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Sep 24
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 -- but beware

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, which was released last week. However, you need to be careful if you upgrade.

The upgrade fixes an issue with HealthKit that prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the Apple App Store. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.1 also:

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode;

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library;

° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus;

° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages;

° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases;

° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups;

° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari.

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Sep 24
4talk increases shared file size limits up to 1GB

4talk (http://bit.ly/1tYXYjo), a cloud communication platform that enables users to interact and share files while syncing them between devices, has increased shared file size limits up to 1GB.

The improvement is currently available on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. However, the folks at 4talk say they're working on support for mobile platforms.

"There are tons of file sharing services and by all means you can share files in messengers, but there are so many problems," says 4talk CEO Sergey Kravtsov. "You have file size limits or you cannot send some kind of files. Plus, if you send it with some service, you cannot get your file on other platforms and devices. We have thrown all these limits out of the window; our users have the right to send big files and have them stored in the cloud."

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Sep 24
ChronoSync Express released on the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has introduced ChronoSync Express 1.0, the Mac App Store version of ChronoSync, the synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It costs US$29.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. You can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, and even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. You can even sync to iPhones or iPads using the combination of ChronoSync Express and InterConneX.

ChronoSync Express is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, so you can gain full access to all files and folders stored on remote computers. You can backup your data to a ChronoAgent equipped server or configure ChronoSync Express to function as its own...

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Sep 24
10 new fonts added to free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...

Ten new have been added to the free Halloween Fonts Collection from MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com). This brings the total number of fonts to 30.

All are in OpenType font format with a commercial use license. International character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many of them.

Halloween Fonts 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The collection is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Sep 24
CS Odessa announces five new solutions for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced five additional new professional solutions for ConceptDraw Pro. They're available in in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The new and updated solutions are:

° Network Layout Floor Plans (new) – samples, templates, and libraries for visualization of networks that allow you to create network layout floor plans, network communication plans, network topologies, and network topology maps.

° Rack Diagrams (new) – used to create drawings of rack diagrams and server rack diagrams layouts.

° Telecommunication Network Diagrams (new) – solution to illustrate computer systems networking and telecommunications diagrams for telecommunication illustration tasks; computer and telecommunications networks, call centers, GPRS networks, GPS navigation systems operation, mobile, satellite and hybrid communication networks, mobile TV networks, and wireless broadband...

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Sep 24
Kool Tools: NuMac Blu-Ray disc burner for the Mac Pro

NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.

It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.

Built with a durable and sleek aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, The NMBDR6x is designed to sit directly beneath the 2013 Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space. With both power and data being transferred via the single USB cable, there is no need for another clunky power adapter or extra cables at your workstation.

The NMBDR6x features Quad Layer burning support for Blu-Ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity when using a quad-layer Blu-Ray Disk. The NMBDR6x can burn...

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Sep 24
Typinator for Mac OS X adds new built-in functions

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade adds new built-in functions (Count, List, Any, Index).

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 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.

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Sep 23
HUE Stick is new iOS compatible portable battery

JunoPower has announced the HUE Stick portable battery. It packs 2600 mAh of power in an aluminum casing that weighs six ounces.

The HUE Stick can fully charge a completely dead 5 Volt device (including smart phones, tablets, GPS, camera and more) in two to three hours, according to the folks at JunoPower. It's integrated LED-indicator lets users know exactly how much juice in the left in the power bank and when it's time to recharge.  The battery’s built-in LED flashlight can be activated with a single touch and protects users from getting lost in the dark.

The HUE Stick purportedly provides an additional 10 hours of talk time for the iPhone and six hours for the Samsung Galaxy. It's available on JunoPower.com and Amazon.com for US$21.99.

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Sep 23
IP Camera Cloud for the Mac is released

DComplex (www.dcomplex.com) has released IP Camera Cloud for Mac. It's video surveillance software for home or small office.

The product lets you record video from up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on the Mac — or optionally copy the video to the cloud and store it there for 30 days. DComplex's remote access apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac connect to the video recording Mac automatically, without the need to setup port forwarding or manually opening ports. The apps let you instantly respond to motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video effortlessly.

IP Camera Cloud requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A seven-day demo is available for download. Pricing depends on the number of cameras being used and is based on monthly subscription pricing with no upfront costs. The price for each camera is US$3 per month. Optional 30-days video storage in DComplex's cloud servers is an...

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Sep 23
VisionTek launches Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card

VisionTek (www.visiontek.com) has launched the US$32.99 Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card. It offers plug and play operation with Macs running OS X 10.8.2 and later.

According to the folks at VisionTek, it can deliver benchmark test-confirmed 356MB/s Read and 338MB/s Write data transfers. It can also be used to power USB devices or charge them without needing an AC adapter. Each port provides 900mA of power.

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Sep 23
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets Vimeo support, more

Karelia Software (www.karelia.com) has updated Sandvox, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.9. The upgrade introduces a new Vimeo object that makes it super easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. Now, for the first time, website creators using Sandvox can simply choose the Vimeo object to embed Vimeo content on a website.

Sandvox 2.9 also improves publishing performance, and now includes direct support for SSL security for FTP and WebDAV. The specific publishing connection protocols supported by the revamped, faster publishing engine include FTP with Implicit SSL, FTP with TLS/SSL, and WebDAV with HTTPS. Finally, new support for LetsMove, a technology acquired with Potion Factory, makes it even easier to install the app.

Sandvox 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$79.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is also...

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Sep 23
Cisdem launches Mac PDF management solution

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has introduced PDFManagerUltimate for Mac, giving Mac users the ability to read, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, split, compress, and sign PDF files.

With it you can read, organize, edit, convert, annotate,protect, merge, split, compress, sign and extract images or text from PDF files. The product uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDFs into searchable PDF files.

PDFManagerUltimate also enables users to add text, images, and signatures into PDF files; markup, annotate PDF files easily while reading; edit fillable forms; What's more, it can help merge, split and compress PDF files.

PDFManagerUltimate is available now through the Cisdem website. A demo is available for download. A single user license of PDFManagerUltimate is available forUS $69.99. A two-Mac license costs $89.99, while a...

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Sep 23
GRID 2 Reloaded Edition drives onto the Mac Sept. 25

Feral Interactive says the racing game GRID 2 Reloaded Edition will be unleashed on the Mac Sept. 25. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's the successor to GRID.

When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store. A Steam account is required to access online multiplayer features. 
                                                                         
Here's how the game is described: "GRID 2 Reloaded Edition features ‘World Series Racing’, a disruptive new racing league with big ambitions. Players are challenged to become WSR’s star driver and build it into a top motorsport by facing off against rivals in a selection of electrifying competitions. Nerve-jangling duels on mountain roads, drift events through the city streets of Paris, Miami and Hong Kong and high-speed races on renowned GP circuits are all part of the...

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Sep 23
CompuTech updates its BusinessMan CRM/ERP software

Computech, a FileMaker Platinum partner, has released the latest version of BusinessMan CRM/ERP software. Among other enhancements itSynergize.

The 64-bit plugin allows access from any web browser and alleviates the need for the FileMaker Web API [application programming interface. Performance tests indicate a speed improvement of 2.5 times over the FileMaker Web API, accordingto the folks at Computech.

For more information or to download a free trial, go here (http://www.businessmancrm.com/).

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Sep 22
AOC releases new 24-inch gaming monitor

AOC (us.aoc.com) has announced the US$449 AOC 24-inch Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA G-Sync technology and designed for competitive gamers.

G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the computer’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag, according to the folks at AOC. The AOC G2460PG display boasts 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images, 1000:1 contrast ratios, NVIDIA 3D Vision ready technology and AOC DialPoint Custom Crosshair function with six custom crosshair settings for lethal speed and deadly precision.

It packs an integrated DisplayPort connector and five USB hubs. The ergonomic stand allows you to adjust the height, tilt and swivel, as well as pivot into portrait mode.

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Sep 22
Centrify further extends Apple device management to the Cloud

Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments — has launched Centrify for Mac 2014.1, a core component of the Centrify User Suite.

With this new release Centrify says it's easing the burden for Mac administrators by giving them additional cloud-based management options while also enhancing its on-premises Active Directory support for the Mac platform. In addition, Centrify has enhanced its mobile device management capabilities to include support for iOS 8.

Centrify says it's working on integrating with Apple's Touch ID system to ensure the right users have unfettered access to the applications and data they need.  In addition, Centrify is leveraging iOS 8 extensions to incorporate a login flow for users accessing company resources via Safari.

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Sep 22
First weekend iPhone sales top 10 million

Apple says it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on Sept. 19.

The new smartphones are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on Sept. 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year. 

"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."

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Sep 22
Akvis AirBrush update for Mac OS X adds new Share option

Akvis has released Akvis AirBrush 2.5, available as a standalone program and as a plug-in for graphics editors. Available for Mac OS X and Windows, the software turns photos into airbrush paintings.

Version 2.5 adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to the social networks and services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, and Dropbox. It also enlarged the maximum size of the Quick Preview area which helps to adjust the parameters of the effect. Plus, AirBrush 2.5 adds: the possibility to reverse background and paint colors and a new interface theme.

The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC. Registered users of AirBrush can upgrade to version 2.5 for free. A full-featured free evaluation download of Akvis AirBrush is available at the product page (http://tinyurl.com/mffy3ek).

The software sells for US$49 for the Home version (...

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Sep 22
Macgo iPhone Cleaner ready for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite

Macgo International (http://www.macblurayplayer.com/) has announced the latest version of Macgo iPhone Cleaner for Mac. The upgrade is compatible with iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.

Macgo iPhone Cleaner was designed to scan and clean virtually every kind of junk files on your iOS device. was designed to scan and clean almost any kind of junk files on your iOS devices. It digs out all the useless files like temp, cache, cookie, off-line, corrupt and forgotten files, and other kinds of junk files.

Macgo is offering a special iPhone Cleaner discount for a limited time. You can buy it at US$19.99 (50% off) for a limited time.

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Sep 22
ET Smart Practice is new ear training practice app for the Mac

Adium Software has unveiled ET Smart Practice, a Mac-based aural practice tool for music students and musicians of all ages. It costs US$24.99, requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ktqbgf5).

It consists of 20 practice areas covering a variety of rhythm, melody, and harmony skills. At the heart of ET Smart Practice is the Intelligent Practice Engine, which tracks users' progress, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and automatically personalizes each practice session.

For example, a user having trouble recognizing certain intervals or chords, need only add "Interval Recognition" and "Chord Recognition" to the practice session. ET Smart Practice takes it from there, selecting questions that focus on these particular interval and chords, until they are no longer problematic.

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Sep 22
CryptoEdit For Mac OS X Revved To Version 2.0

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved CrytoEdit, a Mac OS X app for creating/editing "encrypted by default" documents, to version 2.0.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.

CryptoEdit can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) formats. It saves documents on disk always as encrypted and is designed as a solution for managing reserved documents with formatted text and images.

CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$3.99. It's available at the Mac App Store or directly from Tension Software.

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Sep 19
Logoist for Mac OS X gets group management feature, more

Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has updated Logoist, its vector drawing app, to version 2.0. The upgrade comes with a layer group management feature, Boolean operations, a vector export feature, a preset assistant, new filters, new presets and more.

Logoist 2 is designed for both home and professional users. Its interface provides access to features ranging from combined pixel and vector-based effects to group management tools, including arbitrary Boolean operations.

Logoist 2 costs US$14.99 and requires a Mac with OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later. It's compatible with the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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Sep 19
Punch-BD is new Mac compatible bass drum virtual instrument

Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer, Rob Papen Soundware, has released Punch-BD, a bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It's based around the BD module of the company's Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument and is designed to enable users to create the "biggest-sounding bass drums around."

Punch-BD lets you stack up to six bass drums. Its six sequentially-numbered BD pads can be divided across an external controller keyboard for performance purposes — in 6 Notes PLAY MODE (with the six "notes" repeated over the whole keyboard range) — or "simply" stacked — in Stack or Tuned Stack PLAY MODE (which follows the pitch of the keyboard) — to creatively construct bass drum sounds suited to any style of contemporary music production.

Punch-BD packs four FX processors 31 y FX types with several routing options. It can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide for $...

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Sep 19
HoudahGeo is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 4. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

HoudahGeo costs US$29 for a single-user license for new users. Version 4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Sep 19
IK Multimedia's T-RackS Custom Shop now features three...

IK Multimedia has added the EQ P50A, EQ P50B and EQ P60G to the T-RackS Custom Shop lineup (www.t-racks.com). With them in the mix, the Custom Shop now features over 30 virtual emulations of some of mixing and mastering gear.

The new additions come as a part of the latest version of T-RackS Custom Shop. They're virtual representations that let you take control of three classic modular EQs originally designed for custom mixing consoles that helped to define the bold "American Sound" of the late-'60s and '70s, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. With them, T-RackS Custom Shop continues to expand, offering producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to some of the most desirable compressors, EQs, limiters and effects of all time.

The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app. Once installed, it lets you browse, audition, and purchase from a collection of IK's high-quality...

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