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Oct 26
Franklin 3D Game Engine for REAL Studio released

The Component Man Group has announced Franklin 3D 1.71 for REAL Studio (formerly
REALbasic), the cross-platform BASIC language development environment from REAL Software.

Franklin 3D is a professional 3D game and simulation engine available for Mac OS X and Windows. It includes over 400 methods, including support for display control, model loading and callbacks. It also includes the engine, plus a collection of example projects. According to the Component Man Group, utilizing an open source core engine, Franklin 3D lets developers use the optimal 3D rendering engine depending on the platform: OpenGL on Mac OS X or Windows, and DirectX

Franklin 3D includes a set of demo examples/projects that developers can use in their own games and simulations. Deployment is royalty free.

This is the second development platform supported by the game engine. Franklin 3D for LiveCode incorporates the same core engine and supports Runrev LiveCode, the HyperCard like cross-...

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Oct 26
Raidon releases new HDD mobile rack

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released a new, hot-swappable mobile rack, the iS1010, which comes in a tray-less design accommodating both 2.5-inch HDD and 3.5-inch HDD without securing with any screws.
 
The iS1010 is only the size of a standard CD-ROM and fits in any 5.25-inch bay from any computer casings. Even without the trays, the well-protected structure design of iS1010 ensures a well connection to the installed HDD and without any intervals possibly causing damage from vibration, according to the folks at Raidon.

Other than that, the aluminum casing with cooling fan provides excellent heat dissipation keeping HDD in a well functioning temperature during operation, they add. Contact Raidon for pricing.

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Oct 26
iPresentee unveils iWeb Themes holiday sale

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 10 -- Holiday Bundle to be used with Apple's web site building application, iWeb. iWeb Themes 10 adds 25 holiday intro themes. T

iWeb Themes 10 includes themes for Halloween, Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day and Easter holiday. The new release extends iWeb themes collection up to 105 themes.

iWeb Themes 10 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife 11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$6.99. The set of five new iWeb Themes 10 may be purchased for $25. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 10 are available at the iPresentee web site.

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Oct 26
Speck unveils new case colors, styles for latest iPod touch

Speck has released new cases colors and styles for the fourth gen iPod touch. Among them are:

° GeoMetric, an US$29.95 flexible and slim protective case with triangular contrasting-textured facets. The texture is designed to provides a better grip with its contoured form-fit design. The GeoMetric is available in black, cyan and purple.

° Fitted, a $29.95, form-fit fabric-wrapped two-piece hard shell case that protects from scratches and scuffs and is soft-touch finished for a comfortable grip. It's available in MisKerChief Red, TastyCakes Pink, SpexyHexy Purple, TartanPlaid White, Darkest Tartan Plaid, Dalmatian Houndstooth and CookieCamo Brown.

° PixelSkin HD, a $24.95, flexible high-contrast skin case with a smooth HD pixel texture. It boasts a contoured, single-piece skinny fit and is available in black, purple and bright red.

° PixelSkin, a $24.95 rubbery matte finish case with an "extra-grippy grid texture." It's available in black, Kelly Green,...

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Oct 26
Griffin Technology releases new iPad stands

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has released the Tablet Stand for the iPad (and other tablet devices), Studio Stand for iPad, and Elan Passport Graphite for iPad.

The US$24.99 Tablet Stand (pictured) sports an A-frame design that swings open to hold your tablet upright in either portrait or landscape view. You can close the Tablet Stand and lay it down to hold your tablet at an angle for desktop or tabletop surfing, reading, or gaming. A built-in soft cushion cradles your tablet and leaves room for cables.

The $49.99 Studio Stand is a slim polycarbonate case for iPad with a built-in stand. Snap on the polycarbonate shell to protect the back and sides of your iPad, and there's access to the dock connector, volume controls, and headphone jack. You can swing the integrated stand into place to hold your iPad in portrait or landscape mode.


The $49.99 Elan...

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Oct 26
Eco-functional iPhone 4 cases from TRTL BOT shipping

TRTL BOT (http://www.trtlbot.com) has released its TRTL Stand 4 and Minimalist 4 multifunctional, eco-friendly iPhone 4 cases. They're designed in the US using 100% recycled plastic.

The TRTL Stand 4 (pictured) costs US$29.99 and is a multimedia optimizer, viewing stand/case that lets you prop up your iPhone in several modes; portrait (ideal for FaceTime), landscape (good for watching videos) and Tripod (good for timed photos).

The $34.99 Minimalist 4 is a wallet substitute/case combo. It can hold up to three ID or credit cards, as well as an iPhone 4.

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Oct 26
MegaSeg update works better with Magic Mouse

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.5.1 (http://www.megaseg.com), an update of the Mac-based DJ and radio automation software. According to Fidelity Media Founder Jason Cox, the new version --- a free update for registered users of version 5.x -- contacts improvements to mixing with Apple's Magic Mouse, better performance during Time Machine backups, a fix for reading AAC metadata created by Sound Grinder and Logic Pro, and several other refinements.

MegaSeg is a self-contained DJ music mixing and radio automation system that enables DJs and radio stations to put their music libraries on their Mac and segue or beat mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue tracks via a second sound output, create dynamic scheduled playlists, and program timed playlist events. MegaSeg has full integration with the iTunes library and playlists,...

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Oct 26
TextExpander for Mac OS X adds backup, restore options

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2. The update adds backup and restore options.

Users can keep multiple backup files from which to restore snippets in case of data loss. Backup can be made automatic. Restore options have been added to the File menu.

The update also adds new keyboard shortcuts for use when searching snippets. Pressing Return twice will expand the top result in the search results. Any of the top nine search results can be expanded with a key combination of Command and the number corresponding to the desired snippet's place on the list of results, i.e. Command + 1 through Command + 9.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning...

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Oct 26
Norman warns of new vulnerability in Firefox browser

Norman ASA (http://www.norman.com), a security company offering  products protecting government and enterprise networks and consumer desktops, says its its researchers have identified new Trojan malware that infected the Nobel Peace Prize site early Tuesday. The new Trojan was transmitted through a vulnerability in Firefox 3.5 and 3.6.

The Norman Malware Detection Team in Oslo found that the attack was enabled by a zero-day vulnerability in the popular Firefox web browser and recommend all Internet users be cautious when surfing the Net. If a user visited the Nobel Prize site while the attack was active early Tuesday using Firefox 3.5 or 3.6, the malware might be installed on the user's computer without warning.

The malware would then attempt to connect to two Internet addresses, both which point to a server in Taiwan. If the connection was successful, the attacker would have access to the infected...

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Oct 26
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.4

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.4. It's a maintenance update.

Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the...

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Oct 26
Planon IWMS system enabled for the Mac

The Planon Group (http://www.planonsoftware.com), a global provider of Integrated Workplace Management Solution (IWMS) software, has launched software release designed to optimize workplace use and employee performance while reducing costs.

The 2011 version of Planon’s software offers a range of new functionality, including dvanced AutoCAD integration. It's also enabled for the Mac.

What's more, Planon 2011 offers organizations a way to achieve internal and external compliance mandates and contractual obligations with streamlined, unified invoice processing and cash flow management resulting in less mistakes and administration and maximized contract value, says Pierre Guelen, founder and CEO, Planon Group. Additionally, the latest version offers a wide array of financial forecasting, scenario planning, strategic decision-making and activity planning tools and reports. Contact the Planon...

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Oct 26
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets HTML5 support

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. The upgrade adds HTML5 support.

A refined Translate command simplifies the process of converting documents between HTML and plain text, according to Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. BBEdit 9.6 also includes support for directory-specific settings and a new command-line option for creating projects.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.

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Oct 26
Security loophole found in iOS 4.1

A security loophole in iOS 4.1 (as well as the 4.2 beta, apparently) allows unauthorized access to the iPhone’s contacts, phone functionality, emails and MMS, reports "SlashGear" (http://www.slashgear.com/ios-exploit-bypasses-iphone-lockscreen-for-phon...?).

Spotted by forum members at "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com), the exploit apparently works this week: from the iPhone 4 lockscreen, hit “Emergency Call”, type in a random number and initiate the call, and then press the sleep key as soon as the end-call button appears on-screen.  That automatically takes you to the handset’s contact list.

From that list, it’s possible to browse all the contacts, as well as...

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Oct 26
Chinese workers become ill while working on Apple products

Workers in southern China, who say they were assembling Apple laptops and iPhones, have become seriously ill after using a dangerous chemical, reports "ABC News" (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/26/3048024.htm).

The Number Five People's Hospital in Suzhou has been treating workers who breathed in vapors from the chemical n-hexane, the article adds. According to the workers, the chemical was being used in the production of Apple products and has left them unable to walk.

The ABC's Foreign Correspondent snuck into the Number Five People's Hospital to visit a group of women who were working in a very small, badly ventilated factory. They say they were using n-hexane to glue and polish the logos on Apple products.

"ABC News" says Apple wouldn't confirm it had sourced products from companies based in China, but said it...

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Oct 26
Adobe announces new Digital Publishing Suite

At MAX, Adobe’s annual worldwide conference, Adobe announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (http://adobe.com/digitalpublishing), providing publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces.

Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager for Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.

Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of...

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Oct 26
Google sued for violating privacy rights

A class action lawsuit filed Monday challenges Google's alleged practice of illegally sharing the search queries of its users with third-parties.

In 2006, Google successfully fought a subpoena filed by the Department of Justice that sought to compel the release of search queries. Google argued: "[S]earch query content can disclose identities and personally identifiable information . . ." It further stated that it "will keep private whatever information users communicate absent a compelling reason."

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., is brought by Paloma Gaos of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gaos is represented by Kassra Nassiri of Nassiri & Jung and Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire. The class action seeks monetary relief for those whose search queries were wrongly shared, and injunctive relief to prevent continued privacy abuses.

"Because of its dominance in the search business, Google, more than any other company,...

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Oct 26
'MacVoices' looks at games and technology

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), gaming expert Omaha Sternberg talks about how games push technology forward, and how Apple is taking some surprising lead positions in gaming, especially portable gaming.

Even if Steve Jobs is projecting the reality distortion field, it can't be argued that Apple is suddenly playing a more important role than ever before. Sternberg explains the initial hesitancy of some game makers to get involved, and why now we can look forward to better and more sophisticated games on all of Apple's iDevices.

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 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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