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While hard cases for Apple’s iPhones are a dime a dozen, Speck is one of the few manufacturers that makes hard cases for Apple’s line of MacBook computers. Although many MacBook owners looking to protect their investment from damage have been prepared to buy a Speck case in the past, a common criticism is that though tough, they come at the expense of added weight and bulk. Speck has tried to address this shortcoming with its new SmartShell for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Speck is now taking orders for its new SmartShell for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The company seems to have acknowledged a frequent complaint with previous versions of its snap-on hard protective covers, which while effective, are slightly thick and heavy. Speck says that its new SmartShell for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is 30 percent thinner than previous versions.
iSkin has launched a new wave of cases for the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch 4G, including two new cases for the iPod touch and three for the iPhone 4. The Solo Vu for iPhone 4 is a slide-on two-piece design. It combines hard and soft plastics while protecting the rear, sides and front face, with openings for all ports. The case arrives in three colors and ships for $40. Another slip-on case is the Solo FX, which features a circular pattern for an etched effect and uses Microban antimicrobial protection. The Solo FX comes in five colors and sells for $35. The Duet for iPhone 4 is a hard case and belt clasp combination design. The holster is a rotary clip that doubles as a media viewing stand. The Duet is available in black for $40 -- it is listed as shipping in one to two weeks.
Speck has launched three new iPad bags, while Scosche has unveiled the foldIO iPad case. Speck's A-Line 10 is a handbag-style product with a zippered, padded and microfleece-lined main compartment. Two zippered pockets in the interior store other items, and include passthroughs for headphone cords. The A-10 comes in gray and purple, black and gray, or brown and red.
Speck has introduced four new limited-edition designs for its Artsprojekt line of iPhone cases. New additions include Waves, Campsite, Bosque and Chemical Girl, expanding the series to include seven unique designs. Each of the new cases is said to be available for up to 250 phones, with a collector card that contains information about both the artwork and the artist.
Speck has launched updated versions of its See Thru and See Thru Satin cases for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, including 13- and 15-inch sizes. The cases accommodate design changes in the new Pros, while retaining compatibility with the previous generation of unibody notebooks. Case construction involves two translucent hard shells, which snap into place to protect a computer from bumps and scratches.
Speck has launched a second-generation iPod touch version of its CandyShell case. The cases combine a hard outer shell with a soft, rubberized inner lining and have access to all ports. The power and volume controls have touch-through covers with contrasting accent colors. The CandyShell comes in two color options, Lemon Drop Liquorice, a high-gloss black shell with bright yellow interior and outer accents, and Cranberry White Truffle, a high-gloss white shell with cranberry red interior and accents.
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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 â‚¬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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