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Jan 18
DEVONthink for macOS revved to version 2.9.17
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for macOS with usability enhancements and bug fixes. Version 2.9.17 makes the web interface of DEVONthink Pro Office compatible again to current web browsers and improves importing email via drag-and-drop. It also adds support for tables created on iOS, facilitates cross-linking documents, and lets users search for PDF annotations and text entered into PDF forms. All four updates are free and recommended for all users. All editions can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for attractive bundle prices in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Jan 18
DJ Mixer Professional now compatible with maOS High Sierra
DJMixerSoft (http://www.djmixersoft.com) has updated DJ Mixer Professional to version 3.6.9. It’s an update of the 4-deck DJ mixing software. Version 3.6.9 adds macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility. It also brings support for eight new high-end DJ controllers from Numark, Denon, Reloop, Hercules. DJ Mixer Professional costs $99.95. A demo is available for download.
Jan 17
Apple releases sixth developer betas of iOS 11.25, tvOS 11.25
Apple has released the sixth developer betas of iOS 11.25 and tvOS 11.25. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Jan 17
Apple announces new investments in the U.S. economy
Apple has announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where the tech giant has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the app economy that the company created with iPhone and the App Store. The Cupertino, California-based company is already responsible for creating and supporting over two million jobs across the U.S. and expects to generate even more jobs as a result of the initiatives being announced today. Combining new investments and Apple’s current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers — an estimated $55 billion for 2018 — Apple’s direct contribution to the US economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages and the sale of Apple products,...
Jan 17
Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0.1 now available
Troi Automatisering today announced the availability of the final version of Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 16. It’s a maintenance upgrade. Troi Serial Plug-in can be used whenever you need to send or receive ASCII data over a serial port. A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0.1 is available for downloading at https://www.troi.com/products/serialplugin/ . A cross platform developer license costs $999. Version 5.0.1 works with the 5.0 version of the registration. If you bought a license for a pre-5.0 version on or after June 2, 2016 the upgrade is free. Eligible users have been sent a new registration string in May 2017. Upgrades from a cross platform developer license bought before June 2, 2016 are available from US$ 499. You can order upgrades from the Troi website.
Jan 17
Secdo announces security support for the Mac
Secdo (www.secdo.com), which specializes in automated endpoint security and incident response technology, has announced support for macOS. The company says its approach “brings a number of long-awaited firsts among endpoint detection and response providers who lack feature parity for organizations faced with growing numbers of Mac users.” Combining thread-level visibility with a behavior based assisted learning engine, Secdo is a solution that automatically detects new threats and investigate every security alert from any source. It creates a “force multiplier” for security teams while dramatically improving the operational backlog for discovery and recovery of internal and external threats. With the addition of the Mac agent, the folks at Secdo say they bring the following innovations to the endpoint detection and response market, including: ° The first platform with complete feature parity across Windows, Linux and now Mac for threat hunting, detection, forensic investigations and...
Jan 17
Typinator 7.4 for macOS improves Quick Search feature
Ergonis Software has announced Typinator 7.4, a maintenance update to their text expander.  It’s not only a typing assistant that speeds repetitive typing tasks, but also a system-wide auto-correction tool that automatically fixes typing errors and misspelled words. Version 7.4 improves Typinator's Quick Search feature and offers more than 30 further usability and compatibility improvements. Typinator 7.4 requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 7.4 is free for Typinator 7 license owners and for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator 6 on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.
Jan 16
Western Digital debuts two new G-Speed Shuttle products
Western Digital has introduced two new ultra-transportable solutions in its high-powered G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle product family. They’re designed to meet the demands of professional content creators who need “lightning-fast transfer speed and a high-capacity storage solution that can easily be moved from the studio to wherever your project takes you, and back,” says Scott Vouri, vice president strategy and business development, G-Technology, Western Digital. The new 4-bay G-SPEED Shuttle solution integrates into a Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem. With it, a professional can transfer one hour of 4K footage at 30 frames per second (fps) in just minutes at up to 1,000 MB/second, according to Vouri. Designed to handle multi-stream workflows of 4K and beyond, both on location and in the studio, the G-SPEED Shuttle solution with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offers content creators up to 48TB and hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable design. It’s equipped with transfer rates up to...
Jan 16
Apple posts fifth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3
Apple has seeded the fifth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Jan 16
Twelve South launches the PencilSnap for the Apple Pencil
TwelveSouth (www.twelvesouth.com) has debuted the $29.99 PencilSnap, an Apple Pencil accessory with hidden magnets that keep the iPad Pro tool connected to your Apple Smart Cover. It can also be used as a standalone protective sleeve to keep Pencil free from nicks and scratches. It's designed to fit like a glove so you don't have to worry about the tool falling out. Cut from the same, soft genuine leather as the PencilSnap, TwelveSouth’s $79.99  SurfacePad is another new iPad Pro accessory. This luxury leather cover is a hands-free, multi-angle viewing stand and a typing wedge rolled into a thin shield for the iPad that doesn't hide or disguise iPad's sleek profile. It’s available for the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch versions.
Jan 16
AKVIS releases Pin-Up Pack for AKVIS Frames, AKVIS ArtSuite
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new set of frames — the $17 Pin-Up Pack, created exclusively for use in AKVIS Frames (free) and AKVIS ArtSuite $39). Pin-up style that was extremely popular in the USA in the 1940s and the 1950s is undergoing a revival nowadays. The term not only refers to the retro fashion, but also to art, graphic design, filming and photography (so-called Cheesecake photography style). You can use the Pin-Up Pack to decorate your photographs On the Mac platform, the AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 and higher. A demo os AKVIS ArtSuite is available for download.
Jan 16
Apple announces Speedometer 2.0 for web browser engineers
Apple's WebKit team has announced Speedometer 2.0. It’s an update of the benchmarking suite designed to allow browser engineers to test their browser engines. WebKit is a layout engine software component for rendering web pages in web browsers. It powers Apple's Safari web browser. In 2014, the WebKit team at Apple released Speedometer 1.0, a benchmark for web app responsiveness. It simulates user interactions in web applications, using TodoMVC to orchestrate adding, completing, and removing todo items. Speedometer repeats these actions using DOM APIs that were extensively used in real-world applications. The performance of these kinds of operations depends on the speed of the JavaScript engine, DOM application programming interfaces, layout, CSS style resolution and other parts of the browser engine. Browser engineers have been optimizing their engines using Speedometer as a proxy for real-world use of popular frameworks for a number of years. Originally, Speedometer included...
Jan 16
Keep It 1.2 adds icon view, custom note styles, ,ore
Reinvented Software has updated Keep It — their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS — to version 1.2. The upgrade adds icon view, improved Files app support, custom styles for notes, and improvements to search, tag filtering, imports, and more. Keep It is the successor to Together. Keep It for Mac 1.2 requires macOS 10.12 or later. A 15-day demo is available for download (http://reinventedsoftware.com/keepit/). Registration costs $49.99, and includes all Keep It version 1.x updates. Together 3 users can purchase a $24.99 upgrade, or get a free copy if Together 3 was purchased during its final 6six months on sale.
Jan 12
Apple releases tvOS 11.2.5 beta 5 to developers
Apple has released tvOS 11.2.5 beta 5 to developers. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Jan 12
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports IDML file...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.11, a feature update to company's file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders. Package Central can serve unlimited users on a network and offers email notifications, variable folder names, PDF export, and more. Version 1.11 lets users process IDML files that enable backwards compatibility with older InDesign versions. Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.
Jan 12
Jan. 12 news from CES
This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights: Tech21 has announced three new protective cases for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They include a limited edition Chinese New Year case designed in collaboration with cut paper artist Bovey Lee, a premium vegan leather case and the Evo Max, the brand’s “most protective case ever.” Xentris Wireless is showcasing its wireless chargers, which are are Qi certified and compatible with all Qi-enabled smartphones including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Orbit says its B-hyve line of smart irrigation products is adding support for Apple HomeKit. Compatible with all future B-hyve Wi-Fi Smart Sprinkler Timers as well as the new B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer, customers now have the ability to control these devices through the Apple Home app on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch or with...
Jan 11
Apple posts new developer, public betas of iOS 11.2.5
Apple has released a new developer beta of iOS 11.2.5, as well as a new public beta. Registered developers can download the iOS 11.2.5 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. Public beta testers can get the beta over-the-air.
Jan 11
Star Micronics displays Apple Certified AirPrint POS Printer
International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics (www.Star-EMEA.com) says its upcoming Star TSP654II AirPrint will be the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced.   AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, you can connect to and print from the required printer. Star’s TSP654II boasts 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or ultra white casing, the printer matches the Star CB2002 cash drawer options while easy paper loading and the splash proof cover option...
Jan 11
Jan. 11 news from CES
This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights: Matias (http://matias.ca/aluminum/mac-rgb/pr/) has released RGB-Backlit versions of its Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac and PC. With modern Apple-inspired styling, it’s available in Silver and Space Gray aluminum for Mac, and in Black Aluminum for PC. Satechi has debuted its new Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger. The charger features four charging ports, including USB-C and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, compatible with the newest generation of iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and MacBook, as well as, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8 and more. IOGEAR has announced the expansion of its industry-leading portfolio of mobile connectivity products with the launch of the GTD735 Quantum Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station Pro 85. Cognitive Systems Corp., creators of WiFi Motion, today announced it is licensing its...
Jan 10
App Tamer for macOS revved to version 2.3.4
St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.3.4 offers a new option to quit idle applications and improves its control of applications' CPU usage. App Tamer 2.3.4 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download; registration is $14.95. This update is free for users who purchased App Tamer 2.x or bought App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013. For those that purchased a license before that date, the upgrade is $7.95.
Jan 10
Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition) is ready for macOS 10.13.2
Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra. It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds compatibility with macOS 10.13.2. It also resolves a number of other minor issues discovered in the previous release. 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.
Jan 10
Jan. 11 news from CES
This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights: Incase (www.incase.com) has announced the upcoming, $199 IconConnected Power Sleeve for the MacBook. It’s a sleeve that sports both a USB-C port and USB-A port, so you can charge your Mac laptop or any other USB powered device. Satechi has debuted: the Smart Dual Charging Station, which showcases, stores, and charges the latest generation of iPhones and Apple Watches, as well as the Apple Pencil and Siri Remote; and the Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger, which features four charging ports, including USB-C and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has unveiled a range of new products, including: the LaCie DJI Copilot, a backup on-set solution enabling drone users to ingest and review their content in full resolution without a computer; the LaCie Rugged Secure, a drive...
Jan 09
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for FCP X and Motion
RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens (http://revisionfx.com/products/relens/), a plug-in set for 360 (equirectangular) and fisheye workflow, for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion. You can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers. With the proper lens and camera setup, RE:Lens eliminates stitching from your panorama projects.  RE:Lens includes spherical stabilization to address the problem of shaky or poor quality camera motion making the video hard to watch. This includes hand-held video or video captured while in movement, whether walking or attaching the camera to a motorcycle on a bumpy road. When working with 360 VR or fisheye footage, traditional in-camera or post-production stabilizers do not work well, or at all, on this type of footage. RE:Lens presents a solution that works directly in spherical space, with no need to break up the sequence in 6 cube faces or do...
Jan 09
Apple issues four new developer betas
Apple has issued the third developer betas of iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5, and macOS 10.13.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Jan 09
ConceptDraw release House of Quality solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park. These new paid ($25) addition provides support for quality and manufacturing managers with new visualization tools for business process re-engineering, quality control, and production process improvement. The solution from the Quality Management area extends ConceptDraw Pro by adding new quality management diagrams. These key additions to the Solution Park are designed to reduce the time it takes to produce meaningful results for individuals whose job responsibilities require them to track and manage quality in their organizations. ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199 per end user license. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.
Jan 09
ContactsMate 4.2.0 is ready for macOS High Sierra
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has given us ContactsMate 4.2.0 for Mac. It’s an update of the contact management software that will analyze, report, and fix issues with macOS Contacts. It will also and export the Mac Address Book to different formats for contacts back-up or syncing. Version 4 is compatible with macOS High Sierra. A demo of ContactsMate is available for download. Registration is $29.99. The app requires macOS 10.11 or higher. 
Jan 09
Jan. 10 news from CES
This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights: Linksys has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is expanding its Velop, whole home mesh Wi-Fi line to include a Dual-Band offering and new software advancements that enhance performance with Intelligent Mesh technology, security features with advanced parental controls, network traffic monitoring, and website blocking as well as ease of use with improvements in the Linksys app. The Linksys Velop Dual-Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (available in 1-pack, 2-pack and 3-pack) is planned to be available this spring. Prices will be announced when product is available at major retail and online stores. D-Link has announced several new networking and connected home solutions, including a new router in partnership with McAfee that automatically protects connected devices on a...
Jan 08
Apple releases macOS 11.13.2 Supplemental Update, iOS 11.2.2...
Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 with, among other things, security fixes for the recently reported Spectre vulnerability. macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. iOS 11.2.2 can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.
Jan 08
Jan. 8 news update for CES
This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas. Here are some of today’s highlights: Wemo, the smart home and IoT brand from Belkin International is shipping the Wemo Bridge enabled with Apple HomeKit compatibility for the more than two million Wemo solutions on the market. With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users can use Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch or use the Apple Home app to control any of these devices. Users can also include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than 100 other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go. The Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Care  Washer and Dryer (www.whirlpool.com) won’t require a transfer between the washer and dryer, allowing for one load to be completely washed and dried in the same machine. The ventless unit will fit in a variety of places including under kitchen counters, closets, laundry rooms and bathrooms for those with limited space. And it can be remotely...
Jan 05
iMobie AnyTrans now supports transferring, managing all Android...
iMobie has announced today AnyTrans 6.3.0 (https://tinyurl.com/y8597na9), an update to their mobile content manager for macOS and Windows. It offers bi-directional transfer across multiple devices. AnyTrans works with iOS and Android data. Version 6.3.0 offers the ability to transfer and manage almost all data from Android to Android or from an iOS device to an Android device. AnyTrans 6.3.0 costs $39.99 for a single-user license, and $59.99 for a family license. A demo is available for download.
Jan 05
CyberByte AntiVirus 2.1 released for the Mac
CyberByte has released CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1, an t update to their antivirus and internet security application for Macs. The security app provides protection against threats by scanning for and removing viruses, malware, and adware. The utility also scans any local network for all connected devices, allowing users to ensure that no unknown devices are connected to their network. CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s free and is available at the CyberByte website (https://cyberbyte.org). A premium version of the app that offers additional features is available for $24.
Jan 04
Apple’s App Store sees a record-breaking holiday season
Apple has announced that App Store customers around the world made apps and games a bigger part of their holiday season in 2017 than ever before, culminating in $300 million in purchases made on New Year’s Day 2018. During the week starting on Christmas Eve, a record number of customers made purchases or downloaded apps from the App Store, spending over $890 million in that seven-day period. “We are thrilled with the reaction to the new App Store and to see so many customers discovering and enjoying new apps and games,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release. “We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people’s lives. In 2017 alone, iOS developers earned $26.5 billion — more than a 30 percent increase over 2016.” Pokémon GO went back to the top of the App Store charts on Dec. 21 with the introduction of new augmented reality features, built on Apple’s ARKit framework....
Jan 04
Qoppa Software releases free PDF Studio Viewer for macOS High...
Qoppa Software has packaged its PDF technology in a free PDF reading application for the Mac: PDFStudio Viewer (https://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudioviewer/). Based on the same proprietary PDF technology found in Qoppa's advanced PDF tools, the new PDF viewer works on all platforms and comes with a set of PDF viewing features. Users can y navigate through any PDF and its interactive objects using the Navigation Toolbar and Side Panels that display thumbnails, annotations, bookmarks, digital signatures, file attachments, and layers. PDF Studio Viewer is free for personal and commercial use. It comes packaged as a single file installer for all platforms and supports five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. On the Mac platform, it requires macOS High Sierra.
Jan 03
Apple waving Developer Program fees for certain groups
Apple has started fee waivers for its Developer Program. Certain eligible groups can avoid paying the $99 per-year fee the tech giant normally requires. Apple says its Developer Program membership is now available at no cost for eligible organizations. Nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities based in the U.S. that will distribute only free apps on the App Store can request to have their annual membership fee waived. You can request to have the $99 annual membership fee waived if you’re a nonprofit organization, accredited educational institution, or government entity based in the United States that will distribute only free apps on the App Store. Apple will review your request and contact you to let you know whether your request is approved. To join the Apple Developer Program as an eligible organization, first submit your enrollment. Once you receive an enrollment ID, you can submit a fee waiver, which will also require your EIN/tax ID —...
Jan 03
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS
Apple has issued the third developer betas of iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5, and macOS 10.13.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Jan 03
B-Eng has announced Battery Health 4 iOS
B-Eng has announced Battery Health 4 iOS (https://tinyurl.com/y7mg6fhk), a $4.99, dedicated Mac app to read relevant battery data of an iOS device battery. It’s a menu item that displays relevant statistics from your iPhone or iPad battery. When it comes to battery statistics, there's one number that is almost impossible to reveal: the loading cycles of your battery. By just plugging your iPhone to you Mac you can see all relevant data of its battery after starting the app on your Mac.
Jan 03
Default Folder X 5.2 for macOS adds color toolbar icons, more
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.2 (https://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an update to their Mac utility. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.2 adds color toolbar icons, improves iCloud Drive support and fixes a number of issues. Default Folder X 5.2 is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95 and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95. Default Folder X 5.2 requires macOS 10.10 or higher.
Jan 03
Apple to announce its first fiscal quarter of 2018 results on...
Apple will announce the results of its first fiscal quarter of 2018 after markets close on Thursday, Feb. 1. A conference call for investors and the press will bet held at 2 p.m. Pacific. Here’s the guidance the company has provided for the quarter: revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion; gross margin between 38% and 38.5%; operating expenses between $7.65 billion and $7.75 billion; other income/(expense) of $600 million; and a tax rate of 25.5%. The quarter is expected to be the company’s biggest and most profitable quarter ever.
Jan 02
Apple buys Buddybuild
TechCrunch is reporting (https://tinyurl.com/y94vztsg) that Apple has scooped up Buddybuild, a company that “ties together continuous integration, continuous delivery and an iterative feedback solution into a single, seamless platform.” The company’s tech will fold into Apple’s Xcode suite of development tools for the companies various operating systems. The Buddybuild team will keep working from their Vancouver base.  Buddybuild will continue to support existing customers of its standalone product. New customer signups ended today.  
Jan 02
Apple to offer $29 replacement iPhone batteries regardless of...
Apple has instructed its retail store employees to offer the $29 replacement batteries to anyone who owns an iPhone 6 or newer, according to Seeking Alpha (https://tinyurl.com/y8al8sdf). The internal instructions follow reports of workers refusing the discount if a phone’s battery passed a diagnostic test.  Apple can still deny the discount if the phone has damage or third-party components that could interfere with the battery.  Those seeking a replacement through an AppleCare warranty claim will need to go through the diagnostic test to see if the phone has less than 80% of its original charge capacity.  Last week Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance and announced the battery replacement plan.
Jan 02
Duplicate Finder Mac revved to version 4.0
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated Duplicate Finder Mac to version 4.0. It’s a utility tool that can detect and delete duplicates from external and internal hard drives to free up the space. The new version adds support for finding similar images.IT alsods three view does to preview found files. Duplicate Finder Mac 4.0 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It normally costs $29.99, but is available for $19.99 for a limited time. A demo is available for download.
Jan 01
Happy New Year's Day
Happy NewYear greetings to all our readers and advertisers. May you have a blessed 2018. MacTech and MacNews won't be updated today, but we'll be back on our usual schedule tomorrow (Tuesday Jan. 2.)
Dec 29
Apple announces battery replacement program for iPhone 6 and...
Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The letter starts off this way: “We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. “There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.” “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.” The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which...
Dec 25
Happy holidays!
The staff of MacTech and MacNews are off today to celebrate the holidays with our families. We hope you have a blessed day as well. We’ll resume our normal publishing schedule tomorrow.
Dec 22
DWG Viewer 2.0 released for the Mac
Microspot (www.microspot.com) has announced DWG Viewer 2.0, an upgrade to their CAD viewing software for the Mac. The new version allows you to more easily open, annotate and share complex DWG and MacDraft files than before. Now macOS High Sierra compatible, version 2.0 also introduces new features including automatic opening, measure tool, annotation tools and more. DWG Viewer 2.0 requires macOS 10.10.5 or higher. It costs $49; upgrades from older versions are $29.
Dec 21
Mac DVD Burner upgraded to version 3.6.0.
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has upgraded Mac DVD Burner to version 3.6.0. It’s a multimedia tool that can burn videos to DVDs with menu, subtitle and background music. Version 3.6.0 adds more free menu templates and support of import local images as a background. As a Christmas special, Mac DVD Burner is being offered for $39.99 (40% off). A demo is available for download.
Dec 20
Apple posts new public betas of iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5
Apple has released the second public betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5. The public betas are available at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care.
Dec 20
24U announces 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4.1 for FileMaker Pro 16
24U Software (https://www.24usoftware.com) has introduced version 4.1 of 24U SimpleSound Plug-In. It enables FileMaker Pro to play back audio in the background, without blocking the user interface, and manipulate ID3 metadata in the MP3 audio files Version 4.1 adds: 64-bit compatibility with FileMaker Pro 14, 15, and 16;, a completely rewritten audio playback engine that takes advantage of the native audio formats supported by the host platform; and ID3 metadata support has been extended both to support wider range of ID3 tags, including lyrics and artworks, and to work on FileMaker Server as a server-side plug-in. A demo of 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4.1 is available. Licenses start at $49 per user, volume discounts are available for 5 or more users. Server licenses start at $499, discounted when buying for 2 or more servers. Optional Premium Support and Implementation service are available with the the purchase of 24U SimpleSound Plug-In 4.1. Existing customers can upgrade to the new...
Dec 20
The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.4.4
The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4.4, an update of the LibreOffice 5.x family for macOS, Windows, Linux and the cloud. The upgrade “over 80 bug and regression fixes.” LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and a SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation.
Dec 20
Yummy Software releases Yummy FTP Watcher 3 upgrade
Yummy Software (www.yummysoftware.com) has rolled out Yummy FTP Watcher 3.0, an upgrade to the automated file transfer app. The utility automates uploads, downloads and syncs between your Mac and any number of FTP/S + SFTP + WebDAV/S servers, watching chosen folders for changes and acting upon them. FTP Watcher offers menubar-app background mode, a unified watcher monitor with editor window, built-in local/remote folder browser, automatic reconnect and resume, and more. Version 3.0 offers a new Look status, new Look setup, new Watcher, and more. Yummy FTP Watcher 3.0 costs $29.99 and is available directly from Yummy Software only. Upgrades cost $15. Customers who purchased directly from Yummy Software since Sept. 1, 2017, can obtain a free upgrade.
 

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