PocketCAS for Mac OS X, iOS gets time series plotting
Daniel Alm has released PocketCAS 3.5 (http://pocketcas.com), an update to his mathematics software for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
It's an advanced computer algebra system designed for scientists, engineers, teachers and students. Version 3.5 adds time series plotting, which lets the user see how the graph of a 2D or 3D function evolves over time.
PocketCAS pro 3.5 for iOS is available for US$9.99 at the Apple App Store. The Ma version is available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store.
Sample Logic introduces Cinematic Keys
Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Keys (http://tinyurl.com/pxkl9wv), a collection of collection of 850+ traditional and mutilated Instruments and Multis derived entirely from recordings of keyboard instruments. It will ship Sept. 8; it's available for pre-order now at an introductory price of US$275 (it's normally $349.99)
Weighing in at over 8GBs, Cinematic Keys not only includes ready-to-play, psycho-acoustic sampled melodic and percussive instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into the morphed world of score-ready hybrid sound design. The software is powered by Kontakt Player.
MAXON introduces Cinema 4D Release 16
Maxon has introduced Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the 3D software. In addition to workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity.
CINEMA 4D Release 16 is available through MAXON and its authorized dealers. Customers with an active MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) valid through Sept. 2, 2014, will receive an automatic upgrade. Release 16 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows. Go to www.maxon.net for more info.
OWC's ThunderBays now available with up to 24TB of capacity
OWC (http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn) says its ThunderBay 4 (pictured) and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity. With their larger capacity option, combined with "ultra-quiet" cooling technology, they're targeted to today’s workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is important.
Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 delivers speeds with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5. Capacities range from 4TB to 24TB.
For those wanting more freedom and flexibility, OWC offers a "bring your own drives" solution with the ThunderBay 4 Enclosure Kit, and the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit. You can add up to four hard drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs. OWC’s ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are available for immediate ordering in the configurations ranging from US$479 for a bring-your-own device config to a $2,349.99, 24TB (6TB x four 7200 RPM)...
Native Instruments announces Komplete 10, Komplete 10 Ultimate
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the next generation of their production suites. Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate come with six brand-new instruments – Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise The Definitive Piano Collection.
Komplete 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects. Komplete 10 Ultimate includes all 75 current Komplete Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. The prices of these bundles remain the same.
Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate will be released online and in retailers Oct. 1 for US$499 and $999, respectively.
New QuarkXPress 10 XTensions available
Quark Software has announced a variety of new XTensions for QuarkXPress 10. XTensions are software applications from Quark and third-party developers that allow companies to customize QuarkXPress with features that address specific design and workflow needs.
XTensions now available for QuarkXPress 10 include:
° ArabicXT by Layout, which transforms QuarkXPress into an Arabic desktop publishing solution;
° AutoCorrect by AthenaSoft, which enables "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections;
° AutoPage by Kytek, which enables batch pagination for paginating complex books, directories and journals;
° Big Picture by Badia Software, which manages graphics and picture links and offers instant access to detailed image information, complete picture lists, a search and relink engine and more;
° ex DBLink by CoDesCo, which automatically updates QuarkXPress documents from a database-generated ASCII file;
° ex Index by CoDesCo, which allows Mac users to create an index of all article numbers...
Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds faster Raw previews, more
onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.
The new version sports an overhauled Browse module, which adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; a new Smart Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them; and a new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created.
Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium edition supports Photoshop CC, CC 2014, and CS6; Lightroom 5 and 4; Photoshop...
Answers released for Mac OS X, Windows
Tim Parnell has introduced Answers for Mac OS X and Windows. It's designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple.
Answers uses a content-based approach to enable users to create documents faster. You can build documents for local software help books, or publish to the web. Answers handles the tricky part of organization and design. By allowing you to focus on your content, not the code, you can create everything from software help books to website FAQs, according to Parnell.
Bundled with Answers are several themes from which to choose. After adding content, select a theme to stylize the help document and prepare it for publishing. At launch Answers includes five themes. Also included is a blank theme specifically for use with the anchor tags output, so the FAQ can be easily dropped into an existing website.
There's a free version and an US$29 Pro version. Go to http://nswrs.com for more info.
SD Card Recovery for Mac OS X updated to version 3.5.6
AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their Mac data recovery software, SD Card Recovery, to 3.5.6. The new version is compatible with OS X Mavericks.
It also expands the recoverable file types. Now it supports the ability to recover RAW and HD videos and provides users with more detailed options to choose. For example, users can choose the accurate manufacturer of digital cameras to perform a better recovery.
SD Card Recovery supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few. It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards.
A demo is available for download. Registration is US$49.95.
FriedEGG Touch for Mac OS X scrambles to version 1.7
FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.7 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade focuses on improving usability and increasing the reliability of the analysis process. In addition, newer technologies have improved performance and support higher resolution displays.
friedEgg Touch 1.7 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A sample data table is included with the application to enable users to explore the key features.
Pagico for Desktop for Mac OS X adds HiDPI support
NOTES17 has announced Pagico for Desktop 6.7 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds HiDPI support for computers with high resolution monitors.
Pagico for Desktop manages all types of data, including notes, tasks, files, projects and contacts. On top of the project and contact management features, it also has a powerful set of scheduling features, assisting users to keep track of their tasks and appointments among projects and clients.
Pagico requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 6.7 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$50, though the app is on sale for $30 through Sept. 15. A demo is available for download.
Have a great Labor Day
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ArtRage for Mac OS X gets 64-bit support
ArtRage (www.artrage.com) is shipping now with faster 64-bit support. The upgrade of the painting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and canvases, and additional features listed below.
ArtRage 4.5 costs US$50 for new users. However, it's a free upgrade for ArtRage 4.x users and a $25 upgrade for owners of previous version, including OEM versions that came bundled with Wacom tablets worldwide.
Jettison is ready for OS X Yosemite's 'dark mode'
St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep.
Jettison eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4.1 improves the logic for ejecting and remounting all disks, with specific improvements for SD cards and flash drives. It also delivers user interface refinements and support for Yosemite's "dark mode."
Jettison requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.
Billings Pro for Mac OS X, iOS revved to version 1.8
Marketcircle has unveiled Billings Pro 1.8 (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and iOS devices.
It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time. Version 1.8 is designed to maximize the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad to create a one-stop app for freelancers and working professionals to track their time, expenses, and mileage and to send invoices and track payments.
Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.
New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard allows staff members to track time, mileage, and expenses from any modern browser. This includes Internet Explorer, Firefox,...
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-in
FabFilter has released FabFilter Pro-Q 2, an update to the Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. It sports new features such as full screen mode, natural phase processing, Aauto gain, spectrum gGrab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types.
For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up. It's also boosted by user interface innovations.
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is now available for US$199, supporting both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop . Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.
System requirements on the Mac are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with Intel processor and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.
Apple officially announces Sept. 9 media event
It's official: Apple is planning a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The company has sent out invitations to the press dubbed: "9.9.2014. Wish we could say more."
Almost certainly the company will announce the long-rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. Recent rumors have added that Apple will also unveil a smartwatch, the "iWatch," at the event.
New StuffIt Deluxe 16 lets Mac users store, share compressed...
Smith Micro Software has launched StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac with Cloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP.
With the new release, more than 16 million StuffIt users can share photos, videos, music and more using cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and SendStuffNow. StuffIt Archive Manager is now more efficient with a new QuickLook search feature; streamlined navigation helps users quickly open, expand, create, verify, and schedule archiving, according to the folks at Smith Micro.
StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac is now 64-bit only and the minimum system requirement is Mac OS X 10.8 It costs US$49.99; this includes a six-month subscription to Smith Micro’s SendStuffNow cloud storage service (a $60 value).
Registered users of any previous version of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard for Mac can upgrade to the new StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac for $29...
AKVIS Refocus for Mac OS X gets new refocusing algorithm
AKVIS (http://akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 5.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images and adds lens blur effects to photos. Version 5.0 provides a new refocusing algorithm.
A 10-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$39.
myTuner Relax is a new relaxation app for Mac OS X
AppGeneration has introduced myTuner Relax Pro for Mac OS X. It offers more than five hours of relaxing songs encoded at 320 Kbps.
myTuner Relax also allows users to tune the best 85 radio stations that feature relaxing music from all around the globe and to record their favorite songs. Additionally, they can check the top selling relaxing songs in any country.
myTuner Relax requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available for US$4.99 (for a limited time ) for Mac OS X in the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.
ConceptDraw Pro revved to version 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the next generation of thier cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software: ConceptDraw PRO 10.
The new version boasts features inspired by customer feedback, such as native round-trip import and export of Visio 2013 files. Now Mac and Windows users alike can use ConceptDraw PRO 10’s features to open and edit files made with the latest version of Visio.
The object connectors have been revamped and expanded to give a new dimension of connector technology. Presentations and drawings made with ConceptDraw PRO 10 also have the option of exporting to the latest versions of PowerPoint.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw PRO 10 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499 USD.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain (http://maintain.se/cocktail) has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version is a maintenance upgrade.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.
Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19. A demo is available for download.
LaCie ships new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution
LaCie (www.lacie.com) is shipping the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. The company says it's the "fastest, highest–capacity" Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks.
Built with 4K video workflows in mind, it delivers enough bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage. Videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.
The LaCie 8big Rack 48 TB (US$4,999.99) is available now through LaCie and its resellers. The product is also available in four–disk 12 TB ($1,699.99) or eight–disk 24 TB (2,799.99) configurations. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt.
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition comes to the...
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition (http://tinyurl.com/nu2s5pp) is now available for the Mac. It's being offered for US$4.99 through Aug. 29; the normal price is $6.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The Ondine, the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship ever built, departed on her maiden voyage long ago. But her enormous pools, ornate casinos and grand ballroom were never seen again. Now the Trident Corporation has sent you to locate the ship and rescue its remains. During this dangerous mission, you lose all forms of contact and collide with the Ondine.
"Very soon you discover that the disappearance has something to do with the odd green fumes that cover the decks and rooms of the vessel as well as the Insanes, its invaders. Moreover, through a mysterious mirror you move to a very odd place, where everything happening around you is somehow occurring in two parallel worlds!
"Which world is real, and which one is just a hallucination? Are the people you meet really alive...
Brawlerz : Nitro for Mac and PC is now on Steam Greenlight
Bail! Enemy Jet and Rum Theory has announced their new Steam Greenlight project for Brawlers : Nitro. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.
Here's how Brawlers : Nitro is described: "The game offers fast paced retro arcade style gameplay, RPG elements and multiplayer all rolled into one super slick package. Choose the car that suits your strategy: it's a reflection of your inner maniac. This isn't a death race or rally, it's a fight to the death, pure and simple! The game supports Mac, Linux and Windows computers.
"Choose the car that suits your strategy. The fast-paced Buggy for quick attack and fast retreat? The mammoth Truck for crushing your enemies head on? Or perhaps you're someone who enjoys seeing your enemies burn in eternal hellfire (yes, there's a Pyro car!)."
For more updates and information on the progress of Brawlerz : Nitro, go to http://tinyurl.com/pfop5a2 .
GoodTimes update for Mac OS X focuses on weddings
TheKeptPromise (http://thekeptpromise.com/) has revved GoodTimes, its collage and layout app for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. The upgrade is focused exclusively on weddings, offering many wedding specific themes, objects and backgrounds.
With GoodTimes, you can send "Thank You!" cards, post on Facebook and more. It provides tools for tool capture a photo gallery, preparing your frames and test driving your photos in them.
GoodTimes 1.3 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
STM introduces the Cable Wrap cable management system
STM (www.stmbags.com) has created the US$24.99 Cable Wrap. Designed with a "dedicated space for everything," it's built to offer a way to store flash drives, chargers, cable adapters, headphones, backup batteries and other electronic device accessories.
Made with water resistant fabric, the Cable Wrap unfolds to reveal four storage panels. One end of the wrap features a large mesh pocket for securing small items such as flash drives, adapters for universal chargers, lip balm, even spare change.
The two center panels are divided into three small pouches and three medium pouches with elastic bindings. The center panels are designed for storing a laptop power brick, rolled up charging cables or headphones individually so cords can no longer become tangled together. The smaller pouches can also house an emergency pen for those times when all other writing utensils disappear from a bag.
The other end panel of the Cable Wrap is divided into two mesh compartments edged with an elastic...
BRAVEN colors the audio world with 705 speakers for under $100
BRAVEN (www.braven.com) is shipping the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker, which is available in eight colors. Battery powered, it provides sound for over 12 hours.
The BRAVEN 705 doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. It's clutch-sized and sports a unibody design.
BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps. They also sport features including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.
The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for US$99.99.
SANS Institute announces Apple, Mac, iDevice forensic analysis...
To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case, the SANS Institute today introduced the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course. This hands-on forensic analysis course is designed to help Windows-based investigators broaden their analysis capabilities and achieve the confidence and knowledge needed to comfortably analyze any Mac or iOS system without hesitation.
SANS will debut the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course at SANS Crystal City in Virginia, Sept. 8-13. A second run course will be offered at SANS Seattle 2014, Sept. 29- Oct. 6.
"From coffee shops to corporate boardrooms, Apple devices can be found nearly everywhere. As these devices continue to grow in popularity, digital forensic investigators and analysts must start paying more attention to them," says Sarah Edwards, SANS Course Author and Digital Forensic Analyst. "The goal of the FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course is to help form well-rounded investigators by...
Seagate ships world’s first 8TB hard drives
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. It delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD, says Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.
Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments, he adds. The drive also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface for system integration in both private and public data centers. Seagate is shipping drives to select (think enterprise) customers now with wide scale availability next quarter. Pricing hasn't been announced.
TypeBook Creator for Mac OS X gets new interface
Veenix Software has updated TypeBook Creator (http://tinyurl.com/yjew3jw), professional font cataloging and specimen printing software for the Mac. The new version features a modern, streamlined interface that emphasizes key features of the software and compliments the look of the latest Mac operating systems.
TypeBook Creator features automatic font categorization, 16 specimen page layouts and numerous customization options. It uses a proprietary algorithmic process that can distinguish between 16 font classifications of Western Roman fonts, including: serif and sans serif fonts, picture, script &and thematic fonts, text fonts, mono-spaced fonts, wide and narrow fonts, and more.
Fonts are analyzed as they're added to the database and tagged with appropriate categories. Users can also manually add their own categories, and recategorize fonts as they see fit. The automatic font categorization process will be deployed in all Veenix font products by 2009, the company says.
Pocket Watch's cloud server lets you print from smart...
Pocket Watch (http://www.pocketwatchllc.com) has announced availability of its US$149.95 ActivePrint Cloud Server Powered by Raspberry Pi.
With this small, standalone box almost any USB printer or available network printer will become compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together and runs on less electricity than most energy efficient lightbulbs, according to the folks at Pocket Watch.. Despite its small size it has a lot of capabilities. Plug it in to an internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it is ready to go.
Printers can be connected to the ActivePrint Cloud Server either over the Local Area Network or directly to its two USB ports. Once a printer is connected to the Cloud Server that printer is made available to iPhones and iPads through...
PARAT Solutions announces new Charge & Sync Docks for...
PARAT Solutions has unveiled a family of charge/sync docks to support Apple's Lightning-connected devices. PARASYNC's new generation of docking stations charge and synchronize content for up to 30 iPod touches 5G's, 20 iPad minis and 10 iPad Airs.
Multiple docks can be linked to support even larger quantities of devices. The docks charge devices by connecting to a standard wall outlet. Content is efficiently synchronized to the devices using iTunes or Apple Configurator.
PARASYNC docks are the only cable-free charge and sync system designed specifically to support institutional iOS deployments in education, healthcare, hospitality and museums. Each docking station includes specially-designed protective device cases. Constructed of impact-resistant ABS, the cases are uniquely "keyed" to fit the docking station.
Each dock features receivers designed so that the included cases don't need to be removed before docking. Devices can also be inserted without a case. Additionally, the...
DropShare 3.3 for the Mac can now upload files to Rackspace...
Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 3.3 for the Mac. It's now able to upload files to Rackspace Cloud Files. Also, Dropshare is now able to convert Markdown files to HTML before uploading them.
Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal.
Dropshare costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Go to http://getdropsha.re for more info.
Heroes & Legends: Conquerers of Kolhar comes to the Mac
Phoenix Online Publishing has released its strategy role-playing game, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar, for Mac, PC and Linux systems.
Features include a full-fledged armor and weapon crafting system, both story-driven and random encounters, over 130 monsters to battle and dozens of unlockable powers and abilities to wield against foes as you fight save Kolhar from an evil prophecy's unfolding.
Players are invited to lead a party of wizards, warriors and assassins into battle now, with the game currently available for USS$9.99 via Steam, the Phoenix Online Store (www.POStudios.com), and other major online retailers. A mobile release is planned for later this year.
Juno Power introduces Lightning cable made of cloth
Juno Power (www.JunoPower.com) has announced a new line of Lightning adaptor cables. The Kaebo is an Apple certified charge and sync cable.
Unlike traditional rubber cables, it features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears, according to Juno Power CEO Johnson Jeng. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental damage, he adds.
The Kaebo comes fully equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head. The cable comes in three colors (silver, light gold and salt grey). The Kaebo is currently available for US$21.99 at Juno Power and Amazon.
Bike2Power launches the MountCase ArmorGuard Kit for iPhone 5/5S
Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has announced their newest accessory for the iPhone 5/5S: the US$79.95 MountCase ArmorGuard Kit, which is constructed to exceed military standards for water and particle infiltration.
The MountCase ArmorGuard boasts a slim, compact protective case and can purportedly fit in a pocket as easily as it fits on a bike. It's a total turn-key kit that includes a mount case, outer shell and mounting bracket. The mount also guarantees absolute protection and is rated IPX8 Waterproof Submersible.
The MountCase ArmorGuard can be submersed in water six feet deep for up to 30 minutes, in addition to being 100% rainproof, snow proof, dustproof, dirt proof and sweat proof, says says Ilya Gorbonos, President of Bike2Power.. Additional accessories can be purchased to match your lifestyle, including a RainGuard, Sports Armband Kit, Stoller Mount and Golf Bag Mount.
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The...
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) has announced Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 49 video chapters averaging five minutes each.
These chapters include Filemaker Pro Terminology to creating a solution to adding tables and fields to adding value lists to creating relationships. By watching the tutorial, the user will have a basic understanding of how to create database solutions using Filemaker Pro.
Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The tutorial isn't subscription based and includes all 49 tutorials, which are stored on your Mac. Once the app is downloaded, no more bandwidth usage is required. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store.
Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for the Mac
Intuit has released Quicken 2015 for Mac (http://www.quicken.com/mac), an update of the personal finance software that sports an interface designed specifically for the Mac and new investment capabilities.
The redesigned product also syncs with a free mobile companion app providing the ability to photograph and track receipts so users can more easily stay on top of their money. Quicken 2015 for Mac 2015 links users to more than 14,500 different banks, credit cards, loan and investment accounts, allowing them to view their financial statements in one place. Other familiar features include tracking spending by category, creating budgets and the ability to schedule bills and reminders.
Additional product features and capabilities are expected to be released throughout the year to continuously improve the user experience, according to Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Consumer Ecosystem Group. These additional features and capabilities would be offered...
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more
Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.
Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.
CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0
Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town,...
Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.
The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.
A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords. he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small items.
For adventure or leisure travel, the Cape Town Collection's 21-inch...
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X...
Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.
The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.
"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says Parallels President Jack Zubarev. "With Parallels Desktop 10 customers can enjoy new levels of productivity without having to worry about whether the app they need is available on a specific operating...
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X
Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.
Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode...
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.
With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.
PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0
Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.
The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode.
Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access point
D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.
The DWL-8610AP — which has a suggested retail price of US$929 — delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands, according to the folks at D-Link.
The DWL-8610AP can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at.
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions in...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams.
The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.
The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones
Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99
With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for
With Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, users can access music and take calls whether their phone or tablet is in their hand or across the room. You can control music volume, change tracks, and answer calls by touching the multifunction control pad on the earpiece.
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary edition of My...
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.
The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD's portable drive line, according to Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD's Content Solutions unit. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.
The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today's mobile consumer, says Tate. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of...