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Aug 03
Samsung announces 2TB EcoGreen hard drive

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the F4EG, which it describes as the world’s highest-density, environmentally friendly hard disk drive (HDD) for the desktop market.

The EcoGreen F4 features a 2TB capacity -- 667GB for each of its three disks -- and is capable of storing up to 880 hours of DVD video or 500,000 songs in MP3 format. The internal F4EG utilizes Samsung’s high-density design technology to provide better performance, low power and improved reliability to its ‘EcoGreen’ hard drives, according to I.C. Park, vice president, Storage Sales, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics.

With its three disks and advanced technology, the F4EG drive is 19 percent better in standby time performance and has 23 percent lower power consumption in standby mode than the previous four-disk model, the F3EG, he adds. Eliminating halogen compound and brominated flame retardant from the PCBA, the...

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Aug 03
Key findings of the 8th Annual 2010 BSI Computer Theft Survey

Here are some of the findings of the 8th Annual 2010 BSI Computer Theft Survey:

° There were over 5,500,000 computers stolen in the USA in the last three years. Worldwide statistics are proportionally similar.

° According to the FBI, only 3% of unprotected (those that do not use a software tracking and recovery software) stolen computers are ever recovered.

° More than half (58.7%) of the survey respondents have been the victim of computer theft in the last 12 months.

° Sixty-seven percent of computer theft occurred while respondent was mobile (moving about), rendering cables, locks and enclosures virtually useless.

° Over three quarters (78.2%) of respondent companies had between one and nine computers stolen in the last 12 months; more than one in 10 (17.6%) respondent companies had more than 25 computers stolen in the last 12 months.

° Laptops comprised more than two thirds (68%) of those devices reported stolen, followed by desktop...

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Aug 03
Bizness Apps launches iPhone App Creator for small businesses

Bizness Apps (http://www.biznessapps.com) is a start-up company that will provides high-end, affordable iPhone applications to small businesses that are looking to expand their existing marketing efforts.

It has purportedly developed a system that lets them offer iPhone application development, hosting, marketing, and maintenance at an affordable rate. They currently have specialized application packages for restaurants, bars & clubs, realtors, lawyers, and stock brokers.

You sign up to create your free account; from there you are able to instantly begin creating your application, according to Bizness Apps CEOAndrew Gazdecki. The process can take less than 20 minutes to create an iPhone app, he adds. Bizness Apps handles the submission, hosting, and maintenance of your iPhone application for US$39 a month.

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Aug 03
VueScan for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.48, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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Aug 03
Mailings for Mac OS X adds Progress button

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 1.9.78 (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.htm), an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. In the new version, a new button on the Mailer window named "Progress" enables you to preview the settings on the progress window, or re-open the progress window when a mail batch has completed or been aborted.

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$10;...

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Aug 02
Universal Audio updates UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages

Universal Audio has updated its UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages (http://www.uaudio.com/products/uad/index.html). All UAD-2 SOLO, DUO and QUAD DSP Accelerator Packages now feature smaller, “greener” packaging, and include the new Analog Classics software bundle at no additional cost .

UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Packages are instant sonic upgrades for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo or Digital Performer, providing rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with a native Mac- or PC-based system, according to the folks at Universal Audio. And they grant users access to the entire catalog of UAD powered plug-ins, including favorites from Manley, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Trident, Teletronix and more. The new Analog Classics software bundle features:

° LA-2A Classic Audio...

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Aug 02
6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters available with battery-less cache...

ATTO Technology has announced the availability of its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapters (http://www.attotech.com/products/category.php?id=1&catid=10 ) featuring CacheAssure Technology that safeguards against the loss of cached data in the event of a power or system failure.

With CacheAssure, ExpressSAS RAID adapters provide a high-performance, single controller storage connectivity solution that delivers significant advancements in data preservation in an environmentally-friendly and maintenance-free design, according to Product Manager Mark Valentino. CacheAssure Technology is designed to overcome the performance, maintenance and useful life limitations of Lithium ION battery backup solutions for cached data, he adds.

ExpressSAS RAID Adapters are an alternative to RAID arrays and allow you to add JBOD storage...

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Aug 02
Association of REALbasic Professionals announces REAL Studio...

The Association of REALbasic Professionals (ARBP ) has announced the REAL Studio Summit 2011, co-sponsored by REAL Software. It will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 19 and 20 at the Holiday Inn, Atlanta AirPort.

Attendees will learn more about REAL Studio, REAL Server, REALbasic, and get to mingle with fellow REAL Studio developers. It's designed for experienced developers, beginners or those new to REAL Studio and companies looking to find quality developers for projects.

"REAL Studio conferences have always been a great way to learn more about our favorite development tool," says ARBP President Bob Keeney. " But one of the best aspects of the Summit is being able to meet and network with fellow REAL Studio developers."

Details can be found here: http://www.arbpmembers.org/real-studio-summit-2011. The ARBP also has a "call for...

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Aug 02
Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update

Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072). This update extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 for the more cameras.

Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 Update is a 5.7 MB update and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Aug 02
Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition shambles onto the...

PopCap Games has released the Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition (http://www4.popcap.com/games/pvz/?icid=pvz_goty_HP_PLARGE_mac_07_27_10_E... Mac OS X and Windows systems. The new version adds achievements and the ability to create your own zombie and see it within the game.

Here's how the game is described: "PopCap's fun-dead game of the year is updated and expanded with 20 new achievements and the interactive Zombatar. Make your very own zombie, then watch it come to 'life' in your game.

"Stop 26 types of zombies dead in their tracks with your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants! Battle through 50 adventure levels, 20 mini-games, plus puzzle and survival modes. Or dig into the zombie-free Zen Garden."

Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or...

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Aug 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 2

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/).

Brother UK has served up what it says is the world’s first iPhone app that allows users to scan to and print from their mobile phones. iPrint&Scan is free to download and allows customers to wirelessly print from and scan to their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad -- with a compatible printer from Brother’s latest inkjet multifunction printer range.

Humble Gaming has announced Live Notes 1.0, their first productivity app for the iPad. Designed for business professionals, students and academians, the US$5.99 app allows the user to synchronize voice recording with written notes.

White Shoe Media has announced Subrats 1.0.1 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In the $0.99 app, you guide the subway's toughest, yet least appreciated, inhabitants...

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Aug 02
Worldcloud.com announces exhibit at FileMaker Devcon 2010

Worldcloud.com will be exhibiting its cloud technologies for FileMaker Hosting at the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 in San Diego, California, Aug. 15-18 held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Among the various services being demonstrated at DevCon 2010 will be worldcloud.com database hosting with FileMaker Server 11 Advanced. Worldcloud.com will demonstrate that its FileMaker hosting can be accessed many various ways, including traditional FileMaker Pro client, FileMaker Go on the iPhone/iPad, the worldcloud.com app for FileMaker for Windows workgroups and the worldcloud.com XenApp for FileMaker for Cross-Platform and Mobile workgroups, according to Karen Izbinski, director of marketing at worldcloud.com.

Among the techniques demonstrated will be the different ways to access your worldcloud.com hosted FileMaker solution on various mobile devices with no additional programming required and the specific benefits of worldcloud.com vApp and XenApp for...

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Aug 02
Nielsen: iPhone still most desired smartphone

Multipurpose smartphones that allow users to access the web and email as well as run thousands of apps and share text and picture messages are now 25% of the U.S. mobile market, up from 23% in the last quarter according to recent data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com/). By the end of 2011, Nielsen predicts smartphones to overtake feature phones in the U.S. market.

And while the iPhone has been the headline grabber over the last few years in the smartphone market, Google’s Android OS has shown the most significant expansion in market share among current subscribers, per the research group. Android’s rise is even more noticeable among new smartphone subscribers in the last six months where Android has nosed past Apple’s iOS in the last quarter to grab a 27% share of those recent smartphone subscribers.

Among current subscribers thinking of switching devices, the iPhone remains the most...

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Aug 02
UK troops using an iPad app in training

UK troops are using a special iPad app to learn how to handle a fire mission -- when artillery is being fired at the enemy from several miles away, reports the BBC (http://macosg.me/2/mv).

In early trials at the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire, troops have learned the jargon and procedures more quickly than before, when they were sat listening to lessons from instructors, the article adds. The goal is for smartphone and tablet technology to be used to speed up training across the army.

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Aug 02
PlayOn to play on the iPhone, iPod touch

PlayOn (http://www.playon.tv/index.php), a service that allows you to view streaming media from the web and computers on a variety of devices, is coming t the iPhone and, eventually, the iPad, reports "MediaBeat" (Your tiny MacOSG URL is: http://macosg.me/2/mu).

PlayOn originally planned to release an iPhone app via the Apple App Store. However, with Apple not having yet approved the app, the company has instead developed a mobile HTML5-driven web app, notes "MediaBeat."

The release of the web app, which currently only works with the iPhone and iPod touch, marks PlayOn’s first foray into mobile devices. The app doesn’t work on the iPad yet, but PlayOn is purportedly working on support for the tablet.

Users must install the latest version of the PlayOn client on (unfortunately) a Windows PC, then log into...

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Aug 02
iPhone builder plants plant expansion

A unit of electronics maker Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has started production at a temporary workshop in China (http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?C=3&ID=457566) as it prepares to build a permanent plant nearby to make iPhones for Apple, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

More than 500 employees are working on a rented production line, with construction scheduled to start later this month on the permanent $100 million plant. It will be owned by Hon Hai unit Futaihua Precision Electronics (Zhengzhou) Co.

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Aug 02
Abvent launches Animated Working People DVD

The Abvent Group (http://www.abvent.com), publisher of Artlantis software, announced has released its newest media DVD, Animated People Workers 1 for Artlantis 2 and Artlantis 3. The CD includes ten 3D human models in work clothing, with five pre-calculated behaviors each.

Objects are optimized to 3000 faces per character. These new 3D people can be used in still images as well as in animations.They can be made to sit, stand, lean against a wall, or move. In the animation mode, once a path is determined, the 3D character will automatically move along this path. In a still image, a pointer within the inspector allows the user to choose the most appropriate placement in the current view. In addition, the clothing color of the 3D people can be modified.

Drag & drop is enough to place these objects in Artlantis. These objects are created from the aXYZ Design Collection. This latest addition brings the...

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Aug 02
Unified Color Technologies announces 32 Float for Photoshop

Unified Color Technologies, which specialize in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), has launched 32 Float, a HDR-specific plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that brings 32-bit color controls and editing tools to Photoshop users.

With 32 Float, photographers have complete control over images in the full 32-bit color gamut, regardless of the software used to create the resulting merged file, according to Unified Color Technologies CEO Alfred Zee. They're able to separate color data from brightness information, to make brightness adjustments without introducing the color shift often seen using other HDR solutions.
 
Developed alongside the company’s fully-featured HDR solution, HDR Expose, 32 Float was created with the input of the rapidly growing HDR photography community, a group which relies on refined control of its full 32-bit image data to create the most realistic HDR images. The 32 Float plug-in offers an interactive HDR histogram that ensures the necessary...

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Aug 02
iSale for Mac OS X now works more reliably with eBay Motors

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has released iSale 5.6.3, the latest version of the eBay auction tool. The new version works more reliably with eBay Motors

iSale costs US$39.95, though version 5.6.3 is a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Upgrades from previous versions to 5.x are $19.95.

iSale is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Aug 02
'MUG Event Calendar': iPhoto, Boinx Software, more

August kicks into high gear on this week's "The MUG Event Calendar." Ben Kerosky of Apple will show off iPhoto to a group in Alaska, while Boinx Software will be showing off their latest at an Illinois group.

Speaking of iPhoto, a California group will be discussing how to use it with your vacation photos, a New Zealand group will focus on social networking, a Virginia group will focus on backups, and a Colorado group will be talking about online communication with iChat and Skype.

"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, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Aug 02
Safari, iPhone gain market share; Mac OS X down slightly

Mac OS X, Safari and iPhone market share for Internet usage rose from April to May, according to the latest market share survey NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.06% of the global market share in May, compared to 5.16% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10 %). Windows remains dominant with 91.32% as of July. That's down from 91.46% in June. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.09% in July compared to 4.85% in April, while Internet Explorer had 60.74% Firefox had 22.91% and Chrome had 7.16%. That compares to, respectively, June percentages of 60.32%, 23.81% and 7.24%, for the browsers.

The iPhone's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. The Apple device had 0.70% of the global market share in July...

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Aug 02
The Data Rescue Center expands with new location

The Data Rescue Center (http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/) has expanded with a retail presence at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, California.

"This new location adds a convenient drop off and pickup location that is open during prime hours as well as on weekends," says Greg Brewer, CEO of The Data Rescue Center.

The Data Rescue Center kiosk is staffed with data recovery experts and will also sell computer recovery software, digital picture recovery software, USB keychain drives and picture scanning gift cards. It was founded by Prosoft Engineering, makers of the Data Rescue software. 

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Aug 02
iPad users spent more time on their device than iPhone users

iPad users spend three times longer playing games than on the iPhone, and developers also earn more per user from in-app advertising on Apple's touchscreen tablet, according to a new study from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network.

As reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), the study shows that games are the largest category of software on the iPad, representing 20% of all options. Within that category, users spend far more time using their iPad than on the iPhone. The study found that iPad users will play the same game three times longer than they would on the iPhone.

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Aug 02
Counting the iPad, Apple is number three among portable computer...

If you count the iPad as a notebook (and why shouldn't you since many consider it a netbook replacement?), Apple is now the number three computer vendor for portables, passing Asus, Lenova, Toshiba and, yes, Dell.

As reported by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/mn), on Friday Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore issued a report in which he opined that investors will increasing include tablet computers when assessing market share trends. With that in mind, and starting with IDC's global portable computing market share survey for the June 2010 quarter, he has redrawn Apple's share, adding the 3.27 million iPads the company sold in the quarter to its 2.47 million MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

When including the iPad as part of the notebook market, Apple moved ahead of Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell in terms of global unit share. Viewed this way, Apple goes from being number seven in the worldwide portable computer...

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Aug 02
Apple, Amazon e-book deals to be examined

Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday that e-book deals between Apple and Amazon and major book publishers may be anti-competitive, reports "MarketWatch" (http://macosg.me/2/mm).

Blumenthal's office said he is investigating whether these agreements lead to less competition when it comes to book prices. "These agreements among publishers, Amazon and Apple appear to have already resulted in uniform prices for many of the most popular e-books -- potentially depriving consumers of competitive prices," he said.

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