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Sep 01
Google SketchUp 8 gets redesigned workflow, more

Google has launched Google SketchUp 8 (http://sketchup.google.com/), which sports a redesigned workflow for geospatial modeling, which is critical for both Google Earth modelers and professionals who need to make digital site models for their designs.

Modelers can now take advantage of access to high-quality imagery and terrain data from Google Earth and a direct connection to Google Building Maker, making it easier to model existing structures. Google SketchUp 8 also sports an all-new collection of Solid tools for performing common additive/subtractive (“Boolean”) modeling operations, which allow for the calculation of volume.

These new tools (Union, Intersect, Subtract, Trim and Split) allow modelers to generate otherwise hard-to-create 3D forms by combining multiple solids, representing a significant time savings for a very large proportion of SketchUp Pro users. There are also SketchUp...

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Sep 01
iLuv debuts cases for new iPods

Well, that was fast. iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has announced a new line of stylish cases and a screen protectors for Apple’s new iPod touch and nano. The line-up includes the:

° US$34.99 iCC618 Tinted PC Case with Soft Coating: a two–piece case with soft rubber coating, front edge protection with an enhanced grip and easy docking;

° $29.99 iCC617 PC Clear Case: a scratch free (PU coated) two–piece case with front edge protection that provides an enhanced grip and easy dockingl

° $24.99 iCC615 Flexi-Clear TPU Case with Pattern: a case with a high gloss design available in tinted pink, tinted black or clear;

° $29.99 iCC616 Flexi-Metallic Case with 3DPattern: a flexible TPU case with a high gloss design and a metallic sparkling appearance available in metallic pink, titanium black or white pearl;

° $19.99 iCC613 Silicone Case with 3D Pattern: an easy-to-grip case available in black,...

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Sep 01
Apple TV revamped, new version goes for $99

Apple has rolled out a new version of the Apple TV at a special Wednesday event hosted by Apple's big kahuna, Steve Jobs. Is it still a "hobby" for Apple? Perhaps, but if so it's less than before and offers a way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for US$99.

The previous Apple TV cost $249. Users of the new Apple TV -- which is 80% smaller than its predecessor -- can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for US$4.99, and a selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for 99 cents. 

Yes, that's right, they're rent only. You can no longer buy TV shows or movies at the iTunes Store. The new Apple TV has no built-in storage.

The new Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from Macs and PCs to your HD TV. You can also enjoy slideshows of your photos on your HD TV...

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Sep 01
Apple introduces iTunes 10 with Ping and new icon

Apple has introduced iTunes 10 with Ping, a new music-oriented social network for following your favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

iTunes Ping lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. iTunes 10 also features HD TV show rentals for 99 cents an episode and AirPlay wireless music playback.

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. You can also create a profile on iTunes to let your friends know who you’re following, what you’re listening to and which concerts you’re going to.

Ping’s Recent Activity feed shows you their posts about artists, albums, songs and concerts, plus a...

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Sep 01
New iPod touch sports Retina Display, A4 chip, FaceTime, more

Apple has announced the new iPod touch that sports such new features as the Retina Display introduced with the iPhone 4, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center -- all combined in what CEO Steve Jobs says is the thinnest and lightest iPod touch ever.

The new iPod touch features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge. The Retina Display has 960 x 640 pixels -- four times as many pixels than before. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when iPod touch is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic, says Jobs.

With the new front-facing camera and mic, iPod touch users can make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi. With just one tap of the new FaceTime app, iPod touch users can call other new iPod touch or iPhone 4 users.

The rear-...

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Sep 01
It's alive: the iPod shuffle gets revamp and button

Reports of its demise were a bit premature. Apple has announced the new redesigned iPod shuffle that features both clickable “ring” buttons and Apple’s innovative VoiceOver technology, enabling users to navigate their music and playlists without ever looking at their iPod shuffle.

The new wearable iPod shuffle has an all-aluminum enclosure with a built-in clip and comes in five colors: silver, blue, green, orange and pink. With nearly 50% more battery life, the new iPod shuffle features over 15 hours of music playback on a single battery charge and offers 2GB of storage for US$49.

The iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from a user’s music library. The clickable buttons make the new iPod shuffle even easier to use, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Press the center button to play and pause, press the outer buttons to skip forward and back or adjust the volume up and down.

The new VoiceOver button on top of...

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Sep 01
New iPod nano sports Multi-Touch interface

Apple has unveiled a completely redesigned iPod nano featuring a Multi-Touch interface that lets users navigate their music collection by simply tapping or swiping a finger on the display.

Nearly half the size and weight of the previous generation, the new iPod nano features a polished aluminum and glass enclosure with a built-in clip, making it instantly wearable. The teeny iPod features Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, a built-in FM radio with live pause and up to 24 hours of music playback on a single battery charge.

“This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip.”

The new iPod nano with Apple’s Multi-Touch interface allows users to access their songs, artists,...

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Sep 01
Quark bundles QuarkXPress 8 with MarkzTools, ID2Q, 1,000...

Quark has announced the availability of two new "Magic Bundles" for QuarkXPress 8. Anyone purchasing or upgrading to QuarkXPress 8 between Sept.1 and Nov. 300 will be able to choose between two free bundles worth up to $547.

The Magic Software Bundle features MarkzToolsand ID2Q from Markzware, as well as 1,000 professional OpenType fonts. Alternatively, the Magic Maintenance Bundle includes a year’s worth of unlimited telephone technical support, the ability to upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress, free upgrades to any new versions of QuarkXPress released during the 12 months, and the 1,000 OpenType® fonts.
 
The QuarkXPress 8 Magic Software Bundle is worth $547 and includes:

° Markzware MarkzTools (Mac only): MarkzTools is an XTension to QuarkXPress that allows users to down-save QuarkXPress files to versions 4 and 6, and helps prevent and repair corrupt QuarkXPress files. 

° ID2Q from Markzware (Mac and Windows): ID2Q (Adobe InDesign...

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Sep 01
Safari, iOS gain market share; Mac OS X down slightly

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from July to August while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5% of the global market share in August, compared to 5.06% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 91.34% as of August. That's up from from 91.32% in July. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.16% in August compared to 5.09% in July, while Internet Explorer had 60.40% Firefox had 22.93% and Chrome had 7.52%. That compares to, respectively, July percentages of 60.74%, 22.91% and 7.16%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.13% of the...

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Sep 01
FileMaker announces Bento 3 Project Manager

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the Bento 3 Project Manager, a new set of templates designed to make it easy for Mac users to track their personal projects and manage their time within one integrated, intuitive place.

The Bento 3 Project Manager includes a free 30-day trial of the popular Bento 3 personal database for Mac, plus two professionally designed, ready-to-use templates. Templates in the Bento 3 Project Manager include:

° Project Dashboard, with forms for project overview, milestones, tasks, communications, related files such as photos and presentations, and time sheets;

° Time Sheets, with pre-defined Smart Collections for hours billed, hours to be billed, and amounts due. All of this detailed information can be located quickly using iTunes-style searching.

The Bento 3 Project Manager also works with Bento for...

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Sep 01
Epson rolls out NX625 all-in-one

Epson America (http://www.epson.com) has introduced the Epson Stylus NX625, an all-in-one with high-speed automatic two-sided printing. It sports built-in Wi-Fi n and Ethernet and Epson claims it's the world's fastest all-in-one with high-speed automatic two-sided printing.

It also sports copy and scan functions plus photo capabilities. The Epson Stylus NX625 features built-in memory card slots and a 2.5-inch color LCD to view, select, edit, and print photos without a computer. Utilizing Epson's all-pigment DURABrite Ultra ink, this all-in-one delivers prints that are fade, smudge and water-resistant, while also printing a 4 x 6 inch photo in as fast as 20 seconds, says Stacey Tieu, associate product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America. In addition, the Epson Stylus NX625 offers scanning with 2400 dpi to archive important documents.

The Epson Stylus NX625 will be available in September at a...

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Sep 01
Sony introduces new digital photo frames, Bloggie touch camera

Sony (http://www.sonystyle.com) has announced three new S-Frame digital photo frames (models DPF-XR100, DPF-VR100 and DPF-D830) and a Bloggie Touch camera (pictured).

Features of the photo frames incluce video playback and battery operated capabilities.   The DPF-XR100 and DPF-VR100 models offer AVCHD video playback capabilities. The DPF-D830 model is Sony's first battery operated digital photo frame. The S-Frame DPF-XR100, DPF-VR100 and DPF-D830 digital photo frames will be available in November for about US$250, $200 and $150, respectively.

Sony's new Bloggie Touch is a pocket video camera in two models (MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10). It captures full 1920x1080p high definition MP4 video and 12.8-megapixel photos on 8GB or 4GB of embedded memory, respectively, offering approximately four hours of HD movie recording. Its body sports a three-inch diagonal capacitive touch screen.

Available in...

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Sep 01
TARMAC iOS managing tool updated to version 1.2

Equinux has updated TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html), a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform, to version 1.2. With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads  over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde.

Businesses can use TARMAC to remotely set up their iPhones and iPads without needing to manually connect them to a machine. TARMAC Server operates within a company's network and using an existing directory service to automatically create personalized user profiles.

TARMAC is installed as middleware on a company's network, and supports directory services in Active Directory, Open Directory, Open LDAP and MySQL databases. The configuration settings available in TARMAC guarantee safety in provisioning iPhones and iPads, according to Schadde. To...

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Sep 01
PCI Geomatics updates Geoimaging Tools for ArcGIS

PCI Geomatics has released GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS 2.0 (http://www.pcigeomatics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id...), offering automated tools for correcting raw satellite imagery, GeoImaging Tools is revolutionizing the integration of remotely sensed imagery into GIS workflows.
 
The release of GeoImaging Tools version 2.0 coincides and integrates directly within ESRI’s recently released ArcGIS 10 software. With the GeoImaging Tools Image Correction Module, ArcGIS users will benefit from rigorous, automated multi-sensor support and be able to correct raw imagery using sensor model information, optionally with automatic GCPs and tie points from reference data such as chip databases, reference mosaics, or vectors, according to...

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Sep 01
Winter Wolves releases Vera Blanc: Ghost in the Castle

Winter Wolves (http://www.winterwolves.com/) has released Vera Blanc: Ghost In The Castle, the second installment in the Vera Blanc series. It's compatible with Mac OS X and costs US$19.99. A demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young and beautiful woman with an extraordinary power: the ability to read other people's minds! Daughter of Emmanuel Blanc, one of the richest people on Earth, she left her life of luxury to use her powers to work alongside paranormal detective Brandon Mackey.

"In this second episode, our heroine travels to a small village in central Italy. The town's legendary ghost seems like nothing more than a quaint story, but a string of murders and suicides all point to the castle's ghost, and locals are getting scared. It's up to Brandon and Vera to uncover the truth behind the ghost, but trouble from Eva and...

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Sep 01
RE:Vision Effects releases RSMB 4 OFX plug-in

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has announced a new version (version 4) of their ReelSmart Motion Blur OFX plug-in for Nuke, Maya/3ds Max Composite, and Scratch is now available.

ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB, so there's no handwork involved, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects.. Of course you can add as little or as much blurring as you need and even remove motion blur.

The latest version adds support for 64-bit on Mac OS X and offers speed boosts.

Multi-host application floating licenses are available. With multi-host licensing users can float a single license across many applications, including: Nuke, Flame, Fusion, After Effects (Twixtor PRO only), Shake, Softimage, Smoke, Flint, Flare, Inferno, Combustion, Premiere Pro (Twixtor PRO only),...

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Sep 01
Dexim announces line of iPhone 4 accessories

Dexim (http://www.dexim.net) has announced its first product line for the iPhone 4. The new line includes the DCA220 Supercharged Leather Power Case,  DPA065 P-Flip Foldable Power Dock 3 in 1 Bundle Pack and  DLA155 CYL Premium Silicone Case.

The US$79.90 Supercharged Leather Power Case (shown) doubles as both a protective leather case and portable power solution that purportedly extends talk time up to eight hours, video/game time up to 15 hours, or audio playing time up to 60 hours. It features a built-in on-off power switch.

The $69.99 P-Flip Foldable Power Dock 3 in 1 Bundle is capable of extending talk time up to eight hours, video time up to 15 hours, or audio playing time up to 80 hours, according to the folks at Dexim. Users can flip the compact dock horizontally or vertically for hands-free video viewing or position it to fold for storage. The bundle includes a Dexim Thermoplastic Polyurethane (...

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Sep 01
iWebTemplate releases five new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added five new iWeb templates to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite.

iWeb Themes for Business 8.0, developed by iPresentee, includes five new themes available in standard and flash edition: Comics, Eco, Greenery, Light Colors and Red Sunset. The new release extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 139.

Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. iWeb Themes for Business 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife 08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife 09).

Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 7.0 are available immediately at the iWebTemplate web site.

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Sep 01
Lightroom plug-in updated to support custom watermarking in LR 3...

BragIt today releases update 1.3 of BragIt HTML Slideshow (http://photo.bragit.com/Lightroom/WebGalleryPlugin.shtml), a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It lets you publish a collection of photos to your web site, like a slideshow, telling a story.

Visitors to the website can scroll through thumbnails of all photos, and then start the slideshow to see large photos sequentially with annotations below each photo. The slideshow is based on HTML and has a scrolling index page of all photo thumbnails, an identity plate, and an introductory description. The full frame version of each photo can have multiline captions in a compact design to make room for photos in both landscape and portrait orientation with separate bounds for width and height. When a full frame photo is clicked, it advances to the next full frame photo. The plug-in has...

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Sep 01
Canon rolls out new multifunction printers

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added four new imageCLASS multifunction devices to its line-up of small office and home office solutions: the Color imageCLASS MF9280Cdn and MF9220Cdn color laser multifunction printers and the MF4570dn and D420 monochrome laser multifunction printers.
 
Developed to address the needs of today’s fast-paced end-user, the new Color imageCLASS MF9280Cdn and MF9220Cdn color laser multifunction printers allow small businesses and work groups to maximize productivity with print, copy, fax and scan functionality in a fully networkable device, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. 

Designed for multi-user environments, the devices feature a variety of technologies including “User ID Management” control, which allows network administrators to monitor and limit print output and an Auto-Duplex function...

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Sep 01
Logitech rolls out new laptop speakers

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 and the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 (pictured) for Mac and Windows laptops. They also work with iPads and iPhones.

To free you from the hassle of cords and let you place your speakers up to 50 feet away, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology to deliver wireless audio. To set it up you plug the included wireless adapter into a USB port on your laptop. If you want to connect to an iPad or iPhone, you won’t even need the USB dongle; just put your device into Discovery mode and the Logitech Z515 speaker will find it and connect wirelessly.

The speaker’s dual two-inch drivers give full stereo sound and plenty of bass, says Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. Plus, so you can take your music with you wherever you go, the Z515 includes a...

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Sep 01
Intel CEO: Jobs happy with our purchase of Infineon wireless...

Intel CEO Paul Otellini says he checked the opinion of Apple CEO Steve Jobs before buying German chipmaker Infineon Technologies' wireless unit for US$7.7 billion, reports "ChannelNews" (http://www.channelnews.com.au/Networking_And_Wireless/Industry/D8Q2K5R6).

"Steve was very happy," Otellini told Fox Business TV. "The industry was abuzz that this business unit was on the market, and there were a number of competing companies for it. I think they are very happy that Intel won the bid."

The purchase gives Intel a major foot in the door of the booming smartphone business. Infineon's baseband chips are used in the iPhone and other smartphones.

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Sep 01
Apple to hold special event today

Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a special event to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1. It's been widely rumored that the event would focus on a revamped Apple TV. However, the invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.

The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. "MacNews" will, of course, be covering the event.

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Sep 01
TransferBigFiles.com lets you send HD videos wirelessly from an...

TransferBigFiles (http://www.transferbigfiles.com) has launched an iPhone app that enables iPhone users to send full-quality HD videos and photos wirelessly from an iPhone. The files are kept in cloud storage provided by TransferBigFiles.com where users (and their friends and family) can then share or retrieve the files using any web browser.

Currently, iPhone users must plug their devices into their computers to access the full-quality HD video files, making it impossible to send or share those HD files wirelessly from a phone. For the first time, iPhone users can send their HD video files from anywhere by using the TransferBigFiles app, says Hamid Shojaee, CEO of TransferBigFiles.com. "

The TransferBigFiles app is free and available in the Apple App Store. The first 100,000 users to install and activate the app will receive 5GB of free cloud storage for their video and photo...

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Sep 01
Miniclips forms division to accelerate development of game for...

Miniclip.com, a web site dedicated to online games, is accelerating its mobile gaming business with the establishment of a new dedicated smartphone division. The division will be led by former Skype manager António Sérgio Varanda.

It will develop, publish and distribute its most popular online casual games for mobile operating systems such as the iOS and Android. Consumers can play online versions at http://www.miniclip.com, then purchase the mobile versions on the Apple App Store or Android Market.

Miniclip has tested its cross platform marketing abilities with a handful of Miniclip game franchises available for mobile, including Fragger, Monster Trucks, Disc Pool and Monkey Kick. The company has secured more than 1.9 million paid sales of its mobile games to date.

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