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Jul 20
Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in quarter one

Graphics processor units were below the 10-year average of -3.6% in the first quarter compared to the year-ago quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research (www.jonpeddie.com).

AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased -17.80% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased -12.01% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s decreased -13.5%, according to JPR. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 148%, which was up 2.95% from last quarter, and 30.57% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which is up 0.39%, the research group adds.

The overall PC market decreased -14.77% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -6.5% year-to-year. Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -8.79% from last quarter—less than the PC market.

Because GPUs go into every system before it is shipped, GPUs shipments are a leading indicator of the market. Most of the PC...

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Jul 20
Melesta Games updates Toy Defense for Mac OS X

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has released Toy Defense 1.23, an update to its game for Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

Here's how the game and update are described: "Experience a totally explosive gameplay in this tower defense game in a WWI setting. Now users are able to play on several devises without losing their progress. A brand new tournament mode with new rules is sure to entertain all players. Special offers, improved performance and stable gameplay will make playing the game even more exciting.

"One more great and wanted feature has also been added. Now all users can transfer their entire game progress from one device to another. They can play on several devices and keep the current progress. As always, the game suggests amazing bonus offers and gives many opportunities for exciting battles with an improved performance and stable gameplay."

Toy Defense 1.23 is free...

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Jul 20
SIMsmart Prepaid re-launches its low cost Europe SIM card

SIMsmart Prepaid (http://www.simsmartprepaid.com), part of the Cellhire Group of Companies, has re-launched its Europe SIM card with what it says is the lowest rates, higher data allowances and all incoming calls from anywhere in the world now free instead of US$0.35 a minute.
 
The SIM is particularly good with the iPhone, compared to an Android, because it behaves so seamlessly/fluidly, thanks to iOS in the phone, says Greg Kraynak, CEO, Cellhire. With an Android there is a slight delay when callback is initiated; not with the iPhone.
 
The card is preloaded with $20 credit, accepts free incoming calls across Europe from anywhere in the world, has simple call-back connections, features three-in-one [Standard, Micro and Nano] and comes with a 14-day money back guarantee. In addition, delivery is free.

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Jul 17
Audiffex introduces iTones2 music app for Macs

Audiffex has released inTone2, a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) with CoreAudio-compatible audio interface.

The inTone2 serves as a simple jamming tool as well as a sophisticated playback machine. It’s a live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio-quality effects plug-ins. It plays audio files and allows users to play virtual instruments while changing tracks, effects, or instrument configurations.

Every track in inTone2 features eight audio effect slots. Users can enlarge their effects collection by adding additional Audiffex plug-ins, including ampLion Pro (aimed at guitarists), GK Amplification 2 Pro (aimed at bassists), and more, as well as AU-, DirectX-, and VST-compatible third-party plug-ins.

inTone2 is available for US$49 at Audified’s online shop (...

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Jul 17
Tembo for Mac OS X gets a refreshed user interface

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has announced Tembo 2.0, an upgrade to their file search helper for Mac OS X Yosemite.

It's a file search tool that builds upon the existing Spotlight index. Version 2.0 has been updated with a fresh user interface. It's also faster and adds new features.

To celebrate its release, single user and single family licenses are 53% off until July 31. A single-user license costs US$15, and a family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Upgrades are available through the Houdah store built into the demo version of Tembo 2.0.

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Jul 17
Zevrix Deliver 2.4.21 improves file transfer over local network

Zevrix Solutions has delivered Deliver 2.4.21, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.

The software lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. Deliver will automatically notify recipients about delivered files which can be instantly downloaded from a link in the email. The new version improves transfer of non-compressed folders on local networks and addresses some performance and stability issues.

Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).

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Jul 17
Logo Pop Lite for Mac OS X gets new logos, graphics

128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.2, an update to the logo design app for Mac OS X.


The software allows you to create a vector -based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.2 adds new pre-designed templates and royalty free graphics, and fixes bugs reported by customers.

Logo Pop Lite 1.2 is available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of US$2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

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Jul 16
Apple bag search lawsuit certified as class action

Apple Store employees who sued Apple over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o587qwr).

It's part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate thousands of store employees for the time taken to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise. Reuters notes that Apple had argued in court filings that the case wasn't suitable for class action status because not all store managers conducted bag searches, and any searches that did occur took a tiny amount of time which don't deserve compensation. Alsup ruled that those issues could be litigated at trial.

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Jul 16
Feeder 3.0 gets a new Yosemite inspired look

Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has unveiled Feeder 3.0, an update to the RSS editor for creating news feeds, iTunes podcasts and appcasts on Mac OS X.

Version 3.0 sports a brand new look for OS X Yosemite, Markdown editing, autosave and a global search and replace for links. Feeder's library can now be shared with cloud services such as iCloud Drive and Dropbox.

Feeder 3 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, costs $49.99 for new customers, $24.99 for those upgrading from Feeder 2 and is available exclusively from Reinvented Software. A 15-day demo is available for download. Free upgrades are available for anyone who purchased Feeder 2 after the release of OS X Yosemite on Oct. 16, 2014, regardless of whether they purchased the app through the Mac App Store or directly from Reinvented Software.

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Jul 16
Labelist 9 for Mac OS X adds new Photos browser, more

Chronos has launched Labelist 9, an upgrade to itslabel-making software for Mac OS X Yosemite. The new version adds two all-new media browsers for integrating with Apple’s iTunes and Photos applications.

These new features make it easier to add song titles, album cover art, and photos to labels of all kinds. Labelist comes with a) hundreds of templates; b) a collection of matching label, envelope, and letterhead sets; c) 100+ super-masks; and d) a collection of artwork. The software is compatible with over 2,500 label, DVD/CD label, and envelope stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, DYMO, APLI, Formtec and more.
 
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Registration is US$39.99; a family pack is also available for $69.99.

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Jul 16
IK Multimedia ships the iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig PowerBridge, a performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged.

It works with all of IK's digital audio and MIDI interfaces, microphones and controllers like the iRig HD, iRig PRO, iRig MIC Studio, iRig MIC HD, iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Pads, iRig MIDI 2 and more. Players simply plug their IK Multimedia digital accessory into the iRig PowerBridge via the included Mini-DIN cable, then plug the iRig PowerBridge into their device via the Lightning or 30-pin connector.

Once plugged into a power source, iRig PowerBridge provides a continuous supply of conditioned power for charging and non-stop operation plus a pristine digital audio signal path and MIDI control data. PowerBridge connects to a power outlet on one end, a Lightning or 30-pin for iPhone,...

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Jul 16
Paragon rolls out Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview. (http://tinyurl.com/pyuyvub). It provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on OS X.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple's OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.

To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by Apple delivers a new protection feature. System Integrity Protection prevents modifications to certain system files, folders and processes. This protects components on disk and at run-time, only allowing system binaries to be modified by the system installer and software updates. Code injection and runtime attachments to system binaries are no longer allowed.

Paragon...

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Jul 16
Intel's 10nm processors pushed back to 2017

During a conference call with journalists to talk about the company's latest quarterly financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the vendor will add a third 14-nanometer processor—dubbed "Kaby Lake"—to its roadmap, pushing back the timetable for its 10nm processor to the second half of 2017, reports eWeek (http://tinyurl.com/n9w892e).

"This is similar to what happened on the 14-nanometer," Krzanich said. "On all of these technologies, each one has its own recipe of complexity and difficulty. [The move from] 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer [is the] same thing that happened from 22-nanometer to 14-nanometer. The lithography is continuing to get more difficult as you try and scale and the number of multipattern steps you have to do is increasing."

Intel will try to get back to a two-year schedule, but company officials will have to continue to evaluate the situation as the process moves from...

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Jul 16
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El Capitan

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). Demos are available at the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com ). DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.

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Jul 16
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.

It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.

LightTable 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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Jul 15
Apple introduces a new iPod touch

Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.

The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease, Joswiak adds. The iPod touch comes with a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 8 and a collection of built-in apps.

The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the...

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Jul 15
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure

To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.

It sports a recessed frame for a full tamper proof enclosure. Made of industrial strength aluminum, it is extremely lightweight yet durable and allows for full cable management, according to the folks at Maclock. It's designed to, among other things, help secure retail enclosure for Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system. Crucial for that environment is the blocked access to the On/Off and volume buttons and limited audio port access while still allowing for charging.

Designed to be installed on any flat surface, the Rokku iPad enclosure can be mounted to walls and counters. The rear frame has the standard VESA pattern that can be attached to Maclocks' full line of mounts. As with all tablet kiosks from Maclocks,...

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Jul 15
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection solutions

Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.

The new and updated hybrid cloud solutions in Seagate’s portfolio include: Seagate Backup and Recovery Software, Seagate Cloud Backup and Recovery Services, Seagate Backup and Recovery Private Cloud, and Seagate Data Management Services. These solutions will be delivered by Seagate, its value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to customers from small and medium sized businesses up through large enterprises for private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.

Seagate’s Backup and Recovery Software and Cloud Backup and Recovery Services now deliver up to 400% performance improvement in the speed of backup, restore and replication than the previous Seagate EVault offering, making it possible for organizations of all sizes to protect large and growing datasets within their...

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Jul 15
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires AdwareMedic

Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.

Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes. 
 
Traditionally, Mac users have been viewed as safe from malware, even as new threats have been publicized. According to a June 2015 OPSWAT report, only half of Mac users have antivirus protection, and that protection doesn't typically detect adware.

Chad Bacher, vice president of Products for Malwarebytes, says that, in the last two...

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Jul 15
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X

Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.

Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.

Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.

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Jul 14
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0

Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.

The new version of Parallels Mac Management adds the capability for IT administrators to create lightweight OS X images that can be customized via Microsoft SCCM task sequence steps based on the end-user’s needs, or deploy a single "monolithic" OS X image to all users. Additionally, Parallels Mac Management enables IT admins to gather hardware and software inventory of all Mac machines on the network.

The update also enhances the plug-in that streamlines enrollment and control of Mac, simplifies rollouts of Mac software, provides features for planning hardware refresh cycles accurately, and empowers IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using...

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Jul 14
Apple Pay launches today in the UK

Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.

Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.

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Jul 14
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Creative Cloud...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Jul 14
Kool Tools: Vitesse Messanger bag

WaterField Designs' Vitesse Messenger (http://tinyurl.com/oxgls9v) is a classic cycling messenger bag streamlined for multi-functional use.

As more commuters take advantage of bike-friendly cities’ expanded bike lanes and bike-share programs, WaterField has introduced a messenger bag ideal for shifting from bike commuting to professional office environments. The lightweight, comfortable Vitesse Messenger combines water-resistant waxed canvas and naturally-tanned chocolate leather.

Whether you’re cycling or driving to work, traveling, or just walking around town, the Vitesse Messenger—with its laptop pocket and waterproof zippers—is flexible enough to meet needs in any setting. It can expand or contract to whatever amount of gear you carry, and you can dress it up or down for either work or play.

The water-resistant waxed canvas Vitesse Messenger is a classic bicycle courier bag, ideal...

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Jul 13
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world's eight...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.

Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.

Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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