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Oct 20
Encoding.com video format library now includes Ogg/Theora, WebM/...

Encoding.com (http://www.Encoding.com), a video encoding service provider, has announced the expansion of its video format library to include WebM and Ogg Theora. Along with existing support for H.264, Encoding.com now has encoding presets to support all popular Internet browsers.

Video content developers now have a one-stop service for converting videos to high-quality formats across all HTML5 browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera, and mobile devices including iPhone / iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung, says Jeff Malkin, president of Encoding.com.

"While HTML5 delivers on the promise of viewing videos across the web without the need for browser plugins, there is no standardization of video codecs and containers across the various browsers and mobile devices," he says. "Content providers who want to maximize their viewership must therefore encode...

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Oct 20
XanEdu, NYU Stern conduct iPad testing in MBA classes

XanEdu (http://www.xanedu.com), a provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has partnered with New York University Stern School of Business to conduct its first program-wide test of iPads this fall. Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on iPads.

Last month XanEdu announced its iPad CoursePack publishing program as part of the company's strategic technology plan. XanEdu's iPad app feature set will be driven by input from hundreds of students participating in XanEdu's fall 2010 class tests. Features include digital note taking, collaboration tools and integration into learning management systems on campus. Students will be asked to provide feedback through usage logs, surveys and focus groups.  

As part of its commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the learning environment, NYU Stern's IT group was seeking...

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Oct 20
Holiday consumer spending forecast looks good for Apple

This holiday season should be a good one for Apple. Spending on consumer electronics gifts will reach historic highs, despite an overall decline in gift spending, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (http://www.CE.org/). And it's good news all around for Apple.

Consumer electronics will once again be the “hottest” gifts, both to give and to receive, this holiday season. Overall, consumers will spend US$750 on holiday gifts, down 2%t from last year. They will, however, spend more on CE gifts than ever before. Consumers will spend $232 on CE gifts, up 5% from last year and the highest level since CEA began tracking holiday spending.

Nearly a third of consumers’ total gift budgets will be allocated to CE. When it comes to spending, nearly half will buy a CE gift for children on their list, two in five will buy a CE gift for their spouse/significant other and 29% will...

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Oct 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 19

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/).

Logic Consulting has announced BaDaBing 1.0 for the iPad, a free, animated, virtual drum kit. The animations of the drum kit provide the user instant visual feedback in addition to sound. The drum surfaces depress and the crashes rock back and forth giving the user a complete experience.

Unicorn Media (http://www.unicornmedia.com), which specializes in video workflow optimization technology, has released Unicorn Once, a stream management service for IP-enabled devices including mobile and iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). This patent-pending technology allows publishers to incorporate dynamic ad integration and real-time video analytics for the first time when...

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Oct 19
Pre-orders taken for Grand Theft Auto: the Trilogy

Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has begun taking pre-orders for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, for the Mac. The first 3D releases in the epic saga are here together in sequence: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

This limited edition packaging makes it "the ultimate collector's set of GTA games on Mac," say the gang at Macgamestore. The game is scheduled to ship on Nov. 22. Pre-order pricing is US$39.95.

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Oct 19
Monotype Imaging debuts Fonts.com APIs, plug-ins

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced its Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface), which enables developers to integrate the Web Fonts solution in web applications, providing users with the ability to tap into Monotype Imaging’s Web font offering.

Also new are plug-ins for the open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! content management systems. Using any of these popular CMS offerings, users are able to create websites that support Fonts.com Web Fonts.
 
The Fonts.com Web Fonts API enables developers to integrate Web fonts into applications and cloud-based CMS products, which are designed to provide users with simplified methods for publishing Web content to web sites, says Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. Monotype Imaging’s new open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! plug-ins, all based on the company’s API, feature a WYSIWYG editor, which allows text to display in a chosen Web font while the user is...

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Oct 19
Google accounts for 97% of all iPhone search traffic

Despite the hoopla surrounding Microsoft Bing's tighter integration with Facebook, Google hogs as much as 97% of all the search traffic on the iPhone, according to ad network Chitika, as reported by "eWeek" (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Googles-iPhone-Search-Traffic-as...).

Apple’s mobile Safari toolbar sends 49% of traffic to Google, while the Google homepage racks up about 42.24% of the traffic on the iPhone. The Google App accounts for 8.68%of Google’s iPhone traffic. 

Chitika analyst Dan Ruby told "eWeek" that, counting the Google App and Safari to be different sources, Google controls the top two iPhone search engine spots on the popular mobile device.

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Oct 19
Ad revenue from iPad users surges in MobileMe report

Advertising revenue generated from iPad users increased 316% in the third quarter of calendar 2010, as the number of advertisers also grew by 94% per the monthly "MobileMix" report for Sept. 2010 from advertiser Millennial Media, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Millennial Media says iPad impression growth in the third quarter increased 156 percent, while ad requests on the Apple tablet grew 63% month-over-month in September alone. The iPad is the second-largest "connected device" tracked by Millennial Media, trailing only the iPod touch.

The iPad surge helped Apple's iOS mobile operating system see a 10% overall increase in ad impressions for the third quarter of 2010, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). STill, iOS lagged behind rivals Android, which saw impressions...

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Oct 19
Study: Macs will increase enterprise market share by 57%

A survey of IT administrators conducted by The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- revealed that Macs will be the fastest growing systems in the enterprise through 2011.

End users are seeing the value of the increased productivity of the Mac and IT administrators are finding the tools to integrate them into their current management environment. Macs will climb from 3.3% of all systems in 2009 to 5.2% in 2011. In that same period, more than 25% of all net new systems added in the enterprise will be Macs, says the EDA.

Much of the growth in Macs will happen in organizations that already have Macs installed. The median percentage of Macs in those organizations will double from 5% to 10%. In addition 65% of the respondents had at least some Macs...

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Oct 19
iPhone wins 'gadgetoral' votes in U.S. for cell phone...

By Andrew Eisner

The great state of California, home to Hollywood and the place Tony Bennett left his heart, casts its 83 votes for the iPhone. Meanwhile, New Jersey, the Garden State, home to Tony Soprano and Thomas Edison pledge their votes to Android. In this make believe world, electoral, or should we say "gadgetoral," votes are defined by how many smartphones of a particular type are represented in every state of the union.

In fact, if the government felt it needed to apportion the nation by smartphone ownership, it could use the findings from Retrevo's 2010 Gadget Census that looked at what gadgets people own and how they use them, including data on how many smartphones are represented per capita in each state.

iPhone states

Whether you're an iPhone owner looking for a state with more iPhone owners so you have more in common with them or you're looking to avoid them so you have a better chance of getting a...

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Oct 19
iSuppli updates iPod forecast to 43.7 million units in 2011

Amid indications that iPad component availability is improving, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) is raising its shipment forecast for the product to 13.8 million units in 2010, up from its July outlook of 12.9 million.

Apple in its earnings announcement for the fiscal fourth said it shipped 4.2 million iPads during the three-month period ending Sept. 25. The pronouncement indicates that Apple has been able to overcome limitations in component supply so that it can ramp up production.

“In its previous iPad forecasts, iSuppli noted that the only constraint on shipment growth now is production -- and not demand,” says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “The only factor limiting production is the availability of key iPad components, such as the Field Fringe Switching (FFS) LCD panels, projected capacitive touch screens and NAND flash. Despite ongoing yield issues, Apple's...

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Oct 19
IceWarp Server 10.2 improves iPhone, iPad support

IceWarp (http://www.icewarp.com) has released IceWarp Server 10.2, the latest in the version 10 product line that started with the release of 10.0 in November.

This latest version has put the emphasis on improving the end user experience and giving today’s modern workforce the flexibility and agility they need to thrive in a competitive business environment, says Christopher Knott vice president of Support Operations for IceWarp. Some of the new features include:

° Improved WebDAV, iPhone and iPad support -- IceWarp now has full support the growing fleet of Apple devices: iCal on OS X 10.6 is now fully supported including access to shared calendars, invitations, free busy data and more. iPhone and iPad users can synchronize their calendars via CalDAV and contacts via CardDAV.

° Full time zone support -- users can specify the time zone when creating a calendar event, support for UTC/GMT, and...

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Oct 19
Application Systems North America announces ContaxCRM Suite 2.0

Application Systems North America has made available, for the first time in North America, ContaxCRM Suite 2.0 (http://www.application-systems.co/contaxcrm/). It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$149.

ContaxCRM Suite 2.0, from Arten Science, allows individuals and companies to better manage their day-to-day contacts and relationships -- and build a more detailed contact history with clients, vendors and sales prospects.

Integration with Apple applications removes much of the administration around contact management, according to the folks at Arten Science. Apple Mail will automatically save both sent and received emails to an individual contact record held within ContaxCRM. iCal will also enable calendar events -- including setting alerts and to-do lists -- to be entered via ContaxCRM Suite's event management module.

Arten Science...

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Oct 19
BatchOutput update improves spread exporting

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.5, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that addresses an issue related to exporting InDesign documents as single spreads.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9.5 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.9.5 are free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with...

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Oct 19
MacTech Conference first to show Mac-based planetary rovers

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, in Los Angeles, will have Mac-based planetary exploration rovers and a boat controlled by iPod touches on hand at the opening of the international conference. This is the first public display of these rovers outside a university or research setting.  

Keynote speaker Andy Ihnatko will open MacTech Conference: a three-day, information-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening. This fully immersive conference is packed with sessions from renown speakers and evening activities, including an exclusive trip to the Griffith Observatory, and the MacTech Bowl party.

Professor Wolfgang Fink, who came to the University of Arizona from Caltech last year, will be demonstrating the rover units on the first day of the conference prior to the conference's keynote by Ihnatko. The rovers, which can carry a payload of 40 pounds, and the boat are based on Mac minis and controlled by iOS...

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Oct 19
Mixamo, DAZ 3D team up

DAZ 3D and Mixamo have announced an alliance that brings Mixamo's animations and real-time customization capabilities to the DAZ 3D character model portfolio. Users of DAZ 3D's latest generation human figures now have access to the entire Mixamo motion collection at http://www.mixamo.com .

Every Mixamo motion is guaranteed to work with any character created from the DAZ 3D human figures within DAZ Studio. The DAZ 3D/Mixamo modeling and animation pipeline improves productivity by up to 80% and reduces costs by up to 75%, says Dan Farr, CEO of DAZ Productions.

DAZ 3D community members can visit http://www.mixamo.com and see any motion applied to the DAZ 3D standard characters, Victoria and Michael (with the Kids forthcoming), in the Mixamo 3D viewer. They can also customize these motions, download and merge them back into their scenes....

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Oct 19
ImageFramer for Mac OS X gets new features, frames

Apparent Software has updated ImageFramer (http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer), their custom image framing utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 3.0 The update contains over 400 various frames -- and more are being added constantly.

ImageFramer 3 is a total redesign of ImageFramer 2, featuring features like combining multiple frames and mats, saving design templates and even an embedded frame editor that allows users to create their own frames from their graphics. The newly added frames are downloaded automatically for registered users. In addition, users of Pro version have access to hundreds of additional high-resolution frames from frame manufacturers with catalog numbers.

ImageFramer can apply photo-realistic frames to digital images, drawings or any original artwork. Users can add frames, watermarks, batch process several images at a time, as...

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Oct 19
Yojimbo for Mac OS X updated, iOS version debuts

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 3.0, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It supports synchronizing items to the new Yojimbo for iPad and includes direct scanning support for TWAIN-compatible devices.

The new version also includes fixes to reported issues and additional refinements. Yojimbo is an Universal Binary application that requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Version 2.2.1 is a free update for registered 2.0x users.

For new users Yojimbo is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers.

All registered Yojimbo 2 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 3.0. Any...

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Oct 19
'MacVoices' looks at Tungle

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Erin Lariviere, the marketing/community manager for Tungle, discusses their new online service that bridges the gaps between the many calendaring systems on various platforms.

She explains how using Tungle can allow you to continue using your current and preferred calendar while integrating their service to facilitate sharing and syncing with coworkers or clients on other calendar platforms.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 19
Harman Kardon announces third generation of SoundSticks

Harman Kardon (http://www.harmankardon.com) has announced the third generation of its SoundSticks speakers. They're available now for US$209.99. The three-piece desktop speaker system pairs with virtually any multimedia device.

According to the folks at Harman, Compared to its most recent predecessor, the SoundSticks II system, which was released in 2004, the refreshed SoundSticks III comes with significant upgrades, including a satellite power switch and improved audio cable with a new braided, discrete look. Also, the new speakers boast modern white lights and a "dramatic and elegant trim" designed to match the modern high-gloss black trim of Apple’s iMacs and MacBooks.

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Oct 19
Adobe announces Digital School Collection for K-12

Adobe has announced the new Adobe Digital School Collection for K-12 students and educators, available for the first time for both Mac and Windows.

The bundle includes the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X. Adobe Contribute CS5 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5 software are also included in the collection.

This new cross-platform solution is a multimedia toolkit for teaching and learning virtually any subject, according to Bob Regan, director of worldwide K-12, Adobe. The Adobe Digital School Collection provides students and teachers the ability to create multimedia projects with photos, videos and audio; publish websites, blogs and podcasts; and create ePortfolios.

To help get teachers up and running quickly, Adobe published ready‐to‐use lesson plans and tutorials. They are available free online at...

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Oct 19
CaseCruzer releases PSC309 laptop, camera case

CaseCruzer (http://www.casecruzer.com) has released the PSC300, a compact laptop/camera case lined with polyethylene foam that helps maintain and regulate interior temperatures where Canon DSLR/SLR cameras, laptops, memory cards and other essentials are stored.  

The foam base is also impervious to solvents and chemicals and resistant to UV and fungus. The case accommodates most laptop computer brands up to 17-inch. The exterior of the PSC300 is injection-molded with high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin. Molded-in hinges provide additional protection for the inevitable tumble or jolt.

The waterproof case is also dust tight , submersible and resistant to corrosion and severe impact. It's designed with an ambient pressure equalization valve and has an IP67 certification. It weighs only 13 lbs with foam.

The case has built-in wheels and an extendable pull handle. In its six-...

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Oct 19
Apple number 65 on 'Newsweek' environmental ranking

Yesterday we noted that "Newsweek" has released its list (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/18/green-rankings-us-companies.html) of "green" U.S. companies and noted that "strangely" Apple isn't in the top 20.

However, Fabio M. Zambelli of "setteB.IT" (http://www.setteb.it/?p=9886), an Italian language web site for Mac users, points out that Apple places 65 on the list, making a big jump from 133 in 2009.

The "Newsweek" environmental ranking of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in America is measured by revenue, market capitalization, and number of employees. "NewsWeek" ranked the biggest publicly traded companies in developed and emerging world markets.

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Oct 19
MarkLogic announces MarkLogic Server 4.2

MarkLogic Corp. (http://www.marklogic.com) has announced a new version of its database, MarkLogic Server 4.2, which includes new features for enterprises to store, manage, and analyze unstructured information.

The new release includes MarkLogic Information Studio, which the folks at MarkLogic say is the industry’s first ETL (extract, transformation, and loading) tool for managing unstructured information as well as new features for availability and recovery including full database replication. With MarkLogic 4.2's Information Studio, customers can drag and drop files or point to a file directory to load into MarkLogic.

MarkLogic 4.2 also sports:

° XSLT support, which expands options that customers can employ to access and transform information in the software;

° Replication, which enables organizations to selectively replicate documents or parts of documents across databases;

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Oct 19
iSync plug-in now supports new Nokia cell phones

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de/devices/isync) has released a new version of its iSync phone plug-in, adding compatibility with new cell phones, N8 and C7, from Nokia. The latest release also works with Nokia phones C5, 5235, 5233, 5232 as well as with Sony Ericsson phones J20, J10.

iSync synchronizes data from Address Book and iCal with a mobile phone and is part of Mac OS X. The nova media iSync phone plug-ins extend the number of mobile phones which could be used with iSync.

The iSync plug-in costs approximately US$11.84. One license of iSync allows you to synchronize with up to three cell phones.System requirements are Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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