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Feb 17
Fanatic releases Informant for OS X with Weather, Search, and...

Fanatic Software has launched Informant 7 (http://tinyurl.com/hmtv4sz), a new version of the calendar/task app for Mac OS X.

The utility has an interface specifically designed for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Version 7 includes weather, search, Google Event attendee support, drag and drop, and more.

Informant 7 requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later. It’s being sold for $29.99 for a limited time.

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Feb 17
Apple: we oppose the government’s order to unlock a shooter’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted “A Message to Our Customers” (http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/) saying that Apple opposes an order from the U.S. government to unlock a shooter’s iPhone.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. The ruling by Pym requires Apple to supply software the FBI can load onto Farook's county-owned work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature that erases the phone's data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.

The Apple CEO says that “Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a back door” and “while the government may argue that its use would be limited to...

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Feb 17
CS Odessa releases paid Germany Map Solution

CS Odessa’s newest addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park is designed to assist individuals who are looking for Germany map content to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The ConceptDraw Pro “Germany Map Solution” is available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw PRO v10 and ConceptDraw Office v3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

The Germany Map Solution for ConceptDraw PRO offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.

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Feb 16
Eve Energy Switch, Power Meter now available in the U.S.

Elgato has released Eve Energy, the latest product in their HomeKit-enabled Eve family. It plugs into any wall socket and instantly gives users access to control connected devices directly from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over Bluetooth Smart.

With Eve Energy, you can switch your devices on or off with a tap. Or, using Siri, you can see how much energy your devices are using and create scenes to control multiple devices in just one step, says Markus Fest, CEO of Elgato.

Eve Energy is the world’s first HomeKit-enabled switch based on Bluetooth Smart technology, which ensures reliable operation without adding to your already crowded WiFi network, he adds. HomeKit allows users to fully customize their setup with scenes to group multiple HomeKit-enabled devices to control them in one step. For instance, request Siri to turn “Entertainment On” to have the living room TV turn on, lights dim, music play, and so on.

Users can also keep track and manage the...

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Feb 16
Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 specification

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced availability of the Vulkan 1.0 royalty-free, open standard API specification. 

It’s designed to provide high-efficiency, cross-platform access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs [graphical user interfaces] used in a variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms. This ground-up design, complementing the OpenGL and OpenGL ES 3D APIs [application programming interfaces], provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability with minimized CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance. 

Multiple Vulkan 1.0 hardware drivers and SDKs are available immediately for developers to begin creating Vulkan applications and engines. More information on Vulkan is available at https://www.khronos.org/vulkan/.

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Feb 16
FileMaker, Inc. offers ‘State of the Custom App 2016 Report’

Seventy-four percent of teams using a custom app have seen an increase in productivity, according to FileMakers “2016 State of the Custom App Report,” which looks at how teams are embracing the power of custom apps to drive output, increase efficiency and streamline workloads.

The report found that custom apps are being used in a wide variety of ways to help teams accomplish their business goals. According to FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), key findings of the report include:

° 81% reported custom apps reduced inefficient tasks;
° 74% reported custom apps increased in team productivity;
° 63% reported custom apps improved field and customer service delivery;
° 60% reported custom apps have seen a return on investment (ROI);
° 49% reported using custom apps on iPad or iPhone;
° 52% of custom apps were built in less than three months;
° 82% reported that they...

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Feb 16
Seagate shipping new 2TB mobile hard drive

Seagate Technology is shipping what it says is the world’s first 2TB, 7mm hard disk drive (HDD)— the Seagate Mobile HDD (www.seagate.com/mobilehdd). It weighs 3.17 ounces and is 25% lighter than the previous generation of mobile hard drives.

A smaller 7mm drive frees up valuable space in a mobile device to accommodate additional designed-in features, such as bigger batteries, more memory and better air circulation, according to Matt Rutledge, Seagate’s senior vice president, client storage. With up to 2TB of space, the Mobile HDD enables affordable high capacity storage, while supporting over 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 124 hours of high definition video. The drive is available in both 1TB and 2TB capacities.

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Feb 15
Waves Audio ships Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plugin

Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates plugin. They’re available for $99 for a limited time; the regular price will be $249.

Introduced over half a century ago, plate reverbs have been a fixture of recorded music ever since. Used most prominently in the ‘60s and ‘70s by pioneering bands, including the Beatles and Pink Floyd, Abbey Road Studios’ original reverb plates — four EMT 140 units — were first installed in 1957 to complement the fixed reverberation times of the studios’ echo chambers. These plates, with a variable reverb time of up to six seconds, were then tweaked to perfection by Abbey Road's technical engineers.

To keep noise to a minimum, EMI's Central Research Laboratories designed unique hybrid solid-state drive amps for Plates A, B and C. Plate D remained fully valve-powered on both drive and output stages, allowing a versatile array of sonic...

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Feb 15
Samsung launches high bandwidth memory DRAM

Samsung (www.samsung.com) has started the race to bring the next generation of RAM memory to market, with the iHigh Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) DRAM now coming out of its factories.

The company says uUsers will get data in and out at 256 GBps, and there will be various capacities available. Though the memory modules have already gone into production, the Korean manufacturer isn’t saying when the industry-first 4GB DRAM modules will hit the shelves. However, they’ve guaranteed an 8GB version before the end of 2016.

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Feb 15
VidConvert 1.6.4 optimized for OS X El Capitan

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.6.4, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

It will convert just about any type of video into one of the formats of today. Version 1.6.4 is optimized for OS X El Capitan and fixes a vulnerability in the Sparkle updater.

VidConvert costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo that creates three-minute samples is available (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).

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Feb 12
Kanex announces new Aluminum MultiSync Bluetooth Keyboard for...

Kanex (www.kanex.com) has announced a new family of wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Apple devices, including its flagship model, the MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard.

The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once. Kanex is also introducing a new MultiSync Mini Keyboard, and two new EasySync iPad Keyboards with 2-in-1 covers that convert into a smartphone or tablet stand.

The Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard features a premium aluminum finish, while the MultiSync Mini Keyboard is made of stainless steel, both complementing your Mac and assuring durability for everyday use, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. Four Bluetooth keys let you switch between four Mac or iOS devices – just pair your devices and start toggling.

You can adjust screen brightness, volume, play and pause with single touch focus keys on the Mac layout you’re...

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Feb 12
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets tweaked version interface, more

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.4 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.2.4 is an El Capitan optimized version with a tweaked user interface, refreshed graphics, and a new app icon. It also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and other optimizations.

AppDelete 4.2.4 is compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are$3.99. A full-featured demo is available. Version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade

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Feb 12
Syncro Soft Updates Oxygen XML Web Author To Version 17.1.1

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced version 17.1.1 of its Oxygen XML Author.

The upgrade takes advantage of the Oxygen authoring technology to bring XML editing and reviewing to any device that supports modern web browsers. The user interface is designed to allow you to interact with XML content in the most efficient and productive way possible.

Oxygen XML Web Author provides guided authoring with content completion assistance, automatic validation, inline hints, and a variety of common editing actions for each type of document. A review panel provides an overview of all comments and tracked changes, and offers a way of navigating through changes and accessing various review actions.

Oxygen XML Web Author is available as a ready-to-use product, and as part of the Oxygen XML software development kit. For more information, go to www....

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Feb 11
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course set for April

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in April.

Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there’s no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. Students also avoid personal travel expenses such as airfare, meals and hotel stay.

The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. The course offers a series of nine training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 14 where necessary.

Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes as follows: Planning a FileMaker Solution; Developer Skills; Advanced Developer Skills; FileMaker Server; and Security. The first 24 hours of class emphasize development skills like...

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Feb 11
LEGO Star Wars - The Complete Saga for Mac Force-levitates onto...

Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractivecom) says LEGO Star Wars — The Complete Saga for Mac is now available at Steam.

The game lets players experience iconic moments from all six Star Wars movies from podracing on Tatooine to targeting inexplicably unshielded exhaust ports. You solve puzzles through the use of creative thinking, teamwork, and building situations.

LEGO Star Wars — The Complete Saga for Mac has over 120 playable characters, including new characters like Watto, Zam Wessell, Boss Nass. The game sports redesigned levels like the "Mos Espa Podrace" and "Gunship Cavalry,” which take advantage of the the open vehicle gameplay of LEGO Star Wars II.

Bonus levels and missions allow you to take 10 additional Bounty Hunter missions from Jabba the Hutt in the prequel trilogy. Two Player Local Co-Op lets friends and families play together.

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Feb 11
Mozart 2 for Mac OS X now available in a pro version

RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help musicians of all levels improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game.

The new pro version features an overhauled game engine with five additional instruments, 235 assignable instrument sounds, new game characters, full support for OS X El Capitan, and a polished user interface There are over 25 new features.

Mozart 2 Pro (version 1.0.1) costs $14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/joo94pc) in the education and music categories. Educational discounts are available.

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Feb 11
Pomfort upgrades Silverstack for OS X to version 5

Pomfort has announced Silverstack 5, an update to its media management software for Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

Featuring the automated matching of media and color information in one clip library, it facilitates and accelerates workflows in film productions of all sizes. Version 5 focuses on the evolving role color occupies in today's film production workflows and includes features designed to make it easy to manage and create looks in combination with source media on set and beyond.

A yearly subscription for Silverstack can be purchased for $399, the yearly subscription for Silverstack XT (a higher end version) is $599. Pomfort allows you to rent Silverstack and Silverstack XT for the duration of 14 days/one month/ wo months. Silverstack XT is now also available as a bundle offer with LiveGrade Pro. Silverstack 5 can be acquired at the Pomfort webstore . A 14-day trial demo is available for download.

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Feb 11
Output Factory for InDesign 1.5.44 improves Flash SWF and...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.44, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such as batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP delivery and more. Version 1.5.44 improves reliability of InDesign file conversion to PostScript and Flash SWF formats.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Feb 10
Red Giant announces update to PluralEyes in Shooter Suite 13

Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has released Shooter Suite 13.0, which features the new PluralEyes 4.0, an update of the audio/video sync tool that’s compatible with any non-linear editor.

Topping the list of new features in PluralEyes 4.0 is the ability to sync with PluralEyes directly in Premiere Pro, without having to leave the host app, Smart Start capabilities, automatic drift correction, vertical track scaling, integration with Red Giant Offload, and more simplicity and automation than ever before. It also sports a completely updated look and additional new features.

Shooter Suite 13.0 is available today and can be purchased for $399 (a $99 upgrade) through Red Giant. Customers can purchase individual products or the entire Shooter Suite 13 (a savings of $197 when compared to the price of the individual products in the suite).

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Feb 10
Hue Dada! lets you colorize Finder items

DouWere, s.p.r.l. has introduced Hue Dada ! 1.0 for OS X, an app designed to enhance the user experience with the Mac OS X finder. You can drag and drop any Finder item onto the Hue Dada icon in the color bar to colorize it, according to its tag.

Hue Data! colors your icons according to their tag. The folks at DouWere say the app is “technically secure,” based on Apple’s standards.


Hue Dada! requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1049662769).

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Feb 10
Apple software veteran introduces ‘Internet’ browser

Andrew Kaz, a veteran Apple software developer, has released a new web browser called "Internet." He says it’s a new kind of web browser, unique and unlike anything that has ever come before.”

It introduces a search-based interface in which Search is the Interface. Search results are merged completely with tabs. “Internet” stands for the ideal of Information for this new Information Age, “researching, learning, reading from the vast library that is now the Internet,” says Katz.

It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jmtzy2q) for $4.99. Internet requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.

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Feb 10
Patriot DDR4 SODIMMs approved for Intel Gen 6 Skylake NUCs

Patriot (www.patriotmemory.com) has announced the qualification of their 4GB and 8GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMMs for compatibility with Intel’s latest GEN 6 i3 NUC (Next Unit of Computing) and GEN 6 i5 NUC.

The qualification of Patriot’s 4GB and 8GB SODIMMs was completed by CMTL, an independent compatibility testing lab used by Intel to qualify memory for their motherboards and platforms. Each DIMM submitted by Patriot was put through rigorous physical and environmental testing in order to be qualified as compatible with Intel’s GEN 6 NUC, mini PC.

Both the i3 and i5 models of the Intel GEN 6 NUCs have a maximum capacity of 32GB between its two DIMM slots and up to 2133MHz making Patriot a first rate option for a computer memory solution, says Les Henry, Patriots’ vice president of Engineering.

Patriot’s Signature Line DDR4 4GB (PSD44G213381S) and 8GB (PSD48G21332S) 2133MHz SODIMMs both have a...

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Feb 10
LifeFlix for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

LifeFlix (lifeflix.com)— a Mac OS X app for watching, protecting, and sharing your video tape memories — has been revved to version 1.5.

The utility was created to import all your DV, HDV, and Digital Hi8 tapes. Just plug your camera into your computer, and LifeFlix grabs all the videos and organizes them into a catalog. You can watch and share, or you can protect them on a external hard drive or cloud service.

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Feb 09
piQtility for OS X updated with enhanced resize picture features

MoonApp has updated piQtility for Mac OS X to version 4.6.2. It’s a picture utility that lets you manage, watermark, preview, sort, edit, convert or rename your pictures. Version 4.6.2 sports enhanced resize pictures features.

A demo version is available for download (http://www.moon-app.com/Downloads/piQtilityDEMO.dmg). Registration is $14.99. piQtility requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

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Feb 09
CacheWarmer 15 for OS X is here

CacheWarmer (https://assetcache.io/cachewarmer/) — which bridges the gap between Apple’s Caching Server and a traditional software update server — has been updated to version 15.

It’s a command line utility for OS X Mavericks and later that warms up (or pre-populates) a Caching Server with iOS and OS X updates rather than waiting for devices to request them. Version 15 introduces a new feature management scheme and reduces CacheWarmer's download footprint. Here are the full release notes:

° Populates ipsw files used by Apple Configurator 2 for restoring iOS – This is a licensed feature and opt-in --enable ipsw

° Populating iOS beta updates is now a licensed feature and is opt-in --enable iosbeta

° Support for the new update feed used in the iOS 9.3 beta

° Opt out of OS X updates --disable mac

° Performance improvements when parsing an iOS update feed...

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