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Apr 24
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets 4.9 maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9, a major maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users 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 introduces a major upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows LinkOptimizer to support latest advanced technologies and future system releases.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo isavailable for download. The 4.9 update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users.

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Apr 24
AutoMailer for OS X revved to version 2.1

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer, its app that lets you merge data from a database with email templates and send them to multiple addresses, to version 2.1.

The app lets you prepare and send an unlimited amount of emails with a single click. In version 2.1, the import function now has the ability to auto-detect the file encode format. There are new file encode formats for text file to import, nine accepted formats such as (UTF8, ASCII, UTF16, UTF32, OLD MAC OS 9) and others. There are also interface change and improvements.

AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$25 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 24
TS Calc for Mac OS X gets improved layout, interface

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Calc, a Mac OS X document-based application for solving mathematical models, to version 1.4. The upgrade sports an improved layout and interface, enhanced import features, and more.

A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. When the document is set up, the user can insert the input value and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations to solve the problem.

TS Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$15.

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Apr 24
Mobile is the new media star

A recent report published by eMarketer finds that time spent on digital media use among US adults surpassed time spent with TV for the first time in the last year. This trend is driven by the increasing proliferation of mobile devices in the United States.

In 2014, time spent on smartphones and tablets in the US will jump to 23.2%. Startlingly, mobile has become so popular that classical online media usage is shrinking since 2012. Today's chart is furnished by Statistica.com.

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Apr 23
TownCraft game comes to the Mac, iOS

Flat Earth Games has announced TownCraft, a crafting/building exploration game. It's available for the Mac at the Mac App Store, and for iDevices at the Apple App Store. The price is US$9.99 and $4.99, respectively.

Here's how the game is described: "TownCraft is a simple yet addictive building and crafting game that's easy to get into, non-violent, and engages one's desire to discover, create and explore. Set in medieval times, players are alone in the wilderness and must start a new town to become the toast of the kingdoms. Gamers begin by crafting the most basic of tools, tying a sharpened stone to a small piece of wood as a hatchet and, before long, their town will be teeming with travellers from all across the land. They'll buy wares at the local shops, come to check out the sights, have some food, and drink at the tavern players build. Fish, farm, forage, mine, mill, and explore the bizarre and distinctive world of TownCraft."


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Apr 23
Apple expands capital return program to over $130 billion

Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized another increase to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Apple expects to utilize a total of over US$130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar 2015. 

As part of the program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $90 billion from the $60 billion level announced last year. Apple expects to continue to utilize about $1 billion annually to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. 

Additionally, the Board has approved an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% and has declared a dividend of $3.29 per common share, payable on May 15, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 12, 2014. The company also plans to increase its dividend on an annual basis. With annual payments of $11 billion, Apple is among the largest dividend payers in the world.  

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Apr 23
Apple reports second quarter fiscal results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter that ended March 29. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3% compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press statement. “We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market.”

“We generated $13.5 billion in cash flow from operations and returned almost $21 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the March quarter,” said Chief...

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Apr 23
VisionTek announces mSATA mini enclosure

VisionTek Products has announced the VisionTek mSATA mini Enclosure. The USB 3.0 bus-powered device is a plug and play solution for re-tasking an existing mSATA Solid State Drive after upgrading the SSD in a notebook or for adding a new mSATA SSD to create a portable external drive.

Smaller than a business card and weighing 0.30 ounces, the mSATA mini Enclosure sports a USB 3.0/2.0 interface and a bus-powered design. An AC adapter isn't needed. It comes in a scratch-resistant aluminum housing.

The mSATA mini Enclosure works with Mac OS X and higher. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$29.99. Go to www.visiontekproducts.com for more info.

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Apr 23
Revi Charger is new battery, phone cable/charger

Revi Charger is a new, credit card-sized back-up battery and phone cable/charger. Its 2.5mm frame packs a 550 mAh battery.

About the thickness of two credit cards, the Revi Charger fits into a wallet. With its flexible, built-in cable design, there's no need to carry extra cables.

The Revi Charger can simultaneously charge its own battery and a smart phone when plugged into a USB port. It comes in micro USB and Lightning cable versions. It's available for pre-order at www.ReviCharger.com with pricing starting at US$25.

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Apr 23
Prong delivers power solution/case for the iPhone

Prong has announced the PWR Case for the iPhone 5/5s. It's a combination case and power solution.

The PWR Case includes a detachable backup battery and integrated plugs for charging in any outlet. The battery can be removed and recharged without any additional accessories while you still use your Apple smartphone in the inner, protective bumper.

The Prong PWR Case — available in black, white, blue-grey and white-pink — will ship this summer. The presage price is US$60. Go to www.prong.com for more info.

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Apr 23
Movavi introduces audio converter for OS X

Movavi has introduced Movavi Audio Converter for Mac OS X. It offers support for just about every type of music file, including Apple Audio and multi-channel tracks.

Movavi Audio Converter also provides encoding, editing, audio extraction from video, track merging, and more. It's designed specifically for music lovers and provides a toolkit for managing digital music collections.

A free seven-day trial version of Movavi Audio Converter is available at http://www.movavi.com/audioconvertermac. A non-activated version converts only a half of audio files. A lifetime license for personal use is US$39.99. The app is also available on the Mac App Store for a special price of $19.99.

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Apr 23
eMedia Music expands their Guitar Lab DVD series

eMedia Music, a publisher of music tutorial CDs and DVDs, will release three new titles in its Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs this month.

The 50 Essential Bebop Licks, 50 Soul Jazz Licks, and 50 Right Hand Techniques You Must Know DVDs will be available April 30. They'll cost US$24.95 each.


The Guitar Lab DVD series includes over 30 titles from beginner to advanced guitar and bass instruction. All feature Picture-in-Picture videos, a manual, standard notation, tab, Guitar Pro 6 files, practice rhythm tracks, and addition bonus material. Go to eMediaMusic.com for more info.

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Apr 23
CS Odessa announces baseball addition to ConceptDraw Solution...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 and greater. Introduced is a new set libraries that provide a complete baseball description solution.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO. The Baseball Solution includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show and demonstrate baseball strategy.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. It retails for US$199. It's also included in ConceptDraw Office v2, which retails for $499.

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Apr 23
onOne announces Perfect Photo Suite 8.5

onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, an update of its photo editor. It works as a plug-in with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, as well as a stand-alone app.

The app includes eight integrated applications, each one targeted to a specific phot-processing task. Version 8.5 includes speed and productivity enhancements to Perfect Photo Suite's Browse module, improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers.

Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 will be available in mid-May\. Existing owners of Perfect Photo Suite 8 are eligible for a free update. New users may purchase the Premium Edition for US$179.95 or the Lightroom & Aperture Edition for only $99.95. The Standard Edition, a standalone application, is available for $79.95.

Owners of earlier versions of the Perfect Photo Suite can upgrade to the Premium Edition for $99.95 or the Lightroom & Aperture Edition for $...

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Apr 23
Briefly 1.5 for Mac adds Color Sorting for Photos

Matthias Gansrigler has released an upgrade to Briefly, his photo/video app for Mac. The software takes photos and optional sound files as input from the user and creates still motion videos from them.

Version 1.5 can sort photos by color, resulting in a nice gradient effect in the video as well as support for more than one soundtrack or soundtrack looping, among other improvements, Gansrigler says. Also, the reduction of black borders can be disabled to show photos in their entirety.

Briefly is available exclusively on the Mac App Store for US$14.99. A 15-day demo can be downloaded from the Eternal Storms Software website (http://eternalstorms.at/).

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Apr 23
Barcode Basics for the Mac revved to version 2.0

Barcode Basics for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2. The app offers barcode creation features.

The later version adds additional codes (Code 39 and Code 128). The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.

Barcode Basics 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/n2eczys).

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Apr 22
Apple posts Security Update for Mac OS X

Apple has rolled out Security Update 2014-002 for Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. Apple says it improves security.

Security Update 2014-002 also includes Safari 7.0.3. You can obtain it via the Updates section of the Mac App Store.

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Apr 22
WaterField Design introduces 15-inch Rough Rider Leather...

WaterField Designs has added a 15-inch Rough Rider Leather Messenger bag to their line-up. After releasing the 13-inch version, the company says it had a "ton" of requests for a 15-inch model.

The Rough Rider is constructed of naturally tanned, full-grain leather. Its strap compresses bag contents to maintain a slim profile. The laptop bag rests against your body, helping ease back fatigue, says WaterField CEO Gary WaterField.

The main compartment can house a laptop, files, chargers and other necessities. There are two deep, waxed canvas pockets in the main compartment. Plus, there are two lined pockets under the flap for storing items like an iPhone or iPad mini.

The 15-inch Rough Rider Leather Messenger costs US$355; the 13-inched is $335. Go to www.sfbags.com for more info.

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Apr 22
Apple releases iOS 7.11, Apple TV update

Apple has posted iOS 7.1.1, a new version of its operating system for iDevices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

According to Apple, the upgrade improves Touch IDC fingerprint recognition, keyboard responsiveness, and resolves and issue with using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled. The updates is available by connecting your iDevice to your computer and updating via iTunes. Or you can go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Apple has also released Apple TV Update 6.11 for the second and third generations of the set-top device. The update is designed to maintain compatibility and interoperability with iOS 7.1.1. To download it go to you can go to Settings > General > Software Update > Update Software on your Apple TV.

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Apr 22
Duet lets you keep track of your iPhone

Innova Technology has released the Duet, a new Bluetooth device designed to help you keep track of your smartphone. It automatically alerts you when your phone gets outsides of a 32-foot range of the device.

The Duet is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It's a small tag that attaches to your keychain, bag, wallet — or slips into your pocket. You can also press a button on the device to ring your phone.

The Duet works both ways. Thanks to an app that you can download from the Apple App store, the Duet goes beyond a range of 32 feet from the phone that's with you, the phone will sound a notification that the Duet is missing. You can track up to ten Duets from one phone.


The device normally costs US$19. However, it's being offered at an "early bird" price of $17 for the first 200 buyers. Go to www.theduet.co for more info.

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Apr 22
The Internet won't save U.S. newspapers

Recently, the Newspaper Association of America published the advertising revenue of American newspapers for 2013. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are still dropping.

Daily and Sunday newspapers generated 17.3 billion U.S. dollars with print ads. That's an 8.6% decrease compared with the year before. Digital advertising saw a 1.5% upturn, reaching 3.42 billion U.S. dollars — not enough by far to close the gap with print. Today's chart is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/nyewtjc).

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Apr 22
TP-LINK announces N600 Entertainment Adapter

TP-LINK has announced the N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter (TL-WA890EA), which connects any Ethernet-enabled device to your wireless home network.

Providing 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency or 300Mbps on the 5.0GHz frequency, the TL-WA890EA has bandwidth for smooth HD video and music streaming and online gaming, according to the folks at TP-Link. It simultaneously connects up to four devices to your Wi-Fi network with the four built-in Fast Ethernet ports.

The TL-WA890EA has a built-in WPS button for the setup process. Users that prefer more customization may use its web-based management page. After setup, it will remain connected to your wireless network.

The N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter is now available at a manufacturer's retail price of US$59.99. Go to www.tp-link.com for more info.

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Apr 22
Apple to end .mac and .me AIM chatting in Snow Leopard June 30

If you're a long-time user of Apple’s cloud-based services, and have been using your Apple ID ending in mac.com or me.com to chat over the AIM network, starting June 30, you'll have to be running Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later, reports "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/m26vn4a).

When Apple introduced its .Mac and subsequent .Me cloud-based services, it included cross-compatibility with AOL’s AIM service. This meant that when using iChat, you could log in with your .mac or .me username and be able to connect with AIM users.

Apple says that (http://tinyurl.com/myjkjtk) to "ensure a secure and reliable experience," customers using a mac.com or me.com ID to login to the AIM service via iChat must upgrade their Mac to OS X version 10.7.2 or later by June 30 to continue using the AIM service. 

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Apr 22
Marketcircle releases Daylite 5 for the Mac, iPhone, iPad

Marketcircle has released Daylite 5 for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It's an update of the productivity and CRM app that helps small businesses management relationships and commitments all in one place.

Daylite 5 for Mac adds an Insight View, a new visual summary of your contacts, opportunities, and projects that allow you to see and explore your data. Its charts offer a new way to look at and interact with your data, as well as offering insight and helping answer questions about your business.


Timeline has been added to Daylite 5 for Mac to enhance the ability to review and access business relationships. You can see the duration of the relationship, as well as the amount of interaction over time. Plus, you can jump to a particular point in time to find a specific email or appointment.

Other new features in Daylite 5 for Mac include repeating tasks, folders in the sidebar, the ability to edit contact info from within Mail, and advanced filtering options.

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Apr 22
Malware campaign infecting jailbroke iPhones

A malware campaign is infecting jailbroken iPhones and iPads to steal Apple account credentials from SSL encrypted traffic, reports "Macworld." The threat was discovered after some users reported on Reddit hat they experienced crashes in some applications as a result of a mysterious MobileSubstrate add-on called Unflod, the article adds.

MobileSubstrate, now called Cydia Substrate, is a framework for jailbroken devices that allows developers to create modifications for iOS. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/l3mqwwq .

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