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Mar 15
iTunes has 4% of digital movie market

The NPD Research Group (http://www.npd.com) says Neflitx has 61% of the market share for digital movies between January 2011 and February 2011, with Comcast running a distant second at 8% There’s a three-way tie for third between DirectTV, Time Warner Cable and Apple with 4% each.

Based on information from NPD’s new VideoWatch Digital tracking service, digital video now makes up one quarter of all home video volume.

“Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs still drive most home-video revenue, but VOD and other digital options are now beginning to make inroads with consumers,” says Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. “Overwhelmingly digital movie buyers do not believe physical discs are out of fashion, but their digital transactions were motivated by the immediate access and ease of acquisition provided by streaming and downloading digital video files.”

NPD also compared consumer-reported...

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Mar 15
Nuclear Nova Software releases Barnyard Blaster for Mac OS X

Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Barnyard Blaster (http://nuclearnova.com/barnyardblaster/), its sixth game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher).

Here's how the game is described: "Barnyard Blaster is a unique shooter with one goal, prevent all animals from escaping. Use six unique weapons, from flame throwers to rocket launchers, to stop ten species of animals from crossing the environment. The game features rich 3D graphics in eight different environments, a great soundtrack, as well as online achievements and high scores. The replay value will keep you occupied for countless hours."

The Barnyard Blaster demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of Barnyard Blaster costs US$14.95 (USD) and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's website. The paid version includes all levels, no shareware delay, and free updates.

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Mar 15
iPhone and iPad app source code available for purchase at...

Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced the latest line-up of projects on CodeStore. CodeStore (http://www.codestore.co.uk/index.html) offers Xcode template projects to authors, artists, photographers, or anyone looking to create an app for the iPhone or iPad.

The projects have a range of uses, and can be freely modified. No knowledge of the Objective-C programming language is required to create an app using the templates, as the code is already complete. All that is required is the replacement of the example content (JPEG images, MP3 audio, HTML text. etc).

These templates require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2 or above. The CodeStore projects range from US$29 to $39. All projects can be purchased as a bundle for $59.

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Mar 15
Apple honors Ohio middle school teacher

An Ohio middle school teacher has won an international award from the Apple Corp. Kelly Croy, who teaches seventh-grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and will travel to Arizona in July for training, reports "The News-Messenger" (http://macte.ch/42pZC).

Croy is one of 1,700 educational professionals worldwide, and 300 in the country, who have received the honor since the program was started in 1994. He is one of 76 educators chosen this year.

Croy has been in education for 20 years, and has used technology in the classroom in a variety of ways, says "The News-Messenger." "We have a program called Project Based Learning where the students collaborate together and solve real-world problems," Croy said.

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Mar 15
AVS Gear unveils Zippy BT-500 Compact Bluetooth Wireless...

AVS Gear (http://www.avsgear.com) has debuted the newest addition to the company’s line of Bluetooth keyboards, the Zippy T-500. Featuring Apple iPad 2 and iPhone support, this compact wireless keyboard is available now at Amazon.com and Newegg.com with an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99.

The Zippy BT-500 connects to six different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and boasts one-touch fast switch technology between all six Bluetooth devices quickly. In addition, this compact wireless keyboard has a transmission range up to 10 meters and is compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs and tablet computers that are equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Equipped with an ultra-flat scissor structure keys, the Zippy BT-500 is encased in a thin compact design. It's designed for use in a variety of environments, such as living rooms, classrooms and conference rooms, and can also be carried while...

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Mar 15
CleverWraps announces protective sleeves for the iPad 2

CleverWraps (http://www.CleverWraps.com) have announced their new line of CleverWraps for iPads, eReaders and tablets. The company says they're the first-ever disposable, protective sleeves for electronic reading devices and tablet devices. 

Like the company’s original line of mobile phone sleeves, the new series protects against incidental contact with water, sand, grease, dirt and other harmful materials, says Karen McElaney, co-founder of CleverWraps. The size variants are designed to fit popular tablet and eReader models such as the iPad, iPad 2, Galaxy, Kindle 2, Kindle 3, nook, nook color and Sony Daily Edition -- with sizes to fit other devices coming soon.
 
CleverWraps are made of crystal clear, high-grade poly and feature a double channel zip closure and re-sealable tape for double protection and a custom fit. The translucent, lightweight but sturdy and protective material...

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Mar 15
Sorenson 360 online video platform gets new features

Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced a series of new features within the Sorenson 360 online video platform (OVP), which provide customers with increased flexibility and customizability to improve delivery of dynamic video content across the Web, says Eric Quanstrom, chief operating officer of Sorenson Media. He says the key new features include:

° Full video player compatibility: Users can now choose from all major video players, such as Flash, Quicktime, HTML5 and Silverlight, to publish video in the most popular formats, including Flash (Spark and VP6), MPEG-4 (H.264), WebM and Windows Media (VC1).

° WebM support: Like all Sorenson Media products and services, Sorenson 360 supports WebM encoding and playback for users interested in creating Web environments using HTML5.

° Facebook Integration: With an integrated button on the video player, users are able...

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Mar 15
iPad 2 orders at Apple online store now backed up 4-5 weeks

Order an iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store and it may take 4-5 weeks to arrive.

Apple’s own retail stores are also facing shortages "with many customers walking out with a model they didn’t particularly want or nothing at all," says "9to5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/0obv0). Apple’s online store originally quoted a 3-5 day ship time but that jumped to 5-7 days to 2-3 weeks all within a few hours.

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Mar 15
Adobe to integrate Medialets Ad Platform with Digital Publishing...

At Digital Innovators’ Summit, Adobe announced it expects to integrate the Medialets mobile advertising platform software developer kit (SDK) with Adobe Content Viewer software in the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, enabling publishers to "manage and deliver high value, targeted brand advertising inventory in digital publications on tablet devices."

By implementing Medialets’ full service ad serving platform, Adobe will deliver a complete advertising workflow to help publishers monetize digital publications. Iinitial ad asset creation is authored using Adobe’s industry standard Creative Suite 5 software, advertising inventory management and delivery via Medialets, with final publication delivery and optimization using Digital Publishing Suite.

Publishers will be able to insert a Medialets ad overlay as a placeholder for advertising creative directly within an Adobe InDesign layout using Digital Publishing Suite authoring tools. Publishers and ad...

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Mar 15
Real Software announces Real Studio 2011 Release 1

Real Software (http://www.realsoftware.com) has announced the first 2011 release of its flagship product, Real Studio.

The new 2011 Release 1 -- affecting both the Web and Desktop Editions --contains 114 improvements and 35 new features, including simplified web application deployment capabilities, as well as new Microsoft SQL Server support.

With the 2011 Release 1, Real Software is helping developers to deploy web applications much faster and easier with a new CGI option that automatically outputs a Perl script and acts as a gateway between the web server and the application, says Geoff Perlman, founder and CEO of Real Software. The new product also includes a new, native Microsoft SQL Server plugin, providing easier deployment and better performance, he adds.

In Real Studio 2011 Release 1, the new CGI option outputs a Perl script that acts as a gateway between the web server and...

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Mar 15
Raidon rolls out new rackmount storage subsystem

Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has introduced the GearTANK GT7280-8S-U5 rackmount storage solution for SMB [small to medium sized businesses] and department of enterprises.

According to the folks at Raidon, the GT7280-8S-U5 features simple installation, high data transfer rate and large amount of data storage capacity. It can be used in various workgroups of enterprise with expansion capability and it is designed for engineering application, artistic design, audio and video editing and website servers that needed multiplex operation.
 
The Raidon GT7280 is a standard 1U rackmount JBOD storage enclosure; it expands the data storage capacity limit and with two individual embedded SAS interface to provide up to 300MB/s data transfer rate. The GT7280 is scalable up to 4TB from eight of 2.5-inch 500G HDD. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Mar 15
Macbundler Charity Bundle benefits Japan earthquake relief

Macbundler's (http://www.macbundler.com) new charity bundle promotion has launched with six apps packed into an US$17 bundle that will benefit the Japan earthquake relief efforts.

The list of applications include: Snaprocket, Macomfort, Whatsize, Memoir, MediaRage and Transpod. The bundle promotion runs for two weeks and 20% will be donated to a charity of your choice. All licenses are delivered immediately after purchase. An affiliate program will also be in place for website owners to earn from advertising the bundle promotion.

WhatSize measures the size of your hard drive and allows you to sort, filter, and refine the results. Memoir is a complete notebook application for the Mac. MaComfort is a background process, usually starting automatically with Windows, that enhances the overall usability of Windows.

SnapRocket is a keyboard-based desktop navigator that doesn't rely on arbitrary...

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Mar 15
Seagate unveils new SSD and HDD solutions

Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments.

These solutions include: two new members of the Pulsar Solid State Drive (SSD) family; two next-generation Savvio 15K and 10K hard disk drives (HDD) optimized for a balance of high performance and capacity; and the latest Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD (pictured) for pure capacity-optimized mass storage needs, says Kurt Richarz, Seagate EVP of Product Line Management.

He says the Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD from an enterprise HDD vendor. Unlike other MLC SSDs that have been designed for consumer applications and lack the robust data integrity and endurance feature set required for enterprise applications, the Pulsar.2 SSD has been designed from the ground up for the enterprise, Richarz says. It reportedlly has...

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Mar 15
Spiderweb Software updates Avadon: The Black Fortress

Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html) 1.0.1, an update of the indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X. The game costs US$25, but version 1.0.1 is a free update for registered users.

Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are...

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Mar 15
KiDSBrowse for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

KiDSafe Technologies has released KiDSBrowse 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), an update to their web browser application specially designed to provide a safe experience for kids and teens on the Internet.

KiDSBrowse features parental controls, malware resistance from viruses and spyware, and a colorful interface. It opens with 13 kid-safe websites already included, and the ability for parents, teachers, and caretakers to add any number of additional sites, with advanced filtering options for each.

Because it is an integrated application, rather than an add-on to an all-purpose web browser, it is easy and uncomplicated for the adult to control access to content, and equally easy for the young person to visit and explore kid-safe websites, according to the folks at KiDSafe Technologies. The browser has two modes of operation: Adult Mode and Kid Mode.

In Adult Mode, the browser's operation is the same as any other. Search engines are available and there is...

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Mar 15
Vuescan announces support for Mac OS X Lion

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 9.0.21, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Mar 14
Jon Bon Jovi: Steve Jobs killed the music business

In an interview (http://macte.ch/kVxkw) with "The Sunday Times Magazine" blames Apple, CEO Steve Jobs and iTunes for killing the music business.

"Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it," he says. He also adds that "in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?.' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business."

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Mar 14
U.S. Mac sales up 16% year-over-year in early March quarter

U.S. Mac sales were up 16% year-over-year in the first two months of the March quarter, ahead of Apple's release of the new MacBook Pro lineup, according to the latest domestic retail tracking data from the NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).


The research group says U.S. Mac sales were up 16% year-over-year in January and February of 2011. As noted by analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray, the consensus view on Wall Street is that Apple will report Mac sales up 22% year-over-year for its March fiscal quarter.

While the number is low, it also represents two months before Apple released its new line of MacBook Pros, which arrived in late February, says "AppleInsider." This suggests that sales may have dipped before the anticipated refresh. Supporting this theory, U.S. Mac...

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Mar 14
Microsoft's Zune bites the dust?

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its "iPod killer," the Zune, "because of tepid demand, letting the company shift its focus to other devices, says "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/em7PX), citing "a person familiar with the decision."

Microsoft will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones, such as those running its Windows operating system, the article says. Zune software lets customers buy songs and movies, as well as pay a monthly fee to stream unlimited music.

The Zune, introduced in 2006, never managed to offer any serious competition to the iPod. Apple's media device led the market with 77% of unit sales last year, while the Zune failed to crack the top five, according to the NPD Group (http://www.npd.com). By adding the Zune features to the Windows Phone software, Microsoft aims to gain ground in another...

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Mar 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 14

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

Joshua Waller has announced Chrono Span 1.0 for iOS devices. The US$0.99 allows users to select specific days either in the future or in the past and keep a rolling count of how much time has either gone by since a day was selected or how many days are left until a selected day or event will come up. This app allows users to have numerous count-down clocks, each accurate down to the second.

Kuyi Mobile has released The Minis: Flytrap 1.0, its third minigame installment for the iPhone and iPod touch. In the free game, players catch different kinds of flies using a state-of-the-art flytrap. You can unlock new breeds of flies, unlock additional game modes, compete with your friends on Game Center or OpenFeint and more.

Edenpod has launched NewtonApples...

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Mar 14
'Consumer Reports' looks at the iPad 2

Many stores reportedly sold out of the Apple iPad 2 during its first weekend of availability, but given the demand, more of Apple's new tablets are sure to be available soon. Based on Consumer Reports' preliminary tests (http://macte.ch/E9jRr) with the iPad 2 samples in their labs, the consumer testing organization/publication found the new version to be an improvement over the original iPad -- without any increase in price.

One major difference in tech specs is that the iPad 2 has a new processor that's supposed to make it far speedier than the original. While performing routine tasks such as Web browsing and e-mail in their tests, Consumer Reports didn't notice any significant speed improvement, as CR Senior Program Leader Dean Gallea notes in a video. The biggest speed boost, a 9x improvement in graphics processing, should be apparent when you run demanding 3D games, but it's not clear whether any games...

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Mar 14
Analysts: Apple may have sold one million iPads so far

Some analysts think Apple sold close to a million units of the iPad 2 during its debut weekend, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/3XQb5). By comparison, the original version of the iPad, which launched in April of 2010, crossed the one-million mark 28 days after its launch.

Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told "Reuters" it was difficult to find an iPad 2 over the weekend. "Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad 2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted," White wrote in a research note. "In fact, all the stores had worked through iPad 2 inventory by Saturday afternoon, and there were no new iPad 2 deliveries on Sunday."

Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland thinks Apple sold close to one million iPad 2's in the opening weekend. Best Buy on Friday said some of its outlets ran out of the tablet and its accessories within 10 minutes.

Apple shares...

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Mar 14
Protemac Netmine gets new interface, new rules, more

ProteMac has updated NetMine (http://www.protemac.com/NetMine/), software designed to control and monitor all the Internet and network activity on your computer, to version 2.0. The upgrade has a new interface, new rules, a new network engine and a new notification center.

NetMine offers identification of an application's address and port and indication of timeframes for NetMine's activity. The software controls network traffic by specifying software's default behavior and setting concrete access rules for the selected applications, as well. This firewall enables you to grant or deny permission to access the Internet for the selected application. The special Notification window warns you about unknown connection offering to allow or deny it once, till the end of Internet/network connection or forever.

Designed as a two-way firewall, NetMine establishes control over incoming and...

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Mar 14
Sweeter Rhythm releases Harmony 2.0 for worship presentation

Sweeter Rhythm has released Harmony 2.0. It's an update of the worship presentation application for Mac OS X 10.6.5 and higher; version 2.0 has over 20 new features and improvements.

Harmony 2.0's Themes feature addresses the number one feature requested by customers: more control over text. In addition to Harmony 1.0's LyricDance motion-lyric and Quartz Composition features, Harmony 2.0 supports Concord.

Concord is an app that runs on a Mac or iOS device. It's a text display driven by Harmony. When Harmony projects lyrics, Concord gets those lyrics over a WiFi network and displays them. It can be used, for example, as a confidence monitor for a band member or to provide large and close-up lyrics to a partially-sighted person.

Harmony 2.0 also offers new language support for French and German readers. Upgrades for existing customers are free. Harmony is normally priced at US$149. Until Easter, it's on sale for $99, available directly from Sweeter Rhythm (...

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Mar 14
Analyst: iPad 2 totally sold out

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/dgHHO) -- that the iPad 2 is apparently totally sold out -- and that 70% of the units were sold to new buyers.

The analysts estimates that 400,000 to 500,000 iPad 2s have been sold, compared with 300,000 of the original iPads in its first weekend on sale last year. The difference is that nearly all those iPad 2s were sold in one day; stocks were essentially depleted by Saturday and not replenished.

Munster says 70% of iPad 2 buyers were new to the iPad, compared with 23% of iPhone 4 buyers who were new to the iPhone at launch. His studies show that buyers were split almost evenly between Mac and PC users (51%/49%). By contrast, the split for the original iPad was 74%/26%.

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