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Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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Jul 30
Ergonis posts video on using Typinator

Ergonis Software has posted a video (http://www.ergonis.com/products/typinator/movie.html) on Typinator (http://www.ergonis.com/products/typinator/), its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications.

With thousands of predefined corrections for common typos and misspelled words for US and British English, German and French, Typinator is not only just a typing assistant that speeds repetitive typing tasks, but also a system-wide auto-correction tool that automatically fixes typing errors and misspelled words. You just define an abbreviation along with its replacement text or picture. Whenever you type one of your abbreviations in any application, Typinator inserts the corresponding...

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Jul 19
Seagate introduces GoFlex Home for centralized storage

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has unveiled the newest addition to its GoFlex family of hard drives -- the GoFlex Home network storage system. When it's connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store, easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from Mac and Windows systems on the home  network.

The new centralized storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with the Apple Time Machine, as well as including a version of the backup application for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, says Darcy Clarkson, Seagate vice president of Retail Sales and Marketing. With the GoFlex Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos, movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game consoles or a GoFlex TV HD media player, from any room in the house.

The GoFlex Home is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities at...

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Jul 13
Are you swimsuit ready? How about remote access ready?

Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re human, you’re not going to want to be stuck inside an office when it’s gorgeous out. But you can’t just shirk your responsibilities either. Don’t worry, there is a way you can get out, enjoy the summer and stay productive. Set up remote access from LogMeIn (https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/default.aspx?originid=7872&destinatio...) now, and you’ll be in business, wherever you are, all summer.

With LogMeIn Free (https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/default.aspx?originid=...

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Jul 12
Video demos SonicPics for the iPhone

There's a new video demonstrating the features of SonicPcs for the iPhone. The app -- available in an US$2.99 and free, "lite" version -- is a tool for turning your images into custom slideshow movies that you can share with your friends online!.

SonicPics lets you add images from your iPhone's photo library or camera, arrange your photos, and then narrate the project to create an enhanced m4v video (complete with chapters). You can take photos of your kids, special events, weddings, vacations, the new pet, or first day at camp and narrate them with SonicPics.

When the recording is complete, you can publish your movie to your YouTube account or to your computer. You can view the video at http://www.sonicpics.com/public/index.php#4 .

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Jun 24
Video looks at SSDs vs HDDs

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are gaining in popularity. So should you buy a SSD or a traditional hard disk drive?

Other World Computing (OWC) has compared the two types of drives. You can find the SSD vs HDD Shootout at : http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=ssd-speed-... .

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Jun 14
OrigAudio posts video on the Rock-It

OrigAudio has posted a video (http://www.origaudio.com/) on the Rock-It, an US$49.99 vibration speaker system.

The Rock-It works with iPods, iPhones, laptops and more. It takes music from the device and generates it into vibration sequences. It sends those vibrations through the Rock-It "pod," which you can stick to any object.

The Rock-It requires two AAA batteries (not included) or an USB connection. It comes with an USB cable and four replacement sticky pads.

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Apr 17
Screencast looks at installing, using PDFPen

A new screencast (http://screencasts.smileonmymac.com/SCO170-pdfpen-Module01-832x468-h264_...) offers an introduction and installation guide for PDFPen from SmileOnMyMac.

PDFPen is a PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X. PDFpen costs US$49.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after June 1, 2008. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 4.0 are $50.

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Apr 13
Video looks at Art Authority on the iPad

Open Door Networks (http://www.opendoor.com) has posted a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqb1T5WERos) looking at its Art Authority app for the iPad.

Art Authority is an US$9.99 app that offers a collection of works by over 1,000 of the western world's major artists, from ancient times to today. It offers detailed captions on the works, including title, date and location; multiple levels of organization including by artist name, period, movement and date; and overviews of major works by period.

The app also includes signature features of the company's Envi app line, such as full-screen slide shows, insightful thumbnail overviews, Ken Burns motion effect and access to information on artists and periods. The app focuses on western painting and sculpture from pre-history to present-day,...

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Apr 10
Video takes you on a tour of Panorama 6

There's a new video (http://www.youtube.com/provuedevelopment) that takes you on a quick tour of what's new in Panorama 6, including Total Recall (crash recovery), new Data Sheet features and more.

It teaches how to make effective use of Panorama's RAM-based technology for common database tasks. The video assumes that you're already familiar with Panorama 5.5.

Panorama is database software for Mac OS X and Windows from ProVUE Development (http://www.provue.com). It's used for storing, organizing and analyzing information, available in both single user and server versions. Since 1988 Panorama has been in use all over the world for everything from custom accounting to medical research, from huge college track meets to blockbuster Hollywood productions.

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Mar 31
Screencast looks at It's About Time for the iPad

It's About Time Products has posted a screencast on It's About Time for the iPad. You can find it at http://vimeo.com/10576929 .

"It's About Time" is an iPad application that allows you to access and utilize multiple "mini apps" with different, customizable types of information. It will be available soon at a special launch price of $0.99.

Mini apps 1.0 ships with a 1984-style mini Calculator, Browser, Sticky, Weather, and NASA image of the day, all of which run at the same time.

"Our Dashboard-like engine also gives users the ability to have multiple copies of one mini app on screen. "I plan on having multiple mini Browsers open so I can go to all my favorite sites whenever I want," says Saied Ghaffari, CEO of It's About Time Products. "Mini apps is compatible with the majority of available Dashboard widgets on the Mac. It's About Time hopes to find developers with whom to partner to...

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Mar 30
Norada screencast looks at using Solve360

Norada (http://www.norada.com), a provider of the Solve360 communicating and collaborating Web solution for small businesses, has posted a screencast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyTdr2eq-10) explaining its product, which the company describes as "CRM meets project management."

Norada Corporation's Solve360 integrates the functionality of business-class email, CRM contact management, group calendar, task, document management, and invoicing into a single web-based application. A demo is available at the Norado web site. Contact the company for pricing options.

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Mar 29
Screencast looks at using SuperSync

A new screencast (http://supersync.com/intro.php) walks you through the use of SuperSync, Mac OS X compatible software that acts as a music collection’s central hub, retrieving, organizing, and syncing all music and movie files across machines and disk drives in order to create one consistent, complete music library.

SuperSync includes integration with iTunes so that any additions to the SuperSync music library can be automatically reflected in iTunes. SuperSync eliminates the need to manually add new music or remove broken links in iTunes. Also, the software includes a powerful library scanner that will clean up your SuperSync and iTunes music libraries, removing broken links to music and adding new tracks.

A copy of SuperSync is recommended for each Mac and PC that has music on it. SuperSync is priced at US$29 for two copies. For an individual synchronizing or remotely accessing...

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Mar 29
Screencast looks at iPhone game programming

A screencast by Pearson looks at "Learning iPhone Game Programming." You can find it here: http://www.informit.com/podcasts/episode.aspx?e=9e7d48e6-ff5b-46de-bd20-...

Author Mike Daley provides an overview of his book, "Learning iPhone Game Programming." The screencast shows you some basics on writing ames on the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad.

Daley currently runs the Europe Middle East and Africa Sales Consultant Product Specialists group for Oracle Communications. He's been programming games since getting his first Sinclair Spectrum 48k computer in 1983.

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Mar 20
White paper offers 'Practical Guide to iPhone...

Robert McHale's "A Practical Legal Guide to iPhone Application Development" white paper is now available as a downloadable PDF.

By examining the iPhone SDK Agreement, Apple’s End User License Agreement, and federal copyright and trademark registration, this article provides an introductory overview of the common legal issues surrounding iPhone Application development, and the measures developers can adopt to minimize liability and maximize protection of their intellectual property rights.

R | McHale (http://www.rmchale.com/about.htm) is a Boston-based law firm offering legal services in the following practice areas:  Corporate Law, Litigation, and Business Immigration. Founding partner Robert McHale has corporate and litigation experience representing individuals, start-ups, multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies.


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Mar 17
Screencast looks at using Prizmo, digital camera as a...

Creaceed (http://www.creaceed.com) has posted a screencast (http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/screencasts.html) telling how to use Prizmo and a digital camera as a scanner. It teachers viewers how to take a picture of a document, and then take it into Prizmo and have it converted to a PDF.

Prizmo is a Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. Current cameras often have 10-megapixel sensors, and a 10-megapixel image is roughly as good as a 300 dpi US-Letter scan. With some image processing and binarization, you can even go beyond 600 dpi.

Scanning with Prizmo isn't limited to documents. As the software corrects lens distortion and perspective, they can scan almost everything: common documents (invoices, receipts) as well as less usual documents (boards,...

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