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Nov 18
MacStadium announces Mac-centric hosting, cloud service offering

MacStadium — a provider of Mac hosting, cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — has launched its Enterprise Solutions Suite, a VMware powered, dedicated Mac server hosting and managed cloud service offering.

The new suite offers cloud hosting and support for large-scale virtualization while complementing MacStadium’s current Mac mini hosting and collocation service designed for single operating system environments, according to CEO Greg McGraw. The company's hosting services are designed to support the growing number of enterprises and businesses that need a world-class infrastructure and rely on Mac hardware and/or MacOS X operating systems as their computing and IT platform of choice.

It also has the ability to support traditional server environments. The foundation is built on Mac Pro servers dedicated exclusively to each customer and connected to a redundant network, power, cooling and secure infrastructure residing within MacStadium’s data...

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Nov 18
FreeFileSync revved for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 6.11 of its open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 10.

FreeFileSync 6.11 features a new synchronization progress graph that rounds out a library of graphs and messages that deliver feedback on multiple visual and textual levels. The software also provides context menu (right-click) support that lets users immediately edit FreeFileSync configuration files and launch the program.

Other new features in version 6.11 include the ability to ignore time shifts when making comparisons between files, the ability to preview RAW CR2 image files from digital cameras, and enhanced comparison progress statistics and configuration dialog layouts.

FreeFileSync is available without cost....

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Nov 18
Apple announces availability of WatchKit for the Apple Watch

Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create experiences designed specifically for the upcoming Apple Watch. Developers can create WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by a look at the smartwatch.

"With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK [software developer kit], developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the house, accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which...

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Nov 18
Yosemite update fails to fix some Wi-Fi problems

Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.10.1, which was intended to — among other things — improve Wi-Fi reliability, hasn't completely resolved the issue.

On Apple's Support Communities, there are still complaints of dropped connections and slow speeds on Macs that were updated to Mac OS X Yosemite. In fact, "ComputerWorld" (http://tinyurl.com/q2fsysm) notes one support thread that contains more than 1,100 posts. Here are a couple of the complaints:

"I upgraded my Macbook Pro Retina 15" (mid 2014 revision) to OS X Yosemite last night and am now having issues when using my home WiFi connection. Whilst it connects to either the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz network, it is basically unusable. Web pages take minutes to load (if they even load at all), dropbox doesn't sync because it can't get a connection and even trying to get to the router config page is extremely slow and hit/miss."

"The same has happened to...

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Nov 18
Quark Software launches Quark Author

Quark Software has released Quark Author (http://tinyurl.com/ncdzyqt), new Web-based software that allows business users and subject matter experts to create structured content within a word processor-like environment that keeps XML behind the scenes.

With Quark Author writers can create and organize content in components using standard content types such as sections, paragraphs, lists, tables, charts and figures. When created as structured components – or Smart Content – content can be dynamically assembled for output across mobile, digital and print channels. Smart Content is Quark’s name for the next generation of automated, XML-driven publishing.

Quark Author is tightly integrated with Quark Publishing Platform, which is the component content management system from Quark for authored content.

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Nov 18
Synology unveils DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+

Synology (www.synology.com) has introduced DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+, 5-bay and 8-bay NAS servers designed for small and medium-sized businesses to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and backup among large groups of employees.
 
Featuring an Intel Atom processor C2000 family 2.4GHz quad-core processor with Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) encryption, as well as a RAM module expandable to 6 GB, both models deliver the robust performance required for businesses’ mission-critical tasks, in particular for encrypted file transfers, says Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing manager at Synology. The four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover also ensure writing speeds exceeding 410 MB/s for DS1815+ and 390 MB/s for DS1515+ and reading speeds exceeding 450 MB/s, making them capable of handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously.

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Nov 18
Awaken 6 for Mac updated for Yosemite and iTunes 12

Embraceware Software (http://embraceware.com/) has announced Awaken 6.0 for Mac. The update was visually redesigned and updated for Mac OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12.

Awaken turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. You can fall asleep to your music as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.

Awaken 6.0 costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Nov 18
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now available at the Mac...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says that BatchOutput PPT, its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint, is now available on Mac App Store in the Productivity category for US$20.

BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.

A demo is available for download at the Zevrix website. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 or 2011.

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Nov 17
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.

Paragon Software Group has released the Oxford Learner's Thesauraus. The $29.99 app is designed to help with understanding the differences between similar words in written and spoken English enabling learners of English to enrich their vocabulary and to find the right words to say exactly what they mean. Each entry has a group of 3-10 synonyms with the meaning clearly explained, together with additional help with, for example, grammar and register.

2camels Publishing has launched Veggoagogo. It's a $2.99 travel translation app for vegetarians. It addresses many of the needs that the traveling vegetarian faces on a daily basis, from locating a restaurant,  choosing...

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Nov 17
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates

Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:

° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available

° Addressed an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart;

° Addressed an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates;

° Addressed an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep;

° Resolved an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups;

° Addressed an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese....

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Nov 17
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, Rays v2.0

Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.

Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.

The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac OS X as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. OFX plug-in support has also been added, making Film Stocks compatible with digital intermediate programs Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve, the Foundry’s Nuke compositing software and the Sony Vegas non-linear editing system.

With Light, light can be added to a scene...

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Nov 17
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.

Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
 
Key features include: four 2.5-inch drive bays, perfect for SSDs; Thunderbolt 2 performance with sustained speeds of up to 1,284MB/second; up to 4TB of SSD storage (HDD up to 8TB); near-silent operation; the flexibility to combine multiple ThunderBays into a single massive RAID array; regimented multi-hour drive “burn-in." The ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition comes with SoftRAID 5,...

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Nov 17
Patriot introduces two new FUEL + models of charging devices

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has introduced two new models to its FUEL+ family of charging devices: the FUEL+ 6000mAh and 12000mAh. They're available for US$49.99 and $79.99, respectively.

FUEL+ devices feature a portable design with two USB charging ports offering the option to simultaneously charge two devices. One port provides a 2.5A power output for fast charging of larger devices such as tablets. The 6000mAh model can purportedly charge a smartphone up to four times before needed to be recharged while the 12000mAh can charge one up to eight times.

To safeguard against under-discharge, over-charge, and short-circuit, FUEL+ devices come with built-in protection. They also boasts pass-through technology that enables the battery and device(s) to be charged simultaneously when plugged into a USB or wall outlet. There's an LED indicator to let the user know how much charge their portable charger...

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Nov 17
Shairwaves is new HD audio device sharing tool for the Mac

Coolatoola.com has released Shairwaves, a new HD audio device sharing app for the Mac. It provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices.

Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although its similar to Apple's AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn't use AirPlay's protocols.

The app purportedly replicates all device characteristics — up to eight channels with sample rates up to 192kHz and sample widths up to 32 bits. Encoded audio formats are also shared, making it possible to watch a DVD or iTunes movie on a MacBook and have the 5.1 surround audio come out of a home theatre system with no wires.

Shairwaves supports Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Pricing starts at US$15. Go to the Coolatoola web site for details.

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Nov 17
Apple adds UnionPay payment option for App Store customers in...

Apple says the App Store has added UnionPay, the most popular payment card in China, as a payment option for customers in China. Customers will be able to link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. 

"The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap."

As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To...

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Nov 17
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers

QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.

An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.

The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).

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Nov 17
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released

Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.

The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.

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Nov 14
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac app

Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.

You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.

Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.

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Nov 14
Twocanoes Labs announces Bleu Station Series 200 beacons

Twocanoes Labs has released their next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200. Features include over-the-air firmware update capability, LED visual status indicator, encryption and reset button.

Bleu Station beacons include certified AC power adapter, meaning no battery maintenance is required. Bleu Station beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.

The Bleu Station Beacon Series 200, Bleu Proximity Starter Kit and free apps are available at Twocanoes Software and Labs online (www.twocanoes.com).

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Nov 14
OmniGraffle 6.1 adopts Yosemite's style suggestions

 The Omni Group has updated OmniGraffle (http://omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/), its software for creating graphics, to version 6.1. The upgrade improves the app's performance and adopts Mac OS X Yosemite's new style suggestions. 

Version 6.1 also improves and expands on the Inspector feature by making it completely customizable. You can switch between the sidebar, floating inspectors, and palettes—where you can snap off and combine groups to create different combinations.

What's more OmniGraffle 6.1 includes new stroke options, fill effects, and blending modes. Blur, pixelate, magnify content behind objects, and add inner or outer strokes to shapes. The stencil sidebar now includes search results from Stenciltown.

The 6.1 update is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$99.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the pro version. It's available...

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Nov 14
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...

Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."

Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  

In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources...

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Nov 14
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.

Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.

Logo Pop Free allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.

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Nov 13
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones

Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."


The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.

With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.

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Nov 13
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user interface

Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.

The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.

Prizmo image cropping and cleanup capabilities are now exposed globally to other apps as an image editing extension. The software's OCR capabilities are now made available throughout OS X, as an extension. Textual contents can be retrieved from any image in other apps that support extensions (image viewing action).

Prizmo 3 offers support for third-party exports: it can now invoke third-party export options (cloud storage, email clients, social networks, etc.) that have been installed on the system....

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Nov 13
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters

StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).

The new adapters enable users to harness the speed and reliability of Thunderbolt, to add two essential connection ports to their MacBook or Thunderbolt-equipped laptop through a single host connection, says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com. They offer full-speed connections from each of the ports provided, avoiding connection bottlenecks, even when both ports are in use, Cline adds.
 
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter and Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter is US$127.99. These products will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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