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Oct 03
CEO Tim Cook sends Apple employees memo just before third...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to Apple employees ahead of the third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, reports iClarified (http://tinyurl.com/mjrl6de). The memo reads:

"Team,

"Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

"I hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces.

"Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us. Many of the ideas and projects we’re working on today got started after...

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Oct 03
iPhone 6 Plus sales may cannibalize iPad mini sales

The Phone 6 Plus looks to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments, reports DigiTimes (http://tinyurl.com/pd5qhco). These higher-than-expected sales of the larger Apple smartphone with its 5.5-inch screen may harm the sale of the iPad mini, which has a display size of 7.9 inches, the article adds.

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Oct 03
Default Folder is ready for OS X Yosemite

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/l5wtxoj) has delivered Default Folder X 4.6.9, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and the capability to decompress zip archives.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Default Folder X 4.6.9 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Oct 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.1 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.

Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Oct 03
MaBaSoft releases Currency Assistant 3.2 for Mac OS X

MaBaSoft (www.mabasoft.net) has revved Currency Assistant, a Mac OS X tool that lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating
currencies plus the 18 Eurozone legacy currencies), to version 3.2. It's ready for the upcoming OS X Yosemite.

Currency Assistant automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy. With the software, you can create multiple converters and manage currencies, import and convert series of amounts, calculate and convert the result of expressions, and log, save, export, and print your conversions.

Currency Assistant requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's currently being offered for US$8.95 for a single-user license. That's 50% off the usual price.

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Oct 02
Apple has sold more than one million iPhones in India since the...

According to a new report from the Hong-Kong based research group, Counterpoint Research, Apple has sold over one million iPhones in India since the start of the current financial year. This is considered “a significant milestone for a company that wasn’t considered to be a serious contender in the South Asian market until relatively recently,” according to Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/peukylb).

The sales data hasn’t been released, but research agencies put the figure at 1.02 million between October 2013 and August 2014, with a total of 1.1 million units projected by the time the fiscal year ends on September 30.

“The strong Apple brand and backward software compatibility has allowed Apple to sell even three to four year old models such as iPhone and 4S in a healthy and profitable Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 range whereas affluent urban consumers are flocking to buy more expensive and newer...

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Oct 02
Wide Angle Software releases Duplicate Remover software for Mac...

Wide Angle Software (http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/) says its Windows duplicate file remover application, Duplicate Sweeper, is now also available on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It's designed to make finding, selecting and removing duplicate files on your Mac quick and easy.

Duplicate Sweeper enables you to search for duplicates of all file types, such as your photos, videos, music or documents and you can select which folders to search for duplicate files in. For even more control, search preferences can be added so that only files matching your given criteria are searched. Duplicate Sweeper can ignore files that are larger than and/or smaller than given sizes. It can also ignore files with the given file extensions so that any important file types can be left out of the search.

Once Duplicate Sweeper has found all of the duplicates in the given folders, it allows you to...

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Oct 02
Altium releases TASKING ARM Cortex-M embedded development tools

Altium (www.altium.com) — which specializes in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design and embedded software development — has released its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Mac OS X.

Traditionally embedded software development tools have been available exclusively for the Windows operating system and Altium has a long history in providing its TASKING cross compilers and debuggers for running on Windows, including its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M. With ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers becoming popular in broad market consumer applications, especially with wearable electronics and electronic systems that can be controlled from the iPhone, it is apparent that embedded software engineers want to use the Mac as their development platform, according to Harm-Andre Verhoef, product manager TASKING.

To serve this development community, Altium has developed a native OS X port of release v5.1r1 of...

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Oct 02
PowerSkin launches PoP'n battery packs for the iPhone 6 line

PowerSkin (www.Power-Skin.com) says its PoP’n battery packs now includes PoP’n 2 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, available for only $69.99.

Utilizing patented suction adhering technology, the PoP’n 2 suctions onto the back of the iPhone for an integrated charging experience. It features a 4000 mAh battery and 2.1 amp charging.

According to the folks at PowerSkin, the PoP'n gives the iPhone 6 one and a half full charges and the iPhone 6 Plus one full charge. It weighs less than five ounces and comes with a clear protective case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The PoP’n 2 costs US$69.99. It's available in black, white, pink and blue versions.

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Oct 02
QNAP releases TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems has released the TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.

Available in 1, 2, and 4-bay models, the TS-x31 series is designed as a network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. With the Notes Station, the TS-x31 series allows users to create digital notes on their private cloud and share with friends and colleagues without paying monthly fees and knowing that sensitive information is fully under their control and not stored on a third party’s server.

Users can edit their notes with the web-based editor, take screenshots with a Google Chrome extension or desktop Qsnap application, and create to-do lists & calendar alerts that can be synchronized to Google Calendar. Users can also enrich their notes...

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Oct 02
Pioneer announces availability of Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Electronics is one of the first aftermarket manufacturers to support Apple CarPlay with the official release of a compatible firmware update for five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as well as the introduction of the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120).

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to CarPlay. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

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Oct 02
Pomfort introduces Silverstack 4

Pomfort (www.pomfort.com) has released an upgrade (version 4) to Silverstack, its media acquisition and data management tool for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

Version 4 speeds up all backup processes with a tuned copy engine, and the checksum verification type "xxhash." What's more it adds support for Sony F55 / F65 RAW files and enables checksum verified copy processes to LTO tapes via LTFS. Silverstack 4 also sports features like cascading copy, export of still images from movies, a newly developed thumbnail report, and a new user interface.

With the release of Silverstack 4 Pomfort introduces a new subscription license model. A yearly subscription for Silverstack can be purchased for US$390; the yearly subscription for Silverstack XT is $590. Pomfort also offers the possibility to rent Silverstack for 14 days, one month, or two months, and Silverstack XT for the duration of one month or two months. A 14-day...

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Oct 02
SixtyFour memory optimizer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2.0

1951FDG has released a new version (1.2.0) of SixtyFour (http://getsixtyfour.com/), a memory optimizer for Mac OS X.

SixtyFour is designed to help Mac users keep their older Macs running longer and better, even when today's apps are 64-bit and require much more RAM than Macs of just a few years ago. It facilitates the setting of a preference to force a 64-bit app to open in 32-bit mode.

SixtyFour is compatible with any 64-bit-capable Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks). It costs US$4.99.

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Oct 01
Plustek ships PS 4080U scanner

Plustek Technology (www.plustek.com/usa) has begun shipment of the Plustek PS 4080U, a workgroup document scanner.

It features a scan speed of 40 pages per minute (80 images-per-minute in duplex mode), a 100-sheet feeder and a daily duty cycle of 4,000 pages per day. the Plustek PS 4080U is designed to be shared among a workgroup with applications requiring frequent scanning, says Robert Fuchs, Plustek marketing manager. 

The US$649 scanner is bundled with a suite of document management and OCR software. Its feeder enables pages sized from 2”x2.5” up to 8.5”x10” to be scanned without sorting.  A special long-paper mode enables scanning of non-standard sizes: contract and loan forms, EKGs, oil well logs and strip charts. 

Industry standard TWAIN ensure compatibility with thousands of scanning and imaging programs.  ABBYY FineReader Sprint is included to create and manage searchable PDFs.

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Oct 01
Vuzix's new OS provides compatibility between M100 smart...

Vuzix Corp. (www.vuzix.com), a supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, has announced that with the release of the OS 2.0 upgrade for the M100 Smart Glasses, compatibility with iOS devices is enabled and iPhone and iPad support is being prepared to ship.

The M100 Smart Glasses Manager application for iOS is now in final test for submission to Apple for iTunes launch approval. With iOS support, the M100 will connect to most iOS devices including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

The Smart Glasses Manager application allows the M100 to be controlled by iPhones and enables features like Bluetooth hands-free headset coms, streaming audio, and many other advanced M100 Smart Glasses capabilities including support for both M100 native applications and M100 legacy Android applications alike. 

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Oct 01
Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

Bombich Software (www.bombich.com) has released Carbon Copy Cloner 4, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

The upgrade features a completely redesigned interface, editing of scheduled tasks, task history, a menubar application, task chaining, a command-line application option and includes "hundreds" of improvements and fixes. Carbon Copy Cloner 4 also includes a migration tool that can update existing Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5 tasks for use with CCC 4.

Carbon Copy Cloner 4 retails for $39.99 USD (Personal and Household license); a Pro License for technicians is $100 USD. Volume discounts are available.

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Oct 01
ABI Research: ASUS, Lenovo, Amazon fight for tablet third place...

Apple and Samsung have led the market substantially since the inception of media tablets. However, the race for third is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS, and other emerging vendors, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

The aggressive nature of the market and substantial increase in emerging vendors has created a stall for leaders in the market giving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the opportunity to close the gap between leaders and followers. According to ABI Research, emerging vendors are forecasted to experience a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 22.8% between 2014 and 2019.

With third place up for grabs, Lenovo is working to gain ground in the market, and in 2019 is expected to ship 21 million tablets, attaining 7.3% of the overall market. This forecasted momentum and growth would land it solidly in third place.

Between the...

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Oct 01
FacetCorp releases version 6 of FacetPhone

FacetCorp (http://www.facetcorp.com) has launched version 6 of FacetPhone, the business phone system that runs on Mac OS X. This release includes a mobile app, new call center functionality, enhanced reporting capabilities and computer telephony integration with more applications.

The mobile app is initially only available for iOS devices. It provides many of the unified communications capabilities that are in the FacetPhone computer user interface. These include a list of users showing their status and location, instant messaging, visual call control and visual voice mail management. The app also provides sophisticated soft phone capabilities that go beyond other soft phones. For example, users can turn recording on and off during a call and managers can monitor and barge-in on calls from the app.

Call center support now includes queue priorities and skills based call routing. This allows call...

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Oct 01
VMware announces VMware Workstation 11, VMware Player 7 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) has announced VMware Workstation 11, the newest version of its PC virtualization solution. It will offer Windows 10 Tech Preview readiness and cloud connectivity with VMware vCloud Air integration to support the most advanced computing environments.

According to Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware, VMware Workstation 11 will deliver leading-edge features including:

° The ability to run more than 200 operating systems, including the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Tech Preview. Technical users can also use Windows 2012 R2 for servers, Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 7.6 and many more.

° Support for the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the new Haswell microarchitecture. The solution will purportedly deliver up to 45% improvement in CPU intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous...

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Oct 01
Promise Technology debuts Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions at WFX...

At the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX), Promise Technology (www.promise.com) announced the availability of two new storage solutions for the growing number of houses of worship that are increasingly recording and editing live video streams to more widely broadcast worship services, sermons, and music -- often with multi-camera recordings being delivered live to several locations and branches, or streamed online. 

At WFX, the new Pegasus2 M4 SSD will be featured in demos for multi-camera environments and for high-performance live content delivery. Promise will demo the VTrak A3800 storage appliance with the new SANLink2 10G SFP+ and the VTrak G1100 NAS Gateway.

The Pegasus2 M4 SSD is a 2TB (four x 500GB SSDs) Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage device that fits in the palm of your hand and can be transported to remote locations. The Pegasus2 M4 SSD (picture) maximizes the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2 at...

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Oct 01
IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 3 SE

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released SampleTank 3 SE, an introductory special edition of IK's flagship sound and groove workstation for Mac and PC systems.

Available as a standalone program or as bundled software with iRig KEYS, iRig Keys with Lightning, iRig Keys Pro, iRig MIDI 2, iRig Pads and iRig Pro, it gives users the freedom to experiment with the functional software along with 6.5GB library of 400 instruments, over 250 loops and 150 MIDI patterns that illustrate the sonic versatility of SampleTank 3.

SampleTank 3 SE offers 64-bit compatibility, a completely redesigned user interface, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management and a retooled sample engine. It's available from the IK online store for US$99.99 or as a complementary bundled software download for users of iRig Keys, iRig Keys with Lightning, iRig Keys Pro, iRig MIDI 2, iRig Pads and iRig Pro.

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Oct 01
NI releases Komplete Kontrol S-series keyboards

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of Komplete and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.

The S-Series keyboards and accompanying Komplete Kontrol software unite all Komplete Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. Komplete Kontrol S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments’ acclaimed Komplete Instruments and Effects suites, including six brand-new instruments, as well as several new additions.

The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, Komplete 10, and Komplete 10 Ultimate are available now in stores and at the NI Online...

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Oct 01
QuartzCode is new code generator for Mac OS X

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), a code generator tool for Mac OS X.

It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.

It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$79.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99)

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Oct 01
ChronoAgent ready for Yosemite

Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.7, which is read for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

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.

ChronoSync runs on the source Mac and ChronoAgent runs on the destination Mac giving you a direct connection between two Macs. With ChronoSync on your Mac, you can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups to anything you can connect to your Mac. ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad....

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Oct 01
Candy Apple for Mac OS X sweetened to version 1.4

28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

Version 1.4's new features include adding support for finer width strokes; keyboard shortcuts for Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size and Zoom to Fit; and quicker text creation. The upgrade also fixes a saved state bug that shows a saved file as unsaved.

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time, 50% discount of US$29.99.

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