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Jul 15
Kanex has introduced a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA adapter

Kanex (www.kanexlive.com) has introduced what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter. It lets you connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA hard drive.

You can also add an extra USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC. The US$79.95 Kanex adapter supports both eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces simultaneously. It's small and compact enough to take it with you when you're on the go.

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Jul 15
Boss introduces Waza Craft compact pedals

BOSS (www.BossUS.com) has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals.

The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists, according to the folks at BOSS.

In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive has been in production for over 30 years. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.

Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the BOSS DM-2 Delay stomp "has been reborn with...

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Jul 15
Mobile Edge introduces new Tech Brief laptop cases

Mobile Edge (mobileedge.com) has unveiled two new slim-line combination laptop and tablet cases. The new Tech Briefs are crafted using durable vegan leather and a tartan cotton-twill lining.

The Tech Brief is designed for daily commutes or quick trips. They feature a separate padded compartment for both a laptop and a tablet. The padded fur-lined pocket will protect an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.

The integrated accessory organizer features pockets for a sSmartphone, flash drives, memory cards, pens and business cards. Two large exterior padded pockets provide storage for travel accessories or personal items.

Dual wrapped handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap offer carrying options. The Tech Briefs are available in black and dark brown. Both cases carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$79.99 and are shipping now.

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Jul 14
Smarthome expands connected home product line with Honeywell...

Smarthome has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the US$279.99 Honeywell Lyric (http://www.lyric.honeywell.com) thermostat.

Using smartphone location, the Lyric thermostat knows when you're coming and going. It automatically sets the thermostat in energy saving mode when the house is empty, and when it knows you are coming home it automatically heats or cools the house to your preferred temperature. The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature in the home, according to Scott Holder of Smarthome.

With the Lyric app (available via the Apple App Store and Google Play app stores), homeowners can adjust their home’s temperature wherever they are. When inside the home, the thermostat can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial...

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Jul 14
ZipZapMac updates Periscope Pro for Mac OS X

ZipZapMac (http://zipzapmac.com/) has updated Periscope Pro, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system, to version 2. The upgrade includes an all-new interface, an audio-activated recording trigger, support for IP Cameras with the auto-configuration system, and an in-app clip viewer.

The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.

Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including...

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Jul 14
Sample Logic updates Arpology to version 1.2

Sample Logic (http://tinyurl.com/kyeqsyo) has updated Arpology to version 1.2. It's a virtual instrument and MIDI effect dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.

The update enhances the Step Animator by bringing new features for on-the-fly step pattern manipulation. This new update is a free download for current users. If you're new to Arpology, the update comes pre-installed when you purchase Arpology.

For new users the software costs US$399.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and requires Kontact Player (5.3 or later), which is free from Native Instruments (http://tinyurl.com/cq5jqfg).

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Jul 14
Public cloud services spending driven by enterprise apps...

For 2013, worldwide public cloud services revenue reached a total of US$45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% through 2018, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).

"Data provides the edge to companies that can leverage their information for competitive advantage, through new products and services or an enriched customer experience. Software for data management, data access, and collaborative information sharing continues to lead the growth in the overall software industry," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC.

Two product groups comprise the total public cloud services market in IDC's software taxonomy: cloud Software and cloud infrastructure. Cloud software spending represented almost 86% of the total public cloud services market in 2013 while Cloud Infrastructure held the remaining 14%. The Cloud Software market...

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Jul 11
ClickInstall 4.0 builds Mac software installers

Excel Software (http://tinyurl.com/oaznl3f) has updated ClickInstall, software that lets you create a professional Mac OS X software installer, to version 4.0. You can create installers for any number of products or licenses with a one-time purchase for US$395.

ClickInstall 4.0 adds user choice and option selections during the install process. Users can install the files and features they want or patch an existing installation with new or modified files. To reduce file size and download time, the install process can download optional features on demand.

ClickInstall 4.0 adds new FTP features to the build process You can build one or many installers with a button click and upload them directly to your website in a fully automated build process.

The ClickInstall package includes a printed and PDF manual with a downloadable trial edition and online video demonstration.

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Jul 11
Splasm Software introduces Return Labels for Mac OS X

Splasm Software (http://www.splasm.com/returnlabels/) has released Return Labels, software for creating return address labels on your Mac. Features include rich text editing tools, built-in images, and the ability to import a contact from your Mac’s Contacts or Address Book.

You can use any font of any style with Return Labels. The size, style, line spacing, and color are up to you.

You can choose from a collection of images and pick accent and background colors for many of them. You can drag and drop any photo or image to add a personal touch to your labels.

There’s no limit to how many labels you can make. Return Labels saves them so you can print them again any time. The app is available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.

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Jul 11
Apple blocking older versions of Flash Player plug-in for Safari

Apple is blocking (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5655) all un-updated version of the Flash Player plug-in for Safari due to security reasons. If the version of Adobe Flash plug-in you are using is out of date, you may see the message, "Blocked plug-in", "Flash Security Alert” or "Flash out-of-date" when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.

In order to use Adobe Flash you need to update to a later version:

1. Click the Download Flash button.
2. Safari opens Adobe Flash Player installer page on the Adobe website.
3. Click the Download now button on the Adobe website to download the latest Adobe Flash Player installer.
4. After the download completes, open the downloaded disk image (usually located in your Downloads folder) if it does not open automatically.
5. In the window that appears, open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions...

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Jul 11
The latest iOS apps: July 11

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Ryan Reynolds has announced Space Stack. It's a free, arcade-style game title that tests a player's timing and precision. It features 16 rounds of gameplay and presents you with a neon colored pyramid split into individual "stacks," with a single stack moving across the screen at all times. The game has only one direction: tap the screen to stop the stack.

Pixel Trap has released Might Adventure. The US$2.99 app is a platformer cross with an action adventure runner. Players control three jumping friends across a quest through 40 magical levels and four worlds.

Dim Sum Lab has introduced Sir Tapalot. In the free game, you play as the title character, fighting obese sprouts, sock puppets, alien species, ninjas, and other fear-mongering characters.

Good.Co, has launched Journey, a free app that provides quizzes and assessments "for users to uncover the many different layers of their...

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Jul 10
Mail Designer 2 for Mac OS X now supports animated images, more

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2 of Mail Designer, its Mac OS X app for designing emails and newsletters. The new version adds: support for animated images, support for videos embedded directly within emails, an integrated button designer, and collaborative features for teams.

Mail Designer 2 is available at a special introductory price of US$9.99 for a limited time. The price is normally $29.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store. Existing Mail Designer 1 users can take advantage of this special offer to upgrade to the new version.

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Jul 10
SoundSight announces video/audio recording headphones

SoundSight Headphones (SoundSightHeadphones.com) has announced what is says is the world’s first video recording headphones. Developed for iOS and devices, it allows you to record, video, edit, mix your music and video, and share the results.

Features include: patent pending video recording and audio technology; the ability to record in up to1080 HD resolution; Hi-Fi studio sound with noise cancellation; USB audio out; the ability clip and mix your music for video content through the SoundSight app; a ColorTune feature to auto-suggest by matching video colors to music notes with a touch of the hand; and the ability to edit, trim and apply film look filters.

SoundSight will sell a limited run of units priced at US$349 a pair, before the official release in spring of 2015 when the headphones will retail for $499 a pair.

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Jul 10
Imagineer Systems releases mocha Plus, mocha Pro 4.0

Imagineer Systems (http://www.imagineersystems.com/) has released mocha Plus (pictured), a planar tracking and roto utility designed for Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro users. The company has also released mocha Pro 4.0, a new version of its visual effects solution.

Replacing Imagineer System’s mocha AE product, mocha Plus (US$245) adds professional VFX modules including a 3D camera solver, lens correction tools for After Effects and support for copying and pasting mocha roto masks directly to the Premiere Pro timeline. mocha Plus also supports a multitude of compositing and NLE applications.

mocha Pro 4.0 offers native Stereo 3D (S3D) workflow capabilities and advanced support for Python scripting. The workflow lets users analyze differences between right and left camera streams and apply the solved disparity in 2D tracking, 3D camera solving, object remove...

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Jul 10
Apple posts iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X, Windows

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X and Window. The update adds support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. With iTunes Extras, viewers can see cast interviews, exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and photo galleries along with a movie.

HD movie extras are available on the Apple TV set-top box for those who've updated it with Software Update 6.2. HD movie extras support will come to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch when iOS 8 is released this fall.

iTunes is free and available for download at the Mac App Store. The 11.3 update can be installed via the OS X System Preference's Software Update app.

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Jul 10
InDesign CC 2014 PDF Converter, InDesign Converter released

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released InDesign CC 2014 versions of PDF2ID, the PDF to InDesign converter, and ID2Office, an InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote converter.

PDF2ID and ID2Office are both InDesign plug-ins offering workflow automation. InDesign CC 2014, the latest release of the Creative Cloud edition of InDesign.

PDF2ID v4.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):

PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1: US $199.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: $299.00
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1 Upgrade: $99.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: US $149.00

ID2Office v2.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):

ID2Office Standard v2.0.1: $199.00
ID2Office Professional v2.0.1: $249.00

PDF2ID v4.0.1 is a free update for all PDF2ID v4.0...

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Jul 10
Conner Productions releases Billow for FCP X

Conner Productions (http://www.connerpro.com) has released Billow, a free Apple Free Final Cut Pro X template that features a billowing smoke effect and organic lights, coming together to make an introduction title.

Using FCP X's customization options, you can customize the color of the smoke, the orientation of the effect, text size, and more. It's also possible to use a custom Drop Zone, allowing users to use images and logos instead of text.

Billow was designed using Apple's Motion 5, and features organic lights, advanced compositing, natural film grain, and coloring effects. Conner Productions is offering Billow as a free download.

It's fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. There is no watermark and the title template is fully functional and customizable without limitations.

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Jul 10
MCE ships Mac compatible Complement

MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) has begun shipping the Mac compatible MCE Complement, an all-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 TB Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader.

The MCE Complement's 2 TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac.

In addition to recording and playing high capacity Blu-ray media, the drive is also a full-fledged SuperDrive and reads and writes all CD and DVD formats. The Complement also boasts an integrated USB 3.0 hub as well as an SD Card Reader. The MCE Complement is portable at 5.5 x 6 x 1.25 inches, weighs in at 19 ounces and includes a carrying case. It retails for US$299 and is available immediately.

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Jul 10
The latest iOS apps: July 10

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Vision Genesis has published Daughters Of Zion Magazine for iPad, a digital Christian magazine that is published monthly on the Apple Newsstand. The magazine — which costs US$3.99 per issue — covers everything from parenting, dietary, health issues, relationship advice, motivational articles, encouraging words, and life transforming messages.

Anuman Interactive has announced a "freemium" version of Gods vs. Humans. In the game, humans build a 10-story tower up to the world of the Gods. You embody one of the 20 gods or goddesses (four of them are hidden) to foil their bold attempt and stop them from getting into your world.

OmNom Apps has released Word Search Master 1.0. It's a free app that offers an "elegant and fun way to search for words."

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Jul 09
Acclivity announces the latest release of Checkout Point of Sale

Acclivity has released Checkout Point of Sale v4, an update of the Mac point of sale software used by business around the world. The upgrade sports over 45 new or enhanced features, a faster image processing engine, and Shopify syncing for e-commerce users.

"Checkout 4 includes a number significant technical, under-the-hood enhancements that will deliver increased performance and stability, which is important to retailers of all sizes and types," says Tom Nash, Acclivity co-founder.  "But what we're probably most excited about is the tight integration between Checkout and Shopify, providing stores and boutiques a true end-to-end solution for selling their wares on- and off-line.”

Checkout Point of Sale is available immediately from the Checkout website (http://www.checkoutapp.com) and from Apple Specialists around the world. It has a retail price of US$499.

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Jul 09
D-Link shipping low cost, 802.11ac wireless access point

D-Link (http://www.dlink.com) has announced the DAP-2660, an US$229.99, 802.11ac wireless access point. Packaged in a low profile white housing, the DAP-2660 is designed for ceiling or wall mount applications in schools, office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and more.
 
The DAP-2660 delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band.
 
The DAP-2660 has internal antennas, is easy to install and can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter or directly via the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3af, according to Steven Olen, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems. 

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Jul 09
Adobe issues security updates for Flash Player

A vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible, reports AppleInsider.com.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.125 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.378 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/mlm7do5 .

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Jul 09
Thecus announces OS updates for full NAS lineup

Thecus Technology Corp. has announced firmware enhancements on all consumer and enterprise NAS models. The company says updates to ThecusOS 5 and 6 mean enhanced capability and security across the entire Thecus NAS lineup.

For the N2310, ThecusOS 6 is upgraded to offer multiple RAID volumes and RAID Encryption. Updates for the 2-bay N2520 and N2560 as well as the 4-bay N4520 and N4560 models offer enhanced UPS support and multiple RAID volumes. In addition, OpenSSL updates and bug fixes enhance security and reliability of these consumer and SOHO Thecus NAS models, according to the folks at Thecus.

SMB NAS models such as the 7-bay N7710-G now support even more enterprise-class storage features with this latest firmware for ThecusOS 5. These features include updated OpenSSL for improved security and enhanced compatibility for numerous UPS. In addition, a beta update is available featuring Btrfs Snapshots for better backup capability and ESXi VAAI, enhancing...

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Jul 09
The latest iOS apps: July 9

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Bassem Youssef has announced Light 'em Up. The free puzzle game challenges players to create a path to power the light bulbs before the timer runs out. Players have a set amount of steps to connect the tubes, activate the light and win the level.

Knowledge Poker is a new, US$0.99 knowledge game based on "loosely" Poker rules. The player, learns and ascertains what he knows by placing bets on his knowledge on a specific answer that they think is correct. The asked questions are about various fields of knowledge such as History, Arts, Sports, Science, Human rights.

Fast Pixel Games has released Sticky Soccer. Based on their previous title , StickyBalls Classic, the $0.99 app adds 12 all-new tables and a soccer theme.

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Jul 08
FontAgent Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.2, an update to its USS$99.95, professional font manager for Mac OS X.

FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. New features in version 6.2 include:

° Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and   InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;

° Workflow Center for organizing, launching and updating automatic scripts;

° Smasher 3 software that provides automatic "set and forget" font, print and application cache maintenance;

° 1,350+ downloadable, verified, print and web fonts;

° Keyword-search engine for finding local and Internet fonts simultaneously.

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