Apple releases seventh beta of El Capitan for developers
Apple has made available the seventh 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 performance enhancements 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.
Adobe debuts Captivate Prime, a learning management system
Adobe has introduced Adobe Captivate Prime (http://tinyurl.com/qhvf3f6), a self-service Learning Management System (LMS) that enables learning professionals to setup, deliver and track any form of learning.
This new cloud-based offering – which complements Adobe’s range of eLearning tools, including Adobe Captivate 9 (also introduced today) – enables specialists in learning and development, training and corporate human resources departments to take charge of the learning environments they manage and boost impact by developing skill-based learning programs.
Captivate 9 lets users go form storyboarding to responsive eLearning design. It offers a 25,000-plus asset store to enrich your content.
Adobe Captivate Prime is priced at US$48 per year per registered user and is exclusively available in the English language. Adobe Captivate 9 is now available worldwide. Updates from Captivate 8 and Captivate 7 (and earlier) are $499 and $1.099, respectively. Captivate 9 is also available for $29...
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac launches with Windows 10 integration
Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 11 for the Mac. The release includes a new version of the software for developers, designers and power users, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. It also includes Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, previously known as the Enterprise Edition.
The new editions of Parallels Desktop for Mac benefit from speed improvements of up to 50%, Travel Mode which extends battery life up to 25 percent while on the go, support for Windows 10 along with OS X El Capitan readiness and a host of other features for both Windows and Mac users, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.
Parallels Desktop 11 empowers Mac users to run Windows 10 and leverage the advantages of Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, when using both Windows and OS X. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made a Windows feature available for OS X applications. Parallels Desktop 11 also provides experimental support for OS X El Capitan prior to its...
Hon Hai reportedly cancels workers' November holiday for...
Hon Hai will cancel leave of employees at its plant in Zhengzhou, China, in November, for the launch of Apple's iPhone 6C, cnYES, a Chinese publication, reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).
Hon Hai Precision, trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company. It’s headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan. Quanta Computer is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of electronic and computer equipment.
cnYES says Hon Hai has recruited 100,000 workers to assemble the iPhone 6S/ 6S Plus at the Zhengzhou plant. According to the report, the company has started another round of recruiting as of Aug. 3 for the "iPhone 6C," an Apple smartphone with a four-inch display.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 19
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Gryphos has announced BlockJockey, the first release of its Bitcoin blockchain navigator and information tool. It's an US$1.99 educational tool for the iPhone and Apple Watch designed to make exploring the Bitcoin blockchain fast and easy.
DopplerThePom has launched Custom Remote KeyPad. The $0.99 app allows the user to design custom control panels and use them to control a Mac wirelessly. For example, with a dial gesture on the iPad one changes brush size in Photoshop; or swipe on an iPhone to rotate a 3D model in Cinema 4D; single taps can issue any menu command in any app, or enter entire paragraphs of text, or run custom scripts.
Listen Sound has introduced Static for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The $2.99 app works with iTunes but also enables adding music to iPhone without using iTunes at all. Files can be imported using AirDrop, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and other...
CS Odessa Announces SysML Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a solution that allows individuals and teams to design and model systems.
The Systems Modeling Language (SysML) solution for ConceptDraw is a general-purpose modeling language library designed to describe systems engineering applications. It supports the specification, analysis, design, confirmation and validation of a wide range of systems and systems-of-systems.
SysML origin can be traced to an open source specification project. SysML is an extension of a subset derived from the Unified Modeling Language (UML). SysML is designed to provide a standardized way to visualize a system design. The SysML Solution is free to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format. Also, ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office v3 which retails for $499.
AKVIS Enhancer for Mac OS X updated to version 15
AKVIS has released AKVIS Enhancer 15 for Mac OS X and Windows. The tool offers a method to fix dark pictures, increase contrast and brightness, adjust tones. The new version provides superior image processing for Improve Detail mode and other changes.
AKVIS Enhancer is image enhancement software that operates in three modes: Improve Detail, Prepress, and Tone Correction. It detects detail in underexposed, overexposed and mid tone areas of a photo with uneven exposure. It offers an individual approach to every part of the image. Version 15 brings new functionality, significant improvements and optimizations.
Existing Enhancer users may check which versions they can update to for free in their account in the Customer Room at www.akvis.com. Users, whose license is not valid for 15, can get the latest version for US$14.95. New users can evaluate all features of the product during the trial period without registration.
The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available as a...
Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6 released
Blackmagic has released Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/pwgwjz3 .
This software package allows you to update your Blackmagic Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements. Make sure that your camera is plugged into mains power before running the software update.
Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6 adds support for the new URSA Viewfinder, support for the URSA Viewfinder, and an option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display. There are also performance enhancements and improvements.
QuickerTek produces external battery for the MacBook
QuickerTek has announced the 2015 Type-C MacBook External Battery (http://tinyurl.com/omewbse) for Apple's 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.
The US$2.99 battery's base unit charges the MacBook for eight extra hours of run time. It also includes a light weight 3D case, allowing QuickerTek to custom build the battery in any size. PCM and Smart Charging protection is included in the design so cells won't overheat, over or under charge.
Instead of LED indicators, this battery includes a button which can be pushed by the user, and the battery will send a message via Bluetooth 4.0 LE to their iPhone, iPad or MacBook displaying the charge status. You can use this product in conjunction with QuickerTek's new 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar panel.
Nuance introduces Dragon Anywhere
Nuance Communications has announced Dragon Anywhere, a cloud-based mobile application available this fall for iOS and Android that delivers Dragon’s voice dictation and documentation productivity capabilities to mobile devices for the first time.
Designed for the mobile workforce, Dragon Anywhere brings professional-grade continuous dictation to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, enabling users to create and edit complete reports and documents, capture detailed notes, and more, while on the go. This new, cloud-based mobile app empowers field workers, lawyers, social workers, insurance adjusters, public safety officers, and other professionals to keep up with documentation demands even when they are away from their desks.
Dragon Anywhere offers a cross-device experience, enabling Dragon users to access documents saved to a preferred cloud service from their desktop. Customized vocabularies and auto-texts are also shared across an entire Dragon experience with Dragon Anywhere’s...
Company of Heroes 2 advancing to the Mac on Aug. 27
Feral Interactive has announced that World War II real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2 will be released for Mac and Linux via Steam on Aug. 27 with the Mac App Store version to follow shortly afterwards. It's developed by Relic Entertainment and published by SEGA for PC,.
Here's how the game is described: "Players will direct their troops through fast-paced real-time battles in the brutal fight to turn the tide of World War II. From the desperate defense of Stalingrad to victory in Berlin, they must defeat a tenacious enemy and survive the deadly cold of the Russian winter.
"Objective-based missions challenge players to maneuver soldiers, guns, and tanks across feature-rich environments to scope out the battlefield, secure targets and destroy enemies. Players will navigate hazardous terrain, take advantage of cover and overcome the freezing temperatures and treacherous ice that can make the difference between crushing defeat and hard-won victory."
DLC for the Steam version of...
Apple Music Festival brings live performances to fans in...
Apple has announced that Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September.
Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1 alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect.
"We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1."
The Apple Music Festival takes place over 10 nights from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28. UK residents can apply to win tickets on...
WD Red Pro Drives now available in 6TB
WD has expanded its WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5TB and 6TB capacities. The WD Red Pro family is designed for NAS (network attached storage) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives.
Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5 and 6 TB drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 megabytes per second (MB/s). WD's NASware 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and integration, says Cindi Grace, senior vice president of the WD storage technology group.
Equipped with a multi- axis shock sensor, the drive automatically detects subtle shock events and, along with dynamic fly height technology, adjusts each read-write function to compensate and protect the data, further protecting the drive in large 1- to 16-bay NAS environments. Firmware enables integration, data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in the...
Speedo, Misfit partner to introduce Swim Tracker in Apple Stores
Misfit and Speedo are launching a Speedo-branded activity, swim, and sleep tracker: Speedo Shine. It will initially be available in retail exclusively at Apple stores worldwide September 1, as well as on misfit.com and SpeedoUSA.com for US$79.99.
Proprietary lap counting algorithms embedded in the device’s firmware track a swimmer’s lap count and works for all stroke types. Speedo Shine syncs with the Misfit app for iOS and Android and displays laps and swim distance, along with calories burned and points earned. The device will soon also work with Speedo’s personalized swim tracking app, Speedo Fit.
Speedo Shine is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum and is offered in new light silver color, Pure. Like the original Misfit Shine, Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters. The device is meant to be worn both in and out of the water, and also tracks walking, running, cycling, and light and deep sleep.
Two zero-day vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X
An Italian teenager has found two zero-day vulnerabilities in Mac OS X operating system that could be used to gain remote access to a Mac, reports the IDC News Service (http://tinyurl.com/nmvps79).
Eighteen-year-old Luca Todesco posted details of the exploit he developed on GitHub. The exploit uses two bugs to cause a memory corruption in OS X’s kernel, he wrote via email.
The memory corruption condition can then be used to circumvent kernel address space layout randomization (kASLR), a defensive technique designed to thwart exploit code from running. The attacker then gains a root shell.
The exploit code works in OS X versions 10.9.5 through 10.10.5. IDG says it's fixed in the latest beta version of El Capitan.
Sprint customers can now upgrade their iPhone anytime
Sprint has unveiled iPhone Forever. Starting today, new and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get an iPhone for just US$22 per month with iPhone Forever.
Anytime customers don’t have the latest Apple smartphone they're eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone to a Sprint store and upgrade on the spot. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. Qualified customers can get a 16GB iPhone 6 model at Sprint branded retail stores, Sprint.com, 1-800-Sprint-1, Best Buy and Target.
Through Dec. 31, 2015, customers on any other carrier or existing Sprint customers who are upgrade eligible and turn-in any smartphone will get a promotional rate of US$15 per month on a new iPhone. When they upgrade to the latest iPhone after Dec. 31, their monthly lease rate returns to current lease pricing, $22 per month.
New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model...
Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay
Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay yet as they're not willing to give give Apple a slice of the US$2 billion a year they earn in interchange fees, which are paid by merchants for use of payments infrastructure, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (http://tinyurl.com/q8j8xnt).
In the United States, Apple is believed to earn about 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. It is understood Apple has been asking for the same amount of interchange fee in Australia, says the SMH. The article says that Australia's big banks won't agree to this level given that interchange fees in Australia are about half the US level – equivalent to an average of 50¢ $100 of transaction compared with about $1 for $100 of transaction fees in the US.
Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a...
Winmail Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0
Enolsoft (www.enolsoft.com) has released Winmail Viewer 3.0, an update of its tool for opening and reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text (RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments.
It also enables users to preview, export and save the attachments that a Winmail.dat file contained. Winmail Viewer 3.0 gets optimized performance, a tweaked user interface, and the ability to display the Winmail.dat files' attachment in two modes: thumbnail and information.
It also adds support for reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text(RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments and a support tab to view, open and read multiple Winmail.dat files simultaneously.
Winmail Viewer 3.0 is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It costs US$0.99.
QuickerTek creates Solar Power option for MacBook
QuickerTek has announced the US$299, 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar Panel (http://tinyurl.com/omewbse). It features the USB 3.1 adaptor cable which powers and charges the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.
This new solar product powers the MacBook battery for use even while charging the internal battery. Even when the MacBook battery is completely dead, the QuickerTek solar panel charges and powers the laptop simultaneously.
The Type-C MacBook Solar Panel is made with thin film photovoltaic creating a lightweight, foldable design. At only a hair over 11 inches x 6.5 inches folded, and at only 1.3 pounds, it's light but still powerful enough to charge the MacBook as quickly as an Apple AC charger, minimizing downtime.
Genealogy for Mac: MacFamilyTree 7.6 released
Synium Software has launched MacFamilyTree 7.6 (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), an update to the genealogy application for OS X.
MacFamilyTree helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. Version 7.6 offers a new source management, the person analysis report, and a new fractal ancestor chart. In addition to these new features, the upgrade also comes with other improvements.
MacFamilyTree 7.6 requires a Mac with OS X 10.7 Lion or later, though some features (for example Statistics Maps), are only available on OS X Yosemite. It's a free update for all customers of MacFamilyTree 7 and can be downloaded or updated at the Mac App Store. For new customers MacFamilyTree 7.6 is offered with 50% and sells for just US$24.99 until Aug. 30.
There's a mobile version of MacFamilyTree available, too. It's called MobileFamilyTree 7 and can be purchased separately at the Apple App Store.
Federal court says 'no' to Samsung's appeal
A federal appeals court has refused to re-examine Samsung's appeal of a 2012 jury verdict that found the company violated Apple's iPhone patents, reports the San Jose Mercury News (http://tinyurl.com/ota5wgt).
The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung's bid to reconsider a previous ruling. This leaves the U.S. Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn hundreds of millions of dollars in damages it now owes Apple.
Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury's verdict that the South Korean tech giant's smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple's design patents.
In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is...
IK Multimedia introduces SampleTank Custom Shop
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has introduced SampleTank Custom Shop, a free introductory version of SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation application and DAW plug-in for Macs and PCs.
Now musicians, producers and engineers have a new way to explore over 14,000 samples, over 19GB of additional sound content and 3,700 loops, 1,200 MIDI patterns and over 500 instruments. SampleTank Custom Shop comes with a fully functional curated library of 30 instruments — including eight new instruments and the Grand Piano 1 SE — that can be edited, manipulated and customized .
SampleTank Custom Shop also lets users browse, purchase and play with the growing collection of SampleTank 3 Instruments available in the Custom Shop — like the new Alan Parsons Grand Piano, American Acoustic Guitar, Neil Peart Drums, Billy Cobham Drums, Future Synths and more — all from a standalone application or DAW plug-in. Prices for additional content start at US$29.99.
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X can now search image metadata
Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.1, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files.
Graphic Inspector checks multiple files for potential problems according to user's workflow requirements saving the time and hassle of checking the documents manually. The new version lets users check image metadata for specific values using custom list of metadata tags, and introduces several other improvements and bug fixes.
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Version 2.1 is a free update for users of version 2.x and $20 for licensed users of version 1. Graphic Inspector is free with the purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. It requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.10. Mac OS X 10.11 will be supported upon release.
RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU support for...
RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe Premiere Pro, with support now included when purchasing DE:Flicker for After Effects. DE:Flicker continues to be available for Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.
DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out those annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.
DE:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one of the other two...
Apple updates Mac OS X, iTunes, and iOS
Apple has released updates for Mac OS X, iTunes and iOS.
Mac OS X 10.10.5 concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit. This update:
° Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail ;
° Fixes an issue in Photos that prevents importing videos from GoPro cameras;
° Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.
Mac OS X 10.10.5 can be downloaded via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.
iTunes 12.2.1 offers stability and performance improvements. For example:
° You can click on the Beats 1 banner to see what's currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show.
° You can now view a list of the artists you're following on Apple Music.
° An issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music has been resolved.
° The upgrade addresses a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music and an issue...
iHome HomeKit compatible 'iSP5 Smartplug' now available
iHome has released the iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series.
Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on iHome.com and Amazon.com for US$39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.
The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug allows consumers to use the free iOS iHome Control app to turn on and off small appliances such as lamps, fans, air conditioning and other home devices with ease from any location. iOS users may also use Siri to remotely control their devices. The design ecosystem of iHome Control allows users the ability to group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to manipulate multiple connected devices within a home.
Additionally the iHome Control app allows for the creation of “custom scenes” to control multiple...
Apple's Boot Camp adds support for Microsoft Windows 10
Apple has updated Book Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10. that lets it install Microsoft Windows 10.
You need support software (drivers) installed with Boot Camp to use Windows 10. This software is automatically downloaded when you use Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 when used with a supported Mac.
Windows 10 is available from Microsoft as an ISO file, an installation DVD, and a USB flash drive. You need an ISO file of the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer to install Windows on your Mac.
If you don't have an ISO file, you can use Disk Utility to make one from your Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive. If you're installing Windows for the first time, make sure the Windows installer you're using is for a full installation (not an upgrade installer).
Simon 4.1 for Mac OS X includes redesigned web feature
Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ydovrx), an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.
Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports allow remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.1 includes a redesigned web feature, the ability to send custom headers and load dynamic content, and more.
Simon 4.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$99, though it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 4.0. Upgrades from version 3.x are $49. A demo is available for download.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 13
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Cullaboration Media has announced One Song Workout, a fitness app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It automatically creates a high-intensity interval training exercise routine that is timed to fit any song from your iTunes account. Exercise repetition goals are automatically adjusted based on user feedback at the completion of a workout. One Song Workout is free, but does tout in-app purchases.
Baby Monitor 3G is an US$3.99 app for parents who want to stay in touch with their children, even when the little ones are sleeping. It's available for iOS, Mac and Android operating systems.
Comics publisher Contents First released TappyToon. The free app allows U.S. and international fans digital access to licensed comics and webtoons.
Michael Granzin has introduced Bam Bam Squid. In the game, you play squid that's combing through a coral reef rushing for a...
PDFpen 7.3 for Mac OS X improves scanning
Smile has released PDFpen 7.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. This update includes improvements to scanning performance and reliability. It also prepares for the upcoming OS X El Capitan release.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. PDFpen retails for US$74.95 and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users).
Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30 and free to users who purchased on or after Aug. 1, 2014. Upgrades to PDFpenPro 7 from previous versions of PDFpen are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found on the Smileweb store: http://smle.us/store
PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7 require OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)...
Apple announces partnership with Code2040
Buzzfeed (http://tinyurl.com/p3wfweo) reports that Apple has announced a partnership with Code2040 (http://www.code2040.org), a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry.
CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends.
As a "platinum" sponsor of the fellowship program, Apple will hire as paid interns 10 of the 80 fellows in Code2040’s current class, and an additional two beyond that, says Buzzfeed. For three months, these fellows will work at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
Apple joins NFC Forum
Apple has joined the NFC Forum (nfc-forum.org) as a sponsor member, a non-profit industry association who mission is "to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology."
Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 3.9 inches or less.
"The top tier of NFC Forum membership, sponsor membership, entitles an organisation to a seat on the NFC Forum board of directors, the association’s governing body," NFC Forum director Paula Hunter says. "We are delighted to welcome Apple to our board of directors as an NFC Forum sponsor member."
Cocktail Yosemite Edition revved to version 8.5.2
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running Mac OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to rebuild Help database and adds two new Automator actions. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status on startup" and "Clear kernel caches" procedures.
Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available at the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail)
10 new Fonts Added to Free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has announced an update of 10 new fonts to their free Halloween Fonts collection available on the Mac App Store under the name: Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts.
This commercial use font collection now includes 40 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. International
character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many
Halloween Fonts require Mac OS X 10.6.6. They're available free at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (http://tinyurl.com/lpthrve).
Applied Acoustics Systems releases the Transparency sound bank
Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Transparency sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk a.k.a. Status.
Transparency is sound designer Daniel Stawczyk’s fourth title in AAS' Sound Bank Series and his third for Ultra Analog VA-2. The 149 presets explore the percussive nature of AAS' analog synthesizer. Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, and Percussion loops are bundled along with Ambient, Synth, and Effect sounds.
The Transparency sound bank is available (http://tinyurl.com/n9j5ejo) until Aug. 31 at the introductory price of US$19 (the regular price is $39). The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.
KOAMTAC announces iOS KTSync Keyboard Wedge Application
KOAMTAC (www.koamtac.com) has released KTSync for iOS, a keyboard wedge software for iOS applications, which will enable transmission of barcode and RFID data collected with the KDC barcode scanner or RFID reader to any iOS application. The app is available free at the Apple App Store.
As long as the iOS device is updated with iOS 8.1 or later and the KTSync for iOS application has been downloaded, users will be able to send barcode data collected with the KDC scanner to any iOS application through KTSync, which supports a faster and more reliable data transmission speed than the standard HID Bluetooth connection. Users can send barcode or RFID data to any existing iOS application through the KTSync keyboard wedge application, without having to develop their own custom application.
Options for KDC hardware include 1D/2D barcode, RFID, NFC, MSR, and Chip-and-PIN readers, as well as, models that support GPS and Wi-Fi. The combination of KDC hardware and KTSync provides wireless...
Sonnet ships Fusion PCIe Flash Drive
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is now shipping its Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device.
The newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 products, the Fusion is an alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives and SSD storage products. The device connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable.
"The Fusion PCIe Flash Drive delivers blazing-fast performance comparable to a multi-drive RAID storage system, and yet it fits neatly in the palm of your hand," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. "Based on the latest Gen 3 PCIe SSD module — the fastest standard SSD type now available — the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive is made for speed. And its 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface provides the bandwidth necessary to sustain ultra-high file transfer speeds, fast enough to support 4K workflows."
Autodesk announces new Maya extensions
At the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Expo, being held Aug. 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, Autodesk announced the latest extension releases for its Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016 3D modeling, animation, VFX and rendering software, available to Autodesk Subscription customers beginning today for 3ds Max and September 9 for Maya.
Concurrently, the company unveiled the new 3D marketplace on Creative Market – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists. These solutions, along with Autodesk’s newly announced Stingray Game Engine, will be on display throughout SIGGRAPH, with additional resources available on AREA.
Autodesk Maya 2016 Extension 1 is a new text tool designed to make it easier to create branding, flying logos, title sequences, and other projects that require 3D text. 3D Type allows artists to create editable, non-destructive, multi-line, deformable type.
Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) support helps artists bring 2D designs created in applications...
Parallels launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote Access app
Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for remote access to Macs and PCs.
Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent. As part of this launch, Parallels is introducing a companion app for Apple Watch, providing users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience.
"The need to do more on mobile devices has been a growing trend among both consumers and business professionals alike. Our latest Parallels Access update brings new features that make it easier than ever before to get work done with native touch gestures on mobile devices, as well as from any computer with a web browser," says Jack Zubarev, president of Parallels. "Parallels Access makes every application and file on your remote work...
WaterField Designs unveils the Field Tote business bag for men
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Field Tote, an US$119 tote for men made of waxed canvas and distressed leather. It weighs one pound and will ship Aug. 14.
"We set out to design a men's tote that works well for guys to use professionally or on casual outings—not just the look, but the size and features as well," says owner Gary Waterfield. You can stow your laptop-in-a-sleeve or tablet in the Field Tote or stuff in your gym towels, wine bottles, or magazines. We’ve included deep pockets for security and leather handles that are just the right length for putting on your shoulders, or carrying at your side."
The Field Tote is so lightweight that it can be folded and carried in another bag for use upon arrival at a new destination. It's available in brown, burgundy or navy waxed canvas.
Seagate Expands Flash Portfolio with new Nytro Flash Products
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has announced the Nytro XF1440 2.5”, Nytro XM1440 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card.
These products extend Seagate’s portfolio of flash-based solutions, which are designed to work in conjunction with Seagate storage products to meet nearly any data storage need. The drives and the accelerator card are best suited for demanding enterprise applications, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), high frequency trading, high-performance computing (HPC), data warehousing, data mining and data analytics as well as workloads with mixed IO sizes and multiple applications running simultaneously.
The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 are high performance NVMe SSDs available in ultra-small (2.5” and M.2) form factors. Offering a balance of power and performance, these drives are engineered to increase storage density, while reducing the storage footprint and power use in data...
NextDrive announces NextDrive Plug to wirelessly expand...
It's frustrating when your iPhone reminds you that you don't have enough storage to take a picture or complete a task. With the new NextDrive Plug, you can increase storage capacity and auto-backup your photos.
Available today for pre-order (http://tinyurl.com/ps7wywk) for US$99, the plug works with the NextDrive Connect app to turn your smartphone into a wireless remote for USB devices. You can build your own cloud, add storage capacity to your phone or hook up a webcam for remote video streaming.
The NextDrive Plug is a micro IoT computer in the form of a small plug. It works with the corresponding NextDrive Connect App over a Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly link your smartphones, tablets or laptops with USB devices – such as hard drives and web cameras.
Google morphs into Alphabet, a company that will own Google
On Aug. 10, Google announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. and a new operating structure to increase management scale and focus on its consolidated businesses.
Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the "Google business"). Businesses such as Calico, Nest, and Fiber, as well as its investing arms, such as Google Ventures and Google Capital, and incubator projects, such as Google X, will be managed separately from the Google business.
In an announcement about the changes — which you can read here (https://abc.xyz) — Larry Page, who cofounded Google with Sergey Brin, had this to say: "Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by...
Output Factory for InDesign can now insert document text into...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.35, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery and more. The new version improves the way users can insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's also a "lite" version for $120, Sand a server version $700). 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.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 11
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
2pensmedia has announced Coinnect. In the free game, players score points by matching adjacent coins of the same color before the timer runs out. Coins can be matched in a variety of ways, including horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or through a combination of directions.
Austin Shaf has released Bumper Jumper. The game (free, but with in-app purchases) involves bouncing aliens as high as you can through space. Tap to create bumpers that juggle you up and up. Progressively harder the higher you go, Bumper Jumper features gravity flip, mega bouncer, and slo-mo power ups, an original soundtrack and Game Center support.
Travel Mate is a new, US$2.99 app that provides tools necessary to help users stay in control of their money while traveling the world. You can set your trip's budget in your preferred currency, and record your expenses on the fly in any of the 153...
Apple Pay now available to Bellco members
Bellco members will become some of the first credit union members in Colorado to have the ability to use Apple Pay for purchases at participating stores. Bellco is one of Colorado’s largest financial institutions, with more than $2.9 billion in assets and 21 branches in Colorado.
Apple Pay provides a private and secure way to make in-store payments from Bellco accounts using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch; or within apps from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
"Our commitment to our members is to offer them the best, most convenient banking experience possible, and adding Apple Pay is just one more way we are working to live up to that commitment," says Doug Ferraro, CEO of Bellco Credit Union. "Not only is Apple Pay simple and convenient, but it also adds a layer of privacy and security to making digital or in-store payments."
For more information on how to begin using Apple Pay with Bellco accounts, go to www.bellco.org/applepay.
Mac OS X version of Excalibur security solution available
The first Mac OS X version of Excalibur (https://getexcalibur.com/en/blog), a security solution that's free for non-commercial users, is now available. Instead of syncing your data across computers, the utility is cloud based by design. No syncing is required, and all your passwords and notes are immediately accessible.
"Excalibur is a completely new and drastically different approach to Password Managers solving all the pitfalls of existing solutions," says Excalibur CEO Ivan Klimek. "Instead of using a master password we use your phone — the most personal device that you always carry with you. The phone will ask your for you specific acknowledgment for every action that might require your attention. As you don't type any passwords anymore, keyloggers and malware is ineffective.
Instead of storing your sensitive data in one place, Excalibur stores them "decentralized" — one cryptographic part on your phone and one in the cloud, he adds. The only place where the data is reconstructed...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's the latest version of the tool for for dealing with text in your FileMaker Pro database.
Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. It also adds the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12, with support for the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14.
A fully functional demo of Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d). It works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12, 13 or 14. The plug-in is available for Nac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Licenses cost US$49 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site, where you can order licenses.
Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the...
FileMakers launches Boost Your Business Kit offer
FileMaker has launched the Boost Your Business Kit (http://tinyurl.com/nzy8zhs), a special limited-time offer that includes things new customers need to create and run business solutions that work across iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web for the discounted price of US$828.
Purchase one FileMaker Server 14 annual license with five concurrent connections and receive five FileMaker Pro 14 annual licenses at no additional cost. The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store.
The Boost Your Business Kit is available only through Sept. 24, globally, to new customers under FileMakers Annual Volume Licensing program only. Non-profit and educational pricing is available to eligible institutions.
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.1
Recosoft Corp. is shipping ID2Office 2.1 the newest version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.
The new version has been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, version 2.1 adds support for InDesign CC 2015 properties such as Paragraph shadings and Graphic cells in tables, and more.
On the Mac, ID2Office 2.1 requires OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available at Recosoft (http://www.recosoft.com) in the following configurations:
° ID2Office Standard 2.1 annual subscription (Mac/Windows), US$199;
° ID2Office Professional 2.1 annual subscription (Mac only), $249.