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Nov 19
Millennial Media: Android ties iOS for largest smartphone OS

Mobile ad network Millennial Media says its latest figures show that this month, for the first time, Android tied with Apple’s iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 37% impression share.

Android ad requests grew 65% month-over-month, and since January, Android has now grown 2182%. The iPod touch was included on the list of top mobile devices for the first time, and was number three (ahead of phones like the Motorola Droid) .

RIM ad requests grew 43% month-over-month, and RIM devices represented six of the Top 30 mobile phones (with the BlackBerry Curve being number two overall). iPad requests increased 112% month-over-month  .

Motorola became the number three manufacturer and held a 15% impression share. Two new Motorola devices -- the Droid 2 and the Droid X -- both made their entrance into the Top 30 Mobile Device list. The top 4 countries globally (in terms of impressions) were the US, UK, Canada...

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Nov 19
PandaWare releases new class of classes for REALbasic developers

The PandaWare Company has announced the availability of a set of classes for REALbasic developers who want to convert styled text to HTML.

The new PWStyleHTMLField class provides a drop-in solution for turning styled text in a REALbasic or Real Studio project into HTML. It can also generate an HTML email message in one line of code.

The PWStyleHTMLField offers extensive support for links. It allows adding other HTML tags to support features that a REALbasic TextArea or EditField doesn't display, such as images, lists, tables, and options that can be incorporated in HTML with CSS styles.

More information is available, and a compiled demo application can be downloaded for free at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . Developers may also request a time-limited demo project for testing in their own projects. Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField are US$25...

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Nov 19
iToner update updated for iTunes 10.1, iOS 4.2

Ambrosia Software has updated iToner (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/itoner/), an utility for Mac OS X that lets iPhone users create and install custom ringtones on the Apple communications device, to version 2.0.7. This update addresses compatibility issues with iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2, as well as minor changes to improve the iToner user experience and reliability.

iToner allows you to assign different ringtones for your different contacts. With iToner, you can now "have a Barry White ringtone for when your girlfriend calls, Frank Zappa for when your college buddies ring you up, or the theme from "Jaws" for when your boss is calling," according to the folks at Ambrosia.

iToner is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. iToner costs US$15, though version 2.0.7 is a free update for...

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Nov 18
EdgeCast adds full HTTP streaming for iOS 4 devices

EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network (CDN), hasannounced full support for HTTP live and on-demand streaming to the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

“Supporting video on demand and live streaming to iOS devices builds on our commitment to ensuring that our customers can deliver content to any user regardless of their format, location, or device,” says Ted Middleton, vice president of product management at EdgeCast Networks. “This further extends the evolution of streaming technology to new HTTP-based formats which bring increased quality, superior user experiences, and new monetization opportunities."

EdgeCast iOS 4 support includes intelligent dynamic stream technology, which is supported by the media player built into Apple devices. Intelligent dynamic stream selection lets an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch automatically switch between different bit rates depending on the device’s current connection speed. By switching bit rates on-the-fly as network...

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Nov 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 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/).

"60 Minutes" is apparently the first primetime news magazine to have its own stand-alone application for the iPad. Content from the television broadcast and online features will be offered on the new app, now available for US$4.99.

Mimvi -- a search, discovery and recommendation engine for finding mobile apps (or applications -- has announced the launch of a proprietary search and recommendation technology based on cognitive computing for all mobile app platforms.The patent-pending technology has been used to create platform-specific search engines starting with the U.S. market’s three primary “smartphone” players: Apple’s iPhone, Google Android and RIM’s BlackBerry. Windows Mobile 7, Samsung, Nokia and others will follow. These search engines...

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Nov 18
Analyst: China catching 'Apple fever'

Following a trip to China, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White says the country is catching "Apple fever," as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/18/analyst-china-catching-apple-fever/?).

He cites conversations with China Unicom, Apple's exclusive partner and the second largest carrier (162 million subscribers) in the world's largest mobile phone market, in which he was told that "the opportunity for high-end smartphones in China is over 100 million units." White also quotes a report in the "Chengdu Chinese Commercial News" that mentions a newly signed "cooperation agreement" between Apple and China Mobile (CHL), the "global giant" of mobile phone carriers with roughly 815 million mobile subscribers.

"Fortune" says the nature of this agreement is unclear, but White...

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Nov 18
Apricorn rolls out new Mac Array

Apricon (http://www.apricorn.com) has introduced the Mac Array, a turnkey solution for instantly increasing your Mac Pro’s processing power. Designed specifically for Mac Pro systems, the Apricorn Mac Array internal SSD RAID is designed to bridge the gap between your computer's high capacity hard drive and your system's RAM, acting as virtual memory, for a performance increase of up to 10 times.

Aimed at the creative market, the Mac Array is the ideal tool for high performance applications such as video editing, animation and image processing, says Mike McCandless, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Apricorn. Built around four 128GB solid state drives on Apricorn's specially designed SATA PCIe Host Card, the Mac Array's form factor adds a total of 512GB of virtual memory to your system, yet uses only one internal full length PCIe X4 slot, keeping the other slots and drive bays free for expansion...

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Nov 18
DISH Network introduces TV Everywhere

DISH Network says it's the first pay-TV provider in America to introduce a true TV Everywhere offering, giving DISH Network subscribers the ability to watch all of their live and recorded television programs on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops.

DISH Network subscribers can access these features when they download and use the DISH Remote Access application in concert with their broadband-connected, Sling-enabled receiver.

"Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of the live and recorded content included with their DISH Network programming subscription," says DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr.

To enjoy the live viewing capability of DISH Remote Access, consumers need to be DISH Network subscribers and have a Sling-enabled device such as the newly-released Sling Adapter -- a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP...

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Nov 18
Printopia allows Mac, iOS device printer sharing

Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com) has released Printopia, a Mac app that lets you share your Mac's printers with any "capable" iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It will also add a virtual printer, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files.

Whether you have an inkjet printer plugged into your Mac, a laser printer plugged into your router or even a network printer, if your Mac can print to it, Printopia will share it. The software translates for your printer, allowing it to speak to your iPhone or iPad even if it's not an AirPrint-compatible printer. Printopia even supports many password-protected printers.

Double-click to install Printopia, and within seconds you'll see most any connected printers on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You'll also see Printopia's "Send To Mac" and "Send To Dropbox on Mac" virtual printers.

Printopia requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$9.95; a demo is...

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Nov 18
LaCie announces USB 3.0 FastKey drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announces the FastKey, which it says is the smallest USB 3.0 drive around. It's backward compatible with USB 2.0, which is good for Mac users as Apple hasn't added support for USB 3.0.

The FastKey packs 30GB to 120MB of storage into a 2.5-inch solid state drive, with pricing starting at US$149.99. It also includes software AES 256-bit encryption.

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Nov 18
Apple updates Safari

Apple has released Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, updates of its web browser for Mac OS X and Windows.



The updates fix security-related glitches. On the Mac, you can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 18
iStopMotion for Mac OS X gets Tilt Shift filter

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has updated iStopMotion, the stop motion and time lapse tool for Mac OS X, to version 2.5. Headlining the new update is the combination of a brand new Tilt Shift Filter with stop motion animation and time-lapse recording.

A popular effect among photographers aiming to capture a "miniature-scale model" effect, Tilt Shift is designed for stop motion animation's small movements and individually photographed frames. This pairing of Tilt Shift with stop motion and time-lapse recording software allows animators to expand creative expression, manipulating the depth of field of their images so that life-sized locations or subjects appear miniature in size, says Boinx CEO Oliver Breidenbach.

Additional product updates include full support for new Canon DSLR camera models and HDV camera support in iStopMotion Pro when Logic Studio or Final Cut Studio is installed. Version 2.5...

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Nov 18
New iPhone/iPod touch cases are inspired by T-shirts

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced Griffin + Threadless Cases for the iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch. They have "T-shirt-inspired designs": Everyday Life Would Be Cooler with Sound Effects, Radio-Activity (Spread Music Love), and Sky Thief for iPhone 4; and Splatter in D Minor, Rock is Dead and Paper Killed It, Electric Jellyfish, IceCreamCheerleadingStunt, and FrequenCity for iPod touch.

Original art for each case is outsourced from the Threadless.com community, submitted and selected by community members. The new Griffin + Threadless Cases for iPhone 4 and iPod touch are US$34.99.

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Nov 18
NewerTech announces USB 3.0 universal drive adapter

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter for connecting any 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch hard drive, SSD, or optical drive to Macs and PCs via USB 3.0.

The adapter is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel. It comes with everything needed for immediate use including power cables, interface connecting cables, a heavy duty UL listed 2.0 Amp AC adapter, and a full one year NewerTech warranty. It's compatible with Mac computers running Mac OS X 8.6 or higher.

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Nov 18
'MacVoices' looks at going paperless

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mac expert Joe Kissell has -- the author of "Take Control of Your Paperless Office" -- looks at, well, going paperless.

He talks about what scanners to buy, what software you need to help organize your documents and ways to store you documents locally and in the cloud. Kissell covers workflows that work, how to avoid barriers that might doom your attempt to rid yourself of paper clutter, and why this was one of the most fun Take Control book he's written yet.

"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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Nov 18
Socialite update improves error handling

Realmac Software has announced the availability of Socialite 1.2.2 (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/socialite/). Previously known as EventBox, Socialite is a multi-service social network client for Mac OS X that's designed to make it easy stay up-to-date with the latest RSS articles and friends' status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

Version 1.2.2 improves error handling to work around Twitter API output issues. It also limits direct messages to 140 characters to match API behavior.

Socialite is an a native Mac OS X application that brings together all your social networks into one convenient place, according to Daniel Counsell, director and founder of Realmac Software. From your Google Reader RSS feeds, Twitter updates, Flickr photos and more, Socialite is the best way to manage your social networks. Socialite supports six services: Twitter (including the...

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Nov 18
Kerio Connect update fixes a stability issue

Kerio Technologies (http://www.kerio.com) says that Kerio Connect 7.1.0.1, a messaging and collaboration server, now natively supports the iPad. The update fixes a stability issue in an overloaded WebMail interface.

With Kerio Connect, iPad users can synchronize their email, contacts, and private calendar, search the global address book (GAL), manage invitations, and perform a remote wipe, all using Exchange ActiveSync. Users can also access shared and global calendars with the integrated CalDAV support.

Kerio Connect includes distributed domain clustering for IT management of a single domain supporting multiple branch offices. The latest release also has a newly implemented CardDAV protocol to synchronize contacts with Apple Address Book. Kerio runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and is available as a virtual appliance on the VMware and Parallels platforms. The solution comes with integrated anti-spam,...

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Nov 18
Xslimmer update for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

LateNiteSoft has updated Xslimmer (http://www.xslimmer.com), an anti-bloat utility application, to version 1.7.9. It's a maintenance release that fixes a rare bug whereby some apps could not be slimmed even though they were detected as slimmable.

In addition to the built-in backup mechanism, the downloadable blacklist or the personal exclusion list, Xslimmer takes special care to observe Mac OS X technologies in depth, according to the folks at LateNiteSoftware. This means that slimmed apps won't have their signatures invalidated, will keep their keychain authorizations and will be registered in the system databases so other components are made aware of the changes and no reboots are needed after the process.

Xslimmer costs US$14.95; version 1.7.9 is a free update for registered users. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

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Nov 18
ABiSee announces Mac compatibility for two products

ABiSee Zoom-Ex and Eye-Pal, two of ABiSee’s (http://www.abisee.com) instant readers, are the first products on the market that instantly scan and OCR printed text on Apple computers, says Lena Reznik, owner, of ABiSee.

ABiSee products are designed for those who are visually impaired or cannot read small print for other reasons. All devices read aloud printed material such as mail, books, magazines and food packaging. Eye-Pal, Zoom-Ex and Zoom-Twix can be used with PCs.

Eye-Pal is an US$1,995, portable USB device that instantly scans and converts text into refreshable Braille, speech or text files, in a single keystroke. Zoom-Ex is a $2,395, portable USB device that combines three tools into one. It's an instant book-to-speech tool, a 20 ppm scanner, and a magnifier, in a foldable package that weighs one pound.

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Nov 18
iWebThemes park introduces five new themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) had unveiled new themes -- Clover, Confidence, Life Colors, Movie World and Orange Power -- for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite.

The updated collection now contains 80 iWeb themes. The iWeb Themes Box of 80 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained for the price of two themes. Two iWeb themes are free for everyone.

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Nov 18
ViewSticks is iPad headrest mounting system

ViewSticks (http://www.viewsticks.com) is a new, US$19.95 headrest mounting system designed to be compatible with all iPad cases and installed and removed without tools. The system will install on any automotive headrest that has post style attachments.

It will also hold and support the iPod touch, iPhone, all tablet computers and Smartphones as well as most DVD players. ViewSticks can be switched from seat to seat or car to car.

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Nov 18
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition coming to the Mac

Gearbox Software and Feral Interactive say the Mac edition of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, a role-playing shooter from Gearbox Software, will be hitting stores on Dec. 3. The Borderlands Game of the Year package comes complete with the Borderlands stand-alone game, its entire game add-on library, and a bonus fold out map of Pandora.

Here's how the game is described: "Borderlands sports a unique combination of features that make it a gaming experience unlike anything else on the Mac. Prime among these are a groundbreaking content-generation system that provides a nearly endless variety of weapons, robust four-player co-op support that makes for a compelling multiplayer experience, RPG-style character progression allied to an FPS-style game mechanics and a super sharp visual style that gives the game a highly distinctive comic book look."

Mac customers will also receive all four add-on adventures included with the Borderlands Game of the Year edition including...

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Nov 18
ViewSticks is iPad headrest mounting system

ViewSticks (http://www.viewsticks.com) is a new, US$19.95 headrest mounting system designed to be compatible with all iPad cases and installed and removed without tools. The system will install on any automotive headrest that has post style attachments.

It will also hold and support the iPod touch, iPhone, all tablet computers and Smartphones as well as most DVD players. ViewSticks can be switched from seat to seat or car to car.

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Nov 18
Dot Hill introduces new interface option for AssuredSAN

Dot Hill Systems Corp. (http://www.dothill.com) has introduced its AssuredSAN 3320 and 3330 four-port 1Gb iSCSI storage arrays, which will be sold into original equipment manufacturer and channel markets.

The new storage arrays feature Dot Hill's newest generation of controllers delivering four ports of iSCSI over Gigabit Ethernet in each controller, for a total of eight ports. With more iSCSI ports, these arrays can improve data access for virtual server environments, as well as support high capacity applications such as near-line backup, database, online transaction processing, and IP-based surveillance, at an affordable price point, says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill Systems.

Available in a dual or single RAID controller configuration, the 3320 and 3330 support data rates of 1GB/second iSCSI. Another key feature of the AssuredSAN series is data-in-place migration, allowing...

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Nov 18
Akvis ArtSuite update adds new themed frame pack

Akvis has announced the update of Akvis ArtSuite to version 6.6. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The update offers a new themed frame pack and fixes some bugs.

Akvis ArtSuite can be run as a standalone app or as a plug-in to a photo editor. It runs on Mac OS X 4.0 and and higher and Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win 7. A 10-day demo is available at ttp://Akvis.com/en/artsuite/download-artistic-effects.php .

Akvis ArtSuite Plug-in sells for US$49; Akvis ArtSuite Standalone for $69. Home users can use the full line of Akvis plug-ins in the Akvis Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, and ArtWork) for $325.

Akvis ArtSuite is also part of the Akvis Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which sells for $149 for the plug-in version or $169 for the standalone version. This is a savings of $44 when compared to the...

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