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Oct 29
Silego announces GreenPAK Designer for the Mac

Silego Technology has released its new GreenPAK Designer for Mac software. This version was created to provide Mac users with a graphical schematic design tool for the GreenPAK device (a one-time programmable mixed-signal micro-FPGA).

The GreenPAK Designer for Mac software is extremely intuitive for circuit designers, due to the graphical interface and circuit design requiring no programming language or compiler, according to Aron Cooperman, product marketing manager at Silego. GreenPAK Designer works in conjunction with Silego’s GreenPAK Programmer (a USB-based programming stick) to give circuit designers the ability to create custom highly integrated circuit designs.

GreenPAK Designer for Mac is available for download free of charge at Silego’s web site (http://www.silego.com/). GreenPAK development kits are available from Silego directly for US$19.95. The kit includes the USB programmer, USB cable...

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Oct 29
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of MobileMe

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), author and Mac expert Joe Kissell is back to talk about the second edition of "Take Control of MobileMe."

MobileMe has evolved both over its lifetime, and since the first edition of this book. Kissell covers this evolution, talking about what has disappeared, what has been introduced, and how the little changes have added up to an imperfect but improved and valuable service. Among the functions and features discussed are syncing through MobileMe, MobileMe Mail and the ways it beats Gmail, the uses and shortcomings of iDisk and photosharing and more. Kissell explains why, even with its faults, MobileMe is a good value and why you should be a member.

"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...

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Oct 29
OnOne announces new, updated products

OnOne Software (http://www.ononesoftware.com) made several announcements regarding its products. First up, the company announced Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom.

Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking, professional photographic effects, and now layers for Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture, in one package. With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4, CS3 and CS2, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1, Perfect Resize 7 and the new Perfect Layers.

With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers now have more options for where they use many of the onOne products. Photographers will now have the ability to create layered files that are fully...

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Oct 29
Apple joins top five global mobile phone vendors

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. And Apple entered the top five vendors in the global market.

According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) research group, vendors shipped 340.5 million units in 3Q10 compared to 297.1 million units in the third quarter of 2009. The growing popularity of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, with consumers and businesspersons is evidenced by the appearance of a second smartphone-only vendor in the top five ranking, says the research group.

Apple moved into the number 4 position worldwide in 3Q10, joining Research In Motion (RIM) as one of the world's largest mobile phone suppliers. RIM has spent three quarters on IDC's leaderboard. Apple and RIM also posted the highest-growth...

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Oct 29
InvisibleShield, ZAGGskins now available for new MacBook Air

ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) is now selling their invisibleShield and ZAGGskins protection for Apple’s new Macbook Air. The new generation of Macbook Air comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models, and is built with flash storage.

The invisibleShield is ZAGG's patent-pending, military-grade, "virtually invisible" film, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. The MacAir version costs US$54.95.

ZAGGskins are customized images and designs fused with the invisibleShield to provide personalized protection. Pricing for the invisibleSHIELD for the MacBook Air starts at $19.99.

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Oct 29
Zevrix delivers Deliver 2.0

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has delivered Deliver 2.0, an automatic solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with automatic e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe, AFP, SMB and local servers, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once.

Deliver is a new version of Zevrix File Courier, which was rebranded with the new name. The program is designed to help users of any trade, whether it's print, web design, advertising or digital photography.

Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from Zevrix for US$19.95; it's free with the purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier 1.5 is free for licensed users. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Oct 29
Equinux presents mobile TV hotspot for the iPad, iPhone in...

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced tizi, Europe's first mobile TV hotspot for the iPad and iPhone. It delivers digital TV programs (DVB-T/DTT/TNT) directly to the Apple devices over WiFi.

The latest in chip technology allows tizi to bring the sharpest television to your favorite touchscreen -- all without cables or an adapter, according to equinux CEO Till Schadde. An integrated hotspot allows it to deliver the TV signal to your device. Turn it on, choose tizi's pre-configured WiFi network, start the app and you're good to go.

iPad and iPhone users can watch TV on the go for up to 3.5 hours with tizi. The replaceable battery can be recharged via a free USB port on your laptop or even using an iPad power adapter. During use, an LED status light displays the current battery level.

The included tizi.tv app requires iOS 4 on the iPhone (3GS and 4), iPod touch (fourth gen or third gen...

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Oct 29
Info needed on plumbing software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at Mac software for plumbers. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Oct 28
Apple updates Logic Pro, Logic Express, Mac Pro firmware

Apple has updated Logic Pro, Logic Express and its Mac Pro firmware.

Logic Express 9.1.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1015) and Logic Pro 9.1.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1014) offers improved compatibility with Hyper-Threading, improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems and offers support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol Both require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

The Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1321) resolves an issue that prevented the firmware password prompt from being displayed and resolves an issue that prevented the Boot Picker from being presented if Ethernet is connected to a network without DHCP). It requires...

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Oct 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 28

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

Boinx Software has introduced its latest creation for digital photographers and photo enthusiasts -- the PhotoBox iPad application. Designed as a tool for photographers on-the-go, PhotoBox analyzes the technical quality of photos imported from camera to iPad via the iPad Camera Connection Kit.

The free app provides photographers with an on-the-spot analysis of images in terms of exposure, focus, color, and overall look and composition. Post-shoot, photographers can connect their iPads to a VGA projector to show their photos on the big screen for a deeper analysis and critique.
 
MacPractice, a developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical, dental and chiropractic offices, has announced the...

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Oct 28
Ballistic unveils new iPhone 4 case

Ballistic (http://www.goballisticcase.com) has unveiled the Ballistic SG (Shell Gel) for the iPhone 4. It's an US$29.99 solution for customers who desire a slimmer form factor but also need durability, according to the folks at Ballistic.

It has a soft, outer TPU for shock absorption and an impact resistant polycarbonate middle layer. On the outside is a soft silicon layer with ballistic corners to absorb the shock of a drop.

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Oct 28
'Take Control of MobileMe' up to second edition

The new "Take Control of MobileMe, Second Edition"from Take Control Books is designed to help readers get set up with Apple's MobileMe online service, understand its features, and complete useful tasks from both a desktop computer and an iOS device.

Author Joe Kissell, explains how MobileMe subscribers can get the most out of the services and demystifies interactions between MobileMe and handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as between MobileMe and the Mac. The 140-page ebook costs $10 and is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/mobileme .

The ebook also has up-to-date details about fast-changing topics including MobileMe's email and calendaring services, and integration with both iLife '09 and the just-released iLife '11. It's 140 pages.

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Oct 28
Time Sink is app/window time tracking utility for Mac OS X

Many Trick has released Time Sink for Mac OS X (http://manytricks.com/timesink), an utility for tracking time spent in applications and windows. Time Sink is designed to answer that age old question "Where does the time go?" by showing users exactly where they spend their time.

Once launched, Time Sink automatically records the time each open window (and application) has been in the foreground, along with the total amount of time it's been open. It saves this data on the fly, and creates reports showing just how a user is spending their Mac time.

Users can alsogroup related windows (and/or applications) into pools, which are then tracked in the same way. So a user working on a client project can see just how much time they've spent working for that client, just by looking at the pool. Pools can also use wildcard characters in window names, to automatically collect any similarly-named...

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Oct 28
OWC releases Data Doubler line for Mac minis, iMacs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution line with a custom fit model for Mac mini 2009 and iMac 2009-2010 models.

The OWC Data Doubler enables Mac users to replace their optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for up to an additional 750GB of internal drive capacity, internal RAID, or other user customized internal data storage configurations. The US$79.99 OWC Data Doubler for 2009 Mac mini (user installable) and iMac 2009-2010 models (professional installation recommended) comes complete with all required hardware and is immediately available for the following Macs: Mac mini “Early 2009” and “Mid 2009” model; iMac 20-inch “Mid 2009” models; iMac 21.5-inch and 27-inch Late 2009” and “Mid 2010” models.

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Oct 28
CDMA iPhone orders to reach 10 million units next year?


Pegatron Technology expects its Apple CDMA iPhone shipments to reach 10 million units in 2011 and the company has recently started to gear up and is installing new equipment as well as hiring about 10,000 new employees at its plant in Shanghai, China, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101027PD216.html), quoting "sources from component makers."

Commenting on the news, Pegatron CEO Jason Chang declined to discuss its clients, but said the increase in employees is mainly to handle growing smartphone business and that he expects revenues in the first quarter of 2011 to see a strong increase, the article adds. In addition to the iPhone, Pegatron is also said to have been aggressively pursuing MacBook and iPad orders.

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Oct 28
Hard Candy Cases debuts designer iPad stylus

Hard Candy Cases (http://www.hardcandycases.com) has debuted a multi-purpose Capacitive Stylus for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It "weighs nearly as much as an iPhone, and is more akin to a Montblanc pen than any of the styli on the market currently," according to Hard Candy Cases CEO Tim Hickman
 
On the opposite end of the digital stylus, users can take notes or sign important documents with the refillable ink pen function. The pen is chrome-finished for a lustrous sheen, and available online for US$34.95.   

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Oct 28
LaCie rolls out new storage solutions

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has released two new professional storage solutions -- the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. Thanks to the inclusion of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0, now available in 6TB, purportedly achieves a 20% speed boost by reaching 306MB/s.

LaCie says that's the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to-date. The d2 USB 3.0 also demonstrates a speed increase of 156MB/s with the inclusion of a 3TB hard drive. The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 6TB and LaCie d2 USB 3.0 3TB will be available worldwide, at the beginning of November. Pricing starts at US$349.

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Oct 28
Serial port extension will 'kill' laptops in...

An Australian network engineer has designed and built a serial port extension for Apple handhelds, including the iPad, "that is set to spell the death of laptops in datacentres," according to "ZDNet Australia (http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Aussie-makes-Apple-iMod-for-datacen...).

Designer and network engineer Chris Pollock, who will sell the devices for about US$50 through his site, IoNetworks, built the device after becoming frustrated at having to cart a bulky laptop into a datacenter in order to access serial ports on networking equipment, the article adds.

"For the last six years, I've been able to use SSH [Secure Shell] from my phone and so the idea of carrying a laptop into the datacentre has become less and...

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Oct 28
Apple increases employees, decreases amount of moolah spent on...

According to Apple's latest 10-K, which it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, it has increased its number of employees, expects its gross margins to fall, and is spending less (percentage-wise) on ads.

Apple has 46,600 full-time employees as of Sept. 25, up from 34,300 a year-ago and 32,000 in 2008. Most of that increase came in the retail segment, where Apple now has 26,500 employees, 10,000 more than in 2009.

Apple says in the 10-K that its gross margin will likely fall in coming quarters, as it sells a larger mix of products such as the iPad. Apple reported a gross margin of 39.4% in fiscal 2010, down from 40.1% in 2009.

When it comes to advertising, Apple actually spent less: $691 million in 2010. However, total revenues were over $65 billion, so Apple only spent about 1% of its revenue on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37%. In 2001, it was 5%.

For 2010 overall, Apple poured $2.6 billion into capital...

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Oct 28
VUDU comes to Boxee and the Mac

VUDU’s on-demand movie service (http://www.vudu.com) will soon be available to Boxee (http://boxee.tv) users on Mac, Windows, and the Boxee Box by D-Link.

Boxee is VUDU’s very first Mac and Windows delivery platform, allowing users both new and old to access VUDU’s huge library of content from any computer. In turn, VUDU will be Boxee’s first premium pay-per-view movie service with access to new release movies as soon as they come out on DVD along with a huge catalogue of TV shows and films.

VUDU is offering every new user who signs up through Boxee a free movie so you can try out the service when it launches. Boxee’s free software will give viewers access to VUDU’s movie collection in standard definition.

Users who have the Boxee Box by D-Link will experience the VUDU’s full HD and HDX library delivered directly onto their televisions in 1080p...

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Oct 28
Contort USB Hub manager available from Quirky

Contort -- a community-developed USB hub that manages your drives and cables while protecting them -- is available for US$34.99 from Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products).

Contort is a four-port USB hub and cord manager with a 360-degree flexible rubber neck to protect all your USB devices from accidental damage. It has a built-in cord management wrap with four anchors to corral your cables.

Contort is the 59th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.

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Oct 28
Left for Dead game, goodies released for the Mac

Valve (http://www.valuesoftware.com) and its Steam gaming service, has released the Left 4 Dead game for the Mac, along with all the previously released DLC content for the zombie survival action title.

Here's what Valve has to say about it: "Mac OS X users rejoice, you can celebrate Halloween in style. Left 4 Dead is available for Mac users everywhere. What does this mean for Mac users? You get Left 4 Dead and all the previously released DLC for one low price. Plus, thanks to Steam play you can play in the same games on the same servers as PC users.

"On Oct. 5 we promised the OSX version of L4D by Halloween. Since hell froze over and we actually made the date, we brought back some other updates – ALL THE WAY FROM HELL! These updates for L4D include tank spawns in stasis until a player takes over, no tank slow down while on fire and we turned off auto-spawning in Finales (plus a few more...

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Oct 28
Bracketron announces two new iPad mounting solutions

Bracketron (http://www.bracketron.com), a manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, has announced two new mounting solutions for the iPad.

The first is a desktop stand is designed for use at home or the office. The second product is a headrest mount that attaches to the back of the driver or passenger headrest for backseat viewing. They're US$19.95 each.

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Oct 28
MEI offers Adobe DPS training

Managing Editor (http://www.maned.com) -- an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry -- is offering training and consulting services for publishers, advertisers and creative teams using Adobe’s new Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to build specialized content for tablets such as the iPad.

MEI has been working with Adobe during the development of the DPS tools, which were made available on Adobe Labs this week. In conjunction with this beta release, MEI’s workflow, technology and design experts are ready to assist users of the suite, from template creation to app deployment.

Depending on a publisher’s specific tablet needs, MEI also offers the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, which is fully compatible with Adobe’s DPS. K4 allows publishers to integrate Adobe InDesign and InCopy to create and manage content for print, online, mobile and, now...

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Oct 28
Qoppa Software enhances Java PDF Libraries, Components

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com), a provider of PDF solutions, has released ew versions of its Java PDF Libraries and Components, adding PDF feature coverage along with improvements in memory management and performance.

There's now new Unicode support in jPDFProcess, jPDFAssemble, and jPDFNotes. These libraries now allow editing unicode text in annotations content and within document properties (author, subject, description). This will be of special interest to customers using non-latin characters such as Arabic, Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Korean), Greek, or Cyrillic characters.

There's new callout annotation in jPDFProcess, jPDFViewer, jPDFNotes. The callout tool combines a text box with a line and an arrow and is used to draw attention to text or objects in a PDF document.

Theres a new calibration tool in jPDFNotes. The measuring tool now also allows architects and engineers to set the...

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