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Apr 05
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s and Apple...

X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.

X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device.

The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.

Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected yet accessible at all times. It...

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Apr 05
Zixi introduces cloud-based video over IP services

Zixi (www.zixi.com) — which specializes in broadcast quality contribution, management, and distribution — has debuted ZixiFY, a new cloud-based content delivery platform for “the highest quality contribution to a content distribution network (CDN).”

ZixiFY is designed to reliably deliver live broadcast quality video from a Zixi enabled origination point including camera, encoder, phone, or tablet at any location to any device leveraging Zixi’s proven protocol, according to Zixi President Israel Drori. Broadcasting and media organizations looking for cost-effective solutions to help engage viewers and generate revenue with high-quality live streaming content now have access to Zixi’s cloud-based software platform, he adds.

As Zixi software is already embedded in thousands of devices around the globe, broadcasters can now ingest video into ZixiFY from any location. By aggregating BW across multiple wired, WiFi, or...

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Apr 05
Smile Launches TextExpander.com with apps for Mac, iPhone,...

Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has launched TextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team, along with new app versions: TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.

TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. New sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.

TextExpander is $4.95 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% loyalty discount for their first year. TextExpander is $9.95 per user per month for the Team plan. TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. TextExpander for iPhone and iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later. TextExpander...

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Apr 05
Eltima releases Commander One 1.5 for OS X

Eltima Software (www.eltima.com) has announced Commander One 1.5, the latest version of their dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X.

Apart from file management functionality, the app features a built-in FTP and WebDAV clients, allows mounting Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 accounts, accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.5 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features and improvements.

Commander One 1.5 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app has two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. The additional functionality it offers is available for 15-day trial for free.

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Apr 04
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 5

Boinx Software has announced FotoMagico 5 (http://tinyurl.com/hptnokj), an update to its slideshow creation tool for OS X.

The app lets you create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio. Version 5 features upgraded professional 4K slideshow capabilities, a new audio editing interface and advanced animation features.

FotoMagico 5 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $49.99. FotoMagico 5 Pro is available for $99.99. Existing customers can upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro for $49.99 from FotoMagico 4, and $74.99 from FotoMagico 3. Existing customers who previously purchased FotoMagico 4 in the Mac App Store will be able to upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro free of charge once they purchase the basic version of FotoMagico 5 for $49.99.

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Apr 04
IHS: the Phone SE is three iPhone generations rolled into one

A preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Service shows that the iPhone SE smartphone costs about $160 to build.

The U.S. version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from the Apple Store on March 31. The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399.

“The iPhone SE represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s -- rolled into something altogether new,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS. “Despite its physical resemblance to the iPhone 5s, the resulting product is far superior. In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and...

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Apr 04
Studiometry 12.5 adds forms and more

Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.5. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.

The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include. 

Version 12.5 adds forms. Forms are saved lists of questions and fields that can be sent to your Client for a response, or entered locally in Studiometry. Form responses can be reviewed to create Projects, To Dos, and Logs.

Studiometry is available for download today with a free 30-day trial. Studiometry Cloud is available for $14 per employee per month, billed annually. Or $17 per employee month-to-month. This price includes your license(s), so there’s no need to purchase a traditional Studiometry...

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Apr 04
App Delete for OS X upgraded to version 4.2.5

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The latest version has been optimized for OS X El Capitan.

AppDelete 4.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

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Apr 01
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio are now shipping

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
 
The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio.

Fusion Server manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and aren’t tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users. In addition, projects can...

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Apr 01
Gartner: double digit growth for smartphones has come to an end

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) says global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016. Global smartphone sales are estimated to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016, a 7% growth from 2015. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.

Worldwide combined shipments for devices (personal computers, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.65% increase from 2015, according to the research group. End-user spending in constant US dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6% year-on-year.

"The double-digit growth era for the global smartphone market has come to an end," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Historically, worsening economic conditions had negligible impact on smartphone sales and spend, but this is no longer the case. China and North America smartphone sales are on pace to be...

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Apr 01
Apple celebrates 40th birthday

Apple has hung a pirate flag at its Cupertino, California headquarters — as noted by 9to5Mac.com — to celebrate its 40th birthday. The skull and crossbones flag, which has a rainbow Apple logo as one eye, is a nod to the late Steve Jobs who is quoted as saying: “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

On Apple 1, 1976, Apple Computer was born. Their first product: the Apple I, cooked up by Steve Jobs and Steven “Woz” Wozniak. From there it’s been a great ride with products such as the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

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Apr 01
Tension Software announces Password Repository 3.3

Tension Software has released Password Repository 3.3, an update of the Mac OS X app for managing all your passwords and all the related data in a safe way.

It’s compatible with the similar version for iOS on iTunes; any document created with Password Repository 3 on a Mac, can be transferred via iTunes and used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without any changes. Version 3.3 is a maintenance upgrade.

Password Repository 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $20 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jmm8yc9).

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Apr 01
DEVONthink 2.8.10 provides workflow enhancements and bug fixes

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink help its users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence.

Version 2.8.10 adds contextual menu options to HTML 5 videos, supports Airmail 2, and accepts videos sent via the sharing extension. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later (the Mac App Store versions require OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (http://www.devontechnologies.com) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.

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Mar 31
JAMF Software releases new version of Casper Suite

JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a new release of Casper Suite, offering businesses and schools the ability to leverage all new iOS 9.3 features the moment they update their devices. The latest version of Casper Suite unlocks key functionality, such as Apple’s new Classroom app and Managed Lost Mode.

“iOS is more than a mobile operating system—it serves as a gateway to education and industry transformation,” says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. “Through the new features introduced in iOS 9.3, it is even easier for IT to set up and manage iOS devices for individuals who may have little experience with mobility. For example, with the new managed Home Screen Layout, IT professionals can deploy iPads configured for students, hospital patients, or retail employees, organized specifically for their roles.”

He adds that the...

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Mar 31
Apple releases iOS 9.3.1

Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s available to download through Software Update or at iTunes.

The bug fix update to iOS 9.3 fixes a problem in which apps (and sometimes iOS itself) would crash or hang when links were tapped. iOS 9.3 also featured an Activation Lock bug that affected older devices, including the iPad Air and earlier and iPhone 5s and earlier.

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Mar 31
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for Adobe After Effects CC

RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens, a new set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction. It’s available for Adobe After Effects CC.

RE:Lens straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. It works when shooting with action cameras such as a GoPro in ultra-wide mode. You can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers.

RE:Lens is being offered for an introductory price of $139.95 through May 1. You can buy licenses, including render-only and floating, from the RE:Vision website (http://tinyurl.com/zk6ok5w).

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Mar 31
ContactsMate for OS X revved to version 3

Cisdem has given us ContactsMate 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/hfay7j8). It’s an update of the contact management software that will analyze, report, and fix issues with OS X Contacts.

It will also and export the Mac Address Book to different formats for contacts back-up or syncing. With version 3, you can make groups respectively for your family, friends, colleagues, clients or work contacts, etc. Also, when problematic contacts are found out and sorted, you can perform bulk modifications on the similar questionable Contacts or neglect these problems as you will.

A demo of ContactsMate 3 is available for download. Registration is $15.99. The app requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 31
Text Converter optimized for OS X El Capitan

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Text Converter for OS X to version 1.3. The $9.99 app converts various file formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain text using drag and drop.

Version 1.3 sport an improved layout. Now all the window area can handle drag and dropping of files. The upgrade has also been optimized for OS X El Capitan.

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Mar 30
Apple introduces Safari Technology Preview for developers

Apple has introduced Safari Technology Preview (https://developer.apple.com/safari/technology-preview/), a new version of its web browser aimed specifically at developers. It provides an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS including the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools.

Safari Technology Preview is a standalone app that works side-by-side with the current version of Safari, so you can continue to use and reference the current release. It works with iCloud, so you can access your latest Safari Favorites, bookmarks, and Reading List.

You can update Safari Technology Preview right from the Mac App Store. Updates occur every few weeks and include the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit, the open source browser engine. Though it’s designed for developers, you don’t need a...

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Mar 30
Epistory now available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux

Epistolary (http://www.epistorygame.com/), an atmospheric adventure with an origami aesthetic, is now available through Steam for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for $14.99. 

Here’s how the game is described: “Players guide a girl riding atop a three-tailed red fox on an epic journey to discover the source of an invasive darkness taking hold in a once pristine land.  As Epistory’s narrative progresses, its papercraft world literally unfolds before the player, revealing lush forests, ominous dungeons, scorched plains, frozen temples and lost cities.

“Magical abilities derived from four elemental types are discovered during the adventure, and they enable the heroine and her companion to navigate these treacherous landscapes. Freezing an enemy with ice magic will lock them in place and allow players to deal with other threats, while fire magic will burn through enemies and obstacles.

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Mar 30
Fantastical 2.2 for Mac adds Native Exchange support, more

Flexibits has revved Fantastical 2 for Mac (http://flexibits.com/fantastical) to version 2.2. It costs $49.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

The app lets you create, view, and search events and reminders. In version 2.2 m account syncing is now native, enabling features such as invitation responses, availability lookup, categories, and people lookup. Fantastical 2's native CalDAV engine also lets users connect directly to other calendar services such as iCloud, Google, and Yahoo.

Fantastical also now supports availability with a user interface letting users easily and quickly check their colleagues' availability. Availability requires a supporting calendar service, such as Exchange, Google Apps, or OS X Server. Some of the other new features in 2.2 include printing (with multiple, beautiful layouts), a second time zone time line (to let you quickly view other time...

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Mar 30
Seagate previews USB-powered desktop hard drive with Innov8

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has previewed Seagate Innov8, which it says is the world’s first USB-powered, 8TB desktop hard drive.


The Innov8 is purportedly the world’s first 8TB desktop hard drive that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power outlet. Similar to a standard car requiring a battery kick to start the engine, Ignition Boost together with USB 3.1 enables Innov8 to thrive off bus power. No dedicated power source or adapter is required. Users just plug in the reversible USB-C cable.

Innov8 includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. What’s more, it includes 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve software compatibility. The Seagate Innov8 will be available in April for $349.

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Mar 30
The Aegis Secure Key now comes in a 480GB version

Apricorn (www.apricorn.com) has added three new sizes to their Aegis Secure Key 3.0 line, raising the total number of capacity options to seven (8GB, 16GB, 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.) Pricing starts at $99.

"This is our most advanced product to date; besides packing half a terabyte of encrypted data into a thumbdrive, we have expanded its feature set to surpass any rival," says Mike McCandless, Apricorn's vice president of Sales and Marketing. "And keeping true to the Apricorn tradition, The ASK 3.0 is completely software-free, cross-platform compatible with any OS, and has embedded authentication so no security parameters are ever shared with the host.”

He adds that, beyond the expansion in size range, the Secure Key 3.0 carries the highest portable device security validation that the NIST grants: FIPS 140-2 level 3, and boasts a list of features including: separate admin and user modes, two...

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Mar 30
Graph IDE 12.4.8 for the iPad now available on GitHub

VVI has announced that version 12.4.8 of Graph IDE, a data visualization application for the iPad, is now available on GitHub.

To increase the scope of Graph IDE, its Xcode project has been placed at http://GitHub.com/VVI . With that project, any data source be it a database, web service, model or any other source can be incorporated into Graph IDE for drag-and-drop functionality within the already existing interface.

According to the folks at VVI, this helps eliminate tedious copy and paste of data into spreadsheets and other forms of manual data entry while preserving the full capabilities of Graph IDE's world-class graphical user interface. For help with Graph IDE and other questions email support@vvi.com.

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Mar 30
Default Folder for OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Default Folder X 5.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95 (USD) and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.

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