Apple to end .mac and .me AIM chatting in Snow Leopard June 30
If you're a long-time user of Apple’s cloud-based services, and have been using your Apple ID ending in mac.com or me.com to chat over the AIM network, starting June 30, you'll have to be running Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later, reports "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/m26vn4a).
When Apple introduced its .Mac and subsequent .Me cloud-based services, it included cross-compatibility with AOL’s AIM service. This meant that when using iChat, you could log in with your .mac or .me username and be able to connect with AIM users.
Apple says that (http://tinyurl.com/myjkjtk) to "ensure a secure and reliable experience," customers using a mac.com or me.com ID to login to the AIM service via iChat must upgrade their Mac to OS X version 10.7.2 or later by June 30 to continue using the AIM service.
iChat functionality including text messaging via AIM, video chat, and screen sharing will no longer be available when used with a mac.com or me.com ID on systems running 10.7.1 or earlier after June 30.
Marketcircle releases Daylite 5 for the Mac, iPhone, iPad
Marketcircle has released Daylite 5 for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It's an update of the productivity and CRM app that helps small businesses management relationships and commitments all in one place.
Daylite 5 for Mac adds an Insight View, a new visual summary of your contacts, opportunities, and projects that allow you to see and explore your data. Its charts offer a new way to look at and interact with your data, as well as offering insight and helping answer questions about your business.
Timeline has been added to Daylite 5 for Mac to enhance the ability to review and access business relationships. You can see the duration of the relationship, as well as the amount of interaction over time. Plus, you can jump to a particular point in time to find a specific email or appointment.
Other new features in Daylite 5 for Mac include repeating tasks, folders in the sidebar, the ability to edit contact info from within Mail, and advanced filtering options.
Daylite 5 for iOS has been...
Malware campaign infecting jailbroke iPhones
A malware campaign is infecting jailbroken iPhones and iPads to steal Apple account credentials from SSL encrypted traffic, reports "Macworld." The threat was discovered after some users reported on Reddit hat they experienced crashes in some applications as a result of a mysterious MobileSubstrate add-on called Unflod, the article adds.
MobileSubstrate, now called Cydia Substrate, is a framework for jailbroken devices that allows developers to create modifications for iOS. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/l3mqwwq .
WinZip introduces WinZip Mac 3
WinZip has introduced WinZip Mac 3, a file sharing app that lets you manage, protect, and share files across email and the cloud. It offers direct support for Dropbox and Google Drive, file protection, and a Zip engine.
WinZip Mac 3 is available at the Mac App Store and directly from WinZip (www.winzip.com/mac). It requires Mac OS X 10. 7 or higher and costs US$29.99.
DAQ Plot arrives on the Mac App Store
VVI has announced the available of DAQ Plot on the Mac App Store. The app users the DLP-I)8-G data acquisition hardware to measure up to eight voltage signals.
The software and hardware are useful for lab settings on Macs as the combination permits each experimenter to have their individual signal recording station. It uses the built-in drivers on the Mac.
DAQ had been used for over a decade at many commercial labs, universities, industries, and by consultants. It's used for for everything from quick experiments to 24/7 power utility company monitoring. Go to www.vvi.com for more info.
Out of the Park Baseball 15 comes to the Mac, PC, Linux systems
Out of the Park Developments has released Out of the Park Baseball 15 for Mac, PC, and Linux platforms. It costs US$39.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
New features include: support for 3D ballparks, as well as 3D in-game ball flight; seven real international leagues, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; a new ratings system; a revamped interface; and more.
Apple TV gets three new channels
Apple has launched three new channels on its Apple TV set-top box: A&E, History, and Lifetime. No updates are needed to access the new channels; they simply now appear in your channel listings.
The channels offer a preview of shows such as "Duck Dynasty," "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars" and "Project Runaway." However, you'll need to be a cable or satellite TV subscriber to access full content.
SupaSounds serves up free Sound FX kits
SupaSounds has announced a Free SFX kit offering from their sound library. For a limited time, SupaSounds will provide game developers with all of their SFX kits at no cost.
The library lists hundreds of royalty free music tracks with regularly planned updates. Most of the tracks are 30 second (or longer) sound loops that are optimized for continuous looping.
All are MP3 files encoded at the highest possibly quality, according to the folks at SupaSounds. Go to supasounds.net for more info.
DX Toolbox upgrade for Mac OS X adds Ionosonde Plot Window
Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 4.3.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts.
This version adds the Ionosonde Plot Window. This window lets you see graphs of foF2, foES and hmF2 ionosonde data from a number of sites around the world. This data is useful in determining the current real time Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) for shortwave radio propagation.
DX Toolbox sells for US$24.99. A feature complete demo is available at http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/dxtoolbox.html.
Easy Markdown for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Easy Markdown, a Mac OS X app for creating text following markdown rules, to version 1.3.1. The new version improves the opening of files encoded in various formats.
The software allows you to create web pages without coding. Text written in Markdown is plain text that automatically translates in a web page coded in HTML.
Easy Markdown requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
ooVoo 5.0 now available at the Mac App Store
ooVoo has released ooVoo 5.0 on the Mac App Store. The app is a integrated video and messaging tool.
Version 5.0 sports a sleeker interface design that offers high-def, one-on-one calling; 12-way group video calls, voice calls, and screen sharing. This release also introduces an in-app purchase option for ooVoo Premium, which provides an ad-free version of the free app.
ooVoo 5.0 is localized in 12 languages. The app is available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android. Go to http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx for more info.
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink
DEVONtechnologies has released updates for all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink. Updates are also available for its notebook app DEVONnote and its smart Internet research assistant DEVONagent. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote, and DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal, DEVONnote, and all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store.
Beamer 2.0 for Mac OS X released with redesigned interface and...
Tupil has introduced Beamer 2.0, an update to their media streaming application for OS X. The app lets you stream any movie file from your Mac directly to an
Apple TV using AirPlay.
Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. Just open any movie file and press play. Version 2.0 brings a completely redesigned user interface and features such as playlists and better controls.
Beamer 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.9 and an Apple TV supporting AirPlay (second generation or newer). A limited free trial of Beamer 2, which can be unlocked with an in-app purchase, is available for download now. Beamer licenses cost US$15. Upgrade pricing is available for Beamer 1 license owners. Customers who purchased since October 2013 are eligible for a free upgrade. Go to http://beamer-app.com for more info.
All MacTech Sites Restored after HostGator Outage
Yesterday, HostGator (one of MacTech's providers) experienced yet another long period outage that affected customers across their base. While HostGator stayed initially quiet on the outage, they continued to say throughout the outage that only a "small number" of customers ... given the number of complaints now posted, that was clearly not the case.
Only MacTech's periphery sites were impacted, and those sites are now fully back up (if you continue to see a "Yeah, we know." page talking about the outage, please let us know.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Eyefi unveils Eyefi Cloud
Eyefi (www.eyefi.com), which specializes in digital camera connectivity, has unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, computer or smart TV.
Eyefi Cloud was designed for photo enthusiasts who require the superior image quality provided by digital cameras but are frustrated with the time-consuming processes required to enjoy those photos on multiple devices, according to Eyefi CEO Matt DiMaria. Eyefi Cloud, along with the Eyefi Mobi wireless SD card and Eyefi Mobi apps, makes every picture organized and instantly accessible, anytime anywhere, he adds.
For customers who don't wish to transfer images over the Internet, Eyefi has also introduced Eyefi Desktop Transfer apps for the PC and Mac platforms. Eyefi Desktop transfer sends images directly from a digital camera equipped with Eyefi Mobi SD memory card to a PC or Mac without the need for a physical cable. Transferred images are...
Does Twitter have a stickiness problem?
According to data published by Twitter analytics firm Twopcharts, Twitter may have a stickiness problem. According to the data there is a large discrepancy between the number of accounts created and the number of accounts that actually remain active.
Of the 284 million accounts created in 2013, only 37 million (12.9%) were still actively tweeting in February 2014. On the other hand, of the 4 million accounts created in 2008, 1 million were still tweeting in February 2013, indicating that early Twitter adopters are more likely to stick with the service. The accompanying chart is provided via Statistica.com .
TRENDnet ships Powerline 500 Wireless Kit
TRENDnet (www.trendnet.com) has released the Powerline 500 Wireless Kit, model TPL-410APK, which extends a home wireless network using existing electrical lines.
The included TRENDnet Powerline adapters (TPL-406E + TPL-410AP) auto-connect out of the box over a pre-encrypted Powerline signal. You can network the standard Powerline 500 adapter, model TPL-406E, to a router and plug in the Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point, model TPL-410AP, into an outlet on the same electrical system to extend a high performance wireless network.
"The TPL-410APK is well suited to extend a wireless network in large homes or homes built with concrete or masonry construction which degrades wireless signals," says Zak Wood of TRENDnet. "Installation couldn't be easier. Simply plug in the adapters and you're up and running."
Don't change your passwords until Heartbleed bug is fixed
In the wake of the Heartbleed Bug, some inexperienced vendors are suggesting users change their passwords, but this won't protect them from further attacks.
Last week, the Heartbleed bug was discovered. Since then, many companies and a few inexperienced security vendors have rushed to put out ill-advised statements. One of those theories is that users need to immediately change their passwords so they can maintain their online security. According to LogmeOnce CEO and security expert Kevin Shahbazi, this will not only not protect you, it could increase your risk of a cyber attack.
"Users should not change their passwords right now, it will not help the situation," says Shahbazi. "The problem with sites affected by the Heartbleed Bug is that hackers can visibly see your passwords. And until the infected sites clear up the problem themselves, it is advisable not to change your password. And be careful because the Heartbleed Bug affects more than just websites, it can also get into smart...
Tension Software revs Calcine for Mac OS X to version 1.4
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine, its algebra solver for Mac OS X, to version 1.4.
Calcine provides a algebra solver in small strip window. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants.
In Calcine 1.4 the import function variables and constants now has the ability to auto-detect the file encode format. There are new file encode formats for text files to import, nine accepted formats such as (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others. You can now can import using also CSV-S format (Comma Separated Values using Semicolon) often used by Excel and other MS products.
Calcline requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Native Instruments introduces RISE & HIT
Native Instruments has released RISE & HIT, an instrument dedicated to creating tension and suspense with build-ups and climatic hits. It uses a range of over 8GB of recorded and studio-produced sounds.
The RISE & HIT interface offers editing with integrated effects and mastering tools for sound design capabilities. It includes an extensive sample library of produced sounds.
RISE & HIT runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER. It cots US$149 and is available at www.native-instruments.com/riseandhit .
Hyundai brings Apple CarPlay into the 2015 Sonata
Hyundai says it will bring Apple CarPlay functionality to the 2015 Sonata. CarPlay is an automobile-oriented interface that gives iDevice users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.
It also features Siri voice control. You can read more about it at http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/ .
Hyundai says its engineers took advance of the eight-inch touchscreen on their Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems to integrate the Apple technology. A Sonata equipped with CarPlay, lets drivers have the ability to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages. Using a Lighting connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 running the latest version of iOS 7.
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek comes to the Mac
G5 and Serpent Creek have teamed up to bring 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek to the Mac. It's available on the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Your closest friend, journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she's missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she'd discovered. She asked you to come immediately.
"The first thing you see upon arriving in Serpent Creek is a humanoid, snake-like creature. Clearly, Helen's fears were not groundless. It seems the town's streets are crawling with snakes, the ground shakes with violent tremors, people are sleepwalking and to make matters worse, no one remembers a blonde journalist. You'll have to investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to your best friend. Reveal the evil that clutches...
CS Odessa announces addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park
CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 and greater. It's a set of libraries that provide a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with statics and data. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO.
The Graphs and Charts Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park now includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show data at a glance. The new area contains area charts, bar charts, divided bar charts, histograms, line graphs, picture graphs, pie charts, and area charts to illustrate documents and presentations.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw PRO retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw PRO v9 is included in ConceptDraw Office v2, which retails for $499. Go to www.conceptdraw.com for more info.
DB-Text for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved DB-Text, its general use tool for opening and editing CSV and TSV files on Mac OS X — to version 1.4.
DB-Text can enlarge or shrink all the columns in a single step from the toolbar. It allows you to move and adjust columns as you need.
In version 1.4, the import function now has the ability to auto-detect the file encode format. Plus, there are new file encode formats for text files to import: nine accepted formats such as (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others.
DB-Text costs US$5. It's available at the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Typinator for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.9, a new maintenance update for its text expander. It incorporates several minor bug fixes and improves compatibility with certain third-party applications like Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel, and others.
Typinator 5.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer and is compatible with OS X Mavericks. It's available on the Ergonis Software website (https://store.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.9 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5.
Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. All customers who purchase an upgrade or new license of Typinator now, will get the next major version 6 (and all subsequent 6.x updates) for free.
Twelve South introduces a hardwood MacBook stand
Twelve South ash introduced the US$79.99 BookArc möd, its first product created in wood. It's a hardwood version of the company's BookArc stand.
The stand is compatible with all current MacBook models and is available in three finished: birch, walnut, and espresso. It's available now; go to http://bit.ly/1t5Je0Sfor more info.
Adesso releases Scissor-Switch Keyboard
Adesso has released the Campagno Air Bluetooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard with Folio Case for the iPad Air. It costs US$7.99.
The slim Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard includes a standard, 64-day layout with iPad and multimedia hot keys that allow you to access shortcuts for the Apple tablet with one touch. The scissor-switch keys purportedly provide the same tactile feel as that of a laptop. The microfiber folio case is designed to offer protection from minor bumps and scratches.
The Campagno Air Bluetooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard with Folio Case for the iPad Air is available at retail stores including Micro Center, Fry's, Staples, BestBuy, and CompUSA, as well as online at Amazon, Buy.com, CDW, MacMall, Newegg, and Tiger Direct. It's also available at Adesso's own online store (www.adesso.com).
Corning announces availability of USB 3.0 optical cables by...
Corning has announced the availability of its USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning , capable of sending up to five 5 gigabits per second of data at distances up to 30 meters. Compatible with most USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, the cables extend data transmission beyond the 3-meter limitation of comparable copper cable.
The USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are up to 50 percent thinner and up to 80 percent lighter than comparable copper cables. With a "zero-bend" radius, they can withstand bending, squeezing, and tangling without damage or loss of function, making them ideal for routing through the harsh environment of a crowded workspace, says Bernhard Deutsch, vice president, product line management, Optical Connectivity Solutions for Corning Optical Communications
USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning currently come in lengths of 10 meters with "A-to-receptacle-A" connectors for maximum flexibility to connect devices with different USB connector form factors, such as B or Micro B with short...
Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine available for all Unreal Engine...
Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine is coming to one of the gaming world’s favorite development platforms. With a full integration into Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), Substance Engine is designed to make the creation of next-gen textures a seamless experience for even the most ambitious of game developers.
No purchase is required. It's a free plugin available for all Unreal Engine 4 developers.
Allegorithmic's past successful integration efforts include the full source Unreal Engine 3 and its free version, the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), as well as platforms in the mobile space, and consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
"Unreal Engine 4 is going to help the game industry transition to a Physically Based Rendering world," says Dr. Sébastien Deguy, Founder and CEO of Allegorithmic. "Game developer tools and pipelines have to adapt to this new paradigm which has become a requirement to upscale visual quality. Our physically based workflow in UE4 will finally give the modern game artist...
Google heavily outspends tech rivals on lobbying
Google, the company who's famous mantra is "Don't be evil", has grown to become one of the largest spenders on lobbying in the United States. Once surely considered "evil" by the company's idealistic founders, lobbying has become essential to the search giant, that has repeatedly been subject to antitrust allegations.
In 2013, the company spent a total of US$15.8 million on lobbying, making Google the fifth largest corporate lobbying spender in Washington D.C. The accompanying graphic is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l8eun6m).
Pioneer CarPlay systems to debut this summer
Pioneer Corp. has announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the safer way to use an iPhone in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes RadioSM. For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
"Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to...
Slots Talke for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Vasilek Games has announced Slots Tale 1.3.1, an update of their slot game for Mac OS X. It's a free casino game based on myths and legends.
Version 1.3.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Slots Tale requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available free at the Mac App Store. Go to http://vasilek-games.com for more info.
PARAT Solutions rolls out new charge/sync transport case
PARAT Solutions has introduced a compact tablet charge/sync transport case designed especially for education, corporate training, conferences and other mobile device-sharing applications.
The InSync C452 is an universal transport case for transporting, securing, charging and syncing content for up to 10 tablet devices (iOS or Android) with up to a 10.2-inch display. The interior sports surface-mounted connection ports for each device, so you can charge and sync devices using your own USB cables.
The supplied USB 2.0 cable connects to a host computer to sync content onto the devices using iTunes or (Mac only) Apple Configurator. The case's lid can be locked with a key, even though it allows devices to be charged with the lid closed.
The InSync C452 costs US$1,499. For more info go to paratsolutions.com.
Theme Inn launches iOS version of Bundle for MS Office
Theme Inn has expanded its productivity templates with the release of the iOS version of Bundles for Microsoft Office. It requires iOS 6.1 or later.
The new pack of designs is designed to complement the newly released Microsoft Office Mobile with 200 assorted designs for Word, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet designs for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint.
Bundler for MS Office costs US$10.99 and is available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Go to www.themeinn.com for more info.
Twin Moons game free for Mac OS X, iOS this week
From April 14th to the 20th, G5 will make Twin Moons, a hidden object adventure game, available for free for Mac, iOS, and Google Play platforms.
The game involves you in the story of a talented scientist who worked on a secure mission to open the Half World and give people divine powers. You get to device if characters get immortality or not. Go to http://www.g5e.com/corporate/about for more info.
Sinisa Drpa introduces Effect Stack for Mac OS X
Sinisa Drpa has introduced Effect Stack, a non-destructive image editor for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later and costs US$9.99.
Effect Stack allows users to chain multiple image filters. It offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used.
The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images. Effect Stack supports all image formats supported by OS X. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n838vwj for more info.
RESTfm 3 released for FileMaker Server
FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty, has launched RESTfm version 3, the latest update for their RESTful Web Services product for FileMaker Server.
RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data with a RESTful Web Service API [appliation programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Version 3 is updated for FileMaker Server 13 and Mac OS X 10.9, as well as adding exciting new functionality.
RESTfm is available for US$699 for a single FileMaker server license. Other licensing options, education and not for profit pricing is available on request. Upgrades are available for just $199 from previous versions. Demonstrations of RESTfm functionality are available on the RESTfm website (http://www.goya.com.au/), including an open source jQuery site built with RESTfm as the back end data source.
Has the PC industry bottomed out?
According to data released by Gartner this week, global PC shipments declined by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2014. While a few years ago, this number would have been considered catastropic, now it's actually good news. As a matter of fact, it's the smallest decline the PC industry has suffered since early 2012.
According to Gartner, the end of Windows XP support in early April has boosted replacement buys and could continue to do so in the current quarter. While it's unlikely that PC sales will suddenly start growing again, the trend of the past few quarters suggests that the industry may finally have bottomed out and sales might stabilize around the current level. The graph is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l9eogdr).
Apple updates Xcode developer tool to version 5.1.1
Apple has served up an update (version 5.1.1) to its free Xcode developer tool for OS X and iOS for iOS and OS X. The upgrade includes software development kits for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.
Xcode is designed to make it easy for developer to analyze their code, monitor performance, and test their apps, Xcode 5.1.1 is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.8.4 or higher.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.8.13, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version improves the app's startup process and ensures that LinkOptimizer menu in InDesign can be created when multiple versions of InDesign are open.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for Retina...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds Retina support and OS X 10.9.3 compatibility. It also improves application launch time, adds ability to change default screenshot filename and ability to remove date and timestamp from screenshot filenames.
Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
Microlab announces wireless speaker/subwoofer system
Microlab has announced the FC60BT HA audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System, featuring the company's patented HC2D Technology, a subwoofer, and two stereo satellite SQ speakers.
The system serves up 105-watt output with EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound, a 360 degree remote control, and white acrylic styling. The speakers are "clear, see-through" models, and the subwoofer has a Lycosa mirrored design. The remote controls on/off, input choice (Bluetooth, NFC, or optical), volume, bass, pause/stop, and track selection.
Priced at US$449, the Microlab FC60BT will be available next month. For more info go to http://www.microlab.com .
Macware releases Alphabet Art + Numbers Pack
Macware has released Alphabet Art + Numbers, a graphic content pack for Mac and Windows systems. It's filled with over 2,000 PNG images.
Alphabet Art + Numbers features a variety of images based on every letter of the alphabet and every number. The royalty-free images can be used for any project with no restrictions.
For a limited time, Macware is offering the pack for US$4.99; that's 75% off the retail price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mbmjve5 for more info.
Gomo now available at the Mac App Store
Fishcow Studio and Daedalic Entertainment have teamed up for Gomo, a point and click adventure game. It costs US$7.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how Gomo is described: "Gomo is a hand-drawn exploration-game, featuring its very own art style. Players take control of Gomo, who's out to rescue his dog Dingo from an alien abduction. A great adventure awaits Gomo and the player, as they point, click and puzzle their way through the comic-style world.
"There are many obstacles to face and overcome with creative solutions, like, for example, a self-made balloon. Gomo's world is also full of secrets, waiting to be discovered. The game is about gameplay and problem solving, focusing on puzzles and exploration in a visually unique world."
Demigods comes to the Mac
Realore has released Demigods (Premium) 1.0, a resource management game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Demigods takes players on an exciting journey through the ancient world. This time players will be able to visit Greece. In Realore's latest casual strategy title players meet with a trio of heroes: beautiful and clever Leada, mighty Protus and nimble Adoris. Upon the call of the god of the Ocean they embark on a quest to help the titans who hold the sky on their shoulders.
"It turns out someone tries to sabotage the giants' noble mission. In their journey three brave heroes will visit amazing landmarks of the ancient world, encounter beautiful mythical creatures and make friends with gods themselves. In Demigids players control three very different characters. Each of them has unique special abilities. When cleverly used these magical skills synergise and ease players' progress through levels."
These countries are the most eager for Google's user data
Google released its latest Transparency Report this week, in which the company discloses how many user data requests it received from law enforcement agencies around the world.
U.S. government agencies are by far the most eager for Google's user data. In 2013, they filed 21,492 requests with Google, 83% of which the search giant at least partially complied with. Today's chart is furnished by Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/m9qstwa).
Insights for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1
KnowledgeMiner Software (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu) has released Insights 3.1, it's data mining app for Mac OS X (10.7 or later).
The upgrade adds auto-updating of models for forecasting of market prices, market demand, sales figures, or energy load. Users now can run simulations on historical data stored in Excel for backtesting or use it on real-time data for continuous forecasting of processes several steps ahead. All results are reported and stored in Excel for further use or workflow integration.
Insights 3.1 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website. Insights 3.1 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.50 for Mac OS X
Scorpion Research (http://www.scorpionresearch.com) has announced Scorpion BarCode 2.50, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X. Scorpion
BarCode helps you create and print major barcode symbologies in EPS or PDF file formats. You can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build scripted solutions. Version 2.50 is designed for OS X 10.9 Mavericks but works with OS X 10.6 or later.
Scorpion BarCode 2.50 costs US$165 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
HEX announces the Hayward Collection of bags, cases
HEX has released the Hayward Collection of bags, cases, and carry-alls. The collection features a water resistant, premium waxed canvas outer shell in an "earthy" horizontal stripe combined with coated canvas and genuine leather trims, says HEX co-founder Dan Maravilla.
The Hayward Collection features bags, cases and more for the iPhone 5/5s, iPad mini, iPad Air, and laptops. Prices range from US$34.95 to $99.95. Go to www.shophex.com for more info.
U.S. teens prefer Instagram over Twitter, Facebook
According to PiperJaffray's latest report on the preferences of American teens, Instagram has leapfrogged Facebook and Twitter in popularity among teenagers. According to the report, 30 percent of U.S. teens named Instagram the most important social network, while Facebook and Twitter were chosen by 23% and 27%, respectively.
Especially Facebook has recently lost popularity among younger audiences. A year ago, 33% of teens had named it as their favourite. Many saw Facebook's acquisition of Instagram as an attempt to re-connect with the youth. If that was the case, Instagram appears to have been a good choice. Today's chart is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/ogda87e).