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Jan 15
Apple settles complaint regarding kids' in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of US$32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent.

Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers before charging them for items sold in mobile apps. The FTC’s complaint alleges that Apple violated the FTC Act by failing to tell parents that by entering a password they were approving a single in-app purchase and also 15 minutes of additional unlimited purchases their children could make without further action by the parent. 

The complaint also alleges that Apple doesn't inform account holders that entering their password will open a 15-minute window in which children can incur unlimited charges with no further...

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Jan 15
The CPUG Network announces the Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network has announced that the Thirteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 8 in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and presentations will begin at 7 p.m.. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2014 Nab Show. Early bird tickets go on sale online on Feb. 4 for US$10.

The event's SuperMeet Digital Showcase will feature over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. on April 8 and continue until 11 p.m. For more info go to http://supermeet.com .

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Jan 15
Judge: 'anti-poaching' lawsuit may continue

Approximately 60,000 Silicon Valley workers to the thumbs up to pursue a lawsuit accusing Apple and other tech companies of conspiring to drive down pay by not poaching each other's staff, after a federal appeals court refused to let the defendants appeal a class certification order, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/md6m8en).

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has let stand an order by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to let the workers sue as a group, and pursue what the defendants said could exceed $9 billion of damages, the article adds. The case began in 2011 when five software engineers sued Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel and other firms over an alleged "overarching conspiracy" to suppress pay by agreeing not to recruit or hire each other's employees.

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Jan 15
IGC Software rings up version 5.0.4 of iBank for Mac OS X

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 5.0.4, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X. It's an incremental update with bug fixes and stability improvements.

iBank 5.0.4 costs USS$59.95. It's a free update for registered users of version 5.x. It's available at the IGC Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Jan 14
CineText Final Cut Pro X Titles released on FxFactory

FxFactory has introduced CineFlare CineText to its family of plugins. It's designed exclusively for use in Apple's Final Cut Pro X.

CineText is a tool for adding professional, animated text titles, The plugin comes with 20 different custom-made animated titles, each with its own quick-choose, drop down menu for selection between six screen positions.

CineText is located in the Titles browser of the program after download. Just drag and drop a chosen title onto your timeline and begin altering to suit your needs. CineText is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/cinetext/) for US$49.

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Jan 14
The latest in patent battles involving Apple

A new patent infringement lawsuit has been filed against Apple, while a second company is seeking to supplement a previous lawsuit.

Rembrandt IP Management affiliates Rembrandt Patent Innovations and Rembrandt Secure Computing have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the lawsuit capital of the world.

The patent in question (US Patent 6,185,678) covers systems and methods for secure booting and recovery in an electronic device. The Rembrandt companies claim Apple uses the technology in many of its products — including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — without permission.

Meanwhile, VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in its currently-pending patent infringement lawsuit.

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Jan 14
PrivacyScan for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.5, an update of the Mac privacy software. New features have been added to increase users privacy and make them aware of potential privacy threats that exist on their Mac. 

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome and Chromium users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.5 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.

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Jan 14
MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component available

Steven Cholerton has announced MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component for Xojo and REALStudio Developers to use within their own applications.

He says it allows developers to give their customers sophisticated data query functionality built into their application without having to write it themselves. With it users can connect to any SQLite or MySQL database. The Results Grid can be customized for font, size and line type. Export Results Data in Tab Delimited, CSV or JSON Formats.

The standard edition of DataViewer costs 50 GBP with the full source code edition available for 150 GBP. Email support is available for both editions of DataViewer. To download it click on http://tinyurl.com/kqhjlqj .

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Jan 14
Typinator 5.8 suggests matching snippets as you type

Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.8, a new version of their text expander. The upgrade lets you define a hotkey to instantly search for matching snippets while you're typing.

Typinator is a solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 5.8 offers new AppleEvents to enable third-party utilities to define new snippets, and offers improvements in the Registration window to avoid misunderstandings with correctly registered licenses.

Typinator 5.8 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be ordered at the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.8 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.

See the Ergonis web site for information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume...

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Jan 14
Troi Activator plug-in ready for FileMaker Pro 13

Here are the latest incremental updates for Mac OS X apps:

° Troi Automatisering has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.2. It adds compatibility with FileMaker Pro 13 and now runs in 64-bit.

Troi Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9).

Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.

Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as...

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Jan 13
TrackX Powered by mocha available for Final Cut Pro X


Imagineer Systems has released TrackX powered by mocha. The latest Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) plug-in to come out of the strategic partnership between Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, TrackX powered by mocha leverages the Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites.

It lets FCP X editors track and replace objects within a video, such as an image on a cell phone, TV screen or sign, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion. TrackX’s customizable parameters provide FCP X editors with controls to fine-tune translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion of text and video, eliminating the need to do manual keyframing. Designed to manage the most difficult tracking challenges, mocha technology stays locked on through shaky, grainy and motion-blurred video.

TrackX powered by mocha is available now and priced at US$99. Users who...

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Jan 13
ShopKeep, Griffin announce Mobile POS for small businesses

ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based point of sale platform designed by retailers for retailers, has announced ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app.

Designed for the iPod touch, ShopKeep Mobile features an encrypted credit card swiper and high speed laser barcode scanner to ring-up sales right from the showroom floor. Stores from clothing boutiques to specialty retailers can maximize revenue per square footage by removing their counter and providing customers with a better shopping experience, says Jason Richelson, founder and CEO, ShopKeep POS.

ShopKeep Mobile is in production beta. You can register your interest at www.shopkeep.com/mobile-pos .

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Jan 13
POP3it Pro plug-in for FileMaker Pro revved to version 4.1.14

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has presented an update (version 4.1.14) for POP3it Pro to fix a couple of bugs and bring in FileMaker Pro 13 compatibility.

POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. The plug-in also allows you to import email directly from the mailbox storage files of popular email clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Apple Mail. With the advanced plug-in architecture of FileMaker Pro 7 and above,

POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. For new users a single-user license costs US$65. A demo is available for download, and version 4.1.14 is a free update for registered users.

To use the Server Edition of POP3it Pro, you'll need to purchase at least a 10-user license. A 10-user license is $319.  

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Jan 13
MoneyWiz upgrade adds Mavericks support

SilverWiz Ltd. has announced MoneyWiz 1.5.2 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 50 improvements and is free for all existing customers.

Most notably, the update introduces Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks support and new cloud sync (via SYNCbits) which boosts performance and security. MoneyWiz is a complete personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://moneywizapp.com/mac/ for more info.

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Jan 13
Geo WPS for Mac OS X updated with new Refresh command

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Geo WPS, a Mac OS X geo-tracking app, to version 1.1. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command and a faster refresh at high zoom levels.

Geo WPS lets you track your geographic position using OS X Wi-Fi geo-tracking. It shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map that's updated live from the Internet.

Geo WPS can work with any Mac with Airport turned on (to detect correct location) and an available Internet connection (using any kind of connection). It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, costs US$2, and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Jan 10
OWC expands Helios PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis lineup

Other World Computing has debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line. It's a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with the all new Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.

Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards.

The original Mercury Helios is fast and flexible with throughput up to 10Gb/s, while the Helios 2 handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, and is the perfect solution to massively...

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Jan 10
Appeals court: Apple didn't violate Google patent

"Reuters" reports (http://tinyurl.com/meb9sr5) that an appeals court has ruled that Apple doesn't use use patented technology owned by Motorola Mobility, a Google unit, in making its iPhones.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission in April that Apple didn't violate a Google patent to make their smartphone. In 2010 Motorola Mobility accused Apple of infringing on six of its patents covering technology such as reducing signal noise and programming the device's touch screen so a user's head does not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone.

The ITC ruled in April 2013 that Apple did not violate any of the six. The appeals court addressed just one of the six patents.

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Jan 10
PDF Checkpoint improves PDF conversion to images with...

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.1, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X.

The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version improves PDF conversion to TIFF and PNG images with preserved transparency and addresses some issues related to output image resolution and size.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website for US$49.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). The 1.6.1 update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Jan 09
CES: Eye Tribe announces Eye Tracker for Mac OS X

The Eye Tribe announced The Eye Tracker for Mac OS X, the first eye tracker and SDK [software development kit] for the operating system, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's eye-tracking software that enables people to interact with technology just by looking at it.

Previously only available for Windows-based computers and tablets, the US$99 software is targeted at developers. The SDK allows for integration into applications and games for tablets, laptops and computers — and eventually smartphones.

The Eye Tribe software enables eye control on mobile devices and computers, allowing hands-free control of websites and apps, eye-activated login, enhanced gaming experiences, and cloud-based user engagement analytics, says Sune Alstrup Johansen, CEO and co-founder of The Eye Tribe. With the Tracker, users can manipulate their device purely with eye movement, or with a combination of eye tracking and other inputs like touch, responding to natural eye...

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Jan 09
Prosoft Engineering releases Picture Rescue 2 for Mac, PC

Prosoft Engineering has released Picture Rescue 2 for Mac and PC systems. It's digital picture and video recovery software.  

Picture Rescue 2, previously named Klix, has a new user interface designed to make it easy to recover digital photos and videos from accidental reformatting, deleting or card corruption. Enhanced previewing and displaying options as well as improvements to speed and performance have been made, says Greg Brewer, CEO at Prosoft Engineering.

Picture Rescue 2 is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com).

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Jan 09
CES: Matias launches ergonomic mechanical keyboard

Matias today announced the forthcoming release of its Ergo Pro Keyboard at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be available in Mac and PC versions for US$200.

"Equipped with our premium Quiet Click mechanical keyswitches, it delivers both comfort and speed, yet is quiet enough to use within earshot of other people," says Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. "These switches are MUCH quieter than the Cherry ones used in lesser mechanical keyboards," said Matias.

Featuring padded integrated palm supports, the keyboard can be used center tented nine degrees, negatively tilted 4.5 degrees, or flat. The two halves can also be spaced apart, up to a distance of 12 inches.

The Ergo Pro also sports an integrated 3-port USB 2.0 hub, media controls, and dedicated keys for Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo. You can pre-order now from matias.ca ; delivery is expect by August.

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Jan 09
New Citrix DesktopPlayer extends XenDesktop to MacBook users

Citrix has announced the availability of Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac, a client virtualization solution, which extends the benefits of the market-leading Citrix XenDesktop solution to mobile MacBook users.

It gives users the ability to work on their Windows virtual desktops in any network scenario — including over low-quality connections, congested Wi-Fi hotspots, and even when no connection is available. Using DesktopPlayer with XenDesktop enables users to switch between local and hosted virtual desktops with ongoing synchronization of personal profiles and data.

This allows users to work on their MacBook laptop, then switch to any other device to access their cloud-hosted virtual desktop. According to the folks at Citrix, end users gain freedom to work anywhere, independent of network conditions, and IT gains control with the ability to centrally-manage Windows virtual desktops delivered to either corporate or personally-owned "bring your own" (BYO) MacBooks.

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Jan 09
Apple, Samsung agree to mediation in smartphone patent battle

Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: Apple and Samsung have have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before Feb. 19 in their ongoing battle over smartphone patents, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/k559kh8).

The article says that Apple CEO Time Cook and Samsung CEO CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on Jan. 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read.

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 09
RE:Vision Effects announces DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects

RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. The software is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video.

DE:Flicker not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Plus, it minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects normally costs US$249.95. However, it's being offered at a special introductory price of US$199.95 through Jan. 31. Go to http://www.revisionfx.com/products/deflicker/ for more info.

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Jan 09
Date Time Calc for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc, a Mac OS X time calculation app, to version 2.0.

Date Time Calc is an application for calculating future and past dates by adding a date interval and calculating date difference between two assigned date. With version 2.0, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. At any time you can clean the log, resetting it.

Date Time Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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