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10:01
Native Instruments releases Traktor Kontrol S8 all-in-one DJ...

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released Traktor Kontrol S8, an US$1,199, all-in-one DJ system with touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays.

The S8, designed for use with a laptop, also features a 4-channel standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance decks for integration of Trakator Pro 2’s Remix Decks. Performance tools such as Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.

The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets, samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s displays. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or CDJs.

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08:45
OWC unveils new 2TB option for the Mercury On-the-Go Pro

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 2TB option today offering 33% more capacity for the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, a bus-powered, portable storage solution.

Designed for mobile users, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro is compact in size, measuring 3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches. It's engineered in an impact-resistant acrylic enclosure and sports the latest FireWire and USB interfaces.

Mac and PC compatible, the portable drive even works with digital cameras and camcorders equipped with FireWire and/or USB data ports. The Mercury On-the-Go Pro ranges in price from US$97.99 to $349.99, depending on the configuration.

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05:18
Worldwide tablet market grows 11.5% in the third quarter

The worldwide tablet grew 11.5% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with shipments reaching 53.8 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). Apple remains the number one tablet vendor.

Marked by back-to-school promotions and US appetite for connected tablets, the third quarter also saw shipments grow sequentially by 11.2% compared to 2Q14.

"Not only is the US market one of the largest for tablets, but third quarter results also indicate that this is where the growth is," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for tablets. "We saw Verizon continuing to sell connected tablets at a fast pace, a strategy that we believe other carriers will replicate in following quarters. We also saw RCA enter the top 5, impacting the entire US market and worldwide ranking with one large deal linked to back-to-school and channel fill ahead of Black Friday. Those two...

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05:05
Apple smartphone shipments grow 16.1% year-over-year

New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com). With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple posted its largest third quarter volume ever and saw its smartphone shipments rise 16.1% year-over-year.

According to preliminary data from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), resulting in 25.2% growth when compared to the 261.7 million units shipped in 3Q13 and 8.7% sequential growth above the 301.3 million units shipped in 2Q14.

A driving force behind the record smartphone volume was the combined effort of the vendors trailing market leaders Samsung and Apple. Samsung remained the leader in the worldwide smartphone market, but was the only company among the top five to see its shipment...

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04:47
Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool.

The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5.

Current users of the product will be notified by the company in the next few days for update instructions. The update will be free for all current users of fully featured versions of Scannerz. Version 1.9 for Mac OS X is fully supported by SCSC in the U.S. for registered users. For new users the price ranges from US$21.95 to $49.95, depending on the package.

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04:27
DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X...

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite.

PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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03:57
Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.7 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. It costs US$14.99; a 15-day demo version is also available.

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Oct 29
Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7

onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features:

° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities;

° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them;

° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules;

° A new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created;

° The ability to reduce noise in your photos while maintaining important details;

° A new Lens Flare filter in Perfect Effects;

° Faster processing; the Suite is...

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Oct 29
CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X

Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac.

It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events.

A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Oct 29
TwelveSouth has launched the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro

Twelve South has released the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.

The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.

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Oct 29
LG introduces Cinema 4K monitor

LG Electronics (http://tinyurl.com/pvcmpw7) has unveiled its 4K Monitor (model 31MU97). The Digital Cinema 4K boasts 4096 x 2160 resolution with a 31-inch IPS monitor and meets the standards of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).
 
The monitor’s ultra-high quality 4K resolution and life-like colors are ideal for photographers, video editors and graphic artists and its incredible picture quality allows for detailed and accurate retouching of any image, according to Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics. With the monitor’s rich and vibrant colors and impressive 10-bit color, visual arts professionals will greatly appreciate the model’s high color accuracy, he adds.
 
The monitor’s IPS display purportedly supports over 99.5% of the Adobe RGB color space and provides users with several coloring options. Its Dual Color Space allows the monitor to display two...

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Oct 29
InPreflight Pro soars to Mac OS X Yosemite readiness

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.13, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version adds Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.

InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. It combines batch-packaging, quality control and graphic reports.

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$99.95 (the Studio version is $59.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A trial version is available for download.


Version 2.11.13 is a free update for licensed users of version 2.x, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Oct 28
Logitech announces Keys-to-Go keyboard for the iPad

Logitech (www.logitech.com) has unveiled the new Logitech Keys-To-Go, a slender, stand-alone Bluetooth keyboard for any iPad.

It's small enough to tuck into your purse, briefcase or coat pocket without taking up too much space, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Its keys give you the tactile feedback you’re used to on your laptop, but are fused into a water-repellant FabricSkin covering that helps protect the keyboard from spills and dirt, he adds.

The rechargeable battery can last up to three months on a complete charge. The keyboard is compatible with all generations of the iPad and iPad mini and is available in three colors – black, red and teal – for a suggested retail price of US$69.99.

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Oct 28
QUAD is a new rack extension synthesizer for Propellerhead Reason

Rob Paper Soundware has announced QUAD, a Rack Extension synthesizer built from the ground up for Propellerhead Reason. Rack Extension is an ever-expandable, freely-routable rack of instruments, effects, and sounds.

"What we face as a developer is having to have a PC version and a Mac version, and if you run them in your regular host, you can crash your host," says Rob Paper. "That’s a real big battle. People, if they use Reason, learn that things are connected. It’s cross-platform; everything works. It’s a major leap forward for Reason, and productions coming out of Reason will sound totally different. Reason remains Reason, but, now, it’s open.”

QUAD has two oscillators (OSC 1 and OSC 2) at its sonic core, each endowed with a selection of classic waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Saw, White Noise, and Pink Noise), together with a SPREAD function (adding multiple oscillators with slightly higher and lower pitch to the main oscillators to fatten up the sound), and a SUB ...

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Oct 28
NeoFinder is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.6) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version is certified for OS X Yosemite, supports iCloud Drive, and is much faster with RAW files and archives, and more.

NeoFinder (www.cdfinder.de) is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

NeoFinder 6.6 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 6.6 is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.6 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers.

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Oct 28
CS Odessa announces Mac OS X user interface for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduces a graphical user interface solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The Mac OS X User Interface Solution provides a toolset for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. The new solution provides graphical user interface (UI) elements, UI patterns, and application icons.

The User Interface Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Oct 28
NewerTech announces the Headless Mac video accelerator

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) has announced the US$19.99 Headless Mac Video Accelerator, designed to fix poor graphics performance issues that occur when any Mac with a Mini DisplayPort (including but not limited to Mac mini 2009 and newer models) is used as a remotely accessed headless machine (without a display attached).

When a Mac is operated without a display attached, often as a high-powered, whisper-quiet home or professional server, the GPU [graphical processing unit] stays inactive. This leads to poor performance when the system is accessed remotely. Without an active GPU, the user interface lags, animation stutters, and cursor movement, navigation, and typing all suffer.
 
The NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator provides a fix that makes the remote experience run smooth again, enabling a headless Mac to behave as if it already had an attached display, according to NewerTech CEO Larry...

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Oct 28
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2015

Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing.

Coming in the first quarter of next year, QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver "increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features," says Matthias Guenther, director, QuarkXPress Business Unit for Quark. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

He says new features include: 64-bit performance; larger page sizes; a dedicated orthogonal line tool; fixed layout interactive eBooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect output for a complete project; user-definable Mac shortcut keys; table styles; a format painter; Mac OS X Yosemite support; and more.

In anticipation of...

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Oct 28
BatchOutput PDF gets OS X Yosemite support

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has updated BatchOutput PDF, its PDF printing automation solution, to version 2.2.9, which is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

The software allows users to print PDF files from watched hot folders, saving the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. Documents are printed automatically using the assigned output preset.

BatchOutput PDF is available for $24.95 from Zevrix and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download from the Zevrix website.

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Oct 27
QuickerTek adds BT 4.0 and 802.11ac to older Macs

QuickerTek. has developed three additional mCards to enable 802.11a,b,g,n,ac WIFi as well as Blue Tooth 4.0 LE for Yosemite Continuity features including Handoff to Work on older Mac's running Mac OS X Yosemite.

mCard works with common wireless networking equipment. Users can also choose to add higher-power antennas, should their needs not be met by the internal stock antenna. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied.

Using the same chipset that Apple uses in newer laptops and desktops, users of the new mCards can be confident that it works right out of the box — now and in the future, according to the folks at QuickerTek. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nxvo6sa for more info.

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Oct 27
Alpine Electronics In-Dash Receiver with Apple CarPlay now...

Alpine Electronics of America has announced availability in North American markets of the iLX-007, an aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated for optimum compatibility with Apple CarPlay.
 
The iLX-007 is a mech-less in-dash receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a flat-face design. CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. When Apple CarPlay is used on the iLX-007, users can control Apple CarPlay from the 7-inch screen or activate Siri for minimized distraction, says Hirofumi Morioka, Alpine’s senior director and chief technical officer.

Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS. Other features include three (2V) preouts, one aux input, Alpine’s MediaXpander...

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Oct 27
Spike Software launches Audio Switcher 2.0 for Mac OS X

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has launched Audio Switcher 2.0, 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 expands support for a wider range of devices.

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.

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Oct 27
A-Audio debuts Icon Wireless headphones

 A-Audio has announced the Icon Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, which the company claims is the first wireless headphone to offer "Three-Stage Listening Technology" that allows listeners to choose between Base Enhancer, Active Noise Cancellation and Audio modes.

The US$379 Icon sports Bluetooth 4.0 technology to connect wirelessly to mobile devices. Inspired by classic auto and luxury timepiece craftsmanship, the Icon incorporates supple leather with diamond-quilted stitching into the headphone band and premium anti-vibration octagonal aluminum bezels on each ear cup, according to the folks at A-Audio. Built-in controls on the ear cup put your music at your fingertips with remote control of track volume and more.

The Icon has a foldable design and comes with a custom tailored carrying case. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery purportedly provides 12 hours of uninterrupted wireless sound. It will be available next month at A-Audio.com and Amazon.com.

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Oct 27
Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.0 for Maya

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.0 for Maya (http://www.v-ray.com/maya/), delivering a new set of features and optimizations focused on speeding up lighting, look development, and rendering workflows.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya introduces a faster ray tracing core that significantly speeds up a number of calculations for global illumination, lighting, shading and more. For additional speed gains, V-Ray 3.0 also includes an option to enable the Intel Embree ray caster for static and motion-blurred geometry, proxy objects and instances.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya adds a new Progressive Image Sampler with a range of production features and is compatible with all of V-Ray’s GI algorithms such as irradiance map, light cache, and brute force path tracing. An enhanced V-Ray RT engine renders directly in the Maya Viewport and supports animated sequences as well as final frame rendering.

V-Ray 3.0 optimizes...

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Oct 27
Paradigma's Valentina products upgraded to version 5.6

Paradigma Software has rolled out version 5.6 of Valentina Server, Valentina DB ADK and Valentina Studio.

Valentina Core Database technology adds Hash Indexes as a new feature and related commands in its SQL support and high level API. Hash Indexes are high performance indexes for databases. The release also included other database optimizations. Indexes that operate on String/VarChar fields build much faster — up to 10 - 15 times faster than Valentina 5.5.

Valentina DB ADK, allows developers to embed the high speed, object-relational Valentina DB in their applications. Valentina DB ADK is available for every major computing platform and development API, such as Java, Objective-C / Cocoa, .NET / C#, C++, LiveCode, Xojo and more for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The databases are scalable to Valentina Server. Valentina DB ADK is available for $199 per platform, includes 12 months of updates and allows royalty free, unlimited deployment.

Valentina Studio 5.6 adds...

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