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Aug 25
Knoll Light Factory update supports Adobe CS5

Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com) has released Light Factory 2.7, an update of its plug-in that now supports Adobe CS5/64-bit processing along with new tools.

Knoll Light Factory is a motion graphics tool best known for its high-fidelity simulations of light effects called flares, which simulate reflections from a bright light source as seen through a camera's lens. It was created by John Knoll, Photoshop co-creator and "Star Wars" effects guru.

You can buy Light Factory 2.7 for US$399. If you own a license of Knoll Light Factory Pro version 2.5 or later, you qualify for a free update. Upgrades for registered users of prior versions are $99.

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Aug 25
USB Fever releases Solar Power Pack for the iPhone 4

USB Fever has released the Solar Power Pack the for iPhone 4G (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1999). It's an US$56.99 power pack with dual power sources: solar or USB mini five-pin.

With it, you can enjoy your movies, music, phone calls and internet surfing without worrying about the battery running out, according to the folks at USB Fever. This portable charger can recharge your iPhone to 100% about one and half times when the this powerpack is fully charged, they add.

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Aug 25
Barclays Capital reiterates 'overweight' rating for...

Barclays Capital reiterated its "overweight" rating on iPhone maker Apple Inc. with a price target of $340, as reported by "IB Times" (http://macosg.me/2/ry).

“We continue to believe Apple's valuation is very attractive and believe shares can benefit driven by strong iPad demand, a new iPhone upgrade cycle, significant international expansion, and additional new products expected later this year,” said Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital.

The analyst said Apple’s stock has been performing over the past month in-line with the market, which has brought questions from investors after such a strong June quarter.

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Aug 25
Texas launches iTunes program for teachers, students

Texas students can now download podcasts, videos and other multimedia lessons directly from iTunes through a new online program aimed at providing free, supplementary coursework that can be accessed anywhere, state officials announced Tuesday.

The Texas Education iTunes U channel allows teachers to upload material from their classes to help students understand new concepts or do more research in a specific subject area. Students and parents can access the material through home or school computers, and those with iPods can download the information to the handheld devices.

The state first met with Apple about three years ago. The governor's office and the Texas Education Agency began working on the project in November, finding and culling existing teacher training videos and programs for students, said agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe.

"A lot of that content may already be out there, but it's either overlooked or hard to access," Gov. Rick Perry told about 50...

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Aug 25
Apple removes Boot Camp support from Mac OS X server edition

Apple has removed support for Boot Camp from all new Macs shipping with the server edition of Mac OS X, notes "Hexus" (http://macosg.me/2/rr). 

Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

In a note (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3307) at its support site, Apple merely says: "Boot Camp is not included with Macs that ship with Mac OS X Server pre-installed. This includes all Xserves as well as Mac mini and Mac Pro configurations that...

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Aug 25
Apple will dominate tablet market through 2012

Even with a flood of rival products in the works, Apple's iPad is unlikely to face a viable competitor until 2011, allowing the company to maintain a dominant share in the tablet market at least through 2012, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).

The iPad will account for an overwhelming 74.1% of global tablet shipments in 2010, with the remaining 25.9% consisting of a mix of older PC-type tablet products and competitive slates, says the research group. Despite the arrival of the first real iPad competitors in 2011, Apple still will maintain a prevailing 70.4% share of shipments, iPad research from iSuppli bears out. 

Even in 2012, the iPad will continue to control nearly two-thirds of shipments, at 61.7 % as the competition strives to develop ecosystems of tablet apps and content that can match up with those of Apple.

“Although the iPad has been on the...

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Aug 25
Apple excludes iPhone from UK green ranking scheme

Apple has said no to its iPhones being included in the UK's first-ever green ranking scheme for mobile phones, reports "The Guardian" (http://macosg.me/2/rq). The scheme gives phones a rating of zero to five based on their environmental footprint.

Major manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung have signed up. The network O2, which is launching the rating system Wednesday, said 93% of the devices its customers use will be covered.

Launched in partnership with sustainability advisers Forum for the Future, the green ranking scheme scores handsets on the ecological impact of their raw materials, the manufacturing process, packaging, how long they are likely to last, energy efficiency and how easy they are to reuse or recycle.

“We know that sustainability is important for many of our customers and for the first time they will have the whole picture from which to make a full and...

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Aug 25
Apple to hold Apple TV (iTV?) media event on Sept. 7?

Apple is expected to host a special event to introduce new products for music and television, including a 99-cent TV show rental service, as well as new iPods, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).

Rumors have it that the revamped Apple TV may be redubbed the iTV, cost US$99 and would allow users to stream video, such as rentals, to their TV sets. Customers currently can pay to download electronic copies of many cable and broadcast shows, often for $1.99 each for the standard version, to view on iPhones, the iPad, Apple TV or other devices.

Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu told clients in a note on Wednesday that the revamped Apple TV would move to an ARM architecture processor running the same iOS software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The current version uses an Intel x86-based chip, running a "light" version of Mac OS X and its Front Row software.

"Bloomberg...

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Aug 25
Smartphone app market hits over $2.2 billion dollars

The worldwide smartphone applications market grew more than $2.2 billion dollars within the first six months of 2010, according to research2guidance (http://www.research2guidance.com). Mobile application download numbers reached a total of 3.8 billion in only six months, compared to 3.1 billion in 2009 according to the latest report by the research group.

"Apple's competitors like Nokia and BlackBerry started to leverage their global reach and increased the traffic on their app stores" says Egle Mikalajunaite, research analyst at research2guidance. "We see this trend continuing in the next several months and years. The next wave of new app stores will be niche stores specializing on e.g. business or mobile health apps."

Average application prices steeped to $3.60 US per paid application in the first half of 2010.

"Although there are still significant differences with regard...

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Aug 25
Logitech announces THX certified speaker system

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the THX Certified Logitech Speaker System Z623. With this 2.1 system, you’ll hear and feel immersive audio from 200 watts (RMS) of power whether you’re connecting the speakers to a computer or a TV.

Logitech includes all the inputs and cables you need to get great sound from up to three audio devices, according to Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. There are RCA and 3.5 mm inputs, in addition to the built-in headphone jack. Integrated controls on the right speaker satellite let you dial the volume and bass up or down to customize your listening experience.

The Logitech Z623 speakers are THX Certified. To qualify for THX certification, the two-satellite-and-subwoofer Z623 speaker system has to meet strict performance standards, Schneider says. The Logitech Speaker System Z623 is expected to be available...

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Aug 25
Keynote Zone releases Framework Keynote theme

Keynote Zone (http://www.keynotezone.com/) has released a new Framework theme for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite. The theme includes 40 layouts, custom designed charts and tables.

Framework is available in both Standard and HD versions. The standard version theme comes in two sizes (800 x 600, 1024 x 768) and is available for US$16. The Framework HD version theme comes in five sizes ((800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080) and costs US$20.

The Framework theme requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iWork '08 or iWork '09. The Keynote Zone Collection 9 is available for download for $69.

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Aug 25
Better Finder Rename update adds path components to file names

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.5, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to insert file path components into existing file names in a variety of new ways.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 25
Before Dawn Solutions acquires Braxton's Link Tester

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has acquired Braxton's Link Tester -- a Mac OS X link tester -- from its original author, Braxton Sherouse, effective immediately. BLT, renamed Better Link Tester, will join the skEdit editor in Before Dawn's development tools offerings.

In fact, the company has already announced BLT 1.0.4. The main new features in the release are: an integrated error reporting mechanism; an integrated application updates; and a new licensing mechanism.

All current users will receive a free upgrade; you will receive an email with instructions on how to update your license to work with the new version. For new users the cost is US$24.95.

Starting immediately, use the bltsupport@beforedawnsolutions.com email address for support and purchasing issues and questions. Starting...

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Aug 25
Vitamin-R 1.27 adds sound, voice notifications for timed breaks

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.27 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds sound and voice notifications for timed breaks.

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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Aug 25
Aestiva announces help desk software offering

Aestiva Software (http://www.aestiva.com) has debuted of a new web-browser-based help desk management software called Aestiva Help Desk. The software is designed to help organizations improve internal operations via improved controls over internal problems, according to the folks at Aestiva.

The workflow tool allows requests to be submitted, approved and posted online from anywhere via the web or company intranet. Features include on-screen help ticket histories, automated email alerts with remind-until-done controls, issue prioritization and performance reporting to ensure issues are properly tracked and rapidly serviced.

Installed on standard servers or hosted on the cloud, Aestiva Help Desk is 100% web-browser native and requires no special desktop software. It's scalable for deployment in global enterprises. Users can access the application via an Intranet or the Internet from any browser (Safari...

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Aug 25
Red Rock Software releases DeltaGraph 6 for Snow Leopard

Red Rock Software has released DeltaGraph 6 for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Windows 7. It's the latest version of the graphing application that offers 80+ scientific and business charts, analysis tools, complete chart customization capabilities and more.

According to Craig Hopson, managing partner and lead engineer at Red Rock Software, DeltaGraph 6 highlights include:

° A cross-platform file format that lets you exchange files between Mac and Windows systems;

° Cross-platform support for international (Unicode) text;

° An updated rendering system;

° Support for transparent drawing;

° The ability to rotate text at arbitrary angles;

° Support for Pantone and other third-party spot colors in PDF and EPS exports.

Designed with scientific, business, and creative professionals in mind, Red Rock DeltaGraph 6.0 helps researchers, analysts and managers working with complex sets of data to collect, analyze and present their...

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Aug 25
Adobe debuts redesigned Photoshop Express apps

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Photoshop Express Organizer, and Photoshop Express Uploader, a free set of integrated online apps for editing, organizing, syncing, and sharing photos.

Available atPhotoshop.com, these renamed and redesigned apps are faster and more intuitive to use for uploading and organizing photos for easy access anywhere, applying quick fixes and fun effects, and sharing albums and slideshows online with family, friends, and colleagues, according to Matt Domenici, director of product management for online and mobile digital imaging at Adobe. These online apps also integrate tightly with our recently released Photoshop Express apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, so customers can truly interact with their photos anywhere they happen to be, he adds.

While registering for a free Photoshop.com account is a requirement for storing photos online, creating and sharing galleries and albums, the...

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Aug 25
Monterey College of Law goes with iPads

Monterey College of Law, a California accredited law school located in Seaside, California, is the first law school in the US to adopt the iPad as an integral part of the law school curriculum. Law students at Monterey College of Law returned from summer break to the news that they're part of a pilot program that will provide iPads to each law student at the school.

Through a program developed by the law school with BAR BRI, the country’s largest bar exam review company, each MCL law student receives an iPad when they enroll in the BAR BRI supplemental curriculum program that the students use while attending school and in preparation for the California Bar Exam

"Law schools are rarely found close to the leading edge of technology,” says Mitchel Winick, president and dean of the law school. “However, it is clear to me that combining this technology with interactive, portable, timely content and harnessing the energy of on-line social networking provides a number of...

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Aug 25
wKiosk Browser gets tweaked interface

App4Mac has updated wKiosk Browser (http://www.app4mac.com/software/product_details.php?item_id=3), a web browser designed for Internet kiosk applications, has now up to version 6.0.5. It's a Mac OS X solution for presenting web-based content (HTML, Flash, PDF, videos, etc.) and applications on public access terminals with or without access to the Internet. The new version fixes some bugs and tweaks the user interface.

You can use wKiosk to individually restrict access to web sites, the operating system, system settings, and applications. Your computer will be protected against any manipulation from the time you boot until you shut it down. Since wKiosk is built with Apple Safari Engine, you will benefit from all the features the browser has to offer (Flash, QuickTime, Real Audio, multimedia formats, etc), according to the folks...

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Aug 25
Mental Case update improves joystick 'hat' movement

MacFlashCards has updated Mental Case (http://www.macflashcards.com), a Mac OS X app described as "RSS for your head," to version 1.8.4. The upgrade improves the behavior of joystick "hat" movement and adds game properties info and snapshot for the newly released Halo 2600 ROM.

With Mental Case, you create "mental notes," which are similar to traditional flash cards. You can add a small amount of text and/or an image to each mental note, and optionally include a prompt or question. Here's how it works: you gather tidbits of information in mental notes. Enter some text, drop in an image, take a screen shot, or even snap a picture with your iSight. Mental Case schedules the note to reappear at future dates using an optimized learning algorithm. When you have a few minutes to spare, you watch the scheduled notes in an automated slide show.

Mental Case is Universal Binary so runs natively on...

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Aug 24
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1v547

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1v541. The upgrade adds speed decoding from GPX files.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.

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Aug 24
Apple releases Security Update 2010-005

Apple has released Security Update 2010-005 for Mac OS X 10.5.8, Mac OS X Server 10.5.8, Mac OS X 10.6.4 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.4.

According to Apple, it's recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

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Aug 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 24

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/).

Peavey Electronics and Agile Partners has announced that the AmpKit and AmpKit+ Apps are available now on the App Store. The apps are iPhone amp and effects studios with recording and re-amping capabilities.  AmpKit and AmpKit+, together with AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity electric guitar interface for iPad, iPhone and second- and third-generation iPod touch, provide guitar and bass players with a way to jam with high quality tones anytime and anywhere.
 
AmpKit is a free app that includes the Peavey ValveKing amp with clean and very-high gain lead channels, two ValveKing cabinets (4x12 and 1x12), two pedals (Noise Gate, Elevenizer), two mics (Workhorse 57 dynamic mic, Germann 87 condenser mic), and a built-in Noise & Feedback Filter....

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Aug 24
Gary Fong introduces tripod adapter for iPhone

Gary Fong (http://www.garyfonginc.com), developer and manufacturer of photography equipment, has introduced the US$19.95 Tripod Adapter that enables iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users to maximize their mobile device’s photographic capabilities. 

The new Gary Fong iPhone adapter affixes to most tripods as well as the popular Gary Fong Flip-Cage lineup of camera stands, enabling both casual and pro shooters to steady their iPhones and produce crisp images and video in a wide variety of lighting situations. The adapter features a 1/4-20 female tripod socket to affix to most popular tripod models, and is constructed of industrial strength plastic to safely stow inside a backpack or pocket.

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Aug 24
Upcoming iPad accessory very eMate-ish

A new third-party iPad peripheral coming soon to the U.S. will turn Apple's touchscreen tablet into more of a traditional laptop form factor, with a clamshell case that provides tactile input via an attached Bluetooth keyboard, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). It may bring the late, lamented eMate to mind for those of us who have been around Apple tech for several years.

Created by Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology Co., Ltd., the product dubbed "BL-BKB76" passed through the FCC last Friday and will likely be available for sale in the U.S. soon, the article adds. The clamshell design allows the iPad to be used in a laptop-style configuration, with the screen propped up and a flat keyboard to type on, says "AppleInsider" (from whence the top photo of the upcoming device comes).

The eMate 300 (bottom photo) was a Newton with a built-in keyboard. The Newton was Apple's...

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