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Mar 23
QuarkAlliance members to release QuarkXPress 9 XTensions

Quark has announced the upcoming availability of hundreds of XTensions that extend the functionality of QuarkXPress 9, Quark’s graphic design and page-layout software.



The upcoming QuarkXPress 9 XTensions will offer users hundreds of ways to add even more functionality to QuarkXPress. Developed by members of QuarkAlliance, XTensions software cover a wide-range of applications, from advanced spell check, pre-flighting, and exporting solutions to translation applications, image-management software, and more, according to the folks at Quark. The new XTensions will become available when QuarkXPress 9 ships in April 2011.

Quark is currently offering customers who purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 at the regular price between Jan. 1 and the April ship date a complimentary upgrade to QuarkXPress 9. Those who qualify should complete the QuarkXPress 9 upgrade redemption form located here: ...

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Mar 23
Analyst offers scenarios for Apple's upcoming, ginormous...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/VWdxU) -- Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi mulled over what he considers the most likely prospects for Apple‘s Maiden, North Carolina-based data center, which may go live this spring.

Sacconaghi says the facility, which could end up being the largest such facility in the world, will probably not only be used to increase the iTunes and MobileMe services, but may help the company to offer five other services: a larger advertising platform, for serving up iAds; a digital “locker” in the “cloud” to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices; a music streaming service on a subscription basis; an “aggressively priced video subscription service”; and a service that would support a “voice interface” on Apple devices, taking user requests in spoken natural language and returning answers, similar to Google’s free voice search.

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Mar 23
With Limewire shuttered, peer-to-peer music sharing declines

In late October 2010, LimeWire shuttered its file sharing services, months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and found the peer-to-peer (P2P) service liable for copyright infringement.

According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9% in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.

The average number of music files downloaded from P2P networks also declined from 35 tracks per person in Q4 2007 to just 18 tracks in Q4 2010, although some downloaded just one or two tracks, while others took hundreds. NPD estimates there were 16 million P2P users downloading music in Q4 2010, which is 12 million fewer than in Q4 2007.

According to NPD's "...

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Mar 23
Apple tells adult app store to ditch the 'app store'...

MiKandi -- which bills itself as “the world’s first app store for adults -- has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple over its use of the term "App Store," according to "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/VPnyT).

It’s not MiKandi’s first brush with Apple. The company was pushed in the spotlight last year when Apple’s Steve Jobs referred derisively to the fact that there was a “porn store” on Android -- referring to MiKandi without using its name, says "GeekWire."

For the record, the words “app store” still appear on the MiKandi site. Co-founder Jesse Adams tells "GeekWire" they’ll wait it out, for now, and see how Microsoft’s challenge to Apple’s trademark registration turns out.

MiKandi is the second digital download service targeted by Apple in defense of its trademark application this month, the first being the Amazon App Store for Android. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court...

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Mar 23
Adobe Pass offers 'TV Everywhere'

Adobe has announced the Adobe Pass service, a new authentication solution that enables pay TV subscribers to access premium content from virtually any Internet-connected device.

Leveraging the Flash Platform and HTML5, Adobe Pass allows pay TV providers and content owners alike to deliver a wider range of content on more platforms -- including Mac, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV systems. Promoted by the broadcast and cable industry as TV Everywhere, Adobe Pass makes it possible for pay TV providers to authenticate their paying subscribers online and provide them with the anytime, anywhere content experiences that audiences crave, taking TV Everywhere from concept to reality, says Pritham Shetty, vice president for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe.

Adobe Pass creates a way for pay TV subscribers to view content across multiple websites with just one sign in and doesn't require any additional downloads. Shetty says this eliminates one of the biggest barriers to TV...

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Mar 23
Senators want Apple to ban DUI, checkpoint alert apps

Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps -- such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer -- that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://macte.ch/lKzSy).

Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.

"We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the letter said.

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Mar 23
'WSJ' to offer single-issue digital sales

"The Wall Street Journal" will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for US$1.99 in the within the existing free app, according to "paidContent" (http://macte.ch/XQ9PU).

Until now, those who downloaded the free "WSJ" app for the iPad could receive some free content, but to get the full range of the WSJ’s updated news and features, they had to subscribe. There will still be limitations on what the readers who choose the single-issue download can receive, says "paidContent." In essence, they’ll just get what’s in that day’s print edition. But they’ll be able invited to get the full “Now Edition” for $18 a month, which includes regular news updates.

Right now, any current WSJ subscriber with a log-in can get full access -- to the site and all the apps -- and that won’t change. In addition, the WSJ recently began offering a digital bundle offer. Basically, for $3.99 per week, you...

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Mar 23
Skipscreen, Download Songs let you skip ads

Skipscreen (http://www.skipscreen.com) is a new Firefox extension that skips ads on sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire. There's also a new companion app for Mac users, Download Songs (http://godownloadsongs.com) that's based on a similar premise. 

 "We got sick of waiting for downloads, watching folders, clicking on files, songs starting and stopping, throwing stuff in the trash," says Ying Cheng, one of the developers. "Download Songs watches your download folders, moves any new music into iTunes, and cleans up the files. It lets you search for songs on the internet from the app or using a hotkey. The search feature is really fun and makes the whole experience feel like magic (our custom google search called Skipsearch will be included in the next release). It does all the annoying steps that some people might not...

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Mar 23
Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1

Apple has released Apple TV TV Software Update 4.2.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4448), an update for the company’s streaming only version of the Apple TV.

The update addresses issues that may cause the screen to flicker or display incorrect color on some older TVs. It also addresses an issue where Apple TV may not wake up from sleep and an issue where audio may not be heard on some TV models after switching from another input. Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 includes stability and performance fixes for Apple TV.

To update your Apple TV to the current software version:

Select Settings > General using your Apple Remote.

Click Update Software. At this time your Apple TV checks to see if an update is available and a download message should appear if an update is available.

Click Download and Install to start the download process (or Download Now on an...

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Mar 23
Apple posts Aperture 3.1.2

Apple has updated Aperture, its software for professional photographers, to version 3.1.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518). The update requires Aperture 3.x.

Version 3.1.2 improves overall stability and performance, and also includes the following specific fixes.

iPhoto compatibility

Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.

Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.

Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.

RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.

Import

Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.

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Mar 23
PSB to stream 'The Civil War' on iOS devices

PSB (http://www.pbs.org) says the first episode of "The Civil War," the award-winning film by Ken Burns that first aired in 1990, will premiere on the free PBS for iPad and PBS app for the iPhone and iPod touch beginning on March 24 for 10 days prior to the d re-broadcast of the entire film. PBS will make the first episode available for free download at the iTunes store at the same time.

Marking their 1.2 millionth download since launch, the PBS video apps feature 250 hours of free video, including full-length programs, as well as TV schedules, previews, and a tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal. The PBS for iPad and PBS App for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available for free from the Apple lApp Store.

“PBS.org has grown so rapidly that comScore VideoMetrix listed it as the 18th most popular site for video last month," says Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive and Product Development. "And...

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Mar 23
The Joy Factory launches iPad 2 suite of accessories

The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) has unveiled a suite of digital companion products to complement the iPad 2. The accessories range from 360-degree rotating stands and portfolios to new Smart Cover-compatible cases.

Sampson Yang, president of The Joy Factory, says the company's US$59.95 Folio360 (pictured) has been designed to fit second generation iPad models. The adjustable case and stand rotates 360 degrees for versatility and comfort in either portrait or landscape mode, allowing users to maximize use of iPad 2’s new rear-facing camera, he adds.

The Folio360’s magnetic closure snaps shut to offer a layer of protection. The magnetic cover wakes up and automatically puts the tablet to sleep. You can position the iPad 2 in viewing angles from 90 to 165 degrees –more than any other case on the market. The Folio360 features the Joy Factory’s patented Snap-n-Roll design that...

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Mar 23
Wicked Audio releases Helix earphones

Wicked Audio (http://wickedheadphones.com/) is shipping the Wicked Helix earphones. They have a 10 mm driver and feature maximum noise isolation, which inhibits ambient noise. The tip is gold-plated to prevent damage and corrosion, and the cord measures 1.2 meters long for maximum flexibility, says Paul Marshall, vice president of Sales, Empire Brands.

The new Wicked Helix earphones are offered in three color combinations: blue/orange, magenta/yellow, and black/white. They are currently available for US$14.99 at FYE, Fry’s Electronics, InMotion, Verizon Wireless and other select international retailers.

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Mar 23
NeatWorks for the Mac beefed up in time for tax season

The Neat Company says the latest version of their NeatWorks software -- NeatWorks for Mac version 3.5 -- is available for purchase and upgrade. The free upgrade is applicable to all

NeatWorks for Mac 3.5 features:

° A new tax report function that enables users to roll-up tax deductible expenses by category;

° Strengthened exporting capabilities that allow users to send data directly to Turbo Tax, Excel and Numbers;

° Increased optical character recognition (OCR) and parsing accuracy that reduces data entry and enhances reliability;

° Expanded support for third party scanners allows for compatibility with the latest Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners and HP and Canon's leading scanners

° Performance optimizations that reduce folder loading and image processing times

NeatWorks requires an Intel based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$79.95. The Neat Company's solutions can be purchased online at Neatco.com, as well as Apple.com...

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Mar 23
iRig Mic is new handheld microphone for the iPhone, iPad

IK Multimedia says its iRig Mic -- a handheld condenser microphone for the iPhone iPod touch and iPad -- is now shipping. It costs US$59.99.

iRig Mic is designed for the vocalist and songwriter on the move, and is also targeted to recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. The iRig Mic features a highly unidirectional condenser-electret microphone capsule, real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector and a metal body.

It can be mounted on any mic stand leaving your hands free for operating the app on your iOS device. A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing.

The iRig Mic also comes with a suite of IK’s apps: VocaLive Free (for vocalists and songwriters), iRig Recorder (an audio recording app) and AmpliTube Free (for guitarists and songwriters). It also works with a wide variety of other vocal and audio...

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Mar 23
Sceptre launches pocket video projector/MP3 player

Sceptre (http://www.sceptre.com) has announced the the Luna, a compact, "fit in your palm" video projector that allows users to share videos, pictures and documents while doubling as an personal MP3 player.

Measuring less than 1-inch thick, the Luna is weighs 2.6 ounces and can fit in any pocket, laptop bag, or purse. The Luna can be used to watch movies, showcase projects and presentations, and listen to music, says Cathy Chou, vice president of Operations for Spectre. It supports an array of music, video and picture files, including AVI, MOV, MPEG, JPEG, BMP, MP3 and WMA.

Sandard with functions such as calendar, slideshow, video, MP3 and more, the Luna comes with a 2GB Micro SD Card expandable to 32GB for increased storage capacity.  Available in white with silver trimming with three interchangeable skin protectors in black, pink and Blue, bhe Luna can be purchased at QVC, Amazon, Wal-Mart, NewEgg,...

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Mar 23
Apple offering touch panel makers some wriggle room for hike...

Apple has talked with Taiwan-based makers of touch panels, possibly giving them some wriggle room to hike quotes, order to secure sufficient supply of touch panels used in the iPad and iPhone, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com).

In order to achieve its internal shipment goal of 40 million units of iPad in 2011, Apple has booked over 60% of the total touch panel capacity. Despite some supply concerns caused by the Japan earthquake, with room for price hikes, supply for touch panel and panel will be more smooth for Apple, says "DigiTimes."

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Mar 23
ZAGG introduces ZAGGskin designs for iPad 2

ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) has introduced a new line of ZAGGskins protective accessories designed to match and complement the iPad 2 device and cover.

With multiple color and design combinations ZAGGskins will protect the back of an iPad with a high resolution printed vinyl and fused with an additional layer of ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD, says Derek Smith, vice president of Sales and Marketing for ZAGG. These new color combinations were designed to match Apple's cover colors.

The front of the iPad's vulnerable glass screen can now be protected when in use, by ZAGG's custom cut and clear, patented invisibleSHIELD. Utilizing an invisibleSHIELD and a ZAGGskin for the iPad 2 will now provide a color coordinated protective solution for the front and back of the device.

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Mar 23
Gridstore offers scale-out NAS for small, mid-sized organizations

Alcatel-Lucent and Xnet have partnered to provide a business class, unified communications application for Mac OS X. MyIC (http://www.call4mac.com/MyIC/) is specifically designed to provide multiparty business communications for the Apple desktop.

Via drag and drop, a Mac user can create a teleconference in the 3D virtual meeting room and with the power of Mac OS X's Core Animation manage the participants. The app. also appears with full social networking integration. Contacts may be local, remote or gathered from enterprise LDAP or even Facebook.

MylC costs US$149 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download. There's also an iPad version for $349.

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Mar 23
seyDoggy posts Kleer theme

RapidWeaver theme developer seyDoggy (http://www.seydesign.com) has introduced Kleer, a new theme "that utilizes the full power and potential of smart technology but with a strong focus on form and polish."

As a seyDoggy Ultimate theme, Kleer comes loaded with features such as a built-in slideshow. seyDoggy has also employed the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts. Kleer officially supports the most recent versions of IE, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome.

Kleer woks with RapidWeaver 3.6.7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. It costs CAD $25.

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Mar 23
LiveCode development platform gets over 20 new features

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.6, an update of its development platform. The update has 20 new features, including:

° Support for SQLite databases, ZIP files and XML on iOS devices;

° Support for iOS native text entry fields;

° Improvements to native web browser control and native control functions;

° Full screen video playback and support for native playback within a region;

° Multi-channel sound improvements, including pause/resume and prepare ability;

° Support for iOS 4.3 simulator;

° Multiple camera support.

LiveCode 4.6 also has over a dozen developer requested refinements to the desktop product. These include:

° Support for working with very large images on Mac OS X;

° The ability to render objects with and without graphic effects and blending;

° Public key encryption support and cryptographic-...

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Mar 23
semYOU develops cloud app computing system for desktops

Startup firm semYOU has announced "app computing for desktop computers" that requires no local installation a hard drive is required, as all programs are accessed via the Internet. At http://www.semyou.com, the cloud app store for Mac and Windows offers free applications for all application areas, including office, communication and entertainment tools.

To use you'll need to download the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Then sing up and log in at semYOU. Then you'll start the riAPP store.

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Mar 23
Mixamo fast tracks character animation for Unity developers

Mixamo (http://www.mixamo.com) has announced the integration of Mixamo's online animation service within the Unity Asset Store digital content marketplace.

Mixamo's ever-expanding repository of animation is now accessible to developers immediately in the Unity development platform via a free plug-in, providing an in-editor means to browse, customize and purchase character animation.  A walkthrough of the process can be viewed at http://www.mixamo.com/c/mixamo-unity-asset-store .

Game developers can now animate characters in an intuitive and flexible way right inside Unity, while at the same time tapping into thousands of professional animations and motion capture data, says Mixamo co-founder and CEO Stefano Corazza. A user can simply select a character from their game project and...

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Mar 23
PSG adds exFAT for Mac OS X to its UFSD technology line

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released a beta version of Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X -- a standalone software application for Mac OS X users looking for full two-way read/write access to the exFAT file system under Mac OS X 10.6.5 and earlier.

With Paragon’s specialized driver solution, users of legacy Mac systems are able to mount any exFAT files like native ones. Widely used for removable devices such as flash drives and SD cards, exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft to handle the increasing capacities of media storage, but currently lacks extensive support outside of PC environments.

With minimal system requirements, including low CPU utilization during data transfer and small memory footprint, Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X offers a way for original equipment manufacturer and end-users to manage data on exFAT volumes out of the box, and is available to be shipped with external hard disk drives and installed...

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Mar 22
Angry Birds Rio alights for the Mac, iOS devices

Rovio has released their latest game, Angry Birds Rio, on the Mac, iOS and Android platforms. The game was developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, and features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming film, "Rio," which debuts in theaters on April 15.  

Users will also have the ability to buy tickets to the film directly from the within the game, by linking directly to a special ticketing page on http://www.RIO-themovie.com.  The game was officially launched in Rio de Janeiro at the world premiere of RIO.

Angry Birds Rio features two episodes and 60 levels, and new episodic updates based on the "Rio" will be provided throughout the year. New playable characters, new achievements and unlockable secrets are also included.

The Mac version costs US$4.99, the iPad version is $2.99 and the iPhone/iPod touch version is $0.99.

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