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Feb 07
Apple repurchases $14 Billion of its own stock

Apple has repurchased US$14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.

Apple bought $12 billion of the shares through an accelerated repurchase program and $2 billion on the open market, the company confirmed. Apple shares rose in morning trading today.

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Feb 07
WD announces version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software

WD has announced version 10.2 of WD Arkeia network backup software, featuring significant scalability improvements to the WD Arkeia patented Progressive Deduplication technology.

The Mac compatible, network backup software is targeted to small and medium sized businesses and designed to ensure critical business data is backed up on both the local network and in the cloud. With WD Arkeia 10.2, block optimization progresses continuously and orphaned blocks are recovered incrementally.

Backup software pricing starts at US$2,000 for a perpetual license for one backup server with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Backup appliance pricing starts at $3,490 with unlimited file and folder backup agents. Both software and appliances are bundled with one year of software updates and technical support. Go to http://www.arkeia.com/new-in-v102 for more info.

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Feb 07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets new user interface

Hyperbolic Software (US$30) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Feb 06
Bose announces SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

Bose has introduced the SoundLink Bluetooth® speaker III, which connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. It's available now and costs US$299.95.

Four neodymium transducers and dual-opposing passive radiators combine with a new digital signal processing algorithm and improved electronics to play louder than its predecessor, while maintaining balanced and natural sound at higher listening levels, according to the folks at Bose. Its industrial design is inspired by the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker.

A silicone button panel protects from dirt and dust, and a wraparound metal grille resists fingerprints. For personalization and added protection, new accessory covers are available in gray, blue, green, orange and pink.

The SoundLink III weighs just three pounds, and measures about 5 inches high, 10 inches wide and only 2 inches deep. It includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 14 hours of listening.

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Feb 06
SpiShutter designed to keep webcams private

If you're concerned about webcam hacking, SpiShutter may have the solution Covering the webcam with a sticker, or something equally unflattering, isn't ideal for a Mac's aesthetics, not to mention the residue it could leave behind.

The new solution from SpiShutter (http://spishutter.com/) ensures privacy by allowing users to physically block the embedded webcam on a Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then block the camera when not in use.

SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed, is the easiest way to cover and uncover your camera. It retails for US$19.99. For purchases on SpiShutter.com, the code "PRIVAZ" gets you a 20% discount.

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Feb 06
Files United comes to Mac OS X

Zuhanden has released the Mac companion app of Files United, a digital content manager for iPad and iPhone. In combination with the iOS app, files can now be transferred between iOS devices and Macs via drag and drop.
 
Files United, the successor of File Manager Pro App, was specifically developed for the iOS 7. The app allows seamless access to all digital content, at home, in the office, at the university, or on the go — regardless of whether the files are documents, images, music, or videos.

In addition to local storage, Files United integrates with the most popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, Skydrive, and SugarSync. It's even possible to access external FTP servers. Go to www.filesunited.com for more info. 

For the launch of the Mac app, and to give existing File Manager Pro users a free upgrade, Files United is available for free on the Apple App Store...

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Feb 06
QuickerTek upgrades Apple Base Station Extreme/Time Capsule

QuickerTek has upgraded the 802.11 ac Apple Airport Base Station Extreme by adding six high gain external antennas to the unit. This antenna upgrade provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi and also triples the WiFi strength of any version of the new Apple ac Base Station Extreme and/or Time Capsule.

The improvement in wireless power is accomplished by optimizing antenna location, according to the folks at QuickerTek. QuickerTek can either supply a new Apple unit, or the customer may send in their own Apple unit.

Three different upgrades are available: Airport Base Station Extreme AC, 2TB Time Capsule and the 3TB Time Capsule. Prices range from US$398 to $598. Customers can also send in their own unit to be modified at a price of $199. Go to http://ww.quickertek.com .

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Feb 06
Island Tribe 4 game released for the Mac

Realore has announced that, after being released on PC and iOS platforms Island Tribe 4 comes to the Mac. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.


Here's how the game is described: "The 4th installment of Island Tribe takes players on an epic journey through time. After defeating the Evil Shaman in Island Tribe 3 the tribesmen found out that he was not that bad of guy. Shaman is an ex-pirate who has been cursed after finding a magic mask. In order to break the curse of this mask the islanders will have to travel through time to Ancient Egypt, China and Scandinavia.

"Players' mission is to go to these exotic locations and find a person or an artefact that can aid them in their mission. Throughout 44 levels set across 4 colourful episodes players will travel, collect various resources and help the locals. The path of the brave tribesmen is filled with obstacles, dangerous animals and mythical creatures....

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Feb 06
Addonics announces Sapphire SSD RAID array storage line

Addonics Technologies has announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions designed for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance.

The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives, according to the folks at Addonics. The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive (pictured) is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF.

Both offer USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available CFast cards. The two models with USB 3.0 connection allow you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as independent drives.

They can be set up as a high performance, fault tolerant RAID group or a large capacity solid state drive. The CFast or CF cards can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping),...

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Feb 06
Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7 on its...

Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.7, on the occasion of the fifth of the all-in-one screen recording solution for the Mac.

Version 3.7 features screen capturing at 60 frames-per-second, capture timer and performance improvements for OS X Mavericks. The app gives you tools grab, edit, organize and share anything from your desktop or a web page.

Voila 3.7 can be purchased for US$29.99 for a single license via the Mac App Store and Global Delight web store (http://www.globaldelight.com). Voila is also available for educational institutions, NGOs, and non-profit organization at a 33% discount. Existing Voila customers running at least Voila version 3.0 can update to Voila 3.7 for free.

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Feb 05
FAVI introduces Set to Connect wireless speaker

FAVI Entertainment has released the audio+ Set to Connect speaker, allowing you to wirelessly play music by placing your mobile device on the speaker to connect and removing it to disconnect. 



In addition to offering a quick music-listening solution, the audio+ is an inexpensive alternative conferencing solution for offices and board rooms. Unlike traditional conferencing solutions, the audio+ allows for instant connectivity and comes at a sub-$50 price point, says Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment. It uses induction technology to amplify the sound of your tablet or smartphones' onboard speakers.

The audio+ amplifies your devices speaker by 6x, while also adding treble and bass-booster technology. The FAVI audio+ Wireless Smartphone Speaker is available in three models: iPhone, Android phones, or tablets (iPad/Kindle/Android). Go to www.favientertainment.com for more info...

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Feb 05
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates their CNS Menu FileMaker...

 Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 1.1.14 of its CNS Menu plug-in for FileMaker Pro. This version fixes all known menu placement issues for FileMaker Pro 12 and above, and fixes issues with displaying menus on layouts with web views.

CNS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro(R) layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks. Your menu items can display one value and have a separate value that can be used in your scripts, so the end user can see useful information while the value can be an ID number.

CNS Menu is available immediately at http://cnsmenu.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. A single user license costs US$65.

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Feb 05
German patent owner sues Apple for infringement

"The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/lcrvdy3) is reporting that Apple is facing an US$2 billion from a German patent owner that claims the Cupertino-based company infringes on its cellular telephone patent.

In a German court on Wednesday, IPCom GmbH accused Apple of using a patent for technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks. The company says the patent is essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards, and a narrowed version of the patent was upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO) last month following challenges from Apple, Nokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone.

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Feb 05
Stellar unveils version 3 of its Stellar Drive Clone cloning...

Stellar Data Recovery has rolled out Stellar Drive Clone 3.0, an update to their drive cloning utility for Mac OS X. The app makes an exact block-by-block replica of Mac drives and volumes including system settings and partition information.

Now compatible with OS X Mavericks, version 3.0 sports a complete overhaul of its interface. It also introduces a backup feature through which automatic backup can be scheduled.

Stellar Drive Clone 3.0 is available as a try-before-buy software. The free version allows users to analyze the cloning options exhaustively. Through the full version, priced at US$39, users can create clones of the drives and volumes. Go to http://www.stellarinfo.com/ for more info.

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Feb 05
SpriTec releases SuperTab for Mac OS X

SpriTec Software has released SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhances and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

Without SuperTab, the App Switcher only allows you to access your currently active apps. With SuperTab installed, you have access to a whole lot more when pressing Command-Tab.

Users can configure SuperTab so that the App Switcher presents: active apps; recent apps; recent documents; Dock items; labeled or tagged items; Finder Sidebar items; folder contents; application windows; websites; other files, folders or applications users may want.

Mac users can also use SuperTab to assign custom Hot Keys to any file, folder, application or web site. The tool is configurable, so you can tweak it for your needs.

A demo is available to download at http://www.supertab.me and is fully functional for 30...

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Feb 05
FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps surpass one million...

FileMaker, Inc., says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps have surpassed 1,000,000 downloads from the Apple App Store.

The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone App is part of FileMaker’s lineup of desktop, server and iOS software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and web browsers. The FileMaker 13 Platform includes expanded support for native iOS behaviors  (such as popovers and slide controls) and new features (such as bar code scanning) that speed data capture on iPad and iPhone, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Go is now a single app for both iPad and iPhone. The FileMaker Go 13 for iPad and iPhone App is downloadable for free from the iTunes App Store.

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Feb 05
Apple makes its case to dismiss its court-appointed monitor

On Tuesday Apple had its case heard before the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, NY to cease e-book antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich's efforts permanently, reports "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/kbvm65d).

The Cupertino-based company argues that Bromwich's efforts are excessive, the man lacks the knowledge to properly oversee Apple, and fees and duties for the monitoring in addition to any court-ordered payments would cost millions of dollars, all of which will cause irreparable harm to Apple's business and relationships. In its court filings, Apple noted that Bromwich required a second lawyer with actual experience in antitrust issues at US$1,025 per hour to assist him.

Bromwich demanded an $1,100 per hour rate for himself in addition to a 15% administrative fee to his consulting firm. During his first two weeks on the case, Bromwich billed Apple over $138,000.

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Feb 05
Apple, Samsung headed to court (again) on March 31

Unless Apple and Samsung reach an agreement on "anti-cloning" and other key terms of a patent cross-license agreement, an outcome, they'll start another legal battle at the San Jose federal courthouse March 31, when their second two-way lawsuit (in which the parties originally asserted eight patents each) will go to trial, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/m6wsw4g).

The parties notified the court and each other of their final narrowing proposals. In April 2013, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over their two California litigations, had ordered a narrowing of the case in several steps so as to limit the number of patents and products the jury will have to look at, Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents."

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple...

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Feb 04
Moxa releases new wireless AP/Bridge/Client

Moxa has released the AWK-5232 Industrial a/b/g/n Wireless AP/Bridge/Client that delivers high-speed wireless connectivity with up to 300 Mbps data rate and plug-and-play scalability.

Engineered for industrial environments, it's a drop-in solution for hard-to-wire deployments and for virtually any type of mobile device connected over a TCP/IP network since it supports not only 802.11n wireless connectivity but legacy a/b/g equipment. Integrated WEP/WPA/WPA2/802.11X security and powerful filters prevent unauthorized access to the network.

The AWK-5232 is compliant with the essential sections of EN 50155 covering an extended operating temperature range, power input voltage, surge, ESD and vibration. Its redundant dual DC power inputs increase power supply reliability. In addition, it can be powered via PoE+ for easier deployment. Go to www.moxa.com for more info, including pricing options.

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Feb 04
Apple plans first retail store in Turkey

The Turkish government has officially confirmed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with President Abdullah Gül at the Çankaya Presidential Compound in Ankara to discuss a potential US$4.5 billion iPad deal and other major initiatives and incentives in country, reports "iDownloadBlog."

The official website of the Turkish government on Tuesday published details of the meeting. According to the website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will open the first retail store in Turkey in April. The store should be located in Istanbul’s new Zorlu Center and will be “unique in many respects." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/q9m2dqa .

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Feb 04
Apple snapping up massive amounts of bandwidth for an 'iTV...

"The Wall Street Journal" says that Apple is buying bandwidth in such bulk that some in the industry believe that the company is laying the groundwork for an upgraded video delivery service and perhaps the rumored "iTV."


The report says that Apple is implementing an Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of data to customers. "Regardless of its TV plans, the company’s needs for Internet infrastructure continue to grow," notes the "Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/o49su3a). "The expansion of its iCloud service and growing demand for content from its iTunes and Apps stores are also driving its needs for greater bandwidth."

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Feb 04
DistributorX announces new MadeToBundle for Adobe InDesign

DistributorX, a technology channel source, has released its new MadeToBundle. The MadeToBundle offers the power of axaio software's plug-ins that are designed to provide optimized output, PDF tagging and efficient layer management.

MadeToPrint's latest version includes the new Imposition function, so users can print fully imposed PDF files from their InDesign documents. It's available exclusively through DistributorX for channel partners in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America. Go to https://www.distributorx.com for more info.

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Feb 03
Create infographics in Final Cut Pro X with Data Pop from...

FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced Data Pop, a set of 16 customizable infographic HD titles,. Designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X by developer Stupid Raisins, Data Pop (US$49) is a tool for adding fully customizable infographics to any project.

It includes 11 categories of customizable charts and graphics. You can choose from titles, charts and numerous graphs. For more info go to http://fxfactory.com/info/datapop/ .

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Feb 03
Resize Sense for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.0

VeprIT has announced Resize Sense 2.0.0, an update of their batch image processing solution for Mac OS X.

The app allows users to resize, crop, rotate, edit metadata, and rename many images at a time. Version 2 includes a redesigned processing engine that offers more flexibility and the ability to perform more tasks in a single batch operation. It has also added requested features, an improved graphical user interface and more.

The 2.0.0 upgrade is free for registered users. For new users the cost is U$19.99. Resize Sense requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and is available Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Go to http://veprit.com for more info.

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Feb 03
Apple may face $840 million in ebook case fines

Apple faces as much as US$840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to ebook deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/oohnadt)

State attorneys general and consumers who sued Apple over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer representing them said in a Jan. 30 filing with the federal judge who presided over the U.S. case against Apple.

The plaintiffs say they’re entitled to triple damages under antitrust law because the U.S. had already “conclusively proven” at a trial last year that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to fix prices. The amount sought is 0.5% of the $158.8 billion in cash that Apple reported that it had as of the end of 2013.

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