Global Delight releases Mac vrsion of Voila 3.6 for OS X...
Global Delight has released version 3.6 of Voila, its screen capture, recording and annotation tool for teachers and students, small business owners, developers and anyone who wants to make and annotate a screen shot, create a presentation, make a webinar or record any video or live streamed content. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Voila sports a set of editing, annotation and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos and presentations. Version 3.6 adds a revamped Text tool that allows more options for making screenshots better and more detailed.
The software is now localized to support German. Voila 3.6 adds knobs to the Capture and Object tools for easy maneuverability and packs a re-tooled Export panel for videos on Macs running OS X 10.7 and above.
Voila runs on any Intel based Mac with OS X 10.5.8.x or later. A seven day demo is available for download. Version 3.6 is a free upgrade for registered users...
Zevrix File Transfer app now supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.6, a compatibility update to its automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other powerful capabilities. The new version makes Deliver compatible with recently released Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$19.95. A demo is aavailable for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
iBox bundles utility apps into one package
TopLineSoft Systems has released iBox 1.0 for Mac OS X. It combines several apps into one package.
iDisk shows disk space distribution as interactive pie charts with drill-down capabilities to get space distribution chart for any subfolder. The app shows top list of all files/folders for the selected or highlighted chart sector and also provides in-app file/folder deletion function.
iDouble searches for the duplicates. The app shows summary statistics of the total size of found duplicates for each file type (video, audio, etc). The app also provides an in-app Quick Look view for any duplicate item and implements an auto-select function for duplicate detection.
iWiFi searches for WiFi networks and displays the information as a list of found networks, as well as spectrum and signal strength charts. A network table contains information about each found network and allows sorting, hiding, positioning and column width re-sizing for each list column. The app supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz...
AKVIS revs Magnifier for Mac OS X to version 7
AKVIS has released AKVIS Magnifier 7.0, an update of its software for image resizing. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows as a standalone program and as a Photoshop plugin.
Version 7.0 — which runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher — offers native support for 64-bit technology, the Crop tool, the Share feature, compatibility improvements, and other changes. The upgrade is free for registered users. A demo is available for download.
As an automation plugin, Magnifier is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You'll find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu.
The product sells for US$89, downloadable from akvis.com . The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Consult the AKVIS website for more details about license types and versions of the software.
iOS Apple Apps offer a no obligation app design
For a limited time, the development team at iOS Apple Apps are offering a complementary app design for businesses.
To apply for this offer contact iOS Apple Apps (http://www.iosappleapps.com) with your company website. In return you'll see how an iOS Apple App would look and work for your business.
The complementary app design is free. Should you decide to go ahead with the app, iOS Apple Apps apps start as low as 400 GBP — that's a one-off payment with no monthly fees.
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for OS X, iOS
Apple has updated the Mac versions of its iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote —to version 5.0.1, 3.0.1, and 6.0.1, respectively. The company has also updated the iOS versions of the productivity tools.
The upgrades for the Mac versions of the software restore some of the features left out of the recent revamping of the apps. Among them are the ability to customize your toolbar. Also, the Keynote update restores some missing transitions and other effects. The updates are available at the Mac App Store.
The iOS versions of, Pages and Numbers received bug fixes. The upgrades are available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store.
Easy Markdown optimized for OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Easy Markdown, an app that lets you create web pages without coding, to version 1.2. The new version is optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Text written in Markdown is a plain text, which looks correctly to humans as text and automatically translates in a correctly web pages coded in HTML, according to the folks at Tension Software. Using the markdown rules the user "can create nice formatted text and automatically have good looking web pages," they add.
Easy Markdown requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$5.99 at the Mac App Store.
HeartMath adds Gamification, Lightning iOS sensor
HeartMath has announced the Inner Balance lightning sensor for iOS, as well as HeartCloud, a free online platform with gamification features that allows users to sync devices and stress management data in one location.
Both new technologies are compatible and work with the Inner Balance (http://bit.ly/11HKbzl). The Inner Balance trainer (IBT) provides a digital solution to identify levels of stress and provide a path on how to quickly an effectively negate it. Utilizing the ear sensor and iOS app, IBT visually guides the user on how to sync breathing with heart rhythms, quickly achieving coherence and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
HeartCloud (www.HeartCloud.com) can be directly accessed through Inner Balance and other HeartMath products. Charts show session results, daily and average coherence, and achievement scores over time. It allows the hundreds of thousands of HeartMath users to build on progress, earn rewards, learn best practice tips, and have private universal...
Zevrix Graphic Inspector now supports OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions presents Graphic Inspector 1.7.27, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. It checks batches of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements.
Graphic Inspector provides graphic professionals of any trade with the most exhaustive info on multiple images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. The 1.7.27 update is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
Graf & Lantz release MacBook Sleeves
Designer Holger Gräf and Daniel Lantz of Gräf & Lantz have announced an exclusive color collection of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air cases hitting Apple stores across the USA and Canada in time for the 2013 holiday gift buying season.
Gräf & Lantz (www.graf-lantz.com) created versions of their best-selling laptop sleeves for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (US$59.95). Crafted of Merino wool felt and leather, they're inspired by the intersection of opposites; the most advanced technology protected by the world's oldest textile.
Jury gives more of Samsung's money to Apple in retrial
The jury has reached a verdict in a retrial to determine what additional damages Samsung owes Apple, ruling the Korean company must pay US$290,456,793 more to its rival, reports "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/nm4z7xq).
That brings Apple's total award to about $900 million.The amount is close to the $380 million more Apple requested but much higher than the $52 million Samsung said it owed.
Last year a jury last year ruled that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the iPhone's design and functionality. Earlier this year a judge vacated about $450 million of the original award and ordered a new jury to convene to recalculate the damages for patent infringement. Along with the newly awarded money, Samsung also is on the hook for about $600 million in damages from the first trial.
LaCie's Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series gets double the...
LaCie says its Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series hard drive is now available in a 2TB version. With double the storage of its predecessor, the new LaCie Rugged is the highest capacity bus–powered storage solution with Thunderbolt technology on the market, according to Erwan Girard, Lacie's professional business manager.
Plus, the 2TB model achieves speeds up to 127MB/second, a 15% increase from the previous version. It sports USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports/
The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series 2TB HDD, design by Neil Poulton, is available through the LaCie Online Store (www.lacie.com) and LaCie resellers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.99. And a Thunderbolt cable is included.
Bryston introduces the BUC-1 Digital to Digital Converter
Bryston has introduced the BUC-1, a special purpose digital to digital converter that enables music enthusiasts to use their computer as a high resolution music source even though their existing Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) doesn't feature asynchronous USB capability.
The converter allows for native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 192 kHz. The BUC-1 takes a standard USB output from the computer and delivers bit-perfect data via either an AES/EBU or S/PDIF output to any DAC, says Bryston’s James Tanner. “
The BUC-1 differentiates itself from competitive USB solutions in several critical ways including a "robust linear" power supply design, he adds. This isn't a device that's bus-powered via the USB cable.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the BUC-1 is US$799. It will be available Jan. 1. For more info go to http://www.bryston.com .
Wren Sound Systems introduces Bluetooth platform
Wren Sound Systems has announced the Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker. It's designed using old-school audio materials and build quality and engineered to "deliver rich, room-filling sound from any Bluetooth-equipped device and stunning sound performance when paired with a source device powered by CSR aptX," says President and CEO Mike Giffin.
It has a wood finish and works with iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones. It sports two custom-designed 3-inch long throw drivers with four layer voice coils. High frequencies are rendered silky and natural by a pair of edge-driven, wide dispersion 19mm soft dome tweeters optimally positioned on the front baffle to create a wide, realistic soundstage that floats high and free above the stereo cabinet, says Giffin. The system is powered by Intersil’s D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, enabling room-filling sound without breakup or distortion.
The Wren V5BT is available and shipping now in rosewood for US$399 at www.wrensound.com...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Version 6.8.2 adds support for Opera Next and fixes a number of other bugs discovered in the previous version.
Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail costs US$10 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).
New Quark App Studio optimized for iOS 7
Quark Software has announced an updated App StudioM for individuals and companies creating apps for iOS devices, including the iPad Air, new iPad mini, iPhone 5S and 5C.
App Studio is digital publishing software that uses HTML5 to transform InDesign and QuarkXPress layouts into interactive mobile and Web apps. It can also automate the production of digital publications with XML.
The updated version of App Studio represents a redesign "that embraces the simplicity, elegance and user experience principles embodied by iOS 7." There's a New Store Page design with customizable banners and more opportunity for promoted content.
Other features of the update include: one touch issue previews; a sliding "Hamburger" menu for quick access to app features, such as table of contents, bookmarks and notes; a full-screen experience; control over the color theme used throughout an app with theming feature; simplified bookmarking and note taking including full screen editing' and more.
iMovie 10.0.1 adds support for older video cards
Apple has released iMovie 10.0.1. The update adds support for "some older video cards," and addresses problems some users have when working with projects created in earlier versions of the software.
The update expands compatibility with older Macs. iMovie 10.0.1 is available at the Mac App Store.
Tension Software announces Password Repository 3.1.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Password Repository for Mac OS X to version 3.1.1. It's an app for managing all your passwords and all the related data in a safe way on your Mac. Version 3.1.1 improves the software's import/export functionalities.
Password Repository is document-based and allows you to manage an unlimited numbers of documents. Any document you create is protected by a "master password" with AES-256 encryption algorithm, using the latest native Cocoa libraries by Apple.
Password Repository requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$20 for new users. Upgrades to version 3.x from previous versions is $10.
ChronoSync and ChronoAgent for Mac OS X updated
Econ Technologies has updated ChronoSync to version 4.4.3 and ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.4. This update includes several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent including a couple of issues that were introduced by Mavericks.
What's more Econ Technologies has announced their first-ever Thanksgiving-Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Cyber Monday sale. ChronoSync will be on sale from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. That's 25% off the regular price.
ChronoSync is the US$40 automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent ($10) runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. InterConneX (free) brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. For more info go to econtechnologies.com .
Kut is new plugin for Photoshop CS 5.5 and higher
Kwiksher has introduced Kut, a plugin for Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 and higher. Built for designers and illustrators working with developers to create interactive eBooks, games, magazines, and business apps, it simplifies the process of creating content for iOS and Android devices.
The plugin also creates icons and generates a Developer Report. The report can generate image and text data information to any platform or software development kit (SDK) available in the market, says Alex Souza, CEO and founder of Kwiksher.
Kut has an introductory price of US$19.99until end of December. After that, it returns to the regular $24.99 price. For more info go to http://www.kwiksher.com/kut .
Alchemist Guild introduces Desktops for Mac OS X
The Alchemist Guild has announced Desktops for Mac. It's designed to bring the experience of multiple desktops to your Mac with features to help you visually organize and manage your commonly used files in one location.
Desktops provides unlimited customizable multiple desktops. It offers three modes: full screen over the Finder desktop, normal window or as a menu bar app.
Groups is a Desktops feature that can help you save space by merging files into single icon that can be navigated without opening new windows or creating folders in the Finder.
The app's Containers are like groups which arrange files as a list inside the Desktop to save space or visually organize related files. In Desktops a folder can be either a normal folder which opens as a new window in the Finder or as a Stack that you can navigate from a popup window in Desktops.
Desktops is priced at US$4.99 USD and will run on any Mac with 10.8 or higher installed including 10.9 Mavericks. For more info go to http://...
Watch Folders released for Mac OS X
Devulder Software has released Watch Folders for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
The software keeps track of all events for a selected directory. It informs you of any changes, creation, deletion of files live. You can print or save the list of events at any time. The software is available in English and French. To buy it go to http://tinyurl.com/pv2x7dm .
Motrr ships Bluetooth Galio for the iPhone iPod touch
Motrr is now shipping the Bluetooth version of its Galileo robotic dock. It's compatible with the iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (5th generation).
Using the US$3.99 AirBeam app with Galileo, users can turn an iPhone or iPod touch into a real-time HD video and audio monitoring system, watching the stream on a second smartphone, tablet or web browser. Users can even set up multiple Galileos to view multiple screens simultaneously.
The free Presence app also allows for remote surveillance over Wi-Fi and cellular data so users can monitor their home, garage, office or other areas of interest from anywhere. Settings can be customized to send alerts and short video clips when motion is detected.
The $149.95 Motrr Galileo is available in two versions — Bluetooth (compatible with iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4S and iPod touch 5th generation) and 30-pin (compatible with iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation). Learn more about Motrr at motrr.com ; you can browse the full...
Ableton Live 9.1 update includes dual monitor support
Ableton (www.ableton.com) has given us Live 9.1,- the latest version of the company's flagship music software. This update is free to all users of Live 9 and provides several new features and improvements.
The 9.1 update delivers the ability to open two windows simultaneously on either one or two monitors. You can open Arrangement and Session Views side by side, or view Live's sample display or MIDI note editor in a separate window.
For Push users, the update to Live 9.1 introduces new melodic step sequencing capabilities. Notes may now be entered manually or played by hand in real time via Push's pads. Additionally, all of Live's automatable parameters can now be step-sequenced and edited directly from Push's encoders.
Live 9.1 also introduces a new rendering algorithm for better quality audio when exporting from higher to lower sample rates — for instance, when going from 96kHz to 44.1kHz. The update also brings a host of minor tweaks, bug fixes and improvements. All registered...
IGG Software rings up iBank 5
IGG Software has released iBank 5, a full-version upgrade to its popular money management program for Mac OS X. Among dozens of new features and improvements, iBank 5 delivers improved importing of bank transactions, enhanced budgets, better investment support, and online bill pay.
The app also offers automatic account updates via Direct Access, IGG’s exclusive service for bank connections worldwide. IGG President Ian Gillespie says iBank 5 will connect to most major U.S. banks from within the app, allowing users to schedule and send payments, track those transactions and categorize the expenses, all with easy in-app set-up and a few simple clicks.
An Update Everything button on the iBank 5 toolbar imports all transactions from directly connected accounts, syncs devices, updates securities prices, and downloads current Direct Access data. Even users with many accounts, diverse investments and finances in multiple currencies may never have to enter another transaction manually, says...
Native Instruments introduces Resonate Blaze Expansion for...
Native Instruments has released Resonate Blaze, a bass music Maschine Expansion designed exclusively for the new Maschine 2.0 software.
Infused with booming bass sounds, sharp drum kits, cinematic atmospheres, sound effects and loops, Resonate Blaze is designed for producers of drum and bass, as well as contemporary dubstep and trap styles. Resonate Blaze utilizes sidechaining and plate reverb effects in its sound design.
The 37 sampled drum kits and 250 versatile patterns deliver a variety of sounds and possibilities designed for bass heavy tracks. Many of these drum kits are characterized by sounds designed for the new Maschine Drum-Synth modules.
Resonate Blaze is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49. For more info go to www.native-instruments.com/resonantblaze .
Seven 2.0 for Mac OS X adds Git support
Dalamser has announces Seven 2.0, a formatted text editor/simple word processor with particular support for Version Control System users and technical writers writing documentation for OS X applications.
Seven offers all the standard features of formatted text editors and more. Version 2.0 contains such enhancements as support for Git in addition to Subversion, interworking with OS X Versions, and more.
Seven 2.0 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. For more info go to http://www.dalamser.com/Seven .
PDF Checkpoint Now Supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out PDF Checkpoint 1.5.3, a compatibility update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version makes PDF Checkpoint compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com) for US$59.95, as well as from authorized resellers. PDF Checkpoint is bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $39.95 value). The 1.5.3 update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
iFlicks 2 for OS X sports redesigned interface
Jendrik Bertram has announced iFlicks 2, the first major update of iFlicks for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.0 features a redesigned and more powerful interface, improved chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.
iFlicks requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later and iTunes 11; the price is US$9.99 for new users. Special pricing is available via the Mac App Store. For more info go to www.iflicksapp.com .
tSoniq unveils USB Firmware Update Toolkit 2.0 for Mac OS X
tSoniq has released version 2.0 of its Mac OS X-based Firmware Update Toolkit for USB peripherals, adding full support for OS 10.9 Mavericks and further Bluetooth chipset compatibility.
The toolkit supports all Device Firmware Update (DFU) compliant USB peripherals and adds extensions for Bluetooth based hardware that can be difficult to support under Mac OS X due to driver conflicts, according to tSoniq founder Mark Moore.
He adds that the new release expands on the successful development of the original DFU tools, which are now field proven with substantial third-party product deployments, including design wins for more than six Bluetooth headset applications. The toolkit supports all USB DFU 1.0 and 1.1 compliant devices and is compatible with products based on popular Bluetooth chipsets such as Cambridge Silicon Radio's BlueCore 5 and CSR8670.
The USB Firmware Update Toolkit is a complete solution for Mac OS hosted firmware update applications, including drivers, in-application...
NeoFinder 6.4 goes 64-bit and catalogs Mavericks tags
Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.4) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) with 64-bit support, cataloging of OS X 10.9 Tags, movie contact sheets, and more.
NeoFinder is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.
NeoFinder 6.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 6.x is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.4 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers. For more info go to www.cdfinder.de .
PrivacyScan 1.4 boosts OS X Mavericks security
SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.4 to increase Mac OS X's Mavericks security by enhancing privacy, cleaning up digital footprints left behind after using the computer and surfing the web.
PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.4 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.
OWC adds USB 3.0 to the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2
Other World Computing has announced higher data throughput and USB 3.0 compatibility for its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is now compatible with native USB 3.0 "SuperSpeed" interface technology, in addition to offering FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. The Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swap bays, diverse multiple interface support, and up to 16TB of available storage capacity.
It's engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive applications. Massive data storage and backup capacity, inter-operable interface support, user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, span, and independent modes all provide the speed, capacity, and redundancy necessary to meet a wide array of application requirements. There are four models available:
° 4TB 7200RPM OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4) - US$549.99;
Samsung denied mistral in legal battle with Apple
Samsung requested a mistrial be declared in its trial with Apple over remarks made by an attorney working for Apple in the final moments of closing arguments in the case on Tuesday. However, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied the request.
Samsung attorney Bill Price said that Apple's lawyer, Harold McElhinny, tried to use racial bias in his closing remarks. McElhinny said that U.S. TV manufacturers of the past failed to protect their intellectual property and "there are no more American TV manufacturers today," reports the "IDG News Service."
Price said that he was trying to prejudice the jury against Asian manufacturers.
Instead of a mistrial, Koh told the jury “must not be influenced by any personal likes or dislikes, opinions, prejudices, or sympathy.” Read more at http://tinyurl.com/lqsprhk .
Genius releases LuxePad 89010 keyboard for the iPad mini
Genius has released the LuxePad i9010, a new Bluetooth keyboard designed for the iPad mini. It offers up to 180 hours usage on its own rechargeable, internal lithium battery.
Eleven specific function keys provide quick access to a wide range of iPad features. The LuxePad i9010 keyboard can be carried along with the iPad mini when traveling, thanks to its clip-n-go design. The magnetic clip attaches the keyboard cover instantly to the iPad mini.
The LuxePad i9010 wakes automatically when the cover is opened, and sleeps when the cover is closed, to extend battery usage. There's also a low battery indicator light to warn that the battery needs to be recharged soon. A micro USB cable is included for recharging the battery. The stand holds the iPad mini at the optimum viewing angle, in either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation.
The LuxePad i9010 is now available in North America for the suggested retail price of US$39.99. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/...
Bitcasa Secure Storage API open to developers
Bitcasa has launched its Developer Program with the release of the Bitcasa Secure Storage API [application programming interface]. The API gives mobile and desktop apps a device-independent storage layer.
With more than 35 petabytes of user files under management, developers can also reach a whole new audience to help organize, share, and stream users digital content, says Brian Taptich, CEO of Bitcasa. For more info go to http://developer.bitcasa.com .
Final Cut Pro X High-Tech Effects available at the FxFactory
Noise Industries says Hi-Tech Effects for Final Cut Pro are now available at FxFactory. Hi-Tech from Luca Visual FX features over 30 customizable effects.
It enables editors to customize Mographs for music videos, promos, corporate videos, documentaries, television, news and more. Hi-Tech includes plugins for creating holograms, displays, lower thirds, fractals and Sci-Fi motion graphics.
You can buy Luca Visual FX Hi-Tech plug-ins now for US$49 through FxFactory (www.fxfactory.com). A demo is available for download.
Graebert announces ARES Commander 2014 2D/3D CAD software
Graebert has released its ARES Commander 2014 2D/3D CAD package on all three desktop operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
ARES Commander includes a set of features to create and modify 2D or 3D drawings directly in DWG (any version up to the latest DWG 2013 format). Major new features in this update include:
° A Mac-specific user interface;
° Performance improvements based on software optimization;
° A new design resources palette;
° Layers and entities transparency;
° New productivity features for layers;
° Drawing Standards verification and support for .DWS files;
° PDF import;
° Quick grouping and ungrouping.
Pricing for a perpetual license of Ares Commander is US795 which includes one year of maintenance and $199 for every year thereafter. New pricing options include an annual plan at $250 per year that's all-inclusive, as well as a flex license option that adds 25% to the cost but allows licenses to be shared across any OS or to be borrowed as needed.
Urbanears introduces the Humlan earphones
Humlan is a new concept in headphones from Urbanears. Just like your favorite t-shirt, its headband and ear cushions can be removed and thrown in with the wash.
The Humlan also comes with features such as the ZoundPlug for instant music sharing and a microphone and remote for picking up calls and hands-free talking.It's available for US $49 at Urbanears.com.
Mac OS X gets new file transfer tool with Infinit
Infinit is a new, free Mac OS X file transfer app that enables users to transfer files unlimited in size. It's currently in beta form. Since a beta product is an unfinished product, use with care.
Closing and opening your computer doesn’t cancel the transfer with Infinit. As soon as the Internet connection returns, the transfer continues. Files are encrypted so that only the sender and recipient can access them.
To use you drag and drop a file, type a name and hit "send." Click "accept" for files sent to you, and you can view them in the "Downloads" folder. For more info go to http://www.infinit.io/press .
Urban Xplorer launches vintage-inspired backpack line
Urban Xplorer has announced the Urban Xplorer HalfPack RT line. The HalfPack RT ("RT" as in "road trip") is the first in Urban Xplorer’s "affordable luxury" line of travel bags and gear.
Designed not just as a bag, but as multi-functional, customizable travel gear with a vintage American classic design, HalfPack RT can be used as a business and overnight bag for business trips and then transformed as casual travel gear for weekend road trips, according to Todd Fujiwara, president, Urban Xplorer.
The HalfPack RT transitions from the formal to the informal with detachable backpack straps, adjustable shoulder straps and multiple pockets and compartments to hold laptops, tablets, phones, accessories, paperwork, clothing, shoes and more.
Available in designer colors — Brooklyn Bronze, Electric Burnt Orange, and Classic Black — it's made of weatherproof and stain resistant NylonUX Ballistic Fabric 1680D, with customizable cotton/polyester straps, leather accents, steel hardware, multiple...
Google to pay $17 million in web tracking lawsuit
Google will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/llsrj97).
The deal settles a probe by the states into allegations that Google Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari Web browser by placing "cookies" into the browser. Researchers at Stanford University said Google programmers developed codes that allowed them to avoid privacy settings created by Apple.
"Google’s willful and knowing actions violated" federal wiretapping laws and other computer-related statutes, attorneys for Matthew Soble said in the complaint.
Apple now allowing customers to trade in water damaged devices
Apple is now allowing customers to trade in devices that have been exposed to water or other liquids, though prices can be affected by over $100 in some cases, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/lrud6jg).
For its Reuse and Recycling Program, Apple has partnered with PowerON to buy used iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as other non-Apple products. Until the recent policy revision, however, devices with liquid damage were not accepted. Apple has lifted that restriction, "though signs of liquid contact can substantially detract from a device's value," notes "AppleInsider."
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Mac OS X...
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.1, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer is designed to reduce Illustrator job size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe Illustrator CS3-CC.
Default Folder X updated with Mavericks tagging
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Default Folder provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.6 supports the new tagging capabilities in Mavericks and corrects a number of compatibility issues.
Default Folder is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Version 4.6 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$14.95 for users who have licenses for version 3.x or older, and costs $34.95 for new users. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v .
Pyle Audio releases PHBT5 Bluetooth headphones
Pyle Audio has introduced the PHBT5 Bluetooth-connected wireless headphones, which also offer hands-free calling via a built-in noise canceling microphone.
The headphones allow for full control of volume, track change and microphone built right on the ear cup of the headphones. They're equipped with an integrated rechargeable battery that purportedly provides up to 10 hours of continuous active audio or 200 hours in standby.
Pyle’s PHBT5 headphones are now available for US$39.99 on Amazon.com and Pyle.com .
Eltima Software releases Airy YouTube downloader
Eltima Software has announced Airy YouTube downloader for OS X. It's an update to their app for downloading videos from YouTube and extracting MP3 sounds from them.
Videos can be saved as MP4, WebM, FLV, and 3GP formats in a resolution of your choice. In this latest update, Airy offers the possibility to add an unlimited number of YouTube addresses at once for downloading.
Airy YouTube Downloader costs US$19.95 and is Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatible. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/6z8zlhq .
There is a free demo version that allows 5 free downloads. Airy supports newly released OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete gets Mavericks compatibility
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete, his application deleting software, to version 4.1.1. The new version adds Mavericks compatibility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. You don't have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.
AppDelete 4.1.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete .
Tension Software releases Password Creator 1.2
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Password Creator, which allows you to create on Mac up to 50K random unique passwords in a single click, to version 1.2.
Password Creator allows you to create a single password or a long list of passwords (up to 50000), inside an internal table, ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.2 is compatible with OS X Mavericks.
Password Creator costs US$0.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Digital Film Tools accelerates Composite Suite Pro 1.5
Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), developer of visual effects software, says its Composite Suite Pro plug-ins are now GPU-accelerated, making it faster than ever to create seamless visual effects.
Composite Suite Pro features a collection of visual effects plug-ins. You can, for example, combine multiple images.
Composite Suite Pro is available now for US$395. If installed on the same machine, one license will run in the following applications: Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and 64-bit versions of Avid Symphony, Media Composer, and Newscutter. Upgrades from previous versions are available for US$100.