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Acronis brings True Image to OS X with backup of running Parallels VM

06/28, 11:34am

Cross-platform backup solution brought to Mac for first time

Data protection company Acronis has announced the availability of Acronis True Image for Mac. The backup and imaging package offers full system image backup and recovery, both locally and to the Acronis cloud; recovery of a complete OS X image, or just the specific files or folders required; smart backup scheduling, including automatic backups, and advanced Parallels Desktop support.

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Sony unveiling new 148 gigabit per square inch backup tape format

04/30, 6:24pm

New product will allow for up to 185TB in one cartridge

Sony is rolling out a new digital tape format intended for large-scale backups that can hold a massive 148 gigabits per square inch. Increasing the data density of the tape will ultimately lead to tape cartridges with a capacity of 185TB. The format will be detailed on May 4 in conjunction with IBM. Using a new manufacturing process, the tape uses a magnetic particle size of 7.7nm, which allows for the data density which is nearly 74 times that of the LTO-6 tape format introduced in 2012.

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DollyDrive 2 arrives, revamps Mac-centric cloud backup service

12/18, 7:30pm

Adds Mavericks support, overhauls UI, fixes bugs

The Mac-centric online backup service DollyDrive has updated its Mac application to version 2.0, bringing Mavericks support and an entirely new user interface to the program, which acts as an interface to the DollyDrive cloud-based service. The company, named after the first cloned sheep, offers automatic and encrypted backup of user files to a minimum 10GB space (free) up to multiple terabytes of space if required.

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Amazon Glacier punts cloud-based backup at enterprise

08/22, 9:09am

Penny-per-gigabyte storage has long retrieval lead times

Amazon has added a new tier to its cloud services. Amazon Glacier is being marketed as cloud-based backup storage for enterprise with considerably lower storage costs than the similar Simple Storage Service, however it lacks the immediate file retrieval found in S3. Instead, a job submission for files must be submitted and can take hours to process, as well as suffer a charge for backup retrieval.

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Seagate rolls out Backup Plus portable and desktop drives

06/12, 2:00am

Allows for easy social media backup from Facebook, Flickr

With the intent of simplifying users' backup needs, hard drive purveyor Seagate has announced the Backup Plus line of storage. Available in either desktop or portable versions, the drives and the associated Seagate Dashboard software package are capable of not only backing up local data and media, but also making a local copy of photos and content stored on social media, such as Facebook or Flickr, with more services promised for the future.

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SmartBackup reaches version 3.3, adds iOS-style looks

05/02, 11:00pm

Already compatible with forthcoming OS X 10.8

Freeridecoding has updated its backup and syncing utility SmartBackup to version 3.3, which offers general improvements as well as a sleek, iOS-inspired new look for the user interface. The program is aimed as a more-configurable and intelligent alternative to Apple's own Time Machine software, which eschews customization in favor of simplification. The new version is also already compatible with OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, which is coming later this summer.

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Highpoint launches USB 3 Backup and RAID enclosures

03/12, 9:00pm

Can use dual USB 3 port for up to 10Gb per second

HighPoint Technologies has launched two new Mac and PC compatible external storage solutions using USB 3.0 for a theoretical speed of up to 5Gb per second per port, or 10Gb per second total possible throughput in the dual-bay, "toaster" design RocketStor Smart Backup and RocketStore Smart RAID. The units can accommodate two SATA standard-size HDD and SSDs up to 6Gb per second in speed and can work with add-on USB 3 PCI-E cards.

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Briefly: iDrive updates iOS app, RingO line gains Flex Mount

01/19, 8:00pm

Online storage and iPad mounting setup

iDrive has launched a new version of its mobile app that allows users to access an online storage account and share files while on the go. The dedicated iOS app has been updated with native iPad support, and now allows users to backup contacts, photos, videos and more over a WiFi or 3G connection. In addition, several enhancements have been made to improve performance. A free 5GB account is offered to all customers, while 150GB and 500GB plans are available for $5 and $15 per month respectively. Alternatively, business plans range from 50GB up to 1TB with priority customer support starting at $10 per month.

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Trend Micro offers cloud SafeSync for computers, mobile

11/15, 11:40pm

Works with Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

Trend Micro has launched its own cloud-based subscription backup and sync service called SafeSync, featuring browser-based management and compatibility with Macs, Windows PCs, Android and iOS devices. The service, which offers various levels of storage starting at 20GB up to 100GB, offers both automatic sync as well as drag-and-drop manual syncing. The new SafeSync now supports Mac OS X Lion with native 64-bit support for 10.5 and higher.

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Tri-Edre introduces Clone X 4 for Lion and Snow Leopard

07/26, 10:00pm

Now creates bootable backup clone drives faster

Although Apple's own Time Machine is a good and easy-to-use solution for doing backups of user data, there are tasks it cannot do -- such as create a bootable external drive -- which are sometimes vital for troubleshooting, boot drive maintenance or other kinds of data restoration. Tri-Edre has timed the introduction its latest version of Clone X 4, which is now compatible with both Lion and Snow Leopard, to the introduction of Lion -- allowing users an easy way to clone their existing Snow Leopard installs before upgrading.

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Intego introduces Backup Express app on Mac App Store

06/09, 11:15pm

Backup app runs scripts, supports volume sync

Intego has launched new backup software for the Mac, Intego Backup Express 1.0. The app will back up specific or all files from a User Folder, as well as other disks and volumes where the user has the proper permissions, and can be used to keep folders or volumes in sync across two Macs. The program supports user-created backup scripts, incremental and versioned backups, and exclusions for files, folders and file-types among other features.

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Briefly: Backblaze offers switchers discount, MyService 3TB

02/03, 2:40pm

MyService 3TB upgrade for iMac/Mac Pro

Backblaze has announced its plans to offer a 10 percent discount to anyone looking to switch services following Mozy's removal of its unlimited plan. Earlier this week, Mozy released a statement to its customers claiming that due to industry requirements it could no longer afford to offer an unlimited plan, but current unlimited subscriptions would be upheld until their expiration. In response, Backblaze released its own report that it would continue to offer an unlimited storage option with unthrottled bandwidth at a reduced price for customers looking to switch. Anyone can receive the discount by using the coupon code "byemozy" with their purchase.

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Stellar Data Recovery launches two new Mac utilities

01/29, 5:10pm

Defrag and Clone for PowerPC and Intel Macs

Stellar Data Recovery of New Jersey launched two new Mac utility programs at Macworld 2011 to add to their hard drive recovery repertoire. Stellar Disk Defrag allows the creation of a bootable DVD so users can defragment and optimize drives running Mac OS X 10.4 or later, while Stellar Drive Clone creates a bootable backup or disk image of an entire hard drive or volume, making it easy to troubleshoot or restore the main drive and helping to prevent data loss.

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Norton readying iPad app to access online backup services

02/18, 10:50pm

Beta not promising iPad any security protections

Symantec has released details of its upcoming Norton 360 app for the iPad. The service allows users to back-up data online, including documents, music, photos and videos. Users will be able to access the data and share it with others via URL links. Norton has yet to confirm if users will be able to play video, view photos or listen to music directly from the app interface. The utility also appears to lack protection tools for viruses or other security threats.

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app4mac announces Projector 2, Twin 1.2 updates

12/06, 9:25pm

Performance enhancements, new features

App4mac has announced updates to its project management app, Projector, as well as the online backup utility, Twin. Projector provides tools for keeping track of tasks and calculating project costs. The latest version has been completely rewritten in Objective C 2.0 for improved performance and enhanced 64-bit support. The update also features a redesigned user interface and a new engine optimized for both small and large projects.

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Parachute 1.0 backs up to multiple destinations

11/25, 11:10am

Supports online and offline backup

Dare to be Creative has released the first version of Parachute, a new backup utility. Users can schedule multiple backup tasks, automated to run in hourly, daily, weekly or monthly cycles. As with most such apps, backups can be saved to network volumes and external hard disks. Content can also be copied to USB flash drives, and various online destinations.

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Group Logic, Symantec announce Mac file system archival

10/07, 4:45pm

New archiving option

Group Logic has announced a partnership with Symantec in developing a file system archival (FSA) scheme for Mac-based organizations. The arrangement combines Symantec's Enterprise Vault with Group Logic's ArchiveConnect, and promises to reduce storage costs as much as 60 percent.

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Dropbox launches iPhone app for file sync, sharing

09/29, 7:55pm

App complements standard desktop-based service

Dropbox has released an application for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to access or manage content from their Dropbox accounts. From the mobile interface, users can view or download files, take photos or videos and upload them to the Dropbox, share links to files, or sync downloaded files to keep the desktop and mobile systems up-to-date.

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Arkeia Network Backup Version 8.1 adds Snow Leopard support

09/15, 5:40pm

Back-up software also adds CROs, new reporting

Arkeia has launched Arkeia Network Backup 8.1, an update to its cross-platform backup software. Version 8.1 brings Snow Leopard compatibility and Custom Restore Objects (CROs) that give system admins the ability to assign restoration rights, enabling end users to restore their own systems. With CROs in place, users can recover a volume without requiring IT workers and without the delays of waiting for assistance.

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Backblaze gives away cloud storage design

09/01, 9:45pm

67TB of storage for $7900

Backblaze is in the business of providing online backup service and, by extension, wound up in the hardware business. Upset with the high cost of storage devices, the company designed and built it's own 67TB storage modules for about $7867 (materials alone) each. Now, CEO Gleb Budman says Backblaze is giving away the design, hoping the open approach will lead to improvements or inspire a separate company to build the boxes so Backblaze doesn't have to.

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SuperDuper v2.6 launches, ready for Snow Leopard

08/28, 12:00pm

SuperDuper v2.6 ships

Shirt Pocket has released SuperDuper 2.6, an update of its Mac OS X system recovery software. The primary changes in version 2.6 is Snow Leopard compatibility; however, it also offers "Backup on connect," which enables a user to automatically configure the software to backup to a drive any time it is connected.

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Apps: KeyCue, Reference Tracker, Posterino

08/26, 8:15am

DiskLibrary, SmartBackup

  • KeyCue 4.5 ($27) helps users to make better use of keyboard shortcuts that different applications provide. After holding down the Command key for a set period of time KeyCue opens and displays a table of all currently available menu shortcuts. Version 4.5 adds support for Snow Leopard and QuickKey shortcuts. The latest version of the software also includes a fix that correctly displays arrow keys as dashed arrows and distinguishes keys on the numeric keypad by using brackets. Several other miscellaneous errors have also been fixed with the update. [Download - 1.1MB]

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  • 1U TeraStation III ships with up to 8TB of storage

    08/18, 3:00pm

    1U TeraStation III NAS

    Buffalo Technology on Tuesday announced its latest storage product, the rackmount TeraStation III, aimed at small- to medium-size businesses. The network device is built on the same platform as the company's standalone TeraStation III, with support for hot swapping, replication, NFS, Active Directory and Time Machine backup. Users can configure the drives in RAID arrays or apply disk encryption for sensitive data.

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    Ontrack Data Recovery Portal provides global access

    08/07, 11:45am

    Kroll Data Recovery Portal

    Kroll Ontrack has unveiled a new Apple-based Data Recovery Portal. The service recovers lost or damaged data for operating systems, servers, applications, files, and iPhones and iPods. The portal is specifically targeted at Apple Service Providers, permitting customers to retrieve information from anywhere in the world.

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    Retrospect 8.1 adds PowerPC support

    07/28, 10:00am

    Retrospect 8.1 update

    EMC has released Retrospect 8.1 for the Mac, which now runs on PowerPC systems. The new version also includes minor interface improvements, and performance increases for Intel Mac users of up to 15 percent over version 8, and 30 to 35 percent over v6.1.

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    Apps: Password Repository, Dock Library, Forklift

    07/27, 3:35pm

    Back-In-Time, Attributes

  • Password Repository 2.10 ($30) allows users to save and manage all of their passwords inside an encrypted document. The information is all stored within a table that can be sorted. Passwords can also be labeled with custom sets of colors to help users sort related items. The latest release includes an enhanced import function which can import data with a varying number of fields and layouts. The update also includes improved management of categories and several bug fixes. [Download - 1.7MB]

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  • BRU Server 2.0 features client-level backup functions

    07/24, 11:55am

    BRU Server 2.0 released

    The Tolis Group has released v2.0 of its BRU Server. The application is used to backup data stored on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris networks. The latest version features a new user interface, and client-level backup and restore functions that can be initiated by users, negating the need for administrator involvement. Version 2.0 also has an optional Encryption Module add-on, for encrypted backups using archival hardware.

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    Apps: Senuti, VideoPier, VideoFlash Converter

    07/07, 2:15pm

    WindowSets, Get Backup

  • Senuti 1.1 ($18) is a utility that can be used to transfers songs from an iPod to a computer. The software searches the iPod for music and then allows users to select music to transfer. When transferring files users can select to automatically import the songs to iTunes or to just copy them to a folder. Senuti also features support for transferring entire playlists. The update has added support for the iPhone 3.0 firmware. [Download - 11.8MB]

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  • SpiderOak provides online backup and sync tools

    06/21, 11:55pm

    SpiderOak backup software

    SpiderOak has announced that its new online backup service is now available. The system is claimed to utilize different technology than other common backup services, such as Dropbox, and provides a single tool that consolidates backup, synchronization, sharing, remote access and storage functions. Instead of requiring users to put files into a folder to be replicated on other devices, SpiderOak enables groups of folders to be uploaded from any networked computers or external drives without modifying the folder structure. The backup also boasts file protection for synced or non-synced content, eliminating unnecessary transfers by keeping backup and sync functions separate.

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    iSkysoft ships completed DVD-Library backup utility

    06/09, 3:25pm

    iSkysoft ships DVD-Library

    iSkysoft has released the full version of DVD-Library software, used to backup movies to a Mac or portable hard disk as separate ISO images. Files retain a DVD's content protection and digital quality, but can be still be watched on a computer. The DVD Boxes feature adds a cover image, disc information and custom organization.

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    Smith Micro intros CheckIt 2 system performance app

    05/13, 10:35am

    CheckIt 2 ships

    Smith Micro has announced CheckIt 2, a new program meant to optimize a Mac's performance. The title combines five utilities into a single package, including TechTool Platinum, Spring Cleaning, EMC Retrospect Express, Executive Sync and StuffIt Standard. Users can diagnose and fix hard drive issues, manage file clutter, backup content and compress files to save space. Functions unrelated to performance include file encryption and synchronization.

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    Apps: ArchiveMac, TaskTime, SofaControl

    05/08, 2:05pm

    Calcline, Stainless

  • ArchiveMac 1.2 ($25) allows users to backup large files to CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disks. If the contents of a backup are larger than what can be stored on one disk the software can split the data across multiple discs which are then patched together when restored. The archive discs are burned in a way that allows them to be restored on any Mac, Windows or Linux computer without the need for any additional software. Version 1.2 has improved the process of burning discs by allowing discs in a set to be skipped and adding support for burning multiple copies of a disc. [Download - 4.8MB]

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  • Twin 1.0 online backup enters beta

    05/04, 11:30am

    Twin 1.0 beta released

    app4mac has released a beta version of a new online backup application, Twin 1.0. The program is compatible with several formats, including FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and others. It also offers 256-bit AES encryption, and backup to external drives should a computer be offline.

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    Backblaze debuts 'effortless' backup for Macs

    04/14, 10:00am

    Backblaze for Mac

    Backblaze has opened its $5-per-month backup service to Macs, touting simplicity and automatic support for external hard drives. The service is said to use military-grade encryption, and offer emergency overnight back-ups on USB hard drives or DVDs. In a field crowded with competitors such as Mozy, Carbonite and iDrive, Backblaze is banking on its "effortless" client, which backs up critical files whenever it detects an active Internet connection. All files are selected automatically, except for the operating system, applications, temporary files and any over 4GB.

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    Apps: WaterThumber, Chronograph, Get Backup

    03/20, 4:55pm

    Prosopagnosia, MLB Sched

  • WaterThumber 2.1 ($20) is a tool that allows users to resize images for online publication in one batch process. The software can create high-quality thumbnails and smaller versions of images or add custom watermarks. Brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness adjustments can also be made to each image and all the EXIF data, including brand-specific camera information and GPS coordinates are preserved. Version 2.1 includes three new watermark placement options and a new bug reporting system. The update also includes a few graphical changes and fixes for several miscellaneous bugs. [Download - 3.3MB]

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  • Carbonite launches online backup service for Mac

    03/16, 8:55pm

    Carbonite Online Backup

    Carbonite has expanded its online backup service to support Mac systems. Individual users or small businesses can automatically back up an unlimited amount of data. The software runs in the background, continually copying new or changed files to the company's servers. Data is encrypted when it leaves the local computer, where it is then transferred to the secure data centers using the SSL protocol.

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    Persistence aims at handling large-scale backups

    03/12, 3:45pm

    Persistence backup debuts

    A combination online and offline backup utility, Persistence, has launched in commercial beta form, its developer says. While able to back up to iDisk, external hard drives or USB flash sticks, the app is designed primarily to handle large file transfers, ranging into hundreds of gigabytes. All metadata is retained, including Finder data and Unix permissions, and signatures are assigned to each file for later verification during the restore process.

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    Briefly: Mac memorabilia sale, HoudahGeo LE

    03/04, 10:50pm

    MozyHome review

    In brief: A long-time Macintosh fan is currently looking to raise some money to pay for a surgery by selling off his collection of Mac memorabilia. Houdah Software and locr have come together to release a special version of Houdah Geo that integrates support with the locr community for sharing geotagged photos. Meanwhile, users who are looking for alternative backup options may find the MozyHome online backup service to be just what they need. MacNN has tested out this option and posted its thoughts in a review which rewarded the service with three stars out of five.

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    Apps: Hard Copy, iClipboard, iTunes Current Song Menu

    02/27, 5:35pm

    JourneyMaker, FolderBackup

  • Hard Copy 2.5 (free) allows users to send digital faxes to other Hard Copy users. Users can enter a message or open a text document then send a document to a selected recipients printer. Version 2.5 includes new message templates and several ASCII art images that can be used in messages. [Download - 3.6MB]

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  • CrushSync 1.1 intros SFTP support

    02/27, 11:25am

    CrushSync 1.1 update

    CrushSync has released v1.1 of its self-titled backup software. Data is copied to a secondary location, whether on local, network or remote storage; automatic schedules can be arranged to avoid manual effort. Distinguishing the app is support for two-way synchronization, which can be used to ensure that both sources and destinations have the most recent versions of any given file.

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    Apps: SmartBackup, CosmoPod, Cast Away

    02/25, 9:25pm

    Hard Copy, CaliBrate

  • SmartBackup 2.3 ($22) is a tool for creating various types of backups, such as small daily data backups on network drives or full bootable clones of Mac OS X on a second hard drive. The update includes a new option that can automatically purge archived files after a defined time. It also includes several bugfixes and general improvements. [Download - 0.95MB]

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  • PocketMac Backup for SalesForce saves data on Mac

    02/11, 4:05pm

    P.Mac Backup SalesForce

    Information Appliance Associates has announced PocketMac Backup for SalesForce, an application used to backup a user's SalesForce data. The program is able to automatically grab contacts from a SalesForce account, and save them to Address Book every 15 minutes. This ensures access to SalesForce information without an Internet connection.

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    Instant Backup 1.5 adds new selection options

    02/09, 4:15pm

    Instant Backup update

    Zevrix Solutions has released the latest version of its data backup software, Instant Backup 1.5. The update adds the ability to back up a selected file or folder directly from the system-wide Instant Backup menu. A number of bugs have also been fixed, including a problem that would cause a menu to disappear and another issue regarding duplicate default backups.

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    Apps: Passport Photo Studio, DMG Master, iBackup

    02/09, 3:20pm

    iCal Dupe Deleter, Rename

  • Passport Photo Studio 1.3 ($9) allows users to create their own passport photos at home. It allows a user to choose a photo, then scale and position it based on passport standards. Currently the application features support for creating both US and UK passport photos. Version 1.3 has improved the way images are saved and now embeds the proper resolution within the JPEG file. The update also includes several bug fixes and has updated the copyright date to 2009. [Download - 4.3MB]

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  • Captain FTP 6 adds sync scheduling, Amazon S3 backup

    01/29, 5:15pm

    Captain FTP 6

    Xnet Communications has released Captain FTP 6, the latest version of its file transfer and automation program. The update adds support for Amazon's S3 backup service, along with synchronization scheduling and WebDav editing for remote documents. Users can now automatically e-mail a URL link to a remote file or folder, or add duplicate entries in the address book. The program also allows offline browsing and file listing from Amazon or WebDav. Several bugs have been fixed, including a cache issue that would crash during browsing and a problem that caused the application to use 100 percent of the processor resources.

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    Phanfare Photon 1.8 adds editing, slideshow options

    01/28, 11:50am

    Phanfare Photon 1.8 update

    Phanfare has released an update to its photo- and video-sharing application for the iPhone and iPod touch, Phanfare Photon 1.8. As with the previous version, owners can upload content to the Phanfare website, where it can be downloaded to other devices or stored as a backup copy. The update includes features such as bulk uploading, image stabilization, photo and video slideshows with music, and more photo-editing capabilities.

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    First Look: Thunder Pro A/V QUAD Interface Drive

    01/22, 3:35pm

    Thunder Pro A/V Drive

    External hard disks are inexpensive enough that ideally, everyone would have one to backup their data. At the low-end it's possible to just cram a hard drive into an external enclosure, but if you prefer a more sophisticated solution, you’ll probably be happier with a dedicated drive. One such device -- marketed towards audio and video professionals, but usable by anyone -- is EZQuest’s Thunder Pro Drive.

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    Synectics unveils BackJack 5.1 business version

    01/13, 10:45pm

    BlackJack business version

    Synectics Business Solutions has announced a new business-version of its BackJack web-based backup service. The new product, version 5.1, was built from the previous enterprise variant but offers an improved account manager for controlling account information, internal support, storage and user-privilege management. The service features 128-bit CAST encryption for data protection, a single-window interface, block-level incremental backups and automatic software updates.

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    Xupport 3.5.0 adds new options, improved performance

    01/12, 10:20pm

    Xupport 3 5 update

    Applicorn has launched the latest version of its multipurpose system-utility for Mac, Xupport 3.5.0. The program provides tools that allow users to increase system security and configure hidden Mac OS X and Unix features, while adding more system-cleaning and backup capabilities. The update features maintenance and performance improvements designed to increase application speed and enable faster launch on Intel Macs, while additional network-optimization settings can be used to enhance download performance.

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    ChronoSync 4.0 improves sync speed, adds options

    01/06, 3:45pm

    ChronoSync 4.0 ships

    Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.0, an update to its automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X as well as releases a new companion product ChronoAgent 1.0 for Mac. ChronoSync can be used to synchronize or backup documents -- at scheduled or triggered times -- either between folders on your Mac, other Macs, PCs, or external drives, etc.; users can setup schedules to automatically mount volumes. ChronoSync 4.0 adds many new features, most notably bootable backups, full Admin access, and faster synchronizations, while the new ChronoAgent that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync for full root access to the destination Mac.

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