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Has It Been 6 Weeks Already? Firefox 11 Now Available

Firefox iconOh, Mozilla — just when we start to get comfortable with a new version of your Firefox web browser, you come along and yank the rug out from under us with an even newer edition. In keeping with the company’s new fast track development, Firefox 11 is now available for your downloading pleasure.

The Mozilla Blog has announced the availability of Firefox 11, the organization’s latest and greatest web browser (well, for another six weeks or so, anyway). Available now for Mac, Windows and Linux, Firefox 11 is another chapter in Mozilla’s “baby step” full point releases and most of the changes are under the hood.

Firefox 11 includes new in-product developer tools that will make it easier to visualize page elements. “The first is a powerful visual layout tool unique to Firefox, Page Inspector 3D View,” the company’s blog explains. “Nicknamed Tilt, it is a brand new WebGL-based website visualization tool that highlights the structure of a page better than a flat view, so anyone can immediately understand the relationship of the code to the page output.”

A new Style Editor tool also allows developers to edit CSS stylesheets like a text editor, but see the changes instantly, right from within Firefox 11. “It’s a quick and easy way to iterate and test designs on a website,” Mozilla notes. “Once changes are made, the Firefox Style Editor provides a simple way to save the file to your computer.”

Not a developer? Firefox 11 can now migrate your bookmarks, history and cookies from Google Chrome, and with Sync enabled, add-ons can now be synchronized across all of your computers. The new version also includes redesigned media controls for HTML5 video and fixes an issue with Growl 1.3 or later notifications not working.

You know you want it, so head over to the Mozilla website and get your Firefox 11 download on!

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Apple Confirms New iPad Available Friday 8am in USA, 9 Other Countries

The new iPadYou already knew that Apple was releasing the new iPad on Friday, March 16, but now the company has confirmed what time their retail stores will open on that fateful day in the U.S. and nine other countries around the world.

Apple has announced that the new iPad will go on sale this Friday, March 16 at 8am local time in the company’s retail and online stores. In addition to the United States, the coveted tablet will also arrive simultaneously in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.K. as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a five-megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life while remaining amazingly thin and light,” Apple’s press release reads. “iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast 3G networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just 9.”

Apple’s press release also notes that the new iPad will roll out to another batch of international customers in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden starting March 23.

U.S. customers will also have the choice of buying a new iPad at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart as well as direct from 4G LTE carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Those lucky enough to get their preorders in last week should be seeing a UPS or FedEx truck pulling up to their door sometime on Friday as well.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPad 2

Adobe Photoshop TouchAfter a bit of a false start over the weekend, Adobe has officially pulled the trigger on Photoshop Touch, the long-awaited, full-featured tablet image editor first introduced on Android which allows for traditional features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments and filters.

Adobe Systems Incorporated is using this week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain to unveil Photoshop Touch, a .99 app for the iPad 2 which builds upon the company’s initial wave of tablet apps to allow full-featured Photoshop image editing based purely on touch.

“Photoshop Touch gives users the ability to combine multiple photos into layered images, make essential edits and apply professional effects to create beautiful artwork, touch up photos, paint, lay out ideas and much more,” the company’s press release touts. “The Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep, and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch helps users quickly find images and share creations through integration with Facebook and Google Image Search.”

The app got a bit of a false start on Saturday night when it popped up in a few international App Store locations, only to be yanked until Monday. Adobe Photoshop Touch is part of six touchscreen apps the company is rolling out, including Adobe Collage (for moodboards), Adobe Debut (for presentations), Adobe Ideas (for sketching), Adobe Kuler (for exploring color themes) and Adobe Proto, for website and mobile app prototyping.

Adobe Photoshop Touch is available now from the App Store for a reasonable .99, but you’ll need the latest and great hardware and software in order to run it — the app only works with the iPad 2 running iOS 5 or later.

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Clear To-Do App Now Available, Twitter Swoons with Unbridled Passion

Clear appWith so many apps now available in the App Store, it’s not often that one comes along that makes everyone swoon over it. Let’s face it: We’re jaded by having so many cool apps on the iOS platform, so we stand up and take notice when one gets so much attention. This week, it’s Realmac Software’s Clear which has everyone talking.

Realmac Software has finally released the long-awaited Clear, a simple and elegant to-do list manager that landed in the App Store overnight for an introductory price of only 99 cents. Its arrival has sent a considerable number of bloggers and app fans going crazy on Twitter, which doesn’t happen with just any app these days.

“Life is messy,” the app description reads. “Keep it together with Clear, an amazing new app for list-keeping that is unbelievably simple, quick and satisfying to use. Clear is designed with simplicity and flexibility in mind and works great with any list you throw at it!”

Among the suggested uses for Clear are a personal to-do list, shopping list, quick notes list for phone numbers and things, list of movies to watch or books to read, guest list for that party or even a “bucket list” for those big life goals.

“We became obsessed with how to simplify our lives without adding clutter,” the developers proclaim. “Our solution is Clear.”

The mere simplicity of Clear seems to be what everyone is talking about. The app features a colored “heat map” view of your to-do list, with more imminent tasks in red and less important ones in yellow. Users can pull to create a new task, swipe to complete a task and pinch to change lists.

For all of its eye-catching bravado, power users may be disappointed to discover what Clear doesn’t offer: Namely, some type of iCloud sync for keeping your to-do lists matched up with your Mac. No doubt the developers will look to add such missing features in the near future, but you’ll want to snap it up now at the introductory price of only 99 cents for a limited time only.

Clear requires iOS 5 or later and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and up, third-generation iPod touch or higher and all iPads (although there’s no native support, since the app is not universal).

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Apple Announces iPhone 4S, Available October 14 with 64GB and Sprint

iPhone 4S three-upApple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, followed up a couple of iPod updates by introducing the widely rumored iPhone 4S, the latest and greatest handset from the company.

iPhone 5? Not so fast. Apple has just introduced the iPhone 4S, the latest generation of the company’s flagship mobile product which may look the same as the current iPhone 4 on the outside, but “inside it’s all new,” according to senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller.

The iPhone 4S comes packing the A5 processor first introduced with the iPad 2 earlier this year, promising a 2x speed improvement with dual-core graphics and up to seven times the graphics performance of the previous model.

So what else does the iPhone 4S have to offer? How about eight hours of 3G talk time, six hours of 3G web browsing (nine hours via Wi-Fi), 10 hours of video and 40 hours of music playback for what Schiller calls “fantastic battery life.”

The wireless antenna has been improved with the iPhone 4S, which Schiller promises will have “even better call quality” by intelligently switching between two antennas to transmit and receive. The new model will also take advantage of 14.4 Mbps HSDPA download speeds, effectively doubling those of the iPhone 4 where coverage is available.

The iPhone 4S is also a world phone, which means it’s capable of running on both GSM (AT&T) or CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) networks — no more separate models for separate networks. “That really benefits customers a lot,” Schiller claims, particularly for those of us who travel internationally.

Following up on the popularity of the iPhone 4 as a camera, the iPhone 4S will include an eight megapixel sensor for a whopping 3264×2448 frame size — 60 percent more pixels than the previous model. The new camera will also be 33 percent faster at capturing images, with backside illumination for 73 percent more light. A five element lens also promises 30 percent more sharpness from those images.

More obvious improvements will come with the new face detection feature, part of a new Image Signal Processor the company designed which also results in 26 percent better automatic white balance and lightning-fast shutter speeds — 1.1 seconds for the first picture, and a mere half a second for the next. Video recording also gets a boost with the iPhone 4S, bumping up the resolution to 1080p HD and adding video image stabilization and temporal noise reduction.

The iPhone 4S also introduces a new digital assistant feature called Siri (check out our separate coverage on that), and will introduce the device on October 14, with preorders starting Friday, October 7. Available in 16GB for 9, 32GB for 9 or 64GB for 9 with a two-year commitment, the iPhone 4S will be available in seven countries at launch, with an additional 22 coming on October 28 and a total of 70 by year’s end.

What about the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS? Apple will continue to offer them both, with an 8GB iPhone available for with contract and the 8GB iPhone 3GS absolutely free with the same two-year commitment.

Apple’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event wrapped up this morning with announcements of a refreshed iPod nano and iPod touch, iOS 5 and iCloud arriving on October 12 and the new iPhone 4S hitting stores on October 14, with Sprint added as a third U.S. carrier and a 64GB model available for the first time at 9 with two-year agreement.

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Rumor: Next iPhone Available In Three Capacities, 64GB At Last?

iPhone with 64GB storageAre you an iPhone owner jealous of those iPod touch owners with their 64GB of storage? You may not be for long, assuming you’re in the market for the next handset Apple plans to announce on October 4. A new rumor claims the new iPhone will be available in three capacities, presumably maxing out at 64GB.

9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone — codenamed “N94” within Apple — has finally showed up in the company’s inventory system, which seems to indicate that it will be available in three different storage capacities. Coupled with leaked photos this year showing 64GB of storage on an iPhone prototype, the website believes that the next iPhone will come in three capacities — 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

“In all fairness, it is also plausible that the new iPhone will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, but the appearance of a tweaked iPhone 4 (N90A) seems to refute that,” 9to5Mac notes. “Provided that the 8GB iPhone 4 rumor is correct, it would make little sense for Apple to produce both an 8GB iPhone 4 and an 8GB iPhone 4S. For those who have been wondering — and who isn’t? — each of these capacities will come in both black and white.”

The move would make sense, as the iPod touch has maxed out at 64GB for two generations, while the iPhone has remained with a mere 32GB ceiling. Although Apple is likely hoping that you won’t need as much storage thanks to new services such as iCloud and iTunes Match, the reality is some of us have large music libraries we would like to keep with us at all times, and coupled with tons of apps, books and other media, 32GB simply isn’t cutting it anymore.

Here’s hoping that 9to5Mac’s source, “Mr. X,” knows what he’s talking about as we head into Tuesday’s keynote on Apple’s Cupertino campus.

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Skype 5.4 for Mac Beta Available with Facebook Integration

The new Skype for Mac 5.4 Beta is now available brings full Facebook integration right into your Skype account. With the new version, you can connect to Facebook, then chat, import your news feed, comment and “Like” posts, all from within Skype.

You can download Skype for Mac 5.4 Beta for free. Installing it is easy and takes no time at all.

Skype Mac Install

Once you have the new version running, there is a brief demo of the new features, and then you will be prompted to link to Facebook. You’ll have to authorize Skype to have access to a lot of your Facebook elements if you want to proceed.

Skype Link To Facebook

Connecting to Facebook brings your newsfeed into Skype with a cool, multi-column layout. You can toggle between just your other Skype contacts or all of your Facebook friends. You can update your Facebook status, or comment or like a friend’s status, all from within Skype.

Skype Facebook Newsfeeds

The new version also allows you to see your Facebook friends in your Skype contact list, see when they are online, and instant message them directly from Skype.

Skype Facebook Integration

All of these features were previously available on Skype 5.5 for Windows, which was released on July 27. This is the first time Skype has brought Facebook to the Mac playground, however. According to the Skype Blog, Skype is “excited to finally deliver Facebook integration to our Mac users.” We are excited, too!

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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Get Creative with Faces iMake HD, Now Available for iPad

Faces iMake HDFaces iMake HD, the latest development from internationally renowned artist and illustrator Hanoch Piven, was released on the Apple App Store today. The app follows the iPhone version that we reviewed last year, which has since been downloaded over 800,000 times and received several awards including the Parents Choice Award.

Now designed specifically for the iPad, Face iMake HD is intended to appeal to the artistic drive of everyone. It is primarily a tool for making collages from over 200 everyday objects using the touch screen and a set of intuitive menu tools to manipulate images into faces, landscapes, patterns — whatever you are in the mood to create. With just one or two fingers you can select images inside the app and then drag, enlarge, shrink and customize them into unique works of art. The developers intended to make an introductory tool for the amateur artist as well as a inspiring tool for the seasoned artist. Whatever your artistic level, Faces iMake HD looks like a lot of fun.

Also, in addition to the built-in images, you can upload from your Photos library, or include images on the fly using the camera on an iPad 2.

Faces iMake HD

Faces iMake HD includes:
- video lessons by Hanoch Piven himself, designed for all ages
- a gallery of twenty inspirational images created by the Piven family
- the ability to convert your digital creation into a real-life puzzle
- a music player for background jams while you are creating
- the ability to share your creations directly on Facebook and email

Faces iMake HD is now available on the Apple App Store for .99.

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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iOS 5 Beta 6 Now Available for Developers

Only a few months remain before we hopefully see the release of iOS 5, but until then developers can tinker around with beta 6 for the time being, which has just been made available to developers with credentials.

You can download the new beta release from the developer site after you log in.

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Final Fantasy Tactics Finally Available in App Store

Final Fantasy Tactics iOS

After a long journey, the iOS port of the classic PlayStation strategy RPG Final Fantasy Tactics is finally ready for public consumption. The only problem is that you might wince when you see its price tag. 

After a couple of delays that kept Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions out of the App Store, the game is finally here, and retro gaming fans are rejoicing. Mostly because they no longer have to lug their PSP around with them to play the only coherent version of the game in existence (the original PlayStation game suffered from a bad translation that also tried to be Shakespearean.) 

Tactics is a turn-based strategy role-playing game. Which means it’s a lot like a normal RPG in that you pick a party of characters to battle with, then take turns casting abilities and hitting enemies. The difference here is that Tactics takes place on a grid map filled with obstacles and landforms. Rather than simply standing in a line and hitting each other like a normal RPG, you must maneuver your characters around to fight the enemy and mitigate damage.

Even considering its age, this is still a fantastic game and well worth a try for the uninitiated. The only issue is that its price is truly colossal for an iOS game. It’s running at .99, which is the highest price for an iOS game we’ve seen in a long while. And certainly the highest price we’ve ever seen for a port of a port of a game.

Square Enix has been pushing the envelope on game prices on the App Store for years now. It seems like they may be intent on changing the entire market to accept higher priced handheld games. 

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