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Dec 15
AccountEdge Pro 2015 gets serialized inventory, sales commission...
Acclivity has launched AccountEdge Pro 2015 in the US. It's the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows. Among the enhancements are serialized inventory and sales commission tracking. AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online.  AccountEdge Cloud is an add-on that lets users enter sales invoices, activity slips, and the ability for employees and contractors to enter in their timesheet for payroll purposes, all integrating back to AccountEdge Pro. Serialized inventory management allows a business to track serial numbers through the life cycle of its inventory, from purchase to sale including warranty.  They can use manufacturer serial numbers or have AccountEdge create their own series of serial numbers. AccountEdge Pro is available immediately from the...
Dec 15
Sparkle for Mac gets features for photographers, others
River Design has introduced Sparkle 1.1, an upgrade of the visual website builder for Mac OS X. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 and higher and is optimized for Yosemite. Sparkle translates any text and graphic layout to HTML. The app gives Mac users a great to build websites visually. Version 1.1 builds on the app's engine by adding features for photographers, film directors, graphic designers and small businesses. Sparkle 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store for US$79.99. It's a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0. A free trial limited to three pages is available from its official website (http://sparkle.cx).
Dec 15
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 20% in third quarter of 2014
Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users were flat in the third quarter of 2014, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). However, sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units. "Sales of feature phones declined 25% in the third quarter of 2014 because the difference in price between feature phones and low-cost Android smartphones is reducing further," says Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner. "In the third quarter of 2014, smartphones accounted for 66% of the total mobile phone market, and Gartner estimates that by 2018, nine out of 10 phones will be smartphones." From a regional perspective, emerging markets exhibited some of the highest growths ever recorded with Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa achieving the highest increase in the third quarter of 2014, with sales of smartphones growing almost 50% year-over-year. Among the mature markets, the U.S. achieved the highest growth, with an 18.9 percent increase in the third...
Dec 15
Benroy Busines for Mac released
YZY SOFT (http://www.yzysoft.com) has released Benroy Business App, a Mac OS X app for organizing and tracking daily work in these business areas: sales, creative agencies, real estate companies, construction companies, photography, employment agencies, legal professionals and others. The most important information is in a single window. Benroy Business is designed for managing contacts, projects, job orders, estimates, project discrepancies, leads, proposals, contracts, products, warehouses, incomes, expenses, payments, documents, tasks, events, and time sheets. Benroy Business normally costs US$99 as single-user application. However, there's a 30% discount until the end of 2014 by using the coupon code: END2014.
Dec 11
Sonnet Introduces New Family of Optical Thunderbolt Cables
Sonnet Technologies New Family of Optical Thunderbolt cables designed to connect computers and devices over longer distances in a wide variety of production environments. With support for both 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 and 10Gbps Thunderbolt connections, the Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are "thin, lightweight, and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt cables at distances of up to 60 meters." The Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are ideal for use in situations requiring the computer to be segregated from other equipment without a loss in functionality or data-transfer speed. One example is when a computer and other peripherals must be remotely located in a secure equipment room, with the cable running out to a desktop with a Thunderbolt dock that supports a display, mouse, keyboard, and other peripheral devices. Another example might be an audio production workflow that requires a particularly quiet operating environment. The longer optical Thunderbolt cable...
Dec 11
Xojo 2014 Release 3
Xojo Inc has released Xojo 2014 Release 3 -- a major release of their multi-platform rapid development tool. Xojo users can now build iOS apps in the same way desktop and web applications are created (e.g., native iOS applications). This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features. Xojo 2014 Release 3 feature highlights include: * New iOS framework * New Text data type and supporting methods for improved text handling * New Auto data type for storing any type or object * New Xojo.Core classes that make creating international applications easier * SSLSockets now support newer security protocols like TLS v1.1 and v1.2, and now defaults to TLS v1 instead of SSLv3 This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features. In addition to the new iOS framework, this release also adds improvements to the web framework and includes new classes that make creating international applications easier. Further, web applications can now respond to requests from search...
Dec 11
Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates
Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates Apple has released three important updates. iOS 8.1.2 which includes an array of security updates. Take note, however, over the air updates have proven a challenge for some. The download is large, and users tight on memory will find that they need to free up space before they can update. Safari 8.0.2 has just been released and is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users for "usability, stability, and security" updates. Issues fixed include syncing across iCloud Drive, password, WebGL graphics on Retina Displays, importing from Firefox and more. Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 improves reliability when connecting to the display. HP Printer Software Update 3.0 includes the latest suite of printers and scanner support from HP.
Dec 10
OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro
OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro Other World Computing (OWC) announced their 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD DIY upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro. The new Aura SSD for Mac Pro "delivers the capacity and performance Mac Pro users need for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo, and graphics. OWC’s new Aura SSDs for Mac Pro 2013 transfers speeds up to 730 MB/s and it is engineered for Mac so there is no extra software or hacks needed. OWC says the custom-engineered DIY Solution with 1TB and 2TB Capacities will deliver up to 8x the Capacity of Factory Shipping Models. You can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive with an enclosure from OWC as well. Aura SSD upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro are available for pre-order starting at $899 for the 1TB model and $1449 for the 2TB model. Contact them at 1-815-333-5023 or https://eshop.macsales.com/preorder/OWC-Aura-SSD-for-Mac-Pro/
Dec 10
Alsoft Releases DiskWarrior 5
Aloft's DiskWarrior is the powerful disk repair and recover tool for OS X. Having been around since long before OS X, techs and users have learned to use and rely on the simple interface that does a lot. Alsoft says "DiskWarrior reads the damaged directory and finds all salvageable files and folders and builds a new error-free, optimized directory for you to use. DiskWarrior verifies your repaired directory to ensure it is error free. It then uses a fail-safe method of replacing the damaged directory to ensure that interruptions such as power outages won't harm your data. File paths, permissions, invalid plists and other problems are tested to ensure your files can be found when you need them.” The new version 5 includes many features that users have been long waiting for including: - 64-Bit - Ships on a bootable flash dirive to repair your startup disk - New DiskWarrior Recovery Maker. - Runs from OS X Recovery partition. - Repairs partition table damage. - Includes support for...
Dec 09
IN-SRC releases FrontLog 1.1.1 for Mac OS X
IN-SRC has announced FrontLog 1.1.1 (www.thefrontlog.com), an update to their task management tool for Mac OS X. Designed for collaboration, it helps users organize their tasks through the use of logbooks. Logbooks can be easily shared, assigned and updated between other team members as well as synched across both iOS and OS X devices. The free version of FrontLog is best for small teams and has 300M storage. For larger teams and storage, FrontLog has upgraded Standard and Pro logbook plans available. The app is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Dec 08
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 8
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Box of Frogs Media has published Roobarb & Custard: When Custard was Grounded. Actress Tamsin Greig injects her unique narrative for this US$3.99 Roobarb and Custard app book. You Tell Me Stories (YTMS) has announced Little Red Hen with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share ($2.99). It's the sixth illustrated book app in the You Tell Me Stories Library. Based on the classic folk tale, Little Red Hen encourages kids to participate with the use of WordWinks-questions. They can also retell, record and share the story in their own voice. Wildwood Resources has announced CREATEit for the iPad. The $2.99 app lets you produce visual images that you can share with your friends. Ultralab has introduced Ultrapop. It's a $0.99 a collection of psychedelic filters inspired by pop art and tropical cocktails that can be applied to photos.
Dec 08
Audio Switcher adds support for Yosemite's Dark Mode
Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.4 offers improved support for Mac OS X Yosemite's Dark Mode, a new menu bar icon and a menu option for opening the System Sound Preferences applet. Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.0.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store. Visit Spike Software online (http://www.spikesoft.net) for more information, support and to leave feedback.
Dec 08
Apple supporting Hour of Code project
Apple is supporting the Hour of Code project by offering lessons at its Apple Stores around the world. The Hour of Code is a week-long event that runs in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 8-14. Go to http://code.org for more info. Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision "is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science."
Dec 08
Former Apple exec sentenced for conspiracy
A former Apple exec who sold some of the company's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay US$4.5 million for his crimes, reports the AP (http://tinyurl.com/m8y4x4v). Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office announced Devine's penalty Friday, but declined to explain the reason for the lengthy delay in his sentencing. Devine faced up to 20 years in prison.
Dec 08
DRM Converter updated with OS X Yosemite compatibility
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter (http://tinyurl.com/8y7fcyq) for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.9.1. It adds Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility and fixed the issue that iTunes fails to launch on Yosemite. DRM Converter 3 converts any song that can be played with iTunes to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV etc for use with iPad, any other MP3 player, CD player, mobile phone or personal computer. With version 3.9.1, users can also convert audiobooks from the Audible format to more universal formats so they can be played on devices that don't interface with Audible. DRM Converter 3.9.1 for Mac is a free upgrade for all registered users. The program requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$39.95.
Dec 05
OWC announces 1TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. It's designed for Mac or PC systems; no extra software or hacks are needed. According to OWC (http://www.macsales.com), the US$499Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD offers sustained transfer rates up to 535/443MBps read/write. It's designed for do-it-yourself installation with step-by-step install videos. “At OWC, we’re always trying to give our customers more. More capacity, greater performance and exceptional reliability," says said Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, OWC. "Our new 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD raises the bar for high-performance SSDs,” “At twice the previous max-capacity, it’s now an even better drive upgrade solution, and always comes backed by our famous 24/7 customer support.”
Dec 05
Absolute Software expands support for Device Enrollment Program
Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) has announced full support for Mac OS X Yosemite with Absolute Manage 6.7. This release includes full support for Mac computers within the Apple Device Enrollment Program. This experience enables Absolute customers to remotely provision employer, and employee-owned Macs as part of the standard device setup process, ensuring all new Macs are registered and compliant from the very first moment they're put into use. Absolute Manage 6.7 is available now. The release also includes additional enhancements, as well as compatibility with the newest operating systems. The InstallEase software repackaging tool has also been updated to support the latest Mac and Windows operating systems, available as a free download at Absolute Software online.
Dec 05
Logo Pop Lite for OS X adds pre-designed logo graphics
128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.1, an update to its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X. The software allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.1 adds new pre-designed logo graphics and templates, and fixes a bug in the Graphics preview window. Logo Pop Lite 1.1 is available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It's available for US$1.99 for a limited time.
Dec 05
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.4
Tension Software has released URL Extractor X 4.4. The Mac OS X app extracts email address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. In version 4.4, each URL is collected with the source URL (the URL from where it was extracted) listed in another column. The new version also adds advanced URL export capabilities, the ability to specify a custom client app name to declare connecting to the server, and layout adjustments. URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$50. It's available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.
Dec 04
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 4
Deadpan Dodo Art Factory has announced Bands, Singers & Songs Quiz. The goal of the free game is to discover the US or UK singer or music band using five provided song tips as help. The player has to type the missing singer or band using the jumbled letters, and try to work their way through all 30 levels of difficulty. ZealTopia Interactive has released Noda. It's a free combination of a number puzzle game with the swipe-and-connect game mechanics. In Noda, each level comprises of a board with dots on it. Some are empty, while some of them have numbers. Swipe from dots to dots in order to manipulate numbers. Form the correct number on the correct dots, under limited number of moves. Wimlog has introduced vPhotoGrid. The free app lets you convert a short iPhone video into photo grid, then merge the photo grid back to the video. This photo grid can be shown as the thumbnail of the saved video. Also, the photo grid can be further edited; you can draw, write text and put image...
Dec 04
Red Giant Shooter Suite 12.6.1 keeps RED camera media in sync
The Red Giant Universe (www.redgiant.com) is expanding again with the the latest update to the Shooter Suite, a collection of purpose-built applications that give directors of photography, videographers, shooters and filmmakers the automation and workflow capabilities to offload, analyze, touch up and synchronize digital media destined for post. Headlining the Shooter Suite 12.6.1 release is PluralEyes 3.5.5 support for RED camera media. PluralEyes support for RED media ensures users can quickly sync multi-camera and dual-system audio production media shot on RED cameras. The new PluralEyes update even supports sync automation for spanned RED media, treating multiple files as a single logical clip. The update also enhances the overall export workflow and includes a new welcome video tutorial to help new users start using PluralEyes faster than ever before. In addition to the new PluralEyes update, the Red Giant Shooter Suite includes a number of improvements to the Offload,...
Dec 04
LA's Palms Middle School uses crowdfunding to buy new Macs
Palms Middle School in West Los Angeles has a full complement of computers in its library. That's the good news. The bad news is that all of the computers are hopelessly outdated (see photo). "Our current computers are ridiculously slow, and some don't even work," said Keith McKnight, a member of the Friends of Palms, a nonprofit organization that includes parents, friends, and families of children who attend Palms Middle School."It's frustrating for students to try to do class assignments on equipment that takes many minutes to access websites or print documents. Due to budget constraints in our school district, replacing these old, outdated computers will take years, if ever." So McKnight and several other parents are talking the matter into their own hands. They have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise US$20,437, enough to purchase 13 Apple iMac computers with a speed of 2.7 Ghz. This is the minimum specification required by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The money...
Dec 04
Belkin releases new iPad keyboards
Belkin has released new keyboards for the iPad Air 2: the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard (pictured) and the QODE Ultimate Keyboard ($129.99). Both are designed specifically for the iPad Air 2 and are available exclusively at AT&T and Belkin.com. Designed for users who want both a protective case and a keyboard, but not always at the same time, the US$149.99 QODE Ultimate Pro features a detachable back case that makes it simple to remove from the keyboard, says Ana Hory, the director of product management for Belkin’s QODE keyboard business. The case portion is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover for full dual-sided protection when the keyboard isn’t in use. Thanks to its detachable case, the QODE Ultimate Pro also features both portrait or landscape modes for more viewing options than traditional clamshell keyboard cases. Belkin completely redesigned the keyboard layout of the QODE Ultimate Pro, making it an iPad keyboard case on the market with the same number of keys as a laptop...
Dec 04
Cinematica for Mac OS X revved to version 2.3
Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.3, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file. With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2.3 adds an option to toggle folder file counts and adds an option for an "Extra Large" storyboard frame size. Smart collections can now include "Keyword" and "Path" criteria. The keyword menu is now sorted alphabetically. Unused keywords are now removed from the database and keyword menu. Cinematica 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.
Dec 04
SuperSync for Mac OS X gets improved network security
SuperSync (http://www.supersync.com/) -- Mac OS X compatible software that acts as a music collection’s central hub, retrieving, organizing, and syncing all music and movie files across machines and disk drives in order to create one consistent, complete music library -- has been updated to version 6.1. The upgrade adds improved network security and Mac OS X support. Users can now visually compare, access, sync, and merge iTunes libraries including music, audio files, video files, podcasts, and playlists across multiple Macintosh, Windows, NAS, iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. With SuperSync, users can retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive. It allows visual comparison of two music libraries locally or over the net. With this feature, users can see what music is located in each library. They can select the tracks they want...
Dec 03
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 3
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. FAME has announced D-Cubes. It's a $1.99 puzzle game in which you must swap the colored cubes so that their sum equals the number of a silver cube and complete each face as fast as possible. Residents of greater San Diego are invited to connect with their community through Rocket, a new social network for urban discovery from Team Rocket. With the free app, users can get photographic insights into what's happening in their city and where the best local hotspots are. Liber Primus Games has launched Naborian Saga. It's a free, epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play. It's written by award winning novelist Francis Hora and Dr. Tom Pollak, a professional novelist and former editor of "Dragon," theDungeon’s and Dragon’s role playing game magazine. Dreapp Studio has introduced AnaDraw. It's a free app for drawing anamorphic art. Oleh Yudin has unveiled GeoCon. The US$0.99 app...
Dec 03
PCI Geomatics releases Python Scripts for use in Geomatica 2014 
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has released customized Python scripts to be used in conjunction with the company’s latest release of Geomatica. Geomatica 2014 offers support for scripting of processing algorithms in the Python language and is available as an alternative to Geomatica’s proprietary EASI scripting environment. Python Scripting also allows for customizable scripting to combine image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications. A number of scripts on PCI Geomatics’ GitHub page are specifically designed for use in version 10.2.1 of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The scripts released today support Python 2.7 and are available, free of charge, at http://tinyurl.com/m548okj . 
Dec 03
OWC ships 1TB Aura 6G SSD upgrade for MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC Aura SSD specifically developed for upgrading the capacity and speed of 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Display. It delivers peak transfer rates up to 555/530 MB/s read/write for high-speed production, audio, film, photo and graphic workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC. It's engineered for the Mac, so no extra software or hacks is needed. The Aura SSD is built for do-it-yourself installation and comes with step-by-step install videos. Also, you can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive. OWC’s Aura SSDs for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012-Early 2013) are available in a variety of configurations. Go to http://tinyurl.com/myrw3e3 for more info.
Dec 03
MacMate updates its cloud service packages
MacMate (http://www.macmate.me), a cloud service for Mac users, has announced three major updates and releases to their package: Web Builder Live, Wordpress M3, as well as increasing features across all the packages. Along with the launch of Web Builder Live and Wordpress M3, MacMate have beefed up all three packages with extra features, and more cloud space. Web Builder Live is included free on all MacMate packages. Now everyone can create a free website. MacMate Lite now features: Web Builder Live, Galleries, Cloud disk, Email and Filesharing. MacMate has also added Wordpress M3 to their premium MacMate Pro. WordPress M3 is a fully managed Wordpress solution. MacMate Lite is the new free version. MacMate Classic costs US$5.75 per month, and MacMate Pro is $8.25per month.
Dec 03
Apple working on ways to make the iPhone more shatter-proof
Apple may have invented an app, or at least a preventative measure that may eventually be built into future iPhones to make them more shatter-proof, notes MarketWatch. The company has been granted a patent for a mechanism that will reorient the phone in a freefall, which may keep the glass in your iPhone from shattering or cracking, as well as shielding other electronic components such as the camera lens. Patent number 8,903,519 is for a “protective mechanism for an electronic device." 
It would equip the iOS and OS X devices with a processor and a sensor in communication with the processor and a protective mechanism. The protective mechanism would “talk” with the processor and selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device. Additionally, the electronic device also includes an enclosure configured to at least partially enclose the processor and the sensor. The patent was initially submitted to the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 2011 and cites Nicholas...
Dec 03
iPhone 6 sales put Apple on course for a record quarter
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://us.kantar.com), for the August, September and October, shows that the iPhone 6 launch has sent Apple’s share of British smartphone sales up 10.4 percentage points. Apple now accounts for 39.5% of British sales, its highest ever level. Across Europe, Android sales still lead at 69.4% despite falling 2.5 percentage points. Apple’s iOS is up 5.7 percentage points to 20.7% thanks to the iPhone 6; Windows stands in third with 8.7% of the market. "Apple has experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. In major European economies, the US and Australia, Apple’s share of sales has risen," says Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "This success is particularly evident in Great Britain where Apple now has its highest ever share of sales with 39.5%. Most of these sales were driven by loyal Apple users. Some 86% of British...
Dec 03
Bluetooth 4.2 specification announced
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification. Key updates in 4.2 improve privacy and increase speed, and a soon-to-be ratified profile will enable IP connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 opens up new opportunities for developers, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and the industry to build a better user experience for consumers while creating use cases never before imagined. "Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity," says Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT [Internet of Things...
Dec 03
Boom 2 for OS X ready for Yosemite
Global Delight has released Boom 2, an upgrade of the system-wide Mac audio app. The new version is especially for OS X Yosemite, comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to the type of Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls and audio effects. Boom 2 introduces advanced equalizers with Frequency Constrain controls, audio personalization by customizing the sound output according to the Mac type, intelligent file audio boosting and system-wide volume boosting. It can also take advantage of Yosemite's Dark Mode. Boom 2 costs US$14.99 and can be found at the Global Delight store (www.globaldelight.com). Students/educators get a a special discounted price of $9.99 while existing Boom 1.x users can upgrade to the latest Boom 2 at a discount of 50%. A free, seven- day trial and more can be experienced at the Global Delight website.
Dec 03
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...
Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments. All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres. Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (http://tinyurl.com/ldn4y8w).
Dec 03
CS Odessa announces marketing infographics ConceptDraw Pro...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced an infographics addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is now available in the Business Infographics Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The new Marketing Infographics Solution includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils that support many professional ways to show marketing data at a glance. The new section contains design infographics tools to illustrate business documents and presentations. The ConceptDraw Marketing Infographics Solution is a paid add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10. The cost to purchase the infographics add-on is $25.
Dec 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It offers improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure, updated Automator actions, and updated Help files. Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) also adds compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera. Finally, it fixes compatibility issues with Boom. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19...
Dec 02
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...
Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments. All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres. Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (http://tinyurl.com/ldn4y8w).
Dec 02
Arturia launches Arturia Sofware Center
Music software and hardware developer, Arturia, has introduced its all-new Arturia Software Center (ASC), an application designed to make accessing its software simpler. It does away with USB dongle-based software protection and "call-and-response" activation routines for all Arturia software users. ASC allows them to register, activate, download, install, and update all of their instruments — those that they already own and those that they have just purchased — in one place. To register a product, you simply open ASC and click on the Add Product button; it is then added to the main ASC page and automatically synced on up to five computers (with no restrictions). There users can clearly see any Arturia software products that they already own. Conversely, checking out any Arturia products that they have yet to purchase is always an absorbing user experience as well, which is exactly why these are also shown on the main ASC page — providing easy access to demo versions is a surefire...
Dec 02
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool. Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media. Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store. 
Xcode 6.1.1 includes software development kits for Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and iOS 8.1. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.
Dec 02
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network scanner
Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface.  Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast.  When it comes to sending, Apollo’s touchscreen offers a variety of destinations including: cloud providers, email, FTP, mobile device, computer, network folder, USB drive — and even to multiple destinations simultaneously. The Plustek eScan A150 is available from authorized Plustek resellers and value added distributors, NewWave Technologies and Ingram Micro.
Dec 02
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color workgroup...
Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and cost savings up to 40% lower than printing from color lasers, he adds. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups can take advantage of versatile media handling to print up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels. The printers' cartridges allow you to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages. They have a total paper capacity of up to 1,830 sheets with optional paper...
Dec 02
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video
Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks. What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in. The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There's a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock's USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you to use your Apple SuperDrive, or connect additional bus-powered devices to...
Dec 02
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage. Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, xMac Pro Server, or xMac mini Server. The Tempo PCIe SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at http://tinyurl.com/...
Dec 02
Periscope Pro updated with Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility
ZipZapMac has released Periscope Pro 2.3, an update of its video surveillance app for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Periscope Pro works with the Mac’s built-in camera, as well as third party cameras and IP-cameras. Just plug in a video camera, click when and where prompted, and you’re set. Periscope Pro requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$19.99. For more info go to http://zipzapmac.com/PeriscopePro .
Dec 01
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 1
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. DynamicDust has announced Pyro. It's a free augmented reality app that "lets you set the world on fire." Point your iOS device's camera to something you would like to be in flames, draw the fire with a finger on the screen, and you can "burn" everything around you. Simon Peter Media has released Tap That Pic, a flash card app for preschoolers. Children can learn from many levels, including wild animals, vehicles, shapes, fish, and fruit. As well as aiding vocabulary, it's designed to help with memory and hand-eye coordination.Tap That Pic! 1.0 includes two categories. Free comes with four bundles with two more available for in-app purchase. The Animals & Colors Bundle, Fruit & Fish Bundle, Instruments & Vehicles Bundle and Wild Animals & Furniture Bundle are all $0.99 each. Mezmedia Pte has introduced Bamba Farm. Designed for kids aged two and above, the $4.99...
Dec 01
Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X adds disk space virtualization
The CleverFiles Team has released Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X. It adds Yosemite compatibility and disk space visualization to its suite of data recovery features. Now users can rescue lost data, protect data from future loss, and easily identify files that are taking up too much space. In addition to space visualization, Disk Drill 2.4 also brings: full support for Mac OS X Yosemite Core Storage technology, the capability to preview files in a hex (binary data) view, and a new type of scanning algorithm called "Allocate existing file system data". More details on the new release can be found in the official project's knowledge base. Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac is a free upgrade for all Free, Pro, Expert and Enterprise users of Disk Drill 2.x. Users will be prompted to upgrade upon launch of the program. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k6yalft for more info.
Dec 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! to support Autodesk’s VRED
PipelineFX (pipelinefx.com) is bringing VRED batch render support to their flagship product, Qube!. With the ability to leverage real-time clusters for animation rendering, both automotive and industrial design users will experience greater efficiency while creating prototype and marketing materials, says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. As the first render management software to support VRED, Qube! offers an optimized path from trusted visualization package to the final frame, he adds. With API [application programming interface] support, users can write pre and post scripts that Qube! will automatically run during jobs. This new capability began with an Autodesk request for VRED batch render support for two of North America’s largest auto manufacturers. Since many of PipelineFX’s automotive clients use VRED for real-time visualization and Qube! to manage Alias AutoStudio renders, an optimized solution for frame-based animations made a lot of sense, says Lewis. Design firms can also...
Dec 01
Worldwide smartphone market forecast to slow from a boil to a...
According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013. Looking ahead, IDC (www.idc.com) expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period. "The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be reflected in a race to the bottom when it comes to price. While premium phones aren't going anywhere, we are seeing increasingly better specs in more affordable smartphones. Consumers no...
Dec 01
Antitrust lawsuit involving iTunes and DRM to go on trial this...
Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago. Still, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/l7vymkw). In October U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Apple’s motion for summary judgment in a case that dates back to 2004 and involves the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase. The class-action lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago by Thomas Slattery, who alleged that Apple violated federal antitrust laws and California's unfair competition law by requiring that customers use an iPod to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. Apple managed to have some claims struck from the complaint in 2005, but wasn't successful in having the lawsuit dismissed.
Dec 01
Illuminado for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3
Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the lighting calculation app. The new version lets you import drawings photometry from PDF files. There's a new dialogue for managing multiple lighting source selection, dimmable lighting sources, an optimized OpenGL view, and integration of Area Lighting Calc and Lightning Bulb Manager. Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete. Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$69.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.
 

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