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Jan 14
CS Odessa announces Education Infographics Solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced its Education Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The solution contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography.

You can use the solution to create infographics that can be used to communicate education and statics-derived messages at a glance. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10.

The ConceptDraw Education Infographics Solution is an add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10 and costs US$25. It contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $249, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $...

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Jan 13
PDFpen Pro 7 supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive sharing

Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has released PDFpenPro 7, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X.

The upgrade features the ability to proofread and edit the OCR text layer and export to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats, all with an interface updated for OS X Yosemite.What's more, PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 support document sharing via iCloud Drive.

With the apps, users can sign PDF forms containing interactive signature fields, though this isn't cryptographic "digital" signing. PDFpenPro allows users to create PDF forms which include interactive signature fields.

PDFpen pricing starts at US$74.95 for a single user license. A single user license for the pro version is $124.95.

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Jan 13
Steve Wozniak among Apps World Germany keynote speakers

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, will be keynoting the inaugural Apps World Germany event (https://www.apps-world.net) in Berlin this April. He will be joined by founder of Lionhead Studios; Peter Molyneux OBE and co-founder of Games Workshop; Ian Livingstone. The event taking place at CityCube, Berlin on April 22-23 is set to attract over 6,000 attendees over the two days.

Wozniak will be discussing the story of Apple, entrepreneurship, innovation and sharing his industry insight with developers in the free-to-attend Developer World conference stream. Both Molyneux and Livingstone will be sharing their insight on the Gaming World stage (part of International Games Week Berlin) this April with their individual keynotes discussing the evolution of mobile games production; the challenges, lessons and their future predictions.

Other speakers include; Jimmy Maymann, CEO, Huffington Post, Ulrik...

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Jan 13
SEO PowerSuite tools updated with Moz’s PA/DA metrics

Link-Assistant.Com says Moz’s Page and Domain Authority stats (PA/DA) have been integrated into SEO PowerSuite tools. From now on, SEO PowerSuite users will be able to use PA/DA to analyze SEO authority of any domain or page.

What's more, users will be able to choose between PA/DA and Google PageRank to calculate Domain Strength, Keyword Difficulty, Link Penalty Risk, and Link Value in SEO PowerSuite. In October 2014, Google announced that it wouldn't be updating Toolbar PageRank, so it has become a top priority for SEO data providers like SEO PowerSuite to find an alternative to PageRank to keep providing accurate SEO data, says Erin Madison, User Experience Manager, Link-Assistant.Com.

Moz's Page and Domain Authority are popular metrics to estimate the SEO "strength" of any website and compare one site to another. Based on numerous link metrics — linking root domains, number of total links, link popularity, link trust, etc. — PA/DA scores can be a good substitute...

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Jan 13
Apple up 2.4% following Credit Suisse upgrade

Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha has upgraded (http://tinyurl.com/p2bdljb) Apple to Outperform two weeks before its fiscal first quarter (FY 15) financial report, and hiked his target by US$20 to $130.

He's calling for 215 million FY15 iPhone sales, and a similar amount for FY16. The FY15 forecast assumes the acquisition of 76 million users for rival platforms, and a pickup the global iPhone replacement rate to 21 months. A 31.8% FY15 increase in purchase obligation guidance is seen as an indicator of strong demand.

Garcha also expects Apple to "announce a sizable increase in its cash return program for the next three years through the end of 2017 to over $200 billion." That's $165 billion or buybacks and $37 billion for dividends. He forecasts 20 million 2015 Apple Watch sales at an average price of US$400 and 50% gross margin.

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Jan 13
Cinematica for Mac OS X adds better Finder integration

Xeric Design www.xericdesign.com has launched Cinematica 2.4, 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 2.4 adds better Finder integration. Filenames are now directly represented in the "Name" field so that changing a filename in the Finder will be reflected in Cinematica and vice versa.

Cinematica 2.4 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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Jan 12
IDC: PC leaders continue growth and gain shares

Worldwide PC (personal computer) shipments totaled 80.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), a year-on-year decline of -2.4%, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.

Total shipments were slightly above expectations of -4.8% growth, but the market still contracted both year on year and in comparison to the third quarter. Although the holiday quarter saw shipment volume inch above 80 million for the first time in 2014, the final quarter nonetheless marked the end of yet another difficult year – the third consecutive year with overall volumes declining. On an annual basis, 2014 shipments totaled 308.6 million units, down -2.1% from the prior year.

Although the U.S. and Europe remained stronger than other markets, growth in these mature regions slowed from earlier in the year. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) continued to strengthen, seeing only a very slight increase in volume as a number of...

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Jan 12
Gartner: global PC shipments grew 1% in Q4 2014

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 83.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 1% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline.

"The PC market is quietly stabilizing after the installed base reduction driven by users diversifying their device portfolios. Installed base PC displacement by tablets peaked in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Now that tablets have mostly penetrated some key markets, consumer spending is slowly shifting back to PCs," says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

However, there are regional variations. Mostly, mature regions show an ongoing trend of positive growth, but emerging markets remain weak, Kitagawa said.

"The U.S. showed the highest growth in the fourth quarter of 2014. In...

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Jan 12
XwaveSoft releases Chrono Plus 1.0 for the Mac

Xwavesofht (www.xwavesoft.com)has introduced Chrono Plus 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity section.

Features include the ability to track time and earnings, project visualization reports, and auto-generated invoices that can be immediately e-mailed to a client, saved to a cloud storage, or shared to DropBox. Also available for iOS devices, Chrono Plus can be synched across all devices.

With a click, users can set up tasks and sub-tasks in a multi-level task manager.
The reporting feature of Chrono Plus for Mac provides a visual representation of users' time and tasks. Reports can be created for the specific tasks/projects or for all tasks/projects according to a specific date range or cost value. Reports are furnished in the form of graphs and pie charts to provide a clear picture of the time and cost involved in the task/...

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Jan 12
Cinematica 2.4 for Mac OS X adds better Finder integration

Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.4, 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 2.4 adds better Finder integration. Filenames are now directly represented in the "Name" field so that changing a filename in the Finder will be reflected in Cinematica and vice versa.

Cinematica 2.4 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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Jan 09
Lawsuit over 'faulty' Mac laptop logic boards dismissed

Apple has seen a lawsuit dismissed accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBooks with "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years, reports Reuters (http://yhoo.it/1I1NzIW).

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, failed to show that Apple made "affirmative misrepresentations," despite citing online complaints and Apple marketing statements calling the laptops "state of the art" or the "most advanced" on the market.

"Plaintiffs have failed to allege that Apple's logic boards were unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality," Alsup said. "Both plaintiffs were able to adequately use their computers for approximately 18 months and two years, respectively."

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Jan 09
Free label templates for Pages for Mac released

Worldlabel.com has released a large collection of free label templates for download for the word processor Pages, which works on Apple Mac computers.

The collection includes address, shipping, CD, DVD, mailing and other types of labels and sizes. Also included are templates for general labeling needs like filing, storage and many other application.

You can download free Pages label templates for laser and inkjet printing. Or you can design and create your own labels using these blank templates. The collection has over 100 sizes and types which include CD, DVD, mailing, address, shipping, VHS, diskette, round and other types of labels and sizes. Mini CD and Business card CDs.

This collection of free templates also includes label size similar in size to Avery, oval sizes, popular bottle and wine label sized templates, name badge, file folder and lots more. Also included are templates for general labeling needs like filing, storage and many other application. T...

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Jan 09
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS

Apple has updated its iWork apps for Mac OS X and iOS. Those apps are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

In the update notes, Apple only says that the upgrades offer "bug fixes and stability improvement. Keynote for OS X has been update to version 6.5.2, with Pages at 5.5.2, and Numbers at 3.5.2. The three iOS apps have all been revved to version 2.5.2.

The Mac versions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The iOS versions can be found at the Apple App Store.

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Jan 09
AppDelete for Mac OS X revved to version 4.1.5

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.5 fixes an outstanding bug in the registration system that could cause a user to register multiple times, and fixes several bugs that could occur when using the Genius feature.

AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available.

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Jan 09
Data Recovery for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

321Soft has introduced Data Recovery 5.5 ( http://www.321soft.com/macdatarecovery.html ), an update to the data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some small bug fixes and performance tweaks.

321Soft Data Recovery helps users recover data from Mac disks, external or internal hard drives, memory cards, or storage media. Version 5.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

321Soft Data Recovery is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$99.95. Version 5.5 is a free update for registered users.

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Jan 08
Twocanoes brings Beacon solutions to NRF 2015

Twocanoes Labs (www.twocanoes.com) is launching their full line of Bleu Proximity Beacon Solutions at the National Retail Federation Expo in New York Jan. 11-13, 2015.

Among their new products will be the Bleu Station 300 Series, an all weather battery powered hardware beacon. Twocanoes is also rolling out new security bracket accessories to physically secure their Series 100 and 200 beacons.

Bleu Station beacons are available for deployment now with upgradable firmware for the future. Twocanoes Labs also offers hardware and integration support for developers building their own solutions. Twocanoes Labs provides deployment tools as well as access to the Bleu Station Admin SDK [software development kit] for integrating beacons into existing apps with no monthly activation costs.

All Bleu Station beacons are compatible with iBeacon-enabled apps, including Bleu Meetings, Geohopper, Bleu JSS, Bleu...

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Jan 08
Privates ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SweetP Productions has introduced Privatus 3.0, an update of the cookie management product for Mac OS X.

Privatus removes all tracking cookies, and unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac, automatically. Version 3.0 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

According to the folks at SweetP Productions, there's nothing to configure, no favorites, no whitelists, and no blacklists. Privatus works in the background, clearing all unwanted data when you close your browser session. All the major Mac OS X browsers are supported: Safari, WebKit, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and even Camino.

Privatus works with Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available free at the Mac App Store and from SweetP Productions online (http://sweetpproductions.com).

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Jan 08
QuarkXPress 2015 to support PDF/X-4 print output

This March Quark Software will roll out QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing professionals.

In addition to features already announced, including new 64-bit architecture and the top 10 most user-requested features, QuarkXPress 2015 will support PDF/X-4 output, the latest standard that allows better, faster printing. QuarkXPress 2015 will also continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

According to the folks at Quark, the upgrade will allow users to create PDF/X-4 files. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified with the same technology used inside Adobe Acrobat. With this latest standard, designers can preserve transparency to enable faster output, smaller files and higher quality print output.

Until Feb. 25, everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 10 will receive a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015 when it's

available. With the extension of the Buy QuarkXPress 10, Get...

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Jan 08
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.5, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.5 offers the ability to exclude devices from the menu and the Levels and Defaults preferences tabs.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.0.5 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store. Visit Spike Software online (http://www.spikesoft.net) for more information, support and to leave feedback.

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Jan 07
CES: Seagate floats out Personal Cloud devices

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Seagate has unveiled two new storage products for the home: the Seagate Personal Cloud and the Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay. They're designed to "provide the accessibility of cloud storage with the peace of mind that content is stored safely at home."

They can stream content to smartphones, set-top boxes, tablets, PCs or televisions via the Seagate Media application. Additionally, when used in conjunction with the acclaimed Seagate Mobile Backup app and Dashboard software, Seagate Personal Cloud also serves as a central backup device for PCs, Mac computers, USB drives, iOS devices, and Android gadgets.

The Seagate Personal Cloud is also designed to automatically and continuously back up every computer in the home. For Macs and Windows-based PCs, the Seagate Dashboard software provides a way to protect your content.  Personal Cloud devices also work with Apple Time Machine software.

The Personal Cloud...

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Jan 07
CES: Samson launches a Meteorite (sound capture solution)

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samson (http://www.samsontech.com) has unveiled the US$39.99 Meteorite, an universal solution for capturing high-quality recordings on your computer.

It's designed for podcasting, creating audio for YouTube videos and recording music on your favorite software or apps. It's also build to improve your ability to communicate with friends, family and business associates on programs like Skype, FaceTime and other VoIP software.

According to the folks at Samson, Meteorite presents an immediate improvement over your computer’s internal microphone, bypassing the computers standard mic capsule and noisy sound card, in favor of the Meteorite’s 14mm capsule and dedicated audio conversion path.

It mounts to a magnetic base that lets you tilt and swivel the microphone to customize its positioning to your exact preferences. You can even take the...

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Jan 07
CES: Divoom rolls out 'weatherized' speaker

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Divooom has released the Voombox-Party speaker. It includes a built-in subwoofer with dual passive radiators and five drivers that feature two-inch, full-range drivers, one three-inch subwoofer and dual passive radiators.

The Voombox-Party delivers 20 watts of sounds. Created with the latest Near Field Communication (NFC), the speaker pairs with NFC-enabled devices by lightly tapping the devices together. Additionally, the speaker doubles as a speakerphone, allowing users to take make and take calls.

The Voombox-Party is also weather-resistant. The speaker’s rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours. The speaker delivers up to eight hours of battery life and charges via micro-USB. The Voombox-Party will available in black or silver toward the end of January at a manufacture's suggested retail price of US$119 at divoom.com.

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Jan 07
CES: LifeProof announces waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6

LifeProof (www.lifeproof.com) has announced a waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6 and the LifeActiv universal accessory line. The LifeProof fre is a "four-proof" case, designed for maximum protection against water, drops, dust and snow.

Itincludes a built-in screen protector and full access to all device features and functions. fre Power not only provides protection from the elements, but also adds an additional 2,600 mAh of battery power. The lithium ion battery purportedly doubles the iPhone 6 battery life, while smart charging technology automatically shuts the case off when the device is fully charged.

According to the folks at LifeProof, the fre Power is waterproof to 6.6 feet, for one hour, drop proof up to 6.6 feet and is totally enclosed from dirt and snow when the case and all ports are sealed. It meets military standards for shock and impact protection.

LifeProof also unveiled the...

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Jan 07
Reach79 unveils signal strength-boosting smartphone case

Reach79 has released a smartphone case that can improve a device’s signal strength up to 2X, optimizing performance and resulting in better communications.

CEO David Vigil says Reach79 cases have been tested at CETECOM, a CTIA accredited test facility, and verified to improve a phone’s signal strength by an average of 1.6X, with peak performance of over 2X. He adds that, while user experience may vary depending on device, carrier, and location, consumers can expect to see several benefits from Reach79, including: 

° Speed: A stronger signal enables faster data speeds for browsing the web, streaming music, making video calls, managing emails, and more.

° Expanded coverage: With a stronger signal, users can stay connected farther from a cell tower—and greater range can decrease dropped calls and increase connectivity.

° Increased battery life: With Reach79, smartphones don’t have to work as hard to reach the tower, which can reduce the strain on the...

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Jan 07
ChronoAgent for Mac OS X gets re-worked Advanced panel

Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.5. The upgrade sports an re-worked Advanced panel. The improvements allow for faster syncs and a greater control over network settings,

ChronoSync is an application that runs on a Mac that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac. 

ChronoAgent replaces Apple File Sharing providing a direct connection with full access to the destination Mac. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is $10; all existing ChronoSync and ChronoAgent users update for free.

ChronoSync runs on the source Mac and ChronoAgent runs on the destination Mac giving you a direct connection between two Macs. With ChronoSync on your Mac, you can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups to anything you can connect to your Mac. ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct...

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