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05:11
AKVIS releases Coloriage 10 for Mac OS X

AKVIS has released AKVIS Coloriage 10, a new version of its photo colorization software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The upgrade offers variations of coloring, new print options, and other changes.

Coloriage lets you colorize black and white photos, replace colors in color images, perform selective desaturation or coloring. Using the program you can also turn modern digital pictures into vintage black and white images or make a sepia effect.
It works for coloring portraits, landscapes, fashion, and still life. The skin, sky, verdure, and tree color patterns help you to select realistic colors for your pictures.

AKVIS Coloriage 10's Variations of Colorization option makes it possible to save colorization results into the special section. You can switch between them to compare different versions of colorization. However, this feature is only available to Home Deluxe and Business licenses owners.

For the users of all versions, version 10 also...

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05:02
Kenton cultivates connections with bi-directional MIDI to DIN...

MIDI utilities specialist Kenton has released the D-SYNC bi- directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor, a new addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes that converts MIDI Clock to DIN Sync (sync24) and DIN Sync to MIDI Clock signals.

Central to its namesake MIDI to DIN Sync-converting "dialogue" is an ability to receive MIDI Clock and run/stop signals and convert them to DIN Sync (sync24) and back again. The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor conveniently packs MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, SYNC IN, and SYNC OUT five-pin DIN sockets into a road-ready metal box finished in brushed aluminum.

The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor can be purchased for approximately US$88. Go to http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/d-sync.shtml for more info. (Note that a currently in beta...

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03:49
A Better Finder Rename 10 starts public beta testing

publicspace.net has released the first public beta (http://tinyurl.com/okgp67f) of the upcoming 10th generation of their batch file renaming solution. Version 10 introduces context aware highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface.

A Better Finder Rename's streamlined interface includes an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.

Version 10 introduces context-aware highlighting in its Instant Preview table to make it easier than ever to dial in the correct settings. The Multi-Step Rename Interface gets a major overhaul. The new Preview Pane provides extensive information about any selected file including a graphical preview of the file...

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03:02
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 4

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

SAHM, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, has announced THRIVE, a new, free mobile app as part of a collaboration with Pfizer and UNITY Consortium. THRIVE provides parents with an interactive resource to help teens and young adults aged 16 to 25 understand their role in, and increase ownership over their own health. The app features a library of teen health and wellness topics relevant to this transformative and often complex stage of life.

Joy Renee and David Weber of Sinapis Apps have released PrismaJoy. The free entertainment app allows anyone to an artist by coloring PrismaJoy's original art.

Qrayon has introduced Cardflow+ for the iPad, the latest in their line of digital stationery products. It simulates working with collections of index cards organized on a large board. There are two editions of Cardflow. Cardflow 1.0 (...

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Sep 03
comScore: Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in July

comScore (www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has reported its July data on key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for July 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 51.4 percent platform market share.

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in July with 51.4 percent market share (down from 52.2% in June), followed by Apple with 44.2 percent (up 1.1 percentage points from July). Microsoft had 2.9 percent, BlackBerry had 1.3 percent and Symbian had 0.1 percent.

Approximately 191.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77.1 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in July. Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 73.3 percent of the app audience, followed by Facebook Messenger (59.5 percent),...

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Sep 03
Wacom introduces new Intuos tablets

Wacom (www.wacom.com) has launched the next generation of its Intuos product family. The new range of Intuos Pen & Touch tablets consists of four models: Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only).

Each model includes free creative software as well as additional training and service offers. The pen tablets come in two different sizes (small and medium), a choice of colors (white, blue and black) and a pen or pen & touch version – with a wireless connection kit as an optional accessory.

Containing many of the original Intuos' features, the new range offers 1,024 pen pressure-sensitivity levels to add details to drawings and photos, multi-touch capability that allows users to zoom and rotate their work at the flick of a finger and four customizable ExpressKeys. The tablet's ergonomic design ensures that photographers and artists can comfortably work creatively over long periods of...

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Sep 03
Judge says no to new Apple-Smartflash trial

A Texas federal judge has denied Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit; however, he also upheld a decision to toss US$532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/nonsll5).

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap nixed Apple's request on the basis that the jury's verdict was supported by adequate evidence and thus shouldn't be overturned, according to court documents (http://tinyurl.com/qdzm9px). He also defended the validity of the disputed patents, and dismissed an Apple allegation that the court made a mistake omitting a jury instruction about prior art.

On Feb. 26, 2015 — one day after Apple was ordered to pay an US$532.9 million settlement to Smartflash for alleged patent infringement, the Texas-based patent...

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Sep 03
Over one million Apple Watches sold in China

Sales of the Apple Watch in China have exceeded 1.07 million total devices, according to a big data analysis by a Chinese company called TalkingData — as noted by BusinessInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qdxdsmb).

TalkingData is a mobile app monitoring platform used by 80,000 apps, including China's chat app WeChat. WeChat has over one billion registered users, and 549 monthly active users.

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Sep 03
Final approval granted to 'anti-poaching' lawsuit...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/n9pv3k2).

She had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. However, in March Koh said she was satisfied after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million.

The lawsuit involved about 60,000 Silicon Valley workers who claimed that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe conspired to drive down wages by agreeing not to “poach” each other’s employees. The complaint sought restitution for lost compensation and treble damages for the anti-competitive employment practices of the aforementioned companies.

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Sep 03
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 17

MAXON (www.maxon.net) has announced the immediate availability of Cinema 4D Release 17 (R17), the newest version of its 3D software solution for motion graphics, visual effects, visualization and rendering.

Cinema 4D R17 delivers new features to increase production pipeline performance and positively impact the creative experience. According to MAXON these include: the new Take System that offers functions above and beyond those of any conventional render layer system; Render Tokens to easily organize rendering tasks and files, with project-file-based names, named object buffers, and folders for each pass; a versatile new Color Chooser; and updated import and export functions. R17 also sports innovative sculpting functions, expanded motion tracking features and completely reworked spline tools that enhance the modeling, sculpting and animation design workflow.

Cinema 4D Release 17 is available at MAXON or its...

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Sep 02
Data Rescue software now available for entry level price of $49

Prosoft Engineering has announced new lower-cost license options with the release of Data Rescue 4.2. These new license options offer entry-level price points that are designed for customers looking to recover just a few files.

Data Rescue is computer recovery software for the Mac.  Data Rescue Free, Data Rescue Lite, and Data Rescue Full offer licensing options based on specific recovery needs. Data Rescue 4.2 is available to purchase directly from www.prosofteng.com.

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Sep 02
WD rolls out the My Book Pro external storage solution

WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device, providing professionals and enthusiasts who must efficiently manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435 MB/s transfer rates on WD's fastest external storage solution yet. 

It comes in capacity options including 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB, the power of two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller.

"The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow.  We've been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it," says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD's Content Solutions business. "It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments." 

The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available...

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Sep 02
Apple, Samsung headed back to court in early 2016

The fourth jury trial between Apple and Samsung over alleged patent infringements is set for early 2016, according to The Recorder (http://tinyurl.com/ouur2ez). U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the revised damages will be determined by a jury trial in March or April 2016.

Last month, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the Supreme Court. "The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote.

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of...

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Sep 02
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 2

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Quark Solutions has announced All My Guitars. The USS$0.99 app allows input of information about individual guitars, along with a sound sample and images. You can create a PDF of your entire guitar collection for documentation, insurance purposes or just to share with other guitar aficionados.

room.me says it's now available across California online and via its newly launched iOS app. By answering questions about interests, opinions, lifestyle and housing needs, room.me's smart algorithm connects potential roommates based on personality matching.

Hai Pham has released WordCaptain. The free app is designed to help you retain and memorize new words in their context. WordCaptain allows you to look up any unfamiliar English words and instantly translate them into your native language when you read on any website from the built-in web browser or...

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Sep 02
CS Odessa announces 25 Typical Orgcharts solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution for Concept Pro 10 to assist users to build organizational chart structures.

Inside the 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution there are (as you might guess) 25 organizational templates. They allow you to depict an array of organizational structure types and to represent any matrix organization structure, functional organizational structure, or business structure.

The 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution contains predesigned samples and vector shape libraries that contain icons for illustrating an organizational structure chart. The 25 Typical Orgchart Solution for ConceptDraw Pro costs US$25.

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Sep 01
Apple plans a 'next generation' retail store in the...

Apple is planning to move its Germantown store (in the Memphis, Tennessee area) with a “next generation” design planned for the new location, reports the Memphis Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/pjx8st4).

The Cupertino, California-basec company has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new storefront and interior renovation at 2031 West St., within the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Apple’s current store (pictured) is at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., in the Shops of Saddle Creek North.

Rick Millitello, who presented the plan to the design commission on behalf of Apple, said the store will be one of the first to feature Apple’s new store design, notes the Memphis Daily News. He adds that other aspects of the design include a matte granite reinforced panel on the exterior as well as natural oak tables inside. The store will also...

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Sep 01
JixiPix introduces RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android

JixiPix (www.jixipix.com) has launched a new photo app called RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It applies combinations of texture and tone to photos, then brings focus to the subject in the form of a ripped paper effect.

RipPix lets you create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cutout objects. It includes 55 worn textures, 34 ages papers, 20 one-touch presets, the ability to replace the foreground photo, the ability to add and remove edges to cut photos, and a Move Image Tool moves and transforms ripped and bordered pieces.

The Mac OS X version of RipPix costs US$4.99 for a limited time (it's regularly $9.99) and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version of RipPix costs $0.99 for a limited time (it's normally $2.99) and is available for download at the Apple App Store.

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Sep 01
eFileCabinet announces compatibility with Mac OS X

eFileCabinet, a hosted electronic document management (EDM) solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online will be compatible with the Mac platform effective November.

"Mac support was a major strategic goal and fills a gap that our customers were requesting," says Matt Peterson, CEO of eFileCabinet. "With the added compatibility, we are able to target a whole new market of SMB customers and provide them with a solution to make sure their document management needs are more accessible and manageable while meeting all regulations and compliance standards, ultimately helping them to be more efficient and profitable."

eFileCabinet products are used by more than 150,000 users worldwide to provide simple but effective document management solutions to store, categorize, search, manage, and share, all with the required security to protect content in transit and at rest for audits. To learn more about eFileCabinet and...

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Sep 01
Seagate develops world’s highest density mobile hard drive...

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) says it's achieved a major milestone in areal density with a new hard disk that can offer as much as 2TB of capacity in a slim 7mm package.

This achievement is significant because in final product form it will give OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] the freedom to design a new generation of elegant mobile products that are extremely thin and stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective, says Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25TB SSD at a substantially lower cost," he adds.

The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—to achieve even greater areal densities. It weighs just 3.17...

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Sep 01
WaterField Designs unveils the Cosmzo 2.0 laptop briefcase

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Cozmo 2.0, an all-leather laptop briefcase.

You can stow your laptop in the padded laptop compartment and have plenty of room for lots more gear. The Cozmo’s naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain leather—sourced from a US Tannery—is soft and luxurious, says Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. A deep outside front pocket secures shut with a leather tab and classic metal screw stud.

There are waterproof zippers. A stiff (hidden) plate lines the bottom of the bag giving it structure to stand on its own. Additional features address professionals’ daily needs. Dual zippers open the main compartment wide for access to the interior. A gold liner brightens the main compartment as if someone “turned a light on” inside.

A padded laptop compartment lines one side; on the other, two internal hanging pockets add organization capability, and a key...

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Sep 01
New work life conference announced for FileMaker consultants

The Find Your Moose conference (https://findyourmoose.com/), a work/life conference for FileMaker developers and consultants will be held Oct. 28-29, in downtown Chicago. Attendees who register by Aug. 31 will receive an "early bird" discount that saves US$100 on the usual conference fee.

The conference is hosted by Elusive Moose, an organization led by FileMaker developers Molly Thorsen Connolly and Jason Mundok. They designed the conference "to help independent consultants and owners of consulting firms find the balance required to enjoy life as successful entrepreneurs."

Topics cover work life balance, including sessions on optimizing sales and marketing; effective time and project management; networking; managing personal and business finances, reducing stress, and aligning personal and work cultures. There are over 15 sessions to choose from over the course of two days.

Find Your...

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Sep 01
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Andrew Kaz has introduced TurnTable, which provides a new graphical interface for music. The app lets you scroll through a quilt of albums, flick through full-screen Records, and scroll through charts of Artists, and their discographies. Tap an Album, and it's just like an album; the track titles "printed" right on full-screen album art. TurnTable is being offered for US$2.99 for a limited time.

Zach Gage has announced Sage Solitaire. It's a free solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Klondike Solitaire with the depth of poker.

Newtronium has released SkillShot. In the game players engage in a squash-like single-player experience by trying to hit the ball against the wall as many times as possible, without hitting the floor twice in a row or going out of bounds. SkillShot is available in a free, ad-supported version and an $0.99...

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Aug 31
Apple, Cisco partner on enterprise venture

Apple and Cisco have nnounced a partnership to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration the on iPhone and iPad.

"Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive," says Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness."

To address the ever-increasing demands on corporate infrastructure, Cisco networks and iOS devices will be optimized so that they work together more efficiently and reliably with the goal of providing users with even greater performance, he adds. What'...

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Aug 31
Apple releases eighth beta of El Capitan for developers

Apple has made available the seventh beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on performance enhancements not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Aug 31
Yoink for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1

Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink, to version 3.1.

Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.1 sports a less cluttered interface, improved support for some apps (such as Mail and Photos), and reduced CPU usage.

Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths.

Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for $4.99. It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (...

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