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Apr 13
CalDigit releases Tuff, T4 nano

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) has revealed two new storage solutions. The first is the Tuff portable storage solution (pictured) for the new 12-inch MacBook.

This external drive features the brand new USB Type-C connector that features the USB Type-C interface. The Tuff portable storage solution features USB 3.1, with up to 10Gb/s bandwidth and support fort SSDs, as well as standard 2.5-inch spinning disks.

The Tuff is shock resistant, splash proof, and dust proof. It's also bus-powered, so there's no need to connect to an external power source. CalDigit says it will soon release a Tuff Dock that will allow Tuff users to connect their Tuff hard drives directly to the Tuff Dock.

The second new product is the T4 nano, a 4-bay PCIe SSD RAID storage device that also features HDMI output to connect to a monitor. This Thunderbolt 2 solution is a compact RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD device that utilizes four PCIe...

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Apr 13
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor

Apple has issued updates for its Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor apps.

Final Cut Pro X is Apple's US$2.99 high-end video editing app. Version 10.2 adds support for 3D titles, improved color grading and effects tools, support for additional camera formats, and GPU-accelerated processing of RAW footage from RED cameras.

Motion is Apple's $49.99 tool for customizing Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects, and creating your own animations. With version 5.2 users can users can create custom materials and environments, and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X.

Compressor is a $49.99 utility for customizing output settings, working faster with distributed encoding, and tapping into other Final Cut Pro X features. Version 4.2 adds the ability to package movies for sale on iTunes.

All three updates are available for free for existing owners of the software at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 13
Slice Intelligence estimates Apple Watch sales for April 10 at...

Slice Intelligence (http://intelligence.slice.com) estimates that 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on Friday, the first day the watch was available for sale.

According to e-receipt data from a panel of two million online shoppers, each Apple Watch buyer ordered an average of 1.3 watches, spending US$503.83 per watch, according to the research group. Those ordering an Apple Watch Sport spent $382.83 per watch and those ordering the Apple Watch spent $707.04.

Among those buying an Apple Watch, 72%t purchased an Apple product in the past two years (iPhone, iPad, or Mac), and 21% of them pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus months ago. Nearly one-third purchased two Apple products and 11% bought all three devices, in addition to their new watch.

As expected,  most consumers (62%) purchased the less-expensive Sport model. However,  many Apple Watch buyers...

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Apr 13
4SeTV brings 4-in-1 viewing experience to tablets, smartphones,...

4SeTV (http://tinyurl.com/pa299ov), a device that lets users select and watch four TV channels on the same screen, has been released. It splits a big screen TV into four sections and streams different content to each section. 

What's more, four people in the same house, dorm or location can watch four different live TV shows at once on their tablet, smartphone or TV. Built on patent pending technology, 4SeTV uses over-the-air broadcasting and streams the HD content you want to see to your connected devices in your home network.

Sporting events account for 37% of all TV viewing today, and, inevitably, scheduling conflicts will arise. Sports fans often find themselves flipping through channels in an attempt to watch more than one game at a time — only to land on a channel just in time to see the crowd cheering wildly or that a game has ended. With 4SeTV, you can freely switch channels during a...

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Apr 10
BlackMagic Design announces Camera Update 2.3

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced Blackmagic Camera 2.3, which is a major update for Blackmagic URSA cameras. This new software adds support for HD window mode allowing 150fps recording in 1920 x 1080 resolutions, adds support for ProRes 444 XQ, allows recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW allowing higher frame rates in RAW and also adds support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps.

This new software update is available now to download from the Blackmagic Design support web site. Since its introduction, Blackmagic URSA has been used on multiple television commercials and feature films worldwide.

The new “window mode” allows customers to select up to 150 fps for allowing slow motion effects and other creative cinematography. The window mode keeps data rates lower, even when running at high frame rates because it doesn't use the...

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Apr 10
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8 Maverick Edition

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version adds the ability to clear the hibernate (sleepimage) file and ability to disable hibernate mode. It also contains improvements on the "Clear User caches" procedure.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 7.8 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.

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Apr 10
AnyTrans for Mac OS X adds support for iOS 8.3

iMobie (www.imobie.com/anytrans/) has launched AnyTrans 4.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the iPhone file management utility.

With AnyTrans you can transfer iPhone, iPod music to/from any Mac computer, copy photos, videos and apps between devices and Macs, export SMS messages and even the associated image/audio files and more. Version 4.4 adds a one-click feature for cloning all or selected content between all iDevices and all iOS versions, including the latest iOS 8.3.

AnyTrans costs US$39.99 for a single user license and $59.99 for a family license. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Apr 10
EditShare ships XStream EFS

EditShare has begun shipping EditShare XStream EFS. The distributed, fault-tolerant "scale out" storage system offers enterprise-class storage capabilities and collaboration features to a broad range of production and broadcast facilities.

XStream EFS includes EditShare’s smart media management tools and advanced project sharing. It’s built on a "blazing-fast, fault-tolerant architecture that can sustain any kind of mission critical workflow," says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare.

Designed to support high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2k, 4k and beyond, XStream EFS offers multiple levels of redundancy and scalability. The high-performance, low-latency storage solution integrates with industry standard broadcast and post-production systems including EditShare’s own Geevs (broadcast servers), Flow (media asset management), and Ark (backup and archiving) solutions,...

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Apr 10
DEVONagent 3.9.1 finds computer code and cooking recipes

 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express.

All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.1 find code and answers on Stack Overflow and GitHub. These two sites are currently the most popular places for software developers on the web. Here they exchange code, ask questions, and discuss new ideas. In addition, DEVONagent Pro is now able to scan any found pages for cooking recipes or computer code. It presents the found snippets directly in the Search window.

The enhanced email address scanner of DEVONagent Pro 3.9.1 finds addresses also in metadata. Search results exported to DEVONthink save the name of the search set as well as the query in their comments. Finally, the new version shortens long entries in the History menu. It converts HTML to plain text better, and handles background tasks and web requests more reliably.

DEVONsphere Express 1.8.3 adds support...

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Apr 09
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2

Apple has updated iTunes to version 12.1.2, adding support for syncing photos in the new Mac OS X to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The upgrade also adds several refinements to the Get Info window in the media suite and improves overall stability of iTunes. iTunes 12.1.2 is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 09
Pillars of Eternity launches on the Mac App Store

MacPlay (http://www.macplay.com) has made Pillars of Eternity 1.0.1, their role-playing game for OS X, available at the Mac App Store for US$44.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Pillars of Eternity is an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, featuring an original world and game system that evokes and improves upon the traditional computer RPG experience. Funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising $4.5 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and Obsidian's own website, Pillars of Eternity provides RPG fans with a unique experience, driven by classic aesthetics, modern design, and a deep, engaging world for players to explore."

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Apr 09
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for...

Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Duplicate Annihilator for Photo. The It's a new edition of their duplicates annihilation software with support for Apple's Photos app for Mac OS X.

Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software, says syncing photos, iCloud, PhotoStream and various photo editing tools can easily result in unwanted duplicates in your Photos library. Duplicate Annihilator takes on the task of comparing the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape.

Duplicate Annihilator or Photos sells for US$7.95 and is available worldwide from Brattoo Propaganda Software online (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher and Photos 1.0.

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Apr 09
Apple Watch orders will be taken online only starting Friday.

The Apple Watch will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. However, pre-orders will only be taken online.

Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) for delivery beginning April 24.

“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer...

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Apr 09
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.5.4

Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.4 includes a few bug fixes.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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Apr 09
EditShare Flow features scan/proxy support for 4K images

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has unveiled version 3.2 of its media asset management platform, EditShare Flow. The upgrade features scan and proxy support for 4K and image sequences, enhanced remote editing options, and new automation capabilities for transcoding and file delivery workflows.

Flow’s expanded format support means facilities like The Product Factory can better manage, preview and archive a variety of 4K formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ, Sony XAVC and RED (.R3D) files as well as "single-file-per-frame" formats including DPX, CinemaDNG, ARRIRAW, PNG and TIFF.

Enhancements to AirFlow, the Flow module that enables facilities to make media accessible through their own private cloud, allow users to batch-download both original media files or Flow proxies via a web browser from anywhere in the world, opening up new possibilities for remote collaboration and proxy workflows.

In addition to...

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Apr 08
Apple releases iOS 8.3

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji.

iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

The operating system update removes the need for account passwords when downloading free content from the iTunes Store and Apple App Store, and adds new filters to Messages. Apple has added filtering to cull unknown numbers in iMessage, and you can report messages as junk to Apple.

Other iOS 8.3 changes include wireless CarPlay (so you can connect an iOS device to a CarPlay systems without a Lightning cable), support for Google two-factor authentication (which lets you add Google accounts with no need for specific passwords), and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. And, of course, there are bug fixes....

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Apr 08
Create Booklet is a new PDF booklet creation tool for Mac OS X

TheKeptPromise has introduced Create Booklet 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nyvqmx7), its new PDF booklet creation solution for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet is both an application and PDF Service that allows you to create a booklet "off almost anything from almost anywhere." It puts your pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing.

Create Booklet requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's being offered at the special introductory price of US$4.99 (50% off) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Apr 08
Karelia announces Sandvox hosting and ships Sandvox 2.10

Karelia Software has shipped Sandvox 2.10 and announced a new Sandvox Hosting service.

Sandvox 2.10 now provides access to the new Sandvox Hosting service in this update to the website building software for OS X. New Sandvox Hosting provides fundamental hosting from directly within Sandvox, integrated and optimized for hosting most Sandvox sites.

"Sandvox Hosting makes hosting a Sandvox site easier than ever," said Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software. "We created Sandvox from the idea that anybody should be able to create a website without having to learn HTML. Now, the combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting lets you publish a site by just entering your name and email address, and choosing a password. It's that easy."

The combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting provides customers an easy mechanism for hosting their site without the complexity of configuring a hosting setup, he adds. Sandvox users simply sign up directly from Sandvox and...

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Apr 08
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.3 and new Photos app

Mac OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite has arrived and includes the new Photos app. It's a free upgrade via the Mac App Store.

Both Aperture, Apple’s US$79.99 pro photo editing software, and iPhoto, geared more toward non-pro end users, are replaced by the Photos, which Apple debuted during the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference. The new “grounds-up photo solution” will  mirror features of the Photos app in iOS 8. Features of the Photos app, according to Apple, include the ability to:

° Browse photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views

° Navigate a library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs

° Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution

° Perfect photos with powerful and easy to use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls

° Create professional-quality photo books...

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Apr 08
PlugBug adds USB charging back to the 12-inch MacBook

Apple's 12-inch MacBook, which goes on sale Friday, features a single USB-C port for both power and connectivity. This prevents the laptop from charging your iPhone, iPad or any other standard USB device without additional adapters.

However, you can add Twelve South's (www.twelvesouth.com) PlugBug to the new MacBook USB-C Power Adapter, and gain back a standard USB power port to charge your iOS device and your new MacBook at the same time — all from one plug. PlugBug World even adapts your new MacBook for international travel.

There are two versions. The basic PlugBug (US$34.99) is a 2.1-Amp USB wall charger that attaches to, and converts, any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger. With PlugBug, you can charge your new MacBook and iPhone, iPad or Watch simultaneously, from a single outlet.

The PlugBug World ($44.99) is a dual charger. Just like PlugBug, PlugBug World piggybacks onto the...

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Apr 08
CleanMyMac revved to version 3, gets a Yosemite makeover

MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 for Mac OS X. In the newest version, CleanMyMac 3 is updated to further optimize Macs and improve the quality of cleaning.

The app has gotten a whole new Yosemite makeover and now, not only cleans up disk space, but also monitors Mac performance, maintains Mac health, and provides users with even more advanced cleaning options. Mail and iTunes can be now cleaned with CleanMyMac, including gigabytes of email attachments and downloads in Mail, and broken downloads, outdated iOS updates, and more, in iTunes.
 
CleanMyMac 3's Maintenance feature lets users repair disk permissions, reindex Spotlight, and speed up Mail, and Privacy cleans up chat logs, browser history, and more. Performance is displayed in real time on the CleanMyMac 3 Dashboard. Alerts inform users on how the hardware is holding up.
 
CleanMyMac 3 costs US$39.95. Current CleanMyMac users can upgrade to CleanMyMac 3 with a 50% discount. A demo is available...

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Apr 08
WaterField Designs unveils 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed the MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook, which is due for release Friday.

The case is designed to protect the laptop and organize everything all in one place. The Travel Express MacBook case protects laptop, power adapter, and accessories on the go. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.

The MacBook Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or worn over the shoulder with the optional strap. It costs US$89, and D-rings are included. Available options include a Simple Strap for $12, and a suspension shoulder strap for $22. The MacBook Travel Express is available for preorder from the WaterField Designs store. It will ship April 17.

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Apr 08
LinkOptimizer 4.9.37 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.37, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows you to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. The new version improves automatic handling of ICC color profiles during image processing in Adobe Photoshop.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). 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 2014.

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Apr 08
YouTube Downloader updated to download 4K video

MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has released an update (version 4.0) for MacX YouTube Downloader, the app for downloading video content.

Version 4.0 supports 4K video downloads. Customers can download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion and another 300-plus online video sites.

MacX YouTube Downloader is free. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Apr 07
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder/Player for...

MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive.

The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.

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