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Mar 29
Native Instruments releases Maschine1.6

Native Instruments (http://www.native-Instruments.com) has released Maschine1.6, a free update of its computer-based music production system. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, the new version expands the scope and functionality of the system.

Maschine1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements  bundle, and adds a other new features for studio production and live performance. With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Maschine1.6 widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host, according to the folks at Native Instruments.

Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the...

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Mar 28
WWDC Sold Out

If you didn't already purchase your ticket for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, it's sold out (on the same day as it was announced).

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Mar 28
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 29

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

Nexon Mobile has announced Dungeon & Fighter Slayer Edition, an US$4.99 iOS version of its action role-playing game Dungeon & Fighter.

Viaden Mobile has released Pregnancy: Week by Week 1.0, their $1.99 pregnancy tracker tool for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. It provides detailed month-by-month information on the process of pregnancy and development of the baby. A ready-made to-do list allows expecting moms to plan and schedule healthcare procedures and other important events.

Nahal Ameri has introduced Doghouse Saver 1.0, her new iPhone app just for men. The $0.99 app was created as a way to keep men out of trouble with their wives and girlfriends. It includes illustrated tips, tricks and lists to keep men and their women happy....

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Mar 28
Sprint opposes AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile

Sprint Nextel (http://www.spring.com), the US’s third largest wireless provider, has announced its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.

The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition, says Sprint. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction, the company adds.

In a statement, Sprint said: "AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost...

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Mar 28
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

In a press release, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. said, "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying...

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Mar 28
ECS ICT to distribute the iPad in Malaysia

ECS ICT Bhd, a Malaysian distributor of computer-related products, has been awarded distribution rights for the iPad in the Southeast Asian nation, reports the "Business Times" (http://macte.ch/GXomA).

The appointment will start in April, the company said in a statement. ECS currently distributes other Apple products such as the MacBook notebooks and iPod.

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Mar 28
iPad 2 in short supply in Britain

The iPad 2 is in short supply in Britain, days after hundreds of folks lined up outside Apple stores across the country to get their hands on the new tablet computer, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/6gUkF).

Apple could not confirm that the iPad 2 is out of stock nationwide because there might be limited supplies at certain stores. However, none of the Apple stores that "The Telegraph" called Monday morning had any in stock.

In a statement, Apple said: “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”

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Mar 28
Afflicted Chinese workers say they're still awaiting Apple...

A group of Chinese workers who were poisoned while manufacturing iPhones say Apple and its supplier have yet to provide for the additional medical treatment they need, reports "PC World" (http://macte.ch/JBOnx).

In 2009, 137 workers at an Apple supplier factory in Suzhou, China were exposed to n-hexane, a chemical cleaning agent. Apple has said the workers have been all successfully treated since the incident occurred. But a group of remaining workers at the factory say their health is worsening and that Apple has yet to do anything to help them, according to "PC World."

The workers have even sent an e-mail message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to intervene, the article adds. It the third e-mail the workers have sent.

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Mar 28
Radio Shack to carry the iPad 2

Starting Tuesday, some RadioShack stores in the U.S. will begin selling the iPad 2, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), which says the second gen Apple tablet will be available at 500 RadioShack stores Tuesday.

A corporate memo scarce on details only reveals that the chosen stores have already been informed they will receive the device for sale, the article adds. People "familiar with the matter" told "AppleInsider" that the deal to sell the iPad 2 at RadioShack was only finalized within the last few days.

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Mar 28
NCP releases its centrally managed VPN Client Suite for Mac OS X

NCP engineering has released its centrally managed IPsec VPN Client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Mobile employees using Mac OS X are now able to access the company network remotely.

The NCP Secure Enterprise Management System monitors and controls the fully automatic remote access VPN.  NCP's VPN client offers an integrated personal firewall and NCP's VPN Path Finder Technology. On top of that, it supports strong authentication as well as "FIPS inside."

The NCP Secure Enterprise Management software is the virtual private network's "single point of administration" -- this means -- combined with NCP’s VPN client suite -- it offers all features and automatisms for rollout, as well as for certificate, change and security management. In addition, various network access control features monitor network access of the end devices. 
 
NCP’s Secure Enterprise Mac client can be managed centrally. The central remote access management also controls the integrated,...

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Mar 28
Security Camera comes to the Mac App Store

The Alice Dev Team has released Security Camera on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.

The application’s purpose is quite simple. It snaps a picture of everyone who wakes the computer up, and archives these photos with a date and time stamp.

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Mar 28
Intel announces third-gen SSD series

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced its third-generation solid-state drive (SSD): the Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series (Intel SSD 320 Series). Based on its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its Intel X25-M SATA SSD.

The new Intel SSD 320 offers new higher capacity models, while taking advantage of cost benefits from its 25nm process with an up to 30% price reduction over its current generation, says Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group.

The Intel SSD 320 is the next generation of Intel’s client product line for use on desktop and notebook computers. It's targeted for mainstream consumers, corporate IT or computer enthusiasts who would like a substantial performance boost over conventional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), says Hazen.

The Intel SSD 320 Series comes in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB,...

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Mar 28
Fourth iPhone Developers Conference announced

On April 9-10, Pearson will host the fourth Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference, at Seattle’s Bell Harbor Int’l Conference Center. The conference will be led by industry authors and experts sharing their knowledge and participating in discussions, how-to sessions, and networking opportunities around the topic of application development.

The new iPad 2 will be an integral part of conference activities. Developers will reinforce skills, discover emerging trends, and connect with some of the biggest names in the industry, as they teach attendees how to create effective user interfaces, utilizing exciting design and the latest technology, for the iPhone, iPad, or both.

The conference is designed for: iPhone and iPad developers; long-time Mac developers wanting to leverage their existing skills; GUI designers; UX experts; and mobile application specialists.

Speakers and conference chair members include Pearson authors Erica Sadun, The iPhone Developer’...

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Mar 28
Time Bomb blasts onto Mac OS X

iLifeTouch (http://ilifetouch.com/) has introduced Time Bomb 1.0, a new way of keeping time on Mac OS X (10.6.6 or later). It costs US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

With Time Bomb, you set an alarm or countdown timer. The app counts down to the last minute and "explodes" to wake you up or notify you of an important event. The app sports several customizable features.

The Mother Bomb that acts as a command central. Up to eight separate "mini bombs" can be set simultaneously; all can be color coded.

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Mar 28
eggPlant offs a mobile testing solution

There's a rush in the mobile applications market. The market will reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117% increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010.

Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass US$15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190% increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion, according to the Garter research group.

This rapid growth is driven by the concept of instant access to web browsing, email, document viewing, messaging etc. Everything on the fly. Welcome to Generation Facebook.

This growth is bringing with it a massive challenge of releasing stable apps that are robust when accessed from multiple mobile devices, across global telecom networks and locations. If you add multiple releases to this rich Internet applications (RIA) whether they're HTML5/Flash, developers have on their hands a...

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Mar 28
Email Stats is email monitoring tool for the Mac

JBMJBM has released eMail Stats 1.0 (http://www.jbmjbm.com/emailstats.html) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The app monitors your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly email usage. It costs US$1.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

If you ever wonder how many emails you have been sending or receiving, this app can tell you. As a matter of fact, it has your email statistics for the day, previous day, week, month, and the year and all from your Mac Menu Bar.

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Mar 28
Destination: Treasure Island Lite comes to the Mac App Store

Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Destination: Treasure Island Lite -- inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island" -- is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, is free and can be found in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Destination: Treasure Island is a Point and Click adventure game, with pristine photo-realistic graphics and environments, inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Treasure Island. With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly colored varied and exotic environment.

"With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly coloured varied and exotic environment, they'll...

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Mar 28
Aquafadas starts pre-release of digital publishing software

Aquafadas is making its digital publishing solution publicly available through a pre-release program. Aquafadas digital publishing tools can be requested at www.aquafadas.comen/publishing/tryitforyourself/ .

Aquafadas’ tools enable you to publish interactive documents on the iPad, iPhone, and Android-based tablets and smartphones. It supports magazines, newspapers, book publishers, communication agencies, and corporations as well as individual designers.

Aquafadas’ AVE App Factory allows generating Apps for iPad and Android tablets without requiring programming skills. Plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress XTensions enable designers to create digital publications without coding.

AVE App Factory as well as the plug-ins and XTensions can be used for free. A fee is applied only when apps and content are published. Aquafadas says its...

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Mar 28
'Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition'...

Jeff Carlson's new ebook, "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition," takes readers way beyond the basics with a full discussion of using media on the iPad or iPad 2.

He covers the basics, so new iPad users can get up to speed quickly. For those who want to go further, Carlson expands their media universe, helping them explore a variety of options, whether they want to read ebooks, enjoy music or audiobooks, watch video, or view photos. The ebook is also designed to help readers integrate their iPad with an Apple TV, and it has tips that will help iPad 2 owners take better photos with that device's cameras.

The 158-page ebook is available in PDF format  for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-media. After purchase, readers can also download the ebook in EPUB format.

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Mar 28
ProAnimator 5 adds multiprocessing support, more

ZaxWerks (http://www.zaxwerks.com) has updated ProAnimator, US$649 software for creating 3D animations, to version 5.0. It works with Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS 4.

ProAnimator works as both a standalone app and a plug-in for After Effects. If you're on a Mac, it is not yet compatible with After Effects CS5; however, the standalone version will create movies that CS5 an use, so you’re not really out of the running. Highlights of version 5 include:

° Multiprocessing -- ProAnimator will now use every core on your system to render much faster than before.

° And integrated drawing window -- All 3D objects have to be modeled. As you draw, the 3D model is created for you, on the fly. As you edit the 2D paths the 3D objects are re-built in real time. If you draw one path inside of another path the program knows what to do. The Auto-

° Live text editing -- You can edit the Bezier curves of...

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Mar 28
Patterno for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 2.0 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X.

Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.

Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.

Patterno features a real-time preview and doesn't require Adobe Photoshop or any other software to run. It costs US$30 and requires...

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Mar 28
ShareTool for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.2. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and tweaks. Also, the demo period has been reset for all users.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.2 costs US$15 for a single license, $25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Users that purchased ShareTool 1.x from April 13 to May 13, 2010 are entitled to a free 2.x upgrade.

Also, with every ShareTools purchase you get two freebies: the Attachments Menu and Unblunder. The...

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Mar 28
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Twitter, more

March may be wrapping up with a short list of activities on "The MUG Event Calendar, "but quality trumps quantity this week.

Kyle Wiens of MacFixIt will be the featured presenter at an Ohio group, and MUG Center Editor/MacVoices Group producer Chuck Joiner will talk Mac User Groups and more with a new group who has set up shop in Qatar. Other topics up for discussion this week include going paperless, Twitter, social media, iMovie ‘11, Macworld highlights and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Mar 25
Apple releases iOS 4.3.1

Apple has released iOS 4.3.1. The update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

° Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation);

° Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks;

° Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs;

° Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

iOS 4.3.1 is recommended for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. No update is available for the CDMA iPhone running on Verizon.

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Mar 25
And the winner is ... Apple -- or Kodak?

And the latest victor in the Kodak vs. Apple/RIM battle is Kodak. Or perhaps it's Apple. There are conflicting reports about the latest even in the legal brouhaha.

Eastman Kodak won the latest round in its patent dispute with Apple and Research in Motion, a victory with the potential to generate more than US$1 billion in new licensing revenue for the camera company, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/ucKnT).

Kodak rose as much as 21% in late trading after the U.S. International Trade Commission said it will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on a way to preview digital images using less processing power and storage space, the article adds. The ITC, which can block imports of products that violate U.S. patents, plans to make a final determination by May 23.

However, "Reuters" (...

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