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14:39
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 22

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

Silen Games has announced Slice Ballz. It's a free slicing game with three game modes.

Zen is a new, US$1.99 minimalistic puzzle game about cubes and numbers. In the game, you swipe right, left, up or down to rotate the cube.

Bob Schlund Studios has released Quizzly for the iPad. The app — available in free and $2.99 versions — offers you the ability to create special quizzes with personalized questions to send as a present to friends and family.

mTouchLabs has introduced Quick Backup Contacts. The $3.99 utility lets you backup and restore your contacts all from your iOS device without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.

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14:22
Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update

Apple has released security updates for the NTP (network time protocol) service on the the Mountain Lin, Mavericks, and Yosemite versions of Mac OS X. It's available via the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, "This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."

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10:10
Prep for iMovie teaches iMovie editing on iOS devices

Motion Graphics has introduced Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app is designed to help you learn how to use Apple's iMovie on iOS devices.

Prep for iMovie sports 23 minutes of video lessons. The videos contain subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese. Prep for iMovie's Window View and text are localized in a total of eight languages. Subtitle selection can be made from the standard QuickTime player controls.

Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photo & Video category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ngmjbay for more info.

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06:33
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and

PhotoWatermark is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. A single license costs US$19.99; a license for five Macs is $39.99.

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06:22
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240.

ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements.

ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$98 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $123 online, Apple's Mac App Store and several distributors and resellers world-wide. Upgrades to the Pro version are available for $61, and from previous versions for $86.

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04:55
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive.

SCSC says there's no price change in their product line, with the cost of Scannerz with FSE-Lite being US$39.95 and Scannerz with FSE being $49.95. Scannerz...

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Dec 19
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week.

Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video.

With Video Fractal, you can export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution.

Video Fractal 1.0 costs $11.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Dec 19
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

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

Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video.

JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive.

Reliance Games has introduced Ultimate Robot Fighting. It's a free, single-player action game with 3v3-style gladiatorial brawling among robots.

Taprrific has unveiled UponPixels. The $0.99 device allows anyone to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public.

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Dec 19
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create live...

Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer.

Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways.

However, with a last major update in 2009, is Quartz Composer in decline? One group is not waiting to find out. The team that developed a set of Kineme plugins and apps for Quartz Composer decided to write their own tool: Vuo 1.0.

Kosada says its goal is to make Vuo useful to all multimedia artists, producers, and media-making non-programmers who want to create mixed, interactive media. To that end, they have worked extensively on user documentation, tutorial videos, and example compositions to make learning it...

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Dec 19
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond)

"RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise," says Rob Papen. "We have two oscillators and a filter, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a waveshaper and dedicated distortion module with several types of distortion, as well as a low FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own waveshaper, distortion, and low FI."

In addition to the X/Y fields...

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Dec 19
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.

With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.

The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).

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Dec 19
Free fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from SuperSync

SuperSync has announced a freely available download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.

The SuperSync fix for Minecraft on Yosemite is a DMG file that users can open and install. Gamers can drag the Minecraft application to their Applications directory, and begin playing Minecraft on Yosemite within a matter of minutes.

You can download the SuperSync Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite at http://supersync.com/minecraft.php .

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Dec 19
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter revved to version 2

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com) has announced Stellar PST to MBOX Converter 2 for the Mac. The utility helps you move your emails, contacts and calendar entries from Windows to Mac OS X.

It converts Outlook PST files to Apple Mail files. Stellar PST to MBOX Converter v2 safely converts all emails, including attachments without making any changes to the folder organization. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter saves the converted Outlook PST file in MBOX format for Apple Mail. It supports conversion of mailboxes from MS Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter costs US$29 for a lifetime license. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 19
Piezo releases Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 for OS X

Piezo has introduced Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0, an update of its utility application for Mac OS X. It's designed to record your Skype conversations in automatic and manual modes.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype-to-Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. All you have to do is install the application and provide it with access to the Skype client.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype to Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. When working in automatic mode it doesn't require any actions from users while still allowing them to start and cancel recordings manually. The application records calls with contacts or group of contacts to different files.

Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Dec 19
iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac adds Epson direct to disk...

iWinSoft (www.iwinsoft.com) has announced CD Label Maker version 2.0.2, an update to its CD label software for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as Epson direct to disk printing functionality, custom you own label formats, image effects and filters, and so on. It's a free update to all customers.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker allows people create their very own CD and DVD labels. The new version offers direct CD/DVD printing capabilities are compatible with many different brands of inkjet printable CDs/DVDs. The software also offers image effects such as image mask and opacity level.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker is on sale at a reduced price of US$19.95) on the iWinSoft website until Wednesday, Dec. 31. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer.

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Dec 18
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 18

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

Riada has announced Glooze. The game — free but offering in-app purchases — requires skill in memory, visual recognition and strategy. Dynamic shapes are generated completely algorithmically from random seeds from the seven included themes. Players swipe matching shapes together to form new higher level shapes.

Tequila Games has introduced Earthcore: Shattered Elements, its free-to-play Card Crafting Game exclusively on the Canadian App Store. Card Crafting enables players to construct decks as well as experience a new kind of strategic gameplay. Gamers can fuse cards together in order to create new cards.

Shelly Data Doodles has released Pyramid Pathways for the iPad. It's a $1.99, Egyptian-themed strategy board game.

ShEk Tech has launched 100 Doors Brain Teasers 2. It's a free escape puzzle game in which the player has to use logic and puzzle...

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Dec 18
Algoriddim unveils djay Pro for Mac

Algoriddim has released djay Pro, the first professional version of its djay for the desktop.

djay Pro boasts Spotify integration, giving DJs access to over 20 million tracks instantly. The all-new music library in djay Pro enables DJs to combine their Spotify tracks from the cloud along with their local iTunes tracks into a single library.

The new music library adds features to help DJs work more efficiently, including persistent history and queue, inline search, instant preview, an innovative song recommendation engine powered by The Echo Nest, and track sorting features. djay Pro works on any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

It's available on the Mac App Store for a time-limited, introductory price of US$49.99 (instead of its regular price of $79.99). Go to http://tinyurl.com/ny9hzp9 for more info.

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Dec 18
Dejal revs the Simon server monitoring tool to version 4.0

Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has announced Simon 4.0, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

Dejal Simon 4.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$99; a demo is available for download. This is a paid upgrade for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades available for $49.

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Dec 18
Cisdem releases AppCrypt for Mac OS X

Cisdem, an innovative Mac applications developer, has announced the recent release of AppCrypt for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps.

It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. According to Brandon Hancock, manager of the AppCrypt project for Cisdem, key features include:

° Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage;

° Keep tracks of failed attempts to access the protected apps;

° Capture a snapshot of the intruder with the front-facing camera;

° Create a custom hot key to reveal the AppCrypt window;

° Does not modify any system or application files;

° Works as a background process and does not...

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Dec 18
Total War: Shogun 2 ready for the Mac

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai is now available for the Mac.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, it's the standalone expansion pack for Total War: SHOGUN 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year. The game is available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "It is 1864 and Japan is under intense western pressure to open itself to foreign trade, heightening tensions between the isolationist Imperial forces and those loyal to the more outward-looking shogunate. Players will choose a side and deploy their mastery of real-time battle tactics and turn-based campaign strategy as all around them Japan hurtles into the modern age, a time of urgent political reform, dramatic social changes and rapid industrialization."

A premium version of the game containing...

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Dec 18
SceneTool for OS X lets you turn 3D scenes to Swift/Objective C...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced SceneTool 1.0 (http://bijokmind.com/scenetool/), his new code generator tool for Mac OS X.

SceneTool turns simple 3D scenes into Swift or Objective C code, allowing developers to export code that can be used for iOS or OS X Xcode projects. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Both image and color can be set as a material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.

Using SceneTool, users can create basic 3D scenes by using predefined object and export code to be used in OS X or iOS project. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Using SceneTool, both image and color can be set as material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.

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Dec 18
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets a Yosemite-ish interface

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 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 4.0 features include: a Mac OS X Yosemite-style interface; a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new "view by duplicate" group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.

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Dec 18
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 2 for OS X

Ohanaware has released a new version of their photo sharing application, Fun Card Studio. Fun Card Studio was designed to be a simple to use application, that can be used to combine photos with effects and text to create meme styled Post Cards.

Version 2 is a reboot of Fun Card Studio. This new version has been completely re-written from scratch, creating a brand new application with a modern interface and feature set to fit with Mac OS X Yosemite's look and feel.

Fun Card Studio 2 is available from the Ohanaware web site (www.ohanaware.com) for US$4.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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Dec 17
Sonnet introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage...

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller . Its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and a range of compatibility. Its also packs a compact design.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349. More information on the product is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbygb6v .

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Dec 17
Sample Logic releases Cyclone Retwisted

Sample Logic has released, Cyclone Retwisted (http://tinyurl.com/ko2ddak), the next generation of its Cyclone product. It's now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer.

Cyclone Retwisted is designed as a one-stop shop for electronic sounds and a sample synth solution for Kontakt. The virtual instrument contains over 475 new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits.

Cyclone Retwisted also includes the original Cyclone 1.0 in its entirety, as well as the Glow Multi expansion pack, providing a grand total of 850-plus instruments and multis. The interface still includes Sample Logic’s signature Triggers, Wave, and LFOs, and now rises to new heights with several added features such as...

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