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Jul 16
Feeder 3.0 gets a new Yosemite inspired look

Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has unveiled Feeder 3.0, an update to the RSS editor for creating news feeds, iTunes podcasts and appcasts on Mac OS X.

Version 3.0 sports a brand new look for OS X Yosemite, Markdown editing, autosave and a global search and replace for links. Feeder's library can now be shared with cloud services such as iCloud Drive and Dropbox.

Feeder 3 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, costs $49.99 for new customers, $24.99 for those upgrading from Feeder 2 and is available exclusively from Reinvented Software. A 15-day demo is available for download. Free upgrades are available for anyone who purchased Feeder 2 after the release of OS X Yosemite on Oct. 16, 2014, regardless of whether they purchased the app through the Mac App Store or directly from Reinvented Software.

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Jul 16
Labelist 9 for Mac OS X adds new Photos browser, more

Chronos has launched Labelist 9, an upgrade to itslabel-making software for Mac OS X Yosemite. The new version adds two all-new media browsers for integrating with Apple’s iTunes and Photos applications.

These new features make it easier to add song titles, album cover art, and photos to labels of all kinds. Labelist comes with a) hundreds of templates; b) a collection of matching label, envelope, and letterhead sets; c) 100+ super-masks; and d) a collection of artwork. The software is compatible with over 2,500 label, DVD/CD label, and envelope stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, DYMO, APLI, Formtec and more.
 
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Registration is US$39.99; a family pack is also available for $69.99.

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Jul 16
IK Multimedia ships the iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig PowerBridge, a performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged.

It works with all of IK's digital audio and MIDI interfaces, microphones and controllers like the iRig HD, iRig PRO, iRig MIC Studio, iRig MIC HD, iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Pads, iRig MIDI 2 and more. Players simply plug their IK Multimedia digital accessory into the iRig PowerBridge via the included Mini-DIN cable, then plug the iRig PowerBridge into their device via the Lightning or 30-pin connector.

Once plugged into a power source, iRig PowerBridge provides a continuous supply of conditioned power for charging and non-stop operation plus a pristine digital audio signal path and MIDI control data. PowerBridge connects to a power outlet on one end, a Lightning or 30-pin for iPhone,...

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Jul 16
Paragon rolls out Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview. (http://tinyurl.com/pyuyvub). It provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on OS X.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple's OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.

To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by Apple delivers a new protection feature. System Integrity Protection prevents modifications to certain system files, folders and processes. This protects components on disk and at run-time, only allowing system binaries to be modified by the system installer and software updates. Code injection and runtime attachments to system binaries are no longer allowed.

Paragon...

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Jul 16
Intel's 10nm processors pushed back to 2017

During a conference call with journalists to talk about the company's latest quarterly financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the vendor will add a third 14-nanometer processor—dubbed "Kaby Lake"—to its roadmap, pushing back the timetable for its 10nm processor to the second half of 2017, reports eWeek (http://tinyurl.com/n9w892e).

"This is similar to what happened on the 14-nanometer," Krzanich said. "On all of these technologies, each one has its own recipe of complexity and difficulty. [The move from] 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer [is the] same thing that happened from 22-nanometer to 14-nanometer. The lithography is continuing to get more difficult as you try and scale and the number of multipattern steps you have to do is increasing."

Intel will try to get back to a two-year schedule, but company officials will have to continue to evaluate the situation as the process moves from...

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Jul 16
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El Capitan

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). Demos are available at the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com ). DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

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Jul 16
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.

It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.

LightTable 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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Jul 15
Apple introduces a new iPod touch

Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.

The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease, Joswiak adds. The iPod touch comes with a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 8 and a collection of built-in apps.

The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the...

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Jul 15
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure

To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.

It sports a recessed frame for a full tamper proof enclosure. Made of industrial strength aluminum, it is extremely lightweight yet durable and allows for full cable management, according to the folks at Maclock. It's designed to, among other things, help secure retail enclosure for Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system. Crucial for that environment is the blocked access to the On/Off and volume buttons and limited audio port access while still allowing for charging.

Designed to be installed on any flat surface, the Rokku iPad enclosure can be mounted to walls and counters. The rear frame has the standard VESA pattern that can be attached to Maclocks' full line of mounts. As with all tablet kiosks from Maclocks,...

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Jul 15
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection solutions

Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.

The new and updated hybrid cloud solutions in Seagate’s portfolio include: Seagate Backup and Recovery Software, Seagate Cloud Backup and Recovery Services, Seagate Backup and Recovery Private Cloud, and Seagate Data Management Services. These solutions will be delivered by Seagate, its value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to customers from small and medium sized businesses up through large enterprises for private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.

Seagate’s Backup and Recovery Software and Cloud Backup and Recovery Services now deliver up to 400% performance improvement in the speed of backup, restore and replication than the previous Seagate EVault offering, making it possible for organizations of all sizes to protect large and growing datasets within their...

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Jul 15
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires AdwareMedic

Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.

Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes. 
 
Traditionally, Mac users have been viewed as safe from malware, even as new threats have been publicized. According to a June 2015 OPSWAT report, only half of Mac users have antivirus protection, and that protection doesn't typically detect adware.

Chad Bacher, vice president of Products for Malwarebytes, says that, in the last two...

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Jul 15
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X

Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.

Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.

Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.

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Jul 14
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0

Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.

The new version of Parallels Mac Management adds the capability for IT administrators to create lightweight OS X images that can be customized via Microsoft SCCM task sequence steps based on the end-user’s needs, or deploy a single "monolithic" OS X image to all users. Additionally, Parallels Mac Management enables IT admins to gather hardware and software inventory of all Mac machines on the network.

The update also enhances the plug-in that streamlines enrollment and control of Mac, simplifies rollouts of Mac software, provides features for planning hardware refresh cycles accurately, and empowers IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using...

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Jul 14
Apple Pay launches today in the UK

Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.

Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.

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Jul 14
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Creative Cloud...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 14
Kool Tools: Vitesse Messanger bag

WaterField Designs' Vitesse Messenger (http://tinyurl.com/oxgls9v) is a classic cycling messenger bag streamlined for multi-functional use.

As more commuters take advantage of bike-friendly cities’ expanded bike lanes and bike-share programs, WaterField has introduced a messenger bag ideal for shifting from bike commuting to professional office environments. The lightweight, comfortable Vitesse Messenger combines water-resistant waxed canvas and naturally-tanned chocolate leather.

Whether you’re cycling or driving to work, traveling, or just walking around town, the Vitesse Messenger—with its laptop pocket and waterproof zippers—is flexible enough to meet needs in any setting. It can expand or contract to whatever amount of gear you carry, and you can dress it up or down for either work or play.

The water-resistant waxed canvas Vitesse Messenger is a classic bicycle courier bag, ideal...

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Jul 13
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world's eight...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.

Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.

Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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Jul 13
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.

If you join Apple Music and are a current iTunes Match subscriber, you might notice that some previously matched songs appear as Apple Music songs after you add Apple Music playlists. Apple says to update to the latest version of iTunes to correct the information automatically. After you update, you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. If needed, remove and download songs again.

If needed, follow these steps to remove and download again songs that were incorrectly saved as Apple Music songs:

° Open iTunes 12.2.1.

° In the upper-left corner of iTunes, click the Music icon.

° Click My Music.

° Control-click the songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music, then choose Remove Download.

° Control-click...

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Jul 13
Bix now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.

Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.

Bix requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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Jul 13
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of Apple'...

Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug developers, told the publication that it's "currently working on integrating (ResearchKit) into clinical trials and planning to start in coming months." Purdue Pharma — a privately held, multibillion-dollar drug developer best known for OxyContin painkillers — told BuzzFeed News that it’s in the early stages of exploring whether Apple’s new tool for research data collection can be used as part of its own drug R&D efforts.

ResearchKit is a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using...

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Jul 10
IDC: PC market continues to decline (but not the Mac)

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter — although Apple's Mac continues to do well.

The slow PC shipments were largely anticipated as a result of stronger year-ago shipments relating to end of support for windows XP as well as channels reducing inventory ahead of the release of Windows 10, according to IDC (www.idc.com). In addition, weaker or changing exchange rates for foreign currencies have effectively increased PC prices in many markets, thereby reducing purchasing power and also complicating investment planning, adds the research group.

"Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations," says Loren Loverde, vice president,...

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Jul 10
Screenium 3 lets you record your screen at 60 fps

Synium Software (www.screeniumsoftware.com) has announced Screenium 3, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X.

The utility now lets you record at 60 fps, offering optimum performance for tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen content. Screenium's video editor in version 3.0 comes with a more comprehensive tool kit.

Screenium 3.0 is available for 50% (US$24.99) off until Aug. 31. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher.

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Jul 09
Office 2016 for the Mac has been released

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages.
The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft.

If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you may be familiar with the new (for the Mac) ribbon interface and powerful panes. Office 2015 integrates Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. It also offers full Retina display support.
Office for Mac is cloud-connected. New, built-in document sharing tools lets you invite teammates to work on a document together. Office for Mac offers compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online.

Word’s new Design tab lets you apply designer-quality layouts, colors and fonts throughout your document. You can work on the...

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Jul 09
IBM Research Alliance produces industry’s first 7nm node test...

An alliance led by IBM Research (www.ibm.com) says it has made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips.

The industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors was accomplished in partnership with Global Foundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The development could result in the ability to place more than 20 billion tiny switches -- transistors -- on the fingernail-sized chips that power everything from smartphones to spacecraft.

To achieve the higher performance, lower power and scaling benefits promised by 7nm technology, researchers had to bypass conventional semiconductor manufacturing approaches. Among the novel processes and techniques pioneered by the IBM Research alliance were a number of industry-first innovations, most notably Silicon Germanium (...

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Jul 09
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.9.9.75 with Phoenix for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released Scannerz 1.9.9.75 for Mac OS X.

The utility employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The upgrade includes the new Phoenix Version 2.0, as well as Performance Probe and FSE. It also improves the graphical user interface of Scannerz making it easier for users to navigate more complicated Apple RAID and Core Storage drive configurations.

Scannerz 1.9.9.75 is fully Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Snow Leopard (MacOS 10.6). The update is be free for all current users. For new users pricing starts at US$39.95 (there's a "lite" version for $21.95.)

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