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Oct 14
NetSpot for Mac OS X revved to version 2.4

NetSpot (www.netspotapp.com/) has announced NetSpot 2.4, an update of the Wi-Fi site survey software for Mac users. New features now accessible from the Preferences menu include the ability to add an iperf3 server address for active scanning via TCP and/or UDP, import and export global AP aliases, and auto-clear old Discover Mode data.

NetSpot allows  visualizing their networks, identifying areas of weakness and correcting problems. The free, standard version includes a wireless discover mode, a new streamlined interface, and more. Premium paid additions are offered for users who need more advanced Wi-Fi survey features.

The Pro edition gives network experts features such as multi-floor scanning, active scanning, the ability to scan hidden networks, and automated troubleshooting. The Enterprise edition includes all the features of the Pro edition and provides licenses to all users within a company,...

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Oct 13
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ...

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 (www.native-instruments.com/s8) – a new DJ controller designed for TRAKTOR PRO 2 control.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s full color displays and touch-sensitive hardware controls fuse with enhanced track decks, a 4-channel standalone mixer, and the flagship TRAKTOR software for a multisensory DJ experience. It will be available online and at retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2014 for US$1,199.
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Oct 13
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus arrive in 36 more countries, territories...

Apple says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.

The new smartphones will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month. They're on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus rollout continues on the following dates:

° Friday, Oct. 17: China, India and Monaco;

° Thursday, Oct. 23: Israel;

° Friday, Oct. 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa;

° Thursday, Oct. 30: Bahrain and Kuwait;

° Friday, Oct. 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and...

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Oct 13
MatchWare Launches MindView 5 Business Mac

 MatchWare has launched MindView 5 Business Mac (http://tinyurl.com/cmtfa3), a mind mapping and Gantt chart creation application built on MatchWare’s MindView Business Platform.

It's designed to enable project managers and other users to brainstorm work breakdown structures (WBS) in mind maps and transfer the data between six interchangeable views: Gantt Chart, Timeline, Mind Map, Top Down, Left/Right and Outline. In addition to key project management-focused upgrades -- including individually managed resource calendars, effort-driven tasks, and improved branch data visualization -- MindView 5 Business Mac also features: a Mac-friendly interface; enhanced Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project integration; built-in task and resource allocation; and transferring to/from MindView 5 Business PC.
 
MatchWare’s MindView 5 Business Mac is available for a one-time fee of US$349 a single user A...

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Oct 13
AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is new image editing program for Mac OS X,...

AKVIS has released a new image editing program, AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 (https://akvis.com/en/charcoal/index.php). It's a standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.

The software creates charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos. The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favorite combinations of the parameters.

The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8. It costs US$49 for a home license. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 13
Quark releases free QuarkXPress document converter for...

Quark Software has announced the QuarkXPress Document Converter, a free tool that allows QuarkXPress users to open legacy QuarkXPress files in QuarkXPress 10. QuarkXPress 10 inherently supports documents created with QuarkXPress 7-10, but not legacy documents created in versions 3-6.

Through the QuarkXPress Document Converter user interface, QuarkXPress 10 users can select a single QuarkXPress document or an entire folder and convert the files to a format compatible with QuarkXPress 10. Prior to the availability of the QuarkXPress Document Converter, users needed to maintain a copy of QuarkXPress 9 in order to access old documents.

The QuarkXPress Document Converter also offers the added benefit of batch conversions, which QuarkXPress 9 does not support. To download the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, go to http://tinyurl.com/3rmaqwm .

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Oct 10
GT Advanced looking to 'wind down' operations

Sapphire crystal maker GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court’s permission to “wind down” operations at its manufacturing plant, less than a year after announcing a high-profile deal to supply the material to Apple, according to re/code (http://tinyurl.com/opcqz89).

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff set a hearing for Oct. 15 in Springfield, Mass., to consider the motion. Earlier this week GT, Apple’s partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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Oct 10
Apple Watch to be featured on cover of Vogue China

Chinese model Liu Wen in Vogue China's November issue, wearing the Apple Watch on the cover of the magazine, notes MacRumors (www.macrumors.com).

Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She's also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at a Sept. 9 media event. It's expected to go on sale in early 2015, perhaps by February.

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Oct 10
Apple to stream its Oct. 16 event

Apple plans to offer a live stream of its October 16 media event. The company will provide a stream of the event both on its website and through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV.

The Oct. 16 event will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invitation’s tag line says, “it’s been way too long.” Almost certain to be unveiled are Mac OS X Yosemite and new iPad Airs and minis. Other possibilities are a new Mac mini, a revamped Apple TV, a Retina display iMac, a 12-inch iPad Pro and a 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.

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Oct 10
InfoLogic releases MathMagic Lite for Mac OS X

InfoLogic has releases MathMagic Lite 8.91, their free, complimentary equation editor for Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

On top of its interface to type math expressions and symbols via palettes and keyboard, it also reads various Math formats including MathML, LaTeX, Plain TeX, Wiki equations, ASCIIMath, MathJax, and MathType. MathMagic Lite for Mac can save expressions in PNG, SVG, JPG, Math-To-Speech and more.

Unlike the paid versions, MathMagic Lite has some less used or high end complex features disabled or removed, focusing more on K-12 math levels. Also, colors are converted to grey. High end users who need more advanced features can try MathMagic Personal and MathMagic Pro. MathMagic Lite for Mac OS X is free and available immediately for download from the MathMagic website (http://www.mathmagic.com/).

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Oct 10
Kool Tools: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Razer (www.razerzone.com) has launched the US$69.99 Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.
 
The Razer DeathAdder Chroma features the ergonomic design of its precursor. It's equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor that's purportedly able to track lift-off distance as precise as 1 mm on most surfaces, including glass table tops. The upgraded sensor is capable of mouse movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50 G acceleration.
 
Together with Razer Synapse: Stats & Heatmaps, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma provides gamers precise details such as game time, button presses, distance moved and even how much overall pressure was exerted while gaming. This incredible amount of technical tracking data coupled with the upgraded ultra accurate sensor allows gamers to tweak the Razer DeathAdder Chroma to their individual play style and further...

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Oct 10
Keylogger for Mac adds in-app "All Activity" view

WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.4, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.

Version 1.4 brings a new in-app "All Activity" view that combines keystrokes, chat logs and website history. The new release also brings automatic log backup and recovery for Pro users.

Elite Keylogger for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later. There are two versions available: Free and Pro. The difference between the two is that the free version isn't invisible, and its logs don't display passwords and chat conversations.

Elite Keylogger Pro licensing is US$49 for one monitored Mac, $99 for five monitored d Macs, and $99 for 25 monitored Macs $199. An unlimited license is $299. Version 1.4 is a free...

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Oct 09
Pangea Audio introduces Apple certified Lightning to USB cables 

Pangea Audio (www.pangeaaudio.com) has introduced MFI-tested, Apple-certified Lightning cables for use with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5/5S/5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina and all Lightning-equipped Apple devices.
 
Pangea Lightning cables are an five-feet in length—42% longer than Apple’s standard Lightning cable. They feature "superior shielding, robust 27-gauge signal conductors, heavy-duty 21-gauge power conductors and Apple’s newest, thinnest C48 Lightning connector on one end, with a USB 'A' connector on the other end," says Pangea cable designer Jay Victor.

Pangea has utilized high-grade copper, with wire gauges that are significantly thicker than a typical Apple-type cable in order to deliver accurate signal and steady power despite the longer cable length, he adds. Five available colors (black, blue, green, pink, or white) are designed to match your iPhone, iPad Mini or other Apple...

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Oct 09
Investor Carl Icahn posts open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook

Carl Icahn has posted an open letter (http://bit.ly/1pUEl6O) to Apple CEO Tim Cook The investor calls on the company to accelerate its pace of share buybacks and makes the case that shares of AAPL are worth $203 based on projected FY16 and FY17 earnings.

Here's how the letter starts: "As a large Apple shareholder with approximately 53 million shares, we applaud you and the rest of management, especially in light of recent launches and announcements which further validate our view that you are the ideal CEO for Apple. It is truly a watershed moment, with Apple poised to take market share from Google (Android) in the premium device market as iPhone 6 becomes Apple’s flagship device among a growing collection of products and services that work together to form an increasingly dominant mobile ecosystem."

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Oct 09
MAXON says Cineware 2.0, Cinema 4D Lite 16 are included with the...

MAXON (www.maxon.net) says MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) .

The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities. With After Effects CC, creative professionals benefit from the integration provided by Cineware that establishes a direct connection between Cinema 4D and After Effects, according to MAXON.

Users can open, edit and enhance Cinema 4D project files inside After Effects using the Live 3D pipeline first introduced last year in After Effects CC. Even compositing passes can be selected, edited and enhanced directly in After Effects. Cinema 4D Lite, a "lite" version of Cinema 4D, is included in After Effects CC.

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Oct 09
AppDelete is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.4, 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 4.1.4 sports a new user interface and is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

AppDelete 4.1.4 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.

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Oct 09
Synchro Soft announces Oxygen XML Editor 16.1

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products (http://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html) containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

oXygen XML Editor 16.1 adds improvements to both the XML development and XML authoring functionality. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded.

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Oct 08
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual now available in 12TB capacity

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced a new 12TB capacity option for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of dual-bay external high-performance storage solutions, one of OWC’s family of Thunderbolt interface storage products.

The Mercury Elite Pro Dual, now available in capacities from 0GB (add your own drives) and up to 12TB of total storage, adds storage capacity and throughput to any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt port. Applications such as A/V post-production, photography, music, graphics, data management, and even Time Machine backups can be enhanced with access to data at sustained data rates of up to 389MB/s read, 351MB/s write.
 
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual supports independent drive access for two installed drives, providing hardware RAID, and is ideal for RAID 0, 1, Span, and Independent (JBOD) Modes. Pricing ranges from US$399 to $1,099.99.

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Oct 08
Apple gains marketshare in global PC sales

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7% and a sizable improvement over the forecast of -4.1%, according to the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com). Apple moved into the number 5 position on a worldwide basis, slightly overtaking ASUS. The company's steady growth, along with recent price cuts and improved demand in mature markets, has helped it to consistently outgrow the market.

Many of the trends from the second quarter remained relevant and contributed to the 3Q14 results, says the research group. Commercial PC purchases played a key role in many markets, with the top three vendors – Lenovo, HP, and Dell – all showing solid year-on-year growth.

Conversely, fierce competition and a spiral toward tablet-like prices helped to further consolidate the market. Shipments of entry systems, including Chromebooks, continued to inject an...

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Oct 08
Native Instruments introduces Caribbean Current Expansion for...

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments) has introduced Caribbean Current, a new Maschine Expansion that pairs the sounds and rhythms of traditional Caribbean music with a modern, club-oriented aesthetic.

Caribbean Current features all-new patterns, custom Massive presets, a dub siren, and exclusive kits created and inspired by artists in the upcoming NI documentary "Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast." Caribbean Current is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49

It runs in the Maschine 2 software on Maschine Studio, Maschine, or Maschine Mikro. A compact version for iMaschine is also available via the in-app store for $0.99.

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Oct 08
Apple announces Oct. 16 media event

Apple has sent out press invitations to a keynote address for Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite's tag line says, "it's been way too long."

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Oct 08
comScore reports August smartphone subscriber marketshare for...

comScore (www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has reported trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for August.

Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52% platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.

comScore says 174 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (72% mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in August, up 3 percent since May. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42% of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 0.1 percentage points from May). Samsung ranked second with 28.9% market share (up 1.1 percentage points), followed by LG with 6.7% (up 0.2 percentage points), Motorola with 5.4%and HTC with 4.5%.

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in August with 52% market share, followed by Apple with...

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Oct 08
Apple remains top consumer brand for teens

Piper Jaffray (www.piperjaffray.com) as completed its 28th semi-annual Taking Stock With Teens market research project, which indicates increased spending across categories despite decreased optimism about the economy. Apple remains the top consumer electronics brand for teens.

Sixty-seven percent own iPhones, up 6% from spring 2014. Seventy-three percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone.

"Our fall 2014 survey results indicate teens continue to diversify their tastes through discovery of emerging brands and multi-brand experimentation, even as their views of the economy worsen," says Steph Wissink, co-director of research and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. "We also observe trends that indicate teens use social media, mainly Instagram, to create their own unique personal brands and seek peer affirmation. Millennials continue to be early adopters of change who use...

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Oct 08
App Tamer revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

 St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an upgrade (2.0.4) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version delivers full compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 2.x can upgrade to version 2.0.4 for free. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $7.95.

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Oct 08
'DigiTimes' claims a 12-inch MacBook Air has entered...

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has started production on a 12-inch MacBook Air "in small volumes" and will gradually increase output beginning November, claims "DigiTimes" (www.digitimes.com), quoting sources with Taiwan's supply chain.

"Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being," the article adds "As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated."

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