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Nov 17
Free Hour of Code workshops offered Dec. 5-11 at every Apple...
Apple has opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from Dec. 5-11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. They teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science. “Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” says Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.” “Since we started Hour of Code in 2013, Apple has each year upped its participation and found ways to introduce more kids to computer science,” added Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code...
Nov 17
MAS App Delete optimized for macOS Sierra
Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has rolled out MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3, an update to his Mac deletion utility. Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.8 is optimized for macOS Sierra. It also sports a new icon and graphics, a new App Reset tool, a new Clear Logs tool, and more. App Delete Lite requires mac OS 10.7.3 or later. It costs $3.99 for purchase via the Mac App Store. It’s also possible for AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99 but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite). Users running OS 10.6.6 - 10.7.2 will still receive AppDelete Lite Version 3.2.10 from the App Store.
Nov 17
Scannerz for macOS revved to version 1.9.9.99A
Software and Computer System Company has announced Scannerz 1.9.9.99A (http://scsc-online.com) for macOS X. The tool is a package of utilities designed to help users identify hardware and performance problems with their Mac systems. The new version allows the applications in the package to meet the security requirements of macOS 10.12 (Sierra) while still maintaining backward compatibility with Mac OS X versions The update is free for all current users of fully featured versions of Scannerz. For new users it’s available in two versions: Scannerz with FSE, Performance Probe, and Phoenix for $49.95; and Scannerz with FSE-Lite, Performance Probe, and Phoenix for $39.95.
Nov 17
AKVIS Chameleon 9.0 adds new tools, support for Ultra HD, more
AKVIS has released an update of Chameleon, software for creating photo collages. The new version provides new tools and settings, a modernized interface with support for 4k and 5k screens, advanced montage algorithm, and more. Using AKVIS Chameleon, you can create personalized greeting cards, simulate a double exposure effect, design a timeless wedding album or a fairy-tale book with your kids as main characters. Also, you can improve your photos by replacing defective parts with new ones. The software runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Photoshop and other graphics editors. A Home license costs $54. One license key allows activating the software on two computers. Visit akvis.com for more details. The update is free for users who bought Chameleon in the last 12 months. Otherwise you can upgrade to version 9.0 for $14.95.
Nov 17
AirBeamTV launches wireless screen mirroring from Mac to Sony...
AirBeamTV (http://www.airbeam.tv) has introduced Mirror for Sony TV 1.0, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for macOS. It provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Sony Bravia Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. This works on any Sony Smart TV from the 2012 models onwards. It’s suitable for watching movies, giving presentations, watching photos, and more. Mirror for Sony TV 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Nov 16
NewBlue announces new version of its flagship titling tool
NewBlue (www.NewBlueFx.com) has announced the newest version of its flagship titling tool, Titler Pro 5. The tool accelerates titling by delivering a familiar workflow with a range of pre-built templates and animations/ Titler Pro 5 has over 100 customizable animated templates. A new, integrated multi-title management system allows users to edit text, color, and more – all at the same time, from a single location. With template sharing, users can make a single edit and watch it automatically update all the connected templates. Titler Pro 5 is compatible with professional video editing tools including Apple Final Cut Pro X,Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effect, Avid Media Composer, Black Magic DaVinci Resolve, Grass Valley Edius, HitFilm Pro, and Sony Vegas Pro. It’s available starting from $299. Existing Titler Pro users can upgrade with packages starting at $149.
Nov 16
Wacom announces Cintiq Pro line of pen displays
Wacom (www.wacom.com) has announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays, the Cintiq Pro 13 and Cintiq Pro 16. The line “wraps the most natural and precise pen performance to date into a sleek, thin and portable form factor to help designers, illustrators, photographers or anyone with a passion for art to unlock their creativity,” says Masahiko Yamada, president and CEO of Wacom. Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro Pen 2, which purportedly delivers four times greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen. The improved Pro Pen 2 creates an intuitive, free-flowing experience with virtually lag-free tracking on a glass surface that produces just the right amount of friction and is coated to reduce reflection, according to Yamada. Additionally, the new optical bonding process greatly reduces parallax, providing a pen-on-screen performance that emulates the natural feel and feedback of a traditional pen or brush, he adds. Both Cintiq...
Nov 16
Bits&Coffee releases PhotoMarks 3 for macOS, iOS devices
Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks 3 (http://www.photomarksapp.com/), an update of the photo watermarking app for Macs and PCs, alongside PhotoMarks for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The tool enables photographers, web designers, business people, and families, to protect their copyrighted images on any computer or iOS device they own. PhotoMarks 3 for the Mac can completely customize the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with graphical frames, all in the same session. It works by editing photos in batch mode and takes advantage of multi-core processors for speeding up the process. Settings can be saved as profiles to be easily reused later. PhotoMarks for iOS can apply multiple layers of text and logos on the image with just a few taps, The marks are completely customizable, and the resulting images can be saved, with no quality loss, to Camera Roll, or shared on Facebook, Instagram,...
Nov 16
Note-ify Apple releases Command-Tab Plus for the Mac
Note-Ify Apps has introduced Command-Tab Plus 1.0 (http://commandtab.noteifyapp.com) for macOS. It’s an alternative for Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher. With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. When using Command-Tab Plus, it displays only the icons of the apps running on the current display or space. This means it isolates the apps in one space, and the apps in other spaces. However, you can disable this function in the app's settings. By default, Command-tab Plus hides the icons of all inactive (hidden) apps. This function allows you to quickly switch between the apps you’re using at the moment. The Command-Tab Plus settings let you enable the hidden apps to be shown, so the inactive apps icons will be marked (semitransparent) and displayed at the end of the list. The Command-Tab Plus settings allow setting up a keyboard...
Nov 16
ChronoSync 4.7.1 for macOS features faster cloud connections
Econ Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/jyko5xm) has rolled out ChronoSync 4.7.1 with improved cloud performance. Its a sync, backup, and bootable backup app for the Mac. ChronoSync can backup and sync to anything you can connect to a Mac: external drives, thumb drives, NAS drives, remote Macs, PCs and cloud services. Version 4.7.1 includes several fixes, and specifically improves direct cloud connections for Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage. ChronoSync works with macOS 10.8 and higher. It costs $49.99; a demo is available for download. Version 4.7.1 is a free update for registered users.
Nov 15
iOS version of WPS Office Productivity Suite gets new features
WPS Office Software (http://www.wps.com), an office productivity suite for PC and mobile devices, today announced new features in the iOS version of its office productivity suite, offering iPhone/iPad users advanced file sharing, presenting and recording features. WPS Office for iOS is part of the WPS Office Suite – an office productivity suite with Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a PDF reader – available for Windows and Linux PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. The new features in WPS Office for iOS include: ° File Transfer, a feature that allows users to send files to and from their computer and iOS device. ° Wire Projection, which turns an iOS device into a presenter. Using a wired connection and VGA/HDMI adapter, users can project a presentation from their iOS device to a TV/projector/display, enabling them to view it on a full screen that can be easily shared with others. ° Wireless Projection, which helps those who don’t have a dongle for their iPhone or iPad...
Nov 15
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra. It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to disable Gatekeeper and fixes compatibility issues with System Integrity Protection and EtreCheck. It also addresses an issue in which Cocktail could unexpectedly quit when run on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Developer Beta 2. 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.
Nov 15
Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera ready for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar
The Pixelmator Team (www.pixelmator.com) has released Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera, an update to its image editing app for the Mac.  The upgrade brings full support for macOS Sierra and the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. It also includes tTabs for easier window management, a content-aware Smart Refine feature, Deep Images support, and more. Pixelmator 3.6 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $29.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Nov 15
Avenza Maps Pro now available to industry pros
Avenza Systems, producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, has announced that its mobile mapping app, Avenza Maps, will now have a Pro version available immediately. The utility is based on an annual subscription and is designed to meet the needs of professionals of businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. Features of the Pro subscription include commercial, government and other professional use rights (not available with other versions), allowing unlimited number of maps to be imported, Shapefile import and export, data collection and management, and enhanced support. The subscription also allows for enterprise-level management of the Avenza Maps app across mobile devices for organizations of any size using a new subscription management system. The Avenza Maps app is an all-inclusive mapping platform for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Consumers can download the app...
Nov 15
New photo book tells the story of design at Apple
Apple has announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. "Designed by Apple in California," which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation. The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs. “The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning, and it remains both our ideal and our goal as Apple looks to the future,” Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, says in a press release. “This archive is intended to be a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years. We hope it brings some understanding to how and why they exist, while serving as a resource for students of all design disciplines.” Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450...
Nov 14
Apple releases third developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2
Apple has released the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to public beta testers about a week after releasing the first public beta of 10.12.2 and one day after seeding the second beta to developers. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at .https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Nov 14
Station for macOS revved to version 1.2
True North Software has released Station 1.2, an update to their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. It’s designed to promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders. With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. When you drag items over a folder icon and hover for a short period of time in version 1.2, the folder will automatically open. This is similar to the Finder's spring-loaded folder feature. You can now "copy" an item to different launch folders and the original item will remain in place; hold down the Command-Option keys to initiate a copy. Also, a preference was added to allow you to open Station at login. Station requires macOS 10.11 oar higher. It costs $14.99 and is available on the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com) through FastSpring or through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True...
Nov 14
Feral Interactive launches Calico game-matching service
Feral Interactive has launched Calico, an online game-matching service for games purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store. It was developed for the half of Mac gamers who get their games through the Mac App Store, and who have until now often been unable to enjoy the multiplayer features of the games they buy, says David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive. Calico is a custom library built into Feral’s games that allows Mac gamers to play against one another online and enjoy the full multiplayer features of supported games. It currently supports standard multiplayer features, primarily game matching, friends lists and chats, achievements and leaderboards, with more functionality planned for future versions. Several of Feral’s recent releases such as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II , Company of Heroes 2, XCOM 2, Medieval II: Total War and GRID Autosport already include Calico and support online multiplayer for Mac App Store customers.  More information on Calico can be...
Nov 11
TunesKit Studio unveils DRM Removal solution for Audible books
TunesKit Studio has unveiled TunesKit Audible Converter (http://tinyurl.com/zvw4b7k), a DRM cracker for Mac and Windows systems. It can remove DRM from any Audible audio book by converting AA, AAX files to unprotected formats without account authorization. TunesKit DRM Audible Converter also allows users to choose lossless audio as output by retaining existing parameters like audio codec, channel, bit rate, sample rate, and more. It can strip DRM from audiobooks downloaded from Audible as well as converting existing DRM-locked formats from AA, AAX to common MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, AAC, OGG, AIFF, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4R, MKA, AU, etc. with original metadata, ID3 tags and chapters preserved. TunesKit Audible Converter is compatible with macOS 10.8 or later. It costs $29.95 for a limited time; a demo is available for download.
Nov 11
NewerTech announces NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter
NewerTech has introduced the NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, featuring two USB charging ports. It’s targeted to users who must manage multiple power adapters for their computer and mobile devices. The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter was designed with travelers in mind, providing power to charge a USB-C laptop and an additional USB mobile device simultaneously. With it, NewerTech has built a solution that conveniently consolidates USB-C and USB Type-A power adapters into a single charger at a time when computer ports are at a premium,” says Larry O’Connor, president, NewerTech. The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, priced at $59.99, is now available from MacSales.com and authorized NewerTech resellers.
Nov 11
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra. It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to disable Gatekeeper in macOS. 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.
Nov 10
Pyle unveils the iPhone compatible Portable Instant Photo Printer
Pyle USA has introduced its latest in mobile technology with the Pyle Portable Instant Photo Printer, a wireless digital picture printer for iPhone and Android devices that weighs just one pound and measures 6 x 3 inches. It features both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Using Pyle’s free proprietary PicKit app, users can print photos wirelessly. The Portable Instant Printer prints JPEG and PNG images at a photo size of 2.1 by 3.4 inches. With built-in D2T2 Technology, the images have excellent color reproduction and no unsightly white border lines, according to the folks at Pyle USA. To prevent unwanted fingerprints and hassles with cleaning and maintenance, the portable printer has a 10-piece cartridge that can purportedly be changed in under a minute. By downloading Pyle’s free PicKit app, smartphone and tablet users can edit and add custom borders to their prints via any iOS, PC or Android device. The app also allows users to adjust color, add filters and...
Nov 10
Parallels Mac Management 5.0 for Microsoft SCCM adds Apple DEP
Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 5.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM (www.microsoft.com/sccm) functionality, offering solution to manage and control both PC and Mac computers. It now supports the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) enabling businesses to set up and provision new Macs for their employees. Apple DEP allows IT managers to configure devices without touching them, while the setup experience is streamlined and simplified for end users, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. Parallels Mac Management 5.0 also features support for macOS Sierra and Microsoft SCCM 1610, and Windows Server 2016 with new Mac admin tools for IT managers,. The latter improves deployment processes and device management. Other new tools to help IT admins include new script commands, a Mac Client push installation and inventory collection. Parallels Mac Management 5.0 is available for $30...
Nov 10
Beholder game available at Steam for the Mac
Alawar and Warm Lamp Games have announced that their dystopia simulator Beholder is now available on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/475550) for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The game puts you in the shoes of Carl, a state-installed Landlord tasked by a totalitarian State to spy on his tenants. Here’s how the game is described: “As Carl, the landlord of an apartment house employed to serve the state, new tenants are moving in and out, and at first impression, your daily routine is simply to make the property attractive to its tenants. Little do they know that as a servant of the the state you have ulterior motives and will use any means available to observe, whether it's spying, eavesdropping or wiretapping as you build tenant profiles to report any illegal activities to the authorities.”   “Inspired heavily by George Orwell’s groundbreaking 1984 the philosophical narrative of Beholder, opens up questions around issues of social and moral values. If you are given power to...
Nov 10
Adobe to acquire TubeMogul
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TubeMogul (Nasdaq: TUBE) for approximately $540 million net of debt and cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Adobe will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of TubeMogul for $14 per share. TubeMogul is a leader in video advertising, with a single platform that enables brands and agencies to plan and buy video advertising across desktops, mobile, streaming devices and TVs. Adobe Marketing Cloud is an integrated solution for delivering digital experiences. Adobe’s acquisition of TubeMogul will create the first end-to-end independent advertising and data management solution that spans TV and digital formats, simplifying what has been a complex and fragmented process for the world’s biggest brands, according to Brad Rencher, executive vice president and general manager, digital marketing, Adobe.
Nov 10
ROME: Total War comes to the iPad
ROME: Total War is now available for the iPad. A game of epic real-time warfare, it offers players a mix of strategy and tactics to fight battles, while using diplomacy, subterfuge and assassination to pave the road to ultimate victory. Encompassing three centuries of conflict from the Punic Wars to the death of Augustus, the game captures the excitement and challenge of conquering and ruling the legendary Roman Empire. ROME: Total War is one of the first AAA desktop strategy games to come to iPad and has been heavily optimized for the device, with reworked visuals and a host of features designed specifically for mobile gaming, according to David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive. ROME: Total War for iPad will retail on the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hvmhcrt) for a one-time purchase of $9.99. There are no in-app purchases.
Nov 09
Apple releases second macOS Sierra 10.12.2 public beta
Apple has released the second beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to public beta testers about a week after releasing the first public beta of 10.12.2 and one day after seeding the second beta to developers. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at .https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Nov 09
MacStadium establishes European HQ in Dublin
MacStadium (MacStadium.com), the Mac hosting authority and only provider of Mac Pro private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service around the world, has established its first European data center and international headquarters in Dublin, creating 35 information technology jobs over the course of three years. MacStadium, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ranked #44 on the 2016 Inc. 5000. The creation of the company's international headquarters in Dublin will allow for further growth of its EMEA client base. The company is actively recruiting engineers and technical support staff to further growth of the only enterprise-class Mac hosting provider in Europe. "Ireland was our first choice for global expansion and Dublin is a great location for our international headquarters," said Greg McGraw, CEO of MacStadium. "Partnering with Keppel Data Centres in Dublin has allowed us to quickly ramp up operations to serve the European mobile software development community. Our planned expansion to APAC...
Nov 09
Output Factory for InDesign gets Creative Cloud 2017 support
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.60, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. Version 1.5.60 makes Output Factory compatible with the the recently released InDesign CC 2017 and improves the reliability of TIFF export on network volumes. Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.
Nov 08
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6 for macOS
Nisus Software has announced Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6, an upgrade of their word processor for the Mac. Version 2.1.6 contains a number of fixes that improve compatibility with macOS Sierra. This release also solves a problem where using the system's Markup feature on an image would incorrectly remove that image. Plus, version 2.1.6 restores LinkBack functionality for OmniGraffle (version 7.1 or later required). Nisus Writer requires macOS 10.8.5 or above. It’s available from the Nisus website (https://nisus.com/pro) and from the Mac App Store. Nisus Writer Pro costs US$79. An upgrade from Pro 1.x is $49. A three-license family pack is available for $99. An academic version is also available. This is a free update for users of any version of Nisus Writer Pro 2.x.
Nov 08
Logo Pop is new logo design app for macOS
128bit Technologies has introduced Logo Pop, a vector-based logo design app for the Mac. It allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs, and vector PDF and SVG formats. Logo Pop also includes a library of pre-designed logo templates and editable graphics to get you started. It sports 500  editable vector logo graphics to use royalty free and includes 150  pre-designed logo templates to quickly edit and make your own. Logo Pop requires macOS 10.7 or newer. It’s available at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of $19.99, a savings of 50% off the normal price of $39.99.
Nov 08
VidConvert 1.7 is optimized for macOS Sierra
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.7 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for macOS. It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.7 is optimized for macOS Sierra. VidConvert requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.
Nov 07
Apple posts second iOS 10.2 beta update for developers
Apple has seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Nov 07
Ohanaware launches Iconographer for macOS
Iconographer is Ohanaware's latest macOS application with the goal of helping app developers (macOS, iOS and Windows), graphic designer and tinkerers, create high quality and beautiful platform styled icons, from a product logo. It provides templates and styles for the following icons: ° macOS; App icons, folder icons, disk icons and document icons; ° iOS app icons; ° Windows; app icons, folder icons, disk icons & document icons; ° Web; favicon.ico, PNG variants and Apple Touch icons; ° Custom icons for in application graphics or without the use of a template. Iconographer can also be used to design and apply custom icons to folders and disks, either to create a unique user experience or simply to help differentiate folders on a desktop. The editor in Iconographer has been exclusively designed for the task of creating icons. The app is available from today for the launch special price of US$9.9. A free trial is available from the Ohanaware website (www.ohanaware.com). Iconographer...
Nov 04
Smile has released an update forTextExpander.com
Smile has released an update forTextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team and which works with TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta. This update features Public Groups, a way to discover and share snippet groups with the TextExpander community. Public Groups offer a way to discover ready-made snippet groups, sourced from a variety of authors, in one place. Anyone on the latest version of TextExpander can subscribe to these groups, or publish groups to share with the TextExpander community. TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. Sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization. TextExpander is $3.33 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan and $7.96 per month for a Team plan....
Nov 03
Fidelity Media has launched MegaSeg 6 for macOS Sierra
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS Sierra. Featuring a new interface, the update offers 30 new features and 50 overall improvements, including Retina Display graphics, a resizable current song player, smart volume sensing for automatic segues, an improved playlist browser, full track waveforms with draggable loop in/out points, second-accurate events, and video track info overlays with your logo. MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists...
Nov 03
EZQuest adds USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 compatible cables, adapters
EZQuest (www.ezq.com) has announced today the availability of new USB-C cables and adapters. They’re designed to enhance the latest release of MacBook Pros equipped with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports and include the following: ° USB-C to HDMI 4K Cable (US$39.99): The only cable available to the reseller and retailer markets; the six-foot, single-cable solution extends the new MacBook display screen to any HDMI-equipped 4K HD TV or large display. You can stream HDTV or HD display with digital sound. This product is available for shipping now. ° EZQuest USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable ($19.99): Enables charging and transferring data between USB-C-enable devices to older USB ports. ° EZQuest USB-C to USB-A 3.0 Female Adapter ($19.99): The USB-C to USB-A Female Adapter connects USB-C to older USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 devices. ° EZQuest USB-C to USB-A 3.0 Female Mini Adapter ($14.99): The USB-C to USB-A Female Mini Adapter connects older USB 2.0 or 3.0 devices to newer USB-C-enabled devices. ° EZQuest USB-C...
Nov 03
OWC introduces a Thunderbolt 3 dock with 13 ports
OWC has introduced the Thunderbolt 3 Dock (http://tinyurl.com/gv85tzg). Now available for pre-order, it offers 13 ports, up to 40Gbps of bandwidth, and the capability to power the new 2016 MacBook Pro. It will ship in February. For anyone concerned with the limited port options on new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs or PCs , the Thunderbolt 3 Dock is the ideal solution for connecting a wide variety of existing and future devices including external hard drives, webcams, audio interfaces, Ultra HD displays, wired networks, and more, says Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, OWC. It sports two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-C ports, five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and two USB Type-A ports for fast mobile device charging, a FireWire 800 port, a  Gigabit Ethernet port, a mini DisplayPort, and a SD Card reader. You can daisy chain and power up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is currently available for pre-order at MacSales.com and other authorized resellers. It’s priced at $279...
Nov 03
File Transfer App deliver now supports macOS Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver 2.5.8, a compatibility update to its automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations. Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers. The app solves the problem of notifying recipients of file delivery and offers automatic email notifications, multi-destination transfer, file encryption, history and other powerful capabilities. Version 2.5.8 makes Deliver compatible with macOS Sierra. Deliver can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from the 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 macOS 10.5-10.12 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).
Nov 02
Elgato rolls out Eve Motion motion sensor
Elgato (www.elgato.com) has rolled out the new Eve Motion, a wireless motion sensor with HomeKit technology. Ready to be placed anywhere inside or outside your home, it enables users to create individual HomeKit automations. By detecting the user’s presence or absence, it will enable or disable power outlets, HVAC systems, lights or any combination thereof. You don’t even need to open an app or speak a Siri command to set your Good Morning scene, light up the Christmas tree in the evening, or turn on the fan during a hot day. Eve Motion is the ninth member of the Elgato Eve family of HomeKit-enabled products, all of which communicate directly with iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, without requiring an additional bridge. It’s available for US$49.95.
Nov 02
Parallels Remote Application Server 15.5 launches
Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server version 15.5 (www.parallels.com/ras), providing organizations of all sizes a solution to deliver Windows desktops and applications to employees on any device. The latest version offers support for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to help streamline desktop and application delivery, support for Windows Server 2016, as well as an enhanced mobile experience within iOS and Android clients supporting native touch gestures. Additionally, Parallels launched its upgraded Partner Program to provide its partners an all-inclusive service featuring complementary technical and sales training, certification and, enablement materials to simplify product distribution and drive new customer business conversations. Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) offers additional cloud ready deployment options for on premise, hybrid and public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, giving IT administrators...
Nov 02
Muijo announces limited edition, laptop Wooden Case
It’s Muijo’s fifth anniversary and for the occasion, the company has designed and produced a limited run of 50 Wooden Cases – with 10 representing each year of Mujjo (www.muijo.com). The case is made by hand in Greece. Muijo used reclaimed American Walnut veneer, taken from the furniture industry. The company says that “it comes to life when the layers of veneer are pressed together to form its iconic silhouette, it then goes through several stages of sanding – all performed by hand – to ensure a smooth finish.” It's enclosed with a stainless steel door panel, hand-crafted by an experienced metal worker. A MacBook touches nothing but the signature vegetable tanned leather in black. The Muijo anniversary case is made to securely carry the a 13-inch MacBook Pro (2015 and 2016) and the 12-inch MacBook. It costs €289.17.
Nov 02
SCOSCHE unveils new MagMount Wall Charger
SCOSCHE Industries (www.scosche.com) has unveiled the latest addition to its MagicMount product line: the $29.99 MagicMount Wall Charger. It’s designed to keep consumers’ mobile devices juiced up, propped up and connected.   When combined with other MagicMount products, such as the MagicMount Pro Window/Dash or MagicMount Surface, the line provides users with a complete, cradle-free system for mounting their devices neatly and wirelessly while on the road or at home. The MagicMount Wall Charger employs SCOSCHE’s MagicMount technology to dock a mobile device to a wall outlet, eliminating tangled cords and cluttered countertops. The 12W (2.4A) Perfect Charge USB port automatically detects and charges phones and tablets at the correct rate to ensure the safest and fastest charge possible each time, according to the folks at SCOSCHE. The device is built with powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets, which are designed to not damage a smartphone or tablet even as they securely maintain a...
Nov 01
Moshi unveils protective accessories for new MacBook Pros
Moshi has announced its protective accessory collection for Apple's new MacBook Pro line. The company has updated its four bestselling MacBook accessories for the new devices: the ClearGuard keyboard protector; iGlaze snap-on case; Codex carrying case; and iVisor screen protector. The ClearGuard keyboard protector is a thin, transparent keyboard protector designed from engineering-grade thermoplastic urethane with high-precision molding for a tactile response while typing. The Codex designer carrying case is a TSA checkpoint-friendly carrying case featuring a soft, weather-resistant vegan leather exterior and a clamshell design that allows you to use your MacBook without removing it from the case. The iVisor screen protector is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering incredible clarity with 100 percent bubble-free installation. The iGlaze clear snap-on case is a slim, lightweight snap-on hardshell case featuring a scratch-resistant surface...
Nov 01
AKVIS adds Great Britain collection to its Countries Frame Series
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has expanded its Countries Frame Series with the brand new Great Britain collection. The pack contains 80 picture frames: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical templates, two variants for each design. To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49) and macOS 10.7 or higher. The Great Britain pack sells for $15.
Nov 01
Accountee is a new personal finance management app for the Mac
Inspiring-Life Technologies has released Accountee 1.0 (Accountee 1.0: http://inspiringlife.co/accountee.html), a personal finance management application for the Mac. It lets you keep a close eye on all your bank accounts, personal funds and transactions in one place. Accountee lets you register various kinds of transfers that you make as payments or transfers that you receive from others. You can add as many banks as you can. After adding  a bank, you’ll have to add an opening balance to get started. With Accountee, you can add a payee or payer names. You can add and save names of people that you frequently pay to or receive payments from. The app also allows you to deal with check management. Accountee requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Category of Finance and costs $9.99. (
Nov 01
ADATA releases range of USB-C adapters and hubs
ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched several products designed to make USB-C adoption easier. They make the reversible USB standard compatible with connectors such as USB-A and HDMI, as well as legacy plugs like VGA (D-sub). The USB-C OTG Reader combines USB-C, USB-A, and microSD/SDXC/SDHC support in one product. It offers a way to move content and interconnect devices. The USB-C Hub has USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI, with powered ports to charge devices. The HDMI port allows displaying content from devices such as notebooks and smartphones on TVs, and the inclusion of USB-A ensures wide compatibility with numerous products.
Oct 31
New developer betas of iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS available
Apple has released the first developer beta versions of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 Sierra, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1. They include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. The developer beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Oct 31
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.2 for the Mac
Apple has released iTunes 12.3.5 for the Mac.. It offers some bug fixes few bug fixes and minor improvements. iTunes 12.5.3 is at the Mac App Store and is also available via Apple’s website. The update is compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra.
Oct 31
Apple releases iOS 10.1.1
Apple has released iOS 10.1.1. This update fixes bugs including an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users. The update is just 64.2MB. iOS 10.1.1 can be downloaded as a free over-the-air update on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models compatible with iOS 10.
 

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