Friday, September 10, 2010

Nokia Replaces Its President and CEO

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Nokia has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop President and CEO of Nokia as of September 21st.

Elop currently heads Microsoft's Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Elop held senior executive positions in a number of US-based public companies, including Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems Inc. and Macromedia Inc. He holds a degree in computer engineering and management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, which is his home country.

"The time is right to accelerate the company's renewal; to bring in new executive leadership with different skills and strengths in order to drive company success. The Nokia Board believes that Stephen has the right industry experience and leadership skills to realize the full potential of Nokia. His strong software background and proven record in change management will be valuable assets as we press harder to complete the transformation of the company. We believe that Stephen will be able to drive both innovation and efficient execution of the company strategy in order to deliver increased value to our shareholders," said Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors.

Elop commented on his new Nokia position: "I am extremely excited to become part of a team dedicated to strengthening Nokia's position as the undisputed leader of the mobile communications industry, with a relentless focus on meeting the needs and expectations of customers. Nokia has a unique global position as well as a great brand upon which we can build. The company has deeply talented and dedicated people, and I am confident that together we can continue to deliver innovative products that meet the needs of consumers. The Nokia slogan clearly states our key mission: Connecting People, which will acquire new dimensions as we build our portfolio of products, solutions and services."

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo will leave his current position as President and CEO of Nokia on September 20, 2010 and his position on the Nokia Board of Directors with immediate effect. He will continue to chair the Board of Nokia Siemens Networks in a non-executive capacity.

"The whole Board of Directors joins me in thanking Olli-Pekka for his thirty years at Nokia, during which he has been deeply involved in developing the company and its operations. His dedication and contribution throughout the years has been exceptional. The Board wishes him every success in his future pursuits," says Jorma Ollila.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of his service contract, Kallasvuo is entitled to a severance payment consisting of 18 months gross base salary and target incentive which totals approximately 4.6 million euro. He will also receive as compensation the fair market value of the 100 000 restricted Nokia shares granted to him in 2007, which vest on October 1, 2010.



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Office for Mac 2011 to Ship on October 26th?

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A note on Amazon reveals that Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is set to ship on October 26th, 9to5Mac has discovered.

The note is applied to both the Home & Student and Home & Business editions.


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FaceTime May Be Coming to Mac and PC, iLife '11 Launching Soon?

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Apple may soon launch iLife '11 and also bring its FaceTime video chat to the Mac and PC, according to a Mac4Ever report.

To begin, iLife '11, which we announced this summer (with the disappearance of iDVD) , could finally come out very very soon. In addition, it is rumored that Apple is preparing to leave FaceTime for Mac and PC, the Mac version coming to settle down in the iChat software.

A family pack of iLife '11 has already made an appearance on Amazon.com.




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Google Voice May Be Coming Back to the App Store

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Sean Kovacs, the develop of GV Mobile, a third party Google Voice application, has learned that his app might once again be welcome in the App Store.

GV Mobile was removed from the App Store over a year ago...

Richard Chipman from Apple just called - he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either - too scared I would post it. :) I’ll see what I can do to get it back up there gang…

After Apple published its new guidelines today, Kovacs read through the 100+ rules and found that his application was in compliance. After contacting Apple about it he tweeted the following message.

Good news: I did get confirmation back from Apple that it will most likely get back in once I resubmit.

We'll let you know if it does become available.



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New MobileMe Control Panel Improves Outlook Support

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Apple has announced a new MobileMe Control Panel that improves Outlook Support in Calendar Beta.

The new MobileMe Control Panel 1.6.2 provides push calendar updates and support for proxy servers when using the MobileMe Calendar beta with Microsoft Outlook.

In addition, you can now upload your personal Outlook calendars to MobileMe to keep them in sync across me.com, your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. Just run Apple Software Update on your Windows PC to upgrade. Or download it Here.




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Firmware Update Will Bring AirPlay Compatibility to Denon Receiver

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Denon has announced that a firmware update will bring AirPlay compatibility to the AVR-4311Cl receiver.

Coming in the Fall of 2010 is a planned upgrade that provides Apple iTunes AirPlay compatibility that lets you stream your favorite music to the AVR-4311CI.

Denon is one of many companies that use BridgeCo technology. Others include Harmon-Kardon, Sony, Nokia, Phillips, and Pioneer.

BridgeCo helped develop AirPlay in a strategic partnership with Apple. It's unclear if other manufacturers are able to update their devices to bring AirPlay compatibility.




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AirPlay is a Result of Apple Partnership With BridgeCo

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AirPlay is a result of a strategic partnership between Apple and BridgeCo, according to a ComputerWorld report.

Apple's new friend is BridgeCo, a software company with a platform it embeds inside stereo equipment which make it possible to stream music wirelessly beween devices. BridgeCo's system comprises both hardware and software elements

"Apple are great to work with," CEO, Gene Sheridan says. "Smart, aggressive people, when they set their minds to something they move quickly, which is very rare in such a large organization."

The company has been working with Apple for the past ten years, mostly with regards to iPod docking products. One year ago Apple decided to get into enabling home audio networks and has been working with BridgeCo to develop the AirPlay technology.

BridgeCo's JukeBlox connectivity platform includes an optimized network audio processor, WiFi network modules, and the JukeBlox 2.1 software.

The software enables music streaming and networking, is "very comprehensive", set-up is automatic, it supports services such as Pandora and Rhapsody, and it can also access 12,000 Internet radio stations.

Harmon-Kardon, Denon, Sony, Nokia, Phillips, Pioneer and others already use BridgeCo technology.

"We have the only SDK for streaming music in the industry," says Sheridan. "We're the only independent company with a true SDK which we make available to OEMs and developers so they can customize it."

Audio manufacturers who are interested in using AirPlay must arrange licensing with Apple similar to how its 'Made For iPod' program works.

It's estimated the value of this new AirPlay industry could be about $15 billion.



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Over 400 Formulas for Builders Optimized for iPad

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&offeridMultiEducator has announced Builder Pro 2.0 for iOS, the latest version of their reference, formula, and calculation app for builders. Builder Pro includes over 400 formulas used by builders, and includes the complete International Building Code 2006 (to be updated at the end of 2010), the complete International Plumbing Code, the complete International Mechanical Code, and half the Americans with Disabilities Act Codes and Drawings, and half of the National Electric Codes and Drawings. The International codes have been adopted by most states in the US and many places worldwide. Over the coming months Builder Pro will be expanded to include the whole codes as well as Plumbing, Fire, and Elevator Codes. When the codes are all completed the price of Builder Pro will go up; however, all version 2.0 users will receive free upgrades.

Optimized for full screen display on the iPad, Builder Pro provides an easy way for the user to quickly find what they may need. Fully searchable by key word(s), pages can be marked or saved as favorites, and recent pages are listed. The app includes over 400 formulas, plus hundreds of charts, drawings, tables, and calculation templates which perform all the math necessary based on values entered. MultiEducator has specifically designed the app to be easily expanded and updated, with new content released monthly. Included are more than 25 sections:

Main Sections:
* International Building Code - 35 Chapters with over 100 pages
* Americans with Disabilities Act Codes & Drawings, including ADA 2008 Amendments
* International Mechanical Code - with complete definitions, rules, and specs
* National Electrical Code (first half; second half available soon)
* Building Charts and Tables- Occupancy, Egress, Doors, Aisles, Building Heights, etc.
* HVAC Charts - Ductwork, Pumps, Energy Values, Humidity, Air Change, etc.
* Electrical Charts and Tables - Wire Size, Wire Gauge, Load, Voltage Drop, etc.
* International Plumbing Code - 16 Chapters plus Appendices, over 200 pages
* Plumbing Charts and Tables- derived from the International Plumbing Code
* Plumbing Drawings - derived from the International Plumbing Code
* Financial Calculations - derived from the International Plumbing Code
* Concrete & Excavating - Coverage, Bricks, Slabs, Aggregates, Sidewalks, etc.
* Costs Formulas - derived from the International Building Code
* Materials Needed Formulas - derived from the International Building Code
* Building Code Formulas - Code Calculation, Fire Resistance, Allowed Loads, etc.
* Acoustical Formulas - Absorption, Reverberation, Volume, Surface Area, etc.
* Boiler Formulas and Drawings - 15 chapters on boiler operation and steam flow
* Condensation Formulas - Vapor Diffusion, Vapor Resistance, and Water Drainage
* Carpentry Formulas - Loads, Lumber, Joists, Sheet Rock, Roofing, Stairs, etc.
* Electrical Formulas - Batteries, AC/DC, Generators, Impedance, Motors, Wiring, etc.
* Piping Formulas - 20 chapters including Weight, Pressure, Expansion, Sizing, etc.
* HVAC Formulas - Refrigeration, Steam, Temperature, Heating Design, etc.
* Plumbing Formulas - Pumps, Water Heaters, Water Flow, Water Temperature, etc.
* Material Weights - tables pound/cubic ft., pounds/cubic yd., tons/cubic yd., etc.
* Area Formulas - Area, Surface Area, Volume, Perimeters, Circumference, etc.
* Conversion Formulas - over 200 formulas including Flows, HVAC, Power, BTUs, etc.

Version 2.0 of MultiEducator's Builder Pro adds native iPad support, allowing much more convenient operation on a larger touchscreen. Also new is: the completion of the International Building Code with 23 new chapters and 140 additional charts; completion of the International Plumbing Code with an additional 10 chapters and 60 charts; four more sections of the Electrical Code with 40 more charts; and a new Conversions section with an additional 60 conversion formulas.

"Our iOS Formulator Series for building professionals now contains 25 different apps," commented company President Marc Schulman. "Builder Pro 2.0 is a compendium of our four most popular: Carpentry Pro, Electrical Pro, Plumbing Pro, and HVAC Pro, making it a real value."

Pricing and Availability:
Builder Pro 2.0 is $17.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. Review copies are available upon request.


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Military Sniper Academy iPhone App

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Redbot Software has announced the release and immediate availability of Military Sniper Academy 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. Military Sniper Academy lets the user take the role of a sniper-in-training. User competes to earn their sniper license by successfully completing fourteen drills. The game will test the users skill of accuracy, speed and the ability to quickly find a specific target in a very short amount of time.

There are additional bonuses to unlock and earn throughout the game. Use Nigh Vision bonus to quickly locate a target. Slow Motion bonus allows the user to slow the speed of the crowd. Eagle Eye bonus earns extra points for sniping multiple correct targets in a row.

There are fourteen drills, with numerous targets within each drill and with a set time limit to complete. User receives a pass or fail for each drill completed. All drills must be passed to earn the snipers license. Shooting too many incorrect targets will disqualify the user.

There are drills for:
* Shooting a target with particular color of clothing
* Shooting a faster moving target
* Finding and shooting an exact match
* Shooting a masked target
* Shooting a particular area of an exact target
* Shooting as many targets as possible in a limited time

Game Features:
* On-screen zoom and fire buttons
* One finger scroll scope or two finger scroll background
* Pinch to zoom in and out
* Moving animated targets
* Fourteen drills, with a minimum hit requirement of five targets per drill
* Task Menu that tracks your progress
* On-screen "Innocents Hit" warning and "Eagle Eye" bonus indicators
* Earn bonuses: Slow Motion & Night Vision
* Adjustable sound setting
* Open Feint high scores tracker
* Game instructions
* Auto-save and Resume (iOS 4.0 feature)
* Higher resolution images and interface (for iPhone 4)

Pricing and Availability:
Military Sniper Academy 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Action & Adventure Game categories.





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A Highly Educational Animal Fact App

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Sink or Swim has announced the release and immediate availability of Big Button Animal Facts 2.0, an update to their educational app for iPhone and iPod touch. Big Button Animal Facts introduces your child to animals from around the world while whisking them off on an animal adventure. Whether it's to the farm, the Serengeti or all the way to the bottom of the sea it's sure to ignite your child's imagination.

This game is packed with colorful animations, animal sounds, tons of animal facts, and spelling as well! Big Button Animal Facts is a great learning tool while still being fun and is appropriate for children of all ages. This fun, informative and educational app will captivate your child's imagination from the first animal. They will learn about the animals through Froggy an energetic Red-Eyed Tree Frog who spells each animal and teaches them interesting fun facts. Froggy engages even the littlest iPhone users while his facts are intriguing enough for big kids too.

Features:
* Animal Selection - A large variety of animals from all over the world
* Big Buttons - Animated animals and fun sounds
* Fun Facts - Many fun facts about each animal narrated by Froggy* Spelling - Froggy will spell each animal, highlighting each letter along the way
* Name Association - When an animal is selected Froggy will announce that animal

"As an educator this is a great tool to teach children different animals, their sounds and how to spell their names. The fun facts are fantastic and can keep the interest of older children. The animal animations are amazing and make the animals come to life. A must buy!!!! " - iTunes review

"This is a must download for all parents! The kids absolutely love it! Keep more animals coming! I love froggy's fun facts and my kids are learning so much about the animals. Make sure you scroll sideways to see the 20 exciting animals that are featured." - iTunes review

"I actually think the facts are really interesting so props to the designers of the app for choosing cool facts...This is definitely a must have for parents with little kids. It's only $0.99 so go for it!" - The iPad Kids

Pricing and Availability:
Big Button Animal Facts 2.0 is $.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Kids & Educational Game categories.



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HDR Video Could Be On the Way

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Soviet Montage has produced a video to demonstrate what HDR video would look like if offered by modern cameras. Apple recently introduced HDR photos in iOS leading some to dream of the possibilities.

This video highlights several clips we've made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs, each capturing the exact same subject via a beam splitter. The cameras are configured so that they record different exposure values, e.g., one camera is overexposed, the other underexposed. After the footage has been recorded, we use a variety of HDR processing tools to combine the video from the two cameras, yielding the clips you see above.

HDR Video provides filmmakers with many exciting new opportunities. Not only can HDR video create interesting effects, it can also allow for even exposure where artificial lighting is unavailable or impractical. For example, when a subject is backlit, one camera could be set to properly expose the subject, the other the sky, resulting in video with perfect exposure throughout.



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A Funny Advice and Fortune Telling App

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Sink or Swim has announced the release and immediate availability of Mama Flo Knows 1.1 for iPhone and iPod touch. Mama Flo Knows is a hysterical animated app that gives you advice on various topics. Mama Flo can predict answers to yes no questions as well as give advice on love, money, personal well being and lucky numbers.

Mama's advice is just like Mama Flo herself, spicy, and pee in your pants funny. Sometimes Mama's advice is thoughtful and honest but most times its as abrupt as being slapped in your face. This is advice you would give if you had the guts. If you like magic eight ball, fortunetelling, and advice apps than this is the one for you but with a twist. This app is fully animated with hilarious audio and Mama Flo ain't bad to look at either. Definitely a must own app.

Pricing and Availability:
Mama Flo Knows 1.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.




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Smile has Released PDFpen 5.0

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Smile has released PDFpen 5.0, the latest version of its popular and affordable PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. With this major upgrade, PDFpen includes the ability to redact or replace text, including OCR text. Users can also initiate search-and-replace and search-and-redact functions to remove multiple instances of sensitive information.

"As more people use PDFs to share information, the ability to properly redact private details within documents is critical," said Philip Goward, Smile founder. "Many high profile cases have come to light recently where sensitive text was exposed in PDFs unintentionally. Redaction in PDFpen removes the underlying text before putting a black rectangle in its place."

Image editing is significantly more sophisticated in PDFpen 5.0. Users can change the resolution and color depth of a single image or scanned document to reduce PDF file size. Scanned documents can be deskewed in PDFpen, which improves the performance of OCR results. PDFpen 5.0 also adds contrast adjustment and other image effects.

With performance enhancements, PDFpen 5.0 is faster. The new version improves handling of larger PDF documents. OCR is now multi-core, enabling parallel processing of multi-page documents.

A new version of PDFpenPro has also been released. In addition to all of the features of PDFpen 5.0, PDFpenPro 5.0 can now convert websites and other HTML documents into PDFs, complete with hyperlinks. With PDFpenPro, users can create fillable PDF forms and document table of contents as well.

What's new in PDFpen 5.0:
* Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) only, 64-bit
* Faster operation, better capacity to handle larger documents
* Multi-core OCR processes multiple pages in parallel
* Redact or erase text, including OCR text
* Search and replace text
* Search and redact text
* Forms support list widgets and http submit button
* OCR enhanced to handle colored text on a colored or shaded background
* Deskew scanned document pages for improved OCR
* Change resolution and color depth of a single image or scanned document to reduce PDF file size
* Adjust contrast and apply other effects to a single image or scanned document
* Enhanced selection of objects or text by auto-select of needed tool
* Auto-detection of URLs in text so that they can be clicked
* Select text within any rectangular region for copying (via option select)
* Pinch to zoom via trackpad; zoom by chosen percentage
* Measurements shown for rectangular selection and crop
* Facing pages viewable with page one shown on the left or right
* Print to pre-printed forms with option to print only the information added to a document
* Scale setting observed when printing
* Convert a website into multi-page PDF document (PDFpenPro only)
* Create list widgets and pop-ups (PDFpenPro only)
* Create submit button to submit form data via web or email (PDFpenPro only)
* Backend integration enables gathering data from http-submitted forms (PDFpenPro only)

PDFpen features:
* Add text, images and signatures to PDF
* Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
* Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
* Redact or erase text, including OCR text; use search-and-redact or search-and-replace
* Adjust resolution, color depth and contrast in an image or scanned document
* Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
* Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
* Insert and remove pages; drag and drop to re-order pages in a PDF; combine PDFs
* Fill out interactive PDF forms
* Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs
* Select and copy text across multiple columns
* Add (and print) notes and comments
* Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
* Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library
* Save PDFs directly to Evernote
* Convert a website into a multi-page PDF document (PDFpenPro only)
* Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms (requires PDFpenPro)
* Create and edit Table of Contents (requires PDFpenPro)
* Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript
* Available in English, Japanese, German, Italian, and French

PDFpen 5.0 and PDFpenPro 5.0 require Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Fully-functional demo versions are available at the Smile website

PDFpen will retail for $59.95 (USD), PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family Pack licenses, which may be used on up to as many as 5 computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25.00, and free to users who purchased on or after February 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.




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MegaReader 1.0 Released

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Inkstone Software has announced the launch of MegaReader 1.0, a highly customizable iPhone eBook reading app that gives users the choice of over 1.8 million free books on the internet. The MegaReader app has been designed to tap into book catalogs such as Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Books, Smashwords, and the Internet Archive - allowing users to discover not only the classics (such as Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace), but also up and coming modern indie authors and publishers.

"The MegaReader app is a fantastic way to explore the nearly two million public domain titles freely available from the Internet Archive's BookServer catalog. We are thrilled to contribute to Inkstone's efforts to bring the enjoyment of these books to readers around the world" said Peter Brantley, Director of the BookServer Project, Internet Archive.

Once books have been downloaded to MegaReader over Wi-Fi they can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime without the need for an internet connection. Inkstone Software Founder Patrick Thompson said one of the key features of MegaReader, apart from the millions of free books on offer, was the advanced personalization it provided.

"Many reading apps currently available on the iPhone have rather utilitarian and confusing interfaces or they are very limited in the amount of customization you can do. We wanted to provide an elegant, easy to use interface that could be easily personalized to the reader's needs and tastes."

MegaReader gives users the ability to select one of 19 predefined color schemes, or to come up with one of their own from 1000s of available colors. There are also 23 fonts, 100s of font sizes and a variety of margin widths, line spacing, and text justification to choose from. Portrait or landscape modes can be locked depending on preference, and there is a built-in speed reading test that is used to calculate and display how long it will take to finish a chapter.

Users can easily navigate and search for books or authors from within MegaReader by browsing categories (such as mystery, action and adventure, romance, science fiction), viewing popular or recently added books, or looking at recommended reading lists and reviews.

The app is preloaded with 22 books to start users off, including works from Jane Austen, Dale Carnegie, Agatha Christie, Paulo Coelho, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, and Kurt Vonnegut. DRM-free books can also be imported over Wi-Fi. MegaReader also works with iBookshelf and MyLibrary - two popular cataloging apps - to keep track of all physical and digital media assets and to customize book cover images in MegaReader.

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German and Spanish

Pricing and Availability:
MegaReader 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.


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Google Launches New Website for Google Earth

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Google has launched a new website for Google Earth containing images, videos, tours, maps and tutorials on how to get started.

The site features five areas to explore:
● Showcase: Browse our collection of featured content about the Ocean, Moon, 3D buildings and more to see all the ways you can explore the world around you.
● Video tutorials: Whether you’re new to Google Earth or an expert user, watch our new video tutorials to learn how to create placemarks, record a tour, add a 3D building, import GPS data and more.
● More products: See all the different ways ways you can experience Google Earth. Did you know you can access the 3D globe from your phone or on Google Maps?
● Community: Get connected with other Google Earth fans in our forums and stay up-to-date through our newsletter, blog and Twitter feeds.
● Industries: Everyone uses Google Earth for a different reason, so we created unique pages for educators, media, developers, businesses, non-profits and data providers.



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New Tweak Lets You Set Your MobileSafari Homepage

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Will Strafach has released a new tweak that lets you set your iPad, iPhone, or iPod homepage in MobileSafari.

Allows you to set a home page in Mobile Safari by simply tapping the "+" button while visiting the website of your choice, then tapping "Set as Home

There are no homescreen icons or settings for this add-on.

You can download the tweak from the Cydia Store for $.99.




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Edit Images With Just One Touch

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Innoblock Japan the developer of kiRay Camera, has just released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch users. kiRay Camera 1.2 is a one of a kind app that lets users enhance and adjust photos, as they take them, with a single tap of the screen. This app is also great for repairing those less than perfect quality older photos that users just can't bring themselves to delete. The app uses the device's existing camera, and its three levels of one-touch adjustment assure that users get exactly the result they want, every time.

kiRay Camera 1.2 features include:
* Automatically adjusts common photo defects
* Preview and repair photos as you shoot them
* Swipe to compare "Before" and "After"
* Correct older photos that are already on your roll
* Three levels of adjustment: Neutral, Weak, and Strong
* Share photos with Facebook Connect
* Upload images to Picasa photo album
* Supports 2 languages (English and Japanese)

KiRay Camera operates seamlessly as part of the device's existing camera. That means it enhances an already great camera with new features like flash and anti-shake compensation that other photography apps do not have. The simple one tap controls make it as easy to correct images as it was to capture them in the first place.

This app uses the same features and capabilities to enhance older photos that are already on the user's camera roll. KiRay Camera 1.2 offers 3 levels of automatic adjustment, Weak, Neutral, and Strong. Users simply select a level and tap the screen. The app's unique algorithm automatically detects and adjusts common defects without you having to learn complicated photo editing skills. By swiping the screen to "Flip", they can compare the enhanced image to the original. They can further improve the picture quality by selecting a stronger level or tapping the button several times to add new effects.

Once the user is satisfied with their image, the app makes it easy to save to their camera roll, share on Facebook, or upload to a Picasa album.

Pricing and Availability:
KiRay Camera 1.2 is only $1.99 (USD), but there is also a free trial version. Both are available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.




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Fitness App That Learns as You Work Out

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Elite Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer Michael George announced the release of the Intelitrainer, his new app for the Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The Intelitrainer creates a customized workout routine which adjusts specifically to the skill level and fitness goals of the user. "It's like having a personal trainer or me in your pocket," Michael George explains.

"The Intelitrainer is unique from other apps in several ways," Michael George points out. "Not only does it create a fresh, custom routine tailored to the individual user each time he or she works out with it, but it also gives you a number of exercises not seen in any other application." The application's extensive database includes Michael George's "2-in-1" and other specialty, multi-purpose exercises which he created through years of personal training experience and extensive education - the same exact exercises Michael has been using for years to sculpt his A-list Celebrities' bodies fast!

Along with varying the exercises each time the user works out with the application, the software learns about the user's strengths and weaknesses based upon feedback provided during workouts. From that information the application will customize future workouts to keep them challenging but not overly difficult unless the user chooses to make the routines harder.

"You want the exercise to challenge the user just to the point of failure. That will give you the most benefit in the shortest amount of time," Michael notes. The technology behind the application is designed to reach this point based upon the user's feedback.

The Intelitrainer is designed for men and women of all fitness levels. As such, it provides a wide variety of exercises, all of which have professional video demonstrations and detailed text explanations.

"I love the descriptions, and the videos help tremendously," explains Calvin Pura, one of the first users of the Intelitrainer.

The range of exercises the Intelitrainer uses is enormous and includes free weights, cables, machines, weighted balls, Swiss ball, Bosu ball, bands, and ankle weights as just a few examples. The Intelitrainer allows users to select which equipment is available to them and the application will limit its selections accordingly. "The equipment feature is great. The application feels very personal and customizable," said Pura.

Not only can the user ask the Intelitrainer to build a workout for him or her, but users can create their own specific workout or save a workout built by the application for future use. For example, one can create a short weekday lunchtime or end of the day routine, and save longer workouts for the weekend. Exercises are organized by muscle group, and include traditional exercises, stretches, Yoga poses along with Michael George's proprietary CORE, balance and plyometric exercises.

Michael George has transformed some of Hollywood's most dynamic A-list celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Toby Maguire, Julianne Moore, James Spader, Meg Ryan, Christian Slater, Sela Ward, Matt Dillon, Slash, Dennis Quaid and even professional athletes, like boxer Fernando Vargas. He has had numerous national television appearances, including as a featured guest on ABC's "The View" and Good Morning America.

Pricing and Availability:
Intelitrainer 1.0.2 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Healthcare & Fitness category.



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2 for Couples iPad App

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2 For Life Media has announced the release of the 2 for Couples App on the App Store. 2 for Couples, a digital magazine for iPad, helps couples everywhere get the most out of their relationship. It is a one-stop resource for relationships, sex and intimacy, travel, nesting, entertaining, leisure, style and more. With a spotlight on real couples and their day-to-day lives, 2 for Couples serves up a slew of date night ideas, a whole bucket list of must-do moments, a ton of expert advice and fun couple makeovers. Our monthly digital magazine editions begin with our jam-packed 2 for Couples "September" issue.

"Our 2 for Couples App is chock full of ideas, news and inspiration for couples," says 2 for Couples Editor-in-Chief Neil Morton. "The content is smart, sexy, useful and funny. It is something to share together on a shopping excursion, a vacation, in the car, wherever. And it's perfect to curl up together with at home!"

For a daily fix, 2 for Couples includes the 2Wire: Couples in the Know newsfeed, with links to stories on celebrity couples, new studies and research on coupledom, relationship and sex info, as well as viral video content of interest to couples. And for that ever-so-challenging task of sharing, we've given couples their very own cheat sheet - 2Life - a section which allows couples to create profiles and store important relationship dates, clothing sizes, household projects and gift wish lists.

"We believe iPad is the perfect avenue for the 2 for Couples App to become a fun and essential part of couples' daily lives," adds 2 For Life Media Inc. President Diane Hall. "Our 2 for Couples App will have monthly magazines designed especially for iPad with stunning graphics, videos and links at user's fingertips-not to mention our topical 2Wire and interactive 2Life sections. We also have special releases planned this year, including the Ultimate Wedding Planner and Sex & Intimacy Guide."

For further information: Press Contact: To inquire about 2 For Life Media Inc., the 2 for Couples App and arrange interviews with President Diane Hall and/or Editor-in-Chief Neil Morton, please contact Milena Canizares or 416-469-1429 ext. 224.


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Twisted Tunes? There's an App for That

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Intune Media has announced the release of two iPhone apps featuring Twisted Tunes song parodies along with content from The Bob Rivers Show. Bob Rivers is heard mornings on KZOK-FM in Seattle, WA, and throughout the world online. The new Bob Rivers Show free iPhone app features:

* Streaming Audio from the latest show
* Video Highlights of the latest shows
* Audio Podcasts of the latest shows
* Pedro's Jokes of the Day
* Bob Rivers Show Twitter Feed
* Picture of the Day
* Links to Text, Email and Call the Show

The "Plus" version of the app adds deeper access to the above features, streaming audio clips from Bob's Garage recording studio sessions with classic rock bands, and a library of streaming video clips from Spike & the Impalers, the show's classic rock cover band.

The centerpiece of The Bob Rivers Show Plus iPhone app is access to the entire Twisted Tunes Library of over 500 songs. Bob Rivers' Twisted Tunes are song parody comedy classics, and have been played on thousands of radio stations around the world. New Twisted Tunes will be debuted on the app as they are released, so app owners will be able to hear them first. The Twisted Tunes Library can be browsed by Title, Date, and by Most Popular Tunes. The Bob Rivers Show Plus iPhone app also includes streaming Twisted Tunes Radio, playing a selection of songs from the archives and offering hours of entertainment.

In addition to streaming Twisted Tunes Radio, the "plus" version also includes streaming Spike & the Impalers radio and Bob's Garage radio. Both stations are available exclusively on this iPhone app, and contain exclusive content from past and present shows.

Pricing and Availability:
The Bob Rivers Show Plus is only $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.


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intelli-Diet: Morning, Noon, Night

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Brian Atz has announced a revolutionary weight loss application, intelli-Diet, that uses a unique, built-in calorie system. intelli-Diet, created for the iPhone and iPod touch, makes losing weight easy by providing users with a personalized healthy eating plan each day. It thinks, you eat, the application automatically provides users with the right foods and portions, so no calorie tracking is needed.

"I was frustrated with having to constantly track calories and spend lots of time planning meals to lose weight," says Atz. "intelli-Diet allows users to enjoy meals without the hassle of calculating or counting calories."

intelli-Diet:
* Sets up a daily personalized healthy eating plan based on the foods you like
* Maps out meals for the following week and considers foods you have in stock
* Allows for incredible meal variety by permitting foods to be exchanged for others
* Records weight loss progress and allows posting of success through social media
* Triggers meal reminders, generates grocery lists, and offers many other features

I've seen many of my clients struggle with two things - keeping track of what they eat and planning ahead," says Jessica Grudsky, a Chicago Registered Dietician and Health and Wellness Coach. "intelli-Diet is a very smart and powerful meal planning application that helps people achieve and maintain their health and weight loss goals."

Pricing and Availability:
intelli-Diet 1.0 is now available at the limited-time promotional price of $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Healthcare & Fitness category. Please visit www.intelli-Diet.com for more intelli-Diet information, including videos and screenshots. Please visit their website for more intelli-Diet information, including videos and screenshots. If you would like further information on intelli-Diet, or you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Brian Atz online or 1-312-212-3684.




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iOS 4.1 Brings Keyboard Navigation to VoiceOver Users

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Apple has updated the accessibility feature of the iPhone by providing keyboard navigation capabilities in iOS 4.1, according to LionCourt.com.

Among the improvements for Voiceover users, come not only a host of important bug fixes, such as proper editing of contact phone numbers, as well as the fact that Voiceover will now read tables in their proper order, but VO users now have very comprehensive keyboard navigation support.

Commands:
• Arrow keys MOve Voiceover cursor to navigate the iPhone / iPod Touch screens
• VO-spacebar activates the current item
• VO-a reads page from current location/starting at current item
• VO-b reads page starting at the top
• VO-h activates home button
• VO-m goes to the status bar
• VO– (dash/hyphen) stops the current action such as stopping / starting media playback or hanging up a call.
• VO-s toggles speech on/off
• VO-shift-s toggles screen curtain on/off
• Left/right arrow at the same time activates/deactivates the QuickNav feature
• Left-up arrow and right-up arrow cycle through the rotor settings
• Up and down arrows together activates the item like VO-spacebar
• VO-Command-left and right arrows cycle through Voiceover settings (Use VO-Command-up and down arrows to change settings)
Settings are: Use Phonetics, Use Pitch, Volume, Rate and Typing Echo
• VO-Space Bar on the Page label of a home screen advances the page. I.E. Pressing VO-Space on the ‘Page 1′ label will move to page 2

Other accessibility improvements include a sound in Safari that lets you know the page load progress and the announcement of in-page links by VoiceOver to improve navigation.




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CHAOS RINGS Adds Support for iOS 4 and Retina Display

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CHAOS RINGS, a popular RPG game for the iPhone has been updated with iOS 4 support.

CHAOS RINGS takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s capabilities. Using a classic game system that any RPG fan will enjoy, it presents an epic tale consisting of four different scenarios, all brought to you with gorgeous sound and unbelievably smooth 3D graphics.

The story revolves around a tournament where combatants fight for their lives: the Ark Arena. Upon choosing a pair of characters, one male and one female, you will then have to fight against the other pairs. Each pair has their own story, and the truth behind the Ark Arena will not be revealed until each story is completed.

Game Features:
● Amazingly smooth 3D graphics
● Gorgeous sound that takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s powerful hardware
● A deep story with unique twists for every pair and multiple endings
● Traditional game and battle systems polished to perfection
● Hours upon hours of gameplay, complete with hidden bosses, secret weapons, and more

What's New In This Version:
● Added support for iOS4.
● Added support for Retina Display.
● Icons

You can purchase CHAOS RINGS from the App Store for $12.99.














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Grand Theft Auto Arrives on the iPad

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Rockstar Games has released its popular Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars game for the iPad

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD brings the most-critically acclaimed handheld title of this generation to the iPad with stunning 1024 X 768 HD graphics. With new control layouts optimized for the iPad, higher polygon-count models and all new lighting and effects, this is your chance to get behind the wheel of the best looking Chinatown Wars ever.

Multiple Control Setups Optimized for iPad
Intuitive touch screen interface with multiple custom control settings to suit your preference.

Bigger, Bolder Visuals
Enhanced graphics, higher polygon count vehicle and building models, and enhanced lighting and explosion effects maximize the 1024 by 768 high-resolution touch screen

Left For Dead in the Worst Place in America
Following his father's murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD has been specifically redesigned by Rockstar Leeds, the world's premiere handheld studio, to deliver even more critically acclaimed, innovative GTA gaming for the iPad.

You can purchase Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD from the App Store for $9.99.














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