RaySupreme for OS X gets faster
BrainDistrict (http://www.braindistrict.com) has rolled out RaySupreme 1.5, an update of the 3D modeling and rendering program for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. The upgrade offers quicker rendering time and faster performance.
RaySupreme enables users to create 3D work by simply typing English text. People who are not experienced in 3D can quickly and easily create complex scenes and environments, according to Ritchie Lopez of BrainDistrict. This new approach to 3D graphics is called Text-to-3D.
RaySupreme includes: primitive objects, polygonal modeling, lathe, extrude, Boolean operations, smoothing, materials, and more. The rendering engine includes final gathering for global illumination, caustics, photon mapping, time-based lighting, procedural sky, simulated effects such as sun, stars, fog and haze, and multithreading.
RaySupreme costs US$39.99. A demo is available for download.
Folx download manger for the Mac gets new interface, more
Eltima Software has announced Folx 3, an update of the download manager for Mac OS X. It's available in free and paid-for versions.
Folx 3 sports a new interface, new options and Retina display support. The free version of Folx offers downloaded files organization, fast search for downloaded files, and more. Folx Pro costs US$19.95 and provides such features as: splitting the downloads in up to 10 threads for faster downloading; scheduling the download tasks; automatic speed adjustment for equal Internet traffic allocation; sending the downloaded videos and music directly to iTunes playlists. For more info go to fhttp://mac.eltima.com/ .
Ashlar-Vellum releases Cobalt 8 Solo and Xenon 8 Solo for Mac/...
Ashlar-Vellum has announced Cobalt 8 Solo & Xenon 8 Solo, two new price points in their Designer Elements product line of 3D solid and surface modeling software.
Featuring Ashlar-Vellum's Organic Workflow, both Cobalt & Xenon offer Class-A NURBS surfaces, ACIS solids and intuitive wireframe modeling in one non-modal package. Traditionally bundled with a companion license to Graphite, Cobalt & Xenon are now available individually at lower price points on both Mac & Windows.
With the introduction of Cobalt and Xenon Solo, Ashlar-Vellum has also reduced the prices of their 3D modeling products across the board. Cobalt 8 Solo is now US$1,495. Cobalt v8 Plus Graphite 8US is now $2,49. Xenon 8 Solo is now $99. Xenon 8 Plus Graphite is now $1,995. Argon is now $695. For more info go to http://www.ashlar.com .
SPAMfighter comes to the Mac
SPAMfighter has released SPAMfighter Mac, a Mac version of their anti-spam filter for the PC.
The app provides anti-spam filtering, the ability to block or approve specific emails or domains, single click spam reporting, and the ability to detect and block specific languages. It costs US$29.95 (though you can get volume discounts at $19.95 per license) and can be found at www.spamfighter.com/SPAMfighter-Mac . A demo is available for download.
SPAMfighter has also released an updated version of their Mac cleaning utility Full-Diskfighter Mac. It cleans your Mac of unneeded files and other junk. It also: helps you find duplicate files on your hard drive; cuts the "excess fat" from applications; offers an overview of the files that are taking up the most space, and gets rid of unnecessary languages files in your applications. It costs $29.95 (though you can get volume discounts for $9.99 per license) and can be found at http://www.spamfighter.com/FULL-DISKfighter-Mac/ . A demo is...
Acronis and Thursby Introduce Mobile File Management with CAC/...
Acronis and Thursby Software have announced the delivery of what they describe as the first mobile file management solution to include Common Access Card and Personal Identity Verification authentication for federal government compliance with the HSPD-12 standard on mobile devices.
Based on the Acronis mobilEcho MFM solution and PKard from Thursby Software, the new offering enables federal organizations to improve mobile users' productivity, while maintaining complete control over data security and compliance, says Bill Thursby, president and founder of Thursby Software Systems.
While mobile device management (MDM) solutions secure and manage mobile devices and their applications, mobilEcho controls and secures files and content as they are accessed by mobile users. The solution, which also complies with other important federal standards such as FIPS 140-2 encryption, authenticates and verifies the identity of government employees before allowing them access to critical documents on...
Aquafadas AQ Cloud Authoring debuts at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Aquafadas is previewing its new cloud-based digital platform, AQ Cloud Authoring, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It allows users to re-order and crop pages as well as add enrichments like Guided Reading.
AQ Cloud Authoring's flexible export options include ePUB, AVE and the WebReader. It lets just about anyone looking to publish an eBook easily convert PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, smartphones and the Web, according to Thomas Ribreau, technical director at Aquafadas. AQ Cloud Authoring also lets publishers turn large volumes of PDF files into digital content in a matter of minutes.
AQ Cloud Authoring will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013. For more information on AQ Cloud Authoring and other Aquafadas solutions, go to http://www.aquafadas.com/ .
IK Multimedia ships the iRig BlueBoard
IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig BlueBoard, a wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. It gives guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboard players hands-free wireless control of mobile and Mac music apps.
The iRig BlueBoard uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages to control app and software functions and features. Musicians can use it to control parameters in their favorite music-making apps -- such as stompbox effects on/off, preset patch-switching on the fly, volume or wah control, or any other MIDI controllable function.
iRig BlueBoard uses Bluetooth 4.0 (LE - Low Energy) technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external devices to the mobile device or Mac. Then, using the iRig BlueBoard app (download from the App StoreSM) and software (download from the IK web site User Area), the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that's running on...
Griffin introduces Papernomad Tootsie Folio for the iPad, iPad...
Griffin Technology has released the Papernomad Tootsie for the iPad and iPad mini. The new folio's exterior is made from water-resistant and tear-resistant paper and provides a "perfect blank canvas for artistic creativity," says Keavy Murphree, product line manager at Griffin.
Papernomad products are meant to be drawn on, marked on, and written on with crayons, ink, coffee stains, lipstick, pencils and everything people use to make their mark on the world. This collection of marks and traces turns every Papernomad into a companion that tells its owner’s story, says Murphree. T
Tootsie Folio is created with Papernomad’s patented paper composite, a wool blend lining and a natural hemp fiber closure-strap, all sewn by hand in Europe. Embedded magnets in the strap hold the folio closed or folded into a stand for viewing and typing. A magnetic strip on the interior of the folio grips the iPad’s built-in magnet and works with two corner straps to hold the iPad y in place.
The Tootsie Folio...
Mariner acquires, updates MacGourmet, MacGourmet Deluxe, more
Mariner Software has acquired the apps, MacGourmet, MacGourmet Deluxe (pictured), and MacGourmet Touch from Advenio.
With this acquisition announcement, Mariner is releasing a 4.0 version of MacGourmet and MacGourmet Deluxe for the Mac, and Gourmet iOS, the overhauled iOS app, MacGourmet Touch. The latter works allows the user to create, edit, and scale recipes, as well as import recipes from popular recipe websites.
MacGourmet Deluxe 4.0 is the newest version for the Mac having been changed from 32 bit to 64 bit architecture. The user interface has been updated, and there are more ways of sharing, including Facebook and Twitter. The most significant change is the addition of cloud storage, which will allow the user to transfer recipes between multiple Macs and iOS devices.
MacGourmet Deluxe is available for sale from the Mariner Software website and various retail outlets and will sell for US$49.95. MacGourmet is also available for sale for $24.95. Demos of both can be found at the...
Apple cleared to sell new iPhone models in Brazil
The Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has given Apple the green light to sell the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the country, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/oahhtym).
The smartphones will be compatible with the 4G technology available in Brazil and work at the frequency adopted locally, which is 2600 MHz. The previous iPhone and iPad sold in Brazil operated in the 700 MHz band.
According to Anatel, the iPhones will be manufactured by Foxconn in the company's factory in São Paulo, in the countryside town of Jundiaí. However, the company hasn't announced either the release date or the price of the devices, notes "ZDNet."
plasq introduces Comic Life 3
plasq has introduced Comic Life 3, an update of its photo comic creation software for Mac OS X. The new version introduces a new collection of parametric image filters, an Instant Alpha tool, and a script editor with new SmartScript technology. Comic Life 3 also adds two-up page view and Find and Replace.
The added image editing features in Comic Life 3 make it easy to transform a photograph into comic artwork, according to plasq CEO Robert Grant. Also, new graphic design options have been provided to further enhance the appearance of your comic pages.
Comic Life 3 requires OS X 10.6 or better. It's available on the Mac App Store and plasq's website (http://plasq.com) for US$29.99.
IP Camera Recorder 2 for Mac is released
DComplex has announced the second generation of Camera Recorder, an update to its video surveillance software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
IP Camera Recorder allows users to monitor up to 20 IP Cameras simultaneously on a Mac, record video from the cameras, detect motion, control PTZ and more. The new version adds support for hundreds of models of IP cameras, improved Motion Detection and more.
To celebrate the release, DComplex offers a 20% discount until Oct. 11. Pricing depends on number of cameras. The price for one camera is US$39.99; the price for four cameras is $99.99. A demo is available at the DComplex web site (ttp://kb.dcomplex.com).
OWC announces MaxRAM upgrades for 2008 Mac Pro
Other World Computing has announced that, through its in-house MaxRAM testing lab, its Certified 800MHz PC6400 FB-DIMM Upgrade Kits for 2008 model (MacPro3,1).
OWC now provides up to 64GB -- double the factory maximum installed memory -- with up to a 48% lower cost. The 8GB per DIMM matched kits are fully tested and certified to meet, if not surpass, all Apple memory design and compatibility specifications and come backed by a Lifetime Replacement Warranty and easy-to-follow, For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/3f74xe6 .
Markzware releases PDF2DTP for InDesign CC Mac
Markzware has released the PDF2DTP for InDesign CC Mac Bundle. InDesign plugin, PDF2DTP, has been enhanced to now work with Adobe InDesign CC (Creative Cloud graphic software).
This data conversion bundle of InDesign plugins for the Mac includes the PDF2DTP for InDesign CC plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as the PDF2DTP for InDesign CS6 plugin for Adobe Creative Suite. PDF2DTP provides a method to migrate content from PDF into an editable format within Adobe InDesign files (INDD), enabling users to more easily edit PDF.
One-click, multi-page data conversion helps to convert PDF to InDesign CC, or convert PDF to InDesign CS6. Users can edit PDFs in a familiar page layout program.
The Markzware PDF2DTP for InDesign CC Mac Bundle, includes the InDesign CC plugin to convert PDF to InDesign CC, and the CS6 plugin to convert PDF to InDesign CS6, on the Mac platform. The subscription-based license for the PDF2DTP for InDesign CC Mac One-Year Subscription Bundle offers access to...
LaCie, Porsche Design introduce USB 3.0 Key
LaCie and Porsche Design has announced the Porsche Design USB Key. It's the latest inclusion to Porsche Design's exclusive electronics line.
The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key an ultra-portable device that features up to 32GB of capacity and USB 3.0 speed. It fits into just about any keychain, purse or briefcase.
The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at US$29.99. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.
Alien Skin Software announces Snap Art 4
Alien Skin Software has announced Snap Art 4, the new version of its artistic natural media application for photographers.
Snap Art 4 transforms a photo into a work of art that looks handcrafted. It features a redesigned user interface and improved speed. Snap Art 4 can be used as a plug-in with popular host software (Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, and Lightroom) or as a standalone program.
Snap Art 4 can render hundreds of styles and media, such as oil paint, pencil sketch, watercolor, and crayon. It mimics the techniques of human artists, such as layered brush strokes and enhancement of edges. Snap Art takes care of all the tedious work of drawing brush strokes. For more control, the masking tool can bring out extra detail in areas that need it, says Terence Tay, designer of the new Snap Art 4 software.
Snap Art 4 will be available in November 2013 through www.alienskin.com for US$99. Owners of earlier versions of Snap Art may upgrade for $69. Free upgrades will be automatically...
Clearapps is expanding its network inventory software to the Mac
ClearApp has released its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X: Network Inventory Advisor for Mac. It's designed to bring simplified automated network scanning to the Mac platform without the need of installing agent utilities on the computers you want to build reports for.
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9) and will soon be available on the Mac App Store. Meanwhile the app is available for free (with 10 nodes cap) with premium licenses for larger networks.
The app's features include: network scanning, flexible network management features, software and hardware inventory and reporting, automated network alerts and change management, CMDB-complied database back-end, and more. All current users of Network Inventory Advisor for Windows are eligible for an additional 50% discount on the Mac version. What's more, Network Inventory Advisor for Mac is on sale until Nov. 1.
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c arrive in Italy, Russia, Spain, more on Oct...
Apple says the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c (pictured) will be available in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, October 25.
The phones will also be available in more than a dozen countries on Friday, November 1, including India and Mexico. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced by Apple on Sept. 10.
KeyCue for OS X gets new look, customizable themes
Ergonis Software has announced KeyCue 7.0, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. The upgrade sports a new look with customizable themes, column headings for shortcut groups, arbitrary textual descriptions for shortcuts, and further great new features.
With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.
KeyCue requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer and is fully compatible with OS X Mavericks. The upgrade to version 7.0 is free for anyone who purchased a license before Jan. 1. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, go to the Ergonis Software web site (www.ergonis.com).
Oxygen XML products beef up their visual editing modes
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the immediate availability of version 15.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
The upgrade supports right-to-left and bidirectional text in the visual editing mode. Content authors are now able to create and edit XML documents in the oXygen Author mode, in languages like Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and others.
This version of oXygen offers improvements in working with XML modules. Using the Master Files support, oXygen assists you while editing an XML document that belongs to a set of assembled modules, and provides you features like module validation, in-context content completion assistant, ID referencing or module connection overview.
Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/mdqhbng .
MPEG2 Works Advanced for OS X now up to version 5
MPEG2 Works Advanced -- a Mac OS X tool for video formats re-conversion, encoding and manipulation -- has been revved to version 5. The upgrade fixes bugs and offers some new features, according to its developers.
MPEG2 Works Advanced 5 is available at the product web site (www.mpeg2works.com). It costs US$25 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Cocktail for Lion revved to version 5.6
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.6 (Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Lion 10.7. This version adds the ability to hide the Spotlight menu bar icon (System - Spotlight).
It also adds the ability to rebuild Mail's Envelope Index database. The Mail application uses the (SQLite) Envelope Index database to index and search messages. By rebuilding this database, issues concerning messages that appear incomplete or are missing can be corrected. This feature may also improve Mail's performance.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. This version adds the ability to change standby delay, the ability to disable shadow in window captures, the ability to show the Debug menu in App Store and Photo Booth, and compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also provides improvements on the clear system caches procedure and updated network optimization presets.
Cocktail 5.6 (Lion...
Satechi releases the Smart Travel Router & Adapter
Satechi has released the Smart Travel Router & Adapter, which is targeted to business professionals, leisure travelers and backpackers. It's available now for an introductory price of US$44.99 at www.Satechi.net and www.Amazon.com .
Featuring a compact, cube design, the Smart Travel Router & Adapter features four of the most common plug configurations able to fit electrical outlets in over 150 countries including US, Canada, China and most countries in Europe. The accessory doubles as a router able to convert a direct internet connection from a hotel or conference room into a private connection. It's also able to improve and extend the range of any existing Wi-Fi connection up to 100 feet.
The Smart Travel Router & Adapter features an AC power port and a 2.1A USB port able to charge smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras, handheld game consoles and more. It fits into just any suitcase, purse, backpack or carry-on.
Obama administration doesn't ban Samsung product import ban
Samsung is going to have to stop importing some models of its smartphones and tablets into the U.S. after President Obama's administration upheld a ban won by Apple in a patent-infringement dispute, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/mp7gq3l).
"After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the impact on consumers and competition, advice from agencies, and information from interested parties, I have decided to allow" the import ban to proceed, Obama’s designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, said in a statement.
The import ban is on a limited number of products. The ITC said newer models by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung had worked around two Apple patents, which covered a multitouch feature and one for a sensor for headphone jacks.
WaterField introduces the Staad backpack
WaterField Designs has introduces the Staad, a new backpack designed "to flow easily from causal to professional office environments. Its stream-lined exterior and organized interior snugly secure a laptop and an iPad or tablet plus accessories.
A World War II-era buckle -- once used to instantly access ammunition -- can be opened with a "quick flick." Padded interior pockets keep a laptop and tablet secure and the main compartment organized, while angled, zippered, side pockets stash small necessities like keys and an iPhone 5s. A quick-grab leather handle provides an additional carrying option.
Neoprene cushioning and moisture-wicking material keep the wearer comfortable and dry, says Gary Waterfield, founder of Waterfield Designs. The Staad BackPack is available in two sizes: slim (US$319) and stout ($329). For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/ltcpmdu .
SoundMatters releases Dash7 Bluetooth speaker
SoundMatters is shipping what it says is the world’s slimmest, lightest high-fidelity Bluetooth Speaker, the Dash7. It's a three-fourths inch high wireless pocket-portable Bluetooth soundbar and speakerphone with omnidirectional sound.
It's small enough to slide into a purse or jacket pocket. The Dash7 features fifth generation twoofer and BassBattery and an angled stand for direct on-axis high resolution music.
It's available in vibrant red, arctic white, and midnight black. The Dash7 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$249. For more info go to www.soundmatters.com .
Ergotron unveils new Sit-Stand Workstations, WorkFit
Ergotron Inc. has launched new sit-stand solutions for Apple computers. The WorkFit-A and WorkFit-P workstations with aluminum construction designed specifically to complement Mac desktops and laptops.
The US$649 WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation (pictured) mounts an iMac on an height-adjustable arm and clamps to the back edge of an existing desk up to 31.5 inches deep; a grommet hole-mount base option is also included. It has one-touch motion with patented Constant Force technology, sit-stand height adjustment and a separate keyboard tray with tilt.
The $329 WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation is designed for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The WorkFit-P attaches to the side or rear of an existing desk to create an adjustable sit-to-stand workstation; a grommet hole-mount base option is included as well. The unit holds up to 10 pounds and has a height adjustment range of 20 inches.
For more info go to Ergotron.com/apple .
Brother introduces new multi-page scanners
Brother International Corp. has launched the ImageCenter ADS-1500W, the flagship model in their new series of compact scanners for small office/home office (SOHO) and small business users.
The ADS-1500W has a compact footprint of 11.2 inches wide and 4.1 inches deep. Scanning features include simplex/duplex color scan speeds of up to 18 ppm (pages per minute), a 20-sheet capacity auto document feeder, and web connectivity. The ADS-1500W is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.
The ADS-1500W also includes new BR-Receipts software that enables users to scan receipts and then export receipt data to Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks software or Quicken software. In addition to the flagship model ADS-1500W (US$299),7 Brother will be also introducing the ADS-1000W ($249).7 Both are scheduled for release later this month. Go to www.brother.com for more info.
Apple to announce fourth quarter financial results on Oct. 28
Apple will announce its fiscal fourth quarter financial results on Monday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. (Pacific).
Last quarter Apple reported earnings of US$6.9 billion in sales and $35.4 billion in total revenue. During the fiscal third quarter the company sold 31.2 million iPhones, 14.6 million iPads, and 3.8 million Macs.
Quay dock extender revved for Mavericks
Rainer Brockerhoff has announced Quay 1.1.5, an update to his system utility for OS X. The new version is ready for the upcoming OS X Mavericks.
Quay extends the Dock's functionality, allowing the user to sort Stack menus in several useful ways, and see extra information for each item. Unlike the standard Dock, Quay always follows aliases or symbolic links, and works even with folders containing tens of thousands of items.
A demo is available for download at ww.brockerhoff.net/quay . Registration is approximately US$9.50.
AppDelete now ready for Mavericks
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.1, a Mavericks update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. With it you don't have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.
AppDelete requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license and be purchased at www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete .
Remo Privacy Cleaner Free Edition for Mac OS X released
Remo Software has rolled out Remo Privacy Cleaner. It's a privacy app for protecting your privacy and cleaning unwanted junk from your Mac.
Remo Privacy Cleaner features a "One Click Clean" solution that helps to permanently delete files, such as browser history, download history, cache, auto-complete forms, app junk, recent items, trash, search history and more, all in one simple click. This solution provides nine different erasing patterns to ensures complete security, says Remo Software CEO Omer Faiyaz.
Remo Privacy Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. An iOS version is in the works. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/lddthcf .
PocketCAS comes to the Mac
EuroComp has announced that its mathematics software, PocketCAS for iPhone and iPad, is now also available for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher).
PocketCAS is an advanced computer algebra system. It's targeted at scientists, engineers, teachers and students.
PocketCAS is being discounted by 50% for a limited time. Features include Linear Algebra functions for matrices and vectors, 2D & 3D Plots, and more.
PocketCAS lite 3.4 is free and PocketCAS pro 3.4 is discounted to US$4.99 for a limited time. Both applications are available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store (for the iPhone and iPad) and the Mac App Store (for Mac OS X) in the Education category. For more info go to http://pocketcas.com .
SEC closes its review of Apple's finances
Four months after opening its review of Apple’s finances, the Securities and Exchange Commission has closed it, having found nothing untoward about the company’s handling of its overseas cash and related tax policies, reports "AllThingsD" (http://tinyurl.com/ljsrzlz).
The SEC has completed its review of the company’s fiscal 2012 annual report and plans no action at this time. "Evidently, there’s no need to, as the agency has found Apple’s disclosures to be sufficient, particularly now that it has agreed to provide investors with more information about its foreign cash, tax policies, and plans for reinvestment of foreign earnings," says "AllThingsD. "In the SEC’s eyes, Apple accounts for taxes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles."
World Clock Deluxe for OS X ticks to version 4.11.1
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has released World Clock Deluxe 4.11.1, an update of its Mac OS X tool for companies and organizations regularly communicating with people across the world, for frequent travelers, and for home users having family or friends in other countries or time zones.
Daylight-Saving Time information for Morocco, Western Sahara, and the Brazilian State of Tocantins has been updated. Morocco and Western Sahara decided to extend Daylight-Saving Time to Oct. 27 and, from next year. will observe DST from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. Tocantins canceled Daylight-Saving Time after a one-year trial.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a configurable horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar, and in the Dock, and show the time in over 1,600 cities and 200 time zones, including Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time. The app also lets you calculate time conversions between different cities or time...
Psykopaint for Mac OS X gets a complete design overhaul
Psykosoft (www.psykosof.net) has updated Psykopaint for Mac OS X to version 1.2.1. The app gets a complete design overhaul.
Psykopaint is a painting application with a twist: it allows you to paint while the colors are selected automatically based on a photo. It features six different brushes with 72 built-in presets and more. Version 1.2.1 also introduces support for Retina Display, an improved mad cannon brush, fixes canvas zoom issues and more.
Psykopaint requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$29.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (http://tinyurl.com/pmzdt3a). For more info go to www.psykopaint.com .
NuMac announces optical disc burning solution for new Mac Pro
NuMac has announced an optical disc burning solution for Apple's upcoming Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports the reading and writing of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.
It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. Both Power and data are sent via the single USB cable.
The NMBDR6x features quad layer burning support for Blu-ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity. 6x BDR burning (25GB & 50GB discs) and 4x burning for BDXL (100GB & 128GB discs). DVDs and CDs burn quickly and accurately on the NMBDR6x as well.
The NMBDR6x features plug and play compatibility with OS X 10.6 or later. It's available now for US$149. Go to http://numac.co for more info.
2.9 million Adobe consumer accounts hacked
In a post on its company blog (http://tinyurl.com/phl6fhj), Adobe says that it's been hacked and that the data of approximately 2.9 users has been compromised.
"Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems," says Adobe. " We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident."
The company says it is:
° Resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts.
° Notifying customers whose credit or debit card...
Apple reportedly buys a startup named Cue
Apple has reportedly purchased Cue, the company behind an iOS personal assistant app. Why? To compete with Google Now, according to "The Inquirer" (http://tinyurl.com/lpjzhyj)
The app collated information from emails, contacts and calendars, and prepared "an overview of your upcoming events by linking together related phone numbers, addresses, tickets, invitations, receipts, files, and more." Google Now is a personal assistant available within the Google Search mobile app for iOS and Android devices. It uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make reservations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services.
QNAP launches SAS-enabled Turbo NAS
QNAP Systems has launched five business-class, SAS-enabled Turbo NAS models, including TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP and TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP which support both SAS and SATA 6Gbps hard drives, and the 2.5-inch high-density SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP and SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP.
The support of SAS hard drives increases disk input/output performance and offers high reliability for data transmission and storage, according to the folks at QNAP. The new models offer storage expansion port(s), allowing capacity expansion with QNAP RAID expansion enclosures to fulfill mission-critical storage needs of small and medium businesses, with persistent throughput to balance resource-demanding applications.
The SAS hard drives are Mac, Windows and Linux/UNIX compatible. For more info go to www.qnap.com .
SEGA Superstars Tennis coming to the Mac on Oct. 17
Feral Interactive says SEGA Superstars Tennis for the Mac will be released on Oct. 17. Developed by Sumo Digital Ltd., published by SEGA for consoles and inspired by two decades of SEGA history, SEGA Superstars Tennis sees 16 fan-favorite characters serving up extreme arcade tennis.
Here's how the game is described: "SEGA Superstars Tennis lets Sonic and the gang loose on courts inspired by SEGA’s iconic gameworlds, from a funky disco space station to an outrageous samba party. Every one of the 16 SEGA characters is equipped with a game-changing special move such as Sonic’s super speed, Dr. Eggman’s devastating bomb clusters and AiAi’s banana-shaped curve shots.
"Players can hone their skills in quick matches or take on the grand challenge of Planet Superstars mode, a series of tournaments and mini games which include smashing zombies with well-aimed shots, making paintball graffiti and knocking giant monkey balls into a goal.
"SEGA Superstars Tennis supports shared-screen multiplayer...
Apple releases Mountain Lion, iTunes updates
Apple has released OS X Mountain Lion and iTunes updates.
OS X 10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0 fixes a glitch that prevented some applications from recognizing the FaceTime HD camera on the 2013 MacBook Air. It also fixes some problems with OS X's sleep mode and some USB Bluetooth adapters not working.
iTunes 11.1.1 improves stability and fixes problems with iTunes Extras not displaying correctly and deleted podcasts. You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Bare Bones releases Yojimbo for the Mac, iPad
Bare Bones Software has released Yojimbo 4.0.1, an update of the information organizer for Mac OS X, and Yojimbo for iPad 1.1, the companion app for taking Yojimbo 4 content anywhere using an Apple tablet.
Yojimbo 4.0.1 and Yojimbo for iPad 1.1 are both maintenance updates that include fixes for specific reported issues. The iPad update also includes enhancements and refinements in iOS 7.
The Yojimbo 4.0.1 update is free of charge to all Yojimbo 4 customers. All registered Yojimbo customers may download the update free of charge from the Bare Bones Software web site (www.barebones.com). The iPad update is available free at the Apple App Store.
Motrr Galileo robotic platform for the iPhone available next...
Motrr has announced pre-order availability of the Galileo Bluetooth and Galileo 30-pin for the iPhone. Galileo, an iOS-controlled robotic platform, will go on sale next month.
With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking, video conferencing, baby monitoring, remote learning, and more, Galileo gives iOS devices "endless" possibilities of remote-controlled motion, says Jasper Eisenberg, marketing manager at Motrr. Using Galileo, your iPhone, and the Sphere app you can capture spherical panoramas.
You can also set pan and tilt controls for Galileo locally to create time-lapse sequences. With a second smartphone, tablet, or web browser, you can control Galileo remotely to monitor your home with one-way video, or participate in a two-way video calling experience. Swipe your finger on your device and Galileo responds, orienting itself in any direction.
With the Motrr Software Development Kit, app developers can integratie Galileo motion controls into their...
Zepp Labs unveils iOS-compatible sports platform
Zepp Labs, which specializes in motion capture technology and mobile sports applications, has created what it says is the world’s first multi-sport sensor and the first three apps on the new Zepp Sports Platform: Zepp Baseball, Zepp Golf and Zepp Tennis.
"For the first time in history, players and coaches can now capture and analyze 3D swing data on their smartphone or tablet and discover ways to improve their game," says Jason Fass, chief executive officer of Zepp Labs. "We see a tremendous opportunity to improve the way we practice, play and experience sports by providing meaningful and actionable data in a beautiful design with an easy-to-use interface."
The Zepp 3D motion sensor was designed with the athlete in mind. It's approximately an inch square, less than half an inch thick and weighs 6.3 grams. It's constructed of a rubber exterior and shock-resistant core.
Each sensor contains an ARM processor, multiple motion sensors, storage for up to 200,000 swings (200,000 tennis...
Lodsys loses case against Kaspersky
Kaspersky, which makes antivirus and Internet security software, has won its case against patent troll Lodsys.
Lodsys decided over the weekend to dismiss its case against Kaspersky with prejudice. "Instead of facing a jury, Lodsys will slink away instead" as "it was an unconditional surrender., reports "ArsTechnica" (http://tinyurl.com/morup5j).
In 2011 Lodsys sues some iOS developers for using in-app purchasing systems that it claims violates patents it owns. The patent holding firm targeted small iOS developers with notices of patent infringement for providing in-app purchase and/or Apple App Store purchase links within their apps. Apple came to the defense of the developers.
Also, Martha Stewart recently sued Lodsys after the patent troll demanded a $20,000 settlement for Stewart's allegedly infringing iPad apps.
ClassicWeather is a new, free weather app for Mac OS X
Demodit has introduced ClassicWeather for Mac. It's a free Mac version of its iPhone/iPad weather app.
ClassicWeather displays compact widgets with forecasts for multiple cities. Tabbed buttons change the view to informative text and graphics, reporting the weather today, the summary for the next days, hourly weather for next days, and a description in text.
The weather widgets of the app represent weather information for selectable cities. ClassicWeather also supports iOS like swipe gestures.
ClassicWeather works with OS X 10.7 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Weather category (http://tinyurl.com/o8u6mzc). A Premium version is available as an in-app purchase for US$1.99.
iLuv shipping first Lightning connector alarm clock speaker dock
iLuv Creative Technology is shipping TimeShaker, the latest addition to the company's line of alarm clock docking stations. The company says it's the first alarm clock in iLuv’s line to feature Apple’s Lightning connector.
The dock features iLuv’s "bed shaker," which allows users to hear and feel their alarm, making oversleeping a thing of the past. This dual alarm clock speaker enables users to set two separate alarms and offers multiple alarm options, including iPhone/iPod music, FM radio, buzzer and bed shaker.
TimeShaker’s detachable shaker fits under a pillow and vibrates to wake heavy sleepers, the hearing impaired and anyone who shares a room. The dock features an Apple Lightning connector for playing and charging the iPhone 5/5s/5c and iPods in Apple’s Lightning line.
TimeShaker’s LCD display includes a 10-level dimmer for setting your ideal brightness level. The TimeSync button allows users to automatically sync the time on the display from their iPhone or iPod.
Samsung execs were told of secret Apple-Nokia patent license
On Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California talked of sanctions against Samsung for violation of a protective order, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/nm3hqfe).
It seems that Samsung execs were told the terms of a secret Apple-Nokia patent license, a legal no-no. The court is still trying to find out more about how the information was improperly disclosed, but it already knows a lot about what happened. Sanctions loom large, according to "FOSS Patents."
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
pdfToolbox revved to version 7.0
Callas Software has updated pdfToolbox, which verifies any PDF and addresses production issues through intelligent corrections, to version 7.0.
This new version is a significant step forward in making PDF quality control and production workflows more accurate, according to the folks at Callas. The core PDF and font libraries in pdfToolbox have received a major update to improve speed and reliability of processing troublesome PDF files.
The more compact and adjustable preflight report improves clear communication with customers, and the operator checkpoints allow manual intervention in automated workflows. For more info, including pricing, go to http://tinyurl.com/pb237fp .