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Jan 20
LastPass for OS X lets you store passwords, notes, more

LastPass has released a self-titled Mac app that's available at the Mac App Store for free. The app — which requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher — provides a "home" for passwords, notes, and personal information.

LastPass Mac App provides a Mini Vault, a full-featured vault for storing logins, passwords, IDs, credit cards, and other important data. With its Quick Search feature, users can search for a website or keyword to retrieve their logins, launch a site, and be logged in to one of their online accounts.

LastPass also offers a Live Security Challenge. This feature gives users up-to-the-minute status on the strength of their passwords to eliminate the question, "Are all my passwords strong enough?"

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Jan 20
vjoon K4 (version 6.9 R1) embeds table editor in the browser

The latest version (6.9 R1) of the vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform extends vjoon K4's capabilities in the browser and plug-ins.

New features include a versatile table editor for one of vjoon K4's browser clients, K4 Web Editor ICML. The application's workspace management functions have been ported to the K4 Edit and K4 Layout plug-ins so that they are now available throughout the publishing platform. Added XMP image metadata management capabilities are designed to make it easier to archive and retrieve pictures. With the addition of a direct link to Twitter, this cross-media publishing platform can now disseminate text and images via social media networks.

Legacy functions have also been refined to boost K4 Web Editor ICML's performance as a browser client. A case in point is the improved search in K4 Web Editor ICML. It now indicates that the target text has been scanned and that the search will begin anew. Go to...

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Jan 20
TImeline 3D redesigned for Mac OS X Yosemite

BeeDocs (https://www.beedocs.com) has announced Timeline 3D for Mac (version 5), an update to their timeline software. Completely redesigned for Yosemite, Timeline 3D provides a new interface to support the creation of larger, more complex timelines that can be presented in full screen and with a 3D perspective.

Users can create timeline charts of world history, family trees, business deadlines, or other multimedia projects with Timeline 3D by entering the event and adding media. Users can include an embedded image, movie, or PDF file by using drag-and-drop. Additional media is automatically resized based on the presentation medium. Timeline 3D also supports the inclusion of notes and web links to timelines and allows users to categorize events with colors codes and tags.

Timeline 3D for Mac is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The complete set of...

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Jan 20
Adesso launches NuScan 6000 omnidirectional barcode scanner

Adesso has released the US$279.99 NuScan 6000 Omnidirectional Barcode Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/pm5q7gy), which allows users to rapidly scan various barcoded items with a scan speed up to 2000 scans per second. 

The 650 nm laser diode allows users to scan with precision and accuracy at an operating distance of up to 8.5 inches from the barcode while its omnidirectional 24-line scanning engine allows reliable readings while swiping or presenting items over the scan area in many different angles, according to the folks at Adesso. It's purportedly sturdy enough to withstand one-meter drops.

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Jan 20
Zevrix Solutions revs Output Factory to version 1.1

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory Server 1.1, a feature update to its solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.

Developed originally for a major magazine publisher in the United States to free up their operator computers from outputting InDesign files, the software automates InDesign workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. The new version introduces a new email notification engine which adds support for SSL and TLS connection security, transfer progress and other features. The new engine also solves some email transmission issues on Mac OS X Yosemite.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe...

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Jan 19
Apple's home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple's home page is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on the holiday set aside to mark the legacy of the civil rights leader.

The website sports a black-and-white photo of Dr. King with the quote: "Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity."

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Jan 19
Apple cuts ties with developers in Crimea

Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014, reports "TechCrunch" (http://tinyurl.com/lozygmw).

This means the developers can't create nor publish apps for the Apple App Store. The move follows Valve apparently also terminating access to its Steam games distribution platform in Crimea, too, notes "TechCrunch."

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Jan 16
Ultimaker announces two new desktop 3D printers

Ultimaker (www.ultimaker.com) has launched the Ultimaker Go and Ultimaker Extended, two desktop 3D printers that will be available for pre-order starting in March and be available in April.

The Ultimaker Go is a compact printer designed to be easy to use as a starting 3D printer. The Ultimaker Extended has added a 10-centimeter larger build volume for users who want to create larger and more complex projects. The former costs US$1,450; the latter is $3,030.

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Jan 16
Genuitec announces the release of MyEclipse 2015 IDE

Genuitec has announced general availability of MyEclipse 2015, which sports enhanced web technologies and streamlined production support for modern mobile applications.

MyEclipse 2015 offers JavaScript code assist, multi-framework support (including Angular JS), support for popular REST services, mobile application support, and backend server and usability improvements. With traditional Eclipse-based JavaScript code assist falling short, MyEclipse 2015 comes in as the first Eclipse IDE with superior code assist, says Brian Fernandes, product manager for MyEclipse at Genuitec.

Genuitec also recognizes the continuously changing web landscape as a space that no longer consists solely of jQuery and one in which web services, particularly REST, connect application users to the cloud. MyEclipse 2015 provides support for Tern.js, Angular JS and other key frameworks for the creation of user interfaces. It facilitates REST usage with a seamless explorer allowing for...

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Jan 16
Buildbox software allows for easy game creation

Buildbox (www.buildbox.com), drag and drop game creation software that allows someone to easily create a game, has been updated to version 1.1. Instead of scripting or coding, a user drags and drops image files directly into the software, builds out their levels and moves sliders to adjust gameplay settings.

According to Trey Smith, the founder of Secret Headquarters, the company behind Buildbox., the software can create nearly every major arcade game type from classic top-down shooters like 1942 to platformers similar to the original Super Mario Brothers. It's also easy to invent new gameplay like he did with his hit game Phases (which reached #28 in the Apple App Store), he adds.

Buildbox works with both Mac and PC. It exports games to iPhone, iPod, iPad, Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon Fire HD, Amazon TV, OUYA, Mac, Mac App Store, PC, Steam, Desura and more. It's available for US$2,675; a subscription plan...

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Jan 15
Thousands ask the FCC to prevent hotels from blocking Wi-Fi...

In response to Marriott International and the American Hospitality and Lodging Association—a hotel lobby group, petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow hotels to remotely disable guests’ personal Wi-Fi devices, forcing guests to pay for the hotels’ own Wi-Fi service—a new Care2 petition (http://www.care2.com/go/z/hotelwifi ) asks the FCC not to cave to these demands has gathered more than 13,000 signatures.

In October, Marriott paid US$600,000 to settle a complaint that the hotel had blocked customers’ personal wireless modems and hot spots at least once, but the hotel chain is continuing the fight. Marriott is asking the FCC for an exception to a rule prohibiting  "willful and malicious interference" of wireless signals.
Marriott has said it doesn’t want to interfere with guests’ ability to access the Internet in private rooms or lobby spaces, but...

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Jan 15
Lucky, Save Mart, FoodMaxx now accept Apple Pay

Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores now accept Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, in all of their 217 stores throughout Northern California and Nevada.

"Expect new things in our stores this year—the first of which is Apple Pay. We are working diligently to transform the shopping experience for our customers and this cutting-edge technology will help to speed them through checkout," says Nicole Piccinini Pesco, co-president and chief strategy and branding officer. "Accepting Apple Pay provides shoppers a secure and private way to pay for their groceries and we’ve added support for this new mobile payment method solely for their benefit and convenience."

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Jan 15
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls game now available

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (http://tinyurl.com/kds5cj5) for Mac OS X is now available at a variety of sources, such as the Mac App Store and Steam. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an epic, indie, fantasy role-playing adventure in a unique, massive world. The subterranean land of Avernum is full of strange caves, cunning dungeons, and the alien inhabitants of the underworld. Explore a massive, underground nation of tunnels and caverns, packed with over 100 towns and dungeons. Fight to complete up to three distinct game-winning quests."

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Jan 15
Typinator 6.4 adds support for nested expansions

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.4, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications.

The new version comes comes with a new feature that lets you nest existing abbreviations inside other expansions. You can use this feature to insert previously defined expansions in new ones, for example to insert a completely assembled date in another expansion, or to add a formatted signature at the end of a boilerplate mail template.

With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for...

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Jan 15
Parallels Access 2.5 features Universal File Manager, more

Parallels has introduced Parallels Access 2.5 (www.parallels.com/access), available immediately on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
 
New features of the award-winning app include a universal file manager, computer-to-computer remote access and Samsung S Pen integration. Now all Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge customers get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access in their Galaxy Gifts. The new release also supports the recently released OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
 
Parallels Access 2.5 is available on the App Store, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore for Android with a two-week free trial. Individual subscriptions are available for approximately US$16 for one year; they include the ability to access up to five remote computers from an unlimited number of iOS and Android tablets and phones, and an unlimited number...

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Jan 15
Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 2.4% in 2015

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.8 trillion in 2015, a 2.4%increase from 2014; however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.9%, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The slower outlook for 2015 is largely attributed to the rising U.S. dollar as well as a modest reduction in growth expectations for devices, IT services and telecom services, according to the research group.

"The change in forecast is less dramatic than it might at first seem. The rising U.S. dollar is chiefly responsible for the change — in constant currency terms the downward revision is only 0.1," says John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.7%, which compares with 3.8 percent in the previous quarter's forecast."

The U.S. dollar spending growth...

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Jan 15
New frame pack available for AKVIS ArtSuite AKVIS (www.akvis.com...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack, Communion and Confirmation, 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 Communion & Confirmation Pack includes 50 hand painted frame designs.

AKVIS ArtSuite lets you apply effects to decorate pictures. The software lets you frame your photographs. Just place a photo into a frame and run image processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A 10-day demo version is available for download. AKVIS ArtSuite (the Home Standalone version) sells for US$69; the price of the new pack is $15.

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Jan 14
Bushel offers Apple device management features

Bushel (http://bushel.com), a device management solution powered by JAMF Software, has announced general availability. It's a cloud-based solution designed to make it easy for "regular people" to set up, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

Bushel brings enterprise Apple management features to workgroups and small and medium sized businesses without the need of an IT guru. It's designed to make complex tasks including Apple device setup, security and management, simple and quick. Bushel features hands-free device configuration through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), as well as comprehensive device inventory features.

Bushel is free to use for up to three devices, forever. Paid accounts begin at two dollars a month for four devices, and two dollars per device per month for each additional device. Bushel features a pay as you go pricing model, with no long-term contracts.

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Jan 14
2TB Mac mini returns to Apple's online store

A 2TB version of the Mac mini has popped up again at the Apple online store. After the most recent revision of Apple's smallest desktop, the option had vanished.

The new 2TB model is limited to the high-end, $999 configuration. It uses an Apple Fusion Drive instead of a conventional hard drive. It also packs a 2.8GHz dual Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.

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Jan 14
Kinsa thermometer to integrate with Apple's HealthKit

Kinsa (www.kinsahealth.com), the company behind a FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the integration of its app with Apple's HealthKit for iOS 8.

Through the free Kinsa app, users can create individual profiles for each member of the family and track fever, symptoms and illness history within the app itself.  Kinsa's integration with HealthKit further allows for individual users to track temperature as part of their broader personal health and fitness context, says Inder Singh, founder and CEO of Kinsa.

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer, designed specifically with parents and children in mind, leverages smartphones to make temperature taking a more engaging, informative and useful process, he adds. The thermometer plugs in to the headphone jack and uses the display, power and processing of the smartphone to determine a temperature reading in less than 10 seconds. 

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Jan 14
Apple sues Ericsson for LTE wireless tech patents

Apple is suing Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, arguing that the company's patents aren't essential to overarching industry standards, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/lqjqcty).

Currently, the two companies have a license agreement that covers many of Ericsson's allegedly standard-essential patents. The agreement was signed in 2008 soon after Apple launched the iPhone, according to the court filing.

In the in the lawsuit filed in a federal court in California, Apple says the royalties should be based on the value of the processor chip that includes the technology, The company adds that it hasn't infringed on the patents and doesn't owe royalties for them, notes "Reuters."

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Jan 14
MoneyWiz for Mac OS X adds worldwide online banking integration

SilverWiz has announced MoneyWiz 2.0 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 130 improvements and worldwide online banking integration.

MoneyWiz can now connect to more than 2,200 financial institutions in 41 countries. It's personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more.

It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later and normally costs US$49.99. However, you can buy it for 50% off until mid-February. It's available at the M

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Jan 14
Data Creator for Mac OS X gets faster algorithm for records...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Creator, a Mac OS X tool that can create sample tables (rows and columns) fill them with pseudo-random proper content (rows of content) with a single click, to version 1.4. The upgrade provides a faster algorithm for records creation.

It also offers: better handling of creation of a higher number of records in a single command; improved more informative progress toolbar for longer operations; and more commands to add, delete and set number of records.

With Data Creator, you can select which kind of fields (columns) you like (name of animals, colors, fruits, etc.) and have all the contents filled for how many rows you like in a click. The app can export to comma separated value, tab separated values, HTML tables, even web pages.

Data Creator requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Tension...

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Jan 14
CS Odessa announces Education Infographics Solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced its Education Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The solution contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography.

You can use the solution to create infographics that can be used to communicate education and statics-derived messages at a glance. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10.

The ConceptDraw Education Infographics Solution is an add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10 and costs US$25. It contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $249, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $...

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Jan 13
PDFpen Pro 7 supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive sharing

Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has released PDFpenPro 7, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X.

The upgrade features the ability to proofread and edit the OCR text layer and export to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats, all with an interface updated for OS X Yosemite.What's more, PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 support document sharing via iCloud Drive.

With the apps, users can sign PDF forms containing interactive signature fields, though this isn't cryptographic "digital" signing. PDFpenPro allows users to create PDF forms which include interactive signature fields.

PDFpen pricing starts at US$74.95 for a single user license. A single user license for the pro version is $124.95.

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