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Feb 12
Boot Camp update adds 64-bit drivers for Windows 7, 8

Apple has updated Boot Camp, software included with Mac OS X that lets you run compatible versions of Windows on an Intel-based Mac. The upgrade adds support for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.


The Boot Camp update is available in two versions. Version 5.1.5640 is mid-2013 MacBook Airs, late-2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display models and late-2013 iMacs. Version 5.1.5621 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1720) is available for a variety of other Mac models. Both are free downloads from the Mac App Store.

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Feb 12
Deliver Express for Mac OS X now allows transfer of uncompressed...

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4, a feature update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 12
TeamViewer for Mac OS X now Integrates With Zendesk

TeamViewer has announced full integration of TeamViewer remote support into Zendesk, a provider of cloud-based software for customer service. Agents now can start secure TeamViewer support sessions directly from within a Zendesk ticket.  
 
The integration is available for Zendesk customers. To use remote support with TeamViewer, customers need a valid TeamViewer license. Further information on TeamViewer licensing can be found at www.teamviewer.com/licensing. The TeamViewer integration app for Mac OS X can be downloaded at http://www.zendesk.com/apps/teamviewer.

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Feb 12
Ntractive announces Elements CRM 5.5 with desktop view

Ntractive has rolled out Elements CRM Version 5.5. Elements CRM is a cloud-based Mac Customer Relationship Management (Mac CRM) Solution for Mac business and enterprise.

Version 5.5 offers a Desktop View of the app. Now, users on iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays can select a larger, desktop view of the app that includes more visible data in one screen, more powerful dashboard tools and a larger font size. 
Elements CRM 5.5 is available immediately.

The download is free but requires a subscription to Elements CRM. Group pricing starts at US$24.95/user/month, Professional pricing starts at $49.95/user/month, and Enterprise pricing starts at $69.95/user/month. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k2u4kkc for more info.

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Feb 11
MEI debuts cloud-based workflow system

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), a provider of digital publishing and workflow solutions, has released TruEdit, its latest collaborative workflow system. It's a cloud-based platform for planning, creating, managing and delivering multi-channel content via its web client and Adobe InDesign Plug-in.

Additionally, TruEdit comes equipped with automations for streamlined output to the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). This enhances the process of creating digital publications for tablet and mobile devices, says Mark Leister, senior vice president of business development at MEI (http://www.maned.com).

A demo is available for download. Contact MEI (http://www.maned.com) for pricing options.

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Feb 11
Smith Micro launches MotionArtistTV interactive platform

Smith Micro Software has launched its social multimedia platform MotionArtistTV, targeted for artists, animators and graphic art enthusiasts. It combines the open, interactive canvas of HTML5 with content sharing through a social portal.

MotionArtistTV allows users to view interactive, animated content, connect with fellow artists and users, and share their HTML5 graphics, animations, and multimedia comics created with the software, says Steve Yatson, vice president of operations for Smith Micro, Productivity and Graphics Group. Free and open to the public, MotionArtistTV allows budding artists to join an open-submission community for animated HTML5 graphics.

Once community members create a login ID, they receive a personalized profile for posting their own content and following favorite artists. All members can view, like and comment on other members’ work, as well as create watch-lists of their favorite episodes and series.
 
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Feb 11
SavvyDox collaborative document review software comes to Mac OS X

SavvyDox has brought its self-titled software to the Mac. It's available now in beta form. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The folks at SavvyDox say it's designed to solve tablet and desktop document management issues for enterprises, government and publishers —all within an enterprise grade, private, hybrid or public cloud based secure infrastructure. Authors can upload documents directly from a PDF file, then share those documents among multiple recipients.

Anyone receiving the document can add comments, private or shared. Shared comments are immediately visible to the author and all other readers.

As a cloud based system, SavvyDox also keeps track of access to documents. While accessing the cloud, SavvyDox Document Analytics allow authors to determine which readers have downloaded and opened their documents, and if required, a document can be revoked. Go to...

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Feb 11
OWC expands memory upgrade options for the new Mac Pro

Other World Computing has expanded its memory upgrade options for the new Mac Pro. The pro desktop is available with either 12GB (4GB x 3) or 16GB (4GB x 4) base memory configurations from the factory. However, OWC offers the following pricing options:

° OWC 8GB Module US$119.99: Savings of up to 40% (save up to $80) vs. factory;

° OWC 32GB Kit (16GB x 2) $437.99. Savings of up to 45% (save up to $362) vs. factory;

° OWC 48GB Kit (16GB x 3) $649. Savings of up to 46% (save up to $551) vs. factory;

° OWC 64GB Kit (16GB x 4) $849. Savings of up to 47% (save up to $751) vs. factory.

Also, OWC options for adding 4GB and up to 64GB to Mac Pro 2013 are now available from $74.99. Note that16GB modules for the Mac Pro are registered and can't be mixed with standard 4GB and 8GB modules. However, 4GB and 8GB modules from OWC and Apple can be mixed and matched. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ewapc...

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Feb 11
Fireebok Studio introduces CleanMyPhone

Fireebok Studio has announced CleanMyPhone, a Mac OS X software solution designed for cleaning up and backing up data from iOS device directly on a Mac.

Through detecting, analyzing and deleting cumbersome temp files, CleanMyPhone will generally reclaim up to 60% free space for users, according to Carith, advanced software engineer of Fireebok Studio. For average users, the regular inner cleanup will keep iOS devices running smoothly and away from out of disk, he adds.

The Disk Manager of CleanMyPhone is designed to help configure, organize and manage files and apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The disk space will be categorized as iOS system partition and user data partition; the user data partition contains photos, music, videos, books, user apps, system apps and user data.

The App Cleaner module scans for documents and data, app cache, app cookies and app junk files scattered throughout your device’s memory. Similarl to the Disk Manager, this module...

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Feb 11
WaterField rolls out Rough Rider messenger bag

WaterField Designs has given us the Rough Rider leather messenger bag, a throwback to the past with modern functionality.

The Rough Rider's strap system compresses bag contents to maintain a slim, neat profile and it positions the bag snuggly against the body to help ease back fatigue, according to Gary Waterfield, CEO of WaterField Designs. It's constructed of naturally-tanned leather. A splash of nylon under the flap (in six color choices) allows for customization.

The laptop bag main compartment can house a 13-inch laptop or tablet, along with files, chargers, and other necessities. There are two waxed canvas pockets in the main compartment and two additional scratch-free, lined pockets under the flap.

The flap snaps shut with two options to adjust based on the bulk of what's inside. A removable no-slip shoulder pad keeps the adjustable strap in place. A leather handle sits at the top for a quick grab.

The Rough Rider is priced at US$335. It's...

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Feb 11
Image Viewer for Mac OS X gets Retina display support, more

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.4, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.4 offers Retina display support, an enhanced interface, and updated preference defaults.


Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store and is currently offered at 50% off its normal price of US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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Feb 10
Excel Software announces QuickLicenseRT Linux for Mac OS X

Excel Software has announced QuickLicenseRT Linux for desktop software. IT implements the full QuickLicense runtime system for protection, activation and license management.  

A company can protect software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a range of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. During development, QuickLicenseRT Linux is used in conjunction with QuickLicense running on a Mac OS X or Windows computer. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to a Linux desktop application with a few lines of programming code that sends commands to the QuickLicenseRT executable.

The runtime allows one software build to support Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating, Try/Buy or Educational licenses. The activation process for protected software allows manual activation without Internet access, semi-automated activation through a...

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Feb 10
Apple brings iTunes Radio to Australia

Apple has announced iTunes Radio is now available to music fans in Australia. It's a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and a catalog of music from the iTunes Store.

Tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, and you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download, according to Apple. It also gives you access to exclusive "First Play" premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.

iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your listening completely ad-free. With iTunes Match, all your music— even songs you’ve imported from CDs — are stored in...

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Feb 10
Creaceed releases iOS speech recognition SDK

Creaceed has released CeedVocal speech recognition SDK [software development kit] for iOS, supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

It supports isolated words recognition from a list of up to 5,000 words, and keyword spotting. The SDK runs directly on the device, and is available in six languages to developers who want to design distinctive iPhone and iPad applications. As no training is required from the end user, speech recognition is ready to use as soon as the app is launched, according to the folks at Creaceed.

iOS developers can get access to the trial version of CeedVocal SDK after signing an evaluation agreement. They can then purchase a license either for developing a single application, or for developing an unlimited number of applications. The licensing scheme includes neither annual subscription, nor royalties (even if CeedVocal SDK is integrated in a paid app). For more information about licensing and pricing, go to...

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Feb 10
SecureMac discovers Apple Mac Trojan called OSX/CoinThief

SecureMac says it has discovered a new Trojan Horse called OSX/CoinThief.A, which targets Mac OS X and spies on web traffic to steal Bitcoins.

This malware has been found in the wild, and there are multiple user reports of stolen Bitcoins. The malware, which comes disguised as an app to send and receive payments on Bitcoin Stealth Addresses, instead covertly monitors all web browsing traffic in order to steal login credentials for Bitcoin wallets.

According to SecureMac, initial infection occurs when a user installs and runs an app called "StealthBit," which was recently available for download on GitHub, a website that acts as a repository for open source code. The source code to StealthBit was originally posted on GitHub, along with a precompiled copy of the app for download. The precompiled version of StealthBit did not match a copy generated from the source code, as it contained a malicious payload. Users who downloaded and ran the precompiled version of...

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Feb 10
DouWere releases Stapled 1.0 for Mac OS X

DouWere, s.p.r.l. has introduced Stapled 1.0, the first public version of an original utility for Mac OS X. It lets anyone you share their artistic creations.

Any plain document can be morphed into a picture document, and, consequently, handled and stored as an image file can be. The original document has been "stapled" with the picture. Wherever you put this picture, you also put the original document.

You can open any document with the application, and it creates a new document — literally a picture — rendering a preview of the original document. However, it also embeds the original document, at its full quality.

When you re-open a picture created by Stapled (or a copy of it) into the application, it will re-create the original document. The original document has been "unstapled" from the picture.

Stapled requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It's free. However, you can unlock the app manual...

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Feb 10
Mellel 3.3 adds comments, revamps Find and re-invents Find...

RedleX has announced Mellel 3.3, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

The app was especially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, and more. Version 3.3 adds a comments feature, re-designed Find and Replace, and enhances its Find Action and Find Set features.

Mellel costs US$39 — or $29 for scholars, educators, and students. Go to http://www.mellel.com for more info.

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Feb 10
IP Camera Recorder 2.40 adds support for more cameras

DComplex has announces version 2.40 of IP Camera Recorder, an update to its video surveillance software.

IP Camera Recorder allows anyone to monitor up to 20 IP Cameras simultaneously on a Mac or PC, record video from the cameras, detect motion, control PTZ and more. Version 2.40 adds support for many models of IP cameras and improved Motion Detection.

A demo is available for download. The price for one camera is US$39.99; the price for four cameras is $99.99. On the Mac, IP Camera Recorder requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://dcomplex.com/recorder/ for more info.

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Feb 07
Panasonic announces Lumix GH4 DSLM camera

Panasonic has unveiled a new still/video Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera for both photographers and cinematographers. The company says its Lumix DMC-GH4 (GH4) is the world's first DSLM with 4K cinematic recording capability.

The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for the GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using the electronic shutter, according to the folks at Panasonic. The Venus Engine image processor has been newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with a new quad-core CPU that allows high speed signal processing that is required for rich 4K video recording, they add.

Integrating noise reduction systems, the GH4 enables shooting at maximum ISO 25,600. The camera boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 frames per second (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subjects.

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Feb 07
Apple repurchases $14 Billion of its own stock

Apple has repurchased US$14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.

Apple bought $12 billion of the shares through an accelerated repurchase program and $2 billion on the open market, the company confirmed. Apple shares rose in morning trading today.

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Feb 07
WD announces version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software

WD has announced version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software, featuring significant scalability improvements to the WD Arkeia patented Progressive Deduplication technology.

The Mac compatible, network backup software is targeted to small and medium sized businesses and designed to ensure critical business data is backed up on both the local network and in the cloud. With WD Arkeia 10.2, block optimization progresses continuously and orphaned blocks are recovered incrementally.

Backup software pricing starts at US$2,000 for a perpetual license for one backup server with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Backup appliance pricing starts at $3,490 with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Both software and appliances are bundled with one year of software updates and technical support. Go to http://www.arkeia.com/new-in-v102 for more info.

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Feb 07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets new user interface

Hyperbolic Software (US$30) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Feb 06
Bose announces SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

Bose has introduced the SoundLink Bluetooth® speaker III, which connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It's available now and costs US$299.95.

Four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators combine with a new digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels, according to the folks at Bose. Its industrial design is inspired by the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.

A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille resists fingerprints. For personalization and added protection, new accessory covers are available in gray, blue, green, orange and pink.

The SoundLink III weighs just three pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening.

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Feb 06
SpiShutter designed to keep webcams private

If you're concerned about webcam hacking, SpiShutter may have the solution Covering the webcam with a sticker, or something equally unflattering, isn't ideal for a Mac's aesthetics, not to mention the residue it could leave behind.

The new solution from SpiShutter (http://spishutter.com/) ensures privacy by allowing users to physically block the embedded webcam on a Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use.

SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed, is the easiest way to cover and uncover your camera. It retails for US$19.99. For purchases on SpiShutter.com, the code "PRIVAZ" gets you a 20% discount.

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Feb 06
Files United comes to Mac OS X

Zuhanden has released the Mac companion app of Files United, a digital content manager for iPad and iPhone. In combination with the iOS app, files can now be transferred between iOS devices and Macs via drag and drop.
 
Files United, the successor of File Manager Pro App, was specifically developed for the iOS 7. The app allows seamless access to all digital content, at home, in the office, at the university, or on the go — regardless of whether the files are documents, images, music, or videos.

In addition to local storage, Files United integrates with the most popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Skydrive, and SugarSync. It's even possible to access external FTP servers. Go to www.filesunited.com for more info. 

For the launch of the Mac app, and to give existing File Manager Pro users a free upgrade, Files United is available for free on the Apple App Store...

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