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Jan 05
Retrevo's CES 2011 predictions

By Andrew Eisner

CES 2011 officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 6 and we're already getting a sense of what products and categories are going to stand out from the crowd. We still believe that 2011 will be the year of the tablet and expect to see lots of them in Las Vegas.

Android tablets will be everywhere

Google may have been caught off guard in 2010 as far as a tablet-friendly version of Android but with new versions including Gingerbread and Honeycomb about ready to ship we expect to see Android-based tablets make up for lost ground this year. We expect to see large crowds gathering around a Honeycomb-based tablet at the Motorola booth. Android tablets will most likely be featured in booths from vendors like LG, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, Asus, MSI, Dell, Lenovo, and many others while we expect to see Windows Phone 7 (or some other Microsoft mobile OS) running on tablets in the Microsoft booth.

HP and Palm have managed to...

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Jan 05
Micron introduces solid state drives for NAND Flash-based...

Micron Technology (http://www.micron.com) has unveiled a new portfolio of the RealSSDTM solid-state drives (SSDs) for the flash-based notebook market. A new breed of notebooks are entering the market that have lightweight construction, snappier system responsiveness and a longer lasting battery -- all made possible because of the innovations in flash-based storage products, says Dean Klein, vice president of memory system development at Micron. "

The new portfolio is the first SSD product line to incorporate Micron's 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology, creating a broad portfolio of capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. The drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors.

As with its predecessor, the product line also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, which opens up the data path between the host processor and the SSD delivering improved overall system responsiveness including...

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Jan 05
Linkius update for Mac OS X offers performance boost

Conceited Software (http://conceitedsoftware.com) has announced Linkinus 2.2, an update of the chat app for Mac OS X. The upgrade boasts improved overall performance and CPU usage, a multi-line input field: a more responsive channel listing, better support for /who and /names, revamped IRC identities and updated styles.

Linkinus provides a social IRC experience, featuring embedded media, short URL expansion, message starring, combined chats, emoticons, and more. You can assign colors to chat participants, group consecutive messages into a unique block, customizing emoticons, smart scrolling, put the spotlight on specific channel users, jump to highlights and being alerted of relevant content automatically.

Linkinus 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater and costs approximately US$27. A 15-day free trial is available. Student, multi-user, and 1.x upgrade discounts are also available.

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Jan 05
TimeTable 2.0 for Mac OS X supports multiple calendars, more

Developer Steven Riggs has updated TimeTable for Mac OS X (http://www.stevenriggs.com) to version 2.0.

This release adds: multiple calendars; the ability to set rates per calendar; the ability to save column layouts; the ability to save text export settings; live preview for the text export; live preview for the notes export, better date selection controls; the ability to view time in hours, minutes or duration; improved to-do export options; and enhanced user interface; and other internal enhancements.

TimeTable allows you to export iCal calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendar. It's designed to make it simple to track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendar. TimeTable reads and filters iCal calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events.

TimeTable 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's...

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Jan 05
CoverSutra 2.5 coming to the Mac App Store

Sophiestication Software's CoverSutra (http://www.sophiestication.com/coversutra/), an iTunes extender for Mac OS X has been updated to version 2.5. The upgrade will be available for US$4.99 on the Mac App Store when it launches on Thursday, Jan. 6.

CoverSutra 2.5 adds bigger Desktop Album Cases (up to 256 pixels), a new keyboard bezel display style, an option to let CoverSutra automatically start and quit with iTunes, along with localizations in German, Italian, Russian, Spain, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

CoverSutra lets you control iTunes without having to leave the currently active application. The software does this through the use of global keyboard shortcuts, information bezels and a transparent floating window. In addition, CoverSutra has integrated support for Last.fm, a social music recommendation service...

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Jan 05
Withings launches iPhone connected blood pressure monitor

Withings has launched the Withings Blood Pressure monitor. All data is recorded and saved to the user’s secure online space for measurement access and retrieval through their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other screen connected to the device's interface.

Through the Withings application programming interface, specialist partners can interface with the platform to offer additional services, as Withings has already proven with its WiFi Body Scale and partners such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault and numerous health & sports coaching websites such as DailyBurn.com, RunKeeper.com, FitOrbit.com, gymtechnik.com, aujourdhui.com, Strands.com, Danholt4mac.com, Jogmap.de and more, says Withings co-founder Cédric Hutchings.

The Withings Blood Pressure monitor costs US$129. It will be available later this month at http://www.withings.com .

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Jan 05
MiLi debuts MiFlip smartphone charger

MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has unveiled the MiFlip, an US$49.99, foldable smartphone charger. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and Blackberry.

The MiFlip has multiple functions filling the need for a charger, battery back-up, and mobile device stand. Its flip design keeps it slim and sleek, not adding unneeded bulk or weight, says MiLi Power Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. The design also provides a built-in kickstand for widescreen movie viewing.

The MiFlip provides up to eight hours of talk, 15 hours of video or 80 hours of music. It uses a mini-USB connector and lets you sync all your data between your computer's iTunes library and smartphone.

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Jan 05
Workamajig software gets drag and drop project set-up

Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated to version 10.5.3.8, adding the ability to set up new projects via drag and drop.

Workamajig's new features for setting up new projects allows users to drag templates into campaigns automatically creating new projects, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. The software's features continue to integrate tightly with Apple's Safari web browser, and Google's Chrome browser, both for the Mac and Windows platforms, he adds.

As alway, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 21,000 users of Workamajig. All client log-ins and vendor logins are always free.

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Jan 05
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini debuts

Other World Computing (OWC) says its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini 1.5TB model is the highest capacity 2.5" “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 12 models priced from US$99.97.

It features a “quad interface” of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini has no fan and is available in brushed aluminum. No AC adapter is required.

All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1.5TB model, are available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB . They're compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and later, including all versions of Mac OS X, and Windows 98SE or later.

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Jan 05
CryptoEdit 1.6.1 for Mac OS X improves internal engine

Tension Software has updated CryptoEdit (http://www.pomola.com/products_cryptoedit/cryptoedit.html), a Mac OS X program to create and edit protected encrypted documents, to version 1.6.1. The update offers improvement in the internal engine. Also, opening an encrypted document the password dialog is now centered and not resizable.

CryptoEdit can import from other documents in standard TEXT or RTF or RTFD (RTF + images) . Documents can also be exported as TEXT, RTF or standard RTFD (included images)

CryptoEdit document are saved always encrypted for security purpose. Saving a document containing images will create on disk a single file with all the text and images encrypted in a single file. Any data the user puts in the document is encrypted and not redeable without the right password.

CrytopEdit costs US$30, though version 1...

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Jan 05
Scorpion Barcode optimized for Snow Leopard

Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher), to version 2.10. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

There's also a new Terminal Command Line scripting added for custom solutions, a new Trim barcode height feature and a new display text over-ride feature. Magnification control has been improved in version 2.10. Also, there AppleScript improvements and the fixing of anomalies.

Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$160; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.

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Jan 05
Withings releases iPhone compatible Smart Baby Monitor

Withings (http://www.withings.com) has announced the Smart Baby Monitor. for iPhone users in mind. It doesn't consist of two physical objects (the camera and the receiver); however it’s a smart sensor (camera) alone that can communicate with any existing connected screen (iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Mac, PC, tablet, eBook reader, LCDTV, etc.).

The Smart Baby Monitor features a 3MP camera, extra wide view lens and night vision with infrared LEDs. The Smart baby Monitor can detect any event in the room without being moved.   The smart sensor gives parents access to information such as audio/video (day and night vision) and ambient parameters (temperature and humidity) remotely from anywhere in the world.

The Smart Baby Monitor is also equipped with a microphone that allows parents to interact and sooth their child even when they're not physically in the room. Another feature allows parents to control...

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Jan 05
BatchOutput update for Mac OS X adds error logging

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.10, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update dds an option to log InDesign preflight errors to a text file during processing.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.10 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.101 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Jan 04
Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand

Apple has released updates for iMovie and GarageBand. You can obtain both via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

iMovie 9.0.1 -- a 27.52MB download -- improves stability and fixes other minor issues, including:

° Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch;

° Fixes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters;

° Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats;

° Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.

GarageBand 6.0.1 -- a 47.5MB download -- improves overall stability, and addresses compatibility and a number of other minor issues, including:

° Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits;

° Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks;

° Restores the ability to use the Quantize Note Timing...

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Jan 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 4

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

Deutsche Bank’s Global Prime Finance business has announce GlobalPrime Mobile, a free Prime Services mobile application for the iPad and iPhone. It allows clients to retrieve daily margin information, and access portfolio reporting and analysis tools.

iHealth Lab (http://www.iHealth99.com), a designer and manufacturer of digital personal healthcare products, has released the US$99.95 iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Comprised of a hardware dock, blood pressure arm cuff and iHealth App, this product lets users self-monitor their blood pressure from the convenience of their home, and share the results with friends, family and their doctor.

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Jan 04
Research group: iPad to have 'lion's share' of...

The Forrester research group (http://macte.ch/xBjSd) has Forrester published its revised US consumer tablet forecast, which forecasts US tablet computer sales to more than double this year. And the big winner is expected to be -- you guessed it! -- Apple and the iPad.

Forrester has revised its US consumer tablet forecast for 2010 upward to 10.3 million units, and expects sales to more than double in 2011 to 24.1 million units. Of those sales, the lion's share will be iPads, and "despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the tablet market through 2012," says the research group.

"One major assumption that changed in our model is the replacement rate, which we think will be closer to that of MP3 players or iPhones than to that of PCs," says Forrester. "Although they are certainly used for productivity, tablets are proving themselves to be...

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Jan 04
Analyst: iPad, Mac sales exceeding expectations

Analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider' (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that checks over the holidays indicated that Apple saw better-than-expected demand for both the iPad and the Mac. In addition, consumer demand for the iPhone showed no signs of slowing down, even as rumors of a Verizon iPhone loomed over the holiday buying season, he adds.

During the holiday period, Deutsche Bank checked in at more than 50 Apple retail and partner stores, and found lines and crowds driving "robust" demand for the iPhone, Whitmore says. The analyst said iPad is tracking ahead of his model, so he's increased sales estimates from six million to 6.5 million for the fourth quarter of calendar 2010. He also sees Apple selling 28 million iPads in 2011, up from his previous estimate of 22 million.

Whitman says the MacBook Air seems to be a big...

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Jan 04
Lexar announces Echo MX, ZX back-up drives

Lexar Media (http://www.lexar.com) has announced the Echo MX and ZX backup drives, designed to automatically protect essential files for on-the-go netbook and notebook users.

Jyh Chau, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media, says the drives offer high-performance read/write speeds and no-touch backup software. Additionally, the Echo ZX offers a low-profile design and sports an always-on capacity meter.

The Echo MX back-up drive provides 128-bit AES encryption with built-in Lexar Echo backup software. It's available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, provides multiple levels of storage, and offers speeds up to 28MB/second read and 10MB/s write on lower capacities and speeds up to 30MB/s read and 17MB/s write for the 128GB capacity.

The Echo ZX provides all the benefits of a larger backup device in a tiny, plug-and-stay USB form factor, says Chau. This always-ready, low-...

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Jan 04
Joby unveils new iPad products

Joby (http://www.JOBY.com) has launched two new iPad products For the road warrior, the GorillaMobile Ori is designed to amplifiy the productivity of the iPad with ergonomic design and sleek protection on-the-go. The GorillaMobile Yogi is designed for the user who sees the iPad as an extension of themselves and wants to cuddle up with the iPad on the couch or in bed.

The $79.95 GorillaMobile Ori transforms from a sleek protective case to a versatile, ergonomic positioning stand. Drawing its inspiration from the folding art of origami, it's engineered from a superlight German-made aluminum/polypropylene composite used in high-performance cars, says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. The four main viewing modes are optimized for the task at hand, so you can position the stand to watch a movie on the plane, flip through a business presentation or type an email at a café -- with the ability to adjust the display height...

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Jan 04
Speakal unveils new line of iPhone/iPod docking sound systems

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) has debuted its new lineup of sound docks for the iPhone and iPad. Pricing for the products hasn't been announced.

The BPKX-100 (pictured) is a portable docking sound system that comes in an array of colors complemented by a colorable LED light. It features an acoustic accelerator and DSP audio processing and an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 pre-set stations.  The LCD clock automatically syncs up with your iPhone/iPod to ensure the time is always accurate.  You can plug it into the wall or power it up with AA batteries.

TheSB 12 speaker system surrounds your iDevice with a halo of sound and sports touch controls. The iExecutive docking sound system boasts an array of playback options with iPod/iPhone/USB/SD/Bluetooth compatibility. It's coupled with a 20W subwoofer; additional functionality includes a radio, alarm clock, 20 pre-set channels, and video output.

The...

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Jan 04
iHome reveals iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay

iHome will reveal the iHome iW1 Wireless Speaker System with AirPlay at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company’s entry into the world of wireless music streaming utilizes AirPlay to seamlessly play music over a home Wi-Fi network from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.



Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the iW1 enables a truly wireless listening experience and employs Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station (DPS) technology and four active speakers for premium audio performance in a compact design, says iHome President Ezra Ashkenazi. Using AirPlay, users can wirelessly stream music from iTunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over Wi-Fi to the iHome iW1 speaker system and enjoy music in any room of the house.

AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. For detailed product information and availability, go to...

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Jan 04
Ten One Design unveils Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad

Ten One Design has announced its tactile game controller for iPad: the Fling. This patent pending device adheres to the iPad's screen over the directional pad of any applicable game to deliver "ultimate control and superb response for full gaming immersion," according to the folks at Ten One Design.

Fling's unique spiral design creates actual physical resistance so gamers are assured of greater directional control, they add. Fling works with any iPad game with a directional pad, or virtual joystick, including Meteor Blitz, Across Age and Super Megaworm, among many other First Person Shooter and RPG titles.

To use Fling, launch the game of your choice, secure Fling’s center control over the game's directional pad. Then place your thumb on the center control to navigate easily through the game.

Fling’s transparent and flexible design provides an unrestricted view of all on-screen action. Plus, the suction cups allow simple attachment and detachment for...

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Jan 04
CarTrip, CleanDrive App connect with car's on-board...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced CarTrip, an integration of hardware and software that provides realtime driver feedback on everything from fuel efficiency to maintenance codes and environmental impact.

CarTrip's Bluetooth monitor plugs into the car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from the car's on-board computer. On-board memory stores data, and CarTrip's expansion SD card slot allows for additional data storage. A built-in sleep feature minimizes power consumption when not in use. CarTrip displays the data on a compatible iOS or Android device, using a friendly (and free) app called CleanDrive. It's available at the Apple App Store.

CleanDrive monitors the car's performance, collecting realtime data like fuel consumption, acceleration, top speed and engine diagnostic codes. It crunches the numbers and displays a "Carbon Score" on the...

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Jan 04
ATTO introduces FastStream SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers

ATTO Technology has introduced their latest shared RAID Storage Controllers. ATTO's FastStream RAID Storage Controllers are independent external RAID storage controllers that provide 8Gb Fibre Channel or 6Gb SAS host connectivity to multiple tiers of SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures.

All models, including the 5550, 8250 and the 8550 are available with updated features and benefits. FastStream storage controllers connect workstations or a SAN to low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing managed latency for high-performance workflows. The FastStream is designed for applications in digital audio/video and IT infrastructures, including digital film production, high-definition video post production, imaging, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments.
 
The FastStream SC 8550 touts with transfer speeds of up to 1500MB/second while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures. It's engineered to run...

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Jan 04
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Mac coming Jan. 6

Feral Interactive (http://www.feralinteractive.com) says the Mac version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 6 for US$39.95. It's available for pre-order.

Here's how the game is described: "Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game. 

"Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. ...

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