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Mar 25
RESCUECOM releases 2015 Computer Reliability Report

RESCUECOM’s 2015 Computer Reliability Report brings some interesting shifts among the big names in computer and tablet manufacturers.

Most noteworthy in the 2015 report is the lead Amazon has claimed over the competition. With a higher reliability score than the rest of the manufacturers combined, Amazon holds the top rank. The manufacturer even surpassed well-known names in reliability like Apple and Samsung this year. Amazon’s “A+” grade is due in large part to focusing on one product: the Kindle tablets.

Still, both Samsung and Apple have impressive reliability grades of “A-” for 2015. In fact, these long time contenders for the number one spot almost tied in reliability score. Samsung managed to gain a narrow lead over Apple. The full list of rankings is explained in-depth in the 2015 Computer Reliability Report (http://tinyurl.com/pg4gs2r).

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Mar 25
PDF Checkpoint now supports preflighting of LibreOffice PDF files

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7, a maintenance update to their PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF colors, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version lets users preflight PDF documents created with LibreOffice as well as files that underwent GhostScript conversion.

PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7 can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 24
PDFpen 7.1 adds advanced page numbering, custom stamps, more

Smile has released PDFpenPro 7.1 and PDFpen 7.1, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. This version brings advanced page numbering options, including control over font, color, formatting, and page range.

PDFpen also allows for the creation of custom stamps, including dynamic stamps with the user’s name and the date the document is stamped. There are also a series of new additional stamps to choose from, such as Paid, Faxed, Copied, and more.

OCR is easier with new auto-deskew, which straightens the text of a scanned document, necessary for accurate OCR results. The German localization has been improved in version 7.1, as has VoiceOver support in forms.

PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users)....

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Mar 24
FirstBank offers Apple Pay services for customers

FirstBank Holding Company, says it will begin offering Apple Pay mobile payment services for customers. Apple Pay is currently accepted at more than 700,000 businesses and retailers nationwide.

Customers can add their FirstBank debit or credit card by going to settings on their Apple device, opening "Passbook & Apple Pay”" and then selecting "Add Credit or Debit Card." After their debit or credit card information is added, customers can hold their finger on the phone’s Touch ID scan—near the vendor’s contactless reader—to make a purchase.

FirstBank (www.efirstbank.com) serves more than 650,000 customers and operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona, and California. A majority of its stock is owned by management and employees.

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Mar 24
Three new channels added to the Apple TV

Three new channels have been added to the Apple TV: Young Hollywood, Tastemade, and TED Talks.

Young Hollywood (www.yhworldwide.com), which targets Millennials — has launched celebrity-focused programming. It will premiere seven new original half-hour series this month totaling over 100 episodes. After the initial launch, Young Hollywood will continue to regularly debut new series on Apple TV, including the launch of a new weekly flagship entertainment news show “Young Hollywood Now.”

Tastemade (www.tastemade.com), "a video network built for the connected generation," is also launching on the Apple TV, marking its Apple TV, marks the foray into programming dedicated to food and travel. It provides hundreds of episodes of its original programming to millions of users of Apple's set-top box. Tastemade doesn't require authentication and ...

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Mar 24
Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X updated with 25 workflow options

Tibor Andre has announced Tune-Instructor 3.5 for Mac OS X, an update that provides 25 workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls.

An interactive widget permits rating, playback, progress and title information within the notification center. The app allows for custom editing of the ID3-Tag, which contains all metadata of an MP3 file. Users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.

Tune-Instructor 3.5 (http://www.tune-instructor.de/en/start.html) requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later and iTunes 8.2 or later. It's donationware .

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Mar 23
Cyberpunk 3776 available on Steam

Peter Hann is releasing Cyberpunk 3776 (http://www.cyberpunk3776.com) on the Steam platform with added features. The original release is currently available for Mac OS X and PC systems.

Here's how the game is described: "Cyberpunk 3776 is a side-scrolling shooter set in a dystopian future world where you are the last of all of humanity. Avarice and indifference have brought about the end of days and an extraterrestrial force has come to declare war in a showdown to the end.

"With gameplay based on the golden-age of arcade shooters, the controls have been simplified and the playthrough streamlined. The driving force behind the game is its dark themes of life and its eventual end, portrayed as monologue by voice actor Nico Uusitalo."

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Mar 23
App Wrapper updated to version 3.5

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released App Wrapper 3.3, an update to their App Store preparation tool.

It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites. App Wrapper features a graphical user interface for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file, and more.

App Wrapper 3.3 adds a UTI control option, either Merge, Replace or Disable for controlling App Wrapper's UTI handling. It also adds code to deal with app icon names not ending with .icns.

There are three pricing options (owners of App Wrapper Mini and App Wrapper 2.x are entitled a discount when upgrading): US$49.99 - 1-Year Update Plan; $9.99 - 30-Day Pay As You Go; and $199.99 - 1-Year Small Team Update...

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Mar 23
Aqua Data Studio 16 released with enhanced visual analytics

AquaFold has announced Aqua Data Studio 16, an upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software that gives users more charts, features, capabilities, and options.

With support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, the latest version introduces new chart types, and more options to current charts, making it quicker and easier for users to understand and execute on their underlying data, says AquaFold's CEO, Niels Gron. Along with enhancements to the Query Analyzer, Visual Explain, FluidShell, and support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, version 16 is the most streamlined and efficient Aqua Data Studio to date, he adds.

Database support has also been upgraded for Sybase ASE 16.0, Sybase Anywhere 16.0, SQL Server 2014, MongoDB 3.0, VoltDB 4.9, Greenplum 4.3, Vertica 7.1, Hortonworks 2.2, Cloudera 5.2, Teradata 15, Netezza 7.1, ParAccel 5.1, Informix 12.10, MySQL 5.6, and Apache Derby 10.11.

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Mar 23
Mac version of Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is out now

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has launched the Mac version of its tower defense game, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. It's requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Mac users can now enjoy a magical world where they must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins and ferocious dragons. Toy Defense 3: Fantasy introduces a magical new world where players must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins, ferocious dragons, and other fantastical enemies in detailed medieval environments. To be successful, players must perfect the skills of their warriors, build defensive fortresses, and develop the best strategies to defeat the armies of their foes and take the first places in Weekly Tournaments."

Toy Defense 3: Fantasy Premium 1.0 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively...

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Mar 20
MakeDongle protects Mac software with a USB dongle

Excel Software has announced MakeDongle 1.0, which runs on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux computers. It generates a secure USB dongle that grants a license to run protected software on the attached computers and complements a suite of protection and licensing tools.

Protected software can be stored on the computer or dongle itself. When launched, the dongle is validated before the software is allowed to run. When building dongles, MakeDongle can copy multiple licenses, applications or installers to the USB drive.

MakeDongle can be used standalone or with the QuickLicense, AppProtect or DocProtect products.  It also works with licensing plug-ins for FileMaker and Xojo. To use MakeDongle alone, add a programming command to Mac or Windows software. Several coding interfaces are supported with sample code provided for popular programming languages.

MakeDongle 1.0 costs US$395 for a single user license. Go to...

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Mar 20
Mach Software Design announces an iCloud Note Taker

Mach Software Design (http://www.machsoftwaredesign.com) has released Mach Note, an iCloud PDF note taker, audio note taker, and RTF word processor. It's available for both Mac OS X and iOS.

Mach Note uses iCloud to keep your documents in sync across all your devices. You can access your files from any device with iCloud Drive. It supports iCloud HandOff/Continuity features so you can transfer files between devices. What's more, you can record audio in M4A format with a 3D visualize and more.

Word processing on Mach Note is done in in RTF format. Using the PDF format, Freehand Notes are synced across all your devices (via iCloud) so you always have the latest version of your Notes with you. Since Mach Note uses the PDF format, you can annotate PDFs .

The app is free for iOS and US$4.99 for OS X. It's available at, respectively, the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store....

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Mar 20
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.9.9.10 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released Scannerz 1.9.9.10 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.

The Scannerz package is a set of hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tools designed to help users isolate hardware, system, and performance problems. The package consists of Scannerz, Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE or FSE-lite. With the release of Mac OS Yosemite Apple is placing more emphasis on Core Storage technology, and SCSC has responded by expanding the products handing of both Core Storage and Apple RAID components.

This new release is fully Yosemite compatible and can be used on any systems running Mac OS 10.5 with Intel or PowerPC processors. Prices for the package begin at US$39.9; however updates for users with fully licensed copies of earlier versions are free of charge.

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Mar 20
Sponsored Data to expand mobile connectivity to consumers, cars...

Sponsored data provides a useful business model for bringing mobile data to new users in emerging markets and to new device types —according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

With sponsored data business models, third party companies like consumer brands, web stores or enterprises can pay the mobile operator for data used by consumers or employees to access their content in a toll-free model, or can offer data rewards like loyalty points. Key findings from the research group's report:

° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today in emerging markets like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria range from advertising, free access to online commerce apps, games and app stores, free access for banking apps, to support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) by enterprises, education and healthcare.

° Opera Software, which recently won an award for...

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Mar 19
Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iPhoto 9.6.1, which improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 — which will be available this spring.

It also fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album, as well as an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image. You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.

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Mar 19
Apple releases two security updates for Yosemite

Apple has released two security updates for Mac OS X Yosemite.


What do they do? Hard to say. Apple's notes only say that they're "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X,"

You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.

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Mar 19
Winclone 5 adds backup for Boot Camp

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has rolled out Winclone 5, a new version of the Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac.

Winclone is designed to help everyone who uses dual boot Macs with Boot Camp more easily create snapshots, clone partitions or migrate Boot Camp systems and more. New in Winclone 5 is Winclone Backup, a utility for backing up mission-critical Boot Camp user files and a new consumer edition, Winclone Basic for no-frills Boot Camp backup.

Winclone requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher, and Boot Camp partition. Version 5 is a free upgrade for current licenses with an active support contract. For new users pricing starts at US$19.99 for the Standard Edition.

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Mar 19
Typinator 6.5 handles smart substitutions even smarter

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has annnounced Typinator 6.5, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.

The new version adds a helpful new feature that lets you define the way how the system-wide "smart substitutions" settings for quotes, dashes, etc. are handled within Typinator. French speaking Typinator users will be glad to hear that Typinator now also accepts French quoting style (with double angle quotation marks and non-breaking spaces) in the marker for nested abbreviations.

Typinator 6.5 also works around a crash when expanding text in Yosemite's sharing window with the "quick expansion" option enabled. It further improves compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications.

Typinator 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses....

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Mar 19
Print Window gets full Mac OS X Yosemite support

Searchware Solutions has announced Print Window 5.2, an update to their window printing utility for Mac OS X.

Integrated with the Mac OS X Finder, it allows users to print a file listing of folders with a simple key command (or other methods of triggering a file listing). In addition to adding full Mac OS X Yosemite support, version 5.2 adds the ability to export File Listings as a CSV file and sports an updated application icon.

Users have complete control over what gets included in the file listings and what does not. Print Window can also print subfolder contents of a specified folder manually selected by the user. Print Window also allows complete autonomy in the sorting process. Users can sort file listings by a variety of different criteria (including ascending and descending order) and even determine the files' icons and size.

There are two different versions of Print Window: Standard Edition and Advanced Edition. The free Standard Edition includes...

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Mar 19
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released Twixtor v6 and ReelSmart Motion Blur v5 with GPU support for FXHOME HitFilm, Digital Vision Nucoda, and Natron.

What's more ReelSmart Motion Blur is now supported for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Both products continue to be available for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer,, Symphony and Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Assimilate Scratch, Blackmagic Fusion Studio, Autodesk Systems, and Sony Vegas® Pro. 

Twixtor creates slow motion shots and synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Go to www.revisionfx.com for details and pricing info.

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Mar 18
Twelve South introduces the BaseLift for Apple's MacBook

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a new accessory for the Apple MacBook: the US$39.99 BaseLift, an "utra-thin" folding pad and stand.

It attaches to the bottom of your MacBook and folds into a wedge, elevating your screen. It's designed to bring your keyboard to a much more comfortable typing angle.

Folded flat, BaseLift is a soft pad that protects your lap from the heat or cold of your aluminum MacBook. However, it's also compatible with all Apple laptops, from the 11-inch MacBook Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Mar 18
Tumult upgrades its Hype professional design app

Tumult has rolled out Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional, a major update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X.

Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions. Hype Professional is a new in-app purchase to Hype 3.0, adding features targeted at graphic design pros.

Tumult Hype 3.0 (Standard) is a free upgrade for Hype 2.x owners. This update, the base of Hype Professional, elevates animated web content with more timing functions and web accessibility support. Hype 3 features an user interface redesign tailored for OS X Yosemite.

Tumult Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional are sold on the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store (http://tumult.com/hype/pro/). Tumult Hype 3.0 is available for US$49.99. Hype Professional is offered as a in-app purchase for an additional $49.99 — or the full version can be...

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Mar 18
Digital Film Tools launches EZ Mask 3.0

Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has launched EZ Mask 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/yn2dds). It's an update of the interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image.

Version 3.0 adds support for Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. EZ Mask iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image based on a few strokes. There's even a Refine mode where EZ Mask automatically updates the mask or composite as you paint a stroke. In addition, color correction, image transformations, and color contamination removal can all be employed.

EZ Mask 3.0 is available now for US$150. If installed on the same machine, one EZ Mask license will run in the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe® Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Upgrades are available to existing customers for $50.

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Mar 18
TimeTag for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Capparsa (http://www.capparsa.com ) has announced TimeTag 2.0, an update to their timesheet application for Mac OS X that organizes and groups your time records so you can quickly see how your time was spent at a glance.

Version 2.0 brings an iPad-like interface to the Mac. Records and timers are always visible, and exporting is just one click away. Managing timers from the menu bar is now faster, so you can start, stop and set activities for timers without clicking into the full app, according to the folks at Capoparsa.

TimeTag requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It's free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Mar 18
Program for FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 announced

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the program for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon2015) , the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.  

"Experience the Possibilities" is the theme of the event. DevCon 2015 will be held July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 50 speakers participating.

Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; learn how to develop solutions that combine the latest technologies with engaging user experiences; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. The 2015 program will include the Developer Cup...

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