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Jan 25
FxFactory serves up Manifesto plug-in pack

Noise Industries has announced its latest FxFactory freebie plug-in pack, Manifesto. The titling plug-ins provide new and current FxFactory users with a way to generate titles in Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Manifesto comes in two variants: a static title generator and a title roll/crawl generator.

With Manifesto, no keyframes are required for animation. The text of choice is scrolled in and out of frame automatically based on the length of the generator track. This feature also lets users match a title roll (or crawl) to the duration of a different clip.

Manifesto can reference an existing RTF file on disk, allowing users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout. Users can create animations at any frame rate with built-in motion blur and the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts. You can use external media to determine which portions of the title are visible, or vice versa.

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Jan 25
Linguisoft releases Grammarian PRO2 X

Linguisoft ( has announced Grammarian PRO2 X, an update to their advanced grammar, spelling, AutoCorrect, and AutoType proofreading application for Mac OS X.

Grammarian PRO2 X provides an arsenal of professional writing tools to combat embarrassing writing errors. It is a universal interactive grammar checking, smart multilingual spelling checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that virtually works with every program on the Mac computer.

The update has an improved user interface, offers improved performance and faster start-up, and has improved grammar and spell checking accuracy. It also checks for many new classes of grammar and spelling errors with over 250 primary writing rules.

Grammarian PRO2 X retails for US$49.95 and $25 for eligible upgrades. Upgrade and installation instructions are included with the Grammarian PRO2 X download....

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Jan 25
ITC says Kodak lawsuit against Apple is invalid

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion Limited is invalid and not infringed, reports "24/7 Wall Street" (

Kodak argued that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent and intellectual property for previewing images on digital camera-enabled devices. The Kodak patent covers the technology related to a method for previewing images.

"24/7 Wall Street" says Kodak will continue its fight and noted that the ITC had previously upheld the patent in its case against LG and Samsung.  Kodak also noted that Kodak has licensed this patent in question and others to technology companies like LG, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.

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Jan 25
iPhones, iPads to gain NFC payment features?

Apple plans to introduce "Near-Field Communication" services in its next iteration of the iPad 2 and the iPhone for AT&T, enabling the mobile devices to be used in making purchases, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (

The services are based on "Near-Field Communication," a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to four inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told " Bloomberg Businessweek." Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing "engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project."

Apple's service may be able to tap into user information already on file, including credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and bank data, said Richard Crone, who leads financial industry adviser...

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Jan 25
IDC: Android to challenge iPad for developer mindshare

Appcelerator and IDC ( surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from Jan.10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. With 85 new, primarily Android tablets announced at CES, developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.

This quarter’s report shows that Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smart phone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets. Microsoft and RIM made solid gains through their product line update, while Google TV and Apple TV interest dropped off.

As these trends unfold, IDC says it's becoming clear that the days of mobile app experimentation are over. This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development efforts and the average developer is now building for four different devices, says the research group.

Meanwhile, a dramatic...

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Jan 25
Bitstream releases Pageflex Studio ID 2.0

Pageflex, a division of Bitstream ( has released Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign. This new release adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms and the patented flex technology that enables design templates to react to variable content in a more sophisticated manner than any other VDP software solution on the market.

Using variable data lets marketers achieve a sophisticated level of personal communication with their audiences, according to Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream. But creating the templates used to develop these types of communication can be a time consuming and complex process. Other technologies require graphic designers to create a range of template versions that will look graphically pleasing when different amounts of variable content are used.


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Jan 25
Panasonic expands ZS range of digital cameras

Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras. It sports a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar and features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD --which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.  

The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and shared with friends and families. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best images that provide a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV, according to David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

The format of the 3D image is compatible...

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Jan 25
Macworld: Fujitus to showcase new portable scanner

Fujitsu ( will showcase its new ScanSnap S1100 ultra-portable scanner, one of the world's smallest document scanners, at this week's Macworld 2011 Conference and Expo.

The new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, weighing just over 12 ounces and featuring a new sleek style, fits into a briefcase or purse and digitizes your documents. The scanner utilizes its paper path system and fast front-side color scanning functionality to scan anything from contracts and long receipts to business cards and plastic IDs.  

The ScanSnap S1100 is powered by a single USB cable, converts scanned data into searchable PDF files and even allows you to transform your paperwork into editable Word and Excel files. Additionally, the ScanSnap S1100 enables you to scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs cloud...

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Jan 25
New DiskStation will be iPhone, iPad-ready

Synology America Corp ( has released its latest DiskStation for home and small office use: the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.

Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use and 9.6 watts in hibernation. The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim and more RAM (now 256MB).

Bundled with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim offers numerous tools to home users. In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.  

Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation...

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Jan 25
Brother rolls out new mono all-in-ones

Brother International ( has announced its newest line-up, the MFC-7000 Series. The new series includes three new mono laser all-in-one models (MFC-7360N, MFC-7460DN and MFC-7860DW) with prices ranging from US$199-$299.

The new models will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers beginning in March. The new series offers a multitude of exciting value opportunities for small businesses by being the first in the category to offer duplex printing and wireless networking capabilities for under $300, says Jeff Sandler, director of marketing, Laser Products, Brother International.  It also offers an optional high-capacity replacement toner cartridge that can help lower operating costs.  

The flagship of the product line, the MFC-7860DW, offers a number of step-up features over the other models in the series, such as duplex printing and...

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Jan 25
Macworld: MLstate announces iServer for Mac OS X

MLstate -- a start-up which was the Laureate of the French Ministry of Research Innovation Contest three years ago -- says it has rewritten the whole server technology, bringing verifiable security to web applications. The result is described as a breakthrough: all SQL and similar database injections; all buffer overflows are eliminated.

Now, thanks to this One-Pot Application (OPA) technology, creating an Intranet and other web applications is simplified. iServer is the Web 2.0 collaborative portal for Ma from MLstate. iServer features a web site, intra and extranet and a social network, all combined in one. Among its features: workgroups, blogs, forums, wikis, calendars and more.

iServer combines an exclusive technical structure introducing enhanced Administrator Experience (AX). It integrates Web 2.0 tools necessary to collaborate and communicate, and with an ongoing focus on user experience (UX).

A Mac Mini is purportedly sufficient to power a 50-people...

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Jan 25
Sorenson Media releases Sorenson Squeeze 7

Sorenson Media has launched Sorenson Squeeze 7, an upgrade of the company’s video encoding application. Among its key new features are GPU acceleration, adaptive bitrate encoding and myriad new input and output formats.
Peter Csathy, CEO of Sorenson Media, says Sorenson Squeeze 7's new improvements include:

° New GPU acceleration. By utilizing GPUs, the specialized microprocessors that power graphics cards in personal computers, laptops and workstations, Sorenson Squeeze 7 delivers significantly faster encoding times. Sorenson Squeeze 7 automatically recognizes when the user’s primary CPU or GPU may be faster and will use the better resource for the encoding job. The software is optimized for CUDA, the computing architecture created by Nvidia that powers a variety of popular graphics processing units. Internal benchmark tests have shown Sorenson Squeeze 7 is up to three times faster than Sorenson Squeeze 6 when encoding in the H.264 format using GPU...

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Jan 25
Flip Boom Classic now includes a sound library

Toon Boom Animation ( has released Flip Boom Classic 5, an update of the animation software for children. The upgrade includes a sound library of over 100 sounds.

Additionally, over 75 new templates have been added. Flip Boom Classic costs US$39.95 and works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Jan 25
'MacVoices' looks at SG Project 2

On the new "MacVoices" (, the Road to Macworld continues as Ty Jacobs of Fourth Frame Technologies, the makers of SG Project 2 (which brings project management to the iPad) explains the compromises and benefits of this particular type of software on a mobile device.

He also looks at some of the choices made in this generation, and gives a peak at upcoming pro version of the product. Jacobs also talks about his decision to exhibit SG Project 2 at Macworld, and what his goals are for the show.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"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...

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Jan 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Jan. 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Onyx Apps has announced ClockMaster 1.0 for iOS devices. It's an US$4.99 app designed specifically for the measurement and regulation of mechanical pendulum clocks. ClockMaster uses a microphone to capture the audible ticks of the clock's escapement and pendulum, and then determines the beats per minute and the rate of error in seconds per day fast or slow. The app is appropriate for clock owners who want to make simple adjustments, as well as professional horologists who require a precision test instrument.

Razoric has introduced Boom Boat 1.0 for iOS gadgets. It's a $0.99 action game featuring physics-based puzzles that test the player's mind and reflexes. Assuming the role of Boom Boat, players will find themselves in the midst of the worst oil crisis...

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Jan 24
Analyst offers $550 price target on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" ( -- Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White reiterated a "buy" rating on Apple shares and an US$550 price target.

He notes that Apple’s shares, backing out $64 in cash per share, trade at just 11 times his pro-forma EPS [earnings per share] number for calendar 2011 of $25.58 this year, and just 10 times his 2012 estimate of $27.75. White says Apple may increase prof-forma earnings 37% this calendar year, but the S&P 500, which is projected to increase EPS only 11%, trades higher, at 14 times.

What's more, the analyst thinks estimates are “conservative” given continued strength in Apple's product line. He estimates cash will increase from $60 billion, roughly, at present, to $74 billion at the end of the September fiscal year, and $126 billion by September of 2013.

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Jan 24
Analyst: iPhone just getting started in the enterprise

Chris Whitmore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, told clients in a note -- as reported by "ZDNet" ( -- that the iPhone 4 just seems to be getting started in the enterprise.

"We have been testing iPhone 4 and 3GS hardware running a Good Technologies application for the past 2-3 months to trial enterprise email on iPhone for DB," he writes. "Our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Email is served using Microsoft exchange through a Good Technologies interface which looks and feels like accessing a Gmail account on the iPhone. We found enterprise email on iPhone was a fantastic experience as it was easier/faster to access data (touch UI) than on the Blackberry. It was also great to only have to carry one device for personal and corporate email access. There were two drawbacks to the enterprise App on iPhone using Good: 1) ‘pull email’ was limiting as it doesn’t fetch emails in the...

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Jan 24
iPhone sales top two million in South Korea

The number of iPhone users has surpassed two million in South Korea in a little more than one year of its local debut, its distributor said Sunday -- as reported by "Trading Markets" (

Two million iPhones were activated in South Korea as of Jan. 20, including 1.03 million units of the iPhone 4, and 977,000 units of the iPhone 3GS, KT Corp. said in a statement. KT, South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier, introduced the smartphone in November 2009.

South Korea's smartphone market is estimated to have reached 6.1 million units in 2010 and is forecast to jump to 16.2 million this year, according to KT.

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Jan 24
Mellel 2.8 offers unlimited upgrades, lowers price

RedleX ( has announced Mellel 2.8, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X. Mellel heads in a new direction in preparation to joining the Mac App Store.

Mellel 2.8, introducing Track Changes and advanced Sort, comes with a much lower price tag - 20 percent across the board (US$39 instead of $49 for the regular version, $29 instead of $35 for the educational version) and eliminates for-pay upgrades. All upgrades from now on will be completely free to all Mellel users.

"Apple's Mac App Store, where Mellel is headed, is a game changer -- a revolution in the making, that's going to shake the Mac Software development to the core," says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. "The Mac software market grows in leaps and bounds -- it quadrupled over the last few years and now runs at a pace of more than 16 million new Macs every year. Most of the people who buy those machines are newcomers who...

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Jan 24
Apple iPhone ad says 'two is better than one'

Apple has launched a new ad touting the upcoming Verizon iPhone without criticizing AT&T. In fact, the ad says "two is better than one" when talking about iPhone carriers.

The commercial shows two iPhone 4s side by side with users tapping, scrolling and pinching their way through iPhone apps and features. Existing Verizon customers will be able to begin pre-orders on Feb. 3 with general availability on Feb. 10.

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Jan 24
Researcher: iPad won't sport 2048 x 1536 resolution until...

It's been reported that the iPad 2 will sport an astounding resolution of 2048 x 1536. IDC research manager Tom Mainelli thinks the Apple tablet will indeed sport such a high resolution -- but not until generation 3.

"Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3," he tells "PC World" ( "I don't believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point. And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad 2."

Media tablet shipments will grow from about 17 million units in 2010 to 44.6 million units in 2011, IDC forecasts. Apple iPads made up 90% of the tablet volume in the third quarter of 2010.

"We expect Apple to continue to own the lion's share of that market in 2011," Mainelli told "PC World."

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Jan 24
Secrets of Da Vinci available at the Mac App Store

Coladia ( is very pleased to announce The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is now available on the Mac App Store for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's an US$14.99 game game created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Here's how the game is described: "Players come to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius. The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance.

"Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the...

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Jan 24
StretchPro is video-guided stretching app for Mac OS X

Fountainhead International has introduced StretchPro 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows systems. It's a video-guided stretching app.

Users can set reminders to perform simple stretches to help avoid muscle strain, fatigue, stress, and injury. Videos demonstrate the correct way to exercise the eyes, neck, shoulders, back, chest, fingers, wrists, and legs. Users may select any one of 26 videos, focus on one area, or view them all.

The app can be set to provide reminders three ways: fixed interval (e.g., every two hours), specific time (e.g., daily at 3 pm), or keyboard strokes & mouse movements (e.g., every 10,000 keystrokes). StretchPro 1.0 is normally US$10, but is available now at the special introductory price of $5. You can download it from the Fountainhead International Group web site (

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Jan 24
MailShoot 2 for Mac OS X works with iWeb, MobileMe

Rage Software has released MailShoot 2.0 (, the new version of the US$69.95 newsletter and mailing list management software for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade lets you instantly create newsletter subscription forms so your visitors can sign up to your mailing list right from your web site.

MailShoot works with iWeb and MobileMe hosted web sites without any additional web site requirements or set-up. With the software, you can instantly publish an online subscription
form that your web site visitors can fill out and sign up to your newsletter.

MailShoot lets you send out personalized email updates and announcements to your entire mailing list -- or to segments of your list. It takes away all the hassle in running a complete mailing list for all your important customers, says the gang at Rage...

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Jan 24
Fabrix releases the Satchel for the MacBook Air

Fabrix ( has announced the Satchel felt cases for the new Macbook Air 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks. These old school inspired cases are made using industrial grade 100% wool felt and matched with tanned brown calf leather.

Taking several design cues from the traditional satchel bags, the satchel is a slim remix that's custom-fitted to the for the new Macbook Air models. Its design revolves around a flap that's flanked by two leather straps, riveted with sets of bronze hardware. A specially designed adjustable sling strap comes together with the case and can be attached to the top of the case for full slinging action.

The Satchel is available in two sizes, one for the Macbook Air 11.6-inch and the larger version fitted for the Macbook Air 13.3-inch. The prices are US$79.90 and $89.90, respectively.

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