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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.

The expanded new card series...

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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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Sep 02
Samsung debuts HMX-T10 camcorder

Samsung Electronics (http://www.samsung.com) has debuted the US$299 HMX-T10 camcorder, a compact digital camcorder that sports a 20-degree Slanted Lens that ensures that the user can truly enjoy their recording experience without any discomfort to their arm or wrist, a common occurrence in standard camcorders currently on the market, according to SangJin Park, president of Samsung Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.

The camcorder has a 2.7-inch touch screen LCD and the ability to capture still images and video footage at the same time. Additionally, due to its compact nature, the HMX-T10 can be carried with ease in any environment, Park says.

The HMX-T10 boasts full HD technology for all video footage and 4.7 mega-pixel still images, plus Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, it incorporates an advanced BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor that purportedly provides twice the...

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Sep 02
Ultimate Ears introduces music genre-inspired earphones

Ultimate Ears, a product unit of Logitech (http://www.logitech.com), has introduced the Ultimate Ears 100 Noise-Isolating Earphones in five music genre-inspired designs. They also feature up to 24 dBs of noise isolation so you can enjoy your music without distraction, according to Philippe Depallens, Logitech vice president and general manager of the Ultimate Ears business.

Each pair of earphones comes with four sizes of ear cushions so you get a snug, comfortable fit for periods of extended listening. Inspired by the stylistic elements of hip hop, the Ultimate Ears 100 Green Cells features a shiny black casing accented with vibrant green silicone ear cushions and urban-flavored artwork.

For those with a creative edge, the Ultimate Ears 100 Red Blossom takes its inspiration from the distinct imaginative concepts that songwriters use to compile new songs. Evoking an electronic feel, the Ultimate...

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Sep 02
IDC: Apple recycles in 95% of the countries where its products...

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), mobile phone recycling is amazingly low today, with rates of 10% considered good. The research group spoke with the vendors directly, physically inspected the packaging, devices, and accessories of mobile phone manufacturers, and leveraged published corporate responsibility reports and other corporate and product environmental reports as available.

IDC (http://www.idc.com) also reviewed other third-party rating and watchdog sites such as ENERGY STAR and Greenpeace. To better understand where the mobile industry stands on sustainability, IDC used five criteria (packaging, materials, energy, end-of-life program, and overall sustainability efforts) and 20 sub-criteria to create a green ranking of 10 key mobile device manufacturers. The top five mobile device manufacturers in terms of their sustainability policies and practices are (in alphabetical order): Apple, LG,...

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Sep 02
Arten Science updates macVCR screen recording software

Arten Science has updated macVCR (http://www.artenscience.co.uk), a Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") application that records your screen activity and saves it to a QuickTime movie, to version 2.6.1. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

macVCR doesn't require any form of installation, just double click the icon and the program will launch. With it you can specify recording length -- or operate manually. macVCR offers: adjustable compression quality; a choice of codecs; and the ability to specify the number of frames per second. The folks at Arten Science say it has low disk and processor usage.

macVCR is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A trial version of macVCR is available for download. It only allows you to record 60 seconds of continuous activity. The full version is available for an introductory price of US$21.22. As with...

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Sep 02
Scosche announces cases for the new iPod touch, nano

Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has rolled out new cases for the new iPod touch and iPod nano. Like previous iPhone and iPod launches Scosche, will offer its signature kickBACK case with an integrated kickstand for landscape video viewing on the new iPod touch.

The kickBACK t4 features a glossy polycarbonate exterior with a flexible impact resistant rubber interior and will be available in black, grey and white with grey molding. Similarly, the Scosche switchKASE t4 combo pack also features the kickBACK t4 and a smooth silicone skin with a removable sport armband for working out with the newest iPod touch. 

These chameleon cases come with one solid frame (black or white) and three interchangeable polycarbonate backs (blue, red, black and pink, purple, white). Each case features two smooth backs and one with a hinged kickstand for widescreen media viewing. 

Scosche’s new metalliKASE t4 is a...

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Sep 02
Calories update for Mac OS X rounds up to version 2.6.2

danholt4mac (http://www.danholt.de/) has updated Calories, a nutrition tracking and analysis utility for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"), to version 2.6.2. The new version optimizes weight data rounding behavior when using Withings WiFi Body scales.

Calories is targeted at casual users who wish to keep a journal of their daily nutrition activities. Users may select foods from the applications database and add them to breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacking categories. Depending on his/her selection, Calories then automatically calculates and displays the total consumption of calories, carbs, fat and proteins for the whole day, or for one of the categories.

In addition to calories, carbs, fat and protein, the application calculates and displays more than 40 nutrients; minerals and ingredients like Alcohol, Zink, Vitamins, etc. Calories also offers simple reporting functionality. You may switch to reporting mode...

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Sep 02
CloudDav enables WebDav access for S3, SkyDrive, other Storage...

SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has announced that CloudDav is now available to purchase for all registered users of the SMEStorage Gateway service, whether they are free or premium members.

CloudDav enables WebDav access for supported storage clouds, such as Amazon S3 and SkyDrive, even when the underlying storage cloud itself does not support it. This makes it ideal for being able to access documents via iPhone/iPad applications that support WebDav, such as Office2,  from storage providers that are otherwise not supported, according to SMEStorage CEO Ian Oborne.

He says that if users are using more than one cloud they will see all their clouds files simply by adding the SMEStorage WebDav service enabling them to, for example, to manage files from Amazon S3, SkyDrive, Google Docs, and more, all from one WebDav file system. For existing and new iPhone and iPad users, if they send a...

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Sep 02
DockView for Mac OS X gets new styles for previews

Kapeli has released DockView 1.0.8 (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), an update of the Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. The upgrade adds a new style for the previews.

With DockView, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed. The app helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.

DockView is a 3.8 MB download that requires Mac OS X 10.6. ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted. Version 1.0.8 is a free update...

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Sep 02
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.2

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.2. Twenty-two cities in France and in the United Kingdom have been added to the World Clock Deluxe database.

Daylight-saving information for Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank has been updated. And on Mac OS X 10.6, the lowest palette level is now Desktop icons so that the Clocks palette doesn't stop receiving mouse clicks after the Finder is activated.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

World Clock Deluxe requires Mac...

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Sep 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 1

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/).

Punflay has announced Bounce It 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app derives its idea from a children's tale with Bouncer being the central character. Bouncer slips off and falls to earth from moon. The game involves helping him scale his way back to the confines of Moon. Bouncer will face obstacles trying to block its way, and also power ups which shall aid his ascent. The background in the device changes as Bouncer moves up in different layers of atmosphere.

Ragnar has announced Tumblie 1.23 for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The $0.99 was created as a puzzle game that mixes elements of problem solving with skill-based game play. It's based on the concept of guiding a character's fall by strategically dismantling the tower they are...

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Sep 01
PING Golf announces trademark agreement with Apple

PING (http://www.ping.com) and its parent company, Karsten Manufacturing Corp., have entered into an agreement with Apple under which Apple will use the PING trademark in connection with Apple's new social music discovery feature in iTunes.  Apple introduced the iTunes PING feature at Wednesday's special event.

Founded in 1959, PING is a brand that holds more than 1,000 trademark registrations around the world, many related to golf equipment.  

"We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Apple," said John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation and PING.  "Like PING, Apple carries a reputation for innovation and quality.  I have always had great respect for companies that have changed and improved the ways things are done and I continue to model PING along those lines.  Apple is a truly great example of this kind of enterprise."

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Sep 01
Google SketchUp 8 gets redesigned workflow, more

Google has launched Google SketchUp 8 (http://sketchup.google.com/), which sports a redesigned workflow for geospatial modeling, which is critical for both Google Earth modelers and professionals who need to make digital site models for their designs.

Modelers can now take advantage of access to high-quality imagery and terrain data from Google Earth and a direct connection to Google Building Maker, making it easier to model existing structures. Google SketchUp 8 also sports an all-new collection of Solid tools for performing common additive/subtractive (“Boolean”) modeling operations, which allow for the calculation of volume.

These new tools (Union, Intersect, Subtract, Trim and Split) allow modelers to generate otherwise hard-to-create 3D forms by combining multiple solids, representing a significant time savings for a very large proportion of SketchUp Pro users. There are also SketchUp...

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Sep 01
iLuv debuts cases for new iPods

Well, that was fast. iLuv (http://www.i-luv.com) has announced a new line of stylish cases and a screen protectors for Apple’s new iPod touch and nano. The line-up includes the:

° US$34.99 iCC618 Tinted PC Case with Soft Coating: a two–piece case with soft rubber coating, front edge protection with an enhanced grip and easy docking;

° $29.99 iCC617 PC Clear Case: a scratch free (PU coated) two–piece case with front edge protection that provides an enhanced grip and easy dockingl

° $24.99 iCC615 Flexi-Clear TPU Case with Pattern: a case with a high gloss design available in tinted pink, tinted black or clear;

° $29.99 iCC616 Flexi-Metallic Case with 3DPattern: a flexible TPU case with a high gloss design and a metallic sparkling appearance available in metallic pink, titanium black or white pearl;

° $19.99 iCC613 Silicone Case with 3D Pattern: an easy-to-grip case available in black,...

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Sep 01
Apple TV revamped, new version goes for $99

Apple has rolled out a new version of the Apple TV at a special Wednesday event hosted by Apple's big kahuna, Steve Jobs. Is it still a "hobby" for Apple? Perhaps, but if so it's less than before and offers a way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for US$99.

The previous Apple TV cost $249. Users of the new Apple TV -- which is 80% smaller than its predecessor -- can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for US$4.99, and a selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for 99 cents. 

Yes, that's right, they're rent only. You can no longer buy TV shows or movies at the iTunes Store. The new Apple TV has no built-in storage.

The new Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from Macs and PCs to your HD TV. You can also enjoy slideshows of your photos on your HD TV...

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Sep 01
Apple introduces iTunes 10 with Ping and new icon

Apple has introduced iTunes 10 with Ping, a new music-oriented social network for following your favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

iTunes Ping lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. iTunes 10 also features HD TV show rentals for 99 cents an episode and AirPlay wireless music playback.

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. You can also create a profile on iTunes to let your friends know who you’re following, what you’re listening to and which concerts you’re going to.

Ping’s Recent Activity feed shows you their posts about artists, albums, songs and concerts, plus a...

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Sep 01
New iPod touch sports Retina Display, A4 chip, FaceTime, more

Apple has announced the new iPod touch that sports such new features as the Retina Display introduced with the iPhone 4, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center -- all combined in what CEO Steve Jobs says is the thinnest and lightest iPod touch ever.

The new iPod touch features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge. The Retina Display has 960 x 640 pixels -- four times as many pixels than before. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when iPod touch is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic, says Jobs.

With the new front-facing camera and mic, iPod touch users can make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi. With just one tap of the new FaceTime app, iPod touch users can call other new iPod touch or iPhone 4 users.

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Sep 01
It's alive: the iPod shuffle gets revamp and button

Reports of its demise were a bit premature. Apple has announced the new redesigned iPod shuffle that features both clickable “ring” buttons and Apple’s innovative VoiceOver technology, enabling users to navigate their music and playlists without ever looking at their iPod shuffle.

The new wearable iPod shuffle has an all-aluminum enclosure with a built-in clip and comes in five colors: silver, blue, green, orange and pink. With nearly 50% more battery life, the new iPod shuffle features over 15 hours of music playback on a single battery charge and offers 2GB of storage for US$49.

The iPod shuffle is based on Apple’s popular shuffle feature, which randomly selects songs from a user’s music library. The clickable buttons make the new iPod shuffle even easier to use, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Press the center button to play and pause, press the outer buttons to skip forward and back or adjust the volume up and down.

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Sep 01
New iPod nano sports Multi-Touch interface

Apple has unveiled a completely redesigned iPod nano featuring a Multi-Touch interface that lets users navigate their music collection by simply tapping or swiping a finger on the display.

Nearly half the size and weight of the previous generation, the new iPod nano features a polished aluminum and glass enclosure with a built-in clip, making it instantly wearable. The teeny iPod features Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, a built-in FM radio with live pause and up to 24 hours of music playback on a single battery charge.

“This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip.”

The new iPod nano with Apple’s Multi-Touch interface allows users to access their songs, artists,...

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Sep 01
Quark bundles QuarkXPress 8 with MarkzTools, ID2Q, 1,000...

Quark has announced the availability of two new "Magic Bundles" for QuarkXPress 8. Anyone purchasing or upgrading to QuarkXPress 8 between Sept.1 and Nov. 300 will be able to choose between two free bundles worth up to $547.

The Magic Software Bundle features MarkzToolsand ID2Q from Markzware, as well as 1,000 professional OpenType fonts. Alternatively, the Magic Maintenance Bundle includes a year’s worth of unlimited telephone technical support, the ability to upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress, free upgrades to any new versions of QuarkXPress released during the 12 months, and the 1,000 OpenType® fonts.
 
The QuarkXPress 8 Magic Software Bundle is worth $547 and includes:

° Markzware MarkzTools (Mac only): MarkzTools is an XTension to QuarkXPress that allows users to down-save QuarkXPress files to versions 4 and 6, and helps prevent and repair corrupt QuarkXPress files. 

° ID2Q from Markzware (Mac and Windows): ID2Q (Adobe InDesign...

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Sep 01
Safari, iOS gain market share; Mac OS X down slightly

Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from July to August while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5% of the global market share in August, compared to 5.06% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 91.34% as of August. That's up from from 91.32% in July. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.16% in August compared to 5.09% in July, while Internet Explorer had 60.40% Firefox had 22.93% and Chrome had 7.52%. That compares to, respectively, July percentages of 60.74%, 22.91% and 7.16%, for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.13% of the...

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