SmoothReviews introduces new service
SmoothReviews has introduced a brand new service that allows any app developer to get "unlimited, free, honest app reviews on the App Store or Google Play."
"The review for review system helps your app build credibility and gives it more exposure, meaning more downloads," says founder Jay Van Buiten. "All of these things help developers to move the app up in the rankings and generate more revenue. Developers give and receive reviews from each other using a point system to get honest reviews as often as they'd like."
SmoothReviews supports iOS or Android, free or paid, tablet or phone apps. Any app can receive reviews.
Here's how it works: you give a review, you get a review. For each review you give, you earn a point on your SmoothReviews account. Your app will then appear for another developer to review, and you'll have spent the point. Go to http://smoothreviews.com for more info.
Flipbuilder releases Flip PDF Pro for the Mac
Flipbuilder has released Flip PDF Professional for Mac (http://www.flipbuilder.com/), a tool for creating page flip catalogs from PDFs.
With Flip PDF Pro, Mac users can create catalogs, brochures and other marketing collaterals from PDF files. It allows users to drag and drop a variety of objects for creating presentations. You can also embed YouTube Videos, animated text, flash files, and other pre-designed objects for creating page flip e-books.
Flip PDF Pro costs US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download.
Cocktail for Mavericks now lets you tweak fonts in Safari
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.1 (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 ability to set proportional and fixed-width font family and font size in Safari. It also fixes compatibility issues with Firefox 29 and contains other minor bug fixes and improvements.
Cocktail 7.5 (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.
TaskInsight for Mac OS X gets new speech commands module
Imaja has updated TaskInsight (http://www.imaja.com/taskinsight/), its productivity and business task management tool, to version 3.3. The update debuts a new speech commands module to control TaskInsight, and a new function to create speakable text from the task list.
TaskInsight includes priorities, labels, color coding, manual and automatic sorting, drag and drop, copy and paste, undo and redo, import and export, customizable views, text-to-speech for selected tasks, and several optional fields. A number of new commands let users set the priority or status for the selected tasks. The Shift Time menu can be used to shift selected tasks in time in various increments. A number of simple and combination sorts can be selected from the new Sort menu or with keyboard shortcuts.
TaskInsight provides standard Mac OS X functions such as searching, drag and drop prioritization, drag and drop text in and out of TaskInsight, and includes extension features such as: copy items as tab-delimited...
Instant 3.0 lets you use your Mac's built-in camera
ThinkTime Creations has announced Instant 3.0 (http://instanttheapp.com), an update to its Polaroid photo app for Mac OS X. You can now take a shot using the built-in camera on your Mac.
Instant lets user "re-shoot" their digital photo by drag-and-dropping it on to its "camera body." It requiers Mac OS X 10.6 or later,. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Big Ass Fans introduces a 'smart' ceiling fan
Big Ass Fans has unveiled what it says is the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on-board computer and array of sensors. SenseME technology (www.bigassfans.com/senseme), available exclusively on the Haiku ceiling fan, revolutionizes a home fixture that hadn’t changed for decades, according to Carey Smith, founder and Chief Big Ass of Big Ass Fans.
He says that SenseME knows when you enter or leave a room and turns Haiku on and off automatically. The technology monitors the room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change. SenseME "learns" your comfort preferences, tailoring those speed adjustments to what you find comfortable.
Haiku with SenseME, which begins shipping later this summer, is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. You can use the app to set schedules for both the fan and light or select from several control modes. Among them is Gradual Awake, which gently increases the fan’s speed and light for a more pleasant wakeup...
LaCie upgrades the Rugged hard drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) says its latest Rugged hard drive features faster speeds, a tougher design, and an integrated interface cable. It's purportedly tougher than ever before with improved shock, dust and water resistance. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows away when you're not using it.
The Rugged is MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 6.6 feet. During transit, users can attach the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water.
The SSD version goes a step further with resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners, according to LaCie. Included software protects files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.
The LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be broadly available mid-June through LaCie resellers in 1TB (US$219.99) and 2TB ($299.99) capacities. The 250GB SSD ($299.99) and 500GB SSD ($499.99...
Virtual City Playground for the Mac sports new graphics, content
G5 Entertainment's city builder for Mac OS X, Virtual City Playground, has been revved to version 1.14. It sports new graphics and content.
Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets you create a metropolis. Your goal is to please your inhabitants by providing them with tons of business opportunities and true-to-life neighborhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities. Master trade, resources and balance between the booming development and the traffic that is a subsequent effect of the former.
Virtual City Playground requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher. It's available for free at the Mac App Store.
Kingston Digital releases second generation MobileLite Wireless...
Kingston Digital (www.kingston.com) has announced the MobileLite Wireless G2. Shipping later this month, it allows smartphone and tablet users to extend onboard device storage and stream and share content with multiple users.
Additionally, the ultra-portable MobileLite Wireless G2 has a 4640 mAh 3.8v battery for mobile charging and a direct Ethernet port for wireless Internet routing, Wi-Fi bridging. The USB port also allows 3G dongle support.
Fully charged, the internal battery of the MobileLite Wireless G2 is capable of charging most smartphones twice, according to Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. To enable users to stay constantly connected, the device supports a direct connection from a 3G wireless Internet dongle and also has a direct Ethernet connection thus allowing MobileLite Wireless G2 to serve both as a portable router or shared network (NAS) drive.
G-Tech to demo new storage solutions for 2K/4K workflow
At this week's Cine Gear conference (http://www.cinegearexpo.com/83/) in Los Angeles, G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) is demonstrating new storage solutions for audio/video production, photography, and the creative professional market — including the new G-RAID with removable drives, the Studio Line (G-Speed Studio and G-RAID Studio) and Evolution Series with the new G-Drive ev-220 external storage module.
The US$349.99, 2TB G-DRIVE ev 220 is a USB 3.0 hard drive with transfer rates up to 220MB/s. You can use it alone or with the Evolution Series G-DOCK.
The G-RAID with Removable Drives (pictured) is a removable dual-drive storage system with transfer rates of up to 330MB/. The G-RAID is configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, and features USB 3.0, eSATA, along with FireWire. The G-RAID ships with two removable 7,200RPM hard drives, complete in an all-aluminum enclosure. Pricing starts at US$449.95 for a 4TB model.
In addition to showcasing the G-RAID Studio, G-Technology is also...
SecuritySpy 3.4 for Mac OS X adds HTTPS, more
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.
SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include web server encryption (HTTPS), support for relay interfaces to control external devices, support for new IP cameras, and bug fixes.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing US$1,100. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).
Apple's Eddy Cue to be honored with Spirit of Life award
City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group (http://tinyurl.com/lmpowg6) will honor Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple’s Internet Software and Services, with its 2014 Spirit of Life Award.
The award is City of Hope’s highest honor, and each year recognizes an individual whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film and entertainment industries. Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector. The award will be presented at a dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
"We couldn’t be more excited to be recognizing Eddy Cue with City of Hope’s highest honor," says Jason Morey, president of City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group. "City of Hope and Apple are both renowned for their passionate embrace of innovation and change. Eddy embodies that same passion. He has played a hugely important role for Apple as it has revolutionized the way consumers enjoy everything from music to films to TV to books to apps. He is an extraordinarily...
Adaptxt Keyboard soon to be available on iOS 8
KeyPoint Technologies says its Adaptxt smart keyboard app will be coming to iOS this fall. With the unveiling of iOS 8 and Apple opening its doors to third party keyboard apps, KeyPoint readied its internal team in anticipation for this opportunity, says Sumit Goswami, CEO at KeyPoint Technologies.
He adds that the company also plans to unveil specialized dictionaries for legal, health, finances and other professionals. The Adaptxt specialized dictionaries for iOS will reportedly predict words and phrases applicable to various professional industries.
Goswami says that Adaptxt is the only keyboard to offer over 100 languages and 30 specialized dictionaries. Go to http://www.keypoint-tech.com for more info.
CS Odessa announces additions to Marketing Area in ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO 9.5 and greater. The company has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with marketing information and data.
The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO 9. The Marketing 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 marketing diagrams, matrices diagrams, pyramid diagrams, sales dashboard, and target/circular diagrams to illustrate documents and presentations.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499
Subtitle Studio for OS X gets faster editing
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update to its US$9.99 subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers faster editing, the ability to edit subtitles without having a movie open, and the ability to load pure text files and spread them over a movie's duration.
To use the app, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The software will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices. A demo is available for download at the product web site
Adobe serves up ACR 8.5 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced the availability of ACR 8.5 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://tinyurl.com/oqc43tg).
The release candidate adds support for these six cameras: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II; Fuji FinePix S1; Nikon 1 J4; Nikon 1 V3; Olympus OM-D E-M10; and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4. Additionally, this release adds support for six new lens profiles, including Fuji, Canon and Nikon.
Camera Raw 8.5 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 on Mac OS X and Windows. Note that Camera Raw 8.5 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.
Epson announces new WorkForce printers
Epson (www.epson.com) has announced its new WorkForce business printing solutions featuring 11 models powered by PrecisionCore, the company’s next generation printing technology. Prices range from US$149.99.
These WorkForce models produce print-shop quality color prints, laser-sharp black and color text, and fast print speeds at up to half the printing cost of color laser for a range of business environments, says Nils Madden, marketing director, Desktop Imaging and Printing, Epson America. The new line of printers includes the WorkForce series for SOHO users; WorkForce Pro printers for SMBs and workgroups; and WorkForce wide format for larger paper and scanning sizes typically used by architects, engineers and designers.
Madden says that all WorkForce printers offer several advantages over color laser, such as true-to-life color for consistent tones and colors on all paper types – plain, matte and glossy, as well as faster first page out speed with no warm-up time and without...
Folding Text for Mac OS X gets improved editor, more
Hog Bay Software has introduced FoldingText 2.0 (www.foldingtext.com), a text productivity tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers an improved editor, expanded syntax highlighting, and a new software development kit.
With Folding Text, you can organize with plain text outlines and use modes to embed specialized behavior such as todos and timers. As users type, FoldingText auto-formats the document into sections, lists, and paragraphs using Markdown-based formatting. Users can fold away sections to get a clear overview of their work, expand them to see the details, and focus in on a section to hide everything else.
For example, you can add ".todo" into your outline and list items transform into todo's items with clickable checkboxes. Click a checkbox and the item is marked "@done" with strikethrough formatting. You can add ".timer" in your outline to create a live multi-step timer. Enter times in plain text and use FoldingText to stay on-task and on-time throughout the day.
Razer announces Junglecat gamepad for iOS devices
Razer has announced the Junglecat gamepad for iOS devices. The company says it offers a combination of gaming-grade control and customizability with phone access.
The Razer Junglecat will be available in July for US$99. It sports a slider that reveals or hides the gamepad as desired. It sports a full set of gaming functions resident in the Razer Junglecat’s AXBY pressure-sensitive buttons, D-pad and bumpers. Users can leave the Razer Junglecat attached, as all buttons and ports remain available in its pocket-ready compact form. At only 20 mm thin, the controller feels like a standard protective case.
The Razer Junglecat comes with a downloadable iOS app that lets users remap and define all of its button functions, as well as adjust pressure sensitivity according to preference. Up to 20 personalized profiles can be stored on the app, allowing users to select a corresponding profile for their favorite games.
The software keeps gamers up-to-date on the latest titles optimized for...
Mac Support Store now offers even faster data recovery
The Mac Support Store says it's offering even faster data recovery for Mac owners with the launch of their own Certified ISO 5 (Class 100) clean room.
The company offers onsite, lightning fast data recovery for Mac owners, without the risk of voiding original warranty. Today's announcement extends the benefits offered by The Mac Support Store, whose services include Mac, iPhone and iPad repair, Mac and iPad rentals, data recovery, onsite calls, and cyber security.
Until now, all drives had to be sent out of the store causing further wait times for Mac owners, but with today's announcement, businesses and local residents will now have a faster option for getting their valuable data recovered, says Jeff Graber, owner of The Mac Support Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/p8ocydv for more info.
DuckDuckGo to be included as built-in option in Safari on iOS,...
Apple says DuckDuckGo (https://duckduckgo.com), the search engine that doesn't track its users, will be included in the future versions of Safari on iOS and OS X.
"DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be included in Safari," says Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo’s CEO and founder. "It’s great to see Apple making it easy for Safari users to access our anonymous search option."
He adds that DuckDuckGo recently launched a reimagined and redesigned version that showcases a more powerful way to interact with their "instant answers" — information that appears above links and ads for recipes, videos, and hundreds of other topics. DuckDuckGo’s instant answers are open-source, allowing anyone to contribute ideas and code to them. In 2013, DuckDuckGo received over one billion searches.
Hyperbolic Software updates Tidy Up! for Mac OS X
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features a new interface and more.
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.
Tidy Up 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater. It costs US$30.
Apple releases iOS 8 SDK with over 4,000 new APIs
Apple has released its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], which it says is the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs [application programming interfaces].
iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features like Notification Center widgets and third-party keyboards; and introduces frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit. iOS 8 also includes Metal, a new graphics technology that maximizes the performance of the A7 chip and Swift, a powerful new programming language, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
iOS 8 offers developers frameworks including HealthKit APIs that provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician app, such as...
Apple unveils iOS 8
Apple has unveiled iOS 8, which the company says is the biggest release since the launch of the App Apple App Store,
New features include: iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and a new Health app that gives you am overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes: predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard; Family Sharing, a way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.
"iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your...
Apple announces OS X Yosemite
Apple has announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned with a new look, new apps and new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid .
The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know, all in one place. iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and can store files of any type. Safari has a new streamlined design that puts the most important controls at your fingertips. Mail sports new editing and sending attachments features.
Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Yosemite even gives you the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac.
"Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We engineer our platforms...
Pixar Animation Studios announces upcoming version of RenderMan
Pixar Animation Studios has announced a series of innovations in the latest version of its upcoming Academy Award-winning RenderMan software.
The company says it will offer a generational shift in RenderMan that "establishes an entirely new modular rendering architecture called RIS that provides highly optimized methods for simulating the transport of light through multiple state of the art algorithms, including an advanced Unidirectional Path Tracer and a Bidirectional Path Tracer with Progressive Photon Mapping (also known as VCM)." Along with major feature and performance enhancements, physically-based, artist-friendly workflows, progressive re-rendering, and the established advantages of RenderMan’s traditional REYES architecture, RenderMan now offers two rendering modes within one unified environment, providing the most advanced, versatile, and flexible rendering system available.
Pixar Animation Studio says that RIS represents a forward-looking framework through that Pixar can...
ABI Research: enterprise wearables market to reach US$18 billion...
Growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] value of 56.1% over the next five years, wearable device technologies will become an integral part of enterprise mobile enablement strategies.
As expected, the North American region will be the largest and grow at a CAGR value of 39% over the next five years. More interestingly, the Asia-Pacific region will become the second largest market outpacing Europe by 2019 with a CAGR of 90%.
"There are cases being made for wearables in the enterprise despite the relative newness of the technology," says ABI Research Senior Enterprise Analyst Jason McNicol. "However, which wearables are primed for enterprise usage and adoption is a more important question. Wearable technology such as smart glasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices. Smart watches, on the other hand, will most likely follow the trend of BYOD into the enterprise.”
ABI Research has identified six kinds of wearable devices...
Iris 1.0 is new screen recording software for the Mac
Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has introduced Iris 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a screen recorder that offers users the option to record directly to h.264, Apple ProRes — or to record and encode later.
Capture performance is maximized with GPU-accelerated processing and encoding on supported Macs. Additional features include application audio capture, color matching, advanced naming and tagging, presets, "talking head," timed recordings, and sharing of recordings.
The free-to-try watermarked version of Iris 1.0 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. The full version of Iris can be obtained for US$39.99 via an in-app purchase.
OfficeTime now simplifies time tracking easier for small business
OfficeTime (http://www.officetime.net) now makes it easier for freelancers and business owners to track time on the Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad. The new version for the Mac and PC (US$47) features a new interface and over 150 improvements.
The mobile version for the iPhone and iPad ($7.99) has also been updated with over 100 improvements. It's also optimized to work even better with iOS 7.
Both the desktop and mobile versions of OfficeTime are designed to enable users to track exactly what they do each day and how much they spend. It supports professionals who invoice on an hourly fee schedule.
Tanmay Sonawane introduces Write for Mac
Tanmay Sonawane has introduced Write for Mac (http://writeapp.net/mac), a note taking and markdown writing app for Mac OS X. It sports an iOS 7 inspired design with a minimalistic interface.
Write for Mac offers full library management for notes across your Mac and cloud services. All your notes and tags sync with Write for iOS via iCloud or Dropbox. The software will organize and present them in a single place. The app also provides full in-content search and tags
Write for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
TextExpander update for Mac OS X I'mproves search...
Smile has rolled out TextExpander 4.3 (http://www.smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/), an update to the typing shortcut tool. The update improves search performance and allows the expansion or collapse of all groups in the TextExpander window by option-clicking to expand or collapse one group.
TextExpander retails for US$34.95. Family pack licenses, for home use, are $44.95. Office pack licenses, which cover five users in an office, are $99.95. Upgrades from earlier versions of TextExpander are $15 and free to users who purchased after Jan. 15, 2012.
Because TextExpander 4 can't be "sandboxed," it is not available on the Mac App Store. However, it's signed with a Developer ID from Apple to meet the requirements of Gatekeeper in OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and later. TextExpander 4.x requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3 adds new IM recording features
WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.
Version 1.3 brings a "breakthrough" in chat/instant message recording on Mac OS X, according to the folks at Widestep Security. Elite Keylogger will now record both sides of the conversations in iChat/Messages, Skype and Adium.
Elite Keylogger for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later. There are two versions available: Free and Pro. The difference between the two is that the free version isn't invisible, and its logs don't display passwords and chat conversations.
Elite Keylogger Pro licensing is US$49 for one monitored Mac, $99 for five monitored d Macs, and $99 for 25 monitored Macs $199. An unlimited license is $299. Version 1.3 is a free update to all users of Elite Keylogger Pro.
Karelia releases first updates to the hit list
Karelia Software (http://www.karelia.com/) has released the first updates to The Hit List by Karelia since acquiring Potion Factory. It's a personal task management app.
The Hit List for Mac 1.1.4 and The Hit List for iPhone 1.1.5 are maintenance updates that introduce refinements for adding tasks and include fixes to reported issues. Sync subscriptions are available for keeping tasks and lists in sync between desktop and mobile devices. The Hit List updates are available today for the Mac and iPhone, and free of charge to all The Hit List customers.
The Hit List for Mac is available for US$49.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from Karelia Software. The Hit List for iPhone is available for $9.99 via the Apple App Store only. The Hit List for Mac requires OS X 10.6.6 or later, and The Hit List for iPhone requires iOS 5.1 or later and can be used on the iPhone and iPod touch. Sync subscriptions are available for US$1.99 per month or $19.99 per year as an in-app purchase.
Announcing MacTech Conference 2014, the 5th Year
Registration is now underway for MacTech Conference 2014 (http://www.mactech.com/conference/about), which will be held Nov. 5-7 in Los Angeles. It's a three day event where "iOS and OS X meet reality."
The fifth MacTech Conference is the flagship event for IT pros, enterprise pros, and developers. The event will be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, which is close to the Los Angeles Airport. The discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so you register for the event now at http://www.mactech.com/conference/register . Note: Super Early Bird pricing is in effect only until June 15th.
The main conference event is three full days of sessions, speakers, labs, fun activities, and, of course, food. You can find all the details at http://www.mactech.com/conference/schedule
As an extension of last year's newly added workshops, there's an expanded array of pre-conference workshops. Attendees will have a choice of both half day, and full day, on an array of IT and...
Apple to acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics
Apple has announced it has agreed to acquire the subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.
As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.
"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."
"I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple," says Jimmy Iovine. "The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep...
Sonnet offers expansion kit bundles for xMac Pro Server
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced five new Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits for the Echo Express III-R, a 2U rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system, and for the recently announced xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro computers.
These expansion systems were designed to accommodate additional equipment within their enclosures, and the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits take advantage of that feature by offering users a way to add two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices to their equipment rack without taking up any more space.
The Mac Pro Migration Edition (part number MR-MPM-X3HD) has a suggested retail price of $699. The Data Archiving Edition (part number MR-LTO-X4SSD) has a suggested retail price of $899. All five new kits are available immediately.
Apple releases iTunes 11.2.2
Apple has released iTunes 11.2.2 for Mac OS X and Windows. The maintenance release fixes a podcast downloading issue.
It also includes stability improvements. iTunes 11.2.2 is now available to download through the Mac App Store or directly from Apple.
NTT DOCOMO, Apple to offer iPad in Japan staring June 10
NTT DOCOMO and Apple have announced that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on the DOCOMO network beginning on Tuesday, June 10.
DOCOMO’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display users will be able to enjoy the company’s nationwide ultra-fast Xi LTE communications service with the new billing plan which enables data quota sharing among family members and corporate users, says Kaoru Kato, president and CEO of NTT DOCOMO.
Beginning June 2, customers can pre-register for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display at DOCOMO dealers and DOCOMO’s website. For details on sales prices and special campaigns, go to http://tinyurl.com/l7wpgyc. For details on the new billing plan, visit http://tinyurl.com/lxy5zpc .
Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 13 revved to version 7.5
Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has released Troi File Plug-in 7.5 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Version 7.5 adds support for 64-bit architecture on FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect.
Troi File Plug-in 7.5 works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista/7/8/8.1.
Licenses cost US$99 per user. A demo version is available for downloading at Troi's website.
KeyCue 7.2 for OS X merges visible, invisible shortcuts
Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 7.2, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. The upgrade merges "visible" and "invisible" shortcuts and shows all shortcuts with the same header in the same block.
With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.
KeyCue requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. The upgrade to version 7.2 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for KeyCue 7. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, go to the Ergonis Software web site (www.ergonis.com).
Mergemill Pro update simplifies the sending of mass emails with...
Cross Culture has announced Mergemill Pro 4.7 (http://www.mergemill.com/), an update to their data processing and bulk email merge tool for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 4.7 simplifies the process of sending mass emails with attachments.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data, such as databases, Web pages, emails and more, and then merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from Web pages to customized emails. Users may also use Mergemill tags to customize and personalize emails.
Mergemill Pro 4.7 can 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.
Conner Productions releases Seal, a free FCP X template
Conner Productions has released Seal (http://tinyurl.com/ln2hqst), a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). It's customizable and allows users to create introduction seals for their videos featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus.
Users can customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the Seal Template to fit within their video. Seal was designed in Motion 5, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.
Conner Productions is offering Seal as a free download; it's compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. There's no watermark and the template is fully functional and customizable
OmniFocus for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface, more
OmniFocus 2 (http://tinyurl.com/kahgpn5) has shipped. It's an upgrade of the the Omni Group's task management tool for Mac OS X.
Version 2 sports a redesigned user interface. It also adds a Quick Open feature that allows you to jump right into a folder. Finally, it beefs up printing and exporting so that the output is more like a document than a screenshot.
The Pro edition has a feature set equivalent to what was available in OmniFocus 1 (at the same price of US$79.99 price), and there's a simplified standard edition which available at half the price ($39.99). Upgrades from version 1.x to version 2 Pro are available at half price both through the Omni Store and the Mac App Store (as long as you upgrade at the same store as you purchased version 1).
Native Instruments introduces ARCANE ATTIC Expansion for MASCHINE
Native Instruments has announced ARCANE ATTIC, a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring "gritty" field recordings. Designed for unconventional beat making across all styles and genres, this Expansion was created, recorded, and designed by BOOM Library.
ARCANE ATTIC also comes with new presets for MASSIVE and MASCHINE’s Drum Synths, with a selection of sounds that complement the sample material. ARCANE ATTIC is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MACHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available for iOS devices for $0.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qjofn7x for more info.
Western Digital launches the WD TV
Western Digital has unveiled the WD TV – Personal Edition, a Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on a home network, according to Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales.
WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systemsthanks to support for a variety of file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport Ultra and My Book product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked Mac or PC.
A WD TV Remote app allows WD TV users to turn their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. It's a free download at the...
PDFTool Kit for Mac OS revved to version 2.0
Cisdem has launched PDFToolkit 2.0.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the utility to merge, split, compress and extract PDFs.
Cisdem PDFToolkit provides a set of utility functions for working with PDF files. It lets users combine multiple PDF files into one, split one big PDF file into smaller ones, compress entire PDF file into smaller size file, extract images out of the PDF, or extract Text out of the PDF file.
PDFToolkit 2.0.0 is available now through the Cisdem website (http://www.cisdem.com). A demo version is available. A single user license of PDFToolkit costs US$29.99. A license for two Macs is $49.99, while a license for five Macs costs $69.99.
ReelSmart Motion Blur 5, Twixtor 6 released
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released ReelSmart Motion Blur version 5 and Twixtor version 6 with GPU support for eyeon Fusion .
Speedups up to 3x on GPUs when using RSMB and Twixtor, already known for their speed, have been measured over running in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor creates slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence.
RE:Vision Effects plug-ins are available for Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Quantel genQ and others.
Deliver Express for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.3, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version addresses an issue that could prevent the app from creating and deleting directories on some FTP servers.
Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day
MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.
JetDrive Lite expansion cards released for Apple laptops
Transcend Information (http://tinyurl.com/owzyesd) has launched its JetDrive Lite series of expansion cards aimed at MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air users. There are four different models offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.
Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific model while providing a way to increase available storage. The 128GB card, for instance, can store over 60,000 high-resolution photos, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of Full HD video, or seemingly limitless number of documents.
When inserted into the card slot of a compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage, according to the folks at Transcend.
Manufactured with MLC NAND flash chips, the expansion cards boast read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s respectively.
The JetDrive Lite Series of expansion cards are available...