Deliver Express can now automatically expire files on remote...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally with email notifications.
The app can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users automatically expire files by deleting them from final destination after specific number of days since their transfer date.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Apple reports third quarter financial results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter that ended June 27. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7% compared to 39.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch™.
"We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59%over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,”" says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in...
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course planned for September
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in September.
Remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work. All you need is a good Internet connection.
Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there's no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.
The FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 offers a series of 9 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 14 where necessary.
Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes: Planning a FileMaker Solution;...
Cusby announces 'building block' USB-C ports for the...
Gone are the days owners of the newest MacBook edition have to choose which device they want to connect to using the USB-C thanks to Cusby (www.cusby.com), which has introduced a line of modular and expandable solutions to break free port limitations.
The Cusby “building blocks” will be available for pre-order starting at US$25 on Indiegogo (https://goo.gl/qtWLwW) with delivery expected in October 2015. Cusby is modular, meaning you don’t have to commit to a set of ports. Instead, just plug in the appropriate Cusby that serves your current needs.
The more devices you need connected, the more building blocks you can add, while always keeping a USB-C port open. For every Cusby connected, a new USB-C port is created. At launch, Cusby will be offering the following three models:
° USB-C Power Port, which offers a USB-C port to connect a power adapter to charge the MacBook;
° USB-A Data Port, which will connect any standard device like a smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, and printer...
Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million watches
Apple became the world’s leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates.
With 4.2 million shipments, it easily overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smart watch vendors, despite the Apple Watch’s significantly higher pricing. Apple has done an excellent job designing its WatchKit SDK [software development kit], which it delivered "quickly and comprehensively," says the research group.
Native WatchKit extensions provide a capable developer platform without sacrificing battery life. But early sales were hindered due to two factors. Firstly, Apple missed the fourth quarter 2014 holiday season. Secondly, supply constraints stalled shipments for the first couple months after launch.
"The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide," says Chris Jones, vice president and principal analyst at Canalys. "But Apple and other vendors still face important challenges...
Add-in board beats PCs in the first quarter
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the first quarter of 2015.
JPR’s AIB Report (www.jonpeddie.com) tracks computer add-in graphics boards, which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They're sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.
The news was encouraging and seasonally understandable, quarter-to-quarter, the AIB market decreased -8.79% (compared to the desktop PC market, which decreased -14.77%), according to JPR. On a year-to-year basis, the research group found that total AIB shipments during the quarter fell...
Output Factory for InDesign can now add serial numbers to file...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 1.5.32, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users automatically print & export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users automatically add sequential serial numbers to the variable names of exported output files.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X improves UI responsiveness, more
einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the application for post-processing batches of color images to grayscale.
Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent set of output images. Version 3.0.1 improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides fullscreen and high-resolution drawing support.
Monochrome requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store (in the Photography category).
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi implemented drag and drop functionality for the 64-bit version of FileMaker 14 on OS X. They also updated the drag and drop example file and made a small improvement to the DataIn example file.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$99 per user..
Upgrading to version 8.0.3 is free for all users of version 8.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2; version 8.0.3 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.3. Upgrades from licenses bought before Nov. 1, 2014, are available from $59 per user.
TrendForce: Samsung topped global smartphone shipments
The latest analysis from the global market research firm TrendForce (www.trendforce.com) finds smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2015 grew 1.9% over the previous quarter to 304 million units. Samsung tops global shipments, while Apple is expected to maintain its high sales record with the next-generation iPhone in the second half of 2015, according to the research group.
Shipment growth in the second quarter slowed as vendors prepared to launch their flagship devices in this year's second half. However, shipments of branded Chinese smartphones benefited from the Chinese Labor Day sales and their entries into the overseas markets. TrendForce reports the second quarter shipments of Chinese branded smartphones had an above global average growth of 15.6% with 126M units shipped.
TrendForce has also made downward revision to smartphone shipment growth for the entire 2015 from 11.6% to 8.2%. According to Avril Wu, TrendForce's smartphone analyst, this revision is attributed to...
Movavi Mac Cleaner update improves system performance
Movavi has rolled out Mac Cleaner 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool that restores your Mac's performance, reclaiming storage space by regularly removing junk files without the risk of data loss.
Mac Cleaner scans the entire computer, recognizing files that are no longer needed, while leaving personal files alone. Version 1.3 includes RAM cleaning to prevent slowdowns, deletion of duplicate files, and a file shredder for permanent, unrestorable file deletion.
MacCleaner costs US$29.95 and is available at the Movavi website (www.movavi.com). A demo is available for download.
Squeezer for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.3
InSili.com has launched Squeezer 1.3, an update of its web resources minifier, compiler and compressor.
Version 1.3 is available for US$14.99 and is available at the Squeezer website (www.squeezerapp.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in quarter one
Graphics processor units were below the 10-year average of -3.6% in the first quarter compared to the year-ago quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research (www.jonpeddie.com).
AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased -17.80% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased -12.01% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s decreased -13.5%, according to JPR. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 148%, which was up 2.95% from last quarter, and 30.57% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which is up 0.39%, the research group adds.
The overall PC market decreased -14.77% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -6.5% year-to-year. Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -8.79% from last quarter—less than the PC market.
Because GPUs go into every system before it is shipped, GPUs shipments are a leading indicator of the market. Most of the PC vendors are guiding cautiously for quarter two indicating GPU shipments may be down in Q2,...
Melesta Games updates Toy Defense for Mac OS X
Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has released Toy Defense 1.23, an update to its game for Mac OS X 10.8 or later.
Here's how the game and update are described: "Experience a totally explosive gameplay in this tower defense game in a WWI setting. Now users are able to play on several devises without losing their progress. A brand new tournament mode with new rules is sure to entertain all players. Special offers, improved performance and stable gameplay will make playing the game even more exciting.
"One more great and wanted feature has also been added. Now all users can transfer their entire game progress from one device to another. They can play on several devices and keep the current progress. As always, the game suggests amazing bonus offers and gives many opportunities for exciting battles with an improved performance and stable gameplay."
Toy Defense 1.23 is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
SIMsmart Prepaid re-launches its low cost Europe SIM card
SIMsmart Prepaid (http://www.simsmartprepaid.com), part of the Cellhire Group of Companies, has re-launched its Europe SIM card with what it says is the lowest rates, higher data allowances and all incoming calls from anywhere in the world now free instead of US$0.35 a minute.
The SIM is particularly good with the iPhone, compared to an Android, because it behaves so seamlessly/fluidly, thanks to iOS in the phone, says Greg Kraynak, CEO, Cellhire. With an Android there is a slight delay when callback is initiated; not with the iPhone.
The card is preloaded with $20 credit, accepts free incoming calls across Europe from anywhere in the world, has simple call-back connections, features three-in-one [Standard, Micro and Nano] and comes with a 14-day money back guarantee. In addition, delivery is free.
Audiffex introduces iTones2 music app for Macs
Audiffex has released inTone2, a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) with CoreAudio-compatible audio interface.
The inTone2 serves as a simple jamming tool as well as a sophisticated playback machine. It’s a live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio-quality effects plug-ins. It plays audio files and allows users to play virtual instruments while changing tracks, effects, or instrument configurations.
Every track in inTone2 features eight audio effect slots. Users can enlarge their effects collection by adding additional Audiffex plug-ins, including ampLion Pro (aimed at guitarists), GK Amplification 2 Pro (aimed at bassists), and more, as well as AU-, DirectX-, and VST-compatible third-party plug-ins.
inTone2 is available for US$49 at Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/nbqu63u).
Tembo for Mac OS X gets a refreshed user interface
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has announced Tembo 2.0, an upgrade to their file search helper for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It's a file search tool that builds upon the existing Spotlight index. Version 2.0 has been updated with a fresh user interface. It's also faster and adds new features.
To celebrate its release, single user and single family licenses are 53% off until July 31. A single-user license costs US$15, and a family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Upgrades are available through the Houdah store built into the demo version of Tembo 2.0.
Zevrix Deliver 2.4.21 improves file transfer over local network
Zevrix Solutions has delivered Deliver 2.4.21, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.
The software lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. Deliver will automatically notify recipients about delivered files which can be instantly downloaded from a link in the email. The new version improves transfer of non-compressed folders on local networks and addresses some performance and stability issues.
Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).
Logo Pop Lite for Mac OS X gets new logos, graphics
128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.2, an update to the logo design app for Mac OS X.
The software allows you to create a vector -based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.2 adds new pre-designed templates and royalty free graphics, and fixes bugs reported by customers.
Logo Pop Lite 1.2 is available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of US$2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Apple bag search lawsuit certified as class action
Apple Store employees who sued Apple over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o587qwr).
It's part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate thousands of store employees for the time taken to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise. Reuters notes that Apple had argued in court filings that the case wasn't suitable for class action status because not all store managers conducted bag searches, and any searches that did occur took a tiny amount of time which don't deserve compensation. Alsup ruled that those issues could be litigated at trial.
Feeder 3.0 gets a new Yosemite inspired look
Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has unveiled Feeder 3.0, an update to the RSS editor for creating news feeds, iTunes podcasts and appcasts on Mac OS X.
Version 3.0 sports a brand new look for OS X Yosemite, Markdown editing, autosave and a global search and replace for links. Feeder's library can now be shared with cloud services such as iCloud Drive and Dropbox.
Feeder 3 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, costs $49.99 for new customers, $24.99 for those upgrading from Feeder 2 and is available exclusively from Reinvented Software. A 15-day demo is available for download. Free upgrades are available for anyone who purchased Feeder 2 after the release of OS X Yosemite on Oct. 16, 2014, regardless of whether they purchased the app through the Mac App Store or directly from Reinvented Software.
Labelist 9 for Mac OS X adds new Photos browser, more
Chronos has launched Labelist 9, an upgrade to itslabel-making software for Mac OS X Yosemite. The new version adds two all-new media browsers for integrating with Apple’s iTunes and Photos applications.
These new features make it easier to add song titles, album cover art, and photos to labels of all kinds. Labelist comes with a) hundreds of templates; b) a collection of matching label, envelope, and letterhead sets; c) 100+ super-masks; and d) a collection of artwork. The software is compatible with over 2,500 label, DVD/CD label, and envelope stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, DYMO, APLI, Formtec and more.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Registration is US$39.99; a family pack is also available for $69.99.
IK Multimedia ships the iRig PowerBridge
IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig PowerBridge, a performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged.
It works with all of IK's digital audio and MIDI interfaces, microphones and controllers like the iRig HD, iRig PRO, iRig MIC Studio, iRig MIC HD, iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Pads, iRig MIDI 2 and more. Players simply plug their IK Multimedia digital accessory into the iRig PowerBridge via the included Mini-DIN cable, then plug the iRig PowerBridge into their device via the Lightning or 30-pin connector.
Once plugged into a power source, iRig PowerBridge provides a continuous supply of conditioned power for charging and non-stop operation plus a pristine digital audio signal path and MIDI control data. PowerBridge connects to a power outlet on one end, a Lightning or 30-pin for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch...
Paragon rolls out Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview. (http://tinyurl.com/pyuyvub). It provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on OS X.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple's OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.
To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by Apple delivers a new protection feature. System Integrity Protection prevents modifications to certain system files, folders and processes. This protects components on disk and at run-time, only allowing system binaries to be modified by the system installer and software updates. Code injection and runtime attachments to system binaries are no longer allowed.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is fully compatible with Apple’s new security policy.
Once the program is...
Intel's 10nm processors pushed back to 2017
During a conference call with journalists to talk about the company's latest quarterly financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the vendor will add a third 14-nanometer processor—dubbed "Kaby Lake"—to its roadmap, pushing back the timetable for its 10nm processor to the second half of 2017, reports eWeek (http://tinyurl.com/n9w892e).
"This is similar to what happened on the 14-nanometer," Krzanich said. "On all of these technologies, each one has its own recipe of complexity and difficulty. [The move from] 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer [is the] same thing that happened from 22-nanometer to 14-nanometer. The lithography is continuing to get more difficult as you try and scale and the number of multipattern steps you have to do is increasing."
Intel will try to get back to a two-year schedule, but company officials will have to continue to evaluate the situation as the process moves from 10nm to 7nm and lower, Krzanich said.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). Demos are available at the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com ). DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.
It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.
LightTable 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Apple introduces a new iPod touch
Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.
The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease, Joswiak adds. The iPod touch comes with a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 8 and a collection of built-in apps.
The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the 16GB model, $249 for the...
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure
To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.
It sports a recessed frame for a full tamper proof enclosure. Made of industrial strength aluminum, it is extremely lightweight yet durable and allows for full cable management, according to the folks at Maclock. It's designed to, among other things, help secure retail enclosure for Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system. Crucial for that environment is the blocked access to the On/Off and volume buttons and limited audio port access while still allowing for charging.
Designed to be installed on any flat surface, the Rokku iPad enclosure can be mounted to walls and counters. The rear frame has the standard VESA pattern that can be attached to Maclocks' full line of mounts. As with all tablet kiosks from Maclocks, the unit can be docked in either portrait or landscape mode.
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection solutions
Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.
The new and updated hybrid cloud solutions in Seagate’s portfolio include: Seagate Backup and Recovery Software, Seagate Cloud Backup and Recovery Services, Seagate Backup and Recovery Private Cloud, and Seagate Data Management Services. These solutions will be delivered by Seagate, its value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to customers from small and medium sized businesses up through large enterprises for private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.
Seagate’s Backup and Recovery Software and Cloud Backup and Recovery Services now deliver up to 400% performance improvement in the speed of backup, restore and replication than the previous Seagate EVault offering, making it possible for organizations of all sizes to protect large and growing datasets within their standard backup...
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires AdwareMedic
Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.
Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes.
Traditionally, Mac users have been viewed as safe from malware, even as new threats have been publicized. According to a June 2015 OPSWAT report, only half of Mac users have antivirus protection, and that protection doesn't typically detect adware.
Chad Bacher, vice president of Products for Malwarebytes, says that, in the last two years, there has been a proliferation of new adware—including Genieo, Conduit, and VSearch—that inject...
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X
Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.
Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.
Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0
Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.
The new version of Parallels Mac Management adds the capability for IT administrators to create lightweight OS X images that can be customized via Microsoft SCCM task sequence steps based on the end-user’s needs, or deploy a single "monolithic" OS X image to all users. Additionally, Parallels Mac Management enables IT admins to gather hardware and software inventory of all Mac machines on the network.
The update also enhances the plug-in that streamlines enrollment and control of Mac, simplifies rollouts of Mac software, provides features for planning hardware refresh cycles accurately, and empowers IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using advanced encryption techniques.
Parallels Mac Management 4.0 will be available on July 24 and starts at US$30...
Apple Pay launches today in the UK
Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.
Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world's eight...
Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.
Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.
Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.
If you join Apple Music and are a current iTunes Match subscriber, you might notice that some previously matched songs appear as Apple Music songs after you add Apple Music playlists. Apple says to update to the latest version of iTunes to correct the information automatically. After you update, you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. If needed, remove and download songs again.
If needed, follow these steps to remove and download again songs that were incorrectly saved as Apple Music songs:
° Open iTunes 12.2.1.
° In the upper-left corner of iTunes, click the Music icon.
° Click My Music.
° Control-click the songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music, then choose Remove Download.
° Control-click the same songs, then choose Make Available Offline...
Bix now available at the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.
Bix requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of Apple'...
Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug developers, told the publication that it's "currently working on integrating (ResearchKit) into clinical trials and planning to start in coming months." Purdue Pharma — a privately held, multibillion-dollar drug developer best known for OxyContin painkillers — told BuzzFeed News that it’s in the early stages of exploring whether Apple’s new tool for research data collection can be used as part of its own drug R&D efforts.
ResearchKit is a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices. The open source framework allows any medical researcher to take advantage of...
IDC: PC market continues to decline (but not the Mac)
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter — although Apple's Mac continues to do well.
The slow PC shipments were largely anticipated as a result of stronger year-ago shipments relating to end of support for windows XP as well as channels reducing inventory ahead of the release of Windows 10, according to IDC (www.idc.com). In addition, weaker or changing exchange rates for foreign currencies have effectively increased PC prices in many markets, thereby reducing purchasing power and also complicating investment planning, adds the research group.
"Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations," says Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting. "We continue to expect low to mid-...
Screenium 3 lets you record your screen at 60 fps
Synium Software (www.screeniumsoftware.com) has announced Screenium 3, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X.
The utility now lets you record at 60 fps, offering optimum performance for tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen content. Screenium's video editor in version 3.0 comes with a more comprehensive tool kit.
Screenium 3.0 is available for 50% (US$24.99) off until Aug. 31. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher.
Office 2016 for the Mac has been released
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages.
The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft.
If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you may be familiar with the new (for the Mac) ribbon interface and powerful panes. Office 2015 integrates Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. It also offers full Retina display support.
Office for Mac is cloud-connected. New, built-in document sharing tools lets you invite teammates to work on a document together. Office for Mac offers compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online.
Word’s new Design tab lets you apply designer-quality layouts, colors and fonts throughout your document. You can work on the same document simultaneously...
IBM Research Alliance produces industry’s first 7nm node test...
An alliance led by IBM Research (www.ibm.com) says it has made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips.
The industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors was accomplished in partnership with Global Foundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The development could result in the ability to place more than 20 billion tiny switches -- transistors -- on the fingernail-sized chips that power everything from smartphones to spacecraft.
To achieve the higher performance, lower power and scaling benefits promised by 7nm technology, researchers had to bypass conventional semiconductor manufacturing approaches. Among the novel processes and techniques pioneered by the IBM Research alliance were a number of industry-first innovations, most notably Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography...
SCSC releases Scannerz 22.214.171.124 with Phoenix for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released Scannerz 126.96.36.199 for Mac OS X.
The utility employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The upgrade includes the new Phoenix Version 2.0, as well as Performance Probe and FSE. It also improves the graphical user interface of Scannerz making it easier for users to navigate more complicated Apple RAID and Core Storage drive configurations.
Scannerz 188.8.131.52 is fully Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Snow Leopard (MacOS 10.6). The update is be free for all current users. For new users pricing starts at US$39.95 (there's a "lite" version for $21.95.)
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based mobile...
Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.
What's more, Apple smartphones are now used for 10.2% of all global online transactions, up from 8.6% at the turn of the year. Conversely, having once dominated the mobile payment scene with almost 50% market share in March 2013, iPad transactions now account for just 28.5% of all browser-based mobile transactions.
Browser-based payments on Android smartphones have been growing roughly in parallel with the iPhone since September 2014, according to Adyen. Mobile’s total share of online payments is up from 27.2% in the first quarter of 2015 to 28.7% in quarter two.
"The continued rise in popularity of the iPhone for making online purchases, coupled with the...
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions
Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.
Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.
With the new extensions, Mac users now have direct integration of Sticky Password with Safari and Chrome Web browsers. This allows them to save their passwords from these extensions directly to their password vault protected by military-grade AES-256 encryption algorithm. Firefox for Android – next to Dolphin and UCWeb that is already being supported – and Safari for iOS allow more advanced form-filling...
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS devices
Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.
All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.
The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options and More
Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.
There's a new Editing preference that allows for optional automatic switching between the Edit and Select Text tools. The popup notes on highlights and stamps now offer a Delete note button and the context menu offers Edit and Delete note options. The sidebar's annotation list offers icons for easy identification of annotation type, wrapped text for improved readability, and date, author, and location when available.
PDFpen users will notice a new Inspector tab for viewing document permissions. Editing document permissions is still PDFpenPro only.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone v.2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive.
PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers...
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad
NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.
The Kitchen Kit includes the NewerTech NuStand 360 iPad holder that rotates 360 degrees and pivots up and down and the NewerTech NuScribe Stylus, a digital and traditional writing tool that functions as both a capacitive stylus and twist-barrel ballpoint pen. The stand features a soft touch, scratch-resistant rubberized black aluminum finish and a weighted, anti-skid rubber base with removable silicone blocks to keep your iPad stationary.
The stand has a rear cutout for clean cable routing and works with all full-sized iPads (original to fourth generation). You can clip the tablet in for a full 360-degree range of motion and precise positioning.
To keep messy hands from touching the iPad screen, the Kitchen Kit...
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel
Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.
The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.
The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.
In June Apple added the NatGeo TV station from the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild channel. In May the Apple TV added CBS Sports and USA Now. In April the line-up expanded with NBC Sports Live Extra to the Apple TV line-up. In March, Apple added Young Hollywood, Tastemade, TED, and CNNGo channels.