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May 27
Akvis Sketch ready for Photoshop CS5

Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Sketch 11, an update of the software that converts photos to pencil and watercolor drawings. The new version is compatible with Photoshop CS4-CS6 64-bit on both Mac and Windows systems. Also two new interface modes (Express and Advanced) have been added.

An Akvis Sketch Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72. Registered users of the previous versions can upgrade to version 9.0 for $39. Or you can buy the Alchemy Bundle (which includes the Sketch, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite plug-ins) for $325.

For business licenses consult the Akvis web site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations. Akvis Sketch 11 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and...

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May 27
CopyCatX 5 ready for Snow Leopard

SubRosaSoft.com has released CopyCatX 5.0. for Mac OS X (http://subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPat...). This updated version of their drive duplication software offers faster performance, file and folder copying, a streamlined and easier-to-use interface, and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

CopyCatX utilizes sector copying instead of the “file-by-file” copy employed by most backup software. Sector copying enables the user to retain every detail of the original drive --from bootablity to the icon locations. CopyCatX is neither file system nor OS dependent; it can y make an identical copy of Mac, Linux, Windows, TiVo or other drives.

In addition to copying the entire volume or device, the latest...

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May 27
Data Robotics develops integration between Drobo FS, Time...

Data Robotics has announced integration of Drobo FS (http://www.drobo.com/drobo-fs), the Drobo designed for expandable file sharing, and Apple's Time Machine, an automated backup solution. The new Drobo FS with Time Machine integration offers Mac users a highly efficient and scalable shared storage and backup solution, according to Mark Fuccio, senior director of products and markets at Data Robotics.

Drobo FS users are now able to pre-define a limit on how much storage will be used for Time Machine backups. Previously, Time Machine would consume capacity until it was gone and then delete the oldest backups to make room for new backups. The Drobo FS platform enables multiple Mac users on a network to automatically and simultaneously back up to the same Drobo FS.

Powering Drobo FS is a dual core microprocessor: one core runs Drobo’s BeyondRAID code, while the other core runs an embedded...

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May 27
Report: DRM must evolve or die

A new report from Arthur D. Little’s -- a global management consultancy specializing in strategy and operations management, serving major corporations and organizations worldwide -- examines the current state of play in Digital Rights Management (DRM) and concludes that systems must evolve to deliver both acceptable content protection for owners and maximum interoperability for users, otherwise DRM may be abandoned altogether.

While DRM has been used since the early days of digital content distribution, it has long been a source of controversy, with complex proprietary systems creating integration headaches for manufacturers and distributors, and preventing end users from legitimately sharing content across different devices and platforms says the Little report. The rise of digital piracy can even be part-blamed on the inflexibility of traditional DRM systems, with users resorting to file sharing as not only the cheapest, but also easiest way of accessing and sharing content...

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May 27
Study.Net confirms iPad plans

Study.Net Corp. (http://www.study.net) has confirmed plans to extend the company's services to the iPad for use during the fall academic term.  These actions reinforce the company's commitment to enhance education and collaborative learning through the use of technology, says Jay McGoodwin, president and CEO.

"Obviously, the iPad is a potential game changer when it comes to convenience and ease-of-use," he says. "More importantly, the iPad has prompted traditional publishers to expand content delivery strategies and make it increasingly possible for students to access and manage all of their course materials online."  

Study.Net's service is used by instructors to assemble course content from multiple sources for direct online delivery.  Students will be able to use an iPad to purchase, view, and save course materials delivered by Study.Net. The company will also introduce capabilities to annotate...

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May 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 26

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/).

People who love to read and share their favorite books with friends now have a new iPhone app to help them recall each book they’ve read, enter notes on what they liked about each one, jot down the titles they’d like to read, and share favorites with friends by Facebook or email. BookLover, by Electric Pocket (US$0.99) also automatically fetches the book cover and, in many cases, a synopsis of each book in the reader’s collection or on their wish list.

Sunstorm Interactive has announced Sundae Maker 1.0, an US$0.99 app for iPhone and iPod touch users. It allows the user to select a cone, dish, or bowl, and then build their sundae. There are a wide assortment of different flavors of ice cream, syrups, goodies, and decorations. Their creation...

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May 26
Facebook redesigns privacy options

Facebook says it's responded to user comments and concerns about privacy by announcing it will introduce simpler and more powerful controls for sharing personal information.

New settings will give the more than 400 million people who use Facebook the power to control exactly who can see the information and content they share, all with just a few simple clicks, according to Facebook Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an online blog (http://blog.facebook.com/). In addition, new settings will be added to make it easier to turn off third-party applications or web sites, he adds.

The company's new privacy controls reflect wide-ranging consultation with the office of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a number of online privacy and consumer advocacy groups. These include the Center for Democracy and Technology, Consumer Action, Future of Privacy Forum, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Progress and Freedom...

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May 26
Apple now second-most-valuable company in the US

Apple zoomed past Microsoft as the world's biggest tech company as measured by market value on Wednesday. Apple's shares rose 1% on Nasdaq on Wednesday, pushing its market value up to US$225.1 billion and ahead of Microsoft's $222.7 billion, according to "Reuters" data (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100526/tc_nm/us_apple_stock_1).

Apple shares were up 1% above $247 in late afternoon trading. Microsoft shares were down 2.2% to $25.50. Apple now only trails Exxon Mobile as the most valuable company in the US. Exxon's full market value is reportedly $283.06 billion compared to Apple's $227.10 billion. Microsoft's full market value is currently $226.72 billion.

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May 26
New Logic Pro tutorials available from macProVideo.com

macProVideo.com, a supplier of Audio DAW tutorials for Mac computers, has released a new tutorial-video program that shows how to professionally score videos, film, and other motion pictures.

The tutorial is called "Logic 203: Logic's Music-For-Picture Toolbox," and it contains over 2.5 hours of pro-level training you can download and stream to your computer, iPhone, or or iPad using macProVideo.com's N.E.D. tutorial-video players.

The tutorial is available for US$29.50 directly from the company's web site. You can also join macProVideo.com's Online Tutorial Library and stream all of the company's 160-plus tutorials (Including this tutorial) to your iPhone, iPad, or computer for $25 a month.

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May 26
FUEL TV launches iPad channel on iTunes

FUEL TV, a network dedicated to the lifestyle of action sports, has announced that an HD channel is now available in the Apple App Store specifically formatted for the iPad. T

Consumers may download some of FUEL TV’s best content for free and watch the premier podcasts FUEL TV has to offer. Podcasts for such shows as “The Moto,” “New Pollution” and “Tracking Eero” formatted for the smaller iPhone or iPod touch are now also formatted for the larger 1,024 by 768 pixel screen offered on the iPad and can be downloaded from the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fuel-tv-for-the-ipad/id365791072 .
 
To access FUEL TV’s HD quality podcasts on the iPad, go to the iTunes app from your iPad and search FUEL TV to find the “FUEL TV for the iPad” channel. There are currently FUEL TV podcasts featuring the...

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May 26
Consumer Watchdog wants probes into Google's WiSpy snooping

Consumer Watchdog has called on the state attorneys general to investigate Google's WiSpy snooping in their respective states to determine what state laws were broken.

"While the activity is likely a violation of federal laws, we believe there is a good possibility it also broke state wiretap, privacy and unfair business practices laws in many cases," wrote John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit group. "We call on each attorney general to investigate the extent to which this is the case in his or her jurisdiction."

The letter, addressed to James McPherson, executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General, continued: "Google's claim that its intrusive behavior was by 'mistake' stretches all credulity. In fact, Google has demonstrated a history of pushing the envelope and then apologizing when its overreach is discovered. Given its recent record of privacy abuses, there is absolutely no reason to trust anything the Internet...

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May 26
MMEmail plug-in ready for FileMaker Pro 11

Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/) has updated its MMEmail FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 1.1.4. The upgrade offers full compatibility with FileMaker Pro 11.

MMEmail has a built-in email window that allows the end-user to compose an email message as if they were using a normal email client. From within the email window, you can set the To, Subject, and Body, as well as Attach files. You can use a special Auto-enter Hierarchal Menu of predefined email addresses to populate the To field. The Subject and Body of your message can contain Merge Fields to grab information from the current record before sending the message.

Merge Fields can be inserted with a contextual menu. You can select attachments via a file dialog as well as selecting container fields from a menu. When you click the Send button, the email window can automatically send the message, or store entered...

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May 26
Quark launches Flash design competition

Quark has. launched a new Flash design competition that is open to designers who are creating Flash projects, such as web sites, banner ads, and online design portfolios, with QuarkXPress 8.

The competition kicks off today and voting will begin at the HOW Conference 2010 being held in Denver June 6-9. Submissions will be accepted at http://www.ilovedesign.com from May 26 through June 30, 2010 and voting will be open Sunday, June 6-30. The designer who submits the best Flash project as determined by voters will appear in HOW Magazine’s blog, win membership to HOW’s Design Insider Program, and take home a pack of designer’s tools, including the new  Pantone Plus Series Guides, a Pantone ColorMunki and a VisTablet from VisTablet Systems.
 
To enter the competition, designers must submit SWF files created with QuarkXPress 8 to...

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May 26
NewerTech announces NuRAM memory upgrade kits for Macs

Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has announced its new NuRAM Memory Upgrade Kits, which it says are the lowest priced DDR3 1066MHz RAM upgrades on the market and offered in up to 16GB for iMac and Mac mini desktop users and MacBook/MacBook Pro notebook users.

They're available as:

° NuRAM 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Module (1 x 4GB memory module), US$134.99;

° NuRAM 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules), $249.99;

° NuRAM 16GB DDR3 SO-DIM Memory Kit (4 x 4GB matched memory modules), $495.99.

For more info go to http://www.newertech.com/products/nuram.php .

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May 26
ATTO introduces new 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapters

ATTO Technology has introduced the ATTO FastFrame 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapters, the latest in its portfolio of high-performance connectivity products.

The FastFrame NS11 (single port) and FastFrame NS12 (dual port) leverage the Intel Ethernet 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller to meet the bandwidth-intensive demands of high-performance, unified storage environments in performance IT and media and entertainment markets.

ATTO’s FastFrame family of 10GbE network adapters are the first offerings in what will be an expanding FastFrame product family, according to Tim Klein, president and CEO of ATTO Technology. The FastFrame NS11 and NS12 will be followed by ATTO’s FastFrame Converged Network Adapters, featuring ATTO’s Fibre Channel driver technology, in the fourth quarter of the year. For more information on ATTO’s FastFrame family of 10GbE Network Adapters got o...

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May 26
'MacVoices' looks at upcoming SuperMeet in Boston

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), conference organizers Daniel Berube and Michael Horton talks about taking the Final Cut Pro SuperMeet experience to Boston in June.

It will be the first SuperMeet on the East Coast. Berube and Horton talk about why they felt the time was right for the change, why the video community of the Boston area made it the logical choice, and how many in that community are planning to attend and participate.

"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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May 26
Apple OSes accounting for more of Europeans' web browsing

Apple’s piece of the web browsing pie sits around 10% in the US when you take all of its platforms (Macs, iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, etc.) into account and is growing every day.

It doesn’t as big a percentage in Europe, but info from AT Internet says Apple’s operating systems are accounting for more pageviews every day, as reported by "HardMac" (http://macosg.me/2/bf). Apple’s market share is around 6.8% in Europe, having grown 2.3 points since last November.

"Apple has now a 6.8% market share, growing by 2.3 points since last year. If Apple is still far behind Windows, its share went up by 50% last year," says "HardMac." "We are still far in Europe from the 10% market share Apple has in the US, but things are going the right way."

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May 26
iTunes accounts for 28% of music purchased by US consumers

According to The NPD Group (http://npd.com/corpServlet?nextpage=corp_welcome.html), a market research company, Apple’s iTunes store continued to lead all music retailers, with 28% of all music purchased by U.S. consumers -- a gain of four percentage points since the first quarter of 2009.

Amazon gained three percentage points to tie Walmart for second position at 12%t. Based on NPD’s latest music industry research, sales of digital tracks and albums accounted for 40% of overall music market share in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010, which is a five percentage point gain since Q1 2009. NPD’s data is based on a combined music-retailer ranking that reflects the combined sales of CDs and digital music downloads (i.e., 12 digital music track downloads are equivalent to one CD).

When reviewing sales of digital music separately from CDs, NPD’s...

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May 26
Kindle to focus on reading, not taking on the iPad

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says that his company won’t try to make the Kindle more like the iPad, but will focus on reading.

At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Bezos said that the Kindle targets what he calls “serious readers,” while the iPad aims for a broader audience, reports the "Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870402620457526651173277018...). He also said that a color screen for the Amazon ebook reader was still a ways off.

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May 26
Analyst expects new iPhone, no other big news, at WWDC

In a note to clients today -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/05/26/what-steve-jobs-has-up-his-sleeve...) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is shaping up to be a "non-event." He's anticipating a new iPhone, but little else.

Munster thinks the new iPhone will sporth video conferencing features, a thinner design, an improved rear camera, better battery life and higher capacity (32GB/64GB). He doesn't expect it to go on sale (at the current $199/$299 price points) until mid to late June. Like other analysts, he expects the iPhone 3G to go out of production and the price of the iPhone 3GS to drop to $99.

Munster doesn't think we'll see an iPhone introduced for Verizon. Nor does he expect...

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May 26
Apple's actual business value now higher than Microsoft...

Apple's stock market capitalization hasn't quite surpassed Microsoft's, but the value of its actual business is now higher, according to "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Its-Official-Apple-Is-Now-siliconalley-306...).

Apple's business is now worth US$200 billion, while Microsoft's is only worth $197 billion -- at least by one simple calculation of enterprise value, the article says.

A company's stock market capitalization includes the net value of the cash and debt on the company's books. To figure out the imputed value of the company's actual business (or enterprise value), you have to adjust for the value of those other things.

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May 26
Apple, HP to look into suicides at China supplier

Apple and HP said they’ll examine the working conditions of their Hon Hai Group supplier, a labor-rights group called for a boycott of iPhones assembled by the Taiwanese company, and a "China Daily" newspaper editorial questioned Hon Hai’s “humanitarian concern” following several workers' suicides, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-26/hon-hai-opens-plants-as-hp-a...).

Gou’s move to open the factories to the media highlights the scrutiny the company is facing because of the suicides, according to UBS AG analyst Arthur Hsieh.“This has never been seen before, it’s really unusual times," he told "Bloomberg."

There have been nine suicides and two attempts at the China operations this year, a Hon Hai...

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May 26
Apple posts Boot Camp update for 13-inch MB Pro

Apple has posted a Boot Camp update (http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/) for the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro. It's available for users running either 32- or 64-bit versions of Windows on their Macs.

Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

According to Apple, the Boot Camp update fixes an issue “that causes the Boot Camp Control Panel applet to display an error when the brightness tab is selected and an issue that results in no headphone sound.” The 32-bit update is 1.5 MB...

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May 26
AdMob: iPhone OS leads Android OS 3.5-to-1 worldwide

AdMob (http://metrics.admob.com) -- one of the world's largest mobile advertising networks -- has compared unique devices running the Android and iPhone operating systems (OS) in its network in the April 2010 "AdMob Mobile Metrics Report."

The Android OS had its greatest concentration of unique devices in North America (75%) in April 2010, followed by Asia (12%) and Western Europe (11%). iPhone OS devices are more broadly distributed worldwide, but also had its greatest concentration in North America (49%), followed by Western Europe (28%) and Asia (14%).

In the US there was a 2-to-1 ratio of iPhone OS devices to Android OS devices; worldwide, that ratio expanded to 3.5-to-1. In AdMob’s network there were 8.7 million unique Android OS devices and 10.7 million unique iPhones in the U.S. in April 2010. But when non-phone devices running the iPhone OS -- the iPod touch and iPad --– are included, the...

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May 26
Harman International releases JBL On Stage Micro II

Harman International has released the JBL On Stage Micro II, one of the smallest iPod and iPhone compatible docks on the market. The second iteration of the the sound system features the same technology as its older sibling -- but with broader iPhone compatibility.

The JBL On Stage Micro II is a portable iPod and iPhone docking sound system. It's equipped with two Odyssey transducers and a remote. It's powered by an AC adapter or four AAA batteries that will provide up to 24 hours of continuous play. The remote can adjust volume, change tracks and fast forward/reverse through songs from across the room. In Navigation mode, it features full iPod and iPhone functionality, and listeners can browse by song, artist or album, and select playlists and slideshows plus videos.

The newest JBL junior dock is compatible with most docking iPod and iPhone devices, and it incorporates the Apple iPod universal dock adapter. The unit also connects directly to iTunes via USB 2.0 with a...

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