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Apr 07
D-Link releases ShareCenter solutions

D-Link has released its ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage devices, the DNS-320 and DNS-325. These network-attached storage (NAS) solutions feature an upgraded hardware platform and enable consumers to share documents, files and digital media on a home network.
 
The DNS-320 and DNS-325 provide users with centralized storage to help protect, manage, share, stream and remotely access data, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. Both products feature two SATA HD bays for 3.5-inch drives of either 1TB or 2TB capacities.

Installation of ShareCenter devices is simple, and if more storage is needed, easy expansion allows consumers to add additional hard drives without using tools or attaching any cables, according to Kelley. In addition to content back-up and RAID support for data protection, the DNS-320 and DNS-325 also feature remote access to files through a built-in web file server app and FTP server.

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Apr 07
Elmedia Player now offers HTML support

Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has updated Elmedia Player -- a media player for the Mac (OS X 10.4 or later), which can play all most popular Flash and video formats and allows downloading online videos and their external resources directly to the hard drive -- to version 1.0.6. The new version provides improved downloading capabilities with HTML5 support.

Elmedia Player Pro lets the user download the underlying multi-media resources such as images, graphics and external video, along with the original video file.To download videos from the web with Elmedia Player Proall you have to do is enter the link to the webpage where your video is located and choose the files you want to download from the list.

Elmedia Player also provides its users with organization and management: media library inspired by iTunes, usual and smart playlists creation, volume adjustment in the application (not...

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Apr 07
App Tamer updated to version 1.0.6

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version of App Tamer corrects several problems and reduces App Tamer's own CPU demands.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a...

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Apr 07
Bodega 'corner store' gets speed boost

Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.5, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.

Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.5 provides increased speed and performance enhancements, and is now purportedly up to 500% faster than previous versions.

The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.

Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.5 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For...

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Apr 07
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X adds QR Code support

Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.5. The app can now create smart QR Codes for text, URLs, and the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

Originally from Japan, QR Codes are rapidly emerging in the United States and Europe, and allow you to encode text and URLs directly into square barcodes that are read by iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, Android, and many other smartphones.

Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Barcode Producer for Mac OS X and Windows is immediately available online with digital and physical CD-ROM delivery. It...

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Apr 07
Voila image capturing tool comes to the Mac App Store

Global Delight has updated Voila (http://www.globaldelight.com) -- an image capturing, annotating and sharing tool that sports the ability to capture a region from the screen in rectangular, circular, polygonal or free hand form -- to version 3.0.4. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

In version 3.0.4, support has been provided to choose the camera of your choice while making the capture. Another new feature is the option to save the web page archive. With this feature, users can opt to save the web page archive along with the web snap. This enables them to refer and open the web page within the application's browser.

Voila offers full screen capture, timed capture or a menu capture. In addition, the software is integrated with a blend of annotating tools like texts, arrows, callouts, sprays, stamps and more. Additionally, you can...

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Apr 07
iWebThemesPro adds new iWeb themes

iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has added five new iWeb themes for Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. These new iWeb themes retain 25 themes from the previous release and add five new ones: Retro, Mammoth, Tea Time, Drawing and Underground.

The iWeb themes include eight templates to choose from. Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. Each theme is flexible and can be used for a personal or business website.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each theme is available for US$9.99 each. The set of 30 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.

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Apr 07
'YML' looks at the iPod, iPad anniversaries

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the anniversaries of the iPod and the iPad -- and what they mean to the Mac community. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Apr 06
Apple's patent case against accessory makers proceeds

Apple's patent infringement suit against makers of unlicensed accessories for the company’s iPod, iPhone and iPad devices can proceed, a federal judge ruled yesterday, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/5Pej8).

In July 2010 Apple sued eForCity Corp. and six other companies (Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crayzondigital and Boxware) in the California Northern District Court in San Jose, California, for infringing nine patents. Most defendant companies are related and are located in El Monte, California, according to court papers.

Apple said in its complaint that the companies weren’t participants in its “Made for iPod” program, and were producing products of “inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products.” The infringement case stands, despite eForCity’s argument that it was procedurally improper. U.S....

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Apr 06
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 6

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

Internet Design Zone has announced Addition & Subtraction For Kids 1.0, a free educational game app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Suitable for kids in grades 1 and 2, Addition & Subtraction For Kids is designed to help little kids perfect their addition and subtraction skills. The app has a colorful underwater theme with lots of attractive fishes to keep the kids hooked. For each addition and subtraction question, a number of fish are shown on screen which the child has to count and answer.

Panorama Concepts has released Soundbox Deluxe 1.0, an US$0.99 sound effects app for for the iPhone, iPod, iPad touch. It includes a collection of sounds in four different categories, including animals, sports, transportation and weapons. With Soundbox Deluxe,...

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Apr 06
Xoom, Atrix 4G smartphone not hot sellers

Analysts say the Xoom Android tablet (pictured) and Atrix smartphone are poor performers, despite heavy marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, respectively, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/H6OYb).

According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette's channel checks, sales of the Xoom and Atrix have been "disappointing," the article says. His research led him to cut Motorola's revenue and earnings projections for the rest of the year and into 2012.

"Based on our checks, we believe overall sell-through trends for of the Xoom and Atrix have been disappointing," Faucette said in a note to clients. "In particular, we believe Atrix's lower-than-forecast volumes are a result of the $49 iPhone 3GS and the HTC Inspire, which kept Atrix sales well below forecast in spite of the marketing focus put on the Atrix by AT&T."

While Faucette doesn't provide any actual sales...

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Apr 06
Survey: teens flocking to the iPhone

Apple has achieved a record 17% iPhone market share among teens with an additional 37% of respondents indicating interest in buying an iPhone in the next six months, according to a new survey by the Piper Jaffray research group, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The percentage of teens who own the iPhone jumped from 14% in October of last year to 17% this spring. The number of teens who plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months rose from 33% last fall to 37% this spring. According to Piper Jaffray, intent to buy has historically translated into subsequent market share gains.

What's more, the 21st bi-annual Piper Jaffray teen survey of 4,500 high school students found that Apple continues to dominate the teen market and has driven "surprisingly quick adoption" of tablets by teens, the article adds. The survey -- which includes tablets for the first time --...

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Apr 06
iPad 2 tops Consumer Report's tablet ratings

After almost a year in which the Apple iPad has been virtually the only game in town in tablet computers, some serious competitors are finally hitting the market. Yet in Consumer Reports latest tests of the 10 most-promising tablet computers, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G topped the Ratings. The full report including Ratings of tablets is available at www.ConsumerReports.org
 
In Consumer Reports lab tests, the Motorola Xoom revealed itself as the iPad 2’s chief rival.  Like the iPad 2, the Xoom boasts a 10-inch screen but adds conveniences that the iPad lacks, including a built-in memory card reader and support for the Flash videos and animations found on many websites.
           
“So far Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” says Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer...

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Apr 06
Apple orders 12PB of storage

Apple ordered as much as 12PB -- yep, 12 petabyes or 12,000 terabytes -- of capacity from Isilon Systems (http://www.isilon.com/), notably to manage the video download of its customers using iTunes, according to "Storage Newsletter" (http://macte.ch/qD0tZ), quoting an inside source of the new division of EMC. It's probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe, the article adds.

Apple's deal with Isilon was said to "probably" make the iPhone maker the largest customer of the storage provider, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Other clients of Isilon include Ancestry.com, Clear Channel, MySpace, NBC Universal, Sony, World Wrestling Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio.

Isilon's Scale-...

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Apr 06
Second-graders at Columbia Elementary School to get iPads

All second-graders at Columbia Elementary School in northern Indiana will be issued iPads next year to help them with reading lessons, reports the "Ventura County Star" (http://macte.ch/o6Vf2).

An US$200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education will pay for the iPads as well as MacBook Pros for second- and third-grade teachers, and related costs, the article adds.

Rochester Schools Technology Director Theresa Shafer told the "Ventura County Star" that the students will be able to take the iPads home. The school will have evening workshops to teach parents how the iPads work, how they can help their children use them, and online safety.

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Apr 06
Whither the white iPhone?

Apple has promised a white iPhone will arrive sometime this spring, but according to a new store update it’s looking like the handset has taken one step back, not closer to launch, says "SlashGear" (http://macte.ch/lmV6N).

After the Apple Store went down overnight, the white iPhone SKU was gone from the system. As "SlashGear" notes, this could mean that Apple is preparing a different version with a new SKU, or it might mean that the company has given up on the white iPhone idea altogether.

Last month an iPhone fan wrote Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, on how to get a white iPhone. Schiller reportedly answered with a terse, Jobs-ian answer: "The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!)."

The white iPhone has been troubled since the start. When Apple announced the iPhone 4, it said it would be available in black and white models. However, on...

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Apr 06
Analyst predicts iPad 3, iPhone 5 this fall

Matthew Bryson of Avian Securities, who follows component makers such as Micron Technology (MU), this morning tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/DaO0s) that "recent conversations with the electronics supply chain indicate that Apple (AAPL) is sending out design specifications and component needs for the next generation iPad."

I'm dubious but Bryson thinks we'll see an iPad 3 within six months. The analyst thinks it may arrive this fall along with the iPhone 5, which he doesn't believe will launch in June as some have predicted (or at least hoped).

“We feel the 2H launch fits well with indications an iPhone 5 launch could also come later in the year," Bryson writes. "With the two platforms sharing similar hardware in many respects, in our view it would make some sense to see the platforms roll-out simultaneously with this timing likely enabling Apple to offer 4G enabled...

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Apr 06
Apple looking for 'Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer...

Apple has posted a listing (http://macte.ch/anDEC) for a new full-time vacancy in the role of "Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer" with specific experience writing tools for and testing firmware and software, "who will be part of the team to drive the software quality and integration for an exceptional customer experience."

The SW QA role in this position includes creating tools to assist in validating software and firmware tests, building automated suites, hands-on functional testing, bug reporting/regression, maintaining test guidelines, and project QA status reporting.

"The candidate is responsible for qualifying cutting edge Thunderbolt firmware and software, requiring expertise in testing high speed buses and PCIe devices," says Apple. "The team is the key part in driving Thunderbolt software quality, involving new HW and SW, working with creative, smart people, world-class products and cutting...

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Apr 06
DISH Network agrees to acquire Blockbuster assets

DISH Network says it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc. 

DISH Network's winning bid was valued at approximately US$320 million. After certain adjustments are made at closing of the transaction, including adjustments for available cash and inventory, DISH Network expects to pay approximately $228 million in cash to acquire Blockbuster at the closing which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011.

"With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network," says Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network. "While Blockbuster's business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster's ...

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Apr 06
iPad 2 sales way ahead of sales of original Apple tablet

Sales of iPad 2 are running at a rate faster than its predecessor, and Apple took delivery of 2.4-2.6 million units in March, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/UFgTs), quoting unnamed sources at "upstream touch panel suppliers."

Based on a conservative estimate, Apple is likely to take delivery of 4-4.3 million units a month, or a total of over 12 million units, of iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, said sources told "DigiTimes." TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics are eagerly expanding their capacities for cover lenses currently, with TPK expected to ramp up its cover lenses for 3.5-inch touch panels to five million units and for 10-inch panels to 2.5 million units in June, the article adds.

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Apr 06
Dot Hill to launch AssuredSAN video Apple solutions

Dot Hill Systems (http://www.dothill.com), a provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, will be showcasing a newly tested and certified video post-production solution for Apple users at the NAB Show, April 9-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # SL10906.

The solution combines Dot Hill's AssuredSAN shared storage solution with ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), Final Cut Pro editing software and Autodesk Smoke software. Dot Hill's reliable, high performance AssuredSAN storage combined with ATTO 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs delivers high performance network solution for Apple post-production editors looking to improve workflow and ease-of-use at an affordable price point., says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill.

The solution has been fully tested and certified to easily integrate with Apple workstations running Mac OS X and the Apple Xsan file...

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Apr 06
QuickerTek brings back the Carry Handle for older MacBook Pros

QuickerTek is bringing back their Carry Handles (http://macte.ch/4RXzX) for the first and second generation 15-inch MacBook Pros. This US$79.95 lightweight carry handle is made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum.

The Carry Handle attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer. It's doesn't alter your Apple laptop, and is completely reversible.

The Carry Handle ensures that the Mac laptop doesn't slip and hit the floor, according to the folks at QuickerTek. The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing better airflow underneath the laptop.

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Apr 06
QuarkXPress 9 Test Drive available to download


Quark has announced the availability of the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, the next major version of the page-layout and graphic design software.

With the evaluation software users can experience the new features of QuarkXPress 9, including tools for advanced design automation as well as the ability to create content that can be delivered directly to digital devices.


To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive, visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx .



With QuarkXPress 9, designers and creative professionals have a variety of options for publishing to digital devices, including all devices pre-installed with the Blio eReader, including Windows computers from Toshiba, HP, and Dell, and soon, devices that run the iOS, Android, and Silverlight platforms. Designers can also convert QuarkXPress...

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Apr 06
Seagate ships 'world's slimmest' portable hard...

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive -- a 9mm, 2.5-inch external drive designed for the latest trend of portable, thin, laptops and netbooks.

Initially showcased at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January of this year, the new GoFlex Slim performance drive is now available on http://www.seagate.com, in-store and at select online retailers. A 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive can be purchased for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$99.99.

At 9mm, it's 38% leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives. In fact, the new GoFlex Slim drive is roughly the width of a pencil and can slide into a pocket, purse or messenger bag. It's equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface. Alas, it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs...

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Apr 06
Icon-ic art prints offered by Susan Kare

Susan Kare, the noted interface designer, once referred to by the New York Times as “ the Betsy Ross of the personal computer”  is now offering prints of some of her most engaging icons -- the visual metaphors for computer commands -- at Kare Prints (http://www.kareprints.com/).

Some of the prints offered feature her original icons for Apple’s Macintosh. The limited editions come in a range of colors and sizes and are numbered and signed.  

Kare is a computer iconographer based in San Francisco.  She has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading companies that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.

All of the giclée prints (fine art prints created on an ink-jet printer) are made using archival pigment inks and 100% cotton rag paper. The prints range in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 30 x 40 inches, and custom sizes (and custom editions) are available upon request...

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