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Jan 14
Public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 available

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4. Corresponding developer betas were released earlier this week. They’re available to those registered in Apple's Beta Software Program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).

The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

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Jan 14
Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war.

“On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare,...

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Jan 14
Excel Software rolls out RbApp 4.0 for Xojo programmers

Excel Software has introduced RbApp 4.0 for Xojo  programmers. These pure Xojo code components require no plugins.  

RbApp is used to build Mac or Windows desktop applications with Xojo 2013, 2014, 2015 or later.  It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications including both Carbon and Cocoa frameworks.

RbApp 4.0 adds new enhancements to the RbGrid and RbChart components to create flexible programmatic or human controlled grids, tables, charts and graphs.  The RbGrid component adds cell range selection properties and methods to easily implement copy, paste, undo and other functions across a range of cells.

RbChart lets users create dynamic charts and graphs from programmatically controlled definition and data files. A new area bar chart was added to the supported chart types as of version 4.0. Charts can be resizable with programmatic control over variables, axis values, colors, fonts, styles, keys and other presentation parameters. RbApp 4.0 adds new source...

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Jan 14
MailButler assistant for Apple Mail coming Jan. 18

Feingeist Software says MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler/), a new Apple Mail assistant, will be released on Jan. 18. It’s designed for both business and private purposes. Pricing and system requirements haven’t been announced.

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.

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Jan 13
Markzware releases MarkzTools2 for Mac

Markzware (www.markzware.com), a developer of data conversion software and desktop publishing tools, has released MarkzTools2. This new technology converts Adobe InDesign (INDD) files to IDML, using a stand-alone application.

MarkzTools2 features include: the ability to batch convert InDesign files into IDML files, the ability to create low resolution image previews, so users do not have to look at gray tinted place holder boxes, and the ability to display the version of a selected InDesign file. All these features are available without requiring Adobe InDesign to be present on the user’s computer.

MarkzTools2 conversion software is a Mac-only application and runs under Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. AnIinternet connection is required to activate the application.

MarkzTools2 is available as part of the MarkzTools Annual Subscription Bundle, which retails for $149/ year. This bundle also contains...

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Jan 13
SecureMac Launches MacScan 3

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users.

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

MacScan 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for $49.99/year. Each MacScan subscription includes protection against the latest malware threats, automatic cleaning of blacklisted tracking cookies, product updates, knowledge base access, online tech support, and security advisory notifications.

A 30-day trial of MacScan 3 is available for download directly from SecureMac (http://tinyurl.com/jgbpjcv). Existing MacScan users may be eligible for discounted pricing, including free upgrades for those who...

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Jan 13
Fixstars launches 10TB and 13TB SSDs

Fixstars Corp. (http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/) has launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which the company says is the world's largest SSD with 13TB of capacity. Starting today, Fixstars is accepting orders; the drives are expected to ship to US customers in late February.

The SSD-13000M and SSD-10000M are equipped with Fixstars' proprietary SSD controller, which enables the fast, sustainable I/O performance (read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s) throughout the lifetime of the SSD, according to CEO Satoshi Miki. The combination of such high performance and enterprise-grade reliability is e highly sought after in applications such as object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX productions, 4K/8K video processing and various other use cases in which steady sequential access is critical, he adds...

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Jan 13
Seagate unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive

Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD): the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD.

It provides maximum storage capacity for easy system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, says Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD, he adds.

What’s more, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms to help cloud data center managers manage the increasing volume of data more quickly, he adds. It features Seagate’s PowerChoice technology, which helps manage and reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling...

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Jan 13
Keith McMillen Instruments releases K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments has released K-MIX, a Mac OS X compatible, next-generation audio interface and programmable mixer for studio and stage.

The USB bus-powered K-MIX is a go-anywhere, fully-programmable mixer that features flexible routing, per-channel DSP (Digital Signal Processing) — three-band, semi-parametric EQ, compressor/limiter, gate, master reverb (with individual sends per channel), and surround (Quadraphonic, 5.1, 7.1, and Octophonic) output — and can also function without a computer, courtesy of the included USB power supply (with international convertor blades).

The K-MIX has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$599.99 and is available to purchase from any authorized Keith McMillen Instruments dealer or directly from Keith McMillen Instruments(http://www.keithmcmillen.com/shop/).

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Jan 12
Avenza Launches PDF Maps Affiliate Program

Avenza Systems, a developer of cartographic software—such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop—has launched an affiliate program for PDF Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile map app.

Any retailer or business, including both online and physical stores, blogs, portals and information sites, can earn revenue by promoting and selling maps directly to its customers using affiliate links on websites or by using signage with QR codes. Each map sale conducted in this manner will earn the affiliate a share of the revenue.
 
The PDF Maps Affiliate program is free to join with no application or setup fees or ongoing costs. Existing PDF Maps Store vendors can opt-in to the affiliate program and earn commission in addition to their normal revenue share.

Retailers and businesses interested in joining the affiliate program can sign up for free and can get in contact with the PDF Maps team at...

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Jan 12
Philosophy of Scripting FileMaker 14 remote training courses...

FileMaker author John Mark Osborne announces that he’s teaching his intermediate and advanced scripting courses titled the Philosophy of Scripting. These two courses will be taught in a remote setting via GoToMeeting at half the normal cost.

Remote classes are taught twice a week for a total of four hours per week. This allows for better absorption of the material as well as the advantage of homework assignments. The times are:

° Philosophy of Scripting 101 (2/2/2016 to 3/9/2016)

° Philosophy of Scripting 201 (3/15/2016 to 4/6/2016)

° Philosophy of Scripting 101 & 201 (2/2/2016 to 4/6/2016)

The Philosophy of Scripting courses focus on the single area of scripting and moves from an intermediate to an advanced level over the course of five days. Calculations, relationships and interface design are also covered but only as they pertain to scripting, says John Mark Osborne. To find out more information or register for a class, visit the Database...

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Jan 12
Kensington launches new Secure Cabinet Trolley

Kensington (www.kensington.com) has launched its Secure Cabinet Trolley for the safe and easy movement of Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet. 
 
Designed especially for teachers and school administrators, as well as small and medium businesses that need to transport up to 20 tablets at a time, the new Secure Cabinet Trolley can stack up to two Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet that hold the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface 3 and other tablets.

It costs US$79.99. You can buy the Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet, Universal Tablet and Trolley Bundle for $779.98.

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Jan 12
Seagate launches new NAS HDD

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has launched the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, which it says is the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. It’s targeted to the small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), small office/home office (SOHO) and creative professional segments.

The new 8TB drives are designed for tower enclosures with one to eight bays, delivering up to 64TB in a single eight-bay desktop form factor. They’re optimized for a diverse set of NAS use cases including backup and disaster recovery, print and file servers, multimedia storage, archiving, file sharing and virtualization. In addition, NAS manufacturers including ASUSTOR, QNAP, Synology and Thecus have qualified the NAS HDD 8TB for compatibility in a number of their

The new Seagate NAS HDD 8TB has shipped to select customers, with wide-scale availability at the end of the current...

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Jan 12
WaterField Designs debuts Staad Attaché

WaterField Designs has announced the US$229 Staad Attaché (http://tinyurl.com/hqmadrz), a bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks. Its padded tablet and laptop compartment fits the super-sized iPad along with the Apple Smart Keyboard or Logitech keyboard or Apple’s 13-inch laptops, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield.

A full-grain, distressed leather flap closes with a clip developed by the military—once used to instantly access ammunition—that opens with a “quick flick.” Premium, full-grain leather adorns a black ballistic nylon or tan waxed-canvas base. A customized internal pocket protects the iPad Pro or 13-inch MacBook with dense foam on all sides and is covered by a scratch-free liner.

It also sports a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket and two additional interior pockets. The Staad’s slim main compartment features a gold liner for quick access to contents such as...

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Jan 12
Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 released for OS X

AppleMacSoft has rolled out Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 (http://www.audio-converter.com), the latest update to its audio conversion utility for Mac OS X.

It lets you quickly and simply convert any music or sound file to all popular formats. The app provides full iTunes integration and lets you edit the album, artist and track information. Easy Audio Converter is multi-thread supported, so you can batch encode multiple files at once.

A demo of Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 is available for free download. The full version costs $14.95 for a personal license.

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Jan 12
xDev Magazine Year 13 coming in printed book format

xDev Magazine (http://www.xdevmag.com) is reprinting the past year's issues into a bound book that will ship later this month. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine, and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding.

Through Jan. 22, the book may be pre-ordered for $44.99; that’s 25% off the normal price of $59.99. Current subscribers can save even more with an additional subscriber-only discount. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine (issues 13.1-13.6, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015), and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding.

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Jan 11
Apple releases new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode, Configurator...

Apple has released a slew of new betas for developers today at the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.

The tvOS 6.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app.

The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new tvOS beta...

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Jan 11
Rogue Amoeba releases Loopback for Mac OS X

Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback for Mac OS X is a tool for enabling audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can pass audio directly between apps.

Loopback (http://rogueamoeba.com/loopback) is designed for anyone working with audio on the Mac, from podcasters to gamers, Internet radio hosts to regular folks chatting via Skype. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, with a free fully-functional demo version available on the Rogue Amoeba site.

While in trial mode, the quality of audio passing through Loopback's virtual devices will be degraded after 10 minutes. Loopback is regularly-priced at $99. For a limited time, it can be purchased at a special introductory price of $75.

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0 (...

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Jan 11
Addonics announces High Density Removable Disk Array System

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the $75.95 Addonics 2.5 inch Disk Array, a high density removable hard drive system that allows you to install up to six 2.5 inch SATA/ hard drives or SSD’s into one standard 5.25-inch drive bay.

By using Addonics’ family of 2.5 inch flash drive kits, various form factor SSDs such as CFast, mSATA, M2 or CF can be loaded into this Disk Array, creating a large capacity, low power and shock resistant solid state storage system. The removable drive tray is designed to allow users to load drives into the Disk Array without any mounting screws.

For mobile applications or installation in environments with frequent shock and vibration, the drive can be secured to each drive tray with mounting screws to prevent drive movement. Each drive slot is equipped with its own power and drive access LEDs as well as a latch on the drive tray to secure each hard drive in...

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Jan 11
Default Folder X 5.0 delivers El Capitan compatibility, new...

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features.

Default Folder X 5 is a $14.95 paid upgrade for version 4 users who purchased their licenses before June 1, 2015. For users who purchased on or after June 1, the upgrade is free. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for new users.

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Jan 11
PopChar X 7.4 supports Apple Color Emoji flags with searchable...

Ergonis Software has revved PopChar X, its OS X tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts, to version 7.4.

Version 7.4 adds support for the flags available in the Apple Color Emoji font, which have been added in OS X 10.10.3, comes with fine-tuned metrics adjustments for certain fonts, and offers further enhancements. It’s compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher.

PopChar X can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for approximately $32 for a personal license and $49 for a family license. The upgrade to version 7.4 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.

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Jan 11
Sync for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

DevStorm Apps has developed DSync 2.0, an update to their file synchronization software developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

The app integrates nicely with OS X 10.7 and higher, allowing you to select cloud folders in addition to local and network folders. Advanced algorithms in the latest version streamlines synchronizing large folders with many files, according to the folks at DevStorm Apps.

Sync costs $9.99. A demo is available for download (http://devstorm-apps.com/dsync/).

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Jan 11
Medieval II: Total War coming to the Mac via Steam on Jan. 14

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) will be released on Steam for both Mac and Linux on Jan. 14. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war.

“On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege...

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Jan 08
CES: TP-Link announces new smart router with touchscreen

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, TP-LINK (www.tp-link.us) announced the SR20 Smart Home Router with Touchscreen, an all-in-one router and Internet of Things (IoT) hub with ZigBee and Z-Wave.
 
The SR20 Smart Home Router provides centralized control for your entire smart home. In addition to compatibility with devices from other manufactures, TP-LINK is introducing a full line of home automation devices for security, lighting and energy management that will work with SR20. This includes HD day/night security cameras, tunable Wi-Fi lightbulbs, smart plugs and a smart switch with energy monitoring.

The TP-LINK SR20 Smart Home Router with Touchscreen is the central intelligence hub for devices throughout the home, enabling consumers to control their devices and automate functions tailored to their preferences. With the SR20, consumers can use their smartphone, tablet or the router...

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Jan 08
Media 100 announces El Capitan support

MacVideo Promo has announced Media 100 Suite 2.1.7, an update of its video editing software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan.

Media 100 Suite v2.1.7 is available for purchase from the Media 100 website (www.media100.com) for $99. Version 2.1.7 is a free update for Media 100 Suite 2.1.x users. A free 60-day demo is available for download.

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