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Oct 19
MacTech Conference first to show Mac-based planetary rovers

The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 3-5, in Los Angeles, will have Mac-based planetary exploration rovers and a boat controlled by iPod touches on hand at the opening of the international conference. This is the first public display of these rovers outside a university or research setting.  

Keynote speaker Andy Ihnatko will open MacTech Conference: a three-day, information-packed event will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening. This fully immersive conference is packed with sessions from renown speakers and evening activities, including an exclusive trip to the Griffith Observatory, and the MacTech Bowl party.

Professor Wolfgang Fink, who came to the University of Arizona from Caltech last year, will be demonstrating the rover units on the first day of the conference prior to the conference's keynote by Ihnatko. The rovers, which can carry a payload of 40 pounds, and the boat are based on Mac minis and controlled by iOS...

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Oct 19
Mixamo, DAZ 3D team up

DAZ 3D and Mixamo have announced an alliance that brings Mixamo's animations and real-time customization capabilities to the DAZ 3D character model portfolio. Users of DAZ 3D's latest generation human figures now have access to the entire Mixamo motion collection at http://www.mixamo.com .

Every Mixamo motion is guaranteed to work with any character created from the DAZ 3D human figures within DAZ Studio. The DAZ 3D/Mixamo modeling and animation pipeline improves productivity by up to 80% and reduces costs by up to 75%, says Dan Farr, CEO of DAZ Productions.

DAZ 3D community members can visit http://www.mixamo.com and see any motion applied to the DAZ 3D standard characters, Victoria and Michael (with the Kids forthcoming), in the Mixamo 3D viewer. They can also customize these motions, download and merge them back into their scenes....

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Oct 19
ImageFramer for Mac OS X gets new features, frames

Apparent Software has updated ImageFramer (http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer), their custom image framing utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 3.0 The update contains over 400 various frames -- and more are being added constantly.

ImageFramer 3 is a total redesign of ImageFramer 2, featuring features like combining multiple frames and mats, saving design templates and even an embedded frame editor that allows users to create their own frames from their graphics. The newly added frames are downloaded automatically for registered users. In addition, users of Pro version have access to hundreds of additional high-resolution frames from frame manufacturers with catalog numbers.

ImageFramer can apply photo-realistic frames to digital images, drawings or any original artwork. Users can add frames, watermarks, batch process several images at a time, as...

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Oct 19
Yojimbo for Mac OS X updated, iOS version debuts

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 3.0, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It supports synchronizing items to the new Yojimbo for iPad and includes direct scanning support for TWAIN-compatible devices.

The new version also includes fixes to reported issues and additional refinements. Yojimbo is an Universal Binary application that requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). Version 2.2.1 is a free update for registered 2.0x users.

For new users Yojimbo is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an educational license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers.

All registered Yojimbo 2 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 3.0. Any...

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Oct 19
'MacVoices' looks at Tungle

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Erin Lariviere, the marketing/community manager for Tungle, discusses their new online service that bridges the gaps between the many calendaring systems on various platforms.

She explains how using Tungle can allow you to continue using your current and preferred calendar while integrating their service to facilitate sharing and syncing with coworkers or clients on other calendar platforms.

"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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Oct 19
Harman Kardon announces third generation of SoundSticks

Harman Kardon (http://www.harmankardon.com) has announced the third generation of its SoundSticks speakers. They're available now for US$209.99. The three-piece desktop speaker system pairs with virtually any multimedia device.

According to the folks at Harman, Compared to its most recent predecessor, the SoundSticks II system, which was released in 2004, the refreshed SoundSticks III comes with significant upgrades, including a satellite power switch and improved audio cable with a new braided, discrete look. Also, the new speakers boast modern white lights and a "dramatic and elegant trim" designed to match the modern high-gloss black trim of Apple’s iMacs and MacBooks.

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Oct 19
Adobe announces Digital School Collection for K-12

Adobe has announced the new Adobe Digital School Collection for K-12 students and educators, available for the first time for both Mac and Windows.

The bundle includes the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X. Adobe Contribute CS5 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5 software are also included in the collection.

This new cross-platform solution is a multimedia toolkit for teaching and learning virtually any subject, according to Bob Regan, director of worldwide K-12, Adobe. The Adobe Digital School Collection provides students and teachers the ability to create multimedia projects with photos, videos and audio; publish websites, blogs and podcasts; and create ePortfolios.

To help get teachers up and running quickly, Adobe published ready‐to‐use lesson plans and tutorials. They are available free online at...

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Oct 19
CaseCruzer releases PSC309 laptop, camera case

CaseCruzer (http://www.casecruzer.com) has released the PSC300, a compact laptop/camera case lined with polyethylene foam that helps maintain and regulate interior temperatures where Canon DSLR/SLR cameras, laptops, memory cards and other essentials are stored.  

The foam base is also impervious to solvents and chemicals and resistant to UV and fungus. The case accommodates most laptop computer brands up to 17-inch. The exterior of the PSC300 is injection-molded with high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin. Molded-in hinges provide additional protection for the inevitable tumble or jolt.

The waterproof case is also dust tight , submersible and resistant to corrosion and severe impact. It's designed with an ambient pressure equalization valve and has an IP67 certification. It weighs only 13 lbs with foam.

The case has built-in wheels and an extendable pull handle. In its six-...

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Oct 19
Apple number 65 on 'Newsweek' environmental ranking

Yesterday we noted that "Newsweek" has released its list (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/18/green-rankings-us-companies.html) of "green" U.S. companies and noted that "strangely" Apple isn't in the top 20.

However, Fabio M. Zambelli of "setteB.IT" (http://www.setteb.it/?p=9886), an Italian language web site for Mac users, points out that Apple places 65 on the list, making a big jump from 133 in 2009.

The "Newsweek" environmental ranking of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in America is measured by revenue, market capitalization, and number of employees. "NewsWeek" ranked the biggest publicly traded companies in developed and emerging world markets.

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Oct 19
MarkLogic announces MarkLogic Server 4.2

MarkLogic Corp. (http://www.marklogic.com) has announced a new version of its database, MarkLogic Server 4.2, which includes new features for enterprises to store, manage, and analyze unstructured information.

The new release includes MarkLogic Information Studio, which the folks at MarkLogic say is the industry’s first ETL (extract, transformation, and loading) tool for managing unstructured information as well as new features for availability and recovery including full database replication. With MarkLogic 4.2's Information Studio, customers can drag and drop files or point to a file directory to load into MarkLogic.

MarkLogic 4.2 also sports:

° XSLT support, which expands options that customers can employ to access and transform information in the software;

° Replication, which enables organizations to selectively replicate documents or parts of documents across databases;

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Oct 19
iSync plug-in now supports new Nokia cell phones

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de/devices/isync) has released a new version of its iSync phone plug-in, adding compatibility with new cell phones, N8 and C7, from Nokia. The latest release also works with Nokia phones C5, 5235, 5233, 5232 as well as with Sony Ericsson phones J20, J10.

iSync synchronizes data from Address Book and iCal with a mobile phone and is part of Mac OS X. The nova media iSync phone plug-ins extend the number of mobile phones which could be used with iSync.

The iSync plug-in costs approximately US$11.84. One license of iSync allows you to synchronize with up to three cell phones.System requirements are Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Oct 19
Big Mean Folder Machine update allows folder hierarchies to be...

Publicspace.net has updated The Big Mean Folder Machine (http://www.publicspace.net/BigMeanFolderMachine/), a file/folder management utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.8. The new version allows folder hierarchies to be split based on legacy creator and type code information.

BMFM is a a tool for those who work with large file collections, including digital photographers, content creation, post-production, system administrators, and other creative professionals. Featuring an copying engine, The Big Mean Folder Machine walks you through each decision. BMFM also resolves name conflicts automatically. You can unify entire file collections from various locations into a single folder. Or, alternatively, you can split files into several folders based on a range of criteria.

BMFM is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It...

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Oct 19
Curio 7.0 for Mac OS X includes project sections, more

Zengobi has released Curio 7.0 (http://www.zengobi.com/curio), an upgrade of the note taking, mind mapping, brainstorming, and task management application for Mac OS X.

The upgrade's features include: project sections and Organizer folders; left map, right map, and org chart mind map arrangements; project, idea space, and figure galleries with dozens of bundled styles, templates, & stencils; advanced tags with image and hotkey support; time support for start & due dates; hour & minute durations; automatic work week and work time rollups; collapsible index cards; customizable shadows with pinched and bulged shadow effects; independent text shadows; advanced 4-point axial and radial figure and idea space gradients; new Evernote features; network support for template, stencil, style, and Scrapbook repositories and other enhancements and performance improvements.

Curio is...

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Oct 19
DEX is new Mac software for DJs

Digital 1 DJ/ PCDJ (PCDJ) has released PCDJ DEX (http://pcdj.com/index.php/products/dj-software/pcdj-dex-for-mac/) for the Mac. PCDJ stands for personal computer disc jockey, and the software is designed for both mobile and club DJs.

It supports the latest DJ controllers including American Audio VMS4, the Numark MIXDECK, and Denon DN-HC4500. It also includes full XML MIDI mapping support for most popular controllers. PCDJ DEX sports an upgraded audio engine for Mac and has enhanced support of Apple’s CORE Audio.

DEX for Mac has a track library, which enables browsing, searching and sorting for a variety of audio files including MP3, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV’s, and unprotected AAC (MP4) files. Skinning and Waveform display have been optimized to minimize system resources.

PCDJ DEX for Mac requires Mac OS X 10...

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Oct 19
Sorenson Media unveils pro video URL shortening service

Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced Vid.vu, an URL shortening service designed specifically for professional online video.

The web-based URL abbreviating service works with Sorenson Squeeze Server, the company’s scalable, cloud-based, enterprise-grade encoding solution to be formally released in November. Vid.vu demos were part of Sorenson Media’s presentations at last week’s Streaming Media Europe conference in London .

“There are many URL shorteners available out there, but none that are created specifically for professional, enterprise video needs,” says Eric Quanstrom, Sorenson Media’s COO. “Vid.vu not only provides automatically shorter URLs to video permalink pages -- which are typically excessively long -- it also has built-in protection against malware, phishing scams and spam. Vid.vu also enables Sorenson Squeeze Server users to create and track their own...

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Oct 19
Aquafadas updates BannerZest Fun Pics

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has released a new version of its free Facebook application BannerZest Fun Pics. This application dedicated to the social network Facebook allows users to create and share animated slideshows on their wall and their friends' wall in a few clicks.

In this new version users can edit their slideshows and choose new themes with no need to create a new slideshow. What's more, it's possible to add, delete and rename images. Finally, BannerZest Fun Pics users can now classify their slideshows by date of creation. And, minor bugs in Internet Explorer have been fixed too.

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Oct 19
CalDigit FASTA-2e now with 6GB SATA

CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com) has announced an upgrade to the FASTA-2e eSATA card, which now supports 6G SATA. It's available through CalDigit Certified Dealers worldwide for US$59.

The FASTA-2e provides 2 eSATA ports with the latest SATA 6G technology, allowing for speeds of up to 6Gbps. The new FASTA-2e is completely backwards compatible with legacy SATA devices. It also supports port multiplied enclosures and other devices like external optical drives or storage solutions.

The FASTA-2e will work with any PCIe specification, even on older PCIe based machines like the Apple G5. Regardless of the PCIe generation (1 or 2), 1 lane or 16, the FASTA-2e is ready to go to work, as it doesn't require extra drivers or software to work on most modern machines. The FASTA-2e utilizes the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), which is standard in most of today’s operating systems.

For...

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Oct 19
A2Z Keywording launches Keyword Perfect 2.0

A2Z Keywording has launched Keyword Perfect 2.0, a update of the Mac OS X and Windows sales tool that enables photographers, stock photo agencies, archivists and other imaging professionals to tag their photo libraries using a dictionary of searchable keywords, ensuring that their images are as accessible as possible to potential buyers. 

First developed as the in-house engine around A2Z Keywording’s keywording service, Keyword Perfect is now available to pro photographers as a means to input relevant tags and, with a minimum of keystrokes, generate dozens of associated keywords that make their work more likely to be identified by image buyers and stock agencies.
 
Attendees of the PhotoPlus Expo (Oct. 28-30, 2010, New York) are invited to visit the A2K Keywording booth (#177) to view demonstrations of Keyword Perfect and obtain trial versions of the software.
 
Starting today, Keyword Perfect is available for purchase at...

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Oct 18
Mac sees double digit growth in both desktop, laptops

Apple sold 3.89 million Macs (the most ever) for the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. That's over 400,000 more than the company has ever sold before.

According to Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, the Mac saw double digit growth in both desktops and laptops. Mac growth was strong in each of geographic areas, led by the Asia/Pacific and Japan regions, he adds.


Oppenheimer said the great results were due to strong sales of the iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro. (There was no mention of the Mac mini, Mac Pro or MacBook Air). In fiscal 2010, Apple sold over 13.6 million Macs, 31% year over year growth.

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Oct 18
Jobs doesn't see any serious iPad competitors on the...

Apple sold 4.19 million iPads in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. And Apple CEO doesn't see any serious competitors anytime soon.

The iPad is now distributed in 26 countries. iPad sales in the fourth quarter brought in US$2.7 million in revenue ($2.8 million when accessories are figured in). Over 65% of Fortune 500 companies are piloting or implementing the Apple tablet, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. iOS device sales passed 125 million in September, and there are now over 30,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad and over 200,000 registered iOS developers.

In a conference call with analysts and the press, Jobs said he only saw "a handful of credible entrants on the tablet scene, not an avalanche." He said most only offer 7-inch screen, which is only 45% as large as iPad's 9.7-inch screen.

Jobs said that size isn't sufficient for "great tablet apps" and that the iPad's size was the minimum size for great apps...

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Oct 18
iPhone sales set record, double in Asia, Japan

Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones (the most ever) for the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. iPhone sales more than doubled in the Asia/Pacific and Japan regions.

The iPhone saw 91% year-over-year growth. compared to 64% growth for smartphone overall in the quarter (per IDC's stats). The iPhone now has 166 carriers in 89 countries. With the iPhone 4, the Apple smartphone has gone from 60% to nearly 80% of Fortune 500 countries, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. In fiscal 2010, sold over 40 million iPhones -- an increase of 93% year-over-year.

Apple CEO made a surprise appearance at a conference call with the press and analysts about the financial results to tout the iPhone's surprise. He said he wanted to drop by "for our first $20 billion quarter."

Jobs said that Apple has now passed RIM in smartphone sales and "doesn't see them catching us any time soon." He said that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones compared to 12.1 million...

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Oct 18
Jobs: we're thrilled with the new Apple TV

In a conference call with financial analysts and the press, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company is happy with the way that the new Apple TV is selling -- and shaping up.

Jobs said the device has already sold over 250,000 units "in a short time" and "we're thrilled with that." He said the new Apple TV is a great product and the US$99 price point is very enticing.

"When we get the AirPlay features into play, it will offer another big reason for people to buy the Apple TV," said Jobs.

AirPlay is a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.

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Oct 18
iPod remains top MP3 player

Apple sold 9.05 million iPods in the the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 25. The device remains the top selling MP3 player, based on the latest NPD data.

And the iTunes store brought in over US$1 billion, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. iOS device sales passed 125 million in September, he adds. Apple says there are now 200,000 registered iOS developers.

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Oct 18
Apple retail stores see record breaking quarter

Apple retail store revenue was $3.57 billion for the the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter. That compares to $2.04 billion in the previous quarter, an increase of 75%.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that the retail stores sold 874,000 Macs in the quarter compared to 670,000 the previous quarter. That's up 30%. And -- you guessed it -- he said that half of these Macs were sold to new users. That's the stat mentioned during every quarterly report.

Apple opened 24 stores in the fourth fiscal quarter, including 16 international stores. There are now 317 stores worldwide and 84 outside the US. An average of 301 stores were opened during the September quarter with an average revenue of $11.8 million.


The stores saw a record 75 million visitors compared to 45 million in year-ago quarter. Apple will open 40-50 stores in fiscal 2011; half of those will be outside the US.

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Oct 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 18

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/).

TeamLava has announced its free social diner game, Restaurant Story, for iOS devices. Users are given a persistent restaurant to design and style, with ever-increasing amounts of content to create their ideal theme restaurant.

Apps For Al has released Communication Apps 1.0, an US$0.99 health care app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Focused solely on identifying the best apps that assist and augment verbal communication, it provides recommendations for apps in a single category of health-related apps. Communication Apps provides a curated list, saving you time and money by identifying best-of-breed apps in this category.

Mobileapptopia has grown Veggie Bomb 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The $0.99, arcade-like tossing game...

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