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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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Mar 22
Verizon CEO says 'no, thanks' as far as buying Sprint

AT&T is acquiring T-Mobile, so Verizon may be eyeing Sprint, right? Wrong, according to Verizon CEO Daniel Mead.

"We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/xfkFc) ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference. He added that the company doesn't want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.

Mead also told "Reuters" he wouldn't oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile plans. He thinks U.S. regulators will likely approve the AT&T/T-Mobile deal if the companies agreed to certain conditions.

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Mar 22
MacLocks releases the MacBook Air Lock

No security lock on the MacBook Air. No problem, says MacLocks (http://www.maclocks.com) which is releasing the MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle.

It incorporates a neat cover that also protects your MacBook Air via an integrated built-in security slot that can accommodate any of the standard cable locks sold on the market. That way you can lock the security cable to the case, and loop the cable's other end around a fixed object (like a table).

Once the case and cable are locked together, thieves can't detach the case without damaging the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle costs US$74.95. You can place a pre-order now; they'll start shipping April 7.

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Mar 22
Robocast suing Apple over automated browsing technology

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Robocast (http://www.robocast.com) is suing Apple, claiming the company has willfully incorporated its patented automated browsing technology in a number of products, including iTunes, the Apple TV and Front Row, without licensing their "invention," reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/vlGUQ).

Robocast, which was founded by Damon Torres, who claims to have pioneered the use of automated web browsing in the nineties, has earlier sued Microsoft on similar grounds. In 2010 the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Microsoft for infringement of Robocast’s United States Patent No. 7,155,451. Robocast is being represented in the case by Foley & Lardner LLP, and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.

Patent number 7,155,451 is...

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Mar 22
Firefox 4 is faster, sports sleeker interface

Mozilla has released Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the free, open source Web browser. According to the folks at Mozilla, it's the fastest version of the browser yet.

Firefox is purportedly between two and six times faster than previous releases. Eenhancements to the JavaScript engine make everything from startup time to page load speed to graphics and JavaScript performance faster.

The latest version of Firefox introduces a sleeker look and features like App Tabs and Panorama. Firefox 4 also delivers privacy and security features like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy to give users control over their personal data and protect them online.

Firefox Sync gives users access to their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of add-ons, extensions and Personas and a new Firefox Add-ons Manager to make it easy for users to manage and discover add-ons to customize their...

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Mar 22
Jobs to testify in iTunes antitrust suit

A federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/A6jgl).

Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to conduct limited questioning of Jobs, under an order issued yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose, California. The deposition can’t exceed two hours and the only topic allowed is changes Apple made to its software in October 2004 that rendered digital music files engineered by RealNetworks inoperable with Apple’s iPod music player, says "Bloomberg."

“The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” Lloyd wrote.

In 2005 Californian Thomas Slattery sued Apple for unspecified damages for being "forced" to...

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Mar 22
iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries on Friday

Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.

Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2," Apple Steve Jobs says. "We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland...

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Mar 22
WaterField Designs unveils iPad Travel Express

WaterField Designs has unveiled the iPad Travel Express (http://macte.ch/W05d1), a compact mobile office case for the iPad 2 within or without another case, the wireless keyboard, and additional accessories.

With its compact form, the iPad Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or with the optional strap, worn over the shoulder. It's designed for the frequent traveler, commuter or coffee shop regular.

The Travel Express has an iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the Apple tablet (including the Smart Cover). The Apple Wireless Keyboard slides into main compartment. There are scratch-free inside pockets for cables, adapter, cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.

The iPad Travel Express is made with domestically produced, 1050 denier, ballistic nylon. A YKK zipper opens case along top and side panel for access to contents. Two impact-resistant plastic inserts protect screen and accessories.

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Mar 22
Apple sues Amazon.com over use of 'App Store'

Apple has sued Amazon.com, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/c5tsj).

In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a judge’s order to prevent the company from using the “App Store” name, as well as for unspecified damages.

Apple registered for a trademark on the term App Store on July 17, 2008. It has been using the name since then to refer to its applications store for iOS devices. Earlier this year it also launched the Mac App Store.

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile-software download service, the complaint states...

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Mar 22
Two groups oppose Jobs' reelection to Disney board of...

The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, is opposing Steve Jobs’ reelection to Disney’s board of directors, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/Cv6JA).

The group says Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board. Jobs -- the largest individual shareholder with 7% of Disney’s stock, awarded after the company's purchase of Pixar in 2006 -- is likely to be reelected at Disney’s annual meeting on Wednesday.

The union isn’t the only group opposing Jobs, notes "Cult of Mac." Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, is also questioning Jobs’s reelection to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board meetings in the last three years, and wonders if Jobs should be reelected. ISS stopped short of rejecting Jobs but said shareholders deserve greater disclosure about his...

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Mar 22
FileMaker delivers three free FileMaker Go starter solutions

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released three Starter Solutions for FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad, available with a free 30-day trial version of FileMaker Pro 11.

The business database app for the iPhone and iPad, FileMaker Go allows you to search, view and edit FileMaker Pro databases remotely or locally on an iOS device. The three new Starter Solutions are:

° Contacts, which lets you manage all of your business and personal contacts on your iPhone or iPad. With Contacts, you can add and find multiple contacts within the same company, city and more.

° Documents, which lets you take along your business documents and automatically synchronize any changes to a master database.

° Assets, which offers a way to track all types of assets. You can also create asset categories and track serial numbers, value lists and purchase dates...

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Mar 22
Chinon introduces new iPod/iPhone docking station

Chinon USA (http://www.chinonusa.com) has announced the AVi Sytlix docking station for the iPhone and iPod. Available in an array of colors, it features a 7-inch, high-resolution LCD for playback of videos stored on an iDevice.

In addition, when docked to an iPhone or iPod touch connected by Wi-Fi, the Avi Stylix will stream web videos from sites such as YouTube or Netflix. The AVi Stylix sound system sports dual 2W stereo speakers, a remote control, digital radio and alarm clock.
 
In addition to playing audio and video from an  iPod or iPhone, the AVi Stylix has inputs for USB and SD cards to view movies, photos and videos, or to listen to music that is stored on either a card or thumb drive. SD cards can be directly removed from a digital camera and inserted into the AVi Stylix turning the unit into a high-end digital photo frame.
 
The Chinon AVi Stylix will be available in...

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Mar 22
EastWest announces Modern Pop sound library

EastWest has announced their distribution of Best Service Modern Pop Multi-format Sound Library in the US market. It's "a passionate and inspiring sound journey that combines the distinctive style of modern electronic music with different types of pop music, lounge, chillout and new age."

According to the folks at EastWest, the defining characteristic of Modern Pop are its rhythmic elements, such as percussion loops, drum loops and special grooves, as well as its harmonic elements, such as melodies and chords. In addition to the loops, percussion, brass, electric bass, guitar and piano sounds from live recordings, this collection contains a variety of synthetically compiled loops, such as synth basses, moog sounds, synths, leads, pads, bells, filtered sounds and modulated sounds.

Modern Pop comes on a 2.2 GB DVD and features 24-Bit/44.100 kHz content made up of 35 Construction Kits, 800 Wav/Acid Loops, 400 Rex2 Loops, and 1000 Wav One-Shots. It's available for order...

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Mar 22
iPhone-compatible SuperTooth HD coming in April

SuperTooth (http://www.supertoothkits.com) is launching the US$129 SuperTooth HD in April, calling it the "most advanced Bluetooth speakerphone on the market." It's compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled phones, including iPhones.

Boasting twin speaker V array technology, the SuperTooth HD features two speakers with a 5-watt audio output and a 5.4-watt amplifier. Voice commands are designed to provide a hands-free solution for phone use. Using just voice commands, drivers can answer incoming calls, select pre-dialed phone numbers, check battery level or retrieve voicemail.

The SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant feature allows drivers to compose and send Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and SMS messages all via voice. The SuperTooth HD can also read incoming SMS and e-mail messages on Android and Blackberry phones via the specific application. The SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant is powered by Dial2D...

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Mar 22
Pomfort Silverstack SET adds on-set media management

Pomfort has introduced on-set data management for RED and H.264 cameras with their update of Silverstack SET. Silverstack SET Edition is a software solution for media management, quality check and backup on the film set and is tailored to the needs of digital film production workflows.

In combination with the present support for the ARRI Alexa, Silverstack SET now supports the most common camera formats used in professional film productions. According to the folks at Pomfort, it covers all important on-set activities starting the very first moment media data is loaded off the camera. Features include checksum verified backup to multiple destinations, tools for quality check, extensive media management features and professional playback controls.

Silverstack SET includes format-specific features customized for each supported format.

Silverstack SET Edition for RED offers :

° Support for RED Rocket acceleration card for 4k realtime playback;

° The...

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Mar 22
Portfolio manager iStockEx now available on the Mac App Store

danholt4mac (http://macte.ch/ggDRI) says (iStockEx (formerly called iStock) is now available at the Mac App Store.

iStockEx is a portfolio manager for private or professional use. You can set up as much portfolios as you want and track the performance of your shares in real time. iStockEx continuously retrieves the latest quotes from the Internet and updates automatically the value of your assets.  You can y enter your sells and buys and watch your portfolios including calculation of gain or loss in a convenient format, all done in your local currency.

For the launch of iStockEx on the Mac App Store its price has been reduced: You can now buy iStockEx for only US$4.99; previously, it was $19.99.

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Mar 22
iWeb Valet update adds social bookmarking link creator

ZiggySoft (http://www.ziggy-soft.com/) has released a new version (2.4.0) of iWeb Valet, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The upgrade adds a social bookmarking link creator.

This widget helps you to generate bookmark links for your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and makes it simple for visitors to save and share your content. Items from the drop-down menu widget now can be reordered in real time by dragging and dropping

iWeb Valet 2.4.0 also improves the hit counter widget and email addresses obfuscation
Plus, the update adds tooltips to display the file path in file lists.

iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance...

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Mar 21
Apple, others sued in patent infringement lawsuit related to...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Sony are being sued in a new patent infringement lawsuit related to integrated cameras, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Cayman Islands-based Imperium Holdings has filed a complaint against the seven companies and accusing them of violating five patents related to picture taking and processing on smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Patent infringement suits are frequently filed in that jurisdiction, in hopes of a more favorable outcome, notes "AppleInsider."

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Mar 21
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7. The update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

° Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac;

° Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers;

° Address various minor Mac App Store bugs.

Apple says the 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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