Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets new user interface
Hyperbolic Software (US$30) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Bose announces SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
Bose has introduced the SoundLink Bluetooth® speaker III, which connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It's available now and costs US$299.95.
Four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators combine with a new digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels, according to the folks at Bose. Its industrial design is inspired by the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.
A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille resists fingerprints. For personalization and added protection, new accessory covers are available in gray, blue, green, orange and pink.
The SoundLink III weighs just three pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening.
The SoundLink III streams music...
SpiShutter designed to keep webcams private
If you're concerned about webcam hacking, SpiShutter may have the solution Covering the webcam with a sticker, or something equally unflattering, isn't ideal for a Mac's aesthetics, not to mention the residue it could leave behind.
The new solution from SpiShutter (http://spishutter.com/) ensures privacy by allowing users to physically block the embedded webcam on a Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use.
SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed, is the easiest way to cover and uncover your camera. It retails for US$19.99. For purchases on SpiShutter.com, the code "PRIVAZ" gets you a 20% discount.
Files United comes to Mac OS X
Zuhanden has released the Mac companion app of Files United, a digital content manager for iPad and iPhone. In combination with the iOS app, files can now be transferred between iOS devices and Macs via drag and drop.
Files United, the successor of File Manager Pro App, was specifically developed for the iOS 7. The app allows seamless access to all digital content, at home, in the office, at the university, or on the go — regardless of whether the files are documents, images, music, or videos.
In addition to local storage, Files United integrates with the most popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Skydrive, and SugarSync. It's even possible to access external FTP servers. Go to www.filesunited.com for more info.
For the launch of the Mac app, and to give existing File Manager Pro users a free upgrade, Files United is available for free on the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store for 14 days.
QuickerTek upgrades Apple Base Station Extreme/Time Capsule
QuickerTek has upgraded the 802.11 ac Apple Airport Base Station Extreme by adding six high gain external antennas to the unit. This antenna upgrade provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi and also triples the WiFi strength of any version of the new Apple ac Base Station Extreme and/or Time Capsule.
The improvement in wireless power is accomplished by optimizing antenna location, according to the folks at QuickerTek. QuickerTek can either supply a new Apple unit, or the customer may send in their own Apple unit.
Three different upgrades are available: Airport Base Station Extreme AC, 2TB Time Capsule and the 3TB Time Capsule. Prices range from US$398 to $598. Customers can also send in their own unit to be modified at a price of $199. Go to http://ww.quickertek.com .
Island Tribe 4 game released for the Mac
Realore has announced that, after being released on PC and iOS platforms Island Tribe 4 comes to the Mac. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "The 4th installment of Island Tribe takes players on an epic journey through time. After defeating the Evil Shaman in Island Tribe 3 the tribesmen found out that he was not that bad of guy. Shaman is an ex-pirate who has been cursed after finding a magic mask. In order to break the curse of this mask the islanders will have to travel through time to Ancient Egypt, China and Scandinavia.
"Players' mission is to go to these exotic locations and find a person or an artefact that can aid them in their mission. Throughout 44 levels set across 4 colourful episodes players will travel, collect various resources and help the locals. The path of the brave tribesmen is filled with obstacles, dangerous animals and mythical creatures.
Addonics announces Sapphire SSD RAID array storage line
Addonics Technologies has announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions designed for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance.
The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives, according to the folks at Addonics. The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive (pictured) is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF.
Both offer USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available CFast cards. The two models with USB 3.0 connection allow you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as independent drives.
They can be set up as a high performance, fault tolerant RAID group or a large capacity solid state drive. The CFast or CF cards can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping), RAID1 (Mirroring), RAID 5...
Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7 on its...
Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7, on the occasion of the fifth of the all-in-one screen recording solution for the Mac.
Version 3.7 features screen capturing at 60 frames-per-second, capture timer and performance improvements for OS X Mavericks. The app gives you tools grab, edit, organize and share anything from your desktop or a web page.
Voila 3.7 can be purchased for US$29.99 for a single license via the Mac App Store and Global Delight web store (http://www.globaldelight.com). Voila is also available for educational institutions, NGOs, and non-profit organization at a 33% discount. Existing Voila customers running at least Voila version 3.0 can update to Voila 3.7 for free.
FAVI introduces Set to Connect wireless speaker
FAVI Entertainment has released the audio+ Set to Connect speaker, allowing you to wirelessly play music by placing your mobile device on the speaker to connect and removing it to disconnect.
In addition to offering a quick music-listening solution, the audio+ is an inexpensive alternative conferencing solution for offices and board rooms. Unlike traditional conferencing solutions, the audio+ allows for instant connectivity and comes at a sub-$50 price point, says Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment. It uses induction technology to amplify the sound of your tablet or smartphones' onboard speakers.
The audio+ amplifies your devices speaker by 6x, while also adding treble and bass-booster technology. The FAVI audio+ Wireless Smartphone Speaker is available in three models: iPhone, Android phones, or tablets (iPad/Kindle/Android). Go to www.favientertainment.com for more info.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates their CNS Menu FileMaker...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 1.1.14 of its CNS Menu plug-in for FileMaker Pro. This version fixes all known menu placement issues for FileMaker Pro 12 and above, and fixes issues with displaying menus on layouts with web views.
CNS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro(R) layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks. Your menu items can display one value and have a separate value that can be used in your scripts, so the end user can see useful information while the value can be an ID number.
CNS Menu is available immediately at http://cnsmenu.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. A single user license costs US$65.
German patent owner sues Apple for infringement
"The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/lcrvdy3) is reporting that Apple is facing an US$2 billion from a German patent owner that claims the Cupertino-based company infringes on its cellular telephone patent.
In a German court on Wednesday, IPCom GmbH 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.
Stellar unveils version 3 of its Stellar Drive Clone cloning...
Stellar Data Recovery has rolled out Stellar Drive Clone 3.0, an update to their drive cloning utility for Mac OS X. The app makes an exact block-by-block replica of Mac drives and volumes including system settings and partition information.
Now compatible with OS X Mavericks, version 3.0 sports a complete overhaul of its interface. It also introduces a backup feature through which automatic backup can be scheduled.
Stellar Drive Clone 3.0 is available as a try-before-buy software. The free version allows users to analyze the cloning options exhaustively. Through the full version, priced at US$39, users can create clones of the drives and volumes. Go to http://www.stellarinfo.com/ for more info.
SpriTec releases SuperTab for Mac OS X
SpriTec Software has released SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhances and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 or later.
Without SuperTab, the App Switcher only allows you to access your currently active apps. With SuperTab installed, you have access to a whole lot more when pressing Command-Tab.
Users can configure SuperTab so that the App Switcher presents: active apps; recent apps; recent documents; Dock items; labeled or tagged items; Finder Sidebar items; folder contents; application windows; websites; other files, folders or applications users may want.
Mac users can also use SuperTab to assign custom Hot Keys to any file, folder, application or web site. The tool is configurable, so you can tweak it for your needs.
A demo is available to download at http://www.supertab.me and is fully functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register....
FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps surpass one million...
FileMaker, Inc., says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps have surpassed 1,000,000 downloads from the Apple App Store.
The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone App is part of FileMaker’s lineup of desktop, server and iOS software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and web browsers. The FileMaker 13 Platform includes expanded support for native iOS behaviors (such as popovers and slide controls) and new features (such as bar code scanning) that speed data capture on iPad and iPhone, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker Go is now a single app for both iPad and iPhone. The FileMaker Go 13 for iPad and iPhone App is downloadable for free from the iTunes App Store.
Apple makes its case to dismiss its court-appointed monitor
On Tuesday Apple had its case heard before the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, NY to cease e-book antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich's efforts permanently, reports "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/kbvm65d).
The Cupertino-based company argues that Bromwich's efforts are excessive, the man lacks the knowledge to properly oversee Apple, and fees and duties for the monitoring in addition to any court-ordered payments would cost millions of dollars, all of which will cause irreparable harm to Apple's business and relationships. In its court filings, Apple noted that Bromwich required a second lawyer with actual experience in antitrust issues at US$1,025 per hour to assist him.
Bromwich demanded an $1,100 per hour rate for himself in addition to a 15% administrative fee to his consulting firm. During his first two weeks on the case, Bromwich billed Apple over $138,000.
Apple, Samsung headed to court (again) on March 31
Unless Apple and Samsung reach an agreement on "anti-cloning" and other key terms of a patent cross-license agreement, an outcome, they'll start another legal battle at the San Jose federal courthouse March 31, when their second two-way lawsuit (in which the parties originally asserted eight patents each) will go to trial, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/m6wsw4g).
The parties notified the court and each other of their final narrowing proposals. In April 2013, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over their two California litigations, had ordered a narrowing of the case in several steps so as to limit the number of patents and products the jury will have to look at, Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents."
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.
Moxa releases new wireless AP/Bridge/Client
Moxa has released the AWK-5232 Industrial a/b/g/n Wireless AP/Bridge/Client that delivers high-speed wireless connectivity with up to 300 Mbps data rate and plug-and-play scalability.
Engineered for industrial environments, it's a drop-in solution for hard-to-wire deployments and for virtually any type of mobile device connected over a TCP/IP network since it supports not only 802.11n wireless connectivity but legacy a/b/g equipment. Integrated WEP/WPA/WPA2/802.11X security and powerful filters prevent unauthorized access to the network.
The AWK-5232 is compliant with the essential sections of EN 50155 covering an extended operating temperature range, power input voltage, surge, ESD and vibration. Its redundant dual DC power inputs increase power supply reliability. In addition, it can be powered via PoE+ for easier deployment. Go to www.moxa.com for more info, including pricing options.
Apple plans first retail store in Turkey
The Turkish government has officially confirmed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with President Abdullah Gül at the Çankaya Presidential Compound in Ankara to discuss a potential US$4.5 billion iPad deal and other major initiatives and incentives in country, reports "iDownloadBlog."
The official website of the Turkish government on Tuesday published details of the meeting. According to the website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will open the first retail store in Turkey in April. The store should be located in Istanbul’s new Zorlu Center and will be “unique in many respects." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/q9m2dqa .
Apple snapping up massive amounts of bandwidth for an 'iTV...
"The Wall Street Journal" says that Apple is buying bandwidth in such bulk that some in the industry believe that the company is laying the groundwork for an upgraded video delivery service and perhaps the rumored "iTV."
The report says that Apple is implementing an Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of data to customers. "Regardless of its TV plans, the company’s needs for Internet infrastructure continue to grow," notes the "Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/o49su3a). "The expansion of its iCloud service and growing demand for content from its iTunes and Apps stores are also driving its needs for greater bandwidth."
DistributorX announces new MadeToBundle for Adobe InDesign
DistributorX, a technology channel source, has released its new MadeToBundle. The MadeToBundle offers the power of axaio software's plug-ins that are designed to provide optimized output, PDF tagging and efficient layer management.
MadeToPrint's latest version includes the new Imposition function, so users can print fully imposed PDF files from their InDesign documents. It's available exclusively through DistributorX for channel partners in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America. Go to https://www.distributorx.com for more info.
Create infographics in Final Cut Pro X with Data Pop from...
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced Data Pop, a set of 16 customizable infographic HD titles,. Designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X by developer Stupid Raisins, Data Pop (US$49) is a tool for adding fully customizable infographics to any project.
It includes 11 categories of customizable charts and graphics. You can choose from titles, charts and numerous graphs. For more info go to http://fxfactory.com/info/datapop/ .
Resize Sense for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.0
VeprIT has announced Resize Sense 2.0.0, an update of their batch image processing solution for Mac OS X.
The app allows users to resize, crop, rotate, edit metadata, and rename many images at a time. Version 2 includes a redesigned processing engine that offers more flexibility and the ability to perform more tasks in a single batch operation. It has also added requested features, an improved graphical user interface and more.
The 2.0.0 upgrade is free for registered users. For new users the cost is U$19.99. Resize Sense requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and is available Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Go to http://veprit.com for more info.
Apple may face $840 million in ebook case fines
Apple faces as much as US$840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to ebook deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/oohnadt)
State attorneys general and consumers who sued Apple over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer representing them said in a Jan. 30 filing with the federal judge who presided over the U.S. case against Apple.
The plaintiffs say they’re entitled to triple damages under antitrust law because the U.S. had already “conclusively proven” at a trial last year that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to fix prices. The amount sought is 0.5% of the $158.8 billion in cash that Apple reported that it had as of the end of 2013.
Calcline for Mac OS X revved to version 4.0
Tension Software has updated Calcine a modern version of the desktop calculator, to version 4.0. The company doesn't say what changes are in the upgrade.
Calcline starts as a small window utility. Insert a mathematical expression to evaluate, and the software will do the work.
Calcline costs US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lojcner for more info.
MacX YouTube Downloader gets update
MacXDVD Software has updated MacX YouTube Downloader, its free program for downloading YouTube videos on the Macs.
The video downloader is a tool for online video enthusiasts to download videos and save them into personal collections. The upgrade has resolved the video downloading issues caused by certain changes of YouTube, and optimized the YouTube Video Download Engine for a faster and more efficient HD video downloading.
MacX YouTube Downloader is compatible with Mac OS X 10. and higher. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/8s3r9l5 .
PDF Viewer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Bridge Comm has released PDF Viewer Pro 1.2, an update of their PDF document viewer and annotator for Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's also a maintenance upgrade.
Specifically designed for students and those who work extensively with PDF documentation, PDF Viewer Pro allows users to annotate and export highlights and notes (including images) for further processing. Users can choose to view their PDF documents in the traditional vertical scrolling mode or in book mode. All PDF documents can be shared via iCloud.
PDF Viewer Pro 1.2 costs US$9.99 and is available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Education category. Go to http://macpdfviewer.com/wp/ for more info.
GhostControl game for the Mac revved to version 1.0.7
Application Systems has introduced GhostControl Inc. 1.0.7, an update of its turn- based strategy game for Mac/PC/Linux. It's a maintenance release.
In the game you manage a team of ghosthunters and free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. You develop your own strategy and build your business.
GhostControl costs approximately US$14 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kbr7326 for more info.
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign improves image export
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory Server 1.0.8, a maintenance update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version improves export of InDesign documents as TIFF images by using intermediate PDF files as the image source.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
CHIL releases Notchbook for the iPad Air
CHIL has unveiled the US$39.99 Notchbook for iPad Air. Its patent-pending “Notch” design is built to open up the case to allow room for the user’s hand to slide into the case and nestle around the tablet, providing a secure grip.
The Notchbook also features a platform that rotates 360° and doubles as a folio case and iPad stand. Available in five colors — black, English tan, teal, violet and merlot — the Notchbook is constructed with padded leather with a microsuede interior delivers a smooth finish that keeps your iPad scratch-free. It's available for purchase at Amazon.com, InMotion Stores, CHIL.com, and other retailers.
Pylon offers a way for guests to connect to Wi-Fi
A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Pylon, a three-square-inch plaque that lives on the wall near a person’s home entrance. The plaque is pre-linked to a Wi-Fi base station and when a user waves their mobile device over Pylon as they enter a home, they're automatically connected to the host’s Wi-Fi network without entering a password.
The connection works with Near Field Communication (NFC) on Android, and by bumping the Pylon with iOS, Windows and BlackBerry devices. Chris Henseler, founder of Pylon, says it was created to streamline the process of connecting to a person’s Wi-Fi while bypassing the tedious task of entering an intricate or unknown password, all while security remains intact.
When a guest connects to a home network, the owner is notified via the Pylon app, where they can control the degree of access of each of their guests. Close friends can be granted access indefinitely when they’re in Wi-Fi range, while acquaintances may be granted access for only a few hours...
Court doesn't sanction Samsung for patent licensing...
A U.S. district court says Samsung won't be sanctioned for the disclosure of confidential Apple-Nokia patent licensing. It blames on the Korean tech giant's counsel Quinn Emmanuel, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/pozeuq3).
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of an Apple order to grant sanctions over the inadvertently leaked information. However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal wrote in the order that the dissemination of confidential information was inadvertent and was a "simple error in redaction," says "AppleInsider."
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.
Mac Data Recovery gets new user interface
uFlysoft studio has rolled out Mac Data Recovery 1.8.3 (http://tinyurl.com/kkk7o6b), an upgrade of its data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version sports a new user interface.
The app is designed to help users rescue their precious data lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, computer crash, partition lost, virus infection, unexpected power off or other unknown reasons. Mac Data Recovery costs US$84.95.
Tumult Hype 2.5 for Mac OS X adds Responsive Web Design features
Tumult has released Hype 2.5 (http://tumult.com/hype/), an update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X. Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions.
The new version of Tumult Hype adds features supporting Responsive Web Design. It's available as a free upgrade for customers of version 2.0.
Tumult Hype 2.5 is available at the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store for US$29.99. More product information, a 14-day free trial, and a store link can be found on the Tumult website.
Proavio releases SSD-powered DS240 storage solutions for 4K video
Proavio, which specializes in professional storage solutions for content creation, has released new DS240 dual-active storage platform and "ultra dense" JBOD systems. The DS240 series expands Proavio’s professional DS platform with 2.5-inch Enterprise SAS SSD and 10K SAS drive solutions specifically designed to meet the demands of 4K cinema production.
The DS240 is available in capacities starting at 19TB up to 38TB, expandable up to 190TB using affordable DS240 SAS JBOD enclosures. DS240 storage systems feature a 3-year factory warranty and include free advance replacement of disk drives and components for the first year of ownership, with the option to purchase an additional two year advance replacement warranty. The DS240 is recommended for use with Davinci Resolve, Filmlight, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk and Digital Vision workflows. Go to www.proavio.com for more info.
Apple could be fined over iPhone 4G blocking
The Belgian Council of Ministers has ruled that mobile phone makers can no longer block 4G for certain carriers, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/nlmr5wa).
Though the ruling applies to all phone manufacturers, the decision is mainly targeted at Apple, "which has been consistently blocking iPhone users' access to the 4G networks of Belgian telcos Proximus and Base," the article adds.
"ZDNet" says the reason for the block is that Apple has made 4G access available to iPhones on Mobistart, its preferred partner first in Belgium. However, Mobistar doesn't have a 4G network yet, whereas competitors Proximus and Base both do.
EditShare releases Flow 3 media asset management solution
EditShare has released a new version of its Flow media asset management solution. Version offers new features such as AirFlow for web-based remote access and Flow Automation for designing templates that automate repetitive tasks like file copying, deleting, transcoding and archiving.
Flow 3 release also features significant UI enhancements, including vastly improved cuts-only editing, enhanced drag-and-drop facilities, and support for third-party storage. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow 3 is an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcode to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.
For more information on EditShare Flow 3, go to http://tinyurl.com/l4uyr4l .
Xmplify XML Editor for Mac OS X adds support for external XSLT...
MOSO has announced the release of version 1.4.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade adds support for external XSLT processors, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify is a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X and provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. It's a 64-bit native Mac app.
Xmplify is available for US$59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.4.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Mergemill Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 4.6.1
Cross Culture has announced Mergemill Pro 4.6.1 (http://www.mergemill.com), an update to their data processing and static website generation tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher). The new version sports various bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Mergemill Pro lets you extract data from many sources, transform them into desired formats, integrate them into a centralized data store, then analyze and summarize them into useful information. Along with version 4.6.1, Cross Culture is providing new training videos online.
Mergemill Pro 4.6.1can be purchased online from the Mergemill website for the retail price of US$79. The update is free for registered users of all previous versions.
American Megatrends launches new StorTrends 3500i SSD array
American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has released StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, a storage area network (SAN) that combines solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, it's available as a hybrid or full flash array.
The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer a set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volumes (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the combination of SSD and HDD technology in a 3U configuration, deliver up to 56TB of torage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable power supply units.
To flexibly support SSD growth to match the...
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc 1.0 for OS X
Brotens has released Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It can generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitives (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.).
The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63, EULUMDAT, and DXF formats. Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimuthal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Room Lighting Calc can export to RTF a complete list, formatted according to user needs, of the installed products and special items, full of economic computing and electrical power.
Room Lighting Calc works both in metric or imperial units, runs on Apple computers running OS X 10.8 or higher and uses OpenGL for rendering. It's available at both the Mac App Store and the Broton web site (http://www.brotens.com). It's priced at US$48.99...
iEasyRecorder is new audio recording software for the Mac
321Soft has released iEasyRecorder, audio recording software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
The app was developed to make it easier than ever to records sound from applications like iTunes, QuickTime, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Skype or DVD Player. It also records from microphones and other hardware on your Mac.
Whether you're looking at a YouTube music video or listening to a podcast, click on the record button to capture sound and save it into MP3, AAC, M4R or M4A audio files with a range of selected codec and compression options. A built-in audio editor allows you to edit the clips you want to too.
To get more information, to purchase or obtain a free trial version of the iEasyRecorder audio recorder for Mac, go to http://tinyurl.com/krsjgux . Registration is US$29.95.
Smartphone market hit one billion units last year
The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, according to the International (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.
This aligns with IDC's most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.
According to IDC (http://www.idc.com), Samsung ended the quarter the same way it began the year: as the leader in worldwide smartphone shipments. However, even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S III, S4, and Note models, as well as its deep selection of mid-range and entry...
Parallels Access for iPad now offers support for Windows PC
Parallels announced an significant update to Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) for iPad, the product that “applifies” Windows and Mac applications and lets customers remotely access and experience those applications as if they were made for an iPad.
New features and improvements include Windows support, which is now out of beta, support for 11 languages, and a new single port connection designed to make it easier for users to work within certain corporate networks. Now Parallels offers a two-week free trial and the choice of a $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription that lets subscribers access up to 10 PC or Mac computers.
New Parallels Access updates and features include the following:
° Full support for remote computers running Windows 7 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Macs running Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion
° Localization in 11 languages — in addition to English and German, Parallels Access now supports Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese...
Insights 3.0 for Mac OS X adds forecasting
KnowledgeMiner Software has rolled out Insights 3.0, an update to their self-organizing, predictive modeling application for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. With Similar Patterns technology Insights 3.0 adds forecasting to its adaptively learning modeling methods.
Users in nearly any field can analyze data sets and build models designed to help gain new insights into complex phenomena, predict future behavior, simulate "what if" questions, and identify methods of controlling processes. Insights is used for predicting sales, production and demand, engineering problems, climate change, health or life sciences-related questions, or mining collections of data from government agencies.
Insights 3.0 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Insights 3.0 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.
Infovox iVox 4.0 adds 31 new TTS voices for your Mac
AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have released Infovox iVox 4.0, which brings to Mac OS X a total of 31 new text-to-speech voices.
These include the first ever genuine, natural-sounding bilingual American Spanish-English children's voices, a male bilingual American Spanish-English voice, 16 expressive voices to speak with more emotion, four new specialty voices, a new Polish voice and our first Japanese, Korean and Chinese voices. The text-to-speech voices are based on recordings by real children speaking in their natural language.
Infovox iVox now provides a total of 107 voices in 31 languages to Mac OS X. Voices can be purchased a la carte and cost 15 Euro per voice per computer. A 30-day full-function trial of each voice can be downloaded from within the Infovox iVox Voice Manager.
Infovox iVox 4.0 is a free update for existing customers. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/k6ydg7d .
VOX 2 for Mac OS X gets new interface
Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.0. It now sports a redesigned smart interface that displays album art and tucks away controls until they're needed.
Additionally, VOX 2.0 now features gapless playback that eliminates pauses between audio tracks. There's also smarter searching across all devices and file locations and improved multi-device support via the Audio MIDI. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .
ChronoSync, ChronoAgent get updated
Econ Technologies has revved ChronoSync to version 4.4.4 and ChronoAgent to version 1.4.5. These updates include several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent.
ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. It's designed to work on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is US$40.
ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. ChronoAgent for Mac runs on Macintosh computers and is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is $10.
InterConneX brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. You can share files between any iOS device running InterConneX, access files from a Mac running ChronoAgent, or synchronize files from a Mac running ChronoSync. InterConneX for the iPhone and iPad will...
Output Factory for InDesign improves alternate layouts output
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.21, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$159.95.
Photo Recovery for Mac gets new interface
AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released version 5.0.8,0 of Photo Recovery for Mac, an app for recovering photos, videos or other files from digital cameras, memory card, and other storage devices.
The most important improvement of the new update version is the new interface, which sports a redesigned step-by-step wizard. The enhanced data recovery wizard guides users through the search and restoration process.
A free trial version can be downloaded from the AppleXsoft web site; registration is US$49.95. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 126.96.36.199 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
Apple retail stores generate $7 billion last quarter
Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief technical offer, in discussing Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013, said revenue was up 9% from the year-ago quarter to US$7 billion, thanks to record iPhone and iPad sales and strong Mac sales.
Apple remodeled six stores and opened four new ones. Apple now has 420 brick-and-mortar stores.
With an average of 418 stores, $16.7 million average revenue per store. There were almost 21,000 visitors per store per week last quarter, Oppenheimer said.