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Oct 06
Logitech announces Google TV accessories

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has worked with Google on a line of products for the upcoming Google TV. The company has unveiled Logitech Revue with Google TV, a compact, plug-and-play companion box with its Logitech Keyboard Controller, which together provide control over the Google TV experience and home-entertainment devices.

The company’s portfolio of products for Google TV also includes the Logitech TV Cam and Vid HD service for HD video calling from the comfort of one’s sofa. In addition, Logitech is offering the Logitech Mini Controller for Logitech Revue as well as other applications designed for the Google TV platform.

With a broadband Internet connection available, connecting the Logitech Revue to your home entertainment system is easy, says Gerald Quindlen, Logitech president and chief executive officer. Use the included HDMI cable to connect the Logitech Revue to the port on your...

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Oct 06
Mariner Software serves up MacGourmet 3.0

Mariner Software has updated MacGourmet Deluxe (http://macgourmet.com/), its recipe and cooking software for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. The new version offers an entirely reworked user interface, as well as significant feature additions and updates which include an all new Recipe Import Assistant, Chef View and Shopping List functionality.

MacGourmet Deluxe 3.0 combines recipe and wine collection with simplified organization. Users will be able to create, edit and share recipes; make wine and cooking notes, and with the new Recipe Import Assistant, import recipes found on the web and expand their collection.

Recipes can be published to a MobileMe account or to a personal Web site and are now easily organized with steps enabling the user to add images, labels and highlighting. The latest version of MacGourmet Deluxe includes 150 hand-picked recipes that can be added to an existing collection, printed or...

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Oct 06
Macsimum Poll: are you happy with the Apple TV features?

Recently, Apple released a new Apple TV In this week's poll, we want to know if you're happy with its features. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked which of the new iPods you planned on buying. Forty-five percent of you said none of them, 35% said the new iPod touch, 25% percent said the new iPod nano, 4% said the (unchanged) iPod classic, and 1% said the new iPod shuffle.

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Oct 06
ComScore: iPhone has 24.2% of US smartphone market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which measures the digital world, has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in August.

The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber's primary mobile phone. The August report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.6% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.6% market share.

For the three month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.6% of U.S. mobile...

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Oct 06
Why aren't Americans recycling their old gadgets?

By Andrew Eisner

It seems like every time you turn around a new and better smartphone or HDTV set goes on sale. That's great for consumers who are eager to upgrade to the latest gadgets but it's maybe not so good for the environment.

The bad news is 60% of Americans are not recycling their old gadgets. The good news is that resellers and manufacturers are rising to the occasion and implementing their own recycling services. In this Gadget Census report we look at how consumers across the country are being green with gadgets and what is being done to help manage the growing number of devices that are turning into e-waste every day.

Based on a 2008 EPA report, we calculate that by the end of 2010 there will be so much e-waste accumulated (since the year 2000), it could cover the island of Manhattan in old electronics three feet deep. Factoring in data from this same EPA report, we project by the year 2020 there will be so many old, unused, or...

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Oct 06
Apple developing new form factors for iPhones?

Apple is currently working to expand the iPhone line, and may offer larger and smaller models as soon as early 2011, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu has told clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He said his checks with sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have indicated that the company is working on new iPhone models with both larger and smaller touchscreens. Wu thinks the products could launch in 2011, and on new carriers other than the currently exclusive AT&T.

"Our sources believe these likely represent new high-end and low-end iPhone models to complement its current iPhone 4," Wu told investors. "One possibility we are picking up is a "mini" or "nano" iPhone with a smaller candybar form factor leveraging technology in its new mini touchscreen iPod nano."

The analysts thinks the new phones could become available on U.S. carriers other...

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Oct 06
Analyst: Apple TVs selling out at retail stores

JMP Research analyst Alex Gauna is telling clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/10/06/nice-hobby-apple-tv-...) -- that the new Apple TV is selling out in many of Apples U.S. retail stores. He says his checks find that “the new Apple TV product has continued to sell out in Apple stores across the nation after its launch last week.”

“We were not particularly surprised when we couldn’t get our hands on the Apple TV over this past introductory weekend in San Francisco, but when the scarcity persisted into this week it got us to checking and we subsequently learned that stores across the nation were selling out of their inventory on the same day as receipt in Boston, Chicago, New York and...

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Oct 06
Analyst: the Mac to gain from computer, smart phone, tablet...

Apple stands to benefit from the growing overlap of the computer, smart phone and tablet markets, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek told clients Tuesday -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9ILOK5O2.htm), initiating coverage of Apple's stock with a "Buy" rating.

"We see plenty of more runway for (Apple), including considerable (2011) catalysts and a tablet market that we think is being vastly underestimated by the Street," Misek wrote in a note to investors.

He adds that Apple's cross-platform operating system, its content offerings and app strategy are helping the company continue to gain computer market share. The analyst pointed to huge addressable markets and relatively low penetration so far.

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Oct 06
Steve Jobs most admired entrepreneur among teens

When asked which entrepreneur teens admire most, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reigns supreme in the 2010 Junior Achievement Teens and Entrepreneurship survey sponsored by Sam's Club. Nearly a quarter of respondents (23%) named the Apple co-founder as the most admired entrepreneur, down from 35% in the 2009 survey.

Even with Facebook at more than half a billion users, and the recently released movie about its origins, "The Social Network," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg only received 9% of votes for most admired entrepreneur. Who beat him out? Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling at 17 %, Oprah Winfrey at 14% and music mogul Jay-Z at 13%. Zuckerberg tied with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

So what qualities do these teens admire most in these entrepreneurs? Riches and fame? Those responses earned a mere 10% of teens' votes. Top for teens is making a difference and being successful in multiple fields. Thirty-one percent of teens admire entrepreneurs who make a difference in...

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Oct 06
CEO: AMD not for sale, but ...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) isn't for sale; however, the chip maker will listen to interesting proposals, its chief executive said when asked about Oracle's recent interest in the sector, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69525920101006?utm_source=feedburn...).

"AMD is not for sale, but we are happy to listen to any proposal which is in the interest to our shareholders," CEO Dirk Meyer told an industry conference in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said last month his company is eyeing more...

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Oct 06
The MacJury weighs in on 'Too Few Women in Tech'...

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to weigh in on the new Apple TV.

The newly revised Apple TV landed in consumer's hands last week, and some of those hands belonged to members of The MacJury. After spending a weekend, or less, with the new device, the panel convenes to discuss the ease of rentals, the difficulty of purchases, and, arguably the best Netflix experience yet.

The surprising small size, the look and feel of the remote control, the benefits and challenges of Home Sharing from your iTunes library, the lack of content access in Europe all lead to a discussion that wraps up in an analysis of who the target audience is, and whether the panelists would recommend the Apple TV. Passing judgement on all this and more are Katie Floyd, John Martellaro, Don McAllister, Terry White and host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 06
Live Interior 3D for Mac OS X adds 16 adjustable dormers

BeLight Software (http://www.belightsoft.com) has released Live Interior 3D 2.5, an update to its interior design software for Mac OS X that lets users create house, office and apartment interiors with 3D walk-throughs.

The new version introduces 16 adjustable dormers to the Object Library to help you transform your dusty attic into a well lit livable loft. BeLight also added five new roof templates to the Roof Assistant. The update also enhances the user interface and program performance. Live Interior 3D now has a video tutorial window that lets you watch online training videos right from inside the program interface. The Roof Inspector controls, as well as Google SketchUp and 3DS import have been improved

Live Interior 3D is available in standard (US$49.95) and pro ($129.95) editions. Version 2.5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

Live Interior 3D is Universal...

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Oct 06
InDesign Image Catalog updated to version 4.0

Chris Paveglio has released ID Image Catalog 4.0. ID Image Catalog (http://chris.paveglio.com/#idimagecatalog), an update of the app that allows users to make InDesign contact sheets or catalogs of images and graphics. An InDesign layout is generated with the image, file information, and optional information the user needs like placement size, full path, as well as a number of layout options.

Users can choose to use any document size preset save within InDesign. Version 4.0 includes a number of new features, bug fixes and performance enhancements. For example, it includes grouping of image and text frames, facing pages pages option, and option to skip page one (to use as a title page), increased text frame size, use of object styles on all frames for easier customization, automatic updates, as well as a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Standard...

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Oct 06
Pixelmator for Mac OS X adds WebP support

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6.2. The upgrade, free to registered users, adds support for the new WebP image format.

WebP is an image format developed by Google that can be used on photographic images. Other changes in Pixelmator 1.6.2 also includes minor improvements and several bug fixes.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to...

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Oct 06
ooSooMpro is new task management solution

Arten Science has announced ooSooMpro (http://www.oosoom.co.uk/), their cross platform, Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows task management and encrypted document management solution. According to the folks at Arten Science, the idea behind ooSooMpro is simple: to get on with the job in hand you need to get thoughts of what needs doing and what needs remembering out of your head and safely and securely logged, in a way that means you can find them later when needed.

Supposedly, ooSooMpro doesn't attempt to force a predetermined "methodology" on you, but has a free format allowing you to use it however you like. It's also a secure digital filing system. Drag and drop your PDF files, JPG files, DOC files, etc, into ooSooMpro to file them away quickly.

Tasks and Vault Items and Documents within ooSooMpro can be encrypted. This allows you to use ooSooMpro to store confidential information such as...

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Oct 06
White, brown, pink, noise generator released for Mac OS X

Publicspace.net has released Noise Machine 1.0 (http://www.publicspace.net/NoiseMachine/), a white noise and soundscape generator for Mac OS X. The US$9.95 app is designed to help users block out workplace noise and create a more productive work environment to suit individual mood.

Noise Machine can generate white, brown and pink noise. It also features a range of natural and artificial soundscapes to suit different moods. Designed to be as unobtrusive and simple to use as possible, Noise Machine's icon "lives" in the menu bar and is accessible at any time via a click. The menu bar item allows users to choose among a range of sounds, adjust the volume and change the sound output device.

Noise Machine is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's Universal Binary so runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Family, business and enterprise licensing are also...

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Oct 06
Epson delivers new VS200 projector

Epson America (http://www.epson.com/projectors) has announced the newest high-brightness, low-cost projector in the VS-series. The VS200 provides SVGA resolution and 2,300 lumens of color and white light output(2) for bright presentations and vibrant color in any business setting, at a price point of US$429.

The Epson VS200 offers USB connectivity and "instant setup" for Mac OS X and Windows that instantly displays images on both the projector and computer by connecting a USB cable. And leveraging the latest 3LCD, 3-chip technology, the Epson VS200 delivers amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations, says Jason Meyer, product manager, Epson America. 3LCD technology provides a light engine. Also, in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness.

The Epson VS200 offers control features such as Instant...

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Oct 06
RAIDON launches new one to four bay, USB 3.0, disk array storage...

RAIDON (www.raidon.com.tw/ is releasing the new 3.5-inch, USB 3.0 external storage family. The devices support functions including JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5.

The USB 3.0 family shares identical HDD tray modules that facilitate HDD installations or replacements. According to the folks at RAIDON, this brings convenience to data exchange from management among storage devices, especially between GT1650 and GT5630 for demands of JBOD function.


What's more, RAIDON has also released two types of USB 3.0 PCI Express cards to both desktop and notebook users for external storage expansions. You can use them in Mac Pros. In fact, this is the only way you can use USB 3.0 at full speed since Macs don't yet offer support for the standard. USB 3.0 devices will run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs unless you have a Mac Pro with a PCI Express card.

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Oct 06
Sony Online bringing Free Realms to the Mac

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, has announced that Free Realms for the Mac is currently in development. Scheduled to release later this fall, Free Realms Mac users will play together in the family-friendly online world with the over 14 million existing registered players on the PC.

“There is no denying the overwhelming player demand for Free Realms on the Mac platform, of which we plan to deliver very soon,” says John Smedley, president of SOE. “For the first time ever, SOE is developing synchronous gameplay for Mac and PC players and we are thrilled to tap into TransGaming’s Mac development expertise to bring this functionality to fruition.”

Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will be integrated on the same game servers as PC players. Mac users will also have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums.

Free Realms is an online, interactive...

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Oct 06
Remote Buddy update adds iTunes 10 support

Iospirit has updated Remote Buddy (http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy), Mac OS X software for controlling Macs remotely, to version 1.16.5. The upgrade adds support for iTunes 10 and Manta TR-1 receivers.

Also, Remote Buddy users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") can now create and control audio, video and screen recordings in QuickTime Player X using their remote control. All drivers included in Remote Buddy now come in versions for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Remote Buddy is available for US$30, though version 1.16.5 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Remote Buddy requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher.

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Oct 06
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets customizable toolbar

Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.1.1. The upgrade adds a customizable toolbar.

ChronoSync is an automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X. It runs natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Demos are available for download. For new users ChronoSync costs US$40. As always, all existing ChronoSync users can update for free.

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Oct 06
DropDMG for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0.3

DropDMG 3.0 (http://c-command.com/dropdmg/) -- a new version of the tool for creating Mac OS X disk images -- is now available. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes.

DropDMG works with Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 3.x costs US$24; it's a $12 upgrade for registered users of previous versions. Version 3.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 3.x.

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Oct 05
BoinxTV update for Mac OS X adds new templates

Boinx Software has updated BoinxTV, a live‐production software for video podcasters that turns any recent Mac into a TV studio, to version 1.6. The new "Conference Recording" template comes complete with new layers for creating customizable opening credits, placing a source in an area defined by four arbitrary screen points, automatic crawls, sidebar options and an iPhone demo layer complete with iPhone 4 artwork.

The new template simplifies presentation preparation. In addition, the Axis camera layer now supports Mac OS X 10.5.8.
 
Version 1.6 also features BoinxTV's rendering engine for enhanced performance on multi-core/hyperthreading-based Macs. A fail-safe auto save function ensures that if your system crashes, you will not lose your BoinxTV footage.

BoinxTV uses various inputs like video cameras, microphones, and pre‐recorded material like movies and sound clips. Those inputs can be used in any number of "layers" that can be stacked on top of each...

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Oct 05
SoniVox ships vocal production synthesizer

SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) has released the first instrument from their new Nemesynth Audio Research Group: Vocalizer, an US$149.99 vocal production synthesizer.

It couples a new technology synthesis engine with an open input based architecture. Vocalizer is one part effect plug-in and one part virtual instrument. Vocalists, non-vocalists and producers feed Vocalizer any audio source, and it re-pitches, effects, and re-synthesizes the original source into a new sound.

Vocalizer also works well with other types of inputs. Drum and percussion tracks fed through Vocalizer result in complex synth lines that perfectly sync to the original dry drum & percussion parts, according to the folks at SoniVox.

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Oct 05
IMS Research: will Google TV make Apple TV irrelevant?

Google’s partial unveiling yesterday of its content partners and strategy for Google TV provided insight into the company’s television strategy. According to Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research (http://www.imsresearch.com), the capabilities and product reach of Google TV may make another high-profile over-the-top (OTT) video play, Apple TV, largely irrelevant to consumers over time.

“Apple TV has struggled to capture mainstream consumers," says Erickson. "Now, the product is squeezed between OTT capabilities on game consoles and Blu-ray players, and the search-augmented, integrated television+OTT video experience that Google TV is slated to deliver across TV and set-top box form factors. Google’s strategy to make the Google TV experience compatible with cable, satellite, or terrestrial broadcasts will enable the product to have greater impact than Apple TV. This is also due to broad content...

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