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Dec 02
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool.

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media.

Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store.

Xcode 6.1.1 includes software development kits for Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and iOS 8.1. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.

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Dec 02
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network scanner

Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface. 

Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast. 

When it comes to sending, Apollo’s touchscreen offers a variety of destinations including: cloud providers, email, FTP, mobile device, computer, network folder, USB drive — and even to multiple destinations simultaneously. The Plustek eScan A150 is available from authorized Plustek resellers and value added distributors, NewWave Technologies and Ingram Micro.

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Dec 02
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color workgroup...

Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and cost savings up to 40% lower than printing from color lasers, he adds. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups can take advantage of versatile media handling to print up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels.

The printers' cartridges allow you to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages....

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Dec 02
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video

Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks.

What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There's a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock's USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you...

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Dec 02
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards.

The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage.

Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, xMac Pro Server, or xMac mini Server.

The Tempo PCIe SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at...

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Dec 02
Periscope Pro updated with Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility

ZipZapMac has released Periscope Pro 2.3, an update of its video surveillance app for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Periscope Pro works with the Mac’s built-in camera, as well as third party cameras and IP-cameras. Just plug in a video camera, click when and where prompted, and you’re set.

Periscope Pro requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$19.99. For more info go to http://zipzapmac.com/PeriscopePro .

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Dec 01
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 1

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

DynamicDust has announced Pyro. It's a free augmented reality app that "lets you set the world on fire." Point your iOS device's camera to something you would like to be in flames, draw the fire with a finger on the screen, and you can "burn" everything around you.

Simon Peter Media has released Tap That Pic, a flash card app for preschoolers. Children can learn from many levels, including wild animals, vehicles, shapes, fish, and fruit. As well as aiding vocabulary, it's designed to help with memory and hand-eye coordination.Tap That Pic! 1.0 includes two categories. Free comes with four bundles with two more available for in-app purchase. The Animals & Colors Bundle, Fruit & Fish Bundle, Instruments & Vehicles Bundle and Wild Animals & Furniture Bundle are all $0.99 each.

Mezmedia Pte has introduced Bamba Farm. Designed for kids aged two...

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Dec 01
Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X adds disk space virtualization

The CleverFiles Team has released Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X. It adds Yosemite compatibility and disk space visualization to its suite of data recovery features.

Now users can rescue lost data, protect data from future loss, and easily identify files that are taking up too much space. In addition to space visualization, Disk Drill 2.4 also brings: full support for Mac OS X Yosemite Core Storage technology, the capability to preview files in a hex (binary data) view, and a new type of scanning algorithm called "Allocate existing file system data". More details on the new release can be found in the official project's knowledge base.

Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac is a free upgrade for all Free, Pro, Expert and Enterprise users of Disk Drill 2.x. Users will be prompted to upgrade upon launch of the program. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k6yalft for more info.

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Dec 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! to support Autodesk’s VRED

PipelineFX (pipelinefx.com) is bringing VRED batch render support to their flagship product, Qube!. With the ability to leverage real-time clusters for animation rendering, both automotive and industrial design users will experience greater efficiency while creating prototype and marketing materials, says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX.

As the first render management software to support VRED, Qube! offers an optimized path from trusted visualization package to the final frame, he adds. With API [application programming interface] support, users can write pre and post scripts that Qube! will automatically run during jobs.

This new capability began with an Autodesk request for VRED batch render support for two of North America’s largest auto manufacturers. Since many of PipelineFX’s automotive clients use VRED for real-time visualization and Qube! to manage Alias AutoStudio renders, an optimized solution for frame-based animations made a lot of sense, says Lewis....

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Dec 01
Worldwide smartphone market forecast to slow from a boil to a...

According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013.

Looking ahead, IDC (www.idc.com) expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period.

"The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be reflected in a race to the bottom when it comes to price. While premium phones aren't going anywhere, we are seeing...

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Dec 01
Antitrust lawsuit involving iTunes and DRM to go on trial this...

Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago. Still, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/l7vymkw).

In October U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Apple’s motion for summary judgment in a case that dates back to 2004 and involves the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

The class-action lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago by Thomas Slattery, who alleged that Apple violated federal antitrust laws and California's unfair competition law by requiring that customers use an iPod to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. Apple managed to have some claims struck from the complaint in 2005, but wasn't successful in having...

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Dec 01
Illuminado for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the lighting calculation app.

The new version lets you import drawings photometry from PDF files. There's a new dialogue for managing multiple lighting source selection, dimmable lighting sources, an optimized OpenGL view, and integration of Area Lighting Calc and Lightning Bulb Manager.

Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete.

Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$69.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.

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Nov 26
SecuritySpy 3.4.3 for the Mac adds improved motion detection

Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.3, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.

SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include improved motion detection, better network performance and support for more IP cameras.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing approximately US$1,090. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).

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Nov 26
BEVL announces dock tailored for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

BEVL (http://bevl.co) has announced their first product: an iPhone dock designed to complement the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, it's also compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C and the iPod touch that utilizes the Lightning connector.

All the components of the BEVL dock are machined from materials such as aluminum and Delrin. Its swivel design lets you tilt the phone with your fingers to any desired angle between 10 and 30 degrees. The setup process for the dock, which can accommodate iPhones both with and without a case, is simple. Users need only supply their own Apple Lightning cord. The BEVL dock is compatible with most cases that follow Apple's Case Design guidelines.

BEVL is taking pre-orders for the dock with the special price of US$89 off the anticipated manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129. The dock is slated to ship in January.

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Nov 26
iWinSoft Barcode Maker ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

iWinSoft Barcode Maker has been upgraded for compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. The software allows users to create any number of individual or sequential barcode labels, and print them as barcode labels in any Mac-compatible printer, or save them as image files in all common image formats. v

iWinSoft Barcode Maker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's available for a limited-time price of US$49.95. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.iwinsoft.com.

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Nov 26
Zevrix Deliver Express ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.5, a compatibility update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or...

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Nov 26
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for...

Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database.

Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 has several new functionality features, improvements and bug fixes. Details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q98qmay .

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13.

The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99 per...

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Nov 25
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 25

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

Fresh Touch Media has announced Bass Drop - Deep House - Electronic music sampler and synthesizer. The free app offers a keyboard and sampler with a sound library, letting fans, DJs and producers perform beats and bass lines. The deep house sound bank includes drums, grooves, effects and melodies, specifically designed for straightforward music creation.

Therapy Box has announced SmartHub for the iPad. The US$79.99 app is designed to fill a gap for people with physical disabilities who want to be independently able to control home appliances using their preferred alternative access method. SmartHub allows those with disabilities to do those things most people take for granted by using a switch on a wheelchair or the iPad. Features include compatibility with most Smart TVs, multiple settings to adjust the screen input and more.

Ultralab has introduced...

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Nov 25
Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014

The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from the IDC research group (www.idc.com).

At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.

"The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," says Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet...

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Nov 25
Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile devices

Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com).

IT managers, constrained by fixed headcounts, are leveraging established solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory as well as mobile device management (MDM) solutions to address the challenge of securing mobile devices according to the September 2014 survey.

Along with core control and management, IT departments report more progress establishing and enforcing policies for mobile file management, configuration control, and secure cloud-based solutions. IT management seems to be increasing its control of mobile device issues....

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Nov 25
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,' more

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape.

The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar. PopChar 7 also adds a new font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given substring. It can export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file, and offers a new window layout with a permanently visible font list.

PopChar X 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis...

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Nov 25
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on Nov. 28

Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story.

Here's how the game is described: "When Brainiac, an extraterrestrial android, threatens to shrink the Earth, Batman and the Justice League leap into action to thwart his evil plans. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, our Super Heroes venture to the distant Lantern Corps planets to locate the Lantern Rings and harness their enormous energy to save the world!

"With the combined powers of more than 150 DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains at their disposal, players crack puzzles, fend off bad guys and build impressive LEGO gadgets including laser cannons, spaceships and of course the Batmobile. As they travel between interstellar locations, players will discover the thrills of side-scrolling...

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Nov 25
Apple hits $700 billion market capitalization

Apple, already the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has hit a new record value of US$700 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/11SAqCE).

Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company rose 0.8% to $119.59 at 9:35 a.m. in New York, giving it a valuation of more than $701 billion, a milestone that no other U.S. company has ever reached. That puts Apple at 1.7 times the capitalization of the world’s second-biggest company, Exxon Mobile, notes "Bloomberg."

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Nov 25
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim

MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple.

The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage.

The PowerDrive devices work with a 30-pin or Lightning cable. Simply download the PowerDrive app from the iTunes store and plug in the device to get started.

The PowerDrive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capabilities. The PowerDrive P1 model is available online, while the PowerDrive Slim will soon be available for preorder with models starting at US$79.

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Nov 25
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.

In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download....

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