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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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Oct 19
Big Mean Folder Machine update allows folder hierarchies to be...

Publicspace.net has updated The Big Mean Folder Machine (http://www.publicspace.net/BigMeanFolderMachine/), a file/folder management utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.8. The new version allows folder hierarchies to be split based on legacy creator and type code information.

BMFM is a a tool for those who work with large file collections, including digital photographers, content creation, post-production, system administrators, and other creative professionals. Featuring an copying engine, The Big Mean Folder Machine walks you through each decision. BMFM also resolves name conflicts automatically. You can unify entire file collections from various locations into a single folder. Or, alternatively, you can split files into several folders based on a range of criteria.

BMFM is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It...

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Oct 19
Curio 7.0 for Mac OS X includes project sections, more

Zengobi has released Curio 7.0 (http://www.zengobi.com/curio), an upgrade of the note taking, mind mapping, brainstorming, and task management application for Mac OS X.

The upgrade's features include: project sections and Organizer folders; left map, right map, and org chart mind map arrangements; project, idea space, and figure galleries with dozens of bundled styles, templates, & stencils; advanced tags with image and hotkey support; time support for start & due dates; hour & minute durations; automatic work week and work time rollups; collapsible index cards; customizable shadows with pinched and bulged shadow effects; independent text shadows; advanced 4-point axial and radial figure and idea space gradients; new Evernote features; network support for template, stencil, style, and Scrapbook repositories and other enhancements and performance improvements.

Curio is...

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Oct 19
DEX is new Mac software for DJs

Digital 1 DJ/ PCDJ (PCDJ) has released PCDJ DEX (http://pcdj.com/index.php/products/dj-software/pcdj-dex-for-mac/) for the Mac. PCDJ stands for personal computer disc jockey, and the software is designed for both mobile and club DJs.

It supports the latest DJ controllers including American Audio VMS4, the Numark MIXDECK, and Denon DN-HC4500. It also includes full XML MIDI mapping support for most popular controllers. PCDJ DEX sports an upgraded audio engine for Mac and has enhanced support of Apple’s CORE Audio.

DEX for Mac has a track library, which enables browsing, searching and sorting for a variety of audio files including MP3, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV’s, and unprotected AAC (MP4) files. Skinning and Waveform display have been optimized to minimize system resources.

PCDJ DEX for Mac requires Mac OS X 10...

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Oct 19
Sorenson Media unveils pro video URL shortening service

Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced Vid.vu, an URL shortening service designed specifically for professional online video.

The web-based URL abbreviating service works with Sorenson Squeeze Server, the company’s scalable, cloud-based, enterprise-grade encoding solution to be formally released in November. Vid.vu demos were part of Sorenson Media’s presentations at last week’s Streaming Media Europe conference in London .

“There are many URL shorteners available out there, but none that are created specifically for professional, enterprise video needs,” says Eric Quanstrom, Sorenson Media’s COO. “Vid.vu not only provides automatically shorter URLs to video permalink pages -- which are typically excessively long -- it also has built-in protection against malware, phishing scams and spam. Vid.vu also enables Sorenson Squeeze Server users to create and track their own...

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Oct 19
Aquafadas updates BannerZest Fun Pics

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has released a new version of its free Facebook application BannerZest Fun Pics. This application dedicated to the social network Facebook allows users to create and share animated slideshows on their wall and their friends' wall in a few clicks.

In this new version users can edit their slideshows and choose new themes with no need to create a new slideshow. What's more, it's possible to add, delete and rename images. Finally, BannerZest Fun Pics users can now classify their slideshows by date of creation. And, minor bugs in Internet Explorer have been fixed too.

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Oct 19
CalDigit FASTA-2e now with 6GB SATA

CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com) has announced an upgrade to the FASTA-2e eSATA card, which now supports 6G SATA. It's available through CalDigit Certified Dealers worldwide for US$59.

The FASTA-2e provides 2 eSATA ports with the latest SATA 6G technology, allowing for speeds of up to 6Gbps. The new FASTA-2e is completely backwards compatible with legacy SATA devices. It also supports port multiplied enclosures and other devices like external optical drives or storage solutions.

The FASTA-2e will work with any PCIe specification, even on older PCIe based machines like the Apple G5. Regardless of the PCIe generation (1 or 2), 1 lane or 16, the FASTA-2e is ready to go to work, as it doesn't require extra drivers or software to work on most modern machines. The FASTA-2e utilizes the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), which is standard in most of today’s operating systems.

For...

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Oct 19
A2Z Keywording launches Keyword Perfect 2.0

A2Z Keywording has launched Keyword Perfect 2.0, a update of the Mac OS X and Windows sales tool that enables photographers, stock photo agencies, archivists and other imaging professionals to tag their photo libraries using a dictionary of searchable keywords, ensuring that their images are as accessible as possible to potential buyers. 

First developed as the in-house engine around A2Z Keywording’s keywording service, Keyword Perfect is now available to pro photographers as a means to input relevant tags and, with a minimum of keystrokes, generate dozens of associated keywords that make their work more likely to be identified by image buyers and stock agencies.
 
Attendees of the PhotoPlus Expo (Oct. 28-30, 2010, New York) are invited to visit the A2K Keywording booth (#177) to view demonstrations of Keyword Perfect and obtain trial versions of the software.
 
Starting today, Keyword Perfect is available for purchase at...

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Oct 18
Mac sees double digit growth in both desktop, laptops

Apple sold 3.89 million Macs (the most ever) for the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. That's over 400,000 more than the company has ever sold before.

According to Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, the Mac saw double digit growth in both desktops and laptops. Mac growth was strong in each of geographic areas, led by the Asia/Pacific and Japan regions, he adds.


Oppenheimer said the great results were due to strong sales of the iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro. (There was no mention of the Mac mini, Mac Pro or MacBook Air). In fiscal 2010, Apple sold over 13.6 million Macs, 31% year over year growth.

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Oct 18
Jobs doesn't see any serious iPad competitors on the...

Apple sold 4.19 million iPads in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. And Apple CEO doesn't see any serious competitors anytime soon.

The iPad is now distributed in 26 countries. iPad sales in the fourth quarter brought in US$2.7 million in revenue ($2.8 million when accessories are figured in). Over 65% of Fortune 500 companies are piloting or implementing the Apple tablet, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. iOS device sales passed 125 million in September, and there are now over 30,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad and over 200,000 registered iOS developers.

In a conference call with analysts and the press, Jobs said he only saw "a handful of credible entrants on the tablet scene, not an avalanche." He said most only offer 7-inch screen, which is only 45% as large as iPad's 9.7-inch screen.

Jobs said that size isn't sufficient for "great tablet apps" and that the iPad's size was the minimum size for great apps...

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Oct 18
iPhone sales set record, double in Asia, Japan

Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones (the most ever) for the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. iPhone sales more than doubled in the Asia/Pacific and Japan regions.

The iPhone saw 91% year-over-year growth. compared to 64% growth for smartphone overall in the quarter (per IDC's stats). The iPhone now has 166 carriers in 89 countries. With the iPhone 4, the Apple smartphone has gone from 60% to nearly 80% of Fortune 500 countries, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. In fiscal 2010, sold over 40 million iPhones -- an increase of 93% year-over-year.

Apple CEO made a surprise appearance at a conference call with the press and analysts about the financial results to tout the iPhone's surprise. He said he wanted to drop by "for our first $20 billion quarter."

Jobs said that Apple has now passed RIM in smartphone sales and "doesn't see them catching us any time soon." He said that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones compared to 12.1 million...

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Oct 18
Jobs: we're thrilled with the new Apple TV

In a conference call with financial analysts and the press, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company is happy with the way that the new Apple TV is selling -- and shaping up.

Jobs said the device has already sold over 250,000 units "in a short time" and "we're thrilled with that." He said the new Apple TV is a great product and the US$99 price point is very enticing.

"When we get the AirPlay features into play, it will offer another big reason for people to buy the Apple TV," said Jobs.

AirPlay is a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.

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Oct 18
iPod remains top MP3 player

Apple sold 9.05 million iPods in the the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. The device remains the top selling MP3 player, based on the latest NPD data.

And the iTunes store brought in over US$1 billion, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. iOS device sales passed 125 million in September, he adds. Apple says there are now 200,000 registered iOS developers.

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Oct 18
Apple retail stores see record breaking quarter

Apple retail store revenue was $3.57 billion for the the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter. That compares to $2.04 billion in the previous quarter, an increase of 75%.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that the retail stores sold 874,000 Macs in the quarter compared to 670,000 the previous quarter. That's up 30%. And -- you guessed it -- he said that half of these Macs were sold to new users. That's the stat mentioned during every quarterly report.

Apple opened 24 stores in the fourth fiscal quarter, including 16 international stores. There are now 317 stores worldwide and 84 outside the US. An average of 301 stores were opened during the September quarter with an average revenue of $11.8 million.


The stores saw a record 75 million visitors compared to 45 million in year-ago quarter. Apple will open 40-50 stores in fiscal 2011; half of those will be outside the US.

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Oct 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 18

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/).

TeamLava has announced its free social diner game, Restaurant Story, for iOS devices. Users are given a persistent restaurant to design and style, with ever-increasing amounts of content to create their ideal theme restaurant.

Apps For Al has released Communication Apps 1.0, an US$0.99 health care app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Focused solely on identifying the best apps that assist and augment verbal communication, it provides recommendations for apps in a single category of health-related apps. Communication Apps provides a curated list, saving you time and money by identifying best-of-breed apps in this category.

Mobileapptopia has grown Veggie Bomb 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The $0.99, arcade-like tossing game...

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Oct 18
Apple sees record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales

Apple has announced its financial results for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. And the company reported record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales.

Apple posted record revenue of US$20.34 billion and a net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $12.21 billion and net quarterly profit of $2.53 billion, or $2.77 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.9% compared to 41.8% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 57 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 3.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 27% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 91% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 9.05 million iPods during the quarter, representing an 11% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 4.19 million iPads during the quarter.

“We are blown away to report over $...

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Oct 18
Steam gaming platform surpasses 30 million account mark

Valve (http://www.valvesoftware.com) has announced the latest growth data for Steam, a platform for Mac and PC games and digital entertainment, revealing new account growth of 178%, sales growth of over 200%, over 200 Steamworks games shipped to date, and more.

During the past 12 months the platform had year-over-year new user growth of 178%, pushing the total number of active accounts to over 30 million, with over 1,200 games now offered. Peak simultaneous player numbers were also up to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam each day.

In addition to new user growth, Steam sales during the trailing 12 months increased by more than 200%, putting it on track for a sixth straight year of realizing over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales. To meet this demand, the Steam infrastructure has been increased and now has ability to run at 400Gps, enough...

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Oct 18
Apple not on 'Newsweek' list of 'green'...

"Newsweek" has released its list of "green" U.S. companies (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/18/green-rankings-us-companies.html) and, strangely, Apple isn't in the top 20. The top five on the list are Dell, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Intel and Sprint Nextel.

The 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.

The absence of Apple on the list seems a bit strange. The International Data Corporation (IDC), says Apple recycles in 95% of the countries where its products are sold. And last October Greenpeace praised Apple as the first PC maker to completely eliminate hazardous brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl...

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Oct 18
'MUG Event Calendar': Smile, Cocoatech, computer...

"The MUG Event Calendar" has a wide variety of topics coming up this week.

Greg Scown of Smile will show off their company’s Mac and iOS software to one California group, while another will host the Cocoatech team, who will demonstrate Path Finder. A Georgia group will enjoy a presentation from a computer historian, while groups in California and Arizona will discuss genealogy-related topics. Also on this week’s agenda are a COO’s perspective on the Mac, iPhoto, Photoshop Elements, social media and more.

"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...

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Oct 18
BlizzCon 2010 gaming convention begins this week

BlizzCon 2010, Blizzard Entertainment’s (http://www.blizzard.com) two-day gaming festival celebrating the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo game universes and their global player communities, begins on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Attendees of the sold-out show will be able to play the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games, as well as speak with developers in discussion panels, witness live top-tier tournament competition, participate in a wide range of activities, and meet with fellow gamers and friends.

Jay Mohr has returned to act as master of ceremonies for the community contests taking place on Friday, including the popular dance and costume competitions, and the show will close on Saturday evening with a concert byTenacious D -- otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass.

Anyone unable to attend BlizzCon can still purchase a...

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Oct 18
Beauty Box skin retouching plug-in gets update

Digital Anarchy has announced a free update to their skin retouching plugin, Beauty Box Video. Version 1.2 gives Beauty Box Video a speed increase by taking advantage of the latest hardware and operating systems.

The update uses nVidia’s CUDA and other GPU optimizations to achieve rendering results that are 3–6x’s faster than version 1.0. The update also features user interface changes and bug fixes that provide a smoother, faster workflow in After Effects, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy.

Beauty Box Video gives an actor or model an incredible makeover in post-production by incorporating state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms, he adds. Beauty Box automatically identifies the skin tones and removes imperfections and blemishes.


For the version 1.2 update, users with an nVidia card that supports CUDA will see the most drastic speed increases, particularly when used with a 64-bit operating system and...

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Oct 18
Count the iPad and Apple is #1 U.S. computer vendor

If you count the iPad as a personal computer -- as I've long claimed should be done -- Apple is now the number one computer maker in the US, notes Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore.

He told clients in a note Monday -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/18/what-if-the-ipad-were-a-pc/?secti...) -- the Apple tablet is "driving a rapid, unprecedented shift in the structure of the computing industry."

To illustrate that point, Whitmore has taken a chart of domestic PC market shares over the past seven...

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Oct 18
Sanho to quit selling MacBook charging cables following lawsuit

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) says it will quit selling MacBook charging cables and car chargers as of Nov. 2, following a lawsuit by Apple.

Apple sued Sanho Corp. for patent infringement in September. Among the products named in the suit were Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger. The lawsuit claimed that Sanho's products used recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple. Apple's lawsuit also singled out charging and data cables that rely on the 30-pin dock connector compatible with the iPod, iPhone and iPad ecosystem of devices.

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Oct 18
Qantas Airways to offer iPads to passengers

Qantas Airways will offer an iPad to passengers on its Jetstar flights as it competes for a growing share of the competitive market for low-cost travel in Australia and Asia, reports "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/qantas-unit-to-offer-inflight-ipads-201...).

"We're in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network," a Jetstar spokesman said. "We're in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition."

The iPad will be made available to passengers on domestic and long-haul Jetstar flights following a successful trial period at Qantas, says "MarketWatch."

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