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Sep 09
WD introduces Cold-Data-Storage HDDs optimized for datacenters

WD (www.wd.com) has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters.

Built on a platform to achieve optimal total cost of ownership (TCO), WD Ae hard drives utilize the lowest possible power consumption and a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, storage technology, WD.

Part of the unique attributes of the WD Ae hard drive family includes: a dense five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of power, performance, capacity and cost; capacities greater than 6 TB; SATA 6 Gb/s interface; and a workload and reliability rating of 60 TB/yr workload and 500 Khrs Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF).  WD Ae hard drives will be sold in box quantities of 20 and available to select distributors and...

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Sep 08
Popular contacts list organizer now available for OS X

Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X. It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.

When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.

What's more, all currently existing contacts in the list can be assigned by clicking on mass update button. Users can also search for names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, departments, and notes within all contacts.

GroupsPro 1.0 costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the...

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Sep 08
Adobe announces video technology innovations at IBC 2014

Adobe (www.abode.com) has announced plans to update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video.

The company says key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently. New updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together. 

Adobe also announced new capabilities to Adobe Primetime, a TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers). Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam. 

The company will demonstrate its new solutions at the RAI Convention (Hall 7...

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Sep 08
VidConvert now ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.3, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.

In addition to support for Yosemite, VidConvert 1.5.3 offers more supported output and input options. The app costs US$7.99 for a single user license; a demo is available for download. Go to www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert for more info.

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Sep 08
iClipboard for Mac OS X gets new 'flat' style...

Chronos has announced iClipboard 5, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X. iClipboard 5 contains many highly-requested new features. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of sales at Chronos, major new features include:

° A redesigned "flat" style interface;

° Retina display compatibilty;

° The ability to choose text formats directly from the Paste Blaster;

° The ability to click to paste clippings in the Paste Blaster;

° Special formats for pasting text: Uppercase, Lowercase, Capitalized Words, Whitespace Removed, New Lines Removed, Tabs Converted to Spaces;

° An option to clear clippings in an Unfiled project when quitting for security/privacy purposes;

° A font bar when editing clippings for complete control

iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It then provides five different ways to paste clippings from the history. It also features...

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Sep 05
Prosoft releases Data Rescue 4

Prosoft Engineering has launched Data Rescue 4, an update of the hard drive and deleted file recovery software for Mac. The new version includes a proprietary new BootWell technology that can boot and recover files from any Mac from 2005 or newer.

Data Rescue 4  is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft (www.prosofteng.com). It costs US$99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

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Sep 05
Dell introduces two high-end computer monitors

Dell (www.dell.com) has introduced the 27-inch US$1,049 Dell 55 Monitor, which boasts a widescreen display that delivers Full HD resolution and a 3000:1 contrast. If that's not enough, the company also previewed the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, the world’s first display with Ultra HD 5K resolution (5120 x 2880).

Ultra HD 5K is equivalent to four times the resolution of QHD and seven times the resolution of Full HD. It also delivers immersive acoustics with two 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers. The monitor also monitor offers six USB ports and one media card reader. However, be prepared for some serious cash outlay. The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor costs US$2,499.99 and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Sep 05
Theme Inn presents a Suite for MS Office

Graphic design company, Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/), has announced Suite for MS Office - Templates, another special bundle of templates for Microsoft Office for Mac. The new pack contains over 300 selected high-quality templates for Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

It allows users to find designs for just about any business or personal occasion. The new product offers 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheets for Excel, and 10 themes for PowerPoint presentations.

Suite for MS Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. It normally costs US$19.99, but is available for a limited time at 50% off.

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Sep 05
Acronis launches Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9

Acronis (www.acronis.com) has announced Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9.0, the latest version of its enterprise software that integrates Macs for use in a Windows based environment.

The upgrade continues to provide access to file servers and NAS via trouble-free Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), now with Spotlight Search full-content searching of NAS volumes. This integration reduces search times to just seconds, increasing employee productivity, according to the folks at Acronis.

Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9 features:

° A new Acronis Content Indexing option the enables nearly instantaneous Mac OS X Network Spotlight search for file-name and content;

° Enhanced configuration and performance for popular network attached storage (NAS) solutions from EMC, NetApp, Isilon, Western Digital, HP;'

° Updates for the latest versions Mac OS X and Windows Server;

° Support for Network Spotlight search of...

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Sep 05
Agenda set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com), which will take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.

The SuperMeet agenda will feature  film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, iZotope, Atomos, and HP. This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, gurus and users during IBC2014 week.

Tickets to the the Amsterdam SuperMeet can be purchased at the SuperMeet website. Doors open at 16:30, and the SuperMeet stage show begins at 19:00.

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Sep 05
Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X adds 4K support

Movavi has unveiled the latest version (5.0) of Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).

The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice. Version 5 offers auto enhance, image conversion, as well as new editing features. Other improvements include 4K Ultra HD video support, SD to HD video conversion, and ready-made presets for the latest mobile devices.

A free seven-day trial version of Movavi Video Converter can be downloaded from the product's official page (http://www.movavi.com). A full license can be purchased for US$39.95. The software is also offered as part of the Movavi Super Video Bundle for Mac, which includes Screen Capture, Split Movie, and Media Player and costs $69.95. Owners of older versions of Movavi Video Converter for Mac can upgrade to 5 at a 30% discount.

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Sep 05
Backup to Go now Yosemite compatible

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released Backup To Go 1.1, an update to their file backup tool for Mac OS X.

The utility was specifically designed to simplify the process of backing up important files and folders to disks that can easily be taken with the user. These include USB sticks, thumb drives, SD Cards and external Hard Disks. Version 1.1 includes 21 changes, to improve the stability and usability of the application, while also adding some "premium" features. It's also ready for OS X Yosemite.

Backup to Go requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 1.1 is available in the Mac App Store for free in the Utilities category. Premium features require an in-app purchase of $0.99.

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Sep 05
Mass Fidelity introduces The Core wireless speaker system

Mass Fidelity has introduced The Core, a compact wireless speaker that combines "better than stereo" sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio, according to Ben Webster, CEO and founder of Mass Fidelity.


It uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), an audio rendering technique that produces a sonic image that sounds like two widely placed hi-fi speakers, he adds. Users can access and play music wherever they want—streaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection.  

Without having to download apps or configure networking equipment, users can instantly connect up to nine units to create a multi-room music experience with the touch of a button. The Core boasts 120 watts of digital power, six digital signal processors, and an ARM processing core.

The Core will retail for US$599. However, it will launch on Indiegogo (...

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Sep 05
Answers for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

Tim Parnell has rolled out Answers 1.0.2 (http://nswrs.com), an update to his FAQ and Help documentation tool for Mac OS X.

The app was designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple. By allowing users to focus on the content, not the code, anyone can create help documents like software help books or website FAQs. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade.

Answers is free to use and build with. Some options and build types are limited to pro users. Upgrading to a pro license costs US$29.

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Sep 04
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS, OS X devices

FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television. 

To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick  into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.

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Sep 04
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Finally with iRig Mic Field anyone can make mobile audio and video recordings with Hollywood-style stereo sound, says IK Multimedia. Its two cardioid electret condenser capsules, 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), 115 dB maximum SPL rating and built in low-noise, high-definition preamp give you the tools to capture sound no matter whether you're recording a rehearsal or a concert, capturing audio for videography, saving a lecture or speech, acquiring found audio for a music project or recording instruments while on the move.

The iRig Mic Field will cost US$99.99 and will be available next month. Go to www.irigmicfield.com...

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Sep 04
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad

Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 

The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass. 
 
Bamboo Stylus fineline ($59.95) is a pressure-sensitive pen (1024 levels) using Bluetooth 4.0 geared to creative thinkers who like to take notes and sketch out ideas and concepts on the iPad. 
 
The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($79.95), also using Bluetooth, sports a new thin tip (2.9mm) and featuring 2048 levels of pressure. It will be available next month.

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Sep 04
Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for net...

Some of the world’s largest Internet companies -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Wordpress -- have announced that they will join Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on Sept. 10.

These and other companies have answered activists' calls for a symbolic "Internet Slowdown" protest on Sept. 10 to encourage the FCC to change its current course and take necessary steps to protect net neutrality through Title II reclassification.

Several websites -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquare, Wordpress, Vimeo, reddit, Mozilla, Imgur, Meetup, Cheezburger,Namecheap, Bittorrent, and Dwolla — announced that they will be joining more than 35 advocacy organizations and hundreds of thousands of activists in a day of action that will give a glimpse into what the Internet might look like if the FCC’s proposed rules go into effect.  

The protest comes just five days before the FCC’s next comment deadline...

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Sep 04
Realore introduces Viking Saga for Mac OS X

Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Viking Saga 1.0, its new resource management game for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Here's how Viking Saga is described: "The story of the game starts in the kingdom of old Viking king Arnar. It turns out he was cursed by a vicious dwarf. When Arnar was young he found a magical ring, for some reason the dwarf really wanted to buy the newfound treasure. But Arnar refused to sell it. Many years later, the curse got through to him. Arnar gives his younger son a mission to find a dwarf and return the ring.

"Every level of the game is full of obstacles to overcome and beautiful sights to gaze at. During the course of the game Ingolf will travel to the faraway lands, meet their inhabitants, and search for the wise Druid who might be able to save his father from the curse."

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Sep 04
Everdow releases Comburet 2.0 for Mac OS X

Everdow (www.everdow.co.uk) has launched Comburet 2.0, an update of their professional burning app for OS X.

It's an auto-find burning device that blends Everdow's AudioBurner and DiscBurner applications with extra enhanced features. Localized in 74 different languages, Comburet can be used to burn music CDs and data folders as well as erase rewritable discs. Comburet also allows users to create DMG and ISO files as well as burn DMG and ISO image files. Comburet supports CD, DVD, and BD.

Comburet 2.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A 15-day trial edition of Comburet may be downloaded from the Everdow website. Comburet requires Mac OS X10.8 or later.

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Sep 04
Exports Standard can now split QuarkXPress documents into...

Badia Software (www.badiasoftware.com) has announced Exportools Standard 5.0 for QuarkXPress 10, its flagship software for high-end exporting of QuarkXPress documents.

With Exportools Standard, users can export pages, spreads and selections to several popular formats, including PDF, PostScript, EPS, rich text, Microsoft Word, PNG, JPEG and ePub. This new version includes the ability to split QuarkXPress documents into smaller documents, a brand-new interface, and several time-saving features.

Single licenses of Exportools Standard 5.0 are US$69.99 each. Upgrades are available for $34.99 per license. A demo is available for download. Exportools requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and QuarkXPress 10.x.

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Sep 04
Cocoatech releases Path Finder 7 for Mac OS X

Cocoatech has released Path Finder 7, an update to its file organizer. The new version has been under development for over a year.

Path Finder allows developers, writers, artists, and casual users alike to manage their files according to their own tastes, needs, and workflow. Version 7 introduces an array of new features and improvements. You can find the lengthy list at http://www.cocoatech.com/ . Also new to Path Finder 7 is the logo, as well as the re-branded slogan, "Stay Organized" which turned into a hash-tagged social media hit leading up to Path Finder 7's release.

Path Finder 7 is available as a direct download from Cocoatech's website for US$39.95 or as an upgrade from Path Finder 6 for $19.95. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download.

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Sep 03
Red Giant upgrades Universe to version 12

As part of its expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has announced Universe 12. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions.

Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.

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Sep 03
Epson expands WorkForce printing solutions

Epson America has announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.

The WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630 expand Epson’s existing line of WorkForce printers built for business, and include enhanced connectivity options to make printing from tablets and smartphones easier than ever. The WorkForce WF-2660 supports NFC touch-to-print capabilities, and all printers include wireless and Wi-Fi Direct, which means no router is required for printing and scanning. The WorkForce 2600-Series is also equipped with Epson Connect for the ability to print and scan documents, photos, emails and web pages from a tablet, smartphone or computer from just about anywhere.

The Epson WorkForce WF-2660 (US$149.99) and WF-2630 ($99.99) will be available in late September and the WF-2650 ($129.99) will be available in late October through major...

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Sep 03
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 adapter 

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda), a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.

Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard — offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. Support for Wake-on-LAN and other advanced features make this Sonnet adapter suitable for use in a variety of workflows and environments, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies.

The Twin 10G can be mounted inside Sonnet's xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system and rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro,...

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