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Apr 14
PARAT Solutions rolls out new charge/sync transport case

PARAT Solutions has introduced a compact tablet charge/sync transport case designed especially for education, corporate training, conferences and other mobile device-sharing applications.


The InSync C452 is an universal transport case for transporting, securing, charging and syncing content for up to 10 tablet devices (iOS or Android) with up to a 10.2-inch display. The interior sports surface-mounted connection ports for each device, so you can charge and sync devices using your own USB cables.

The supplied USB 2.0 cable connects to a host computer to sync content onto the devices using iTunes or (Mac only) Apple Configurator. The case's lid can be locked with a key, even though it allows devices to be charged with the lid closed.


The InSync C452 costs US$1,499. For more info go to paratsolutions.com.

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Apr 14
Theme Inn launches iOS version of Bundle for MS Office

Theme Inn has expanded its productivity templates with the release of the iOS version of Bundles for Microsoft Office. It requires iOS 6.1 or later.

The new pack of designs is designed to complement the newly released Microsoft Office Mobile with 200 assorted designs for Word, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet designs for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint.

Bundler for MS Office costs US$10.99 and is available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Go to www.themeinn.com for more info.

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Apr 14
Twin Moons game free for Mac OS X, iOS this week

From April 14th to the 20th, G5 will make Twin Moons, a hidden object adventure game, available for free for Mac, iOS, and Google Play platforms.

The game involves you in the story of a talented scientist who worked on a secure mission to open the Half World and give people divine powers. You get to device if characters get immortality or not. Go to http://www.g5e.com/corporate/about for more info.

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Apr 14
Sinisa Drpa introduces Effect Stack for Mac OS X

Sinisa Drpa has introduced Effect Stack, a non-destructive image editor for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later and costs US$9.99.

Effect Stack allows users to chain multiple image filters. It offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used.

The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images. Effect Stack supports all image formats supported by OS X. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n838vwj for more info.

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Apr 14
RESTfm 3 released for FileMaker Server

FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty, has launched RESTfm version 3, the latest update for their RESTful Web Services product for FileMaker Server.

RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data with a RESTful Web Service API [appliation programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Version 3 is updated for FileMaker Server 13 and Mac OS X 10.9, as well as adding exciting new functionality.

RESTfm is available for US$699 for a single FileMaker server license. Other licensing options, education and not for profit pricing is available on request. Upgrades are available for just $199 from previous versions. Demonstrations of RESTfm functionality are available on the RESTfm website (http://www.goya.com.au/), including an open source jQuery site built with RESTfm as the back end data source.

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Apr 11
Has the PC industry bottomed out?

According to data released by Gartner this week, global PC shipments declined by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2014. While a few years ago, this number would have been considered catastropic, now it's actually good news. As a matter of fact, it's the smallest decline the PC industry has suffered since early 2012.

According to Gartner, the end of Windows XP support in early April has boosted replacement buys and could continue to do so in the current quarter. While it's unlikely that PC sales will suddenly start growing again, the trend of the past few quarters suggests that the industry may finally have bottomed out and sales might stabilize around the current level. The graph is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l9eogdr).

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Apr 11
Apple updates Xcode developer tool to version 5.1.1

Apple has served up an update (version 5.1.1) to its free Xcode developer tool for OS X and iOS for iOS and OS X. The upgrade includes software development kits for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.

Xcode is designed to make it easy for developer to analyze their code, monitor performance, and test their apps, Xcode 5.1.1 is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.8.4 or higher.

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Apr 11
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.8.13, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version improves the app's startup process and ensures that LinkOptimizer menu in InDesign can be created when multiple versions of InDesign are open.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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Apr 11
Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for Retina...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.4 (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 Retina support and OS X 10.9.3 compatibility. It also improves application launch time, adds ability to change default screenshot filename and ability to remove date and timestamp from screenshot filenames.

Cocktail 7.4 (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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Apr 10
Microlab announces wireless speaker/subwoofer system

Microlab has announced the FC60BT HA audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System, featuring the company's patented HC2D Technology, a subwoofer, and two stereo satellite SQ speakers.

The system serves up 105-watt output with EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound, a 360 degree remote control, and white acrylic styling. The speakers are "clear, see-through" models, and the subwoofer has a Lycosa mirrored design. The remote controls on/off, input choice (Bluetooth, NFC, or optical), volume, bass, pause/stop, and track selection.

Priced at US$449, the Microlab FC60BT will be available next month. For more info go to http://www.microlab.com .

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Apr 10
Macware releases Alphabet Art + Numbers Pack

Macware has released Alphabet Art + Numbers, a graphic content pack for Mac and Windows systems. It's filled with over 2,000 PNG images.

Alphabet Art + Numbers features a variety of images based on every letter of the alphabet and every number. The royalty-free images can be used for any project with no restrictions.

For a limited time, Macware is offering the pack for US$4.99; that's 75% off the retail price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mbmjve5 for more info.

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Apr 10
Gomo now available at the Mac App Store

Fishcow Studio and Daedalic Entertainment have teamed up for Gomo, a point and click adventure game. It costs US$7.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how Gomo is described: "Gomo is a hand-drawn exploration-game, featuring its very own art style. Players take control of Gomo, who's out to rescue his dog Dingo from an alien abduction. A great adventure awaits Gomo and the player, as they point, click and puzzle their way through the comic-style world.

"There are many obstacles to face and overcome with creative solutions, like, for example, a self-made balloon. Gomo's world is also full of secrets, waiting to be discovered. The game is about gameplay and problem solving, focusing on puzzles and exploration in a visually unique world."

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Apr 10
Demigods comes to the Mac

Realore has released Demigods (Premium) 1.0, a resource management game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Demigods takes players on an exciting journey through the ancient world. This time players will be able to visit Greece. In Realore's latest casual strategy title players meet with a trio of heroes: beautiful and clever Leada, mighty Protus and nimble Adoris. Upon the call of the god of the Ocean they embark on a quest to help the titans who hold the sky on their shoulders.

"It turns out someone tries to sabotage the giants' noble mission. In their journey three brave heroes will visit amazing landmarks of the ancient world, encounter beautiful mythical creatures and make friends with gods themselves. In Demigids players control three very different characters. Each of them has unique special abilities. When cleverly used these magical skills synergise and ease players' progress...

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Apr 10
These countries are the most eager for Google's user data

Google released its latest Transparency Report this week, in which the company discloses how many user data requests it received from law enforcement agencies around the world.

U.S. government agencies are by far the most eager for Google's user data. In 2013, they filed 21,492 requests with Google, 83% of which the search giant at least partially complied with. Today's chart is furnished by Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/m9qstwa).

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Apr 10
Insights for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

KnowledgeMiner Software (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu) has released Insights 3.1, it's data mining app for Mac OS X (10.7 or later).

The upgrade adds auto-updating of models for forecasting of market prices, market demand, sales figures, or energy load. Users now can run simulations on historical data stored in Excel for backtesting or use it on real-time data for continuous forecasting of processes several steps ahead. All results are reported and stored in Excel for further use or workflow integration.

Insights 3.1 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website. Insights 3.1 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.

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Apr 10
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.50 for Mac OS X

Scorpion Research (http://www.scorpionresearch.com) has announced Scorpion BarCode 2.50, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X. Scorpion

BarCode helps you create and print major barcode symbologies in EPS or PDF file formats. You can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build scripted solutions. Version 2.50 is designed for OS X 10.9 Mavericks but works with OS X 10.6 or later.

Scorpion BarCode 2.50 costs US$165 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 09
HEX announces the Hayward Collection of bags, cases

HEX has released the Hayward Collection of bags, cases, and carry-alls. The collection features a water resistant, premium waxed canvas outer shell in an "earthy" horizontal stripe combined with coated canvas and genuine leather trims, says HEX co-founder Dan Maravilla.

The Hayward Collection features bags, cases and more for the iPhone 5/5s, iPad mini, iPad Air, and laptops. Prices range from US$34.95 to $99.95. Go to www.shophex.com for more info.

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Apr 09
U.S. teens prefer Instagram over Twitter, Facebook

According to PiperJaffray's latest report on the preferences of American teens, Instagram has leapfrogged Facebook and Twitter in popularity among teenagers. According to the report, 30 percent of U.S. teens named Instagram the most important social network, while Facebook and Twitter were chosen by 23% and 27%, respectively.

Especially Facebook has recently lost popularity among younger audiences. A year ago, 33% of teens had named it as their favourite. Many saw Facebook's acquisition of Instagram as an attempt to re-connect with the youth. If that was the case, Instagram appears to have been a good choice. Today's chart is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/ogda87e).

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Apr 09
Nightmares from the Deep: the Siren's Call comes to the Mac

G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi have brought the "Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call" to the Mac. It's available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a mysterious package, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. As she begins to remove an artifact from the package, assailants instantly descend on the museum and snatch it. In disbelief, Sarah realizes that yet again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep! Soon she finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing village with an incredible secret.

"A would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the town's other denizens are gradually turning into ghoulish, mutated ocean creatures. And this curse was cast by none other than Mayor Murray and the old sea-devil himself, Davy Jones! Answer the siren's call to save this beleaguered village and defeat Davy Jones, Mayor Murray and his...

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Apr 09
NAB: Blackmagic announces 10 new products

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced 10 new products at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, including new camera models, six new Ultra HD product lines (including the world’s first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of our Cintel Film Scanner.

Following is a list of the products and their summary by Blackmagic:

Blackmagic URSA - A new high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor and internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders.

DaVinci Resolve 11 - A major upgrade with more than 100 new editing and color...

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Apr 09
24U Software releases 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2

24U Software has rolled out 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 13.

The  plug-in can be used to give users and developers the possibility to have custom sound effects, background music and more audio for the resonant databases. It allows users to obtain useful information about the sound file. 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2 is a maintenance update recommended for all users.

24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 and FileMaker Pro 11 or newer. This update is free of charge for all registered users of 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 3.x. A single-user license is US$37. A demo is available for download. Go to http://www.24usoftware.com/ for more info.

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Apr 09
Data Extractor for Mac OS X gets improved auto-detection of file...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Extractor, its OS X tool for extracting data from files and collecting them in exportable tables, to version 1.3.1 The new version sports improved auto-detection of file encoding to extract (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others.

Data Extractor 1.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$40 and is available from both the Mac App Store and the Tension Software website.

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Apr 09
Hyberbolic Software upgrades Quick Print for Mac OS X

Hyperbolic Software has introduced a maintenance update (version 1.0.6) of Quick Print, an utility that allows you to print without opening the native application. The utility also provides a range of printing options.

With Quick Print, you can apply filters and effects to images, or print a text file with a different font size, without modifying the original file. The tool also allows you to print any image or formatted text copied to the clipboard and, if an item is selected, the information of the file.

Other features include the ability to print applications' recently opened files, directly accessible from the Quick Print window, and to print a folder as a list of contents. Quick Print also allows to print any image or formatted text copied to the clipboard and, if an item is selected, the information of the file (date created and modified, location path, etc.). When an unsupported item is selected, the application shows the Quick Look preview, which can be...

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Apr 08
PCalc updated, now available at the Mac App Store

TLA Systems has announced PCalc 4.0, an update to their scientific calculator for Mac OS X. The company took the latest code from the iOS version and ported it back to the Mac. It has every feature from the iOS version, and new ones, including:

° The ability to show multiple lines on the display, including the RPN stack;

° An optional "Ticker Tape" that shows a history of recent calculations underneath the main display;

° Editable user functions and conversions, which sync via iCloud with all your other Macs and iOS devices;

° Redesigned tape and register windows that can be torn off from the main calculator and resized;

° Smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions;

° Enhanced AppleScript support to call any command, perform conversions, run functions, and apply constants;

° All the keyboard layouts from the iPhone and iPad versions;

° All the themes too, including the iOS 7 style Samurai and Samurai Night...

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Apr 08
P22 Type Foundry announces the Wedge font

The P22 Type Foundry and the International House of Fonts (IHOF) have announced Wedge, a font by architect Bruce Rotherham. The design of the font purportedly takes the history of the Roman letter into full consideration.

Rotherham (1926-2004) was inspired by Herbert Bayer's 'universal alphabet' created at the Bauhaus in 1927. While he admired Bayer's pure geometry, Rotherham felt it was "virtually unreadable." The Bauhaus-inspired inclination for architectural publications to use sans serif faces provoked Rotherham to consider how a readable Roman book face might be approached using some of Bayer's same principles of simplification, but also retracing the evolution and use of the Roman form in an analytic manner.

The Wedge alphabet was started in 1947 when Rotherham was an architecture student at the University of Auckland. In 1958, after years of development and consultation with his father, who was a master printer, Rotherham approached Monotype to consider...

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