Blackguards RPG now available for Mac, Windows
Blackguards, the new turn-based RPG from Daedalic Entertainment, is now available worldwide for Mac OS X and PC on Steam and GOG.
Here's how the game is described: "Blackguards offers strategic combat and combines the studio's high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters. Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss."
The Standard Edition on Steam is available for US$39.99, and the Blackguards Deluxe Edition for $59.99. The Special Edition on GOG is available for $44.99.Go to http://www.daedalic.de/en/game/Blackguards for more info.
Apple posts iTunes 11.1.4
Apple has released iTunes 11.1.4. It adds the ability to access your Wish List from the iTunes library, instead of having to go to the iTunes Store or the Apple App Store.
There's also enhanced support for Arabic and Hebrew and stability improvements. iTunes 11.1.4 can be downloaded via the Mac App Store's Update section or Software Update.
VMware buys AirWatch
VMware (http://www.vmware.com), a virtualization software company that makes products such as VMware fusion and VMWare Workstation, has agreed to buy AirWatch (http://www.air-watch.com) for as much as US$1.54 billion, adding technology to help businesses manage and protect mobile devices.
VMware will pay $1.18 billion in cash and $365 million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity. AirWatch marks the second VMware acquisition of more than $1 billion in 18 months, after the 2012 purchase of Nicira, whose technology helps networks work more efficiently. AirWatch makes mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions.
The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware's End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM. Alan Dabbiere, AirWatch's co-founder and chairman, will be overseeing a new AirWatch operating board which will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief...
DMG Master for Mac OS X gets upgraded internal engine, more
Tension Software has revved DMG Master, its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) app for creating standard disk image archives, to version 2.5. The new version upgrades the internal engine and improves the source table list.
DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$6. It's available at the Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) web site.
WaveMachine Labs releases AAX-compatible version of Drumagog
WaveMachine Labs has released an AAX-compatible version of Drumagog, their drum replacement plug-in. The company has also released 64-bit VST and Audio Units versions for both Mac and PC systems.
With these updates, Drumagog 5 is now compatible with Pro Tools 10/11, and 64-bit Digital Audio Workstations on the Mac and PC such as Logic X, Ableton Live 9, and Cubase 7. It's available now in all plug-in formats and is available in three editions: Basic, Pro and Platinum.
Drumagog requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 on the Mac platform. Available now in all plug-in formats, this is a free update for registered Drumagog 5 users. Go to http://www.drumagog.com for more info.
Tomb Raider arrives on the Mac Jan. 23
Feral Interactive says Tomb Raider will be released for the Mac on Jan. 23. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Tomb Raider is the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.
Here's how the game is described: "Alongside the thrilling single-player adventure, Tomb Raider features an exhilarating online multiplayer mode. A Steam account will be required to access online multiplayer, which supports Mac-to-Mac play only. Online multiplayer will not be available in versions of the game purchased through the Mac App Store."
The game will launch on the Mac App Store on Jan. 23, and will launch on other stores Jan. 30. Tmb Raider for the Mac will retail in North America for US$49.99. It will be available online for direct digital download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store (http://tinyurl.com/n4gztzw) and the Mac App Store. A mini-site dedicated...
FileMaker introduces FileMaker Training Series: Basics
FileMaker, Inc. has unveiled an all-new free training series for the recently announced FileMaker 13 Platform. FileMaker Training Series: Basics is designed to help everyone learn to build professional custom business solutions that run on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Mac and the web.
The new training series is offered in iBook format for easy use on iPads and iPhones. A PDF version is also available. According to Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc., FileMaker 13 users now have a broad range of training options to get started and become productive, while building the skills to make powerful solutions.
The Getting Started Tours guide users through the key features of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. The tours are automatically installed with the software -- simply download a trial of FileMaker Pro 13 or download FileMaker Go 13 for iPhone or iPad from the App Store.
FileMaker Training Series: Basics, a brand new addition to the FileMaker Training...
St. Clair revs App Tamer for Mac OS X to version 2.0
St. Clair Software has introduced an upgrade to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life.
You can now monitor and optimize the performance of your Mac even more quickly and easily with the software's completely revamped user interface, according to the folks at St. Clair. In addition to automatically pausing applications when you switch away from them, App Tamer now offers the option to limit the amount of CPU power used by an application.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.
App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 1.x that bought their license after July 1, 2013 receive the upgrade for free...
Judge says Samsung infringes on at least one Apple patent
In a summary judgment order entered on Jan. 21, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California, found Samsung's Android-based devices to infringe an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and declared a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid, reports "FOSS Patents."
Judge Koh denied a couple of other summary judgment requests by Apple and the entirety of Samsung's related motion, leaving those issues to a federal jury. "This decision increases, not hugely but significantly, the likelihood of Apple emerging victorious in a multi-patent trial scheduled to begin on March 31, 2014," writes Florian Mueller for "FOSS Patents." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/m2agd2b .
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...
AKVIS updates three photo retouching apps
Three AKVIS photo retouching programs have been updated: AKVIS Retoucher v.6.5, AKVIS MultiBrush v.7.5, and AKVIS Coloriage v.9.5.
All of these products are available in two variants: as Photoshop plugins and as standalone applications, in versions for Mac OS X and Windows. They can be purchased as separate products as well as in the AKVIS Restoration Bundle at a discounted price.
AKVIS Retoucher is a photo restoration tool. It removes dust, scratches, stains, and other defects that appear on damaged photos. The software "intelligently" reconstructs the missing parts of the photo using the information of the surrounding areas. The program also helps to remove odd objects from your image.
AKVIS MultiBrush lets you retouch photos and enhance portraits. Featuring a collection of healing and enhancement brushes, stamping and drawing tools, the software helps you to perform portrait enhancement, retouch image flaws, remove unwanted objects from digital pictures, and even paint funny...
CS Odessa announces Winter Sports solution
CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park Solution for ConceptDraw PRO 9 and ConceptDraw MindMap 7. The new libraries provide a wide range Winter Sport objects that can be used to augment documentation and graphics that deal with winter sports.
The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw MindMap. The Winter Sports Solution is the first addition to the Sport Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that help professionally illustrate documents.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199. ConceptDraw MindMap is also compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199. Go to http://www.conceptdraw.com for more info.
EditShare qualifies Mac OS X 10.9 for products
EditShare, which specializes in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, has announced Mac OS X 10.9 compatibility for all EditShare shared storage, Flow media asset management and Ark archiving and backup products.
EditShare customers using Mavericks with Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 and 220.127.116.11, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Pro Tools 11.1 can connect to EditShare shared storage systems via Thursby’s DAVE 11 SMB client, or via AFP for optimal performance. Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 editors who connect to EditShare shared storage via AFP and 10GB Ethernet will see marked performance improvements even when editing multiple streams of 10-bit uncompressed HD, according to the folks at EditShare. Go to http://www.editshare.com for more info.
Apple gets temporary break from court-appointed monitor
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an order that temporarily halts compliance monitor Michael Bromwich's oversight while the appeal awaits a ruling, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/kxu5lo8).
"It is hereby ordered that the motion for a stay pending appeal is referred to a three-judge motions panel and shall be heard as soon as possible," the order reads. "It is further ordered that an administrative stay of the district court's order is granted until the motion for stay pending appeal is determined by the motions panel."
The order, handed down by Circuit Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., comes five days after Apple told the court that it planned to appeal Judge Denise Cote's imposition of an external compliance monitor.
Dot Hill rolls out Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays
Dot Hill Systems has announced a suite of high-performance, ultra-density Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays. Targeted at customers with throughput-intensive applications, the arrays use a patent pending enclosure developed by Dot Hill to maximize storage processing power in a minimal rack footprint.
This ultra-density solution delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional arrays while maintaining easy serviceability, according to Brad Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill. The company's ultra-density chassis houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), while utilizing 23% less power in an efficient 2U footprint, he adds.
For high performance transaction workloads, the array can support any combination of solid state drives (SSD) and HDD drives in the same enclosure. This footprint also purportedly reduces weight by 25%. For more info go to http://www.dothill.com .
Apple expands worldwide access to educational content
Apple says iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan. iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.
iBooks Textbooks offer iPad users fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education...
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for iPhoto
Noteboom Productions has released Tutor for iPhoto, their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
With Tutor for iPhoto, the user watches videos to learn how to use Apple's latest version of iPhoto for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 50 video chapters on various subjects. Go to http://www.noteboomproductions.com for more info.
WiQiQi introduces Wireless Charging Solution for the iPhone
WiQiQi, a designer of wireless chargers for Samsung Galaxy phones, is introducing the i5 thin wireless receiver for Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C, and iPod touch.
It's a more powerful (700 mAh) version of the WiQiQi Samsung receiver, with a thin ribbon and iPhone 5 compatible connector at the end. It attaches to the outside of the iPhone 5 and purportedly takes only seconds to plug the i5 to the charging port. It's smaller and thinner than a credit card and will fit under any soft case.
You place the phone on top of any Qi standard compatible charging pad, and it will wirelessly connect and start charging. The WiQiQi i5 wireless receiver will be available in late February at a suggested retail price of US$30.
WiQiQi is offering discounted prices for "early bird" orders placed directly on www.wiqiqi.com before Feb, 29. The i5 wireless receiver will cost $5 when ordered with any WiQiQi charging pad, or $15 by itself.
HOYO introduces waterproof pocket for smartphones, music players
The new HOYO waterproof pocket allows users to take their phones with them virtually anywhere. It's made of 100% waterproof and dustproof plastic, HOYO protects electronics in humid and dirty environments while preserving touch-screen sensitivity. HOYO comes in a variety of primary and secondary colors.
Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign ending March 16 will be the first to receive their HOYOs. The HOYO is designed for use in the shower, the kitchen, and the garden. Go to http://www.gethoyo.com for more info.
Photo Sense for Mac OS X revved to version 1.12.0
VeprIT has released Photo Sense 1.12.0, an update of the non-destructive batch photo enhancement solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. The upgrade introduces a number features, such as the original directory structure replication when exporting results, the ability to use IPTC/EXIF metadata in output filenames, and more.
° Photo Sense enhances photos automatically, and allows users to customize results to their liking. It ensures that the users get great results very quickly by supporting batch processing and image settings synchronization. In addition, it offers various creative effects.
Photo Sense (US$33.99) has a "lite" version, Photo Sense Lite (free), and an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch version ($1.99) with a native iPad interface. Photo Sense Lite and the mobile version implement the same automatic photo enhancement algorithm as the full Mac version. They also provide similar semi-automatic processing tools. However, they only work with a single image at a time, and don't allow...
Raildale releases a railway building game for Mac OS X, iOS
Anton Zherdev has released Raildale, a new railroad building and management game for Mac OS X and iOS.
The rules of the game are simple: the gamer connects multicolor cities with railways and has to send trains to the same color cities. Your task is to maintain the positive balance during the allotted time avoiding crashes and delays. In the case of a crash you will have to fix rails calling a service train.
Raildale is currently available at the Mac App Store (for OS X) and the Apple App Store (for iOS) at the discounted rate of US$1.99instead of $3.99. The discount will only be available during the launch period. Go to http://www.raildale.com for more info.
Default Folder X 4.6.3 fixes Open and Save locations
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6.3, 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 4.6.3 changes the behavior of last-used-folder tracking so that Pro Tools, Pages, InDesign, Microsoft Word and other applications will default to the correct folder. It also fixes some bugs and changes the SetSaveName AppleScript command so it works with UTF-8 encoded text
Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 4.6.3 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It's $34.95 for new users. Go to the St. Clair Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) for more info.
International Space Station app for Mac OS X orbits to version 1...
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved International Space Station, Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) software that lets you see the exact position of the ISS over the Earth, to version 1.2.
The route path is visualized over the map to evaluate if the station is coming near your position (when meteorological and light condition are adequate you can see it without any instruments). The interactive map (OpenMap) allows 11 level of zoom. The future route of the ISS over the Earth can be displayed up to the next eight hours.
International Space Station 1.2 sports an extended orbit track prevision (from one to eight hours), better internal management of NASA orbit data, and more. It costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 10.1
Blackmagic Design has rolled out DaVinci Resolve 10.1, an update of the on-set editing and color correction solution, that adds new editing and 3D stereoscopic features, as well as support for Final Cut Pro™ X 10.1.
The upgrade adds editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with a simple drag and drop, making it easier to use the same footage in different parts of the edit.
The enhanced editing tools also include support for trimming frame based clips such as DNG and DPX that reduces time in transferring clips for even faster workflows, as well as Rich Text title support that allows every character’s size, position and color to be adjusted individually directly from the Edit page.
Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and...
My Voice Karoke comes to the Mac
eMedia Music Corp., in partnership with France’s IPE Music, has announced the North American release of IPE’s My Voice Karaoke, vocal removal and karaoke software for Mac OS X and Windows. The software lets you create custom karaoke mixes using your own music library.
My Voice Karaoke is available at the retail price of US$29.95. The My Voice Karaoke software is a hybrid for both Mac and Windows platforms, and will also be available for download at eMediaMusic.com and through select online retailers.
Apowersoft releases Screen Recorder 2.0 for Mac OS X
Apowersoft has released Mac Screen Recorder 2.0, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
The software enables anyone to record screen activity easily. Users may also convert video files at high speed in batch, covering an array of popular formats. Aside from making general improvements to the basic recording functions, version 2.0 offers new features, including picture-in-picture effects, task scheduler, video conversion, merger and more.
Apowersoft Mac Screen Recorder costs US$39.95 for a personal license. Users can try the free trial for a certain period to check the overall performance. What's more, users who have previous versions can upgrade to the latest version for $10. Go to http://www.apowersoft.com/ for more info.
Simon for Mac OS X revved to version 3.6
Dejal Systems has announced Simon 3.6, an update of the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures, with lots of notification and reporting options. Version 3.6 includes new Notification Center and History plug-ins, a rewritten Twitter plug-in, several report enhancements, and other improvements.
Dejal Simon costs US$49. Version 3.6 is a free update for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades from version 2 starting at $19. Go to http://www.dejal.com/simon/ for more info.
Sonnet shipping Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion...
Sonnet Technologies says its Echo Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt -to-PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.
These models, which are now shipping, are the newest members of Sonnet's award-winning Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
The Echo Express III-D (pictured), Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID...
Brotens announces Lighting Source Manager 1.0 for OS X
Brotens has released Lighting Source Manager, a Mac application for managing photometric files. It's designed for architects, engineers and any Mac user involved in lighting calculation and who needs to manage technical photometries.
Lighting Source Manager allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63 (ASCII text files normally used by manufacturers of lighting fixtures-North Americans), EULUMDAT (formed by European standards) and even DXF data files.
Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimithal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Lighting Source Manager can export to PDF a complete report for each photometric measurement.
Lighting Source Manager requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$29. It's available both from the Mac App Store and the Broten web site (http://www.brotens.com).
Code Pilot goes open source, adds Xcode 5 support
Macoscope has announced an open source release of Code Pilot, an Xcode plugin that allows smart navigation through source code. It's designed to speed up the development process.
This release also includes support for latest version of the Xcode 5 IDE (integrated development environment.) Xcode is an IDE containing a suite of software development tools for developing Mac OS X and iOS software.
Code Pilot is free and available now from Macoscope online (http://macoscope.com/). Macoscope says it "hopes this release will give birth to implementation of many ideas of improving Xcode and making Objective-C development a much more pleasant and satisfying experience for the whole community."
Thecus announces new enterprise NAS devices
Network attached storage company Thecus has announced its newest NAS units, the N7710-G (pictured) and N8810U-G, for SMB and enterprise users.
These latest additions to the Thecus line offer improvements in performance thanks to the Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core CPUs, and 10GbE technology. 10GbE networking delivers speeds up to 10x faster than regular gigabit connections, says Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. Along with the 75% faster (but cooler running) processor, newly incorporated multimedia ports (HDMI and VGA), and the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports, the new 7-bay N7710-G and 8-bay N8810U-G also bring the wealth of the Thecus App Center to SMB businesses, she adds.
The NAS units make RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD available. The User Quota feature and iSCSI Thin Provisioning ensure that storage resources are shared efficiently., Shih says. Both new NAS products also have VMware V5.5 certification, for compatibility with the latest virtualization technologies.
The N7710-G and...
The latest version of K4 adds Lucene-based, full-text search...
vjoon GmbH, which specializes in software for professional digital content management, has released version 6.7 of the cross-media publishing platform vjoon K4.
This latest version boosts the software's integrated DAM capabilities with a high-performance search engine and "lazy loading" so that extensive search results are ranked by relevance and displayed on the fly, says vjoon GmbH CEO Andreas Schrader. It searches all publishing content — layouts, images, text objects and metadata — in a matter of seconds, he adds.
What's more, hits are ranked according to a relevance criterion as of this version. Content containing more frequent mentions of the keywords are presented first to the user. In addition, a stemming algorithm extends the query to encompass all variations on the root of the keyword used in the search. These root morpheme-based searches can also be employed for language-specific purposes.
The manner in which search results are displayed has also been revised. As of this...
Monotype now exclusive provider of Foundry Collection typefaces
Monotype Imaging Holdings — a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — is now the exclusive provider of more than 100 typefaces from The Foundry, a U.K.-based typeface design company owned and operated by typeface designers, David Quay and Freda Sack.
The agreement also marks the first time that all the fonts from The Foundry are available as Web fonts and for licensing beyond traditional desktop applications.
The Foundry fonts are available as Web fonts from Monotype through Fonts.com Web Fonts or as a self-hosted option. Extended licenses are also available to use fonts in e-publications, mobile apps, server-based applications, consumer devices and other products.
Fonts from The Foundry are available at Fonts.com and Linotype.com as desktop and Web fonts. Linotype.com also offers the fonts for e-publications, mobile apps and server-based applications.
Excel Software announced three self-hosted license servers
Excel Software has announced three self-hosted License Server products: Desktop License Server, Web License Server and Cloud License Server. These servers provide a license activation and management solution for any company that sells digital products including applications, libraries, plugins, ebooks, videos, PDFs, spreadsheets or games.
Each server product consists of an executable and data files that can be placed on a Linux or Windows web server and an Admin application that is installed on a Mac or Windows computer. The Admin application is used to configure licenses, generate serial numbers and manage customer records on the online server.
Desktop License Server supports software or documents used on Mac, Windows or Android OS protected with QuickLicense, AppProtect or DocProtect. The server automates the activation process of a protected product by collecting a Serial Number and other customer data in an Activation dialog. The server supports Trial, Product, Subscription,...
OmniOutliner for OS X gets new architecture, more
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the outliner sports a new architecture, a fresh design, and more. You can use it to write a novel, take notes at school, keep your scratchpad updated, develop a monthly budget, inventory a collection, even record and store audio from an interview or lecture.
OmniOutliner 4 requires Mac OS X 10.9. It's a free update for those who've purchased the app within the past three years. For new users the price is USs$49.99. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/mxzow93 .
Apple settles complaint regarding kids' in-app purchases
Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of US$32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent.
Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers before charging them for items sold in mobile apps. The FTC’s complaint alleges that Apple violated the FTC Act by failing to tell parents that by entering a password they were approving a single in-app purchase and also 15 minutes of additional unlimited purchases their children could make without further action by the parent.
The complaint also alleges that Apple doesn't inform account holders that entering their password will open a 15-minute window in which children can incur unlimited charges with no further action from the...
The CPUG Network announces the Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network has announced that the Thirteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 8 in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and presentations will begin at 7 p.m.. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2014 Nab Show. Early bird tickets go on sale online on Feb. 4 for US$10.
The event's SuperMeet Digital Showcase will feature over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. on April 8 and continue until 11 p.m. For more info go to http://supermeet.com .
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 .
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...
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/...
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...
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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...