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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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Aug 31
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 31

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/).

Seline HD (http://amidio.com/seline) is a new, US$5.99 live performance and improvisation music instrument for the iPad. Its CrystalClarity HD sound engine is capable of analyzing and predicting melodies, altering the sound on the fly with a dozen of subtle algorithms that add expression, character and life to the generated music, according to the folks at Seline HD.

Vito Technology has released a new version of Star Walk, an astronomy guide for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new version of the app features gyroscope support on iPhone 4, Moon rise and Moon set info on SkyLive screen, full multitasking support and minor bug fixes. Star Walk is available for iPhone and...

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Aug 31
Apple spent $330,000 lobbying in second quarter of 2010

Apple spent US$330,000 lobbying the federal government in the second quarter on spending for technology in education and other issues, according to a disclosure report as noted by the Associated Press (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_bi_ge/us_apple_lobbying_1).

That's slightly less than the $390,000 Apple spent in the same period in 2009 and below the $560,000 it spent on the first quarter of 2010, the article adds. Apple reported that it lobbied the House, Senate and the Department of Education on parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 related to school modernization and education technology.

The company also lobbied Congress on general budget funding issues related to education in a report filed July 20. Apple sells its Macs primarily to consumers and educational institutions,...

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Aug 31
Triton Tech sues Apple for patent violation

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Triton Tech is suing Apple for violating a patent (5,181,181) for a "computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information." The company says Apple is infringing on its patent with the accelerometer and gyroscope features of its idevices, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Here's part of Tritron Tech's patent: "A mouse which senses six degrees of motion arising from movement of the mouse within three dimensions. A hand-held device includes three accelerometers for sensing linear translation along three axes of a Cartesian coordinate system and three angular rate sensors for sensing angular rotation about the three axes. Signals produced by the sensors are processed to permit the acceleration, velocity and relative position and attitude of the device to be conveyed to a computer. Thus, a person may interact with a computer...

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Aug 31
Gartner: worldwide computer shipments to increase 19% in 2010

Worldwide personal computer shipments are projected to total 367.8 million units in 2010, a 19.2 % increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

"The personal computer market revived in the first half of 2010, but the real test of its resilience is yet to come," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "We have reduced our forecast for second-half 2010 personal computer growth to 15.3%, approximately 2 % below our previous forecast, in light of the uncertain economic outlook for the United States and Western Europe. There is no doubt that consumer, if not business, personal computer demand has slowed relative to expectations in mature markets. Recent dramatic shifts in the personal computer supply chain were in no small part a reaction to fears of a sharp slowdown in mature-market demand. However...

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Aug 31
NPD Group: music still sets the beat with iTunes shoppers

It wasn’t long ago that every dollar spent at the iTunes store was spent on music and video, but now mobile software apps are vying for consumers’ time and budget, according to recent findings in NPD’s “iTunes User Report.” The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, recently surveyed Apple iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch users to determine how they use iTunes to acquire music, video, games and other entertainment content.

According to NPD’s “iTunes User Report,” apps are garnering a lot of attention among iTunes users, but music is still central to the iTunes experience. According to NPD’s entertainment industry research, virtually all iPhone or iPod youch users have downloaded an app for free, but 82% report actually purchasing music. More than half (56%) of iTunes buyers purchase music exclusively, and a majority of iTunes user search time tends to be focused on looking for music, as well...

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Aug 31
Adobe posts Lightroom, Camera Raw updates

Adobe announced that Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 updates are available for immediate download.

The updates, originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, extend raw file support to 16 new popular camera models including the Canon EOS 60D and Sony Alpha NEX-5, and improve on several of the lens correction profiles provided in the Lightroom 3.0 release. These latest updates also add over 120 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct for undesirable distortion and aberration effects.

With Lightroom 3.2, photographers can now also publish their photos directly to the popular social networking site Facebook and the online photo sharing service SmugMug from directly within the application. This update also addresses a number of issues reported by customers, bringing improvements to the Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution for both serious amateur and professional...

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Aug 31
Survey: one in two customers don't know when their mobile...

According to a recent study commissioned by Best Buy Mobile, the mobile specialty retail unit of Best Buy, more than half of American mobile phone owners don't know the month and year when their current mobile phone contract expires.

In addition, only four in 10 say they received a reminder notice that their contract was about to expire, leaving many consumers in the dark about upgrade eligibility and the plan options available. To help consumers better understand their contract situation, Best Buy Mobile recently launched a consumer education campaign -- the Upgrade Checker campaign, at http://www.BestBuy.com/Mobile -- that provides resources to help customers make informed shopping decisions.

The survey, conducted for Best Buy Mobile by GfK Roper, sheds light on consumers’ knowledge and shopping habits around mobile plans, devices, technology and accessories.

“When it comes to...

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Aug 31
Monsoon Multimedia launches Vulkano for the Mac

Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon (http://www.myvulkano.com).

The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and mobile video recording. Vulkano's Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application.

They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac. Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living...

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Aug 31
iPhone, iPod touch traffic up to 41% in Finland

In first half of 2010, iPhone and iPod touch traffic increased from 33.9% to 41% in Finland, reports asymco (http://www.asymco.com).

Apple’s devices account for a very small percent of the total phones in use in Nokia’s home country, the article adds.The analysis was performed by QAim on a sample of 64 million “mobile downloads."

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Aug 31
Oddmakers bet on Apple's special event announcement

Tomorrow Apple will gather the media and take the stage in San Francisco for its latest product announcements. As speculations among Apple aficionados abound, CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for what to expect from tomorrow’s announcement.
 
So what will Apple announce tomorrow? Here's what Bookmaker expects:
 
The release of a revised version of the iPhone 4        +100     50%
A new iPod Nano with a 3cm by 3cm touch screen     +150     40%
Apple TV priced at $99                                                +200     33%
A new iPod touch                                                        +250     28%
 
(The +/- indicates the return on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.)

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Aug 31
OddGroves releases reggae drum loops pack

Inspired by the reggae drummers of the mid-seventies, Swedish music production company OddGrooves (http://www.oddgrooves.com/) has released Reggae Drumming, an US$27 MIDI drum loop pack arranged for several popular drum samplers.

According to OddGrooves' chief drummer Magnus Brandell the goal with the Reggae Pack was to "get into the soul" of the reggae drummers of the 70's. Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and The Wailers served as major sources of inspiration when recording the loops. Reggae Drumming features 247 reggae drum loops, predominantly roots reggae, but also reggae pop such as The Police and loops inspired by Frank Zappa's classic reggae variations. It's recorded in a total of 10 tempos.

All drum loops are played live by a professional session drummer. The grooves aren't quantized All grooves are in song format to make life easier for composers and producers on a time schedule, Brandell...

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Aug 31
FirmTek ships eSATA controller with Mac support

FirmTek (http://www.firmtek.com) has announced the SeriTek/e6G 2-Port eSATA 6G host adapter is shipping. Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) 64-bit and 32-bit modes are supported along with Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.4.11, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.

This new PCI-Express 2.0, one-lane (1x), 6G, eSATA controller is designed to expand the external storage options available for the Mac Pro, late 2005 PowerMac G5 and Windows PC's with an available PCI-Express expansion slot. The ultra small, high quality, 2-port, 6G, eSATA FirmTek SeriTek/e6G can provide 255MB/s average read performance with a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE Solid State Drive or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to ten hard disks, says Chi Kim Stanford vice president of Business Development.

The SeriTek/e6G can be used without installing a driver with Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x systems. However, if the FirmTek driver is...

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