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Nov 23
Woz: Apple has bought Nuance

Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak says in an video interview that Apple has bought Nuance, a voice recognition company, reports "mocoNews" (http://moconews.net/article/419-is-apple-buying-nuance-a-mystery-wrapped...).

“I think voice recognition is going to become, more and more, a part of these machines,” he says in the interview with Romil Patel, founder of TVDeck.com. “Apple’s probably thinking the same way. They recently bought the company Nuance.”

"mocoNews" says such an acquisition could make sense. "Apple, which has a $50 billion warchest, has been investing in companies that help extend its smartphone functionality, as it faces increasing competition from the likes of Google/Android, Microsoft and Symbian," the article says.

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Nov 23
FreeOneHand is new iPad holder, stand

FreeOneHand iPad Holder and Stand (http://www.freeonehand.com/) is a new, multi-function iPad accessory that provides a one-handed grip, ergonomic design, and works as a stand in portrait and landscape orientations, left or right handed.

It's designed to let you hold your iPad in one hand, freeing the other for making presentations, data entry, sending emails, reading to kids, experiencing magazines, surfing the web and more. The secure grip purportedly eliminates the worry of dropping your iPad, and "raised feet" protect the display when set screen side down.

Weighing 2.3 ounces, FreeOneHand's lightweight elastomer construction provides enough rigidity to hold a 1.6 pound iPad, while keeping a rubber-like softness for comfort during use. You can also use it as a stand while typing.

The FreeOneHand comes in six colors: Bright White, Silver, Ebony, Lime Green, Sky Blue and Rose Pink....

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Nov 23
Drycase Folio is new waterproof case for the iPad

CS Ideas has announced DryFolio Folio (http://www.waterproofcases.net/drycases.html), a waterproof case for the iPad. The US$ case allows full use of touchscreen and controls on the Apple tablet while it's sealed inside.

The Drycase Folio is the first waterproof iPad case with a built-in waterproof speaker mic jack that will allow users to listen and speak through the iPad with a microphone headset, according to CS Idea President Toi Chance-Sangthong. This specialty jack gives users the ability to make calls, use voice apps and listen to movies by the pool, at the beach or even out on the boat.

The Drycase features a waterproof closure and vacuum seal system to lock the iPad safely inside the case. Users seal the tablet inside and use the included vacuum pump to remove the excess air, ensuring that the case is properly sealed. When properly sealed, the case...

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Nov 23
BatchOutput for InDesign updated to version 3.9.8

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.8, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update improves handling of InDesign book files, streamlining book output and ensuring its reliability.

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 3.9.9 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier can contact Zevrix to...

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Nov 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 22

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/).

Screenlife, the creators of Scene It?, has announced its new Scene It? Harry Potter App for iPhone and iPod touch and HD version for iPad are available on the Apple App Store, just in time for Warner Bros. Pictures' release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." Scene It? Harry Potter takes players on a journey with real movie clips, puzzles and questions from the first six films from the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise. The iPod/iPod touch version costs US$1.99, and the iPad version is $4.99.

Cleversome has released Notica 1.0, their new visual memory companion for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an $2.99 productivity app revolving around the concept of adding rich context to visuals, specifically photos and videos taken with the...

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Nov 22
EagleFiler soars to version 1.5

EagleFiler (http://c-command.com/eaglefiler/) -- a tool that lets you archive and search mail, web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images and more -- has been updated to version 1.5. This update includes the following enhancements:

° The new "Quick entry" hotkey lets you create a new RTF or text file from from within any application. You can enter the contents of the file, choose which library and folder it's saved in, and set metadata such as the tags, label, and notes.

° When importing via drag and drop or Save PDF to EagleFiler, you can now hold down the Option key to have EagleFiler show the options dialog (which was previously only available when capturing). This lets you set the destination folder, tags, label, notes, etc. There is also a new EagleFiler: Import (Ask for Options) system service, which presents the options dialog when importing the selected text or...

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Nov 22
iOS iWork apps updated with multitasking, AirPrint support

Apple updated the iOS versions of its iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, Keyntoe) to version 1.3. The updates are iOS 4.2 compatible and support multitasking, and AirPrint.

AirPrint lets you print email, photos, web pages, and documents right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. But for now it only works with certain HP printers.

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Nov 22
GameSalad invents 'Free to Make' model with new Basic...

GameSalad (http://www.gamesalad.com) -- makers of GameSalad Creator, a free, groundbreaking, visually-based game creation software platform that enables any user to develop games without prior programming knowledge, has unveiled a new “Free to Make” subscription program for developers looking to publish to iOS, Mac, or the Web.

GameSalad has invented the “Free to Make” model by offering the Basic subscription at no cost to users. They have also announced a new Professional level account, which includes additional monetization features like iADs and promotional links, available today at the cost of US$499 a year. Developers will continue to publish games under their personal Apple iPhone Developer accounts, which will still be required in order to publish and test their iOS creations on Apple devices.

“By introducing the ‘Free to Make’ model, we’re holding true to what really sets GameSalad apart...

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Nov 22
Ambrosia Software releases WireTap Anywhere 2.0

Ambrosia Software (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/) has released WireTap Anywhere 2.0, an upgrade to its audio routing and mixing software for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This low latency audio tool lets you take the audio output from any combination of Mac applications or hardware input devices, and route it into your favorite audio processing applications.

With version 2.0, you can:

° Create virtual input devices with an arbitrary number of channels of audio;

° Discretely map audio channels from software applications and hardware devices in any combination you choose;

° Adjust audio levels on a per-channel basis both pre- and post-mix;

° Preview your audio mix before you ever hit the record button.

WireTap Anywhere is available immediately for US$129. Registered users of WireTap Anywhere 1.x can upgrade to version 2.0 at the discounted rate of $69. A demo is available...

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Nov 22
'MacVoices' continues down the Road to Macworld

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the Road to Macworld continues.

Featured artiest Joseph O. Holmes discusses his approach to fine art photography, and what you can expect to learn at his Users Conference session, The Fine Art Photographers' Workflow -- Developing an Efficient Path to Better-looking Photos. He explains what has been lost and gained in the move to digital photography, some of the efficiencies he has developed in keeping his daily photoblog, joe's NYC, going since 2004, and what he tries to accomplish when taking and editing a photo.

Want to improve your photos now? Holmes gives a couple tips on what you can do to accomplish that goal, and prepare to get even more out of his Macworld conference session.

The Road to Macworld 2011 is a special "MacVoices" series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at...

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Nov 22
Apple TV update adds AirPlay support

Along with iOS 4.2, Apple has released a software upgrade for the new Apple TV, upgrading the device from version 4.0 to version 4.1 The update enables AirPlay.

AirPlay lets you stream music, photos and video from their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to the Apple TV. Unfortunately, you can't stream media from the Apple TV to the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

By default, the Apple TV comes with AirPlay enabled and without password protection. And you can turn AirPlay off entirely if you want. Or add password protection.

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Nov 22
Orange UK to offer new iPad purchase options

Orange UK (http://www.orange.co.uk) says it will offer new purchase options for iPad users, including more affordable prices when purchased with a data service plan, for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models in the coming months.

No details on pricing for the subsidized models or the data plan packages that will be required have yet been released. However, reports have claimed that the subsidized device could cost as little as £200 and launch early next month, notes "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).

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Nov 22
Microvision unveils second gen laser pico projector

MicroVision (http://www.microvision.com) has unveiled the US$449 SHOWWX+, the second generation of its laser pico projector. With a 50% brighter display within the same slim size, it enables mobile device users to break free from the small screen and project large, clear 16:9 widescreen content wherever they are, on any surface, says Alexander Tokman, president and CEO of MicroVision.

He says SHOWWX+ is the first laser pico projector to offer a big-screen, movie-length experience that slips into a shirt pocket. Boasting two hours of battery life, 5,000:1 native contrast ratio, 15 laser lumens, a contrast ratio up to five times higher than competing products, and the shortest throw ratio of any pico projector on the market, the SHOWWX+ is the perfect accessory for expanding viewing experiences beyond a palm or pad-sized screen, Tokman claims.

SHOWWX+ is a “Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad"...

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Nov 22
Survey looks at the tablet market -- and the iPad's...

With the tablet market shaping up to be the largest consumer tech battle of 2011, shopping site VoucherCodes.co.uk has commissioned the largest consumer survey to date to gain insights into Apple’s dominance and who can be the David to their Goliath.

The results show that while dominant, Apple has a few weak spots along with some interesting insights into what people want from a Tablet Device. Highlights of the VoucherCodes survey include:

° Dell and RIM have the largest amount of public trust in their tablet after Apple.

° For just an US$160 saving, over a third of the market would move away from Apple.

° Every age demographic indicated they wanted the device most for instant access to the web, suggesting clever tie ups with networks could win the battle outright.

° Older demographics indicated the highest interest in purchasing a tablet device.

° Women value price whereas men value breadth and quality of features as the factors most...

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Nov 22
Analyst forecasts new iPad in April 2011

Apple will roll out a second-generation iPad next April, a year after the original's launch, according to analyst Brian Marshall of Gleacher & Co. As reported by "InfoWorld" (http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/expect-ipad-2-apple-next-april-says-...), he told clients that the iPad 2 will have the same form factor, but with dual-camera functionality, allowing iPad users run FaceTime.

But don't expect more storage in the iPad 2, says Marshall. "I don't think we'll see higher-capacity iPads," he told clients. He thinks we'll see the same 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations Apple now sells.

The analyst also thinks we'll see a CDMA iPhone in March. It will, he forecasts, able to run on mobile networks such as Verizon in the U.S.

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Nov 22
Innodata launches ePublishing services for iBookstore

Innodata, an Apple-approved provider of digital publishing and conversion services, has launched an array of custom-designed eBook production services created specifically for publishers and authors making their work available through Apple’s iBookstore.

Innodata’s services will be made available to content providers via an online platform as they sign up with Apple to distribute content on the iBookstore. iBookstore is accessible through the free iBooks app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Content Providers who already have an Apple ID can register online for Innodata services at http://www.innodata.com/eBooks/Apple. Content Providers can obtain an Apple ID by submitting an iTunes Connect Online Application at https...

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Nov 22
Here at last: Apple’s iOS 4.2

Apple says iOS 4.2, the latest version of their mobile operating system, is available today for download for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint. 

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” says CEO Steve Jobs. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover...

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Nov 22
'MUG Event Calendar': OWC, going paperless, more

"The MUG Event Calendar" is relatively quiet this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but there are still some meetings slated.

Other World Computing will visit an Illinois group, and Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Store 3, will make a virtual presentation to an Ohio Group. A group in California will focus on going paperless, an Australian group will discuss social media, and a Canadian group will cover both Skype and iPhoto.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Nov 22
Archive for Mac OS X revved to version 6.0.4

Yenco.com has released version 6.0.4 of Archive (http://www.yenco.com/archive/ ) for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher). It's an application that catalogs the contents of your devices so you can find the info you're looking for.

Version 6.0.4 fixes a couple of issues that could prevent catalogs from being created for devices under certain circumstances and improves reliability of information returned for devices.

Archive is a shareware application. You can evaluate it free for 15 times to try out its features and decide if you like it before you buy it. It costs US$30 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Nov 22
Elasty 2.0 movie recording app for Snow Leopard available

Creaceed (http://www.creaceed.com) has released version of Elasty, an update of the toolbox for people who like recording movies. It's for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") only.

Elasty gives access to features pretty common in image processing but quite unusual in movie processing, according to the folks at Creaceed. Features include stabilization, motion tracking, special effects, screen breaks, retiming (acceleration adn slow motion) and the ability to rotate, flip, crop and separate rendering for sound and images.

The application is available in English, French and German, and costs US$49.95 .The upgrade is free for registered beta testers of version 2.0.

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Nov 22
OCRKit for the Mac, iPhone gets updates

ExactCODE has updated the Mac version of OCRKit (http://ocrkit.com/), as well as the relating equivalent  OCRKit Mobile for iPhone. The Mac version features 11 new OCR languages, advanced layout recognition for RTF output and an improved OCR recognition of special characters.

The mobile version for iPhone includes several user interface improvements, all new interface translations as well as vastly improved OCR recognition, accuracy and stability. OCRKit uses the OCR engine from ExactScan Pro, a Mac OS X scanning solution with built-in drivers for over 200 document scanners.

OCRKit 1.6 for the Mac is available for US$59.90. OCRKit Mobile 2.0 is on sale for $4.99 in the Apple App Store.

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Nov 22
Update for Stock Investment Guide released

Churr Software (http://churr.com) has announced Stock Investment Guide 3.1.3, an update of the stock analysis tool for Mac OS X. The update adds the ability to print portfolio listings, a calculation of the sustainable growth rate. Other new features include a new price history graph, automatic updating of dividend yields in portfolio views, and more.

It provides investors with tools to analyze a company's earnings history to help forecast what earnings could be in five years. The Stock Investment Guide can then tell the investor if the current PE ratio is in-line with its historical price range.

Churr Software will be having a Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale. Customers will be able to purchase the Stock Investment Guide during the sale for a 15% discount. The normal price of the Stock Investment Guide is US$80, but will be available during this limited time sale for $68.

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Nov 22
Oddmakers bet on Black Friday iPad sales

Black Friday is exactly one week away, and retailers nationwide are ready to host an overwhelming crowd of shoppers seeking deals in the latest gadgets, especially Apple’s iPad.

With the reported improvement in the economy, retailers are throwing holiday knockout punches in a bid for the largest number of shoppers. The competition is fierce: Who will win this year’s shopping competition?
 
CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com, a sportsbooks, have calculated the odds for this year’s Black Friday. Full odds are as follows:

Which store will sell the largest number of iPads?

Best Buy, +175, 36%;

Wal-mart, +120, 45%;

Amazon, +150, 40%;

Apple, +160, 38%
 
Which retailer will report largest sales?

Wal-mart, +100, 50%

Target, +120, 45.5%

Sears, +175, 36.4%

Amazon, +150, 40%    

K-Mart, +200, 33%

Best Buy, +200, 33...

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Nov 22
MacBUS holiday party slated for Nov. 30

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (MacBUS) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature an annual MacBUS tradition: a holiday party and round robin.  Members are encouraged to come and enjoy some food, while taking a few minutes to introduce themselves to the group, explain their job, hobbies, and more.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held.  Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

Hunt Room
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of each calendar month. For...

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Nov 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 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/).

Bazinga Systems has announced Camel Race 1.0, their new game for iOS devices. The US$1.99 app (on sale for $0.99 for a limited time) simulates a funfair attraction. You'll have to insert the ball in the holes to make your camel move, trying to be the first to cross the finish line. You can play alone in single player mode with 20 different levels or try the multiplayer mode via GameCenter where you can invite your friends to join the race or use the Auto-Match feature of GameCenter and play against people all over the world.

Games Cafe has introduced Sally's Spa HD 1.0 for iPad. In the $4.99, Sally is on a mission to provide relaxation and rejuvenation to customers in exotic locations around the globe as she builds her spa business. Players...

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