Smith Micro's 2D animation software Anime Studio 10 released
Announced today, Smith Micro has introduced its latest version of Anime Studio, Anime Studio Pro 10 and Anime Studio Debut 10. Animation software for both beginners and professionals, Anime Studio 10 features tools that provide increased bone control, more movement options and more, improving the simplicity of creating animated content. The latest bone features include rigging options to help set up more complex characters, and its independent angle constraints allow bones to keep their global angle and remain unaffected by inverse kinematics. Also included are new Bounce, Elastic and Stagger interpolations, as well as enhanced drawing tools. Anime Studio Debut is priced at $50, and the Pro 10 version is available for $300.
Instapaper for iOS update adds Kindle functionality, new discovery feature
Article saving and sharing tool Instapaper has been updated, offering a new Kindle functionality, an integrated web discovery feature and more. Instapaper allows users to save most web pages as text only, removing the web layout and ads and optimizing it for iOS device screens. Able to store up to 500 articles, users can store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website.
Soundhound update for iOS features an "Add to Spotify" button
Music search and discovery app Soundhound has launched a new feature for iOS users. Integrating Spotify, Soundhound now includes an "Add to Spotify" function, allowing users to turn discovered music into a playlists within Spotify, without leaving the Soundhound app. Users can either automatically add songs, or tap the 'Add to Playlist' icon on the Soundhound results page.
Logitech releases its Global Fan Collection, flag-inspired mice
Logitech has announced the release of its new Global Fan Collection, comprised of flag-inspired designs for its popular wireless mouse. The Global Fan Collection features graphic designs that represent 14 nations' flags, intended for users who are enthusiastic about a country as well as its sport culture. Countries represented by the designs include the United States, Argentina, the UK, Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, and more.
Sixth instalment of 90s game Final Fantasy for iOS released
Final Fantasy VI has been released for iOS today, featuring the ability to play all the main characters as the game's protagonist. First debuting in 1994 as the game series' sixth instalment, the game is set 1,000 years after the War of Magi, a time when all but one person -- Terra -- has lost their magical capabilities. Final Fantasy VI features the option to save game data to iCloud, to be shared across devices. The smartphone release includes new megacities and events that were introduced in the 2006 remake. Some events have been optimized to be played with user-friendly touch controls.
Notchbook for iPad Air features space for easy holding
Accessory maker Chil has introduced its Notchbook iPad Air folio today, offering its users a heavy grip and the ability to slide a hand through its sleeve portion. Intended for the iPad Air, the Notchbook is compatible with many other tablets of broadly-comparable dimensions. Featuring a platform that rotates 360 degrees, the Notchbook folio doubles as a stand for comfortable table viewing.
Blu's Vivo 4.8 HD Android phone offered for $250 unlocked
Upstart Android manufacturer Blu has released a new midrange smartphone, the Vivo 4.8 HD. At 6.9mm thick (0.2 inches), the Vivo 4.8 HD offers a 4.8-inch screen with 720x1280 Super AMOLED display, the Vivo 4.8 has a 1.5GHz quad-core chip processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage memory. Its camera functionality consists of an eight-megapixel rear and five-megapixel front-facing unit. Blu's Vivio 4.8 HD phone is available unlocked for $250, in black, white, yellow and pink.
'Read-it-later' app redesigned, adding social sharing feature
Web reading app for iOS Readability has received an overhaul update this week, offering a full redesign in line with iOS 7. Turning any web page into a cleaner, customizable view for reading immediately or saving, Readability allows users to manage their preferred web content in an easier-to-read manner. Users can select from three different fonts -- Sentinel, Whitney or Mercury -- as well as between a white-themed design and a darker 'night' theme.
Motion graphics theme FrostyGlass now available for Final Cut Pro X
Factory FX has released FrostyGlass, a set of eight fully-customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X that aim to enhance a project by simulating glass distortions. Including a filter effect and a theme and title generator, FrostyGlass creates glass distortion on top of one's video project.
Workshare adds Scribble, for identifiable note-making on docs
Document management app WorkShare Mobile for iOS has announced its latest update. Featuring a new 'Scribble' function, users can leave notes on documents with distinctive pen style and colors, to help with making clear who has left each annotation.
OtterBox announced new Symmetry series at CES 2014 for latest iPhones
Protective accessories company OtterBox has announced its latest case series for iPhone 5 family (as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4), more
LaCie Culbuto USB key designed as wobbly decorative object
Storage product manufacturer LaCie announced today its latest USB key, the Culbuto. Its aesthetics suggest a decorative inspiration -- for when it is not connected to a computer, the LaCie Culbuto stands upright on its round end, and wobbles from side to side. The name 'Culbuto' comes from the French, a toy with a weighted base that keeps the object vertical, even after it is knocked over. Equipped with a USB 3.0 connector on the "top" end, the Culbuto has a soft-touch rubber exterior, and features a slit to hold a photo or business card.
GoodReader update features audio player that runs in the background
PDF reading app GoodReader has released a major revamp with new features for iPhone and iPad. Version 3.2 is the software's first update since early fall, featuring a re-built audio player and better integrated file management options.
Wellograph wearable activity monitor able to graph stats
Revealed at today's CES 2014 Unveiled event, the Wellograph offers users an activity-tracking device that emphasizes its aesthetic, and functions as a standalone device.
GX Gaming's new White Edition gaming mouse, keyboard and mouse pad released for holidays
GX Gaming has released its latest collection of gaming peripherals in time for the holiday season. The new DeathTaker gaming mouse, Imperator Pro keyboard, and GX-Speed mouse pad are available in a White Edition, complimenting a white-themed gaming setup. Both the DeathTaker and Imperator Pro White Edition are equipped with a full-speed CPU and built-in memory to prevent macro settings from being blocked in-game, providing gamers a 1ms boost in response time. Backlit by a 16-million RGB light system, each unit can be programmed to color preference.
StarTech's travel router connects mobile devices to wired networks
StarTech has announced the availability of its latest product, the Wireless-N Travel Router, which lets users create a WiFi hotspot from a wired network connection. Able to connect wireless-only mobile devices (such as tablets or smartphones) to a wired network, the Wireless-N Travel Router can be powered from an iPad wall charger or any computer USB port.
Best online deals remain available from Amazon, MacMall, B&H
Online retailers still have MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads on sale, in spite of Black Friday being over and Cyber Monday having not yet started. We have collected some of the best deals still in stock.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS
First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.
Facebook Messenger updated for iOS 7, adds SMS
Facebook Messenger, a chat app for Facebook users, has received an update for iOS 7. Facebook Messenger allows users to read messages without opening Facebook, send photos privately, make free calls and more. Version 3.0 features a completely new design, optimized for iOS 7. Central to the update is that users can now message people that are not their Facebook friends, using SMS. Available for free, Facebook Messenger can be downloaded on iTunes.
Encrypted private messaging platform officially launches after successful beta
CoverMe - a secure private texting, document sharing and phone call app -- has officially launched. During its beta period, over 500,000 users signed up for its service, exchanging 500 million messages with military-grade encryption. CoverMe protects personal contacts, call logs, messages, documents, and more, and provides the ability to recall or remotely wipe sent messages from a device. Its private 'vault' allows users to store photos, videos, documents and communication histories so that a lost device does not lead to a privacy breach. Users are immediately notified when a recipient has read a sent message, and the app provides an option to embed messages with a 'self-destruct' option. Available on iTunes and Google Play, CoverMe is free to download (with in-app purchases available).
Duplicate finder and disk tidiness utility adds new UI, specified searching
Hyperbolic Software's utility app, Tidy Up!, has been updated with the release of Version 3. Tidy Up! can search for duplicate files and packages so users can eliminate unneeded information. Improvements to the latest version include a new user interface, as well as the ability to search for duplicate folders by content or in preferred playlists and albums. Prioritization is now available, with customization options featuring 'Smart Baskets', that sort files based on criteria input. Requiring OS X 10.6.6 or greater, Tidy up! 3 is currently available for $30 for new users, and $20 for those running version 2.0 or later.
IN1's new multi-tool utility smartphone case TSA compliant
IN1, a phone case manufacturer, has released a smartphone case that contains space for its accompanying set of eight tools. Its toolset includes blue and red pens, phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, nail-file, tweezers, scissors, toothpick, and a kickstand for to prop the phone. Made of high grade polycarbonate, the IN1 multi-tool utility case is TSA compliant. The IN1 is currently available for iPhone 5/5S, with models for Samsung GALAXY S4 and iPhone 5 coming soon. Color options are available for both the case itself as well as the tools, with the case offered in white, black, and clear, and the tools offered in white, black, pink, green, blue and orange. Priced at $45, the IN1 multi-tool case can be purchased online.
DISH offers in-flight iPad loans for select Southwest Airlines flights
Dish and Southwest Airlines have announced the release of in-flight iPad 2 borrowing, with content from its "Watch TV on the Fly" libraries. iPad loaning is available on WiFi-enabled flights, such as those departing from Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland International Airports. Guests can 'check out' an iPad for their flight, and can try out Dish's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR and sign up for Dish home service if desired. TV content can be enjoyed during the flight, and the iPad 2 is then returned to the destination airport's corresponding Southwest library.
MacFamilyTree 7.1 released offering new web export
Synium's MacFamilyTree 7 software has received a major update, released today. Version 7.1 of the family tree creation software is optimized for OS X Mavericks, and features improved performance as well as support for Mavericks' AppNap. MacFamilyTree has also gained the ability to export websites directly from the program, which can be shared with whomever the user chooses. Chart backdrops have also been included, allowing users to add a family crest or any other image desired for their family tree chart. Based on the new Apple Maps component of OS X Mavericks, MacFamilyTree 7.1 features statistical maps that display ancestors' demographics and life data on a map visualization. Other noteworthy new inclusions are improved privacy settings, search workflow, UI and more.
AT&T's U-verse expands its live TV streaming service to include Android devices
AT&T's live TV streaming service, U-verse, has expanded its availability to include Android devices and web access on Uverse.com. Earlier this month, the company announced more than 100 live TV channels had been added to the U-verse app. AT&T has also launched the U-verse App on Android tablets, making live TV channels available on more than 30 devices. Offering users On Demand TV shows and movies, the U-verse app additionally features remote DVR management, and advanced content search functionality.
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.
Cloud-based DVR accesses free over-the-air TV channels via supported devices
Aereo, a cloud-based DVR company, has announced the upcoming availability of its television services in the Detroit metropolitan area, beginning October 28, 2013. Using web browsers, iOS devices, Android devices, and more, Aereo allows users to access 'over-the-air' television channels via an internet connection, that could once be attained with 'bunny ear' antenna over top of one's TV. Aereo's antenna are located in data centres for serviceable areas, which also include a remote DVR. Users control both with an Internet-connected device, and can view, record, pause, fast-forward and rewind as one would with a cable or satellite DVR.
BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app
BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.
Music editor Liquid Notes receives new track view, more control elements
Re-Compose's latest update to its music editing software, Liquid Notes, has its focus on user interface improvements. Released yesterday, its previous multi-function knob has been replaced by individual control elements for chord substitution, tension, and function. Other notable changes to Liquid Notes include more control while in track view, allowing for a high-level overview of one's musical arrangements on a single-instrument level. Ableton Live is now better supported, with the addition of a "multiple single-track import" feature to accommodate Live's lack of support for multi-channel MIDI arrangements. Available as a free trial download, or fully licensed software priced at $175, Liquid Notes can be obtained online from Re-Compose.
Snap Art 4 provides naturalizing art effects for photography
Alien Skin Software today announced its upcoming release of Snap Art 4, an artistic natural media application for photographers. Featuring a redesigned UI and improved speed, Snap Art 4 can render hundreds of styles and media, such as oil paint, pencil sketch, et cetera, to mimic the technique of human artists on a photo image. Emulating brush strokes and drawing lines, its masking tool can bring out extra detail in a photo. Snap Art is compatible for integration with many popular photography editing software tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Apple Aperature, and can also be launched as a standalone application. Available in November 2013, Snap Art 4 will be priced at $100, with upgrading pricing at $70. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to those who purchased Snap Art 3 from Alien Skin Software in August 2013 or later.
Version 1.4 enables in-app sharing, ID token support
Google's latest update to its Google+ iOS SDK was announced today. The development kit allows users to integrate Google+ components with third-party apps. With the newest release of the software, developers can now offer a way for users to share content to their Google+ circles directly from their iOS app with the Share plugin, and can export text and well as image and video attachments. ID token support is now included, permitting developers to verify users' identities against the Google+ database. Requiring Google Developers.
HP SmartFriend offers monthly and one-time services
HP has launched its 24/7 technical support service, HP SmartFriend. Providing one-on-one assistance with one's PC or tablet (not exclusive to HP products), users can receive instruction on a variety of troubleshooting needs, be provided with a walk-through of an installation, and more.
JLab's headphones feature tangle-free cord, fully rotational cups
JLab has released its new product, the Intro On-Ear Headphone, as quality budget choice for audio listening. Priced at $25, Intro is equipped with 40mm drivers and foam ear cups. Its tangle-free cable is flat, and features a gold-plated jack, universal mic and built-in track control. Fully rotational cups with custom hinges allow the user to wear, adjust and store the headphones with ease and flexibility. Buyers can purchase JLab's Intro On-Ear Headphones, available in black and white, on JLab's online store.
FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced available in buy-one-get-one offer
Today, FileMaker announced a promotional offer for customers purchasing FileMaker 12 Pro or FileMaker12 Pro Advanced. Under the terms of the deal, purchasers can receive a second downloadable copy of the software for free. FileMaker Pro 12 (priced at $300) and FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced ($500) allow users to easily create and use database-based custom business programs for iOS, Windows and Mac OS X, as well as for the web applications. Also included with purchase is the FileMaker Training Series, tutorial software consisting of self-paced learning materials that outline the essentials of FileMaker software. FileMaker Pro can be downloaded from the company's website, with the 'buy one get one' promotion ending October 23.
12 Mac productivity apps for $35
Software developers Raskin and Paddle have collaborated in their release of a Mac OS X app bundle, titled "Cheaper by the Dozen". From illustration technology to network management to social media consolidation and more, the $35 bundle features productivity-oriented software, both previously-released and debuting as standalone software for the first time, such as Marked 2. Available until October 10, the "Cheaper by the Dozen" Mac Bundle can be purchased from Paddle.
Skitch app updated for use with iOS 7 only
Evernote's picture-taking communication app, Skitch, has been updated to run soley on the new iOS 7 platform. Skitch 3.0.1 lets users take photos and instantly embellish them with text, shapes, and freehand notations. Sharing marked 'snapshots' can now be facilitated by AirDrop, as well as email or SMS, and additionally users can post Skitch creations online to share with social media followers. Images can be saved to and shared from a link generated by Evernote. Available on iTunes, Skitch is free to download.
New line-up features cases for iPhone 5, 5S and 5C
SwitchEasy Limited, an electronics accessories company, has announced its release of Play for iPhone 5C, and Shades for iPhone 5 and 5S. Consisting of a form-fitting rubber construction and reversible wrist strap, Play is available in yellow, black, blue and pink for $18. The semi-translucent polymer case, Shades, is available for $30 in black, lime green and purple, and provides fully enclosed protection (with the inclusion of two protective films and two connector protectors) and metallic button covers. Both case products include a microfiber wipe and a squeegee for film application. SwitchEasy's products are available for purchase online.
Jackbox Games intending to 'blur lines between mobile and console gaming\'
Jackbox Games announced today its official launch of YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Party for iOS. A multiplayer version of the interactive trivia franchise, YDKJ Party allows an iOS device or Apple TV to serve as the primary display while other mobile devices, running the free JackPad app, turn users' iOS or Android devices into game controllers, allowing up to four additional players to participate. The new app has launched with a free trial episode, and 30 additional 11-question episodes available as in-app purchases. YDKJ Party and other YDKJ app products are available for download on iTunes.
iOS DJ software adds content from major artists Snoop Dog and DJ Qbert
Creators of iOS DJ software Algoriddim have released djay 2 optimized for iOS 7. Featuring a fully-revamped user interface and new music library, users can now add an input track from their mixes directly into other participating audio apps for more creative opportunities using Inter-App Audio. Also included in the latest update, "Artist Packs" consists of a collection of 12 exclusive audio and vocal samples that can be loaded to the integrated drum pad sampler, allowing the user to trigger beats and vocal samples from their favourite artists' live performances. Snoop Dog and DJ Qbert are the first artists to have exclusive sound packs. Similarly, "Skratch Tools" is now an included feature, which is comprised of a collection of Qbert samples that users can use to 'scratch'. Djay 2 is available on the App Store for $2 for iPhone and $10 for iPad.
Kensington announces Proximo's Android compatibility
Today Kensington, a mobile accessories company, announced that its Proximo app-enabled accessory, originally for iOS, is now compatible with Android. The Proximo system is designed to assist users in finding one's phone, keys or valuables easily, and ensures that misplacement doesn't occur.The Bluetooth 4.0 fob attaches to a user's keys, while an attachable tag can be used with a phone or other valuable, allowing users to then receive alerts when moving out of range from the other component. Proximo's app dashboard can track up to five items, including a customizable activity proximity meter. Proximo's app version 1.6 now supports Samsung Galaxy series Android phones, as well as iPhone. Proximo's starting package is priced at $60, with additional tags and fobs priced at $25 and $40 respectively.
Wireless speaker fits in car cupholder
Accessory maker iCreation's Siri and S Voice-enabled Bluetooth wireless speaker, SpeeCup, was launched yesterday. At eight inches tall, the speaker is intended to fit in a car's cupholder, as well as be conducive for listening in various other settings, such as a boat, RV, or at a desk. SpeeCup's range is standard for Bluetooth speakers -- up to 30 feet -- and its battery capacity can last up to 20 hours. Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, the SpeeCup is sold online in three colors (black, white and red) for $130.
Protection plan offers coverage for iPhones with monthly subscription
Third-party electronics warranty company SquareTrade released today its protection plan for all iPhone models, including the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Protect My Phone provides two years of protection against malfunctions and accidents for $8 per month. The plan covers up to four repairs or replacements, reimbursement for service from Apple's Genius Bar within 24 hours, and the option to cancel at any time. Accidental damages are included, such as drops, spills, broken screens, liquid damage and normal-use issues.
App facilitates slide show presenting via iOS
Boinx Software today released its latest product, PhotoPresenter for iOS. Suitable for impromptu 'show-and-tell' situations, PhotoPresenter lets users display a device's photo library by connecting their iPhone, iPad or iPod to an HDTV set or a projector through HDMI, VGA or AirPlay. The audience of the images sees only what is selected to be displayed, and presenters can jump freely between media files. Available for $1, PhotoPresenter can be purchased via the iTunes App Store.
Indirect-control soccer game by HeroCraft launched
Herocraft has launched its indirect-control soccer (or 'football') game, FootLOL, for Mac. FootLOL has gamers use mines, shields, UFOs, cows, glue and many other items to protect one's players, and beat the opposing team. Featuring four planets, each with several types of playing field, users can play in tournament mode or multiplayer. FootLOL is available for $10 at the App Store.
Neutrino Thunder D3 expected for release by end of September
Akitio announced its upcoming release of its latest external storage product, the Neutrino Thunder D3. With Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, the Thunder D3 is set to be available by the end of September. The two-bay unit is designed to hold 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs with a drive height of up to 15mm, enabling greater versatility than other form factor enclosures. The Thunder D3 will be available in capacities up to 4TB, and upon release can be purchased online from Akitio, Amazon and retail outlets, though pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, however, the similar Thunder Duo enclosure starts at $300 with no drives.
Speakers compatible with Siri and Voice Commands
Ematic released yesterday its ESB100 Speaker, its first Bluetooth speaker product. The speaker -- comparable to a softball in size -- offers 30 feet of wireless range, as well as a line-in feature to listen directly from a non-Bluetooth device. With 35 hours of playtime per charge, the ESB100's battery is recharged with the included microUSB cable and wall charger. Including customizable foam speaker grills in blue and black, consumers can purchase Ematic's ESB100 for $40 at Wal-Mart.
Expansion of Helium line of iPhone 5 case
Accessory maker Mophie has announced its release of color options for its iPhone 5 Juice Pack Helium charging cases. The battery-charging cases extend the life of the phone's battery capacity to 3000mAh, and allow for up to six additional hours of talk time on 3G, seven extra hours on Wi-Fi, 30 more hours of audio playback, or seven hours of extra video playback. Alongside the original dark metallic and silver color options, user can now choose blue, purple, pink, green or red for their Juice Pack Helium cases. With a one-year warranty, the new Juice Pack Helium iPhone 5 cases are priced at $80, and available on Mophie's site.
AirPlay connectivity added to iPlayer
The BBC's iPlayer (UK only) received an update on Tuesday, reaching Version 2.2. The app offers users the opportunity to download and stream BBC programming, and now provides the ability to watch downloaded programming on one's TV using AirPlay (on iOS 5 or later). Version 2.2 also includes an improved search function, providing one-tap access to previous searches, results grouped by series, and a dedicated search section on iPad with image-led results. Accessibility features have been improved as well, with better VoiceOver support added prior to and after favorites have been added to the Favorites screen. BBC iPlayer is available for download from iTunes, free of charge.
Twitter's Conversations layout redesigned
Twitter released Version 5.1 of its iOS app today. The app lets users of the prominent social networking site connect to their Twitter account to get real-time stories, pictures, videos, and conversations on one's own 'timeline.' The latest update includes a redesigned Conversations segment, including a blue line indicating a conversation between people you follow, and the first Tweet in a thread now appears above the most recent reply. The new release also includes various other improvements, including new notification settings and bug fixes. Twitter 5.1 can be downloaded for free from iTunes for devices running iOS5 or later.
Beta version available for users running preview of Mavericks
Maintain, a Mac applications developer, has released version 7.0 Beta 1 of system utility Cocktail. Cocktail is a digital toolset with a variety of features that lets users repair and optimize their system. The application offers a combination of maintenance tools and interface 'tweaks'. Anticipating Apple's fall release of OS X Mavericks 10.9, the latest beta version of the software is intended for users running a developer preview. Cocktail for OS X 10.8 and earlier is available with a Single User License for $20.