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Apr 13
Proavio introduces 3G SAS Expander desktop storage solutions

Proavio, U.S.A. (http://www.proavio.com), a developer of storage systems and tools for digital media production, has introduced the new EditBox EB8Sx, a3G SAS expansion solution for video.

Featuring a native internal 3G SAS design, the EB8Sx offers users the choice to use SATA disks for most media applications or enterprise SAS hard disk for DI, VFX and full resolution grading requirements. Designed for today’s commercial post facilities in mind, the EB8Sx is capable of scaling capacity to over 100TB or RAID-5 protected storage.

Powered by an 8x PCI-Express storage controller, the EB8Sx is designed to fully support editing, grading and VFX environments. An Intel RAID core delivers an excess of over 750MB/second of storage bandwidth (this requires compatible PCI-e RAID controller). EditBox EB8Sx supports DVCPro HD, Pro Res 422(HQ), ProRes444, uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD, uncompressed 10-bit HD (4:4:4)...

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Apr 13
Apple releases MacBook Pro Software Update 1.3

Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1026) for all 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro mid-2010 models. It contains improvements for graphics stability for high-performance video and gaming applications, as well as various bug fixes. 

MacBook Pro Software Update 1.3 is a 258.32MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Apr 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 13

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/).

Opera has announced that its mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch, and is available for free.

Hypercom Corp. has announced the first two members of a product family that enable smartphones to accept card payments. The two SmartPayments Mobile payment solutions are for merchants with iPhones who need flexible and secure card present processing capabilities on the smartphone platform. They're due in June; pricing hasn't been announced.

Panacea Solutions has released iStudy PMP Exam for iPhone and iPod touch users studying for their Project Management Professional exam. It's a free download.

PLR Concepts has announced Name That Jersey Pro Football for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a $0.99 pro...

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Apr 13
VideoUpLink for Mac OS X debuts with Facebook profile support

VideoUpLink for Mac OS 10.5 (http://www.videouplink.net) is a new, US$9.99 application designed to make video on your Facebook page just a drag and drop away. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and QuickTime 7.6 or better.

VideoUpLink employs Facebook Connect for a clean, single window log-in experience, according to developer Mark Morris. Facebook Connect allows Facebook's millions of users to log-in and share movies with their friends using their Facebook username and password.

Using Facebook Connect enables persistent sessions. Return to VideoUpLink and it will check your log-in status, so you won't have to log in each time you open the application. After a Facebook video upload you can log out at any time.

VideoUpLink features a large table view for dropping movies onto. Users can drag movies from iPhoto, Media Browser or the Finder. Each movie can be given its own title and...

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Apr 13
Survey: iPad developers rapidly developing

With just under six billion mobile applications forecast to be downloaded this year, up from an estimated 2.4 billion in 2009, app development has no indication of slowing down. First weekend sales of the iPad estimated over 700,000 units and iPhone app developers are switching gears and rapidly turning to iPad app development.

In a survey of hundreds of iPhone app developers conducted by Optimum Lead Generation, the company behind iPadApplicationQuotes (http://www.iPadApplicationQuotes.com), a new web site that connects business and entrepreneurs with experienced iPad app developers, the survey revealed:

° 88% of iPhone app developers surveyed anticipate the porting of existing iPhone apps to iPad apps;

° 76% of iPhone app developers surveyed currently have at least one iPad app in development.

"iPad application development represents new ground and...

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Apr 13
Apple tops list of best retail store shopping experience

Apple has topped the list in a RetailWire/Dechert-Hampe survey ranking retail stores for the best shopping experience. Stores were ranked on: satisfaction experience and customer satisfaction, product assortment, and price.

Respondents to the survey rated the Apple retail store as well above all others as the retailer delivering the best shopping experience. According to Ben Ball, senior vice president, Dechert-Hampe, some might question how the research could show technology being down on the list of ways to improve the shopping experience when Apple, a store that totally revolves around the use and sale of technology, tops the list of retailers that get it.

"People are underestimating Apple's mastery of the fundamentals," he says. "If it were just the technology, Circuit City and CompUSA would have been on this list instead of in Chapter 11. I think the ability to experience the products that Apple provides; the knowledgeable brand advocates that are there in the...

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Apr 13
HP introduces plug and print laser printers

HP has bolstered the HP LaserJet Pro printer line (http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_kits/2010/plugandprint/index.html) with a new "plug and print" technology that purportedly allows customers to begin printing in as little as two minutes by simply connecting a netbook, notebook or desktop computer to the printer with a USB cable. No CD is required.

New monochrome printers featuring HP Smart Install include the HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer series, the HP LaserJet Pro M1130/M1210 Multifunction Printer (MFP) series and the HP LaserJet Pro P1566/P1606dn Printer series. HP also unveiled the HP Scanjet Professional 1000 Mobile Scanner, the company’s first portable scanner.

The new HP LaserJet Pro lineup features a black finish and delivers professional, cost-effective results while enabling small...

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Apr 13
Boris FX product line to support Adobe CS5, 64-bit operating...

BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) says that its entire product line will be available for 64-bit operating systems as well as the upcoming Adobe Creative Suite 5 release.

The Boris FX product line includes Boris Continuum Complete, Final Effects Completel, Boris RED, Boris FX, Boris Graffiti, Boris Blue and Boris XML Transfer. The Boris Box Set includes all Boris technology at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$1,995.

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Apr 13
iWebThemesPark unveils 10 new themes (and a freebie) for iWeb

iWebThemesPark (http://www.iwebthemespark.com/Home.html) has launched 10 new iWeb themes: Answers, Black Blocks, Blueness, Connection, Growing, Ice Cubes, Ink, Moss, Red Lines and Rising Columns. In addition a free Intense theme was released for all iWeb users. iWeb is the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite.

Each iWeb Theme has eight templates: Welcome, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Blog, Podcast and Blank. Each is customizable.

iWeb Themes requires iLife '08 or iLife '09. Each template is available for US$10.99, and the package of 10 themes costs $30.99.

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Apr 13
lynda.com releases 12 Creative Suite 5 training titles

lynda.com -- an online training provider of computer skills education for consumers, businesses and schools -- has released 12 courses covering the products in the newly announced Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Course topics include Photoshop CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Flash CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, After Effects CS5, Premiere Pro CS5, Flash Catalyst CS5, Fireworks CS5, Encore CS5, and Bridge CS5 tutorials. Ten percent of the tutorials in each of these courses are free to non-members.

lynda.com now has over 24 hours of Adobe CS5 training available, with more being released in the coming weeks. The CS5 courses augment the already over 340 Adobe Creative Suite courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library, from early CS versions, CS2, CS3, and CS4 titles. On April 30, lynda.com will be releasing over 75 hours of additional CS5 training.

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Apr 13
Boinx releases FotoMagico 3.2 public beta

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released a public beta of version 3.2 of FotoMagico, the slideshow creation tool for Mac OS X.

It includes a plug-in to render slideshows directly in Final Cut Pro/Express, Motion and After Effects. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

FotoMagico 3.x and the standalone player requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and QuickTime 7.1 or newer. FotoMagico 3 Home is available for US$29 and FotoMagico 3 Pro (including PhotoPresenter 4) is available for $149. Commercial multi-user license discounts are available upon request. Version 3.2, when completed, will be a free update for registered 3.x. license owners.

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Apr 13
Vvidget Code now lets you integrate graphs

VVI (http://www.vvidget.org) has released Vvidget Code 10.6.4.2 which lets you integrate graphs into iPhone, iPad and Mac applications.

Vvidget Code now includes a Universal library used to make iPhone and iPad visualization applications. A simulator library is also available for prototyping within the iPhone Simulator.

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Apr 13
OpenMenu X for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman 21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/) has updated OpenMenu X, a US$10 contextual menu utility for Mac OS X, to version Rev.2.05. The update, free to registered users, is a maintenance update hat allows you to invoke OpenMenu X from the contextual menu of Snow Leopard Finder and 64-bit applications.

OpenMenu is a utility that allows you to freely customize your contextual menu. You can open documents, applications, AppleScripts, Services Menu Items, and URLs any time you want. OpenMenu also supports the file system browsing. You can browse the file system and open/move files or folders through a contextual menu.

OpenMenuX requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. It's a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Apr 13
iPadDevCamp announced

CodeFab and Gigapixel Creative have announced Apple iPadDev Camp on the East Coast. It will be a "think tank, boot camp-style event for developers", sponsored by Barnes & Noble, taking place at AOL headquarters and in New York City April 16-18.

iPadDevCamp is an event where existing iPhone developers, designers and publishers will come together to build and demo new iPad applications, share knowledge, explore and make friends and connections. The NYC iPadDevCamp satellite event will link to the primary event in San Jose, California, and is designed to encourage shared dialogue from over 30 iPad DevCamps across the globe.

iPadDevCamp will kick off Friday night with a party and introductions. Saturday’s schedule features a DevCamp keynote by Alex Cone, CEO of CodeFab, a Publisher Panel on Media in the Age of the iPad featuring Peter Costanzo, director of online marketing for Perseus Books Group, and Nina DeFrance, vice president of consumer marketing for Forbes...

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Apr 13
DVD Creator update for Mac OS X adds more than 90 sets of styles

Wondershare Software has updated DVD Creator (http://www.imediacreator.com/mac-dvd-creator.html), its DVD creating software, for Mac OS X to version 3.0. The rev is equipped with new features and more than 90 sets of free animated and static DVD menu styles.

DVD Creator lets you burn almost any video format to DVD. It also allows you to create slideshows with photos and music as well. Several supported formats include AVI, MOV, FLV, MPG, WMV, M4V, MPEG, DAT, VOB, 3GP, HD video files.

The version 3.0features include creating DVD slideshows with photos and music, splitting video, and combining a series of videos etc. Apart from the basic editing functions like crop, rotate, add watermark, set special effects or the DVD, users can now split the video to trim unwanted sections, combine a series videos as a DVD, and create custom DVD menu with various...

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Apr 13
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.0 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 2.0 (http://www.vinotekasoft.com), an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds new types of racks and new bottle shapes.

It also features an enhanced search feature and user interface improvements. Plus, there are localization improvements in all languages and localization improvements in English in the printing feature.

Vinoteka costs US$34.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $79.90 or a business pack for $109.90. Version 2.0 is a free update for registered users.

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Apr 13
Blackmagic Design releases DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) announced the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D, a new model of its broadcast capture card with new 3D support, hardware up, down and cross conversion, 12-bit hardware architecture, 3Gb/s SDI, support for up to 1080p60 in SDI, component analog and HDMI connections, as well as full SD, HD and 2K support for US$995.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is ready for 3D workflow using both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved 3D allows the left and right eye to be interleaved as fields into a single video connection and file, so customers can edit using current editing software.

Dual steam 3D allows customers to use the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D dual link SDI connections to capture and playback two streams, one for the left eye, and one for the right eye. The two streams are recorded...

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Apr 13
BitDefender launches BitDefender Antivirus for the Mac

BitDefender has released BitDefender Antivirus for the Mac (http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/antivirus-for-mac-and-pc.html). It costs US$49.94, requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher, and is designed to keep your Mac safe from viruses and other malware.

According to the folks at BitDefender, at the moment, there are more than 270 different threats specifically targeting Mac OS X operating systems, from JavaScript-based advertisements advising users to purchase fake antivirus software to DNS changing malware along with a quickly changing variety of spam and phishing attacks that are platform independent. While this number is significantly less than the total threats towards Windows systems, it only takes one data breach to bring down a user’s system and possibly expose their identity and other valuable data, they add....

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Apr 13
PCI Geomatics releases GeoImaging Tools for GIS users

PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, has released GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS (http://www.pcigeomatics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id...). It provides automated tools for correcting raw satellite imagery.
 
With the GeoImaging Tools Image Correction Module, ArcGIS users will now be able to access 70+ commercial optical, radar and aerial sensors in their GIS workflows. Users will have the option of using sensor model information to perform registrations, optionally with automatic GCPs and tie points from reference data such as chip databases, reference mosaics, or vectors.

Higher levels of registration accuracy are achievable via block bundle adjustments, says Terry Moloney, executive vice...

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Apr 13
Undercover 4 allows real-time tracking of stolen Mac

Orbicule has announced Undercover 4 (http://orbicule.com/undercover/mac), an upgrade to their theft-recovery software for Mac OS X. The new version offers users the ability to remotely monitor a stolen Mac using the UndercoverCenter.com web application.

Thanks to the new UndercoverCenter, users can follow their stolen Mac in real-time. They can view iSight pictures of the thief, they can see what he's doing on their stolen Mac, and they receive a Google Earth file pinpointing the stolen Mac's locations. In addition, they can use UndercoverCenter to completely lock the lost or stolen Mac and set a custom message that is displayed on top of all other applications.

Because the mobile version of Undercover uses the same UndercoverCenter web app, users can manage all their Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in one, convenient place, says Orbicule President Peter Schols.

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Apr 13
Disk Order for Mac OS X adds Quick View feature, more

Disk Order, the file manager for Mac OS X from the LikeMac Group (http://www.likemac.ru/english/), has been updated to version 3.1. Several new features have been added, including:

° Improved design of Navigation Bar. Icons are now smaller and divided into categories (Drives, Devices, Places etc.).

° A Quick View feature, which allows to view files directly on the opposite pane, has been added. The built-in viewer literally integrates into application's main window.

° The Built viewer has extended its functionality, making possible to open multiple files at same time. File thumbnails are also now available.

° A Source Code plug-in, which is a viewer extension, has been added. If you're a developer and have to often view sources in C++, C#, Xml, that's really what you need.

° Spanish localization has been added.

Disk Order was designed to be a Finder...

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Apr 13
iPad, meet the i-PAD

Whoops. Apple may have an iPad problem in Brazil. CU Medical Systems' i-PAD NF1200 is a "semi-automated external defibrillator" distributed by Transform Tecnologia de Ponta, which registered the name with Brazil's National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) last year, reports "The Register" (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/13/brazilian_ipad).

Alathea Silver of CU Medical Systems says, "No one has been in contact with us about the iPad name." Brazilian media say the company has asked INPI to hand over the title, but if that fails, "it will have to do the unthinkable and actually cough hard cash for exclusive Brazilian iPad rights," says "The Register."

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Apr 13
Adobe to sue Apple over its non-Flash stance?

Apple's determination to keep Flash off the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, etc., may be leading toward a lawsuit. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for "IT World" (http://www.itworld.com/legal/104320/adobe-vs-apple-going-get-uglier), says "sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks."

"It was bad enough when Apple said, in effect, that Adobe Flash wasn't good enough to be allowed on the iPad," he writes. "But the final straw was when Apple changed its iPhone SDK (software development kit) license so that developers may not submit programs to Apple that use cross-platform compilers."
Adobe has made no comment on any such action. However, Lee Brimelow, an Adobe platform evangelist, is obviously one of many Adobe employes ticked off at Apple. In his personal web site, "The Flash Blog...

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Apr 13
iAd to earn Apple almost $5 billion per year?

Apple introduced its iAd advertising platform last week and SeekingAlpha.com is forecasting that iAd will earn almost US$5 billion per year in gross ad revenue, of which Apple will take a 40% cut at about $2 billion per year.

The financial webs site is also predicting that Apple will take a 30% cut of the forecasted $600 million revenues from paid apps in 2010. Last week, in introducing iAd, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that, today, when users click on mobile ads they are almost always taken out of their app to a web browser, which loads the advertiser’s web page.

Users must then navigate back to their app, and it's often difficult or impossible to return to exactly where they left. Jobs said iAd solves this problem by displaying full-screen video and interactive ad content without ever leaving the app, and letting users return to their app anytime they choose.

He added that iPhone OS 4 lets developers embed iAd opportunities within their apps, and the ads are...

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Apr 13
Analyst: offering the iPhone would be a 'mixed blessing...

Everyone is expecting a Verizon/CDMA iPhone at some point in the future. However, even if the wireless carrier offered the Apple device it would be a “mixed blessing” Bank of America analyst David Lynch told investors Monday.

“While clearly accretive to market share in our view, it is not accretive to earnings, even assuming steady pricing, until 2013,” Barden writes.

In other words, although the iPhone would boost Verizon’s market share, it wouldn’t see any money from the deal until another three years, according to a "Cult of Mac" report (http://www.cultofmac.com/analyst-the-iphone-could-hurt-verizon-earnings/...). The iPhone would cost Verizon $3.3 billion in 2011, $4.4 billion in 2012, and $5.2 billion in 2013, according to Barden. Additionally, the iPhone would drag down earnings $0.24 in...

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