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May 14
Twelve South introduces the HoverBar 3 for iPads

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HoverBar 3, the next iteration of its flexible arm made exclusively for the Apple iPad.

Like its predecessor, the HoverBar 3 attaches to any ledge up to one inch thick in your home or office, allowing you to use your iPad hands-free. The third generation HoverBar includes three iPad Fit Clips to hold an iPad (second to fourth generations), iPad Air and iPad mini.

It also includes a display stand to use when your iPad is away from the flexible arm. The HoverBar 3 is available now for US$99.99.

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May 14
Vostok launches Taxonomy for quick file sorting

Vostok has announced Taxonomy for Mac OS X. The app is designed for quick file sorting and requires OS X 10.7 or higher.

Taxonomy is designed to help you sort documents, photos, and media. You can sort folders and store them in order. For example, you can sort photos into folders with names such as "Holiday in Franc," "Birthday Party," and more.

Taxonomy shows folder contents one by one in Quick Look mode, which allows you to view the file and the information about it. Double clicking on the file opens it in the standard editor application.


Taxonomy may be purchased on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. However, there's a special launch discount of 50% through May 24. A demo is also available for download at the Vostok web site (http://taxonomy.vostok-dev.com).

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May 14
Apple developer guidelines now available as an ebook

Apple has published its "iOS Human Interface Guidelines" for iOS 7 as a free ebook on the iBookstore. Previously, it was only available for registered Apple developers.

The book is designed to help developers "create a superlative user experience that's founded on Apple's design principles and guidelines." To view the book you must have have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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May 14
CS Odessa announces Ice Hockey Solution for ConceptDraw Solution...

CS Odessa has added new Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com). For use with ConceptDraw PRO (9.5 or later), the new Ice Hockey Solution comes the things you need to diagram strategies, starting positions, positioning, and penalties.

It's free and available to all current users of ConceptDraw PRO. It's designed to be useful for coaching, team management, and player education.

ConceptDraw PRO 9 is compatible with OSX (10.7 or later) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It retails for US$199 as a standalone application and is also available as part of ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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May 14
Cinematica 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple libraries, storyboards,...

 Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file.

With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2 is a complete rewrite, introducing such features as multiple libraries, storyboards and custom keywords.

Single user copies can be purchased for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.

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May 14
CS Odessa announces new site plan libraries in ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa has announced a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com) to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. CS Odessa has introduced a new set of libraries that provide a complete building-site planning solution.

The Building Site Plans Solution includes libraries that are tailored for Cafés & Restaurants, Gyms & Spas, and more general Site plans. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The Building Site Plan Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support complete building site layout plans. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for US$499.

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May 13
Apple updates Logic Pro X to version 10.0.7

Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.7, an update of its digital audio workstation. It now supports 24 processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models.

The current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks can now be inserted at the playhead position. Enabling Low Latency Mode no longer creates sync issues for Drummer, Ultrabeat, Native Instruments Machine and other plug-ins with integrated step sequencers

Automation can now be copied and pasted to any location using the Marquee tool. Logic Pro X 10.0.7 adds an option for MIDI volume and pan data to control the instrument plug-in instead of the channel strip. It also resolves several snap and alignment guide issues.

Logic Pro X 10.0.7 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It costs $199.99.

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May 13
New Magicard printer driver announced for Mac OS X

Ultra Electronics ID has rolled out a new printer driver that enables the use of Magicard ID card printers with Apple computers running Mac OS X. The driver gives Magicard users the ability to work with a wider variety of operating systems and software applications to issue identification credentials.

The new Mac OS X printer driver is Ultra ID's first software development built natively for Unix architecture operating systems. The driver extends Mac printing support to all current Magicard direct-to-card (DTC) printers including the Rio Pro, Enduro+, Pronto, Rio Pro Xtended and Rio Pro Secure models.

Features include full-color duplex card printing, support for magnetic-stripe and smart card encoding, and printing HoloKote watermarks. The Mac OS X printer driver for DTC Magicard printers is available for immediate download at http://support.ultramagicard.com.

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May 13
WaterField Design introduces the Outback Duffel

WaterField Designs has introduced the Outback Duffel for professional and recreational use. Constructed from waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with premium leather accents, the Duffel is available with one or two main compartments and in two sizes.

It sports flaps that open and shut with hidden magnets, waterproof zippers, and leather handles. The two-compartment model separates clean clothes from shoes and dirty clothes, and the one-compartment is sized for stacking folded shirts and sweaters neatly for a weekend trip.

The Outback functions as an executive workout duffel, an airline carry-on, or a weekender bag. Dual carry options further the Duffel’s utility. Leather-gripped handles are long enough to alternate between hand and shoulder, and a removable shoulder strap includes a sliding shoulder pad.

The Outback Duffel is available exclusively from SFbags.com. Prices range from US$239 to $279. Available colors are black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas...

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May 13
Autodesk introduces FBX Review for Mac OS X, iOS 7

Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has launched FBX Review for Mac OS X and iOS 7 at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store. The free standalone app gives professional artists and animators a lightweight tool to conduct detailed reviews of a wide range of 3D assets, including detailed 3D models, environments and character animations.
 
Artists can use FBX Review to view 3D assets with a full feature set, without using commercial 3D animation software. An artist working in Autodesk 3ds Max can send an animation file to anyone who has installed FBX Review, and the recipient will have a full menu of features with which to view the assets.
 
Support for ZIP files is designed to make asset review easier by supporting ZIP files containing both geometry and texture files. When opening the ZIP file FBX Review automatically assigns the textures.

FBX Review supports geometry cache playback, including...

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May 13
SpeedUp Mac races to version 3

Stellar Data Recovery (www.stellarinfo.com) has released SpeedUp Mac 3, an update to their performance optimization tool for Mac OS X. The software scans your machine and helps you remove unwanted files safely that are responsible for sluggish performance of your Mac.

Version 3 is more efficient and purportedly has the capability to boost your Mac's performance by up to 25%. It has received major user interface upgrades and is compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks.

A demo version of SpeedUp Mac is available. This version can remove unwanted applications, log files and system junk. To use all features, the full version can be purchased for US$29.

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May 13
Mergers shake up U.S. pay-TV market

AT&T is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal that could be worth US$50 billion. DirecTV would add roughly 20 million video subscribers to the 5.7 million that currently subscribe to AT&T's own U-Verse video service.

With a total of 26 million TV customers, the new entity would rival a Comcast and Time Warner Cable, whose planned merger is currently under investigation. Comcast and Time Warner Cable currently serve a combined total of 34 million customers, but Comcast has agreed to divest approximately 3.9 million video customers to Charter Communications in case the merger goes through.

Both deals would further consolidate the telecom and Pay-TV industry as more and more consumers are opting for so-called triple or quad play offers that combine telephone, broadband, TV and wireless services. The graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.

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May 13
LinkOptimizer 4.9.10 for InDesign lets you share process settings

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.10, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.

It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets you share processing settings between users by exporting and importing them directly from an application menu.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, 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 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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May 13
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.3, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and later.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

AppDelete 4.1.3 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.

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May 12
Hybrid Crystal Film now available

Power Support International says their Hybrid Crystal Film (http://tinyurl.com/ktrosbn), a screen protector for the iPhone 5s/5c/5, is now available at a retail price of US$24.95.

It's as strong and as scratch resistant as tempered glass including a glass and resin mixture, but is 35% thinner, flexible, and bendable, according to Power Support International Director Racy Heims. The hybrid formula emulates the bulk of tempered glass while maintaining the 9H scratch resistance rating, the highest rating in the industry for hardness, he added.

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May 12
XO Digital launches new digital music distribution platform

XO (www.xodigital.com), a provider of digital asset management solutions — has announces a digital music distribution service for artists. It charges US$2 per track or ringtone.

Once uploaded, XO Digital places an artist's content in a number of digital retailers. Users can sell their content to the iTunes Store, Amazon and more. Other digital retailers include Gracenote, Boinc, Digital Tunes, Mix Radio, Google Play, Rhapsody, Shazam, Spotify, Xbox Music, and more.

Users get to keep 100% of the rights to their content. The folks at XO Digital says there are no hidden fees or failed payouts.

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May 12
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.5.0 for Mac OS X

MOSO has released version 1.5.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X. It's a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.


Xmplify XML Editor provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.5.0 improves auto-completion and validation performance for documents with complex schemas, plus fixes and other improvements.

Xmplify costs US$59; volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.5.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.

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May 09
Autodesk Mudbox 2015 available as $10 monthly desktop...

Autodesk has announced that its Mudbox 2015 digital painting and 3D sculpting software is now available as a Desktop Subscription license for US$10 a month.

Mudbox helps artists customize high-quality 3D models for use in mobile and indie games and other 3D projects. The tool integrates into existing creative workflows.

For example, an artist can easily sculpt and texture 3D characters, creatures and objects in Mudbox, import them into Autodesk Maya LT 2015 (a 3D animation tool tailored for indie gamer makers) for additional customization, and then export the assets to Unity or other compatible game engines to complete the project. Go to http://www.autodesk.com/products/mudbox/ for more info.

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May 09
Toasty Unlocks debuts iCloud Unlock service

Toasty Unlocks, a mobile phone unlocker and jailbreaking service, has launched the iCloud Unlock and Removal Service (http://tinyurl.com/mgcpqaj) for the iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and all iPads.

The service is priced at US$95 and permanently removes the iCloud lock for iCloud-enabled devices via iTunes, with just a phone's IMEI number or the Serial Number of an iPad. Processing time is 10-15 business days to remove an iCloud lock on an iPhone or iPad, with batches submitted on Fridays. The iCloud unlock and removal service is currently in beta stage. The folks at Toasty Unlocks claims it has a 60-75% success rate for clean IMEIs (not blacklisted or barred.).

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May 09
Squirrels launches Slingshot, a 'share from anywhere'...

Squirrels has given us Slingshot (http://www.airsquirrels.com/slingshot/), an app that allows iOS screen sharing "anywhere in the world." It's a service-based application that allows users to share their iPad, iPhone, and iPod screens to anyone else in a Slingshot session. Mac and PC screens can also be shared and viewed by anyone in a session. 



While the service highlights mobile screen sharing, it includes online collaboration and meeting tools, too. Meeting Minutes allows anyone in a session to take collaborative notes in real time, and instant file sharing shares files with everyone in a session regardless of the device they're using. Video, audio and text chat are available across all devices, too.



Multiple monthly plan subscriptions are available; however, you can try Slingshot free for 30 days. The individual plan allows one-on-one collaboration and screen...

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May 09
Twitter suffers sell-off as lock-up expires

When a company goes public, early investors and company insiders are usually forbidden to sell their shares for a predetermined amount of time. When this so called lock-up period, usually 90 to 180 days long, expires and trading restrictions are removed, stocks typically fall as early investors are keen to cash in on their investments.

The latest company to suffer such a sell-off is Twitter. On Tuesday, the company's lock-up period expired and despite prior claims of major shareholders not to sell, the company's stock price dropped like a rock during Tuesday's trading. At the end of the day, the stock had slipped almost 18% to close at an all-time low of US$31.85.

No rule comes without exceptions though: In November 2012, when millions of Facebook shares became eligible for trading, many had expected the stock to take a nose dive after its rocky start to public trading. In the end the opposite happened: Facebook's shares climbed 12.6% marking the starting point of a...

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May 08
Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 available

Autodesk Smoke 2015 editing and effects software is now available. It adds new effects tools, 3D tracking, support for OS X Mavericks, support for the new Mac Pro and better interoperability with Final Cut Pro X. 

Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 comes in three flavors allowing editors and artists to pay by the month, the quarter or by the year. The price for monthly subscription is US$195; by committing to a one year subscription customers can save more than $500.

Smoke 2015 is now also available as a free 30-day trial. The Smoke Learning Channel has also been updated with more than 50 new free Getting Started tutorial videos. Go to http://autodesk.com/smoke for more info.

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May 08
Belkin launches QODE Thin Type keyboard for the iPad Air

Belkin has released the US$99.99 QODE Thin Type for iPad Air (http://tinyurl.com/n7pb4k8). The keyboard features smart sensing technology that automatically turns it on when it's opened and off when it's closed.


The QODE Thin Type also sports iOS-specific keys. It's made of anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum in a solid unibody design.

The QODE Thin Type features Belkin’s TruType technology for a typing experience similar to that of a full-sized laptop. The keyboard offers up to 79 hours of active battery life and pairs with a one-touch Bluetooth key.

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May 08
Appothecary introduces Stereo for Mac OS X

Appothecary has introduced Stereo, a "graphical iTunes" for Mac OS X. Designed for "music addicts, fanatics, mystics, junkies and the rest of us," it features an experience reminiscent of a vinyl record collection.

With Stereo, users can browse music nonlinearly to find what they want instantly and effortlessly. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

Stereo is offered at the special introductory price of US$3.99. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category. Go to http://appothecary.co/stereo/mac/ for more info.

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May 08
Padcaster Air turns your iPad Air into a video production studio


Padcaster is now shipping the Padcaster Air case, which transforms an iPad Air into an on-the-go video production studio. It's designed for both professional and amateur videographers.

The Padcaster Air is an aluminum frame with an urethane insert that holds the Apple tablet in place. The frame can also be used as a standalone DSRL cage.

Threaded holes lining the edges of the frame allow filmmakers to attach external mics, lights and other accessories. A standard -20 screw thread and locking pin design centered on the bottom of the Padcaster Air lets users connect it to a tripod, monopod or shoulder mount.

The Padcaster comes in versions for the iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generations, and iPad Air. It is now available online (http://thepadcaster.com/) for US$149 (the original Padcaster) or $159 (the Padcaster Air). There's also a $99 version for an iPad mini.

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