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Jul 14
Canon introduces VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) introduces the new VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash Memory camcorder. Equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory, the new camcorder can record up to 24 hours of HD video and also includes an SD memory card slot that's compatible with latest generation SDXC memory cards.

The new SDXC memory card specification increases storage capacity from 32GB up to 2TB and enhances data transfer speeds. Like it’s predecessors in the VIXIA HF M-series, the VIXIA HF M32 sports a compact and lightweight body. It retains Canon’s proprietary imaging technologies -- a Genuine Canon HD Video Lens, HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor -- and like other VIXIA HF M-series camcorders, features a Touch Panel LCD and such features as Smarat Auto, Touch & Track, Relay Recoding, Powered IS, HD-to-SD Downconversion and Advanced Video Snapsho.

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Jul 14
Apple buys Poly9, which makes web mapping technology

Apple has bought Poly9 (http://www.poly9.com), a Quebec company, for its web mapping technology, according to a "LeSoleil" report (http://macosg.me/2/iu). The article gives no purchase price or acquisition date, but says that most Poly9 employees have moved to Apple's California headquarters.

Poly9 -- whose web site is down -- is best known for developing web-based mapping programs and application programming interfaces for a variety of clients. Among its products is Poly9 Globe, a "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe which does not require any download." The interactive software allows users to spin a three-dimensional rendering of the Earth, while providing real-time statistics on the user's virtual location, including altitude.

Last year Apple acquired Placebase, another online mapping company. Placebase's Pushpin provides a...

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Jul 14
Analyst: iPhone 4 recall would cost Apple $1.5 billion

If -- and it's not going to happen, in my humble opinion -- Apple did recall the iPhone due to its reported antenna/reception issues, it would cost the company US$1.5 billion, according to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

That's 3.5% of the company's total, on-hand cash. However, even Saccogaghi says such a recall is highly unlikely.

"CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20010443-260.html) says that what would be more likely -- and cheaper -- is that Apple could issue a free rubber bumper case with each smartphone. That would prevent a person's hand from coming into contact with the phone's antenna, which is built into its exterior metal strip. Although Apple charges $29 at retail for the rubber cases, Bernstein estimates that giving them away to iPhone 4 customers would cost the company $1 per unit.

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Jul 14
iPhone 4 now odds-on to be recalled

I don't think it will happen, but betting company Paddy Power (http://www.paddypowerplc.com) has slashed the odds on Apple recalling its iPhone 4 from 2/1 to 4/6 making it odds-on that the smartphone be recalled. 



Complaints about poor reception and a bad report by "Consumer Reports" have sparked a betting frenzy over the past 24 hours with hundreds of punters backing a potential recall with Paddy Power before the bookie had a chance to react.



"It looks like Apple may have been a little too fast out of the traps with the iPhone 4 launch," says the betting company "If current betting trends are to be believed it now seems certain that a recall is on the cards."

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jul 14
'MacNotables' looks at iPhone reception, Apple TV...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau has been holding out on us. He has been maintaining a secret blog that few knew about, and now reveals his slanted perspective on a variety of topics, tech and otherwise. Landau talks about the current state of the iPhone 4 reception controversy and where it is going, how Apple's design of the iPhone 4 bumper can cost you the price of new cables, and why it is so annoying.

He also talks about an Apple TV problem that he is working through, as well as his thoughts on why moving to a cloud-computing presents new challenges and opportunities, but is definitely not comfortable.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan...

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Jul 14
New version of SkypeKit Beta SDK available

Skype has announced a new version of the SkypeKit Beta SDK (software development kit) that works on Mac OS X and Windows.

Now almost any desktop application can offer Skype conversations -- including video, voice, and text -- without the need for users to separately download Skype software. Interested desktop developers can visit http://developer.skype.com/signup to request an invitation to the beta. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Jul 14
IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger available for Mac OS X

IMCapture has released IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Yahoo_Messenger/), which expands the standard notion of on-line communication allowing the user to record audio and video calls from Yahoo Messenger in a "double click" way.

Provided with the record feature, IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger features settings to adjust the quality of the video as well. After setting "record audio" and "record video" by default, it captures all calls automatically. This software saves and converts audio and video calls as MP3, WMA or AAC files and QuickTime Movies (MOV), MPEG4, MPEG, VOB, PSP MPEG4, SWF and FLV correspondingly.

IMCarture for Yahoo Messenger works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license.

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Jul 14
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.2

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.62, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The upgrade allows users to insert the name of the enclosing folder into 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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Jul 14
FoneSync for LG update supports Samsung phone syncing

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated FoneSync for LG, a solution to synchronize LG phones with Mac OS X, to version 1.0.3. The new version allows users to synchronize contacts and calendars with Samsung phones, which could not be synced with the Mac OS X before.

FoneSync can be set to synchronize single address book groups and single calendars. The synchronization of contacts can be restricted to those that include at least one phone number and the time frame in which calendar events are synchronized can be altered as well.

FoneSync for Samsung phones is available for US$19.95. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and a Bluetooth-enabled Mac.

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Jul 14
Password Repository for Mac OS X beefs up user interface

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12. The upgrade sports a tweaked user interface, the ability to move the search field via keyboard shortcut and menu, and better handling of record creation.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

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

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Jul 14
Chronicle update lets you pay bills from Overview screen

LittleFin Software has released Chronicle 3.3.1 (http://www.littlefin.com/chronicle.html), an update to their home finance and bill paying application for Mac OS X. Now bills can be paid directly from the Overview screen.

Chronicle provides a graphical means to enter and track finances. Features include: automatic bill paying reminder; long-term debt tracking; database of payments and receipts; graphs and reports which analyze trends and averages; and a sortable list of upcoming bills which can be paid on-line from within the app.

In addition, Chronicle analyzes payments by month and year and displays the information graphically. It also averages payments so it is easier to budget for bills that fluctuate, like utilities or credit cards. Finally, the sortable overview screen displays at a glance when each bill is due. Colorful icons indicate when a bill is overdue,...

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Jul 14
Vitamin-R update plays well with Things list manager

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.18 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.htm), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version delivers integration with Cultured Code's popular Things to do list manager.

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...

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Jul 14
YourHead Software updates Stacks plug-in for RapidWeaver

YourHead Software has released Stacks 1.3 (http://www.yourhead.com/stacks/), an update of the page style plug-in for RapidWeaver, the web site creation tool for Mac OS X.

The new version sport a tweaked user interface for the most commonly used controls, slimmer code for the built-in layout elements, plus lots of under-the-hood changes. Stacks 1.3 also delivers a new application programming interface for developers of custom stacks.

Stacks allows users to build web pages by placing elements from the Stacks Library anywhere onto their web page layout. Elements can be moved, resized, styled, and even nested inside each other. Pages built with Stacks are completely flexible and flow their content to fit the dimensions of any RapidWeaver theme.

Stacks costs US$24.95. Version 1.3 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 14
Pixelmator for Mac OS X gets faster, adds new features

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6 (codenamed "Nucleus"). The upgrade, free to registered users, boasts performance improvements, 64-bit support, layer groups, an Import feature, Flickr, Facebook and Picasa support, redesigned transform tools, and more.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.

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Jul 14
SharewarePublisher update tweaks how file sizes are converted

Ergonis Software has updated SharewarePublisher (http://www.ergonis.com/products/sharewarepublisher/), a software submission tool and assistant for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade changes the way how file sizes are converted from byte to KB and MB.

Conversion is now based on 1,000 instead of 1024 to be consistent with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Besides that, the new version incorporates a number of enhancements and fixes.

SharewarePublisher was developed specifically for shareware developers, vendors and media specialists alike. The folks at Ergonis say it was built to make submitting software applications to leading software listing sites and repositories easy. It ships with almost 200 pre-configured shareware sites, with carefully hand-tuned ratings/priorities. Developers can submit to 100-plus sites within just a few hours, which...

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Jul 14
Canada Type font collection available from Ascender

Ascender Corp. says that the Canada Type font design studio has come to a font distribution agreement with Ascender.
 
Rebecca Alaccari and Patrick Griffin founded the Toronto-based Canada Type back in early 2004. Since its establishment, Canada Type has created a variety of typefaces for design professionals and creative enthusiasts. The Canada Type fonts have appeared on everything from large corporate projects to small personal design work.
 
The Canada Type font collection will add a number of enhanced versions of historical typefaces and expertly-designed original fonts to Ascender’s diverse collection of fonts. This includes a line-up of script fonts and a variety of exclusive psychedelic fonts from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Canada Type fonts are available in both TrueType and OpenType formats and can be found on the Ascender Fonts website. For more information or to view the fonts visit:...

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Jul 13
Cakewalk announces Mac support update for V-Studio 20

Cakewalk (http://www.cakewalk.com) has released a new Mac support update for the V-Studio 20. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update is available at the Cakewalk web site.

The V-Studio 20 Mac Support update enables the VS-20 hardware and Effects Editor to be used with all popular Mac-based recording software titles. The update provides Mac users with all the benefits of recording with the V-Studio 20 COSM guitar and vocal effects; and use of the V-Studio 20 hardware as dedicated universal DAW controller.

Additionally, both GarageBand and Logic can be further integrated into the V-Studio 20 system using the included custom control surface plug-in included in this update. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update includes: Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 drivers for the V-Studio 20 hardware (Mackie Universal Control); Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 support for the COSM effects Editor; and a plug-in for GarageBand and...

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Jul 13
Aero case ships for the iPhone 4

RadTech (http://www.radtech.com) has introduced the Aero case for the iPhone 4. The US$24.95 case is form-fitting and lightweight. It's made of a skin-tight, zero-flex polyurethane material that purportedly enhances your grip of the Apple smartphone.

The Aero allows full control of the iPhone from inside the case. It's available in black, blue, green, purple and pink colors.


The Aero is washable and auoclavable. What's more, the folks at RadTech say it improves cell signal reception.

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Jul 13
Grantwood Technology ships QuickSkin for the iPad

Grantwood Technology has released the QuickSkin for iPad (http://grantwoodstore.com/QuickSkin-for-iPad-with-Groovy-Grip/M/B003GMJ8...), a protective silicone skin for the Apple tablet. It has a GroovyGrip pattern that makes the idevice easier to hold.

The QuickSkin surrounds the entire iPad with a protective cover. It also allows access to all the ports and controls. The QuickSkin for iPad also fits into Grantwood Technology's SimpleSleeve for iPad as a travel companion.

The QuickSkin for iPad retails for US$19.99 with introductory pricing available. It comes in two colors: black and cloud/clear.

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Jul 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 13

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/).

iPhone owners and train aficionados can now take control over locomotives barreling through famous U.S. destinations in Train Conductor 2: USA (TC2) by Aussie developer The Voxel Agents. With the swipe of a finger on the US$0.99 app, players get to direct trains passing through Miami Beach, the Grand Canyon, Nashville, Las Vegas and New York City. An iPad version is in the works.

Just2us has announced The Lost Whispers 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app plays the chilling jungle whispering sounds from "Lost" TV show and is equipped with 33 different whispering options,

Toughturtle has debuted Mirror Phone 1.0, a free iPhone 4 App that serves as a mobile mirror, allowing you to check yourself at anytime, even in the dark, and...

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Jul 13
Avenza announces Terrain Shader functionality for Photoshop

Avenza Systems (http://www.avenza.com), producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, has announced that the upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to dynamically apply terrain shading and colorization to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.

The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader functionality will be included as a standard feature in the upcoming release. For the first time, users will be able to easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colors and shades based on elevation and even apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a specific shading effect, all within Adobe Photoshop, according to Avenza President Ted Florence.

Geographic Imager transforms Adobe Photoshop into a spatial imagery editing tool. It works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and costs US$699...

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Jul 13
Finale NotePad 2011, Reader released early

MakeMusic (http://www.finalemusic.com) has announced the simultaneous release of Finale NotePad 2011 and an updated, free-of-charge Finale Reader. Both music notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with Finale 2011, MakeMusic’s music notation software program.

Finale NotePad 2011 is available as a download for US$9.95, or purchased on disc for $19.95, It lets you create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with nuance thanks to a Human Playback feature and can be heard via the 128+ included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music notation products.

In addition to Finale 2011 compatibility, NotePad 2011 includes...

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Jul 13
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline DVD editing

DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0. The new version includes a new video timeline similar to the ones in found in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

It provides instant access to any location in a DVD movie. The new timeline can be expanded by zooming in or contracted by zooming. With the timeline, the exact beginning and ending for movie clips can now be set.

DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as well.

DVDxDV Pro requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and QuickTime 7.03 or higher. It costs US$80....

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Jul 13
PCI Geomatics releases upgrade to feature extraction software


PCI Geomatics (http://www.pcigeomatics.com), a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the availability of an upgrade to FeatureObjeX, its software tool for the automatic and semi-automatic extraction of visual features in satellite and aerial imagery. 
 
The latest version of FeatureObjeX 1.0.4 includes linear feature extraction that allows users to extract centerlines of polygonal markup using a toolbar command. It also includes shape labeling whereby users can create and edit labels and add text to shape layers.
 
Additionally version 1.0.4 includes support of MrSID format and feature improvement upgrades to multi-band and vector layer display. FeatureObjeX can be used in multiple areas including urban planning, forestry, environmental monitoring, change detection, and more.

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Jul 13
64GB iPad most popular in the UK

Brits are choosing the top 64GB memory capacity when searching for an iPad online, reveals Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), the new-generation shopping search engine.

Visitors to Twenga prefer the highest spec memory, followed by the iPad 32GB and then the iPad 16GB. As for protecting Apple’s latest device, the most popular choice of iPad case is in neoprene material, with rubber and leather following closely behind. The top iPad case colors are brown, pink and purple.

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