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Oct 06
Pixelmator for Mac OS X adds WebP support

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6.2. The upgrade, free to registered users, adds support for the new WebP image format.

WebP is an image format developed by Google that can be used on photographic images. Other changes in Pixelmator 1.6.2 also includes minor improvements and several bug fixes.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to...

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Oct 06
ooSooMpro is new task management solution

Arten Science has announced ooSooMpro (http://www.oosoom.co.uk/), their cross platform, Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows task management and encrypted document management solution. According to the folks at Arten Science, the idea behind ooSooMpro is simple: to get on with the job in hand you need to get thoughts of what needs doing and what needs remembering out of your head and safely and securely logged, in a way that means you can find them later when needed.

Supposedly, ooSooMpro doesn't attempt to force a predetermined "methodology" on you, but has a free format allowing you to use it however you like. It's also a secure digital filing system. Drag and drop your PDF files, JPG files, DOC files, etc, into ooSooMpro to file them away quickly.

Tasks and Vault Items and Documents within ooSooMpro can be encrypted. This allows you to use ooSooMpro to store confidential information such as...

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Oct 06
White, brown, pink, noise generator released for Mac OS X

Publicspace.net has released Noise Machine 1.0 (http://www.publicspace.net/NoiseMachine/), a white noise and soundscape generator for Mac OS X. The US$9.95 app is designed to help users block out workplace noise and create a more productive work environment to suit individual mood.

Noise Machine can generate white, brown and pink noise. It also features a range of natural and artificial soundscapes to suit different moods. Designed to be as unobtrusive and simple to use as possible, Noise Machine's icon "lives" in the menu bar and is accessible at any time via a click. The menu bar item allows users to choose among a range of sounds, adjust the volume and change the sound output device.

Noise Machine is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's Universal Binary so runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Family, business and enterprise licensing are also...

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Oct 06
Epson delivers new VS200 projector

Epson America (http://www.epson.com/projectors) has announced the newest high-brightness, low-cost projector in the VS-series. The VS200 provides SVGA resolution and 2,300 lumens of color and white light output(2) for bright presentations and vibrant color in any business setting, at a price point of US$429.

The Epson VS200 offers USB connectivity and "instant setup" for Mac OS X and Windows that instantly displays images on both the projector and computer by connecting a USB cable. And leveraging the latest 3LCD, 3-chip technology, the Epson VS200 delivers amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations, says Jason Meyer, product manager, Epson America. 3LCD technology provides a light engine. Also, in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness.

The Epson VS200 offers control features such as Instant...

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Oct 06
RAIDON launches new one to four bay, USB 3.0, disk array storage...

RAIDON (www.raidon.com.tw/ is releasing the new 3.5-inch, USB 3.0 external storage family. The devices support functions including JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5.

The USB 3.0 family shares identical HDD tray modules that facilitate HDD installations or replacements. According to the folks at RAIDON, this brings convenience to data exchange from management among storage devices, especially between GT1650 and GT5630 for demands of JBOD function.


What's more, RAIDON has also released two types of USB 3.0 PCI Express cards to both desktop and notebook users for external storage expansions. You can use them in Mac Pros. In fact, this is the only way you can use USB 3.0 at full speed since Macs don't yet offer support for the standard. USB 3.0 devices will run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs unless you have a Mac Pro with a PCI Express card.

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Oct 06
Sony Online bringing Free Realms to the Mac

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, has announced that Free Realms for the Mac is currently in development. Scheduled to release later this fall, Free Realms Mac users will play together in the family-friendly online world with the over 14 million existing registered players on the PC.

“There is no denying the overwhelming player demand for Free Realms on the Mac platform, of which we plan to deliver very soon,” says John Smedley, president of SOE. “For the first time ever, SOE is developing synchronous gameplay for Mac and PC players and we are thrilled to tap into TransGaming’s Mac development expertise to bring this functionality to fruition.”

Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will be integrated on the same game servers as PC players. Mac users will also have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums.

Free Realms is an online, interactive...

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Oct 06
Remote Buddy update adds iTunes 10 support

Iospirit has updated Remote Buddy (http://www.iospirit.com/remotebuddy), Mac OS X software for controlling Macs remotely, to version 1.16.5. The upgrade adds support for iTunes 10 and Manta TR-1 receivers.

Also, Remote Buddy users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") can now create and control audio, video and screen recordings in QuickTime Player X using their remote control. All drivers included in Remote Buddy now come in versions for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Remote Buddy is available for US$30, though version 1.16.5 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Remote Buddy requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher.

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Oct 06
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets customizable toolbar

Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.1.1. The upgrade adds a customizable toolbar.

ChronoSync is an automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X. It runs natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Demos are available for download. For new users ChronoSync costs US$40. As always, all existing ChronoSync users can update for free.

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Oct 06
DropDMG for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0.3

DropDMG 3.0 (http://c-command.com/dropdmg/) -- a new version of the tool for creating Mac OS X disk images -- is now available. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes.

DropDMG works with Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 3.x costs US$24; it's a $12 upgrade for registered users of previous versions. Version 3.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 3.x.

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Oct 05
BoinxTV update for Mac OS X adds new templates

Boinx Software has updated BoinxTV, a live‐production software for video podcasters that turns any recent Mac into a TV studio, to version 1.6. The new "Conference Recording" template comes complete with new layers for creating customizable opening credits, placing a source in an area defined by four arbitrary screen points, automatic crawls, sidebar options and an iPhone demo layer complete with iPhone 4 artwork.

The new template simplifies presentation preparation. In addition, the Axis camera layer now supports Mac OS X 10.5.8.
 
Version 1.6 also features BoinxTV's rendering engine for enhanced performance on multi-core/hyperthreading-based Macs. A fail-safe auto save function ensures that if your system crashes, you will not lose your BoinxTV footage.

BoinxTV uses various inputs like video cameras, microphones, and pre‐recorded material like movies and sound clips. Those inputs can be used in any number of "layers" that can be stacked on top of each...

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Oct 05
SoniVox ships vocal production synthesizer

SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) has released the first instrument from their new Nemesynth Audio Research Group: Vocalizer, an US$149.99 vocal production synthesizer.

It couples a new technology synthesis engine with an open input based architecture. Vocalizer is one part effect plug-in and one part virtual instrument. Vocalists, non-vocalists and producers feed Vocalizer any audio source, and it re-pitches, effects, and re-synthesizes the original source into a new sound.

Vocalizer also works well with other types of inputs. Drum and percussion tracks fed through Vocalizer result in complex synth lines that perfectly sync to the original dry drum & percussion parts, according to the folks at SoniVox.

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Oct 05
IMS Research: will Google TV make Apple TV irrelevant?

Google’s partial unveiling yesterday of its content partners and strategy for Google TV provided insight into the company’s television strategy. According to Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research (http://www.imsresearch.com), the capabilities and product reach of Google TV may make another high-profile over-the-top (OTT) video play, Apple TV, largely irrelevant to consumers over time.

“Apple TV has struggled to capture mainstream consumers," says Erickson. "Now, the product is squeezed between OTT capabilities on game consoles and Blu-ray players, and the search-augmented, integrated television+OTT video experience that Google TV is slated to deliver across TV and set-top box form factors. Google’s strategy to make the Google TV experience compatible with cable, satellite, or terrestrial broadcasts will enable the product to have greater impact than Apple TV. This is also due to broad content...

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Oct 05
WD releases new external hard drive product lines

Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has introduced its new My Passport Essential portable hard drive (pictured), My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive and My Book Essential external hard drive.

All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and offer USB 3.0 connectivity (which will run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs as they don't support USB 3.0 yet). My Book Essential is now available in a 3TB capacity, in addition to 1TB and 2TB capacities.

My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is available in a 500GB capacity and comes in five colors: Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White is only available in the EMEA and APAC regions). My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are available in 750GB and 1TB capacities and come inblack, silver, metallic blue and metallic red colors. The pocket-sized My...

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Oct 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 4

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/).

Chillingo and indie game developer Zeptolab have announced Cut the Rope, an US$0.99 puzzle game for the iPhone. It combines physics oriented gameplay, brightly, colored visuals and a range of challenges.

RacquetTune is a new $0.99 iPhone app that checks whether a tennis racquet is correctly strung by analyzing the sound of the strings. A couple of taps on the strings, and racquetTune analyzes the sound of the racquet and displays the tension with high accuracy.

TripnDo and New York Pass have released their New York Adventure Guide for iOS, which provides users with the opportunity to explore New York via short and fun activities. The $0.99 app features trivia and on-line videos about different places of interest, as well as on-line maps...

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Oct 05
EarthCam Control Center 7 app customized for iDevice users

EarthCam (http://www.EarthCam.net) has released the Control Center 7 app for their clients who use the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It's free at the Apple App Store and allows the user to immediately view and control their public and private video cameras from around the world in real-time over WiFi, 3G and Edge.

For non-EarthCam clients, the app provides an interactive demo of one of their cameras at Ground Zero in New York City. Features include the ability to remotely operate the pan, tilt, zoom controls, access presets and view any archived images from a graphical calendar interface.

Additionally, users are able to utilize the built-in camera on the iPhone to take pictures and videos from project sites and automatically upload them into EarthCam's easy-to-use online system and share share progress and comments with team members. EarthCam clients can also monitor connection speed, solar power...

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Oct 05
iPhone interest among high schoolers at an all-time high

Interest in the iPhone among high schoolers is up sharply since the launch of the iPhone 4 to a new all-time high, according to the Piper Jaffray research firm -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)

The firm recently completed its 20th bi-annual teen survey, a national study which polls around 6,000 students around the country about their interest and buying patterns in mobile phones, portable media players and online music services. The study shows the percentage of teens that own an iPhone currently sits at 14%, which is essentially unchanged from the same survey conducted last year. However, interest in purchasing an iPhone in the next six months rose to an all-time high of 33%.

On the other hand, Apple's market share among teens in the portable media player category fell to 78% from 92% in a similar study six months ago. Share gains from Sony and the "other"...

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Oct 05
New Syncplicity Business Edition sports Mac support

Syncplicity, which specializes in cloud based file management solutions, has launched a new version of its Syncplicity Business Edition, which combines Mac support and newsfeeds with the company’s IT console for centralized administration. 
 
The latest Syncplicity Business Edition release provides full synchronization, backup, and file sharing for Macs, including large files and transfer resumption, with all existing Syncplicity supported endpoints such as PCs, file servers, and cloud applications like Google Docs. The Syncplicity Newsfeed feature allows users to see the latest real-time activity around files and folders they're working with or collaborating on. 

The IT management layer offers reporting and administration, giving companies the ability to protect users from data loss, to ensure users have anywhere access to their files, set file management policies to secure corporate data, and easily configure and support multiple users, says Leonard Chung, CEO...

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Oct 05
PanzerCAD releases CameraMatch 2011 for the Vectorworks 2011...

Nemetschek Vectorworks says that PanzerCAD (http://www.panzercad.com) has released the 2011 version of its CameraMatch plug-in to be compatible with the Vectorworks 2011 line of software products.

The CameraMatch 2011 plug-in allows a user to align a 3D model view to a photograph. With this plug-in, a user can also superimpose the rendered model into the photograph, saving time by eliminating the need to spend hours creating models of a project's surroundings, says Matt Panzer, owner of PanzerCAD. Some of the new features in CameraMatch 2011 include:

° A rewritten view calculation procedure that makes calculated views more accurate and allows for more difficult situations;

° Mask Object's new Clone Mode -- the feature allows a Mask object to shift the photo image it displays, which lets a Mask object behave similar to the Clone tool in many image-editing applications

° New Shadow...

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Oct 05
Razer releases special editions of MMO gaming mouse

Razer (http://www.razerzone.com) has launched a new suite of Razer Naga Special Edition gaming mice -- the Razer Naga Maelstrom Special Edition and the Razer Naga Molten Special Edition.
 
The Maelstrom Special Edition features the same 17 MMO-optimized buttons with macro functionality as its predecessor. However, this mouse has a whirlpool of entrancing blue light emanating from its swirling core.
 
In addition to the Maelstrom version, Razer also introduces the Molten Special Edition, which glows a fiery red hue. Along with the lava-red fissures cutting a jagged path across the mouse, the MMO-optimized buttons glow a blazing crimson color.

They're US$79.99 each. The special edition mice will be available in November.

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Oct 05
PHYX offers new 'freebie' plug-ins

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says development partner, PHYX has released freebie plug-ins for the FxFactory platform.

The PHYX Freebies utilities plug-ins provide users with a way to export and convert color channels and sharpen image edges with the Color Channel and Edge Sharpen tools. The PHYX Freebies are completely free for everyone and support the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express Motion and After Effects.

The PHYX Freebies utilities plug-ins are offered as free downloads via the Noise Industries website. To download the freebies, go to http://www.phyxware.com/NI_Freebies_01.html .

FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29.

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Oct 05
Report: tablets becoming 'next big thing' in the...

After a lackluster initial reception in the 2000s, tablet computers are finally becoming the next big thing in personal computing. Apple’s iPad has led the charge so far, but according to the latest Sector Focus commentary by Turner Investments (http://www.turnerinvestments.com), tablet computers generally may capture 20% of the U.S. computer market by 2013, up from less than 1% in 2009.

Turner, an investment firm based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, publishes Sector Focus commentaries monthly as part of the continuing efforts of its five analyst teams to monitor the market sectors for its growth-stock portfolios.

Entitled "Tablet Computers: an Idea Whose Time has Come at Last," the piece was written by Turner’s technology-sector analysts: Tara Hedlund, portfolio manager/security analyst; Dan Hirsch, security analyst; Mike Lozano, security analyst; Chris McHugh, vice chairman and senior...

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Oct 05
Sintek: touchscreen iMac? what touchscreen iMac?

Sintek has denied previous reports the company is trialling touchscreen displays for a future iMac, reports "9to5 Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/29313/sintek-denies-touchscreen-imac-claims?utm_s...). Sintek Photronics spokesperson Barry Wu denied Digitimes’ claims contained in a report last week.

"DigiTimes" had said that Sintek Photronics has reportedly sent samples of projected capacitive touch panels to Apple to be incorporated in upcoming iMacs. Since current capacity for 20-inch and above projected capacitive touch panels is limited and the technology involved quite complex,...

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Oct 05
Apple TV parts may cost under $64

The components in the latest Apple TV, which sells for US$99, may cost less than $64, according to market research firm, iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com), as reported by "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2010/tc2010104_872952.htm).

The most expensive part, at $16.55, is the A4 processor, designed by Apple and manufactured by Samsung Electronics. The same chip is used in the iPad and iPhone 4.

Andrew Rassweiler, an iSuppli analyst who conducted a so-called teardown analysis of the device, says the materials cost of the new model leaves room for Apple to earn a profit. With the original device, the cost of materials was closer to the retail price, he says.

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Oct 05
Mercedes-Benz Financial goes nationwide with iPad program

Mercedes-Benz Financial (http://www.mercedesbenzfinancial.com/mbfsr/en/misc/index.do) says its going nationwide with its program to put iPad into the hands of its dealers, becoming the first automotive finance company to give dealers mobile access to its proprietary point-of-sale dealer system called MB Advantage. Mercedes-Benz Financial is one of the first companies to adapt the consumer-oriented iPad as a mobile business tool.

MB Advantage on the iPad will give dealership sales personnel instant access to marketing programs for specific models, quicker turn time on the credit application process, and increase speed and efficiency on the return of lease vehicles, according to Andreas Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial.

“We see the iPad providing wireless mobility, information and flexibility on...

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Oct 05
Apple forks out $1.7 million for data center land

Apple needed land owned by Donnie and Kathy Fulbright for a US$1 billion data center in rural North Carolina and were willing to pay big bucks for the Maiden property.

The Fulbrights say they spurned one offer, then a second, "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/apple-s-data-needs-mean-1-7-mil...) reports. Finally, they agreed to sell for $1.7 million, county records show, opting to leave the single-story house on the less than one acre of land they purchased for $6,000, the article adds.

Last year it was announced that Apple would build a data center in Catawba County on the outskirts of Maiden. Maiden and Catawba County agreed to US$7.3 million in incentives for Apple in order for them to...

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