games, all without running network cables around the home. With four ports on each of two adapters included in the kit, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit offers users the ability to connect their router and up to seven additional devices to their high-speed network.

Featuring HomePlug AV technology, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit purportedly provides users with data transfer speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps), enabling glitch-free...

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Aug 24
GEAR4 announces SoundOrb Aurora Home Doc

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced its SoundOrb Aurora docking station. The first "made-for-iPod and works-with-iPhone" speaker system to feature a separate wireless sub-woofer and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.
 
The polar white SoundBar incorporates advanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology that has two psychoacoustic sound algorithms, allowing you to enjoy your music and movies in Virtual Wide Stereo or Virtual Surround Sound modes, says Tom Dudderidge, owner of GEAR4. The subwoofer component is made from translucent plastic and features EveryColor ambient light.

Simultaneously producing sound and light from within the Sub-Woofer, it contains LED technology that provides ambient light remaining on the same color or light cycling through more than 16,000 different shades. It uses a five-inch, down-firing driver for bass t.

 
The SoundOrb...

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Aug 24
The MacJury convenes on technology in education

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to look at technology and education.

It is that time of year again. Schools and universities around the globe welcome students back to their studies, but what tech is going with them? How are those institutions embracing (or not) laptops, iPhones, iPods and iPads? Are they keeping up with the pace of change in the
outside world, or is education establishment stuck in the past?

The MacJury examines these questions from a variety of standpoints, including hardware access and availability, textbooks vs. tech, the wisdom of funding allocations, the U.S. education market compared to other places in the world, and more. Recommendations for hardware, software and services for students and educators alike are provided by the panel of Erik Bernskiold, Pat Fauquet, Jeff Gamet, Keith Lang, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, and host Chuck Joiner.

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Aug 24
USB Fever releases new iPhone 4 accessories

USB Fever has released two new iPhone 4 accessories.

The US$149.95 Mili Power Spring (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1993) is described as "the thinnest external battery" for the Apple smartphone. The $21.99 Game Handle for iPhone 4/iPod 3G/ iPod 2G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1994) is made of a hard plastic module inside and outside it comes with silicone plastic covers to let you have better hand feel during game time.

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Aug 24
MarsEdit for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0.5

Red Sweater Software has updated MarsEdit (http://www.red-sweater.com/marsedit), weblog publishing software, to version 3.0.5. It's a maintenance update with some performance tweaks and bug fixes.

MarsEdit costs US$29.95; upgrades from previous versions are $9.95 (though version 3.0.5 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x). A 30-day demo copy is available from Red Sweater Software. MarsEdit 2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher; it's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 24
 App4mac updates Giddy Up for Mac OS X

App4mac has introduced Giddy Up 1.0.3 (http://www.app4mac.com/giddyup.html), an update of the web browser designed for kids. Mostly used by schools, it can also be used at home for all children of a family. The new version tweaks the interface and fixes some bugs.

Giddy Up -- built with the Apple Safari Engine also named WebKit -- allows you to restrict access to some web sites, the operating system, system settings, the downloading of files and applications. It was developed with the intention to add maximum security and protection for kids, according to the folks at App4Mac.

Giddy Up has a wide range of additional functions that allow users to customize their web browser to suit their parental needs and requirements. No programming skills are necessary.

Giddy Up 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs around US$48, though version 1.0.3 is a free update for...

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Aug 24
China Unicom to offer iPhone 4 on Sept. 16

China Unicom is set to launch Apple's iPhone 4 on the mainland September 16, a source from China Unicom told "Caixin Online" (http://macosg.me/2/rf).

According to the source, customers that want to buy the iPhone4 from China Unicom will need to order the phone online ahead of the launch date. China Unicom, the exclusive provider of iPhone in China, launched the 8G version of the iPhone 3GS on Aug. 9.

"Caixin Online" says the iPhone 4 is expected to suffer from the same issues related to signal reception in China. However, China Unicom will be offering iPhone cases to customers as a free gift.

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Aug 24
Sumo wrestlers getting iPads

In an effort to improve communication among its sumo wrestlers, the Sumo Association is distributing iPads to its 51 sumo stables, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/re).

The Apple tablet was chosen, according to the Jiji news agency, because many stablemasters don't use computers and sumo wrestlers aren't good at punching. The association has already purchased 60 iPads, which start in Japan at 48,800 yen ($570), notes "Fortune."

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Aug 24
iPads, Kindles better than books for the environment

According to the environmental consulting firm Cleantech, which aggregated a series of studies, devices such as the iPad and Kindle are better for the environment than printed books, reports the "Washington Post" (http://macosg.me/2/rd).

How so? Cleantech says a single book generates about 7.5 kilograms (almost 17 pounds) of carbon dioxide equivalents. That's the value of all its greenhouse gas emissions expressed in terms of the impact of carbon dioxide. This figure includes production, transport and either recycling or disposal.

According to Cleantech, the iPad generates 130 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents during its lifetime, according to company estimates. Amazon has not released numbers for the Kindle, but Cleantech and other analysts put it at 168 kilograms. Those analyses don't indicate how much additional carbon is generated per book read (as a result of the energy required to host the e...

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Aug 24
Apple exec hid $150,000 in shoe boxes

Federal agents found more than US$150,000 in cash when they searched the house of Apple manager Paul Devine earlier this month, prosecutors said in court Monday, according to the IDG News Service (http://macosg.me/2/r9). Devine, an Apple global supply manager, has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks

"He had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes," Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane said, as she argued with a defense lawyer over the possible terms of Devine's release. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession, she said, arguing that it was possible that the Apple executive might have other hidden sources of cash.

"We have identified a significant number of accounts overseas and a significant amount of money," Kane said.

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Aug 24
Iomega offers eGo drives with USB 3.0

Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) is moving to the new USB 3.0 interface for all Iomega USB 2.0 portable hard drives, beginning with the line of Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives. And they'll sell at the same prices as their USB 2.0 versions, says Iomega.

Iomega plans to move all eGo Portable Hard Drives in 500GB and 1TB capacities to the new USB 3.0 interface by early October. They'll be compatible with all USB 2.0 computers, which is good since Apple is dragging its feet in implementing USB 3.0.

In the first quarter of 2011, Iomega plans to move the Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drive line to USB 3.0 on all models. Shortly thereafter, Iomega will move the rest of its portable external hard drive models to the USB 3.0 interface.

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Aug 24
JVC announces new pocket cameras

JVC (http://www.jvc.com) has announced two new pocket cameras for making and sharing videos and photos: the US$199.95 PICSIO pocket cameras, models GC-WP10 (US$199.95) and GC-FM2.

Both feature Full HD video, low-light performance, a three-inch touch screen and compatibility with Eye-Fi cards for Wi-Fi connectivity. And the PICSIO GC-WP10 is waterproof.

PICSIO’s CMOS image sensor captures stills at up to five-megapixel native resolution without interpolation. It also records up to 1920 x 1080p/30 fps Full HD video with image stabilization for enjoyment on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI output. Users can select from four different recording resolutions: Full HD 1080 (1920 x 1080/30p), HD 720 (1280 x 720/60p), iFrame (960 x 540/30p) and Quarter High Definition (960 x 540/30p). The new PICSIO cameras also offer time-lapse recording.

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