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Feb 25
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6.14

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Version 4.6.14 addresses compatibility issues, including fixing a bug that could cause crashes in ArchiCAD, Mathematica and Cubase 8. It also improves its Rebound and tagging features, updates support for QuickSilver, and offers the option to automatically resize file and folder icons as you resize file dialogs.

Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Version 4.6.14 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Feb 25
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients’ account security is a key priority for the firm. The Apple Pay feature, which doesn't share the actual debit card number with the merchants or transmit it with payments, supports that goal, Heaton says.

Instead of using the Morgan Stanley Debit Card number, Apple Pay...

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Feb 25
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.

The application features a 10-band audio equalizer to shape your audio tone, its own volume control, video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change to fit image into screen, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and more. It features a built-in web browser that allows you to watch online videos directly from the app, while Open URL enables you to do it without ads.

You can watch online videos in full screen mode and pin the player window on top of other running apps so you never miss a moment of your favorite movie. What's Elmedia allows you to grab a still of your video frame and...

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Feb 24
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating system market

iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).

According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," says Ramon Llamas, research director with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices – particularly for Android – drove volumes higher."
What will bear close observation is how the two...

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Feb 24
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.

The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.

With a focal length of 90mm (30mm for an iPhone 6 and 60mm for most competitors), this lens captures distant objects in full optical zoom. In addition to full pixel zoom, the telephoto lens allows the iPhone to auto-adjust exposure.

The 165º Wide-Angle Lens is designed to drastically increase the amount of detail and light you can get into a single image. The ExoLens professional photography system for iPhone 6 is available now for US$129.95 at store.apple.com. The ExoLens system for iPhone 6 Plus will be...

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Feb 24
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.

The Padded Gear Pouch features one main compartment with several padded pockets and one front pocket with two organizational mesh pockets inside. Each compartment closes with self-locking zippers. Both the tan waxed canvas and the black ballistic nylon color choices offer water resistance. According to the folks at WaterField, the Padded Gear Pouch is useful for:

° Tech professionals: iPad mini in large padded pocket, portable mouse and hard-drive in smaller padded pockets, headphones and wallet in main compartment. Front pockets for keys and additional cables.

° Travelers: eyeglasses in large padded pocket, phone, medications and headphones in smaller padded pockets, passport, wallet and...

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Feb 24
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the Bamboo Stylus...

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.

Users of Wacom's smart styli will purportedly feel the difference immediately after installation. When setting up the app and configuring the stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions to reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. By choosing the position of the wrist that fits best with how users hold the pen, the update will considerably improve the offset correction.

Installing the latest firmware update for the Bamboo fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will provide the best results for Bamboo Paper users. The "Wacom Stylus Update" app is now available at the Apple App Store. Users simply download the app and pair their Wacom stylus via Bluetooth and the app will guide...

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Feb 24
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves alternate...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Feb 23
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for OS X

XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.

The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that individuals are more likely to produce results and complete activities with a break down of work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Pomodoro Time allows users to customize task duration outside of the standard timeframe to fit individual needs, from five minutes to 60 minutes with customized breaks in between.

Pomodoro Time requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$2.99. It's...

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Feb 23
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac

Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.

Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.

The desktop has three movable panels, each containing portholes for various devices. The center panel contains a central notch for the iMac's rear plugs, while the two other panels offer notches that line up with the ports on the sides of MacBooks. Additional front and back notches are available for supplementary devices and wires; plus they double as finger-grooves for easy removal of panels.

Panels glide on felt-lined rails and hang aside the desk when accessing the storage compartment. The...

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Feb 23
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar

Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.

The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.

You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters

Dart requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 23
Apple to invest €1.7 billion in new European data centers

Apple has announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy.

The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."

Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion through the...

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Feb 23
uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8.5

uFlysoft Studio has announced uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery 1.8.5 for Mac OS X. The software lets you recover files from various devices such as Mac-based hard drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPod touches, iPods, pen drives, USB drives and more.

Version 1.8.5 offers more features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats. It comes with a stronger capacity for recovering more high quality files with a faster recovering speed, according to the folks at uFlysoft Data Recovery.

uFlysoft Data Recovery works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can get the free download and free scan version on the uFlysoft website (http://www.uflysoft.com).

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Feb 20
DEVONagent 3.9 introduces Inspectors for even better web...

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent to verson 3.9.

DEVONagent is a research assistant equipped with artificial intelligence. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. The new version cleans up the user interface, comes with an improved see-also algorithm, is faster, and fixes some bugs. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.

All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store. DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with...

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Feb 19
Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with video issues

Apple has launched a MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues. The company says it's determined that a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.

These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lftfdbe for details on affected models and service options.

As of Feb. 20, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available starting Feb. 27. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

° Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;

° No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on;

° Computer restarts unexpectedly...

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Feb 19
VizMac is new Visio Viewer for Mac

Vandaurico has announced VizMac, a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.

The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.

VizMac costs US$3.99. It's available from Vandaurico online (http://www.vizmac.com) or on the Mac App Store.

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Feb 19
PhotoVideoCollage is new, free video collage maker for Mac

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoVideoCollage 1.0 (http://photovideocollage.com/), a free Mac app that helps users create photo and video collages enhanced with music, and custom built for sharing on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and YouTube.



Users can add photos and videos, and mix the soundtracks with their favorite music. You start by selecting a layout template from a multitude of presets. Photos and videos can then be added to the layout, and additional settings like border width, curvature, color, and texture can be set. The placement of the photos and videos inside the collage can be changed with drag and drop.



PhotoVideoCollage allows the user to edit each video by choosing which segment of the video to play. An MP3 or WAV audio file can also be added with the option of selecting the starting position. The audio stream can then be mixed with the soundtracks of previously...

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Feb 19
KOAMTAC releases version 3.0 KDC barcode, payment SDK

KOAMTAC (www.KOAMTAC.com) has updated its iOS, Android, and Windows compatible software development kit (SDK).
 
The upgrade offers APIs (application programming interfaces] s that communicate between all major smart devices, PCs, KOAMTAC KDC Bluetooth barcode scanners, transaction and mobile POS companions. The SDK enables developers to integrate support for all these features into mobile application and provides their customers with full barcode and payment solutions with a single SDK.  
 
KOAMTAC says the SDK doesn't require the developer to have extensive source code knowledge. All programming will refer to the KOAMTAC proprietary developer program known as, KTSimpleDemo. This is a simple source code tool provided within the new software. What's more, developers will not need to change existing application source code, and may simply update the SDK by utilizing these features.
 
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Feb 19
Monotype, Lippincott unveil curated ‘Brands With Heart’...

Monotype Imaging Holdings —a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — and Lippincott, a global branding firm, have introduced the Brands with Heart Collection.

The curated collection features a palette of typefaces selected for their distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tendencies as well as their ability to convey the humanistic elements of a brand’s persona. The collection was inspired by recent work completed by Lippincott and Monotype, while designing a new brand identity and custom typeface for Southwest Airlines.

For more information about the collection, go to www.monotype.com/brandswithheart. To access "Welcome to the Human Era," a Lippincott report on the key characteristics and behaviors of Human Era brands, visit www.humanerabrands....

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Feb 18
MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a Mac compatible, Blu-ray drive

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping the MCE Fovea Extreme 3, a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.

It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.

In addition to playing and recording Blu-ray media, the drive plays and records all DVD and CD formats as well. The Fovea Extreme 3 measures only 5.6 x 5.9 x 0.75 inches and weighs in at only 11 ounces. It retails for US$119 and is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/mby29pg.

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Feb 18
QNAP releases Q'center app for managing multiple QNAP NAS...

QNAP (www.qnap.com) has released Q'center, an app that can centrally manage multiple QNAP Network-attached Storage (NAS) units with visualized statistics, allowing IT administrators to check QNAP NAS information and status for troubleshooting.

Q'center provides immediate and complete information to assist IT administrators in making crucial decision, says Jimmy Yang, product manager of QNAP. The dashboard provides a view to monitor the status of QNAP NAS units, including disk volumes, real-time CPU usage, and server log information.

IT administrators can also create specific dashboards based on different scenarios to meet the needs of enterprise IT management. Reports are also available for IT administrators to check current and previous NAS statistics. IT administrators can also check the peak times of NAS network usage for optimizing network allocation.

Q'center provides the ability to create universal...

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Feb 18
RESCUECOM lists common computer problems in Computer Repair...

RESCUE COM (http://www.rescuecom.com) has released a new Computer Repair Report outlining the top problems technology users experience. This report is a refresh of a previous report on the top computer problems; it covers all technology, including tablets, smart phones and Internet-connected devices. The computer repair report details the top 10 problems that plague technology in 2015.

To create the 2015 Computer Repair Report rankings, RESCUECOM performed a study of the technology and computer repair service calls for the past 12 months. The top problems, explained in full in the 2015 Computer Repair Report: are Internet connection problems (27.7%); viruses (19.3%); a slow computer (16.4%); computer and tablet hardware (8.1%); computer startup problems (7.3%); trouble with e-mail (6%); (tie) data transfer or recovery (4%) and printer setup or troubleshooting (4%); Windows OS troubleshooting (3.9%);...

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Feb 18
AutoMailer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2.2

Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

AutoMailer lets you prepare and  send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Each email can have custom content depending on whom the recipient is. People receiving the emails won't notice any difference compared to standard emails and they will be able to reply to them as usual, according to the folks at Tension Software.

Version 2.2.2 sports: a better diagnostic for missing server parameters; better error messages in log; and better selection of server port. It also has improved, clearer, connection type names.

AutoMailer 2.2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$40. You can download it at the Mac App Store or the Tension Software website (...

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Feb 18
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13 improves file reprinting, job folder...

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13, a maintenance update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset. The software saves customers the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. The new version improves the app's ability to reprint processed files and optimizes job folder handling.

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Feb 17
3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 is a new chemistry app for Mac...

Virtual Space OOO has introduced 3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nra3ljf), a chemistry app for Mac OS X. It allows anyone to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds.

The key features are 3D printing support and a "test yourself" mode that allows students to check their knowledge of the 3D structure of molecules. 3D Molecules Edit & Test is designed especially for high school and college chemistry students learning about molecular bonding and orbitals with the aid of 3D visualization.

The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models. Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, it's possible to visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.

3D Molecules Edit & Test requires OS X 10.7...

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