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Mar 04
BusyCal, BusySync, and the new MobileMe Calendar

Apple recently announced that all MobileMe members must upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5. If you're a BusyCal or BusySync user (http://www.busymac.com), upgrading to the new MobileMe Calendar may require significant changes to your calendar sharing workflow and affect other members of your workgroup.

The new MobileMe Calendar functions as a CalDAV server and requires all calendars you wish to sync between your Mac and iOS device to be hosted on MobileMe. This allows you to sync calendars between multiple Macs and iOS devices through the cloud from any location. It's ideal for single users, families, and small workgroups provided everyone uses MobileMe as their cloud server.

However, if you're sharing calendars with others in a large workgroup it may not be practical for all users to use MobileMe as their cloud server. In that case, your organization may wish to consider other cloud...

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Mar 04
Case-Mate debuts accessories for the iPad 2

Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has unveiled a collection of cases for the iPad 2.. The collection includes seven new accessories that will be available starting in late March:
 
The Pop! case (US$49.99) is co-molded materials of plastic and soft rubber unite to create a hard case with a soft touch. A built in stand extends for an l viewing screen or remains hidden to create a flat back cover. A

The $34.99 Simple Slab is a two-toned protective case that "strips the iPad 2 down to its truest geometric form, a rectangle. The angular case looks unforgiving but is actually squishy and grippy.

The high-profile Leo case ($99.99) unfolds into a portable workstation. Made of leather and nylon, Leo comes equipped with a grip handle for a carry solution. Secured with a zipper closure, the textured embossed case features an adjustable viewing stand and provides storage for a notebook and...

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Mar 04
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid Case for iPad 2 available for pre-order

Marware says its C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad 2 is now available for pre-order (http://www.marware.com/ipad-kindle-cases-and-covers/iPad-2-Cases/C-E-O-H...). The sequel to the original iPad case is a fusion of the traditional hard shell case and soft fabric folio case.

The protective lid doubles as a stand and adjusts into multiple angles for displaying, viewing, typing or using FaceTime. The C.E.O. Hybrid sports an integrated hand strap, reinforced grip corners for maximum hold, a secure closure and added corner protection.

The Marware case allows access to all iPad 2 buttons and ports and has a camera hole cutout on the back. It's available in black.

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Mar 04
Strata launches Design 3D SE in Mac App Store

Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released Strata Design 3D SE in the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It provides the essentials for getting started in 3D design, with 3D modeling and texturing tools, advanced lighting features, environments, and Strata's Raydiosity rendering engine.

Users can create from scratch or choose to utilize prebuilt scene templates, models, textures and effects, or import models from other 3D modeling programs and download sites like Google 3D Warehouse. Strata Design 3D SE was developed using a large subset of the tools and the same user interface found in Strata's professional 3D modeling and animation software, Strata Design 3D CX.

Strata 3D University extends the Strata Design 3D SE offering with professional online video training in 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering, allowing subscribers to learn Strata Design 3D SE at their own pace. A subscription the Strata...

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Mar 04
OWC Data Doubler replaces optical bay with more internal storage

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution adds 133% more internal storage capacity than the factory offers to the new 2011 MacBook Pro models announced by Apple last week.

The OWC Data Doubler enables new MacBook Pro owners to replace their infrequently used optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for upgrading the main drive bay up to 1TB storage capacity and/or adding up to 750GB additional capacity in the optical drive bay for a total of 1.75GB of total internal data storage and backup capacity, create an internal RAID, or create other customized internal data storage configurations.

The US$75 OWC Data Doubler is available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/datadoubler/ and comes...

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Mar 04
New 'Class on Demand' webinar available

Larry Jordan details mixing techniques in Soundtrack Pro, as well as innovative ways to create high-definition Blu-Ray discs in Final Cut Pro, Roxio Toast, and Adobe Encore in this week's "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinars.

An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. This week, Jordan explores the process of audio mixing and creating Blu-ray disks with "Advanced Audio Mixing Techniques in Soundtrack Pro" and "Create a Blu-ray Disk for HD Video."

Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar is priced at US$34.99. For more information about the "Legends Series," including a full list of available webinars, go to http://www.classondemand.com/legends/ .

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Mar 04
Disk Drill is new data recovery software for Mac OS X

CleverFiles Software has announces Disk Drill, a data recovery solution for Mac OS X. It helps recover lost data, deleted files, and also strives to prevent unexpected data loss. It lets you recover from HFS/HFS+, FAT, NTFS and other file systems -- even from initialized and formatted disks.

Disk Drill 1.1 offers support for Apple-related data like PAGES, MOV, etc), scanning session management, live preview while scanning, iPod recovery (non-iOS devices only), portable mode and more. It also features S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and now helps you prevent hard disk's failures by constantly checking a number of parameters provided by hard drive manufacturers.

If your disk gets unmounted by itself during scanning due to bad blocks, or produces ticking noise and is likely to go offline for good before you get all your data back from it, Disk Drill lets you back-up any disk into DMG, which can be mounted in your Mac for delayed recovery. The main difference here is the fact...

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Mar 04
PDF Studio 6.6 released with new tool chest, more

Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6.6. The upgrade adds a tool chest, custom stamps, annotation groups, Microsoft Word import, native file dialogs, and more.

PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard and supports the latest PDF format. You can: manage digital IDs and trusted certificates for digital signatures; batch preflight to preflight to verify PDF/X compliancy for multiple documents at once; and batch crop to crop multiple documents at once and change the margins for crop box, bleed box, trim box or art box.

PDF Studio is available for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. PDF Studio comes in two flavors: PDF Studio Standard at $60 and PDF Studio Pro at $95.

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Mar 04
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator

Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator. The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution now includes a thematic mapping feature called MAP Themes.

Like the name implies, it produces dot density maps and uses stylesheets to symbolize choropleth maps based on various types of data classification. In addition, it can create custom charts using data attribute values.

Other new features and enhancements of MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator include:

° New thematic mapping features including support for pie and bar charts and dot density maps;

° New import services: Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Map Service (WMS);

° Support for import formats including GPX and Microsoft Excel;

° Import support for Esri ArcMap documents (.mxd).

Esri Basic Personal Geodatabase format support is now available for the Mac. A new...

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Mar 04
CTM releases FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1, Server for Mac OS...

CTM Development (http://www.ctmdev.com) has released FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2, an update to their networked document indexing and retrieval solution for Mac OS X. The new version offers enhanced preview displays with additional document types with FoxTrot's usual occurrences highlighting and document-level search, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents, as well as iCal events, Address Book contacts, and Mail messages.

There are several user interface improvements. FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2 also offers: optimized concurrent updating of indices (using the Indexing menu); partial index updating; and enhanced AppleScript support

Developed with law firms, media and mobile professionals in mind, FoxTrot Professional Search locates documents and their content using multiple categorization of search results, ranked by relevance. Utilizing the latest Cocoa...

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Mar 04
Drink More Water trickles to the Mac App Store

iLifeTouch has introduced Drink More Water 1.1 (http://ilifetouch.com/DrinkMoreWater) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$1.99 and is found in the Health & Fitness section.

Drink More Water allows you to keep track of exactly how much water you have consumed in a day. It also allows you to keep track of your water consumption for the entire week and provides you with your weekly average.

Drink More Water was designed to be so simple that no language component is needed to understand how to use the app. Look at the screenshots, and you're ready to use this water tracking device immediately, according to the folks at iLifeTouch.

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Mar 04
Digital Heaven announces public beta of Final Print 2.0

Digital Heaven (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk) has announced a free, time-limited public beta release of Final Print 2.0, a tool for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects.

It allows the user to view a list of clips, markers or the content of a bin with up to 10 columns of information. Version 2.0 adds the option of printing clips inside sequences, support for colored markers and the ability to load items directly from projects currently open in Final Cut Pro.

This new version also adds numerous features and enhancements including: a completely redesigned interface; the ability to load projects directly from Final Cut Pro 7; support for viewing clips within sequences; the ability to have multiple XML files or projects open at once; and the ability to filter current display by colored markers and video/tracks.

Final Print 2.0 beta requires an Intel-based Mac with Final...

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Mar 03
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 3

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

"The Chronicle of Higher Education," a voice in higher-education journalism, has launched what it says is the first-ever app for higher-education news to be developed especially for the iPad. The free app preserves the t look-and-feel of the print publication, and adds interactive audio, video, and slideshows to supplement The Chronicle's mix of reporting and commentary.

Wertago Team has announced ClusterPic, an event pic-sharing iPhone app giving event-goers instant access to all photos taken at their event. The app will be available for free on all Apple iOS devices after Apple App Store approval.

Next Gen Games has released Ball Busters 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The game features a reworked classic pong style gameplay with...

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Mar 03
Gartner: iPad cutting into mobile computer sales

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) is lowering its personal computer forecast for 2011 and 2011 based on expectations of weaker demand for mobile computers thanks to devices such as the iPad.

Gartner expects 2011 computer unit growth has been lowered to 10.5% and the 2012 growth reduced to 13.6%. However, the research group expects things to pick up over the long haul.

Gartner forecasts that global computer shipments will reach 387.8 million in 2011. For 2012, the research group is eyeing shipments totaling 440.6 million units.

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Mar 03
Apple launches Joint Venture retail service

Apple has launched Joint Venture (http://www.apple.com/retail/jointventure/), a retail-based service. It's an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers.

According to Apple, Joint Venture is a program designed to help you use your Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs. The JV team will set up your new Apple products, train your employees to get the most out of them, and make sure everything stays working with dedicated support.

Apple says it will work with you from the beginning to make sure your new systems are up and ready to use, usually within 24 hours. "We’ll transfer your existing data -- including your mail, calendar, and address book -- from your PC or Mac, and install any additional software you’ve purchased from the Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store," the company says.

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Mar 03
Apple tops 'Most Admired Companies' list for fourth...

"Fortune" has revealed its annual list of the World’s 50 Most Admired Companies. Apple tops the list again, for the fourth year in a row.

Working with the Hay Group, "Fortune" surveys more than 4,100 executives, directors, and  analysts across industries, who select the companies they admire most. Apple tops the list, followed by Google (No. 2) and Berkshire Hathaway (No. 3)

Of the nine traits the Hay Group surveys, only Apple preserved its pre-recession (2007) status as the top company for “innovativeness.” Goldman Sachs triumphed over General Electric in the “ability to attract, develop, and keep talented people," Amazon.com is now number one over Anheuser-Busch for “quality of products and services,” and Google replaced Berkshire Hathaway as the company most “valued as a long-term investment.”

In another sign of the “great shakeout,” Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, L’Oreal and AT&T have dropped off this year’s list. The most heavily represented categories on...

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Mar 03
AT&T introduces new monthly billing option for tablets

AT&T has introduced new postpaid billing options for tablets. Beginning today, customers can choose between AT&T's existing prepaid billing options or the new postpaid plans.

The new plans can be added to customers' existing monthly wireless statements, offering the simplicity of a single monthly bill. For a limited time, customers who activate a new postpaid US$25/2GB plan will receive the first month free.

The new postpaid billing option will be available across AT&T retail locations, as well as att.com, Best Buy, Fry's, select Nexcom locations, and Walmart stores nationwide. Customers may choose from the following options.

° Postpaid: $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Customers on the 2GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements.

° Prepaid: $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data...

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Mar 03
Apple posts video of yesterday's media event

Apple has posted the streaming video of yesterday's media event in which the iPad 2, iOS 4.3 and more was introduced. Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned temporarily from medical leave to host the event.

You can find the video at http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1103pijanbdvaaj/event/index.html . Also introduced were iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad.

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Mar 03
Apple drops price on original iPad; offers a refund, as well

Apple has dropped the price on the original iPad by US$100. However, if you recently bought an iPad 1 at the original price, Apple feels your pain.

The company will refund the $100 difference. However, this only applies if you've purchased an iPad within 14 days of yesterday’s announcement. You'll also need your receipt to get the refund.

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Mar 03
Khronos releases Final WebGL 1.0 specification

The Khronos Group has released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins.

WebGL defines a JavaScript binding to OpenGL ES 2.0 to allow rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the industry-standard OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics APIs [application programming interfaces]. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations including the beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Safari nightly builds.

WebGL leverages the pervasive availability of OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics on almost all browser-capable desktop, mobile and embedded platforms and the recent developments in Web technology, including the massive increases in JavaScript performance, according to the folksat at the Khronos Group. The...

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Mar 03
Spiderweb Software releases Avadon: The Black Fortress for the...

Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html), an indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X.

Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.

"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.

"But a dark time is coming. Assassins are killing Avadon's...

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Mar 03
Booq unveils the Booqpad Folio for the iPad 2

Booq has announced the Booqpad for iPad 2. It's available for pre-order at http://www.booqbags.com with eco-friendly and weatherproof versions for US$49.95 and a higher-end luxury option for $99.95. It will ship in late March.

The Booqpad is especially built for designers, writers, engineers, and creative professionals. The interior layout includes designated areas for a pen, stylus, cash, paper notepad, and, of course, the iPad 2. A pair of business card slots provide access to your cards, as well as a holder for the contacts you make during your day.

Designed symmetrically for right and left hand users, each Booqpad ships with a 50-sheet A5 notepad made from at least 30% post-consumer materials and printed with soy ink. Paper refills come in multiple options, all tailored for creative professionals on the go. Each notepad has a specific layout created with certain tasks in mind, including website...

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Mar 03
D-Link Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router available

D-Link (http://www.dlinkshop.com) says its US$129.99 Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320), a combination networking solution for extending wired and wireless home networks throughout the house by tapping into a home’s electrical wiring, is now available.

This combination IPv6-ready network solution merges PowerLine 200 Mbps technology with a Wireless-N router and Ethernet ports, offering consumers two connectivity options to extend home network coverage and enjoy high-bandwidth applications, including HD video content, multimedia, VoIP calls, and more.

Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America, says the DHP-1320 extends wired and wireless networks to all devices in the home with optimal speed and bandwidth for a range of HD video-on-demand, gaming and other applications. Essentially turning a home’s existing electrical system into an Ethernet network,...

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Mar 03
iMaginator 5 his the Mac App Store

Stone Design says iMaginator 5.0 (http://stone.com/iMaginator), the latest version of their image processing app for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or later) is now at the Mac App Store in the Photography section. It's being offered at an introductory price of US$9.99; it's normally $49.

iMaginator 5 offers access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters. Users can layer images, paint and text, and apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects. You can crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten images in real time, and then save processed images as TIFF or JPEG files, and even create QuickTime movies showing the effects changing over time.

You can mask images and erase or replace any set of colors. With iMaginator 5, you can replicate and reuse the base image any number of times.

Each overlayed image or text can have its own chain of sub-effects to create independent effects...

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Mar 03
SteelSeries introduces new headsets for the iPad, iPhone, iPad

SteelSeries (http://www.SteelSeries.com) says the SteelSeries 7H and Siberia v2 Headsets will now be available to music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad.

SteelSeries CEO Bruce Hawyer says the alternative designs have been collaborated to meet Apple’s performance standards; both featuring a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an inline remote that controls audio and call controls. Each headset includes SteelSeries’ signature features including original designs for long lasting comfort, optimized soundscapes, and a retractable microphone to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.

The SteelSeries 7H Headset has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129.99. For iPod, iPhone and iPad users, the Siberia v2 will be available in white with an MSRP of $99.99.

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