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Mar 20
Virtual TimeClock for Mac OS X ticks to version 14

Virtual TimeClock 14 has been released by Redcort Software. The upgrade sports a streamlined interface.

Version 14 has been optimized for notebooks, tablets, and touch screens with new administrative features that facilitate monitoring time worked with enhanced timecard editing, integrated configuration options, and more. According to Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software, it also adds a number of customer requested administrative features.

Virtual TimeClock software for Macintosh and Windows PC computers starts at US$99 Annual software maintenance and support as well as discounted upgrade pricing is available. Full pricing details are available at http://www.redcort.com/ . A demo is available for download.

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Mar 20
Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz Lite 1.7 for Mac OS X. The new version shares some of the new features that were integrated into Scannerz 1.7.

Scannerz Lite is an abbreviated, low cost version of the company's main product, Scanners. It can detect bad sectors or blocks on an SSD, weak sectors on a hard drive, and also detect potential timing problems with the system.

Scannerz Lite works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$21.95. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nehszny for more info.

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Mar 20
Muse Templates Pro Company presents new Adobe Muse templates,...

Muse Templates Pro Company has released new Adobe Muse templates and widgets. The templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software; widgets even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.

Muse Templates has introduced three new Adobe Muse templates (Aesthetic, Stream and Pizza) and three new Muse widgets (Team Panel, Photography Box, and Photography Slideshow). All can be downloaded separately, or purchased all at once as part of Muse Templates Pack.

Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on the Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$19.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. Every widget can be purchased separately for $2.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates and widgets...

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Mar 20
Digital Anarchy announces new Flicker Free plug-in

Digital Anarchy has announced Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. It gives video editors and visual effects artists a tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.

Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces beautiful flicker free footage, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow, he adds.

Flicker Free is resolution independent and will work on any sized footage from 30 megapixel image sequences to film, 4K, and HD. Support for Avid, Assimilate Scratch, Davinci Resolve, and Sony Vegas is coming soon.

Flicker Free is regularly priced at US$149, but will be on sale for $99 until March 31. It runs in After Effects CS and above, Premiere Pro CS5 and above, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X 10.5 and above. The product runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and above,...

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Mar 19
EA server compromised in effort to steal Apple IDs

Hackers have targeted Electronic Arts (EA), the company behind Titanfall, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, to try and steal your Apple ID and credit card details by hacking into an EA server and hosting a phishing site, according to NetCraft, a security company.

In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/obuv3l4), NetCraft says compromised server is used by two websites in the ea.com domain, and is ordinarily used to host a calendar based on WebCalendar 1.2.0. (Newer versions of the calendar application have fixed the loopholes.) The phishing site attempts to trick a victim into submitting his Apple ID and password.

It then presents a second form which asks the victim to verify his full name, card number, expiration date, verification code, date of birth, phone number, mother's maiden name, plus other details that would be useful to a fraudster. After submitting these details, the victim is redirected to...

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Mar 19
Kinivo announces WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter

Kinivo has announced the WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter, an all-in-one solution for enhancing existing Wi-Fi capabilities or adding the freedom of wireless Internet to your desktop or later laptop models.

It adds dimension, increases speed, improves signal strength and heightens overall wireless Internet performance, establishing a more reliable network between your Internet router and laptop or desktop, according to Kinivio's Andy Karuza. He adds that it provides your signal a boost with speeds up to 300 Mbps.

The WID380 connects by plugging directly into your laptop or desktop’s USB port. Or it can be placed up to three feet away with the included extension cable.

It's available at an introductory price of $19.99 at Amazon.com. Go to www.kinivio.com for more info.

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Mar 19
Braveland is new turn-based strategy game for Mac OS X

Tortuga Team has introduced Braveland 1.0, a turn-based game title for Mac OS X. It's inspired by old-school strategies with a hexagonal battlefield.

Here's how the game is described: "You start as a humble warrior's son whose village was cruelly raided by bandits and use your wits and skill to become a commander of your own army. Braveland features 50 battles that will test your tactical skill, 26 unit types to populate the battlefield, intense boss fights, character development, and more."

Braveland requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://www.tortugateam.com/ for more info.

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Mar 19
Speech Timer 2.0 for Mac OS X and iOS released

Basil Salad Software has announced Speech Timer 2.0, an update of the free oration timekeeper software for Mac, iDevices, and Android devices. The upgrade includes native support for the Mac and iPad in addition to the iPhone.

Speech Timer is designed to help public speaking enthusiasts orchestrate their regular chapter meetings and send out timer's reports to all participants. It features large colored time indicators, a numerical timer display and graphical progress bar. This second major release of Speech Timer

Speech Timer 2.0 is available for download from the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store. Go to http://basilsadad.com for more info.

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Mar 19
Mobile Traffic to hit 200 exabytes in 2019

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) collect large amounts of data from their network, but the use of the data collected is what really counts. MNOs main use of collecting subscriber and network data is to be able to produce valuable insights on customer experience, customer behavior and network performance. But there is so much more operators can do to make accurate business decisions that generate more revenue, fight competition, and build on customer quality of experience (QoE), according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

Research analyst Sabir Rafiq comments: "MNOs and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are actively looking into Big data and analytical solutions. They need tools that can impact their businesses and find new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency of the networks, increase and generate new revenue streams, and increase QoE."

He adds: "Big data analytics are no...

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Mar 19
Print Window for Mac OS X updated to version 5.0

Searchware Solutions has revved Print Window, its window printing utility for Mac OS X, to version 5.0. It's now a fully Cocoa-based application.

Version 5.0 also sports a new user interface and faster performance. A drop window has been added so file listings can be initiated via drag and drop. It also adds the ability to save multiple file listing settings.

Print Window 5.0 is available in two versions through Searchware Solutions online (http://www.printwindowapp.com). The standard edition is free. The advanced edition, which provides more features, is US$20 for a single-user license. Upgrade pricing is available. Volume licensing is available as well. Users that purchased a license to Print Window Advanced Edition, version 4, in the last 30 days will automatically receive a free upgrade to version 5.

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Mar 19
App Delete for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more

Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.2, 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 4.1.2 sports a new user interface and revised workflow. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

AppDelete 4.1.2 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.

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Mar 18
Autodesk announces 2015 3D animation software

Autodesk has unveiled the 2015 versions of its ]3D animations tools: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and the newest addition to the lineup, Maya LT, a 3D animation and modeling tool for professional indie game makers. Autodesk also announced the availability of the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and visual effects.

According to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Media & Entertainment at Autodesk, highlights of the 2015 releases are:

° Autodesk Maya 2015 software adds new capabilities to the toolset such as the new Bifrost procedural effects platform which provides an extensible, artist-friendly workflow for complex simulation and rendering tasks, initially applied to near photorealistic liquids; XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator for the easy creation of richly detailed geometry such as hair, fur, and foliage; Geodesic Voxel Binding method for skinning characters; ShaderFX, a new node-based visual interface for...

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Mar 18
FileMaker releases 'FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for...

FileMaker has announced the availability of "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13." It completes the company’s official self-paced training curriculum for the recently announced FileMaker 13 platform.

In January, the company unveiled the free "FileMaker Training Series: Basics," available on iBooks and in PDF format. "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" provides in-depth coverage of development practices and techniques to help customers master the essentials of FileMaker 13 solution development. The training series is mainly for intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but it will also be useful to anyone who creates solutions and for those developers preparing to become a FileMaker 13 Certified Developer, according to the folks at FileMaker.

"FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" is offered in ebook format for use on iPads. Other available formats include a printed book with an accompanying DVD and an...

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Mar 18
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station gets added functionality

CalDigit says its CalDigit Thunderbolt Station now has extra functionality. It can now fully charge iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.

What's more, the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is now fully capable of powering the Apple SuperDrive CD drive. The majority of other Thunderbolt expansion docks aren't capable of powering this device, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. Customers who have already purchased the Thunderbolt Station can add this functionality by installing the driver update for OS X 10.9.2 from the CalDigit website.

The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is available to purchase now from the CalDigit Online Store (www.caldigit.com) and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is US$199.

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Mar 18
UK court grants Samsung's delay appeal

A UK court decision over whether European patents owned by Samsung are valid and have been infringed by Apple has been delayed until other proceedings before the European Patent Office have been concluded, reports "The Register" (http://tinyurl.com/ofkew2h).

The Court of Appeal granted Samsung's application for a stay of the UK proceedings until the EPO [European Patent Office] decides whether the South Korean mobile device manufacturer can amend the claims of its patents. Samsung said it had applied to amend the claims of its patents before the EPO to take account of judgments issued in a number of countries in which Samsung and Apple are in dispute over the patents, which include Germany and France. However, Apple said Samsung should be forced to choose between pursuing its appeal against a previous High Court ruling in their dispute or continuing with its application to amend the patent claims...

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Mar 18
Apple replaces iPad 2 with $399 iPad with Retina display

Apple has announced that the iPad with Retina display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at US$399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The fourth generation iPad features an 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime HD camera, support for LTE carriers worldwide, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It comes with iOS 7, of course.

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Mar 18
Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API [application programming interface] that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices.

OpenGL ES 3.1 provides access to graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms. The full specification and reference materials are available for immediate download at http://www.khronos.org/registry/gles/.

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Mar 18
Franchise Hockey Manager for Mac OS X revved to version 1.62

OOTP Developments has launched Franchise Hockey Manager version 1.62, a major update to the customizable hockey management game for Mac OS X and Windows.

The new version offers: revamped training, scouting, and staff/personnel systems; four new leagues: two starts for the current season, one with Opening Night rosters and one with post-trading deadline rosters; and more.

FHM costs US$39.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/m22xm75 for more info.

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Mar 17
Boot Camp in 2013 Mac Pros doesn't support Windows 7

Apple's Mac Pro only supports installations of Windows 8 or later with Boot Camp, according to an updated Apple Support document that lists versions of Windows compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.

Boot Camp is software included with Mac OS X that lets you run compatible versions of Windows on an Intel-based Mac. The 2013 Mac Pro is the first Mac that does not include support for Windows 7 with Boot Camp 5. Read more at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634 .

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Mar 17
Apple adds ACC Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up

As noted by AppleInsider.com, Apple has added an ACC [Atlantic Coast Conference] Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up. It offers game highlights and feature programming related to NCAA March Madness.

The new channel features access to "Campus Insiders," a digital college sports network, as well as the ability to view "Most Recent" content, and a "Search" pane. Content can also be viewed based on schools in the conference, while a list of "Must See Moments" from the ACC are also available through the application.

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Mar 17
Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac

Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac. It's the first Mac version of the tool to jot down your ideas, capture your collection of web clippings and research, plan your trips and events, check your to-dos and shopping lists and share your notes with friends and co-workers.

OneNote for Mac is compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 and above. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store. You can also visit http://www.onenote.com to access all the different OneNote apps including a few OneNote services available that are designed to enhance your web capturing experience on OneNote for Mac.

For example, along with a Mac version, Microsoft is releasing a OneNote clipper browser plug-in for Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer that allows users to save clippings from webpages. This feature is being extended to third-party apps via a new cloud API [application programming interface] that provides...

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Mar 17
Version 6.8.6 of Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) served up

Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.5 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version adds ability to change OS X's notification banner duration.

It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure and addresses compatibility issues with Opera Next. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac.

Cocktail 6.8.5 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).

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Mar 14
Transcend releases memory modules for the new Mac Pro

Transcend Information, Inc. has launched 16GB and 32GB DDR3 Registered DIMM (RDIMM) modules aimed at maximizing memory in Apple's Mac Pro  2013 systems.

With four user-upgradeable memory slots available, Transcend’s latest high-performance DDR3 RDIMMs can boost Mac Pro 2013 Intel  Xeon  E5 3.5GHz 6-Core, 3.0GHz 8-Core, and 2.7GHz 12-Core models to 64GB, 96GB, and even 128GB total memory capacity. Angus Wu, director of Research and Development at Transcend, says the RDIMMs guarantee 100% compatibility with the new Mac Pro, requiring little effort to install in the easy access design and push-up release system of the Mac Pro.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/ldwapg7 for more info.

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Mar 14
Security researchers hack Safari and, well, all other browsers

Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000, reports "PC World" (http://tinyurl.com/kvshedy).

For Safari, the team used two different exploit vectors. One vulnerability was a heap overflow in WebKit that enabled arbitrary code execution. The team then used this opening to use another exploit to bypass the application sandbox and run code as if it was user privileged.

A team from French vulnerability research firm Vupen hacked Google Chrome by exploiting a use-after-free vulnerability that affects both the WebKit and Blink rendering engines. The researchers then successfully bypassed Chrome’s sandbox protection to execute arbitrary code on the underlying system. On Wednesday, the...

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Mar 14
Eclipse announces TD-M1 speaker system

Eclipse has announced the TD-M1 speaker system, which the company says "delivers ultra-fidelity sound in a system designed for today’s connected lifestyle." It's due to ship March 31 and will be available in black and white.

The U$1,300 TD-M1 uses the same award-winning technology employed in Eclipse’s US$10,000 TD-712 speaker, while combining wireless convenience and connectivity with compact size. Its Class-D digital amp that powers the special, crossover-less driver mounted in the Eclipse’s enclosure.

The Eclipse TD-M1 is designed to work with high-resolution sound sources. A built-in 192kHz/24 bit input interface is capable of handling 6.5 times the amount of data on a CD. Eclipse engineers developed a 192kHz/24 bit-compatible, non-oversampling D-to-A converter (NOS-DAC) for clearer sound.

The TD-M1 uses Apple's AirPlay for wireless playback. CD-quality (44.1kHz/16 bit) lossless audio can be streamed through Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and Mac,...

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