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Apr 14
Equinux releases CoverScout 3, SongGenie 2

Equinux ( has released CoverScout 3.3 and SongGenie 2, software tools designed to complement iTunes.

CoverScout is a tool for completing album covers in iTunes. It searches multiple music archives like Amazon, WalMart and Google Image Search simultaneously. It can also be adjusted to include additional search sources. In the integrated cover editor, each album cover can be edited with pixel precision, rotated, cropped, scaled and the colors can be adjusted. CoverScout even offers the option to photograph rare albums with one’s iSight. Version 3.3 now integrates with SongGenie 2, which helps to identify music tracks and find song lyrics.

CoverScout is available for US$39.95 in the equinux online store. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Version 3.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.

SongGenie is a software application designed to analyze, detect and...

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Apr 14
Pro Softnet releases iDrive Portable for Mac

Pro Softnet Corp. has released IDrive Portable for Mac ( that allows for a "quick and easy" backup of a Mac to a portable drive. It's an external drive that can be plugged directly into your Mac and works right off the box since it comes preloaded with the IDrive Portable backup software. 

IDrive Portable is comprised of features such as automatic selection of your most commonly used folders for backup with options to customize, multiple Mac backup, search for backed up data, and Smart Sync. The latter brings the data on your portable drive in sync with that on your Mac, mounted drive backups, an intuitive interface to select files/folders, etc.

The US$69 IDrive Portable drive comes with 320GB of storage space. That's enough space to carry almost 10,0000+ pictures of your Photo library, 150 hours of your...

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Apr 14
Wow You Design releases Nation Elements World theme for iWork

Wow You Design ( has released Nation Elements, an add-on collection of flexible graphic elements for use with Keynote and the other iWork applications. iWork is Apple's US$79 suite of productivity tools.

Each set, Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe (plus Oceania) include a number of standardized elements. These include country flag and aqua-style orb, location maps that are made from up to six isolated elements.

The national border shapes will take a Keynote fill (image, color, stroke and shadow). There are national symbols such as coats of arms or other national icons. Also included are translucent overlays, metallic frames and custom masking shape. Each set comes with 40 slides.

Each set -- Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe -- is downloadable for US39.95 each. Or you can get all four for $99.95. 

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Apr 14
Acme Made releases two new iPad cases

Acme Made ( has released two new iPad cases: the Skinny Sleeve and the Slick Case. Crafted "StretchShell" neoprene and employing a stretch-stitch seam, the Skinny Sleeve is able to hug the iPad, purportedly making it one of the thinnest sleeves available.

To protect the iPad’s large screen the case includes a protective insert sewn directly into the lining that guards the large screen against scratches. The Skinny Sleeve is available in Gloss Black and Gloss White, and carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$29.99.

The Slick Case is a compact, zippered case with a internal divider that offers scratch-protection for the screen while providing a safe place to store cables and accessories. Additional holders can secure the iPad into the case or users can simply zipper the case around the iPad.

It's designed with Acme Made’s StretchShell neoprene that'is...

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Apr 14
Arten Science releases cross platform encryption tool

Arten Science has released cuteCipher (, cross platform software for encrypting and protecting your documents and files. cuteCipher has been tested on Children, Parents, Elder Relatives and Other Innocents.

To use you drag your files onto cuteCipher, enter a secret word and click the Encrypt button. It's based on the R10Cipher software from Arten Science and offers Blowfish encryption.

cuteCipher works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Pricing is approximately US$20 for a single user license with bulk purchase discounts dropping the price by up to 75%.  A demo is available for download.

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Apr 14
AEC Software unveils FastTrack Schedule 10 for Mac

AEC Software, a developer of project management business solutions, today announced the release of FastTrack Schedule 10 (, the latest version of the company’s flagship project management (PM) software, which includes a redesigned interface.

FastTrack Schedule’s new user interface closely resembles iWorks and also includes capabilities previously found only in more expensive project management suites, says Dennis Bilowus, president and CEO of AEC Software. Among them are:
° Work Usage Inspector -- using this feature, managers can manage employee workloads and assign resources as new business arrives and tasks are completed.

° Advanced work calendars -- integrated project, task, base, and resource work...

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Apr 14
iPhone, iPad development classes slated for June, July

About Objects ( will offer an updated version of its iPhone development training course that now includes overage of iPad development.

The five-day course is entitled "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development. Classes have been scheduled in Cupertino, California, June 5-11, and in Reston, Virginia, July 12-23.

There are two other courses in the series: ANSI C Programming, and Objective-C for Beginners. The courses have been designed as a sequence to allow developers to "right-size" their training by choosing the mix of classes they need. Go to the About Objects web site for details.

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Apr 14
iPhone leads smartphone developer battle

The iPhone OS is the clear favorite smartphone platform for developers, according to Ovum’s first mobile application developer survey. While all five major smartphone platforms score well, it is BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile that currently lead the opposition, rather than Android or Symbian.

Overall, Java ME remains the leading mobile development environment, showing there’s still life -- if not necessarily big profits -- in an old and rather neglected technology. Ovum’s 2010 survey of 217 mobile application developers exposes a wide range of important trends that are either already having or will have a profound bearing on the future of device manufacturers, mobile operators, software platform vendors, and content providers.

Among the most pertinent is the varying degree of support for different mobile device operating systems and associated developer environments -- whether mobile-specific or web-oriented. Among smartphone platforms, iPhone OS garnered most...

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Apr 14
PluralEyes adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Singular Software, developer of automation applications for post-production, says its flagship product PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas Pro has expanded its support for non-linear editing applications to include the just announced Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software.

PluralEyes will also support Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. With support for the latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and CS5, it provides users with features for managing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio productions; including a level audio option, preserving the order of clips, clip locking for integration into existing workflows, options to include all synced clips in one sequence and choose sequences to sync from all available, as well as sync drift correction and audio replacement features.

By analyzing audio information, PluralEyes synchronizes audio and video clips automatically, without the need for timecode, clappers or other manual preparation. It's optimized for fast...

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Apr 14
Apimac introduces Timer 7.0 for Mac OS X

Apimac has announced Timer 7.0 (, an update of the freeware stopwatch, alarm clock, countdown and clock utility for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher). The upgrade offers, among other things, support for multiple timers.

The new version offers the: ability to save the state of a timer; the ability to navigate between running timers in full-screen mode using the contextual menu or keyboard's arrow keys (Pro feature); user interface changes; an various code optimizations and improvements to product stability.

Apimac Timer features include a log (also automatically updated when some event occurs) and tickers that remember user that some timer is running every specific amount of time. Events include the ability to play alarms with your favorite sound, play song files, speak a specific message, or announce the time. The stopwatch lets you specify events occurring after a...

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Apr 14
TextExpander update for Mac OS X improves overall performance

SmileOnMyMac ( has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.0.2. The new version offers improved performance overall.

Expansions work properly in Spotlight and in the quick entry windows of other applications. An issue with double expansion in LaunchBar has been fixed. And in version 3.0.2., users can exclude applications in capitalization options in Preferences.

The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.0.2 from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.0.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Apr 14
Monkeybread Software updates MBS plug-in

Monkeybread Software has released version 10.2 of the MBS plug-in for REALbasic. The MBS plug-in comprises a collection of several plug-in parts that extend the REALbasic development environment with 1,300 classes featuring over 28,000 documented functions.

Monkeybread has updated DynaPDF to use all the new functions there. Also they have more classes for GraphicsMagick, improvements on the SQL Plugin and a few additions to the QTKit classes.

Plugin licenses are available for components or for the complete collection. Starting at US$29 for one component. The complete package costs $284.20 for commercial usage.

If you buy a current license, you will get free updates for one year. After that year, you can update your license to cover an additional year. The plugins can be downloaded on MBS' website as one big package or several smaller ones:...

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Apr 14 announces Web Fonts service

Ascender Corp., a provider of advanced font products, announced a new web fonts service on its site to appeal to web designers and web developers.
Web Fonts from Ascender is a new service to format web sites with CSS @font-face using licensed downloadable fonts. Web Fonts eliminate the hassles and expense of using Flash, JavaScript or image replacement techniques for headlines, says Bill Davis, vice president at Ascender. It also offers text fonts for web designers to extend their typographic choice beyond the limited set of "web-safe," he adds.
Ascender’s Web Font service supports every major web browser, including mobile Safari found on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Current web browsers with web font support include Internet Explorer 5+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome 2.0+, Safari and Mobile Safari 3.1+ and Opera 10+.

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Apr 14
Belkin announces iPad cases

Belkin ( has released nine cases for the iPad. The US$39.99 Cap Sleeve (shown) is a close-fitting knit design that provides access to all the device's functions.

The $59.99 Contour Sleeve sports a contoured, reinforced, fused-rubber design. The $49.99 Grip Vue is a translucent case that provides protection and grip-ability. The Grip Ergo is a $49.99 case with an ergonomic design built to offer comfort while reading, gaming, or surfing the Internet.

The $49.99 Grip Swell is made with snug layer of rugged silicone for shock absorption. The $49.99 Grip Groove features a grip-able textured surface with in-molded pattern to protect iPad and made with durable silicone.

The $59.99 Leather Sleeve is made with luxury leather and offers access to the iPad's functions. The $59.99 Leather Folio is made with luxury leather and features a soft inner lining. The $49.99 leather Envelope...

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Apr 14
iPads so hot that international roll-out is delayed one month

Apple today said it has delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week. The company says demand is far higher than they predicted and will likely continue to exceed their supply over the next several weeks.

Apple says that it has also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April. Faced with this "surprisingly strong US demand," the company is postponing the international launch of iPad by one month -- until the end of May.

Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. "We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason -- the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far," the company says in a statement.

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Apr 13
Proavio introduces 3G SAS Expander desktop storage solutions

Proavio, U.S.A. (, 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 ( 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 (

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 ( 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 (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 releases 12 Creative Suite 5 training titles -- 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. 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 Online Training Library, from early CS versions, CS2, CS3, and CS4 titles. On April 30, will be releasing over 75 hours of additional CS5 training.

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