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Nov 05
Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with Apple Pay

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.

Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.

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Nov 05
Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple TV and...

Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.

The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.

Beamer 3.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Beamer website ( Existing Beamer 2 owners can upgrade via Beamer's "Pay What You Want" upgrade program. .

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Nov 05
SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite

SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.

RAID functionality was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan, leaving a gap in functionality for users that want to take advantage of RAID to improve system reliability and performance. SoftRAID Lite restores software mirroring (RAID 1) and striping (RAID 0) to the Mac, while adding the advanced features and disk health monitoring of the SoftRAID engine. SoftRAID Lite volumes are bootable and can be used on any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.

SoftRAID Lite has nearly all the features of the professional version of SoftRAID, except for RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 1+0 support, Email Notification, and the command line interface.

SoftRAID has also introduced the SoftRAID...

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Nov 05
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website ( A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Nov 04
Graphic Node revamps its Template Collection for iWork

Graphic Node ( has released Bundle for iWork 4.0 for OS X, a revamped application previously marketed as Set for iWork.

Bundle for iWork packs over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. Beside the new name, this version will feature over 400 previously unreleased designs, and full support for OS X El Capitan. There’s also a price drop from $49.99 to $39.99.

After the latest update, Bundle for iWork carries a selection of designs: over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and 3D objects. All templates are available in the US and international...

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Nov 04
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to repair disk permissions and ability to reset home directory ACLs. It also contains new "Force Empty Trash" (with ability to securely empty the Trash) Automator action and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.

Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, 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.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www....

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Nov 04
Pollen VC, Priori Data announce App Developer Millionaires Index

The app economy is maturing, opening up opportunities for a growing middle-class of app developers and companies to make it big. This is the key finding of The Millionaires Index, a research “snapshot” released as the first phase of a new research program spearheaded by Pollen VC (, a FinTech company giving developers quicker access to their app store revenues, together with Priori Data (, a data-driven mobile app store intelligence company.

The Index reveals that a total of 1,887 app developers and companies have already generated $1 million in revenues from a mix of app purchases and in-app purchases in the last 12 months. The research draws on recent app store data and a review of “ranked”' apps, defined as apps that have been listed among the top grossing apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play to...

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Nov 04
Fujitsu launches ScanSnap Sync

Fujitsu ( has introduced ScanSnap Sync, which is designed to easier than ever for ScanSnap scanner customers to access and manage their scanned documents across multiple devices.

When scanning to an iOS or Android mobile device with the “ScanSnap Connect” app or launching ScanSnap Organizer on a Mac or PC documents are automatically synchronized with supported cloud services, utilizing the ScanSnap Sync application. Customers can then make edits to the documents and those changes are synchronized back to the mobile device when stored in the preconfigured ScanSnap Sync folder.

ScanSnap Sync is available now, via a free online update, and is compatible with the entire ScanSnap scanner lineup, including the ScanSnap iX500, iX100, SV600, S1300i and S1100i.

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Nov 04
XcodeGhost still haunting ‘dozens’ of Apple mobile apps

Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware for a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.

The computer security firm FireEye said it detected that 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware "is a persistent security risk," according to Last month, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, an application development tool from Apple. The malicious version, dubbed XcodeGhost, adds hidden code to apps, which can collect identifying information about a device or even open URLs.

In October Apple issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.

"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this...

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Nov 04
TapCommerce is a new mobile SMB solution

TapPublisher has launched TapCommerce, a mobile e-commerce solution for SMB and local businesses aimed to help them grow their sales and build customer loyalty.

It’s an app editor for creating native iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. TapPublisher uses 100 percent native iOS API [application programming interface] and Objective-C, says Frederic Aloe, co-founder and CEO.

Users create their app using a tool based on drag and drop. They can either use an app template (food trucks, restaurants, local producers, retailers, etc.) or create their app by adding modules from a comprehensive list (catalog, cart, payment , loyalty card, etc.). Apps can also integrate content from external sources such as Wordpress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each app can then be designed in their own unique style.

Before publishing, they can be previewed and tested in real conditions thanks to TapPlayer a free companion app available on the Apple App...

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Nov 04
Sound Siphon 2.0.2 brings Free Public API for Mac Audio Capture

Static Z Software ( has announced Sound Siphon 2.0.2, an update to their audio capture application for Mac OS X.

The $39 app makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. Version 2.0.2 sports a public API (application programming interface) for third party developers, enabling them to access Sound Siphon's application audio capture abilities. Now a developer can add the ability to record application audio to their own Mac app. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 04
CS Odessa adds solution for creating SIPOC diagrams

CS Odessa has announced the availability of a new Business Process Mapping solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The solution, based on ConceptDraw Pro’s vector drawing features, allows you to build diagrams and is available for $25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into a way to diagram suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers (SIPOC) diagrams. The solution allows users to define the scope of work for a team and helps one to identify at a high level any potential gaps between what a process expects from its suppliers and what customers expect from the process.

A SIPOC diagram maps processes and finds potential gaps between suppliers and inputs specifications. Also the Business Process Mapping solution will identify breaks between outputs specifications and customers’ expectations, thus defining the scope for process improvement activities.The new Business Process Mapping solution is available now for...

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Nov 03
Apple releases new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, tvOS

Apple has made available betas of Mac OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, and tvOS 9.1 to developers. tvOS is only compatible with the new fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote. (By the way, Apple is again warning that devices running iOS 9.2 can’t be restored to earlier versions of iOS.)

The new betas are available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (

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Nov 03
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.3, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrixcom). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.

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Nov 03
Boris FX releases Boris Continuum Complete 10 for Avid

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 10, brand new plug-in tools designed for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.

New features include integrated mocha technology for planar motion tracking and masking, BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX's next generation 3D titling and motion graphics tool. It includes new filters, new transitions, and a new subscription/rental option.

"BCC 10 builds on our company history of developing advanced and accelerated 3D titling, effects, and finishing tools," explains Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX. "The addition of Title Studio, Beauty Studio, mocha, new filters, and new transitions makes this our largest release to date and we are excited about early customer response. Beta testers from the Avid editing community have given us excellent feedback and we next look forward to delivering BCC 10 for Adobe, Apple, Resolve, and more hosts very soon...

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Nov 03
Mosaiscope launches news aggregation platform

Mosaiscope has launched its web-based platform, which allows news to be extracted from both sources and topics pre-selected by the user, as well as being able to add their own sources.

Founded by an early Tesla Motors employee, John Rokos, it’s the first product born from Enemy Tree, a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Mosaiscope allows consumers “to keep up with news and interests in an innovatively designed, user friendly, and constantly updating platform that ensures all the latest topics and sources, along with the most cutting edge and useful tools available, all working together to create a seamless experience,” says Rokos.

Mosaiscope is a free platform available on any device online at More features and function available with a Mosaiscope Premium subscription.

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Nov 03
Flexera Software App Portal adds Mac support

Flexera Software ( — a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises — announced the latest release of its universal enterprise app store, App Portal.

The new release provides support for the growing number of enterprises who want to deliver cloud apps to their employees, support Mac environments, and track time and cost savings associated with implementing a self-service enterprise app store, according to Maureen Polte, vice president of Product Management for Flexera Software. He adds that it’s the only universal enterprise app store that also delivers back-end governance, like software license management, approvals and workflow, which can be implemented stand-alone or within an organization’s IT Service Management system such as ServiceNow or BMC Remedy.


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Nov 03
Quark’s special software bundle runs through Nov. 30

Quark Software ( has announced a new special bundle offer for users who upgrade to or purchase QuarkXPress 2015 in November.

Throughout the month, all eligible purchases of QuarkXPress 2015 will include a free copy of AutoCorrectXT, a QuarkXPress XTension worth $50 from AthenaSoft. AutoCorrectXT is the professional choice when it comes to "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections in QuarkXPress 2015 documents.

It provides language-based spelling dictionaries and custom support for correcting misspelled words for more than 10 languages, including US English, International English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Norwegian. AutoCorrectXT also offers customized support for correcting misspelled words in real time as they are typed, enabling editors and typographers at every skill level to create accurate QuarkXPress documents quickly.

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Nov 03
Apple, other tech companies form Financial Innovation Now

Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (, a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”

“Innovation is coming to financial services, and now is the time for Washington to help enable a modern financial system that is more accessible, affordable, and secure,” Brian Peters, executive director of Financial Innovation Now, said in a press release “This alliance of remarkably innovative companies brings a new voice to Washington’s financial conversations, and we look forward to engaging on a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is protecting consumers, growing small businesses, or promoting financial literacy and savings, Financial Innovation Now wants policymakers to understand how new technologies can help solve today’s policy challenges...

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Nov 03
PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple Color Emoji

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It  improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.

PopChar X 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website ( for US$29.99 for new users. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.3 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.

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Nov 03
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website ( for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Nov 02
Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam

Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.

Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.

Vegas Pro 13 Edit’s video and audio production capabilities are expanded via Vegas Pro Connect, the Vegas Pro 13 Edit collaboration enhancement app for iPad.

Vegas Pro 13 will be available at Steam for US$259.99 for one week, starting Nov. 2. Thereafter, its regular price will be $399.99. Further, upgrades to Vegas Pro 13 from Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and Suite, Steam-Powered, will be available at 25 percent off the full version price. Go to...

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Nov 02
SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (, an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.

Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

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Nov 02 introduce iSwift 2.0 has announced iSwift 2.0 (, an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.

iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.

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Nov 02
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 makes intuitive data media formatting possible again. What’s more, the product now allows users to check the file system integrity of NTFS volumes and repair them, if necessary. Instead of configuring command-line tools, the volume management functions can now be easily accessed directly through the program’s graphical user interface.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It’s available for download (...

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