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Aug 14
JMR announces general availability of the BlueStor networked...

JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server.

Targeted to the small-to-medium enterprises (SMB) IT and rich mixed media markets that have need for Ethernet or Fibre based, high-load applications (shared storage) requiring high sustained throughput, it's a storage appliance for file serving, load-balancing and fault-tolerant email/web server/streaming media, digital A/V (Audio/Video) workflow storage, HA cluster and back up storage applications. The BlueStore is available in 16, 32, and 48TB data capacities and can scale beyond 1 PB with a single head unit. 

The BlueStor Networked Storage Server is available in three configurations. A basic 16TB NAS dual RAID system starts at US$16,999.

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Aug 13
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 adds Snapshot mode

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), an update of the utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space.

With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any Source with its backup destination with Mac Backup Guru. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the app.

Mac Backup Guru costs US$29 and is available directly from the publisher's website (http://macdaddy.io).

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Aug 13
JMR adds to ProBracket line-up for the Mac Pro

JMR Electronics has announced three new additions to their ProBracket family of mounting hardware for the Apple Mac Pro. The American made mounting brackets allow the pro desktop to be installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, in a mobile enclosure or into a rack cabinet.

The family of mounts allow for mounting of the Mac Pro with its I-O ports readily available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer(s) in place, with rubber gasketed surfaces that protect them from vibration and scratches. Each ProBracket is finished in high gloss black baked-on powder coating over 18 gauge galvanized steel.

The product family uses interchangeable components. The rack mount products allow for sliding the computer(s) in and out of the cabinet, and the removable holding brackets may also be used for wall/pedestal mounting. For details on all the ProBracket family go to...

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Aug 13
Drobo update combines user data, Time Machine backups

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has announced a new feature for its Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D products that enables Apple Time Machine users to utilize their Drobos for both user and backup data.


When Mac users add a disk to Time Machine there's no option to choose how much capacity to use for backup. Without the ability to set a limit for Time Machine, users must sacrifice their entire disk for backup leaving no room for user data.

The latest enhancement for Drobo solves this challenge by allowing users to keep Time Machine backups as well as their documents, videos and photos on the same device. Drobo customers no longer need to purchase multiple USB devices to protect their data, saving them time, money and the hassle of managing individual drives, says .

The update is available to download (http://www.drobo.com/start/) for all existing...

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Aug 13
Arcam announces the UN-Wireless rDock-uni

Arcam has announced the US$299 rDock-uni — The UN-Wireless Digital Lightning Dock DAC for iOS devices (http://tinyurl.com/mnsvlmn). The device allows the highest quality and easiest connection to any AV or Hi-Fi and allows music lovers to listen at a quality level that no other dock can achieve, according to the folks at Arcam.

The rDock extracts digital audio from the iDevice and processes the music via an audiophile DAC, the Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502 and a Arcam's de-jittering circuitry. The analogue stereo out goes straight to any form of audio system — or to improve the sound even further, the pure digital signal can be fed to a higher grade DAC such as Arcam's $700 irDAC or $3200 FMJ D33.

No Wi-fi or Bluetooth is required. Just drop the device onto the dock and touch play or use the remote control supplied. The device is charged while playing.

Arcam uses Apple Certified "Made For"...

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Aug 13
StretchWrite turns any pen or pencil into a stylus

The new StretchWrite from Felix is a grip that adds a soft-feel to your favorite pen or pencil while transforming it into a stylus that can be used with devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Its patent pending design offers a thin, hollow point stylus tip for an enhanced digital experience while the silicone grip brings added comfort to your writing instrument, says Felix CEO Chris Michaud. StretchWrite fits over most writing instruments and works with all touch sensitive screens. Simply pull the grip over a pen or pencil, insert the writing tip though the hole on the top end of the StretchWrite.

Each order includes a pair of the grips in two different colors: red/gray and blue/pink. It's available at FelixBrand.com for US$9.99 per two-pack.

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Aug 13
ToDo4team launches on Mac, iOS, Windows, Android devices

MacMike has launched ToDo4team (http://www.todo4team.com/), a task management solution available via a web browser and on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android devices.

ToDo4team is designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. Its main feature is assigning and listing of tasks for individual employees. To use the app on any platform, just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address.

A 30-day demo is available for download. After this period, you're requested to fill in your company's information and credit card number. A monthly fee will be automatically withdrawn. The mount of monthly fee is calculated according to number of active users. Detailed pricing can be found at the ToDo4team website.

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Aug 13
SMS Export Plus lets you back up iMessages from an iOS device to...

mTouchLabs has announced SMS Export Plus 1.5, an update of their productivity app exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. SMS Export Plus allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac in .xls format.

Using SMS Export Plus, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in Excel file. Browse all backup messages in the .xls file very easily. You can filter messages by sender or sort messages by time and date.

SMS Export Plus 1.5 costs US$3.99 and is available at the Apple App Store under the Productivity category. Go to http://mtouchlabs.com for more info.

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Aug 13
Studiometry for Mac OS X now supports customizable calendars

Orange Software (http://www.oranged.com) has revved Studiometry, its Mac compatible client and project management tool, to version 11.2. Customizable calendars can now be created in Studiometry. These can be used to color-code and filter items by type, employee, and associated groups. Setting up custom calendars will give you complete control over the content and display of items within Studiometry’s calendar view.

For example, you can now color-code calendar items based on teams of employees. Each team will have its own calendar, and any items associated with a team will be displayed in that team’s color. Multiple calendars can now be selected and viewed simultaneously, so team schedules can be compared at a glance.

Calendars can also be shared between employees using the new Manage Calendars function. Employees can assign their calendars to others, or subscribe to public calendars with your...

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Aug 12
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1

Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has launched Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Primatte Keyer lets users remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button.

Version 5.1 brings the same powerful tools to editors, directly within their NLE or motion graphics tool of choice. Features include automatic keying, digital green screen relighting, and compositing and cleanup tools.

Red Giant Primatte Keyer 5.1 is a free upgrade for existing version 5 users. Users of older versions can upgrade to version 5.1 for US$99; new users can purchase the software for $499.

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Aug 12
HuePro is new external battery for charging multiple devices

JunoPower (www.JunoPower.com) has announced the HuePro, a 10,000 mAh external battery with a brushed aluminum casing. Comprised ofSamsung lithium ion cells the power bank is capable of juicing up two smartphones, tablets, GPS devices or cameras at once.

A built-in LCD screen provides further functionality by letting the user know how much power is left in the HuePro and when it's time for a recharge. What's more, a LED flashlight shines through an optic lens to help users find their way at night.

The battery’s colors include midnight black, brilliant blue, glamorous gold and sterling silver. The Hue Pro is currently available at JunoPower and Amazon for US$59.99.

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Aug 12
JAMF Software upgrades its Casper Suite

 JAMF Software has given us a new version of its flagship solution, the Casper Suite. This latest version gives IT professionals a new, simple way to manage bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while respecting employee privacy.

It also includes improvements that let users be more self-sufficient, according to the folks at JAMF. Designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, the Casper Suite offers security compliance without changing the native experience on the user’s device or invading their privacy.

With the new version users can access corporate resources such as e-mail, contacts, calendars, Wi-Fi, and VPN. Management and security settings are transparent to the user, informing them of anything IT can do on their personal device.

IT can only remove corporate data from the device. This protects the user’s personal data, such as photos and documents.

The Casper Suite now integrates well with enterprise networks and simplifies user enrollment...

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Aug 12
WaterField releases the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag with wWaxed canvas, ballistic nylon and premium leather features. Three size choices are available for the iPad Air, 13-inch Apple laptops, and 15-inch Apple laptops with prices ranging from US$129 to $169.

A large main compartment holds laptop sleeves, tablets or travel gear. Two interior open-topped pockets are raised off the bottom of the bag for access and to vertically distribute the weight of bag contents. A hidden security magnet holds a front pocket snug to the bag. Therein, a self-locking zippered pocket keeps items like keys, wallet and tickets secure yet accessible.

Users choose from a black ballistic nylon or tan, waxed canvas base. They can then add black or chocolate premium, naturally-tanned leather accents. An all-ballistic nylon or all-waxed canvas option satisfies sophisticated vegan consumers.

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Aug 12
vjoon K4 features optimized web clients and workspaces

vjoon (www.vjoon.com/) has released version 6.8 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. An optimized user experience and an extended set of automated processes feature in this release.

The central web clients K4 Overview and K4 Web Portal now offer streamlined user interfaces and handling, as well as several new features. Added workspace management capability now enables any user of any client to work in the same familiar environment.

Workspaces may also be tailored to the needs of a group. Version 6.8 is also compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud. Contact vjoon for pricing.

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Aug 12
Khronos Group announces advances in OpenGL ecosystem

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced growing industry support for the OpenGL family of 3D standards.

In July, the first wave of leading GPU vendors, including ARM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA and Vivante, achieved full conformance with the latest version of OpenGL ES. A conformance submission from Qualcomm is currently under review, with more to follow. The OpenGL ES 3.1 specification was released in March 2014 and provides the most desired features of desktop OpenGL, including GPU Compute shaders, in a standard that is suitable for mobile devices, according to the Khronos Group.

Khronos launched the OpenGL ES 3.1 Adopters program in June, including a broad set of conformance tests to ensure reliable cross-vendor operation. More information is available at http://tinyurl.com/mtvrdgw .

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Aug 11
Smooth Skin plugin released for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, AE...

Noise Industries has released Dashwood Smooth Skin, a plugin for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. The app can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin.

Dashwood Smooth Skin can automatically track and apply virtual makeup to faces without any keyframing or interruption to the background. It can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin, says Tim Dashwood, founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

Dashwood Editor Essentials can be purchased from the Noise Industries website (http://tinyurl.com/m24yl4k) for the introductory price of US$79. The regular price will be $99.

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Aug 11
Chaos Group’s V-Ray comes to the Foundry’s MODO, NUKE, KATANA

Chaos Group and The Foundry say V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions. The two companies have been working together on the development of V-Ray for three of The Foundry's products: V-Ray for MODO, V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for KATANA. T

Starting today, V-Ray for MODO and NUKE are available as a public beta, and the commercial version of V-Ray for KATANA is available for purchase. Built on V-Ray’s latest 3.0 core rendering technology, the integration with The Foundry's tools streamlines the workflow for studios with pipelines built around V-Ray, NUKE, MODO, and KATANA.

For more information on V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for MODO products, go to: v-ray.com/NUKE and v-ray.com/MODO. For information on V-Ray for KATANA, contact VFX@chaosgroup.com .

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Aug 11
Blueprint for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

Sproutedapps has announced Blueprint 1.5, an update to their business application for Mac OS X. Created especially for small businesses, Blueprint was developed specifically for managing projects and tracking their progress.

Anyone can track progress using milestones, and see related contacts, linked tasks and notes. Version 1.5 of Blueprint offers a new, simplified interface that's compatible with Retina screens, plus even more contact and event functions.

Blueprint 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$59.99. Go to www.sproutedapps.com for more info.

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Aug 11
iPhone SMS Backup lets you export or save SMS/iMessages from...

mTouchLabs has introduced iPhone SMS Backup, an application for Mac or PC that allows you to copy text messages (SMS/iMessages) from your iPhone directly to your Mac.

The software is able to convert the SMS database in Excel, CSV and HTML formats, offering the possibility to browse them from your computer using any application like a text editor or Microsoft Excel. You can sort your messages based on multiple criteria, leveraging the sorting feature of a tabular format.

iPhone SMS Backup requires a Mac with 10.6 and above or Windows PC with XP,vista,7 or 8, as well as iTunes. A free demo is available for download (http://iphonesmsbackup.com). Registration is USS$4.99.

iPhone SMS Backup can be downloaded for free of cost. Full version is available at $4.99 (USD).

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Aug 08
CADintosh 8.0 for Mac OS X is rewritten in Cocoa, gets tweaked...

Lemke Software has released CADintosh 8.0, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, CADintosh includes a variety of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings.

Completely rewritten in Cocoa, version 8.0 includes many enhanced and updated features including support of 64-bit, sandboxing (App Store version only) and complete Unicode support. It also sports a new, one-window interface.

CADintosh 8 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) for $32.

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Aug 08
Mac Mini Vault announces partnership with Watchman Monitoring

Mac Mini Vault (http://tinyurl.com/phc3xnq) has announced a partnership with Watchman Monitoring (http://tinyurl.com/6j93q25), a provider of Mac-based monitoring. This partnership will include integration of advanced and proactive monitoring for Mac Mini Vault customers.

Beginning today, all Mac Mini Vault customers at the Enterprise service level will have free access to the Watchman Monitoring agent and monitoring results. The agent will monitor system details and watch for potential issues.

The Watchman Monitoring agent is a small piece of software that detects physical and operational errors, reports system statistics and data points. It inspects system details, looking for potential issues with memory, disk, software, and backup systems.

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Aug 08
RAIDON releases new external RAID storage device

RAIDON has released the GR3660-B3, a dual bay storage device with RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), and JBOD three application modes and a USB3.0 interface.

The GR3660-B3 has 8TB of storage capacity. It's compatible with all brands of 4TB SATA hard drives. You can install two 4TB hard drives under RAID 0 mode and the system will provide 8TB of access. The independent JBOD mode can offer independent storage areas even if the hard drives are of different capacities. For more info go to www.RAIDON.com.tw .

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Aug 08
Sesame2 is new keyfob, app to lock your Mac

Atama has released Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC. A second generation update of the original Sesame product, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance and increased Bluetooth signal stability.

The device enables users to lock their computers whenever they walk away from the computer, preventing anyone else from accessing files, programs, the email client or anything else that might be open on the desktop. When the user returns to their desk, their Mac or PC is automatically unlocked.

Thanks to the use of Bluetooth low energy technology, Sesame2 locks your Mac or Windows PC without draining your battery, says Eric Ferraz, CEO of Atama. It's available for pre-order now for US$49 at the Atama website (http://atama.io/sesame2).

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Aug 08
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets support for more cameras

Bensoftware (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.1, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. New features in this version include include support for external triggers such as PIR (Passive Infra Red) detectors and door/window sensors, support for more cameras, and bug fixes.

SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices.

SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live...

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Aug 08
iStat Menus for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

Bjano has rolled out iStat Menus 5 (http://tinyurl.com/meyfoge), an update of its menubar-based system monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It has eight separate menu extras for monitoring CPU usage, memory, hard disks, networking, temperatures and more.

Version 1.2 includes numerous improvements, including processes monitoring; enhanced Date & Time; enhanced bandwidth monitoring; better temperature and fan support; better support for temperature sensors in G4 PowerBooks, the latest iMacs and Intel based Xserves; disk performance monitor; and much more.

iStats Menus requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$16 for a single user license or $24 for a family pack. Upgrades from version 3.x or 4.x are $9.99 for a single user license or $14.99 for a family pack.

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