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Nov 14
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...

Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."

Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  

In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources...

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Nov 14
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.

Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.

Logo Pop Free allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.

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Nov 13
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones

Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."


The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.

With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.

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Nov 13
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user interface

Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.

The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.

Prizmo image cropping and cleanup capabilities are now exposed globally to other apps as an image editing extension. The software's OCR capabilities are now made available throughout OS X, as an extension. Textual contents can be retrieved from any image in other apps that support extensions (image viewing action).

Prizmo 3 offers support for third-party exports: it can now invoke third-party export options (cloud storage, email clients, social networks, etc.) that have been installed on the system....

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Nov 13
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters

StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).

The new adapters enable users to harness the speed and reliability of Thunderbolt, to add two essential connection ports to their MacBook or Thunderbolt-equipped laptop through a single host connection, says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com. They offer full-speed connections from each of the ports provided, avoiding connection bottlenecks, even when both ports are in use, Cline adds.
 
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter and Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter is US$127.99. These products will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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Nov 13
iOS users should beware a 'Masque Attack'

A malware technique labeled "Masque Attack" allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. It affects OS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.

Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  

This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same "bundle identifier" as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected device, while keeping all of the user’s data. This vulnerability exists because iOS does not enforce matching...

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Nov 13
Apple drops support for third-party SSDs in Yosemite

If you're using running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD, then upgrading to OS X Yosemite "will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs," reports ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxltm).

According to Cindori Software, makers of the popular utility Trim Enabler, the issue involves a newly introduced security feature called kext signing. A kext is an OS X kernel extension, or a driver. Enabling TRIM is one of the best ways to maximize the life of a solid-state drive, but OS X doesn't support it out-of-the-box except for Apple's own drives, but until now it has been possible to enable it by altering drivers. 

"Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple," Cindori Software writes (http://tinyurl.com/ojmjmc4) on...

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Nov 13
Apple stock hits new high

Apple stock jumped nearly 2% to 113.45, a new high, in morning trading on the stock market today, reports Investors.com (http://tinyurl.com/qd7rnvr). In late-morning trading Thursday, Apple stock was trading just below that intraday high.

Apple analysts generally are bullish about the company's prospects for the holiday shopping season, given the company's refreshed lineup of iPhones and iPad, the article adds. This is also the first Christmas with premium headphone maker Beats Electronics under Apple ownership.

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Nov 13
SanDisk releases flash drive for the iPhone, iPad

SanDisk Corp. has announced the iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB Flash Drive designed specifically for iPhone and iPad.

"According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets," says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of U.S. smartphone users find transferring photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them2. We created the iXpand Flash Drive to offer consumers a quick and safe way to move their favorite content between devices so it's available when and where they want it."

The iXpand Flash Drive transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations. In addition, it maintains the original photo or video resolution quality.

The iXpand sync app...

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Nov 13
SuperTab is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version adds a Download Manager and support for Mac OS X Yosemite

Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.

SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. To celebrate the release of version 1.2, SuperTab is available at a 50%-off sale price of US$10 through Jan. 15, 2015.

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Nov 13
Better Finder Attributes ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Publicspace.net has updated its A Better Finder Attributes utility (http://tinyurl.com/ana4k) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.28. The new version features a major user interface refresh for Mac OS X Yosemite.

A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.95; business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.

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Nov 13
EditShare announces Flow 3.2

EditShare has announced version 3.2 of Flow, the company’s media asset management platform.

The upgrade boasts a score of new features including support for industry-standard 4K codecs; unique file upload and download capabilities that expand the remote collaboration power of AirFlow, the web-based portal into Flow; and new, fully-automated transcoding and delivery options. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, XStream EFS, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow provides an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcoding to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.

Its integrated production tools provide fast shot selection, rough cuts and preview of media with associated metadata from standard desktop systems connected to an EditShare network. Go to http://tinyurl.com/...

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Nov 12
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 3 for Mac, Windows

CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw Office 3 (http://tinyurl.com/nsnf9ny), the next generation of its business/productivity suite that features three integrated products: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and ConceptDraw PROJECT for, respectively, diagramming, mind mapping, and project management.

ConceptDraw PRO 10 now allows for the import/export of native format Visio 2013 files, new connector-types, and improved performance. ConceptDraw MINDMAP 8 now includes hi-res images, an improved presentation mode, and task/email integration. ConceptDraw PROJECT 7 has had a major makeover that improves functionality and interoperability, imports/exports MS Excel files, and you can even import/export MS Project files, facilitating project collaboration.

ConceptDraw Office 3 is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$499. The three apps are each available individually for...

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Nov 12
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.

Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.

You can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the ear cup. The Solo2 Wireless' rechargeable battery purportedly allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalk cable and enjoy your music.

The Solo2 Wireless retails for US$299.95 and...

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Nov 12
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock radio

HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.

JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.

The Horizon sports five programmable FM radio presets and Bluetooth to stream your music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. If you choose, you can even wake up to a traditional buzzer.

The JBL Horizon features a compact design that fits in on any nightstand or kitchen shelf. The LCD clock display has a built-in light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness according to...

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Nov 12
Addonics announces 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the US$49Addonics 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis, a storage solution that lets you increase the density of storage devices in a small space.

The new product features a drive bracket that enables users to install up to five 3.5-inch drives into many desktop computers, servers or rack mount systems via three standard 5.25-inch drive bays. The 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis increases by 67% the total number of 3.5" storage devices that can be installed into multi-bay storage chassis or systems with three or more 5.25-inch drive bays.

For example, on the Addonics Storage Tower III that has three 5.25-inch drive bays, as many as ten hard drives can be installed by mounting five, instead of three, 2.5-inch Double Snap-In drives into the 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis.

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Nov 12
Pixeljam launches Glorkian Warrior in the Mac App Store

Pixeljam Games (http://www.pixeljam.com) has introduced Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork for Mac OS X, a collaboration with comic book artist James Kochalka. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac Game Store in the Games category.

Here's how the game is described: "Glorkian Warrior is a unique hybrid of Galaga-style shoot 'em up, simple platforming action and Saturday morning cartoon. Help Glorkian Warrior defend his asteroid against an endless onslaught of alien invaders, and be prepared for somewhat unexpected results! This game offers a wicked arsenal of weapons, powerups and much more."

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Nov 12
Grid Connect introduces smart outlet with Apple HomeKit...

 A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order (www.connectsense.com/preorder) from Grid Connect.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using an iPhone app, other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices or by voice command via Siri, Apple's voice controlled "personal digital assistant." As part of its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], Apple offers HomeKit, which delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to control individual or groups of devices throughout the house.

The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. It allows users to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans...

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Nov 12
Prosoft says its Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS...

Prosoft Engineering says its US$19.99 Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS X Yosemite. It's also optimized to support more apps.

Hear is an app designed to improve the sound quality of the internal or external speakers on you computer. It offers an array of settings. A 30-day demo is available at the Prosoft website (www.prosofteng.com).

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Nov 12
Tidy Up revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features an updated interface and more. It's also ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new view by duplicate group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.

Version 4.0 of Tidy Up requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$30 (normally it's $39). Upgrades from version 3.x are $20.

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Nov 11
Atmosphere intelligence company launches developer program

Cumulonimbus has announced its exclusive Founding Developer program today for its app, PressureNet.

The peer-to-peer weather forecasting and data platform seeks 10 experienced developers to join its exclusive group. PressureNet is an atmosphere data and software intelligence company with a mission to dramatically improve weather and climate forecasting.

"As we further built-out our app, we want to invite just a handful of top-notch developers to work with us on this scientific app," says Jacob Sheehy, CEO and Co-Founder of PressureNet. "Since we will be choosing just 10 people to be part of our Founding Developers program, this will be a great opportunity for developers to showcase their skills and gain recognition in the community."

Utilizing smart phone sensors to garner data and create better forecasts, the PressureNet app developers will build one of the largest live atmosphere observation networks in the world, he adds. Developers will help create an open...

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Nov 11
15 new fonts added to the Free Fonts - Christmas Collection

128bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 2.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store.

Fifteen new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 40. All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project.

Free Fonts - Christmas Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Nov 11
ChapterWork now available in the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released ChapterWork, a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies.

Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, ChapterWork frees is designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies, according to the folks at einstein's legacy. ChapterWork allows you to share the completed output movie via e-mail or using Internet services.

ChapterWork requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category).

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Nov 11
Panolapse expands Mac OS X tools for timelapse photographers

Panolapse (http://www.panolapse360.com/) has expanded its timelapse software for Mac OS X and Windows with advanced features to support professional photographers.

Panolapse, a program which simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction, has introduced the RAWBlend feature for creating smooth transitions of light and color over time to assist in difficult time-lapse sequences (such as sunrise or sunset time-lapses). The update also introduces tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.

The deflicker tool enhances smoothness of a video sequence by analyzing pixel-level brightness of each image, and then averaging out the brightness of each frame over time. Panolapse has also added support for animating 360-degrees equirectangular panoramic image files, enhancing its movement simulation capabilities.

Panolapse is free to download with output...

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Nov 11
Apple, Alibaba Group may be teaming up for a payment alliance

A payment alliance between Apple and the Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese e-commerce company, is in the works, according The Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/p4lwshr). Apple Pay may be embedded in Alipay, Alibab's payment system, to operate in mainland China.

This could help tackle policy issues. In return, Apple may help Alibaba expand its business in the US. Apple and Alibaba are currently discussing the specifics of a possible partnership, says the WSJ.

"One possible scenario is for Alibaba’s financial affiliate, which owns the Alipay electronic-payment business in China, to provide back-end services for Apple’s Apple Pay payment system, allowing iPhone users to pay with Apple Pay using the money from their Alipay accounts," the article adds.

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