MyIP for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.0.1 of MyIP, a Mac OS X utility that lets you view public IP addresses to which you're connected. It's a maintenance upgrade.
It can work also in background and can optionally show the current IP in the menu bar.
The public IP is the IP address you use to connect to the global net and is the address the rest of the world "sees" you at.
MyIP 2.0.1 is optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
MLBAM completes initial iBeacon installations
Major League Advanced Baseball Media (MLBAM) says it's completed installation of Apple's iBeacon technology at the first two of more than 20 Major League Baseball ballparks that will use iBeacon technology for opening day of the 2014 season.
With 65 iBeacons affixed throughout Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, the two ballparks have become the first sports venues in the world permanently equipped with iBeacon, a technology introduced with iOS 7 that uses Bluetooth Low Energy and geofencing for micro-location awareness.
Baseball fans will be able to utilize iBeacon technology within MLB.com At The Ballpark when the award-winning app's 2014 update is released for Opening Day. Complete details on new features being developed by MLBAM for At The Ballpark, including iBeacon capabilities, will be available in March.
"We are proud to be the first ballpark to roll out iBeacon technology, and we'd like to thank our partners at MLBAM for the effort to make this happen," says Padres President and...
CD/DVD Label for OS X adds Epson direct to disk printing...
iWinSoft has rolled out an update for its CD/DVD Label design software for Mac OS X. The update adds Epson direct to disk printing functions.
Also added in this release is the ability to add a text table to labels. as well as interface improvements that simplify the creation of custom label formats. It's a free update for registered users. iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac costs $29.95. and is available for free download at the iWinSoft Website ( http://www.iwinsoft.com/).
1789 updated Slovoed dictionaries available for Mac OS X
Paragon Software Group has released 178 newly updated Slovoed dictionaries for Mac OS X, featuring the new Slovoed Spelling Game, a learning tool with increasing levels of complexity.
With the Slovoed Spelling Game, users can check their foreign language skills, pronunciation and verbal comprehension without having to purchase an additional program. The user listens to word pronunciations and has exactly three minutes to spell them correctly. The English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish games include multiple difficulty levels, and the highest levels challenge the player with difficult words carefully selected by leading linguists and experts.
In addition to the new Slovoed Spelling Game, Slovoed dictionary apps offer other learning tools. The user can look up words and phrases in any grammatical and spelling form or even dictate them. Slovoed dictionaries are available for all levels. Go to http://www.slovoed.com for more info.
BaseElements 4.5.0 for FileMaker Pro 13 released
FileMaker tools developer Goya has announced BaseElements 4.5.0, an update to their developer tool.
With the tool, developers can analyze and document FileMaker solutions. BaseElements provides a cross reference of every element in a solution and helps developers find and fix errors, track issues, document changes, and plan future development. Version 4.5.0 is a free update to version 4 that's FileMaker Pro 13 compatible.
A single user license of BaseElements is US$499, and a site license is $1,299. Both licenses will run on FileMaker Server for hosted access with only the site license allowing access by more than one user at a time. Developers may try BaseElements completely unlocked for 30 days using a registration code available from the website. Upgrades are $249 for the single user license and $649 for a site license. Go to http://www.goya.com.au/ for more info.
myTuner Radio, formerly for iOS devices, comes to OS X
AppGeneration has released myTuner Radio app for Mac. It's the OS X version of the iOS streaming radio app.
myTuner Radio offers access to 30,000 live radio stations from more than 120 countries. The app interface can be minimized, so Mac users can continue to work while they listen to the radio.
myTuner Radio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available for US$7.99 at the Mac App Store in the Music category. Go to http://www.mytuner.mobi for more info.
Twelve South introduces the Compass 2 for iPad
Twelve South introduces Compass 2, a totally redesigned version of its go-anywhere, multipurpose stand for the iPad. It's been retooled with new dimensions optimized to work with all Apple tablets, including the iPad Air and iPad mini.
Plus, it offers a locking rear leg for desktop use and a more FaceTime-friendly viewing angle. The Compass 2 holds all iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad models in both landscape and portrait. Available in iPad Silver, Tactical Black and Candy Apple Red, it's available for US$39.99 at Apple retail stores and TwelveSouth.com .
OWC expands Thunderbolt interface storage Line with ThunderBay...
Other World Computing (OWC) has expanded its line of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC ThunderBay IV four-bay external high-performance drive.
The ThunderBay IV, available in capacities up to 16TB of total storage, adds storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups are enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 887MB/s read, 884MB/s write.
The ThunderBay IV supports independent drive access of up to four installed drives, is fully RAID ready, and is designed for RAID 0, 1, and 5 configurations. Even combinations of RAID, individual drive(s) or multiple RAID sets are possible with OWC ThunderBay IV. It's available from OWC and select retailers in a variety of configurations and pricing options. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n4k8j6s for details.
TinyBooks for Mac OS rings up version 8.0.8
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates have introduced an update (version 8.0.8) of TinyBooks Pro, the Mac accounting and bookkeeping program.
TinyBooks Pro is designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. The new version adds the ability to sort all months (individually, or at the same time) by date, comment, payment type, amount, account, etc. It also adds a Checkmarks Info display (in the same area as the OnTheFly Totals display) to ease checking, banking and/or credit card reconciliations.
TinyBook Pro requires Mac OSX 10.6 or greater. For more information, to download a demo, or register the program for US$79, go to www.winograd.com .
Ableton releases Dark Synth by Amazing Noises
Ableton, in conjunction with Amazing Noises, has announced Dark Synth, a new Max for Live synthesizer. At its heart are 2,048 independently-controllable sine wave oscillators (partials) capable of creating many varieties of classic waveforms such as sawtooth and square wave.
Dark Synth also provides direct access to each partial and the ability to draw, modulate, distort, filter, and morph sounds at the spectral level. The interface lets users dial in complex and dynamic soundscapes, from vibrant warbling leads and warped bass sounds, to Detroit-style techno pads, lo-fi chillwave atmospheres, mutant organs, ambient textures, and more.
Along with stretch, overdrive, and granular stereo simulation effects, Dark Synth features the capability to create up to 128 detuned and phase-shifted copies of all 2,048 partials. The software is available for US$69. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kenfqmk for more info.
DEVONagent 3.7 for Mac OS X gets new Twitter scanner and more
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has upgraded its Internet research assistant, DEVONagent, to version 3.7 with a new Twitter link scanner, improved visual appearance, and bug fixes.
The update is free and recommended for all users. In addition DEVONagent Pro 3.7 received a more elegant styling for multiple selected items, as well as updated search sets, scanners, and action scripts. All editions of DEVONagent, from Lite to Pro, come with updated plugins for JSTOR, SEC, and Technorati.
DEVONagent is available in an US$49.95 pro version, a $4.95 express version, and a free lite version.
Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5 released
Bob Groothuis has released Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5, a collection of royalty free HDRI images of Dutch Skies 360.
The sIBL/HDR sets can be imported by most popular 3D applications. The images, with the famous Dutch Light/skies, can be used for advertisements, visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development and more. A free sample sIBL/HDR set from the Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5 collection is available for download.
The Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5 collection contains 40 sIBL/HDR sets. Also included are the 11k (11.000 x 5.500 pixels) HDRI panorama's of all 40 sets. A free sample sIBL/HDR set from the Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5 collection is available for download. The sIBL/HDR set's can be imported by most 3D applications.
The Dutch Skies 360 Volume 5 collection costs US$69.99. The licenses are royalty free. After online payment the HDRI/sIBL images are immediately available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nybjzqa for more info.
FileThis debuts digital mailbox, filing service
Just in time for tax day and spring cleaning, FileThis has debuted its digital mailbox and filing service that's designed to help consumers get on top of their household documents and offering the ability to find any important document quickly.
It automatically and securely fetches online bills, statements and other important home and finance accounts. The service allows consumers to store these text searchable documents where they choose, according to Brian Berson, CEO and co-founder of FileThis. It analyzes each document and then tags and organizes it based on content, automatically separating medical records from financial, or bills from mortgage statements, he adds.
FileThis is free for users for the first six connections to more than 300 U.S. vendors, including financial institutions, insurance companies, and utilities. For more connections, FileThis offers different plans, including: US$2 per month for up to 12 connections that run weekly; or, $5 per month for up to 30...
Graphic Converter for Mac OS X gets non-destructive image...
Lemke Software has revved GraphicConverter, its image utility for Mac OS X, to version 9.1.
It's an universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 different file formats. Fully compatible with different Mac OS versions including the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks, GraphicConverter 9.1 also includes enhancements to existing functionality and several new features such as non-destructive image editing and undo in the browser.
GraphicConverter 9.1 costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.de/en/lemkesoft/). It's a free download for all version 9.x customers. A demo is available for download.
FmPro Migrator 7.12 adds FileMaker 13 table consolidation...
com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 7.12 with support for FileMaker Pro Advanced 13 table consolidation projects using AppleScript GUI automation.
FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application which quickly and accurately migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, and much more. This release supports FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13 running on MacOS X 10.6 and higher.
FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer. Go to http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk for more info.
Apple revs Compressor to version 4.1.1
Apple has updated Compressor, its pro video encoding and formatting tool, to version 4.1.1. The upgrade fixes a variety of glitches and bugs, as well as stability issues when using multiple plug-ins.
Current Compressor users can upgrade for free. For new users the cost is US$49.99. Compressor is available at the Mac App Store.
PhotoUpLink Aperture Export Plugin adds Facebook Pages uploading...
PhotoUpLink for Aperture 1.8.3 includes a new feature enabling owners of Facebook business, organization or brand pages to upload photos directly to any Facebook Page they manage, directly from the Aperture Export menu.
When logged in as the Facebook user with Manager or Content Creator admin roles, a list of all Facebook Pages that the account manages is provided. Any group of photos selected into the PhotoUpLink Aperture Export Plugin will then be uploaded to the designated Facebook Page.
PhotoUpLink also includes an FTP function that, when run, executes in separate process from the host application and can be terminated at any time, preventing The app's modal dialog box provides feedback of the upload process, displaying per file and total upload progress information.
PhotoUpLink for Aperture 1.8.3 is a 64-bit Intel build for Aperture 3.4.5 and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or newer. It's been tested to work with Aperture 3.4.5 when running on OS X Mavericks. PhotoUpLink for Aperture...
Aquafadas Digital Publishing System updated to version 3.2
Aquafadas has updated its Digital Publishing System to version 3.2. The digital publishing solution now sports more than 30 new features and improvements.
Content creators use Aquafadas technology to publish books, magazines and more. Digital Publishing System 3.2 includes three new games. Publishers can also add interaction between online and static content. Other new features include region magnification and re-engineered Smart Reading.
Go to http://tinyurl.com/lcfamtv for more info. A demo is available for download. Pricing options can be found at http://store.aquafadas.com/en/#/home .
YoWindow is new weather app for the Mac
YoWindow is a new weather app for Mac OS X. It's free and is available at the Mac App Store.
With YoWindow an animated landscape reflects the weather at your home or business. For instance, if it's raining, it "rains"rains in the app's interface. The sunset and the sunrise in YoWindow happens at exactly the same time as in real life.
What's more, you can scroll forward to see the weather forecast. Move the time forward, and you can literally see how the weather is going to change throughout the day.
YoWindow requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to https://itunes.apple.com/app/id418121914 to download the app.
Markzware introduces PageZephyr Search for InDesign
Markzware has announced PageZephyr Search Mac, a search tool for the Macintosh platform. It allows users to search Abode InDesign files (INDD documents) for specific text content, in conjunction with Apple Spotlight.
Text can be viewed directly within the PageZephyr Search tool or by having PageZephyr Search open the documents in InDesign. (An appropriate version of InDesign is required as PageZephyr Search is not a file conversion tool). The app also allows one to copy the text out of an InDesign file without having InDesig present.
When a user right-clicks on the highlighted word and a compatible version of InDesign is installed, PageZephyr Search Mac opens the file in InDesign and takes the user to that word in the InDesign file (INDD document). Additionally, Users can copy and paste text, in plain text format (TXT), out of PageZephyr Search into a favorite text editor or text program.
PageZephyr Search v1 Mac requires Mac OS 10.7 or higher. It's priced as a perpetual license model...
Remote FileMaker 13 Training Series Course coming in May
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 13 remotely in May. All you need is a good Internet connection to participate.
The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a set of topics designed to help students master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. This new series incorporates new features of the FileMaker 13 product line throughout the modules but stresses good programming skills for FileMaker 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes as follows: "Planning a FileMaker Solution," "Developer Skills," "Advanced Developer Skills," "FileMaker Server," and "Security." The first 3 days of class emphasize development skills like relational design, scripting, calculations and reporting while the last 2twodays cover deployment in the areas of security...
321Soft announces Data Recovery for Mac
321Soft Studio has released its data recovery solution, 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac. The company says it can recover lost data from all types of media such as hard drives, USB flash drives, SD Card, memory sticks, mobile devices, or any other type of portable storage device.
321Soft Mac Data Recovery is available in Single User and Technician licenses. The software is available at a starting price of US$99.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or above. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lb5gfbt for more info.
Boot Camp update adds 64-bit drivers for Windows 7, 8
Apple has updated Boot Camp, software included with Mac OS X that lets you run compatible versions of Windows on an Intel-based Mac. The upgrade adds support for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The Boot Camp update is available in two versions. Version 5.1.5640 is mid-2013 MacBook Airs, late-2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display models and late-2013 iMacs. Version 5.1.5621 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1720) is available for a variety of other Mac models. Both are free downloads from the Mac App Store.
Deliver Express for Mac OS X now allows transfer of uncompressed...
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4, a feature update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac.
Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
TeamViewer for Mac OS X now Integrates With Zendesk
TeamViewer has announced full integration of TeamViewer remote support into Zendesk, a provider of cloud-based software for customer service. Agents now can start secure TeamViewer support sessions directly from within a Zendesk ticket.
The integration is available for Zendesk customers. To use remote support with TeamViewer, customers need a valid TeamViewer license. Further information on TeamViewer licensing can be found at www.teamviewer.com/licensing. The TeamViewer integration app for Mac OS X can be downloaded at http://www.zendesk.com/apps/teamviewer.
Ntractive announces Elements CRM 5.5 with desktop view
Ntractive has rolled out Elements CRM Version 5.5. Elements CRM is a cloud-based Mac Customer Relationship Management (Mac CRM) Solution for Mac business and enterprise.
Version 5.5 offers a Desktop View of the app. Now, users on iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays can select a larger, desktop view of the app that includes more visible data in one screen, more powerful dashboard tools and a larger font size.
Elements CRM 5.5 is available immediately.
The download is free but requires a subscription to Elements CRM. Group pricing starts at US$24.95/user/month, Professional pricing starts at $49.95/user/month, and Enterprise pricing starts at $69.95/user/month. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k2u4kkc for more info.
MEI debuts cloud-based workflow system
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), a provider of digital publishing and workflow solutions, has released TruEdit, its latest collaborative workflow system. It's a cloud-based platform for planning, creating, managing and delivering multi-channel content via its web client and Adobe InDesign Plug-in.
Additionally, TruEdit comes equipped with automations for streamlined output to the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). This enhances the process of creating digital publications for tablet and mobile devices, says Mark Leister, senior vice president of business development at MEI (http://www.maned.com).
A demo is available for download. Contact MEI (http://www.maned.com) for pricing options.
Smith Micro launches MotionArtistTV interactive platform
Smith Micro Software has launched its social multimedia platform MotionArtistTV, targeted for artists, animators and graphic art enthusiasts. It combines the open, interactive canvas of HTML5 with content sharing through a social portal.
MotionArtistTV allows users to view interactive, animated content, connect with fellow artists and users, and share their HTML5 graphics, animations, and multimedia comics created with the software, says Steve Yatson, vice president of operations for Smith Micro, Productivity and Graphics Group. Free and open to the public, MotionArtistTV allows budding artists to join an open-submission community for animated HTML5 graphics.
Once community members create a login ID, they receive a personalized profile for posting their own content and following favorite artists. All members can view, like and comment on other members’ work, as well as create watch-lists of their favorite episodes and series.
MotionArtistTV is a free web portal, immediately...
SavvyDox collaborative document review software comes to Mac OS X
SavvyDox has brought its self-titled software to the Mac. It's available now in beta form. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
The folks at SavvyDox say it's designed to solve tablet and desktop document management issues for enterprises, government and publishers —all within an enterprise grade, private, hybrid or public cloud based secure infrastructure. Authors can upload documents directly from a PDF file, then share those documents among multiple recipients.
Anyone receiving the document can add comments, private or shared. Shared comments are immediately visible to the author and all other readers.
As a cloud based system, SavvyDox also keeps track of access to documents. While accessing the cloud, SavvyDox Document Analytics allow authors to determine which readers have downloaded and opened their documents, and if required, a document can be revoked. Go to http://www.savvydox.com for more info.
OWC expands memory upgrade options for the new Mac Pro
Other World Computing has expanded its memory upgrade options for the new Mac Pro. The pro desktop is available with either 12GB (4GB x 3) or 16GB (4GB x 4) base memory configurations from the factory. However, OWC offers the following pricing options:
° OWC 8GB Module US$119.99: Savings of up to 40% (save up to $80) vs. factory;
° OWC 32GB Kit (16GB x 2) $437.99. Savings of up to 45% (save up to $362) vs. factory;
° OWC 48GB Kit (16GB x 3) $649. Savings of up to 46% (save up to $551) vs. factory;
° OWC 64GB Kit (16GB x 4) $849. Savings of up to 47% (save up to $751) vs. factory.
Also, OWC options for adding 4GB and up to 64GB to Mac Pro 2013 are now available from $74.99. Note that16GB modules for the Mac Pro are registered and can't be mixed with standard 4GB and 8GB modules. However, 4GB and 8GB modules from OWC and Apple can be mixed and matched. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ewapc for more info.
Fireebok Studio introduces CleanMyPhone
Fireebok Studio has announced CleanMyPhone, a Mac OS X software solution designed for cleaning up and backing up data from iOS device directly on a Mac.
Through detecting, analyzing and deleting cumbersome temp files, CleanMyPhone will generally reclaim up to 60% free space for users, according to Carith, advanced software engineer of Fireebok Studio. For average users, the regular inner cleanup will keep iOS devices running smoothly and away from out of disk, he adds.
The Disk Manager of CleanMyPhone is designed to help configure, organize and manage files and apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The disk space will be categorized as iOS system partition and user data partition; the user data partition contains photos, music, videos, books, user apps, system apps and user data.
The App Cleaner module scans for documents and data, app cache, app cookies and app junk files scattered throughout your device’s memory. Similarl to the Disk Manager, this module also allows you to access...
WaterField rolls out Rough Rider messenger bag
WaterField Designs has given us the Rough Rider leather messenger bag, a throwback to the past with modern functionality.
The Rough Rider's strap system compresses bag contents to maintain a slim, neat profile and it positions the bag snuggly against the body to help ease back fatigue, according to Gary Waterfield, CEO of WaterField Designs. It's constructed of naturally-tanned leather. A splash of nylon under the flap (in six color choices) allows for customization.
The laptop bag main compartment can house a 13-inch laptop or tablet, along with files, chargers, and other necessities. There are two waxed canvas pockets in the main compartment and two additional scratch-free, lined pockets under the flap.
The flap snaps shut with two options to adjust based on the bulk of what's inside. A removable no-slip shoulder pad keeps the adjustable strap in place. A leather handle sits at the top for a quick grab.
The Rough Rider is priced at US$335. It's available for pre-order at...
Image Viewer for Mac OS X gets Retina display support, more
Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.4, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.
Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.4 offers Retina display support, an enhanced interface, and updated preference defaults.
Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store and is currently offered at 50% off its normal price of US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.
Excel Software announces QuickLicenseRT Linux for Mac OS X
Excel Software has announced QuickLicenseRT Linux for desktop software. IT implements the full QuickLicense runtime system for protection, activation and license management.
A company can protect software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a range of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. During development, QuickLicenseRT Linux is used in conjunction with QuickLicense running on a Mac OS X or Windows computer. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to a Linux desktop application with a few lines of programming code that sends commands to the QuickLicenseRT executable.
The runtime allows one software build to support Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating, Try/Buy or Educational licenses. The activation process for protected software allows manual activation without Internet access, semi-automated activation through a web browser or...
Apple brings iTunes Radio to Australia
Apple has announced iTunes Radio is now available to music fans in Australia. It's a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and a catalog of music from the iTunes Store.
Tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, and you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download, according to Apple. It also gives you access to exclusive "First Play" premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.
iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your listening completely ad-free. With iTunes Match, all your music— even songs you’ve imported from CDs — are stored in iCloud. iTunes Match...
Creaceed releases iOS speech recognition SDK
Creaceed has released CeedVocal speech recognition SDK [software development kit] for iOS, supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
It supports isolated words recognition from a list of up to 5,000 words, and keyword spotting. The SDK runs directly on the device, and is available in six languages to developers who want to design distinctive iPhone and iPad applications. As no training is required from the end user, speech recognition is ready to use as soon as the app is launched, according to the folks at Creaceed.
iOS developers can get access to the trial version of CeedVocal SDK after signing an evaluation agreement. They can then purchase a license either for developing a single application, or for developing an unlimited number of applications. The licensing scheme includes neither annual subscription, nor royalties (even if CeedVocal SDK is integrated in a paid app). For more information about licensing and pricing, go to http://tinyurl.com/msoj537 .
SecureMac discovers Apple Mac Trojan called OSX/CoinThief
SecureMac says it has discovered a new Trojan Horse called OSX/CoinThief.A, which targets Mac OS X and spies on web traffic to steal Bitcoins.
This malware has been found in the wild, and there are multiple user reports of stolen Bitcoins. The malware, which comes disguised as an app to send and receive payments on Bitcoin Stealth Addresses, instead covertly monitors all web browsing traffic in order to steal login credentials for Bitcoin wallets.
According to SecureMac, initial infection occurs when a user installs and runs an app called "StealthBit," which was recently available for download on GitHub, a website that acts as a repository for open source code. The source code to StealthBit was originally posted on GitHub, along with a precompiled copy of the app for download. The precompiled version of StealthBit did not match a copy generated from the source code, as it contained a malicious payload. Users who downloaded and ran the precompiled version of StealthBit instead ended...
DouWere releases Stapled 1.0 for Mac OS X
DouWere, s.p.r.l. has introduced Stapled 1.0, the first public version of an original utility for Mac OS X. It lets anyone you share their artistic creations.
Any plain document can be morphed into a picture document, and, consequently, handled and stored as an image file can be. The original document has been "stapled" with the picture. Wherever you put this picture, you also put the original document.
You can open any document with the application, and it creates a new document — literally a picture — rendering a preview of the original document. However, it also embeds the original document, at its full quality.
When you re-open a picture created by Stapled (or a copy of it) into the application, it will re-create the original document. The original document has been "unstapled" from the picture.
Stapled requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It's free. However, you can unlock the app manual renaming of the generated files...
Mellel 3.3 adds comments, revamps Find and re-invents Find...
RedleX has announced Mellel 3.3, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.
The app was especially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, and more. Version 3.3 adds a comments feature, re-designed Find and Replace, and enhances its Find Action and Find Set features.
Mellel costs US$39 — or $29 for scholars, educators, and students. Go to http://www.mellel.com for more info.
IP Camera Recorder 2.40 adds support for more cameras
DComplex has announces version 2.40 of IP Camera Recorder, an update to its video surveillance software.
IP Camera Recorder allows anyone to monitor up to 20 IP Cameras simultaneously on a Mac or PC, record video from the cameras, detect motion, control PTZ and more. Version 2.40 adds support for many models of IP cameras and improved Motion Detection.
A demo is available for download. The price for one camera is US$39.99; the price for four cameras is $99.99. On the Mac, IP Camera Recorder requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://dcomplex.com/recorder/ for more info.
Panasonic announces Lumix GH4 DSLM camera
Panasonic has unveiled a new still/video Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera for both photographers and cinematographers. The company says its Lumix DMC-GH4 (GH4) is the world's first DSLM with 4K cinematic recording capability.
The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for the GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using the electronic shutter, according to the folks at Panasonic. The Venus Engine image processor has been newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with a new quad-core CPU that allows high speed signal processing that is required for rich 4K video recording, they add.
Integrating noise reduction systems, the GH4 enables shooting at maximum ISO 25,600. The camera boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 frames per second (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subjects.
The new GH4 offers "unlimited" 4K video...
Apple repurchases $14 Billion of its own stock
Apple has repurchased US$14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.
Apple bought $12 billion of the shares through an accelerated repurchase program and $2 billion on the open market, the company confirmed. Apple shares rose in morning trading today.
WD announces version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software
WD has announced version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software, featuring significant scalability improvements to the WD Arkeia patented Progressive Deduplication technology.
The Mac compatible, network backup software is targeted to small and medium sized businesses and designed to ensure critical business data is backed up on both the local network and in the cloud. With WD Arkeia 10.2, block optimization progresses continuously and orphaned blocks are recovered incrementally.
Backup software pricing starts at US$2,000 for a perpetual license for one backup server with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Backup appliance pricing starts at $3,490 with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Both software and appliances are bundled with one year of software updates and technical support. Go to http://www.arkeia.com/new-in-v102 for more info.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets new user interface
Hyperbolic Software (US$30) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Bose announces SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Bose has introduced the SoundLink Bluetooth® speaker III, which connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It's available now and costs US$299.95.
Four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators combine with a new digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels, according to the folks at Bose. Its industrial design is inspired by the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.
A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille resists fingerprints. For personalization and added protection, new accessory covers are available in gray, blue, green, orange and pink.
The SoundLink III weighs just three pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening.
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SpiShutter designed to keep webcams private
If you're concerned about webcam hacking, SpiShutter may have the solution Covering the webcam with a sticker, or something equally unflattering, isn't ideal for a Mac's aesthetics, not to mention the residue it could leave behind.
The new solution from SpiShutter (http://spishutter.com/) ensures privacy by allowing users to physically block the embedded webcam on a Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use.
SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed, is the easiest way to cover and uncover your camera. It retails for US$19.99. For purchases on SpiShutter.com, the code "PRIVAZ" gets you a 20% discount.
Files United comes to Mac OS X
Zuhanden has released the Mac companion app of Files United, a digital content manager for iPad and iPhone. In combination with the iOS app, files can now be transferred between iOS devices and Macs via drag and drop.
Files United, the successor of File Manager Pro App, was specifically developed for the iOS 7. The app allows seamless access to all digital content, at home, in the office, at the university, or on the go — regardless of whether the files are documents, images, music, or videos.
In addition to local storage, Files United integrates with the most popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Skydrive, and SugarSync. It's even possible to access external FTP servers. Go to www.filesunited.com for more info.
For the launch of the Mac app, and to give existing File Manager Pro users a free upgrade, Files United is available for free on the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store for 14 days.
QuickerTek upgrades Apple Base Station Extreme/Time Capsule
QuickerTek has upgraded the 802.11 ac Apple Airport Base Station Extreme by adding six high gain external antennas to the unit. This antenna upgrade provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi and also triples the WiFi strength of any version of the new Apple ac Base Station Extreme and/or Time Capsule.
The improvement in wireless power is accomplished by optimizing antenna location, according to the folks at QuickerTek. QuickerTek can either supply a new Apple unit, or the customer may send in their own Apple unit.
Three different upgrades are available: Airport Base Station Extreme AC, 2TB Time Capsule and the 3TB Time Capsule. Prices range from US$398 to $598. Customers can also send in their own unit to be modified at a price of $199. Go to http://ww.quickertek.com .
Island Tribe 4 game released for the Mac
Realore has announced that, after being released on PC and iOS platforms Island Tribe 4 comes to the Mac. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "The 4th installment of Island Tribe takes players on an epic journey through time. After defeating the Evil Shaman in Island Tribe 3 the tribesmen found out that he was not that bad of guy. Shaman is an ex-pirate who has been cursed after finding a magic mask. In order to break the curse of this mask the islanders will have to travel through time to Ancient Egypt, China and Scandinavia.
"Players' mission is to go to these exotic locations and find a person or an artefact that can aid them in their mission. Throughout 44 levels set across 4 colourful episodes players will travel, collect various resources and help the locals. The path of the brave tribesmen is filled with obstacles, dangerous animals and mythical creatures.
Addonics announces Sapphire SSD RAID array storage line
Addonics Technologies has announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions designed for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance.
The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives, according to the folks at Addonics. The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive (pictured) is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF.
Both offer USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available CFast cards. The two models with USB 3.0 connection allow you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as independent drives.
They can be set up as a high performance, fault tolerant RAID group or a large capacity solid state drive. The CFast or CF cards can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping), RAID1 (Mirroring), RAID 5...