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Nov 22
SunLeaf Solar launches solar charger for iPad
SunLeaf Solar (http://www.thesunleaf.com) has introduced the US$179 SunLeaf Pro, the iPad solar charger. It's an USB-based device that plugs into an electronic gadget like the iPad or a Kindle, and can fold up to an eighth of its size. The SunLeaf Pro can provide power anywhere there is sunlight. Through its solar-powered apparatus, SunLeaf hopes to break into the market and help to reduce the output of CO2 emissions by 15,000 tons over the next five years. The box includes one SunLeaf Solar Charger, one USB voltage regulator, and one Quick Start Guide. Charging times will vary depending on the strength of the light source and the battery's ultimate capacity. The iPad 2, for example, has a battery capacity of 6600mAh. In ideal conditions, the SunLeaf Pro charger is capable of putting out 1000mAh. What this means is that in order to fully charge your iPad 2, your SunLeaf charger would need to be in the sun for 3-4 hours for a half-charge or 6-7 hours for a full charge. An iPhone...
Nov 22
DeltaTrak announces new compact data logger
DeltaTrak (http://www.deltatrak.com) has announced the FlashLink Mini Data Logger, its its newest addition to the company's full line of data loggers. It's a small, single-use, in-transit data logger featuring DeltaTRAK's patented Shadow Log capability, which guarantees retention of data even in the event that the unit is not activated, according to Frederick Wu, president and CEO of DeltaTRAK. The DeltaTRAK data logger family includes the new FlashLink Mini Data Logger, the FlashLink VU Loggers, the FlashLink USB Data Loggers, and the FlashLink Dry Ice Logger. Contact DeltaTrak for pricing.
Nov 22
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.9.6 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9.6 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and higher. The upgrade contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure and addresses an issue in which Cocktail doesn't work properly if the System Events process is not running. Cocktail 4.9.6 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$19. The license is valid for both Snow Leopard and Lion editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and...
Nov 21
Running OS X in VMware Fusion: Continues to Require Lion for...
This past week, VMware Released a new version of VMware Fusion 4.1, which among other things reportedly included some significant speed enhancements to Internet Explorer 9. One thing that was revealed is that you could run earlier versions of Mac OS X as a client under 4.1 (this was not previously possible with version 4.0.1). Given the licensing, we were incredibly surprised (although delighted) to see this. Unfortunately, while incredibly useful for developers wanting to test on multiple versions, this turns out to be an oversight. VMware has just posted to their blog the following: One change was the introduction of a new license verification step for users to verify they are in compliance with the OS licensing terms.When the license verification step was added in VMware Fusion 4.1 the server edition check was omitted. We are preparing an update.Running Mac OS X client in a virtual machine continues to require Lion (purchased from the Mac App Store or a USB thumb drive.) Users...
Nov 21
ITC dismisses S3's complaint against Apple
The US International Trade Commission has dismissed the first complaint by graphics firm S3 against Apple since"no violation" was shown and that its investigation into the complaint against Macs has been terminated, "reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/3Msaa). The finding overturns a July ruling by ITC judge James Gildea, which determined that none of the S3 patents were relevant to Apple's iOS products The operating system on the Mac infringes two S3 patents related to graphics chips involving image compression, Gildea said. "It's a setback for HTC, which is in the process of acquiring S3 Graphics and was hoping to gain leverage against Apple," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents. " HTC's own first ITC complaint against Apple is rather unlikely to result in a finding of any violation. An Administrative Law Judge made an initial determination of no violation, and the ITC staff (the Office of Unfair Import Investigations) does not appear to oppose the ALJ's position."
Nov 21
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Nov. 21
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). Emerson App Development has announced Opposite Test: Holidays 1.0, the sequel to the original Opposite Test for the iPhone and iPod touch. Th US$0.99 quiz app features questions that all relate to the holiday season. NextRoot has released SongMix, a music trivia/discovery game for the iPhone and iPod touch. With the free app you can play one of 12 genres in three game modes (Time Attack, Arcade and Song Attack). Songs are chosen from the most popular artists of the moment. You can even mark your favorite songs and purchase them from the iTunes music store directly from SongMix. Vasoware has introduced Christmas Clock: Deluxe Edition for iOS. The free app counts down the days and hours to Christmas. It also lets you listen to classic Christmas songs and track Santa's every move. mMyrix Studios has unveiled GridBreaker 1.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch....
Nov 21
Apple on track to become leading global computer vendor
Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) says it expects Apple to overtake HP to become the leading global PC vendor before the second half of 2012. Tablet computers, and particularly the iPad, have radically changed the dynamics of the PC industry over the last year, already propelling Apple into second place in the worldwide PC market in Q3 2011, according to the research grouop. Canalys estimates full-year 2011 global PC shipments to reach 415 million, up 15% year-on-year, thanks predominantly to increasing pad sales. Total tablet shipments are expected to reach 59 million units by the end of 2011, with Q4 volumes predicted to exceed 22 million. While the iPad will dominate in Q4, the recently announced Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are also anticipated to impact the US market. "Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9% to 15% in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market – the United States -- are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire...
Nov 21
Kindle Fire to become number two tablet (behind the iPad)
Amazon is going to leapfrog the competition and become the number two product in the tablet market, "as long as the Kindle Fire can provide a quality user experience," according to ChangeWave Research (http://www.changewaveresearch.com/), a division of The 451 Group, an analyst company The 451 Group. The company has released the results of their latest survey of the consumer tablet marketplace. Apple continues to show enormous strength in the tablet market, where it’s enjoying the best quarter in its history, according to the survey. But while two-out-of-every-three future buyers plan on purchasing an iPad (65%), for the first time since the launch of the original model, there is a double-digit contender for the number two spot. Better than one-in-five planned purchasers (22%) say they’ll buy a Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle Fire represents a shot across the bow at Apple, who until now has almost completely dominated the tablet space, according to Dr. Paul Carton, vice president of...
Nov 21
Metrico Wireless offers iPhone 4S performance report
Metrico Wireless, which specializes in mobile device performance analytics, has announced findings from "iPhone 4S: The Ultimate Performance Report," based on the company’s patented technologies and methodologies used to evaluate over 700 devices for carriers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers]. The three carriers covered in the report -- AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless -- each led in different performance categories, ranging from call performance to voice quality to data and web. The iPhone 4S proved to be a capable video device regardless of the network it was on. Immediately following the launch of the iPhone 4S in October, 2011, Metrico began measuring performance of these devices on key criteria including: call performance (making and holding calls); voice quality (handset, speaker, Bluetooth, in noise); data performance (HTTP download, HTTP upload); web browsing (page load time, page load reliability); and video performance (frame delivery rate, freeze,...
Nov 21
Seim Effects launches Silver Shadows 2 for Lightroom
Seim Effects Photo Tools (http://prophotoshow.net/seim_effects/silver/) has released Silver Shadows 2 black-and-white toolkit for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom at an introductory discounted price of US$45 (normally it will be $54) through Nov. 30. Featuring over 100 black-and-white presets that address the subtleties of digital silver conversion, it allows photographers to mix and match, customize and tweak to create artisan quality black-and-white images without leaving Lightroom. Silver Shadows 2 has been re-mastered and expanded, leveraging the latest features of Lightroom. Photographers will appreciate its versatility, from tools that can be mixed, matched and tweaked, to powerful Seim Effects workflow structure that permits both large batches and single images to be processed quickly and accurately without leaving Lightroom, says Gavin Seim, photographer and owner of Seim Effects. Silver Shadows 2 works side by side with other Seim Effects tools. It's compatible with Lightroom 1, 2...
Nov 21
'Mac Kung Fu' kicks off from Pragmatic Bookshelf
Pragmatic Bookshelf has published "Mac Kung Fu," an US$35 book that goes beyond the basics of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide. After you've uncovered the basics in Lion, "Mac Kung Fu" is your next step. You'll learn how to master everyday tools such as the Dock, Spotlight, Mission Control, Launchpad, and Dashboard. You'll discover other useful tools and built-in add-ons. You'll learn how to customize the OS X interface, refine your workflow, learn security tricks, work better with photos, movies and documents, and test your Mac hardware. Author Keir Thomas is a Linux Journal award-winning author who has been writing about Linux, operating systems and computer hardware for over a decade. Formerly a computer magazine journalist and editor, working on titles such as Linux User and Developer, Linux Magazine and PC Utilities, his other book titles include "Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third...
Nov 21
MacPractice announces ANSI 5010 successful claims submission
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals for Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- says all MacPractice users are successfully submitting medical eclaims through Capario to carriers that require the ANSI 5010 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). On Nov. 17, CMS extended the deadline by which all carriers and providers must use 5010 from Jan. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012. MacPractice worked on behalf of doctors with its medical clearinghouse partner Capario since the end of last year to avoid potential interruption or delay of insurance payments and other EDI transactions such as eligibility verification and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA), says President Mark Hollis. Contrary to what heath care providers were told, MacPractice users who submit eclaims through Capario did nothing to prepare for 5010, and they weren't required to test, he says. MacPractice 4.1...
Nov 21
Nomad Factory releases Magnetic II
Nomad Factory (http://www.nomadfactory.com/) has launched Magnetic II, a "real to real" audio tape warming effect plug-in that gives audio tracks a "vintage tape sound." According to the Nomads, this effect can inject sterile audio with the warmth and character of classic tube circuitry and analog tape saturation. The plug-in features analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage style EQ and a built-in boost mastering section. Through Dec. 31, 2011 the Magnetic II plug-in will be sold at introductory price of US$79; normally it will be $149). An upgrade path from the Magnetic I is also available for only $20. Magnetic II is also available as part of Nomad's new "Integral Studio Pack III," which is being promoted for $199 (normally it will be $599).
Nov 21
Joy Factory rolls out bike mount for the iPhone
The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) has added StormCruiser, an US$49.95 bicycling mounting system for the iPhone 4 and 4S. It's designed for mountain bike riders, active adults, moms on-the-go and others who rely on their smartphone throughout the day. The StormCruiser's weather-resistant case protects the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S from water, dust and grease damage. With the option to mount the StormCruiser horizontally or vertically on the frame of a bicycle or stroller, a user’s iPhone is also transferable from one to the other. It can also be mounted on a variety of object frames, such as sports umbrellas, ranging from .63 inches to 1.3 inches in diameter. The StormCruiser allows users to leverage applications hands-free such as interactive heart and fitness monitors, GPS maps, MP3 players or a speaker phone.
Nov 21
SeedCode Complete for FileMaker gets QuickBooks integration
The project tracking template, SeedCode Complete, for FileMaker Pro 11 is now pre-wired for QuickBooks integration. Once this is enabled you can pull your existing customers and products from QuickBooks into FileMaker, and post your FileMaker invoices directly to QuickBooks. Out of the box SeedCode Complete will push new contacts to QuickBooks and/or link an existing FileMaker contact with an existing contact in QuickBooks. However, it isn't pulling all QuickBooks contacts into FileMaker. Similarly, if you record payments in FileMaker it'll push those to QuickBooks, but won't pull in payments created in QuickBooks. This can all be changed, however, by FileMaker developers. SeedCode Complete is an unlocked FileMaker template used as the starting point for custom solutions. It includes Contacts, Project Management, Invoicing, Time Tracking, Calendars and Gantt Charts components. SeedCode Complete is US$529 plus $129 per user. You can checkout short movie of the Complete in action, and...
Nov 21
Jurassic Park: The Game prowls at the Macgamestore
Jurassic Park: The Game is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$29.99. Here's how the game is described: "Survive confrontations with T-Rex, Velociraptors and other dinosaurs. Jurassic Park: The Game begins where the Barbasol can left off: The dinosaur embryos that Dennis Nedry attempted to smuggle from the park in the faux Barbasol can remain missing. A mysterious rival corporation brings in Nima, a professional smuggler with intimate knowledge of the park's island setting, to retrieve the embryos."
Nov 21
Inspector Pro for FileMaker updated to version 3.1
Beezwax and FM::Nexus have released Inspector Pro 3.1, an update to the tool for analyzing FileMaker database systems. Now, developers can use interactive data visualization to gain insight into their FileMaker Pro solutions. Inspector Pro 3.1's new Mac-only Script Universe and Script and Calculation Trees provide interactive views of database elements. New Security Perspective reports make it easier for developers to analyze database security, according to Vincenzo Menanno, founder of FM:Nexus and Director of FileMaker Development for Beezwax. Inspector Pro 3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 and works with FileMaker database versions 11, 10, 9, or 8. FileMaker Pro Advanced is required for a developer to generate a DDR (Database Design Report) to be used for database analysis. Inspector Pro 3 is priced at US$495 for new customers and is available for purchase and download through Beezwax Datatools (http://www.beezwax.net). A full-feature trial download is available. Current...
Nov 21
Dfx 3 supports Avid 64-bit NLE
The Tiffen Company saysTiffen Dfx 3 digital filter suite is now compatible with Avid 64-bit systems, Media Composer, and Symphony 6.0, as well as NewsCutter 10.0. In addition to 64-bit, the updated Dfx v3 plug-in sports enhanced filter control and adds support for 16 Sony camera models. The software boasts enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images. Version 3.0.5 offers 10  new filters for optical effects, updated host support, interface improvements, and more. The Tiffen Dfx 3 Video/Film plug-in is available today for US$599.95. One Tiffen Dfx Video/Film plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7, and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine. The Tiffen Dfx v3 Photo plug-in is available today at an introductory price of $199.95. One Tiffen Dfx Photo plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple...
Nov 21
Maintain serves up a new Cocktail for Lion users
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.0.3, the latest version of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for Mac OS X 10.7.2 ("Lion"). The update adds the "Show user Library directory" setting and ability to set Time Machine backup interval. It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. Cocktail 5.0.2 (Lion Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7.1. Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. The license is valid for both Lion and Snow Leopard editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and doesn't...
Nov 18
New Apple board member awarded 142 restricted shares
According to a form filed with the SEC, Disney CEO Robert Iger received as part of his new position on Apple's board of directors 142 restricted shares that vest next February, reports "CNNMoney." At Apple's closing price of $388.83 Tuesday, the day the shares were issued, the grant was worth $55,213.86 That's comparable to the grants offered other Apple directors. When Andrea Jung joined the board in January 2008, she received 3,000 restricted shares, but those shares had a strike price ($180.05) and took three years to become totally vested. Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/18/disneys-chairman-gets-his-apple-s... . Earlier this week it was announced that Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, will join Apple’s board and will serve on the audit committee. He's also a member of the board of directors for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Iger became a board member of the US-China Business Council...
Nov 18
HP, Dell, Acer, others throwing in the towel on tablets?
HP, Dell, Acer and Asustek are giving up on the tablet market, basically conceding it to Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed sources from "upstream supply chains." "With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at US$199 and Barnes & Noble to provide its upcoming Nook Simple Touch at a price of US$99, the pure hardware players are unlikely to profit from the market through price competition," says "DigiTimes. "... The sources pointed out that although iPad 2 is also seeing strong demand from consumers, sales were lower than those of iPad, indicating that consumers' strong enthusiasm for tablet PCs has already disappeared."
Nov 18
Apple accuses Amazon of false advertising
Apple, which has sued Amazon over its use of the term "App Store," has expanded the scope of its lawsuit to include claims of false advertising related to the launch this week of the Internet retailer's tablet, reports "CNET." The amended complaint alleges that since the Android tablet was unveiled in September, Amazon has begun altering its "Amazon Appstore for Android" moniker to de-emphasize the "for Android" suffix in ads for the device. "Amazon's use is also likely to lessen the goodwill associated with Apple's App Store service and Apple products designed to utilize Apple's App Store service by associating Apple's App Store service with the inferior qualities of Amazon's service," Apple claimed in the filing. Read more at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57327336-93/apple-adds-false-advertisin... .
Nov 18
Apple posts Xcode 4.2.1
Apple released Xcode 4.2.1, an update of its developer tools. It's a maintenance update that fixes several bugs. Xcode 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.
Nov 18
VMWare Fusion gets faster, offers improvements for Lion
VMWare (http://www.vmware.com) has updated VMware Fusion, software that lets you run Windows on a Mac without rebooting, to version 4.1. Graphics with Internet Explorer 9 are up to 6x faster after the Microsoft fix combined with the latest software. According to the folks at VMWare, the other features of VMWare 4.1 are: ° Full screen compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Like other full screen Lion applications, a VMware Fusion virtual machine will move to a new space when using a single display. If you're using multiple displays, making a virtual machine full screen will take the whole display but not create a new space. This allows working in Mac applications on one display while the virtual machine can make full use of the other. ° The full menu bar is now accessible from full screen mode in both Snow Leopard and Lion. VMWare added a short delay in showing the menu, which allows users to access the top of the virtual machine screen. This is particularly useful when running...
Nov 18
Apple the brand to beat this holiday season
As Black Friday and the holiday season approaches, Apple appears to be the consumer electronics brand to beat. A recent Nielsen survey (http://www.nielsen.com) shows kids’ holiday gaming and electronics appetites are whet by a number of top-selling Apple devices -- with the iPad leading the pack. Consistent with U.S. kids’ 2010 wish lists, the iPad is the most desired consumer electronic among kids ages 6-12 for holiday 2011. In fact, the iPad increases its stronghold, with nearly half (44%) of kids expressing interest in the product, up from 31% in 2010. Two other popular Apple devices -- the iPod touch (30%) and iPhone (27%) -- round out kids’ top three, with computers and other tablet brands each appealing to a quarter of younger consumers. Among consumers ages 13 and older, appeal for the iPad (24%) has also broadened relative to last year (18%), and exceeds that of computers (18%), 2010’s top item. Further, it appears the iPad has successfully paved the way for other tablet...
Nov 18
WinOnX runs Windows apps on Macs for $4.99
WinOnX is a new utility from NES Software that lets users run Microsoft Windows applications on Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$4.99 and is available in the Mac App Store. A video demonstration of WinOnX is available at http://www.winonx.com/video . Once WinOnX is installed, Mac users can run Windows applications with a double-click of an application’s icon, says NES CEO Hisham El-Emam Technically speaking, WinOnX is a Windows emulator and compatibility layer based on the open source Wine project. It manages the communications between Mac OS X and 16- and 32-bit Windows applications written for Windows 2.x and higher.
Nov 18
FireCore Releases aTV Flash for the Apple TV
FireCore has announced the release of aTV Flash (black), a suite of applications to enhance the second generation AppleTV. It costs US$29.95, which includes updates for one year, and can be obtained at http://firecore.com/atvflash-black . aTV Flash (black) empowers the Apple set-top box to do more by adding the abilities to: play additional media formats; surf the web with an HTML5 compatible browser; listen to Last.fm radio; and access Weather forecasts and RSS news feeds. The new Media Player included with aTV Flash (black) can access files directly from a Mac, PC or NAS drive without having to use iTunes. It downloads and organizes metadata and covert art automatically and will present media in your choice of a list or grid view. Supported file formats include AVI, FLAC, ISO, M2TS, MKV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, VOB, WAV and many others. Support for AC3/DTS sound, subtitles, DVD menus, playlists and photo slideshows are also included. Also included is Couch Surfer Pro, a web browser that...
Nov 18
Archivme for Lion is new budgeting, invoicing app
Archivme, a budgeting and invoicing app is now available for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") on the Mac App Store. It costs US$18.99 and is available in the Finance category. Archivme lets you manage bills and personal documents. Features include quick imports and a third-party scanner feature with OCR. With Archivmen's AIRZone feature, your PDF invoices are detected and sorted by categories. Once a receipt or an invoice is added, charts and analytics are automatically updated.
Nov 18
Harman introduces JBL OnBeat Xtreme
Harman International Industries has introduced the US$599 JBL OnBeat Xtreme, a stylized iPad dock that provides "room-filling" sound in a table-top stereo system. The JBL OnBeat Xtreme is optimized for the iPad and iPad 2, yet its rotating dock connector also works with the iPhone and iPod touch. Through Bluetooth wireless speakers, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme connects with an iOS device to play when detached from the dock, as well as with Android smartphones or tablets and wireless MP3 players.   The JBL OnBeat Xtreme can be used for hands-free calling through Apple’s FaceTime or Skype or used for video conference calls. Its speakerphone works with Bluetooth-enabled phones via a built-in microphone, while the sound is enhanced through digital sound processing (DSP) and echo cancellation, says Sachin Lawande, EVP and co-president of Harman’s Lifestyle and Infotainment divisions.   The wireless speakers’ sound emanates from dual Atlas bass drivers and Ridge tweeters optimized by DSP...
Nov 18
Gum Max is new back-up iPad battery
Just Mobile (http://www.xtand.net/) has launched the Just Mobile Gum Max, an US$109.95 back-up battery for the iPad and iPad 2. With 10,400mAh capacity, the aluminium clad Gum Max can fully recharge an iPad and still have juice to spare, according to the folks at Just Mobile. Its USB output allows you to charge multiple smartphones, too. Eight LED power indicators help you keep track of Gum Max’s remaining power. You can recharge from a standard USB port.
Nov 18
Mafia II: Director’s Cut coming to the Mac next month
Feral Interactive says the atmospheric gangster adventure, Mafia II: Director’s Cut, will be released for the Mac (Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher) on Dec. 1. It's rated M for gamers over 17. Developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games for game consoles and PC, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is a specially-created package that includes the standalone version of Mafia II and all of the game's previously released add-on packs and downloadable content.   Here's how the game is described: "Set in post-World War II America, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is an intense, tightly woven story that transports players into the dark and unforgiving world of organized crime. Players control Vito Scaletta, a Sicilian immigrant making a name for himself on the mean streets of Empire Bay. Together with his childhood friend Joe Barbaro, Vito quickly becomes a trusted member of a powerful mob family, but quickly discovers that the life of a wise guy is as dangerous as it is glamorous. "If Vito is to rise from lowly...
Nov 18
SyncMate 3.5 adds compatibility with iOS 5
Eltima Software has released SyncMate 3.5 (http://mac.eltima.com/), a new version of their US$39.95 sync tool for Mac OS X. The main option introduced in the new version is compatibility with iOS 5 and Android 4.x devices. SyncMate 3.5 will sync iCal, Address book, iTunes, iPhoto, folders, bookmarks, notes, and other data between iOS devices and a Mac. Version 3.5 also features non-sync options. For example, you can mount Android devices as Mac disks, manage SMS messages on Mac, export SMS messages to different formats, etc. SyncMate also allows syncing data on Mac with online Google and Dropbox accounts, and offers its own online storage for data backup. All sync with all supported devices is combined into one instance of SyncMate, without the necessity of installing many apps for each synced device.
Nov 18
Perceptive Automation revs Mac home automation server
Perceptive Automation has announced Indigo 5, an update to the company's intelligent home control server for Mac OS X. It now supports a plug-in API [application programming interface] that gives third party developers the ability to add native device types, trigger events, and actions. Built-in plug-ins include access to weather data, AV control, and EasyDAQ relay support. Other new features include a new complex condition editor, user interface improvements, and support for new and updated INSTEON devices. Indigo 5 Pro is available now for US$179.95 and Indigo 5 Lite for $89.95 at the Perceptive Automation website (http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/indigo/index.html). Owners of previous versions of Indigo can get an upgrade discount to Indigo 5. Also available online is a 30-day trial copy of Indigo 5 Pro. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or greater.
Nov 18
djay 4.0 for for the Mac adds Harmonic Match
Algoriddim has released djay 4.0, an update to its DJ app for the Mac. The new version introduces a Harmonic Match feature that enables "music enthusiasts to create the perfect mix." djay for Mac is a music app with a visual interface that enables music lovers to compose beats, DJ a party, create playlists and more. Version 4.0 is optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). With the introduction of the new visual key match wheel, djay automatically registers a song's key and matches it to songs of the same key within an iTunes music library. This integration of harmonic mixing capabilities enables easy mashups that are pitch-perfect, says Karim Morsy, CEO of algoriddim. djay 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$19.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Nov 18
Raidon introduces new internal storage solution
Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has unveiled new, dual-bay 3.5-inch SATA RAID 5/SAS JBOD storage solutions -- the iR2630 and iS2630.   The former supports three 3.5-inch SATA HDD with RAID 0 & 5 functions. It also comes with the standard Raidon hot-swappable design to facilitate HDD installation, management and maintenance during operation. In addition, the iR2630 provides a RS232 port for the integration of information to the system installed. The iS2630 provides three 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDD housing with JBOD function, and offers options of using SAS or SATA hard drive upon various requirements from users. It can be upgraded to a RAID storage solution when collocating a RAID card for desired applications.   The RAIDON 2630 series are structured from the size of two standard 5.25-inch CD-ROMs and can be installed to the industrial control systems or operating servers. For details go to the Raidon website.
Nov 18
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor 5 for Avid systems.
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released its Twixtor 5 plug-in for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter, including 64-bit support for Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10. Twixtor can create slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. The plug-in synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel, says Pete Litwinowicz, president of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. Twixtor 5 costs US$329.95 for new users. You can upgrade to Twixtor 5 from a previous Twixtor for Avid systems version for $82.49.  Volume discounts and a demo are available for download.
Nov 18
Impression for Lion no longer just a plug-in
Blue Crowbar Software has released Impression 2.0, an update to its watermark software for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Impression is no longer just a plug-in for iPhoto and Aperture; it's now a full-featured watermark app that adds lots of new possibilities. You can create the watermark text in the app itself instead of having to use an external app, store different watermarks as presets to re-use them, export the watermarked photos in custom sizes, formats and more. Impressions 2.0 also lets you scale text watermarks without degrading the quality. The watermark can be rotated diagonally. What's more, Impression automatically scales the watermark proportionally to the size of the photo instead of using a fixed size Impression 2.0 is available today on the Mac App Store. From now until the end of November, you can buy the app at an upgrade price of US$9.99. After that, the price will go back to $14.99. The plug-ins for iPhoto and Aperture can be downloaded for free from the Blue Crowbar...
Nov 18
Recosoft updates PDF2Office products
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released PDF2Office Standard 5.2 and PDF2Office SE for iWork 1.1. They've been updated to support application sandboxing. The new versions also offer improved PDF to Office format conversions and PDF to iWork formats conversions. The PDF2Office family of products converts PDF documents to common Office formats, recreating the intended construction and layout of the document. PDF2Office Standard and PDF2Office SE for iWork are available only through the Mac App Store for US$62.99 and $59.99, respectively.
Nov 17
Mac now has 5% global market share, a 15-year high
iOS devices get all the publicity, but the Mac in going strong. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Needham & Company analyst Charles Wolf says Apple saw its worldwide share of the computer market pass the 5% mark for the first time in 15 years due, mainly, to strong gains in Asia. Mac sales in the third quarter of 2011 outpaced the overall computer market for the 22nd straight quarter. Apple's 24.6% growth was much higher than the 5.3% growth in total computer shipments. Apple reported record Mac sales of 4.89 million for the period. According to Wolf, that was enough to push Apple past the "magic 5% mark," up from 4.7% globally in June and 4.4% a year ago. "More impressively, the growth in Mac shipments in the past year represented 20% of the growth in worldwide PC shipments," he said. The Mac saw 25.6% growth in the home market and 43.8% in the business market. Unfortunately, in the education market there was only 2.9% Mac...
Nov 17
Panels shipping for the iPad 3?
Apple has been reportedly controlling iPad 2 panel inventories, which might affect iPad 2 panel shipments for suppliers including Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Chimei Innolux (CMI) in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources." Sales of iPads at the end market totaled 11.12 million units in the third quarter of 2011, according to data released by Apple. However, inventories of parts and components prepared by the makers in the supply chain for the production of iPad 2 in the quarter are sufficient for the production of 15-16 million iPads, leaving a stockpile of 4-5 million units of iPad 2 in the supply chain, notes "DigiTimes." Even as Apple adjusts panel inventory for the iPad 2, Samsung and Sharp began shipping panels for the iPad 3 in October, the article adds. Taiwan-based touch panel makers TPK Holding and Wintek will begin to ship touch panels for the new iPads to the supply chain this month...
Nov 17
Mobile malware on the rise -- especially on the Android platform
In its annual "Malicious Mobile Threats Report, report," the Juniper research group (http://globalthreatcenter.com/?p=2268) found a 400% increase in Android malware from 2009 to the summer of 2010.   The Juniper Global Threat Center found that the months of October and November are shaping up to see the fastest growth in Android malware discovery in the history of the platform. The number of malware samples identified in September increased by 28% over the number of the known Android malware samples. October showed a 110% increase in malware sample collection over the previous month and a striking 171% increase from what had been collected up to July 2011. "The main reason for the malware epidemic on Android is because of different approaches that Apple and Google take to police their application stores," says Juniper. "Android’s open applications store model, which the lacks code signing and an application review process that Apple requires, makes it easy for attackers to distribute...
Nov 17
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2, an update of its video editing app The update fixes issues with file playback related to third-party recording devices, a glitch in which fonts in a title reverted back to the default font after restarting the app and more. Of course, version 10.0.2 includes the improvements of version 10.0.1. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2 can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Nov 17
CrumplePop releases ShrinkRay X for FCP X
CrumplePop has released ShrinkRay X, a tilt-shift effect for Final Cut Pro X. And it's being offered free for one week. After this it will cost US$75. With ShrinkRay X, you can make big scenes appear tiny, whether it's buildings, people, or landscapes. Built from the ground-up for Final Cut Pro X, the effect includes simple on-screen controls and a suite of focal area adjustment tools. With ShrinkRay X, you can add tilt-shift effects to any project by dragging and dropping inside FCP X. There's a mask view to more quickly see which areas within your frame are blurred and in focus Three Focus/Blur Patch tools help clean up the frame and create photorealistic focus areas, ShrinkRay X offers control over blur magntitude, orientation, and falloff. You can instantly play back a preview after you've applied the effect. ShrinkRay X supports all codecs, resolutions and frame rates supported by Final Cut Pro X. ShrinkRay X works in Final Cut Pro X only on Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Users who...
Nov 17
Harman serves up JBL Jembe desktop speakers
Harman International Industries has released the JBL Jembe desktop speakers, a compact and lightweight system. The speakers were built with patented JBL Slipstream port technology, which improves performance by delivering full bass with minimum distortion, says Sachin Lawande, executive vice president, chief technology officer and co-president, Lifestyle and Infotainment.   The JBL Jembe speakers were designed for flexibility and portability, as they can be used with a computer or laptop but also as a dynamic two-piece speaker system for digital music players, smartphones and gaming consoles, he adds. Computers and devices such as an iPad, iPod or iPhone connect to the Jembe speakers through a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary output, while a separate headphone jack allows for private listening.   The Jembe speakers feature the JBL Weave design and come in black. They measure 4-3/16 x 4-3/16 x 5-5/16 inches and have a volume control knob on top of one speaker for adjustments. Power controls...
Nov 17
XtremeMac's Tango Bar tangoes onto the Mac
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has released the Tango Bar, a 10-watt amplified speaker, with a single USB connection for both power and audio, that connects to any Mac computer or PC. Featuring a slim design, the Tango Bar is built to fit beneath an iMac or Cinema Display. It sports six speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers and passive radiators. Additional connections include headphone output, line-in jack and optional sub-out port. The Tango Bar is available now in the US for $99.99 at Apple.com, Amazon.com and XtremeMac.com .
Nov 17
ClamCase introduces new iPad 2 keyboard case
ClamCase (http://www.ClamCase.com) has launched the US$149 white ClamCase for the iPad 2.  It features a white, high-grade plastic shell, a hinge, and a scissor-action, chiclet style keyboard. Its matte white shell serves as the front-line against fingerprints and scratches, as well as dents and dings. The ClamCase boasts a full QWERTY keyboard with 14 special keys.
Nov 17
TP-Link rolls out new wireless, portable routers
TP-LINK, a provider of networking products, has announced two new Portable Wireless N Routers designed to provide high-speed Internet access anywhere you go. Both routers can connect tablet computers, smart phones, portable gaming consoles, and other mobile electronic devices while on-the-go. The new 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router can be used to create an instant Wi-Fi hotspot by plugging in an Ethernet cable from your existing network or modem. The US$29.99 device lets you expand your wireless network for the use of Wi-Fi enabled laptops, mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and more. The Mini Pocket Router operates as an access point to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from a wired source. It also functions as a wireless router, range extender or wireless bridge. The cube design is small enough to fit into your pocket and plugs right into an electrical outlet. The $39.99 Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router (pictured) connects to the Internet via 3G cellular networks -- the same...
Nov 17
Belkin releases LiveAction camera app, accessories
Belkin has announced LiveAction Camera accessories for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as a free LiveAction app. The app features an on-screen interface to upload photos and videos directly onto Facebook or into an email without having to open another program. It also allows you to capture still photos while simultaneously recording video of the same content. Separate photo and video buttons let you switch modes right on screen. In addition to working in conjunction with Belkin’s LiveAction Camera products, the LiveAction app can also be used alone as the primary camera app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$49.9 LiveAction Camera Grip (pictured) is designed to transform an iPhone or iPod touch into a traditional digital camera. It sports a contoured, soft-touch design and external shutter button. The Camera Grip attaches to the charge connector of the device and fits over most cases. The integrated tripod mount attaches to any standard tripod for more stabilized control....
Nov 17
V-MODA unveils limited edition metal headphones
V-MODA (http://www.V-MODA.com) has unveiled the latest in its Live Play series -- the over-ear Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones. Users can choose from an array of over 12 colors of interchangeable ear shields that can also be professionally etched with their own artwork and logos, letters or numbers. V-MODA's endorse yourself program is also available to existing V-MODA Crossfade series customers. A refinement to the critically acclaimed sound of the Crossfade LP, the heart of the Crossfade LP2’s Live PlayTM sound signature is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers and V-PORT 3D staging, says says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. This innovative driver displacement is energy efficient yet can recreate the sound of multiple drivers with the quality and consistency of a single driver, he adds. The driver’s diaphragm is constructed of a harder inner ring for mids and highs and a soft outer ring dedicated to deep bass extension. The Crossfade LP2 is fine-tuned...
Nov 17
SwitchEasy offers Avant-garde series of iPhone cases
SwitchEasy (http://www.switcheasy.com) has launched its Avant-garde series of cases (the Blossom, Chateau, Clockwork and PLANK) for iPhone 4/ iPhone 4 users. The cases sport a sculptural design for enhanced tactile and grip sensation for added protection and an UltraFrame made from polycarbonate. The boast complete protection with headphone jack and connector protectors included. The Avant-garde cases come in a variety of colors and styles. The suggested retail price of each case is US$34.99.
 

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