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Feb 26
A Druid's Duel for OS X launches on Steam

Surprise Attack Games and ThoughtShelter Games have announced that A Druid's Duel is now available on Steam ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/333970/) for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It's being offered at 20% off for a limited time: US$7.99 instead of the $9.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Welcome to the Realm of Six Seasons, where the predictable cycle of nature's seasons has turned constantly since time began. But now, something is wrong. Something (or someone) is tampering with the precious Seasons, making a complete mess of the Realm.

"The Druids of the Esoteric Orders have long fostered this fertile landscape and tended to this delicate mystical balance. And it is up to Warren, a young druid fresh from his Esoteric Training, to discover what is causing this disastrous mixing of Seasons."

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Feb 26
AKVIS announces Pets Frame Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Pets Pack includes 60 frames targeted to animal lovers. You can frame photos of your pet with nature decorations, surround it by furry and feathered friends, by its favorite toys, food and treats.

The frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program (with Home Standalone, Home Deluxe, Business licenses). A frame pack can be added to ArtSuite by placing the archive into a folder specified in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows. It sells for US$69 (a demo is available for download); the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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Feb 26
VisionTek introduces DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot...

VisionTek (http://www.visiontek.com) has released the DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot adapter. It's compatible with the latest Mac Pro.

Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, the DriveXpander enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop. Unlike other hot-swap drive adapter designs that only work with PCI slots, it includes a custom  PCIe slot stability adapter for a snug fit on either expansion slot type.To prevent unauthorized removal of an installed drive, the DriveXpander features a special shaped key lock to provide peace-of-mind long-term drive installation.

The US$19.99 DriveXpander includes all data and power cables required for plug and play operation and It's available immediately directly from VisionTek, select e-tailers such as Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Dell.

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Feb 26
The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley comes to the Mac

G5 has released The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shadey Valley for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$4.99 through Feb. 28 and $6.99 afterwards.

Here's how the game is described: "You're an employee of S.O.U.L., the agency that helps ghosts find eternal rest. In this mysterious thriller, you'll have to uncover the many secrets of Shady Valley and fulfill tasks that keep restless souls in this world.

"Upon your arrival in an abandoned mining town you will be greeted by a large, hulking ghost named Norman Macabre,' who will not only care for your safety but also watch every step you take. As the story goes, the villagers who died here with unfinished business have become earthbound souls who cannot cross over. Allegedly, Norman died in an accidental house fire. He asks you to find his wife and beg her for forgiveness for a crime he committed in the past.

"This won't be easy as many more people are involved into this spine-chilling story and...

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Feb 26
Apple plans March 9 special event

Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 9. An invitation send to the press shows a picture of an invitation with the wording "spring forward."

The event will almost certainly offer details on the upcoming Apple Watch, such as a precise release data and pricing. So far Apple has only said the smartwatch would be available in April with prices starting at US$350.

It's also possible that the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display could be announced. Apple will hold the special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The Apple events page (http://www.apple.com/live/) invites you to come back on March 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when live video from the presentation will be available. Live streaming requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later.

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Feb 26
iOS takes record-high profit share in smartphone operating...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone operating profit reached US$21 billion in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. The Android operating system captured a record-low 11% global smartphone profit share during the quarter. In contrast, while Apple's iOS took a record-high 89% profit share.

Global smartphone operating profit grew 31% annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014, notes the research group.

"Apple iOS continues to tighten its grip on the smartphone industry," says Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable. Android's weak profitability for its hardware partners will worry Google. If major smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung or Huawei, cannot make decent profits from the Android ecosystem,...

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Feb 26
Tim Cook to deliver George Washington University's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address May 17 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service, the university announced Wednesday night.

"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."

Cook was the Financial Times' Person of the Year for 2014, and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He joined Apple in 1998, and served as chief operating officer prior to being named CEO. Previously, he was an executive at Compaq, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co., Intelligent Electronics and IBM.

Previous GW commencement speakers include...

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Feb 26
Movavi Photo Editor adds background removal, more

Movavi Photo Editor (http://www.movavi.com/photosuite), a photo editing toolkit for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, has been revved to version 2.0.

The upgrade adds such new features as background removal, which lets users delete the existing background in a photograph and replace it with solid color fill or even a totally different image. Photos can also be saved with a transparent background in .png format.

The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been enhanced. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removal, and export.

Using the text addition, users can enter a comment or caption in any size, font, or color above the edited photo. The text addition tab contains all the settings anyone might...

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Feb 25
PCI Geomatics implements support for KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com) has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.

KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models...

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Feb 25
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler

Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.

The GTM also features internal RISC-like programmable cores for data processing and complex output sequence generation. The IP is designed to run with minimal CPU interaction and to unload the CPU from handling interrupt service requests as much as possible.

The first stable release of the C compiler for the GTM/MCS will be available in March. In the course of the year the new C compiler will be included...

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Feb 25
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6.14

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Version 4.6.14 addresses compatibility issues, including fixing a bug that could cause crashes in ArchiCAD, Mathematica and Cubase 8. It also improves its Rebound and tagging features, updates support for QuickSilver, and offers the option to automatically resize file and folder icons as you resize file dialogs.

Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Version 4.6.14 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Feb 25
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients’ account security is a key priority for the firm. The Apple Pay feature, which doesn't share the actual debit card number with the merchants or transmit it with payments, supports that goal, Heaton says.

Instead of using the Morgan Stanley Debit Card number, Apple Pay...

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Feb 25
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.

The application features a 10-band audio equalizer to shape your audio tone, its own volume control, video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change to fit image into screen, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and more. It features a built-in web browser that allows you to watch online videos directly from the app, while Open URL enables you to do it without ads.

You can watch online videos in full screen mode and pin the player window on top of other running apps so you never miss a moment of your favorite movie. What's Elmedia allows you to grab a still of your video frame and...

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Feb 24
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating system market

iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).

According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," says Ramon Llamas, research director with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices – particularly for Android – drove volumes higher."
What will bear close observation is how the two...

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Feb 24
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.

The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.

With a focal length of 90mm (30mm for an iPhone 6 and 60mm for most competitors), this lens captures distant objects in full optical zoom. In addition to full pixel zoom, the telephoto lens allows the iPhone to auto-adjust exposure.

The 165º Wide-Angle Lens is designed to drastically increase the amount of detail and light you can get into a single image. The ExoLens professional photography system for iPhone 6 is available now for US$129.95 at store.apple.com. The ExoLens system for iPhone 6 Plus will be...

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Feb 24
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.

The Padded Gear Pouch features one main compartment with several padded pockets and one front pocket with two organizational mesh pockets inside. Each compartment closes with self-locking zippers. Both the tan waxed canvas and the black ballistic nylon color choices offer water resistance. According to the folks at WaterField, the Padded Gear Pouch is useful for:

° Tech professionals: iPad mini in large padded pocket, portable mouse and hard-drive in smaller padded pockets, headphones and wallet in main compartment. Front pockets for keys and additional cables.

° Travelers: eyeglasses in large padded pocket, phone, medications and headphones in smaller padded pockets, passport, wallet and...

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Feb 24
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the Bamboo Stylus...

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.

Users of Wacom's smart styli will purportedly feel the difference immediately after installation. When setting up the app and configuring the stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions to reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. By choosing the position of the wrist that fits best with how users hold the pen, the update will considerably improve the offset correction.

Installing the latest firmware update for the Bamboo fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will provide the best results for Bamboo Paper users. The "Wacom Stylus Update" app is now available at the Apple App Store. Users simply download the app and pair their Wacom stylus via Bluetooth and the app will guide...

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Feb 24
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves alternate...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Feb 23
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for OS X

XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.

The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that individuals are more likely to produce results and complete activities with a break down of work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Pomodoro Time allows users to customize task duration outside of the standard timeframe to fit individual needs, from five minutes to 60 minutes with customized breaks in between.

Pomodoro Time requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$2.99. It's...

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Feb 23
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac

Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.

Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.

The desktop has three movable panels, each containing portholes for various devices. The center panel contains a central notch for the iMac's rear plugs, while the two other panels offer notches that line up with the ports on the sides of MacBooks. Additional front and back notches are available for supplementary devices and wires; plus they double as finger-grooves for easy removal of panels.

Panels glide on felt-lined rails and hang aside the desk when accessing the storage compartment. The...

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Feb 23
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar

Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.

The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.

You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters

Dart requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 23
Apple to invest €1.7 billion in new European data centers

Apple has announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy.

The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."

Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion through the...

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Feb 23
uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8.5

uFlysoft Studio has announced uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery 1.8.5 for Mac OS X. The software lets you recover files from various devices such as Mac-based hard drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPod touches, iPods, pen drives, USB drives and more.

Version 1.8.5 offers more features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats. It comes with a stronger capacity for recovering more high quality files with a faster recovering speed, according to the folks at uFlysoft Data Recovery.

uFlysoft Data Recovery works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can get the free download and free scan version on the uFlysoft website (http://www.uflysoft.com).

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Feb 20
DEVONagent 3.9 introduces Inspectors for even better web...

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent to verson 3.9.

DEVONagent is a research assistant equipped with artificial intelligence. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. The new version cleans up the user interface, comes with an improved see-also algorithm, is faster, and fixes some bugs. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.

All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store. DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with...

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Feb 19
Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with video issues

Apple has launched a MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues. The company says it's determined that a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.

These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lftfdbe for details on affected models and service options.

As of Feb. 20, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available starting Feb. 27. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

° Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;

° No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on;

° Computer restarts unexpectedly...

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