TimeOut for Mac OS X ticks to version 2
Dejal Systems has announced Time Out 2, an update to their break reminder app for Mac OS X.
Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. This leads to a refreshed, more productive user. Version 2.0 offers a number of new features, including the ability to add custom breaks, customizable break themes, fixed-time breaks, keyboard shortcuts, and more.
TimeOut 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gl7op88) in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/). Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations. Review codes are available upon request.
Attack announces royalty-free dance music sounds subscription...
Online electronic music magazine, “Attack,” has launched Attack Sounds, an online store-based royalty-free sounds subscription service aimed at dance music production.
Starting at £6.90 GBP per month (including VAT) for the “Support” level offering 500 credits towards online purchases, there are different subscription tiers: Gold (offering 1, 500 credits towards online purchases for £19.90 GBP per month, including VAT); Platinum (offering 3,000 credits for £34.90 GBP per month, including VAT); and Diamond (offering 9000 credits for £94.90 GBP per month, including VAT). All are rolling monthly subscriptions, so there’s no minimum term contract.
AppCrypt for Mac OS X revved to version 3
Cisdem has released AppCrypt 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an update of the app encryption tool for Mac OS X. It’s used to safely password protect individual application from prying eyes. The upgrade lets you:
° Set specific encryption time periods for some applications. Users can designate a period of time during which authorized users can access applications when they’re in public places or sharing Mac with their kids, co-workers, friends, etc.
° Intelligently terminate the programs that aren’t currently running in frontmost when your display goes sleep.
° Automatically set passwords to some crucial system applications like Activity Monitor, System Preferences, Console.
° Add kind alerts to remind users to remember their passwords when setting.
° Block Mac apps with one password, including Contacts, Quicken, iPhoto, iTunes, Safari, Mail, etc.
° Keep track of failed attempts to access the blocked apps with date, time, and optional photo.
° Set shortcuts to hide or reveal...
Default X update for OS X improves performance, compatibility
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.2 (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an update to their Mac utility.
The tool enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.0.2 improves both performance and compatibility on El Capitan.
Default Folder X 5.0.2 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95, and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
Xero launches TaxTouch for freelancers
Xero (xero.com), known for its accounting software, has launched Xero TaxTouch, a new app developed specifically for freelance workers who submit a Schedule C form with their tax filings. It provides a way to track earnings and tax liability by automatically downloading and organizing bank and credit card transactions from all major U.S. banks and credit cards.
Users can separate expenses by swiping right for business or left for personal. Xero TaxTouch estimates quarterly tax payments, and continually tracks take-home earnings. It also helps freelancers save money by categorizing expenses according to IRS-approved business deductions.
Xero TaxTouch is priced at $5.99/month, or $29.99 for the first year and is now available for download on iOS from the Apple App Store.
App Camp For Girls expands in 2016
App Camp For Girls, a non-profit organization aimed at correcting the gender imbalance in the software industry, is expanding this summer.
At App Camp For Girls, campers receive a broad introduction to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. The girls use Macs and Xcode, Apple's suite of developer tools, to build their apps and run them on iPod touch devices.
An inaugural camp session will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. Camp sessions will also take place in established locations: Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The application for Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Phoenix is now available on the App Camp For Girls website (http://appcamp4girls.com). The deadline for submitting is March 16, midnight (Pacific).
If applications outnumber the available spaces at any location, a random selection will be made and a waitlist will be opened. If a location is not filled by the...
DEVONagent 3.9.4 updates plugins, filters more accurately
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent. Available in three editions, DEVONagent is a smart internet search agent.
It queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version brings updated plugins and search sets, adds contextual menu options for videos, and more. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of attractive bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Pricing is: DEVONagent Pro: $49.95 (Mac App Store: $49.99); DEVONagent Express: $4.95 (Mac App Store: $4.99); and DEVONagent Lite (free...
ATTO, Avid offer certified, single-device Thunderbolt...
ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) and Avid (www.avid.com) have teamed up to create a new storage solution to improve real-time collaboration.
The ATTO solution, certified by Avid, uses ATTO’s Thunderbolt-enabled devices for integration of desktops and workstations with Ethernet-connected shared storage systems, including Avid’s 7500, 5500, 2500 and 1000 products, all guaranteed to be compatible. It features ATTO’s Advanced Data Streaming to maximize data flow for reliable transfers.
The ATTO solution supports a range of editing software, making it compatible with a variety of tools. This allows multiple contributors to collaborate simultaneously on a project without having to purchase new software.
ATTO and Avid have an over 20-year history of creating collaborative solutions. Avid ISIS shared storage backed by ATTO Thunderbolt enabled 10GbE Desklink devices allows users to work at higher resolutions and utilize more streams of SD, HD and 4K video. Avid’s ISIS family of shared...
SubRosaSoft announces SubRosaSoft Disk Copy Version One
SubRosaSoft.com has launched SubRosaSoft Disk Copy, a backup and cloning system for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
It can create bootable copies of a startup drive, manage synchronization of volumes, handle incremental bootable copies, and run backups using a schedule. SubRosaSoft Disk Copy supports multiple backup modes such as Cloning and Synchronization of drives. It can also make incremental snapshots that back up your most recent changes, and retain older versions of files you can retrieve, if needed.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for SubRosaSoft Disk Copy is $34.95. It’s available as a download only. A demo is available.
AKVIS MakeUp for OS X now supports Ultra HD 4K, 5K resolution
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS MakeUp 4.0, an update of tis portrait retouching software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
The app cleans up the skin and removes blemishes, whitens teeth and fixes the red eye effect. Version 4.0 offers support for Ultra HD 4K and 5K resolution.
Registered users of MakeUp can upgrade to this version for free. For new users the cost is $39. A demo is available for download. MakeUp is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.
Audified rolls out second gen Audiotex inValve Effects
Audified has released its second-generation Audiffex inValve Effects, a plug-in suite simulating valve processing hardware with modeling of analogue circuitry and valve characteristics as part of its Hybrid Valve Series.
It’s a software simulation of UK audio product manufacturer TL Audio’s VL-1 valve interface, an eight- channel rack-mountable “rose-tinted” affair designed for use with the eight-track digital recorders of the time. Audiffex inValve Effects for Mac and PC is available to purchase for $49 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/jlc3xe8).
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel update improves Workbook PDF...
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.6, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS.
In addition to batch printing and PDF conversion, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel and repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version ensures that the scaling and orientation settings are applied to all sheets when printing or exporting an entire workbook to PDF.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers, Mac App Store and MacUpdate. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition gets support for LiveCode 8...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.81 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) with support for LiveCode 8 widgets as part of the LiveCode conversion feature.
This feature supports the automated conversion of FileMaker, Microsoft Access and Visual FoxPro database applications into cross platform LiveCode apps. LiveCode is a cross platform development environment supporting seven deployment platforms: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Server, iOS, Android and HTML5.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at $600) per developer. You can build an unlimited number of applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
ATTO Tech previews 32Gb Fibre Channel Portfolio
ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced the availability of its new Gen 6 Fibre Channel product portfolio. The new Gen 6 line includes CelerityTM 32Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in low-profile single- and dual-port versions and 16Gb HBAs in low-profile single-, dual- and quad-port versions.
ATTO’s additions to its Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing SAN infrastructure and address the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, says CEOTim Klein. Upgrading an existing Fibre Channel SAN to 32Gb Gen 6 is a logical choice to maximize performance, he adds.
ATTO’s Gen 6 Celerity 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput, while 16GB HBAs provide 1,600MB/s per-channel speeds. Both versions are backward compatible and...
JAMF Software, eSpark announce partnership
JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a partnership with eSpark (http://esparklearning.com), a provider of differentiated learning through curated, education-focused iPad apps.
The move combines eSpark’s unique learning technology with advanced mobile device management capabilities from JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, allowing schools to automate app distribution based on the individualized learning needs of each and every student, says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. The Casper Suite and eSpark deliver a 1:1 iPad experience, he adds.
By enrolling iPads with the Casper Suite, expertly curated apps are automatically distributed without teacher or IT interaction to individual students based on assessment data. This allows districts to leverage existing test data to target the area of greatest need for each student.
Students then progress through the interactive content, mastering concepts and creative challenges at...
Kanex introduces HDMI adapters for Apple TV 4
Kanex (www.kanex.com) has given us two HDMI adapters ($59.95 each) for the fourth generation Apple TV. They offer an easy way to enjoy the features of the latest Apple set-top box, without the hassle of replacing current equipment, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex.
The Digital Audio Adapter provides an optical audio port to connect a surround sound system to the 4th generation Apple TV. Users can stream HD content from the new Apple TV directly to their existing home theater system via HDMI, along with sound via a digital optical port. The Kanex Digital Audio Adapter supports 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound via standard optical audio, or 2.0 surround sound via 3.5mm audio port.
The HDMI to VGA Adapter connects a VGA-ready TV, monitor or projector with audio support. High quality audio is also supported with a 3.5mm port for external speakers. With the Kanex adapter, AirPlay mirroring from an iPad can be used with an existing projector, eliminating the need to upgrade to expensive HDMI...
Grovemade rolls out new MacBook Dock
Grovemade (www.grovemade.com), a designer of handcrafted wooden accessories, has introduced the MacBook Dock. Crafted from domestic hardwoods, a portable is held in place by clips made from laser cut resin and soft wool, keeping the laptop scratch-free.
The MacBook Dock rests on a precision-machined aluminum base for balance and is lined with natural cork to protect workspaces from scuffs. It works in unison with Grovemade’s Desk Collection.
The MacBook Dock is available in maple and walnut versions. It’s compatible with the 11-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Pro. It retails for $79.
IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for the Mac, PC
IK Multimedia says its Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC is now available. It’s an audio mastering tool that gives musicians, producers and engineers the ability to master their music, radio and TV commercials, film scores and more utilizing a digital model of the chain and settings used by Gavin Lurssen, Reuben Cohen and the team at multi-Grammy Award-winning Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, CA.
Lurssen Mastering Console replicates Lurssen's "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" philosophy, which focuses on the order, connections and interactions between each individual processing component in the chain. With Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC, now anyone can master their music with the tools, secrets and settings of a Grammy Award winning professional studio, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.
It’s available for a limited-time introductory price of $199.99. Users can download and demo Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC unrestricted for a full 10 days at...
Aleyant updates eDocBuilder Variable Data Publishing System
Abeyant has announced the availability of a new version of Aleyant eDocBuilder, its web-based variable data publishing system that runs on iPads, laptops, and desktops.
It’s specifically designed to integrate with Aleyant and third-party web-to-print and MIS systems to bring template-based variable data publishing within reach for users of all skill levels. The latest version of eDocBuilder offers an enhanced user interface and new formatting and layout tools. Aleyant eDocBuilder is immediately available. It’s available in a variety of pricing options. For more information, visit edocbuilder.com.
FileMaker releases second of its how-to ebooks
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released the second in a three-part series of free how-to ebooks that lead teams through the process of creating a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. You can download it at http://tinyurl.com/jmj3qrp .
The steps to creating a custom app for your business team include:
° Organizing your data: One of the first steps in bringing your app to fruition is to examine your data and how you want to organize it to meet your unique needs.
° Design the user interface and workflow: Creating the user experience is an iterative process. You'll start by thinking about the users and the activities they are trying to accomplish.
° Set up security: When your custom app includes confidential information, you'll want to ensure that those who should have access are the only people who can access this data.
"Once an organization has started the planning process for custom apps, the next step is the creation process. Custom apps are quick and easy to build and...
Western Digital expands hard drives, external storage solutions...
Western Digital has expanded its portfolio of performance storage solutions with 8TB capacity drives for NAS, video surveillance and desktop external applications.
Launching throughout the first half of 2016, My Cloud personal storage devices (My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 Ultra), My Book external hard drives (My Book, My Book for Mac, My Book Duo and My Book Pro), WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple hard drives will all be designed with the new high-capacity configuration. Each storage solution offers “purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal helium-technology with the new 8 TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed,” says Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital
My Book and My Book for Mac 8TB is currently available at select U.S. retailers, distributors and through the WD Store (www.wd.com). The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the My Book 8 TB and the My Book for Mac is $299.99...
SuperTab for Mac OS X adds drag and drop support, more
SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.0 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.
The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.0 adds drag and drop support, multiple clipboard support, enhanced screen shots, and more.
SuperTab 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 later. Version 2.0 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. You can register for $5 (50% off the regular price) through April 15.
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2016
Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2016, the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. The finished version is due in the second quarter of the year. According to the folks at Quark, feature highlights include:
° Convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects;
° Paste as native objects from Illustrator and Microsoft Office;
° Create and export HTML5 publications;
° Multi-gradient color blends;
° Support for OpenType stylistic sets;
° Color Picker ( an eyedropper tool);
° Touchpad support for pinch and zoom on the Mac;
° Search and Replace non-breaking spaces and characters;
° Additional Dynamic Guides for textbox columns;
° Fit Textbox to Text;
° Option to make the Measurement Palette 50% larger;
° The Option to line wrap content variables;
° Support for ICCv4 Profiles
As the plug-in interface is the same between QuarkXPress 2016 and QuarkXPress 2015, XTensions, plugins to QuarkXPress, will work in the new version...
Retrospect announces Hybrid Data Protection with new cloud...
Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have introduced a full hybrid backup solution with the release of Retrospect 13 for Mac and Retrospect 11 for Windows. This latest version supports integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers.
Cloud backup to third-party cloud storage providers allows Retrospect customers a way to protect their Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux environment off-site. Retrospect is certified for cloud storage with worldwide cloud storage providers Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, as well as regional cloud storage providers DreamHost, Dunkel, ArubaCloud, and Numergy. A full list of certified providers is available at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.
Retrospect Partners are now able to become “Cloud Certified” with our new Cloud Certification Program. Partners can set up their own cloud storage service with Basho Riak CS for new and existing customers to use...
Court overturns Apple’s jury victory against Samsung
A U.S. appeals court has overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, reports Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16510E). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung didn’t infringe Apple's "quick links" patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid.
The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung's patents. Apple's "quick links" patent, as the main focus in Samsung's latest effort to overturn major court victories by the Cupertino, California-based company over the past two years. Samsung's attorney Kathleen Sullivan said Samsung didn’t use the same technology as Apple to detect and link to specific data, such as phone numbers, in its phones' Web browser and messenger applications. However, Apple's lawyer, William Lee, told the nation's top court specializing in patent issues, that the jury's verdict was supported by "substantial...
Apple: the FBI asking us to ‘weaken’ the security of all our...
Apple's general counsel says complying with the FBI’s order to break into an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino, California,, massacre will "weaken the security" of its devices.
The comments are part of an opening statement from Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, who will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/gnxbk25). In the statement, the lawyer defended Apple's cooperation with the FBI in the San Bernardino investigation, noting the company made engineers available to advise them on "additional investigative options.”
However, Sewell said, ”The FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens."
Aleratec announces Mac Support for 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini USB...
Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has released a software update for the 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini that now provides Mac OS X compatibility. It clones up to 22 thumb drives simultaneously.
Responding to requests from customers who use MacBooks and iMacs to distribute information via USB thumb drives, the new software will be included with all 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicators and Upon verification, existing customers who already own an eligible Aleratec USB duplicator can also receive the new software update at no charge by contacting Aleratec customer support at (818) 678-0484. Aleratec's 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price of $629 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution.
DJ Mixer Express for OS X revved to version 5.8.1
MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1, an update of the DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.
The app offers complete automatic mixing, video mixing, KeyLock, beat-matching, looping, and several effects. Version 5.8.1 includes two different user interfaces (skins), a new BPM detection engine, better iTunes integration, karaoke
CDG+MP3 zip files playback, and stability and speed improvements.
DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and costs $29.95. The price includes the lifetime license with free upgrades and free tech support. A demo is available for download.
Propellerhead announces Rigs 2 series for Reason
Propellerhead Software has announced the Rigs 2 Series, offering updates to their Rig Series Rack Extension and ReFill bundles for Reason 8.
Backline Rig 2, Mix & Mastering Rig 2, and Synthetic Rig 2 now contain over 60 Rack Extension and ReFills including instruments, effects, and sample packs made by leading developers such as Propellerhead, iZotope, Rob Papen, Cakewalk, Softube, Korg and more. Rigs 2 Series bundles are designed specifically for the style of music you make and include video lessons to help you get the most out of your Rig.
You can save over $1,200 on Rack Extensions and ReFills at $299 each, or upgrade from Rig 1 for $79. All bundles are available as a direct downloads from Propellerhead’s website (http://tinyurl.com/oh2p3kr).
File Cabinet Pro brings iCloud features to the OS X menubar
Writes for All has introduced File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar.
File Cabinet Pro allows users to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the menubar. It allows users to place files in iCloud Drive without opening windows in Finder.
File Cabinet Pro costs US$29.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the App Tyrant website (http://www.apptyrant.com).
SuperScreenshot for OS X gets Dropbox and Trello integration
SuperApp has launched SuperScreenshot 1.1.2, an update of the Mac OS X screenshot taking app. The new version adds Dropbox and Trello integration for sharing your screenshots.
With SuperScreenshot, you can bind your own hotkeys to take a screenshot. It has capabilities for users to add texts, arrows, circles, rectangles, as well as freehand drawings.
SuperScreenshot require OS X 10.10.0 or later. It costs $2.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/plb5fby) in the Utilities category.
Records for Mac OS X adds a Table view, more
Records, a personal database app for the Mac, has been revved to version 1.1. The update includes requested features like the Table view, CSV data import and export, 30 templates ready to use, German, Italian and Japanese localizations.
With Records you can collect and organize any kind of information, from your movies to your customer invoices. It comes with 30+ templates rand 15+ configurable form fields.
Records 1.1 is available at the Records store (http://pushpopcorn.com) at the introductory price of $29.99 (instead of $39.99) for five days only. It requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer.
GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter launching for iOS
GO-Trust (www.go-trust.com), a provider of independent microSD security elements for Android and Windows devices, has launched the GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter for iOS.
The iReader is an iOS reader that connects to any iPhone or iPad with a Lighting connector. It provides a microSD expansion slot that can support FIPS 140-2 Level 3, FIPS 201, BCTC and FIDO certified microSD secure elements using the GO-Trust SDencrypter (which includes up to 16GB of user flash memory) or 128GB of dedicated memory expansion. The GO-Trust SDK [software developer kit] for the SDencrypter is fully compatible with iOS.
The iReader is multifunctional and can also connect to Windows and Android devices using a supplied USB cable. The iReader will be available for shipment in April. System Integrators can preorder and test security options using the GO-Trust SDencrypter immediately and it will be demonstrated at the RSA exhibition in San Francisco next month.
Twelve South releases collection three of its dual-screen...
Twelve South has released the third collection of its dual-screen backgrounds (https://www.twelvesouth.com/wallpaper) for the Mac: Sky Lights.
The company partnered with photographer Scott Gordon to capture the San Francisco Bay during the time before sunrise and sunset when the light is perfect for shooting. All of the dual-screen backgrounds are complementary.
Apple working to make iPhones even harder to crack
Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, report The New York Times (http://tinyurl.com/zvs7anw), quoting unnamed “people close to the company and security experts.”
“If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage” the article says. “If the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted to get into a phone in the future, it would need a new way to do so. That would most likely prompt a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by Apple.”
Kool Tools: Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones
Marshall’s $150 Major II Bluetooth keeps the music going strong with over 30 hours of play time on a single charge. And its custom 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for excellent bass response, smooth mids and sizzling highs.
The headphones connect to devices using Bluetooth aptX. Not only can you blast your favorite tunes in CD-like audio quality, aptX also minimizes audio/video syncing issues, allowing you to watch movies without experiencing “lip sync.”
The double-ended coil cord with mic and remote is completely detachable and compatible with any music player that has a 3.5mm jack. When listening to music wirelessly, you can use the empty 3.5mm socket to share audio with someone else.
With the integrated analogue control knob you can play, pause, shuffle and adjust the volume.
Phone functionality is also included so you can answer, reject or end a call with a few simple clicks. The built-in microphone allows you to have conversations or record voice memos through your device.
EasyCutStudio allows Macs to work with Roland cutting plotters
EasyCutStudio (http://www.easycutstudio.com/) has released Easy Cut Studio for all Roland cutters. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, it’s a software program deigned to help you to cut your shapes with your Roland cutting plotters in a few steps.
Whatever special fonts, custom artwork, graphic designs that are imported, or even images printed with registration marks for contour cutting, Roland cutting plotters can complete the cutting tasks. A demo is available for download; registration is $55.95.
Cristallight releases iBarcoder 3.7.8 for Mac OS X
Cristallight (http://www.cristallight.com)has released iBarcoder 3.7.8, an update of the barcoding generator software for MacOS X.
The product supports more then 30 barcode types, including QR Code, ISBN, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN13, EAN8, CodaBar, Code11, Code128, Code39, Code93, MSI, PostNet and DataMatrix. iBarcder offers live previewing, saving and modifying barcodes using various settings, and advanced tools for barcode customization. Version 3.7.8 adds CMYK color space for barcodes, barcode margin preferences, and a preferences setting for automatic naming of exported barcode files by barcode data strings.
iBarcoder 3.7.8 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later, and costs $49.95. The price includes the lifetime license with upcoming free upgrades and free tech support.
M3 Data Recovery Software releases Mac Bitlocker Loader 3.5
M3 Data Recovery Software has released M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader 3.5, an update of the utility that lets you transfer data between a Bitlocker encrypted drive and a Mac.
As a file transfer app, M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader provides a way to complete Bitlocker protected sensitive data exchange between Windows and Mac systems. Just supply an unlock password and mount a Bitlocker encrypted drive as a regular drive on your Mac. Then transfer data from Bitlocker encrypted drive to the Apple computer — or transfer data from Mac computer to Bitlocker encrypted drive.
M3 Mac Bitlocker Loader is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It costs $29.95 for a one-year license and $59.95 for a lifetime license . A demo is available for download (http://www.m3datarecovery.com/mac-bitlocker/).
Cambridge Audio releases earphones to raise money for Youth Music
Cambridge Audio, an UK hi-fi and home entertainment brand, have come up with a way to support the leading national music charity — by releasing their first ever earphones: the SE1 In Ear Monitors. From 10 am on Monday, Feb. 29, a limited run of just 1,000 SE1 earphones will be available to buy from www.cambridgeaudio.com.
Customers will be able to choose the price they pay for these high-spec earphones, estimated to have a market value of £150-£250. One hundred percent of the net price paid going to Youth Music (http://www.youthmusic.org.uk), a charity “using music-making to change the lives of young people in challenging circumstances.”
Cambridge Audio took their inspiration from innovative rock band Radiohead, who launched their In Rainbows album by inviting fans to pay what they felt the music was worth. Cambridge Audio have added a twist to this scheme by pledging to donate all proceeds to charity.
Youth Music invests in music-making projects for children and young people...
BrowserHub designed to help users manage multiple web browsers...
Guilherme Rambo has launched BrowserHub 1.0, a web browser based utility developed for Mac OS X.
The app sits between links and the web browsers installed on the system, so users can create rules that determine what browser should be used depending on the context. You can create simple rules based on the URL and select a browser to open links matching those rules. Rules can be created based on protocol, host, path, file extension or app.
So, for instance, the next time you click on a link in Mail, and the link matches that particular rule, it will open on the browser defined for that kind of link. Examples of rules that could be created with BrowserHub include: "open all YouTube links in Chrome," "open video links in VLC," or "open my bank's website on Internet Explorer in Parallels." The rules are created on an interface similar to Mail's rules preferences.
BrowserHub 1.0 is being offered at a special launch sale of $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store () in...
Ilium Software rolls out updated eWallet Password Management app...
Ilium Software has launched eWallet 8, an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.
Featuring 256-bit AES encryption for security, the software offers Mac users the ability to store, access, and protect passwords and other sensitive data such as bank account information from any device. Version 8 includes the SyncPro engine that allows for wallets to be synchronized automatically and securely between devices using the cloud.
eWallet 8 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zctps8t) in the Productivity category.
Simon for Mac OS X adds exclusion and difference analysis...
Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.2 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), an update to their server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.
The software checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports enable remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.2 includes new exclusion and difference analysis filters, email, preview and reports improvements, and more.
Simon 4.2 requires Mac OS X version 10.10. It’s available for $99. This is a free update for licensed Simon 4 users, with upgrades from version 3 available for $49. A demo is available for download.
Apple posts new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS betas
Apple has released its fourth developer beta of Mac OS X 10.11.4. The new beta seems to be a maintenance upgrade. Previous betas have added support for Live Photos in iMessages and the ability to encrypt individual items in Notes.
Apple has also released the fourth beta of iOS 9.3. The upcoming version of the mobile operating system adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.
The fourth beta of tv OS X 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 are also available. The tvOS 9.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app. The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new tvOS beta, lets...
CPUG Network announces Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced that the 15th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com) will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
It promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2016 NAB Show. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 25 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.
“Earlybird” tickets are on sale online only for $10 each plus ticket fee (this pricing ends March 18) and $7 for students and teachers.
Help Crafter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0
Putercraft has announced Help Crafter 2.0, an update to the help content authoring tool for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for the Mac developer for authoring help content. Style based editing helps to maintain a consistent look across pages. The app's word processor includes support for tables, lists, resizable images and more. Version 2.0 introduces support for headers and footers, tables, user defined text and system variables, anchors and more.
Help Crafter requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z3jpxum) in the Developer Tools category.
Apple extends MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program
Apple is extending its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until Dec. 31, 2016, according to an updated support document on its website (http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/). The program was previously set to expire on Feb. 27, 2016.
Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013.
App for WhatsApp brings WhatsApp Messenger to the Mac
coldX Software Development has announced App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 (https://www.appforwhatsapp.com), an update to the messenger app for OS X.
App for WhatsApp allows anyone to chat via the WhatsApp Messenger service directly from their Macs. The app lets users send and receive WhatsApp Messages and Media directly from a Mac.
Version 3.0.0 lets you record videos up to 30s and take photos using your Mac's built-in FaceTime camera, then share them. You can also add filters to the pictures taken with App for WhatsApp before sending them to your friends
App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 for Mac costs $1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/grvq33b) in the Social Networking Category.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to hide the Dock and OS X 10.11.3 compatibility. It also contains improvements on the "Clear audio component caches" procedure, overall performance improvements and updated Automator actions.
Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
The F.B.I. caused Tim Cook to go into ‘bunker mode’
As everyone doubtless knows, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted (http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/) saying the company will oppose an order from the U.S. government to unlock a shooter’s iPhone. Now the “New York Times” reports (http://tinyurl.com/hrcwkkl) that Cupertino, California-based company had asked the FBI to make its court application under seal, meaning that the legal arguments could be heard in private.
However, the FBI chose instead to make it a public battle prompting Cook to “go into bunker mode,” the article adds. After December’s San Bernardino attack, Apple worked with the F.B.I. to gather data that had been backed up to the cloud from a work iPhone issued to one of the assailants, according to court filings. When investigators also wanted unspecified information on the phone that had not been backed up, the judge this week granted the order requiring Apple to create a special tool to help investigators more easily crack the phone’s passcode and get into the device.