The Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 is an improved version of the original Dragonfly. According to Audioquest it among the improvements, the circuitry between the DAC chip and the analog output stage has been refined to create a more direct signal path, leading to even greater transparency and immediacy. Also, the DAC’s power supply has been fortified, which gives the sound more ‘grip’ and even greater dynamic contrast. I compared the new Dragonfly with the original and this is what I found.
StorTrends today announced significant momentum as demand for its hybrid and all flash storage arrays for virtual and physical environments escalates. The StorTrends 3500i is the only storage area network (SAN) device to combine solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, the solution delivers dramatic performance and reliability for the most demanding applications including high performance databases, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP), cloud storage and mixed workload environments – at industry leading price points.
Parallels announced the tenth version of Parallels Desktop for the Mac. The new version goes further where version 9 stopped. There is more integration with OS X, almost completely blurring the line between the two with a “Reveal in Windows” context menu option, the ability to share with Mac native sharing features and ‘iMessage’ from within Windows and have the Mac Dock show an “unread email” indicator for the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook
Zetta.net today launched its new DataProtect 4.5 cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution, allowing users to make full server image backups without requiring an appliance or a local staging drive. The new solution is the first SaaS-based service to deliver complete cloud backup and DR – from files to databases to server images – directly to the cloud, with integrated WAN acceleration for optimal transfer speeds.
Painter 2015 has one feature that will make people drool over this new version: Particle Brushes. Other improvements are jitter smoothing, greater speed and better performance, and 64-bit on the Mac. Painter 2015 also has an even more manageable and organised interface and comes with generous libraries of new content.
Red Giant just released PluralEyes 3.5, the video/audio synchronisation tool. PluralEyes is faster and more accurate, supports spanned clips, more media types for Replace Audio and automatic correction for sync drift. It also supposed to integrate better with Premiere Pro CC 2014, but by lack of that new application, I can’t say anything about it.