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Jun 27
Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition) lets you disable App Napp,...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change tool tip display delay and ability to disable App Napp. It also contains improvements on the "Clear DNS cache procedure" and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart Core Audio daemon.

Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Jun 26
The latest iOS apps: June 26

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Shenandoah Studio has announced Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein. It's an US$9.99 WWII turn-based strategy game. Players take control at the turning point of the battle for North Africa; battle across a grand campaign, making key decisions and controlling the final engagement.

AppGeneration has released Ynews. With the $0.99 app you can browse more than 5000 online newspapers in 80 countries. Ynews also allows you to read the news on your native language without needing to leave the app.

iRead Solutions has introduced VisuSurfer for iOS. The $1.99 app lets you automatically browse web addresses from printed text in magazines, posters, business cards, signs, flyers, newspapers.

Cartoon Network Games has unleashed SleepNinja Games’ original title, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. The $4.99 game game is crammed full of "monsters, cake, amazing powers, puzzly bits, epic adventure...

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Jun 26
iPod touch line-up now starts at $199

Apple has announced that its 16GB iPod touch is now available in new colors and is equipped with a 5-megapixel iSight camera for US$199.

In fact, the entire iPod touch lineup now features the 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 7, Apple's A5 chip and FaceTime camera. It's available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.  

The iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested price of US$199. Starting today, the 32GB and 64GB models have been repriced worldwide, at a suggested price of $249 for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model. (PRODUCT) RED models of iPod touch are available through the Apple Online...

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Jun 26
Stellar Data Recovery rolls out Image Converter for the Mac

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com/) has introduced Stellar Image Converter for Mac, an all new tool to help users convert their images from one format to another.

Image Converter identifies 34 different image formats and helps conversion of these into 14 image file formats such as JPEG, BMP, PNG and more. You can convert among multiple image formats and save them to other image file formatsas needed.

Like most other tools from Stellar, Image Converter too is available as try-before-buy software. This version will show you the preview of converted images and save all of them in less than 500 kb size. The full version can handle files of large sizes and convert. It's normally priced at US$29, but is aailable at an introductory price of $19.99.

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Jun 26
Subtitle Studio for Mac OS X gets Tap2Sync feature

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update of its US$9.99 subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. The upgrade, free to registered users, introduces an all new Tap2Sync feature.

With it you can convert a transcript into subtitles by watching your video. Just listen and tap when the next line starts.

To use the software you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.

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Jun 26
Cooliris launches BeamIt worldwide

Cooliris (www.cooliris.com) has launched BeamIt, a mobile app and service that blends private messaging with a photo experience.

BeamIt seamlessly integrates photos and text and introduces powerful features new to the messaging world, according to says Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. With Photo Drawers, users can share hundreds of photos at once, all in full resolution, without interrupting the flow of the conversation.

Bhumkar adds that BeamIt also enables users to simultaneously and privately share to separate groups or people at the same time — saving the sender the pain of having to separately compose the same message multiple times. What's more, the user has complete control with a"unsend" feature, which lets the sender delete their content from the entire group. Finally, BeamIt features offline support for composing and curating, so users can interact with their groups, as well as...

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Jun 26
QuickLicense for the Mac updated with new features for Excel...

QuickLicense 7.0.4 on Mac and Windows from Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has been enhanced with new features for Excel spreadsheets delivered as a protected EXE or APP file.  QuickLicense was also enhanced to support new features in WebActivation 2.0.  

AddLicense adds three new checkboxes to the Spreadsheet Options dialog.  The Confirm Save Changes checkbox can be set to prompt the user to save or discard changes when closing a spreadsheet.  The Hide Open Close Document Message checkbox can be set to suppress the Open Document and Save Document messages presented when opening or closing a workbook.  The Show Open Data File Window on Close checkbox can be set to present the Open Data File window after closing a spreadsheet.  If not set, the application is closed and the user must launch the application again to present this window.

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Jun 25
The latest iOS apps: June 25

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

DropOut Studios has announced sympol. The free game challenges players to trace symbols accurately at a quickening pace.

Cliffhanger Productions has released Aerena: Clash of Champions. It's a free, turn-based, strategy game.

iRead Solutions has introduced VisuCaller for the iPhone. The free app lets you initiate phone numbers, web and map addresses from printed text in magazines, posters, business cards, signs, flyers, newspapers.

Freo has launched Freo Smokefree. The US$0.99 app uses motivational messaging help smokers kick the habit.

Cliffhanger Productions has unveiled Aerena: Clash of Champions. The free app lets you wage war in 10-minute bursts of action.

QWERKY Communications and Winjit Technologies have teamed up for Simple Soccer, an arcade soccer game with two gaming modes.

Duckie Deck has developed Duckie Deck with Teeth 1.0. The $0.99 app is...

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Jun 25
Blackmagic Design conjures up Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8

Blackmagic Design has rolled out Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 software, which includes updated features for all Blackmagic Design cameras. Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 is available now for download free of charge for all existing Blackmagic Camera customers from the Blackmagic Design support page on the website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).

The new Blackmagic Camera Update 1.8 software features a completely new code base for all Blackmagic digital film cameras and provides a foundation for new features. This update supports the original wide dynamic range 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

This all new code base also improves performance and includes a new modern user interface similar in design to the new URSA camera announced at NAB. This new user interface is included in all models of cameras available from Blackmagic...

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Jun 25
eMedia Music expanding the Guitar Lab DVD series with two new...

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.eMediaMusic.com), in partnership with TrueFire, will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVD. 1-2-3 Jazz with Frank Vignola, and 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar with Muriel Anderson will be in stores June 30.

1-2-3 Jazz with Frank Vignola presents an approach for learning how to play jazz guitar without a trace of theory, no tedious exercises and no long drawn out hyperbole about modes, altered chords and similar rocket science, according to the folks at eMedia Music. Vignola is an accomplished Jazz guitarist who has recorded and performed with Donald Fagen, David Grisman, Les Paul, Queen Latifah, Mark O Connor, and Wynton Marsalis.

1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar with Muriel Anderson is designed for intermediate to advanced flat-pick players who are ready to throw down that pick for a while to finally get a handle on fingerstyle. Anderson is...

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Jun 25
800+ HD illustration wallpapers offered free for iOS 7

Dolice (http://dolice.net/mb/) has announced the updated 800+ HD Illustration Wallpapers Free for iOS 7. You can download over 800 illustration wallpapers for iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s/4 for free at the Apple App Store in the Entertainment category.

Wallpapers will be added and updated daily. Each wallpaper is made to be compatible with iOS 7's parallax effect. You can save your favorite wallpapers and set them as your home screen or lock screen with the touch of a button.

You have access to over 11 categories of wallpaper including Anime, Games, and 3D. What's more, you can add wallpapers to your favorites folder and browse through them at your leisure.

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Jun 25
Scosche launches new wall chargers

Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has released the superCUBE, which it says is the smallest universal 12W (2.1A) USB wall charger on the market, and .the superCUBE flip.

The latter is 40% smaller than other 12W chargers, while the slightly larger superCUBE flip features flush folding prongs. Both superCUBE models are iOS and Android compatible and utilize "intelligent" charging circuitry to charge USB powered devices at the fastest rate possible regardless of make or model. The clever wall chargers immediately recognize the draw and supply the necessary power accordingly, according to the folks at Scosche.

The superCUBE chargers take up little space when plugged in. The superCUBE and superCUBE Flip are available for US$14.99 at Scosche.com .

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Jun 25
Autodesk to acquire Shotgun Software

Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, a developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for the film, television and games industries.

Shotgun's tools for production management are used by some of the world's leading production studios and are tightly integrated with many of the most widely used tools in the industry including Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software, according to CEO Don Parker. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"The acquisition of Shotgun will accelerate Autodesk's efforts to deliver solutions that help our creative customers solve the critical problem of operating more efficiently by collaborating globally to deliver increasingly complex productions on time and budget," says Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "Shotgun...

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Jun 25
Apple updates iWork for iCloud apps

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — for iCloud. Both the Mac OS X and iOS versions have been upgraded.

Pages for iCloud, the document creation app; Numbers for iCloud; and Keynote for iCloud, the presentation application, all now now remember your last used document settings. The web version of the iWork apps also now boast contextual tips on using keyboard shortcuts. All can be used with a registered iCloud.com account.

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Jun 24
Install and update your Mac apps with MacUpdate Desktop 6

MacUpdate has introduced MacUpdate Desktop 6 (http://www.macupdate.com/desktop), a Mac app that leverages the MacUpdate app directory to provide one-click Mac app installs and updates.

The app also features a scanning engine that notifies you of updates to your installed apps. It requires a free MacUpdate account and provides access to titles not available in the Mac App Store.

MacUpdate Desktop 6 is available now as a free download. Users can take advantage of unlimited one-click installs of apps at MacUpdate.com, and one-click updates for up to 5 apps on the Mac per month. For US$20/year, an unlimited number of apps can be updated in addition to other premium membership benefits.

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Jun 24
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9. The compaany has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a complete solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the new-and-improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199. Version 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2,...

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Jun 24
Troi Automatisering releases Troi URL Plug-In 4.0 For FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 12. It's an update of the plugin that can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites.

Version 4.0 adds support for 64bit architecture on FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect. A fully functional demo version is available rom Troi's Web site (www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).

Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12, and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher,.

Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license that costs $349.

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Jun 24
Jettison for Ma OS X adds new hot keys, more

St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep. It eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives.

Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4 adds hot keys to eject and remount disks, remounting of flash drives, and more robust operation.

Jettison 1.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.

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Jun 24
Kaspersky Lab discovers new iOS, Android mobile malware

Kaspersky Lab (http://tinyurl.com/chy5pnk) has published a new research report mapping a massive international infrastructure used to control "Remote Control System" (RCS) malware implants, and identifying previously undiscovered mobile Trojans that work on both iOS and Android/

These Trojans are part of the allegedly "legal" spyware tool, RCS, aka Galileo, developed by the Italian company, HackingTeam. The list of victims indicated in the new research, conducted by Kaspersky Lab together with its partner Citizen Lab, includes activists and human rights advocates, as well as journalists and politicians.

The operators behind the Galileo RCS built a specific malicious implant for every concrete target. According to Kaspersky Lab, once the sample is ready, the attacker delivers it to the mobile device of the victim. Some of the known infection vectors include spearphishing via social engineering...

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Jun 24
Apple number 22 on Best Global Green Brands Report

Interbrand (http://www.interbrand.com), a brand consultancy firm, has released its fourth annual Best Global Green Brands report, which examines the gap that exists between a brand’s environmental performance and consumers’ perceptions of that performance. Apple is number 22 on the list, down one spot from 2013.

Topping the list is Ford. Toyota, which had held the top spot since the report debuted in 2011, falls to #2 with Honda (#3), Nissan (#4) and Panasonic (#5) rounding out the top five and maintaining each of their 2013 positions.

Sony (#7) and Adidas (#8) enter into the top 10 for the first time, while Johnson & Johnson falls six places to #12 and Volkswagen falls nine places to #16. The top rise is IKEA, which climbed 14 spots to secure the #19 position, while Zara also climbed 14 places to claim the #34 position. Philips moved up nine places to take the #14 spot and adidas jumped up...

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Jun 24
Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8

Tropical Software has released TopXNotes 1.8 (http://tinyurl.com/kumt88t), which sports performance enhancements, bug fixes, and a completely rewritten NoteSync process.

TopXNotes 1.8 keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes iOS devices. Version 1.8 includes improvements to the solution's Wi-Fi based NoteSync process. You can use TopXNotes' drag and drop to create notes from any other text application, or to drag import text and/or RTF documents. Or you can use cut and paste from other applications.

Once the information is created, you can use TopXNotes' category system to create categories that meet your needs, or file in folder-like groups. You can have one for home, one for office, and one for school, or a car project, or recipes, etc,

TopXNotes 1.8 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site, the Mac App store, Amazon, and other...

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Jun 24
Remote Buddy for Mac OS X adds support for the Harmony Smart...

Iospirit has updated Remote Buddy (http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/), Mac OS X software for controlling Macs remotely, to version 1.25. The upgrade introduces support for the Harmony Smart Control, which can now be connected via Bluetooth.

More than 100 popular Mac apps supported by Remote Buddy (including Plex, EyeTV, iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, DVD Player, Mac Blu-Ray Player, iPhoto, Lightroom, XBMC, Movist and VLC) can then be controlled with the same Harmony Smart Remote that already controls other devices like TV sets, beamers, game consoles, the Apple TV and even Philips Hue lights. A new how-to (available as a post on the Iospirit Blog) shows the entire setup process and also includes an overview over all needed parts and system requirements.

Remote Buddy 1.25 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs approximately US$27. A 30-day trial...

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Jun 23
Plum Amazing rolls out PhotoMatte for the Mac

Plum Amazing has PhotoMatte, a new theme based app for Mac OS X that focuses on photo layout. To use, you pick a theme, drop in your photos, and export.

PhotoMatte comes with 48 templates, 39 backgrounds, 171 objects (like sunglasses, baseballs, etc.) to enhance your creations, over 25 frames, 17 effects (from blur to over masks to gradient maps), and 15 video tutorials. It provides multiple export and sharing options.

PhotoMatte requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$30 can be downloaded at http://plumamazing.com/mac/photomatte.

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Jun 23
Bollingen Software releases password management app for the Mac

Bollingen Software has introduced Password Brain (http://www.PasswordBrain.com), its latest software product for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) and Windows. It allows users to manage a collection of passwords and makes use of a local and secure password container.

The U$14.99 application provides a way to search for a given password, employs 128-bit AES encryption, affords complete backups of all data, and allows you to automatically create unique, randomly generated passwords. Password Brain encrypts passwords locally on your computer. You're the only one who can access the passwords.

Password Brain stores passwords in a searchable list, so you can find the one you're looking for. Along with passwords, user can also store account names, associated email addresses, user names, notes and other information.

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Jun 23
SC Card Recovery for OS X can now recover RAW, HD videos

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their SD Card Recovery app for the Mac to version 3.5.6. The new version expands the recoverable file types. Now SD Card Recovery can recover RAW and HD videos.

The US$49.95 software supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few.

SD Card Recovery has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards. A demo is available for download.

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