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Sep 20
Mobius is rechargeable battery case with a solar panel
Etón Corp. has released the US$100 Mobius (http://macte.ch/ONVP6), a rechargeable battery case with a solar panel for the iPhone 4. It features a quick charge time and the ability to store charge until you need it. The monocrystal solar panel re-charges the 1800 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery pack on the back of the case. Only one hour of solar charging provides an additional 25 minutes of talk time, according to the folks at Etón. The Mobius can also be charged via the included micro-USB cable and will sync with iTunes. It features a standby switch to turn off direct power transfer to the iPhone 4, allowing the case to charge and store energy in its own battery.
Sep 20
Burn It All available from the Macgamestore
BulyPix's Burn It All is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). The puzzle game requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$4.95. Here's how the game is described: "Burn It All gives you control of three different little Flames as they venture through over 125 stages of brain-rattling puzzles, from the molten depths beneath the Earth’s crust to the Top of the World. They’ll use their unique fiery abilities to burn through all sorts of objects, avoiding water and gas, dealing with underground monsters, blowing things up, and even putting time in a loop to make their way back home, where their father, The Sun, awaits! "You’ll use clever strategies to burn through everything on your way, swiveling around until only smoke and ashes remain. With each of the Flames’ Pyro-Powers, there’s nothing you can’t burn through!"
Sep 20
YouTube Converter for Mac now supports HTML5
iFunia has updated YouTube Converter for Mac OS X to version 3.3. It now supports downloading YouTube HTML5 videos. Videos can be converted into formats compatible with devices such as iPad, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV, PSPs, and BlackBerrys. iFunia YouTube Converter lets Mac users download movies, music videos, and HD videos from YouTube with a few clicks and then converts the downloaded YouTube or local FLV videos to video formats like AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, M4V, etc. It can also extract soundtracks from downloaded YouTube videos and convert them to audio formats such as MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF etc. enabling them to be played on an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or Quick Time Player.  Besides HTML 5 support, the 3.3.0 new version also fixes some minor bugs and improves overall performance. iFunia YouTube Converter for Mac 3.3.0 costs US$29. For more info or to download a demo go to http://www.ifunia.com/youtube-converter-mac.html .
Sep 20
DeepClock for Lion ticks to version 1.0.1
DeepClock (http://aperio-lux.com.ua/Application/iClock.aspx) -- a Mac OS X compatible analog clock you can place anywhere on your desktop -- has been updated to version 1.0.1. It's a maintenance update. You can place deepClock on your main monitor or you can move it to a secondary monitor. The program offers nine clock styles for you to choose from. The program offers nine clock styles for you to choose from. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") or later and an Intel-based mac. deepClock costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Sep 20
Alien Skin announces Blow Up 3 plug-in for Photoshop
Alien Skin Software has announced Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. It enlarges photos while keeping them crystal clear, even at huge sizes, according to designer Terence Tay. Version 3 sports a revamped user interface and support for Lightroom. Blow Up 3 will be available in November at http://www.alienskin.com for U$199. That is a price drop of $50 from version 2. Owners of Blow Up 1.x or 2.x may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Blow Up 2 directly from Alien Skin Software in July or later. Blow Up 3 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications: Photoshop CS4 or later; Photoshop Elements 8 or later; and Photoshop Lightroom 2 or later. Mac users need Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Sep 20
Mozart revved for Lion
Mozart (http://mac.rogame.com/pages/Mozart.html), an educational game for music students and enthusiasts, has been upgraded to version 2.0, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). During the game notes stream from the left to the right and have to be identified with one of the six provided instruments. The problem is that there are not only notes to deal with, but also all sorts of other entities that may explode, shift places or change the key signatures around for no reason at all. There are two basic instruments where either letters like C, D, E or tone syllables like Do, Re, Mi are assigned. Four advanced input instruments-- bass, guitar, mandolin and piano -- are also available. Mozart 2.0 makes a distinction between basic and advanced instruments. Advanced instruments are those based on real instruments like guitar or piano. These instruments now evaluate octaves (i.e. middle c will require a different input than c an octave higher). Additionally instrument positions come...
Sep 20
Compact Flash Data Recovery ready for Lion
CFCardRecovery Studio has updated Compact Flash Data Recovery for Mac to version 3.5. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Compact Flash Recovery for Mac is designed to retrieve photos, videos and music that have been corrupted or accidentally deleted. The software provides an interface to recover lost or deleted files from any type or brand of Compact Flash card, using any card reader. It supports all brands, including SanDisk, Kingston, kodak CF card, Canon, Fujifilm flash memory card and more. Besides, it can recover data of all types, including RAW image, Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, audio, video, zip files, HTML, Outlook email files, etc. Compact Flash Card Recovery 3.5 runs under Mac 10.4 and higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license. More info and a demo is available at http://cfcardrecovery.com/ .
Sep 19
Netflix on price hike confusion: sorry 'about that
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has apologized for the recent lack of "respect and humility" in the way it separated its DVD and streaming services and the accompanying price hike. He says the company should have personally given a full justification to its members of why they're separating DVD and streaming, and charging for both. Hastings says that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, "and we need to let each grow and operate independently." So in a few weeks, Netflix will redub its DVD by mail service to "Qwikster." It will be the same website and DVD service that everyone is used to, he adds. It is just a new name, and DVD members will go to qwikster.com to access their DVD queues and choose movies. There will also be a new video games upgrade option, similar to our upgrade option for Blu-ray, for those who want to rent Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. Hastings...
Sep 19
Apple shares hit all-time high
Apple shares this afternoon have escaped a dour market, rising US8.55 or 2%, to $409.07 following a drop earlier in the session, and briefly hitting a new all-time high of $411.50. In contrast, the Nasdaq is down 1%. "The index has itself recovered from its lowest levels of the session, and Apple had fared better relatively even when it was in the red," notes "Barron's (http://macte.ch/EFwxm). "But its dramatic recovery is striking."
Sep 19
ACU study: iPad use can boost learning
Abilene Christian University ini Abilene, Texas, has announced recent research findings from its ACU Connected mobile learning program that show how mobility is transforming teaching and learning. After three years of investigations and empirical research studies based on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and last year, the iPad, ACU named time efficiency, increased independence, engagement and enhanced communication as mobility's emerging themes. Seven newly appointed ACU 2011-12 Mobile-Learning Fellows have launched six new studies to explore these themes in depth.   In a scientific study, ACU students who used an iPad to annotate text performed at a rate 25% higher on questions regarding transfer of information than their counterparts who used only paper.  A study of student iPad usage patterns is currently underway, conducted by Dr. Ian Shepherd, associate professor of management sciences, and Dr. Brent Reeves, associate professor of management sciences and computer science. This...
Sep 19
Apple opening Hong Kong retail store this Saturday
Apple will open its "epic" Hong Kong store this Saturday in the IFC Mall in ifoAppleStore (http://www.ifoapplestore.com). And that's just one component of the company's retail and online expansions this week. The mall occupied by upscale businesses, and within a complex that includes a four-star hotel and high-rise office tower, the article adds. Apple apparently intends to open additional stores in the city, and, in fact, a store may open next year at the Hysan Place development on Hong Kong island, about two miles east of the new IFC Mall store, says "ifoAppleStore." Also, Apple will open its "massive" Nanjin East store in Shanghai this Friday, notes "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). It will be the company's third retail store in the city and the fifth one in China. Finally, Apple has launched online stores for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Sep 19
Samsung wants to ban unannounced iPhone 5 in Korea
The iPhone 5 hasn't even been announced yet, and already Samsung is planning to ban its sale in South Korea, according to the "Korea Times" -- as reported by "CNET." Samsung is also countersuing Apple in Australia. Samsung will file suit against Apple for violating its patents related to wireless communications as soon as possible after the iPhone maker launches its follow-up to the iPhone 4. In that lawsuit, the Korea Times' sources say, Samsung will request the court ban all sales of the device. Meanwhile, Samsung has filed a counter claim in an Australia court, accusing Apple of infringing its wireless patents related to the company's iPhone and iPad products, notes "Reuters." The move comes after Samsung delayed the launch of its latest Galaxy tablet computer in Australia last month in the ongoing global patent dispute with Apple. Samsung filed the claim with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registery, on Sept. 16, a media statement released by Samsung Electronics...
Sep 19
Swipe Lock is a new way to lock, unlock your Mac
Empoc has released Swipe Lock, a Mac app that allows customers to lock and unlock their Mac "with style." It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs . It utilizes the same locking/unlocking mechanics that are seen with Apple's iOS products and brings those to Apple's desktop and laptop computers. Swipe Lock features include Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad support, multi display support, auto lock, system sleep timers, lock and unlock sounds and more. Swipe Lock requires an Intel-based Mac. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://swipelock.empoc.com).
Sep 19
MacTech InDepth is new seminar series
On the heels of the success of MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Developers, and MacTech Boot Camps held all around the United States, MacTech has announced a new (third) type of event: MacTech InDepth -- a series of one day seminars each focusing on a single topic.  MacTech InDepth is a single-track, hotel-based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of IT pros, consultants and techs looking for a deep dive on a single topic. The first MacTech InDepth will focus on Mobile Device Management, and will be in the City of San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 7. "MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, enterprise, and ISV markets," says aid Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "MacTech Boot Camp events have been a terrific success in helping consultants grow their company and support small business. What's been really clear from the...
Sep 19
Bose rolls out SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker
Bose has introduced the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker, a portable speaker that connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. Now, the music from a smartphone or tablet can be streamed at the touch of a button and played out loud anywhere "People want to listen to their music everywhere, and millions of consumers already own Bluetooth enabled devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android phones that can store thousands of songs," says John Roselli, director of Bose Product Marketing. "But there hasn’t been a way to experience that content like the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker. With no wires or docking needed, its magic becomes evident the first time you hold it, and the first time you hear it." He adds that Bose engineers developed inventions to do something that hadn’t been done to date: reproduce full-range audio from a single, hand-held enclosure. The SoundLink combines four low-profile neodymium transducers for clear high- and mid-frequencies, with new dual-opposing...
Sep 19
MokaFive opens a Window for Macs in the Enterprise
MokaFive (http://www.mokafive.com/), a company known for its virtualization- and desktop-management software, says its product suite is the ideal solution for companies that have standardized on a Windows operating system, but also want to meet the demand of a growing -- and increasingly vocal -- Mac constituency.   Third-quarter 2011 reports showed that Mac sales growth exceeded that of PC sales by more than 400%, according to industry-analyst firm Gartner Group (http://www.gartner.com), who reported in July that PC sales growth was a dismal 3.8% over 2010 -- a much smaller number than projected. The trend indicates that while other manufacturers’ sales seem to be suffering from a sluggish economy, the demand for Macs is unwavering. The brand appears to have become especially popular with mobile executives, whose requests are sure to hold sway with the IT departments assigned to them.   MokaFive Suite virtualizes the Windows operating system, abstracting it from the computer...
Sep 19
Texpad is a new LaTeX editor for Mac OS X
Texpad is a new LaTeX editor designed for straightforward navigation of projects of any size. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, costs US$13.99, and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo is available at http://vallettaventures.tumblr.com/texpad . When Texpad opens a document it scans through it, looking for LaTeX structure commands and any included files. Then it presents you with an outline view with which you can navigate the entire project. Texpad replaces LaTeX's obscure console output with a table of typesetting errors. Clicking on these errors will direct you to the offending line in the LaTeX source.
Sep 19
NewerTech introduces Pad Protector 2 Leather Folio for the iPad...
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced The Pad Protector 2, a lightweight leather folio/carrying case for the iPad 2. Available in choice of rich red, black or cognac top grain leather, it's designed to keep the Apple tablet protected and looking like new while providing typing/viewing comfort and complete access to all ports and controls. Available now, The Pad Protector 2 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.95. It features a leather cover that discreetly fastens with slimline magnets that wake the user's iPad 2 up when the cover is opened and put it to sleep when it is closed.  The design includes front and rear camera cutouts for unobstructed images. In addition to supporting vertical and horizontal viewing, the cover also functions like a "kickstand," providing both comfort and stability when typing. Inside, the soft suede lining provides a scratch-free environment for an iPad 2. A side loading, full-framed holder keeps the iPad 2 in place...
Sep 19
iHome ships iDM15 Bluetooth speakers
iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com) is shipping the US$99.99 iDM15 Bluetooth speakers, rechargeable speakers with Bluetooth capability. They're designed for the iPad, iPhone, iPod or any Bluetooth-enabled device. The iDM15 plays audio from an iOS device, computer, handheld game systems and other audio devices. You can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled device. The iDM15 sports a speakerphone with built-in mic and answer/end buttons to take calls using the iPhone or other Bluetooth-enable cell phones. There's a built-in internal rechargeable lithium ion battery. The travel case transforms into a t stand for the iPad, iPhone or iPod.
Sep 19
Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin coming next month
Bioware has announced the upcoming release of new story based DLC for its fantasy RPG sequel, Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin. It will be available in October for US$9.99 and will require Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. Here's how the game is described: "Hawke meets a mysterious female Elvin assassin named Tallis, voiced by the talented Felicia Day, and joins her to steal an ancient relic from an Orlesian Baron in his well-guarded estate. A cross between Varric and Isabela, Tallis is a rogue who introduces a new fighting style to add more variety in combat. Get up close and personal with her deadly skills or stand back and pick off enemies with her ranged combat abilities. "Mark of the Assassin features new items, new enemies and monsters and new environments as well as giving players the opportunity to experience a new, tactical way to play with the return of Stealth gameplay. Plus, along with the new environments and monsters, you will learn more about the Orlesians and Qunari."
Sep 19
Red Alert 3 comes to the Macgamestore
Electronic Arts and Transgaming's Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is now available for Mac OS X at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). Here's how the game is described: "After years of conflict, the Allies are finally on the brink of victory. Cowering behind the walls of the Kremlin, the Soviets decide to turn to one last act of desperation - the use of an experimental time travel device. The mission: to go back in time to eliminate Albert Einstein before he creates the technologies that will lead the Allies to ultimate victory. After a successful mission, the Soviets return to the present, discovering the Allied position has weakened. But before they can truly celebrate, they find out their actions have spawned a new threat and global superpower, the mysterious, technologically advanced, Empire of the Rising Sun. Welcome to World War III. "In Red Alert 3, all three factions will have their own hand-crafted story-driven campaigns, with co-operative missions designed...
Sep 19
Monotype Imaging adds 10 collections, over 900 web fonts
Monotype Imaging Holdings has expanded Fonts.com Web Fonts (http://webfonts.fonts.com/en-US) with the addition of over 900 fonts, including collections from 10 typeface foundries new to the site and new designs from the company's Monotype, Linotype and ITC libraries. More than 12,000 Web fonts are now available from Monotype Imaging's Web font service. Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of e-commerce at Monotype Imaging, says the Calligraphics collection from Paul Veres features the Gargoyle family, an informal, friendly typeface. MyChristie from Christie Podioti brings the Noisetoy font, an experimental, art deco design. PeGGO Fonts, the foundry of Pedro González, features the Legan typeface, a Trajan-inspired design, and the PintassilgoPrints foundry, with the works of Ricardo Marcin and Erica Jung, offers handwriting fonts including the condensed, casual Amarelinha design. The Sardiez foundry from Sergio Ramírez brings the futuristic Systopie family, and Suomi, the...
Sep 19
Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite gets 10 new filters, more
The Tiffen Company (http://www.tiffensoftware.com/) has released version three of the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite. The video and still image editing effects suite has been enhanced with multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images, 10-plus new filters for optical effects, updated host support, interface improvements, and more. Simulating over 2,000 Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects, the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is a set of digital optical filters for professional photographers, top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and visual effects artists. Tiffen has made it possible for one Tiffen Dfx v3 photo plug-in license to run in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements(, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture if installed on the same machine. Similarly, one Tiffen Dfx v3 video/film plug-in license will allow it to run in...
Sep 19
NetUse Traffic gets monthly usage estimates, more
DewDrop Studios (http://www.netuseapp.com/) has updated NetUse Traffic for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher) to version 1.2.2. The upgrade sports monthly usage estimates, notifications system, realtime usage stats in status menu and more. NetUse provides a way to monitor your network traffic on the Mac. Utilizing the SNMP feature of any modern Internet router or gateway, the software monitors and collects real-time Internet usage statistics for all the computers in your home or office that share an Internet connection. If you have a traffic cap on your Internet usage, NetUse will help to make sure you don't exceed your limits, says Andrei Grichine, founder of DewDrop Studios. Set your billing date and a monthly traffic allowance and NetUse will accurately show how much bandwidth you consume, he adds. NetUse costs US$7.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Sep 19
Token for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1
Dale Gillard has updated Token (http://dalegillard.com/token.html), a menu bar app that interacts with iWork '09, to version 1.1. It's a maintenance update. Recent iWork documents and templates open directly from Token in the Mac menu bar. Token automatically saves your iWork documents every 10 minutes. Token 1.1 is US$2.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Sep 16
Thunderbolt display capabilities .. and a late 2011 iMac?
A new Apple support document (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4885) talks about connection options for Thunderbolt Macs -- and mentions a "late 2011" iMac. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple. The new Thunderbolt Display is available through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). The Apple Thunderbolt Display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port. Here's what you can expect when you try to connect one or more Thunderbolt displays to a Thunderbolt capable Mac: ° Connecting a second Apple Thunderbolt...
Sep 16
Analyst: Apple in no rush to release iPad 3
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/NdPqS) -- JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says Apple is in no rush to release the iPad 3. While "there are prototypes in the supply chain related to the next-generation device,” it will likely not be available until 2012, he said. “That timing appears reasonable, given the rigid refresh cycles that Apple applies to all of its product lines. IPad 2 just lauched this past spring," notes Moskowitz.
Sep 16
ITC to review ruling on HTC's infringement of Apple patents
The U.S. International Trade Commission will review a ruling that declared that HTC had infringed two Apple patents, a decision that could possibly lead to the banning of HTC’s Android smartphones in the US, according to "Bloomberg." Posting to the ITC website, the commission filed a “Notice of commission determination to review in part a final initial determination find a violation of Section 337″, a ruling that has the potential to ban both the import and sales of products deemed to be infringing intellectual property of another entity (in this case Apple). Apple had previously won a lawsuit against HTC, which was found to have infringed two of the company’s patents covering data transmission and the identification of phone numbers, technologies that are utilised by Google’s Android operating system on HTC’s smartphones. The ITC will now review four patents, two that HTC had previously been found to infringe, and two additional patents that cover the programming of HTC’s operating...
Sep 16
NewerTech introduces Pad Protector 2 Leather Folio for the iPad...
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced The Pad Protector 2, a lightweight leather folio/carrying case for the iPad 2. Available in choice of rich red, black or cognac top grain leather, it's designed to keep the Apple tablet protected and looking like new while providing typing/viewing comfort and complete access to all ports and controls. Available now, The Pad Protector 2 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.95. It features a leather cover that discreetly fastens with slimline magnets that wake the user's iPad 2 up when the cover is opened and put it to sleep when it is closed.  The design includes front and rear camera cutouts for unobstructed images. In addition to supporting vertical and horizontal viewing, the cover also functions like a "kickstand," providing both comfort and stability when typing. Inside, the soft suede lining provides a scratch-free environment for an iPad 2. A side loading, full-framed holder keeps the iPad 2 in place...
Sep 16
iCloud petition wants to save the favorite features from...
To convince Apple to save the most popular features from MobileMe, Command Guru has launched the iCloud Petition (http://icloudpetition.commandguru.com/). Anyone can check the services they would like to see integrated within iCloud and contribute to construct enough feedback to Apple. According to recently published Apple guidelines, the shift from MobileMe to iCloud will kill a few synchronizing goodies like keychain, System Preferences and Mail. Other services, like the Photo Gallery, iDisk space and iWeb publishing functions, will be terminated as well, and the users will have to find alternative solutions within June 30, 2012. When asked to save some MobileMe features, CEO Tim Cook said that "Apple is open to it if there is enough feedback on the subject." With the iCloud Petition, anyone can check the services they would like to see integrated within iCloud. To adhere to the iCloud Petition connect to the initiative web page and check your favorite MobileMe features. The...
Sep 16
OWC announces 6Gb/s Solid-State for the MacBook Air
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced what it says is the industry's first 6G SSD upgrade for the 2011 MacBook Air models. For more info go to http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Express . The new OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSDs combine SandForce technologies and Tier 1/Grade A Toggle Synchronous NAND to deliver data rates that are purportedly more than 3x faster and capacities that are up to 4x greater than factory available SSD options. They're available in two sizes: 120GB and 240GB at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of US$349.99 and $599.99, respectively. 3G speed models from OWC are also available in capacities of up to 480GB.
Sep 16
DAZ 3D ships DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro versions

DAZ 3D has released both DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro -- the latest versions of its character creation, art and animation tool. DAZ Studio 4 boasts a new 3D figure platform that enables the Genesis series of figures from DAZ 3D. This new 3D figure platform allows artists to create a variety of custom characters with high detail from one common base model. The foundation for the Genesis series of figures is comprised of DAZ 3D's patent pending TriAx weight map system and a new open file format. Other DAZ Studio 4 Advanced features include: ° Auto-Fit, which provides a way to automatically fit clothing originally made specifically for your favorite fourth generation DAZ 3D figures to the new fifth generation Genesis figures. ° Progressive Rendering, which allows you to see a draft image followed by a series of better images on subsequent passes. ° A Multi-Layered Image Editor that allows you to create image layers that you can then add to underlying surface textures to create things...
Sep 16
Batman: Arkham Asylum coming to the Mac next month
Feral Interactive says the action adventure Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released for the Mac on Thursday, Oct. 13. Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with DC Entertainment for game consoles and the PC, Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story by Paul Dini, Batman writer and five-time Emmy Award-winner. In the game, Batman finds himself trapped inside the confines of Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum. The Joker has set a trap for The Dark Knight and has conspired with the deranged inmates to destroy Gotham. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, who have taken over the asylum. Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Mac will retail in North America for US$39.99. It will also be available online for direct download from a variety of...
Sep 16
New Take Control book explains Spotlight
In the new ebook from TidBITS Publishing, "Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac," Mac expert Sharon Zardetto has created a resource that explains how to use the Mac's built-in Spotlight search engine to find files, folders, contacts, appointments, songs, and more. Zardetto explores the hidden depths of Spotlight searching. In the process, she reveals beginner and power user techniques, including the secret grammar behind Spotlight searches so that readers can search directly using Spotlight's internal query language. The 158-page ebook is now available for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/spotlight .
Sep 16
Kensington releases new products for smartphones, tablets
Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has announced a variety of new products, including the AbsolutePower, BungeeAir and SecureBack. The US$119.99 AbsolutePower is a laptop, phone and tablet charger. It offers 100W of power and is compatible with smartphones like the iPhone, BlackBerry Torch, Sony Experia, and more, as well as the iPad and iPad 2, BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy tablets. AbsolutePower charges up to three devices at the same time. Sitting on a desk, AbsolutePower only takes up 12% more space than an iPhone that it charges. The BungeeAir -- with pricing starting at US$79.99 -- is a wireless security tether and case for the iPhone. It combines software and hardware to physically and digitally secure an Apple smaratphone. BungeeAir is a wireless tether comprised of a downloadable software application and a small remote fob, which can be attached to a key chain or carried in a pocket. The two components maintain an active wireless...
Sep 16
Shaderlight gets animated in version 2
ArtVPS has launched Shaderlight 2 (http://www.shaderlight.com), a new version of the software that brings interactive rendering to Google SketchUp. Now Shaderlight Pro users can render animations directly from SketchUp, developing their 3d concepts into animated photorealistic presentations. There's also a new feature called Replace Me, which purportedly enables users to render detailed models without the associated slow down when using large amounts of geometry. ArtVPS has linked with DynaScape, a provider of software for landscape design professionals, to offer a selection of detailed models for this new feature. The animation tool will appear as a new button on the Shaderlight toolbar and access an interface that enables users to render SketchUp scene transitions as a sequence of photorealistic images for animation. Shaderlight 2 supports the camera positions, object and layer visibility in SketchUp scenes. It will also render animations created using the SUanimate and Keyframe...
Sep 16
Ooma announces new wireless offerings
Ooma (http://www.ooma.com), a provider of free home phone service, has announced new wireless offerings. The new Ooma Telo Air wireless adapter, the Ooma Telo can now be placed anywhere in the home within range of a Wi-Fi network. The company also announced that it is extending the availability of its Ooma Bluetooth service to all Ooma Telo subscribers to broaden the integration of mobile phones and Ooma home phone systems. Ooma Bluetooth service was previously only available to Ooma Premier service subscribers. Ooma’s first-to-market support for home Wi-Fi VoIP connectivity is made possible by Ooma’s PureVoice HD technology with voice compression and adaptive redundancy to overcome any signal degradation within the wireless network. More information on Ooma PureVoice HD technology is available at http://www.ooma.com/products/ooma-purevoice . By using the new wireless adapter to untether the Ooma Telo from the modem or router, customers have more convenient access to their cordless...
Sep 16
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X baked to version 1.2.4
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.3. The upgrade adds the possibility to synchronize all configuration data and the definitions with Write!It! Studios' ew app Cookie Stumbler Mobile for the iPad so that users can customize their configuration once and enjoy ad-free web browsing on their Mac and iPad. Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies, Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions are available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both,...
Sep 16
Sumitomo starts sample shipments of Thunderbold cables
Sumitomo Electric Industries (http://www.sei.co.jp) has commenced sample shipments of Thunderbolt electrical cables. These cables are scheduled to be marketed in October of this year. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology developed by Intel -- in cooperation with Apple -- that provides for data rates of 10Gbps and supports both PCI Express and DisplayPort with its dual-protocol solution. This technology is utilized in Thunderbolt cables that contain high-speed signal processing circuits in their connectors. Sumitomo has commenced sample shipments of the Thunderbolt electrical cables. These cables are scheduled to be used for a demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) to be held through Sept. 16.
Sep 16
Skype for Mac Beta 4.5 offers Facebook integration
Skype is launching Skype for Mac 5.4 Beta. The launch introduces the same Facebook integration found in Skype 5.5 for Windows. We are excited to finally deliver Facebook integration to our Mac users.   You'll now be able to IM and connect with your Facebook friends without leaving Skype. You'll also be able to read and update your News Feed, as well as comment and "Like" your Facebook friends’ posts -- all within Skype for Mac. To connect to Facebook, simply sign into Skype, click on the Connect to Facebook tab and enter your Facebook sign in details. To download the beta, go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/macosx/beta/ .
Sep 15
Back-to-school Mac sales outgrew Windows PCs sales
Back-to-school Mac sales outgrew Windows PCs this year, even though Apple didn't offer a free iPod touch and discontinued its education-focused white MacBook, says "AppleInsider." In talking about the back-to-school buying season, Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis with NPD Group, told "AppleInsider"that Apple's year-over-year growth seen this summer was aided by weak comparisons from sales in 2010. "Apple grew much faster than the Windows notebook market did," he said. Baker said there's no evidence that this year's lesser back-to-school promotion, in which students and faculty receive an US$100 App Store gift card with the purchase of a new Mac, hampered sales. In years past, education buyers were given a free 8GB iPod touch. Read more at http://macte.ch/GGWJV .
Sep 15
China Mobile, Apple working on TD-LTE iPhone
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone company in terms of users, will work with Apple on an alliance that may lead to an iPhone for the company’s fourth-generation TD-LTE network, reports "Bloomberg." “China Mobile and Apple hope to find a solution for close collaboration” on the TD-LTE network and compatible products, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said in an interview. “We discussed this issue with Apple. We hope Apple will produce a new iPhone with TD-LTE. We have already got a positive answer from Apple.” China Mobile’s homegrown third-generation TD-SCDMA network technology isn’t compatible with current iPhones. Still, China Mobile attracted 8.5 million iPhone users to its second-gen network, Wang said. Those users either accept slower Internet connections on the 2G network, or access the Web over the company’s Wi-Fi network, notes "Bloomberg." The carrier got regulatory approval in December for limited trials of the TD-LTE network, which the company has said it...
Sep 15
Apple number two globally when it comes to brand value
The Apple logo is now worth US$39.3 billion, according to a new report by Brand Finance, a London-based consulting company. Microsoft is down 9% to $39 billion. Google is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion. But Apple waaaaay up -- 33% -- to overtake, for the first time, Microsoft, IBM, Wal-Mart and General Electric. Google tops the brand value list. "Apple’s success can be attributed to its innovative design, loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. "Naturally there is speculation about how the brand will be impacted by Steve Jobs recent resignation. However with a culture of innovation across the whole business, the brand is likely to continue to hold a strong position in the market." 
Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/15/apples-brand-value-rises-to-no-2-... .
Sep 15
'Taming Lion' ebook unleashed
"Taming Lion: a handbook for OS X 10.7" is a new guidebook to the latest and greatest operating system for the Mac. Available in ebook form only from Scrolldown Books, it offers over 300 pages of information, tips and tricks on using Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). "Taming Lion" is filled with dozens of eye-popping graphics, as well. Chapters cover an introduction to Lion, the Finder, gestures & animations, LaunchPad, AutoSave, Versions, Resume, AirDrop, Address Book, iCal, Mail, Safari, Mission Control, Expose, Spaces, Automator & AppleScript, iChat, Spotlight, Time Machine, FileVault, Preview, Windows Migration Assistant, the Mac App Store, Lion Server, file sharing, screen sharing, MobileMe, accessibility, how to restore Lion, some of the geekier features of Lion, and a list of recommended third-party applications. You can download the US$6.99 ebook at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MQNPCC) or Barnes & Noble (http://macte.ch/2nKOs). The author, Dennis Sellers, has over...
Sep 15
Epson MegaPlex projects compatible with OS X, iOS devices
Epson America (http://www.epson.com) has announced a new line of portable, combo projectors: the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. They're equipped with a high-brightness projector, stereo speakers and a built-in dock for the iPod, iPhone and iPad.   The US$799 MegaPlex MG-850HD and $699 MegaPlex MG-50 make it easy for consumers to watch movies, view presentations, share photos, or enjoy content saved on portable devices on a big screen, says Jason Palmer, product manager, Epson America. Users acn project, play and charge an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, or share imagery from a variety of other media devices, including smartphones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and more.   Both solutions are powered by 3LCD technology. The flagship MegaPlex MG-850HD offers 720p high-definition resolution and high brightness of 2,800 lumens of color and white light output, while the MegaPlex MG-50 features 540p resolution and up to 2,200 lumens of color and white light output.   The MegaPlex MG-...
Sep 15
Apple releases Mac mini, MacBook Pro firmware updates
Apple has released Mac mini EFI firmware Update 1.3 and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.2. The former is for the Thunderbolt-enabled Mac mini and offers improved Lion Internet Recovery support. The latter is for Thunderbolt enabled MacBook Pros and also offers improved Lion Internet Recovery support. Both can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. 

Sep 15
Tablet sales, lead by the iPad 2, beat second quarter targets
Worldwide media tablet shipments rose by 88.9% on a sequential basis and 303.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) to 13.6 million units, according to the International Data Corporation research group (http://www.idc.com). Based on this strong performance in the second quarter, and an improved outlook for the second half of the year, IDC raised its shipment forecast for 2011 to 62.5 million units, up from a previous projection of 53.5 million units. Worldwide media tablet shipments in the second quarter were driven by continued robust demand for Apple's iPad 2, which saw shipments reach 9.3 million units, representing a 68.3% share of the worldwide market (up from 65.7% the previous quarter). Research in Motion entered the media tablet market in 2Q11 with its PlayBook product, grabbing a 4.9% share of the market. Apple's strength and RIM's entrance meant bad news for Android-based media tablets, which saw its collective share slip to 26.8%, down from 34.0%...
Sep 15
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 1.0 for Mac OS X
Ohanaware (http://www.ohanaware.com/) has released Fun Card Studio for Mac OS X, a more advanced version of Ohanaware's free e-card software, Fun Card Maker. Fun Card Studio is designed to be quick and easy to use, while allowing a greater degree of customization and personalization, according to the folks at Ohanaware. Features include one-click styles, built-in photo effects, stamp and postmark styles, a send button to send Fun Cards via Apple Mail or Microsoft Outlook, and iPhoto exporting. Fun Card Studio is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and works with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or newer. It's available at the Mac App Store. Ohanaware is running a special offer. You can buy Fun Card Studio for US$0.99 for a limited time; the regular price is $9.99.
Sep 15
Enolsoft releases PDF Magic for Mac
Enolsoft Corp. has released PDF Magic for Mac OS X. It provides an all-in-one solution for Mac users (including Lion users) to split, merge, assort, rotate and insert PDFs via drag and drop. Users can split multipage PDF to smaller PDF documents, merge several PDF files into one single PDF document, insert PDF pages into another PDF document, create new PDF files from image and pages, extract pages from PDF files and rotate PDF pages if necessary. You can also batch process multiple PDF documents simultaneously. PDF Magic for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com/) for US$39.. A demo is available for download.
Sep 15
Dashwood Cinema Solutions releases Stereo3D CAT
Dashwood Cinema Solutions, developer of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D (S3D) products, has released Stereo3D (http://www.dashwood3d.com/stereo3dcat.php), an on-set calibration and analysis system. Introduced at NAB 2011, it provides the ability to simplify stereoscopic 3D camera calibration and monitoring. Stereo3D CAT implements patent-pending technology to power systems for accurately aligning the geometry and colorimetry of stereoscopic setups, calculating proper interaxial separation for any given parallax depth budget, monitoring parallax and vergence in the scene, compensating for disparities in the image and logging all settings for future reference in production or post-production, according to Dashwood Cinema Solutions Founder Tim Dashwood. Stereo3D costs US$12,499. A demo is available for download.
 

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