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Nov 10
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.9, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves relinking and image conversion accuracy and is recommended to all LinkOptimizer users.

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

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.9 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.9 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Nov 10
LaCie announces Starck Mobile USB

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its USB 3.0 portfolio, bringing the interface to the design of Philippe Starck with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. Remember, however, that Apple doesn't support USB 3.0 yet, so such devices will run on Macs at USB 2.0 speeds.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software to install your drive on Mac and PC. It also includes LaCie Backup Assistant for automatic backup a snap. In addition, you get 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to store, share and sync your data online.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of US$109.99.

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Nov 10
Disc Cover gets 140 new temples, more, in version 3

BeLight Software has updated Disc Cover (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/disccover/overview.php) - its Mac OS X software for designing CD/DVD labels, covers, inserts, jewel cases and more -- to version 3.0. The upgrade features 140 new templates, 30 artistic collages, support for multi-page booklets, a completely redesigned Assistant, lyrics and video frames import, adds vertical text tool, and more.

For new users the cost is US$34.95 for a downloadable version and $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) for a boxed version. All previous Disc Cover customers receive a gift of over 15,000 high-quality clipart images upon upgrading to version 3. Those who purchased Disc Cover on or after Aug. 1, 2010 will be provided with a free Disc Cover 3 license code. All others can upgrade for $19.95.

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Nov 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 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/).

"The Washington Post" has announced its new iPad app that combines the publication's reporting and analysis with innovative social media and sharing capabilities and multimedia. Readers can enjoy complimentary full access until mid-February 2011. After this, print newspaper subscribers will pay US$0.99/month and non-subscribers will pay $3.99/month for full access to the app.  

Fishing Trip Organizer is a new, $4.99 fishing trip planner for iOS devices. IT was designed for fishing enthusiasts, of all ages and ability. From tournament fishing, to family trips and local outings, Fishing Trip Organizer enables you plan, track, and remember all of your fishing trips.

Twezr, which offers a way to stay in sync with close friends and co-workers...

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Nov 09
Apple tweaks iPod water damage policy

Apple has made changes to its internal screening process pertaining to iPod liquid damage, a source tells "The Boy Genius Report" (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/09/apple-amends-internal-ipod-water-damage-po...).

"Apple builds a series of Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) into its iPod line of devices. When these LCIs come in contact with moisture, they become activated. In the event of a warranty claim or other repair, the LCIs indicate to Apple that the device in question may have been affected by a liquid," says "BGR." "Employees of Apple Stores and AppleCare Repair Centers then have specific guidelines used in the event liquid damage is suspected. Previously, the presence of an activated LCI within the headphone jack was cause enough for employees to state that an iPod may have been damaged by water...

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Nov 09
Verizon airs iPad ad

Verizon has begun airing its first television commercial for the iPad since the carrier began offering the device paired with a MiFi mobile hotspot in its retail stores in October.

"The Next Web" (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/09/video-verizons-brand-new-ipad-co...) notes that the ad "certainly does two things we haven’t really seen in an iPad commercial before: it shows it working with a mobile hotspot and emphasizes the ability to use it outside." The tagline of the ad is: "Introducing iPad on Verizon. All the magic of iPad. All the nationwide power and reliability of Verizon."

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Nov 09
Medical tech firm buys 4,500 iPads

Medical technology company Medtronic (http://www.medtronic.com) has bought 4,500 iPads for its employees. The purchase possibly makes the medical device company one of the “earliest and biggest corporate buyers” of the tablet computer, according to "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/352494/Meet_the_CIO_Who_Bought_4_...).

Medtronic, headquartered in Minneapolis, has six major businesses that focus their efforts around a condition or therapy type: Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Spinal and Biologics, CardioVascular, Neuromodulation, Diabetes, and Surgical Technologies.

Medtronic bought the Apple tables to help employees better share information with customers, physicians and one another,...

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Nov 09
Enterprise Desktop Alliance conducts survey on Xserve demise

On Nov. 5, Apple announced that it was no longer going to ship the Xserve effective Jan. 31, 2011. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- has opened a new survey to see what you think about this move.

"If you have Xserves, we want to hear your opinion on this transition," says the EDA. " What will you do for those Xserve based services and applications, when will you do it, and what do you think it will cost? Please go to the Xserve transition survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V8P68F8?c=email) and let us know what this change means to you. We are also offering a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one of every 100 respondents. We will be publishing the results of the survey and hope to do so as soon as next week."

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Nov 09
Apple buys Wi-Gear?

A source told "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/) that Apple bought Wi-Gear, a Bluetooth wireless headphone designer in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.

WiGear, now closed, is perhaps best known for its iMuffs. iMuffs were wireless headphones that let you pause, rewind, adjust volume and change tracks right from the headset without touching the iPhone. You could also answer incoming calls directly from the headphone using the integrated microphone, enjoying the same automatic music suspension that you get on your iPhone when a call comes in.

Designed to be worn behind the neck, iMuffs weighed just 2.2 ounces and were powered by a rechargeable lithium battery providing up to 20 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge. iMuffs were charged using any computer's USB port or through an included travel charger.

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Nov 09
'Glassmate' hits iPhone case makers

Apple’s retail stores have suspended sales of iPhone 4 slider cases because of concerns about trapped dirt causing scratches and cracks -- the so-called “Glassgate” issue, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/67948/67948).

The ban is impacting at least half-a-dozen case makers who expected to have a blockbuster holiday season, a source who works in the case industry and asked for anonymity, told Leander Kahney of "Cult of Mac." The story says Apple is investigating whether the constant action of sliding cases on and off the glass-backed iPhone can cause scratches and eventually cracks.

"Cult of Mac" says the iPhone 4′s back is not made from the same toughened Corning Gorilla Glass used on the front. The "Glassgate" issue purportedly isn't affected by snap-on cases.

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Nov 09
Security research criticizes Safari's 'phone call...

A security researcher says Apple has made a poor security decision by allowing Safari to honor requests from third-party applications to perform actions such as making a phone call without warning a user, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9195578/iPhone_s_Safari_dials_cal...).

Safari, like other browsers, can launch other applications to handle certain URL protocols. These might be in clickable links, or in embedded iframes. An iframe containing a URL with a telephone number, for example, will cause Safari to ask if the user wants to make a phone call to that particular number, Nitesh Dhanjani, a security researcher, on the "SANS Application Security Street Fighter" blog...

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Nov 09
SafeEyes offers YouTube filtering for the Mac

Now families with Macs can block the unwanted content on YouTube without blocking the entire site with the newest Mac edition of InternetSafety.com's Safe Eyes, a Mac family Internet manager with intelligent YouTube filtering.  

Safe Eyes 3.6 for Mac eliminates the need to make all YouTube videos off-limits simply to shield children from those that are off-color and otherwise objectionable -- including 5,700 clips about phone sex, 287,000 tagged bra, and 907,000 labeled porn. While forbidding access to all YouTube content is still an option, the software now has the ability to:

° Filter videos on the YouTube site on a clip-by-clip basis.

° Enforce tighter controls than YouTube's own self-policing system, which enables site users to voluntarily flag videos as unsuitable for viewers under 18 but has no automated rating capabilities.

° Simultaneously screen YouTube videos embedded in Facebook, emails, blogs and elsewhere.

Parents can configure Safe...

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Nov 09
Sococo Team Space available for the Mac

Sococo (http://www.sococo.com), a provider of communication services, has added Mac support to its flagship product, Team Space, a service for distributed teams. Team Space is built on Sococo's communication platform.  

Sococo provides always-on smart spaces that help people communicate more naturally and effectively, says Ken Rosen, principal, Performance Works, Sococo. Smart spaces automatically connect people with multi-channel communications and enable them to visualize where they are and what's going on around them, he adds..

Team Space is an always-on service that promotes more effective communication. It presents an intuitive visual layout that depicts an office floor plan with individual offices, conference rooms and common areas. Visual cues allow you to see who's in the office, who's busy, who's free and who's meeting with whom.  

A click allows you to enter any room and be instantly...

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Nov 09
Duracell introduces wireless USB charger

Duracell (http://www.duracell.com) has introduce the US$34.99 Duracell myGrid, a wireless USB charger. It's a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that gives users the freedom to stay connected to devices they value most without the hassle of searching for an outlet.

The Duracell myGrid USB Charger is compatible with devices such as smart phones, e-readers, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, GPS units, Bluetooth®headsets, and virtually anything else that can be connected with a USB cable. Recharging the Duracell myGrid USB Charger is simple as it is compatible with the Duracell myGrid charging pad ($69.99). Users drop the Duracell myGrid USB Charger onto the myGrid and go, or it can be charged through its USB input.

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Nov 09
OWC expands Mercury On-The-Go Pro line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has added four new 750GB 7200 RPM models to its OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus powered portable storage solution line.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is a pocket-sized portable storage solution for Mac or PC users featuring FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3, and/or USB 2.0 interfaces. Available with up to 1.0TB of storage capacity, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro can hold up to one million JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro 750GB 7200RPM line features four models, including: a “Triple Interface” model for FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0; a “Combo Interface” model for FireWire 400 and USB 2.0; a USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” model for USB 3/2.0 Backwards; and a USB 2.0 model all available immediately priced from $134.99 from Other World Computing. In addition to the newest models, Mercury On-The-Go Pro...

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Nov 09
FxFactory Slideshow Plug-in CoverFlux 2 released

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says FxFactory development partner, idustrial revolution, has released a major update to its "freebie" slideshow generator, CoverFlux.

The new CoverFlux 2 is completely re-written, bringing faster rendering and over 10 unique features to its "iTunes-style" image browsing effects. Powered by FxFactory, CoverFlux 2 is free for users of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects.

CoverFlux 2 is completely free, with no watermark when registered. With 10+ new features, users can now select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle, the depth of field of the display, add round corners, soft edges, travelling gloss to highlight edges, and more.

Users can load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. It has an option to choose the auto-animation feature or manual keyframe control to jump forward or backwards to any image...

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Nov 09
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of Safari 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Sharon Zardetto's talks about her new book, "Take Control of Safari 5."

She looks at the new features, big and small in this version of Apple's web browser. Leading the pack in the "big" category is Reader, a function that makes web page content more legible and accessible by changing it to a standard size, type and style while stripping out a web site's ads, navigation and more. While good for web surfers, publishers and advertisers haven't exactly welcomed the feature. Zardetto discusses this struggle, along with the other big new Safari feature, Extensions, by talking about their functionality, the two ways to get them, and some of her favorites.

"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 individuals who are out there making it happen on...

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Nov 09
Kids Puzzle Planet puts together Children Puzzle

Kids Puzzle Planet (http://kidspuzzleplanet.com/) has released Children Puzzle, a Mac OS X and Windows puzzle intended for the youngest audience. As the name suggests, this puzzle is devoted to children and scenes with children in various situations.

Children Puzzle is an affordable, compact and great-looking puzzle application with a highly intuitive interface suitable for users of all ages, including the very youngest, says says Nikita, the project manager of Children Puzzle. Children will find it fun to put colorful puzzles together and their parents will finally get a break and relax while their kids are busy with a product that is both entertaining and educational, she adds.


The full version of Children Puzzle can be purchased for US$12.95. The company offers discounts for multi-product orders (10% off of two-product orders and 20% off of two-product orders). A demo os Children...

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Nov 09
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga ships Nov. 12

Feral Interactive says LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga will ship to stores on Friday, Nov. 12, bringing the videogame franchise to the Mac for the very first time. 

Developed by TT Games and LucasArts, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga uses LEGO bricks to recreate the scenes, characters and settings from all six Star Wars movies in a universe packed with 36 levels of action and humor. As characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, players live out the scenes from the movies -- while building objects out of LEGO bricks and knocking them down, and collecting LEGO studs to unlock new characters and content. The game will also feature enhanced multiplayer co-op abilities that allow a second player to join the fun, dropping in at any time to help the first player complete missions or master tricky tasks.  

The game will retail in North America for US$39.95. It’ll be available through retailers and online download services. It’s currently available...

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Nov 09
Dragon Stop Motion for Mac OS X roars to version 2.3

D-Zed Software has released Dragon Stop Motion 2.3 (http://www.dragonstopmotion.com/), an update to their professional stop motion animation software for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade includes a variety of new features that expand on the application's support for monitoring, exporting, composing, animating, automating lighting, and automating 3D shooting.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of feature film, commercial, broadcast television and independent film, Dragon Stop Motion controls digital still and HD cameras for shooting single frame animation and effects.

The Auxiliary Monitor feature allows the user to send the main view to a second monitor (video village). The Image Sequence Export provides flexibility in choosing image formats for frame export, as well as customized naming, etc. Advanced Composition Guides emulate ground-glass with single-screen setup.

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Nov 09
Soundfreaq launches Sound Platform

Soundfreaq has launched Sound Platform, the company's first product: a wireless, hi-fi speaker, developed with design firm, Boombang. Launching just in time for the holidays, the Bluetooth-enabled device is equipped out-of-the box to support multiple devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry.



Target will serve as Soundfreaq's exclusive mass retail launch partner for North America. The Sound Platform will be featured with the iPad in Target stores nationwide starting Nov. 19 for US$199 and will also be available online at http://www.Soundfreaq.com .



The Sound Platform allows users to multi-task -- surf the Internet, check emails and text message -- while streaming audio directly to the dock. With Bluetooth-enabled devices, users can listen to sound while keeping their iPad or smartphone in their hand.


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Nov 09
Brosix Business instant messenger updates its free trial program

D-Bross has updated its free trial program for Brosix 3 (http://www.brosix.com/), the newest version of the instant messenger software, now available for Mac and Linux systems. It provides instant messaging combined with collaboration tools such as file transfer, voice chat, video chat, whiteboard, screenshot and co-browse.

"In the initial versions of Brosix, it was available for Windows users only. Brosix recognized a need from its customers for more system options so they wouldn't have to worry about whether or not their computer could use Brosix," Stefan Chekanov, owner of Brosix, says.

Besides using Brosix on almost any computer, it can also be placed on a zip drive and loaded remotely so installation isn't required. Brosix specialized in providing free and paid enterprise instant messaging solutions for companies and individuals that wish to communicate with their co-workers, clients, and family on a...

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Nov 09
iHub Basic updated with iOS 4.2 compatibility

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 1.0.3, a free upgrade for registered usres. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

Version 1.0.3 adds compatibility with iOS 4.2. It also fixes some minor bugs when working with address book groups and large amounts of data.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In...

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Nov 09
USB Fever releases HDMI Dongle for iOS devices

USB Fever has released the HDMI Dongle (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2076 ) for the iPad, iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.

The US$69.99 dongle lets you transmit the video and audio on your iOS device to an HDTV or HDMI AV device. It's plug and play. No external power supply is required, and you don't have to jailbreak your Apple device.

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Nov 09
Courier for Mac OS X adds MobileMe

Realmac has updated Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/), a tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook, to version 1.1. The upgrade adds support for MobileMe.

To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube.

Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file.

Courier is an US19.95 (for a limited time) tool. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users. Courier requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and...

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