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Oct 27
Primera Disc Publishers now burn Blu-ray Discs at triple the...

Primera Technology has rolled out Version 2.2.1 of its PT Publisher disc burning software. This new version has a number of updates included.

Most significant is the improved burn time for Blu-ray Disc (BD-R) media. In previous versions, burning a full 25 GB BD-R took about 33 minutes. With version 2.2.1, burning a full 25 GB BD-R disc takes about 11 minutes – about three times as fast, says Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.

Version 2.2.1 will be included with all Primera BD-R Disc Publishers starting today. Existing owners of Primera’s BD-R disc publishers can download the software at no additional cost at Primera main website under “Support” or at

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Oct 27
QuickerTek announces Wi-Fi, BT upgrades for Unibody Macbook Pro

QuickerTek has announced their new UCard product line upgrades that add 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability to Unibody MacBooks. There are three models to match each of the differing physical profiles of the Unibody Macbook Pro, including the non-retina Pro's.

The Ucards use Apple’s built-in drivers in Kexts just as the Airport cards do that Apple supplies in original new MacBooks. The Ucards antenna ports are matched to your Mac's stock configuration.

The Ucards range in price from $99 to $149. Go to for more info.

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Oct 27
Alien: Isolation — the Collection now available for the Mac

Alien: Isolation – The Collection ( is out now for Mac (OS X 10.10.5 or higher) and Linux systems and available for download from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99. It will be released on the Mac App Store soon.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game with an original story based on the Alien film franchise. It evokes the look and feel of the original 1979 film, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott.

In Alien: Isolation players take the role of Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from Alien. Upon hearing that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered, Amanda Ripley journeys to Sevastopol Station to discover her fate. Once on board, it quickly becomes apparent there’s a killer on the loose: a creature of the same alien species that terrorized the crew of the Nostromo 15 years earlier.

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Oct 27
Plaaying offers a new way to control and share iTunes, Spotify...

KaL MichaeL has introduced Plaaying 1.0 ( for Mac OS X. The $3.99 app is designed to make controlling and sharing media on your Mac much better. It has support for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.

Plaaying boasts features like "Intermission," automatic and manual sharing to social media, and four designs to choose from. Auto-Share can tell Twitter every song and video that plays without you lifting a finger, or you can manually share just the right ones to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.

Playing requires OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

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Oct 27
Power Manger 4.5 for OS X adds new triggers, tasks, more

DssW has released release of Power Manager 4.5 for OS X. This release adds new triggers, Schedule Assistant tasks, and numerous refinements.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It enables users to create sophisticated energy saving schedules and to automate complex tasks. Version 4.5 adds new Schedule Assistant tasks that help users attach AppleScripts, Automator workflows, and shell scripts to computer-wide triggers. The triggers include logging in and out.

A new sleep trigger is now available through the event editor. The sun trigger has been extended to include an optional offset time. This time allows the creation of triggers at times relative to the astronomical event; such as half an hour before sunset or ten minutes after dusk.

A 30-day demo of Power Manager for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher is available for download ( Registration is...

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Oct 27
PDF Checkpoint now supports El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13, a compatibility update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF elements to specific ICC profile. For example, users can convert RGB PDF files to CMYK.PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13 makes PDF Checkpoint compatible with the OS X El Capitan.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website ( for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Oct 26
ZAGG launches Power Amp Portable battery line

ZAGG ( has announced a new line of portable backup batteries for mobile devices. The Zagg Power Amp line features a fast-charging output technology called Quick Charge that instantly recognizes hundreds of devices and automatically delivers the fastest charge to each.
Along with the Quick Charge technology, the Zagg Power Amp line features pass-through charging, which lets users charge their devices quickly, even when the Power Amp itself is plugged in. The Zagg Power Amp line has a slim, sleek design, including a built-in LED flashlight and is available in capacities of 3,000mAh, 6,000mAh, 12,000mAh, and 18,000mAh. With the two larger capacities, users also have the convenience of being able to rapidly charge multiple devices at the same time. 

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Oct 26
E*TRADE adds Apple Pay functionality

E*TRADE Financial Corp. ( has added Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders. The payment option caps off an end-to-end experience for E*TRADE customers — from researching investment opportunities all the way through using cash in their accounts for daily purchases.

Customers can now link E*TRADE debit cards directly to Apple Pay and enjoy card-free payment. Apple Pay is currently available using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 running iOS 8.1 or later.

E*TRADE’s mobile offerings include investing applications for devices such as the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone and Tablet, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire Tablet, and Amazon Fire Phone. Investors and traders use E*TRADE Mobile apps to manage their accounts on the go, place stock, option, ETF, and mutual fund trades, as well as access real-time quotes, news,...

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Oct 26
MC EFCU employees get Apple Watch app technology

Georgia’s Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (MC EFCU), working with Digital Insight, an NCR company, has launched Apple Watch app functionality to further enhance and provide more mobile banking application options.

“We are excited to begin offering services for the Smartwatch, which is the latest addition in our availability of state-of-the-art technologies to benefit our members,” says Jim Norris, President and CEO of MC EFCU. “MC EFCU’s iPhone App, for example, is one of the highest rated mobile banking apps among credit unions in Maryland. It is a priority for us to provide new technologies to our members, as we strive to provide simple and secure ways for them to handle their finances.”

The smartwatch app is accessed through the MC EFCU mobile banking app available for download through the Apple App Store. It’s available to members using an iPhone 5 or higher.

Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (...

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Oct 26
Paragon Software announces storage SDKs for iOS, Android

Paragon Software Group ( has released its UFSD software development kits for iOS and Android. They’re designed to make it easier to develop apps that take advantage of USB storage.

Available for iOS (iPhone 5 and later, iPad 2 and later) and Android (version 3.0 and later), they SDKs abstract and implement support for multiple partitioning schemes (MBR, GPT and APM) and file systems (NTFS, HFS+, FAT32, ExFAT and ExtFS). They’ll be of particular interest to storage vendors, as they can bundle Paragon’s UMS service and other Paragon FS drivers with portable USB storage products to ensure compatibility and interoperability with operating systems such as iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Similarly, ISVs can use the SDKs to simplify the development of Android and iOS apps supporting multiple brands of mobile USB storage.
These new SDKs are...

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Oct 26
Apple accepting online orders for the new Apple TV

Apple is taking online orders ( for the fourth generation Apple TV. It costs US$149.99 for the 32GB model or $199 for the 64GB version.

Order today and it delivers Nov. 2-4 with free shipping. Or you can pay $17-$19 for next day shipping (it ships Oct. 30).

The all-new Apple TV is built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an “intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote,” according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Apple TV runs the all-new tvOS operating system, based on Apple’s iOS, enabling iOS developers to create new apps and games specifically for the set-top box for delivery via the new Apple TV App Store. 

The new Siri Remote is designed to simplify how you select, scroll and navigate through your content by using a glass touch surface that,...

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Oct 26
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 9.0.3 (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 compatibility with OS X 10.11.1 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to retrieve update information and contains other bug fixes.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website ( When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Oct 23
MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.6.0 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan

MacXDVD Software has announced MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.6.0, an update to their media conversion solution developed for Mac OS X.

It’s a general purpose utility that lets anyone decrypt, copy and rip DVDs to MP4, AVI, H.264, MOV, WMV, MKV and more to all Mac computers and laptops. Version 4.6.0 addresses a compatibility issue with El Capitan, offer performance enhancements and speed boosts.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro costs $59.95 for a single user license and works with OS X 10.5 or later. You can buy it now ( and get a 50 percent off discount as part of a Halloween promotion.

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Oct 23
Syncro Soft rolls out Oxygen XML Editor 17.1

Synchro Soft has released oXygen XML Editor 17.1, which includes updates and improvements to the XML authoring and developing tool.

The performance of many of the integral components has been optimized and numerous features were enhanced and fine-tuned to make oXygen XML Editor even more powerful, dynamic, and easy to use, according to the folks at Synchro Soft. It also features a spectacular new visual design that makes everything look crisp and beautiful, they add.

Various DITA-related operations and dialog boxes have been reorganized and improved to maximize efficiency. Users can now enable experimental editing and publishing support for DITA 1.3, including new file templates, scoped keys, and branch filtering.

Oxygen 17.1 can be freely evaluated for 30 day. To buy it go to the Oxygen XML store (

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Oct 22
Griffin announces all-in-charger for the Apple Watch and iPhone

Griffin Technology ( has announced the WatchStand Powered Charging Station for the Apple Watch and iPhone.

It’s a new, powered version of the company’s WatchStand Charging Dock, which was released earlier this year. Like its predecessor, WatchStand Powered Charging Station is a solution to display and charge an Apple Watch and iPhone while elegantly eliminating cable clutter, now with built-in power.

“Apple Watch was designed to go hand-in-hand with the iPhone. You use them together, so why not keep them charged together,” says James Finney, category manager of Power Accessories at Griffin. “The elegantly designed WatchStand Powered Charging Station sits beautifully on any desktop, tabletop or bedside for a secure and safe place to charge your devices.”

The WatchStand Powered Charging Station displays Apple Watch on a pedestal for daily charging. Its built...

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Oct 22
Mini Metro hits the Mac App Store

Mini Metro, the subway SIM created by Dinosaur Polo Club, is now available on the Mac App Store. It works with OS X 10.7 and higher and costs US$9.99.

In Mini Metro, players take on the task of designing the subway layout for a rapidly expanding city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your lines efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Each station can only hold a handful of waiting commuters so your subway network will need to be well designed to avoid delays.

Your city starts with three stations. Draw routes between these stations to connect them with subway lines. Commuters travel along your lines to get around the city as fast as they can. Each station can only hold a handful of waiting commuters so your subway network will need to be well-designed to avoid delays.

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Oct 22
ShredIt X adds support for OS X El Capitan

Mireth Technology ( has released version 6.0.4 of ShredIt X, its file shredder and hard drive cleaner software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan and addresses a maintenance issue with shredding CD RWs.

ShredIt X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available.

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Oct 22
RailModeller Express for OS X rolls to version 5.0

Isle of the Kakapo has rolled out RailModeller Express 5.0, an update of the free model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.

It sports design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library of parts covering over 200 track systems, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Layouts can be printed out, in sizes ranging from one page to full size.

RailModeller Express 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It’s available at the Mac App Store ( in the Graphics and Design category. As mentioned, it’s free. However, there’s a $34.99 version (RailModeller Pro 5.0.12) that expands the number of track elements that can be used per layout, as well as the number of layers supported, and offers unlimited layout size.

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Oct 22
Retina Kit 3 available for Xojo developers, adds 64-Bit...

Ohanaware has announced Retina Kit 3.0, an update to their development utility for Mac OS X.

Retina Kit is a collection of Xojo classes and modules that were designed to make it easier for Xojo developers to create Retina ready applications with the Xojo development tool. Version 3 of the Retina Kit is 64-Bit and 32-Bit compatible and boats several optimizations under the hood.

The Retina Kit requires Xojo 2014r2 or newer. Version 3.0 is available at Ohanaware's website ( A demo is available for download. The full source code is available for $99.99. Existing customers of the Retina Kit can upgrade for 75 percent. The Retina Kit uses Paddle as the payment processor.

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Oct 22
Apple launches clean energy programs in China

Apple has announced two new programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly four million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Apple also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province is now complete. These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple’s offices and retail stores in China, making Apple's operations carbon neutral in China.

“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort...

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Oct 22
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.19, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.

InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to their final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$99.95 (there’s a studio version for $39.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Oct 22
AKVIS releases Germany frame collection

AKVIS ( has released Germany, a new frame collection with 80 frames for use with AKVIS programs such as AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite.

With the release of the new set, AKVIS now offers 23 themed packs. They include special event sets, four seasons sets, and more. The price of the Germany frame collection is $15. All 23 AKVIS frame packs are available in the bundle at the discounted price of 30 percent off.

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Oct 22
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.3 with OS X El Capitan...

Twocanoes Software has launched Boot Runner 2.3 with support for OS X El Capitan. It’s a startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. Version 2.3 is a free update for Boot Runner 2 customers.

Boot Runner 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available now at the Twocanoes online store ( Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.3 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.

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Oct 21
Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1

Apple has updated Mac OS X El Capitan to 10.11.1. The upgrade is available at the Mac App Store under Updates. According to Apple, OS X 10.11.1 “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac” and also:

° Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan;

° Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016;

° Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail;

° Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail;

° Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly;

° Improves VoiceOver reliability;

° Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support.

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Oct 21
Apple releases iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1

Apple has released iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1. The former OS 9.1 is available to download through the Settings app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and can also be obtained through iTunes on a Mac or PC. According to Apple, the update includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:

Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements;

Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis;

Improved stability with CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search.

watchOS 2.0.1 can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple, the upgrade contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:

Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall;

Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance;

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