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Mar 25
Speck releases CandyShell Card for the iPhone 4

Speck's (http://www.speckproducts.com/) latest iPhone 4 case, the US$39.95 CandyShell Card, is designed for those times when you're on the go and traveling light. It features protection, as well as the ability to hold up to three cards (ID or credit cards), plus some cash in its built-in slot.

The CandyShell Card is the case to carry when you don't want to be weighed down with a bulky wallet or a heavy purse, says Bryan Hynecek, Speck's director of Design. With the CandyShell Card, inserting and removing cards is a snap, he adds.

Cards slide into the rubberized slot, and slide out for quick access with the thumb release. The CandyShell Card has been designed to fit both the Verizon and AT&T models of the iPhone 4. It comes in three color combinations: NightDrive Grey, GrapeEscape Purple, and Moonsicle White.

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Mar 25
AcademiX 2011 Conference focuses on mobile devices in education

MacLearning.org, an organization dedicated to promoting the use of Macs and Apple technology in schools of all levels, has announced the third annual hybrid multi-site conference, AcademiX 2011, on April 29.

The focus of the conference this year is on mobility, with leading educators offering a total of eight 20-minute talks on how the iOS-led mobility revolution has impacted schools, teaching methods and students, with additional discussion of the Apple technologies -- particularly the iPad -- that are being employed.

The free conference, presented by Apple, will simultaneously connect four different universities, and will offer a webcast to reach a live global audience. All attendees, whether in person or via webcast, will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters during two Q&A panel sessions.

The event will be held "in person" at Northeastern, Emory, Ohio State University's Medical Center and San Diego State. The conference and live...

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Mar 25
AmigoCase is wearable charging holster for the iPhone

The AmigoCase (http://www.concordkeystone.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=672) is a new, wearable, US$79.99 charging holster for the iPhone that purportedly doubles battery life without "piggy-backing" an extra battery to the phone.

The AmigoCase features an auxiliary battery that's embedded in the holster. Through a swivel action, the iPhone separates from the battery holster when the phone is in use. When the phone rings or the user initiates a call, he simply releases the iPhone from the holster, leaving the auxiliary battery behind in the case.

After the call ends, the iPhone slides back into the AmigoCase and continues charging. The back-up battery stays in the case at all times. An on/off switch allows the user to decide when to recharge. Holsters can be clipped to carry-on bags, handbags, computer cases or waistbands and comes...

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Mar 25
Final Print 2.0 enables printing from Final Cut Pro

Digital Heaven has released Final Print 2.0 for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects. This release offers new features such as a completely redesigned interface, enhanced performance, direct loading from Final Cut Pro and the ability to view clips inside sequences.

By taking full advantage of Final Cut Pro's XML interchange format, Final Print allows the user to view a list of clips, markers or the content of a bin with up to 10 columns of information. The lists can be printed or saved as a PDF file providing a workflow enhancement when handing off a project to another member of the post production team.

Final Print 2.0 requires an Intel-based Mac. Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 or later is needed for creation of XML files. Final Cut Pro 7 or higher is required for direct opening of projects

Final Print 2.0 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store (...

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Mar 25
iWeb Themes Park adds new templates

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has announced new themes for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite.

The Film Theme is ideal for movie takers or watchers. The Green Fields theme is for people who have hobbies or do sports activities in the nature, and City View theme will bring everyone near to a large city. The Lighted Columns theme creates a light falling effect. The Sprout theme is for growing business or newly introduced organization's website.

All the themes from iWeb Themes Park consist of separate elements each of which can be modified, replaced or removed. To use themes from iWeb Themes Park requires iWeb from iLife '08 or later.

The iWeb Themes Box of 110 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio"...

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Mar 25
Native Instruments introduces Razor software synthesizer

Native Instruments has introduced Razor (http://macte.ch/Tzjpa), an US$79 software synthesizer designed together with electronic artist Errorsmith. For use in Reaktor 5 and in the free Reaktor Player, it utilizes up to 320 partials for its sound shaping algorithms.

The dual oscillator section provides an arsenal of timbres, ranging from typical analog-style waveforms to unconventional models like "Primes," "Sick Pitchbend" and "Hoover Sync". The two filter sections offers 20 different filter types, including formant, vowel and waterbed models.

A further section provides an arsenal of "Dissonance Effects" that further contribute to the sonic footprint of the instrument. Razor even integrates a 34-band vocoder that can also be used to process external audio signals.

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Mar 25
Skype for Mac revved to version 5.1

The latest Skype for Mac (http://www.skype.com) -- version 5.1 -- participants in group calls can identify active speakers and you can select recent called numbers stored in the dial pad.

Contact groups are now shown in on the right hand side, allowing more space in the side bar. In addition, Skype 5.1 fixes several bugs and issues, including the iSight Firewire webcam detection problem.

The upgrade is a free download. Also, Skype has started a contest (http://macte.ch/kFahA) asking Mac users to create the chat style for an upcoming version of Skype for Mac. The competition will run over three stages, each lasting three weeks. Two winners will be selected at the end of each stage: a judges' choice winner that will be selected by our panel and a people's choice winner, as voted for by Skype users.

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Mar 25
Mewshop to talk DSLR, Art of Filmmaking at NAB SuperMeet

Manhattan Edit Workshop (Mewshop), a authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, has announced its sponsorship of the 10th Annual NAB SuperMeet, as well as its participation in the NAB Post Pit: a gathering of users, rock stars, and creators of post-production software.

As official sponsors and presenters, Mewshop (http://www.mewshop.com/) will bring its DSLR and filmmaking training methodology to Las Vegas. Each year, the Las Vegas SuperMeet aggregates well-known Adobe, Apple, and Avid editors, digital content creators, and DSLR filmmakers from around the globe to explore the latest industry trends and innovations.

Mewshop founder, filmmaker and editor, Josh Apter, will be on-hand at the Post Pit to discuss "Recording Great Sound with DSLR and Digital Cinema Cameras." His "Ears-on" presentation will demo the best techniques for recording location sound with...

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Mar 25
PDFPen gets ability to select the destination for a scan

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.2. The update the ability to select a destination for a scan. It also adds the full Japanese Help, and fixes an OCR-related hang.

The changes in PDFpen 5.2.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.2, 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.

PDFpen 5.2.2 and PDFpen Pro 5.2....

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Mar 25
EastWest announces Evolution Series World Percussion

EastWest (http://www.soundsonline.com) has announced distribution of the Evolution Series World Percussion Virtual Instrument in the North American market.

Available from April 1, World Percussion is designed for film, TV, game composers and producers. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$649.

It's a sample library with 220GB of data. World Percussion Virtual Instrument features sounds from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South America. It offers up to seven user controllable microphone positions, both stereo and five independent audio channels for creating surround sound mixes, an array of velocities and round robin, and hundreds of MIDI grooves.

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Mar 25
Playback Media Server 1.7.3 adds features, boosts performance

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.3 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update sports a new high-performance engine.

Also folders can be dragged from Finder to shared folder lists. When streaming, the status menu displays percent complete and Playback Media Server 1.7.3 offers improved navigation for Aperture, Apple's software for professional photographers.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific...

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Mar 25
Capo 2.1gains new MIDI functionality

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has updated Capo for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 2.1. In this release, Capo gains the ability to export MIDI transcription data, the waveform representation of audio has returned, and playback commands can now be controlled via learned keystrokes or external MIDI hardware.

Capo 2 was the first app to allow users to transcribe their music to a notational representation using tablature, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. Now, in 2.1, users can export their data out of Capo in the standard MIDI format, and use it to incorporate transcribed solos into MIDI sequencers, or import the data into applications that facilitate advanced scoring work.

Capo 2.1 now allows users to set and manipulate their loops with an always-visible waveform. The new version also adds the ability for users to train a set of new keystrokes, or assign MIDI commands, to control Capo's playback.

Capo 2.1 is available now as a free update to all 2.0...

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Mar 25
Esri ArcGIS 10 now supported by MAPublisher

Avenza Systems has announced updated support for Esri ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and ArcMap document (MXD) files in MAPublisher 8.4.1 for Adobe Illustrator.

The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution can use its import tools to connect to Personal, File and ArcSDE geodatabases as well as MXD files. MAPublisher can make use of a geodatabase's spatial and non-spatial relationships, subtypes and attribute domain information during the import process.

To fully import Esri geodatabases or to fully access an ArcSDE server using MAPublisher import tools, valid Esri software must be installed and licensed; at minimum, ArcGIS Engine Runtime. More commonly, an ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo license may be used. Mac and Windows users without an ArcGIS license can still import data using the Basic Personal Geodatabase Reader in MAPublisher.

MAPublisher for Illustrator is l map...

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Mar 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 24

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

iStoryTime (http://www.iStoryTime.com) has announced its partnership with Yoplait Kids to offer six free children's books for a limited time on iPad and iPhone. The books are illustrated and narrated, so children can enjoy the book even when parents are busy.

Playrix Entertainment has released Around the World in 80 Days: The Game, its US$0.99, match-3 title adapted for iPhone and iPod touch. It takes players on a journey around the globe. Players travel back in time to the late 19th century and enjoy adventures on land, sea and air together with the English daredevil Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepourtout.

Media Connect has introduced Jeju Hotel Guide for the...

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Mar 24
Is Apple opening up the graphics side of its Mac platform?

A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs. Apple doesn't typically include support for GPUs that aren't in shipping products, so the inclusion has some important implications for Mac Pro users and future Sandy Bridge iMacs, says "Ars Technica" (http://macte.ch/E1GAD).

According to hackintosh site tonymacx86 (http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/), Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro contains native support for a range of Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. The support brings full Quartz Extreme and CoreImage acceleration on these GPUs. tonymacx86 notes that for those building "hackintosh" systems -- PCs built to run Mac OS X -- using one of these cards won't require hacks or special kernel extensions such as Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler or...

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Mar 24
Lines forming for global roll-out of iPad 2?

Apple said earlier this week that online sales of the iPad 2 would begin at 1 am Friday in 25 new countries, and the second gen tablet has already gone on sale in New Zealand and Australia.

Apparently, those who want to be among the first to get their hands on the iPad 2 have begun to line up across the globe. "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) reports that it has received reports from readers who have witnessed long lines in Australia, Germany, the U.K. and more.

Meanwhile, Apple has shortened estimates for U.S. iPad 2 orders to 3-4 weeks from the earlier 4-5 week period.

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Mar 24
Apple wins American Brand Excellence Award

Apple is the winner of the eighth annual American Brand Excellence Awards (http://macte.ch/bOwHu)as the brand that best meets the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The award is given each year by The Business Journals, a division of Washington Business Journal parent company American City Business Journals.

“Apple has become the premier business brand, and as the leader of the tablet category with the iPad, Apple is redefining how we work,” says Godfrey Phillips, vice president of research for The Business Journals. “Our study found that 9% of business owners currently use an iPad for business.”

More than 250 brands were rates by more than 2,000 small to mid-sized business owners. Criteria included “forward thinking,” “behaves ethically,” and “has a good price for what you get.”

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Mar 24
Angry users of Angry Birds file lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. A class-action lawsuit filed last week in California state court is accusing “Angry Birds” of violating users’ privacy. The lawsuit is directed against Apple for allowing “Angry Birds” to collect user information, reports "Westlaw Insider" (http://macte.ch/jxAbI).

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Apple doesn't screen apps available in its App Store to prevent them from obtaining private user data. Plaintiffs’ allege that their data is being collected through the app Angry Birds. According to the complaint, a majority of popular apps on Apple’s App Store collect user information without the users’ knowledge or consent, says "Westlaw Insider."

The apps collect information about a user’s gender, age, location (via GPS), which apps he or she uses and for how long, and to what extent he or she uses the app. The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique...

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Mar 24
Apple on its way to becoming a $200 billion revenue company

Apple can keep posting sales growth of more than 50% in the next two years as a mobile applications boom fuels demand for devices such as the iPad, says Forrester Research CEO George Colony, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/q03v6).

Apple sold almost 15 million iPads in its debut year and more than 90 million iPhones in its four-year lifespan. Demand for the devices has spawned a market for downloadable apps that let users shop, work, play games and handle other tasks on the go, Colony says.

“They’ll be bigger than IBM next year, and they’ll be bigger than HP the year after that,” Colony said, citing Apple’s 52 percent sales growth last year. At current growth rates “they’re going to be a $200 billion revenue company."

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Mar 24
App scanner rejected from Mac App Store, now offered for free

Chimp Studios says its iOS developer tool, App Scanner is now free after being rejected by Apple for the Mac App Store.

App Scanner is a utility that mimics Apple's automated review process and picks through an apps internal structure to see if a developer has -- intentionally or not -- used a private application programming interface, an offense that warrants an immediate rejection. Chimp Studios originally intended to deploy App Scanner on the Mac App Store; however, Apple denied it due to legal concerns.

"It is a bit disappointing that in the three years that the iOS software development kit has been available to third party developers, Apple hasn't provided any kind of pre-check tool," says developer Andrew Schenk. Apple recently released Xcode 4 on March 9 to the general public on the Mac App Store for $US4.99, with registered developers receiving a free update. Despite a complete redesign of Xcode it did not feature a private application programming...

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Mar 24
Enter the Ninja for Apple ProRes

Atomos (http://www.atomos.com) has unleashed the Ninja, an US$999 portable touchscreen HD recorder, monitor and playback device that captures video direct to Apple ProRes from any camera with an HDMI output onto removable 2 1⁄2 inch hard disks.

Ninja is designed to eliminate the need for capture cards and wasted time logging and capturing by avoiding the lossy, time consuming capture to edit process. It bypasses the image-degrading compression needed to squeeze HD onto in-camera flash storage like P2, SxS, SDHC etc..


The Ninja includes all accessories -- batteries, chargers, disk caddies and a Mac/PC docking station -- in one case. Hidden inside its compact design is a hardware implementation of the Apples ProRes codec.

Ninja sports FireWire 800,USB 2 and 3 and e-SATA interfaces built in. Apple ProRes works natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the ProRes codec installed (...

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Mar 24
iOS evidence-based clinical OMT app comes to the Mac

Clinically Relevant Technologies, developers of medical applications for smart phones, says their Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy app suite (http://www.clinicallyrelevant.com/) for mobile devices is now optimized for your desktop via the Mac App Store. The suite costs US$99.99 and can be found in the Medical category.

The applications -- which require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher -- are designed for clinicians, teachers, and students who use manual therapy (OMT) to treat musculosketal problems. They boast nearly 140 techniques and video.



The Evidence Based OMT program provides step-by-step illustration of each procedure and indication, using text, videos and supporting medical journal articles, and links to PUBMed references. Everything is covered, from the extremities to the spine, says Dr. Ben Hando, partner and content developer at Clinically Relevant Technologies.

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Mar 24
This Sims game will get Medieval on your Mac

Electronic Arts and TransGaming have released The Sims Medieval for the Mac (http://www.ea.com/the-sims-medieval). It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$49.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Set in the Middle Ages, players will find themselves faced with new ways to play with life like never before. As they build up their kingdom, players create Hero Sims in a range of professions including knight, bard, wizard, priest, blacksmith and spy. Playing each Hero Sim is different, as players control the Sim’s professional life as well as take on the varied adventures of the quests. Other new gameplay elements include diplomacy with neighboring territories, and of course medieval punishments.

"The gameplay is framed by quests -- each quest presents a new situation and a fresh opportunity to pick which Hero Sims to control during that adventure. After choosing a...

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Mar 24
Boingo releases new Wi-Fi app for Mac, iOS devices

Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has released a new version of its Wi-Fi app. The app not only logs customers onto more than 325,000 commercial hotspots around the globe with a single click, it also helps anyone find and connect to hundreds of thousands of free and open Wi-Fi networks worldwide.

The app includes the ability to search for paid or free networks and presents search results on a map. Boingo Wi-Finder is immediately available for Mac and Windows laptops, Android smartphones and iOS devices.

Boingo Wi-Finder is designed to help solve the problem of getting connected to Wi-Fi when there are multiple Wi-Fi signals in one place. Through connection logic, Wi-Finder identifies available networks and automatically connects a user to the best signal. The app’s logic also includes the ability to accept a network’s terms of service on the user’s behalf on a one-time or recurring basis to...

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Mar 24
Graph graphs graphs on Mac OS X, iOS devices

A new, free app for graphing graphics -- appropriately called Graph -- is available from VVI (http://www.vvi.com) for Mac and iOS devices in the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store.

Graph supports several 1D, 2D and 3D graph types including bar, column, pie, line, area, scatter, 3D perspective scatter, trajectory and surface, volumetric, z-sliced cell, user defined maps, linear, semi-log, x-log, log-log, polar, r-log, Gregorian date and many variations. Maps are geographic, schematic, process maps, node graphs, floor plans or any diagram. A map of the United States is included, and users can load an additional 30 maps they construct themselves using the optional Vvidget Builder application.

Thousands of graphic, graph and data attributes -- including customized artwork, autoscaling and many other attributes can be set by using Vvidget Builder -- an optional Mac OS X desktop application, to make a skin...

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