Apple slices the price of the Apple Watch
Apple has cut the price of the Apple Watch by $50 at today’s “Let Us Loop You In” event. The 38-millimeter Watch Sport can be purchased for as little as $299 now.
The 42-millimeter Apple Watch has also seen its price cut by 50 bucks. It now starts at $349.
iPad Pro is now available in a 9.7-inch model
Apple has introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (www.apple.com/ipad), which weighs in at under one pound. Still, it packs a retina display with greater brightness, a wider color gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode and new True Tone display technology to dynamically adjust white balance.
The new iPad Pro sports a 64-bit A9X chip, a 12-megapixel iSight camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video, a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And, of course, it includes support for the Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover designed to fit its 9.7-inch body.
The True Tone display uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The Retina display is 25% brighter and 40% less reflective than the iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see...
Apple introduces four-inch iPhone SE
Apple has introduced the iPhone with a four-inch retina display and a compact aluminum design updated with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four metallic finishes (including rose gold).
It offers the same 64-bit A9 chip with a M9 motion co-processor offered in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash (and featuring Live Photos and 4K video), and Touch ID with Apple Pay, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50% faster than iPhone 5s, says Schiller...
Apple advances health apps with CareKit
Apple has announced CareKit (www.apple.com/carekit), a new software framework designed to help developers enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. iPhone apps using CareKit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health, he says. CareKit will be released as an open source framework next month allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple, that include:
° Care Card helps people track their individual care plans and action items, such as taking medication or completing physical therapy exercises. Activities can automatically be tracked and entered using sensors in Apple Watch or iPhone.
Apple announces advancements to ResearchKit
Apple has announced advancements to the open source ResearchKit framework that bring genetic data and a series of medical tests typically conducted in an exam room to iPhone apps. Medical researchers are adopting these new features to design targeted studies for diseases and conditions that affect billions of people around the world and to gather more specific types of data from participants.
“The response to ResearchKit has been fantastic. Virtually overnight, many ResearchKit studies became the largest in history and researchers are gaining insights and making discoveries that weren’t possible before,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Medical researchers around the world continue to use iPhone to transform what we know about complex diseases, and with continued support from the open source community, the opportunities for iPhone in medical research are endless.”
ResearchKit turns iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other...
plasq Releases Comic Life 3.5 for Mac, PC, and iOS
lasq (http://plasq.com) has introduced Comic Life 3.5, the latest version of its photo comic creation software for Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows. The upgrade includes a suite of new comic templates, a new full color halftone feature for dynamic comic styling effects, and an improved workflow to the drag and drop script feature.
Comic Life 3.5 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6.5. Comic Life 3.5 for iOS requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with the iPad 2 or better, iPhone 4 or better and iPod touch (fifth generation) or better.
The software is available today for Mac and PC from plasq's website for $29.99. Comic Life 3 for iOS is available on Apple's App Store for $4.99. Version 3.5 is a free update for existing Comic Life 3 license holders.
Contactless usage soars as digital payment limits rise
A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com) has found that hat the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments will reach $3.6 trillion this year, up from $3 trillion on 2015, resulting in a 20% increase.
The new research argues that the recent surge in contactless payments would continue, fueled by further scaling up of infrastructure rollout and increased card payment limits in key markets. The research group also anticipates that while cards will account for 90% of contactless payments over the next five years, the deployment of NFC (Near Field Communications) payments by high-profile players such as Apple and Samsung will increase consumer awareness and usage of smartphones to fulfill transactions.
Meanwhile, the research highlighted the growing presence of social media companies in the eRetail space. It pointed out that several leading companies, including Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, had already introduced “buy” buttons, allowing...
Deliver Express upgrade improves file transfers on local networks
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.11, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to send files automatically across the Internet and locally with email notifications.
Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users label completed local deliveries with a Finder tag, preserves file timestamps and custom icons, and introduces other improvements on local networks.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.9. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).
Chronos announces FotoFuse for Mac OS X
Chronos has launched FotoFuse, a tool for creating photo collages on Mac OS X (10.11 or higher). To use it, your drag photos into professionally-designed templates to create collages.
For a little extra flare, you can add text and artwork. After you finish your masterpiece, you can share it via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Mail, Messages, AirDrop, and more.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). FotoFuse costs $39.99 for a single user license; a family pack is available for $69.99.
New Escape is the first Ford vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay,...
Production of the new 2017 Ford Escape – available with driver-assist technology that can help keep drivers in their lane, maintain a set speed and distance on the highway, and even aid drivers in getting out of a tight parking spot — is now underway.
The new Escape, which goes on sale in May, will be the first Ford vehicle available with all-new SYNC Connect technology, which offers features such as remote start and door locking via the new FordPass platform. Escape will also be first to offer SYNC 3 featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
MCE ships PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrades for MacBook Pros
MCE Technologies (MCE) has announced a range of PCIe-based Flash Storage Upgrade Solutions (http://store.mcetech.com/mm/merchant.mvc) made for late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
They’re available in 1TB, 512GB, and 256GB capacities for $899.00, $499.00, and $349, respectively. Faster PCIe v3.0-based 1TB, and 512GB capacities available for early and mid-2015 MacBook Pros are $999 and $549, respectively. All models are available for immediate shipment.
All MCE PCIe-based Flash Storage Solutions are user installable and each solution includes all necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation and upgrade guide, and drive cloning software.
Wireless, handheld ultrasound debuts
Clarius Mobile Health (www.clarius.me) is showcasing the world's first handheld ultrasound scanner with a mobile application for iOS and Android smart devices at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Conference in New York.
It’s wireless and works with a mobile app that’s compatible with most iOS and Android smart devices. With automated adjustments and an intuitive interface, the personal ultrasound device is designed to be carried around for quick exams and to guide procedures such as nerve blocks and targeted injection, says Laurent Pelissier, chairman and CEO of Clarius Mobile Health. Pending regulatory clearance from the FDA, CE and Health Canada, the company will offer “several mobile scanners for the price of a single traditional compact system,” he adds.
Clarius expects to begin filing for regulatory clearance to distribute the product around the world in the spring of 2016.
Nano Enterprise Management is a small business management tool...
Indie developer Erziman Asaliyev has released Nano Enterprise Management for Mac OS X 3.3, an update to his management app designed exclusively for small businesses.
The tool lets you manage purchase orders, sales, suppliers, warehouses, and inventory without any special training. Version 3.3 adds new default values for specifications to goods, shipment and calculations, as well as minor bug fixes.
Nano Enterprise Management for Mac OS X 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/gwvfo8f).
Clip Studio Paint now includes classic animation
Smith Micro Software has released a new version of its comic software, Manga Studio, which now includes frame-by-frame animation features and a rebrand to Clip Studio Paint.
The new release — compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher — enables digital artists to create classical animations from their designs using a sequence of drawings that flow automatically to create the illusion of movement. Smith Micro is offering special pricing of $20 (55% off of retail) for the standard version, Clip Studio Paint Pro, through March 21. New features of the upgrade include:
° Cel animation Also known as frame-by-frame or traditional animation, this technique makes an object or character appear to move on its own. The artist can draw individual cels (frames), which act as transparent sheets that can be layered, and create the illusion of movement when the series of cels is played as a continuous sequence.
° Animation timeline This feature provides granular control over timing and display...
Ally Bank adds support for Apple Pay
Ally Bank, the direct banking subsidiary of Ally Financial, now offers customers with debit cards access to Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service.
In participating stores, Apple Pay will work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Once a customer has entered their Ally Bank debit card information on a device, they’ll be ready to make payments with Apple Pay at supported merchants, according to Diane Morais, CEO and president of Ally Bank.
To pay at checkout, users simply hold their mobile device near a contactless reader and authorize the payment using a passcode or Touch ID, and a subtle vibration and beep will confirm that the payment has been processed. Ally Bank (www.ally.com) offers online savings, interest checking, money market accounts, certificates of deposit with terms ranging from three months to five years, and IRA Plans and products. Member FDIC.
Kaspersky Lab, WISekey team up for encrypted vault app
Kaspersky Lab and WISeKey, a Swiss based cyber-security company, have teamed up for a special edition of the cyber-resilience app, WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security. This new edition integrates the technologies from both cyber-security companies.
The WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security cyber-resilience edition locks personal data such as account usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and access PINs into a secure personal data organizer, creating accountable identities for online activity while the data itself remains protected in a secure cloud vault. The edition includes Kaspersky Mobile Security SDK a solution for protecting mobile phones against security threats. The software development kit’s inclusion in the app delivers security features like web and network protection, device protection and risk detection to smartphones, offering users an effective layer of self-defense.
Among other things, WISeID keeps passwords in an encrypted vault, generates passwords, and synchronizes data...
Program announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2016
FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the program for the 21st annual FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), the largest gathering of FileMaker independent and corporate custom business app developers, trainers and users from around the world. DevCon 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zyjdrs3) will be held July 18-21 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
With the theme of "Aptitude for Apps," the conference is designed to enhance the capabilities of those using the FileMaker Platform to create custom apps for desktop, iOS, and the web. Attendees will gain insight on the future direction of the FileMaker Platform, learn from other developers' unique app creation talents and expand their abilities in design, mobility, web and more. DevCon 2016 offers a wide range of topics on how to plan, create, and deploy custom apps using the FileMaker platform.
DevCon 2016 will hold a separate Training Day on Monday, July 18, that provides an entire day of instructor-led training...
EKG band for the Apple Watch coming this spring
AliveCor (www.alivecorcom), which specializes in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (EKG) technology for mobile devices, has announced what it says is the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band.
It’s due this spring, along with a new app. Pricing hasn’t been announced. The Kardia Band for Apple Watch, and new Kardia app, allow folks to discretely capture their EKG anytime, anywhere.
Users can record a single-lead EKG by simply touching Kardia Band's integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app, Kardia by AliveCor. The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detector then uses Kardia's automated analysis process (algorithm) to detect the presence of AF in an EKG, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of stroke. Also included is the Normal Detector, which indicates whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal, and the Unreadable Detector, which tells you when to retake an EKG so physicians receive only the highest quality recordings.
Users can also...
iMobie Airs MacClean 3 to Clean, Optimize and Protect Your Mac...
iMobie has announced MacClean 3 (https://www.imobie.com/macclean/), an update to their a free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection.
The utility can now also secure any Mac users' privacy and protect their Mac from all types of security threats, including malware, spyware, worms, scareware, adware, malicious cookies, etc. With the third version, MacClean has become an all-round free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection, says Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.
Mac version of Origin Viewer app now available
OriginLab, a publisher of data analysis and graphing software, has debuted a Mac version of its Origin Viewer app.
OriginLab is most widely known for its Origin and OriginPro software, which provide scientists and engineers with tools to analyze, configure and present their latest research in publication-quality graphs. Previously only available for Windows, Origin Viewer is a standalone application that allows users to view and copy graph or worksheet information from Origin Project (OPJ) files, even if they don’t have Origin or OriginPro installed.
The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later. It’s available as a free download from the OriginLab website (http://www.originlab.com/viewer/).
ADATA releases the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Apple OTGFlash Drive
ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive. Designed to match the look of Apple devices such as iPhone 6s/6s plus, it joins previous i-Memory series offerings in catering to the storage expansion needs of mobile device users.
Available in up to 128GB, the Apple-certified drive includes Lightning and USB connectivity for data portability and sharing. It provides users with performance up to 30MB/s read speeds (via a Lightning connector) and 94MBs/22MBs (via USB 3.0). Users can switch between the two connectors with the flick of a switch.
The i-Memory US710 Rose Gold Flash Drive is accompanied by the latest version of the free i-Memory app with support for Apple Live Photos back-up. The ADATA i-Memory app is readily free at the Apple App Store. Pricing for the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive starts at $70.
VPN Tracker for OS X now lets you remotely wipe VPN connections
Equinux has updated VPN Tracker (www.vpntracker.com), its VPN software for Mac OS X, to version 365. It’s now possible to remotely wipe VPN connections when, for instance, a MacBook gets lost or stolen.
Also, administrators gain total control over who may or may not use VPN connections. If an employee leaves the company, or a MacBook goes missing, administrators can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting connections from these Macs. This prevents access to corporate VPN connections. Pricing for VPN Tracker starts at $49.99 per year.
Dubset launches MixBANK clearance/distribution platform
Dubset Media Holdings has launched MixBANK, a clearance and distribution platform for mix and remix content. It will deliver high-demand remixes via Apple Music, creating a new royalty stream for the artists whose music was sampled and the DJs who create the remixes, says Dubset CEO Stephen White.
Until now, traditional music services were unable to offer unofficial remix content due to licensing challenges. Dubset has solved that by identifying the copyrighted music used within the mix and clearing the use of that music through the appropriate labels and publishers, says White.
“Although DJs were able to sample tracks during live performances, they were not allowed to legally distribute the recordings,” he adds. “Most of this content has lived in the shadows of unlicensed pirate distribution channels with neither the original artist, composer, nor the DJ getting compensated for their creative work. We are thrilled to make this amazing new content available on Apple Music, as it...
Gravity Clock for OS X ticks to version 3.0
Gravity Clock for Mac OS X has ticked to version 3.0.
The app combines a physics simulator with a minimalist clock design to create the 21st century successor of an hour glass. It not only shows the current time, but also visualizes the passage of time in a tangible way by the permanent destruction and reconstruction of the clock face. Every second the hand breaks numbers out of the dial and lets them drop to the floor.
Gravity Clock for Mac 3.0 requires mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jrqs72w) in the Utilities category.
Grammarian Pro2 X for OS X upgraded to version 2.0.11
Linguisoft (http://linguisoft.com/) has released Grammarian Pro2 X 2.0.11, an update to its grammar, spelling, AutoType, AutoCorrect, proof reading application for the Mac.
The new version offers fixes and new features for Mac OS 10.11, global menus, Clipboard checking, Interactive Checking, Dock menu, dictionaries, updated grammar and spelling dictionaries, grammar/spelling issues, version control, and more. Grammarian Pro2 X costs $49.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Philips Lightning expands its Hue connected lighting ecosystem
Philips Lighting (www.philips.com) is introducing the newest addition to the Philips Hue connected lighting ecosystem: Philips Hue white ambiance.
Philips Hue white ambiance unlocks the power of connected white light, inspired by the sun, to deliver every shade of white light, from cool daylight (6500k) to warm white light (2200k), according to says Chris Worp, leader of Philips home lighting business. With the new “Routines” feature in the Philips Hue app, Philips Hue white ambiance can gradually brighten to help you wake up naturally in the morning, and dim to low levels, helping you fall asleep at night. You can also use light recipes proven to help you feel relaxed, concentrated or energized, Worp adds.
The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit includes two Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs, (800 lumens at 4000k) compatible with existing light fixtures, a bridge that supports Apple HomeKit and a wireless dimming switch, so lighting can be controlled from any room in the house...
QNAP unveils new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, more
At the opening of CeBIT 2016, QNAP Systems announced full-throttle network-attached storage products, including the new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, compact M.2 SSD NASbook, Enterprise ZFS NAS with dual active controllers, and multiple features including network-defined Virtual JBOD, QPulse unified remote server management, Linux Station, Hybrid Backup Sync, and more.
The new TVS-x82T Thunderbolt 2 NAS is powered by the latest Intel sixth generation Core processor and features an enhanced hardware design. The TVS-x82T series not only features Thunderbolt 2 technology but also has dual 10GbE ports. Additional advanced hardware includes built-in SATA M.2 SSD, dedicated 2.5-inch SSD trays, compartmentalized smart cooling, tool-less hard drive trays, three HDMI ports (including one HDMI 2.0), and more, according to David Tsao, product manager of QNAP.
Besides offering DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN triple solution, the TVS-x82T series is capable of playing 4K, 60fps videos. It’s a perfect match for Thunderbolt...
Appocto introduces the PDF Powerpack for Mac OS X
Appocto has introduced PDF Powerpack, a new bundle containing their series of PDF applications for the Mac OS X platform.
PDF Powerpack includes PDF Encrypt, PDF Image Extractor, PDF text Extractor, PDF Shrinker and PDF Merger. It allows users to encrypt and password protect PDF files, extract images and text, as well as compress PDF files.
The original value of PDF Powerpack is $24.95, but is now available for as low as $9.99. It’s now available worldwide from Appocto online (https://appocto.com).
Eltima updates SyncMate to 6.3, expands functionality and...
Eltima Software has revved SyncMate, their synchronization tool for OS X, to version 6.3.
The app allows syncing Mac computers with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTP devices, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and other Windows Services, including Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. The latest version of SyncMate offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.
SyncMate 6.3 is compatible with OS X 10.8.5 and later. This update is free for all SyncMate 6 users. Registered users of previous versions of SyncMate can upgrade with a 50% discount. Pricing for new users starts at $39.95. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.sync-mac.com/).
Client Folder Maker for OS X gets drag and drop folder...
GeekSuit has rolled out Client Folder Maker 4.5, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.
It’s a folder creation and management tool designed for web developers, graphic designers, app developers, desktop publishers, and prepress operators. Version 4.5 introduces drag and drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and more.
Client Folder Maker requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvws8pv) in the Productivity category.
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.19 improves duplex printing reliability
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.19, a maintenance update to its PDF printing automation solution for OS X based on watched hot folders.
With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. Version 2.219 improves the reliability of duplex printing and makes the app compatible with smaller monitors such as 13-inch MacBook Pro.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.co) for $24.95(there’s a server version for $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 for...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.
The new version adds the possibility to change the timeout time for the CreateZIP function, which is useful for creating very large ZIP files. Version 8.0.6 also improves the working of several other functions and fixes a problem with the drag and drop function on OS X, where dragging multiple emails could crash FileMaker Pro.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Licenses cost $99 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are available.
Upgrading to version 8.0.6 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.5: version 8.0.6 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.6....
Jumsoft releases new update of Toolbox for MS Office
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has launched Toolbox for MS Office 2.2.4, an update of its design app for Microsoft Office for Mac OS X.
It provides thousands of templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from posters and business cards to slideshows and infographics. The in-app capability allows users to purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. Version 2.2.4 includes hundreds of new templates and illustrations for Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Toolbox for MS Office requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free (with in-app purchases) and is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
The latest version of Toolbox for MS Office includes around 170 previously unreleased templates for Word, 345 clipart images, and tens of spreadsheets, logos, icons, frames, and other illustrations. Once an item has been purchased, users can open it in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel for Mac with just one click. Most objects in the templates can be edited without...
Hyperbolic rolls out Tidy Up 4.1.9 for Mac OS X
Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.9, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The utility allows you to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces features such as full El Capitan compatibility, a new search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies, a new “view by duplicate group,” a new Quick "Auto-check" feature, and new Smart Search methods.
Tidy Up 4 requires OS X 10.8.0 or later and costs $29.99. Users of version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Products may be purchased online. More information on Tidy Up and download available at Hyperbolic Software online (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com).
Graphic Node introduces templates pack for Google Docs
Graphic Node has introduced Bundle for Google Docs 1.0 for OS X, a new suite of templates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
It provides 50 templates for Google Docs, 25 for Google Sheets, and 25 for Google Slides. The app also offers support for those who want to create content on cloud-based productivity tools
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offer a possibility to access and edit documents from any location as long as you have an Internet connection. Although the designs are marketed for the Google productivity tools, Sheets and Slides, they come in the standard Office formats and are therefore fully compatible with Microsoft Office.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slide require Mac OS X 10.8 or later and costs $9.99. The app is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zeaed62) in the Productivity category.
Apple announces ‘let us loop you in’ special event
Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21. Dubbed “Let us loop you in,” it will be held at the company’s campus at Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
Almost certain to be introduced at the event are a 4-inch “iPhone SE,” a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new band options for the Apple Watch. Some analysts are also expecting new MacBook Pros/Airs and the Apple Watch 2.
Econ Technologies updates its entire line of apps
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies) has updated its entire product line; ChronoSync, ChronoSync Express, ChronoAgent, ChronoMonitor, and InterConneX. These releases focus on security, performance, and stability with stronger encryption of data transferred between all of the apps.
ChronoSync — the $49.99 Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app — has been revved to version 4.6.6 with over 35 enhancements and fixes, including improved security, performance, and stability. ChronoAgent — an $14.99 “undercover” app that runs in the background of the destination Mac providing a direct connection to ChronoSync running on the source Mac — is now up to version 1.6.
ChronoSync Express, the $29.99, entry level version of ChronoSync, is updated to version 1.1.2 with over 25 enhancements and fixes.
ChronoMonitor — a $3.99 iPhone app that allows you to instantly receive notice of ChronoSync backups and synchronizations and monitor the operational status of any networked Macs...
Lemke introduces Xe8472 color consistency technology
Lemke Software has introduced Xe8472, color constancy technology for professional filmmakers and photographers. It simulates the physiological and psychological processes inside the human brain.
The color constancy algorithm, on which Xe8472 is based, was first released in 2002 under the Xe847 brand for use with still images. Xe8472 represents the world's first application of this algorithm in a commercial product for professional filmmakers.
The Xe8472 Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows is available from Lemke Software (http://tinyurl.com/hv36x5f) for $39.95. Customers who have purchased the current Photoshop plug-in will be able to use their license for the software. In addition, Xe8472 will be included free for purchasers of GraphicConverter.
RE:Vision Effects releases RE:Map 3
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Map 3, an update of its kit of mapping and distortion tools within Adobe After Effects, The Foundry's Nuke, Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio, and Natron. RE:Map 3 adds GPU acceleration.
RE:Map is a set of 5 plugins:
° RE:Map UV takes a UV Map, usually rendered from a 3D system, and renders an image using this mapping.
° RE:Map Inverse UV inversely projects a color image, using a UV Map as a guide, to a rectangular image that may then be used to texture the UV Map with RE:Map UV, or for use as a texture map for a 3D system.
° RE:Map Displace warps an image with a user-supplied displacement ma
° RE:Map Corner Pin maps or inverse maps a perspective plane defined by four points (also known as corner-pinning and inverse-corner-pinning).
° RE:Map Distort takes a color image and automatically distorts the image based on the features for a caricature-like effect.
GUI version licenses are priced at $149.95. Floating licenses are priced at $224.95. Render-only...
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition coming to the Mac on March 31
Feral Interactive says the open-world action-adventure game Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (http://www.feralinteractive.com/x/mac-games/sleepingdogs/) will be released for the Mac on Steam and the Mac App Store on March 31. Players assume the role of undercover cop Wei Shen as he works to take down the Sun On Yee Triad from within.
Here’s how the game is described: “Wei must prove himself by taking part in a series of brutal crimes in order to move up through the ranks of the notorious underworld organization. Torn between his duty to the police department and a criminal code of honor, Wei risks everything to avoid blowing his cover as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become dangerously blurred.
“Players are set loose in a vividly realized open-world Hong Kong to explore its bustling neighborhoods, cruise its streets in slick rides, and free-run across its rooftops. As they enter illegal street races, gamble the nights away in shady clubs, and take on increasingly...
Magnasonic introduces pocketable, portable DLP projector
Magnasonic has unveiled what it says is the world’s smallest portable DLP projector, the LED Pocket Pico Video Projector (http://magnasonic.com/products/display.php?id=3079). The $169.99 “lightweight, pocketable” device has a rechargeable battery and is designed to display content from laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
The plug-and-play-device projects content up to 60 inches in size through 25 lumen LED light engines powered by Texas Instruments. The LED Pocket Pico Video Projector is embedded with Digital Light Processing technology that enables users to experience sharp and life-like images, according to the folks at Magnasonic.
While small in size (3.9 x 3.0 x 0.5 inches), the Mini Portable Pico Projector features 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 1100:1 high contrast ratio and accepts input up to 1080p. The LED Pocket Pico Video Projector features an adjustable focus wheel, adjustable volume controls and a headphone jack to connect external headphones, earphones, or speakers. The...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems releases SMTPit Pro 5.0
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit Pro 5.0, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in. It offers full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also contains several bug fixes reported by customers. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
SMTPit Pro provides an array of email options. You can send simple text-based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect.
You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime from March 8, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime between March 8, 2014...
OWC rolls out flash storage upgrades for mid-2013 and later Macs
OWC has announced the Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later Mac laptops (http://tinyurl.com/z4bkcnl). It allows users to expand the stock storage that came with their Mac laptops and reuse their original factory drive to transfer data and as an external storage solution.
Available in 480GB and 1.0TB capacities, Aura SSD upgrade kits are PCIe-based flash storage upgrades available for MacBook Pro with Retina display (late 2013 and newer) and MacBook Air (mid02013 and newer) models. Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, an enclosure designed to “reimagine your Mac’s original flash drive.”
When the factory-installed flash drive is removed during the upgrade process, it fits into the Envoy Pro enclosure so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your Mac. Once the file transfer is complete, you can use your Mac’s original flash drive as an external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 355 MB/s.
OWC Aura SSD Upgrade Kits (with all tools and the Enjoy Pro enclosure cost: $...
ExxonMobil launches Speedpass+ mobile payment app with Apple Pay
ExxonMobil is now the first major fuel retailer to accept mobile payment at the pump, including Apple Pay, throughout the majority of its U.S. network. The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is now available at more than 6,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded retail stations across the U.S.
The app enables customers to authorize a pump for payment securely through the use of cloud-based technology. Customers have the option to select Apple’s mobile payment system as a default form of payment from within the app.
The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store. It may also be linked to checking accounts or other major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and ExxonMobil cards—giving customers choice in how to pay. Customers who select Apple Pay, which is secure and easy to set up, will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.
In addition, customers can obtain...
Vitamin-R Pomodoro time management tool adds AppleScript support
publicspace has introduced Vitamin-R 2.39 for OS X. The app breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short time slices of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications. Version 2.39 adds support for executing AppleScript at strategic points during the time slices.
Vitamin-R 2.39 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The single user version of Vitamin-R is available for $24.99 from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/m36n6r9) and for $24.95 from the publicspace web store (http://tinyurl.com/ya6sfya). The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free license for its companion product, Noise Machine, which is also available separately starting at $4.95
VeprIT offers public preview of Photo Sense for OS X
VeprIT has launched a public preview of the new Photo Sense generation, a batch photo enhancement tool for the Mac.
It’s designed to improve photos automatically, and lets you adjust results and apply creative effects in batch mode. Photo Sense 2 provides control over the automatic processing, offers improved performance, provides a more efficient workflow, sports a tweaked user interface, and adds new tools.
During the final development period Photo Sense 2 Beta is available for free at the product webpage (http://veprit.com/photosense/v2beta). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Seagate demos ‘fastest-ever SSD flash drive’
Seagate Technology has unveiled a production-ready unit of what it says is the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards.
The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance, says Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products.
The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium vendors to replace...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign update improves JPEG...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.5.47, a maintenance update to its solution to automate printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from Adobe InDesign.
The software is designed to free up operator computers from outputting InDesign files by automating InDesign workflow with hot folder processing. Version 1.5.47 addresses an issue in which exporting InDesign spreads to JPEG could result in blank pages when working off certain network servers.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Artist's Record Book 1.6 for OS X adds printing support
Martin Walk has rolled out ArtHandler 1.6, a new version of the artist's record book app for OS X.
Built especially for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artwork, the app archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. You can add metadata and free-form notes to artworks, attach & export images, and much more. Version 1.6 adds printing support.
ArtHandler requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/junkua9) in the Graphics & Design category.
Eltima releases Uplet for OS X
Eltima Software has debuted Uplet 1.0 for OS X, a bulk image uploader for Instagram.
It enables uploading any number of pictures to an Instagram account at once without compromising their quality. The app's photo editor allows you to set captions and crop pictures to fit the square frame or leave the original image dimensions. Captions and emojis help express ideas and emotions behind pictures, while hashtags can help expand their reach.
Uplet requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z2659pc) in the Photography category.