Maintain serves up up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version contains improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with 1Password. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail updates are now distributed over HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) for extra security.
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 the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
GarageBand for OS X upgraded to version 10.1.1
GarageBand 10.1.1 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) has been released for the Mac. The new version of the music creation software updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects. Features include:
° Opens Music Memos projects’
° Supports Logic Remote for iPhone and iPad Pro;
° Adds over 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds;
° Improved reliability when downloading additional content;
° Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.
GarageBand 10.1.1 for OS X (10.9 or later) is available at the Mac App Store. It’s a free update for registered users and $4.99 for new users.
XCOM 2 out now on the Mac App Store
XCOM 2, the critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy game and massive Steam hit, is now available from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/j5ns7wb). It costs $39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.
Here’s how the game is described: “Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.
“You must take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM’s mobile headquarters. Open-ended gameplay lets you decide where to guide your strike team, how to grow popular support, and when to combat enemy counter-operations.”
Ogg unleashed on the Mac
Flexible Tales has debuted Ogg, a physics-based puzzle game for OS X. Players move and flip caveman clubs to alter the path of Ogg's wheel, rock, vegetable, fruit, and others so it reaches the bottom of the screen.
The puzzles take place over a wide range of illustrated environments. Ogg offers 150 levels with 15 worlds. It has a built-in hint system, complete with solutions.
Ogg requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/ogg/id1056920785) in the Games category.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets stability, performance tweaks
CuteDJPro has announced CuteDJ - DJ Mixing Software 4.3.2, the latest version of their DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.
It’s a DJ mixing solution for mixing digital music as well as video and karaoke. V 4.3.2 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features.
CuteDJ 4.3.2 is compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $49.95 and is available at the CuteDJPro website (http://www.cutedjpro.com/).
EZQuest introduces six-foot USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4 cable
EZQuest has launched the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4K Cable. It’s a six-foot-long cable that extends MacBook display screens to HDMI TV ports.
The EZQuest USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI cable connects to the latest MacBook USB-C Thunderbolt or Chromebook Pixel’s USB Type-C port to any HDMI-based display. The cable supports 4K HDTV or HD display with digital sound on a digital TV. Extend MacBook’s display to large screens or TVs.
The six-foot design provides increased flexibility to extend the computer’s reach to the TV to stream movies or personal videos. The EZQuest USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4K Cable is available online at www.ezq.com for $35.99.
AKVIS Neon for OS X adds support for Ultra HD resolution
AKVIS has released AKVIS Neon 2.0 for Mac OS X (106 and higher) and Windows. The new version introduces interface changes, support for Ultra HD resolution, an improved glow effect with new settings and tools, new decoration effects and frames, and more.
AKVIS Neon creates glowing lines effects. The software transforms a photo into a sparkling image that looks like it’s drawn with light or luminescent ink.
A 10-day trial of AKVIS Neon 2.0. For new users the cost is $39. Version 2 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users, whose license isn’t valid for the new version, can get Neon 2.0 with the new features and tools for $14.95. Go to http://akvis.com/en/neon/ for details.
Cronette for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.7
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7.
Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7 offers improved opening of URLs using web secure protocol, enhanced management of task runnable automatically at document opening only for a limited number of times per day, and interface tweaks.
Cronette costs $10 for a single user license, though...
IK Multimedia releases Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE
IK Multimedia announced today the release of Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE "Classik Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/zpg3mbu) for Mac/PC. It’s a lower priced, fully featured edition of the recently released Miroslav Philharmonik 2.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE features over 730 instruments, multiple articulations, a 10GB library, over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a more. It’s being offered at an introductory price of $99.99.
The CE version offers the same engine and features of Miroslav Philharmonik 2. And it provides a 10GB library of orchestral instruments covering all of the instrument categories found in the full version.
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the iPad and...
Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today.
Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% tested waterproof, designed to meet military-standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you take your iDevice, says June Lai, CEO of Catalyst Lifestyle. With a grippy rubber bumper, the Catalyst iPad cases feature a clear front and back to showcase the design of the iPad. The cases cost $89.99 for an iPad mini version, $119.95 for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and $149.99 for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.
An integrated screen protector provides access to features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications while generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charging cables and headphones. Catalyst's unique air and watertight acoustic membranes allow for clear sound transmission into and out of the case to facilitate video viewing and...
MacStadium acquires Macminicolo
MacStadium, a Mac hosting provider, has received a multi-million dollar line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank, and will acquire Macminicolo , the oldest vendor in the commercial Mac hosting industry.
CEO Greg McGraw says MacStadium's Mac hosting solution is used by more than 1,500 SMB and enterprise businesses worldwide with uses like CI/CD testing and iOS app development. Software developers requiring dedicated Mac hardware rely on MacStadium to provide remote access to thousands of Mac servers in a self-service manner to develop, test, and deploy solutions.
With the acquisition of Macminicolo, MacStadium is able to reach a greater audience on the west coast, supplementing a recent expansion into Dublin, Ireland in Europe. The authority and software expertise at Macminicolo will complement the enterprise-class network engineering and professional support available at MacStadium, says McGraw.
GeekSuit releases Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 for OS X
GeekSuit has announced Client Folder Maker 4.6.1, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.
It’s a folder creation and management tool and is designed with the web developer, graphic designer, app developer, or prepress operator in mind. Version 4.6.1 introduces drag and drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and minor file type updates and more.
Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvws8pv).
POP3it Pro FileMaker plug-in adds 64-bit GUI support
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated POP3it Pro to version 5.0, which brings full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing its transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also includes some important bug fixes for all users. POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available.
POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. It’s possible to add email downloading capabilities to your databases without writing a single script.
If you purchased POP3it Pro after April 5, 2015, you can install version 5.0 free of charge. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime between April 5, 2014, and April 4, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime before April 5, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.
For new users, POP3it Pro prices range from a single user license for $...
WaterField Designs celebrates its 18th birthday with Cargo bag...
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com), to celebrate its 18th successful year in business, has announced a modern update to its Cargo bag, a messenger-briefcase.
Initially designed to blend the benefits of his bicycle messenger bag with the functionality of a briefcase as he moved into a more professional setting, owner Gary Waterfield’s now upgraded Cargo ($349) reflects a culmination of 18 years of customer feedback; it’s streamlined into one ideal size, more functional with new modern features.
“As a bike messenger, I lived out of my bag, but when I started an office job, I needed the versatility of a messenger bag—but one with more functionality—so I created the Cargo. Even after all this time, our first bag is still one of our best selling,” says Waterfield. “We’ve both been here now for 18 years, but unlike me, the Cargo is getting a handsome new facelift. It’s now more functional and beautiful than ever.”
The new Cargo retains the spirit of the original and improves upon its looks...
Agenda set for Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced the agenda for the Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (www.supermeet.com) to take place on Tuesday, April 19, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and presentations will begin at 7 p.m. The Las Vegas SuperMeet 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.
Tickets are on sale online only for $15 each plus ticket fee and $10 for students and teachers with valid student ID.
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s and Apple...
X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.
X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device.
The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.
Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected yet accessible at all times. It sports a co-molded...
Zixi introduces cloud-based video over IP services
Zixi (www.zixi.com) — which specializes in broadcast quality contribution, management, and distribution — has debuted ZixiFY, a new cloud-based content delivery platform for “the highest quality contribution to a content distribution network (CDN).”
ZixiFY is designed to reliably deliver live broadcast quality video from a Zixi enabled origination point including camera, encoder, phone, or tablet at any location to any device leveraging Zixi’s proven protocol, according to Zixi President Israel Drori. Broadcasting and media organizations looking for cost-effective solutions to help engage viewers and generate revenue with high-quality live streaming content now have access to Zixi’s cloud-based software platform, he adds.
As Zixi software is already embedded in thousands of devices around the globe, broadcasters can now ingest video into ZixiFY from any location. By aggregating BW across multiple wired, WiFi, or 4G LTE connections for higher bandwidth delivery, Zixi’s distance...
Smile Launches TextExpander.com with apps for Mac, iPhone,...
Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has launched TextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team, along with new app versions: TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.
TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. New sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.
TextExpander is $4.95 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% loyalty discount for their first year. TextExpander is $9.95 per user per month for the Team plan. TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. TextExpander for iPhone and iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later. TextExpander for Windows...
Eltima releases Commander One 1.5 for OS X
Eltima Software (www.eltima.com) has announced Commander One 1.5, the latest version of their dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X.
Apart from file management functionality, the app features a built-in FTP and WebDAV clients, allows mounting Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 accounts, accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.5 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features and improvements.
Commander One 1.5 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app has two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. The additional functionality it offers is available for 15-day trial for free.
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 5
Boinx Software has announced FotoMagico 5 (http://tinyurl.com/hptnokj), an update to its slideshow creation tool for OS X.
The app lets you create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio. Version 5 features upgraded professional 4K slideshow capabilities, a new audio editing interface and advanced animation features.
FotoMagico 5 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $49.99. FotoMagico 5 Pro is available for $99.99. Existing customers can upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro for $49.99 from FotoMagico 4, and $74.99 from FotoMagico 3. Existing customers who previously purchased FotoMagico 4 in the Mac App Store will be able to upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro free of charge once they purchase the basic version of FotoMagico 5 for $49.99.
IHS: the Phone SE is three iPhone generations rolled into one
A preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Service shows that the iPhone SE smartphone costs about $160 to build.
The U.S. version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from the Apple Store on March 31. The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399.
“The iPhone SE represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s -- rolled into something altogether new,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS. “Despite its physical resemblance to the iPhone 5s, the resulting product is far superior. In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and lower screen resolution.”
The IHS teardown revealed that the iPhone SE...
Studiometry 12.5 adds forms and more
Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.5. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.
The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include.
Version 12.5 adds forms. Forms are saved lists of questions and fields that can be sent to your Client for a response, or entered locally in Studiometry. Form responses can be reviewed to create Projects, To Dos, and Logs.
Studiometry is available for download today with a free 30-day trial. Studiometry Cloud is available for $14 per employee per month, billed annually. Or $17 per employee month-to-month. This price includes your license(s), so there’s no need to purchase a traditional Studiometry license.
Traditional Studiometry licenses never expire and don’t require any type of...
App Delete for OS X upgraded to version 4.2.5
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The latest version has been optimized for OS X El Capitan.
AppDelete 4.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio are now shipping
Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio.
Fusion Server manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and aren’t tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users. In addition, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions of Fusion so customers can work on the platform of...
Gartner: double digit growth for smartphones has come to an end
Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) says global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016. Global smartphone sales are estimated to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016, a 7% growth from 2015. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.
Worldwide combined shipments for devices (personal computers, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.65% increase from 2015, according to the research group. End-user spending in constant US dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6% year-on-year.
"The double-digit growth era for the global smartphone market has come to an end," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Historically, worsening economic conditions had negligible impact on smartphone sales and spend, but this is no longer the case. China and North America smartphone sales are on pace to be flat in 2016, exhibiting a 0.7% and 0.4% growth, respectively.”
Apple celebrates 40th birthday
Apple has hung a pirate flag at its Cupertino, California headquarters — as noted by 9to5Mac.com — to celebrate its 40th birthday. The skull and crossbones flag, which has a rainbow Apple logo as one eye, is a nod to the late Steve Jobs who is quoted as saying: “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”
On Apple 1, 1976, Apple Computer was born. Their first product: the Apple I, cooked up by Steve Jobs and Steven “Woz” Wozniak. From there it’s been a great ride with products such as the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Tension Software announces Password Repository 3.3
Tension Software has released Password Repository 3.3, an update of the Mac OS X app for managing all your passwords and all the related data in a safe way.
It’s compatible with the similar version for iOS on iTunes; any document created with Password Repository 3 on a Mac, can be transferred via iTunes and used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without any changes. Version 3.3 is a maintenance upgrade.
Password Repository 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $20 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jmm8yc9).
DEVONthink 2.8.10 provides workflow enhancements and bug fixes
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink help its users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence.
Version 2.8.10 adds contextual menu options to HTML 5 videos, supports Airmail 2, and accepts videos sent via the sharing extension. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later (the Mac App Store versions require OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (http://www.devontechnologies.com) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.
JAMF Software releases new version of Casper Suite
JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a new release of Casper Suite, offering businesses and schools the ability to leverage all new iOS 9.3 features the moment they update their devices. The latest version of Casper Suite unlocks key functionality, such as Apple’s new Classroom app and Managed Lost Mode.
“iOS is more than a mobile operating system—it serves as a gateway to education and industry transformation,” says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. “Through the new features introduced in iOS 9.3, it is even easier for IT to set up and manage iOS devices for individuals who may have little experience with mobility. For example, with the new managed Home Screen Layout, IT professionals can deploy iPads configured for students, hospital patients, or retail employees, organized specifically for their roles.”
He adds that the latest version of Casper Suite goes beyond simple compatibility for iOS 9.3, offering support for...
Apple releases iOS 9.3.1
Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s available to download through Software Update or at iTunes.
The bug fix update to iOS 9.3 fixes a problem in which apps (and sometimes iOS itself) would crash or hang when links were tapped. iOS 9.3 also featured an Activation Lock bug that affected older devices, including the iPad Air and earlier and iPhone 5s and earlier.
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for Adobe After Effects CC
RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens, a new set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction. It’s available for Adobe After Effects CC.
RE:Lens straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. It works when shooting with action cameras such as a GoPro in ultra-wide mode. You can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers.
RE:Lens is being offered for an introductory price of $139.95 through May 1. You can buy licenses, including render-only and floating, from the RE:Vision website (http://tinyurl.com/zk6ok5w).
ContactsMate for OS X revved to version 3
Cisdem has given us ContactsMate 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/hfay7j8). It’s an update of the contact management software that will analyze, report, and fix issues with OS X Contacts.
It will also and export the Mac Address Book to different formats for contacts back-up or syncing. With version 3, you can make groups respectively for your family, friends, colleagues, clients or work contacts, etc. Also, when problematic contacts are found out and sorted, you can perform bulk modifications on the similar questionable Contacts or neglect these problems as you will.
A demo of ContactsMate 3 is available for download. Registration is $15.99. The app requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Text Converter optimized for OS X El Capitan
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Text Converter for OS X to version 1.3. The $9.99 app converts various file formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain text using drag and drop.
Version 1.3 sport an improved layout. Now all the window area can handle drag and dropping of files. The upgrade has also been optimized for OS X El Capitan.
Apple introduces Safari Technology Preview for developers
Apple has introduced Safari Technology Preview (https://developer.apple.com/safari/technology-preview/), a new version of its web browser aimed specifically at developers. It provides an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS including the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools.
Safari Technology Preview is a standalone app that works side-by-side with the current version of Safari, so you can continue to use and reference the current release. It works with iCloud, so you can access your latest Safari Favorites, bookmarks, and Reading List.
You can update Safari Technology Preview right from the Mac App Store. Updates occur every few weeks and include the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit, the open source browser engine. Though it’s designed for developers, you don’t need a developer account to download Safari Technology Preview.
Epistory now available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux
Epistolary (http://www.epistorygame.com/), an atmospheric adventure with an origami aesthetic, is now available through Steam for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for $14.99.
Here’s how the game is described: “Players guide a girl riding atop a three-tailed red fox on an epic journey to discover the source of an invasive darkness taking hold in a once pristine land. As Epistory’s narrative progresses, its papercraft world literally unfolds before the player, revealing lush forests, ominous dungeons, scorched plains, frozen temples and lost cities.
“Magical abilities derived from four elemental types are discovered during the adventure, and they enable the heroine and her companion to navigate these treacherous landscapes. Freezing an enemy with ice magic will lock them in place and allow players to deal with other threats, while fire magic will burn through enemies and obstacles.
“Epistory’s tale is advanced entirely through an intuitive keyboard-only control scheme. Players unleash...
Fantastical 2.2 for Mac adds Native Exchange support, more
Flexibits has revved Fantastical 2 for Mac (http://flexibits.com/fantastical) to version 2.2. It costs $49.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
The app lets you create, view, and search events and reminders. In version 2.2 m account syncing is now native, enabling features such as invitation responses, availability lookup, categories, and people lookup. Fantastical 2's native CalDAV engine also lets users connect directly to other calendar services such as iCloud, Google, and Yahoo.
Fantastical also now supports availability with a user interface letting users easily and quickly check their colleagues' availability. Availability requires a supporting calendar service, such as Exchange, Google Apps, or OS X Server. Some of the other new features in 2.2 include printing (with multiple, beautiful layouts), a second time zone time line (to let you quickly view other time zones), multiple selection (to move and delete multiple items at once), and the ability to start the week...
Seagate previews USB-powered desktop hard drive with Innov8
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has previewed Seagate Innov8, which it says is the world’s first USB-powered, 8TB desktop hard drive.
The Innov8 is purportedly the world’s first 8TB desktop hard drive that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power outlet. Similar to a standard car requiring a battery kick to start the engine, Ignition Boost together with USB 3.1 enables Innov8 to thrive off bus power. No dedicated power source or adapter is required. Users just plug in the reversible USB-C cable.
Innov8 includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. What’s more, it includes 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve software compatibility. The Seagate Innov8 will be available in April for $349.
The Aegis Secure Key now comes in a 480GB version
Apricorn (www.apricorn.com) has added three new sizes to their Aegis Secure Key 3.0 line, raising the total number of capacity options to seven (8GB, 16GB, 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.) Pricing starts at $99.
"This is our most advanced product to date; besides packing half a terabyte of encrypted data into a thumbdrive, we have expanded its feature set to surpass any rival," says Mike McCandless, Apricorn's vice president of Sales and Marketing. "And keeping true to the Apricorn tradition, The ASK 3.0 is completely software-free, cross-platform compatible with any OS, and has embedded authentication so no security parameters are ever shared with the host.”
He adds that, beyond the expansion in size range, the Secure Key 3.0 carries the highest portable device security validation that the NIST grants: FIPS 140-2 level 3, and boasts a list of features including: separate admin and user modes, two read-only modes, forced enrollment, programmable brute-force defense, a lock-...
Graph IDE 12.4.8 for the iPad now available on GitHub
VVI has announced that version 12.4.8 of Graph IDE, a data visualization application for the iPad, is now available on GitHub.
To increase the scope of Graph IDE, its Xcode project has been placed at http://GitHub.com/VVI . With that project, any data source be it a database, web service, model or any other source can be incorporated into Graph IDE for drag-and-drop functionality within the already existing interface.
According to the folks at VVI, this helps eliminate tedious copy and paste of data into spreadsheets and other forms of manual data entry while preserving the full capabilities of Graph IDE's world-class graphical user interface. For help with Graph IDE and other questions email email@example.com.
Default Folder for OS X gets a maintenance upgrade
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.3 is a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Default Folder X 5.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95 (USD) and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
Graphic Node unveils new templates for Photoshop
Graphic Node has introduced Templates for Photoshop 1.0, a new app for Mac OS X. It’s a pack for Adobe Photoshop that features 150 PSD templates for books, newsletters, scrapbooks, flyers and other documents.
The set features a fusion of professional print layouts, including a mixture of fully editable templates, from flyers, books and invoices to 50 scrapbooks and posters. Templates for Photoshop requires Adobe Photoshop CS6 or later and OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvkonts) in the Productivity category.
KeyCue for OS X revved to version 8.0
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.0, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade contains new features such as a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. G
KeyCue 8.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who 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.
New version of Elmedia Player for OS X with AirPlay support is...
Eltima Software (http://mac.eltima.com) has released Elmedia Player 6.5, a new version of its universal media player for OS X.
It supports most commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web. The application features a 10-band audio equalizer, its own volume control, a video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and much more. Version 6.4 adds AirPlay support.
Elmedia Player requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It’s free, but also comes in a $19.95 pro version with additional features including the ability to download from the Internet.
Aleratec releases USB duplication software update for Mac OS X
Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has launched a new software update for the 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator that now allows compatibility with Mac OS X and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.
The 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini is a computer-connected USB duplicator that clones up to 16 thumb drives simultaneously. It includes many of the advanced technologies of Aleratec's larger USB flash drive duplicators in a compact and portable package.
Aleratec's 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini (Aleratec P/N 330115) has an estimated retail price of $499 and is available from Aleratec's resellers and distribution. Also available with the Mac software is the 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini.
Apple to announce its latest financial results on April 25
Apple will announce its financial results for the second quarter of 2016 on Monday, April 25, at 2 pm (Pacific). In January Apple provided the following guidance for the quarter:
Revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion;
Gross margin between 39% and 39.5%;
Operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion;
Other income/(expense) of $325 million;
A tax rate of 25.5%.
ZAGG introduces protects for the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad...
ZAGG (www.zagg.com) has announced a full range of InvisibleShield screen protection and mobile keyboard products for the new Apple iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
InvisibleShield Glass protects your device with tempered glass. The iPhone SE version is $34.99; the 9.7-inch iPad Pro version is $49.99.
InvisibleShield HDX offers the scratch protection benefits of InvisibleShield Original, while adding advanced clarity and 3X shatter protection. The iPhone SE version is $24.99; the 9.7-inch iPad Pro version is $39.99.
InvisibleShield Original delivers Military Grade impact protection with scientifically formulated Nano-Memory Technology that self-heals from scratches and dings over and over. The iPhone SE version is $14.99; the 9.7-inch iPad Pro version is $29.99.
ZAGG is introducing the Rugged Book, Slim Book, Folio, and Messenger Folio keyboards for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Costing $149.99, $99.99, and $59.99, respectively, they offer features including full-body case protection,...
College cyber defenders get set for Operation Cyber Bailout
Students from eight Mid-Atlantic universities will compete to protect simulated financial institutions from a cyber attack during the 2016 National Cyberwatch Center Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).
The competition will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, from March 31 to April 2. The Mid-Atlantic CCDC is designed to give students the chance to apply classroom theory and skills to defend against real-time targeted cyber attacks, led by professional security testers, in a controlled, scored setting. Each competition revolves around a simulated scenario — based on real-world systems such as transportation and elections — that demonstrate the effects of various types of cyber attacks.
This year’s challenge is “Operation Cyber Bailout”: Competitors will confront a mock Hackistan Army of Liberation (HAL), portrayed by cybersecurity professionals. The HAL plans to disrupt critical infrastructure by...
Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3 for older devices
Apple has released a new build of iOS 9.3 for older devices such as the iPad Air and earlier and the iPhone 5s and earlier affected by installation issues. This new build, 13E236, is for these older devices only.
If you have successfully installed iOS 9.3, ignore the latest build. If you do need the new build, install it via iTunes.
NoteList for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade
Tension Software has updated NoteList, a Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with
full word processing capabilities, to version 3.2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade.
NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the
document and label categories to help organize all your notes.
NoteList requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gqzxvvj).
Maintain serves up up Cocktail 9.2.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.3 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to disable disk image verification. It also contains improvements on the "Optimize network" procedure, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and adds OS X 10.11.4 compatibility.
Cocktail 9.2.3 (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 the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.