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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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Mar 23
Apple offering touch panel makers some wriggle room for hike...

Apple has talked with Taiwan-based makers of touch panels, possibly giving them some wriggle room to hike quotes, order to secure sufficient supply of touch panels used in the iPad and iPhone, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com).

In order to achieve its internal shipment goal of 40 million units of iPad in 2011, Apple has booked over 60% of the total touch panel capacity. Despite some supply concerns caused by the Japan earthquake, with room for price hikes, supply for touch panel and panel will be more smooth for Apple, says "DigiTimes."

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Mar 23
ZAGG introduces ZAGGskin designs for iPad 2

ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) has introduced a new line of ZAGGskins protective accessories designed to match and complement the iPad 2 device and cover.

With multiple color and design combinations ZAGGskins will protect the back of an iPad with a high resolution printed vinyl and fused with an additional layer of ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD, says Derek Smith, vice president of Sales and Marketing for ZAGG. These new color combinations were designed to match Apple's cover colors.

The front of the iPad's vulnerable glass screen can now be protected when in use, by ZAGG's custom cut and clear, patented invisibleSHIELD. Utilizing an invisibleSHIELD and a ZAGGskin for the iPad 2 will now provide a color coordinated protective solution for the front and back of the device.

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Mar 23
Gridstore offers scale-out NAS for small, mid-sized organizations

Alcatel-Lucent and Xnet have partnered to provide a business class, unified communications application for Mac OS X. MyIC (http://www.call4mac.com/MyIC/) is specifically designed to provide multiparty business communications for the Apple desktop.

Via drag and drop, a Mac user can create a teleconference in the 3D virtual meeting room and with the power of Mac OS X's Core Animation manage the participants. The app. also appears with full social networking integration. Contacts may be local, remote or gathered from enterprise LDAP or even Facebook.

MylC costs US$149 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download. There's also an iPad version for $349.

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Mar 23
seyDoggy posts Kleer theme

RapidWeaver theme developer seyDoggy (http://www.seydesign.com) has introduced Kleer, a new theme "that utilizes the full power and potential of smart technology but with a strong focus on form and polish."

As a seyDoggy Ultimate theme, Kleer comes loaded with features such as a built-in slideshow. seyDoggy has also employed the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts. Kleer officially supports the most recent versions of IE, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome.

Kleer woks with RapidWeaver 3.6.7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. It costs CAD $25.

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Mar 23
LiveCode development platform gets over 20 new features

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.6, an update of its development platform. The update has 20 new features, including:

° Support for SQLite databases, ZIP files and XML on iOS devices;

° Support for iOS native text entry fields;

° Improvements to native web browser control and native control functions;

° Full screen video playback and support for native playback within a region;

° Multi-channel sound improvements, including pause/resume and prepare ability;

° Support for iOS 4.3 simulator;

° Multiple camera support.

LiveCode 4.6 also has over a dozen developer requested refinements to the desktop product. These include:

° Support for working with very large images on Mac OS X;

° The ability to render objects with and without graphic effects and blending;

° Public key encryption support and cryptographic-...

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Mar 23
semYOU develops cloud app computing system for desktops

Startup firm semYOU has announced "app computing for desktop computers" that requires no local installation a hard drive is required, as all programs are accessed via the Internet. At http://www.semyou.com, the cloud app store for Mac and Windows offers free applications for all application areas, including office, communication and entertainment tools.

To use you'll need to download the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Then sing up and log in at semYOU. Then you'll start the riAPP store.

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Mar 23
Mixamo fast tracks character animation for Unity developers

Mixamo (http://www.mixamo.com) has announced the integration of Mixamo's online animation service within the Unity Asset Store digital content marketplace.

Mixamo's ever-expanding repository of animation is now accessible to developers immediately in the Unity development platform via a free plug-in, providing an in-editor means to browse, customize and purchase character animation.  A walkthrough of the process can be viewed at http://www.mixamo.com/c/mixamo-unity-asset-store .

Game developers can now animate characters in an intuitive and flexible way right inside Unity, while at the same time tapping into thousands of professional animations and motion capture data, says Mixamo co-founder and CEO Stefano Corazza. A user can simply select a character from their game project and...

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Mar 23
PSG adds exFAT for Mac OS X to its UFSD technology line

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released a beta version of Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X -- a standalone software application for Mac OS X users looking for full two-way read/write access to the exFAT file system under Mac OS X 10.6.5 and earlier.

With Paragon’s specialized driver solution, users of legacy Mac systems are able to mount any exFAT files like native ones. Widely used for removable devices such as flash drives and SD cards, exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft to handle the increasing capacities of media storage, but currently lacks extensive support outside of PC environments.

With minimal system requirements, including low CPU utilization during data transfer and small memory footprint, Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X offers a way for original equipment manufacturer and end-users to manage data on exFAT volumes out of the box, and is available to be shipped with external hard disk drives and installed...

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Mar 22
Angry Birds Rio alights for the Mac, iOS devices

Rovio has released their latest game, Angry Birds Rio, on the Mac, iOS and Android platforms. The game was developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, and features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming film, "Rio," which debuts in theaters on April 15.  

Users will also have the ability to buy tickets to the film directly from the within the game, by linking directly to a special ticketing page on http://www.RIO-themovie.com.  The game was officially launched in Rio de Janeiro at the world premiere of RIO.

Angry Birds Rio features two episodes and 60 levels, and new episodic updates based on the "Rio" will be provided throughout the year. New playable characters, new achievements and unlockable secrets are also included.

The Mac version costs US$4.99, the iPad version is $2.99 and the iPhone/iPod touch version is $0.99.

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Mar 22
Verizon CEO says 'no, thanks' as far as buying Sprint

AT&T is acquiring T-Mobile, so Verizon may be eyeing Sprint, right? Wrong, according to Verizon CEO Daniel Mead.

"We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/xfkFc) ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference. He added that the company doesn't want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.

Mead also told "Reuters" he wouldn't oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile plans. He thinks U.S. regulators will likely approve the AT&T/T-Mobile deal if the companies agreed to certain conditions.

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Mar 22
MacLocks releases the MacBook Air Lock

No security lock on the MacBook Air. No problem, says MacLocks (http://www.maclocks.com) which is releasing the MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle.

It incorporates a neat cover that also protects your MacBook Air via an integrated built-in security slot that can accommodate any of the standard cable locks sold on the market. That way you can lock the security cable to the case, and loop the cable's other end around a fixed object (like a table).

Once the case and cable are locked together, thieves can't detach the case without damaging the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle costs US$74.95. You can place a pre-order now; they'll start shipping April 7.

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Mar 22
Robocast suing Apple over automated browsing technology

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Robocast (http://www.robocast.com) is suing Apple, claiming the company has willfully incorporated its patented automated browsing technology in a number of products, including iTunes, the Apple TV and Front Row, without licensing their "invention," reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/vlGUQ).

Robocast, which was founded by Damon Torres, who claims to have pioneered the use of automated web browsing in the nineties, has earlier sued Microsoft on similar grounds. In 2010 the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Microsoft for infringement of Robocast’s United States Patent No. 7,155,451. Robocast is being represented in the case by Foley & Lardner LLP, and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.

Patent number 7,155,451 is...

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Mar 22
Firefox 4 is faster, sports sleeker interface

Mozilla has released Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the free, open source Web browser. According to the folks at Mozilla, it's the fastest version of the browser yet.

Firefox is purportedly between two and six times faster than previous releases. Eenhancements to the JavaScript engine make everything from startup time to page load speed to graphics and JavaScript performance faster.

The latest version of Firefox introduces a sleeker look and features like App Tabs and Panorama. Firefox 4 also delivers privacy and security features like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy to give users control over their personal data and protect them online.

Firefox Sync gives users access to their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of add-ons, extensions and Personas and a new Firefox Add-ons Manager to make it easy for users to manage and discover add-ons to customize their...

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Mar 22
Jobs to testify in iTunes antitrust suit

A federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/A6jgl).

Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to conduct limited questioning of Jobs, under an order issued yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose, California. The deposition can’t exceed two hours and the only topic allowed is changes Apple made to its software in October 2004 that rendered digital music files engineered by RealNetworks inoperable with Apple’s iPod music player, says "Bloomberg."

“The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” Lloyd wrote.

In 2005 Californian Thomas Slattery sued Apple for unspecified damages for being "forced" to...

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Mar 22
iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries on Friday

Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.

Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2," Apple Steve Jobs says. "We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland...

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Mar 22
WaterField Designs unveils iPad Travel Express

WaterField Designs has unveiled the iPad Travel Express (http://macte.ch/W05d1), a compact mobile office case for the iPad 2 within or without another case, the wireless keyboard, and additional accessories.

With its compact form, the iPad Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or with the optional strap, worn over the shoulder. It's designed for the frequent traveler, commuter or coffee shop regular.

The Travel Express has an iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the Apple tablet (including the Smart Cover). The Apple Wireless Keyboard slides into main compartment. There are scratch-free inside pockets for cables, adapter, cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.

The iPad Travel Express is made with domestically produced, 1050 denier, ballistic nylon. A YKK zipper opens case along top and side panel for access to contents. Two impact-resistant plastic inserts protect screen and accessories.

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