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May 19
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...

The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.

Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.

Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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May 19
SplashID Safe for OS X, iOS revved to version 7.2.5

SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has rolled out SplashID Safe 7.2.5, an update to its password manager for Mac OS X and iOS that adds new security features. Version 7.2.5 delivers 2-factor authentication, a new Local Only option, and a way of securely sending records to colleagues or family members.

The 2-factor authentication feature feature requires an additional code to be entered when a SplashID Safe account is accessed for the first time from a computer, mobile device or browser. Once the additional code is confirmed, the second factor will no longer need to be entered when logging in from that device or browser.

You can download and try SplashID Safe free for 30 days. After this, you can choose one of three purchase options: one application for US$9.99, multiple SplashID Safe applications with WiFi sync for $29.99 (USD), or access to all SplashID Safe applications and SplashID Cloud...

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May 19
AT&T to buy DirecTV for $49 billion

AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion. The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mm2r8kt) says this is "a deal that would make it a major player in pay television and increase its clout with media companies at a time when video consumption is moving online."

The companies' board of directors approved the deal on Sunday. The agreement comes just three months after Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable.

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May 19
Beltone has announced Made for iPhone hearing aids

Beltone has announced the Beltone First, "Made for iPhone"hearing aids. They allow users to receive sound streamed directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Users can also tap into the iDevices' features from audio controls to communication with the Siri "personal assistant." A free Beltone HearPlus app recognizes the places an individual regularly visits and automatically applied the proper settings. The app's "Find my Hearing Aid" locates misplaced devices.

The Beltone First utilizes 2.4GHz technology. For more info go to the Beltone web site (www.beltone.com).

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May 19
RationalPlan for Mac OS X revved to version 4.8

Stand By Soft has announced RationalPlan 4.8 (www.rationalplan.com), an update to its project management suite for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Hungarian language, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and other features.

The main feature of RationalPlan is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process, says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. This upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the 4.8 release date.

Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying US$17.10 for the single license version and $29.40 for the multi-license version. For new users the cost is $57 and $98, respectively.

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May 17
Apple, Google to drop all patent lawsuits

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, the two companies said in a joint statement on Friday. They've also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.

However, they have NOT agreed to cross-license each other’s patents, notes the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/m88ru6t). Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility, which was subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal hasn't been finalized.

A lot of the lawsuits Apple has filed against other smartphone makers, including Samsung, involve Google’s Android operating system. The Friday announcement doesn't affect the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, however, notes the IDG News Service.

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May 16
Japanese court says Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple

A Japanese court has ruled Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, reports "NewsAsia" () The country's Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled that Samsung could claim 9.96 million yen (approximately $98,000) from its US arch-rival for use of Samsung's data transmission technology, found to have been used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The ruling amended a lower court decision in February last year that Samsung had failed to negotiate properly with Apple over the use of the technology. However, the high court says Samsung can claim damages from Apple "within what amounts to patent licence fees" for the two products, while rejecting the South Korean firm's demand for an injunction that would prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones.

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...

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May 16
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5 (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. This version adds the ability to change the Time Machine backup interval and the ability to disable Time Machine backups during Power Nap. It also adds a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts and contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure.

Cocktail 7.5 (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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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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