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Dec 03
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 3

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

FAME has announced D-Cubes. It's a $1.99 puzzle game in which you must swap the colored cubes so that their sum equals the number of a silver cube and complete each face as fast as possible.

Residents of greater San Diego are invited to connect with their community through Rocket, a new social network for urban discovery from Team Rocket. With the free app, users can get photographic insights into what's happening in their city and where the best local hotspots are.

Liber Primus Games has launched Naborian Saga. It's a free, epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play. It's written by award winning novelist Francis Hora and Dr. Tom Pollak, a professional novelist and former editor of "Dragon," theDungeon’s and Dragon’s role playing game magazine.

Dreapp Studio has introduced AnaDraw. It's a free app for drawing anamorphic art.

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Dec 03
PCI Geomatics releases Python Scripts for use in Geomatica 2014 

PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has released customized Python scripts to be used in conjunction with the company’s latest release of Geomatica.

Geomatica 2014 offers support for scripting of processing algorithms in the Python language and is available as an alternative to Geomatica’s proprietary EASI scripting environment. Python Scripting also allows for customizable scripting to combine image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications.

A number of scripts on PCI Geomatics’ GitHub page are specifically designed for use in version 10.2.1 of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The scripts released today support Python 2.7 and are available, free of charge, at http://tinyurl.com/m548okj

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Dec 03
OWC ships 1TB Aura 6G SSD upgrade for MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC Aura SSD specifically developed for upgrading the capacity and speed of 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Display.

It delivers peak transfer rates up to 555/530 MB/s read/write for high-speed production, audio, film, photo and graphic workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC. It's engineered for the Mac, so no extra software or hacks is needed.

The Aura SSD is built for do-it-yourself installation and comes with step-by-step install videos. Also, you can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive.

OWC’s Aura SSDs for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012-Early 2013) are available in a variety of configurations. Go to http://tinyurl.com/myrw3e3 for more info.

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Dec 03
MacMate updates its cloud service packages

MacMate (http://www.macmate.me), a cloud service for Mac users, has announced three major updates and releases to their package: Web Builder Live, Wordpress M3, as well as increasing features across all the packages.

Along with the launch of Web Builder Live and Wordpress M3, MacMate have beefed up all three packages with extra features, and more cloud space. Web Builder Live is included free on all MacMate packages. Now everyone can create a free website. MacMate Lite now features: Web Builder Live, Galleries, Cloud disk, Email and Filesharing.

MacMate has also added Wordpress M3 to their premium MacMate Pro. WordPress M3 is a fully managed Wordpress solution.

MacMate Lite is the new free version. MacMate Classic costs US$5.75 per month, and MacMate Pro is $8.25per month.

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Dec 03
Apple working on ways to make the iPhone more shatter-proof

Apple may have invented an app, or at least a preventative measure that may eventually be built into future iPhones to make them more shatter-proof, notes MarketWatch.

The company has been granted a patent for a mechanism that will reorient the phone in a freefall, which may keep the glass in your iPhone from shattering or cracking, as well as shielding other electronic components such as the camera lens. Patent number 8,903,519 is for a “protective mechanism for an electronic device."


It would equip the iOS and OS X devices with a processor and a sensor in communication with the processor and a protective mechanism. The protective mechanism would “talk” with the processor and selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device. Additionally, the electronic device also includes an enclosure configured to at least partially enclose the processor and the sensor.

The patent was initially submitted to the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September...

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Dec 03
iPhone 6 sales put Apple on course for a record quarter

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://us.kantar.com), for the August, September and October, shows that the iPhone 6 launch has sent Apple’s share of British smartphone sales up 10.4 percentage points. Apple now accounts for 39.5% of British sales, its highest ever level.

Across Europe, Android sales still lead at 69.4% despite falling 2.5 percentage points. Apple’s iOS is up 5.7 percentage points to 20.7% thanks to the iPhone 6; Windows stands in third with 8.7% of the market.

"Apple has experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. In major European economies, the US and Australia, Apple’s share of sales has risen," says Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "This success is particularly evident in Great Britain where Apple now has its highest ever share of sales with 39.5...

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Dec 03
Bluetooth 4.2 specification announced

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification. Key updates in 4.2 improve privacy and increase speed, and a soon-to-be ratified profile will enable IP connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 opens up new opportunities for developers, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and the industry to build a better user experience for consumers while creating use cases never before imagined.

"Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity," says Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT [Internet of...

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Dec 03
Boom 2 for OS X ready for Yosemite

Global Delight has released Boom 2, an upgrade of the system-wide Mac audio app. The new version is especially for OS X Yosemite, comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to the type of Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls and audio effects.

Boom 2 introduces advanced equalizers with Frequency Constrain controls, audio personalization by customizing the sound output according to the Mac type, intelligent file audio boosting and system-wide volume boosting. It can also take advantage of Yosemite's Dark Mode.

Boom 2 costs US$14.99 and can be found at the Global Delight store (www.globaldelight.com). Students/educators get a a special discounted price of $9.99 while existing Boom 1.x users can upgrade to the latest Boom 2 at a discount of 50%. A free, seven- day trial and more can be experienced at the Global Delight website.

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Dec 03
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...

Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments.

All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres.

Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (...

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Dec 03
CS Odessa announces marketing infographics ConceptDraw Pro...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced an infographics addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is now available in the Business Infographics Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new Marketing Infographics Solution includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils that support many professional ways to show marketing data at a glance. The new section contains design infographics tools to illustrate business documents and presentations.

The ConceptDraw Marketing Infographics Solution is a paid add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10. The cost to purchase the infographics add-on is $25.

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Dec 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It offers improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure, updated Automator actions, and updated Help files.

Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) also adds compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera. Finally, it fixes compatibility issues with Boom.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website.

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Dec 02
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...

Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments.

All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres.

Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (...

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Dec 02
Arturia launches Arturia Sofware Center

Music software and hardware developer, Arturia, has introduced its all-new Arturia Software Center (ASC), an application designed to make accessing its software simpler.

It does away with USB dongle-based software protection and "call-and-response" activation routines for all Arturia software users. ASC allows them to register, activate, download, install, and update all of their instruments — those that they already own and those that they have just purchased — in one place.

To register a product, you simply open ASC and click on the Add Product button; it is then added to the main ASC page and automatically synced on up to five computers (with no restrictions). There users can clearly see any Arturia software products that they already own. Conversely, checking out any Arturia products that they have yet to purchase is always an absorbing user experience as well, which is exactly why these are also shown on the main ASC page — providing easy access to demo...

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Dec 02
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool.

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media.

Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store.

Xcode 6.1.1 includes software development kits for Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and iOS 8.1. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.

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Dec 02
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network scanner

Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface. 

Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast. 

When it comes to sending, Apollo’s touchscreen offers a variety of destinations including: cloud providers, email, FTP, mobile device, computer, network folder, USB drive — and even to multiple destinations simultaneously. The Plustek eScan A150 is available from authorized Plustek resellers and value added distributors, NewWave Technologies and Ingram Micro.

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Dec 02
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color workgroup...

Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and cost savings up to 40% lower than printing from color lasers, he adds. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups can take advantage of versatile media handling to print up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels.

The printers' cartridges allow you to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages....

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Dec 02
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video

Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks.

What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There's a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock's USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you...

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Dec 02
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards.

The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage.

Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, xMac Pro Server, or xMac mini Server.

The Tempo PCIe SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at...

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Dec 02
Periscope Pro updated with Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility

ZipZapMac has released Periscope Pro 2.3, an update of its video surveillance app for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Periscope Pro works with the Mac’s built-in camera, as well as third party cameras and IP-cameras. Just plug in a video camera, click when and where prompted, and you’re set.

Periscope Pro requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$19.99. For more info go to http://zipzapmac.com/PeriscopePro .

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Dec 01
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

DynamicDust has announced Pyro. It's a free augmented reality app that "lets you set the world on fire." Point your iOS device's camera to something you would like to be in flames, draw the fire with a finger on the screen, and you can "burn" everything around you.

Simon Peter Media has released Tap That Pic, a flash card app for preschoolers. Children can learn from many levels, including wild animals, vehicles, shapes, fish, and fruit. As well as aiding vocabulary, it's designed to help with memory and hand-eye coordination.Tap That Pic! 1.0 includes two categories. Free comes with four bundles with two more available for in-app purchase. The Animals & Colors Bundle, Fruit & Fish Bundle, Instruments & Vehicles Bundle and Wild Animals & Furniture Bundle are all $0.99 each.

Mezmedia Pte has introduced Bamba Farm. Designed for kids aged two...

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Dec 01
Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X adds disk space virtualization

The CleverFiles Team has released Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X. It adds Yosemite compatibility and disk space visualization to its suite of data recovery features.

Now users can rescue lost data, protect data from future loss, and easily identify files that are taking up too much space. In addition to space visualization, Disk Drill 2.4 also brings: full support for Mac OS X Yosemite Core Storage technology, the capability to preview files in a hex (binary data) view, and a new type of scanning algorithm called "Allocate existing file system data". More details on the new release can be found in the official project's knowledge base.

Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac is a free upgrade for all Free, Pro, Expert and Enterprise users of Disk Drill 2.x. Users will be prompted to upgrade upon launch of the program. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k6yalft for more info.

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Dec 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! to support Autodesk’s VRED

PipelineFX (pipelinefx.com) is bringing VRED batch render support to their flagship product, Qube!. With the ability to leverage real-time clusters for animation rendering, both automotive and industrial design users will experience greater efficiency while creating prototype and marketing materials, says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX.

As the first render management software to support VRED, Qube! offers an optimized path from trusted visualization package to the final frame, he adds. With API [application programming interface] support, users can write pre and post scripts that Qube! will automatically run during jobs.

This new capability began with an Autodesk request for VRED batch render support for two of North America’s largest auto manufacturers. Since many of PipelineFX’s automotive clients use VRED for real-time visualization and Qube! to manage Alias AutoStudio renders, an optimized solution for frame-based animations made a lot of sense, says Lewis....

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Dec 01
Worldwide smartphone market forecast to slow from a boil to a...

According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013.

Looking ahead, IDC (www.idc.com) expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period.

"The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be reflected in a race to the bottom when it comes to price. While premium phones aren't going anywhere, we are seeing...

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Dec 01
Antitrust lawsuit involving iTunes and DRM to go on trial this...

Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago. Still, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/l7vymkw).

In October U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Apple’s motion for summary judgment in a case that dates back to 2004 and involves the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

The class-action lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago by Thomas Slattery, who alleged that Apple violated federal antitrust laws and California's unfair competition law by requiring that customers use an iPod to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. Apple managed to have some claims struck from the complaint in 2005, but wasn't successful in having...

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Dec 01
Illuminado for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the lighting calculation app.

The new version lets you import drawings photometry from PDF files. There's a new dialogue for managing multiple lighting source selection, dimmable lighting sources, an optimized OpenGL view, and integration of Area Lighting Calc and Lightning Bulb Manager.

Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete.

Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$69.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.

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