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Jan 20
Logic Pro X updated to version 10.2.1
Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its pro level music software for Mac OS X, to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains fixes and enhancements including: ° New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels; ° Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits; ° Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface; ° A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability; ° Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects ° Improved reliability when downloading additional content; ° Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers; ° Drum Machine Designer supports drag and drop of multiple audio files; ° The Step Editor can automatically create lanes to display all MIDI events in a region; ° New export option allows you to to create stems...
Jan 20
U.S. Bank adds Apple Pay to its FlexPerks American Express cards
Apple Pay is now available to customers who use U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cards. “Enabling Apple Pay for our U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cardmembers continues our efforts to give customers choices in how they manage payments, as well as providing them an easy, secure and private way to pay,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for the U.S. Bank retail credit-card division. Apple Pay is now available with the: U.S. Bank FlexPerks Reserve American Express Card; U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card; and U.S. Bank FlexPerks Select+ American Express Card. With this announcement, all U.S. Bank credit and debit cards (consumer and small business) work with Apple Pay. With Apple’s mobile payment service, card numbers aren’t stored on the iOS device; instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element. If the device is lost or stolen, you can suspend the device and stop the ability to make...
Jan 20
iPad Pro and iPhone support added to Logic Remote
Apple has upgraded its Logic Remote app to version 1.3 adding iPad Pro and iPhone support. Available at the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hcqjgtu), Logic Remote is a companion app for Logic Pro X on the Mac. It provides a way to extend the power of Logic by using your iPhone or iPad. Designed to take advantage of Multi-Touch, Logic Remote offers ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X. It’s a free download and requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Jan 20
Apple releases, updates music apps for iOS devices
Apple has announced a new addition and a major update to its family of music-making apps for iOS to let folks tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are. An all-new app called Music Memos lets musicians and songwriters capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. And a major update to GarageBand for iOS introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, a fun way for anyone to make music like a DJ using only their iPhone or iPad. “Musicians around the world, from the biggest artists to aspiring students, use Apple devices to create amazing music; the innovative new Music Memos app will help them quickly capture their ideas on iPhone and iPad whenever inspiration strikes,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world, and this update helps everyone easily tap into their musical talent with the powerful new Live Loops...
Jan 20
BestiPhoneCleaner releases iPhone Cleaner for Mac
BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean. Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac can be incredibly useful, and has proven itself capable of freeing a good amount of space in iOS devices. iPhone Cleaner for Mac was specifically designed for its purpose. iPhone Cleaner for Mac is completely free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online (http://tinyurl.com/gl33q4c).
Jan 20
OWC announces Mercury Electra MAX6G 2TB SSD
OWC has announced announced the Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive the company has ever offered. It delivers “exceptional speeds and offers reliable, consistent high performance” via the 6G SATA interface, according to OWC. Sequential read performance reaches up to 490MB/s, with write performance up to 471 MB/s.  Read performance for incompressible data is up to 466 MB/s with write speeds of up to 447 MB/s. The Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD provides RAID-like data protection and reliability. Shipping this month, it will be available at OWC authorized resellers and MacSales.com at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/jabjaoo for more info.
Jan 20
Led by the iPhone 6s, the sensor hub market is growing fast
The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming. In fact due to “always on” sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com). Samsung, Apple and Motorola have already been using sensor hubs in their smartphones for a number of years, and Apple, Motorola and Microsoft explicitly advertise their use of sensor hubs or sensor cores in certain smartphones, notes the research group.   “The sensor hub market is incredibly dynamic, changing rapidly over the last two years, due in large part to Apple’s iPhones,” said Marwan Boustany, senior analyst for IHS Technology. “When Apple shifted from a discrete microcontroller to an integrated application-processor-based solution for the iPhone 6S line in 2015, it signaled to other manufacturers that this...
Jan 20
GeekSuit announces beta test of Client Folder Maker 4.5 for OS X
GeekSuit has announced open beta testing of Client Folder Maker 4.5, an t update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X. Client Folder Maker offers a folder creation and management tool and is targeted to the busy web developer, graphic designer, app developer, desktop publisher, or prepress operator. GeekSuit is offering users the chance to beta test version 4.5 of the app in order to test drive the new features before it goes public. Mac users who are running Mac OS X 10.8 or later on their machine are invited to participate in the Client Folder Maker 4.5 beta at the MacDeveloper website (http://macdeveloper.net/). Users simply need visit the website and login if they're already registered as a user, or become a tester by filling out a form.
Jan 20
CS Odessa releases UK map solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new UK Map Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. It’s designed to assist individuals who are looking for UK map content to be represented in maps they draw. The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro simplifies the job of drawing maps that contain county information. The UK Map Solution offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities. It’s available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Pro 10 costs $199 per end user license. Or you can obtain it by purchasing the $499 ConceptDraw Office 3 which also includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park with more than 30 solutions.
Jan 19
iMovie for Mac revved to version 10.1.1
iMovie for Mac has been revved to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade: ° Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts; ° Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips; ° Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second; ° Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images. Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list. iMovie 10.1.1 also sees stability improvements.
Jan 19
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.8 
PipelineFX has launched released Qube! 6.8 (http://www.pipelinefx.com/features/), an update to the render farm management software for visual effects. The new version expands the capabilities of ArtistView bringing job submissions, a simpler configuration process and tabbed navigation into a new user interface. ArtistView was designed to streamline WranglerView, so artists only have to focus on creative elements like queue control, project updates, and render previews. Qube! 6.8 kickstarts that process by taking submission elements from WranglerView and presenting them in a way that speaks to the workflow needs of top studios. The update also adds: centralized preferences; OS X El Capitan support; Harmony 12 support; and VRED Sequencer support. Customers currently on maintenance and support can download version 6.8 immediately from the PipelineFX ftp site. Monthly subscription licenses are $15/mo. Dedicated licensing options like Qube! Designer (best for design and broadcast) and...
Jan 19
Just Mobile introduces its first iPad Pro accessories
Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has released its first iPad Pro accessories -- Just Mobile AutoHeal and TENC for Apple’s iPad Pro. The $44.95 AutoHeal self-healing full-coverage screen protectors protecting the super-sized iPad screen from minor scratches. The naturalist “wanting the true beauty of their iPad Pro to shine” will love the TENC self-healing, ultra-slim transparent cases, says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile.  Crafted from auto-healing smart material and tailored to the iPad's curved edges, the $49.95 TENC (pictured) is designed to complement Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard.
Jan 19
Screenium for OS X now lets you record from iOS devices
Synium Software has served up Screenium 3.1, an update to their screen recording tool for OS X. The app lets you record at 60 fps. Version 3.1 lets you record the contents of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and tvOS devices. Screenium requires a OS X 10.9 or later. Recording iOS devices requires iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 or later as well as an iOS device with a Lightning connector. Until January 19, Screenium is offered with a 50% discount. After that, the regular price of $49.99 will apply.
Jan 19
iTaskX for OS X revved to version 3
Techno-Grafit has released iTaskX 3 (http://tinyurl.com/zlvmdvd) for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the Microsoft Project compatible, pro project management software. The update sports a revamped user interface inspired by OS X El Capitan. It also boasts: new usage views; cost rate tables; recurring tasks; advanced work calendars; effort-driven scheduling; and more. iTaskX 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Pricing starts at US$140 for a single-user license.
Jan 18
Apple’s home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.
Apple has again dedicated its home page (www.apple.com) to honor Marin Luther King Jr on the day that honors him. There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).
Jan 18
Miko Mole goes gem hunting in new Mac arcade puzzler
EnsenaSoft has released Miko Mole 1.0.3 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/miko-mole/id1057333338), a stealth-action gem collecting title for Mac OS X. Here’s how the game is described: “Miko Mole is a great arcade puzzler suitable to players of all ages and experience levels. Featuring the charismatic Miko with a passion for shiny gems, this game is a lot of fun with its stealth-action gameplay and mind-bending puzzles. The ability to grab and move objects, and the ability to blow-up stuff is not just insanely cool it is a recipe for success.” Miko Mole 1.0.3 costs $6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
Jan 15
SCSC launches Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/zjjec3g). The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable. The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.
Jan 15
PFiddlesoft ships version 3.6.1 of its PFAssistive Framework
PFiddlesoft (http://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/) has released version 3.6.1 of PFAssistive Framework. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X. It was updated to complete the implementation of full support for subclassing by client applications that need special or additional features. The PFAssistive Framework was created in 2003 as the engine driving PFiddlesoft’s UI Browser application for developers and for users of Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting technology. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Accessibility API. The PFEventTaps Framework was created in 2007 as the engine underlying PFiddlesoft’s free Event Taps Testbench utility for developers. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Quartz Event Taps API. The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using...
Jan 14
Public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 available
Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4. Corresponding developer betas were released earlier this week. They’re available to those registered in Apple's Beta Software Program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/). The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours. Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.
Jan 14
Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac
Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006. Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war. “On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare, command thundering cavalry charges and lead their armies into epic clashes that will bring entire...
Jan 14
Excel Software rolls out RbApp 4.0 for Xojo programmers
Excel Software has introduced RbApp 4.0 for Xojo  programmers. These pure Xojo code components require no plugins.   RbApp is used to build Mac or Windows desktop applications with Xojo 2013, 2014, 2015 or later.  It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications including both Carbon and Cocoa frameworks. RbApp 4.0 adds new enhancements to the RbGrid and RbChart components to create flexible programmatic or human controlled grids, tables, charts and graphs.  The RbGrid component adds cell range selection properties and methods to easily implement copy, paste, undo and other functions across a range of cells. RbChart lets users create dynamic charts and graphs from programmatically controlled definition and data files. A new area bar chart was added to the supported chart types as of version 4.0. Charts can be resizable with programmatic control over variables, axis values, colors, fonts, styles, keys and other presentation parameters. RbApp 4.0 adds new source code sample applications...
Jan 14
MailButler assistant for Apple Mail coming Jan. 18
Feingeist Software says MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler/), a new Apple Mail assistant, will be released on Jan. 18. It’s designed for both business and private purposes. Pricing and system requirements haven’t been announced. MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.
Jan 13
Markzware releases MarkzTools2 for Mac
Markzware (www.markzware.com), a developer of data conversion software and desktop publishing tools, has released MarkzTools2. This new technology converts Adobe InDesign (INDD) files to IDML, using a stand-alone application. MarkzTools2 features include: the ability to batch convert InDesign files into IDML files, the ability to create low resolution image previews, so users do not have to look at gray tinted place holder boxes, and the ability to display the version of a selected InDesign file. All these features are available without requiring Adobe InDesign to be present on the user’s computer. MarkzTools2 conversion software is a Mac-only application and runs under Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. AnIinternet connection is required to activate the application. MarkzTools2 is available as part of the MarkzTools Annual Subscription Bundle, which retails for $149/ year. This bundle also contains existing MarkzTools for InDesign CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 Mac InDesign plug-ins. Customers who...
Jan 13
SecureMac Launches MacScan 3
SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users. It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability. MacScan 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for $49.99/year. Each MacScan subscription includes protection against the latest malware threats, automatic cleaning of blacklisted tracking cookies, product updates, knowledge base access, online tech support, and security advisory notifications. A 30-day trial of MacScan 3 is available for download directly from SecureMac (http://tinyurl.com/jgbpjcv). Existing MacScan users may be eligible for discounted pricing, including free upgrades for those who purchased MacScan 2 within the last three months. Existing users may check their upgrade eligibility and...
Jan 13
Fixstars launches 10TB and 13TB SSDs
Fixstars Corp. (http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/) has launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which the company says is the world's largest SSD with 13TB of capacity. Starting today, Fixstars is accepting orders; the drives are expected to ship to US customers in late February. The SSD-13000M and SSD-10000M are equipped with Fixstars' proprietary SSD controller, which enables the fast, sustainable I/O performance (read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s) throughout the lifetime of the SSD, according to CEO Satoshi Miki. The combination of such high performance and enterprise-grade reliability is e highly sought after in applications such as object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX productions, 4K/8K video processing and various other use cases in which steady sequential access is critical, he adds.
Jan 13
Seagate unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive
Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD): the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD. It provides maximum storage capacity for easy system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, says Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD, he adds. What’s more, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms to help cloud data center managers manage the increasing volume of data more quickly, he adds. It features Seagate’s PowerChoice technology, which helps manage and reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling during idle time. Seagate’s PowerBalance feature helps optimize the IOPS/Watt for...
Jan 13
Keith McMillen Instruments releases K-MIX
Keith McMillen Instruments has released K-MIX, a Mac OS X compatible, next-generation audio interface and programmable mixer for studio and stage. The USB bus-powered K-MIX is a go-anywhere, fully-programmable mixer that features flexible routing, per-channel DSP (Digital Signal Processing) — three-band, semi-parametric EQ, compressor/limiter, gate, master reverb (with individual sends per channel), and surround (Quadraphonic, 5.1, 7.1, and Octophonic) output — and can also function without a computer, courtesy of the included USB power supply (with international convertor blades). The K-MIX has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$599.99 and is available to purchase from any authorized Keith McMillen Instruments dealer or directly from Keith McMillen Instruments(http://www.keithmcmillen.com/shop/).
Jan 12
Avenza Launches PDF Maps Affiliate Program
Avenza Systems, a developer of cartographic software—such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop—has launched an affiliate program for PDF Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile map app. Any retailer or business, including both online and physical stores, blogs, portals and information sites, can earn revenue by promoting and selling maps directly to its customers using affiliate links on websites or by using signage with QR codes. Each map sale conducted in this manner will earn the affiliate a share of the revenue.   The PDF Maps Affiliate program is free to join with no application or setup fees or ongoing costs. Existing PDF Maps Store vendors can opt-in to the affiliate program and earn commission in addition to their normal revenue share. Retailers and businesses interested in joining the affiliate program can sign up for free and can get in contact with the PDF Maps team at http://www.pdf-maps.com/affiliates. The PDF...
Jan 12
Philosophy of Scripting FileMaker 14 remote training courses...
FileMaker author John Mark Osborne announces that he’s teaching his intermediate and advanced scripting courses titled the Philosophy of Scripting. These two courses will be taught in a remote setting via GoToMeeting at half the normal cost. Remote classes are taught twice a week for a total of four hours per week. This allows for better absorption of the material as well as the advantage of homework assignments. The times are: ° Philosophy of Scripting 101 (2/2/2016 to 3/9/2016) ° Philosophy of Scripting 201 (3/15/2016 to 4/6/2016) ° Philosophy of Scripting 101 & 201 (2/2/2016 to 4/6/2016) The Philosophy of Scripting courses focus on the single area of scripting and moves from an intermediate to an advanced level over the course of five days. Calculations, relationships and interface design are also covered but only as they pertain to scripting, says John Mark Osborne. To find out more information or register for a class, visit the Database Pros web site (http://tinyurl.com/...
Jan 12
Kensington launches new Secure Cabinet Trolley
Kensington (www.kensington.com) has launched its Secure Cabinet Trolley for the safe and easy movement of Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet.    Designed especially for teachers and school administrators, as well as small and medium businesses that need to transport up to 20 tablets at a time, the new Secure Cabinet Trolley can stack up to two Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet that hold the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface 3 and other tablets. It costs US$79.99. You can buy the Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet, Universal Tablet and Trolley Bundle for $779.98.
Jan 12
Seagate launches new NAS HDD
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has launched the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, which it says is the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. It’s targeted to the small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), small office/home office (SOHO) and creative professional segments. The new 8TB drives are designed for tower enclosures with one to eight bays, delivering up to 64TB in a single eight-bay desktop form factor. They’re optimized for a diverse set of NAS use cases including backup and disaster recovery, print and file servers, multimedia storage, archiving, file sharing and virtualization. In addition, NAS manufacturers including ASUSTOR, QNAP, Synology and Thecus have qualified the NAS HDD 8TB for compatibility in a number of their The new Seagate NAS HDD 8TB has shipped to select customers, with wide-scale availability at the end of the current quarter.
Jan 12
WaterField Designs debuts Staad Attaché
WaterField Designs has announced the US$229 Staad Attaché (http://tinyurl.com/hqmadrz), a bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks. Its padded tablet and laptop compartment fits the super-sized iPad along with the Apple Smart Keyboard or Logitech keyboard or Apple’s 13-inch laptops, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield. A full-grain, distressed leather flap closes with a clip developed by the military—once used to instantly access ammunition—that opens with a “quick flick.” Premium, full-grain leather adorns a black ballistic nylon or tan waxed-canvas base. A customized internal pocket protects the iPad Pro or 13-inch MacBook with dense foam on all sides and is covered by a scratch-free liner. It also sports a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket and two additional interior pockets. The Staad’s slim main compartment features a gold liner for quick access to contents such as files, a sketchpad, or notebooks. A large front pocket opens on two sides with sleek waterproof...
Jan 12
Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 released for OS X
AppleMacSoft has rolled out Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 (http://www.audio-converter.com), the latest update to its audio conversion utility for Mac OS X. It lets you quickly and simply convert any music or sound file to all popular formats. The app provides full iTunes integration and lets you edit the album, artist and track information. Easy Audio Converter is multi-thread supported, so you can batch encode multiple files at once. A demo of Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 is available for free download. The full version costs $14.95 for a personal license.
Jan 12
xDev Magazine Year 13 coming in printed book format
xDev Magazine (http://www.xdevmag.com) is reprinting the past year's issues into a bound book that will ship later this month. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine, and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding. Through Jan. 22, the book may be pre-ordered for $44.99; that’s 25% off the normal price of $59.99. Current subscribers can save even more with an additional subscriber-only discount. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine (issues 13.1-13.6, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015), and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding.
Jan 11
Apple releases new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode, Configurator...
Apple has released a slew of new betas for developers today at the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com). Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail. The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours. The tvOS 6.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app. The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new tvOS beta, lets you pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone. Apple Configurator 2.2 beta, which is used to set...
Jan 11
Rogue Amoeba releases Loopback for Mac OS X
Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback for Mac OS X is a tool for enabling audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can pass audio directly between apps. Loopback (http://rogueamoeba.com/loopback) is designed for anyone working with audio on the Mac, from podcasters to gamers, Internet radio hosts to regular folks chatting via Skype. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, with a free fully-functional demo version available on the Rogue Amoeba site. While in trial mode, the quality of audio passing through Loopback's virtual devices will be degraded after 10 minutes. Loopback is regularly-priced at $99. For a limited time, it can be purchased at a special introductory price of $75. St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
Jan 11
Addonics announces High Density Removable Disk Array System
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the $75.95 Addonics 2.5 inch Disk Array, a high density removable hard drive system that allows you to install up to six 2.5 inch SATA/ hard drives or SSD’s into one standard 5.25-inch drive bay. By using Addonics’ family of 2.5 inch flash drive kits, various form factor SSDs such as CFast, mSATA, M2 or CF can be loaded into this Disk Array, creating a large capacity, low power and shock resistant solid state storage system. The removable drive tray is designed to allow users to load drives into the Disk Array without any mounting screws. For mobile applications or installation in environments with frequent shock and vibration, the drive can be secured to each drive tray with mounting screws to prevent drive movement. Each drive slot is equipped with its own power and drive access LEDs as well as a latch on the drive tray to secure each hard drive in the Disk Array unit. The drives can be hot-swapped when connecting to...
Jan 11
Default Folder X 5.0 delivers El Capitan compatibility, new...
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features. Default Folder X 5 is a $14.95 paid upgrade for version 4 users who purchased their licenses before June 1, 2015. For users who purchased on or after June 1, the upgrade is free. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for new users.
Jan 11
PopChar X 7.4 supports Apple Color Emoji flags with searchable...
Ergonis Software has revved PopChar X, its OS X tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts, to version 7.4. Version 7.4 adds support for the flags available in the Apple Color Emoji font, which have been added in OS X 10.10.3, comes with fine-tuned metrics adjustments for certain fonts, and offers further enhancements. It’s compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher. PopChar X can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for approximately $32 for a personal license and $49 for a family license. The upgrade to version 7.4 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.
Jan 11
Sync for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
DevStorm Apps has developed DSync 2.0, an update to their file synchronization software developed exclusively for Mac OS X. The app integrates nicely with OS X 10.7 and higher, allowing you to select cloud folders in addition to local and network folders. Advanced algorithms in the latest version streamlines synchronizing large folders with many files, according to the folks at DevStorm Apps. Sync costs $9.99. A demo is available for download (http://devstorm-apps.com/dsync/).
Jan 11
Medieval II: Total War coming to the Mac via Steam on Jan. 14
Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) will be released on Steam for both Mac and Linux on Jan. 14. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006. Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war. “On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare, command thundering cavalry charges and lead their armies into epic clashes that will...
Jan 08
CES: TP-Link announces new smart router with touchscreen
At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, TP-LINK (www.tp-link.us) announced the SR20 Smart Home Router with Touchscreen, an all-in-one router and Internet of Things (IoT) hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave.   The SR20 Smart Home Router provides centralized control for your entire smart home. In addition to compatibility with devices from other manufactures, TP-LINK is introducing a full line of home automation devices for security, lighting and energy management that will work with SR20. This includes HD day/night security cameras, tunable Wi-Fi lightbulbs, smart plugs and a smart switch with energy monitoring. The TP-LINK SR20 Smart Home Router with Touchscreen is the central intelligence hub for devices throughout the home, enabling consumers to control their devices and automate functions tailored to their preferences. With the SR20, consumers can use their smartphone, tablet or the router’s user-friendly touchscreen to monitor and customize interactions between their...
Jan 08
Media 100 announces El Capitan support
MacVideo Promo has announced Media 100 Suite 2.1.7, an update of its video editing software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan. Media 100 Suite v2.1.7 is available for purchase from the Media 100 website (www.media100.com) for $99. Version 2.1.7 is a free update for Media 100 Suite 2.1.x users. A free 60-day demo is available for download.
Jan 08
CES: TRENDnet launches AC1900 USB Adapter
At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, TRENDnet (www.TRENDnet.com) launched its new AC1900 USB Adapter, model TEW-809UB, which upgrades the wireless speeds of your laptop or desktop computer. The new AC adapter supports speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the less congested 5 GHz band, and 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. The four detachable, high-gain antennas and high-performance amplifiers upgrade speeds and expands range. Beamforming technology improves your overall Wi-Fi signal by directing stronger Wi-Fi signals to specific device locations, says Sonny Su, technology director at TRENDnet. TRENDnet's TEW-809UB comes with a 3.3 feet USB cable. The SuperSpeed 5 Gbps USB 3.0 cable maintains a high-speed connection to your computer. The adapter supports both Mac OS X and Windows systems. 
TRENDnet's AC1900 USB Adapter, model TEW-809UB, will be available worldwide through major retailers and other authorized TRENDnet partners in early spring. It will have a manufacturer’s...
Jan 08
AnyTrans for Mac OS X can now transfer app data, game progress
iMobie has updated AnyTrans (http://www.imobie.com/anytrans/), its iOS transfer software for Mac OS X (10.11 and higher). The app was specifically created to clone all types of items including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. The new version allows users to transfer app data and game progress between iPhones/iPads running all iOS versions, including iOS 8.3 and above. A demo of AnyTrans is available for download. Register is $39.99 for a personal licenseand $59.99 for a family license.
Jan 07
Apple CEO Tim Cook makes $10.3 million in 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook's compensation rose 11.5% to $10.3 million in 2015, despite the stock's first negative year since the global financial crisis. According to a regulatory filing, Cook's base pay increased about 14.4% to $2 million, while non-equity incentive compensation rose about 19% to $8 million. Apple shares dropped below $100 for the first time in nearly five months on Wednesday. This comes on reports of slowing shipments of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Yesterday Apple closed at $100.70.
Jan 07
CES: Nyko announces new wireless charging cases
At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nyko Technologies (www.nyko.com) announced details about their new line of power accessories for the iPhone. The Los Angeles-based battery solutions expert is now expanding to offer power cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S. The new products include the Power Shield case, coming in a variety of power capacities up to 3500 mAh, and the Power Shield Q case with Qi inductive wireless charging and 2200 mAh capacity. The Q Shield was also announced, which simply adds Qi inductive wireless charging capabilities to an iPhone 6 or 6S in a slim design. The Power Shield for iPhone 6 and 6S is a charging case available with a battery capacity of 2500 mAh, 3000 mAh, and 3500 mAh, supporting more than double the usage time over the standard iPhone battery. The case is durable and streamlined, includes a 3.5-inch pass-through headphone adaptor, and features a light-up charge indicator to illustrate the amount of charge. The Power Shield is anticipated to...
Jan 07
Reflector 2 update adds iPad Pro support, more
The latest Reflector 2 update brings mirroring and streaming support for Hulu, Vimeo and YouTube videos, along with complete iPad Pro support. iOS and OS X device owners can now mirror or stream content from these video platforms to any Mac or Windows computer running Reflector 2.4. Reflector is a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver that works great with AirPlay, Google Cast, and AirParrot 2. Version 2.4 is available now as a free update for current Reflector 2 users. It can be downloaded from the Reflector 2 preferences menu or from the Reflector 2 (http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/).
Jan 07
Patriot releases new Viper USB, Mega USB devices
Patriot has announced their latest additions to company’s steadily growing line of consumer flash drives, the Viper and Mega USB. The Viper USB — with prices ranging from $34.99 to $94.99 — joins the expanding lines of the company’s brands of computer memory and now gaming peripherals. With USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0, the Viper USB will be available in three capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The Viper USB comes in red and black with the Viper logo stamped on the front. A swing feature offers protection for the drive’s connector while not in use and the key ring loop at the top makes it portable for gamers to take on the go Patriot designed the Supersonic Mega USB with the impressive performance of the high end Magnum as the standard, but with a more affordable price for the consumer ($49.99 to $229.99). Built with an industrial, zinc alloy casing, the Mega comes with a removable cap to keep all of life’s most important data safe from the...
Jan 06
CES: STACKED expands its wireless ecosystem of iPhone accessories
STACKED has announced its latest products at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES): the Audio Dock and Boost Speaker are designed to be used in tandem with the company’s Stack Pack to cut cords, eliminate wires and simplify the lives of consumers. The $129 Stack Pack is an iPhone charger. The Audio Dock, designed to declutter work spaces and replace bulky conference call systems, allows users take calls and listen to music, while simultaneously and wirelessly charging an iPhone. The Audio Dock features an integrated 2000mAh charge base that magnetically connects with the Stack Pack to achieve wireless charging and avoid running out of battery during a call. It will be available in the second quarter for $79.99 at poweredbystacked.com. STACKED’s Boost Speaker is designed to replace consumers’ portable Bluetooth speakers. It magnetically connects to a Stack Pack and amplifies the iPhone’s sound. It features two 30mm drivers. Rather than carry both a phone and a speaker, the Boost...
 

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