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Aug 12
Cocktail Yosemite Edition revved to version 8.5.2

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running Mac OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to rebuild Help database and adds two new Automator actions. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status on startup" and "Clear kernel caches" procedures.

Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available at the Maintain website (

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Aug 12
10 new Fonts Added to Free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has announced an update of 10 new fonts to their free Halloween Fonts collection available on the Mac App Store under the name: Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts.

This commercial use font collection now includes 40 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. International
character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many
of them.

Halloween Fonts require Mac OS X 10.6.6. They're available free at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (

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Aug 12
Applied Acoustics Systems releases the Transparency sound bank

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Transparency sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk a.k.a. Status.

Transparency is sound designer Daniel Stawczyk’s fourth title in AAS' Sound Bank Series and his third for Ultra Analog VA-2. The 149 presets explore the percussive nature of AAS' analog synthesizer. Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, and Percussion loops are bundled along with Ambient, Synth, and Effect sounds.

The Transparency sound bank is available ( until Aug. 31 at the introductory price of US$19 (the regular price is $39). The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.

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Aug 12
KOAMTAC announces iOS KTSync Keyboard Wedge Application

KOAMTAC ( has released KTSync for iOS, a keyboard wedge software for iOS applications, which will enable transmission of barcode and RFID data collected with the KDC barcode scanner or RFID reader to any iOS application. The app is available free at the Apple App Store.
As long as the iOS device is updated with iOS 8.1 or later and the KTSync for iOS application has been downloaded, users will be able to send barcode data collected with the KDC scanner to any iOS application through KTSync, which supports a faster and more reliable data transmission speed than the standard HID Bluetooth connection. Users can send barcode or RFID data to any existing iOS application through the KTSync keyboard wedge application, without having to develop their own custom application.
Options for KDC hardware include 1D/2D barcode, RFID, NFC, MSR, and Chip-and-PIN readers, as well as, models that...

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Aug 11
Sonnet ships Fusion PCIe Flash Drive

Sonnet ( is now shipping its Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device.

The newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 products, the Fusion is an alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives and SSD storage products. The device connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

"The Fusion PCIe Flash Drive delivers blazing-fast performance comparable to a multi-drive RAID storage system, and yet it fits neatly in the palm of your hand," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. "Based on the latest Gen 3 PCIe SSD module — the fastest standard SSD type now available — the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive is made for speed. And its 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface provides the bandwidth necessary to sustain...

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Aug 11
Autodesk announces new Maya extensions

At the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Expo, being held Aug. 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, Autodesk announced the latest extension releases for its Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016 3D modeling, animation, VFX and rendering software, available to Autodesk Subscription customers beginning today for 3ds Max and September 9 for Maya.

Concurrently, the company unveiled the new 3D marketplace on Creative Market – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists. These solutions, along with Autodesk’s newly announced Stingray Game Engine, will be on display throughout SIGGRAPH, with additional resources available on AREA.

Autodesk Maya 2016 Extension 1 is a new text tool designed to make it easier to create branding, flying logos, title sequences, and other projects that require 3D text. 3D Type allows artists to create editable, non-destructive, multi-line, deformable type.

Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) support helps artists bring 2D designs...

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Aug 11
Parallels launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote Access app

Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app ( for remote access to Macs and PCs.

Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent. As part of this launch, Parallels is introducing a companion app for Apple Watch, providing users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience.

"The need to do more on mobile devices has been a growing trend among both consumers and business professionals alike. Our latest Parallels Access update brings new features that make it easier than ever before to get work done with native touch gestures on mobile devices, as well as from any computer with a web browser," says Jack Zubarev...

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Aug 11
WaterField Designs unveils the Field Tote business bag for men

WaterField Designs ( has announced the Field Tote, an US$119 tote for men made of waxed canvas and distressed leather. It weighs one pound and will ship Aug. 14.

"We set out to design a men's tote that works well for guys to use professionally or on casual outings—not just the look, but the size and features as well," says owner Gary Waterfield. You can stow your laptop-in-a-sleeve or tablet in the Field Tote or stuff in your gym towels, wine bottles, or magazines. We’ve included deep pockets for security and leather handles that are just the right length for putting on your shoulders, or carrying at your side."

The Field Tote is so lightweight that it can be folded and carried in another bag for use upon arrival at a new destination. It's available in brown, burgundy or navy waxed canvas.

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Aug 11
Seagate Expands Flash Portfolio with new Nytro Flash Products

Seagate Technology ( has announced the Nytro XF1440 2.5”, Nytro XM1440 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card.

These products extend Seagate’s portfolio of flash-based solutions, which are designed to work in conjunction with Seagate storage products to meet nearly any data storage need. The drives and the accelerator card are best suited for demanding enterprise applications, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), high frequency trading, high-performance computing (HPC), data warehousing, data mining and data analytics as well as workloads with mixed IO sizes and multiple applications running simultaneously.

The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 are high performance NVMe SSDs available in ultra-small (2.5” and M.2) form factors. Offering a balance of power and performance, these drives are engineered to increase...

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Aug 11
NextDrive announces NextDrive Plug to wirelessly expand...

It's frustrating when your iPhone reminds you that you don't have enough storage to take a picture or complete a task. With the new NextDrive Plug, you can increase storage capacity and auto-backup your photos.

Available today for pre-order ( for US$99, the plug works with the NextDrive Connect app to turn your smartphone into a wireless remote for USB devices. You can build your own cloud, add storage capacity to your phone or hook up a webcam for remote video streaming.

The NextDrive Plug is a micro IoT computer in the form of a small plug. It works with the corresponding NextDrive Connect App over a Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly link your smartphones, tablets or laptops with USB devices – such as hard drives and web cameras.

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Aug 11
Google morphs into Alphabet, a company that will own Google

On Aug. 10, Google announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. and a new operating structure to increase management scale and focus on its consolidated businesses.

Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the "Google business"). Businesses such as Calico, Nest, and Fiber, as well as its investing arms, such as Google Ventures and Google Capital, and incubator projects, such as Google X, will be managed separately from the Google business.

In an announcement about the changes — which you can read here ( — Larry Page, who cofounded Google with Sergey Brin, had this to say: "Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our...

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Aug 11
Output Factory for InDesign can now insert document text into...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.35, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery and more. The new version improves the way users can insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's also a "lite" version for $120, Sand a server version $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Aug 11
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 11

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

2pensmedia has announced Coinnect. In the free game, players score points by matching adjacent coins of the same color before the timer runs out. Coins can be matched in a variety of ways, including horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or through a combination of directions.

Austin Shaf has released Bumper Jumper. The game (free, but with in-app purchases) involves bouncing aliens as high as you can through space. Tap to create bumpers that juggle you up and up. Progressively harder the higher you go, Bumper Jumper features gravity flip, mega bouncer, and slo-mo power ups, an original soundtrack and Game Center support.

Travel Mate is a new, US$2.99 app that provides tools necessary to help users stay in control of their money while traveling the world. You can set your trip's budget in your preferred currency, and record your expenses on...

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Aug 10
Apple Pay now available to Bellco members

Bellco members will become some of the first credit union members in Colorado to have the ability to use Apple Pay for purchases at participating stores. Bellco is one of Colorado’s largest financial institutions, with more than $2.9 billion in assets and 21 branches in Colorado.

Apple Pay provides a private and secure way to make in-store payments from Bellco accounts using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch; or within apps from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

"Our commitment to our members is to offer them the best, most convenient banking experience possible, and adding Apple Pay is just one more way we are working to live up to that commitment," says Doug Ferraro, CEO of Bellco Credit Union. "Not only is Apple Pay simple and convenient, but it also adds a layer of privacy and security to making digital or in-store payments."

For more information on how to begin using Apple Pay with Bellco accounts, go to...

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Aug 10
Mac OS X version of Excalibur security solution available

The first Mac OS X version of Excalibur (, a security solution that's free for non-commercial users, is now available. Instead of syncing your data across computers, the utility is cloud based by design. No syncing is required, and all your passwords and notes are immediately accessible.

"Excalibur is a completely new and drastically different approach to Password Managers solving all the pitfalls of existing solutions," says Excalibur CEO Ivan Klimek. "Instead of using a master password we use your phone — the most personal device that you always carry with you. The phone will ask your for you specific acknowledgment for every action that might require your attention. As you don't type any passwords anymore, keyloggers and malware is ineffective.

Instead of storing your sensitive data in one place, Excalibur stores them "decentralized" — one...

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Aug 10
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's the latest version of the tool for for dealing with text in your FileMaker Pro database.

Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. It also adds the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12, with support for the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14.

A fully functional demo of Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is available for downloading at Troi's web site ( It works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12, 13 or 14. The plug-in is available for Nac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Licenses cost US$49 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site, where you can order licenses.

Troi Text Plug-in...

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Aug 10
FileMakers launches Boost Your Business Kit offer

FileMaker has launched the Boost Your Business Kit (, a special limited-time offer that includes things new customers need to create and run business solutions that work across iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web for the discounted price of US$828.

Purchase one FileMaker Server 14 annual license with five concurrent connections and receive five FileMaker Pro 14 annual licenses at no additional cost. The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store.

The Boost Your Business Kit is available only through Sept. 24, globally, to new customers under FileMakers Annual Volume Licensing program only. Non-profit and educational pricing is available to eligible institutions.

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Aug 10
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.1

Recosoft Corp. is shipping ID2Office 2.1 the newest version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.

The new version has been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, version 2.1 adds support for InDesign CC 2015 properties such as Paragraph shadings and Graphic cells in tables, and more.

On the Mac, ID2Office 2.1 requires OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available at Recosoft ( in the following configurations:

° ID2Office Standard 2.1 annual subscription (Mac/Windows), US$199;
° ID2Office Professional 2.1 annual subscription (Mac only), $249.

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Aug 08
European Commission: no evidence of collusion between Apple,...

The European Commission found no evidence of collusion among the major music labels and Apple to stifle free music streaming services such as those offered by Spotify, reports Re/code (, quoting four unnamed "sources with knowledge of the matter."

Investigators examined whether the labels conspired with one another or with Apple on Apple’s new streaming music service in a way that would hurt rivals, the article adds. The probe failed to turn up any illegal activity, though the EU will continue to monitor the market, sources said.

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Aug 07
Apple extends back to school promotion

Apple has extended its annual back to school promotion. It's now online ( and available in some European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

Those who buy an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. There’s also an option to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones for $100.

The iPhone, iPad and (for some reason) the Mac mini aren’t among the eligible items for purchase with free headphones. The back to school promo runs through Sept. 18 at Apple Stores.

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Aug 07
Apple merges online store into all its web pages

Apple has built its online store into its main website and separate web pages. There's no longer a separate "Store" listing on Apple's pages.

Instead, there's a shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. You buy an item by clicking the "Buy" button on a product's page. This links you to the purchasing menus formerly available in the online store.

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Aug 07
Apple Watch arrives at Best Buy

The Apple Watch is now available at Best Buy locations. It's the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.

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

Customers can see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more. Visit for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.

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Aug 07
nVeil Art for Mac OS X adds photo enhancement masking, more

Storek Studio has announced nVeil Art 2.0 (, an update to its graphic remix tool for Mac OS X.

nVeil generates works of digital abstract cubism by filtering photos or video through vector-drawn veils. Colors and motion come from the source imagery, and can then be further modified with nVeil's controls. Version 2.0 features photo enhancement masking, a new image format, an enlarged library of veils, new tutorials, an improved user interface, and more.

nVeil runs on OS X 10.7 or higher. Bundled app pricing of both the creating/exporting app and the veil-making app for a limited time is US$29, with a special educational price of $19. The regular price $39.

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Aug 07
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 7

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

Sugar Games has released Brownies the mobile version. It's a free (with in-app purchases) game that plunges the player into the magical land of cute little creatures where mundane objects naturally intertwine with fantastic landscapes and buildings.

Giants Software has announced Farming Simulator 16 for iOS. In the US$4.99 app, players can operate tractors and machines, raise, harvest, and sell crops, and master their land. In addition to crops, farmers can feed sheep and cows to sell wool and milk.

Fan Studio has introduced Save the Planet - Airplane Fighter for the iPhone. It's an $1.99, vertically scrolling shoot 'em up game set in the time of World War II. The player pilots a fighter airplane while on a mission to save the planet. Players must deftly navigate through the various levels with a weaponized plane, in the manner of desert...

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Aug 07
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 ( Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.

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 7.9.1 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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