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Oct 26
Office 2011 for the Mac now available

Microsoft Office 2011 has been released. It will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering.

The former includes the Word word-processing. The price is US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Messenger, along with Outlook for the Mac. Outlook replaces Entourage as Office’s mail client and is one of the centerpiece changes of the 2011 edition of the productivity suite. The Home and Office edition will cost $199 for a single license and $279 for a multi-pack that allows two installs on two machines.

The MacBu previewed Office 2011 for Mac at February's Macworld Conference & Trade Show. Based on user feedback, the upgrade is designed to simplify how people work together, according to the MacBU. The suite has new connections to Microsoft services so you can work together...

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Oct 25
'Back to the Future' game coming to the Mac in...

Telltale Games has announced the platforms, release month and pricing for Back to the Future: The Game. The Mac and PC versions are expected to burst out of the time space continuum in December, followed shortly by the arrival of the game on PlayStation 3 system and iPad.

The PC and Mac versions of Back to the Future: The Game are now available to pre-order for US$24.95 at http://www.backtothefuturegame.com. The pre-order special includes Telltale Games Puzzle Agent, a $9.95 value, available for download immediately after placing your order order. For each pre-order of the series on the Mac and PC from Telltale Games.com, the company will donate $1 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Here's how the game is described: "Picking up shortly after the events of the third Back to the Future film, Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel...

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Oct 25
Adobe posts Lightroom, Camera Raw updates

Adobe says the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidates, along with a new Adobe Lens Profile Downloader, are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The Release Candidates bring raw file support to new camera models, including Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for 21 new Nikon lenses and four new Canon lenses. The Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 -- a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 -- allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles provided by the community. Photographers can create custom profiles for their own lenses and share them with the user community by downloading the Lens Profile Creator also available on Adobe Labs.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

The Lightroom 3.3 Release Candidate is...

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Oct 25
OWC upgrades Turnkey Upgrade Program for mid-2010 iMacs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2010 iMac 27-inch now offers the ability to have OWC professionally install up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drives for up to a total of 1.44TB SSD highest performance capacity while retaining use of the internal optical drive, adding a larger capacity 2TB hard drive, and/or adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac.

The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s renowned warranty coverage. The upgrades involve a four-step process:

° Start by adding the only available eSATA port offered for the iMac for $169. Or add an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD up to 480GB in capacity from $319.

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Oct 25
Mophie offers workbook for the iPad

Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) has released the workbook, its second iPad accessory. The workbook is mophie’s first protective case for the Apple tablet, providing an adjustable folio for the device.

The US$59.95, form-fitting case provides iPad users with adjustability and a variety of viewing angles for comfortable typing and screen viewing. The design and flexibility allows the case to act as a stand for the iPad, says Ross Howe, vice president of business development, mophie.

The workbook comes in five color combinations: black with black strap; white with grey strap; orange with black strap; chocolate with cyan strap; and cement with yellow strap. The exterior is easy to clean, yet stands up to the elements of the world, according to Hoew. The soft interior fabric ensures the iPad is cradled snugly inside.

The workbook's pass-through design enables full access to all ports and controls,...

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Oct 25
Avenza releases Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop

Avenza Systems has released Geographic Imager 3.2, which adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop. Along with support for Adobe CS5 and Mac OS 64-bit, it includes the ability to create and export geospatial PDF documents and terrain shading functionality.
 
In addition to allowing the use of Adobe Photoshop and its native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies and layer adjustments, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize common industry raster image formats, automatically mosaic and tile images, reproject and transform images, georeference images based on ground control points and export images with all spatial information intact.

Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop is available now as a free upgrade for all Geographic Imager customers with a valid maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance members at US$319. New licenses are $699 for a single-user fixed commercial license. Prices include one year...

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Oct 25
Chinon AVi is iPod docking/charging station with 7-inch LCD...

Chinon (http://www.chinonusa.com) has released the Chinon AVi, an US$179.99 iPod docking/charging station featuring a 7-inch LCD monitor to display movies, music videos, and TV shows purchased at the iTunes Store.

Fashioned after the American "boom box" the AVi also plays iTunes music and standard MP3 music on its dual speakers. Plus, it comes with an ATSC digital TV tuner for picking up Over-The-Air TV signals to view local channels for free.  Users can also showcase their digital photos on the LCD.

The AVi's retro frame is complimented by a modern rubberized black finish, silver trim, and large controls. The AVi package comes with a wireless remote control, TV antenna, AC/DC adapter, AV cables, and aux-in cable.

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Oct 25
StarTech offers Mini DisplayPort adapters

StarTech.com (http://www.startech.com/) has announced the availability of their new line of Mini DisplayPort adapters, which are designed to allow users to overcome compatibility issues between laptop and desktop computers equipped with a Mini DisplayPort output port and monitors/displays that only support older video connections such as DVI, HDMI and VGA.
 
StarTech.com’s new Mini DisplayPort Adapter product line includes the following:

° Mini DisplayPort to VGA (US$29.99), which lets you connect a VGA monitor, TV or projector to a computer with a Mini DisplayPort output (video only);

° Mini DisplayPort to HDMI ($28.99), which lets you connect an HDMI TV or monitor to a laptop/desktop with a Mini DisplayPort output; adapter supports audio as provided by source, requires audio-capable display (e.g. HDTV, monitor with built-on speaker etc,);

° Mini DisplayPort to DVI ($28.99), which lets...

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Oct 25
Apple products top UK children's holiday wish list

According to a survey in the UK, almost a quarter of children have put an Apple product at the top of their Christmas list, reports the "Telegraph" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8084305/Children-want-gadgets-not-toys-f...). The survey, by battery manufacturer Duracell, polled over 2,000 kids and found that top "toy" on the wishlist was an iPhone 4.

Approximately 39% of children quizzed wanted Apple gadgets this year, with 17% of five to eight- year-olds, 50% of nine to 12-year-olds and 66% of 13 to 16-year-olds all putting Apple items -- including iPads and iPod touches -- at the top of their lists. The top 10 toys for Christmas 2010, according to the report are:

1) iPhone 4 (14%)
2) iPod touch (13%)
3) iPad (12%)
4) Kinect for Xbox (6%)
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Oct 25
Apple, Google, Facebook, others counterattack Paul Allen lawsuit

Apple last week joined forces with Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others in an effort to dismiss patent infringement charges brought by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, reports Computerworld.

In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.

In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay were targeted. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wasn't on the list.

A total of four Interval Research patents were cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. In a statement, Allen’s firm calls the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and...

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Oct 25
New Apple data center could launch 'any day now'

The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials, reports "Data Center Knowledge" (http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/10/24/video-the-fully-o...).

Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site, the article adds. The facility -- not counting the rumored expansions -- is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.

The North Carolina state legislation requires that the average wage exceed the wage standard of the county in which it’s located. A data center will typically contract locally for services such as...

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at social media from an enterprise...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Chuck La Tournous provides an update on social media from the enterprise perspective.

No longer an option for businesses, he discusses why any return-on-investment (ROI) measurement of social media initiatives doesn't tell the whole story and the impact that social media may have on other communication and service channels. La Tournous also covers some of the kinds of information to distribute with your social media efforts and how it can help humanize and distinguish your company.

"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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Oct 25
Adobe extends AIR applications across screens

At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms.

Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android, iOS, and desktops including Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.

Adobe also announced previews of developer tools that make the process of multiscreen development more streamlined. With new releases of Flash Platform tools, including an AIR 2.5...

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Oct 25
Red Pill is new image editor for the Mac

Times for Fun has released Red Pill (http://www.timesforfun.de/Red_Pill.html), a new image editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It offers a dozen tools and purportedly handles big images a as fast as Photoshop.

Features included: tools like magic wand, paint brush, paint bucket and clone stamp; a transform, adjust filter; paste into command; float/anchor selection; unlimited undo; the ability to resize, rotate and flip and image; a quick save command; a file manager; batch processing; and smart fill.

A trial version is available for download. Registration is approximately US$24. Red Pill is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
Long Island model suing for 'stolen' sexy photos

Another day, another lawsuit. An aspiring Long Island model is suing Apple and app maker Samba Studios for "turning her into an Internet tart," reports the "New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/net_babe_sues_over_hot_pics_DxNMeRTG9...).

Rebecca Battino claims she was surprised when sexy self-portraits she took as a 16-year-old (she's now 19) popped up in an online app from Samba Studios dubbed "eXtreme Cam Girls." The shots were swiped from iPhone on her Mac, she says, so she's accusing Apple and Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

The steamy shots were swiped from her computer, Battino claims in a $1 million Manhattan federal-court lawsuit that accuses Apple and app-maker Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

eXtreme Cam Girls has been removed...

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Oct 25
CrumplePop brings adjustable Lower Thirds to Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop (http://www.crumplepop.com/) has released LowerThirds, an US$69 tool for creating adjustable lower thirds in Final Cut Pro. It allows editors to add lower thirds to any FCP project by dragging and dropping.

CrumplePop LowerThirds automatically adjusts in size to fit whatever text you type in, eliminating repetitive resizing and dramatically improving workflow. With the software, you type in some text -- a name or title, for instance -- and a background box grows to match the size of your text. Then drag in color swatches, photos, or video to create almost any look for your lower third.

CrumplePop LowerThirds is based on Apple's Master Template architecture, so busy editors can use LowerThirds right inside of Final Cut Pro. It comes with 10 intro/outro animation styles and 15 high resolution ProResLT video backgrounds.

CrumplePop LowerThirds also includes a collection of...

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Oct 25
Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS available

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS (BCC 7 AVX for DS) is now available.

BCC 7 AVX for DS brings over 180 filters to Avid DS. New features include a video noise reduction tool, a new OpenGL particle engine, new on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow, and support for Boris AAF Transfer.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$2,495. It's a free upgrade for BCC 6 AVX for DS users. Owners of previous versions of BCC AVX for DS may upgrade for $599.

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Oct 25
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets full screen mode, more

Ben Bird has updated SecuritySpy (http://www.bensoftware.com/ss/index.html), a multi-camera video surveillance application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.9. The upgrade includes a full-screen mode, support for more network cameras and bug fixes.

SecuritySpy's remote viewing feature lets you access your surveillance system over the Internet or over a local network using a web browser. Pricing starts at US$50 for one camera. A 30-day demo is available for download. SecuritySpy is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
ActionSoft updates Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has updated Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (http://www.actionsoft.com/games/midnightmansion2/), to version 1.0.2. This version fixes problems in various mansions, including one in Jasperlone Mountains Hard that would prevent the game from being able to be completed on Hard difficulty.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a...

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Oct 25
MacUpdate Desktop updated to version 5.0.5

MacUpdate Desktop (http://www.macupdate.com), an application that helps you keep third party applications updated, has been revved to version 5.0.5.The upgrade adds automatic background checking of your apps and continues to improve upon the auto-download and install features.

MacUpdate Desktop lets you keep all your Mac software up-to-date. It offers automatic software updates to every application, widget, screen saver, and preference pane. It searches and matches more than 30,000 pieces of Mac software

MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 sports a redesigned user interface and one-click updating. You can download and install updates with a single click. There's also now update verification; you can confirm which updates were installed successfully.

In MacUpdate Desktop 5.0, you can archive older versions in case you need to revert to a previous release of an updated item. You can also organize your apps...

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Oct 25
First app in the PFiddle Collection available

Fiddlesoft has released version 1.0.0 of Applidude (http://pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/), the first application in the PFiddle Collection. It floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active.

Applidude costs US$4.95. A full-featured, 30-day demo is available for download.

The next application in the PFiddle Collection is almost ready. It's Waccy Accy. a game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface).. You fill in the blanks on the game board by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters in your user name.

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Oct 25
MixTape for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.5 -

Atomic Droplet (http://atomicdroplet.com/) has released MixTape 1.1.5, an update for its mixing application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. This update removes the requirement to create an publishing account prior to purchase.

It takes the music users already have (from iTunes) and gives them an environment where beat matched mixes can be created without the complexity associated with audio workstations or DJ apps. The resulting mixes can be published either back into iTunes or directly onto the web.

Music is drag and dropped from iTunes into MixTape's library where a beat detection algorithm finds the base tempo and strips of lockable beats called "timing tabs." The main user interface is a timeline where music can be: dragged to its desired play location; have it's in and out points set with drag handles; and create "snap to grid" regions using the timing tabs. This "snap to grid" behavior...

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Oct 25
Nvidia unveils 3D software for computers/HDTVs

Okay, Apple, take note: Nvidia has unveiled 3DTV Play software that will let users connect 3D notebooks and desktops running its 3D Vision technology to 3D high-definition TVs for a “big-screen entertainment experience,” the company says.

According to "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/hosted/showArticle.jhtml?ar...), any compatible Nvidia GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU)-powered system running the 3DTV Play software can be connected to an HDMI 1.4 3D HD TV, letting users view 3D photos and videos on a larger screen. They will also be able to play some 500 games in 3D -- more than any other platform -- according to Nvidia.

When the compatible video playback software is employed, users can also watch Blu-ray 3D movies in full 1080...

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Oct 25
Analyst: Apple's failure to pay dividends keeps some...

According to Toni Sacconaghi at Bernstein & Co., Apple’s failure to pay a dividend is preventing some investors from buying shares, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-apple-investor-oct-22-2010-10).

About 10% to 15% of the investors he speaks with avoid Apple because they only buy firms with payouts or they’re concerned Apple will use the cash for an acquisition. However, "Silicon Alley Insider" says Sacconaghi's talking to the wrong investors "as the stock has increased 5x the past 5 years versus an 11% gain in the S&P 500, with little signs of stopping."

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at MacTech Conference

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief, publisher of "MacTech Magazine," talks about the first MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference/), will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

He reminds us of the genesis of the conference, what it will offer, who it is (and isn't) for, who's
attending, and more. Starting with an Andy Ihnatko keynote, the MacTech Conference is built for developers and serious Mac geeks. Recent additions to the list of offerings include a panel on virtualization that is being supported by the major players in the virtualization space, Apple certification exams, and the first conference discussions of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Ticktin also talks about the first non-university public appearance of Mac-based rovers, and why the MacTech Conference...

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