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May 12
Here's a new iAngle for the iPhone, iPod touch

Versed General has released the iAngle (, a US$9.99 dual purpose accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch.

One side acts as an earphone carrier that keeps the cord neat, tangle free, and accessible. The other side is a stand designed to provide the "perfect" viewing angle for enjoying videos on the go.

The iAngle is made of industrial rubber. At two inches long, it fits easily in a pocket or purse.

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May 12
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of your email

On the new "MacVoices" (, Mac expert Joe Kissell looks at taking control of your email.

Kissell has recently authored three new or newly updated Take Control titles, "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail," "Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard" and "Take Control
of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch." To celebrate, he offers a tour of what each offers to users who are interested in bringing their email to its knees.

Kissell talks about controlling spam on the server side and how you can use Google to accomplish this, and how Snow Leopard-wide system changes have enhanced Apple's Mail program. Security is on everyone's mind; he explains why digital signatures and encryption
received so much attention, and why his titles all offer so much more than what Apple lists as new in the current version of Mail.

For the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad...

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May 12
Atlona releases new HDMI 1.4 cables

Atlona ( has released their first HDMI 1.4 cables, implementing the “flat” cable design.

New content is being produced daily that will utilize recent advances in AV technology including embedded rich content from the web, and 3D video. With HDMI 1.4, this content is now available for home viewing in home theaters around the world.  3D video in particular is making its way to home viewers by summer of 2010, however; this content requires HDMI 1.4.

HDMI’s latest specification supports several 3D formats including Frame Alternative, Line Alternative, Field Alternative, and several other popular formats. Atlona's new line of cables is designed to surpass the specification requirements of HDMI 1.4, as with previous versions of the Flat HDMI cable line. The cables feature a flat design that allows the cable to conform to flat surfaces such as a floor or wall, however; the reason for them...

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May 12
DJ software update for iTunes offers Magic Mouse compatibility,...

Algoriddim has released djay 3.1.1, an update of the music software application for Mac and iTunes. The new version offers enhanced support for djay Remote for the iPhone/iPod touch and compatibility with Apple's Magic Mouse.

In addition, djay 3.1.1 offers compatibility with inertial scrolling for the new MacBook Pro and naive MIDI support for a variety of devices.

djay is available for a free 15-day trial or for purchase from the Algoriddim web site ( It costs US$49.95. Version 3.1.1 is a free update for registered users.

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May 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 11

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

Multiplied Media Corp. has implemented the Poynt360 name to the augmented reality search feature within the free Poynt local search application for the iPhone. Poynt360 overlays search results with the real-world environment as viewed through the iPhone’s camera, providing the user with an augmented local search experience.

PocketMac has announced Uniformity and Ribbons, two new iPhone apps designed to help sailors improve their professional appearance. The two apps reduce the complex task of assembling a sailor's uniform and ribbons to a few clicks. Uniformity is US$5.99; Ribbons is free.

Excelltech Mobile has unleashed Fake-A-Location 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app allows users to pinpoint a place using Google Maps,...

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May 11
Steam for Mac launch details revealed

Valve says Steam will launch on the Mac platform this Wednesday, May 12. On subsequent Wednesdays, additional collections of Mac titles will become available, each designed to highlight specific functionalities of Steam on the Mac.

The first collection of Mac titles will demonstrate "Steam Play," which allows customers to purchase a game once and play it on all Steam supported platforms. Portal, in addition to supporting Steam Play, will be the first of Valve's Source engine based games available on the Mac.

Native Mac OS X support for the Source engine is also available immediately to licensees for use in their games. Among the initial titles available on May 12 will be Runic Games' Torchlight.

"We're very excited to be bringing Torchlight to the Mac," says Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games. "Having Steam for the Mac solves so many problems for us as a developer. We look forward to our future games coming out on the Mac as well."

In addition to...

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May 11
Survey: 30/70 revenue split is unfair

Eighty percent of developers in North America think they should receive more than 70% of the revenue generated by their apps in an app store according to the Spring North American Development Survey, an in-depth survey of over 400 developers conducted last month by Evans Data Corp. (, which provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population.

Perhaps consequentially, app stores are the preferred distribution model for only 15% of North American developers, with over half preferring direct sales to end-users or enterprises. Additionally, developers bridle against app store imposed restrictions on price and content. Over 70% thought that app stores should not impose any restrictions on price, and while a third thought content restrictions were acceptable, almost half thought there should be none at all.


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May 11
Arguments to be heard in 'iPhone prototype' case

A Silicon Valley judge will hear arguments later this week in a dispute over unsealing records about the criminal investigation into what may have been a prototype iPhone purchased by a blog, reports "CNET" (

San Mateo County Judge Clifford Cretan has scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. on Friday, May 14, in his courtroom in Redwood City, Calif. Cretan previously approved a police request to search the home office of "Gizmodo" editor Jason Chen, which resulted in a hailstorm of criticism.

Media organizations including "CNET," the "Associated Press" and "Bloomberg" are planning to ask Cretan to unseal an affidavit prepared by a San Mateo County detective asking to search Chen's home. The coalition says that under California law, the affidavit became a public document...

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May 11
Apple: the iPhone still leads the Android in market share

The NPD research group recently reported that the market share for Google’s Android platform was now higher than the iPhone’s. Apple disagrees and tells the "Wall Street Journal" ( the info is "limited" and misleading.

Apple points to other figures out recently from IDC indicating that the iPhone has 16.1% of the smart-phone market on a world-wide basis. Those figures put the iPhone well ahead of Android handset makers HTC and Motorola.

“This is a very limited report on 150,000 U.S. consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers world-wide,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told the "Journal" in speaking of the NPD report. “We had a...

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May 11
OWC announces 'prosumer' solid state drive

Other World Computing (OWC) has added four new "prosumer" desktop/notebook user class solid state drives to its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line. Designed and made in the U.S. from imported parts, the new models offer the largest capacity of any current OWC SSD-- up to 480GB.

The SSDs purportedly offer: up to 285MB/second sustained data rates with no speed degradation; 7% over-provisioning to ensure the highest level of data reliability ; and up to 1/7 less active power use for longer notebook battery runtime. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD is available for immediate ordering in four Mac and PC compatible configurations that install in notebooks as well as in desktop/towers with an adapter:

° 60GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, US$219.99;

° 120GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, $379.99;

° 240GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, $699.99;

° 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, $1,579.99

For more info on the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD, go to...

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May 11
Symantec: beware of Apple gift card phishing scam

Creative online crooks have been ripping off Apple gift card holders for more than a month, according to security software vendor Symantec.

"eSecurity Planet" ( says the phishing scam "requires a little bit of luck for the bad guys and lot of naivety on the part of the card holder." The con artists set up a phishing site using a typosquatted URL -- a URL that's a deliberate misspelling of Apple or some derivation of Apple's online store -- and then lies in wait for those folks who hastily typed in the erroneous address.

Once the page is loaded, the bogus site appears to be a legitimate Apple site, complete with the correct customer support phone number and...

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May 11
Analyst: Mac, iPad sales looking strong this fiscal quarter

Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu told clients in a note that his research shows that sales of the new MacBook Pros and the iPad are very strong, and he's predicting another bang-up fiscal quarter for Apple.

The analyst says that Mac momentum is strong helped by the latest refresh of the MacBook Pro. He thinks Apple's "Mac business is tracking to its third consecutive quarter of 20%+ Y/Y unit growth indicating further share gains.” Wu has upped his projected Mac sales for the quarter from 3.1 million to to 3.2 million.

Meanwhile, he has increased his unit forecast on the 3G iPads from one million to two million for the current fiscal quarter. to two million units from one million. Meanwhile, Macs sales have been ramping up thanks to the recent debut of some new laptops.

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May 11
US-CERT warns of Safari vulnerability

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness team (US-CERT) is warning that Safari contains a vulnerability in the handling of window objects, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

"Apple Safari fails to properly handle references to window objects. Safari can allow a window object to be deleted while references to the object may still exist," US-CERT says "If JavaScript code then attempts to use the deleted window object, this can result in the use of an invalid pointer. This pointer can be controlled by an attacker through the use of JavaScript. Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available. We have confirmed Apple Safari 4.0.5 on the Windows platform to be vulnerable. Other versions may also be affected."

By convincing a victim to view an HTML document (web page, HTML email, or email attachment) with Apple Safari, an attacker could run arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running...

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May 11
Apple working on firmware update for iPad Wi-Fi issues

According to an Apple posting, a firmware is in the works for the Wi-Fi issues troubling some iPad owners.

Apple says that "a very small number of iPad users" have experienced issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. This article ( outlines workarounds for these issues. Apple will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update.

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May 11
Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE available

Boris FX ( has announced that Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE (BCC 7 AE) is now available. BCC 7 AE brings over 200 filters to the Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3.

The new release features 11 new filters including a 3-way color grade filter with built-in keying and masking tools, a video noise reduction tool, a spline-based warp filter, an audio-driven keyframe generator, a new OpenGL particle engine, and still and video morph technology. Each Boris Continuum Complete filter has been re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems and OpenGL acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Owners of previous versions of Boris Continuum Complete AE may upgrade for $295....

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May 11
Zevrix releases LinkOptimizer 4.3 for InDesign

Zevrix Solutions ( has released LinkOptimizer 4.3, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS5.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.3 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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May 11
The Support Group announces interactive FileMaker help

The Support Group ( has announced an online resource for everything FileMaker -- news, discussions, downloads, just for fun, tips & tricks, and videos. Get ( Answers ) is a new feature added to FileMaker: Explore, the Support Group's free blog.

User questions, comments, and suggested discussion topics are all encouraged. A complement to FileMaker's own Knowledge Base and Forum, FileMaker: Explore aims to be more informal, personal, immediate, whimsical, idiosyncratic, flexible, and entertaining, according to Chad Novotny, principal and vice president of The Support Group. Lengthy technical articles will be side by side with personal reflections and simple tips.

"This new focus, Get ( Answers ), provides much more interaction with our audience and allows us to address a wider range of FileMaker topics to ensure they are timely and even more relevant to our...

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May 11
iWeb Valet update for Mac OS X improves directory listing...

ZiggySoft has released a new version (2.3.9) of iWeb Valet (, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The new version improves support for directory listings for both Windows and Unix based FTP servers.

iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance in many ways your iWeb pages, and finally have your website uploaded on a FTP server.

iWeb Valet costs US$25. A 30-day demo is available for download. Version 2.3.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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May 11
Final Cut Pro Templates releases Drop Zones Vol 2

Final Cut Pro Templates has launched Drop Zones Vol 2 ( This new, US$120 pack of Master Templates offers 48 new options for introducing and removing video clips with 3D animation.

Because Drop Zones Vol 2 is based on Apple's Master Template architecture, editors can use Drop Zones Vol 2 inside Final Cut Pro, saving the time and expense of a visit to a VFX shop, according to Sam Liberto, creative director at Final Cut Pro Templates. Drop Zones Vol 2 is available in a 1080p resolution at 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps.

It also comes in NTSC DV and PAL DV options. The Templates work in both Final Cut Pro 6 and Final Cut Pro 7, as well as Motion version 3 and higher. The Final Cut Pro Templates web site also received a fresh update with a series of tutorials highlighting the new features of Drop Zones Vol 2. One video explains how Drop Zones functionality has...

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May 11 wants you to take your Vitamin-R 1.07 has announced Vitamin-R 1.06 (, an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version delivers an integration with OmniGroup's popular OmniFocus to-do list manager.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at, 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...

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May 11
Yanobox releases Semantic Visual Effects plug-in for Final Cut

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says its development partner, Yanobox, has released Yanobox Nodes for the FxFactory platform.

Yanobox Nodes is a visual effects generator designed to work inside Apple Final Cut Pro products, Apple Motion and Adobe After Effects CS3/CS4/CS5. Its toolset provides artists with the ability to link together graphics and text for the creation of 3D animations leveraging the speed of a GPU accelerated platform. Users can distribute graphics and text in 3D space into various shapes such as spheres, circles, and spirals and connect them with a succession of dancing lines and curves.

The dynamic user interface enables parameter customization and built-in oscillation, and key-framing abilities add to animation options. Users can further personalize each visual narrative by adding custom images to nodes.

Yanobox Nodes is available for $99 USD via the Noise Industries...

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May 11
Canon releases PowerShot Digital ELPH camera

Canon ( has released the PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH camera. It's the first of the Digital ELPH series to offer a high-sensitivity system, known as Canon’s HS SYSTEM, with a CMOS sensor and bright f/2.0 lens.

The PowerShot SD4000 IS Digital ELPH camera also has high definition (HD) movie-shooting capabilities and a 10-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, in conjunction with the DIGIC 4 image processor that purportedly creates Canon’s HS SYSTEM to enhance image quality in low-light situations and helps reduce noise at high ISO speeds. Along with Canon’s HS SYSTEM, the f/2.0 lens allows more light to enter, permitting higher shutter speed.

The combination of Canon’s HS SYSTEM and the f/2.0 lens enables users to take photos without a flash, resulting in a more natural look while providing greater depth of field, making it an exemplary tool for portrait...

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May 11
Mac Shutdown X update adds 'Open page test' option

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (, a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.5.1. The upgrade adds an "Open page test" option in the "Shutdown from Web Page" section, as well as an improved algorithm.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.5.1 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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May 11
Aquafadas releases BannerZest Fun Pics

Aquafadas ( has released its latest application, BannerZest Fun Pics, which enables people to create and share animated slideshows on Facebook. It's free.

To use you select a theme, add photos, customize titles and colors and publish to Facebook wall. BannerZest Fun Pics gives its users access to a wide range of themes. When downloading the app, users get one theme and a hundred credits will be credited to their account so that they can go pick their favorite theme for free.

Twenty-three themes are available for purchase for 100 or 200 credits. BannerZest Fun Pics integrates seamlessly with social networks and provides the opportunity to invite friends or even to become a fan of the application.

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May 11
Adobe advances Flash platform media delivery solutions at...

At the 2010 Streaming Media East Conference, Adobe announced major new advancements to the Adobe Flash platform (, the company's design and development platform for creating and delivering content, video and applications that run across operating systems and devices.

Highlights include the immediate availability of Adobe Flash Access 2.0 software, a content protection solution that enables the distribution and monetization of premium video content, which can help create new sources of revenue for media publishers. In addition, Adobe is also showcasing HTTP Dynamic Streaming, a new protocol support for media streaming on the Flash Platform; and the Open Source Media Framework, to accelerate development of custom media players.

These powerful new Flash media delivery tools come in advance of the releases of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2...

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