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Dec 21
Appocto Introduces PDF Shrinker for Mac OS X

Appocto has introduced PDF Shrinker for Mac OS X. It lets you shrink and compress PDF files, making them smaller and easier to email.
You can decide how much you want to compress files, and at which quality.

PDF Shrinker sells for $4.99 and is available worldwide from Appocto online (http://appocto.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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Dec 21
MetroKit 2 for OS X gets a 'Track Mode' feature

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny's Audio has announced MetroKit 2, a flexible metronome.

Equipped with speed and rhythm trainers, fully customizable beats and accents, and a new "Track Mode” feature, it can create simple exercises or demanding progressive rhythmic practice exercises. MetroKit 2 supports custom beat divisions.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $2.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jey69kx) in the Music category.

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Dec 21
Digital Heaven releases Pro Player 2 for video content creators

Digital Heaven has announced Pro Player 2.0, a new version of their professional QuickTime player built for Mac-based video content creators and motion graphics designers.

The free version of Pro Player provides a streamlined way to review or present video content. Pro Player can be extended with an in-app purchase of the Plus Pack to enable other features.

Pro Player 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for download from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jgppml5).

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Dec 18
Republic Bank announces Apple Pay support

Republic Bank is now offering clients the ability to use Apple Pay to conduct payment transactions with their Republic Bank consumer credit and debit cards. Users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their Republic Bank MasterCard credit and debit cards, including Zero Liability Protection.

“We continually look for innovative approaches to make the lives of our clients easier,” said Michael Sadofsky, senior vice president of Marketing, Republic Bank. “We are excited to offer Apple Pay as an easy, secure payment solution that allows our clients to bank when, where and how they want.”

In participating stores, Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. For more information on Apple Pay, please visit republicbank.com/applepay or apple.com/apple-pay.

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Dec 18
Musicality for OS X adds support for more music services

Industrious One has introduced Musicality 3 for Mac. Musicality breaks your music out of the browser, with desktop conveniences like keyboard shortcuts and notifications, AirPlay streaming, and an iOS remote.

The app lets you take control of over a dozen popular music websites including Pandora Radio, Google Play Music, Spotify, and more. Version 3.0 sports built-in controls for nearly a dozen more music services.

Musicality costs $11 and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer, as well as an Internet connection. It may be downloaded as a free 10-day demo from the Musicality website (http://industriousone.com/). The demo is full-featured and unlocks in-place when purchased. Musicality Remote is available free at the Apple App Store. It requires iOS 8 or newer and a Wi-Fi connection to Musicality for Mac.

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Dec 18
Apple and China UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to China

Apple and China UnionPay have announced a partnership to bring Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment solution, to China. China UnionPay cardholders will be able to add their bank cards to Apple Pay on the iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.

“China UnionPay is dedicated to promoting payment innovations and providing secure, convenient mobile payment experiences for its hundreds of millions of cardholders, aligning multiple parties in the industry,” said Chai Hongfeng, executive vice president of China UnionPay. “We’re very excited to offer Apple Pay among a diverse set of innovative payment options that work with China UnionPay QuickPass.”

“Apple Pay has revolutionized the way millions of people pay every day with their iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a...

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Dec 18
TunesKit launches iBook Copy for Mac to remove DRM from iBooks

TunesKit Studio has introduced iBook Copy for Mac (http://www.tuneskit.com/ibook-copy-mac.html), a tool to permanently remove the DRM lock from protected iBook ePub files. With the smart tool, the company says you can legally get rid of DRM protection from iBooks.

All of the original meta info is retained, including the book author, cover photo, publisher, data, and more. You can read the iBook ePubs on Kindle, Nook, Playbook, and other eBook reading devices.

Currently this smart iBook DRM Copy is only available for the Mac and is compatible with OS X 10.11 and higher iTunes 12.3. It costs US$24.95; a demo is available for download.

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Dec 18
PFEvent Taps Framework revved to version 1.5.2

PFiddlesoft has released version 1.5.2 of its PFEventTaps Framework, which helps developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on OS X.

The PFEventTaps Framework was updated to work around an Apple bug in the CoreGraphics framework that can cause a crash when running under OS X v10.10 Yosemite or older. The PFAssistive Framework was created in 2003 as the engine driving PFiddlesoft’s UI Browser application for developers and for users of Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting technology.

The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using reference counted memory management or ARC, and they support client applications written in Objective-C or Swift. Developers can license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or for use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies.

The frameworks may be...

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Dec 17
IK Multimedia releases Miroslav Philharmonik 2 for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia is shipping Miroslav Philharmonik 2 for Mac and PC is now shipping.

Made in conjunction with musician, jazz legend and sampling luminary Miroslav Vitous, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is an orchestral workstation that takes the virtual instrument used on classical productions, film scores and pop hits and provides over 2,700 instruments with over 55 GB of samples recorded in high-resolution at the prestigious Czech National Symphony Orchestra Studios in Prague.

It will be available at a current special, limited-time introductory pricing until Dec;31, and is offered in a number of different options. Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can upgrade for $199.99 via download or $229.99 for a boxed copy.

Users with qualifying IK software can crossgrade for $299.99 via direct download or $329.99 for a boxed copy. New users can get Miroslav Philharmonik 2 for$399.99 via direct download or $429.99 for a boxed copy.

At the end of the introductory...

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Dec 17
iHome’s SmartPlug now connects with Wink, Nest devices

iHome has announced the first major update to its iHome Control iSP5 SmartPlug. The upgrade makes the smart plug compatible with Wink and Nest devices.  The additional platform compatibility joins that for iOS and Android support.

With the recently announced “Works with Wink” compatibility, the iSP5 can now be integrated with hundreds of other Wink-compatible devices to achieve deeper home automation through Shortcuts and Robots in the Wink app. In addition, through its connection with the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iSP5 can automatically turn the Smart Plug on when users are home and off when they’re away.
 
The US$39.99 iHome iSP5 SmartPlug (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/iSP5WC/) can set schedules and remotely control holiday lighting and gadgets, as well everyday household items such as lamps, portable heaters, fans and other small appliances under 1800W from anywhere...

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Dec 17
Booq reveals Slimpack for photographers

Booq has released their latest backpack for photographers: the Slimpack. It’s designed for photographers traveling with their gear and editing on the go, as it fits two DSLRs, up to four mid-sized lenses or one large zoom lens, a 12-inch MacBook or 10-inch iPad/tablet and a tripod.

The interior features a cushioned, non-scratch lining and densely padded dividers that can be configured to fit users’ gear of choice, while a variety of pockets with concealed interior slots keep accessories safe and organized. Made from 47 percent recycled PET and 53 percent cotton, the bag's exterior weatherproof fabric is rugged yet smooth, while ergonomically designed shoulder straps and open mesh enable ventilation, keeping carriers cool and comfortable, says Kema Subsomboon, Lead Product Designer at booq.

The Slimpack also features an exterior pouch and buckle to tote a tripod, and includes a removable rain poncho with reflective graphics for heavier downpours. The backpack’s flat...

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Dec 17
KickShark to ship USB-C USB 3.1 dock and hub in February

KickShark has announced its “production ready” 13-port HydraDock (www.hydradock.com) USB Type C USB 3.1 docking station and hub for the 12-inch Apple MacBook and new Google Pixel laptop. The company has demonstration videos posted and is taking pre-orders now on its HydraDock web site for February shipment to customers.

All input and output connections of the 13-port HydraDock are full compliant with the newest USB standards for data, power, configuration, and alternate mode operations, says Kristin Cales, marketing director for KickShark. HydraDock sits under or behind the MacBook, plugs in with its single cable, and is powered by the computer’s AC-DC power adapter. It can operate in reduced power mode just from the computer connection, without a power supply.

HydraDock powers 4K displays by Mini DisplayPort or HDMI, two USB-C USB 3.1 ports and four USB Type A USB 3.1 ports (all at 5Gb/sec. speeds),...

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Dec 17
Medieval II: Total War Collection available at the Mac App Store

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection is out now for Mac via the Mac App Store.

Here’s how the game 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, command thundering cavalry charges and lead their armies into epic clashes that will bring entire kingdoms to their knees. The Medieval II: Total War Collection contains the Kingdoms expansion, which includes...

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Dec 17
LinkOptimizer for InDesign adds image preview support on OS X El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.52, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer helps reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments, convert image formats and more. Version 4.9.52 adds support for image previews on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and introduces several bug fixes and improvements.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95. There’s a “lite” version for $179.95. A demo is available for download.

The update 4.9.52 upgrade is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Dec 17
Creolabs offers beta test of Creo for OS X

Creolabs has announced the opening of the beta test for Creo, their modern development tool for Mac OS X. It combines the design and development of mobile apps into one solution.

Creo offers drag-and-drop controls, classes, and objects that allow anyone to build their app's navigation and features. While building the app's interface, the user is also effectively building a native app. Creo uses Creolabs CreoKIT Objective-C/Swift native framework that enables the tool to execute any iOS, (and coming soon: Android), code on the Mac. The method offers a way to preview your running code directly in the Creo app.

While Creo offers a way to preview mobile application code on the Mac, it also offers a native iOS app that can run the Creo code developed on the Mac, so developers can get a feel for how their code will look on the target device. Testing Creo apps directly on a mobile device is as simple as making sure both the mobile device and the Mac are on the same network,...

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Dec 16
SkySafari 5 versions for iOS 8+ now in the Apple App Store

Simulation Curriculum Corp, which specializes in astronomy and science education software, has released new versions of its award winning SkySafari astronomy apps for iOS. They’re available at the Apple App Store.

The new SkySafari 5 apps are available today on the iTunes Store. All versions will be available at introductory discount pricing 50 percent off the list prices quoted below though Jan. 15, 2016.

° SkySafari 5 (US$2.99, 180 MB), basic version intended for the widest possible audience of casual stargazers: http://tinyurl.com/zn7ezps

° SkySafari 5 Plus ($14.99, 430 MB), enhanced version with telescope control and solar system fly-through mode: http://tinyurl.com/hk8sf76

° SkySafari 5 Pro ($39.99, 1.6 GB), premium version with all features of Plus, plus professional-grade astronomy database: http...

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Dec 16
Mac/iOS compatible GuitarJack Stage, StudioJack Mini audio...

Sonoma Wire Works' has released a new generation of studio quality interfaces that are compatible with Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android systems. The successors to the critically acclaimed GuitarJack Model 2, StudioJack Mini and GuitarJack Stage are now shipping.

With the compact and portable StudioJack Mini audio interface, musicians record, practice, and play live anywhere with a computer or mobile device using audio software. With the GuitarJack Stage audio interface and guitar-pedal-style controller, guitar players transform their computer, smartphone or tablet into a powerful amp and effects rig, and control guitar software using assignable knobs and foot switches.

The StudioJack Mini costs US$149 and the GuitarJack Stage ($299). They’re shipping worldwide. Go to http://www.sonomawireworks.com for more info.

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Dec 16
Antelope Audio releases two Thunderbolt compatible devices

Antelope Audio has announced that its interfaces, Orion32+ and Orion Studio, are both fully compatible with Apple Thunderbolt technology.

Both interfaces, which were previewed at the 139th AES Show in New York City last month, are now shipping. During the remainder of December, customers who purchase an Orion32+ or Orion Studio at select dealers will receive a free two-meter Thunderbolt cable (an US$49 value).

The Orion32+ follows its predecessor, Orion32, which launched three years ago as the world's first 32-channel interface solution in a 1U rack. Orion32+ is now Antelope's flagship interface, and features Thunderbolt compatibility, improved dynamic range, and zero latency monitoring.

Suitable for both project studios, home recording environments and other applications, Orion Studio delivers professional grade audio quality and is capable of processing 32 channels of 192 kHz audio at speeds of 100μ round trip delay. It has 12 commercial quality microphone...

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Dec 16
IBM announces new ResearchKit app to help track concussions

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center will begin testing whether a new free mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch can help those with concussions better track their symptoms during the critical six weeks following their diagnosis.

Participants will complete three daily tasks: a five-question survey that captures symptoms, including balance issues, blurred vision, and drowsiness; a six-minute walk test; and tasks to measure concentration. The NYU Langone Concussion Tracker app is now available at the Apple App Store.

While the app isn’t intended to diagnose or treat disease, the larger goal of such surveillance is to catch cases where the initial injury caused a persistent problem that must be addressed, according to Laura Balcer, MD, co-director of NYU Lagone’s Concussion Center. With availability throughout the U.S., researchers hope the app will provide a more in-depth, daily picture of concussion nationwide, she adds.

The study uses the ResearchKit...

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Dec 16
Ntrepid announces general availability of Passages Enterprise

Ntrepid Corp., a provider of cutting-edge cyber security solutions, has announced the general availability of Passages Enterprise (Passages), a secure virtual browser that allows users to navigate and browse the Internet without fear of picking up malware.

Passages also significantly reduces the ability of adversaries to conduct targeted social engineering attacks – all while providing the complete functionality that users expect from a traditional web browser, according to Richard Helms, Founder and Chief Executive at Ntrepid. Using Passages as the default method for Internet use, if/when a user clicks a bad link or is targeted with a web attack, they will be protected. Passages isolates the web session from the actual computer, allowing the user to virtually surf online without the risk of infecting their actual computer or mobile device – severing the link that would allow for the compromising of their data.

The Passages user interface is based off of Mozilla...

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Dec 16
VisionTek expands USB 3.0 Pocket SSD line

VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced an expansion to the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized Solid State Drives. The line is designed for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance enthusiasts.

Available in full density storage capacities of 128 gigabyte (GB) with an suggested retail price (SRP) of US$89.99, 256 GB with an SRP of $149.99, and 512 GB with an SRP of $279.99, the 3.0 Pocket Drive will launch in North America later this month. The VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD can be plugged into any computer’s USB 3.0 port to save or share work files, movies, images, music libraries, and more. The drives can be used with any Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux-based system with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

The aircraft-grade aluminum housing contains a Solid State Drive with a multi-chip design utilizing high endurance MLC NAND that delivers consistent 450MB...

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Dec 16
Studiometry 12.2 adds client access, report approval system

Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.2. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.

Studiometry 12.2 adds the ability to send out estimates, purchase orders, and reports to your clients and have their feedback automatically synced to your Studiometry database. In addition, you can also give clients live access to their projects list, as well as current status, category, and stage information. The upgrade also sports improvements improvements to payments and contacts, more summaries and an expanded set of fields and settings, and more.

Studiometry 12.2 is available for download from the Oranged Software website. A demo is available for download. Pricing options are available at the website.

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Dec 16
Typinator 6.8 provides new markers for calendar week and numeric...

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.8, a new version of their text expander. It comes with new markers for calendar week (ISO and U.S. numbering) and for the numeric weekday, and improves the structure of some submenus in the markers pop-up menu. The installer has been improved and now shows a confirmation of the successful installation only when the Typinator window doesn’t open anyway.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.8 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6.x. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.

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Dec 16
DriveDX for Mac OS X drives to version 1.4.2

BinaryFruit has revved DriveDx 1.4.2, its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring, to version 1.4.2. The tool performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out/endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more).

It’s a combined drive health analysis and forecasting tool. DriveDx monitors and analyzes changes to S.M.A.R.T. attributes in order to continuously evaluate drive health status and predict drive failures. In addition to "Failed" and "OK" drive statutes DriveDx supports "Warning" and "Failing" statuses indicating that a drive is in a pre-failure status and backup of sensitive data is highly recommended.

Version 1.4.2 offers improved diagnostic algorithms and heuristics and enhanced support of most recent SSD and HDD models and more. DriveDx requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

It can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website (...

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Dec 15
Twelve South releases rose gold version of iPhone/iPad HiRise

Twelve South has introduced a limited edition Rose Gold version of its HiRise Deluxe, the designed iPhone and iPad dock for charging and hands-free use.

The Rose Gold HiRise Deluxe includes both Lightning and Micro-USB cables to charge iPhone, iPad and many other Lightning-based devices. A weighted base and rear dial allow for simple for one-handed adjustment for cases. This versatile stand, now in Rose Gold, is available today at twelvesouth.com for $59.99, including cables.

Have a case on your iPhone? No problem. HiRise adjusts two ways for compatiblity with most iPhone cases including extended battery cases like the new Apple iPhone 6s Smart Case. Free shipping in time for Christmas is available for one more day.

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