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Jun 30
Virtual Programming ships new native version of X3: Reunion

Virtual Programming has gone back to the well and reissued the Mac OS X version of the best-selling intergalactic adventure game X3:Reunion in a version that eschews the translation layer technology known as Cider.

The latest version of the game, which is a free update for all players, is a Mac OS X native port. It is also cheaper than the original version.

"We weren't happy with X3: Reunion's performance when using Cider, and it turned out many of our customers weren't either," says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. "As a gesture of goodwill, we reengineered the game as a native port that's a free update for existing customers. Starting today, new X3: Reunion customers will receive the updated version of the game."

Here's how the game is described: "X3: Reunion takes place in a far-flung future where humans have long since lost contact with Earth, which is now considered nothing more than a myth. Players slip on the spacesuit of Julian Brennan, who travels...

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Jun 30
Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of...

Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of the complete Craft Director Studio (CDS) tool suite. From now through Sept. 30, 2010, all artists utilizing 3ds Max 2011 or Softimage 2011 can visit http://www.craftanimations.com to take advantage of a nearly 40% CDS discount.

The complete CDS suite includes nine specialized virtual cameras and seven vehicle tools that increase interactive control and simulation, and provides the ability to enhance cinematics through a modular, configurable system that replicates a specific rig's animation within a given project. 3D artists may literally "drive" a vehicle, or "direct" a camera within the creative environment, garnering a more realistic effect in less time.

The promotional CDS tools included on the Installation DVDs shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software includes the Craft SoftMotionCam,...

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Jun 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 29

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/).

Kobo, a global eReading service, has released its new iPhone app, built specifically for the iPhone 4 and the iOS 4 operating system. The free app features additional reading format options, automatic syncing, multiple bookmarking and faster navigation. In addition to the iPhone, Kobo is available on iPad, Android, BlackBerry, netbooks, tablets and dedicated eReaders -- including the Kobo eReader. All of Kobo’s applications connect to the Kobo eBook store, which features more than two million titles including best sellers, classics, and thousands of free books.

1-800-Recycling.com, an interactive nationwide company dedicated to simplifying and enhancing the consumer recycling experience, has launched My Recycle List, a free iPhone tool designed to...

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Jun 29
Keith McMillen Instruments releases computer platform for...

Keith McMillen Instruments (http://www.keithmcmilleninstruments.com) has released Stringport, which it says is the first computer platform for guitars. It's a Mac compartible hardware device that processes, converts and conveys to the computer the polyphonic audio from hexaphonic pickups (such as GK, Graph Tek, Zeta and RMC models) through USB 2.

The software suite includes 24 applications including Analysis (for converting every little performance nuance into control data), Polyphonic FX Processing (Wave Guide, PolyFuzz, Phase Vocoder, SMACK), a VST FX Wall (for integrating third party VST plug-ins), Synthesis (Classic FM and direct support for the Synful synthesizer), a Notation application (to capture data for output to music notation software), and MIDI Out (to integrate StringPort into an existing MIDI set-up).

The StringPort is being introduced at special...

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Jun 29
Analyst: iPhone 4 shortages hurting the Apple brand

AT&T started selling the iPhone 4 to walk-in customers, but they didn't last long. Some stores have already exhausted their supply of iPhone 4s -- and that's bad for the Apple brand, according to one analyst.

"What is happening now certainly has done some damage to the Apple brand," said Tina Teng, an analyst at iSuppli, in a statement to "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178673/Update_AT_T_now_selling_i...). "Consumers, questioning Apple's supply chain management capability, have started looking for alternative devices. In particular, consumers are not satisfied with Apple's response to the antenna issue causing poor reception and dropped calls."

Teng was referring to mounting complaints that...

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Jun 29
DropDMG for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0

DropDMG 3.0 (http://c-command.com/dropdmg/) -- a new version of the tool for creating Mac OS X disk images -- is now available. The user interface and disk imaging engine have been almost completely redesigned and rewritten.

A Layouts feature gives developers a WYSIWYG editor to set the background picture, view options, and icon positions. Configurations are now editable, and the Configurations window has been merged into the Preferences window.

In DropDMG 3.0, the "New Blank Disk Image..." command lets you protect select folders using the same encryption technology as FileVault but without its drawbacks.
The new version adds support for the ".sparsebundle," ".sparseimage," and hybrid (".iso") disk image formats.

The DropDMG window in DropDMG 3.0 now has a customizable toolbar for quick access to commonly used commands. The Activity window consolidates progress information...

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Jun 29
WireTap Studio for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.1

Ambrosia Software has released WireTap Studio 1.1.1 (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/wiretap/), an update of the audio recording software for Mac OS X. A free upgrade for registered users, the new version fixes iPhone ringtone issues being experienced with iTunes 9.2.

It also improves the functionality of Silence Removal, offers faster variable bit rate encoding of your MP3s and addresses a crash while editing a file as waveform was loading. Additionally, there are other fixes and enhancements.

With WireTap Studio, you can record the discrete audio output of any application, as well as all system audio, or even record audio input from any microphone, line-in, or audio input hardware. Once you've recorded audio, WireTap Studio's audio editor allows you to edit your recorded audio without any loss of quality or content, according to the folks at Ambrosia....

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Jun 29
Craft Animations offers suite upgrade for sample tools

Craft Animations has announced the discounted availability of the complete Craft Director Studio (CDS) tool suite. From now through Sept. 30, 2010, all artists utilizing 3ds Max 2011 or Softimage 2011 can visit http://www.craftanimations.com to take advantage of a nearly 40% CDS discount.

The complete CDS suite includes nine specialized virtual cameras and seven vehicle tools that increase interactive control and simulation, and provides the ability to enhance cinematics through a modular, configurable system that replicates a specific rig's animation within a given project. 3D artists may literally "drive" a vehicle, or "direct" a camera within the creative environment, garnering a more realistic effect in less time.

The promotional CDS tools included on the Installation DVDs shipped with 3ds Max 2011, 3ds Max Design 2011 and Softimage 2011 software includes the Craft SoftMotionCam,...

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Jun 29
Hulu Plus to be iPad compatible

Hulu has announced Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus), an US$9.99 monthly subscription service that's compatible with a variety of devices including the iPad, the PlayStation 3 and, of course, TV sets.

Hulu Plus will offer current and past seasons from many ABC, Fox and NBC shows -- and in HD at that. However, it's currently in an invitation-only testing period. No date hasn't been given as to when the "final" version will be ready to go.

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Jun 29
Mac OS X Finder can now cut/paste files, merge folders

Kapeli has announced moveAddict (http://kapeli.com/moveaddict), a new Mac OS X app that the capability to cut and paste files (with merging folders as a bonus) to the Finder. feature to Mac's Finder. The US$4.99 app works with the usual keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

A notification window and Finder file labels provide feedback at every stage. Original data remains untouched until the move gets safely registered by the Finder. What's more, moveAddict doesn't modify the Mac system in any way, it is just a small (5 MB) application.

moveAddict requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). You can download a free version that allows moving one object at a time and is otherwise unrestricted.

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Jun 29
Most Advantageous releases Optimal Layout for Mac OS X

Most Advantageous has released Optimal Layout (http://most-advantageous.com/optimal-layout/), a Mac OS X solution for managing your application windows and making the most of your screen space. Optimized for large and multiple displays, the US$18 app gives you keyboard commands to move, resize, tile and switch between application windows.


With Optimal Layout, you can move windows across the screen that snap into alignment or jump windows straight to the screen edges. You can resize windows and they stick together, avoiding the frustration of overlapping windows hiding the information you want to see. Optimal Layout lets you select a whole group of windows to instantly tile and optimally fill the screen. With it you can also browse and switch application windows while seeing a preview of each one

Optimal Layout is optimized for large and multiple displays. A...

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Jun 29
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets more flexible in version 8.0.9

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for oMac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.9. The update offers more flexibility in creating invoices, new options for entering report and invoice dates, and bug fixes.

TimeCache is a Universal Binary Macintosh application. It offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.

TimeCache Manager costs US$70 per user, though version 8.0.9 is a free update for registered users of version 8.x....

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Jun 29
Sandvox for Mac OS X adds Writing Direction menu

Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (http://www.karelia.com/download/sandvox.html), their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.7. The upgrade fixes minor issues, includes a new Writing Direction menu, and adds improvements to RSS feeds, video pages, and Flickr feeds.

Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different pagelets. Version 1.6.5 is available for download and purchase from Karelia's web site. in both Regular and Pro editions. Single-user licenses are US$57 and $97, respectively.

Household licenses (allowing multiple users in one household) and site licenses are also available. Sandvox 1.6.7 -- a free update for registered users -- requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.

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Jun 29
TextSoap 6.4.1 works around Apple Mail issue

Unmarked Software has updated TextSoap (http://www.unmarked.com/textsoap/) -- a Mac OS X utility for cleaning out the extraneous forwarding marks, invisible characters, and formatting that you often find in e-mails and long documents -- to version 6.4.1. The upgrade specifically works around a recent issue in Apple Mail that leaves the user with black on black text.

TextSoap is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher.

Pricing for new customers starts at US$39.95. Upgrades for users of TextSoap 4 and 5 start at $19.95.

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Jun 29
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog plug-in for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 for FileMaker Pro 11. It's a maintenance release, but also includes a handful of enhancements.

Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html).

Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.3 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. The plug-in also runs on Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is...

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Jun 29
Pragmatic Studio offers iPhone 4 SDK training

The Pragmatic Studio is offering their iPhone/iPad Programming Course (http://pragmaticstudio.com/iphone) in Santa Clara, California on Aug. 17-20, 2010.

In this 4-day, hands-on training course, participants will earn how to create iPhone/iPad apps with guided instruction from two renowned developers and authors, Matt Drance and Daniel Steinberg. You'll get hands-on coding experience and answers to your questions. You'll have to contact the Pragmatic Studio for pricing.

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Jun 29
MOTU introduces the MicroBook audio interface

MOTU has announced the MicroBook (http://www.motu.com/marketing/motu_products/audio_interfaces/microbook/), a USB bus-powered audio interface that purportedly delivers studio-grade audio performance in a compact size small enough to fit in your pocket. The MicroBook -- which will ship next month and cost US$269 -- turns a Mac or PC computer into a personal 4x2 recording studio with audio I/O and mixing.

"The MicroBook is small in size but huge when it comes to audio quality," says Jim Cooper, MOTU marketing director. "Our tests show that it matches or exceeds the measured audio specifications of other so-called 'high-end' interfaces on the market that cost two and three times as much. So it's perfect for discriminating users who want quality I/O for on-the-go recording, personal studio tracking, laptop-based...

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Jun 29
iWork Pages Templates available for Mac OS X, the iPad

Hong Kong based FaCILISI has introduced iPad Pages Templates, an iPad compatible version of their iWork Pages Templates, made for the Pages application for Mac OS X. The templates enable the creation of brochures, flyers, postcards, posters, business cards, and envelopes.

Users need only add their own text and pictures to create documents in iWork Pages for Mac OS X, or iPad Pages for iOS 3.2 or later. FaCILISI iWork Pages Templates offers the user an additional 1200-plus templates from which to choose.

The FaCILISI STORE web site (http://www.facilisi.com/products.php?cat=164) displays templates under three headings: Categories, Themes, and Packages. iWork Pages Templates and iPad Pages Templates are available individually for US$0.99 or in complete packages priced from $9.99 to $19.99.

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Jun 29
Gossip: Apple to buy more companies, get into the TV biz

"Silicon Alley Business Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apples-shopping-spree-isnt-over-2010-6) says that, according to "gossip" at a a CEO dinner last night at Il Buco in Manhattan -- set up by the local Mobile Monday group and folks from Skyhook Wireless and Gunderson Dettmer -- Apple plans to buy more companies and get into the TV business.

"Besides the leaks of a supposed new Apple TV device, the company also renamed its iPhone OS 'iOS,' foreshadowing a future beyond mobile devices," the article says. "The company's move into advertising -- mobile, so far, but no reason it can't extend into TV somehow -- is another hint."

"Silicon Alley Business Insider" also says Apple is looking at all kinds of deals, even up to $1 billion. This move is purportedly being led by Adrian Perica.

Perica is...

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Jun 29
Tech stocks drop on global economic concerns

Tech stocks -- including Apple -- slumped Tuesday as concerns about global economic growth drove the broad market right into the red.

As noted by "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/broad-losses-lead-to-early-tech-slump-2...), every major tech stock lost ground, including Apple, Intel, Google, Dell and Micron Technology.

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Jun 29
PowerEZ Plus compatible with the iPhone 4

Konnet Technology (http://www.konnetonline.com) has released the PowerEZ Plus, an US$29.99, 1000mAh external charging solution for the iPhone and iPod family of devices, including the new iPhone 4. It combines a battery pack with a retractable prop for iPod/iPhone movie watching in widescreen format.

Nearly .5 inches thick, the PowerEZ Plus attaches to the bottom of an iDevice to provide slightly less than full charge for users on-the-go. Four LED lights convey how much juice is left in the pack; if it needs recharging, connect the PowerEZ Plus to your computer using a USB charge and sync cable (included).

Featuring “Smart Charging” technology and “Over-Current Protection”, the PowerEZ Plus avoids over-charging your device by shutting down when it senses a full tank, says says Christine Custodio, vice president of marketing for Konnet Technology. With the press of a button, you can also...

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Jun 29
iFrogz announces line of cases for the iPhone 4

iFrogz (http://www.ifrogz.com) has announced its new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4. The line includes eight designs, including favorites such as the Luxe Original and the Fusion.
 
The eight iPhone 4 cases offered by iFrogz include the Treadz and Wrapz, which are fashioned from silicone, as well as options with harder protective surfaces, such as the Luxe Lean, Fusion, Frosted Swerve, SoftGloss, Luxe Original and Luxe Transition. Each case offers impact protection and allows access to all ports, sensors and inputs. Pricing ranges from US$14.99 to $29.99.

iFrogz also offers three styles of screen protectors for the iPhone 4: mirrored, anti-glare and privacy. The mirrored and anti-glare protectors retail for $19.99. The privacy screen protector retails for $29.99.

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Jun 29
GEAR4 enters U.S. market with iPod, iPad, iPhone accessories

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), a UK iPod and iPhone audio brand with an emphasis on design, has entered the U.S. market. It will offer 11 products in the categories of home, portable and alarm, as well as two app-enabled accessories -- available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1.
 
GEAR4's focus for the U.S. launch is on its iPhone and iPod touch speaker systems, as well GEAR4’s new app-enabled accessories. Prices will range from US$49 to $34.
 
Included in the October product launch are two new app-enabled accessories, taking advantage of an application and an accessory working together to do more than what either can do separately, according to GEAR4 CEO Tom Dudderidge. One of these is UnityRemote, which allows users to turn their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote without requiring a special case or any type of special dongle to plug into the iPhone. 
 
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Jun 29
Seagate offers 3TB external desktop drive

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the first 3TB external desktop drive: the US$249.99 FreeAgent GoFlex Desk. The company says it allows you to store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

An addition to the company’s recently introduced GoFlex family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive’s USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can create, store and access content from either a Mac OS X or Windows cpmputer on the GoFlex Desk external drive, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

The NTFS driver for Mac allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer,...

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Jun 29
Dot Hill launches new end-to-end storage arrays

Dot Hill Systems Corp. is now shipping its next generation 3000 Series storage arrays featuring “end-to-end” 6Gb storage solutions.

The company is introducing two models: the 3520 2U 24-drive solution with 2.5-inch drives, and the 3530 2U 12-drive standard array, which offers 24TB of storage utilizing 2TB 3.5-inch drives. Each controller includes four 6Gb SAS 2.0 connections, for a maximum of eight host-attach connections per storage array.  The Dot Hill 3520 and 3530 enable businesses to expand storage dynamically and easily in direct-attached storage environments. There are four ports per controller, the solutions deliver exceptional performance, while eliminating the need for a switched SAN environment.
 
The Dot Hill 3520 and 3530 are now shipping through major original equipment manufacturer partners and will be available via Dot Hill resellers starting in July. More information can be obtained on specific products and features at...

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