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Dec 05
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.4

Tension Software has released URL Extractor X 4.4. The Mac OS X app extracts email address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the
startup.

URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. In version 4.4, each URL is collected with the source URL (the URL from where it was extracted) listed in another column. The new version also adds advanced URL export capabilities, the ability to specify a custom client app name to declare connecting to the server, and layout adjustments.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$50. It's available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.

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Dec 04
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 4

Deadpan Dodo Art Factory has announced Bands, Singers & Songs Quiz. The goal of the free game is to discover the US or UK singer or music band using five provided song tips as help. The player has to type the missing singer or band using the jumbled letters, and try to work their way through all 30 levels of difficulty.

ZealTopia Interactive has released Noda. It's a free combination of a number puzzle game with the swipe-and-connect game mechanics. In Noda, each level comprises of a board with dots on it. Some are empty, while some of them have numbers. Swipe from dots to dots in order to manipulate numbers. Form the correct number on the correct dots, under limited number of moves.

Wimlog has introduced vPhotoGrid. The free app lets you convert a short iPhone video into photo grid, then merge the photo grid back to the video. This photo grid can be shown as the thumbnail of the saved video. Also, the photo grid can be further edited; you can draw, write text...

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Dec 04
Red Giant Shooter Suite 12.6.1 keeps RED camera media in sync

The Red Giant Universe (www.redgiant.com) is expanding again with the the latest update to the Shooter Suite, a collection of purpose-built applications that give directors of photography, videographers, shooters and filmmakers the automation and workflow capabilities to offload, analyze, touch up and synchronize digital media destined for post.

Headlining the Shooter Suite 12.6.1 release is PluralEyes 3.5.5 support for RED camera media. PluralEyes support for RED media ensures users can quickly sync multi-camera and dual-system audio production media shot on RED cameras. The new PluralEyes update even supports sync automation for spanned RED media, treating multiple files as a single logical clip.

The update also enhances the overall export workflow and includes a new welcome video tutorial to help new users start using PluralEyes faster than ever before. In addition to the new PluralEyes update, the...

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Dec 04
LA's Palms Middle School uses crowdfunding to buy new Macs

Palms Middle School in West Los Angeles has a full complement of computers in its library. That's the good news. The bad news is that all of the computers are hopelessly outdated (see photo).

"Our current computers are ridiculously slow, and some don't even work," said Keith McKnight, a member of the Friends of Palms, a nonprofit organization that includes parents, friends, and families of children who attend Palms Middle School."It's frustrating for students to try to do class assignments on equipment that takes many minutes to access websites or print documents. Due to budget constraints in our school district, replacing these old, outdated computers will take years, if ever."

So McKnight and several other parents are talking the matter into their own hands. They have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise US$20,437, enough to purchase 13 Apple iMac computers with a speed of 2.7 Ghz. This is the minimum specification required by the Los Angeles Unified School...

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Dec 04
Belkin releases new iPad keyboards

Belkin has released new keyboards for the iPad Air 2: the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard (pictured) and the QODE Ultimate Keyboard ($129.99). Both are designed specifically for the iPad Air 2 and are available exclusively at AT&T and Belkin.com.

Designed for users who want both a protective case and a keyboard, but not always at the same time, the US$149.99 QODE Ultimate Pro features a detachable back case that makes it simple to remove from the keyboard, says Ana Hory, the director of product management for Belkin’s QODE keyboard business.

The case portion is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover for full dual-sided protection when the keyboard isn’t in use. Thanks to its detachable case, the QODE Ultimate Pro also features both portrait or landscape modes for more viewing options than traditional clamshell keyboard cases.

Belkin completely redesigned the keyboard layout of the QODE Ultimate Pro, making it an iPad keyboard case on the market with the same...

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Dec 04
Cinematica for Mac OS X revved to version 2.3

Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.3, 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 2.3 adds an option to toggle folder file counts and adds an option for an "Extra Large" storyboard frame size. Smart collections can now include "Keyword" and "Path" criteria. The keyword menu is now sorted alphabetically. Unused keywords are now removed from the database and keyword menu.

Cinematica 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased online 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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Dec 04
SuperSync for Mac OS X gets improved network security

SuperSync (http://www.supersync.com/) -- Mac OS X compatible software that acts as a music collection’s central hub, retrieving, organizing, and syncing all music and movie files across machines and disk drives in order to create one consistent, complete music library -- has been updated to version 6.1.

The upgrade adds improved network security and Mac OS X support. Users can now visually compare, access, sync, and merge iTunes libraries including music, audio files, video files, podcasts, and playlists across multiple Macintosh, Windows, NAS, iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.

With SuperSync, users can retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive. It allows visual comparison of two music libraries locally or over the net. With this feature,...

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Dec 03
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 3

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

FAME has announced D-Cubes. It's a $1.99 puzzle game in which you must swap the colored cubes so that their sum equals the number of a silver cube and complete each face as fast as possible.

Residents of greater San Diego are invited to connect with their community through Rocket, a new social network for urban discovery from Team Rocket. With the free app, users can get photographic insights into what's happening in their city and where the best local hotspots are.

Liber Primus Games has launched Naborian Saga. It's a free, epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play. It's written by award winning novelist Francis Hora and Dr. Tom Pollak, a professional novelist and former editor of "Dragon," theDungeon’s and Dragon’s role playing game magazine.

Dreapp Studio has introduced AnaDraw. It's a free app for drawing anamorphic art.

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Dec 03
PCI Geomatics releases Python Scripts for use in Geomatica 2014 

PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has released customized Python scripts to be used in conjunction with the company’s latest release of Geomatica.

Geomatica 2014 offers support for scripting of processing algorithms in the Python language and is available as an alternative to Geomatica’s proprietary EASI scripting environment. Python Scripting also allows for customizable scripting to combine image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications.

A number of scripts on PCI Geomatics’ GitHub page are specifically designed for use in version 10.2.1 of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The scripts released today support Python 2.7 and are available, free of charge, at http://tinyurl.com/m548okj

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Dec 03
OWC ships 1TB Aura 6G SSD upgrade for MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC Aura SSD specifically developed for upgrading the capacity and speed of 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Display.

It delivers peak transfer rates up to 555/530 MB/s read/write for high-speed production, audio, film, photo and graphic workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC. It's engineered for the Mac, so no extra software or hacks is needed.

The Aura SSD is built for do-it-yourself installation and comes with step-by-step install videos. Also, you can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive.

OWC’s Aura SSDs for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012-Early 2013) are available in a variety of configurations. Go to http://tinyurl.com/myrw3e3 for more info.

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Dec 03
MacMate updates its cloud service packages

MacMate (http://www.macmate.me), a cloud service for Mac users, has announced three major updates and releases to their package: Web Builder Live, Wordpress M3, as well as increasing features across all the packages.

Along with the launch of Web Builder Live and Wordpress M3, MacMate have beefed up all three packages with extra features, and more cloud space. Web Builder Live is included free on all MacMate packages. Now everyone can create a free website. MacMate Lite now features: Web Builder Live, Galleries, Cloud disk, Email and Filesharing.

MacMate has also added Wordpress M3 to their premium MacMate Pro. WordPress M3 is a fully managed Wordpress solution.

MacMate Lite is the new free version. MacMate Classic costs US$5.75 per month, and MacMate Pro is $8.25per month.

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Dec 03
Apple working on ways to make the iPhone more shatter-proof

Apple may have invented an app, or at least a preventative measure that may eventually be built into future iPhones to make them more shatter-proof, notes MarketWatch.

The company has been granted a patent for a mechanism that will reorient the phone in a freefall, which may keep the glass in your iPhone from shattering or cracking, as well as shielding other electronic components such as the camera lens. Patent number 8,903,519 is for a “protective mechanism for an electronic device."


It would equip the iOS and OS X devices with a processor and a sensor in communication with the processor and a protective mechanism. The protective mechanism would “talk” with the processor and selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device. Additionally, the electronic device also includes an enclosure configured to at least partially enclose the processor and the sensor.

The patent was initially submitted to the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September...

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Dec 03
iPhone 6 sales put Apple on course for a record quarter

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://us.kantar.com), for the August, September and October, shows that the iPhone 6 launch has sent Apple’s share of British smartphone sales up 10.4 percentage points. Apple now accounts for 39.5% of British sales, its highest ever level.

Across Europe, Android sales still lead at 69.4% despite falling 2.5 percentage points. Apple’s iOS is up 5.7 percentage points to 20.7% thanks to the iPhone 6; Windows stands in third with 8.7% of the market.

"Apple has experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. In major European economies, the US and Australia, Apple’s share of sales has risen," says Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "This success is particularly evident in Great Britain where Apple now has its highest ever share of sales with 39.5...

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Dec 03
Bluetooth 4.2 specification announced

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification. Key updates in 4.2 improve privacy and increase speed, and a soon-to-be ratified profile will enable IP connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 opens up new opportunities for developers, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and the industry to build a better user experience for consumers while creating use cases never before imagined.

"Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity," says Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT [Internet of...

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Dec 03
Boom 2 for OS X ready for Yosemite

Global Delight has released Boom 2, an upgrade of the system-wide Mac audio app. The new version is especially for OS X Yosemite, comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to the type of Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls and audio effects.

Boom 2 introduces advanced equalizers with Frequency Constrain controls, audio personalization by customizing the sound output according to the Mac type, intelligent file audio boosting and system-wide volume boosting. It can also take advantage of Yosemite's Dark Mode.

Boom 2 costs US$14.99 and can be found at the Global Delight store (www.globaldelight.com). Students/educators get a a special discounted price of $9.99 while existing Boom 1.x users can upgrade to the latest Boom 2 at a discount of 50%. A free, seven- day trial and more can be experienced at the Global Delight website.

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Dec 03
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...

Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments.

All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres.

Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (...

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Dec 03
CS Odessa announces marketing infographics ConceptDraw Pro...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced an infographics addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is now available in the Business Infographics Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new Marketing Infographics Solution includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils that support many professional ways to show marketing data at a glance. The new section contains design infographics tools to illustrate business documents and presentations.

The ConceptDraw Marketing Infographics Solution is a paid add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10. The cost to purchase the infographics add-on is $25.

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Dec 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It offers improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure, updated Automator actions, and updated Help files.

Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) also adds compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera. Finally, it fixes compatibility issues with Boom.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. 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.

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Dec 02
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...

Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments.

All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres.

Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (...

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Dec 02
Arturia launches Arturia Sofware Center

Music software and hardware developer, Arturia, has introduced its all-new Arturia Software Center (ASC), an application designed to make accessing its software simpler.

It does away with USB dongle-based software protection and "call-and-response" activation routines for all Arturia software users. ASC allows them to register, activate, download, install, and update all of their instruments — those that they already own and those that they have just purchased — in one place.

To register a product, you simply open ASC and click on the Add Product button; it is then added to the main ASC page and automatically synced on up to five computers (with no restrictions). There users can clearly see any Arturia software products that they already own. Conversely, checking out any Arturia products that they have yet to purchase is always an absorbing user experience as well, which is exactly why these are also shown on the main ASC page — providing easy access to demo...

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Dec 02
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool.

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media.

Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store.

Xcode 6.1.1 includes software development kits for Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and iOS 8.1. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.

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Dec 02
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network scanner

Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface. 

Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast. 

When it comes to sending, Apollo’s touchscreen offers a variety of destinations including: cloud providers, email, FTP, mobile device, computer, network folder, USB drive — and even to multiple destinations simultaneously. The Plustek eScan A150 is available from authorized Plustek resellers and value added distributors, NewWave Technologies and Ingram Micro.

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Dec 02
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color workgroup...

Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and cost savings up to 40% lower than printing from color lasers, he adds. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups can take advantage of versatile media handling to print up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels.

The printers' cartridges allow you to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages....

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Dec 02
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video

Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks.

What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There's a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock's USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you...

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Dec 02
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards.

The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage.

Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, xMac Pro Server, or xMac mini Server.

The Tempo PCIe SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at...

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