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Jul 29
Apple releases third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Jul 29
Paragon products get full Windows 10 support

Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com) has updated Paragon HFS+ for Windows and Paragon ExtFS for Windows for full Windows 10 compatibility.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows (US$19.95), Paragon ExtFS for Windows Free and Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional ($19.95) allow users to extend the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability, providing full read and write access to OS X and Linux file systems on Windows and transferring files at a rate higher than native file-system performance.

Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 provides full read and write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications. 

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Jul 29
VMWare Fusion 7 supports Windows 10

For Mac users who want to kick the tires on Windows 10, which is now available, VMware Fusion 7 (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) offers a Windows on Mac experience and allows Mac users to run a virtual Windows desktop on their system without rebooting.
 
Support for Windows 10 is not only available immediately in VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming release of VMware Fusion 8 this summer will be further optimized for Windows 10 and include over 50 new features. If Mac users decide to purchase VMware Fusion 7 (or Fusion 7 Pro), they'll receive a special 10% discount and be eligible for a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or Fusion 8 Pro) when it arrives later this summer.

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Jul 29
SubRosaSoft announces FileSalvage 9.0

SubRosaSoft.com has launched FileSalvage 9. The latest version of the data recovery tool features a performance boost, a new user interface, and support for Mac OS X Yosemite.

FileSalvage 9 is a designed to recover accidentally deleted files or reformatted drives. The new version sports a complete update of the underlying architecture that makes the recovery process faster and easier.

FileSalvage 9 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 8 or below can upgrade to FileSalvage 9 for $29.95.

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Jul 29
Winclone 5 adds support for Windows 10

Two canoes (http://twocanoes.com) has introduced an update to Winclone 5 with support for Windows 10.

Winclone 5 is a Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac. It's designed to help everyone who uses Boot Camp on the Mac to clone Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions. Version 5.1 introduces support for cloning and restoring Windows 10 Boot Camp partitions.

Winclone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Details on pricing and maintenance options can be found at the Twocanoes website.

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Jul 29
Intel, Micron announce breakthrough memory technology

Intel (www.intel.com) and Micron Technology (www.micron.com) have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data.

Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, says the explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, which creates challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions.

Crooke says 3D XPoint technology...

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Jul 29
LinkOptimizer 4.9.46 for InDesign adds new Photoshop Action...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.46, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The utility lets users reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by resizing images to their InDesign dimensions at the target resolution, as well as converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.46 gives users an option to run Photoshop actions prior to all other processing, which is especially helpful for applying smart filters before image is resized.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. 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 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 28
Macro 4 adds Email to Print and AirPrint support

Macro 4 (www.macro4.com) has introduced a new mobile printing capability that allows enterprise users to print securely from any mobile device — smartphone, tablet or laptop — to any printer within their organization.
                                                                        
The new mobile printing solution supports both Email to Print and Apple's AirPrint feature and is available as an add-on to Macro 4’s Columbus OM output management software, which is designed to increase the reliability, efficiency and security of business-critical printing.

"The print job sits on a central print server until it’s released," says Neil Evans, development manager at Macro 4. "The user just walks up to a convenient printer on the network, confirms their identify using a smart card, security code or other authentication method and the document prints off. And if their chosen printer has a fault they can...

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Jul 28
Chukong Technologies launches Cocos 3.7

Chukong Technologies has announced the merger of Cocos2d-JS into Cocos2d-x to form the Cocos 3.7 upgrade. With Cocos 3.7, developers have greater ease of use and less confusion over which product to use as well as the ability to customize their Coscos Framework, according to the folks at Chukong.

In addition, the Cocos SDKBOX is now fully launched and is a platform that provides an integration of third party SDK [software development kit] services with games developed with Cocos2d-x game engine. Cocos SDKBOX is an open platform that supports all major services for mobile game’s production and operation, in the areas of analytics, user acquisition, monetization, advertising, and more.

Cocos2d-x is now the largest open source mobile game engine with 490,000 registered mobile game developers and over 16,000 published titles, according to Kai Zhao, general manager of Chukong Technologies, USA. For more information on Cocos SDKBOX, go to sdkbox.cocos2d-x.org.

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Jul 28
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.0

Stairways Software (http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/) has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, an update to its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. Version 7 refines the editor in a variety of ways, adding autocomplete, inserting actions by name, coloring and renaming actions, integrated access to the wiki help, macro triggering and modification history and more.

Keyboard Maestro 7.0 requires OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later. New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for US$36. Customers with five or more users should contact Stairways Software for a volume discount quote. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from the company after Jan. 1, 2015, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro version 6 prior to 2015 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7 for $18 until Oct. 15 and for $25 after that date. Customers who purchased older...

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Jul 28
Apple releases fifth beta of OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the fifth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Jul 28
Barcode Basics adds support for nine new barcode types

Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh), a barcode creator for Mac OS X (10.9 or later), has been revved to version 3.0. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$8.99 and adds support for nine new barcode types.

Most of the new codes are used in national postal systems. Barcode Basics focusses on professional level features, such as bar width reduction, vector output, truncation, and more. The app includes all the functions needed by graphic designers and art workers to produce industry standard barcodes that will work well on press.

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Jul 27
ChronoSync Express updated for the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.5. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs US$29.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.5 is a maintenance release that fixes several bugs and offers better compatibility with NAS devices.

The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and folders stored on...

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Jul 27
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta is available for download

Blackmagic Design has announced that the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). 

"The new DaVinci Resolve 12 is the software’s biggest update ever and includes powerful new features, making it both the world’s most powerful editing system as well as the world’s most advanced color grading system," says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "The DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta will allow customers to start testing and integrating it into their facilities, and will provide us with valuable feedback that will greatly assist us in finishing development so we can launch an extremely reliable and robust product."

With this public beta, the DaVinci Resolve product line has also been renamed to better reflect the models of DaVinci Resolve available. The free...

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Jul 27
Soft-touch Bluetooth Port.Folio keyboard released for the iPad

iwerkz (http://mywerkz.com/) has announced the Port.Folio water-resistant Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and iPad mini. It features a soft, faux suede keyboard surface and a magnetic sealed charging port that uses a snap adapter for charging the keyboard.

Designed to fit securely over an iPad or iPad mini when not in use, the back side of the folio folds into a 45 degree stand when typing. A sticky pad on the inside the folio secures the tablet into place and keeps it from slipping while typing and when on the go.

The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard fully charges in two hours through an included USB cable. It will hold a charge for over 40 hours of use, according to iwerkz.

The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. However, it launches on Amazon this week for $34.99 for the Port.Folio mini and $39.99 for the full sized Port.Folio.

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Jul 27
Walter Murch to headline the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The CPUG Network says the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.

Walter Murch, a three time Oscar winning film editor, will be the featured presenter. SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world. Early bird tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).

The full agenda won't be announced until shortly before the event date. However the producers have stated that there will be user driven presentations by Blackmagic Design and Adobe and others. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle," where thousands of Euros worth of filmmaker-related prizes will be handed out to winners.

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Jul 27
Best Buy to begin selling the Apple Watch on August 7

The Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy locations starting Aug. 7. It will be the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.

The Apple Watch will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.

He adds that customers will be able to see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more.
You can visit BestBuy.com in the coming days for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.

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Jul 27
App Cleaner for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2

Nektony (http://nektony.com) has introduced App Cleaner 2.2, an update of the cleanup utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.

App Cleaner was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete application service files that occupy not only disk space, but may influence on overall performance. The app also can look for leftovers; service files left after usual deletion by moving files into the Trash. With the help of App Uninstaller you may also reset all application settings and launch it as a first time.

App Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is free. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jul 24
Jumsoft releases two apps of spreadsheet templates

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced two new template apps, Set for Numbers and Set for Microsoft Excel. They're available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 each.

Each app provides 102 modern spreadsheet templates for Apple's Numbers and MS Excel for Mac. They cover everything from marketing budgets and business valuation to grocery shopping and wedding planning. The templates contain tables or checklists, and illustrate the given information with graphs and charts if applicable.Each package includes spreadsheet templates in 11 categories, such as Finance & Investment, Project Management, and Exercise & Health.

They require: Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Numbers 3.0 or later (for Set for Numbers); and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later (for Set for MS Excel).

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Jul 24
Artboard for Mac OS X adds Photos support

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 1.9.8, an update of the Mac OS X vector drawing software. The new version adds support for Apple's new Photos app.

Artboard offers shared styles, expert stacked styles, and extensive clip art and a styles collection. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website (www.mapdiva.com), with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial.

Artboard 1.9.8 is available for US$29.99 through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category, and directly from the Mapdiva web store. It's a free update for existing users.

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Jul 24
Merlin Project for Mac OS X now supports AppleScript

ProjectWizards (http://projectwizards.net/) has released Merlin Project 3.1, an upgrade of the project-management software for Mac OS X.

With support for AppleScript, version 3.1 has expanded its connections to popular and important third-party apps. Whether users import entire projects from Microsoft Project or just export individual tables from Microsoft Excel, Merlin Project lets users exchange data.

A demo is available for download. Merlin Project cost US$299 for a single-user license.

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Jul 23
Worldwide smartphone market posts 11.6% year-over-year growth in...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC (www.idc.com), vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14.

The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above average first quarter (1Q15), smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the previous quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 464.6 million units, down -0.4% from the 466.3 million units shipped 2Q14.

"The overall growth of the smartphone market was not only driven by the success of premium flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, and others, but more importantly by the abundance of affordable handsets that continue to drive shipments in many key markets," says Anthony Scarsella, research...

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Jul 23
Addonics announces OS independent rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.
 
When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can purportedly deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it's backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage.

The converter comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket.
 
The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s a model with a Write-Protect function for sharing drives...

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Jul 23
LEGO Jurassic World comes to the Mac

Feral Interactive says LEGO Jurassic World is now available for the Mac via Steam, the Mac App Store and other online stores.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, through a license with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, LEGO Jurassic World is a LEGO reimagining of the Jurassic films, spanning more than two decades of epic films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment including, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the global blockbuster, Jurassic World, now in theaters.

Here's how the game is described: "Reimagined with TT Games’ signature LEGO humor, the thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to experience for themselves the franchises’ most memorable moments and the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.

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Jul 23
Juniper: Apple is the biggest smartwatch seller yet

Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) estimates that Apple sold between 2 and 2.5 million watches this quarter, bringing in approximately US$1 billion in revenue. That makes it the best-selling smartwatch in the market, with over six million sales expected by year-end.

"However, despite buyers being satisfied with the device, we continue to see that the product is running out of steam," says Juniper devices analyst James Moar. "We would also expect a decline in sales following launch, especially as the first half of the year draws to a close. This means we are unlikely to see more than seven million Apple Watches sold by the end of 2015, even with a boost to sales over the Christmas period."

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