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Mar 16
Ally Bank adds support for Apple Pay

Ally Bank, the direct banking subsidiary of Ally Financial, now offers customers with debit cards access to Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service.

In participating stores, Apple Pay will work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Once a customer has entered their Ally Bank debit card information on a device, they’ll be ready to make payments with Apple Pay at supported merchants, according to Diane Morais, CEO and president of Ally Bank.

To pay at checkout, users simply hold their mobile device near a contactless reader and authorize the payment using a passcode or Touch ID, and a subtle vibration and beep will confirm that the payment has been processed. Ally Bank (www.ally.com) offers online savings, interest checking, money market accounts, certificates of deposit with terms ranging from three...

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Mar 16
Kaspersky Lab, WISekey team up for encrypted vault app

Kaspersky Lab and WISeKey, a Swiss based cyber-security company, have teamed up for a special edition of the cyber-resilience app, WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security. This new edition integrates the technologies from both cyber-security companies.

The WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security cyber-resilience edition locks personal data such as account usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and access PINs into a secure personal data organizer, creating accountable identities for online activity while the data itself remains protected in a secure cloud vault. The edition includes Kaspersky Mobile Security SDK a solution for protecting mobile phones against security threats. The software development kit’s inclusion in the app delivers security features like web and network protection, device protection and risk detection to smartphones, offering users an effective layer of self-defense.

Among other things, WISeID keeps passwords in an encrypted vault, generates passwords, and...

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Mar 16
Program announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2016

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the program for the 21st annual FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), the largest gathering of FileMaker independent and corporate custom business app developers, trainers and users from around the world. DevCon 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zyjdrs3) will be held July 18-21 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

With the theme of "Aptitude for Apps," the conference is designed to enhance the capabilities of those using the FileMaker Platform to create custom apps for desktop, iOS, and the web. Attendees will gain insight on the future direction of the FileMaker Platform, learn from other developers' unique app creation talents and expand their abilities in design, mobility, web and more. DevCon 2016 offers a wide range of topics on how to plan, create, and deploy custom apps using the FileMaker platform.

DevCon 2016 will hold a...

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Mar 16
EKG band for the Apple Watch coming this spring

AliveCor (www.alivecorcom), which specializes in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (EKG) technology for mobile devices, has announced what it says is the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band.

It’s due this spring, along with a new app. Pricing hasn’t been announced. The Kardia Band for Apple Watch, and new Kardia app, allow folks to discretely capture their EKG anytime, anywhere.

Users can record a single-lead EKG by simply touching Kardia Band's integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app, Kardia by AliveCor.  The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detector then uses Kardia's automated analysis process (algorithm) to detect the presence of AF in an EKG, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of stroke. Also included is the Normal Detector, which indicates whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal, and the Unreadable Detector, which tells you when to retake an...

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Mar 16
iMobie Airs MacClean 3 to Clean, Optimize and Protect Your Mac...

iMobie has announced MacClean 3 (https://www.imobie.com/macclean/), an update to their a free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection.

The utility can now also secure any Mac users' privacy and protect their Mac from all types of security threats, including malware, spyware, worms, scareware, adware, malicious cookies, etc. With the third version, MacClean has become an all-round free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection, says Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.

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Mar 15
Mac version of Origin Viewer app now available

OriginLab, a publisher of data analysis and graphing software, has debuted a Mac version of its Origin Viewer app.

OriginLab is most widely known for its Origin and OriginPro software, which provide scientists and engineers with tools to analyze, configure and present their latest research in publication-quality graphs. Previously only available for Windows, Origin Viewer is a standalone application that allows users to view and copy graph or worksheet information from Origin Project (OPJ) files, even if they don’t have Origin or OriginPro installed.

The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later. It’s available as a free download from the OriginLab website (http://www.originlab.com/viewer/).

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Mar 15
ADATA releases the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Apple OTGFlash Drive

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive. Designed to match the look of Apple devices such as iPhone 6s/6s plus, it joins previous i-Memory series offerings in catering to the storage expansion needs of mobile device users.

Available in up to 128GB, the Apple-certified drive includes Lightning and USB connectivity for data portability and sharing. It provides users with performance up to 30MB/s read speeds (via a Lightning connector) and 94MBs/22MBs (via USB 3.0). Users can switch between the two connectors with the flick of a switch.

The i-Memory US710 Rose Gold Flash Drive is accompanied by the latest version of the free i-Memory app with support for Apple Live Photos back-up. The ADATA i-Memory app is readily free at the Apple App Store. Pricing for the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive starts at $70.

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Mar 15
VPN Tracker for OS X now lets you remotely wipe VPN connections

Equinux has updated VPN Tracker (www.vpntracker.com), its VPN software for Mac OS X, to version 365. It’s now possible to remotely wipe VPN connections when, for instance, a MacBook gets lost or stolen.

Also, administrators gain total control over who may or may not use VPN connections. If an employee leaves the company, or a MacBook goes missing, administrators can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting connections from these Macs. This prevents access to corporate VPN connections. Pricing for VPN Tracker starts at $49.99 per year.

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Mar 15
Dubset launches MixBANK clearance/distribution platform

Dubset Media Holdings has launched MixBANK, a clearance and distribution platform for mix and remix content. It will deliver high-demand remixes via Apple Music, creating a new royalty stream for the artists whose music was sampled and the DJs who create the remixes, says Dubset CEO Stephen White.

Until now, traditional music services were unable to offer unofficial remix content due to licensing challenges. Dubset has solved that by identifying the copyrighted music used within the mix and clearing the use of that music through the appropriate labels and publishers, says White. 

“Although DJs were able to sample tracks during live performances, they were not allowed to legally distribute the recordings,” he adds. “Most of this content has lived in the shadows of unlicensed pirate distribution channels with neither the original artist, composer, nor the DJ getting compensated for their creative work.  We are thrilled to make this amazing new content available on Apple...

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Mar 15
Gravity Clock for OS X ticks to version 3.0

Gravity Clock for Mac OS X has ticked to version 3.0.


The app combines a physics simulator with a minimalist clock design to create the 21st century successor of an hour glass. It not only shows the current time, but also visualizes the passage of time in a tangible way by the permanent destruction and reconstruction of the clock face. Every second the hand breaks numbers out of the dial and lets them drop to the floor.

Gravity Clock for Mac 3.0 requires mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jrqs72w) in the Utilities category.

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Mar 14
Grammarian Pro2 X for OS X upgraded to version 2.0.11

Linguisoft (http://linguisoft.com/) has released Grammarian Pro2 X  2.0.11, an update to its grammar, spelling, AutoType, AutoCorrect, proof reading application for the Mac. 

The new version offers fixes and new features for Mac OS 10.11, global menus, Clipboard checking, Interactive Checking, Dock menu, dictionaries, updated grammar and spelling dictionaries, grammar/spelling issues, version control, and more. Grammarian Pro2 X costs $49.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

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Mar 14
Philips Lightning expands its Hue connected lighting ecosystem

Philips Lighting (www.philips.com) is introducing the newest addition to the Philips Hue connected lighting ecosystem: Philips Hue white ambiance.
 
Philips Hue white ambiance unlocks the power of connected white light, inspired by the sun, to deliver every shade of white light, from cool daylight (6500k) to warm white light (2200k), according to says Chris Worp, leader of Philips home lighting business. With the new “Routines” feature in the Philips Hue app, Philips Hue white ambiance can gradually brighten to help you wake up naturally in the morning, and dim to low levels, helping you fall asleep at night. You can also use light recipes proven to help you feel relaxed, concentrated or energized, Worp adds.
 
The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit includes two Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs, (800 lumens at 4000k) compatible with existing light fixtures, a bridge that supports Apple HomeKit...

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Mar 14
QNAP unveils new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, more

At the opening of CeBIT 2016, QNAP Systems announced full-throttle network-attached storage products, including the new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, compact M.2 SSD NASbook, Enterprise ZFS NAS with dual active controllers, and multiple features including network-defined Virtual JBOD, QPulse unified remote server management, Linux Station, Hybrid Backup Sync, and more.

The new TVS-x82T Thunderbolt 2 NAS is powered by the latest Intel sixth generation Core processor and features an enhanced hardware design. The TVS-x82T series not only features Thunderbolt 2 technology but also has dual 10GbE ports. Additional advanced hardware includes built-in SATA M.2 SSD, dedicated 2.5-inch SSD trays, compartmentalized smart cooling, tool-less hard drive trays, three HDMI ports (including one HDMI 2.0), and more, according to David Tsao, product manager of QNAP.

Besides offering DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN triple solution, the TVS-x82T series is capable of playing 4K, 60fps videos. It’s a perfect...

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Mar 14
Appocto introduces the PDF Powerpack for Mac OS X

Appocto has introduced PDF Powerpack, a new bundle containing their series of PDF applications for the Mac OS X platform.

PDF Powerpack includes PDF Encrypt, PDF Image Extractor, PDF text Extractor, PDF Shrinker and PDF Merger. It allows users to encrypt and password protect PDF files, extract images and text, as well as compress PDF files.

The original value of PDF Powerpack is $24.95, but is now available for as low as $9.99. It’s now available worldwide from Appocto online (https://appocto.com).

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Mar 14
Eltima updates SyncMate to 6.3, expands functionality and...

Eltima Software has revved SyncMate, their synchronization tool for OS X, to version 6.3.

The app allows syncing Mac computers with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTP devices, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and other Windows Services, including Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. The latest version of SyncMate offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.

SyncMate 6.3 is compatible with OS X 10.8.5 and later. This update is free for all SyncMate 6 users. Registered users of previous versions of SyncMate can upgrade with a 50% discount. Pricing for new users starts at $39.95. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.sync-mac.com/).

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Mar 14
Client Folder Maker for OS X gets drag and drop folder...

GeekSuit has rolled out Client Folder Maker 4.5, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.

It’s a folder creation and management tool designed for web developers, graphic designers, app developers, desktop publishers, and prepress operators. Version 4.5 introduces drag and drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and more.

Client Folder Maker requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvws8pv) in the Productivity category.

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Mar 12
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.19 improves duplex printing reliability

Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.19, a maintenance update to its PDF printing automation solution for OS X based on watched hot folders.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. Version 2.219 improves the reliability of duplex printing and makes the app compatible with smaller monitors such as 13-inch MacBook Pro.

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.co) for $24.95(there’s a server version for $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 10.5-10.11 (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Mar 11
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 for...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.

The new version adds the possibility to change the timeout time for the CreateZIP function, which is useful for creating very large ZIP files. Version 8.0.6 also improves the working of several other functions and fixes a problem with the drag and drop function on OS X, where dragging multiple emails could crash FileMaker Pro.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Licenses cost $99 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are available.

Upgrading to version 8.0.6 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.5: version 8.0.6 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-...

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Mar 10
Jumsoft releases new update of Toolbox for MS Office

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has launched Toolbox for MS Office 2.2.4, an update of its design app for Microsoft Office for Mac OS X.

It provides thousands of templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from posters and business cards to slideshows and infographics. The in-app capability allows users to purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. Version 2.2.4 includes hundreds of new templates and illustrations for Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Toolbox for MS Office requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free (with in-app purchases) and is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

The latest version of Toolbox for MS Office includes around 170 previously unreleased templates for Word, 345 clipart images, and tens of spreadsheets, logos, icons, frames, and other illustrations. Once an item has been purchased, users can open it in Word, PowerPoint, or...

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Mar 10
Hyperbolic rolls out Tidy Up 4.1.9 for Mac OS X

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.9, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The utility allows you to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces features such as full El Capitan compatibility, a new search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies, a new “view by duplicate group,” a new Quick "Auto-check" feature, and new Smart Search methods.

Tidy Up 4 requires OS X 10.8.0 or later and costs $29.99. Users of version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Products may be purchased online. More information on Tidy Up and download available at Hyperbolic Software online (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com).

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Mar 10
Graphic Node introduces templates pack for Google Docs

Graphic Node has introduced Bundle for Google Docs 1.0 for OS X, a new suite of templates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

It provides 50 templates for Google Docs, 25 for Google Sheets, and 25 for Google Slides. The app also offers support for those who want to create content on cloud-based productivity tools

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offer a possibility to access and edit documents from any location as long as you have an Internet connection. Although the designs are marketed for the Google productivity tools, Sheets and Slides, they come in the standard Office formats and are therefore fully compatible with Microsoft Office.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slide require Mac OS X 10.8 or later and costs $9.99. The app is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zeaed62) in the Productivity category.

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Mar 10
Apple announces ‘let us loop you in’ special event

Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21. Dubbed “Let us loop you in,” it will be held at the company’s campus at Infinite Loop in Cupertino.

Almost certain to be introduced at the event are a 4-inch “iPhone SE,” a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new band options for the Apple Watch. Some analysts are also expecting new MacBook Pros/Airs and the Apple Watch 2.

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Mar 10
Econ Technologies updates its entire line of apps

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies) has updated its entire product line; ChronoSync, ChronoSync Express, ChronoAgent, ChronoMonitor, and InterConneX. These releases focus on security, performance, and stability with stronger encryption of data transferred between all of the apps.

ChronoSync — the $49.99 Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app — has been revved to version 4.6.6 with over 35 enhancements and fixes, including improved security, performance, and stability. ChronoAgent — an $14.99 “undercover” app that runs in the background of the destination Mac providing a direct connection to ChronoSync running on the source Mac — is now up to version 1.6.

ChronoSync Express, the $29.99, entry level version of ChronoSync, is updated to version 1.1.2 with over 25 enhancements and fixes.
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Mar 10
Lemke introduces Xe8472 color consistency technology

Lemke Software has introduced Xe8472, color constancy technology for professional filmmakers and photographers. It simulates the physiological and psychological processes inside the human brain.

The color constancy algorithm, on which Xe8472 is based, was first released in 2002 under the Xe847 brand for use with still images. Xe8472 represents the world's first application of this algorithm in a commercial product for professional filmmakers.

The Xe8472 Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows is available from Lemke Software (http://tinyurl.com/hv36x5f) for $39.95. Customers who have purchased the current Photoshop plug-in will be able to use their license for the software. In addition, Xe8472 will be included free for purchasers of GraphicConverter.

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Mar 10
RE:Vision Effects releases RE:Map 3

RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Map 3, an update of its kit of mapping and distortion tools within Adobe After Effects, The Foundry's Nuke, Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio, and Natron. RE:Map 3 adds GPU acceleration.

RE:Map is a set of 5 plugins:

° RE:Map UV takes a UV Map, usually rendered from a 3D system, and renders an image using this mapping.

° RE:Map Inverse UV inversely projects a color image, using a UV Map as a guide, to a rectangular image that may then be used to texture the UV Map with RE:Map UV, or for use as a texture map for a 3D system.

° RE:Map Displace warps an image with a user-supplied displacement ma

° RE:Map Corner Pin maps or inverse maps a perspective plane defined by four points (also known as corner-pinning and inverse-corner-pinning).

° RE:Map Distort takes a color image and automatically distorts the image based on the features for a caricature-like effect.

GUI version licenses are priced at $149.95....

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