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May 13
Addonics announces M2 SSD controllers/adapters

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a M2 Hybrid Controller and M2 SSD (Solid State Drive) adapter that gives PCIe-based systems a performance boost over SATA-based SSDs with READ/WRITE speeds up to 1000 MB/s via a PCIe 4-lane slot.

The Addonics Dual Hyper HDD – M2 Hybrid Controller and the M2 PCIe SSD Adapter X100 are solutions for building your own SSD for IO intensive applications such as gaming, video editing, CAD/CAM or workstations.The Dual Hyper HDD - M2 SSD Hybrid Controller (model AD4SAHM2) is a two port SATA III PCI-e 4-lane host controller combined with two M2 (NGFF) SSD slots.

In standard mode, the connected two M2 SSDs and the two SATA hard drives can be set up to operate as four individual drives or combined to form a RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 10 group. The two SATA ports are Port Multiplier compatible and SATA III compliant with maximum throughput up to 6Gbps. When set to...

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May 13
Wow!Systems releases Haven for Mac OS X

Wow!Systems has released Haven 1.0 (http://www.placetowrite.com), a new writing tool for Mac OS X designed to help all kinds of amateur and professional writers to get inspired and focused on their writing.

It offers several different locations/themes, as well as such creative writing techniques and tools as a character builder, plot generator, a timer, and more. Regarding themes, you can select from several places to write. From snowy Jutland to mysterious Kyoto or the vibrant Berlin, there are eight different animated themes with corresponding music ambiance included.

The Character Builder suggests appearance, occupation and traits randomly as you click. The Plot Generator puts two characters at a random place, situation and under a given plot. The Random Word feature makes you focus on a random word in a subliminal way. A 3D word appears to float around to help you brainstorm.

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May 13
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign adds PDF security...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory Server 1.2, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version lets users automate creation of secure PDF files with password protection, encryption, print restrictions, and other options.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95 A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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May 13
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for...

Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has rolled Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the serial communication plug-in and adds support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14.

It also improves the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 to support the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14 and adds a new switch -GetRegistrationState to the Serial_Version function.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 to 14. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.x.

A cross platform developer license costs US$999. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a...

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May 12
OTT STB sales like the Apple TV to overtake that of IPTV STBs...

Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) sold at retail -- including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes -- will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay TV services in 2015, according to a new report from IHS (www.ihs.com). This year, 31 million retail OTT STBs will be shipped, compared to 30 million IPTV STBs shipped by telcos, according to the research group. 

"OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens," says Daniel Simmons director of connected home research at IHS Technology. "It was assumed that smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish."

Based on the latest information from IHS Technology, the success of OTT STBs can be attributed to the content...

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May 12
BeatGauge is a new music utility for Mac OS X

Tagtraum Industries has introduced BeatGauge (http://tinyurl.com/njyfwvl), a new music utility for Mac OS X. It automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes.

You drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning, aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts.

BeatGauge 1.0.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. Music files must be locally stored in iTunes and writable. iCloud songs must be downloaded before analysis. DRM protected songs can't be analyzed. Also, Tagatraum says that BPM detection isn't 100% accurate and that some values may be off by a factor of two.

BeatGauge 1.0.0 is available for US$7.99 on the Mac App Store in the Music category.

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May 12
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets improved cataloging features

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.7) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version has improved cataloging of RAW, DPX, and Open Office files, 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 6.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.7 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers.

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May 12
Briksoftware rolls out PDFExtractor for Mac OS X

Briksoftware has introduced PDFExtractor 1.0 (http://pdfextractor-app.com) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a utility that extracts images, fonts, text, attachments and metadata from PDF documents.

With PDFExtractor you can:

° Extract JPG, PNG and TIFF images from PDF files and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract fonts in TTF format and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract attachments and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract text and metadata from PDFs and save them as .txt documents.

PDFExtractor 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher and is available as a full-featured free demo that allows user to process the first page of each PDF document. This limit is removed by purchasing an activation code for US$7.99.

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May 12
Zymbit launches pre-configured hardware software

Zymbit has announced the first three products within its integrated IoT platform: the Zymbit Orange edge device, the Zymbit Iris interactive display, and Zymbit Connect software.

The platform is the first pre-configured hardware and software solution that is a finished, secure, out-of-the-box-ready product to let creative makers and developers get their IoT prototypes off their desk and into the market in just days. The company also announced a contest to find the top 5 most inspiring and impactful IoT projects. Makers can post their projects to the Zymbit website at www.zymbit.com/make, and the winning projects will each receive the first five Zymbit Orange devices to scale their projects. These announcements were made today at the MakerCon event in San Francisco where Zymbit will be exhibiting.

"Like the motherboard was to personal computing, Zymbit Orange is to the IoT market," sayshil Strong,...

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May 12
FileMaker Inc. releases FileMaker 14

FileMaker has announced a new version of its development platform that speeds creation of custom solutions that run on Mac OS X, the iPad, iPhone, Windows, and the web.

The company says version 14 brings point-and-click simplicity to automating business processes, delivering desktop-style application functionality to mobile web browsers and providing productive experiences on desktops, iOS devices and mobile web browsers. The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software. FileMaker was the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software.

According to the folks at FileMaker Inc., new features in FileMaker 14 include:

° A Script Workspace that speeds automation of common business processes, such as assigning a new task to the employee with the most availability, reordering inventory when stock is low or creating an invoice during a customer meeting....

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May 12
Deliver for OS X now lets you upload non-compressed folders to...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.17, a feature update to its OS X automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.

Deliver lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other time saving features. The new version allows users to transfer non-compressed folders directly to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$19.95. A demo is available for download. The 2.4.17 update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x.

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May 12
DCBM updates Word Writer Pro for Mac OS X

DCBM has updated Word Writer Pro (http://dcbm.livejournal.com/) for Mac OS X to version 1.2.1. The app lets you to open Word and Microsoft Office documents.

The upgrade supports Retina displays. Plus, all documents can easily be viewed, modified and saved in "perfect layouts," says Han Qiang of the DCBM development team.

Word Writer Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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May 11
Peercisely is new cloud-based hiring service with a twist

Peercisely (www.peercisely.com) is a new cloud-based service that "fixes how companies recruit new talent by marrying the most effective method of recruiting - personal referrals - with the most powerful source of knowledge and insights, the social network." The service is starting with the San Francisco Bay Area, but expanding nationally and internationally soon.

"Peercisely allows anyone to become a recruiter," says Arek Sokol, CEO and founder. "Referrers make recommendations based on all the intangibles that make for a great hire: personality, temperament, flexibility, dedication. Qualities that don’t appear on a resume."

An employer posts jobs by buying Peercisely coins. One coin (which costs US$100) buys one posting and displays a thumbnail of the responses. For five coins ($500) the employer gains full access to the resumes, contact information and the referrals’ comments. Employers can also...

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May 11
Cisdem releases DocumentReader for Mac OS X

Cisdem has released DocumentReader for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). It's a Mac OS X document reader that allows users to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and to print or save them into PDF for sharing.

Cisdem DocumentReader supports reading many files types such as WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, and PDF. It also provides different viewing styles with toolbar consisting view mode, searching pane, page navigation, zoom, rotate, save, copy, etc. What's more, users can design the toolbar in the way they prefer.

Printing services are integrated with DocumentReader. Documents can be converted into PDF format for sharing or storing.

DocumentReader requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's DocumentReader is available now through the Cisdem website (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). A demo version available for...

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May 11
Video Ambush 1.0 released for Mac OS X

Tosha Serbian has announced Video Ambush for Mac OS X, a rebranded update to his MPEG encoder and movie re-converter application MPEG2 Works.

The app lets you convert your media, video and audio files, DVD and Blu-Ray discs to iOS compatible movies, video for the web, H.264, MP4, DivX, MKV, x264, MPEG2, DVD, HD DVD and all available standard and pro Quick Time formats. You can encode to MPEG2, make DVDs with built-in menus, burn it on a blank DVD media, and more.

Video Ambush requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$25 and is availalbe here (http://www.videoambush.com).

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May 11
FunPlus announces new mobile game publishing program

The FunPlus Group, a worldwide mobile social gaming company, has created PublishingPlus, a revolutionary new mobile game publishing program that will provide game developers with an alternative to traditional publishing. PublishingPlus is now open for all free-to-play developers to apply, regardless of team size or location.

Before joining FunPlus as Head of Business Development, Greg Essig managed the games section of the App Store at Apple, where he liaised with numerous game publishers and developers. Prior to Apple, Essig helped create the gaming division for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) where he led numerous development and publishing arrangements.

He says PublishingPlus will provide independent development partners with a wide range of financial and operational support in addition to expert guidance throughout all stages of their games' lifecycles. Through a structured tier-based system, the program will give developers clearly defined, pre-negotiated...

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May 11
Apple's iOS maintains lead in mobile app activations

In its eleventh quarterly Mobility Index Report, Good Technology (www.good.com), which specializes in secure mobility, today announced key findings showing that organizations are mobilizing apps and content at a rapid and accelerating pace. And Apple's iOS maintains its lead.

Over the past year, total app activations grew 160% as companies enable their workforces with enhanced collaboration tools and corporate content across an increasing range of mobile devices, according to Good Technology. Insurance emerges as an early adopter of custom apps with over a third of all apps activated focused on mobilizing custom business processes, says Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO at Good Technology.

Secure IM represented 27%of all apps activated. Business and professional services demonstrated a preference for apps that help mobilize content, with document editing, document access and secure browser making up 64% of all apps...

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May 11
Apple announces new environmental initiatives in China

Apple has announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China.

The new forestland program aims to protect as much as one million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.  Apple’s goal is to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fiber and power all its operations worldwide on 100% renewable energy.

"Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources," says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. "We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect—and create—as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging. This is an important step toward that goal and our commitment to leave the world better than we found...

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May 11
DIRECTV’s latest TV adds support for Apple Watch

DIRECTV customers have a new way to control and engage with their favorite shows through the update of its new DIRECTV app for iPhone, which now includes support for the Apple Watch. 

Available at the App Store for Apple Watch, the updated DIRECTV Everywhere App enables users to remotely control the following functions on their HD DVRs. You can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on your TV on any connected receivers within the home.

You can view program title, channel and episode details of TV shows and movies, as well as set DVR recordings. And the DIRECTV app lets you navigate the on-screen guide, playlist and menu.
 
No separate DIRECTV app is needed for Apple Watch. All DIRECTV customers will have to do is to download the latest DIRECTV App from theApp Store on their iPhone 5 or later. Once Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone, the DIRECTV App will automatically appear on Apple Watch. The updated DIRECTV App requires a connected...

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May 08
Canalys: counting tablets, Apple is top PC manufacturer

The global personal computer [PC] market, including tablets, experienced an annual decline of 7% in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, reaching 115.7 million units worldwide. Apple held on to first place despite a 16% decline in its total shipments (almost all of the decline was in iPad sales), according to the Canalys research group (www.canalys.com)

It shipped 17.2 million units, taking a 15% share of the market. Lenovo and HP, second and third place respectively, both saw single-digit shipment growth in Q1 2015 and increases in market share. Samsung narrowly held on to fourth spot as its declining tablet sales led to Dell closing the gap in fifth place. Samsung and Dell took 8.2% shipment market share with 9.5 and 9.4 million units respectively.

"The growth drivers that previously helped the market through 2014 will have little effect this year. Vendors are struggling with exchange rate fluctuations which is...

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May 08
Apple is top smartphone manufacturer in March

comScore (www.comscore.com), which specializes in digital media analytics, has released data from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for March. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.6% OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market share.

Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52.4 % platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.

According to comScore, 187.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77 % mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in March, up 3% since December. As mentioned, Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42.6% of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up one percentage point from December). Samsung ranked second with 28.3% market share, followed by LG with 8.4% (up 0.4 percentage points), Motorola with 5% and HTC with 3.8% (up 0.1 percentage points)....

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May 08
Ericsson sues Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom, the...

Ericsson (www.ericsson.com) has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands after failing to reach a global licensing agreement with the company over standard-essential and non-standardized patents.

The company claims that Apple doesn't currently have any license for Ericsson's technology, but continues to sell products such as the iPhone and iPad, for which its licenses have expired, "on a global scale."

Apple sued Ericsson in January, arguing the patents are not essential for LTE technology and that the price was excessive. Ericsson counter-sued two days later. The Swedish mobile telecom firm counter-sued the Cupertino, California-based company for infringing on its patents that are essential to 2G and 4G/LTE standards.

In a press release, Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, claims: "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's...

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May 07
Apple's TestFlight still inaccessible to developers

Apple's TestFlight beta-testing platform for iOS has been inaccessible to developers since late Wednesday, with no hint as to when the service might be restored, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/prm3e8b).

Trying to install apps through the official TestFlight app, for instance, will trigger an error message saying the service is "currently unavailable." Apple hasn't updated its System Status page (http://tinyurl.com/a3swxz2) with any mention of the problem.

TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.

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May 07
Apple, Samsung tie in tablet satisfaction study

Apple and Samsung tie for the highest rank in overall satisfaction with a score of 826 each in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1 (www.jdpower.com). Both brands perform particularly well in features and styling and design. Amazon (818) and Microsoft (815) follow closely in the rankings and each performs well in the performance factor.

The study, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction with tablets across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

The market for tablets has grown during the past several years as the number of tablets purchased at retail stores has increased since the study was launched in 2012. In the 2015 Volume 1 study, 58% of tablet owners indicate purchasing their tablet in a retail store, compared with...

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May 07
Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite now provides analytics for the...

Yahoo says the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite (https://developer.yahoo.com) now includes analytics for the Apple Watch.

Just weeks after the debut of the Apple Watch, Flurry Analytics has made it possible for developers to better understand how users interact with their apps on the smallest screen, says Brad Jones, director, Product Management at Flurry from Yahoo. Like Flurry Analytics always has, Yahoo is making analytics for the Apple Watch available to developers for free.

With the latest Flurry iOS software development kit and a few minutes of implementation time, developers will be able to track new users, active users and the actions of their Watch users with custom events. They will also be able to understand how usage balances out between the Apple Watch app and its parent app on the user's smartphone.

Apps will be reimagined, more intuitive and simplified for the Apple Watch...

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