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Apr 28
Disk Drill data recovery app for Mac gets an update

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.4.417, an update of its Mac OS X data recovery solution.

The app sports a set of file recovery tools that can undelete files from almost any device: internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, mountable cameras, iPods and more. Version 2.4.417 adds a number of new file signatures to the database, including LWS (LightWave 3D Scene File), LWO (LightWave 3D Object File), ALS (Ableton Live Set File), SKETCH (Sketch vector drawing) and others. It also improves recovery of update file formats for Apple Numbers, Pages and Keynote.

Disk Drill is available in basic, pro, and enterprise versions. The first is free; the latter two cost US$89 and $399, respectively.

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Apr 28
Patriot developing Type-C USB flash drive for MacBook users

Patriot (http://www.patriotmemory.com/) is developing a Type-C USB Flash Drive for the new MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks and systems available on the market.

With the recent release of the latest MacBook, which has been upgraded with the new Type-C port, consumers will now be able to use the Type-C USB Flash Drive to transfer data from any other form factor using a single, small solution. Outfitted with a polished metal exterior, the dual-sided Type-C/Type A USB Flash Drive will feature both a small Type-C at one end and a standard USB 3.0 connector at the other end allowing data transfer from traditional devices to the new Type C based device.

The new Type-C USB Flash Drive will be available to consumers starting in June. It will be offered in both 32GB and 64GB capacities.

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Apr 28
QuarkXPress 2015 now available

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), an update of the graphic design and page layout software. It adds 64-bit architecture, industry-verified PDF/X-4 output, fixed layout interactive (app-like) eBook production, as well as an array of user-requested features.

QuarkXPress is sold as a perpetual license, which means users make a single purchase and aren’t locked into an ongoing subscription. With its 64-bit architecture, QuarkXPress 2015 can now use all the RAM available on a user’s computer to deliver performance improvements across the board from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. Quark has also added multi-threading to the QuarkXPress text engine to further increase performance.

By using PDF/X-4 output, designers can maintain transparency to enable smaller files, faster output and higher quality print output. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified by the...

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Apr 27
TripIt Arrives on the Apple Watch

TripIt (www.tripit.com) from Concur has launched its Apple Watch app. It gives flight, hotel and rental car information, as well as real-time flight alerts for TripIt Pro users, all without having to slow down and pull out their phones.
 
"Our mission is to help travelers get one step closer to experiencing the perfect trip. One of the ways we do that is by taking advantage of new technologies, like the Apple Watch, that have the ability to drastically change the way we travel from now on," says Jen Moyse, head of product for TripIt from Concur.
 
Now TripIt users can see their travel plans throughout the day, pull up their flight details before they head to the airport, and even confirm their hoteląs check-in time when they land‹right from their Apple Watch. TripIt Pro users will also receive real-time flight alerts, including: connecting flight information, gate changes, flight delays, and more....

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Apr 27
Apple expands capital returns program to $200 billion

Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of US$200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. 

As part of the revised program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units.

The Board has also approved an increase of 11% to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2015. 

From the inception of its capital return program in August 2012 through March 2015, Apple has returned over $112 billion to shareholders, including $80 billion in share repurchases.

To assist in funding the program, the company...

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Apr 27
Apple reports record second quarter results

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter that ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhones and Macs and all-time record performance of the App Store.

“"We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of...

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Apr 27
Anawiki launches Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X

Anawiki Games (http://www.anawiki.com) has announced Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or higher). It costs US$9.97.

Here's how the game is described: "The sequel's story begins shortly after the events of the original game. Having saved King Arthur's life, the Druids of Avalon have formed a close alliance with Camelot and maintain a permanent presence in Arthur's court in the form of the Royal Druid, Mallard. A time of peace follows, only to be interrupted by a goblin invasion. With Camelot lying in ruins and Arthur away at war, the player takes on the role of Mallard as he seeks to gather resources and rebuild the kingdom.

"Although the solitaire mechanics stick close to the model established by the first game, Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 introduces a great deal more gameplay in between the levels. By beating solitaire levels, the player earns the three resources needed to rebuild...

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Apr 27
Cindori AB releases Disk Sensei for Mac OS X

Cindori AB (http://tinyurl.com/obyclqf) has released Disk Sensei, a disk performance tool for Mac OS X.

It can monitor, maintain and enhance storage performance and utilization. Disk Sensei lets you: monitor drive usage and statistics; analyze drive health; visualize drive content to help understand and maintain your file system; clean out space-hogging caches, logs and other large files; optimize drive performance and free up space through advanced OS X tweaks; enable Trim for Solid State Drives; and benchmark drives and compare their performance.

Disk Sensei works with hard drives, solid state drives, internal drives and external drives. It requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$19.99. Customers who have purchased Trim Enabler from Cindori AB can obtain Disk Sensei for $9.99.

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Apr 27
Griffin WatchStand now available

Griffin Technology has released the US$29.99 WatchStand (store.griffintechnology.com/watchstand), a dock that provides a place to charge and display the Apple Watch.

The WatchStand displays the Apple smartwatch on a sleek pedestal, and can be placed on any nightstand, tabletop or desktop for daily charging. It houses the Apple-provided magnetic charging cable in an angled cradle that keeps it ready to charge at all times.

For initial assembly, the user simply feeds the magnetic charging cable through the center of the post. To charge each day, you lay the Apple Watch against the cradle. The magnetic connector snaps itself onto the back of the watch and begins charging.

The WatchStand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and holds it at an easy viewing angle as it charges. Accommodating both semi-flexible and fully flexible bands, the WatchStand displays and charges Apple Watch vertically or horizontally.

Since the Apple Watch and iPhone go...

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Apr 27
Discover to bring Apple Pay to cardmembers

Discover has announced an agreement with Apple that will allow Discover cardmembers in the U.S. to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay, the way to pay, using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

"As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices," says Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. "Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient."
When cardmembers add their credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren't stored on the device or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on a device. Each card transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the credit or...

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Apr 27
Apple to announce latest quarterly finances today

Apple will announce the financial results for its fiscal second quarter today. A conference call with analysts and the press will be held at 2 p.m. (Pacific) time.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most reliable analysts, has his Apple numbers ready, as noted by "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/nbcub2l). The analyst projects iPhone, iPad, and Mac shipments to be 58.2 million, 10.1 million, and 4.5 million respectively. He also estimates that Apple Watch shipments are currently at 631,000 units.

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Apr 27
Alchemist Guild releases iCloudStatus for OS X Yosemite

The Alchemist Guild has released iCloudStatus for Mac OS X Yosemite. It shows a status icon for iCloud Drive in your menu bar so there's no more digging around in the Finder to see when your files have been uploaded.

When you add files to iCloud Drive from the Finder or other apps iCloudStatus detects the changes and show you how much progress has been made, then notify you when the transfer is finished. Additionally a history log of all transfers and the date is recorded so you can verify previous activity.

iCloudStatus costs US$1.99. It's available here: http://tinyurl.com/osv59pk .

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Apr 24
Poll: 4% likely to purchase the Apple Watch

A poll by SurveyMonkey of 505 people conducted since April 8 found that just over 4% said they were "extremely likely" or "very likely" to buy Apple Watch, reports CNBC(http://www.cnbc.com/id/102617561).

About 74% said they were "not at all likely" to buy the smartwatch. Three percent said they planned to buy the watch on the first day of sales (which is today).

"Look, it's early. I think that's what the poll results say. People didn't have a lot of great reasons" to buy it, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Nearly one-third of respondents said they would most often use Apple Watch to tell the time. That's the top use mentioned for the product.

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Apr 24
Jumsoft announces update of Toolbox for MS Office

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has introducedToolbox for MS Office 2.0.4, an update of its popular graphics and design application for Mac OS X.

Toolbox for MS Office provides templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from invoices and greeting cards to presentations and portfolios. Version 2.0.4 includes around 400 previously unreleased templates for Word, as well as hundreds of maps, diagrams, clipart images, icons, and other types of illustrations.

Toolbox for MS Office requires Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later and Mac OS X 10.10 or later. Toolbox for MS Office 2.0.4 is currently free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Apr 23
Apple updates TestFight to version 1.1.1

Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.1.1, adding support for Apple WatchKit apps embedded inside beta iOS apps.

TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.

With TestFlight 1.1.1, developers can deploy beta versions of their iOS apps without removing the Watch extensions. It's a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Apr 23
Comcast Plans to Drop Takeover of Time Warner

AppleInsider just reported that according to an article by Bloomberg today, Comcast plans to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Reportedly, the FCC is "leaning toward concluding the merger doesn’t help consumer consumers."

Bloomberg's article continued "If the deal had gone through, the Comcast-Time Warner partnership would have created by far the largest cable operator in the U.S." If the deal had gone through, Time Warner customers would have eventually become Comcast customers. According to a BGR article in December, "TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America"

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Apr 23
Sonnet Announces Avid-qualified DX Thunderbolt Adapter

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has released the US$250 Sonnet DX Thunderbolt Adapter for Avid Media Composer Mojo DX and Avid Nitris DX.

Formerly built by Sonnet and offered by Avid, the DX Thunderbolt Adapter is now marketed exclusively by Sonnet to users of Avid's Mojo DX digital video capture, editing, monitoring, and output system and Nitris DX high-performance SD and HD broadcast news editing system. With the DX Thunderbolt Adapter, media professionals can leverage these Avid solutions with Avid editing software on any Avid-qualified, Thunderbolt-equipped computer, says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies.

The DX Thunderbolt Adapter delivers performance for two streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD video with eight audio streams. With ultralow latency and high sync accuracy, the adapter enables editing workflows that are faster and more efficient than...

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Apr 23
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Whetstone Apps (http://whetstoneapps.com/) has announced DayMap 2.1 an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.

DayMap is a visual app for planning projects and associated tasks. It's now available in Chinese, French and German. In version 2.1, the user interface has also been updated to offer a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

DayMap 2.1 is regularly priced at US$14.99, but is being offered for $9.99 for a limited time. It's available from the Mac App Store under the Productivity category and requires Mac OS X Yosemite.

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Apr 22
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility. This version adds ability to clear Dictation & Speech and Help caches. It also contains miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files.

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 7.8.1 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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Apr 22
CS Odessa updates AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the AWS Architecture Diagrams solution, the latest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park.

It's a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro and is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3 (available for Mac OS X and Windows), via the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

ConceptDraw Office retails for US$499 (USD) and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The suite is designed for knowledge workers, managers, project managers and academics.

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Apr 21
Ooppa Software releases PDF Studio 10 for the Mac

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com/) has released PDF Studio 10, an all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5.

The Optimizer function provides options for users to reduce the file size of PDF documents before sharing or publishing them. Images can be downsized and compressed, unused and duplicate objects removed, and data streams compressed.

PDF Overlay Comparison view allows visual comparison of drawings and blue prints by overlaying two documents and highlighting the differences using complementary colors.

PDF Studio costs US$129. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 21
KeyCue for Mac OS X revved to version 7.5

Ergonis Software has introduced KeyCue 7.5, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts.

The upgrade allows you to omit keyboard shortcuts from the shortcut table. This is useful for shortcuts that you know already. The new version also improves the convenience of getting informed about and installing new versions.

With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.

KeyCue requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to version 7.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for KeyCue 7. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, g

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Apr 21
Adobe updates its Creative Cloud Photography apps

Adobe has announced an update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan (https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html) with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that's faster and sports new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase photos.

Creative Cloud Photography also includes mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. A $US9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan is targeted to photographers of every level.

According to Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe, new features in this release include:

° HDR Merge, which lets you create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-...

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Apr 21
Quark Software introduces procedure management solution for...

Quark Software has introduced Quark Procedure Management, a new knowledge management solution that enables large enterprises to streamline the creation, management and publishing of policies and procedures.

With Quark Procedure Management, corporate writers and subject matter experts create reusable content that's easy to save, search and update, which is critical when content is susceptible to risk and compliance issues, according to said Gavin Drake, vice president of Marketing for Quark. Examples of policies and procedures include employee manuals, field instructions, medical responses, banking processes, call center training manuals and other standard operating procedures.

Quark Procedure Management moves authors from creating static documents to creating reusable content components – XML Smart Content – that can be reviewed, approved and updated independently. This enables standard operating procedures to be dynamically assembled for different channels and...

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Apr 21
FileMaker Go for iOS: over 1.5 million downloads and counting

FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com) says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app has surpassed 1.5 million downloads from the Apple App Store.

The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is part of FileMakers lineup of desktop, server and iOS software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers. The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store.

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, delivers software to create custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the worlds largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage information and boost overall productivity.

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