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Jul 23
MacProVideo releases Cubase, NI Komplete tips, tricks, tutorials

MacProVideo (http:www.macProVideo.com) has released new "Tips 'N Tricks" (TNT) tutorials for Cubase and Native Instruments Komplete. These two new tutorials provide users with up to 30 minutes of new tips and tricks tutorials every month.

The first title, called "Native Instruments 303: NI Komplete TNT 1" provides monthly tips on using Native Instrument's flagship audio program. The second title, "Cubase 303: Cubase TNT 1" covers workflow techniques for Steinberg's Cubase software and is produced by Steinberg's y own product demonstrator Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

These tutorials are available from MacProVideo.com’s web site for both HD Download and streaming through the company’s extensive Online Tutorial Library.

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Jul 23
SmartSound reveals music workflow for Adobe After Effects CS5

SmartSound has released a set of three video tutorials showing a new royalty free music workflow for Adobe After Effects CS5 users.  

SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro 5.5 Scoring Edition offers several workflow options designed to make it easy for an After Effects user to create compelling soundtracks that are synchronized to their visuals. The free video tutorials can be watched at SmartSound’s web site (http://www.smartsound.com/university/After_Effects.html).

In addition to automatically delivering music in custom lengths, SmartSound enables control of the music arrangement and instrument mix for a customized end result.  All of these features are available in a roundtrip workflow that allows unlimited fine-tuning of the music without the need to save any project files in Sonicfire Pro.

The video tutorials were created by Jeff...

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Jul 23
LG Display can't keep up with iPad demand

LG Display may cut production of its liquid crystal displays (LCD) next month due to weak demand from TV makers but is unable to meet strong demand tied to Apple's iPad tablet computer, reports "Reuters" (http://macosg.me/2/l5).

"We are now running at full capacity but we are considering production cuts in August," LG Display CEO Kwon Young-soo told reporters. "The level of reduction will be smaller than the industry average."

LG is a suppler for the iPad, which has sold 3.47 million units since its April launch. Kwon said LG Display was unable to meet growing demand from Apple.

"Demand (from Apple) keeps growing and we can't meet it all," he told reporters."Apple may have to delay launches of the iPad for some countries due to tight component supplies and strong demand. We are considering increasing production lines for iPad products but overall supply is likely to remain tight until early next...

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Jul 23
Apple a finalist for 'Tech Brand of the Year' by T3

Apple has been named a finalist as "Tech Brand of the Year" and "Retailer of the Year" by "T3 Magazine" (http://awards.t3.com/) in its annual Gadget Awards. The company also racked up several other nominations.

About Apple, "T3" had this to say: "Originally known for its sleek, Jonathan Ive-designed Mac computers, Apple has shamed the collective mobile industry with its sudden iPhone dominance, and the launch of the iPad has seen a whole new front open.

"As every other manufacturer scrambles to launch a tablet PC too, Apple has shown just how visionary it's design and marketing departments still are.

"The closed Apple app ecosystem has a Marmite flavour to it, but the simplicity of use has seen millions flock to it, and created brand power that all others must be studying with interest. With the iPhone 4 launch interest already reaching near hysteria, it's certain that Apple will continue to be...

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Jul 23
iPhone 4 owners must use app to order bumpers

iPhone 4 owners can now order free bumpers from Apple. The bumpers are made by companies such as Speck, Belkin, Griffin and InCase. However, you'll have to download an app for their iPhone that handles the process.

To request a free case, iPhone 4 owners must enter their Apple ID or iTunes Store account info into the app -- available at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/) -- before picking our their bumper or case. For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later than Aug. 22. Otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase, says Apple.

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Jul 23
Amazon says iPad actually helping Kindle sales

Amazon says the iPad has helped boost its own e-reader, after Kindle sales rose every month since its rival's launch in May, reports the "London Evening Standard" (http://macosg.me/2/l1).

"The iPad has made more people aware of e-readers," says Brian McBride, managing director of Amazon in the UK. "We're selling more Kindles, which means we're selling more Kindle books. Even when people buy iPads, they are downloading the Kindle app in pretty significant numbers. For every 100 hardbacks we've sold in the past three months, we've sold 143 Kindle books.”

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Jul 23
Vodafone: service revenue up on iPhone demand

Vodafone Group, the world’s largest mobile-phone company," unexpectedly" returned to service revenue growth after a year and a half, riding demand for the iPhone in the U.K. and other markets, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/l2).

The company began selling iPhone in the U.K. in January after initially missing out on offering the device. Service revenue excluding currency swings and acquisitions in the three months ended June 30 rose 1.1% to 10.6 billion pounds ($16.2 billion).

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Jul 23
Hong Kong stores sell out of iPads quickly

The iPad has gone on sale in Hong Kong -- and is selling like hot cakes. There are currently 21 outlets in Hong Kong selling iPads at HK$3,000 to HK$6,000 -- and the tablet device is already in short supple, reports "CNN Go" (http://macosg.me/2/ky)

According to one of the City Plaza Shopping Centre representatives on hand, all 180 tickets for the iPad were given out within 30 minutes after the sales began at 10 a.m. with a few fans arriving as early as 6:30 a.m. to secure one of the tickets, the article says.

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Jul 23
Apple releases second preview version of Xcode 4

Apple has released the second preview version of its Xcode 4 developer preview at the Apple Developer web site (http://developer.apple.com/). It sports a new interface, automatic code fixing as you type and includes iOS SDK 4.

Xcode is the complete toolset for building Mac, iPhone, and iPad applications. Apple says that, with Xcode 4, the tools have been redesigned to be faster, easier to use, and more helpful than ever before.

"The Xcode IDE understands your project’s every detail, identifies mistakes in both syntax and logic, and will even fix your code for you," says Apple. "Quite simply, Xcode 4 will help you write better code."

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Jul 23
XanEdu launches iPad publishing program for educators

XanEdu (http://www.XanEdu.com), a faculty-preferred provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has launched an iPad publishing program. The move, conducted in concert with several major institutions in North America and Harvard Business School Publishing, will allow students and instructors greater flexibility in accessing course materials.

"The launch of our iPad platform for coursepack publishing is in keeping with XanEdu's legacy of innovation, which included the introduction of online coursepack publishing over a decade ago," sys Dan Arbour, CEO of XanEdu Publishing. "Mobile computing is a way of life on campus, and enabling the iPad to be part of the classroom is a new way to engage students."  

Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on an iPad. This capability is in addition to being fully integrated into...

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Jul 23
Three FileMaker Go sessions added to FileMaker Developer...

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced three special sessions focusing on FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad to the FileMaker Developer Conference 2010 schedule.

The three workshops will provide exclusive information for FileMaker Pro developers about optimizing FileMaker Pro databases for iPhone and iPad. The conference, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers, and users will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Aug. 15-18.

Introduced just two days ago and now available on the iTunes App Store, FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad enable users to work with FileMaker Pro databases on an iPhone or iPad. With FileMaker Go, users can view, edit, and search for information in FileMaker databases on their iPhone or iPad.

This year's FileMaker Develper Conference will feature more than 80 sessions and workshops, the most ever...

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Jul 23
Incipio announces screen protectors for the iPhone 4

Incipio (http://www.myincipio.com) has announced a line of screen protectors for the Phone 4. The Clear is, well, clear and adheres directly to the screen of the smartphone to repel dust and avoid scratches. It's available in an US$9.99 three-pack.

The Anti-Glare has a surface that allows for clear, uninhibited functionality while providing protection. It comes in a $15.99 three-pack.

The Mirror is a screen protector with a bright, mirrored metallic silver surface that doubles as a pocket mirror. It's available in a $14.99 three-pack.

The Privacy is a two-way privacy screen ensures that your information is protected from prying eyes. This hand-washable protector absorbs light impacts and helps prevent scratches and eliminate dust. It's $19.99 for a three-pack.

All Incipio Screen Protectors include a microfiber cleaning cloth and applicator card.

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Jul 23
White iPhone 4s not available until later this year

Wanting a white iPhone 4? You'll have to wait a bit. Apple put out a statement today saying the phones have been delayed.

"White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year," Apple says. "The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected."

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Jul 23
Vitamin-R update adds new signaling options

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.20 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds new options for signaling the end of a time slice.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those...

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Jul 23
Mailings for Mac OS X gets improved 'Other Options'...

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 1.9.77 (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html), an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. The new version sports an improved "Other Options" panel.

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$10; upgrades are always free. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 23
Lumious Books to develop original content for tablets

Luminous Books is a newly formed company that will be delivering "highly curated, rich-media content and periodicals to the tablet computer market. Andrew Cosby -- co-creator of Boom Comics and the "Eureka" series on the Syfy Channel -- will be one of the first writer/producers to collaborate with the company on original content.  

The company chose to announce the collaboration prior to this year's Comic-Con convention, because of Cosby's highly successful work as the co-creator of.

"What Luminous is doing is incredibly exciting and fundamentally different from the other stuff I've seen in this category," he says. "It's the main reason I decided to work with them. I'm all about breaking new ground, and they've developed an imaginative new approach to the medium, one that I'm convinced will allow us to capitalize on the truly transformative nature of these devices.  Using the iPad and similar tablet devices, we will be collaborating on products which will engage...

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Jul 22
OWC announces Multi-Mount for Macs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Multi-Mount custom engineered powder-coated aircraft grade aluminum bracket kits for securely installing smaller form factor (2.5-inch and 3.5-inch) hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSD) into larger sized (3.5-inch and 5.25-inch) drive bays in Mac Pro, Power Mac G5, and PowerMac G4 computers produced since 1999.

Available in seven different adapter bracket kits from US$17.99 to provide drive size use versatility, the OWC Multi-Mount gives Mac Pro and Power Mac G4/G5 users, as well as PC tower users, the freedom to expand their computer’s drive capacity and configuration. The OWC Multi-Mount is available in seven different kits that come complete with all required installation hardware and a color installation manual for easy assembly. Two Mac Pro specific kits include power and drive connection cables.

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Jul 22
Red Giant Software releases Colorista II

Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com) has released Magic Bullet Colorista II, a high-end color correction app for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It's compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. Features include:

° A keyer that allows you to adjust individual colors or ranges of colors. You can create color keys with a direct sampling interface. You can often, choke or invert the matte, and use it in conjunction with Power Masks for ultimate control.
 
° Eight HSL channels: you have three color adjustment controls for changing Hue, Saturation and Luminance across nine color ranges.

° A Pop slider with two uses. You can give your image more visual "pop" by increasing the sharpness. Alternately, set Pop to negative values to smooth and clean up skin tones while keeping important detail.  
 
° Highlight recovery,...

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Jul 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 22

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/).

Teamsoft has introduced three new iPad applications: to access your TeamAgenda contacts (pTeamAgenda Contacts), todos (pTeamAgenda ToDo)  and personal calendars (pTeamAgenda Personal). They let you read and write to your corporate or personal TeamAgenda server as well as to your Free Web Agenda account ( http://www.teamsoft.com/iweb/freeteamagenda/English.html ) from wherever you are. Lite versions of the apps are available free for a limited time.

Tekton Technologies has announced MakeMyMusic 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $0.99 app gives users more control over not just which songs are played back...

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Jul 22
Graphic.ly brings comics to every digital platform

Graphic.ly (http://www.graphic.ly), the new digital media platform for comic books and communities of fans, has announced at Comic-Con that it now offers the first comic app available on smartphones, tablets, computers and desktop, another signal event in the transformation of comics to a digital medium that is more accessible by a wider audience and promises to bring new talent and content to the medium as well.

Graphic.ly is also offering exclusive bonus content in its store from notable creators including Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and BOOM! Studios’ Mark Waid. By providing additional content, Graphic.ly has extended the digital comic experience similarly to how DVD Extras extend movie watching, according to CEO Micah Baldwin.

In addition, Graphic.ly’s exclusive relationship with Archaia will bring all of Archaia’s titles, such as Mouse Guard and Fraggle Rock, to its digital platform. Graphic.ly is...

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Jul 22
ABI Research: netbook shipments will more than double by 2013

I thought netbook sales were declining, but ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) says this isn't true. This year, almost 60 million netbooks are expected to ship worldwide. According to a new set of forecasts from the research group.

This is almost double that number will be reaching global markets in 2013. This is the result of the rapid netbook market growth observed since the introduction of the new computer category in 2008, a trend which will only start to abate in 2014-2015, according to ABI Research.

As the netbook market matures, market shares are beginning to shift among vendors. Half a dozen vendors commanded 78% of the market in 2009, says ABI Research. Acer and ASUS (which pioneered the whole netbook concept with its Eee PC) held almost equal one-third shares of the market in 2008, but ASUS didn’t maintain that lead and lost half of its market share in 2009.

“Instead of...

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Jul 22
Chromakey plug-in gets 64-bit update

Digital Anarchy has announced a 64-bit release to their Primatte Chromakey plug-in. Primatte 3.5 adds compatibility for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and 64-bit operation on Mac and Windows systems.

Primatte Chromakey is the blue/greenscreen solution for photography. Version 3.5 update also provides an improved interface for easier workflow, and adds behind-the-scenes improvements like background rendering to make Primatte faster and more responsive. 
 
Primatte Chromakey removes a blue/green background from a still image or footage, leaving the subject against a transparent background with any color cast removed. Versioin 3.5 excels in preserving important, difficult details like wisps of hair, translucent glass and mesh fabrics, according to Digital Anarchy President Jim Tierney. This makes it easy to convincingly place the subject on a custom background, then substitute that background as needed, he adds.

Primatte’s new 64-bit speed takes advantage of Photoshop Action and...

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Jul 22
Safari AutoFill can be exploited by malicious web sites

A flaw in the implementation of Safari's AutoFill mechanism can be exploited to grab Mac users' names, street addresses, and e-mail addresses. Apparently, the web browser will give away a user's Mac OS X Address Book data if asked by a malicious web site.

Jeremy Grossman, the founder and chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security, says (http://macosg.me/2/kx) at the moment a user of Safari 4.x or 5.x visits a web site, even if they’ve never been there before or entered any personal information, a malicious website can uncover their first name, last name, work place, city, state, and email address.

All a malicious web site would have to do to surreptitiously extract Address Book card data from Safari is dynamically create form text fields with the names from AutoFill, probably invisibly, and then simulate A-Z keystroke events using JavaScript, he says. When data is populated, that is AutoFill’ed, it...

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Jul 22
Doxie gets 'Send to iPhone/iPad' feature

The software for Doxie (http://www.getdoxie.com), a paper scanner that scans directly to the cloud, is now shipping, has been updated to version 1.2. It adds a "Send to iPhone/iPod" feature.

Doxie now integrates directly with iTunes and Apple's free iBooks 1.1 app, so you can carry your PDFs anywhere.Designed for home and small businesses, the US$129 portable scanner is for scanning, sharing, and organizing paper and photos.

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Jul 22
Apple seeking engineers to put together systems for small...

Apple is seeking to hire engineers in as many as a dozen U.S. retail stores to put together Apple-based computer systems for small businesses, according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macosg.me/2/ku), noting job postings on Apple's web site.

The employees would implement computer systems for clients and are expected to be proficient in networking hardware and server platforms. "Thousands of businesses run on Apple products," the posting reads. "Many more would like to, and that's where you come in."

Apple is targeting smaller, local businesses that it can reach through its chain of nearly 300 retail stores, according to two Apple employees familiar with the company's strategy, according to the "Journal." The new jobs could pay up to US$80,000 a year, one of them said.

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