Thin Chronos disc fits on rear of watch, provides fitness tracking, notifications
Owners of traditional watches are being given the opportunity to turn them into smartwatches, by adding an extra element to the back of the device. Chronos is a small disc that attaches between the watch back and the wrist, and is claimed to add a variety of fitness tracking and notification functions to a watch without altering the physical design of the host timepiece, aside from increasing the thickness by just 3mm.
Incase introduces new thin, lightweight sleeve for MacBook Pro, iPad
Mac accessories producer Incase has announced the introduction of its newest sleeve case for MacBook Pro and iPad. The Icon Sleeve features a construction comparable to that of performance footwear, offering lightweight framing material that can absorb shock. The sleeve protects the device on its outer edge, making it less vulnerable to damage. Its sleeve panels are neoprene, featuring soft flexibility. Priced at $60, the Icon Sleeve is available online through Incase and at Apple store locations.
Digital greeting card software features over 5100 graphics
Chronos today announced its release of its greeting card creation software, Greeting Card Shop. The program allows users to create, mail and digitally share cards and invitations on OS X. Greeting Card Shop's features include support for double-sided cards and invitations; single, double and tri-folding compatibility; and support for multiple cards or invitations per page. Panels can be edited singularly, or as multiples -- which assists with editing graphics that traverse more than one panel.
Samsung adds new Series 7 Ultra, revises Series 7 Chronos
Samsung has revealed its new Series 7 Ultra ahead of its official unveiling at CES 2013. The latest Ultrabook from Samsung utilizes aluminum throughout its construction and is being positioned by the Korean company as an ultraportable with multimedia prowess. Underscoring this, the Series 7 Ultra centers on a 13-inch 1080p PLS 10-point multi-touch display with a 1920x1080 resolution and 350nits of brightness.
iScrapbook 4 brings new features, functionality
Chronos Inc today announced the release of iScrapbook 4, upgrading its digital scrapbooking software for Mac OS X with the most features the company has ever added to a release. The new version brings an overhauled user interface with a more modern look and improved efficiency. It also adds social sharing features, allowing users to post content to Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, and more.
Series 7 to have updated graphics and Ivy Bridge
Samsung has upgraded its Series 7 notebooks to Intel Ivy Bridge processors in South Korea. The updated Series 7 Gamer and Chronos notebooks also include 1TB hard disks and Nvidia graphics.
Notes adds widescreen view, Organizer gets CardDAV
Chronos has launched two new updates this week, releasing v9.0 for both SOHO Notes and SOHO Organizer. SOHO Notes is a note-taking app that allows the user to capture, store and share digital images, voice recordings, videos, web archives and PDFs. Version 9.0 adds a widescreen view that presents the notes in a cascading column style, allowing users to quickly browse notes without having to open them.
"Smart Templates" to make creation easier
Longtime Mac software maker Chronos updated their SOHO Business Cards program to version 3, featuring new "smart templates" that assist users in the drag-and-drop publishing app by showing them precisely where to drag textures and backgrounds, auto-launching appropriate libraries for portions of the templates that are active, and automatically resizing dragged-in graphics to fit. The program also makes extensive use of a CoverFlow-like artwork browser to make searches faster.
Application Blaster offers faster app launching
Chronos has released an upgrade to its application and document launch manager, F10 Launch Studio 3.0. The program features a launch pad that holds application icons, which can be arranged with the most frequently-used apps near the front. The company has added the Application Blaster for faster app launching, along with support for 64-bit systems. The update also brings improvements to performance and efficiency.
Updates bring faster speed, Wi-Fi iPhone sync
Chronos on Monday released updates to its SOHO Notes and SOHO Organizer software. The company claims to have rewritten the core engine from scratch, enabling faster performance and a variety of new features. With the companion iPhone app, Notes8 now allows users to synchronize with with the handset via Wi-Fi. The interface has been improved with Cover Flow and Icon views.
SOHO Labels image kit
In brief: Several companies have announced that they will be celebrating the 25th birthday of the Macintosh computer by offering discounts on its software. nova media is offering its launch2net software at a reduction of over 60% while Coriolis Systems is offering all of its software at a 25% price reduction. Chronos has also offered a deal for its customers but it is focused on thanking them for their business. Users can download a free image pack to be used with SOHO Labels 4 that is focused on a winter theme.
SOHO Organizer and Notes
Chronos LC today unveiled SOHO Organizer 7 and SOHO Notes 7, updates to some of the company's business productivity applications, introducing a number of new features. SOHO Organizer 7, Chronos' alternative to iCal and Address Book, now can display recurring tasks, and allows tasks to show up directly in Day, Week, and Month views. Chronos is selling SOHO Organizer 7 starting at $50, with several different licensing options available.
N.E.D. tutorial-video 2.0
In brief: There's now a way to constantly monitor Apple Store status, N.E.D. tutorial-video 2.0 has been released, a new mail service has debuted for the iPhone, and Chronos is offering leap year specials ... pingdom as developed a banner and code combination that will show the current status of the Apple store -- usually a harbinger of product announcements. The creators say "As the whole Mac community knows, when Apple Store goes down for maintenance, there is a good chance that Apple is about to release something new or update an existing product. To spare you the trouble of constantly keeping an eye on the Apple Store, we here at Pingdom have set up monitoring of the US Apple Store status, and also created a small banner that will show its current status."
SOHO Labels 3.5 released
Chronos today released SOHO Labels 3.5, an update to its label printing software that features circular text boxes and zip code sorting. The latest release allows users to place circular text on designs, and dedicated inspector tools are available for customizing whether text is drawn inside or outside of the circle Contacts are sortable by zip code, and the zip code is shown in the contacts list when the option is chosen. SOHO Labels 3.5 is a free update for registered SOHO Labels 3.x users, and is priced at $40 for new users.
Chronos today debuted iClipboard 1.0, its new clipboard manager for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users. iClipboard is designed to maintain a complete history of all copy functions, so that users aren't limited to one choice when pasting. While a limitless history would be cumbersome for some users, the app includes settings that change according to a user's needs, such as limiting the list to quantity or time period. iClipboard is only available to users of Leopard, and while the software normally sells for $30, Chronos is offering an introductory special of $10 off the purchase price.
iScrapbook retail box
Chronos today announced the availability of a retail-boxed version iScrapbook – its digital scrapbooking application – at Apple retail stores nationwide. Originally available as a stand-alone DVD and a direct download, iScrapbook allows users to design and print scrapbooks. The app comes with the SOHO Art Pack for no additional cost, a collection of 40,000+ designer-quality photographs, object photos, and vector-based clip-art. The iScrapbook retail version is available from the Apple retail store for $55.