Ableton offers registered users free Retro Synths
Registered users of Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8 can now download Retro Synths free of charge. In addition, purchasers of Ableton Live 8, Suite 8 or any relevant upgrade before Oct. 31 will also receive Retro Synths for free.
For further details, video/ audio demos, as well as a download link, go to http://www.ableton.com/free-retro-synths . Retro Synths contains more than 4,000 samples of synthesizers from the past three decades, imulti-sampled and completely integrated into Ableton Live.
The selection includes Minimoog basses, acid lines from the Roland TB-303, phase distortion sounds from the Casio CZ-series and more. Every preset is immediately playable and can be customized using the flexible Macro controls.
The latest free update gives Retro Synths two new soundsets. Modular Patterns contains basses, resonant leads, as well as further sounds and phrases from a classic analogue modular system. Opus explores the lush string, brass and organ sounds of the Moog Opus 3.
Native Instruments releases five new instruments, effects
Native Instruments has released five products that further expand its range of Komplete Instruments and Effects. The new products include Kontakt 5, Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Studio Drummer, Solid Mix Series and Transient Master.
Kontakt 5 is the next generation of the software sampler. The new version offers enhanced sound shaping through a host of new filters and studio-grade effect algorithms, time-stretching, sampling modes, and more.
Guitar Rig 5 Pro is the latest version of the effects studio. The fifth generation expands the feature set of the software with additional amplifiers and effects, speaker emulation, and creative features.
Studio Drummer is a new instrument for the creation of studio-quality acoustic drum tracks. By combining sampled drum kits and a studio-grade mixing environment with an assortment of grooves, the Kontakt-based instrument provides a "virtual drummer" for pop, rock, metal, jazz and related music styles.
The new Solid Mix Series emulates the EQ and dynamics...
PasswordWallet updated for Mac OS X, iOS
Selznick Scientific Software (http://www.selznick.com/) has announced PasswordWallet 4.6 for Mac OS X and version 4.6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. PasswordWallet is a password management solution.
The apps allow users to automatically share all of their passwords between their Mac, iPhone, MobileMe, and DropBox, as well as their Windows, Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm Pre devices. PasswordWallet for the iPhone features encrypted exports and Backup and Restore functionality that requires no special software, not even iTunes. It encrypts and stores data and information all in one convenient location: passwords, usernames, PIN numbers, combinations, personal notes and more.
PasswordWallet lets users lock and unlock all of their passwords with a single master password. They can even save web addresses, and PasswordWallet will launch the default browser automatically. The application's auto-typing feature fills in the required user name and password, allowing users to log-in to...
Syncplicity announces cloud-based file access for iPad users
Syncplicity has announced the availability of its iPad app that brings cloud-based file access and management to iPad users.
From the Apple tablet, Syncplicity users can browse, share and manage files and folders stored on their Mac, PC, SharePoint servers, on the corporate network or in popular cloud-based services such as Google Docs. This universal file access includes shared Syncplicity folders set up for collaboration in businesses or sharing for personal use.
Users can gain secure access to any file and folder anytime while mobile, eliminating the need to email file attachments, use VPNs, or upload files to a new place in order to access them from a mobile device. Syncplicity also offers remote wipe, built-in policy and permission controls and end-to-end encryption for all data transferred, stored on the Syncplicity service, and stored on the mobile device. For more info, visit www.syncplicity.com .
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS set record highs
According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com), the market share for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS all rose last month.
According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 6.03% of the global market share in August compared to 5.96% in July (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). This is the highest percentage ever for Mac OS X. Windows remains dominant with 92.90% as of August. That's down from 93.07% in July.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 4.64% in August. Internet Explorer had 55.31%, Firefox had 22.57% and Chrome had 15.51%. That compares to, respectively, July percentages of 53.68%, 21.57% and 13.45%, respectively, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 53.04%, compared to 20.57% for Java ME, 15.98% for Android, 6.21% for Symbian, 3.33% for Blackberry, and 0.34% for Windows Mobile.
NetMarketShares' monthly surveys don't measure market share in...
Eddy Cue promoted to senior VP for Internet software, services
Apple has promoted Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of applications, to senior vice president for Internet software and services.
In his new role, Cue will oversee Apple's iTunes Store, as well as the iCloud, iAd, and its iBookstore platform. Cue will report to the company's new CEO, Tim Cook.
Here’s Cue’s biography at the Apple site: "Eddy oversees Apple's industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store, the revolutionary App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and Apple's innovative iCloud services.
"He is a 22-year Apple veteran and leads a large organization of amazing people. Eddy played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008. He also played a key role in developing Apple's award-winning iLife suite of applications. In his early years at Apple, he was a successful manager of software engineering and customer support teams.
"Eddy earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and...
Parallels Releases Desktop 7 for Mac, and Mobile App
Parallels announced this morning that Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will be available in stores on September 6th. Previous version owners are able to upgrade starting today. "More than 90 new and enhanced features in Parallels Desktop 7 include Mac OS® X Lion integration, performance boosts and a powerful new Parallels Mobile app and My Parallels services platform for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices."
“As Macs have become more popular than ever, a growing number of Mac users, including enterprises, find they need to run critical Windows programs on their Macs. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac lets you run popular apps like Windows Internet Explorer, Access, OneNote, Quicken and more, even the most demanding graphical programs, without rebooting and without compromise on speed and usability. Run Windows applications like they were made for your Mac,” said Parallels CEO Birger Steen. “The people have spoken and Parallels listened to make the best even better. Whether you’re a business,...
DisplayPort adaption in computers increases by 160%
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) says the organization has experienced tremendous growth in the number of computer displays adopting DisplayPort to deliver a better visual experience to users.
Over the last 12 months, computer displays making their way to market with DisplayPort have increased by 160%, reaching 78 displays from leading manufacturers such as Apple, Barco, Dell, Eizo Nanao, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Mitsubishi, NEC, Philips, Samsung and Sony, according to the VESA (http://www.vesa.org). Fueling the growth is the display industry’s recognition and optimism for the consumer market adoption and market saturation of DisplayPort, which is driving chipset, device and component manufacturers to replace legacy interfaces with DisplayPort.
"The availability of streaming media and HD-quality broadcast content over the internet means many consumers now demand a TV-like experience on their computers," says Bill Lempesis, executive director at VESA. "These...
New Panasonic camcorder shoots Full-HD 2D, 3D video
Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.com) has announced the HDC-Z10000, its first integrated twin-lens 2D/3D camcorder that's fully compatible with the AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard, which was also recently announced. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.
The HDC-Z10000 builds on Panasonic's 3D innovations, having the closest 3D video macro setting with a twin-lens 3D camcorder at approximately 17.8 inches. New to Panasonic's 3D-capable camcorders, the HDC-Z10000 features a 1,152,000-dot, 3.5-inch LCD that appears 3D to the naked eye; no 3D eyewear is needed. By using a parallax barrier to control the direction of the light from the LCD, images with slightly different perceptions are viewed by the right and left eyes, creating a 3D effect. The user can check 3D images while shooting, without having to connect a monitor. The display can also be switched between 2D and 3D.
Based on the AVCHD format, this new standard has been upgraded to AVCHD 3D, which uses MVC (Multiview Video...
Stock Keeper is new DAM application for Mac OS X
Minder Softworks has introduced Stock Keeper 1.0 (http://macte.ch/KlzzS), a new digital asset management app for Mac OS X. It costs US$19; a 30-day demo is available for download. Bulk discounts and global licenses are available.
Stock Keeper allows graphic designers, multimedia producers, software developers, or anyone who uses digital media, to manage their digital assets. It's designed to make easy for users to find and save stock media online using a built-in web browser, save files from their hard drive, and more.
For those who use stock photography and download media from online, Stock Keeper has a built-in web browser and groups of bookmarks it calls Web Search Groups that open in tabs. It comes with 28 sources for online media, but users can add their own, and create their own search groups. Users can save files directly from the built-in web browser into their media library. When saving, tags, notes, and license information can be added to the image. Images can also be saved...
Tunesque brings iTunes Store search to Lion
MTA has released Tunesque (http://tunesque.afkstudio.com/), a free app for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") that lets you search the iTunes Store for music, movies, apps, and audiobooks without having to launch either the iTunes or the Apple App Store.
Tunesque runs in the background, ready to be called into action. It sports a Spotlight-inspired interface that automatically displays results that include music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, e-books, as well as iOS and OS X apps.
The results are shown in a format that includes title, author and up-to-date pricing information in the local currency of the iTunes Store selected by the user (Tunesque automatically detects the user's default iTunes store location when first launched). A pop-over window is used to display additional information, including a product screenshot, description, and user rating.
Results can also be customized according to each user's preferences through a settings panel that also allows users to change the default iTunes...
Appalicious works as a companion to the Mac App Store
ProVUE Development has released Appalicious 1.0 (http://www.appaliciousapp.com), a shopping assistant program that works as a companion to the Mac App Store.
Appalicious enhances the software selection process by helping users navigate smoothly and helping them find the best deals among the thousands of apps available the store, according to ProVUE President James Rea. When in use, Appalicious loads the entire store catalog into RAM to ensure flexible operation and blazing fast searching, sorting, and overall organization, he adds.
Appalicious offers a customizable spreadsheet interface, searching and sorting, version & price history (including discount tracking), the ability to view multiple apps at once and recently viewed, wish list and searchable notes.
Appalicious requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and is OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatible. The application is free, but a subscription is required to receive daily Mac App Store updates. The software includes a free seven-day trial...
Mobile Mouse Pro offers wireless control of your Mac
RPA Technology has announced Mobile Mouse Pro 2.6.0 (http://www.mobilemouse.com/) for iOS, a Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") ready update to their utility that transforms any iOS device into a computer remote control, complete with trackpad and air mouse.
Designed to operate via a local Wi-Fi network, there are purportedly no line-of-sight limitations. Mobile Mouse Pro 2.6.0 features a Pro Presentation Mode for controlling slide shows, a File Browser Mode for launching applications and media files, and all new multi-touch gestures to mimic those in Lion.
Mobile Mouse Pro allows the user to view the screen from a distance, while using their iOS device as a wireless mouse or trackpad. The iOS device is always aware of what applications are running at any time and shows the appropriate keys for that program, providing the user with a single screen for controlling all media and web applications. The app uses the device's built-in accelerometer to translate hand motions into mouse movements on the...
ChromaTunes is new music player for Mac OS X
Veenix has introduced ChromaTunes (http://www.veenix.com/ChromaTunes.html), a music player for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) that automatically organizes music by sonic energy/mood.
ChromaTunes uses Veenix's sonic analysis technology (HPE). Features include the ability to send playlists to iTunes and the ChromaPad Mini Player control deck, which packs the features into a small desktop footprint. ChromaTunes also features smart playlists for artist, album, and genre, plus Veenix's "Smart More Like This Tune" technology that allows users to select a tune and instantly create a playlist of similar tunes.
ChromaTunes supports AAC/M4A music files. A free demo is available for download from the Veenix website (). For a limited time, users can save US$10 off the retail price of $29.95 -- or get ChromaTunes free when they purchase Veenix TypeBook Creator, which does for fonts what ChromaTunes does for music.
CompuExpert brings HS-905BT Bluetooth headset to North America
CompuExpert has released the Genius Bluetooth HS-905BT Stereo Headset (http://compuexpert.com/genius/home.html) in North America. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and devices, the HS-905BT allows users wirelessly connect to their mobile phones, iPads, tablet computers and music players and take phone calls or listen to music using a single headset.
With its clip-on design and effective range of up to 10 meters, the Bluetooth receiver/microphone is lightweight and easy to attach to clothing and accessories. There are buttons on the device for controlling volume, call answering and ending, and music selection.
The HS-905BT can play music for up to six hours or standby for 165 hours on a single charge; charging purportedly takes only two hours via the included Micro USB cable. A pair of hearphones is also included, but users may also turn their favorite headphones into a Bluetooth portable device using the 3.5 mm jack.
The HS-905BT will also connect to a set of...
Netgear introduces nano-sized powerline adapter
Netgear (http://www.netgear.com) has introduced the Powerline AV+ 200 Nano Dual-port Set, which features a tiny adapter that plugs into any electrical outlet and provides two Ethernet ports for connecting Internet-enabled devices such as TVs, computers, Blu-ray players and video game consoles to home networks.
'Powerline networking, which makes connections through a home's existing electric wiring, is ideal for reaching rooms beyond the range of WiFi signals, without the cost and complication of installing Ethernet cables, according to Fred Guiot, senior product line manager for Powerline Products at Netgear.
One adapter from the kit is plugged into a wall outlet near the home router/gateway, with an Ethernet cable connecting the router to the adapter. The other adapter can be placed in any outlet in the home and makes an automatic connection to the home router at up to 200 megabits per second (mbps). This adapter has two ports for connecting nearby Internet-enabled devices through...
CS Odessa announces follow-up Solution to ConceptDraw MindTwee
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced its new "Social Media Response" solution.
Using the ConceptDraw Social Media Response solution improves quality of content in social media and helps build an active customer community, according to CS Odessa President Gregory Zhukov. It allows companies to be more effective in timely messaging thanks to the ability for rapid response to a customer's post in social media, he adds.
The Social Media Response solution creates interactive social media flow charts and action mind maps. The solution includes a video tutorial and a number of samples helping social media teams refine and organize their response process. There are materials to help trainers and consultants develop a social media strategy and provide training for social media groups on how to effectively accomplish their daily work.
ConceptDraw MindMap retails for US$219, and ConceptDraw Pro retails for $249. Competitive upgrades from other paid products are available.
Nisus Software releases Lion compatible versions of its word...
Nisus Software (http://www.nisus.com/) has released OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatible versions of their Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express word processors.
These updates, which are free for owners of Express 3.x and Nisus Writer Pro, also fix a handful of bugs. Nisus Writer Express, and Nisus Writer Pro are universal binaries and require Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1 is available at the Nisus web store for only US$79 and $49.00 for the upgrade version. A three license Family Pack is available for $99. Versions on CD are available for an additional $10, plus shipping.
Nisus Writer Express 3.4 is available for $45 and $30 for the upgrade version. A three license Family Pack is available for $79. These updates are free to current license holders of Express 3.x and Pro.
Akvis releases HDRFactory 2.0
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis HDRFactory 2.0, an update of the software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows that creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures or from a single photograph. The latest version introduces an Effects with parameters tool that helps to add a glow effect to an image, darken or lighten image edges, and add warm or cold tints.
Akvis HDRFactory is a program for creating High Dynamic Range images and making photo correction. It creates HDR photos (images with high dynamic range) by combining several images of the same object taken with different exposure values.
The app supports files in the RAW format. Registered users can upgrade to version 2.0 for free. Akvis HDRFactory is available in two editions: as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor.
Akvis HDRFactory sells for US$69 for the Home version (either plug-in or standalone), $99 for Home Deluxe (either plug-in or standalone, all...
Primate Labs releases Geekbench 2.2
Primate Labs has announced Geekbench 2.2, an update to their cross-platform processor and memory benchmark solution for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. The new version features an improved interface and includes a new hardware stress test that helps users determine if their computer is experiencing hardware problems.
Geekbench provides a set of benchmarks engineered to measure processor and memory performance. Version 2.2 includes a new command-line interface on Mac OS X and Windows. The command-line interface provides enterprise users, system administrators, and power users with a way to automate Geekbench.
Geekbench 2.2 is a free update for existing Geekbench users. New users can purchase a single-platform license for US$12.99 from the Mac App Store or the Primate Labs Store (http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/) or a cross-platform license for $19.99 from the Primate Labs Store.
Pro Tools 9 tutorial focuses on Mac music, sound design...
Infinite Skills today announces a new Avid Pro Tool 9 Training Video Course. It highlights professional standard audio production techniques for music, voice and soundtrack work.
With 85 separate tutorials, the series has been designed to help beginners gradually learn recording concepts and techniques, implement virtual and real-world instruments and produce polished publishable tracks. The course is currently available in DVD-ROM and downloadable format.
The Learning Avid Pro Tools 9 Tutorial Video series can now be ordered from the Infinite Skills website (http://macte.ch/JE6Vn) on DVD-ROM or as a direct download for US$99.95. Both versions of the training includes usable working files that correspond with onscreen projects.
Apple working on remote diagnostic tool for iOS devices?
Apple is working on a web-based remote diagnostic tool that would help an Apple Specialist in finding and fixing problems with iOS devices, reports "HardMac" (http://www.hardmac.com). This tool's arrival would probably coincide with the release of iOS 5 this fall.
"HardMac" says the diagnostic tool will provide info such as:
° Health, level of load of the battery, duration passed since the last complete charge;
° The minimum level to which the battery was disdischarged;
° The iOS version installed;
° The ability to ascertain if the device was turned off "normally."
China: Apple suppliers accused of systemic pollution
Chinese environmental groups have accused Apple suppliers in the country of systemic pollution, reports the "Financial Times."
In a report released on Wednesday, five Chinese non-governmental organisations said the US technology company was using suppliers with public records of environmental violations and taking “advantage of the loopholes in developing countries’ environmental management systems." The accusations escalate a standoff between Apple and Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, a co-author of the report, the article says.
The groups have sought to persuade 29 big electronics brands over the past year to work with them on containing pollution in their supply chain, but singled out Apple as unresponsive. Read the complete story at http://macte.ch/55PUL .
Openwave sues Apple, RIM
Another day, another lawsuit. Openwave Systems (http://www.openwave.com), a company that specializes in all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions, has filed complaints against Apple and Research in Motion "in order to protect its intellectual property on how mobile devices connect to the Internet."
The complaint, filed at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, DC, requests that the ITC bar the import of smartphones and tablet computers that infringe Openwave patents, including, but not limited to, Apple’s iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch, iPad and iPad 2; and RIM’s Blackberry Curve 9330 and Blackberry PlayBook. Openwave also filed a similar complaint in federal district court in Delaware.
“Openwave invented technologies that became foundational to the mobile Internet. We believe that these large companies should pay us for the use of our technologies, particularly in light of the substantial revenue these companies have earned from...
Shrine of Apple offers photos, video of all Apple products
A new website, Shrine of Apple (http://www.ShrineofApple.com) offers photos and videos of every Apple product ever made. Or at least it will soon.
The site's mission is to showcase the entire spectrum of products that Apple has sold to the public since 1976. Shrine of Apple is launching with a small sample but purportedly has hundreds more queued up to trickle out every
Shrine Of Apple is the creation of Jonathan Zufi, an expert in the field of mobility and wireless devices by day and aivid Apple collector by night. He grew up learning to code on an Apple II and, after coming across an old Apple II software title in 2009, began his mission to catalog everything ever made by Apple and provide a destination where anyone in the world can explore the diverse history of the Apple product line since 1976.
US government moves to block AT&T's acquisition of T-...
The U.S. government has sued to block AT&T'’s proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market, reports "Bloomberg."
In the complaint filed today in federal court in Washington, the U.S. is seeking a declaration that Dallas-based AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE), would violate U.S. antitrust law. The U.S. also asked for a court order blocking any arrangement implementing the deal. Read the complete story at http://macte.ch/573pA .
CoreBreach game races onto the Mac
CoreCode, together with nCreate, has released CoreBreach (http://corebreach.corecode.at/), a Mac "antigravity" racing game. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher and is available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "CoreBreach features a futuristic environment where you have to fight your evil opponents while racing towards world domination. The release of CoreBreach marks the return of the genre of anti-gravity racing games to the Macintosh platform, after an complete absence of over nine years! The game boasts a compelling career mode with six diverse race tracks, six upgradeable anti-gravity race ships and six different combat weapons."
HDHomeRun PRIME app lets you stream live TV to your iPad
Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) says its HDHomeRun PRIME App for iPad 2 is available on the App Store. The App works in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME line of CableCard-enabled network tuners, enabling users to stream and record live premium cable TV on the iPad 2.
The HDHomeRun PRIME App enables viewing and recording of live cable TV anywhere in your home’s Wi-Fi network. The HDHomeRun PRIME device sends the TV signal straight to the HDHomeRun PRIME App, so there's no need for the user to turn on a computer. In addition, the app lets the user record programs directly to their iPad with the option of transferring those recordings from the iPad 2 to a Mac or PC.
Elgato’s latest solution streams cable TV “copy freely” channels to the iPad 2. Users with Verizon FiOS or Comcast cable television have a particular advantage, since the majority of channels from these providers are sent with a "copy freely" flag, according to Adam Steinberg, Elgato’s vice president of...
Wacom has an Inkling (digital sketch pen)
Wacom has introduced the Inkling, a digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper.
Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing by giving users at the front end of the creative process a way to rough-out ideas with real ink on paper and capture their concepts digitally so that they can be later refined on their computer, according to Don Varga, director of Professional Products at Wacom.
Inkling even allows users to create layers in the digital file while sketching on paper in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.
Spontaneous and Liberating. The digital sketch pen is comprised of both hardware and software components.
Hardware includes both the pen and a wireless receiver that captures a likeness of the sketch and stores it digitally. The ballpoint pen uses Wacom’s pressure...
Active Media rolls out mSATA SSDs
Active Media Products has announced a new line of SaberTooth M1 mini SATA (mSATA) SSD drives for notebook upgrades that deliver transfer speeds up to 160MB/second and are fully compliant with the JEDEC MO-300B mSATA specification.
mSATA is a new JEDEC standard for small form factor SSDs based on the SATA-II, 3Gbps interface. mSATA SSDs measure 2.0 x 1.2 inches and use an existing mini PCIe connector, but with a modified SATA pinout.
The Sabertooth M1 mSATA SSD employs the JMF605 SATA controller and NAND Flas. It's available now through Amazon and directly from ActiveMP.com (http://activemp.com/) in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities starting at US$75.
Just Mobile launches iPad wall mount
Just Mobile has launched the US$49.95Just Mobile Horizon, a minimalist wall mount for the iPad and iPad 2.
Crafted from aluminum, the Horizon comes with rubber inserts that hold the iPad and iPad 2 in place without the need for complex brackets. With a hidden dock connector slot and rubber home button, your wall-mounted iPad will work in both landscape and portrait modes.
New USB hub provides large scale syncing for iPads, other...
Datamation Systems has announced high-capacity syncing as an addition to its suite of products designed for iPads and other tablet devices.
The DS-IP-49-SYNC acts as a fully powered USB hub for 49 devices. Using a Mac, it can sync with iTunes or other software capable of addressing USB devices. (It can work with Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, although there may be some software limitations with a non-Mac host.)
"It lets you avoid the need to use an array of consumer USB hubs," says Joe Mazza, Datamation Systems’ vice president. "It can be used for iPads and other USB 2.0 devices, such as tablets, smart phones, and iPods, some of which it can even charge."
The new DS-IP-49-SYNC and other products are available from major computer companies or directly from Datamation Systems. Additional information can be found at Datamation’s iPad and Tablet security webpage (http://www.ipadcarts.com/).
CRE4MY RapidWeaver theme unveiled by seyDoggy
seyDoggy (http://seydesign.com) has released CRE4MY, an US$30 theme for the RapidWeaver web site creation tool.
CRE4MY, the fourth major release of the Creamy line, includes 35 built-in options and smart features that work together to more than double the possible layout variation, says Adam Merrifield, seyDoggy owner and lead programmer. CRE4MY also incorporates many of the advanced, open source seyDoggy features included in many of their popular RapidWeaver themes, such as SS3, ExtraContent, Smart Layout, Smart Navigation and more, he adds.
Cheetah3D update adds improved Lion compatibility
Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.8. The upgrade offers improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The Collada export has been improved so that, under Lion, Preview.app can load Cheetah3D-generated Collada files properly. For non-Lion users, version 5.8 also offers improvements like better auto-keying, faster F-Curve drawing and better Undo support when dealing with poses.
Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.8 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x. It requires requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
PDFpen for Mac OS X adds page numbering options
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.5. The update adds several page numbering options.
Users can now specify header or footer positioning and alignment. Numbering options now include Roman numerals and letters. Bates Numbering for legal documents has been improved with with options for prefix, digit count and starting number. PDFpen 5.5 also adds initial support for full screen mode in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The changes in PDFpen 5.5 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.5, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, 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 Feb. 14,...
Time Out 1.6 ready for Lion
Dejal Systems has released Dejal Time Out 1.6, an update to their break reminder tool for Mac OS X. The new version adds exclusion preferences, the ability to pause breaks for a specified time interval, Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility, and other improvements.
Dejal Time Out will "gently" remind you to take a break on a regular basis. It has two kinds of breaks -- a "normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break. The later is a brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.
Time Out requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The standard edition is available from the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/) and is released as "freeware," requiring no payment for its use, though donations are encouraged and appreciated. Time Out Free 1.6 will be available on the Mac App Store once Apple has reviewed it.
Playback Media Server revved to version 1.8.1
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.8.1 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.
Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from the computer to their UPnP device. This allows others on the network to do other Internet related activities, such...
MacScan for Mac OS X updated to version 2.9.1
SecureMac has announced MacScan 2.9.1, the latest version of its anti-spyware privacy and security software for Mac OS X. This new version of MacScan enhances protection against the latest threats for Mac OS X, adding usability enhancements, scan engine updates, scheduler fixes as well as user interface changes and updates.
MacScan retails for US$29.99 and can be purchased using Paypal or credit card, either through the built-in registration system, or via the MacScan webstore (http://macscan.securemac.com). Upgrades from previous versions of MacScan 2 are free, and can be obtained by either selecting "Check for Updates" under the "MacScan" menu, or by downloading the demo version from http://macscan.securemac.com and entering your serial number.
The MacScan Family Pack lets you install the anti-spyware software on up to three computers for $49.99. Existing users of MacScan can upgrade the single license to the MacScan Family Pack for the difference of the original price and the...
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen Xml Editor, Oxygen Xml Author
Syncro Soft, the producer of Oxygen XML Editor and Author (http://www.oxygenxml.com), has released version 13 of its XML Editor and XML Author containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
Version 13 is focused on user interface improvements related to visual XML editing, XML attributes editing, presentation of results for validation, transformation, spell checking and search operations, XML Diff and SVN support. The EPUB support was extended with visual rendering of EPUB specific files and enhanced validation. New built-in transformation scenarios allow the conversion of TEI documents to EPUB, ODF and DOCX. DITA improvements include search references (where used) within a DITA map, map validation under multiple condition sets (ditaval files), use of subject scheme defined values and more.
The Data Source Explorer view features drag and drop capabilities that allow copy/move operations even between different databases. The new version adds support for JSON...
Real Software announces call for speakers for Real World 2
Real Software -- creator of object-oriented, cross-platform software development tools for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and the web -- is looking for speakers for Real World, the Real Studio User Conference. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida on May 24-25, 2012.
The conference is designed to give Real Studio users the opportunity to hear from other Real Studio developers and experts on how to improve their knowledge and skills as a developer. Real World will feature a keynote presentation from Real Software founder and CEO, Geoff Perlman, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and social events.
Those interested in presenting Real Studio and software development related sessions are welcome to submit their proposal with their preferred session topic(s) and a brief description, along with the name and contact information of the speaker(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applying to speak is Oct. 15, 2011. There are a...
Apple looking to hire iOS QA Location Engineer
According to an Apple job posting (http://macte.ch/Nnrku), the company is looking to hire an iOS QA Location Engineer "who’s engineering and technical skill is only matched by their problem solving and communication abilities."
Apple says the person hired will work on "exciting new features for iOS location services." The successful candidate will complete both documented and adhoc testing to ensure high quality releases.
ComScore: Apple has 27% of the US smartphone market
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending July 2011.
The comScore study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.5% market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 41.8% market share.
Approximately 82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July 2011, up 10% from the preceding three month period. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 41.8% market share, up 5.4 percentage points. Apple strengthened its number two position with 27% of the smartphone market, up one percentage point from the prior reporting period. RIM ranked third with 21.7% share, followed by Microsoft (5.7%) and Symbian (1.9%).
For the three month...
CNN acquires Zite, an iPad news app
CNN has acquired technology company Zite, a news app for the iPad that gives users a personalized magazine-like experience, according to Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.
CNN has added Zite to its already robust portfolio of digital products as a separate, stand-alone business that will continue to innovate and provide users with the news and information they want, he adds. Zite is an iPad app designed to offer content to users that they will find most interesting from a variety of sources across the Web by learning users' preferences and getting smarter as it’s used.
Available for free on the iPad, users can download Zite from the Apple App Store or iTunes.
FileMaker unveils Bento Business Organizer
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) has announced the new Bento Business Organizer, a free set of customized database templates designed to make it easy to manage businesses run by sole proprietors.
The Bento Business Organizer from FileMaker, available free with a 30-day trial of Bento 4, offers a set of templates tailor-made for business owners that sell handcrafted goods such as furniture, clothing, paintings, baked goods and jewelry at farmer’s markets, festivals or from their own studios, workshops, and web sites, such as Etsy.com.
The square "quick response" codes turn URLs, vCards, or any kind of text into a block of pixels that users can scan onto their smartphone instantaneously.
The eight templates in the Bento Business can also be used with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad, (both sold separately).
UK supermarket chain test drives iPad-equipped shopping trolleys
The Sainsbury UK supermarket chain is testing the trolley in its branch in Cromwell Road in Kensington, West London, according to "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/TmpsA). It could introduce them across the UK if the trial is successful.
The trolleys come complete with a tilting iPad holder and speakers. Their front bumpers are fitted with a sensor that lets off a warning beep if an engrossed shopper gets too close to another customer. An onboard battery with a self-charging solar panel ensures that the iPads never run out of power.
The trolleys have been developed by broadcaster Sky to highlight its Sky Go service, which allows iPad users to watch live sport or news on their portable devices, says "The Telegraph." The iPads themselves are, of course, not included.
iTunes Match to have maximum limit of 25,000 songs?
If you’ve got a massive music library, better think twice about syncing it with iTunes Match as the maximum size of an iTunes library in the iTunes Match beta is 25,000 songs, according to "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/jGYsQ).
Assuming a library in which song is an average of 4 minutes long and compressed in CD quality 320kbps, that basically means the upper limit on a library is a size of 250GB, the article notes.
iTunes Match will be available this fall for a $24.99 annual fee. Music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match, a service that replaces your music with a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version if Apple can match it to the over 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, it makes the matched music available in minutes (instead of weeks to upload your entire music library), and uploads only the small percentage of unmatched music, according to Apple.
Apple having limited success battling product counterfeiting in...
Apple was "too slow" to act against rife counterfeiting in China and the Asia market, according to the latest release of Wikileaks cables, seen by "CNN" (http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/08/29/apple.wikileaks/in...).
Apple eventually organized a team in March 2008 to deal with the increasing problem of knockoff iPods and iPhones, according to an electronic memo from the Beijing embassy dated September 2008. Yet, three years after Apple moved to crack down on widespread counterfeiting and put pressure on China, progress has been slow.
Gadget piracy isn't a high priority for the Chinese government, the U.S. reports and experts tell "CNN." China's government declined to investigate a facility in March 2009 that was manufacturing imitation Apple laptops because it threatened local jobs, according to a "Wikileaks" cable dated April 2009. A different arm of China's government scrapped plans for a raid on an electronics mall in the Guangdong province because it could have...
Epson unveils WorkForce Pro printing solutions
Epson America has expanded its business printing solutions with a new product line-up -- the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 and WorkForce Pro WP-4530 all-in-ones and WorkForce Pro WP-4020 ink jet printer.
Designed for small offices, departmental workgroups and vertical markets such as real estate, the WorkForce Pro series purportedly delivers ink cost savings of up to 50% compared to color lasers, while providing the world's fastest auto two-sided print speeds and extra-large ink cartridges.
Both printers deliver single- and double-sided print speeds of 16 ISO ppm (pages per minute) black and 11 ISO ppm color single-sided; 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color two-sided. Epson's new extra large ink capacity cartridges are capable of printing up to 2,400 pages black and 1,200 pages color, as well as a robust monthly duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages.
Additional productivity features for the WorkForce Pro all-in-ones include:built-in 30-page automatic document feeder to copy, fax and...
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles lands ashore
Gather your doubloons. The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts says that The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is now available across North America for US$29.99. It requires The Sims Medieval on the Mac or PC to play.
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is an adventure pack to The Sims Medieval, a new series that places the simulated characters from The Sims into the Middle Ages and lets players create heroes, venture on quests and control a kingdom. The adventure pack includes a new storyline, additional quests and one new Kingdom Ambition for players to embark on in their medieval kingdoms.
Here's how the Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is described: "Players can unleash their inner swash-buckling pirate or regal noble by creating a new Hero Sim or customizing their existing medieval Sim with new clothing and accessories. They begin the epic adventure by choosing a side -- pirate or noble -- and then the adventure is up to them for how it plays out. They can battle an enemy in a...
Facilis Technology announces Lion support
Facilis Technology (http://www.facilis.com), which specializes in shared storage solutions for post-production and content creation, has qualified its TerraBlock line of shared storage solutions, versions 5.0 and above, for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
"Integrating support for OS X Lion into TerraBlock is an extension of our commitment to supporting the latest and most advanced platforms for creative professionals,” says Shane Rodbourn, senior vice president and general manager, Facilis. "Customers who use or purchase TerraBlock 5.0 and above can now experience the same high performance and capacity of TerraBlock with the highly anticipated OS X Lion release"
TerraBlock, Facilis’ high-capacity, shared storage system, supports Fibre channel and Ethernet, volume and file-level control, and multiple platforms. TerraBlock, versions 5.0 and above, are qualified for Lion, but not all third party creative applications that may be running on TerraBlock necessarily support the release. Facilis...