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.
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.
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-...
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.
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...
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.
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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.
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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.
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.
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,...
Amped Wireless unveils new Wi-Fi range extenders
Amped Wireless (www.ampedwireless.com) has launched two new range extenders that are reportedly the first to provide up to 12,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage and up to 1750Mbps of combined Wi-Fi speed.
The REA20v2 and the RE1750A are high power range extenders designed for large homes and offices with multiple users and a need for more Wi-Fi coverage. The REA20v2 is an update to the originalREA20 range extender with more output power, new and improved components and better technology for improved signal reliability and more overall coverage, according to Lacey Limbrick, brand/marketing manager at Amped Wireless.
A high power AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender with dual band capabilities, the REA20v2 features eight high power amplifiers, two high gain dual band antennas for up to 800mW of total Wi-Fi output power. The REA20v2 can be directly connected to up to five devices via the built in gigabit wired ports. It also features one USB 2.0 storage port for file sharing.
For the most...
MegaSeg optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite
Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg (www.megaseg.com/), the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.9.4. The upgrade boasts over 60 improvements, including OS X Yosemite optimizations, new Denon controller presets, and an updated sound engine with superior quality pitch-lock and seamless looping.
MegaSeg Pro provides features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category searching, track logging, integrated iTunes playlists and protected audio playback.
MegaSeg 5.9.4 DJ and Pro editions are available from MegaSeg.com for US$99 and $199...
Subtitle Studio for Mac OS X adds full chapter markers
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update of its subtitle adding app for Mac OS X.
To use Subtitle Studio, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
Version 1.1 adds a full chapter mark solution and Tap2Sync. To use Tap2Sync, you enter the Tap2Sync mode from the menu. The movie autoplays and presents you the first subtitle. When you hear it, tap space and the subtitle is fixed to this location after being reduced to a preset reaction time. Tap2Sync auto selects the next subtitle and even adjusts all future subtitles, so there's no over lapping. All you need to do is listen and tap space.
Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.
Subtitle Studio 11 is available for US$14.99 in the Mac App Store in the Video...
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 23
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ultralab has announced Iceberg Tower. In the free game, players must build a high column by carefully placing sliding ice blocks. In order to get points in Iceberg Tower, one needs to accurately stack ice blocks upon each other in a way that the edges of a new block match the edges of the previous one.
MehtaiPhoneApps has released G-Zone. In the free game, your goal is to control a moon to avoid asteroids and stay alive for as long as you can. Tap and adjust the orbit of a moon to control it and dodge asteroids that are flying across the screen.
Eilean Design has introduced Tic Tacular. It's a free puzzle/strategy game. At the end of each turn a mark disappears. After the marks have finished counting down, the piece disappears allowing a new piece to be placed on that space. You can play against the computer or play against your friend.
ViPrak Web Solutions has unveiled Christmas...
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FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2
Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more.
FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 adds a File Versus Folder" option to the Conflict panel (Tab E). You can now set how FS should behave in case of replacing a whole folder by a most recent file with the same filename.
You can set "Replace the folder" (default) or "Skip," and "Ask the user for what to do at running time." Previous versions of FS always skipped and left the folder untouched. Softobe introduced this option since the new operating systems...
WALTR lets you upload Mac videos, audios to iOS devices
Softorino has released WALTR, a Mac OS X app that uploads any video or audio format from your Mac onto an iPhone or iPad.
The app lets you import and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos, or any audio format, on your iDevice without having to convert the files first. Launch WALTR, connect your device, drag a movie or audio onto it, and the app automatically starts uploading into your iPad or iPhone. You can then access the files from your native iOS Music and Videos apps.
WALTR requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and any device with iOS 5 and above. You can download (http://www.softorino.com/waltr) a free, 14-day demo. A lifetime single user license is normally US$29.95, but WALTR is available for $14.95 for seven days.
RPX Corp. purchases Rockstar patents
RPX Corp. (www.rpxcorp.com) says its subsidiary, RPX Clearinghouse LLC, has executed an agreement to purchase the patent assets controlled by Rockstar Consortium LLC. Rockstar is the entity formed in 2011 by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase approximately 6,000 patent assets from the Nortel bankruptcy estate.
Approximately 2,000 of these patent assets were previously distributed to various Rockstar owners and aren't part of this transaction. RPX Clearinghouse will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, including Cisco and Google.
Upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, syndicate participants will receive non-exclusive licenses to the Rockstar patents, and RPX Clearinghouse will make the patents available for license to all other interested companies under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
"We are pleased to act as a clearinghouse and underwrite an agreement between...
XILS-lab launches plug-in inspired by EMS flagship
XILS-lab has announced the XILS Vocoder 5000, which was inspired by the company's EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware (partial) namesake. It's a vocoder plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8).
A vocoder is an analysis and synthesis system used to reproduce human speech. XILS-labs says its software-based vocoder virtually emulates the filtering techniques and circuitry of its analogue predecessor to achieve the same organic sound, precision, and clarity. Just like the EMS Vocoder 5000 before it, XILS Vocoder 5000 can be made to "speak" clearly in English and German.
XILS Vocoder 5000 is available to purchase and download directly from XILS-lab (www.xils-lab.com) as an eLicenser or iLok copy-protected virtual instrument and effects plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$121 until Jan. 17. After this, the cost will be $182.
AppleXsoft File Recovery for Mac now supports e-mail recovery
AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (22.214.171.124) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds e-mail recovery and more.
Users can now scan and recover deleted or lost emails. AppleXsoft File Recovery supports such e-mail clients as Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Mozilla, Becky, and Eudora.
File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others.
AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 126.96.36.199 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$99.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 22
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Silen Games has announced Slice Ballz. It's a free slicing game with three game modes.
Zen is a new, US$1.99 minimalistic puzzle game about cubes and numbers. In the game, you swipe right, left, up or down to rotate the cube.
Bob Schlund Studios has released Quizzly for the iPad. The app — available in free and $2.99 versions — offers you the ability to create special quizzes with personalized questions to send as a present to friends and family.
mTouchLabs has introduced Quick Backup Contacts. The $3.99 utility lets you backup and restore your contacts all from your iOS device without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.
Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update
Apple has released security updates for the NTP (network time protocol) service on the the Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite versions of Mac OS X. It's available via the Mac App Store.
According to Apple, "This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."
Prep for iMovie teaches iMovie editing on iOS devices
Motion Graphics has introduced Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app is designed to help you learn how to use Apple's iMovie on iOS devices.
Prep for iMovie sports 23 minutes of video lessons. The videos contain subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese. Prep for iMovie's Window View and text are localized in a total of eight languages. Subtitle selection can be made from the standard QuickTime player controls.
Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photo & Video category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ngmjbay for more info.
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite
Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and
PhotoWatermark is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. A single license costs US$19.99; a license for five Macs is $39.99.
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240.
ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners; improved OCR recognition; and other improvements.
ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$98 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $123 online, Apple's Mac App Store and several distributors and resellers world-wide. Upgrades to the Pro version are available for $61, and from previous versions for $86.
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive.
SCSC says there's no price change in their product line, with the cost of Scannerz with FSE-Lite being US$39.95 and Scannerz with FSE being $49.95. Scannerz-Lite is now selling for...
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software
Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week.
Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video.
With Video Fractal, you can export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution.
Video Fractal 1.0 costs $11.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video.
JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive.
Reliance Games has introduced Ultimate Robot Fighting. It's a free, single-player action game with 3v3-style gladiatorial brawling among robots.
Taprrific has unveiled UponPixels. The $0.99 device allows anyone to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public.
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create live...
Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer.
Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways.
However, with a last major update in 2009, is Quartz Composer in decline? One group is not waiting to find out. The team that developed a set of Kineme plugins and apps for Quartz Composer decided to write their own tool: Vuo 1.0.
Kosada says its goal is to make Vuo useful to all multimedia artists, producers, and media-making non-programmers who want to create mixed, interactive media. To that end, they have worked extensively on user documentation, tutorial videos, and example compositions to make learning it easy. They say they've...
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth
Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond)
"RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise," says Rob Papen. "We have two oscillators and a filter, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a waveshaper and dedicated distortion module with several types of distortion, as well as a low FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own waveshaper, distortion, and low FI."
In addition to the X/Y fields found in the OSC 1...
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans
iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.
With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.
The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).
Free fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from SuperSync
SuperSync has announced a freely available download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite.
The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.
The SuperSync fix for Minecraft on Yosemite is a DMG file that users can open and install. Gamers can drag the Minecraft application to their Applications directory, and begin playing Minecraft on Yosemite within a matter of minutes.
You can download the SuperSync Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite at http://supersync.com/minecraft.php .
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter revved to version 2
Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com) has announced Stellar PST to MBOX Converter 2 for the Mac. The utility helps you move your emails, contacts and calendar entries from Windows to Mac OS X.
It converts Outlook PST files to Apple Mail files. Stellar PST to MBOX Converter v2 safely converts all emails, including attachments without making any changes to the folder organization. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter saves the converted Outlook PST file in MBOX format for Apple Mail. It supports conversion of mailboxes from MS Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter costs US$29 for a lifetime license. A demo is available for download.
Piezo releases Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 for OS X
Piezo has introduced Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0, an update of its utility application for Mac OS X. It's designed to record your Skype conversations in automatic and manual modes.
Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype-to-Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. All you have to do is install the application and provide it with access to the Skype client.
Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype to Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. When working in automatic mode it doesn't require any actions from users while still allowing them to start and cancel recordings manually. The application records calls with contacts or group of contacts to different files.
Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac adds Epson direct to disk...
iWinSoft (www.iwinsoft.com) has announced CD Label Maker version 2.0.2, an update to its CD label software for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as Epson direct to disk printing functionality, custom you own label formats, image effects and filters, and so on. It's a free update to all customers.
iWinSoft CD Label Maker allows people create their very own CD and DVD labels. The new version offers direct CD/DVD printing capabilities are compatible with many different brands of inkjet printable CDs/DVDs. The software also offers image effects such as image mask and opacity level.
iWinSoft CD Label Maker is on sale at a reduced price of US$19.95) on the iWinSoft website until Wednesday, Dec. 31. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer.
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Riada has announced Glooze. The game — free but offering in-app purchases — requires skill in memory, visual recognition and strategy. Dynamic shapes are generated completely algorithmically from random seeds from the seven included themes. Players swipe matching shapes together to form new higher level shapes.
Tequila Games has introduced Earthcore: Shattered Elements, its free-to-play Card Crafting Game exclusively on the Canadian App Store. Card Crafting enables players to construct decks as well as experience a new kind of strategic gameplay. Gamers can fuse cards together in order to create new cards.
Shelly Data Doodles has released Pyramid Pathways for the iPad. It's a $1.99, Egyptian-themed strategy board game.
ShEk Tech has launched 100 Doors Brain Teasers 2. It's a free escape puzzle game in which the player has to use logic and puzzle solving skills to open a series of...
Algoriddim unveils djay Pro for Mac
Algoriddim has released djay Pro, the first professional version of its djay for the desktop.
djay Pro boasts Spotify integration, giving DJs access to over 20 million tracks instantly. The all-new music library in djay Pro enables DJs to combine their Spotify tracks from the cloud along with their local iTunes tracks into a single library.
The new music library adds features to help DJs work more efficiently, including persistent history and queue, inline search, instant preview, an innovative song recommendation engine powered by The Echo Nest, and track sorting features. djay Pro works on any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.
It's available on the Mac App Store for a time-limited, introductory price of US$49.99 (instead of its regular price of $79.99). Go to http://tinyurl.com/ny9hzp9 for more info.
Dejal revs the Simon server monitoring tool to version 4.0
Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has announced Simon 4.0, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.
Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.
Dejal Simon 4.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$99; a demo is available for download. This is a paid upgrade for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades available for $49.
Cisdem releases AppCrypt for Mac OS X
Cisdem, an innovative Mac applications developer, has announced the recent release of AppCrypt for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps.
It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. According to Brandon Hancock, manager of the AppCrypt project for Cisdem, key features include:
° Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage;
° Keep tracks of failed attempts to access the protected apps;
° Capture a snapshot of the intruder with the front-facing camera;
° Create a custom hot key to reveal the AppCrypt window;
° Does not modify any system or application files;
° Works as a background process and does not uses any CPU load while idle;
° Fully supports Mac OS X Yosemite.
AppCrypt is available now through the Cisdem website. A single...
Total War: Shogun 2 ready for the Mac
Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai is now available for the Mac.
Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, it's the standalone expansion pack for Total War: SHOGUN 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year. The game is available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "It is 1864 and Japan is under intense western pressure to open itself to foreign trade, heightening tensions between the isolationist Imperial forces and those loyal to the more outward-looking shogunate. Players will choose a side and deploy their mastery of real-time battle tactics and turn-based campaign strategy as all around them Japan hurtles into the modern age, a time of urgent political reform, dramatic social changes and rapid industrialization."
A premium version of the game containing all additional content...
SceneTool for OS X lets you turn 3D scenes to Swift/Objective C...
Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced SceneTool 1.0 (http://bijokmind.com/scenetool/), his new code generator tool for Mac OS X.
SceneTool turns simple 3D scenes into Swift or Objective C code, allowing developers to export code that can be used for iOS or OS X Xcode projects. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Both image and color can be set as a material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.
Using SceneTool, users can create basic 3D scenes by using predefined object and export code to be used in OS X or iOS project. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Using SceneTool, both image and color can be set as material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.
SceneTool requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the...
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets a Yosemite-ish interface
Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a Mac OS X Yosemite-style interface; a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new "view by duplicate" group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 2 for OS X
Ohanaware has released a new version of their photo sharing application, Fun Card Studio. Fun Card Studio was designed to be a simple to use application, that can be used to combine photos with effects and text to create meme styled Post Cards.
Version 2 is a reboot of Fun Card Studio. This new version has been completely re-written from scratch, creating a brand new application with a modern interface and feature set to fit with Mac OS X Yosemite's look and feel.
Fun Card Studio 2 is available from the Ohanaware web site (www.ohanaware.com) for US$4.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Sonnet introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage...
Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface.
The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller . Its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and a range of compatibility. Its also packs a compact design.
The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349. More information on the product is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbygb6v .
Sample Logic releases Cyclone Retwisted
Sample Logic has released, Cyclone Retwisted (http://tinyurl.com/ko2ddak), the next generation of its Cyclone product. It's now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer.
Cyclone Retwisted is designed as a one-stop shop for electronic sounds and a sample synth solution for Kontakt. The virtual instrument contains over 475 new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits.
Cyclone Retwisted also includes the original Cyclone 1.0 in its entirety, as well as the Glow Multi expansion pack, providing a grand total of 850-plus instruments and multis. The interface still includes Sample Logic’s signature Triggers, Wave, and LFOs, and now rises to new heights with several added features such as:
Cyclone Retwisted requires: Kontakt 5 Player (free) or rRetail version (sold separately) 5....