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Sep 03
ShareTool update delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the...

Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.1.1. The upgrade delivers  iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.

ShareTool 2.1.1 costs US$25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Registered ShareTool 1.x users can upgrade to ShareTool 2.x for the reduced price of $15 (for two licenses).

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Sep 03
PC World launches ‘iPad Media Streaming’

PC World has launched an iPad Media Streaming service. Designed in collaboration with Livedrive, it allows iPad owners to store 100GB of media and data online. This can then be accessed and played through live streaming via a 3G or Wi-Fi network, all for £39.99 per year.
 
The launch of the service comes hot on the heels of the Meet iPad service. Available as a consultation in-store, the UK service has seen thousands of iPad owners booking one to one consultations with Apple trained expert store staff to get expert advice on setting up and using the iPad to its fullest capability.
 
Available to buy at PC World stores throughout the UK, the iPad Media Streaming lets you back up the majority of your media and data files from your Mac or PC online and then lets you access them remotely through your iPad, effectively increasing its hard drive by a further 100GB.
 
This service allows you to live stream your music, videos and photos direct from your...

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Sep 03
Chronicle for Mac OS X update adds income tracking

LittleFin Software has released Chronicle 3.4 (http://www.littlefin.com/chronicle.html), an update to their home finance and bill paying application for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the ability to track income and compare it to bill spending.

Chronicle provides a graphical means to enter and track finances. Features include: automatic bill paying reminder; long-term debt tracking; database of payments and receipts; graphs and reports which analyze trends and averages; and a sortable list of upcoming bills which can be paid on-line from within the app.

In addition, Chronicle analyzes payments by month and year and displays the information graphically. It also averages payments so it is easier to budget for bills that fluctuate, like utilities or credit cards. Finally, the sortable overview screen displays at a glance when each bill is due. Colorful icons indicate when a...

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Sep 03
LaCie spawns the MosKeyto USB key

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has spawned a new breed of USB key: the LaCie MosKeyto, a small flash drive that measures less than 20mm and weighs 10 grams. It comes in capacities up to 16GB with pricing starting at US$17.99 for a 4GB model.



The MosKeyto is so small it can even travel with the computer in a protective sleeve or briefcase, according to Alexis Kobassian, accessories product manager, LaCie. Because it lies flush against your device, there's no risk of damage to the port, computer or key if the drive is knocked or bumped, he adds.



Outfitted in s black plastic, the MosKeyto is also equipped with a durable nylon strap to attach to an accessible key ring and a cap to protect its USB connector. Additionally, LaCie has integrated an extra 4GB secure online storage from Wuala into the MosKeyto.

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Sep 03
SoniVox unveils Vocalizer, a vocal production synthesizer

SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) is offering a pre-release preview complete with MP3 and video examples of the first instrument from their new Nemesyth Audio Research Group, Vocalizer. It's a vocal production synthesizer.

Vocalizer couples a new technology synthesis engine with an open input based architecture. It's one part effect plug-in and one part virtual instrument, according to the folks at SoniVox. Vocalists, non-vocalists, and producers feed Vocalizer any audio source, and it re-pitches, effects, and re-synthesizes the original source into a whole new sound.

Primarily designed for vocal use, vocalists will enjoy the vast options afforded by Vocalizer to add previously unattainable dimensions to their voice, says the gang at SoniVox. Inversely, non-vocalists will enjoy the opportunity to use their voices in musical ways that they previously thought impossible, they add.

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Sep 03
Native Instruments releases five new instruments and effects

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has released five products that further extend its versatile Komplete Instruments and Effects range.

The new products include the modal synthesizer Reaktor Prism (US$79), the studio reverb Reflektor ($119), the organ emulation Vintage Organs ($119), the effect suite Traktor's 12 ($79) and the amp emulation Rammfire ($59). All products are based on the technology of Kontakt, Reaktor and Guitar Rig, and can be used both within the full versions and the free Player versions of these instruments.

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Sep 03
JABMenu for Mac OS X gets support for networked sources

JNSoftware (http://www.jonn8.com/) has updated JABMenu, a tool for utilizing your Mac OS X Address Book data through a system-wide menu, to version 2.5. The new version adds support for networked sources (i.e., Exchange and CardDAV servers) and improved flexibility in acting on contact data through enhanced scripting support.

JABMenu also adds an option to toggle related groups in the "Groups" submenu for the contacts specified in the contact source preference. Additionally, the upgrade adds a menu item to clear the data cache without having to open the preferences window and help buttons in the preferences window.

JABMenu provides access to your contacts' phone numbers, email, instant messaging, and postal addresses, URLs, and notes. Selecting a menu item can trigger an action such as displaying it in large type, copying it to the clipboard, creating a new email message, dialing the phone, or showing...

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Sep 03
FileWave revved to version 4.1

FileWave (http://www.filewave.com), which makes system lifecycle management, has released version 4.1 of their self-titled management suite: FileWave.

New features include the ability to place bandwidth limitations on clients, search across your entire repository of Filesets for any specific file, create smart groups based on ip addresses and subnets, and generate client group memberships based on those of another system.

FileWave is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. A demo is available for download. Contact the company for pricing options.

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Sep 02
Realmac releases Courier for Mac OS X

Realmac has released Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/), an US19.95 (for a limited time) tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and a 64-bit Mac.

To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube.

Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file.

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Sep 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 2

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/).

Hairy Monster Studios has announced Roll Em Hoops HD 1.0, their latest game made exclusively for the iPad. The US$1.99 game combines Skee-Ball like play with the classic basketball shooting games. You flick your finger to roll the ball up the alley into one of five hoops racking up points and unlocking bonus levels such as Rainbow Jumpers, COW, We've Got Spirit and Bombs Away.

Hashsoft has released myPill 1.0, their first app for iOS devices. It's an $1.99 app that helps women who are taking birth control pills to track their pills pack, remember to take daily pill and plan future events, track history and more. myPill's icon badge indicates how many pills are left at the pack, or alternatively how many days left until the period start. Users are...

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Sep 02
SD Association reveals new memory card design

The SD Association (http://www.sdcard.org) has defined a new, dual-row pin memory card design achieving bus interface speeds of up to 300MB per second for SDXC and SDHC devices and memory cards. It's fully backwards compatible, allowing equipped devices full use of any SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.  

New high speed interface signals will be assigned on the second row of pins of select SDXC and SDHC memory cards offering the new speed. This option will be available in both full-size and micro form factors and does not change the physical size or shape of the cards. This design will be part of the forthcoming SD 4.0 specification, expected in early 2011.  

At IFA, the Association is displaying new products based on SDXC, its latest standard. Attendees will see more than 40 products from 18 different global brands including memory cards, HD digital cameras, HD video cameras, HD televisions, e-books, card...

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Sep 02
Macsimum Poll: what was the most exciting new Apple announcement?

Apple has announced several revamped products at a Sept. 1 special event, and we want to know which one you're the most excited about. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if you felt there was a need for a 7-inch iPad. Fifty-two percent of you said "no, the current one is perfect," 37% want an even bigger model than the 9.7-incher and 30% said the present iPad is too big.

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Sep 02
Quark, Snap launch private label version of QuarkPromote.com

Quark has launched the first private-label version of QuarkPromote.com with Snap, aprinting franchise in Australia.

Called Snap Promote, the new service from Snap leverages the technology behind QuarkPromote.com to offer small businesses in Australia an easy and affordable way to create and print marketing material using professionally-designed templates for business cards, postcards, tri-fold brochures, flyers, and more, says Grant Vernon, CEO of Snap.
 
There are a number of ways printers can work with QuarkPromote.com. Franchise and independent printers in the United States can join the QuarkPromote.com network of printers to send customers to their store specifically or to participate as a prints-by-mail provider. Independent printers and print franchises around the world who are interested in private-label opportunities with QuarkPromote.com for their own markets should contact Cyndie Shaffstall at cshaffstall@quark....

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Sep 02
NewerTech announces seven-port USB hub

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced a $27.95 Seven Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub for connecting and powering up to seven USB devices simultaneously to a Mac or PC. It delivers the required 500mA of power to each of the seven industry standard USB ports to eliminate device disconnection commonly experienced by typical underpowered hubs, the company says.

It's designed for powering multiple desktop accessories like external drives, scanners, printers, optical drives, and digital cameras. The NewerTech Seven Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub also offers access to temporary devices like thumb drives, media readers, and even USB chargeable devices like iPods and iPhones.

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Sep 02
Deutsche Telekom to lose iPhone exclusivity in Germany?

Deutsche Telekom AG will lose exclusivity for the iPhone in Germany ahead of the l Christmas holiday shopping season, bringing the number of providers who sell the popular device in the country to three, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870420680457546725283446376...), quoting "people familiar with the matter."

In addition to Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group PLC and Telefonica SA's O2 will sell the iPhone, the people said. One said that deals haven't been finalized yet but negotiations are in a advanced stage. Deutsche Telekom's exclusive rights to sell the device haven't been extended and could end as early as October, posing a threat to growth in its home market.

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Sep 02
DV Expo features Final Cut Pro, Adobe CS5 training

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, today announced that it will once again partner with Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center located in Los Angeles, to offer hands-on professional-level training at its upcoming Digital Video Expo (http://www.dvexpo.com) conference and trade show.

The event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center from Sept. 28-30. Based on the success of last year’s training program, Digital Video Expo and Weynand Training are offering instruction in additional applications at this year’s event, including: Apple Soundtrack Pro, Apple Motion 4, Adobe CS5: Photoshop and Adobe CS5: After Effects.

Digital Video Expo’s hands-on instruction program will be run by Diana Weynand, a producer/editor who is a co-owner of Weynand Training International, an Apple Authorized Training Center located in Los Angeles. She is the...

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Sep 02
Apimac introduces iDatabase for the Mac and iPhone

Apimac has released iDatabase (http://www.apimac.com/idatabase/) for the Mac and iPhone. It's a new personal database manager that offers a way to organize your information and data.

With iDatabase for Mac and iPhone users can manage membership lists, expenses, projects, keep track of internet accounts and more. Users can choose from 16 ready-to-use, customizable database templates to organize any type of information or can create a totally new database from scratch.

The following templates are included: Accounts; Classes; Computers; Contacts; Customers; Events; Exercise Log; Expenses; Inventory; Movie Catalog; Membership List; Mobile Phones; Notes; Projects; Recipes; To Do; Vehicle Maintenance.

The types of fields a user can create are: Small Text, Large Text, Number, Date, Time, Date and Time, Image, Choose, calculation and also a special field type named Separator Field...

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Sep 02
Cinematica is new video clip management tool for the Mac

From the makers of EarthDesk, Cinematica (http://www.xericdesign.com/cinematica.php ) is a new, US$24.95 Mac OS X app that lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file.

You can sort and search by multiple criteria simultaneously, such as genre, studio, program, season and episode, as well as by technical properties including resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, and video codec. Cinematica even has a secondary filter that lets you further refine your search based on a selected property.

Cinematica imports and catalogs video files quietly in the background so you can keep working, and lets you customize collection icons. It also utilizes smart collections to catalogue all of your video files into groups. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 02
Waterfield unveils iPod touch cases

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced Suede Jacket cases to clothe Apple's latest iPod touch. Each is custom-fitted to the iPod touch dimensions and is available in black, cheetah or zebra ultrasuede.

The iPod Suede Jacket (shown at top) is a minimalist case offering protection from scratches without bulk. The case itself can be used to clean any digital screen. Pricing ranges from US$10 to $16.

WaterField also offers the Travel Case (pictured at boom) to keep the iPod touch and its cords and accessories organized and tangle free. Its' available in six colors. Self-locking zippers ensure contents don't spill out accidentally. Both are available for pre-order and will ship Sept. 15. Pricing ranges from $35 to $39.

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Sep 02
Belkin offers new iPod touch cases

Belkin (http://www.belkin.com) is offering a variety of cases for the new iPod touch. There are Grip Cases, Shield Cases, Verve Cases, Fit Armbands and Overlays.

Belkin says it's dentified five main ways people carry their iPod: in a pocket, in the hand, in a bag, on themselves, and while being active. For those carrying their iPod in their pocket, the company’s slim cases are easy to grip, slide in and out of a pocket smoothly, and provide impact protection from everyday drops.

For those who keep their iPod in hand at all times to text, game, or check their email, our line of cases are comfortable to hold, shock-absorbing, and easy to grip. Belkin also has cases that make it easy to find your iPod within a travel bag or purse while protecting it against constant contact with other items. Go to the Belkin web site to see the entire range of iPod touch cases.

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Sep 02
Griffin announces accessories for new iPod touch, iPod nano

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced their first accessories for Apple's new iPod nano and iPod touch. The selection of devices includes the new Wristlet for iPod nano and FormFit for iPod touch, as well as updates to Griffin's Outfit, Elan Form, FlexGrip, and Motif case lines.

Griffin's US$19.99 Wristlet (shown at top) is a one-piece case and wrist strap design for the iPod nano. Tough, stretchy silicone surrounds your iPod nano, protecting the volume controls and hold switch. The wrist strap keeps your iPod secured but close by for access.

The $24.99 FormFit is Griffin's newest take on the silicone skin for the newest iPod touch. The sheer silicone jacket is framed with a one-piece nylon retaining ring that stretches the silicone back and gives FormFit its structure. FormFit offers full access to the Multi-Touch display, camera, controls,...

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Sep 02
iWeb Themes Park releases five new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has announced five new iWeb themes for iWeb, Apple's web creation component of its iLife suite. The new themes are Bright Solutions, Chess Club, Clinic, Historical and Music Life.

To use iWeb Themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iLife '08 (iWeb 2.0) or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 55 themes is priced at US $39.99. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $10.99. Three iWeb themes of Your choice can be obtained only for $21.98. Two iWeb themes are free for everyone.

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Sep 02
Toshiba launches SDHC memory card

Toshiba (http://www.toshiba.com) has launched an 8GB,16GB and 32GB SDHC UHS-I cards compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 3.0 (SD 3.0), UHS104.

These new SD cards purportedly offer the world's fastest SDHC data read and write speeds. Toshiba also unveiled the world's first 4GB, 8GB and 16GB microSDHC UHS-I cards compliant with (SD 3.0), UHS50. Mass production of the new SDHC UHS-I cards and sample shipments of the new microSDHC UHS-I cards will start this November.

Toshiba says the new SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards are the world's first memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS104. They have a maximum read speed of 95MB per second, and a write speed of 80MB per second.

Toshiba's new microSDHC UHS-I cards are the microSDHC memory cards compliant with SD 3.0, UHS50. They provide a maximum read speed of 40MB per second and a write speed of 20MB per second.

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Sep 02
PDFpen for Mac OS X beefs up Evernote support

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 4.7.1. In the upgrade, users can choose an Evernote notebook into which to save the PDF, in addition to setting the name and note title. PDFpen 4.7.1 also added support for form submission via HTTP and email.

PDFpen costs US$49.95, 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 June 1, 2008. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 4.0 are $25.

PDFpen 4.7.1 and PDFpen Pro 4.7.1 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo versions are available for download.

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Sep 02
'MacVoices' looks at TopXNotes

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), James Lee of Tropical Software shows off both the basics and the latest enhancements to their note-taking solution, TopXNotes.

What's new is that it isn't just for the Mac any longer. TopXNotes lets you keep up with your notes on the iPhone and iPod touch, and soon will be native on the iPad. Lee describes their "cloudless sync" option, and why they opted for that method, issues you need to be aware of with any sync solution, and why the note application space is so varied.

"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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