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Sep 14
'MacVoices' looks at the Penny Arcade Expo

On the new "MacVoices" (, Omaha Sternberg of iGameRadio spent her Labor Day weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), and explains what it is and where computer gaming in general, and Mac gaming in particular fit in.

With opportunities for all aspects of the gaming community, from tabletop to online games, she talks about her experiences, the social aspects of the show, and some of the more interesting developments that include a possible update to a game after a decade of waiting, and an upcoming game that involves three very unlikely ingredients and more. Sternberg also talks about mobile vs. online gaming, where the iPhone and iPad fit in at this point and in the future, and more.

"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...

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Sep 14
Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac ships

Parallels ( has released Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, the latest version of the software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting. The new version has more than 80 new and enhanced features, says Serguei Beloussov, chairman and CEO of Parallels.

He says 3D graphics run nearly 40% better than before. Boot time for Windows is 41% faster than before, and Parallels Desktop 6 also boosts speed for working with files on USB drives, networks and in shared folders, says Beloussov.

Parallels also announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition, which includes Parallels Desktop 6 plus new features specifically designed to make the move from PC to Mac smart and simple. The Switch to Mac Edition provides a set of switching tools and includes a Parallels High-Speed USB data transfer cable.  All of your programs, files,...

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Sep 14
'Consumer Reports' still doesn't recommend the...

"Consumer Reports" ( says it still can't recommend the iPhone 4. The product testing company/mag says Apple still hasn't adequately addressed the issue of when your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side if the phone is being used in an area with a weak signal.

Apple has discontinued its free-case program for the iPhone 4 effective Oct. 1, but says it will still provide a case to the "small percentage" of buyers who will need one due to the phone's "antenna attenuation issue." The company says "we now know" that the antenna issue is "even smaller than we originally thought."

That move is "less consumer-friendly in several respects," says "Consumer Reports." Here's the organization's take: "First, if you are 'experiencing antenna issues' with your iPhone 4, Apple says, you'll need to call the company to request a case. And where the...

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Sep 14
Third Apple store in Italy will open Saturday

The third Apple store in Italy will open this Saturday at the Le Gru shopping mall in Torino, a city of 1 million in the north of the country adjacent to the Alps, reports "ifoAppleStore" (

The huge ground-floor store is located in the center of the mall next to the McDonald’s restaurant. The store opens at 10 a.m. You can see a diagram of the mall at "ifoAppleStore."

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Sep 14
Apple launches Express Lane

Apple has launched a new online help system called Express Lane (;jsessionid=BKRfMQFfsNQLlJ9GDZy4nhQKmk7j9yV8BLSkMLSrXmppt2YdZHT5!1929009106) for diagnosing problems with Apple products. It's designed to streamline the customer service process and troubleshooting system.

It lists these categories: Mac & Software; iPod; iPhone; iPad; iTunes; More Products & Services. Once you begin using the service, it offers "My Products" and "Case Lookup" features.

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Sep 14
Ultrasone releases PRO 2900 headphones

Ultrasone ( is releasing both a standard, single cable version and a balanced, double cable version of its PRO 2900 headphones.

While standard, single cable headphones are commonplace in most pro audio and audiophile applications, a balanced headphone coupled with a balanced amplifier offers unique advantages over the former such as increased audio performance due to a doubling the slew rate and voltage swing power, while reducing distortion components and eliminating crosstalk, according to the folks at Ultrasone. The end result is decreased distortion and ultimately superior audio performance, they add.

To achieve this paragon of headphone fidelity, balanced headphones must be paired with a balanced amplifier (4-channel amp with 2 inverted positive channels) that instead of using a common ground, uses two wires per side to deliver positive and negative audio signals to...

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Sep 14
Sorenson Squeeze 6.5 sports new video decoding capabilities

Sorenson Media ( has released Sorenson Squeeze 6.5, which adds greater encoding, publishing, pre-processing and filtering functionality to theonline video encoding product. The Squeeze 6.5 update is free to current Sorenson Squeeze 6 users.

Among the new capabilities in Sorenson Squeeze 6.5, is the ability to decode the AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) format. AVCHD records high-definition video to DVD, hard drives, or flash memory cards as .m2ts, .mts, or .m2t files and is the most common recording format for high definition video cameras at the prosumer and high-end consumer market.

Other benefits of Sorenson Squeeze 6.5 include three new filters: enhanced de-interlacing, image rotation and optimized color conversion. The new deinterlacing filter works automatically as a default setting to increase encoding quality and speed and is faster than...

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Sep 14
Eton announces solar-powered sound system for iPods, iPhones

Etón ( has announced the US$229.99 Soulra, a portable, solar-powered sound system for iPod and iPhone. It features a large solar panel and a rubberized exterior, .

The Soulra sports a larage solar panel and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers power to simultaneously charge and play your iPod or iPhone. The battery charge indicator alerts you when you need to recharge the Soulra in direct sunlight or via an AC outlet. On a full sunlight charge, it will purportedly play music for up to four hours, and an additional 3-4 hours of play when the solar panel remains open.

What's more, the Soulra is designed to withstand the elements and provide durability outdoors. It an aluminum and rubberized body. Its case is IPX-4 splash proof and the speakers are sealed on the inside.

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Sep 14
Canon releases PowerShot G12

Canon USA ( has announced the addition of the PowerShot G12 and PowerShot SX30 IS to its digital camera line-up. They'll be available in early October and late September for US$499.99 and $429.99, respectively.

The PowerShot G12 will have High Definition (HD) video capture capabilities along with the HS (High Sensitivity) System. It has a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots of resolution. A new control dial has been added to the front of the camera as well for easy adjusting of camera settings similar to how users operate a Canon Digital SLR camera.

The PowerShot G12 sports a 5X-Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization and its wide-angle capabilities starting at 28mm. You can use the camera with compatible optional accessories such as Speedlite flashes, an underwater housing and a tele-converter lens.

According to Canon, the PowerShot SX30 IS...

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Sep 14
Support Group announces hands-on FileMaker training

FileMaker consultant and authorized training provider, The Support Group, has announced a new addition to their FileMaker training classes: Scripting with FileMaker Pro.

This one-day class introduces scripting to those already familiar with FileMaker Pro who seek to develop more useful solutions, says Chad Novotny, principal and vice president, technology for The Support Group. Students will learn to employ scripts to automate common searches, edit data, generate reports, and send emails. 

The class covers dialogs, logical branching, looping, script triggers, variables, and script parameters. Students will receive detailed handouts, participate in active discussions, and try out what they learn on the computer. Tuition for the new FileMaker training class, Scripting With FileMaker Pro is US$199. Details are at www....

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Sep 14
Monotype Imaging launches Web Fonts

Monotype Imaging Holdings, a global provider of text imaging solutions, today announced the general availability of Web Fonts, the company’s cloud-based solution that enables thousands of fonts to be used in web page design.

More than 7,500 fonts are available, including over 2,200 available in the free subscription tier. Premier typefaces used widely in branding and advertising include the Helvetica, Frutiger and Univers designs. More than 40 languages are supported.

Free and paid subscription levels feature no restrictions on the number of web sites or quantity of fonts that can be used per domain or subdomain. Fonts may be downloaded for desktop use by professional tier subscribers to aid workflow through the ability to create web page mockups. Subscription plans are now available at for anyone who creates for the web.

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Sep 14 brings Marvel Comics to downloadable desktop comic... ( will begin offering single issue sales of Marvel comic books on its desktop reader; becomes the first desktop digital comic reader to be able to offer single issue sales of Marvel comic books to its desktop community, including members in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as include Marvel comics on select mobile platforms.

Prior to this, Marvel comics have been available on the iPad application. Additionally, readers are able to purchase books on and read them on any device. will be carrying many of the popular Marvel titles in its store, including Iron Man; Kick Ass; Amazing Spider Man; Captain America, and Astonishing X-Men, to name a few of the titles.

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Sep 14
'MacVoices' looks at QUp for the iPhone

On the new "MacVoices" (, Dan Pourhadi is back, this time wearing an iPhone app developer's hat.

He discusses his new app, QUp, which gives you more control over playlists on the iPhone. Pourhadi explains the ability to see, skip and re-arrange upcoming tracks without having to stop what you're currently listening to, or navigate the traditional menu system.

"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 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 13

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Livescribe has introduced the free Pencast Player application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app enables consumers to access a digital copy of their synchronized notes and audio as pencasts from anywhere. Now notes and audio from critical meetings or lectures are portable and playable when you need them.

Stigmergy Games has announced Virion SD 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a $0.99 puzzle game loosely based upon real biological processes. Gameplay is broken down into 14 patients which form the campaigns. Each patient contains nine viral infections that must be defeated in order to bring a patient back to good health.

Hairy Monster Studios has released Save Betsy Lite 1.0,a free game for the iPhone and iPod touch....

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Sep 13
Primera announces on-demand color RFID label printer

Primera Technology ( has announced its RX900 Color RFID Printer, which the company says is the world’s first and only full-color RFID “on demand” full-color RFID label printer.

Labels are printed, encoded, verified and dispensed one at a time. All popular linear and 2D bar code symbologies are purportedly supported. The built-in RFID reader/encoder module is supplied by Intermec, which specializes in RFID equipment and technology. It's compliant with EPC Global Gen 2 Class 1 and ISO 18000 –b and –c specifications for the widest range of deployments in real-world applications.

Print resolution is up to 4800 dpi. The RX900 has eparate cartridges for cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink make label production. It printes at up to full-color print speeds of 4.5-inches per second.

The RX900 Color RFID Printer will ship in November. It's priced at US$4,995 (MSRP)....

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Sep 13
ESET Announces ESET Cybersecurity for Mac

ESET ( -- which specializes in proactive threat protection -- has announced ESET Cybersecurity for Mac, the company’s new security solution for Mac OS X.

Leveraging the company’s NOD32 ThreatSense engine, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac delivers d protection against internet security threats without impacting system performance, according to the folks at ESET. In addition, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac customers will have access to online training designed to help better arm them against cybercrime and malicious attacks.

In addition to announcing ESET Cybersecurity for Mac for consumers, ESET is releasing ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X. It offers up-to-date anti-malware protection for Macs as well as Windows and Linux platforms. ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac provides IT administrators with the ability to monitor all network endpoints across a multitude of...

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Sep 13
Tasty Planet game is Back for Seconds

Dingo Games ( has released Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds, an US$19.95 game for Mac OS X and Windows systems. In Back for Seconds players control a ball of goo with the ability to eat anything smaller than itself. The more it eats, the bigger it gets. By the end of the game, players are able to eat the entire world (and more).

Here's how the game is described: "Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds is the sequel to Dingo Games' well received original game, Tasty Planet. As with any sequel, Back for Seconds has quite a few improvements over the original. Levels can now span vastly different object sizes; players can grow from the size of an amoeba to the size a galaxy within a single level. The game also adds a two player cooperative campaign mode in which each player controls their own goo. This mode is local only, so you'll have to huddle around the keyboard to take advantage of it...

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Sep 13
LinkOptimizer update addresses PNG conversion issue

Zevrix Solutions ( has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.6, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version addresses an issue related to PNG conversion and is recommended to all LinkOptimizer users.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.6 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Sep 13
Macworld Mobile coming to the Mobile World Congress

IDG World Expo is collaborating with the GSMA to bring Macworld Mobil™, a developer conference specifically for iOS developers, to the GSMA's Mobile Asia Congress 2010 and Mobile World Congress 2011 events. The company will add its Apple market expertise to the GSMA's events in the form of Macworld Mobile.\

The Macworld Mobile iOS Developer Conference will provide full-day, in-depth training on this critical platform, with technical sessions targeting tools and applications specifically designed for mobile application developers and engineers. Additionally, Macworld Mobile will provide developers with market development and networking opportunities, both within the iOS development community as well as the broader international mobile products and services marketplace.

Macworld Mobile will be held at Mobile Asia Congress, on November 17, 2010, in Hong Kong, as well as at the industry-leading Mobile World Congress, on February 17, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain. For more...

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Sep 13
Apple manager agrees not to give up trade secrets

Paul Devine, the Apple manager accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for company information, agreed to a court order protecting Apple’s trade secrets in any document exchange during pretrial negotiations, reports "Bloomberg" (

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco filed the protective order Sept. 9, saying discovery in the criminal case may produce documents, tapes, diskettes, hard drives or other media containing material “that is intended to be kept secret and is trade secret information belonging to Apple.”

Devine agreed to procedures about how the data will be handled during pretrial bargaining, without giving up...

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Sep 13
1Password for Mac OS X adds Dropbox, Firefox 4 support

Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (, a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.4. The upgrade adds new tools for detecting and resolving conflicts for all Sync modes, including Dropbox Sync. It also brings partial support for the Firefox 4 betas and more.

1Password 3.4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).

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Sep 13
IntelliScanner Corp. releases Mini 250e for classrooms

IntelliScanner Corp. ( has introduced the USS$159 IntelliScanner mini 250e media organization scanner, designed specially for teachers and educators. It organizes books and media in the classroom automatically with barcode technology.

IntelliScanner mini 250e allows educators to build a classroom database of books, movies, and other media items in a simple, easy-to-use interface, according to Paul Scandariato, vice
president of marketing at IntelliScanner Corp. The portable scanner scans the retail barcodes already on the items. Teachers simply plug the scanner in to sync -- just like a digital camera -- and the software will download details like the book title, cover artwork, author, page count, and more.

The new IntelliScanner offers automatic identification of books via Internet enabled databases, including the Library of Congress. There's a "...

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Sep 13
iPads to be sold at Target stores?

There's a rumor going around that iPads will soon be on sale at Target outlets. "Device Magazine" ( reports that the retail chain is said to be gearing up to put on its sales racks a new product and the prices being elaborated make it look like the unnamed product that the retailer is talking about is the iPad.

Six price points have been revealed, and  they are the same as what the iPad has been selling at. The prices band for the iPad ranges from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, to $829 for the 64GB model with 3G.

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Sep 13
Analyst: Apple faces uphill battle with its Volume Purchase...

Apple faces an uphill task convincing schools to adopt its Volume Purchase Program ( because its closed, rigid app store environment make access and digital rights management a pain for schools' IT administrators, industry watchers told "ZDNet" (

According to Apple, the Volume Purchase Program makes it easy for educational institutions to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute those apps to users. The Volume Purchase Program also allows app developers to offer special pricing for purchases of 20 apps or more.

Volume Vouchers can be purchased at the...

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Sep 13
Adobe delivers HTML5 pack for Illustrator CS5

Adobe has released the Adobe HTML5 Pack for Adobe Illustrator CS5, its vector graphics software used extensively by designers of mobile device and web content. This pack provides initial support for HTML5 and CSS3 and extends the scalable vector graphics (SVG) capability in Illustrator on both Mac OS X and Windows.

The HTML5 Pack lets web designers and developers take advantage of the latest advancements in HTML5 through enhanced integration between Illustrator CS5 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 software, according to Lea Hickman, senior director, Creative and Interactive Solutions at Adobe. SVG generated by Illustrator can be displayed directly in compatible browsers and Illustrator can be used to generate CSS code for styling of HTML content.

The HTML5 Pack for Illustrator CS5 is immediately available on Adobe Labs as a free download, at http...

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