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13:20
Digital-Tutors opens up online training library for 72 hours
From Monday, Jan. 26, to Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. (Eastern) anyone can sign up and start their 72 hour free membership by registering on Digital-Tutors + Pluralsight (http://tinyurl.com/otgsjvj) and/or Code School (http://tinyurl.com/kngdrjg). During a 72-hour window that starts at sign up, registrants can watch over 4,000 creative and tech. courses in VFX, CAD, HTML, and IT. Training options include everything from Photoshop, Maya, Nuke and V-Ray plus various programming languages with Code School’s signature interactive training. "We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of products," saysAaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight. "Together we will continue to help professionals remain relevant and ensure businesses stay on top of the latest trends and technologies. The free access to Digital-Tutors, Pluralsight and Code School offers a chance for all to experience trusted professional...
13:07
MasterCard and PGA Tour announce Apple Pay support
MasterCard, the official card of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and the PGA Tour are bringing the latest payment technology to the spectator experience with the introduction of contactless acceptance, including Apple Pay support. Food and beverage concessions at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open near the16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will be contactless enabled through a partnership with Prom Management Group, which provides catering to 38 professional golf tour events, allowing golf fans to make payments using Apple Pay. This will be the first PGA TOUR stop to accept Apple Pay, when it debuts for fans attending the tournament later this week. "The tournament experience lends itself well to simple, secure payments so fans get through concessions and back to the tournament quickly," says Matt Barr, Group Head, U.S. Emerging Payments, MasterCard. "We’re thrilled to partner with the PGA TOUR to bring contactless acceptance to stops on the 2015 schedule. Through our long-standing...
07:18
FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five free...
FileMaker has launched the FileMaker Community (www.filemaker.com/r/community) , a free online resource for anyone interested in how to build custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web. Formerly known as the FileMaker Technical Network, or TechNet, the FileMaker Community has been completely redesigned and reorganized to make it easier for people of all skill levels to find information, engage in discussions, and share ideas and interests. All 60,000-plus current members of TechNet automatically get access to the FileMaker Community. Anyone can browse and download resources without the need to register or log in. The FileMaker Community "delivers the resources that people need to succeed in building and deploying FileMaker solutions in a single, searchable and engaging online spot."
07:17
Apple App Store to receive AIAS Technical Impact Award
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has named the Apple App Store as the first recipient of its Technical Impact Award. According to the award: "Since launching in 2008, Apple's App Store has risen as a disruptive platform for interactive media that has pushed the technological landscape forward with new apps and experiences for consumers to discover each day. It has been a game changer that has excited and surprised hundreds of millions, and forever changed the way software and games are distributed and sold to much of the world." "When we set out to expand the scope of how the Academy celebrates industry achievement, we made a decision to concentrate on significant contributions in technological innovation," says Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "The App Store represents Apple’s commitment to delivering the seamless marriage of devices and services – democratizing content distribution and allowing anyone to become a publisher. The...
Jan 23
Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App...
Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. Compatible source videos include, but are not limited to, mp4, m4v, mov, avi, mkv, mpg. Compatible images include jpeg, png, gif, bmp, psd, tif, tga, jpg, tiff, and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital photos, according to the folks at Nuclear Nova. Video ASCII Art for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available exclusively for US$11.99 at...
Jan 23
Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. "The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter," says Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5% of US sales. The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales." "Because of the iPhone launch, Apple increased its share considerably over the 28% in the July-September quarter," adds Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP. "For most of the earlier quarter, buyers held off buying Apple...
Jan 23
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
Jan 22
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio
IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. It comes equipped with a powerful suite of vocal apps. VocaLive is an effects processor and multi-track recording app that features a selection of 12 professional real-time vocal effects. EZ Voice is a sing-along app to help vocalists practice with any song in their music library. iRig Recorder is an utility for field recording, podcasting, note taking and more. All are available at the Apple App Store. The iRig Mic Studio is also fully compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software,...
Jan 22
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
Jan 22
QNAP announces TX-x31+ Turbo NAS series
QNAP Systems (www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex®-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more, says Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. ] Powered by an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core 1.4GHz processor, new VFPv4 floating point unit, and 1GB DDR3 RAM with native support for SATA 6Gb/s drives, the TS-x31+ series purportedly delivers transfer and multitasking performance of up to 200MB/s throughput. The enhanced hardware encryption engine provides transfer speeds of over 150 MB/s with AES-256 bit Full NAS Volume Encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive data Hsu says. Equipped with dual Gigabit LAN ports, the TS-x31+...
Jan 22
MacA&D adds Screen Models
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced a new Screen edition of MacA&D 4.2 with screen modeling capabilities. You can draw screen prototypes of desktop applications, mobile apps or websites. You can click the Browse tool and bring your prototypes to life with editable fields, navigation buttons, selectable menu commands, tabbed panels, dynamic dialogs, calculations, timer controlled events, embedded video, sound, live web pages and scriptable user interactions. The new Screen modeling capabilities are fully integrated into the Desktop and Developer editions. MacA&D support sflow charts, the full 14-diagram UML 2.2 notation for object-oriented design, structured analysis and design, data modeling, Business Process Models (BPMN 2.0), system models with simulation and real-time, multi-task design.  The integrated environment includes data dictionary, requirements management, code generation, reengineering and scriptable reports. MacA&D 4.2 runs on Mac OS X 10.7...
Jan 21
Apple updates Logic Pro X
Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional audio software, to version 10.1. It adds support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite for sharing your projects. Other new features and enhancements include: • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor • New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name • Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style...
Jan 21
Veenix TypeBookCreator ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Veenix (http://www.veenix.com) has released Mac OS X Yosemite updates for both of its font software titles, TypeBook Creator and TypeWise. Recent updates for TypeBook Creator include a modern user interface (UI) makeover — plus the original UI version is now also included. TypeWise features a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology. During Veenix's "Deep Discount Week," users can save up to 60% on single user licenses of both products. TypeBook Creator is also specially priced during Deep Discount Week at US$29.95, a $40 savings. TypeWise is a smart font viewer and manager that helps users find and view fonts and characters. It boasts a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, repertoire and character set layouts, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology which analyzes font characteristics and automatically organizes fonts by visual energy as well as into 16 different standard font classifications. TypeWise is priced at $9.95 during Deep Discount Week.
Jan 21
MacTech Pro: a new event series for Apple professionals
MacTech Magazine, the oldest Apple market publication, has announced today MacTech Pro Events -- a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.   MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4, 2015, in Seattle. MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including: • March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle • March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco • April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston • May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta • June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC • July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago • August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York • September 2, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Dallas • September 30, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Denver "For 30 years, MacTech has served the technical community...
Jan 21
Apple records highest-ever iPhone market share in Japan and Korea
According to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Market Pulse report (www.counterpointresearch.com), global Apple iPhone sales grew a healthy 26% annually crossing 20 million unit monthly sales mark for the first time ever in November 2014. Apple’s iPhone volumes grew across key countries with the roll-out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. It was also helped by relatively lower priced iPhone 5s and 5c models, targeting prepaid users in emerging markets. Japan, Korea and China were the bright spots where Apple registered a higher than expected demand for its newer and bigger display sporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models. Apple’s iPhone market share soared and reached record levels in Japan and Korea markets. In Japan, one of the most premium smartphone markets in the world, Apple captured more than half of the smartphone sales in October as well as November. Japan has been one of the strongest market for Apple and it is becoming increasingly difficult for competition to challenge...
Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Troi File Plug-in 7.6 adds a new inplementation for the Search function on Mac OS X. The Search function is used to find files and folders on disk. The new implementation uses modern technology and reportedly results in a more accurate list of found items. This new method can be used by adding the switch -Exhaustive to the TrFile_Search function. A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99...
Jan 20
Chronos announces iScrapbook 5 for Mac OS X
Chronos has released iScrapbook 5, a major upgrade to its digital scrapbooking software for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher). According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos, it sports 25 new features including: °   3D headlines (control lighting, perspective, materials, reflections, more); °   Paper texture overlays for photos (33 overlays in six categories: folded, crumpled, canvas, linen, textured, paint); °   Glass texture overlays for photos (eight overlays); °   "Old film look" overlays for photos (eight overlays in three categories: dust & scratches, dust, crackle); °   Auto Enhance for one-click corrections to photos; °   Eight vintage photo effects: B&W, B/W High Contrast, B/W Low Contrast, Fade, Warm, Cool, Bold, Instant; °   Vibrance photo effect; °   Line Art photo effect; °   The ability to straighten photos; °   Draggable special effects: sunburst, sparkle, lenticular halo, and water stain (13 stains); °   Photo placeholders in included pre-...
Jan 20
Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3
Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3. With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. The most visible change in version 3 is Audio Hijack's new audio capture interface. The pipeline-style view of exactly how audio flows makes Audio Hijack 3 a snap to learn for veteran and rookie users alike. Different types of Blocks bring in audio from application and hardware sources (Source Blocks), adjust it with audio effects (Effects Blocks), then record it and send it out to speakers (Output Blocks). The fully customizable layout means users can configure the exact pipeline they need to get the audio results they want. Audio Hijack 3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A free fully-functional trial available on the Rogue Amoeba site. While in trial mode, audio quality...
Jan 20
Twelve South debuts ParcSlope for Mac laptops
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced the Parcslope, a new hybrid stand made exclusively for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The sleek metal wedge elevates your MacBook screen while tilting your keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing. With ParcSlope, your laptop sits at a more ergonomic viewing height without requiring an external keyboard. The ParcSlope can create a comfortable stand-alone workstation, or be used as part of a dual-screen setup, according to the folks at Twelve South. It's available now for US$49.99.
Jan 20
LastPass for OS X lets you store passwords, notes, more
LastPass has released a self-titled Mac app that's available at the Mac App Store for free. The app — which requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher — provides a "home" for passwords, notes, and personal information. LastPass Mac App provides a Mini Vault, a full-featured vault for storing logins, passwords, IDs, credit cards, and other important data. With its Quick Search feature, users can search for a website or keyword to retrieve their logins, launch a site, and be logged in to one of their online accounts. LastPass also offers a Live Security Challenge. This feature gives users up-to-the-minute status on the strength of their passwords to eliminate the question, "Are all my passwords strong enough?"
Jan 20
vjoon K4 (version 6.9 R1) embeds table editor in the browser
The latest version (6.9 R1) of the vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform extends vjoon K4's capabilities in the browser and plug-ins. New features include a versatile table editor for one of vjoon K4's browser clients, K4 Web Editor ICML. The application's workspace management functions have been ported to the K4 Edit and K4 Layout plug-ins so that they are now available throughout the publishing platform. Added XMP image metadata management capabilities are designed to make it easier to archive and retrieve pictures. With the addition of a direct link to Twitter, this cross-media publishing platform can now disseminate text and images via social media networks. Legacy functions have also been refined to boost K4 Web Editor ICML's performance as a browser client. A case in point is the improved search in K4 Web Editor ICML. It now indicates that the target text has been scanned and that the search will begin anew. Go to www.vjoon.com for more info.
Jan 20
TImeline 3D redesigned for Mac OS X Yosemite
BeeDocs (https://www.beedocs.com) has announced Timeline 3D for Mac (version 5), an update to their timeline software. Completely redesigned for Yosemite, Timeline 3D provides a new interface to support the creation of larger, more complex timelines that can be presented in full screen and with a 3D perspective. Users can create timeline charts of world history, family trees, business deadlines, or other multimedia projects with Timeline 3D by entering the event and adding media. Users can include an embedded image, movie, or PDF file by using drag-and-drop. Additional media is automatically resized based on the presentation medium. Timeline 3D also supports the inclusion of notes and web links to timelines and allows users to categorize events with colors codes and tags. Timeline 3D for Mac is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The complete set of all professional Timeline 3D features is available as an in-app purchase of US$24.99.
Jan 20
Adesso launches NuScan 6000 omnidirectional barcode scanner
Adesso has released the US$279.99 NuScan 6000 Omnidirectional Barcode Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/pm5q7gy), which allows users to rapidly scan various barcoded items with a scan speed up to 2000 scans per second.  The 650 nm laser diode allows users to scan with precision and accuracy at an operating distance of up to 8.5 inches from the barcode while its omnidirectional 24-line scanning engine allows reliable readings while swiping or presenting items over the scan area in many different angles, according to the folks at Adesso. It's purportedly sturdy enough to withstand one-meter drops.
Jan 20
Zevrix Solutions revs Output Factory to version 1.1
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory Server 1.1, a feature update to its solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign. Developed originally for a major magazine publisher in the United States to free up their operator computers from outputting InDesign files, the software automates InDesign workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. The new version introduces a new email notification engine which adds support for SSL and TLS connection security, transfer progress and other features. The new engine also solves some email transmission issues on Mac OS X Yosemite. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Jan 19
Apple's home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.
Apple's home page is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on the holiday set aside to mark the legacy of the civil rights leader. The website sports a black-and-white photo of Dr. King with the quote: "Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity."
Jan 19
Apple cuts ties with developers in Crimea
Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014, reports "TechCrunch" (http://tinyurl.com/lozygmw). This means the developers can't create nor publish apps for the Apple App Store. The move follows Valve apparently also terminating access to its Steam games distribution platform in Crimea, too, notes "TechCrunch."
Jan 16
Ultimaker announces two new desktop 3D printers
Ultimaker (www.ultimaker.com) has launched the Ultimaker Go and Ultimaker Extended, two desktop 3D printers that will be available for pre-order starting in March and be available in April. The Ultimaker Go is a compact printer designed to be easy to use as a starting 3D printer. The Ultimaker Extended has added a 10-centimeter larger build volume for users who want to create larger and more complex projects. The former costs US$1,450; the latter is $3,030.
Jan 16
Genuitec announces the release of MyEclipse 2015 IDE
Genuitec has announced general availability of MyEclipse 2015, which sports enhanced web technologies and streamlined production support for modern mobile applications. MyEclipse 2015 offers JavaScript code assist, multi-framework support (including Angular JS), support for popular REST services, mobile application support, and backend server and usability improvements. With traditional Eclipse-based JavaScript code assist falling short, MyEclipse 2015 comes in as the first Eclipse IDE with superior code assist, says Brian Fernandes, product manager for MyEclipse at Genuitec. Genuitec also recognizes the continuously changing web landscape as a space that no longer consists solely of jQuery and one in which web services, particularly REST, connect application users to the cloud. MyEclipse 2015 provides support for Tern.js, Angular JS and other key frameworks for the creation of user interfaces. It facilitates REST usage with a seamless explorer allowing for experimentation with...
Jan 16
Buildbox software allows for easy game creation
Buildbox (www.buildbox.com), drag and drop game creation software that allows someone to easily create a game, has been updated to version 1.1. Instead of scripting or coding, a user drags and drops image files directly into the software, builds out their levels and moves sliders to adjust gameplay settings. According to Trey Smith, the founder of Secret Headquarters, the company behind Buildbox., the software can create nearly every major arcade game type from classic top-down shooters like 1942 to platformers similar to the original Super Mario Brothers. It's also easy to invent new gameplay like he did with his hit game Phases (which reached #28 in the Apple App Store), he adds. Buildbox works with both Mac and PC. It exports games to iPhone, iPod, iPad, Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon Fire HD, Amazon TV, OUYA, Mac, Mac App Store, PC, Steam, Desura and more. It's available for US$2,675; a subscription plan is also being considered. Along with version 1.1 of Buildbox, the Game Business...
Jan 15
Thousands ask the FCC to prevent hotels from blocking Wi-Fi...
In response to Marriott International and the American Hospitality and Lodging Association—a hotel lobby group, petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow hotels to remotely disable guests’ personal Wi-Fi devices, forcing guests to pay for the hotels’ own Wi-Fi service—a new Care2 petition (http://www.care2.com/go/z/hotelwifi ) asks the FCC not to cave to these demands has gathered more than 13,000 signatures. In October, Marriott paid US$600,000 to settle a complaint that the hotel had blocked customers’ personal wireless modems and hot spots at least once, but the hotel chain is continuing the fight. Marriott is asking the FCC for an exception to a rule prohibiting  "willful and malicious interference" of wireless signals. Marriott has said it doesn’t want to interfere with guests’ ability to access the Internet in private rooms or lobby spaces, but rather, in meeting and conference spaces. "The question at hand is what measures a network operator can take to...
Jan 15
Lucky, Save Mart, FoodMaxx now accept Apple Pay
Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores now accept Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, in all of their 217 stores throughout Northern California and Nevada. "Expect new things in our stores this year—the first of which is Apple Pay. We are working diligently to transform the shopping experience for our customers and this cutting-edge technology will help to speed them through checkout," says Nicole Piccinini Pesco, co-president and chief strategy and branding officer. "Accepting Apple Pay provides shoppers a secure and private way to pay for their groceries and we’ve added support for this new mobile payment method solely for their benefit and convenience."
Jan 15
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls game now available
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (http://tinyurl.com/kds5cj5) for Mac OS X is now available at a variety of sources, such as the Mac App Store and Steam. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99. Here's how the game is described: "Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an epic, indie, fantasy role-playing adventure in a unique, massive world. The subterranean land of Avernum is full of strange caves, cunning dungeons, and the alien inhabitants of the underworld. Explore a massive, underground nation of tunnels and caverns, packed with over 100 towns and dungeons. Fight to complete up to three distinct game-winning quests."
Jan 15
Typinator 6.4 adds support for nested expansions
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.4, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version comes comes with a new feature that lets you nest existing abbreviations inside other expansions. You can use this feature to insert previously defined expansions in new ones, for example to insert a completely assembled date in another expansion, or to add a formatted signature at the end of a boilerplate mail template. With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages. Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$30 for a single user license. The upgrade to Typinator 6.4 is free for anyone who...
Jan 15
Parallels Access 2.5 features Universal File Manager, more
Parallels has introduced Parallels Access 2.5 (www.parallels.com/access), available immediately on the Apple App Store and Google Play.   New features of the award-winning app include a universal file manager, computer-to-computer remote access and Samsung S Pen integration. Now all Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge customers get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access in their Galaxy Gifts. The new release also supports the recently released OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Technical Preview.   Parallels Access 2.5 is available on the App Store, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore for Android with a two-week free trial. Individual subscriptions are available for approximately US$16 for one year; they include the ability to access up to five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones, and an unlimited number of computer-to-computer connections. Current customers will get Parallels Access 2.5 for free. Galaxy...
Jan 15
Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 2.4% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.8 trillion in 2015, a 2.4%increase from 2014; however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.9%, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The slower outlook for 2015 is largely attributed to the rising U.S. dollar as well as a modest reduction in growth expectations for devices, IT services and telecom services, according to the research group. "The change in forecast is less dramatic than it might at first seem. The rising U.S. dollar is chiefly responsible for the change — in constant currency terms the downward revision is only 0.1," says John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.7%, which compares with 3.8 percent in the previous quarter's forecast." The U.S. dollar spending growth rate on devices (including PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones, tablets and printers) for...
Jan 15
New frame pack available for AKVIS ArtSuite AKVIS (www.akvis.com...
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack, Communion and Confirmation, for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects. Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Communion & Confirmation Pack includes 50 hand painted frame designs. AKVIS ArtSuite lets you apply effects to decorate pictures. The software lets you frame your photographs. Just place a photo into a frame and run image processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame. AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A 10-day demo version is available for download. AKVIS ArtSuite (the Home Standalone version) sells for US$69; the price of the new pack is $15.
Jan 14
Bushel offers Apple device management features
Bushel (http://bushel.com), a device management solution powered by JAMF Software, has announced general availability. It's a cloud-based solution designed to make it easy for "regular people" to set up, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere. Bushel brings enterprise Apple management features to workgroups and small and medium sized businesses without the need of an IT guru. It's designed to make complex tasks including Apple device setup, security and management, simple and quick. Bushel features hands-free device configuration through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), as well as comprehensive device inventory features. Bushel is free to use for up to three devices, forever. Paid accounts begin at two dollars a month for four devices, and two dollars per device per month for each additional device. Bushel features a pay as you go pricing model, with no long-term contracts.
Jan 14
2TB Mac mini returns to Apple's online store
A 2TB version of the Mac mini has popped up again at the Apple online store. After the most recent revision of Apple's smallest desktop, the option had vanished. The new 2TB model is limited to the high-end, $999 configuration. It uses an Apple Fusion Drive instead of a conventional hard drive. It also packs a 2.8GHz dual Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.
Jan 14
Kinsa thermometer to integrate with Apple's HealthKit
Kinsa (www.kinsahealth.com), the company behind a FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the integration of its app with Apple's HealthKit for iOS 8. Through the free Kinsa app, users can create individual profiles for each member of the family and track fever, symptoms and illness history within the app itself.  Kinsa's integration with HealthKit further allows for individual users to track temperature as part of their broader personal health and fitness context, says Inder Singh, founder and CEO of Kinsa. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer, designed specifically with parents and children in mind, leverages smartphones to make temperature taking a more engaging, informative and useful process, he adds. The thermometer plugs in to the headphone jack and uses the display, power and processing of the smartphone to determine a temperature reading in less than 10 seconds.  Like traditional thermometers, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer can be used orally, under the arm, or...
Jan 14
Apple sues Ericsson for LTE wireless tech patents
Apple is suing Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, arguing that the company's patents aren't essential to overarching industry standards, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/lqjqcty). Currently, the two companies have a license agreement that covers many of Ericsson's allegedly standard-essential patents. The agreement was signed in 2008 soon after Apple launched the iPhone, according to the court filing. In the in the lawsuit filed in a federal court in California, Apple says the royalties should be based on the value of the processor chip that includes the technology, The company adds that it hasn't infringed on the patents and doesn't owe royalties for them, notes "Reuters."
Jan 14
MoneyWiz for Mac OS X adds worldwide online banking integration
SilverWiz has announced MoneyWiz 2.0 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 130 improvements and worldwide online banking integration. MoneyWiz can now connect to more than 2,200 financial institutions in 41 countries. It's personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later and normally costs US$49.99. However, you can buy it for 50% off until mid-February. It's available at the M
Jan 14
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Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Creator, a Mac OS X tool that can create sample tables (rows and columns) fill them with pseudo-random proper content (rows of content) with a single click, to version 1.4. The upgrade provides a faster algorithm for records creation. It also offers: better handling of creation of a higher number of records in a single command; improved more informative progress toolbar for longer operations; and more commands to add, delete and set number of records. With Data Creator, you can select which kind of fields (columns) you like (name of animals, colors, fruits, etc.) and have all the contents filled for how many rows you like in a click. The app can export to comma separated value, tab separated values, HTML tables, even web pages. Data Creator requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Tension Sofware web site or the Mac App Store.
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CS Odessa announces Education Infographics Solution for...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced its Education Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The solution contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography. You can use the solution to create infographics that can be used to communicate education and statics-derived messages at a glance. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The ConceptDraw Education Infographics Solution is an add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10 and costs US$25. It contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $249, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Jan 13
PDFpen Pro 7 supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive sharing
Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has released PDFpenPro 7, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade features the ability to proofread and edit the OCR text layer and export to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats, all with an interface updated for OS X Yosemite.What's more, PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 support document sharing via iCloud Drive. With the apps, users can sign PDF forms containing interactive signature fields, though this isn't cryptographic "digital" signing. PDFpenPro allows users to create PDF forms which include interactive signature fields. PDFpen pricing starts at US$74.95 for a single user license. A single user license for the pro version is $124.95.
Jan 13
Steve Wozniak among Apps World Germany keynote speakers
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, will be keynoting the inaugural Apps World Germany event (https://www.apps-world.net) in Berlin this April. He will be joined by founder of Lionhead Studios; Peter Molyneux OBE and co-founder of Games Workshop; Ian Livingstone. The event taking place at CityCube, Berlin on April 22-23 is set to attract over 6,000 attendees over the two days. Wozniak will be discussing the story of Apple, entrepreneurship, innovation and sharing his industry insight with developers in the free-to-attend Developer World conference stream. Both Molyneux and Livingstone will be sharing their insight on the Gaming World stage (part of International Games Week Berlin) this April with their individual keynotes discussing the evolution of mobile games production; the challenges, lessons and their future predictions. Other speakers include; Jimmy Maymann, CEO, Huffington Post, Ulrik Nehammer, CEO, Coca-Cola, Ben Phillips, Global Head of Mobile, MediaCom, Miika Tams, Vice...
Jan 13
SEO PowerSuite tools updated with Moz’s PA/DA metrics
Link-Assistant.Com says Moz’s Page and Domain Authority stats (PA/DA) have been integrated into SEO PowerSuite tools. From now on, SEO PowerSuite users will be able to use PA/DA to analyze SEO authority of any domain or page. What's more, users will be able to choose between PA/DA and Google PageRank to calculate Domain Strength, Keyword Difficulty, Link Penalty Risk, and Link Value in SEO PowerSuite. In October 2014, Google announced that it wouldn't be updating Toolbar PageRank, so it has become a top priority for SEO data providers like SEO PowerSuite to find an alternative to PageRank to keep providing accurate SEO data, says Erin Madison, User Experience Manager, Link-Assistant.Com. Moz's Page and Domain Authority are popular metrics to estimate the SEO "strength" of any website and compare one site to another. Based on numerous link metrics — linking root domains, number of total links, link popularity, link trust, etc. — PA/DA scores can be a good substitute to Google PageRank...
Jan 13
Apple up 2.4% following Credit Suisse upgrade
Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha has upgraded (http://tinyurl.com/p2bdljb) Apple to Outperform two weeks before its fiscal first quarter (FY 15) financial report, and hiked his target by US$20 to $130. He's calling for 215 million FY15 iPhone sales, and a similar amount for FY16. The FY15 forecast assumes the acquisition of 76 million users for rival platforms, and a pickup the global iPhone replacement rate to 21 months. A 31.8% FY15 increase in purchase obligation guidance is seen as an indicator of strong demand. Garcha also expects Apple to "announce a sizable increase in its cash return program for the next three years through the end of 2017 to over $200 billion." That's $165 billion or buybacks and $37 billion for dividends. He forecasts 20 million 2015 Apple Watch sales at an average price of US$400 and 50% gross margin. Want more? Sign up for the Apple Daily Report newsletter here and follow us on Twitter (@appledailyrpt)
Jan 13
Cinematica for Mac OS X adds better Finder integration
Xeric Design www.xericdesign.com has launched Cinematica 2.4, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file. With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2.4 adds better Finder integration. Filenames are now directly represented in the "Name" field so that changing a filename in the Finder will be reflected in Cinematica and vice versa. Cinematica 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.
Jan 12
IDC: PC leaders continue growth and gain shares
Worldwide PC (personal computer) shipments totaled 80.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), a year-on-year decline of -2.4%, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group. Total shipments were slightly above expectations of -4.8% growth, but the market still contracted both year on year and in comparison to the third quarter. Although the holiday quarter saw shipment volume inch above 80 million for the first time in 2014, the final quarter nonetheless marked the end of yet another difficult year – the third consecutive year with overall volumes declining. On an annual basis, 2014 shipments totaled 308.6 million units, down -2.1% from the prior year. Although the U.S. and Europe remained stronger than other markets, growth in these mature regions slowed from earlier in the year. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) continued to strengthen, seeing only a very slight increase in volume as a number of public projects and improving consumer demand helped stabilize the...
Jan 12
Gartner: global PC shipments grew 1% in Q4 2014
Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 83.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 1% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline. "The PC market is quietly stabilizing after the installed base reduction driven by users diversifying their device portfolios. Installed base PC displacement by tablets peaked in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Now that tablets have mostly penetrated some key markets, consumer spending is slowly shifting back to PCs," says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. However, there are regional variations. Mostly, mature regions show an ongoing trend of positive growth, but emerging markets remain weak, Kitagawa said. "The U.S. showed the highest growth in the fourth quarter of 2014. In EMEA [Europe, the Middle East, and Africa], the Western Europe PC market also showed...
 

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