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Apr 19
Developers can now apply for tickets for WWDC 2016

Apple will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West. 

“With four innovative operating systems [OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS] and a new, intuitive programming language [Swift] powering over one billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22, at...

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Apr 19
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates its CNS Query FileMaker...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Query 2.0 with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.

This version also brings in CNS Core code updates. CNS Query provides users with functions to work with their data from any calculation and without creating any extraneous relationships.

CNS Query is available immediately at http://cnsplug-ins.com/Plug-ins/cns_query for both Mac OS X and Windows. You can download a demo copy of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query or MMQuery any time from April 18, 2015 until now, you can install this latest version free of charge, though if you previously had a MMQuery License Key, you will need to contact Comm-Unity for a new CNS Query License Key.

If you purchased MMQuery any time between April 18, 2014 and April 17, 2015,...

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Apr 19
Cronette for OS X revved to version 1.7.1

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7.1.

The app lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

Cronette costs $9.99 for a single user license, though version 1.7.1 is a...

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Apr 18
Siri says Apple’s WWDC will be held June 13-17

Been wondering when the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will be held? Ask Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, and you’ll get an answer.


Siri says that the WWDC will be held June 13-17 in San Francisco. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed this, but we’ll take Siri’s word for it. Keep an eye on the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com) for details.

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Apr 18
ATTO announces OS X driver support for FastFrame 40GbE NICs

 ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced Mac OS X driver support for its FastFrame 40GbE Network Interface Cards. General availability for ATTO’s 40GbE OS X driver is expected in the third quarter of the year.

ATTO will highlight the new OS X driver in an extended media workflow demonstration in its booth (SL8511) at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas, April 18-21. The live demo, which will feature ATTO’s FastFrame NQ42 40GbE NIC in a Thunderbolt expansion chassis connected to a Mac mini workstation, will display how ATTO’s 40GbE solutions are Thunderbolt-ready in Mac environments. Unlike competing solutions, this ensures 40GbE support for currently shipping Mac platforms, including Mac Pro workstations, Mac Minis and Mac Pro laptops says Tim Klein, CEO of ATTO Technology.

Available in single and dual-port versions with optional QSFP+s, FastFrame 40 NICs combine near-line speed throughput with best-...

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Apr 18
LaCie announces the 12big Thunderbolt 3

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit with up to 96TB and the performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6.

It’s designed for video professionals who need to meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras. The LaCie 12big features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty. With its hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM drives, it can reportedly achieve up to 2600MB/s—and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.

With double the video bandwidth of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 lets the user daisy chain dual 4K displays or a single 5K display to the LaCie 12big. With two 4K displays, a video pro can spread out his/her workspace by dedicating one display to the timeline and the other to previewing 4K footage. It’s even possible to provide power to a compatible laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 cable.

With up to 96TB of capacity, the LaCie...

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Apr 18
CalDigit previews Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage system

CalDigit (www.caldigitcom) has announced the T8, a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage solution with 8-bays featuring capacities up to 48TB. It supports both 3.5-inch HDDs and 2.5-inch SSDs.

The dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offer up to 40Gb/s bandwidth and allow users to integrate a professional Thunderbolt 3 workflow. As the T8 features dual Type-C ports, users have the ability to use the T8 on USB 3.1 Type-C computers for added flexibility.

It also features a full size DisplayPort connector on the back of the unit. This allows users the ability to connect a 4K 60Hz monitor to their storage device in order to simplify their workflow. The T8 features speeds of up to 1440MB/s and includes two fans for keeping the drives at a cool operating temperature.

The T8 can be formatted to RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. For users who need the best performance the T8 can be used in RAID 0, and for users who need outstanding...

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Apr 18
Akitio unveils Thunder3 PCIe SSD

AKITIO (www.akitio.com) has unveiled the Thunder3 PCIe SSD, which it says is the industry's fastest external storage solution. Developed for high-speed transfer of large files, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD combines the full PCIe Gen3 x4 bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps port, offering performance of 2500MB/s (2.5 Gigabytes per second) with a storage capacity of 1.2TB.

About 8x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD is designed for consumers and professionals who desire high capacity external storage with unmatched data transfer speeds, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. It features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports as well as a DisplayPort video output to connect the latest 4K displays. 

The second Thunderbolt 3 port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting USB 3.1 (up to 10Gb/s), DisplayPort monitor or up to five daisy chained...

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Apr 18
G-Technology offers new network attached storage solution

G-Technology has announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide.

The G-RACK 12 is designed to streamline demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. It’s targeted to small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications.

An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. The G-RACK 12 utilizes quad 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers. The G-RACK 12 incorporates a G-Technology-developed NAS operating system with BTRfs file system with a graphical interface. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard...

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Apr 18
Kronos releases OpenCL 2.2 provisional spec

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced the availability of the OpenCL 2.2, SYCL 2.2 and SPIR-V 1.1 provisional specifications.

OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language.

These new specifications can be found at www.khronos.org. They’re released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before finalization, including at the Khronos forums (https://forums.khronos.org/).

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Apr 18
Snippery 1.1 for OS X released; adds Markdown support

Javier Rodríguez (AprendeXojo.com) has released Snippery 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.7 and later).

This release adds Markdown syntax support; PDF, Word, RTF and HTML export support; improves data security and access; expands filtering options; and offers support for Retina Display. Snippery provides features from a snippets manager app mixed with editing features and more.

Slippery 1.1 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $18.

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Apr 18
Excel releases QLRT Xcode 3.0

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 3.0 for Objective-C and Swift developers creating Mac OS X software.  

QLRT Xcode is a static library containing the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management. Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation methods and advanced licensing features.

QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and outputs a Ticket file.  That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the Xcode project and called with a function in the source code. The programmer can focus on value added customer solutions since the runtime implements the internal protection, activation and licensing features.

QLRT Xcode 3....

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Apr 15
Axure RP for Mac OS X and Windows updated to version 8

Axure Software Solutions (http://www.axure.com) has released Axure RP 8. It’s a solution for Mac OS X and Windows created to help teams design solutions to complex business challenges.

Axure RP 8 gives business and UX professionals new diagramming, prototyping, and specification features that help them create the right solution and align their teams. For large teams and enterprises, new collaboration features—along with an option to install Axure Share on-premises—help streamline modern workflows, whether it's agile, lean, waterfall, or a hybrid.

Perpetual licenses are $495 for the pro version and $895 for the team. Axure Software Solutions has also introduced subscription licensing options—$29 a month for pro, and $49 a month for team. The Enterprise Edition is available only as a subscription and costs $99 a month per user.

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Apr 15
Date Time Calc for OS X upgraded to version 2.1

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc for Mac OS X to version 2.1. It’s an app to calculate future and past dates by adding a date interval and to calculate date difference between two assigned dates.

You can add or subtract to dates, years, months, and days — or add or subtract days, hours , minutes and seconds to guess future and past date-times. You can also calculate difference between two dates using calendar specification (years, months and days) or using a time precision method specifying date and time and obtaining a difference in days, hours, minutes and seconds.

With version 2.1, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. Also, at any time you can clean the log by resetting it.

Date Time Calc 2 .1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website...

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Apr 14
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.8.2 addresses an issue in which the utility may fail to clear DNS cache.

Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 14
BeeSoft releases ProTA 4.1, adding fundamental analysis

BeeSoft (http://www.beesoft.net) has released ProTA 4.1, an update to the stock market charting and technical analysis application for OS X.

The tool empowers casual investors as well as veteran market technicians to chart, analyze and optimize their trading ideas. ProTA provides more than100 indicators, line studies, smartlists, chart templates and trading models are built into ProTA's one-click browser. Version 4.1 now provides fundamental analysis.

ProTA is Mac OS X and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 4.1 is a free upgrade for all ProTA 4 users and is available immediately for download at BeeSoft online. A demo is available for download. Pricing starts at $99 for a one-year activation code.

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Apr 14
Email Obfuscator for Mac OS X gets new Refresh command

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Email Obfuscator, a Mac OS X app for creating and editing web pages, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command.

Email Obfuscator is a tool for anyone creating and editing web pages. It creates email links using "obfuscated" code. The obfuscated link can be put inside any web page and it is not recognised by Bot surfing the net collecting emails.

Email Obfuscator requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 14
HoudahGeo for OS X 5.0 adds Places, drag and drop geocoding and...

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.

Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 5.0 is priced at $39 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 13
USB 3.0 group defines authentication protocol for USB Type-C

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. USB-C is the port (the only one) on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.

Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a wired connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.

USB Type-C Authentication empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB Chargers and to mitigate risks from maliciously embedded hardware or software in USB devices attempting to exploit a USB connection. For a traveler concerned about charging their phone at a public terminal, their phone can implement a policy only allowing charge from certified USB chargers. A company, tasked with protecting corporate assets, can set a policy...

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Apr 13
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move ranges of text

publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.

A Better Finder Rename may be purchased for $19.95. Family, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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Apr 13
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for OS X

Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.

The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password  or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.

Password Creator 1.3 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jhaqvnv).

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Apr 13
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film production

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.

In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “field of view” mode for spherical stitched media. In the upcoming release, Adobe Stock )a collection of mor etham 50 million curated, royalty-free...

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Apr 13
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22

Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade

The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt  collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.

AutoCrypt requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $7 and can be downloaded at the Tension Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/henfhcr) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/glazxsw).

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Apr 12
Wibu-Systems joins the Trusted Computing Group

Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).

As part of this endeavor, Wibu-Systems is also expanding its hardware compatibility lineup to include support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). CodeMeter features growing support on multiple fronts: a range of hardware platforms, including PCs, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers, a lineup of secure elements that spans across dongles, memory cards, TPMs, cloud, and software-based repositories, and full integration with all major operating systems used in offices and industrial environments.

Attackers often use reverse engineering to find software...

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Apr 12
Panamas introduces DirectFlow for the Mac

Panasas, which specializes in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has announced DirectFlow for Mac.

Previously only available for Linux, DirectFlow for Mac brings the performance benefits of parallel I/O over Ethernet to the Mac platform and OS X operating system. DirectFlow is the parallel data access protocol designed by Panasas and delivered as part of the integrated ActiveStor storage solution that incorporates the patented PanFS file system as well as NFS and SMB protocols. Currently deployed across a large variety of Linux-based computing environments, the DirectFlow protocol has proven success at delivering more than 10x the performance of workloads using traditional I/O protocols, according to David Sallak, vice president, products and solutions at Panasas.

DirectFlow avoids traditional protocol I/O bottlenecks by allowing compute clients to access Panasas storage directly and in parallel. This results in higher performance than what can be...

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