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Oct 14
Desktop Informant upgraded for OS X El Capitan

Web Information Solutions ( has upgraded Desktop Informant, a calendar/task app for Mac OS X, adding support for El Capitan and a new Stacked Week View.

There are also companion products available on iOS and Android so you can sync your data across myriad devices. Desktop Informant requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$29.99.

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Oct 13
Dell's buyout of EMC (and VMware) is the largest tech...

Dell is buying EMC, a cloud computing and storage company, for US$67 billion. It's the largest technology industry acquisition to date.

Dell, of course, makes Windows-based personal computers. EMC provides data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services that enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze data. VMware, which makes such products as VMmare Fusion (which allows users to run Windows on a Mac without rebooting), is a subsidiary of EMC.

The deal should help privately held Dell diversify from a "stagnant" consumer PC market and give it greater scale in the more profitable and faster-growing market for cloud-based data services, according to Reuters ( By combining Dell's server businesses with EMC's storage and virtualization assets, the new, enlarged company will have a broader range...

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Oct 13
iMovie for Mac OS X adds support for 4K video

Along with revving the iMac line with all Retina displays, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1, adding support for creating, editing, and sharing movies at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160).

You can view pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing a movie on an iMac with Retina 5K display. (4K export requires a Mac from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM. Full resolution 4K display id supported on an iMac with Retina display or a Mac Pro (2013 or later) when connected to a 4K display.

According to Apple's notes, the upgrade allows you to:

° Create and share movies with 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second;

° Import movies and trailers from iMovie for iOS (version 2.2 and later), so you can start editing on an iOS device and finish on your Mac.

iMovie 10.1 has a redesigned media view that lets you see more of your library while browsing videos and photos. The Projects view has been tweaked to make it easier to find and open your movies...

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Oct 13
Ockham is a new analysis app for Mac OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software has introduced Ockham 1.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite (and higher), an app for performing sensitivity analyses for a number of model parameters.

It's based on self-organizing analysis concepts, and it is designed as a tool in academic research and for industry practitioners across a wide spectrum of disciplines including but not limited to environmental engineers, pharmaceutical scientists, oil and gas reservoir simulation engineers, government agencies and local authorities.

Ockham reads data representing a mathematical model in an open Excel worksheet to perform a global sensitivity analysis of the model. The app's approach to global sensitivity analysis considers both single parameters and interactions between model parameters

Ockham 1.0 pricing starts at US$15 and is available at the KnowledgeMiner Software website ( A demo version is...

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Oct 13
Apple updates its entire iMac family

Apple has updated the entire iMac family, bringing a Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The revved all-in-ones also sport more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display. Every 27-inch iMac now comes with a Retina 5K display with 14.7 million pixels, seven times more pixels than an HD display.

The new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space, and with more available colors, images are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever, says Schiller.

The new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display now comes with sixth-generation Intel Core processors and the latest AMD high-performance...

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Oct 13
IK Multimedia introduces iRig keys USB

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Keys 25, iRig Keys 37 and iRig Keys 37 PRO. These three new MIDI keyboard controllers are specifically designed with mobile Mac and PC musicians in mind.

Each one offers a different keyboard layout and size: iRig Keys 25 comes with 25 mini-keys, iRig Keys 37 comes with 37 mini-keys and iRig Keys 37 PRO comes with 37 full-sized keys. All three come loaded with all the features and controls required for portable performance.

All three keyboard controllers come bundled with SampleTank 3 SE, a special version of the sound and groove workstation for Mac/PC. It features an expandable 6.5GB sample library with instruments in categories that cover everything from acoustic to electronic and beyond.

When users register their keyboard controller, they'll also get a spread of free instrument collections. These collections include The Grid, a collection of electronic construction kits and drum kits plus five instrument collections of the...

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Oct 13
Apple ebook antitrust monitoring coming to an end

The U.S. Justice Department said it’s satisfied that Apple has implemented reforms to comply with antitrust laws even though it fought with a monitor appointed to oversee its sale of electronic books, reports Bloomberg (

The government has recommended that the monitoring not be extended. In a letter to the Manhattan federal judge who found in 2013 that Apple illegally conspired with publishers to set e-book prices, the U.S. said Apple has “now implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court.”

The Justice Department said Apple “never embraced a cooperative working relationship with the monitor.” Apple acknowledged its relationship with the monitor was “rocky at times,” but disagreed that it wasn’t...

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Oct 13
AKVIS Draw for OS X revved to version 3.0

AKVIS has introduced version 3.0 of AKVIS Draw for Mac OS X and Window. The software creates pencil drawings from photos.

Version 3.0 offers an improved photo to sketch effect, new tools and features. The image to drawing conversion algorithm has been totally reworked. The effect parameters have been changed. 
A new Refined Lines option lets you dynamically change the thickness of the strokes. In version 3.0, contours of the drawing look more accurately and precise. The program gives more control for changing the outlines of the image.

The revamped AKVIS Draw offers advanced color management (Home Deluxe, Business). The program has now three modes to change colors of the drawing: the possibility to choose the pencil and background colors, and the Bright Colors and Natural Colors options for creating a multicolor drawing.

Version 3.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users, whose license is not valid for the new version, can get Draw 3.0 for US$14.95. A...

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Oct 12
PFiddlesoft updates the PFAssistive Framework

PFiddlesoft has updated its PFAssistive Framework to version 3.5.0. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks are two frameworks that help developers write assistive Macintosh applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs (application programming interfaces) on OS X.

The PFAssistive Framework has been updated to add support for client applications that are written using the new Swift programming language. It also adds support for new accessibility features introduced by Apple late last month in OS X El Capitan, improved power, speed and efficiency, and a few minor bug fixes.

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 now license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or for use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event...

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Oct 12
BurningThumb Studios updates Virtual CD RW – Mac

BurningThumb Studios has released a new version of Virtual CD RW, its Mac virtual CD drive App. Version 2.0 of Virtual CD RW adds support for OS X El Capitan

It also fixed a problem where the Show in Finder menu item wasn't showing the bin/cue disk image files for a mounted image. Version 2.0 also improved responsiveness of the menu bar.

Virtual CD RW Mac is virtual CD drive for Mac that uses a disk image, although it appears to Mac OS X as if a CD has been inserted, making it possible to read from and burn to a virtual CD drive, instead of a real one.

Virtual CD RW is available for US$24.95 US. You can download it at .

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Oct 12
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.49, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows to reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments, convert image formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95). The update 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 and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Oct 12
Quark Software releases El Capitan update to QuarkXPress 2015

Quark Software has released the El Capitan Update to QuarkXPress 2015. With the El Capitan Update, QuarkXPress 2015 now officially supports the new OS X 10.11.
The update is Mac-only and free for all current QuarkXPress 2015 users. It can be downloaded using the built-in Auto Updater in QuarkXPress or downloaded here (

In addition to supporting OS X El Capitan, the new update to QuarkXPress addresses known issues and includes an even faster start-up time. Internal tests have shown the El Capitan Update launches in just over five seconds, nearly 60 percent faster than the previous version of QuarkXPress.

Note that due to the extensive changes in the OS X El Capitan release, Quark doesn't intend to provide support for running El Capitan on versions of QuarkXPress prior to QuarkXPress 2015. QuarkXPress 3-10 users who plan to migrate to El Capitan should upgrade...

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Oct 09
SIM-free iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models now available at Apple's...

Apple's online store ( is now offering SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. Pricing for the former starts at US$649 ($32.45 with Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program). Pricing for the latter begins at $749 ($37.45 per month with the upgrade program.

"The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn’t come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s," says Apple. "And because it’s unlocked, it isn’t tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States."

Of course, the plan also means that you have to pay the full price for the Apple smartphone upfront. On the bright side, SIM-free iPhones work on a variety of networks including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S....

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Oct 09
MacXDVD upgrades DVD Ripper Pro, Video Converter Pro

MacXDVD ( has overhauled MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro with as many as 20 new profiles. Users can update to the latest versions for better support of all the latest devices such as the iPhone 6S (Plus), iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, the New Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and more, in case of DVD ripping and video conversion.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro, originally priced at $59.95 and $49.95 for single-user license, are open to all existing users for free update. New users can get them for 50 percent off discount by taking advantages of MacXDVD 2015 autumn promotion.

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Oct 09
New Elmedia Video Player ready for download from the Mac App...

Eltima Software has announced Elmedia Video Player, a free, all-new universal media player is now available for download from the Mac App Store.

The utility is equipped with audio and video options to improve playback experience for Mach users. Elmedia Video Player supports a variety of video and audio formats, including MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, MP3, and more. It's also possible to specify preferred audio and subtitles languages for files with multiple subtitles and audio streams.

Elmedia Video Player requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category. A pro version is available for $9.99 via in-app purchase.

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Oct 09
App Tamer for OS X ready for El Capitan

St. Clair Software has delivered a 2.1 update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.1 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and improves support for a number of applications.

App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A demo is available at the St. Clair website ( A license to continue using it after the trial period is $14.95. If you bought App Tamer 2.0 this update is free. If you purchased App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013, the update is also free. If you purchased your license before that date you can upgrade for $7.95.

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Oct 09
DriveDx for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4.1

BinaryFruit has driven DriveDx, its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring, to version 1.4.1. The upgrade supports external USB/FireWire drive S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic on OS X El Capitan.

DriveDx 1.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8. It can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website ( The Mac App Store update is coming soon. A 10-day trial version is available for download.

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Oct 08
Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict available for the Mac, PC

Firefly Studios has released their largest expansion ever for Stronghold Kingdoms — Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict. It's available now for free on Mac and PC systems.

Here's how the expansion pack is described: "Global Conflict returns the online castle builder to its PvP roots by massively expanding the playable game world. Firefly’s online battlefield now includes almost every country in the world, allowing for warfare between cities, inside countries and across entire continents.

"Battle across a sprawling map of the earth, with 151 countries in one massive game world! True grand strategy has come to Stronghold Kingdoms with the arrival of the Global Conflict world map update. The number one requested feature by players since the release of 'Europe', this new world map opens up completely new strategic possibilities for all players from newbies to end-game veterans. 
"With its largest game world ever, Stronghold Kingdoms: Global Conflict...

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Oct 08
Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories now available at Apple Stores

Elgato ( has announced the availability of their HomeKit-enabled Eve Room and Eve Weather sensors in Apple stores worldwide and on

The new Eve HomeKit accessories gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity and air pressure to gain insights that help make your home a smarter place. Eve Room and Eve Weather offer advanced security, and tight integration with Siri.  

The Eve Room monitors indoor air quality, temperature and humidity usingsophisticated sensors that analyze volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Eve Room goes beyond CO2 by analyzing substances that directly affect your well-being, like alcohols and chemicals, molds, paints, smoke, and more to ensure users keep their home safe.  

Eve Weather is a wireless outdoor sensor that monitors temperature, humidity and air pressure to help users better prepare for the day. Eve Weather is built to live outside, and with...

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Oct 08
Bowers & Wilkins launches Zeppelin Wireless

Bowers & Wilkins has announced the Zeppelin Wireless, a redesign of its Zeppelin speaker system

For the Zeppelin Wireless the material and shape of the subwoofer has been altered with a larger 6.5-inch driver and an "ultra-long" voice coil to allow for deeper bass. It also boasts decoupled double-dome tweeters and FST midrange drivers.
A new reinforced cabinet has been redesigned with a front  fascia that's 50 percent thicker than the previous version. Specially designed glass fibre ribs strengthen the cabinet.
The Zeppelin Wireless has Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that's purportedly twice as powerful as its predecessor. All inputs are upsampled to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.
The Zeppelin Wireless includes Airplay, Bluetooth aptX and Spotify Connect support. A Control App has also been updated and is available for iOS, Mac O X, Android and Windows systems.
The Zeppelin Wireless is priced at US$699.99. It's and available...

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Oct 08
ooVoo 6.0 for Mac OS X sports a new look

ooVoo has updated its Mac app with a complete interface redesign and new features. ooVoo 6.0 now offers an integrated video calling and messaging experience in an one-window design and sleeker interface. This brand new look is fully reflective of the experience found in ooVoo's award winning mobile app.

Chief Product Officer Rajesh Midha says the ooVoo for Mac interface redesign encompasses all of ooVoo's most popular features, including: high-definition one-on-one video calling, 12-way group video calling, voice calls, and screen sharing. This release also includes an in-app purchase option for ooVoo Premium, which provides users an ad-free experience.

ooVoo 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available free at the Mac App Store (

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Oct 08
Quark offers 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans

Throughout the month of October, Quark Software is offering a 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans. With a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan, users are guaranteed to receive all QuarkXPress upgrades free of charge over the course of the plan, including all new major version updates.

Until Oct. 31, the plan is offered for US$99 for one year and $179 for two years, saving users over 40 percent. To learn more about the special offer contact the Quark Telesales Team ( QuarkXPress users can purchase a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan within 90 days of upgrading to the newest version or within 90 days of purchasing a new license of QuarkXPress 2015.

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Oct 08
Enhanced editions of Harry Potter books released on iBooks

Apple has announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself. 
"I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way," says J.K. Rowling.
Until now, the Harry Potter digital books have only been available for readers to purchase through the Pottermore Shop. Starting today, iBooks users can experience the books with all new exclusive custom covers for each title, and typography including the custom Harry Potter...

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Oct 08
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds OS X El Capitan 10.11 compatibility and fixes miscellaneous bugs discovered in the previous release. It also contains overall performance improvements. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (El Capitan Edition).

Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (...

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Oct 08
Marked 2.5 for OS X gets multilingual spelling/grammar checker

Brett Terpstra has announced Marked 2.5 for OS X. It's a live-updating Markdown preview application with a full set of tools for writers.

Users can edit text documents in their favorite editor and Marked will provide the tools needed for previewing, proofreading, and polishing. Version 2.5 adds multilingual spelling and grammar checking, support for new applications, expanded export options, and advanced features for integration in writing workflows.

Marked 2.5 requires OS X Yosemite or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store ( Normally priced at US$13.99, Marked 2.5 is available for $11.99 for a limited time. The update is free to all existing Marked 2 users.

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