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Aug 20
Will $1 per gigabyte NAND resuscitate solid state drives?

After two years of inflated prices, NAND flash memory at the end of 2010 is set to return to the key US$1 per gigabyte level considered a key threshold to drive adoption of Solid State Drives (SSD), but the cost reduction may come too late to help the struggling SSD market, according to the market research firm iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).

Pricing for 1GB of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash memory will average $1.20 for the entire fourth quarter and then decline to $1.00 at the end of the year. This represents a precipitous drop from the first quarter of 2010, when pricing for TLC averaged $1.80 per gigabyte and 2-bit per cell (MLC) flash was at $2.05, iSuppli memory pricing and forecasts indicate. It also marks the first time NAND flash pricing fell below the $1 threshold since the fourth quarter of 2008, when MLC pricing averaged 90 cents per gigabyte.

“When NAND pricing first fell below...

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Aug 20
Inkling launches digital textbook platform

Inkling (http://www.inkling.com) has launched its platform for learning content with immediate availability of its iPad app. It delivers interactive textbooks that feature powerful social collaboration, integrated multimedia, and instant learner feedback.

Inkling is available in the Apple App Store for free, and users can buy individual chapters or entire books at a discount to the print price. Free previews are available for all titles, and prices start at US$2.99 per chapter and $69.99 per book. Rather than replicating a book on a screen, Inkling puts 3-D objects, video, quizzes, and even social interaction right at a student's fingertips inside the textbook, says Inkling founder and CEO, Matt MacInnis.

Inkling's sync technology lets students collaborate in real time by sharing their notes and highlights with one another. Students can see comments from their friends and professors right alongside...

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Aug 20
Toon Boom Studio 6 to include a Bone Rigging System, more

Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) has announced the upcoming release of Toon Boom Studio 6, which offers, among other features, a Bone Rigging System for new bone rigging animation capabilities.

Features in Toon Boom Studio 6 include: a Skeleton Effect Layer in the timeline; a Bone Level for segmenting an animating a character; setting of rotation, length and position of the bones; manipulation of the bones in the timeline; transformation of vector shapes; transformation of pixmap textures; more accurate region of influence to move objects; real-time preview of Bone Effect; full QuickTime Export of Bone Effect; SWF export of Bone Effect (vector shapes only); and software improvements and bug fixes.

You can buy Toon Boom Studio 6 now at the special pre-launch price of US$299.99, instead of $329.99; this is valid until Sept. 1. The first 100 customers who place an order for a new Studio 6...

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Aug 20
Sanyo introduces pocket-sized dual camera

Sanyo (http://www.us.sanyo.com) has introduced a new Full HD (1920 x 1080 30p) Pocket-Size Dual Camera, model VPC-PD2BK, with embedded software for easy use and sharing on social networks. It will be available next month with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$169.99.

The camera offers 10 MP photo shooting and 3x optical zoom in a form factor about the size of a deck of cards. With the VPC-PD2BK, shoot, you can connect, view and share both photos and videos on social networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa. Two microphones on the sides of the camera record stereo sound.

The VPC-PD2BK has a High Speed Sequential Shooting Mode. You can connect it using USB with either a built-in USB connector or with the included USB connection cable. Files can be saved to SD, SDHC or ultra-high capacity SDXC (up to 64GB) memory cards.

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Aug 20
ABI Research: fixed broadband subscriber numbers to approach 449...

The number of fixed broadband subscribers totaled just under 449 million in the second quarter of 2010, according to ABI Research’s (http://www.abiresearch.com) most recent broadband subscriber Market Data. This represents a 10% increase over the same period in 2009.

"The key fixed broadband subscriber growth was found in the Asia-Pacific region, adding approximately three million subscribers in the second quarter of 2010," says digital home practice director Jason Blackwell. "In mature European markets, operators are resorting to bundled packages including TV, fixed telephone and broadband service in order to maintain ARPU. Overall European fixed broadband subscriber numbers surpassed 126.4 million at the end of 2Q 2010."

Despite continued economic uncertainties in the European telecommunication market, European fixed broadband growth results were positive in the first half 2010. However,...

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Aug 19
Sonoma Wire Works releases HigginsPac

Sonoma Wire Works (http://www.sonomawireworks.com) has launched the USS$79.95 HigginsPack DrummerPack for DrumCore. Terence Higgins, drummer for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, brings DrumCore users New Orleans marching style drum loops, variations, fills and drumkit sounds with a dash of hip hop, funk, R&B, and soul.

HigginsPack was recorded by the original Submersible Music team, and was pre-configured by them with metadata for use with the DrumCore search engine, which will help you find content based on feel (straight, shuffle, etc.), time signature, tempo and other criteria. Songwriter-friendly "GrooveSets” group related beats, variations and fills to serve as a construction kit for song creation. All audio is 48kHz/24-bit and created in a pro studio using digital (ProTools HD3) and analog (Neumann, Neve, etc.) recording equipment.

DrumCore works with all the major audio...

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Aug 19
MultiMode update for Mac OS X offers bug fixes

Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets you Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.1.5. This version includes several bug fixes.

MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. A lite version is also available which decodes CW, RTTY, and weather fax modes, which is ideal for the sailor and boating enthusiast.

MultiMode Lite is also available, which...

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Aug 19
MacCuff is mini mounter for Mac mini

Sonnet Technologies has updated its MacCuff mini (www.sonnettech.com/product/maccuffmini.html), the back-of-monitor mounting system for mini computers, has been updated for the latest Mac mini line. MacCuff mini provides users a practical way to mount the Mac mini to the back of an LCD display (or under a desk or table) while retaining full access to its power switch, the SD card and optical disc slots, and all of its ports. 

Sonnet helps cut the cable clutter by providing a 13-inch HDMI to DVI-D monitor cable that connects the Mac mini to the monitor, without ever touching the desk. Included cable ties secure the power cord and other cables to the bracket to prevent accidental disconnects. The MacCuff mini can just as easily be installed under a desk or shelf, according to the folks at Sonnet. Regardless of the mounting method, MacCuff mini's design leaves...

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Aug 19
TransGaming releases Dragon Age: Origins downloadable content

TransGaming (http://www.transgaming.com) has released new, downloadable content for Dragon Age: Origins through its GameTreeOnline store.

The company has added Dark Spawn Chronicles and Leliana's Song in addition to the previously announced Return to Ostagar DLC. Return to Ostagar and Dark Spawn Chronicles cost US$5 each; Leliana's Song is $7.

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Aug 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 19

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/).

Nuance Communications is offering its Dragon Medical Mobile Search app on the Apple App Store -- and it's free for a limited time. The voice-enabled medical search app for iPhone gives clinicians a smarter way to search for medical information.  Dragon Medical Mobile Search is an advanced form of Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking software.

Bobasoba has announces Count the Days 1.0, its inaugural application for iOS devices. The US$0.99 is based on the idea that anticipation is an important part of any significant occasion. It's common for someone to "count the days" until an event. With Count the Days, you can add up to 15 occasions, and the app will keep track of the days remaining until each one.

5 Minute Games has released Famished Farm...

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Aug 19
'Unknown hardware' the next gen Apple TV?

Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an "unknown" product, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the article says the latest beta of iOS 4.1, due to ship in the coming weeks, includes three new "Configuration Descriptors" within its USB configuration files -- all of which pertain to devices that list "Apple, Inc." as their "manufacturer." One is the fourth gen iPod touch, the second is (apparently) the second gen iPad and the third is "unknown hardware."

So what's that? Who knows, but "AppleInsider" offers a prediction that makes sense: "It's possible that those place holders are related to an Apple TV reincarnation -- rumored to be dubbed iTV -- that will reportedly jettison...

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Aug 19
"People" app for the iPad could be a turning point

This week's "People" app is the first to be free to subscribers, and "Time," Sports Illustrated" and "Fortune" are expected to follow, according to a "Fortune" article (http://macosg.me/2/qx). And it "signals the end of a four-and-a-half-month impasse that put the digital dreams of every major magazine publisher on hold," the article adds.

Until now, the iPad versions of these mags have cost the same as the newsstand price -- US$3.99 for each issue of People, $4.99 to $5.99 each for the rest -- even if you were are already paying to get the paper edition in the mail. Now the "People" app is free to People subscribers, and the rest of Time Inc.'s flagship magazines are expected to adopt the same pricing structure within the next 30 days.

"Now that Apple has made it possible, other magazine publishers will presumably follow suit," says "Fortune." "Now that Apple has made it possible, other magazine...

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Aug 19
Apple slowly shutting down Quattro Wireless

Apparently, Apple is winding down the Quattro Wireless ad network it bought earlier this year. According to "MacDailyNews" (http://macosg.me/2/qt), Apple has sent out the following email to iAd-using developers and advertisers:



"Since the launch of the iAd Network just over a month ago, advertisers and developers have been telling us how much they love this powerful new way to reach iPhone and iPod touch users right in their favorite apps.

"iAds are captivating viewers with high-quality video and rich media experiences, engaging customers like never before and already delivering dramatic results. Advertisers are seeing a huge spike in the amount of time customers spend watching and interacting with ads, making them more comparable to television advertising than traditional online ads, and developers are thrilled with this new source of revenue.



'We believe iAd is the best mobile ad network in...

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Aug 19
Aqua Connect exhibits remote access solutions

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net/), a provider of the only enterprise grade Mac terminal server, is at this week's FileMaker Developer’s Conference in San Diego, exhibiting their remote access solutions.

Aqua Connect expands the capabilities of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server especially in lower bandwidth situations. FileMaker’s Volume Licensing Agreement program makes it easy to link FileMaker Server to Aqua Connect for robust remote connectivity, according to Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect.

This year marks the first time Aqua Connect will be demonstrating their solutions to increase the performance of FileMaker for remote users. Aqua Connect Terminal Server allows you to edit and manipulate databases without sending all of the data over the network.

Aqua Connect will be demonstrating the latest release of the Aqua Connect Terminal Server 3.5....

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Aug 19
DaVinci Resolve 7 showcased at third annual Amsterdam FCPUG...

Blackmagic Design will again be supporting the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet (http://www.supermeet.com) as a platinum sponsor. The company will be introducing DaVinci Resolve 7 for Mac in a presentation by Warren Eagles, an international freelance color artist, at the event.

The SuperMeet will be held at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sunday, Sept. 12. The event will highlight Final Cut Studio collaborative editing workflows by high-level editors and color artists, and will for the first time, include color grading workflows on a Mac.

The entire second half of the SuperMeet will be hosted by the lead instructor for Apple’s Pro Apps training program, Abba Shapiro, who will be joined by some of Europe’s best Final Cut Studio gurus to teach the audience in their “best of the best” FCS workflow tips and techniques.

The event will also include a SuperMeet...

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Aug 19
Conference program details announced for Digital Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, today announced conference program details for next month’s Digital Video Expo (http://www.dvexpo.com) being held at the Pasadena Convention Center Sept. 28-30. The event will gather thousands of content creation professionals for three days of comprehensive education sessions, training, networking, and exhibitions.

Produced by the editors of "DV" and "Videography" magazines, along with partner publications "Broadcasting & Cable," "Multichannel News" and "TV Technology, "Digital Video Expo offers attendees a multi-tiered educational program that will focus on a number of key topics critical to the success of video professionals. Events include: Apple color training; a full day lighting workshop, a full day HDSLR filmmaking workshop; a full day digital cinematography workshop; a Web & Mobile Video conference track; a 3D Production conference...

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Aug 19
Apple supplier chairman steps down in bribery brouhaha

Singapore's JLJ Holdings, one of several Asian firms named in Apple's bribery suit against one of its own mid-level managers, announced Thursday that its executive chairman had temporarily relinquished his duties, notes "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/qr).

Andrew Ang, a former employee of a JLJ subsidiary called Jin Li Mould, was named last week in Apple's suit against Paul Shin Devine, an Apple global supply manager. Devine has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks, some of which he allegedly shared with Ang.

"Andrew Ang is the brother-in-law of the company's executive chairman," JLJ Holdings said in a statement. "In order to facilitate the impartial review of all activities relating to the Apple claim that may involve the Company and its subsidiaries, the company's executive chairman has also voluntarily relinquished...

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Aug 19
HoudahGeo update for Mac OS X adds EveryTrail publishing

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.6. The new version adds EveryTrail publishing.

HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.6 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.

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Aug 19
Deafness increase linked to overloud music on devices like the...

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston have found that hearing loss in adolescents has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, and suggest that music and devices such as the iPod may be the reason, reports "TG Daily" (http://macosg.me/2/qq).

"Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents," say the authors.

The researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of 12- to 19-year-olds. They found that a fifth had some evidence of hearing loss, while one in twenty had at least mild hearing loss.

Looking at the data from 1988, the team found there had been a 30% increase in the prevalence of any hearing loss, and a 70% increase in mild or worse hearing loss in the past 15 years.

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Aug 19
Report blames WebKit for Safari, Chrome flaws

Cenzic's web application security report for the first half of the year blames WebKit problems and phone software bugs for Safari and Chrome flaws. WebKit is a layout engine designed to allow web browsers to render web pages.

WebKit provides a set of classes to display web content in windows, and implements browser features. It was originally created as a fork of KHTML as the layout engine for Apple's Safari, but is now portable to many other computing platforms and is used in Google's Chrome Browser.

The "Cenzic Q1,Q2 2010 Trends Report" (http://www.cenzic.com/downloads/Cenzic_AppSecTrends_Q1-Q2-2010.pdf) saw a reduction in web application related vulnerabilities as a percentage of total reported vulnerabilities in commercial products. Web vulnerabilities were at about 66% of total reported vulnerabilities of 4,...

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Aug 19
NewPCgadgets releases new iPad accessories

NewPCgadgets (http://www.newpcgadgets.com) has introduced several new products for the iPad. The US$44.95 Security Case is a cushioned leather form-fitting case with a two digit combination lock.

It allows students to lock their case, preventing unauthorized access. The Security Case also comes with an adjustable stand and microfiber cleaning cloth. The $12.95 Vanity Plate for the iPad is a custom engraved stainless steel name plate that provides contact information if your iPad is lost or misplaced.

The $29.95 Pedestal Base for the iPad is a black acrylic base that holds your iPad in your dorm room, office or home. The $9.95 Clasp attaches to your iPad case with removable double-sided adhesive and a Velcro tab to create a latch.

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Aug 19
Supra lets real estate agents obtain listing keys on an iPhone

Supra (http://www.supraekey.com) has begun shipping its eKEY solution for the iPhone, enabling real estate agents to obtain house keys for listings with their Apple smartphones. The eKEY software turns an iPhone into a tool that real estate agents can use to show homes to prospective home buyers.

When agents list properties, they typically secure a set of house keys in locked containers, called key boxes, usually hung on the front door of a house. Only qualified agents, who have been approved by the local real estate association or Multiple Listing Service (MLS), may open the key box and obtain the house keys using an electronic key from Supra.

The eKEY solution for the iPhone consists of a hardware adapter and software. The compact adapter attaches to the base of the smartphone. Lightweight (less than 1/2 an ounce) and smaller than a typical car fob, it can be carried on an agent's keychain when...

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Aug 19
Worldwide microprocessor unit shipments, revenues rise

Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the second calendar quarter of 2010 (2Q10) increased 3.6% and 6.2%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest PC processor study from International Data Corporation (IDC).

The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's first quarter and its second quarter is an increase of 1.6%. For revenues, the average sequential change is a decrease of -2.8%. So, these increases represent better performance than usual for a second calendar quarter.

"Such a sequential increase in PC processor shipments alone would have been enough to conclude that the first half was strong for the market," said Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC (http://www.idc.com). "However, a modest rise in revenues, too, points directly to a rise in average selling prices. System makers...

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Aug 19
Canon introduces new digital cameras, photo printer

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced three new high-performance PowerShot cameras -- the PowerShot S95, the SD4500 IS and the SX130 IS Digital cameras -- and a new photo printer.

These cameras sport Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) System for improved low-light shooting in the S95 and SD4500 IS cameras, High Definition (HD) video recording, High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the S95 camera and a more intelligent Smart AUTO mode, among a range of others. Scheduled to be available late August, the S95 camera retails for an estimated price of US$399.99. Due in early September, the SD4500 IS camera retails for $349.99. Scheduled to be available late August, the SX130 IS camera retails for $249.99.

The new Selphy CP800 Compact Photo Printer features a new tilt LCD screen in addition to a new Shuffle feature. It prints a 4 x 6-inch, high-quality photo in approximately 47 seconds that's purportedly...

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Aug 19
Knapsack 2 adds new maps with street-level detail

TinyPlanet Software (http://tinyplanetsoftware.com/) has updated Knapsack, a personal travel organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), to version 2.0. The new world map let's users view their trip's destinations at any level of detail.

They can get an overview of their entire trip across countries and continents or zoom in to street level to see all the parking lots near their hotel. The new Map Search feature in Knapsack 2 lets users find places, addresses, and even points of interest anywhere in the world. Users can now locate cities, hotels, museums, airports, and more. Map Search uses an extensive online geographic database that is constantly improving.

Knapsack gives users the tools to plan, organize, and relive their travel adventures with features such as map pins with location postcards, an itinerary planner, trip checklists, and printed itineraries...

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