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Mar 27
Song Buddy is a free, 'intelligent' music player for...

Wide Angle Software has given us Song Buddy, a free Mac version of its "intelligent" music player. Using digital fingerprinting technology, it lets you get more info on artists you're currently listening to and suggested similar artists that may appeal to you.

Song Buddy also lets you search for an artist by name. The app provides information about the artist's releases, including current and upcoming music, as well as concert dates and locations. The dat is updated daily.


Song Buddy is free and available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Go to www.wideanglesoftware.com for more info.

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Mar 27
Microsoft Office comes to the iPad

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Office for the iPad. They're free downloads at the Apple App Store — IF you have an Office 365 account.

Such subscribers — and more on Office 365, in a moment — can add an iPad as one of their selected devices included in the subscription benefits. Once done, they can use Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for the Apple tablet.

Microsoft says that Office for iPad brings full file fidelity across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. The apps "have a familiar look and feel that are unmistakably Office but are built from the ground up for iPad, according to Microsoft. You can find more info at http://tinyurl.com/l5y9b49 .

Office 365 (http://tinyurl.com/kcktwbx) costs: US$5 per user/month for small businesses (up to 25 users) and $15 per user/month for midsize businesses (up to 300 users...

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Mar 27
WD introduces Thunderbolt-powered, portable dual drive

Western Digital (WD) has unveiled the My Passport Pro. The company says it's the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered, dual drive solution.

It sports user-selectable RAID functionality without the need for power adapters or cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2TB or 4TB models with prices of, respectively, US$299.99 and $429.99.

Directly powered by the integrated Thunderbolt cable, the drive clocks in at speeds u to 233 MB/second. The user-selectable RAID function lets you choose data striping (RAID 0) for better performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy. Go to www.wd.com for more info.

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Mar 27
MCE ships 2TB internal hard drive upgrade for some Macs

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping its 2TB internal hard drive upgrade kit for the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini.

The US$199 upgrade kit consists of a 2TB, 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive designed to replace the computer's internal drive. An illustrated installation guide and a toolkit are included.

What's more, the MCE upgrade kit includes a portable, external USB 3.0 external enclosure to house the original internal hard drive, along with cloning software to ease the transition of your data to the new drive. Go to http://www.mcetech.com for more info.

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Mar 27
GX Gaming headset is now available in North America

GX Gaming has launched the US$99 Zabius gaming headset in North America. It's compatible with Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The Zabius sports 40mm drivers and a 10-foot long anti-tangle cable. An in-line controller allows gamers to switch between a Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, as well as adjust chat and volume settings.

The Zabius boasts a lightweight framing that the folks at GX Gaming say lowers its center of gravity to evenly distribute headset weight. The ear cup and headband cushions are lined with dynamic fibers designed for active head and sweat dissipation. Go to http://www.gx-gaming.com for more info.

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Mar 27
DEVONtechnologies revs all versions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote

 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its smart notebook app DEVONnote and bumps their version number to 2.7.4. The update brings interface, usability, and performance enhancements as well as bug fixes.

The upgrades are free and recommended for all users. All editions of DEVONthink also allow you to annotate PDFs with lines and arrows. Creation date and user name are automatically added to new annotations. If you need to share documents with friends by email, AirMail is now supported, too. Importing notebooks from Evernote skips already imported items. Copy still images from movies using the contextual menu.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they...

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Mar 27
PDF Converter for the Mac gets an update

Enolsoft has updated PDF Converter with OCR for Mac. This new version PDF converter enables users to convert PDF and images to Pages and Keynote on Mac.

It’s now a 15-in-1 PDF converting program that can transfer both native and scanned PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, Html, Pages, Keynote, Text, Epub, Rtfd and image formats.

PDF Converter requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available at the Enolsoft website (www.enolsoft.com) for US$79. A demo is available for download

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Mar 27
Waterfield releases CitySlicker case for the Jawbone Mini Jambox

WaterField Designs has introduced the CitySlicker Mini Jambox speaker case. It houses the Jawbone Mini Jambox and its cables in one pocket-sized case.

The interior is custom-sized with a soft, padded liner that cushions the Mini Jambox. A stretchable, semi-opaque back pocket holds the connector cable and charger, and a self-locking zipper keeps them secure.

The CitySlicker’s ballistic nylon exterior is designed to protect the Mini Jambox from accidental scuffs and keep the speaker looking new. At the bottom of the case, a loop lets users slide the Mini Jambox out of its cushioned cocoon.

The CitySlicker Mini Jambox Case is available exclusively from SFbags.com. 
It costs US$49 and is available in black ballistic nylon with a naturally-tanned leather flap in chocolate or grizzly brown.

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Mar 27
LiveCode 6.6 ships with Scaling and High DPI support on desktops

RunRev says LiveCode 6.6, an update of the cross platform app development environment, is now available. The release brings automatic scaling and handling of Retina display screens to desktops.

It also adds open SSL and encryption support for mobile platforms. Additionally, a new assert command has been implemented to help folks who write tests.

LiveCode is available in a free "community" edition and an US$500 commercial edition. It works with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. Go to www.livecode.com for more info.

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Mar 27
Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) can now clear Icon Services...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition). It's a maintenance release of the utility that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs.

Version 7.3 adds the ability to clear Icon Services caches and saved application states. It also adds an "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep" setting and an Utilities menu that offers quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants.

Cocktail 7.3 (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.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license. You can purchase it at the Maintain web site (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Mar 27
Native Instruments introduces Molekular

Native Instruments has released Molekular, a modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 or the free Reaktor 5 Player. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for sound manipulation.

Molekular's modular design allows for "an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers," according to the folks at Native Instruments. It's available now at the NI Online Shop for US$149. Go to www.native-instruments.com/molekular for more info.

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Mar 26
Remote FileMaker 13 Training Series course set for May

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 13 remotely in May. They say that remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work.

The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Since the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 13 has not been announced yet, the curriculum will come from the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 13 where necessary.

Class is held twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for 10 straight weeks starting May 6. The remote course is taught via GoToMeeting....

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Mar 26
BlinkMail launches as free download for Mac OS X

BlinkMail, a new app form Yam Labs, has launched as a free download for Mac OS X. The app allows you to go through your in-box using only your keyboard's arrow keys.

Just open your email client and you can customize the arrows to do whatever your want. You can set an arrow to delete the mail, archive it, reply to it, send it instantly to Evernote, shoot it over to Dropbox, place a label on the message, and more.

BlinkMail works with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and higher. A premium version is coming soon for US$19.99. It will include the ability to aadd multiple accounts, reminders, and Evernote integration. Go to http://www.blinkmailapp.com for more info.

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Mar 26
Siteimprove announces PDF document checking tool

iteimprove has unveiled their new PDF document scanning tool that allows users to test PDFs hosted on their websites for broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues.

The tool also helps ensure that hosted PDF documents are fully accessible to users with disabilities, highlighting issues and making recommendations for fixes, says Siteimprove CEO Torben Rytt. It automatically catalogues all PDF documents hosted on a given website, and tests them every five days for errors. Go to Siteimprove.com for more info and a free demo.

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Mar 26
Sonnet announces new rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro.

Along the lines of Sonnet's xMac mini Server for Mac minis, the xMac Pro Server mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2. It also provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

The xMac Pro Server has a suggested retail price of US$1,499 and is due June 2. The basic edition Mobile Rack Device has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. Go to www.sonnettech.com for more info.

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Mar 26
JAMF Software updates Casper Suite to version 9.3

JAMF Software has revved Casper Suite, its management tool for large-scale enterprise deployments of Apple products, to version 9.3. The app is designed to allow organizations set up Macs, iPads, and iPhones without IT having to touch the devices.


Casper Suite 9.3 adds: hands-free enrollment through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and better managed app distribution with the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP). It's a free update for all customers. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n8fesu6 for more info.

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Mar 26
Fragmentation remains an issue for Android developers

A high degree of fragmentation is a problem that Android app developers have had to deal with since day one. KitKat, the latest iteration of Google's dessert-themed Android updates was supposed to change that. It was designed to be more compatible with low-end devices in order to get it to more devices more quickly.

Thus far, it doesn't seem to have worked though: according to Mixpanel less than 10% of Android devices are currently running KitKat, which was released in October 2013. By contrast, iOS 7, released in late September has been adopted by 85% of iOS users and even iOS 7.1, released as late as March, has a significantly higher adoption rate (42.77%) than Android KitKat. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kp4gc2d for more info.

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Mar 26
4-bay Drobo storage system gets performance boost

Connected Data has released its latest 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution, which is company says is up to three times faster than the previous release.


It also sports USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X. Finally, Connected Data is introducing a customer loyalty discount program of US$50 off for all first and second generation Drobo customers.

The new 4-Bay Drobo has a new low price of $349 and a new architecture, which makes it speedier than its predecessors. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in case of disk drive failure, according to the folks at Connected Data. Go to www.drobostore.com for more info.

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Mar 26
ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2 for Mac OS X

ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2, an update of its scan software for Mac OS X. It sports a new driver, architecture optimizations, improved recognition of various texts, and higher PDF compression.

For example, there are built-in drivers for scanners from Canon and Fujitsu such as the Canon G-1100 and G-1130. The built-in OCR software in ExactScan Pro 2 can recognize the text in images and transform scans into editable, searchable documents.


ExactScan Pro 2 costs EUR 79.90; upgrades from the standard version to the pro version are 49.90 and from previous versions for 69.90. The app is available at the Mac App Store; go to http://exactcode.com for more info.

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Mar 25
Parallels survey: Macs now considered for broader corporate...

Parallels, which specializes in cross-platform solutions, has announced results of its commissioned survey of more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise.

The results are telling: almost half of businesses (45%) currently offer their employees Macs, and more than nine out of 10 businesses (95%) that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs. Macs are in high demand – and respondents who already support Macs shared the top reasons why:
 
° Eight out of 10 businesses (77%) say Macs are more reliable overall than Windows machines.

° Seven out of 10 (65%) say they are easier to support.

° Seven out of 10 (65%) say offering Macs would likely help attract employees (a very important factor given the competition for talent).
 
However, there are also barriers against bringing Macs onto corporate...

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Mar 25
Schedule announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2014

FileMaker, Inc., has announced schedule highlights of the FileMaker Developer Conference 2014, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.

"Business without Boundaries" is the theme of this 19th annual conference, which features three new tracks, several interactive panels, and a hackathon with FileMaker challenges. DevCon 2014 will be held July 28-31, 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 will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; exchange tips on developing solutions; learn new skills; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. Seven conference tracks are designed to help attendees learn how to remove the boundaries to running their business and create custom solutions with the FileMaker 13...

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Mar 25
einstein's legacy announces Monochrome 2.0.1 update for Mac...

einstein's legacy has announced Monochrome 2.0.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of an application for converting batches of color images to grayscale.

Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent-looking set of output images. The 2.0.1 update was re-engineered from the ground-up to provide faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, 30 new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images.

Monochrome 2.0.1 is available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Mar 24
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 9

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 9, an update of the package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective.

All BCC effects and presets can now be viewed in the new FX Browser window, which is integrated into every BCC filter or transition. The 200 filter collection for Boris Continuum Complete 9 includes 3D Objects, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, keys and mattes, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All filters take advantage of either Open CL, NVIDIA CUDA, multi-threading or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

Over 1,000 professionally designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. All presets can be viewed in the new FX Browser window. Custom...

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Mar 24
Unbabel is new online translation service

Unbabel is a new kind of online translation service that "provides human quality translation at one-fifth the going rate."

Unbabel also has released a REST-based API [application programming interface] with which companies can integrate translation directly into their workflow. The service says it currently has nearly 3,000 translators and are translating over 25,000 words per day for over 30 paying customers. Go to http://www.unbabel.com for more info.

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Mar 24
SMK-Link Electronics to introduce PadDock

SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced the US$169.99 PadDock Pivot Dual Arm Locking Table Stand for the iPad. It will debut at this wrk's Macworld/iWorld Expo.

The PadDock enables the deployment of iPads or other standard size 9 x 11-inch mobile tablets in schools, hospitals, retail stores and professional offices. the locking tablet cradle rotates 360 degrees for viewing in any orientation, while tilting through a 165 degree range to provide your best viewing angle.

The PadDock's special locking C-clamp desk mount is suitable for desktops, countertops and other surfaces 0.8 to 2.3 inch thick. You can lock it without holes, cables or adhesives. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kjkoj6g for more info.

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