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Mar 03
Apple drives out CarPlay for using an iPhone in the car
Apple has announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the "smarter, safer and more fun way" to use iPhone in the car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.  "CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS...
Mar 03
TS Calc for Mac OS X gets improved layout, more
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Calc, a Mac OS X document-based application for solving mathematical models, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports an improved layout, a window info panel for any view, and more. A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. When the document is set up, the user can insert the input value and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations to solve the problem. TS Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$15.
Feb 28
German court tosses IPCom's patent lawsuit against Apple
A German court has thrown out two patent lawsuits against Apple by non-practicing IP licensing firm IPCom, one of which sought US$2.2 billion in damages over alleged infringement of a wireless patent, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/nnclgfu). Early this month IPCom accused Apple of using a patent for technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks. The company says the patent is essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards, and a narrowed version of the patent was upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO) last month following challenges from Apple, Nokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone.
Feb 28
Native Instruments introduces Marble Rims Expansion for Maschine
Native Instruments has released Marble Rims, a new Maschine Expansion offering producers the "laid-back, sun-kissed flavor of classic and contemporary SoCal hip hop." It delivers exclusive recordings from West Coast artists and producers. Producers can choose from a palette of 40 sampled instruments ranging from SoCal staples such as analog basses and leads, electric pianos, and layered percussion, to live sampled guitar licks, one-shots and beat sequences. Benchmark keyboard instruments and synths such as the Fender Rhodes Mark 1, Hammond B3 Organ, a Minimoog Model D, and more were all sampled, then equalized using vintage EQs. Marble Rims is available now exclusively at the NI Online Shop for US$49. Go to www.native-instruments.com/marblerims for more info.
Feb 27
Beltone releases iPhone compatible hearing aid
Beltone First has hit the market. It's a hearing aid capable of streaming  stereo sound from an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the need for an additional pendant-like device. Wearers can also customize their hearing experience through the Beltone HearPlus app. The app allows users to set preferred volume levels as well as treble/bass settings, and use geo-tagging to assign and adjust to the acoustics of frequently visited places like home, work, favorite restaurants and more. Beltone HearPlus also features a "Find My Hearing Aid" function to help users pinpoint their hearing aids if misplaced. Go to www.beltone.com for more info.
Feb 27
Apple is number one of Fortune's 'World's Most...
FORTUNE has revealed its 31st annual list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." Apple topped the list for the seventh year in a row. Following it in the top 10 are Amazon, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, and General Electric. You can find the entire list at http://tinyurl.com/85ybdhb . To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall, the Hay Group, a survey company, asked 3,920 respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s survey, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry.
Feb 27
FTC: Samsung's claims about Apple infringements are...
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that Samsung’s claims that Apple infringed on its wireless patents are acceptable, and does not violate the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing principles, reports "The Korea Times" (http://tinyurl.com/kkywrlj). “What’s important is how sincerely the two companies tried to resolve the patent dispute, but it is difficult to believe that Apple was sincere in negotiating with Samsung to iron out their differences,” an FTC official said. “Therefore, we don’t think Samsung unfairly used the lawsuit to hinder Apple’s business activities.” This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
Feb 26
Apple releases SMC Update 2.0 for the Mac Pro
Apple has released SMC Firmware Update 2.0 for the new Mac Pro. It's a 544KB download. This update enables Mac Pro to enter Power Nap without running the fan for most Power Nap activities. It also addresses a rare issue where a low-speed USB device may not be detected at boot. Apple says the update is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models. You can download it at http://tinyurl.com/mbaevwk .
Feb 26
UT Wire introduces cord organizing solutions
UT Wire has introduced the Cable Station 2 and Cable Station Mini for organizing and accessing cords. The Cable Station offers a way to organize messy and tangled cables on a desk. It creates a station for loose cords that can be mounted using double sided tape on the top, back or side of a desk, table or media stand to gather and organize multiple cords from the computer, router, speakers, telephone and more.   The five slots store individual cords separately, holding them in place and preventing loose cords from slipping under the desk. Individual cords can be extended or removed, and the Cable Station can be written on so you can identify which cord belongs to which device.   Available in two sizes, the 2.75-inch Cable Station 2 and 1.5-inch Cable Station Mini have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$5.99 each. Go to www.UT-Wire.com for more info.
Feb 26
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5
Apple has released iTunes 11.1.5. It's available at the Mac App Store and is a free download. Apple says the update fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpected when a device is connected. It also improves compatibility for iBooks for the Mac on Mac OS X Mavericks.
Feb 26
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc for the Mac
Brotens has announced Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It's an OpenGL native Cocoa application designed to perform lighting calculations for prismatic rooms. According to the folks at Brotens, with Room Lighting Calc you don’t need to be a specialist. Simply fill the form and in few seconds you’ll be able to prepare a complete and professional lighting report, formatted wit your style, they add. Room Lighting Calc works with parametric 3D objects (faces, vaults, quadric, domes, cubes, spheres, cones, etc..) used for modeling. The light sources are managed entirely by RoomLightingCalc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63 (American standards), EULUMDAT (European standards) and even DXF data files. Room Lighting Calc requires Mac OS X 10. or higher. A demo is available at the Brotens web site (www.brotens.com). Registration is US$ 69.99.
Feb 26
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.4 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.4 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version adds ability to turn on Dock translucency and ability to change Safari's default search on page behavior. It also addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding when trying to display certain log files. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Version 6.8.4 requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard and editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as...
Feb 26
MEI updates ad layout solutions
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) has released Page Director Ad Layout System 5.7, ALS for Magazines 5.7 and AdForce 5.7. For ad layout groups working in Adobe InDesign, ALS 5.7 is compatible with Creative Cloud. For QuarkXPress users, ALS 5.7 is also compatible with QuarkXPress 10. In addition to supporting the latest page layout software, ALS 5.7 includes numerous bug fixes. ALS 5.7 is certified to run natively on Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. ALS for Magazines 5.7, a version of MEI's ad-placement solution, and AdForce 5.7, a system for ad-layout and issue-management designed for small to mid-size newspapers, are also universal applications. Upgrading is free for customers in MEI's Premium Site Support Agreement program. For more info go to http://www.maned.com .
Feb 25
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.2 with SSL vulnerability fix
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.2, which offers a solution to the SSL security flaw that's been in the news this week. It also: ▪ Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls  ▪ Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls ▪ Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders ▪ Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail ▪ Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail ▪ Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers  ▪ Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari ▪ Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs ▪ Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2 ▪ Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect ▪ Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder ▪ Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites ▪ Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes ▪ Includes improvements to Gmail labels ▪...
Feb 25
New DLC content available for The Bureau
TransGaming says three new DLC packs for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified on Mac, are now available for purchase on the Mac App Store.The DLC content includes the following:    ° The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - Hangar 6 R&D: "In the days leading up to the events of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Agent Nico DaSilva volunteers for a series of secret psycho-medical experiments to identify and treat a terrifying new pathogen. Maximize your combat skills and push your team to its limits to protect them from terrifying hallucinations as the experiments turn dangerous."   ° The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - CodeBreakers: "A top secret government communications facility responsible for intercepting and decoding enemy transmissions has gone radio-silent. In a desperate attempt to turn the tides of the secret war, Special Agent Carter and his squad must investigate the incident, eliminate any threats, and make contact with personnel in order to bring the facility back online and crack the...
Feb 25
Native Instruments introduces SuperCharger GT
Native Instruments has released SuperCharger GT, a compressor inspired by the tube-driven sound of a boutique hardware unit. A follow-up to the SuperCharger compressor released in December 2013, SuperCharger GT goes beyond modern tube compression by adding dedicated Saturation and Character modes and additional controls for complete sonic fine-tuning, according to the folks at Native Instruments. It was designed for sound shaping. Producers can dial in a wide range of compression effects using a single Compress knob. The SuperCharger GT is available at the NI Online Shop for US$99. Owners of the original SuperCharger can upgrade for $49. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lw2b622 for more info.
Feb 25
Disney debuts cloud-based digital movie service
The Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel at home and on the go. iTunes is the premier digital movie provider for Disney Movies Anywhere. The debut of Disney Movies Anywhere coincides with the digital release of Disney's hit film "Frozen" and features Disney's library of over 400 active digital titles. In addition, for a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who activate and connect their Disney Movies Anywhere account to their iTunes account will receive a free digital copy of Disney Pixar's animated film, "The Incredibles." Disney Movies Anywhere unlocks digital content across platforms and devices, enabling access to user-owned Disney digital content and movies in the Disney Movies Anywhere ecosystem and through iTunes. Consumers canL explore live...
Feb 25
The Data Rescue Center can help save your data in extreme...
You probably know Prosoft Engineering as the company behind such Mac products as Drive Genius, Data Rescue, and Picture Rescue. However, did you know they also offer the Data Rescue Center (TDRC)? Drive Genius is a hard drive utility that cleans up, optimizes, and speeds up your Mac. Data Rescue is a tool for recovering data from a corrupt hard drive or one that refuses to mount. Picture Rescue is software for recovering data from media cards that have gotten corrupted or been accidentally erased.  The Data Rescue Center comes into play when you run into problems that Prosoft's software line isn't equipped to handle. It opened in January 2011 in Livermore, California. The company has a core group of employees, as well as "cross-branded" employees who handle work for both TDRC and Prosoft Engineering. In all, there are under 20 employees at the Data Rescue Center. One of the features of the facility is its cleanrooms, which offer special filtration equipment that prevents air particle...
Feb 25
App Tamer for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
St. Clair Software has rolled out an update (version 2.0.1) for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. App Tamer's unique AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.0.1 addresses several performance issues, as well as fixing problems that were reported by users of version 2.0. App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X version 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. If you bought App Tamer 2.0 this update is free. If you purchased App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013 the update is also free. If you purchased your license before that date you can upgrade for $7.9. Go to http://www.stclairsoft.com/ for more info.
Feb 24
PCI Geomatics announces support for Skybox Imaging’s imagery
PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com), which develops remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, says it now supports data analysis of images from SkySat-1, the first in a planned constellation of 24 satellites from Skybox Imaging. Support for SkySat-1 is currently available in the company’s new software, Geomatica 2013 (Service Pack 3 – SP3).

SkySat-1 is a satellite capable of providing 4-band, high-resolution sub-meter class imagery. Operating in a sun-synchronous orbit of 600 km, SkySat-1 also provides the first commercial high-resolution, full-motion video from space at 30 frames per second.

Feb 24
AcChen is new 'find the matching tile' game for Mac OS...
Stefan Preuss has introduced AcChen 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a "find the matching tile" type of game. Here's how it's described: "Clear the board by finding two items with identical symbols. Master the 60 different levels and 12 bonus maps in the single player campaign. Every 5th level you play is a bonus level. Unlock new levels by beating the clock or play in 'chill mode' without any pressure: no timer, no score just happy tile hunting." AcChen requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://miscstuff.de for more info.
Feb 24
Private Contact for Mac OS X now uses AES-256 encryption
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact, a Mac OS X app for managing an encrypted address book, to version 3.1. The new version has an improved layout and now users AES-256 to encrypt data. Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the Tension Software web site.
Feb 24
Mapdiva for Mac OS X adds text styles
Mapdiva has unveiled Artboard 1.9, an update of the Mac OS X graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. The new version adds text styles. 
With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more. Unlike pixel-based images, vector graphics are composed of editable objects that are scalable. Artboard requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It is a free update for current users of the app. A free trial is available from Mapdiva online (http://www.mapdiva.com/artboard/).
Feb 24
Potential is there for strong sales of smart thermostats
New Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com) research shows consumer adoption of smart thermostats could expand significantly if paired with utility rebate programs. The research group reports that 43% of U.S. broadband households are willing to purchase a smart thermostat if offered an US$25 rebate, 55% would purchase if offered a $50 rebate, and 62% would purchase if offered a $75 rebate. "Consumers are interested in smart thermostats but are generally unwilling to pay more for the ability to control a thermostat from a smartphone or computer," says Tom Kerber, director, energy and home controls research, Parks Associates. "Utility incentives that eliminate the price difference between smart and standard programmable thermostats will accelerate adoption." The research group found that when a smart thermostat is priced at $50 more than a programmable thermostat without Internet connectivity, 39% of consumers would choose the smart thermostat. Those willing to buy increased...
Feb 21
Adobe publishes Camera Raw 8.4 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced Camera Raw 8.4 Release Candidate for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds support for 14 cameras, including Nikon D4s, Canon EOS Rebel t5 and Fujifilm X-TI. The release candidate also includes a new preview mechanism for better before/after image comparisons and an improved set of color matching profiles for Fujifilm X-Trans cameras. What's more, it corrects issues reported from the Camera Raw 8.3 release. Camera Raw 8.4 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Please note that Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.  Go to http://labs.adobe.com for more info.
Feb 21
Apple releases iOS 7.0.6
Apple has released iOS 7.0.6. It's a maintenance update. According to Apple's notes it "provides a fix for SSL connection verification." Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information on the security content of the update. iOS 7.0.6 is available via iTunes. It's a 35.4MB download.
Feb 21
Dropshare for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1
Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 2.1 for the Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade. Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal. Dropshare 2.1 costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Go to http://mkswap.net/dropshare/ for more info.
Feb 21
RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6
RE:Vision Effects has announced Twixtor 6 with GPU support for the Sony Vegas Pro. Twixtor lets you create slow motion shots without renting a high speed camera. The software synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. Using Twixtor within Vegas Pro is up to 8x faster with the new GPU acceleration over running Twixtor in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor 6 for Vegas costs US$329.95. Upgrades from version 5 are $82.49. Version 6 is a free upgrade to users who purchased Twixtor 5 for Vegas on or after Jan 1, 2014. Volume discounts and demos are available. Go to www.revisionfx.com/products/ for more info.
Feb 21
IK Multimedia rolls out T-RackS CS 4.5
IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS CS 4.5, the newest release of the T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) mixing and mastering plug-in. The new version includes a model of what can be considered the "holy grail" of mastering EQs plus multiple enhancements of the T-RackS Custom Shop environment aimed at streamlining its usability for both previous and new users, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. It offers a mixing and mastering shell system that allows the user to have up to 26 outboard processors all available in one product for your DAW or desktop, both singularly or together. The Master EQ 432 is available from the IK Store or from the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $149.99. All other T-RackS processors are also available for purchase from the IK Store or directly from within the T-RackS CS "Custom Shop" app. Individual pricing varies. T-RackS CS is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia's T-RackS web site. Go to www.t-racks....
Feb 21
MacBooster 1.1.4 released to defend against OSX/CoinThief trojan
IObit has announced MacBooster 1.1.4, an update of the malware fighting and hard disk optimizing software for Mac OS X. With this new update, MacBooster will further optimize and protect OS X devices from malware, spyware and malicious attack, especially OSX/CoinThief Trojan. MacBooster offers a number of features to protect and boost Mac. It releases RAM and re-organizes login items to make OS X run faster. It can clear out unused files to free up hard disk space, protects Macs against the growing number of Mac viruses and malware, and helps get rid of third party applications that can't be uninstalled easily. MacBooster requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Pricing starts at US$19.95 for the "lite" version. Go to http://www.macbooster.net for more info.
Feb 21
Ripeware releases Presentation Prompter 5.2 for Mac OS X
Ripeware has released Presentation Prompter 5.2. It's an update of the Mac teleprompter app built for performers, speakers, newscasters, actors, narrators, and anyone else who has ever used cue cards or read from a script. The new version has a revamped prompting engine that improves scrolling performance on OS X Mavericks and on Macs with Retina displays.  It also adds support for prompting on as many displays as your Mac can support. Presentation Prompter is available for US$99 at http://presentationprompter.com  and on the Mac App Store. It requires OS X 10.6 or newer. A demo is available for download.
Feb 20
Autodesk rolls out cloud-based 3D character generator
Autodesk has expanded its cloud offering with the launch of Character Generation, a web-based application that enables user to create customized, rigged and ready-to-animate 3D characters. Once designed, characters can be exported for a range of applications — from populating game scenes, to learning animation and modeling, generating models for pre-visualization, design visualization and more. Character Generator requires five cloud credits per high-resolution character download for customers on Autodesk subscription or rental plans. Students and educators receive free access to the product, and a lighter version of the app for creating low-resolution and crowd characters is accessible for anyone to try at no cost. For more info about Character Generator visit charactergenerator.autodesk.com.
Feb 20
LaCie ships industry's first 5TB drive
LaCie has announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series. The deliver external storage products that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID. LaCie’s 5big Thunderbolt now features a capacity of up to 25TB, which makes it the largest 5-bay storage solution on the market. It also boasts speeds up to 785MB/second. All products can be purchased at the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers. Pricing starts at US$449.99 for the 5GB 5big Thunderbolt drive. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.
Feb 20
IK Multimedia rolls out T-RackS CS 4.5
IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS CS 4.5, the newest release of the T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) mixing and mastering plug-in. The new version includes a model of what can be considered the "holy grail" of mastering EQs plus multiple enhancements of the T-RackS Custom Shop environment aimed at streamlining its usability for both previous and new users, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. It offers a mixing and mastering shell system that allows the user to have up to 26 outboard processors all available in one product for your DAW or desktop, both singularly or together. The Master EQ 432 is available from the IK Store or from the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $149.99. All other T-RackS processors are also available for purchase from the IK Store or directly from within the T-RackS CS "Custom Shop" app. Individual pricing varies. T-RackS CS is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia's T-RackS web site. Go to www.t-racks....
Feb 20
Moebius: Empire Rising coming to the Mac April 15
Jane Jensen has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Online Publishing, the new independent publishing division of Phoenix Online Studios, to release her upcoming adventure game Moebius: Empire Rising for Mac and PC systems on April 15. Pricing hasn't been announced. Here's how the game is described "In Moebius: Empire Rising, players will step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, a high-end antiquities dealer with a photographic memory, a genius for history, and an uncanny talent for discerning genuine artifacts from cheap knock-offs. At the request of a secretive government agency, Malachi flies to Venice to determine whether a recently-murdered woman resembles any particular figure in history. "Why would the U.S. government offer him $50,000 to perform this odd job? Why does a stranger he meets randomly in the desert seem like someone he's known all his life? And how come every time Malachi lets down his guard, someone tries to kill him?   "In the layered mystery of Moebius: Empire...
Feb 20
IoT Design Shop announces iBeacon Development Kit
The IoT Design Shop at Finger Food Studios has released their iBeacon Development Kit. The package is aimed developers looking to experiment and establish expertise with Apple's iBeacon and related Bluetooth LE technologies. Beacon is an indoor positioning system that Apple describes as “a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence.” Using Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE), iBeacon creates a beacon around regions so your app can be alerted when users enter them. Beacons are a small wireless sensors placed inside any physical space that transmit data to your iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Smart). Fully configurable, the kit includes a AAA-cell powered development beacon as well as access to a series of tutorials and source code for harnessing iBeacon in iOS apps. The kit can be purchased today at iotdesignshop.com for US$49.99 CDN.
Feb 20
Convert64 for the Mac revved to version 2.1.0
Convert64, a base64 encoder, for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.1.0. The app lets you determine what type a file is, encode or decode base 64 files, embed image data into the HTML of your website, and more. Convert64 2.1.0 sports Retina display support as well as performance tweaks and bug fixes. It requires a 64-bit Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Convert64 2.1.0 costs US$2.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Go to http://www.45rpmsoftware.com/convert64.php for more info.
Feb 20
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.0
Recosoft Corp. has released ID2Office Standard and ID2Office Professional 2.0, the InDesign-to-Office formats conversion plug-in. Version 2.0 has been enhanced to operate with InDesign CC and is now a native 64-bit technology for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, ID2Office has been enhanced to convert InDesign documents to the Apple Keynote format directly. The plugin also exports nested InDesign tables to nested Word tables resulting in even more accurate conversions. ID2Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher and works with InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC. It's available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license): ID2Office Standard v2.0 Annual subscription (Mac/Windows) US$199, and ID2Office Professional v2.0 Annual subscription (Mac only) $249. Go to http://www.recosoft.com for more info.
Feb 20
New templates and illustrations added to Jumsoft's...
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has again increased its product assortment with the latest update to Toolbox for Pages 1.2.10 for Apple's page layout application. The update adds 58 fresh Pages themes, 10 pattern sets, seven frame themes, and 20 other sets of design elements to the current selection. The designs can be used for creating and illustrating brochures, catalogs, proposals, and other types of content. The new illustration sets are also available in Toolbox for Keynote. Toolbox for Pages is a free download at the Mac App Store that offers a way to view and purchase Jumsoft's product sets for Apple's Pages application. In total, the collection contains hundreds of Pages templates as well as clipart images, doodles, patterns, frames, bullets, and other items. Users can purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. In addition, the first item in each category can be downloaded at no charge. For prices of the in-app purchases, visit their respective pages on the Mac App...
Feb 19
Satechi introduces monitor stand for laptops, desktops
Satechi has introduced the F1 Smart Monitor Stand for laptops and desktops. It sports a slim design and four USB ports for connecting any USB-based devices underneath the computer, avoiding tangled cords. Additionally, the stand features two integrated audio ports — one for microphones and another for headphones — and two aluminum alloy legs able to support up to 22 pounds of weight. The F1 Smart Monitor stand can raise the user’s monitor to one of two preset heights. It also improves the computer’s ventilation while creating additional desk space to organize office supplies, keyboards, computer mice and more. The F1 Smart Monitor Stand is available at an introductory price of US$29.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
Feb 19
Final Cut Pro X Bristol Effect released on FxFactory
FxFactory has introduced Bristol to its family of SUGARfx plugins. An animated 3D theme, it uses 15 animated elements that can be completely customized to fit any project. With Bristol, you can use main titles, multiple screen bumpers, title generators and transition elements to create anything from a clean, monochromatic look to a design with a wild color combination, according to the folks at FxFactory. The plugin was designed for exclusive use in FCP X. Bristol is available for US$49. For more info go to http://fxfactory.com/info/bristol/ .
Feb 19
Muse Templates Pack is a new collection of Adobe Muse website...
Muse Templates Pro Company has released Muse Templates Pack, which allows customers to purchase all of the company's Adobe Muse templates at once. Adobe Muse templates provide a design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. Muse Templates Pack contains 12 templates and lets you create websites by mixing various elements from the different templates. Adobe Muse templates are available on Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$14.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $4.99 each. One template is offered for free. A Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates.
Feb 19
Enolsoft releases PDF Toolset for Mac
Enolsoft has released PDF Toolset for Mac. It's a multifunctional PDF tool with an optimized SDK [software development kit] and advanced OCR [optical character recognition] engine embed. PDF Toolset is equipped with a set of technical tools for manipulating PDF files. Users can manage PDF pages with merging and splitting, compress PDF files with five modes and extract images and text from PDF with OCR on a Mac. Enolsoft PDF Toolset for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com). The retail price of Enolsoft PDF Toolset for Mac is US$29. A demo is available for download.
Feb 19
Apple announces iTunes Festival Coming to SXSW
Apple has announced the first iTunes Festival to be held in the US, running from March 11-15. Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more. All five nights of the iTunes Festival will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or PC. Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app on your iOS device or with Apple TV in HD.  "The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "We're excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US." At the iTunes Festival in London over 400 artists have performed in front of...
Feb 19
URL Extractor for Mac OS X gets improved web extraction engine
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2. The new version boasts an improved web extraction engine. URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Feb 19
Mac X DVD Ripper Free Edition gets enhanced kernel module
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Free Edition, its DVD ripping software. The updated version now supports loading external subtitles to movie, along with enhanced kernel module to make DVD ripping faster and smoother. By taking advantage of a high-quality conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac is now able to rip the latest DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. MacX DVD Ripper Free Edition is, of course, free. There's also an US$59.95 with more features.
Feb 19
CS Odessa announces Cisco Network Diagrams solution
CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 9: Cisco Network Diagrams. It's a library collection of Cisco routers, switches, and other network devices suitable for drawings, presentations, and web sites. There are a number of examples that are included with the new Cisco Networks Diagram Solution located in the ConceptDraw Solution Park, found at conceptdraw.com. Examples include Cisco Express Forwarding Network Topology Diagram, Cisco ISG Topology Diagram, LAN Fault-tolerance System Diagram, Network Organization Chart, Roaming Wireless Local Area Network Diagram, and Wireless Mesh Network Diagram. This new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for users of the current version of ConceptDraw Pro. The Cisco Network Diagrams Solution is a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park, a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that help professionally illustrate documents....
Feb 18
F1 2013 takes pole position for March 6 release for the Mac
Feral Interactive announced that F1 2013, the Formula 1 racing simulation video game, will be released for the Mac on March 6. It's developed and published by Codemasters for consoles and PCs. Here's how the game is described: "F1 2013 offers Mac gamers the chance to experience all the thrills of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, snd, for the first time in Codemasters’ award-winning series, race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics. F1 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 season and includes all of the new rules, tyre changes and remodeled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of Formula ONE™ cars. "Additional content will be available in a premium edition of the video game, F1 2013: Classic Edition, which contains two DLC packs. The 1990s Content pack contains six classic cars, three each from the Ferrari and Williams teams, and lets players drive them as...
Feb 18
Storage Made Easy adds support for Evernote
Storage Made Easy, an unified cloud provider, has added support for the Evernote Cloud service. The SME Evernote implementation indexes the Evernote data and makes data available to be used with the SME Cloud File Manager. This Cloud File Manager unifies data from private data stores and public clouds and makes this data available in a traditional file manager view where it can be interacted with from either the web or from Mac, Windows and Linux desktop "cloud" drives and more. For business and enterprise users SME is able to provide tracked audit history of Evernote usage, allow easy copying or backup Evernote files to other clouds, sharing of Evernote data externally using password protected and time expired links, as well as making the data available in a common way throughout and organization, with permissions, without giving direct access to the underlying Evernote account, Jim Liddle, Storage Made Easy CEO Jim Liddle says. The Storage Made Easy Business service is available as...
Feb 18
CalDigit ships FASTA-6GU3 Pro
CalDigit is shipping the CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 Pro. It's the latest version of the company's USB 3.0 and eSATA interface card. The PCIe card has been revamped with the latest USB 3.0 protocol and SATA 6G chipsets to deliver increased performance, says Kosta Panagos, director of marketing at CalDigit. The FASTA-6GU3 Pro’s USB 3.0 ports are 5Gbps, and feature UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). The two eSATA ports are full 6G eSATA, and fully compatible with previous generations of eSATA. On the back are two SATA ports that allow computer users to connect two extra HDDs to their workstation. The FASTA-6GU3 Pro is available to purchase now from the CalDigit Online Store, and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the FASTA-6GU3 Pro is US$169. Go to http://www.caldigit.com for more info.
 
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