NI releases Komplete Kontrol S-series keyboards
Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of Komplete and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.
The S-Series keyboards and accompanying Komplete Kontrol software unite all Komplete Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. Komplete Kontrol S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments’ acclaimed Komplete Instruments and Effects suites, including six brand-new instruments, as well as several new additions.
The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, Komplete 10, and Komplete 10 Ultimate are available now in stores and at the NI Online Shop with prices ranging from US$499 to $999.
QuartzCode is new code generator for Mac OS X
Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), a code generator tool for Mac OS X.
It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.
It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$79.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99)
ChronoAgent ready for Yosemite
Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.7, which is read for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
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 on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad.
ChronoAgent for Mac runs on...
Candy Apple for Mac OS X sweetened to version 1.4
28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.
Version 1.4's new features include adding support for finer width strokes; keyboard shortcuts for Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size and Zoom to Fit; and quicker text creation. The upgrade also fixes a saved state bug that shows a saved file as unsaved.
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time, 50% discount of US$29.99.
CS Odessa announces iPhone user iInterface Solution for...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new graphical user interface solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The new User Interface Solution provides a toolset for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. The new solution provides graphical user interface elements, ui patterns, and Apps icons that simplify user interface mockup for iOS applications.
The User Interface Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Version 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Output Factory for InDesign gets maintenance upgrade
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.510, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version improves handling of variable file names as well as web resources folders created during HTML export.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95.
PDFKey Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0
Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.0 (http://pdfkey.com) for OS X and Windows.
PDFKey Pro is a utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies. Users may protect with either (or both), a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions and more.
PDFKey Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher It costs $24.99. A demo is available for download.
VisionTek introduces USB charging hubs for Macs, PCs, iOS devices
VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced its new line of high power USB charging hubs that enable charging up to seven Apple iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows tablets, and other USB chargeable mobile devices.
The US$19.99 VisionTek High Power USB Four Port Charging Hub features a built-in power adapter and eliminates the “wall wart” common with electronic devices. The $4999 VisionTek High Power USB Seven Port Charging Hub is designed for “road warriors” and traveling families for when power outlets are limited. It offers four 1 amp ports for charging media players and smartphones and three 2.4 amp ports for computers and smartphones that require higher amperage power charging.
The $54.99 VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub (pictured) adds four USB 3.0 ports with 5Gb/s (600MB/s) SuperSpeed data transfer connectivity and 900mA bus power to Macs and PCs with limited USB ports. You an use it to charge/power and/or transfer data with digital cameras,...
Belkin announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD
Belkin (www.belkin.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a docking solution for both Mac and PC computers.
Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. It sports eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2.
The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional (five total) Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. You can display a picture through either the HDMI or Thunderbolt 2 port at a resolution of up to 4K. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock.
It also offers Thunderbolt 2 data transfer speeds of...
iMazing is new iPhone manager Mac, PC
DigiDNA Sarl has released iMazing (http://imazing.com), iPhone management software for Mac and PC systems. Replacing DiskAid, it's compatible with the new iPhone 6 line and iOS 8.
The app adds iOS music transfer both ways and allows users to recover data. iMazing sports a clone feature designed to simplify the upgrade process to a new iPhone. In a couple of clicks all data, apps, contents and settings are transferred to any iOS device. As data is only being transferred locally, the data contained in backup remains on your computer.
iMazing adds iOS music transfer both ways. You can add music tracks to any iPhone by dragging the files to iMazing. iMazing also allows music tracks copy from any iOS device to any computer. It costs US$29.99 for a single-user license.
MacWise is ready for OS X Yosemite
Carnation Software has released MacWise version 14.2.5, an update to its terminal emulation software for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
MacWise (www.macwise.com) allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The app emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals.
MacWise works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$95 per user. Upgrades to version 14 from previous versions are $59 per user.
Apple posts OS X bash Update 1.0
Apple has released OS X bash Update 1.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks.
This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. For more information on the security content of this update, go tohttp://bit.ly/1vqWdf7 .
The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.
Performance Probe for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Software and Computer System Company (http://www.scsc-online.com) has released Performance Probe 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the operating system tool that allows a user to monitor the current effective loading of their systems. Version 2.0 includes a new heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, and provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers.
There are three indicators on Performance Probe that correspond to I/O, memory, and CPU effectiveness. The displays show, for all practical purposes, the effective computing power that a user may have at a given instant.
The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is US$14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for registered users.
Viking Saga: New World released for the Mac
Realore (http://realore.com) has released the second installment of its resource-management series Viking Saga on the Mac.
Viking Saga: New World follows up the events that took place in the first game. Prosperous kingdom of Viking King Ingolf is in grave danger because of the horrible plague. The game features a variety of level goals and several mini-games to freshen-up the resource-management aspect of the game.
Viking Saga: New World requires Mac OS X OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2
Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, an update designed to fix glitches with iOS 8.0.1. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.2:
° Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
° Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.
° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.
° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.
° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages.
° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for & Purchases.
° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups.
° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari
You can download the update from the Software Update section of the iOS 8 Settings...
Remotix for Mac OS X ready for the upcoming Yosemite release
Nulana LTD has released Remotix 3.0, an update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X. The upgrade features a new interface optimized for OS X Yosemite and Remotix Cloud technology to access computers from anywhere with zero configuration.
Remotix with support for both VNC and RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. Nearby Macs and PCs can be found with network scanners and automatic Bonjour server discovery. Remotix keeps the clipboard in sync across computers.
Remotix 3.0 for Mac costs US$39.99 and is available for purchase on the Mac App Store and Nulana's website (www.nulana.com). The update is free for current users.
Chronos updates PrintLife for Mac OS X to version 2
Chronos has updated PrintLife, a tool for managing print projects on a Mac, to version 2.
It adds: the ability to create a different design for each label on a page; the ability to create multiple pages of different labels; the ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages, 10 new types of labels, 79 templates for new label types; support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; and much more.
PrintLife has a project for just about every occasion including greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, and contact lists. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
PrintLife 2 costs US$49.99 and is available directly from Chronos (www.chronosnet.com). A family pack is also available...
Aquafadas has announced a new HTML5 web reader format
Aquafadas is now offering publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash. The newest version complements the previous Flash WebReader.
An HTML5 WebReader targets users on other platforms such as Windows PCs and mobile devices, Mac desktop systems and any other device with a web browser. HTML5 makes the content SEO- friendly and easy to optimize for search engines like Google and Bing, according to the folks at Aquafadas.
Publishers can export their publication as a WebReader using an Adobe InDesign plugin and embed it on a website. Publications can be exported to every platform in multiple formats, including ePUB files for eReaders, AVE files for creating native tablet and smartphone apps and now, HTML5 WebReader for browsers.
Go to the Aquafadas website (www.aquafadas.com) for more info.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to the Mac
TransGaming Inc. in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, has announced that METAL GEAR will make its debut on the Mac platform, as METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is now available for Mac.
Here's how the game is described: "METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, originally developed by Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, expands the METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory with its frenetic action experience. The game seamlessly melds pure action and cinematic storytelling that surrounds Raiden, a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja, who uses his high-frequency katana blade to cut through anything that stands in his vengeful path."
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is now available on the Mac App Store at a retail price of US$29.99. As a promotional launch special offer, gamers will receive a $5 discount available for five days only, expiring on Sept. 30. The game is also available on Steam.
Better Finder Rename 9.40 overhauls MP3/AAC/FLAC renaming...
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 9.40, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to compose their own music renaming conventions by dragging and dropping tokens from the tag library.
A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. The product is also available on the Mac App Store under the name "Better Rename 9."
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 -- but beware
Apple has released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, which was released last week. However, you need to be careful if you upgrade.
The upgrade fixes an issue with HealthKit that prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the Apple App Store. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.1 also:
° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode;
° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library;
° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus;
° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages;
° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases;
° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups;
° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari.
You can download the update from the Software Update section of the...
4talk increases shared file size limits up to 1GB
4talk (http://bit.ly/1tYXYjo), a cloud communication platform that enables users to interact and share files while syncing them between devices, has increased shared file size limits up to 1GB.
The improvement is currently available on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. However, the folks at 4talk say they're working on support for mobile platforms.
"There are tons of file sharing services and by all means you can share files in messengers, but there are so many problems," says 4talk CEO Sergey Kravtsov. "You have file size limits or you cannot send some kind of files. Plus, if you send it with some service, you cannot get your file on other platforms and devices. We have thrown all these limits out of the window; our users have the right to send big files and have them stored in the cloud."
ChronoSync Express released on the Mac App Store
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has introduced ChronoSync Express 1.0, the Mac App Store version of ChronoSync, the synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It costs US$29.99 and is available in the Utilities category.
ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. You can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, and even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. You can even sync to iPhones or iPads using the combination of ChronoSync Express and InterConneX.
ChronoSync Express is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, so you can gain full access to all files and folders stored on remote computers. You can backup your data to a ChronoAgent equipped server or configure ChronoSync Express to function as its own backup server, pulling data from remote computers via standard file sharing or ChronoAgent.
10 new fonts added to free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...
Ten new have been added to the free Halloween Fonts Collection from MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com). This brings the total number of fonts to 30.
All are in OpenType font format with a commercial use license. International character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many of them.
Halloween Fonts 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The collection is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
CS Odessa announces five new solutions for ConceptDraw Pro
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced five additional new professional solutions for ConceptDraw Pro. They're available in in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The new and updated solutions are:
° Network Layout Floor Plans (new) – samples, templates, and libraries for visualization of networks that allow you to create network layout floor plans, network communication plans, network topologies, and network topology maps.
° Rack Diagrams (new) – used to create drawings of rack diagrams and server rack diagrams layouts.
° Telecommunication Network Diagrams (new) – solution to illustrate computer systems networking and telecommunications diagrams for telecommunication illustration tasks; computer and telecommunications networks, call centers, GPRS networks, GPS navigation systems operation, mobile, satellite and hybrid communication networks, mobile TV networks, and wireless broadband networks.
° Vehicular Networking (update) - used to design vehicular networks diagrams and schemas...
Kool Tools: NuMac Blu-Ray disc burner for the Mac Pro
NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.
It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.
Built with a durable and sleek aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, The NMBDR6x is designed to sit directly beneath the 2013 Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space. With both power and data being transferred via the single USB cable, there is no need for another clunky power adapter or extra cables at your workstation.
The NMBDR6x features Quad Layer burning support for Blu-Ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity when using a quad-layer Blu-Ray Disk. The NMBDR6x can burn single and double layer...
Typinator for Mac OS X adds new built-in functions
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade adds new built-in functions (Count, List, Any, Index).
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.
HUE Stick is new iOS compatible portable battery
JunoPower has announced the HUE Stick portable battery. It packs 2600 mAh of power in an aluminum casing that weighs six ounces.
The HUE Stick can fully charge a completely dead 5 Volt device (including smart phones, tablets, GPS, camera and more) in two to three hours, according to the folks at JunoPower. It's integrated LED-indicator lets users know exactly how much juice in the left in the power bank and when it's time to recharge. The battery’s built-in LED flashlight can be activated with a single touch and protects users from getting lost in the dark.
The HUE Stick purportedly provides an additional 10 hours of talk time for the iPhone and six hours for the Samsung Galaxy. It's available on JunoPower.com and Amazon.com for US$21.99.
IP Camera Cloud for the Mac is released
DComplex (www.dcomplex.com) has released IP Camera Cloud for Mac. It's video surveillance software for home or small office.
The product lets you record video from up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on the Mac — or optionally copy the video to the cloud and store it there for 30 days. DComplex's remote access apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac connect to the video recording Mac automatically, without the need to setup port forwarding or manually opening ports. The apps let you instantly respond to motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video effortlessly.
IP Camera Cloud requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A seven-day demo is available for download. Pricing depends on the number of cameras being used and is based on monthly subscription pricing with no upfront costs. The price for each camera is US$3 per month. Optional 30-days video storage in DComplex's cloud servers is an additional $7 per camera per month. The companion iPhone/iPad app is free.
VisionTek launches Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card
VisionTek (www.visiontek.com) has launched the US$32.99 Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card. It offers plug and play operation with Macs running OS X 10.8.2 and later.
According to the folks at VisionTek, it can deliver benchmark test-confirmed 356MB/s Read and 338MB/s Write data transfers. It can also be used to power USB devices or charge them without needing an AC adapter. Each port provides 900mA of power.
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets Vimeo support, more
Karelia Software (www.karelia.com) has updated Sandvox, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.9. The upgrade introduces a new Vimeo object that makes it super easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. Now, for the first time, website creators using Sandvox can simply choose the Vimeo object to embed Vimeo content on a website.
Sandvox 2.9 also improves publishing performance, and now includes direct support for SSL security for FTP and WebDAV. The specific publishing connection protocols supported by the revamped, faster publishing engine include FTP with Implicit SSL, FTP with TLS/SSL, and WebDAV with HTTPS. Finally, new support for LetsMove, a technology acquired with Potion Factory, makes it even easier to install the app.
Sandvox 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$79.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is also available from The Karelia Store (https://secure.karelia.com/buy_now/).
The Sandvox 2...
Cisdem launches Mac PDF management solution
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has introduced PDFManagerUltimate for Mac, giving Mac users the ability to read, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, split, compress, and sign PDF files.
With it you can read, organize, edit, convert, annotate,protect, merge, split, compress, sign and extract images or text from PDF files. The product uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDFs into searchable PDF files.
PDFManagerUltimate also enables users to add text, images, and signatures into PDF files; markup, annotate PDF files easily while reading; edit fillable forms; What's more, it can help merge, split and compress PDF files.
PDFManagerUltimate is available now through the Cisdem website. A demo is available for download. A single user license of PDFManagerUltimate is available forUS $69.99. A two-Mac license costs $89.99, while a license for five Macs costs $129.99.
GRID 2 Reloaded Edition drives onto the Mac Sept. 25
Feral Interactive says the racing game GRID 2 Reloaded Edition will be unleashed on the Mac Sept. 25. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's the successor to GRID.
When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store. A Steam account is required to access online multiplayer features.
Here's how the game is described: "GRID 2 Reloaded Edition features ‘World Series Racing’, a disruptive new racing league with big ambitions. Players are challenged to become WSR’s star driver and build it into a top motorsport by facing off against rivals in a selection of electrifying competitions. Nerve-jangling duels on mountain roads, drift events through the city streets of Paris, Miami and Hong Kong and high-speed races on renowned GP circuits are all part of the competition.
"GRID 2 Reloaded...
CompuTech updates its BusinessMan CRM/ERP software
Computech, a FileMaker Platinum partner, has released the latest version of BusinessMan CRM/ERP software. Among other enhancements itSynergize.
The 64-bit plugin allows access from any web browser and alleviates the need for the FileMaker Web API [application programming interface. Performance tests indicate a speed improvement of 2.5 times over the FileMaker Web API, accordingto the folks at Computech.
For more information or to download a free trial, go here (http://www.businessmancrm.com/).
AOC releases new 24-inch gaming monitor
AOC (us.aoc.com) has announced the US$449 AOC 24-inch Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA G-Sync technology and designed for competitive gamers.
G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the computer’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag, according to the folks at AOC. The AOC G2460PG display boasts 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images, 1000:1 contrast ratios, NVIDIA 3D Vision ready technology and AOC DialPoint Custom Crosshair function with six custom crosshair settings for lethal speed and deadly precision.
It packs an integrated DisplayPort connector and five USB hubs. The ergonomic stand allows you to adjust the height, tilt and swivel, as well as pivot into portrait mode.
Centrify further extends Apple device management to the Cloud
Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments — has launched Centrify for Mac 2014.1, a core component of the Centrify User Suite.
With this new release Centrify says it's easing the burden for Mac administrators by giving them additional cloud-based management options while also enhancing its on-premises Active Directory support for the Mac platform. In addition, Centrify has enhanced its mobile device management capabilities to include support for iOS 8.
Centrify says it's working on integrating with Apple's Touch ID system to ensure the right users have unfettered access to the applications and data they need. In addition, Centrify is leveraging iOS 8 extensions to incorporate a login flow for users accessing company resources via Safari.
First weekend iPhone sales top 10 million
Apple says it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on Sept. 19.
The new smartphones are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on Sept. 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."
Akvis AirBrush update for Mac OS X adds new Share option
Akvis has released Akvis AirBrush 2.5, available as a standalone program and as a plug-in for graphics editors. Available for Mac OS X and Windows, the software turns photos into airbrush paintings.
Version 2.5 adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to the social networks and services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, and Dropbox. It also enlarged the maximum size of the Quick Preview area which helps to adjust the parameters of the effect. Plus, AirBrush 2.5 adds: the possibility to reverse background and paint colors and a new interface theme.
The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC. Registered users of AirBrush can upgrade to version 2.5 for free. A full-featured free evaluation download of Akvis AirBrush is available at the product page (http://tinyurl.com/mffy3ek).
The software sells for US$49 for the Home version (either plug-in or standalone, all features except color changing), $69 for the Home Deluxe version (...
Macgo iPhone Cleaner ready for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite
Macgo International (http://www.macblurayplayer.com/) has announced the latest version of Macgo iPhone Cleaner for Mac. The upgrade is compatible with iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.
Macgo iPhone Cleaner was designed to scan and clean virtually every kind of junk files on your iOS device. was designed to scan and clean almost any kind of junk files on your iOS devices. It digs out all the useless files like temp, cache, cookie, off-line, corrupt and forgotten files, and other kinds of junk files.
Macgo is offering a special iPhone Cleaner discount for a limited time. You can buy it at US$19.99 (50% off) for a limited time.
ET Smart Practice is new ear training practice app for the Mac
Adium Software has unveiled ET Smart Practice, a Mac-based aural practice tool for music students and musicians of all ages. It costs US$24.99, requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ktqbgf5).
It consists of 20 practice areas covering a variety of rhythm, melody, and harmony skills. At the heart of ET Smart Practice is the Intelligent Practice Engine, which tracks users' progress, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and automatically personalizes each practice session.
For example, a user having trouble recognizing certain intervals or chords, need only add "Interval Recognition" and "Chord Recognition" to the practice session. ET Smart Practice takes it from there, selecting questions that focus on these particular interval and chords, until they are no longer problematic.
CryptoEdit For Mac OS X Revved To Version 2.0
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved CrytoEdit, a Mac OS X app for creating/editing "encrypted by default" documents, to version 2.0.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
CryptoEdit can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) formats. It saves documents on disk always as encrypted and is designed as a solution for managing reserved documents with formatted text and images.
CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$3.99. It's available at the Mac App Store or directly from Tension Software.
Logoist for Mac OS X gets group management feature, more
Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has updated Logoist, its vector drawing app, to version 2.0. The upgrade comes with a layer group management feature, Boolean operations, a vector export feature, a preset assistant, new filters, new presets and more.
Logoist 2 is designed for both home and professional users. Its interface provides access to features ranging from combined pixel and vector-based effects to group management tools, including arbitrary Boolean operations.
Logoist 2 costs US$14.99 and requires a Mac with OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later. It's compatible with the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Punch-BD is new Mac compatible bass drum virtual instrument
Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer, Rob Papen Soundware, has released Punch-BD, a bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It's based around the BD module of the company's Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument and is designed to enable users to create the "biggest-sounding bass drums around."
Punch-BD lets you stack up to six bass drums. Its six sequentially-numbered BD pads can be divided across an external controller keyboard for performance purposes — in 6 Notes PLAY MODE (with the six "notes" repeated over the whole keyboard range) — or "simply" stacked — in Stack or Tuned Stack PLAY MODE (which follows the pitch of the keyboard) — to creatively construct bass drum sounds suited to any style of contemporary music production.
Punch-BD packs four FX processors 31 y FX types with several routing options. It can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide for $59 directly from...
HoudahGeo is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 4. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
HoudahGeo costs US$29 for a single-user license for new users. Version 4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
IK Multimedia's T-RackS Custom Shop now features three...
IK Multimedia has added the EQ P50A, EQ P50B and EQ P60G to the T-RackS Custom Shop lineup (www.t-racks.com). With them in the mix, the Custom Shop now features over 30 virtual emulations of some of mixing and mastering gear.
The new additions come as a part of the latest version of T-RackS Custom Shop. They're virtual representations that let you take control of three classic modular EQs originally designed for custom mixing consoles that helped to define the bold "American Sound" of the late-'60s and '70s, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. With them, T-RackS Custom Shop continues to expand, offering producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to some of the most desirable compressors, EQs, limiters and effects of all time.
The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app. Once installed, it lets you browse, audition, and purchase from a collection of IK's high-quality processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering. Each model can be tested for free...
MyScript Stack, MyScript Stylus bring handwriting input method...
MyScript, which specializes in handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, has announced two input panel applications that offer user-friendly alternatives to keyboard entry. Both applications run on any iOS 8 device, regardless of size.
The core technology featured in the apps is also available to developers who want to create note-taking applications, education applications, games and more. The first application available is MyScript Stack, which allows superimposed input (also known as overwriting) in a single character interface. The input panel allows users to continuously write characters on top of each other.
Users can input phone numbers, look up names in address books, compose tweets, and write chat or SMS messages with their fingertips. The handwritten input is instantly recognized and converted to digital text.
The second application is MyScript Stylus, which provides a text entry in natural writing mode, cursive and handprint using a stylus or the user...
Pyle Audio introduces the Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor
Pyle Audio (www.PyleAudio.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). This blood pressure monitor and integrated app are designed to provide the most critical data points including pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures.
Utilizing Bluetooth Smart technology, the blood pressure monitor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device and syncs with the free Pyle Health app to create user profiles, chart progress and automatically save users' records. Data can be shared online via Facebook and Twitter or kept password-protected for private tracking.
The Pyle Health app is compatible with iOS 5, Android 4.3 and later devices. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows critical data information of the current user profile selected.
NewerTech announces Wireless Aluminum Keypad
NewerTech has released the Wireless Aluminum Keypad (http://www.newertech.com/keypad/). It's designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards.
The Wireless Aluminum Keypad pairs with your Mac via Bluetooth and reconnects automatically when the computer or device is awakened or restarted. It's designed for finance professionals, including accountants and analysts, as well as students, teachers, administrators, programmers, and more.
You can use this keypad with popular apps, such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Final Cut Pro to be more efficient by taking advantage of shortcuts that are not as easily accessible when using the Apple wireless keyboard alone, according to Larry O’Connor, CEO, NewerTech. The NewerTech Keypad also works as a stand-alone or with a variety of other keyboards.
The NewerTech Keypad with white keys is available for immediate purchase for USS$49. A version with black keys, as well as international versions with illustrative black, or white keys, will be...
Mac OS X updated to version 10.9.5
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.5. The company says it improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:
° Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication;
° Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server;
° Includes Safari 7.0.6.
Apple says that, for enterprise content, this update:
° Fixes an issue with group membership in large network groups, that also might prevent administrators from performing some administrative tasks successfully.
° Allows for faster authentication when roaming on 802.1x networks which use EAP-TLS.
Mac OS X 10.9.5 is available at the Mac App Store or via the Software Updates component of the Systems Preferences app.
Swaive announces 'intelligent' Bluetooth thermometer
Swaive Corp. has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. It communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit.
All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends. The Swaive Thermometer automatically connects to iPhones and iPads using Bluetooth to track and monitor an individual's temperature reading in their unique profile. Temperature readings are automatically displayed and logged using the free Swaive Thermometer app to time stamp each temperature reading and chart trends against the normal temperature range for each user's age.
A digital display on the thermometer gives an immediate reading for the user, in addition to relaying the information to the app. The device is accurate to within 0.01C, when used properly. Information...