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Mar 24
Serif Letter Shapes theme released for iWork apps

Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com) has released Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic. This US$9.99 add-on product is created specifically for Keynote but can be used with the other iWork applications.

You can use Keynote's advanced fill attributes of graduated colors to make unique drop caps and titles. You can fill the letters of a word with different images or span multiple letters by masking with multiple copies of a single panoramic image.

Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic are individual alpa-numeric Keynote shapes (vector) in Times Serif Extra Bold Regular and Italic. Assemble your word with the letters, set fill and stroke or Mask with images, make your letters as tall as the slide then build in with a move action and crawl across the screen.

In fact, you can create professional video sequences with the...

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Mar 24
WebsitePainter 1.4 for Mac OS X adds external CSS style support...

Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.4 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html), an update to web editor for Macintosh and Windows. Version 1.4 adds support for external CSS styles, Quicktime and Youtube videos, the HTML 5 audio component, improved FTP upload, and german language interface translation. Also included are two new free website templates.

WebsitePainter was developed for creating websites without HTML knowledge and programming. It lets you create webpages with elements like Web 2.0 buttons, gradients, round borders, hover effects, transparencies, continuous text and more. WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports Web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP.

WebsitePainter has built-in support for dynamic HTML content to, for example, create a dynamic slideshow with a list of images that will fade in and out...

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Mar 24
EarthDesk 5 now 64-bit compatible

Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, to a fully 64-bit application with version 5.7.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background and optionally as a screen saver.

New features along with 64-bit compatibility introduced in EarthDesk 5.7 are:

° Faster rendering, lower processor usage, and a cleaner interface;

° Seasonal maps, with snow and vegetation levels changing month-to-month;

° Support for a higher resolution map and cloud data on large displays;

° Adjustable brightness and...

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Mar 23
Apple to expand AirPlay functionality?

Apple is considering expanding its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/i3UoT), quoting "two people familiar with the project."

AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV. The wireless technology is being integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.

Under the expanded AirPlay plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, says "Bloomberg." Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio.

An expanded AirPlay would let users stream programming wirelessly from an Apple mobile device to a TV that carries the technology. That may spur wider use...

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Mar 23
Open source suite may Samba off Mac OS X Lion

The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Samba is an open source/free software suite that provides file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. It's freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

The goal behind the Samba project is one of removing barriers to interoperability. The software was released in 199 and originally developed by Australian Andrew Tridgell of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. As of version 3, Samba provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients and can integrate with a Windows Server domain, either as a Primary Domain Controller (...

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Mar 23
Jobs re-elected to Disney Board of Directors

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been re-elected to the Walt Disney Company Board of Directors, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/xXzZm).

Jobs, 56, was re-elected with 12 other nominees at the shareholder meeting today in Salt Lake City, with 74% of the votes cast backing the group, according to a preliminary count. The Apple executive, absent from the meeting, owns 7.3% of Disney and is the largest shareholder.

The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, opposed Jobs’ reelection. The group said Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board.

Also, the Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, also questioned Jobs’s re-election to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board...

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Mar 23
The 'iCar' upgraded with iPad 2s

Mercedes-Benz customizer Brabus has revised their "iCar," adding some iPad 2s to the iBusiness 2.0 (http://macte.ch/2Xxge), reports "Autoevolution" (http://macte.ch/3hgRQ).

Brabus is the first company to develop an advanced car multimedia system based on the the second gen Apple tablet, the article add. The iPad 2 has been integrated in the rear compartment of the Brabus 800, a version of the V12-powered S-Klasse, which offers 800 horsepower. The iPad 2 has been linked to the car’s on-board entertainment system and allows the rear passengers to access all function of the S-Klasse in the rear of the car.

Thanks to its good built-in cameras, the iPad could also provide an excellent platform for video conferences, says "Autoevolution." What's more, Brabus technicians have created a custom table to which the tablet computers can be connected...

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Mar 23
Apple wins five 2011 Mobility Awards

MobileTrax (http://www.mobiletrax.com), a mobile and wireless industry analyst firm, has announced the winners of the 2011 Mobility Awards at the Wireless Innovators dinner held during the annual International CTIA Wireless trade show at the Rosen Center. Apple won the most awards with five including Product of the Year for the introduction of the iPad.

The 2011 Mobility Awards were selected by 31 press and analysts who cover the mobile and wireless market. The awards recognize the best mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services introduced to the market during the past year.

“There’s a need to recognize the hard work that the mobile device makers, software vendors and wireless operators are doing to provide subscribers with unique products and services,” says J. Gerry Purdy, principal analyst with MobileTrax. “The Mobility Awards have honored the brightest innovators...

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Mar 23
Bertrand Serlet leaving Apple

Apple says that Bertrand Serlet (top photo), Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi (bottom photo), Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report to CEO Steve Jobs.

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” says Serlet. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”

Federighi is responsible for the development of Mac OS X and has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years. He worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac...

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Mar 23
QuarkAlliance members to release QuarkXPress 9 XTensions

Quark has announced the upcoming availability of hundreds of XTensions that extend the functionality of QuarkXPress 9, Quark’s graphic design and page-layout software.



The upcoming QuarkXPress 9 XTensions will offer users hundreds of ways to add even more functionality to QuarkXPress. Developed by members of QuarkAlliance, XTensions software cover a wide-range of applications, from advanced spell check, pre-flighting, and exporting solutions to translation applications, image-management software, and more, according to the folks at Quark. The new XTensions will become available when QuarkXPress 9 ships in April 2011.

Quark is currently offering customers who purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 at the regular price between Jan. 1 and the April ship date a complimentary upgrade to QuarkXPress 9. Those who qualify should complete the QuarkXPress 9 upgrade redemption form located here: ...

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Mar 23
Analyst offers scenarios for Apple's upcoming, ginormous...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/VWdxU) -- Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi mulled over what he considers the most likely prospects for Apple‘s Maiden, North Carolina-based data center, which may go live this spring.

Sacconaghi says the facility, which could end up being the largest such facility in the world, will probably not only be used to increase the iTunes and MobileMe services, but may help the company to offer five other services: a larger advertising platform, for serving up iAds; a digital “locker” in the “cloud” to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices; a music streaming service on a subscription basis; an “aggressively priced video subscription service”; and a service that would support a “voice interface” on Apple devices, taking user requests in spoken natural language and returning answers, similar to Google’s free voice search.

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Mar 23
With Limewire shuttered, peer-to-peer music sharing declines

In late October 2010, LimeWire shuttered its file sharing services, months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and found the peer-to-peer (P2P) service liable for copyright infringement.

According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9% in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.

The average number of music files downloaded from P2P networks also declined from 35 tracks per person in Q4 2007 to just 18 tracks in Q4 2010, although some downloaded just one or two tracks, while others took hundreds. NPD estimates there were 16 million P2P users downloading music in Q4 2010, which is 12 million fewer than in Q4 2007.

According to NPD's "...

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Mar 23
Apple tells adult app store to ditch the 'app store'...

MiKandi -- which bills itself as “the world’s first app store for adults -- has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple over its use of the term "App Store," according to "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/VPnyT).

It’s not MiKandi’s first brush with Apple. The company was pushed in the spotlight last year when Apple’s Steve Jobs referred derisively to the fact that there was a “porn store” on Android -- referring to MiKandi without using its name, says "GeekWire."

For the record, the words “app store” still appear on the MiKandi site. Co-founder Jesse Adams tells "GeekWire" they’ll wait it out, for now, and see how Microsoft’s challenge to Apple’s trademark registration turns out.

MiKandi is the second digital download service targeted by Apple in defense of its trademark application this month, the first being the Amazon App Store for Android. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court...

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Mar 23
Adobe Pass offers 'TV Everywhere'

Adobe has announced the Adobe Pass service, a new authentication solution that enables pay TV subscribers to access premium content from virtually any Internet-connected device.

Leveraging the Flash Platform and HTML5, Adobe Pass allows pay TV providers and content owners alike to deliver a wider range of content on more platforms -- including Mac, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV systems. Promoted by the broadcast and cable industry as TV Everywhere, Adobe Pass makes it possible for pay TV providers to authenticate their paying subscribers online and provide them with the anytime, anywhere content experiences that audiences crave, taking TV Everywhere from concept to reality, says Pritham Shetty, vice president for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe.

Adobe Pass creates a way for pay TV subscribers to view content across multiple websites with just one sign in and doesn't require any additional downloads. Shetty says this eliminates one of the biggest barriers to TV...

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Mar 23
Senators want Apple to ban DUI, checkpoint alert apps

Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps -- such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer -- that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://macte.ch/lKzSy).

Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.

"We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the letter said.

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Mar 23
'WSJ' to offer single-issue digital sales

"The Wall Street Journal" will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for US$1.99 in the within the existing free app, according to "paidContent" (http://macte.ch/XQ9PU).

Until now, those who downloaded the free "WSJ" app for the iPad could receive some free content, but to get the full range of the WSJ’s updated news and features, they had to subscribe. There will still be limitations on what the readers who choose the single-issue download can receive, says "paidContent." In essence, they’ll just get what’s in that day’s print edition. But they’ll be able invited to get the full “Now Edition” for $18 a month, which includes regular news updates.

Right now, any current WSJ subscriber with a log-in can get full access -- to the site and all the apps -- and that won’t change. In addition, the WSJ recently began offering a digital bundle offer. Basically, for $3.99 per week, you...

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Mar 23
Skipscreen, Download Songs let you skip ads

Skipscreen (http://www.skipscreen.com) is a new Firefox extension that skips ads on sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire. There's also a new companion app for Mac users, Download Songs (http://godownloadsongs.com) that's based on a similar premise. 

 "We got sick of waiting for downloads, watching folders, clicking on files, songs starting and stopping, throwing stuff in the trash," says Ying Cheng, one of the developers. "Download Songs watches your download folders, moves any new music into iTunes, and cleans up the files. It lets you search for songs on the internet from the app or using a hotkey. The search feature is really fun and makes the whole experience feel like magic (our custom google search called Skipsearch will be included in the next release). It does all the annoying steps that some people might not...

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Mar 23
Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1

Apple has released Apple TV TV Software Update 4.2.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4448), an update for the company’s streaming only version of the Apple TV.

The update addresses issues that may cause the screen to flicker or display incorrect color on some older TVs. It also addresses an issue where Apple TV may not wake up from sleep and an issue where audio may not be heard on some TV models after switching from another input. Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 includes stability and performance fixes for Apple TV.

To update your Apple TV to the current software version:

Select Settings > General using your Apple Remote.

Click Update Software. At this time your Apple TV checks to see if an update is available and a download message should appear if an update is available.

Click Download and Install to start the download process (or Download Now on an...

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Mar 23
Apple posts Aperture 3.1.2

Apple has updated Aperture, its software for professional photographers, to version 3.1.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518). The update requires Aperture 3.x.

Version 3.1.2 improves overall stability and performance, and also includes the following specific fixes.

iPhoto compatibility

Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.

Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.

Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.

RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.

Import

Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.

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Mar 23
PSB to stream 'The Civil War' on iOS devices

PSB (http://www.pbs.org) says the first episode of "The Civil War," the award-winning film by Ken Burns that first aired in 1990, will premiere on the free PBS for iPad and PBS app for the iPhone and iPod touch beginning on March 24 for 10 days prior to the d re-broadcast of the entire film. PBS will make the first episode available for free download at the iTunes store at the same time.

Marking their 1.2 millionth download since launch, the PBS video apps feature 250 hours of free video, including full-length programs, as well as TV schedules, previews, and a tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal. The PBS for iPad and PBS App for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available for free from the Apple lApp Store.

“PBS.org has grown so rapidly that comScore VideoMetrix listed it as the 18th most popular site for video last month," says Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive and Product Development. "And...

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Mar 23
The Joy Factory launches iPad 2 suite of accessories

The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) has unveiled a suite of digital companion products to complement the iPad 2. The accessories range from 360-degree rotating stands and portfolios to new Smart Cover-compatible cases.

Sampson Yang, president of The Joy Factory, says the company's US$59.95 Folio360 (pictured) has been designed to fit second generation iPad models. The adjustable case and stand rotates 360 degrees for versatility and comfort in either portrait or landscape mode, allowing users to maximize use of iPad 2’s new rear-facing camera, he adds.

The Folio360’s magnetic closure snaps shut to offer a layer of protection. The magnetic cover wakes up and automatically puts the tablet to sleep. You can position the iPad 2 in viewing angles from 90 to 165 degrees –more than any other case on the market. The Folio360 features the Joy Factory’s patented Snap-n-Roll design that...

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Mar 23
Wicked Audio releases Helix earphones

Wicked Audio (http://wickedheadphones.com/) is shipping the Wicked Helix earphones. They have a 10 mm driver and feature maximum noise isolation, which inhibits ambient noise. The tip is gold-plated to prevent damage and corrosion, and the cord measures 1.2 meters long for maximum flexibility, says Paul Marshall, vice president of Sales, Empire Brands.

The new Wicked Helix earphones are offered in three color combinations: blue/orange, magenta/yellow, and black/white. They are currently available for US$14.99 at FYE, Fry’s Electronics, InMotion, Verizon Wireless and other select international retailers.

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Mar 23
NeatWorks for the Mac beefed up in time for tax season

The Neat Company says the latest version of their NeatWorks software -- NeatWorks for Mac version 3.5 -- is available for purchase and upgrade. The free upgrade is applicable to all

NeatWorks for Mac 3.5 features:

° A new tax report function that enables users to roll-up tax deductible expenses by category;

° Strengthened exporting capabilities that allow users to send data directly to Turbo Tax, Excel and Numbers;

° Increased optical character recognition (OCR) and parsing accuracy that reduces data entry and enhances reliability;

° Expanded support for third party scanners allows for compatibility with the latest Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners and HP and Canon's leading scanners

° Performance optimizations that reduce folder loading and image processing times

NeatWorks requires an Intel based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$79.95. The Neat Company's solutions can be purchased online at Neatco.com, as well as Apple.com...

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Mar 23
iRig Mic is new handheld microphone for the iPhone, iPad

IK Multimedia says its iRig Mic -- a handheld condenser microphone for the iPhone iPod touch and iPad -- is now shipping. It costs US$59.99.

iRig Mic is designed for the vocalist and songwriter on the move, and is also targeted to recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. The iRig Mic features a highly unidirectional condenser-electret microphone capsule, real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector and a metal body.

It can be mounted on any mic stand leaving your hands free for operating the app on your iOS device. A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing.

The iRig Mic also comes with a suite of IK’s apps: VocaLive Free (for vocalists and songwriters), iRig Recorder (an audio recording app) and AmpliTube Free (for guitarists and songwriters). It also works with a wide variety of other vocal and audio...

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Mar 23
Sceptre launches pocket video projector/MP3 player

Sceptre (http://www.sceptre.com) has announced the the Luna, a compact, "fit in your palm" video projector that allows users to share videos, pictures and documents while doubling as an personal MP3 player.

Measuring less than 1-inch thick, the Luna is weighs 2.6 ounces and can fit in any pocket, laptop bag, or purse. The Luna can be used to watch movies, showcase projects and presentations, and listen to music, says Cathy Chou, vice president of Operations for Spectre. It supports an array of music, video and picture files, including AVI, MOV, MPEG, JPEG, BMP, MP3 and WMA.

Sandard with functions such as calendar, slideshow, video, MP3 and more, the Luna comes with a 2GB Micro SD Card expandable to 32GB for increased storage capacity.  Available in white with silver trimming with three interchangeable skin protectors in black, pink and Blue, bhe Luna can be purchased at QVC, Amazon, Wal-Mart, NewEgg,...

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