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Nov 18
Awaken 6 for Mac updated for Yosemite and iTunes 12

Embraceware Software (http://embraceware.com/) has announced Awaken 6.0 for Mac. The update was visually redesigned and updated for Mac OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12.

Awaken turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. You can fall asleep to your music as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.

Awaken 6.0 costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Nov 18
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now available at the Mac...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says that BatchOutput PPT, its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint, is now available on Mac App Store in the Productivity category for US$20.

BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.

A demo is available for download at the Zevrix website. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 or 2011.

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Nov 17
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.

Paragon Software Group has released the Oxford Learner's Thesauraus. The $29.99 app is designed to help with understanding the differences between similar words in written and spoken English enabling learners of English to enrich their vocabulary and to find the right words to say exactly what they mean. Each entry has a group of 3-10 synonyms with the meaning clearly explained, together with additional help with, for example, grammar and register.

2camels Publishing has launched Veggoagogo. It's a $2.99 travel translation app for vegetarians. It addresses many of the needs that the traveling vegetarian faces on a daily basis, from locating a restaurant,  choosing...

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Nov 17
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates

Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:

° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available

° Addressed an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart;

° Addressed an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates;

° Addressed an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep;

° Resolved an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups;

° Addressed an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese....

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Nov 17
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, Rays v2.0

Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.

Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.

The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac OS X as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. OFX plug-in support has also been added, making Film Stocks compatible with digital intermediate programs Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve, the Foundry’s Nuke compositing software and the Sony Vegas non-linear editing system.

With Light, light can be added to a scene...

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Nov 17
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.

Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
 
Key features include: four 2.5-inch drive bays, perfect for SSDs; Thunderbolt 2 performance with sustained speeds of up to 1,284MB/second; up to 4TB of SSD storage (HDD up to 8TB); near-silent operation; the flexibility to combine multiple ThunderBays into a single massive RAID array; regimented multi-hour drive “burn-in." The ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition comes with SoftRAID 5,...

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Nov 17
Patriot introduces two new FUEL + models of charging devices

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has introduced two new models to its FUEL+ family of charging devices: the FUEL+ 6000mAh and 12000mAh. They're available for US$49.99 and $79.99, respectively.

FUEL+ devices feature a portable design with two USB charging ports offering the option to simultaneously charge two devices. One port provides a 2.5A power output for fast charging of larger devices such as tablets. The 6000mAh model can purportedly charge a smartphone up to four times before needed to be recharged while the 12000mAh can charge one up to eight times.

To safeguard against under-discharge, over-charge, and short-circuit, FUEL+ devices come with built-in protection. They also boasts pass-through technology that enables the battery and device(s) to be charged simultaneously when plugged into a USB or wall outlet. There's an LED indicator to let the user know how much charge their portable charger...

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Nov 17
Shairwaves is new HD audio device sharing tool for the Mac

Coolatoola.com has released Shairwaves, a new HD audio device sharing app for the Mac. It provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices.

Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although its similar to Apple's AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn't use AirPlay's protocols.

The app purportedly replicates all device characteristics — up to eight channels with sample rates up to 192kHz and sample widths up to 32 bits. Encoded audio formats are also shared, making it possible to watch a DVD or iTunes movie on a MacBook and have the 5.1 surround audio come out of a home theatre system with no wires.

Shairwaves supports Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Pricing starts at US$15. Go to the Coolatoola web site for details.

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Nov 17
Apple adds UnionPay payment option for App Store customers in...

Apple says the App Store has added UnionPay, the most popular payment card in China, as a payment option for customers in China. Customers will be able to link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. 

"The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap."

As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To...

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Nov 17
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers

QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.

An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.

The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).

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Nov 17
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released

Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.

The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.

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Nov 14
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac app

Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.

You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.

Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.

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Nov 14
Twocanoes Labs announces Bleu Station Series 200 beacons

Twocanoes Labs has released their next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200. Features include over-the-air firmware update capability, LED visual status indicator, encryption and reset button.

Bleu Station beacons include certified AC power adapter, meaning no battery maintenance is required. Bleu Station beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.

The Bleu Station Beacon Series 200, Bleu Proximity Starter Kit and free apps are available at Twocanoes Software and Labs online (www.twocanoes.com).

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Nov 14
OmniGraffle 6.1 adopts Yosemite's style suggestions

 The Omni Group has updated OmniGraffle (http://omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/), its software for creating graphics, to version 6.1. The upgrade improves the app's performance and adopts Mac OS X Yosemite's new style suggestions. 

Version 6.1 also improves and expands on the Inspector feature by making it completely customizable. You can switch between the sidebar, floating inspectors, and palettes—where you can snap off and combine groups to create different combinations.

What's more OmniGraffle 6.1 includes new stroke options, fill effects, and blending modes. Blur, pixelate, magnify content behind objects, and add inner or outer strokes to shapes. The stencil sidebar now includes search results from Stenciltown.

The 6.1 update is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$99.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the pro version. It's available...

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Nov 14
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...

Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."

Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  

In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources...

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Nov 14
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.

Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.

Logo Pop Free allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.

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Nov 13
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones

Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."


The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.

With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.

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Nov 13
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user interface

Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.

The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.

Prizmo image cropping and cleanup capabilities are now exposed globally to other apps as an image editing extension. The software's OCR capabilities are now made available throughout OS X, as an extension. Textual contents can be retrieved from any image in other apps that support extensions (image viewing action).

Prizmo 3 offers support for third-party exports: it can now invoke third-party export options (cloud storage, email clients, social networks, etc.) that have been installed on the system....

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Nov 13
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters

StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).

The new adapters enable users to harness the speed and reliability of Thunderbolt, to add two essential connection ports to their MacBook or Thunderbolt-equipped laptop through a single host connection, says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com. They offer full-speed connections from each of the ports provided, avoiding connection bottlenecks, even when both ports are in use, Cline adds.
 
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter and Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter is US$127.99. These products will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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Nov 13
iOS users should beware a 'Masque Attack'

A malware technique labeled "Masque Attack" allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. It affects OS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.

Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  

This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same "bundle identifier" as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected device, while keeping all of the user’s data. This vulnerability exists because iOS does not enforce matching...

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Nov 13
Apple drops support for third-party SSDs in Yosemite

If you're using running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD, then upgrading to OS X Yosemite "will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs," reports ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxltm).

According to Cindori Software, makers of the popular utility Trim Enabler, the issue involves a newly introduced security feature called kext signing. A kext is an OS X kernel extension, or a driver. Enabling TRIM is one of the best ways to maximize the life of a solid-state drive, but OS X doesn't support it out-of-the-box except for Apple's own drives, but until now it has been possible to enable it by altering drivers. 

"Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple," Cindori Software writes (http://tinyurl.com/ojmjmc4) on...

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Nov 13
Apple stock hits new high

Apple stock jumped nearly 2% to 113.45, a new high, in morning trading on the stock market today, reports Investors.com (http://tinyurl.com/qd7rnvr). In late-morning trading Thursday, Apple stock was trading just below that intraday high.

Apple analysts generally are bullish about the company's prospects for the holiday shopping season, given the company's refreshed lineup of iPhones and iPad, the article adds. This is also the first Christmas with premium headphone maker Beats Electronics under Apple ownership.

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Nov 13
SanDisk releases flash drive for the iPhone, iPad

SanDisk Corp. has announced the iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB Flash Drive designed specifically for iPhone and iPad.

"According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets," says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of U.S. smartphone users find transferring photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them2. We created the iXpand Flash Drive to offer consumers a quick and safe way to move their favorite content between devices so it's available when and where they want it."

The iXpand Flash Drive transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations. In addition, it maintains the original photo or video resolution quality.

The iXpand sync app...

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Nov 13
SuperTab is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version adds a Download Manager and support for Mac OS X Yosemite

Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.

SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. To celebrate the release of version 1.2, SuperTab is available at a 50%-off sale price of US$10 through Jan. 15, 2015.

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Nov 13
Better Finder Attributes ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Publicspace.net has updated its A Better Finder Attributes utility (http://tinyurl.com/ana4k) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.28. The new version features a major user interface refresh for Mac OS X Yosemite.

A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.95; business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.

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