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Oct 20
Mac OS X Lion to prowl in summer 2011

Apple gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the operating system, at today's "Back to the Mac" event. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations.

The sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac App Store, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into a new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

Craig Federighi, vice president of...

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Oct 20
The Mac gets some FaceTime

Apple has announced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Macs. It automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMacs and Apple LED Cinema Displays. 

“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”

FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime .

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Oct 20
iLife '11 sees upgraded iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand

Apple has introduced iLife ’11, which sees major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. iWeb hasn't received any new features, but it's still there, as is -- surprise -- iDVD.

iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and transform them into "theatrical trailers" for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as an US$49 upgrade for existing users.

“iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of ‘digital life’ applications in the world, and iLife ’11 makes them even better,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar...

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Oct 20
MacBook + iPad = new MacBook Air

At the "Back to the Mac" event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs asked what would you get if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? The answer: the new MacBook Air, which Apple's head honcho described as the "future of laptops."

The new MacBook Air replaces mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage. Jobs says this means it's faster (solid state flash storage is up to twice as fast as hard drive storage), more reliable (hard drive crashes are eliminated), and lighter and smaller (solid state flash storage is up to 90 percent smaller and lighter than hard drives).

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as the iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time. Prices start at US$999.

“MacBook Air is the...

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Oct 20
Apple COO offers 'State of the Mac' address

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook gave a "State of the Mac" address at Wednesday's "Back to the Mac" event. He pointed out that the Mac has outgrown market for 4.5 years and, as of August, has a US consumer market share of 20.7%, per stats from the NPD Group.

"Mac share and units are rising much faster than industry," Cook says. "And we have a vibrant developer community. There are now 600,000 developers and that number is growing at 30,000 per month."

The COO also noted that the world loves the Mac. The Mac was number one in customer satisfaction in the 2010 ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index); it's the seventh year in a row the Apple computer has taken the top spot. "Consumer Reports" lists the Mac as number one in tech support. "PCWorld" says the Mac leads the pack in customer satisfaction and customer service. "PC Magazine" says our favorite computer platform is number one in reliability, customer satisfaction and customer service.

"Momentum for the...

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Oct 20
Data Rescue 3 now 64-bit

Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue 3 (http://www.prosoftengineering.com), the data rescue utility for Mac OS X, now runs natively as 64-bit on machines that support Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

"Prosoft is excited to add this improvement to Data Rescue 3," says says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. "Now that it runs natively as 64-bit it will run faster and be able to take full advantage of all the memory in your Mac, resulting in faster scanning and recovery times. Data Rescue 3 continues to lead the way as the best selling hard drive recovery software for the Mac platform. It has been used by hundreds of thousands of Mac users worldwide over the past decade. We are dedicated to providing the best data recovery software and helping our customers that are faced with the unfortunate situation of potential computer data loss."

Data Rescue is a hard drive and file recovery...

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Oct 20
CAZE announces new frame case for the iPhone

CAZE (http://www.iphonecaze.com) has released a ThinEdge frame case for iPhone 4 that's constructed of lightweight, hard-shell plastic. It provides protection for the device and comes with an wallet size stand for viewing of your wide screen.

To ensure the iPhone 4 is fully protected from everyday bumps and scratches, a front and back film set is provided. The ThineEdge adds just a millimeter in thickness to the sides of the iPhone 4. It fits tightly around the edges of the iPhone 4 and protects its sides by protruding slightly above the front screen and back glass and can address the antenna concern. The result leaves the back and front fully exposed visually, but shielded against scratches.

It's made of GRILAMID TR-90 which is a plastic polymer commonly used in the creation of sport and other impact-resistant eyewear frames. An edge connector is provided for fastening the frame case and...

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Oct 20
V-Moda debuts Vibrato headphones

V-MODA (http://www.vmoda.com) has introduced the US$125.99 Vibrato noise-isolating in-ear headphones, which is crafted from Zinc Alloy and features a Kevlar fabric cable with a three-button remote and microphone.

Designed for music lovers with style, the Vibrato is sculpted from Zinc Alloy using patented die-casting metal technology, giving the Vibrato a special geometric design, says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. Constructed with an 8mm dynamic HD neodymium driver, the Vibrato delivers vibrant bass, vivid mid-range, and vivacious highs, and its BLISS noise isolating technology reduces background noise and enables a deep bass, he adds.

V-MODA engineered a hybrid silicone ear tip to create a secure seal. The Vibrato includes four sizes (XS, S, M, L) of ear tips to insure a comfortable fit, as well as V-MODA’s patent-pending sport earhooks with Active Flex technology. 

The Vibrato comes with an in-line...

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Oct 20
Griffin releases iTrip DualConnect, TuneFlex AUX HandsFree

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has debuted iTrip DualConnect (pictured) and TuneFlex AUX HandsFree, their latest in-car creations for iPhone and iPod.

The US$59.99 iTrip DualConnect combines Griffin's FM transmitter technology with an AUX jack for direct connection to car stereos equipped with auxiliary-input jacks. You can connect your iPhone or iPod touch through iTrip directly to your car stereo, or use iTrip's FM transmitter to send the music wirelessly to your car radio. Either way, the illuminated buttons on iTrip's charger plug give you play, pause, forward, and backward track controls that you can operate distraction-free by touch while driving.

You can download the free iTrip Controller App for setup and operation of iTrip's FM transmitter through your Multi-Touch display. To get started, just press iTrip's SmartScan button, then tune your car radio...

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Oct 20
Apple TV apparently jailbroken

The limera1n exploit based GreenPois0n tool has finally jailbroken the new Apple TV, reports "Redmond Pie" (http://www.redmondpie.com/apple-tv-2g-jailbreak-with-greenpois0n-achieved/).

There's no estimated release date yet on this version of GreenPois0n with Apple TV support. But going by the impressive progress, it shouldn’t be too long before we can all jailbreak Apple TV with GreenPois0n, says "Redmond Pie."

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Oct 20
Boxee Box to ship Nov. 10

D-Link and Boxee have announced the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link will begin shipping on Nov.10 to customers who pre-order the Boxee Box through Amazon in the U.S. or Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. The Boxee Box will be generally available through the company's network of retail and online distributors on November 17, 2010.

Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the US and Canada will be $229 with an average street price at about $199. Prices may vary in other regions.

The Boxee Box was first unveiled in December 2009 and is the first media device capable of playing most popular media file formats from a home network along with free and premium TV shows and movies, videos, music, and photos from the Internet, with support for full 1080p high-definition (HD) and 5.1 surround sound, says Rod St. Michel, vice president of consumer sales at D-Link. He says that with tens-of-thousands of movies, shows and apps available, the Boxee Box gives users unparalleled...

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Oct 20
Class on Demand ships new Photoshop CS5 titles

Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5"; the third of four recently released Class on Demand titles centered around the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) family.

Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the exciting Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, it offers both novice and advanced users alike a look at the newest Photoshop workflow. The instructor is Sue Jenkins, an Adobe Certified Expert and web and graphic designer.

"Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5" is broken down into seven segments, covering approximately seven hours of Photoshop features ranging from tools, to styles and adjustment layers, web graphics, retouching techniques, editorial techniques, and more. It's available via the Class on Demand website (http://www.classondemand.com) for US$99.95.

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Oct 20
Civilization V coming to the Mac in time for the holidays

Aspyr Media will publish Sid Meier’s Civilization V for Mac, the latest entry from the flagship turn-based strategy franchise. Released in partnership with 2K Games, a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the newest addition to the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise on the Mac.

Here's how the game is described: "Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience. Players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. The Mac version is expected to be available this holiday season."

Pricing and system requirements haven...

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Oct 20
Epson ships new projectors

Epson America (http://www.epson.com) announced the PowerLite 1750, 1760W, 1770W, and 1775W are now shipping. Introduced at InfoComm in June, these sleek new models weigh less than four pounds and at 1.7-inches tall, are as thin as a laptop.

Designed for mobile professionals and corporations, the PowerLite 1700-series offer reliable 3LCD image quality, high brightness and easy-to-use, hassle-free features, according to Heather Gareis, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America.

The PowerLite 1750 (US$799) and 1760W ($899) offer 2600 lumens of color and white light output, and the PowerLite 1770W ($999) and 1775W ($1,199) offer 3000 lumens of color and white light output. The PowerLite 1750 features XGA resolution, while the PowerLite 1760W, 1770W and 1775W all feature WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for use with widescreen laptops and DVD content.

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Oct 20
Myithemes is new site for iLife, iWork themes

Myithemes (http://www.myithemes.com) has launched a new web site selling themes and templates for such Mac applications as iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, Garage Band, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Rapidweaver, Sandvox, and WordPress applications.

Similar in function to TemplateMonster and ThemeForest, the site offers all designers an opportunity to display and sell their work. Also available are an affiliate program with commissions on sales, and a membership subscription offering unlimited downloads.

Myithemes is made possible by a partnership between leading suppliers of themes and templates for Macintosh applications. Themes are priced from US$9.95 (USD) and up, and may be downloaded using PayPal. An annual membership subscription, allowing unlimited downloads for one year, is available for $49.95.

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Oct 20
Learn 'How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming...

Thinking Drone has released "How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" ( http://www.createyouriphoneapp.com), an US$97 ebook that takes users by the hand and walks them through the entire process of developing, submitting and eventually marketing their own app for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

"How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" includes these free bonuses: source code for a live application, details on how to make money from free apps, and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template.

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Oct 20
USB Fever releases Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone 4G

USB Fever has released the US$39.99 Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2043).

With this item, you can "wear" this battery on your iPhone 4G, you can sync your iPhone 4G with your Mac or PC, even when the battery is on. With this external battery, you no longer have to hassle with the external battery with an external battery or synchronization, say the USB Fever.

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Oct 20
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds new Text Translation tool

TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.9. The upgrade adds a new Text Translation tool.

Detachable cards now have blurred background and possibility to tune the background color. Version 12.9 also sports improved english words colorizer for plai ntext dictionaries.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words...

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Oct 20
Encoding.com video format library now includes Ogg/Theora, WebM/...

Encoding.com (http://www.Encoding.com), a video encoding service provider, has announced the expansion of its video format library to include WebM and Ogg Theora. Along with existing support for H.264, Encoding.com now has encoding presets to support all popular Internet browsers.

Video content developers now have a one-stop service for converting videos to high-quality formats across all HTML5 browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera, and mobile devices including iPhone / iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung, says Jeff Malkin, president of Encoding.com.

"While HTML5 delivers on the promise of viewing videos across the web without the need for browser plugins, there is no standardization of video codecs and containers across the various browsers and mobile devices," he says. "Content providers who want to maximize their viewership must therefore encode...

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Oct 20
XanEdu, NYU Stern conduct iPad testing in MBA classes

XanEdu (http://www.xanedu.com), a provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has partnered with New York University Stern School of Business to conduct its first program-wide test of iPads this fall. Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on iPads.

Last month XanEdu announced its iPad CoursePack publishing program as part of the company's strategic technology plan. XanEdu's iPad app feature set will be driven by input from hundreds of students participating in XanEdu's fall 2010 class tests. Features include digital note taking, collaboration tools and integration into learning management systems on campus. Students will be asked to provide feedback through usage logs, surveys and focus groups.  

As part of its commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the learning environment, NYU Stern's IT group was seeking...

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Oct 20
Holiday consumer spending forecast looks good for Apple

This holiday season should be a good one for Apple. Spending on consumer electronics gifts will reach historic highs, despite an overall decline in gift spending, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (http://www.CE.org/). And it's good news all around for Apple.

Consumer electronics will once again be the “hottest” gifts, both to give and to receive, this holiday season. Overall, consumers will spend US$750 on holiday gifts, down 2%t from last year. They will, however, spend more on CE gifts than ever before. Consumers will spend $232 on CE gifts, up 5% from last year and the highest level since CEA began tracking holiday spending.

Nearly a third of consumers’ total gift budgets will be allocated to CE. When it comes to spending, nearly half will buy a CE gift for children on their list, two in five will buy a CE gift for their spouse/significant other and 29% will...

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Oct 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 19

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/).

Logic Consulting has announced BaDaBing 1.0 for the iPad, a free, animated, virtual drum kit. The animations of the drum kit provide the user instant visual feedback in addition to sound. The drum surfaces depress and the crashes rock back and forth giving the user a complete experience.

Unicorn Media (http://www.unicornmedia.com), which specializes in video workflow optimization technology, has released Unicorn Once, a stream management service for IP-enabled devices including mobile and iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). This patent-pending technology allows publishers to incorporate dynamic ad integration and real-time video analytics for the first time when...

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Oct 19
Pre-orders taken for Grand Theft Auto: the Trilogy

Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has begun taking pre-orders for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, for the Mac. The first 3D releases in the epic saga are here together in sequence: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

This limited edition packaging makes it "the ultimate collector's set of GTA games on Mac," say the gang at Macgamestore. The game is scheduled to ship on Nov. 22. Pre-order pricing is US$39.95.

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Oct 19
Monotype Imaging debuts Fonts.com APIs, plug-ins

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced its Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface), which enables developers to integrate the Web Fonts solution in web applications, providing users with the ability to tap into Monotype Imaging’s Web font offering.

Also new are plug-ins for the open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! content management systems. Using any of these popular CMS offerings, users are able to create websites that support Fonts.com Web Fonts.
 
The Fonts.com Web Fonts API enables developers to integrate Web fonts into applications and cloud-based CMS products, which are designed to provide users with simplified methods for publishing Web content to web sites, says Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. Monotype Imaging’s new open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! plug-ins, all based on the company’s API, feature a WYSIWYG editor, which allows text to display in a chosen Web font while the user is...

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Oct 19
Google accounts for 97% of all iPhone search traffic

Despite the hoopla surrounding Microsoft Bing's tighter integration with Facebook, Google hogs as much as 97% of all the search traffic on the iPhone, according to ad network Chitika, as reported by "eWeek" (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Googles-iPhone-Search-Traffic-as...).

Apple’s mobile Safari toolbar sends 49% of traffic to Google, while the Google homepage racks up about 42.24% of the traffic on the iPhone. The Google App accounts for 8.68%of Google’s iPhone traffic. 

Chitika analyst Dan Ruby told "eWeek" that, counting the Google App and Safari to be different sources, Google controls the top two iPhone search engine spots on the popular mobile device.

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