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Jan 10
Wolverton Apps releases SkyWriting 1.0 on the Mac App Store

Wolverton Apps has announced SkyWriting 1.0 (http://www.skywritingapp.com/) on the new Mac App Store. The app, which requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher, lets users simulate writing with smoke in the sky over various backgrounds, such as well known city skylines, palm tree lined beaches, and famous landmarks.

The smoke then realistically drifts away in real time, in some cases staying behind the foreground features of the image so as to appear as real-life skywriting. SkyWriting has been popular on the iPad platform, at one time holding the #11 spot in entertainment iPad apps in the United States. Recent updates have added features allowing users to use their own pictures as backgrounds, to slow or speed up the wafting of the smoke, or save a snapshot to send to friends via email.

In addition to the features of the iPad and iPhone versions, such as colored smoke, the Mac version brings...

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Jan 10
Online marketing course for app developers offered

Rewire Media Group has unveiled an online marketing course for app developers on a budget.

Smarter App Marketing (http://www.smarterappmarketing.com) is an US$47 webinar-driven course designed to help app developers gain the skills necessary to increase app sales, grow their business, and get noticed. The course, a series of four live webinars with Q&A, begins Jan. 20 and ends on Feb. 10.

By using live Webinars with personal Q&A sessions, Smarter App Marketing differentiates itself by focusing on the needs of the new app developer and providing valuable content in a timely fashion to help them gain skills for life, according to Shane Ketterman, creator of the course. The webinars are one hour long with 30 minutes allotted for questions.

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Jan 10
'Maclean's' launches 'Newsmakers' issue...

Interactive agency Built by the Factory has partnered with Rogers Communications to bring "Maclean’s," Canada’s leading weekly print magazine, into a new medium with the launch of their “Newsmakers” issue iPad edition, now available on iTunes.

The magazine’s more than 20 million readers will find familiar favorites and then some, with the ability to flip through pages like a print magazine, access to bonus image galleries, embedded video, an interactive table of contents, an “At a Glance” view of the magazine, as well as bookmarking and saving of articles for future reference. The app is fully integrated with social networks and encourages article sharing with Facebook friends and linking to Twitter feeds, and the interactive “Live Letters” page and “Feedback” feature provide up-to-the minute feedback on the stories and allow users to send feedback directly to the magazine.

You can check out a preview of the app at...

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Jan 10
New Class on Demand webinar looks at mastering Motion

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced the latest "Class on Demand Legends Series" weekly training webinar featuring digital media instructor Larry Jordan.

The new webinar, "Master Motion -- Even If Motion Graphics Scare You" can be accessed in streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Learning Platform (http://www.classondemand.com/legends/). An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads.

"Master Motion -- Even If Motion Graphics Scare You" is designed to help apprehensive Final Cut Pro editors let go of their fear of learning Motion. The webinar will help users conquer the Motion interface, discover the power of Motion templates, create...

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Jan 10
iOS Developer training scheduled for March, April

About Objects has announced additional dates for public classes on iPhone and iPad development in March and April.

The courses cover ANSI C, Objective-C, and iOS SDK programming, and will be held at the company's Reston, Virginia, headquarters, as well as near the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The courses are taught by Objective-C developers, and feature a mix of lecture and hands-on exercises covering the fundamentals of iOS development, including ANSI C, Objective-C, and iOS SDK programming.

Pricing begins at US$1,295 for the two-day "Objective-C for Beginners" class, on up to $2,595 for the five-day "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development." Students who wish to attend both Objective-C for Beginners and Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development, or who wish to attend all three classes can sign up for a bundled offering at a substantial discount. Early registration discounts are also available. For more info, including dates, go to the About Objects...

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Jan 10
'MUG Event Calendar': Internet safety, the Mac App...

"The MUG Event Calendar" is back at full throttle this week, with lots of homegrown presentations and demos, as well as some high-profile guests.

Steve Sande of "The Unofficial Apple Weblog" (TUAW) will talk about Internet safety with a Colorado group, and author Jeff Carlson of "TidBITS" will discuss the latest version of iMovie via iChat with a Portland group.

The Mac App Store is sure be both an official and unofficial topic of discussion at many meetings, along with iLife’ 11 and its component applications. A few of the many other topics being talked about this week include geotagging digital photos, the Apple TV, Reunion, backups, 3D video production, presentations, going paperless and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community,...

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Jan 07
Jan. 11 event fuels talk of Verizon iPhone

Verizon has invited members of the media to an event next Tuesday, Jan. 11, in New York City, fueling rumors of an impending iPhone announcement, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

On Friday, Verizon sent out formal invitations to members of the press for an event to be held at the Lincoln Center. The invitation says event will feature Verizon Wireless president Lowell McAdam, but no other details were provided.

Of course, as the gang at "AppleInsider" notes, Apple normally holds events to introduce new products at its own corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA. If next week's event is for the much-anticipated Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone, it would be unique for Verizon to make the announcement instead of Apple CEO Executive Steve Jobs, they note.

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Jan 07
CES: 4i Concepts debuts new iOS device accessories

4i Concepts (http://4iconcepts.com/) is debuting three products for the iPhone, iPad and iPod at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One is the second generation 4iThumbs (US$24.95), an overlay screen with ridges to guide iPhone users’ thumbs for accurate text input.

Providing tactile feedback similar to a QWERTY keypad, the invisible design allows for blind typing on touchscreen interfaces while protecting the face of the phone, without blocking any portion of the screen. Improved from the first generation design, which launched in November 2009, 4iThumbs2 can be removed and stored on the back of the phone when not in use and requires no installation.

Designed for iPhones 3G/S and 4 and the iPod touch, it comes in both landscape and portrait versions. It's available with just the keypad (4iThumbs2, $12.95) or with a bumper compatible with the iPhone 4 to securely hold the keypad in...

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Jan 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 7

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

The Gamma Project has announced my Travel Assistant 1.0 for iOS devices. It's an US$2.99 app for global travelers that integrates into a singlepackage a 36-language translator, a 71-currency converter, and a smart expense tracker with automatic currency conversion. In addition to expense management at home and abroad, the app features: auto-refresh of exchange rates, the ability to email expenses as a formatted table and/or CSV file; the ability to edit or delete trips and entries; and a built-in calculator.

Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Liquid Defense Lite and Hydrothermal Lite, free versions of their recent games, Liquid Defense and Hydrothermal. Liquid Defense is a puzzle game where you must eliminate all of the incoming water, gas and oil....

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Jan 07
iPhone tops the Virtue 100 list for third straight year

Apple’s iPhone continued its reign earning the top spot again for the third-straight year on the Vitrue 100 list, which annually ranks the most social brands. Rounding out the top five are Blackberry, Disney, Android and iPad. Apple ranked number seven on the list, the iPod number 15 and the Mac number 75.

The Vitrue 100 measures a brand’s “social mentions” by analyzing online conversations on a daily basis across social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, photo and video sharing sites. The rankings represent the sheer volume of social mentions, not sentiment. This is the third annual Vitrue 100. Go here for current and past rankings: http://www.vitrue.com/smi .

“Our third annual Vitrue 100 rankings revealed some surprising and interesting things about some of the world’s most iconic brands, as well as newer brands, and their effective use of social media,” says Vitrue CEO Reggie Bradford. “iPhone...

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Jan 07
Mac App Store hacked

A number of security loopholes in the applications listed on the Mac App Store allow users to download paid applications for free and repackage bootleg programs with malicious code, according to "eWeek" report (http://macte.ch/HEftd).

Less than 24 hours after Apple unveiled the Mac App Store for the Mac OS X, reports emerged on various user forums, including "Pastebin" and "Daring Fireball" (http://www.daringfireball.net), that some paid apps don't properly validate App Store receipts, making it easy to obtain those programs for free, the article adds. Users can copy the App Store receipt from any legitimate Mac App Store download -- free or paid -- and paste it to validate other paid applications, according to the posted instruction.

"This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps," wrote John Gruber of Daring Fireball,...

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Jan 07
Chinese web site selling fraudulent iTunes accounts

"Tens of thousands" of fraudulent iTunes accounts are for sale on a major Chinese web site, according to the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/XoeTu). About 50,000 accounts linked to stolen credit cards are listed on auction site TaoBao, the country's equivalent of eBay, the article adds.

Buyers are promised temporary access to unlimited downloads from the service for as little as 1 yuan (10p) a time. Apple, which recently stepped up iTunes' security after a series of break-ins, declined to comment on the matter to the "BBC."

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Jan 07
CES: WeSC debuts headphone collection

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WeSC, a Stockholm-based street-fashion brand short for “We Are the Superlative Conspiracy,” is unveiling its fall 2011 premium headphone, expanding the brand’s line of seasonal and non-seasonal headphones and earbuds.

WeSC seasonal collections are inspired by the brand’s collaborations with visionaries across the different genres of culture, art, sports, music and creativity, according to CEO and co-founder Greger Hagelin. The new line will include such models as The Standad, Jason Lee and Bing Bang.

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Jan 07
IK Multimedia offers handheld microphone for iOS devices

IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced the iRig Mic, a handheld quality condenser microphone for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, designed for all vocal and mobile sound needs. You can pre-order it now for US$59.99.

iRig Mic is designed especially for the singer, vocalist and songwriter on the move, as well as for recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. Its sports an unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule that provides quality recording, in both close mic and long distance mic conditions, and real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector.

A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing. The iRig Mic can be mounted on any mic stand, leaving the iOS device free for app operation.

iRig Mic also comes with...

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Jan 07
O'Reilly Media releases 'Office 2011 for Mac Missing...

O'Reilly Media has released "Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual," an 816-page book by Christopher Grover. It costs US$27.99 for the ebook version and $34.99 for the print version.

Topics covered include: taking advantage of new tools; creating professional looking documents; crunching numbers with ease; staying organized; making presentations; and using the programs together. Grover has worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years.

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Jan 07
CES: ThermaPak introduces new laptop, iPad cooling products

ThermaPak is introducing new products at this week's 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new products are:

° IcePad (US$34.99) – ThermaPAK’s new icePad sleeve brings environmentally-friendly cooling to the iPad using patented HeatShift Technology. The polyurethane cover provides access to all iPad buttons and connections, while keeping the Apple tablet cool. The icePad fits snuggly around the iPad, with openings to plug in a charger, cable or headset. It's available in translucent clear and black.

° LapSaver ($25.99-$29.99) --The LapSaver features the HeatShift Technology for cooling in addition to offering a sleeve for storage of the user’s laptop. While the laptop is on, it can be rested on the back of the LapSaver to ensure it stays at a safe temperature. When the user is ready to go, the laptop can be slipped into the built-in smooth neoprene sleeve for transport. The LapSaver is available in 14-inch and 16-inch models, both in...

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Jan 07
Mac App Store downloads top one million in first day

Apple says that over one million apps have been downloaded from the new Mac App Store in the first day. The store launched on Thursday with more than 1,000 free and paid apps.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through the Software Update as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting,...

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Jan 07
Apple’s 2011 proxy statement now online

Apple says its 2011 proxy materials are now available on the web under the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice and Access rules and can be found at http://www.apple.com/investor . As a result of the Notice and Access rules, Apple is able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of producing and delivering printed materials, the company says.

Apple shareholders can still receive a printed copy of the proxy materials free of charge by following the instructions provided at http://www.apple.com/investor or in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that will be mailed to individuals who were Apple shareholders as of Dec. 27. Apple’s 2010 Form 10-K was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 and may also be viewed at www.apple.com/...

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Jan 07
CES: Griffin introduces StompBox for the iPad

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has introduced the StompBox for iPad and Mic Stand Mount for iPad.

The StompBox multi-function foot controller integrates with iShred LIVE to give guitarists an iPad-ready pedalboard. It's due for release in the first quarter of the year for US$99.99. The Mic Stand Mount turns an iPad into a music stand. It's due later this month for $39.99.

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Jan 07
CES: Speakal debuts iPhone dock

Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) debuted the DS910, a a Bluetooth iPhone dock for users to make hands-free calls, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It incorporates a CD display, alarm clock, FM radio, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input for other music sources. Pricing and a release date haven't been announced.

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Jan 07
This Mac OS X app will Nag you

Electric Pocket has announced a Mac version of its Nag reminder app (http://electricpocket.com/mac/), offering a way to give yourself a persistent reminder that something needs to be done.

You can set an alarm for important events. When the alarm time comes, Nag will sound its alarm -- and will continue its nagging every minute until you acknowledge the alarm.

Nag requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Jan 07
Speck introduces TimetoRock for six gen iPod nano

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has released the TimetoRock wristband and armband headphone cord organizer for the six gen iPod nano

“Watchbands have become a real symbol of style and personal expression over the years and so we drew inspiration from that,” says Bryan Hynecek, director of Design at Speck. “With the TimetoRock wristband, our customers will recognize the delicate balance between fashion and protection that’s synonymous with Speck.”
 
TimetoRock’s adjustable strap lets you listen to your favorite tunes while walking, jogging, working or just lounging around the house. The iPod nano fits securely inside the band, but also pops in and out as you wish.

At the same time, the wristband offers protected access to sleep/wake and volume control buttons along with the earphone jack. The TimetoRock also includes two adjustable headphone cord management armbands (one...

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Jan 07
CES: Panasonic introduces new digital cameras, camcorders

Panasonic has introduced new digital cameras and camcorders at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new Lumix DMC-S3 and Lumix DMC-S1are two easy-to-use models that offer smart features for taking photos and 720p (at 30fps) High Definition videos. The 14.1-megapixel Lumix S3 and 12.1-megapixel Lumix S1 also feature a new design, with a distinct rounded shape designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The Lumix DMC-FH27 and Lumix DMC-FH25 shoot 16.1 megapixel images and combine a 28mm wide-angl Leica DC lens with an 8x optical zoom. Designed with an easy-to-hold grip and slim and stylish profile, both models feature large Intelligent LCDs, 720p High Definition (HD) video recording and an advanced iA (Intelligent Auto).

Panasonic has introduced three new Full-High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders to its 2011 line, the HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900 and HDC-SD800. The new full-HD camcorders feature 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1080/60p recording...

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Jan 07
CES: Olympus debuts new cameras, accessories

Olympus has introduced new cameras and accessories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new products include the Olympus PEN E-PL2, the fourth generation of the PEN family of compact interchangeable lens digital cameras.

This camera expands your creative potential with Live Guide II, new in-camera creative features, new auxiliary lenses, a new Close-Up Spotlight (MAL-1) and new Olympus PENPal Bluetooth accessory. The lineup of six new Olympus cameras includes the XZ-1, an ultra-compact with a built-in ZUIKO lens.

Olympus' new point-and-shoot cameras offer new features including 3D photo mode, Eye-Fi Card compatibility and new Magic Filters, adding artistic effects to your videos. They include the TG-610, TG-310, SP-610UZ and VG-120.

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Jan 07
New iCal alternative available at the Mac App Store

Little Marauder (http://www.littlemarauder.com) has released Caliander, a new iCal alternative on the Mac App Store. The US$18.99 has a novel timeline based user interface, event creation using common English descriptions, and a global keyboard shortcut for adding events.


Since Caliander uses the same calendar database as iCal, it syncs just as usual, so there's no need to migrate old calendars. It doesn't use the conventional paper calendar layouts in favor of a novel, dynamic timeline layout, which can be panned and zoomed freely.

Caliander also has a perceptual mode, which squeezes together the distant future to show the near future in greater detail. This means that the software can show a detailed daily schedule while still reminding the user of things coming up in the next couple of days. Caliander requires Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later.

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