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Jul 28
Nvidia announces fermi-class Quadro

Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) has launched what it says is the era of the "computational visualization workstation" for designers, engineers, researchers and animators by introducing its Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) based on Nvidia Fermi architecture, and by also introducing the new Nvidia 3D Vision Pro solution.

The new Quadro GPUs deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation1, shattering previous benchmarks, company says. The Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 array, and Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 GPUs feature the new Nvidia Scalable Geometry Engines and leverage Nvidia Application Acceleration Engines (AXE). Rated at an 1.3 billion triangles per second in raw performance3, the Quadro 6000 enables users to interactively work with models and scenes that are five times more complex than ever before, says Jeff...

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Jul 28
Intel says light beams can replace electronic signals for future...

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced an advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers.

The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50GB of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

Today computer components are connected to each other using copper cables or traces on circuit boards. Due to the signal degradation that comes with using metals such as copper to transmit data, these cables have a limited maximum length. This limits the design of computers, forcing processors, memory and other components to be placed just inches from each other.

Intel says its new research achievement...

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Jul 28
DVDVideoSoft releases converters for iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple...

As popularity of Apple products grows, DVDVideoSoft (http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/), a developer of multimedia software, has introduced programs that let everyone easily get video for such devices as iPod, iPhone, iPad and the AppleTV.

The Free Video to iPod Converter and Free Video to iPhone Converter are refreshed products in the set of free multimedia tools Free Studio, while Free Video to iPad Converter and Free Video to Apple TV Converter are completely new tools launched by DVDVideoSoft especially for release of iPad and Apple TV.

The programs convert almost all currently popular video formats including .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .wmv, .mov, .qt, .amv, .3gp, .3g2, .flv as well as support of HD video formats from modern cameras such as .mts, .m2t, .m2ts, .mod, and .tod. Output files have MP4 format compatible with Apple devices. What's more, it's possible to choose in what quality the...

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Jul 28
The Clasp designed to hold your iPad case closed

The Clasp (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_clasp/index.html) is a new US$9.99 product that offers a solution for keeping your iPad case closed. It's constructed from a similar black rubber material as the Apple iPad Case and attaches with double-sided adhesive to the front.

The Clasp can be easily removed if necessary. Once attached, the Clasp adheres to the back of the Apple case with a Velcro tab and holds both sides closed.

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Jul 28
WristOffice promises solution to iPhone antenna problem

The folks at WristOffice (http:/www.wristoffice.com) say their WristOffice "hands-free" solution, iPhone users no longer have to hold their iPhone and worry about signal loss.

WristOffice is a universal mobile device accessory (MDA) that attaches your cell or mobile device to your wrist, says company co-founder Walt Froloff. With WristOffice it becomes a hands-free and hands-on device while driving using the speaker phone or Bluetooth. WristOffice works with most mobile devices, he adds.

It's available in a variety of colors. The WristOffice costs US$34.77.

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Jul 28
Thursby updates ADmitMac, DAVE

Thursby Software Systems has announced the latest versions of its ADmitMac and DAVE software. Key enhancements to the ADmitMac and DAVE software include:

° Broader support for Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS), which is not offered native with Apple OS X;

° Better network volume integration for popular Mac applications such as Adobe’s Creative Suite and Apple Final Cut Pro;

° Deeper ADmitMac support for Microsoft Active Directory/Group Policy Objects (GPO) along with Mac Workgroup Manager (WGM) for identity and access management from either the PC or Mac sides of an organization.

Thursby’s client-based solutions allow Macs to be managed just like PCs. Support is by Mac-Windows specialists rather than AppleCare or UNIX generalists.

ADmitMac software turns a Mac into a true Active Directory client. DAVE software delivers commercial grade Mac file and printer sharing with Windows. For more info to to...

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Jul 28
Apple releases updates for new Macs

Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update iMac (Mid 2010) for its new iMac models and has introduced the Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update.

Mac OS X v10.6.5 Update iMac Mid 2010 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1065) is recommended for all users of the new iMacs. This update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update, plus the following specific fixes for iMac (Mid 2010):

° Resolves compatibility and performance-related graphics issues;

° Improves compatibility with large-format SDXC memory cards'

° Adds support for Magic Trackpad.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and is a 452.62MB download.

The Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Update enables Magic Trackpad support on Intel-based Macs. It also adds inertial scrolling and three-finger drag gesture support to recent MacBook Pro and MacBook models. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4....

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Jul 28
Safari releases Safari 5.0.1
Jul 28
Apple accused of ebook censorship

Apple has been accused of censoring the iPad book chart after four pornographic titles mysteriously disappeared from the bestseller list, according to a "Telegraph" report (http://macosg.me/2/lo).

"Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story" was ranked first on the iPad in a top 10 that included three other erotic novellas Monday morning. But all four titles disappeared simultaneously and had been replaced with less risqué books, such as Peter Mandelson’s autobiography, by the afternoon, notes the "Telegraph." Book chart analysts told the publication it was unlikely that all the erotic titles could have dropped out of the list at the same moment without being deliberately removed.

Of course, it's not the first time that Apple has faced accusations of censorship. The company embarked on a “great porn purge” in February, ridding its iPhone App Store of all “overtly sexual content," notes the "Telegraph."

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Jul 28
Apple sued over iPad overheating

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued over claims that its iPad easily overheats, then suddenly switches itself off, reports "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/ln).

In a complaint filed with an Oakland, Calif. federal court last Friday, three plaintiffs accused Apple of everything from fraud and deceptive advertising to violations of California's consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling allegedly defective tablets, the article adds. Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning claim they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book."

"The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions...

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Jul 28
New Mac Pro line offers up to 12 processing cores

Apple has unveiled a new Mac Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and purportedly up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation. It features the latest quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD).

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press announcement. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50% , and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing...

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Jul 28
Apple introduces new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Apple has unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector, the new LED Cinema Display is designed as a companion for the MacBook family or a Mac desktop, and is available for US$999.

The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge for tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle, according to Apple.

Its three-port USB 2.0 hub allows users to charge their iPhone or iPod even when they take their MacBook with them. The new LED Cinema Display now includes a new ambient...

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Jul 28
Apple updates iMac line -- but not with the expected tweaks

Starting at US$1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750. Offered as an $69 option is a new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, which gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch gestures that Mac notebook customers enjoy -- and is available separately for $69. 

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

He says dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to...

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Jul 27
Retrospect 8.2 for Mac offers faster Performance, streamlined...

Roxio has released Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac, a key update to the company’s backup and recovery software that allows small and midsize businesses to protect critical data stored on Mac, Windows, and Linux servers, desktops, and notebooks.

Retrospect 8.2, the first release since Roxio took over the product line in May, delivers as much as three times faster network backup performance, adds 64-bit addressing to enable the backup of volumes containing tens of millions of files, and includes user interface enhancements that workflow and management tasks.
 
Another major feature included in Roxio Retrospect 8.2 for Mac is the ability to restore from backups created with Retrospect 6. This feature addresses a key request from users who wanted to upgrade to the Retrospect 8 platform, but didn’t want to manage and maintain a version 6 install in order to perform restores of older archived backups.
 
First introduced in 2009, Retrospect version 8 was...

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Jul 27
GarageSale for Mac OS X now runs in 64-bit mode

iwascoding has released version 6.0 of GarageSale (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageSale/Features.html), the US$39.99 eBay auction software for Mac OS. The application has been rewritten to use Apple's CoreData technology and run in 64-bit mode on supported Macs for improved performance.

What's more, requested features as inventory tracking, improved batch editing, and
more controls for auction designs have been added. GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.

Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

GarageSale 6 is a...

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Jul 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 26

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 Louisiana Office of Tourism has produced a free iPhone app for Louisiana's African American Heritage Trail at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the first app of its kind for tourism in Louisiana, and visitors attending the festival were the first to experience its features.

iGameGuides has announced Guide for FrontierVille 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The US$1.99 guide includes a 12,000 word guide written by Chris Jensen, author of over 30 books for Prima, Sybex and Brady. The guide includes such topics as Leveling Tricks & Tips, Mastering the Frontierville Interface, Crop Listing, Reputation Rating Guide, Energy Tips & Tricks, Getting Started in Frontierville and many more.

Mobickus has released...

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Jul 26
Canalys: Apple now among top five PC vendors worldwide

Counting the iPad as a computer (and why not? it runs a specialized version of Mac OS X) Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) says Apple is now among the top five global personal computer vendors.

According to a new report by the research group, Apple rates in the top five, following the iPad’s capture of approximately 6% of the portable computer segment during the second quarter of 2010. Yep, Canalys counts the iPad as a portable computer.

“Apart from the ‘Apple effect,’ the iPad owes its success to a lack of advancement in other portable computing segments, such as netbooks,” Chris Jones, a Canalys principal analyst, said in a statement to "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/lm). "To capture share moving forward, PC makers will have to take the netbook to the next level or go after new customer segments with their own pads.”

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Jul 26
Apple told to deal with mis-priced online items in Taiwan

Apple was threatened Monday with a fine if it didn't act on a dispute in which thousands of visitors to its online store in Taiwan tried to buy computers that were wrongly priced at massive discounts, reports "AFP" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100726/ts_alt_afp/taiwanuscomputercompanya...).

The Taipei city government said Apple had mis-priced two models Friday afternoon, with one on sale for a little over 40% of what it should have been. Apple corrected the prices hours later but by that time more than 200,000 units had been ordered.

"AFP" says Apple hasn't said if it would deliver the products on the misquoted prices. After an initial investigation, the city government's Law and Regulation Commission issued an ultimatum to the company, the article adds.

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Jul 26
New government rules okays iPhone jailbreaking

Owners of the iPhone will be able to legally unlock their devices so they can run software applications that haven't been approved by Apple, according to new government rules announced Monday.

The "Associated Press" reports (http://macosg.me/2/lk) that the decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses. The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorizes exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected material.

The new government rules, however, won't stop Apple from continuing its practice of disabling jailbroken phones with software upgrades, notes the "AP." That means owners of such phones might not...

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Jul 26
AT&T working on glitch that caused slower download speeds

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has reportedly begun a fix for a glitch in software supplied by Alcatel-Lucent SA that was causing slower download speeds in some areas of the U.S. for customers using the iPhone 4 and other devices, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/l).

Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in an e-mail the company expected the issue to be resolved within two to three weeks. AT&T said earlier this month that fewer than 2% of its wireless customers were affected. Customers were experiencing slow responses when sending data such as photos or e-mail from their devices, Alcatel-Lucent said earlier this month.

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Jul 26
Marware releases the C.E.O. Premiere for the iPhone 4

Marware is shipping the C.E.O. Premiere for the iPhone 4 (http://www.marware.com/products/iPhone-4/C-E-O-Premiere-for-iPhone-4). The US$34.99 holster case sports a black leather with white accent design and an attached belt clip so you can slip the case into a pocket, purse, or briefcase if the clip isn't needed.

A push-through opening at the bottom of the case helps with removing the iPhone quickly. A Velcro closure keeps your iPhone securely in the case, and purportedly won't cause antenna or GPS interference like magnet cases. The leather used is RoHS compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and better for the environment.

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Jul 26
Khronos Group releases OpenGL 4.1 spec

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL 4.1 spec, bringing the latest graphics functionality to the cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface). It's the sixth update to OpenGL specification in two years.

This new version continues to maintain full backwards compatibility to enable developers to begin using new features whenever they choose, while portably accessing state-of-the-art GPU functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms, according to Barthold Lichtenbelt, OpenGL ARB working group chair and senior manager Core OpenGL at Nvidia.

The OpenGL 4.1 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.10 update to the OpenGL Shading language and is accompanied by a number of extensions introducing cutting-edge functionality to the OpenGL standard. The full specification is available for immediate download at...

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Jul 26
CNS Audit gets speed improvements, more

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Audit 1.5 (http://cnsaudit.cnsplug-ins.com), an update of the audit trail plug-in for FileMaker Pro to add to your databases. This version brings speed improvements all around, especially for FileMaker Pro 11.

It also adds support for multi-file database solutions, including solutions based on the Data Separation Model. CNS Audit includes full Roll Back support for undoing field changes and record deletions. CNS Audit is available for both Mac OS X and Windows systems. immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Whether you just want peace of mind about being able to get a record back that you have accidentally deleted or if you have to comply to regulatory mandates like HIPAA, you can use CNS Audit to create an Audit Trail of your data within minutes, according to the folks at Comm-Unity.

You can download a demo copy of the...

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Jul 26
Tickets on sale for third annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet

The FCPUG Network, including Final Cut Pro and digital video user groups from within the US, Europe and the world over will gather together once again in Amsterdam, Netherlands during IBC 2010 for the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid users and gurus and digital filmmakers in Europe during 2010, says Michael Horton, SuperMeet co-producer and head of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group (lafcpug). The Hotel Krasnapolsky is located in the heart of Amsterdam just a short tram ride away from the RAI center that will host IBC 2010. "

SuperMeets provide the post production and broadcast community an opportunity to not only learn about the latest technology trends, but to connect with each other to discuss experiences and opportunities within the industry in a social setting that is both educational and fun, Horton says. The...

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Jul 26
MifiClub starts free next day delivery on mobile WiFi UK service

Visitors can now access internet anywhere in the UK without roaming costs or needing to find wifi hotspots. Through MifiClub (http://mificlub.com/tour), international travelers with iPhones, iPads, and laptops can go online anywhere in the UK without roaming costs or WiFi hotspots.

MifiClub offers mifi device rentals online and sends it to the visitor's UK address such as their hotel. It purportedly only takes three minutes to order mobile WiFi and have it waiting for you in the UK.

The mifi is a small device with a button on it. You push it and get WiFi. MiFiClub says they'll make sure your mifi is charged, loaded, and waiting for you at your hotel or friend's address. You'll get the small device and USB charger, along with a pre-paid return envelope. Drop it off at a postbox or hand it to a member of staff at the hotel on or before your last day.

Visitors can have their own portable...

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