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Jan 12
XwaveSoft releases Chrono Plus 1.0 for the Mac
Xwavesofht (www.xwavesoft.com)has introduced Chrono Plus 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity section. Features include the ability to track time and earnings, project visualization reports, and auto-generated invoices that can be immediately e-mailed to a client, saved to a cloud storage, or shared to DropBox. Also available for iOS devices, Chrono Plus can be synched across all devices. With a click, users can set up tasks and sub-tasks in a multi-level task manager. The reporting feature of Chrono Plus for Mac provides a visual representation of users' time and tasks. Reports can be created for the specific tasks/projects or for all tasks/projects according to a specific date range or cost value. Reports are furnished in the form of graphs and pie charts to provide a clear picture of the time and cost involved in the task/project. Chrono Plus for Mac's built-in generator can provide detailed invoices in an...
Jan 12
Cinematica 2.4 for Mac OS X adds better Finder integration
Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.4, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file. With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2.4 adds better Finder integration. Filenames are now directly represented in the "Name" field so that changing a filename in the Finder will be reflected in Cinematica and vice versa. Cinematica 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.
Jan 09
Lawsuit over 'faulty' Mac laptop logic boards dismissed
Apple has seen a lawsuit dismissed accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBooks with "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years, reports Reuters (http://yhoo.it/1I1NzIW). U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, failed to show that Apple made "affirmative misrepresentations," despite citing online complaints and Apple marketing statements calling the laptops "state of the art" or the "most advanced" on the market. "Plaintiffs have failed to allege that Apple's logic boards were unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality," Alsup said. "Both plaintiffs were able to adequately use their computers for approximately 18 months and two years, respectively."
Jan 09
Free label templates for Pages for Mac released
Worldlabel.com has released a large collection of free label templates for download for the word processor Pages, which works on Apple Mac computers. The collection includes address, shipping, CD, DVD, mailing and other types of labels and sizes. Also included are templates for general labeling needs like filing, storage and many other application. You can download free Pages label templates for laser and inkjet printing. Or you can design and create your own labels using these blank templates. The collection has over 100 sizes and types which include CD, DVD, mailing, address, shipping, VHS, diskette, round and other types of labels and sizes. Mini CD and Business card CDs. This collection of free templates also includes label size similar in size to Avery, oval sizes, popular bottle and wine label sized templates, name badge, file folder and lots more. Also included are templates for general labeling needs like filing, storage and many other application. T Templates are in Pages...
Jan 09
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS
Apple has updated its iWork apps for Mac OS X and iOS. Those apps are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. In the update notes, Apple only says that the upgrades offer "bug fixes and stability improvement. Keynote for OS X has been update to version 6.5.2, with Pages at 5.5.2, and Numbers at 3.5.2. The three iOS apps have all been revved to version 2.5.2. The Mac versions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The iOS versions can be found at the Apple App Store.
Jan 09
AppDelete for Mac OS X revved to version 4.1.5
Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X. Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.5 fixes an outstanding bug in the registration system that could cause a user to register multiple times, and fixes several bugs that could occur when using the Genius feature. AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available.
Jan 09
Data Recovery for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
321Soft has introduced Data Recovery 5.5 ( http://www.321soft.com/macdatarecovery.html ), an update to the data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some small bug fixes and performance tweaks. 321Soft Data Recovery helps users recover data from Mac disks, external or internal hard drives, memory cards, or storage media. Version 5.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. 321Soft Data Recovery is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$99.95. Version 5.5 is a free update for registered users.
Jan 08
Twocanoes brings Beacon solutions to NRF 2015
Twocanoes Labs (www.twocanoes.com) is launching their full line of Bleu Proximity Beacon Solutions at the National Retail Federation Expo in New York Jan. 11-13, 2015. Among their new products will be the Bleu Station 300 Series, an all weather battery powered hardware beacon. Twocanoes is also rolling out new security bracket accessories to physically secure their Series 100 and 200 beacons. Bleu Station beacons are available for deployment now with upgradable firmware for the future. Twocanoes Labs also offers hardware and integration support for developers building their own solutions. Twocanoes Labs provides deployment tools as well as access to the Bleu Station Admin SDK [software development kit] for integrating beacons into existing apps with no monthly activation costs. All Bleu Station beacons are compatible with iBeacon-enabled apps, including Bleu Meetings, Geohopper, Bleu JSS, Bleu Setup and other apps from Twocanoes Software & Labs, available now in the App Store....
Jan 08
Privates ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
SweetP Productions has introduced Privatus 3.0, an update of the cookie management product for Mac OS X. Privatus removes all tracking cookies, and unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac, automatically. Version 3.0 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. According to the folks at SweetP Productions, there's nothing to configure, no favorites, no whitelists, and no blacklists. Privatus works in the background, clearing all unwanted data when you close your browser session. All the major Mac OS X browsers are supported: Safari, WebKit, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and even Camino. Privatus works with Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available free at the Mac App Store and from SweetP Productions online (http://sweetpproductions.com).
Jan 08
QuarkXPress 2015 to support PDF/X-4 print output
This March Quark Software will roll out QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing professionals. In addition to features already announced, including new 64-bit architecture and the top 10 most user-requested features, QuarkXPress 2015 will support PDF/X-4 output, the latest standard that allows better, faster printing. QuarkXPress 2015 will also continue to be sold as a perpetual license. According to the folks at Quark, the upgrade will allow users to create PDF/X-4 files. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified with the same technology used inside Adobe Acrobat. With this latest standard, designers can preserve transparency to enable faster output, smaller files and higher quality print output. Until Feb. 25, everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 10 will receive a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015 when it's available. With the extension of the Buy QuarkXPress 10, Get QuarkXPress 2015 offer, users on...
Jan 08
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5
Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.5, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.5 offers the ability to exclude devices from the menu and the Levels and Defaults preferences tabs. Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.0.5 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store. Visit Spike Software online (http://www.spikesoft.net) for more information, support and to leave feedback.
Jan 07
CES: Seagate floats out Personal Cloud devices
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Seagate has unveiled two new storage products for the home: the Seagate Personal Cloud and the Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay. They're designed to "provide the accessibility of cloud storage with the peace of mind that content is stored safely at home." They can stream content to smartphones, set-top boxes, tablets, PCs or televisions via the Seagate Media application. Additionally, when used in conjunction with the acclaimed Seagate Mobile Backup app and Dashboard software, Seagate Personal Cloud also serves as a central backup device for PCs, Mac computers, USB drives, iOS devices, and Android gadgets. The Seagate Personal Cloud is also designed to automatically and continuously back up every computer in the home. For Macs and Windows-based PCs, the Seagate Dashboard software provides a way to protect your content.  Personal Cloud devices also work with Apple Time Machine software. The Personal Cloud 2-bay device is for...
Jan 07
CES: Samson launches a Meteorite (sound capture solution)
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samson (http://www.samsontech.com) has unveiled the US$39.99 Meteorite, an universal solution for capturing high-quality recordings on your computer. It's designed for podcasting, creating audio for YouTube videos and recording music on your favorite software or apps. It's also build to improve your ability to communicate with friends, family and business associates on programs like Skype, FaceTime and other VoIP software. According to the folks at Samson, Meteorite presents an immediate improvement over your computer’s internal microphone, bypassing the computers standard mic capsule and noisy sound card, in favor of the Meteorite’s 14mm capsule and dedicated audio conversion path. It mounts to a magnetic base that lets you tilt and swivel the microphone to customize its positioning to your exact preferences. You can even take the microphone off its base and speak directly into it for recording or communicating in crowded noisy...
Jan 07
CES: Divoom rolls out 'weatherized' speaker
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Divooom has released the Voombox-Party speaker. It includes a built-in subwoofer with dual passive radiators and five drivers that feature two-inch, full-range drivers, one three-inch subwoofer and dual passive radiators. The Voombox-Party delivers 20 watts of sounds. Created with the latest Near Field Communication (NFC), the speaker pairs with NFC-enabled devices by lightly tapping the devices together. Additionally, the speaker doubles as a speakerphone, allowing users to take make and take calls. The Voombox-Party is also weather-resistant. The speaker’s rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours. The speaker delivers up to eight hours of battery life and charges via micro-USB. The Voombox-Party will available in black or silver toward the end of January at a manufacture's suggested retail price of US$119 at divoom.com.
Jan 07
CES: LifeProof announces waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6
LifeProof (www.lifeproof.com) has announced a waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6 and the LifeActiv universal accessory line. The LifeProof fre is a "four-proof" case, designed for maximum protection against water, drops, dust and snow. Itincludes a built-in screen protector and full access to all device features and functions. fre Power not only provides protection from the elements, but also adds an additional 2,600 mAh of battery power. The lithium ion battery purportedly doubles the iPhone 6 battery life, while smart charging technology automatically shuts the case off when the device is fully charged. According to the folks at LifeProof, the fre Power is waterproof to 6.6 feet, for one hour, drop proof up to 6.6 feet and is totally enclosed from dirt and snow when the case and all ports are sealed. It meets military standards for shock and impact protection. LifeProof also unveiled the LifeActiv accessory line that utilizes a universal LifeActiv QuickMount system. A low-...
Jan 07
Reach79 unveils signal strength-boosting smartphone case
Reach79 has released a smartphone case that can improve a device’s signal strength up to 2X, optimizing performance and resulting in better communications. CEO David Vigil says Reach79 cases have been tested at CETECOM, a CTIA accredited test facility, and verified to improve a phone’s signal strength by an average of 1.6X, with peak performance of over 2X. He adds that, while user experience may vary depending on device, carrier, and location, consumers can expect to see several benefits from Reach79, including:  ° Speed: A stronger signal enables faster data speeds for browsing the web, streaming music, making video calls, managing emails, and more. ° Expanded coverage: With a stronger signal, users can stay connected farther from a cell tower—and greater range can decrease dropped calls and increase connectivity. ° Increased battery life: With Reach79, smartphones don’t have to work as hard to reach the tower, which can reduce the strain on the battery. More efficient performance...
Jan 07
ChronoAgent for Mac OS X gets re-worked Advanced panel
Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.5. The upgrade sports an re-worked Advanced panel. The improvements allow for faster syncs and a greater control over network settings, ChronoSync is an application that runs on a Mac that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac.  ChronoAgent replaces Apple File Sharing providing a direct connection with full access to the destination Mac. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is $10; all existing ChronoSync and ChronoAgent users update for free. ChronoSync runs on the source Mac and ChronoAgent runs on the destination Mac giving you a direct connection between two Macs. With ChronoSync on your Mac, you can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups to anything you can connect to your Mac. ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync...
Jan 07
Patriot launches new high capacity Ignite SSD
Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has launched its latest addition to the solid-state drive (SSD) market: the Patriot Ignite SATA III SSD. Boasting the company’s largest capacity SSD yet, the Ignite will be available to consumers in capacities of 480GB and 960GB. The Patriot Ignite utilizes the new Phison S10 controller to reach a maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 545MB/s respectively and backed by a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface, according to Les Henry, vice president of Engineering. "We were able to hit scores above 1000 using the AS SSD benchmark test with these drives, he adds. The Ignite is backed by a three-year warranty. In addition, it comes with features such as end-to-end data protection, advanced wear-leveling, smartECC and Smart Refresh, designed with a standard 2.5 inch form factor. The Ignite SSD will be available for purchase later this month at online and in-store retailers such as Fry’s, Amazon and Newegg.
Jan 06
CES: The Tiffen Company offers Zing collection for the iPad
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, The Tiffin Company (www.tiffen.com) unveiled its new Zing Designs imageTAKER product collection. The lineup features portable cases custom designed for the iPad, iPad Air,  and iPad mini, as well as portable Neoprene pouches and a Neoprene stretch utility and camera strap for carrying imaging accessories. "We analyzed every aspect of the tablet photography process and came up with a patent-pending collection of cases that dramatically increase the protection, comfort and usability of iPads when capturing images on the go," says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. "Tiffen’s new Zing imageTAKER designs let iPad owners wear their devices much like they would a point and shoot camera or DSLR, providing easy access for capturing the world’s greatest images." The Zing imageTAKER collection is a line of Neoprene iPad cases, accessory utility pouches and camera straps available in a variety of patterns and solid...
Jan 06
CES: BRAVEN expands Design series
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BRAVEN (www.braven.com) announced it was expanding its design series speaker collection with the launch of three super-premium Wireless Bluetooth speakers, the BRAVEN 1100, BRAVEN 2200b and BRAVEN 2300b.  They're available in different colors and sprot BRAVEN Balance, a proprietary bass optimization system that pumps out deep rich sound even at lower volumes, according to BRAVEN CEO Andy Fathollahi. The 1100 is a HD Bluetooth speaker that supports aptX encoded audio and features hands-free phone calls with a built-in internal microphone and speakerphone. It's also equipped with TrueWireless technology to pair with a second BRAVEN 800-series, 1100, or BRV-HD speaker for true left and right stereo channel sound. It will be available in the second quarter of 2015 in black, dark gray, light gray, red, orange and blue for US$249.99.   The BRAVEN 2200b and BRAVEN 2300b feature left and right channel stereo, interchangeable grill...
Jan 06
OGIO introduces Apollo, Ascent backpacks
OGIO has given us the Apollo and Ascent active backpacks. The Apollo (US$79.99) and the Ascent ($99.99) are now available at Ogio.com and retailers nationwide. To solve the lack of protection that plagues most day packs, OGIO’s design team integrated padded spaces tailored to the active professional’s everyday gear including smartphones, tablets and laptops, says says Dan Jelinek, vice president of Lifestyle at OGIO. Additionally, the packs are crafted with convenience in mind, featuring an easy to access pocket located at the top of the bag and an organizational layout that allows users to carry a variety of daily tools. he adds. OGIO designers injected the look and feel of an outdoor-friendly pack into the exterior design by tapering the shape of a traditional backpack and incorporating a slightly narrowed back panel to provide the wearer more freedom of movement. The team also used mountaineering-spec materials like high tensile-strength rip-stop nylon, to construct an authentic...
Jan 06
CES: BodyGuardz announces Crown screen protection
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BodyGuardz (www.bodyguardz.com) announced the Crown, which was created to protect the curved edges of today’s hottest mobile devices. It's patent-pending solution available exclusively from BodyGuardz, says President/CEO Kirk Feller. The Crown is a custom-molded rim made of anodized aluminum, designed to fit around ScreenGuardz Pure and provide a protective solution. Distinct from traditional screen protectors, the it provides edge-to-edge screen protection for rounded edge devices such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4, says Feller. The Crown will be available in February for the iPhone 6 (US$39.95), 6 Plus ($44.95), and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($44.95).
Jan 06
CES: Scosche launches waterproof boomBOTTLE +
Scosche (www.scosche.com) has introduced a new member to the boomBOTTLE family: the boomBOTTLE + (plus), a portable Bluetooth speaker designed for streaming music while biking, hiking, camping and more. The weatherproof, two 55mm driver equipped speaker features an IP67 rating (water and dust proof), dual pairing that produces true stereo sound when two boomBOTTLE + speakers are used and up to 11 hours of streaming. This speaker will be included in Scosche’s expanding Optimized for OUTDOORS series of rugged products designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments. It features a shock absorbing TPU exterior designed to withstand drops or vibrations caused from rough terrain, plus non-slip side finger grip areas. The boomBOTTLE + is constructed with sealed dustproof speaker grills to keep the dirt out during backcountry rides. It also fits into most bicycle bottle cages, so you can take it with you while on the trail. A Bluetooth wireless range of 33 feet eliminates the need for wires...
Jan 06
CES: Satechi announces BT Button Series
Satechi’s BT Button Series, announced at CES 2015, allows users to achieve wireless accessibility with a single press of a button. This trilogy series consists of a BT Shutter Button, BT Media Button and BT Home button, which users can tote on their key chains, steering wheel or dashboard to access several aspects of their smart devices including photos, music and GPS directions. The BT Button Series boasts a slim aluminum metal design and is compatible with most iOS devices supporting Bluetooth and Android OS 4.4.4 or later. Each plug and play button is packaged with a mount, audio port keychain attachment, integrated 3M sticker for easy attachment, and CR2016 battery, which purportedly lasts for up to two years. With Satechi’s BT Shutter Button, you can group photos and video recordings. Tap the Shutter Button and the paired smart device will begin recording or taking photos immediately. The BT Media Button allows users to control the soundtrack of their lives wirelessly without...
Jan 06
OWC announces 1TB Envoy Pro EX
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 1TB model of theOWC EnvoyPro EX ultra-portable SSD. Designed in anodized aluminum to match modern Macs and PCs, it fits into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase. The heart of the Envoy Pro EX is an OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that reportedly offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. It's bus-powered for maximum portability.   The OWC Envoy Pro EX is available immediately in the following configurations: 240GB for US$249; 480GB for $399; and 1TB for $599.
Jan 06
Dead Effect game available for Mac OS X
BadFly Interactive has released Dead Effect for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's available for download via Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/286040/). Here's how the game is described: "Dead Effect is a highly addictive single-player game, in which the ESS Meridian spacecraft is traveling through space with a new FTL technology, heading towards its destination, Tau Ceti f, the first planet outside of our solar system ever to be colonized. "One of the crew members is awakened from cryogenic sleep, and quickly discovers that the nightmare has only begun. What happened to everyone aboard? Why are they all so aggressive, and why do they attack without any survival instincts? "Dead Effect features not only a compelling story, but also incredibly immersive gameplay. You play the role of a character and member of Unit 13, an elite peace-keeping unit aboard the ship, and it is your task to discover what happened to the ESS Meridian and the remaining crew. Through 12 challenging...
Jan 06
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr), an update to the layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks. With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page. A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata. Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile. PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$24. Version 1.1 is a free update for...
Jan 06
Reezaa releases PDF Editor 3.0 for Mac OS X
Reezaa has announced PDF Editor Mac 3.0, an update to their free PDF application for Mac OS X. The utility allows you to add text, erase content, and insert images into your PDF file. You can also rotate the PDF orientation, draw lines, change font size and color of text, and add a watermark to each page. Additionally, PDF Editor Mac provides a choice of exporting the PDF to other formats and can permanently save the modified PDF content changes. PDF Editor Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It's free and available at http://www.pdfeditormac.com/ .
Jan 05
iDevices introduces HomeKit-enabled connected plug
iDevices has announced an Apple HomeKit-enabled product: the iDevices Switch (http://idevicesinc.com/switch/). This Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi compatible connected plug is set to start shipping during the first half of 2015. Through a free iDevices Connected app, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can control, monitor and schedule products around the house with the iDevices Switch. Hundreds of appliances such as lamps, fans, humidifiers, Christmas lights and stereos can be intelligently managed through the device. The iDevices Switch plugs directly into an electrical outlet, and connects to a home’s Wi-Fi network. Once you download the iDevices Connected app from the iTunes Store, you can instantly control any product you have plugged into the Switch through an iOS device. The iDevices Switch doesn't require an external hub or subscription fee. Switch’s HomeKit integration provides away to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your own...
Jan 05
New Philips 34-inch curved display unveiled at CES
EPI (www.lcdmonitors.philips.com) has announced the 34-inch Philips Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD Display, an UltraWide screen "with a gentle curve provides a pleasant yet subtle immersion effect, which focuses on you at the center of your desk." The arc and UltraWide QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and Panoramic 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio are designed to envelop users who seek a "natural" media viewing experience, according to EPI. The display also features built-in stereo speakers and MultiView technology. The 34” Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD Display has a 21:9 panoramic aspect ratio with over one billion color depth, as well as an UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution. The super widescreen makes the display ideal for viewing spreadsheets, editing multiple documents and running several programs at once. Additionally, the monitor’s MultiView technology enables active dual connect and view. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.
Jan 05
OWC releases Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis
Other World Computing (OWC) says the OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis (http://tinyurl.com/9l6j2yv) has been updated with Thunderbolt 2 technology. The newly updated Helios handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, bringing Thunderbolt 2 technology to the original Mercury Helios' throughput of up to 10Gb/s. OWC’s Mercury Helios PCIe Expansion Chassis is a solution for using half-length professional-level PCIe 2.0 cards with Apple’s entire line of Thunderbolt enabled Macs that do not have PCIe slots due to size or design limitations. It's bootable with AHCI-compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. Types of PCIe cards Helios can use include: Fibre Channel, 10GB Ethernet, RAID controller, video capture, digital audio, solid state drives, SAS controllers such as the OWC Jupiter, as well as FireWire, USB 3.0, eSATA host adapter cards.   The Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis is now available for order at a manufacturer's...
Jan 05
Levitating backpack floats onto the scene at CES 2015
STM (www.stmbags.com) is showcasing its The Drifter "levitating backpack" at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It conceals two floating sleeves crafted for holding a laptop and tablet safely. If the Drifter is dropped, the floating electronics pockets will remain safely suspended inches above the ground, says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM. It's constructed with water resistant fabric for the main body and reinforced bottom fabric. The top loading design of the Drifter makes the bag easy to navigate through without dumping out all of the contents, says Ziegelman. The Drifter is 18 liters in volume and features an array of pockets, including a compression pocket on the side for quick water bottle storage and a zipped pocket on the opposite side. At the bottom of the bag a pocket holds a form-fitted rainfly intended to go over the bag for additional water protection. The Drifter boasts three external zippered pockets containing panels for organization,...
Jan 05
Survival Skills Guide launched for Mac OS X Yosemite
A new Survival Skills Guide (http://www.macsupportstore.com) for Mac OS X Yosemite has been launched online in eBook format. It's written by Jeff Graber of The Mac Support Store. Yosemite is the 11th major release of OS X and can be downloaded from Mac App Store for free. Although it has special features, "there are many potentially disastrous technical issues" in the new operating system, says Graber. He adds this is why the Mac Support store has released an eBook guide that helps resolve Yosemite issues. In this book, users can learn, in depth, about common problems faced upon their installation, as well as usage of the new operating system, and ways on how to easily resolve these problems. The ebook discusses the possible Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems that may arise when the OS is used and ways on how to resolve them. Other OS problems discussed on the eBook include: email problems, sound problems, Logitech problems and boot problems. The ebook also discusses ways on how users can...
Jan 05
Mad Catz' new headset is a F.R.E.Q
Mad Catz Interactive is shipping the F.R.E.Q. Wireless Surround Headset, a gaming headset compatible with practically any audio source including Macs, PCs, game consoles, mobile and smart devices. It allows gamers to enjoy expansive wireless surround sound via AM3D Audio technology.    The F.R.E.Q. features a discrete integrated mic that allows gamers to communicate online, as well as use the headset with smart phones, tablets and more, all without the need of a boom mic obstructing their movement. With no need for a boom mic to be attached, gamers can stay connected with multiple devices and enjoy the headset in a variety of situations.   The F.R.E.Q. features Bluetooth technology and can connect to practically any audio source thanks to the adapter box that connects to a standard digital optical or analogue source, transmitting wireless audio directly to the headset. The F.R.E.Q is available for pre-order for US$299.99 at http://tinyurl.com/p8b6by8 .
Jan 05
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive. According to the folks at LaCie, the Rugged RAID is also the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC. It features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s. The LaCie Rugged addresses sports 4TB in a compact footprint. It features RAID 1 (mirrored mode), which is where the data is duplicated across the two drives.
Jan 05
Seagate launches 'world's slimmest portable hard drive...
Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched what it says is the "world's slimmest" portable hard drive: the Seagate Seven. It's a 500GB drive with a 7mm depth. According to Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate Branded Group, the company leveraged the latest of the company’s drive technologies and manufacturing processes to create the drive.  The deep draw process allows for the all steel enclosure to be shaped in a method that the material could not be any thinner and still hold the structural integrity needed to perform as an external portable storage device, he says. The steel encasing also provides a rigidity, which allows for the incredibly thin design to be functional. The low profile motor technologies used in the bare drive are designed to include extreme Gyro handling capabilities with tablets and thin computing in mind.  This is a true benefit when considering that Seagate Seven is a storage device that people will carry with them in their bags or pockets.   The Seagate...
Jan 05
LaCie rolls out Mirror drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has released the US$280 Mirror, a portable hard drive wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It's designed to be both a functional 1TB hard drive with an USB 3.0 interface and a striking piece of decor. The LaCie Mirror hard drive sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar. It's been designed in collaboration with the acclaimed French designer, Pauline Deltour.
Jan 05
WD to demo world's fastest 4 TB Hybrid Drive at Storage...
WD (www.wd.com) is demonstrating what it says is "the world's fastest 4 TB hybrid drive" at the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions 2015. WD's prototype drive utilizes the SATA Express PCI-e interface, 4 TB 3.5-inch hybrid hard drive, and up to 128 GB solid state drive. The two WD SATA Express interface demonstrations at Storage Visions 2015 will include commercially available motherboards from WD partners ASRock and Gigabyte. These systems will demonstrate cabled SATA Express PCI-e interconnect flexibility and configuration options for single-volume caching and RAID. Heavy desktop usage scenarios will benefit from larger cache sizes (64 GB will be demonstrated) by enabling retention of key hot data across multiple applications, which improves overall performance, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president, Storage Technology, WD. In WD's labs, WD's SATA Express 4 TB drive with 64 GB cache achieved a PCMark8 benchmark score of 4459, demonstrating near-SSD performance at an optimized GB-...
Jan 04
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive. According to the folks at LaCie, the Rugged RAID is also the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC. It features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s. The LaCie Rugged addresses sports 4TB in a compact footprint. It features RAID 1 (mirrored mode), which is where the data is duplicated across the two drives.
Jan 02
New hacking tool evades Apple's iCloud password protection
A new tool submitted to GitHub (www.github.com), a a web-based Git repository hosting service, claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening, reports "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/pqj3qkf). The source code for the tool has been released onto GitHub. It tries every possible word in its 500-long word-list as the password for a given iCloud account email. This means while it will succeed "100%" at trying 500 times over, the tool is by no means guaranteed to succeed at cracking your password, notes "9to5Mac." According to Apple: "iCloud secures your data by encrypting it when it's sent over the Internet, storing it in an encrypted format when kept on server (review the table below for detail), and using secure tokens for authentication. This means that your data is protected from unauthorized access both while it is...
Jan 02
Microspot releases Limited Edition MacDraft package
Microspot is celebrating their 50th anniversary by announcing the 50th anniversary limited edition package of MacDraft Professional, their 2D drafting, design and illustration software. This limited edition pack brings together the power of MacDraft Pro 6.1.1, seven vector symbol libraries plus lots of exclusive merchandise all in one limited edition pack that's Mac OS X Yosemite compatible. The Microspot MacDraft Limited Edition Package is available only from the Microspot web store (http://www.microspot.com). It has a retail price of US$499. There are also various upgrade options available from the website.
Jan 01
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Dec 31
The Big Apple may use Apple Pay for parking tickets
The city of New York’s finance department is looking into alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, PayPal and Bitcoin for the US$600 million in parking ticket revenue it collects annually by issuing up to 10 million tickets, reports "MarketWatch" (http://tinyurl.com/mvtlo34). Drivers currently pay for tickets online, via mail or in person at the courthouse. However, the online system is not mobile friendly and credit and debit card payments are subject to a 2.5% convenience fee. The city told "MarketWatcH" that offering mobile options might help cut down on the fines it racks up each year from base fines and penalties on unpaid violations. Apple announced Apple Pay in September, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.
Dec 31
Bankrupt GT Advanced Tech wants to give key employees bonuses
Former Apple supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to give "executive bonuses" of up to $2 million to help motivate and retain "key" employees, according to AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com). In October GT Advanced Tech, Apple’s partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire. That same month it was announced that GT Advanced and Apple had reached a settlement agreement under which GT will wind down its sapphire materials production in the company’s Mesa, AZ and Salem, MA locations. The company indicated that it will exit from the market as a producer of sapphire materials and will refocus its business as an equipment supplier, manufacturing and developing sapphire growth systems and processes. Under the terms of the...
Dec 31
Judge dismisses proposed employee lawsuits against Apple
Citing a recent Supreme Court ruling, a federal court judge has dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits against Apple by some retail employees, who argued the company's anti-theft policies incurred lost wages, reports AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com). Alsop's ruling hinges on a unanimous Supreme Court decision (PDF link) regarding a similar situation involving employee security checks and overtime pay. In 2013, former employees at Apple stores in New York and Los Angelesfiled a class action suit, claiming the iPhone maker required them to stand in line for up to 30 minutes every shift and wait for a manager to search their bags. According to the complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, the searches result in Apple workers being deprived of around US$1,500 a year in unpaid wages. The lawsuit was filed by Amanda Frlekin who worked at Apple’s Century City store in Los Angeles and Dean Pelle who was employed at its Soho location in New York. Both worked as Apple...
Dec 30
'Thunderstrike' hack can affect Mac firmware
A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac's firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM, reports 9to5Mac (www.9to5Mac.com). Known as "Thunderstrike," the proof of concept (http://tinyurl.com/nla6jqt), infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims can't be detected, nor removed by reinstalling Mac OS X. According to researcher Trammel Hudson, it's a "a vulnerability that allows the installation of persistent firmware modifications into the EFI boot ROM of Apple's popular MacBooks. The bootkit can be easily installed by an evil-maid via the externally accessible Thunderbolt ports and can survive reinstallation of OSX as well as hard drive replacements. Once installed, it can prevent software attempts to remove it and could spread virally across air-gaps by infecting additional Thunderbolt devices." Apple has already implemented an intended fix in the latest...
Dec 30
Apple to save historic barn on 'spaceship campus' site
Apple has set aside a place on its "spaceship" campus for the Glendenning Barn, named for a pioneer family whose land "became a magnet for tech companies after the blooms faded from their orchards," reports the Mercury News (mercurynews.com). In the years before his death in 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs decided that he wanted to tear up the husk of Hewlett-Packard and bring the land back to its roots, when it was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight for all its orchards and flowering trees, the article adds. When finished, the 175-acre site off Wolfe and Homestead roads in Cupertino will be transformed from 80% asphalt and concrete to 80% greenery and open space. The upcoming campus, which will supplement and not replace Apple’s current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, was a pet project of the late Jobs. It’s a four-story, 2.8 million square foot building to be built on land formerly occupied by Hewlett Packard’s campus. Originally slated to accommodate 6,000 employees, the...
Dec 30
Chevron to roll out Apple Pay support next year
Chevron Oil has plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in the new year, according to a tweet the company sent out to a customer Monday — as noted by MacRumors (www.macrumors.com). In the message, Chevron says that it is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay payment solutions to pumps by early 2015. Apple announced Apple Pay in September, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.
Dec 29
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 29
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Bad Games has announced Selknam Defense. It's a free (though sponsored by ads) Tower Defense game variant. MBG UG has released Mr. Noble. The app is designed to be the "digital Swiss Army knife" for iSO devices. Mr. Noble a a free download and offers full access to "Toolbox" and "Looks," as well as the chapters "Suits" and "Shirts." Additional content can be unlocked via in-app-purchases: US$0.99 for individual chapters or $4.99 for the entire suite of chapters. Abdullah Karimi has introduced Gold Coins Billionaire. It's a free game in which the player has to push coins by tapping at the right place. The player also needs to be cautious of not pushing the coins and prizes on side walls. RV AppStudios has cooked up Christmas Cookie. It's a free, match 3 puzzle game.
Dec 29
Apple expected to reverse iPad misfortunes in 2015
According to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm, ABI Research, tablet growth is expected to resume and continue over the next five years with a forecast of nearly 290 million tablet shipments in 2019. As the calendar year comes to a close, many of the world’s tablet vendors are looking forward to opportunities in 2015 and are hoping to avoid a repeat of lackluster 2014 results. Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google are expected to show year-over-year declines in branded tablet unit volume, while Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, and Samsung should end higher in calendar year 2014. "Historically, Apple has counted approximately 35% of its iPad sales in the last calendar quarter of the year," says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr.  :Unless Apple can pull off a 32+ million unit quarter, sales for CY2014 [calendar year 2014] will be down for the first year since the iPad launched." ABI Research predicts iPad sales to reach nearly 68 million in 2014,...
 

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