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Nov 18
iStopMotion for Mac OS X gets Tilt Shift filter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 18
NewerTech announces USB 3.0 universal drive adapter

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

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

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Nov 18
'MacVoices' looks at going paperless

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

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

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 18
Socialite update improves error handling

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

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

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

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Nov 18
Kerio Connect update fixes a stability issue

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

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

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

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Nov 18
Xslimmer update for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

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

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

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

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Nov 18
ABiSee announces Mac compatibility for two products

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

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

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

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Nov 18
iWebThemes park introduces five new themes

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

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

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Nov 18
ViewSticks is iPad headrest mounting system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov 18
ViewSticks is iPad headrest mounting system

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

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

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Nov 18
Dot Hill introduces new interface option for AssuredSAN

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

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

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

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Nov 18
Akvis ArtSuite update adds new themed frame pack

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

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

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

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

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Nov 18
Speed Download for Mac OS X updated to version 5.2.21

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.21, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The new version offers optimized performance, better compatibility and more. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Nov 18
iAds coming to Europe in December

Apple will expand its iAd mobile advertising network to the UK and France this December, with Germany to follow in January. iAd will launch in Europe with iAds from L’Oréal, Renault, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, Perrier, Unilever, Citi, Evian, LG Display, AB InBev, Turkish Airlines and Absolute Radio.

Apple says since its US launch in July, iAd has signed on over half of the top 25 leading US national advertisers in just four months, with a projected 21% share of US mobile display advertising revenue for 2010 according to research firm IDC.

“We’re thrilled to add leading global brands to the iAd Network in Europe and create even more great opportunities for developers,” says Andy Miller, Apple’s vice president of iAd. “In just four months, we’ve doubled the number of advertisers on the network and thousands of developers now have a valuable new source of revenue.”

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according...

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Nov 18
Retrevo report: holiday season looking good for Apple

By Andrew Eisner

Unemployment is high and consumers are sacrificing this year but it appears that consumers still want their gadgets and they're willing to stand in line to get them providing the price is right.

The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked consumers what was on their holiday wish lists and how much they were planning to spend on gadgets and gadget accessories. We discovered that certain groups of consumers are more likely to buy electronics and shop in stores this holiday season and Black Friday.

When we asked consumers if they were going to be spending more, less or about the same as last year, most categories appear to be just as popular this year as last especially clothing, movies, and games. On the other hand, travel and electronics could see some changes this holiday season. Electronics shows the biggest increase and travel the biggest decline with 16% of respondents saying they will spend more on electronics and 28%...

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Nov 18
Apple extends iPad warranty in China

Apple has agreed to offer a two-year warranty for its Pads sold on the mainland of China, making the country the first market worldwide to have such extended after-sales service as a standard option, according to the "South China Morning Post."

The move comes after Chinese Customs in August categorized the iPad as a laptop computer instead of a "portal multi-functional device" as Apple calls the tablet, the article notes. Elsewhere, Apple only offers a one-year standard warranty, though extended warranties are available at extra cost. The company had argued that the tablet should be treated as a portable multi-function device.

The iPad went on sale in September on the mainland and the question has been raised about whether Apple had violated a regulation enacted in 2002 which requires laptop manufacturers to provide at least a two-year warranty for key components of their products, says the "South China Morning Post."

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Nov 18
PDFPen updated for Mac OS X

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0.3. The update adds a new welcome window and offers a number of fixes and improvements.

The changes in PDFpen 5.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.

PDFpen 5.0.3 and PDFpen Pro 5.0.3 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo...

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Nov 18
Magic Dice game for Mac OS X rolls to version 1.6

Magic Dice 1.6 (http://www.yenco.com/magicdice/) is now available from Yenco. This update is the final version of this software and is now available for free.

 The new version is built on Framework 2.0.7 LE (which adds mouse/trackpad scroll support). Magic Dice 1.6.0 -- which will no longer be available after Dec. 31 -- also removes all shareware registration, software update, and feedback interfaces.

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Nov 18
'YML' looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles' catalog coming to iTunes and more.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Nov 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 17

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

Earlier this year Google launched a Google Voice HTML5 web app for iPhone users. Now they've launched the official Google Voice for iPhone app (alas, in the US only). With this free app, you’ll have access to all the major Google Voice features on your iPhone.

Wine.com, an online wine retailer, has announced its free app for the iPad. The app features a "Label Flow" interface where users swipe through thousands of wine labels in a comprehensive dashboard view. Clicking on a label brings up a magazine-like page that includes critical acclaim and pedigree specifics, winery background, region, varietal and even an interactive geo-location "tour."

Happylatte has released Pee Monkey Plant Bloom, a sequel to Pee Monkey Toilet Trainer. Pee Monkey...

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Nov 17
AT&T CEO: we won't be hurt too much if a Verizon iPhone...

AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega doesn't think his company will suffer too much if and when a Verizon version of the iPhone is released, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/att-wireless-ceo-heres-why-we-wont-get-ou...).

Though he didn't say that AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone in the US is ending anytime soon, this morning at the JPMorgan tech conference, he said AT&T wasn't too worried because:

° 70% of AT&T's customers are on family plans, which is a pain in the butt to move everyone over to a new carrier;

° 40% of customers are on corporate discount plans, which are also a pain to let go of.

So just as AT&T has never been able to...

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Nov 17
Latest legal shot fired in Apple-Nokia battle

Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has announced the filing of yet another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and positioning of data in applications.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” Nokia’s Patent Licensing General Manager Paul Melin said in a statement. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”

But this is merely the latest shot in the legal battle between Apple and Nokia. Here's the background (take notes; there'll be a test later): in February it was announced that Apple's patent-infringement complaint seeking to block Nokia Oyj’s phone imports into the U.S. will be investigated by a U.S...

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Nov 17
Apple, HTC, RIM sued for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, HTC and Research in Motion are being sued by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants (http://stclairipc.com/) for allegedly violating six US patents, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-17/apple-htc-corp-research-in-moti...).

St. Clair says the defendants are using the protected inventions in their smartphones and tablets without permission. The suit was filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

The defendants “have acted objectively and subjectively reckless in implementing technology” that they “should have reasonably known would infringe” the patents, St. Clair lawyers...

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