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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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Dec 10
Pandora launches on the Apple TV

Pandora (www.pandora.com), a music discovery platform, is now available on the fourth generation Apple TV in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

“We are excited to expand the devices we support with the release of the Pandora app on Apple TV. We continue to focus on an elegant and simple design for music listening and discovery to complement the Apple TV experience,” said Chris Phillips, chief product officer at Pandora. “Our team worked to ensure Pandora would be ready in time for listeners to enjoy during the holiday season.”

All of the usual Pandora features can be found Apple TV app. This includes creating personalized stations, thumbing up and down tracks, and discovering new artists. Pandora is available on well over 1,000 consumer electronics devices, including connected speakers, gaming consoles, smart TVs, wearables, and more. Apple TV adds to that growing list and presents another outlet...

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Dec 10
iOS version of Pixelmator optimized for the iPad Pro

The Pixelmator Team (www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator app for iPhone and iPad, the layer-based image editing app. Version 2.2 now works perfectly on the iPad Pro, fully supports the new Apple Pencil and allows you to open and edit 16K images.

The update also adds 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s, a collection of artist-designed Basic brushes, a new Auto-straighten feature and more. Pixelmator for iOS 2.2 is available today as a free update from the Apple App Store. For new users the price is US$4.99.

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Dec 10
Major Affinity Designer for OS X revved to version 1.4

Serif has updated Affinity Designer, its professional vector design app for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade offers a such improvements as a rotatable canvas, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Affinity Designer works with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It’s available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/q9pvm8c) for a limited time. Afterward, the price will be $49.99.

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Dec 09
ProTA 4 for OS X adds automated, free data downloading

BeeSoft has announced the Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan release of ProTA 4 (http://www.beesoft.net), their stock market charting and technical analysis application.

The rewritten ProTA 4 empowers casual investors as well as veteran market technicians to chart, analyze and optimize their trading ideas. All major world markets are supported including USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Singapore exchanges.

ProTA 4 offers free, fully automated data downloading with additional support to import dozens of data formats. Its object-oriented charting interface offers point-and-click control and total customization. It comes with over 100 bundled technical indicators, line studies, and templates. ProTA costs US$99 for a one-year activation code.

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Dec 09
Elements CRM for OS X added opportunity tracking

Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has announced Elements CRM 6.1, an update to its cloud-based Mac Customer Relationship Management (Mac CRM) Solution for Mac business and enterprise.

Elements CRM enables anyone to manage their business, automate business processes, make their data more accessible, and improve their team's efficiency. Version 6.1 offers opportunity tracking for users of the Group and Professional Editions.

Elements CRM 6.1 is available immediately. The download is free but requires a subscription to Elements CRM. Group pricing starts at US$24.95/user/mo, Professional pricing starts at $49.95/user/mo, Enterprise pricing starts at $69.95/user/mo. and Performance pricing starts at $99.95 Some features are not available in all of the editions. Elements CRM 6.1 is available on the Ntractive Website and the Mac App Store.

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Dec 08
tvOS for the fourth gen Apple TV revved to version 9.1

Along with Mac OS X 10.11.2 and iOS 9.2, Apple has released tvOS 9.1, an update to the operating system of the fourth get Apple TV. It introduces support for Siri search for Apple Music, which lets Apple TV owners ask Siri to play content from Apple Music.

The tvOS update includes several bug fixes. It also features improvements to networking and scrolling.

tvOS 9.1 can be downloaded via the Settings app on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Go to the System app, then to Software Update (under the Maintenance subhead.)

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Dec 08
Apple releases Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader for iOS devices

Apple has released a new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader (http://tinyurl.com/o32dl7v) for the iPad Pro.

With the $29 Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, you can download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad Pro (as well as other iPads and iPhones). After you insert the SD card into the reader, your iOS device automatically opens the Photos app, which organizes your photos into Moments, Collections, and Years.

The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on the iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models.

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Dec 08
Apple posts iOS 9.2

Apple has released iOS 9.2. You can download it at Software Update section of the iOS Settings app. According to Apple’s release notes, the update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

° Apple Music improvements for making playlists, saving songs offline, and browsing classical music;

° A new Top Stories section in News so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day;

° Mail Drop in Mail for sending large attachments;

° iBooks now supports 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, your notes and bookmarks, or from search results inside a book;

° iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while you browser your library, read other books, or explore the iBooks Store;

° iPhone support for the USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos;

° Improved stability of Safari;

° Improved stability of Podcasts;

° Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for...

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Dec 08
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.11.2

Apple has released OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan. It’s available at the Software Update section of the Mac App Store. According to Apple, this update:

° Improves Wi-Fi reliability ;

° Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop ;

° Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect ;

° Fixes an issue that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account;

° Fixes an issue that prevented importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac using a USB cable;

° Improves iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos.

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Dec 08
Phantom Implosive Speaker to be sold in Apple retail stores next...

Deviate has announced that Apple will sell and showcase the PHANTOM Implosive Sound Center (http://en.devialet.com/PHANTOM#discover) across Apple Stores in 2016. To kickoff the Holiday Season, PHANTOMs will be immediately available in 13 Apple Stores across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Awarded "Best of CES" from Wired, Rolling Stone, and USA Today, the 3000-watt PHANTOM is a compact, spherical component incorporating 10 years of R&D (with a $25M budget) and 88 patents, according to Devialet CEO Quentin Sannie. From sub-bass at 16hz to ultra-sharp treble at 25Khz, PHANTOM creates the ultimate sound with zero distortion, zero saturation and zero background noise through unique Devialet-created technology, he adds.

At the heart of PHANTOM is Devialet's own technology platform, known as ADH Intelligence, combining the refinement of...

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Dec 08
BatchPhoto revved with OS X El Capitan support

Bits&Coffee has updated BatchPhoto, its photo manipulation app for Mac OS X, to version 4.1 that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. A user can simply select a group of photographs, and with a single operation annotate, transform, touch-up, apply special effects, convert to different image types, and rename every image in the group.

New features in version 4.1 include full support for OS X El Capitan, an improved Date graphical filter with lots of options for formatting and drawing the date/time stamp, improved support for Retina on Mac, the option to pause the photo processing, and more.

Bits&Coffee BatchPhoto 4.1 comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at $29.95, $49.95 and $129.95, respectively $129.95. A demo is available at the product website (www.batchphoto.com).

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Dec 08
CleanMyDrive 2 gets redesigned interface, more

MacPaw has released CleanMyDrive 2 (http://macpaw.com/cleanmydrive), a free (though it does offer in-app purchases) tool for reclaiming free space and clean junk off of external drives and flash drives. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

CleanMyMac 2 has a completely redesigned user interface. Other new features include: file copying to any disk with drag-and-drop simplicity; detailed storage legend for every drive; mount and unmount notifications; automatic disk eject on system sleep initiation; a keyboard shortcut for mass disk eject; improved hidden service files cleanup; and automatic cleanup on every disk eject. You can also set custom disk icons from MacPaw’s crafted icon sets.

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Dec 08
Synchro’s new platform lets developers create mobile apps that...

Synchro Labs, Inc. (http://www.Synchro.io) has launched its Synchro platform, a new tool that allows enterprise developers to create cross-platform native mobile applications using JavaScript and the Node.js framework.

Enterprises can use Synchro to create apps that install and run on mobile devices, but where all of the application code, including client interaction logic, actually runs in the cloud. The Synchro client-server platform puts client logic on the server.

Developers can write their app once on the server, then deploy it as a branded, native app with native look-and-feel and native performance on iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone. Mobile apps are created, managed, and hosted in the cloud, meaning that they can be modified, tested, and redeployed to their installed base instantly.

The Synchro platform is available for download from the Synchro website. Developers may use...

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Dec 08
Sims 4 Get Together ready for the Mac

Electronic Arts says The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack is now available on the Mac in North America. Players can create and play with groups of Sims as they explore the European-inspired world of Windenburg.

Brand new to The Sims 4, players can introduce their Sims to a variety of different Clubs, featuring Sims with distinct interests, personalities, and styles. If players can’t find the perfect Club for their Sims, they can create and customize their own Clubs to play any way they like.

The Sims 4 Get Together is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is available (www.TheSims.com/get-together) for $39.99.

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Dec 08
Alien Skin introduces Exposure X for Mac OS X

 Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure X for OS X and Windows. It’s a digital imaging app designed to helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a set of software tools for developing photos.

It can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a complete photo editor on its own. Exposure X is configurable so photographers can move tools exactly where they want them and hide ones they don't use. Users can browse preset styles visually with a grid of images to see how they will look on their photos. Exposure X edits non-destructively, so a photographer's original photo is never touched and changes can always be undone. Additionally, using proprietary algorithms Exposure X handles RAW images from a range of popular cameras.

Exposure X is available now from www.alienskin.com for US$149. Owners of any...

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