ReelSmart Motion Blur 5, Twixtor 6 released
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released ReelSmart Motion Blur version 5 and Twixtor version 6 with GPU support for eyeon Fusion .
Speedups up to 3x on GPUs when using RSMB and Twixtor, already known for their speed, have been measured over running in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor creates slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence.
RE:Vision Effects plug-ins are available for Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Quantel genQ and others.
Deliver Express for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.3, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version addresses an issue that could prevent the app from creating and deleting directories on some FTP servers.
Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day
MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.
JetDrive Lite expansion cards released for Apple laptops
Transcend Information (http://tinyurl.com/owzyesd) has launched its JetDrive Lite series of expansion cards aimed at MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air users. There are four different models offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.
Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific model while providing a way to increase available storage. The 128GB card, for instance, can store over 60,000 high-resolution photos, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of Full HD video, or seemingly limitless number of documents.
When inserted into the card slot of a compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage, according to the folks at Transcend.
Manufactured with MLC NAND flash chips, the expansion cards boast read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s respectively.
The JetDrive Lite Series of expansion cards are available...
Apple's iAd Producer adds full screen banner ad support
Apple has updated iAd Producer (http://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/) to version 4/2. It gives developers the ability to display full screen banner ads in iOS apps. It also adds the ability to upload projects to the iAd Workbench campaign management system.
iAd Producer a free download for developers at Apple’s developer web site.
Oxygen XML products for Mac OS X upgraded to version 16
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16 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 adds "Quick Fixes" and improvements to refactoring actions. Saxon-CE specific extensions are supported, and you can apply now XPath queries on multiple files.
If you use Ant to orchestrate build processes then oXygen will support you with an Ant editor featuring validation, content completion, outline view, syntax highlight and search and refactoring actions. Working with conditional content is a purportedly easier now as you can set different colors and styles for each condition or focus exclusively on a specific deliverable by hiding all excluded content.
You can also modify DITA and DocBook tables using the new table properties action. Finally, you can customize the style of the oXygen WebHelp output to look exactly as you want...
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of its DEVON products
DEVONtechnologies has revved all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink, the notebook app DEVONnote, and the smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express.
Users select their file format of choice with a new option in DEVONthink's web browser extension or the bookmarklets. Dragging data from Safari to a database is now more reliable. DEVONsphere Express assists users working with documents by providing related data.The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote and DEVONsphere Express require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink Personal and DEVONsphere Express can also be purchased together with DEVONagent Express as Homeoffice Bundle in DEVONtechnologies'...
Bare Bones upgrades Yojimbo for Mac OS X to version 4.0.3
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has introduced Yojimbo 4.0.3, a maintenance update of its Mac OS X information organizer that includes fixes for specific reported issues.
The Yojimbo 4.0.3 update includes: changes to improve sync reliability and application stability; a related change to the display of internally stored Web Archive items improves security and privacy.
Yojimbo 4.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later. This update is free of charge to all Yojimbo 4 customers. The utility is available at a suggested retail price of US$30 for an individual license or US$60 for a family-pack license (for use by up to five people within a single household).
Synchronization subscriptions are available for US$2.99/month. The first thirty days of the subscription period are free of charge, and a sync subscription may be cancelled at any time. Any registered customer with Yojimbo 1.0 through 3.0.4 may purchase an upgrade to Yojimbo 4 for $20. Multi-user (site) license pricing is also...
Desktop Ghost for Mac OS X floats onto the scene
Writes for All has introduced Desktop Ghost 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/qdclfpz) for Mac OS X, a utility that lets you hide and show all the files on your desktop with a single click.
It's designed especially for for OS X users who take screencasts and/or screenshots, but who don't want to move all the files on their desktop to another location on their computer. You can choose to run the application as a status bar-only app or as a regular app with a icon in the dock.
Desktop Ghost requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utility and Productivity categories.
Tasa releases Mineralogy book series on iBooks
Published by Tasa Graphic Arts,, in association with the Mineralogical Society of America, all 24 chapters of The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy digital book series (http://tinyurl.com/ox2aou8) for the iPad and Mac are now available on iBooks.
This series is specifically designed to take full advantage of the latest digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. The series feature color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams and review questions.
To view the books, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later. Individual chapters are available separately for as low as US$3.99.
You can pick and choose the chapters you need. Additional chapters will be available soon.
Pixelmator for Mac OS X goes Sandstone
The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade adds a Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature.
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option. This allows you to create all kinds of shapes from any selection.
Pixelmator 3.1 Sandstone requires Mac OS X 10.9.1 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99.
FlipHTML5 digital publishing Suite for Mac OS X has been upgraded
FlipHTML5 Software has launched an upgraded Mac OS X version of Flip HTML5 software, allowing customers to make digital content for tablet, desktop, laptop or mobile devices of any kind.
The app lets you create responsive CSS3, jQuery and HTML5 FlipBooks all in real-time without writing a single line of code. Publishers can create custom layouts, optimize advertising and editorial content, distribute editions and maximize the digital publishing workflow.
Those would like to use more advanced levels of FlipHTML5 Digital Publishing Suite For Mac can choose between Pro, Gold, Platinum or Enterprise membership plan. Interested business owners and publishers can visit FlipHTML5 online (http://fliphtml5.com/) to find more information about pricing and availability.
Apple acknowledges iMessage problem
Apple has acknowledged a iMessage problem that affects customers who switch away from the iPhone, without disabling iMessage, reports re/code (http://tinyurl.com/qz4tuad).
"We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update," Apple told Re/code in a statement. "For users still experiencing an issue, please contact AppleCare."
The issue arises when an iPhone customer trades in his or her phone for another device, but keeps the same phone number that Apple’s messaging system recognizes as an iPhone. A recent server glitch made the problem worse, "rendering moot one of Apple’s key methods for trying to remedy the issue," according to re/code.
ExactCODE updates ExactScan Pro, OCRKit
ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.50 and OCRKit 2.5 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The new builds improve OCR speed and accuracy, PDF compression, scan speed, and adds support for the latest scanners from Canon and Fujitsu.
OCRKit and ExactScan provide OCR, PDF compression. EcactScan offers built-in drivers for over 400 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Canon, Kodak, Fujitsu, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. The drivers built into ExactScan stand allow you to use several PC document scanners on a Mac.
OCRKit is available for approximately US$68, ExactScan 2 is available for $109, and ExactScan 2 Pro for approximately $137. Both are available at the ExactCODE web site and the Mac App Store.
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.2
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.2. The new version offers improvements in dealing with the encryption algorithm of newly released DVD.
By taking advantage of a conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac can rip DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered for $34.95 for a limited time.
SuperTab for Mac adds Dropbox, AppleScript, Meta-Folder support
SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.1 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version boasts includes over 30 new features, enhancements and fixes such as support for Dropbox, AppleScript, meta-folders, and more.
Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.
SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. You can register for US$10. Version 1.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0.
AfterShot Pro upgraded with 64-bit processing support
Corel's Photo Editing group has introduced AfterShot Pro 2, an update of the RAW converter and photo management software. The upgrade sports 64-bit processing, which results in faster performance.
With AfterShot Pro 2, you can load, edit and adjust thousands of RAW photos/ You can refine an unlimited number of photos while preserving the originals with non-destructive photo adjustment.
Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems, AfterShot Pro 2 costs US$79.99 for new users. Existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. For a limited time, AfterShot Pro, PaintShop® Pro X6, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom 5 registered customers may purchase AfterShot Pro 2 at the upgrade price. A demo is available for download at the product web site (www.aftershotpro.com).
PhotoScissors for Mac OS X gets new feathering control
TeoreX has announced a new version of PhotoScissors (http://www.photoscissors.com/), an US$19.99 Mac OS X smart tool able to remove unwanted background from photos with literally few mouse gestures. Version 1.1 offers feathering control for maximum smoothness of edges, plus a number of accessibility features.
PhotoScissors detects fore- and background parts of the image and separates one from the other. With version 1.1, feathering radius can be now changed depending on a user´s needs.
Also, a user can select background and foreground areas of the image both on "before" and "after" views. Among other functions featured in the update are the recent file list for instant access to frequently used files, the support for HiDPI and Retina displays, an option to pan the image while holding the Space button and user interface improvements.
Apple updates its WWDC keynote app
Apple has updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app, which is a free download at the Apple App Store for iOS devices. The app lets developers:
° Stream videos from current and previous WWDC sessions.
° Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where they left off on another.
° Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.
° Mark schedule items as favorites.
° Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily photos.
° View maps to find their way around Moscone West (site of WWDC).
° Provide feedback on content and speakers for each session.
° Add a pass to Passbook for faster check-in at WWDC.
WWDC (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/) will be held June 2-6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X.
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new user interface
DssW (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) has announced Power Manager and Power Manager Professional 4.2 for Mac OS X. This release introduces a new user interface and removes the need for restarting to install, update, or remove the scheduler.
Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.
Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.2 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.
Concept Draw announces new Soccer Solution for ConceptDraw
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has added a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. There's a new set of libraries that provide a complete soccer solution.
The Soccer Solution includes libraries tailored for soccer diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.
The Soccer Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support soccer diagrams. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which which retails for $499.
Apple updates iWork for iCloud
Apple has updated iWork for iCloud. The software is free and can be accessed at iCloud.com. In fact, if you log into the web site you'll see a new splash page announcing that Pages, Keynote, and Numbers can now:
° Edit docs up to 1GB in size;
° Allow you to collaborate with up to 100 people;
° Create two-dimensional and interactive charts;
° Utilize more color options;
° Insert images up to 10MB in size;
° Handle chart formatting.
Apple posts OS X Mavericks Server 3.1.2
Apple has released a new version (3.1.2) of its Mac OS X Mavericks Server suite. It sports stability improvements and enhancements for the Calendar Server, Messages Server, and Profile Manager.
Existing users can update to OS X Server 3.1.2 through the Mac App Store. For others the price is US$19.99.
Proavio ships desktop storage solution for 4K video
Proavio (www.proavio.com) has released the EB800MS V2 storage platform for 4K media workflows. It adds a next generation 12G internal disk I/O design and incorporates a choice of PCI-e 3.0 or SAS-to-Thunderbolt 2 RAID adapters with high speed SATA, SAS and SSD disks.
It purportedly provides up to twice the bandwidth of comparable 6G storage solutions. The EB800MS V2 combines a smaller compact form factor, PCI-e 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 RAID options with 12Gb/s SAS technology.
Proavio says its accelerated 12Gb/s modular I/O hardware effectively doubles the bandwidth between the disk drives and host computer resulting in data rates of up to 2,200MB/s when used with a x16-lane, PCI-e 3.0 equipped workstation.
The EB800MS V2 is now available in capacities starting at 8TB up to 32TB. EB800MS V2 systems include a three-year factory warranty and advance replacement on disk drives and components for the first year of ownership.
AppCode 3.0 offers more complete coding
JetBrains has announced the general availability of AppCode 3.0, a new release of their Objective-C IDE. It's designed to ease the everyday routine for Objective-C developers as they build apps for Apple devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad.
To help developers become more productive, AppCode tightly integrates with Apple's Xcode and focuses on code quality, convenient code navigation, smart code completion, on-the-fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions, and code refactorings. The latest release offers more complete coding and development experience, saving iOS developers from unnecessarily switching between IDEs, according to Anton Makeev, AppCode project manager.
It also adds an integrated UI Designer and a plugin for the Reveal tool (http://revealapp.com) to provide AppCode users with advanced tools for designing and debugging iOS applications. New code generation options for all the available unit testing frameworks also enhance the coding experience and speed up the...
Subtitle Studio is a new subtitling app for Mac OS X
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), a subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99.
To use you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.
FirmTek ships the ThunderTek/PX2+2 storage solution
FirmTek (www.firmtek.com) is shipping the ThunderTek/PX2+2, a Thunderbolt storage solution that accommodates two high-speed 2.5-inch SSD, HDD, or SSHDs internally. It also provides two external eSATA ports for connecting external direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.
The ThunderTek/PX2+2 is comprised of the ThunderTek/PX, FirmTek's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, and the SeriTek/6G2+2, FirmTek's storage adapter. The SeriTek/6G2+2 was designed to meet the needs of customers who wish to add an internal SSD. Up to two HDD, SSD or SSHD drives can be attached to the card, one on each side.
The card provides both power and 6G SATA connections. With each port featuring bandwidth over 500MB/s, the SeriTek/6G2+2 offers an option for adding high-performance 6G SSD to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac or Windows 8/8.1 computer.
The FirmTek ThunderTek/PX2+2 bundle is available now from FirmTek authorized resellers. The ThunderTek/PX PCIe expansion chassis and SeriTek/6G2+2 SATA...
WaterField Design announces Mac Pro Go Case
WaterField Design (wwww.sfbags.com) has rolled out the US$129 Go Case for the new Mac Pro. It's designed to protect the pro desktop and its accessories in transit.
The travel case is designed with video editors, traveling gamers, big power users and game developers in mind. The case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard, plus computer accessories such as a mouse, cables and power cord.
Enveloped in ballistic nylon, the Mac Pro Case cradles the computer with internal padding and a plush liner. A plastic plate protects the bottom of the Mac Pro. A removable pocket for accessories fits atop the computer inside the bag.
An Apple wireless keyboard slides into a front, scratch-free pocket. Carrying options include a nylon grab handle and a removable suspension shoulder strap. Two loops at the bottom of the case allow Mac Pro users to remove the computer from its bunker.
'Early Bird' discount ends June 3 for FileMaker...
FileMaker says attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz), themed "Business without Boundaries," have until June 3 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save US$300 off registration.
After June 3, the full conference fee of US$1,595 for the Standard Registration Package and US$2,195 for the Gold Registration Package applies. DevCon 2014, FileMaker’s 19th annual event, will be held July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.
Attendees can choose from a variety of sessions on user-centric design and development for mobile devices, FileMaker WebDirect, performance, security, relational design, in-house development, integration with trending technologies and other new FileMaker 13 features. New this year is the DevCon Developer Cup Competition where contestants can develop...
Adobe announces Captivate 8
Adobe has announced Adobe Captivate 8 (http://tinyurl.com/npvaw63), the latest version of its eLearning authoring tool. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
The software is designed to reduce the learning curve by allowing trainers and educators to author once and deliver multi-screen responsive content without programming. Adobe Captivate 8 includes several new features such as location and gesture support, new customizable interactions, themes and smart shapes to create and deliver impactful mobile eLearning.
Updates from Captivate 7 and Captivate 6 (and earlier) are US$399 and $999, respectively. Captivate 8 is also available for US$19.99 per month for an annual subscription.
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac OS X includes over 18 new...
ClearApp has updated Network Inventory Advisor, its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X, to version 4.2.
The software is 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. Version 4.2 includes over 18 new features and improvements.
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9). Version 4.2 is a free download for all users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is based on the number of nodes you need to audit.
Disk Drill for Mac OS X improves Deep Scan feature
CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2.386, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.
Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2.386, a free upgrade to current users, improves Deep Scan with a set of new known file signatures, polishes scanning results management, helps the app better handle Mac's sleep mode, and more.
Disk Drill is available in a free version and pro, expert, and enterprise versions. The last three cost US$89, $169, and $299, respectively.
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...
The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.
Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.
Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
SplashID Safe for OS X, iOS revved to version 7.2.5
SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has rolled out SplashID Safe 7.2.5, an update to its password manager for Mac OS X and iOS that adds new security features. Version 7.2.5 delivers 2-factor authentication, a new Local Only option, and a way of securely sending records to colleagues or family members.
The 2-factor authentication feature feature requires an additional code to be entered when a SplashID Safe account is accessed for the first time from a computer, mobile device or browser. Once the additional code is confirmed, the second factor will no longer need to be entered when logging in from that device or browser.
You can download and try SplashID Safe free for 30 days. After this, you can choose one of three purchase options: one application for US$9.99, multiple SplashID Safe applications with WiFi sync for $29.99 (USD), or access to all SplashID Safe applications and SplashID Cloud Services for $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
AT&T to buy DirecTV for $49 billion
AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion. The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mm2r8kt) says this is "a deal that would make it a major player in pay television and increase its clout with media companies at a time when video consumption is moving online."
The companies' board of directors approved the deal on Sunday. The agreement comes just three months after Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable.
Beltone has announced Made for iPhone hearing aids
Beltone has announced the Beltone First, "Made for iPhone"hearing aids. They allow users to receive sound streamed directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Users can also tap into the iDevices' features from audio controls to communication with the Siri "personal assistant." A free Beltone HearPlus app recognizes the places an individual regularly visits and automatically applied the proper settings. The app's "Find my Hearing Aid" locates misplaced devices.
The Beltone First utilizes 2.4GHz technology. For more info go to the Beltone web site (www.beltone.com).
RationalPlan for Mac OS X revved to version 4.8
Stand By Soft has announced RationalPlan 4.8 (www.rationalplan.com), an update to its project management suite for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Hungarian language, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and other features.
The main feature of RationalPlan is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process, says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. This upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the 4.8 release date.
Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying US$17.10 for the single license version and $29.40 for the multi-license version. For new users the cost is $57 and $98, respectively.
Apple, Google to drop all patent lawsuits
Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, the two companies said in a joint statement on Friday. They've also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.
However, they have NOT agreed to cross-license each other’s patents, notes the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/m88ru6t). Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility, which was subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal hasn't been finalized.
A lot of the lawsuits Apple has filed against other smartphone makers, including Samsung, involve Google’s Android operating system. The Friday announcement doesn't affect the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, however, notes the IDG News Service.
Japanese court says Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple
A Japanese court has ruled Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, reports "NewsAsia" () The country's Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled that Samsung could claim 9.96 million yen (approximately $98,000) from its US arch-rival for use of Samsung's data transmission technology, found to have been used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
The ruling amended a lower court decision in February last year that Samsung had failed to negotiate properly with Apple over the use of the technology. However, the high court says Samsung can claim damages from Apple "within what amounts to patent licence fees" for the two products, while rejecting the South Korean firm's demand for an injunction that would prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones.
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...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change the Time Machine backup interval and the ability to disable Time Machine backups during Power Nap. It also adds a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts and contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure.
Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
Statiked for Mac OS X revved to version 1.0.1
Perleybrook Labs (www.perleybrook.com) has announced Statiked 1.0.1, an update to their static blog management application for the Mac. A native OS X application, Statiked allows users to create and edit posts in familiar editors such as BBEdit and TextMate. Supporting a MetaWeblog API, Statiked can publish blogs on Amazon S3 or Github.
There are no bash commands to remember and no databases to configure. The update 1.0.1 includes unicode URLs support, minor big fixes, and a more intuitive blog creation process.
Statiked 1.0.1 costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks) and iTunes 11.2. According to Apple, the former:
° Improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac;
° Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013);
° Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection;
° Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec;
° Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts;
° Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server;
° Improves reliability of network home directories;
° Improves stability when installing configuration profiles;
° Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups;
° And includes Safari 7.0.3.
iTunes 11.2 improves podcast browsing, according to Apple. The company says you can now:
° Quickly find episodes you haven't listened to in the new Unplayed tab;
IK Multimedia adds Wampler Pedals to Amplitude Custom Shop
IK Multimedia has announced, in cooperation with boutique stompbox effects manufacturer Wampler Pedals, the release of their top models in AmpliTube Custom Shop for Macs and PCs. These new models give guitar players new tools to sculpt their tones in their DAW.
The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives players access to analog and digital music gear. Once installed, it allows players to browse collections of gear models from manufacturers of gear including Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Gallien-Krueger, Dr. Z, Jet City, T-Rex, Zvex, and more, plus signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. Players can buy individual pieces of gear or entire collections using Custom Shop Gear Credits or currency.
To access the new gear models in the AmpliTube Custom Shop, users need to download AmpliTube version 3.13, which is also a free update for current AmpliTube owners, and is available for Mac/PC. The new models are available now and...
Apple still holds majority of tablet market, but ....
Apple still holds the majority of the tablet market. Between 2011 and 2012 Apples market share slipped below 50% of the first time, suggesting that fierce competition from rivals may finally topple Apple's dominance. The Visiongain research group (www.marketresearch.com) has determined that the value of the global tablet market in 2013 will reach US$53.6 billion.
Key among Apple's new rivals are Microsoft who is simultaneously trying to capture market share from Apple in both the smartphone and tablet spaces. By mimicking Apple's supply chain model Microsoft is making a clear bid for dominance in the tablet market, according to Visiongain.
Hitman: Absolution—Elite Edition out for the Mac
Feral Interactive says Hitman: Absolution — Elite Editio, a stealth action game, is now out for the Mac.
Here's how the game is described: "Hitman Absolution - Elite Edition brings Io-Interactive’s legendary Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time and includes all previously released additional content for Hitman Absolution - including Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the standalone mission where players engineer a long-range hit, using only their sharp-shooting abilities to pull off audacious kills and cover their tracks.
"Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition also includes the critically-acclaimed 'Contracts' mode, a mission-creation mode where players can roam the story mode levels, assassinate targets of their choice by any means possible, then challenge other players to do the same by sharing contracts online."
Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition for the Mac will retail on the Mac App Store in North America for US$28.99. Prices may vary slightly for versions of the game sold via...
Codewave releases MyTunes RSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X
Codewave Software (http://www.codewave.de) has released MyTunesRSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X. It's a personal media server that lets you access your music, movies, TV shows and photos with a simple browser, a DLNA enabled TV or other device.
Instead of uploading your media to a cloud service you keep it at home at no additional cost. In addition to the app being optimized to handle bigger media libraries, version 6.0.2 adds UPnP DLNA Media Server support.
MyTunes RSS requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs approximately US$21 . A 30-day demo is available for download.
iStopMotion for Mac OS X now offers live view support for more...
iStopMotion 3.6 for Mac from Boinx Software (www.boinx.com) now offers live view support for DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. iStopMotion is a solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture.
The live preview with semi-transparent ghost image overlay allows animators to see their next shot and make even the tiniest of adjustments before capturing the frame. If your Canon or Nikon DSLR isn't supported, you can let Boinx know using the "Provide Feedback" command in the iStopMotion menu.
iStopMotion for the Mac is available on the Boinx website for 49.99 USD, or as a free update for existing version 3 customers. iStopMotion 3.6 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.
Amazon's online sales dwarf the competition
According to data from e-commerce research firm Internet Retailer, Amazon remains miles ahead of the competition in the online retail space. In 2013, Amazon's online retail sales amounted to US$67.9 billion, more than the next nine largest e-retailers combined.
Surprisingly, the second largest player in the e-commerce game is not a large traditional retailer such as Wal-Mart or Staples, but Apple. The iPhone-maker reportedly sold goods and services worth $18.3 billion through its website, the App Store and the iTunes Store in the past year.
Amazon's increasingly dominant position in the e-commerce market is owed largely to the company's aggressive growth strategy. Under CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become known to reinvest most of its earnings, which is why the company has yet to turn a meaningful profit. The accompanying chart is courtesy of Statistica.com.
D-Link ships new line of colorful routers
D-Link is now shipping a new line of AC750 Wi-Fi routers available in red, teal, black and white. Sporting a sleek, cylinder shape, they offer 802.11 wireless speeds and gigabit wired speeds.
Designed to eliminate Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, the AC750 Wi-Fi Routers feature dual-band technology enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band, says Daniel Kelley of D-Link. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.
The new line of D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Routers (DIR-818LW) is now for US$79.99 exclusively at Amazon.com through May. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/colorrouter.
Twelve South introduces the HoverBar 3 for iPads
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HoverBar 3, the next iteration of its flexible arm made exclusively for the Apple iPad.
Like its predecessor, the HoverBar 3 attaches to any ledge up to one inch thick in your home or office, allowing you to use your iPad hands-free. The third generation HoverBar includes three iPad Fit Clips to hold an iPad (second to fourth generations), iPad Air and iPad mini.
It also includes a display stand to use when your iPad is away from the flexible arm. The HoverBar 3 is available now for US$99.99.