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Jan 23
2014 FileMaker Developer Conference registration open

FileMaker, Inc., has opened registration for its 19th annual FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker developers.

The 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz) takes place July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is for anyone "who wants to sharpen their professional skills, innovate with the FileMaker Platform, pick up new ideas for their FileMaker solutions, or to grow a FileMaker-based businesses."

Conference attendees can save US$300 off the full price, paying US$1,295 by taking advantage of the "early bird" discount available now through June 3, 2014. Paid attendees will also receive a free Not-for-Resale copy of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, a $549 value.

Also available is an "early bird" Gold Registration package for $1,895, which...

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Jan 23
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic HD for iDevices

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Mic HD, a digital handheld microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

The iRig Mic HD sports a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a 44.1/96 kHz sampling rate, and a low noise/high definition pre-amp. Featuring metal-body construction and a handheld form factor, it's designed for interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, singers and musicians. The iRig Mic HD's standard housing can be mounted on any regular mic stand clip, and its design, featuring detachable cables, keeps its overall size to the minimum for the greatest portability.

It supports a wide range of Apple devices via a series of three detachable cables. It's purportedly the first handheld microphone that includes a Lightning connector cable for the newest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models, while a USB cable allows for connection to any Mac computer. A 30-pin cable for legacy iOS models is also available.

The iRig Mic HD comes with free apps, so users can...

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Jan 23
Folx Download Manager now available in the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has launched the Folx Download Manager in the Mac App Store under the name Folx GO. It comes with downloads management, neat file organization, search for the files that's been downloaded, and more.


With Folx GO, it's possible to split downloads in threads, renew interrupted downloads, create tagging according to files content, and more. A special browser extension allows you to choose whether to download all or selected.

You can get a free version of the download manager, but can upgrade to the pro version when you wish for US$9.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/6xvuae for more info.

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Jan 23
Rockstar Consortium drops patent infringement claim against...

Rockstar Consortium — an alliance made up of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony — has dropped a patent infringement claim against China-based Huawei, a telecom gear maker, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/kroh3op).

In a motion filed Tuesday with the US District Court of Northern California, both parties jointly requested dismissal of the lawsuit, which accused the telecom gear maker of violating patents the alliance acquired from Nortel Networks earlier this decade. The filing didn't specify that a settlement had been reached.

"While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents. "Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a 'freebie' it's certainly not."

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Jan 23
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified now available for Steam at Macs

TransGaming ,which initially brought The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, to Mac gamers through the Mac App Store -- says the game is now available for digital download via Steam for Macs. 
 
To commemorate the launch, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will go on sale for 75% off from Jan. 24-27 at 10 a.m. (Pacific), on both Steam and the Mac App Store. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/lfbo84p .

Here's how the game is described: "The year is 1962, JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear - but a far more powerful enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy.

"As special agent William Carter, players call the shots, pull the trigger and lead their squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter...

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Jan 23
Watermark Sense for Mac OS X gets improved watermarking...

VeprIT has releasedWatermark Sense 1.1.0, an update of the batch image watermarking utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

The update improves watermarking flexibility, allowing to achieve more creative and consistent results for images of different sizes and aspect ratios, according to the folks at VeprIT. Version 1.1.0 also introduces a number of often requested features, fixes issues, provides a PDF user guide and more.

A trial version of Watermark Sense (which adds an additional watermark to the saved images) is freely available for download at the application web page (http://veprit.com/watermarksense). Registration is US$19.99. The license can be purchased at the application web page. Watermark Sense is also available on the Mac App Store.

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Jan 23
PDFpen 6.1.3 adds redaction options, clickable phone links

Smile has released PDFpen 6.1.3, an update to its PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds new redaction toolbar buttons for Block Selection and Erase Selection and support for clickable telephone numbers. Numerous enhancements and fixes have also been made in this update.

The changes in PDFpen 6.1.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. In addition, PDFpenPro 6.1.3 can now create clickable telephone links, via support for the "tel:" URI scheme.

PDFpen 6.1.3 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)

PDFpen retails for US$59.95, PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover...

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Jan 22
Blackguards RPG now available for Mac, Windows

Blackguards, the new turn-based RPG from Daedalic Entertainment, is now available worldwide for Mac OS X and PC on Steam and GOG.

Here's how the game is described: "Blackguards offers strategic combat and combines the studio's high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters. Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss."

The Standard Edition on Steam is available for US$39.99, and the Blackguards Deluxe Edition for $59.99. The Special Edition on GOG is available for $44.99.Go to http://www.daedalic.de/en/game/Blackguards for more info.

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Jan 22
Apple posts iTunes 11.1.4

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.4. It adds the ability to access your Wish List from the iTunes library, instead of having to go to the iTunes Store or the Apple App Store.


There's also enhanced support for Arabic and Hebrew and stability improvements. iTunes 11.1.4 can be downloaded via the Mac App Store's Update section or Software Update.

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Jan 22
VMware buys AirWatch

VMware (http://www.vmware.com), a virtualization software company that makes products such as VMware fusion and VMWare Workstation, has agreed to buy AirWatch (http://www.air-watch.com) for as much as US$1.54 billion, adding technology to help businesses manage and protect mobile devices.

VMware will pay $1.18 billion in cash and $365 million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity. AirWatch marks the second VMware acquisition of more than $1 billion in 18 months, after the 2012 purchase of Nicira, whose technology helps networks work more efficiently. AirWatch makes mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions.

The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware's End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and...

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Jan 22
DMG Master for Mac OS X gets upgraded internal engine, more

Tension Software has revved DMG Master, its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) app for creating standard disk image archives, to version 2.5. The new version upgrades the internal engine and improves the source table list.

DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$6. It's available at the Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) web site.

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Jan 22
WaveMachine Labs releases AAX-compatible version of Drumagog

WaveMachine Labs has released an AAX-compatible version of Drumagog, their drum replacement plug-in. The company has also released 64-bit VST and Audio Units versions for both Mac and PC systems.

With these updates, Drumagog 5 is now compatible with Pro Tools 10/11, and 64-bit Digital Audio Workstations on the Mac and PC such as Logic X, Ableton Live 9, and Cubase 7. It's available now in all plug-in formats and is available in three editions: Basic, Pro and Platinum.

Drumagog requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 on the Mac platform. Available now in all plug-in formats, this is a free update for registered Drumagog 5 users. Go to http://www.drumagog.com for more info.

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Jan 22
Tomb Raider arrives on the Mac Jan. 23

Feral Interactive says Tomb Raider will be released for the Mac on Jan. 23. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Tomb Raider is the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

Here's how the game is described: "Alongside the thrilling single-player adventure, Tomb Raider features an exhilarating online multiplayer mode. A Steam account will be required to access online multiplayer, which supports Mac-to-Mac play only. Online multiplayer will not be available in versions of the game purchased through the Mac App Store."

The game will launch on the Mac App Store on Jan. 23, and will launch on other stores Jan. 30. Tmb Raider for the Mac will retail in North America for US$49.99. It will be available online for direct digital download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store (...

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Jan 22
FileMaker introduces FileMaker Training Series: Basics

FileMaker, Inc. has unveiled an all-new free training series for the recently announced FileMaker 13 Platform. FileMaker Training Series: Basics is designed to help everyone learn to build professional custom business solutions that run on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Mac and the web.

The new training series is offered in iBook format for easy use on iPads and iPhones. A PDF version is also available. According to Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc., FileMaker 13 users now have a broad range of training options to get started and become productive, while building the skills to make powerful solutions.

The Getting Started Tours guide users through the key features of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. The tours are automatically installed with the software -- simply download a trial of FileMaker Pro 13 or download FileMaker Go 13 for iPhone or iPad from the App Store.

FileMaker Training Series: Basics, a brand new addition to...

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Jan 22
St. Clair revs App Tamer for Mac OS X to version 2.0

St. Clair Software has introduced an upgrade to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life.

You can now monitor and optimize the performance of your Mac even more quickly and easily with the software's completely revamped user interface, according to the folks at St. Clair. In addition to automatically pausing applications when you switch away from them, App Tamer now offers the option to limit the amount of CPU power used by an application.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 1.x that bought their license after July 1, 2013...

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Jan 22
Judge says Samsung infringes on at least one Apple patent

In a summary judgment order entered on Jan. 21, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California, found Samsung's Android-based devices to infringe an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and declared a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid, reports "FOSS Patents."

Judge Koh denied a couple of other summary judgment requests by Apple and the entirety of Samsung's related motion, leaving those issues to a federal jury. "This decision increases, not hugely but significantly, the likelihood of Apple emerging victorious in a multi-patent trial scheduled to begin on March 31, 2014," writes Florian Mueller for "FOSS Patents." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/m2agd2b .

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across...

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Jan 22
AKVIS updates three photo retouching apps

Three AKVIS photo retouching programs have been updated: AKVIS Retoucher v.6.5, AKVIS MultiBrush v.7.5, and AKVIS Coloriage v.9.5.

All of these products are available in two variants: as Photoshop plugins and as standalone applications, in versions for Mac OS X and Windows. They can be purchased as separate products as well as in the AKVIS Restoration Bundle at a discounted price.

AKVIS Retoucher is a photo restoration tool. It removes dust, scratches, stains, and other defects that appear on damaged photos. The software "intelligently" reconstructs the missing parts of the photo using the information of the surrounding areas. The program also helps to remove odd objects from your image.
AKVIS MultiBrush lets you retouch photos and enhance portraits. Featuring a collection of healing and enhancement brushes, stamping and drawing tools, the software helps you to perform portrait enhancement, retouch image flaws, remove unwanted objects from digital pictures, and...

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Jan 22
CS Odessa announces Winter Sports solution

CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park Solution for ConceptDraw PRO 9 and ConceptDraw MindMap 7. The new libraries provide a wide range Winter Sport objects that can be used to augment documentation and graphics that deal with winter sports.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw MindMap. The Winter Sports Solution is the first addition to the Sport Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that help professionally illustrate documents.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199. ConceptDraw MindMap is also compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199. Go to http://www.conceptdraw.com for more info.

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Jan 22
EditShare qualifies Mac OS X 10.9 for products

EditShare, which specializes in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, has announced Mac OS X 10.9 compatibility for all EditShare shared storage, Flow media asset management and Ark archiving and backup products.

EditShare customers using Mavericks with Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 and 6.5.4.1, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Pro Tools 11.1 can connect to EditShare shared storage systems via Thursby’s DAVE 11 SMB client, or via AFP for optimal performance. Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 editors who connect to EditShare shared storage via AFP and 10GB Ethernet will see marked performance improvements even when editing multiple streams of 10-bit uncompressed HD, according to the folks at EditShare. Go to http://www.editshare.com for more info.

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Jan 21
Apple gets temporary break from court-appointed monitor

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an order that temporarily halts compliance monitor Michael Bromwich's oversight while the appeal awaits a ruling, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/kxu5lo8).

"It is hereby ordered that the motion for a stay pending appeal is referred to a three-judge motions panel and shall be heard as soon as possible," the order reads. "It is further ordered that an administrative stay of the district court's order is granted until the motion for stay pending appeal is determined by the motions panel."

The order, handed down by Circuit Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., comes five days after Apple told the court that it planned to appeal Judge Denise Cote's imposition of an external compliance monitor.

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Jan 21
Dot Hill rolls out Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays

Dot Hill Systems has announced a suite of high-performance, ultra-density Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays. Targeted at customers with throughput-intensive applications, the arrays use a patent pending enclosure developed by Dot Hill to maximize storage processing power in a minimal rack footprint.

This ultra-density solution delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional arrays while maintaining easy serviceability, according to Brad Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill. The company's ultra-density chassis houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), while utilizing 23% less power in an efficient 2U footprint, he adds.

For high performance transaction workloads, the array can support any combination of solid state drives (SSD) and HDD drives in the same enclosure. This footprint also purportedly reduces weight by 25%. For more info go to...

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Jan 21
Apple expands worldwide access to educational content

Apple says iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world.


iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan. iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.

iBooks Textbooks offer iPad users fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and...

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Jan 21
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for iPhoto

Noteboom Productions has released Tutor for iPhoto, their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.

With Tutor for iPhoto, the user watches videos to learn how to use Apple's latest version of iPhoto for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 50 video chapters on various subjects. Go to http://www.noteboomproductions.com for more info.

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Jan 21
WiQiQi introduces Wireless Charging Solution for the iPhone

WiQiQi, a designer of wireless chargers for Samsung Galaxy phones, is introducing the i5 thin wireless receiver for Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C, and iPod touch.

It's a more powerful (700 mAh) version of the WiQiQi Samsung receiver, with a thin ribbon and iPhone 5 compatible connector at the end. It attaches to the outside of the iPhone 5 and purportedly takes only seconds to plug the i5 to the charging port. It's smaller and thinner than a credit card and will fit under any soft case.

You place the phone on top of any Qi standard compatible charging pad, and it will wirelessly connect and start charging. The WiQiQi i5 wireless receiver will be available in late February at a suggested retail price of US$30.

WiQiQi is offering discounted prices for "early bird" orders placed directly on www.wiqiqi.com before Feb, 29. The i5 wireless receiver will cost $5 when ordered with any WiQiQi charging pad, or $15 by...

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Jan 21
HOYO introduces waterproof pocket for smartphones, music players

The new HOYO waterproof pocket allows users to take their phones with them virtually anywhere. It's made of 100% waterproof and dustproof plastic, HOYO protects electronics in humid and dirty environments while preserving touch-screen sensitivity. HOYO comes in a variety of primary and secondary colors.

Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign ending March 16 will be the first to receive their HOYOs. The HOYO is designed for use in the shower, the kitchen, and the garden. Go to http://www.gethoyo.com for more info.

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