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Dec 20
Page Director ALS now compatible with InDesign CS5, QuarkXPress...

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, has announced that Page Director Ad Layout System 5.6.1, ALS for Magazines 5.6.1 and AdForce 5.6.1 are now available.

MEI’s flagship product and its related technologies have been upgraded for compatibility with the latest pagination software from Adobe and Quark.

ALS 5.6.1 works with enhanced versions of MEI’s Ad Import plug-in and ALS XT, which allow users to export issues to Adobe InDesign® CS5 and QuarkXPress® 8.5, the most recent releases of the industry’s leading page-layout programs. For customers still running older versions, compatibility is also available for InDesign CS4 and QuarkXPress versions 8.0-8.5.

MEI has also updated its FiFi, Fido and Split & Folio XTs and plug-ins for compatibility with QuarkXPress 8.5 and InDesign CS5. FiFi and Fido restore file-path information for ad files after ALS pages have been...

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Dec 20
Steve Jobs number four on CEO Wealth Creation rankings

The top 50 CEOs delivered an average total shareholder return of 73.3% since June 2007, according to a new study published by "Chief Executive" magazine and calculated by Applied Finance Group. That performance handily beats the 14.9% average of the S&P 500 during the same period.

Priceline CEO Jeff Boyd took the spot as the #1 value creator based on the success he has had in taking his company's online travel services to international markets, expanding market share and growing the top line -- while keeping tight controls on costs. Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number four on the list.

Others in the top 10 are: Aflac's Daniel P. Amos (#2), Federated Investors' J. Christopher Donahue (#3), Amazon's Jeffrey P. Bezos (#5), Colgate-Palmolive's Ian M. Cook (#6), Ecolab's Douglas M. Baker Jr. (#7), DeVry's Daniel Hamburger (#8), Fastenal's William D. Oberton (#9) and C.H. Robinson Worldwides's John P. Wiehoff (#10).

"The past 12 months have not been an easy time...

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Dec 20
iPhone, iPad rank high in Ask.com list of hottest gifts

Ask.com, an online brand for questions and answers, has revealed the hottest gifts this holiday season, selected from the millions of questions asked throughout the last month at Ask.com. Not surprisingly, the iPhone and iPad ranked high on the list.

iPhone reigned with more than twice as many questions asked about Apple's big seller as compared to the next phone in line, the Droid, according to Ask.com. The BlackBerry was also a popular gift item, although Ask users were not nearly as inquisitive about the handheld as its iPhone and Droid peers.

Though the iPad was one of the year's hottest tech products, it still couldn't beat the Kindle for top reader in the gifts category. The iPad only received two-thirds the amount of questions as the Kindle. The Barnes & Noble Nook couldn't keep up, with less than half as many questions as the Kindle.

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Dec 20
iPads, laptops help retail e-commerce sales

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, says holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 47 days of the November-December 2010 holiday season is looking good, thanks, in part, to the iPad and laptops.

For the holiday season-to-date, US$27.46 billion has been spent online, marking a 12% increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week (week ending Dec. 17) reached $5.15 billion in spending, an increase of 14%versus the corresponding week last year, with four individual days surpassing $900 million, led by Green Monday (Monday, Dec. 13) with $954 million and Free Shipping Day (Friday, Dec. 17) with $942 million. Free Shipping Day achieved a 61% increase versus the corresponding shopping day last year, highlighting the appeal and success of the promotion in which more than 1,500 merchants offered free shipping.

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Dec 20
Back to the Future game speeding to the Mac this Wednesday

Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game will debut this Wednesday, Dec. 22. The five-part season’s first episode “It’s About Time!” will be available for Mac and platforms.

Fans can still get the Puzzle Agent game free with their pre-order (US$24.95) from http://www.backtothefuturegame.com, and Telltale also donates $1 to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation with each purchase up through the launch. The series will debut on the PlayStation Network and iPad platforms in early 2011.\

Here's how the game is described: "Back to the Future: The Game brings the iconic ‘Marty McFly’, ‘Doc Brown’ and the DeLorean Time Machine together in a completely new cinematic adventure, which unfolds over five exciting episodes. Six months after the events of the third film, the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley. ‘Marty’ must go back in time and recruit aid from a...

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Dec 20
Bioserie 'grows' an iPod touch case made of plants

Bioserie (http://www.bioserie.com), a company that engineers ways in which bioplastics are used, has announced its line of iPod touch 4G cases made of plant material, providing an environmentally friendly option for Apple device owners who want complete protection without sacrificing natural resources. The cases are US$34.95 each.

Emitting considerably less greenhouse gas in the manufacturing process, bioserie covers are made from a unique blend of bioplastics that are all derived from plants and annually renewable resources, says bioserie CEO Kaya Kaplancali. The fourth generation iPod touch marks the expansion of bioserie’s existing line of “made of plants” covers, which includes cases for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod touch 2G/3G and iPod nano, he adds.

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Dec 20
'MUG Event Calendar': Macworld Expo, holiday cheer

Busy holiday schedules take their toll on this week’s "MUG Event Calendar," but there are still meetings you should know about.

Paul Kent, general manager of Macworld will visit a California group to discuss the year’s biggest Apple event, and an Ohio group will celebrate 25 years in the business of being a Mac User Group. Another California group will discuss the new Apple products, and other groups will get together to enjoy Mac talk and holiday cheer.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Dec 20
Southern Stars releases free iPhone app to track holiday...

On the night of Dec. 20-21, a total lunar eclipse will dress the moon in holiday red for more than three hours. For 72 minutes of that eclipse, the Earth's shadow will hide the moon in complete darkness.

This unusual celestial event is visible for hundreds of millions of viewers across North America. The last year North America saw a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was 1638. The next is 2094 -- making this event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.



To ensure people can track this eclipse, Southern Stars is releasing the latest version of its SkySafari LiteT iPhone app for free through Dec. 22. SkySafari Lite is an app that correctly predicts and displays this eclipse. It features research-grade accuracy, the largest celestial database of any mobile planetarium app, and descriptive content written by experts. To download SkySafari Lite now, go to...

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Dec 20
TuneWear announces Wrist Watch case for iPod nano

TuneWear (http://www.tunewear.com) has announced the US$14.95 Wrist Watch Case for the six generation iPod nano 6G. It's a wearable silicone case available in nine color varieties that wrap around your wrist to transform the nano into a wristwatch.

The Wrist Watch Case is designed to allow full access to the touch screen, which can be set to the clock display mode. All controls are fully accessible while wearing the case.

A TuneFilm protective film is included for protecting the nano's screen. The Wrist Watch Case is available in clear, pink, read, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and black.

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Dec 20
2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 adds over 90 features, fixes

Dracoventions (http://www.dracoventions.com) has announced 2empowerFM Developer Assistant 2.5 for FileMaker Pro.

Developer Assistant lets FileMaker developers search for text within all scripts, database fields, tables, and in many other database windows. Developers can also evaluate selected text to speed debugging and development. Version 2.5 has completed beta testing for Macintosh FileMaker, includes an improved user interface, and now works when FileMaker is set to any of its 10 standard languages.

2empowerFM Developer Assistant v2.5 is available immediately. This is a free upgrade for those who purchased a Mac or Windows license within the last year. New Developer Assistant licenses start at US$69 for a single user; upgrades after a year are half price. Other plug-ins in the 2empowerFM family start at $19 and some are free. Developer (redistribution) licenses are also available....

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Dec 20
Keynote Themes Plus introduces 10 new themes

Keynote Themes Plus (http://www.keynotethemesplus.com) has introduced 10 new Keynote themes for use with the presentation creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The new themes are: Blue Map, City Time, Green Orbit, Ink Drops, Medicine, Official, Orange, Thumbs Up, Warning and White Oval. In addition, two free themes were released as a Christmas gift for all Keynote users: Cheers and Snowflakes.

There are five sizes available for each theme including HD. They are: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1080 in pixels, so everyone can find the perfect size for widescreen (16:9, 16:10) or traditional (4:3) displays and projectors. All the presentations made by using Keynote Themes or Keynote Themes in Action with moving backgrounds can be transferred to the iPad.

To use Keynote themes from Keynote Themes Plus requires a Mac with iWork '08 (Keynote 4...

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Dec 20
Application Systems North America announces ContaxCRM Suite 2.1....

Application Systems North America has updated ContaxCRM Suite 2.1.5, an update of its contact management solution for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows.

ContaxCRM allows individuals and companies to better manage their day-to-day contacts and relationships, and build a detailed contact history for customers, suppliers, prospects, members and other contacts. To celebrate this release Application Systems is offering the coupon code XMAS25 which will give a 25% discount on any purchases made from the Arten Science store.

iPhone and iPad integration with ContaxCRM Suite will be available next spring. This will be available as a free upgrade to all existing customers. ContaxCRM Suite consists of four modules, which can be used individually or together as a fully functional Contact Relationship Management Solution.

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Dec 20
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.5

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.5, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version adds the ability to convert image color space to an ICC profile space, with full control over how the conversion is done.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.5 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Dec 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 17

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/).

Jason Jensen has announced Friend Update 1.0, his new app for iOS devices. The US$1.99 app merges the Facebook and Twitter feeds of up to 30 friends on a page for each friend. Tapping a friend will bring the user to a page displaying that friend's Facebook and/or Twitter feeds.

Kumquat has released Villancicos Navidenos for iOS devices. The $2.99 was created to offer users a Spanish language alternative to conventional Christmas themed apps, Villancicos Navidenos offers users of any age a chance to experience Christmas Carols sung in Spanish. Each carol is accompanied by original artwork, as well as Spanish text to help users follow along with the apps vocal presentation of each song.

LateNiteSoft has introduced Lab 1.0 for all iOS 4...

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Dec 17
'Daily' iPad newspaper to launch next month

"The Daily," publishing mogul Rupert Murdocks's newspaper developed specifically for the iPad, will launch the week of Jan. 17, reports "All Things D" (http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101217/rupert-murdochs-daily-ipad-news...).

"The Daily" will be published (well, daily), will sell for 99 cents a week, will use lots of video, will have "cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some kind of 3-D effect that lots of people are very excited about," the article adds. What's more, Apple CEO Steve Jobs might participate in a launch event.

What's more, "The Daily" is supposed to use a new “push” subscription feature from Apple, where iTunes automatically bills customers on a weekly or monthly basis, and a new edition shows up on customers’ iPads...

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Dec 17
Apple looking for more iOS engineers

Apple job postings (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=68671...) show that the company is looking for iOS software engineers. The company is is hiring outstanding engineers to "deliver the next generation of Apple products."

Interested in the job. The requirements are: three-plus years' experience in developing "high quality, robust software systems," expert knowledge of C++, excellent problem solving and analytical skills, outstanding understanding of data structures and algorithms, comfortable with base technologies (such as networking, TCP/IP, HTTP, sockets, threads, STL and templates), and good interpersonal and communication skills.

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Dec 17
DualEyes public beta program announced

Singular Software has launched a DualEyes for OS X public beta program. DualEyes is a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips in dual-system audio production.

Designed to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined to accomplish the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio. The DualEyes for OS X public beta program is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later. To download the DualEyes for OS X public beta, go to http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html .

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Dec 17
Analyst: iPad to dominate tablet market into at least 2012

2011 tablet revenues will rise to US$24.9 billion, and by 2012 they’ll reach $34.1 billion -- and Apple will claim the lion’s share of both, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says in a note to clients -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101217/apple-to-dominate-tablet-mar...).

“Our assumption is that Apple’s dominance will remain firmly intact in the near to mid-term, but gradually, technology improvements and component cost declines will enable the laggards to offer ‘good enough’ solutions to loosen some of Apple’s grip,” Moskowitz says. “Of note, we expect a host of competitive tablets in 2H 2011, following the release of Android 3.0 this coming spring. The upgraded Android operating system should...

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Dec 17
iTunes' market share continues to rise

iTunes' share of the paid digital download market rose to 66.2% in the third quarter of 2010 from 63.2%, according to new data from the NPD research group (http://www.npd.com). Amazon's share of the paid digital-download market rose to 13.3% in the third quarter, from 11% the year earlier,

Distribution executives at record labels say the disparity between the two may be even steeper, with Amazon commanding just 6% to 10% of the market in any given week, and Apple closer to 90%, notes the "Wall Street Journal" (...

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Dec 17
Apple releases AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware...

Apple has released AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.5.2. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

It requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later and includes the following fixes:

° General fixes to Wi-Fi base station stability;

° Fixes some issues with AirPlay streaming;

° General fixes with USB interoperability including connection to external storage devices;

° Fixes some issues with NAT port mapping settings;

° Disables TKIP security with 802.11n rates per the Wi-Fi Alliance specifications.

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Dec 17
Apple posts AirPort Utility 5.5.2

Apple has posted AirPort Utility 5.5.2. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

The 10.29MB download requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later and contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

° Resolves an issue that caused the DHCP settings tab to display incorrectly;

° Resolves an issue that caused the application to quit unexpectedly when automatically launched;

° Resolves an issue that prevented the network password from being stored in the Keychain when the network on the 5GHz band was named differently.

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Dec 17
Booq expands Cobra line of laptops cases

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has s two new additions to their high-end Cobra line. The slim work-in Cobra hardcase and the custom-tailored Cobra courier M messenger are the latest editions to the line.

Cobra cases have a hard molded ballistic nylon exterior and a quilted interior. Slide the top of your laptop screen under the case’s contour lip and the screen opens each time the case is unzipped. Non-slip bumpers elevate the laptop to maximize airflow and provide access to all ports, allowing you to keep your laptop in the case while working on-the-go.

Nappa leather handles are sewn into an infinity-loop strap that runs all-around the case. The Cobra line also has a seatbelt nylon shoulder strap.

The Cobra hardware is an US$125 slim case with gunmetal hardware trim; it fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The $195 Cobra courier M designed to protect both a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, you...

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Dec 17
Akvis Refocus improves sharpness of out-of-focus images

Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Refocus 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows systems. The US$39 app improves the sharpness of out-ofocus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background.

To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. Akvis Refocus is also helpful with landscape photos. When shooting an object or a landscape at a distance, you may notice that the picture looks hazy. Akvis Refocus will make the photo more distinct.

The program is available in plu-gin and standalone versions. The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64-bit.). The software runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.

Registered users of Akvis Enhancer can get this program for free....

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Dec 17
Booq expands Cobra line of laptops cases

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has s two new additions to their high-end Cobra line. The slim work-in Cobra hardcase and the custom-tailored Cobra courier M messenger are the latest editions to the line.

Cobra cases have a hard molded ballistic nylon exterior and a quilted interior. Slide the top of your laptop screen under the case’s contour lip and the screen opens each time the case is unzipped. Non-slip bumpers elevate the laptop to maximize airflow and provide access to all ports, allowing you to keep your laptop in the case while working on-the-go.

Nappa leather handles are sewn into an infinity-loop strap that runs all-around the case. The Cobra line also has a seatbelt nylon shoulder strap.

The Cobra hardware is an US$125 slim case with gunmetal hardware trim; it fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The $195 Cobra courier M designed to protect both a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, you...

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Dec 17
iSkin introduces Folio + Media Display Stand for the iPad

iSkin (http://www.iskin.com) has released the Aura, an US$119.99 multi-purpose folio that allows iPad owners to carry, display and work on their Apple tablet.

Covered in brushed metallic nylon outside and microfiber lining inside, the aura features a slim-fit jacket with the traditional iSkin designer pattern that fully encapsulates the iPad snug. Buttons release a hidden stand that folds out to enable ergonomic typing, with the hardcover flap keeping glare -- and unwanted eyes -- away. Another quick fold out allows media or presentations to be displayed, with three stable stoppers varying optimal viewing.

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