Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pressure Sensitive Drawing on the iPad [Video]

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Ten One Design has released a demo video showing pressure sensitive drawing on the iPad.

The video shows how pen pressure can be used to change the width of a line. Palm rejection capabilities are also demonstrated.

Unfortunately this capability requires use of private APIs which Apple does not allow. They are hopeful that these APIs will soon become public and are planning to release a free software library so anyone can incorporate pressure sensitivity into their app.

Take a look below...

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iTunes Wireless Streaming, Syncing Coming Soon?

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An Apple source has revealed to the BGR that the company will be announcing wireless streaming and syncing for iTunes.

We have been told iTunes will be getting a huge cloud capability that many people have been asking for (and logically thought would happen sooner or later).

These new capabilities are broken down into three groups:
1. Streaming music and movies from Apple’s servers to your computers, devices, etc.
2. Streaming music and movies from your home computers to your other computers, remote devices, etc.
3. Wireless iTunes syncing with devices

The source also says that Apple’s traditional fall event (or maybe even before it) should bring at least “two new devices with camera/camcorder capabilities.”

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Pulse News Reader Now Available for the iPhone

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The Pulse News reader for iPad has been released in mini form for the iPhone.

Pulse is a clean and visual news reader for the iPhone. It takes in upto 20 news sources that you follow, and creates a visual mosaic of your news. Tap on an article, and you're presented with a cleanly rendered view of the news story.

★ Dashboard: With the dashboard layout, you can continue to browse stories as you read an article.
★ Smart search: No need for complicated RSS 2.0/XML/*#@ feed addresses. All you have to do is enter keywords or source name and we fetch the feed for you. You can add upto 20 sources in this version.
★ Offline sync: No internet? No problem. Pulse loads the news you read, and makes it available wherever you are.
★ Easy share: Found an interesting article? Sharing it via email, facebook, twitter and instapaper is as easy as 2 taps.
★ Stay up to date: Want to read the latest news as soon as its published? With a single tap, you can refresh all your sources instantly without ever leaving the application.

You can purchase Pulse News Mini from the App Store for $2.99.

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Securing Your Files Easier

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Knox makes securing your files easier than ever by making it simple to create encrypted vaults and open them with ease. Knox 2.0.3 brings a 50% reduction in the size of the application, as well as fixes to cut launch time in half and improve operation when running as a menubar application. The "Knox bubble" that brought attention to the menu item after launch has been replaced with a simpler animation, and launching the application in menubar mode no longer shows the Knox icon in the Dock while launching.

Support for Beta builds has also been added to Knox, allowing users to opt-in to the beta program. Users who choose to be on the cutting edge of Knox development can easily stay up-to-date with the latest builds, and provide valuable feedback during the ongoing development of Knox.

This version also fixes an issue that caused users to be unable to turn off the auto-update feature, as well as minor text inconsistencies in the About Knox and Preferences > Version windows.

What's New in Knox 2.0.3:
[NEW] Added support for Beta builds.
[CHANGED] Changed how Knox handles Dock vs Menu mode to prevent the Knox icon from appearing on the Dock temporarily before moving to the main menu.
[CHANGED] Reduced Knox application size by 50%
[CHANGED] No longer showing the "Knox bubble" when launching in the menu bar. Showing a progress throbber instead which is less obvious but should still draw enough attention.
[FIXED] Fixed problem where autoupdater could not be disabled.
[FIXED] Version number now appears correctly in About Knox and Preferences > Version windows.

Pricing and Availability:
A Single User license of Knox is available for $34.95 (USD) and a five-user Family License for $59.95 (USD). A fully functioning, 30-day trial of Knox may be downloaded for free from Agile Web Solutions' Downloads page. Special media licenses are available for members of the press and the blogging community upon request. The 2.0.3 update is free to current licensed users of version 2.0 or higher.

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We are currently posting using our iPhone and will post the video up later today..
*update video posted**
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HP Completes Palm Acquisition, WebOS Tablets in Development

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HP today announced it has completed its acquisition of Palm Inc. at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash.

In the press release HP noted that under Jon Rubinstein, former Palm chairman and chief executive officer, the Palm global business unit will report to Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP.

They also indicated that Palm would be developing webOS tablets:

Palm will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks.

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This might be the only real threat to the iPad, a web os tablet with the backing of hp could be more popular than any palm cellphone ever was...!
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Tension Software Announces Calcline 2.1

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Calcline is the modern algebra calculator written in Cocoa. It can work as a small strip utility window providing an area to input and solve mathematical expressions or as a full size window application using variables and a full report of executed calculations solved step by step. When installed it can be used also as a services from other applications via the services menu, to solve algebraic expression from inside any editor application.

* Evaluates mathematical expressions with parentheses, nested function and variables
* It is easy to use and is the ideal substitute of the old desktop calculator
* The user simply digits an expression and Calcline displays the result
* Variable assignment and reference inside expressions are very easy using an interactive table.
* Variable values are retained over different runs
* If the user likes, expressions are solved step by step showing all the mathematical passages.
* It uses a very small window, expandable if necessary to show additional details.
* It is based on a custom fast calculation engine developed by Tension Software.
* Optimized for Leopard using long double calculation (High precision)

New in this release:
* User interface Improvements
* New menu commands added
* Resolved a problem when inserting non ASCII chars
* Improved Internal calc engine
* Improved memory management
* Various bug fix

Calcline is $ 20 (universal binary)

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Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD 1.0 for iPad

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MADFINGER Games, creators of Samurai: Way of the Warrior for iPhone and iPod touch, today is pleased to announce the release of its HD version, completely re-written for iPad. Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD 1.0 builds on their best-selling hack-and-slash classic, and includes: advanced high-resolution graphics, realistic animation, combination attacks, fatal dismemberments, critical wounds, unity 3D Technology, enhanced AI and a new survival mode only for iPad.

As renowned as the iPhone version is for its stylized manga-like graphics and its bloody gameplay, the HD version takes all the virtues of the original and improves upon them. Carefully crafted comics establish and maintain the story line between battles, lending the action increased drama. The goal of the game is to kill all the enemies in a particular setting, so as to unlock the gate and proceed on to the next stage. The player controls the Samurai with his finger on the touch-screen, moving him in all four directions. Defensively, the player swipes their finger left, right, or up to evade an enemy attack. Swiping in this way over the enemy controls the player's attack. Successfully combining swipes activates powerful combination attacks.

Gameplay is set in the midst of the Japanese Sengoku period, and the player is Daisuke Shimada, a wandering Samurai. It is the most dangerous of times, and Daisuke must ultimately face the evil Daimyo Hattoro, who has spread fear and terror throughout the countryside. Many battles must be won before meeting Daimyo, and Daisuke does battle with enemies in many villages throughout feudal 16th century Japan. There are a great variety of settings in which battles are fought, and highly detailed foliage, bridges, arenas, houses, statues, streets, etc. The game is played from an overhead point of view and both graphics and movement are highly realistic within the stylized motif of the action.

Feature Highlights:
* Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD 1.0 advances the original to new levels of action
* Players have complete control of the noble Samurai who must triumph over evil
* Players control all movement of the Samurai
* Players initiate all offensive and defensive moves
* Advanced Artificial Intelligence provides more realistic movement of characters
* Hyper-realistic blood spatters from every wound
* Graphic fatal injuries, including beheading and splitting in two
* All original music, comics, graphics
* Integrated competition play with AGON Online
* New Dojo only for iPad

In addition to the story mode, the game incorporates a practice or Dojo mode where players can sharpen their skills to master the art of the sword. Aptocore's AGON Online is integrated within the app, providing: online leaderboards, Facebook and Twitter connectivity, friends lists, and a persistent player profiles. The original, Samurai: Way of the Warrior for iPhone and iPod touch, received a host of accolades, including: selected by Apple as one of the Best Games of 2009; Best App Ever Awards 2009 - Best Game Graphics Honorable Mention Award from 148Apps; and number 16 in the Top 100 iPhone Games of All Time from appadvice. The HD version for iPad is not a simple port; it takes advantage of the extra processing horsepower available to provide better animation, graphics, attacks, wounds, and settings.

"Creating console quality games for the iPhone and iPad is incredibly challenging," stated a spokesman for MADFINGER Games. "With the procurement of new financing and our corporate restructuring, we now have the resources necessary to create bold, highly profitable new games."

Pricing and Availability:
Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD 1.0 is $4.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.

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File Tagging Solution

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Houdah Software has announced the release and immediate availability of HoudahSpot 3.0. HoudahSpot is an acclaimed Spotlight front-end for Mac OS X Leopard. With HoudahSpot, users may create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to. This is the first paid upgrade in the history of HoudahSpot. It is a recommended update for all Leopard and Snow Leopard users.

HoudahSpot 3 adds a full set of tools for tagging files as well as for finding tagged files. Tags are non-hierarchical keywords assigned to files. They serve a similar purpose than folders. The crucial difference being that a file may be assigned several tags and be located by any of them.

HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology. It is thus compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications.

The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to the file well to be presented with a window to enter any number of tags. Select tags and double-click to start a search. Hold down the option key while double-clicking to match any of the selected tags.

With HoudahSpot, users may create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to. The results may be shown with any number of columns. The list may be sorted by any attribute imaginable. Users may set up templates for frequently performed searches and save queries for direct access to favorite files. One of HoudahSpot's key features is its extensive customization. Once fully customized, a preferred template may be set as starting point for future queries.

With HoudahSpot's all-in-one interface, results are shown next to the search query. By taking advantage of Mac OS X's unique features, users can issue powerful search queries to the Spotlight engine to zero in on files quickly and easily. And with live editing, user may change search criteria on-the-fly without stopping the running query.

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 3.0 is priced at $30 (USD) for a single-user license.
Student and household licenses are available.
Single-user upgrade pricing is $5 (USD).
The upgrade is free to customers who registered on or after January 1, 2010.

The HoudahSpot 3 upgrade is not offered for download by the automatic update feature built into HoudahSpot 2. We do not want to push customers to install a new version only to find out it requires additional payment. In order to upgrade, current customers need to download the trial version of HoudahSpot 3. It will recognize the existing license and offer to purchase the upgrade from within the application.

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Opera Releases New 10.6 Web Browser

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Today Opera Software released the final version of its 10.60 browser with several new features, more user security and enhanced stability and is now up to 50 percent faster than the previous version.

Some of the new features include:

Geolocation eases the work of putting you on the map by determining your position. To ensure your privacy, you have full control over when this feature is used. To showcase geolocation in action, Opera has created an interactive map to show real-time downloads of the Opera browser. Try it out here.

Built-in video playback with the open WebM format that gives you optimized video right in the browser on all platforms.

Offline applications let you work using web-based applications, without Internet connectivity.

More than 50 percent faster than its predecessor – which was the fastest browser on Earth – in key benchmark tests.

Opera Turbo compresses the data going over your connection up to a factor of two or more, for those congested connections at caf├ęs or a mobile connection at the summerhouse.

Mouse gestures make you a more efficient user when browsing the Web and cuts down time spent on navigating between different webpages.

Built-in search functions give you quick and powerful searches both on the Web and in large webpages.

AVG-supported anti-fraud systems and phishing protection introduced in Opera 10.60.

More improvements
* Appcache: Use in-browser applications such as word processors and spreadsheets even without an Internet connection by storing the necessary files locally.
* More search: Opera 10.60 includes several search engines for the user to choose for themselves. Opera has added the Bing search engine as one of the choices, in addition to the default Google search.
* Search suggestions: With websites such as Wikipedia, get instant search suggestions to complement your search experience.
* Improved design: New design features such as an improved Menu button and icon tabs make day-to-day use of Opera even faster and easier. With the Speed Dial, another Opera first, get to your favorite websites with just a single click of the mouse.

You can download Opera 10.6 free..

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Heated Email Exchange With Steve Jobs Over Reception Issues

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An iPhone 4 customer got into a heated email exchange with Steve Jobs after being asked by an Apple engineer not to post further YouTube videos demonstrating reception issues with the phone.

According to the Boy Genius Report the following email exchange with Steve Jobs then ensued.

[Apple engineer name redacted],

When we spoke, you would not tell me that there is a fix for this phone?

A friend just sent me this:

I assume there is no fix then. If this is legit, I have lost all respect for apple and just want to go back to Verizon and get a nice Android phone. And don’t tell me they have the same issues, all our co-workers with Androids are just mocking us right now…. “Hey, I am going to go in the basement and continue my call. You can use my office on the 2nd floor so you can get a signal”. You are going to kill your brand over one product. Apple is coming off arrogant and rude. If there is no fix just tell people so they can return their phones. We have work to do. I have bought just about every apple product made in the last 20 years and this is the 1st time I am ashamed to be a MAC fan.

This is just sickening,


No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down.

I am really insulted… “Calm down”…. “rumors”… What arrogance. This is will be marked as the begging of the end of Apple. Seriously, DO THE RIGHT THING. I just had dinner with 3 people who had iPhone 4s we all cant make calls without dropping. There is no rumors it is reality.

You are most likely in an area with very low signal strength.

Stop with jackass comments. I have has every iphone made. They all had a bad signal but this is the so much worse X3. The whole country is is in a “low signal strength” in reality… all but apple campus and your house it seems? AT&T maps are a joke. I am in “excellent” to “good” coverage and on my iPhone 1, Iphone 3G, and my iPhone 3Gs, I could at least make a telephone call. After all, it is a phone. Iphone 4…. 5 bars….. touch the phone… ZERO bars call drops.

Steve. IT DOES NOT WORK! Geezzz I hope this this is not really you. Are we on a different MHz? I have yet to see an iPhone [4] work in Richmond when you hold it in your hand. It is not “isolated”. I was a big fan. But I am done.

You may be working from bad data. Not your fault. Stay tuned. We are working on it.


Retire, relax, enjoy your family. It is just a phone. Not worth it.


Do you think this guy's anger is warranted? Is anyone else having a problem making calls? While we can replicated the signal loss by covering the black strip, it hasn't affected a call yet.

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First iPhone 4 Class Action Lawsuit Filed

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The first iPhone 4 class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple and AT&T in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

The lawsuit was filed by Ward & Ward, PLLC and Charles A. Gilman, LLC. on behalf of Kevin McCaffrey, Linda Wrinn, and others.

It focuses on antenna design problems, making several claims:

• General Negligence (APPLE and AT&T)
• Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
• Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
• Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability (APPLE and AT&T)
• Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose (APPLE and AT&T)
• Deceptive Trade Practices (APPLE and AT&T)
• Intentional Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Negligent Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Fraud by Concealment (APPLE and AT&T)

Lawfirm Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff is also investigating potential problems with the release of iPhone 4 for a possible class action lawsuit.

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Steve Jobs Suggests Blu-Ray on Mac Not Coming Soon

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According to MacRumors, Steve Jobs has responded to an inquiry about the future of Blu-ray on the Mac. MacRumors reader Siva emailed Steve questioning the lack of a Blu-ray player in the recent Mac-mini hardware revision. To this, Steve Replied

Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats.

Siva responded saying that the medium term benefits were substantial, including high density backups and high quality video. However, Jobs’ response offered little hope for Blu-ray in Mac.

No, free, instant gratification and convenience (likely in that order) is what made the downloadable formats take off. And the downloadable movie business is rapidly moving to free (Hulu) or rentals (iTunes) so storing purchased movies or TV shows is not an issue.I think you may be wrong - we may see a fast broad move to streamed free and rental content at sufficient quality (at least 720p) to win almost everyone over.

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Btw don't forget that blue rays are going to get an update soon blueray2.0 or what ever they are going to call it, and the worst part is that old blueray's won't work on the new blueray format! So for now steve jobs might hold off, but when the new blueray is released he might change his mind...
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