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Aug 04
Samsung announces new all-in-one camera

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has announced the 12.2 megapixel PL90 featuring a built-in USB connector, enabling consumers to capture images and connect to a computer on the move without the need for additional wires or cords. It's due next month for US$149.99
The PL90’s integrated USB connector allows content to be shared with the camera’s plug and play capabilities, including the Auto-install intelli-studio software, and instant access to any computer via the USB. In addition, users will never have to worry about running out of power with the PL90, as the USB connector also allows consumers to charge the battery without a separate power cord, says Sangjin Park, president of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.

The PL90 features Samsung’s new Smart Auto (Still & Movie) technology that purportedly enables consumers to capture a picture in virtually any conditions. The Smart Auto...

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Aug 04
European Commission chooses iPhone, HTC over the Blackberry

The European Commission has opted for the iPhone and HTC handsets over the BlackBerry to roll out to its employees, reports "CNET" (http://macosg.me/2/ne).

The search for a new smartphone began in 2008 when the Commission, the European Union's executive arm, was deploying a new synchronization tool, prompting it to evaluate different devices on the market, including BlackBerrys. The EC has been using PDAs made by Q-Tek (later HTC) since 2003.

"Following this evaluation, the HTC and the iPhones emerged as the most suitable platforms for voice/mail-centric mobile devices. As a result, the Commission currently supports these two platforms," spokesman for the EC wrote in an e-mail statement sent to "CNET."

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Aug 04
Wired.com thinks FTC eyeing Apple for antitrust violations

The Federal Trade Commission has nearly 200 pages of records related to a purported complaint by Adobe against Apple for banning iPhone developers from using its authoring tools to make iPhone apps. However, "in what might be the most-official confirmation that regulators are probing the ban for antitrust violations," the FTC declined to make them available to Wired.com, saying doing so “could be reasonably expected” to interfere with its “law enforcement” duties

Wired.com says it sought a copy of Adobe’s complaint by filing a Freedom of Information Act request in early May, which was denied in whole in a July 23 letter. “We have located 189 pages of responsive records, all of which are exempt from the FOIA’s disclosure requirement,” Joan A. Fina, the FTC’s assistant general counsel, said “These records are exempt… because disclosure of that material could reasonably be expected to interfere with the conduct of the Commission’s law enforcement activities.”

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Aug 04
VoiceServe introduces a softphone for the iPhone, iPod and iPad

VoiceServe (http://www.voiceserve.com), an Internet telephony software and service provider, says its wholly-owned subsidiary, VoipSwitch, now offers a Vippie softphone dialer for iPhones, iPods and iPads.

VoipSwitch’s softphone even enables iPad owners to use the tablet computer as a cell phone. The Vippie dialer requires access to the Internet and an account with VoipSwitch’s Call-to-PBX. Users are able to make and receive calls, use voicemail, dial from contact lists, record calls and more using the Vippie dialer.

The Call-to-PBX “iPhone softphone” is designed specifically to leverage the iPhone's unique capabilities on all its devices, according to VoiceServe CEO Michael Bibleman. The Call-to-PBX softphone works just like standard SIP softphones and connectivity is either through 3G, Edge or Wi-Fi.

Communication between registered users is free and the Call-to-PBX dialer can use...

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Aug 04
Motorola, HTC drive Android to smartphone OS Lead in the U.S.

Riding the wave of new handset introductions and wide carrier distribution in the second quarter (Q2), the Android smartphone operating system (OS) continued its upward climb in the U.S. consumer mobile phone market, according to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company.

For the first time since the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007, RIM fell to second position, as Android took the lead among operating systems in handsets sold to U.S. consumers. NPD’s latest wireless market research reveals that Android accounted for 33% of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (28 %) and Apple (22%).

"For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers," says Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter...

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Aug 04
Monotype Imaging adds Elegy Script family to collection

Monotype Imaging Holdings (http://www.fonts.com) has added the Elegy typeface to the company’s ITC font collection. An ornate script design, Elegy is based on the original ITC logo drawn by typeface designer Ed Benguiat.

Benguiat, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, has designed more than 600 typefaces. The name, Elegy, was chosen as a tribute to Aaron Burns, one of the original founders of ITC, which Benguiat also helped to establish in 1970.

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Aug 04
Karvt releases wooden skins for the iPhone

Karvt (http://www.karvt.com) has released a line of wooden skins -- yep, wood -- for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G. They're described as all-natural, eco-friendly, sustainable and made from 100% real wood.

The iPhone 3G skin is US$15, and the iPhone 4 skin is only $25. Karvt hand crafts each of there products by hand in the US, and no part of the process is ever outsourced, the company says.

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Aug 04
AudioMulch for Mac OS X extends rhythmic possibilities

Ross Bencina has released AudioMulch 2.1 (http://www.audiomulch.com), an update of the app that brings the interactive music studio to the Mac. The new version -- which works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher -- invites users to explore new rhythmic possibilities, extend AudioMulch with Audio Unit plugins on Mac OS X, and control the mix with built-in dynamics processing.

AudioMulch is designed for musical audio processing, composition, and performance. Its modular patcher-style user interface promotes an improvisational approach to music making. The software offers a range of built in sound processing and audio mangling tools along with parameter control capabilities that include time line automation, a MIDI control mapping system and the Metasurface multi-parameter controller.
 
After 10 years of running exclusively on Windows, entry into the Mac market is a significant step for AudioMulch,...

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Aug 04
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.1.2 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 2.1.2 (http://www.vinotekasoft.com), an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers synchronization of data with the iPhone/iPod touch application Vinoteka Touch 1.1.

Vinoteka costs US$34.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $79.90 or a business pack for $109.90. Version 2.1.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.

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Aug 04
SimpleMovieX update offers one-click iTunes library addition

Aero Quartet (http://aeroquartet.com) has released version 3.10 of SimpleMovieX, a Mac OS X movie editor. This new version lets you add movies to your iTunes library in one click, automatically picking the fastest method while preserving quality.

Movies with multiple audio tracks, like alternative languages or AC3 Dolby, can now be saved in MP4 formats natively. Chapters, languages, metadata and artworks that you add to your movies with SimpleMovieX, are compatible with AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Front Row. The bonus in version 3.10 is an experimental feature that saves XVID movies into iTunes library 10x faster by "mutating" video into MPEG4 Video codec: You can now watch a feature-length movie on your iPad or iPhone just 5 minutes after opening it with SimpleMovieX.

With a feature set roughly similar to QuickTime Pro, SimpleMovieX extends editing capabilities to other popular video formats...

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Aug 04
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds Safari 5 support

TranslateIt! (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) for Mac -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.6. Now the program works with big texts wiser. If you enter text of more than 100 symbols into dictionary window, the translation window will open automatically and the text will be translated.

Now it's possible to connect modules of morphological analysis with a dictionary group. Rules for online-services are updated in TranslateIt! 12.6. Online-services allows to get translation from TranslateIt! without visiting of service site.

In the new version, searching of words with misprints is accelerated and optimized. Even if you enter a word without letter or with unnecessary letters, the program will show you similar words.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa...

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Aug 04
Logitech unveils rechargeable speaker dock for the iPod

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i, a portable speaker dock for the iPod and iPhone. It features eight custom-designed speaker drivers and an eight-hour rechargeable battery.

"The new Rechargeable Speaker S715i offers eight drivers -- twice that of our previous speaker docks -- and includes a rechargeable battery so you can take your tunes with you," says Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit.

It sports two three-inch laser-tuned neodymium drivers, two half-inch neodymium tweeters for s and four two-inch passive radiators. The Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i comes with a wireless remote control to give you command over functions such as power, volume, play, pause, shuffle, skip and repeat from up to 30 feet away.

You can take the dock with you in the included travel case that also has...

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Aug 04
Extensis launches cloud-based web font service: WebINK

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced that the web font rental service, WebINK (http://www.webink.com) is now fully available to the public.
 
"Typography has always been a part of high-quality print design," says Celartem CEO Osamu Ikeda. "WebINK allows designers to be as discriminating about their typography on the web, as they have been in print."
 
With an eye for quality, Extensis has partnered with several type foundries to provide around 2000 high quality web fonts through WebIN, he adds. New partners and typefaces are being added regularly. Users can browse, select and implement fonts from any of nine partner foundries.
 
WebINK can be accessed online, or through the WebINK features integrated into Suitcase Fusion 3, Extensis’ single-user font management solution. To get started using WebINK, all new users automatically receive the first 30 days free of...

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Aug 04
Kapeli offers Switche for Mac OS X

Kapeli has released Switche (http://kapeli.com/switche/), an US$7.99 Mac OS X app that "combines CMD+Tab's simplicity with Expose's style and elegance." In fact, it uses Expose for all of its features.

Users can define three pairs of keyboard shortcuts. CMD+Tab will cycle between active apps Expose-style and the other two pairs will switch between windows of the same app or between all windows. Switche can be used to: switch between applications; switch between windows, or switch between the windows of the frontmost application

The software can: skip applications with no open windows; automatically zoom windows (using Expose); and close windows and quit applications by pressing "W" or "Q." Switche is a 2.3MB application that purportedly has no impact on the system.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). A demo is available for download.

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Aug 04
Intelligent Assistance releases transcript workflow tool

Intelligent Assistance has launched prEdit, their pre-editing tool for developing paper cuts (a.k.a. radio cut) from transcripts. It lets producers or editors cut transcripts into selects.

You can add and update log notes with auto-complete logging fields. prEdit previews the video for any clip, subclip, paper cut or section of paper cut. And it exports to Excel spreadsheets and Final Cut Pro, or Premiere Pro sequences.

Reports can be further processed in Excel for formatting and additional detail, if required.
prEdit is available now from AssistedEditing.com and carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$395. However, a $295 introductory special runs through Aug. 31.

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Aug 04
REFOG releases Personal Monitor for Mac

REFOG has released Personal Monitor for Mac (http://www.refog.com/download.html), a monitoring tool designed to give Mac OS X users insight into what's happening on a their computers when they're away.

The program tracks all computer activities, providing an array of monitoring functionality. Invisible in the stealth mode, it logs all keystrokes, saving IM conversations, messages, and basically every phrase typed. What's more, it saves addresses and names of web sites visited and logs all applications running on the computer. To further illustrate what's going on, Personal Monitor automatically takes screen captures warning you if the person you're monitoring is even watching or reading something inappropriate.

The reports generated by the program can be stored locally or sent via e-mail. Personal Monitor features filtering by date and the text search.

The app costs US$...

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Aug 04
Freeway 5.5 Preview released with Showcase Gallery app

Softpress Systems has released Freeway 5.5 Preview, a free evaluation version of its upcoming paid-for upgrade to the web-design products, Freeway Express and Pro. Preview versions of both Freeway Express and Freeway Pro are available from the Softpress web site (http://www.softpress.com).

According to Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan, alongside Freeway's extensive existing feature set, Freeway 5.5 has a range of new functionality including:

° Freeway Showcase: Showcase offers even absolute beginners thousands of fully-customizable options so that they can effortlessly build professional, feature-rich galleries and slideshows from scratch in just minutes, he says. You can import images for use into the application via drag and drop from the Finder, or from iPhoto/Aperture libraries displayed in the app itself), or by direct import. A variety of appearance and layout options are available...

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Aug 04
Clearwire introduces 4G broadband service for iOS devices

Clearwire Corp. (http://www.clearwire.com), a provider of wireless broadband services, has announced CLEAR iSpot, a personal hotspot with dedicated support for Apple’s line of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

The iSpot brings the speed and mobility of true mobile broadband to a user base primed for the rich online experience of 4G, says Thomas Enraght-Moony, senior vice president of marketing at Clearwire. With CLEAR, customers can run all of their Apple mobile devices at true broadband speeds for a single, simple monthly fee, he adds.

The iSpot is CLEAR’s first 4G personal mobile hotspot made exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. iSpot users can share 4G speed with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled Apple mobile devices simultaneously. The CLEAR iSpot’s ergonomic design and white casing were specifically designed to complement the iconic image of Apple...

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Aug 04
'YML' looks at jailbreaking, RIM and Microsoft

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at jailbreaking the iPhone, RIM and Microsoft.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Aug 03
Security firm: vulnerabilities found in iOS

A newly discovered vulnerability in the software that runs Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch could allow hackers to remotely enslave the popular mobile devices, according to the Vupen security firm (http://www.vupen.com)

"Two vulnerabilities have been identified in Apple iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod, which could be exploited by remote attackers to take complete control of a vulnerable device," says Vupen. "The first issue is caused by a memory corruption error when processing Compact Font Format (CFF) data within a PDF document, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary code by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted web page using Mobile Safari. The second vulnerability is caused by an error in the kernel, which could allow attackers to gain elevated privileges and bypass sandbox restrictions. Note: These flaws are currently being exploited by jailbreakme to remotely jailbreak Apple...

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Aug 03
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 3

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/).

Soupface has announced D Morph -- Celebrity Visual Face Trivia 1.0, an US$0.99 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The objective of D Morph Game is to "d morph" the images of combined celebrity faces. It's visual face trivia! Players have 30 seconds to "d morph" each of the countless images. The faster you answer correctly, the more points you receive.

MightyExcellentPosse has released FaceTag 1.0, a $0.99 app for iOS. It allows users to add customized messages to any photo and offers numerous ways to share their creations with others. You choose one to four built-in text bubbles, which can be resized and placed anywhere in the photo, and then simply type what their friend's face just said, or whatever funny, witty or insightful thought comes to...

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Aug 03
Mobile Edge makes checkpoint friendly laptop bags from corn

It may sound corny (sorry, couldn't stop myself) but Mobile Edge has teamed up with DuPont and incorporated their new polymeric material Sorona as the main material for their new ScanFast laptop cases. This pioneering material is produced partially with agricultural feedstock (corn stocks) that purportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63 percent when compared to typical petroleum based Nylon or Polyester production.

Mobile Edge designed their new Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Case Collection (http://www.mobileedge.com/scanfast) with this new renewable resource which reduces energy consumption during production by 30%, reducing dependency on oil and petrochemical products, according to G. David Cartwright, president and CEO of Mobile Edge. The Sorona fibers are soft and extremely stain resistant with high strength and stiffness qualities, he adds.

The TSA has announced...

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Aug 03
Visit FreeUnixIAM.com to download Quest Identity Manager

Quest Software has launched Quest Identity Manager for Unix as freeware to  streamline the management of local Mac/Unix/Linux users and groups. With it you can report on key identity and group information across Unix/Linux systems and assess the readiness of systems for advanced functionality such as Active Directory bridge technologies.

Quest Identify Manager offers a bird's eye view of all local Unix accounts and system parameters, enabling administrators to determine which systems are ready for advanced functionality offered by Active Directory bridge technologies such as Quest Authentication Services. The web-based console ties identity related tasks together for a centralized point of management that can be run from any Mac, Windows Unix or Linux platform and any of the most common browsers.

You can try Identity Manager by going here: http://www.freeunixiam.com/ .

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Aug 03
SuperMegaUltraGroovy updates Capo for Snow Leopard

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has updated Capo (http://supermegaultragroovy.com/products/Capo/), a Mac OS X application designed to help aspiring musicians learn to play their favorite tracks, to version 2.0. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Capo slows down songs from iTunes without changing the pitch, letting users hear every note and chord and play along at their own pace. It allows users to adjust the speed and pitch of audio, independent of one another. Pitch adjustments can be made finely, to match an instrument's tuning, or coarsely, to change the song's key. In addition, users can set markers, and create loops, to aid their learning. All these settings can be saved in Capo documents, so that users can later return to where they left off.

The marker features in Capo lets you move around a song quickly. When learning a new section,...

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Aug 03
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets interface improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html) -- a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.5.1. The upgrade sports some interface improvements and bug fixes.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.5.1 is a free update for registered users.

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