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May 21
PhotoScissors for Mac OS X gets new feathering control

TeoreX has announced a new version of PhotoScissors (http://www.photoscissors.com/), an US$19.99 Mac OS X smart tool able to remove unwanted background from photos with literally few mouse gestures. Version 1.1 offers feathering control for maximum smoothness of edges, plus a number of accessibility features.



PhotoScissors detects fore- and background parts of the image and separates one from the other. With version 1.1, feathering radius can be now changed depending on a user´s needs.



Also, a user can select background and foreground areas of the image both on "before" and "after" views. Among other functions featured in the update are the recent file list for instant access to frequently used files, the support for HiDPI and Retina displays, an option to pan the image while holding the Space button and user interface improvements.

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May 21
Apple updates its WWDC keynote app

Apple has updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app, which is a free download at the Apple App Store for iOS devices. The app lets developers:

° Stream videos from current and previous WWDC sessions.



° Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where they left off on another.



° Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.

° Mark schedule items as favorites.



° Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily photos.



° View maps to find their way around Moscone West (site of WWDC).



° Provide feedback on content and speakers for each session.



° Add a pass to Passbook for faster check-in at WWDC.

WWDC (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/) will be held June 2-6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn...

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May 21
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new user interface

DssW (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) has announced Power Manager and Power Manager Professional 4.2 for Mac OS X. This release introduces a new user interface and removes the need for restarting to install, update, or remove the scheduler.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.2 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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May 21
Concept Draw announces new Soccer Solution for ConceptDraw

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has added a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. There's a new set of libraries that provide a complete soccer solution.

The Soccer Solution includes libraries tailored for soccer diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The Soccer Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support soccer diagrams. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which which retails for $499.

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May 20
Apple updates iWork for iCloud

Apple has updated iWork for iCloud. The software is free and can be accessed at iCloud.com. In fact, if you log into the web site you'll see a new splash page announcing that Pages, Keynote, and Numbers can now:

° Edit docs up to 1GB in size;

° Allow you to collaborate with up to 100 people;

°  Create two-dimensional and interactive charts;

° Utilize more color options;

° Insert images up to 10MB in size;

° Handle chart formatting.

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May 20
Apple posts OS X Mavericks Server 3.1.2

Apple has released a new version (3.1.2) of its Mac OS X Mavericks Server suite. It sports stability improvements and enhancements for the Calendar Server, Messages Server, and Profile Manager.

Existing users can update to OS X Server 3.1.2 through the Mac App Store. For others the price is US$19.99.

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May 20
Proavio ships desktop storage solution for 4K video

Proavio (www.proavio.com) has released the EB800MS V2 storage platform for 4K media workflows. It adds a next generation 12G internal disk I/O design and incorporates a choice of PCI-e 3.0 or SAS-to-Thunderbolt 2 RAID adapters with high speed SATA, SAS and SSD disks.

It purportedly provides up to twice the bandwidth of comparable 6G storage solutions. The EB800MS V2 combines a smaller compact form factor, PCI-e 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 RAID options with 12Gb/s SAS technology.

Proavio says its accelerated 12Gb/s modular I/O hardware effectively doubles the bandwidth between the disk drives and host computer resulting in data rates of up to 2,200MB/s when used with a x16-lane, PCI-e 3.0 equipped workstation.

The EB800MS V2 is now available in capacities starting at 8TB up to 32TB. EB800MS V2 systems include a three-year factory warranty and advance replacement on disk drives and components for the first...

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May 20
AppCode 3.0 offers more complete coding

JetBrains has announced the general availability of AppCode 3.0, a new release of their Objective-C IDE. It's designed to ease the everyday routine for Objective-C developers as they build apps for Apple devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

To help developers become more productive, AppCode tightly integrates with Apple's Xcode and focuses on code quality, convenient code navigation, smart code completion, on-the-fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions, and code refactorings. The latest release offers more complete coding and development experience, saving iOS developers from unnecessarily switching between IDEs, according to Anton Makeev, AppCode project manager.

It also adds an integrated UI Designer and a plugin for the Reveal tool (http://revealapp.com) to provide AppCode users with advanced tools for designing and debugging iOS applications. New code generation options for all the...

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May 20
Subtitle Studio is a new subtitling app for Mac OS X

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), a subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99.

To use you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.

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May 20
FirmTek ships the ThunderTek/PX2+2 storage solution

FirmTek (www.firmtek.com) is shipping the ThunderTek/PX2+2, a Thunderbolt storage solution that accommodates two high-speed 2.5-inch SSD, HDD, or SSHDs internally. It also provides two external eSATA ports for connecting external direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

The ThunderTek/PX2+2 is comprised of the ThunderTek/PX, FirmTek's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, and the SeriTek/6G2+2, FirmTek's storage adapter. The SeriTek/6G2+2 was designed to meet the needs of customers who wish to add an internal SSD. Up to two HDD, SSD or SSHD drives can be attached to the card, one on each side.

The card provides both power and 6G SATA connections. With each port featuring bandwidth over 500MB/s, the SeriTek/6G2+2 offers an option for adding high-performance 6G SSD to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac or Windows 8/8.1 computer.

The FirmTek ThunderTek/PX2+2 bundle is available now from FirmTek...

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May 20
WaterField Design announces Mac Pro Go Case

WaterField Design (wwww.sfbags.com) has rolled out the US$129 Go Case for the new Mac Pro. It's designed to protect the pro desktop and its accessories in transit.

The travel case is designed with video editors, traveling gamers, big power users and game developers in mind. The case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard, plus computer accessories such as a mouse, cables and power cord.

Enveloped in ballistic nylon, the Mac Pro Case cradles the computer with internal padding and a plush liner. A plastic plate protects the bottom of the Mac Pro. A removable pocket for accessories fits atop the computer inside the bag.

An Apple wireless keyboard slides into a front, scratch-free pocket. Carrying options include a nylon grab handle and a removable suspension shoulder strap. Two loops at the bottom of the case allow Mac Pro users to remove the computer from its bunker.

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May 20
'Early Bird' discount ends June 3 for FileMaker...

FileMaker says attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz), themed "Business without Boundaries," have until June 3 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save US$300 off registration.  

After June 3, the full conference fee of US$1,595 for the Standard Registration Package and US$2,195 for the Gold Registration Package applies. DevCon 2014, FileMaker’s 19th annual event, will be held July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.

Attendees can choose from a variety of sessions on user-centric design and development for mobile devices, FileMaker WebDirect, performance, security, relational design, in-house development, integration with trending technologies and other new FileMaker 13...

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May 20
Adobe announces Captivate 8

Adobe has announced Adobe Captivate 8 (http://tinyurl.com/npvaw63), the latest version of its eLearning authoring tool. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

The software is designed to reduce the learning curve by allowing trainers and educators to author once and deliver multi-screen responsive content without programming. Adobe Captivate 8 includes several new features such as location and gesture support, new customizable interactions, themes and smart shapes to create and deliver impactful mobile eLearning.

Updates from Captivate 7 and Captivate 6 (and earlier) are US$399 and $999, respectively. Captivate 8 is also available for US$19.99 per month for an annual subscription.

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May 20
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac OS X includes over 18 new...

ClearApp has updated Network Inventory Advisor, its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X, to version 4.2.

The software is designed to bring simplified automated network scanning to the Mac platform without the need of installing agent utilities on the computers you want to build reports for. Version 4.2 includes over 18 new features and improvements.

Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9). Version 4.2 is a free download for all users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is based on the number of nodes you need to audit.

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May 20
Disk Drill for Mac OS X improves Deep Scan feature

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2.386, 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 2.2.386, a free upgrade to current users, improves Deep Scan with a set of new known file signatures, polishes scanning results management, helps the app better handle Mac's sleep mode, and more.

Disk Drill is available in a free version and pro, expert, and enterprise versions. The last three cost US$89, $169, and $299, respectively.

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May 19
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...

The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.

Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.

Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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May 19
SplashID Safe for OS X, iOS revved to version 7.2.5

SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has rolled out SplashID Safe 7.2.5, an update to its password manager for Mac OS X and iOS that adds new security features. Version 7.2.5 delivers 2-factor authentication, a new Local Only option, and a way of securely sending records to colleagues or family members.

The 2-factor authentication feature feature requires an additional code to be entered when a SplashID Safe account is accessed for the first time from a computer, mobile device or browser. Once the additional code is confirmed, the second factor will no longer need to be entered when logging in from that device or browser.

You can download and try SplashID Safe free for 30 days. After this, you can choose one of three purchase options: one application for US$9.99, multiple SplashID Safe applications with WiFi sync for $29.99 (USD), or access to all SplashID Safe applications and SplashID Cloud...

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May 19
AT&T to buy DirecTV for $49 billion

AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion. The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mm2r8kt) says this is "a deal that would make it a major player in pay television and increase its clout with media companies at a time when video consumption is moving online."

The companies' board of directors approved the deal on Sunday. The agreement comes just three months after Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable.

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May 19
Beltone has announced Made for iPhone hearing aids

Beltone has announced the Beltone First, "Made for iPhone"hearing aids. They allow users to receive sound streamed directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Users can also tap into the iDevices' features from audio controls to communication with the Siri "personal assistant." A free Beltone HearPlus app recognizes the places an individual regularly visits and automatically applied the proper settings. The app's "Find my Hearing Aid" locates misplaced devices.

The Beltone First utilizes 2.4GHz technology. For more info go to the Beltone web site (www.beltone.com).

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May 19
RationalPlan for Mac OS X revved to version 4.8

Stand By Soft has announced RationalPlan 4.8 (www.rationalplan.com), an update to its project management suite for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Hungarian language, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and other features.

The main feature of RationalPlan is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process, says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. This upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the 4.8 release date.

Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying US$17.10 for the single license version and $29.40 for the multi-license version. For new users the cost is $57 and $98, respectively.

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May 17
Apple, Google to drop all patent lawsuits

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, the two companies said in a joint statement on Friday. They've also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.

However, they have NOT agreed to cross-license each other’s patents, notes the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/m88ru6t). Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility, which was subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal hasn't been finalized.

A lot of the lawsuits Apple has filed against other smartphone makers, including Samsung, involve Google’s Android operating system. The Friday announcement doesn't affect the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, however, notes the IDG News Service.

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May 16
Japanese court says Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple

A Japanese court has ruled Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, reports "NewsAsia" () The country's Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled that Samsung could claim 9.96 million yen (approximately $98,000) from its US arch-rival for use of Samsung's data transmission technology, found to have been used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The ruling amended a lower court decision in February last year that Samsung had failed to negotiate properly with Apple over the use of the technology. However, the high court says Samsung can claim damages from Apple "within what amounts to patent licence fees" for the two products, while rejecting the South Korean firm's demand for an injunction that would prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones.

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 alleges that...

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May 16
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change the Time Machine backup interval and the ability to disable Time Machine backups during Power Nap. It also adds a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts and contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure.

Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license...

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May 16
Statiked for Mac OS X revved to version 1.0.1

Perleybrook Labs (www.perleybrook.com) has announced Statiked 1.0.1, an update to their static blog management application for the Mac. A native OS X application, Statiked allows users to create and edit posts in familiar editors such as BBEdit and TextMate. Supporting a MetaWeblog API, Statiked can publish blogs on Amazon S3 or Github.

There are no bash commands to remember and no databases to configure. The update 1.0.1 includes unicode URLs support, minor big fixes, and a more intuitive blog creation process.

Statiked 1.0.1 costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.

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May 15
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks) and iTunes 11.2. According to Apple, the former:

° Improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac;


° Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013);

° Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection;

° Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec;

° Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts;

° Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server;

° Improves reliability of network home directories;

° Improves stability when installing configuration profiles;

° Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups;

° And includes Safari 7.0.3.

iTunes 11.2 improves podcast browsing, according to Apple. The company says you can now:...

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