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Mar 20
Sponsored Data to expand mobile connectivity to consumers, cars...

Sponsored data provides a useful business model for bringing mobile data to new users in emerging markets and to new device types —according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

With sponsored data business models, third party companies like consumer brands, web stores or enterprises can pay the mobile operator for data used by consumers or employees to access their content in a toll-free model, or can offer data rewards like loyalty points. Key findings from the research group's report:

° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today in emerging markets like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria range from advertising, free access to online commerce apps, games and app stores, free access for banking apps, to support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) by enterprises, education and healthcare.

° Opera Software, which recently won an award for...

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Mar 19
Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iPhoto 9.6.1, which improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 — which will be available this spring.

It also fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album, as well as an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image. You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.

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Mar 19
Apple releases two security updates for Yosemite

Apple has released two security updates for Mac OS X Yosemite.


What do they do? Hard to say. Apple's notes only say that they're "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X,"

You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.

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Mar 19
Winclone 5 adds backup for Boot Camp

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has rolled out Winclone 5, a new version of the Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac.

Winclone is designed to help everyone who uses dual boot Macs with Boot Camp more easily create snapshots, clone partitions or migrate Boot Camp systems and more. New in Winclone 5 is Winclone Backup, a utility for backing up mission-critical Boot Camp user files and a new consumer edition, Winclone Basic for no-frills Boot Camp backup.

Winclone requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher, and Boot Camp partition. Version 5 is a free upgrade for current licenses with an active support contract. For new users pricing starts at US$19.99 for the Standard Edition.

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Mar 19
Typinator 6.5 handles smart substitutions even smarter

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has annnounced Typinator 6.5, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.

The new version adds a helpful new feature that lets you define the way how the system-wide "smart substitutions" settings for quotes, dashes, etc. are handled within Typinator. French speaking Typinator users will be glad to hear that Typinator now also accepts French quoting style (with double angle quotation marks and non-breaking spaces) in the marker for nested abbreviations.

Typinator 6.5 also works around a crash when expanding text in Yosemite's sharing window with the "quick expansion" option enabled. It further improves compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications.

Typinator 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses....

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Mar 19
Print Window gets full Mac OS X Yosemite support

Searchware Solutions has announced Print Window 5.2, an update to their window printing utility for Mac OS X.

Integrated with the Mac OS X Finder, it allows users to print a file listing of folders with a simple key command (or other methods of triggering a file listing). In addition to adding full Mac OS X Yosemite support, version 5.2 adds the ability to export File Listings as a CSV file and sports an updated application icon.

Users have complete control over what gets included in the file listings and what does not. Print Window can also print subfolder contents of a specified folder manually selected by the user. Print Window also allows complete autonomy in the sorting process. Users can sort file listings by a variety of different criteria (including ascending and descending order) and even determine the files' icons and size.

There are two different versions of Print Window: Standard Edition and Advanced Edition. The free Standard Edition includes...

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Mar 19
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released Twixtor v6 and ReelSmart Motion Blur v5 with GPU support for FXHOME HitFilm, Digital Vision Nucoda, and Natron.

What's more ReelSmart Motion Blur is now supported for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Both products continue to be available for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer,, Symphony and Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Assimilate Scratch, Blackmagic Fusion Studio, Autodesk Systems, and Sony Vegas® Pro. 

Twixtor creates slow motion shots and synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Go to www.revisionfx.com for details and pricing info.

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Mar 18
Twelve South introduces the BaseLift for Apple's MacBook

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a new accessory for the Apple MacBook: the US$39.99 BaseLift, an "utra-thin" folding pad and stand.

It attaches to the bottom of your MacBook and folds into a wedge, elevating your screen. It's designed to bring your keyboard to a much more comfortable typing angle.

Folded flat, BaseLift is a soft pad that protects your lap from the heat or cold of your aluminum MacBook. However, it's also compatible with all Apple laptops, from the 11-inch MacBook Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Mar 18
Tumult upgrades its Hype professional design app

Tumult has rolled out Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional, a major update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X.

Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions. Hype Professional is a new in-app purchase to Hype 3.0, adding features targeted at graphic design pros.

Tumult Hype 3.0 (Standard) is a free upgrade for Hype 2.x owners. This update, the base of Hype Professional, elevates animated web content with more timing functions and web accessibility support. Hype 3 features an user interface redesign tailored for OS X Yosemite.

Tumult Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional are sold on the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store (http://tumult.com/hype/pro/). Tumult Hype 3.0 is available for US$49.99. Hype Professional is offered as a in-app purchase for an additional $49.99 — or the full version can be...

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Mar 18
Digital Film Tools launches EZ Mask 3.0

Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has launched EZ Mask 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/yn2dds). It's an update of the interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image.

Version 3.0 adds support for Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. EZ Mask iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image based on a few strokes. There's even a Refine mode where EZ Mask automatically updates the mask or composite as you paint a stroke. In addition, color correction, image transformations, and color contamination removal can all be employed.

EZ Mask 3.0 is available now for US$150. If installed on the same machine, one EZ Mask license will run in the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe® Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Upgrades are available to existing customers for $50.

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Mar 18
TimeTag for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Capparsa (http://www.capparsa.com ) has announced TimeTag 2.0, an update to their timesheet application for Mac OS X that organizes and groups your time records so you can quickly see how your time was spent at a glance.

Version 2.0 brings an iPad-like interface to the Mac. Records and timers are always visible, and exporting is just one click away. Managing timers from the menu bar is now faster, so you can start, stop and set activities for timers without clicking into the full app, according to the folks at Capoparsa.

TimeTag requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It's free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Mar 18
Program for FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 announced

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the program for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon2015) , the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.  

"Experience the Possibilities" is the theme of the event. DevCon 2015 will be held July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 50 speakers participating.

Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; learn how to develop solutions that combine the latest technologies with engaging user experiences; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. The 2015 program will include the Developer Cup...

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Mar 18
Nisus Writer Pro for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1

Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

Now 640bit and sandboxed, version 2.1 includes iCloud support, autosave, versions, bug fixes, improvements, and macro language enhancements. These join a feature set that includes multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, a style system, and more.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 also contains the following fixes and additions:

°Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly;

° Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where a user can browse and revert to older versions of any document.

Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select "Check for Updates" from the "Nisus Writer Pro" menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Pro update pages (http://nisus.com/pro).

Nisus Writer Pro 2....

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Mar 17
AppDynamics offers Apple Watch apps monitoring, analytics

AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, says its Application Intelligence Platform will support applications designed for the new Apple Watch. This includes real-time monitoring and analytics support for the WatchKit extension that controls the Apple Watch’s user interface and responses to user interactions.

With the tools available in the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, developers and app owners will be able to see and understand the performance of their Apple Watch-enabled apps, the WatchKit extension, and the end-to-end user experience. Key metrics including app latency, crashes, stalls, errors, and other performance measures will be captured.

An arsenal of custom metrics are available as well, providing interaction and performance data, such as how the watch is being used to interact with the app, round trip time for data traveling between the iPhone and watch, timers to measure user behavior, and more. AppDynamics’ gives real-time...

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Mar 17
Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Equinux (www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 2.1, an update of the Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices.

Version 2.1 sports mobile-optimized Team and Business designs designed to make it easy to send emails, memos, notes, links, invites and more using incredible mobile-reponsive designs. There are also bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Mail Designer Pro is available for 50% off (US$49.99) for a limited time. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 17
New Microsoft Accreditation program for Apple techs

MacTech, which publishes MacTech Magazine as well as produces live events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference, has announced that Microsoft's "Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional" accreditation program has been updated for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.

This accreditation course and exam is a half day long session, which takes place the day prior to each MacTech event in 2015. The Microsoft accreditation program is training and evaluation focused on the issues every consultant and tech should know when advising on or supporting Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS and Microsoft Office 365 suites, with a focus on Apple users. All registered attendees to MacTech Pro events in 2015 are invited to attend the accreditation course at no additional cost, however, space is limited.

The new accreditation program covers topics such as the new Office 2016 for Mac previews; installation; Microsoft Apps on Mac and iOS; Office 365 and Office Online...

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Mar 16
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app

TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
 
Almost any document or contact can be stored within Traveler Profile, allowing travelers to customize their profile, so they have access to the information they need the most while on-the-go, says  says Jen Moyse, head of product at TripIt from Concur. The feature also comes with nearly 20 preset document and contact types, allowing travelers to store, including:

° Passports and more—Essential travel documents, such as passports, IDs, drivers licenses and Global Entry cards, can be stored within Traveler Profile for instant access to these documents;

° Contacts—From sitters to doctors, Traveler Profile...

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Mar 16
Creature is a new 2D animation tool for the Mac

Kestrel Moon Studios has introduced Creature (http://creature.kestrelmoon.com), a 2D animation software for Mac OS X. It's designed with game developers, digital artists and web designers in mind.

Creature allows you to add animation to your digital content. With it you can automatically generate complex motion like Walk Cycles, Hair + Cloth Dynamics and other forms of secondary motion using the software's built in Physics and Procedural Animation Engine.

Creature also provides advanced features like Motion Capture/Transfer, Path Creation/Following and Soft Body Physics. It exports animations to a variety of image and video formats. It also supports the export of animations to most major Game Engines. Game developers can playback character animations authored with Creature via provided source code runtimes.

Creature requires Mac OS X Yosemite or alter. It costs US$99.99 and...

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Mar 16
Limefuel announces USB-C portable battery charger

Limefuel (www.limefuel.com) has announced a charger specifically designed around the USB-C technology in Apple's new MacBook. The 24,000mAh device is designed to keep the laptop going all day long.

The Limefuel charger will feature two Type C ports and four USB ports for charging other mobile devices. Limefuel's new Macbook charger also features pass-through technology allowing multiple devices to charge at the same time.  The charger will be available in the second quarter of 2015 through Kickstarter at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.

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Mar 13
KeyBank expands digital banking with Apple Pay

Starting March 17, KeyBank (www.Key.com) customers will be able to use Apple Pay to make secure payments at more than 700,000 businesses across the United States and select iOS apps.

"We're thrilled to add Apple Pay to the fast-growing range of digital banking services we offer banking customers," says Matthew D. Lehman, senior vice president and head of digital banking.
Using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or later, KeyBank customers can use Apple Pay, a mobile payments solution, to  complete credit or debit card transactions without revealing their card information. Customers simply hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near a contactless reader with their finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. KeyBank customers can also make in-app purchases with either the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 mobile devices.

Lehman says that adding Apple Pay to KeyBank's...

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Mar 13
All versions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote get upgraded

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

Version 2.8.4 simplifies moving documents into the database, enhances smart groups, and improves performance and reliability. The updates are free and recommended for all users. The upgrade lets users move new documents to their databases more quickly. Dragging files or folders to the application with the Command modifier key pressed imports the items and trashes their originals in one go.

The release also enhances smart groups with new options for filtering by date. It supports new file types for bookmarks and plain text files. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office features two new commands and runs database queries up to 50 times faster.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.4 retain tags when splitting documents. All parts are tagged the same and are no longer placed into the inbox but next to their...

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Mar 12
Arturia ships KeyLab 88 pro-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard...

Music software and hardware company Arturia is shipping KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes with the company's Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more.

It sports two virtual instruments. Grand Piano Model D delivers the sound of the Steinway Model D concert grand piano. Pianoteq 5 Stage is a physical modeling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.

KeyLab 88 is available to purchase for US$699 from any authorized Arturia dealer or directly online (http://tinyurl.com/nzjfnqq).

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Mar 12
Paragon Camptune X now resizes Boot Camp partitions

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Camptune X with Core Storage technology support, a tweaked interface based on Mac OS X elements, and the ability to identify and automatically fix an unsynchronized partition layout or any file system errors.
 
Camptune X solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space. With the utility, Mac users can redistribute the available space between OS X and Windows partitions without data loss.
 
The new version comes with support for Core Storage – a technology widely used on the latest generation of Macs. This means Camptune X now works efficiently with Fusion Drive equipped Macs, as well as those using FileVault encryption.

CampTune X supports all versions of OS X from Snow Leopard onwards. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/6nt6q7 for US$19.95. 

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Mar 12
Digital-Tutors announces free TurboSquid training

Digital-Tutors (www.Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of a creative e-learning resource, has released three new tutorials that teach artists how to prepare their 3D models for TurboSquid's CheckMate Certification process. Available now, the tutorials are free and cover Maya, 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D workflows.

Developed with TurboSquid (www.TurboSquid.com), the Digital-Tutors tutorials use a series videos that reveal how to correct critical mistakes artists can make in the 3D modeling process, says Beau Perschall, vice president, Business Development and CheckMate Evangelist at TurboSquid. Gaining certification for models helps validate model quality and provides artists with the opportunity to make more money on their 3D assets, he adds. Artists can design for two levels – CheckMate Pro and CheckMate Lite.

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Mar 12
Sid Meier’s Starships lands on the Mac, PC, iPad

2K (www.2k.com) and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier’s Starships is now available worldwide for Macs, Windows computers, and iPads.

Developed by Sid Meier, creator of the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Sid Meier’s Starships challenges players to command a fleet of starships within the narrative universe of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth while embarking on a series of turn-based missions. Along the journey, players explore the galaxy in search of other civilizations, protect planets and their people and build a federation to achieve intergalactic peace.
 
Sid Meier’s Starships sees players build a planetary federation by exploring the galaxy, expanding its influence and domain, researching futuristic technologies and engaging in deep, turn-based tactical space combat with an armada of uniquely customizable starships. Each campaign features a galactic strategy map of worlds with...

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