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Apr 16
Typinator for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.9, a new maintenance update for its text expander. It incorporates several minor bug fixes and improves compatibility with certain third-party applications like Aperture, MacGiro, Mellel, and others.

Typinator 5.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer and is compatible with OS X Mavericks. It's available on the Ergonis Software website (https://store.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.9 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5.

Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. All customers who purchase an upgrade or new license of Typinator now, will get the next major version 6 (and all subsequent 6.x updates) for free.

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Apr 15
Twelve South introduces a hardwood MacBook stand

Twelve South ash introduced the US$79.99 BookArc möd, its first product created in wood. It's a hardwood version of the company's BookArc stand.



The stand is compatible with all current MacBook models and is available in three finished: birch, walnut, and espresso. It's available now; go to http://bit.ly/1t5Je0Sfor more info.

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Apr 15
Adesso releases Scissor-Switch Keyboard

Adesso has released the Campagno Air Bluetooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard with Folio Case for the iPad Air. It costs US$7.99.

The slim Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard includes a standard, 64-day layout with iPad and multimedia hot keys that allow you to access shortcuts for the Apple tablet with one touch. The scissor-switch keys purportedly provide the same tactile feel as that of a laptop. The microfiber folio case is designed to offer protection from minor bumps and scratches.

The Campagno Air Bluetooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard with Folio Case for the iPad Air is available at retail stores including Micro Center, Fry's, Staples, BestBuy, and CompUSA, as well as online at Amazon, Buy.com, CDW, MacMall, Newegg, and Tiger Direct. It's also available at Adesso's own online store (www.adesso.com).

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Apr 15
Corning announces availability of USB 3.0 optical cables by...

Corning has announced the availability of its USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning , capable of sending up to five 5 gigabits per second of data at distances up to 30 meters. Compatible with most USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, the cables extend data transmission beyond the 3-meter limitation of comparable copper cable.

The USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are up to 50 percent thinner and up to 80 percent lighter than comparable copper cables. With a "zero-bend" radius, they can withstand bending, squeezing, and tangling without damage or loss of function, making them ideal for routing through the harsh environment of a crowded workspace, says Bernhard Deutsch, vice president, product line management, Optical Connectivity Solutions for Corning Optical Communications

USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning currently come in lengths of 10 meters with "A-to-receptacle-A" connectors for maximum flexibility to connect devices with different USB connector form factors, such as B or Micro B...

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Apr 15
Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine available for all Unreal Engine...

Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine is coming to one of the gaming world’s favorite development platforms. With a full integration into Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), Substance Engine is designed to make the creation of next-gen textures a seamless experience for even the most ambitious of game developers.

No purchase is required. It's a free plugin available for all Unreal Engine 4 developers.

Allegorithmic's past successful integration efforts include the full source Unreal Engine 3 and its free version, the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), as well as platforms in the mobile space, and consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"Unreal Engine 4 is going to help the game industry transition to a Physically Based Rendering world," says Dr. Sébastien Deguy, Founder and CEO of Allegorithmic. "Game developer tools and pipelines have to adapt to this new paradigm which has become a requirement to upscale visual quality. Our physically based workflow in UE4 will finally give...

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Apr 15
Google heavily outspends tech rivals on lobbying

Google, the company who's famous mantra is "Don't be evil", has grown to become one of the largest spenders on lobbying in the United States. Once surely considered "evil" by the company's idealistic founders, lobbying has become essential to the search giant, that has repeatedly been subject to antitrust allegations.

In 2013, the company spent a total of US$15.8 million on lobbying, making Google the fifth largest corporate lobbying spender in Washington D.C. The accompanying graphic is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l8eun6m).

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Apr 15
Pioneer CarPlay systems to debut this summer

Pioneer Corp. has announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the safer way to use an iPhone in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes RadioSM. For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

"Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the...

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Apr 15
Slots Talke for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Vasilek Games has announced Slots Tale 1.3.1, an update of their slot game for Mac OS X. It's a free casino game based on myths and legends.

Version 1.3.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Slots Tale requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available free at the Mac App Store. Go to http://vasilek-games.com for more info.

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Apr 14
PARAT Solutions rolls out new charge/sync transport case

PARAT Solutions has introduced a compact tablet charge/sync transport case designed especially for education, corporate training, conferences and other mobile device-sharing applications.


The InSync C452 is an universal transport case for transporting, securing, charging and syncing content for up to 10 tablet devices (iOS or Android) with up to a 10.2-inch display. The interior sports surface-mounted connection ports for each device, so you can charge and sync devices using your own USB cables.

The supplied USB 2.0 cable connects to a host computer to sync content onto the devices using iTunes or (Mac only) Apple Configurator. The case's lid can be locked with a key, even though it allows devices to be charged with the lid closed.


The InSync C452 costs US$1,499. For more info go to paratsolutions.com.

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Apr 14
Theme Inn launches iOS version of Bundle for MS Office

Theme Inn has expanded its productivity templates with the release of the iOS version of Bundles for Microsoft Office. It requires iOS 6.1 or later.

The new pack of designs is designed to complement the newly released Microsoft Office Mobile with 200 assorted designs for Word, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet designs for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint.

Bundler for MS Office costs US$10.99 and is available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Go to www.themeinn.com for more info.

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Apr 14
Twin Moons game free for Mac OS X, iOS this week

From April 14th to the 20th, G5 will make Twin Moons, a hidden object adventure game, available for free for Mac, iOS, and Google Play platforms.

The game involves you in the story of a talented scientist who worked on a secure mission to open the Half World and give people divine powers. You get to device if characters get immortality or not. Go to http://www.g5e.com/corporate/about for more info.

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Apr 14
Sinisa Drpa introduces Effect Stack for Mac OS X

Sinisa Drpa has introduced Effect Stack, a non-destructive image editor for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later and costs US$9.99.

Effect Stack allows users to chain multiple image filters. It offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used.

The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images. Effect Stack supports all image formats supported by OS X. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n838vwj for more info.

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Apr 14
RESTfm 3 released for FileMaker Server

FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty, has launched RESTfm version 3, the latest update for their RESTful Web Services product for FileMaker Server.

RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data with a RESTful Web Service API [appliation programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Version 3 is updated for FileMaker Server 13 and Mac OS X 10.9, as well as adding exciting new functionality.

RESTfm is available for US$699 for a single FileMaker server license. Other licensing options, education and not for profit pricing is available on request. Upgrades are available for just $199 from previous versions. Demonstrations of RESTfm functionality are available on the RESTfm website (http://www.goya.com.au/), including an open source jQuery site built with RESTfm as the back end data source.

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Apr 11
Has the PC industry bottomed out?

According to data released by Gartner this week, global PC shipments declined by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2014. While a few years ago, this number would have been considered catastropic, now it's actually good news. As a matter of fact, it's the smallest decline the PC industry has suffered since early 2012.

According to Gartner, the end of Windows XP support in early April has boosted replacement buys and could continue to do so in the current quarter. While it's unlikely that PC sales will suddenly start growing again, the trend of the past few quarters suggests that the industry may finally have bottomed out and sales might stabilize around the current level. The graph is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l9eogdr).

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Apr 11
Apple updates Xcode developer tool to version 5.1.1

Apple has served up an update (version 5.1.1) to its free Xcode developer tool for OS X and iOS for iOS and OS X. The upgrade includes software development kits for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.

Xcode is designed to make it easy for developer to analyze their code, monitor performance, and test their apps, Xcode 5.1.1 is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.8.4 or higher.

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Apr 11
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.8.13, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version improves the app's startup process and ensures that LinkOptimizer menu in InDesign can be created when multiple versions of InDesign are open.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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Apr 11
Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for Retina...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds Retina support and OS X 10.9.3 compatibility. It also improves application launch time, adds ability to change default screenshot filename and ability to remove date and timestamp from screenshot filenames.

Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Apr 10
Microlab announces wireless speaker/subwoofer system

Microlab has announced the FC60BT HA audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System, featuring the company's patented HC2D Technology, a subwoofer, and two stereo satellite SQ speakers.

The system serves up 105-watt output with EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound, a 360 degree remote control, and white acrylic styling. The speakers are "clear, see-through" models, and the subwoofer has a Lycosa mirrored design. The remote controls on/off, input choice (Bluetooth, NFC, or optical), volume, bass, pause/stop, and track selection.

Priced at US$449, the Microlab FC60BT will be available next month. For more info go to http://www.microlab.com .

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Apr 10
Macware releases Alphabet Art + Numbers Pack

Macware has released Alphabet Art + Numbers, a graphic content pack for Mac and Windows systems. It's filled with over 2,000 PNG images.

Alphabet Art + Numbers features a variety of images based on every letter of the alphabet and every number. The royalty-free images can be used for any project with no restrictions.

For a limited time, Macware is offering the pack for US$4.99; that's 75% off the retail price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mbmjve5 for more info.

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Apr 10
Gomo now available at the Mac App Store

Fishcow Studio and Daedalic Entertainment have teamed up for Gomo, a point and click adventure game. It costs US$7.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how Gomo is described: "Gomo is a hand-drawn exploration-game, featuring its very own art style. Players take control of Gomo, who's out to rescue his dog Dingo from an alien abduction. A great adventure awaits Gomo and the player, as they point, click and puzzle their way through the comic-style world.

"There are many obstacles to face and overcome with creative solutions, like, for example, a self-made balloon. Gomo's world is also full of secrets, waiting to be discovered. The game is about gameplay and problem solving, focusing on puzzles and exploration in a visually unique world."

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Apr 10
Demigods comes to the Mac

Realore has released Demigods (Premium) 1.0, a resource management game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Demigods takes players on an exciting journey through the ancient world. This time players will be able to visit Greece. In Realore's latest casual strategy title players meet with a trio of heroes: beautiful and clever Leada, mighty Protus and nimble Adoris. Upon the call of the god of the Ocean they embark on a quest to help the titans who hold the sky on their shoulders.

"It turns out someone tries to sabotage the giants' noble mission. In their journey three brave heroes will visit amazing landmarks of the ancient world, encounter beautiful mythical creatures and make friends with gods themselves. In Demigids players control three very different characters. Each of them has unique special abilities. When cleverly used these magical skills synergise and ease players' progress...

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Apr 10
These countries are the most eager for Google's user data

Google released its latest Transparency Report this week, in which the company discloses how many user data requests it received from law enforcement agencies around the world.

U.S. government agencies are by far the most eager for Google's user data. In 2013, they filed 21,492 requests with Google, 83% of which the search giant at least partially complied with. Today's chart is furnished by Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/m9qstwa).

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Apr 10
Insights for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

KnowledgeMiner Software (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu) has released Insights 3.1, it's data mining app for Mac OS X (10.7 or later).

The upgrade adds auto-updating of models for forecasting of market prices, market demand, sales figures, or energy load. Users now can run simulations on historical data stored in Excel for backtesting or use it on real-time data for continuous forecasting of processes several steps ahead. All results are reported and stored in Excel for further use or workflow integration.

Insights 3.1 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website. Insights 3.1 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.

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Apr 10
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.50 for Mac OS X

Scorpion Research (http://www.scorpionresearch.com) has announced Scorpion BarCode 2.50, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X. Scorpion

BarCode helps you create and print major barcode symbologies in EPS or PDF file formats. You can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build scripted solutions. Version 2.50 is designed for OS X 10.9 Mavericks but works with OS X 10.6 or later.

Scorpion BarCode 2.50 costs US$165 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 09
HEX announces the Hayward Collection of bags, cases

HEX has released the Hayward Collection of bags, cases, and carry-alls. The collection features a water resistant, premium waxed canvas outer shell in an "earthy" horizontal stripe combined with coated canvas and genuine leather trims, says HEX co-founder Dan Maravilla.

The Hayward Collection features bags, cases and more for the iPhone 5/5s, iPad mini, iPad Air, and laptops. Prices range from US$34.95 to $99.95. Go to www.shophex.com for more info.

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