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Synthogy, one of the premier developers of virtual grand pianos, has announced the release of Ivory Grand Pianos version 1.7, which is the latest version of their popular and award-winning virtual grand plug-in. Fully compatible with Apple OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.4.x Tiger with Universal Binary AU, RTAS, VST, and standalone support, version 1.7 is available as a free download to all registered Ivory owners. Also, the Ivory Italian Grand will now be a complete, free-standing virtual instrument that includes Ivory’s powerful, custom piano engine technology. Synthogy is also planning to preview a new Ivory Upright Piano bundle at Winter NAMM that will run on the same version 1.7 operating system. Finally, by popular demand, all Synthogy products will now support Pace iLok authorization, greatly streamlining the registration process.

Arturia has just announced the immediate availability of version 1.2 of their virtual Prophet V virtual synth. This update includes VST 2.4 support for Cubase 4 compatibility on Mac Intel computers. It also gains RTAS 7.3 support. Finally, a number of bugs reported by users have been fixed. If you are a registered owner of Arturia Prophet V, you can download the upgrade free.

Apple has just announced iPhone version 1.1.3, a free software update available today via iTunes 7.5 or later that offers significant new features to iPhone owners. After installing the update, iPhone customers will be able to automatically find their location using the redesigned Maps application; send text to multiple people in one message; create Web Clips for their favorite websites; customize their home screen; and watch movies rented from the new iTunes Movie Rentals right on their iPhone.

The best Apple iPod becomes even better with the installation of this major software upgrade, making it the world’s best Wi-Fi mobile device. The upgrade, which is available from iTunes for $19.99, adds five more mobile applications to iPod touch: Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather, and Notes. It also includes such new features as Web Clips, a customizable home screen, and the ability to watch iTunes Movie Rentals on iPod touch.

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