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Sep 10
Seagate unveils new cloud, enterprise solutions

Seagate Technology has announced several product updates that support its mission to lead the world in the storing, sharing and protecting the world’s data.

The company also announced today its new Cloud Systems and Solutions group (CSS), which, in the company's words, "deliver the world’s most scalable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud service architectures and solutions." Seagate’s CSS product update will include offerings in four focus areas: Integrated High Performance Computing solutions, Scalable, modular components and solutions, Custom systems for OEMs and Cloud Backup/Restore, Disaster Recovery and Rapid Archive Storage solutions. Seagate will drive the industry’s ability to manage hyperscale computing demands, improve energy efficiency, and enhance everywhere availability of data.

Go to www.seagate.com for more info.

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Sep 09
Apple, U2 release 'Songs of Innocence' exclusively for...

Apple, Universal Music Group and rock band U2 has announced the release of the album, "Songs of Innocence," which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed.

The album features 11 new songs from the band and charts their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.

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Sep 09
iOS 8 to be available Sept. 17

Apple says iOS 8, "the biggest release since the launch of the App Store," will be available starting Wednesday, Sept. 17 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update.

Apple says it delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. With more than 4,000 new APIs [application programming interfaces], iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit.

"We’re excited for hundreds of millions of users to begin experiencing iOS 8, with incredible features that offer new ways to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of...

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Sep 09
Apple announces Apple Pay

Apple has announced Apple Pay, a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. It work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.

Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by the most popular banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83% of credit card purchase volume in the US. In addition to the 258 Apple retail...

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Sep 09
Apple unveils the AppleWatch

Apple has unveiled Apple Watch, which it calls its "most personal device ever." It boasts a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides a way to scroll, zoom and navigate.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Digital Crown is Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch. The Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat.

Cook says that the smartwatch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

"Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad," says Cook. "And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a...

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Sep 09
Apple announces the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays.

The new smartphones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use, says Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Features include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; "ultrafast" wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, a way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8.

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38% more viewing area than the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution,...

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Sep 09
NuMac Solutions announces Blu-Ray disc burner for new Mac Pro

NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.

It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.

The NMBDR6x is available now for US$169 at NuMac Solutions online (http://www.numac.co). With a three-year warranty, the NMBDR6x features an all aluminum enclosure machined and assembled in the USA.

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Sep 09
EditShare unveils XStream EFS enterprise scale-out storage...

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has announced the EditShare XStream EFS, a new enterprise storage solution aimed at media markets. Demonstrated for the first time at IBC2014, it's a distributed scale-out file system designed from the ground up to support large-scale media workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. 

According to Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare, XStream EFS features include:

° High-performance, low-latency storage;

° The ability to scale to many petabytes and hundreds of millions of files;

° Acceleration of media workflows – ingest, collaborative editing and playout;

° Support for uncompressed 2K, 4K and beyond;

° A "single namespace" file system that expands as storage is added'

° No downtime during expansion;

° Automatic...

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Sep 09
WD introduces Cold-Data-Storage HDDs optimized for datacenters

WD (www.wd.com) has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters.

Built on a platform to achieve optimal total cost of ownership (TCO), WD Ae hard drives utilize the lowest possible power consumption and a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, storage technology, WD.

Part of the unique attributes of the WD Ae hard drive family includes: a dense five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of power, performance, capacity and cost; capacities greater than 6 TB; SATA 6 Gb/s interface; and a workload and reliability rating of 60 TB/yr workload and 500 Khrs Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF).  WD Ae hard drives will be sold in box quantities of 20 and available to select distributors and...

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Sep 08
Popular contacts list organizer now available for OS X

Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X. It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.

When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.

What's more, all currently existing contacts in the list can be assigned by clicking on mass update button. Users can also search for names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, departments, and notes within all contacts.

GroupsPro 1.0 costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the...

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Sep 08
Adobe announces video technology innovations at IBC 2014

Adobe (www.abode.com) has announced plans to update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video.

The company says key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently. New updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together. 

Adobe also announced new capabilities to Adobe Primetime, a TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers). Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam. 

The company will demonstrate its new solutions at the RAI Convention (Hall 7...

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Sep 08
VidConvert now ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.3, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.

In addition to support for Yosemite, VidConvert 1.5.3 offers more supported output and input options. The app costs US$7.99 for a single user license; a demo is available for download. Go to www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert for more info.

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Sep 08
iClipboard for Mac OS X gets new 'flat' style...

Chronos has announced iClipboard 5, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X. iClipboard 5 contains many highly-requested new features. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of sales at Chronos, major new features include:

° A redesigned "flat" style interface;

° Retina display compatibilty;

° The ability to choose text formats directly from the Paste Blaster;

° The ability to click to paste clippings in the Paste Blaster;

° Special formats for pasting text: Uppercase, Lowercase, Capitalized Words, Whitespace Removed, New Lines Removed, Tabs Converted to Spaces;

° An option to clear clippings in an Unfiled project when quitting for security/privacy purposes;

° A font bar when editing clippings for complete control

iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It then provides five different ways to paste clippings from the history. It also features...

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Sep 05
Prosoft releases Data Rescue 4

Prosoft Engineering has launched Data Rescue 4, an update of the hard drive and deleted file recovery software for Mac. The new version includes a proprietary new BootWell technology that can boot and recover files from any Mac from 2005 or newer.

Data Rescue 4  is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft (www.prosofteng.com). It costs US$99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

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Sep 05
Dell introduces two high-end computer monitors

Dell (www.dell.com) has introduced the 27-inch US$1,049 Dell 55 Monitor, which boasts a widescreen display that delivers Full HD resolution and a 3000:1 contrast. If that's not enough, the company also previewed the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, the world’s first display with Ultra HD 5K resolution (5120 x 2880).

Ultra HD 5K is equivalent to four times the resolution of QHD and seven times the resolution of Full HD. It also delivers immersive acoustics with two 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers. The monitor also monitor offers six USB ports and one media card reader. However, be prepared for some serious cash outlay. The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor costs US$2,499.99 and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Sep 05
Theme Inn presents a Suite for MS Office

Graphic design company, Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/), has announced Suite for MS Office - Templates, another special bundle of templates for Microsoft Office for Mac. The new pack contains over 300 selected high-quality templates for Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

It allows users to find designs for just about any business or personal occasion. The new product offers 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheets for Excel, and 10 themes for PowerPoint presentations.

Suite for MS Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. It normally costs US$19.99, but is available for a limited time at 50% off.

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Sep 05
Acronis launches Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9

Acronis (www.acronis.com) has announced Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9.0, the latest version of its enterprise software that integrates Macs for use in a Windows based environment.

The upgrade continues to provide access to file servers and NAS via trouble-free Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), now with Spotlight Search full-content searching of NAS volumes. This integration reduces search times to just seconds, increasing employee productivity, according to the folks at Acronis.

Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9 features:

° A new Acronis Content Indexing option the enables nearly instantaneous Mac OS X Network Spotlight search for file-name and content;

° Enhanced configuration and performance for popular network attached storage (NAS) solutions from EMC, NetApp, Isilon, Western Digital, HP;'

° Updates for the latest versions Mac OS X and Windows Server;

° Support for Network Spotlight search of...

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Sep 05
Agenda set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com), which will take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.

The SuperMeet agenda will feature  film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, iZotope, Atomos, and HP. This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, gurus and users during IBC2014 week.

Tickets to the the Amsterdam SuperMeet can be purchased at the SuperMeet website. Doors open at 16:30, and the SuperMeet stage show begins at 19:00.

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Sep 05
Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X adds 4K support

Movavi has unveiled the latest version (5.0) of Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).

The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice. Version 5 offers auto enhance, image conversion, as well as new editing features. Other improvements include 4K Ultra HD video support, SD to HD video conversion, and ready-made presets for the latest mobile devices.

A free seven-day trial version of Movavi Video Converter can be downloaded from the product's official page (http://www.movavi.com). A full license can be purchased for US$39.95. The software is also offered as part of the Movavi Super Video Bundle for Mac, which includes Screen Capture, Split Movie, and Media Player and costs $69.95. Owners of older versions of Movavi Video Converter for Mac can upgrade to 5 at a 30% discount.

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Sep 05
Backup to Go now Yosemite compatible

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released Backup To Go 1.1, an update to their file backup tool for Mac OS X.

The utility was specifically designed to simplify the process of backing up important files and folders to disks that can easily be taken with the user. These include USB sticks, thumb drives, SD Cards and external Hard Disks. Version 1.1 includes 21 changes, to improve the stability and usability of the application, while also adding some "premium" features. It's also ready for OS X Yosemite.

Backup to Go requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 1.1 is available in the Mac App Store for free in the Utilities category. Premium features require an in-app purchase of $0.99.

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Sep 05
Mass Fidelity introduces The Core wireless speaker system

Mass Fidelity has introduced The Core, a compact wireless speaker that combines "better than stereo" sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio, according to Ben Webster, CEO and founder of Mass Fidelity.


It uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), an audio rendering technique that produces a sonic image that sounds like two widely placed hi-fi speakers, he adds. Users can access and play music wherever they want—streaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection.  

Without having to download apps or configure networking equipment, users can instantly connect up to nine units to create a multi-room music experience with the touch of a button. The Core boasts 120 watts of digital power, six digital signal processors, and an ARM processing core.

The Core will retail for US$599. However, it will launch on Indiegogo (...

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Sep 05
Answers for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

Tim Parnell has rolled out Answers 1.0.2 (http://nswrs.com), an update to his FAQ and Help documentation tool for Mac OS X.

The app was designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple. By allowing users to focus on the content, not the code, anyone can create help documents like software help books or website FAQs. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade.

Answers is free to use and build with. Some options and build types are limited to pro users. Upgrading to a pro license costs US$29.

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Sep 04
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS, OS X devices

FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television. 

To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick  into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.

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Sep 04
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Finally with iRig Mic Field anyone can make mobile audio and video recordings with Hollywood-style stereo sound, says IK Multimedia. Its two cardioid electret condenser capsules, 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), 115 dB maximum SPL rating and built in low-noise, high-definition preamp give you the tools to capture sound no matter whether you're recording a rehearsal or a concert, capturing audio for videography, saving a lecture or speech, acquiring found audio for a music project or recording instruments while on the move.

The iRig Mic Field will cost US$99.99 and will be available next month. Go to www.irigmicfield.com...

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Sep 04
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad

Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 

The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass. 
 
Bamboo Stylus fineline ($59.95) is a pressure-sensitive pen (1024 levels) using Bluetooth 4.0 geared to creative thinkers who like to take notes and sketch out ideas and concepts on the iPad. 
 
The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($79.95), also using Bluetooth, sports a new thin tip (2.9mm) and featuring 2048 levels of pressure. It will be available next month.

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