Halloween Fonts now available for free on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies LLC announces its Halloween Fonts collection is now available on the Mac App Store. It includes 20 commercial use fonts in OpenType font format.
The fonts are cross-platform compatible. You can install and use them in all apps that support fonts. The Halloween Fonts collection also includes a custom font preview app to see how the fonts look when applied to text before you save and install them.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. You can download Halloween Fonts at http://tinyurl.com/lpthrve .
Ironic ships Mavericks tagging optimized Yep, Leap and Fresh
Ironic Software has shipped new versions of its entire suite of applications. These applications have been updated to work with the upcoming OS X Mavericks.
The applications are available both at Ironic's store (http://ironicsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store. The tags that the Ironic suite of applications make are, in addition to being first class tags on 10.9, also viewable on 10.7 or 10.8 computers on the same network, Tom Andersen, president of Ironic Software. This allows tagging to be introduced into an office without updating all the computers to Mavericks at once.
Cocktail revved for Mavericks compatibility
Maintain has announced Cocktail 7.0 (Mavericks Edition), a new edition of Cocktail that is fully compatible with the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.
Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19 and can be downloaded at http://maintain.se/cocktail .
VidConvert is ready for OS X Mavericks
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.5, a OS X Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats. Simply add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window. For advanced users you can select the Advanced panel if you choose to allow such options as custom frame rate, bit rate, etc. Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp3 and .m4a.
VidConvert 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$7.99 and can be purchased at www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert . A demo is available for download.
Synology presents DiskStation DS414
Synology has launched DiskStation DS414, an addition to the Synology NAS Value Series for small to medium-sized businesses.
The four-bay NAS device boasts a dual core 1.33GHz CPU with floating-point unit, 1GB of RAM, dual LAN, two USB 3.0 ports and tool-less HDD trays. The DS414 is equipped with dual LAN network failover support to maximize system availability, says Michael Wang, product manager at Synology.
The DS414 and DS114 runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, which provides features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks. For more info, including pricing, go to www.synology.com .
Chronos announces Greeting Card Shop 1.0 for Mac OS X
Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop, an app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X 10.8.4 or later.
Features include: support for double-sided cards/invitations; support for folding cards/invitations: single-fold, double-fold, and tri-fold; support for multiple cards/invitations per page: 2, 3, 4, and 6 copies per page; the ability to edit the inside panels of greeting cards/invitations; and the ability to edit edit a single panel or multiple panels at once (handy for graphics that overlap folds). Greeting Card Shop Greeting Card Shop supports popular holiday and everyday occasions
The artwork collection includes 145 kits (called "iScrapKits") containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dots per inch. Greeting Card Shop comes with 606 greeting card templates, 93 invitation templates, 94 envelope templates, and 16 photo card templates. Greeting Card Shop supports popular paper and envelope sizes in U...
Chords Notes Player 1.0 released for Mac OS X
Jiri Markalous has introduced Chords Notes Player 1.0, a music app built for Mac OS X.
Chords Notes Player gives musicians the possibility to create chord charts to folk and bluegrass songs. You can replay them or use them as backing tracks for your practice, print them and gain an easy to follow chord patterns to accompany your jamming.
Formatting and noting of chords during composing is easy, says Markalous. It's only necessary to write down the chords' names divided by spacing.
Chords Notes Player 1.0 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category (http://tinyurl.com/l7hmt7t). For more info go to www.chordsnotesplayer.com .
Intego launches Washing Machine 2014 for Mac OS X
Intego, a provider of security products built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 2014 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Intego has completely rewritten Washing Machine from the ground up, transforming it from an Internet security tool to a Mac utility. It seeks out and removes large, unneeded files, freeing up valuable hard disk space and speeding up the operating system, says Intego CEO Jeff Erwin. Washing Machine also features tools to organize the dock and desktop, and lets users create Smart Folders for quick access to frequently used files. The app:
° Seeks out files the user no longer uses or needs and quickly cleans them from their machine, freeing up gigabytes of space and increasing Mac performance. These files include downloads, caches, logs and trash.
° Identifies duplicate files by analyzing the bits, and lets the user select which versions to remove.
° Creates Smart Folders. Smart Folders offer quick access to frequently used files and applications....
ReOrient Media has released Infinite PDF
ReOrient Media has released Infinite PDF, a new iPad app that allows professionals to appeal to multiple audiences with a single presentation.
Infinite PDF works by reinventing the traditional static presentation, a medium that's changed little since 1982, according to the folks at ReOrient Media. It does so by creating multiple pathways within a presentation. This allows presenters adapt their presentations. The content they cover based on audience feedback, so they can deliver their presentations as a interactive conversation while still arriving at the same conclusion.
There's no need to create a new presentation for each audience: instead, one PDF will do it all. To get started, users load their presentation into Infinite PDF, where each page becomes a moveable tile.
The user interface allows professionals to create a core spine in their presentation and to build branches above or below any topic in order to give it more depth. These branching pathways help users to prepare for...
ScreenFloat 1.5 for Mac brings timed screenshots, more
Eternal Storms Software has released ScreenFloat 1.5, an update to their screenshot tool for Mac OS X. The update comes with several new features, including timed screenshots and posting to ImageShack.
ScreenFloat lets users create screenshots that float above all windows to keep information visible at all times without having to resize or move windows. Shots can be kept for later use and organized in the app's Shots Browser.
ScreenFloat 1.5 requires Mac OS X Lion or later. It's available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/n6cd8zk) for US$6.99. A 15-day demo is available at the Eternal Storms web site (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
LiveCode adds iOS 7 support
RunRev has updated LiveCode, their programming environment, to version 6.1.2. The upgrade adds support for iOS 7.
LiveCode lets users create cross platform apps on Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux systems. For download and pricing options go to www.livecode.com .
Apple announces MB Air drive replacement program
Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013.
Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected flash storage drives, free of charge. To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1.
The firmware update will test your drive to see if it is affected. You'll be directed to http://tinyurl.com/o6wp5tb if needed.
BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1 adds option to auto rotate PDF pages at...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1, a feature update to its solution to printing multiple PDF files on Mac OS X.
BatchOutput PDF allows users to print PDF automatically from watched hot folders and offers a robust and affordable solution for users of any trade, whether it's print, publishing, education or financial institutions. The new version adds an option to auto rotate PDF pages at print according to the page orientation selected in the printing settings.
BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1 can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF is a Universal Binary and supports Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
DriveDx for Mac OS X drives to version 1.2
BinaryFruit (http://binaryfruit.com} has announced DriveDx 1.2, an update of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. The upgrade offers improved SSD/HDD health diagnosis algorithms, hints and descriptions for all health indicators (SMART attributes) and support for more drives.
DriveDx measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Among other things it provides users with advanced warning before their drives fail.
DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out/endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends. This gives a user a picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of sensitive data.
DriveDx 1.2 has four types of...
Armoz offers new tempered glass screen protector for smartphones
Armorz, a manufacturer of mobile technology accessories, has unveiled the Stealth Extreme Lite tempered glass screen protector for the iPhone 5S/5C and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's 0.2mm thick, and purportedly offers shatterproof protection.
Stealth Extreme Lite with 8H hardness rated processed glass to absorb shock and safeguard your device It's engineered from heavy-duty scratches and abrasions. Additionally, Armorz has developed a product that does not ignore aesthetics for protection, says Morgan Clancy, chief marketing office for Armoz. While the entire surface of the Stealth Extreme Lite is transparent, the underside is covered with strong silicon adhesive for easy installation without bubbling or lifting. The oleophobic coating prevents oil, fingerprints and smudges, making it very easy to clean, Clancy says.
The Stealth Extreme Lite Tempered Glass Screen Protector has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$34.95. It's available at www.armorz.com and Amazon.com .
NYC TimeLapse for iMovie and FCPX now in the Mac App Store
Mosa Motion Graphics has introduced NYC TimeLapse for iMovie and FCPX 1.0 for Mac OS X. This stock footage app packs 12 New York City time lapse animations.
All videos are presented as h.264 Mp4 files as 25 Mbps 1080p videos. See a city in motion, accentuating man and nature's hidden rhythms. NYC TimeLapse is compatible with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.
NYC TimeLapse requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category (http://tinyurl.com/l4v7qte). For more info go to www.mosamotiongraphics.com .
Magma introduces new Thunderbolt capable expansion solution
Magma -- a developer of computer expansion products for servers, desktops and portable platforms -- has introduced the ROBEN-3 (pronounced “robin”) at the 135th Audio Engineers Society Convention (AES) in New York City.
ROBEN-3 is the first set of offerings in Magma’s newest series of Thunderbolt capable expansion computing products. The series is designed to be the "ultimate sidekick" expansion solution for creative professional, according to Magma President Timothy Miller.
The ROBEN-3 is available in three model configurations that include Thunderbolt and native PCI Express host computer connection options. It has the potential to house three-full length, full-height Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards. Additionally, three different ROBEN-3 models offer features for full customization.
The ROBEN-3 basic model offers the potential of two 5.25-in drive bays, while the ROBEN-3 storage model offers eight 2.5-inch hot swappable bays. The ROBEN-3 Mac Mini version...
iPhone 5s Complete Guide eBook available
Stopframe has published a new ebook: "iPhone 5s Complete Guide."Available today in the Amazon store, the title is packed with in-depth tutorials and high-resolution imagery about the iPhone 5s.
Beginning with basic tuition through to advanced tips, you'll learn how to film and edit slow motion videos, add and use a fingerprint, use built-in apps and much more. It's written by author, T.A. Rudderham, and brought to you by the team at iOS Guides.
They say that readers will learn the very basics such as syncing with iTunes and setting up emails, through to advanced tips such tweaking photos and seeing your frequent locations. Also included are detailed tutorials related to the latest technologies included with iPhone 5s.
"iPhone 5s Complete Guide is priced at $4.99. You can buy it at http://tinyurl.com/lo3kjgt .
Akitio expands product line to include high capacity SSD storage...
Akitio, a manufacturer of storage solutions, has received certification on what it says is the world’s first 512GB, fully bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution. In addition to the company’s ever-expanding line of storage solutions, the 512GB model complements the series and is able to reach read speeds of 520GB/second on bus power.
Akitio has developed its own low power, high capacity and high performance SSD’s that can be used in portable storage products, such as the Akitio Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition, says Richard Wright, director of global distribution, Akitio. The new 512GB model with a pre-installed solid-state drive (SSD) is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$599. The Akitio Thunderbolt series is available at Akitio.com, Amazon.com and several online and retail outlets across the world.
"Video editing and post production professionals have been clamoring for a high capacity, bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution, and we are confident that our...
Apple assigned DOJ monitor in ebook price fixing case
Judge Denise Cote has assigned former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich with the task of monitoring Apple as part of the five-year injunction she hit the Mac, iPhone, and iPad maker with in an ebook price fixing case, reports "The MacObserver" (http://tinyurl.com/lmlsgvp). Bromwich will watch over Apple's business practices for two years, but that could be extended to five.
The legal brouhaha centers on Apple's move to change the way that publishers charged for e-books as it prepared to introduce its first iPad in 2010. Traditionally, publishers sold books to retailers for roughly half of the recommended cover price.
Under that "wholesale model," booksellers were then free to offer those books to customers for less than the cover price if they wished.
DEVONthink 2.7 is ready for Mavericks
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as its smart notebook app DEVONnote. The upgrade brings encryption for remote sync stores improves support for Markdown.
All apps are ready for the soon-to-be-released OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink 2.7 now encrypt all metadata and all contents stored on remote sync locations such as Dropbox, WebDAV, or AFP. Sync locations can be cleaned much more easily and for hourly scheduled syncs users can now choose the minute of the hour when the sync should be run.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (www.devontechnologies.com ) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available via the Mac App Store. Prices are: US...
Storage and Syncing via Dropbox zdded to Money by Jumsoft
Jumsoft, has updated Money, its financial management and budgeting tool for Mac OS X, to version 4.5. The upgrade includes a number of improvements, including full support for the upcoming OS X Mavericks.
What's more, it features new Dropbox functionality, which allows users to store Money documents on the popular cloud service and access them from a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The updated app presents the possibility of storing Money documents on Dropbox and viewing, editing, adding, or removing data from any of the three versions of the application.
Money is available for purchase from the Mac App Store. It requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$38.99. For more info go to www.jumsoft.com/money/ .
Troi Automatisering releases Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker...
Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 12. It's an update of the plugin that can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites.
Version 3.5 further improves compatibility with FileMaker Pro 12. A fully functional demo version is available rom Troi's Web site (www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11 and 12. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11 or 12. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Licenses cost US$79 per user.
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11 or 12 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license that costs $349.
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5...
SoundSoap 3 for Mac OS X gets new interface
Soundness has launched version 3 of their SoundSoap audio noise reduction software. The upgrade sports a new user interface and 64-bit compatibility.
Designed as a companion solution for anyone creating videos, screencasts, podcasts, LP restoration, music, or dialogue, SoundSoap solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, and rumble. It works as a standalone application or as an audio software plug-in for use in popular applications like GarageBand, Logic X, Digital Performer, and Final Cut Pro X. The SoundSoap standalone application also works with iMovie, iPhoto, Premiere, Skype, or any other audiovisual software.
SoundSoap 3's new user interface includes an improved high-resolution Wash Window. The Wash Window enables users to visualize the "before" and "after" results of the noise reduction processing. Earlier versions of SoundSoap required 2-3 seconds of isolated material to use the Learn Noise feature. SoundSoap...
iFunia releases update to Video Downloader for the Mac
iFunia Studio has announced Video Downloader for Mac 4.0. The new version sports an optimized interface and offers expanded quality and format options. Also, the video downloading technology has been optimized to deliver greater productivity and efficiency.
iFunia Video Downloader for Mac downloads online video locally on your Mac. Supported online websites include YouTube, Break, DailyMotion, Blip, Veoh, Metacafe, Bing, Flickr and Vimeo.
Video Downloader for Mac v4.0.0 is available now through the iFunia website (www.ifunia.com/). The retail price is US$19.
Smoovie stop motion software for the Mac revved to version 2
Open Planet Software has announced Smoovie 2, an update to their stop motion animation app for the Mac. The upgrade boasts a new look, live effects, time lapse features and more.
Smoovie includes 18 live effects, including chroma key, toon, color splash and more. You can customize each effect and make changes as you build your movie, so that the effects themselves can be animated, too. Effects can also be chained together
Smoovie 2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store and is on sale at US$29.99 for a limited time. The full price will be $39.99. As a thank you to early adopters, Open Planet Software is offering the upgrade from Smoovie 1 to Smoovie 2 free of charge. A demo is available for download from the Smoovie website (http://www.smoovie.com/).
Monotype enhances its Japanese typeface portfolio
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has engaged with several of Japan’s top typeface foundries and distributors to enhance Monotype’s portfolio of high-quality Japanese fonts.
Typefaces from Iwata, Jiyu Kobo, Motoya, Ricoh and Type Project comprise the latest additions, bringing the total to more than 500 Japanese fonts that can be licensed from Monotype. The latest additions -- several of which are available for the first time outside of Japan -- are licensed through Monotype’s direct sales channels and through the company’s Fonts.com and Linotype.com websites.
In addition to licenses for Web fonts and traditional desktop fonts, licensing options are available for mobile applications, e-publications and Web-enabled services, as well as for OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and developers of consumer devices.
Monotype’s Japanese collection comprises a wide range of styles, including...
JixiPix Software releases Photoshop plugins for their design...
JixiPix Software has introduced its US$99.99 Premium Pack Plugin bundle of apps for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom.
The Premium Pack Plugin bundles the Ultimate Photography Suite, the Artista Series and the Creative Collection to give you 15 products. As a special bonus they are also giving you Aquarella and Artoon for free.
The Premium Pack requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later (64bit) and Adobe Photoshop CS3 (34 or 64bit), Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, or Adobe Lightroom 4. Go to http://www.jixipix.com for more info.
iConnectivity releases iConnectMIDI2+
iConnectivity, developer of interfaces for musicians, has released iConnectMIDI2+, their next generation interface for Mac, PC, and iOS. It's a multi-host interface that features iConnectivity’s multi-hosting and audio passThru technology.
iConnectMIDI2+’s multi-hosting capability allows for more than up to twp computing devices to share the same interface as well as access and share MIDI resources over its two pairs of MIDI DINs and its eight additional user configurable ports. This enables workflow such as, sending MIDI from a controller or synthesizer to DAW and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment, sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more.
As a part of its multi-hosting capabilities iConnectMIDI2+ also features audio passThru. This technology enables two computing devices (Macs, PCs, iOS devices) to not only pass MIDI data but also act as an audio interface between them, bridging each computing device into...
Apple updates HP, Canon printer drivers
Apple has updated printer drivers for Mac OS X. They're for HP printers and Canon laser printers.
Both require Mac OS X 10.6 are higher. You can download them via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Akvis updates photo correction apps
The gang at Akvis has upgraded their three programs: Enhancer 14.0, Noise Buster 9.0, Refocus 4.0. The new versions offer the sharing feature, new compatibilities for the plugins, support for more RAW formats, and other improvements.
Akvis improves detail in a picture, fixes a dark photo, adds contrast and brightness, adjusts tones. Noise Buster is noise suppression software. Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images.
Registered users of any versions of Noise Buster, Refocus, and the latest versions of Enhancer (10-13.5) are eligible to upgrade their programs for free. Those who have an older version (1-9) of Enhancer will need to pay for an upgrade to the current 14. All programs run on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit. For a free trial, Akvis offers 10 days of fully functional use. Go to akvis.com for more info.
Seasonality Core for OS X gets mapping interface improvements
Gaucho Software has revved Seasonality Core, their weather app for Mac OS X, to version 2.4. The update has several improvements to the mapping interface.
Gaucho has revamped the Particle Mode wind simulation to show cooler-looking particles (see the screenshot below). The map now wraps around instead of having a hard boundary at 180 degrees.
Gaucho also added a new graph hover mode that’s easier to read. The hover shows up when you mouse-over the graphs to allow you to closely inspect the data being displayed. There’s another handy addition: if you hold down the Option key on your keyboard while hovering over a graph, the app will show you a full array of conditions at that time, not just the condition of the graph you are hovering over.
Seasonality Core costs US$24.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Updates to version 2.4 are free for current customers. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded from the Seasonality Core website (http://GetSeasonality.com/core/).
Avadon 2: The Corruption Launches Oct 30 on Steam
Spiderweb Software says their newest indie, epic length RPG, Avadon 2: The Corruption, will be released on Oct. 30 for Mac and PC users. An iOS version is scheduled for early next year.
Here's how the game is described: "As a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress, you once held unlimited power. Your word was law. Your homeland was united and prospered under the protection of the Black Fortress. Now that fragile alliance has collapsed. Rebellion rages, outside enemies gather, and Avadon lies in ruins. Will you fight to restore your power and bring peace to your realm, or will you join the rebels and forge a new nation? The decision will be yours in Avadon 2: The Corruption.
"Avadon 2: The Corruption is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous world. Choose from five different types of characters, including the new Tinkermage class, each with dozens of unique spells or skills. Explore a gigantic world filled with secrets, artifacts, and a rich story. Experience multiple...
Apple announces Oct. 22 media event
Apple has sent out press invitations to a special event to be held on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. (Eastern).
The invite says "We still have a lot to cover." That could include any and all of the following: new iPads, new MacBook Pros, the new Mac Pro, and OS X Mavericks.
iHome Releases Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case for iPad
The new iHome "Type Pro" Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case gives you the ability to convert your iPad into a working notebook computer, while providing protection. It's Bluetooth-enabled for wireless connectivity.
The swivel functionality allows you to adjust the screen angle 360 degrees. Its case holds and protects both the iPad and keyboard.
The Type Pro is compatible with the iPad 2, 3 and 4. It retails for US$99.99 and is currently available at Office Depot. For more information, go to www.ihomecases.com .
SMK-Link tweaks its Gyration Air Mouse
SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has announced enhancements the wireless performance of its Gyration Air Mouse GO Plus, making it the natural choice for K12 classroom and collegiate amphitheater applications, according to John Blair, general manager of Branded Products for SMK0Link.
The GO Plus -- which costs approximately US$100 -- boasts a patented gesture-based cursor control and 100-foot wireless range. It's a laser-scrolling desktop mouse with user assignable buttons.
The GO Plus is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. For more info go to www.smklink.com .
Accell introduces UltraAV DisplayPort hubs for extended display...
Accell -- a provider of computer, home theater and mobile device accessories, has unveiled its new UltraAV DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 MST Multi-Display Hubs. With a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129.99, they provide additional viewing of up to three DisplayPort monitors from a single DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort video output.
Accell’s new DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort hubs utilize the new multi-stream transport (MST) protocol, supporting up to three displays independently at up to 2560X1600 at 60Hz, each with DP 1.2 or up to HD 1080p with DP 1.1 single-stream transport (SST). The Accell UltraAV MST Multi-DisplayPort hub supports non-DisplayPort outputs, including VGA, DVI or HDMI. The MST Multi-DisplayPort hub is DP++ and can actively convert the DisplayPort signal to other display interface signals using optional passive or active adapters.
For more information go to http://www.accellcables.com .
Morphestra Generations is new collection of morphed instruments
Weighing in at over 16GBs, Morphestra Generations is a new collection of 1600-plus morphed instruments and multis derived entirely from true orchestral recordings.
Created in association with Kirk Hunter Studios, Morphestra Generations brings the original Morphestra into a whole new generation of sound, creating a modern day virtual instrument that transcends any morphed orchestral/effectual sample library ever created, according to Joseph Trupiano, CEO & founder of Sample Logic (www.samplelogic.com), the company behind the product.
Geared for film, TV, and game composers, Morphestra Generations includes ready-to-play psycho-acoustic sampled symphonic winds, strings, and percussive instruments and morphs them into a world "where music and sound design collide," he adds. If you already own the original Morphestra, you can upgrade to Morphestra Generations, which also includes all the original instruments and multis from Morphestra 1.0.
Upgrades cost US$99.99. For new users...
Apple names new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores
Apple has announced that Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, will be joining Apple in a newly created position, as a senior vice president and member of our executive team, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. She'll have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores.
"I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team," said Cook. "She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record."
"I am profoundly honored to join Apple in this newly created position next year, and very much look forward to working with the global teams to further enrich the consumer experience on and offline," said Ahrendts. "I have always admired the innovation and impact Apple products and services have on people’s lives and hope in some small way I can help contribute to the company’s...
Bluetune-Bean is new, pocket-sized portable speaker
Divoom has released the Bluetune-Bean, an US$29.90 pocket-sized portable speaker that clips onto a backpack, purse or your luggage.
It works wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0. Its speakerphone capability allows you to take and make phone calls. The Bluetune-Bean sports a rechargeable battery that provides up to eight hours of listening time.
It offers 10 meters of wireless range. The Bluetune-Bean is available in blue, yellow, pink, red, white or black.. Go to www.divoomusa.com for more info.
Anker debuts second gen Astro backup battery
Anker has introduced the 2nd Generation Astro external battery, now available at Amazon.com for US$34.99. iPhone compatible, it's designed to keep any smartphone powered up at maximum speed.
Featuring Anker’s signature Smart Port, the travel-friendly Astro identifies the connected device’s exact charging requirements to deliver the fastest possible charge, according to Steven Yang, Anker founder and chairman. With up to 2A charge current, the 2nd Generation Astro delivers maximum charge speeds to any smartphone, including the power hungry Galaxy S4. The Astro is also compatible to deliver rapid charges to tablets including iPads, the Nexus 7, and the Samsung Galaxy tablet series.
It packs a 6000mAh capacity. Connect your device to the backup battery using the included USB cord and give Astro a shake to activate charging. Anker’s cascading LED lights show exactly how much juice the Astro has left before it needs to be recharged. The external battery features a soft matte black design...
Margolin Development announces Steady Snake Neck-Pod
Margolin Development, a developer of technology products for Hollywood’s photographic and motion picture applications, has released the SteadySnake Neck-Pod, which is designed to carry and provide virtually hands-free operation of an iPad, iPhone or most any camcorder or digital camera that weighs three pounds or less.
It rests on both the user’s shoulders and is supported behind the neck to hold your iPhone, iPad, camera or smart device securely and steadily. The SteadySnake Neck-Pod provides virtually hands-free camera support so your hands are used for setting, aiming and shooting, says George Margolin, president of, Margolin Development.
It can also be used to read eBooks, view websites and apps, or watch movies on your iPad, all virtually hands-free. The SteadySnake can change shape to become a monopod for videography over the heads of crowds or used as a low rider to video subjects close to the ground without bending over.
The SteadySnake Neck-Pod features a built-in 360...
Apple's Reuse Recycling Programme now available in the UK
Apple’s Reuse and Recycling Programme is now available in-store across the UK, reports "The Next Web" (http://tinyurl.com/l65f8wd). It allows customers to trade in their existing iPhone and receive a discount on a new one.
The trade-in price varies for older handset ands depends on the condition of the display and physical buttons, as well as any engravings or liquid damage affecting the device. Credit is offered as a gift card, which the buyer has to spend at that moment against a new iPhone.
Upcoming iPads expected to ding Surface, Android tablet sales
Microsoft's second-generation Surface and new Android-based tablets are expected to be impacted by Apple's launch of the next-generation iPad and iPad mini as the company is likely to reduce its existing iPad and iPad mini prices, according to "DigiTimes" (http://tinyurl.com/k7hyfdr), quoting unnamed "sources from the upstream supply chain."
The iPad mini is currently priced starting US$329, while the full size iPad is priced starting $499. The next-generation iPad and iPad mini are expected to retain the same price ranges, while existing models' new prices are expected to impact 10-inch tablet models with prices above $399 and 7-inch models with prices above $299, the article says.
Microsoft's Surface 2 series tablets are expected to be the most impacted as the Surface Pro 2 is priced starting $899 and the Surface 2 is priced at $449. Although Microsoft claims to have seen good pre-orders, "DigiTimes" says its sources says demand still isn't very strong.
Although Nokia is expected...
New PhotoUpLink FTP export plugin compatible with Mavericks...
Developer Mark S. Morris has introduced new 64-bit versions of his export plugin PhotoUpLink for iPhoto and Aperture. These FTP-only alpha builds begin a new upgrade path towards PhotoUpLink 2, which will be available in 2014.
For a limited time, PhotoUpLink for iPhone enables free multi-photo email, FTP and peer to peer photo sharing over WiFi networks. PhotoUpLink in trial mode allows up to five items to be exported, with a discounted price of US$4.99 for unlimited FTP exports.
PhotoUpLink for iPhoto 1.8.1 is a universal 32/64-bit Intel build for iPhoto '11 version 9.4.3 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or newer. PhotoUpLink has been tested to work with the OS X Mavericks Golden Master and the new iPhoto '11 version 9.4.7 running in 64-bit mode. To use PhotoUpLink in iPhoto, select an album or a group of items, then go to the File menu and choose the Export menu item. PhotoUpLink will be displayed in the Export panel. PhotoUpLink for iPhoto supports image and video uploading....
Exif Editor 1.1.0 released for Mac OS X
Martin Novak has released Exif Editor 1.1.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update to his application for editing EXIF and IPTC metadata in photos.
With the Exif Editor, anyone can add, change or remove various information about the photos -- for example basic camera settings, GPS information or the authorship of the photo. Version 1.1.0 introduces a map view of the GPS location, GPS coordinates can be displayed and edited in various formats and more.
Exif Editor requires OS X 10.7.3 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category (http://tinyurl.com/mhtvwyk).
Apple posts MacBook Air firmware update
Apple has posted the MacBook Air Firmware Update 2.7. It's recommended for all MacBook Air (mid-2013) models.
This update addresses an issue which may cause a black screen to appear when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using Boot Camp Assistant if both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected to the system. This update also ensures that the system will boot by default into OS X after installation of Windows 8. For more info go to http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1689 .
Bose introduces SoundTouch Wi-Fi music systems
Bose has introduced the SoundTouch Wi-Fi music systems, offering a way to listen to music at home. They let you stream music wirelessly in any room.
Now, music from the web or your stored collection can be played with "lifelike clarity" by simply pressing a button, says Phil Hess, vice president of Bose Home Entertainment.
Three one-piece systems have debuted:
° The US$699 SoundTouch 30 Wi-Fi system measures approximately 10 x 17 x 7 inches. It features exclusive waveguide technology and a new proprietary woofer to deliver deep, rich sound and the power to serve as a home’s main music system, says Hess.
° The $399 SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi system is more compact at about 7 x 12 x 4 inches. It can be placed almost anywhere.
° The $399 SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi system combines full-range audio and a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery in a speaker no bigger than the average book -- about 6 x 10 x 3 inches.
SoundTouch Wi-Fi systems offer streaming music at the touch of a button, or an app for...
Phobic Studios’ action platformer Glare now available on Steam
Phobic Studios has released Glare, a side-scrolling action platformer for Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems on Valve’s Steam entertainment platform.
Here's how the game is described: "Glare is set in an artistically stunning solar system of round worlds where you play as The Shiner, a being of pure light given shape by an ancient suit of armor that is summoned from starlight to heal the sun and defeat the infectious Ramora. A game about discovery, the Shiner travels through the Toric Caster, uncovering new ways to defeat the evil threats of the Ramora and cleanse the corrupted worlds.
"The Shiner’s primary weapons are its glare and a gun. Casting its light will affect certain environmental elements throughout the game, as well as guide the player through each of the worlds. With six planets to explore and cleanse, Glare delivers new weapon upgrades and abilities in each level with increasing difficulty."
Glare is regularly priced at $14.95. Phobic Studios is offering a 10%...
Plethora is new measurement unit converter for the Mac
Alegre Software has announced Plethora, a measurement unit conversions calculator for Mac OS X. It boasts hundreds of metric/S.I., imperial, U.S., and other units in its database, most to 14 significant digit precision.
New units can be added by the user. Plethora supports compound units such as pounds and ounces, ft/in/fractions, scientific notation and control of significant digits.
Plethora costs US$9.95 and can be downloaded at www.alegresoftware.com .