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Aug 28
ConceptDraw Pro revved to version 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the next generation of thier cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software: ConceptDraw PRO 10.

The new version boasts features inspired by customer feedback, such as native round-trip import and export of Visio 2013 files. Now Mac and Windows users alike can use ConceptDraw PRO 10’s features to open and edit files made with the latest version of Visio.

The object connectors have been revamped and expanded to give a new dimension of connector technology. Presentations and drawings made with ConceptDraw PRO 10 also have the option of exporting to the latest versions of PowerPoint.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw PRO 10 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499 USD.

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Aug 27
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain (http://maintain.se/cocktail) has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version is a maintenance upgrade.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.

Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 27
LaCie ships new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is shipping the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. The company says it's the "fastest, highest–capacity" Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks.

Built with 4K video workflows in mind, it delivers enough bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage. Videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

The LaCie 8big Rack 48 TB (US$4,999.99) is available now through LaCie and its resellers. The product is also available in four–disk 12 TB ($1,699.99) or eight–disk 24 TB (2,799.99) configurations. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt.

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Aug 27
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition comes to the...

G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition (http://tinyurl.com/nu2s5pp) is now available for the Mac. It's being offered for US$4.99 through Aug. 29; the normal price is $6.99.

Here's how the game is described: "The Ondine, the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship ever built, departed on her maiden voyage long ago. But her enormous pools, ornate casinos and grand ballroom were never seen again. Now the Trident Corporation has sent you to locate the ship and rescue its remains. During this dangerous mission, you lose all forms of contact and collide with the Ondine.

"Very soon you discover that the disappearance has something to do with the odd green fumes that cover the decks and rooms of the vessel as well as the Insanes, its invaders. Moreover, through a mysterious mirror you move to a very odd place, where everything happening around you is somehow occurring in two parallel worlds!

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Aug 27
Brawlerz : Nitro for Mac and PC is now on Steam Greenlight

Bail! Enemy Jet and Rum Theory has announced their new Steam Greenlight project for Brawlers : Nitro. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Here's how Brawlers : Nitro is described: "The game offers fast paced retro arcade style gameplay, RPG elements and multiplayer all rolled into one super slick package. Choose the car that suits your strategy: it's a reflection of your inner maniac. This isn't a death race or rally, it's a fight to the death, pure and simple! The game supports Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

"Choose the car that suits your strategy. The fast-paced Buggy for quick attack and fast retreat? The mammoth Truck for crushing your enemies head on? Or perhaps you're someone who enjoys seeing your enemies burn in eternal hellfire (yes, there's a Pyro car!)."

For more updates and information on the progress of Brawlerz : Nitro, go to http://tinyurl.com/pfop5a2...

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Aug 27
GoodTimes update for Mac OS X focuses on weddings

TheKeptPromise (http://thekeptpromise.com/) has revved GoodTimes, its collage and layout app for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. The upgrade is focused exclusively on weddings, offering many wedding specific themes, objects and backgrounds.

With GoodTimes, you can send "Thank You!" cards, post on Facebook and more. It provides tools for tool capture a photo gallery, preparing your frames and test driving your photos in them.

GoodTimes 1.3 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Aug 26
STM introduces the Cable Wrap cable management system

STM (www.stmbags.com) has created the US$24.99 Cable Wrap. Designed with a "dedicated space for everything," it's built to offer a way to store flash drives, chargers, cable adapters, headphones, backup batteries and other electronic device accessories.

Made with water resistant fabric, the Cable Wrap unfolds to reveal four storage panels. One end of the wrap features a large mesh pocket for securing small items such as flash drives, adapters for universal chargers, lip balm, even spare change.

The two center panels are divided into three small pouches and three medium pouches with elastic bindings. The center panels are designed for storing a laptop power brick, rolled up charging cables or headphones individually so cords can no longer become tangled together. The smaller pouches can also house an emergency pen for those times when all other writing utensils disappear from a bag.

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Aug 26
BRAVEN colors the audio world with 705 speakers for under $100

BRAVEN (www.braven.com) is shipping the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker, which is available in eight colors. Battery powered, it provides sound for over 12 hours.

The BRAVEN 705 doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. It's clutch-sized and sports a unibody design.
 
BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps. They also sport features including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.
 
The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for US$99.99. 

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Aug 26
SANS Institute announces Apple, Mac, iDevice forensic analysis...

To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case, the SANS Institute today introduced the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course. This hands-on forensic analysis course is designed to help Windows-based investigators broaden their analysis capabilities and achieve the confidence and knowledge needed to comfortably analyze any Mac or iOS system without hesitation.

SANS will debut the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course at SANS Crystal City in Virginia, Sept. 8-13. A second run course will be offered at SANS Seattle 2014, Sept. 29- Oct. 6.

"From coffee shops to corporate boardrooms, Apple devices can be found nearly everywhere. As these devices continue to grow in popularity, digital forensic investigators and analysts must start paying more attention to them," says Sarah Edwards, SANS Course Author  and Digital Forensic Analyst. "The goal of the FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course is to help form well-rounded...

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Aug 26
Seagate ships world’s first 8TB hard drives

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. It delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD, says Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.

Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments, he adds. The drive also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface for system integration in both private and public data centers. Seagate is shipping drives to select (think enterprise) customers now with wide scale availability next quarter. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Aug 26
TypeBook Creator for Mac OS X gets new interface

Veenix Software has updated TypeBook Creator (http://tinyurl.com/yjew3jw), professional font cataloging and specimen printing software for the Mac. The new version features a modern, streamlined interface that emphasizes key features of the software and compliments the look of the latest Mac operating systems.

TypeBook Creator features automatic font categorization, 16 specimen page layouts and numerous customization options. It uses a proprietary algorithmic process that can distinguish between 16 font classifications of Western Roman fonts, including: serif and sans serif fonts, picture, script &and thematic fonts, text fonts, mono-spaced fonts, wide and narrow fonts, and more.

Fonts are analyzed as they're added to the database and tagged with appropriate categories. Users can also manually add their own categories, and recategorize fonts as they see fit. The automatic font...

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Aug 25
Pocket Watch's cloud server lets you print from smart...

Pocket Watch (http://www.pocketwatchllc.com) has announced availability of its US$149.95 ActivePrint Cloud Server Powered by Raspberry Pi.

With this small, standalone box almost any USB printer or available network printer will become compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously.

The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together and runs on less electricity than most energy efficient lightbulbs, according to the folks at Pocket Watch.. Despite its small size it has a lot of capabilities. Plug it in to an internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it is ready to go.

Printers can be connected to the ActivePrint Cloud Server either over the Local Area Network or directly to its two USB ports....

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Aug 22
PARAT Solutions announces new Charge & Sync Docks for...

PARAT Solutions has unveiled a family of charge/sync docks to support Apple's Lightning-connected devices. PARASYNC's new generation of docking stations charge and synchronize content for up to 30 iPod touches 5G's, 20 iPad minis and 10 iPad Airs.

Multiple docks can be linked to support even larger quantities of devices. The docks charge devices by connecting to a standard wall outlet. Content is efficiently synchronized to the devices using iTunes or Apple Configurator. 
 
PARASYNC docks are the only cable-free charge and sync system designed specifically to support institutional iOS deployments in education, healthcare, hospitality and museums. Each docking station includes specially-designed protective device cases. Constructed of impact-resistant ABS, the cases are uniquely "keyed" to fit the docking station.

Each dock features receivers designed so that the included cases don't need to be removed before docking. Devices can also be inserted without...

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Aug 22
DropShare 3.3 for the Mac can now upload files to Rackspace...

Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 3.3 for the Mac. It's now able to upload files to Rackspace Cloud Files. Also, Dropshare is now able to convert Markdown files to HTML before uploading them.

Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal.

Dropshare costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Go to http://getdropsha.re for more info.

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Aug 21
Heroes & Legends: Conquerers of Kolhar comes to the Mac

Phoenix Online Publishing has released its strategy role-playing game, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar, for Mac, PC and Linux systems.

Features include a full-fledged armor and weapon crafting system, both story-driven and random encounters, over 130 monsters to battle and dozens of unlockable powers and abilities to wield against foes as you fight save Kolhar from an evil prophecy's unfolding.

Players are invited to lead a party of wizards, warriors and assassins into battle now, with the game currently available for USS$9.99 via Steam, the Phoenix Online Store (www.POStudios.com), and other major online retailers. A mobile release is planned for later this year.

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Aug 21
Juno Power introduces Lightning cable made of cloth

Juno Power (www.JunoPower.com) has announced a new line of Lightning adaptor cables. The Kaebo is an Apple certified charge and sync cable.

Unlike traditional rubber cables, it features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears, according to Juno Power CEO Johnson Jeng. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental damage, he adds.

The Kaebo comes fully equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head. The cable comes in three colors (silver, light gold and salt grey). The Kaebo is currently available for US$21.99 at Juno Power and Amazon.

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Aug 21
Bike2Power launches the MountCase ArmorGuard Kit for iPhone 5/5S

Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has announced their newest accessory for the iPhone 5/5S: the US$79.95 MountCase ArmorGuard Kit, which is constructed to exceed military standards for water and particle infiltration.

The MountCase ArmorGuard boasts a slim, compact protective case and can purportedly fit in a pocket as easily as it fits on a bike. It's a total turn-key kit that includes a mount case, outer shell and mounting bracket. The mount also guarantees absolute protection and is rated IPX8 Waterproof Submersible.

The MountCase ArmorGuard can be submersed in water six feet deep for up to 30 minutes, in addition to being 100% rainproof, snow proof, dustproof, dirt proof and sweat proof, says says Ilya Gorbonos, President of Bike2Power.. Additional accessories can be purchased to match your lifestyle, including a RainGuard, Sports Armband Kit, Stoller Mount and Golf Bag Mount.

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Aug 21
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The...

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) has announced Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 49 video chapters averaging five minutes each.

These chapters include Filemaker Pro Terminology to creating a solution to adding tables and fields to adding value lists to creating relationships. By watching the tutorial, the user will have a basic understanding of how to create database solutions using Filemaker Pro.

Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The tutorial isn't subscription based and includes all 49 tutorials, which are stored on your Mac. Once the app is downloaded, no more bandwidth usage is required. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store.

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Aug 21
Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for the Mac

Intuit has released Quicken 2015 for Mac (http://www.quicken.com/mac), an update of the personal finance software that sports an interface designed specifically for the Mac and new investment capabilities.

The redesigned product also syncs with a free mobile companion app providing the ability to photograph and track receipts so users can more easily stay on top of their money. Quicken 2015 for Mac 2015 links users to more than 14,500 different banks, credit cards, loan and investment accounts, allowing them to view their financial statements in one place. Other familiar features include tracking spending by category, creating budgets and the ability to schedule bills and reminders.

Additional product features and capabilities are expected to be released throughout the year to continuously improve the user experience, according to Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of...

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Aug 21
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.

Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.

CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.

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Aug 21
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 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 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

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Aug 20
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town,...

Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections.

The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands.

A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords.  he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small...

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Aug 20
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs.

The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

"Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says...

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Aug 20
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X

Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children.

Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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Aug 20
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard.

With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.

PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.

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