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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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Sep 28
Rumor: Apple COO leaving for HP

File this one under the dubious category, but rumors are flying that Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is leaving Apple for HP.

Silicon Alley Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/rumor-apple-coo-tim-cook-leaving-for-hp-2...) notes that the rumor seems to have emanated from Fly On The Wall, a site that serves up gossip to the investing community. HP is looking for a new CEO, but I don't think it will be Cook. I think he's happily ingrained at Apple is on the short list to (eventually) succeed Steve Jobs as CEO....

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Sep 28
Toshiba unveils Canvio USB 3.0 hard drives

Toshiba (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has introduced the CanvioM 3.0 portable hard disk drive (HDD) featuring a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. It's available in storage capacities of 500 GB, 750GB or 1TB for US$119.99, $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.

Canvio 3.0 drives are backward compatibility with personal computers and other devices equipped with USB 2.0 ports. Which is good for Mac users as Macs don't currently support USB 3.0.

Canvio 3.0 drives offer password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption. On the inside, an internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology keep data safe during day-to-day movement from a desk, pocket, bag, or beyond, says Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. The product maintains the same dimensions as previous Canvio products.

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Sep 28
CasaTunes software for Mac OS X gets RadioTime support

CasaTunes (http://www.casatunes.com) has announced new features to its CasaTunes software, including CasaTunesSync for the Mac, RadioTime and a new Pronto-based user interface.

CasaTunesSync for the Mac allows Apple users to synchronize their iTunes music from any Mac in the home with their CasaTunes Music Server. CasaTunes displays all of the iTunes music in the home as a single music library or as separate libraries for each Mac. Also included in this release is support for playing music from multiple connected iPod devices, including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, without the need to purchase iPod docking hardware. Regardless of whether the music resides in iTunes, on iPod devices, or both, CasaTunes can play the music throughout the home, says David Krinker, CEO of CasaTools.

The new release of CasaTunes includes support for the popular RadioTime, an Internet radio service with over 60,...

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Sep 28
Wondershare Video Studio Express is new video editor/converter

Wondershare Software has released Wondershare Video Studio Express for Mac 1.0 (http://www.applemacvideo.com/mac-video-studio-express.html), a video editor and converter. It allows users to edit and customize their video clips, including merging, trimming, splitting, cropping, adding effects and rotating.

Wondershare Video Studio Express automatically detects DV cameras, camcorders, iPhone, iPod, and imports video clips from these devices. It largely facilitates the video editing effects with three timeline tracks to organize and manage video, audio, background music separately.

Wondershare Video Studio Expres enables users to edit videos while previewing. It comes with 48 transition effect templates and allows users to play media files on the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Wii, Zen, Zune and PlayStation Portable, regardless of format...

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Sep 28
VinylStudio for the Mac spins to version 7.5.5

AlpineSoft has updated their vinyl-and-tape-to-CD-and-MP3 software, VinylStudio for the Mac, to version 7.5.5. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

VinylStudio is a software solution for digitizing vinyl LPs and tapes. It records your records and tapes, splits those recordings into tracks, removes scratches, tape hiss and more and burns both audio and MP3 CDs and DVDs. You can also play your recordings on your computer. VinylStudio can look up track listings over the Internet and copy tracks to your iPod or MP3 player.

VinylStudio comes with audio cleanup filters to remove clicks, crackles, tape hiss and more. All you need is a turntable (or USB turntable) hooked up to your Mac, or you can record cassettes using any cassette player. VinylStudio includes instructions on how to connect up your turntable and will take you through the entire process of digitizing your music step-by-step.

VinylStudio costs US$29.95. You can...

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Sep 28
Acorn grows to version 2.5.1

Flying Meat has updated Acorn (http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/), a layer-based bitmap image editor. A free update for registered users, to version 2.5.1. The new version is a maintenance release with some bug fixes.

With Acorn, you can take screenshots and edit them immediately. You can chain together image filters to create effects. You can make new images and layers using your built-in iSight. Acorn offers layer-based image editing and image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window. The software works with drawing tables. Plus, you can write plug-ins using the Python scripting language, as well as in Objective-C.

Acorn is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. It costs US$49.95, but version 2.5.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Sep 28
MacFamilyTree grows to version 6.0.5

Synium Software has released version 6.0.5 of MacFamilyTree (http://www.synium.de/products/macfamilytree/index.html). The new version adds MyHeritage to the web research function.

MacFamilyTree 6.0.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$49. Upgrades from previous versions prior to 6.x are $25. Version 6.0.5 is a free download for registered users of version 6.x. A demo is available for download. MobileFamilyTree, the companion app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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Sep 28
QNAP releases NMP-1000P

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com/) has announced the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player, a new product for audiophiles and AV enthusiasts.

It features the latest Sigma Designs video/audio decoder capable of displaying full HD movies with advanced menu navigation, next-generation Dolby and DTS multi-channel surround sound, lossless music, digital pictures with background music, and other multimedia content. The NMP-1000P is powered by a Wolfson stereo digital to analog converter.

It can be connected to a home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n (a variety of compatible wireless USB adaptors are sold separately) network connection. The NMP-1000P can host a user-supplied 3.5-inch SATA hard drive with up to 2TB capacity for local content storage plus USB and eSATA external connections for storage expansion, as well as direct connection to a computer via USB and eSATA for data transfer. Contact QNAP...

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