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Mar 08
OWC rolls out flash storage upgrades for mid-2013 and later Macs

OWC has announced the Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later Mac laptops (http://tinyurl.com/z4bkcnl). It allows users to expand the stock storage that came with their Mac laptops and reuse their original factory drive to transfer data and as an external storage solution.

Available in 480GB and 1.0TB capacities, Aura SSD upgrade kits are PCIe-based flash storage upgrades available for MacBook Pro with Retina display (late 2013 and newer) and MacBook Air (mid02013 and newer) models. Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, an enclosure designed to “reimagine your Mac’s original flash drive.”

When the factory-installed flash drive is removed during the upgrade process, it fits into the Envoy Pro enclosure so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your Mac. Once the file transfer is complete, you can use your Mac’s original flash drive as an external USB drive with transfer speeds up...

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Mar 08
ExxonMobil launches Speedpass+ mobile payment app with Apple Pay

ExxonMobil is now the first major fuel retailer to accept mobile payment at the pump, including Apple Pay, throughout the majority of its U.S. network. The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is now available at more than 6,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded retail stations across the U.S.

The app enables customers to authorize a pump for payment securely through the use of cloud-based technology. Customers have the option to select Apple’s mobile payment system as a default form of payment from within the app.

The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store. It may also be linked to checking accounts or other major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and ExxonMobil cards—giving customers choice in how to pay. Customers who select Apple Pay, which is secure and easy to set up, will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.

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Mar 08
Vitamin-R Pomodoro time management tool adds AppleScript support

publicspace has introduced Vitamin-R 2.39 for OS X. The app breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short time slices of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications. Version 2.39 adds support for executing AppleScript at strategic points during the time slices.

Vitamin-R 2.39 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The single user version of Vitamin-R is available for $24.99 from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/m36n6r9) and for $24.95 from the publicspace web store (http://tinyurl.com/ya6sfya). The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free...

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Mar 08
VeprIT offers public preview of Photo Sense for OS X

VeprIT has launched a public preview of the new Photo Sense generation, a batch photo enhancement tool for the Mac.

It’s designed to improve photos automatically, and lets you adjust results and apply creative effects in batch mode. Photo Sense 2 provides control over the automatic processing, offers improved performance, provides a more efficient workflow, sports a tweaked user interface, and adds new tools.

During the final development period Photo Sense 2 Beta is available for free at the product webpage (http://veprit.com/photosense/v2beta). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

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Mar 08
Seagate demos ‘fastest-ever SSD flash drive’

Seagate Technology has unveiled a production-ready unit of what it says is the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards.

The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance, says Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products.

The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium...

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Mar 08
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign update improves JPEG...

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.5.47, a maintenance update to its solution to automate printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from Adobe InDesign.

The software is designed to free up operator computers from outputting InDesign files by automating InDesign workflow with hot folder processing. Version 1.5.47 addresses an issue in which exporting InDesign spreads to JPEG could result in blank pages when working off certain network servers.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Mar 07
Artist's Record Book 1.6 for OS X adds printing support

Martin Walk has rolled out ArtHandler 1.6, a new version of the artist's record book app for OS X.

Built especially for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artwork, the app archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. You can add metadata and free-form notes to artworks, attach & export images, and much more. Version 1.6 adds printing support.

ArtHandler requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/junkua9) in the Graphics & Design category.

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Mar 07
Eltima releases Uplet for OS X

Eltima Software has debuted Uplet 1.0 for OS X, a bulk image uploader for Instagram.

It enables uploading any number of pictures to an Instagram account at once without compromising their quality. The app's photo editor allows you to set captions and crop pictures to fit the square frame or leave the original image dimensions. Captions and emojis help express ideas and emotions behind pictures, while hashtags can help expand their reach.

Uplet requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z2659pc) in the Photography category.

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Mar 07
G-Tech launches new USB-C external hard drive

G-Technology (http://www.g-technology.com) has announced the G-DRIVE mobile USB-C, a new portable drive that speeds up and streamlines the storage and backup process using the latest USB Type-C technology. USB Type-C is the next-generation connector tailored to fit into thinner and lighter notebooks, like the 12-inch Apple MacBook.

Bus-powered, it requires no external power brick. The G-DRIVE mobile USB-C is available in gold, space grey, and silver models. It sports a 7200 RPM hard drive for transfer rates up to 136MB/s. The G-Drive ships with one USB Type-C to Type-C cable and one USB Type-C to Type-A cable, allowing for backward compatibility.

Shipping this month, the gold and space gray colors will be available exclusively at Apple Stores, and the silver color will be available at G-Technology resellers. For the 1TB capacity, the manufacturers suggested retail price is $129.95.

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Mar 07
TimeOut for Mac OS X ticks to version 2

Dejal Systems has announced Time Out 2, an update to their break reminder app for Mac OS X.

Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. This leads to a refreshed, more productive user. Version 2.0 offers a number of new features, including the ability to add custom breaks, customizable break themes, fixed-time breaks, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

TimeOut 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gl7op88) in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/). Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations. Review codes are available upon request.

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Mar 07
Attack announces royalty-free dance music sounds subscription...

Online electronic music magazine, “Attack,” has launched Attack Sounds, an online store-based royalty-free sounds subscription service aimed at dance music production.

Starting at £6.90 GBP per month (including VAT) for the “Support” level offering 500 credits towards online purchases, there are different subscription tiers: Gold (offering 1, 500 credits towards online purchases for £19.90 GBP per month, including VAT); Platinum (offering 3,000 credits for £34.90 GBP per month, including VAT); and Diamond (offering 9000 credits for £94.90 GBP per month, including VAT). All are rolling monthly subscriptions, so there’s no minimum term contract.

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Mar 04
AppCrypt for Mac OS X revved to version 3

Cisdem has released AppCrypt 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an update of the app encryption tool for Mac OS X. It’s used to safely password protect individual application from prying eyes. The upgrade lets you:

° Set specific encryption time periods for some applications. Users can designate a period of time during which authorized users can access applications when they’re in public places or sharing Mac with their kids, co-workers, friends, etc.

° Intelligently terminate the programs that aren’t currently running in frontmost when your display goes sleep.

° Automatically set passwords to some crucial system applications like Activity Monitor, System Preferences, Console.

° Add kind alerts to remind users to remember their passwords when setting.

° Block Mac apps with one password, including Contacts, Quicken, iPhoto, iTunes, Safari, Mail, etc.

° Keep...

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Mar 04
Default X update for OS X improves performance, compatibility

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.2 (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an update to their Mac utility.

The tool enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.0.2 improves both performance and compatibility on El Capitan.

Default Folder X 5.0.2 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95, and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.

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Mar 04
Xero launches TaxTouch for freelancers

Xero (xero.com), known for its accounting software, has launched Xero TaxTouch, a new app developed specifically for freelance workers who submit a Schedule C form with their tax filings. It provides a way to track earnings and tax liability by automatically downloading and organizing bank and credit card transactions from all major U.S. banks and credit cards.
 
Users can separate expenses by swiping right for business or left for personal. Xero TaxTouch estimates quarterly tax payments, and continually tracks take-home earnings. It also helps freelancers save money by categorizing expenses according to IRS-approved business deductions.

Xero TaxTouch is priced at $5.99/month, or $29.99 for the first year and is now available for download on iOS from the Apple App Store. 

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Mar 03
App Camp For Girls expands in 2016

App Camp For Girls, a non-profit organization aimed at correcting the gender imbalance in the software industry, is expanding this summer.

At App Camp For Girls, campers receive a broad introduction to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. The girls use Macs and Xcode, Apple's suite of developer tools, to build their apps and run them on iPod touch devices.

An inaugural camp session will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. Camp sessions will also take place in established locations: Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The application for Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Phoenix is now available on the App Camp For Girls website (http://appcamp4girls.com). The deadline for submitting is March 16, midnight (Pacific).

If applications outnumber the available spaces at any location, a random...

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Mar 03
DEVONagent 3.9.4 updates plugins, filters more accurately

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent. Available in three editions, DEVONagent is a smart internet search agent.

It queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version brings updated plugins and search sets, adds contextual menu options for videos, and more. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of attractive bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

Pricing is: DEVONagent Pro: $49...

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Mar 02
ATTO, Avid offer certified, single-device Thunderbolt...

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) and Avid (www.avid.com) have teamed up to create a new storage solution to improve real-time collaboration.

The ATTO solution, certified by Avid, uses ATTO’s Thunderbolt-enabled devices for integration of desktops and workstations with Ethernet-connected shared storage systems, including Avid’s 7500, 5500, 2500 and 1000 products, all guaranteed to be compatible. It features ATTO’s Advanced Data Streaming to maximize data flow for reliable transfers.

The ATTO solution supports a range of editing software, making it compatible with a variety of tools. This allows multiple contributors to collaborate simultaneously on a project without having to purchase new software.

ATTO and Avid have an over 20-year history of creating collaborative solutions. Avid ISIS shared storage backed by ATTO Thunderbolt enabled 10GbE...

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Mar 02
SubRosaSoft announces SubRosaSoft Disk Copy Version One

SubRosaSoft.com has launched SubRosaSoft Disk Copy, a backup and cloning system for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.

It can create bootable copies of a startup drive, manage synchronization of volumes, handle incremental bootable copies, and run backups using a schedule. SubRosaSoft Disk Copy supports multiple backup modes such as Cloning and Synchronization of drives. It can also make incremental snapshots that back up your most recent changes, and retain older versions of files you can retrieve, if needed.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for SubRosaSoft Disk Copy is $34.95. It’s available as a download only. A demo is available.

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Mar 02
AKVIS MakeUp for OS X now supports Ultra HD 4K, 5K resolution

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS MakeUp 4.0, an update of tis portrait retouching software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).

The app cleans up the skin and removes blemishes, whitens teeth and fixes the red eye effect. Version 4.0 offers support for Ultra HD 4K and 5K resolution.

Registered users of MakeUp can upgrade to this version for free. For new users the cost is $39. A demo is available for download. MakeUp is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

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Mar 02
Audified rolls out second gen Audiotex inValve Effects

Audified has released its second-generation Audiffex inValve Effects, a plug-in suite simulating valve processing hardware with modeling of analogue circuitry and valve characteristics as part of its Hybrid Valve Series.

It’s a software simulation of UK audio product manufacturer TL Audio’s VL-1 valve interface, an eight- channel rack-mountable “rose-tinted” affair designed for use with the eight-track digital recorders of the time. Audiffex inValve Effects for Mac and PC is available to purchase for $49 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/jlc3xe8).

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Mar 02
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel update improves Workbook PDF...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.6, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS.

In addition to batch printing and PDF conversion, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel and repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version ensures that the scaling and orientation settings are applied to all sheets when printing or exporting an entire workbook to PDF.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers, Mac App Store and MacUpdate. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Mar 02
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition gets support for LiveCode 8...

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.81 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) with support for LiveCode 8 widgets as part of the LiveCode conversion feature.

This feature supports the automated conversion of FileMaker, Microsoft Access and Visual FoxPro database applications into cross platform LiveCode apps. LiveCode is a cross platform development environment supporting seven deployment platforms: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Server, iOS, Android and HTML5.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at $600) per developer. You can build an unlimited number of applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Mar 01
ATTO Tech previews 32Gb Fibre Channel Portfolio

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced the availability of its new Gen 6 Fibre Channel product portfolio. The new Gen 6 line includes CelerityTM 32Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in low-profile single- and dual-port versions and 16Gb HBAs in low-profile single-, dual- and quad-port versions. 

ATTO’s additions to its Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing SAN infrastructure and address the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, says CEOTim Klein. Upgrading an existing Fibre Channel SAN to 32Gb Gen 6 is a logical choice to maximize performance, he adds.

ATTO’s Gen 6 Celerity 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput, while 16GB HBAs...

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Mar 01
JAMF Software, eSpark announce partnership

JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a partnership with eSpark (http://esparklearning.com), a provider of differentiated learning through curated, education-focused iPad apps.

The move combines eSpark’s unique learning technology with advanced mobile device management capabilities from JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, allowing schools to automate app distribution based on the individualized learning needs of each and every student, says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. The Casper Suite and eSpark deliver a 1:1 iPad experience, he adds.

By enrolling iPads with the Casper Suite, expertly curated apps are automatically distributed without teacher or IT interaction to individual students based on assessment data. This allows districts to leverage existing...

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Mar 01
Kanex introduces HDMI adapters for Apple TV 4

Kanex (www.kanex.com) has given us two HDMI adapters ($59.95 each) for the fourth generation Apple TV. They offer an easy way to enjoy the features of the latest Apple set-top box, without the hassle of replacing current equipment, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex.


The Digital Audio Adapter provides an optical audio port to connect a surround sound system to the 4th generation Apple TV. Users can stream HD content from the new Apple TV directly to their existing home theater system via HDMI, along with sound via a digital optical port. The Kanex Digital Audio Adapter supports 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound via standard optical audio, or 2.0 surround sound via 3.5mm audio port.


The HDMI to VGA Adapter connects a VGA-ready TV, monitor or projector with audio support. High quality audio is also supported with a 3.5mm port for external speakers. With the Kanex adapter, AirPlay mirroring from an iPad can be used...

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