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Jan 21
Apple updates Logic Pro X

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional audio software, to version 10.1. It adds support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite for sharing your projects. Other new features and enhancements include:

• 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
• Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
• New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles
• Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor
• New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name
• Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor
• Note Repeat and Spot Erase...

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Jan 21
Veenix TypeBookCreator ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Veenix (http://www.veenix.com) has released Mac OS X Yosemite updates for both of its font software titles, TypeBook Creator and TypeWise.

Recent updates for TypeBook Creator include a modern user interface (UI) makeover — plus the original UI version is now also included. TypeWise features a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology.

During Veenix's "Deep Discount Week," users can save up to 60% on single user licenses of both products. TypeBook Creator is also specially priced during Deep Discount Week at US$29.95, a $40 savings.

TypeWise is a smart font viewer and manager that helps users find and view fonts and characters. It boasts a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, repertoire and character set layouts, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology which analyzes font characteristics and automatically organizes fonts by visual energy as well as into 16...

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Jan 21
MacTech Pro: a new event series for Apple professionals

MacTech Magazine, the oldest Apple market publication, has announced today MacTech Pro Events -- a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.  

MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4, 2015, in Seattle.

MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including:

• March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle
• March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco
• April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston
• May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta
• June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC
• July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago
• August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York
• September 2, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Dallas
• September 30, 2015 : MacTech...

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Jan 21
Apple records highest-ever iPhone market share in Japan and Korea

According to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Market Pulse report (www.counterpointresearch.com), global Apple iPhone sales grew a healthy 26% annually crossing 20 million unit monthly sales mark for the first time ever in November 2014.

Apple’s iPhone volumes grew across key countries with the roll-out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. It was also helped by relatively lower priced iPhone 5s and 5c models, targeting prepaid users in emerging markets. Japan, Korea and China were the bright spots where Apple registered a higher than expected demand for its newer and bigger display sporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models.

Apple’s iPhone market share soared and reached record levels in Japan and Korea markets. In Japan, one of the most premium smartphone markets in the world, Apple captured more than half of the smartphone sales in October as well as November.

Japan has been...

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Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in.

Troi File Plug-in 7.6 adds a new inplementation for the Search function on Mac OS X. The Search function is used to find files and folders on disk. The new implementation uses modern technology and reportedly results in a more accurate list of found items. This new method can be used by adding the switch -Exhaustive to the TrFile_Search function.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher,...

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Jan 20
Chronos announces iScrapbook 5 for Mac OS X

Chronos has released iScrapbook 5, a major upgrade to its digital scrapbooking software for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher). According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos, it sports 25 new features including:

°   3D headlines (control lighting, perspective, materials, reflections, more);

°   Paper texture overlays for photos (33 overlays in six categories: folded, crumpled, canvas, linen, textured, paint);

°   Glass texture overlays for photos (eight overlays);

°   "Old film look" overlays for photos (eight overlays in three categories: dust & scratches, dust, crackle);

°   Auto Enhance for one-click corrections to photos;

°   Eight vintage photo effects: B&W, B/W High Contrast, B/W Low Contrast, Fade, Warm, Cool, Bold, Instant;

°   Vibrance photo effect;

°   Line Art photo effect;

°   The ability to straighten photos;

°   Draggable special effects: sunburst, sparkle, lenticular...

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Jan 20
Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.

With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. The most visible change in version 3 is Audio Hijack's new audio capture interface. The pipeline-style view of exactly how audio flows makes Audio Hijack 3 a snap to learn for veteran and rookie users alike.

Different types of Blocks bring in audio from application and hardware sources (Source Blocks), adjust it with audio effects (Effects Blocks), then record it and send it out to speakers (Output Blocks). The fully customizable layout means users can configure the exact pipeline they need to get the audio results they want.

Audio Hijack 3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A free...

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Jan 20
Twelve South debuts ParcSlope for Mac laptops

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced the Parcslope, a new hybrid stand made exclusively for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

The sleek metal wedge elevates your MacBook screen while tilting your keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing. With ParcSlope, your laptop sits at a more ergonomic viewing height without requiring an external keyboard.

The ParcSlope can create a comfortable stand-alone workstation, or be used as part of a dual-screen setup, according to the folks at Twelve South. It's available now for US$49.99.

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Jan 20
LastPass for OS X lets you store passwords, notes, more

LastPass has released a self-titled Mac app that's available at the Mac App Store for free. The app — which requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher — provides a "home" for passwords, notes, and personal information.

LastPass Mac App provides a Mini Vault, a full-featured vault for storing logins, passwords, IDs, credit cards, and other important data. With its Quick Search feature, users can search for a website or keyword to retrieve their logins, launch a site, and be logged in to one of their online accounts.

LastPass also offers a Live Security Challenge. This feature gives users up-to-the-minute status on the strength of their passwords to eliminate the question, "Are all my passwords strong enough?"

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Jan 20
vjoon K4 (version 6.9 R1) embeds table editor in the browser

The latest version (6.9 R1) of the vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform extends vjoon K4's capabilities in the browser and plug-ins.

New features include a versatile table editor for one of vjoon K4's browser clients, K4 Web Editor ICML. The application's workspace management functions have been ported to the K4 Edit and K4 Layout plug-ins so that they are now available throughout the publishing platform. Added XMP image metadata management capabilities are designed to make it easier to archive and retrieve pictures. With the addition of a direct link to Twitter, this cross-media publishing platform can now disseminate text and images via social media networks.

Legacy functions have also been refined to boost K4 Web Editor ICML's performance as a browser client. A case in point is the improved search in K4 Web Editor ICML. It now indicates that the target text has been scanned and that the search will begin anew. Go to...

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Jan 20
TImeline 3D redesigned for Mac OS X Yosemite

BeeDocs (https://www.beedocs.com) has announced Timeline 3D for Mac (version 5), an update to their timeline software. Completely redesigned for Yosemite, Timeline 3D provides a new interface to support the creation of larger, more complex timelines that can be presented in full screen and with a 3D perspective.

Users can create timeline charts of world history, family trees, business deadlines, or other multimedia projects with Timeline 3D by entering the event and adding media. Users can include an embedded image, movie, or PDF file by using drag-and-drop. Additional media is automatically resized based on the presentation medium. Timeline 3D also supports the inclusion of notes and web links to timelines and allows users to categorize events with colors codes and tags.

Timeline 3D for Mac is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The complete set of...

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Jan 20
Adesso launches NuScan 6000 omnidirectional barcode scanner

Adesso has released the US$279.99 NuScan 6000 Omnidirectional Barcode Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/pm5q7gy), which allows users to rapidly scan various barcoded items with a scan speed up to 2000 scans per second. 

The 650 nm laser diode allows users to scan with precision and accuracy at an operating distance of up to 8.5 inches from the barcode while its omnidirectional 24-line scanning engine allows reliable readings while swiping or presenting items over the scan area in many different angles, according to the folks at Adesso. It's purportedly sturdy enough to withstand one-meter drops.

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Jan 20
Zevrix Solutions revs Output Factory to version 1.1

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory Server 1.1, a feature update to its solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.

Developed originally for a major magazine publisher in the United States to free up their operator computers from outputting InDesign files, the software automates InDesign workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. The new version introduces a new email notification engine which adds support for SSL and TLS connection security, transfer progress and other features. The new engine also solves some email transmission issues on Mac OS X Yosemite.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe...

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Jan 19
Apple's home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple's home page is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on the holiday set aside to mark the legacy of the civil rights leader.

The website sports a black-and-white photo of Dr. King with the quote: "Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity."

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Jan 19
Apple cuts ties with developers in Crimea

Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014, reports "TechCrunch" (http://tinyurl.com/lozygmw).

This means the developers can't create nor publish apps for the Apple App Store. The move follows Valve apparently also terminating access to its Steam games distribution platform in Crimea, too, notes "TechCrunch."

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Jan 16
Ultimaker announces two new desktop 3D printers

Ultimaker (www.ultimaker.com) has launched the Ultimaker Go and Ultimaker Extended, two desktop 3D printers that will be available for pre-order starting in March and be available in April.

The Ultimaker Go is a compact printer designed to be easy to use as a starting 3D printer. The Ultimaker Extended has added a 10-centimeter larger build volume for users who want to create larger and more complex projects. The former costs US$1,450; the latter is $3,030.

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Jan 16
Genuitec announces the release of MyEclipse 2015 IDE

Genuitec has announced general availability of MyEclipse 2015, which sports enhanced web technologies and streamlined production support for modern mobile applications.

MyEclipse 2015 offers JavaScript code assist, multi-framework support (including Angular JS), support for popular REST services, mobile application support, and backend server and usability improvements. With traditional Eclipse-based JavaScript code assist falling short, MyEclipse 2015 comes in as the first Eclipse IDE with superior code assist, says Brian Fernandes, product manager for MyEclipse at Genuitec.

Genuitec also recognizes the continuously changing web landscape as a space that no longer consists solely of jQuery and one in which web services, particularly REST, connect application users to the cloud. MyEclipse 2015 provides support for Tern.js, Angular JS and other key frameworks for the creation of user interfaces. It facilitates REST usage with a seamless explorer allowing for...

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Jan 16
Buildbox software allows for easy game creation

Buildbox (www.buildbox.com), drag and drop game creation software that allows someone to easily create a game, has been updated to version 1.1. Instead of scripting or coding, a user drags and drops image files directly into the software, builds out their levels and moves sliders to adjust gameplay settings.

According to Trey Smith, the founder of Secret Headquarters, the company behind Buildbox., the software can create nearly every major arcade game type from classic top-down shooters like 1942 to platformers similar to the original Super Mario Brothers. It's also easy to invent new gameplay like he did with his hit game Phases (which reached #28 in the Apple App Store), he adds.

Buildbox works with both Mac and PC. It exports games to iPhone, iPod, iPad, Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon Fire HD, Amazon TV, OUYA, Mac, Mac App Store, PC, Steam, Desura and more. It's available for US$2,675; a subscription plan...

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Jan 15
Thousands ask the FCC to prevent hotels from blocking Wi-Fi...

In response to Marriott International and the American Hospitality and Lodging Association—a hotel lobby group, petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow hotels to remotely disable guests’ personal Wi-Fi devices, forcing guests to pay for the hotels’ own Wi-Fi service—a new Care2 petition (http://www.care2.com/go/z/hotelwifi ) asks the FCC not to cave to these demands has gathered more than 13,000 signatures.

In October, Marriott paid US$600,000 to settle a complaint that the hotel had blocked customers’ personal wireless modems and hot spots at least once, but the hotel chain is continuing the fight. Marriott is asking the FCC for an exception to a rule prohibiting  "willful and malicious interference" of wireless signals.
Marriott has said it doesn’t want to interfere with guests’ ability to access the Internet in private rooms or lobby spaces, but...

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Jan 15
Lucky, Save Mart, FoodMaxx now accept Apple Pay

Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores now accept Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, in all of their 217 stores throughout Northern California and Nevada.

"Expect new things in our stores this year—the first of which is Apple Pay. We are working diligently to transform the shopping experience for our customers and this cutting-edge technology will help to speed them through checkout," says Nicole Piccinini Pesco, co-president and chief strategy and branding officer. "Accepting Apple Pay provides shoppers a secure and private way to pay for their groceries and we’ve added support for this new mobile payment method solely for their benefit and convenience."

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Jan 15
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls game now available

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (http://tinyurl.com/kds5cj5) for Mac OS X is now available at a variety of sources, such as the Mac App Store and Steam. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an epic, indie, fantasy role-playing adventure in a unique, massive world. The subterranean land of Avernum is full of strange caves, cunning dungeons, and the alien inhabitants of the underworld. Explore a massive, underground nation of tunnels and caverns, packed with over 100 towns and dungeons. Fight to complete up to three distinct game-winning quests."

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Jan 15
Typinator 6.4 adds support for nested expansions

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.4, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications.

The new version comes comes with a new feature that lets you nest existing abbreviations inside other expansions. You can use this feature to insert previously defined expansions in new ones, for example to insert a completely assembled date in another expansion, or to add a formatted signature at the end of a boilerplate mail template.

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 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for...

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Jan 15
Parallels Access 2.5 features Universal File Manager, more

Parallels has introduced Parallels Access 2.5 (www.parallels.com/access), available immediately on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
 
New features of the award-winning app include a universal file manager, computer-to-computer remote access and Samsung S Pen integration. Now all Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge customers get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access in their Galaxy Gifts. The new release also supports the recently released OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
 
Parallels Access 2.5 is available on the App Store, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore for Android with a two-week free trial. Individual subscriptions are available for approximately US$16 for one year; they include the ability to access up to five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones, and an unlimited number...

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Jan 15
Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 2.4% in 2015

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.8 trillion in 2015, a 2.4%increase from 2014; however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.9%, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The slower outlook for 2015 is largely attributed to the rising U.S. dollar as well as a modest reduction in growth expectations for devices, IT services and telecom services, according to the research group.

"The change in forecast is less dramatic than it might at first seem. The rising U.S. dollar is chiefly responsible for the change — in constant currency terms the downward revision is only 0.1," says John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.7%, which compares with 3.8 percent in the previous quarter's forecast."

The U.S. dollar spending growth...

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Jan 15
New frame pack available for AKVIS ArtSuite AKVIS (www.akvis.com...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack, Communion and Confirmation, for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Communion & Confirmation Pack includes 50 hand painted frame designs.

AKVIS ArtSuite lets you apply effects to decorate pictures. The software lets you frame your photographs. Just place a photo into a frame and run image processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A 10-day demo version is available for download. AKVIS ArtSuite (the Home Standalone version) sells for US$69; the price of the new pack is $15.

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