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Jul 08
Atlona adds new features to HDAiR

Atlona Technologies (http://www.atlona.com) has added new features to the HDAiR, their wireless USB to HDMI adapter. They've also reduced the price to US$169.

The first release of the HDAiR in 2009 was a video-only solution.  After its release, users from around the world responded to Atlona’s customer survey asking what additional features could make the HDAiR even better. The overall consensus was to add audio support. 

So Atlona has released an all new HDAiR with the ability to output audio in both 3.5mm analog, as well as embedded on the HDMI output. This latest update to the HDAiR allows users to connect up to four receivers to a single transmitter.

This update also allows full Mac support for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Like the older model AT-HDAiR, this newer model with audio still uses Ultra wide band (UWB) frequencies to transmit audio and video signals.

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Jul 08
iPresentee releases iWeb Themes 8.0

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 8.0 designed specifically for Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite. iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 adds five more themes available in standard and flash edition: Comics, Eco, Greenery, Light Colors and Red Sunset.

The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 75 themes designed for personal and business usage. Each iWeb theme can be customized.

iWeb Themes 8.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 or later. Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes 8.0 may be purchased for $25. The iWeb Suite bundle may be purchased for $70. The bundle includes 40 iWeb Themes, 35 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects.

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Jul 08
Tesla hires Apple, Gap veteran

Tesla Motors (http://www.teslamotors.com) has hired former Apple and Gap executive George Blankenship as vice president of Design and Store Development. Blankenship will build Tesla’s retail strategy and network.

Blankenship, 57, brings thirty years of international retail and real estate experience to Tesla. Best known as the architect of Apple’s brand building retail strategy, Blankenship joins Tesla most recently from Microsoft. As Apple’s vice president of Real Estate, he created one of the most successful retail growth strategies in history.

Through his work creating Apple stores around the world, Blankenship defined and executed an International “Smart Growth Hit List” that encompassed major cities in Asia, Europe and North America. As vice president for Real Estate Strategy for Gap, Blankenship managed the growth of over 250 stores per year worldwide while establishing an energy-...

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Jul 08
DaisyDisk for Mac OS X updated to version 1.5.3

The DaisyDisk Team has released DaisyDisk 1.5.3 (http://www.daisydiskapp.com), an update to their scanning/mapping system utility for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

In DaisyDisk, disk contents are displayed as an interactive sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be necessary. The sunburst map provides a color-coded overview of disk usage, and can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data.

DaisyDisk supports all kinds of drives, including Time Machine volumes, network share drives, FTP drives, USB thumbsticks, FireWire drives, CD/DVD drives and images, FUSE drives, SATA drives, IDE/ATA drives and RAID drives. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is. Choosing the Scan button next to any displayed disk begins the scanning procedure.

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Jul 08
CatDV for Mac OS X prowls to version 8.1.4

Square Box Systems (http://www.squarebox.co.uk/) has released version 8.1.4 of CatDV, the media asset database and professional video logger for Mac OS X. The new version fixes some bugs and displays a warning when publishing catalogs or performing queries if the clip limit is reached.

CatDV is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A demo of version is available for download. For new users the cost is $95 for the Standard Edition and $340 for the Professional Edition. Version 8.1.4 is a free update for registered users of version 8

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Jul 08
Rumor: next iPod touch to have 5 megapixel camera, FaceTime

According to an announcement at a John Lewis Christmas Technology Press Event, the next version of the iPod touch -- due in September -- will sport a 5-megapixel camera, a front facing webcam for FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi along with gyroscope and accelerometer for improved gaming.

"It's is not clear where John Lewis has had this precious information from, reports the "Unbeatable" web site (http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/news/Apple-iPod-Touch-to-get-HD-video-FaceTi...). "John Lewis are holding an event in London today (of which we will be bringing you all the details), to showcase their Christmas offerings from all major brands, so Apple may have divulged this information to them to get tongues wagging in the lead up to Christmas."

John Lewis (...

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Jul 08
Apple developer starts company to focus on the iPad, HTML5

Charles Jolley, the developer behind SproutCore, has left Apple to start Strobe Digital Publishing (http://www.strobeapp.com/), a new business targeting touch-driven web applications, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Both Apple and Strobe will continue to advance SproutCore as a core asset, the article adds.

SproutCore is a Javascript framework that runs entirely in the browser. It’s designed to be run against any server back-end setup. At SproutIt, the company originally behind it, they used Rails as the backend. They facilitated the connection through a custom Rails plug-in that’s included with the SproutCore framework.

In other words, SproutCore is a light Cocoa alternative for deploying web apps that look and feel like Mac OS X desktop apps. It was reportedly used to build some parts of Apple'...

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Jul 08
Apple dominates elite laptop sales at Best Buy

Apple MacBooks, more than any other single brand, populate the rankings of the priciest laptops at Best Buy, affirming Apple's reputation as a purveyor of elite computers, according to a "CNET" report (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20009934-64.html?tag=mncol).

"The fact that Apple dominates the upper-price tier at Best Buy is no great surprise, but the MacBook pricing takes on a new meaning when you look at the numbers," the article says. "Out of roughly 200 models -- Windows and Apple -- listed on Best Buy's site, there are 12 MacBooks --used generically here to refer to the MacBook and aluminum-clad MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Half of those 12 MacBooks are in the highest price category."

Altogether, about a dozen elite Windows and Apple models cost more than US$1,699. Once again, about half are MacBooks.

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Jul 08
Defense Grid: The Awakening comes to the Mac

Virtual Programming has released Defense Grid: The Awakening (http://macosg.me/2/hs) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The game costs US$24.95 and is age rated for ages seven and higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Defense Grid: The Awakening is the definitive Tower Defense Strategy game that’s easy to pick up, engrossing to play, and hard to set down. Strategically place your towers on the map to prevent alien enemies from stealing your power cores.

"This award winning game includes 8-10 hours of story play with 20 unique maps in the Awakening campaign, a wide variety of tower and enemy types, an interactive soundtrack, plus over 60 unlockable challenge modes adding dozens of hours of additional fun. Protect the Cores!

"Beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack bring the world to life. The controls are intuitive and the gameplay is deep - the special...

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Jul 08
Elmedia Player released for the Mac

Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has released Elmedia Player, a new media player for the Mac, which can play all most popular Flash and video formats and allows downloading online videos and their external resources directly to the hard drive.

The free version of Elmedia Player allows playing such formats as XAP (Silverlight), RM and RV (Real Media), SWF, EXE and FLV (Flash), AVI, MOV, MPEG and more. It can play local movies and videos or online ones via a built-in web browser.

Elmedia Player also provides its users with organization and management: media library inspired by iTunes, usual and smart playlists creation, volume adjustment in the application (not interfering with system volume, which is unique for Flash files) and more.

There's also an US$19.95 pro version that unlocks such possibilities as: downloading online videos and movies with their external resources directly to the...

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Jul 08
Scene Store now available for My Living Desktop

Amuse has launched its My Living Desktop Scene Store (http://www.mylivingdesktop.com) to compliment its My Living Desktop video desktop wallpaper application. The store provides users with a solution for browsing, purchasing, and automatically installing new My Living Desktop wallpaper video Scenes to their My Living Desktop application.

Scenes currently available through the Scene Store include categories such as Fine Art, Art and Animation, Statues, Landmarks, Animals and Insects, and more. Each Scene is shot in gorgeous high-definition with a higher frame rate than previously available scenes. New video Scenes are added to the Scene Store on a regular basis with hundreds of other Scenes currently in the works.

Individual scenes start in price at US$2.95 each, while ScenePaks -- multiple Scenes from a particular theme or category -- range in price from $4.95 to $9.95 each. To...

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Jul 08
Two analysts weigh in on iPad, Mac, iPhone, iPod sales

Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi told clients in a note today that he expects Apple to sell 25 million iPads (or more) in fiscal 2011. Apple sold three million of the tablet devices in the first 80 days they were on sale.

“An analysis based on extrapolating sales trajectories of [the iPhone, iPod touch and all netbooks] suggests that Apple could sell a staggering 25 million iPads or more in FY 11,” Sacconaghi said. “We believe that current buyside expectations for FY 11 for the iPad are now at 20-25 million+ units, largely based on such an extrapolation."

Meanwhile, Financial Alchemist's Turley Muller thinks Apple will sell 3.38 million iPads in its third fiscal quarter. He's also forecasting, for the quarter, sales of 3.23 million Macs, 7.8 million iPhones and 9.9 million iPods.

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Jul 08
'MacNotables' looks at the end of Kin, Kindle price...

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.

Dan Frakes of "Macworld" makes his return to "MacNotables" to talk about a wide variety of topics. He discusses the speed of Apple's updating of their own software and apps for the iDevices, brings us up to date with some balanced perspective on the iPhone 4 reception issues and offers some work-arounds while Apple addresses the issue.

Frakes also comments on the death of the Microsoft Kin after only six weeks, the Amazon Kindle price drop and the effect on the ebook market, and why the iPad as a "tweener" device is a good thing. Some hot iPad and iPhone app picks wrap up the show.

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

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Jul 08
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.6 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.6 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It adds the ability to clear Apple System logs and diagnostic messages.

It also adds ability to disable the “This file has been downloaded from the internet.” Finder warning and ability to view .asl and .crash logs. This version also fixes minor Mac OS X 10.6.4 compatibility issues and contains updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 4.7.6 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features...

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Jul 08
Sony introduces new 3D digital still cameras

Sony has unveiled two new Cyber-shot digital still cameras (models DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5) that the company says are the world's smallest 3D cameras, capturing 3D images with a single lens system using a sweeping motion.

Both models offer a 3D Sweep Panorama feature, which lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas, says Kelly Davis, director of the digital imaging business at Sony Electronics. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions. 3D-compatible HDMI cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately.

The DSC-TX9, which has a 3.5-inch 921k resolution LCD touchscreen, and the DSC-WX5, which has a 2.8-inch LCD screen, also let you view images in a new way.  Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view your 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi...

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Jul 08
Callpod debuts Onyx and Vetro headsets

Callpod (http://www.callpod.com) has introduced the Onyx and Vetro headsets for Bluetooth mobile phones, PDAs, VOIP products and computers.

They both offer a 164-foot range, which allows users to extend the boundaries of traditional headsets. They allow users to roam around the office or home without being tethered to their cell phone.

The Onyx and Vetro can also simultaneously connect to your Mac or PC for Skype calls, allowing you to switch between your computer and mobile phone with a press of a button. In addition, the headsets have dual-mic noise suppression, which purportedly allows callers on the other end of the call to enjoy a strong clear voice even if the user is in the car, airport, restaurant or at the office.

The Onyx and Vetro can be used with other Vetro, Onyx or Dragon V2 headsets for two-way or push to talk communication over a 84,000-foot square foot space. The new headsets...

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Jul 08
Boris Continuum Complete 7 FxPlug available

BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 FxPlug (BCC 7 FxPlug) is now available. It brings over 210 filters to Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express.

The new release features a three-way color grade filter with built-in keying and masking tools, a video noise reduction tool, an OpenGL particle engine, and real-time title flare and luma glow effects. Boris Continuum Complete 7 FxPlug is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995.

Owners of previous versions of Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug may upgrade for $295. Customers who purchased Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug as of April 12, 2010, are eligible to receive a free upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 7 FxPlug.

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Jul 08
SplashID Enterprise Edition now offers centralized controls for...

SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has announced a new version of SplashID Enterprise, offering IT managers controls for the centralized administration of password and security policies on all Mac and Windows desktop computers across multiple departments and employee groups.

SplashID Enterprise is designed to address the most immediate password management concerns of IT, enabling an organization to use stronger password management practices without compromising security or increasing costs. It stores all kinds of personal identification information, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, calling card numbers, bank account data, PINs, medical insurance information, and more. SplashID Enterprise is available on a per-seat basis starting at US$12 per license.

The consumer versions of SplashID also secure information on mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile and...

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Jul 08
LightShop 3.0 adds 64-bit support, more

Akvis Softwar (http://www.akvis.com) has updated Akvis LightShop for Mac and Windows to version 3.0. The update has improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 and Windows 7. Also, 64-bit support has been added. LightShop now works with Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5 64-bit.

LightShop lets you create a light effects designed to draw attention and animate any photo. The program offers a large number of ready-to-use light effects (presets) that can be applied in their initial version or can be modified. First you can train on available light effects and than create your exclusive ones. It 's possible to save your own presets to use them in the future or share with others. See some examples here: http://akvis.com/en/lightshop/presets-lighting-effect.php

AKVIS LightShop runs on Mac...

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Jul 08
MacWise rings up version 12.11

Carnation Software has released MacWise 12.11 (http://www.MacWise.com) for Mac OS X 10.2 and higher. It fixes a problem in which you couldn't select Transparency from the Window Menu.

Many host computers are programmed to instruct the client app to save and restore screens. MacWise 12.0 or later supports three sets of escape sequences commonly used by PC clients (HostAccess, Accuterm and System Builder).

The software emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. MacWise also supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode, and AppleScript. It works with Intel or PowerPC Macs, MacBooks, Powerbooks and desktops and allows users to connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the internet or local connection.

MacWise costs US$95 for a single users license. Version 12.11 is a free upgrade...

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Jul 08
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.5.2

Many Tricks has released version 3.5.2 of Witch (http://manytricks.com/witch), its window switching utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and later). It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

Witch 3.5.2 is a free update for all Witch 3 users. Witch 3 is US$19 for new users and $8 for users of Witch 2.x

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Jul 07
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 7

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/).

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced a free, downloadable iPhone app that provides users with on-the-go access to the most popular sections of the NPMA’s educational web site, PestWorld.org.

Legal publisher Fastcase has debuted its free mobile legal research app for the iPad. Like the company's iPhone app, the new iPad edition is a free download, and gives free access to the company’s nationwide law libraries of state and federal case law and statutes.

angelFrogGames says their first iPhone/iPod touch game is now available on the App Store. Shape Search Zen -- Wordsearch Without Words (US$1.99) shifts the classic gameplay of Wordsearches into something new, yet familiar, by asking the player to find sequences of...

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Jul 07
SwitchEasy wants your iPhone 4 to go NUDE

SwitchEasy (http://www.switcheasy.com) has released its US$19.99 NUDE case for the iPhone 4. It sports an "ultra thin" design and is made of GE Lexan polycarbonate. All access points to buttons are open.

The NUDE comes with two anti-static screen guards, one microfiber wipe, one squeegee screen guard applicator, two headphone jack protectors and two 30-pin connector protectors. It comes in eight colors: UltraBlack, UltraClear, White, Red, Fuchsia, Viola, Lime & Turquoise.

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Jul 07
AT&T blames software glitch on slow upload speeds for iPhone...

AT&T has made an official statement on an issue causing slow upload speeds for some iPhone 4 users. They say it's due to a software problem and that a fix is in the works.

"AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent jointly identified a software defect -- triggered under certain conditions - that impacted uplink performance for Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment," the company said in a statement. "This impacts less than two percent of our wireless customer base. While Alcatel-Lucent develops the appropriate software fix, we are providing normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers with HSUPA-capable devices."

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Jul 07
Apple to open three stores in Shanghai, more considered

Apple plans on opening three stores in Shanghai and is considering more locations in other first and second-tier Chinese cities as well, reports "CrunchGear" (http://macosg.me/2/hl).

The first Chinese Apple Store opened in 2008 in Sanlitun, Beijing" but these new locations mark a strategy shift for Apple," the article adds. "The Oriental Morning Post" says Apple plans on having as many Chinese retail outlets as Louis Vuitton (which would be over two dozen).

In March Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty toldclients in a research note that China represents Apple’s next major geographic growth opportunity, and that Apple's plan to open 25 retail stores in China, announced during its shareholders meeting in February, could help drive Apple's share price  — in her "bull case" scenario -- as high as US$435 within a year.

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