Apple posts OS X Mavericks Server 3.1.2
Apple has released a new version (3.1.2) of its Mac OS X Mavericks Server suite. It sports stability improvements and enhancements for the Calendar Server, Messages Server, and Profile Manager.
Existing users can update to OS X Server 3.1.2 through the Mac App Store. For others the price is US$19.99.
Proavio ships desktop storage solution for 4K video
Proavio (www.proavio.com) has released the EB800MS V2 storage platform for 4K media workflows. It adds a next generation 12G internal disk I/O design and incorporates a choice of PCI-e 3.0 or SAS-to-Thunderbolt 2 RAID adapters with high speed SATA, SAS and SSD disks.
It purportedly provides up to twice the bandwidth of comparable 6G storage solutions. The EB800MS V2 combines a smaller compact form factor, PCI-e 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 RAID options with 12Gb/s SAS technology.
Proavio says its accelerated 12Gb/s modular I/O hardware effectively doubles the bandwidth between the disk drives and host computer resulting in data rates of up to 2,200MB/s when used with a x16-lane, PCI-e 3.0 equipped workstation.
The EB800MS V2 is now available in capacities starting at 8TB up to 32TB. EB800MS V2 systems include a three-year factory warranty and advance replacement on disk drives and components for the first year of ownership.
AppCode 3.0 offers more complete coding
JetBrains has announced the general availability of AppCode 3.0, a new release of their Objective-C IDE. It's designed to ease the everyday routine for Objective-C developers as they build apps for Apple devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad.
To help developers become more productive, AppCode tightly integrates with Apple's Xcode and focuses on code quality, convenient code navigation, smart code completion, on-the-fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions, and code refactorings. The latest release offers more complete coding and development experience, saving iOS developers from unnecessarily switching between IDEs, according to Anton Makeev, AppCode project manager.
It also adds an integrated UI Designer and a plugin for the Reveal tool (http://revealapp.com) to provide AppCode users with advanced tools for designing and debugging iOS applications. New code generation options for all the available unit testing frameworks also enhance the coding experience and speed up the...
Subtitle Studio is a new subtitling app for Mac OS X
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), a subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99.
To use you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.
FirmTek ships the ThunderTek/PX2+2 storage solution
FirmTek (www.firmtek.com) is shipping the ThunderTek/PX2+2, a Thunderbolt storage solution that accommodates two high-speed 2.5-inch SSD, HDD, or SSHDs internally. It also provides two external eSATA ports for connecting external direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.
The ThunderTek/PX2+2 is comprised of the ThunderTek/PX, FirmTek's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, and the SeriTek/6G2+2, FirmTek's storage adapter. The SeriTek/6G2+2 was designed to meet the needs of customers who wish to add an internal SSD. Up to two HDD, SSD or SSHD drives can be attached to the card, one on each side.
The card provides both power and 6G SATA connections. With each port featuring bandwidth over 500MB/s, the SeriTek/6G2+2 offers an option for adding high-performance 6G SSD to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac or Windows 8/8.1 computer.
The FirmTek ThunderTek/PX2+2 bundle is available now from FirmTek authorized resellers. The ThunderTek/PX PCIe expansion chassis and SeriTek/6G2+2 SATA...
WaterField Design announces Mac Pro Go Case
WaterField Design (wwww.sfbags.com) has rolled out the US$129 Go Case for the new Mac Pro. It's designed to protect the pro desktop and its accessories in transit.
The travel case is designed with video editors, traveling gamers, big power users and game developers in mind. The case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard, plus computer accessories such as a mouse, cables and power cord.
Enveloped in ballistic nylon, the Mac Pro Case cradles the computer with internal padding and a plush liner. A plastic plate protects the bottom of the Mac Pro. A removable pocket for accessories fits atop the computer inside the bag.
An Apple wireless keyboard slides into a front, scratch-free pocket. Carrying options include a nylon grab handle and a removable suspension shoulder strap. Two loops at the bottom of the case allow Mac Pro users to remove the computer from its bunker.
'Early Bird' discount ends June 3 for FileMaker...
FileMaker says attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz), themed "Business without Boundaries," have until June 3 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save US$300 off registration.
After June 3, the full conference fee of US$1,595 for the Standard Registration Package and US$2,195 for the Gold Registration Package applies. DevCon 2014, FileMaker’s 19th annual event, will be held July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.
Attendees can choose from a variety of sessions on user-centric design and development for mobile devices, FileMaker WebDirect, performance, security, relational design, in-house development, integration with trending technologies and other new FileMaker 13 features. New this year is the DevCon Developer Cup Competition where contestants can develop...
Adobe announces Captivate 8
Adobe has announced Adobe Captivate 8 (http://tinyurl.com/npvaw63), the latest version of its eLearning authoring tool. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
The software is designed to reduce the learning curve by allowing trainers and educators to author once and deliver multi-screen responsive content without programming. Adobe Captivate 8 includes several new features such as location and gesture support, new customizable interactions, themes and smart shapes to create and deliver impactful mobile eLearning.
Updates from Captivate 7 and Captivate 6 (and earlier) are US$399 and $999, respectively. Captivate 8 is also available for US$19.99 per month for an annual subscription.
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac OS X includes over 18 new...
ClearApp has updated Network Inventory Advisor, its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X, to version 4.2.
The software is designed to bring simplified automated network scanning to the Mac platform without the need of installing agent utilities on the computers you want to build reports for. Version 4.2 includes over 18 new features and improvements.
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9). Version 4.2 is a free download for all users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is based on the number of nodes you need to audit.
Disk Drill for Mac OS X improves Deep Scan feature
CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2.386, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.
Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2.386, a free upgrade to current users, improves Deep Scan with a set of new known file signatures, polishes scanning results management, helps the app better handle Mac's sleep mode, and more.
Disk Drill is available in a free version and pro, expert, and enterprise versions. The last three cost US$89, $169, and $299, respectively.
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...
The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.
Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.
Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
SplashID Safe for OS X, iOS revved to version 7.2.5
SplashData (http://www.splashdata.com) has rolled out SplashID Safe 7.2.5, an update to its password manager for Mac OS X and iOS that adds new security features. Version 7.2.5 delivers 2-factor authentication, a new Local Only option, and a way of securely sending records to colleagues or family members.
The 2-factor authentication feature feature requires an additional code to be entered when a SplashID Safe account is accessed for the first time from a computer, mobile device or browser. Once the additional code is confirmed, the second factor will no longer need to be entered when logging in from that device or browser.
You can download and try SplashID Safe free for 30 days. After this, you can choose one of three purchase options: one application for US$9.99, multiple SplashID Safe applications with WiFi sync for $29.99 (USD), or access to all SplashID Safe applications and SplashID Cloud Services for $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
AT&T to buy DirecTV for $49 billion
AT&T has agreed to acquire DirecTV for $49 billion. The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mm2r8kt) says this is "a deal that would make it a major player in pay television and increase its clout with media companies at a time when video consumption is moving online."
The companies' board of directors approved the deal on Sunday. The agreement comes just three months after Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable.
Beltone has announced Made for iPhone hearing aids
Beltone has announced the Beltone First, "Made for iPhone"hearing aids. They allow users to receive sound streamed directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Users can also tap into the iDevices' features from audio controls to communication with the Siri "personal assistant." A free Beltone HearPlus app recognizes the places an individual regularly visits and automatically applied the proper settings. The app's "Find my Hearing Aid" locates misplaced devices.
The Beltone First utilizes 2.4GHz technology. For more info go to the Beltone web site (www.beltone.com).
RationalPlan for Mac OS X revved to version 4.8
Stand By Soft has announced RationalPlan 4.8 (www.rationalplan.com), an update to its project management suite for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Hungarian language, Ubuntu integration, support for Earned Value Analysis, tasks distribution in Timesheet view, improved filtering and other features.
The main feature of RationalPlan is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process, says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. This upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the 4.8 release date.
Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying US$17.10 for the single license version and $29.40 for the multi-license version. For new users the cost is $57 and $98, respectively.
Apple, Google to drop all patent lawsuits
Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, the two companies said in a joint statement on Friday. They've also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.
However, they have NOT agreed to cross-license each other’s patents, notes the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/m88ru6t). Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility, which was subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal hasn't been finalized.
A lot of the lawsuits Apple has filed against other smartphone makers, including Samsung, involve Google’s Android operating system. The Friday announcement doesn't affect the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, however, notes the IDG News Service.
Japanese court says Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple
A Japanese court has ruled Samsung can seek minimal damages from Apple for patent infringement, reports "NewsAsia" () The country's Japan's Intellectual Property High Court ruled that Samsung could claim 9.96 million yen (approximately $98,000) from its US arch-rival for use of Samsung's data transmission technology, found to have been used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
The ruling amended a lower court decision in February last year that Samsung had failed to negotiate properly with Apple over the use of the technology. However, the high court says Samsung can claim damages from Apple "within what amounts to patent licence fees" for the two products, while rejecting the South Korean firm's demand for an injunction that would prevent the manufacture and sale of some of Apple's smartphones.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change the Time Machine backup interval and the ability to disable Time Machine backups during Power Nap. It also adds a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts and contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure.
Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
Statiked for Mac OS X revved to version 1.0.1
Perleybrook Labs (www.perleybrook.com) has announced Statiked 1.0.1, an update to their static blog management application for the Mac. A native OS X application, Statiked allows users to create and edit posts in familiar editors such as BBEdit and TextMate. Supporting a MetaWeblog API, Statiked can publish blogs on Amazon S3 or Github.
There are no bash commands to remember and no databases to configure. The update 1.0.1 includes unicode URLs support, minor big fixes, and a more intuitive blog creation process.
Statiked 1.0.1 costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks) and iTunes 11.2. According to Apple, the former:
° Improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac;
° Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013);
° Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection;
° Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec;
° Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts;
° Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server;
° Improves reliability of network home directories;
° Improves stability when installing configuration profiles;
° Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups;
° And includes Safari 7.0.3.
iTunes 11.2 improves podcast browsing, according to Apple. The company says you can now:
° Quickly find episodes you haven't listened to in the new Unplayed tab;
IK Multimedia adds Wampler Pedals to Amplitude Custom Shop
IK Multimedia has announced, in cooperation with boutique stompbox effects manufacturer Wampler Pedals, the release of their top models in AmpliTube Custom Shop for Macs and PCs. These new models give guitar players new tools to sculpt their tones in their DAW.
The AmpliTube Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives players access to analog and digital music gear. Once installed, it allows players to browse collections of gear models from manufacturers of gear including Fender, Ampeg, Orange, Soldano, Gallien-Krueger, Dr. Z, Jet City, T-Rex, Zvex, and more, plus signature gear from artists like Slash and Jimi Hendrix. Players can buy individual pieces of gear or entire collections using Custom Shop Gear Credits or currency.
To access the new gear models in the AmpliTube Custom Shop, users need to download AmpliTube version 3.13, which is also a free update for current AmpliTube owners, and is available for Mac/PC. The new models are available now and...
Apple still holds majority of tablet market, but ....
Apple still holds the majority of the tablet market. Between 2011 and 2012 Apples market share slipped below 50% of the first time, suggesting that fierce competition from rivals may finally topple Apple's dominance. The Visiongain research group (www.marketresearch.com) has determined that the value of the global tablet market in 2013 will reach US$53.6 billion.
Key among Apple's new rivals are Microsoft who is simultaneously trying to capture market share from Apple in both the smartphone and tablet spaces. By mimicking Apple's supply chain model Microsoft is making a clear bid for dominance in the tablet market, according to Visiongain.
Hitman: Absolution—Elite Edition out for the Mac
Feral Interactive says Hitman: Absolution — Elite Editio, a stealth action game, is now out for the Mac.
Here's how the game is described: "Hitman Absolution - Elite Edition brings Io-Interactive’s legendary Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time and includes all previously released additional content for Hitman Absolution - including Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the standalone mission where players engineer a long-range hit, using only their sharp-shooting abilities to pull off audacious kills and cover their tracks.
"Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition also includes the critically-acclaimed 'Contracts' mode, a mission-creation mode where players can roam the story mode levels, assassinate targets of their choice by any means possible, then challenge other players to do the same by sharing contracts online."
Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition for the Mac will retail on the Mac App Store in North America for US$28.99. Prices may vary slightly for versions of the game sold via...
Codewave releases MyTunes RSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X
Codewave Software (http://www.codewave.de) has released MyTunesRSS 6.0.2 for Mac OS X. It's a personal media server that lets you access your music, movies, TV shows and photos with a simple browser, a DLNA enabled TV or other device.
Instead of uploading your media to a cloud service you keep it at home at no additional cost. In addition to the app being optimized to handle bigger media libraries, version 6.0.2 adds UPnP DLNA Media Server support.
MyTunes RSS requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs approximately US$21 . A 30-day demo is available for download.
iStopMotion for Mac OS X now offers live view support for more...
iStopMotion 3.6 for Mac from Boinx Software (www.boinx.com) now offers live view support for DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon. iStopMotion is a solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture.
The live preview with semi-transparent ghost image overlay allows animators to see their next shot and make even the tiniest of adjustments before capturing the frame. If your Canon or Nikon DSLR isn't supported, you can let Boinx know using the "Provide Feedback" command in the iStopMotion menu.
iStopMotion for the Mac is available on the Boinx website for 49.99 USD, or as a free update for existing version 3 customers. iStopMotion 3.6 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.
Amazon's online sales dwarf the competition
According to data from e-commerce research firm Internet Retailer, Amazon remains miles ahead of the competition in the online retail space. In 2013, Amazon's online retail sales amounted to US$67.9 billion, more than the next nine largest e-retailers combined.
Surprisingly, the second largest player in the e-commerce game is not a large traditional retailer such as Wal-Mart or Staples, but Apple. The iPhone-maker reportedly sold goods and services worth $18.3 billion through its website, the App Store and the iTunes Store in the past year.
Amazon's increasingly dominant position in the e-commerce market is owed largely to the company's aggressive growth strategy. Under CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become known to reinvest most of its earnings, which is why the company has yet to turn a meaningful profit. The accompanying chart is courtesy of Statistica.com.
D-Link ships new line of colorful routers
D-Link is now shipping a new line of AC750 Wi-Fi routers available in red, teal, black and white. Sporting a sleek, cylinder shape, they offer 802.11 wireless speeds and gigabit wired speeds.
Designed to eliminate Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, the AC750 Wi-Fi Routers feature dual-band technology enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band, says Daniel Kelley of D-Link. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.
The new line of D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Routers (DIR-818LW) is now for US$79.99 exclusively at Amazon.com through May. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/colorrouter.
Twelve South introduces the HoverBar 3 for iPads
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HoverBar 3, the next iteration of its flexible arm made exclusively for the Apple iPad.
Like its predecessor, the HoverBar 3 attaches to any ledge up to one inch thick in your home or office, allowing you to use your iPad hands-free. The third generation HoverBar includes three iPad Fit Clips to hold an iPad (second to fourth generations), iPad Air and iPad mini.
It also includes a display stand to use when your iPad is away from the flexible arm. The HoverBar 3 is available now for US$99.99.
Vostok launches Taxonomy for quick file sorting
Vostok has announced Taxonomy for Mac OS X. The app is designed for quick file sorting and requires OS X 10.7 or higher.
Taxonomy is designed to help you sort documents, photos, and media. You can sort folders and store them in order. For example, you can sort photos into folders with names such as "Holiday in Franc," "Birthday Party," and more.
Taxonomy shows folder contents one by one in Quick Look mode, which allows you to view the file and the information about it. Double clicking on the file opens it in the standard editor application.
Taxonomy may be purchased on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. However, there's a special launch discount of 50% through May 24. A demo is also available for download at the Vostok web site (http://taxonomy.vostok-dev.com).
Apple developer guidelines now available as an ebook
Apple has published its "iOS Human Interface Guidelines" for iOS 7 as a free ebook on the iBookstore. Previously, it was only available for registered Apple developers.
The book is designed to help developers "create a superlative user experience that's founded on Apple's design principles and guidelines." To view the book you must have have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
CS Odessa announces Ice Hockey Solution for ConceptDraw Solution...
CS Odessa has added new Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com). For use with ConceptDraw PRO (9.5 or later), the new Ice Hockey Solution comes the things you need to diagram strategies, starting positions, positioning, and penalties.
It's free and available to all current users of ConceptDraw PRO. It's designed to be useful for coaching, team management, and player education.
ConceptDraw PRO 9 is compatible with OSX (10.7 or later) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It retails for US$199 as a standalone application and is also available as part of ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Cinematica 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple libraries, storyboards,...
Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file.
With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2 is a complete rewrite, introducing such features as multiple libraries, storyboards and custom keywords.
Single user copies can be purchased for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.
CS Odessa announces new site plan libraries in ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa has announced a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com) to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. CS Odessa has introduced a new set of libraries that provide a complete building-site planning solution.
The Building Site Plans Solution includes libraries that are tailored for Cafés & Restaurants, Gyms & Spas, and more general Site plans. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.
The Building Site Plan Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support complete building site layout plans. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for US$499.
Apple updates Logic Pro X to version 10.0.7
Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.7, an update of its digital audio workstation. It now supports 24 processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models.
The current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks can now be inserted at the playhead position. Enabling Low Latency Mode no longer creates sync issues for Drummer, Ultrabeat, Native Instruments Machine and other plug-ins with integrated step sequencers
Automation can now be copied and pasted to any location using the Marquee tool. Logic Pro X 10.0.7 adds an option for MIDI volume and pan data to control the instrument plug-in instead of the channel strip. It also resolves several snap and alignment guide issues.
Logic Pro X 10.0.7 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It costs $199.99.
New Magicard printer driver announced for Mac OS X
Ultra Electronics ID has rolled out a new printer driver that enables the use of Magicard ID card printers with Apple computers running Mac OS X. The driver gives Magicard users the ability to work with a wider variety of operating systems and software applications to issue identification credentials.
The new Mac OS X printer driver is Ultra ID's first software development built natively for Unix architecture operating systems. The driver extends Mac printing support to all current Magicard direct-to-card (DTC) printers including the Rio Pro, Enduro+, Pronto, Rio Pro Xtended and Rio Pro Secure models.
Features include full-color duplex card printing, support for magnetic-stripe and smart card encoding, and printing HoloKote watermarks. The Mac OS X printer driver for DTC Magicard printers is available for immediate download at http://support.ultramagicard.com.
WaterField Design introduces the Outback Duffel
WaterField Designs has introduced the Outback Duffel for professional and recreational use. Constructed from waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with premium leather accents, the Duffel is available with one or two main compartments and in two sizes.
It sports flaps that open and shut with hidden magnets, waterproof zippers, and leather handles. The two-compartment model separates clean clothes from shoes and dirty clothes, and the one-compartment is sized for stacking folded shirts and sweaters neatly for a weekend trip.
The Outback functions as an executive workout duffel, an airline carry-on, or a weekender bag. Dual carry options further the Duffel’s utility. Leather-gripped handles are long enough to alternate between hand and shoulder, and a removable shoulder strap includes a sliding shoulder pad.
The Outback Duffel is available exclusively from SFbags.com. Prices range from US$239 to $279. Available colors are black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas with a choice of naturally...
Autodesk introduces FBX Review for Mac OS X, iOS 7
Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has launched FBX Review for Mac OS X and iOS 7 at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store. The free standalone app gives professional artists and animators a lightweight tool to conduct detailed reviews of a wide range of 3D assets, including detailed 3D models, environments and character animations.
Artists can use FBX Review to view 3D assets with a full feature set, without using commercial 3D animation software. An artist working in Autodesk 3ds Max can send an animation file to anyone who has installed FBX Review, and the recipient will have a full menu of features with which to view the assets.
Support for ZIP files is designed to make asset review easier by supporting ZIP files containing both geometry and texture files. When opening the ZIP file FBX Review automatically assigns the textures.
FBX Review supports geometry cache playback, including Maya cache, 3ds Max cache, and the Alembic cache format. Geometry cache support is available only...
SpeedUp Mac races to version 3
Stellar Data Recovery (www.stellarinfo.com) has released SpeedUp Mac 3, an update to their performance optimization tool for Mac OS X. The software scans your machine and helps you remove unwanted files safely that are responsible for sluggish performance of your Mac.
Version 3 is more efficient and purportedly has the capability to boost your Mac's performance by up to 25%. It has received major user interface upgrades and is compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks.
A demo version of SpeedUp Mac is available. This version can remove unwanted applications, log files and system junk. To use all features, the full version can be purchased for US$29.
Mergers shake up U.S. pay-TV market
AT&T is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal that could be worth US$50 billion. DirecTV would add roughly 20 million video subscribers to the 5.7 million that currently subscribe to AT&T's own U-Verse video service.
With a total of 26 million TV customers, the new entity would rival a Comcast and Time Warner Cable, whose planned merger is currently under investigation. Comcast and Time Warner Cable currently serve a combined total of 34 million customers, but Comcast has agreed to divest approximately 3.9 million video customers to Charter Communications in case the merger goes through.
Both deals would further consolidate the telecom and Pay-TV industry as more and more consumers are opting for so-called triple or quad play offers that combine telephone, broadband, TV and wireless services. The graphic is courtesy of Statistica.com.
LinkOptimizer 4.9.10 for InDesign lets you share process settings
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.10, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.
It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets you share processing settings between users by exporting and importing them directly from an application menu.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.3, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and later.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete 4.1.3 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.
Hybrid Crystal Film now available
Power Support International says their Hybrid Crystal Film (http://tinyurl.com/ktrosbn), a screen protector for the iPhone 5s/5c/5, is now available at a retail price of US$24.95.
It's as strong and as scratch resistant as tempered glass including a glass and resin mixture, but is 35% thinner, flexible, and bendable, according to Power Support International Director Racy Heims. The hybrid formula emulates the bulk of tempered glass while maintaining the 9H scratch resistance rating, the highest rating in the industry for hardness, he added.
XO Digital launches new digital music distribution platform
XO (www.xodigital.com), a provider of digital asset management solutions — has announces a digital music distribution service for artists. It charges US$2 per track or ringtone.
Once uploaded, XO Digital places an artist's content in a number of digital retailers. Users can sell their content to the iTunes Store, Amazon and more. Other digital retailers include Gracenote, Boinc, Digital Tunes, Mix Radio, Google Play, Rhapsody, Shazam, Spotify, Xbox Music, and more.
Users get to keep 100% of the rights to their content. The folks at XO Digital says there are no hidden fees or failed payouts.
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.5.0 for Mac OS X
MOSO has released version 1.5.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X. It's a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Xmplify XML Editor provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.5.0 improves auto-completion and validation performance for documents with complex schemas, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify costs US$59; volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.5.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Autodesk Mudbox 2015 available as $10 monthly desktop...
Autodesk has announced that its Mudbox 2015 digital painting and 3D sculpting software is now available as a Desktop Subscription license for US$10 a month.
Mudbox helps artists customize high-quality 3D models for use in mobile and indie games and other 3D projects. The tool integrates into existing creative workflows.
For example, an artist can easily sculpt and texture 3D characters, creatures and objects in Mudbox, import them into Autodesk Maya LT 2015 (a 3D animation tool tailored for indie gamer makers) for additional customization, and then export the assets to Unity or other compatible game engines to complete the project. Go to http://www.autodesk.com/products/mudbox/ for more info.
Toasty Unlocks debuts iCloud Unlock service
Toasty Unlocks, a mobile phone unlocker and jailbreaking service, has launched the iCloud Unlock and Removal Service (http://tinyurl.com/mgcpqaj) for the iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and all iPads.
The service is priced at US$95 and permanently removes the iCloud lock for iCloud-enabled devices via iTunes, with just a phone's IMEI number or the Serial Number of an iPad. Processing time is 10-15 business days to remove an iCloud lock on an iPhone or iPad, with batches submitted on Fridays. The iCloud unlock and removal service is currently in beta stage. The folks at Toasty Unlocks claims it has a 60-75% success rate for clean IMEIs (not blacklisted or barred.).
Squirrels launches Slingshot, a 'share from anywhere'...
Squirrels has given us Slingshot (http://www.airsquirrels.com/slingshot/), an app that allows iOS screen sharing "anywhere in the world." It's a service-based application that allows users to share their iPad, iPhone, and iPod screens to anyone else in a Slingshot session. Mac and PC screens can also be shared and viewed by anyone in a session.
While the service highlights mobile screen sharing, it includes online collaboration and meeting tools, too. Meeting Minutes allows anyone in a session to take collaborative notes in real time, and instant file sharing shares files with everyone in a session regardless of the device they're using. Video, audio and text chat are available across all devices, too.
Multiple monthly plan subscriptions are available; however, you can try Slingshot free for 30 days. The individual plan allows one-on-one collaboration and screen sharing for US$9.99. Other plans are available that allow more users, more webcam feeds, dial-in access and more...
Twitter suffers sell-off as lock-up expires
When a company goes public, early investors and company insiders are usually forbidden to sell their shares for a predetermined amount of time. When this so called lock-up period, usually 90 to 180 days long, expires and trading restrictions are removed, stocks typically fall as early investors are keen to cash in on their investments.
The latest company to suffer such a sell-off is Twitter. On Tuesday, the company's lock-up period expired and despite prior claims of major shareholders not to sell, the company's stock price dropped like a rock during Tuesday's trading. At the end of the day, the stock had slipped almost 18% to close at an all-time low of US$31.85.
No rule comes without exceptions though: In November 2012, when millions of Facebook shares became eligible for trading, many had expected the stock to take a nose dive after its rocky start to public trading. In the end the opposite happened: Facebook's shares climbed 12.6% marking the starting point of a rally that saw...
Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 available
Autodesk Smoke 2015 editing and effects software is now available. It adds new effects tools, 3D tracking, support for OS X Mavericks, support for the new Mac Pro and better interoperability with Final Cut Pro X.
Desktop Subscription for Smoke 2015 comes in three flavors allowing editors and artists to pay by the month, the quarter or by the year. The price for monthly subscription is US$195; by committing to a one year subscription customers can save more than $500.
Smoke 2015 is now also available as a free 30-day trial. The Smoke Learning Channel has also been updated with more than 50 new free Getting Started tutorial videos. Go to http://autodesk.com/smoke for more info.
Belkin launches QODE Thin Type keyboard for the iPad Air
Belkin has released the US$99.99 QODE Thin Type for iPad Air (http://tinyurl.com/n7pb4k8). The keyboard features smart sensing technology that automatically turns it on when it's opened and off when it's closed.
The QODE Thin Type also sports iOS-specific keys. It's made of anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum in a solid unibody design.
The QODE Thin Type features Belkin’s TruType technology for a typing experience similar to that of a full-sized laptop. The keyboard offers up to 79 hours of active battery life and pairs with a one-touch Bluetooth key.