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Oct 14
Tunepresto music composition platform announced

Tunepresto (http://www.tunepresto.com) has announced its new online platform that creates original, royalty-free music composition. Designed for videos, slideshow presentations and more, it analyzes video content to create an original background soundtrack based on individual musical style preferences.

Content can be shared across social media networks (Facebook, Twitter) and published to various video and slideshow platforms (YouTube, SlideShare). A soundtrack can be exported in a variety of audio formats, or published as audio and video combined. For further customization, files can easily be imported into Garageband, Final Cut Pro, and Windows MovieMaker.

Tunepresto also offers a more advanced downloadable desktop product -- Abaltat Muse 2.0. Unlike Tunepresto, Abaltat Muse 2.0 users have the added capability of adjusting the genre of music, tempo and changing instruments. Abaltat Muse 2.0...

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Oct 14
'YML' looks at next week's Apple Event

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at next week's "Back to the Mac" Apple event, the Windows Phone announcements, and more. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 14
NetMine for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

ProteMac has released ProteMac NetMine 2.0 (http://www.protemac.com/NetMine/), an update of the network firewall for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a new interface, a new firewall rules editor and a realtime connection request

NetMine can control Internet and network activity of all applications on your Mac. ProteMac NetMine intercepts all network activity traveling from your Mac and from every an application of your Mac.

NetMine firewall can prevent all unwanted outside and inside traffic from reaching protected machines. It can also restrict or prevent outright the spread of networked computer worms, trojans, viruses and malware, according to the folks at ProteMac.

The two-way firewall stops inappropriate or malicious access to your computer from both internal and external network sources. As a frontline defense, it prevents malware from spreading, providing protection...

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Oct 13
IDC: Apple has over 10% of US computer market

In the third quarter of 2010, Apple is estimated to have sold approximately two million Macs (I predict it's more), and the IDC research group says that puts Apple in third place among US personal computer vendors, passing Acer.

Apple grew more than twice as fast as any other US vendor. According to IDC, it now has 10.6% of the US market compared to 8.9% a year ago. Mac sales were up 24.1% year-over-year. Ahead of Apple in the US market is Dell with 23.1% and HP with 24.3%.

Globally, the computer market grew 11% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), nearly 3% below expectations, says IDC. The research group says constrained consumer spending resulted in a tepid back-to-school season but a commercial refresh remained largely on schedule and the overall market improved in September compared to the earlier part of the quarter.


What's more, the market still exhibited positive sequential growth over the second quarter which is the hallmark of third quarter...

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Oct 13
PadDock 10 is stereo sound system for the iPad

SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has released the PadDock 10 (http://www.pdstand.com/), an US$99.99 stand/stereo sound system for the Apple tablet.

It cradles the iPad securely, keeping it safe and available for continuous desktop or countertop use. Charging the iPad while cradled, PadDock allows the user to tilt or rotate the iPad 360-degrees, supporting apps in any screen orientation. PadDock also eases syncing of iPad content with iTunes without swapping cables.

What's more, the PadDock 10 is a powerful stereo sound system for the iPad. It utilizes custom oval speakers, a class-D stereo amplifier and a passive radiator for extended bass frequencies.

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Oct 13
Sam's Club to sell iPhones, iPads

Wal-Mart's warehouse unit Sam's Club will begin selling the iPhone and iPad, reports the "Associated Press" (http://www.kgw.com/news/business/104860964.html).

The world's largest retailer said at an investor meeting in Wednesday it's expanding Sam's Club electronics and jewelry sections and will carry the Apple smartphone and tablet. The announcement comes a day after Wal-Mart said it will sell the iPad at 2,300 Walmart stores in the U.S. by mid-November.

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Oct 13
FotoMagico 3.6 offers iMediaBrowser 2 integration, more

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released version 3.6 of FotoMagico, the slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds MediaBrowser 2 integration and updated Flickr support.

The new iMediaBrowser 2 framework and interface sports expanded media libraries support for media browsing and locating capabilities, as well as added support for Flickr browsing directly within the application. A new "Linked to Slides" audio option provides users with the ability to link audio and soundtrack to specific slides, or allows it to move throughout the entire show.

In addition, users can now purchase the FotoMagico Remote iPhone app for US$4.99 (reduced from $19.99). With two Apple Design Awards under its belt, FotoMagico continues to impress users in version 3.6 with product updates and enhancements.

Version 3.6 also comes complete with a variety of product enhancements and bug fixes for a more...

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Oct 13
Absoft Pro Fortran 11.10 advances HPC code development

Absoft Corp. (http://www.absoft.com) has announced general availability of the new Absoft Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS X. The new version advances parallel code development, analysis and performance on the Mac and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard") and Xcode 3.2.

Absoft considers version 11.1 a major release as it includes several new features that simplify development of extremely fast code for parallel systems, says President Wood Lotz. The new version expands the Fortran suite with additional performance tools for multi-cores.

 In addition to Absoft’s proprietary Dynamic AP technology, new features in Pro Fortran 11.1 for Mac OS include: a graphical SMP code and vector analyzer to assist in code tuning, OpenMP 3.0 support in the compiler, debugger and IDE, CUDA GPU support, IDE improvements (Apple C/C++ is supported as a plug-in), Fortran 2003 ISO C bindings, and upgraded...

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Oct 13
Apple plans 'Back to the Mac' event

Some folks would say it's about time, but Apple has announced a "Back to the Mac" media event at 10 am on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Naturally, there are no details. In its invitation to the press, Apple only says that invitees can see what's new for the Mac and that it will preview the next version of Mac OS X. Let the speculation begin....

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Oct 13
BatchOutput Server update tweaks 'write logs' feature

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6. The new version can automatically write logs to a text file along with InDesign documents and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.

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Oct 13
Windows iPhone 7 will sync to Macs

If you really care, Windows iPhone 7 will sync to your Mac. When Microsoft failed to announce any Mac software for Windows Phone 7, many people assumed that meant that there would be no way to directly load content from an Apple computer onto the new devices. However, that won't be the case, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20019432-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&ta...).

"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers," Microsoft said in a statement.

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Oct 13
Apple shares top $300 for the first time

Apple shares climbed above the US$300 mark for the first time in the company's history as trading began Wednesday, notes "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-shares-rise-above-300-for-first-t...).

Apple rose $2.15 to $300.65 a share as the market opened, continuing the stock's rise this year that has lifted the stock by more than 42%. Apple is scheduled to report its fiscal fourth quarter results on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Oct 13
Apple to open new St. Louis retail store Saturday

Apple is set to open a new retail store in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 16. Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria (http://www.apple.com/retail/saintlouisgalleria) is located at 2401 St. Louis Galleria.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Saint Louis Galleria will be the company's 305th retail store. Apple plans to open another 16 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S. The store is also the first to offer a lounge area that will offer free Wi-Fi and allow customers to check in to Genius bar appointments.

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Oct 13
South Korean lawmakers want Apple to answer iPhone service...

Apple has been summoned by South Korean lawmakers to answer questions about the company’s iPhone- service policy amid complaints from local users, parliamentary officials said.

According to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-10-13/apple-summoned-by-korea-lawm...), Farrel Farhoudi, senior director for Apple’s iPhone service, will appear in parliament on Oct. 21 at the request of lawmakers led by You Won Il. South Korean buyers of the iPhone have complained that Apple mostly gives refurbished used phones to customers with faulty devices, instead of providing new handsets, free repairs or refunds, says "Bloomberg." Apple’s local service warranty gives buyers the four options when they have trouble within 14 days of purchase,...

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Oct 13
Canon releases new imageClass laser printers

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added four new imageClass laser printers to its lineup of small office and home office solutions. The new Color imageClass LBP7200cdn and imageClass LBP6650dn/LBP6300dn/LBP6000 black-and-white laser printers mark the entry of the imageCLASS brand into the U.S. single-function printer market.

The new Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn laser printer is designed for networked office environments that wish to perform high-quality color printing in-house, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. Also available are a variety of efficiency-boosting features including duplex print, a 15 second first print time and advanced features such as toner save mode, booklet mode, poster mode and watermark printing.

Handling paper sizes up to legal, the Color imageClass LBP7200Cdn features a 250-sheet cassette plus 50-sheet...

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Oct 13
Quest Software delivers desktop virtualization for iPads

Quest Software (http://www.quest.com) has announced expanded device support for Quest vWorkspace with the introduction of vWorkspace connector software for the iPad and “Zero PCs.”

By expanding device support and deployment options for vWorkspace, Quest gives businesses more ways to embrace the benefits of deploying virtual desktops with lower cost and greater mobility, says Simon Pearce, vice president and general manager, Quest Desktop Virtualization Group.

The vWorkspace Connector for Zero PCs extends the concept of a “zero client” to PC hardware, effectively enabling computers to be used as single-purpose client devices that require zero administration and updates, he adds. The vWorkspace Connector for iPads expands the benefits of vWorkspace to a broader set of users by providing support for the most popular dual work and personal mobile device in today’s workplace, according to Pearce.

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Oct 13
Boris FX introduces Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas...

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro 10. Based on the Open Effects Association (OFX) platform, BCC 7 for Vegas Pro gives Sony editors a collection of over 140 visual effects plug-ins.

Customizable presets allow editors to quickly create high-end effects with no learning curve, according to Dave Chaimson, vice president of worldwide marketing, Sony Creative Software. Effects can be selectively applied via channel or region-based masks. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$595. This is a special introductory price that's available through Nov. 19. The reg

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Oct 13
Ricoh announces G700SE digital camera

Ricoh Americas Corp. (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has released its G700Se digital camera. The ruggedized, water and dust proof camera is an improvement on the G500SE, continuing in the tradition of Ricoh SE products, the company says.

Complete with wireless data communication capabilities (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth, the G700SE uses Global Positioning System (GPS) functions and laser barcode readers. The camera also features a Scandisk card (SD-1), which provides a higher level of security with password-enabled access. By sliding the card into the camera, a user can only read information by entering the correct password.

Yuki Uchida, vice president of New Business Development, says among the improvements found in the G700SE is a more robust and advanced GPS option, with an increased accuracy from six to three meters. This provides more reliable position and direction information, he adds. The camera has...

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Oct 13
Raidon presents 8-bay SAS 6G RAID storage solutions

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the new SAS 6G storage solution, iR2880-8S-U5, performing at a data transfer rate beyond 700MB/second. High level RAID6 data redundancy also can be installed.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers an optimum SAS 6G storage solution especially to multi-operational workstations and data based servers for the small to medium business market. It sports an Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM under the hood. The embedded dual SAS 6G host interface supports eight of 15mm height 2.5-inch hard disk drives from a physical figure of three standard 5.25-inches CD-ROM spaces. It also provides system configuration and monitoring via LCD control panel, LAN or RS232 ports.

The iR2880-8S-U5 offers multiple RAID levels up to RAID6 and provides high level snapshot and clone functions. Contact Raidon for pricing options.

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Oct 13
Akvis releases NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.0 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. You can choose from six nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire.

In the future the program will learn new natural phenomena. NatureArt also lets you create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased as a part of the...

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Oct 13
Adobe: people prefer mobile browsers over downloadable apps

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has published the results of its first quantitative mobile consumer study, conducted by its Omniture Business Unit including newly integrated Adobe Scene7.

The study of 1,200 U.S. consumers measured mobile user preferences, characteristics, satisfaction levels and other experiential factors across four key consumer categories: consumer products & shopping, financial services, media & entertainment, and travel. The study revealed that when it comes to the mobile user experience, respondents generally favor mobile browser experiences over downloadable mobile app experiences across all four categories, and prefer mobile apps when interacting with social media and music and self-contained experiences such as games and maps. Overall, consumers report equal satisfaction levels with their browser and app experiences and spend about the same amount of time interacting with each....

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Oct 13
'MacNotables' looks at the Macworld Insider, more

he latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen discusses the changes to the Macworld Podcast, the new Macworld Insider, premium service, and becoming a published artist on iTunes. As a moderator in the Macworld forums, Breen knows all about the challenges of keeping the trolls out, and covers why the new Insider program is already helping with that problem. He also talks about what he posts to his Twitter feed and names some of his favorite iPad apps.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can...

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Oct 12
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 12

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/).

Bome Software has announced the US$1.99 iPhone application After the Beep!, which applies Bome’s powerful audio processing techniques to a consumer mobile application.  The app allows users to record a message, mix their message with highly customizable themes, then entertain their friends and fans with their new message via Facebook, Twitter, email or VoiceText.

Avallon Alliance has released a new version of The Stone of Destiny HD. It´s a hidden object game for the iPad allowing you to share your adventure with your friends on Facebook. You can join forces to overcome the most challenging levels. The Stone of Destiny HD is 75% off for three days, so is $0.99 for a limited time.

Chris Steinmetz has introduced SoundBoard Me 1.0, a free...

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Oct 12
Study: iPhone 4 glass breaking 82% more than iPhone 3GS

SquareTrade (http://www.squaretrade.com) has analyzed iPhone accidents for over 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by SquareTrade Care Plans and found a 82% increase in reported broken screens compared to the iPhone 3GS. According to the independent warranty provider:

° iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

° Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

° An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

SquareTrade examined the accident claim rate reported by their customers to supply some concrete data to the discussion. The warranty provider looked at the accident claim rate for over 20,000 SquareTrade iPhone 4 warranty owners and compared this to the iPhone 3GS claim rate.

Their data shows that iPhone 4 owners are...

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Oct 12
Ottowa Hospital goes with the iPad

The Ottawa Hospital will deploy "several hundred" iPads to its doctors and nurses next month. By the end of the year the institution should have deployed 1,000 or more of the Apple tablets for mobile access to health records "and the number will go up from there," reports "CIO Canada" (http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/the-electronic-health-record-meets-the...).

Dale Potter, chief information officer at Ottawa Hospital, says doctors, nurses and administrators will mainly use iPads for mobile access to health information within the hospital. However, they won’t carry iPads all the time, especially outside the hospital, so there are plans to support iPhones starting late this year., he adds. Potter even has plans to support the iPod touch for some purposes, says "CIO Canada."

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