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Jul 20
Apple releases iBooks 1.1.1

Apple has updated iBooks, its ebook/PDF reader, to version 1.1.1. You can now zoom in on any image and see it in high resolution.

It also offers performance tweaks for reading PDFs. What's more, iBooks 1.1.1 lets you look up definitions to English words inside books without a specified language and fixes some bugs.

iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks 1.1.1 is a free download at the Apple App Store and works with the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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Jul 20
Yankee Group: courting Apple owners is good business

Approximately 1.7 million consumers bought iPhone 4s in its first three days of sale, sending Apple more than US$1 billion in revenue. Research from Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) shows that those same consumers will be worth more than $1.8 billion to AT&T this year, and more than $9 billion to it over the next five years.

"Apple iPhone owners shop more, buy more and remain more loyal to their phones than users of other devices," says Carl Howe, Yankee Group research director and author of the new report. "Our surveys tell us that Apple is the most popular choice of consumers shopping for a new smartphone. Because those subscribers will earn more revenue for operators, mobile operators worldwide should be courting them.:

Key data from the report reveals iPhone users:

° Are younger and wealthier. IPhone users average 32 years of age with $100,000 of household income,...

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Jul 20
KickApps delivers drag and drop HMTL5 authoring

KickApps Corp. (http://www.kickapps.com) says the latest release of the KickApps App Studio will support HTML5, allowing marketers, brand managers and developers to create-customized, full-featured web applications via drag and drop.

This allows KickApps to integrate the existing Flash creation capabilities of the App Studio with support for custom media player creation for devices running Apple’s mobile operating system, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The App Studio provides users with a single authoring environment in which they can create customized video experiences that support both Flash and HTML5, with no coding required.

The App Studio also enables the creation of customized data-driven apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apps on these devices will appear and function as they do on Flash-enabled devices, and designers, and developers will be able to customize them with...

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Jul 20
Canon releases new printers, scanners

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced five new PIXMA printers with a new Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print feature and two new scanners.

Now when using the new Full HD Movie Print with compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital cameras, consumers can print individual frames of movies. The new PIXMA printers also feature improvements to Auto Photo Fix II to enhance photos while Easy-PhotoPrint EX software now allows users to search and use images from Flickr.

The new Canon PIXMA MG5220 (US149.99) and PIXMA MP495 Wireless Photo All-in-One printer ($79.99), PIXMA MG5120 ($129.99) and PIXMA MP280 Photo All-in-One ($69.99) printers along with the new PIXMA iP4820 inkjet printer ($99.99) will provide users with many improvements to increase overall quality and ease-of-use, according to the folks at Canon.

With enhanced Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, images can now be searched...

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Jul 20
Kanguru releases new encrypted flash drive

Kanguru Solutions (http://www.kanguru.com) has released the Kanguru Defender Basic, a hardware encrypted, secure flash drive designed for everyday use. It's the latest in the Defender line of encrypted flash drives, following the FIPS 140-2 Certified Kanguru Defender Elite and the Kanguru Defender V2.

The Defender Basic offers security features including: 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption; limited password attempts; and on-chip password matching. No administrative rights are required for use.

Capacities for the Kanguru Defender Basic start at 2GB and go up to 128GB. Prices start at US$29.95.

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Jul 20
Samsung launches 1TB Spinpoint MT hard drive disk

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has started shipping its new Spinpoint MT2 1TB 2.5-inch internal mobile hard disk drive. It's designed for use in portable storage solutions, such as the newly released Samsung S2 Portable 1TB USB Drives.

Other applications include digital TVs, home media systems and set-top boxes, where quiet and cool operations are important, says I. C. Park, vice president, storage marketing, Samsung. mploying industry-leading 333GB per-platter technology, the new Spinpoint MT2 drive offers up to an enormous 1TB for personal digital collections such as photos, music, video and work files, he adds.

Running at 5400rpm speed, the MT2 has a 12.5mm form factor and utilizes Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to minimize noise levels during drive operation.It also features SATA 3.0 Gbps interface and Native Command Queuing functions. The Spinpoint MT2 drive has...

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Jul 20
FileMaker unveils FileMaker Go for the iPhone, iPad

FileMaker Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, which let users work remotely with FileMaker Pro databases on the Apple devices.

With FileMaker Go -- available as two separate apps for iPhone or iPad -- users can view, edit and search for information in FileMaker databases on their iPhone or iPad. The apps provide access to databases created with FileMaker Pro and hosted on FileMaker Server or FileMaker Pro.

FileMaker Go can access databases residing on a Mac or PC using a local wireless network or over the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G. All changes are instantly updated in the hosted file.

FileMaker Go users can also copy databases between their desktop or laptop computers and FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes, perfect for single user databases. Databases may also be downloaded by email, popular file sharing sites, or the web.

Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services...

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Jul 20
Mobile pros favor the iPhone over the Android

Egnyte, a provider of cloud file server solutions, has announced Egnyte Everywhere, a new mobile suite that allows business users to access and share their business files from leading smartphones, including iPhone, Android and Blackberry, as well as the new iPad. And research by the company shows the popularity of the Apple idevices.

The iPhone app leverages iOS 4 in providing off-line access to files including support for iTunes file sharing. The announcement coincides with the release of a new national study on mobility and data access while on the road. The study revealed that when nature calls, the hard working keep working with 53% of mobile professionals admitting to accessing data from their smartphone while in the bathroom. In addition, document apps appear to be a big hit with mobile business professionals; 36% stated that among all top apps, document apps keep them most productive while on the road.

The mobile survey, which was commissioned by Egnyte,...

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Jul 20
Art Text update for Mac OS X adds built-in vector shape editor

Developer Daniel Holtwiesche has updated Art Text (http://www.ssl-danholt.de/english/24/24/181001/include.html) -- a Mac OS X app for creating textual graphics, headings, logos, icons and more -- to version 2.3, which introduces a built-in vector shape editor that lets you modify icons, shapes, and text objects, as well as create them from scratch.

The new version also offers iImproved program stability thanks to renewed GPC library that handles polygons. And the program now automatically checks for available updates and downloads if necessary.

The upgrade brings over 100 new templates, 19 new layer blend modes and two more special layer merge options (subtract and intersect). Also, the performance of the Layer Content panel is improved, minor bugs related to export into GIF and JPEG were fixed, the problem with resizing and...

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Jul 20
USB Fever releases two new products

USB Fever has released two new products. One is for the iPad, the other for the iPhone.

The Headrest Mount for eeePC/UMPC/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1918) is an US$33.99 gadget for mounting a tablet device to your windshield windows. The MonoPod Collapsible Self-protrait Stick
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1930) is a $16.99 doohickey for using the iPhone and other device for taking a self-portrait.

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Jul 19
Apple releases iTunes 9.2.1

Apple has posted iTunes 9.2.1, which fixes some bugs found in iTunes 9.2. You should note that Apple says the update disables older versions of some incompatible third party plug-ins, but doesn't say which ones.

iTunes 9.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later to run. You can update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Preferences app -- or from the Apple support web site (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1056?viewlocale=en_us).

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Jul 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 19

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/).

PowPowGames has announced its first iPhone game, Rocket Boy 2D, an US$0.99, RPG oriented action side scroller with animation, artwork and a ton of guns and equipment to use. It features more than 35 guns with over 70 items to equip, a RPG like leveling system and 3 worlds to fight in.

Davka Corporation has released Talking Hebrew Word Book 1.0 for the iPad, a $5.99 Hebrew language tool featuring over 500 modern Hebrew phrases, expressions and words. Designed for tourists, travelers, and students alike, each word and phrase is pronounced in Israeli-accented Hebrew, and appears on screen with English translation and a descriptive photo or illustrative cartoon. It's divided into 18 phrase sections and 29 word sections.

Icanology has debuted...

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Jul 19
Apple's 'Magic TrackPad' gets FCC approval?

An unnamed new Bluetooth-equipped Apple product, dubbed the Apple Magic TrackPad, first submitted to the Federal Communications Commission for review last October, has apparently been granted regulatory approval this week, according to "engadget" (http://macosg.me/2/k5).

Apparently a Bluetooth trackpad, the device's model number is A1339 is the culprit here. It's described as a "Bluetooth Device" used in conjunction with a MacBook without any associated filings for WiFi or WWAN networks.

Apple applied for ownership of the Magic Trackpad trademark in February, notes "CNET" (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20010949-263.html). "Engadget" also claims the device would allow for handwriting recognition as well as "every feature you can find on a Magic Mouse (and possibly...

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Jul 19
Macsimum Poll: will 'antennagate' stop you from buying...

In this week's poll, we're asking if "antennagate" -- the hoopla, whether real or perceived over iPhone 4 reception/antenna issues -- will keep you from buying an iPhone 4. 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 already had an iPhone 4, if you were experiencing said problems. Fifty-percent said you didn't have an iPhone 4, 33% said "no," nine percent said "yes, but no worse than with previous versions" and 6% said "yes, more than with previous versions."

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Jul 19
O'Reilly publishes 'Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One...

O'Reilly Press has published "Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One" by author Deke McClelland. The US$49.99 book/DVD combo offers step-by-step tutorials, hours of DVD-video demonstrations, and lots of hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your skills.

"Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One" simulates a classroom environment with one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson. McClelland is a lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive videos that ship with Adobe Photoshop and other products.

For more info about the book, including sample content, a table of contents and author bio, go to http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596807986 .

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Jul 19
SyncMate for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Eltima Software has updated SyncMate (http://www.sync-mac.com/), software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices, to version 2.6.1118. It's a maintenance update -- free to registered users of version 2.x -- that squishes some bugs.

SyncMate lets you synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar, Notes in mobile device with Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Stickies on Mac OS X. The software enables Internet sharing between the Mac and the mobile device. The connection can be made via USB cable or Wi Fi.

SyncMate is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

SyncMate is available in two editions. SyncMate Free Edition is a synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC/smartphone devices that will help you keep all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff organized. With the...

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Jul 19
CAZE announces Full Swarovski case for the iPhone 4

CAZE has announced the Full Swarovski case (http://macosg.me/2/k2) for the iPhone 4. The US$199 case combiners Swarovski crystals and an ultra thin design.

It comes in four "flashed colors." CAZE used Zero 5, the World's thinnest transparent iPhone case for crystal embellishment, so the crystal case has the thinnest possible wall-thickness and can fully protect the chrome edges and corners of an iPhone, according to the folks at CAZE.

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Jul 19
OptiTrack to demo 'the future of virtual filmmaking'

With the massive success of computer-generated 3D films like "Avatar," real-time virtual production workflows are setting a new trend in Hollywood. At SIGGRAPH 2010, OptiTrack, in conjunction with Autodesk, will provide attendees with a demonstration of how to create a cost-effective virtual production pipeline that will ntegrate into existing workflows.

Live demonstrations featuring OptiTrack and Autodesk products will be available at the OptiTrack booth (#701) and Autodesk booth (#500), July 26 - 29, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Featuring real-time data streamed between the OptiTrack and Autodesk booths, joint demonstrations will showcase how body motion capture (from OptiTrack Arena software) and virtual camera work (from the OptiTrack Insight VCS) can be combined with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Face Robot to create a comprehensive computer generated film sequence.

The Insight VCS will ship in late summer....

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Jul 19
New Brunswick tourist destination keen on iPads, iPods

Visitors to one of New Brunswick's most popular tourists destinations are plugged into interpretive iPads and iPods, reports the "Telegraph-Journal" (http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/1140471).

Paul Gaudet, interpretive services manager at Hopewell Rocks, said they are probably the only tourist centre in the country using the technology this way, the article adds. As part of a pilot project guides can show tourists a variety of historical and geological information on the handheld Apple technology.

Gaudet said the IPads act as a database that can help tour guides enhance a guest's experience. He told the "Telegraph-Journal" he thinks it's only a matter of time before everyone in the interpretive world is using the same technology.

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Jul 19
Reactions to Apple's response to 'antennagate'

HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics aren't happy with Apple's claims that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other global smartphone makers, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/jw).

Taiwan-based HTC said Monday that reception problems aren't common on smartphones and Apple should address the problem on its own rather than blame competitors. Samsung said it "hasn't received significant customer feedbacks on any signal reduction issue for the Omnia II" smartphone that was featured in Apple's video.
Apple's arguments were also rejected by RIM and U.S.-based Motorola Inc., "which said they have deliberately avoided Apple's approach of locating antennas on a phone's edge," says the "Journal."

Meanwhile, Patrick Kerley, a crisis communication expert for Levick Strategic Communications, says that Apple should have responded faster to the uproar over the iPhone 4's reception...

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Jul 19
Marvell announces Mac compatible Easy Plug Computer Installer

Marvell (http://www.plugcomputer.org) has released the open source Easy Plug Computer Installer (EPI) to simplify Plug Computing software deployment. EPI is the first ever wizard-based installation tool for Marvell's Plug Computer.

It provides more than 20,000 Plug Computer developers worldwide with a faster, easier way to integrate their low-power and affordable Plug Computing solutions, according to the folks at Marvell.

EPI is designed to make it easier for Plug Computer developers to program new applications while preparing consumers for the day when they can order and download applications online for their personalized Plug Computer. It provides interaction with the Marvell ARMADA 300/310 processor family, purportedly making it easier to bring performance-bound digital home applications and services to market. EPI and supporting information is currently available for download at...

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Jul 19
Seagate introduces GoFlex Home for centralized storage

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has unveiled the newest addition to its GoFlex family of hard drives -- the GoFlex Home network storage system. When it's connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store, easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from Mac and Windows systems on the home  network.

The new centralized storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with the Apple Time Machine, as well as including a version of the backup application for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, says Darcy Clarkson, Seagate vice president of Retail Sales and Marketing. With the GoFlex Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos, movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game consoles or a GoFlex TV HD media player, from any room in the house.

The GoFlex Home is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities at...

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Jul 19
Fifty-plus free iWork templates from iWork4School

More than 50 free iWork templates are now available for education professionals, students and teachers from the new iWork4School (http://www.iwork4school.com/). The site is a sister site of the Free iWork Templates blog.

Each template is sorted by three criteria: grade level, subject and intended users, says Joel Wolfgang, founder of both the Free iWork Templates Blog and iWork4School. These two sites hope to help education professionals by saving them the time necessary to create their own templates for projects, papers and assignment, he adds.

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Jul 19
Apple sentiment weakens ahead of earnings

Crowd Technologies, the provider of the stock research site Piqqem, has announced the sentiment results (http://www.piqqem.com/equities/aapl) for Apple Computer going into their earnings announcement on Tuesday, July 20. The company says sentiment for Apple has dropped 15 points to the lowest level in the past 15 months.

Piqqem's quarterly chart shows Apple's sentiment dropping by 15 points from the beginning of the quarter through today. In comparison, sentiment for the Piqqem Technology Index rose two points in the same period, which means Apple's decreasing sentiment was not strongly influenced by market forces. On the Piqqem scale, Apple's sentiment rating of 34.60 is still considered positive and indicates a quality stock.

Apple has consistently been a top three rated company on Piqqem's top rated list and now doesn't appear in the top 25. At its peak, Apple had a...

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Jul 19
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In ready for FileMaker Pro 11

24U Software has updated SimpleDialog Plug-In (http://www.24uSoftware.com/SimpleDialog) to version 4.0. The update is compatible with FileMaker Pro 11 and offers a new feature called live updating dialogs, which changes the dialog while it's on the screen.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In is a dialog-showing plug-in that allows you to display progress bars and almost arbitrary dialog boxes combining text, passwords, check boxes, radio buttons, pop-up menus, etc. A demo is available for download.

For new users 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 4.0 costs US$48 for a single user license; additional users pay $24. Developer licensing starts at $349 (limited to 20 concurrent users per site, unlimited to a number of solutions or customers). Permanent discounts are available to FBA, FileMaker TechNet, and FMPUG members. A special offer with highly reduced price and extra bonuses is...

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