Apple releases new iOS, tvOS, and macOS developer betas
Apple has released three new developer betas: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and macOS 10.12.4. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.” The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the App Store.
The tvOS 10.2 beta provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The macOS 10.12.4 beta adds a Night Shift mode that...
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 10.2 (Mac OS Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.2 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to clear Sandbox caches. It also fixes an iCloud Drive synchronization bug.
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.
HDRtist NX 1.0 introduced for macOS
Ohanaware has launched HDRtist NX 1.0, the company’s latest High Dynamic Range Imaging software developed exclusively for macOS. It provides128-bit image processing utilizing multi-core processors and accelerated graphics hardware.
HDRtist NX sports a large live editor with a split view, providing near real time performance while the images are being edited. One-Click Styles allow you to pick and choose a pre-made style. (you can also create and share your own).
A Master Slider (with four settings) and fine grained control give customers a single slider to help choose their look, while still giving access to the individual elements. HDRtist NX offers multiple exposures, single images and supports iPhone HDRs. Editable HDR images can be saved in the HDRtist NX format.
HDRtist NX 1.0 (http://www.machdr.com) is available for $19.70 for a limited time. That’s 30% off the regular price of $29.99.
Light Pillar introduces Mosaic for the Mac
Light Pillar has introduced Mosaic, a windows management tool for macOS and the next-generation revamp of Window Tidy. It’s built from the ground up with a brand new engine, a suite of new features, improved ease of use and native macOS integration, according to the folks at Light Pillar.
Features include: grid-based basic layouts; constraint controlled advanced layouts; on-the-fly layouts with “Quick Layout: and four different layout views for customizable access to your layouts. You can use layout groups to organize your layouts on a per workflow basis. You can apply layouts directly from the keyboard with keyboard shortcuts or the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. You can even apply layouts from your iOS device with the “Remote Control” app.
Mosaic 1.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher, and the Remote Control app requires iOS 10.1 or higher. A demo of Mosaic 1.0 is available for download (http://www.lightpillar.com/mosaic.html) and works for seven days. After this, Mosaic requires an...
iOS Developer training schedule for 1H 2017 announced
About Objects (https://www.aboutobjects.com) has announced its schedule of publicly available classes on iOS development in Swift and Objective-C for the first half of 2017.
The About Objects iOS curriculum includes introductory through advanced-level training courses. Courses that are above the introductory level are offered exclusively in Swift, though introductory-level iOS development classes are still available in both Swift and Objective-C. Classes are offered at About Objects headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
Current course offerings include the following titles: iOS Development in Swift: Comprehensive, iOS Development in Objective-C: Comprehensive, Transitioning to Swift, and Advanced iOS Development. All About Objects courses are designed around a step-by-step approach that is geared to building insight from the ground up, while balancing students's need for proficiency with their need for a solid conceptual understanding of iOS, Xcode, and Swift (or Objective-C).
Cisdem releases PDFCreator 4 for the Mac
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated Cisdem PDFCreator for macOS to version 4.0. It’s a tool for creating PDFs from Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx), EPUB, Text, RTFD, HTML, CHM, JPG, PNG, and other file formats.
Version 4.0 adds support for the converting or merging of designated pages, batch conversions and more. Through Feb. 5, you can buy Cisdem PDFCreator for $27.99; it’s 30% off the usual price.
Apple posts iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS
Apple has released iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS. According to the company, it’s a “minor update” with “performance enhancements.
It’s a 116MB. iTunes 12.5.5 is a free upgrade at the Mac App Store.
Apple posts tvOS 10.1.11, watchOS 3.1.3
Apple has posted tvOS 10.1.1 and watchOS 3.1.3. The former adds the new TV app as a central location for all of your favorite shows and movies. The latter has bug fixe and performance improvements.
To upgrade to tvOS 10.1.1:
° Click on the Settings app from your Apple TV Home screen.
° Click on System.
° Click on Software Update.
° Click on Update Software.
° Click on Download and Install.
To upgrade to watchOS 3.1.3:
° Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the iOS 10 Watch app.
° Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
° Tap on the My Watch tab.
° Tap on General.
° Tap on Software Update.
° Tap on Download and Install.
° Enter your iPhone Passcode when prompted.
° Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
° Tap Proceed on your Apple Watch.
° Enter your Passcode on the smartwatch.
The watchOS 3.1.1 update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch. The Apple Watch will then reboot.
Apple posts macOS Sierra 10.12.3
Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.3. It’s free for everyone running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.
According to Apple, macOS Sierra 10.12.3:
The macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
° Improves automatic graphics switching on MacBook Pro (15-inch, October 2016).
° Resolves graphics issues while encoding Adobe Premiere Pro projects on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13- and 15-inch, October 2016).
° Fixes an issue that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview.
° Resolves a compatibility issue with PDF documents that are exported with encryption enabled.
° Fixes an issue that prevented some third-party applications from correctly importing images from digital cameras.
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1
Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It has bug fixes and security vulnerability improvements.
iOS 10.2.1 can be downloaded over-the-air via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings app. Or you can download it by connecting your iOS device to iTunes on a desktop or laptop.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems Releases SMTPit Pro 5.1
Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.smtpitpro.com/)has released SMTPit Pro 5.1, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in. This version has several bug fixes for working with the plug-in under FileMaker 15 and FileMaker Server, as well as some new and updated file functions.
SMTPit Pro provides an array of email options. You can send simple text-based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect.
You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime from Jan. 23, 2016, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime between Jan. 23, 2015,, and Jan. 22, 2016, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you...
Troi Automatisering Releases Troi File Plug-In 8.6.1 For...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.6.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s an update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.
This version improves parsing newer PDF versions, like PDF 1.7. And the TrFile_MetaData( "-GetMovieDescription") function now returns timecode data for movies. Several other functions were improved, as well.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Licenses cost $99 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are available.
Troi File Plug-in 8.6 also works with FileMaker Server 12 to 15 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license which costs $449.
Upgrading from version 8.6.1 is free; it works with the same 8.5 registration. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1,...
Geff is a new virtual guitar effects rack for the Mac
Nikolas Konstantakopoulos has introduced Geff 1.0 (http://www.grannysaudio.com/geff), a virtual guitar rack for macOS. It’s a standalone audio effects application to use with your guitar like you would a collection of stompboxes.
Geff includes a variety of effects. You can add as many effects and re-arrange them as you like. It offers handling for adding and rearranging effects, using MIDI learning to map almost any parameter of its effects to your MIDI controller.
Geff is separated to three components, Header or Input component, Middle or Effects, and the Footer or Output component. As their names suggest, the Input component manages the audio input, the Effects create and includes the used effects, and the output manages the audio output. In addition, Geff has the ability to map your MIDI controller to almost any of its parameters.
Geff requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Apple upgrades its pro video apps
Apple has updated its pro video apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor —with feature tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes. Final Cut Pro 10.3.2 changes include:
° Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser;
° Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range;
° Audio meters retain custom width after relaunch;
° Improves responsiveness when editing very long projects;
° Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate;
° Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel.
Motion 5.3.1 improves stability when using multiple camera behaviors. It also improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rates.
Compressor 4.3.1 changes include:
° Fade In/Fade Out filter is applied correctly when using distributed encoding;
° Disc name and titles are correctly displayed when using languages with double-byte characters;
° Location paths...
TimeTable for macOS upgraded to version 3
Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 (http://www.stevenriggs.com/site/timetable.html) for macOS. The tool allows you to export macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars.
It’s designed to make it simple to track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendars. TimeTable reads and filters macOS Calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events. Version 3 sports an improved user interface, a new Calendar Groups feature, improved locking behavior in calendar timeframe selection, and resizable text and notes export views. Also, date selection now behaves like the Calendar app.
TimeTable 3 — which requires macOS 10.10 or higher — is on sale 50% off for a limited time for $9.99 for a single-user license. Volume discounts are also available. A demo is available.
OFFICER solutions launches Fox 1.0 for macOS
OFFICER solutions has introduced Fox 1.0 (https://www.officer.solutions), a new addition to their software line of royalty applications for entertainment companies. Developed specifically for artists, musicians and other right holders, Fox 1.0 for macOS is designed to transform sales reports for content sold on the Internet into detailed royalty statements.
The software plays nicely with any digitally sellable asset, like books, apps, stock photos, fonts, games and films and has been optimized for the use at independent record labels. Catalog data and sales can be imported for royalty processing. Fox 1.0 supports any currency (incoming and outgoing); royalty statements can be issued as PDFs, CSV and Excel files in english or any other, user-definable language.
Fox 1.0 is an installable software app based on the FileMaker Pro 15 platform. It’s available as an unrestricted license for a one-time fee or as a monthly subscription. A special, low priced startup package is available for...
Notebook arrives on the Mac
Zoho has launched Notebook for Mac (http://zoho.to/notebook), a new, free note-taking app.
Notebook's mobile apps introduced the concept of Note Cards: dedicated note types for text, checklists, audio, photos, and sketches. The same concept has been applied to the Mac app, creating a “simple and enjoyable note-taking experience,” according to Raju Vegesna, chief evangelist of Zoho.
A notebook is a personal, thoughtful space. Notebook encourages users to make the app their own by providing 25-plus hand-drawn notebook covers to choose from, and the option to add their own. Individual notes can be grouped and color coded with default colors or by choosing from a color wheel.
Notebook brings the familiarity and ease-of-use of your smartphone to your Mac, says Vegesna. With a trackpad, users can navigate Notebook without making a single click. Users can open and close notebooks, and group and ungroup stacks of note cards by pinching in and out. Users can see more information, lock, or...
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 4
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced ConceptDraw OFFICE 4, the next generation of the company's business productivity suite for macOS (10.10 and higher) and Windows. It consists of ConceptDraw PRO 11, ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9, and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8.
The newest iteration provides various enhancements and improvements. ConceptDraw PRO 11 ($199), ConceptDraw MINDMAP 9 ($199), and ConceptDraw PROJECT 8 ($299) are available individually or as a bundle in ConceptDraw OFFICE 4 ($499).
GarageBand and Logic Pro X music apps get major updates
Apple has announced major updates to its music creation apps with new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the creative synthesizer Alchemy and a new sound browser designed to make searching through instruments and patches easier. Logic Pro X 10.3 for macOS gets a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.
Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back to iCloud, any newly added tracks will automatically appear in the original Logic project the next time it’s opened on a Mac.
GarageBand for iOS now features a...
AKVIS updates its Photo Correction Bundle
AKVIS has updated the four programs comprising the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer 15.5, Noise Buster 10.1, Refocus 6.5, and HDRFactory 5.5. The new versions offer improved compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, provide a vector-based user interface with support for Ultra HD resolution, fix some bugs, and bring other changes.
Demo versions are available for download. The apps are compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. All are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.
B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for macOS
B-Eng (http://www.b-eng.ch/) has announced SSD Health Check 1.0, the company's new hard drive utility for macOS. It will alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits.
SSD Health Check reports data such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses and power cycles, as well as the number of uncorrectable errors and wear level count or parameters such as erase fail count. It requires macOS 10.7 or later.
SSD Health Check 1.0 costs $0.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Bluetooth 5 is now available
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 (www.bluetooth.com/bluetooth5) as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification. Consumers can expect to see products supporting the spec in two to six months.
Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies, according to Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.
He adds that feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.
Powell says that Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with other wireless...
Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.0
Synology (www.synology.com) has released Surveillance Station 8.0, an update of the smart surveillance system for macOS and Windows. It offers flexible deployment and a smoother live view experience, according to Jonathan Wang, product manager at Synology.
He adds that Surveillance Station 8.0 includes the following new features:
° Surveillance Station Client: in addition to checking live views and managing channels within browsers, users can now install Surveillance Station Client to enjoy improved performance and efficiency, and be free from browser limitations.
° Multiple streaming: the update supports automatic and manual resolution adjustment based on the size of the monitoring window or event, saves bandwidth consumption1 when prospecting multiple channels. You can choose to automatically switch to higher resolution recording only when important events occur, maximizing storage utilization1 during continuous recording.
° Advanced action rule: more advanced action rules and...
CalcTape for macOS revved to version 12
Schoettler Software has given us CalcTape 1.2 (http://tinyurl.com/zmxlruy), an update to their desktop calculator for macOS.
The tool is a substitute for the classic desktop calculator machines. All entries are recorded on a virtual paper roll. The app features logging of all your calculations, and allows for changing numbers, writing comments and correcting errors afterwards. Templates may be created for repetitive use and open calculations may be emailed to business associates. Version 1.2 brings new memory buttons.
CalcTape for Mac 1.2 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
Apple posts supplemental security update for Mac OS X El Capitan
Apple has released a supplemental security update for Mac OS X El Capitan (the predecessor to macOS Sierra. According to Apple, it “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.”
The update originally was released in December 2016, but has been reissued. You can obtain the update by launching the Mac App Store app, then checking for updates.
RailModeller Pro for macOS rolls to version 5.3
Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has rolled out RailModeller Pro 5.3 (www.railmodeller.com), an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for macOS.
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 240 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Version 5.3 adds: native support for baseboards; a baseboard assistant; and updates to the libraries in the bundled catalog.
RailModeller Pro 5.3 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s available for $39.99 exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express, which is suitable for small layouts with a limited number of tracks and layout dimensions of up to 0.5km - is also available through the Mac App Store.
Red Giant releases sticker packs for iOS users
Red Giant has just released two all-new sticker packs for iOS users: Blockbuster and Holomoji. Designed by Red Giant filmmaker Seth Worley and iOS developer Micah Lanier, the sticker packs leverage the very best of Red Giant motion graphics and visual effects to bring a sense of Hollywood action to iMessage conversations.
Drag and drop from the sticker keyboard to add high-quality visual effects and holographic emojis directly to texts, images, and videos in iMessage conversations. These sticker packs can be downloaded free of charge from the iOS App store.
Package Central for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.12, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offers email notifications, variable folder names, PDF/IDML export and more. The new version adds support for InDesign CC 2017 featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Package Central can be purchased for US$149.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.7 or higher and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
Blobman golf swing improvement app swings to version 3.0
BlobmanLabs has released Blobman 3.0 (http://blobmanlabs.com/index.html), a complete rewrite to their $19.95, traces-based, golf swing improvement tool for macOS.
Designed for professional instructors, experienced golfers and new golfers alike, the app is designed to encourage better understanding and appreciation of an effective complete swinging motion to better define and polish a golf swing. In version 3.0, component relationships are more easily seen, understood and utilized.
Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with full page tribute
Apple has honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It’s an American federal holiday marking the birthday of the main spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday (Jan. 15).
Typinator 7.1 for macOS offers compatibility improvements with...
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 7.1, a new version of their text expander for macOS.
It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. In the new version, the new powerful input forms are no longer modal. While an input form is open, it is now possible to temporarily switch to other windows, for example to copy/paste text into form fields. The new version also offers further enhancements and compatibility improvements with macOS Sierra and third-party applications.
Typinator requires macOS 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 7.1 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 7. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.
Cisdem releases DocumentReader 3 for macOS
Cisdem has released version 3 of DocumentReader for macOS. It's a Mac document reader that allows users to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and to print or save them into PDF for sharing.
Cisdem DocumentReader supports reading many files types such as WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, and PDF. It also provides different viewing styles with toolbar consisting view mode, searching pane, page navigation, zoom, rotate, save, copy, etc. What's more, users can design the toolbar in the way they prefer.
Printing services are integrated with DocumentReader. Documents can be converted into PDF format for sharing or storing. Version 3 3.0.0 adds Winmail.dat files support and can preview, export Winmail.dat attachments.
DocumentReader requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It's available now through the Cisdem website (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). A demo version available for download. A single license of DocumentReader is available for US$9.99 for a limited time.
Fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 available for developers
Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 to developers. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com).
Matrox Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card now available
Matrox has announced availability of the next generation of Matrox’s H.264 AV-over-IP portfolio, the Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card. Delivering quad 4K input capture, the Maevex 6100 also offers multiple encodes, variable bitrates, and a broad choice of protocols, allowing simultaneous streaming and recording of four or more channels. Contact Matrox for pricing.
The flexible communication and powerful reach offered by the Maevex 6100 card—and included Matrox PowerStream Plus network management software—make this cutting-edge technology ideal for use in enterprise, government, education, digital signage or anywhere AV-over-IP is required, says Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox.
The Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card delivers 4K/UHD and Full HD multi-channel capture, encoding, streaming, and recording. Built on H.264, the world’s most common codec, this plug-and-play solution fits into existing infrastructures and interoperates with any device on the network.
Sonnet announces Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express Card expansion...
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion systems, the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition.
Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SEL and SE I enable the use of a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) cards with computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports. Both the SEL and SE I are compact and lightweight single-slot Thunderbolt 3 expansion systems, differing only in size, that are designed for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card.
With the new interface, both systems enable users of computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2,750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest performance adapter cards. Sonnet is also making available Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for existing Thunderbolt 2 Echo Express SEL and SE I expansion...
StarTech.com to release new Thunderbolt 3 products
StarTech.com has announced a new line of Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible and designed for the latest generation of computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, including the 2016 MacBook Pro.
The company will be releasing Thunderbolt 3 docking stations with power delivery, a series of display adapters and other products. The docks will take advantage of the advanced performance capabilities of the Thunderbolt 3-based MacBook Pro, while providing USB 3.0 and Ethernet por.
The first dock (SKU: TB3DKDPMAW) is a model that provides dual-4K video output and ports for connecting additional devices. An alternate version of the dual-4K dock (SKU: TB3DK2DPPD), offers power delivery for powering and charging a MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptops. For the more advanced user and to meet the demands of future laptops, an enhanced dock (SKU: TB3DOCK2DPPD) will be available, offering more ports and power for charging.
Synology announces the Synology Router RT2600ac and VPN Plus
Synology has launched the RT2600ac (http://tinyurl.com/jd4x7cg), a high-speed, security-focused router designed for multiple users. In addition, VPN Plus has been released so users of the Synology router can implement an on-premises VPN solution.
The RT2600ac is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and comes equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios featuring MU-MIMO support. Together with Smart Connect, RT2600ac can intelligently optimize connection quality and balance devices on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless speed and range, according to Synology Product Manager Michael R Wang. Dual WAN with 2.0 Gbps combined bandwidth allows users to take advantage of two high speed fiber internet connections for load balancing plus failover, he adds.
The RT2600ac is powered by the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. Application Layer QoS (Quality of Service) makes it possible to monitor and control bandwidth consumption according to not only...
Pad and Quill introduce case for the 2016 Macbook Pro
Pad and Quill (http://www.padandquill.com) has released the Cartella Slim Case for the 2016 MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models). It envelops the laptop in an archival quality buckram linen cover, turning your MacBook into an “actual hardbound book.”
A specially developed 3M residue-free adhesive technology takes only seconds to put on the MacBook Pro, according to the folks at Pad and Quill. Safe and secure, it will purportedly never come off and it will never let go, unless you want it to. The 13-inch case is US$89.95; the 15-inch case costs $99.95.
Akitio previews Thunder3 Quad Mini Thunderbolt 3
Akitio (www.akitio.com) has announced the upcoming release of the US$329 Akitio Thunder3 Quad Mini. The company says it’s the first 4-bay, 2.5-inch, Thunderbolt 3 storage device designed for use with the new 2016 Apple MacBook Pro lineup (macOS), as well as Thunderbolt 3 Windows PCs.
The Thunder3 Quad Mini — due in March — offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a small and portable form factor, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio.
The Thunder3 Quad Mini can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high-speed external storage and/or video streams in one connection.
The Thunder3 Quad Mini features two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60Hz displays while also supporting Power Delivery (PD) up to 15W. The second Thunderbolt 3...
Pop3It Pro FileMaker Pro plug-in revved to version 5.1
POP3it Pro 5.1 by CNS Plug-ins, a FileMaker plug-in has been released. This version includes updates for new FileMaker 15 plug-in features, as well as multi-threaded code updates to keep the plug-in running smoothly under FileMaker Server.
Also included are new and updated file functions like reading and writing files, listing files, and removing whole folders including their contents. POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both macOS and Windows. You can download a demo.
If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime from Jan. 10, 2016 until now, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime between Jan. 10, 2015 and Jan. 9, 2016, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime before Jan. 10, 2015, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.
For new users, POP3it Pro prices range from a 1-User License for US$65 to a World License for $1095 (which includes a free...
AnyTrans for macOS adds free video download feature
iMobie has announced AnyTrans 5.4, a feature update to their all-in-one iPhone manager.
It was specifically created to clone all types of items, including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. Version 5.4 adds a free video download feature.
Users can download AnyTrans 5.4 for both Mac and Windows from its official homepage (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/). It’s free to use.
EDpCloud is new multi-platform file sync/backup solution
EnduraData (www.enduradata.com) has released a file sync and online backup software for macOS, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX platforms. It introduces an enhanced multi-pathing replication solution for faster throughput and to insure data is delivered even when one branch of the network fails, according to Mike Praus, vice president of EnduraData.
EDpCloud will also resend data (if all networks fail) when the connection is re-established. It EDpCloud leverages parallel disk and network I/O to transmit data at a much higher speeds over available connections. A free demo is available for download.
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube now available
IK Multimedia’s (www.ikmultimedia.com) Fender Collection 2 is now available for Mac and Windows systems.
Fender Collection 2 brings seven of Fender's “amps from the dawn of rock and beyond” to AmpliTube, providing recreations of the tweed amps and more from the '50s and '60s. Included in the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube are four amps from the '57 Custom series; the '57 Custom Champ, '57 Custom Deluxe, '57 Custom Twin-Amp, and the '57 Custom Pro, a '57 Bandmaster, plus models of an original '53 Fender Bassman and the '65 Fender Super Reverb.
Fender Collection 2 works inside AmpliTube Custom Shop and AmpliTube 4 for Mac and PC. For AmpliTube 4 users, it’s designed to take advantage of all the additional tone-tweaking features, such as the effects slot between the amp and speaker cabinet and the "Cab Room" and more.
With IK Multimedia's range of interfaces for Mac and PC, getting tone from Fender Collection for AmpliTube is as simple as plugging into an amplifier. iRig Pro Duo,...
TextExpander for macOS adds Touch Bar support
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a macOS utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 6.1.3. The upgrade adds support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar as well as improving VoiceOver support in the snippet editor.
TextExpander 6.1.3 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs as little as $3.33 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% lifetime discount. TextExpander is $7.96 per user per month for the Team plan, which offers more robust snippet and user management and statistics.
AKVI releases the romantic Vintage Pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released the $17 “romantic” Vintage Pack, a picture frame pack that includes 100 designs (50 horizontal and 50 vertical).
To use the frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49 for the plug-in version and $69 for the standalone version). The AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 and higher.
Apple seeds new macOS Sierra 10.12.3, iOS 10.2.1updates to...
Apple has seeded the third betas of upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and iOS 10.2.1 updates to developers. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
AppYogi introduces EzyCal for macOS
AppYogi Software has introduced EzyCal - Calendar 2017 (http://appyogi.com/apps/ezycal-calendar-2017), a menu bar calendar developed exclusively for macOS. It ships with a full calendar display with events, reminders, to-do list organizer, cal-sync and more.
EzyCal offers keyboard shortcuts and custom color themes users can select from any three window sizes of the calendar. It syncs with all available calendar events.
EzyCal requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
The iPhone turns 10 today
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s debut. At the 2007 Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, then-CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world to Apple’s smartphone as three products in one — “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.” In the 10 years since, Apple has sold over a billion iPhones.
“iPhone is an essential part of our customers' lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, added: “It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today's newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most...
Focalcrest unveils HomeKit smart home bridging solution
Focalcrest Technology released its HomeKit smart home bridging solution, Mixtile Hub, at the this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It’s a smart home bridging solution to support smart home devices from different brands to access Apple’s HomeKit platform.
The Mixtile Hub can link iOS devices with compatible smart home products, surveillance devices and probe sensors through ZigBee and Z-Wave. It has also obtained the Apple MFi license and can communicate with iOS devices via HomeKit protocol. This means it realizes product control and scene linkage through the Apple Home app and Siri.
In addition, the Mixtile Hub eliminates the complex procedure of building a communicating platform for smart home devices from scratch and lowers the entry barrier for ZigBee and Z-wave device manufacturers to join the HomeKit platform, accelerating communication among smart home devices, according to Martin Liu, CEO of Focalcrest.
The hub supports wireless communication protocols...
CES: Koogeek debuts family of HomeKit-compatible products
Koogeek (http://www.koogeek.com/) unveiled a range of new Apple HomeKit compatible products at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.
Koogeek is one of China’s earliest adopters of the platform. It’s HomeKit compatible products include an US$59.99 Smart Health Scale, $34.99 Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Plug, and $50.99- Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Socket. All products are available now.