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Feb 10
Excel Software announces QuickLicenseRT Linux for Mac OS X

Excel Software has announced QuickLicenseRT Linux for desktop software. IT implements the full QuickLicense runtime system for protection, activation and license management.  

A company can protect software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a range of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. During development, QuickLicenseRT Linux is used in conjunction with QuickLicense running on a Mac OS X or Windows computer. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to a Linux desktop application with a few lines of programming code that sends commands to the QuickLicenseRT executable.

The runtime allows one software build to support Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating, Try/Buy or Educational licenses. The activation process for protected software allows manual activation without Internet access, semi-automated activation through a...

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Feb 10
Apple brings iTunes Radio to Australia

Apple has announced iTunes Radio is now available to music fans in Australia. It's a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and a catalog of music from the iTunes Store.

Tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, and you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download, according to Apple. It also gives you access to exclusive "First Play" premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.

iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your listening completely ad-free. With iTunes Match, all your music— even songs you’ve imported from CDs — are stored in...

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Feb 10
Creaceed releases iOS speech recognition SDK

Creaceed has released CeedVocal speech recognition SDK [software development kit] for iOS, supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

It supports isolated words recognition from a list of up to 5,000 words, and keyword spotting. The SDK runs directly on the device, and is available in six languages to developers who want to design distinctive iPhone and iPad applications. As no training is required from the end user, speech recognition is ready to use as soon as the app is launched, according to the folks at Creaceed.

iOS developers can get access to the trial version of CeedVocal SDK after signing an evaluation agreement. They can then purchase a license either for developing a single application, or for developing an unlimited number of applications. The licensing scheme includes neither annual subscription, nor royalties (even if CeedVocal SDK is integrated in a paid app). For more information about licensing and pricing, go to...

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Feb 10
SecureMac discovers Apple Mac Trojan called OSX/CoinThief

SecureMac says it has discovered a new Trojan Horse called OSX/CoinThief.A, which targets Mac OS X and spies on web traffic to steal Bitcoins.

This malware has been found in the wild, and there are multiple user reports of stolen Bitcoins. The malware, which comes disguised as an app to send and receive payments on Bitcoin Stealth Addresses, instead covertly monitors all web browsing traffic in order to steal login credentials for Bitcoin wallets.

According to SecureMac, initial infection occurs when a user installs and runs an app called "StealthBit," which was recently available for download on GitHub, a website that acts as a repository for open source code. The source code to StealthBit was originally posted on GitHub, along with a precompiled copy of the app for download. The precompiled version of StealthBit did not match a copy generated from the source code, as it contained a malicious payload. Users who downloaded and ran the precompiled version of...

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Feb 10
DouWere releases Stapled 1.0 for Mac OS X

DouWere, s.p.r.l. has introduced Stapled 1.0, the first public version of an original utility for Mac OS X. It lets anyone you share their artistic creations.

Any plain document can be morphed into a picture document, and, consequently, handled and stored as an image file can be. The original document has been "stapled" with the picture. Wherever you put this picture, you also put the original document.

You can open any document with the application, and it creates a new document — literally a picture — rendering a preview of the original document. However, it also embeds the original document, at its full quality.

When you re-open a picture created by Stapled (or a copy of it) into the application, it will re-create the original document. The original document has been "unstapled" from the picture.

Stapled requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It's free. However, you can unlock the app manual...

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Feb 10
Mellel 3.3 adds comments, revamps Find and re-invents Find...

RedleX has announced Mellel 3.3, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

The app was especially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, and more. Version 3.3 adds a comments feature, re-designed Find and Replace, and enhances its Find Action and Find Set features.

Mellel costs US$39 — or $29 for scholars, educators, and students. Go to http://www.mellel.com for more info.

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Feb 10
IP Camera Recorder 2.40 adds support for more cameras

DComplex has announces version 2.40 of IP Camera Recorder, an update to its video surveillance software.

IP Camera Recorder allows anyone to monitor up to 20 IP Cameras simultaneously on a Mac or PC, record video from the cameras, detect motion, control PTZ and more. Version 2.40 adds support for many models of IP cameras and improved Motion Detection.

A demo is available for download. The price for one camera is US$39.99; the price for four cameras is $99.99. On the Mac, IP Camera Recorder requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://dcomplex.com/recorder/ for more info.

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Feb 07
Panasonic announces Lumix GH4 DSLM camera

Panasonic has unveiled a new still/video Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera for both photographers and cinematographers. The company says its Lumix DMC-GH4 (GH4) is the world's first DSLM with 4K cinematic recording capability.

The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for the GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using the electronic shutter, according to the folks at Panasonic. The Venus Engine image processor has been newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with a new quad-core CPU that allows high speed signal processing that is required for rich 4K video recording, they add.

Integrating noise reduction systems, the GH4 enables shooting at maximum ISO 25,600. The camera boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 frames per second (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subjects.

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Feb 07
Apple repurchases $14 Billion of its own stock

Apple has repurchased US$14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.

Apple bought $12 billion of the shares through an accelerated repurchase program and $2 billion on the open market, the company confirmed. Apple shares rose in morning trading today.

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Feb 07
WD announces version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software

WD has announced version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software, featuring significant scalability improvements to the WD Arkeia patented Progressive Deduplication technology.

The Mac compatible, network backup software is targeted to small and medium sized businesses and designed to ensure critical business data is backed up on both the local network and in the cloud. With WD Arkeia 10.2, block optimization progresses continuously and orphaned blocks are recovered incrementally.

Backup software pricing starts at US$2,000 for a perpetual license for one backup server with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Backup appliance pricing starts at $3,490 with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Both software and appliances are bundled with one year of software updates and technical support. Go to http://www.arkeia.com/new-in-v102 for more info.

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Feb 07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets new user interface

Hyperbolic Software (US$30) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 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 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Feb 06
Bose announces SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

Bose has introduced the SoundLink Bluetooth® speaker III, which connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It's available now and costs US$299.95.

Four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators combine with a new digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels, according to the folks at Bose. Its industrial design is inspired by the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.

A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille resists fingerprints. For personalization and added protection, new accessory covers are available in gray, blue, green, orange and pink.

The SoundLink III weighs just three pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening.

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Feb 06
SpiShutter designed to keep webcams private

If you're concerned about webcam hacking, SpiShutter may have the solution Covering the webcam with a sticker, or something equally unflattering, isn't ideal for a Mac's aesthetics, not to mention the residue it could leave behind.

The new solution from SpiShutter (http://spishutter.com/) ensures privacy by allowing users to physically block the embedded webcam on a Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use.

SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed, is the easiest way to cover and uncover your camera. It retails for US$19.99. For purchases on SpiShutter.com, the code "PRIVAZ" gets you a 20% discount.

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Feb 06
Files United comes to Mac OS X

Zuhanden has released the Mac companion app of Files United, a digital content manager for iPad and iPhone. In combination with the iOS app, files can now be transferred between iOS devices and Macs via drag and drop.
 
Files United, the successor of File Manager Pro App, was specifically developed for the iOS 7. The app allows seamless access to all digital content, at home, in the office, at the university, or on the go — regardless of whether the files are documents, images, music, or videos.

In addition to local storage, Files United integrates with the most popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Skydrive, and SugarSync. It's even possible to access external FTP servers. Go to www.filesunited.com for more info. 

For the launch of the Mac app, and to give existing File Manager Pro users a free upgrade, Files United is available for free on the Apple App Store...

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Feb 06
QuickerTek upgrades Apple Base Station Extreme/Time Capsule

QuickerTek has upgraded the 802.11 ac Apple Airport Base Station Extreme by adding six high gain external antennas to the unit. This antenna upgrade provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi and also triples the WiFi strength of any version of the new Apple ac Base Station Extreme and/or Time Capsule.

The improvement in wireless power is accomplished by optimizing antenna location, according to the folks at QuickerTek. QuickerTek can either supply a new Apple unit, or the customer may send in their own Apple unit.

Three different upgrades are available: Airport Base Station Extreme AC, 2TB Time Capsule and the 3TB Time Capsule. Prices range from US$398 to $598. Customers can also send in their own unit to be modified at a price of $199. Go to http://ww.quickertek.com .

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Feb 06
Island Tribe 4 game released for the Mac

Realore has announced that, after being released on PC and iOS platforms Island Tribe 4 comes to the Mac. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.


Here's how the game is described: "The 4th installment of Island Tribe takes players on an epic journey through time. After defeating the Evil Shaman in Island Tribe 3 the tribesmen found out that he was not that bad of guy. Shaman is an ex-pirate who has been cursed after finding a magic mask. In order to break the curse of this mask the islanders will have to travel through time to Ancient Egypt, China and Scandinavia.

"Players' mission is to go to these exotic locations and find a person or an artefact that can aid them in their mission. Throughout 44 levels set across 4 colourful episodes players will travel, collect various resources and help the locals. The path of the brave tribesmen is filled with obstacles, dangerous animals and mythical creatures....

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Feb 06
Addonics announces Sapphire SSD RAID array storage line

Addonics Technologies has announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions designed for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance.

The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives, according to the folks at Addonics. The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive (pictured) is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF.

Both offer USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available CFast cards. The two models with USB 3.0 connection allow you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as independent drives.

They can be set up as a high performance, fault tolerant RAID group or a large capacity solid state drive. The CFast or CF cards can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping),...

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Feb 06
Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7 on its...

Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7, on the occasion of the fifth of the all-in-one screen recording solution for the Mac.

Version 3.7 features screen capturing at 60 frames-per-second, capture timer and performance improvements for OS X Mavericks. The app gives you tools grab, edit, organize and share anything from your desktop or a web page.

Voila 3.7 can be purchased for US$29.99 for a single license via the Mac App Store and Global Delight web store (http://www.globaldelight.com). Voila is also available for educational institutions, NGOs, and non-profit organization at a 33% discount. Existing Voila customers running at least Voila version 3.0 can update to Voila 3.7 for free.

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Feb 05
FAVI introduces Set to Connect wireless speaker

FAVI Entertainment has released the audio+ Set to Connect speaker, allowing you to wirelessly play music by placing your mobile device on the speaker to connect and removing it to disconnect. 



In addition to offering a quick music-listening solution, the audio+ is an inexpensive alternative conferencing solution for offices and board rooms. Unlike traditional conferencing solutions, the audio+ allows for instant connectivity and comes at a sub-$50 price point, says Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment. It uses induction technology to amplify the sound of your tablet or smartphones' onboard speakers.

The audio+ amplifies your devices speaker by 6x, while also adding treble and bass-booster technology. The FAVI audio+ Wireless Smartphone Speaker is available in three models: iPhone, Android phones, or tablets (iPad/Kindle/Android). Go to www.favientertainment.com for more info...

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Feb 05
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates their CNS Menu FileMaker...

 Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 1.1.14 of its CNS Menu plug-in for FileMaker Pro. This version fixes all known menu placement issues for FileMaker Pro 12 and above, and fixes issues with displaying menus on layouts with web views.

CNS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro(R) layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks. Your menu items can display one value and have a separate value that can be used in your scripts, so the end user can see useful information while the value can be an ID number.

CNS Menu is available immediately at http://cnsmenu.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. A single user license costs US$65.

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Feb 05
German patent owner sues Apple for infringement

"The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/lcrvdy3) is reporting that Apple is facing an US$2 billion from a German patent owner that claims the Cupertino-based company infringes on its cellular telephone patent.

In a German court on Wednesday, IPCom GmbH accused Apple of using a patent for technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks. The company says the patent is essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards, and a narrowed version of the patent was upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO) last month following challenges from Apple, Nokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone.

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Feb 05
Stellar unveils version 3 of its Stellar Drive Clone cloning...

Stellar Data Recovery has rolled out Stellar Drive Clone 3.0, an update to their drive cloning utility for Mac OS X. The app makes an exact block-by-block replica of Mac drives and volumes including system settings and partition information.

Now compatible with OS X Mavericks, version 3.0 sports a complete overhaul of its interface. It also introduces a backup feature through which automatic backup can be scheduled.

Stellar Drive Clone 3.0 is available as a try-before-buy software. The free version allows users to analyze the cloning options exhaustively. Through the full version, priced at US$39, users can create clones of the drives and volumes. Go to http://www.stellarinfo.com/ for more info.

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Feb 05
SpriTec releases SuperTab for Mac OS X

SpriTec Software has released SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhances and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

Without SuperTab, the App Switcher only allows you to access your currently active apps. With SuperTab installed, you have access to a whole lot more when pressing Command-Tab.

Users can configure SuperTab so that the App Switcher presents: active apps; recent apps; recent documents; Dock items; labeled or tagged items; Finder Sidebar items; folder contents; application windows; websites; other files, folders or applications users may want.

Mac users can also use SuperTab to assign custom Hot Keys to any file, folder, application or web site. The tool is configurable, so you can tweak it for your needs.

A demo is available to download at http://www.supertab.me and is fully functional for 30...

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Feb 05
FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps surpass one million...

FileMaker, Inc., says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps have surpassed 1,000,000 downloads from the Apple App Store.

The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone App is part of FileMaker’s lineup of desktop, server and iOS software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and web browsers. The FileMaker 13 Platform includes expanded support for native iOS behaviors  (such as popovers and slide controls) and new features (such as bar code scanning) that speed data capture on iPad and iPhone, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Go is now a single app for both iPad and iPhone. The FileMaker Go 13 for iPad and iPhone App is downloadable for free from the iTunes App Store.

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Feb 05
Apple makes its case to dismiss its court-appointed monitor

On Tuesday Apple had its case heard before the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, NY to cease e-book antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich's efforts permanently, reports "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/kbvm65d).

The Cupertino-based company argues that Bromwich's efforts are excessive, the man lacks the knowledge to properly oversee Apple, and fees and duties for the monitoring in addition to any court-ordered payments would cost millions of dollars, all of which will cause irreparable harm to Apple's business and relationships. In its court filings, Apple noted that Bromwich required a second lawyer with actual experience in antitrust issues at US$1,025 per hour to assist him.

Bromwich demanded an $1,100 per hour rate for himself in addition to a 15% administrative fee to his consulting firm. During his first two weeks on the case, Bromwich billed Apple over $138,000.

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