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Apr 14
Apple's ResearchKit is now available to medical researchers.
Apple says its ResearchKit is now available to medical researchers. It's a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices, is now available to researchers and developers. The first research apps developed using ResearchKit study asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and have enrolled over 60,000 iPhone users in just the first few weeks of being available on the Apple App App Store, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. Now medical researchers all over the world will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. "We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research....
Apr 14
Apple’s WWDC kicks off June 8 at San Francisco’s Moscone West
Apple will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed to developers. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year. "We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets) now through Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. (Pacific). Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will know the status of their application by Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. There...
Apr 14
Absolute adds third-party patching capabilities
Absolute Software Corp. has added third-party patching capabilities for software applications with the release of Absolute Manage 6.8. IT administrators can manage operating system patches for Mac and Windows devices, along with a wide range of third-party applications in a fully automated system that detects and downloads missing patches. Once each update receives administrator approval, Absolute Manage deploys and reports on the status of each patch. The integration of an automated patch engine provides comprehensive coverage and updates for the most prevalent and at-risk third-party applications, Peter Frankl, vice president and general manager, client management solutions, at Absolute Software. With Absolute Manage 6.8, IT administrators can manage operating system patches for Mac and Windows devices, along with a wide range of third-party applications in a fully automated system that detects and downloads missing patches. Once each update receives administrator approval,...
Apr 14
Troi Serial Plug-in upgraded to version 3.2
Troi Automatisering has announced Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 for FileMaker Pro 12 and 13. The tool gives FileMaker Pro access to external devices with a serial interface: The new version (3.2.0.1) contains updated example files in the .fmp12 format for FileMaker 12 and 13. Variables are used to make the scripts more portable. Troi Serial Plug-in itself is still at version 3 The new 3.2.0.1 download can be obtained from http://tinyurl.com/8b7mu. The download contains the new example files. A demo is available for downloading. Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 works with FileMaker Pro 8 to 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 8 to 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher, Windows XP (SP 2), Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.x. Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 also works with FileMaker Server 9 to 12 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. Version 3.2 is not 64-bit compatible so won't work with FileMaker Server...
Apr 13
IBM, Apple expand partnership to help transform medical research
IBM says its Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing capabilities will support health data entered by customers in iOS apps using Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit frameworks. The move, which complements IBM’s new Watson Health business unit, will arm medical researchers with a secure, open data storage solution, as well as access to IBM’s most sophisticated data analytics capabilities.   Mobile devices capture vast amounts of valuable health data from today’s consumers. HealthKit and ResearchKit harness that data so it can be used to improve health and accelerate medical research. Apple's HealthKit enables developers to create consumer health apps designed to give users a more comprehensive way to manage their health and fitness, and ResearchKit is an open source software framework that gives medical researchers the tools to accelerate medical studies. HealthKit can be used to create apps that monitor health behaviors and help encourage users to adhere to their treatment plan....
Apr 13
OWC Viper Pro Thunderbolt External SSD premieres 
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the arrival of the Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD. It features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and delivers sustained speeds up to 1350MB/second.  The Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD will be available in two capacity options, 4TB and 8TB at prices of US$2.999 and $4,799, respectively. Both offer daisy-chain support for additional Thunderbolt devices, an aluminum design with a variable speed fan for quiet cooling, and a three-year limited warranty.
Apr 13
WiPowerBand designed to extend the Apple Watch's battery...
WiPowerBand.com has introduced a wearable battery extender for the Apple Watch. A compact battery and wireless power transmitter is embedded in a sleek molded unit that fits under the Apple smartwatch, providing extended battery life and protection, says Dr. Thomas Fiannulli, inventor of the device. Current estimates show the wiPowerBand can nearly double the battery life of the Apple Watch through its unique patent pending design, he adds.The wiPowerBand device itself is charged using the Apple Lightning power cable, the same cable used to charge the iPhone. This helps eliminate the need to travel with multiple chargers and cables.  The wiPowerBand is available in 38 and 42 mm sizes and in several colors to accessorize the Apple Watch. iPowerBand.com is accepting orders via its website with planned delivery to customers in May-June. The manufacturer's suggested retail price starts at US$89.
Apr 13
CalDigit releases Tuff, T4 nano
CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) has revealed two new storage solutions. The first is the Tuff portable storage solution (pictured) for the new 12-inch MacBook. This external drive features the brand new USB Type-C connector that features the USB Type-C interface. The Tuff portable storage solution features USB 3.1, with up to 10Gb/s bandwidth and support fort SSDs, as well as standard 2.5-inch spinning disks. The Tuff is shock resistant, splash proof, and dust proof. It's also bus-powered, so there's no need to connect to an external power source. CalDigit says it will soon release a Tuff Dock that will allow Tuff users to connect their Tuff hard drives directly to the Tuff Dock. The second new product is the T4 nano, a 4-bay PCIe SSD RAID storage device that also features HDMI output to connect to a monitor. This Thunderbolt 2 solution is a compact RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD device that utilizes four PCIe SSDs, with speeds up to 1375MB/s. The T4 nano uses four removable PCIe SSDs. It features...
Apr 13
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor
Apple has issued updates for its Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor apps. Final Cut Pro X is Apple's US$2.99 high-end video editing app. Version 10.2 adds support for 3D titles, improved color grading and effects tools, support for additional camera formats, and GPU-accelerated processing of RAW footage from RED cameras. Motion is Apple's $49.99 tool for customizing Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects, and creating your own animations. With version 5.2 users can users can create custom materials and environments, and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor is a $49.99 utility for customizing output settings, working faster with distributed encoding, and tapping into other Final Cut Pro X features. Version 4.2 adds the ability to package movies for sale on iTunes. All three updates are available for free for existing owners of the software at the Mac App Store.
Apr 13
Slice Intelligence estimates Apple Watch sales for April 10 at...
Slice Intelligence (http://intelligence.slice.com) estimates that 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on Friday, the first day the watch was available for sale. According to e-receipt data from a panel of two million online shoppers, each Apple Watch buyer ordered an average of 1.3 watches, spending US$503.83 per watch, according to the research group. Those ordering an Apple Watch Sport spent $382.83 per watch and those ordering the Apple Watch spent $707.04. Among those buying an Apple Watch, 72%t purchased an Apple product in the past two years (iPhone, iPad, or Mac), and 21% of them pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus months ago. Nearly one-third purchased two Apple products and 11% bought all three devices, in addition to their new watch. As expected,  most consumers (62%) purchased the less-expensive Sport model. However,  many Apple Watch buyers invested in the pricier case but the cheapest band, with more than one third adding a black or white Sport...
Apr 13
4SeTV brings 4-in-1 viewing experience to tablets, smartphones,...
4SeTV (http://tinyurl.com/pa299ov), a device that lets users select and watch four TV channels on the same screen, has been released. It splits a big screen TV into four sections and streams different content to each section.  What's more, four people in the same house, dorm or location can watch four different live TV shows at once on their tablet, smartphone or TV. Built on patent pending technology, 4SeTV uses over-the-air broadcasting and streams the HD content you want to see to your connected devices in your home network. Sporting events account for 37% of all TV viewing today, and, inevitably, scheduling conflicts will arise. Sports fans often find themselves flipping through channels in an attempt to watch more than one game at a time — only to land on a channel just in time to see the crowd cheering wildly or that a game has ended. With 4SeTV, you can freely switch channels during a timeout or instant replay. You can monitor four shows on your mobile device, while you choose...
Apr 10
BlackMagic Design announces Camera Update 2.3
Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced Blackmagic Camera 2.3, which is a major update for Blackmagic URSA cameras. This new software adds support for HD window mode allowing 150fps recording in 1920 x 1080 resolutions, adds support for ProRes 444 XQ, allows recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW allowing higher frame rates in RAW and also adds support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps. This new software update is available now to download from the Blackmagic Design support web site. Since its introduction, Blackmagic URSA has been used on multiple television commercials and feature films worldwide. The new “window mode” allows customers to select up to 150 fps for allowing slow motion effects and other creative cinematography. The window mode keeps data rates lower, even when running at high frame rates because it doesn't use the whole 4K image sensor, but takes a 1920 x 1080 resolution window from the center of...
Apr 10
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8 Maverick Edition
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version adds the ability to clear the hibernate (sleepimage) file and ability to disable hibernate mode. It also contains improvements on the "Clear User caches" procedure. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 7.8 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Apr 10
AnyTrans for Mac OS X adds support for iOS 8.3
iMobie (www.imobie.com/anytrans/) has launched AnyTrans 4.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the iPhone file management utility. With AnyTrans you can transfer iPhone, iPod music to/from any Mac computer, copy photos, videos and apps between devices and Macs, export SMS messages and even the associated image/audio files and more. Version 4.4 adds a one-click feature for cloning all or selected content between all iDevices and all iOS versions, including the latest iOS 8.3. AnyTrans costs US$39.99 for a single user license and $59.99 for a family license. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
Apr 10
EditShare ships XStream EFS
EditShare has begun shipping EditShare XStream EFS. The distributed, fault-tolerant "scale out" storage system offers enterprise-class storage capabilities and collaboration features to a broad range of production and broadcast facilities. XStream EFS includes EditShare’s smart media management tools and advanced project sharing. It’s built on a "blazing-fast, fault-tolerant architecture that can sustain any kind of mission critical workflow," says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare. Designed to support high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2k, 4k and beyond, XStream EFS offers multiple levels of redundancy and scalability. The high-performance, low-latency storage solution integrates with industry standard broadcast and post-production systems including EditShare’s own Geevs (broadcast servers), Flow (media asset management), and Ark (backup and archiving) solutions, accelerating real-time...
Apr 10
DEVONagent 3.9.1 finds computer code and cooking recipes
 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express. All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.1 find code and answers on Stack Overflow and GitHub. These two sites are currently the most popular places for software developers on the web. Here they exchange code, ask questions, and discuss new ideas. In addition, DEVONagent Pro is now able to scan any found pages for cooking recipes or computer code. It presents the found snippets directly in the Search window. The enhanced email address scanner of DEVONagent Pro 3.9.1 finds addresses also in metadata. Search results exported to DEVONthink save the name of the search set as well as the query in their comments. Finally, the new version shortens long entries in the History menu. It converts HTML to plain text better, and handles background tasks and web requests more reliably. DEVONsphere Express 1.8.3 adds support for a number of file...
Apr 09
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2
Apple has updated iTunes to version 12.1.2, adding support for syncing photos in the new Mac OS X to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The upgrade also adds several refinements to the Get Info window in the media suite and improves overall stability of iTunes. iTunes 12.1.2 is available at the Mac App Store.
Apr 09
Pillars of Eternity launches on the Mac App Store
MacPlay (http://www.macplay.com) has made Pillars of Eternity 1.0.1, their role-playing game for OS X, available at the Mac App Store for US$44.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. Here's how the game is described: "Pillars of Eternity is an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, featuring an original world and game system that evokes and improves upon the traditional computer RPG experience. Funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising $4.5 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and Obsidian's own website, Pillars of Eternity provides RPG fans with a unique experience, driven by classic aesthetics, modern design, and a deep, engaging world for players to explore."
Apr 09
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for...
Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Duplicate Annihilator for Photo. The It's a new edition of their duplicates annihilation software with support for Apple's Photos app for Mac OS X. Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software, says syncing photos, iCloud, PhotoStream and various photo editing tools can easily result in unwanted duplicates in your Photos library. Duplicate Annihilator takes on the task of comparing the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape. Duplicate Annihilator or Photos sells for US$7.95 and is available worldwide from Brattoo Propaganda Software online (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher and Photos 1.0.
Apr 09
Apple Watch orders will be taken online only starting Friday.
The Apple Watch will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. However, pre-orders will only be taken online. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) for delivery beginning April 24. “We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s...
Apr 09
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.5.4
Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.4 includes a few bug fixes. Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.
Apr 09
EditShare Flow features scan/proxy support for 4K images
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has unveiled version 3.2 of its media asset management platform, EditShare Flow. The upgrade features scan and proxy support for 4K and image sequences, enhanced remote editing options, and new automation capabilities for transcoding and file delivery workflows. Flow’s expanded format support means facilities like The Product Factory can better manage, preview and archive a variety of 4K formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ, Sony XAVC and RED (.R3D) files as well as "single-file-per-frame" formats including DPX, CinemaDNG, ARRIRAW, PNG and TIFF. Enhancements to AirFlow, the Flow module that enables facilities to make media accessible through their own private cloud, allow users to batch-download both original media files or Flow proxies via a web browser from anywhere in the world, opening up new possibilities for remote collaboration and proxy workflows. In addition to the wide-ranging format support and remote collaboration capabilities, Flow 3.2 offers new...
Apr 08
Apple releases iOS 8.3
Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji. iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. The operating system update removes the need for account passwords when downloading free content from the iTunes Store and Apple App Store, and adds new filters to Messages. Apple has added filtering to cull unknown numbers in iMessage, and you can report messages as junk to Apple. Other iOS 8.3 changes include wireless CarPlay (so you can connect an iOS device to a CarPlay systems without a Lightning cable), support for Google two-factor authentication (which lets you add Google accounts with no need for specific passwords), and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. And, of course, there are bug fixes. iOS 8.3 is available via...
Apr 08
Create Booklet is a new PDF booklet creation tool for Mac OS X
TheKeptPromise has introduced Create Booklet 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nyvqmx7), its new PDF booklet creation solution for Mac OS X. Create Booklet is both an application and PDF Service that allows you to create a booklet "off almost anything from almost anywhere." It puts your pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing. Create Booklet requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's being offered at the special introductory price of US$4.99 (50% off) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Apr 08
Karelia announces Sandvox hosting and ships Sandvox 2.10
Karelia Software has shipped Sandvox 2.10 and announced a new Sandvox Hosting service. Sandvox 2.10 now provides access to the new Sandvox Hosting service in this update to the website building software for OS X. New Sandvox Hosting provides fundamental hosting from directly within Sandvox, integrated and optimized for hosting most Sandvox sites. "Sandvox Hosting makes hosting a Sandvox site easier than ever," said Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software. "We created Sandvox from the idea that anybody should be able to create a website without having to learn HTML. Now, the combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting lets you publish a site by just entering your name and email address, and choosing a password. It's that easy." The combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting provides customers an easy mechanism for hosting their site without the complexity of configuring a hosting setup, he adds. Sandvox users simply sign up directly from Sandvox and click the Publish button...
Apr 08
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.3 and new Photos app
Mac OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite has arrived and includes the new Photos app. It's a free upgrade via the Mac App Store. Both Aperture, Apple’s US$79.99 pro photo editing software, and iPhoto, geared more toward non-pro end users, are replaced by the Photos, which Apple debuted during the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference. The new “grounds-up photo solution” will  mirror features of the Photos app in iOS 8. Features of the Photos app, according to Apple, include the ability to: ° Browse photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views ° Navigate a library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs ° Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution ° Perfect photos with powerful and easy to use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls ° Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-...
Apr 08
PlugBug adds USB charging back to the 12-inch MacBook
Apple's 12-inch MacBook, which goes on sale Friday, features a single USB-C port for both power and connectivity. This prevents the laptop from charging your iPhone, iPad or any other standard USB device without additional adapters. However, you can add Twelve South's (www.twelvesouth.com) PlugBug to the new MacBook USB-C Power Adapter, and gain back a standard USB power port to charge your iOS device and your new MacBook at the same time — all from one plug. PlugBug World even adapts your new MacBook for international travel. There are two versions. The basic PlugBug (US$34.99) is a 2.1-Amp USB wall charger that attaches to, and converts, any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger. With PlugBug, you can charge your new MacBook and iPhone, iPad or Watch simultaneously, from a single outlet. The PlugBug World ($44.99) is a dual charger. Just like PlugBug, PlugBug World piggybacks onto the MacBook Power Adapter, creating a dual charger for MacBook and iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch....
Apr 08
CleanMyMac revved to version 3, gets a Yosemite makeover
MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 for Mac OS X. In the newest version, CleanMyMac 3 is updated to further optimize Macs and improve the quality of cleaning. The app has gotten a whole new Yosemite makeover and now, not only cleans up disk space, but also monitors Mac performance, maintains Mac health, and provides users with even more advanced cleaning options. Mail and iTunes can be now cleaned with CleanMyMac, including gigabytes of email attachments and downloads in Mail, and broken downloads, outdated iOS updates, and more, in iTunes.   CleanMyMac 3's Maintenance feature lets users repair disk permissions, reindex Spotlight, and speed up Mail, and Privacy cleans up chat logs, browser history, and more. Performance is displayed in real time on the CleanMyMac 3 Dashboard. Alerts inform users on how the hardware is holding up.   CleanMyMac 3 costs US$39.95. Current CleanMyMac users can upgrade to CleanMyMac 3 with a 50% discount. A demo is available here (http://tinyurl.com/jwlbxtu).
Apr 08
WaterField Designs unveils 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed the MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook, which is due for release Friday. The case is designed to protect the laptop and organize everything all in one place. The Travel Express MacBook case protects laptop, power adapter, and accessories on the go. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe. The MacBook Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or worn over the shoulder with the optional strap. It costs US$89, and D-rings are included. Available options include a Simple Strap for $12, and a suspension shoulder strap for $22. The MacBook Travel Express is available for preorder from the WaterField Designs store. It will ship April 17.
Apr 08
LinkOptimizer 4.9.37 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.37, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows you to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. The new version improves automatic handling of ICC color profiles during image processing in Adobe Photoshop. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.
Apr 08
YouTube Downloader updated to download 4K video
MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has released an update (version 4.0) for MacX YouTube Downloader, the app for downloading video content. Version 4.0 supports 4K video downloads. Customers can download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion and another 300-plus online video sites. MacX YouTube Downloader is free. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Apr 07
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder/Player for...
MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media. The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.
Apr 07
Default Folder X 4.7 for Mac OS X expands Filename fields
St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has launched Default Folder X 4.7 today, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7 expands the filename edit field in Save dialogs and fixes several bugs (and un-fixes one). Default Folder X 4.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Apr 07
Reggie Ashworth releases MAS AppDelete Lite 4.0
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0, an update to his Mac application deletion utility via the Mac App Store. Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. App Delete Lite 4.0 sports a new user interface and a revised workflow. It's optimized for operation on Yosemite (but is still backwards compatible with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks). It's also now sandboxed to meet latest requirements for the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite 4.0 costs US$3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.
Apr 07
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut Pro X
RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects.  DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates. DE:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one of the other two plug-ins. DE:Flicker for Final Cut Pro (10.1.4...
Apr 07
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to Unity 5"...
Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial. The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters. For 30 days, Digital-Tutors will release this exclusive tutorial for free (until May 7). Viewers will be able to access every video in the course, as well as all the assets needed for their guided training, taught by an experienced industry professional. The full "Introduction to Unity 5" is available to all Digital-Tutors and Pluralsight members through their subscription, or free to anyone for the next 30 days when they use the course’s promotional page. Additional game development training is also available for...
Apr 07
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products. The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable.  Measuring 1.75 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 0.8 inches tall and small enough to fit in a user's pocket, the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive's enclosure is crafted out of aluminum. This is designed to transfer heat from the SSD and allowed Sonnet to design the device without a fan to enable silent operation. The design also enabled the device to be bus-powered and require no power adapter. Sonnet expects to make the new drive available in June 2015 at an...
Apr 07
LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance, according to Erwan Girard, Business Unit manager for LaCie. The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/second — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive. It's MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it's resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners, according to Girard. With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0...
Apr 06
T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID upgraded to support RAID 5
CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says its T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution has now been upgraded to support RAID 5, and is available to pre-order at prices staring at US$499 for a 1.5TB model. It will ship April 20. The T3’s 3-bay design allows CalDigit to offer RAID 5 in a form-factor traditionally found in larger multi-bay storage towers. In smaller form-factor RAID storage most people use 2-bay RAID 0 storage that does not offer single drive redundancy. However, the T3 offers RAID 5, which means that in the unlikely event of a drive failure all user data is still available and users can carry on working, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. This isn't available on storage solutions that only feature RAID 0. When used in RAID 5 mode the T3 offers the same transfer speeds as a 2-bay RAID 0 device, as well as single-drive redundancy, Panagos says. The 3-bay design of the T3 with RAID 5 means that users get an extra drive’s worth of storage compared to traditional 2-bay storage. When used...
Apr 06
SoftRAID version 5.0.7 is up to 86% faster
SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) has updated its self-title software to version 5.0.7, which is reportedly up to 86% faster. With SoftRAID, you can create volumes with several different RAID levels. Any SoftRAID volume can use up to 16 disks. In version 5.0.7, reads from SoftRAID mirror volumes (RAID 1) are now up to 86% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses all of the disks in a mirror volume for reading data. By spreading the reads over multiple disks, reads from mirror volumes now approach the speed of stripe volumes. SoftRAID mirror volumes with two disks can now read at speeds of up to 270 MB/sec using HDDs (disks with rotating media) and 710 MB/sec using SSDs (disks with solid state media). SoftRAID has also improved the performance for RAID 1+0 volumes. Reads from RAID 1+0 volumes are now up to 67% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses both disks in each mirror pair of a RAID 1+0 volume. This produces reads speeds which approach that off a RAID 5 volume with the same...
Apr 06
The Mac Support Store launches redesigned web page for Apple...
The Mac Support Store, initially "just" an Apple Certified Repair Shop and reseller in Brooklyn, has launched a redesigned web page for Apple rentals. Started by Jeffrey Graber and Judith Barr, a married integrate who also reside in Brooklyn, the Mac Support Store has been an Apple business with a one-stop apparatus for out-of-warranty repairs for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also sells refurbished Macs, memory upgrades, and accessories. Now, The Mac Support Store has launched a new Apple renting module that allows business to lease Mac portables, displays, desktops, and accessories. Through the rental store, business can also lease iOS items such as the iPad Air. The company’s newly redesigned webpage for Apple rentals offers a library of accessible rentals, including device information and cost. "We have a best prices for Apple rentals in New York City," says Mac Support Store Vice President Jeff Graber. "However, if you find a reduced cost in NYC, simply contact us with the...
Apr 03
Apple Watch buyer's guide eBook published
iOS Guides has released Apple Watch Introduction, an US$1.99 eBook available in the iBookstore that reveals "everything you need to know" about the Apple Watch, from its hardware specifications to the in-built apps that you'll be using. The 84-page eBook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It runs on an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, and a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later. The Apple Watch will be released April 24. There’s quite a large price gap between the lowest-end model, which will cost around US$350, and the highest, which will be nearly $17,000 and encased in gold. Pre-orders will start on April 10.
Apr 03
iFlicks for Mac OS X gets redesigned interface, more
Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.2 (www.iflicksapp.com), the first major update of iFlicks 2 for Mac OS X. The utility has integrated video mixing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.2 features a redesigned interface, improved metadata, chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules. iFlicks 2.2 requires mac OS X 10.8.3 or higher. Special upgrade pricing is available at the Mac App Store for a limited time: US$18.99 through April 20 (it's $24.99 afterwards).
Apr 03
Drylab R&D has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X
Drylab R&D (http://drylab.no/products/) has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X. Creator is part of an integrated system for distributing digital dailies and is used by film and TV drama productions. Now, the DIT can provide the DP, producer, director, script supervisor, and others with Retina display ready dailies viewable on their own specially configured iPads. Creator ingests QuickTime-compatible files, transcodes to H.264, organizes them into shots, scenes, takes, and adds metadata. Clips and metadata are distributed to authorized iPads on-set or off (via the cloud). Dailies Creator and Viewer are free downloads but require a paid subscription. Set Report is a paid Apple App Store download. Subscriptions are sold on per-device, per-month basis. The Drylab Dailies system is also available for resellers wishing to provide the service to their customers, with optional white labelling.
Apr 02
PopSockets available for iPhones, iPads
The backside of your iPhone and iPad is prime real estate. PopSockets (http://www.popsockets.com/) are designed to help you make the most of it. They expand to two levels, tilt in all directions, and collapse tight against the back of your device to fit in your pocket. You can use them for texting and photo grips, headset management, multi-directional stands, and hip clips. PopSockets can be customized in a variety of designs. A pair of PopSockets starts at US$15, and additional items, such as the Custom iPhone 5/5S Case, is available, as well.
Apr 02
Arturia launches soft synth classics collection
Arturia has released V Collection Classics, which rounds up five of its Analog Classics soft synth emulations of five analogue synthesizers from five bands. Think ARP 2600 (1970-81), MinimoogTM (1970-81), Synthesizer Expander Module (1974-79), Jupiter-8 (1981-84), and Prophet-5 (1978-82). V Collection Classics is available to purchase as a boxed version for US$229 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia at http://tinyurl.com/mlycubl .
Apr 02
Adobe announces storytelling app for the iPad
Adobe has launched Slate, a new free iPad app that lets you turn words and images into a story that can be published as laid-out Web content, in minutes. It's made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Students, teachers, non-profit organizations, small business owners or corporate communicators can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention. Through designed magazine-style layouts with elegant fonts, beautiful colors and eye-catching motion, Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels, according to Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development, Adobe. He says that key features include: ° Professionally designed themes that allow users to simply tap to select from multiple font combinations, colors and...
Apr 01
Sonnet enhances xMac Pro Server with additional PCIe card...
Sonnet ( www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit – Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition, the latest addition to their line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion systems. The new chassis is an accessory for Sonnet's xMac Pro Server and Echo Express III-R rackmount expansion systems, and is itself a self-contained three-slot PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system that mounts inside the xMac Pro's or III-R's enclosure and can connect to a second 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 bus on a Mac Pro computer. The PCIe Card Expansion Edition enables the use of a variety of high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro computer or any other computer with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new model supposedly supports every low-profile, Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market.  The Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition will be demonstrated at the 2015 NAB Show in booth SL10824. It's due to be available this summer at a manufacturer's suggested...
Apr 01
Scholarships announced for FileMaker DevCon 2015
Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Cris Ippolite of iSolutions have announced a new scholarship opportunity available to FileMaker developers. The scholarships have been established to encourage FileMaker developers wishing to take advantage of the many professional training and networking opportunities at DevCon (http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/). The scholarship will cover the cost of a full conference pass to DevCon 2015. Connolly and Ippolite will select two developers for the award. "We understand that when you're first starting out, funding a conference fee, hotel and airfare is not an easy thing to do," says Ippolite. "These two scholarships will make it possible for two  developers who would not normally be able to attend DevCon to join us." Both Connolly and Ippolite have found DevCon sessions and professional networking opportunities add great value to their businesses. "Coincidentally, both Cris and I attended our first DevCon in Monterrey, California and...
Apr 01
AKVIS announces new Easter Pack for ArtSuite
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite, which lets you decorate their photos with frames and effects. Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Easter Pack includes 50 designs. They include eggs, chicks and bunnies, and blooming flowers. You can use these frames to decorate your photos, prepare postcards, and more. Note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program. To add a frame pack to ArtSuite, copy it into a folder selected in the program's preferences. AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download. The ArtSuite standalone application sells for US$69; the price of the new frame pack is $15.
 

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