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Jan 15
Judge: 'anti-poaching' lawsuit may continue
Approximately 60,000 Silicon Valley workers to the thumbs up to pursue a lawsuit accusing Apple and other tech companies of conspiring to drive down pay by not poaching each other's staff, after a federal appeals court refused to let the defendants appeal a class certification order, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/md6m8en). The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has let stand an order by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to let the workers sue as a group, and pursue what the defendants said could exceed $9 billion of damages, the article adds. The case began in 2011 when five software engineers sued Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel and other firms over an alleged "overarching conspiracy" to suppress pay by agreeing not to recruit or hire each other's employees.
Jan 15
IGC Software rings up version 5.0.4 of iBank for Mac OS X
IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 5.0.4, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X. It's an incremental update with bug fixes and stability improvements. iBank 5.0.4 costs USS$59.95. It's a free update for registered users of version 5.x. It's available at the IGC Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Jan 14
CineText Final Cut Pro X Titles released on FxFactory
FxFactory has introduced CineFlare CineText to its family of plugins. It's designed exclusively for use in Apple's Final Cut Pro X. CineText is a tool for adding professional, animated text titles, The plugin comes with 20 different custom-made animated titles, each with its own quick-choose, drop down menu for selection between six screen positions. CineText is located in the Titles browser of the program after download. Just drag and drop a chosen title onto your timeline and begin altering to suit your needs. CineText is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/cinetext/) for US$49.
Jan 14
The latest in patent battles involving Apple
A new patent infringement lawsuit has been filed against Apple, while a second company is seeking to supplement a previous lawsuit. Rembrandt IP Management affiliates Rembrandt Patent Innovations and Rembrandt Secure Computing have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the lawsuit capital of the world. The patent in question (US Patent 6,185,678) covers systems and methods for secure booting and recovery in an electronic device. The Rembrandt companies claim Apple uses the technology in many of its products — including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — without permission. Meanwhile, VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in its currently-pending patent infringement lawsuit. The motion alleges that newly released...
Jan 14
PrivacyScan for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.5, an update of the Mac privacy software. New features have been added to increase users privacy and make them aware of potential privacy threats that exist on their Mac.  PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome and Chromium users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps. PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.5 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.
Jan 14
MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component available
Steven Cholerton has announced MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component for Xojo and REALStudio Developers to use within their own applications. He says it allows developers to give their customers sophisticated data query functionality built into their application without having to write it themselves. With it users can connect to any SQLite or MySQL database. The Results Grid can be customized for font, size and line type. Export Results Data in Tab Delimited, CSV or JSON Formats. The standard edition of DataViewer costs 50 GBP with the full source code edition available for 150 GBP. Email support is available for both editions of DataViewer. To download it click on http://tinyurl.com/kqhjlqj .
Jan 14
Typinator 5.8 suggests matching snippets as you type
Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.8, a new version of their text expander. The upgrade lets you define a hotkey to instantly search for matching snippets while you're typing. Typinator is a solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 5.8 offers new AppleEvents to enable third-party utilities to define new snippets, and offers improvements in the Registration window to avoid misunderstandings with correctly registered licenses. Typinator 5.8 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be ordered at the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.8 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. See the Ergonis web site for information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers. Instead of purchasing Typinator by itself, customers...
Jan 14
Troi Activator plug-in ready for FileMaker Pro 13
Here are the latest incremental updates for Mac OS X apps: ° Troi Automatisering has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.2. It adds compatibility with FileMaker Pro 13 and now runs in 64-bit. Troi Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9). Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site. Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/...
Jan 13
TrackX Powered by mocha available for Final Cut Pro X

Imagineer Systems has released TrackX powered by mocha. The latest Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) plug-in to come out of the strategic partnership between Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, TrackX powered by mocha leverages the Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites. It lets FCP X editors track and replace objects within a video, such as an image on a cell phone, TV screen or sign, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion. TrackX’s customizable parameters provide FCP X editors with controls to fine-tune translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion of text and video, eliminating the need to do manual keyframing. Designed to manage the most difficult tracking challenges, mocha technology stays locked on through shaky, grainy and motion-blurred video. TrackX powered by mocha is available now and priced at US$99. Users who have purchased...
Jan 13
ShopKeep, Griffin announce Mobile POS for small businesses
ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based point of sale platform designed by retailers for retailers, has announced ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app. Designed for the iPod touch, ShopKeep Mobile features an encrypted credit card swiper and high speed laser barcode scanner to ring-up sales right from the showroom floor. Stores from clothing boutiques to specialty retailers can maximize revenue per square footage by removing their counter and providing customers with a better shopping experience, says Jason Richelson, founder and CEO, ShopKeep POS. ShopKeep Mobile is in production beta. You can register your interest at www.shopkeep.com/mobile-pos .
Jan 13
POP3it Pro plug-in for FileMaker Pro revved to version 4.1.14
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has presented an update (version 4.1.14) for POP3it Pro to fix a couple of bugs and bring in FileMaker Pro 13 compatibility. POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. The plug-in also allows you to import email directly from the mailbox storage files of popular email clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Apple Mail. With the advanced plug-in architecture of FileMaker Pro 7 and above, POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. For new users a single-user license costs US$65. A demo is available for download, and version 4.1.14 is a free update for registered users. To use the Server Edition of POP3it Pro, you'll need to purchase at least a 10-user license. A 10-user license is $319.  
Jan 13
MoneyWiz upgrade adds Mavericks support
SilverWiz Ltd. has announced MoneyWiz 1.5.2 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 50 improvements and is free for all existing customers. Most notably, the update introduces Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks support and new cloud sync (via SYNCbits) which boosts performance and security. MoneyWiz is a complete personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://moneywizapp.com/mac/ for more info.
Jan 13
Geo WPS for Mac OS X updated with new Refresh command
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Geo WPS, a Mac OS X geo-tracking app, to version 1.1. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command and a faster refresh at high zoom levels. Geo WPS lets you track your geographic position using OS X Wi-Fi geo-tracking. It shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map that's updated live from the Internet. Geo WPS can work with any Mac with Airport turned on (to detect correct location) and an available Internet connection (using any kind of connection). It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, costs US$2, and is available at the Mac App Store.
Jan 10
OWC expands Helios PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis lineup
Other World Computing has debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line. It's a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with the all new Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations. Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards. The original Mercury Helios is fast and flexible with throughput up to 10Gb/s, while the Helios 2 handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, and is the perfect solution to massively boost workflow...
Jan 10
Appeals court: Apple didn't violate Google patent
"Reuters" reports (http://tinyurl.com/meb9sr5) that an appeals court has ruled that Apple doesn't use use patented technology owned by Motorola Mobility, a Google unit, in making its iPhones. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission in April that Apple didn't violate a Google patent to make their smartphone. In 2010 Motorola Mobility accused Apple of infringing on six of its patents covering technology such as reducing signal noise and programming the device's touch screen so a user's head does not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone. The ITC ruled in April 2013 that Apple did not violate any of the six. The appeals court addressed just one of the six patents.
Jan 10
PDF Checkpoint improves PDF conversion to images with...
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.1, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X. The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version improves PDF conversion to TIFF and PNG images with preserved transparency and addresses some issues related to output image resolution and size. PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website for US$49.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). The 1.6.1 update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
Jan 09
CES: Eye Tribe announces Eye Tracker for Mac OS X
The Eye Tribe announced The Eye Tracker for Mac OS X, the first eye tracker and SDK [software development kit] for the operating system, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's eye-tracking software that enables people to interact with technology just by looking at it. Previously only available for Windows-based computers and tablets, the US$99 software is targeted at developers. The SDK allows for integration into applications and games for tablets, laptops and computers — and eventually smartphones. The Eye Tribe software enables eye control on mobile devices and computers, allowing hands-free control of websites and apps, eye-activated login, enhanced gaming experiences, and cloud-based user engagement analytics, says Sune Alstrup Johansen, CEO and co-founder of The Eye Tribe. With the Tracker, users can manipulate their device purely with eye movement, or with a combination of eye tracking and other inputs like touch, responding to natural eye movements as...
Jan 09
Prosoft Engineering releases Picture Rescue 2 for Mac, PC
Prosoft Engineering has released Picture Rescue 2 for Mac and PC systems. It's digital picture and video recovery software.   Picture Rescue 2, previously named Klix, has a new user interface designed to make it easy to recover digital photos and videos from accidental reformatting, deleting or card corruption. Enhanced previewing and displaying options as well as improvements to speed and performance have been made, says Greg Brewer, CEO at Prosoft Engineering. Picture Rescue 2 is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com).
Jan 09
CES: Matias launches ergonomic mechanical keyboard
Matias today announced the forthcoming release of its Ergo Pro Keyboard at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be available in Mac and PC versions for US$200. "Equipped with our premium Quiet Click mechanical keyswitches, it delivers both comfort and speed, yet is quiet enough to use within earshot of other people," says Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. "These switches are MUCH quieter than the Cherry ones used in lesser mechanical keyboards," said Matias. Featuring padded integrated palm supports, the keyboard can be used center tented nine degrees, negatively tilted 4.5 degrees, or flat. The two halves can also be spaced apart, up to a distance of 12 inches. The Ergo Pro also sports an integrated 3-port USB 2.0 hub, media controls, and dedicated keys for Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo. You can pre-order now from matias.ca ; delivery is expect by August.
Jan 09
New Citrix DesktopPlayer extends XenDesktop to MacBook users
Citrix has announced the availability of Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac, a client virtualization solution, which extends the benefits of the market-leading Citrix XenDesktop solution to mobile MacBook users. It gives users the ability to work on their Windows virtual desktops in any network scenario — including over low-quality connections, congested Wi-Fi hotspots, and even when no connection is available. Using DesktopPlayer with XenDesktop enables users to switch between local and hosted virtual desktops with ongoing synchronization of personal profiles and data. This allows users to work on their MacBook laptop, then switch to any other device to access their cloud-hosted virtual desktop. According to the folks at Citrix, end users gain freedom to work anywhere, independent of network conditions, and IT gains control with the ability to centrally-manage Windows virtual desktops delivered to either corporate or personally-owned "bring your own" (BYO) MacBooks. DesktopPlayer is...
Jan 09
Apple, Samsung agree to mediation in smartphone patent battle
Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: Apple and Samsung have have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before Feb. 19 in their ongoing battle over smartphone patents, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/k559kh8). The article says that Apple CEO Time Cook and Samsung CEO CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on Jan. 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read. 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.
Jan 09
RE:Vision Effects announces DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects
RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. The software is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. DE:Flicker not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Plus, it minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates. DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects normally costs US$249.95. However, it's being offered at a special introductory price of US$199.95 through Jan. 31. Go to http://www.revisionfx.com/products/deflicker/ for more info.
Jan 09
Date Time Calc for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc, a Mac OS X time calculation app, to version 2.0. Date Time Calc is an application for calculating future and past dates by adding a date interval and calculating date difference between two assigned date. With version 2.0, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. At any time you can clean the log, resetting it. Date Time Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Jan 09
Mac task list app Taskdeck adds Cloud sync, iOS companion app
 Karl Traunmueller has released an update to Taskdeck for Mac, the Mac task and to-do list app. It adds, among other improvements, cloud syncing. At the same time, an iOS companion app, Taskdeck for iOS, has been launched to bring the Taskdeck experience to mobile devices. Syncing between desktop and mobile is handled by a new Cloud sync platform called Taskdeck Cloud. Taskdeck 1.1 can be purchased for US$2.99 at Traunmueller's online store (http://taskdeckapp.com). A fully functional 30-day trial is available for download. Users who prefer to purchase the app in the Mac App Store can do so, as well.
Jan 08
Point in Space announces FileMaker Pro 13 hosting on FileMaker...
Point In Space Internet Solutions has announced thee availability of FileMaker Pro 13 database hosting on FileMaker Server 13. "FileMaker Pro 13 provides many new features and updates to the FileMaker product, including new design and security features" says John May, Point In Space's President. "By hosting on FileMaker Server 13, all of these new features are available to our clients. In addition, we are continuing to make FileMaker Go connections available on our shared hosting plans for no additional charge, despite the change in FileMaker's license pricing." Point In Space is offering FileMaker Pro 13 hosting, available immediately, at the same price as their other FileMaker accounts. Current Point In Space clients should contact the company directly regarding details on migrating from previous FileMaker versions. For more info got to http://www.pointinspace.com/filemakerpro13hosting/ .
Jan 08
FreeFileSync gives us a free, cross-platform syncing utility
The FreeFileSync open source development team has released FreeFileSync, a free file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systms. It's optimized for both CPU and file I/O performance. On an older computer, the software can purportedly scan a hard drive with 200,000 files in less than three minutes. On a new computer with an SSD drive, the same scan takes about 10 seconds, according to the development team. Users can automate their synchronization tasks by running FreeFileSync as a batch job. The software can even copy NTFS security permissions and extended attributes such as compressed, encrypted, and sparse. FreeFileSync supports long file paths with more than 260 characters. For more information, or to download the software, visit http://freefilesync.sourceforge.net/ .
Jan 08
CES: TP-LINK launches AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter
TP-LINK announced the TL-PA8010 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter, its fastest Powerline adapter to date with throughput up to one gigabit, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Featuring the latest HomePlug AV2 standard, the device provides real gigabit throughput over a home or office’s existing electrical wiring, according to the folks at TP-Link. Users can use it for high speed wired networking throughout their home or office for lag-free HD video streaming and online gaming. The TL-PA8010 is interoperable with Powerline Adapters at various connection speeds, including 200, 500, 600 and 900Mbps. Users can get their networks up and running by plugging the Powerline Adapters into available power outlets. The TL-PA8010 will be available in the second quarter of the year. Pricing hasn't been announced. For more info go to www.tp-link.net .
Jan 08
Apple wants court-appointed attorney removed
Apple wants an attorney appointed by a court to monitor its antitrust compliance following a ruling last year that the company had conspired to fix e-book prices, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/lcre3zl). An attorney for the consumer technology giant on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to disqualify Michael Bromwich from serving as an external compliance monitor, arguing he had shown a personal bias against the company. In a letter to Cote, Apple's lawyer cited a "wholly inappropriate declaration" filed by Bromwich last month.
Jan 08
IK Multimedia announces iRing for iDevices
IK Multimedia has announced the iRing, a motion-tracking controller for iOS music apps and more. Now musicians and others can control sound effects and other parameters of their favorite apps, in real time, using hand position, freeing them from needing to touch the screen. The iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device's front-facing camera, and computer vision with recognition algorithms built into an app, to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position on the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution and a motion-tracking device that is accurate and affordable to anyone. The iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information...
Jan 08
CES: Mobile Edge announces new Checkpoint friendly laptop cases
Mobile Edge (http://www.mobiledge.com) announced a new line of chic TSA compliant laptop and tablet cases designed for women at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. The Herringbone Element Briefcases come in two sizes each with dedicated padded compartments for a laptop and a tablet. With them, travelers can leave their laptop and tablet in their bag while passing through airport security checkpoints. The Herringbone material is accented with black Koskin trim, contrast stitching and polished nickel fittings. Two additional zippered compartments provide space for files, magazines and travel accessories. An exterior pocket, trolley strap and a detachable padded shoulder strap complete the travel companion. The smaller version is designed for laptops up to 14.1-inches and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99. The larger size holds 16-inch laptops and has a MSRP of $119.99.
Jan 08
Default Folder X 4.6.2 delivers better rebound, default folders...
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6.2, an update to their Mac OS X utility. The software enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.6.2 is a free update that delivers a number of compatibility and bug fixes. Tag auto-completion now matches upper/lowercase when you enter an existing tag. Version 1.2 makes Default Folder X's window animations and transitions more efficient. Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 4.6.2 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It's US$14.95or users who bought licenses before June 1, 2007, and costs $34.95 for new users. Go to the St. Clair Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) for screencasts, screenshots, a full change log, and additional feature information.
Jan 08
Email Obfuscator for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Email Obfuscator, a Mac OS X app for creating and editing web pages, to version 1.2. It's a maintenance upgrade. Email Obfuscator is a tool for anyone creating and editing web pages. It creates email links using "obfuscated" code. The obfuscated link can be put inside any web page and it is not recognised by Bot surfing the net collecting emails Email Obfuscator requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Jan 08
Studiometry for Mac OS X gets sub-projects, resource management...
Orange Software has revved Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11.1. The upgrade adds sub-projects, resource management, and more. Studiometry runs on Mac OS X, Windows and iOS. Sub-projects are now possible in the software. Just drag and drop one project onto another and you’ve got a sub-project. Another addition in Studiometry 11.1 is the ability to manage resources. Resources include anything that you can reserve for an event or task, such as conference rooms, equipment, etc. You can view their availability right in Studiometry’s calendar. Studiometry will alert you of scheduling conflicts and make suggestions for changes. Studiometry 11.1 is a free update for registered users of Studiometry 11.x, and is available for download and purchase. New users as well as users of previous versions will get a free 30-day trial. Upgrades from Studiometry 10.x start at US$59.95 per license, while upgrades from 9.x or older are $99.95 per license. Go to http://www....
Jan 08
CES: Razer announces the Nabu smart band
Razer rolled out its Nabu smart band at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It interacts with iOS and Android devices. The Nabu is a wearable devicee that delivers notifications from a smartphone right to one’s wrist and tracks selected personal information. It's also an open platform that third-party applications can exploit to create novel experiences for users, applying personal, physical and geographical opt-in data. The Razer Nabu has two OLED notification screens — a Public Icon Screen and a Private Message Screen. The Public icon screen — located on the top of the wrist — notifies users of incoming calls, texts, emails and app updates via notification icons. The Private message screen — located on the inside of the wrist — provides detailed information of texts, emails, bio data and other updates that can only be viewed by the user.   The Razer Nabu has advanced sensors for data tracking, including location information, bio data feedback (steps walked, distance traveled,...
Jan 07
Braven unveils Vibe audio system
Braven unveiled the Vibe, a portable distributed audio Bluetooth and Wi-Fi audio system, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It allows users to share music across multiple devices virtually anywhere from any wireless device. The Braven Vibe System takes advantage of single streaming and sharing solutions across iOS, Android, and Windows devices and can support multiple audio streams concurrently. It creates a wireless sound network and allows users to establish speaker zones for customized audio streaming from just about anywhere. The Vibe System utilizes Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity with an app that allows users to establish speaker groups under the same network, enabling customized audio listening such as classical music in the bedroom and kitchen, rock in the living room, and jazz in the dining room. The app is available at the Apple App Store. The Braven Vibe System also gives users the ability to connect their existing Bluetooth speaker products to a wireless audio...
Jan 07
FileMaker Product Developer Conference audio goes on sale
Thorsen Consulting invites FileMaker product, plugin and application developers to purchase over a dozen audio sessions recorded for the 2013 FileMaker Product Developer Conference. Industry experts lead panel discussions and facilitated sessions to discuss high level planning and day-to-day nuances of running a software development company. Over 12 recorded sessions include: ° Panel discussions on business topics include sales, marketing and operations; ° Facilitated sessions on technical challenges including architecture, design, and deployment; ° Presentation on recruiting, employee development and outsourcing. The audio is available for both the 2013 and 2012 conference is available for purchase at FileMaker Product Developer Conference online (https://fmproductconference.com/).
Jan 07
Apogee announces JAM 96k guitar interface for Macs, iOS devices
Apogee Electronics has introduced the US$129 JAM 96k, a professional guitar interface for the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It lets you connect your guitar to your iOS or OS X device, whether you’re on-the-go or in a recording studio. Its circuitry is designed to reproduce the unique interaction between guitar and tube amp, resulting in an authentic tone and responsive feel from any guitar or music creation app you choose, according to the folks at Apogee. For beginners to the most seasoned guitar players, JAM 96k delivers an inspiring experience for practicing, recording, or just jamming, they add.   The new JAM 96k features tube amp tone emulation and a nickel-plated finish. Itk also provides the ability to make higher fidelity recordings — up to 24-bit/96kHz – and includes an iOS Lighting cable in the box. Like its predecessor, JAM 96k also includes an iOS 30-pin cable and Mac USB cable. Go to http://www.apogeedigital.com for more info.
Jan 07
iPort unveils all-in-one iPad charge case, stand
iPort has started taking orders for two new products — Charge Case and Stand for iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air — on iPortProducts.com. The iPort Charge Case and Stand is an all-in-one iPad case, wireless charger and stand. It features three distinct mounting angles allowing for FaceTime, movies, or typing and two charging orientations (portrait and landscape). The company says it's the first of its kind to allow users to snap an Apple Smart Cover directly onto their ultra-slim, magnetically-equipped Charge Case.   The charge case contains a removable module for use with Apple provided power supply.  The Charge Case and Stand for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display ship in February for US$119.95 and $99.95 respectively, and will be available at the Apple Store in addition to iPortProducts.com. 
Jan 07
CES: aKu previews portrait camera for the iPhone
What if an iPhone could take DSLR-quality portraits? What if transferring memory cards, connecting cables and waiting for friends to upload pictures to social media were things of the past? Hardware startup aKu wants to make this possible with the ladibird camera. It's a hardware device that takes all of the essential optics and electronics of a professional DSLR camera and merges them into a phone casing for the iPhone. aKu is previewing the ladibird camera at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Not only is aKu's new ladibird camera lighter, less bulky and less complex than a DSLR, it also enables instant shoot and share through social networks, chat apps, to the cloud, or email, according to aKu's Adam Latip. Its image sensor is 7.5x larger than the average smartphone sensor -- and 4x larger than a compact sensor, he adds. This extra large size lets it absorb more light into any photograph. The ladibird camera is currently in early stage development with a prototype...
Jan 07
Studiometry for Mac OS X gets sub-projects, resource management...
Orange Software has revved Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11.1. The upgrade adds sub-projects, resource management, and more. Studiometry runs on Mac OS X, Windows and iOS. Sub-projects are now possible in the software. Just drag and drop one project onto another and you’ve got a sub-project. Another addition in Studiometry 11.1 is the ability to manage resources. Resources include anything that you can reserve for an event or task, such as conference rooms, equipment, etc. You can view their availability right in Studiometry’s calendar. Studiometry will alert you of scheduling conflicts and make suggestions for changes. Studiometry 11.1 is a free update for registered users of Studiometry 11.x, and is available for download and purchase. New users as well as users of previous versions will get a free 30-day trial. Upgrades from Studiometry 10.x start at US$59.95 per license, while upgrades from 9.x or older are $99.95 per license. Go to http://www....
Jan 07
Epson launches new wireless sheetfed scanner
Epson has unveiled the WorkForce DS-560, its first wireless sheetfed scanner. With its Wi-Fi connectivity, it offers point-to-point scanning directly to smartphones, tablets, Macs or PCs. The DS-560 also includes a range of features such as fast scan speeds, one-pass double-sided scanning and a software package. In addition to its ability to scan to popular cloud services, it allows users to scan directly to a mobile device. For increased flexibility, users can upload scans to their cloud service of choice, such as Google Docs or Evernote, directly from their mobile device.   The WorkForce DS-560 delivers scan speeds of up to 26 ppm/52 ipm at 300 dpi, and can scan both sides of one sheet in just one pass, as well as a stack of up to 50 pages with its built-in Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). It's also equipped with "ultrasonic" double-feed detection technology, which senses if more than a single page has been fed, and automatically stops the feeding to avoid missing pages or jamming...
Jan 07
Mushkin expands its Ventura Ultra line of USB 3.0 drives
Mushkin announced the next entry to the Ventura Ultra series at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.l In continuation of the current line of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB models, the company unveiled the Ventura Ultra 480GB USB 3.0 SSD . The latest Ventura Ultra offering retains the ultra-high performance of the lower capacity models while now offering 480GB of storage, according to Brian Flood, director of Product Development at Mushkin. The LSI SandForce SF-2281 powered USB SSDs provide best in class throughput of 455MB/s reads and 445MB/s writes while providing up to 39K 4K random IOPS, he adds. The Ventura Ultra also is capable of operating in UASP mode, which enables SSD performance in the USB flash drive form factor. go to http://poweredbymushkin.com for more info.
Jan 07
CES: Buffalo launches LinkStation network storage devices
Buffalo America has launched its LinkStation 200 series of network storage devices at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Designed for home users, the series provides network storage and backup and offers an assortment of features, allowing users to store, organize, access and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Users can even set up a free personal cloud for access anytime, anywhere, at home or on the go. The LinkStation 200 Series is available as a single-drive model (LS210D) up to 4TB and as a dual-drive (LS220D) model up to 8B with RAID 1 support for automatic data protection. 
They provide shared storage and backup for all Mac and PC computers and mobile devices on a home network. You simply connect to a wireless router and follow the step-by-step setup wizard from any computer, or use the Quick Setup feature to configure a LinkStation 200 device from any smartphone or tablet. The devices are DLNA Certified and can be used as an iTunes...
Jan 07
Kensington launches new rugged cases for the iPad
Kensington has announced 14 new rugged cases built to provide drop and spill protection for the iPad Air and iPad mini tablets. The new additions join the existing series of Kensington BlackBelt and SafeGrip cases. The Kensington BlackBelt Series of rugged cases offers military-grade tablet protection in three degrees. Every model features a tough, lightweight band that surrounds the tablet and was designed to meet the U.S. military’s MIL-STD-810 testing protocols for all-around defense against drops and scratches. The Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Cases (one of which is pictured) are designed to provide a first line of defense for tablets used by children in the classroom environment. It provides cushioned protection. For details on all the cases go to Kensington.com .
Jan 07
Apple store sales top US$10 billion in 2013
Apple today announced that customers spent over US$10 billion on the App Store in 2013, including over $1 billion in December alone. App Store customers downloaded almost three billion apps in December making it the most successful month in App Store history. The company says developers have now earned $15 billion on the App Store. "We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store," Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a press release. "The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014."
Jan 07
CES: BlueFlame unveils cable-free charging solution
BlueFlame launched its latest charging solution, The Station, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's designed for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c and iPod touch (5th generation). The Station completely covers an electrical outlet, while offering an USB port for additional device charging and a pass-through outlet to power other small appliances. It keeps your iPhone 5 upright while charging. The Station is currently available for order at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.99 at Apple retail stores and on BlueFlameGear.com.
Jan 07
Mushkin launches enterprise class SSD at CES
Mushkin announced the worldwide launch of its enterprise-class ProSpec series solid-state drives at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Designed for the enterprise environment, Mushkin's ProSpec SSDs deliver random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560MB/s, and are available in useable capacities ranging from 100GB to 480GB. Equipped with Mushkin's Power Safe Technology, ProSpec SSDs also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware and firmware-based features that prepare the SSD for an unexpected system power loss, according to Brian Flood, Director, product management at Mushkin. For more information on the ProSpec Enterprise class SSDs, go to http://www.mushkin.com .
Jan 06
FAVI introduces WiFi Pico projector
FAVI Entertainment has announced its new WiFi-enabled Pico+ Projector with Miracast and Airplay Wireless display, allowing users to wirelessly share their mobile screens and laptop content on up to a 100” projector screen. 

At just over the size of a cell phone, this portable projector fits into the side of a laptop bag, in a purse or in a backpack side pocket. The 5000mAh battery purportedly lasts for three hours of continuous playback in eco-mode and its power bank feature allows you to charge your mobile device, both while projecting or when the projector is turned off. 

 The Pico+ Project includes a built-in WiFi hotspot allowing you to wirelessly project your mobile content without the need for an external WiFi connection.  Furthermore, everyday users can easily pull up their saved content, movies and photos from any external USB device or SD Card, according to Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment. The Pico+ supports standard HDMI from cable/satellite TV, Blu-ray...
Jan 06
CES: Yellow Jacket shows smartphone stun gun case
Yellow Jacket announced the Yellow Jacket case for iPhone 5/5Sat this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It's a stun gun case that sports: ° Equipped left and right-handed triggers that allow consumers to deploy their personal protection device from either hand; ° A swiveling electrode cap and safety switch designed to protect users from accidentally discharging; ° A removable stun gun pack provides users with the flexibility to attach or detach the stun gun pack, depending on their environment; ° Five LED power lights that indicate the current battery level and notify users when it is charging and when it's fully charged; ° TPE soft plastic that protects the phone from damage caused by drops and daily wear and tear. Yellow Jacket case for the iPhone 5/5S will be available in February, starting at $149, while a 4/4S case can now be purchased for US$99 at www.yellowjacketcase.com.
Jan 06
Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor debuts at CES
The PhilipsUltraClear Display debuted at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors to deliver "brilliant performance, screen clarity and detail with four times the resolution of Full HD." The Philips display will provide 3840x2160 pixel. It provides several connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI, VGA SmartConnect, and USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, an integrated MHL port allows users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the widescreen display while charging the mobile device at the same time. The Philips UltraClear Display also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like computer and laptop side-by-side simultaneously. The SmartErgoBase allows the monitor to be lowered down almost to desk level. Additionally, the adjustable base allows...
 
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