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Sep 29
CodeRage Software releases Zooom/2 V2.4.4 for Mac OS X

CodeRage Software has released Zooom/2 version 2.4.4 for Mac OS X (http://coderage-software.com). It's an US$19.95 Mac desktop application that "redefines how you can resize, move and align your application windows."

You can snap windows up against each other using Zooom/2's built-in "magnetics" function. Zoom/2 also sports an "autoraise" ability, which makes the window under the mouse automatically visible without you having to click on it. Version 2.4.4 provides much integration with the Office 2008 suite, as well as iTunes 10.

For $19.95 you can use Zooom/2 on up to three computers. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 29
Survey: Americans oppose mandatory FM tuners in cell phones

Seventy percent of cell phone and smartphone owners aren't interested in receiving FM radio broadcasts on their phone, according to a new survey from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The study, "FM Tuners for Cell Phones -- Measuring Consumer Interest," found most consumers aren't interested in having FM tuners in their mobile devices, and an even broader majority (80 %) doesn'tt support a government mandate that would force manufacturers to include an FM tuner in mobile phones.

Published accounts indicate that broadcasters, in conjunction with record labels, have proposed to Congress a compromise performance royalty plan that would include a mandate that all mobile phones sold in the United States include a radio tuner.

“With broadcasters asking Congress to force consumers to buy mobile phones with FM radios built in, we thought it was time to ask consumers what they want. This study proves there is little consumer demand for radio-capable cell...

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Sep 29
SmartSound releases two new video tutorials

SmartSound has released two new video tutorials that show a music soundtrack workflow for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5.  

The tutorials were created by Adobe Certified Expert, Jeff Foster. Foster has been a long-time SmartSound customer and uses the music in his professional work.

"Watch How to Make Perfect Soundtracks in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" lets you watch over his shoulder as he creates a highly customized music soundtrack for his Premiere Pro CS5 project using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 with the Smartsound fully-customizable royalty free music library. You can find the tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/smartSoundMusic#p/a/u/0/hfK3VWdRT_M .

"SmartSound and Premiere Pro CS5 Perfect Roundtrip Workflow" shows Foster demoing the best music soundtrack workflow for Premiere Pro CS5. You can view...

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Sep 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 28

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/).

Hog Bay Software has released PlainText, a free Dropbox text editor of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and (optionally) sync everything with Dropbox.com.

ClearPractice (http://clearpractice.com/ehr/home.cfm), a provider of software solutions for physicians and medical groups, has announced the general market release of Nimble, the company's comprehensive electronic medical record application designed and developed specifically for the iPad. As part of the product release, the company is providing an iPad and a copy of Nimble free of charge to the first 500 physicians that subscribe to the...

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Sep 28
Hulu Plus headed to Roku, TiVO

Hulu Plus, the premium subscription service from Hulu, is coming to several devices this fall, including Roku and TiVo Premiere set-top boxes. Alas, the revamped Apple TV doesn't seem to be among them.

In addition to Roku and TiVo, Hulu Plus will also be appearing on the Xbox 360 early next year and support is expected to be added to the next Xbox Live beta, reports "Mashable" (http://mashable.com/2010/09/28/hulu-plus-roku-tivo/?utm_source=feedburne...). Additionally, TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony and Vizio are also getting in on act the article adds.

Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus) is...

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Sep 28
PluralEyes 1.2 for Final Cut Pro available

Singular Software, developer of automation applications for post-production, has released version 1.2 (http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html) of its flagship product PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro.

The new version will include improved workflow for dual-system audio, clock drift correction, increased synchronization control, broader coverage of media types and customer-requested enhancements. It does not overwrite the previously installed PluralEyes 1.1, and can run alongside that version. Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images. The new PluralEyes plug-in for Vegas Pro provides an array of...

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Sep 28
Apple sues Nokia in Britain

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating the claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68R45G20100928).

The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of 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 at the time. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and...

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Sep 28
Brother introduces new laser printers

Brother (http://www.brother.com) has introduced several new laser printers. Among them is the newest family of color laser all-in-ones.

The new series also offer productivity enhancing features to help reduce operating costs. Two key functions: duplex printing in all models and the availability of high-volume replacement toner cartridges. The flagship of the product line, the US$699 MFC-9970CDW (available in January 2011) offers a number of step features over the other models in the series and (in a first for a Brother laser) will include a five-inch color touch screen display that permits easy navigation and menu selection for accessing its advanced capabilities. In addition, it features a monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages. The MFC-9560CDW is $649, and the MFC-9460CDN is $599.

Brother's latest family of monochrome laser printers is the HL-2200 Series with prices from $119-$149. Focusing on Small...

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Sep 28
'MacVoices' looks at the photokina expo

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Erik Bernskiold of Bernskiold Media spent some time at photokina in Germany last week, and tells us about the focus on digital still photography at one of the year's largest technology events.

He picks some of his show favorites, talks about the one who wasn't there, how 3D will or won't impact home TV viewing, and why he felt out of place with an iPhone.

"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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Sep 28
Kingston announces CompactFlash Ultimate 600x card

Kingston Digital (http://www.kingston.com) has released its CompactFlash (CF) Ultimate 600x memory card. The CompactFlash Ultimate 600x supports UDMA mode 6 and offers read and write speeds of up to 90MB/second, making it Kingston's fastest card to support high-end digital cameras and other devices.

The CF Ultimate 600x is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities to support the large file sizes created when shooting in RAW mode or HD video. If paired with UDMA mode 6 enabled cameras and readers, the 600x speed allows for data to write to and read from the card at a faster rate than previous generations of cards. For added peace of mind, the CF Ultimate 600x includes free downloadable data recovery software from MediaRECOVER.

Kingston's CompactFlash Ultimate 600x cards are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 live technical support. The cost for the 16GB and 32GB versions are US$154 and $270,...

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Sep 28
SmartMusic 2011 adds percussion methods to repertoire

MakeMusic (http://www.makemusic.com) has added Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1 and Rudimental Etudes for Snare Drum to its SmartMusic interactive music learning software library. The SmartMusic library now contains 29 method books, more than 7,700 solos (including popular music), thousands of practice exercises, 2,344 band and orchestra titles and 18 jazz improvisation collections.

Alfred’s Drum Method, Book 1, popular with many public school and private teachers, helps prepare beginning players for all styles of snare drum and percussion performance. The book contains 80 pages of sequential instruction, including rudimental studies, roll studies and solos.

Each line in SmartMusic has a live snare drum recording. Also available are the Rudimental Etudes for Snare Drum, Easy and Rudimental Etudes for Snare Drum, Intermediate, which are based on the 40 rudiments established by the Percussive Arts...

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Sep 28
NewerTech announces iPhone 4 accessory line

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced its NewerTech Accessory Line for the iPhone 4 consisting of four different styles of NuGuard soft and hard shell cases and a NuVue anti-glare screen/back film. All purpotedly prevent antenna contact so iPhone 4 users can stay online or in touch uninterrupted, as well as provide open port and control access areas for hassle free use.

The US$14.99 NuGuard Soft Silicon Protective Case comes in non-stick soft silicone that cushions and protects the iPhone while the ergonomically designed side grooves offer better grip and comfort. It's available in black, blue, red and frost.

The $24.99 NuGuard Carbon Fiber Style Case has a carbon fiber patterned, inspired low profile case. It's available in black, blue and pink.

The $14.99 NuGuard Hard Shell Polycarbonate Case is designed to offer more impact resistance than acrylic shells. It's available in...

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Sep 28
Seagate unveils 12TB network storage server

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced what it says is the industry’s highest-capacity, 4-bay and 2-bay, desktop network attached storage solutions to help data-intensive small business address evolving storage needs.

The BlackArmor NAS 440 network storage server and BlackArmor NAS 220 network storage server, extend the capacity range of Seagate’s BlackArmor family of storage solutions, enabling businesses to now scale from 1TB to 12TB.

Initially, both solutions will come pre-populated with 3TB drives in each bay  and will be offered exclusively for 30-days through Seagate.com and select online retailers. For the first 30 days, CDW will provide the 12TB BlackArmor NAS 440 for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$1,899.99, and NewEgg will sell the BlackArmor NAS 220 6TB for $649.99.

Both the BlackArmor NAS 440 and BlackArmor NAS 220 network storage servers are designed to help...

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Sep 28
Accordance Bible Software gets search, interface enhancements

OakTree Software has updated its Accordance Bible Software (http://www.accordancebible.com) to version 9.0. The upgrade offers new search capabilities and interface enhancements. According to the folks at OakTree Software, Accordance 9.0 offers:

° Workspace zones that make it easy to keep your Bibles, commentaries, lexicons, and other study aids neatly arranged yet easily accessible;

° A revamped Search All feature that lets you search thousands of resources in seconds and quickly browse the results to find what you're looking for;

° An Easy Install feature that lets you install new resources over the web as soon as you purchase them, with no physical media to ship or unlocking codes to enter;

° Support for new syntactical analyses of original language texts that takes you beyond the meaning of individual words to show you how those words function together.

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Sep 28
Xsilva Systems unveils LightSpeed Mobile

Xsilva Systems (http://www.xsilva.com) has introduced new way for retailers to engage with their customers and make the sales process more efficient with the release of LightSpeed Mobile, for use with the now available LightSpeed 3.2. 

LightSpeed Mobile is a mobile retail extension of LightSpeed, Xsilva’s point of sale platform for the Mac. Retail sales staff can use LightSpeed Mobile to connect to a LightSpeed database and process sales from anywhere in the store with an iPod youch and a Linea Pro “sled” -- the same mobile hardware employed by Apple in its retail stores -- which adds the ability to scan bar codes and swipe credit cards. Once the payment is approved, customers sign on-screen and receive their receipt instantly by email.

The LightSpeed Mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for US$19.99. It's an extension of LightSpeed 3.2, the new version of Xsilva’s flagship retail...

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Sep 28
PADACS iPad case comes with built-in keyboard

PADACS (https://www.padacs.com/cart/) has announced the US$69.95 Toccata, an iPad case that sports a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. Charged by an included USB cable, the Lithium battery-powered keyboard runs for as long as 45 hours, according to PADACS founder Raaj Menon.

As well as the iPad, the Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard works with a range of devices including iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS (with iOS4) and Bluetooth-enabled devices running Mac OS X, Windows or Linux. The keyboard pairs with devices, going into auto-sleep mode after 10 minutes of inactivity and automatically reconnecting when it's switched on.

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Sep 28
Pixelmator for Mac OS X gets Aperture support

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade, free to registered users, adds Aperture support, an improved Photo Browser palette, a revamped Stroke feature, bug fixes, and more.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.

Pixelmator supports more than 100 different file formats, including Photoshop...

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Sep 28
Apple: Cook not going to HP

As I suspected, Apple's Tim Cook isn't considering going to HP as CEO, despite rumors to the contrary. Eric Savitz of "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/28/apple-cook-not-going...) shoots down the rumors.

He says he talked with Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall, who follows Apple. Marshall says he had just spoken to Cook about the rumor.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Sep 28
Eco Holster released for the iPhone

Concord Keystone (http://www.concordkeystone.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Keystone ECO holster with a built in rechargeable battery that provides back-up power and automatically recharges iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

Available in black or white matte finish, the hard case design provides full front and back protection for the Apple smartphone. The Keystone ECO holster uses a mechanical spring sliding action that enables users to slide the case open and remove the iPhone from the charging case, leaving the auxiliary battery in the holster, and lessening the battery bulk when iPhone is in use.

The rechargeable 1300 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery is housed in a slim polycarbonate case that clips to belts, waistbands, handbags, or briefcases. To use the Keystone ECO holster, users slide iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G into the holster and the phone automatically begins charging the battery,...

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Sep 28
Apple posts Remote 2.0

Apple has released Remote 2.0. The new version of the iTunes and Apple TV remote control app adds iPad and Retina Display support. It's free and available at the Apple App Store.

You can now control iTunes and Apple TV shared libraries from your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Remote 2.0 adds support for iTunes 10 and the Apple TV "Take Three." It also supports Home Sharing.

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Sep 28
Certain English, Tasmania students getting iPhones, iPads

More than 500 medical students at the University of Leeds are being issued with iPhones which can access online text books, reports the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11427317). And the Tasmanian Department of Education and Training has revealed over 30 iPads are being trialled in a number of schools across the state, notes "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/362432/ipad_trials_hit_tasmanian...).

The Apple smartphones at the University of Leeds -- a British Redbrick university located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England -- have applications providing students with reference material and prescription guidelines. The university, claiming a...

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Sep 28
Aston Martin replaces the iPhone as Britain's 'coolest...

The iPhone has been knocked off the top spot of Britain's Cool Brands index by Aston Martin, reports "Telegraph UK" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8028268/iPhone-knocked-off-C...). The iPhone is is second place, followed by the iPod, the Blackberry and Bang & Olufsen, an upmarket audio-visual manufacturer.

“Traditional favourites continue to challenge new, cutting edge brands, which is reflected perfectly by the return of Aston Martin as the coolest brand despite close attention from iPhone," Stephen Cheliotis, the chairman of the CoolBrands Council said.

The CoolBrands are chosen by a combination of 2,000 consumers in a survey and by a panel of 35 designers, style magazine editors and website executives. Apple's...

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Sep 28
Survey: iPad owners skew younger, male

"Advertising Week" has published the results of a Nielsen survey (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/the-connected-devices-age-i...) of 5,000 consumers who own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media player or smartphone -- including 400 iPad owners. The survey found, among other things, that iPad owners skew younger and more male.

Per the survey:

° 65% of iPad owners are male and 63% are under 35.

° Amazon Kindle owners tend to be wealthier. 44% of them make more than US$80,000/year compared with 39% of iPad owners and 37% of iPhone owners. They also tend to have more education: 27% of Kindle owners have Master's degrees or PhDs.

° iPad owners tend to be more receptive to...

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Sep 28
Office 2011 for the Mac arriving Oct. 26

Microsoft officials say that a leak earlier this month was correct and that Office for Mac 2011 will be available for purchase starting Oct. 26, reports ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-confirms-office-for-mac-20...).

Microsoft Office 2011 will come in two editions: the Mac Home and Student version and a Mac Home and Business offering. The former includes the Word word-processing. The price will be US$119 for a single license and $149 for a family pack that allows for installs on three Macs.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011...

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Sep 28
Analysts: next iPad won't arrive until June 2011

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group have told clients -- as reported by the San Jose Business Journal (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/09/27/daily19.html?a...) that Apple may roll out a thinner iPad with a built-in camera and mini-USB drive by June, later than some others have projected.

The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) thinks we'll see a new iPad sooner than June, but not in time for the holiday season as some have predicted. My forecast: look for a new iPad around March. Also, I'm 99% sure the next iPad will have a built-in camera. I'm less certain about a mini-USB drive (though that would be great) and the rumored seven-inch iPad.

Sales of tablet computers from Apple and others could reach 16 million units this year and 35 million in 2011, Goldman Sachs forecasts...

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