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Apr 13
New book looks at media handling on the iPad, iPad 2

TidBits has published "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition" (US$15) by Jeff Carlson.

The author covers the basics, so even new iPad users can get up to speed quickly. For those who want to go further, Carlson expands their media universe, helping them explore a variety of options, whether they want to read ebooks, enjoy music or audiobooks, watch video, or view photos. The ebook also helps readers integrate their iPad with an Apple TV, and it has tips that will help iPad 2 owners take better photos with that device's cameras.

Carlson is the managing editor of TidBITS, a columnist for the "Seattle Times," a frequent contributor to "Macworld," and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, video editing, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, Web design and Palm organizers. For more info about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, go to...

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Apr 13
Microsoft releases Office for Mac updates

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update. (333MB) It has also released the Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition installer. (64MB) The update requires that the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 1 (12.1.0) or later be installed first.

According to the update’s description this update improves stability and addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to execute malicious code. For more info go to http://macte.ch/PVbNa .

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Apr 13
New AJA Hi5-Fiber and FiDO SI/optical fiber mini-converters...

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is debuting five new Mini-Converters among the company's product introductions at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference, April 11-14 in Las Vegas.

The manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions is showcasing the new Hi5-Fiber Mini-Converter and four new models of the FiDO family of SDI/Optical Fiber Mini-Converters. Hi5-Fiber converts HD/SD-SDI over a single mode 1310 nm ST-style Fiber Optic cable to drive HDMI monitors.

It supports embedded 8-channel audio in the HDMI output, allowing for a single cable audio/video connection and also provides 2-channel RCA-style audio outputs for separate audio monitoring. HDMI 1.2 capability is standard with no user-configuration required.

FiDO (Fiber Digital Optical) is a family of nine SDI/Optical Fiber converters that enable the transport of SDI, HD-SDI and 3G SDI over distances of...

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Apr 13
Delegate for the iPhone, iPad, Mac updated

App4mac (http://www.app4mac.com) has released Delegate 2, an update of the to-do list manager for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Delegate allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet for remote access from any location and is compliant to the GTD (Getting Things Done) method.

Version 2 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) offers a global view of all opened lists. It also improves the sharing of a list, user feedback and the user interface. Version 2 for the iPhone and iPad offers a global view of all opened lists. It also improves remote access of a list, user feedback and the user interface.

There are two versions of Delegate for Mac. The lite version of Delegate is free. The pro version costs US$29.99, is available at the Mac App Store and allows you to share a to-do list on the Internet. When a list is shared on-line, you can access it from any Mac, iPhone or iPad running the Delegate application. Users...

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Apr 13
PopChar X upgrade focuses on metrics, font size

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.2 (http://www.ergonis.com), an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade focuses on metrics and font size.

The most prominent change is a new slider at the bottom of the PopChar window that allows you to customize the display size of individual fonts in addition to the global setting in PopChar's preferences. The new slider is designed for fonts with small and light characters that you want to appear in a larger size.

PopChar 5.2 also contains fine-tuned adjustments for many popular fonts. The program "knows" about 70-plus fonts with unusual metrics and avoids large white areas around characters, which results in larger characters that are easier to read. Beyond that, PopChar 5.2 solves some known issues and reduces the CPU load when running in the background.

PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however,...

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Apr 13
Cocktail for Snow Leopard shaken to version 4.9

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").


Cocktail 4.9 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.7. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain website.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.

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Apr 13
Bria for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 3.2

CounterPath has updated their enterprise grade desktop and laptop softphone, Bria (http://macte.ch/wfd6Y) ,with the release of Bria 3.2 for Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

The update includes user requested functionalities and new option, including a richer user interface, wider ranging presence capabilities and enhanced contact and account integration. Bria users can pull in and communicate with contacts from different sources and accounts, including local and company directories, Microsoft Outlook, XMPP, XCAP and WebDav servers. Contacts can be merged into a single view with all of their information from different sources in one place.                      

The latest update enable Bria users call or IM a contact with a single click, as well as expand or collapse their list to show more or less information about each contact. With version 3.2, the software now enables organizations to create...

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Apr 13
PDFpenPro automates PDF creation from sites with AppleScript

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.3. The software now has AppleScript capability for creating PDFs from HTML. The update also features fixes and improvements in both PDFpen and PDFpenPro.

The changes in PDFpen 5.2.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.

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Apr 13
Simple Help Editor updated to version 4.1.4

The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.4. Changes include additional support for users managing content in version control systems, and for users producing Help books for applications bound for sale in Apple's Mac App Store. There are also a number of interface improvements and bug fixes.

Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (http://www.pandaware.com/download.html#...

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Apr 12
G-Tech announces new products, Thunderbolt support

G-Technology has announced new products for SD, HD, 2K, or 4K post production workflows for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro CS and more at this week's NAB show.

The G-DRIVE duro portable drive is designed for your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air has a shock-resistant exterior that helps protect it. Pre-formatted for Macs, the G-DRIVE duro portable drive is FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 equipped, bus-powered and Time Machine ready. Offered in 500GB and 750GB capacities, the G-DRIVE duro portable drive will be available in June at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99 for the 500GB model and $179.99 for the 750GB version.

Also, G-Technology is now serving up eight, new premium solutions that feature Hitachi 3TB, 7,200 RPM hard drives. The drives include the 3TB G-DRIVE ($449.99), the 3TB RAID 1 G-SAFE ($699.99), and the 6TB RAID 0 G-RAID ($749.99), which all feature Hitachi’s Deskstar hard drives.

G-Technology’s four-bay RAID solutions...

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Apr 12
TriCaster 850 Extreme gets Apple mobile device support

NewTek (http://www.newtek.com) says its new TriCaster 850 Extreme provides out-of-the-box, the ability to work directly with video and audio from any Apple AirPlay-enabled device and app. With instant wireless support for two simultaneous AirPlay sources, devices such as an iPad, iPod, iPhone and Mac can serve as direct inputs to the TriCaster 850 Extreme.

AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV. The wireless technology is being integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.

"By supporting Apple AirPlay with the TriCaster, we allow anyone with an iOS device to wirelessly transmit media directly to an input on the TriCaster 850 Extreme," says NewTek Chief Technology Officer Andrew Cross. "Rather than create a custom app that links to the TriCaster, we have...

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Apr 12
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 12

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

VMIX, a carrier-class online video platform provider, has announced Vidcinity, a free mobile application for location-based video capture and discovery. The iPhone app lets users upload and pin video to a precise geographic location. Vidcinity then notifies other users of the app nearing that locale that a video is available for viewing.

Movial has released its Movial Communicator on the iPhone and Android platforms and is working with several operators to launch Android and iPhone VOIP applications. Movial Communicator is a freea SIP/IMS (RCS and MMTel) application for operators provides HD voice, HD video telephony, enhanced address book and messaging along with advanced communication user experiences across a variety of platforms.

AuthenTec (...

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Apr 12
Analyst: Apple planning new video service, possible iTV

Apple is getting ready to launch a "a new far reaching cloud-based service" focused on video, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek says in a note to clients, as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/d8H1k).

Misek says Apple will use its new massive data center in North Carolina to offer an advanced web-based video subscription product that rivals Netflix.
This will allow Apple to take advantage of its iOS lock-in and increase device sales, he adds. According to "Business Insider," here are the highlights of the analyst's report:

° In addition to North Carolina, Apple may be considering building a other data centers elsewhere in the U.S. and then in Europe. These "super data centers" are going to be used to deliver video to Apple devices.

° Supporting his overall video theory, Misek says, "We find it notable that the content companies, citing a lack of domain license, asked Cablevision...

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Apr 12
Apple among 100 defendants named in new lawsuits

Another day, another lawsuit. Walker Digital (http://www.walkerdigital.com) has filed suit in Delaware "to stop the unauthorized use of its intellectual property rights and to recover its substantial investment in innovation." In total, 15 suits have been filed against more than 100 defendants, including Apple, Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, Facebook, Wal-Mart, Groupon, Sony and Google.

Walker Digital Chairman Jay S. Walker is the founder of priceline.com, Synapse and other companies. He's also the lead inventor on a majority of the company’s patents and applications.

“Filing these lawsuits is not a step we sought or preferred,” says Walker Digital’s CEO Jon Ellenthal. “We have reached out to a wide range of companies that are engaging in commercial activities that clearly depend on inventions created and owned by Walker Digital. Unfortunately, many of these companies have refused to engage in...

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Apr 12
Analyst: Apple sold seven million iPads, 3.6 million Macs

Apple is, as usual, expected to beat expectations in its upcoming quarterly earnings call, with RBC Capital Markets Analyst Mike Abramsky forecasting sales of seven million iPads and 17 million iPhones in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

As noted by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), he tells clients in a note that he expects Apple to beat Wall Street forecasts for iPad 2 sales, with the second-generation device reaching between two and three million units moved in the quarter. In all, he sees seven million iPads being sold in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

The second quarter of fiscal 2011 saw the launch of the CDMA Verizon iPhone 4, which Abramsky believes was a strong seller in the three-month span. He has estimated that Apple sold about two million of the Verizon iPhone in the quarter.

The analyst has also called for Apple to report sales of 3.6 million Macs....

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Apr 12
Analyst: CDMA-version of the iPhone could net Apple $6 billion

Apple could see as much as US$6 billion from sales of the CDMA-version of the iPhone on Verizon, and another $3 billion in CDMA iPhone sales overseas in 2012, analyst Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan Research tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He said Apple's pursuit of Verizon first was a sound approach, given that Verizon represents a "major piece" of the global CDMA opportunity. Next Mosokowitz thinks Apple will go after China, India, Japan and South Korea next because of their high penetration rates of smartphone usage and the increased purchasing power of their growing consumer bases.

The analyst predicts Apple will sell 10 million iPhones through Verizon in 2012, amounting to roughly $6 billion in revenues. In the overseas CDMA market, the analyst projects a 10% market share in 2012, resulting in approximately $3 billion in revenues.

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Apr 12
Moshi unveils iVisor AG for the iPad 2

Moshi is shipping the iVisor AG for iPad 2 (http://www.moshimonde.com). The iVisor is an U$30 screen protector (available in black or white) that shields the the tablet's touch screen without hindering its appearance or functionality. 

What's more, the iVisor AG features an anti-reflective matte finish that helps reduce glare and smudging. The screen protector designed to adhere onto the iPad 2 screen for a precise fit. This feature Moshi's own proprietary design, which purportedly makes it the only screen protector on the market that is removable, re-usable and 100% bubble-free.

Due to its 100% bubble free installation, it can be installed in seconds with four steps and no added chemicals, according to the folks at Moshi. It's also equipped with the company's polymer adhesive that allows repeated cleaning and re-application.

The iVisor's multilayer construction is engineered...

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Apr 12
Solarflare announces Mac OS X support

Solarflare has announced support for Mac OS X. This will bring the high performance of Solarflare SFN5500 10GbE server adapters to the Mac OS X video production environment, as well as to other Mac OS-based work groups, the company says.

Solarflare will showcase its 10GbE server adapters at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Arista Networks' booth SL11205, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 11-14. The company will support Mac OS X 10.6 and above with its Solarflare Midrange and Enterprise SFN5500 family of dual- and single-port 10GbE server adapters.

Now, video content creation firms using Macs will be able to leverage fully 10 Gigabit networking. Content developers will be able to use Apple's graphics hardware to create animated user interfaces and visualizations that simultaneously layer different media types, such as text, 2D graphics, OpenGL rendering and QuickTime video, all in real-time over 10GbE networks.

Solarflare's SFN5500...

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Apr 12
AJA previews Thunderbolt-enabled products at NAB

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is previewing products-in-development featuring the Thunderbolt technology for new high-framerate 2K 3D, 4K and 5K workflows, and portable HD connectivity.

Thunderbolt technology is based HD/SD I/O with the recently introduced MacBook Pro line. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology is designed to provide simple, yet powerful one-cable plug-in connectivity for 3G, HD/SD-SDI and HDMI workflows. Codenamed "Phaser", AJA's upcoming product supports HDMI 1.3a input and HDMI 1.4 output for stereo playback, provides 10-bit up/down/cross-conversions, with RS422 device control and professional reference/LTC I/O, in a highly portable design

Codenamed "Riker," AJA's multi-format I/O technology for everything from SD to 5K workflows, is designed to address rapidly changing I/O and...

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Apr 12
Korean portals unhappy with Apple, Google

Korean portals Naver and Daum are considering filing a complaint with the Fair Trade Commission against Apple and Google for allowing only Google and a few other chosen portals on their smartphones, reports "The Korea Herald" (http://macte.ch/tGyFC), quoting industry sources. Spokespeople at Naver and Daum said the complaints would most likely be filed this week.

Currently, Google, Yahoo and Bing are the only search engines carried by smartphones powered by iOS and Android operating systems. Naver and Daum believe the limited choice is unfair and boosted Google’s mobile market share up to 20% in Korea, which sharply contrasts with its 5% share in the online market, says "The Herald."

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Apr 12
Harman unveils new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock

Harman International Industries has announced the new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock. With AirPlay technology built in, the JBL On Air Wireless lets you play music from your iTunes library on a Mac or a PC, and from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device over your existing Wi-Fi network.

Users will enjoy album artwork and song information on the bright color display, and can use the included remote control to play and pause music, as well as navigate to next and previous tracks, says David Slump, president, Harman Consumer Division. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later.

Three advanced JBL transducers deliver rich, full-spectrum sound uniformly across a wide-listening area, says Slump. Distinct stereo imaging is often less than ideal with desktop sound systems, but the JBL On Air Wireless dock’s unique HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization) design delivers clean, powerful sound that JBL products are...

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Apr 12
AJA releases 4K Mode for KONA 3G

At this weeks' NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the new 4K Mode for the KONA 3G capture card. Available with new version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G, the 4K Mode supports true 4K playout and monitoring.

The KONA 3G is a multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G and 2K video I/O solution for professional video and audio applications. KONA 3G offers 4K playback in both YCbCr and RGB, at resolutions up to 4096x2160. When 4K playout is selected, the four SDI connectors on the KONA 3G are remapped as outputs for driving four quadrants of a 4K display.

4K Mode for KONA 3G is available now via the free version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G (Mac); a PC supported version will be available at a later date. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995, and the optional breakout box, the K3G-Box, is $395.

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Apr 12
Carbon is new Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber

Bluetrek (http://www.bluetrek.com) has released the US$69.99 Carbon, which it says is world’s first Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber.

This new Bluetooth headset is equipped with the best in class audio enhancement technology for both the user and the receiver to assure crystal clear conversations for both parties, according to the folks at Bluetrek. In addition, the patented mechanism embedded in the carbon fiber tube allows extended talk time, yet reduces weight to less than six grams while retaining a slender aesthetic to the ear piece, warranting long time wear with superb comfort, they add.

Bluetrek will showcase this new product during the spring edition of The Hong Kong Electronics and Global Sources Fair from April 12 to 17.

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Apr 12
Collins Russian-English Dictionaries available for Mac OS X, iOS

Paragon Software Group, a software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, and Collins Language, a language learning and dictionary publisher, have announced the availability of Collins Gem Russian Dictionary, Collins Russian Pocket Dictionary and Collins Russian Dictionary for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android and Java ME systems.

The three bilingual Russian-English multifunctional "talking" dictionaries are part of a licensing partnership to bring Collins reference materials to all types of mobile computing platforms. The applications will be available to demo at the London Book Fair, Stand Y750 in the Digital Zone.
 
Collins Russian dictionary features include:

° A morphology module, which helps users look up words in any grammatical form to assist in regular and irregular verb conjugation, and uses of irregular plurals;

° Accessible definitions, even when a word includes prefixes or suffixes;

° Audio pronunciations recorded by...

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Apr 12
Native Instruments announces Komplete Audio 6

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) hasannounced Komplete Audio 6, a six-channel audio interface for studio and live usage. As the successor to the Audio Kontrol 1, it provides more connectivity, increased audio performance and a host of practical new features, complemented by a versatile software package for music production and DJing, according to the folks at Native Instruments.

Based on the latest generation of Native Instruments’ USB Audio interface technology, the Komplete Audio 6 addresses the typical needs of musicians and producers in a portable package. With four balanced analog inputs and outputs, complemented by a digital S/PDIF stereo I/O and an integrated MIDI interface, the unit can be used as the centerpiece for a range of setups.

Due to 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters and +11dBu analog output stages, Komplete Audio 6 delivers audio...

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