Porthole, ImageLobe, BatchPhoto

updated 09:58 am EDT, Tue May 14, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Porthole 1.3.1 ($18) - Porthole allows users to stream audio from their favorite music source to an AirPort Express or Apple TV. Version 1.3.1 introduces support for password protected AirPLay speakers, as well as improved sparker icons for the menubar. The consistency and ellipses on buttons and menu items has also been improved. [Download - 2.7MB]

ImageLobe 5.3 ($20) - ImageLobe allows users to apply a number of visual effects to digital images. More than 40 customizable image effects are included, such as Comic Book, Monochrome, Pinch, and Thermal Camera. The update adds an extra validation check she loading the effects-browser thumbnails. [Download - 1.5MB]

BatchPhoto 3.7 ($35) - BatchPhoto is an image manipulation tool that can be used to apply a series of modifications to images in a batch process. New features in v3.7, include an Enterprise edition featuring a new Monitor component, along with improved speed for the annotate filters, an updated user interface, and some minor improvements and fixes. [Download - 45.5MB]

SerialMailer 7.6 ($30) - SerialMailer is a tool for companies and individuals who wish to communicate with a large group of contacts without having to rewrite e-mails for each person. The latest release offers an improved user interface and support for nested lists in formatted messages. [Download - 8MB]

rubiTrack 3.1.3 ($39) - rubiTrack is a physical-activity monitoring and tracking program that supports outdoor activities such as running and bike riding. A problem with syncing with the Suunto Ambit due to a change in the device's file format has been fixed in this release. Map selection popups can also now be dragged away to remove the selection, and support for deleting multiple entries in the athlete log has been added. [Download - 9.1MB]

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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock

Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ

Peripherals  15h

Spotify deploys new $15 family plan

Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK

Audio  20h

Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case

Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM

Accessories  21h

Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps

British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM

Industry  1d

Belight Soft launches Art Text 3

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Graphics/Web Design  2d

KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries

KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli

Mobile phones  3d

BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall

BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for €96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for €99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ

Software  3d