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Jan 30
Pylon offers a way for guests to connect to Wi-Fi

A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Pylon, a three-square-inch plaque that lives on the wall near a person’s home entrance. The plaque is pre-linked to a Wi-Fi base station and when a user waves their mobile device over Pylon as they enter a home, they're automatically connected to the host’s Wi-Fi network without entering a password.

The connection works with Near Field Communication (NFC) on Android, and by bumping the Pylon with iOS, Windows and BlackBerry devices. Chris Henseler, founder of Pylon, says it was created to streamline the process of connecting to a person’s Wi-Fi while bypassing the tedious task of entering an intricate or unknown password, all while security remains intact.

When a guest connects to a home network, the owner is notified via the Pylon app, where they can control the degree of access of each of their guests. Close friends can be granted access indefinitely when they’re in Wi-Fi range, while acquaintances may be granted access for...

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Jan 30
Court doesn't sanction Samsung for patent licensing...

A U.S. district court says Samsung won't be sanctioned for the disclosure of confidential Apple-Nokia patent licensing. It blames on the Korean tech giant's counsel Quinn Emmanuel, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/pozeuq3).

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of an Apple order to grant sanctions over the inadvertently leaked information. However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal wrote in the order that the dissemination of confidential information was inadvertent and was a "simple error in redaction," says "AppleInsider."

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.

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Jan 30
Mac Data Recovery gets new user interface

uFlysoft studio has rolled out Mac Data Recovery 1.8.3 (http://tinyurl.com/kkk7o6b), an upgrade of its data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version sports a new user interface.

The app is designed to help users rescue their precious data lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, computer crash, partition lost, virus infection, unexpected power off or other unknown reasons. Mac Data Recovery costs US$84.95.

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Jan 30
Tumult Hype 2.5 for Mac OS X adds Responsive Web Design features

Tumult has released Hype 2.5 (http://tumult.com/hype/), an update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X. Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions.

The new version of Tumult Hype adds features supporting Responsive Web Design. It's available as a free upgrade for customers of version 2.0.

Tumult Hype 2.5 is available at the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store for US$29.99. More product information, a 14-day free trial, and a store link can be found on the Tumult website.

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Jan 29
Proavio releases SSD-powered DS240 storage solutions for 4K video

Proavio, which specializes in professional storage solutions for content creation, has released new DS240 dual-active storage platform and "ultra dense" JBOD systems. The DS240 series expands Proavio’s professional DS platform with 2.5-inch Enterprise SAS SSD and 10K SAS drive solutions specifically designed to meet the demands of 4K cinema production.

The DS240 is available in capacities starting at 19TB up to 38TB, expandable up to 190TB using affordable DS240 SAS JBOD enclosures. DS240 storage systems feature a 3-year factory warranty and include free advance replacement of disk drives and components for the first year of ownership, with the option to purchase an additional two year advance replacement warranty. The DS240 is recommended for use with Davinci Resolve, Filmlight, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk and Digital Vision workflows. Go to www.proavio.com for more info.

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Jan 29
Apple could be fined over iPhone 4G blocking

The Belgian Council of Ministers has ruled that mobile phone makers can no longer block 4G for certain carriers, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/nlmr5wa).

Though the ruling applies to all phone manufacturers, the decision is mainly targeted at Apple, "which has been consistently blocking iPhone users' access to the 4G networks of Belgian telcos Proximus and Base," the article adds.

"ZDNet" says the reason for the block is that Apple has made 4G access available to iPhones on Mobistart, its preferred partner first in Belgium. However, Mobistar doesn't have a 4G network yet, whereas competitors Proximus and Base both do.

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Jan 29
EditShare releases Flow 3 media asset management solution

EditShare has released a new version of its Flow media asset management solution. Version offers new features such as AirFlow for web-based remote access and Flow Automation for designing templates that automate repetitive tasks like file copying, deleting, transcoding and archiving.

Flow 3 release also features significant UI enhancements, including vastly improved cuts-only editing, enhanced drag-and-drop facilities, and support for third-party storage. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow 3 is an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcode to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.

For more information on EditShare Flow 3, go to http://tinyurl.com/l4uyr4l .

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Jan 29
Xmplify XML Editor for Mac OS X adds support for external XSLT...

MOSO has announced the release of version 1.4.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade adds support for external XSLT processors, plus fixes and other improvements.

Xmplify is a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X and provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. It's a 64-bit native Mac app.

Xmplify is available for US$59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.4.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.

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Jan 29
Mergemill Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 4.6.1

Cross Culture has announced Mergemill Pro 4.6.1 (http://www.mergemill.com), an update to their data processing and static website generation tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher). The new version sports various bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Mergemill Pro lets you extract data from many sources, transform them into desired formats, integrate them into a centralized data store, then analyze and summarize them into useful information. Along with version 4.6.1, Cross Culture is providing new training videos online.

Mergemill Pro 4.6.1can be purchased online from the Mergemill website for the retail price of US$79. The update is free for registered users of all previous versions.

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Jan 28
American Megatrends launches new StorTrends 3500i SSD array

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has released StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, a storage area network (SAN) that combines solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, it's available as a hybrid or full flash array.
 
The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer a set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volumes (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the combination of SSD and HDD technology in a 3U configuration, deliver up to 56TB of torage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable power supply units.
 
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Jan 28
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc 1.0 for OS X

Brotens has released Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It can generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitives (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.).

The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63, EULUMDAT, and DXF formats. Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimuthal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Room Lighting Calc can export to RTF a complete list, formatted according to user needs, of the installed products and special items, full of economic computing and electrical power.

Room Lighting Calc works both in metric or imperial units, runs on Apple computers running OS X 10.8 or higher and uses OpenGL for rendering. It's available at both the Mac App Store and the Broton web site (...

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Jan 28
iEasyRecorder is new audio recording software for the Mac

321Soft has released iEasyRecorder, audio recording software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The app was developed to make it easier than ever to records sound from applications like iTunes, QuickTime, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Skype or DVD Player. It also records from microphones and other hardware on your Mac.

Whether you're looking at a YouTube music video or listening to a podcast, click on the record button to capture sound and save it into MP3, AAC, M4R or M4A audio files with a range of selected codec and compression options. A built-in audio editor allows you to edit the clips you want to too.

To get more information, to purchase or obtain a free trial version of the iEasyRecorder audio recorder for Mac, go to http://tinyurl.com/krsjgux . Registration is US$29.95.

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Jan 28
Smartphone market hit one billion units last year

The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, according to the International (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.

This aligns with IDC's most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.

According to IDC (http://www.idc.com), Samsung ended the quarter the same way it began the year: as the leader in worldwide smartphone shipments. However, even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S...

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Jan 28
Parallels Access for iPad now offers support for Windows PC

Parallels announced an significant update to Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) for iPad, the product that “applifies” Windows and Mac applications and lets customers remotely access and experience those applications as if they were made for an iPad.

New features and improvements include Windows support, which is now out of beta, support for 11 languages, and a new single port connection designed to make it easier for users to work within certain corporate networks. Now Parallels offers a two-week free trial and the choice of a $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription that lets subscribers access up to 10 PC or Mac computers.

New Parallels Access updates and features include the following:

° Full support for remote computers running Windows 7 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Macs running Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion

° Localization in 11...

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Jan 28
Insights 3.0 for Mac OS X adds forecasting

KnowledgeMiner Software has rolled out Insights 3.0, an update to their self-organizing, predictive modeling application for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. With Similar Patterns technology Insights 3.0 adds forecasting to its adaptively learning modeling methods.

Users in nearly any field can analyze data sets and build models designed to help gain new insights into complex phenomena, predict future behavior, simulate "what if" questions, and identify methods of controlling processes. Insights is used for predicting sales, production and demand, engineering problems, climate change, health or life sciences-related questions, or mining collections of data from government agencies.

Insights 3.0 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Insights 3.0 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by...

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Jan 28
Infovox iVox 4.0 adds 31 new TTS voices for your Mac

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have released Infovox iVox 4.0, which brings to Mac OS X a total of 31 new text-to-speech voices.

These include the first ever genuine, natural-sounding bilingual American Spanish-English children's voices, a male bilingual American Spanish-English voice, 16 expressive voices to speak with more emotion, four new specialty voices, a new Polish voice and our first Japanese, Korean and Chinese voices. The text-to-speech voices are based on recordings by real children speaking in their natural language.

Infovox iVox now provides a total of 107 voices in 31 languages to Mac OS X. Voices can be purchased a la carte and cost 15 Euro per voice per computer. A 30-day full-function trial of each voice can be downloaded from within the Infovox iVox Voice Manager.

Infovox iVox 4.0 is a free update for existing customers. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/k6ydg7d...

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Jan 28
VOX 2 for Mac OS X gets new interface

Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.0. It now sports a redesigned smart interface that displays album art and tucks away controls until they're needed.

Additionally, VOX 2.0 now features gapless playback that eliminates pauses between audio tracks. There's also smarter searching across all devices and file locations and improved multi-device support via the Audio MIDI. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .

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Jan 28
ChronoSync, ChronoAgent get updated

Econ Technologies has revved ChronoSync to version 4.4.4 and ChronoAgent to version 1.4.5. These updates include several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent.

ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. It's designed to work on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is US$40.

ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. ChronoAgent for Mac runs on Macintosh computers and is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is $10.

InterConneX brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. You can share files between any iOS device running InterConneX, access files from a Mac running ChronoAgent, or synchronize files from a Mac running ChronoSync. InterConneX for the...

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Jan 28
Output Factory for InDesign improves alternate layouts output

 Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.21, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$159.95.

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Jan 28
Photo Recovery for Mac gets new interface

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released version 5.0.8,0 of Photo Recovery for Mac, an app for recovering photos, videos or other files from digital cameras, memory card, and other storage devices.

The most important improvement of the new update version is the new interface, which sports a redesigned step-by-step wizard. The enhanced data recovery wizard guides users through the search and restoration process.

A free trial version can be downloaded from the AppleXsoft web site; registration is US$49.95. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 5.0.8.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

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Jan 27
Apple retail stores generate $7 billion last quarter

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief technical offer, in discussing Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013, said revenue was up 9% from the year-ago quarter to US$7 billion, thanks to record iPhone and iPad sales and strong Mac sales.

Apple remodeled six stores and opened four new ones. Apple now has 420 brick-and-mortar stores.

With an average of 418 stores, $16.7 million average revenue per store. There were almost 21,000 visitors per store per week last quarter, Oppenheimer said.

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Jan 27
Apple reports record quarterly revenue

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013. The company posted record quarterly revenue of US$57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.9% compared to 38.6% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63% of the quarter’s revenue.

The company sold 51 million iPhones, an all-time quarterly record, compared to 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 26 million iPads during the quarter, also an all-time quarterly record, compared to 22.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The company sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on...

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Jan 27
Priority Matrix adds new 'Tags' feature

Appfluence has revved Priority Matrix to version 2.3, adding a new feature for project management called "Tags." The feature is designed to give project managers visibility across all their responsibilities and projects.

Combined with Priority Matrix's Master List, project managers can zoom in and out of responsibilities to get important things done, according to the folks at Appfluence. The software is available for Mac OS X, Windows and iOS.

On the Mac it requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available under a personal or business license. Go to http://www.appfluence.com/?pr_mac for more info .

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Jan 27
Rasty Pelican flies to Mac OS X

baKno Games has introduced Rasty Pelican 1.0.1 for Mac OS X. In the game, players control Rasty the Pelican by flying and swimming around the Caribbean sea.

In addition to avoiding different obstacles like fishing boats and palm tree islands, Rasty must avoid natural dangers like sharks and whales while maintaining his energy and oxygen levels. Collecting as many coins as possible, players can help Rasty restore his energy with by capturing fish.

Rasty Pelican requires MacOS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$4.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the baKno website and the Mac App Store in the Games category. A free trial version is available from the baKno website (http://www.bakno.com).

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Jan 27
Synalyze It! Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Synalysis (http://www.synalysis.net) has released Synalyze It! Pro 1.7, an update to their hex editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

Synalyze It! Pro allows users to edit and analyze binary files of any size. Featuring enhanced support for many character encodings, Synalyze It! Pro allows users to interactively define grammars for various file formats. Used as a modeling tool, Synalyze It! Pro can be useful for users to modify saved games or other unknown binary file formats and actively supports reverse engineering.

Version 1.7 contains several new features and fixes to the grammar directory and toolbar. Installed grammars are displayed now in the toolbar, results of custom elements are read-only, and the grammar window has been resized for smaller screens. The update also allows pascal strings to have size 0, includes a debugLog ("text") method, and has addressed 10.9 related issues.

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