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Sep 07
iCarpus coming for devices like the iPhone, iPod touch

Visual Factor has announced the iCarpus (http://www.icarpus.com/), an accessory for hands-free viewing of portable devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Its grip enables horizontal and vertical positioning without adjustments.

The spring-clamp design and non-slip edges provide superior protection and surface grip, according to the folks at Visual Factor. The iCarpus also functions as a headphone caddy.

You can position it in portrait or landscape orientation with no assembly, adjustment or aid of other objects. The iCarpus will arrive this fall for US$12.99.

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Sep 07
Final Effects Complete 6 supports Adobe CS5

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says Final Effects Complete 6 AE (FEC 6 AE) is now available. FEC 6 AE brings over 110 designer effects and transitions to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features support for native After Effects lights, on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow, audio-driven keyframe generation, and a new Compare Mode feature to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side or live split-screen view. Each Final Effects Complete filter has been re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems.

Final Effects Complete 6 AE is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$895. Owners of previous versions of FEC AE may upgrade for $295.

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Sep 07
Apple zaps spam on its Ping music network

Apple has tweaked its new Ping social network for iTunes over the Labor Day weekend, cleaning out spams and scams that had appeared shortly after it launched last week, notes the "San Jose Business Journal" (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/09/06/daily6.html?su...).

There are also new "back" and "forward" buttons added now to make Ping easier to navigate. On Friday Apple announced that in less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users have joined Ping, its new social network for music which lets users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of...

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Sep 07
Intuit updates QuickBooks for the Mac

Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) has announced QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac. The latest version of the financial software will be available Sept. 28 at a suggested retail price of US$229.95 for a single user license.

QuickBooks 2011 for Mac also features new reports and tools to help users track job-related mileage so they can claim the tax write-offs they deserve. Users can also customize reports and forms to reflect their brands and to show the exact data they need to show, says Dan Wernikoff, vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division.

He adds that tTwo new features ensure that QuickBooks 2011 for Mac can grow as a small business expands:

° Multi-User Access allows up to five employees to simultaneously view and edit QuickBooks data files.

° User Permissions lets small businesses determine who can work in up to eight accounting activity areas....

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Sep 07
Extension releases Suitcase Fusion 3 with Adobe CS5 integration

Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) has announced the immediate availability of Suitcase Fusion 3, the newest version of the professional-grade font manager for Mac and Windows operating systems and WebINK (http://www.webink.com), their new web font rental service.

Suitcase Fusion 3 enables designers to browse, preview, select and manage fonts from the desktop to the web. Features of Suitcase Fusion 3 include:

° Integration with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS5 via font auto-activation plug-ins;

° Web font selection and management through the Extensis WebINK font rental service;

° Web Preview mode allows users to see effects of using desktop and WebINK fonts on any web site;

° The app suggests "more fonts like this" using QuickMatch technology to locate similar fonts;

° Application Sets that immediately...

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Sep 07
Vitamin-R improves support for the Pomodoro technique

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.28 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version improves support for the Pomodoro productivity technique.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those...

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Sep 07
Calcine for Mac OS X gets new keyboard shortcuts

Tension Software has updated Calcine (http://pomola.com/products_calcline/calcline.html), a modern version of the desktop calculator, to version 2.1.1. The upgrade adds new keyboard shortcuts.

Calcline starts as a small window utility. Insert a mathematical expression to evaluate, and the software will do the work.

Calcline costs US$20, and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 2.1.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. For new users the cost is US$20. Calcline is an Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Sep 07
Analyst says new Apple TV faces the toughest market yet

The latest version of the Apple TV may face a more challenging market than its predecessors, according to one analyst. Previous versions had difficulties gaining traction, and according to Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IMS Research, the new and improved Apple TV may encounter a similar fate.

According to Erickson, Apple’s price reduction and added content options might not be enough to attract mainstream consumers.

"Today’s competitors are devices that are already in, or going into consumer households -- Blu-ray Disc (BD) players, game consoles, and connected TVs," he says. "These devices already integrate similar access to paid and free content. The most significant are game consoles and BD players – both of which trump Apple TV in terms of must-buy priority for consumers.”

Erickson also cites these obstacles to Apple TV’s success:

° Domestically, pay-TV penetration is very high, and HD VOD and DVR services are well-adopted and already available...

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Sep 06
Lloyd's, Marsh, Cooper Gay, RK Harrison Group to use iPads

UK: Lloyd’s has joined with brokers Marsh, Cooper Gay and RK Harrison Group to trial the use of iPad in its underwriting room, reports the "Post Online" (http://www.postonline.co.uk/post/news/1731411/lloyd-s-trial-ipads?WT.rss_f=News&WT.rss_a=Lloyd’s+to+trial+Ipads+in+underwriting+process).

The trial will get underway any day now and will see the Apple tablets used as an alternative to the traditional underwriting slips. Lloyd’s said that the iPads will effectively be used as an "electronic slip case," enabling brokers to take documents in to the market electronically, review documents with underwriters and annotate them where required, notes the "Post Online."

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Sep 06
iSuppli: Apple TV gives Apple entry into the Internet-enabled...

The new Apple TV (take three, if you will) will give Apple an entry in the market for Internet-enabled living room devices, the fastest-growing major segment of Internet-connected products, according to the iSuppli research group (http://www.isuppli.com).

Shipments of Internet-enabled living room devices -- a range of products including Internet-enabled TV sets, video game consoles and set-top boxes -- are forecast to amount to more than 430 million units in 2014, up from 99.3 million in 2009, says iSuppli. At a CAGR [compound average growth rate) of 34.1% from 2009 to 2014, shipments of the digital living room devices will rise faster than those of the other high-volume Internet-access platforms. Computers and smartphones, whose shipments will grow at CAGRs of 12.1% and 22.7%, respectively, during the same period.

While Job's demonstration of the Apple TV was impressive, the device still must contend...

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Sep 06
Agenda set for third annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Third Annual FCPUG Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://www.supermeet.com) be held Sunday, Sept.12, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam during IBC week.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site. Doors open at 16:30. As part of the Digital Showcase, there will be the inaugural "Open Screen Theater." Filmmakers and digital content creators wanting to "Get Seen" will have a 10 minute chance to do so in an informal, collaborative setting.

Scheduled to appear will be Joran Maaswinkel, senior editor of Bake Post, who will join Autodesk's Grant Kay to help demystify Smoke for Mac OS X. Warren Eagles, a color artist for more than 20 years on movies such as "The Great Raid" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," as well as TV series such as "Rush," will give an in-depth look and demo at the new DaVinci Resolve for Mac, including...

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Sep 06
Sunrise announces 2010 edition of A4M Mac telephone system -

Sunrise Telephone Systems KK has announced the 2010 edition of its A4M Macintosh Telephone System (http://www.sunrisetel.net/software/asterisk/a4m.shtml) based on a Mac OS X port of the Asterisk Linux PBX software.

The A4M software suite turns a Mac running Mac OS X (10.5 and 10.6) into a private branch exchange (PBX) telephone system and Voice over IP (VoIP) server. An optional ISDN adapter provides connectivity to ISDN telephone lines.

The 2010 edition consists of a telephony server, an auto-starter, a configuration engine, several system preference panes and a switchboard application. The Cocoa graphical user interface (GUI) based preference panes are designed to make the task of configuring the telephony server easy and intuitive, following the philosophy of ease of use of the Mac platform.

The software will be supported on all...

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Sep 06
QuickerTek introduces the Quicky3 USB device

QuickerTek has introduced its newest 802.11n device: the US$125 Quicky3 (http://www.quickertek.com/products/Quicky.php), the third generation Quicky. This 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHZ unit purportedly has a mile line of sight range, draws 50% less power then the first and second generations and has the theoretical limit of 300 megabits per second of 802.11n (the previous models were 802.11b/g which ran 54 megabits per second).

The Quicky3 has a detachable 5 dbi high gain antenna so that you can connect other antennas. It works on any Mac with any open USB port with operating system Mac OS X 10.4. and higher. The Quicky3 conforms to the wireless standards 802.11b/g/n, making it compatible with all networks and not exclusively AirPort networks.

In fact, according to the folks at QuickerTek it should work on most if not all wireless networks, especially modern ones...

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Sep 06
Gallery Grabber QED is new image download tool for Mac OS X

Zenopolis has released Gallery Grabber QED 1.0 (http://www.zenopolis.com/software/gallerygrabber/), an image download tool for Mac OS X. With it links to gallery pages can be dragged to the Gallery Grabber interface or the application can be launched directly from a browser using a Safari or Firefox extension.

Gallery Grabber automatically detects the type of gallery it's processing; for example, whether or not there are thumbnails and whether or not the images are embedded on a second page. When more control is needed, the software's automatic behavior can be overridden, forcing a gallery to be downloaded using a chosen method. It extracts only the gallery images themselves, leaving banners, thumbnails and page design behind. Gallery Grabber doesn't work with all types of web galleries -- in particular, search engine results, Flash galleries and pages...

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Sep 06
CyberDuck update for Mac OS X adds Google Storage support

Developer David Kocher has updated Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) -- an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files andAmazon S3 browser -- to version 3.6. The upgrade adds support for Google Storage and file versioning in Amazon S3.

Google Docs support allows you to access your documents from within Cyberduck. It allows you to: download documents to various export formats; upload documents to your Google Docs account for storage or choose to convert documents to Google Docs format; and optionally convert PNG, JPEG and GIF images to Google Docs text documents using optical character recognition (OCR). Users with a Google Apps Premier Account can upload arbitrary files not supported by any of the Google Docs editor application.

Cyberduck 3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It's freeware, but donations are encouraged to help fund further development.

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Sep 06
USB Fever releases TRI-SIM Card for iPhone 4G

USB Fever has released the TRI-SIM Card for iPhone 4G with Black Back Cover
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2006).

With the US$39.99 add-on card, you can have up to three SIM cards to be installed in your iPhone 4G. It also comes with a crystal case to protect the Tri-sim card and the Apple smartphone.

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Sep 06
SB2 launches Readner[In] for SketchUp

SB2 has launched Render[in], areal-time radiosity engine developed for SketchUp Free and Pro users. Now in beta testing, it purportedly gives SketchUp users definition, realistic renderings.

Render[in[ lets users: create a high definition rendering with no size limitation; use existing SketchUp parameters and add new ones; create a photo-realistic project environment (water, sand, grass) and a 3D sky with clouds; create artificial light sources; and see the final result in a real-time radiosity preview window.

Because Render[in] is fully-integrated into SketchUp, it uses the same settings. Once the model is ready, Render[in] offers realistic additions like a 3D sky, four types of clouds, and modifiable lighting sources. Render[in] also offers additional texture settings to choose from, like specular reflection and shininess, and auto-bump for materials.

The beta version is available for download at...

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Sep 04
KT Corp. to start offering iPhone 4 in Korea on Sept. 10

South Korea's KT Corp. says it will start offering the iPhone 4 in the country starting Sept. 10, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/te).

South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier by revenue said last month it would start offering the touchscreen device sometime in September and began taking pre-orders. The firm has an exclusive contract to offer iPhones in South Korea.

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Sep 04
Ping users top one million in first 48 hours

Apple says that in less than 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million users have joined Ping, its new social network for music which lets users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading.

“One-third of the people who have downloaded iTunes 10 have joined Ping,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “As many more people download iTunes 10 in the coming weeks, we expect the Ping community to continue growing.”

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, U2, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma and more, 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. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.

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Sep 03
Android continues to gain in mobile OS market share

Android continues to put in a powerful performance as measured by the share of mobile web consumption attributable to devices running Google's operating system, as reported by the Quantcast (http://blog.quantcast.com/) research group. It's also catching up to iOS in OS share of mobile web consumption in the US (though it still has a ways to go to catch up).

In August Android took share from every corner of the market, putting in its best month share gain since November 2009. According to Quantcast, iOS has gone from about 68% of the market to 56% since May. In that time period, the Android has brown from less than 10% to 25%.

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Sep 03
Color Converter upgrade can resize pictures

Economy-x-Talk has released Color Converter 3.0 (http://www.color-converter.com), an update of the color conversion tool for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. This tool encodes color values from and to any of the following color spaces: CMYK, H.Lab, HEX/HTML, HSV, RAL, RGB, XYZ and X11 Color Names. Additionally, it provides an RGB-based brightness value.

Color Converter can also analyze any area of your (primary) screen and display a color histogram based on the results of the analysis. A long list of X11 color names can be searched and color names can be converted to all other color spaces with a click of the mouse. With the release of Color Converter 3, Economy-x-Talk has added the ability to resize pictures.

Color Converter 3 is free a free update for current license holders of Color Converter 2. For new users the cost is just over US$10.

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Sep 03
Info needed on server security software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at retail management apps for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Sep 03
Digitimes Research: Apple to ship 20 million iPods by end of...

"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100903PD214.html) says that "market watchers" forecast that manufacturer Quanta will ship more than 10 million iPad touches for Apple by the end of 2010, "helping to ease the company's lower-than-expected sales of notebook products."

Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo predicts that overall iPod shipments will reach 20 million units with the iPod touch to account for more than 55% of that total. He thinks that the iPod nano and shuffle will each ship 20% and remaining 5% will be iPod classics.

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Sep 03
Apple posts web site for iOS 4.2 for iPad

Apple has posted a web page (http://www.apple.com/ipad/software-update/) for the iPad version of iOS 4.2, which is coming in November.

"iOS 4 is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. And soon iPad owners will get to enjoy its 100+ new features and innovations -- including multitasking, folders, printing, and more," says Apple.

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Sep 03
FaceBook blocking Ping?

"All Things D" (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20100902/facebook-blocked-api-access-to-ping-...) reports that, according to "sources familiar with Facebook’s platform," the site has essentially denied Apple’s Ping access to application programming interfaces (APIs) that would allow it to search for an iTunes user’s friends on Facebook who also had signed up for Ping, Apple's new social music network that's part of iTunes 10.

Normally, this API access is open and does not require permission. That is, per "All Things D," unless some entity wants to access it a lot. In that case, Facebook requires an agreement for reasons primarily centered on protection of Facebook user data...

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