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Nov 12
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.

Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.

You can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the ear cup. The Solo2 Wireless' rechargeable battery purportedly allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalk cable and enjoy your music.

The Solo2 Wireless retails for US$299.95 and...

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Nov 12
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock radio

HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.

JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.

The Horizon sports five programmable FM radio presets and Bluetooth to stream your music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. If you choose, you can even wake up to a traditional buzzer.

The JBL Horizon features a compact design that fits in on any nightstand or kitchen shelf. The LCD clock display has a built-in light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness according to...

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Nov 12
Addonics announces 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the US$49Addonics 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis, a storage solution that lets you increase the density of storage devices in a small space.

The new product features a drive bracket that enables users to install up to five 3.5-inch drives into many desktop computers, servers or rack mount systems via three standard 5.25-inch drive bays. The 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis increases by 67% the total number of 3.5" storage devices that can be installed into multi-bay storage chassis or systems with three or more 5.25-inch drive bays.

For example, on the Addonics Storage Tower III that has three 5.25-inch drive bays, as many as ten hard drives can be installed by mounting five, instead of three, 2.5-inch Double Snap-In drives into the 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis.

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Nov 12
Pixeljam launches Glorkian Warrior in the Mac App Store

Pixeljam Games (http://www.pixeljam.com) has introduced Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork for Mac OS X, a collaboration with comic book artist James Kochalka. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac Game Store in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Glorkian Warrior is a unique hybrid of Galaga-style shoot 'em up, simple platforming action and Saturday morning cartoon. Help Glorkian Warrior defend his asteroid against an endless onslaught of alien invaders, and be prepared for somewhat unexpected results! This game offers a wicked arsenal of weapons, powerups and much more."

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Nov 12
Grid Connect introduces smart outlet with Apple HomeKit...

 A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order (www.connectsense.com/preorder) from Grid Connect.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using an iPhone app, other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices or by voice command via Siri, Apple's voice controlled "personal digital assistant." As part of its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], Apple offers HomeKit, which delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to control individual or groups of devices throughout the house.

The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. It allows users to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans...

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Nov 12
Prosoft says its Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS...

Prosoft Engineering says its US$19.99 Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS X Yosemite. It's also optimized to support more apps.

Hear is an app designed to improve the sound quality of the internal or external speakers on you computer. It offers an array of settings. A 30-day demo is available at the Prosoft website (www.prosofteng.com).

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Nov 12
Tidy Up revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features an updated interface and more. It's also ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new view by duplicate group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.

Version 4.0 of Tidy Up requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$30 (normally it's $39). Upgrades from version 3.x are $20.

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Nov 11
Atmosphere intelligence company launches developer program

Cumulonimbus has announced its exclusive Founding Developer program today for its app, PressureNet.

The peer-to-peer weather forecasting and data platform seeks 10 experienced developers to join its exclusive group. PressureNet is an atmosphere data and software intelligence company with a mission to dramatically improve weather and climate forecasting.

"As we further built-out our app, we want to invite just a handful of top-notch developers to work with us on this scientific app," says Jacob Sheehy, CEO and Co-Founder of PressureNet. "Since we will be choosing just 10 people to be part of our Founding Developers program, this will be a great opportunity for developers to showcase their skills and gain recognition in the community."

Utilizing smart phone sensors to garner data and create better forecasts, the PressureNet app developers will build one of the largest live atmosphere observation networks in the world, he adds. Developers will help create an open...

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Nov 11
15 new fonts added to the Free Fonts - Christmas Collection

128bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 2.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store.

Fifteen new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 40. All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project.

Free Fonts - Christmas Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Nov 11
ChapterWork now available in the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released ChapterWork, a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies.

Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, ChapterWork frees is designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies, according to the folks at einstein's legacy. ChapterWork allows you to share the completed output movie via e-mail or using Internet services.

ChapterWork requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category).

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Nov 11
Panolapse expands Mac OS X tools for timelapse photographers

Panolapse (http://www.panolapse360.com/) has expanded its timelapse software for Mac OS X and Windows with advanced features to support professional photographers.

Panolapse, a program which simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction, has introduced the RAWBlend feature for creating smooth transitions of light and color over time to assist in difficult time-lapse sequences (such as sunrise or sunset time-lapses). The update also introduces tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.

The deflicker tool enhances smoothness of a video sequence by analyzing pixel-level brightness of each image, and then averaging out the brightness of each frame over time. Panolapse has also added support for animating 360-degrees equirectangular panoramic image files, enhancing its movement simulation capabilities.

Panolapse is free to download with output...

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Nov 11
Apple, Alibaba Group may be teaming up for a payment alliance

A payment alliance between Apple and the Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese e-commerce company, is in the works, according The Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/p4lwshr). Apple Pay may be embedded in Alipay, Alibab's payment system, to operate in mainland China.

This could help tackle policy issues. In return, Apple may help Alibaba expand its business in the US. Apple and Alibaba are currently discussing the specifics of a possible partnership, says the WSJ.

"One possible scenario is for Alibaba’s financial affiliate, which owns the Alipay electronic-payment business in China, to provide back-end services for Apple’s Apple Pay payment system, allowing iPhone users to pay with Apple Pay using the money from their Alipay accounts," the article adds.

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Nov 11
World Clock is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Komarov Mobile (http://www.komarov.mobi/) has updated World Clock, their Mac OS X app that lets users convert one or multiple time zones with a simple flick or add events to their calendar with a single tap, to version 1.2.

The update features support for OS X Yosemite. It also provides users with: at-a-glance time data; an interactive widget for "Today's View," an updated look/feel; a faster way to add cities and time zones, an arrow identifying current location, and more.

World Clock works with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Nov 11
Yummy Software releases Yummy FTP 1.10.1 for Mac OS X

Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) has released Yummy FTP 1.10.1, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

Its multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an "intelligent" recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. This is complemented by a dual pane user interface

Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$14.99 and is available directly from Yummy Software, or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Upgrades cost $10. Customers who purchased since Aug. 1, 2014, can obtain a free upgrade.

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Nov 10
Accordance Bible software updated to version 11

Accordance Bible Software (http://www.accordancebible.com) has released Accordance 11, a major upgrade of its Bible study software for Mac and Windows computers. David Lang, vice president of development, says it includes the following new features:

° A new Research Tab (replaces Search All) designed to make it easy to see which results are most relevant to your study;

° A new Info Pane that dynamically displays which commentaries from your Accordance Library are most relevant to your passage along with other content.

° A new Quick Entry feature that begins suggesting terms as soon as you start typing in a search field;

° User notes now support Unicode content and can be applied to any title in your Accordance Library;

° Improved library organization brings over 20 distinct categories for organizing your personal Accordance Library;;

° Bookmarks can now be...

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Nov 10
Apple selling Nova iPhone flash in its stores

Apple is now officially selling Nova (www.novaphotos.com), the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for the iPhone.The accessory is available online at the Apple Store and will be available at select Apple stores in the U.S. and Canada later this month.

Nova is an US$59 peripheral that fits in a wallet and can go everywhere your iPhone does. It sports a Bluetooth connection and purportedly packs 10 times the number of LEDs as alternative options to provide greater control over photos.

Nova lets you position and angle the light where you need it. It also offers a custom option to select from cool to warm and soft to bright light using 40 LEDs set behind a built in diffuser.

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Nov 10
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0.1

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0.1, a maintenance upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor. The update builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.

In total, BBEdit 11 includes more than 200 additions and refinements to this award-winning HTML and text editor. For example, the new Find Differences workflow provides a more efficient single-window presentation of results for both file and folder comparisons, says Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. A new sidebar for folder comparisons identifies mismatched files and makes easy the process of copying files to bring two differing folders into harmony, he adds.

BBEdit 11.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. This update is free
of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For more information on BBEdit, or to download a fully functional demo version,...

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Nov 10
Audio Switcher for OS X gets re-configured preferences...

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has launched Audio Switcher 2.0.3, a Mac OS X utility that allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices.

Automatically detecting when your audio devices are connected or disconnected, the tool resides in the Status Bar. Version 2.0.3 introduces a re-configured preferences management system, improved auto-launch support and a few bug fixes.

Audio Switcher requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free 2.0.3 update via the Mac Store.

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Nov 10
Imation launches the LINK Power Drive for the iPhone

Imation (www.imation.com) has launched the LINK Power Drive. The new device brings flash storage and battery-charging capabilities together in a single unit for the iPhone and other iOS devices.

The Imation LINK Power Drive offers a charging source for someone on the go. Its 3,000 mAh-rechargeable battery refreshes the iPhone and iPod touch, saving users the hassle of locating power outlets, says Toshi Hokari, executive director, marketing and product development, Imation.

In addition, it provides the added convenience—even while recharging—of streaming photos, videos and music to and from an iPhone and the Imation LINK Power Drive. With its light weight and compact size, the drive fits easily in a bag or purse.

The Imation LINK Power Drive will be available in the U.S. this month in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for the anticipated retail price of US$99.99 (16GB), $119.99 (32GB) and $149.99( 64GB...

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Nov 10
iOS improves in the latest Good Mobility Index Report

Good Technology, which specializes in secure mobility, has announced key findings from the "Q3 2014 Good Mobility Index Report" (http://tinyurl.com/muccoz4). This quarter, the rise in custom app development catapulted this category from the fourth most activated app category to number one on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

This quarter, Apple's iOS reversed its decline in activations from quarter two, picking up two percentage points, representing 69% of all activations. The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accounted for this gain. Additionally, the report findings showed that iPhone 6 outpaced iPhone 6 Plus in its first partial month, representing 85% of these new devices to be activated.

This quarter’s Mobility Index Report confirms enterprises are moving to secure app-to-app workflows, enabling organizations to transform their businesses, while protecting sensitive...

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Nov 10
AppleXsoft File Recovery gets new wizard interface, more

AppleXsoft Software has cooked up a new version of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. Version 5.5.3.7 has a completely new wizard interface.

It also sports a reconstructed recovery engine, plus advanced tools such as SMART, Bad Block Diagnostics, Imaging tools, Disk Copy, E-Mail Recovery, Hex Viewer, and etc. The data recovery can be completely controlled due to flexible parameter settings.

The new version of the software sells for $99.95. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/l5z6xw8 .

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Nov 10
Power APP has released Disk Cleaner! with data analysis for Mac...

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.0 for OS X, a Mac app to clean the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.

It can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. Disk Cleaner! can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Nov 10
Noizio is ambient sound setting utility for Mac OS X

Noizio (http://www.noiz.io) has released its self-titled app for Mac OS X. The software is designed to drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand.

On the other hand, it can also set the mood for a romantic evening or lull you to sleep, according to the folks at Noizio. It sports an ambient sound equalizer for creating a mixture of ambient sounds.

Noizio comes with eight ambient sounds: Coffee Shop, Thunder, Rain, Fire Crackle, Crash of Waved, Gusts of Wind, Sunny Outdoors, and Crickets in the Night. It requires OS X 10.7 or later. Noizio is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

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Nov 10
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 5.1

Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its NAS operating system. According to CEO Alex Wang, some of the improvemnts include:

° Comprehensive security measures: Security Advisor analyses system settings, password strength, network preferences and removes known malware. In addition, AppArmor blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources, while packages can now be digitally signed to avoid any use of tampered executable.

° Increased productivity: Proxy Server speeds up Internet browsing while securing the network thanks to its various caching, filtering, and authentication options. File Station can now connect to a remote FTP or WebDAV server. The new CardDav servers allows contact synchronisation among compatible devices.

° More integrated cloud: Data can be synced with more public cloud including OneDrive, Box and hubiC. Cloud Sync and all Cloud Station’s client software allow users to select which...

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Nov 07
IDC confirms that Mac has 13% of U.S. market share

The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has confirmed its preliminary personal computer shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%.

Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo in April moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%. Rounding out the top five are Lenovo and Toshiba.

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