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Briefly: Uber's courier service, Twitter acquires Cover startup

04/07, 10:52pm

Uber announces UberRush courier service, beginning exclusively in New York City

Ride service app Uber has announced the testing of its new courier service, UberRush. Beginning in New York City, UberRush will appear on users' home screens, allowing customers to have small goods delivered by bike or foot courier. As opposed to an on-demand delivery service that is based on an order, UberRush has couriers picking up objects from Uber users and delivering them to a specific address as determined by the customer. The base fare for deliveries is $15, with delivery zoning factoring in potential additional costs. UberRush will become available to users starting tomorrow.

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Briefly: Combat Mission: Red Thunder, QiPack wireless charger launch

04/07, 1:50pm

WW2 combat simulation Combat Mision: Red Thunder released

Battlefront.com has released a major new title in its series of tactical WW2 combat simulations, entitled Combat Mission: Red Thunder. Set during 1944, when Operation Bagration took the Soviet forces from the swamps of Belarus to the gates of Warsaw, players can play out historical battles and campaigns or create customized quick battles. Combat Mission: Red Thunder is a standalone game, and features new game engine features such as backpack and vehicle flamethrowers, tank riders, hit decals, and more. The game is available for download for OS X (as well as Windows), priced at $55.

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Briefly: Disksomnia 4.0, GarageSale 6.7 released

04/04, 3:30pm

Digital Heaven announces release of utility software Disksomnia 4.0

Digital Heaven today announced the release of Disksomnia 4.0, a new version of its utility software that stops hard disks from going to sleep. Its latest version offers an entirely rewritten structure, presented as a menu bar app that works in the background to keep disks awake. Users can now see when Disksomnia is active, and also adjust how frequently disks are kept awake, with options ranging between five and 999 seconds. A new visual countdown is featured, displaying the next "poke" to selected disks. Priced at $10, Disksomnia 4.0 is available for systems running OS X 10.7.3 or later.

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Briefly: Xperia Z2 exclusive to Bell in Canada, BBM updated

04/01, 7:31pm

Sony's latest waterproof smartphone to be available in May through Bell

Sony and Bell announced today the exclusive availability of Xperia Z2 waterproof smartphone in the Canadian market. The Xperia Z2 has a 5.2-inch screen, is 8.2mm (0.33-inch) thick, offers 4K video recording, and can utilize new Xperia camera apps. Sony's Xperia Z2 will be available in black, white and purple across Canada from Bell Mobility in May 2014.

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Briefly: StepPolyArp, PDF Converter with OCR for OSX updates

03/29, 7:53pm

Midi arpeggiator StepPolyArp updated to version 2.3

StepPolyArp, a MIDI arpeggiator app for iPad, has received an update, bringing the latest version to 2.3. Allowing users to control MIDI instruments, a variety of sequencers and other virtual instruments, StepPolyArp can automatically generate melodic patterns from notes or chords played in real time. The update features 64-bit support, as well as the addition of start/stop following mode from its external sequencer. Available for iPads running iOS 5.1.1 or later, StepPolyArp is priced at $12.

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Briefly: Twitter app adds more photo tagging, new V-Moda headphones

03/26, 11:57pm

Twitter for iOS and Android updated, adds photo tagging of up to ten people

Twitter announced an update to its mobile apps today, adding the ability to now tag up to ten people in a photo. Available for both iOS and Android app, tagging does not affect character count in a tweet. Up to four photos can be shared in a single tweet, and a full image in a group can be viewed by tapping on a preview. The new photo features rolled out today on iPhone, and are due soon for Android and its web version.

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Briefly: Vimeo acquires Cameo, Sony's virtual reality headset for PS4

03/18, 11:17pm

Vimeo acquires video recording, editing and sharing app Cameo

Vimeo has announced today that it has acquired video shooting, editing and sharing video iPhone app Cameo. Offering a two-minute maximum sequence length, Cameo differs from short-form video apps such as Vine and Instagram. Users can change the order of the clips, add music and invite friends to contribute with their own footage. Themes build on a traditional filter with caption font, color tweaks and effects. The terms of Vimeo's deal with Cameo has not been disclosed, however it has been stated that the app will not be shut down at present.

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Briefly: Anime Studio 10 release, TradeHero game adds Android

03/04, 11:55pm

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.

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Briefly: New Instapaper, Breather workspace renting begins in NYC

02/27, 3:37pm

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.

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Briefly: Soundhound adds Spotify button, Upword Notes for iOS

02/22, 4:14pm

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.

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Briefly: Logitech's Global Fan mice, Spacious 2 Spaces control

02/07, 11:29am

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.

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Briefly: Final Fantasy VI for iOS today, Infuse 2.2 launches tomorrow

02/06, 2:29pm

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.

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Briefly: Chil Notchbook folio for iPad Air, new Evernote for iOS

01/30, 4:30pm

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.

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Briefly: Blu's Vivo smartphone, Tumblr drafts new terms of service

01/26, 1:04pm

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.

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Briefly: Readability redesigned for iOS 7, oXygen's XML Editor update

01/24, 11:01am

'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.

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Briefly: FrostyGlass for FCP X, PDFpen adds readaction options

01/22, 2:34pm

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.

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Briefly: Workshare for iOS collab updates, Todoist Next for iOS

01/21, 5:29pm

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.

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Briefly: OtterBox Symmetry cases, Eye-Fi's camera-to-Mac transferring

01/07, 1:45pm

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

Briefly: LaCie Culbuto USB key, FitBit expands Android compatibility

01/07, 12:31pm

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.

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Briefly: GoodReader's revamp, first wireless keyboard for Logic Pro X

01/06, 1:30pm

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.

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CES Briefly: Wellograph activity tracker, Withings new sleep monitor

01/05, 8:30pm

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.

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Briefly: New GX Gaming peripherals, 12 Days of Indie Gaming begins

12/17, 12:30pm

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.

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Briefly: New 802.11n travel router, 5GHz optical mouse from Rapoo

12/03, 1:13pm

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.

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Briefly: Updated Black Friday weekend deals on Macs, iPads

12/01, 7:42pm

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.

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Briefly: GTA: San Andreas for iOS, Target app adds store maps, iOS 7

11/26, 3:30pm

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.

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Briefly: Facebook Messenger gets SMS, LinkedIn, Pulse fully integrate

11/14, 11:02am

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.

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Briefly: CoverMe officially debuts, Ssmart Dynamo wristband released

11/05, 1:00pm

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).

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Briefly: New version of Tidy Up, Atama's Sesame wireless lock for Mac

10/31, 2:38pm

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.

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Briefly: Multi-tool case for smartphone, Xcode server host launch

10/30, 11:00am

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.

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Briefly: Dish loans iPads on flights, Telestream updates MacCaption

10/29, 1:45pm

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.

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Briefly: New MacFamilyTree 7.1 on sale, new extension for Maya LT

10/24, 2:30pm

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.

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Briefly: U-verse adds Android devices, Control v2 headphones debut

10/22, 2:56pm

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.

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Briefly: Chronos' Greeting Card Shop, DJ Mixer for Spotify launch

10/21, 2:40pm

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.

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Briefly: Aereo to launch DVR in Detroit, LiveCode adds iOS7 support

10/20, 11:30am

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.

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Briefly: Smart water bottle's Indiegogo, Anker debuts 2nd-gen battery

10/14, 10:37pm

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.

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Briefly: upgrades to Liquid Notes, MacGourmet apps bought by Mariner

10/11, 9:30pm

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.

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Briefly: Photo FX app Snap Art 4, doctor visit app launch

10/09, 11:45pm

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.

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Briefly: Google+ iOS SDK updated, iLuv launches Lightning clock dock

10/03, 4:47pm

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.

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Briefly: HP offers PC tech support, Undercover 5.5 offers Debriefings

10/03, 9:01am

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.

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Briefly: JLab's 'Intro' budget headphones, Moshi launches battery pack

10/03, 8:00am

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.

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Briefly: 'Buy One Get One' from FileMaker, STM's studio tablet case

10/02, 6:09pm

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.

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Briefly: 'Cheaper by the Dozen' app sale, NBA Game Time for 2013-2014

09/30, 4:50pm

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.

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Briefly: Updated Skitch adds AirDrop, Groupon 2.8 scans credit card

09/30, 3:25pm

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.

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Briefly: SwitchEasy's new iPhone cases, upgraded SymmetryWorks

09/23, 6:20pm

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.

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Briefly: You Don't Know Jack Party iOS, Inpaint's upgraded retouching

09/19, 5:35pm

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.

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Briefly: djay 2 for iOS 7 adds Artist Packs, Prismo OCR app for iOS7

09/19, 12:57pm

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.

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Briefly: Kensington's Proximo for Android, Jackery Bar now in black

09/18, 5:09pm

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.

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Briefly: SpeeCup wireless speaker, Pocket for iOS 7 coming next week

09/13, 12:30pm

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.

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Briefly: SquareTrade for iPhone, MagiCable Duo charging cable

09/12, 2:45pm

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.

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Briefly: PhotoPresenter for iOS released, Yahoo Screen launches

09/09, 6:10pm

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.

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