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Aug 07
Toon Boom releases Storyboard Pro 2

Toon Boom Animation ( has released Storyboard 2, an update of the , a new version that the company says infuses more power and flexibility into the idea creation, development and visualization process.

New feature highlights include:

° Content creation tools: an extended set of tools and tool properties; the creation and reuse of brushes with specific settings; creation of custom brushes using a stroke or a series of strokes; setting of separate colors for Brush, Pencil and Paint tools; selection of strokes based on the current color selection; extended rich text support for captions; and the addition of sketch captions on a panel-by-panel basis.

° Input/output capabilities: Final Draft 8 support; customization of the PDF export on a panel-by-panel basis; improved PDF Export with Analyze functionality; extended export to Final Cut Pro through XML; Final Cut Pro...

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Aug 06
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 6

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

LIFE has announced two new iPad apps: photography book “Wonders of the World” and a Wallpaper app. “Wonders of the World” (US$4.99) features more than 100 photos of some of the most amazing creations in the world, old and new, man-made and natural. LIFE’s Wallpaper app ($1.99), featuring classic LIFE imagery, is the first in a series of themed wallpaper apps from LIFE that will allow users to use iconic photos for their iPad screen background.

Nordersoft has released WordMesh HD 1.0 for the iPad. It's a take on the word game genre, where players separate two words that have been meshed together. The words, which float in 3D space, are manipulated by the player and as they clear each level the words get longer and the puzzles get harder. Starting...

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Aug 06
Chain Reaction comes to the Mac

Jalada has released Chain Reaction, an US$9.99 puzzle game for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Be prepared to enter the exciting world of Chain Reaction and let yourself be mesmerized by this unique arcade puzzle game. Collect the color bubbles on the field by combining them into chains to enter the next level, and create the longest chain ever to get the highest score. Besides a subtle strategy, various rewards will help you to solve a level in a faster way."

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Aug 06
Analyst expects new iPods, MacBook Airs in September

BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman tells clients in a note that he's expecting new iPods and MacBook Airs next month, reports "Barron's" ( He's anticipating new iPod nanos and iPod touches.

Bachman thinks the former will be smaller than its predecessors and will lack a click wheel. He's expecting a touch with a camera.

When it comes to the MacBook Air, he's expecting two models. Bachman doesn't offer too many details but does foresee a price drop.

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Aug 06
PANTONE PLUS Libraries Installer available for download

The PANTONE PLUS Libraries Installer, a utility that allows creatives to access PANTONE PLUS Libraries directly from Adobe Creative Suite design applications, is now available on the Pantone web site.

Users can download the installer free-of-charge at to integrate all the 566 new PLUS SERIES Colors into Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
The Installer includes the following PANTONE PLUS Color Libraries:
PANTONE PLUS Solid Uncoated
The PANTONE PLUS Libraries will be differentiated from...

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Aug 06
China Unicorn can sell iPhone with Wi-Fi

China Unicorn will begin selling iPhones with Wi-Fi on Monday, Aug. 9, in China, reports the "Associated Press" ( The wireless provider began selling the Apple smartphone in October, but early models lacked wireless connections due to Chinese regulations.

China Unicom will sell 8GB iPhones with third-generation service and Wi-Fi throughout China starting Monday. The company also sells 16GB and 32GB iPhones without Wi-Fi.

Beijing barred use of Wi-Fi while the government tried to develop a competing Chinese system, dubbed WAPI but regulations issued this year allow Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is seen as important to the success of the iPhone in China because many people want to use the devices to surf the web, but don't want to pay higher data rates for using the mobile network. In the past China has required mobile phones with Wi-Fi also to support WAPI, a "homegrown" security protocol.

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Aug 06
Apple Japan must offer iPod nano replacement battery

Japan's trade ministry has ordered Apple Japan to state on its web site that users who are concerned about their iPod nano portable music player catching fire can receive a replacement battery, reports "Reuters" (

The ministry ordered Apple to publish an "easy to understand" statement online explaining how users of the devices -- purportedly responsible for four cases of minor burns in Japan -- can receive replacement batteries and obtain advice, a spokesman for the ministry told "Reuters."

Six incidents involving the 2005 model nano catching fire while being charged have been reported to the Ministry of Economy since 2008. And there were purportedly an additional 21 cases involving incidents where the players overheated and emitted smoke since 2005.

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Aug 06
Aimersoft DVD Copy lets you copy and back-up your DVDs

Due to restrictions by Google, this article has been redacted.

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Aug 06
Jumsoft releases 10 new themes for Keynote

Jumsoft ( has added to its selection of business templates for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork bundle. Each theme includes 32 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts.

All photo slides feature media placeholders to crop a placed image into a custom shape. The complimentary Bullets folder includes a set of 15 extra bullet designs, which can be used to further customize any of the themes for a specific case.

Jumsoft's themes require iWork '08. Each theme is US$19.

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Aug 06
Info needed on retail management software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at retail management apps for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line ( no later than Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Aug 06
Interarchy for Mac OS X gets 'bug fix' update

Nolobe has updated Total Interarchy, its file transfer product for Mac OS X (10.4.11 and later), to version 10.0.1. It's a maintenance update.

A demo of Interarchy 10.x is available for download. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license. Version 10.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 10. Users of earlier versions can upgrade to version 10.x for $29.95.

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Aug 06
USB Fever launches new iPhone, iPad, iPod products

USB has launched new products for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The Sync and Charging Controller Adapter for iPhone/iPad/iPod ( is a US$9.99 charging/syncing device.

The $14.99 Golf Bag/Sun Visor Clip Holder for iPhone/iPhone 4 ( is a device for mounting your Apple gadget on a golf bag. The Custom-Made RearView Mirror Holder for iPhone 4 (

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Aug 06
Mirye Software announces Shade X

Mirye Software ( has announced the the Shade X 2010 Early Access Program for users of Shade 10 or higher. Shade X is an early access program that gives Shade users private access to early releases of the next generation of Shade, the professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool set from Mirye Software.

Shade X 2010 is available only to users of Shade 10. Shade X 2010 users will have access to pre-release versions of the next generation of Shade that will be released in English in 2011, as well as a full license of the product. Users of the Shade X Early Access Program will also have access to Shade Unplugged, a special, internal release of Shade, immediately available,  which adds several new features that will be incorporated into to the 2011 official release.

What's more, Shade X 2010 users have access to a private forum and mailing list that includes professional artists...

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Aug 06
AlwaysOnPC releases virtual PC app for idevices

AlwaysOnPC has announced version 1.0 of their Virtual PC app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It boasts more than 40 pre-installed programs including a mobile office suite and Firefox.

AlwaysOnPC purportedly delivers a combination of productivity tools and capabilities that frees users from their desktops. Using Open Office, users can edit, copy and paste between apps, and save most common file types including Word (.doc and .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), and PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and more.

The lack of Flash has been a controversial issue regarding Apple's idevices and a disappointment for some -- until now, say the folks at AlwaysOnPC. Their product delivers an iPad and iPhone Flash Player with Firefox so users can finally browse the whole web on their device. Although it doesn't yet support audio or full motion video (these improvements are purportedly coming soon) customers still enjoy access to their favorite sites like Facebook games, Google Analytics, and...

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Aug 06
Foxit designed to protect against malicious jailbreak PDFs

Foxit Corp. (, a provider of solutions for reading, editing, creating, organizing, securing PDF documents and eReader devices, has announced an upcoming security patch for its Foxit Reader. The upcoming Foxit Reader enhances PDF document security that is currently being used to compromise iPhone/iPad devices.

Foxit is taking a proactive measure in securing its 100 million PDF Reader users against the iPhone/iPad jailbreaking application that utilizes malicious PDFs to hack the systems of unsuspecting users, according to , says Alex Alexander, AVP, corporate marketing for Foxit. Hackers are now trying to use these malicious PDF’s to access sensitive data on desktops. Foxit expects the release to occur within the next 10 days.

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Aug 06
Itzabitz is new educational game for the Mac

Virtual Programming has released a Mac OS X version of Sabi Games' ItzaBitza, an education game in which children's drawings come to life and help them develop their reading skills, thanks to a drawing recognition system called Living Ink.

ItzaBitza stars Sketchy, who asks children to draw things that he or she (depending on the gender chosen by the child) puts to good use. For example, Sketchy will grow or shrink to fit into a house. Then Sketchy will ask the player to complete a task to earn a star, such as drawing additional items for Sketchy to use, or finding hidden objects.

Speech bubbles containing simple words also appear. When the child holds the mouse over each word, Sketchy says it, enabling the child to not only identify those words but also understand the concept of reading words from left to right, top to bottom, says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton. As children draw objects and point at words, they also develop valuable computer mouse skills.

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Aug 05
Genilogix releases iOS compatible QC Mobile

Genilogix ( says QC Mobile, is now available for download via the Apple App Store. It allows professionals to run application testing through HP Quality Center from virtually anywhere.

Using Apple iPads, iPhones, and/or iPod touch mobile devices running Genilogix QC Mobile, development and quality professionals can perform tests, track defects, and transmit electronic test data wirelessly. Genilogix QC Mobile integrates with HP Quality Center, a quality-management software platform.

"Genilogix QC Mobile addresses environments where mobility is a critical component for testing and defect tracking," says Nate Stuyvesant, chief technical officer of Genilogix. "Certain verticals like manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, hospitality, and telecommunications are now able to extend the workflow and reporting capabilities of HP Quality Center beyond software testing to...

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Aug 05
iSuppli: Android to outstrip Apple's iOS by 2012

Google is expected to prevail in a key battleground for its wireless war with., as the smart phone market share of the Android Operating System (OS) rises to surpass that of the iPhone’s iOS in 2012, iSuppli Corp. ( predicts.

Android will be used in 75 million smart phones by 2012, up from five million in 2009, forecasts the research group. Meanwhile, iOS usage will amount to 62 million in 2012, up from 25 million in 2009.

This will give Android a 19.4% of the global market for smart phone OSes in 2012, up from 2.7% in 2009, according to iSuppli. Apple’s iOS for the iPhone will see its share rise to 15.9% in 2012, up from 13.8% in 2009. In 2014, Android’s share of global smart phone OS usage will rise to 22.8%, while iOS will decline to 15.3 %, predicts the research group.

"Android is taking the smart phone market by storm," says Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless...

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Aug 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Aug. 5

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

DISH Network has announced a free app for the iPad: DISH Remote Access. It's specifically designed for the tablet and allows users to control their televisions and manage their programming remotely.

VoiceTra, a voice translation application enabling conversation via voice input, and TexTra, a text input-based translation application, are available for free download from the Apple App Store. Developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, both applications enable high-quality translation among multiple languages.

Focusing on adapting their endpoint security and data loss prevention cloud services to the lifestyle of modern businessmen and gadget-loving home users, CoSoSys has is offering the free My Endpoint...

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Aug 05
Apple stays in the number three global smartphone vendor spot

The worldwide smartphone market grew 50% year over year in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), driven in large part by makers of smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system, though Apple maintained its number three position globaly, according to a new report by the IDC ( research group

Vendors of converged mobile devices, more commonly known as smartphones, shipped a total of 63 million units in the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), compared to 41.9 million units in the same period one year ago. For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 118.3 million units, up 54% from the 76.8 million units shipped during the first half of 2009.

Google's smartphone partners, such as HTC and Samsung, posted the highest year-over-year growth rates in IDC's 2Q10 smartphone Top 10 vendor rankings. In fact, four of the top ten vendors, all of whom predominantly ship Android-powered...

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Aug 05
Apple working on iPhone security fix

Apple says that it has a fix for the browser security flaw discovered earlier this week on its iOS-powered devices, according to "CNET" (

After the iPhone Dev Team released the latest jailbreak software hack for the iPhone over the weekend, it became apparent that the way the jailbreak worked -- via an iPhone's mobile Safari browser -- that the phone has a security vulnerability when it comes to the way it loads PDF files from the web, the article adds.

On Wednesday an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement, "We're aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update."

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Aug 05
iSkin releases new iPhone 4 cases

iSkin ( has released solo and revo4 cases for the iPhone 4. What's more, the new iSkin solo will be initially offered online for US$14.99 -- 50% off the suggested retail price until Aug. 31.

The iSkin solo's design combines a glossy translucent back, matt finished sides and highlighted button accents. It's made from a "phthalate-free" polymer and is available in five shades: Carbon (black), Quartz (clear), Breeze (light blue), Vive (purple) and Cosmo (pink). 

The iSkin revo4 delivers full body protection against moisture, shock and impact. Integrated headphone jack and charging port covers are designed to seal and guard the ports from moisture and particles. All buttons are securely covered, while maintaining full functionality and sensitivity. The revo4 also features the hard-plastic Visor that snaps over the iPhone’s screen, protecting it against impact and hazardous environments...

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Aug 05
MakeMusic releases SmartMusic 2011

MakeMusic ( has released SmartMusic 2011, the latest update of the interactive music software that provides educators and students with access to thousands of band, orchestra, concert solos and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performances.

SmartMusic also allows teachers to individualize instruction, document progress for every student, and create an ideal practice environment. MakeMusic CEO Ron Raup says SmartMusic 2011's new features include:

° Streamlined screens, controls and personalized home pages that provide quicker, easier access to music, tools and key information;

° Enhanced educator screens and controls that make it faster and easier to send customized instructions, create assignments and document and track student progress;

° The ability to send assignments directly...

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Aug 05
Gratuitous Space Battles blasts onto the Mac

Positech Games has released Gratuitous Space Battles ( for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The US$22.95 game requires a Mac with an Intel processor.

Here's how the game is described: "GSB is the ultimate space strategy game. It's a strategy/management/simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. 

"In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorio

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Aug 05
Analyst: Microsoft shares because of Mac competition to Windows...

Wow, how's this for a change? Shares of Microsoft edged lower Wednesday after Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry downgraded the software giant in part due to increased competition from Macs to Windows systems, notes the "Seattle PI" (

The analyst told investors he doesn't expect the Big M to see any upside to his estimates for the next 12 to 18 months. Chowdhry says that, increasingly, companies are giving their employees a choice to either use Macs or PCs -- and, increasingly, employees are choosing Macs over Windows. What's, Chowdhry said 70% of college freshman are entering school with Macs, up about 10 to 15% a year ago.

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