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Dec 13
BatchOutput Server updated to version 4.6.3

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6.3. The new version allows users to reset location of output folder with a click of a button helping save time and avoid redundant steps.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Dec 13
DiskLibrary update for Mac OS X adds DVD, CD types

Obvious Matter (http://www.obviousmatter.com) has updated DiskLibrary, a media cataloging application for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.7. The upgrade lets you export as a tab-separated values file.

Version 1.9.7 also adds movie DVD and audio CD types; you can now search for media types. There's a new application icon and various bug fixes.

DiskLibrary is designed for those who have a lot of media to keep track of. It catalogs not just your complete file structure, but also creates thumbnails, and stores metadata, for most popular media formats. DiskLibrary is capable of importing export formats from CDFinder, FileFinder, WhereIsIt, DiskCatalogMaker X and DiskTracker.

DiskLibrary is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.10or higher. It costs US$39, but version 1.9.7 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for...

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Dec 13
HoudahGeo 2.7 adds high quality maps, satellite imagery

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.7. The new version adds high quality maps and satellite imagery. Maps are used within HoudahGeo to check the results from automatic geocoding as well as for manually placing photographs.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.

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Dec 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 10

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/).

Wulven Game Studios has released Santa Slaughter 1.0, available for free on the iPhone, iPad and Facebook. In the game, Santa's village is under attack, and it's up to him to stop the evil monsters in this 3D first person shooter.

Beansprites has introduced Dark Woods 1.0, a fantasy game for the iPad. In the US$3.99 game, you explore five worlds with various themed layouts, and battle creatures from magical mushrooms to creepy trees and bats.

Pumpkin Approved has debuted Goo Goo Zoo 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a $1.99 children's game that features baby animals reacting to touches. Each animal has an identifiable baby action that it performs when touched. Animal names are displayed on screen to help children learn to...

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Dec 10
Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre team up for Justbeats headphones

Pop singer Justin Bieber has launched a new line of headphones, Justbeats by Dr. Dre, that are available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the U.S. and on BestBuy.com. The headphones express Bieber's signature style by offering both on-ear and in-ear versions in his favorite color: purple.  

The Justbeats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphone (US$199.95) and iBeats by Dr. Dre Justbeats Edition ($119.95) include features such as ControlTalk so that users can answer a phone call while listening to music.

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Dec 10
Apple looking to hire engineer for Verizon iPhone?

A new Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=68181...) for a cellular systems perf engineer shows Apple may be looking for an engineer for the upcoming iPhones, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-wants-to-hire-an-engineer-to-make-the-ver...).

The job posting says the position will require skills in the cellular technology areas of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, CDMA, etc. Apple says the person will be part of a team "responsible for triaging protocol issues reported from...

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Dec 10
Apple retail 'store 001' attains cult status

Apple's first retail store in Glendale, California, has attained cult status as "store 001" in Apple's ongoing retail initiative, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0923781020101210).

Doors actually opened on May 19, 2001, the same day as another Apple store in Virginia's Tysons Corner, a shopping mecca outside Washington D.C.. But the one in a brown-brick mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale is listed as store 001.

"Reuters" says the store is "unassuming and, yes, a bit uncool, but it's not forgotten, not by Christmas shoppers who flock these days to the Glendale Galleria mall and especially not by Appleheads at the core of the cult brand." What's more, Apple retail employees like to work there, and many transfer in from other stores, the article adds.

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Dec 10
Foxconn workers now top one million

Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, said its Chinese workforce now exceeds one million employees as the company continues to hire during the holiday season, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-10/foxconn-says-its-china-workforc...?).

Louis Woo, special assistant to the chief executive officer, says customer demand is spurring hiring. Foxconn makes, among other things, iPads and HP. computers.

Foxconn, the largest private employer in China, plans to expand its workforce to as many as 1.3 million by the end of next year, Woo said in an August interview, reports "Bloomberg." The Taipei-based company employed about 920,000 workers at that time.

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Dec 10
Ace Metrix Ad-of-the-Week: 'iPad is Amazing' from...

Ace Metrix, which studies television advertising effectiveness, has announced the Ad-of-the-Week for the week ending Dec. 7, 2010. The “iPad is Amazing” ad from Apple registered the top overall weekly Ace Score with a score of 630, out of a possible 950.

The new spot dons the same successful theme as prior high scoring iPad spots and showcases even more ways to leverage the device, like hooking up your iPad to the television. The spot is a hit with the 16-20 year old crowd, scoring over 70 points above norm for that demographic.

The Ad-of-the-Week designates the highest scoring new ad of the week by Ace Score, a patent-pending measure of advertising creative effectiveness. Apple continues to deliver creative that both creates and leverages desire for their products; "desire" scores were above norm for all demo groups,” says Peter Daboll, chief executive of Ace Metrix.

Over a quarter of verbatim responses “want” the iPad and more than half of those folks “...

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Dec 10
More rumors on the 'iPad 2'

It's about time for more iPad 2 rumors. Component suppliers for Apple Inc's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B90PW20101210), quoting unnamed sources, one of which said the product will be a revamp of the popular tablet computer including front- and back-mounted cameras.

Touchscreen chip designer Wintek Corp, battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, the article says. Two could only confirm they were ramping up for a new round of production in the first quarter for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad, notes "Reuters."

One of those said the revamped model would feature...

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Dec 10
Jumsoft adds some smartness to its Mail Stationery

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has advanced its array of design templates with the release of Mail Stationery Smart. The latest stationery pack for Apple's Mail contains 100 templates, as well as a bonus pack of 10 holiday greetings.

Two-thirds of the Mail Stationery Smart set match the design of other Jumsoft's products for Pages and Keynote, allowing users to assemble a full line of coordinated templates and themes, says Algirdas Unguvaitis, general manager of Jumsoft.

The Mail Stationery series is designed specifically for Apple's e-mail program, Mail. While Jumsoft's add-ons for Mail have traditionally tended toward providing users with the ability to enhance personal messages, Mail Stationery Smart contains a wide array of business-oriented templates that are suitable for proposals and newsletters, says Unguvaitis.

When combined with corresponding products for Pages and Keynote, these...

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Dec 10
11-year-old invents iPad stand

The inventing bug hit 11-year-old Dino Zaharakis while playing lacrosse in Saucon Valley. He painted some stripes on his helmet so he would stand out among his teammates and his mom could find him.

A month later he wanted his lacrosse stick to be unique too. He dyed the head of his stick, a concept his friends loved. To capitalize on that idea, Dino came up with a business plan, which included order forms, a web site and a $5-per color price.

Zaharakis's entrepreneurial spirit blossomed again when his parents reviewed summer camps on the family's iPad. His father had rigged an impromptu iPad stand, but Dino found several design flaws and suggested he could do better. His dad challenged him, and told him if he could design an iPad dock and web site he could get a phone.

Zaharakis's mind went into high gear. He set to work manipulating pieces of aluminum stock from McMaster-Carr, using a Home Depot miter saw and a vise. He made several prototypes. The favorites...

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Dec 09
Apple has four products in TIME's 'Best of 2010'...

Apple has placed three products -- the iPad, the iPhone 4, the 11-inch MacBook Air and the Apple TV -- in TIME's "Best of 2010" list, which includes 50 top ten lists in news and politics, arts and entertainment, science and society, business tech, pop culture and more.

The iPad ranks first in the Top 10 Gadgets list (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2035319_20338...). On the same list the 11-inch MacBook Air is third, the iPhone 4 is sixth and the Apple TV is seventh. Also on the list are the Samsung Google S (number two), Google TV via Logitech Revue (four), Nexus One (five), Toshiba Libretto Dual-Screen Laptop (eight), Microsoft Kinect (nine) and the Nook Color (10).

TIME also listed its top 10 iPhone apps. They are Netflix, Groupon, iMovie, Springpad,...

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Dec 09
Survey: Europeans want an iPad, but balk at the cost

In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.com), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked European Internet users what was their most wanted gift this year. Riding high on all wish lists this year is the iPad, Apple’s best-selling tablet.

Its popularity is apparent all across Europe, especially in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively said that they would like an iPad. And Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% of them crossing their fingers for one this Christmas. However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively had Apple’s tablet on their Christmas wish lists.

With regards to the price, Europeans seem to think that the iPad, despite its appeal, is simply too expensive. Spanish and Italian users feel most strongly about it, with 48% and 47% respectively considering the price too high for their budgets.

Twenga asked over 3,...

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Dec 09
iPad to have more than 2% of North American Web traffic in a...

By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic, according to Chitika (http://chitika.com/), an on-line advertising network that's been tracking iPad adoption rates on its ad network (three billion ads served monthly across more than 100,000 sites).

As of this month, the iPad accounts for 0.83% of all traffic on Chitika’s network, research director Daniel Ruby tells "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101209/ipad-will-generate-2-percent...). At current growth rates, which have been steady since the device’s launch, it should hit 2.3% by the end of next year,...

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Dec 09
Sandy Bridge processors heading to MacBooks?


Intel's newest processor will appear in new MacBooks that will supersede current models, the sources say. Current MacBooks use Nvidia graphics chips along with Intel Core i series and Core 2 Duo processors.

However, "CNET" says that, due to the enhanced graphics capabilities of Sandy Bridge, Apple -- at least for now -- has determined that it will not continue using Nvidia's graphics processing units (GPUs) in some models. MacBook models with screen sizes of 13 inches and below are expected to switch to Sandy Bridge-only graphics, while higher-end MacBook Pros are expected to use graphics from AMD, the article adds. Whether Nvidia will still be present in higher-end models is unclear, says "CNET."

"If proven true, the rumor is an extremely positive sign for Intel given how notoriously picky Apple is about the components it uses," notes "Gizmodo" (...

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Dec 09
Apple releases Aperture 3.1.1

Apple has updated Aperture, its software for pro photographers, to version 3.1.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518). The update improves overall stability and performance.

For example, Aperture 3.1.1 fixes an issue that could cause iMovie ’11 to stop responding while scanning the Aperture library for video clips. It also addresses issues that prevented the Aperture library from appearing in the Media Browser of other applications.

You can obtain Aperture 3.1.1 via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Dec 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 9

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/).

Developer James Slaughter has announced New Year Countdown and Resolutions 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app provides a countdown timer that displays a festive animation when the clock strikes 12. The application also provides an interface to keep track of your resolutions. In addition to a brief history of the origins of New Year, you also have access to a list of New Years Facts.

Blackleaf Software has released Water Sports 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In the $0.99 app, players are able to create custom characters to use as they ski across a lake on their choice of wakeboard, kneeboard or double ski, and try to collect valuable rings for points. There are 15 different levels of difficulty. Some of the items, as well...

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Dec 09
iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions in...

Keeping up with news and current events is the most popular use of the Apple iPad, according to a survey conducted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (http://www.rjionline.org/index.php) at the University of Missouri.

The findings indicate more than half of print newspaper subscribers who use their iPad at least an hour a day for news are very likely to cancel their print subscriptions within six months. However, that decision could be influenced by several factors -- especially price, which was mentioned most often. Of the more than 1,600 survey participants:

° Three quarters of respondents spent at least 30 minutes a day consuming news on their iPad, nearly half said they spend an hour or more.

° iPad users are predominantly well-educated, affluent men between the ages of 35 and 64 who tend to be early adopters.

° A positive iPad reading experience...

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Dec 09
Costco to quit selling Apple products

The Costco Wholesasle chain is phasing out Apple products, per a mutual agreement between the companies, Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told the "Seattle Times" (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2013631005_cost...).

Costco had sold iPods and pre-loaded iTunes cards for years, although never at huge discounts. What's more Apple never allowed Costco to sell its products online like other retailers, Galanti said. "In the past couple months, we agreed to wind down," he told the "Seattle Times."

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Dec 09
Apple posts 'iTunes Rewind 2010'

Apple has announced its "iTunes Rewind 2010" selections in the iTunes Store. It offers what Apple thinks is the best music, TV shows, apps, movies, audiobooks, and podcasts of 2010.

Go to the iTunes Store for the complete list. However, to whet your appetite, some of the winners are "Brothers" (Deluxe) as Best Album, Eminem for Artist of the Year, "Modern Family" as Best TV Comedy, "Mad Men" as Best TV Drama, and "Toy Story 3" as one of the Best Movies of 2010.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Dec 09
Perfect Resize released for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture

OnOne Software has announced Perfect Resize, one component of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture.

The next generation of Genuine Fractals technology, Perfect Resize adds new features for achieving sharp detail when enlarging images, new gallery wrap and tiling options, and interface enhancements for photographers who want to make the highest quality prints, says Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. It supports Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3 and can now be used directly from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture without the need for a separate host application.

Perfect Resize is available immediately as a standalone product and as a part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 5.5. Owners of Genuine Fractals 6 or earlier can upgrade to Perfect Resize for US$99.95 or to the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for $349.95. Owners of Plug-In Suite 5 are eligible for a free upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, which...

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Dec 09
Gartner: worldwide semiconductor market to grow 4.6%

As the semiconductor industry completes one of its most successful years in 2010, the market is positioned for continued, albeit slower, growth in 2011, according to the latest outlook by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total US$314 billion in 2011, up 4.6%t from 2010's estimated revenue of $300.3 billion.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is on pace to grow 31.5% in 2010, as the industry is expected to surpass the $300 billion mark for the first time in its history. However, a modest chip correction began in the third quarter of 2010, and Gartner analysts estimate it's going to last four quarters.

"Third-quarter sequential semiconductor revenue growth was below the seasonal norm, and company guidance indicates that fourth-quarter growth will also fall short and likely become negative for the first time in six quarters," says Bryan...

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Dec 09
GestureWorks 2.0 Multitouch Software Framework sports over 200...

Ideum, a multitouch software and hardware development firm, has updated their GestureWorks multitouch authoring solution to version 2.0, which has built-in support for over 200 hundred gestures.

The GestureWorks software environment provides a standardized approach to multitouch application development in Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex. ActionScript developers can associate gestures with objects and layers as simply as mouse events are handled, according to Jim Spadaccini, director of Ideum.

GestureWorks provides tools Flash and Flex ActionScript 3 developers need to author multitouch applications. A built-in simulator allows developers to test their applications from within the Flash environment.

Along with support for over 200 gestures, the software has an open source Gesture Library that is fully extensible; gestures can be added, dropped or modified. Gestures can be mapped for multitouch or dual touch systems and customized for any number of touch points in a...

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Dec 09
Matrox introduces Mac-friendly, multi-monitor adapters

Matrox Graphics (http://www.matrox.com) has announced connectivity improvements to the Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition and TripleHead2Go DP Edition Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) benefitting Mac notebook and desktop users.

The DualHead2Go DP and TripleHead2Go DP products now come packaged with a Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable that allows Mac users to connect these external multi-monitor modules directly to the mini-DisplayPort output of their systems to drive multiple monitors or projectors. Mac professionals and enthusiasts now benefit from the convenience of a true plug and play platform while experiencing the productivity-enhancements gained across an advanced dual- or triple-monitor workspace, says Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics. In addition, an upcoming firmware release will enable the support of a dual 1600x900 resolution on DVI monitors, further expanding the...

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