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Nov 17
SuperTab for Mac gains El Capitan support

SpriTec Software (www.supertab.me) has released SuperTab 1.3, an update to their utility application for OS X. The new version adds support for El Capitan.

SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their active apps. By the way, SpriTech is offering SuperTab at a 75 percent off sale price of $5 for a limited time. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 17
Seagate launches ClusterStor G200 Storage System

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has introduced the Seagate ClusterStor G200 Spectrum Scale, a high performance computing (HPC)-class storage solution designed to help data-driven enterprises manage massive storage growth. The G200 integrates with Seagate’s new 3.5-inch ClusterStor HPC drive specifically designed for the HPC market.

As the first Seagate ClusterStor system supporting the IBM Spectrum Scale file system (formerly known as General Parallel File System - GPFS), the G200 features a wide range of enterprise-class features and tools ideal for helping manage this data growth, according to Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. It also enables high-performance data access critical to industries ranging from life sciences, to automotive and aerospace design, to financial services among a wide range of technical computing applications, he adds.

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Nov 17
IOSPIRIT introduces Remote Buddy Display for the Mac

IOSPIRIT has introduced the Remote Buddy Display (https://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/display/) for the new Apple TV. It costs US$24.99 and is a companion to the free Remote Buddy app for tvOS that brings your Mac apps onto the new Apple set-top box’s screen through screen sharing .

It also turns the Siri Remote into a trackpad, keyboard and remote for use with your Mac. You can pick from Remote Buddy's library of app-specific actions, launch, switch, and quit apps right from your Apple TV.

According to the folks at IOSPIRIT, the screen sharing engine delivers up to 60 frames per second at a latency of just around 0.1 seconds. In Trackpad mode, you can move the mouse cursor, click and scroll. Integration with Remote Buddy's Mousespot allows highlighting parts of f.ex. a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. It also helps you find...

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Nov 17
Sonnet launches Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Sonnet Technologies has begun volume shipments of its new Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for computers with Thunderbolt ports. Featuring an optical drive and an internal drive bay, it offers users a central hub to connect any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port to multiple peripheral devices.

"The Echo 15+ is the ultimate docking station for users to connect every device they need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand their storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "With the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc, Sonnet's Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the go-to station for flexible connectivity.”...

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Nov 17
VidConvert now ready for OS X El Capitan

Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.2, an OS X El Capitan update to his video converter for the Mac.

It will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats of You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.2 fixes an issue where trial conversions might not work as expected, fixes an issue with certain alert panels, and includes other minor fixes.

VidConvert 1.6.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert). minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available via the website. A Mac App Store version of VidConvert 1.6.2 is also available.

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Nov 16
FoldersSynchronization for Mac OS X revved to version 4.3

Softobe (www.softobe.com) has unveiled FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, an update to their tool to sync and backup on OS X.

It lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It grants several options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount Volumes, AppleScripts, Conflicts Management, File Copy Preview, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include locked files, log files and more.

With FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, you can now properly register the product entering your Serial Number and Email. Once registered you don't longer need the RegistrationFile.txt used in the previous versions. It adds the "Swap Source and Destination folders" button to the Console panel. It works for Single BackUp tasks only.

This version is compatible with OS X 10.9 or higher. FoldersSynchronizer 4.3 costs $40 for a single user license.

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Nov 16
Khronos releases OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 spec

The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 specifications for heterogeneous parallel computation.

Consumption of the new SPIR-V cross-API intermediate language is guaranteed in the core OpenCL 2.1 specification. Khronos has released open source utilities and extensions to enable use of SPIR-V in OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0, as well as the upcoming Vulkan graphics API, ensuring widespread availability of its powerful runtime capabilities for developers of parallel computation languages and frameworks.

The OpenCL C++ kernel language released in the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification is being finalized and will be released imminently, also using SPIR-V for run-time execution. The OpenCL 2.1 specification is available for immediate download at www.khronos.org/opencl/ and SPIR-V 1.0...

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Nov 16
Apple to power all of Singapore operations on renewable energy

Apple has struck a deal to power all of its Singapore operations with renewable energy, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o926259). It will be the first company in the city to run exclusively on renewable energy.

Starting in January, solar energy developer Sunseap Group will provide Apple with 100 percent renewable electricity from its portfolio of solar energy systems built atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore. The Apple partnership will also give Sunseap financing to complete the solar project, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters.

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Nov 13
iPad Pro Guidebook released for iPad Pro, Air, mini

Tap Guides has published the iPad Pro Guidebook (http://tinyurl.com/q4ammhk), an US$2.99, 281-page eBook available in the iBookstore. It's packed with tutorials and tips about the iPad Pro, its apps, user interface and settings.

You'll learn about the history of the iPad, how the Apple Pencil can be used to draw and write, how to stream music via Apple Music, edit photos, troubleshoot common problems and more. Topics include:

° Discover Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard;
° Learn how to edit photos and videos;
° Enable and capture 1080p video footage;
° Listen to Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio;
° Read about the history of iPad;
° Hundreds of tips and tricks

iPad Pro Guidebook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later and/or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or...

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Nov 13
Output Factory for InDesign update improves batch export...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.40, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory lets users print and export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning and more. The new version improves batch processing reliability in situations where large volume of InDesign files or layers are being exported to PDF and other formats.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A “lite” version is $120, and the server version is $300). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Nov 13
DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El Capitan

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.

DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

DEVONagent Pro and Express 3.9.3 bring support for the new App Transport Security. The updates add some compatibility fixes for the latest Mac operating system, too.

Three new scripts for Safari let users download images and other linked items using DEVONagent Pro. Tabs can also be opened with DEVONagent Pro via the global Scripts menu.

In addition, DEVONagent Pro plays videos embedded into web pages fullscreen. Links in PDF reports don't rely on data detectors anymore ,and version 3.9.3 is more...

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Nov 12
IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic

IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (www.irigacoustic.com), an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.

iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.

iRig Acoustic is designed to work with the new AmpliTube Acoustic app (available at the Apple App Store), which features a setup and calibration process that optimizes iRig Acoustic to match the response of the miked acoustic guitar. iRig Acoustic is then able to capture and reproduce the true sonic character of the selected guitar with...

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Nov 12
Game Creators release Game Kit 2

The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.

AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.

Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides designed and written to take any novice coder and turn them into an expert game developer. Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the...

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Nov 12
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French localization

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.

The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.

Houdah Spot requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs US$29 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download. A family license is available for $44. Upgrades are priced $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are valid for both HoudahSpot 3.x and 4.x versions.

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Nov 12
AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5

AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.

With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages

All registered users of Neon v.1.0 can upgrade to version 1.5 for free. A demo is available for download. On the Mac platform, Neon requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as an independent standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.

The product sells for $39 for Home license (Plugin or Standalone, without Colorize option), $49 for Home...

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Nov 12
Waves Audio shipping the Greg Wells VoiceCentric Plugin

Waves Audio, a provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Greg Wells VoiceCentric plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It’s the first in a line of Greg Wells Signature Series plugins, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells.

Greg Wells VoiceCentric is a plugin featuring one main control and three additional controls for Wells' customized Delay, Doubler and Reverb settings. The plugin gives you quick access to Greg Wells’ sonic signature.

It normally costs US$149, but is on sale for $99 for a limited time. Go to www.waves.com/plugins/greg-wells-voicecentric for more info.

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Nov 11
Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for the iPad Pro

Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand.

The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Both Logi CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly-woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills.

Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the $149.99 Logi CREATE Keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the super-sized iPad when it’s placed in the typing position; no Bluetooth pairing is necessary. The keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro.

The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case features full-size 19 mm keys, and adjustable...

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Nov 11
Nexmo releases Verify SDK for iOS

Nexmo has announced the availability of the Verify SDK for iOS Android and JavaScript operating systems and programming languages. It allows developers to add phone verification with a single line of code for password replacement, 2-factor authentication, or user and transaction verification to their applications.

Verify SDK is a white-labeled SDK that allows developers to manage user identities across multiple devices and platforms without building a complex user management backend. Complimenting Verify API, Verify SDK adds a new level of security by tying phone numbers to unique device IDs, and introduces a subscription model, complementing the unique pay-per-conversion billing method.

With one line of code, Verify SDK delivers user verification and authentication out of the box and saves development and design resources. Verify SDK offers the UX framework for verification right from the UI to collect a user’s phone number, the UI displayed when a user receives a...

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Nov 11
Just Mobile announces AluPlug, a luxury USB wall charger

Just Mobile has introduce the AluPlug (www.just-mobile.com), an US$29.95, luxury aluminum wall charger.With two full-power USB ports, it will plug into any standard wall socket to deliver fast and reliable charging.

The 2-port USB outlet can quickly charge your devices, and the LED indicator “softly lights up your cozy home,” says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. The smart IC Auto-Detect technology inside also ensure stable current and the best allocation of the current in order to provide fast-charging, he adds.

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Nov 11
Deliver Express now supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.3, a compatibility update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network with a single copy of the program. The software offers email notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com)The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is a

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Nov 10
Apple plans series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’ for developers

Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.

According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.


Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-...

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Nov 10
NewerTech announces HDMI Headless Video Accelerator for the Mac...

NewerTech has announced the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.

Using the adapter, video drivers are loaded and the GPU (graphics processing unit) is fully activated for 100% full video performance with no more choppy images or mouse lags, according to the folks at NewerTech. Plugging the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator into the HDMI port of your mini activates its GPU, even without a display, emulating resolution displays up to 1080p, so your remote interface works exactly how you'd expect.

The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is available for US$19.50 through Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/po9mxlk) and major retailers.

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Nov 10
ActivePrint Pro designed to let you print from an iPad Pro

Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).

Apple says that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.

The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray. It can be purchased at Apple.com, Apple’s Retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Nov 10
TaskCard 2.0 for Mac OS X gets sticky notes support, more

The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.

Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.

TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.

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Nov 10
WDLabs enables Internet of Things for app, device developers

WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.

At the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, CA, WDLabs will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept on how the WD My Cloud OS 3 SDK provides a platform for developing applications at the edge. In addition, IoT sensor data may be stored and analyzed when integrated with the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform and IBM IoT Foundation.

Together the companies create a viable infrastructure for developers to create better and smarter apps that process IoT and video data at the edge, according to Richard E. Rutledge, SVP of marketing, WDLabs He adds that Western Digital, IBM and ARM play three significant roles to enable the development in an end-to-end IoT...

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