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Sep 30
VisionTek introduces USB charging hubs for Macs, PCs, iOS devices

VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced its new line of high power USB charging hubs that enable charging up to seven Apple iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows tablets, and other USB chargeable mobile devices.

The US$19.99 VisionTek High Power USB Four Port Charging Hub features a built-in power adapter and eliminates the “wall wart” common with electronic devices. The $4999 VisionTek High Power USB Seven Port Charging Hub is designed for “road warriors” and traveling families for when power outlets are limited. It offers four 1 amp ports for charging media players and smartphones and three 2.4 amp ports for computers and smartphones that require higher amperage power charging.

The $54.99 VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub (pictured) adds four USB 3.0 ports with 5Gb/s (600MB/s) SuperSpeed data transfer connectivity and 900mA bus power to Macs and PCs with limited...

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Sep 30
Belkin announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Belkin (www.belkin.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a docking solution for both Mac and PC computers.

Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. It sports eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2.

The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional (five total) Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. You can display a picture through either the HDMI or Thunderbolt 2 port at a resolution of up to 4K. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not...

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Sep 30
iMazing is new iPhone manager Mac, PC

DigiDNA Sarl has released iMazing (http://imazing.com), iPhone management software for Mac and PC systems. Replacing DiskAid, it's compatible with the new iPhone 6 line and iOS 8.

The app adds iOS music transfer both ways and allows users to recover data. iMazing sports a clone feature designed to simplify the upgrade process to a new iPhone. In a couple of clicks all data, apps, contents and settings are transferred to any iOS device. As data is only being transferred locally, the data contained in backup remains on your computer.

iMazing adds iOS music transfer both ways. You can add music tracks to any iPhone by dragging the files to iMazing. iMazing also allows music tracks copy from any iOS device to any computer. It costs US$29.99 for a single-user license.

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Sep 30
MacWise is ready for OS X Yosemite

Carnation Software has released MacWise version 14.2.5, an update to its terminal emulation software for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

MacWise (www.macwise.com) allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The app emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals.

MacWise works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$95 per user. Upgrades to version 14 from previous versions are $59 per user.

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Sep 29
Apple posts OS X bash Update 1.0

Apple has released OS X bash Update 1.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks.

This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. For more information on the security content of this update, go tohttp://bit.ly/1vqWdf7 .

The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.

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Sep 29
Performance Probe for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

 Software and Computer System Company (http://www.scsc-online.com) has released Performance Probe 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the operating system tool that allows a user to monitor the current effective loading of their systems. Version 2.0 includes a new heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, and provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers.

There are three indicators on Performance Probe that correspond to I/O, memory, and CPU effectiveness. The displays show, for all practical purposes, the effective computing power that a user may have at a given instant.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is US$14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for registered users.

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Sep 26
Viking Saga: New World released for the Mac

Realore (http://realore.com) has released the second installment of its resource-management series Viking Saga on the Mac.

Viking Saga: New World follows up the events that took place in the first game. Prosperous kingdom of Viking King Ingolf is in grave danger because of the horrible plague. The game features a variety of level goals and several mini-games to freshen-up the resource-management aspect of the game.

Viking Saga: New World requires Mac OS X OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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Sep 26
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, an update designed to fix glitches with iOS 8.0.1. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.2:

° Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

° Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.

° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages.

° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for & Purchases.

° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups.

° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

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Sep 26
Remotix for Mac OS X ready for the upcoming Yosemite release

Nulana LTD has released Remotix 3.0, an update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X. The upgrade features a new interface optimized for OS X Yosemite and Remotix Cloud technology to access computers from anywhere with zero configuration.

Remotix with support for both VNC and RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. Nearby Macs and PCs can be found with network scanners and automatic Bonjour server discovery. Remotix keeps the clipboard in sync across computers.

Remotix 3.0 for Mac costs US$39.99 and is available for purchase on the Mac App Store and Nulana's website (www.nulana.com). The update is free for current users.

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Sep 26
Chronos updates PrintLife for Mac OS X to version 2

Chronos has updated PrintLife, a tool for managing print projects on a Mac, to version 2.

It adds: the ability to create a different design for each label on a page; the ability to create multiple pages of different labels; the ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages, 10 new types of labels, 79 templates for new label types; support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; and much more.

PrintLife has a project for just about every occasion including greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, and contact lists. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

PrintLife 2 costs US$49.99 and is available directly from Chronos (...

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Sep 25
Aquafadas has announced a new HTML5 web reader format

Aquafadas is now offering publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash. The newest version complements the previous Flash WebReader.

An HTML5 WebReader targets users on other platforms such as Windows PCs and mobile devices, Mac desktop systems and any other device with a web browser. HTML5 makes the content SEO- friendly and easy to optimize for search engines like Google and Bing, according to the folks at Aquafadas.

Publishers can export their publication as a WebReader using an Adobe InDesign plugin and embed it on a website. Publications can be exported to every platform in multiple formats, including ePUB files for eReaders, AVE files for creating native tablet and smartphone apps and now, HTML5 WebReader for browsers.

Go to the Aquafadas website (www.aquafadas.com) for more info.

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Sep 25
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to the Mac

TransGaming Inc. in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, has announced that METAL GEAR will make its debut on the Mac platform, as METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is now available for Mac.
 
Here's how the game is described: "METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, originally developed by Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, expands the METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory with its frenetic action experience. The game seamlessly melds pure action and cinematic storytelling that surrounds Raiden, a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja, who uses his high-frequency katana blade to cut through anything that stands in his vengeful path."
 
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is now available on the Mac App Store at a retail price of US$29.99. As a promotional launch special offer, gamers will receive a $5 discount available for five days only, expiring on Sept. 30. The game is also...

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Sep 25
Better Finder Rename 9.40 overhauls MP3/AAC/FLAC renaming...

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 9.40, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to compose their own music renaming conventions by dragging and dropping tokens from the tag library.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. The product is also available on the Mac App Store under the name "Better Rename 9."

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Sep 24
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 -- but beware

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, which was released last week. However, you need to be careful if you upgrade.

The upgrade fixes an issue with HealthKit that prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the Apple App Store. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.1 also:

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode;

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library;

° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus;

° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages;

° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases;

° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups;

° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari.

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Sep 24
4talk increases shared file size limits up to 1GB

4talk (http://bit.ly/1tYXYjo), a cloud communication platform that enables users to interact and share files while syncing them between devices, has increased shared file size limits up to 1GB.

The improvement is currently available on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. However, the folks at 4talk say they're working on support for mobile platforms.

"There are tons of file sharing services and by all means you can share files in messengers, but there are so many problems," says 4talk CEO Sergey Kravtsov. "You have file size limits or you cannot send some kind of files. Plus, if you send it with some service, you cannot get your file on other platforms and devices. We have thrown all these limits out of the window; our users have the right to send big files and have them stored in the cloud."

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Sep 24
ChronoSync Express released on the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has introduced ChronoSync Express 1.0, the Mac App Store version of ChronoSync, the synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It costs US$29.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. You can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, and even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. You can even sync to iPhones or iPads using the combination of ChronoSync Express and InterConneX.

ChronoSync Express is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, so you can gain full access to all files and folders stored on remote computers. You can backup your data to a ChronoAgent equipped server or configure ChronoSync Express to function as its own...

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Sep 24
10 new fonts added to free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...

Ten new have been added to the free Halloween Fonts Collection from MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com). This brings the total number of fonts to 30.

All are in OpenType font format with a commercial use license. International character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many of them.

Halloween Fonts 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The collection is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Sep 24
CS Odessa announces five new solutions for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced five additional new professional solutions for ConceptDraw Pro. They're available in in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The new and updated solutions are:

° Network Layout Floor Plans (new) – samples, templates, and libraries for visualization of networks that allow you to create network layout floor plans, network communication plans, network topologies, and network topology maps.

° Rack Diagrams (new) – used to create drawings of rack diagrams and server rack diagrams layouts.

° Telecommunication Network Diagrams (new) – solution to illustrate computer systems networking and telecommunications diagrams for telecommunication illustration tasks; computer and telecommunications networks, call centers, GPRS networks, GPS navigation systems operation, mobile, satellite and hybrid communication networks, mobile TV networks, and wireless broadband...

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Sep 24
Kool Tools: NuMac Blu-Ray disc burner for the Mac Pro

NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.

It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.

Built with a durable and sleek aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, The NMBDR6x is designed to sit directly beneath the 2013 Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space. With both power and data being transferred via the single USB cable, there is no need for another clunky power adapter or extra cables at your workstation.

The NMBDR6x features Quad Layer burning support for Blu-Ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity when using a quad-layer Blu-Ray Disk. The NMBDR6x can burn...

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Sep 24
Typinator for Mac OS X adds new built-in functions

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade adds new built-in functions (Count, List, Any, Index).

With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.

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Sep 23
HUE Stick is new iOS compatible portable battery

JunoPower has announced the HUE Stick portable battery. It packs 2600 mAh of power in an aluminum casing that weighs six ounces.

The HUE Stick can fully charge a completely dead 5 Volt device (including smart phones, tablets, GPS, camera and more) in two to three hours, according to the folks at JunoPower. It's integrated LED-indicator lets users know exactly how much juice in the left in the power bank and when it's time to recharge.  The battery’s built-in LED flashlight can be activated with a single touch and protects users from getting lost in the dark.

The HUE Stick purportedly provides an additional 10 hours of talk time for the iPhone and six hours for the Samsung Galaxy. It's available on JunoPower.com and Amazon.com for US$21.99.

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Sep 23
IP Camera Cloud for the Mac is released

DComplex (www.dcomplex.com) has released IP Camera Cloud for Mac. It's video surveillance software for home or small office.

The product lets you record video from up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on the Mac — or optionally copy the video to the cloud and store it there for 30 days. DComplex's remote access apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac connect to the video recording Mac automatically, without the need to setup port forwarding or manually opening ports. The apps let you instantly respond to motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video effortlessly.

IP Camera Cloud requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A seven-day demo is available for download. Pricing depends on the number of cameras being used and is based on monthly subscription pricing with no upfront costs. The price for each camera is US$3 per month. Optional 30-days video storage in DComplex's cloud servers is an...

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Sep 23
VisionTek launches Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card

VisionTek (www.visiontek.com) has launched the US$32.99 Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card. It offers plug and play operation with Macs running OS X 10.8.2 and later.

According to the folks at VisionTek, it can deliver benchmark test-confirmed 356MB/s Read and 338MB/s Write data transfers. It can also be used to power USB devices or charge them without needing an AC adapter. Each port provides 900mA of power.

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Sep 23
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets Vimeo support, more

Karelia Software (www.karelia.com) has updated Sandvox, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.9. The upgrade introduces a new Vimeo object that makes it super easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. Now, for the first time, website creators using Sandvox can simply choose the Vimeo object to embed Vimeo content on a website.

Sandvox 2.9 also improves publishing performance, and now includes direct support for SSL security for FTP and WebDAV. The specific publishing connection protocols supported by the revamped, faster publishing engine include FTP with Implicit SSL, FTP with TLS/SSL, and WebDAV with HTTPS. Finally, new support for LetsMove, a technology acquired with Potion Factory, makes it even easier to install the app.

Sandvox 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$79.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is also...

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Sep 23
Cisdem launches Mac PDF management solution

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has introduced PDFManagerUltimate for Mac, giving Mac users the ability to read, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, split, compress, and sign PDF files.

With it you can read, organize, edit, convert, annotate,protect, merge, split, compress, sign and extract images or text from PDF files. The product uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDFs into searchable PDF files.

PDFManagerUltimate also enables users to add text, images, and signatures into PDF files; markup, annotate PDF files easily while reading; edit fillable forms; What's more, it can help merge, split and compress PDF files.

PDFManagerUltimate is available now through the Cisdem website. A demo is available for download. A single user license of PDFManagerUltimate is available forUS $69.99. A two-Mac license costs $89.99, while a...

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