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Oct 13
Apple plans 'Back to the Mac' event

Some folks would say it's about time, but Apple has announced a "Back to the Mac" media event at 10 am on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Naturally, there are no details. In its invitation to the press, Apple only says that invitees can see what's new for the Mac and that it will preview the next version of Mac OS X. Let the speculation begin....

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Oct 13
BatchOutput Server update tweaks 'write logs' feature

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6. The new version can automatically write logs to a text file along with InDesign documents and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Oct 13
Windows iPhone 7 will sync to Macs

If you really care, Windows iPhone 7 will sync to your Mac. When Microsoft failed to announce any Mac software for Windows Phone 7, many people assumed that meant that there would be no way to directly load content from an Apple computer onto the new devices. However, that won't be the case, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20019432-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers," Microsoft said in a statement.

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Oct 13
Apple shares top $300 for the first time

Apple shares climbed above the US$300 mark for the first time in the company's history as trading began Wednesday, notes "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-rise-above-300-for-first-t...).

Apple rose $2.15 to $300.65 a share as the market opened, continuing the stock's rise this year that has lifted the stock by more than 42%. Apple is scheduled to report its fiscal fourth quarter results on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Oct 13
Apple to open new St. Louis retail store Saturday

Apple is set to open a new retail store in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 16. Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria (http://www.apple.com/retail/saintlouisgalleria) is located at 2401 St. Louis Galleria.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria will be the company's 305th retail store. Apple plans to open another 16 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S. The store is also the first to offer a lounge area that will offer free Wi-Fi and allow customers to check in to Genius bar appointments.

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Oct 13
South Korean lawmakers want Apple to answer iPhone service...

Apple has been summoned by South Korean lawmakers to answer questions about the company’s iPhone- service policy amid complaints from local users, parliamentary officials said.

According to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-10-13/apple-summoned-by-korea-lawm...), Farrel Farhoudi, senior director for Apple’s iPhone service, will appear in parliament on Oct. 21 at the request of lawmakers led by You Won Il. South Korean buyers of the iPhone have complained that Apple mostly gives refurbished used phones to customers with faulty devices, instead of providing new handsets, free repairs or refunds, says "Bloomberg." Apple’s local service warranty gives buyers the four options when they have trouble within 14 days of purchase,...

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Oct 13
Canon releases new imageClass laser printers

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added four new imageClass laser printers to its lineup of small office and home office solutions. The new Color imageClass LBP7200cdn and imageClass LBP6650dn/LBP6300dn/LBP6000 black-and-white laser printers mark the entry of the imageCLASS brand into the U.S. single-function printer market.

The new Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn laser printer is designed for networked office environments that wish to perform high-quality color printing in-house, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. Also available are a variety of efficiency-boosting features including duplex print, a 15 second first print time and advanced features such as toner save mode, booklet mode, poster mode and watermark printing.

Handling paper sizes up to legal, the Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn features a 250-sheet cassette plus 50-sheet...

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Oct 13
Quest Software delivers desktop virtualization for iPads

Quest Software (http://www.quest.com) has announced expanded device support for Quest vWorkspace with the introduction of vWorkspace connector software for the iPad and “Zero PCs.”

By expanding device support and deployment options for vWorkspace, Quest gives businesses more ways to embrace the benefits of deploying virtual desktops with lower cost and greater mobility, says Simon Pearce, vice president and general manager, Quest Desktop Virtualization Group.

The vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs extends the concept of a “zero client” to PC hardware, effectively enabling computers to be used as single-purpose client devices that require zero administration and updates, he adds. The vWorkspace Connector for iPads expands the benefits of vWorkspace to a broader set of users by providing support for the most popular dual work and personal mobile device in today’s workplace, according to Pearce.

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Oct 13
Boris FX introduces Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas...

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro 10. Based on the Open Effects Association (OFX) platform, BCC 7 for Vegas Pro gives Sony editors a collection of over 140 visual effects plug-ins.

Customizable presets allow editors to quickly create high-end effects with no learning curve, according to Dave Chaimson, vice president of worldwide marketing, Sony Creative Software. Effects can be selectively applied via channel or region-based masks. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$595. This is a special introductory price that's available through Nov. 19. The reg

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Oct 13
Ricoh announces G700SE digital camera

Ricoh Americas Corp. (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has released its G700Se digital camera. The ruggedized, water and dust proof camera is an improvement on the G500SE, continuing in the tradition of Ricoh SE products, the company says.

Complete with wireless data communication capabilities (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth, the G700SE uses Global Positioning System (GPS) functions and laser barcode readers. The camera also features a Scandisk card (SD-1), which provides a higher level of security with password-enabled access. By sliding the card into the camera, a user can only read information by entering the correct password.

Yuki Uchida, vice president of New Business Development, says among the improvements found in the G700SE is a more robust and advanced GPS option, with an increased accuracy from six to three meters. This provides more reliable position and direction information, he adds. The camera has...

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Oct 13
Raidon presents 8-bay SAS 6G RAID storage solutions

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the new SAS 6G storage solution, iR2880-8S-U5, performing at a data transfer rate beyond 700MB/second. High level RAID6 data redundancy also can be installed.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers an optimum SAS 6G storage solution especially to multi-operational workstations and data based servers for the small to medium business market. It sports an Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM under the hood. The embedded dual SAS 6G host interface supports eight of 15mm height 2.5-inch hard disk drives from a physical figure of three standard 5.25-inches CD-ROM spaces. It also provides system configuration and monitoring via LCD control panel, LAN or RS232 ports.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers multiple RAID levels up to RAID6 and provides high level snapshot and clone functions. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Oct 13
Akvis releases NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.0 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. You can choose from six nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire.

In the future the program will learn new natural phenomena. NatureArt also lets you create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased as a part of the...

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Oct 13
Adobe: people prefer mobile browsers over downloadable apps

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has published the results of its first quantitative mobile consumer study, conducted by its Omniture Business Unit including newly integrated Adobe Scene7.

The study of 1,200 U.S. consumers measured mobile user preferences, characteristics, satisfaction levels and other experiential factors across four key consumer categories: consumer products & shopping, financial services, media & entertainment, and travel. The study revealed that when it comes to the mobile user experience, respondents generally favor mobile browser experiences over downloadable mobile app experiences across all four categories, and prefer mobile apps when interacting with social media and music and self-contained experiences such as games and maps. Overall, consumers report equal satisfaction levels with their browser and app experiences and spend about the same amount of time interacting with each....

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Oct 13
'MacNotables' looks at the Macworld Insider, more

he latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen discusses the changes to the Macworld Podcast, the new Macworld Insider, premium service, and becoming a published artist on iTunes. As a moderator in the Macworld forums, Breen knows all about the challenges of keeping the trolls out, and covers why the new Insider program is already helping with that problem. He also talks about what he posts to his Twitter feed and names some of his favorite iPad apps.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can...

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Oct 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 12

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/).

Bome Software has announced the US$1.99 iPhone application After the Beep!, which applies Bome’s powerful audio processing techniques to a consumer mobile application.  The app allows users to record a message, mix their message with highly customizable themes, then entertain their friends and fans with their new message via Facebook, Twitter, email or VoiceText.

Avallon Alliance has released a new version of The Stone of Destiny HD. It´s a hidden object game for the iPad allowing you to share your adventure with your friends on Facebook. You can join forces to overcome the most challenging levels. The Stone of Destiny HD is 75% off for three days, so is $0.99 for a limited time.

Chris Steinmetz has introduced SoundBoard Me 1.0, a free...

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Oct 12
Study: iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3GS

SquareTrade (http://www.squaretrade.com) has analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3GS. According to the independent warranty provider:

° iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

° Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

° An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

SquareTrade examined the accident claim rate reported by their customers to supply some concrete data to the discussion. The warranty provider looked at the accident claim rate for over 20,000 SquareTrade iPhone 4 warranty owners and compared this to the iPhone 3GS claim rate.

Their data shows that iPhone 4 owners are...

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Oct 12
Ottowa Hospital goes with the iPad

The Ottawa Hospital will deploy "several hundred" iPads to its doctors and nurses next month. By the end of the year the institution should have deployed 1,000 or more of the Apple tablets for mobile access to health records "and the number will go up from there," reports "CIO Canada" (http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/the-electronic-health-record-meets-the...).

Dale Potter, chief information officer at Ottawa Hospital, says doctors, nurses and administrators will mainly use iPads for mobile access to health information within the hospital. However, they won’t carry iPads all the time, especially outside the hospital, so there are plans to support iPhones starting late this year., he adds. Potter even has plans to support the iPod touch for some purposes, says "CIO Canada."

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Oct 12
iPad is top-selling tech gadget ever

With an estimated 8.5 million units sold to date, the iPad is now the best-selling tech gadget in history, according to Colin McGranahan of Bernstein Research. In a note to clients -- as reported by "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/portable/showArticle.jhtml?a...) -- he called the Apple tablet "a runaway success of unprecedented proportion."

Apple sold three million units of the iPad in its first 80 days on the market. Third quarter sales were in the range of 4.5 million units, and overall it's estimated that Apple has shipped about 8.5 million iPads to date worldwide.

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Oct 12
Griffin releases new iPad accessories

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled new accessories for iPad: the Standle, AirStrap, Cabinet Mount, Elan Folio and WaveStand.

The US$49.99 Standle (pictured) is a hard-shell case that incorporates a stand for portrait and landscape viewing, a carrying handle, and a typing stand. The portrait stand swings out to position your iPad for presentations or portrait viewing, then swings back into the case when you're done. Flip open the two-position landscape stand/handle to carry your iPad, then fold it back to create a stand for viewing in landscape orientation. When you're done, the stand/handle folds back into the body of the case.

The $49.99 AirStrap is a a case with a built-in safety strap for one-handed use of your iPad. A molded frame with thick, comfortable, contoured grips surrounds your iPad, protecting the edges. You slip your hand under the wide...

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Oct 12
Public beta of PluralEyes for Promiere Pro CS 4/5 launched

Singular Software has launched the PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X public beta program. Designed with video professionals in mind, PluralEyes provides valuable workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects.

Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. The PluralEyes application accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions, he adds.

PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro costs US$149. A fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download. To download the PluralEyes beta for Adobe Premiere Pro Mac OS X, go to...

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Oct 12
BookMacster offers cross-browser bookmarks syncer, manager

Sheep Systems says BookMacster (http://sheepsystems.com/bookmacster/) has passed final testing with the release of version 1.2. This version supports automatic cross-browser bookmarks synchronization via the user's choice of file-syncing services in the cloud.

It also rounds out BookMacster's web-browser support by adding iCab and Pinboard. The app supports tags, comments, and shortcuts. BookMacster users can add bookmarks directly from within browsers, and access all bookmarks while in any app from the menu bar.

It merges and manages bookmarks in Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Camino, iCab, Opera and OmniWeb, and on the web with Delicious, Pinboard, and Google Bookmarks. When used with a file-syncing service in the cloud such as Dropbox or Jungle Disk, BookMacster takes cross-browser bookmark syncing on the road to any Mac.

BookMacster keeps bookmarks alphabetized (...

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Oct 12
Peirce College rolls out iPhone apps for students, faculty,...

In what is described as the first of future steps in the institution’s continual development of mobile communications, Peirce College (http://www.peirce.edu) in Philadelphia has introduced its iPhone and Android phone applications for students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as friends of Peirce and other visitors who want mobile access to resources at the college.

The new apps, which are free, can be run on iPhones and iPads, as well as Droid-powered phones, says Christopher Duffy, chief information officer for Peirce. The genesis of Peirce’s app was the popularity of smartphones and mobile phones among Peirce students, as well as feedback gained from a recent student survey, he adds.

The apps have a number of features that allow users to access: student course lists; faculty and staff directories; campus data; the Peirce College blog. In addition to the College’s blog Peirce Connections, campus...

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Oct 12
Five dollar iPad stand raises money for charitable causes

Tim Piazza's iPad stand is a simple easel that holds the iPad upright on a flat surface. He created this inexpensive iPad stand from corrugated plastic to raise money for charities.

Available in black, silver and white, the stands are sold through his Ezzyl web site (http://ezzyl.com/) and the customer can choose a charity for 20% of the proceeds to be donated to. Piazza selected charities based on their strong ratings and global reach. Selling for under five dollars --- US$4.95, to be exact -- the iPad stand is stain-resistant, durable, rigid, and weighs less than an ounce.

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Oct 12
Class on Demand offers Premiere Pro CS5 training

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative and IT markets, has announced "Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5," the second of four Class on Demand titles centered around the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) family.

Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, "Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" offers new and advanced users an in-depth training experience in the new CS5 workflow. Instructed by Emmy-winning Adobe expert, Tim Kolb, the 8.5-hour training is broken down into 10 logical segments, covering CS5 features ranging from editing, to audio, creating titles, new features, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Adobe Bridge.

"Complete Training for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" is sponsored by a variety of design and production giants, including Borix FX, Nvidia, Tiffen, and Suite Imagery. The course is available via the Class on Demand website (...

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Oct 12
Waterfield designs iPad Wallet

WaterField Designs has announced the USS$79 iPad Wallet (http://sfbags.com/products/ipad-cases/wallet-ipad.php), a compact solution for carrying and protecting the Apple iPad and Wireless Keyboard.

Foam padding and scratch-free padded lining protect these items along with accessories. The iPad Wallet is available in six colors, with the option of adding a shoulder strap. This new iPad case now allows mobile professionals to travel easily with both iPad and a wireless keyboard plus necessities, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield.

Scratch-free pockets, foam lining, and impact-resistant plastic inserts separate the two devices, and a soft, scratch-free internal pocket plus a stretchy outside back pocket stow cables, cell phone and other small necessities. Each iPad Wallet is flanked by eco-friendly, distressed leather trim. The...

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