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Apr 03
Apple, Microsoft, others partner for PAI group

A diverse group of g companies — including Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group.

"As director of the USPTO, I saw firsthand the significant role the patent system plays in encouraging inventors, promoting investment in innovation, and creating jobs," Kappos says. "Now is not the time to gamble with America’s innovation engine — once patent protections are eliminated, they cannot be restored."

He adds that the members of the PAI are committed to the following principles:
° The American economy is best served by a strong patent system that protects high-quality innovation in all fields of technology.

° It is critical to our global economy that IP is respected by all...

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Apr 03
Lenmar introduces ChugPlug, an external portable power pack for...

Lenmar Enterprises has released the ChugPlug, a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook. It's designed for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Marty Goldberg, president of Lenmar Enterprises, says the ChugPlug provides an additional three hours of power for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and four hours for the MacBook Air. It's designed to be the same height and weight of Apple's 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power adapter.

The ChugPlug is available now for pre-order at a retail price of US$159.99 and will begin shipping mid-April. For more info go to www.lenmar.com/chugplug .

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Apr 03
Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

Apple says WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) now through Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. (Pacific), and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5.

There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students). This year the National Center for Women & Information...

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Apr 03
Product Manager for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Product Manager 2.0, an update of its Mac OS X app to manage company products from different standpoints. The new version has a redesigned user interface.

Product Manager is document based and can managed an "unlimited" number of documents, each with an "unlimited" number of products subdivided into families. Version 2.0 also adds a customized layout of values for any product, customizable label descriptions, and more.

Product Manager requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$40. It's available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 02
Graphic Node unveils a new suite for iWork

Graphic Node has expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the release of Suite for iWork. It features a mixture of 576 templates — from business proposals and newsletters to posters and certificates — for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

You can customize the templates to your requirements. Suite for iWork requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store for US$$9.99. Go to http://graphicnode.com for more info.

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Apr 02
Scourge: Outbreak now available on Steam for the Mac and PC

Tragnarion Studios says that Scourge: Outbreak, a futuristic, squad-based, third person shooter, is now available on Steam for the Mac and PC.

The game offers eight-player, player-vs.-player modes (DeathMatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the Flag) in five maps. There's also a six hour-plus co-op campaign for four players in which each player has unique narrative elements.

The game is available in a variety of bundles. For more info go to http://store.steampowered.com/app/227560/ .

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Apr 02
RunServer introduces Classic Solitaire for the Mac

RunServer has introduced Classic Solitaire for Mac OS X. It's a copy of the original Klondike Solitaire card game.

Classic Solitaire feels like the old game, but sports high resolution cards redraw for Retina displays. The game requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$0.99.

It's available on the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://runserver.net/apps/ for more info.

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Apr 02
Are landline phones becoming endangered?

According to data provided by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (PDF), landline phones are gradually losing relevance in the United States. The CDC has tracked phone ownership by U.S. households as a by-product of its biannual National Health Survey since 2004.

Since then the percentage of households that have a landline phone has dropped from 92.7% to 58.1%t, while the percentage of households with cellphones only has risen from 5% to 39.4%. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nyrymwz for more info.

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Apr 02
MacPaw releases Hider 2 for Mac OS X

MacPaw has released Hider 2 for Mac OS X. It's an app designed to keep your personal data safe.

Hider 2 both hides and encrypts (AES 256) all kinds of files and folders on your Mac. Hidden files can't be spotted by the Finder or Spotlight.

Hider 2 normally costs US$19.99, but is being offered at a special release price of $9.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mcat8rg for more info.

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Apr 02
Mimecast brings its enterprise cloud services to Mac users

Mimecast — a cloud email security, archiving and continuity service —is bringing its enterprise products to Mac users via a native app, Mimecast for Mac.

The app lets enterprise users benefit from the cloud services previously only available for users of Microsoft Outlook for Windows or web portal users. Mimecast for Mac gives you access to your email when your primary services does down, spam management, and the ability to search everything in your personal email.

It also lets you send large files securely. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qelgbme for more info.

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Apr 02
Quark launches Creative Pro Bundle offer

Quark Software Inc. has announced a special and limited-time offer to creative professionals who want to upgrade to QuarkXPress 10. Anyone who purchases QuarkXPress 10 as an upgrade or new full product will have the option to receive a bundle of tools for creative professionals worth more than US$1,000.

The new Creative Pro offer from Quark includes Markzware ID2Q XTension, Corel AfterShot Pro, Linotype FontExplorer X Pro, five professional Linotype OpenType Pro fonts and a copy of QuarkXPress 9, which allows users to open legacy files older than version 7. To learn more about the details and how to purchase the Go Pro bundle please visit: www.quark.com/CreativePro.

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Apr 02
Sky Battles launching on Steam Greenlight

Magnetic Studio says its air combat game, Sky Battles, will launch on Stream Greenlight in mid-2014. It will be available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.

Here's how the game is described: "Sky Battles is a game where you battle against large iron beasts with different abilities. Krakens, dragons, robots and helicopters seek you out. Barrel roll, dodge, dive bomb and out wit these hellish behemoths.

"There are two game modes that will keep players entertained. The single player mode involves destroying large mechanical bosses and collecting gems, all within a limited time. Collect gems and destroy big bad bosses before time runs out. The online multiplayer modes allows players to dogfight against human opponents online. Multi-platform in multiplayer is supported, allowing PC players to combat against mobile based players. The games also has upgradable weapons like missiles, air mines and cloaking and fantastic dynamic environments."

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Apr 02
Red Giant announces BulletProof 1.2

Red Giant has announced BulletProof 1.2. The update brings more camera support and other improvements to the footage backup and preparation tool.

In addition to the current support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DLSRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras. The app is designed to solve several issues such as reliable back-up.

BulletProof 1.2 beta will be available soon, with a release in the second quarter for US$199. It's a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0. Learn more at http://redgiant.com/bulletproof.

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Apr 02
Splice 2 for Mac OS X gets new user interface

einstein's legacy has released Splice 2.0.1.  Splice is a movie management utility for Mac OS X. Targeted to professionals and amateur video content creators, it's a tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie.  

The 2.0.1 update introduces an enhanced user interface, movie segmentation and content sharing via e-mail or popular internet services like Vimeo. Splice 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher.

It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Apr 01
Apple updates iWork apps, Safari

Apple has updated its iWork apps for the Mac and for iCloud. It's also revved Safari.

Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 sport new templates, new effects and transitions, enhanced AppleScript support, as well as support for the "view only" setting for docs you share on iCloud. The iCloud version of the apps gets Retina display support and the ability to open iWork or Microsoft Office docs directly in iCloud Mail.

Apple has also released Safari 7.0.3. The new version of the web browser lets you turn off push notifications from specific websites and adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains. It also fixes some bugs and improves search functionality.

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Apr 01
Imagineer Systems introduces Mochalmpot+ for Nuke

Imagineer Systems has released Mochalmport+ for Nuke. It allows visual effects artists to work on complex compositing and tracking projects using their "go to" visual effects apps.

Mochalmport+ offers a workflow between mocha and Nuke. NUKE products are compositing tools. You can learn more about them at http://tinyurl.com/otp92el . mocha products combine planar tracking with tools for roto, object removal, lens calibration, stabilization, and more.

MochaImport+ for NUKE is available for purchase through Imagineer Systems or aescripts + aeplugins for US$123. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nj6ua4x for more info.

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Apr 01
Theme Inn launches templates for Microsoft Office for Mac

Theme Inn has unveiled a new suite of templates for use on Microsoft Office for the Mac. It sports 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheet templates for Excel, and 10 presentation themes for PowerPoint.

Suite for MS Office costs US$39.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Samples can be viewed at Theme Inn's website (www.themeinn.com).

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Apr 01
VisionTek announces memory upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro

VisionTek Products has announced high-performance Error Correcting Coe 1866MHz, quad-channel matched module memory upgrades up to 64MB for the 2013 Mac Pro. The company says their memory products can save you up to 36% on Apple's factory installed upgrades.

The upgrade options are:

°  16GB (1 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Module US$219.99;

°  32GB (2 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $429.99;

° 48GB (3 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $639.99;

° 64GB (4 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $829.99.

Go to www.visiontek.com for more info.

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Apr 01
iPad Air, iPad mini with LTE available in China

Apple has announced TD-LTE capable models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that bring LTE performance to customers in China.

They join TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and join existing iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity and other advanced cellular technology (GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) to provide Chinese customers cellular access to whichever iPad model they choose.

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Apr 01
CleverFiles announces Disk Drill 2.2 (plus a special promotion)

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.

Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2, a free upgrade to current users, adds partition rebuilding and recovery algorithms as well as adds a set of new file signatures to Deep Scan.

CleverFiles is offering a special, limited time promotion: simply mention Disk Drill on your Twitter or Facebook account to get a 30% discount or mention it on both and get 60% off. That brings the price of Disk Drill PRO to just $35.60 (USD). Click the Promotion box at the top of the Disk Drill homepage for more information.

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Apr 01
einstein's legacy introduces MovieBriefs 1.0.1

einstein's legacy has announced MovieBriefs 1.0.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  

MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.0.1 contains: contact sheets, a time range slider that gives you control over what portion of the clip will be used to generate the contact sheet; slide show features; and more.

MovieBriefs 1.0.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store  (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Apr 01
Red Giant announces upcoming Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Red Giant has unveiled Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, an upcoming free update for current users of Looks and the Red Giant Color Suite. The free update includes new color correction tools, better previewing of presets, and a major bump in speed.  

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 will be available in Q2 as a free upgrade for current users of Magic Bullet Looks 2. Learn more about the Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 upgrade at http://redgiant.com/magicbulletupgrade.

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Mar 31
Voxeet 3DHD audio service comes to the Mac

Starting April 2, immersive audio conferencing provider Voxeet will make available for the first time a Mac version of its free 3DHD wide band audio service. It will require Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.

Originally designed for mobile devices, Voxeet's conference call service has been expanding its audio offering to laptops and desktop softphones. The latest version (2.0) also includes dial-in functionality that lets customers use public switched telephone network (PSTN) numbers in more than 40 countries. You can learn more at Voxeet.com.

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Mar 31
LaCie Fuel for the iPad, Mac doubles storage capacity

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is doubling the capacity of its Fuel wireless drive for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. Next month it will be available in a 2TB model for US$249.99.

The Fuel provides wireless streaming of up to five devices without an Internet connection. It can create its own Wi-Fi network and act as a hotshot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

The Fuel is Airplay compatible, scan mirror content on a larger screen. It has a 10-hour battery life and works with the Seagate Media app that offers navigation of media libraries and documents on an iPad, iPhone, Android device, or Amazon Kindle.

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Mar 31
30% of U.S. adults get news on Facebook

According to Pew Research's "State of the News Media," the role that social media plays in the spreading of news isn’t as big as many people tend to believe.

The only social network that is really relevant as a news source is Facebook with 30% of U.S. adults at least occasionally using it to get news. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are not only used to connect with friends and acquaintances, but also to stay on top of the endless stream of news we are exposed to online. However, not every social network doubles as a news aggregator, notes Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/lub2b7a).

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