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Valve Adds "Recommended Games" Feature to Steam Functionality

Steam came to Mac OS X this year, and it was good. But as of today, it might get a bit better. Gaming giant Valve has announced the “Recommended For You” referral services on Steam.

The “Recommended For You” services on Steam are designed to help gamers discover new games and DLC (downloadable content) based upon their tastes, recent purchases and recent recommendations by friends.

Recommendations will appear both on the “Recommended For You” pages as well as in your Steam Community News Blotter. In addition, individual game pages will now include Recommendation info, providing gamers with even more information on Steam’s title base.

For full details, check out and happy gaming!


iStopMotion 2.5 Released, Adds Enhanced Support for Canon Cameras

Boinx Software’s iStopMotion is a great tool for creating stop motion movies using a camera connected directly to your Mac. This tool got much better today, however, with update 2.5. The update adds enhanced support for Canon cameras, better iMovie export options, tilt shift filter, and even color correction.

Boinx moved to a new QuickTime capture system for getting video from the camera, this means that iStopMotion can now work with multiple video cameras at the same time. This also means that if you have Final Cut Studio or Logic Studio installed on your Mac, you can use HDV cameras to capture full HD footage. iStopMotion will now work with recent Canon DSLR camera models. You can see all the compatible cameras on the iStopMotion website.

The Tilt Shift filter lets you make the scenery your camera captures look miniature. This is a popular tool when creating time-lapsed footage. With the new color correction filter, you can now easily change tint, brightness and contrast of images to correct lighting.

Boinx has also updated the way iStopMotion exports to iMovie. You can now do a one-click transfer of clips into iMovie ’08 or newer.

You can read more about the updates on the Boinx Software website where you can also download a trial of the application if this functionality peaks your interest. If you have already purchased iStopMotion, you are able to upgrade to the new 2.5 version, assuming you have a valid iStopMotion 2 license. Otherwise, iStopMotion is available from Boinx Software for (home license), (express license), or 9 (pro license).

Check out the video below to get an idea of how the tilt shift feature looks.

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iPhoto 9.1 Update Adds Calendars, More Letterpress and a Bug Fix

iPhoto 9.1 additional letterpress cards

Right on the heels of last week’s 9.0.1 update which addressed potential data loss when updating your library from a previous version, Apple has released iPhoto 9.1 on Thursday. Among the changes are the ability to create and order calendars, additional letterpress holiday greeting cards and bug fixes.

Apple has released iPhoto 9.1, the second update to the iLife ’11 component since its release on October 20. The latest update released on Thursday brings back the ability to create and order calendars as well as offering additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes.

A bug fix is also part of iPhoto 9.1, specifically for an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from correctly importing into iPhoto Events.

Apple is recommending the update for all users of iPhoto ’11, with the 177.33MB download available now via Software Update or from the company’s website.

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Amazon Adds Windowshop iPad App to iOS Portfolio

Amazon Windowshop apparently loves them some iOS, offering up free universal apps for both Amazon Mobile and Kindle. Now the world’s biggest online store has added a new iPad-specific app that brings a whole new shopping experience.

On Tuesday, introduced their new Amazon Windowshop, an iPad-specific app that promises “a top to bottom rewrite of — designed and built without compromise.” The company has long offered their free Amazon Mobile app, which is universal to work great on any iOS device.

Amazon Windowshop is also free, but unique to the iPad, featuring “a completely new, fluid interface designed specifically for lean-back, touchscreen tablets.” While there was certainly nothing wrong with the existing Amazon Mobile app on the iPad, the new app will certainly be welcome to frequent shoppers, especially with the holiday season fast approaching.

“With the flick of a finger you will be able to visually browse across many best selling product categories,” the app description reads. “Windowshop invites you to discover and browse products within popular lists like Featured, Bestsellers, Recommendations, New Releases, Most Wished For, Most Gifted, and Movers & Shakers.”

Windowshop promises to bring more of to the iPad, and once you’ve found something you think others might enjoy, you can even share it via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Amazon Prime members can easily discover which products qualify for free two-day shipping, and much more.

Amazon Windowship is a free 2.1MB download, available now from the App Store. The app is compatible only with the iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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Adobe Releases Acrobat X Pro, Adds New Features

Adobe has released a new version of their Acrobat PDF creation and editing software. Acrobat X Pro gives users many new features, including the ability to manage and track your files (including Word and other file types) for a particular project with PDF Portfolios. This new release is sure to make the Acrobat-reliant users happy.

PDF Portfolios aren’t the only new features in Acrobat X Pro, below are all of the new features Adobe was able to pack into this release:

– The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.
– Users can speed up everyday work by customizing the Quick Tools area for fast access to the tools they use the most.
– Tight integration with allows users to share large files online, streamlining collaboration.
– Improvements made to the Preflight tool enable creative and print professionals to process jobs quickly and accurately.
– Acrobat X Pro also supports the latest versions of the PDF/X-4 and X-5 standards, enabling users to stay current with industry standards.

“With Acrobat X Pro, creative professionals can rest assured their projects will print as intended, which is critical when working under tight client deadlines and with limited budgets,” said Ali Hanyaloglu, product evangelist for Acrobat Solutions at Adobe. “Acrobat X Pro gives everyone involved in the project the necessary tools to create and collaborate so users can quickly obtain client feedback, streamlining the entire design process from concept to approval through final production.”

Acrobat X Pro is available for preorder starting today from the Adobe website for an upgrade price of 9(US) and a new purchase price of 9 with shipping scheduled within 30-days. The four Creative Suite editions (Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium and Creative Suite 5 Master Collection) will have Acrobat X Pro in the future releases. Customers that have a support plan will be notified when the update is available.


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Apple Updates MobileMe Gallery App, Adds Support for iPad

Apple has just updated their MobileMe Gallery application [iTunes link] for the iPhone with universal support for all iOS devices, including the iPad. This means that you can now browse your MobileMe photos with ease on any iOS device you choose. Apple also added fast app switching for iOS 4.0 devices, and topped things off with Retina Display support.

According to the App Store, the following additions were made with Version 1.2:

– Universal app with full iPad support
– Supports fast app switching for iOS 4 devices
– Optimized for Retina displays
– View friends’ galleries without the need for a MobileMe subscription (iPhone and iPad only)

The ability to view friends’ public galleries without having a MobileMe account will make this application more valuable to non subscribers than it has typically been in the past. You can download the free update for the MobileMe Gallery from the iTunes App Store [iTunes link].


via MacRumors


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Dropbox Updates Apps and Adds Blackberry

Of the various cloud storage services out there, we’re most partial to Dropbox. The interface is simple, the uploads fairly quick, and the app works beautifully. Plus, with their open API, Dropbox can sync with tons of our other apps and software making it our number one floating hard drive. Today, it seems, is update day.

Dropbox had a slew of announcements to release today. The biggest news is that Dropbox is now going to be on the Blackberry platform. While we often worry about RIM’s future, expanding availability to a service we’ve come to love is always good news. It’s actually rather surprising that Dropbox wasn’t on Blackberry’s OS some time ago, as popular as the handset has been and remains in enterprise environments. Access to great apps like Dropbox might just help Blackberry stay relevant in the mobile world.

Dropbox also announced updates to their Android app including “support for photo galleries and multi-photo upload, ability to automatically send files to Dropbox from other apps… and other new features and fixes.” So Dropbox integration, something Apple fans have seen for a while on their iPhones, is now making its way to the Android market.

Dearest to iOS Device users, Dropbox also announced updates to the iPad and iPhone versions of the popular app. Most interesting among these are “automatic offline caching for recently accessed files,” which sounds to us suspiciously like cloud flexibility. This is great news for iPad users who sometimes may need to work on a Dropbox file where there’s no WiFi. Changes most likely will stay in the app until connectivity is returned, then resync the updated version. Dropbox also announced the iOS apps wil now support “HD video and high-resolution photo capture…full screen landscape document viewing on iPad and the support for multitasking to allow files to upload or download in the background.”

The list of software and services making use of Dropbox’s API has grown since they opened it up in May of this year. The numbers are over 100, and Dropbox has compiled them in a nice list here. Check ’em out. You may just discover a service you didn’t even know you needed.

(As of this writing, the updates weren’t yet live in the App Store, so keep checking back.)


Twitter Fixes Security Hole, Adds Two New Features

Twitter is recovering after an attack on the social networking site earlier today. According to TechCrunch, the site suffered an attack whereby users could tweet some JavaScript code that could in turn cause pop-ups anytime someone moused over a maliciously crafted tweet.

Fortunately, Twitter was able to get the attack stopped before more users became victim to this exploit. This attack only affected the web-based version of Twitter, as users accessing Twitter through a client like the official Twitter client were not susceptible.

TechCrunch is also reporting that Twitter rolled out two new features today to their new Twitter interface (for those lucky enough to have access at this time). The first new feature gives you the ability to reply to all users contained in a tweet when replying to a tweet. The second addition is an auto-complete feature when typing a username into a tweet. Simply type the @ symbol followed by the first few letters of a username and Twitter will suggest users to you in a pop-up list, allowing you to select one.

Unfortunately, the new Twitter interface isn’t being rolled out to everyone at once, but if you are one of the lucky few that uses the web interface, these changes will be welcomed.


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Bing Adds Transit Directions To Maps Feature


Fans of mass transit can now look to Bing Maps for transit directions.  But due to the initial release, only Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver are available, according to Bing Community.

Mass/public transit is growing and Bing says that there’s more than 10.7 billion public transit passengers per year just in the US.

One large feature is that transit information is featured alongside each route option.  With this, users can compare route options based on what they already know of the transit functionality and personal preference.  Options are available for bus, subway, light rail, and local rail. 

Bing has also added landmark information.  If you were to say, open up a movie theater’s detail pages, you’ll be able to see what’s playing in the “nearby” panel.  You can also get details on operating hours.  Or if you’re in Seattle, and need some info on the Space Needle, you can get contact information, related businesses, and additional details in the results.

If you’re in the above cities, or perhaps on your way to visiting there, check out the new offerings here!

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Boxee Releases New Beta, Adds Huge Movie Library


Boxee’s newest beta is out today, and available for download now. For those of you not in the know, Boxee is an all-in-one social media platform for your media needs, and it just got better.

The newest Boxee release adds a fancy new Movie Library, which you can now access by selecting “Movies” from the main screen. With it comes thosands of free movies, from sources EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI, and OpenFilm. The movies are free, but ad supported. According to Boxee, even more movie sources will be added in the future. You can search for movies to watch now, and queue up films for later, much like Netflix’s Instant Watch, except without the monthly fee.

Boxee admits the new library is a little rough around the edges–for instance, not all movies have artwork yet. But, they wanted to get the new feature out there, and we certainly appreciate it. The update also adds over 100 bug-fixes. So, regardless of whether you’re partial to Boxee, Plex, or Front Row, it looks like this is an update worth checking out!


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