TLA Systems has released Twitkitteh: Cat Twitter, an iPhone and iPod touch application designed to make it possible for a user's cat to post their thoughts. Featuring a multi-paw interface shaped to represent a catís paw, the program enables the cat to post comments to Twitter on a variety of subjects. In order to have the cat send a post, users must create a Twitter account for their pet, and then simply have their cat press on one of the several spots of the paw that say comments such as food, play, sleep, and ruling the world.
To Promote Hulu.comís one-year anniversary, the company has announced a new social-networking feature, Hulu Friends. The portal is designed to help users communicate with each other through a media browser client, with customized profile pages similar to that of Facebook. The new page provides an area for people to connect with each other, share videos, track viewed content and leave notes. In addition, Hulu Friends allows integration with Facebook, MySpace, Digg, and Del.icio.us, along with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.
Enterprise Desktop Alliance has announced a the results of a recent survey, indicating that 74-percent of 314 companies expect to increase the number of Macs within the organizations. Fewer than two percent of the respondents said they would be reducing the number of Apple computers. The survey also reported that productivity gains and employee preference are the main reasons enterprises are adopting Macs. Lower cost of ownership is also playing an important role in Mac growth. Of the IT administrators who responded, almost 60 percent manage 100 or more Macs in a wide range of enterprise-class companies.
Dexim has announced its Shu-Lip charger for the iPod shuffle 3G. The device provides a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a headphone jack on the other, allowing a USB-to-iPod connection for both charging and syncing the newly announced iPod, but without a cord between separating the two ends. The new charger features an aluminum casing designed to match the aesthetics of the Shuffle.
Digg founder Kevin Rose today "confirmed" that a Apple will implement a version of the much-anticipated "copy & paste" function in iPhone v3.0 (expected to debut next week at Apple's Townhall Event), but said that Apple was not expected to support background apps or processes. The "confirmation", which came in a Diggnation podcast recorded at SxSW in Austin, said that users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. Rose also claims that it brings a number of other features to bring the iPhone up to par with the Palm Pre, but did not include application multitasking or video (claiming the latter was due to a technical problem with writing to NAND memory too many times/too fast, but that it would come in future releases).
Chelsio Communications has added Mac support to its line of 10-gigabit Ethernet adapters. The new NIC drivers work with the company's Unified Wire products which pass Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and LAN traffic across a single Ethernet cable. The devices are geared for server networking, storage networking and clustering. Mac support for Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), offloaded iSCSI initiator and iWARP RDMA will be added later this year.
Apple's iPhone continues to push the limits of AT&T 3G network in the US with the company telling Silicon Alley Insider that it is frantically adding is adding wireless capacity in downtown Austin, Texas to deal with "unprecedented" demand by the South by South West (SxSW) conference on Web 2.0 trends and music. The publication claims that users are experiencing "flaky at best" service throughoug the area as thousands -- or even tens of thousands -- bring their iPhone 3G to Austin. AT&T said that it expects service to improve as early as Sunday night and to continue throughout the rest of the show.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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