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Sep 22
Avid unveils new line-up of music tools

Avid (http://www.avid.com) has introduced a set of tools -- including the new Pro Tools Mbox family, the M-Audio MobilePre, Pro Tools SE bundles and M-Audio Oxygen 88 keyboard controller -- for a range of musicians who are seeking to create, record and mix music at home or on the road.
 
According to Avid, new features in the third generation of the Pro Tools Mbox family -- Pro Tools Mbox Pro, Pro Tools Mbox and Pro Tools Mbox Mini -- include: re-designed hardware with pro features delivering best-in-class audio and the flexibility to compose using Pro Tools LE or your DAW of choice

For first-time Pro Tools users and emerging artists with an interest in musical composition, editing and production, the new Avid Recording Studio, Avid KeyStudio and Avid Vocal Studio systems provide everything needed to create and record music at home, including new Pro Tools SE software and proven M-Audio hardware....

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Sep 22
Apple updates iWork apps for the iPad

Apple has released version 1.2 updates to its three iWork apps for the iPad: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. They're available at the Apple App Store.

According to Apple, the updates offer improvements to file-format support and file transferring, add the ability to transfer files to and from remote servers and beef up support for exporting files in Microsoft Office-compatible file formats. They also support transferring documents to and from iDisk, a feature of Apple's MobileMe US$99-per-year suite of online services/tools.

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Sep 22
Apple releases LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0

Apple has posted LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1107). It provides support for the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.

It's a 75.79MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 can be obtained with the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 22
NBC not likely to join rental program for new Apple TV

NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker says the network isn't likely to follow rivals to make its TV shows available for new US$0.99 rental service unveiled earlier this month in conjunction with the new Apple TV, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN2219136720100922).

"We do not think 99 cents is the right price point for our content. ... We thought it would devalue our content," Zucker said at a Goldman Sachs investor conference. And he noted that NBC shows are already available for $1.99 for download at iTunes.

The new $99 Apple TV was introduced on Sept. 1 and should ship within the next 2-4 weeks. With it you rent a TV episode for $0.99, and you have up to 30 days to start watching and then 48 hours to finish it -- or watch multiple times.

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Sep 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 22

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/).

Electric Pocket’s new (and free) Nag app for iPhone offers a simple control screen for setting a quick reminder for yourself. Tapping on a single button sets a nagging alarm that will jog your memory over and over. Nag's controls let you press a single button to set an alarm at the top of the hour, or at a set time away -- such as in five minutes, or an hour from now. If you want to fine-tune the alarm time, then simply press the time buttons again to add to the elapsed time.

Gamincom has announced Luminou 1.0 for iOS devices. Designed for little ones who are afraid on the dark, the US$1.99 app offers a choice of 10 plush toys that glow in the dark, and shuts down gradually depending on the length of your choice. You can also choose from 10...

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Sep 22
Android OS grows in business market, but iOS stays strong

ChangeWave's (http://www.changewave.com) latest corporate spending survey shows that the big winner in the business smart phone market this quarter is the Google Android Operating System, though Apple's iOS still remains strong.

When the research group asked respondents which mobile operating system their company currently provides, the Android OS (16%) was the clear momentum winner, registering a six point jump in market share since a previous survey in May.

All told, over the past nine months the Android OS has seen a five-fold increase in corporate market share. At the same time, Research In Motion’s OS still holds the dominant share of the corporate market, but it has dropped three points since May in terms of current share. The Apple iOS remains strong, ticking higher by one point.

Going forward, 35% of respondents report their company plans to buy smart phones next quarter one...

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Sep 22
FMC announces new iPhone, iPad development courses

Future Media Concepts (http://www.FMCtraining.com), an Apple Gold Level training Center, is expanding its Mac IT Academy offerings with two workshops for creating, publishing and selling iPhone and iPad applications.
 
The workshops are taught in small class size to maximize student/instructor interaction and provide the most conducive learning environment, according to the folks at Future Media Concepts. The teaching methodology consists of a combination of instructor demonstration and hands-on supervised practice sessions. Contact Future Media Concepts for times and pricing.

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Sep 22
Only half a million iPad owners using AT&T's network?

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says that about a half a million iPad owners use the company's network to connect the Apple tablet computer to the Internet, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCAN2116253420100921). And one analyst says that's a lower number than expected.

AT&T, is the only U.S. operator providing cellular connectivity for iPad. Pacific Crest analyst Steve Clement told "Reuters" that the half a million figure could indicate that many iPad purchasers aren't bothering to connect the device to the Internet using the AT&T network.
Since operators such as AT&T are expecting strong growth from gadgets such as tablet computers, this trend could mean the device category will represent less business than expected, he said.

"Half a million at this point would seem low," Clement told "Reuters." Samsung...

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Sep 22
Accused Apple supply manager proposes $600,000 in bonds

The Apple supply manager charged with selling company secrets for more than a million dollars in kickbacks has proposed posting a bond of more than US$600,000 from foreign bank accounts to be released from jail, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Paul Devine has offered $612,407 apparently held in foreign bank accounts for bail, the article adds. The Apple global supply manager, has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks.

He purportedly had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes in his house. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession, according to Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane.

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Sep 22
Ethernet Alliance Forum to explore next gen system design

Industry experts from companies such as Google, Cisco, VMware, NetApp and Intel will present on the impact Ethernet networks of the future will have on system and component design at a Technology Exploration Forum hosted by the Ethernet Alliance (http://www.ethernetalliance.com) on Oct. 5 in Santa Clara, California.


The continued evolution of Ethernet technology raises many questions about the future of network and system design. This one-day event, open to both Ethernet Alliance members and non-members, will provide the opportunity to explore these questions with members of the Ethernet community. Specific areas of discussion will include energy efficiency in Ethernet networks, higher Ethernet speeds, Internet data center, cloud computing and virtualization standards, and impacts on storage networking.

Forum attendees are invited to an informal networking reception following the...

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Sep 22
LensPack is new collection of video editing tools

Noise Industries (http://www.noiseindustries.com) has announced that FxFactory development partner SUGARfx has released a new collection of video editing tools and plug-ins in the form of LensPack, "lens effects with a twist."

FxFactory powered plug-ins are designed by Noise Industries and their development partners to extend the visual effects capabilities of Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. SUGARfx’s latest boasts capabilities for users looking to distort, straighten, magnify, loupe, and purposely flaw pristine video footage.

Priced at US$99, it comes with five image enhancement and distortion tools. Optico improves and increases normal lens distortion when shooting in wide-angle mod. Horizon Line straightens footage with an auto-rotation tool.

Distorium distorts footage to make it appear as if it is “literally”...

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Sep 22
USB Fever releases new iPhone 4, iPad products

USB Fever has released new products for the iPhone 4 and iPad. The Bamboo Made Case for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2024) is an US$46.99 case for the Apple tablet that's made of real bamboo.

The Rubberized Back Cover Case for iPhone 4G with Click Stand (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2023) is a $12.99 case that sports a kickstand for watching videos or viewing photos. The Power Pack for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2025...

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Sep 22
Multi-Format sues Apple for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. A New Jersey-based company named Multi-Format is suing Apple for patent violation. Apparently, the lawsuit concerns the sale and enabling of downloaded video content like movies and HDTV programming on iTunes to all of Apple's hardware including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, reports "Patently Apple" (http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/09/apple-sued-for-the-s...).

Multi-Format is seeking a "reasonable royalty" from Apple and has further asked the court to consider tripling the damages accessed if the damages are not found by a jury, the article adds. Multi-Format Inc is a private company categorized under Motion Picture Producers and Studios and located in Little Ferry, NJ.

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Sep 22
Digital Video Expo returns to Pasadena Convention Center next...

NewBay Media says the Digital Video Expo (http://www.dvexpo.com) is opening its doors next week at the Pasadena Convention Center, where the conference will run from Tuesday, Sept. 28, through Thursday, Sept. 30, with two days of exhibits on Sept. 29 and 30.

According to David Williams, conference chair, Digital Video Expo, and editor, "DV Magazine," highlights of this year’s Digital Video Expo include:

° Apple Certification Training from Weynand Training International;

° Multiple educational tracks focusing on web & mobile video, DSLR filmmaking, 3D production, and editing;

° Full-day workshops including Lighting, Canon 5D/7D Training, Digital Cinematography Training, and RED POST The Easy Way;

° Free Lighting Master Classes with cinematographers from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), led by veteran director of photography George Spiro Dibie;

° Keynotes by...

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Sep 22
Aqua Connect announces over 60 features in Mac Terminal Server

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net) has announced support for over 60 features and options in their Mac terminal services solution. The Aqua Connect Terminal Server supports the latest Mac OS X features such as Core Animation and Core Image, along with greater compatibility with Apple’s Workgroup Manager.

Aqua Connect Terminal Server can now utilize more of the functionality of Apple’s Workgroup Manager, including the ability to create a Simple Finder in Mac OS X. A Simple Finder will allow administrators to deliver single or specific applications to users while also disabling the other functions of the desktop. Simple Finder is the easiest way for administrators to present application virtualization in OS X terminal services, says Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect.

The Aqua Connect Administrator Tool was developed to complement Workgroup Manager’s features. The...

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Sep 22
Kensington introduces KeyFolio, Folio cases for the iPad

Kensington (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced the KeyFolio Bluetooth Keyboard and Case and Folio cases for the iPad. The former (which costs US$99.99) not only protects your iPad when on the road but also provides a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and hands-free stand when you reach your destination.

The rubberized keys were specially designed to cushion your iPad screen from bumps and scratches when the folio is closed. It has a synthetic leather cover and provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector. The rubberized keys are spill-proof, and the Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation and includes iPad specific keys.

The $39.99 Kensington Folio Case protects your iPad in style while also providing a hands-free stand. It has a padded interior, synthetic leather cover and provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector.

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Sep 22
Ableton introduces Amp for Ableton Live 8 users

Amp (http://www.ableton.com/amp) is a new Ableton 8 audio effect designed to add warmth and drive. Co-developed with Softube, Amp delivers the sound and simplicity of legendary amplifiers and cabinets, according to the folks at Ableton.

Amp comes with Cabinet, a separate effect that provides a selection of classic guitar cabs, with optimized mics and mic positioning. Ableton has also included a range of sounds that transform Ableton’s instruments and effects with Amp’s new sonic character. These include Instrument and Effect Racks, Live Clips and over 400 presets.

Amp is included with Ableton Suite 8 and is available separately for US$129 from the Ableton web shop. Live 8 users can also take advantage of a free collection of new Instrument and Audio Effect Racks that use Amp's technology when they download the latest Live update, 8.2.

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Sep 22
Analyst: Apple revving up for Verizon compatible, CDMA iPhones

Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that Apple is expected to build its first three million Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhones in December. If true, this underscores rumors that Apple is eyeing an early 2011 launch for a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone.

Quoting "contacts in the company's overseas supply chain," Fidacaro adds that the device is on track for an early 2011 launch. The analyst puts total GSM and CDMA iPhone production for the quarter at between 21 and 22 million.

If it actually happened, this would be the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T's GSM technology. In cellular service there are two main competing network technologies: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division...

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Sep 22
Over one million iPhones sold in South Korea

Sales of the iPhone passed one million within about nine months of its debut in South Korea, reports "Yonhap News" (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/techscience/2010/09/19/8/0601000000AEN20...). KT Corp., the local carrier for the iPhone, said that 1.02 million iPhones were activated as of Aug. 16.

Furthermore, KT says it expects iPhone sales to reach 1.2 million in early October. The company received 350,000 advanced orders for the iPhone 4, the latest model from Apple, which arrived in the country Sept. 10.

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Sep 22
DEVONthink products ready for upcoming iPhone/iPad app


DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has updated all editions of its information manager, DEVONthink, and its note-taking application, DEVONnote, to version 2.0.4.

The new releases of DEVONthink and DEVONnote have been prepared to work with the upcoming DEVONthink To Go for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as with DEVONagent 2.5. DEVONthink To Go lets users take their data with them on their device and add new documents on the go.

In addition, DEVONthink Pro Office 2.0.4 comes with a new "Import, OCR, and delet"' folder action for easy integration of e.g. network scanners, improves the reliability of the built-in text recognition, and improves the integration with DEVONagent 2.5, which is about to be released later this year.

DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 2.0.4 allow the user to add reminders for documents to Hog Bay Software's Task Paper and...

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Sep 22
GEAR4 announces new AlarmDock Reveal for the iPod, iPhone

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced the US$69 AlarmDock Reveal alarm clock radio for iPod and iPhone. Available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1, the compact device provides an alarm clock, an FM radio and a way to charge your iPod or iPhone.
 
AlarmDock Reveal features a 12 or 24-hour clock with a dimmable LCD display. The alarm can be set to wake up by buzzer, radio or your personal music library on your iPod/iPhone.When you can't roll out of bed, AlarmDock Reveal's entire top panel is the snooze control, eliminating the need to hunt for the snooze button to sleep in.

The AlarmDock Reveal is a small footprint product with a grille cloth that wraps around the whole device. The cloth curves away from the top edge to reveal a gloss black face, and the clock LCD shines through from behind.

The FM radio featured on AlarmDock Reveal has five programmable preset options and the iPod/iPhone...

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Sep 22
AirWatch Mobile Device Management 5.12 available for iOS 4.x...

AirWatch (http://www.air‐watch.com), a provider of enterprise-grade Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, today has announced the commercial availability of AirWatch 5.12. This new version of the AirWatch solution includes mobile device management capabilities for iPhone and iPod touch devices using iOS 4.

It's available in three delivery options: Software as a Service (US$2 per device per month), a dedicated software appliance ($30 per device) and software deployed on premise behind a corporate firewall (with pricing starting at $4,995). Delivery options allow for flexibility to transition easily across the different models.

According to AirWatch CEO John Marshall, iOS 4’s expanded enterprise integration technologies, coupled with the AirWatch MDM solution, let organizations deploy and manage both corporate- and employee-liable iPhone and iPod touch iOS4 devices; protect sensitive corporate data; secure access to enterprise resources; monitor compliance with...

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Sep 22
'MacVoices' talks with 'The Mac Mommy'

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Melissa Davis, aka "The Mac Mommy," and co-host of "Moms Gone Geek," talks about her tech background, including time served in the educational technology space, and why she does and doesn't consider herself a "mommy blogger."

Engaged in something of a social experiment with herself and her family at the center, Davis talks issues of privacy, the costs and benefits of a public persona, and her first troll encounter. She compares online tech community with more traditional social models, reveals a surprising source of inspiration, and outlines the many different types of information that can be found on her blog.

"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...

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Sep 22
FileMaker Go for the iPhone, iPad lets you create PDFs, email...

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced version 1.1 of FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, the apps that let users work with FileMaker Pro databases on iPhone or iPad.

These updates are available free from the Apple App Store, and include enhancements for creating PDFs, sharing databases via email, and inserting photos in databases. Users can now produce PDFs directly from FileMaker Go and either save them on their mobile devices or email them. This feature lets mobile users save and distribute reports, create invoices, and share project status directly from their iPad or iPhone.
 
Another enhancement is the ability to save a copy of a complete database and email it directly from FileMaker Go. With this feature, iPhone and iPad users can exchange databases from their devices without needing to dock with a desktop or laptop...

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Sep 22
Trek Support is backpack that powers gadgets

Quirky has released the US$130 Trek Support (http://www.quirky.com/products?utm_medium=release&utm_campaign=treksupport), a community-developed, checkpoint-friendly backpack that powers and protects your laptop and gadgets when you’re on the go. It features a removable battery-powered USB gadget dock, which can charge up to three electronic items at a time.

The Trek Support also has a detachable laptop sleeve at the rear, designed specifically for travelers. Just unzip Trek Support's main compartment, lay the laptop side flat, and place it on the conveyor belt for speedier TSA security checks.

Other features include: a detachable laptop sleeve that fits most 15-inch laptops; a gadget dock with up to seven hours of integrated rechargeable battery life; and specially designed pockets that...

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