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May 20
AppCode 3.0 offers more complete coding

JetBrains has announced the general availability of AppCode 3.0, a new release of their Objective-C IDE. It's designed to ease the everyday routine for Objective-C developers as they build apps for Apple devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

To help developers become more productive, AppCode tightly integrates with Apple's Xcode and focuses on code quality, convenient code navigation, smart code completion, on-the-fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions, and code refactorings. The latest release offers more complete coding and development experience, saving iOS developers from unnecessarily switching between IDEs, according to Anton Makeev, AppCode project manager.

It also adds an integrated UI Designer and a plugin for the Reveal tool (http://revealapp.com) to provide AppCode users with advanced tools for designing and debugging iOS applications. New code generation options for all the...

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May 20
Subtitle Studio is a new subtitling app for Mac OS X

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), a subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99.

To use you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.

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May 20
FirmTek ships the ThunderTek/PX2+2 storage solution

FirmTek (www.firmtek.com) is shipping the ThunderTek/PX2+2, a Thunderbolt storage solution that accommodates two high-speed 2.5-inch SSD, HDD, or SSHDs internally. It also provides two external eSATA ports for connecting external direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

The ThunderTek/PX2+2 is comprised of the ThunderTek/PX, FirmTek's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, and the SeriTek/6G2+2, FirmTek's storage adapter. The SeriTek/6G2+2 was designed to meet the needs of customers who wish to add an internal SSD. Up to two HDD, SSD or SSHD drives can be attached to the card, one on each side.

The card provides both power and 6G SATA connections. With each port featuring bandwidth over 500MB/s, the SeriTek/6G2+2 offers an option for adding high-performance 6G SSD to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac or Windows 8/8.1 computer.

The FirmTek ThunderTek/PX2+2 bundle is available now from FirmTek...

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May 20
WaterField Design announces Mac Pro Go Case

WaterField Design (wwww.sfbags.com) has rolled out the US$129 Go Case for the new Mac Pro. It's designed to protect the pro desktop and its accessories in transit.

The travel case is designed with video editors, traveling gamers, big power users and game developers in mind. The case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard, plus computer accessories such as a mouse, cables and power cord.

Enveloped in ballistic nylon, the Mac Pro Case cradles the computer with internal padding and a plush liner. A plastic plate protects the bottom of the Mac Pro. A removable pocket for accessories fits atop the computer inside the bag.

An Apple wireless keyboard slides into a front, scratch-free pocket. Carrying options include a nylon grab handle and a removable suspension shoulder strap. Two loops at the bottom of the case allow Mac Pro users to remove the computer from its bunker.

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May 20
'Early Bird' discount ends June 3 for FileMaker...

FileMaker says attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz), themed "Business without Boundaries," have until June 3 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save US$300 off registration.  

After June 3, the full conference fee of US$1,595 for the Standard Registration Package and US$2,195 for the Gold Registration Package applies. DevCon 2014, FileMaker’s 19th annual event, will be held July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.

Attendees can choose from a variety of sessions on user-centric design and development for mobile devices, FileMaker WebDirect, performance, security, relational design, in-house development, integration with trending technologies and other new FileMaker 13...

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May 20
Adobe announces Captivate 8

Adobe has announced Adobe Captivate 8 (http://tinyurl.com/npvaw63), the latest version of its eLearning authoring tool. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

The software is designed to reduce the learning curve by allowing trainers and educators to author once and deliver multi-screen responsive content without programming. Adobe Captivate 8 includes several new features such as location and gesture support, new customizable interactions, themes and smart shapes to create and deliver impactful mobile eLearning.

Updates from Captivate 7 and Captivate 6 (and earlier) are US$399 and $999, respectively. Captivate 8 is also available for US$19.99 per month for an annual subscription.

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May 20
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac OS X includes over 18 new...

ClearApp has updated Network Inventory Advisor, its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X, to version 4.2.

The software is designed to bring simplified automated network scanning to the Mac platform without the need of installing agent utilities on the computers you want to build reports for. Version 4.2 includes over 18 new features and improvements.

Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9). Version 4.2 is a free download for all users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is based on the number of nodes you need to audit.

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May 20
Disk Drill for Mac OS X improves Deep Scan feature

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2.386, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.

Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2.386, a free upgrade to current users, improves Deep Scan with a set of new known file signatures, polishes scanning results management, helps the app better handle Mac's sleep mode, and more.

Disk Drill is available in a free version and pro, expert, and enterprise versions. The last three cost US$89, $169, and $299, respectively.

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May 19
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...

The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.

Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.

Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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May 19
SplashID Safe for OS X, iOS revved to version 7.2.5

SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has rolled out SplashID Safe 7.2.5, an update to its password manager for Mac OS X and iOS that adds new security features. Version 7.2.5 delivers 2-factor authentication, a new Local Only option, and a way of securely sending records to colleagues or family members.

The 2-factor authentication feature feature requires an additional code to be entered when a SplashID Safe account is accessed for the first time from a computer, mobile device or browser. Once the additional code is confirmed, the second factor will no longer need to be entered when logging in from that device or browser.

You can download and try SplashID Safe free for 30 days. After this, you can choose one of three purchase options: one application for US$9.99, multiple SplashID Safe applications with WiFi sync for $29.99 (USD), or access to all SplashID Safe applications and SplashID Cloud...

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May 19
AT&T to buy DirecTV for $49 billion

AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion. The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mm2r8kt) says this is "a deal that would make it a major player in pay television and increase its clout with media companies at a time when video consumption is moving online."

The companies' board of directors approved the deal on Sunday. The agreement comes just three months after Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable.

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May 19
Beltone has announced Made for iPhone hearing aids

Beltone has announced the Beltone First, "Made for iPhone"hearing aids. They allow users to receive sound streamed directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Users can also tap into the iDevices' features from audio controls to communication with the Siri "personal assistant." A free Beltone HearPlus app recognizes the places an individual regularly visits and automatically applied the proper settings. The app's "Find my Hearing Aid" locates misplaced devices.

The Beltone First utilizes 2.4GHz technology. For more info go to the Beltone web site (www.beltone.com).

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May 19
RationalPlan for Mac OS X revved to version 4.8

Stand By Soft has announced RationalPlan 4.8 (www.rationalplan.com), an update to its project management suite for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Hungarian language, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and other features.

The main feature of RationalPlan is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process, says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. This upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the 4.8 release date.

Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying US$17.10 for the single license version and $29.40 for the multi-license version. For new users the cost is $57 and $98, respectively.

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May 17
Apple, Google to drop all patent lawsuits

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, the two companies said in a joint statement on Friday. They've also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.

However, they have NOT agreed to cross-license each other’s patents, notes the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/m88ru6t). Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility, which was subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal hasn't been finalized.

A lot of the lawsuits Apple has filed against other smartphone makers, including Samsung, involve Google’s Android operating system. The Friday announcement doesn't affect the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, however, notes the IDG News Service.

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May 16
Japanese court says Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple

A Japanese court has ruled Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, reports "NewsAsia" () The country's Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled that Samsung could claim 9.96 million yen (approximately $98,000) from its US arch-rival for use of Samsung's data transmission technology, found to have been used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The ruling amended a lower court decision in February last year that Samsung had failed to negotiate properly with Apple over the use of the technology. However, the high court says Samsung can claim damages from Apple "within what amounts to patent licence fees" for the two products, while rejecting the South Korean firm's demand for an injunction that would prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones.

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...

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May 16
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5 (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 the ability to change the Time Machine backup interval and the ability to disable Time Machine backups during Power Nap. It also adds a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts and contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure.

Cocktail 7.5 (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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May 16
Statiked for Mac OS X revved to version 1.0.1

Perleybrook Labs (www.perleybrook.com) has announced Statiked 1.0.1, an update to their static blog management application for the Mac. A native OS X application, Statiked allows users to create and edit posts in familiar editors such as BBEdit and TextMate. Supporting a MetaWeblog API, Statiked can publish blogs on Amazon S3 or Github.

There are no bash commands to remember and no databases to configure. The update 1.0.1 includes unicode URLs support, minor big fixes, and a more intuitive blog creation process.

Statiked 1.0.1 costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.

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May 15
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks) and iTunes 11.2. According to Apple, the former:

° Improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac;


° Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013);

° Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection;

° Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec;

° Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts;

° Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server;

° Improves reliability of network home directories;

° Improves stability when installing configuration profiles;

° Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups;

° And includes Safari 7.0.3.

iTunes 11.2 improves podcast browsing, according to Apple. The company says you can now:...

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May 15
IK Multimedia adds Wampler Pedals to Amplitude Custom Shop

IK Multimedia has announced, in cooperation with boutique stompbox effects manufacturer Wampler Pedals, the release of their top models in AmpliTube Custom Shop for Macs and PCs. These new models give guitar players new tools to sculpt their tones in their DAW.

The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives players access to analog and digital music gear. Once installed, it allows players to browse collections of gear models from manufacturers of gear including Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Gallien-Krueger, Dr. Z, Jet City, T-Rex, Zvex, and more, plus signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. Players can buy individual pieces of gear or entire collections using Custom Shop Gear Credits or currency.

To access the new gear models in the AmpliTube Custom Shop, users need to download AmpliTube version 3.13, which is also a free update for current AmpliTube owners, and is available for Mac/PC. The new models are...

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May 15
Apple still holds majority of tablet market, but ....

Apple still holds the majority of the tablet market. Between 2011 and 2012 Apples market share slipped below 50% of the first time, suggesting that fierce competition from rivals may finally topple Apple's dominance. The Visiongain research group (www.marketresearch.com) has determined that the value of the global tablet market in 2013 will reach US$53.6 billion.


Key among Apple's new rivals are Microsoft who is simultaneously trying to capture market share from Apple in both the smartphone and tablet spaces. By mimicking Apple's supply chain model Microsoft is making a clear bid for dominance in the tablet market, according to Visiongain.

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May 15
Hitman: Absolution—Elite Edition out for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Hitman: Absolution — Elite Editio, a stealth action game, is now out for the Mac.

Here's how the game is described: "Hitman Absolution - Elite Edition brings Io-Interactive’s legendary Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time and includes all previously released additional content for Hitman Absolution - including Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the standalone mission where players engineer a long-range hit, using only their sharp-shooting abilities to pull off audacious kills and cover their tracks.

"Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition also includes the critically-acclaimed 'Contracts' mode, a mission-creation mode where players can roam the story mode levels, assassinate targets of their choice by any means possible, then challenge other players to do the same by sharing contracts online."

Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition for the Mac will retail on the Mac App Store in North America for US$28.99. Prices may vary slightly for versions...

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May 15
Codewave releases MyTunes RSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X

Codewave Software (http://www.codewave.de) has released MyTunesRSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X. It's a personal media server that lets you access your music, movies, TV shows and photos with a simple browser, a DLNA enabled TV or other device.

Instead of uploading your media to a cloud service you keep it at home at no additional cost. In addition to the app being optimized to handle bigger media libraries, version 6.0.2 adds UPnP DLNA Media Server support.

MyTunes RSS requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs approximately US$21 . A 30-day demo is available for download.

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May 15
iStopMotion for Mac OS X now offers live view support for more...

iStopMotion 3.6 for Mac from Boinx Software (www.boinx.com) now offers live view support for DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. iStopMotion is a solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture.

The live preview with semi-transparent ghost image overlay allows animators to see their next shot and make even the tiniest of adjustments before capturing the frame. If your Canon or Nikon DSLR isn't supported, you can let Boinx know using the "Provide Feedback" command in the iStopMotion menu.

iStopMotion for the Mac is available on the Boinx website for 49.99 USD, or as a free update for existing version 3 customers. iStopMotion 3.6 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.

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May 15
Amazon's online sales dwarf the competition

According to data from e-commerce research firm Internet Retailer, Amazon remains miles ahead of the competition in the online retail space. In 2013, Amazon's online retail sales amounted to US$67.9 billion, more than the next nine largest e-retailers combined.

Surprisingly, the second largest player in the e-commerce game is not a large traditional retailer such as Wal-Mart or Staples, but Apple. The iPhone-maker reportedly sold goods and services worth $18.3 billion through its website, the App Store and the iTunes Store in the past year.

Amazon's increasingly dominant position in the e-commerce market is owed largely to the company's aggressive growth strategy. Under CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become known to reinvest most of its earnings, which is why the company has yet to turn a meaningful profit. The accompanying chart is courtesy of Statistica.com.

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May 14
D-Link ships new line of colorful routers

D-Link is now shipping a new line of AC750 Wi-Fi routers available in red, teal, black and white. Sporting a sleek, cylinder shape, they offer 802.11 wireless speeds and gigabit wired speeds.

Designed to eliminate Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, the AC750 Wi-Fi Routers feature dual-band technology enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band, says Daniel Kelley of D-Link. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.

The new line of D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Routers (DIR-818LW) is now for US$79.99 exclusively at Amazon.com through May. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/colorrouter.

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