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Mar 30
QNAP beefs up Turbo NAS line-up

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) -- a manufacturer of world-class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Media Players -- has expanded its Business Series lineup of Turbo NAS servers, to include the new TS-x59 Pro II series: the 4-drive TS-459 Pro II, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro II, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro II.

The TS-x59 Pro II lineup sports the dual-core Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz processor along with 1GB of DDRIII RAM (expandable to 3GB). In addition to new processors, the new models are purportedly the first in the industry to support SATA 6Gb/s hard drives. Also new is USB 3.0 .

The new models ship with new version 3.4 of QNAP’s NAS management software, supporting all-in-one server applications such as file sharing, FTP server, printer sharing (LAN and Internet), web server, and video surveillance. The TS-x59 Pro II family will be available beginning in April.

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Mar 30
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X adds tag associating ability

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.57 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds support for associating "tags" with time slices to facilitate project, activity and client based time tracking.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with...

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Mar 30
Jumsoft's Inspiration set for Pages available on the Mac...

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has announced a makeover for its product line for Pages, the word processing/document creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The Pages Templates 6.0 collection is now called Inspiration Set. The 150-piece Inspiration Set presents a range of documents, from brochures and photo albums to posters and invitations. In addition to 100 designs from the earlier version, the refreshed set includes 50 new templates, doubling the number of available layouts.

Inspiration Set is available on the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$9.99. It requires iWork '08 or later.

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Mar 30
'MacVoices' looks at Quark 9, the Blio Reader, more

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), desktop publishing and design expert Jay Nelson talks about the next revolution in desktop publishing, and how the upcoming QuarkXPress 9 will fit into the picture.

He also discusses the rich-media environments offered by mobile devices in general, and the iPad and iPhone in particular. Nelson introduces us to the next standard you’ll be hearing about, the Blio reader, and what it offers. Even though it's a Windows-only option right now, the Apple platform versions are on their way, and could change the game for major book publishers.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Mar 29
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 30

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

Frimby Limited has announced Facemood 1.0, their new mood discovery app for iOS. The US$0.99 app allows users to discover the mood of their friends through running a specialized algorithm on their Facebook metadata, such as their latest Facebook status. Friends' moods are explained in simple and graphical icons and terms on a Profile View. Facemood utilizes a variety of sources for its keyword database, and also allows users to add personalized keywords.

PSoft Mobile has released AR Missile HD 1.0, the iPad 2 version of its iPhone/iPod app. The $0.99 allows you to shoot missiles at anything within your camera's sights. Simply tap the screen to send missiles flying along trajectories before exploding on your targets.

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Mar 29
Earthquake in Japan may hurt Apple production

Apple's production of iPhones and iPads may be “meaningfully impaired” in the coming months in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to Pacific Crest Securities, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/KM9ut).

“If Apple is unable to find replacement supply of certain components, then iPhone and iPad production volume could be meaningfully impaired in the second half” of its fiscal third quarter, which ends in June, Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest in Portland, Oregon, told clients.

The earthquake and tsunami earlier this month left Apple with as little as two months of inventory for key components for the iPhone and iPad tablet, Hargreaves said. Japan is a hub for consumer-electronics parts such as flash memory, which stores songs and photos in portable devices; batteries and touch-screen overlay glass that’s used in Apple products, IHS ISuppli said this month,...

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Mar 29
WWDC tickets going for hefty prices on eBay, Craigslist

If you want to attend Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference in June, you'll have to pay an exorbitant price. WWDC sold out in record time (under 12 hours).

Now sellers on eBay and Craigslist are offering tickets at prices ranging from $2,500 to over $3,000. Tickets were originally $1,600.

"Last year, WWDC sold out in eight days, indicating that Apple has somehow become an even a hotter ticket as developers rush for gold to be had in building and selling products for iPhone, iPad, Mac and other Apple platforms," says "Network World" (http://macte.ch/gPKnK).

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100...

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Mar 29
Apple heading toward $100 billion-plus annual revenue mark

Apple appears on target to top the US$100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time when it reports results for the fiscal year ending September 2011.

That puts the company "well ahead" of Microsoft and close to parity with IBM, while still trailing tech revenue leader Hewlett-Packard, which should top $130 billion in revenue for its October 2011 fiscal year, reports "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/ACTMs). The article adds that CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst Steven Fox has upped his fiscal year 2011 earnings per share [EPS] forecast to $23, from $22.75, while boosting his FY 2012 view to $26.14, from $25.95.

“We think competition is scrambling and our iPad share assumptions are likely too conservative,” he writes, adding that he thinks Samsung has pushed out tablet launches in the US “to better respond to iPad2’s form factor, which we think further extends Apple’s first-mover advantage.” He adds...

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Mar 29
New Jerusalem, German Apple stores coming

Jerusalem may become home to a giant Apple store and education center within three years. Apple is negotiating with real-estate giant Bet Yair for a 5,000-square-meter facility at the entrance to Jerusalem, people familiar with the matter told "The Jerusalem Post" (http://macte.ch/A0y0V).

The facility is planned to hold the world’s first Apple Digital Library, which would be open to the public, the article adds. The directors of Apple in Israel recently toured the site and reportedly said they wanted to bring the country’s largest Apple store to Jerusalem for symbolic reasons, reports "The Post."

Also, Apple plans to open a German retail store in Dresden's suburban mall on Thursday, March 31, at 8 am , according to "9to5Mac" (http://macte.ch/Et9s3). The company’s fifth retail spot in Germany is located on the ground floor of Dresden’s...

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Mar 29
Analysts up their iPad, iPhone forecasts

Needham analyst Charlie Wolf told investors in a note -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/nG5xM) -- has raised his iPad shipment numbers for this year and next by 10 million units, from 20 million to 30 million units in 2011 and from 30 million to 40 million units in 2012.

"Our expectation going into the March 11th launch of the iPad 2 in the U.S. was that it would be successful, but probably more subdued than the launch of the original iPad a year ago," he wrote. "The launch blew out our expectations.

Meanwhile, Asymco (http://www.asymco.com)analyst Horace Dediu predicted that Apple’s current-generation iPhone 4 smartphone handset will likely sell around 60-65 million units in total. Sales of its future successor, the iPhone 5, could nearly double that amount, he said.

Dediu based his predictions on Apple’s historical...

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Mar 29
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.

The seven Nokia patents in the new complaint relate to Nokia's technologies that Nokia claims are now being used by Apple "to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories."

This second ITC complaint follows the initial determination in Nokia's earlier ITC filing, announced by the ITC on Friday, March 25. Not surprisingly, Nokia doesn't agree with the ITC's initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case.

In addition to the two ITC complaints,...

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Mar 29
IDC: Android number one operating system for smart phones

The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features, according to the IDC research group (http://www.idc.com). The group also says that Windows Mobile will rise to second place among smartphone operating systems by 2015 with Android in first place and the iOS in third place.

According to the "(IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010. What's more, the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.

"Android is poised to take over as the leading smartphone operating system in 2011 after racing into the number 2 position in 2010," sys Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and...

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Mar 29
Harman releases JBL OnBeat Speaker Dock

Harman International Industries has released its new JBL OnBeat loudspeaker docking station, a JBL dock for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Bringing Netflix movie streaming, gaming, YouTube clip watching and more, the JBL OnBeat dock features dual Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization. A universal connector that docks an iPad, iPod or iPhone lets you rotate iDevice screens to portrait or landscape orientation for the best video display, and an infrared remote (IR) puts you in full control of system functions and music navigation from across the room.

You can stream movies, photos and videos, and share the content on the Web in your living room with family and friends through the addition of an optional composite cable that can send video content from the device directly to your TV. The new JBL OnBeat also features a USB connection to sync and charge devices when connected to the iTunes music library (cable not included), and a 3.5mm stereo...

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Mar 29
Epson expands Designer Edition Stylus Pro

The Epson Stylus Pro line of printing solutions is expanding with a wider selection of Designer Edition bundles that combine Epson Stylus Pro printers with EFI eXpress for Epson Software RIP.

These bundles are engineered to solutions for professional graphic designers and photographers, enabling them to print their creative visions as they see them. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition is now joined by the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 7890 and 9890 Designer Editions. The combination of these printers and the EFI eXpress for Epson RIP gives users the ability to create color accurate CMYK comps, proofs, and mockups, alongside RGB photographs.

The software includes spot color support with embedded libraries for DIC, HKS, PANTONE, and Toyo, ensuring accurate color production out of the box. True Adobe interpreters allow for complete compatibility with the latest design suites on a Mac or PC.

In addition, users can work the way that suits them best by printing...

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Mar 29
CourseNotes iPad app comes to the Mac

Dear Panda has introduced CourseNotes 1.0 on the Mac App Store. Formerly available for the iPad, it's a tool designed to help students to take notes and stay organized.

Integrated ToDo items allow students to track homework assignments and other reminders right in their notes. The app is available in the Education category of the Mac App Store and is currently being featured in the "New and Noteworthy" section.

CourseNotes for is designed to help Mac students stay organized by arranging notes by subject and note session, letting users find notes from a particular class meeting. There's the ability to search notes and a "saved search" feature.

As with CourseNotes for the iPad, Dear Panda is offering CourseNotes on the Mac free to qualified educators for evaluation purposes while supplies last. To request a promo code, educators can contact Dear Panda (http://www.coursenotesapp.com...

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Mar 29
Lock Desktop 1.0 released on the Mac App Store

iZooLu has announced Lock Desktop 1.0 (http://www.izoolu.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The US$0.99 app will secure your Mac and return you to a log-in screen.

It allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen as applications and data continue to run on the other desktops. Once locked, you also have access to the log-in, restart and shutdown buttons.

Additionally, Lock Desktop allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen. Applications and data continue to run in the background.

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Mar 29
InnoPocket releases EliteFolio for the iPad

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has released the EliteFoilo for the iPad 2. It's a multi-function carbon fiber case for the second gen Apple tablet.

EliteFoilo consists of two real carbon fiber shells molded to fit the iPad 2. The tablet snaps into the bottom panel, while the top panel closes down over the screen to protect it when not in use.

The top and bottom panels are joined with a patented swivel hinge that rotates 360 degrees on a stainless steel hinge pin, allowing the top panel to fold completely underneath the bottom panel.

The rotating hinge can convert the top panel to a stand that allows you to use your iPad for landscape or portrait viewing. You can also flip the smart hinge up at your desk, allowing you to tilt the iPad into a comfortable typing position.

The EliteFoilo Carbon Fiber Case for iPad 2 is available to pre-order now for US$199 and will start...

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Mar 29
TrendyDigital releases waterproof case for the iPad 2

TrendyDigital Design (http://www.trendydigital.com/) has released new, protective cases for the iPad 2: the WaterGuard series (top picture); the PadGear Folio Case series and the Dimension series (bottom picture).

The WaterGuard enables iPad 2 owners to use the devices while they are in proximity to aqueous environments. The PadGear and Dimension series provides portable solutions for the second gen Apple tablet.

The front and back cameras of iPad demand accessibility to both lenses, while the iPad 2 is inside a case. WaterGuard waterproof cases have been redesigned to accommodate this camera feature. The transparent, camera-friendly material of the waterproof case yields clarity while photos are taken by the iPad 2 while it's housed inside the case, according to the folks at TrendyDigital.

The PadGear Case for the iPad 2 is designed to protect the device from daily wear and...

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Mar 29
Vogel announces Ringo mounting system for the iPad, iPad 2

Vogel’s (http://www.vogels.com) has launched the patented RingO universal tablet mounting system for the iPad 2, iPad, and Galaxy Tab, with new versions for additional tablets available at a later date.  

The RingO system allows users to mount their tablet onto virtually any surface: a wall, car, tile, boat, and more. Its modular design lets users snap the RingO Cover onto a tablet, which then can be clicked securely onto a variety of  RingO mounts: Wall Mount, Car Mount, Flexible Mount and others. Just squeeze the mount clips to release the iPad from the mount, click onto the next Mount, and your tablet is ready to use wherever it’s needed.
 
RingO for the iPad 2 and other tablets will be available internationally in late April from major retailers and Apple resellers, priced at US$69.99 for the Starter Pack and $99.99 for the Car Pack. 

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Mar 29
Intego Washing Machine comes to the Mac App Store

Intego (http://www.intego.com) says Washing Machine, the company’s program that cleans up files left behind by web browsers and other Internet programs, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or higher.

Washing Machine helps Mac users delete files, which take up space or present privacy risks, created by a number of programs that access the Internet. Users can clean files, manually or automatically, and use secure cleaning to ensure that the files can never be recovered.
 
Washing Machine can clean five types of items: bookmarks, caches, cookies, download histories, and browsing histories. It works with most web browsers, and many utilities or other programs that store information without users being aware. It even cleans up after some programs that users would never think are storing data, according to the folks at Intego.
 
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Mar 29
QuickScale 3.8 offers five different options

CodingMammoth has just released a new version of QuickScale, an application designed to batch-scale images without losing quality. The upgrade offers five different options, ranging from scaling methods to custom names.

QuickScale also features Droplets, little applications that work with the settings when you created the droplet. This release has some great features like support for watermarks and a CoreImage export-engine for better quality.

Another feature lets you specify the custom name of saved images with the use of predefined tokens like date, index numbers and sizes. It's also possible to add a watermark to your images, both text and images are supported. QuickScale embraces the latest technology; QuickLook is used to show quick previews of the imported images and CoreImage can be used as export-engine for better scaling results. In the latest update, we increased the performances of QuickScale.

QuickScale is shareware and costs approximately $14....

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Mar 29
iFunia AudioConverter available on the Mac App Store

iFunia says AudioConverter is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$9.99. A demo can be downloaded at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).

iFunia AudioConverter is a tool for converting popular videos to common audio formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, and others. The application also offers additional editing functions to join several music clips into a single one. Just set output settings for sample rate, channel, encoder and bit rate.

iFunia AudioConverter supports batch conversion, so users can process multi-conversion at the same time. These output audio formats can be supported by almost all the players like the iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, Zune and more.

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Mar 29
Wake up to your Mac with the all new Awaken 5

Embraceware Software has announced Awaken 5.0 for Mac. The app turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. Version 5.0 was rewritten from scratch and sports an all new user interface and more.

The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. Fall asleep to your music, as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.

Awaken 5 is available now in the Mac App Store for US$9.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. If you'd like Awaken to wake and power on your Mac at alarm time, download the free AwakenHelper app from Embraceware online (http://www.embraceware.com/awaken/).

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Mar 29
Adobe's DNG Converter to go Intel Macs only with version 6....

The upcoming version 6.4 of Adobe's DNG Converter will be the last to run on PowerPC Macs, Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty writes in a blog post (http://macte.ch/GrO5G).

DNG Converter is a free, standalone application that's able to convert over 300 proprietary raw formats to the openly documented DNG file format.  When a new proprietary raw file format is released, essentially every new camera model with raw capability, Adobe needs to update the DNG Converter so that it’s able to convert that proprietary format to the DNG format.

"The PowerPC(PPC) Mac systems, commonly referred to as G4 or G5 systems, represent a significantly different platform than the Intel-based solutions Apple started offering in January of 2006," writes Hogarty. "Due to the differences in software development environments, Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 both dropped support for PowerPC systems in 2010.  However, we’ve...

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Mar 29
Native Instruments releases Maschine1.6

Native Instruments (http://www.native-Instruments.com) has released Maschine1.6, a free update of its computer-based music production system. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, the new version expands the scope and functionality of the system.

Maschine1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements  bundle, and adds a other new features for studio production and live performance. With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Maschine1.6 widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host, according to the folks at Native Instruments.

Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the...

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