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Nov 10
The Mac market poised to explode in China
Morgan Stanley (http://www.morganstanley.com) -- financial advisor to companies, governments and investors from around the world -- has reported the results of a survey of 1,553 consumers in 16 cities that suggests that Apple is the best positioned of all computer manufacturers to capitalize on the boom, notes "Fortune." Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty notes that: ° Chinese consumers currently spend an average of $600 for their computers (the same as Americans). ° Half plan to buy a new computer within the next two years, and they expect to spend 6% more for it. ° Apple is rated as the most desirable computer brand. Asked which brand of computer their next computer would be, 21% of Chinese consumer chose Apple. ° The enterprise market in China favors Apple and Dell. ° Sixty-eight percent of respondents plan on the iPad as their next tablet purchase, while 65% of tablet owners currently have one. ° Forty percent of respondents says the iPhone will be their next device. Read more...
Nov 10
Jobs nominated for TIME's 'Person of the Year'
The late Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and long-time CEO, has been nominated for Time’s 2011 "Person of the Year" (http://macte.ch/KuY2B). if he wins, he would be the first person to achieve the honor posthumously. "We’ve never actually chosen a dead person," TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel says. But fellow panelists supported Jobs' nomination. Chef Mario Batali said, "I’m definitely a part of the fact and the belief that smartphones, the cell phone with photographic capability, has changed the world as much as the Bible has." "Not only did he change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible, that you could look at a piece of glass or plastic and move your finger, that’s outlandish," says Brian Williams, a longstanding staple at each year’s Person of the Year panel discussion. 
Nov 10
Nuance unveils Dragon Express in the Mac App Store
Nuance Communications has released Dragon Express, an introductory voice recognition app for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available at an introductory price of US$4.99 exclusively at the Mac App Store. Dragon Express offers a hands-free way to turn speech into text, whether sending email, surfing the Web or posting an update to Facebook and Twitter. It's the latest in Nuance's line of speech recognition software titles. "Dragon Express is a great app for those who are new to speech recognition or who are looking for an easy-to-use dictation tool that allows them to use their voice instead of typing," says Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager, Dragon, Nuance. "For those looking for a more full-featured speech recognition program, we recommend Dragon Dictate, which provides the full capabilities of advanced speech recognition technology."   Dragon Express can be accessed from the menu bar at any time and doesn’t require a network connection. Users dictate directly...
Nov 10
Global Toolbar is interface enhancement app for Mac OS X
Raj Bains has introduced Nifty 1.0 (http://www.rajbains.com/Nifty), an interface enhancement/productivity app for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Nifty essentially adds a customizable toolbar and pop-ups for each app on the system. With it you can accomplish tasks such as summoning key combos to selecting menu items to opening files and folders. Users can stop clogging up their Dock and have Nifty display files and folders only when they're using apps that need them. Folders on Nifty's toolbar are fully functional, allowing drag and drop of multiple files on them to move, copy, or create aliases. Nifty can send messages to other apps. If a developer chooses to add support, they can have their application do just about anything in response to button clicks. An app switcher can be used to switch, quit, and hide apps, access favorite apps, and open files via drag and drop. Nifty's...
Nov 10
ZAGG introduces ZAGGkeys Flex keyboard
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) has unveiled a new universal Bluetooth keyboard and stand designed for smartphones and tablet computers: the ZAGGkeys Flex, which is compatible with both Apple and Android. The US$79.99 keyboard allows consumers to add a keyboard to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth technology. Its island-style keys are designed for fast and accurate typing, says aid Derek Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for ZAGG. The stand also doubles as a keyboard cover. The rechargeable built-in battery of the Flex purportedly provides months of use between charges.
Nov 10
Macgamestore.com begins Driver San Francisco pre-orders
The Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com) is taking pre-orders for UbiSoft's Driver San Francisco. The game is scheduled to ship on the Mac platform next month. It requires an Intel Mac and costs US$54.99. Here's how the game is described: "With crime lord Charles Jericho now on the loose, San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities and spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner. He is the Driver. Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, Driver San Francisco is the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Play as John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now...
Nov 10
Digital Heaven releases DH_BoxX, DH_ReincarnationX plug-ins -
Digital Heaven has announced DH_BoxX and DH_ReincarnationX, two FxPlug filter plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. DH_BoxX lets you create split-screen effects. To use you apply one of the eight built-in presets or use the on-screen source and target controls to customize the scale, cropping and position of the footage. You can transition between full-frame and split-screen using the filter's Box Amount slider. DH_ReincarnationX is the a FxPlug pixel correction filter for Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro X. Up to two dead pixel areas can be intelligently replaced with a single application of the plug-in. The width and height of each area can be independently set and a "show area" mode ensures only the dead pixels are affected. Three interpolation settings are available. DH_BoxX (US$39) and DH_ReincarnationX ($69) are available now for immediate purchase and download from the Digital Heaven online store (ttp://www.digital-heaven.co.uk). Free watermarked trial versions are also...
Nov 10
Azend Group unveils Bluetooth wireless keyboard
The Azend Group has announced an addition to AVS Gear, the company’s IT division, the ZippyBT-500. This compact wireless keyboard supports most Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Apple’s iPad I and 2, the iPod touch, and specifically the latest releases of iOS5 and iPhone 4S. The ZippyBT-500 connects to six different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and features one-touch fast switch technology between all six Bluetooth devices in a matter of seconds. The Media Function keys allow the user to change the volume, scroll through sound tracks, launch the Web browser, and more, with just one touch. In addition, this compact wireless keyboard has a transmission range up to 33 feet and is compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs and tablet computers that are equipped with Bluetooth technology. The ZippyBT-500 is equipped with ultra-flat scissor structure keys, the ZippyBT-500 is encased in a thin compact design. The ZippyBT-500 is available now at Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and Eforcity.com...
Nov 10
Remoter VNC 3.2 simplifies Mac set-up
RafSoftware (http://rafsoftware.com) has released Remoter VNC 3.2 for iOS, an update to their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Macs via Screen Sharing, and Windows or Linux PCs using the VNC or RDP standards right from their iOS devices. On Macs, setup with VNC 3.2 is now simpler with the RemoterFusion add-on. Port-forwarding and/or dynamic DNS is no longer needed to establish connections from outside the computer's network. This add-on also provides sound redirection, which allows listening to music tracks, or any sound playing remotely on the computer from the iOS device. RemoterFusion can be tested for free for 24 hours. Remoter VNC app uses Bonjour for set-up and features a novel "virtual trackpad" to precisely control of the mouse cursor. Sound redirection, RDP, Telnet and SSH that allows for secure VNC/RDP over SSH, are available as in-app purchases. Remoter VNC 3.2 is available in the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/) for US$0.99 with...
Nov 10
Mental Case 2 for Mac OS X targets exams
The Mental Faculty has released Mental Case 2 for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). The upgrade adds support for multi-faceted notes, which can include formatted text, images, audio, and video, as well as a unique date-targeting study mode, ideal for exams and other tests and much more. Mental Case is a study app combining flashcards with study scheduling. It can be used as a dropbox for information, to recall everyday things, or for formal study. Version also includes advanced study scheduling, with the ability to target exam dates. Mental Case 2 requires Lion. It's available from the Mac App Store. The final price will be US$29.99, but Mental Case 2 is on sale for $14.99 for a limited time.
Nov 10
Default Folder update addresses compatibility issues
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.4.7. The upgrade addresses compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7. Default Folder X 4.4.7 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Nov 10
Playback for Mac OS X improves support for WAV files
Yazsoft (http://www.yazsofta.com) has released Playback 1.8.9, an update to their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X. The upgrade improves support for WAV files. 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 as surf the web and check their email. Media is served via lighttpd, the same...
Nov 10
PandaWare updates Real Studio-styled text to HTML/email solution
The PandaWare Company has released version 2.0.6 of its PWStyleHTMLField classes for Real Studio. The classes give Real Studio and REALbasic developers a drop-in solution for converting styled text to HTML, and to produce HTML email messages. The HTML email functionality includes support for adding embedded graphics. This update's enhancements include improvements to the HTML produced, and better support for paragraph alignment in Windows applications. Developers can download a compiled application that demonstrates the capabilities of PWStyleHTMLField. The application is available in Mac OS X and Windows versions. It can be downloaded for free at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . While there, developers can also request a demo project for testing in their own Real Studio or REALbasic projects. Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField in compiled applications are US$50.
Nov 10
Bruji releases version 5 of Pedia programs
Bruji (http://www.bruji.com) has announced a new version of their suite of Pedia programs: DVDpedia, Bookpedia, CDpedia and Gamepedia. With the apps, users can organize their media in collections and folders, export collections in various different formats, including customizable HTML, and access statistics about their databases. Version 5.0 brings new search sites to the programs and a database built entirely for and by Pedia users. This version requires Intel and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For the week of Nov. 8, the programs are also sold with a special celebratory launch discount: US$12 for one Pedia program; $24 for two Pedias; US$36 for the three Pedia bundle; and $48 for the complete Pedia suite A special $12.99 discount price is also available for the four programs in the Mac App Store during the week of Nov. 8. Version 5 is a paid update for users who purchased the programs before Oct. 1, 2010. Update prices are: $12 for one program; $24 for two programs; $29 for three...
Nov 10
LinkOptimizer for Indesign updated to version 4.6.5
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.6.5, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks. LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. 
LinkOptimizer Light 4.6.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4. Version 4.6.5 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.78 to upgrade from previous versions. There's also a "lite" version for $179.95.
Nov 09
Google to continue support for Android partners
CEO Eric Schmidt says Google will continue to offer support to firms using its Android system that are involved in legal disputes, according to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/yRO6F). Samsung and HTC are both involved in patent disputes with Apple "We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct," Schmidt told reporters during his first visit to Taipei. The support takes the form of information sharing, industry expertise and access to Google's patents for licensing and legal purposes, says "Reuters."
Nov 09
Android, iOS devices putting the squeeze on Nintendo, Sony
Portable gaming, played primarily on Nintendo DS and Sony PSP devices, has been dominated by these two companies for over two decades. However, that's changing fast. In this model, at retail, consumers pay around US$200 for the gaming device and up to $40 for popular game cartridges. Because of the similar form factor, overlap in consumer base (especially younger players on iPod touch) and the casual nature of game content, Flurry combines iOS and Android devices with traditional portable devices to form the category. With the inclusion of smartphone game revenue into the category, shifts taking place in market share become clearer. "The most striking trend is that iOS and Android games have tripled their market share from roughly 20% in 2009 to nearly 60% in just two years," notes Flurry. "Simultaneously, Nintendo, the once dominant player, has been crushed down to owning about one-third of market in 2011, from having controlled more than two-thirds in 2009.  Combined, iOS and...
Nov 09
38% of iPhone users, 30% of iPad users now on iOS 5
Chitika Insights (http://www.chitika.com) -- a data analytics company in the business of on-line advertising -- has investigated the adoption rate of iOS 5 following its Oct. 12 release. The research group analyzed iOS traffic from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29 to determine which Apple product users were more willing to update. According to Chitika's data set, 38% of iPhone users had already updated their mobile devices to the latest version of iOS. The iPad came in second in the study with 30% of all users updating to or already using iOS 5. The iPod registered the smallest count of devices updated to iOS 5, with only 12% of users choosing to upgrade. This demographic is made further evident by the portion of devices running on older versions of iOS, with almost 80% of consumers using iOS 4. "Evidently those using the iPod aren’t interested in upgrading to the latest software, most likely because their iPod’s are mainly used for media or on the go purposes," says Chitika Insights. " While the...
Nov 09
Apple is fourth in 'Guide to Greener Electronics'
Apple takes fourth place in the latest "Guide to Greener Electronics," as issued by Greenpeace (http://www.greenpeace.org/). Apple has a score of 4.6, getting most of its points on the Sustainable Operations. It gets near to maximum points on the e-waste criteria, where it reports that in 2010, its global recycling exceeded its 70% goal (as a percentage of sales seven years ago), a level that it is confident will be maintained through 2015. Greenpeace says Apple can still make improvements by providing a breakdown of its recycling data and by further extending its take-back program. Together with HP, Apple is also a top scorer for its policies and practices on the sourcing of conflict minerals, for publishing its suppliers and engaging effectively in the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition’s conflict-free smelter program. "Apple would score more points on the other criteria with greater transparency of its data in reporting the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of its supply chain...
Nov 09
Adobe to cease developing Flash for mobile browsers
Adobe plans to cease developing Flash for mobile browsers to concentrate on HTML5, reports "ZDNet," quoting unnamed "sources close to Adobe." "Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores," an in-house Adobe email says. "We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates." (Read more at http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/exclusive-adobe-ceases-development-on-m... .) HTML5 -- preferred by Apple over Flash -- is a language for structuring and presenting content for the Web and is a core technology of the Internet originally proposed by Opera Software. Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac...
Nov 09
Australian Judge" Apple must provide Samsung with carrier...
"Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/O77Xf) reports that Apple must provide Samsung with its contracts with Australian mobile-phone carriers as the South Korean company demanded in a patent dispute with the iPhone maker, a judge ruled. Apple needs to produce agreements it has with Vodafone Group Plc, SingTel Optus and Telstra should Apple fail to agree on an assertion in Samsung’s patent lawsuit that the carriers are contractually obliged to subsidize iPhone sales, Australia Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett has ordered. Samsung sued Apple in Australia, claiming the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 infringe its patents and is seeking a ban on the sale of the devices in the country. Bennett ruled the contracts with the phone operators are relevant to Samsung’s case, says "Businessweek." Apple said it would oppose the disclosure, the article adds.
Nov 09
Retrospect Spins out as Separate Company; Retrospect 9 Released
Retrospect, Inc. -- a privately‐held company recently founded by longtime Retrospect team members -- has released its first independent product offering, Retrospect 9 for the Mac. It sports features like data deduplication, network backup of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, and new support for cloud‐based storage. It provides critical functionality for professionals and small businesses that need more than basic data protection, says Eric Ullman, co‐founder in charge of products for Retrospect, Inc. One of the new features in Retrospect 9 for Mac is support for cloud‐based storage, which provides immediate offsite backups. Retrospect 9 can target any Internet‐connected storage that has been configured to provide WebDAV (Web‐based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) access. Cloud storage providers like Egnyte (http://www.egnyte.com) and Internet hosting providers like Dreamhost (http://www.dreamhost.com) provide WebDAV‐accessible storage that Retrospect can employ for offsite...
Nov 09
Online music revenue to total $6.3 billion this year
Worldwide online music revenue from end-user spending is on pace to total $6.3 billion in 2011, up from $5.9 billion in 2010, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). Online music revenue is forecast to reach US$6.8 billion in 2012, and grow to $7.7 billion in 2015, says the research group. By comparison, consumer spending on physical music (CDs and LPs) is expected to slide from approximately $15 billion in 2010 to about $10 billion in 2015. "As consumers opt for connected devices -- media tablets, smartphones and connected media players -- across world regions, their desire for access to and consumption of music and content is growing as well," says Mike McGuire, research vice president at Gartner. "Music labels, artists, publishers and new distribution intermediaries are developing new business models to address consumers' changing behavior. He adds that the music industry was the first media sector to feel the full impact of two major forces -- the Internet and technology-...
Nov 09
Survey: 26% of potential Fire buyers delay buying an iPad
RBC analyst Mike Abramsky says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" -- that some folks possibly interested in purchasing a Amazon Kindle Fire tablet have delayed purchasing an iPad. Using data from a ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com) survey of 2,600 early adopter types, Abramsky says that 5% of those surveyed said they had pre-ordered or were very likely to buy Amazon's) new Kindle Fire, exceeding the 4% who said they were very likely to buy the original iPad in 2010. And 26% of those 5% said they would delay or put on hold the purchase of a new Apple tablet. Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/09/survey-26-of-likely-fire-buyers-d... .
Nov 09
Ez Budget syncs between Macs, iPhones, iPads
Derek Clark has announced Ez Budget 1.1 for Mac OS X, software designed to help you implement an envelope budgeting system without having to deal with lots of real envelopes or carrying cash. It does this by securely syncing with your bank account and downloading your transactions. You simply allocate your income to the envelopes you want and then categorize your transactions as they come in. Ez Budget syncs between Macs, iPads, and iPhones so that you can have your budget when you need it. For example, you can sit down with your Mac and calculate how much you want to spend in each category and then when you are out shopping you can check your balance on your iPhone to see how much is left in your grocery budget. Ez Budget requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$24.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
Nov 09
JBL OnBeat Air uses Apple's AirPlay wireless technology
JBL has released the US$249.95 OnBeat Air (http://macte.ch/OJNkh), which uses Apple’s Airplay wireless technology, so no matter where you are in your home, you can stream music from an iTunes collection or Internet radio station. The music player features digital sound processing equalization with dual Phoenix full-range transducers. It includes an adaptable docking station to fit an iPad, iPhone or iPod in portrait or landscape mode.   The JBL OnBeat Air includes an IR remote control to navigate iTunes songs, playlists and videos. It can be used as a videoconference tool via Apple’s FaceTime or Skype.
Nov 09
NewerTech announces NuScribe 2-in-1 touch screen stylus and pen
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced theUS$19.99 NuScribe 2-in-1-touch screen stylus and pen for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Its soft rubber nib glides effortlessly across touch screens for easier, more enjoyable navigation, drawing, sketching, note taking, even turning pages from Apple iBook app downloads, according to the folks at NewerTech. Unlike an oily fingertip input, the NuScribe ensures a smudge-free, easy-to-view touch screen, they add. When the setting calls for traditional pen and paper, the NuScribe’s twist-barrel operation reveals a smooth ball point tip. The NuScribe is available in silver and pink versions.
Nov 09
NetSpot is new Wi-Fi mapping software for the Mac
The NetSpot Team has updated NetSpot, Wi-Fi mapping software for Mac OS X, to version 1.1. It lets you run a Wi-Fi site survey and map wireless coverage of a living area, office space, new building, etc. NetSpot Wi-Fi mapper lets you diagnose areas of poor reception in your Wi-Fi network, as well as locate troublesome areas of noise-generating machinery that could be causing wireless traffic issues. NetSpot is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's free and available for download worldwide from the NetSPot App website (http://www.netspotapp.com).
Nov 09
Tropico 3: Gold Edition coming to the Mac in 2012
Feral Interactive says Tropico 3: Gold Edition for the Mac will be released in January 2012. Developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media for Windows, Tropico 3: Gold Edition is a re-imagining of the construction and management simulation Tropico. Here's how the game is described: "Tropico 3: Gold Edition is a combination of strategic city-builder and humorous political simulator that invites players to reign as El Presidente, dictator of the resource-rich Caribbean nation of Tropico. To govern is to choose, and as players build their island’s infrastructure, manage the economy and keep competing factions on side, they will have plenty of opportunity to find out whether they prefer to rule with a velvet glove or an iron fist. "To maintain their grip on power, players will need to create a cult of personality around El Presidente, composing his silver-tongued speeches, manipulating the media and building monuments in his honor. El Presidente’s character will determine...
Nov 09
The TunesDoctor is in for iTunes
Candysoft has released TunesDoctor (http://www.candysoft.com/tunesdoctor/), an US$19.95 program for fixing disorganized music collections. It can automatically fill in missing ID3 tags, fix incorrect ones, find cover art and add lyrics. TunesDoctor is compatible with iTunes, Windows Media Player, Foobar and Winamp.

 The software can also find high resolution album artwork images. Missing lyrics are also added.
Nov 09
Monotype Imaging releases Georgia Pro, Verdana Pro typefaces
Monotype Imaging Holdings has released the Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro typeface families, available from Fonts.com. Originally designed by Matthew Carter 15 years ago and adopted by every major computer operating system, Georgia and Verdana are now available as Pro families. Each comprises 20 weights and features advanced typographic capabilities and extended character sets. New weights for both families include a light, semibold and black, each with matching italics, in addition to new condensed families and complementary italics. The fonts also contain enhanced kerning pair suites. The Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro typefaces, available in TrueType® and OpenType formats, may be purchased and downloaded from http://www.fonts.com, http://www.linotype.com and http://www.itcfonts.com . In addition, the new fonts are available for web design at Fonts.com Web Fonts. Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro are also available from Font Bureau and Webtype, Font Bureau's Web font service.
Nov 09
Quark offers GLUON iDropper to QuarkXPress customers
Thirty years ago, Quark (http://www.quark.com) was founded in Denver, Colorado, and QuarkXPress was soon introduced. Quark is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering QuarkXPress users a complimentary copy of iDropper, a QuarkXPress XTension, and 30% off the ProPack of XTensions. iDropper allows designers to add colors from any graphic appearing on their screen or choose from one of 9,500 colors offered by Quark to the color list in QuarkXPress. iDropper can also copy box attributes from one box to another or to several boxes. An $89 value, current users can redeem their complimentary copy of iDropper at http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=214 . 
QuarkXPress users can also celebrate Quark’s 30 years by taking advantage of 30% off ProPack 9, a bundle that contains 14 professional grade XTensions, from ProScale, Texterous and Spotcheck, to ProGrids & Guides, Greeker, and more. Visit the Quark Store (http://shop.quark.com/am/p-27-gluon-propack-9.aspx) to...
Nov 09
AJA releases KONA LHe Plus and 9.1 software
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced KONA LHe Plus, offering more powerful video capture and playback capabilities, greater performance and a 25% lower cost than its predecessor, the KONA LHe. The company has also released version 9.1 software for KONA, Io Express and Io HD, adding 4K and Quad HD capture to the KONA 3G’s 4K playback features. JA 9.1 software enables 4K and Quad HD capture on KONA 3G, delivers improved RGB/YUV and RGB full range/RGB SMPTE range conversions on all KONA solutions and Io Express, and improves AES audio status bit settings on KONA 3G and audio inputs on KONA LHe. KONA LHe Plus is available through AJA’s global network of resellers at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Version 9.1 software is available as a no-cost download for all KONA, Io Express, and Io HD owners.
Nov 09
TexturePackerPro for OS X updated to version 2.4.0
Code'n'Web has announced TexturePackerPro 2.4.0 for Mac OS X, an update to their software development tool that creates and optimizes sprite sheets in 15 different output formats for iOS, Android, and Web frameworks. Sprite sheets are useful thanks to their ability to speed development time, simplify graphics, minimize memory usage, and reduce load times. TexturePackerPro is a drag 'n drop solution that offers control over all variables of sprite sheet creation and image optimization. The app supports Adobe Flash SWF (each frame is added as a single sprite), PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, PCT, etc. An integrated .PVR/PVR.CCZ viewer allows users to open files of that format directly into the TexturePackerPro viewer. TexturePacker Pro requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$24.95. You can get it bundled with Code'n'Web's PhysicsEditor Bundle for 34.95. A free version, TexturePackerEssential, which includes all basic functions, is also available. All version can be downloaded directly from...
Nov 09
Vitamin-R for Mac OS X adds progressive screen dim feature
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.72 (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 ability to progressively dim the screen before the end of a time slice or timed break. 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 10.6...
Nov 09
Boingo Wireless announces personal VPN
Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) will offer a personal VPN for customers to use when connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The VPN will be integrated into the Boingo Wi-Finder app and will use the customer’s Boingo account credentials to log in to both premium Boingo networks and free networks. The new Boingo VPN will be available for Mac and Windows laptops, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It's currently in limited beta release among select customers, and is scheduled to launch in early 2012. The personal VPN will be free to Boingo monthly subscribers. The new personal VPN will incorporate important technological updates that leverage the power of cloud computing to deliver quality service around the world, as well as extend support to new mobile computing platforms that need secure access options, according to Niels Jonker, chief technology officer for Boingo Wireless.
Nov 09
Courier for Mac OS X now supports Tumblr
Realmac has updated Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/) -- a tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook -- to version 1.3. The new version lets you share your photos, videos and music files to Tumblr. To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube. Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file. Courier requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and a 64-bit Mac. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$1.99 through Nov. 11. After that the price will be $9.99
Nov 08
VVI begins Data Acquisition Plotting beta
VVI (http://www.vvidget.org) has started a beta period for its data acquisition application, DAQ Plot. During this period, users may participate in the following ways: ° Buy DAQ Plot direct from VVI or the Mac App Store and provide feedback to support@vvi.com for the beta and upcoming version. ° Sign a non-disclosure agreement and then receive beta versions in an iterative fashion to speed the introduction of your desired features and also discuss non-released software and features with the expert in data acquisition on Mac OS X. The beta is intended to facilitate the introduction of features "that radically improve DAQ Plot products."
Nov 08
Apple's posts adapter replacement program details
Apple has published a support document that outlines the procedures of Apple's adapter replacement program for those who have faced strain relief problems with their "T" style MagSafe power cables on Apple laptops. "Apple may provide customers a replacement adapter if the power adapter shows signs of strain relief," the company says. "Strain relief is defined as a condition where the DC cable (the thin cord that attaches the MagSafe connector to the power adapter) separates from the end of the MagSafe connector or from the other end of the thin cord, at the power adapter." 
Read more about the adapter replacement program at http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4127 .
Nov 08
Apple working with American company on solar farm
Companies from China dominate solar panel production, but Apple has opted to partner with an American company to help build its forthcoming solar farm in North Carolina, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Leaf Solar Power, a renewable energy company based out of Lake Worth, Florida., is working with Apple on a new solar farm that will power its US$1 billion data center, the article says, quoting an unnamed "person familiar with the ongoing project,: Leaf Solar's involvement in Apple's North Carolina solar farm may be the the company's largest and most lucrative partnership yet, as Leaf specializes in residential and "small" commercial projects in South Florida, says "AppleInsider." Apple has begun work on the solar farm that will apparently help power its sprawling data center in southern Catawba County, North Carolina, according to "The Charlotte Observer" (http://macte.ch/B7hdu). Permits issued by Catawba County show that the company has been approved to...
Nov 08
Voters in five Oregon counties to use iPads
Voters in five Oregon counties will get to vote using the iPad this year -- and Apple even donated five of the tablets to the cause, reports "Wired" (http://macte.ch/Sqxoz). Voters use the iPad to fill out their ballots, which are still printed on paper. The iPads run special software that cost the state US$75,000 to develop, says "Wired." Voters can mail in their printed ballot, or place it in a designated ballot box. Those with poor vision can even adjust the iPad’s screen colors and text size, or have onscreen text read the ballot contents aloud. Election officials told "Wired" they believe Oregon is the first state in the US to implement iPads as a voting tool. To roll out the program statewide, though, Oregon would need about two iPads per county, which would run the state about $36,000.
Nov 08
Apple to train managers on how to respond to unionization...
Apple has begun planning on how to respond if its retail employees unionize, reports "CNET," quoting an "internal document" it obtained. Apple plans a training course on the topic, which takes place tomorrow morning and is required to be taken by all new store managers, says "CNET" "This course is intended to provide managers with a practical understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts of dealing with unions," the training description reads. "This is a mandatory class for all new managers, and is required biannually for all managers." As "CNET" notes, the move comes about six months after an employee-driven effort unionize Apple's retail workers. That store-by-store effort, called the Apple Retail Workers Union, cited Apple for providing poor compensation to its part time employees, as well as calling attention to alleged deficiencies in Apple's "break schedules, training opportunities," and "the selection and hiring...
Nov 08
Apple Store app now supports in-store pickup
Apple has updated its free Apple Store app for iOS devices to version 2.0. The upgrade lets you order products for in-store pickup. It also adds an EasyPay feature so customers can pay for certain items in-store by scanning the product’s barcode. Products bought via the app now include an in-store pickup option and a list of local stores where you can pick up the items you ordered. The EasyPay feature requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. The in-store option is currently available only in the US. You can obtain the Apple Store app in the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Nov 08
'Consumer Reports' recommends the iPhone 4S
"Consumer Reports" (http://www.consumerreports.com) -- an independent organization that tests consumer products -- says the Apple iPhone 4S is among the recommended models in their newly updated ratings of smart phones. "Apple’s newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn’t suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs," the publication says. "In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal." The iPhone 4S also did well in the standard tests of battery life by "Consumer Reports." Like the iPhone 4, it scores Very Good overall on that attribute. And the iPhone 4S and new samples of the iPhone 4 have displayed no notable battery problems...
Nov 08
Alter Aeon RPG comes to the Mac App Store
The official client for the Alter Aeon Online RPG is now available in the Mac Apple Store. Allowing free access to the world of Alter Aeon for Mac users, the game world is a realm of magic and monsters, with five character classes and over 250 spells and skills available to players. There are more than 300 quests which detail the world and provide paths for advancement, as well as single player areas for casual gamers and arenas for PvP combat. Alter Aeon began as a single online server in early 1995, and has been under active development for more than 16 years. Originally designed with a purely text-based interface, it now features a graphical user interface when using the official client, but still retains a fully functional text-only interface for the blind and visually impaired. Alter Aeon is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Nov 08
CopyToy lets you transfer data from iOS device to a computer
Candysoft has released CopyToy, a Mac OS X and Windows compatible app that allows users to copy music and other kinds of data from an iPod, iPad and iPhone to a computer. It costs US$19.95 and is available for download at the Candysoft web site (http://www.candysoft.com/copytoy/). All customers receive free lifetime updates. You can copy entire music libraries, along with their respective metadata. Users retain all their artist, album, and genre information, along with all others, when copying files, according to the folks at Candysoft. What's more, CopyToy can also handle movies, photos, games, playlists, podcasts, TV Shows, and iTunesU files. This means, for instance, that users won´t need to re-download large iTunesU files.
Nov 08
Autodesk 123D family expands
Autodesk has expanded its Autodesk 123D family to include Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview. The Autodesk 123D Catch application -- previously codenamed Project Photofly on Autodesk Labs -- is a new, public beta release that uses the power of cloud computing to transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D models. Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone or advanced digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects, people or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate 3D models, says Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. The app also has built-in sharing capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile devices, YouTube and other social media channels. Autodesk 123D Make application is a free technology preview for the Mac, capable of converting digital 3D models into 2D cut patterns that can be assembled in low-cost materials, such as cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic. The cut pieces...
Nov 08
VirtuaScore Basketball 1.0 bounces onto the Mac
Blackwood Applications has introduced VirtuaScore Basketball 1.0, a virtual scoreboard for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available worldwide for a limited-time price of US$4.99 exclusively on the Mac App Store. Designed for schools and independent sports organizations, VirtuaScore Basketball features the functionality of a full basketball scoreboard, detailed displays, three methods of control, and more. Users may opt between a control panel window, menu commands, and keyboard shortcuts. VirtuaScore Basketball supports both windowed and full-screen modes.
Nov 08
PhotoStyler 6.0 for Mac OS X adds new interface, more
Neatberry has announced PhotoStyler 6.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the app that lets you style digital photos with your Mac. Version 6.0  sports an improved user interface, new filters, dozens new pre-built templates. better iPhoto integration and sharing options like Flickr and Facebook. PhotoStyler supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images. It uses your GPU to process the photos wherever possible. PhotoStyler 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for US$29.99 at the Neatberry web site (http://neatberry.com/products/photostyler/).
Nov 08
IvySkin announces iPhone 4/4S SmartCase
IvySkin has announced the new SmartCase case for the iPhone 4/4S. It features a new Wrangler design with optional battery pack. The SmartCase Touch-Thru boasts flowing curves and non-slip grips. It packs a 2000mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The SmartCase purportedly offers: up to an additional eight hours on 3G, up to 16 hours on 2G, of talk time; up to an additional 48 hours of audio playback; and up to an additional 12 hours video playback. An integrated LED status indicator tells you exactly how much power is left and also displays how much time remains during the charging process. The kit ships with the Wrangler case, as well as the battery pack, that enables you to use the battery pack only when needed. The SmartCase costs US$99. It's available for pre-order at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/61050373/smartcase-iphone-4-4s-wrang... .
 

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