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03:19
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.

Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.

CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.

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03:07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Aug 20
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town,...

Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.

The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords.  he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small...

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Aug 20
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.

The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says...

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Aug 20
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X

Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.

Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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Aug 20
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.

With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.

PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.

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Aug 19
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 19
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access point

D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.
 
The DWL-8610AP — which has a suggested retail price of US$929 — delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands, according to the folks at D-Link.
 
The DWL-8610AP can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at. 

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Aug 19
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions in...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Aug 19
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones

Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99

With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for

With Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, users can access music and take calls whether their phone or tablet is in their hand or across the room. You can control music volume, change tracks, and answer calls by touching the multifunction control pad on the earpiece.

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Aug 19
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary edition of My...

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.

The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD's portable drive line, according to Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD's Content Solutions unit. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.

The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today's mobile consumer, says Tate. In addition, the drive offers users...

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Aug 19
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014 simplifies multi-...

Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications. 

InstallAnywhere 2014 can automatically detect and remove previous versions of an application, and correctly upgrading a previous version on an existing customer's computer. In addition, it's the first multi-platform installation solution to provide out-of-the-box support for the latest versions of MySQL and its supporting user dialogs.  This allows developers to install databases and supporting panels to MySQL locally and remotely in a simplified environment. 

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Aug 18
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line

Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories.

The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities.

The Venturo collection is crafted with a combination of high-resilience materials and PU leather, with a splash-repellent outer surface. It's available for $119.95 in charcoal black or steel blue and for $149.95 in titanium gray or navy blue with a special coating for enhanced durability and weather-resistance.

Like the Venturo, The Urbana’s ultra-slim profile features an interior large enough to fit up to a 15-inch laptop and iPad or tablet with room to spare. The bag’s proprietary ViscoStrap...

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Aug 18
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB connectors

TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product.

The Syncable-Duo’s micro-USB connector can be instantly transformed into an Apple MFi certified Lightning cable by plugging it into the Lightning extension that comes tethered to the Syncable-Duo. To charge your device, attach it to the appropriate connector and plug the other end into any USB power source. Once connected, the tangle-free flat cable syncs and transfers data such as music and video to and from any Android or Apple Lightning device.

The Syncable-Duo is now available for purchase in black, blue, red or neon green at the following price points: one foot (US$24.99), 2 feet ($26.99), 1 meter ($29.99). You can purchase your Syncable-Duo at TYLT’s website (www.tylt....

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Aug 18
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support

DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.3 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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Aug 15
Fri Afternoon Fun Trivia: Name that Sound
Some Friday afternoon tribal fun. Who can identify the sound enclosed?
To share your answer, or find out the answer we post: Follow @mactech on Twitter Follow +MacTech on Google Plus Like facebook.com/MacTech on Facebook Join MacTech on LinkedIn (Answer: Handheld Mattel/Coleco Electronic Quarterback game.)
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Aug 15
eMedia Music to expand the guitar Lab DVD series with two new...

eMedia Music Corp will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs in September. The Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know DVDs will be in stores Sept. 19.

Hosted by Marcy Marxer, the Ukulele For Guitar Players DVD steps you through a primer covering everything you need to know about different types of ukuleles, tunings and fingerings -- adapting what you likely already know about guitar to the ukulele. Host Andrew Ford will pass on the fretboard genius of master bass players like Louis Johnson, Rocco Prestia, Verdine White, Kenny Burke, Bobby Watson, Marcus Miller, Duck Dunn, Rusty Allen, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Leroy Hodges, Anthony Jackson, Rod Temperton, Chuck Rainey and many other giants of groove in 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know.

Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know will be available at retail stores nationwide and online at an estimated retail price of US$...

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Aug 15
StockXloader ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

BragIt has released version 4.2 of StockXloader (http://stockxloader.com), a native Mac OS X application for fully automated downloading of stock market quotes and indexes to the technical analysis program ProTA or ProTA Gold from BeeSoft, or to MS Excel or Numbers. Or you can drag & drop a text file for import into other applications.

StockXloader collects quotes for almost any stock exchange in the world. Version 4.2 brings compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. Also, you can now now move the folder that contains your ticker lists and temporary items to a location of your choice. For example, it could be Dropbox if you want to have all files synchronized between two computers.

StockXloader is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can download a 60-day demo version at the product web site. Registration is approximately US$77.

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Aug 14
Sanctum 2 comes to the Mac

Coffee Stain Studios (www.coffeestainstudios.com) says Mac and Linux support is finally available for Sanctum 2. Everyone who already owns Sanctum 2 on the PC will also be able to play it on Mac and Linux. Furthermore, the game will be free to play this weekend and 85% off to purchase.

Here's how the game is described: "Sanctum revolutionized Tower Defense back in 2011 with the FPS take on the genre. The concept proved a success with Sanctum being one of the most sold indies on Steam that year. In 2013 Coffee Stain launched Sanctum 2 which added further depth, more action, four different playable characters, and more customization."

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Aug 14
JMR announces general availability of the BlueStor networked...

JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server.

Targeted to the small-to-medium enterprises (SMB) IT and rich mixed media markets that have need for Ethernet or Fibre based, high-load applications (shared storage) requiring high sustained throughput, it's a storage appliance for file serving, load-balancing and fault-tolerant email/web server/streaming media, digital A/V (Audio/Video) workflow storage, HA cluster and back up storage applications. The BlueStore is available in 16, 32, and 48TB data capacities and can scale beyond 1 PB with a single head unit. 

The BlueStor Networked Storage Server is available in three configurations. A basic 16TB NAS dual RAID system starts at US$16,999.

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Aug 13
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 adds Snapshot mode

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), an update of the utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space.

With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any Source with its backup destination with Mac Backup Guru. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the app.

Mac Backup Guru costs US$29 and is available directly from the publisher's website (http://macdaddy.io).

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Aug 13
JMR adds to ProBracket line-up for the Mac Pro

JMR Electronics has announced three new additions to their ProBracket family of mounting hardware for the Apple Mac Pro. The American made mounting brackets allow the pro desktop to be installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, in a mobile enclosure or into a rack cabinet.

The family of mounts allow for mounting of the Mac Pro with its I-O ports readily available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer(s) in place, with rubber gasketed surfaces that protect them from vibration and scratches. Each ProBracket is finished in high gloss black baked-on powder coating over 18 gauge galvanized steel.

The product family uses interchangeable components. The rack mount products allow for sliding the computer(s) in and out of the cabinet, and the removable holding brackets may also be used for wall/pedestal mounting. For details on all the ProBracket family go to...

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Aug 13
Drobo update combines user data, Time Machine backups

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has announced a new feature for its Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D products that enables Apple Time Machine users to utilize their Drobos for both user and backup data.


When Mac users add a disk to Time Machine there's no option to choose how much capacity to use for backup. Without the ability to set a limit for Time Machine, users must sacrifice their entire disk for backup leaving no room for user data.

The latest enhancement for Drobo solves this challenge by allowing users to keep Time Machine backups as well as their documents, videos and photos on the same device. Drobo customers no longer need to purchase multiple USB devices to protect their data, saving them time, money and the hassle of managing individual drives, says .

The update is available to download (http://www.drobo.com/start/) for all existing...

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Aug 13
Arcam announces the UN-Wireless rDock-uni

Arcam has announced the US$299 rDock-uni — The UN-Wireless Digital Lightning Dock DAC for iOS devices (http://tinyurl.com/mnsvlmn). The device allows the highest quality and easiest connection to any AV or Hi-Fi and allows music lovers to listen at a quality level that no other dock can achieve, according to the folks at Arcam.

The rDock extracts digital audio from the iDevice and processes the music via an audiophile DAC, the Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502 and a Arcam's de-jittering circuitry. The analogue stereo out goes straight to any form of audio system — or to improve the sound even further, the pure digital signal can be fed to a higher grade DAC such as Arcam's $700 irDAC or $3200 FMJ D33.

No Wi-fi or Bluetooth is required. Just drop the device onto the dock and touch play or use the remote control supplied. The device is charged while playing.

Arcam uses Apple Certified "Made For"...

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Aug 13
StretchWrite turns any pen or pencil into a stylus

The new StretchWrite from Felix is a grip that adds a soft-feel to your favorite pen or pencil while transforming it into a stylus that can be used with devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Its patent pending design offers a thin, hollow point stylus tip for an enhanced digital experience while the silicone grip brings added comfort to your writing instrument, says Felix CEO Chris Michaud. StretchWrite fits over most writing instruments and works with all touch sensitive screens. Simply pull the grip over a pen or pencil, insert the writing tip though the hole on the top end of the StretchWrite.

Each order includes a pair of the grips in two different colors: red/gray and blue/pink. It's available at FelixBrand.com for US$9.99 per two-pack.

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