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Dec 07
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 2.0 and Solution Park
CS Odessa has introduced ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which now gives business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more. The latest ConceptDraw Office suite release is being launched in tandem with the new ConceptDraw Solution Park online resource center. Central to the US$499 ConceptDraw Office 2.0 suite is the new ConceptDraw Solution Browser. Through the browser, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution. Version 2.0 also enhances integration of the suite’s ConceptDraw MindMap for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw Project project management software, and ConceptDraw Pro for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. For example, a user can brainstorm in ConceptDraw MindMap and then click once to...
Dec 06
Apple shares hit 52-week high
Apple shares have hit a new 52-week high, at US$322.33, up roughly 52% this year, on volume of roughly 14 million shares, below average volume of roughly 16 million. The company’s market capitalization is over $294 billion, $64 billion more than Microsoft, and about $65 billion from touching Exxon Mobile's market cap, notes "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/06/apple-hits-new-52-we...).
Dec 06
'Consumer Reports' names AT&T as worst cell phone...
AT&T is now the worst-rated cell-phone service carrier according to a new survey of "Consumer Reports" readers. ANd U.S. Cellular, a regional carrier that provides service in 26 states, beat out the long-standing top provider Verizon Wireless with outstanding marks for value, voice service and customer support.  The full article also features carrier ratings in 23 metropolitan markets and is in the January 2011 issue of "Consumer Reports" and at http://www.ConsumerReports.org . In this year’s version of an annual "Consumer Reports" survey on cell-phone carriers, more than 58,000 ConsumerReports.org subscribers weighed in about their service and customer support experiences with contract and no-contract providers.  AT&T was the only carrier whose scores for overall satisfaction dropped significantly since last year. Verizon Wireless remains among the better performers, but Sprint has pulled even with the carrier in overall satisfaction. The carrier actually even scored better...
Dec 06
Forster + Partners hired to build 'City of Apple'
According to "El Economista" (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout...), a Spanish-language financial daily paper -- and as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/06/norman-foster-to-build-city-of-ap...), Apple CEO Steve Jobs has hired Forster + Partners to designed what the paper calls the "City of Apple" on the 150-acre parcel of commercial real estate Apple has accumulated across town from its Cupertino campus at Infinite Loop. Forster + Partners (http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Practice/Default.aspx) is an architectural firm based in the United Kingdom. The practice is led by its founder and chairman, Norman Foster, and has constructed several famous glass-and-steel buildings. Among other projects, they designed the Hermitage Plaza in France, the Arsta Bridge in Sweden, an addition to the Joslyn Art Museum in the U.S., and the Hongkong and Shangia Bank Headquarters in Hong Kong. Jobs is paying extraordinary...
Dec 06
REALbasic styled text to HTML solution adds embedded image...
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has announced an update to its PWStyleHTMLField. In addition to giving REALbasic developers a solution for converting styled text into HTML, the version 1.0.6 update allows embedding images in HTML email messages, and offers built-in Undo functionality. There are also improvements for editing text in Windows and for displaying multi-byte text. Developers can download a free compiled demo application that demonstrates the capabilities of PWStyleHTMLField. The application, available in both Macintosh and Windows versions, includes complete documentation for the PWStyleHTMLField and its associated classes. It's available at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . Developers can also request a time-limited demo project for testing in their own Real Studio or REALbasic projects. Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField in compiled applications are US$50.
Dec 06
Google launches its own eBookstore
Google has announced that Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore (http://books.google.com/ebooks). Google says the eBookstore will be compatible with a variety of devices are compatible with Google eBooks, including iOS devices. With the new Google eBooks Web Reader, you can buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Apple and Apple devices will make it possible to shop and read on the go. For many books you can select which font, font size, day/night reading mode and line spacing suits you -- and pick up on the page where you left off when switching devices. Google says its eBookStore sports more than three million titles, including bestsellers like James Patterson’s "Cross Fire" and Jonathan Franzen’s "Freedom" to classics like "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Gulliver’s Travels." Most titles are priced at US$12.99.
Dec 06
Unified Color Technologies releases HDR Express
Unified Color Technologies, which specializes in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), has released HDR Express, a tool specifically designed to meet the requirements of professional photographers and photo enthusiasts who are new to HDR software. On the Mac platform, it's compatible with Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher. With HDR Express, Unified Color has automated some of the most complex aspects of HDR photography and replaced the traditional HDR workflow with an alternative for creating the most realistic HDR renderings possible making this once-complicated process accessible to even the most novice user, according to Unified Color Technologies CEO Alfred Zee. The software automates key aspects of the HDR production process, such as tone mapping and halo elimination. After merging the multiple exposures required for the HDR process into a 32-bit image, the user interface presents an animated exposure range preview of the HDR image along with five tone mapping preset options. For the...
Dec 06
FaCILISI introduces Holiday Season Pages templates for Mac OS X...
FaCILISI (http://www.facilisi.com/) has introduced Holiday Season iWork Pages Templates for the iWork app for both Mac OS X and iPad. The professionally designed, editable templates enable the creation of holiday brochures, newsletters and postcards for the Pages users. There are over 100 templates from which to choose. Pages users only need to add their own text and pictures to create documents for the holiday season. All templates are editable; users can change fonts, colors, sizes, etc. Graphics that were created with Pages are also editable. The Holidays Templates will be available during the holiday season only. iWork Pages Templates are compatible with Pages '08 and '09. iPad Pages Templates are compatible with Pages iPad. The templates are available individually for US$0.99.
Dec 06
WeatherSnoop 2.0 for Mac OS X adds graphing capabilities
Tee-Boy has announced WeatherSnoop 2.0 (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. Version 2.0 features graphing capabilities for analysis and trending of weather values, and adds support for the Peet Brothers ULTIMETER 100/800/2000/2100 weather station and the RainWise MKIIICC-LR computer interface. You can select the value and the range to view your data with just a click of the mouse. Also featured in WeatherSnoop 2.0 is support for two professional weather stations: the Peet Bros. ULTIMETER 100/800/2000/2100 and the RainWise MKIIICC-LR computer interface. WeatherSnoop is available for US$59.99 (USD), with a Lite version available for $19.99. A demo is available for download.
Dec 06
Mac App Store to launch in one week?
Appletell (http://www.appletell.com/apple/comment/appletell-exclusive-mac-app-store...), quoting an "insider source," says Apple is targeting a Monday, Dec. 13, launch of the Mac App Store. Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6, and will be built into next year's Mac OS X Lion.
Dec 06
Analyst: Verizon, Apple strike iPhone deal
It's been a few days, so it's time for another iPhone-at-Verizon rumor. According to a report to clients from Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/06/Report-apple-has-cut-a-sweet-deal...), Apple got the terms it wanted from Verizon for the version of the iPhone expected to be released by the carrier in early 2011. Citing industry and supply channel checks, Wu writes that he is "picking up that iPhone economics to Apple are likely to be favorable, similar to that offered by AT&T." "This is important, as many, including ourselves, have been concerned that VZ iPhone economics could be less favorable given the strength of Android and higher cost of components, particularly those associated with CDMA," the analyst says.  
Dec 06
Native Instruments introduces Abbey Road Modern Drums
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced Abbey Road Modern Drums, a new instrument developed together with the British recording studios. Providing two high-end drum kits for use in the free Kontakt Player and the Kontakt 4 sampler, Abbey Road Modern Drums gives musicians and producers access to drum sounds for contemporary music production of any genre. Abbey Road Modern Drums complements the previous 60s, 70s and 80s installments, and is based on two drum kits that are a staple of modern studio productions -- a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series "White Kit" and a Pearl Reference "Sparkle Kit." It's further expanded with various cymbals from Sabian and Zildjian, as well as three snare drum options each. Abbey Road Modern Drums touts up to 27 velocity layers per instrument with over 40,000 overall samples. The user interface offers control over all articulation, sound shaping, mixing and routing functions. Randomization can add subtle nuances to the tone and...
Dec 06
Mac App Store to launch in one week?
Appletell (http://www.appletell.com/apple/comment/appletell-exclusive-mac-app-store...), quoting an "insider source," says Apple is targeting a Monday, Dec. 13, launch of the Mac App Store. Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6, and will be built into next year's Mac OS X Lion.
Dec 06
Strategy Analytics: iPad faces pricing challenge
Two-thirds of potential iPad buyers expect to pay less than US$500 or 500 Euros, according to a survey of 4,800 US and European consumers conducted by Strategy Analytics’ (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) "Tablet and Touchscreen Strategies" service. With iPad retail pricing starting at $499 in the US, price is likely to present Apple with its first major hurdle as it seeks to sustain the iPad’s early success, according to the research group. The report concludes that competitors may gain tablet market share by targeting consumers’ price expectations, and that Apple will eventually be forced to offer lower priced iPads. The study, “Apple's iPad: Users, Buying Intentions and Price Expectations,” also found that iPad users are not simply hardcore Apple fans: many continue to use mobile phones and computers from other brands, and still feel positively towards them. Only 22% of iPad users also use an iPhone, for example. The survey also offers g evidence that other technology firms such...
Dec 06
The Plugin Site releases FocalBlade 2 for MacOS X
The Plugin Site (http://www.thepluginsite.com) released version 2 of its FocalBlade plug-in for Mac OS X. It's a sharpening plug-in for Photoshop and other compatible applications. FocalBlade 2 also reduces noise and produces blur, soft focus and special effects. It supports one, two and three pass sharpening workflows, incorporates modes for various tasks and experience levels offering interactive explanations for each feature. FocalBlade even batch process images with the help of actions or scripts. FocalBlade 2 purportedly renders 10 to 100 times faster than version 1 (depending on the used settings and CPU). It supports multiple sharpening workflows and various output devices. FocalBlade 2 is now fully scripting aware and supports smart filtering in Photoshop CS4 and CS5. FocalBlade 2 achieves better sharpening effects with less artifacts through improved edge masking and halo reduction. It now allows sharpening radiuses of up to 32 pixels. To further reduce sharpening problems...
Dec 06
SQLLiteManager adds table editor with foreign key support
SQLabs has updated SQLLiteManager (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqlitemanager.php), a SQLite database manager tool for Mac OS X and Windows, to version 3.6. The upgraded features a new table editor with foreign key support and a low level SQlite, three-database analyzer. SQLiteManager is a graphical user interface (GUI) database manager for SQLite databases. it allows you to open and work with SQALite 2.x, SQLite 3.x, in memory databases and REALSQL Server databases. It allows you to create and browse tables, views, triggers and indexes. SQLLiteManager enables you to insert, delete and update records and supports arbitrary SQL commands. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A SQLiteManager single license is US$49, and a $20 discount coupon code is available for SQLiteManager 1.x registered users. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. SQLLiteManager is a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Dec 06
Password Repository update improves the category dialog editor
Tension Software has updated Password Repository ("http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.2. The upgrade improves the category dialog editor, now it correctly scrolls on new created row. It also improves field editor, now it correctly select the first field creating the first row in a new document. Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Dec 06
Optique SMS Salon software ready for the Mac
OptiqueSMS Salon Software (http://www.optiquesms.com) is now ready for Mac users in the U.S. and Canada. It's salon management software program for luxury boutique owners, hair, beauty and nail salons, spa resort operators and esthetic retail shops. Features include: point-of-sale (with split commission; shared commission and or family sale); service and product history; daily sales review; end-of-day cash-out; automatic payroll; a time card system; client gift certification and gift card system; and fixed, progressive and sharing commission. Pricing starts at US$699 for a single-user license. A license for up to three people is $999 and up to six people is $1,299. An unlimited user license costs $1,599. OptiqueSMS offers competitive upgrades from competing products; also, custom development is available at extra cost.
Dec 06
RunRev introduces way to create iPhone/iPad apps

Runtime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has introduced what it says is the fastest way to create applications for iPhone and iPad with its LiveCode Deployment Pack for iOS. The new LiveCode for iOS lets software developers create applications for deployment to the Apple App Store using a tool that works across every major computing platform -- mobile, Web, Mac, PC, Linux and server. The new iOS Deployment Pack is a part of the LiveCode development platform, which includes individual solutions for desktop and web development, multiple users and other requirements.   As a cross-platform development solution, LiveCode for iOS allows developers to use the same code to deploy to multiple mobile platforms, while taking advantage of the many OS-specific features on each device, says RunRev CEO Kevin Miller. LiveCode pricing begins at US$99 for a one-seat, personal use license, including LiveCode development for iPhone/iPad. Commercial iOS development packs begin at $499. Additional...
Dec 03
Apple sued for age discrimination
Another day, another lawsuit. Michael Katz, a Florida man in his 60s, has sued Apple, alleging that he was denied promotions when he worked at the company's retail store because of his age, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He claims Apple violating the state's Civil Rights Act, as he believes he was subjected to discrimination based on his age. The complaint, filed this week, seeks damages in excess of US$15,000. "AppleInsider" says Katz began working as a Mac specialist at the Apple store at Millennia Mall in Orlando in March 2006, when he was 60 years old. In his lawsuit, he says he expressed his desire to be promoted to the title of "Creative." In his tenure at the Apple store, there were "several" openings for creatives at the store, and Katz claims he applied each time but was denied the position. Those who were selected for the job were at least 15 years younger than him, he said.
Dec 03
Analyst foresees digital TV, pico projector for the iPhone 5
Ticonderga Securities analyst Brian White said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that suppliers tell him that mobile digital TV and miniature embedded pico projectors are poised to become major selling features in future smartphones such as the iPhone 5. "Watching local TV stations on a smartphone could be an attractive option for some consumers," White says. "Additionally, an embedded pico projector allows users to project a slide presentation or video on a wall or other surface in large size, which makes sense for the iPhone 5 in our view, as Apple seeks to expand the features in the next-generation iPhone." In addition, the analyst says he could see the features also appearing in a future hardware update to the iPad, allowing users to have an "even richer experience."
Dec 03
'PC World': MacBook Air performs worse than similarly...
Lab tests prove that many Windows 7 laptops having a similar price offer better performance than the 2010 MacBook Air models, reports "PC World." "The numbers show that many Windows notebooks that carry a similar price tag outperform the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models we tested," the article says. "Other differences show up, too. Many of the better-performing Windows laptops are bigger and heavier than the Air, and some have poorer battery life. But if you’re interested in getting the most pop possible for your buck, it’s clear that the MacBook Air isn’t the best way to go." You can read the details of their test at http://www.pcworld.com/article/211930/macair_tested2.html?tk=rss_news .
Dec 03
Apple, publishers still disagree on mag app subscription details
Apple and the publishing industry haven’t been able to come to terms over magazine app subscriptions for the iPad. According to "All Things D" (http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101203/apple-publishers-still-miles-ap...), publishers want the ability to sell the subscriptions themselves, or at least the opportunity to hang on to subscribers’ personal data, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs is opposed to that. The article -- quoting "publishing sources" -- says here’s what Apple is offering publishers, according to publishing sources: ° The ability to sell app subscriptions through iTunes. ° Seventy percent of the revenue from each sale. ° The ability to offer an opt-in form for subscribers that would ask them for a limited amount of information: name, mailing address, email address.
Dec 03
comScore: Apple has 24.6% of US smartphone market
Approximately 60.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in October, up 14% from the preceding three-month period, representing one out of mobile subscribers, accodring to a new report by the comScore research group (http://www.comscore.com). RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 35.8% hare of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.6% share (up 0.8 percentage points). Google Android saw another month of strong growth, rising 6.5 percentage points to capture 23.5% of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 9.7% of smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 3.9%. Despite losing share to Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow, according to comScore.
Dec 03
XILS Lab releases PolyKB II
XILS Lab (http://www.xils-lab.com/) has launched the PolyKB mk II, the recreation of a very polyphonic synthesizer released in the 80's. The PolyKB II is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer based on two waveform morphing, aliasing free oscillators and a self oscillating four poles low pass filter. The oscillators take a large part of the sound of this synthesizer while the filter recreating a standard analog chip of the 80's (with the help of very complete modulation sections), allows the PolyKB II to create "incredibly warm sounds from gorgeous basses to slowly evolving pads, through aggressive leads and thin crystal keyboards as well as a huge range of incredible special effects that all sound designers will love to use," according to the folks at XILS Lab. Through Dec. 19, the new PolyKB II Synthesizer will be sold at introductory price of US$89 (it's normally $199) or as part of the "Ultimate XILS-Lab bundle" sold during the same period at $189 (normally $398). The PolyKB II is...
Dec 03
Analyst: Apple will sell 32 million iPads in fiscal 2011
The iPad will cause nearly 50% of all growth for Apple in fiscal year 2011, according to Caris & Company analyst Robert Cihra. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- he calls Apple's growth "stunning." In the December quarter, Cihra expects Apple to sell 6.7 million iPads. He has also projected the sale of 32 million iPads in fiscal year 2011, accounting for more growth in Apple's bottom line than the iPhone.
Dec 03
OWC iMac upgrade program now offers 3TB hard drive
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2010, 27-inch now offers iMac owners the option to upgrade the hard drive to a 3.0TB model. That's a 50% storage capacity increase over the 2.0TB factory option. This new storage capacity option joins existing upgrade program choices: ° Adding up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs for up to a total of 1.44TB capacity; up to 5.5X higher than the factory SSD option; ° Adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, and/or adding up to 16GB RAM with savings up to 81% versus factory options. The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48-business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s warranty coverage.
Dec 03
Apple-Motorola legal battle now involves 42 patents
There are now 42 patents involves in the ongoing legal brouhaha between Apple and Motorola. Apple now alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining 3 with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad and iPod), reports "Foss Patents" (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/apple-vs-motorola-now-42-patents...). Litigation between the two companies takes place in several different federal courts -- primarily the Western District of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Florida -- as well as before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), the article adds. Last week it was announced that Apple's patent claims against Motorola will be reviewed by the ITC, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S. The ITC will determine if Motorola is infringing Apple patents and whether it should rule to block U.S....
Dec 03
No demos, betas on the Mac App Store
Following Thursday night’s seeding of a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Apple updated its Developer News site (http://developer.apple.com/news/) with a few tips for developers to consider before trying to submit their Mac apps for approval. "MacStories" (http://www.macstories.net/mac/apple-confirms-no-demos-in-the-mac-app-store/) notes that, among these tips Apple has confirmed that demos, trial versions and beta software is off limits for the Mac App Store . The company says: "Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps." Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you...
Dec 03
EA VP: Apple has 'good chance to succeed' with a game...
Apple would have a "relatively good chance to succeed" if it tried to take on Sony and Microsoft in the video game console market, according to Electronic Arts Vice President Patrick Soderlund, who fielded questions from "CVG" (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=278837) about the future of the games industry and those competing in it. He said that anyone else but Apple would find it very hard to compete with PlayStation and Xbox. "CVG" asked Soderlund what would happen if Apple were to make a move into mainstream gaming and tried challenge the big two with a console of its own. "If it was anyone but Apple, I'd say that's going to be very hard," he replied. "I still think it's going to be extremely hard for them but they've surprised many people before. Look at what they did with the iPhone, right? They are a truly brilliant company so I would give them a relatively good chance to succeed if they tried."
Dec 03
TrendNet releases 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has released the US$69.99 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB, which is designed to provide a high performance wireless connection for all networked media center devices. The 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge connects a Ethernet-ready gaming console, network television, receiver, media controller, and DVR to a lag-free high-speed wireless n network, says Sonny Su, technology director of Trendnet. There's no need to place your media center near a hardwired Internet connection-cut the cables and experience the high definition connection quality of the Wireless N Media Bridge, he adds. Users who have a router with a WPS button require practically no setup. Power up the TEW-640MB, press the WPS button on your router, then the WPS button on the TEW-640MB, and it's connected to your router and the Internet. Finally, network media center devices to the four Ethernet ports on the back of the TEW-640MB for instant Internet access. Su says advanced...
Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/) has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99. The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper. The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.
Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view
DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie. DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as...
Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac
Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15. Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Dec 03
PowerProduction Software updates StoryBoard Quick
PowerProduction Software has updated StoryBoard Quick -- software for visually planning media projects -- to version 6, adding new screenwriting software imports including support for Final Draft fdx format. "This version offers new and more artwork, simplicity and speed to every task," says Jeff Walsh, vice president of Product Management at PowerProduction Software. "By streamlining the digital workflow for the professionals, and enabling beginning videographers to plan projects, StoryBoard Quick 6 brings new vitality to the essential process of storyboarding for pre-production.” StoryBoard Quick integrates with screenwriting applications such as Final Draft, Screenwriter , Montage, Storyist, etc. and batched image imports. It's designed for pre-production planning for projects and lets you compose your shots using the ready-made art as well as enabling the layering and compositing of integrated artwork with imported photos. Other new features in version 6 include import from...
Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac
Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15. Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Dec 03
Mophie announces juice pack plus for the iPhone 4
Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) has announced the the juice pack plus, an US$99.95 enhanced capacity iPhone 4 battery case that will purportedly more than double the time iPhone users have to rock, talk and surf. The plus is mophie’s second rechargeable external battery case designed for the iPhone 4, and has a 2,000 mAh battery capacity, the largest of any juice pack case produced to date. In keeping with mophie’s award-winning juice pack design, the juice pack plus is ultra-thin and light-weight, providing protection and now even more power for the iPhone 4 while adding only 1mm of thickness when compared to the original juice pack air design, says Susan Schedel, vice president of sales and marketing for mophie. The juice pack plus boasts a 2,000 mAh charging capacity, offering iPhone 4 power users with more than double the battery life on-the-go. It features enhanced design elements including a dual injected rubber grip for extra hold, says Schedel.
Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/) has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99. The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper. The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.
Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view
DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie. DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as...
Dec 02
Analyst: Apple to continue mobile market domination
Based on continued strong sell-through trends for Apple's iPad and iPhone, Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley told clients -- as reported by "CIO Insight" (http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Latest-News/Apple-Mobile-Market-Domination...) -- that he thinks Apple will maintain both market and value share leadership in the mobile device market. Walkley's report maintained the firm's "buy" rating for the company, and noted strong sell-through indication trends for iPads with growing distribution and improved supply. As a result, Walkley increased his iPad unit estimates from 5 million to 6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Dec 02
Apple discontinues wired version of its compact keyboard
Apple has "quietly discontinued" its compact wired keyboard, and only offers the full-size wired option on its store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). You can still get the wireless version of the compact keyboard. Apple still sells its full-size wired keyboard with numeric keypad for US$49. It also sells the wireless keyboard, without a numeric keypad, for $69. While the wired compact keyboard is no longer available from Apple's store, it can still be purchased through Amazon for $46.99, notes "AppleInsider."
Dec 02
Europe's telecoms reducing iPhone subsidies?
Sanford Bernstein’s European telecoms analyst Robin Bienenstock told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/02/apple-europes-teleco...) -- that although the fear of Apple creating an easily unlocked SIM card has faded Europe’s wireless operators have moved ahead with reductions in the subsidy they provide to the iPhone. Bienenstock has observed a €40 to €150 reduction in iPhone subsidies “in the largest iPhone markets." In essence, the carriers sensed Apple was seeking to play them against one another even more, in a “prisoner’s dilemma,” and they have been spooked, says Bienenstock. She also notes promotions for the iPhone have disappeared from the carriers’ home pages, and that “ceilings have fallen on tariffs across Europe.”
Dec 02
No Starch Press releases 'My New iPad, Second Edition'
No Starch Press has released "My New iPad, Second Edition" by Wallace Wang. The 384-page, US$24.95 book is for "new iPad owners in need of guidance." The book shows readers how to do useful and entertaining things with their iPad, like surf the Internet, send email, listen to music, take notes, read ebooks, and play with photos. This second edition has been updated with a chapter on troubleshooting and revised to cover the new features introduced in iOS 4.x, including multitasking, folders, printing, and much more. Wang s the author of several computer books, including "My New Mac," "My New iPhone" and "Steal This Computer Book" (all No Starch Press). He's also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and performs regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price
A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/). Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be. Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.
Dec 02
Ping lands exclusive Michael Jackson song
In a new promotional effort to generate interest for its Ping music social networking service, Apple has landed an exclusive track from the late pop star Michael Jackson, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). The song, from the forthcoming album "Michael," is called "Much Too Soon." The newly released song from the "King of Pop" can be streamed within iTunes by accessing Ping, and navigating to the official Michael Jackson account. Ping, introduced with iTunes 10, is a new social network for music designed to let users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. You can check out photos and videos your favorite artists have posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.
Dec 02
Analyst: Apple could more than double sales by 2015
Apple could more than double its sales by 2015 to $200 billion, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to clients -- as reported by "MobileBeat" (http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/02/apple-analyst-200-billion-prediction/?...). According to his projections, this would come mainly on the growth of iPhone sales, from a forecast of 36 million in 2010 to 185 million in 2015. The iOS will share a large part of the market with Google’s rival Android operating system, squeezing out smaller players like BlackBerry and Symbian, and should have more than a quarter of the smartphone market by 2015, says Munster. He thinks that Apple will also benefit from its range of devices, from the iPod touch, which is popular with younger users as a music and games device, to the iPhone, to the iPad, which is better-received by older users.
Dec 02
iGuard 1.0 announced for Snow Leopard
Kapeli (http://kapeli.com) has announced iGuard 1.0, its first Mac App Store-exclusive application. Even though Mac OS X is already protected from most threats, iGuard adds an extra layer of security and will protect users from hackers that could gain remote access to their Mac, according to the folks at Kapeli. The app keeps an eye on the currently active user sessions and warns the user of any threat. It allows users to detect any unauthorized access to their system and stop it. Users only have to enable its AutoProtect feature, which will run iGuard quietly in the background. iGuard will then notify the user in case of any threats. iGuard will be available for US$1.99 (USD) on the Mac App Store. Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Mac OS X Lion and the Mac App Store at an Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says....
Dec 02
Apple TV users report rental, HDMI 'handshake' issues
Early adopters of the new Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing "HDMI handshakes" between the new Apple TV and their HDTVs. reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Several discussion threads on Apple's support forums related to issues with HD rentals not loading and HDMI connectivity problems have reached hundreds of posts in length as increasing numbers of Apple TV owners report having trouble with the device, the article adds. Another Apple support thread details potential compatibility issues between Apple TV and a number of HDTV sets. Users report frequent "HDMI handshakes" between their television sets and Apple TV, with the picture returning with inverted colors. A user-compiled list of TVs affected includes models by Philips and Sony, says "AppleInsider."
Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price
A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/). Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be. Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.
Dec 02
onOne Software releases Perfect Photo Suite 5.5
onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking and professional photographic effects. With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1 and Perfect Resize 7 (the next generation of Genuine Fractals). With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers will be able to use FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6 and Perfect Resize 7 directly within Lightroom and Aperture without the need for a separate host application. In addition, owners of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will receive Perfect Layers when it becomes available next year. This completely new product provides photographers with the ability to create layered files directly from...
 
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