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Feb 13
24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced an immediate availability of updating custom-developed FileMaker plug-ins and mobile apps for 64-bit architecture.

The new service includes identifying hidden issues, cleaning-up code, creating new builds for FileMaker Server 13 and iOS 8, and more. Owners of FileMaker plug-ins and iOS apps can now hire 24U to update their products for 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server and iOS.

Since Feb. 1, all new apps uploaded to the Apple App Store must support 64-bit architecture and be built for iOS 8. All new iOS devices, such as the new iPad Air or iPhone 6, are using a 64-bit architecture. So any new version of an existing iOS app must be optimized for iOS 8 and 64-bit processors in order to get approved by Apple for distribution on the App Store.

FileMaker started using 64-bit architecture for the web publishing engine in FileMaker...

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Feb 12
Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5

Allegorithmic (www.allegorithmic.com) has launched Substance Designer 5, the new iteration of its node-based texturing hub for the next generation of game artists. It introduces new features dedicated to next-gen procedural art, as well as pipeline enhancements designed to ensure consistency for large-scale teams as they share and reuse assets. Non-linear and non-destructive.

Substance Designer lets you create PBR materials for real-time 3D projects. New features in version 5 include:

° Substance Engine 2.0, the new generation of Allegorithmic's core tech "will push Substance Designer’s power of expression to new heights";

° Pixel processor node: this true image processor allows you to read input images and apply any custom effect or treatment using visual programming;

° Transfer Baker, which lets you transfer textures from one mesh to another without worrying about UV changes;...

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Feb 12
Aluminum Clamp Hub with four USB ports attaches to an iMac

Satechi's new Aluminum Clamp Hub provides an iMac with four additional USB 3.0 ports for charging smartphones, syncing and more.

The plug and play Aluminum Clamp Hub attaches to any iMac (2012 or newer) or PC (less than one inch thick) without any installation required. Simply attach the device directly onto the monitor, tighten the screw to attach, and plug in the included USB extension cable.

Additionally, the Aluminum Clamp Hub features a blue LED light to indicate it is powered on and ready for use. The hub is available now for US$27.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Feb 12
BusyMac introduces BusyContacts for Mac OS X

BusyMac (www.busymac.com) has introduced BusyContacts for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher). The app brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars.

What's more, BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal. Features include:

° Customizable views — you can view contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View;

° Tags that can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts;

° Smart Filters for filtering contacts, creating saved searches, and even applying custom view settings in the List View;

° An Activity List that displays activities associated with the selected contact including calendar events, emails, messages, and recent social network posts;

° Syncing with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, combining contact information from each of these sources into a unified contact view;

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Feb 12
StarTech releases Travel A/V Adapter

StarTech.com has released the new 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter, which enables mobile users to connect their Mini DisplayPort-equipped laptop to either an HDMI or VGA display.

Combining two of the most common display interfaces into a single adapter, StarTech.com’s A/V Travel Adapter eliminates having to carry multiple Mini DisplayPort adapters, which provides a portable solution for users to connect their laptop as needed in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments or while traveling, says Karishma Punwani, senior product manager at StarTech.com..

The 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter supports resolutions up to 1920x1200 or 1080p. It's compatible with Thunderbolt, and is host-powered performance so no additional power adapters are required.
 
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for StarTech.com’s 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter is US$49.99. The adapter will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com,...

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Feb 12
Flexiglass update is out with OS X 10.10.2 compatibility

Nulana has released Flexiglass 1.6. an update that brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.10.2 and fixes for such features as Real Zoom and Quick Layouts in multi-monitor configurations.

Flexiglass offers a new way to move, resize, maximize, close and arrange windows on the screen with a mouse, keyboard, trackpad, and graphics tablet. It allows a Mac user to move and resize windows by clicking anywhere on them and arrange multiple windows on the screen.

Move & Resize features add a Linux style Alt-Dragging to manage windows. Quick Layouts option is similar to Aero Snap in Windows and is a solution for working with multiple windows that can be resized to take up halves or quarters of the screen or go full screen. Quick Layout Shortcuts allow users to do the same things using only a keyboard.

Real Zoom improves default behavior of the green Zoom button and expands a window to full screen. Real Close makes the red system button to quit the application.

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Feb 12
Time Logger for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.0.1

Imre Katai has released Time Logger 1.0.1 (http://timelogger.metapps.eu), a maintenance update to the productivity application for OS X.

Developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects, Time Logger manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.

Time Logger 1.0.1 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 11
Parallels Desktop offers 'experimental support' for...

Parallels says Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop) now provides experimental support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Office Preview for Windows 10, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Now users who wish to try the newest OS from Microsoft can do so without the inconvenience of deleting an existing OS or the uncertainty of installing a new and non-final version of Windows 10 directly on their machines. The Parallels Wizard lets you download the Windows 10 Technical Preview directly from within Parallels Desktop, creating a virtual machine to try out everything Windows 10 has to offer, including such features as the new Start menu, Photos, Maps app, Cortana and Windows Store beta which offers Office Preview for Windows 10.

"Parallels Desktop enjoys very strong support among software developers and IT pros. We are happy to deliver all the tools they need to quickly and safely test or run the latest OS and applications, now including the...

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Feb 11
24U Software releases 24U Phone Companion 2.0

24U Software has rolled out 24U Phone Companion 2.0, a new version of their FileMaker plug-in solution for Mac OS X and Windows.

4U Phone Companion allows FileMaker solutions to interact directly with supported PBX (telephone switches). Version 2.0 adds support for call centers by providing called trunk line identification and improving support for complex phone handling workflows thanks to the ability to process unknown messages from and send raw commands back to the connected phone system.

24U Phone Companion requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and FileMaker Pro 10 or higher. It's available for download (http://www.24usoftware.com/) as a free fully functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license. The trial version of the ilink TeamCall Lite middleware is limited to three telephone lines.

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Feb 10
Apple is planning a $850 million solar farm

First Solar (www.firstsolar.com), a provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, says Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, California.

Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW) of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

"Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy," says Joe Kishkill, chief commercial officer for First Solar. "Apple's commitment was instrumental in making this project possible and will significantly increase the supply of solar power in California. Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of...

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Feb 10
BBVA Compass cardholders can enroll now in Apple Pay

BBVA Compass cardholders can now put away their plastic and use Apple Pay, the mobile payments solution introduced by Apple.

Those with BBVA Compass Visa consumer credit and BBVA Compass Visa consumer and business check cards are now eligible to add their cards to Apple Pay. Apple Pay lets customers make mobile payments in participating stores from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and, after it debuts, the Apple Watch. It also allows customers to make purchases within apps using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

"Mobile banking is a must-have for so many of our customers, and innovative new offerings — like this one — are changing what they expect to do with their devices," says BBVA Compass Chief Digital Banking Officer Jeff Dennes. "Our aim, always, is to meet and exceed those expectations and offering Apple Pay to our customers helps us do just that."

Users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their BBVA...

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Feb 10
Kinesis introduces Bluetooth Freestyle2 fully-splittable...

Kinesis Corp. (www.kinesis.com) has introduced the Freestyle2 Blue, Bluetooth keyboards for Macs and PCs. It includes a Multichannel feature that allows switching between the keyboard and up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The Freestyle2 Blue is the first fully-adjustable, fully-splittable ergonomic keyboard to incorporate a Multichannel Bluetooth capability, according to Jon Biggs, Kinesis’ director of Sales and Marketing points out. It features simple, sturdy adjustment mechanisms and is intuitive to configure and use, he adds.

The keyboard itself offers adjustable front splay and complete separation, and the interchangeable accessories provide adjustable tenting with or without integrated palm supports. The optional Freestyle2 accessory packages include the VIP3, V3, and Ascent Multi-Tent. This range of optional accessories allow organizations to precisely meet the needs of each employee while...

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Feb 10
Datamate Numeric Data Processor released for Mac OS X

Procypher Corp. (http://www.procypher.com/) has introduced Datamate Numeric Processor 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It's a data processor for "number crunching."

Datamate Numeric Processor comes complete with descriptive statistics, reporting, and configurable data output formatting. It's designed to help normalize, standardize, scale, and manage missing data and data outliers.

Datamate Numeric Processor 1.0 costs US$29.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 10
Revision Buddies launch GCSE Science Suite

Revision Buddies has now completed its GCSE Science Suite of revision apps. In addition to the Maths, History, French, RS & Geography apps, students can test their knowledge, further their understanding and monitor their progress in the lead up to their Biology, Physics & Chemistry GCSE exams using this personalized learning apparatus.

Featuring 1000s of original, syllabus specific questions, students may repeat difficult questions or select new questions at random. As with all Revision Buddies apps, these are written in accordance with the OCR, Edexcel and AQA GCSE exam boards.

Given the nature of the Science syllabus, Revision Buddies say they've ensured that each student can mould their app specifically to their exam board requirements; they can pick and choose their board, whether they are studying the Additional or Core topics, and then differentiate between higher and foundation tiers within that.

Revision Buddies has a provision for direct...

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Feb 09
Altium announces new PCB design tool for SolidWorks integration

Altium Limited has announced PCBWorks, a new PCB design tool created to enhance workflow collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers. Created in direct response to the divide between electrical and mechanical workflows, PCBWorks provides a set of collaboration tools to integrate design data with the industry-leading mechanical design software, SolidWorks.

At the core of PCBWorks is a set of schematic capture and PCB layout tools along with an easy-to-use interface that works in tandem with existing mechanical workflows in SolidWorks, according to Jason Hingston, chief technical officer at Altium. Design data between components and mechanical enclosures are linked between electrical and mechanical workflows, with the world’s first-ever managed Engineering Change Orders (ECO) process delivering changes in design data from SolidWorks to PCBWorks using native SolidWorks files.

Hingston says PCBWorks empowers mechanical designers with the ability to manage...

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Feb 06
Backblaze Reliability data set for 41,000 hard drives now open...

Backblaze Online Backup has released raw data collected from the more than 41,000 disk drives in its data center to correlate drive failures with drive model numbers, with SMART statistics, and other variables.

The data that collected is in two files, one containing the 2013 data and one containing the 2014 data. Backblaze says they will add data for 2015 and so on in a similar fashion. You’ll find links to download the data files at http://tinyurl.com/nqffmvz. You’ll also find instructions on how to create your own sqlite database for the data, and other information related to the files you can download.

Every day, the software that runs the Backblaze data center takes a snapshot of the state of every drive in the data center, including the drive’s serial number, model number, and all of its SMART data. The SMART data includes the number of hours the drive has been running, the temperature of the drive, whether sectors have gone bad, and many more things.

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Feb 06
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.7.1 Mavericks Edition

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.7.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 7.7.1 Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.

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Feb 05
BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagra, Hungtington MasterCard can be...

MasterCard cardholders with a consumer credit or debit card from BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagara and Huntington National Bank now have access to payments through Apple Pay.

To help consumers use Apple Pay, MasterCard has developed the MasterCard Nearby app, available in the App Store. It helps you find merchants near your current location that accept contactless payments.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch,...

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Feb 05
myNews lets you read newspapers from all over the world on your...

AppGeneration has released myNews for Mac OS X users. With the app you can browse more than 5,000 online newspapers from 80 countries.

myNews also allows you to read the news on your native language without having to leave the app. Since it auto translates newspaper websites, it enables you to read a Chinese newspaper in Russian, an English tech magazine in Spanish or a Thai economic newspaper in French.

myNews Pro 1.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$3.99 (for a limited time) at the Mac App Store in the News category.

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Feb 05
3D Molecules Editor is new educational Mac app

Virtual Space OOO has announced 3D Molecules Editor for Mac OS X. The educational app lets you build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds.

The key features of 3D Molecules Editor are 3D printing support and the "Test yourself" mode that allows learners to check their knowledge of the 3D structure of molecules. Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, it's possible to visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.

3D Molecules Editor 1.0 costs US$2.99 (though it also offers in-app purchases). It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Feb 05
Data Extractor for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4

Tension Software has announced Data Extractor 1.4, an update of the Mac OS X tool that can parse files and collect all the raw data inside. Collected data can be exported in various formats (CSV, TSV, HTML, custom, etc).

Data Extractor provides an internal database table where you can create how many columns you like and where data can be collected. Data is always available for export. Names of custom fields can be used as the first record during exportation (for successive smart importing).

Version 1.4 offers a more resilient extraction algorithm, faster algorithm, improved multithreading capabilities, and fast adding of database fields during "Extraction Rules" editing and adding. Also, the extraction of data based on position is now supported.

Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It costs US$45 and is available from Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the...

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Feb 05
AppleDelete gets optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.2 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, the utility will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, screensavers, etc.

Version 4.2 is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. It boasts a refreshed user interface, enhanced graphic, a new app icon for all OS versions, and a more efficient search algorithm. It's also now possible to copy/paste from log

AppDelete 4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 05
Kool Tools: Wrise for Mac OS X

AssistiveWare's (http://www.assistiveware.com) Wrise 1.0 for Mac OS X is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for everyone. Offering word highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode, texts become more comprehensible and easier on the eyes. With Speak as you Type, Word Prediction and speech tags, writing effort is reduced.

Wrise is fully customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. Users can personalize their reading experience by selecting their preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What's more, it allows import of a variety of document types including PDF, Word (doc/docx), plain texts and RTF and with the intuitive formatting features texts are easily edited and styled.

Designed to support reading comprehension and facilitate text composition, it can...

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Feb 04
ControlAir for Mac brings touch-free control to media apps

eyeSight (www.eyesight-tech.com) has released Control Air, a free app (available at the Mac App Store) that provides touch-free control over your media and entertainment apps. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

With just your index finger, ControlAir lets you control apps like Spotify,  Netflix, iTunes and VLC. To use you just raise your index finger in front of the Mac's camera. ControlAir presents a banner at the top of the screen with play/pause, skip/rewind and volume functions. Move your finger side-to-side to navigate and select with an "air click."

You can even mute by placing your finger to your lips. The touch free control works up to five feet away from your Mac.

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Feb 04
Spotlife 2 for Mac OS X puts the weather forecast on your desktop

Chronos has released Spotlife 2, a productivity utility for Mac OS X that puts your calendar directly on your desktop. According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Sales at Chronos, the update introduces "a class-leading first for a desktop calendar: the weather forecast is incorporated right into the desktop calendar so you can see the forecast at a glance.”

Spotlife 2 shows the weather forecast in the Day, Week, and Month views. A Menu bar icon shows the current date. Spotlife 2 sports blurred, translucent background styles for the Desktop Calendar. It automatically uses calendar accounts set up in OS X.


Spotlife 2 supports On My Mac, iCloud, Exchange, Yahoo, Google, CalDAV, and more. You can switch between Agenda, Day, Week, and Month views directly from the menu bar. You can view tasks as banners that stretch to the due date or just on the due date.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (...

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