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May 08
Padcaster Air turns your iPad Air into a video production studio


Padcaster is now shipping the Padcaster Air case, which transforms an iPad Air into an on-the-go video production studio. It's designed for both professional and amateur videographers.

The Padcaster Air is an aluminum frame with an urethane insert that holds the Apple tablet in place. The frame can also be used as a standalone DSRL cage.

Threaded holes lining the edges of the frame allow filmmakers to attach external mics, lights and other accessories. A standard -20 screw thread and locking pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster Air lets users connect it to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount.

The Padcaster comes in versions for the iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generations, and iPad Air. It is now available online (http://thepadcaster.com/) for US$149 (the original Padcaster) or $159 (the Padcaster Air). There's also a $99 version for an iPad mini.

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May 08
Rayovac introduces two portable power devices

Spectrum Brands Holdings has introduced Rayovac’s Phone Boost 800 portable charging device and Car and Wall USB Power Chargers, which will be available in stores and online later this month.

Rayovac’s Phone Boost 800 mobile device charger provides instant power for Micro USB, Apple 30-pin and Apple Lightning devices. The charger, which can be attached to a ring of keys, utilizes a lithium ion rechargeable battery that holds 800mAh of power to recharge a mobile phone for 150 minutes of additional talk time.

The Phone Boost 800 can be recharged and used over and over to power mobile phones, digital cameras, portable gaming devices, MP3 players, and other USB rechargeable devices. The Phone Boost 800 mobile charging device has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$24.99 (Micro USB and Apple 30-pin) and $29.99 (Apple Lightning). Both Apple versions are MFi Certified. Go to www.rayovac.com for more info...

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May 07
FileSalvage 8 adds support for OS X Mavericks

Here are some of the latest product updates for Mac OS X.
° SubRosaSoft (www.subrosasoft.com) has announced FileSalvage 8, an update of its data recovery tool. The upgrade sports a new user interface and support for OS X Mavericks.

FileSalvage 8 also has an improved integrated file preview. Whether you're searching for a PDF, or a Word document, the app will allow you to quickly inspect the initial scan result for the files you need back.

FileSalvage 8 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 7 can upgrade for $29.95.

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May 07
Apple has its own JavaScript accelerator in the works

Apple has its own JavaScript accelerator for JavaScriptCore in the works, reports "InfoWorld" (http://tinyurl.com/pjnupv9). It doesn't require asm.js for speed improvements.

These upgrades, codenamed "FTLJIT," use the LLVM compiler as the JIT (just-in-time) compilation system, the article adds. FTLJIT is still considered experimental, so although it's being made available in the OS X port of WebKit by default, it's not actually turned on yet, notes "InfoWorld." It has to be enabled through command-line flags.

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May 07
Facebook's reach among young adults is still unmatched

Harvard’s Institute of Politics conducted a national poll among more than 3,000 18- to 29-year-olds, covering topics that range from political views to the use of social media.


This Statistica chart shows the percentage of respondents who have an account on a number of social platforms. The chart makes it very clear that, despite claims that Facebook is losing its appeal with the youth, it is still the most-used social platform among young adults by a wide margin.

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May 06
PaintCode 2 for Mac OS X introduces StyleKits, Variables,...

PixelCut has announced PaintCode 2, an update of the vector drawing app for Mac OS X that generates Objective-C drawing code in real time. The new version introduces StyleKits, Variables and Expressions, and also significantly improves the available drawing tools.

PaintCode 2 is available on the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$79.99.. More information about PaintCode and a trial version can be found on the product website. (http://www.paintcodeapp.com/).

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May 06
Miln Movie Splitter is new Mac app for Canon Hybrid Auto and...

Miln has launched Movie Splitter (http://miln.eu/moviesplitter/) for Mac OS X. The US$4.99 app splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing.

Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. It's designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support .

Movie Splitter takes advantage of a Mac's multiple operating cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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May 06
Cocktail 6.9 (Mountain Lion Edition) adds Retina display support

Maintain has released Cocktail 6.9 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.This version adds Retina support and improves application launch time. It also contains improvements on the "Clear kernel caches" procedure.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. It requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and $39 for a family license that covers five computers. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).

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May 06
D-Link introduces new Wi-Fi Smart Plug

D-Link has announced the Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215), its first product in a new line of Connected Home solutions designed to bring the convenience and flexibility of mydlink to everyday household electronic devices.

The compact Wi-Fi Smart Plug allows users to monitor and control their home’s electronic devices from anywhere. Using the free mydlink app for iOS and Android smartphones or tablets, users can set power on/off schedules, turn devices on and off remotely and monitor energy usage at home or on-the-go.  

With power scheduling features, the mydlink app can be used to create on/off schedules for home appliances and devices. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) is available for US$49.99 (EDLP).Go to www.dlink.com/dsp-w215 for more info.

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May 06
Seagate introduces new family of wireless solutions

Seagate has announced a new generation of its wireless storage category. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage now consists of a family of capacities at 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

They're compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 8/RT devices. Used with the free Seagate Media app — available at the Apple App Store — you can sync your files on a Seagate Wireless Plus device with an existing cloud storage provider such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Seagate Wireless Plus devices boast a battery life of up to 10 hours and provide their own Wi-Fi signal to enable access to the drive. The price is US$149.99 for the 500GB model, $179.99 for the 1TB version, and $199.99 for the 2GB system. Go to www.seagate.com for more info.

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May 06
Buy FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, get a free copy

FileMaker has announced a Buy One FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, Give One Free promotion, a limited-time offer that allows those who purchase FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced (US$549) to receive a second downloadable copy for free from FileMaker.

FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, which includes everything in FileMaker Pro 13 plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools, lets you create and use custom business solutions that run on iPads, iPhones, Windows, Macs and the web. The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, per household and per company between now and June 10, 2014.

The promotion is valid for the downloadable versions of this product purchased from the FileMaker Store. This free version is a fully working, not-for-resale version of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced for Windows or Mac. The offer is not valid in connection with any other rebates, discounts or promotions. Go to...

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May 06
Coderage Software releases GTD tool for use with Evernote

Coderage Software has released Informant, a new GTD tool for use with Evernote on the Mac OS X and iOS platforms. It creates "next action" lists within Evernote.

All your tasks are sorted by priority and grouped by project. Informant also provides shortcuts. Since everything is stored in Evernote you can access it anywhere at any time.

For a limited time, Informant is being offered at a 25% discount. It can purchased using this discount for US$2.21 per month (it's normally $2.95) or $22.10 per year (normally $29.50). The coupon code to obtain this discount is: LIVE25. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k2lf2kz for more info

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May 06
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes coming to the Mac on May 8

Feral Interactive says LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will be released on the Mac May 8. The action adventure game will cost US$19.99 and will be available through Steam, the Mac App Store, the Feral Online Store, and third party sites.

Here's how the game is described: "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has more than 100 Marvel characters from Spider-Man to Captain America and the Hulk. The game is packed with a myriad of character abilities, combat-like action sequences, puzzle-solving, and legendary battle sequences, all in a fun and family friendly environment for every age."


The game requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/pbwoqgs for more info.

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May 06
PDF Checkpoint is now on the Mac App Store

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says its PDF preflight and conversion solution PDF Checkpoint is now available on the Mac App Store for US$39.99.

The app, which requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, automatically preflights, converts to images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. Users can convert PDF colors, compress images, check documents for errors and preview them in built-in viewer. The program is equally suitable for processing hundreds of files, as well as single PDF documents.

PDF Checkpoint is bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). Trial is also available for download. A demo of PDF Checkpoint is available for download at the Zevrix website.

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May 05
Apple gets another $4 million in lawsuit, but overall damages...

After extra deliberations, the jury in the Samsung-Apple legal battle over patent infringement awarded Apple another US$4 million in damages, notes "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/klhf6sn). However, the jury didn't change its original damages award ($119.5 million).

The jury handed back a verdict in the legal battle over patent infringement on Friday. The jury decided that Samsung must pay Apple US$119.6 million for infringing some of its patents, while Apple owes Samsung $158,400 for infringing some of its patents.

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May 05
iLuv introduces the self ecosystem for smartphones

iLuv Creative Technology has announced the selfy ecosystem, which includes iPhone 5/5s cases and Samsung Galaxy S5 cases with a built-in wireless camera shutter.

The remote shutter is integrated into the back of each case so it's always available for use. It pairs with the aforementioned smartphones via Bluetooth. No app is needed.

Due to the design of the selfy case, it accommodates a variety of accessories such as a mini-tripod, bar mount, helmet mount and car mount. The selfy has a manufacturer's suggested retail price will be available in black and pink at iLuv.com/selfy and select retailers later this month. Mounts in the selfy ecosystem have an MSRP between $19.99 and $24.99 and will be available later in May at iLuv.com/selfy and select retailers.

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May 05
Domestic vendors are strong in China's smartphone market

The Chinese smartphone market continues to play by its own rules according to data released by the Hong Kong based research firm Counterpoint.

While most other smartphone markets are dominated by Samsung and Apple, the Chinese market, while also led by Samsung, is pretty evenly distributed between Samsung, Apple and a handful of domestic vendors. Chinese manufacturers such as Lenovo, Xiaomi and Coolpad are quickly gaining market share with handsets sold at prices that the international competition, Apple in particular, finds hard if not impossible to match. The accompanying graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.

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May 04
Apple only gets $119.6 million of the $2.2 billion in sought in...

A jury has awarded Apple damages of US$119.65 million for Samsung’s infringement of several of its smartphone patents, reports the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/qdb7cl8).

Apple had wanted $2.2 billion in damages for what it alleged was infringement of five of its patents by nine models of Samsung smartphones and a single model of a tablet computer. The jury decided that Samsung infringed two patents (though one had been ruled to infringe earlier) and returned a mixed verdict on another patent.

Samsung was also awarded $158,400 in damages from Apple for violating one patent. The company had wanted just over $6 million.

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May 02
Jury in latest Apple-Samsung trial begin deliberations

A California jury will enter another day of deliberations today in an effort to reach a verdict in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, reports the Associated Press (http://tinyurl.com/nfbkazy).

The four men and four women left the federal courthouse in San Jose on Thursday after a full day of deliberations, the article adds. They began deliberations after a month-long trial.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.

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May 02
CEA forms Health and Fitness Technology Division

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has launched Health and Fitness Technology Division in response to the growing role consumer electronics devices are playing in improving health and fitness. The division, originating as the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group in 2010, has made several valuable contributions to the industry during the past four years, says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

CEA’s report, "The Connected Health and Wellness Market" (http://tinyurl.com/l8xna4w), created in conjunction with Parks Associates, forecasts that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a 142% increase over the next five years in personal health and wellness product sales as well as software and service revenues. A second CEO report shows consumer interest in purchasing dedicated wearable fitness devices specifically in the next 12 months, quadrupled in 2013, making it the largest...

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May 01
MakeMusic releases new version of Finale PrintMusic

MakeMusic has released PrintMusic 2014 (finalemusic.com/printmusic), a new version of the music notation software. Based on Finale, the updated version offers support for current operating systems, and file compatibility with Finale 2012, Finale 2014, and future versions of Finale.

Finale PrintMusic offers the essential features of Finale for US$119.95 (upgrades from previous versions are $39.95). Notes can be entered with a computer keyboard, a MIDI keyboard, and by scanning existing sheet music. Orchestrations of up to 24 staves can be created, and individual instrument parts can be extracted. PrintMusic offers high-quality playback with built-in sounds, support for additional VST/AU instruments and MakeMusic’s exclusive Human Playback.

In addition to printing sheet music, PrintMusic can also create audio and graphic files, Finale files (which can be shared with all Finale products, including the free Finale Notepad) as well as MIDI and MusicXML, which can be...

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May 01
WiSeKey releases personal cloud for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android...

A new personal cloud service provided by WiSeKey, in cooperation with Swisscom, is now available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android users. It lets you encrypt and store personal data on private clouds in Switzerland.

You can register at http://wiseid.com/ and download the software that lets you use the service. You can try the service for 30 days free.

WiSeKey says it's the first e-security company in the world to offer decentralized Trust Models and PKI architecture, allowing data ecosystems to be federated via digital identity that makes users interact while maintaining control of their personal data.

The WiSeKey cloud syncs data between devices. The data that you save always stays under users control, is encrypted with strong keys derived from a password that users choose and only the users know, and is never communicated to third parties, according to WiSeKey.

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May 01
Econ updates ChronoAgent for Mac, released a public beta of...

Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.6 and released ChronoSync 4.5 public beta. The ChronoAgent update includes several fixes and support for the upcoming release of ChronoSync 4.5.

ChronoSync is an application that runs on a Mac that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac. 

ChronoAgent replaces Apple File Sharing providing a direct connection with full access to the destination Mac. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is $10; all existing ChronoSync and ChronoAgent users update for free.

ChronoAgent 1.4.6 fixes include an issue waking a Mac from sleep to synchronize, online help system display problems, and a bug where ChronoAgent would loose connection with ChronoSync. This update also includes support for the upcoming release of ChronoSync 4.5 which will introduce a...

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May 01
Macphun rolls out Lost Photos for Mac OS X

Macphun has released Lost Photos for Mac OS X. It's a free app that lets you rediscover all the photos you've sent or received through email. It's available at the Mac App Store.

You can then share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. To set up Lost Photos, you just enter your email address and password. You can log-in to your email accounts using the same encryption using the same encryption as Gmail and other providers.

Lost Photos supports iCloud, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and more. Its live preview feature lets you view thumbnails and save them to your Mac. Filtes let you filter out images of certain file types or sizes. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lvzmhh4 for more info.

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May 01
ATTO Tech releases 12Gb ExpressSAS host bus adapters

ATTO Technology is shipping its 12Gb ExpressSAS SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapter (HBA).

The 12Gb ExpressSAS (http://tinyurl.com/mng7efy) provides "fast and reliable storage connectivity while enabling scalability for next generation platforms and infrastructures," says Wayne Arvidson of ATTO. It's optimized for low latency and high bandwidth data transfer.

The 12Gb ExpressSAS HBA offers eight or 16 port configurations, providing up to 1,200 MB/second per port. It connects to disks, JBOD, and RAID storage.

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