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Sep 04
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS, OS X devices

FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television. 

To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick  into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.

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Sep 04
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Finally with iRig Mic Field anyone can make mobile audio and video recordings with Hollywood-style stereo sound, says IK Multimedia. Its two cardioid electret condenser capsules, 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), 115 dB maximum SPL rating and built in low-noise, high-definition preamp give you the tools to capture sound no matter whether you're recording a rehearsal or a concert, capturing audio for videography, saving a lecture or speech, acquiring found audio for a music project or recording instruments while on the move.

The iRig Mic Field will cost US$99.99 and will be available next month. Go to www.irigmicfield.com...

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Sep 04
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad

Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 

The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass. 
 
Bamboo Stylus fineline ($59.95) is a pressure-sensitive pen (1024 levels) using Bluetooth 4.0 geared to creative thinkers who like to take notes and sketch out ideas and concepts on the iPad. 
 
The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($79.95), also using Bluetooth, sports a new thin tip (2.9mm) and featuring 2048 levels of pressure. It will be available next month.

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Sep 04
Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for net...

Some of the world’s largest Internet companies -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Wordpress -- have announced that they will join Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on Sept. 10.

These and other companies have answered activists' calls for a symbolic "Internet Slowdown" protest on Sept. 10 to encourage the FCC to change its current course and take necessary steps to protect net neutrality through Title II reclassification.

Several websites -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquare, Wordpress, Vimeo, reddit, Mozilla, Imgur, Meetup, Cheezburger,Namecheap, Bittorrent, and Dwolla — announced that they will be joining more than 35 advocacy organizations and hundreds of thousands of activists in a day of action that will give a glimpse into what the Internet might look like if the FCC’s proposed rules go into effect.  

The protest comes just five days before the FCC’s next comment deadline...

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Sep 04
Realore introduces Viking Saga for Mac OS X

Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Viking Saga 1.0, its new resource management game for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Here's how Viking Saga is described: "The story of the game starts in the kingdom of old Viking king Arnar. It turns out he was cursed by a vicious dwarf. When Arnar was young he found a magical ring, for some reason the dwarf really wanted to buy the newfound treasure. But Arnar refused to sell it. Many years later, the curse got through to him. Arnar gives his younger son a mission to find a dwarf and return the ring.

"Every level of the game is full of obstacles to overcome and beautiful sights to gaze at. During the course of the game Ingolf will travel to the faraway lands, meet their inhabitants, and search for the wise Druid who might be able to save his father from the curse."

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Sep 04
Everdow releases Comburet 2.0 for Mac OS X

Everdow (www.everdow.co.uk) has launched Comburet 2.0, an update of their professional burning app for OS X.

It's an auto-find burning device that blends Everdow's AudioBurner and DiscBurner applications with extra enhanced features. Localized in 74 different languages, Comburet can be used to burn music CDs and data folders as well as erase rewritable discs. Comburet also allows users to create DMG and ISO files as well as burn DMG and ISO image files. Comburet supports CD, DVD, and BD.

Comburet 2.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A 15-day trial edition of Comburet may be downloaded from the Everdow website. Comburet requires Mac OS X10.8 or later.

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Sep 04
Exports Standard can now split QuarkXPress documents into...

Badia Software (www.badiasoftware.com) has announced Exportools Standard 5.0 for QuarkXPress 10, its flagship software for high-end exporting of QuarkXPress documents.

With Exportools Standard, users can export pages, spreads and selections to several popular formats, including PDF, PostScript, EPS, rich text, Microsoft Word, PNG, JPEG and ePub. This new version includes the ability to split QuarkXPress documents into smaller documents, a brand-new interface, and several time-saving features.

Single licenses of Exportools Standard 5.0 are US$69.99 each. Upgrades are available for $34.99 per license. A demo is available for download. Exportools requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and QuarkXPress 10.x.

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Sep 04
Cocoatech releases Path Finder 7 for Mac OS X

Cocoatech has released Path Finder 7, an update to its file organizer. The new version has been under development for over a year.

Path Finder allows developers, writers, artists, and casual users alike to manage their files according to their own tastes, needs, and workflow. Version 7 introduces an array of new features and improvements. You can find the lengthy list at http://www.cocoatech.com/ . Also new to Path Finder 7 is the logo, as well as the re-branded slogan, "Stay Organized" which turned into a hash-tagged social media hit leading up to Path Finder 7's release.

Path Finder 7 is available as a direct download from Cocoatech's website for US$39.95 or as an upgrade from Path Finder 6 for $19.95. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download.

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Sep 03
Red Giant upgrades Universe to version 12

As part of its expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has announced Universe 12. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions.

Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.

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Sep 03
Epson expands WorkForce printing solutions

Epson America has announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.

The WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630 expand Epson’s existing line of WorkForce printers built for business, and include enhanced connectivity options to make printing from tablets and smartphones easier than ever. The WorkForce WF-2660 supports NFC touch-to-print capabilities, and all printers include wireless and Wi-Fi Direct, which means no router is required for printing and scanning. The WorkForce 2600-Series is also equipped with Epson Connect for the ability to print and scan documents, photos, emails and web pages from a tablet, smartphone or computer from just about anywhere.

The Epson WorkForce WF-2660 (US$149.99) and WF-2630 ($99.99) will be available in late September and the WF-2650 ($129.99) will be available in late October through major...

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Sep 03
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 adapter 

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda), a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.

Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard — offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. Support for Wake-on-LAN and other advanced features make this Sonnet adapter suitable for use in a variety of workflows and environments, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies.

The Twin 10G can be mounted inside Sonnet's xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system and rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro,...

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Sep 03
New My Passport Wireless wirelessly connects to smartphones,...

WD has unveiled the My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.

The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. It's available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB models.

The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available for advance order online at the wdstore.com and will be available at select U.S. retailers later in September. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is US$129.99 for 500GB, $179.99 USD for 1TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.

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Sep 03
VMware releases VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro

VMware (www.vwmare.com) has released VMware Fusion 7, an update of its desktop virtualization software that's optimized for the latest Mac hardware and software. VMware is also releasing VMware Fusion 7 Pro with state of the art features for advanced users, developers and Macs in businesses.

“According to a recent Gartner report, Windows still account for over 95% of the operating systems worldwide so we believe many users will likely still need support for Windows applications after moving to a Mac," says Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “As the popularity of Macs continue to climb, Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro are a perfect complement to help users bridge the operating system divide when they switch from Windows PCs to Mac systems.”

VMware Fusion lets you run Windows applications on a Mac. New features in version 7 include:

Designed for OS X Yosemite – Adopting...

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Sep 03
Vortex for Mac OS X gets streamlined interface, more customizing...

TastyApps (http://www.tastyapps.com) has launched Vortex 1.3, an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.

With the tool, dozens of Actions for the things you do most are instantly available via drag 'n drop or shortcut keys. You can convert image or audio files, translate text or emails, add images and files to emails, compress or uncompress archives, and uninstall applications. Version 1.3 introduces a new streamlined stable interface and more customizing options.

A demo of Vortex is available for download. Registration is US$10.

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Sep 03
PocketCAS for Mac OS X, iOS gets time series plotting

Daniel Alm has released PocketCAS 3.5 (http://pocketcas.com), an update to his mathematics software for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

It's an advanced computer algebra system designed for scientists, engineers, teachers and students. Version 3.5 adds time series plotting, which lets the user see how the graph of a 2D or 3D function evolves over time.

PocketCAS pro 3.5 for iOS is available for US$9.99 at the Apple App Store. The Ma version is available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store.

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Sep 02
Sample Logic introduces Cinematic Keys

Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Keys (http://tinyurl.com/pxkl9wv), a collection of collection of 850+ traditional and mutilated Instruments and Multis derived entirely from recordings of keyboard instruments. It will ship Sept. 8; it's available for pre-order now at an introductory price of US$275 (it's normally $349.99)

Weighing in at over 8GBs, Cinematic Keys not only includes ready-to-play, psycho-acoustic sampled melodic and percussive instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into the morphed world of score-ready hybrid sound design. The software is powered by Kontakt Player.

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Sep 02
MAXON introduces Cinema 4D Release 16

 Maxon has introduced Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the 3D software. In addition to workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity.

CINEMA 4D Release 16 is available through MAXON and its authorized dealers. Customers with an active MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) valid through Sept. 2, 2014, will receive an automatic upgrade. Release 16 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows. Go to www.maxon.net for more info.

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Sep 02
OWC's ThunderBays now available with up to 24TB of capacity

OWC (http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn) says its ThunderBay 4 (pictured) and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity. With their larger capacity option, combined with "ultra-quiet" cooling technology, they're targeted to today’s workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is important.

Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 delivers speeds with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5. Capacities range from 4TB to 24TB.

For those wanting more freedom and flexibility, OWC offers a "bring your own drives" solution with the ThunderBay 4 Enclosure Kit, and the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit. You can add up to four hard drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs. OWC’s ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are available for immediate ordering in the configurations ranging...

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Sep 02
Native Instruments announces Komplete 10, Komplete 10 Ultimate

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the next generation of their production suites. Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate come with six brand-new instruments – Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise The Definitive Piano Collection.

Komplete 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects. Komplete 10 Ultimate includes all 75 current Komplete Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. The prices of these bundles remain the same.

Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate will be released online and in retailers Oct. 1 for US$499 and $999, respectively.

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Sep 02
New QuarkXPress 10 XTensions available

Quark Software has announced a variety of new XTensions for QuarkXPress 10. XTensions are software applications from Quark and third-party developers that allow companies to customize QuarkXPress with features that address specific design and workflow needs.

XTensions now available for QuarkXPress 10 include:

° ArabicXT by Layout, which transforms QuarkXPress into an Arabic desktop publishing solution;

° AutoCorrect by AthenaSoft, which enables "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections;

° AutoPage by Kytek, which enables batch pagination for paginating complex books, directories and journals;

° Big Picture by Badia Software, which manages graphics and picture links and offers instant access to detailed image information, complete picture lists, a search and relink engine and more;

° ex DBLink by CoDesCo, which automatically updates QuarkXPress documents from a database-generated ASCII file;

° ex Index by CoDesCo, which allows...

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Sep 02
Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds faster Raw previews, more

onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.

The new version sports an overhauled Browse module, which adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; a new Smart Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them; and a new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created.

Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October in two versions: Premium and Basic. The...

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Sep 02
Answers released for Mac OS X, Windows

Tim Parnell has introduced Answers for Mac OS X and Windows. It's designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple.

Answers uses a content-based approach to enable users to create documents faster. You can build documents for local software help books, or publish to the web. Answers handles the tricky part of organization and design. By allowing you to focus on your content, not the code, you can create everything from software help books to website FAQs, according to Parnell.

Bundled with Answers are several themes from which to choose. After adding content, select a theme to stylize the help document and prepare it for publishing. At launch Answers includes five themes. Also included is a blank theme specifically for use with the anchor tags output, so the FAQ can be easily dropped into an existing website.

There's a free version and an US$29 Pro version. Go to http://nswrs.com for more...

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Sep 02
SD Card Recovery for Mac OS X updated to version 3.5.6

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their Mac data recovery software, SD Card Recovery, to 3.5.6. The new version is compatible with OS X Mavericks.

It also expands the recoverable file types. Now it supports the ability to recover RAW and HD videos and provides users with more detailed options to choose. For example, users can choose the accurate manufacturer of digital cameras to perform a better recovery.

SD Card Recovery supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few. It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from...

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Sep 02
FriedEGG Touch for Mac OS X scrambles to version 1.7

FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.7 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade focuses on improving usability and increasing the reliability of the analysis process. In addition, newer technologies have improved performance and support higher resolution displays.

friedEgg Touch 1.7 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A sample data table is included with the application to enable users to explore the key features.

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Sep 02
Pagico for Desktop for Mac OS X adds HiDPI support

NOTES17 has announced Pagico for Desktop 6.7 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds HiDPI support for computers with high resolution monitors.

Pagico for Desktop manages all types of data, including notes, tasks, files, projects and contacts. On top of the project and contact management features, it also has a powerful set of scheduling features, assisting users to keep track of their tasks and appointments among projects and clients.

Pagico requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 6.7 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$50, though the app is on sale for $30 through Sept. 15. A demo is available for download.

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