Pioneer Elite AV receivers are iOS friendly
Pioneer Electronics (USA) has unveiled its new line of Elite branded AV receivers (http://macte.ch/sNuCH) are designed to meet the needs of today’s connected consumers and their portable devices.
The five new Elite models consist of the VSX-40 ($450), VSX-50 ($600), VSX-51 (US$700), VSX-52($900) and VSX-53($1,100). All five new utilize the Elite audio and video technology and the VSX-50 and up have network features like Pioneer’s proprietary iPhone and iPad apps including iControlAV21 and Air Jam2, as well as Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA Certified (1.5) and Internet radio to become the hub of a consumer’s home network and entertainment system.
Starting with the VSX-50 and up, each Elite receiver is network capable, offering Ethernet connectivity to provide consumers with a wide range of new content, set-up and control of their home theater system. Chris Walker, director AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA), says that features and...
In Hub Magazine survey 'old' brands like Apple rule
The older a brand is, the stronger its identity tends to be -- and this includes Apple -- according to a new survey of 550 marketing executives to be published in the July issue of "The Hub Magazine."
The survey presented marketers with 30 pairs of brands and asked them to select the one they deemed to be stronger. Respondents chose the older brand as having the stronger identity 70% of the time.
“The results are surprising, since popular culture worships youth and marketers rarely miss an opportunity to promote what’s shiny and new,” say Tim Manners, editor of The Hub Magazine.
This was the third year the magazine fielded the survey, and the pattern held true in the previous two years, Manners adds. He speculates that the results might be partly attributed to the Hub’s senior-level audience, which skews older.
“It might also be that older brands simply have more credibility because of their longevity,” he says.
Each of the 30 matchups was presented in a particular context. For...
Wal-Mart selling iPhone 4 for $147
Walmart announced Monday that it will sell the iPhone 4 for $147 at select stores from now until June 30, reports "PC Magazine" (http://macte.ch/5qTdg).
The price drop applies to the AT&T and Verizon Wireless versions of the Apple smartphone, as well as black and white models. Users will be required to sign up for a two-year wireless and data agreement with either carrier to get the $147 price.
Walmart currently only sells the 16GB version of the iPhone 4 in black and white. Both are listed for $197 on the Walmart Web site, but are "out of stock online," notes "PC Magazine."
SoftRAID 4.0.7 ready for Mac OS X Lion
SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 4.0.7, an update to its RAID product for Mac OS X. The new version is ready for Mac OS X Lion.
"We wanted to provide our customers with a seamless transition to Lion," says SoftRAID President Tim Standing. "We have been working closely with Apple Engineers for the past four months identifying and fixing bugs in both SoftRAID and in Mac OS X that would affect SoftRAID users who upgrade to Lion. I am confident that with this release we will provide a reliable SoftRAID experience for Lion users."
SoftRAID version 4.0.7 is available as a fully functional demo that allows prospective customers to try SoftRAID for 30 days. Registration is US$129. Users of SoftRAID 3 can purchase an upgrade to version 4 for $69.
AKVIS Noise Buster 8.0 gets GPU acceleration support, more
AKVIS (http://www.akvis.com) has released Noise Buster 8.0 for Mac OS X and Windows with new tools and features, such as support for GPU acceleration, batch processing, support for RAW files, and more.
Whether your digital images are from a digital camera or a scanner, you may often notice the so-called "noise." Noise can appear in photos taken in low light or when the camera is set to a high ISO. It can be seen as grains that compromise the smoothness of a photo or random red and blue pixels that spoil the color accuracy of a snapshot. The reduced detail and clarity of such images can be improved with noise removal software.
AKVIS Noise Buster reduces both luminance and color noise in digital images without blurring the edges of objects. The new GPU option in the program's Preferences is only active if a computer has an appropriate video card. The image processing speed depends directly on a video card.
The new Edge Intensity parameter makes edges and borders more visible without...
Alien Skin Software announces natural media plug-in for...
Alien Skin Software has announced Snap Art 3, the new version of its artistic natural media plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom.
Snap Art turns a photo into a work of art that looks completely handmade. You make the creative choices while Snap Art takes care of all the tedious work of drawing brush strokes, says the app's designer, Tom Welsh.
Snap Art can render hundreds of styles and media, such as oil paint, watercolor, pencil sketch, and newly added ones like crayon. Version 3 uses more refined stroke placement, making the subject natural and recognizable, according to Welsh.
Snap Art 3 will be available in August at the Alien Skin web site (http://www.alienskin.com) for US$199. Owners of Snap Art 1 or 2 may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Snap Art 2 directly from Alien Skin Software in April or later.
Snap Art 3 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications: Adobe...
Spell Catcher X 10.4 adds MobileMe syncing, more
Rainmaker Research (http://www.rainmakerinc.com/) has released Spell Catcher X 10.4, an upgrade to the collection of writing productivity tool for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Spell Catcher checks spelling in up to 16 languages. It also offers shorthands, thesaurus lookup features and more. Version 10.4 adds MobileMe syncing, updated linguistics, user interface improvements, and other new features and enhancements.
Version 10.4 is a free upgrade for those that purchased on or after May 1, 2010. For other registered users, the cost is US$14.95.
Spell Catcher X retails for $39.95. A "lite" license for Spell Catcher X is available for $29.95 and excludes some advanced features. Spell Catcher X users can purchase language plug-ins for Dutch, Canadian English, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Russian and Norwegian Bokmal for an additional $10 each.
Security Camera for Mac OS X gets Dropbox support
The Alice Dev Team (http://www.alicedev.com) has released Security Camera 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It can now send pictures to your Dropbox account.
Security Camera 2.0 also adds password protection to the application. You can also now set up the software to arm after 30 seconds/one minute/three minutes/five minutes/15 minutes/30 minutes of idle time. When armed, Security Camera snaps anyone who drags a mouse, touches Multi-Touch trackpad or presses any key.
The application’s purpose is quite simple. It snaps a picture of everyone who wakes the computer up, and archives these photos with a date and time stamp.
Security Camera is available on the Mac App Store for US$2.99.
WeatherSnoop for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5
Tee-Boy has announced WeatherSnoop 2.5 (http://www.weathersnoop.com) for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher. Designed to procure, analyze and publish weather data, the app interfaces with a variety of personal and professional weather stations as well as Internet-based data sources.
It supports a wide range of weather stations, including the Davis Vantage Pro, Oregon Scientific WMR100/WMR200/WMR968, LaCrosse WS-2315, Ambient Weather WS-1080/WS-2080, Weatherwise WS-1080-SOLAR, Columbia Weather Systems Capricorn 2000EX, iROX PRO-X, Honeywell TE923, Peet Brothers ULTIMETER 100/800/2000/2100 and RainWise MKIIICC-LR / CC-3000. Version 2.5 also features also features enhanced graphing and visualization features.
WeatherSnoop is available for US$59.99; a "lite" version is available for $19.99. A demo is available for download.
Apple posts WWDC keynote video
Apple has posted a video of the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote in which Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud debuted. Yu can see it at http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/11piubpwiqubf06/event/ .
Apple did not broadcast the event live. You'll need QuickTime to view the online video.
Mac OS X Lion to roar in July; available at the Mac App Store
At the kickoff of its 2011 Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion will be available at the Mac App Store next month. Sporting more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs (application programming interfaces), it will cost US$29.99.
“The Mac has outpaced the PC industry every quarter for five years running and with OS X Lion we plan to keep extending our lead,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, during today's WWDC keynote. “The best version of OS X yet, Lion is packed with innovative features such as new Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, and Mission Control for instantly accessing everything running on your Mac.”
New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations built into Lion let you interact directly with content on the screen for a more intuitive way to use your Mac, he says. New gestures include momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web...
iOS 5 includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, more
Apple has previewed iOS 5, the latest version of its advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. It will be available to consumers this fall.
The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, a way to view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.
“Perhaps iOS 5’s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading," says Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
With iOS 5 and iCloud, you just...
iCloud is Apple's new set of free cloud services
Apple has, at long last, introduced iCloud, a set of free new cloud services that works with applications on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.
“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said during his keynote address at the 2011 Worldwide Developer Conference. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it -- it all just works.”
He adds that the former MobileMe services -- Contacts, Calendar and Mail -- all have been completely re-architected and rewritten to work seamlessly with...
German music site has Apple/iCloud complaint
A German music site has lodged a competition complaint against Apple ahead of its iCloud announcement later today, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/Gimw5).
Simfy accused Apple of deliberately delaying approval of the company's iPad application in order to favor its own products. The German company lodged its complaint with the German Federal Cartel Office and will also complain to European Union competition regulators.
"The music company said in a blog post that it was a great fan of Apple products," says "The Register." "But it said it was unacceptable to wait more than three months for approval of its iPad app without any reason being given. It accuses Apple of abusing its dominant position, and control of the app store, in order to bolster its own products."
iFunia releases Media Converter for the Mac
iFunia has released iFunia Media Converter for Mac, an update to the company's conversion software. It costs US$49; a demo is available for download at the product web site (http://macte.ch/tvYUY).
iFunia Media Converter helps Mac users convert any video, DVD and audio to the formats they need. It combines a video converter, DVD ripper, and audio converter, allowing video fans to convert video/audio files, and rip DVDs without switching from one program to another.
Presets allow users to convert videos and DVD movies to play with Apple devices, Apple software, mobile phones, game players and more, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest iPod touch. With the built-in video and audio editor, users can trim videos. What's more, iFunia Media Converter also has a deinterlacing function that help users to remove interlacing artifact of the DVD movies and videos.
My Living Desktop ready for Mac OS X Lion
Amuse has released My Living Desktop 4.9 (http://www.mylivingdesktop.com/) for Mac OS X, a new version of their video desktop and screen saver utility. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X Lion and adds new scenes.
My Living Desktop is a cross between a video desktop (moving wallpaper) and screen saver. With its built-in video importer, users can import their own movie scenes for use as video desktops. Anyone can have family movies, movies of friends and special events, vacation movies and more as their desktop -- or as a screen saver.
My Living Desktop boasts a variety of high-definition movie videos shot from all around the globe, accompanied by nature sound effects. Upon purchase, download access to additional hi-def movie videos are available from within the software itself.
The application also sports Automatic Serenity Breaks. This feature allows the user to have My Living Desktop automatically remind them to take a break. Simply specify the interval or time(s) of day and a sound...
Scribble Worm wriggles onto the Mac App Store
Golden Hammer Software, makers of Big Mountain Snowboarding, have released Scribble Worm for Mac (http://scribbleworm.com), a new puzzle game that makes use of the multitouch trackpad. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$0.99 and is available in the Games category of the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described "Use your drawing skills to create a worm that can make it through a maze of different obstacles to reach the apple at the end. Use a mouse or multiple fingers on the trackpad to draw new worms that move based on the patterns you draw. The patterns come to life as cutesy worms scribbled in crayon, wriggling their way across the paper. The goal is to reach an apple elsewhere on the page by drawing a shape and anticipating the path of the resulting worm.
"Each puzzle page contains a different set of obstacles and requires a different drawing technique to complete. The puzzles range from shaping a worm to maneuver around static boundaries to bouncing trick shots...
Disk Drill Media Recovery comes to the Mac App Store
CleverFiles Software (http://www.cleverfiles.com/) has released Disk Drill Media Recovery at the Mac App Store for US$9.99 until June 10. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and can be found in the Utilities category.
Disk Drill Media Recovery is a new edition of the Disk Drill tool. It has almost all the features of its bigger brother, and runs the same up-to-date recovery algorithms. The main difference between Disk Drill Media Recovery available on the App Store and Disk Drill's standard edition available for purchase directly from CleverFiles online is the absence of Recovery Vault technology and the inability of the new release on the Mac App Store to recover data from the main Mac's hard drive.
These limitations are introduced as a result of somewhat tight requirements for developers willing to sell their software on the Apple's App Store, according to the folks at CleverFiles. After June 10, Disk Drive Media Recovery will cost $49.99.
Cookie Stumbler Express baked to version 1.1
WriteIt! Studios (http://www.writeitstudios.com) has updated Cookie Stumbler Express, an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.1. It's a maintenance update and is free for registered users.
Cookie StumblerExpress deletes either automatically via a preset schedule, or as a one-click-solution, for all advertising/tracking cookies and all cookies not included in the bookmarks and/or history. CSE can be customized via its keep-list. Via a heuristics engine, Cookie Stumbler Express recognizes the majority of ad/tracking cookies. Additionally, all other cookies can be deleted.
Cookie Stumbler Express 1.1 costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It supports Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher and all major web browsers for Mac OS X such as Safari, Firefox, Camino, Chrome, Chromium, OmniWeb. CSE also manages "Flash cookies," or, in other words, local shared objects.
Priority Matrix comes to the Mac
Appfluence has introduced Priority Matrix 1.0 (http://www.appfluence.com/pmrmac), the Mac version of their productivity software. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$19.99, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Priority Matrix is designed to help users spend their effort on tasks with the highest return-on-investment. Featuring drag-n-drop and free cloud sync, the app lets you organize your activities by criticality and immediacy.
The folks at Appfluence say they've focused on making the fastest possible way to add items by creating a set of keyboard shortcuts, so that users can add items after items without reaching back for the mouse. A video showing Priority Matrix in use can be seen at http://www.appfluence.com/video .
Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer updated to version 1.3
Softhing (http://www.softhing.com) has announced a new version of Outlook Exchange Accounts Optimizer. OEAO 1.3 works with Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x and the new Outlook for Mac 2011.
This utility automatically moves old mail from your Outlook Exchange account to a replicated structure within Outlook local folders. You select how many days of mail to keep in Exchange, and OEAO does the rest. It can handle multiple accounts and be set to run automatically.
OEAO costs US$25 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Cloud-based content management available for iOS apps
StorageRoom (http://storageroomapp.com) from Thriventures is a new cloud-based CMS that serves content to mobile applications on multiple platforms.
Native mobile applications require content in raw formats such as XML or JSON, while current content management systems are focused on taking content and serving it as unstructured HTML, says Thriventures founder Sascha Konietzke. StorageRoom has been developed by experienced iOS developers and solves this problem by providing a cloud-based CMS optimized for mobile applications, he adds.
With StorageRoom developers configure the required content types by picking various column types, input options and validation rules. Editors can then manage the content in a web-based interface and developers can query the RESTful API (application programming interface) from their mobile applications.
In addition, content can be exported from StorageRoom and distributed with the application itself for offline access and synchronization. All of this is...
SMEStorage, WebHostingBuzz partner on hosted cloud offerings
SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com), an open cloud platform provider, and WebHostingBuzz, a global web hosting provider, have partnered to offer a managed Cloud File Server proposition for small businesses.
Businesses will be able to get a fully provisioned Cloud File Server on WebHostingBuzz infrastructure, which provides the ability to support organizations who want to embrace an always-on file server with client desktop cloud file integration with Mac, Windows and Linux systems. The solution is targeted to customers who wish to embrace SaaS and Cloud, but who want, or need, their own separate managed environment away from a multi-tenant ecosystem, says SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborn.
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Apple now number two among US smartphone vendors
According to comScore (http://www.comscore.com), a "group that measures the digital world," 74.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in April 2011, up 13% from the three-month period ending in January 2011.
Google Android ranked as the top operating system with 36.4% of U.S. smartphone subscribers, up 5.2 percentage points. Apple also gained share, capturing the #2 position with 26% of the smartphone market. RIM ranked third with 25.7% share, followed by Microsoft (6.7%) and Palm (2.6%).
For the three month average period ending in April, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top original equipment manufacturer with 24.5% of U.S. mobile subscribers, followed by LG with 20.9% share and Motorola with 15.6%tshare. Apple jumped to the #4 position with 8.3% share of mobile subscribers (up 1.3 percentage points), while RIM rounded out the top five with 8.2% share.
CNS Image plug-in for FileMaker revved to version 1.5
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Image 1.5, an update of the FileMaker Pro plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or on your hard drive.
With this plug-in you can: do custom imports and exports; change image formats; stretch, crop, resize, rotate, and flip images; and apply filters like blur, contrast, brightness, emboss and the like to images. Version 1.5 is a complete rewrite of the plug-in, which fixes several issues and brings with it a Server Edition for using with FileMaker Server.
CNS Image is available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. a demo is available for download.
Version 1.5 is a free upgrade for anyone with a 1.x.x license. For new users the cost is US$65 for a single-user license.
Apple to pay music labels upward of $100 million for iCloud
Apple will fork over between US$100 million and $150 million in advanced payments to the four major music labels in order to get its "iCloud" off the ground, three separate sources told "The New Year Post" (http://macte.ch/R0bek).
Apple has agreed to pay the labels between $25 million to $50 million each, as an incentive to get come board, depending on how many tracks consumers are storing, the article adds. The size of the advance payments have been a "major hold-up for Google, which had been negotiating with the music companies and now will likely have to pony up higher fees to get a rival cloud service into action," music industry sources told "The Post."
Apple has been carefully monitoring "cloud" moves by Amazon, Google and Spotify. Amazon made the move first in March when it launched a music "locker" service, dubbed Amazon Cloud Player, that lets users upload their music to Amazon's computers and listen to their songs from any browser. Google followed suit in May with its Music...
Pixelmator Team unveils Pixelmator 2.0 Chameleon
The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has unveiled Pixelmator 2.0 today, an upgrade of the Mac OS X image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images.
Pixelmator 2.0, codenamed Chameleon, features drawing tools, Content-Aware technology-based Fill, a Healing Tool, new retouching tools, a Smudge Tool, and more. The new, full-featured and precise drawing tools in Pixelmator allow users to add, create and edit vector shapes, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.
In addition to Pen, Freeform Pen, Convert and Path Selection tools, Pixelmator also includes pre-drawn shape tools for adding triangles, lines, circles, rectangles, and even custom shapes from the new Shapes palette into compositions. Fill and stroke settings for created shapes, as well as shadows, can be adjusted in the new Shape Settings palette. The drawing tools are designed for creating buttons, icons, web page elements, illustrations or any other items for use in image...
iDevGames announces uDevGames 2011
iDevGames will kick off the sixth running of its uDevGames Mac game development contest (http://www.udevgames.com) on July 1, giving the developers three months to design, create, and polish their games, including all coding, graphics, and sound.
The entire Mac gaming community is invited to follow the progress of these games as they are being created, play them when they are finished, and vote for the "Best Overall Game." Entries will also be judged in the categories of Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, Best Audio, Best Story, Most Original, and Most Polished by their peers. Winners will be announced on Oct. 14, and prizes distributed to the developers for the top three entries in each category.
Past contests have resulted in over 150 games created by independent Mac developers from around the world and have awarded entrants with a total prize pool valued at over US$100,000. he source code for all games entered into the uDevGames contest is released back to the community under Open...
Seidio releases Activecase for the iPad 2
Seidio has released the Active case for the iPad 2, providing on-the-go protection for users of the Apple tablet.
Seidio Active maintains superior shock absorbing protection and full functionality in a case that is up to 33% lighter than competitor cases with the same amount of protection, says David Chang, Seidio CEO and founder. The two-layer case combines an interior lightweight polymer to absorb shock and a hard exterior skeleton designed to give added protection to the device’s corners and sides.
The multipurpose protective cover transforms into a stand with 15 different angles complementing the many functions of the iPad 2. Active for the iPad 2 is available immediately for US$69.95 at http://www.seidio.com/active .
Kona's Crate game coming to the Mac, iOS devices
Zoo Entertainment has announced plans for its indiePub label to release Kona’s Crate (http://macte.ch/3b58U), a physics-based title, this summer for the Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices. The Mac and PC versions will cost US$4.99; the mobile device versions will be priced at US$2.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Kona’s Crate is a physics-based game in which players need to help deliver a crate of celestial supplies to Kona, a star hungry mystic waiting on his island. The crate rests on a jet-powered platform, which players must cleverly maneuver to complete their delivery on time.
"Based in a mystical, hidden world, Kona’s Crate offers plenty of unlockable levels and achievements. Players can choose from a variety of campaigns totaling 60 challenging levels that increase in design and difficulty, with 60 additional levels available through updates. But players shouldn’t let this simple task fool them! Tricky obstacles are set in place to impede progress, forcing players to dodge...
TrendNet demos 450 MBps dual band, wireless N media bridge
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has demoed a 450Mbps, dual band, wireless N media bridge, model TEW-680MB. It's due for release in late fall and will cost US$169.99.
The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge networks computers, gaming consoles, televisions, and DVRs to the Internet with 450 Mbps wireless connection speeds. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports allow users to connect all networked media center devices to the Internet over a high performance network.
Dual band technology provides users the option of connecting media center devices to the common 2.4GHz network, or to the 5GHz network, which typically offers less interference from competing networks and wireless devices.A n external Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS button connects this wireless bridge to a router at the touch of a button.
Monotype Imaging adds self-hosting option to Fonts.com
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a global provider of text imaging solutions, has added a self-hosting feature to its Fonts.com Web Fonts solution (http://webfonts.fonts.com/), enabling enterprises to host Web fonts using their existing servers or content delivery network.
Monotype Imaging’s self-hosting feature is available for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscribers at the professional level. Customers download a kit that steps them through the hosting process. Customers select the fonts they need, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) code is provided for rendering in all major browsers.
In the future, as browser companies release new browsers or enhanced versions, customers will be able to download updated CSS code to ensure compatibility, says Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. Any enhancements that Monotype Imaging applies to its fonts, such optimizing a font to improve legibility, will also be available
While the self-hosting option gives enterprises control over...
BeaTunes for Mac OS X gets new interface, much more
Tagtrum has released version 3.0 of BeaTunes (http://www.beatunes.com), the iTunes add-on for Mac and Windows. The new release sports enhanced musical key detection, improved library inspection, a complete user interface overhaul and support for non-iTunes music collections.
BeaTunes can detect various types of metadata, such as beats-per-minute and musical key, as well as find and fix typos and inconsistencies such as misspelled artists and rarely used genres. It analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs, intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, etc.), lets you blog about your playlists and more.
A seven-day demo version is available at the product web site. Registration is US$31.95. Upgrades to version 3.0 from 2.x are $11.95. beaTunes requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.
Freeway 5.5 Express launched in the Mac App Store
Softpress' (http://www.softpress.com) web design application, Freeway 5.5 Express, is now available in the Mac App Store. Pitched at the consumer/home user market, it's being offered at a special introductory price of US$29.99.
Freeway Express requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is based on a DTP application, not an HTML editor. This means it works like any drag and drop application. And there's no need to know HTML.
What's more, Softpress offers a free download of its Freeway companion Showcase gallery and slideshow app to all Mac App Store Express purchasers. Showcase lets you create a gallery or slideshow from scratch in minutes, with thousands of fully-customizable option, says Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan.
SweetP bakes up Cookie 1.7 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 1.7 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
Version 1.7 adds a first-run configuration wizard and an option to import favorites from browser bookmarks. It changes the color of the tracking cookie count in the status line on the cookies tab to red, to make it more obvious that the red colored cookies, are in fact tracking cookies. It now hides if no...
ATTO Technology provides Mac connectivity with modular storage...
ATTO Technology has announced a new solution enabled by ATTO’s Celerity Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters(HBAs) with Multipath Director technology.
Professionals in the digital media market demanding high-quality storage can now take advantage of HP’s P2000 G3FC Modular Smart Array(MSA) storage system in Mac environments for the first time, enabled by ATTO’s proprietary technology, according to Tom Kolniak, director of products at ATTO Technology.
Only ATTO’s Multipath Director, when combined with ATTO’s 8Gb/s Celerity Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters, offers the market a highly-available, high-performance storage solution, he adds. This combination allows HP to provide solutions in vertical markets formerly outside its usual channels.
ATTO’s Celerity line of HBAs are Fibre Channel cards with 8Gb/s speeds.
For more information on this solution, and how to purchase, to to http://www.attotech.com/solutions/HP .
TidBITS Publishing offers 'Take Control of TextExpander...
TidBITS Publishing has announced the latest title in their Take Control series -- "Take Control of TextExpander," by Mac expert Michael E. Cohen. In the ebook, he helps readers take advantage of the power of TextExpander 3, a text expansion utility from Smile.
Cohen first teaches TextExpander newbies how to create "snippets" of text (like an address) that can be inserted into text in nearly any application by typing a short abbreviation (for example, addd). Once readers are comfortable with TextExpander's core controls and options, he explains TextExpander's sophisticated options for inserting and working with snippets, including how to use snippets on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using Smile's TextExpander touch app.
The 93-page ebook is available for US$10 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/textexpander . The book was created in partnership with Smile.
'Get' gets center stage at London SuperMeet
AV3 Software has announced its presence at the upcoming Second Annual London SuperMeet at the Kensington Conference & Event Centre in London on Thursday, June 23.
The FCPUG SuperMeets are the largest gatherings of Final Cut editors, HDSLR filmmakers, digital content creators, and gurus on the planet. AV3 Software will showcase its dialog search tool for Final Cut Pro editors, Get, for SuperMeet attendees. Get, the dialog search tool for FCP editors, is used by a wide range of professionals around the world, from documentary editors to filmmakers, TV production studios, and more, says Doug Hynes, director of products, AV3 Software.
The Second Annual London SuperMeet will commence on Thursday, June 23, at the Kensington Conference & Event Centre in London. Doors open at 16:30 for the SuperMeet Digital Showcase, featuring 18 vendors and plenty of networking opportunities. Early-bird tickets are on sale now for £10.00. For more info on registration, ticket options, and a full...
Elite Mac Care announces Personal Training Services for...
Elite Mac Care (http://www.elitemaccare.com/) is a new service for those switching from Windows to the Mac -- or those simply needing help. Instruction can range from basic operations, all the way up to trouble shooting common issues.
Elite Mac Care also offers purchasing help when buying a new Mac, guiding you through the maze of models, services, and warranties. This service comes with a free one-hour "Getting Started" lesson for your new Mac.
Elite Mac Care can work with clients at their New Jersey office or via a public place. Group training is available as well, and we will supply free Wi-Fi Internet access for the entire lesson. For info go to the company web site.
Graphic Node adds 50 3D objects to its stills collection
Graphic design company, Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com/) has announced an update to its Stills pack of images for Apple's iWork.
With the addition of 50 brand new 3D objects, the Stills collection now contains 700 images. Stills subjects range from office stationery and medical appliances to food, with a sizable selection of fruits and appliances. With Stills, users can decorate presentations, invitations, Web pages, posters, newsletters, and a variety of other documents.
Stills requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$19. Users can view samples of the illustrations and purchase the Stills pack on the Graphic Node Web site. The bundle doesn't require installation and can simply be saved wherever users find it convenient.
Flexiglass for Mac OS X gets new screen layouts
Nulana has updated Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows, to version 1.2. The upgrade adds new screen layouts and ability to restore window to its original position.
With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.
Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Flexiglass requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. For new users the cost is US$7.99, though version 1.2 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download.
Brain App now has 15 exercise modes
Games developer Chris Mayer has updated Brain App (http://www.brainapp.net), the brain training software for the Mac, iPhone and iPad to version 1.5.
Brain App presents a variety of rapid-fire math problems in quick succession to exercise the brain. There are now 15 brain exercise modes in five exercise types.
Brain App 1.5 is available from the Mac App Store for US$3.99. On the Apple App Store, the iPad version is priced at $2.99, and the iPhone version is $1.99.
Apple cuts iCloud deal with Universal Music Group
Apple has cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will enable Apple's online music store to offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies, according to "CNET" (http://macte.ch/jEK2u), qutoing "sources with knowledge of the talks."
The agreement means Apple now has the rights to offer recordings from all of the major labels. In addition, Apple has reached agreements with some of the large music publishers, the sources told "CNET."
Apple will announce its "cloud"-based service, dubbed iCloud, on June 6 at the kickoff of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple didn't disclose whether iCloud would include any music features, but "CNET" says "we do know that Apple managers have sought for more than a year to create a music feature for the service."
Most ACU students would buy an iPad for digital textbooks
Three-quarters of college freshmen surveyed said they would be willing to personally purchase an Apple iPad if at least half of their textbooks were available digitally, according to new research findings from Abilene Christian University’s 2010-2011 mobile-learning projects.
A majority of these students at the Abilene, Texas, school rated reading on the iPad as “more convenient” than reading from traditional paper textbooks, though they rated paper texts as "easier" when asked to compare the two. The announcement is the first in a series of research findings ACU will release from its 2010-11 empirical evaluations and digital text studies, conducted in ACU's Mobile-Learning Fellows program and in other faculty exploration projects. The ACU Connected website (http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/Research/index.html) has details of each study.
Over the past year, researchers at ACU have begun to investigate student perceptions of both the iPad and the digital content available...
Apple releases WWDC app, posts the schedule
Apple has released an iOS app regarding next week's Worldwide Developer Conference and released the official schedule.
The free app is designed for both the iPhone and iPad. It's designed as a mobile guide to the conference and lets you access a range of conference information, such as the conference schedule. You can also use the app to make a reservation at the User Interface, App Review, iTunes Connect, Program Support, or Developer Publications.
Meanwhile, a schedule of the detailed list of WWD sessions, labs and special events can be found at http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/schedule/ . The conference will run June 6-10 at the Moscone West in San Francisco.
Apple updates Xprotect malware definitions
Following the appearance of a new variant of the MacDefender fake antivirus, Apple has issued an update to its Xprotect malware definitions. This update detects this new variant, and alerts users to the presence of the new variant, which Apple calls OSX.MacDefender.C.
Mac security specialist, Intego (http://www.intego.com), says "the cat and mouse game has begun." The people behind this malware have shown that they can react very quickly, and Apple has reacted rapidly as well.
Intego says VirusBarrier X6, with its current threat filters, already detected this variant without the need for an update, because of the multiple techniques it uses to detect malware. In addition, VirusBarrier X6 can detect malware downloaded via any application, while Apple’s XProtect system only functions with files downloaded by certain programs, notably Apple software such as Safari, Mail and iChat.
Apple tops list of 2011 Supply Chain Top 25
Gartner (http://www.gartner.com) has released the findings from its seventh annual Supply Chain Top 25, and Apple tops the list. The goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business, according to the research group.
"Four key themes emerged this year among the leaders, including how they deal with volatility, their approaches to value chain network integration, their focus on sustainable execution and their abilities to orchestrate," says Debra Hofman, research vice president at Gartner.
Apple held onto the No. 1 position for the fourth year in a row. The company continued to post strong financials and top-of-the-line voting scores. Research In Motion, which was new to the list last year, rose to No. 4 this year with enviable financials and solid votes. Amazon, another newcomer last year, rose five spots to No. 5 in the 2011 ranking. Colgate-Palmolive, rising steadily since 2009, moved to No. 13...
Wi-Drive expands iPad, iPhone and iPod touch storage...
Kingston Digital, the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has announced the Wi-Drive (http://www.kingston.com/flash/wi_drive.asp), built to address the increasing storage needs of Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users.
The Wi-Drive is a a wireless, portable storage solution that allows users to expand the number of documents, images, music and video files they can access from Apple devices. The combination of this storage expansion, file sharing and a rugged portable form factor makes it a perfect companion device, says Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston.
The Wi-Drive, along with its app from the App Store, allows users to stream videos, access music or share files with other Apple device owners. The pocket-sized drive utilizes Flash-based technology to store data from USB-compatible computers.
These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive’s built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work...
Zoom's R8 is tool for capturing audio on-the-go
Zoom’s new, US$299 R8 (http://macte.ch/oTDXT) is a tool for capturing audio on-the-go. It combines four production tools in one compact device.
In addition to being an 8-track playback/2-track simultaneous recorder that utilizes SD memory, the R8 is an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler. The R8 will fit in a guitar case, for a flexible, multi-track solution,says James Tsaptsinos, Samson’s vice president of Sales.
With a sampler function that consists of eight voices, the R8’s built-in drum sounds can be triggered using eight pads to assign sounds to each track and create loops. You can also use the unit’s drum machine to create original backing beats, or output a metronome for tempo control.
Not only does the R8 offer over 500 drum patterns to work with, it also includes a 2GB SD card containing 500MB of drum loops recorded by Big Fish Audio. It comes with a 2GB SD card and supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. Using SD media for...