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Jan 06
CES: BodyGuardz announces Crown screen protection
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BodyGuardz (www.bodyguardz.com) announced the Crown, which was created to protect the curved edges of today’s hottest mobile devices. It's patent-pending solution available exclusively from BodyGuardz, says President/CEO Kirk Feller. The Crown is a custom-molded rim made of anodized aluminum, designed to fit around ScreenGuardz Pure and provide a protective solution. Distinct from traditional screen protectors, the it provides edge-to-edge screen protection for rounded edge devices such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4, says Feller. The Crown will be available in February for the iPhone 6 (US$39.95), 6 Plus ($44.95), and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($44.95).
Jan 06
CES: Scosche launches waterproof boomBOTTLE +
Scosche (www.scosche.com) has introduced a new member to the boomBOTTLE family: the boomBOTTLE + (plus), a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for streaming music while biking, hiking, camping and more. The weatherproof, two 55mm driver equipped speaker features an IP67 rating (water and dust proof), dual pairing that produces true stereo sound when two boomBOTTLE + speakers are used and up to 11 hours of streaming. This speaker will be included in Scosche’s expanding Optimized for OUTDOORS series of rugged products designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments. It features a shock absorbing TPU exterior designed to withstand drops or vibrations caused from rough terrain, plus non-slip side finger grip areas. The boomBOTTLE + is constructed with sealed dustproof speaker grills to keep the dirt out during backcountry rides. It also fits into most bicycle bottle cages, so you can take it with you while on the trail. A Bluetooth wireless range of 33 feet eliminates the need for wires...
Jan 06
CES: Satechi announces BT Button Series
Satechi’s BT Button Series, announced at CES 2015, allows users to achieve wireless accessibility with a single press of a button. This trilogy series consists of a BT Shutter Button, BT Media Button and BT Home button, which users can tote on their key chains, steering wheel or dashboard to access several aspects of their smart devices including photos, music and GPS directions. The BT Button Series boasts a slim aluminum metal design and is compatible with most iOS devices supporting Bluetooth and Android OS 4.4.4 or later. Each plug and play button is packaged with a mount, audio port keychain attachment, integrated 3M sticker for easy attachment, and CR2016 battery, which purportedly lasts for up to two years. With Satechi’s BT Shutter Button, you can group photos and video recordings. Tap the Shutter Button and the paired smart device will begin recording or taking photos immediately. The BT Media Button allows users to control the soundtrack of their lives wirelessly without...
Jan 06
OWC announces 1TB Envoy Pro EX
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 1TB model of theOWC EnvoyPro EX ultra-portable SSD. Designed in anodized aluminum to match modern Macs and PCs, it fits into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase. The heart of the Envoy Pro EX is an OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that reportedly offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. It's bus-powered for maximum portability.   The OWC Envoy Pro EX is available immediately in the following configurations: 240GB for US$249; 480GB for $399; and 1TB for $599.
Jan 06
Dead Effect game available for Mac OS X
BadFly Interactive has released Dead Effect for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's available for download via Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/286040/). Here's how the game is described: "Dead Effect is a highly addictive single-player game, in which the ESS Meridian spacecraft is traveling through space with a new FTL technology, heading towards its destination, Tau Ceti f, the first planet outside of our solar system ever to be colonized. "One of the crew members is awakened from cryogenic sleep, and quickly discovers that the nightmare has only begun. What happened to everyone aboard? Why are they all so aggressive, and why do they attack without any survival instincts? "Dead Effect features not only a compelling story, but also incredibly immersive gameplay. You play the role of a character and member of Unit 13, an elite peace-keeping unit aboard the ship, and it is your task to discover what happened to the ESS Meridian and the remaining crew. Through 12 challenging...
Jan 06
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr), an update to the layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks. With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page. A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata. Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile. PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$24. Version 1.1 is a free update for...
Jan 06
Reezaa releases PDF Editor 3.0 for Mac OS X
Reezaa has announced PDF Editor Mac 3.0, an update to their free PDF application for Mac OS X. The utility allows you to add text, erase content, and insert images into your PDF file. You can also rotate the PDF orientation, draw lines, change font size and color of text, and add a watermark to each page. Additionally, PDF Editor Mac provides a choice of exporting the PDF to other formats and can permanently save the modified PDF content changes. PDF Editor Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It's free and available at http://www.pdfeditormac.com/ .
Jan 05
iDevices introduces HomeKit-enabled connected plug
iDevices has announced an Apple HomeKit-enabled product: the iDevices Switch (http://idevicesinc.com/switch/). This Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi compatible connected plug is set to start shipping during the first half of 2015. Through a free iDevices Connected app, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can control, monitor and schedule products around the house with the iDevices Switch. Hundreds of appliances such as lamps, fans, humidifiers, Christmas lights and stereos can be intelligently managed through the device. The iDevices Switch plugs directly into an electrical outlet, and connects to a home’s Wi-Fi network. Once you download the iDevices Connected app from the iTunes Store, you can instantly control any product you have plugged into the Switch through an iOS device. The iDevices Switch doesn't require an external hub or subscription fee. Switch’s HomeKit integration provides away to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your own...
Jan 05
New Philips 34-inch curved display unveiled at CES
EPI (www.lcdmonitors.philips.com) has announced the 34-inch Philips Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD Display, an UltraWide screen "with a gentle curve provides a pleasant yet subtle immersion effect, which focuses on you at the center of your desk." The arc and UltraWide QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and Panoramic 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio are designed to envelop users who seek a "natural" media viewing experience, according to EPI. The display also features built-in stereo speakers and MultiView technology. The 34” Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD Display has a 21:9 panoramic aspect ratio with over one billion color depth, as well as an UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution. The super widescreen makes the display ideal for viewing spreadsheets, editing multiple documents and running several programs at once. Additionally, the monitor’s MultiView technology enables active dual connect and view. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.
Jan 05
OWC releases Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis
Other World Computing (OWC) says the OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis (http://tinyurl.com/9l6j2yv) has been updated with Thunderbolt 2 technology. The newly updated Helios handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, bringing Thunderbolt 2 technology to the original Mercury Helios' throughput of up to 10Gb/s. OWC’s Mercury Helios PCIe Expansion Chassis is a solution for using half-length professional-level PCIe 2.0 cards with Apple’s entire line of Thunderbolt enabled Macs that do not have PCIe slots due to size or design limitations. It's bootable with AHCI-compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. Types of PCIe cards Helios can use include: Fibre Channel, 10GB Ethernet, RAID controller, video capture, digital audio, solid state drives, SAS controllers such as the OWC Jupiter, as well as FireWire, USB 3.0, eSATA host adapter cards.   The Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis is now available for order at a manufacturer's...
Jan 05
Levitating backpack floats onto the scene at CES 2015
STM (www.stmbags.com) is showcasing its The Drifter "levitating backpack" at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It conceals two floating sleeves crafted for holding a laptop and tablet safely. If the Drifter is dropped, the floating electronics pockets will remain safely suspended inches above the ground, says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM. It's constructed with water resistant fabric for the main body and reinforced bottom fabric. The top loading design of the Drifter makes the bag easy to navigate through without dumping out all of the contents, says Ziegelman. The Drifter is 18 liters in volume and features an array of pockets, including a compression pocket on the side for quick water bottle storage and a zipped pocket on the opposite side. At the bottom of the bag a pocket holds a form-fitted rainfly intended to go over the bag for additional water protection. The Drifter boasts three external zippered pockets containing panels for organization,...
Jan 05
Survival Skills Guide launched for Mac OS X Yosemite
A new Survival Skills Guide (http://www.macsupportstore.com) for Mac OS X Yosemite has been launched online in eBook format. It's written by Jeff Graber of The Mac Support Store. Yosemite is the 11th major release of OS X and can be downloaded from Mac App Store for free. Although it has special features, "there are many potentially disastrous technical issues" in the new operating system, says Graber. He adds this is why the Mac Support store has released an eBook guide that helps resolve Yosemite issues. In this book, users can learn, in depth, about common problems faced upon their installation, as well as usage of the new operating system, and ways on how to easily resolve these problems. The ebook discusses the possible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems that may arise when the OS is used and ways on how to resolve them. Other OS problems discussed on the eBook include: email problems, sound problems, Logitech problems and boot problems. The ebook also discusses ways on how users can...
Jan 05
Mad Catz' new headset is a F.R.E.Q
Mad Catz Interactive is shipping the F.R.E.Q. Wireless Surround Headset, a gaming headset compatible with practically any audio source including Macs, PCs, game consoles, mobile and smart devices. It allows gamers to enjoy expansive wireless surround sound via AM3D Audio technology.    The F.R.E.Q. features a discrete integrated mic that allows gamers to communicate online, as well as use the headset with smart phones, tablets and more, all without the need of a boom mic obstructing their movement. With no need for a boom mic to be attached, gamers can stay connected with multiple devices and enjoy the headset in a variety of situations.   The F.R.E.Q. features Bluetooth technology and can connect to practically any audio source thanks to the adapter box that connects to a standard digital optical or analogue source, transmitting wireless audio directly to the headset. The F.R.E.Q is available for pre-order for US$299.99 at http://tinyurl.com/p8b6by8 .
Jan 05
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive. According to the folks at LaCie, the Rugged RAID is also the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC. It features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s. The LaCie Rugged addresses sports 4TB in a compact footprint. It features RAID 1 (mirrored mode), which is where the data is duplicated across the two drives.
Jan 05
Seagate launches 'world's slimmest portable hard drive...
Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched what it says is the "world's slimmest" portable hard drive: the Seagate Seven. It's a 500GB drive with a 7mm depth. According to Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate Branded Group, the company leveraged the latest of the company’s drive technologies and manufacturing processes to create the drive.  The deep draw process allows for the all steel enclosure to be shaped in a method that the material could not be any thinner and still hold the structural integrity needed to perform as an external portable storage device, he says. The steel encasing also provides a rigidity, which allows for the incredibly thin design to be functional. The low profile motor technologies used in the bare drive are designed to include extreme Gyro handling capabilities with tablets and thin computing in mind.  This is a true benefit when considering that Seagate Seven is a storage device that people will carry with them in their bags or pockets.   The Seagate...
Jan 05
LaCie rolls out Mirror drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has released the US$280 Mirror, a portable hard drive wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It's designed to be both a functional 1TB hard drive with an USB 3.0 interface and a striking piece of decor. The LaCie Mirror hard drive sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar. It's been designed in collaboration with the acclaimed French designer, Pauline Deltour.
Jan 05
WD to demo world's fastest 4 TB Hybrid Drive at Storage...
WD (www.wd.com) is demonstrating what it says is "the world's fastest 4 TB hybrid drive" at the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions 2015. WD's prototype drive utilizes the SATA Express PCI-e interface, 4 TB 3.5-inch hybrid hard drive, and up to 128 GB solid state drive. The two WD SATA Express interface demonstrations at Storage Visions 2015 will include commercially available motherboards from WD partners ASRock and Gigabyte. These systems will demonstrate cabled SATA Express PCI-e interconnect flexibility and configuration options for single-volume caching and RAID. Heavy desktop usage scenarios will benefit from larger cache sizes (64 GB will be demonstrated) by enabling retention of key hot data across multiple applications, which improves overall performance, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president, Storage Technology, WD. In WD's labs, WD's SATA Express 4 TB drive with 64 GB cache achieved a PCMark8 benchmark score of 4459, demonstrating near-SSD performance at an optimized GB-...
Jan 04
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive. According to the folks at LaCie, the Rugged RAID is also the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC. It features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s. The LaCie Rugged addresses sports 4TB in a compact footprint. It features RAID 1 (mirrored mode), which is where the data is duplicated across the two drives.
Jan 02
New hacking tool evades Apple's iCloud password protection
A new tool submitted to GitHub (www.github.com), a a web-based Git repository hosting service, claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening, reports "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/pqj3qkf). The source code for the tool has been released onto GitHub. It tries every possible word in its 500-long word-list as the password for a given iCloud account email. This means while it will succeed "100%" at trying 500 times over, the tool is by no means guaranteed to succeed at cracking your password, notes "9to5Mac." According to Apple: "iCloud secures your data by encrypting it when it's sent over the Internet, storing it in an encrypted format when kept on server (review the table below for detail), and using secure tokens for authentication. This means that your data is protected from unauthorized access both while it is...
Jan 02
Microspot releases Limited Edition MacDraft package
Microspot is celebrating their 50th anniversary by announcing the 50th anniversary limited edition package of MacDraft Professional, their 2D drafting, design and illustration software. This limited edition pack brings together the power of MacDraft Pro 6.1.1, seven vector symbol libraries plus lots of exclusive merchandise all in one limited edition pack that's Mac OS X Yosemite compatible. The Microspot MacDraft Limited Edition Package is available only from the Microspot web store (http://www.microspot.com). It has a retail price of US$499. There are also various upgrade options available from the website.
Jan 01
Happy New Year
Happy NewYear greetings to all our readers and advertisers. MacTech will be "closed" today and will reopen for business as usual on Friday, Jan. 2.
Dec 31
The Big Apple may use Apple Pay for parking tickets
The city of New York’s finance department is looking into alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, PayPal and Bitcoin for the US$600 million in parking ticket revenue it collects annually by issuing up to 10 million tickets, reports "MarketWatch" (http://tinyurl.com/mvtlo34). Drivers currently pay for tickets online, via mail or in person at the courthouse. However, the online system is not mobile friendly and credit and debit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee. The city told "MarketWatcH" that offering mobile options might help cut down on the fines it racks up each year from base fines and penalties on unpaid violations. Apple announced Apple Pay in September, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.
Dec 31
Bankrupt GT Advanced Tech wants to give key employees bonuses
Former Apple supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to give "executive bonuses" of up to $2 million to help motivate and retain "key" employees, according to AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com). In October GT Advanced Tech, Apple’s partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire. That same month it was announced that GT Advanced and Apple had reached a settlement agreement under which GT will wind down its sapphire materials production in the company’s Mesa, AZ and Salem, MA locations. The company indicated that it will exit from the market as a producer of sapphire materials and will refocus its business as an equipment supplier, manufacturing and developing sapphire growth systems and processes. Under the terms of the...
Dec 31
Judge dismisses proposed employee lawsuits against Apple
Citing a recent Supreme Court ruling, a federal court judge has dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits against Apple by some retail employees, who argued the company's anti-theft policies incurred lost wages, reports AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com). Alsop's ruling hinges on a unanimous Supreme Court decision (PDF link) regarding a similar situation involving employee security checks and overtime pay. In 2013, former employees at Apple stores in New York and Los Angelesfiled a class action suit, claiming the iPhone maker required them to stand in line for up to 30 minutes every shift and wait for a manager to search their bags. According to the complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, the searches result in Apple workers being deprived of around US$1,500 a year in unpaid wages. The lawsuit was filed by Amanda Frlekin who worked at Apple’s Century City store in Los Angeles and Dean Pelle who was employed at its Soho location in New York. Both worked as Apple...
Dec 30
'Thunderstrike' hack can affect Mac firmware
A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac's firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM, reports 9to5Mac (www.9to5Mac.com). Known as "Thunderstrike," the proof of concept (http://tinyurl.com/nla6jqt), infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims can't be detected, nor removed by reinstalling Mac OS X. According to researcher Trammel Hudson, it's a "a vulnerability that allows the installation of persistent firmware modifications into the EFI boot ROM of Apple's popular MacBooks. The bootkit can be easily installed by an evil-maid via the externally accessible Thunderbolt ports and can survive reinstallation of OSX as well as hard drive replacements. Once installed, it can prevent software attempts to remove it and could spread virally across air-gaps by infecting additional Thunderbolt devices." Apple has already implemented an intended fix in the latest...
Dec 30
Apple to save historic barn on 'spaceship campus' site
Apple has set aside a place on its "spaceship" campus for the Glendenning Barn, named for a pioneer family whose land "became a magnet for tech companies after the blooms faded from their orchards," reports the Mercury News (mercurynews.com). In the years before his death in 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs decided that he wanted to tear up the husk of Hewlett-Packard and bring the land back to its roots, when it was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight for all its orchards and flowering trees, the article adds. When finished, the 175-acre site off Wolfe and Homestead roads in Cupertino will be transformed from 80% asphalt and concrete to 80% greenery and open space. The upcoming campus, which will supplement and not replace Apple’s current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, was a pet project of the late Jobs. It’s a four-story, 2.8 million square foot building to be built on land formerly occupied by Hewlett Packard’s campus. Originally slated to accommodate 6,000 employees, the...
Dec 30
Chevron to roll out Apple Pay support next year
Chevron Oil has plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in the new year, according to a tweet the company sent out to a customer Monday — as noted by MacRumors (www.macrumors.com). In the message, Chevron says that it is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay payment solutions to pumps by early 2015. Apple announced Apple Pay in September, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.
Dec 29
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 29
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Bad Games has announced Selknam Defense. It's a free (though sponsored by ads) Tower Defense game variant. MBG UG has released Mr. Noble. The app is designed to be the "digital Swiss Army knife" for iSO devices. Mr. Noble a a free download and offers full access to "Toolbox" and "Looks," as well as the chapters "Suits" and "Shirts." Additional content can be unlocked via in-app-purchases: US$0.99 for individual chapters or $4.99 for the entire suite of chapters. Abdullah Karimi has introduced Gold Coins Billionaire. It's a free game in which the player has to push coins by tapping at the right place. The player also needs to be cautious of not pushing the coins and prizes on side walls. RV AppStudios has cooked up Christmas Cookie. It's a free, match 3 puzzle game.
Dec 29
Apple expected to reverse iPad misfortunes in 2015
According to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm, ABI Research, tablet growth is expected to resume and continue over the next five years with a forecast of nearly 290 million tablet shipments in 2019. As the calendar year comes to a close, many of the world’s tablet vendors are looking forward to opportunities in 2015 and are hoping to avoid a repeat of lackluster 2014 results. Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google are expected to show year-over-year declines in branded tablet unit volume, while Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, and Samsung should end higher in calendar year 2014. "Historically, Apple has counted approximately 35% of its iPad sales in the last calendar quarter of the year," says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr.  :Unless Apple can pull off a 32+ million unit quarter, sales for CY2014 [calendar year 2014] will be down for the first year since the iPad launched." ABI Research predicts iPad sales to reach nearly 68 million in 2014,...
Dec 29
Amped Wireless unveils new Wi-Fi range extenders
Amped Wireless (www.ampedwireless.com) has launched two new range extenders that are reportedly the first to provide up to 12,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage and up to 1750Mbps of combined Wi-Fi speed. The REA20v2 and the RE1750A are high power range extenders designed for large homes and offices with multiple users and a need for more Wi-Fi coverage. The REA20v2 is an update to the originalREA20 range extender with more output power, new and improved components and better technology for improved signal reliability and more overall coverage, according to Lacey Limbrick, brand/marketing manager at Amped Wireless. A high power AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender with dual band capabilities, the REA20v2 features eight high power amplifiers, two high gain dual band antennas for up to 800mW of total Wi-Fi output power. The REA20v2 can be directly connected to up to five devices via the built in gigabit wired ports. It also features one USB 2.0 storage port for file sharing. For the most...
Dec 26
MegaSeg optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite
Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg (www.megaseg.com/), the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.9.4. The upgrade boasts over 60 improvements, including OS X Yosemite optimizations, new Denon controller presets, and an updated sound engine with superior quality pitch-lock and seamless looping. MegaSeg Pro provides features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category searching, track logging, integrated iTunes playlists and protected audio playback. MegaSeg 5.9.4 DJ and Pro editions are available from MegaSeg.com for US$99 and $199...
Dec 26
Subtitle Studio for Mac OS X adds full chapter markers
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update of its subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. To use Subtitle Studio, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done. Version 1.1 adds a full chapter mark solution and Tap2Sync. To use Tap2Sync, you enter the Tap2Sync mode from the menu. The movie autoplays and presents you the first subtitle. When you hear it, tap space and the subtitle is fixed to this location after being reduced to a preset reaction time. Tap2Sync auto selects the next subtitle and even adjusts all future subtitles, so there's no over lapping. All you need to do is listen and tap space. Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Subtitle Studio 11 is available for US$14.99 in the Mac App Store in the Video...
Dec 23
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 23
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Ultralab has announced Iceberg Tower. In the free game, players must build a high column by carefully placing sliding ice blocks. In order to get points in Iceberg Tower, one needs to accurately stack ice blocks upon each other in a way that the edges of a new block match the edges of the previous one. MehtaiPhoneApps has released G-Zone. In the free game, your goal is to control a moon to avoid asteroids and stay alive for as long as you can. Tap and adjust the orbit of a moon to control it and dodge asteroids that are flying across the screen. Eilean Design has introduced Tic Tacular. It's a free puzzle/strategy game. At the end of each turn a mark disappears. After the marks have finished counting down, the piece disappears allowing a new piece to be placed on that space. You can play against the computer or play against your friend. ViPrak Web Solutions has unveiled Christmas...
Dec 23
Happy Holidays from MacTech
Happy holiday wishes to all our readers from the MacTech and MacNews gang. We'll be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the holidays. News updates will recommence on Friday, Dec. 26.
Dec 23
FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2
Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X. FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more. FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 adds a File Versus Folder" option to the Conflict panel (Tab E). You can now set how FS should behave in case of replacing a whole folder by a most recent file with the same filename. You can set "Replace the folder" (default) or "Skip," and "Ask the user for what to do at running time." Previous versions of FS always skipped and left the folder untouched. Softobe introduced this option since the new operating systems...
Dec 23
WALTR lets you upload Mac videos, audios to iOS devices
Softorino has released WALTR, a Mac OS X app that uploads any video or audio format from your Mac onto an iPhone or iPad. The app lets you import and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos, or any audio format, on your iDevice without having to convert the files first. Launch WALTR, connect your device, drag a movie or audio onto it, and the app automatically starts uploading into your iPad or iPhone. You can then access the files from your native iOS Music and Videos apps. WALTR requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and any device with iOS 5 and above. You can download (http://www.softorino.com/waltr) a free, 14-day demo. A lifetime single user license is normally US$29.95, but WALTR is available for $14.95 for seven days.
Dec 23
RPX Corp. purchases Rockstar patents
RPX Corp. (www.rpxcorp.com) says its subsidiary, RPX Clearinghouse LLC, has executed an agreement to purchase the patent assets controlled by Rockstar Consortium LLC. Rockstar is the entity formed in 2011 by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase approximately 6,000 patent assets from the Nortel bankruptcy estate. Approximately 2,000 of these patent assets were previously distributed to various Rockstar owners and aren't part of this transaction. RPX Clearinghouse will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, including Cisco and Google. Upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, syndicate participants will receive non-exclusive licenses to the Rockstar patents, and RPX Clearinghouse will make the patents available for license to all other interested companies under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. "We are pleased to act as a clearinghouse and underwrite an agreement between...
Dec 23
XILS-lab launches plug-in inspired by EMS flagship
XILS-lab has announced the XILS Vocoder 5000, which was inspired by the company's EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware (partial) namesake. It's a vocoder plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8). A vocoder is an analysis and synthesis system used to reproduce human speech.  XILS-labs says its software-based vocoder virtually emulates the filtering techniques and circuitry of its analogue predecessor to achieve the same organic sound, precision, and clarity. Just like the EMS Vocoder 5000 before it, XILS Vocoder 5000 can be made to "speak" clearly in English and German. XILS Vocoder 5000 is available to purchase and download directly from XILS-lab (www.xils-lab.com) as an eLicenser or iLok copy-protected virtual instrument and effects plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$121 until Jan. 17. After this, the cost will be $182.
Dec 23
AppleXsoft File Recovery for Mac now supports e-mail recovery
AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.5.5.1) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds e-mail recovery and more. Users can now scan and recover deleted or lost emails. AppleXsoft File Recovery supports such e-mail clients as Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Mozilla, Becky, and Eudora. File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung,  Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 5.5.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$99.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.
Dec 22
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 22
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Silen Games has announced Slice Ballz. It's a free slicing game with three game modes. Zen is a new, US$1.99 minimalistic puzzle game about cubes and numbers. In the game, you swipe right, left, up or down to rotate the cube. Bob Schlund Studios has released Quizzly for the iPad. The app — available in free and $2.99 versions — offers you the ability to create special quizzes with personalized questions to send as a present to friends and family. mTouchLabs has introduced Quick Backup Contacts. The $3.99 utility lets you backup and restore your contacts all from your iOS device without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.
Dec 22
Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update
Apple has released security updates for the NTP (network time protocol) service on the the Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite versions of Mac OS X. It's available via the Mac App Store. According to Apple, "This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."
Dec 22
Prep for iMovie teaches iMovie editing on iOS devices
Motion Graphics has introduced Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app is designed to help you learn how to use Apple's iMovie on iOS devices. Prep for iMovie sports 23 minutes of video lessons. The videos contain subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese. Prep for iMovie's Window View and text are localized in a total of eight languages. Subtitle selection can be made from the standard QuickTime player controls. Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photo & Video category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ngmjbay for more info.
Dec 22
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite
Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and PhotoWatermark is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. A single license costs US$19.99; a license for five Macs is $39.99.
Dec 22
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240. ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements. ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$98 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $123 online, Apple's Mac App Store and several distributors and resellers world-wide. Upgrades to the Pro version are available for $61, and from previous versions for $86.
Dec 22
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive. SCSC says there's no price change in their product line, with the cost of Scannerz with FSE-Lite being US$39.95 and Scannerz with FSE being $49.95. Scannerz-Lite is now selling for...
Dec 19
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software
Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week. Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video. With Video Fractal, you can export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution. Video Fractal 1.0 costs $11.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
Dec 19
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video. JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive. Reliance Games has introduced Ultimate Robot Fighting. It's a free, single-player action game with 3v3-style gladiatorial brawling among robots. Taprrific has unveiled UponPixels. The $0.99 device allows anyone to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public.
Dec 19
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create live...
Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer. Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways. However, with a last major update in 2009, is Quartz Composer in decline? One group is not waiting to find out. The team that developed a set of Kineme plugins and apps for Quartz Composer decided to write their own tool: Vuo 1.0. Kosada says its goal is to make Vuo useful to all multimedia artists, producers, and media-making non-programmers who want to create mixed, interactive media. To that end, they have worked extensively on user documentation, tutorial videos, and example compositions to make learning it easy. They say they've...
Dec 19
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth
Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond) "RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise," says Rob Papen. "We have two oscillators and a filter, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a waveshaper and dedicated distortion module with several types of distortion, as well as a low FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own waveshaper, distortion, and low FI." In addition to the X/Y fields found in the OSC 1...
Dec 19
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans
iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes. With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up. The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).
 

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