Mergers shake up U.S. pay-TV market
AT&T is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal that could be worth US$50 billion. DirecTV would add roughly 20 million video subscribers to the 5.7 million that currently subscribe to AT&T's own U-Verse video service.
With a total of 26 million TV customers, the new entity would rival a Comcast and Time Warner Cable, whose planned merger is currently under investigation. Comcast and Time Warner Cable currently serve a combined total of 34 million customers, but Comcast has agreed to divest approximately 3.9 million video customers to Charter Communications in case the merger goes through.
Both deals would further consolidate the telecom and Pay-TV industry as more and more consumers are opting for so-called triple or quad play offers that combine telephone, broadband, TV and wireless services. The graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.
LinkOptimizer 4.9.10 for InDesign lets you share process settings
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.10, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.
It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets you share processing settings between users by exporting and importing them directly from an application menu.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.3, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and later.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete 4.1.3 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.
Hybrid Crystal Film now available
Power Support International says their Hybrid Crystal Film (http://tinyurl.com/ktrosbn), a screen protector for the iPhone 5s/5c/5, is now available at a retail price of US$24.95.
It's as strong and as scratch resistant as tempered glass including a glass and resin mixture, but is 35% thinner, flexible, and bendable, according to Power Support International Director Racy Heims. The hybrid formula emulates the bulk of tempered glass while maintaining the 9H scratch resistance rating, the highest rating in the industry for hardness, he added.
XO Digital launches new digital music distribution platform
XO (www.xodigital.com), a provider of digital asset management solutions — has announces a digital music distribution service for artists. It charges US$2 per track or ringtone.
Once uploaded, XO Digital places an artist's content in a number of digital retailers. Users can sell their content to the iTunes Store, Amazon and more. Other digital retailers include Gracenote, Boinc, Digital Tunes, Mix Radio, Google Play, Rhapsody, Shazam, Spotify, Xbox Music, and more.
Users get to keep 100% of the rights to their content. The folks at XO Digital says there are no hidden fees or failed payouts.
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.5.0 for Mac OS X
MOSO has released version 1.5.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X. It's a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Xmplify XML Editor provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.5.0 improves auto-completion and validation performance for documents with complex schemas, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify costs US$59; volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.5.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Autodesk Mudbox 2015 available as $10 monthly desktop...
Autodesk has announced that its Mudbox 2015 digital painting and 3D sculpting software is now available as a Desktop Subscription license for US$10 a month.
Mudbox helps artists customize high-quality 3D models for use in mobile and indie games and other 3D projects. The tool integrates into existing creative workflows.
For example, an artist can easily sculpt and texture 3D characters, creatures and objects in Mudbox, import them into Autodesk Maya LT 2015 (a 3D animation tool tailored for indie gamer makers) for additional customization, and then export the assets to Unity or other compatible game engines to complete the project. Go to http://www.autodesk.com/products/mudbox/ for more info.
Toasty Unlocks debuts iCloud Unlock service
Toasty Unlocks, a mobile phone unlocker and jailbreaking service, has launched the iCloud Unlock and Removal Service (http://tinyurl.com/mgcpqaj) for the iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and all iPads.
The service is priced at US$95 and permanently removes the iCloud lock for iCloud-enabled devices via iTunes, with just a phone's IMEI number or the Serial Number of an iPad. Processing time is 10-15 business days to remove an iCloud lock on an iPhone or iPad, with batches submitted on Fridays. The iCloud unlock and removal service is currently in beta stage. The folks at Toasty Unlocks claims it has a 60-75% success rate for clean IMEIs (not blacklisted or barred.).
Squirrels launches Slingshot, a 'share from anywhere'...
Squirrels has given us Slingshot (http://www.airsquirrels.com/slingshot/), an app that allows iOS screen sharing "anywhere in the world." It's a service-based application that allows users to share their iPad, iPhone, and iPod screens to anyone else in a Slingshot session. Mac and PC screens can also be shared and viewed by anyone in a session.
While the service highlights mobile screen sharing, it includes online collaboration and meeting tools, too. Meeting Minutes allows anyone in a session to take collaborative notes in real time, and instant file sharing shares files with everyone in a session regardless of the device they're using. Video, audio and text chat are available across all devices, too.
Multiple monthly plan subscriptions are available; however, you can try Slingshot free for 30 days. The individual plan allows one-on-one collaboration and screen sharing for US$9.99. Other plans are available that allow more users, more webcam feeds, dial-in access and more...
Twitter suffers sell-off as lock-up expires
When a company goes public, early investors and company insiders are usually forbidden to sell their shares for a predetermined amount of time. When this so called lock-up period, usually 90 to 180 days long, expires and trading restrictions are removed, stocks typically fall as early investors are keen to cash in on their investments.
The latest company to suffer such a sell-off is Twitter. On Tuesday, the company's lock-up period expired and despite prior claims of major shareholders not to sell, the company's stock price dropped like a rock during Tuesday's trading. At the end of the day, the stock had slipped almost 18% to close at an all-time low of US$31.85.
No rule comes without exceptions though: In November 2012, when millions of Facebook shares became eligible for trading, many had expected the stock to take a nose dive after its rocky start to public trading. In the end the opposite happened: Facebook's shares climbed 12.6% marking the starting point of a rally that saw...
Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 available
Autodesk Smoke 2015 editing and effects software is now available. It adds new effects tools, 3D tracking, support for OS X Mavericks, support for the new Mac Pro and better interoperability with Final Cut Pro X.
Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 comes in three flavors allowing editors and artists to pay by the month, the quarter or by the year. The price for monthly subscription is US$195; by committing to a one year subscription customers can save more than $500.
Smoke 2015 is now also available as a free 30-day trial. The Smoke Learning Channel has also been updated with more than 50 new free Getting Started tutorial videos. Go to http://autodesk.com/smoke for more info.
Belkin launches QODE Thin Type keyboard for the iPad Air
Belkin has released the US$99.99 QODE Thin Type for iPad Air (http://tinyurl.com/n7pb4k8). The keyboard features smart sensing technology that automatically turns it on when it's opened and off when it's closed.
The QODE Thin Type also sports iOS-specific keys. It's made of anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum in a solid unibody design.
The QODE Thin Type features Belkin’s TruType technology for a typing experience similar to that of a full-sized laptop. The keyboard offers up to 79 hours of active battery life and pairs with a one-touch Bluetooth key.
Appothecary introduces Stereo for Mac OS X
Appothecary has introduced Stereo, a "graphical iTunes" for Mac OS X. Designed for "music addicts, fanatics, mystics, junkies and the rest of us," it features an experience reminiscent of a vinyl record collection.
With Stereo, users can browse music nonlinearly to find what they want instantly and effortlessly. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Stereo is offered at the special introductory price of US$3.99. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category. Go to http://appothecary.co/stereo/mac/ for more info.
Padcaster Air turns your iPad Air into a video production studio
Padcaster is now shipping the Padcaster Air case, which transforms an iPad Air into an on-the-go video production studio. It's designed for both professional and amateur videographers.
The Padcaster Air is an aluminum frame with an urethane insert that holds the Apple tablet in place. The frame can also be used as a standalone DSRL cage.
Threaded holes lining the edges of the frame allow filmmakers to attach external mics, lights and other accessories. A standard -20 screw thread and locking pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster Air lets users connect it to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount.
The Padcaster comes in versions for the iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generations, and iPad Air. It is now available online (http://thepadcaster.com/) for US$149 (the original Padcaster) or $159 (the Padcaster Air). There's also a $99 version for an iPad mini.
Rayovac introduces two portable power devices
Spectrum Brands Holdings has introduced Rayovac’s Phone Boost 800 portable charging device and Car and Wall USB Power Chargers, which will be available in stores and online later this month.
Rayovac’s Phone Boost 800 mobile device charger provides instant power for Micro USB, Apple 30-pin and Apple Lightning devices. The charger, which can be attached to a ring of keys, utilizes a lithium ion rechargeable battery that holds 800mAh of power to recharge a mobile phone for 150 minutes of additional talk time.
The Phone Boost 800 can be recharged and used over and over to power mobile phones, digital cameras, portable gaming devices, MP3 players, and other USB rechargeable devices. The Phone Boost 800 mobile charging device has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$24.99 (Micro USB and Apple 30-pin) and $29.99 (Apple Lightning). Both Apple versions are MFi Certified. Go to www.rayovac.com for more info.
FileSalvage 8 adds support for OS X Mavericks
Here are some of the latest product updates for Mac OS X.
° SubRosaSoft (www.subrosasoft.com) has announced FileSalvage 8, an update of its data recovery tool. The upgrade sports a new user interface and support for OS X Mavericks.
FileSalvage 8 also has an improved integrated file preview. Whether you're searching for a PDF, or a Word document, the app will allow you to quickly inspect the initial scan result for the files you need back.
FileSalvage 8 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 7 can upgrade for $29.95.
These upgrades, codenamed "FTLJIT," use the LLVM compiler as the JIT (just-in-time) compilation system, the article adds. FTLJIT is still considered experimental, so although it's being made available in the OS X port of WebKit by default, it's not actually turned on yet, notes "InfoWorld." It has to be enabled through command-line flags.
Facebook's reach among young adults is still unmatched
Harvard’s Institute of Politics conducted a national poll among more than 3,000 18- to 29-year-olds, covering topics that range from political views to the use of social media.
This Statistica chart shows the percentage of respondents who have an account on a number of social platforms. The chart makes it very clear that, despite claims that Facebook is losing its appeal with the youth, it is still the most-used social platform among young adults by a wide margin.
PaintCode 2 for Mac OS X introduces StyleKits, Variables,...
PixelCut has announced PaintCode 2, an update of the vector drawing app for Mac OS X that generates Objective-C drawing code in real time. The new version introduces StyleKits, Variables and Expressions, and also significantly improves the available drawing tools.
PaintCode 2 is available on the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$79.99.. More information about PaintCode and a trial version can be found on the product website. (http://www.paintcodeapp.com/).
Miln Movie Splitter is new Mac app for Canon Hybrid Auto and...
Miln has launched Movie Splitter (http://miln.eu/moviesplitter/) for Mac OS X. The US$4.99 app splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing.
Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. It's designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support .
Movie Splitter takes advantage of a Mac's multiple operating cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Cocktail 6.9 (Mountain Lion Edition) adds Retina display support
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.9 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.This version adds Retina support and improves application launch time. It also contains improvements on the "Clear kernel caches" procedure.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. It requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and $39 for a family license that covers five computers. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).
D-Link introduces new Wi-Fi Smart Plug
D-Link has announced the Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215), its first product in a new line of Connected Home solutions designed to bring the convenience and flexibility of mydlink to everyday household electronic devices.
The compact Wi-Fi Smart Plug allows users to monitor and control their home’s electronic devices from anywhere. Using the free mydlink app for iOS and Android smartphones or tablets, users can set power on/off schedules, turn devices on and off remotely and monitor energy usage at home or on-the-go.
With power scheduling features, the mydlink app can be used to create on/off schedules for home appliances and devices. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) is available for US$49.99 (EDLP).Go to www.dlink.com/dsp-w215 for more info.
Seagate introduces new family of wireless solutions
Seagate has announced a new generation of its wireless storage category. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage now consists of a family of capacities at 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.
They're compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 8/RT devices. Used with the free Seagate Media app — available at the Apple App Store — you can sync your files on a Seagate Wireless Plus device with an existing cloud storage provider such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
Seagate Wireless Plus devices boast a battery life of up to 10 hours and provide their own Wi-Fi signal to enable access to the drive. The price is US$149.99 for the 500GB model, $179.99 for the 1TB version, and $199.99 for the 2GB system. Go to www.seagate.com for more info.
Buy FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, get a free copy
FileMaker has announced a Buy One FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, Give One Free promotion, a limited-time offer that allows those who purchase FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced (US$549) to receive a second downloadable copy for free from FileMaker.
FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, which includes everything in FileMaker Pro 13 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools, lets you create and use custom business solutions that run on iPads, iPhones, Windows, Macs and the web. The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, per household and per company between now and June 10, 2014.
The promotion is valid for the downloadable versions of this product purchased from the FileMaker Store. This free version is a fully working, not-for-resale version of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced for Windows or Mac. The offer is not valid in connection with any other rebates, discounts or promotions. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mgfsxmr for details.
Coderage Software releases GTD tool for use with Evernote
Coderage Software has released Informant, a new GTD tool for use with Evernote on the Mac OS X and iOS platforms. It creates "next action" lists within Evernote.
All your tasks are sorted by priority and grouped by project. Informant also provides shortcuts. Since everything is stored in Evernote you can access it anywhere at any time.
For a limited time, Informant is being offered at a 25% discount. It can purchased using this discount for US$2.21 per month (it's normally $2.95) or $22.10 per year (normally $29.50). The coupon code to obtain this discount is: LIVE25. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k2lf2kz for more info
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes coming to the Mac on May 8
Feral Interactive says LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will be released on the Mac May 8. The action adventure game will cost US$19.99 and will be available through Steam, the Mac App Store, the Feral Online Store, and third party sites.
Here's how the game is described: "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has more than 100 Marvel characters from Spider-Man to Captain America and the Hulk. The game is packed with a myriad of character abilities, combat-like action sequences, puzzle-solving, and legendary battle sequences, all in a fun and family friendly environment for every age."
The game requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/pbwoqgs for more info.
PDF Checkpoint is now on the Mac App Store
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says its PDF preflight and conversion solution PDF Checkpoint is now available on the Mac App Store for US$39.99.
The app, which requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, automatically preflights, converts to images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. Users can convert PDF colors, compress images, check documents for errors and preview them in built-in viewer. The program is equally suitable for processing hundreds of files, as well as single PDF documents.
PDF Checkpoint is bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). Trial is also available for download. A demo of PDF Checkpoint is available for download at the Zevrix website.
Apple gets another $4 million in lawsuit, but overall damages...
After extra deliberations, the jury in the Samsung-Apple legal battle over patent infringement awarded Apple another US$4 million in damages, notes "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/klhf6sn). However, the jury didn't change its original damages award ($119.5 million).
The jury handed back a verdict in the legal battle over patent infringement on Friday. The jury decided that Samsung must pay Apple US$119.6 million for infringing some of its patents, while Apple owes Samsung $158,400 for infringing some of its patents.
iLuv introduces the self ecosystem for smartphones
iLuv Creative Technology has announced the selfy ecosystem, which includes iPhone 5/5s cases and Samsung Galaxy S5 cases with a built-in wireless camera shutter.
The remote shutter is integrated into the back of each case so it's always available for use. It pairs with the aforementioned smartphones via Bluetooth. No app is needed.
Due to the design of the selfy case, it accommodates a variety of accessories such as a mini-tripod, bar mount, helmet mount and car mount. The selfy has a manufacturer's suggested retail price will be available in black and pink at iLuv.com/selfy and select retailers later this month. Mounts in the selfy ecosystem have an MSRP between $19.99 and $24.99 and will be available later in May at iLuv.com/selfy and select retailers.
Domestic vendors are strong in China's smartphone market
The Chinese smartphone market continues to play by its own rules according to data released by the Hong Kong based research firm Counterpoint.
While most other smartphone markets are dominated by Samsung and Apple, the Chinese market, while also led by Samsung, is pretty evenly distributed between Samsung, Apple and a handful of domestic vendors. Chinese manufacturers such as Lenovo, Xiaomi and Coolpad are quickly gaining market share with handsets sold at prices that the international competition, Apple in particular, finds hard if not impossible to match. The accompanying graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.
Apple only gets $119.6 million of the $2.2 billion in sought in...
A jury has awarded Apple damages of US$119.65 million for Samsung’s infringement of several of its smartphone patents, reports the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/qdb7cl8).
Apple had wanted $2.2 billion in damages for what it alleged was infringement of five of its patents by nine models of Samsung smartphones and a single model of a tablet computer. The jury decided that Samsung infringed two patents (though one had been ruled to infringe earlier) and returned a mixed verdict on another patent.
Samsung was also awarded $158,400 in damages from Apple for violating one patent. The company had wanted just over $6 million.
Jury in latest Apple-Samsung trial begin deliberations
A California jury will enter another day of deliberations today in an effort to reach a verdict in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, reports the Associated Press (http://tinyurl.com/nfbkazy).
The four men and four women left the federal courthouse in San Jose on Thursday after a full day of deliberations, the article adds. They began deliberations after a month-long trial.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
CEA forms Health and Fitness Technology Division
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has launched Health and Fitness Technology Division in response to the growing role consumer electronics devices are playing in improving health and fitness. The division, originating as the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group in 2010, has made several valuable contributions to the industry during the past four years, says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.
CEA’s report, "The Connected Health and Wellness Market" (http://tinyurl.com/l8xna4w), created in conjunction with Parks Associates, forecasts that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a 142% increase over the next five years in personal health and wellness product sales as well as software and service revenues. A second CEO report shows consumer interest in purchasing dedicated wearable fitness devices specifically in the next 12 months, quadrupled in 2013, making it the largest year-over-year increase for any category of fitness device.
"We live in extraordinary...
MakeMusic releases new version of Finale PrintMusic
MakeMusic has released PrintMusic 2014 (finalemusic.com/printmusic), a new version of the music notation software. Based on Finale, the updated version offers support for current operating systems, and file compatibility with Finale 2012, Finale 2014, and future versions of Finale.
Finale PrintMusic offers the essential features of Finale for US$119.95 (upgrades from previous versions are $39.95). Notes can be entered with a computer keyboard, a MIDI keyboard, and by scanning existing sheet music. Orchestrations of up to 24 staves can be created, and individual instrument parts can be extracted. PrintMusic offers high-quality playback with built-in sounds, support for additional VST/AU instruments and MakeMusic’s exclusive Human Playback.
In addition to printing sheet music, PrintMusic can also create audio and graphic files, Finale files (which can be shared with all Finale products, including the free Finale Notepad) as well as MIDI and MusicXML, which can be shared with other...
WiSeKey releases personal cloud for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android...
A new personal cloud service provided by WiSeKey, in cooperation with Swisscom, is now available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android users. It lets you encrypt and store personal data on private clouds in Switzerland.
You can register at http://wiseid.com/ and download the software that lets you use the service. You can try the service for 30 days free.
WiSeKey says it's the first e-security company in the world to offer decentralized Trust Models and PKI architecture, allowing data ecosystems to be federated via digital identity that makes users interact while maintaining control of their personal data.
The WiSeKey cloud syncs data between devices. The data that you save always stays under users control, is encrypted with strong keys derived from a password that users choose and only the users know, and is never communicated to third parties, according to WiSeKey.
Econ updates ChronoAgent for Mac, released a public beta of...
Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.6 and released ChronoSync 4.5 public beta. The ChronoAgent update includes several fixes and support for the upcoming release of ChronoSync 4.5.
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.
ChronoAgent 1.4.6 fixes include an issue waking a Mac from sleep to synchronize, online help system display problems, and a bug where ChronoAgent would loose connection with ChronoSync. This update also includes support for the upcoming release of ChronoSync 4.5 which will introduce a completely new Document...
Macphun rolls out Lost Photos for Mac OS X
Macphun has released Lost Photos for Mac OS X. It's a free app that lets you rediscover all the photos you've sent or received through email. It's available at the Mac App Store.
You can then share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. To set up Lost Photos, you just enter your email address and password. You can log-in to your email accounts using the same encryption using the same encryption as Gmail and other providers.
Lost Photos supports iCloud, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and more. Its live preview feature lets you view thumbnails and save them to your Mac. Filtes let you filter out images of certain file types or sizes. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lvzmhh4 for more info.
ATTO Tech releases 12Gb ExpressSAS host bus adapters
ATTO Technology is shipping its 12Gb ExpressSAS SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapter (HBA).
The 12Gb ExpressSAS (http://tinyurl.com/mng7efy) provides "fast and reliable storage connectivity while enabling scalability for next generation platforms and infrastructures," says Wayne Arvidson of ATTO. It's optimized for low latency and high bandwidth data transfer.
The 12Gb ExpressSAS HBA offers eight or 16 port configurations, providing up to 1,200 MB/second per port. It connects to disks, JBOD, and RAID storage.
CNS Audit 1.5.1 released with FileMaker Pro 13 compatibility
Comm-Unity Systems has released CNS Audit 1.5.1 for Mac OS X. The fixes all known issues with using the plug-in under FileMaker Pro 13, as well as other important bug fixes. CNS Audit is available immediately at http://cnsaudit.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
CNS Audit is a plug-in that lets you create an Audit Trail of your data. Whether you just want peace of mind about being able to get a record back that you have accidentally deleted or if you have to comply to regulatory mandates like HIPAA, you can use CNS Audit to create such a trail.
CNS Audit 1.5.1 is a free upgrade for anyone with a 0.5.x or 1.x.x license. A single user license is $95. A demo is available for download.
ComputerSupport.com says cloud computing on the rise
A new infographic released by ComputerSupport.com shows that cloud adoption rates are on the rise, echoing predictions throughout the technology and business sectors over the past couple of years.
The infographic demonstrates that not only is the presence of cloud hosting increasing, but many people are enthusiastic enough about the cloud to recommend it to their peers. The infographic is based on a Microsoft study, which gauged cloud adoption rates among a wide range of organizations, found that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services. Both SaaS and hosted infrastructure services are currently being used most by organizations with less than 100 employees.
Government and Education leads in outsourcing, with more than 60% of organizations reporting participation. This sector is also more likely to utilize Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Small businesses lead in utilizing colocation services, which has...
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.0.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has announced Product Manager 2.0.1, an update of the Mac OS X app for managing products.
It's document-based and can manage an unlimited number of docs, each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided into families. Version 2.0.1 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes.
Product Manger requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It costs US$10 and is available at the Tension Software web site.
M4VGear adds support for AppleScript, Automator
M4VGear has released DRM Media Converter 1.0.7, an update to their DRM remover for Mac OS X.
DRM Media Converter helps you remove DRM from iTunes purchases and rentals with subtitles preserved. Version 1.0.7 includes AppleScript and Automator support. It also enhances output video streaming on the Apple TV and Plex Media Server.
M4VGear DRM Media Converter requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and iTunes 11 or later and costs US $49.95. It's available at http://www.m4vgear.com/ .
WaterField introduces 13-inch MacBook Air case
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has unveiled the Outback Solo for the new 13-inch MacBook Air. The waxed canvas and premium leather case costs US$109 and will ship May 16.
The Outback Solo cradles the MacBook Air with two layers of protection: neoprene enveloped in water-resistant, tan-waxed canvas. The offset, brown leather flap secures contents with a magnetic enclosure.
Two front pockets hold a smartphone or iPad mini, items such as wallets and keys, and a charger for overnight trips. An optional strap ($19) transforms the Solo into an over-the-shoulder bag.
Twitter's user growth is tapering off quickly
Twitter's user growth is tapering off alarmingly quickly. With an active user base of now 255 million monthly active users, the apparent deceleration of Twitter’s growth suggests that the service will have a very hard time coming close to Facebook’s user base. Today's graph is courtesy of Statistica.com .
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. broadband households have at least one...
A 1Q 2014 consumer survey by Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds 64% of U.S. broadband households have at least one consumer electronics device connected to the Internet, which could include a smart TV, Blu-ray player, game console, set-top box, a digital media receiver, or Google Chromecast.
"The percentage of U.S. broadband households with multiple connected CE devices in use continues to increase, with game consoles still leading the way," says Barbara Kraus, director of Research, Parks Associates. "Nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households connect a game console to the Internet to access online content and applications, while 24% have a connected smart TV."
The research shows 21% of U.S. broadband households use a Blu-ray player to connect to the Internet, 16% connect via a streaming media player, and 5% use Google's Chromecast device.
"Every connected device category can connect to the Internet and stream content, but there is no one super device that will push the...
Red Giant creates a new Universe
Red Giant Universe is a new community with access to an expanding library of new tools and effects for filmmakers & motion graphic artists. Membership in Red Giant Universe is free and allows members to take control of the future of Universe development.
Available now are 50 free and premium visual effects plug-ins built on the Supernova platform. All the tools in Red Giant Universe exploit the power of modern GPU to render most effects in near real-time, according to Sean Safreed, co-founder and lead visionary behind Universe.
Free membership includes the use of 31 effects and transitions, including blurs, glows, distortion, generators and 3D transitions. Tools in the free membership include transitions such as Swish Pan and 3D Shutter, as well as the Glo-Fi that creates pulsating, multi-hued glows for titling. Premium membership includes access to 19 tools, such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt (powered by Toonamation), and Retrograde, from CrumplePop and Red...
FileMaker 13 Platform Certification testing available
FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced availability of certification for the FileMaker 13 Platform, the official credential offered by FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker 13 Certification is the key qualification for developing professional FileMaker solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.
The English version of the FileMaker 13 Certification exam, "Developer Essentials for FileMaker 13," is available now at Prometric testing sites worldwide.
FileMaker 13 Certified Developers are certified to possess the knowledge and skills for developing and deploying custom mobile business or organizational solutions using the FileMaker 13 Platform.
Those who pass the exam receive a FileMaker 13 Certified Developer certificate and may display the FileMaker Certified Developer logo on their business cards, websites and marketing collateral. Although there are no prerequisites for the FileMaker 13 Certification exam, FileMaker recommends that test candidates explore the FileMaker...
Revel Systems launches iPad POS accessibility bundle for the...
Revel Systems, which specializes in iPad POS solutions, has introduced a new hardware and software product bundle aimed at providing technology features for the visually impaired. The inherent touchscreen nature of iPad POS terminals are without tactile qualities, making them not fully accessible and independently usable by the visually impaired. Revel's new accessibility bundle allows its merchants and customers of restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and quick-serve establishments, to use Revel's platform.
With the Revel Accessibility App, employees and customers have full access to the Revel back-end system as well as menu items, including the ability to add items to an order, add discounts to an order, pay with credit card or cash, delete items and even add modifiers to products. Through the tactile Bluetooth keyboard linked with the Revel Accessibility Mode, which makes commands audible, the new accessibility bundle allows all blind and visually impaired business owners,...
Mystery of the Opera comes to the Mac App Store
G5 Entertainment has introduced Mystery of the Opera. Available now on the Mac App Store as a free app (with an uS$6.99 in-app option to unlock the full version), this hidden object adventure features graphics, puzzles and an enigmatic plot.
Here's how the game is described: "Opera diva Christine has been kidnapped by a stranger in a dark cloak on the eve of her successful debut! Her desperate but nonetheless determined fiancé must leave no stone unturned to rescue her. An old props man at the theater has told him about the black magic involved and gave him a powerful amulet to help him locate Christine. Remove spells using the amulet and interrogate a dethroned diva, a cunning impresario and a photographer who witnessed the mysterious disappearance. Search the abandoned dungeon beneath the theater and help doomed ghosts find eternal rest so that this loving couple can be reunited!"
Mystery of the Opera requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later. Go to www.g5e.com for more info.
Pocket Mariner launches Mac version of SeaNav charting app
Pocket Mariner has launched a Mac OS X version of its SeaNav charting app. It allows Mac users to explore, plan, and navigate their trips in real time.
SeaNav shows ship positions via Pocket Mariner's Internet AIS feed. Sailors using SeaNav on their Macs will enjoy plotting their courses using full color high-resolution graphics of the latest NOAA ENC Digital Vector Marine charts covering the USA, including the Great Lakes.
SeaNav is available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Go to http://www.pocketmariner.com for more info.