Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile devices
Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com).
IT managers, constrained by fixed headcounts, are leveraging established solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory as well as mobile device management (MDM) solutions to address the challenge of securing mobile devices according to the September 2014 survey.
Along with core control and management, IT departments report more progress establishing and enforcing policies for mobile file management, configuration control, and secure cloud-based solutions. IT management seems to be increasing its control of mobile device issues. Compared to related surveys conducted for the last four years, the respondents report more progress in addressing the...
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,' more
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape.
The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar. PopChar 7 also adds a new font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given substring. It can export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file, and offers a new window layout with a permanently visible font list.
PopChar X 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (...
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on Nov. 28
Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story.
Here's how the game is described: "When Brainiac, an extraterrestrial android, threatens to shrink the Earth, Batman and the Justice League leap into action to thwart his evil plans. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, our Super Heroes venture to the distant Lantern Corps planets to locate the Lantern Rings and harness their enormous energy to save the world!
"With the combined powers of more than 150 DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains at their disposal, players crack puzzles, fend off bad guys and build impressive LEGO gadgets including laser cannons, spaceships and of course the Batmobile. As they travel between interstellar locations, players will discover the thrills of side-scrolling spaceship battles, mind...
Apple hits $700 billion market capitalization
Apple, already the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has hit a new record value of US$700 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/11SAqCE).
Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company rose 0.8% to $119.59 at 9:35 a.m. in New York, giving it a valuation of more than $701 billion, a milestone that no other U.S. company has ever reached. That puts Apple at 1.7 times the capitalization of the world’s second-biggest company, Exxon Mobile, notes "Bloomberg."
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim
MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple.
The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage.
The PowerDrive devices work with a 30-pin or Lightning cable. Simply download the PowerDrive app from the iTunes store and plug in the device to get started.
The PowerDrive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capabilities. The PowerDrive P1 model is available online, while the PowerDrive Slim will soon be available for preorder with models starting at US$79.
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.
In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and works with Adobe Illustrator CS3-CC...
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 24
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
FairyTalesBook presents a bookshelf app with 20 illustrated fairy tales with original storylines. It comes with two unlocked stories; more are available as in-app purchases.
Apptronics has announced Farm Animal Fun Games. It's a free game that "introduces players into life on the farm, and all the animals that come with it."
Game Cognition has released Island of Mu. It's a free mix of city building, creature collection and puzzle combat, set on a 3D animated island.
Norway Distributions has introduced Puzzle the Picture. The goal of the free game is to put together an image from a stack of tiles in the shortest amount of time. You can challenge your friends, play against random opponents, or play in single-player mode.
MetaCase releases embeddable version of MetaEdit+
MetaCase has released an embeddable version of its modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+. Now companies can add top class modeling support to their products for a fraction of the time and cost of previous approaches, according to the folks at MetaCase.
MetaEdit+ enables companies to improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models. First you design the modeling language with MetaEdit+ Workbench and then other developers model with the language in MetaEdit+ Modeler.
The resulting tooling runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Embedding MetaEdit+ into a product is made easy with example code in a range of languages and full plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse. The embedded user interface adapts to the company’s modeling language and branding, with a variety of user interface customizations and tool integration mechanisms possible The evaluation version for MetaEdit+ is available along with examples at www.metacase.com/store/oem.html.
Mac OS X-compatible HitFilm 3 Pro released for indie filmmakers
HitFilm 3 Pro, the latest video editing and visual effects software from FXHOME, is available to order from hitfilm.com for US$299.
HitFilm 3 Pro is a post-production revolution, combining editing tools, 3D compositing, 3D object rendering, a particle simulator and an expansive toolkit for advanced color correction and grading. Over 180 customizable visual effects are included plus 130 plug-ins for use in Sony Vegas, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
New features in version 3 include a redesigned editor and interface, 3D textures for particles, auto-tracking masks, OpenFX support, 3D fractal particle shapes, 3D camera projection and professional de-noising, along with over 20 new effects, background proxying for complex VFX and a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline.There's a redesigned editing timeline to give users access to tools for fine control. Filmmakers can craft projects in the fast, non-linear editor and can switch between multiple 3D compositing timelines as...
Apple announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (RED)
To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple and app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation.
For the next two weeks, a special section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition, Apple will donate a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Dec. 1.
"Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give," says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are...
Candy Apple for Mac OS X upgraded with video tutorials, more
28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.
Version 1.5's adds new video tutorials, grid view options, enhancements that make it quicker to design, and fixes a bug related to adjusting the dimensions of the canvas.
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time for I$14.99, 50% discount of US$29.99.
Acrosync announces an rsync client for Mac OS X that supports...
Acrosync has released Acrosync for Mac, a new rsync client with a graphical user interface (GUI) that also supports Dropbox-like automatic upload and Time Machine style incremental backups.
Acrosync for Mac is a folder synchronization tool based on the rsync protocol, so it can sync with any computer or device that has rsync installed, such as Mac and Linux computers, NAS boxes, and VPS or dedicated servers, or even rsync storage providers. Users may connect via SSH or Rsyncd and much more.
Acrosync's interface lets you set up multiple sync or backup profiles. After the first sync, on subsequent syncs only the new and modified files will be transferred, and, for each modified file, only the changed parts will be transferred, thanks to the clever rsync algorithm.
Like Dropbox, Acrosync for Mac also integrates a built-in file system monitor that can constantly watch local folders and automatically start transferring new or modified files once they're detected. Full backups can be...
Chronos updates Greeting Card Shop for Yosemite to version 2.0
Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop 2.0, an update of the app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X Yosemite.
Features in version 2.0 include: 3D headlines; the ability to create QR codes for advertising web addresses; adds support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; the ability to convert a shape or text into a image so special effects can be applied; doughnut smart shape; a tear drop smart shape; two bracket frames smart shapes; five shield smart shapes; Bezier shape Smart Inspector; the ability to close an open Bezier shape after it has been created; mirror a Bezier shape horizontally and/or vertically; and a Label Text feature that doesn't limit text to a bounding box.
There 60-plus templates demonstrate new design features in version 2. Greeting Card Shop costs US$39.99 for a single-user license and is available directly from Chronos (www.chronosnet.com). A...
DEVONthink and DEVONnote updated with iCloud Drive support
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
Version 2.8.2 of all editions of DEVONthink fully supports indexing files and folders stored in iCloud Drive. An additional script indexes all user-generated folders on iCloud Drive without manually adding folders or documents to the database. Users can install it with a single click from the built-in Support Assistant.
DEVONthink 2.8.2 now indexes and searches documents created with the application Scapple. New preference options store an author name that the app reuses in various places where the user adds or creates metadata. Users can set a default image zoom and default PDF display modes, too. A new hidden preference option allows to disable the Dock icon badge.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.2 come with revised editing preferences. All HUD panels now appear optimized for OS X Yosemite. The new version improves DEVONthink's...
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 20
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
B-interaktive has announced Full Ahead! It's an US$0.99 deep sea, casual adventure game with a comic steampunk design.
Phoenix Online Publishing has released The Last Door: Collector's Edition, a $3.99, retro-themed horror adventure with puzzles, scenes, and stories.
Microids has rolled out Garfield Kart Fast & Furious. The racing game is free, but does tout in-app purchases.
Distinctive Games has kicked out Rugby Nations 15. The $4.99 game takes your rookie player through the ranks of the sport from bottom tier clubs right through to international rugby stardom. Challenges include Autumn Internationals, 50 teams from around the world and top tournaments with Rugby Nations social integration for plugging into the world of rugby 24/7.
Virtual Space 000 has introduced Lecture racing. In the free app, the teacher asks a question about the slide on a projector, and students mark...
Satechi releases 10-port USB 3.0 hub
Satechi has released the US$59.99, 10-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub for Mac OS X and Windows systems.
The hub features seven SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect devices and transfer data to a computer as well as three additional charging ports to provide power to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The additional ports on the hub include one 5V 2.1A port and two 5V 1A ports for charging tablets and smartphones efficiently.
The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub boasts a slim, strip-shape design.
Additionally, the plug and play hub is equipped with a power supply to guarantee electric current stability and effective operation of connected devices without added software installation.
The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
Battle Fleet 2 launches on Steam for Mac OS X, Windows
Capital j Media says Battle Fleet 2 for Mac OS X and Windows is now available for purchase on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/p8cwrnr) with a 15% discount to celebrate the launch. You can buy it for US$8.49 for a limited time.
Here's how the game is described: "Battle Fleet 2 is a true naval combat sim set in the WW2 era. Players manually control the weapon loadout of their ships, selecting which guns to bring, setting what the angle and power of their shots are, and determining how the ships move and turn. Additionally carriers bring planes, bombing runs, and interception into battles taking place around island chains, which can help provide cover, blocking line of sight, or forcing enemies to run aground.
"All of this comes together in a fast paced battle in scenarios, campaign mode, or online against other players. Battle Fleet 2 expands the original concept of turn based naval combat where the player controls the angle and power of their guns and the movement of the ship to include a...
Landscape is new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X
ConjureBunny Software (http://conjurebunny.com/) has unveiled a new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X: Landscape. It's designed to help you build responsive websites that adapt to phone, tablet, and desktop displays.
Landscape sites have automatic Facebook integration, Lightbox support for graphics, and native support for all major graphics formats, including Photoshop files. The tool lets you build web pages by dragging and dropping any type of file (including Photoshop) in a freeform environment to assemble web pages. To add text, just type anywhere. A Desktop/Tablet/Phone switch lets the user change layouts for each page.
Landscape features integrated Google Font support, so if you're using any of over 600 Google Fonts, it will detect them and embed code in your page so the viewer's browser will display it properly. Landscape also automatically builds light boxes if you've designated any images as Lightbox images. What's more,, it features tight integration with...
ABBY FineReader Pro now supports OS X native automation tools
ABBYY has released FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software product for document scanning and conversion on Macs.
Newly added support for Mac Automator actions and AppleScript commands now gives customers the ability to create automated document conversion tasks or workflows. Mac users can link document processing steps together to create simple, self-running OCR workflows.
For example, a user could create a "watched folder" function which automatically processes documents, or whole batches of documents, as they are dropped into the folder. Watched folders can be also set to process documents only at scheduled times.
Users can additionally automate frequently used OCR tasks which launch with a simple "drag-and-drop" operation, or create a special task which applies text recognition to screenshots. Automated tasks, or workflows, based on ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac can be set up to run without the need to launch the FineReader interface....
AKVIS Sketch 16 ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch 16 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, etc.
AKVIS Sketch comes as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. With it you can create color drawings and black-and-white sketches from your photos, imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil. Version 16:
° Adds the Snapshot button to the progress bar for making a shot during the image processing;
° Adds the possibility to pin your favorite snapshots to save them in the Timeline when changing the parameters;
° Adds Pencil and Eraser post-processing tool;
° Adds the smart non-destructive Crop tool to the standalone version;
° Increases the quick preview area (now the default value is 500 px, the maximum value is 1,000 px; the size can be adjusted in the Preferences dialog);
° Improves the Text tab (you can not...
AppleXsoft File Recovery updated for Mac OS X Yosemite
AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (126.96.36.199) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been visually redesigned, sports a fully rebuild recovery engine and is revved for Yosemite.
File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others.
AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 188.8.131.52 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$49.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 19
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Touch Tech Kids has published Messy Mia and the Tale of Ancient Tech. It's an US$3.99 original storybook app about retro technology. Messy Mia tells the story of a young girl learning how her parents survived without modern technology such as laptops, tablets, broadband and mobile phones.
JSV Ventures has announced Alchemy 1000. The puzzle app starts off with the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. Users mix elements to create new objects: a beer, a star, an ATM, etc. The object of the game is to find all 1000. Alchemy 1000 is free, but does offer in-app purchases.
Liber Primus Games says its handheld fantasy adventure app, Narborion Saga is available as a free download. It's an epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play.
Bekon has released a free, self-titled app designed to eliminate a dangerous type of texting-and-driving. When you are headed to meet someone...
Tiffen Company releases upgrade to its Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter...
The Tiffen Company has released version 4 of its Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.
The upgrade delivers more video and still image effects to its package. Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry.
The Tiffen Dfx 4 upgrade also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a dramatic speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and Retina display support for Mac.
Tiffen Dfx 4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It's available at an introductory price of US$129.99. A demo is available for download.
BeLight Software releases Printworks for Mac OS X
BeLight Software has launched a new product called Printworks for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/pe2k9hj). It's a desktop publishing tool to help you design holiday cards, flyers, calendars, brochures, business cards, labels and envelopes.
Printworks comes with over 400 pre-designed templates and 1,000 clipart images. You can up that number to 40,000 with an in-app purchase. To use you simply choose and customize a template — or design a document from scratch.
Printworks costs US$49.95. It's available at the BeLight website or the Mac App Store. A demo is available at BeLight.
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.7, Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for 24 new cameras including the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Nikon D750, and Sony ILCE-5100. Specifically for Lightroom 5.7, new features include an importer tool for customers migrating from Aperture and iPhoto, as well as the ability to view comments and feedback from shared collections on Lightroom web.
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution that helps amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.
Lightroom 5.7 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5...
Red Giant Universe expands again
The Red Giant Universe (www.redgiant.com) is expanding once again with the release of Universe 1.3, the latest update to the visual effects environment for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve.
Now with 81 effects, version 1.3 features 13 new tools, seven of which are plug-ins from CrumplePop. The new update also adds support for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, along with several updates to existing effects.
Yoink for Mac OS X ready for Yosemite
Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink. to version 3.0.
Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.0 adds some new features, user interface enhancements to complement Mac OS X Yosemite, and a couple of smaller additions.
Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths
Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 for a limited time (it's normally $4.99). It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Protivasoft has launched Cool Invoice an iPad app for small business owners. The tool — free, but with in-app purchases offered — provides an user interface to store company, product and client data. Users can access these data from the invoice screen to populate the form and create final invoice with minimal typing.
The new, free mobile app NearZone utilizes Bluetooth in smartphones to send instant bursts of data outside of traditional networks, so there is no need for Wi-Fi or cell phone services. The app, created by Ace Innovation Group, keeps allows passengers seated apart from one other in touch.
AlarmClockLabs has announced SleepControl. The $0.99 app monitors the iPhone battery over night and features the "Emergency Battery Alarm." Created especially for optimal readability and great comfort at low light, SleepControl's Fast Sleep feature enables the user to set an alarm...
MacStadium announces Mac-centric hosting, cloud service offering
MacStadium — a provider of Mac hosting, cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — has launched its Enterprise Solutions Suite, a VMware powered, dedicated Mac server hosting and managed cloud service offering.
The new suite offers cloud hosting and support for large-scale virtualization while complementing MacStadium’s current Mac mini hosting and collocation service designed for single operating system environments, according to CEO Greg McGraw. The company's hosting services are designed to support the growing number of enterprises and businesses that need a world-class infrastructure and rely on Mac hardware and/or MacOS X operating systems as their computing and IT platform of choice.
It also has the ability to support traditional server environments. The foundation is built on Mac Pro servers dedicated exclusively to each customer and connected to a redundant network, power, cooling and secure infrastructure residing within MacStadium’s data center facilities....
FreeFileSync revved for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux
FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 6.11 of its open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 10.
FreeFileSync 6.11 features a new synchronization progress graph that rounds out a library of graphs and messages that deliver feedback on multiple visual and textual levels. The software also provides context menu (right-click) support that lets users immediately edit FreeFileSync configuration files and launch the program.
Other new features in version 6.11 include the ability to ignore time shifts when making comparisons between files, the ability to preview RAW CR2 image files from digital cameras, and enhanced comparison progress statistics and configuration dialog layouts.
FreeFileSync is available without cost. The software has been optimized for both CPU and File I/O performance, enabling it to scan a hard...
Apple announces availability of WatchKit for the Apple Watch
Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create experiences designed specifically for the upcoming Apple Watch. Developers can create WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by a look at the smartwatch.
"With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK [software developer kit], developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the house, accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which show users...
Yosemite update fails to fix some Wi-Fi problems
Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.10.1, which was intended to — among other things — improve Wi-Fi reliability, hasn't completely resolved the issue.
On Apple's Support Communities, there are still complaints of dropped connections and slow speeds on Macs that were updated to Mac OS X Yosemite. In fact, "ComputerWorld" (http://tinyurl.com/q2fsysm) notes one support thread that contains more than 1,100 posts. Here are a couple of the complaints:
"I upgraded my Macbook Pro Retina 15" (mid 2014 revision) to OS X Yosemite last night and am now having issues when using my home WiFi connection. Whilst it connects to either the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz network, it is basically unusable. Web pages take minutes to load (if they even load at all), dropbox doesn't sync because it can't get a connection and even trying to get to the router config page is extremely slow and hit/miss."
"The same has happened to me. Never had a problem with Maverick. Making it impossible to do anything more than about 2-3...
Quark Software launches Quark Author
Quark Software has released Quark Author (http://tinyurl.com/ncdzyqt), new Web-based software that allows business users and subject matter experts to create structured content within a word processor-like environment that keeps XML behind the scenes.
With Quark Author writers can create and organize content in components using standard content types such as sections, paragraphs, lists, tables, charts and figures. When created as structured components – or Smart Content – content can be dynamically assembled for output across mobile, digital and print channels. Smart Content is Quark’s name for the next generation of automated, XML-driven publishing.
Quark Author is tightly integrated with Quark Publishing Platform, which is the component content management system from Quark for authored content.
Synology unveils DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+
Synology (www.synology.com) has introduced DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+, 5-bay and 8-bay NAS servers designed for small and medium-sized businesses to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and backup among large groups of employees.
Featuring an Intel Atom processor C2000 family 2.4GHz quad-core processor with Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) encryption, as well as a RAM module expandable to 6 GB, both models deliver the robust performance required for businesses’ mission-critical tasks, in particular for encrypted file transfers, says Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing manager at Synology. The four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover also ensure writing speeds exceeding 410 MB/s for DS1815+ and 390 MB/s for DS1515+ and reading speeds exceeding 450 MB/s, making them capable of handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously.
The DS1515+ and DS1815+ can be scaled up to a raw capacity of 90 and 108 TB respectively by...
Awaken 6 for Mac updated for Yosemite and iTunes 12
Embraceware Software (http://embraceware.com/) has announced Awaken 6.0 for Mac. The update was visually redesigned and updated for Mac OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12.
Awaken turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. You can fall asleep to your music as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.
Awaken 6.0 costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now available at the Mac...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says that BatchOutput PPT, its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint, is now available on Mac App Store in the Productivity category for US$20.
BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.
A demo is available for download at the Zevrix website. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 or 2011.
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.
Paragon Software Group has released the Oxford Learner's Thesauraus. The $29.99 app is designed to help with understanding the differences between similar words in written and spoken English enabling learners of English to enrich their vocabulary and to find the right words to say exactly what they mean. Each entry has a group of 3-10 synonyms with the meaning clearly explained, together with additional help with, for example, grammar and register.
2camels Publishing has launched Veggoagogo. It's a $2.99 travel translation app for vegetarians. It addresses many of the needs that the traveling vegetarian faces on a daily basis, from locating a restaurant, choosing suitable items from the...
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates
Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.
According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:
° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
° Addressed an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart;
° Addressed an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates;
° Addressed an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep;
° Resolved an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups;
° Addressed an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese.
For enterprise customers, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, Rays v2.0
Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.
Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.
The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac OS X as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. OFX plug-in support has also been added, making Film Stocks compatible with digital intermediate programs Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve, the Foundry’s Nuke compositing software and the Sony Vegas non-linear editing system.
With Light, light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of shooting. Gobos (patterns) are...
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.
Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
Key features include: four 2.5-inch drive bays, perfect for SSDs; Thunderbolt 2 performance with sustained speeds of up to 1,284MB/second; up to 4TB of SSD storage (HDD up to 8TB); near-silent operation; the flexibility to combine multiple ThunderBays into a single massive RAID array; regimented multi-hour drive “burn-in." The ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition comes with SoftRAID 5, software RAID 5 for the Mac
The Thunderbay 4 mini RAID 5 Edition is preconfigured in...
Patriot introduces two new FUEL + models of charging devices
Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has introduced two new models to its FUEL+ family of charging devices: the FUEL+ 6000mAh and 12000mAh. They're available for US$49.99 and $79.99, respectively.
FUEL+ devices feature a portable design with two USB charging ports offering the option to simultaneously charge two devices. One port provides a 2.5A power output for fast charging of larger devices such as tablets. The 6000mAh model can purportedly charge a smartphone up to four times before needed to be recharged while the 12000mAh can charge one up to eight times.
To safeguard against under-discharge, over-charge, and short-circuit, FUEL+ devices come with built-in protection. They also boasts pass-through technology that enables the battery and device(s) to be charged simultaneously when plugged into a USB or wall outlet. There's an LED indicator to let the user know how much charge their portable charger contains. Fuel+ includes a micro USB to USB cable and comes charged and ready right out of...
Shairwaves is new HD audio device sharing tool for the Mac
Coolatoola.com has released Shairwaves, a new HD audio device sharing app for the Mac. It provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices.
Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although its similar to Apple's AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn't use AirPlay's protocols.
The app purportedly replicates all device characteristics — up to eight channels with sample rates up to 192kHz and sample widths up to 32 bits. Encoded audio formats are also shared, making it possible to watch a DVD or iTunes movie on a MacBook and have the 5.1 surround audio come out of a home theatre system with no wires.
Shairwaves supports Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Pricing starts at US$15. Go to the Coolatoola web site for details.
Apple adds UnionPay payment option for App Store customers in...
Apple says the App Store has added UnionPay, the most popular payment card in China, as a payment option for customers in China. Customers will be able to link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases.
"The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap."
As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total...
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers
QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.
An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.
The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released
Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.
The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac app
Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.
You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.
Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.
Twocanoes Labs announces Bleu Station Series 200 beacons
Twocanoes Labs has released their next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200. Features include over-the-air firmware update capability, LED visual status indicator, encryption and reset button.
Bleu Station beacons include certified AC power adapter, meaning no battery maintenance is required. Bleu Station beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.
The Bleu Station Beacon Series 200, Bleu Proximity Starter Kit and free apps are available at Twocanoes Software and Labs online (www.twocanoes.com).
OmniGraffle 6.1 adopts Yosemite's style suggestions
The Omni Group has updated OmniGraffle (http://omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/), its software for creating graphics, to version 6.1. The upgrade improves the app's performance and adopts Mac OS X Yosemite's new style suggestions.
Version 6.1 also improves and expands on the Inspector feature by making it completely customizable. You can switch between the sidebar, floating inspectors, and palettes—where you can snap off and combine groups to create different combinations.
What's more OmniGraffle 6.1 includes new stroke options, fill effects, and blending modes. Blur, pixelate, magnify content behind objects, and add inner or outer strokes to shapes. The stencil sidebar now includes search results from Stenciltown.
The 6.1 update is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$99.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the pro version. It's available at the Omni Group web site and the Mac App Store.
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...
Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.
In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.
Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.
Logo Pop Free 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. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.