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Nov 30
Audio-Technica announces under-$100, noise-canceling headphones

Audio-Technica (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/c35da94027e94819/index.html) now offers two noise-cancelling headphones under US$100 -- the QuietPoint ATH-ANC27 over-ear and ATH-ANC25 on-ear models. They cost $99.95 and $79.95, respectively.

Both headphones feature exclusive, highly effective QuietPoint ANC technology that detects environmental noise and applies a corresponding sound-canceling signal, according to the folks at Audio-Technica. Like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint models, the ATH-ANC27 and ATH-ANC25 are designed for use with the the iPod, iPhone and iPad, along with computers, in-flight entertainment systems or virtually any device with a headphones jack.

Both models have a detachable cord, enabling their use as cordless noise-canceling headphones. They work even when their noise-canceling...

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Nov 30
SanDisk, Nikon, Sony Propose Industry Standards for Next-Gen...

SanDisk, Nikon and Sony have announced the joint development of a set of specifications that addresses the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash Association (CFA), the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Professional photography and High Definition (HD) video applications require a new generation of memory cards capable of processing significantly larger files, according to Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company. To address the imaging industry’s future speed and capacity demands, SanDisk, Nikon and Sony proposed a new card specification whose performance and storage capabilities surpass those of existing memory cards. Once accepted, the new format will enable "exciting new possibilities" in the professional imaging and video markets, Kazami says.

The...

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Nov 30
SintraWorks releases CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X

SintraWorks has released CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://sintraworks.com/index.php/sintraworks/commandpdf_home/), a PDF imposition tool designed to handle intense imposition workflows.

It consists of a graphical user interface app to design and test imposition templates, and two command line apps -- one to impose PDF documents according to a chosen imposition template, and a daemon to automate the imposition process. CommandPDF will also overlay the pages of documents on top of each other.

CommandPDF 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. running on an Intel Mac. A single user license is US$199.95. A demo is available for download. Also, aAs an introductory offer SintraWorks is offering CommandPDF 1.0 at 30% off the regular price through Dec. 14.

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Nov 30
New DJ software for Mac and Windows available

MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released a "simple" version of its DJ Software, DJ Mixer Express. The US$29.95 app turns your computer into a high-end DJ system and includes a virtual mixing desk, automix function, precise beat recognition and a preview function.

DJ Mixer Express lets you automate common tasks like automatic DJ mixing, automatic BPM counter and beat mixing, or apply a high degree of control over every aspect of your mix. You can define your own sound by applying distinct effects to the song. Each of the two independent decks have functions for play/pause, pitch (speed), vinyl simulation (scratch, reverse play, brake, spin), gain, equalizer, listening only in headphones, etc.

DJ Mixer Express 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and Windows 7, XP and Vista. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 30
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X adds a new chart

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.37 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds a new chart showing the evolution of your ability to concentrate over the course of the work week.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic,...

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Nov 30
Jumsoft updates iWork, iWeb templates

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its design templates for Apple's iWork apps. The new Pages Templates 6.0 consists of 50 new templates, along with 50 designs.

The current 100-template kit provides a range of documents, from brochures and photo albums to posters and invitations. Some templates include up to 12 different sections. The set offers a collection of 280 layouts.

The new template pack includes the template types that were introduced in the earlier versions (including Brochure, Business Cards, Flyer, and Recipe) as well as an entire line of new templates: Business Plan, Calendar, Evaluation, Family Tree, Gift Certificate, Gift Label, ID Badge, Quiz, Sticker, and Wine Label. All 100 templates included are available in both paper size A4 and U.S. Letter.

Pages Templates 6.0 requires Apple iWork '08 or later. It costs US$39 for new customers. Pages Templates 6.0 is being...

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Nov 30
iWebTemplate adds 10 new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com), in collaboration with iPresentee, has added 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, Apple's web site building application.

The following themes have been added: Jeans Style, International, Ink Theme, Green Company, Flight Theme, Fashion, Experts, Entertainment Theme, Elegance Theme and Easel Theme. The new iWeb themes can be customized. One hundred and forty iWeb templates are now available.

The new iWeb themes can be customized. Each theme offers eight templates and include the following templates: Welcome, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Blog, Podcast, and Blank. iWebTemplate has undergone numerous updates and improvements over the past couple of months.

iWebTemplate's aim is to give you more and more options to show your creativity for building web sites with iWeb. The new iWeb themes can be customized and includes an installer to...

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Nov 30
iHub Basic gets new graphical user interface, more

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 2.03, a free upgrade for registered users. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

Version 2.0 has been rewritten from scratch, features a new graphical user interface and adds the ability to automatically configure the server as well as any client Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud...

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Nov 29
Analyst: Apple retail stores packed on Black Friday

Ticonderoga analyst Brian White says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/29/apple-stores-jammed-...) -- that Apple retail stores in his neighborhood were crowded “well past the the Black Friday sale and into Sunday evening.”

He thinks the buzz was strongest for the iPad discount (US$41 off), and that that product probably outperformed others on Friday. Consumers appear intrigued by the MacBook Air and that unit probably also did very well, White said.

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Nov 29
Kubato Image Tools announces Lensbaby image enhancing tools

Kubota Image Tools -- a provider of photographer-empowering creative imaging tools, workflow-saving solutions and educational offerings for photographers -- says it has created the new Kubota Creative Tools -- The Lensbaby Pak, specially designed to enhance the artistic effects created with  Lensbaby optics.

Kevin Kubota, founder of Kubota PhotoDesign and the Idea Guy behind Kubota Image Tools, created the set of Photoshop image enhancing tools as part of the Lensbaby Kubota Contest.  Winners of the contest, selected by Kubota, were announced previously. The Lensbaby Pak includes 15 brand new Photoshop image enhancement tools Kubota devised to enhance images captured with each of the unique six Lensbaby Optics.
 
The Kubota Lensbaby image enhancement tools are currently available for instant download for US$39 at...

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Nov 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 29

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/).

All Caps Apps has announced Christmas ELF 1.0, their new electric light finder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With the free app, you can let the Christmas ELF guide you on a tour of all the festive holiday lights. Along the journey, vote for your favorites and tag others that you find on your own. Christmas ELF uses GPS to pinpoint the user's current location.

CodeArtists has announced iMagicSanta 1.0, their first title for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The US$0.99 app lets you collect wishes from your loved ones on your iDevice. All the wishes will be delivered directly to your email inbox.

Viaden Mobile has introduced Christmas Shopping: Save your Money 1.0, a $0.99 "bargain-seeking and penny-saving tool" for iPhone and...

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Nov 29
IDC: Android will be Europe's top smartphone platform in...

Google's Android software will be Europe’s top smartphone platform next year, according to researcher IDC.

Android phones accounted for 23% of western Europe shipments in the third quarter, behind Nokia Oyj’s Symbian and Apple's iPhone platforms, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said in an interview -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-29/android-phones-set-to-pass-noki...). Android is set to pass Symbian and iPhone in the region, he said, adding that it is already second to Symbian worldwide.

Nine-month sales of Android devices in Western Europe were led by HTC Corp. with 39% of shipments, followed by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB with 27% and Samsung Electronics Co. with 14%, Jeronimo said....

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Nov 29
Gartner: iPad to cut into global computer sales

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) has cut its global forecast for personal computer shipments forecast for 2010 and 2011 as consumers keep a tight rein on spending and interest grows in tablet devices such as the iPad.

Tablet devices are expected to displace 10% of computer shipments by 2014, according to Gartner. The impact of tablets is already evident this year, when computer shipments are projected to total 352.4 million units, up 14.3% from last year, says the research group.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks they're right EXCEPT that the Mac will be immune from this trend. In fact, I predict Mac sales with continue to grow due to the "halo effect" from the iPad and iPhone.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Nov 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.10

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.10, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves recognition of certain attributes in InDesign links and enhances user interface.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.10 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Nov 29
Boris Continuum Complete delivers 3D titling to Sony Vegas Pro...

Boris Continuum Complete 7.0.3 for Sony Vegas Pro is now available from Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com). The upgrade features 3D Objects filters -- BCC Extruded Text, BCC Type-On Text, BCC Layer Deformer, BCC Extruded EPS, and BCC Extruded Spline -- delivering 3D extrusion capabilities to the Sony Vegas Pro 10 timeline.

Version 7.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users. New users can save up to US$1,000 on Doris Continuum Complete or Sony Vegas Pro through Dec. 1. Regularly $1,995, you can obtain it for $995 for a limited time.

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Nov 29
Apple now fourth largest computer vendor in Canada

Heading into the holiday season, Apple captured 10.8% of the Canadian Personal Computing Market in Q3, 2010 according to IDC Canada. The data collected by IDC puts Apple in fourth spot among other computer manufacturers HP, Acer and Dell respectively, reports "ehMac" (http://www.ehmac.ca/index.php?f=29).

According to IDC Canada, the 10.8% market share in Canada for Apple is up from 9.9% in the second quarter of 2010. "ehMac" notes that Apple briefly cracked the 10% threshold in 2009 as well. With the addition of five more of its retail stores in Canada in 2010, Apple now has 19 stores across the country.

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Nov 29
Apple video product training offered at Government Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, says the Government Video Expo will get underway Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, where the conference will run through Dec. 2 and offer two days of exhibits on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 2. Thousands are expected to gather at the East Coast’s largest professional video event,.

Carmel King, executive vice president, Video Broadcast Division, NewBay Media, says highlights of Government Video Expo 2010 include:

° A three-day track on Final Cut Studio Editing, and single-day tracks on Avid Editing and Adobe Production Premium CS5 with Premier Pro;

° Two-day Apple Certification Training on Final Cut Pro Level 1, and Apple Motion;

° Multiple educational tracks focusing on digital video production techniques, HDSLR filmmaking, social media solutions, motion graphic and FX;

For a complete event schedule, as well as registration...

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Nov 29
Apple beefing up legal staff for patent violation lawsuits

Apple is hiring more lawyers in its battles against Nokia, Motorola and HTC over alleged patent violations, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-29/apple-lawyers-up-for-patent-...).

Apple has been the most-sued technology company since 2008, the year after the iPhone was introduced, topping Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., according to LegalMetric Inc., a compiler of litigation data based in St. Louis.

"Bloomberg" says Apple CEO Steve Jobs is recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp. Broadcom won a patent dispute with Qualcomm Inc. last year that ended with Qualcomm paying $891 million...

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Nov 29
myTracks 2.2 for Mac OS X adds iPhoto '11, Aperture 3...

Developer Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 2.2. for Mac OS X (http://www.mytracks4mac.com/myTracks/Start.html), an update to his GPS/Photo application that allows the user to download, sync, edit, and record GPS tracks.

myTracks' Logger Assistant has presets for more than 50 GPS devices. Features include: automatic geotagging; iPhoto '09 and '11 and Aperture 3 compatibility; track import, export, editing, and library; geocaching; OpenStreetMap and Google Earth support; and a free iOS version with sync.

Users can drag and drop JPEG or RAW photo files onto myTrack's dock icon, where they will undergo geotagging automatically, syncing to the appropriate GPS track. A manual mode allows for geotagging without a GPS track.

myTrack displays GPS tracks on a variety of different maps, including: OpenStreetMaps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenCycleMap,...

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Nov 29
LTB ships LTB Light 9.2 for Mac OS X

LTB Soft has announced LTB Light 9.2 (http://www.ltblight.com/), an update of the US$299 Mac OS X application that permits natural and artificial lighting calculation with a color radiosity method applied to a finite elements plan. Version 9.2 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 9.x.

The update adds: a PDF export menu; a progression bar in the drawer to control calculation status while in background; a button in the About dialogue to copy in the pasteboard the list of installed lighting sources with their power; a Find/Replace tool in every source list dialogue; and a "select all kind" button in the filter selection dialogue. Also, the lighting source name has been upped to 255 characters.

LTB Light implements OpenGL. Data management take places through an internal CAD system, directly in a perspective view. It's possible to introduce flatten surfaces with colored glazing, furniture...

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Nov 29
myTracks 2.2 for Mac OS X adds iPhoto '11, Aperture 3...

Developer Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 2.2. for Mac OS X (http://www.mytracks4mac.com/myTracks/Start.html), an update to his GPS/Photo application that allows the user to download, sync, edit, and record GPS tracks.

myTracks' Logger Assistant has presets for more than 50 GPS devices. Features include: automatic geotagging; iPhoto '09 and '11 and Aperture 3 compatibility; track import, export, editing, and library; geocaching; OpenStreetMap and Google Earth support; and a free iOS version with sync.

Users can drag and drop JPEG or RAW photo files onto myTrack's dock icon, where they will undergo geotagging automatically, syncing to the appropriate GPS track. A manual mode allows for geotagging without a GPS track.

myTrack displays GPS tracks on a variety of different maps, including: OpenStreetMaps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenCycleMap,...

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Nov 29
ForkLift for Mac OS X rolls to version 2

BinaryNights (http://www.binarynights.com) has announced ForkLift 2, an update to their dual-pane file manager and FTP client for Mac OS X.

ForkLift is a file manager that integrates multiple features. Version 2 was rewritten from the ground up to bring enhanced speed and stability, as well as new features such as Disklets, Stacks, Transfer Queue, Synclets, Favorites Manager, and Coverflow view. Existing features have also been revamped, like RegExp in search and filtering, an enhanced Multi-Rename, and fine-grain control for Folder Sync operations.

You can create and manage archives, edit files, use Quicklook, batch-rename, and organize with ease between all types of volumes, local or remote, including full support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, iDisk, SMB, AFP and NIS. In addition, a new Disklets feature allows you mount any of your remote connections, making them appear to your Mac as local...

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Nov 29
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 11 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site at http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html .

Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher and Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on at the Troi Automatisering web site.

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Nov 29
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X gets new Text Translate tool

TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated. There's a new Text Translation tool. Also, German Polish and French localization has been updated.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in DictBuilder utility for creating custom dictionaries and a multilingual user interface. TranslateIt! for Mac is distributed as...

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Nov 29
SpeedUp Mac optimizes hard drive performance

Stellar Information Systems, a provider of data recovery software and solutions, has launched a SpeedUp Mac (http://www.stellarspeedupmac.com/). It helps you increase the system performance significantly by removing all the unwanted files, applications and system junks from your Mac system.

SpeedUp Mac software acts both as a cleanser and uninstaller. With its Clean My Mac option, the software helps you delete all your unusable duplicate files, large old files, cache/temporary files, and universal binaries from any Mac volume in your system. What's more, SpeedUp Mac can uninstall the not-in-use applications, plug-ins, widgets and generates free space out of it.

Speed Up Mac is available in a single user download version with a lifetime license. It costs US$39 only.

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