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Apr 08
Apple releases Boot Camp 3.2

Apple released Boot Camp 3.2. It addresses addresses issues with shutdown, Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 MacBook Pro.

Boot Camp 3.2 requires Windows 7. It's a 21.55MB download.

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Apr 08
Flexiglass a new Mac OS X windows management tool

Nulana has launched Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99.

With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.

Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 08
Apple won't let Unpleasant Horse run on the Apple App Store

Unpleasant Horse from new studio 4th & Battery was denied release on the Apple App Store because of "mature content," reports "Casual Gaming Biz" (http://macte.ch/ei8sk).

Unpleasant Horse lets players take on the role of a "strikingly unpleasant" horse intent on destroying small birds and landing on more pleasant horses from above. It "looks set to compare to Adult Swim's infamously puerile, witty content," says the "Develop" site (http://macte.ch/k8rxI).

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Apr 08
Apple wants JavaScript disabled in iOS version of iCab

Apple has ordered the developer of iCab, a web browser for iPhones and iPads, to disable some functionality. Apple has ordered it to disable JavaScript, and the developer says he'll comply, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/r5rXH),

iCab was launched two years ago, and brings many more features to iPhones and iPads than the Safari shipped with the device, the article says. The developer Alexander Clauss says he'll comply with Apple's wishes by disabling third-party code. "But he's puzzled by the Jobsian logic," notes "The Register."

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Apr 08
Analyst comments on Apple's anticipated 'Cloud Tunes...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/75x21) -- Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes comments on the report that has Apple purchased 12 petabytes worth of storage equipment from Isilon Systems, a division of EMC. This lines up with what expects will be Apples version of iTunes “in the cloud,” a hosted data service, the article adds.

"We believe that Isilon’s capabilities dovetail nicely with our vision for Apple’s upcoming 'Cloud Tunes' -- an extension of iTunes into the cloud that allows easy access to digital content from any Apple device," Reitzes writes. "We believe that Apple will release a new cloud strategy by the fall, likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its significant investments in its North Carolina data center. We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more complex than Amazon’s given its millions of users with years worth of files....

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Apr 08
Best Buy holding non-reserved iPad 2s for an upcoming promo

Rumors of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night and have flitted all over the 'Net. However, "BRG" (http://macte.ch/XEbfy) claims to have the answer in an email from Best Buy:

“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion. This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.”

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Apr 08
New EditShare 'Energy' Series to make its official...

EditShare (http://www.editshare.com) will unveil the new Energy shared storage product line at the NAB 2011 exhibition (Booth SL4728) next week.

Designed for small and mid-size production workgroups, the new 'Energy' Series provides outstanding speed and agility with over 700MB per second, read and write performance per server or expansion chassis, says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. The new EditShare Energy Series offers the full range of EditShare innovation including Final Cut Pro and Avid project sharing.

Project sharing lets editors draw on the same central pool of media and work in the same project simultaneously -- sharing raw material, bins and sequences. There's no per-seat license; media-optimized Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections support workgroups and high stream counts with simplicity and cost-effectiveness, says Liebman.

EditShare shared storage...

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Apr 08
Stereo3D CAT for the Mac to prowl in the third quarter

Dashwood Cinema Solutions (http://www.Dashwood3D.com), a developer of stereoscopic software, has revved its line of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D products: Stereo3D CAT. Stereo3D CAT is an on-location calibration and analysis system that's designed to remove all of the complexities associated with stereoscopic 3D camera calibration in production.

Features include an Alignment Tracker, a Stereo3D Visualizer, and a Parallax Inspector to calculate the correct camera alignment points, illustrate the depth of the 3D scene and avoid divergence. Other features include:

° A Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras;

° Stereoscopic Preview Modes including anaglyph, difference, side-by-side, line-by-line, and top/bottom;

° Depth analysis tools that include Depth Mapping and Depth Preview modes;

° Discreet or muxed stereoscopic input;

° External output in...

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Apr 08
'RainBallet' waterproof case released for the iPhone 4

The Joy Factory (http://www. www.thejoyfactory.com) has released the waterproof RainBallet case for the iPhone 4. Th eUS$39.95 case works with both the AT&T and Verizon compatible version of the Apple smartphone.

The RainBallet’s rugged case fits snugly, and the proprietary Intelli-filter design blocks water, not sound, preserving all premium audio quality, says Sampson Yang, president of The Joy Factory. The case also features Sharpvue lenses on both the front and back of the case, turning any iPhone 4 into a high-quality, water resistant camera or video recorder that captures images, he adds.

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Apr 08
OWC introduces Mount Pro Drive Sled for Mac Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Mount Pro drive sled for adding any 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) to 2009 and later Apple Mac Pro "Nehalem" and "Westmere" models.

Manufactured with the processes and materials including powder coated aircraft grade aluminum, the US$24.99 bracket comes backed by a lifetime warranty. It comes with four drive mounting screws and replaces an existing 3.5-inch drive tray. The OWC Mount Pro perfectly aligns the SATA connector on the mounted 2.5-inch drive into the back plane SATA ports on the Mac Pro.

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Apr 08
MyService offers 750GB, 7200RPM laptop hard drive upgrade

MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has released a new 750GB, 7200rpm hard drive upgrade for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. These new 2.5-inch drives by Seagate are the largest 7200rpm drives available for the Apple laptops.

MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service costs US$299 and includes the new drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer. MyService makes the service process fast and easy. MyService sends a custom laptop shipping container to you. All shipping is insured and can be tracked online.

Your old hard drive is returned to you and can be used for backups. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 750GB upgrade will not void your Apple warranty.

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Apr 08
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.0.4

SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.4. The new version adds a new option to the Settings panel: “Create sub-folder within the destination folder” and make this new sub-folder the real destination folder.

Also, the Settings button on the Options Drawer has been moved to an upper position, since it is the most used panel after the Console panel.

FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.

FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters,...

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Apr 08
GarageSale updated, now available in the Mac App Store

Iwascoding has released GarageSale 6.1, a free update for its listing solution for the Mac. For new users its available for US$39.99 in the Mac App Store.

Version 6.1 adds a toolbar containing text formatting options in preview mode, adds a Batch Find & Replace function and uses a new iMediaBrowser 2 component for accessing iPhoto or Aperture image libraries. Also, handling time can now be set in the auction preview directly.

GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.

Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Apr 08
Nodhead Software releases PDF Hero 1.0.1

Nodhead Software has announced PDF Hero 1.0.1, an update to their utility product for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

With a drag and drop interface, PDF Hero is tailored to provide a way to combine PDF files and/or mix them with images. Version 1.0.1 adds the capability to connect with Tethering Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch. Tethered shooting allows the user to utilize the camera of an iOS device to shoot and transfer pictures and photos of documents directly into PDF Hero.

During operation a realistic page view allows the user to preview his or her document and flick through pages in a natural way, according to the folks at Nodhead Software. This can be done using the onscreen controls, keyboard or multitouch swipe gestures. A 14-day, fully functional demo version of PDF Hero is available at the Nodhead Software web site (...

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Apr 07
AT&T, Verizon AT&T must let smaller competitors use...

AT&T and Verizon, the two iPhone carriers in the US, must let smaller competitors use their networks for mobile Internet service under rules approved today by a divided Federal Communications Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/RTBOD).

The agency voted 3-2 with Democrats approving and Republicans dissenting to require large wireless carriers to strike commercial agreements with smaller carriers, the article adds. Such agreements are voluntary now.

The rule extends to data traffic the network-sharing arrangements that already are mandatory for voice calls. The measure was opposed by Verizon and AT&T.

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Apr 07
Time Warner seeks declaratory judgment for using iPad within the...

Time Warner Cable has filed a request for declaratory judgment relating to Viacom cable networks.

The request asks the court to rule that Time Warner Cable’s rights under its carriage agreement allows it to deliver the programming of this company over its cable systems for viewing on devices of its video customers’ choosing, including iPads, in their homes. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

“We have steadfastly maintained that we have the rights to allow our customers to view this programming in their homes, over our cable systems, without artificial limits on the screens they can use to do so, and we are asking the court to confirm our view," says Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, executive vice president and general counsel of Time Warner Cable. "With over 360,000 downloads of our TWCableTV app, it is clear that our customers welcome the convenience and flexibility our new app provides.”

The app, which...

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Apr 07
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 7

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

Animoto (http://www.animoto.com) has announced a way for consumers to enjoy their personal video slideshows, with new Apple AirPlay functionality, allowing users to watch Animoto videos on their TV.  With this new functionality, Animoto videos on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can instantly be played on a TV using Apple TV and AirPlay.  A video slideshow creation service, Animoto lets consumers to create TV-quality videos, from their photos and video clips. Its solution is available in a free, "lite" version, as well as a "plus" version for enthusiasts (US$30 per year) and a "pro" version ($249 per year).

Paragon Software Group and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has released the Russian-...

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Apr 07
Sales of the iPad 2 hit new high in March

Isp.org.cn's (http://www.isp.org.cn/products/) latest report shows that the sales of Apple's iPad 2 surpassed iPad 1 in March, as the shipment volume reached 2.4 million units.

Isp.org.cn says, pertaining to monthly shipments in Q2, the iPad 2 will grow from four million units to 4.5 million units. The total volume of shipments in Q2 will reach 12 million units. Isp.org.cn reports that the sales speed of the iPad 2 far exceeds that of the iPad 1.

Isp.org.cn is an e-commerce company and a vertical search engine company in China.

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Apr 07
Clorox replaces Blackberries with iPhones, Android devices

Ralph Loura took over as CIO of Clorox a year ago, has cleaned out Blackberries and replaced them with iPhones and Android devices, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/wPzmp).

Loura so far has replaced 6,000 desktop and tower computers with lightweight HP laptops, and got rid of company-issued Blackberries while letting workers choose between an iPhone or Android or Window Phone 7-powered smartphone the article adds. The company has issued 2,000 smartphones, 92% of which are iPhones. About 6% of the smartphones chosen were Android-based while 2% were Windows Phone 7 devices.

"We live in public cloud for mail and messaging. I don't have to worry about security because I don't sync data to the iPhones. It remains in the cloud," Loura told "Computerworld."

He added that a select group of employees is piloting a small number of iPads. While he's yet to find anyone who has said "take my laptop...

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Apr 07
Analyst tweaks estimates based on rumored iPhone 5 delay

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/YXDfr) -- Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt reiterated his year forecast for iPhone sales, while noting that he's adjusted June and September estimates to accommodate for the rumored shift of the iPhone 5 introduction from June to September.

McCourt now estimates 14 million iPhone units in the June fiscal Q3, down by three million, but 22 million for the September quarter, higher by three million. McCourt’s estimate for the March quarter just ended is 17.5 million, unchanged. He estimates 69.7 million for the full year, unchanged from before.

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Apr 07
Gartner: Android to have half of smartphone OS market by 2012

Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7% increase from 2010, according to Gartner. By the end of 2011, Android will move to become the most popular operating system (OS) worldwide and will build on its strength to account for 49% of the smartphone market by 2012, according to the research group.

Sales of open OS devices will account for 26% of all mobile handset device sales in 2011, and are expected to surpass the one billion mark by 2015, when they will account for 47% of the total mobile device market.

“By 2015, 67% of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or below, proving that smartphones have been finally truly democratized,” says Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner. “As vendors delivering Android-based devices continue to fight for market share, price will decrease to further benefit consumers. Android's position at the high end of the market will remain strong, but its greatest volume...

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Apr 07
Active Storage announces ActiveSAN configurations, pricing

Active Storage (http://www.activestorage.com), which specializes in high-performance storage solutions for media and creative professionals, has announced configurations and pricing for ActiveSAN, the high-performance metadata controller appliance for Xsan and StorNext networks.

Active Storage also announced plans to conduct live ActiveSAN demonstrations for the first time at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show next week in booth #SL5225. In addition, the company has collaborated closely with Quantum, the makers of StorNext, to address the needs of current Xsan users moving from Apple Xserve metadata controllers.

Migration strategies from Xserve-based Xsan networks to ActiveSAN were carefully crafted, including implementation of Access Control Lists (ACLs) for permission control, and the use of extended attributes, says Alex Grossman, CEO of Active Storage. ActiveSAN is a...

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Apr 07
Illuminate is a new windows-finding tool for Mac OS X

Fortunate Bear has announced Illuminate 1.0 (http://fortunatebear.com/products/illuminate/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). The US$19.95 app is designed to allow users to find the right window when they need it.

It does this by providing three ways to find windows: a graphic window switcher so users can search by sight; a quick switch feature to bring up a window by typing part of its title; and full text search to find windows containing the given words or phrases. Illuminate also provides customizable shortcuts, so everything can be done via the keyboard.

Illuminate's Cycle Windows feature provides a visual window switcher so users can find the window they want just by looking. Unlike Expose for Mac, Illuminate shows no more than five windows on the screen at a time, so the window thumbnails remain large and legible, according to the Fortunate Bears....

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Apr 07
Class on Demand expands Legends Series

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has expanded its "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" training initiative (http://www.classondemand.com/legends/).

Powered by the Class on Demand Learning Platform's streaming video server, "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" offers beginners and seasoned professionals a chance to attend short-format training seminars from their home or office computer. The seminars, webinars, and workshops share exciting techniques from digital media and post-production gurus, including Final Cut tutorial Legend, Larry Jordan.

The latest Legend to come on board is video lighting veteran, Carl Gundestrup. With over 30-years of experience under his belt, Gundestrup's resume is packed with big name projects that include the likes of NBC, ABC, Industrial Light & Magic, Pepsi, Bath and Body Works,...

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Apr 07
AV3 Software unveils first Production Power Pack

AV3 Software has introduced its new Production Power Packs. To kick-start the Production Power Pack initiative, AV3 Software partnered with Boris FX -- a developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the broadcast, post-production, film, and multimedia markets.

This first, specially priced package bundles AV3 Software's Get dialog search application powered by Nexidia with Boris AAF Transfer for a search-and-transfer combination for any editing environment within Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.

Boris AAF Transfer is a bi-directional sequence transfer tool, allowing editors to exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. The AV3 and Boris FX Production Power Pack provides editors with the ability to transition projects between NLEs, preserving not only the dialog "hits" from Get, but all metadata -- from transitions...

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