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Jul 22
Media 100 and Boris RED ready for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced that Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 and Boris RED 5.6 are Adobe Creative Cloud 2015-compatible.

Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X with broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards. It delivers broadcast-quality output for file-based workflows. You can export your Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects, including AE CC 2015, using the included XML Transfer plug-in.

Boris RED (www.borisfx.com/red) is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software. Every purchase of Media 100 also includes the Boris RED plug-in (an US$695 value) for Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac – with support for Premiere Pro CC 2015.

Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 with Boris Boris RED may be purchased from the Media 100...

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Jul 22
Researcher discloses OS X privilege escalation vulnerability

German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in Mac OS X that's yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system, according to ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/pa6n8h8).

He says the security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad and iPhone maker in the newest evolutions of the OS, Yosemite and El Capitan. The new features exploitable by the vulnerability are based upon the dynamic linker dyld and environment variable DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE, which enables error logging to an arbitrary file.

Esser says it's "unclear" whether Apple knows about the security flaw or not, as it has already been patched in the first beta versions of OS X El Capitan 10.11, but not in the current release of OS X 10.10.4 or in the current beta of OS X 10.10.5, which has been released to public beta testers.

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Jul 22
copyThing 5 for Mac OS X synchronizes media and playlists from...

crispSofties has launched copyThing 5, an update to the Mac utility for transferring music and more from an iOS device to iTunes.

copyThing connects with iPhones, iPads and iPods and lets you identify media content on those devices that's missing from your iTunes library. Media and playlists can be synchronized with one click. Version 5 has been completely re-written from scratch with a speed boost and a new user interface.

copyThing requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. It costs US$29.95 (upgrades to version 5 from previous versions are $14.95) and is available for download from crispSofties online (www.crispsofties.com).

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Jul 22
TextExpander 5.1 updates suggested snippets, notifications, more

Smile Software (www.smilesoftware.com) has introduced TextExpander 5.1, an update to the Mac typing shortcut tool.

The upgrade improves the suggested snippets it recommends by excluding most single words found in a dictionary. There's also a new preference to control whether you receive notifications of the suggestions.

TextExpander 5.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. Pricing ranges from US$44.95 for a single user license to $779.95 for a site license.

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Jul 22
CS Odessa has announced the Food Court solution for ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released the Food Court addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10.

The Food Court solution provides users with a tool to illustrate food diagramming projects. It contains seven libraries containing 201 objects for adding color and appeal to food related diagrams.

ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499. ConceptDraw Office is an integrated set of visualization products and document exchange technologies. It consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool.

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Jul 22
Deliver Express can now automatically expire files on remote...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally with email notifications.

The app can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users automatically expire files by deleting them from final destination after specific number of days since their transfer date.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Jul 21
Apple reports third quarter financial results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter that ended June 27. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7% compared to 39.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.

The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch™.

"We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59%over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,”" says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and...

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Jul 21
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course planned for September

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

Remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work. All you need is a good Internet connection.

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. The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.

The FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 offers a series of 9 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:...

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Jul 21
Cusby announces 'building block' USB-C ports for the...

Gone are the days owners of the newest MacBook edition have to choose which device they want to connect to using the USB-C thanks to Cusby (www.cusby.com), which has introduced a line of modular and expandable solutions to break free port limitations.

The Cusby “building blocks” will be available for pre-order starting at US$25 on Indiegogo (https://goo.gl/qtWLwW) with delivery expected in October 2015. Cusby is modular, meaning you don’t have to commit to a set of ports. Instead, just plug in the appropriate Cusby that serves your current needs.

The more devices you need connected, the more building blocks you can add, while always keeping a USB-C port open. For every Cusby connected, a new USB-C port is created. At launch, Cusby will be offering the following three models:

° USB-C Power Port, which offers a USB-C port to connect a power...

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Jul 21

Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million watches

Apple became the world’s leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates.

With 4.2 million shipments, it easily overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smart watch vendors, despite the Apple Watch’s significantly higher pricing. Apple has done an excellent job designing its WatchKit SDK [software development kit], which it delivered "quickly and comprehensively," says the research group.

Native WatchKit extensions provide a capable developer platform without sacrificing battery life. But early sales were hindered due to two factors. Firstly, Apple missed the fourth quarter 2014 holiday season. Secondly, supply constraints stalled shipments for the first couple months after launch.

"The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide," says Chris Jones, vice president and...

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Jul 21
Add-in board beats PCs in the first quarter

Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the first quarter of 2015.

JPR’s AIB Report (www.jonpeddie.com) tracks computer add-in graphics boards, which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They're sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.

The news was encouraging and seasonally understandable, quarter-to-quarter, the AIB market decreased -8.79% (compared to the desktop PC market, which decreased -14.77%), according to JPR. On a year-to-...

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Jul 21
Output Factory for InDesign can now add serial numbers to file...

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 1.5.32, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory lets users automatically print & export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users automatically add sequential serial numbers to the variable names of exported output files.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 21
Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X improves UI responsiveness, more

einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the application for post-processing batches of color images to grayscale.

Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent set of output images. Version 3.0.1 improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides fullscreen and high-resolution drawing support.

Monochrome requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store (in the Photography category).

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Jul 20
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi implemented drag and drop functionality for the 64-bit version of FileMaker 14 on OS X. They also updated the drag and drop example file and made a small improvement to the DataIn example file.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$99 per user..

Upgrading to version 8.0.3 is free for all users of version 8.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2; version 8.0.3 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.3. Upgrades from licenses bought before Nov. 1, 2014, are...

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Jul 20
TrendForce: Samsung topped global smartphone shipments

The latest analysis from the global market research firm TrendForce (www.trendforce.com) finds smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2015 grew 1.9% over the previous quarter to 304 million units. Samsung tops global shipments, while Apple is expected to maintain its high sales record with the next-generation iPhone in the second half of 2015, according to the research group.

Shipment growth in the second quarter slowed as vendors prepared to launch their flagship devices in this year's second half. However, shipments of branded Chinese smartphones benefited from the Chinese Labor Day sales and their entries into the overseas markets. TrendForce reports the second quarter shipments of Chinese branded smartphones had an above global average growth of 15.6% with 126M units shipped.

TrendForce has also made downward revision to smartphone shipment growth for the entire 2015 from 11.6% to 8.2%....

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Jul 20
Movavi Mac Cleaner update improves system performance

Movavi has rolled out Mac Cleaner 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool that restores your Mac's performance, reclaiming storage space by regularly removing junk files without the risk of data loss.

Mac Cleaner scans the entire computer, recognizing files that are no longer needed, while leaving personal files alone. Version 1.3 includes RAM cleaning to prevent slowdowns, deletion of duplicate files, and a file shredder for permanent, unrestorable file deletion.

MacCleaner costs US$29.95 and is available at the Movavi website (www.movavi.com). A demo is available for download.

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Jul 20
Squeezer for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.3

InSili.com has launched Squeezer 1.3, an update of its web resources minifier, compiler and compressor.

Developed exclusively for Mac OS X, the utility offers code minification and compilation for a wide variety of web languages, as well as the option of batch image optimization and compression. Squeezer directly supports JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Literate CoffeeScript, TypeScript, Babel/ES6 and more.

Version 1.3 is available for US$14.99 and is available at the Squeezer website (www.squeezerapp.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Jul 20
Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in quarter one

Graphics processor units were below the 10-year average of -3.6% in the first quarter compared to the year-ago quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research (www.jonpeddie.com).

AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased -17.80% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased -12.01% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s decreased -13.5%, according to JPR. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 148%, which was up 2.95% from last quarter, and 30.57% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which is up 0.39%, the research group adds.

The overall PC market decreased -14.77% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -6.5% year-to-year. Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -8.79% from last quarter—less than the PC market.

Because GPUs go into every system before it is shipped, GPUs shipments are a leading indicator of the market. Most of the PC...

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Jul 20
Melesta Games updates Toy Defense for Mac OS X

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has released Toy Defense 1.23, an update to its game for Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

Here's how the game and update are described: "Experience a totally explosive gameplay in this tower defense game in a WWI setting. Now users are able to play on several devises without losing their progress. A brand new tournament mode with new rules is sure to entertain all players. Special offers, improved performance and stable gameplay will make playing the game even more exciting.

"One more great and wanted feature has also been added. Now all users can transfer their entire game progress from one device to another. They can play on several devices and keep the current progress. As always, the game suggests amazing bonus offers and gives many opportunities for exciting battles with an improved performance and stable gameplay."

Toy Defense 1.23 is free...

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Jul 20
SIMsmart Prepaid re-launches its low cost Europe SIM card

SIMsmart Prepaid (http://www.simsmartprepaid.com), part of the Cellhire Group of Companies, has re-launched its Europe SIM card with what it says is the lowest rates, higher data allowances and all incoming calls from anywhere in the world now free instead of US$0.35 a minute.
 
The SIM is particularly good with the iPhone, compared to an Android, because it behaves so seamlessly/fluidly, thanks to iOS in the phone, says Greg Kraynak, CEO, Cellhire. With an Android there is a slight delay when callback is initiated; not with the iPhone.
 
The card is preloaded with $20 credit, accepts free incoming calls across Europe from anywhere in the world, has simple call-back connections, features three-in-one [Standard, Micro and Nano] and comes with a 14-day money back guarantee. In addition, delivery is free.

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Jul 17
Audiffex introduces iTones2 music app for Macs

Audiffex has released inTone2, a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) with CoreAudio-compatible audio interface.

The inTone2 serves as a simple jamming tool as well as a sophisticated playback machine. It’s a live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio-quality effects plug-ins. It plays audio files and allows users to play virtual instruments while changing tracks, effects, or instrument configurations.

Every track in inTone2 features eight audio effect slots. Users can enlarge their effects collection by adding additional Audiffex plug-ins, including ampLion Pro (aimed at guitarists), GK Amplification 2 Pro (aimed at bassists), and more, as well as AU-, DirectX-, and VST-compatible third-party plug-ins.

inTone2 is available for US$49 at Audified’s online shop (...

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Jul 17
Tembo for Mac OS X gets a refreshed user interface

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has announced Tembo 2.0, an upgrade to their file search helper for Mac OS X Yosemite.

It's a file search tool that builds upon the existing Spotlight index. Version 2.0 has been updated with a fresh user interface. It's also faster and adds new features.

To celebrate its release, single user and single family licenses are 53% off until July 31. A single-user license costs US$15, and a family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Upgrades are available through the Houdah store built into the demo version of Tembo 2.0.

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Jul 17
Zevrix Deliver 2.4.21 improves file transfer over local network

Zevrix Solutions has delivered Deliver 2.4.21, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.

The software lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. Deliver will automatically notify recipients about delivered files which can be instantly downloaded from a link in the email. The new version improves transfer of non-compressed folders on local networks and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).

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Jul 17
Logo Pop Lite for Mac OS X gets new logos, graphics

128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.2, an update to the logo design app for Mac OS X.


The software allows you to create a vector -based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.2 adds new pre-designed templates and royalty free graphics, and fixes bugs reported by customers.

Logo Pop Lite 1.2 is available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of US$2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

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Jul 16
Apple bag search lawsuit certified as class action

Apple Store employees who sued Apple over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o587qwr).

It's part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate thousands of store employees for the time taken to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise. Reuters notes that Apple had argued in court filings that the case wasn't suitable for class action status because not all store managers conducted bag searches, and any searches that did occur took a tiny amount of time which don't deserve compensation. Alsup ruled that those issues could be litigated at trial.

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