Apple unveils its AirPods wireless headphones
Apple has introduced AirPods, new wireless headphones that use advanced technology and interact with Siri.
They eliminate the hassles of wireless headphones, by just flipping open the lid of its charging case and, with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work with your iPhone and Apple Watch, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music.
Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access your favorite personal assistant with just a double tap. This revolutionary experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design, says Schiller. They’ll be available starting in late October.
To use, just open the charging case near your iPhone and with a simple tap, AirPods are immediately set up with all the devices signed into your iCloud...
Apple debuts the Apple Watch Series 2
Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of their smartwatch. It’s packed with fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.
The Apple Watch Series 2 also features a brighter display and a dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “
The Apple Watch Series 2 is rated water resistant 50 meters for swimming, surfing or just playing in the pool. For swimmers, Apple developed all-new algorithms after hundreds of hours of research for two new workout options, pool and open water. Apple Watch Series 2 can count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
With built-in GPS, the Apple Watch...
Apple and Nike team up for the Apple Watch Nike+
Apple and Nike have teamed up for the Apple Watch Nike+, designed as the “ultimate tool for anyone who runs.” It pairs xclusive Nike Sport Bands with the Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, a two-times-brighter display, water resistance 50 meters, a dual-core processor and watchOS 3.
Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with deep integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress, and guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes.
Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track pace, distance and route, so users can run without an iPhone. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, no matter the sun’s glare, and if users decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, for swimming.
The Nike Sport band is crafted from the...
Apple introduces the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Apple has introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which feature advanced camera systems, the best battery life ever in an iPhone, stereo speakers, a wide color system from camera to display, and two new finishes.
They’re also the first water and dust resistant iPhone. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, Sept. 16.
“The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The new smartphones boast entirely new camera systems. The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter...
Apple Watch Hermes announces new styles and colors
Apple and Hermès have introduced new Apple Watch Hermès styles and an expanded assortment of bands that incorporate Hermès' signature palette alongside a series of new colors.
The collection pairs Apple Watch Series 2 with handcrafted leather bands in distinctive styles from Hermès. It features exclusive watch face designs inspired by the Clipper, Cape Cod and Espace Hermès models. Apple Watch Hermès is the ultimate tool for modern living, a product of elegant, artful simplicity and functionality.
The expanded Apple Watch Hermès collection includes a new style — the Double Buckle Cuff in Swift and Epsom calfskin leathers, inspired by an archetypal Hermès sandal design by Pierre Hardy, creative director of Hermès shoes and jewelry. It frames your wrist in new colors including Rose Jaipur, Étoupe and Bleu Agate.
The new Single Tour Deployment Buckle band is a reimagined take on a classic form, pairing the elemental simplicity of Hermès Barenia calfskin leather with the modernity of an...
Super Mario Run running onto iOS devices this December
Nintendo says Mario will star in Super Mario Run, a full-sized Super Mario Bros. action platformer that has been developed specifically for mobile, and will be available first on the Apple App Store this December.
In the game, Mario runs forward on his own, but relies on the touch of a single finger to jump over obstacles, avoid pesky enemies and capture the flag pole to complete levels. Super Mario Run has a mode in which the player collects coins and heads for the goal, and a mode in which the player competes against the acrobatic moves of other people who have completed the same course. In addition, there is a mode in which you create your own Mushroom Kingdom based upon these play results.
iOS users will be able to download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free and will be able to enjoy all of the game content available in this release after paying a set purchase price. More details will be disclosed at a later date.
New QuarkXPress 2016 training book available
Quark announced today the availability of a new $28.77 book, “Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2016” (http://tinyurl.com/z3m9w8f) by Martin Turner, a new training resource available now through Amazon.
The author is a brand consultant at Brand Motor and a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner. He’s a long-time QuarkXPress user, having started with the software in 1996 after migrating to the Mac. In his new 356-page paperback book, Turner offers insight on desktop publishing and QuarkXPress for both new and seasoned users.
Working from the basics, “Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2016” covers mastering desktop publishing, digital publishing, deep features such as job jackets and automation, and lists and explains every panel, palette, menu and function of QuarkXPress 2016. The marginal notes are full of information, pro-tips and trade secrets.
ChronoSync 4.7 adds a direct connection to the cloud
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has releases a public preview of ChronoSync 4.7 featuring cloud support. This pdate includes direct cloud connections for Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and SFTP file servers.
Additional cloud services will be added in future releases. ChronoSync is a sync, backup, and bootable backup app for the Mac. With the addition of direct connections to cloud services ChronoSync is able to backup and synchronize files to virtually anything you can connect to your Mac. Econ Technologies invites Mac users to join the Public Preview of ChronoSync 4.7 as a free trial to experience ChronoSync and all of its new features.
In addition to cloud services support, ChronoSync 4.7 features SFTP server support, Disk Image and FileVault 2 mounting options, and over 50 new features and fixes. This is a free update so all of these new features come at no charge to existing ChronoSync users.
ChronoSync is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. A demo is...
AnyTrans 5 gets new interface and a speed boost
iMobie has announced AnyTrans 5, 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 has been redesigned with a minimalistic interface and Flash-Sync for faster data transfer.
Users can download AnyTrans 5 for both Mac and Windows from its official homepage (http://tinyurl.com/z9ffmvl). iMobie is currently offering a promotion through Sept. 12. A personal license is discounted at half-price ($19.99), while a family licenses $20 off ($39.99).
WD, Atomos collaborate to streamline 4K, HDR workflow processes
G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) and Atomos (www.atomos.com), a provider of smart 4K and HD video production tools, have announced a suite of storage solutions designed to streamline the content creation process.
The new solutions include the ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition, the Atomos Master Caddy 4K by G-Technology and the Atomos Master Caddy HD by G-Technology. Also announced is the new G-Technology ev Series Reader CFast 2.0 Edition, supporting fast CFast media cards for 4K video workflows for people using professional cameras. In addition, the G-Technology brand announced the new lightweight 2TB G-DRIVE ev RaW with up to 100% more capacity for creative professionals on the go.
All of these solutions will be showcased at IBC, September 9-13, in Amsterdam at the G-Technology booth in Hall 7, Stand 7.H39. The Atomos-compatible solutions and workflows from G-Technology will be shown in G-Technology’s booth as well as in the Atomos booth located in Hall 11, Stand...
ATTO Technology to intro Thunderbolt 3 to Fibre Channel...
ATTO Technology (www.atttotech.com)will introduce several new Thunderbolt 3 connectivity devices at IBC, Sept. 8-12 in Amsterdam. The company will reveal its Thunderbolt 3 to 32Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel ThunderLink device.
The demonstration will feature a workstation streaming 4K footage from a Facilis® Terrablock with Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 host bus adapters (HBAs) through a Brocade 32Gb Fibre Channel switch in addition to a Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Thunderbolt 3 mobile workstation connected to the Terrablock through the new ThunderLink 3322 32Gb Fibre Channel device.
ATTO says it will continue to support 16Gb Fibre Channel with the introduction of the ThunderLink 3162 Thunderbolt 3 to 16Gb Fibre Channel device. These new devices allow customers to take full advantage of the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 with speeds of up to 2750 MB/s. The new Fibre Channel ThunderLink devices offer:
° MultiPath Director for failover and load balancing, coupled with dual ports for redundancy and...
AKVIS presents the Italy Frame pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has presented the next addition to the popular Countries frame collection for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite — the $15 Italy Frame pack. The pack consists of 80 frame designs created by professional artists: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical.
It’s a complement to the Countries Series. To use the frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames Free (free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49). All AKVIS products run Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
EditShare updates Stream EFS platform
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has announced a new release of its EditShare EFS XStream Shared Storage platform. With this launch, the EFS storage platform enables users to mix and match high performance SSD, performance-optimized HDD, and cost-optimized HDD nodes in any combination.
Accompanying this are Storage Goal features and an expanded suite of file protection schemes designed to enable users to match the degree of fault tolerance with the value of the media assets on a workspace-by-workspace or project-by-project basis. Even the most sophisticated EFS configurations still remain easy to manage, easy to scale and ultra-reliable with one management interface, one set of user accounts and one IP network, combined with its proven automatic integration of new storage resources and XStream EFS High Availability options, according to the folks at EditShare.
An XStream EFS system can start as small as 96TB and scale up to 5 petabytes. XStream EFS is based on 16-drive storage nodes,...
Reezaa debuts PDF Merger Mac 1.0
Reezaa has debuted PDF Merger Mac 1.0, a free Mac OS X utility that allows users to merge multiple PDF files into a single file. You can select multiple PDF documents and, with the click of a single button, efficiently save them into a single document.
The final result retains the formatting, page size, and page orientation of the original files. The sequence of the source PDFs can be modified via the app's Up and Down buttons.
PDF Merger Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It’s available exclusively through the PDF Merger Mac website (http://www.pdfmergermac.com/).
‘Effective Tactics to Grow Loyal Users For Your App’ webinar...
Dot Com Infoway is organizing a webinar, "Effective Tactics to Grow Loyal Users For Your App (Organic and Paid User Acquisition)" (http://tinyurl.com/jx4gssc) on Sept. 21. It will focus on techniques and tactics designed to help app developers build and retain a loyal client base for their app.
The webinar will help app developers and app owners “develop a thoughtful customer acquisition strategy by throwing light on most effective means of user acquisition - both organic and paid,” according to the folks at Dot Com Infoway. The webinar will be presented by Raja Manoharan, the company’s head of Mobile Marketing.
Have a great Labor Day
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PDFPasswordRemover for OS X gets improved decryption speed
Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3.5.0 (http://tinyurl.com/jrj9d4g) for Mac. It’s an update of the PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.
PDFPasswordRemover supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). Version 3.5.0 offers improved decryption speed to batch remove owner passwords and more.
PDFPasswordRemover 3.5.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.
Clean Text is an iOS tool for web masters, graphic designers,...
Apimac has launched Clean Text (http://tinyurl.com/h3qfwjr) for iOS devices It’s a $3.99 tool for web masters, graphic designers, developers and magazine editors to reduce text cleanup and editing time.
It’s also a useful tool for any iPhone and iPad user who needs to cleanup and editing text from emails, documents, or other material. Clean Text performs functions such as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, converting tab characters, smart quotes, and more.
In addition to this, the “Clean“ and “Clean and Compact“ smart actions let you solve with a single tap, the most common cleaning problems of text from email messages, documents and web pages. Clean Text supports live research: while you type in the search field all occurrences within the text will be highlighted to give you a complete picture, then with the Select Next and Select Previous buttons you can gradually select instances to edit or change them.
Even the Find and Replace capabilities in Clean Text have...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3.5 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.5 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail 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. Version 9.3.5 offers improvements on the “Purge inactive memory procedure” and the “Clear User caches” procedure.
Cocktail 9.3.5 (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 $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.
Bowers & Wilkins announces new P7 Wireless headphones
Bowers & Wilkins has announced the $399.99 P7 Wireless headphones (http://tinyurl.com/z4jq4s8). Delivering professional quality sound on the move with the added convenience of simple wireless streaming, P7 Wireless set a new standard for on-the-go listening.
P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless. Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, bass is tighter, vocals are more defined, and there’s a “sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole frequency range,” according to the folks at Bowers & Wilkins.
Via aptX Bluetooth, the P7 Wireless can be paired with any of the most popular Bluetooth-enabled devices such as an phone, tablet or computer. Once paired, just switch it on and press play.
Playback is managed via intuitive on-board controls. The P7’s rechargeable battery purportedly provides 17 hours of wireless playback, and can be easily charged via USB. For times when a cable is required...
Lurssen Mastering Console adds Digital Delivery Mastering...
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced an update to the Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iOS that adds "Digital Delivery Mastering" - a feature that lets musicians and audio engineers prepare their mastered audio files for popular digital distribution services to comply with Apple's "Mastered for iTunes" specifications.
The update is complimentary for current owners of Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC, and is an included feature in the HD engine in-app purchase in the iOS release. Five new style presets for Hard Rock/Heavy Metal music are also included in this update.
Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC is available from the IK Multimedia web site and select retailers worldwide for $199.99. Users can download and test-drive Lurssen Mastering Console's full features at no cost for a period of 10 days. The update is free for current registered users.
Lurssen Mastering Console for iOS is a universal app and free download from the App Store that operates in...
Devontechnologies enhances all editions of DEVONthink, DEVONote
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its iOS counterpart DEVONthink To Go with synchronization improvements and bug fixes.
TDEVONthink 2.9.3 and DEVONthink To Go 2.0.2 bring a large number of sync-related improvements again. By using more aggressive chunking for static and small items synchronizing to sync stores, e.g. WebDAV or Dropbox, requires up to 30% less bandwidth, up to 50% less disk space, and up to 75% fewer files. This speeds up sync-related operations up to 3.7 times over the previous version.
What’s more, the updates improve the reliability of direct connections as well as sync performance and robustness in general. On iOS, DEVONthink To Go 2.0.2 better manages memory usage when synchronizing databases with many or very large documents. This makes it less likely that iOS kills the app during sync. It's also possible to use multiple Dropbox sync stores in DEVONthink To Go now.
On the Mac, all...
Disk Drill 3 is ready for macOS Sierra
CleverFiles (http://www.cleverfiles.com/) has announced Disk Drill 3, an update of its data recovery solution for the Mac. The app sports a set of file recovery tools that can undelete files from almost any device.
Version 3 offers iPhone and Android Recovery, macOS Sierra support, free features and more. It’s also powered by new, more efficient data retrieval methods.
Disk Drill 3 is available in free, “pro” ($89), and “enterprise” ($399) versions. Educational and non-profit discounts are available.
MAXON rolls out Cinema 4D Release 18
MAXON (www.maxon.net) has released Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It sports new tools tailored to the needs of creative professionals and designed to help users master the challenges of digital production for TV, film games, architecture, advertising and design.
New MoGraph features in R18 include the Voronoi Fracture object for procedural object fracturing and the ReEffector tool that works like a layer system for Effector setups. New interactive knife tools enable precision cutting across multiple surfaces while the new 3D object tracking capability allows seamless integration of 3D assets into video. There are additional shader and surface effects together with Substance Engine integration
MAXON Service Agreement customers whose MSA is active as of Sept.1, 2016, will be automatically upgraded. Cinema 4D R18 is available for Mac OS X and Windows; Linux nodes are also available for network...
Nyrius ships the ARIES Pro
Nyrius (www.nyrius.com) is shipping the $249.99 ARIES Pro, a wireless HDMI streaming product to stream high-quality content to TVs, laptops, gaming systems and desktop computers.
The ARIES Pro acts as an invisible HDMI cable that streams content to televisions in uncompressed 1080p 3D video. To use, you connect the receiver to a television or projector, and insert the included HDMI stick in a laptop. This installation process eliminates the need for Wi-Fi connections, while providing users with the freedom of an extended wireless range.
The ARIES Pro is capable of streaming content from up to 100 feet away through walls, floors and ceilings. It also streams with zero latency.
Sonnet announces Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt...
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com)has announced the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.
Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G SFP+ allows users to connect their computers to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard, which offers up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with many computers.
It’s equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+ transceivers (sold separately), and connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via LC fiber optic cables (sold separately) at long distances. Users may also select Twinax direct-attach copper cables for connections up to 10 meters (sold separately). The Twin 10G SFP+ includes two...
Nisus Writer Pro for OS X gets more intuitive interface, more
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X. Enhancements include a more intuitive interface, multilingual text support, more powerful find and replace, an easier-to-use style system, and more.
Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select "Check for Updates" from the "Nisus Writer Pro" menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Pro update pages (http://nisus.com/pro).
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.8.5 or above. It's available from the Nisus website (https://nisus.com/pro/). It costs $79; an upgrade from Pro 1.x is $49. A three-license Family Pack is available for $99. An academic version is also available.
App Tamer 2.2 is ready for macOS Sierra
St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has released an upgrade (2.2) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version delivers compatibility with the upcoming macOS Sierra and improves App Tamer's performance.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.
App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 2.x can upgrade to version 2.2 for free. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $7.95.
Galaxy Note7 Sync for Outlook comes to the Mac
CompanionLink Software (www.companionlink.com) has released CompanionLink for Outlook for the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone.
Featured is the DejaOffice for Outlook App available in the Google Play store. DejaOffice has Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes, with Category Colors, Recurring Tasks, and Android Widgets.
DejaOffice for Android is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store. For iPhone customers, DejaOffice for iOS is also available. CompanionLink for Outlook is $49.95 and one license can be used for either a Mac or PC.
LOGICnow launches MAX Risk Intelligence for the Mac
LOGICnow (https://www.logicnow.com), now a part of SolarWinds MSP and a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, has announced its MSP Dashboard for Mac will now execute MAX Risk Intelligence scans when installed as part of its MAX Remote Management (RM) platform. This release will allow Mac devices to perform the same automated risk assessments as the Windows platform.
MAX Risk Intelligence enables organizations to understand their total risk exposure by quantifying that risk in actual dollar terms delivering unique new security capabilities. With access to automated vulnerability scanning, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now prioritize threat mitigation strategies based directly on business costs.
Mac users are now able to run MAX Risk Intelligence as an automated task by activating the feature through the MSP dashboard for Mac devices’ global settings, allowing scans to execute as a background maintenance task.
“LOGICnow has made...
Station 1.0 provides a multilevel Dock for Mac OS X
True North Software has debuted Station 1.0, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.
With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is increased through logical groupings, which helps increase the number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size.
Related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Station can also launch all the items in a launch fold simultaneously. The utility implements scrollbars when a launch panel exceeds the width or height of the screen.
Station requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo version is available from the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/...
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible articulating grip
olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.
The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder.
You can connect your smartphone or favorite camera through the included universal clamp or 1/4-20 tripod mount. Or use the GoPro adapter to connect your GoPro. The integrated cold shoe mount also allows for lightweight accessories such as a light or microphone to be attached.
Owners of olloclip’s Studio case can connect to Pivot using Studio’s tripod mount in either portrait or landscape orientation. Pivot also enhances the experience of shooting with smartphones paired with...
Camera Guard is new safety software for Mac OS X
ProtectStar (http://www.protectstar.com) has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you.
When Camera Guard is installed, a single click secures the camera and microphone. This safety tool then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user then decides if they wish to allow access. All accesses and warnings are protocoled in a log file.
The personal settings of the Camera Guard are also protected by a PIN number. It’s equipped with special hacker protection in order to prevent the software itself from being manipulated.
Camera Guard Professional 2016 requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher. It normally costs $29.90, but is being offered for $19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available that offers protection of the webcam and safety information over...
Mafia II: Director’s Cut available again at the Mac App Store
Mafia II: Director’s Cut is available again on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/xx/app/mafia-ii-directors-cut/id481672738?ls=1&...) for $29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later. You must be 17 to buy the game.
In Mafia II: Director’s Cut, you live the life of Vito Scaletta, a small-time gangster with plenty of ambition and a talent for taking care of business. As Vito rises through the ranks of a powerful mob family, he discovers that life as a wise guy is as dangerous as it is glamorous. From the mean streets of Little Italy and Chinatown to the dizzying heights of its glittering skyline, find out if you have what it takes to be somebody in the city of Empire Bay.
Players navigate the twists and turns of an intricate plot played out in a spectacularly cinematic recreation of post-war USA. Mafia II: Director’s Cut includes three expansion packs featuring over 12 hours of bonus content, plus five razor-sharp Style Packs.
AKVIS Noise Buster for OS X adds advanced noise reducing...
AKVIS has rolled out AKVIS Noise Buster 10.0 (http://akvis.com/en/noise-buster/index.php), an upgrade of the Mac OS X compatible noise reduction. The latest version offers an advanced noise reducing algorithm, new tools and options, significant user interface enhancements, and other changes.
AKVIS Noise Buster is designed to reduce both luminance and color noise on digital images without spoiling other aspects of the photo. You can work with automatic settings, select any ready-to-use preset or adjust the parameters manually.
AKVIS Noise Buster 10 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $49 for a home license. Version 10.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers of AKVIS Noise Buster who bought or upgraded the license during the last 12 months. If your license isn’t valid for the latest version, you can get the new version for only $14.95.
PDFPasswordRemover for OS X upgraded to version 3.5.0
Cisdem has updated PDFPasswordRemover (https://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html), its PDF password remover for decrypting both owner password and open passwords on a Mac.
Version 3.5.0 can not only be used to remove a PDF owner password (used to limit printing, copying and editing PDF files), but also recover PDF user password (used to limit opening PDF files) using brute force decryption. The software allows you to remove limitations of PDF files that are protected by owner password in batch.
PDFPassworld Remover 3.5.0 costs $34.99. Discounts are offered for qualified students and educators of qualifying educational institutions. A demo is available for download.
Default Folder 5.0.6 ready for macOS Sierra
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. 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 5.0.6 is ready for the upcoming macOS Sierra and offers enhancements and bug fixes.
Default Folder X 5.0.6 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
SoftRAID revved to version 5.5.5
OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID version 5.5.5, featuring extra data protection for hardware failures, Japanese localization, and additional command line support. The upgrade features new technology designed to prevent data loss due to a Mac hardware bug, experienced by over 0.1% of Mac users.
This bug causes disks to be ejected while in use and reappear a few seconds later, which is particularly disruptive for RAID volumes, and results in directory damage or data loss. SoftRAID 5.5.5 circumvents data loss by saving all writes in a special queue. Critical information, which formerly would have been lost, is now saved for when the disk reappears and can once more be accessed.
With SoftRAID 5.5.5, command line help has been expanded into a fully featured main page containing highly detailed tips for using softraidtool—the command line version of SoftRAID—along with example usages. The upgrade can now detect problems occurring on the Thunderbolt port of a Mac, a bug in the hardware...
Apple debuts new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra
Apple has released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the seventh beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.
The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz). The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Sonoma Wire Works ships OS X compatible DrumCore 4
Sonoma Wire Works (www.sonomawireworks.com)— makers of RiffWorks recording software, the FourTrack iOS recording app, and the GuitarJack Stage StudioJack Mini iOS audio interfaces — has released DrumCore 4, an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.
An upgrade to the DrumCore 3 and KitCore 2 plug-in drum instruments, DrumCore 4 now works with most popular 64-bit recording software, and includes 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, multi-velocity sampled drum kits, groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. Royalty free recordings of celebrity drummers are provided as tempo-adjustable GrooveSets in a wide variety of styles.
Users can create their own grooves using the included drum kits, which are MIDI-mapped and customizable, so DrumCore can be used with external controllers. Pricing starts at $49 for the “lite” version.
Apple announces special event for Sept. 7
Press invitations have gone out for an Apple event to be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite reads “See you on the 7th.”
The iPhone 7 is almost certain to be announced at the event. An Apple Watch 2 is likely to debut. Also possible is a revamped MacBook Pro line-up. This is the fifth consecutive year Apple has held an early-September product event.
Mac Backup Guru update means faster backups
MacDaddy has released Mac Backup Guru 6.0, an update to their backup app that offers Mac users direct drive cloning, synchronization, and incremental snapshots of their data.
The utility provides the ability to backup everything from individual files, data, and directories, as well as entire drives full of data. Version 6.0 brings faster backups, user interface improvements, an updated copy engine, and an improved incremental backup process.
Mac Backup Guru 6.0 costs $29 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available directly from the product website. (http://macdaddy.io) A free trial download is also available.
Check Writer for Mac OS X revved to version III
Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac.
Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.
Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site (http://tinyurl.com/h5n63ot), where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English, French and Spanish.
New developer, public betas of iOS 10 released
Apple has released the eighth beta of iOS 10 to developers and the seven beta for public beta testers. The finished version of the operating system is due this fall.
Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
File Extractor is a new file extraction tool for the Mac
MacDaddy (http://macdaddy.io/) has introduced File Extractor 1.0, a file extraction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to find and extract files from any selected file, folder, or browser cache.
You can recover and save files that wouldn’t normally be accessible from the Finder. File Extractor finds files inside PDFs, disk images, and even complex file types such as Adobe Photoshop documents. The app can extract text, graphics, video, and other types of files with just a few clicks of the mouse.
File Extractor can also recover corrupted or deleted files that may have been thought to be lost forever from camera SD cards, hard drives, and other media types. Users simply create a .dmg image file of the storage media they wish to search, and then File Extractor can go to work.
Users of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers can also make use of the app’s ability to find and recover images, text, video, and other files from the browsers' cache. File Extractor includes presets to scan...
Apple releases iOS 9.3.5, an ‘important’ security update
Apple has posted iOS 9.3.5, an “important security update” that’s recommend for all users.
iOS 9.3.5 is available via the Software Update tool on iDevices. It can also be installed through iTunes on a connected Mac or PC.
New Assets Generator Plus for OS X lets you create icon asset...
Accesources Pty (http://www.accesources.com) has introduced Assets Generator Plus 1.0, an icon generation tool developed exclusively for the Mac. It allows developers to create icon asset catalogs for iOS, OS X or Android apps.
Simply drag and drop your icon into to Assets Generator Plus and click create asset catalog to get the job done in seconds. It provides automatic image naming.
Assets Generator Plus 1.0 is available for $1.99 at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.
AIC to launch all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node solutions
AIC (www.aicpc.com) will demonstrate its new all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node Solution at VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas beginning Aug. 28. The new line of all-flash array hardware is built with memory and solid-state disks (SSDs) from Micron along with SAS host bus adapters from ATTO.
IC's new solution takes advantage of solid-state disks. The Micron SSDs are fully optimized for VMware Virtual SAN. Organizations looking to maximize their workload performance can either integrate the solution into their existing VMware cluster or to build a new cluster using a minimum of three nodes.
The solution from AIC comes in two versions, both supporting 12 processor cores. The SDS-V110 is available with 64 GB and 128 GB RAM options, while the SDS-V224 comes in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB RAM options. End users get 10 hot-swap drive bays in the SDS-V110 and 24 bays in the SDS-V224. Raw storage ranges from 720 GB to 5.76 TB in the SDS-V100 and climbs to 2.64...
Apple Music Festival returns to London in September
Apple’s Apple Music Festival will return to London's legendary Roundhouse this September for a 10th anniversary celebration of live music, curated exclusively by Apple Music for fans around the world.
The full lineup was announced today by Julie Adenuga, the London voice of Beats 1, an Apple Music radio station that celebrates the best new music every day. She says Apple Music lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers during the Apple Music Festival with exclusive playlists, artist news and backstage interviews throughout September. The 10 spectacular nights of live performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones.
“Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of International Content. “This year’s...
Portrait Pro is new Mac compatible body photo editing software
Anthropics Technology has launched PortraitPro Body (www.portraitprobody.com), dedicated full body retouching software. The new software is designed to simplify and speed up body photo editing.
PortraitPro Body allows you to retouch upper body and full-length portrait photos,. Its technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty, which ensures fast automation and the most appropriate, fully adjustable results, according to the folks at Anthropics Technology.
PortraitPro Body retouching software is available in two editions - the $39.95 Standard (standalone) and $59.95 Studio (standalone and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom). It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.