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Jan 06
Backdrop Designer Plugin is Now Available for 64-bit Photoshop...

Digital Anarchy (http://www.digitalanarchy.com) has released their Backdrop Designer plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5. The software creates resolution-independent digital backdrops, very similar to expensive muslin drapes used in a photography studio.

Backdrop Designer 1.5 is fully compatible with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS4 and 64-bit systems. With Backdrop Designer, photographers are no longer limited to just the backgrounds they have in the studio, according to Digital Anarchy President Jim Tierney. There are 900 presets to choose from all of which can be mixed and modified to create thousands of variations. Backdrop Designer is used by photographers of all types to move beyond traditional portraiture, and give their clients more flexibility in results after the photoshoot.
 


Backdrop Designer 1.5 is regularly priced at US$199; however, it's on sale for $149 through Jan. 31. On the...

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Jan 06
XtremeMac unveils new iOS charging solutions

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) is announcing four new additions to its InCharge series at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The InCharge series are designed to keep your iPod, iPhone and iPad charged and playing at home and on the go.

The new introductions are the InCharge Mobile (US$79.99), Auto USB, Auto Plus and Auto AUX. InCharge Mobile is a low profile, sleek rechargeable battery pack and protective case. According to the folks at XtremeMac it boasts one of the largest battery capacities for iPhone 4 chargers on the market at 2300 mAh, the equivalent of one full charge. Features include an integrated stand for landscape viewing and FaceTime chatting, LED battery status indicator, on/off switch for battery conservation and a micro USB cable for charging and syncing. 

The three new InCharge Auto solutions for the car each offer a compact design and deliver 10 watts of...

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Jan 06
All-in-one mobile payment solution available for the iPhone 4

An all-in-one mobile payment solution has been released for the iPhone 4. The solution combines Intuit’s GoPayment app and merchant account and mophie’s credit card reader.

With GoPayment and the mophie credit card reader, payments are processed after a business owner swipes a credit card through the form-fitting mophie card reader. To get up and running quickly, there's a merchant account that purportedly lets business owners start processing credit cards in as few as 15 minutes. GoPayment also provides 24 x 7 live customer support for help if needed.

GoPayment's features let merchants create and sell from a list of frequently sold items, apply sales tax, and send customized receipts via text and e-mail with a map of where the transaction occurred. GoPayment is also compatible with QuickBooks -- both Mac and PC versions.

The solution protects customer data throughout the payment process. Credit card data is never stored on the phone. In addition, card data is...

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Jan 06
Innovelis launches workout accessory for six gen iPod nano

The new iPod nano’s small size and clip make it perfect for active lifestyles, but extra headphone cord length gets in the way. Innovelis’s Cord Shrink (http://www.CordShrink.com) stores the extra cord length so you can focus on your workout, says Eric Wengreen, CEO of Innovelis.

Constructed of a rubber material, Cord Shrink attaches to the new iPod nano’s clip and allows a person to store unwanted headphone cord length. Cord captures prevent the cord from inadvertently unwinding.

Storing the extra cord length prevents the cord from snagging on runners’ swinging arms and becoming tangled. The US$14.99 Cord Shrink is only compatible with the sixth gen iPod nano.

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Jan 06
FreeOneHand for the iPad debuts at CE

The FreeOneHand iPad Holder and Stand (http://www.freeonehand.com/) -- a multi-function iPad accessory that provides a one-handed grip, ergonomic design, and works as a stand in portrait and landscape orientations, left or right handed -- is debuting at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The FreeOneHand lets you hold your iPad in one hand, freeing the other for making presentations, data entry, sending emails, reading to kids, experiencing magazines, surfing the web and more. The secure grip is designed to eliminate he worry of dropping your iPad, and “raised feet” protect the display when set screen side down.

The FreeOneHand comes in six colors: Ebony, Ivory, Silver, Lime Green, Sky Blue and Rose Pink. It costs US$39.94.

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Jan 06
10 New Keynote themes available

In collaboration with iPresentee, KeynoteStage (http://www.keynotestage.com/) has announced Keynote Themes 7.0, to be used with the presentation component of Apple's iWorks suite.

Keynote Themes 7.0 includes 10 new themes: Black Diamond, Cooking, Medicine, Solid Grey, Windmill, Wave, Triangle, Relax, Notebook and Blue Style. The collection offers a variety of presentation styles with coordinated fonts, colors, backgrounds, bullets and picture frames.

Keynote Themes 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWork '08 or iWork '09. Each individual Keynote theme is priced from US$5.

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Jan 06
Netgear introduces new wireless routers

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netgear (http://www.netgear.com) announced four new wireless products at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  

These new products are: The N600 (WNDR3800) and N750 (WNDR4000) Dual-Band Gigabit routers, the N600 all-in-one home gateway (DGND3700), and a wireless router with integrated powerline AV (WNXR2000). They'll be available in the second quarter of the year with pricing starting at US$179.99.

Netgear is also introducing its free Netgear Genie application. Launching with the N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (WNDR3800), it's a home network dashboard that enables consumers to monitor, connect, and control their home network and also diagnose and automatically fix network connectivity issues.

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Jan 06
Griffin announces handsfree, in-car solutions

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled DriveSafe, a new initiative in automotive accessory design and usage. It's a range of in-car products designed to limit driver distractions from smartphones and mobile devices.

The DriveSafe family includes a number of Griffin devices, including the new RoadTrip HandsFree and BlueTrip DualConnect, both featured products for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

RoadTrip HandsFree -- due later this month for US$99.99 -- is Griffin's complete in-car solution for iPhone, iPod, and all Bluetooth-enabled smartphones. It holds your iPhone or iPod securely in place on a flexible steel neck in a cradle that accommodates most cases. The FM transmitter sends music wirelessly to your car's FM radio and features SmartScan, user-defined presets, SmartSound signal adjustment, and tactile remote control buttons.

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Jan 06
Joy Factory unveils suite of iPad, iPhone products

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) is unveiling a line of accessories for the iPad and iPhone. The products, which range from 360-degree rotating stands and portfolios to waterproof cases and versatile mounting systems, are lifestyle driven and designed to enhance overall usability.

A line of cases and stands range in price from US$59.95 to $99.95. Mounting surfaces range from $49.95 to $199.95. The Joy Factory's iOS charging solutions range from $49.95 to $99.95. And there are a line of protection and care solutions starting at $14.95.

The Joy Factory’s initial product suite is available in the first quarter of 2011. Orders are currently being taken with slated delivery in January and are available through distribution to online stores and retailers.

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Jan 06
Beacon, app turns your iOS device into a universal remote...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has partnered with software developer Dijit to turn your iOS or smartphone device into an universal remote control. Beacon allows fingertip control of your entire entertainment system, thanks to hardware and app integration from Griffin and Dijit.

It does this by converting Bluetooth signals from your device to the infrared commands your components are expecting. Beacon (US$79.99) pairs your iOS device with Dijit's Universal Remote App, available for free at the Apple App Store. Your Multi-Touch or touch screen display is the remote. You can change channels, volume, input, program your DVR, and more.

The Dijit app uses a constantly updated device code library to make setting up controls for your TV, set-top box, sound system, media players and more simple and intuitive, according to Maksim Ioffe, Founder and CEO of Dijit. For...

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Jan 06
OWC introduces SandForce-based SATA solid state drive

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the new Mercury Aura Pro 1.8-inch solid state drive (SSD) line as the first and fastest SandForce processor based SSD available for netbooks, subnotebook, and other computers that utilize an internal 1.8-inch SATA drive.

There are five models to choose from -- 40GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB -- with prices starting at US$179.99. The OWC Mercury Aura Pro 1.8-inch provides up to 16X the storage capacity compared to factory installed hard drives, according to the folks at OWC.

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Jan 06
Feral Interactive announces digital delivery through game...

Feral Interactive (http://www.feralinteractive.com) is now offering a selection of titles from its family of Mac games for immediate purchase and download online.

The two launch titles are tBorderlands: Game of the Year Edition and Rome: Total War Gold Edition. Additional titles including LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and BioShock will be made available for digital download later this week with more titles to follow shortly.

Feral Interactive games are now available for purchase online through these online digital download partners: Direct2Drive (http://www.direct2drive.com), GamersGate (http://www.gamersgate.com) and MacGameStore (http://www.macgamestore.com...

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Jan 06
CandyShell cases released for the iPhone 4

Speck’s CandyShell case (http://www.speckproducts.com) for the iPhone 4 arrives at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Actually, make that cases as there are two versions.

With the new, US$39.95 CandyShell View, you can watch movies, videos, or use FaceTime on your iPhone 4 more -- all without adding bulk, or using add-ons, says Bryan Hynecek, director of Design at Speck. Built into the back of the case is a patented spring-loaded retractable kickstand that pops out for easy viewing. When you're done using it, flip the stand back and it disappears within the case. The CandyShell View is available in a black/grey design.

The $39.95 CandyShell Card lets you keep your essential cards with you in your iPhone 4, allowing you to leave your wallet at home. This case holds up to three credit cards (or your driver's license/identification) neatly and securely behind the iPhone. The CandyShell...

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Jan 06
YML looks at CES, Macworld Expo expectations

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at expectations for this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Jan 05
MacTech Labs releases comprehensive virtualization benchmarks

MacTech Labs, part of "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com), has released the latest in its extensive benchmark study of virtualization solutions running on Intel-based Macs. MacTech's goal was to see how well Parallels Desktop 6 and VMware Fusion 3.1 perform compared head-to-head.

The large suite of more than 4,000 tests were performed comparing the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. The purpose of the testing and the article are to answer the questions about performance for the different virtualization solutions available, as well as the differences between Windows XP and Windows 7 in virtual machines, as well as multiple processors, running from Boot Camp volumes and more.

"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for more than 20 years. Our focus is to help the community not only in making tough decisions, but with real-world and how-to answers. In this case, we...

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Jan 05
Macworld 2011 announces second annual Mobile Showcase

The Macworld 2011 Mobile Apps Showcase will be one of the largest gatherings of mobile app developers under one roof at one time, IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2011 says. Now in its second year, the Showcase will feature the latest innovations from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch app developers and give attendees an opportunity to test drive the newest and coolest applications and meet directly with the people who develop them.

"The introduction of the iPhone marked the advent of an explosive mobile apps market that has continued to build momentum with the launch of the iPad in 2010," says Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld 2011. "Macworld 2011 is the one place that showcases the creativity, enthusiasm and genius of the developers behind these apps, as well as the wide variety of new apps available for Apple product users. The Mobile Apps Showcase delivers a truly unique experience for users and developers alike and we are excited to be a key launch...

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Jan 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 5

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

Greentech Media, a green technology business-to-business news company, has announced a free iOS app that serves up Greentech Media’s daily content and previews of market research reports from GTM Research. Users can interact with the app by sharing content on Twitter and Facebook or emailing articles to colleagues; they can also post and respond to comments directly through the app.

Candywriter has released Candyticker 1.0, a freeware RSS screensaver for iOS devices. The screensaver displays real-time App Store developments in a Wall Street-themed stock ticker. Candyticker is fully customizable and supports any ranking app on iTunes. Developers can assign custom "ticker symbols" to their apps and configure Candyticker to display a running feed of their...

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Jan 05
Sonnet introduces Yin•Yang FireWire Mini Hub

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the US$69.95 Yin•Yang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub (http://www.sonnettech.com/product/yinyang.html), which enables users to connect a FireWire 800 device plus a FireWire 400 device to a computer simultaneously through a single FireWire 800 port.

The latest Macs (with the exception of the Mac Pro) have only a single FireWire 800 (IEEE-1394b) port and no FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394a) port. However, with the Yin•Yang Mini Hub. Two FireWire peripherals, such as external drives, DV camcorders, webcams, audio interfaces, and previous-generation iPod mobile digital devices, can be concurrently connected and used. No adapter or cable swapping is required. 

Yin•Yang is small and portable, and it supports one bus-powered device (on either port). The hub housing, measuring just 1.9 by 1.5 by 0.6 inches, is about the size...

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Jan 05
Apple launches My Support Profile

Apple has launched a "My Support Profile" web page (http://macte.ch/5Aly0). It offers one-stop access to manage your products, support activities, and contact information.

You can also join VoicePass, so Apple can quickly identify you and provide a fast, personalized experience when you call. The VoicePass service is used when calling in to customer support; certain customers in the US and Canada can have a support number recognized automatically by the phone system so they don't have to identify themselves every time they call.

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Jan 05
Xsilva Systems showcases Mac-based point-of-sale system

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Xsilva Systems (http://www.xsilva.com/) will be showcasing the latest addition to its platform, a fully integrated mobile point-of-sale (POS) system called LightSpeed Mobile.

With LightSpeed Mobile, Xsilva offers retailers the ability to eliminate impersonal cash register line-ups and instead complete transactions on the retail floor using the same hardware as Apple does in its own retail stores, according to Dax Dasilva, CEO and founder of Xsilva Systems. More than just a mobile payment-processing platform, LightSpeed Mobile offers barcode scanning and ties into LightSpeed’s business and inventory workflows, making it a viable option for retailers who require a comprehensive back-end system, he adds.

In addition to highlighting LightSpeed Mobile at CES, Xsilva company will be introducing conference visitors to the full suite of its Mac-based...

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Jan 05
ÜberMask for Mac OS X hides files and folders

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has released ÜberMask for Mac OS X, an US$19.9 utility that hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Files and folders managed by ÜberMask can't even be found by Spotlight.

"ÜberMask is not designed to encrypt files or turn a Mac into Fort Knox," says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. "Rather it will hide files and folders as quick as a flash so that colleagues, partners or kids can not stumple upon them. Any user of ÜberMask can give his Mac into other hands without a second thought."

ÜberMask uses custom selected key combinations to hide and manage files and folders. Using a BOSS key, all managed data will be hidden at the same time. The ÜberMask key is used to hide or reveal single files and folders and to launch the ÜberMask application.

As soon as the Mac is switched off, ÜberMask taked care...

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Jan 05
CES: GE debuts new digital camera line-up

General Imaging (GIC), the exclusive worldwide licensee of GE Digital Cameras (http://www.ge.com/digitalcameras/US), will unveil the latest additions to its Power, Power Pro and Smart Series lines, and the brand's first handheld 1080p HD digital video camera at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The US$129.99 GE DV1 (pictured) is the first GE-branded handheld, HD digital video camera. It's pocket-sized and waterproof and offers a built-in flip out USB plug for instantly connecting and uploading HD videos and photos to share. With full HD 1080p movie recording capabilities combined with a highly durable exterior, the DV1 is not only waterproof to 16 feet, but shockproof and dustproof , according to the folks at GE.

The X500 ($149.99), due next month, features an electronic view finder, 16-megapixels, optical image stabilization, 15X optical zoom, 27mm wide...

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Jan 05
Worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) expects worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012, up from 15.7 million in 2010. The iPad, which essentially revitalized the category, will remain the market-share leader through the forecast period, with an expected 69% of the global market in 2012, down from 85% in 2010, according to the research group.

Consumers in the US will be big drivers of tablet sales, making up 62% of all tablets sold in 2010. Looking back on successful technology launches personal computers, video-game consoles, DVD and MP3 players, smartphones the recent wave of tablets led by the Apple iPad stands out for its instant popularity and steep adoption curve, says Research and Markets.

What's more, the Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) has released...

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Jan 05
Canon announces new Pixma office printers

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has launched five new Pixma Office printers, four of which have the ability to print, copy, scan and fax while the remaining printer has 13 x 19-inch printing capabilities. They sport features such as Advanced Media Handling, an Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and Full HD Movie Print.

The Canon Pixma MX882 (US$199.99), MX420 ($99.99) and MX410 ($149.99) Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO) printers help make daily office tasks more convenient by printing from almost anywhere, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. In addition, each of these Wireless AIO models are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified. For the business owner who doesn't need the wireless option, the Canon Pixma MX360 Office AIO model is available for $79.99.

Canon recognizes the needs of small businesses to have a desktop printer that prints...

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Jan 05
Comcast to bring in-home streaming to the iPad

Comcast (http://www.comcast.net) has announced plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On-Demand content this year on Apple’s iPad, as well as Android powered tablets. Later this year, customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want, the company says.

Comcast plans to roll out its new play now feature, which will enable customers using the popular Xfinity TV iPad app to watch nearly 3,000 hours of On Demand content, including movies and hit TV shows, either in the home or on-the-go, including anywhere there is a wireless connection.

The initial selection of programs and movies is just the beginning, says Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast. Comcast plans to bring thousands of additional choices to the iPad in the weeks and months ahead and to add the same functionality and content to Android powered devices later this year, he adds....

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