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May 16
Statiked for Mac OS X revved to version 1.0.1

Perleybrook Labs (www.perleybrook.com) has announced Statiked 1.0.1, an update to their static blog management application for the Mac. A native OS X application, Statiked allows users to create and edit posts in familiar editors such as BBEdit and TextMate. Supporting a MetaWeblog API, Statiked can publish blogs on Amazon S3 or Github.

There are no bash commands to remember and no databases to configure. The update 1.0.1 includes unicode URLs support, minor big fixes, and a more intuitive blog creation process.

Statiked 1.0.1 costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.

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May 15
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks) and iTunes 11.2. According to Apple, the former:

° Improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac;


° Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013);

° Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection;

° Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec;

° Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts;

° Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server;

° Improves reliability of network home directories;

° Improves stability when installing configuration profiles;

° Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups;

° And includes Safari 7.0.3.

iTunes 11.2 improves podcast browsing, according to Apple. The company says you can now:...

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May 15
IK Multimedia adds Wampler Pedals to Amplitude Custom Shop

IK Multimedia has announced, in cooperation with boutique stompbox effects manufacturer Wampler Pedals, the release of their top models in AmpliTube Custom Shop for Macs and PCs. These new models give guitar players new tools to sculpt their tones in their DAW.

The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives players access to analog and digital music gear. Once installed, it allows players to browse collections of gear models from manufacturers of gear including Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Gallien-Krueger, Dr. Z, Jet City, T-Rex, Zvex, and more, plus signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. Players can buy individual pieces of gear or entire collections using Custom Shop Gear Credits or currency.

To access the new gear models in the AmpliTube Custom Shop, users need to download AmpliTube version 3.13, which is also a free update for current AmpliTube owners, and is available for Mac/PC. The new models are...

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May 15
Apple still holds majority of tablet market, but ....

Apple still holds the majority of the tablet market. Between 2011 and 2012 Apples market share slipped below 50% of the first time, suggesting that fierce competition from rivals may finally topple Apple's dominance. The Visiongain research group (www.marketresearch.com) has determined that the value of the global tablet market in 2013 will reach US$53.6 billion.


Key among Apple's new rivals are Microsoft who is simultaneously trying to capture market share from Apple in both the smartphone and tablet spaces. By mimicking Apple's supply chain model Microsoft is making a clear bid for dominance in the tablet market, according to Visiongain.

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May 15
Hitman: Absolution—Elite Edition out for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Hitman: Absolution — Elite Editio, a stealth action game, is now out for the Mac.

Here's how the game is described: "Hitman Absolution - Elite Edition brings Io-Interactive’s legendary Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time and includes all previously released additional content for Hitman Absolution - including Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the standalone mission where players engineer a long-range hit, using only their sharp-shooting abilities to pull off audacious kills and cover their tracks.

"Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition also includes the critically-acclaimed 'Contracts' mode, a mission-creation mode where players can roam the story mode levels, assassinate targets of their choice by any means possible, then challenge other players to do the same by sharing contracts online."

Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition for the Mac will retail on the Mac App Store in North America for US$28.99. Prices may vary slightly for versions...

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May 15
Codewave releases MyTunes RSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X

Codewave Software (http://www.codewave.de) has released MyTunesRSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X. It's a personal media server that lets you access your music, movies, TV shows and photos with a simple browser, a DLNA enabled TV or other device.

Instead of uploading your media to a cloud service you keep it at home at no additional cost. In addition to the app being optimized to handle bigger media libraries, version 6.0.2 adds UPnP DLNA Media Server support.

MyTunes RSS requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs approximately US$21 . A 30-day demo is available for download.

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May 15
iStopMotion for Mac OS X now offers live view support for more...

iStopMotion 3.6 for Mac from Boinx Software (www.boinx.com) now offers live view support for DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. iStopMotion is a solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture.

The live preview with semi-transparent ghost image overlay allows animators to see their next shot and make even the tiniest of adjustments before capturing the frame. If your Canon or Nikon DSLR isn't supported, you can let Boinx know using the "Provide Feedback" command in the iStopMotion menu.

iStopMotion for the Mac is available on the Boinx website for 49.99 USD, or as a free update for existing version 3 customers. iStopMotion 3.6 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.

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May 15
Amazon's online sales dwarf the competition

According to data from e-commerce research firm Internet Retailer, Amazon remains miles ahead of the competition in the online retail space. In 2013, Amazon's online retail sales amounted to US$67.9 billion, more than the next nine largest e-retailers combined.

Surprisingly, the second largest player in the e-commerce game is not a large traditional retailer such as Wal-Mart or Staples, but Apple. The iPhone-maker reportedly sold goods and services worth $18.3 billion through its website, the App Store and the iTunes Store in the past year.

Amazon's increasingly dominant position in the e-commerce market is owed largely to the company's aggressive growth strategy. Under CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become known to reinvest most of its earnings, which is why the company has yet to turn a meaningful profit. The accompanying chart is courtesy of Statistica.com.

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May 14
D-Link ships new line of colorful routers

D-Link is now shipping a new line of AC750 Wi-Fi routers available in red, teal, black and white. Sporting a sleek, cylinder shape, they offer 802.11 wireless speeds and gigabit wired speeds.

Designed to eliminate Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, the AC750 Wi-Fi Routers feature dual-band technology enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band, says Daniel Kelley of D-Link. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.

The new line of D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Routers (DIR-818LW) is now for US$79.99 exclusively at Amazon.com through May. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/colorrouter.

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May 14
Twelve South introduces the HoverBar 3 for iPads

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HoverBar 3, the next iteration of its flexible arm made exclusively for the Apple iPad.

Like its predecessor, the HoverBar 3 attaches to any ledge up to one inch thick in your home or office, allowing you to use your iPad hands-free. The third generation HoverBar includes three iPad Fit Clips to hold an iPad (second to fourth generations), iPad Air and iPad mini.

It also includes a display stand to use when your iPad is away from the flexible arm. The HoverBar 3 is available now for US$99.99.

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May 14
Vostok launches Taxonomy for quick file sorting

Vostok has announced Taxonomy for Mac OS X. The app is designed for quick file sorting and requires OS X 10.7 or higher.

Taxonomy is designed to help you sort documents, photos, and media. You can sort folders and store them in order. For example, you can sort photos into folders with names such as "Holiday in Franc," "Birthday Party," and more.

Taxonomy shows folder contents one by one in Quick Look mode, which allows you to view the file and the information about it. Double clicking on the file opens it in the standard editor application.


Taxonomy may be purchased on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. However, there's a special launch discount of 50% through May 24. A demo is also available for download at the Vostok web site (http://taxonomy.vostok-dev.com).

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May 14
Apple developer guidelines now available as an ebook

Apple has published its "iOS Human Interface Guidelines" for iOS 7 as a free ebook on the iBookstore. Previously, it was only available for registered Apple developers.

The book is designed to help developers "create a superlative user experience that's founded on Apple's design principles and guidelines." To view the book you must have have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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May 14
CS Odessa announces Ice Hockey Solution for ConceptDraw Solution...

CS Odessa has added new Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com). For use with ConceptDraw PRO (9.5 or later), the new Ice Hockey Solution comes the things you need to diagram strategies, starting positions, positioning, and penalties.

It's free and available to all current users of ConceptDraw PRO. It's designed to be useful for coaching, team management, and player education.

ConceptDraw PRO 9 is compatible with OSX (10.7 or later) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It retails for US$199 as a standalone application and is also available as part of ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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May 14
Cinematica 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple libraries, storyboards,...

 Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file.

With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2 is a complete rewrite, introducing such features as multiple libraries, storyboards and custom keywords.

Single user copies can be purchased for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.

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May 14
CS Odessa announces new site plan libraries in ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa has announced a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com) to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. CS Odessa has introduced a new set of libraries that provide a complete building-site planning solution.

The Building Site Plans Solution includes libraries that are tailored for Cafés & Restaurants, Gyms & Spas, and more general Site plans. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The Building Site Plan Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support complete building site layout plans. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for US$499.

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May 13
Apple updates Logic Pro X to version 10.0.7

Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.7, an update of its digital audio workstation. It now supports 24 processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models.

The current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks can now be inserted at the playhead position. Enabling Low Latency Mode no longer creates sync issues for Drummer, Ultrabeat, Native Instruments Machine and other plug-ins with integrated step sequencers

Automation can now be copied and pasted to any location using the Marquee tool. Logic Pro X 10.0.7 adds an option for MIDI volume and pan data to control the instrument plug-in instead of the channel strip. It also resolves several snap and alignment guide issues.

Logic Pro X 10.0.7 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It costs $199.99.

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May 13
New Magicard printer driver announced for Mac OS X

Ultra Electronics ID has rolled out a new printer driver that enables the use of Magicard ID card printers with Apple computers running Mac OS X. The driver gives Magicard users the ability to work with a wider variety of operating systems and software applications to issue identification credentials.

The new Mac OS X printer driver is Ultra ID's first software development built natively for Unix architecture operating systems. The driver extends Mac printing support to all current Magicard direct-to-card (DTC) printers including the Rio Pro, Enduro+, Pronto, Rio Pro Xtended and Rio Pro Secure models.

Features include full-color duplex card printing, support for magnetic-stripe and smart card encoding, and printing HoloKote watermarks. The Mac OS X printer driver for DTC Magicard printers is available for immediate download at http://support.ultramagicard.com.

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May 13
WaterField Design introduces the Outback Duffel

WaterField Designs has introduced the Outback Duffel for professional and recreational use. Constructed from waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with premium leather accents, the Duffel is available with one or two main compartments and in two sizes.

It sports flaps that open and shut with hidden magnets, waterproof zippers, and leather handles. The two-compartment model separates clean clothes from shoes and dirty clothes, and the one-compartment is sized for stacking folded shirts and sweaters neatly for a weekend trip.

The Outback functions as an executive workout duffel, an airline carry-on, or a weekender bag. Dual carry options further the Duffel’s utility. Leather-gripped handles are long enough to alternate between hand and shoulder, and a removable shoulder strap includes a sliding shoulder pad.

The Outback Duffel is available exclusively from SFbags.com. Prices range from US$239 to $279. Available colors are black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas...

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May 13
Autodesk introduces FBX Review for Mac OS X, iOS 7

Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has launched FBX Review for Mac OS X and iOS 7 at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store. The free standalone app gives professional artists and animators a lightweight tool to conduct detailed reviews of a wide range of 3D assets, including detailed 3D models, environments and character animations.
 
Artists can use FBX Review to view 3D assets with a full feature set, without using commercial 3D animation software. An artist working in Autodesk 3ds Max can send an animation file to anyone who has installed FBX Review, and the recipient will have a full menu of features with which to view the assets.
 
Support for ZIP files is designed to make asset review easier by supporting ZIP files containing both geometry and texture files. When opening the ZIP file FBX Review automatically assigns the textures.

FBX Review supports geometry cache playback, including...

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May 13
SpeedUp Mac races to version 3

Stellar Data Recovery (www.stellarinfo.com) has released SpeedUp Mac 3, an update to their performance optimization tool for Mac OS X. The software scans your machine and helps you remove unwanted files safely that are responsible for sluggish performance of your Mac.

Version 3 is more efficient and purportedly has the capability to boost your Mac's performance by up to 25%. It has received major user interface upgrades and is compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks.

A demo version of SpeedUp Mac is available. This version can remove unwanted applications, log files and system junk. To use all features, the full version can be purchased for US$29.

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May 13
Mergers shake up U.S. pay-TV market

AT&T is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal that could be worth US$50 billion. DirecTV would add roughly 20 million video subscribers to the 5.7 million that currently subscribe to AT&T's own U-Verse video service.

With a total of 26 million TV customers, the new entity would rival a Comcast and Time Warner Cable, whose planned merger is currently under investigation. Comcast and Time Warner Cable currently serve a combined total of 34 million customers, but Comcast has agreed to divest approximately 3.9 million video customers to Charter Communications in case the merger goes through.

Both deals would further consolidate the telecom and Pay-TV industry as more and more consumers are opting for so-called triple or quad play offers that combine telephone, broadband, TV and wireless services. The graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.

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May 13
LinkOptimizer 4.9.10 for InDesign lets you share process settings

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.10, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.

It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets you share processing settings between users by exporting and importing them directly from an application menu.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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May 13
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.3, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and later.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

AppDelete 4.1.3 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.

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May 12
Hybrid Crystal Film now available

Power Support International says their Hybrid Crystal Film (http://tinyurl.com/ktrosbn), a screen protector for the iPhone 5s/5c/5, is now available at a retail price of US$24.95.

It's as strong and as scratch resistant as tempered glass including a glass and resin mixture, but is 35% thinner, flexible, and bendable, according to Power Support International Director Racy Heims. The hybrid formula emulates the bulk of tempered glass while maintaining the 9H scratch resistance rating, the highest rating in the industry for hardness, he added.

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May 12
XO Digital launches new digital music distribution platform

XO (www.xodigital.com), a provider of digital asset management solutions — has announces a digital music distribution service for artists. It charges US$2 per track or ringtone.

Once uploaded, XO Digital places an artist's content in a number of digital retailers. Users can sell their content to the iTunes Store, Amazon and more. Other digital retailers include Gracenote, Boinc, Digital Tunes, Mix Radio, Google Play, Rhapsody, Shazam, Spotify, Xbox Music, and more.

Users get to keep 100% of the rights to their content. The folks at XO Digital says there are no hidden fees or failed payouts.

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