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Dec 16
Atama releases iOS and OS X SDK

Atama has released the Sesame2 Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Sesame2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock. The kit enables 2-Factor authentication for iOS and OS X apps.

It can be used for apps that handle sensitive data and apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments. The SDK makes the integration of Atama's Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock with iOS and OS X apps straightforward by handling all aspects of Bluetooth communication and more, according to the folks at Atama.

For apps that handle sensitive data, such as confidential commercial information or patient medical records protected by HIPAA, the SDK can be used to provide 2-Factor authentication by requiring a Sesame key to be nearby as well as a password before allowing a user to log into an app

Apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments can use a Sesame lock as a means to automatically identify a user as he gets close to the iPhone/iPad or Mac. The SDK makes the...

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Dec 16
4K video demand helps fuel DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), developer of the DisplayPort standard (www.displayport.org), says reported that DisplayPort adoption, VESA membership and DisplayPort-related specification development have all increased over the past year. 

This points to the growing demand for DisplayPort and related standards, fueled by displays with 4K and higher resolution, as well as smaller devices with more flexible connectivity. DisplayPort device certification grew to 1,395 devices to date in 2014, up from 805 devices at the beginning of the year.

In 2014, VESA added 13 new member companies for a total of 224 members. Also during this past year, VESA released several DisplayPort-related standards, including DisplayPort 1.3, DisplayPort Alt Mode on USB Type-C, DockPort and Display Stream Compression.

"DisplayPort was developed as a PC to monitor interface, and those markets are...

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Dec 16
321soft releases Image Converter for Mac OS X

321Soft (http://www.321soft.com) has released Image Converter, a Mac OS X app provides a way to convert between various pictures. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

It supports a variety of image formats — both common formats Like PNG, jpg, bmp, gif, or, through a professional digital camera the extracted RAW photo formats (CR2, NEF, etc), as well as the icon format. 321Soft Image Converter costs US$14.95 as single-user application. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 16
128bit Technologies updates Free Fonts collection

128bit Technologies has released version 5.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. Free Fonts: 450 Commercial Use OpenType Fonts adds over 100 brand new fonts.

These new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 350 to 450 in the Mac App Store, and all fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) for download outside of the Mac App Store.

To get the full set of 623 fonts using the Mac App Store, customers need to first register to receive future updates of new fonts before receiving an email to download the 150  bonus fonts. Registration is optional, but you won't receive the additional fonts.

The Free Fonts version on the Mac App Store supports Mac OS X 10.6 (64-bit) and later. Once the fonts are saved to your Mac they can be...

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Dec 16
Disk Cleaner! for Mac OS X adds additional languages

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of the Mac app that cleans the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.

Disk Cleaner can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. The app can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more. Version 1.2.0 adds additional languages, and now scans for leftovers from both iTunes and iOS.

The app requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Dec 15
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 15

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Ratrod Studio has announced Snowboard Party. It's an US$1.99 snowboarding game.

XwaveSoft has introduced eXtra Voice Recorder. the $2.99 app is a combination of a audio recorder, a multi-functional audio editor, and an audio files manager.

Cubic Castles is a new, free multi-platform game that lets users design their own game levels and worlds. This virtual world is "massively multiplayer."

Ububble has launched Securify for iOS. The free app "brings emergency response into the 21st Century, enabling users to alert authorities within seconds."

Outbreak Alert! 4DX Games has unleashed The Falling Dead. It's a $0.99, zombie survival arcade-like shooter game.

Dejal Systems has launched Pack. It's a packing list app designed to help you get packed quickly and easily. Pack is free, but does have in-app purchases.

Dan Russell-Pinson has...

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Dec 15
OWC in-line digital thermal sensor available for more iMacs

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced an expansion of the In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor HDD DIY Kits (http://tinyurl.com/ogeb2q9), with support for 2009 and newer iMac models, including the latest iMac Retina 5K display.

OWC’s in-line solution includes a custom hardware digital thermal sensor allowing a third-party 3.5-inch SATA hard drive to be properly installed in an iMac, enabling full compatibility with Apple Diagnostics and the iMac System Management Controller. A plug-and-play cable, the In-line Digital Thermal Sensor eliminates excessive fan noise and maintains proper system fan operation while requiring no software hacks.
 
Using an OWC Internal HDD DIY Kit, you can replace the original iMac hard drive with up to a 6TB hard drive (sold separately). The kit is available for immediate...

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Dec 15
AccountEdge Pro 2015 gets serialized inventory, sales commission...

Acclivity has launched AccountEdge Pro 2015 in the US. It's the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows. Among the enhancements are serialized inventory and sales commission tracking.

AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 

AccountEdge Cloud is an add-on that lets users enter sales invoices, activity slips, and the ability for employees and contractors to enter in their timesheet for payroll purposes, all integrating back to AccountEdge Pro. Serialized inventory management allows a business to track serial numbers through the life cycle of its inventory, from purchase to sale including warranty.  They can use manufacturer serial numbers or have AccountEdge create their own series of serial numbers.

AccountEdge Pro is available...

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Dec 15
Sparkle for Mac gets features for photographers, others

River Design has introduced Sparkle 1.1, an upgrade of the visual website builder for Mac OS X. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 and higher and is optimized for Yosemite.

Sparkle translates any text and graphic layout to HTML. The app gives Mac users a great to build websites visually. Version 1.1 builds on the app's engine by adding features for photographers, film directors, graphic designers and small businesses.

Sparkle 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store for US$79.99. It's a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0. A free trial limited to three pages is available from its official website (http://sparkle.cx).

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Dec 15
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 20% in third quarter of 2014

Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users were flat in the third quarter of 2014, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). However, sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units.

"Sales of feature phones declined 25% in the third quarter of 2014 because the difference in price between feature phones and low-cost Android smartphones is reducing further," says Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner. "In the third quarter of 2014, smartphones accounted for 66% of the total mobile phone market, and Gartner estimates that by 2018, nine out of 10 phones will be smartphones."

From a regional perspective, emerging markets exhibited some of the highest growths ever recorded with Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa achieving the highest increase in the third quarter of 2014, with sales of smartphones growing almost 50% year-over-year. Among the mature markets, the U.S...

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Dec 15
Benroy Busines for Mac released

YZY SOFT (http://www.yzysoft.com) has released Benroy Business App, a Mac OS X app for organizing and tracking daily work in these business areas: sales, creative agencies, real estate companies, construction companies, photography, employment agencies, legal professionals and others. The most important information is in a single window.

Benroy Business is designed for managing contacts, projects, job orders, estimates, project discrepancies, leads, proposals, contracts, products, warehouses, incomes, expenses, payments, documents, tasks, events, and time sheets. Benroy Business normally costs US$99 as single-user application. However, there's a 30% discount until the end of 2014 by using the coupon code: END2014.

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Dec 11
Sonnet Introduces New Family of Optical Thunderbolt Cables

Sonnet Technologies New Family of Optical Thunderbolt cables designed to connect computers and devices over longer distances in a wide variety of production environments. With support for both 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 and 10Gbps Thunderbolt connections, the Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are "thin, lightweight, and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt cables at distances of up to 60 meters."

The Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are ideal for use in situations requiring the computer to be segregated from other equipment without a loss in functionality or data-transfer speed. One example is when a computer and other peripherals must be remotely located in a secure equipment room, with the cable running out to a desktop with a Thunderbolt dock that supports a display, mouse, keyboard, and other peripheral devices. Another example might be an audio production workflow that requires a particularly quiet operating environment. The longer optical Thunderbolt...

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Dec 11
Xojo 2014 Release 3

Xojo Inc has released Xojo 2014 Release 3 -- a major release of their multi-platform rapid development tool. Xojo users can now build iOS apps in the same way desktop and web applications are created (e.g., native iOS applications). This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features.

Xojo 2014 Release 3 feature highlights include:
* New iOS framework
* New Text data type and supporting methods for improved text handling
* New Auto data type for storing any type or object
* New Xojo.Core classes that make creating international applications easier
* SSLSockets now support newer security protocols like TLS v1.1 and v1.2, and now defaults to TLS v1 instead of SSLv3

This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features. In addition to the new iOS framework, this release also adds improvements to the web framework and includes new classes that make creating international applications easier. Further, web...

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Dec 11
Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates

Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates

Apple has released three important updates.

iOS 8.1.2 which includes an array of security updates. Take note, however, over the air updates have proven a challenge for some. The download is large, and users tight on memory will find that they need to free up space before they can update.

Safari 8.0.2 has just been released and is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users for "usability, stability, and security" updates. Issues fixed include syncing across iCloud Drive, password, WebGL graphics on Retina Displays, importing from Firefox and more.

Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update 1.2 improves reliability when connecting to the display.

HP Printer Software Update 3.0 includes the latest suite of printers and scanner support from HP.

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Dec 10
OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro

OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro

Other World Computing (OWC) announced their 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD DIY upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro. The new Aura SSD for Mac Pro "delivers the capacity and performance Mac Pro users need for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo, and graphics. OWC’s new Aura SSDs for Mac Pro 2013 transfers speeds up to 730 MB/s and it is engineered for Mac so there is no extra software or hacks needed.

OWC says the custom-engineered DIY Solution with 1TB and 2TB Capacities will deliver up to 8x the Capacity of Factory Shipping Models. You can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive with an enclosure from OWC as well.

Aura SSD upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro are available for pre-order starting at $899 for the 1TB model and $1449 for the 2TB model. Contact them at 1-815-333-5023 or...

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Dec 10
Alsoft Releases DiskWarrior 5

Aloft's DiskWarrior is the powerful disk repair and recover tool for OS X. Having been around since long before OS X, techs and users have learned to use and rely on the simple interface that does a lot.

Alsoft says "DiskWarrior reads the damaged directory and finds all salvageable files and folders and builds a new error-free, optimized directory for you to use. DiskWarrior verifies your repaired directory to ensure it is error free. It then uses a fail-safe method of replacing the damaged directory to ensure that interruptions such as power outages won't harm your data. File paths, permissions, invalid plists and other problems are tested to ensure your files can be found when you need them.”

The new version 5 includes many features that users have been long waiting for including:

- 64-Bit
- Ships on a bootable flash dirive to repair your startup disk
- New DiskWarrior Recovery Maker.
- Runs from OS X Recovery partition.
- Repairs...

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Dec 09
IN-SRC releases FrontLog 1.1.1 for Mac OS X

IN-SRC has announced FrontLog 1.1.1 (www.thefrontlog.com), an update to their task management tool for Mac OS X.

Designed for collaboration, it helps users organize their tasks through the use of logbooks. Logbooks can be easily shared, assigned and updated between other team members as well as synched across both iOS and OS X devices.

The free version of FrontLog is best for small teams and has 300M storage. For larger teams and storage, FrontLog has upgraded Standard and Pro logbook plans available. The app is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Dec 08
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 8

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Box of Frogs Media has published Roobarb & Custard: When Custard was Grounded. Actress Tamsin Greig injects her unique narrative for this US$3.99 Roobarb and Custard app book.

You Tell Me Stories (YTMS) has announced Little Red Hen with WordWinks and Retell, Record & Share ($2.99). It's the sixth illustrated book app in the You Tell Me Stories Library. Based on the classic folk tale, Little Red Hen encourages kids to participate with the use of WordWinks-questions. They can also retell, record and share the story in their own voice.

Wildwood Resources has announced CREATEit for the iPad. The $2.99 app lets you produce visual images that you can share with your friends.

Ultralab has introduced Ultrapop. It's a $0.99 a collection of psychedelic filters inspired by pop art and tropical cocktails that can be applied to photos.

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Dec 08
Audio Switcher adds support for Yosemite's Dark Mode

Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.4 offers improved support for Mac OS X Yosemite's Dark Mode, a new menu bar icon and a menu option for opening the System Sound Preferences applet.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.0.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store. Visit Spike Software online (http://www.spikesoft.net) for more information, support and to leave feedback.

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Dec 08
Apple supporting Hour of Code project

Apple is supporting the Hour of Code project by offering lessons at its Apple Stores around the world.

The Hour of Code is a week-long event that runs in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 8-14. Go to http://code.org for more info.

Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision "is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science."

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Dec 08
Former Apple exec sentenced for conspiracy

A former Apple exec who sold some of the company's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay US$4.5 million for his crimes, reports the AP (http://tinyurl.com/m8y4x4v).

Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office announced Devine's penalty Friday, but declined to explain the reason for the lengthy delay in his sentencing. Devine faced up to 20 years in prison.

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Dec 08
DRM Converter updated with OS X Yosemite compatibility

AppleMacSoft DRM Converter (http://tinyurl.com/8y7fcyq) for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.9.1. It adds Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility and fixed the issue that iTunes fails to launch on Yosemite.

DRM Converter 3 converts any song that can be played with iTunes to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV etc for use with iPad, any other MP3 player, CD player, mobile phone or personal computer. With version 3.9.1, users can also convert audiobooks from the Audible format to more universal formats so they can be played on devices that don't interface with Audible.

DRM Converter 3.9.1 for Mac is a free upgrade for all registered users. The program requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$39.95.

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Dec 05
OWC announces 1TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. It's designed for Mac or PC systems; no extra software or hacks are needed.

According to OWC (http://www.macsales.com), the US$499Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD offers sustained transfer rates up to 535/443MBps read/write. It's designed for do-it-yourself installation with step-by-step install videos.

“At OWC, we’re always trying to give our customers more. More capacity, greater performance and exceptional reliability," says said Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, OWC. "Our new 1.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD raises the bar for high-performance SSDs,” “At twice the previous max-capacity, it’s now an even better drive upgrade solution, and always comes backed by our famous 24/7 customer support.”

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Dec 05
Absolute Software expands support for Device Enrollment Program

Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) has announced full support for Mac OS X Yosemite with Absolute Manage 6.7.

This release includes full support for Mac computers within the Apple Device Enrollment Program. This experience enables Absolute customers to remotely provision employer, and employee-owned Macs as part of the standard device setup process, ensuring all new Macs are registered and compliant from the very first moment they're put into use.

Absolute Manage 6.7 is available now. The release also includes additional enhancements, as well as compatibility with the newest operating systems. The InstallEase software repackaging tool has also been updated to support the latest Mac and Windows operating systems, available as a free download at Absolute Software online.

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Dec 05
Logo Pop Lite for OS X adds pre-designed logo graphics

128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.1, an update to its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.

The software allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.1 adds new pre-designed logo graphics and templates, and fixes a bug in the Graphics preview window.

Logo Pop Lite 1.1 is available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It's available for US$1.99 for a limited time.

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