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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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Dec 15
BatchOutput for Microsoft Office improves Office 2016 support

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Office Suite, a collection of output automation applications for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on OS X.

The software automates printing and PDF production from Office and offers batch processing, professional PDF export facilities, image downsampling, variable file names and other productivity enhancement features. The new version improves support for Office 2016 on systems where Office 2008 and 2011 weren’t previously installed.

BatchOutput Office Suite can be purchased for $89.88 fro the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The suite's applications - BatchOutput DOC, BatchOutput XLS and BatchOutput PPT - can be also purchased separately for $39.95 each. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Office requires Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 and Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011.

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Dec 15
Nine Mac developers team up for WinterFest 2015 bundle

DEVONtechnologies, Bare Bones Software, Eastgate Systems, Literature & Latte, Nisus Software, Scribblecode, Smile Software, Sonny Software, and Take Control Books are wishing their customers Happy Holidays with discounts on Mac productivity software and ebooks.

The products include Aeon Timeline, BBEdit, Bookends, DEVONthink Pro Office, Nisus Writer Pro, Scrivener, Take Control Books, TextExpander, and Tinderbox.
More information about WinterFest 2015 offer is available on the official page, artisanalsoftwarefestival.com, as well as on the websites of each of the participating companies.

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Dec 15
Offline Pages for Mac 1.0 Saves Entire Websites for Offline...

Codium Labs has introduced Offline Pages for Mac 1.0, an “intelligent” offline browser for Mac OS Yosemite and El Capitan.

Offline Pages allows you to save virtually any website to your hard drive for offline access, making it available for viewing at a later time.It makes use of a combination of intelligent algorithms that, along with your custom settings, make each saved website a personalized experience

Offline Pages for Mac 1.0 costs $19.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/j28ucl9) in the Business category.

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Dec 15
AKVIS HDRFactory now offers local correction

AKVIS has released AKVIS HDRFactory 5.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version offers an improved method of creating HDR images, the new Local Correction tool, the improved Ghost Removal tool, and other changes.

AKVIS HDRFactory is an application for creating High Dynamic Range pictures. The HDR technology bridges the gap between reality as we see it and its photographic reflection. The software creates HDR images by combining several photos of the same object taken with different exposure settings. It also makes an HDR effect using one single photo.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS HDRFactory is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. A demo is available for download.

A home license sells for $69. Version 5.0 is a free update for registered users. Go to http://...

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Dec 15
Audio Switcher 2.5.6 released for OS X

Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.6 (http://tinyurl.com/zus4ttr), the latest update to its menubar applet utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

It enhances the built-in behavior of OS X's Sound Preferences by allowing you switch audio devices from the menu bar. Audio Switcher also allows you to set up default input/output devices. Version 2.5.6 now lists the name of the input/output source of connected devices instead of Default Output or Built-In Input.

Audio Switcher 2.5.6 costs $4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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Dec 14
Event Taps Testbench upgraded to version 1.3.6

PFiddlesoft has released version 1.3.6 of Event Taps Testbench, an update to its free developer utility for exploring Apple's Quartz event taps on OS X 10.7 Lion and newer.

Version 1.3.6 of Event Taps Testbench incorporates a new version of PFiddlesoft's PFEventTaps Framework. The application can now be installed by dragging it into your Applications folder instead of running an installer package, because the PFEventTaps Framework is now embedded in the application's bundle.

Event Taps Testbench is based on PFiddlesoft's PFEventTaps Framework. The framework is written using Objective-C, and it supports the 64-bit Intel architecture using reference counted memory management and ARC. 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 licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software...

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Dec 14
Avidia Bank announces Apple Pay support

Avidia Bank (avidiabank.com) has announced that Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, is now available to all of Avidia Bank’s credit card and debit card customers.

ApplePay enables customers to link their credit cards and debit cards to their Apple Wallet, which can be used on the iPhone 6, 6s, AppleWatch and in apps on your iPhone and iPad.

“We are proud to be able to continue delivering the latest payments innovation available which improves our customers overall banking experience with Avidia Bank,” said Mark O’Connell, Avidia Bank’s President and CEO.

Avidia Bank provides electronic banking capabilities to businesses and consumers across Central Massachusetts and beyond. It’s a $1.2 billion mutual bank, headquartered in Hudson, MA with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.

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Dec 14
EverdowPSI for Mac Offers Real-Time Inventory Information to...

Everdow has introduced EverdowPSI 1.0, a cloud-based inventory management package for Mac OS X. Designed for small-medium enterprises, it offers real-time inventory, sales revenue and purchasing information.

EverdowPSI offers a real-time display of daily sales, month sales and previous month sales information; monthly cost and previous monthly cost information. Users can track and tally purchased goods and outbound inventory, automatically generating reports. Via the System Menu, administrators can set up user groups, as well as individual users, and apply various levels of permissions and access for each user. Admins can manage passwords, and view the activity of each user.

EverdowPSI requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs US$999.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hkhu7y9) in the Business category.

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Dec 14
Visioneer introduces all-in-one mMobile scanner, software package

Visioneer has introduced an all-in-one portable scanner and software bundle for people who need to rapidly scan, organize, and share documents and printed material from anywhere they work or travel.

The new Visioneer RoadWarrior Pro Bundle LE (http://www.visioneer.com), priced at $69.99, allows users to to digitize all types of paperwork, including receipts, business cards, IDs, documents, forms, news clippings and photographs. The RoadWarrior Pro Bundle LE includes a software suite and drivers that enable documents to be rapidly captured, organized and shared.

The Visioneer RoadWarrior Pro Bundle LE is targeted to realtors, tax preparers, commercial drivers, sales professionals or any mobile office environment.  The scanner, lightweight at 13.4 ounces, with a 11-1/2” x 2-1/4” footprint, delivers high-resolution results in color or black and white. Power is delivered through a computer USB...

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Dec 14
Star Wars-inspired visual effects plugins available from...

FanFilmFX (www.fanfilm.fx) has announced the availability of the latest versions of its Star Wars-inspired VFX plugins.

Brothers Alex (age 13) and Ben Dashwood (age 11) developed the plugins that pay tribute to iconic sci-fi visual effects, emulating lightsabers, blaster bolts and transitional wipes. Alex and Ben, with a little help from their father, Tim Dashwood, founder of plugin-maker Dashwood Cinema Solutions, have made their effects plugins available for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro. The first round of FanFilmFX VFX plugins includes:

° Saber Blade: The weapon of choice for any true Jedi, easily keyframe and rotoscope lightsaber effects into videos to achieve the quintessential battle scene.

° Blaster Bolt: Add laser-shooting guns to intensify fight scenes by animating a Blaster Bolt’s laser burst effects onto your own space battle videos.

° Space Wipes...

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Dec 11
Apple releases iTunes 12.3.2 for Mac OS X

Apple has updated its OS X version of iTunes to 12.3.2. It brings the desktop version of Apple Music in line with the recently released iOS 9.2 version of Apple Music.

This update allows you to see works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog. It also includes stability and performance improvements.

iTunes 12.3.2 is available now from the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

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Dec 11
Spitfire Audio adds frozen strings VI to EVO GRID series

Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com) has released ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS. It’s BAFTA award-winning Icelandic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic artist Ólafur Arnalds’ namesake take on the EVO GRID series of sample-based virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT platform.

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS can be purchased and downloaded directly from Spitfire Audio for approximately US$299. Note that Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application for Mac or PC allows you to buy now and download anytime, while the full version of Native Instruments’ KONTAKT is needed to run ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS.

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Dec 11
GRID Autosport drives onto the Mac on Dec. 10

Feral Interactive says GRID Autosport is now available for the Mac at Steam.

Here’s how the game is described: “GRID Autosport’s refined handling encourages players to adjust their technique to get the best out of each vehicle as they tackle five very different driving disciplines, each demanding a distinct set of skills. Players take on aggressive pack battles in Touring events, maintain focus in all-night Endurance races, master the precision of Open-Wheel driving, sharpen their reaction times on the tight corners of Street circuits, and finesse their car control as they slide their heavily modified machines around Tuner courses.

“Players will get behind the wheel of 80 highly desirable rides including front-wheel drive hot hatches, souped-up Muscle cars, lightweight open-wheelers and 1,000 horsepower hypercars, by manufacturers including Jaguar, McLaren, Pagani and Aston Martin. They’ll put these wonderful vehicles through their paces on 22 speed-friendly locations...

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Dec 11
future.dj pro 1.2 integrates with Pulselocker's music...

Xylio has released future.dj pro 1.2, in conjunction with Pulselocker's new and vast music database to produce “one of the most flexible digital DJ setups that gives any DJ or club the right to play any music anywhere legally.”

This new functionality embedded in future.dj pro's interface, makes sure that you can take full advantage of over 44 million tracks that have been integrated in Pulselocker's database from nearly 500,000 labels, says Ionut Voiculet, Xylio's managing director. The fusion between pro DJ app and advanced DJ streaming is the first service that gives DJs the ability to mix online music without having Internet access, he adds.

This works through an Offline playlist (locker) that can be used to add and keep all of the tracks you want. Then, by opening future.dj pro, the music is saved to your computer. Once the Offline playlist has updated, Internet is no longer required.

Pulselocker is the first music streaming service built just for DJs....

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Dec 11
Package Central 1.9.5 for Adobe InDesign simplifies file...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.5, a maintenance update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign which processes files from watched hot folders.

Package Central offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, automatic error handling, preflighting and other time saving features. The new version simplifies program's operations by removing some redundant font activation features, and introduces numerous user interface improvements.

Package Central can be purchased for US$149.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.

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Dec 10
Griffin’s Survivor Play for the Siri Remote available

Griffin Technology has released the Survivor Play for Siri Remote, the company’s first third-party accessory for Apple TV’s new remote. Designed to enhance the gaming experience, Survivor Play slips on the Siri Remote to create an easier, more comfortable way to hold the remote.

Survivor Play for Siri Remote lets users get a grip on gaming with its no-slip, impact absorbing silicone that surrounds the remote’s back and edges. It adds extra cushioning on the edges and corners of the Siri Remote and protects the places most likely to be damaged if the remote is dropped. Even if the Siri Remote goes flying across the room from rowdy gaming, Survivor Play is designed to keep it safe when it lands.

The textured silicone and extra thick grips on the back of Survivor Play are designed to make it easy and comfortable to hold onto no matter how the Siri Remote is held, or how long it’s used for playing games. Survivor Play also doesn’t get in the way of anything, allowing...

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