Openwave Mobility launches SmartidM
Openwave Mobility has launched SmartidM for mobile operators to effectively manage their subscribers’ data, and launch new services. SmartidM is part of the company’s Subscriber Data Management (SDM) portfolio of products. Use cases for SmartidM include centralized ID management for fraud prevention, delivering BingeOn type services and introducing micropayments that require collaboration between mobile operators and OTTs.
SmartidM (http://tinyurl.com/hd8y2r7) is able to handle both encrypted and non-encrypted sessions and a number of operators are deploying Openwave Mobility’s technology ahead of Apple’s deadline for new protocols. Starting Jan. 1 2017, Apple will force all apps to comply with its App Transport Security (ATS) HTTPS encryption protocols.
This will adversely impact mobile operators that do not have the technology to manage encrypted traffic, according to Indranil Chatterjee, SVP of Product & Sales at Openwave Mobility. What’s more, mobile operators will not be...
Monotype debuts FontExplorer X
Monotype has announced the availability of FontExplorer X Pro 6, the latest version of its popular font management software. Among other new features, it now includes the ability to apply more classifications to fonts for better organization and easier searching, as well as the ability to test fonts and edit website text in a web preview mode, helping customers quickly find and use the right font for their project.
New features in FontExplorer X Pro 6 include:
° Enhanced font classifications in granular subcategories like: newspaper, graffiti, display, brush, casual script and handwriting, among others;
° Plug-in support for use of fonts in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 and Illustrator CC 2015.5, and QuarkXPress 2016;
° Automatic placement of typeface files into the macOS User Directory to adhere to new security policies and eliminate the need for manual management;
° Expanded language support displays localized font information (where available) for 25 languages. Additionally, the user...
AT&T is phasing out the U-verse brand
AT&T is phasing out the U-verse brand with AT&T Internet and AT&T Phone replacing U-verse Internet and phone.
AT&T has already implemented a shift away from U-verse TV to its Directv brand for video, and there are rumors that Directv won’t survive over the long term either. First reported by DSLReports.com, AT&T confirmed to Telecompetitor.com that the U-verse brand is being retired for “simplicity.”
AT&T U-verse, commonly called U-verse, is an AT&T brand of triple-play telecommunications services in 21 states of the U.S. Launched on June 26, 2006, U-verse includes — or, rather, included — broadband Internet, IP telephone, and IPTV services in 21 states. The U-verse name has also used for the bundling of wireless and DirecTV services, even outside AT&T's 21 state local coverage area.
BBEdit is ready for macOS Sierra
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 11.6.2, an update to its text and code editor. The new version adds compatibility with macOS Sierra along with more than two dozen other changes, refinements and fixes for specific
BBEdit 11.6.2 maintains the recently introduced evaluation model in which the full, complete feature set is available for the first 30 days of use. At the end of the 30-day evaluation period, the permanently functional feature set changes to include BBEdit's editing capabilities, but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. BBEdit's exclusive features may be re-enabled at any time with a purchased license.
BBEdit 11.6.2 requires macOS 10.9.5 or later. It’s a free update to all BBEdit 11 customers. For new users, BBEdit has a suggested retail price of $49.99. Special upgrade pricing is available to owners of BBEdit 10 for $29.99, and to owners of BBEdit 9 or earlier for US$39.99. New licenses and upgrade licenses, as...
CS Odessa releases new Basic Floor Plan Solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new Basic Floor Plan Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. It extends ConceptDraw Pro diagramming and vector drawing software with easy-to-use building elements.
The new solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes collections of samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support the drawing of building plans and premises layouts. It contains samples and libraries for designing house plans, apartment and office layout plans.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office v3 which retails for $499.
Safari 10 arrives on the scene
Apple has updated Safari to version 10.0. According to Apple, it:
° Adds support for Safari Extensions from the Mac App Store;
° Displays HTML 5 video whenever it’s available for faster load times better battery life, and stronger security;
° Enhances security by running plug-ins only on websites you authorize;
° Improves Autofill and adds support for auto-filling any information from any contact in Contacts;
° Enhances the formatting in Reader view;
° Remembers the zoom level for each website you visit.
macOS Sierra now available for download
Apple has released a finished version of macOS X Sierra. It’s a free download at the Mac App Store.
It adds Siri support, Apple Pay support, a Universal Clipboard, and much more. macOS Sierra requires a 2009 iMac, 2009 MacBook, 2010 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or Mac Pro.
Jumsoft presents Sierra-compatible Toolbox apps with improved...
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced changes in the suite of its Toolbox applications. Toolboxes for Pages, Keynote, iWork, and Microsoft Office have been given a major interface revamp, including a tag-based search feature to make browsing through thousands of items much easier.
In addition, all Toolboxes are compatible with the new macOS Sierra. Jumsoft's various Toolbox apps provide templates and illustrations for iWork and MS Office for Mac.
Users can download Jumsoft's Toolbox applications on the Mac App Store free of charge. They requires macOS El Capitan or Sierra.
Time Out for macOS revved to version 2.1
Dejal has announced Time Out 2.1, an update to their break reminder app for macOS. 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.
Today is also the 25th anniversary of founding Dejal. To celebrate this and the release of Time Out 2.1, Dejal is offering a special discount coupon code on all Mac apps sold directly from their site (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/).
Time Out 2.1 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations.
Splitt 1.0.1 is now available in the Mac App Store
Einstein’s legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com ) has launched Splitt, a video splicing application developed for macOS. It allows you to cut your movies into an arbitrary number of segments.
Splitt features organization features, segment previews and Pa recise Navigation Mode, which gives you frame-accurate control over the length of each segment. With the tool, users can create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations, says Douglas A. Welton, einstein's legacy chief product officer. “
Splitt requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99at the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Block advertising and trackers with Cheerio on macOS Sierra
Accesources has introduced Cheerio (http://www.cheerioapp.com) for macOS Sierra, which blocks the loading of advertisements on web pages.
The tool removes advertising, trackers, and other unwanted elements from web pages when using Safari on your Mac. It makes pages load faster, uses less data on your cellular/Wifi connection, and improves your Mac battery life., according to the folks at Accessories. You can block ads, rollover ads, video ads, banners, overlay or expanding ads and other marketing content.
Cheerio requires macOS Sierra. It costs $0.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
You can save more than $290 on QuarkXPress 2016 upgrades
Quark Software (www.quark.com) has announced a new software bundle that will save designers more than $290 when upgrading to QuarkXPress 2016.
The bundle offer, allows users with any version of QuarkXPress – even versions 3 through 10 – who upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016 to receive a set of productivity tools worth more than $290, including:
° IDML Import XT (worth $69.99 – Mac only): Import and edit InDesign IDML files with QuarkXPress;
° JoLetter Mail and Merge XT (worth $129.00 – Mac/Win): Create mailings and personalized layouts in QuarkXPress from external databases;
° PDF Importer XT PRO (worth $19.99 – Mac/Win): Automatically import and convert PDFs to multi-page QuarkXPress layouts with native QuarkXPress objects;
° PortraitPro 12 Standard (worth $79.90 – Mac/Win): Retouch portrait photos in minutes.
The Productivity Bundle is available until Oct. 31 with every new full version ($849) or upgrade ($179 from version 2015; $349 from versions 3-10) to QuarkXPress 2016. To find out...
SmartBackup is ready for macOS Sierra
Solesignal has revved SmartBackup, their backup and cloning utility for OS X, to version 4.0. The new version features a new next generation sync engine that’s multi-thread capable.
It also includes many other new technologies that make it significantly faster than other similar tools, especially when using SSD/Flash based storage, according to the folks at Solesignal. On modern storage it is twice as fast creating a bootable clone of macOS. SmartBackup 4 now also includes built-in scheduling and is ready for macOS 10.12 Sierra, they add.
Single licenses are available for $34.99. A demo is available at Solesignal online (http://solesignal.com/smartbackup4). Upgrading from version 3.0 is free if the license was purchased in 2016. For all others upgrade pricing is available for $19.99.
RailModeller Pro for OS X rolls to version 5.2
Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has released RailModeller Pro 5.2, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.
RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Version 5.2 adds:
° Image import: you can use original plans, Google or Apple Maps, aerial photography, or hand drawn sketches as a template for building model train layouts. Complex room shapes or even a bird's-eye view of a park or garden are easily integrated to be used as a basis for planning layouts. A variety of image file formats is supported, including PNG, JPEG, PSD, GIF, TIFF, and PDF.
° Customizable key bindings: Hot keys for all menu commands can be changed to adjust the app to personal preferences, providing a great...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.0 (mac OS Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.0 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra 10.12 (due for release tomorrow).
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds compatibility with Sierra and contains miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and enhancements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode and more.
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.
Defame 2.0.1 for Mac OS X gets updated user interface
Einstein's legacy has announced Deframe 2.0.1 (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com), an update to their video post-production utility for OS X. It provides a way to extract and repurpose the images and segments from their video assets.
Those extractions can be used by other application or shared via internet-based applications like Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo. Version 2.0.1 introduces an enhanced user interface, new data types and a simplified extraction workflow.
Deframe 2.0.1 is available for $19.99 and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Video category. It requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.
AirBeamTV launches wireless Mac screen mirroring to LG TVs
AirBeamTV has announced Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher), the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps. It lets you wirelessly mirror the screen of a Mac directly on any LG Smart TV without the need for any additional hardware.
Users can even choose whether they would like the audio from their Mac to be transferred to the TV as well. Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. Users who would like to test Mirror for LG TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a free two-minute trial version from the product website (http://www.airbeam.tv).
MathWorks announces release 2016b of the MATLAB, Simulink...
MathWorks (www.mathworks.com) has introduced Release 2016b (R2016b) with new capabilities that simplify working with big data in MATLAB.
Engineers and scientists can now more easily work with data too big to fit in memory. R2016b also includes additional features in Simulink; a new product, Risk Management Toolbox; and updates and bug fixes to 83 other products.
Tall arrays now provide a way to work naturally with out-of-memory data using familiar MATLAB functions and syntax, removing the need to learn big data programming. Engineers and scientists can use tall arrays with hundreds of math, statistics, and machine learning algorithms. Code can run on Hadoop clusters or be integrated directly into Spark applications.
R2016b also includes a timetable data container for indexing and synchronizing time-stamped tabular data; string arrays to help manipulate, compare, and store text data efficiently; and new functions for preprocessing data.
Maxprog releases MaxBulk Mailer 8.5.5 for Mac OS X
Maxprog (www.maxprog.com) has announced MaxBulk Mailer 8.5.5, an update to their bulk email software and internet marketing tool for Mac OS X and Windows.
MaxBulk Mailer supports plain text, HTML and rich text formats, including optional plain text alternative and attachments. It includes document and contact management, support for multiple lists and remote lists, multiple accounts with POP and ESMTP authentication, and much more. Version 8.5.5 offers new features and improvements.
MaxBulk Mailer works with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. Version 8.5.5 is being offered for $47.90 instead of the regular price of $59.90 for a limited time.
Apple releases second gold master of macOS Sierra
Apple has released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the finished version of the operating system is due next week.
A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing. The first non-beta version of macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept 20.
TouchCopy for OS X revved to version 16
Wide Angle Software has rolled out TouchCopy 16 for Mac OS X. The tool will backup all iPod, iPhone and iPad content to your Mac, ensuring all iOS content stays safe including music, playlists, videos, photos, messages, contacts, calendars, iBooks and more.
Compatible with iOS 10 and the iPhone 7, version 16 features enhancements and product improvements, as well as a new, modern look. A demo of TouchCopy 16 is available (http://tinyurl.com/o77s96d) and works with all iPhones, iPods, and iPads. A 12-month software license retails for $29.95, while a lifetime license for two computers is $39.95.
PDFpen 8.1 adds object snap & guides for precision...
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has upgraded PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac, to version 8.1. This version aids the positioning of images, text, and other objects by adding visible guidelines and position snap.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.1 add “snap to guides” that allows images, shapes, and other objects to snap into alignment with the center and edges of existing objects. Guides are visible when dragging. Special consideration is given to text boxes, which can now snap to the same baseline as existing text.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App Store.
PDFpen retails for $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (for five users) and $...
ScreenFloat is ready for macOS Sierra
Eternal Storms Software (www.eternalstorms.com) says ScreenFloat has been upgraded to version 1.5.13 and is ready for macOS Sierra, which is due for release next week. You can use ScreenFloat to keep information always visible, no matter which application you're in.
ScreenFloat is available for purchase on the Mac App Store for $8.99. Version v1.5.13 is a free update for existing customers of the app. A 15-day trial can be downloaded for free from the product website (http://tinyurl.com/qxmax3c). ScreenFloat runs on Mac OS X 10.7.3 or newer.
Avadon 3: The Warborn released for the Mac
Spiderweb Software has released the Mac version of Avadon 3: The Warborn (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon3/), the final chapter in the Avadon Trilogy. It’s a retro fantasy role-playing game full of battles, lands to conquer, and more.
You can choose from five different character classes, each with dozens of spells and abilities. You can explore dungeons, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, and pass judgment on your enemies. Avadon 3: The Warborn costs $20.
New Webfonts added to Premium Fonts collection
128bit Technologies has released Premium Fonts 7.0. It features new webfont versions to the fonts in the Premium Fonts collection, as well as a PDF sample book of all the font families.
The Premium Fonts 7.0 collection includes 160 original font families, with a total of 2,018 fonts in all. Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project. Western European international character support is standard for every premium font, and new fonts are delivered at no extra charge to Premium Fonts subscription customers when available. The Mac App Store version includes the subscription to receive all new fonts released in the Premium Fonts collection.
The collection requires OS X 10.6 or later. It’s available on the Mac App Store or on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) for a limited time discount of $29.99, a savings of 70% off the full price of $99. The Premium Fonts subscription includes all current 2,108 fonts and subscribers will...
booq introduces the Pack Pro backpack
The team at booq (www.booqbags.com) has released a new backpack built for designers on the go: the $295 Pack Pro.
“Because the original Cobra pack was a favorite among Booq fans, we wanted to evolve the design to include several key upgrades such as a larger, industrial plastic coil zipper, interior mesh pockets for added storage options, simplified straps for easy carrying and a redesigned front panel to better hold the pack’s shape and give a boxier, rigid look,” says Kema Subsomboon, lead product designer at booq. “The result is a more refined Pack Pro that gives Booq fans, who often travel for business, a comfortable solution for carrying their gear while maintaining the features they loved from the original Cobra pack.”
The Pack Pro’s 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating and YKK high-performance zippers keep items safe from the elements outside. The backpack features a lightweight, rigid frame and a protective laptop compartment with a water-...
Retrospect announces support for Dropbox
Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, has announced cloud storage support for Dropbox with integration with the latest release of Retrospect's hybrid data protection solution.
Retrospect 13.5 for Mac and Retrospect 11.5 for Windows allow Dropbox users to back up their critical data off-site to Dropbox, including Basic, Pro, and Business accounts. Dropbox support was the most requested cloud storage provider among our customers since cloud storage support was released earlier this year, says Jean-Christian Dumas, vice president of Worldwide Sales, Retrospect, Inc.
In addition to Dropbox, Retrospect continues to expand its growing list of certified cloud storage providers with AWS Mumbai, Swisscom, and Cloudian. With every certified cloud storage provider, Retrospect allows customers to protect their entire environment on-site on disk and tape or off-site in the cloud, giving them instant access to files and systems locally with the added protection of...
MacFlite Software releases Tube Saver 1.0.4 for Mac OS X
MacFlite Software has served up Tube Saver 1.0.4 for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make downloading YouTube videos simple and easy.
Tube Saver also includes its own native media player to play videos directly from the download list fully supporting full screen and Apple AirPlay. It costs $9.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Tube Saver is available at the MacFlite website (http://www.macflite.com).
Better Finder Attributes 6 adds JPEG EXIF meta-data editing
publicspace.net has given us A Better Finder Attributes 6.0 for Mac OS X. The product is used by professional and hobby photographers for correcting photo shooting date information. The new version adds JPEG EXIF meta-data editing, meta-data and image preview and a redesigned user experience.
A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 later. It costs $14.95; family, business and enterprise licensing are available.
Rebelle for Mac OS X adds new, more realistic paint blending
Escape Motions (http://www.escapemotions.com) has released Rebelle 1.5, an update to its watercolor and acrylic painting application for Mac OS X. Its watercolor simulation is based on a real-world color mixing, blending, wet- diffusion, and drying.
Rebelle mimics the way natural media interacts with the canvas and itself. Users can paint, smear, re-wet dried colors, blow wet washes across the paper, tilt the paper to create water drops and runs and create countless fantastic watercolor effects. Wet tools — watercolors, acrylics or ink pen — can be combined with pastels, pencils, airbrush many other dry-media tools and effects. Version 1.5 offers: new, more realistic paint blending for watercolors and acrylics; new options for watercolors and acrylic; touch gestures for Wacom, Surface and other tablets; and more.
Rebelle is available for $59.99 at the Escape Motions website. A demo is available for download; version 1.5 is a free upgrade for registered users.
KeyCue 8.2 for OS X closely integrates with PopChar X
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.2, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade now closely integrates with PopChar X, allowing you to quickly show recently used and favorite characters from PopChar in KeyCue's head-up display and insert them with a click.
KeyCue 8.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who owns KeyQue 8 or how purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
VMware Fusion revved to version 8.5; a two-day sale is underway
VMWare has launched VMFusion 8.5 and VMFusion 8.5 Pro and there’s a two-day sale underway (http://tinyurl.com/zoja2oa) that let’s you save 15% or more.
VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Fusion let you choose among hundreds of operating systems, from lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 release. Fusion securely connects with vSphere, ESXi and Fusion servers to launch, control and manage both virtual machines and physical hosts. Thanks to a common VMware platform, you can transfer virtual machines to and from your Mac.
You can keep Windows and Mac OS X securely apart, or integrate them as one experience. You can install a fresh OS like Windows 10 or easily convert an older PC into a virtual one.
Fusion also makes it simple to test almost any OS and application on a Mac. You can build a new app, build the supporting cloud servers, and test the end-to-end process right on a laptop.
Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Windows Server 2016 will be built-in to...
StarTech announces a Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
StarTech (www.startech.com) has released a $260 Thunderbolt 3 docking station with dual 4K 60Hz display support. It will harness the raw speed of Thunderbolt 3 by supporting two uncompressed 4K 60Hz (3840 x 2160p) displays or a single 5K 60Hz (5120 x 2880p) display, three USB 3.0 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and stereo audio in/out.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the dock operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to five daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10Gb/s), and DisplayPort devices. Now users can select thinner notebooks with fewer connectors without compromising performance and the ability to connect to everything on the desktop, according to Carey Cline, senior product manager at StarTech.
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gb/s. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth...
LiveCode 8.1 released with new networking layer
LiveCode has announced the next feature release in the 8.x series of LiveCode (www.livecode.com).
Faster networking and support for sFTP, TLS and SMTP makes this cross platform coding environment even more powerful on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux and Server. Multimedia support has also been reworked with a new Player object removing Quicktime dependency. The new feature list includes:
The new LiveCode Builder language which allows users to build and add their own widgets and extensions has made good progress in this release, according to LiveCode CEO Kevin Miller. Following the "Infinite LiveCode,” campaign the next iteration of LiveCode Builder will make it even easier to wrap external functionality to add it to LiveCode, he adds.
Specific improvements in the latest release mean that most variables now get initialized by default, so less boilerplate is needed, unsafe blocks and handlers can be used to flag sections of code that do dangerous things, and you can even include raw...
watchOS 3 is here
Apple has rolled out watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.
Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of technology, said the top focus of the operating system update is performance. Launch times should be “instantaneous” as watch OS 3 lets you keep your favorite apps in memory, does background updates, and refreshes data before you bring them up, he adds.
Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.
It’s easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a message, starting a Workout or skipping a...
iOS 10 is here with a new Home app, updates to Messages &...
Apple has released iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects. It’s available at the Apple App Store.
iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy,” he adds.
Messages is the most frequently...
Twelve South introduces the HiRise 2 for the iPhone, iPad
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HiRise 2, a refined version of its iPhone charging stand. The new model sports a new design, new colors and new functionality. W
The HiRise 2 has a footprint that’s one-third smaller than the original, saving space on your bedside or desk. It’s twice as heavy for added stability with larger devices. It comes in two new colors besides silver: “Technical Black” (the perfect complement to Apple’s new Jet Black and Black iPhones) and “Matte White.”
You can not only use the HiRise 2 to charge your iPhone and iPad, but also the Apple TV remote, Apple AirPods, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard, and most third party game controllers. In addition to charging, it allow you to position your iPhone atop the stand to raise your screen to a more comfortable height for FaceTime or Skype calls. The Deluxe model includes both MFi-certified Lightning and Micro-USB cables.
The HiRise 2 costs $39.99; the HiRise 2 Deluxe is $59.99. Both are available now.
Apple posts iTunes 12.5.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has updated iTunes for Mac OS X to version 12.5.1. It’s available at the Mac App Store for free and includes support for iOS 10, which is due to be released today.
According to Apple, iTunes 12.5.1 also has these features:
° Now with an all-new Apple Music design, which brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.
° Siri. Play music from your Library and Apple Music using your voice. Just ask Siri.
° Picture-in-Picture. Watch videos as you multitask and use different apps. Your video floats above your desktop in any corner of the screen.
The Siri and Picture-in-Picture features require macOS Sierra, which is due for release on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Git client Tower for Mac OS X adds new features
Fournova has announced Tower 2.5 (https://www.git-tower.com), an update to the Git client for Mac OS X. It provides an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer.
Version 2.5 boasts over 100 improvements, according to Fournova CEO Tobias Gunther. New features include:
° Tab support: in addition to its support for multiple windows Tower 2.5 now offers tabs for users who use Apple's latest operating system macOS Sierra.
° Clone dialog: Tower's clone dialog now automatically searches on GitHub.com, lets users choose their preferred cloning protocol, and visually displays the cloning progress.
° Open quickly: the Open Quickly dialog has been completely rewritten. It's now much faster, more responsive, and more clever.
° Drag and drop: Tower's drag and drop feature now offers more functionalities for repository folders.
° Search: bookmarks and services can now be searched.
° Custom service accounts: users can now add accounts for their self-managed server....
Image Smith 2.3 released on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has posted Image Smith 2.3 on the Mac App Store. The app allows you to process several photos simultaneously. You can apply name changes, image enhancements, cropping, image format changes, and more to a large batch of images.
With Image Smith you can use the pre-defined presets to scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, creating backups, and more. Image Smith 2.3 requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs $14.99.
Disk Drill on the Mac App Store is offered for $1.99 today only
CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has announced a special price of $1.99 on Disk Drill Media Recovery 2.6 for today (Sept. 13) only. The usual price is $39.99.
The app supports recovery of all types of data and file formats. It runs on any file system and even on formatted drives. Disk Drill Media Recovery is a separate MAS-dedicated edition of an award-winning Disk Drill data recovery suite.
Xojo 2016 Release 3 is now available
Xojo, Inc, says Xojo 2016 Release 3 — the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi — is now available.
The tool has built-in support for graphics, database servers, Internet protocols and more. The latest release adds compiler optimization options and refactoring features for the IDE and Code Editor, along with more than 90 total improvements and 11 new features.
Xojo is available to try in a free, time-unlimited trial (http://www.xojo.com). Registration starts at $99 for a single desktop license.
TLA Systems updates PCal for, well, everything
TLA Systems updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), the omnipresent scientific calculator, adding support for iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra operating systems.
PCalc for the Mac is available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store. PCalc for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for $9.99 from the Apple App Store at the following link. PCalc Lite for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for free at the Apple App Store.
Camera Guard Pro available for Mac OS X
Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar, has launched Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/h9mpgrn), a security solution designed to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone from being accessed by hackers, spyware or malware.
It runs in the background, constantly monitoring for applications or processes that attempt to access the Mac's camera or microphone. The app blocks any attempted access, and immediately informs the user of the access attempt, according to ProtectStar CEO Chris Bohn.
Camera Guard Professional also offers an added layer of security by protecting the individual settings of the software via a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that the user creates and enters. Any changes to the settings of the app will then require the entry of that PIN in order to take effect.
Camera Guard Professional also offers an “intelligent” feature called Deep Detective, which keeps a close eye on all attempted accesses to the protected Mac. While...
SimpleumSafe for OS X gets a maintenance upgrade
Simpleum Media (https://simpleum.com) has announced SimpleumSafe 1.1.1, an update to their Mac OS X encryption app for password-based encryption of personal and professional data. It uses AES-256 encryption technology.
With SimpleumSafe, you can create and use different safes at various locations such as hard disk, USB flash drive or cloud storage. The size and number of files to be encrypted is only limited by the capacity of the selected storage medium. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug where SimpleumSafe could crash in some circumstances when editing a file with an external App.
SimpleumSafe requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
SCOSCHE expands MagicMount line
SCOSCHE (www.scosche.com) is expanding its line of mobile accessories with two new MagicMount products. The MagicMount Wall Charger and MagicMount PowerBank, magnetically mounted portable power for Type-C devices, are specifically designed to keep consumers’ mobile devices juiced up, propped up and connected in any location, during any situation.
The MagicMount Wall Charger employs SCOSCHE’s MagicMount technology to dock a mobile device to a wall outlet. The 12W (2.4A) Perfect Charge USB port automatically detects and charges phones and tablets at the correct rate. Its surface is covered by a non-scratch silicon pad to prevent any marring of your device’s surface.
As with other MagicMount products, the wall charger ships with a large and small MagicPlate metal plate for use in mounting a mobile device to the wall charger. It will be available for $29.99 in the fourth quarter.
The MagicMount PowerBank, magnetically mounted portable power for Type-C devices, attaches to smartphones...
MailButler for Apple Mail introduces ‘new, improved’ free plan
Feingeist Software has announced that its Essential Plan offering many additional features for Apple Mail is now available free on MailButler, the add-on for Apple's built-in mail app.
Starting today MailButler users can have unlimited access to such productivity functionalities such as the ability to upload email attachments regardless of size, undo emails, get reminders for forgotten email attachments, and many more. In addition, the users can enjoy up to 30 free actions per month for all MailButler Professional features, which include the ability to track, snooze, schedule emails, and so much more.
MailButler's latest version is 6434. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Feingeist Software website (https://www.feingeist.io/).
Apple releases ‘golden master’ public betas of macOS Sierra and...
Apple has released the “golden master” public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing.
macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 20. iOS 10 should be available for download on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack: out now on the Mac App Store
The XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack is now available at the Mac App Store. Owners of the $49.99 strategy game XCOM 2 (http://tinyurl.com/ztqre3m) can now upgrade their XCOM army and play new narrative-based missions with the Reinforcement Pack, now available as an in-app purchase.
The Reinforcement Pack comprises three themed DLC packs: Anarchy’s Children, Alien Hunters, and Shen’s Last Gift, and introduces over 100 exotic armor customizations, adds two exciting missions, four new alien Ruler enemies, and a brand new soldier class, complete with new upgradable weapons and armor.
The three DLC packs are also available to buy separately as in-app purchases.
3D scanner launches on the Mac
Fuel3D (www.fuel-3d.com), a 3D capture and imaging company, has updated its Fuel3D Studio software. In addition to several new features, the software is now available for OS X, making SCANIFY, the company’s high speed 3D scanner, available to Mac users for the first time.
The $1,490 SCARIFY is a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner that captures high-resolution, color 3D models of objects in in under 0.1 seconds, according to Fuel3D CEO Stuart Mead. The scanner is designed for use across a range of 3D applications, including 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D animation and virtual reality.