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Jun 02
ABI Research: enterprise wearables market to reach US$18 billion...

Growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] value of 56.1% over the next five years, wearable device technologies will become an integral part of enterprise mobile enablement strategies.

As expected, the North American region will be the largest and grow at a CAGR value of 39% over the next five years. More interestingly, the Asia-Pacific region will become the second largest market outpacing Europe by 2019 with a CAGR of 90%.

"There are cases being made for wearables in the enterprise despite the relative newness of the technology," says ABI Research Senior Enterprise Analyst Jason McNicol. "However, which wearables are primed for enterprise usage and adoption is a more important question. Wearable technology such as smart glasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices. Smart watches, on the other hand, will most likely follow the trend of BYOD into the enterprise.”

ABI Research has identified six...

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May 30
Iris 1.0 is new screen recording software for the Mac

Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has introduced Iris 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a screen recorder that offers users the option to record directly to h.264, Apple ProRes — or to record and encode later.

Capture performance is maximized with GPU-accelerated processing and encoding on supported Macs. Additional features include application audio capture, color matching, advanced naming and tagging, presets, "talking head," timed recordings, and sharing of recordings.

The free-to-try watermarked version of Iris 1.0 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. The full version of Iris can be obtained for US$39.99 via an in-app purchase.

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May 30
OfficeTime now simplifies time tracking easier for small business

OfficeTime (http://www.officetime.net) now makes it easier for freelancers and business owners to track time on the Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad. The new version for the Mac and PC (US$47) features a new interface and over 150 improvements.

The mobile version for the iPhone and iPad ($7.99) has also been updated with over 100 improvements. It's also optimized to work even better with iOS 7.

Both the desktop and mobile versions of OfficeTime are designed to enable users to track exactly what they do each day and how much they spend. It supports professionals who invoice on an hourly fee schedule.

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May 29
Tanmay Sonawane introduces Write for Mac

Tanmay Sonawane has introduced Write for Mac (http://writeapp.net/mac), a note taking and markdown writing app for Mac OS X. It sports an iOS 7 inspired design with a minimalistic interface.

Write for Mac offers full library management for notes across your Mac and cloud services. All your notes and tags sync with Write for iOS via iCloud or Dropbox. The software will organize and present them in a single place. The app also provides full in-content search and tags

Write for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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May 29
TextExpander update for Mac OS X I'mproves search...

Smile has rolled out TextExpander 4.3 (http://www.smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/), an update to the typing shortcut tool. The update improves search performance and allows the expansion or collapse of all groups in the TextExpander window by option-clicking to expand or collapse one group.

TextExpander retails for US$34.95. Family pack licenses, for home use, are $44.95. Office pack licenses, which cover five users in an office, are $99.95. Upgrades from earlier versions of TextExpander are $15 and free to users who purchased after Jan. 15, 2012.

Because TextExpander 4 can't be "sandboxed," it is not available on the Mac App Store. However, it's signed with a Developer ID from Apple to meet the requirements of Gatekeeper in OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and later. TextExpander 4.x requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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May 29
Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3 adds new IM recording features

WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.

Version 1.3 brings a "breakthrough" in chat/instant message recording on Mac OS X, according to the folks at Widestep Security. Elite Keylogger will now record both sides of the conversations in iChat/Messages, Skype and Adium.

Elite Keylogger for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later. There are two versions available: Free and Pro. The difference between the two is that the free version isn't invisible, and its logs don't display passwords and chat conversations.

Elite Keylogger Pro licensing is US$49 for one monitored Mac, $99 for five monitored d Macs, and $99 for 25 monitored Macs $199. An unlimited...

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May 29
Karelia releases first updates to the hit list

Karelia Software (http://www.karelia.com/) has released the first updates to The Hit List by Karelia since acquiring Potion Factory. It's a personal task management app.

The Hit List for Mac 1.1.4 and The Hit List for iPhone 1.1.5 are maintenance updates that introduce refinements for adding tasks and include fixes to reported issues. Sync subscriptions are available for keeping tasks and lists in sync between desktop and mobile devices. The Hit List updates are available today for the Mac and iPhone, and free of charge to all The Hit List customers.

The Hit List for Mac is available for US$49.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from Karelia Software. The Hit List for iPhone is available for $9.99 via the Apple App Store only. The Hit List for Mac requires OS X 10.6.6 or later, and The Hit List for iPhone requires iOS 5.1 or later and can be used on the iPhone and iPod touch. Sync subscriptions...

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May 28
Announcing MacTech Conference 2014, the 5th Year

Registration is now underway for MacTech Conference 2014 (http://www.mactech.com/conference/about), which will be held Nov. 5-7 in Los Angeles. It's a three day event where "iOS and OS X meet reality."

The fifth MacTech Conference is the flagship event for IT pros, enterprise pros, and developers. The event will be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, which is close to the Los Angeles Airport. The discounted guest room block is expected to sell out, so you register for the event now at http://www.mactech.com/conference/register . Note: Super Early Bird pricing is in effect only until June 15th.

The main conference event is three full days of sessions, speakers, labs, fun activities, and, of course, food. You can find all the details at http://www.mactech.com/conference/schedule

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May 28
Apple to acquire Beats Music & Beats Electronics

Apple has announced it has agreed to acquire the subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."

"I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple," says Jimmy Iovine. "The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and...

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May 28
Sonnet offers expansion kit bundles for xMac Pro Server

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced five new Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits for the Echo Express III-R, a 2U rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system, and for the recently announced xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro computers.

These expansion systems were designed to accommodate additional equipment within their enclosures, and the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits take advantage of that feature by offering users a way to add two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices to their equipment rack without taking up any more space. 

The Mac Pro Migration Edition (part number MR-MPM-X3HD) has a suggested retail price of $699. The Data Archiving Edition (part number MR-LTO-X4SSD) has a suggested retail price of $899. All five new kits are available immediately.

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May 28
Apple releases iTunes 11.2.2

Apple has released iTunes 11.2.2 for Mac OS X and Windows. The maintenance release fixes a podcast downloading issue.

It also includes stability improvements. iTunes 11.2.2 is now available to download through the Mac App Store or directly from Apple.

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May 28
NTT DOCOMO, Apple to offer iPad in Japan staring June 10

NTT DOCOMO and Apple have announced that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on the DOCOMO network beginning on Tuesday, June 10.

DOCOMO’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display users will be able to enjoy the company’s nationwide ultra-fast Xi LTE communications service with the new billing plan which enables data quota sharing among family members and corporate users, says Kaoru Kato, president and CEO of NTT DOCOMO.

Beginning June 2, customers can pre-register for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display at DOCOMO dealers and DOCOMO’s website. For details on sales prices and special campaigns, go to http://tinyurl.com/l7wpgyc. For details on the new billing plan, visit http://tinyurl.com/lxy5zpc .

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May 28
Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 13 revved to version 7.5

Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has released Troi File Plug-in 7.5 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Version 7.5 adds support for 64-bit architecture on FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect.

Troi File Plug-in 7.5 works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista/7/8/8.1.

Licenses cost US$99 per user. A demo version is available for downloading at Troi's website.

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May 28
KeyCue 7.2 for OS X merges visible, invisible shortcuts

Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 7.2, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. The upgrade merges "visible" and "invisible" shortcuts and shows all shortcuts with the same header in the same block.

With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.

KeyCue requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. The upgrade to version 7.2 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for KeyCue 7. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, go to the Ergonis Software web site (www.ergonis.com).

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May 28
Mergemill Pro update simplifies the sending of mass emails with...

Cross Culture has announced Mergemill Pro 4.7 (http://www.mergemill.com/), an update to their data processing and bulk email merge tool for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 4.7 simplifies the process of sending mass emails with attachments.

Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data, such as databases, Web pages, emails and more, and then merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from Web pages to customized emails. Users may also use Mergemill tags to customize and personalize emails.

Mergemill Pro 4.7 can be purchased online from the Mergemill website for the retail price of US$79. The update is free for registered users of all previous versions.

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May 27
Conner Productions releases Seal, a free FCP X template

Conner Productions has released Seal (http://tinyurl.com/ln2hqst), a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). It's customizable and allows users to create introduction seals for their videos featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus.

Users can customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the Seal Template to fit within their video. Seal was designed in Motion 5, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.

Conner Productions is offering Seal as a free download; it's compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. There's no watermark and the template is fully functional and customizable

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May 27
OmniFocus for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface, more

OmniFocus 2 (http://tinyurl.com/kahgpn5) has shipped. It's an upgrade of the the Omni Group's task management tool for Mac OS X.

Version 2 sports a redesigned user interface. It also adds a Quick Open feature that allows you to jump right into a folder. Finally, it beefs up printing and exporting so that the output is more like a document than a screenshot.

The Pro edition has a feature set equivalent to what was available in OmniFocus 1 (at the same price of US$79.99 price), and there's a simplified standard edition which available at half the price ($39.99). Upgrades from version 1.x to version 2 Pro are available at half price both through the Omni Store and the Mac App Store (as long as you upgrade at the same store as you purchased version 1).

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May 27
Native Instruments introduces ARCANE ATTIC Expansion for MASCHINE

Native Instruments has announced ARCANE ATTIC, a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring "gritty" field recordings. Designed for unconventional beat making across all styles and genres, this Expansion was created, recorded, and designed by BOOM Library.

ARCANE ATTIC also comes with new presets for MASSIVE and MASCHINE’s Drum Synths, with a selection of sounds that complement the sample material. ARCANE ATTIC is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MACHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available for iOS devices for $0.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qjofn7x for more info.

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May 27
Western Digital launches the WD TV

Western Digital has unveiled the WD TV – Personal Edition, a Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on a home network, according to Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales.

WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systemsthanks to support for a variety of file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport Ultra and My Book product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked Mac or PC.

A WD TV Remote app allows WD TV users to turn their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. It's a...

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May 27
PDFTool Kit for Mac OS revved to version 2.0

Cisdem has launched PDFToolkit 2.0.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the utility to merge, split, compress and extract PDFs.

Cisdem PDFToolkit provides a set of utility functions for working with PDF files. It lets users combine multiple PDF files into one, split one big PDF file into smaller ones, compress entire PDF file into smaller size file, extract images out of the PDF, or extract Text out of the PDF file.

PDFToolkit 2.0.0 is available now through the Cisdem website (http://www.cisdem.com). A demo version is available. A single user license of PDFToolkit costs US$29.99. A license for two Macs is $49.99, while a license for five Macs costs $69.99.

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May 27
ReelSmart Motion Blur 5, Twixtor 6 released

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released ReelSmart Motion Blur version 5 and Twixtor version 6 with GPU support for eyeon Fusion .

Speedups up to 3x on GPUs when using RSMB and Twixtor, already known for their speed, have been measured over running in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor creates slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence.

RE:Vision Effects plug-ins are available for Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Quantel genQ and others.

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May 27
Deliver Express for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.3, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version addresses an issue that could prevent the app from creating and deleting directories on some FTP servers.

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...

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May 26
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day

MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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May 23
JetDrive Lite expansion cards released for Apple laptops

Transcend Information (http://tinyurl.com/owzyesd) has launched its JetDrive Lite series of expansion cards aimed at MacBook Pro  with Retina  display and MacBook Air  users. There are four different models offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.

Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific model while providing a way to increase available storage. The 128GB card, for instance, can store over 60,000 high-resolution photos, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of Full HD video, or seemingly limitless number of documents.

When inserted into the card slot of a compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage, according to the folks at Transcend.
Manufactured with MLC NAND flash chips, the expansion cards boast read and write speeds...

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May 23
Apple's iAd Producer adds full screen banner ad support

Apple has updated iAd Producer (http://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/) to version 4/2. It gives developers the ability to display full screen banner ads in iOS apps. It also adds the ability to upload projects to the iAd Workbench campaign management system.

iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd. It offers JavaScript editing and debugging, along with an extension mechanism that enables them to create and re-use their own page templates and components.

iAd Producer a free download for developers at Apple’s developer web site.

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