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Nov 10
AppleXsoft File Recovery gets new wizard interface, more

AppleXsoft Software has cooked up a new version of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. Version 5.5.3.7 has a completely new wizard interface.

It also sports a reconstructed recovery engine, plus advanced tools such as SMART, Bad Block Diagnostics, Imaging tools, Disk Copy, E-Mail Recovery, Hex Viewer, and etc. The data recovery can be completely controlled due to flexible parameter settings.

The new version of the software sells for $99.95. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/l5z6xw8 .

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Nov 10
Power APP has released Disk Cleaner! with data analysis for Mac...

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.0 for OS X, a Mac app to clean the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.

It can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. Disk Cleaner! can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Nov 10
Noizio is ambient sound setting utility for Mac OS X

Noizio (http://www.noiz.io) has released its self-titled app for Mac OS X. The software is designed to drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand.

On the other hand, it can also set the mood for a romantic evening or lull you to sleep, according to the folks at Noizio. It sports an ambient sound equalizer for creating a mixture of ambient sounds.

Noizio comes with eight ambient sounds: Coffee Shop, Thunder, Rain, Fire Crackle, Crash of Waved, Gusts of Wind, Sunny Outdoors, and Crickets in the Night. It requires OS X 10.7 or later. Noizio is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

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Nov 10
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 5.1

Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its NAS operating system. According to CEO Alex Wang, some of the improvemnts include:

° Comprehensive security measures: Security Advisor analyses system settings, password strength, network preferences and removes known malware. In addition, AppArmor blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources, while packages can now be digitally signed to avoid any use of tampered executable.

° Increased productivity: Proxy Server speeds up Internet browsing while securing the network thanks to its various caching, filtering, and authentication options. File Station can now connect to a remote FTP or WebDAV server. The new CardDav servers allows contact synchronisation among compatible devices.

° More integrated cloud: Data can be synced with more public cloud including OneDrive, Box and hubiC. Cloud Sync and all Cloud Station’s client software allow users to select which...

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Nov 07
IDC confirms that Mac has 13% of U.S. market share

The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has confirmed its preliminary personal computer shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%.

Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo in April moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%. Rounding out the top five are Lenovo and Toshiba.

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Nov 07
Ring Menu for Mac touted as a Dock replacement

The Ring Menu application for Mac can now be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.

The menu can be easily customized using drag and drop to add new apps, files and folders or to reorder the current menu items, says its developer, Daniel Schroth. Ring Menu comes in six different colors to match any wallpaper and taste. It features a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor.

Ring Menu requires OS X 10.9 or later. It's free and available at athe Mac App Store in the...

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Nov 07
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets over 20 new features

CuteDJPro (http://www.cutedjpro.com/) has rolled the latest version (4.3.0) of CuteDJ, its DJ mixing software. The upgrade boasts over 20 new features.


The software is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's being offered at US$99.95 for a limited time.

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Nov 07
BatchOutput XLS revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and addresses some stability and performance issues.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 07
QuartzCode ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode 1.1 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), an update to its code generator tool for Mac OS X.

It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. Version 1.1 adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple's Swift programming language.

With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.

It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$69.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99).

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Nov 07
GhostReader for Mac OS X adds speech tags, automatic language...

ConvenienceWare has developed GhostReader 2.0, an update to the text-to-speech solution to read texts aloud on your Mac. Offering full playback control, zoom, a pronunciation editor and word highlighting, it can be used with a variety of text formats including PDF, Word, plain text and RTF documents and texts can be converted into audio files.

GhostReader is now available in two versions: GhostReader and GhostReader Plus. The Plus version adds speech tags and automatic language detection on top of the GhostReader feature set. Tags can be used to define each word, sentence or paragraph to have its own voice and speech characteristics.

GhostReader can be used with Apple's built-in voices, or with the Infovox iVox voices. Infovox iVox offers natural-sounding voices in over 30 languages, including children's voices and character and specialty voices for fun and humor.

GhostReader requires OS X 10.9 or later. GhostReader 2.0 and GhostReader Plus 2.0 are exclusively...

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Nov 06
Markzware releases MarkzTools for InDesign with special...

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released MarkzTools for InDesign, an InDesign plug-in that allows users to open a higher version of an InDesign document in a lower version.

For instance, an InDesign CS6 user of MarkzTools for InDesign can open an InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) or CC 2014 document. MarkzTools for InDesign takes the guesswork out of working with Adobe InDesign documents created in varying versions and releases. This includes InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, and CC 2014.
 
MarkzTools for InDesign requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and one of these Adobe InDesign host applications: Adobe InDesign CS6 Mac, Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Mac, or Adobe InDesign CS5 Mac. A Subscription Bundle is immediately available and entitles users to use MarkzTools for InDesign for a full year from the purchase date. Prior to the end of the year’s subscription, Markzware’s Loyalty Program will prompt users to...

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Nov 06
Apple takes action to deal with 'WireLurker' malware

A new malware attack called "WireLurker" has been revealed that affects iOS devices when paired with an infected OS X system. However, Apple has quickly responded to this threat by revoking developer identities for apps identified as being part of this malware scam, notes "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/lfhheu8).

Discovered by security researchers at Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is a trojan horse malware distributed through Chinese-based online app stores, as well as through re-packaged pirated applications distributed on underground networks, that takes advantage of Apple’s Enterprise Provisioning services for iOS to infect iOS systems. Once run on an OS X system, the malware will monitor any iOS device connected to an infected Mac with a USB cable, and will then install malicious applications onto the device. These programs will then attempt to steal data and sensitive information.

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Nov 06
Imagineer Systems releases mocha 4.1

Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) has shipped mocha Pro 4.1 and mocha Plus 4.1, updates of its tracking software for video production. A free update for existing mocha 4 users, version 4.1 adds a number of new features, including open spline mask export, spline warp export for NUKE, and support for OpenEXR 2.0.

mocha Pro 4.1 is now available on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with nodelocked or cross-platform, floating licensing options. The new version supports Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Avid|DS, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Flame, Smoke & Maya, Boris FX, Eyeon Fusion, HitFilm, Quantel, Maxon Cinema 4D, Red Giant Warp and The Foundry’s Nuke.

mocha Pro 4.1 is a free update for existing mocha Pro 4 users. Upgrades to mocha Pro 4 from previous versions are available starting at US$495. New users can purchase mocha Pro 4.1 on the Imagineer...

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Nov 06
Microsoft announces new Office apps for the iPhone

Microsoft has announced new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad and the ability for customers using these devices to create and edit Office content without a subscription.

Starting today, iPhone (and Android tablet) customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad have enjoyed, says John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. The company has announced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and updated Office for iPad apps.

What's more, customers on iPhone, iPad and Android can create and edit Office content without a subscription. The new Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available in 29 languages and 136 countries. The apps require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later. More information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mr7gnl6 .

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Nov 06
Max Secure updates its Mac Anti-Virus for WireLurker malware

Max Secure Software (http://maxmobisecure.com) has released a live update for its Mac AntiVirus to detect and clean the new WireLurker malware.

WireLurker infects iOS devices through trojanized Mac OS X apps and also infects non-jail broken iOS devices. Max Secure Malware research team has added multiple checks to detect the WireLurker malware. At Max Secure the AntiVirus apps for Mac and iOS are equipped to check and clean the WireLurker.

AntiVirus 1.0.9 is  available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Nov 06
Pixelmator Limestone is ready for OS Yosemite

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.3 Limestone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade offers complete OS X Yosemite feature and technology support and embraces new Continuity features as well as iCloud Drive support.

Support for OS X Extensions offers an advanced-technology Repair Tool in apps like Mail or TextEdit. You can now remove objects and repair images right in the app you are using, without even having to open Pixelmator. Just add your picture to the message or document and use the extension tool to enhance it.

Pixelmator 3.3 Sandstone requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99 for new users and is a free update for registered users.

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Nov 06
Precious Disk is new hard drive utility for Mac OS X

The Sovapps team has introduced Precious Disk 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/lltnnbq), a hard drive utility for Mac OS X. It scans your disks and folders and allows you to get more space by tracking and reviewing all your file content.

You can locate all your hidden files thanks to special filters. Before moving them to the trash, you can view them in the Finder or Quick Look.

Precious Disk requires OS X 10.8 or later and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Nov 06
Star Walk widget brings up-to-the-minute astronomy to iOS 8

Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has announced Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 7.0.4 for iOS. It's an upgrade to their augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.

Real time motion tracking tells you what stars are above you in the sky. The new version adds support for iOS 8 and a new widget that tells users about the upcoming visible celestial events, moon phase, time of sunset and more.

Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide requires iOS 6.0 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Education category. Star Walk for iPad - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide is also available for $2.99.

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Nov 05
MacMate puts Time Machine in the cloud

MacMate (http://www.macmate.me) has announced the addition of Time Machine backup to its cloud disk solution to enable cloud-based backup of entire Macs.

Users can use the cloud space using traditional methods and apps that support FTP, SFTP, WebDav and native AFP, allowing the customer to use the disk from a variety of their favorite apps. It's the only cloud backup solution that allows this and brings enterprise-level offsite backup capability to consumer and small businesses, says Gary Hall, CEO of MacMate.

Time Machine allows you to select multiple disks as your backup locations and incrementally backs up changed data every hour, alternating between the disks. Traditionally these needed to be either physically connected to the Mac or as AppleShares on the network. MacMate bridges this gap by creating a mounted disk that the OS sees as a physical disk.

MacMate recommends that users have a...

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Nov 05
Sonnet announces Thunderbolt Pro P2 Memory Card Reader

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced its US$299, single-slot P2 memory card reader with a Thunderbolt interface. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is a pocket-size device for videographers using Panasonic P2 HD and P2 VariCam camcorders.

It can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/second, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader connects to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable. The device is powered over the same connection.

Measuring 3.6 inches wide by 1 inch high by 4.5 inches deep, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is the smallest P2 reader available, Farnsworth says. The reader's shell is made from extruded aluminum, making it lightweight yet rugged enough to be transported in an equipment bag without fear of cracking the case, he adds.

The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader includes a...

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Nov 05
iWorm malware could still be a problem for some Macs

Apple's security technologies for Mac OS X may still miss iWorm, a piece of malware discovered in late September that infected thousands of computers, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/qxuhav8).

Apple released an update for its XProtect antivirus engine to detect iWorm, but the update only detects when iWorm's installer is launched, which is a one-time operation, according to Patrick Wardle, director of research with Synack, a computer security company based in Redwood City, California. It means that computers already infected with iWorm before the update would still be compromised, notes IDG.

iWorm, which is a backdoor that can steal data from a computer, infected more than 18,000 machines, according to security company Dr. Web (http://tinyurl.com/k42z9kh). It does not exploit any vulnerabilities...

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Nov 05
Telestream Wirecast 6.0 available for Mac OS X, Windows

Telestream has released Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its live streaming software for Mac OS X and Windows that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.

Version 6.0 "offers the capabilities of more expensive hardware solutions with the flexibility and affordability of a software application," says Barbara DeHart, vice president of Desktop Business at Telestream. The software is designed for broadcasting professional-looking live web shows, news, online gaming, sporting events, concerts, church services, corporate meetings, lectures and much more. With Wirecast, users can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as movies, images and sounds, and adding production features such as transitions, built-in titles, chroma key, virtual sets and live scoreboards.

The new Replay function in version 6.0 enables the capture and replay of clips during live...

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Nov 05
Magic Window brings views from Yosemite Park to your Mac

Magic Window - Yosemite National Park is a new app that brings timelapse views of Yosemite to your Mac desktop as motion wallpaper. It features 18 views from the park.

The views were all captured by the Jetson Creative team (http://jetsoncreative.com) over two weeks of hiking through the park specifically for this app. Views range from Half Dome to El Capitan.

Each wallpaper is made from over 1,000 individual images that are blended together and replayed slowly on the desktop. This creates the effect of the image slowly changing over time, as you'd experience looking out a window. The speed of playback can be adjusted.

For a limited time, Magic Window - Yosemite National Park requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is offered at the introductory price of US$2.99 at the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Nov 04
Digital Film Tools releases Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4...

Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/) says its Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4.0 plug-ins now support the OFX plug-in format. The Foundry’s Nuke visual effects software and Sony Vegas editing systems are qualified hosts.

Composite Suite Pro (pictured) features a collection of visual effects plug-ins that were previously only available in-house at a Hollywood feature film effects facility. It can be used to combine multiple images by using compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation, lens distortion, lighting effects and edge blending.

zMatte is a full-featured keyer that's the result of Digital Film Tools’ experience in creating hundreds of blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte lets you create mattes with minimal parameters, even when dealing with fine hair detail, smoke...

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Nov 04
Law firm investigating retail pharmacies for blocking Apple Pay

The law firm of Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe (www.schubertlawfirm.com) has launched an investigation into the conduct of retail pharmacies CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to block contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in their retail stores.

The firm is currently considering a potential class action to restore Apple Pay service at CVS and Rite Aid stores. CVS and Rite Aid have long allowed contactless payments at their retail stores, but less than one week after Apple deployed Apple Pay, the large retail pharmacy chains disabled those system to prohibit the payment method.

According to the New York Times, this decision was predicated on CVS and Rite Aid’s membership in the so-called Merchant Customer Exchange (“MCX”), which includes retail big-box stores like Walmart and Best Buy. Instead of allowing Apple Pay or Google Wallet, the MCX has developed its own...

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