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Mar 09
Volitans Software announces SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 2.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version includes a menu icon to run in the background, a better user interface for single partitions, and better support for SSDs, as well as bug fixes.

SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.

SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.

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Mar 09
MegaSeg update includes over 70 improvements, new features

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.6. The new version encompasses over 70 improvements and new features including:

 ° iTunes Sound Check volume support;

° A new BPM Tapper with improved accuracy;

° Intro countdown timers accurate to a tenth of a second;

° (Pro) A built-in FTP upload feature to send "Now Playing" data;

° Printing directly from the Logs and Show History reports;

° (Pro) Voice Over tracks are now automatically back-timed into track intros;

° Playlist menu commands to sort by Category, Date Added, and Time;

° A MIDI preset for the Numark DJ2GO controller;

° MIDI controller jog wheels can now scrub the Wave Viewer for analog style cueing;

° (Pro) New Events to start Ambient Playlists and toggle Rules on and off;

° Font and color options for the Category and Playlist Browsers, Logs, Ambient Playlists, and hot keys;

° (Pro) Option to toggle events on/off automatically with the playlist...

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Mar 09
InPreFlight for InDesign updated to version 2.8.14

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.14. The new version improves reliability of automated packaging of multiple files.

InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.

Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files,...

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Mar 08
Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1, Java updates

Apple has released iTunes 10.2.1 and a Java update.

iTunes 10.2.1 is designed to let you sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3. Apple says it also offers improved Home Sharing.

Apple has also updated Java for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.6, including server versions for both. They're security updates.

You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 8

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).


Re-Evolve has announced Contracts HD, an iPad app designed to simplify agreements between two parties. The US$9.99 app allows any iPad user to create, collaborate, sign, and email completed contracts using the tablet's dynamic touch-screen interface. Aside from signing contracts, Contracts HD also provides a database of contract templates for which anyone can add an addendum to all existing contracts, auto-fill appropriate fields within the contract with your information, and allows both parties to sign contracts by using a fingertip.

Daniel Jones and Angel Abreu have released Alone in Forks 1.0 for iOS. With the $0.99 app, you can take a journey through locations in and around Forks, La Push and other areas. You can download your favorites. Not only can...

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Mar 08
ASK Video offers downloadable video tutorials

ASK Video Interactive Media (http://www.askvideo.com), a creator of software tutorials on DVD, is now offering their entire catalog of music software tutorial videos as digital downloads in addition to the original DVD format.

The move to download has been made possible by AVP, or Ask Video Player. AVP is built upon the company's instruction delivery system and takes advantage of the latest technologies to give the user the best video experience possible, says Steve Kostrey, president of ASK Video. AVP has both product authorization and built-in online product registration to ensure ease of use and provide a secure method of distributing videos instantly to customers, he adds.

This new distribution method gives both customers and online retailers an advantage. Retailers no longer have to ship and stock physical product, while having the entire ASK Video catalog available for sale. This also means...

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Mar 08
iPad 2 launch will see higher sales but shorter lines

When the iPad 2 launches Friday, it should see even higher sales than when the first iPad debuted, but shorter lines, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The original iPad launched at 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and most of Best Buy's 1,000-plus American stores in 2010. Munster says the iPad 2 will debut at more than 10,000 stores of retail partners in addition to 236 current Apple retail stores. The second generation tablet will also go on sale in the U.S. Friday at Walmart, Target, and AT&T and Verizon stores.

Munster expects the new model to outsell its predecessor, which reached a million sales in just 28 days. "Generally, the length of the lines at Apple retail stores on launch day have been a helpful early indication of demand," he says. "However, factors like online pre-orders, simultaneous...

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Mar 08
Apple planning the 'next generation' online store

Apple has posted a job opening (http://macte.ch/KFTgo) for a "senior software engineer -- core services" to "help build the next-generation Apple Online Store."

"Do you enjoy building highly scalable, distributed web applications?" Apple asks in the job posting. "Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU? Do you enjoy working with other high output engineers? If so, then join our team and make a difference."

Apple is looking for "senior-level engineers with demonstrated experience delivering advanced solutions in a multi-tier, distributed environment." A BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, or EE, or relevant industry experience is required. An MS in Computer Science or related technical field is desired.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Mar 08
Adobe releases experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool

Adobe has released an experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool on Adobe Labs, codenamed Wallaby. Wallaby is an AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML5 via drag and drop, expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms, including iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone.
 


Wallaby is being released on Labs in response to the tremendous amount of customer interest after Wallaby was first demoed at MAX last October, according to Adobe. The company invites customers to download this tool, try out the code it generates and provide feedback on how they are using it.


"User response to the Wallaby technology preview will enable Adobe to better understand what types of innovations are needed in our long-term investments in both Flash and HTML5 technology," Adobe says. 

Users can access the Wallaby preview technology and more information for free at labs.adobe.com .

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Mar 08
Woz: Apple can work 'pretty well' even without Jobs

Apple can function “pretty well” even with CEO Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence, co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak said, as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/J8n2t).

“Steve Jobs is only on partial leave. Even if he were to be on total leave, we have examined it,” Wozniak, who said he last spoke with Jobs two months back, spoke in Singapore today. “Apple will go on pretty well even if he is not there directly.”

“I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can,” Jobs said in an e-mail to employees in January. Jobs said he will continue to “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”

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Mar 08
Nuance introduces PDF Converter for Mac

Nuance Communications has introduced Nuance PDF Converter for Mac, giving Apple Mac users the ability to create, convert and edit PDF files for US$99.
 
PDF Converter for Mac allows users to create, view, edit and scan industry-standard PDF files. The product uses Nuance OmniPage document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDF files into searchable PDF files.

The product also connects to separate cloud-based services, including NuancePDF.com document conversion for conversion to fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet documents, and Evernote, a note storage and access service. Drag and drop document assembly features to combine Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with PDF documents -- adding the entire document or specific pages, according to Robert Weideman, general manager and senior vice president for the Nuance Document Imaging Division....

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Mar 08
iOS has second place in global mobile operating system market

Google’s Android mobile operating system overtook RIM’s BlackBerry globally for the first time on a monthly basis in February according to web analytics company, StatCounter (http://www.statcounter.com).

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that Android recorded 15.2% of the worldwide market compared to 14.5% for BlackBerry. Nokia’s Symbian still leads the global market with 30.7% with Apple's iOS in second place with 24.6%.
StatCounter data also pinpoints the rise and rise of mobile devices to access the Internet. The use of mobile to access the Internet compared to desktop has more than doubled worldwide from 1.72% a year ago to 4.45% today. The same trend is evident in the US with mobile Internet usage more than doubling over the past year from 2.59% to 6.32%.

“The momentum is certainly with Android which has almost tripled its market share over the last 12 months from 5.4...

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Mar 08
Pioneer A/V Receiver compatible with Apple’s AirPlay

Pioneer Electronics has introduced a new audio video receiver that includes Apple's AirPlay for wireless music streaming. It gives music lovers complete access, control, and playback of their entire iTunes music library.

Once the VSX-1021 is connected to a home network through Ethernet or Wi-Fi using Pioneer’s optional AS-WL300 wireless LAN adapter (sold separately), AirPlay lets consumers stream their favorite songs to the receiver from iTunes on Mac and PC, or their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.21.

To use Airplay, users can choose a song or playlist on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and then tap the AirPlay icon. The VSX-1021 will appear as an available device, and once selected, the receiver automatically turns on or switches to the Airplay source to start music playback.

Using Apple’s Remote app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch also enables consumers to browse and access...

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Mar 08
Rovi releases Toast 11, Toast 11 Pro

Rovi Corp. has launched Roxio Toast 11 Titanium for Mac. The update helps extend Mac OS and iLife applications with new capabilities and feature enhancements for capturing, copying, converting and enjoying personal digital media and entertainment.

Toast 11 has been redesigned from the ground up and showcases a new interface. It also boasts refined workflows along with built-in video tutorials. You can see a video overview of Toast 11 at http://macte.ch/GKgiO .

For existing users, Toast 11 adds many features such as recording to multiple drives simultaneously, a streamlined product update mechanism, and the ability to save custom video profiles, which is useful for those that are often converting video for a particular device. The latest version now also offers built-in features for directly uploading media to social networking sites such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook and technology optimizations,...

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Mar 08
MyLifeOrganiser released for Mac OS X and Windows

Application Systems North America has announced the North American release of SoftTech Solution's myLifeOrganiser, developed using FileMaker for Mac OS X and Windows.

This organizer is designed to enable families to take control of their daily lives. All members of the family can build complete personal schedules that they can view by week or month. Each personal calendar can display special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries, school activities, doctor and dentist appointments, prescription renewals, vehicle inspections and insurance due dates and much much more, all of which can be set within myLifeOrganiser. Personal, family and pet information including birthdays, vet details and awards can all be added and tagged with a photo.

Personal and details can be retrieved from the electronic Address Book. Individuals can track their mortgages, loans, retirement plans, and shares all in location helping them to take control of their family budget. Important...

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Mar 08
Edouard is new ERP solution for Mac OS X

Flying Pig has introduced Edouard 0.8 (http://www.flyingpigcorp.com/EN/edouard.php), their new ERP solution for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and an Intel-based Mac.

Dedicated to companies concerned about maximizing their resources productivity, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. Based on a Client-Server architectures, it uses PostgreSQL database and Objective-C 2.0 Cocoa as a technological backbone. According to the folks at Flying Pig, Edouard will work with up to 500 users at the same time on huge database (several millions entries).

Pricing policy is: US$59 per user, per month for a shared server cloud solution; $99 per user per month for a dedicated server cloud solution; and $2,999 per user for an in-house license. However, to celebrate the...

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Mar 08
Marware Eco-Vue for iPad 2 case available for pre-order

Marware says the Eco-Vue case for the iPad 2 is available for pre-order. It offers three solutions in one: a horizontal stand a foldaway, low-angle typing stand and an elastic hand strap for an improved hold while walking, lounging, or using FaceTime.

The Eco-Vue offers access to all buttons and ports, allowing you to charge and sync without removing the case. It's a folio-style, eco-leather case made from RoHS compliant leather. It sports a soft micro suede interior.

The Eco-Vue for iPad 2 is available in black eco-leather and retails for US$54.99. For more information about the Eco-Vue and updated shipping dates, go to the Marware web site (http://www.marware.com/).

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Mar 08
Video tutorial on Pages for iPad available on the Mac App Store -

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com) has announced Tutor for Pages for iPad 1.0, their latest video tutorial. It's available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

With it, users can watch videos on their Mac to learn how to use Pages on the iPad. Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The videos cover everything from the document setup to header and footers to masking images to adding tables and charts.

All the videos are included in the app so the user can follow along on their iPad. No Internet connection is needed once the app is downloaded.

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Mar 08
Point in Space announces new database manager

Point In Space Internet Solutions has released their new Database Manager, available on all FileMaker type hosting accounts.

Developed in cooperation with 360Works (http://www.360works.com/), the new Database Manager allows for much greater flexibility and functionality when managing FileMaker databases on Point In Space's services, says Point in Space President John May. Users can now open and close database files, update and download running databases, transfer files in .fp7 or .zip format via either a web browser or FTP, as well as manage FileMaker Pro clients connected to their databases.

For details on Point In Space's FileMaker Hosting, go to http://www.pointinspace.com/ .

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Mar 08
Keynote Zone releases Technology Keynote theme

Keynote Zone (http://www.keynotezone.com) has announced a Technology Keynote theme for use with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

The theme was created especially for those who need to complement any scientific or technology based content of their presentations. The Technology standard version theme comes in two sizes (800 x 600 and 1024 x 768) and is available for $16. The Technology HD version theme comes in five sizes (800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080) and is available for $20.

The Technology theme requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iWork '08 (Keynote 4) or iWork '09 (Keynote 5). The Keynote Zone Collection 10 is available for download for $69.

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Mar 08
Cartographica adds support for exports to MAPublisher 8.4

ClueTrust has announced integrated support for information-rich exports to Avenza's newly released MAPublisher 8.4 to facilitate enhanced map creation using Adobe Illustrator.

First, use Cartographica 1.2.2's geospatial tools to import, analyze and transform your data into the information you want to present. Then use MAPublisher to refine that presentation into a map for professional results.

ClueTrust and Avenza have collaborated closely to ensure that data and geographic information is accurately and seamlessly exported from Cartographica to Adobe Illustrator, where MAPublisher recognizes the information and provides display and formatting capabilities based on it, the companies say. The result is an optimized workflow for people who need to create high quality maps from existing geospatial data, they add.

Cartographica 1.2.2 is available now for US$495. Volume and educational discounts and student pricing are available. A fully functional, 30-day demo is...

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Mar 08
Bomgar introduces remote support console for iPads

Bomgar -- which specializes in secure, appliance-based remote support solutions -- has introduced what it says is the first collaborative remote support representative console designed for the iPad.

The new Bomgar iPad Representative (Rep) Console allows IT support technicians to access, view and fix a remote computer or mobile device directly from their iPad or iPad 2. It also allows support technicians to work on multiple remote support sessions at once, plus invite other in-house and external support reps to simultaneously collaborate on the same session.

The Bomgar iPad Representative (Rep) Console doesn’t require the person being supported to have pre-installed software on their device or be part of a pre-defined “buddy list” to receive support. Technicians can provide support to anyone in virtually any location using their iPad. Finally, the iPad Rep Console works in conjunction with the Bomgar appliance, making it the only iPad remote support solution that...

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Mar 07
ComScore: Apple has 7% of mobile subscriber market

ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending January 2011. According to comScore, Apple had 7% of the mobile subscriber market, down, up from 6.4% in the previous study.

The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.9% market share. Google Android took the lead among smartphone platforms with 31.2% market share, after two short months in second place.

Approximately 65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8% from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2% market share. RIM...

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Mar 07
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 7

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Panorama Concepts has announced RPS Mania 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 rock/paper/scissors game that utilizes a state-of-the-art video interactive A.I system. You can choose your move carefully and let the show begin. Bonus pictures of your opponent will be displayed when you fully beat them so monitor your cash pot.

Imaginatronics has released An Amazing Day at the Zoo 1.0, the first product in its Learning Infinity Suite of education apps for children. Intended for children 10 and younger, the $4.99 iPad app is about a young girl's visit to the zoo. This education app follows the main character's journey as she learns about animals, birds and reptiles, taking advantage of the interactive features that the iPad and other...

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Mar 07
iPad moving into the cockpit

The iPad won approval from U.S. regulators to display navigational charts for some charter pilots, "a step that may speed the end of the decades-old tradition of paper maps in the cockpit," according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/Rj2VH).

With the Federal Aviation Administration endorsing iPads in a test project at Executive Jet Management, a unit of Warren Buffett’s NetJets, the way is open for pilots at airlines and other commercial carriers to seek authorization for the devices, Les Dorr, an agency spokesman, told the publication. iPad use by professional pilots would support Apple’s goal of winning more business buyers.

The company’s total corporate sales may rise 51% to US$11.3 billion in 2011, said Brian Marshall, a Gleacher & Co. analyst, told "Bloomberg Businessweek." Revenue was $76.3 billion last year.

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