Urban Xplorer launches vintage-inspired backpack line
Urban Xplorer has announced the Urban Xplorer HalfPack RT line. The HalfPack RT ("RT" as in "road trip") is the first in Urban Xplorer’s "affordable luxury" line of travel bags and gear.
Designed not just as a bag, but as multi-functional, customizable travel gear with a vintage American classic design, HalfPack RT can be used as a business and overnight bag for business trips and then transformed as casual travel gear for weekend road trips, according to Todd Fujiwara, president, Urban Xplorer.
The HalfPack RT transitions from the formal to the informal with detachable backpack straps, adjustable shoulder straps and multiple pockets and compartments to hold laptops, tablets, phones, accessories, paperwork, clothing, shoes and more.
Available in designer colors — Brooklyn Bronze, Electric Burnt Orange, and Classic Black — it's made of weatherproof and stain resistant NylonUX Ballistic Fabric 1680D, with customizable cotton/polyester straps, leather accents, steel hardware, multiple...
Google to pay $17 million in web tracking lawsuit
Google will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/llsrj97).
The deal settles a probe by the states into allegations that Google Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari Web browser by placing "cookies" into the browser. Researchers at Stanford University said Google programmers developed codes that allowed them to avoid privacy settings created by Apple.
"Google’s willful and knowing actions violated" federal wiretapping laws and other computer-related statutes, attorneys for Matthew Soble said in the complaint.
Apple now allowing customers to trade in water damaged devices
Apple is now allowing customers to trade in devices that have been exposed to water or other liquids, though prices can be affected by over $100 in some cases, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/lrud6jg).
For its Reuse and Recycling Program, Apple has partnered with PowerON to buy used iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as other non-Apple products. Until the recent policy revision, however, devices with liquid damage were not accepted. Apple has lifted that restriction, "though signs of liquid contact can substantially detract from a device's value," notes "AppleInsider."
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Mac OS X...
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.1, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer is designed to reduce Illustrator job size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe Illustrator CS3-CC.
Default Folder X updated with Mavericks tagging
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Default Folder provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.6 supports the new tagging capabilities in Mavericks and corrects a number of compatibility issues.
Default Folder is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Version 4.6 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$14.95 for users who have licenses for version 3.x or older, and costs $34.95 for new users. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v .
Pyle Audio releases PHBT5 Bluetooth headphones
Pyle Audio has introduced the PHBT5 Bluetooth-connected wireless headphones, which also offer hands-free calling via a built-in noise canceling microphone.
The headphones allow for full control of volume, track change and microphone built right on the ear cup of the headphones. They're equipped with an integrated rechargeable battery that purportedly provides up to 10 hours of continuous active audio or 200 hours in standby.
Pyle’s PHBT5 headphones are now available for US$39.99 on Amazon.com and Pyle.com .
Eltima Software releases Airy YouTube downloader
Eltima Software has announced Airy YouTube downloader for OS X. It's an update to their app for downloading videos from YouTube and extracting MP3 sounds from them.
Videos can be saved as MP4, WebM, FLV, and 3GP formats in a resolution of your choice. In this latest update, Airy offers the possibility to add an unlimited number of YouTube addresses at once for downloading.
Airy YouTube Downloader costs US$19.95 and is Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatible. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/6z8zlhq .
There is a free demo version that allows 5 free downloads. Airy supports newly released OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete gets Mavericks compatibility
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete, his application deleting software, to version 4.1.1. The new version adds Mavericks compatibility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. You don't have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.
AppDelete 4.1.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete .
Tension Software releases Password Creator 1.2
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Password Creator, which allows you to create on Mac up to 50K random unique passwords in a single click, to version 1.2.
Password Creator allows you to create a single password or a long list of passwords (up to 50000), inside an internal table, ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.2 is compatible with OS X Mavericks.
Password Creator costs US$0.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Digital Film Tools accelerates Composite Suite Pro 1.5
Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), developer of visual effects software, says its Composite Suite Pro plug-ins are now GPU-accelerated, making it faster than ever to create seamless visual effects.
Composite Suite Pro features a collection of visual effects plug-ins. You can, for example, combine multiple images.
Composite Suite Pro is available now for US$395. If installed on the same machine, one license will run in the following applications: Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and 64-bit versions of Avid Symphony, Media Composer, and Newscutter. Upgrades from previous versions are available for US$100.
A-Audio Headphones releases noise canceling headphones, earphones
A-Audio has launched its line of iconic high definition noise canceling headphones and earphones on their website.
By using a three stage technology — the active noise cancelation setting, the bass setting, and the audio setting — users are able to select from a variety of settings "to bring out the true essence of any musical selection," according to the folks at A-Audio. For more info go to www.a-audio.com .
Apple taking pre-orders for 'Dance (Red) Saves Lives, Vol....
Apple is taking iTunes Store pre-orders for "Dance (RED) Saves Lives, Vol. 2." The album will ship on Nov. 25. You can buy it for US$9.99.
All proceeds from the album — a sequel to the 2012 of dance anthems — will be donated to the Global Fund. The Global Fund is a charity dedicated to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Artists featured on the album include Katy Perry, Coldplay, Madonna, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Robin Thicke, Calvin Harris and many more. "Dance (RED" Saves Lives, Vol. 2" features 24 tracks.
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel Now Supports Mac OS X 10.9...
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.1.3, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and addresses some stability and performance issues.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.
Zevrix InPreflight for InDesign now supports Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.3, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.
InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and improves reporting of image formats in InDesign files.
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (the Studio version costs $39.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $55.98 from earlier versions. InPreflight is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
QNAP releases Turbo NAS TS-212P
QNAP Systems has released the TS-212P Turbo NAS for home and small/home office use. The new 2-bay model is equipped with a 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB DDR3 RAM, delivering performance for daily tasks including file storage, sharing, data backup, and serving as a media center for enjoying multimedia files across a range of platforms.
The TS-212P features the app-oriented QTS 4.0 operating system that makes system operations and multimedia entertainment fully accessible and easy to use, says Laurent Cheng, product manager of QNAP. Users can: organize files and backups in one centralized location; sync files across computers, tablets & mobile devices, share files across different groups and communities; and access, manage and enjoy files on the go using tablets and smart phones with mobile apps Qfile, Qmusic, Qphoto, Qmanager and VMobile.
By using the Photo Station, Music Station and Video Station, users can archive, manage and share all of their photo, music and video collections. The TS-...
AutoMailer for OS X revved to version 2.0
Tension Software has updated AutoMailer, an application for Mac OS X that allows you to merge data from a database with email templates and send to multiple addresses in text or web format. You can now import addresses and any kind of data from any database able to export in text format: both CSV (comma separated value) and TSV (Tab separated value)
AutoEmailer allows you to send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click, with a personalized contents depending of each recipient. Emails sent by AutoEmailer look like standard emails. The difference is that any recipient can receive a different email personalized with his own data (merged from the internal database table) even if you prepare and send thousands of them with a single operation.
AutoEmailer requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$25. It's available at the Mac App Store and at the Tension Software web site (www.tensionsoftware.com).
Apple releases Aperture 3.5.1
Apple has released Aperture 3.5.1, an update of its software for professional photographers. The news version fixes issues involving face detection overlays.
The upgrade is free for registered users. For new users Aperture costs US$79.99; it's available at the Mac App Store.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.0.3 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 7.0.3 (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. This version adds support for Opera Next and fixes a number of other bugs discovered in the previous version. The update is highly recommended to all users of Cocktail (Mavericks Edition). Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run.
Cocktail costs US$14 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).
BatchOutput PDF Now Supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2, a maintenance update to its solution to printing multiple PDF files on Mac OS X.
BatchOutput PDF allows users to print PDF automatically from watched hot folders. The new version makes BatchOutput PDF compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and addresses stability and performance issues.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$24.95; there's a server version for $99.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF supports Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
e25 Luna Eclipse is new 2.0 Bluetooth speaker from Edifier
Edifier has introduced its newest 2.0 Bluetooth speaker set: the Luna Eclipse. Boasting 74 watts of power, it's designed for desktops and various home environments.
The Luna Eclipse connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device including smartphones, tablets and computers for wireless audio playback. It can also connect to an audio host such as televisions, etc., using the 3.5mm auxiliary cable provided.
A touch sensitive panel that controls volume, power and track changes is located on the side of Luna Eclipse’s active speaker. When in Bluetooth mode, the user can use a swiping motion to change tracks or volume. In addition, an included wireless remote allows control of volume and power.
The Luna Eclipse incorporates DSP and DRC technology to minimize distortion. Each speaker contains a three quarter inch/19mm tweeter and a three-inch/76.2mm full range speaker drive, producing a total RMS of 74 watts. In addition, each speaker contains two three-inch/76.2mm passive bass radiators,...
HELIOS UB2 file server software now supports Mavericks, iOS 7
The HELIOS UB2 file server software suite, including EtherShare UB2, PCShare UB2, and WebShare UB2 file and print servers, is now fully compatible with the latest client OS updates, providing integrated cross-platform file sharing and syncing to Mac, Windows, web, and mobile users. Cross-platform Spotlight search enables finding server files based upon file meta data and text content.
Local Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks client workstations work with EtherShare UB2, including Spotlight search, Time Machine backups to server volumes, and Bonjour support. Windows clients up to Windows 8.1 can access the HELIOS file and print server via PCShare UB2 taking advantage of cross-platform support of Spotlight and Bonjour features. WebShare UB2, enhanced by recent updates, provides access for any remote Mac (up to OS X 10.9) or Windows (up to 8.1), or mobile device client via Safari, Internet Explorer, or other web browsers.
HELIOS iPad Document Hub, the iOS native remote client for any HELIOS...
Autodesk updates 123D Catch
Autodesk has announced an update to 123D Catch, the latest version of the free reality capture app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is compatible with iOS7 and designed to make it easier to take 3D captures.
123D Catch allows users to capture places and moments in 3D, share them with friends with an easy tap of the screen, or even turn them into awesome 3D printable models. A new guided capture feature takes the guesswork out of the capture process. The app also flashes stabilization and low light/under exposed warnings to help the user get the best capture possible.
To download the app, go to http://autode.sk/18pe3Rl .
FAVI Boomerang is adjustable audio dock with NFC technology
FAVI Entertainment has brought its experience in home theater to the mobile accessory market, announcing a crescent-shaped NFC-enabled speaker that rests on the outside edges of your mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad, allowing you to create a mini home-theater experience anywhere, anytime, says Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment.
The Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock uses the latest version of Bluetooth + NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. This allows users to tap their Bluetooth enabled device to the Boomerang to pair with it. The Boomerang’s shape makes it convenient to carry, fitting comfortable around a user’s neck while not in use, says Yakel.
Its Expansion Sleeve Design allows you to easily adjust the viewing angle and accommodate for various sizes. The FAVI Boomerang's built-in speakerphone allows you to listen, talk and answer phone calls via the speaker.
The Boomerang will be available for $79.99 and the Boomerang Mini will be available for $59.99...
QNAP launches TS-x70 Pro Series Turbo NAS
QNAP Systems has released the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models, for home and small/home office use.
Powered by a Dual-Core Intel Core i3 3.3 GHz Processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the TS-x70 Pro series is designed to deliver real-time multimedia transcoding capabilities and for connecting home digital assets as a multimedia hub. It can deliver up to 447MB read and 446MB write speed with optional 4 Gigabit LAN port configuration, says Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “
By connecting a TS-x70 Pro series model to a HDTV via HDMI, users can enjoy multimedia contents with 5.1 channel surround sound supported by the XBMC media player provided in the QNAP HD Station. The TS-x70 Pro series delivers not only high-speed transcoding capabilities but also high-quality audio to provide a complete home theater experience, Hsu says.
The TS-x70 Pro series is also a backup center to store files and media contents. Mac users can use the Apple Time Machine respectively...
Temperature Gauge Pro 1.7 released for Mac OS X
Tunabelly Software has introduced Temperature Gauge Pro 1.7 for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It's an update to the app that controls fan speeds, monitors temperatures, and finds faulty sensors in a Mac.
With Temperature Gauge Pro, users can see the current and maximum recorded temperatures (in Celsius or Fahrenheit) for every temperature sensor in their Mac. They can view and control the speeds for every fan both manually and automatically. Users can also log all temperatures, fan speeds, and alerts to a CSV file.
Temperature Gauge Pro 1.7 fixes some bugs. Also, a log file is now only created if logging is enabled.Temperature Gauge Pro 1.7 costs US$9.99 (USD) and available at Tunabelly Software (www.tunabellysoftware.com).
Excelisys releases BizTracker 4
Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4, the next generation of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.
The eX-BizTracker 4 maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals.
A demo is available for download at http://www.excelisys.com/exbiztracker4.php . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.
EDGE Memory offering portable diskGO Pocket USB 3.0 SSD
EDGE Memory has released the portable diskGO Pocket USB 3.0 SSD. Smaller than a credit card, the diskGO Pocket is one of the smallest portable SSD solutions on the market today.
The diskGO pocket is equipped with USB 3.0. A SandForce-based mSATA SSD drives the diskGO Pocket SSD.
Also available as a standalone enclosure, the diskGO pocket mSATA enclosure turns an mSATA SSD into a portable storage device. Simply use the enclosure with your existing mSATA SSD to easily create a convenient portable SSD for additional storage.
The EDGE diskGO Pocket USB 3.0 SSD is available in 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB capacities. Pricing starts at approximately US$100. For more info go to http://us.edgememory.com .
WD's My Passport Air now available in a 1TB model
WD has introduced the My Passport Air 1TB, a 1TB portable hard drive for Mac users in a thin, all-aluminum enclosure. It's designed to complement the MacBook and MacBook Air form factors.
The My Passport Air portable hard drive allows users to password protect access to their drive and hardware encrypts its contents. It offers USB 3.0 connectivity.
The My Passport Air 1 TB portable hard drive has a three-year limited warranty and is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is US$149.99.
F1 2013 takes pole position for December release on the Mac
Feral Interactive says F1 2013, the Formula 1 racing simulation video game, will be released for the Mac in December. Developed and published by Codemasters for consoles and PC, F1 2013 offers Mac gamers the chance to experience all the thrills of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship and, for the first time in Codemasters’ award-winning series, race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics.
Here's how the game is described: "F1 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 season and includes all of the new rules, tyre changes and remodeled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of Formula One™ cars. Players will compete for motorsports’ ultimate prize over five seasons in Career mode, join up with a friend in Co-Op Championship mode and in the brand new Scenario Mode, master the unique set of challenges faced by real life Formula One drivers.
"Players will also get to...
Native Instruments introduces Action Strikes
Native Instruments has released Action Strikes, a playable orchestral percussion instrument for cinematic rhythms. Action Strikes delivers an array of rhythmic possibilities via 12 unique ensembles, an additional 65 individual instruments, and 12 single hit sets.
Action Strikes was created with Dynamedion, the score producers behind the acclaimed Action Strings instrument. Action Strikes features an interface designed for creating orchestral pieces for film, television, and game scores. High, mid, and low sections from different ensembles can be mixed and matched with a total of over 1,700 timbral possibilities. Action Strikes includes an assortment of 105 rhythms with five variations. Composers can augment the sound of the ensembles with 65 individual instruments — each with 32 playable rhythms –— and 12 playable sets of single hits.
Running in Kontakt 5 or the free Kontakt 5 Player, Action Strikes is available now from the NI Online Shop for US$299. For more info go to http://...
Kingston Digital ships new secure USB flash drive
Kingston Digital, the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company,has released the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 (DTVP) secure USB Flash drive, as well as the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Anti-Virus . They're designed to help enterprises safeguard business data and set security policies for end-users at an affordable price point.
The DTVP 3.0 provides 100%, hardware-based encryption of confidential information and is also available separately with ClevX DriveSecurity anti-virus protection. The anti-virus engine utilizes ESET’s NOD 32 proactive award-winning technology, which is designed to protect corporate end-users wherever they work or plug in.
The DTVP 3.0 is available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Prices range from US$40 to $355. For more info go to www.kingston.com .
Intego reports new malware that affects both OS X, Windows
New malware, known as OSX/Crisis or Business Cards, has gone "wild," according to Intego, a company that makes anti-virus and security software. The malware affects both Mac and Windows.
According to Intego, it's a new variant of Remote Control System, Hacking Team’s spyware, which is a backdoor used by governments during targeted attacks. It collects audio, pictures, screenshots, keystrokes and report everything to a remote server.
You can find more detailed information about the malware on Intego’s blog (http://tinyurl.com/m7xftrw).
DEVONtechnologies updates popular freeware apps
DEVONtechnologies has rolled out maintenance updates for three freeware apps: the find-file utility EasyFind, the image converter ThumbsUp, and XMenu, which adds customizable menus to the menu bar.
EasyFind finds files and folders by name or content using Boolean operators similar to DEVONthink, DEVONagent, and DEVONsphere Express, wildcards, and phrases. It requires no indexing. EasyFind 4.9.2 now comes with Russian and Dutch localizations, and scans the localized display name of applications.
ThumbsUp creates scaled images or thumbnails from dropped images, PDFs, or movies. Version 4.5.1 adds Gatekeeper and 64-bit support, revises the application menu, and improves the overall compatibility.
XMenu adds customizable menus to the menu bar that gives you access to installed applications, documents, text snippets, or almost anything you like. XMenu 1.9.6 adapts the menu handling to OS X 10.9 Mavericks and supports the new way additional developer software comes with Xcode 4 or later....
iPad Mini Guide eBook available
iOS Guides has published its latest eBook, the "iPad Mini Guide." Available in both the iBookstore and Amazon store, the title by the team at iOS Guides is packed with in-depth tutorials and high-resolution images.
Written for both beginners and intermediate users alike, readers will learn how to set up an iPad mini, use iCloud, network with friends and family, customize their device via the Settings app, and more. The "iPad Mini Guide" costs US$4.99.
Tension Software announces String Replacer 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released String Replacer 1.1, an update of its Mac OS X app that lets you find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. The upgrade sports an improved layout. It also accepts the empty string as a string replacement and accepts drag and drop to add sources.
String Replacer allows you to operate on multiple files using a multiple string replacement list. It works with just a single click or using drag and drop.
String Replacer can replace strings inside any text files (text, htm, html, tsv, csv and any other file that can be opened as a text file). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 and costs US$8.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Just Mobile releases the AluPen Twist, HoverPad
Just Mobile has launched the Just Mobile AluPen Twist (pictured at top) and HoverPad (pictured at the bottom).
The US$39.99 Just Mobile AluPen Twist is a dual-function stylus for smartphones and tablets. Twist its textured ABS plastic end to reveal a conductive rubber nib for superior control of smartphone and tablet screens. Or you can twist its aluminum end to reveal a ballpoint pen.
The $29.95 Just Mobile HoverPad is a mouse mat with a surface specially coated for optical mouse precision. It sports a textured finish and smooth bevelled edges.
For more info on both products go to usa.just-mobile.com .
WD expands My Cloud family
WD, a Western Digital company that specializes in storage solutions, has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution targeted to creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data, according to Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups.
My Cloud EX4 uses the WD Red line of hard drives, which are specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems and are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which is designed to improve drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that improves overall drive performance and reliability.
My Cloud EX4 — compatible with...
Rapoo launches A3060 portable mini speaker
Rapoo has released the A3060, a portable Bluetooth mini speaker. It's small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, carry-on or pocket.
The cylindrical A3060 Bluetooth Portable Mini Speaker features Bluetooth 4.0 and Intelligent Voice Prompt, which provides audio status updates including when the speaker is pairing to a device, battery life and volume changes. The speaker features integrated controls on the top, allowing users to control volume, pause/play music and go to the next/previous track.
It also has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, a rechargeable lithium ion battery and comes in six different metallic shades — silver, green, orange, yellow, blue and black. The Rapoo A3060 Bluetooth Portable Mini Speaker is available now at Walmart.com for US$49.99.
The latest Apple vs. Samsung case gets underway today
Today Apple and Samsung return to the same San Jose, California court to argue damages before the same judge, who predicted it would be "Groundhog Day," the classic film in which Bill Murray wakes up every day to relive the exact same events, reports "GigaOm" (http://tinyurl.com/pu4z8fw).
The first time around Apple was awarded US$1.05 billion in a jury verdict that decided Samsung had infringed Apple patents. US District Judge Lucy Koh said the original jury used a flawed theory to calculate damages for 14 of the 26 Apple patents, and shaved the original verdict by about 45%. Now, a new jury is going to do the math again and figure out how much of the original damages to restore, notes "GigaOm."
iPad mini with Retina Display available
Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is available starting today. Shipping times are listed as in 1-3 business days for the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular models were listed as shipping in 5-10 business days for all models, along with the 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi-only models.
The iPad mini with Retina display is available in silver or space gray. Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of US$399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 32GB model, $599 for the 64GB model and $699 for the 128GB model. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 for the 16GB model, $629 for the 32GB model, $729 for the 64GB model and $829 for the 128GB model.
Additionally, the original iPad mini continues to be available for $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon.
BatchOutput for PowerPoint now supports OS X Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput PPT 2.0.6, a compatibility update to its popular output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing.
Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mavericks.
BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website. A demo is also available for download. BatchOutput PPT runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 and 2011.
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Precise Screenshot, a tool for taking screenshots on your Mac, to version 1.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method or it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs) or also use the full screen area. You can specify a new specific screen size. To take screenshot with high precision is a matter of selecting it from the custom popup (or resizing and dragging it in the traditional way).
Precise Screenshot requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
L.A. ‘Internet of Things’ Hackathon to build mobile apps
L.A. ‘Internet of Things’ Hackathon to build mobile apps for multiple devices Developer groups, schools and individual participants are invited to participate in the "Internet of Things" hackathon, the last of four regional hackathons to build mobile apps for multiple devices (mobile, desktop, etc.).
Sponsors include AT&T, Intel, Dell, Plantronics, Amazon Web Services, and more. The L.A./Santa Monica hackathon will be held at the ROC Santa Monica, Nov. 15 and 16 and will focus on education and sustainability. Prizes for the best overall app are: 1st place: US$1,000 cash; 2nd place: $500 cash; 3rd place: and $200 cash; Best Education App: $1,000 in gift cards.
First- and second-place finishers will also receive all-expenses-paid trips to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the International Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 3–5, 2014, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their hack and compete for the $20,000 grand prize.
ImogenStudio introduces the +Cam Pro wireless camera
ImogenStudio has announced the availability of the +Cam Pro, a wireless home security camera that lets users monitor their homes, children, or pets from their iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android (smartphone, tablet) mobile devices. It's launching at a special promotional price of $74.99.
The +Cam Pro is bundled with the consumer video monitoring service, iSecurity+ from Seedonk. As a result, users can wirelessly configure their +Cam Pro in minutes via Seedonk’s free iSecurity+ Live mobile app and begin monitoring their homes using their smartphones, tablets, or computers, wherever they are.
With H.264 video encoding, the camera delivers high-quality video and audio, while consuming significantly less bandwidth than alternate solutions, according to the folks at ImogenStudio. Built-in infrared LEDs also allow for night vision.
The +Cam Pro provides a free trial to the iSecurity + premium service with True Video Recording. This enables the camera to automatically detect and record motion-...
Panasonic announces new portable speaker systems
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company has announced the SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 Portable Wireless Speaker Systems, which the company says offer the longest playback time currently available on a wireless speaker.
The SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 (pictured) can be purchased online at www.shop.panasonic.com . They cost US$299.99 and $199.99, respectively.
With up to 20 hours of playback, Both the SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 provide up to 20 hours of playback, says David Fisher, product manager, Home Entertainment Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. Compatible with the Panasonic Music Streaming application, they can connect to a user's smart phone or tablet, enabling instant access to music with the touch of a button.
Near Field Communication (NFC) compatible, the SC-NA series can be synced to a smartphone or tablet: a touch of the smart device to the speaker will enable connection. Additionally, smart devices can be connected via Bluetooth technology.
The SC-NA30 packs two front 2-inch speakers and...
Northern Light makes $50,000 Challenge Grant to the Salvation...
Northern Light (www.northernlight.com) has made an US$50,000 challenge grant to The Salvation Army to help fund this year's annual distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets to needy individuals and families in the Greater Boston area.
Northern Light is hopeful that the $50,000 challenge will encourage other corporate and individual donors to give, as well, so that The Salvation Army can reach its goal of $100,000 for the Thanksgiving meals program. Each year, The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving food baskets — which include a variety of items such as full turkeys, stuffing and pumpkin pie — to individuals and families in need. Baskets will be distributed on Nov. 23 in a coordinated, city-wide distribution effort at the five Salvation Army locations in Boston.
"The baskets are filled with good food, but the best things in there are a sense of normalcy, dignity, family, and hope," says C. David Seuss, Northern Light's CEO. "In this case, we saw a clear cut opportunity for one-on-...
Update to QuarkXPress 10 Adds Support for OS X Mavericks and...
Quark Software has released QuarkXPress® 10.0.1, a free update to QuarkXPress 10 that addresses a variety of issues reported by customers since the new version was released in mid-September.
QuarkXPress 10 features the new Xenon Graphics Engine, Retina display support, a modern architecture and over 50 new features and enhancements. The update is free to existing QuarkXPress 10 users through Quark Update or via download from www.Quark.com/Support/Downloads .
Beta of iFlicks 2.0 available for Mac OS X
Jendrik Bertram has announced the public beta of iFlicks 2.0, an update of iFlicks for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and beautiful artwork. iFlicks 2.0 features a redesigned and more powerful interface, improved chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.
iFlicks 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 and is free during the beta period. You can download the beta at http://tinyurl.com/ly8pwnm; just remember that beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.3, Camera Raw 8.3
Adobe has announced Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs, which correct issues reported from Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2. Additionally, this release adds raw file format support for a number of cameras, including Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7.
Lightroom is the a digital photography workflow solution for both amateur and professional photographers. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital camera.
Lightroom 5.3 release candidate is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.3 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Please note that Camera Raw 8.3 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change. For more information, visit http://labs.adobe.com (available for both Mac and Windows).
Enolsoft releases PDF to Word with OCR and Mavericks support
Enolsoft has introduced PDF to Word with OCR, an optical character recognition app for the Mac.
Featuring an OCR engine under the hood, it converts both native PDF files, as well as scanned PDF files, into searchable and editable Microsoft Word documents. You can convert PDF and common image formats to Word while preserving original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks.
PDF to Word with OCR for Mac supports Word on Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. You can choose multiple languages from 48 OCR recognition languages to convert multilingual PDF files.
Enolsoft PDF to Word with OCR for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft official website (http://www.enolsoft.com/). It has a retail price of US$49.