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Aug 17
Proview PDF editor for Mac OS X gets speed boost

Coherent Graphics has unveiled Proview 1.2 (http://www.coherentpdf.com/proview.html), an update of the PDF Editor for Mac OS X. The upgrade is faster, adds visual selection for cropping and lets you edit page bleed, trim, art and crop boxes individually.

Proview sports a range of tools to edit existing PDF documents, as well as build new documents from scratch. It's based on the same professional-strength PDF technology as Coherent Graphic's high-end server solution.

Proview allows you to merge and split files, rotate flip and scale individual pages, or all pages, crop pages and modify the document information. With it you can manage PDF bookmarks, add or remove PDF attachments, and add text and dates to one or more pages. Proview ships with interactive help. Additionally, users can edit encrypted files, as well as decrypt and encrypt PDF documents.

Proview...

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Aug 17
Before Dawn Solutions announces skEdit 4.1.3 text/HTML editor

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced skEdit 4.1.3, their first release under the Before Dawn Solutions brand. With a focus on web development, skEdit Text/HTML editor includes features to assist in the editing of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, ASP, Ruby/Rails, SQL, ActionScript and ColdFusion.

Version 4.1.3 includes some minor bug fixes, and updates the application to use the new support site, registration, and error handling. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. SkEdit (formerly SKHTML) costs US$34.95.

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Aug 17
Fujifilm announces camera that captures 3D stills, movies

Fujifilm North America (http://www.fujifilm.com) has announced a new addition to its FinePix REAL 3D system -- the FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera. It steps it up from its predecessor with the ability to shoot high-resolution 3D photos and movies in 3D HD at 720p, with the help of a new RP (Real Photo) Processor.

It also sports a new Mini HDMI port for playback on most 3D television systems and an Autostereoscopic 3D Widescreen 3.5-inch LCD. All components allow for 3D still photos and movies that can be viewed and enjoyed through a connection between the FinePix REAL 3D W3 and a 3D TV -- or printed in 3D quality.

The slim FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera with a black matte finish measures 21.0 mm at its thinnest point and weighs 8.5 ounces with battery and memory card. The stainless steel construction ensures that the optical axis is balanced ever so precisely resulting in accurate 3D images,...

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Aug 17
Is the iPad starting to cannibalize Mac sales?

Is the iPad cannibalizing the Mac? All indications -- mainly increasing Mac sales atop skyrocketing iPad sales -- have said "no," but Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty thinks that could be changing.

In a report to clients issued Monday --as reported by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/q1) -- Huberty notes that the most recent sales trends for the broader computer market were mixed. Consumer sales decelerated to 3% year over year from 6% in June and 8% in May. On the other hand, sales to business, however, rose 39% year over year, allowing overall computer sales growth to hold steady at 11%.

Huberty says that Mac sales were up 14% year over year in July -- better than both June (11%) and the overall computer market (also 11%). However, July's 14% growth is down from the Mac's previous three-month average of roughly 25%. So Huberty thinks that ""iPad momentum is likely contributing to the moderation of...

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Aug 17
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition announced

Blizzard Entertainment has announced plans for a limited-release Collector's Edition of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm), the third expansion for the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft.

The special Collector’s Edition package, which will only be available at retail stores, will include the following exclusive bonus items in addition to the game disc:

° Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.

° Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil’ Deathwing will still accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much,...

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Aug 17
Steve Jobs is a 'CEO Overachiever'

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named one of the top 15 "CEO Overachievers" by "CNN Money" (http://macosg.me/2/q0). Those on the list led their companies to outperform the S&P last year -- and collected the lowest pay for their efforts.


Though he gets some juicy stock options, Jobs only draws US$1 in salary per year. Yep, one smacker. Jobs is number one on the "CEO Overachiever" list.

Also on the list (and their annual salaries) are: Lloyd Blankfein of the Goldman Sachs Group ($862,657); John J. Mack of Morgan Stanely ($939,241); Michael Dell of Dell Computers ($963,623); James Dimon of JP Morgan Chase ($1.3 milliion); Steve Ballmer of Microsoft ($1.3 million); Bruce Johnson of Sears Holdings ($1.5 million); Jeffrey Bezos of Amazon ($1.8 million); Mary Sammons of Rite Aid ($2.5 million); Ralph Cunningham of Enterprise GP Holdings ($3.1 million); R. David Yost of AmerisourceBergen ($5.5 million);...

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Aug 17
Analysts comment on slow rollout of iPad competitors

Sarah Rotman Epps, consumer product strategy analyst for Forrester Research, says the lack of viable tablet operating systems is one of the biggest reasons for the slow rollout of iPad competitors, according to a "Wireless Week" report (http://macosg.me/2/pz).

“iOS is unique in that it scales down to smartphones and up to tablets, but there’s no other OS that’s uniquely suited to tablets,” she says, adding that the latest release of Android, which makes it slightly more tablet-friendly, just came out for developers within the past few weeks.

However, while lack of operating systems in the game may be part of the problem, Jeff Orr of ABI Research told "Wireless Week" he thinks it’s more than that. A recession, combined with "Apple’s bucking of the traditional rollout schedule, left many prospective tablet makers in a holding pattern," he says. 

The second reason Orr cites for a lack of tablets is...

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Aug 17
Kaedar manager suspended in kickback brouhaha

Pegatron Corp. has suspended the head of a Chinese unit after an Apple mployee was charged with accepting payments from the subsidiary for confidential information, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/py).

Pegatron is the parent of Kaedar Electronics Co., one of the six companies named in an indictment of an Apple employee as having paid kickbacks to land Apple orders. It was acknowledged Monday that Kaedar did pay brokerage commission to an intermediate trading company for its business with Apple between 2005 and 2008,

“She believed that she had paid the money for commercial purposes and not for kickbacks,” Jonathan Chang, finance director at Pegatron, which bought Kaedar Electronics (Kunshan) Co. in 2008, told "Bloomberg" over the phone. The employee is the most senior manager at Kaedar, Chang said, not disclosing her name.

On Monday Apple manager Paul Devine pleaded not guilty today to...

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Aug 17
Pink Floyd albums no longer to be found on iTunes

All of Pink Floyd's post-"Dark Side of the Moon" albums have vanished from iTunes, due to the due to the group’s contract with EMI that covered those works, which ended on June 30, according to the "Associated Press" (http://macosg.me/2/pw).

The physical copies of those albums are still available on CD, but only because EMI has a stock of those recordings that it can still sell, the article adds. However, if Pink Floyd doesn’t sign with another distributor (or re-sign with EMI), their latter-day albums could become rare. The earlier works, from Piper at the Gates of Dawn through Dark Side are part of a different contract and remain available on CD or as digital downloads, notes the "AP."

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Aug 17
China Unicom signs iPad deal

China Unicom, the exclusive provider of the iPhone in China, has made a deal to sell the iPad in the country. Quoting a source from China Unicom, "Caixin Online" (http://macosg.me/2/px) reports that the company secured the deal with Apple to introduce the Apple tablet, though no timetable has been announced.

China Unicom is also slated to launch the iPhone 4 in China in early September. The iPad sold by the company will use the 3G micro sim card, which is also used in the iPhone 4 and he card will hit the markets in September, together with the launch of iPhone 4, says "Caixin Online."

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Aug 17
Mogo Talk XD is Bluetooth headset, case system for the iPhone 4

ID8-Mobile (http://www.ID8-Mobile.com) has announced the MoGo Talk XD for iPhone 4, which it says is "the world’s thinnest and only high-performance Bluetooth headset and protective case system." It will ship in September at a suggested retail price of US$99.99.

Featuring "fold-flat" technology, the MoGo Talk XD folds to five millimeters thin and weighs in at nine grams for thin-profile storage while in the case. The headset leverages SmartAudio Sound and Voice Enhancement technology consisting of noise and wind reduction, echo suppression and automatic volume compensation when moving between noisy and quiet environments. The headset is also equipped with SoundMonitor high fidelity in-ear audio, leveraging a balanced armature driver, to round out a rich audio experience, according to Stuart Nixdorff, CEO of ID8-Mobile.

The MoGo Talk XD boasts an articulating fold-flat ear boom enabling the...

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Aug 17
Canon announces new Pixma printers

Canon U.S.A., has announced new Pixma MG8120 and Pixma MG6120 Wireless Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers (http://www.usa.canon.com/wirelesshelp) with a new Intelligent Touch System. In addition to the new Intelligent Touch System, these Pixma printers feature Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print for capturing memorable moments and other upgrades which will improve functionality and print quality.

The Pixma MG8120 and MG6120 Wireless Photo AIO printers use a capacitive touch technology that picks up on electricity in the users body when a finger glides across the touch surface designed to provide for navigation through menus and other desired commands. This same technology is utilized in many of today’s popular smartphones such as the iPhone.

The new Full HD Movie Print provides consumers with a new alternative for preserving photos. When using compatible HD Canon EOS and...

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Aug 17
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.5.3

Many Tricks has released version 3.5.3 of Witch (http://manytricks.com/witch), its window switching utility for Mac OS X (10.5 and later). It now properly displays keys set in the Additional Actions section of the Triggers tab.

Witch 3.5.3 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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Aug 17
Leech, a Mac download manager, beefed up to version 2.0.5

Many Tricks (http://manytricks.com) has updated Leech -- a Mac OS X download manager that lets users queue, pause and resume downloads, download from password-protected servers and store their passwords in their system-wide, secure keychain -- to version 2.0.5. Completed downloads now display a timestamp noting the time the download completed.

To use you open Leech, drag your URLs and start downloading. You can: limit the number of concurrent downloads; mark URLs for download without actually starting the download ; and shut down your Mac when all downloads are done. Leech supports drag and drop and the Mac OS X Keychain.

It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Leech requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and costs US$15.

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Aug 17
Pear Note update for Mac OS X improves web sharing layout

Useful Fruit Software has released Pear Note 2.0.1 (http://www.usefulfruit.com/pearnote/), an update of the note-taking utility for Mac OS X. The new version offers an improved web sharing layout for long recordings

With Pear Note, there's no need to manually organize notes to find them, according to the folks at Useful Fruit. Users simply bring up search and start typing, and the note they're looking for will pop right up. There's also no need to manually sort notes into folders or categories. Pear Note finds notes transparently so they don't have to go looking.

Pear Notes requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. You'll also need a microphone (if recording audio) and an iSight (if recording video).

Pear Note costs US$39.99; version 2.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. A fully...

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Aug 16
Company acknowledges paying brokerage commission regarding Apple...

The parent of Kaedar Electronics Co., one of the six companies named in an indictment of an Apple employee as having paid kickbacks to land Apple orders, acknowledged Monday that Kaedar did pay brokerage commission to an intermediate trading company for its business with Apple between 2005 and 2008, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/pu). However, it said it is not sure if the arrested Apple employee is behind the intermediate trading company.

Apple manager Paul Devine pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he took at least US$1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers. A global-supply manager, he was accused of money laundering and wire fraud in a 23-count indictment unsealed Aug. 13 in federal court in San Jose, California.

Charles Lin, spokesman for Pegatron Corp., which acquired Kaedar Electronics in late 2008, declined to disclose to the "WSJ" the amount of money Kaedar had...

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Aug 16
Apple manager pleads innocent to taking kickbacks

Apple manager Paul Devine pleaded not guilty today to charges that he took at least US$1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers, reports "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/pt).

Devine, a global-supply manager, was accused of money laundering and wire fraud in a 23-count indictment unsealed Aug. 13 in federal court in San Jose, California. Michelle Kane, a federal prosecutor, objected to releasing Devine on bail, saying there is a risk he will try to flee, notes "Bloomberg."

There are no bond conditions that can assure his appearance for trial, Kane told U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd, who set a bail hearing for Aug. 18. Kane and Devine’s lawyer, Raphael M. Goldman, declined to comment after court on Monday.

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Aug 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 16

>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/).

Adduce Studios has announced Evolution Defense 1.0 for iPhone. Using the power of genetics, a free app that brings new possibilities to the Tower Defense genre with DNA-based opponents giving more than 16 million enemies to combat and a multi-player mode that lets you engineer and unleash new viruses on your opponent, it brings almost unlimited possibilities to the game.

David Palmerio has released E-Guitar HD 1.0, a US$1.99 guitar learning tool for the iPad. Designed specifically for the larger tablet screen, it features 16 original lessons of increasing difficulty, divided in two sections of eight lessons each.

Humble Gaming has rolled out Live Notes Lite 1.0, a a free Productivity app for the iPad. Designed for business...

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Aug 16
iPad number one on teacher's top five 'back-to-school...

The iPad is number one on American teachers' list of "top five back-to-school tech tools," per a survey by tech blog, "ReadWriteWeb" (http://macosg.me/2/ps).

The blog asked educators what is the one new tech tool they are most looking forward to taking into the classroom with them this fall. It could be hardware or software, a new tool, or just one that's new to their class.

"The iPad and Twitter tied for the number of votes in our back-to-school survey," says "ReadWriteWeb." "But if you combine those teachers who listed the iPad with those who voted for tablets, along with the shout-out for the 15 netbook mini-lab, then the educators who responded are most excited about bringing mobile hardware in the classroom. Many teachers noted this will be their first experience with 1-to-1 technologies."

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Aug 16
'Pure play' iPhone/iPad investments up 220%

According to CB Insights, investment in pure play iPhone and iPad startups has grown over 220% over the last year as compared to the previous year, reports "ReadWriteStart" (http://macosg.me/2/pr).

"Pure play" companies are those whose sole focus is building apps for iPhone and iPad. Between 2008 and 2009, there were 11 investment rounds over 10 companies, with almost US$38 million raised.

This year, over the same time period, there were 17 investment rounds distributed over 16 companies for a total investment of $120.6 million. The average deal was $7.5 million, up from an average of $3.4 million in the previous year.

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Aug 16
Adobe, Typekit collaborate on web fonts

Adobe and Typekit are collaborating to offer Adobe Web Fonts (http://www.adobe.com/type), which are engineered to work on multiple screens and can be deployed on any website.  

Avoiding the need to convert type to bitmapped image formats, Adobe Web Fonts are delivered straight to browsers via Typekit’s global network. As aweb font service, Typekit not only provides access to a carefully chosen set of over 120 fonts (16 families) from the Adobe Type Library, but also drives more fonts to more web sites than any other company on the web, says co-founder and president, Bryan Mason.

Using the @font-face rule in CSS, developers can now choose from a broad array of fonts, reference them directly in HTML, and know that the text can be accessed by search engines, he adds. Designers can make changes to fonts directly through the Typekit online service, without having to change code.

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Aug 16
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated DJ system with performance capabilities and tactile control. It combines a special version of the Traktor Pro software with a hardware controller.

The controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out control elements and an integrated audio interface. All relevant functions -- including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing -- are immediately accessible on the portable hardware, while multi-color backlighting, LED status displays and comprehensive level metering allow DJs to focus on their performance.

The included Traktor Pro S4 software offers the full feature set of Traktor Pro. Two Sample Decks can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix. The Loop Recorder also allows DJs to capture and overdub...

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Aug 16
Law firm claims false iPad advertising continues

Apple's advertising of its iPad tablet "as an outside computing device" is "unlawful," according to Scott Cole & Associates, APC, law firm. The firm has already filed a lawsuit against Apple in San Francisco on July 23.

The suit alleges that Apple engaged in a marketing campaign that promised functionality of the iPad outdoors and/or in warm conditions indoors, yet the computer routinely shuts down quickly in such situations.

“Apple claims the iPad can be used in the sun, in your car, and in warm climates up to 95 degrees,” says Scott Cole, the principal attorney for the plaintiffs. But he claims that “numerous reports, going back months now, explain that the device shuts down in temperatures as low as the mid-70s."

Since launching the iPad in April, Apple has advertised the product as suitable for warm environment use, including as an outdoor e-reader, an over-the-stove cooking aid and a vehicle interactive mapping tool. These are usages that are "...

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Aug 16
Adobe kicks off 2010 Layer Tennis Design Tournament

Adobe says the 2010 Layer Tennis design tournament will kick off this Friday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

Hosted by Coudal Partners and presented by Adobe Creative Suite 5, Layer Tennis is a series of live online digital contests where creative professionals send files back and forth in real time, building upon each others’ designs while a guest commentator provides play-by-play updates. This season, the live matches can be viewed at http://www.layertennis.com and will run every Friday through Dec. 10.

Each match consists of 10 volleys, each lasting 15 minutes. Spectators can watch and post commentary, and are encouraged to vote for a winner after each match on the Layer Tennis web site. Every volley can be bookmarked and live updates for all matches will be available as RSS and Twitter feeds. Spectators can also become a fan of Layer Tennis on Facebook. After each week’s Layer Tennis match...

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Aug 16
iPad putting the hurt on Asustek netbooks

Asustek Computer saw sales of its netbooks in the second quarter fall short of expectations mainly due to competition from the iPad, , according to "DigiTimes" (http://macosg.me/2/po).

The company has downward adjusted its target shipments for the third quarter to 1.4 million units, company president and CEO Jerry Shen said at an investors conference on Aug. 13. Asustek will continue to offer Eee PCs and enter the tablet PC segment with its Eee Note and Eee Pad series, he added.

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