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Sep 10
Apple updates printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released several printer and scanner driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

They involve products from Brother, Infotec, Laner, Gestetner, Ricoh, Savain and NRG. You can obtain 'em via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 10
FaceTime coming to Macs, Windows systems?

The French site Mac4ever (http://www.mac4ever.com/news/57279/rumeurs_du_vendredi_ilife_et_facetime/) says that Facetime, Apple’s open source video chatting protocol, will be coming to iChat on the Mac -- and to Windows, as well. I think they're right, and have predicted this before.

In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button....

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Sep 10
Gartner: Symbian, Android to dominate mobile OS market

The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8% of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.

Communication service providers' (CSPs') marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will drive the platform to become the second-largest platform, following Symbian, by year-end 2010 (see Table 1). This is almost two years earlier than Gartner predicted a year ago.

"The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS," said Roberta Cozza,...

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Sep 10
Adobe resurrects Flash tool for the iPhone

Adobe says it will resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone. The move came after Apple tweaked its App Store review guides.

"Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool," Adobe said in an online statement (http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/09/great-news-for-developers.html). "We will now resume development work on this feature for future releases. This is great news for developers and we’re hearing from our developer community that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store. We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices...

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Sep 10
AJA introduces mini-converter, new KONA card

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the availability of Hi5-3D, a new mini-converter that combines dual 3G SDI inputs into various multiplexed 3D formats for output on true 3D HDMI 1.4a and SDI to enable simple, flexible stereoscopic viewing on 3D monitors and projection systems. The company has also unveiled its new KONA 3G capture card.

The Hi5-3D's true HDMI 1.4a output supports EDID transactions that automatically configure 2D/3D functions according to the HDMI monitor's capabilities. Input SDI 2 is frame-synchronized to input SDI 1 in 3D modes and SDI input audio is embedded in both the HDMI and SDI outputs. Hi5-3D also supports 2-channel RCA audio output with user control of channel selection, along with AJA's Mini-Config application for user configuration and firmware download.

The Hi5-3D will available In October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$495. For a complete set...

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Sep 10
KT receives almost 300,000 iPhone 4 orders

KT, Korea's second-largest mobile-phone carrier, provided Apple's latest gadget to its first 10,000 customers on the first day of its release and says it has received nearly 300,000 orders, including 20,000 on Friday alone, reports the "Korea Times" (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/09/133_72869.html).

KT has sold nearly 900,000 of Apple's previous handset, the iPhone 3GS. It hopes that the iPhone 4 will further boost its efforts to narrow the gap with rival SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, says the "Korea Times."

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Sep 10
Everki ships laptop bag with iPad pocket

Everki (http://www.everki.com) has released the US$59.99 Track Laptop Messenger, a laptop bag with a pocket especially for the iPad. It's available immediately.

The front features a safety reflective strip for extra protection at night, especially convenient for bicyclists looking for a versatile laptop bag.The front also features a two-system closure, There's Velcro on the inside front flap for quick access, and Everki buckles for extra security. The Track can also be converted into a carry-on bag.

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Sep 10
IvySkin offers new iPhone 4 cases

IvySkin USA (http://www.ivyskin.com) has released a line of protective cases for the iPhone 4. The all new Quattro 4 (shown) cases as well as the SmartCase feature interchangeable battery pack and patented Touch-Thru glass Multi-Touch screen.

The US$44.95 Quattro 4 comes with a Glass Touch-Thru scratch free screen in addtiion to the polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone. It's available in four colors.

The $79.95 SmartCase 4 retails for $79.99 USD and comes with Quattro 4 case along with a 1500mAh battery pack and Glass Touch-Thru screen. It is now available for pre-order in four colors.

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Sep 10
Default Folder for Mac OS X updated to version 4.3.10

St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.3.10. The upgrade addresses issues with Finder labels, as well as adding more capabilities for AppleScript users.

Default Folder X 4.3.10 is a free update for existing users who purchased a license or upgrade on or after June 1, 2007. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before that date. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.

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Sep 10
Blackmagic Design ships DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X with pricing starting from US$995. It's the latest version of the high end DI grading system with features used by both Hollywood and high end post production.

The new version includes a new user interface developed with colorists and benefits from the decades of DaVinci color grading experience, according to the folks at Blackmagic Design. The new DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac now reads and writes all the common Apple ProRes file formats including 4444, 422, 422(HQ), 422 (Proxy) and 422 (LT) directly on the timeline with no conversion required. Colorists can just select the clips in their media storage and DaVinci Resolve will play and grade them in real time, even if there are mixed resolutions and formats on the timeline.
Both Mac OS X and Linux systems now support read and write of...

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Sep 10
Aqua Connect adds support for CS5 volume licensing edition

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.com), the folks behind the enterprise grade Mac terminal server, says that Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems, Inc., have chosen Aqua Connect Terminal Server as their Mac deployment solution. Aqua Connect also announced support for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 volume licensing edition.

Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems were faced with the possibility of moving off of the Mac platform for their application deployment. Their users and customers were dependent on Mac applications, which made switching platforms costly and time-consuming. Aqua Connect’s OS X terminal server enabled both organizations to centralize their Adobe Creative Suite deployment and give their end-users and customers remote access to custom Mac applications.

"The Mac platform and applications have experienced an overwhelming adoption rate within the...

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Sep 10
Sonnet Fusion announces RX1600 Vfibre video editing SAN server

Sonnet Technologies (http://www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion RX1600 Vfibre, an expandable 16-drive RAID video editing SAN server with multi-user Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity built in.

This 4U rackmount system integrates Tiger Technology metaSAN Storage Area Network (SAN) Server software with an ATTO dual RAID controller-equipped SAS/SATA storage system. Capable of supporting a 4K workflow or multi-stream, multi-user collaborative workflows, Fusion RX1600 Vfibre provides direct connection for up to twelve 8Gb Fibre Channel users and 6 Gb/s aggregate bandwidth for users connected via Gigabit Ethernet.

Optimized for video editing, the base configuration Fusion RX1600 Vfibre provides four Fibre Channel ports, expandable to 12 -- additional Fibre users can be served with a Fibre Channel switch. Fusion RX1600 Vfibre supports multipath I/O to enhance performance and...

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Sep 10
Kitty Spangles Solitaire game deals version 4

Swoop Software (http://www.swoopsoftware.com) has updated its Kitty Spangles Solitaire to version 4. It features 46 games such as Klondike, Canfield, Freecell, Spider, Penguin, Pyramid, Golf and Gaps. New in version 4 are:

° Three card styles including crafted traditional cards;

° A larger, high-resolution window with detailed graphics;

° A cheat mode: naughty players can now sneak a peek at hidden cards;

° Graphic help for all game types;

° QuickStyles that lets players choose and save their preferred styles;

° Improved statistics gathering and display, making it easier to track and compare progress

Kitty Spangles Solitaire 4 can be adopted online in minutes through the purchase of a serial number for US$24.95. Version 4 is a free update for registered players. Kitty is a Universal Binary application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher.

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Sep 10
ATTO offers storage connectivity options for Autodesk Smoke

ATTO Technology has announced an offering of storage connectivity options for Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X software. ATTO’s high-performance host bus adapters (HBAs) and RAID adapters meet Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X bandwidth requirements to ensure fast and interactive editorial finishing with real-time uncompressed playback at any supported format, according to Tom Kolniak, director of products, for ATTO Technology.

ATTO Celerity and ExpressSAS products are available through a wide network of domestic and international partners. For a list of qualified ATTO Technology partners, go to http://www.attotech.com/howtobuy/findreseller.html .

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Sep 09
Netviewer Meet for MacOS now with VoIP and video

Netviewer, a European provider of web collaboration solutions, has now expanded its product range for Mac users with version 6.1.1 of Netviewer Meet. This web conference solution now supports audio conferencing via Voice over IP (VoIP) under Mac OS X, in addition to high-quality webcam video transmission of the conference participants.
 
Customers can now download version 6.1.1 of Netviewer Meet for Mac from the MyNetviewer portal (http://www.netviewer.com). The solution is available as software-as-a-service. Non-commercial usage is free of charge.

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Sep 09
Autodesk lights up Flame Premium 2011

Autodesk is introducing Autodesk Flame Premium 2011, a solution for 3D visual effects creation, editorial finishing and real-time color grading. Flame Premium combines the latest 2011 extension 1 releases of Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Smoke Advanced and Autodesk Lustre software into a single offering for post-production companies

Flame Premium gives new and existing customers access to Flame, Smoke Advanced and Lustre -- running on a single workstation and at a special price. New customers can purchase Flame Premium software for as little -- "little" being a relative term -- as US$129,000. Autodesk Flame 2011 customers can upgrade their licenses to Flame Premium for as little as $10,000 per Flame license, adding Lustre and Smoke Advanced to their creative capabilities.

Autodesk Smoke Advanced 2011 customers can upgrade their licenses to Flame Premium for as little as $25,000 per Smoke Advanced license, adding Flame and Lustre to their creative capabilities. Similarly,...

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Sep 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 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/).

Rockstar Games has rolled out Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD for the iPad. TheUS$9.99 app brings the story-driven action to the Apple tablet with updated, high-definition graphics.

LambdaMu Games has announced Shady Puzzles: Super Awesome Compilation Edition for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available with free puzzle packs, Shady Puzzles is on sale until Septe. 22 for $0.99 on the iPhone and iPod touch. An iPad-optimized HD version is also available at a reduced price of $1.99.

Elite Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer Michael George has released Intelitrainer, a $4.99 app for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It creates a customized workout routine that learns and...

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Sep 09
Omni Group updates OmniFocus task management tool

The Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com) has updated Omni Focus, its task management tool for Mac OS X , to version 1.8. The upgrade will clean up automatically when switching views, moving items to their proper locations, just like OmniFocus for iPhone and OmniFocus for iPad.

Filtering is improved with the more flexible View Bar. All items, including groups, projects, and Inbox items, can appear in Context-mode lists, making them easier to find. Also, groups and projects can now become next actions, so there's no need to switch to Planning mode to finish up a project.

Perspectives can now be shared as files by dragging them out of OmniFocus. As introduced in OmniFocus for iPhone, a new bookmarklet can send web pages to the Inbox from a web browser.

Synchronization is faster and even more stable. Additionally, due item alerts can be synchronized alongside the OmniFocus database as a...

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Sep 09
InvisibleSHIELD, ZAGGSkins available for new Apple products

ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) is now selling its invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins protection for Apple’s new lineup of digital media devices: the new iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle lines.

The invisibleSHIELD is ZAGG's "patent-pending, military-grade, virtually invisible and indestructible film" that offers thin film full-body protector. ZAGGskins are covers for your devices that you can customize with your own photos or designs.

The invisibleSHIELD and ZAGGskins for the iPhone 4 are available and shipping today with screen and full body designs, and ZAGG is shipping the invisibleSHIELD to its retail partners. Other ZAGG accessories, including the ZAGGsparq portable charging station and ZAGGbuds in-ear headphones, are also available for the new iPods.

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Sep 09
Morgan Stanley: investors should buy Apple options

Investors should buy bullish Apple options because the largest technology company by market value may gain on “strong” growth from iPad sales and rising demand for its products in China, Morgan Stanley said.

"Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-09/buy-apple-call-options-on-ipad-...) reports that Equity derivatives strategists Christopher Metli and Sivan Mahadevan recommended purchasing January US$280 calls while selling the same number of January $320 calls, a strategy known as a call spread that cuts the trade’s cost while capping potential profit.

Apple rose 2% to $262.92 yesterday to extend this year’s advance to 25%.

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Sep 09
Vogel releases Mount & Cover system for the iPad

Vogel (http://www.vogels.com) has announced the Mount & Cover System for iPad, a mounting solution for protecting and mounting your iPad at home, work and when travelling. It mounts the Apple tablet on walls, tables, desks, or in cars.
 
The Vogel’s Mount & Cover System for iPad is designed to let you: use the iPad as an in-car entertainment system; in the living room as a sound controller, to watch DVDs, news or weather stations; in the kitchen to view iBook recipes; or in the bedroom to listen to music or as an alarm clock.

Vogel’s is offering a licensing program to enable third parties to use or embed the Vogel’s system in their covers or mounts. Available in Europe next month, with U.S. availability early 2011, the Vogel’s Mount & Cover System for iPad starter kit includes one base cover and one wall mount, priced at 79.99 Euro (U.S. pricing has yet to be determined).  The base...

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Sep 09
PDFPen for Mac OS X adds ability to redact or replace text

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0. The upgrade includes the ability to redact or replace text, including OCR text.

Users can also initiate search and replace and search and redact functions to remove multiple instances of sensitive information. Additionally, PDFpenPro 5.0 can now convert websites and other HTML documents into PDFs, complete with hyperlinks.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.

PDFpen 5.0 and PDFpen Pro 5.0...

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Sep 09
PDF2ID 3.0 ready for InDesign CS5

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) is shipping PDF2ID Standard/Professional 3.0, an upgrade of the PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool for Mac and Windows platforms. PDF2ID converts PDF files to native InDesign documents.

Version 3.0 incorporates over 150 new features and enhancements and has been designed to operate with Adobe InDesign CS3/CS4/CS5. What's more, PDF2ID 3.0 enables the conversion of variable page size PDFs to variable page size InDesign documents and contains new options to control how graphics objects are processed.

Finally, PDF2ID v3.0 intelligently identifies text frame wrapping around graphics objects ensuing in better layout accuracy in the resulting InDesign file, according to the folks at Recosoft.

PDF2ID v3.0 is available immediately from the Recosoft web store in the following configurations: PDF2ID Standard 3.0; US$299; PDF2ID Professional 3.0, $399;
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Sep 09
New BLAST: Modern Urban Production Tools announced

Renegade Media Group (http://www.renegademediagroup.com/), a sample library company founded by producers Josh Harris and Bobbybass, has announced BLAST: Modern Urban Production Tools Vol. 1 and 2, two new sample libraries of kits, sounds, and loops.

BLAST Vol. 1 contains more than 500 Hip Hop, R-n-B, Southern, Crunk, and Tribal sounds that includes full construction kits, single drum shots, and keyboard loop idea starters and building blocks. This library totals more than 4GB of content.

BLAST Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off and continues with more than 450 total sounds and nearly 3GB of total content. Both BLAST Vol. 1 and 2 are available in Acidized Wave Files, Apple Loops, Rex2, and Reason Refill formats.  

BLAST: Modern Urban Production Tools Vol. 1 and Vol.2 are available for US$79.99 each.

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