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Jan 05
Workamajig software gets drag and drop project set-up

Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated to version 10.5.3.8, adding the ability to set up new projects via drag and drop.

Workamajig's new features for setting up new projects allows users to drag templates into campaigns automatically creating new projects, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. The software's features continue to integrate tightly with Apple's Safari web browser, and Google's Chrome browser, both for the Mac and Windows platforms, he adds.

As alway, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 21,000 users of Workamajig. All client log-ins and vendor logins are always free.

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Jan 05
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini debuts

Other World Computing (OWC) says its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini 1.5TB model is the highest capacity 2.5" “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 12 models priced from US$99.97.

It features a “quad interface” of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini has no fan and is available in brushed aluminum. No AC adapter is required.

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1.5TB model, are available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB . They're compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and later, including all versions of Mac OS X, and Windows 98SE or later.

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Jan 05
CryptoEdit 1.6.1 for Mac OS X improves internal engine

Tension Software has updated CryptoEdit (http://www.pomola.com/products_cryptoedit/cryptoedit.html), a Mac OS X program to create and edit protected encrypted documents, to version 1.6.1. The update offers improvement in the internal engine. Also, opening an encrypted document the password dialog is now centered and not resizable.

CryptoEdit can import from other documents in standard TEXT or RTF or RTFD (RTF + images) . Documents can also be exported as TEXT, RTF or standard RTFD (included images)

CryptoEdit document are saved always encrypted for security purpose. Saving a document containing images will create on disk a single file with all the text and images encrypted in a single file. Any data the user puts in the document is encrypted and not redeable without the right password.

CrytopEdit costs US$30, though version 1...

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Jan 05
Scorpion Barcode optimized for Snow Leopard

Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher), to version 2.10. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

There's also a new Terminal Command Line scripting added for custom solutions, a new Trim barcode height feature and a new display text over-ride feature. Magnification control has been improved in version 2.10. Also, there AppleScript improvements and the fixing of anomalies.

Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$160; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.

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Jan 05
Withings releases iPhone compatible Smart Baby Monitor

Withings (http://www.withings.com) has announced the Smart Baby Monitor. for iPhone users in mind. It doesn't consist of two physical objects (the camera and the receiver); however it’s a smart sensor (camera) alone that can communicate with any existing connected screen (iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Mac, PC, tablet, eBook reader, LCDTV, etc.).

The Smart Baby Monitor features a 3MP camera, extra wide view lens and night vision with infrared LEDs. The Smart baby Monitor can detect any event in the room without being moved.   The smart sensor gives parents access to information such as audio/video (day and night vision) and ambient parameters (temperature and humidity) remotely from anywhere in the world.

The Smart Baby Monitor is also equipped with a microphone that allows parents to interact and sooth their child even when they're not physically in the room. Another feature allows parents to control...

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Jan 05
BatchOutput update for Mac OS X adds error logging

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.10, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update dds an option to log InDesign preflight errors to a text file during processing.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.10 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.101 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Jan 04
Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand

Apple has released updates for iMovie and GarageBand. You can obtain both via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

iMovie 9.0.1 -- a 27.52MB download -- improves stability and fixes other minor issues, including:

° Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch;

° Fixes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters;

° Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats;

° Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.

GarageBand 6.0.1 -- a 47.5MB download -- improves overall stability, and addresses compatibility and a number of other minor issues, including:

° Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits;

° Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks;

° Restores the ability to use the Quantize Note Timing...

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Jan 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 4

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

Deutsche Bank’s Global Prime Finance business has announce GlobalPrime Mobile, a free Prime Services mobile application for the iPad and iPhone. It allows clients to retrieve daily margin information, and access portfolio reporting and analysis tools.

iHealth Lab (http://www.iHealth99.com), a designer and manufacturer of digital personal healthcare products, has released the US$99.95 iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Comprised of a hardware dock, blood pressure arm cuff and iHealth App, this product lets users self-monitor their blood pressure from the convenience of their home, and share the results with friends, family and their doctor.

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Jan 04
Research group: iPad to have 'lion's share' of...

The Forrester research group (http://macte.ch/xBjSd) has Forrester published its revised US consumer tablet forecast, which forecasts US tablet computer sales to more than double this year. And the big winner is expected to be -- you guessed it! -- Apple and the iPad.

Forrester has revised its US consumer tablet forecast for 2010 upward to 10.3 million units, and expects sales to more than double in 2011 to 24.1 million units. Of those sales, the lion's share will be iPads, and "despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the tablet market through 2012," says the research group.

"One major assumption that changed in our model is the replacement rate, which we think will be closer to that of MP3 players or iPhones than to that of PCs," says Forrester. "Although they are certainly used for productivity, tablets are proving themselves to be...

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Jan 04
Analyst: iPad, Mac sales exceeding expectations

Analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider' (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that checks over the holidays indicated that Apple saw better-than-expected demand for both the iPad and the Mac. In addition, consumer demand for the iPhone showed no signs of slowing down, even as rumors of a Verizon iPhone loomed over the holiday buying season, he adds.

During the holiday period, Deutsche Bank checked in at more than 50 Apple retail and partner stores, and found lines and crowds driving "robust" demand for the iPhone, Whitmore says. The analyst said iPad is tracking ahead of his model, so he's increased sales estimates from six million to 6.5 million for the fourth quarter of calendar 2010. He also sees Apple selling 28 million iPads in 2011, up from his previous estimate of 22 million.

Whitman says the MacBook Air seems to be a big...

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Jan 04
Lexar announces Echo MX, ZX back-up drives

Lexar Media (http://www.lexar.com) has announced the Echo MX and ZX backup drives, designed to automatically protect essential files for on-the-go netbook and notebook users.

Jyh Chau, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media, says the drives offer high-performance read/write speeds and no-touch backup software. Additionally, the Echo ZX offers a low-profile design and sports an always-on capacity meter.

The Echo MX back-up drive provides 128-bit AES encryption with built-in Lexar Echo backup software. It's available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, provides multiple levels of storage, and offers speeds up to 28MB/second read and 10MB/s write on lower capacities and speeds up to 30MB/s read and 17MB/s write for the 128GB capacity.

The Echo ZX provides all the benefits of a larger backup device in a tiny, plug-and-stay USB form factor, says Chau. This always-ready, low-...

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Jan 04
Joby unveils new iPad products

Joby (http://www.JOBY.com) has launched two new iPad products For the road warrior, the GorillaMobile Ori is designed to amplifiy the productivity of the iPad with ergonomic design and sleek protection on-the-go. The GorillaMobile Yogi is designed for the user who sees the iPad as an extension of themselves and wants to cuddle up with the iPad on the couch or in bed.

The $79.95 GorillaMobile Ori transforms from a sleek protective case to a versatile, ergonomic positioning stand. Drawing its inspiration from the folding art of origami, it's engineered from a superlight German-made aluminum/polypropylene composite used in high-performance cars, says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. The four main viewing modes are optimized for the task at hand, so you can position the stand to watch a movie on the plane, flip through a business presentation or type an email at a café -- with the ability to adjust the display height...

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Jan 04
Speakal unveils new line of iPhone/iPod docking sound systems

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) has debuted its new lineup of sound docks for the iPhone and iPad. Pricing for the products hasn't been announced.

The BPKX-100 (pictured) is a portable docking sound system that comes in an array of colors complemented by a colorable LED light. It features an acoustic accelerator and DSP audio processing and an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 pre-set stations.  The LCD clock automatically syncs up with your iPhone/iPod to ensure the time is always accurate.  You can plug it into the wall or power it up with AA batteries.

TheSB 12 speaker system surrounds your iDevice with a halo of sound and sports touch controls. The iExecutive docking sound system boasts an array of playback options with iPod/iPhone/USB/SD/Bluetooth compatibility. It's coupled with a 20W subwoofer; additional functionality includes a radio, alarm clock, 20 pre-set channels, and video output.

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Jan 04
iHome reveals iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay

iHome will reveal the iHome iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company’s entry into the world of wireless music streaming utilizes AirPlay to seamlessly play music over a home Wi-Fi network from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.



Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the iW1 enables a truly wireless listening experience and employs Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station (DPS) technology and four active speakers for premium audio performance in a compact design, says iHome President Ezra Ashkenazi. Using AirPlay, users can wirelessly stream music from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over Wi-Fi to the iHome iW1 speaker system and enjoy music in any room of the house.

AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. For detailed product information and availability, go to...

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Jan 04
Ten One Design unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad

Ten One Design has announced its tactile game controller for iPad: the Fling. This patent pending device adheres to the iPad's screen over the directional pad of any applicable game to deliver "ultimate control and superb response for full gaming immersion," according to the folks at Ten One Design.

Fling's unique spiral design creates actual physical resistance so gamers are assured of greater directional control, they add. Fling works with any iPad game with a directional pad, or virtual joystick, including Meteor Blitz, Across Age and Super Megaworm, among many other First Person Shooter and RPG titles.

To use Fling, launch the game of your choice, secure Fling’s center control over the game's directional pad. Then place your thumb on the center control to navigate easily through the game.

Fling’s transparent and flexible design provides an unrestricted view of all on-screen action. Plus, the suction cups allow simple attachment and detachment for...

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Jan 04
CarTrip, CleanDrive App connect with car's on-board...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced CarTrip, an integration of hardware and software that provides realtime driver feedback on everything from fuel efficiency to maintenance codes and environmental impact.

CarTrip's Bluetooth monitor plugs into the car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from the car's on-board computer. On-board memory stores data, and CarTrip's expansion SD card slot allows for additional data storage. A built-in sleep feature minimizes power consumption when not in use. CarTrip displays the data on a compatible iOS or Android device, using a friendly (and free) app called CleanDrive. It's available at the Apple App Store.

CleanDrive monitors the car's performance, collecting realtime data like fuel consumption, acceleration, top speed and engine diagnostic codes. It crunches the numbers and displays a "Carbon Score" on the...

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Jan 04
ATTO introduces FastStream SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers

ATTO Technology has introduced their latest shared RAID Storage Controllers. ATTO's FastStream RAID Storage Controllers are independent external RAID storage controllers that provide 8Gb Fibre Channel or 6Gb SAS host connectivity to multiple tiers of SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures.

All models, including the 5550, 8250 and the 8550 are available with updated features and benefits. FastStream storage controllers connect workstations or a SAN to low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing managed latency for high-performance workflows. The FastStream is designed for applications in digital audio/video and IT infrastructures, including digital film production, high-definition video post production, imaging, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments.
 
The FastStream SC 8550 touts with transfer speeds of up to 1500MB/second while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures. It's engineered to run...

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Jan 04
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Mac coming Jan. 6

Feral Interactive (http://www.feralinteractive.com) says the Mac version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 6 for US$39.95. It's available for pre-order.

Here's how the game is described: "Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game. 

"Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. ...

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Jan 04
Candy Convertible Air released for new MacBook Airs

New protection for the MacBook Air has arrived. Hard Candy Cases (http://www.HardCandyCases.com) says their newest case doesn't add bulk or weight to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.

The Candy Convertible Air is available in an "animal-friendly faux-nubuck sleeve." The form-fitting folio design allows full use of the MacBook Air without removal, and is available in black and red for US$44.95.  Shipping this month, product is available for pre-order at the Hard Candy Cases site.

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Jan 04
Logitech HD Pro Cam now Mac compatible

So you can make HD video calls and Full HD video recordings on a Mac, Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced that its flagship Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 (US$99.99) is now Mac-compatible.

The newest Logitech HD webcam is not only plug-and-play ready with iChat, Photo Booth® and FaceTime, but with the latest Logitech software for Macs, Mac fans can now experience Full HD 1080p video recording and one-click uploading to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as integration with the editing and management functions of iPhoto and iMovie, according to Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business. And for video calls in HD 720p, Mac enthusiasts can now enjoy the "fast, free and easy-to-use" Logitech Vid HD for Mac, he adds.

The newest Logitech webcam is compatible with much more than just Macs. In addition to Apple applications such as FaceTime, iChat and Photo...

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Jan 04
Kodak announces new cameras, printers

Kodak (http://www.kodak.com) has announced new video cameras, expanded its EasyShare line and debuted a new all-in-one.

The company has introduced two new additions to its Mac compatible pocket video camera portfolio – the Kodak Playfull Video Camera and the next generation of the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera that's shockproof, dustproof and waterproof up to 10 feet. Both video cameras feature Kodak's Share Button that let you share your videos and pictures with friends and family in three steps. The company has also added Twitter as a sharing destination as well as two more international sites.

The PlayFull can tackle 1080p HD video and 5-megapixel HD stills. It has built-in software and USB arm for automatic sharing, in-camera charging and transfer to a computer, built-in digital image stabilization, smart face tracking technology and and expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB). The...

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Jan 04
Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit available for products such...

You can now recover wet tablets such as the iPad and e-readers with new technology from DRY-ALL (http://www.dry-all.com). Their new product, The Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit, purportedly absorbs all of the moisture in wet electronics quickly, allowing it to continue working as normal without losing all of your valuable information.

The Wet Electronic Tablet Emergency Kit is guaranteed to dry all types of electronic tablets including: the iPad, Kindle, Playbook, Android, e-readers, Kobo, and Nook, exposed to any type of moisture, according to DRY-ALL President Sean Gutierrez. The kit, which costs US$29.95, uses the company's proprietary Blue Bead technology.

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Jan 04
Iomega rolls out new products at CES

Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) is making several announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a home media cloud edition, an iPhone backup and charger, (shown) and Iomega TV with Boxee.

Iomega has announced its Personal Cloud technology, which offers data protection and remote access solution for small businesses and consumers. It's a web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet.  

Iomega's Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned; the content and accessibility is always under your control. And there are no usage fees or subscription charges.

The Iomega Personal Cloud will be available worldwide beginning this month with the launch of the new single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It's also a built-in feature in the new...

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Jan 04
MiLi HD docking station compatible with iOS devices

MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has released the MiLi HD docking station. Equipped with HDMI output and Hi-Fi speaker, MiLi HD allows you to transfer media to your flat screen or home theater system directly from your iOS device. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

It allows Apple users to watch their downloaded films, TV shows, and mobile services like NetFlix, in 1080i HD directly on their home television, according to MiLi Power’s Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. You can listen to your entire music or iTunes library playing through your high-quality home audio setup or through MiLi HD’s built-in HiFi speaker, he adds.

The MiLi HD docking station sports a mini-USB connection and a fully functional docking station with charging capabilities. It's priced at US$99.99.

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Jan 04
Peep Wireless Technology reveals PeepApp iPhone software

Peep Wireless Technology (http://www.peppewireless.com) is revealing its PeepApp iPhone software at CES in Las Vegas. The software App turns every phone into a client/server viral transmitter/receiver.

Those “seed phones”, in turn, capture every device with Bluetooth, WiFi or other spectrum points (ie, game boxes, Bluetooth devices, computers, Internet TVs and more) and cause the Peep Mesh to grow and grow around the world in a repercussive peer-to-peer manner. The app will also be released on other phone platforms in the future.

Why would you want this? According to the folks at Peep Wireless, you'd need to pay a phone bill again. All your email, internet and media access would be "free forever," and you'd control a new type of Internet/mobile network. An embedded social network structure pays them to use the system and transact with the app.

The entire solution is software-based...

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