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.
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.70 for OS X
Scorpion Research has released Scorpion BarCode 2.70, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X.
The app helps with the creation and printing of all major barcode symbologies in EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF file formats. Users can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build powerful scripted solutions. Version 2.70 is designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, but works with OS X 10.6 or later.
A free, 30-day demo is available from Scorpion Research (www.scorpionresearch.com). A single user license for Scorpion BarCode 2.70 costs approximately US$145. Multiple user and educational discounts are available.
Apple updates iOS 9.2.1 to deal with ‘Error 53’ problem
Apple has rolled out an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 that allows users whose iPhones were bricked by “Error 53” to revitalize their iDevices. It caused phones whose home buttons had been replaced by third-party repair shops to fail a security validation.
The updated version of iOS 9.2.1 is a patched version, not a new version of the operating system. Also, the update doesn’t re-enable Touch ID. If you want to retain Touch ID functionality, you can get your home button replaced by Apple. The company has also updated its support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205628) detailing Error 53 for iPhones.
Apple launches new iPhone Upgrade Program
Apple has unveiled a new iPhone Upgrade Program (http://tinyurl.com/o99oxxf), which gives you an easier way to get a new iPhone every year, and the security and protection of AppleCare+. You’re even free to choose the carrier and rate plan that works for you.
After 12 payments, you can get a new iPhone and start a new iPhone Upgrade Program. You don’t have to wait for your carrier contract to end. Just trade in your current iPhone for a new one, and your new program begins.
When you buy iPhone with the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can choose the carrier you prefer. Once your new iPhone is activated, it remains unlocked, which means you can use it with any carrier that provides service for iPhone.
With the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can spread the cost over 24 months, with the option to get a new iPhone after 12 payments. Pricing per month ranges from $32.41 to $44.91, depending on the smartphone you buy.
Planet Nine added to Star Walk 2 Astronomy Guide
Vito Technology has announced that Planet Nine has been added to Star Walk 2, the company's stargazing guide for iOS and Android devices. The recently discovered ninth planet of the solar system is, for the first time, featured in an interactive space atlas.
Planet Nine is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, with an estimated mass of about 10 times that of Earth, a diameter two to four times larger than that of Earth, and a highly elliptical orbit so far away that it could take it 15,000 years to orbit the Sun. Star Walk developers reached out to the scientists behind this discovery, Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown of the California Institute of Technology, to obtain orbit position data necessary for adding this new object to app's database.
All available findings are now included in Star Walk 2 and the planet is visualized similarly to the other planets of the solar system. The position of the object is calculated for any desired time and date, and...
Honeywell’s new Wi-Fi thermostat is HomeKit compatible
Honeywell’s new second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat (http://yourhome.honeywell.com) is now compatible with Apple HomeKit for control using Siri, and easy integration into other current smart home ecosystems.
The second generation Lyric thermostat features the same sleek aesthetic and intuitive features of the original, such as location-based, customized temperature control, says Jeremy Eaton, vice president of Honeywell’s Home Comfort business. It also can be integrated into other current ecosystems, such as Samsung® SmartThings, and can link to many home products and services that customers choose, including those from Honeywell, such as the Lyric security system.
Illogical Games conjures up Fantasy Mage for OS X, iOS devices
Illogical Games (www.illogicalgames.com) has introduced Fantasy Mage 1.0, its new action role-playing hack and slash game for Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Windows. As the village's only hope, players must defend the village from the invading armies of hell.
In Fantasy Mage, you control the main character, a young mage, as you attempt to defeat an army of skeleton warriors that are attacking the village. Players can acquire loots, equip spells and armor, defeat enemies, and level up to become a powerful mage.
Fantasy Mage 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide through the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store for, respectively, iOS and OS X devices.
WD announces My Cloud EX2 Ultra
Western Digital (www.wdc.com) has updated its prosumer solutions with My Cloud EX2 Ultra, a high-performance, two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to automatically sync content across computers, share files and folders and enjoy multiple backup options.
My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. Users also have access to 1 GB of DDR3 memory. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include NAS to NAS, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode.
My Cloud EX2 Ultra is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $159.99 for the diskless My Cloud EX2 Ultra, $349.99 for the 4TB model, $449.99 for 8TB, and $599.99 for 12TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app...
Fanatic releases Informant for OS X with Weather, Search, and...
Fanatic Software has launched Informant 7 (http://tinyurl.com/hmtv4sz), a new version of the calendar/task app for Mac OS X.
The utility has an interface specifically designed for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Version 7 includes weather, search, Google Event attendee support, drag and drop, and more.
Informant 7 requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later. It’s being sold for $29.99 for a limited time.
Apple: we oppose the government’s order to unlock a shooter’s...
Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted “A Message to Our Customers” (http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/) saying that Apple opposes an order from the U.S. government to unlock a shooter’s iPhone.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. The ruling by Pym requires Apple to supply software the FBI can load onto Farook's county-owned work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature that erases the phone's data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.
The Apple CEO says that “Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a back door” and “while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control."
CS Odessa releases paid Germany Map Solution
CS Odessa’s newest addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park is designed to assist individuals who are looking for Germany map content to be represented in maps they draw.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The ConceptDraw Pro “Germany Map Solution” is available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw PRO v10 and ConceptDraw Office v3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
The Germany Map Solution for ConceptDraw PRO offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.
Eve Energy Switch, Power Meter now available in the U.S.
Elgato has released Eve Energy, the latest product in their HomeKit-enabled Eve family. It plugs into any wall socket and instantly gives users access to control connected devices directly from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over Bluetooth Smart.
With Eve Energy, you can switch your devices on or off with a tap. Or, using Siri, you can see how much energy your devices are using and create scenes to control multiple devices in just one step, says Markus Fest, CEO of Elgato.
Eve Energy is the world’s first HomeKit-enabled switch based on Bluetooth Smart technology, which ensures reliable operation without adding to your already crowded WiFi network, he adds. HomeKit allows users to fully customize their setup with scenes to group multiple HomeKit-enabled devices to control them in one step. For instance, request Siri to turn “Entertainment On” to have the living room TV turn on, lights dim, music play, and so on.
Users can also keep track and manage the energy they are consuming via...
Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 specification
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced availability of the Vulkan 1.0 royalty-free, open standard API specification.
It’s designed to provide high-efficiency, cross-platform access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs [graphical user interfaces] used in a variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms. This ground-up design, complementing the OpenGL and OpenGL ES 3D APIs [application programming interfaces], provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability with minimized CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance.
Multiple Vulkan 1.0 hardware drivers and SDKs are available immediately for developers to begin creating Vulkan applications and engines. More information on Vulkan is available at https://www.khronos.org/vulkan/.
FileMaker, Inc. offers ‘State of the Custom App 2016 Report’
Seventy-four percent of teams using a custom app have seen an increase in productivity, according to FileMakers “2016 State of the Custom App Report,” which looks at how teams are embracing the power of custom apps to drive output, increase efficiency and streamline workloads.
The report found that custom apps are being used in a wide variety of ways to help teams accomplish their business goals. According to FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), key findings of the report include:
° 81% reported custom apps reduced inefficient tasks;
° 74% reported custom apps increased in team productivity;
° 63% reported custom apps improved field and customer service delivery;
° 60% reported custom apps have seen a return on investment (ROI);
° 49% reported using custom apps on iPad or iPhone;
° 52% of custom apps were built in less than three months;
° 82% reported that they developed custom apps internally.
FileMakers State of the App report for 2016 examines what customers are using custom apps...
Seagate shipping new 2TB mobile hard drive
Seagate Technology is shipping what it says is the world’s first 2TB, 7mm hard disk drive (HDD)— the Seagate Mobile HDD (www.seagate.com/mobilehdd). It weighs 3.17 ounces and is 25% lighter than the previous generation of mobile hard drives.
A smaller 7mm drive frees up valuable space in a mobile device to accommodate additional designed-in features, such as bigger batteries, more memory and better air circulation, according to Matt Rutledge, Seagate’s senior vice president, client storage. With up to 2TB of space, the Mobile HDD enables affordable high capacity storage, while supporting over 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 124 hours of high definition video. The drive is available in both 1TB and 2TB capacities.
Waves Audio ships Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plugin
Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates plugin. They’re available for $99 for a limited time; the regular price will be $249.
Introduced over half a century ago, plate reverbs have been a fixture of recorded music ever since. Used most prominently in the ‘60s and ‘70s by pioneering bands, including the Beatles and Pink Floyd, Abbey Road Studios’ original reverb plates — four EMT 140 units — were first installed in 1957 to complement the fixed reverberation times of the studios’ echo chambers. These plates, with a variable reverb time of up to six seconds, were then tweaked to perfection by Abbey Road's technical engineers.
To keep noise to a minimum, EMI's Central Research Laboratories designed unique hybrid solid-state drive amps for Plates A, B and C. Plate D remained fully valve-powered on both drive and output stages, allowing a versatile array of sonic characteristics, from warm and dark to lush and smooth.
In each of these original...