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myCharge introduces new line of HUB portable chargers

myCharge has introduced a new anodized aluminum line of HUB portables chargers for powering smartphones and tables on-the-go.

The 3000mAh HUB mini retails at US$69, and come with built-in Apple Lightning and micro-USB charging cables. The 6000mAh HUB Plus retails at $99, and the 9000mAh HUB Max models, retails at $129. The latter two models also feature built-in wall prongs, making recharging as simple as plugging into any outlet.

The 12000mAh HUB Ultra can be fully re-charged in as little as four hours. It retails for $149.99. More information about the Hub chargers and the entire myCharge product line can be found at

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IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Mic Room

IK Multimedia has announced the T-RackS Mic Room for Macs and PCs. It’s a microphone-modeling module that allows producers to process and "re-mike" their physical microphones to sound and perform like some of the most popular studio microphones of all time.

T-RackS Mic Room has a collection of over 20 classic and contemporary models to choose from. Its selection covers every microphone type from condensers to dynamics to ribbons and beyond.

Mic Room is a module for T-RackS, and it's available in the Custom Shop. The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to studio production gear. Once installed, its collection of processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering can be browsed, auditioned and purchased. Each model can be tested as a fully functional demo for a period of 14 days.

Mic Room is available via the IK online store (...

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Patriot introduces 128GB compact USB flash drives

Patriot ( has added 128GB capacities to several of their lifestyle USB flash drives. Consistent with the latest USB specifications, the new 128GB capacities will be USB 3.1 Gen 1, backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and reach up to 110MB/s and 20MB/s read and write speeds.

“With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Flash product manager. “These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform.”

One of Patriot’s top selling USB drives, the Tab’s metal finish makes it virtually undetectable while plugged into any laptop or PC. The Vex is designed for the consumer looking for a pop of color, but minimalist design. The 128GB Vex will be available in a bright green...

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Seagate, Newisys demo flash storage architecture capable of 1TB/s

Seagate Technology ( and Newisys ( have announced that 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage.

Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s. Newisys is a division of Sanmina Corp. and a provider of data center products for enterprise and cloud applications. Applications that might benefit most from this flash solution include those where microseconds matter in processing massive amounts of data, says Brett Pemble, vice president and general manager of flash products, Seagate. These applications might include metadata caches for large data centers, as well as prediction models for financial markets, oil and...

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Instant Backup Now Supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has unveiled Instant Backup 1.8, a compatibility update to its solution to manually back up selected data to FTP and locally. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Instant Backup can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for $9.95. A demo is available for download. Instant Backup requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Nov 30
Public beta of Apple Music on Sonos coming Dec. 15

Apple and Sonos have announced ( that Apple Music will be available in public beta on Sonos starting Dec. 15. Listeners will have the ability to stream all their favorite aspects of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through Sonos smart speakers in any room of their homes.

"Streaming is bringing more music into everyone's lives—and that's a better life. The introduction of Apple Music marks an inflection point for streaming and its mass adoption," said Sonos co-founder and Chief Executive Officer John MacFarlane. "Now that we have access to virtually all the music on Earth, how music lovers listen to it is even more important. We are honored to bring Apple Music to Sonos listeners all over the world.”

The public beta allows many features of Apple Music to be controlled by the Sonos app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phone,...

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Nov 30
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1.1

Whetstone Apps has introduced DayMap 2.1.1 an update to visually oriented organizer app. It offers a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

In version 2.1.1, each occurrence of a recurring task can be sorted in the the Calendar view independently. A graying out scheduled icon appears when a task is completed. And the Hide Completed slider now affects the Calendar view as well as the Outline view.

DayMap 2.1.1 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs and can be purchased at the Mac App Store under the Productivity category (

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Nov 30
Appocto introduces Censorate for Mac OS X

Appocto has introduced Censorate for Mac OS X. It allows you to pixelate, blur or hide sensitive or unwanted areas in images.

Censor ate is designed for users who who frequently post on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Censorate is compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It sells for $4.99 and is available from Appocto online (

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Nov 30
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14 for OS X improves PDF image preflight

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color mode of PDF documents, assign ICC profiles, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version improves reliability of image preflighting and fixes a stability issue on Mac OS X El Capitan.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and the Zevrix website ( for US$39.95. 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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Nov 30
Times for Fun updates fgrab screen recorder for Mac OS X

Times for Fun has upgraded fgrab, its screen recorder for the Mac, to version 1.5. It’s been partially rewritten for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan.

With fgrab, capture any action on your screen and save it as a screen movie. After recording you can immediately play it back without an export procedure. fgrab is available from Times for Fun ( for approximately $20.

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Nov 27
Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu for OS X

ZoomingCube Interactive ( has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP in order to function.

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Nov 27
24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X

24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.

Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.

24U Appearance OSAX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as shareware. You can install 24U Appearance OSAX, and try it out for 14 days for free. After this you’ll need to register. Licenses for 24U Appearance OSAX start at US$49 per user.

Version 4.0.1 is a free update for owners of version 4.0. Existing customers of version 3 can upgrade to the new version at 30 percent off the regular price. Optional Premium Support and Implementation service are available with...

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Nov 27
Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.

It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.

Tidy Up 4.1.8 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Go here ( for details.

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Nov 27
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website ( A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Nov 25
OWC Drive Dock is a new, two-drive dock with USB, Thunderbolt 2...

Other World Computing (OWC) is shipping the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.

The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives.  The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.

The OWC Drive Dock sports an aluminum enclosure and quiet, fanless operation. It also has internal universal auto-switching power supply, so no external power brick needed.

The OWC Drive Dock is available now for same-day shipping at The Drive Dock is priced at $247.99, which includes a one meter Thunderbolt cable and a 0.6 meter...

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Nov 25
NetShred for Mac OS X adds support for Firefox 42

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.7 of NetShred X (, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.

The upgrade adds support for Firefox 42. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and higher.

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Nov 24
Thief steals on to the Mac today

Feral Interactive says Thief is out now for the Mac via Steam, with the Mac App Store version set to arrive in December. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for consoles and PC, Thief is the first game in this series to ever come to the Mac.

In Thief, players are challenged to combine stealth, gadgetry and exploration as Garrett, a Master Thief with mysterious skills that make him the most wanted man in a forsaken city. Players will pick locks, crack safes and solve cunning mechanical puzzles to pocket rare treasures, all while keeping clear of The City’s ever-vigilant guards.

Thief: Master Thief Edition retails on Steam for US$32.99. Thief: Shadow Edition will retail on the Mac App Store for $34.99. A minisite dedicated to the game is available now at

Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8Ghz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, 1GB or...

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Nov 24
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will support Apple CarPlay

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced details for the fuel-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring Apple CarPlay support, a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016.

CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.

"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction."

Once an iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay...

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Nov 24
UPPERCASE introduces keyboard protector for the 12-inch MacBook

UPPERCASE Design has introduced the Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the new 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide protection for the laptop’s keyboard and surface and are styled to perfectly match the new MacBook in fit and appearance.

The Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector guards against spills, dust, other contaminants and accidents. UPPERCASE Designs' Palm Rest Protector Set provides durable shielding against dirt, grease, sweat and abrasion and scratching from watches or jewelry.

The UPPERCASE Designs Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector for the 12-inch MacBook has a suggested retail price of $12.99. The Palm Rest Protector Set carries a suggested retail price of $9.99. Both products are currently available from and

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Nov 24
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for FileMaker Pro 14/ The updated file management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14 fixes problems and improves several functions.

Version 8.0.5 is a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi Automatisering improved the working of the CreateThumbnail, Substitute and CopyFile functions and fixed some problems in the DragAndDrop and the GetDateCreated and GetDateModified functions.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 is available for downloading at Troi’s website ( Licenses cost US$ 99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the product web site.

Upgrading to version 8.0.5 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.4: version 8.0.5 works with the same...

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Nov 24
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.51, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows users to reduce InDesign link size and speed up output by eliminating excess image data. LinkOptimizer also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. Version 4.9.51 addresses an issue in which duplicate links in InDesign document weren't processed under certain conditions.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$259.95; there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Nov 23
MoneyWiz 2.2 adds 3D Touch and is iPad Pro ready

SilverWiz has conjured ups MoneyWiz 2.2 (, an update of the money manager for iOS and Mac OS X.

The app offers reports, worldwide online banking and instant sync between all your devices. For iOS, MoneyWiz 2.2 adds support for 3D Touch, iPad Pro, and iPad Split Screen.

MoneyWiz costs US$4.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Mac App Store (for OS X) in the Finance category.

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Nov 23
Eltima releases newest version of Commander One, an OS X file...

Eltima Software has launched Commander One 1.2, the latest version of their dual-pane file manager for OS X.

Apart from basic file management operations, the app features a built-in FTP client, integrating Dropbox accounts and accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.2 migrates to Swift 2.0 and is compatible with El Capitan.

Commander One 1.2 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app is available in two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. Both editions are available for download from Eltima's website (

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Nov 23
Local sellers accepting mobile payments with Square's new...

Starting today, 100 local business owners across the country are the first to accept chip cards and payments like Apple Pay from their customers with Square's new reader, giving their customers a simple, fast, and secure payment experience.

The first group of businesses to use Square's new reader include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, Philz Coffee in San Francisco, Sump Coffee in St. Louis, Cafe Grumpy in New York City, and all 20+ merchants in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall in New York.

"We've always wanted to offer our customers the option to pay with Apple Pay and we're thrilled that Square has helped us make this a reality," says Joshua Kulp, Executive Chef of Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago.

"Our customers have been asking about contactless payments. Now it's here -- with one tap, customers at our Grand Central location can grab a coffee right before they jump on the train!" adds Caroline Bell, Owner of Cafe Grumpy in New York City....

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Nov 23
AKVIS releases NatureArt 8.0: Aurora Borealis Effect

AKVIS has released AKVIS NatureArt 8.0, for Mac OS X and Windows. It’s a collection of nature effects for images. Version 8.0 adds the new Aurora effect.

NatureArt 8.0 now includes 10 basic effects: rain, sun, water, lightning, clouds, frost, rainbow, aurora, fire, and ice. Each has a number of presets for creating a variety of natural phenomena.

A demo of NatureArt 8.0 is available for download at the AKVIS website ( On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

A home license sells for US$72. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users whose license is not valid for the new version can get NatureArt 8.0 with the Aurora effect for $14.95.

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