olloclip partners with OtterBox to expand mobile universe
olloclip has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens as a module compatible with the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System (http://tinyurl.com/j879mzg).
This variation of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus was built exclusively for and attaches over the top of the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. It features four optic quick-change lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce. Its pocket-sized, award-winning design works on both front and rear-facing camera and comes with two wearable pendants to keep the lenses instantly accessible, says Patrick O’Neill, founder of olloclip.
olloclip’s 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s feature fisheye and wide-angle lenses. You access the Macro lenses by unscrewing the fisheye and wide-angle lenses to photograph close-ups and detail beyond the naked eye. You can switch between lenses in seconds with no extra parts needed, according to O’Neill...
QuarkXPress 2016 offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing
Quark has released QuarkXPress 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zj38wvk) the new version of the graphic design and page layout software. Among many new features, QuarkXPress 2016 brings designers the ability to create HTML5 publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.
Called HTML5 Publications, the new feature frees users to create app-like Web experiences without needing to rely on or pay for digital publishing solutions. QuarkXPress 2016 is sold as a perpetual license, which means users can use the software as long as it remains compatible with supported operating systems. With HTML5 Publications designers can create their projects – such as ePapers, eMagazines, Webapps, and flipbooks – store them locally, and distribute when and how they choose using their own Webserver and domain.
QuarkXPress 2016 costs $849 for new users. There are discounted upgrades for owners of previous versions. A demo is also...
Parallels Access adds support for the iPad Pro
The latest version of Parallel Access adds a much-requested feature: support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Parallels Access provides a way to control your desktop applications from a tablet or smartphone.
The new version (3.1) of Parallels Access still has the three resolution choices for
your mobile device: Best for your Device, More Space, and Same as Computer. However, now those choices make use of the full resolution of the iPad Pro.
Parallels Access 3.1 also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Not enough? There’s also:
° Support for the Apple Pencil with iPad Pro and other common styluses with all iPad and iPhone devices;
° Support for cursor movement using the on-screen keyboard as a trackpad;
° Support for Split View in iOS 9.
Parallels Access also enables you to access your remote computer(s) from any com
puter or device with a current web browser (HTML5); simply log in to your Parallels account to select and access your computer without having to...
RailModellers Pro for OS X adds tunnel sections and layer...
Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has released RailModeller Pro 5.1, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.
RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize.
Version 5.1 adds native support for tunnel sections, including the automatic creation of tunnel portals between plain and tunnel tracks. This is designed to make it easy to distinguish visible track sections from tracks running underground. The update also adds Layer-Defaults that optionally provide default values for elements newly inserted into a layer.
RailModeller Pro 5.1 is available for $39.99 exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express, which is suitable...
New OS X, iOS, tvOS betas released
Apple has released new beta versions of OS X, iOS, and tvOS. They are, respectively, OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3., and tvOS 9.2.2.
All are available to registered developers via the Apple Developer Center. There’s no press info on what’s available in the upgrades.
iMyfone Umate released, helps reclaim iOS device storage space
iMyfone has released iMyfone Umate. It’s a tool that cleans up Apple mobile devices (iPhones and iPads) to improve and speed up their performance.
It’s easy to fill up your iPhone or iPad with apps, photos, etc. Slow performance and hanging games could result. iMyfone Umate is designed to help iOS users rectify the situation.
It allows you to remove redundant junk files like crashed/temp/user storage files. iMyfone Umate also lets you delete the camera roll, Photo Stream items, and the photo library cache.
Both Mac OS X and Windows versions of iMyfone Umate are available. A demo is available for download (https://www.imyfone.com/iphone-space-saver-mac/). Registration is $19.95.
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator revved to version 4.5
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator (http://stunnix.com/prod/cxxo/), a tool that allows developers to make C/C++ source code unreadable, has been revved to version 4.5. It works on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems.
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator supports any C/C++ compiler, has support for renaming of files and directories, and, as of version 4.5, correctly supports code that uses a C preprocessor. It also packs several tools for extracting API symbols that shouldn’t change the name. Pricing starts at $449 for a single developer edition, although a demo/evaluation version is available for free.
Tension Software updates Mac Restart to version 2.0
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Mac Restart to version 2.0. The app is used for “soft” and “hard” restarts.
A soft restart is issued at the Finder level and quits all running apps before restarting the Mac. A hard restart is issued at the system level and offers a low level of probability of having the restart interrupted by an app refusing to quit.
Mac Restart 2.0 can be used as a status menu only app that’s always available from the menu. It also uses the latest Apple XPC technology to provide admin right actions.
Mac Restart 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. it costs $12 and is available at the Tension Software website.
FXpansion introduces Geist2 beat production system
FXpansion has launched Geist2 (http://tinyurl.com/jsakrgb), an update of its $199 sound-sculpting and beat production system with streamlined sample manipulation, arrangement, and modulation capabilities for intuitive and accelerated workflow.
It’s available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), as 64-bit only AAX, 32- and 64-bit AU and VST — and as standalone versions. Geist2 is a step-sequencer and sample-based drum machine realized in software. It offers a way to build beats. Grooves and rhythms can be performed and programmed faster in version 2.
For slicing longer loops, the refined Slicer in the upgrade combined with up to 64 pads allows for fast, non-destructive chopping of beats with automatic pattern extraction. This makes it quicker to create custom loops. Existing Geist owners can upgrade to Geist2 for $99.
Apple previews new Union Square store in San Francisco
Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.
“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs."
Apple Union Square’s glass doors open the store to Post Street and Union Square. The building’s position connects San Francisco’s most famous square to a rejuvenated plaza to the north, creating a gathering place for the community. The art-filled plaza offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall “green wall” and...
MACSpoof 1.0 designed to help change MAC address to network...
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Mac MACSpoof, a Mac utility that allows the user to change the MAC address of the network interfaces of your Mac (Ethernet, Wi-Fi and so on) with any custom value.
The $4.99 utility displays a list of all the network interfaces of a Mac. By selecting one, the user is able to assign the value from one created at the moment or using a list of pre-defined values reusable over time.
The application uses XPC Apple technology for a safe escalation privilege to change the requested Mac address. It’s Apple Developer-signed and Gatekeeper enabled. Mac MACSpoof includes a PDF User guide; it requires OS X 10.10 or higher.
Adobe Launches Spark visual storytelling apps
Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.
The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:
° The Adobe Spark web app, a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos;
° Spark Post, an iOS mobile app that allows you to create social posts and graphics;
° Spark Page, an iOS mobile app that helps users create web stories;
° Spark Video, an iOS mobile app that enables users to create animated videos.
Adobe Spark is available for free at spark.adobe.com. An Adobe ID, Google...
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad, India
Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
The new facility,...
Mapdiva releases Artboard 2.0 on the Mac App Store
Mapdiva has announced Artboard 2.0 for the Mac. The drawing software allows you to create vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations.
Artboard features a style generator and built-in library of over 1900 editable vector styles and clip art. as well as templates. Version 2 sports a new tabbed interface, smart shapes, a more powerful styles editor, and more.
To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% ($29.99 instead of $49.99) directly from Mapdiva (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard) and on the Mac App Store. A demo is also available from the Mapdiva website.
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler
Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.
With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.
MailButler requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. You can test MailButler as long as you want with the free plan for one user and a limited amount of use per month. You can upgrade (or downgrade) your plan whenever you want. There’s a pro version (one user, unlimited use) for about $6.80 per month and a corporate version (10 users, unlimited use) for approximately $5.35 per month.
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac
U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).
The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.
Here’s how the game is described: “In Youtubers Life, you can effortfully become the world’s greatest youtuber in history by editing videos, expanding the amount of fans and turning yourself into a wealthy fellow. Create your character and start making your first broadcasts in the cozy room at your parents’ where you have grown up since you were little. Record gameplay sessions, buy new and classic consoles, keep an eye on daily tasks, and socialize yourself to increase your popularity while...
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool for OS X
Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.
UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.
UnDistracted requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs $12. It’s available for download from Note-Ify Apps online (http://tinyurl.com/zzezc5e). A demo is also available.
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.
It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator
Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.
The company will establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.
Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.
Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over one million people in the city work in the tech sector, and over 40%...
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks.
The Scrum Workflow solution is priced at $25. ConceptDraw Office retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15.
It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13, 14 or 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher and for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Licenses cost $59 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user packs can be found on the product website.
Version 6.5 needs a new registration. For users who bought a license on or after March 11, 2015, the upgrade is free....
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (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. The new adds OS X 10.11.5 compatibility and ability to clear iCloud caches. It also adds ability to disable animation when showing and hiding Launchpad or Mission Control and resolves a number of minor issues discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X 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.
Cisdem releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF password recovery...
Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3 (http://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html) for Mac. It’s a PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.
It supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). PDFPasswordRemover 3 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.
Patina Painting for Mac relaunched with new features as a paid...
Atek has announced Patina 1.1, an update to their painting/drawing app for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).
It’s designed for making simple drawings & sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks. Patina offers basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting & changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations. Version 1.1 offers a variety of enhancements, including the addition of retina display support.
Patina 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for $2.99. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.patinaapp.com).
goPanel for OS X gets added support for Ubuntu 16.04, Debian 7...
Global Web has announced goPanel 1.0.3 (http://gopanel.io/), an update to their remote Unix server management app for Mac OS X.
It provides an alternative to the cPanel software normally used to administer Unix-based web servers. Version 1.0.3 offers added support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 7 & 8, improved user authentication support, bug fixes, and more.
goPanel, which is available for a one time purchase fee of $19.99 (for a limited time), needs only be installed on one Mac computer. It then allows users to administer an unlimited amount of servers. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.
Broadcaster for YouTube for OS X revved to version 1.1
Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X.
The software offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to YouTube, from their Mac.Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, as well as video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.1 brings improved screen & app capture, the ability to use a secondary YouTube server, and more.
Broadcaster for YouTube requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.It costs $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo version can be downloaded from the Mac Broadcaster website (www.macbroadcaster.com).
Apple celebrates Chinese music with GarageBand update
Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for both OS X and iOS that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app.
The upgrades build on GarageBand’s extensive collection of sounds, this update adds traditional Chinese instruments — the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion — along with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops. GarageBand for iOS users also get two new Chinese templates for Live Loops, and new sharing options to popular Chinese social networks, so they can share their music creations with friends and followers across QQ and Youku.
“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” says Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it fun and easy to ...
SmartSound launches Sonicfire Pro 6
SmartSound Software (www.SmartSound.com) has debuted Sonicfire Pro 6. It integrates with the company’s Royalty-Free Music Library and brings new technologies to the selection, customization and integration of music tracks for video production.
According to Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, the software enables the “effortless” selection, customization and integration of music from the company’s music library–exporting tracks for video production that are precisely timed, mixed to mood, contoured to changes in visual content, and royalty free. Version 6 sports such features as: cut-video-to-music export; a next-generation sound engine; a streamlined user interface; and additional content.
Sonicfire Pro 6 works with Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $199.95 for a one-seat license.
Apple releases plethora of software updates
Apple has released a plethora of software updates for iTunes, OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
iTunes 12.4 for OS X sports a redesigned interface that’s designed to be simpler. It also hopefully resolves an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. iTunes 12.4 can be downloaded at the Mac App Store.
Mac OS X 10.11.5 offers bug fixes and security enhancements. It’s also available at the Mac App Store.
iOS 9.3.2 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes. You can download it at the Apple App Store or via the General/Software Updates component of the Settings app.
tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 are designed to deal with various bugs. The tvOS update can be found in the fourth-generation Apple TV's settings app. Apple Watch updates are installed through the iOS Watch app on a connected iPhone.
MixChecker is new mixing assistant plug-in for OS X
Audified has launched MixChecker, a mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors.
MixChecker is available to purchase for $149 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/zd6ektv). It’s available as a 32- and 64-bit AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows (7 and higher).
Tension Software unveils Copy Fast for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Copy Fast 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s an app that lets you instantly copy the content of files.
Copy Fast resides always in the right part of the menu bar as a status menu icon, ready to be used when other applications are active. After launch it stays always in background. Its. only presence will be in the status menu.
Copy Fast requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Tempo 2.1 for OS X gets improved performance, more
Houdah Software (https://www.houdah.com/) has released Tembo 2.1, an update to the file search utility for Mac OS X.
It’s a search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Tempo is designed to make finding documents, mail messages, bookmarks, images and more easier. Version 2.1 offers improved performance and responsiveness, and much more.
Tempo requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A single-user license is priced at $15. A family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Tembo licenses purchased on or after March 1, 2015, remain valid for Tembo 2. A demo is available for download.
iClipboard 6 for OS X gets interface makeover, more
Chronos Inc. has rolled out iClipboard 6, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X (10.11 and later). According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, new features include:
° A streamlined interface makeover;
° Support for long (instead of abbreviated) text clippings;
° An overhaul of plain text pasting so it's faster, easier, and not a global setting;
° On-the-fly text transformations instead of global setting;
° Clipping info shown directly in Shelf;
° An overhauled Shelf resizing to be less complicated;
° Improved performance.
Also, shortcuts are now shown in the menu bar. iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It provides four different ways to paste clippings from the history. Users can organize their clippings into projects. iClipboard features an interface that shows rich previews of each clipping.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website at...
Itemcycle is new website for selling used Apple devices
Eric Ditmer has launched the website Itemcycle (http://www.itemcycle.com), which is designed to makes it easy for people to sell their used Apple devices.
The site aggregates offers from other buyback companies (Gazelle, NextWorth, SellYourMac, etc.) and calculates a larger payout for the device. After accepting an offer, you're given a prepaid shipping label to mail in your device and get paid.
Apple invests $1 billion in China’s Didi Chuxing
Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple CEO Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market, according to “Reuters” (http://tinyurl.com/gm23k6u). He said in an interview that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi Chuxing to collaborate in the future.
"We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market," Cook told “Reuters.” "Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.”
Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, said in a statement that this was the single largest investment it has ever received. The company, which previously raised several billion dollars, dominates the ride-sharing market in China. The company said it completes more than 11 million rides a day, with more than 87% of the market for private car-hailing in China.
Stahl Labs releases new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X
Stahl Labs AB (http://stahltechnologies.com) has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice.
According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.
"Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily."
Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Default Folder X for OS X sees improvements, bug fixes
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. 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. With version 5.0.4 the toolbar can now be aligned with the top of file dialogs as well as the middle
You can now create and manage folder sets directly from Default Folder X's Folder Set menu. There's a new option to sort the menus for subfolders of recent folders by name instead of by date. Default Folder X now supports reduced transparency when it's turned on in System Preferences.
Compatibility issues with Magnet, HyperDock and similar system-level utilities have been resolved. And there are bug fixes.
Default Folder X 5.0.4 is a free upgrade for registered...
Booq releases Slimsuit 13 sleeve
Booq (www.booqbags.com) has released the $40 Slimsuit 13, a slim profile sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro.
At only 0.6 lbs, Slimsuit 13’s ultra-thin design makes for lightweight carrying with no extra bulk. The sleeve’s polyurethane exterior features a durable, all-welded design.
A zipperless magnetic closure allows carriers to quickly slide their laptop in or out of the sleeve. The exterior design protects laptops from everyday bumps and scratches, and the interior’s microfiber offers an added layer of protection, safeguarding MacBooks from scratches.
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for OS X
Tension Software has announced CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for Mac OS X.
The app lets you create and edit “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
CryptoEdit 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).
Spot Maps 1.3 for OS X scans your network for smart home devices
With the latest Spot Maps (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) Mac App by equinux, you can create interactive maps of your Smart Home. Version 1.3 scans your network for active Smart Home devices. The network map updates at the click of a button.
Spot Maps scans your network for active smart home devices such as Philips Hue Bridge, Apple’s HomeKit, Homeatic or Nest Cam as well as for computers (OS X, Windows und Linux), smartphones, and tablets (iOS, Android). The discovered devices can be positioned via drag-and-drop to create a map of your network plan. Spot Maps also comes with an extra set of device icons for Smart Home devices. It’s even possible to create a map for multistory buildings in a building or house for a clear overview of the entire network.
Spot Maps 1.3 is a free update for registered users.The cost is $33.99 for new users. Spot Mails is available at the equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) and in the Mac App Store.
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad
IK Multimedia has announced VocaLive 3 (http://tinyurl.com/gqa7zac), an update to its vocal effects and production suite for the iPhone and iPad.
VocaLive 3 features five vocal effects - Pitch Fix, Choir, Morph, De-esser, and Doubler, plus seven utility studio effects - Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter. Users can add up to four effects in the processor chain and use their iPhone or iPad to perform live or record with its integrated, expanded Recorder/DAW. VocaLive is designed for use with IK's extensive iRig line of digital and analog microphones, and audio interfaces, including: iRig Mic Studio, iRig Mic HD, iRig PRO and iRig Pro DUO.
New available features in VocaLive 3 include: IK's Mic Room microphone modeling technology, an integrated 4-track looper, and the ability to record up to eight audio tracks simultaneously, plus one additional effects slot in the iPhone version.
VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad are now available from the Apple...
SuperHot launches on the Mac App Store
SuperHot, the runaway first-person shooter, is now available on the Mac App Store.
Here’s how the game is described: “Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SuperHot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.”
SuperHot requires OS X 10.9 or later and is available for $22.99. You can save 10% during launch week on the Mac App Store. The game was developed by the SuperHot Team and published on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hvmgbdl) by MacPlay.
NetShade 7.0 for OS X adds IPv6 compatibility, more
Rayner Software has announced NetShade 7.0, an update to their Proxy and VPN utility app for Mac OS X.
The software offers Mac users the ability to change their computer's Internet address by routing through a dependable VPN or Proxy server. The app offers users a number of benefits, including anonymity, security, additional content access, and more. Version 7.0 brings IPv6 compatibility, a new user interface & backend helper tool, better VPN logging, and more.
NetShade requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It’s free and is available for download from the Rayner Software website (http://www.raynersw.com). Subscription rates are $19 per year for Proxy Service Only, and $49 per year for Proxy and VPN Service.
QuarkXPress 2016 will ship May 24
Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2016, the next new version of QuarkXPress, will ship on May 24. Starting on that day, the new version will officially be available to purchase and pre-orders will be fulfilled.
QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the performance and stability of version 2015 and adds new such new features as:
° The ability to create and export HTML5 publications. Now designers will be able to create HTML5 Publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet and mobile browsers.
° The ability to convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects. Users can import PDF, Illustrator and EPS files and convert them to native, editable objects.
° The ability to copy and paste objects from Illustrator, PowerPoint and other apps to QuarkXPress.
If you buy QuarkXPress 2015 now, you can get QuarkXPress 2016 free. Customers who purchase a new full license of QuarkXPress 2015 or upgrade from any previous version to...
Tension Software updates AutoMailer for OS X to version 2.4
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer for Mac OS X to version 2.4.
The app allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. You can prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Version 2.4 provides an improved mail send engine and enhanced asynchronous operations.
AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $20 and is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.
Suite for Pixelmatr now available at the Mac App Store
Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.
The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.
Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hmqucea) in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.
Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3
Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever.
AfterShot Pro 3 enables photographers to organize thousands, cull from hundreds, and perfect a single photo, according to Greg Wood, senior director of Photo Products at Corel. The software provides access to a variety of plug-ins and add-ons direct from the community. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99; existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Observer for OS X adds support for more sites
QotoQot (https://qotoqot.com/) has announced Qbserve 1.2, an update to its automatic private time tracker for Mac OS X.
The app “knows” productivity rates for thousands of sites and apps and has the ability to differentiate between chats in Skype, Slack, and Telegram, YouTube videos, and subreddits. All the tracked information is stored privately on the user's machine. Features include flexible tracking settings, dynamic dock & menu bar icons, detailed feedback charts, alerts for goals, and reminders.
Version 1.2 supports over 300 new sites and app bundles for automatic lookup. It also adds support for recognizing Slack teams and Telegram chats as separate activities.
Observe requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $30 (until June 30; after that the price rises to $40).
EarthDesk 7 adds earthquakes and other real-time data
Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has released EarthDesk 7, an update to its real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X.
The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time cloud coverage. A data subscription offers additional real-time information including earthquakes and named storms, allowing you to visualize hurricanes and other real-time events on your Mac.
EarthDesk 7 provides improved support for multiple screens and Retina displays. There are new positioning options including centering on a specific latitude/longitude or real-time data such as the location of the most recent earthquake. City labels now support multiple colors and different screens can show different sets of data. There’s a new city database with support for adding, editing and removing of cities. In version 7 presets are exportable to make it easier to move configurations between different Macs.
EarthDesk 7 requires Mac...