Kodak announces new all-in-one printer
Eastman Kodak Company (http://www.kodak.com) has announced the newest addition to its innovative line of all-in-one inkjet printers: the ESP 9250 AiO. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$249.99.
The ESP 9250 Printer features Kodak's proprietary pigmented inks and an intelligent bar code system that optimizes settings for superior printing performance using Kodak's proprietary pigmented ink system. Kodak printers automatically detect and adjust for printing documents or photos and feature a bar code reader that works with Kodak Photo Paper to customize the printer's ink output to produce the best results.
With the latest Wi-Fi and networking capability, consumers can effortlessly print with the ESP 9250 Printer, from anywhere in their home or even from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device. A control panel and built-in templates allow you to print a variety of forms, including graph paper, line paper, wide-ruled paper, tic-tac-toe, to do lists, grocery lists and even...
Macs, laptops Steaming up
Valve has released some figures in the Steam for OS X universe, showing a mass move to portable computers and strong steps for Mac gaming, notes "9to5 Mac" (http://macosg.me/2/sg). The latest figures show us that over two thirds of Mac users on Steam own a MacBook or MacBook Pro, another 23 percent use an iMac.
Overall 72% of processors at Valve are Intel, while the majority (59%)of graphics cards in Gamerland come from Nvidia. Also, 32.73% of users were still using Windows XP.
According to the survey, 45.78% of Mac users are gaming on a MacBook Pro, 23.18% are using an iMac, 20.25% a MacBook, 5.41% a Mac Pro and 3.44% a Mac mini.
Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series.
Firefox support for PowerPC Macs coming to an end
Mozilla says it's unlikely that the final version of Firefox 4 will run on older Macs with PowerPC processors, according to "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/sf). Apparently, you'll need a Mac with an Intel processor.
"We are not likely to be supporting PowerPC," said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox, in a message Tuesday on the Mozilla.dev.planning discussion group. "[But] no announcement has been made yet, as I'd like to have the data to back it up, and am having trouble getting it."
MPEG LA offers H.264 video license royalty free for life
MPEG LA says its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as “Internet Broadcast AVC Video”) during the entire life of this license.
MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through Dec. 31, 2015. The latest announcement makes it clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.
MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services.
AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player and other personal...
Intel's third quarter below expectations
Intel (http://www.intel.com) says third-quarter revenue will be below the company’s previous outlook. The company now expects third-quarter revenue to be US$11.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, compared to the previous expectation of between $11.2 and $12.0 billion.
Revenue is being affected by weaker than expected demand for consumer computers in mature markets. Inventories across the supply chain appear to be in-line with the company’s revised expectations.
The company’s expectation for third-quarter gross margin is now 66%, plus or minus a point, lower than the previous expectation of 67%, plus or minus a couple of points. The impact of lower volume is being partially offset by slightly higher average selling prices stemming from solid enterprise demand.
Equity investments, interest and other is expected to be $175 million, consistent with the company’s revised expectation reported on Form 8-K filed July 16. All other expectations for the third quarter remain unchanged.
Free Photoshop World Expo passes available
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) says free Expo passes (http://photoshopworld.com/free-expo-pass/) are now available for the public to attend the 2010 Photoshop World Expo on Sept. 2-3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Photoshop World Expo -- produced by the NAPP in partnership with Adobe -- is part of Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the world’s largest Photoshop and photography training event. This industry expo features product launches, hands-on demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Dell, Epson America, iStockphoto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Wacom Technology, Wescott and Xerox Corporation.
It's targeted to photographers and design students, as well as hobbyists. During the final two days of the Expo, Photoshop World opens the show floor to the public to give them an all-access pass to the photography and Photoshop-related products on...
Apple releases iWork 9.0.4
Apple has released iWork 9.0.4 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1097). This update addresses issues in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, and adds export compatibility to Pages with the standard ePub file format (for use with iBooks).
Apple says the update is recommended for users of iWork 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, and 9.0.3. it's a 63.44MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher. iWork 9.0.4 can be obtained by using the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Apple releases MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9
Apple has released Apple released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1098). This update is recommended for all 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro mid 2010 models.
According to Apple, the update resolves a rare issue that may cause the system to freeze during startup or intermittently stall during operation, and it improves compatibility with external displays.
The MacBook Pro EFI Update will update the EFI firmware on your MacBook Pro. Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your MacBook Pro restarts a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Don't disturb or shut off the power on your MacBook Pro during this update.
MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.9 isa 2.16MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4. You can nab it by using the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Conference offers training in tools from Apple, Adobe, Avid
Future Media Concepts (FMC) -- an authorized digital media training organization for post-production, broadcast, and content creators -- has announced the 6th annual NY Post|Production Conference, which will be held in New York City from Oct. 13-14 alongside the Content and Communications World (CCW) event at the Jacob Javitz Center.
Produced in association with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the NY Conference offers post-production professionals and digital content creators an opportunity to take a bite out of today’s leading technical trends and workflows from industry powerhouses such as Apple, Adobe and Avid. FMC combines manufacturer-certified instruction with training and networking experience.
This year’s conference is held in conjunction with Content and Communication World Expo, providing attendees with the opportunity to browse the show floor of over 100 exhibitors. Future Media Concepts is offering a discounted rate of 10% off registration fees for those...
Smart Trash for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.6
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has updated Smart Trash, which enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash, to version 1.1.6. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes.
Smart Trash enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash by adding several menu options including selective file deletion, extensive logging, the ability to empty the trash on specific volumes, and more.
Smart Trash is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard"). Smart Trash costs US$10, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor 5, RSMB 4 Sparks
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says new versions of their Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur plug-ins for Autodesk Advanced Systems (Smoke, Flare, Flint, Flame, Inferno, and Burn), including Smoke on Mac, are now available.
Twixtor enables you to speed up or slow down your image sequences. It synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence, employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.
ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB. All versions of Smoke, Flint, Flame, Inferno, Flare and Burn on Linux 64-bit and Mac OS X 10.6 are supported.
A ReelSmart Motion Blur v4 Sparks node-locked license is US$189.95, and a floating license is $284.93. A Twixtor v5 Sparks node-locked license is $795; a floating license is $1195. Customers who purchased RSMB v3 and Twixtor v4 Sparks on...
Abilene Christian University expanding its use of iOS devices
With a fall 2010 freshman class of digital natives and a campus fully saturated with iOS devices, Abilene Christian University’s (http://www.acu.edu) mobile-learning initiative, Connected, enters its third year with dozens of real-world projects designed to find new ways to learn, work and collaborate in the digital age.
ACU’s mobile-learning initiative -- based on Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- has attracted partners including Cambridge University Press, Alcatel Lucent, Inkling, McGraw-Hill and GetYa Learn On. ACU’s 5,000-student/faculty campus is the test-bed for the partner projects. Scott Perkins, Ph.D., coordinator of research for ACU's mobile-learning initiative, says that over two years of empirical investigations of the impact of mobile learning on student outcomes at ACU have shown that:
° Faculty and students are consistently positive about the overall impact and potential of the program.
° Complete ubiquity with devices for all students in a class is essential.
Qualcomm looking for an 'iPhone developer guru'
Qualcomm, which has long been rumored to supply a CDMA chipset to Apple for a Verizon-compatible iPhone, is looking to hire an "iPhone Developer Guru" for a "secret" project, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
A Qualcomm job listing (http://macosg.me/2/sb) for an "iPhone developer guru" has this to say: "The iPhone has no secret for you? Well, that's what you think... join us and develop the most challenging product of your life! ou are driven by a very strict development discipline, well versed in Agile, and your passion is to bring product in the hands of consumers. You have been exposed to application or game development on mobile for years and you have developed deployed apps on the iPhone. Join us now: we are small fast moving team working in a lab 24hrs/day."
Responsibilities are: "iPhone software design and development but not restricted to it: we expect you to be part of the team and contribute to all aspects of the product development including Android, Web...
Laplink releases PC to Mac transfer, syncing tool
Laplink Software (http://www.laplink.com) has released Switch & Sync, a tool for moving from a PC to a Mac. It allows you to move files to a Mac or synchronize folders between a PC and a Mac.
Switch & Sync copies all selected files and folders from a PC to a Mac, even automatically converting email, contacts and calendars from their PC format for use on a Mac with programs such as Apple Mail and Entourage. The Outlook conversion feature is compatible with Outlook 2000 or later, Windows Mail and Outlook Express 6 or later.
Switch & Sync automatically copyies all of the files and folders the user selects -- including documents, music and pictures -- from a PC to a Mac. It can then be used to keep all of the files and folders up-to-date between the PC and Mac with automated synchronization and Laplink's patented SpeedSync technology. This allows users to enjoy the benefits of each machine and use them in tandem, while SpeedSync helps them work quickly without missing a beat,...
macProVideo.com releases Reason 5, Record 1.5 tutorials
Online tutorial vendor MacProVideo (http://www.macProVideo.com) has released two new Propellerhead Reason 5 tutorials covering the Kong Drum machine and Record 1.5.
The first title is a 2.5-hour tutorial called "Kong: King of Drums." Comprised of 54 separate videos, this tutorial provides an exploration of Kong's beat-making features, including using samples, physical modeling, and synthesis to create drum sounds. This title is produced by Mo Volans, a veteran technical author and Reason user.
The second title is called "Core Propellerhead Record." Produced by G.W. Childs IV, this 2.5-hour tutorial contains 40 separate videos that provide insight into the inner workings of the Record software. Record has unlimited tracks, a mixer modeled after the SSL 9000K with FX, EQ and dynamics processing on every track. From basic set-up techniques to audio time stretching and the new Blocks feature, Childs shows how to record and produce your musical ideas into finished tracks with Record.
IK Multimedia, Sonic Reality ship DrummerTracks for AmpliTube
IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality have introduced DrummerTracks, a new series of style-based full-length drum backing tracks performed by top studio drummers.
Unlike loops, DrummerTracks are full song drum tracks and designed for use as play-along tracks for the AmpliTube range of software and mobile apps. DrummerTracks offer guitarists, bassists and other musicians a way to play along with drum grooves.
A variety of styles ranging from Classic Rock to Progressive Rock to Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Country and more are available. You can import DrummerTracks into the AmpliTube SpeedTrainer section in the standalone versions for Macs and Windows systems. You can load them into the songs or recorder sections of AmpliTube for iPhones, iPods and iPads. Or you canr import them to a track in your preferred DAW sequencer/
DrummerTracks titles are available for $29.99 each. Registered users of AmpliTube for Mac/PC and AmpliTube Mobile products (currently AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod Touch and...
Get Backup for Mac OS X adds disk cloning capability
BeLight Software has released Get Backup 2.4 (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/getbackup/overview.php) for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds disk cloning capability, including bootable backups.
The folks at BeLight say that Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) should be used as the highest level of protection, while AES-128 is a good alternative when faster encryption is required and lower security level is acceptable. Blowfish encryption is thought to be a happy medium by providing sufficient security and a quick encryption process.
The update is free for all Get Backup users. For new users the cost is US$39.95. A demo is available for download.
Analyst: investors should sell Apple options
Investors should sell Apple options because “the best technology company on the planet” may gain from more iPhone sales outside of the U.S. and selling ads on mobile devices including the iPad, Gleacher & Co. told clients -- as noted by "Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/sa).
Analyst Brian Marshall recommended selling Apple’s January 2012 US$230 puts, which fell 1.2 percent to $38.39 yesterday. Selling a put, which gives the right to sell, is a bet that the stock will rise, allowing the seller to keep the premium paid, notes "Bloomberg." The shares gained 1.2 percent to $242.89.
“The No. 1 driver of the stock over the next 12 months will be continued penetration into the smartphone segment, especially in the international market where their penetration is much less compared with the U.S.,” Marshall said in an interview with "Bloomberg."
HTC says Apple's patent infringement claims are invalid
Smartphone maker HTC which Apple has sued twice, says the patents Apple has accused it of infringing are invalid, according to the "Groklaw" web site (http://macosg.me/2/s4).
The article says that HTC denies infringing the patents, but also says, as a first affirmative defense, that four of the patents are invalid for "failure to comply with one or more of the conditions for patentability set forth in Title 35 of the United States Code, including, but not limited to, utility, novelty, non-obviousness, enablement, written description and definiteness in accordance with 35 U.S.C. §§ 101, 102, 103, 112, and/or 116, or are invalid pursuant to the judicial doctrine barring double-patenting."
"Groklaw" says HTC also claims prior art, marking, laches and marking defenses, and it says it has license agreements with third party suppliers to do what they do the things Apple is suing them over. It asks the court to declare the patents invalid.
In June Apple expanded its lawsuit against HTC. In...
Apple, others sued for infringing an object orientation patent
Another day, another lawsuit. A case has started in the court of the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division accusing a number of companies -- including Apple -- of breaching a patent relating to object orientation, reports "TechEye" (http://macosg.me/2/s5).
Ganas claims the companies infringe on their patents for an "object oriented communication among platform independent systems across a firewall over the internet using HttP-SOAP and an "object oriented communications system over the internet." The company wants a jury to award it damages, costs, expenses, post-judgement interest and enhanced damages.
iPads hurting sales of other Apple products -- or maybe not
Is the iPad's popularity hurting sales of other Apple products? Yes. And no. As with many things in life, it depends on whom you ask.
According to a survey by Alphawise, Morgan Stanley's internal research team, and investment bank Piper Jaffray, almost 44% of iPad owners would not be buying a notebook, and 24%said the notebook they wouldn't buy would have been a Macbook, while 20% said it would have been a PC, reports the "International Business Times" (http://macosg.me/2/s3).
Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster of 448 iPad buyers found that 99% of respondents hadn't considered either an iPod touch or iPhone before making the purchase. However, stock analysis firm Trefis said the Apple tablet doesn't appear to be cannibalizing the company's Mac sales so far. He told "IBT" that he expects Apple to sell around 10 million iPads in all of 2010 even as the company gained 4.19% of the computer market in the second quarter of 2010, up from 3.49% in the...
Samsung releases new monitors with HDTV tuners
Samsung Electronics America (http://www.samsung.com/monitor) has announced two new lines of multi-function monitors (MFMs) offering consumers a computer monitor and HDTV in one. Ranging from 21.5 to 24 inches, the 30 and 90 display series allow viewers to switch from work to play with enhanced picture quality all in one space-saving device, according to Young Bae, director of display marketing Samsung Enterprise Business Division.
Both the 30 and 90 series monitors can be used as a small TV with full HD resolution and also feature Picture in Picture (PiP) so multi-tasking users can simultaneously use their computer and watch TV without the need for a second monitor or additional connections. The monitors come equipped with two HDMI inputs for easy connection to multiple HD devices -- cable boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc.
Samsung’s Connectshare feature adds even more multi-media capabilities allowing users to instantly view and listen to music, movies and photos on...
Canon releases new EOS 60D digital SLR camera
Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon) has released the EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera. For the first time on an EOS camera, the EOS 60D DSLR boasts a three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, EOS Full HD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera functionality for RAW image processing -- plus Creative Filters to manipulate images after taking them.
Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features designed to make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images. With the camera you can do things like capture an overhead shot on the Vari-Angle screen at a graduation ceremony or convert a color image to black and white for a nostalgic look.
The 60D camera features a LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution plus anti-reflective and smudge-resistant coatings. Another first for the EOS system is the EOS 60D camera’s new Multi-Control Dial, which places a Multi-...
AppMakr.com integrates HTML 5
AppMakr.com, a free platform for building native mobile applications, has announced the integration of HTML5 to its features, allowing users to leverage advanced functionality within customized HTML tab.
HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.
Sonnet announces SDXC card support for memory card reader/writer
Sonnet Technologies has announced SDXC card support for its US$29.95 Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 adapter, enabling users with MacBook Pro and Windows laptop computers equipped with an ExpressCard slot to use these extended-capacity cards designed for the latest high-megapixel digital cameras and digital video camcorders.
The new format SDXC cards (starting at 64GB) surpass previous-generation SDHC cards 32 GB maximum capacity. Sonnet's Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 moves files from memory cards to a notebook computer's hard drive, with no cables required. This handy device inserts flush inside a MacBook Pro or Windows notebook's ExpressCard slot so it can be carried inside the computer slot even when not in use.
The Sonnet multimedia reader supports the most popular memory card formats used in digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices, including Memory Stick, MMC (Multimedia Card), SDHC (Secure Digital High...
Red Giant Software to host free FCP SuperMeet workshops at...
Red Giant Software, publishers and developers of iPhone apps and software tools, will host free Final Cut Pro SuperMeet workshops as part of the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, in the heart of Amsterdam in Dam Square.
The training will consist of three separate identical sessions to take place during the day prior to the SuperMeet, which will be the largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Avid and Adobe editors, DSLR filmmakers, digital media makers and Gurus during IBC2010.
Apple Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker will demonstrate how to quickly stylize shots, store favorite looks and tools, remove color casts and make primary and secondary corrections. Simon will also show how to use power masks and keyers to isolate areas, boost visual sharpness, smooth skin and repair cosmetic blemishes as well as adding instant Hollywood looks to footage whilst maintaining accurate flesh tones. All this without having to...
DataLore for Mac OS X gets over a dozen enhancements
XtraLean Software has released DataLore 1.1, an update to the front end to Spotlight hat makes it easier and faster to search and share files both locally on one's own computer, and on the network.
This update adds more than a dozen enhancements to the interface to simplify browsing. Faster search algorithm and improved interface also make it faster to find and display files, and easier to narrow down and display the search results. A new Filters tab allows users to add more filters to their search in order to further narrow down and customize the search results to their specific needs. Other features new with this update include the ability to use DataLore as a Finder, and "exclude files" has replaced the former "exclude folders"feature for faster narrowing down of results.
DataLore's developer, Hagen Kaye, says the app uses a "Search-as-You-Type" technology for finding files fast. It also employs "Text Shorthand" and "Special Characters" for highly defined or more complex search...
Codafy 1.0 RapidWeaver plug-ing enables native Firebug...
NimbleHost has announced Codafy 1.0 (http://rapidweaver.nimblehost.com/plugins/codafy.html), a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds native "Firebug" functionality to the Mac OS X web site design application.
For RapidWeaver users utilizing this Firebug/Firefox combination, the process of constantly switching between two applications quickly becomes a time consuming process. Codafy was specifically developed to enable the open source WebKit Web Inspector so that it can be accessed directly in RapidWeaver, thus removing the need to repeatedly refer to two separate applications, according to the folks at...
New credit card solution offered for the iPhone
Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) and mophie has released the Complete Credit Card Solution, an all-in-one product that enables small businesses to process credit card payments via theiPhone. It integrates Intuit’s GoPayment credit card processing app and quick-to-activate merchant account with the mophie marketplace iPhone credit card reader.
This package is now available in Apple Retail Stores and soon on Apple.com. As part of this solution, Intuit GoPayment offers an application process designed to let merchants start processing credit cards on their iPhones in as few as 15 minutes, according to Chris Hylen, general manager of Intuit’s Payment Solutions division. As an option, GoPayment is also compatible with QuickBooks Mac to help save time in keeping business financial files up to date, he adds.
GoPayment has been on the market for more than a year. This latest version offers the ability for customers to sign their bill via the iPhone touch screen. It’s also possible to now add...
Kubato Tools launches new Vintage Delish Lightroom presets
Kubota Image Tools has announced the availability of its latest package of presets for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Fully compatible with the recently-released Lightroom 3, the Kubota Lightroom Presets - Vintage Delish offers photographers pre-programmed short-cuts to create image effects.
The tools were devised by photo industry veteran Kevin Kubota. This latest edition of the Kubota Lightroom Presets includes 42 custom Develop Presets for Lightroom 3 that include image adjustments for: color-toned black & whites; faded antique effects; burnt & rusty colors; touches of grain; softening and glowing; deep, bold vignettes; warming tones; cross-process styling; and more.
Available for immediate online purchase, the Kubota Lightroom Presets Vintage Delish can be downloaded instantly. Immediate download is available for US$39 and can be ordered through at http://www.KubotaImageTools.com/VintageDelish.html . A minimum of Lightroom 2 is required, though some presets do require...
ErgoMotion Mouse scampers from SmartFish
SmartFish Technologies (http://www.getsmartfish.com) has released the ErgoMotion Mouse. It's an US$49.95 laser mouse ethat sports a patented swivel mechanism that promotes a fluid movement, allowing the mouse to adapt to the user’s hand position.
Smartfish’s ErgoMotion technology enables forward, backward and lateral wave-like movements for the wrist every time the mouse is in use. This helps to relieve discomfort from repetitive stress injuries related to extended computer usage, according to Dr. Jack Atzmon, president and CEO of Smartfish Technologies.
The ErgoMotion Mouse boastsboth left and right click, four-way scroll wheel and a discreet wireless USB plug-in. The device is compatible with Macs and PCs, and features an ambidextrous design for both right and left-handed users.
Propellerhead releases Record 1.5, Reason 5
Propellerhead Software (http://www.propellerheads.se) has released Reason 5 and Record 1.5, updates of the software for musicians that introduce new instruments, effects, sequencing, sounds, patches and more for composing, beatmaking, loop-mangling, vocal treatment, songwriting, remixing and music production.
The new Kong Drum Designer and Dr. Octo Rex loop player extend Reason’s instrument arsenal. Reason 5 and Record 1.5 add a new take on sequencing: Blocks, in which you build songs parts like patterns and string them together for fast arranging with the ability to freely go back and forth between pattern and linear modes.
Neptune is a pitch correction tool and voice synthesizer. You can play new harmonies on a MIDI keyboard for instant backing vocals. Live sampling into all sample capable devices means any musician can use samples in a new manner for creative sampling.
The Expanded Factory Sound Bank has doubled in size; plus, there are added signature sound designers’ patches,...
Don't expect a revamped Apple TV to be a hit of iPad...
Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't expect any upcoming Apple TV refresh to be a hit of iPad proportions, because most consumers aren't ready to cancel their cable TV or stream content from iTunes, reports Peter Burrows of "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macosg.me/2/s0).
Apple will hold a special media event on Wednesday, Sept. 1, but "look for CEO Steve Jobs to focus on the ability for customers to watch their favorite TV shows and movies on their iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches," the article adds, quoting a "person familiar with the plan." Burrows says that company will announce that customers can rent many TV shows for 99 cents. Also, look for Jobs to show off a new iPod touch that features a high-resolution screen like the one in the iPhone 4.
Apple to hold special event on Sept. 1
Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a special event to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1. It's been widely rumored that the event would focus on a revamped Apple TV. However, the invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.
The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.
Knoll Light Factory update supports Adobe CS5
Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com) has released Light Factory 2.7, an update of its plug-in that now supports Adobe CS5/64-bit processing along with new tools.
Knoll Light Factory is a motion graphics tool best known for its high-fidelity simulations of light effects called flares, which simulate reflections from a bright light source as seen through a camera's lens. It was created by John Knoll, Photoshop co-creator and "Star Wars" effects guru.
You can buy Light Factory 2.7 for US$399. If you own a license of Knoll Light Factory Pro version 2.5 or later, you qualify for a free update. Upgrades for registered users of prior versions are $99.
Barclays Capital reiterates 'overweight' rating for...
Barclays Capital reiterated its "overweight" rating on iPhone maker Apple Inc. with a price target of $340, as reported by "IB Times" (http://macosg.me/2/ry).
“We continue to believe Apple's valuation is very attractive and believe shares can benefit driven by strong iPad demand, a new iPhone upgrade cycle, significant international expansion, and additional new products expected later this year,” said Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital.
The analyst said Apple’s stock has been performing over the past month in-line with the market, which has brought questions from investors after such a strong June quarter.
Texas launches iTunes program for teachers, students
Texas students can now download podcasts, videos and other multimedia lessons directly from iTunes through a new online program aimed at providing free, supplementary coursework that can be accessed anywhere, state officials announced Tuesday.
The Texas Education iTunes U channel allows teachers to upload material from their classes to help students understand new concepts or do more research in a specific subject area. Students and parents can access the material through home or school computers, and those with iPods can download the information to the handheld devices.
The state first met with Apple about three years ago. The governor's office and the Texas Education Agency began working on the project in November, finding and culling existing teacher training videos and programs for students, said agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe.
"A lot of that content may already be out there, but it's either overlooked or hard to access," Gov. Rick Perry told about 50 students at Sharpstown...
Apple removes Boot Camp support from Mac OS X server edition
Apple has removed support for Boot Camp from all new Macs shipping with the server edition of Mac OS X, notes "Hexus" (http://macosg.me/2/rr).
Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.
In a note (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3307) at its support site, Apple merely says: "Boot Camp is not included with Macs that ship with Mac OS X Server pre-installed. This includes all Xserves as well as Mac mini and Mac Pro configurations that include Mac OS X Server."
There's no explanation for the move. Of course, you'll still be able to install other operating systems on the Mac servers such as the server...
Apple will dominate tablet market through 2012
Even with a flood of rival products in the works, Apple's iPad is unlikely to face a viable competitor until 2011, allowing the company to maintain a dominant share in the tablet market at least through 2012, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com).
The iPad will account for an overwhelming 74.1% of global tablet shipments in 2010, with the remaining 25.9% consisting of a mix of older PC-type tablet products and competitive slates, says the research group. Despite the arrival of the first real iPad competitors in 2011, Apple still will maintain a prevailing 70.4% share of shipments, iPad research from iSuppli bears out.
Even in 2012, the iPad will continue to control nearly two-thirds of shipments, at 61.7 % as the competition strives to develop ecosystems of tablet apps and content that can match up with those of Apple.
“Although the iPad has been on the market for only a few months, powerful interests throughout the technology business are...
Apple excludes iPhone from UK green ranking scheme
Apple has said no to its iPhones being included in the UK's first-ever green ranking scheme for mobile phones, reports "The Guardian" (http://macosg.me/2/rq). The scheme gives phones a rating of zero to five based on their environmental footprint.
Major manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung have signed up. The network O2, which is launching the rating system Wednesday, said 93% of the devices its customers use will be covered.
Launched in partnership with sustainability advisers Forum for the Future, the green ranking scheme scores handsets on the ecological impact of their raw materials, the manufacturing process, packaging, how long they are likely to last, energy efficiency and how easy they are to reuse or recycle.
“We know that sustainability is important for many of our customers and for the first time they will have the whole picture from which to make a full and balanced purchasing decision,” says Ronan Dunne, O2’s UK chief executive. “Consumers are becoming...
Apple to hold Apple TV (iTV?) media event on Sept. 7?
Apple is expected to host a special event to introduce new products for music and television, including a 99-cent TV show rental service, as well as new iPods, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).
Rumors have it that the revamped Apple TV may be redubbed the iTV, cost US$99 and would allow users to stream video, such as rentals, to their TV sets. Customers currently can pay to download electronic copies of many cable and broadcast shows, often for $1.99 each for the standard version, to view on iPhones, the iPad, Apple TV or other devices.
Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu told clients in a note on Wednesday that the revamped Apple TV would move to an ARM architecture processor running the same iOS software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The current version uses an Intel x86-based chip, running a "light" version of Mac OS X and its Front Row software.
"Bloomberg" (http://macosg.me/2/rn) says the 99-cent rentals will help Apple fend off rivals such as Netflix...
Logitech announces THX certified speaker system
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the THX Certified Logitech Speaker System Z623. With this 2.1 system, you’ll hear and feel immersive audio from 200 watts (RMS) of power whether you’re connecting the speakers to a computer or a TV.
Logitech includes all the inputs and cables you need to get great sound from up to three audio devices, according to Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. There are RCA and 3.5 mm inputs, in addition to the built-in headphone jack. Integrated controls on the right speaker satellite let you dial the volume and bass up or down to customize your listening experience.
The Logitech Z623 speakers are THX Certified. To qualify for THX certification, the two-satellite-and-subwoofer Z623 speaker system has to meet strict performance standards, Schneider says. The Logitech Speaker System Z623 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in September for a suggested retail price of $149.99.
Keynote Zone releases Framework Keynote theme
Keynote Zone (http://www.keynotezone.com/) has released a new Framework theme for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite. The theme includes 40 layouts, custom designed charts and tables.
Framework is available in both Standard and HD versions. The standard version theme comes in two sizes (800 x 600, 1024 x 768) and is available for US$16. The Framework HD version theme comes in five sizes ((800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080) and costs US$20.
The Framework theme requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iWork '08 or iWork '09. The Keynote Zone Collection 9 is available for download for $69.
Better Finder Rename update adds path components to file names
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.5, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to insert file path components into existing file names in a variety of new ways.
A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Before Dawn Solutions acquires Braxton's Link Tester
Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has acquired Braxton's Link Tester -- a Mac OS X link tester -- from its original author, Braxton Sherouse, effective immediately. BLT, renamed Better Link Tester, will join the skEdit editor in Before Dawn's development tools offerings.
In fact, the company has already announced BLT 1.0.4. The main new features in the release are: an integrated error reporting mechanism; an integrated application updates; and a new licensing mechanism.
All current users will receive a free upgrade; you will receive an email with instructions on how to update your license to work with the new version. For new users the cost is US$24.95.
Starting immediately, use the email@example.com email address for support and purchasing issues and questions. Starting immediately, customers will contact Before Dawn Solutions directly for support and purchasing issues and questions. The BLT website has been integrated into the Before Dawn...
Vitamin-R 1.27 adds sound, voice notifications for timed breaks
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.27 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds sound and voice notifications for timed breaks.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Vitamin-R may be...
Aestiva announces help desk software offering
Aestiva Software (http://www.aestiva.com) has debuted of a new web-browser-based help desk management software called Aestiva Help Desk. The software is designed to help organizations improve internal operations via improved controls over internal problems, according to the folks at Aestiva.
The workflow tool allows requests to be submitted, approved and posted online from anywhere via the web or company intranet. Features include on-screen help ticket histories, automated email alerts with remind-until-done controls, issue prioritization and performance reporting to ensure issues are properly tracked and rapidly serviced.
Installed on standard servers or hosted on the cloud, Aestiva Help Desk is 100% web-browser native and requires no special desktop software. It's scalable for deployment in global enterprises. Users can access the application via an Intranet or the Internet from any browser (Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer,, Opera, and others) running on any end-user computer...
Red Rock Software releases DeltaGraph 6 for Snow Leopard
Red Rock Software has released DeltaGraph 6 for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Windows 7. It's the latest version of the graphing application that offers 80+ scientific and business charts, analysis tools, complete chart customization capabilities and more.
According to Craig Hopson, managing partner and lead engineer at Red Rock Software, DeltaGraph 6 highlights include:
° A cross-platform file format that lets you exchange files between Mac and Windows systems;
° Cross-platform support for international (Unicode) text;
° An updated rendering system;
° Support for transparent drawing;
° The ability to rotate text at arbitrary angles;
° Support for Pantone and other third-party spot colors in PDF and EPS exports.
Designed with scientific, business, and creative professionals in mind, Red Rock DeltaGraph 6.0 helps researchers, analysts and managers working with complex sets of data to collect, analyze and present their findings in a visually compelling and memorable manner. Users...
Adobe debuts redesigned Photoshop Express apps
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Photoshop Express Organizer, and Photoshop Express Uploader, a free set of integrated online apps for editing, organizing, syncing, and sharing photos.
Available atPhotoshop.com, these renamed and redesigned apps are faster and more intuitive to use for uploading and organizing photos for easy access anywhere, applying quick fixes and fun effects, and sharing albums and slideshows online with family, friends, and colleagues, according to Matt Domenici, director of product management for online and mobile digital imaging at Adobe. These online apps also integrate tightly with our recently released Photoshop Express apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, so customers can truly interact with their photos anywhere they happen to be, he adds.
While registering for a free Photoshop.com account is a requirement for storing photos online, creating and sharing galleries and albums, the Photoshop Express...
Monterey College of Law goes with iPads
Monterey College of Law, a California accredited law school located in Seaside, California, is the first law school in the US to adopt the iPad as an integral part of the law school curriculum. Law students at Monterey College of Law returned from summer break to the news that they're part of a pilot program that will provide iPads to each law student at the school.
Through a program developed by the law school with BAR BRI, the country’s largest bar exam review company, each MCL law student receives an iPad when they enroll in the BAR BRI supplemental curriculum program that the students use while attending school and in preparation for the California Bar Exam
"Law schools are rarely found close to the leading edge of technology,” says Mitchel Winick, president and dean of the law school. “However, it is clear to me that combining this technology with interactive, portable, timely content and harnessing the energy of on-line social networking provides a number of immediate...