Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition comes to...
Feral Interactive today announced that the open-world action adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition is out now on Mac and Linux via Steam, and will be released on the Mac App Store by early August.
The game is developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Here's how Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition: "The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance.
"Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the...
Apple's 'spaceship campus' to have a visitor...
Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus will have a visitor's center complete with a store and viewing platform, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/qd9uz8p).
The company’s 2013 approvals for the massive project included the ability for Apple to build a visitor’s center, but a detailed project description had not been submitted until April. The project will "give visitors of Apple Campus 2 the opportunity to see the Main Building from the rooftop observation deck," Apple wrote in a planning document.
The plans show a glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store “which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products.
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.2 with Windows 10 Compatibilit
Twocanoes Software has announced Boot Runner 2.2, an upgrade of the dual-boot startup manager for Mac. It adds Windows 10 compatibility.
Boot Runner puts you in control of startup of native and virtual operating systems running on Mac computers. Boot Runner 2.2 also offers a customizable system selection screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows running on the Mac is available to receive critical security updates. The update is free to all current Boot Runner 2 customers.
Boot Runner 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available at the Twocanoes online store (www.twocanoes.com). Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.2 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.
El Capitan updates issued for DEVONagent and DEVONsphere Express
Here's a list of the latest software updates for Mac OS X compatible apps.
DEVONtechnologies has updates all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express for compatibility with the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan.
All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.2 improve the compatibility to OS X El Capitan, DEVONagent Pro also to OS X Yosemite. In addition, DEVONagent Pro 3.9.2 uses the title of PDFs displayed in the build-in web browser and captures non-HTML documents to DEVONthink. New search windows always start with default settings to make search results more predictable.
The Twitter, Thumbnail Gallery, Audio, and Video scanners as well as the Marketing and New Software search sets have been updated. Scanners filter search results by looking for, say, Twitter accounts or image galleries, and return matching objects. Search sets query multiple search engines and web sites in one go.
Also, DEVONagent Pro and Express 3...
Apple releases third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan
Apple has made available the third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Paragon products get full Windows 10 support
Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com) has updated Paragon HFS+ for Windows and Paragon ExtFS for Windows for full Windows 10 compatibility.
Paragon HFS+ for Windows (US$19.95), Paragon ExtFS for Windows Free and Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional ($19.95) allow users to extend the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability, providing full read and write access to OS X and Linux file systems on Windows and transferring files at a rate higher than native file-system performance.
Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 provides full read and write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications.
VMWare Fusion 7 supports Windows 10
For Mac users who want to kick the tires on Windows 10, which is now available, VMware Fusion 7 (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) offers a Windows on Mac experience and allows Mac users to run a virtual Windows desktop on their system without rebooting.
Support for Windows 10 is not only available immediately in VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming release of VMware Fusion 8 this summer will be further optimized for Windows 10 and include over 50 new features. If Mac users decide to purchase VMware Fusion 7 (or Fusion 7 Pro), they'll receive a special 10% discount and be eligible for a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or Fusion 8 Pro) when it arrives later this summer.
SubRosaSoft announces FileSalvage 9.0
SubRosaSoft.com has launched FileSalvage 9. The latest version of the data recovery tool features a performance boost, a new user interface, and support for Mac OS X Yosemite.
FileSalvage 9 is a designed to recover accidentally deleted files or reformatted drives. The new version sports a complete update of the underlying architecture that makes the recovery process faster and easier.
FileSalvage 9 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 8 or below can upgrade to FileSalvage 9 for $29.95.
Winclone 5 adds support for Windows 10
Two canoes (http://twocanoes.com) has introduced an update to Winclone 5 with support for Windows 10.
Winclone 5 is a Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac. It's designed to help everyone who uses Boot Camp on the Mac to clone Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions. Version 5.1 introduces support for cloning and restoring Windows 10 Boot Camp partitions.
Winclone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Details on pricing and maintenance options can be found at the Twocanoes website.
Intel, Micron announce breakthrough memory technology
Intel (www.intel.com) and Micron Technology (www.micron.com) have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data.
Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, says the explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, which creates challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions.
Crooke says 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today...
LinkOptimizer 4.9.46 for InDesign adds new Photoshop Action...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.46, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The utility lets users reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by resizing images to their InDesign dimensions at the target resolution, as well as converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.46 gives users an option to run Photoshop actions prior to all other processing, which is especially helpful for applying smart filters before image is resized.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Macro 4 adds Email to Print and AirPrint support
Macro 4 (www.macro4.com) has introduced a new mobile printing capability that allows enterprise users to print securely from any mobile device — smartphone, tablet or laptop — to any printer within their organization.
The new mobile printing solution supports both Email to Print and Apple's AirPrint feature and is available as an add-on to Macro 4’s Columbus OM output management software, which is designed to increase the reliability, efficiency and security of business-critical printing.
"The print job sits on a central print server until it’s released," says Neil Evans, development manager at Macro 4. "The user just walks up to a convenient printer on the network, confirms their identify using a smart card, security code or other authentication method and the document prints off. And if their chosen printer has a fault they can move to a different one without worrying about their document printing off at the...
Chukong Technologies launches Cocos 3.7
Chukong Technologies has announced the merger of Cocos2d-JS into Cocos2d-x to form the Cocos 3.7 upgrade. With Cocos 3.7, developers have greater ease of use and less confusion over which product to use as well as the ability to customize their Coscos Framework, according to the folks at Chukong.
In addition, the Cocos SDKBOX is now fully launched and is a platform that provides an integration of third party SDK [software development kit] services with games developed with Cocos2d-x game engine. Cocos SDKBOX is an open platform that supports all major services for mobile game’s production and operation, in the areas of analytics, user acquisition, monetization, advertising, and more.
Cocos2d-x is now the largest open source mobile game engine with 490,000 registered mobile game developers and over 16,000 published titles, according to Kai Zhao, general manager of Chukong Technologies, USA. For more information on Cocos SDKBOX, go to sdkbox.cocos2d-x.org.
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.0
Stairways Software (http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/) has released Keyboard Maestro 7.0, an update to its productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. Version 7 refines the editor in a variety of ways, adding autocomplete, inserting actions by name, coloring and renaming actions, integrated access to the wiki help, macro triggering and modification history and more.
Keyboard Maestro 7.0 requires OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later. New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for US$36. Customers with five or more users should contact Stairways Software for a volume discount quote. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from the company after Jan. 1, 2015, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7.
Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro version 6 prior to 2015 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7 for $18 until Oct. 15 and for $25 after that date. Customers who purchased older versions of Keyboard Maestro can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7 for $25.
Apple releases fifth beta of OS X El Capitan
Apple has made available the fifth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Barcode Basics adds support for nine new barcode types
Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh), a barcode creator for Mac OS X (10.9 or later), has been revved to version 3.0. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$8.99 and adds support for nine new barcode types.
Most of the new codes are used in national postal systems. Barcode Basics focusses on professional level features, such as bar width reduction, vector output, truncation, and more. The app includes all the functions needed by graphic designers and art workers to produce industry standard barcodes that will work well on press.
ChronoSync Express updated for the Mac App Store
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.5. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.
ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs US$29.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.5 is a maintenance release that fixes several bugs and offers better compatibility with NAS devices.
The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and folders stored on remote Macs. It also enjoys the increased performance and security that ChronoAgent provides...
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta is available for download
Blackmagic Design has announced that the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
"The new DaVinci Resolve 12 is the software’s biggest update ever and includes powerful new features, making it both the world’s most powerful editing system as well as the world’s most advanced color grading system," says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "The DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta will allow customers to start testing and integrating it into their facilities, and will provide us with valuable feedback that will greatly assist us in finishing development so we can launch an extremely reliable and robust product."
With this public beta, the DaVinci Resolve product line has also been renamed to better reflect the models of DaVinci Resolve available. The free DaVinci Resolve Lite will now be renamed to just DaVinci Resolve. It's a complete professional...
Soft-touch Bluetooth Port.Folio keyboard released for the iPad
iwerkz (http://mywerkz.com/) has announced the Port.Folio water-resistant Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and iPad mini. It features a soft, faux suede keyboard surface and a magnetic sealed charging port that uses a snap adapter for charging the keyboard.
Designed to fit securely over an iPad or iPad mini when not in use, the back side of the folio folds into a 45 degree stand when typing. A sticky pad on the inside the folio secures the tablet into place and keeps it from slipping while typing and when on the go.
The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard fully charges in two hours through an included USB cable. It will hold a charge for over 40 hours of use, according to iwerkz.
The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. However, it launches on Amazon this week for $34.99 for the Port.Folio mini and $39.99 for the full sized Port.Folio.
Walter Murch to headline the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet
The CPUG Network says the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.
Walter Murch, a three time Oscar winning film editor, will be the featured presenter. SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world. Early bird tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).
The full agenda won't be announced until shortly before the event date. However the producers have stated that there will be user driven presentations by Blackmagic Design and Adobe and others. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle," where thousands of Euros worth of filmmaker-related prizes will be handed out to winners.
Best Buy to begin selling the Apple Watch on August 7
The Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy locations starting Aug. 7. It will be the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.
The Apple Watch will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.
He adds that customers will be able to see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more.
You can visit BestBuy.com in the coming days for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.
App Cleaner for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2
Nektony (http://nektony.com) has introduced App Cleaner 2.2, an update of the cleanup utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.
App Cleaner was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete application service files that occupy not only disk space, but may influence on overall performance. The app also can look for leftovers; service files left after usual deletion by moving files into the Trash. With the help of App Uninstaller you may also reset all application settings and launch it as a first time.
App Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is free. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Jumsoft releases two apps of spreadsheet templates
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced two new template apps, Set for Numbers and Set for Microsoft Excel. They're available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 each.
Each app provides 102 modern spreadsheet templates for Apple's Numbers and MS Excel for Mac. They cover everything from marketing budgets and business valuation to grocery shopping and wedding planning. The templates contain tables or checklists, and illustrate the given information with graphs and charts if applicable.Each package includes spreadsheet templates in 11 categories, such as Finance & Investment, Project Management, and Exercise & Health.
They require: Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Numbers 3.0 or later (for Set for Numbers); and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later (for Set for MS Excel).
Artboard for Mac OS X adds Photos support
Mapdiva has announced Artboard 1.9.8, an update of the Mac OS X vector drawing software. The new version adds support for Apple's new Photos app.
Artboard offers shared styles, expert stacked styles, and extensive clip art and a styles collection. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website (www.mapdiva.com), with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial.
Artboard 1.9.8 is available for US$29.99 through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category, and directly from the Mapdiva web store. It's a free update for existing users.
Merlin Project for Mac OS X now supports AppleScript
ProjectWizards (http://projectwizards.net/) has released Merlin Project 3.1, an upgrade of the project-management software for Mac OS X.
With support for AppleScript, version 3.1 has expanded its connections to popular and important third-party apps. Whether users import entire projects from Microsoft Project or just export individual tables from Microsoft Excel, Merlin Project lets users exchange data.
A demo is available for download. Merlin Project cost US$299 for a single-user license.
Worldwide smartphone market posts 11.6% year-over-year growth in...
According to the latest preliminary release from IDC (www.idc.com), vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14.
The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above average first quarter (1Q15), smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the previous quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 464.6 million units, down -0.4% from the 466.3 million units shipped 2Q14.
"The overall growth of the smartphone market was not only driven by the success of premium flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, and others, but more importantly by the abundance of affordable handsets that continue to drive shipments in many key markets," says Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team.
Although premium handsets sold...
Addonics announces OS independent rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1...
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.
When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can purportedly deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it's backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage.
The converter comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket.
The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s a model with a Write-Protect function for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to...
LEGO Jurassic World comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive says LEGO Jurassic World is now available for the Mac via Steam, the Mac App Store and other online stores.
Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, through a license with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, LEGO Jurassic World is a LEGO reimagining of the Jurassic films, spanning more than two decades of epic films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment including, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the global blockbuster, Jurassic World, now in theaters.
Here's how the game is described: "Reimagined with TT Games’ signature LEGO humor, the thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to experience for themselves the franchises’ most memorable moments and the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
"In LEGO Jurassic World, players can take on...
Juniper: Apple is the biggest smartwatch seller yet
Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) estimates that Apple sold between 2 and 2.5 million watches this quarter, bringing in approximately US$1 billion in revenue. That makes it the best-selling smartwatch in the market, with over six million sales expected by year-end.
"However, despite buyers being satisfied with the device, we continue to see that the product is running out of steam," says Juniper devices analyst James Moar. "We would also expect a decline in sales following launch, especially as the first half of the year draws to a close. This means we are unlikely to see more than seven million Apple Watches sold by the end of 2015, even with a boost to sales over the Christmas period."
Hyperbolic Software releases Tidy Up 4.1.2 for Mac OS X
Hyperbolic Software has announced Tidy Up 4.1.2, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
The utility allows you to reclaim disk space taken up by duplicate files and packages. Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content.
Version 4.1.2 introduces many new features to this already comprehensive tool. Among the improvements are: a Yosemite style user interface; a rewritten search engine; a new "view by duplicate" group; a new "auto-check" feature; new Smart Search methods; and more.
Tidy Up 4 can be purchased for US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Products may be purchased at Hyperbolic Software online (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com).
Default Folder X 4.7.3 for Mac OS X delivers compatibility...
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.7.3, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.3 brings compatibility fixes and supports OS X El Capitan if System Integrity Protection is turned off.
Default Folder X 4.7.3 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Apple issues firmware update for some MacBook Pros
Apple has issued MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nzovdaa) for mid-2015 models.
It addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases (according to Apple), may cause data corruption. MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update is a 1.9MB download.
Prosoft announces Data Rescue ONE
Prosoft Engineering has released Data Rescue ONE (http://tinyurl.com/nm3tbkl), a new product that combines software, hardware and services into one (as in ONE) product.
"Data Rescue ONE is the first complete recovery solution for everyone. When faced with a computer disaster, you now have just ONE product to buy, ONE device to plug in, ONE click to recover all your missing or deleted photos, videos, music and documents," says Prosoft CEO Greg Brewer. "Data Rescue ONE also includes support and data recovery services to ensure your data is recovered safely."
Data Rescue ONE's hardware is a 5400 RPM hard drive available in 500GB or 1TB versions. After you've used the hard drive to recovered your files, you can use it as a secondary hard drive. You can preorder the product now; it will ship in October. You can find pricing details here (http://tinyurl.com/ogdlkap).
Media 100 and Boris RED ready for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015
Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced that Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 and Boris RED 5.6 are Adobe Creative Cloud 2015-compatible.
Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X with broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards. It delivers broadcast-quality output for file-based workflows. You can export your Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects, including AE CC 2015, using the included XML Transfer plug-in.
Boris RED (www.borisfx.com/red) is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software. Every purchase of Media 100 also includes the Boris RED plug-in (an US$695 value) for Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac – with support for Premiere Pro CC 2015.
Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 with Boris Boris RED may be purchased from the Media 100 website (www.media100.com) for $99. A 60-day demo is available for download.
Researcher discloses OS X privilege escalation vulnerability
German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in Mac OS X that's yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system, according to ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/pa6n8h8).
He says the security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad and iPhone maker in the newest evolutions of the OS, Yosemite and El Capitan. The new features exploitable by the vulnerability are based upon the dynamic linker dyld and environment variable DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE, which enables error logging to an arbitrary file.
Esser says it's "unclear" whether Apple knows about the security flaw or not, as it has already been patched in the first beta versions of OS X El Capitan 10.11, but not in the current release of OS X 10.10.4 or in the current beta of OS X 10.10.5, which has been released to public beta testers.
copyThing 5 for Mac OS X synchronizes media and playlists from...
crispSofties has launched copyThing 5, an update to the Mac utility for transferring music and more from an iOS device to iTunes.
copyThing connects with iPhones, iPads and iPods and lets you identify media content on those devices that's missing from your iTunes library. Media and playlists can be synchronized with one click. Version 5 has been completely re-written from scratch with a speed boost and a new user interface.
copyThing requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. It costs US$29.95 (upgrades to version 5 from previous versions are $14.95) and is available for download from crispSofties online (www.crispsofties.com).
TextExpander 5.1 updates suggested snippets, notifications, more
Smile Software (www.smilesoftware.com) has introduced TextExpander 5.1, an update to the Mac typing shortcut tool.
The upgrade improves the suggested snippets it recommends by excluding most single words found in a dictionary. There's also a new preference to control whether you receive notifications of the suggestions.
TextExpander 5.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. Pricing ranges from US$44.95 for a single user license to $779.95 for a site license.
CS Odessa has announced the Food Court solution for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released the Food Court addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10.
The Food Court solution provides users with a tool to illustrate food diagramming projects. It contains seven libraries containing 201 objects for adding color and appeal to food related diagrams.
ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499. ConceptDraw Office is an integrated set of visualization products and document exchange technologies. It consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool.
Deliver Express can now automatically expire files on remote...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally with email notifications.
The app can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users automatically expire files by deleting them from final destination after specific number of days since their transfer date.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Apple reports third quarter financial results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter that ended June 27. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7% compared to 39.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch™.
"We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59%over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,”" says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in...
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course planned for September
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in September.
Remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work. All you need is a good Internet connection.
Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there's no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.
The FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 offers a series of 9 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 14 where necessary.
Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes: Planning a FileMaker Solution;...
Cusby announces 'building block' USB-C ports for the...
Gone are the days owners of the newest MacBook edition have to choose which device they want to connect to using the USB-C thanks to Cusby (www.cusby.com), which has introduced a line of modular and expandable solutions to break free port limitations.
The Cusby “building blocks” will be available for pre-order starting at US$25 on Indiegogo (https://goo.gl/qtWLwW) with delivery expected in October 2015. Cusby is modular, meaning you don’t have to commit to a set of ports. Instead, just plug in the appropriate Cusby that serves your current needs.
The more devices you need connected, the more building blocks you can add, while always keeping a USB-C port open. For every Cusby connected, a new USB-C port is created. At launch, Cusby will be offering the following three models:
° USB-C Power Port, which offers a USB-C port to connect a power adapter to charge the MacBook;
° USB-A Data Port, which will connect any standard device like a smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, and printer...
Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million watches
Apple became the world’s leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates.
With 4.2 million shipments, it easily overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smart watch vendors, despite the Apple Watch’s significantly higher pricing. Apple has done an excellent job designing its WatchKit SDK [software development kit], which it delivered "quickly and comprehensively," says the research group.
Native WatchKit extensions provide a capable developer platform without sacrificing battery life. But early sales were hindered due to two factors. Firstly, Apple missed the fourth quarter 2014 holiday season. Secondly, supply constraints stalled shipments for the first couple months after launch.
"The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide," says Chris Jones, vice president and principal analyst at Canalys. "But Apple and other vendors still face important challenges...
Add-in board beats PCs in the first quarter
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the first quarter of 2015.
JPR’s AIB Report (www.jonpeddie.com) tracks computer add-in graphics boards, which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They're sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.
The news was encouraging and seasonally understandable, quarter-to-quarter, the AIB market decreased -8.79% (compared to the desktop PC market, which decreased -14.77%), according to JPR. On a year-to-year basis, the research group found that total AIB shipments during the quarter fell...
Output Factory for InDesign can now add serial numbers to file...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 1.5.32, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users automatically print & export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users automatically add sequential serial numbers to the variable names of exported output files.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X improves UI responsiveness, more
einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the application for post-processing batches of color images to grayscale.
Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent set of output images. Version 3.0.1 improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides fullscreen and high-resolution drawing support.
Monochrome requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store (in the Photography category).
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi implemented drag and drop functionality for the 64-bit version of FileMaker 14 on OS X. They also updated the drag and drop example file and made a small improvement to the DataIn example file.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$99 per user..
Upgrading to version 8.0.3 is free for all users of version 8.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2; version 8.0.3 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.3. Upgrades from licenses bought before Nov. 1, 2014, are available from $59 per user.
TrendForce: Samsung topped global smartphone shipments
The latest analysis from the global market research firm TrendForce (www.trendforce.com) finds smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2015 grew 1.9% over the previous quarter to 304 million units. Samsung tops global shipments, while Apple is expected to maintain its high sales record with the next-generation iPhone in the second half of 2015, according to the research group.
Shipment growth in the second quarter slowed as vendors prepared to launch their flagship devices in this year's second half. However, shipments of branded Chinese smartphones benefited from the Chinese Labor Day sales and their entries into the overseas markets. TrendForce reports the second quarter shipments of Chinese branded smartphones had an above global average growth of 15.6% with 126M units shipped.
TrendForce has also made downward revision to smartphone shipment growth for the entire 2015 from 11.6% to 8.2%. According to Avril Wu, TrendForce's smartphone analyst, this revision is attributed to...
Movavi Mac Cleaner update improves system performance
Movavi has rolled out Mac Cleaner 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool that restores your Mac's performance, reclaiming storage space by regularly removing junk files without the risk of data loss.
Mac Cleaner scans the entire computer, recognizing files that are no longer needed, while leaving personal files alone. Version 1.3 includes RAM cleaning to prevent slowdowns, deletion of duplicate files, and a file shredder for permanent, unrestorable file deletion.
MacCleaner costs US$29.95 and is available at the Movavi website (www.movavi.com). A demo is available for download.
Squeezer for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.3
InSili.com has launched Squeezer 1.3, an update of its web resources minifier, compiler and compressor.
Version 1.3 is available for US$14.99 and is available at the Squeezer website (www.squeezerapp.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.