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Dec 19
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.

With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.

The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).

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Dec 19
Free fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from SuperSync

SuperSync has announced a freely available download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.

The SuperSync fix for Minecraft on Yosemite is a DMG file that users can open and install. Gamers can drag the Minecraft application to their Applications directory, and begin playing Minecraft on Yosemite within a matter of minutes.

You can download the SuperSync Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite at http://supersync.com/minecraft.php .

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Dec 19
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter revved to version 2

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com) has announced Stellar PST to MBOX Converter 2 for the Mac. The utility helps you move your emails, contacts and calendar entries from Windows to Mac OS X.

It converts Outlook PST files to Apple Mail files. Stellar PST to MBOX Converter v2 safely converts all emails, including attachments without making any changes to the folder organization. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter saves the converted Outlook PST file in MBOX format for Apple Mail. It supports conversion of mailboxes from MS Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter costs US$29 for a lifetime license. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 19
Piezo releases Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 for OS X

Piezo has introduced Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0, an update of its utility application for Mac OS X. It's designed to record your Skype conversations in automatic and manual modes.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype-to-Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. All you have to do is install the application and provide it with access to the Skype client.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype to Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. When working in automatic mode it doesn't require any actions from users while still allowing them to start and cancel recordings manually. The application records calls with contacts or group of contacts to different files.

Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Dec 19
iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac adds Epson direct to disk...

iWinSoft (www.iwinsoft.com) has announced CD Label Maker version 2.0.2, an update to its CD label software for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as Epson direct to disk printing functionality, custom you own label formats, image effects and filters, and so on. It's a free update to all customers.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker allows people create their very own CD and DVD labels. The new version offers direct CD/DVD printing capabilities are compatible with many different brands of inkjet printable CDs/DVDs. The software also offers image effects such as image mask and opacity level.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker is on sale at a reduced price of US$19.95) on the iWinSoft website until Wednesday, Dec. 31. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer.

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Dec 18
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 18

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

Riada has announced Glooze. The game — free but offering in-app purchases — requires skill in memory, visual recognition and strategy. Dynamic shapes are generated completely algorithmically from random seeds from the seven included themes. Players swipe matching shapes together to form new higher level shapes.

Tequila Games has introduced Earthcore: Shattered Elements, its free-to-play Card Crafting Game exclusively on the Canadian App Store. Card Crafting enables players to construct decks as well as experience a new kind of strategic gameplay. Gamers can fuse cards together in order to create new cards.

Shelly Data Doodles has released Pyramid Pathways for the iPad. It's a $1.99, Egyptian-themed strategy board game.

ShEk Tech has launched 100 Doors Brain Teasers 2. It's a free escape puzzle game in which the player has to use logic and puzzle...

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Dec 18
Algoriddim unveils djay Pro for Mac

Algoriddim has released djay Pro, the first professional version of its djay for the desktop.

djay Pro boasts Spotify integration, giving DJs access to over 20 million tracks instantly. The all-new music library in djay Pro enables DJs to combine their Spotify tracks from the cloud along with their local iTunes tracks into a single library.

The new music library adds features to help DJs work more efficiently, including persistent history and queue, inline search, instant preview, an innovative song recommendation engine powered by The Echo Nest, and track sorting features. djay Pro works on any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

It's available on the Mac App Store for a time-limited, introductory price of US$49.99 (instead of its regular price of $79.99). Go to http://tinyurl.com/ny9hzp9 for more info.

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Dec 18
Dejal revs the Simon server monitoring tool to version 4.0

Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has announced Simon 4.0, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

Dejal Simon 4.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$99; a demo is available for download. This is a paid upgrade for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades available for $49.

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Dec 18
Cisdem releases AppCrypt for Mac OS X

Cisdem, an innovative Mac applications developer, has announced the recent release of AppCrypt for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps.

It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. According to Brandon Hancock, manager of the AppCrypt project for Cisdem, key features include:

° Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage;

° Keep tracks of failed attempts to access the protected apps;

° Capture a snapshot of the intruder with the front-facing camera;

° Create a custom hot key to reveal the AppCrypt window;

° Does not modify any system or application files;

° Works as a background process and does not...

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Dec 18
Total War: Shogun 2 ready for the Mac

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai is now available for the Mac.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, it's the standalone expansion pack for Total War: SHOGUN 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year. The game is available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "It is 1864 and Japan is under intense western pressure to open itself to foreign trade, heightening tensions between the isolationist Imperial forces and those loyal to the more outward-looking shogunate. Players will choose a side and deploy their mastery of real-time battle tactics and turn-based campaign strategy as all around them Japan hurtles into the modern age, a time of urgent political reform, dramatic social changes and rapid industrialization."

A premium version of the game containing...

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Dec 18
SceneTool for OS X lets you turn 3D scenes to Swift/Objective C...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced SceneTool 1.0 (http://bijokmind.com/scenetool/), his new code generator tool for Mac OS X.

SceneTool turns simple 3D scenes into Swift or Objective C code, allowing developers to export code that can be used for iOS or OS X Xcode projects. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Both image and color can be set as a material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.

Using SceneTool, users can create basic 3D scenes by using predefined object and export code to be used in OS X or iOS project. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Using SceneTool, both image and color can be set as material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.

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Dec 18
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets a Yosemite-ish interface

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a Mac OS X Yosemite-style interface; a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new "view by duplicate" group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.

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Dec 18
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 2 for OS X

Ohanaware has released a new version of their photo sharing application, Fun Card Studio. Fun Card Studio was designed to be a simple to use application, that can be used to combine photos with effects and text to create meme styled Post Cards.

Version 2 is a reboot of Fun Card Studio. This new version has been completely re-written from scratch, creating a brand new application with a modern interface and feature set to fit with Mac OS X Yosemite's look and feel.

Fun Card Studio 2 is available from the Ohanaware web site (www.ohanaware.com) for US$4.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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Dec 17
Sonnet introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Storage...

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller . Its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and a range of compatibility. Its also packs a compact design.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349. More information on the product is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbygb6v .

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Dec 17
Sample Logic releases Cyclone Retwisted

Sample Logic has released, Cyclone Retwisted (http://tinyurl.com/ko2ddak), the next generation of its Cyclone product. It's now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer.

Cyclone Retwisted is designed as a one-stop shop for electronic sounds and a sample synth solution for Kontakt. The virtual instrument contains over 475 new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits.

Cyclone Retwisted also includes the original Cyclone 1.0 in its entirety, as well as the Glow Multi expansion pack, providing a grand total of 850-plus instruments and multis. The interface still includes Sample Logic’s signature Triggers, Wave, and LFOs, and now rises to new heights with several added features such as...

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Dec 17
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X adds QR code creation

Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.5, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as QR code creation, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95.

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.

GraphicConverter 9.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.

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Dec 17
264 commercial use fonts added to Premium Fonts Collection

MacAppware has added 264 new commercial use fonts to its Premium Fonts collection for Mac users. Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project.

Western European international character support is standard for every premium font and new fonts are delivered at no extra charge to Premium Fonts subscription customers. This collection now includes 147 original font families, with a total of 1,841 fonts in all.

The Mac App Store version includes the subscription to receive all new fonts released in the Premium Fonts collection. Premium Fonts has grown substantially in the past two years, beginning with only 54 font families and 702 total fonts. The fonts are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The updated Premium Fonts collection is now available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com), or on the Mac App Store, for a limited time discount of...

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Dec 17
WordTarget for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

KickCode (http://kickcode.com) has released WordTarget 1.2 for Mac OS X. The app sits in the menu bar and tracks a users word count across different applications.

Users receive a notification when they hit their target, and can start and stop tracking at any point. The app is on sale at a reduced price (US46.99 instead of $8.99) on the Mac App Store until Friday, Dec. 19. WordTarget requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer.

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Dec 16
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 16

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

Top Apps & Games Group has announced Splash Burst. It's a free chain reaction puzzle game with 800 levels.

Pelfunc has released Heart Rate Touch. It's an US$2.99 optical heart rate monitor that uses light to track your blood.

Stickers has introduced VOOL. The free app lets you create and edit animated movies.

Short Bald and Lanky Productions have launched Huayu Messenger. It's a free messaging app that allows users to send a secret text message and picture to any of their phone contacts.

Illogical Games has unveiled Dead Hun. It's an action-RPG similar to the top-down shooter "Minigore" with a loot system similar to "Diablo" where players battle waves of zombies that swarm the city. The game takes place in the middle of the apocalyptic era where zombies have taken over the world. Dead Hun is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

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Dec 16
24U Software releases 24U FM Bench 1.2

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U FM Bench 1.2, an update of its benchmarking tool for optimizing FileMaker 13 product line and business processes.

24U FM Bench is designed to help developers with the whole optimization process from benchmarking through analyzing, identifying bottleneck, optimizing, and reporting results. Version 1.2 brings improved FileMaker Go measurement with maximum accuracy, compatibility across the whole FileMaker 13 product line, and other minor improvements.

On the Mac platform, 24U FM Bench requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, FileMaker Pro 12 or later, or FileMaker Server 12 or newer. It can be purchased either as a per-seat license or as a server license. By purchasing one server license you get the right to use 24U FM Bench for unlimited number of users connecting to a single FileMaker Server.

The 1.2 update is free for current...

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Dec 16
Apple found not guilty in music antitrust lawsuit

Apple has won an antitrust trial as a U.S. jury decided the company didn't act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/pa3mmwk).

The verdict was read in an Oakland, California federal court. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, sought about $350 million in damages from Apple alleging the company unfairly blocked competing device makers.

This all goes back to a lawsuit filed in 2005 when Thomas Slattery sued Apple, alleging the company broke antitrust laws by using FairPlay, digital rights management technology, with iTunes so that purchased music will work only with its own music player, the iPod, freezing out competitors. Though most of the complaints were dropped, the case was combined with two other lawsuits.

The jury returned a verdict...

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Dec 16
VERT is a new device for measuring jump data

VERT has released the VERT Wearable Jump Rate Monitor, a sports wearable that measures jump rate. The device pairs with an iOS app that can be monitored by coaches during use, and instantly provides jump rate, jump height and any additional jump-related measurements.

As an added benefit all users will have the ability to view and track VERT Jump data on smartwatches for review. VERT Jump retails for $124.99, and it is available now at www.myvert.com. The iOS app costs $99.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.

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Dec 16
AAS releases Abstractions sound bank

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Abstractions sound bank (http://tinyurl.com/mfsvdxp) for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

Abstractions is the third sound bank title by Devine in AAS’ Sound Bank Series following Microsound Textures for the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer and Harmonic Geometry for the String Studio VS-2 string modeling synthesizer. This collection of 127 signature sounds covers standard analog categories but revisited with Richard Devine’s unique aesthetics.

The Abstractions sound bank has a regular price of US$39. Howeveer, it's being offered for $19.50 until Jan. 16. The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Windows and Mac OS X and supports the VST, Audio...

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Dec 16
Atama releases iOS and OS X SDK

Atama has released the Sesame2 Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Sesame2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock. The kit enables 2-Factor authentication for iOS and OS X apps.

It can be used for apps that handle sensitive data and apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments. The SDK makes the integration of Atama's Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Lock with iOS and OS X apps straightforward by handling all aspects of Bluetooth communication and more, according to the folks at Atama.

For apps that handle sensitive data, such as confidential commercial information or patient medical records protected by HIPAA, the SDK can be used to provide 2-Factor authentication by requiring a Sesame key to be nearby as well as a password before allowing a user to log into an app

Apps that require multi-user support in less secure environments can use a Sesame lock as a means to automatically identify a user as he gets close to the iPhone/iPad or Mac. The SDK makes the...

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Dec 16
4K video demand helps fuel DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), developer of the DisplayPort standard (www.displayport.org), says reported that DisplayPort adoption, VESA membership and DisplayPort-related specification development have all increased over the past year. 

This points to the growing demand for DisplayPort and related standards, fueled by displays with 4K and higher resolution, as well as smaller devices with more flexible connectivity. DisplayPort device certification grew to 1,395 devices to date in 2014, up from 805 devices at the beginning of the year.

In 2014, VESA added 13 new member companies for a total of 224 members. Also during this past year, VESA released several DisplayPort-related standards, including DisplayPort 1.3, DisplayPort Alt Mode on USB Type-C, DockPort and Display Stream Compression.

"DisplayPort was developed as a PC to monitor interface, and those markets are...

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