Pro Applications update 2010-02 available for OS X

Apple has released an update for its professional applications suites, which include Final Cut Pro, Logic Studio, and other advanced creative professional applications. The update adds compatibility for new camera formats and addresses a number of stability issues.

Unfortunately, but as we have come to expect, Apple does not detail which formats and stability improvements have been added. Nevertheless, Apple recommends this update for all users running Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server, and Logic Studio.

The installer includes updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, Compressor, and Apple Qmaster. It should be available via Software Update for people who … Read more

David Scott of 3Par, take a victory lap

It has been a long time coming, but virtualized storage is now a "must have" technology.

Dell has announced its intent to acquire next-gen storage vendor 3Par for $1.15 billion, excluding 3Par's cash and other considerations. With this acquisition, Dell continues to morph its business model to be more inclusive of computing systems and services aimed at the enterprise data center customer. With the addition of 3Par's InServ "utility" storage line, Dell ads a midrange to high-end array to its own and growing storage portfolio. 3Par's InServ FC SAN storage, popular lately … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1289: Facebook's momentary lapse of evil (podcast)

The social network stands up to Googlezon's net neutrality proposal, and meanwhile plots Foursquare's demise. Also Farmville pulling up stakes at MSN, and your car's tire pressure sensors can be hacked by drive-bys. Everybody panic!

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Plastic Logic cancels Que e-reader

In a move that will probably surprise few, Plastic Logic announced Tuesday that it's canceling plans for its pricey Que e-reader.

Plastic Logic had already delayed the Que several times after showing early versions of the product for years. Starting at $649, the Que was priced well above the iPad and many notebook computers, not to mention all other e-readers on the market. And that was before a recent spate of price cuts that has pushed the price of the Kindle, Nook, and many other devices below $200.

"We recognize the market has dramatically changed, and with the … Read more

Highly logical

Karnaugh maps are graphical tools used to simplify or minimize Boolean expressions by taking advantage of human pattern recognition capabilities to drastically reduce what would otherwise be complex calculations. They're used by engineers and academics for applications ranging from designing digital devices to working with formal logic expressions. Logic Minimizer from Vikhetan Appa is a unique Windows application for step-by-step simplification of Karnaugh maps, but its full complement of features makes its suitable for working with all forms of logic expressions.

Logic Minimizer's efficient interface sports specialized icons in the toolbar as well as its unique graphical depictions … Read more

Plastic Logic cancels Que e-reader preorders?

A word of caution to those waiting for the Plastic Logic Que to arrive: it may never come.

The company has apparently canceled its customer's preorders for the large touch-screen e-ink e-book reader that starts at a whopping $650 and goes up to $800 for a model with both Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity.

According to Wired's Gadget Lab blog, the company hasn't officially canceled the Que, but is calling the latest setback a "delay." However, most people who cover the e-book reader space expect this to signal doom for the device, which has already … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1257: Don't hold it that way (that's what Steve said) (podcast)

Turns out the iPhone grip of death is simply a "fact of life" with all wireless phones. If holding your phone makes your iPhone 4 signal drop dramatically, Apple would like you to know you should either hold it a different way or buy a case. From them. That sounds logical, right? Right. No, thanks. Also, introducing Rafe's new side project, oneleggedgoat.xxx. Enjoy.

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Data safety net

Even those of us who back up files religiously sometimes lose things, and it's safe to say that a lot of us don't back up quite as religiously as we should. ParetoLogic Data Recovery can help you recover files that have been lost due to accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, or other causes. Note, however, that we said that it can, not that it will.

The program's interface is well-designed and intuitive, with its major features arranged in four sections. Users can choose between a quick scan, full scan, or guided scan, as well as an advanced … Read more

JBL MS-8 optimizes your car's stock audio system

Upgrading your car's stereo used to be a simple affair. You'd yank the radio out, pop in a new receiver, and be back on the road listening to your new tunes within a few hours. However, with today's increasingly integrated car technology setups, removing the stereo could affect other seemingly unrelated vehicle functions, rendering your climate controls useless or activating a vehicle immobilizer system. However, if JBL's MS-8 integrated digital processor performs the way Harman International, JBL's parent company, claims it does, being stuck with a stock stereo may not mean that you're stuck … Read more

24-hour Mother's Day exclusive

Hi, I'm Catherine Hwang, a partner manager at CNET Downloads, where I manage software publisher relationships for Upload.com. Last month, we teamed up with Lavasoft to bring you an exclusive offer on one of the most popular security suites on CNET Downloads. This month, we partnered with Roxio, Novastor and ChicaLogic to bring you exclusive deals your mom might find useful.

Today only, you can help your mom easily create and share life's favorite events through Roxio PhotoShow for just $19.99 (originally $39.99). With those precious memories created with Roxio PhotoShow, you can help back … Read more