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Mar 01
Retrospect announces Hybrid Data Protection with new cloud...

Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have introduced a full hybrid backup solution with the release of Retrospect 13 for Mac and Retrospect 11 for Windows. This latest version supports integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers.

Cloud backup to third-party cloud storage providers allows Retrospect customers a way to protect their Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux environment off-site. Retrospect is certified for cloud storage with worldwide cloud storage providers Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, as well as regional cloud storage providers DreamHost, Dunkel, ArubaCloud, and Numergy. A full list of certified providers is available at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.

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Feb 29
Court overturns Apple’s jury victory against Samsung

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, reports Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16510E). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung didn’t infringe Apple's "quick links" patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid. 

The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung's patents. Apple's "quick links" patent, as the main focus in Samsung's latest effort to overturn major court victories by the Cupertino, California-based company over the past two years. Samsung's attorney Kathleen Sullivan said Samsung didn’t use the same technology as Apple to detect and link to specific data, such as phone numbers, in its phones' Web browser and messenger applications. However, Apple's lawyer,...

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Feb 29
Apple: the FBI asking us to ‘weaken’ the security of all our...

Apple's general counsel says complying with the FBI’s order to break into an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino, California,, massacre will "weaken the security" of its devices.

The comments are part of an opening statement from Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, who will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/gnxbk25). In the statement, the lawyer defended Apple's cooperation with the FBI in the San Bernardino investigation, noting the company made engineers available to advise them on "additional investigative options.”

However, Sewell said, ”The FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens."

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Feb 29
Aleratec announces Mac Support for 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini USB...

Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has released a software update for the 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini that now provides Mac OS X compatibility. It clones up to 22 thumb drives simultaneously.

Responding to requests from customers who use MacBooks and iMacs to distribute information via USB thumb drives, the new software will be included with all 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicators and Upon verification, existing customers who already own an eligible Aleratec USB duplicator can also receive the new software update at no charge by contacting Aleratec customer support at (818) 678-0484. Aleratec's 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price of $629 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution.

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Feb 29
DJ Mixer Express for OS X revved to version 5.8.1

MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1, an update of the DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.

The app offers complete automatic mixing, video mixing, KeyLock, beat-matching, looping, and several effects. Version 5.8.1 includes two different user interfaces (skins), a new BPM detection engine, better iTunes integration, karaoke
CDG+MP3 zip files playback, and stability and speed improvements.

DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and costs $29.95. The price includes the lifetime license with free upgrades and free tech support. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 26
Propellerhead announces Rigs 2 series for Reason

Propellerhead Software has announced the Rigs 2 Series, offering updates to their Rig Series Rack Extension and ReFill bundles for Reason 8.

Backline Rig 2, Mix & Mastering Rig 2, and Synthetic Rig 2 now contain over 60 Rack Extension and ReFills including instruments, effects, and sample packs made by leading developers such as Propellerhead, iZotope, Rob Papen, Cakewalk, Softube, Korg and more. Rigs 2 Series bundles are designed specifically for the style of music you make and include video lessons to help you get the most out of your Rig.

You can save over $1,200 on Rack Extensions and ReFills at $299 each, or upgrade from Rig 1 for $79. All bundles are available as a direct downloads from Propellerhead’s website (http://tinyurl.com/oh2p3kr).

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Feb 26
File Cabinet Pro brings iCloud features to the OS X menubar

Writes for All has introduced File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar.

File Cabinet Pro allows users to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the menubar. It allows users to place files in iCloud Drive without opening windows in Finder.

File Cabinet Pro costs US$29.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the App Tyrant website (http://www.apptyrant.com).

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Feb 26
SuperScreenshot for OS X gets Dropbox and Trello integration

SuperApp has launched SuperScreenshot 1.1.2, an update of the Mac OS X screenshot taking app. The new version adds Dropbox and Trello integration for sharing your screenshots.

With SuperScreenshot, you can bind your own hotkeys to take a screenshot. It has capabilities for users to add texts, arrows, circles, rectangles, as well as freehand drawings.

SuperScreenshot require OS X 10.10.0 or later. It costs $2.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/plb5fby) in the Utilities category.

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Feb 26
Records for Mac OS X adds a Table view, more

Records, a personal database app for the Mac, has been revved to version 1.1. The update includes requested features like the Table view, CSV data import and export, 30 templates ready to use, German, Italian and Japanese localizations.

With Records you can collect and organize any kind of information, from your movies to your customer invoices. It comes with 30+ templates rand 15+ configurable form fields.

Records 1.1 is available at the Records store (http://pushpopcorn.com) at the introductory price of $29.99 (instead of $39.99) for five days only. It requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer.

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Feb 25
GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter launching for iOS

GO-Trust (www.go-trust.com), a provider of independent microSD security elements for Android and Windows devices, has launched the GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter for iOS.

The iReader is an iOS reader that connects to any iPhone or iPad with a Lighting connector. It provides a microSD expansion slot that can support FIPS 140-2 Level 3, FIPS 201, BCTC and FIDO certified microSD secure elements using the GO-Trust SDencrypter (which includes up to 16GB of user flash memory) or 128GB of dedicated memory expansion. The GO-Trust SDK [software developer kit] for the SDencrypter is fully compatible with iOS.

The iReader is multifunctional and can also connect to Windows and Android devices using a supplied USB cable. The iReader will be available for shipment in April. System Integrators can preorder and test security options using the GO-Trust SDencrypter immediately and it will be demonstrated at the RSA...

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Feb 25
Twelve South releases collection three of its dual-screen...

Twelve South has released the third collection of its dual-screen backgrounds (https://www.twelvesouth.com/wallpaper) for the Mac: Sky Lights.

The company partnered with photographer Scott Gordon to capture the San Francisco Bay during the time before sunrise and sunset when the light is perfect for shooting. All of the dual-screen backgrounds are complementary.

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Feb 25
Apple working to make iPhones even harder to crack

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, report The New York Times (http://tinyurl.com/zvs7anw), quoting unnamed “people close to the company and security experts.”

“If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage” the article says. “If the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted to get into a phone in the future, it would need a new way to do so. That would most likely prompt a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by...

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Feb 25
Kool Tools: Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones

Marshall’s $150 Major II Bluetooth keeps the music going strong with over 30 hours of play time on a single charge. And its custom 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for excellent bass response, smooth mids and sizzling highs.

The headphones connect to devices using Bluetooth aptX. Not only can you blast your favorite tunes in CD-like audio quality, aptX also minimizes audio/video syncing issues, allowing you to watch movies without experiencing “lip sync.”

The double-ended coil cord with mic and remote is completely detachable and compatible with any music player that has a 3.5mm jack. When listening to music wirelessly, you can use the empty 3.5mm socket to share audio with someone else.
With the integrated analogue control knob you can play, pause, shuffle and adjust the volume.

Phone functionality is also included so you can answer, reject or end a call with a few simple clicks. The built-in microphone allows you to have conversations or record voice...

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Feb 25
EasyCutStudio allows Macs to work with Roland cutting plotters

EasyCutStudio (http://www.easycutstudio.com/) has released Easy Cut Studio for all Roland cutters. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, it’s a software program deigned to help you to cut your shapes with your Roland cutting plotters in a few steps.

Whatever special fonts, custom artwork, graphic designs that are imported, or even images printed with registration marks for contour cutting, Roland cutting plotters can complete the cutting tasks. A demo is available for download; registration is $55.95.

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Feb 25
Cristallight releases iBarcoder 3.7.8 for Mac OS X

Cristallight (http://www.cristallight.com)has released iBarcoder 3.7.8,  an update of the barcoding generator software for MacOS X.

The product supports more then 30 barcode types, including QR Code, ISBN, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN13, EAN8, CodaBar, Code11, Code128, Code39, Code93, MSI, PostNet and DataMatrix. iBarcder offers live previewing, saving and modifying barcodes using various settings, and advanced tools for barcode customization. Version 3.7.8 adds CMYK color space for barcodes, barcode margin preferences, and a preferences setting for automatic naming of exported barcode files by barcode data strings.

iBarcoder 3.7.8 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later, and costs $49.95. The price includes the lifetime license with upcoming free upgrades and free tech support.

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Feb 24
M3 Data Recovery Software releases Mac Bitlocker Loader 3.5

M3 Data Recovery Software has released M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader 3.5, an update of the utility that lets you transfer data between a Bitlocker encrypted drive and a Mac.

As a file transfer app, M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader provides a way to complete Bitlocker protected sensitive data exchange between Windows and Mac systems. Just supply an unlock password and mount a Bitlocker encrypted drive as a regular drive on your Mac. Then transfer data from Bitlocker encrypted drive to the Apple computer — or transfer data from Mac computer to Bitlocker encrypted drive.

M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It costs $29.95 for a one-year license and $59.95 for a lifetime license . A demo is available for download (http://www.m3datarecovery.com/mac-bitlocker/).

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Feb 24
Cambridge Audio releases earphones to raise money for Youth Music

Cambridge Audio, an UK hi-fi and home entertainment brand, have come up with a way to support the leading national music charity — by releasing their first ever earphones: the SE1 In Ear Monitors. From 10 am on Monday, Feb. 29, a limited run of just 1,000 SE1 earphones will be available to buy from www.cambridgeaudio.com.
 
Customers will be able to choose the price they pay for these high-spec earphones, estimated to have a market value of £150-£250. One hundred percent of the net price paid going to Youth Music (http://www.youthmusic.org.uk), a charity “using music-making to change the lives of young people in challenging circumstances.”
 
Cambridge Audio took their inspiration from innovative rock band Radiohead, who launched their In Rainbows album by inviting fans to pay what they felt the music was...

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Feb 24
BrowserHub designed to help users manage multiple web browsers...

Guilherme Rambo has launched BrowserHub 1.0, a web browser based utility developed for Mac OS X.

The app sits between links and the web browsers installed on the system, so users can create rules that determine what browser should be used depending on the context. You can create simple rules based on the URL and select a browser to open links matching those rules. Rules can be created based on protocol, host, path, file extension or app.

So, for instance, the next time you click on a link in Mail, and the link matches that particular rule, it will open on the browser defined for that kind of link. Examples of rules that could be created with BrowserHub include: "open all YouTube links in Chrome," "open video links in VLC," or "open my bank's website on Internet Explorer in Parallels." The rules are created on an interface similar to Mail's rules preferences.

BrowserHub 1.0 is being offered at a special launch sale of $9.99 and is available worldwide through...

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Feb 23
Ilium Software rolls out updated eWallet Password Management app...

Ilium Software has launched eWallet 8, an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.

Featuring 256-bit AES encryption for security, the software offers Mac users the ability to store, access, and protect passwords and other sensitive data such as bank account information from any device. Version 8 includes the SyncPro engine that allows for wallets to be synchronized automatically and securely between devices using the cloud.

eWallet 8 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zctps8t) in the Productivity category.

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Feb 23
Simon for Mac OS X adds exclusion and difference analysis...

Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.2 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), an update to their server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

The software checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports enable remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.2 includes new exclusion and difference analysis filters, email, preview and reports improvements, and more.

Simon 4.2 requires Mac OS X version 10.10. It’s available for $99. This is a free update for licensed Simon 4 users, with upgrades from version 3 available for $49. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 22
Apple posts new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS betas

Apple has released its fourth developer beta of Mac OS X 10.11.4. The new beta seems to be a maintenance upgrade. Previous betas have added support for Live Photos in iMessages and the ability to encrypt individual items in Notes.

Apple has also released the fourth beta of iOS 9.3. The upcoming version of the mobile operating system adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.

The fourth beta of tv OS X 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 are also available. The tvOS 9.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app. The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new...

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Feb 22
CPUG Network announces Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced that the 15th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com) will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

It promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2016 NAB Show. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 25 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

“Earlybird” tickets are on sale online only for $10 each plus ticket fee (this pricing ends March 18) and $7 for students and teachers.

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Feb 22
Help Crafter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0

Putercraft has announced Help Crafter 2.0, an update to the help content authoring tool for Mac OS X.

It’s a tool for the Mac developer for authoring help content. Style based editing helps to maintain a consistent look across pages. The app's word processor includes support for tables, lists, resizable images and more. Version 2.0 introduces support for headers and footers, tables, user defined text and system variables, anchors and more.

Help Crafter requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z3jpxum) in the Developer Tools category.

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Feb 19
Apple extends MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program

Apple is extending its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until Dec. 31, 2016, according to an updated support document on its website (http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/). The program was previously set to expire on Feb. 27, 2016.

Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013. 

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Feb 19
App for WhatsApp brings WhatsApp Messenger to the Mac

coldX Software Development has announced App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 (https://www.appforwhatsapp.com), an update to the messenger app for OS X.

App for WhatsApp allows anyone to chat via the WhatsApp Messenger service directly from their Macs. The app lets users send and receive WhatsApp Messages and Media directly from a Mac.

Version 3.0.0 lets you record videos up to 30s and take photos using your Mac's built-in FaceTime camera, then share them. You can also add filters to the pictures taken with App for WhatsApp before sending them to your friends

App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 for Mac costs $1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/grvq33b) in the Social Networking Category.

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