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Jun 16
New app, interface turns iOS devices into amp, pedal studio

Peavey Electronics and Agile Partners are joining forces to launch AmpKit, a guitar amp and effects iPhone application, and AmpKit LiNK, a high fidelity audio interface for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The AmpKit LiNK is a high fidelity iPhone, iPod touch and iPad interface for electric guitar, bass, or any line level source, with an output that can be connected to headphones, powered speakers or a PA. AmpKit LiNK's CrossTalk Eliminator is designed to solve the feedback problem inherent in existing unpowered iPhone interfaces. The interface can be used with any recording, processing, or tuning application, including Agile Partners' GuitarToolkit.

The AmpKit application is a real-time amp and pedal studio for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's available for free from the Apple App Store.

The AmpKit LiNK guitar interface will be available for pre-order from the Peavey online store as well as from dealers, distributors and retail stores for US$39.99....

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Jun 16
'YML' looks at iPhone 4 pre-ordering, new Mac minis,...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at iPhone 4 pre-ordering, new Mac minis and what else is coming, and whether or not he government should be investigating Apple.

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 -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

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 in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Jun 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 15

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Disney Interactive Media Group is offering Toy Story 3 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's free to download and lets fans play, personalize and stay connected to their favorite “Toy Story” characters, stories and happenings through both free and premium content that can be purchased within the app, ranging in price from US$0.99 to $3.99. 

AveComics is partnering with Markosia to publish their comic books and graphic novels catalogue. All the Markosia titles will be available on the AveComics iPhone or iPad applications, but also from the website or from the Android AveComics' application.

BOOM! Studios has announced BOOM! Studios Comics 1.0 for the iPad and iPhone. Built on comiXology's digital comic platform, the BOOM!...

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Jun 15
SRS sues Apple others for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Software Restore Solutions (SRS) have filed a lawsuit ( in the Illinois Northern District Court claiming that Apple and 26 other companies have infringed on one of its patents. The lawsuit was filed on Friday, June 11.

Besides Apple, the other companies being sued are: Activision Blizzard, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Capcom, Citrix, Corel Corp. and Corel, Inc., Dassault, Delcam, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Frontrange Solutions, International Business Machines, Intuit, Konami, Maximizer Software, Nuance Communications, Parametric Technology, Sage Software, SEGA of America, Skype, SPSS, Teradata, THQ, and Legacy Interactive.

The patent in question (number 5,832,511) is for a "workgroup network manager for controlling the operation of workstations within the computer network."...

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Jun 15
Analyst: Apple needs an attitude adjustment

In a note to clients, Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes says that Apple -- or at least its executive team -- needs an attitude adjustment, according to "Fortune" (

"We are watching these developments carefully, and believe that Apple has to be more careful about how its comments and actions are portrayed --rightly or wrongly by regulators -- now that it is the largest tech company by market cap in the world," he writes. "Apple still seems to have an 'underdog' attitude and it was only a few years ago that investors were calling for it to adopt the strategies of tech laggards like Microsoft and Dell. While the underdog attitude keeps the company driving for growth and over-achieving -- we believe the world no longer thinks of the company as an underdog at all."

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Jun 15
iPhone pre-ordering problems related to botched 'major...

Apple's iPhone 4 pre-ordering has been plagued by all kinds of snafus, but now an AT&T insider claims the problems may be related to "a major fraud update that went wrong" that's exposing AT&T users' private information.

So far there have been at least three accounted cases of mistaken identities sent by readers of "" ( The site says it happens this way:

"A customer tries to log into their AT&T account to order a new iPhone 4 upgrade. Despite entering their username and password, the AT&T system would take them to another user account. This gives access to all kinds of private information about the mistaken customer: Addresses, phone calls, and bills, along with...

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Jun 15
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.4

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.4. It's a 315.5MB download. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app.

According to Apple's release notes, Mac OS X 10.6.4 includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

° Resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive;

° Resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening;

° Address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers;

° Improve reliability of VPN connections;

° Resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing;

° Resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view;

° Improve compatibility with some braille displays.

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Jun 15
Several airlines offers in-flight Wi-Fi, iPads

CheapOair (, an online travel agency, says several of their airline partners now offer in-flight Wi-Fi and the iPad.

CheapOair is partnered with the airlines listed in the in-flight Wi-Fi category: Gogo In-flight Internet from Aircell LLC, an airline wireless internet provider. Some airplanes within the following fleets offer wireless: US Airways, AirTran Airways, Virgin America, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Other airlines expected to provide Wi-Fi include Continental and Frontier.

Another one of CheapOair's partners, Qantas Airways, is offering passengers the iPad to use during their flights.

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Jun 15
PopChar 5.0 for Mac OS X adds 'Favorites' group, more

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.0 (, an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade lets users collect frequently used characters in a custom "Favorites" group and a new hotkey feature.

PopChar X 5.0 also contains lots of improvements "under the hood" that lead to much faster display and scrolling of the character table, faster and more reliable reaction after changes to the installed fonts, and improved dynamic updates of special cases for specific applications, according to the folks at Ergonis. There's also a simpler technique and an improved visual representation for the menu attached to the status item.

PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however, version 5.0 is a free update for for anyone who purchased PopChar in the last two years. For info about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade...

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Jun 15
Art Files now supports Adobe CS5

Code Line ( has updated Art Files, the file collection utility for Adobe Illustrator documents, to version 2.0. It adds Adobe Creative Suite CS5 compatibility.

It also sports new features such as Cover Flow, Quick Look and a new "Locate" interface to help users find missing linked images. Art Files is a stand-alone application that automates the task of collecting Illustrator documents, linked images and fonts for graphics files. It can collect several documents at once.

Art Files costs US$49.95, and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Upgrades to version 2.0 form previous versions are $24.95.

A 15-day demo is available at the Code Line web site. Art Files is Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jun 15
Invoices 2.6.3 for Mac OS X is a maintenance release

Tension Software has updated Invoices (, a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.6.3. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.

Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jun 15
ArtOptimizer for Illustrator adds CS5 support

Zevrix ( has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.5. The new version adds support for Creative Suite 5.

ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.

In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer 2.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is also available for download.

ArtOptimizer is...

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Jun 15
Playback Media Server gets redesigned media management system

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.6 (, an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a redesigned media management system.

Version 1.6 also improves Spotlight query performance. iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture integration has been completely overhauled. The "playback_discovery" process has been eliminated. And version 1.6 adds support for Adobe Lightroom 3.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists...

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Jun 15
WaterField Designs releases iPhone 4 Smart Case

WaterField Designs has announced the iPhone 4 Smart Case ( with new colors and naturally tanned, distressed, leather sides. Pricing ranges from US$39 to $45.

Three carry-options include a svelte Slip style, a clip style for attaching to belts or other garments, and a Flap style for attaching to bag straps. The Smart Case comes in black, copper, pine, green, flame or pearl flavors.

WaterField also offers the iPhone Travel Case ($35 to $37), which is designed to keep the iPhone 4 and its accessories organized and tangle-free. Custom-sized, padded interior compartments keep items separated. Self-locking zippers ensure the contents don’t spill out accidentally. All three sizes (small, medium and large) purportedly maintain their thin and compact shape...

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Jun 15
PowerBullet 2x2 works with iPads, iPods, iPhones

EZGear ( has announced the US$19.99 PowerBullet 2x2, which works with the iPad, as well as iPhones and iPods. It's a combination wall charger, car charger. 

The device can be plugged into your wall socket, or to your car power socket. The back of the PowerBullet contains two USB ports. Using the USB cable that comes with your iPad, iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 Player, you can charge up to two devices at the same time. 

A red LED indicator lets you know it is on. The PowerBullet 2x2 confirms to standard USB power standards.

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Jun 15
Playrix launches Royal Envoy for Mac OS  

Playrix ( has brought its Royal Envoy strategy game to the Mac. This Universal Binary game runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and later. A demo is available for download.

Royal Envoy has been released as an US$19.95 Collector's Edition featuring exclusive bonus content. Her's how the game is described: "Royal Envoy invites players to set off on an adventurous voyage across Islandshire as they take the King's challenge to save the land of countless islands from the merciless forces of nature. The player’s mission is to construct and upgrade homes and buildings for the island citizens and ultimately become the chief city planner of Islandshire."

The game has nine islands to rebuild, a variety of homes and buildings to construct, and over 90 levels with eight bonus quests. It's a 154MB download.

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Jun 15
Dexim‘s first line of iPad accessories available

Dexim ( has announced the availability of its new line of fashionable cases and reflective screen protectors for the iPad. The new line offers a wide range of colorful designs, unique surface types and a variety of features to keep iPad users protected in style, says Dexin CEO Laconia Cheng, CEO.
The initial line of accessories will include the following types and styles:
° DLA136 Durable Protection Sleeve (US$21.90): made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), the transparent design is available in black or white.

° DLA139 Flexible Silicone Sleeve ($19.90), a premium silicone. Cases contain an etching design to add character and different colors are available.

° DLA141 Colorful Silicone Sleeve ($14.90): transparent, yet durable silicone sleeves available in a variety of colors.

° DLA134 Mirror Screen Care Kit ($15.99), which protects screen from...

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Jun 15
PHYX releases cure for blemished footage

Noise Industries has announced the release of development partner PHYX's latest plug-in, PHYX Cleaner, for the FxFactory platform. Designed to work inside After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications, the new PHYX Cleaner plug-in provides digital artists and editors with an advanced palette of tools for repairing and enhancing the visual quality of raw digital footage.

PHYX Cleaner's video enhancement regimen includes the ability to effectively rebuild pixelated chroma (color) channels, restore lost information in gradients while increasing e color depth, convert fields into progressive comb-free frames, buff-out skin blemishes, and remove high and low frequency jagged noise. 3D artists and filmmakers can also convert harsh 8-bit images to high-bit depth smoothness.

PHYX Cleaner is available for US$199 via the Noise Industries web site (http://www....

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Jun 15
VPN Tracker now offers connection profiles for VPN gateways from...

Equinux ( has released VPN Tracker 6.2.2, the newest version of its IPSec-based VPN client for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers new connection profiles for VPN gateways from ZyXel.

VPN Tracker simplifies the roll-out of VPN software through a licensing and deployment system, according to equinux CEO Till Schadde. The Mail based software distribution automatically creates a special disk images that includes the correct edition of VPN Tracker, a pre-configured Secure Desktop and VPN Connection as well as the software-license. The software distribution is based on a voucher-system that makes licensing VPN Tracker child's play.

VPN Tracker 6.x is available in three editions and runs on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. VPN Tracker Personal Edition is designed for single-users that would like to use the Internet to connect to a remote network. VPN Tracker Professional Edition is geared for...

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Jun 15
iScrapbook 3 for Mac OS X adds smart templates, Cover Flow...

Chronos has released iScrapbook 3.0, an update of its digital scrapbooking application for Mac OS X.

New features include: Smart Templates; Cover Flow previews; a font preview; a comments section; advanced image placeholders, text placeholders, support for 10,000-plus photos in iPhoto; faster page and album loading; and 16 free iScrapkits (an US$96 value).

iScrapbook is a scrapbooking kit and includes everything users needs to design and print scrapbooks. It comes with specialty photo corners, background papers, photo frames, pre-designed templates and 100+ Super-Masks for designer effects.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site ( iScrapbook costs US$49.99 for a single-user license. A family pack is also available for $89.99.

Registered iScrapbook 1.x and 2.x customers can upgrade to version 3 for $29.99....

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Jun 15
LAFCPUG to celebrate 10th Anniversary on June 16

The Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group, (lafcpug) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, June 16, at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood, California, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Founded in 2000 by Michael Horton and a small team of dedicated video and film professionals the lafcpug has grown from a small group of about 40 people in 2000 into a organization of over 6,000 members world wide and is considered the single largest Final Cut Pro User Group in the world.

To help celebrate the 10th birthday lafcpug will welcome film editor Steve Cohen who will show off the just released Avid Media Composer 5. In addition, Final Cut Studio Master Trainer and Avid Certified editor Steve Kanter will show off more Final Cut Tips for Avid Editors.

The meeting will also include another round of "Stump The Gurus," a panel of four Final Cut experts who will try and solve almost any problem anyone is having with Final Cut Pro. Rounding out the evening will be show and tells...

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Jun 15
NLU unveils BodyGuardz Dry Apple for the iPhone 4

NLU Products ( has announced BodyGuardz Dry Apply for the iPhone 4. It's a full-body protective films featuring a liquid-free adhesive and will ship July 9.

BodyGuardz Dry Apply features nano scratch-resistant technology and a specially formulated adhesive allowing the BodyGuardz film to dry quickly without any liquid, according to Kirk Feller, president and CEO of NLU Products. The films are easy to apply, repositionable before they set and leave no sticky residue if removed, he adds.

Specially designed to maintain optical clarity and durability without interfering with touch-screen functionality, BodyGuardz Dry Apply is essential for the iPhone 4, which features a flatter design, and glass back, increasing the need for full-body protection that doesn’t mask its sleek look, says Feller. BodyGuardz Dry Apply products range from US$14.95 to $24.95.

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Jun 15
Bento 3 World Cup Soccer template posted today

A new, free Bento template kit posted today for World Cup Soccer fans on the Bento Template Exchange --

It includes four pre-designed, ready-to-use templates for tracking the fixtures, games, player statistics and participating countries.

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Jun 15
'MacVoices' looks at Avatron apps

On the new "MacVoices" (, Dave Howell, the CEO of Avatron Software, talks about two apps, Air Sharing and Air Display.

He discusses why they wrote Air Sharing, how it functions as both a wireless interface to your iPhone or iPad as well as a document reader, and how they ensure the security of your data in transit. Then, Howell covers Air Display, the app that lets you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 15
Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 supports audio through Mini DisplayPort

Kanex ( has released the US$34.95 iAdapt HDMI V2, a a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with audio, for new and revised Mini DisplayPort connectors on MacBook and MacBook Pro mid 2010 models as well as all 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs.

MacBooks and MacBook Pros released in mid 2010 as well as 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models are now equipped with a new and improved Mini DisplayPort that can support both audio and video output. The iAdapt HDMI V2 is a single cable solution designed to pass both audio and video through the Mini DisplayPort connector. You can connect the iAdapt HDMI V2 and view high definition playback in 1080p and uncompressed digital audio with HDTVs, projectors, or monitors.

The iAdapt HDMI V2 supports video passthrough for all Mac models with a Mini DisplayPort connector. Its design allows for a single cable solution for HDMI connectivity.

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