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Dec 08
Phantom Implosive Speaker to be sold in Apple retail stores next...

Deviate has announced that Apple will sell and showcase the PHANTOM Implosive Sound Center (http://en.devialet.com/PHANTOM#discover) across Apple Stores in 2016. To kickoff the Holiday Season, PHANTOMs will be immediately available in 13 Apple Stores across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Awarded "Best of CES" from Wired, Rolling Stone, and USA Today, the 3000-watt PHANTOM is a compact, spherical component incorporating 10 years of R&D (with a $25M budget) and 88 patents, according to Devialet CEO Quentin Sannie. From sub-bass at 16hz to ultra-sharp treble at 25Khz, PHANTOM creates the ultimate sound with zero distortion, zero saturation and zero background noise through unique Devialet-created technology, he adds.

At the heart of PHANTOM is Devialet's own technology platform, known as ADH Intelligence, combining the refinement of...

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Dec 08
BatchPhoto revved with OS X El Capitan support

Bits&Coffee has updated BatchPhoto, its photo manipulation app for Mac OS X, to version 4.1 that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. A user can simply select a group of photographs, and with a single operation annotate, transform, touch-up, apply special effects, convert to different image types, and rename every image in the group.

New features in version 4.1 include full support for OS X El Capitan, an improved Date graphical filter with lots of options for formatting and drawing the date/time stamp, improved support for Retina on Mac, the option to pause the photo processing, and more.

Bits&Coffee BatchPhoto 4.1 comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at $29.95, $49.95 and $129.95, respectively $129.95. A demo is available at the product website (www.batchphoto.com).

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Dec 08
CleanMyDrive 2 gets redesigned interface, more

MacPaw has released CleanMyDrive 2 (http://macpaw.com/cleanmydrive), a free (though it does offer in-app purchases) tool for reclaiming free space and clean junk off of external drives and flash drives. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

CleanMyMac 2 has a completely redesigned user interface. Other new features include: file copying to any disk with drag-and-drop simplicity; detailed storage legend for every drive; mount and unmount notifications; automatic disk eject on system sleep initiation; a keyboard shortcut for mass disk eject; improved hidden service files cleanup; and automatic cleanup on every disk eject. You can also set custom disk icons from MacPaw’s crafted icon sets.

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Dec 08
Synchro’s new platform lets developers create mobile apps that...

Synchro Labs, Inc. (http://www.Synchro.io) has launched its Synchro platform, a new tool that allows enterprise developers to create cross-platform native mobile applications using JavaScript and the Node.js framework.

Enterprises can use Synchro to create apps that install and run on mobile devices, but where all of the application code, including client interaction logic, actually runs in the cloud. The Synchro client-server platform puts client logic on the server.

Developers can write their app once on the server, then deploy it as a branded, native app with native look-and-feel and native performance on iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone. Mobile apps are created, managed, and hosted in the cloud, meaning that they can be modified, tested, and redeployed to their installed base instantly.

The Synchro platform is available for download from the Synchro website. Developers may use...

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Dec 08
Sims 4 Get Together ready for the Mac

Electronic Arts says The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack is now available on the Mac in North America. Players can create and play with groups of Sims as they explore the European-inspired world of Windenburg.

Brand new to The Sims 4, players can introduce their Sims to a variety of different Clubs, featuring Sims with distinct interests, personalities, and styles. If players can’t find the perfect Club for their Sims, they can create and customize their own Clubs to play any way they like.

The Sims 4 Get Together is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is available (www.TheSims.com/get-together) for $39.99.

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Dec 08
Alien Skin introduces Exposure X for Mac OS X

 Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure X for OS X and Windows. It’s a digital imaging app designed to helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a set of software tools for developing photos.

It can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a complete photo editor on its own. Exposure X is configurable so photographers can move tools exactly where they want them and hide ones they don't use. Users can browse preset styles visually with a grid of images to see how they will look on their photos. Exposure X edits non-destructively, so a photographer's original photo is never touched and changes can always be undone. Additionally, using proprietary algorithms Exposure X handles RAW images from a range of popular cameras.

Exposure X is available now from www.alienskin.com for US$149. Owners of any...

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Dec 08
Apple releases iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

Apple has released the $99 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case (http://tinyurl.com/oheegnp) in black and white. With it you can reportedly charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback.

With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in the Notification Center, so you know how much charge you have left.The Smart Battery Case is engineered specifically for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect the smartphone, and the soft elastomer hinge design is designed to make it easy to put the case on and take it off again.

On the outside, “the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand,” according to Apple. The battery case supports Lightning accessories,...

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Dec 08
Sample Magic updates Magic AB referencing plug-in

Developer Sample Magic has announced an update to its Magic AB instant referencing AB plug-in that allows producers, engineers and mastering engineers to switch between their DAW audio stream and up to nine reference tracks. Version 2 adds:

° A rebuilt one-click referencing engine that loads all professional audio file formats from WAV and AIFF to mp3 and m4a without the need to convert files first;

° New Latch, Sync, and Manual playback modes to suit various workflows (Latch playback to DAW transport; Sync playback to DAW timeline; Manual playback — for freeform referencing);

° Multiple cue and loop points per track; cue point naming as standard;

° Mono-stereo monitoring;

° High-resolution output meters coupled with peak, RMS, and crest monitoring scales;

° A redesigned Mini AB with more options and smaller footprint;

° Dozens of user-flow tweaks, including RAM-saving deactivate tracks mode; drag and drop files; more accurate zoom;...

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Dec 07
The Beatles’ 1+ long form video available at the iTunes Store

After The Beatles stopped touring, and because traveling around the globe to promote new releases was impossible, the band increasingly made what could be described as "mini movies." Available now worldwide on The iTunes Store for $26.99 The Beatles 1+ longform video presents the sight and sound of the Fab Four with restored promo films and videos.


Each hash new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround audio mixes. 1+ includes restored videos for all 27 of The Beatles' No.1 U.K. and U.S. singles, plus 23 more, including alternate versions and other rarely seen clips.

The new audio mixes were produced from the original analogue tapes by the GRAMMY winning team of Giles Martin with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. Jeff Lynne, the original producer of "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love," remixed the audio for those two videos with engineer Steve Jay. or several videos.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions,...

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Dec 07
Card smith lets you make and share greeting cards with OS X

Ohanaware has released Cardsmith (http://www.ohanaware.com/cards/), their latest greetings card program for Mac OS X.

Designed for El Capitan, it offers a modern design and takes advantage of many of the latest OS X technologies to provide an easy-to-use interface, with flexible control for creating greetings cards. It also features the latest iteration of Ohanaware's custom print engine, designed to better handle printers that don't support borderless printing.

Cardsmith is available at a limited special discounted price of $6.99. Normally, it’s$9.99. tax.

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Dec 04
SCSC releases ClearTime for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released ClearTime for Mac OS X (http://scsc-online.com/ClearTime.html). It’s a configurable clock and alarm system designed to provide computer users with a more obvious and configurable alarm and clock monitor than those found with standard Mac apps.

ClearTime features a fully configurable clock with user configurable sizes and colors, and alarms that can be configured to use built in sounds or user selected audio tracks.

ClearTime is available for Intel systems only, but it still supports the older operating system versions like Snow Leopard, right up through the latest version of OS X, El Capitan. It costs US$14.95.

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Dec 04
Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548 million in patent infringement...

Samsung has agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the ongoing legal battle involving alleged patent infringement, according to a FOSS Patents (fosspatents.com) report.

In a jointly filed case management statement submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Samsung said it "has made arrangements" with Apple to complete a damages payment totaling $548,176,477. Payment will take place 10 days after Apple sends an invoice, which translates to Dec. 14 if the document is delivered by Dec. 4 local Korea time.

However, Samsung says it “continues to reserve all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple and/or payment by Apple of all amounts required to be paid as taxes” and “reserves all rights to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set aside on appeal or otherwise, including as a result of any proceedings before the USPTO...

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Dec 04
Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 released for OS X

Nektony has introduced Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 (https://nektony.com), an update of their freeware utility to find any duplicate file on Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance release.

The tool was specifically developed to help anyone find and delete all duplicate files en masse. Files are categorized by types for images, videos, music, archives, documents and all other specific extensions. Every found file is displayed in a corresponding category with its location on the hard drive, a quick link to the Finder, as well with file preview.

Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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Dec 04
Easy Cut Studio ready for OS X El Capitan

Easy Cut Studio — vinyl cutting software used by professional designers in the sign cutting industry — has been revved to version 4.094. The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X El Capitan.

Easy Cut Studio allows you to cut SVG files and fonts from your computer, and even draw your own shapes directly in Easy Cut Studio. It also allows you to create custom background shadows from any shape.

Version 4.094 adds support for Roland cutting machines, an overcut option for Silhouette, additional fill and stroke options, and drop shadow option when exporting as image. It also squishes some bugs.

Easy Cut Studio 4.094 requires OS X 10.6 and higher. It costs US$55.95. Users of Easy Cut Studio version 4.x can upgrade for free. Go to http://www.easycutstudio.com for details.

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Dec 03
Apple’s Swift programming language is now open source

Apple says its Swift programming language is now open source. As an open source language, the broad community of developers -- from app developers to educational institutions to enterprises -- can contribute to new Swift features and optimizations and help bring Swift to new computing platforms.

Introduced in 2014, Swift is the fastest growing programming language in history and combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages. Apple today also launched the Swift.org website with detailed information about Swift open source, including technical documentation, community resources and links to download the Swift source code.

"By making Swift open source the entire developer community can contribute to the programming language and help bring it to even more platforms," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Swift's power and ease of use will inspire a...

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Dec 03
Audiobook Converter ready for OS X El Capitan

AppleMacSoft has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 4.0.1, an OS X El Capitan update to the audiobook conversion tool for the Mac.

Audiobook Converter is designed to convert all kinds of audiobook such as Audible AA, AAX, M4A, and iTunes M4B to popular MP3 and AAC formats so you can listen in the car, or on any device that doesn't support the audiobook format. You can use it to convert from Audible and iTunes Audiobook to the most popular file formats on your Mac, including MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA.

Version 4.0.1 makes Audiobook Converter compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses some known issues. Audiobook Converter 4.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$34.95 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.audiobooktomp3.com/).

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Dec 03
MEI’s TruEdit now integrates with 500-plus apps

Managing Editor Inc (MEI) has announced that TruEdit can now integrate and connect to over 500 popular apps.

TruEdit is now equipped to integrate with more than 500 apps on the market such as Basecamp, Gmail, Twitter, Dropbox, Mailchimp and Evernote. For users of SaaS apps, these connections allow for increased productivity in the creation process with TruEdit, says Craig Roth, senior vice president of sales, MEI.

TruEdit users can choose from specific integrations for each app. For example, a user could place a file in a Dropbox folder, which would automatically create a new job in TruEdit. For avid social media users, a tweet could be automatically generated for the creative team each time a job is created or altered.

Other updates in the latest release of TruEdit include export of the TruEdit grid, filter of custom metadata, support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and user interface enhancements in the web client. Go to...

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Dec 02
Apple to host ‘Hour of Code’ workshops for kids

Apple will again participating in Code.org's annual "Hour of Code" efforts during iComputer Science Education Week. The company will host an hour-long intro to computer programming for kids ages six and up at Apple Stores this Dec. 10.

Check your local Apple Store for more details. Select events will also be available as podcasts on iTunes. Go to http://www.apple.com/retail/code/ for more info.

Apple has also featured six global special events to be hosted by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, and other developers and organizations, in Brussels, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, San Francisco and Sydney. Code.org is a non-profit specializing in tools for teaching and learning programming.

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Dec 02
Adobe admits (kinda) that HTML, not Flash, is the web platform...

In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/q5m98t2), Adobe announced that Flash Processional CC will be renamed Animate CC, with a focus on creating HTML 5 content starting in 2016. Adobe writes:

“While standards like HTML5 will be the web platform of the future across all devices, Flash continues to be used in key categories like web gaming and premium video, where new standards have yet to fully mature. Moving forward, Adobe is committed to working with industry partners, as we have with Microsoft and Google, to help ensure the ongoing compatibility and security of Flash content.

“In that spirit, today we are announcing that we are working together with Facebook to help ensure Flash gaming content on Facebook continues to run reliably and securely. As part of this cooperation, Facebook will report security information that helps Adobe improve the Flash Player.

“Looking ahead, we encourage...

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Dec 02
Patina is new drawing app for the Mac

Atek has introduced Patina 1.0, a simple drawing application for Mac OS X. According to its developers, it echoes the simplicity of Microsoft Paint, but goes goes further with a more visually appealing interface and additional functionality.

Patina sports large tool buttons and color controls. It allows you to handle basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting and changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations.

Patina is offered for free on promotion in the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/patina/id942568098) in the Graphics & Design category through Dec. 9. After this date, the price will be $2.99. Patina requires OS X 10.8 or later.

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Dec 02
DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves Tinderbox integration & more

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves integration with Eastgate's Tinderbox and makes working with PDFs more comfortable. All editions fix a number of issues, e.g. with OS X El Capitan. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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Dec 02
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to clear CoreDuet database and ability to view, rotate and delete archived Authorization, CoreDuet, Security and XPC Activity log files. It also adds OS X 10.11.2 compatibility and contains improvements on the "Clear log files" procedure.

Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). It costs US$19 for a single user license. A demo is available...

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Dec 01
myCharge introduces new line of HUB portable chargers

myCharge has introduced a new anodized aluminum line of HUB portables chargers for powering smartphones and tables on-the-go.

The 3000mAh HUB mini retails at US$69, and come with built-in Apple Lightning and micro-USB charging cables. The 6000mAh HUB Plus retails at $99, and the 9000mAh HUB Max models, retails at $129. The latter two models also feature built-in wall prongs, making recharging as simple as plugging into any outlet.

The 12000mAh HUB Ultra can be fully re-charged in as little as four hours. It retails for $149.99. More information about the Hub chargers and the entire myCharge product line can be found at www.mycharge.com.

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Dec 01
IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Mic Room

IK Multimedia has announced the T-RackS Mic Room for Macs and PCs. It’s a microphone-modeling module that allows producers to process and "re-mike" their physical microphones to sound and perform like some of the most popular studio microphones of all time.

T-RackS Mic Room has a collection of over 20 classic and contemporary models to choose from. Its selection covers every microphone type from condensers to dynamics to ribbons and beyond.

Mic Room is a module for T-RackS, and it's available in the Custom Shop. The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to studio production gear. Once installed, its collection of processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering can be browsed, auditioned and purchased. Each model can be tested as a fully functional demo for a period of 14 days.

Mic Room is available via the IK online store (...

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Dec 01
Patriot introduces 128GB compact USB flash drives

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has added 128GB capacities to several of their lifestyle USB flash drives. Consistent with the latest USB specifications, the new 128GB capacities will be USB 3.1 Gen 1, backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and reach up to 110MB/s and 20MB/s read and write speeds.

“With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Flash product manager. “These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform.”

One of Patriot’s top selling USB drives, the Tab’s metal finish makes it virtually undetectable while plugged into any laptop or PC. The Vex is designed for the consumer looking for a pop of color, but minimalist design. The 128GB Vex will be available in a bright green...

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