Apple Music launches, iOS 8.4 available
Apple Music, Apple's music streaming service, has launched for iOS and Mac OS X devices in over 100 countries. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Apple says Apple Music “combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place.” It’s a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.
Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs, he adds. You can stream any song, album or...
Apple will replace Mac laptop batteries that don't retain...
Apple is now replacing non-removable laptop batteries that retain less than 80% of their original charge under the AppleCare Protection Plan. The change applies to the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204054), Apple says: "Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook with a non-removable battery, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity. If you don't have coverage, you can have the battery replaced for a fee."
Registration is open for annual Apple Camp for kids
Registration is now open for Apple's annual Apple Camp (http://www.applersvp.com) three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 can "bring their imaginations to life" with apps such as iMovie and iBooks.
According to Apple, they'll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Kids will storyboard ideas, shoot video, create an original soundtrack in GarageBand on an iPad, and then edit it all together in iMovie on a Mac.
Campers will also create their own interactive books. They'll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.
Each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Space is limited so you should sign up today.
Typinator 6.6 for Mac OS X handles smart substitutions even...
With the release of version 6.6, Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) celebrates the 10th anniversary of Typinator, their text expander. Along with this release, Ergonis Software has published two new Typinator sets for easy access to the symbols in the new Apple Color Emoji font introduced in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
To celebrate the anniversary, Ergonis Software is offering a 25% discount on new purchases before July 15. The offer is good for all Ergonis products, including PopChar and KeyCue.
Typinator 6.6 works with the Pinyin input methods for Chinese and uses less memory when idle. It also includes other enhancements and offers improved compatibility with third-party products like 4th Dimension and MatLab.
The Emoji 3.0 set contains all skin tone variants of all applicable Emoji symbols. In addition to skin tones, the new version contains more consistent names and shows the standard Unicode names of the symbols.
The new Flags set allows you to insert color flags into your text,...
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015
Zevrix Solutions has launched InPreflight Pro 2.11.17, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.
InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (there's a "lite" version for $39.95). A demo is available for download. The 2.11.17 update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Autodesk announces Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U
Autodesk has announced the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course. Developed by educators and industry experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy (http://academy.autodesk.com) provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines, while using Autodesk’s 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
iTunes U is the world’s largest catalog of free education content. The Autodesk Design Academy features a growing collection of lessons, projects and courses that help educators support students as they develop technical skills.
A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. Autodesk is also launching the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes Autodesk SketchBook Express, bringing digital art and concept sketching to life.
Both the iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book will be available this fall. The Autodesk...
Soundtrap announces online collaborative music recording studio
Soundtrap has launched what it says is the first online music and audio recording studio where users can find and collaborate with people from all over the world on a multitude of devices across iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Mac OS X,and Windows platforms.
It lets users record a tune or podcast by accessing a browser across multiple platforms. Coming out of beta, Soundtrap has also announced US$1 million in seed funding and the commercial availability of its platform.
Soundtrap is currently in use in 150 U.S. schools and the platform has grown from 20,000 to 120,000 users in 175 countries in just five months, according to CEO Per Emanuelsson. He adds that the platform was developed using only HTML5 technologies and it is fully cloud-based for all devices.
It's written in the Google DART language and utilizes the audio APIs Web Audio, Web MIDI and Web RTC. To use Soundtrap, users simply open a browser and log on. They can choose from over 50 virtual instruments, 1,400 royalty free...
Tablet shipments experience largest decline since 2009 category...
For branded tablets, the year 2015 is off to a rocky start. For the first time since inception, the popular consumer item experienced its largest QoQ [quarter-over-quarter] decline to date of 35%. In addition, tablets experienced its largest YoY [year-over-year] decline of 16%.
According to marketing intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), there is no denying the market is losing its momentum and leading vendors are feeling the squeeze. Apple and Samsung have been key market players and continue to dominate a significant majority of the tablet market.
"2015 is the pivotal year for smaller, competing vendors to step-up, build their business, and gain market share in advanced and emerging markets," says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr. "The tablet market lacks a truly competitive playing field needing a strong third even fourth vendor to drive the market out of stagnation."
Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo all show promise for claiming those spots but need to focus on building...
Cale announces Apple Pay enabled pay stations
Cale, which specializes in unattended payment technology for parking and transit operations, will begin offering secure contactless card readers that accept Apple Pay for its Cale WebTerminal pay stations (CWT) in July.
The technology will be demonstrated next week at the International Parking Institute's annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas. Cale's contactless payment option will allow customers to pay using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.
The new contactless reader selected by Cale is also capable of accepting other NFC mobile wallets and will help Cale's customers prepare for the upcoming shift by card-issuing banks to more secure EMV transactions from the current mag-stripe card technology, says Andreas Jansson, managing director for Cale's largest subsidiary, Cale America. He added that the new Apple Pay enabled readers are a game changer for the parking and transit payment industries.
"With the sudden popularity of mobile wallets like Apple Pay and...
Ableton upgrades its Live music production software to version 9...
Ableton (www.ableton.com) has released Live 9.2, an update of the Mac-compatible music production software.
This free update includes refinements to Live’s audio warping engine, the introduction of latency-compensated automation, a new Tuner device, and more. Owners of Push gain the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums, improved aftertouch, and expanded touchstrip implementation. In addition, Max For Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max.
Coinciding with the release of Live 9.2, Ableton is also making available a free new Pack specially optimized to make extensive use of Push’s new 64 pad functionality. Assembled by finger-drummer Mad Zach, the 64 Pad Lab contains five Racks’ worth of high-quality drum samples, percussion, loops, and one shots.
For new owners, pricing for Live starts at US$99.
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SmartBackup 3.4 for OS X gets an updated sync engine, more
Solesignal has announced SmartBackup 3.4, an update to their alternative backup and cloning utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or later).
It syncs multiple source items to a destination on an external hard drive, flashdrive or network share. SmartBackup features a 64-bit sync engine built on the latest Apple technologies. Version 3.4 adds an updated sync engine, user interface improvements, bug fixes and more.
A single license is available for US$25 from the Solesignal website (http://solesignal.com). SmartBackup can be downloaded and tried for free for a limited number of backups.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.3.1
CuteDJPro ( www.cutedjpro.com ) has updated CuteDJ for Mac OS X to version 4.3.1.
It's DJ mixing software that lets users mix music, video and karaoke in real time. Version 4.3.1 adds eight hardware controllers: Reloop BeatMix 2, Reloop BeatMix 4, Reloop Terminal Mix8, Akiyama Quattro, Akiyama Quark, Hercules DJ Control Wave, Pioneer DDJ SX and Pioneer DDJ SR. and fully compatible with iTune 12.
CuteDJ requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and Windows 7/8. A demo is available for download. The update is free for all users. For new users the price is US$129.95.
Recosoft ships PDF2ID v4.5: Convert PDF to InDesign CC, CC 2014...
Recosoft Corp. (www.recosoft.com) is shipping PDF2ID 4.5 the newest PDF-to-InDesign and XPS-to-InDesign conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.
It's been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. PDF2ID Standard and PDF2ID Professional v4.5 now support batch-converting PDF files to InDesign (indd) format. Additionally, PDF2ID v4.5 natively recognizes Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) files easing Illustrator-to-InDesign file conversion.
PDF2ID converts PDF and Windows XPS files into fully editable InDesign files allowing PDF and XPS file content recovery and reuse within InDesign. PDF2ID is the de-facto PDF conversion plug-in for InDesign, allowing anyone to open, convert and edit PDF and XPS documents in InDesign.
The plug-in requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Pricing ranges from US$99 to $299, depending on the configuration.
MCE Ships 1TB PCIe-based Flash storage upgrades for Retina...
MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) announces a 1TB internal PCIe-based Flash storage upgrade solution for late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The 1TB Upgrade Kits are based on the PCIe storage architecture in those machines and includes all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software. The MCE 1TB Internal PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrade solution costs US$999 and is available for immediate shipment.
The 1TB PCIe-based flash drives feature native Trim support to ensure longevity. They carry a one year warranty.
Apple updates AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch
As noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nppcz5z), Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch.
It now covers batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. Previously, it covered battery depletion of 50% or more from original capacity.
Apple will replace smart watch batteries that don't meet the 80% specification free as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. If it's not, the cost is $79.
Also, the Apple Watch, which originally rolled out in nine countries, arrives in seven more today: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. On July 17 the smartwatch is slated on go on sale in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.
Softube announces availability of Heartbeat drum synth software
Softube has released Heartbeat — its first software instrument for Mac OS X 10.8 or newer (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and Windows 8 or newer (VST/VST3/AAX).
It's drum synth software that draws its inspiration from Eighties-era-defining analog drum synths, HeartBeat does not emulate any existing drum machine. Mostly, its sounds are based on Softube’s own modeled analog synthesis, augmented with selected waveforms. Eight instruments are included — two different bass drums, two different snare drums, two percussion instruments, plus hi-hats and cymbal.
Heartbeat includes an effects section. Softube’s TSAR-1 reverb is included in a slightly modified form alongside the separately available Valley People Dyna-mite compressor/limiter/gate. The third effect, Filter Echo, is a new and characterful delay.
Heartbeat also features the Auto Layer Machine, which can be used to layer the instruments or create flams or small fill patterns. The Chaos slider adds a sense of randomness to the behavior of Auto...
MacPlay Releases Shelter 2 on the Mac App Store
Shelter 2, a game in which you play a powerful Lynx, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Developed by Might and Delight and released on the Mac App Store by MacPlay (www.macplay.com), Shelter 2 follows the life of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill.
Besides hunting there are several maternal and hunting features, such as calling the cubs closer, smell for prey, making sure they drink water from rivers and lifting and carrying your cubs from harm's way. Environments in Shelter 2 are much bigger than its predecessor.
Kwilt photo sharing keyboard for iOS now in beta testing
KwiltKeys, created by Kwilt, is the world's first all-in-one photo sharing keyboard for iOS devices.
KwiltKeys gives iPhone and iPad owners access to their photos from any source, including the camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Photobucket, Google+ and more all in one place right at their fingertips.
"KwiltKeys eliminates the barriers to communicating and sharing photos, while making everyday conversations more lively and fun," says Marc-Antoine Benglia, CEO at Kwilt. "KwiltKeys gives users an intuitive photo sharing experience and removes the hassle of having to navigate between platforms and apps to locate and share a specific image."
KwiltKeys streamlines users’ photo-sharing experience by giving users direct photo access, right on their mobile keyboard without ever having to leave their keyboard or switch between apps. Key features includes:
° Streams photos from over a dozen of the most popular photo and social networking platforms without needing or using...
TinyKeep invades the Mac and iOS devices
Digital Tribe Games' TinyKeep game (http://digitaltribegames.com/tinykeep/) is now available for Mac OS X and iOS at, respectively, the Mac App Store and Apple App Store for $7.99 and $4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Gamers will assume the role of the hopeless prisoner who must escape TinyKeep. Players lure monsters into traps, knock over torches to set the dungeon alight and free prisoners to help them in their escape. There are many ways to survive the TinyKeep, and many ways to die.
"Use traps and environmental hazards to your advantage - fire, spike pits and rotating crushers hurt your enemies as well as you. Collect coins from fallen foes to purchase random player-altering Buffs that just might give you the advantage you need to make it out alive. Rescue other captives to fight alongside you, but beware as you never know which ones have gone crazy trapped up in the Keep. Experience three separate endings to the game, depending on how you play."
Red Giant to produce new Film Team Experiments each month
Red Giant's film team (www.redgiant.com) will be producing new Film Team Experiments each month.
Packed with visual effects and running at under 60-seconds each, these short films will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes breakdown that walks viewers through the filmmaking and post-production process. Every Film Team Experiment will feature visual effects techniques — both practical and CGI — that achieve Hollywood-quality results on a small budget, says Aharon Rabinowitz, executive producer at Red Giant Films.
Viewers will learn how to create visuals, such as heat waves off of a bullet, Thor-like lightning effects, dangerous-looking stunt driving, and more. Behind-the-scenes films will explain the techniques used to create each effect, showing novice and experienced filmmakers alike how they can apply the same effect to their films.
Pharrell's 'Freedom' to be Apple Music exclusive
Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. His new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30, the artist announced on Twitter.
No word on how long the song will be an Apple Music exclusive — or whether Pharrell's upcoming album might be Apple Music only for a limited time. Apple is reportedly negotiating with other artists for exclusive releases.
Apple’s streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Apple's Lisa jackson takes on new duties
Apple says Lisa Jackson — now vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will taken on additional duties beyond company related environmental issues. She'll be responsible for all policy initiatives including worldwide government affairs, education, accessibility and social concerns.
In a memo sent out to employees — as noted by The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1Naz6fx) — CEO Tim Cook explained the broader area of responsibility will see Jackson managing government affairs, a task with which she is familiar given her former role as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"Lisa will apply her passion and her unique skill set to integrate teams across Apple and make our impact even greater. As part of her new role, Lisa will also take over management of our worldwide Government Affairs function," the memo reads.
Apple hired Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson to oversee environmental activities in May 2013. She stepped down as EPA head...
Apple Music strikes deals with independent label organization
Apple has made deals with the independent label's digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, reports Billboard (http://bit.ly/1Rw1nhW).
In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."
On Tuesday Apple reversed course and said it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service. This happened after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album “1989” from Apple Music. Apple's streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog Plug-in, Troi File Plug-...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has rolled out updates for Troi Dialog Plug-in and Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 6.1.1 is a maintenance release.
A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 6.1.1 is free for all users of version 6.0 and 6.1. The 6.1.1 version works with the 6.0 version of the registration.
Troi File Plug-in is a tool for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. Version 8.0.2 fixes a bug in the Reveal function.
A demo is available for download.The upgrade to version 8.0.2 is free for all users of version 8.0 and 8.0.1. The 8.0.2 version works with the 8.0 version of the registration.
Both updated plug-ins work with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-ins can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The...
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.30, a compatibility update to its professional solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, prepress bureaus, ad agencies and publishing houses worldwide by offering batch processing with powerful and time-saving output options. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently announced 2015 release of InDesign CC, featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
The update is offered free of charge to Output Factory users. The same version of Output Factory can be used with any version of InDesign from CS3 and later.
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.5 adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4, QuarkXPress 11, Microsoft Office 2016 Preview and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.
Cocktail 5 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Hasten app designed to reduce lags for Mac gamers
If you've played games online you may have suffered from lags and kicks. Hasten (http://www.nspira.com/hasten) is a new, US$5.99 status bar app for Mac OS X designed to reduce your latency to remote servers.
This helps to reduce your lag when playing online games and improve your performance by providing a smoother connection to the server. Hasten does this by optimizing your network performance to send vital data more quickly to the remote server, according to the app developers at Nspira.
"One of the main causes of lag when playing online, is the result of the server waiting for data from your computer," they say. "Delays can be caused by congestion on the internet. If there is a delay in the server receiving data, its causes lag. Hasten helps to prevent this congestion by changing how your Mac transfers data over the Internet."
Magic Flowers app brings timelapse flowers to the Mac
Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has introduced Magic Flowers 1.0 (movingart.com/magicflowers), an app exclusively for Mac OS X.
Captured by the "master of timelapse," Louie Schwartzberg, Magic Flowers delivers slow-moving timelapse flowers to be used as wallpapers and screen savers. It includes 42 moving flower wallpapers; 22 are built into the app and 20 are downloaded after you install the app.
Magic Flowers is compatible with OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Apple now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth SIG
Apple is now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (https://www.bluetooth.org). Founded in 1998, it's a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. The SIG owns the Bluetooth trademarks and oversees development of the Bluetooth standard.
The Bluetooth SIG’s main tasks are to: publish Bluetooth specifications; administer the qualification program; protect the Bluetooth trademarks; and evangelize Bluetooth wireless technology. Promoter members get voting rights on Bluetooth corporate matters and a guaranteed seat on the board of directors.
Other Promoter Members are Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba. Apple will now have even more influence over the tech roadmap for Bluetooth.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015
Zevrix Solutions has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.45, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets an user interface refresh
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has released AppDelete 4.2.1, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher).
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. AppDelete 4.2.1 is a Yosemite optimized version that includes an user interface refresh.
AppDelete 4.2.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available
Flavours 2 Lite brings themes to Yosemite
Interacto Labs has announced Flavours 2 Lite for OS X Yosemite. It features a hand picked selection of 128 themes and their variants and lets you change the look of OS X.
Flavours 2 Lite was designed and built from the ground up for OS X Yosemite. It features a revamped user interface and introduces a new lightweight, fast theming engine.
Flavours costs US$5 and can be downloaded from the Flavours website (http://flavours.interacto.net/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite.
Apple says it will pay artists for free three-month trial of...
Apple has changed its policy and now says it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service, after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album "1989" from Apple Music, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/nvfyeqg).
"When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview with Reuters.
Swift, 25, said in a Tumblr post (bit.ly/1eAa3Ys) on Sunday that she would hold back her album as she found Apple's policy of not paying artists during free trial shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.
After Apple reversed course, she turned to Twitter to thank both Apple and her supporters, telling her 59 million Twitter followers: "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."
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Birdie Golf released on the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Birdie Golf 1.0 for OS X (10.8 and higher), a free sequel to the previous games, GL Golf and Nova Golf. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Play the famous Birdie Links club for free while starting your career as a professional golfer, then unlock all of the prestigious tournaments and courses with in-game coin currency. Birdie Golf is simple enough to pick up and play but deep enough to keep you coming back over and over again."
Econ Technologies updates ChronoSync, ChronoAgent for OS X
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent to version 1.5.3.
Both updates contain several fixes and, as always, whether it’s a minor or major update all existing users update for free. For new users ChronoSync costs US$49.99and ChronoAgent costs $14.99.
ChronoSync automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac.
Apple announces iMac 3TB hard drive replacement program
Apple has announced a 3TB hard drive replacement program for some iMacs. The company says it's determined that a "very small number" of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.
Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 3TB hard drive, you can enter your serial number at http://tinyurl.com/ndk57bf to see if it's part of this program.
iPad mini disappears from Apple's website
The original iPad mini is no longer listed onApple’s web site, nor can you buy it from Apple's online store, notes 9to5Mac.com.
Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger iPad Air and iPad Air 2, the article notes. Apple continued to sell the 16GB iPad mini as an entry-level model alongside two of its sequels, dropping its price to US$299 in October 2013, then $249 in October 2014.
Taylor Swift's '1989' album won't stream on...
1989, Taylor Swift's album that was released six months ago, won't be available on Apple Music, reports BuzzFeed (http://tinyurl.com/pv99758). That's no big surprise, as it's not available on any music streaming platform.
However, Swift’s back catalog, which is currently available on many streaming services that require users to pay for a subscription — including Rdio and Tidal — will be found on Apple Music. The artist has never been a fan of streaming music services, saying "music should be consumed as albums," notes BuzzFeed. In November, she removed all of her music from Spotify, arguing that its free version devalues the art form.
Apple Music launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Eltima Software releases Typeeto 1.1 for OS X
Eltima Software has announced Typeeto 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/pl4arjk), an update to their keyboard controller for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
Typeeto provides real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices, such as iOS, Android, game consoles and other gadgets. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click. Version 1.1 release boasts a number of improvements.
Typeeto 1.1 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Default Folder X 4.7.2 fixes Yosemite file dialogs, addresses...
St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has released Default Folder X 4.7.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.2 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as addressing issues within Default Folder X itself.
Default Folder X 4.7.2 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Citizens oppose Apple's proposed data center near Athenry,...
A group of local citizens is opposing Apple's proposed €850 million data center near Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland, according to The Irish Times (http://tinyurl.com/olvyfw2).
Energy use concerns, impact of noise on a local primary school and on bird life, and the potential for a "greenway" cycle route are among the issues raised in a number of submissions on the project lodged with the Galway County Council by residents of Lisheenkyle, near Oranmore in Co Galway. The governing body was supposed to reach a decision on Apple's application on Thursday, but is now seeking "further information."
The residents are critical of the environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanying Apple’s planning application, which seeks approval for a 24,505 square meter, single-story data center building, along with logistics, administration, maintenance and security buildings in the townland of Palmerstown and Toberroe near Athenry, notes The Irish Times. Apple's application includes proposals for 18...
Samsung asks court to review damages in legal battle with Apple
Samsung has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with Apple, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/o2q4luj).
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 now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of its entire profits from products found to infringe Apple’s design patents, according to a Samsung filing Wednesday in the appeals court.
The court affirmed a jury’s verdict finding that Samsung violated Apple’s design and utility patents. However, the appeals court also ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s trade dress, and overturned the jury’s findings on that issue.
This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had filed more...
DxO introduces DSLR-quality camera that attaches directly to the...
DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that delivers DSLR image quality and which attaches directly to an iPhone.
At 3.8 ounces and 2.65 inches tall, the DxO ONE fits in a pocket, yet features a f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor. Made of aluminum, the DxO ONE that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad in mind; it attaches via the Lightning connector, turning the Apple smartphone display into the camera's viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction/
The DxO ONE achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using the SuperRAW technology, on par with full frame DSLRs and dramatically higher than any smartphone, according to Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. A SuperRAW file is the result of four RAW frames captured in quick succession.
"It's possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small," Meniere adds. "The shallow...
DriveDX now supports Yosemite's dark mode
BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.4 (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an upgrade of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring.
It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get advanced warning before their drives fail.
Version 1.4 supports the "dark mode" of Mac OS X Yosemite. The user can now turn off the S.M.A.R.T attribute (health indictor) raw value alert and more.
The software requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer. DriveDx 1.4.0 has four types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion: personal license - US$19.99; family license - $39.99; business license - starting from $99.99; and IT-Consultant License, starting from $49.99.
DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website or through the Mac App Store (a personal license only). A fully functional, 10-day trial version is available for download at the...
321 Software releases EasySplitMerge 2.0.1 for Mac OS X
321Soft (www.321soft.com) has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.1, an update of the file splitter and merger for Mac OS X.
It lets you split a large file into multiple chunks, then rejoin them. EasySplitMerge supports most types of files.
A demo version is available for download. A single user license is available for US$19.95. EasySplitMerge requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
Samsung announces 'thinnest, lightest 4TB external hard...
Samsung HDD (http://samsunghdd.seagate.com), a division of Seagate Technology, has announced 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which the company says are the first 4TB USB-powered single drive solutions to come in 2.5-inch cases in the world.
"Previously only attainable in desktop or bulky multi-drive internal designs, we can now achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive thanks to the latest Samsung HDD technology," says Dave Klenske, director of product line management, Samsung HDD. "By going to a single drive solution, we can power the drive through just a USB connection while fitting it into a case that is only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive."
The 4TB Samsung M3 Portable and the Samsung P3 Portable drives measure 0.78 inches thin and weigh only 8.3 ounces. They operate at USB 3.0 speeds without requiring any external power supplies.
The Samsung 4TB M3 and MP Portable hard drives will be available in late June. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Researchers claim to have found zero-day flaws in iOS, OS X
Six university researchers claim to have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, saying it's possible to crack Apple's Keychain, break app sandboxes and bypass its App Store security checks so that attackers can steal passwords from any installed app including the native email client without being detected, reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/o4y4wja).
The team says it was able to upload malware to the Apple app store, passing the vetting process without triggering alerts that could raid the keychain to steal passwords for services including iCloud and the Mail app, and all those store within Google Chrome. Lead researcher says he and his team complied with Apple's request to withhold publication of the research for six months, but had not heard back as of the time of writing. They say the holes are still present in the Apple operating systems, says The Register.
EverWeb 1.8 for Mac OS X gets enhanced e-commerce support
RAGE Software has revved EverWeb (www.everwebapp.com), its website design and publishing tool for OS X, to version 1.8.
EverWeb is designed to remove all the hurdles from designing, creating, and publishing professional websites with a complete drag and drop user interface for website creation combined with a one-click publishing solution. Version 1.8 brings enhanced e-commerce support with greater control over product options and the payment process, full width objects that expand with the browser width, automatic project backups to prevent data loss and much more.
EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service and costs US$79.95 — or an EverWeb + Hosting option which includes both the software and web hosting starting at $99.95 USD/year. The EverWeb + Hosting option comes with live, 24/7 phone support.
Candy Apple for Mac OS X adds support for SVG export
MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com) has updated Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.
It lets you create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.7 adds support for exporting in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, adds video tutorials to the MacAppware website, and fixes a couple bugs reported by users.
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available on both the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website, for a limited time discount of US$14.99, a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99.
Mellel 3.4 adds advanced export options, and language switching
RedleX has announced Mellel 3.4 (http://www.mellel.com/mellel), an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.
Available in a regular, educational, and "lite" version, Mellel offers a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.4 introduces enhanced export to PDF, various improvements for language switching, excelarated FindSets, and more.
Mellel 3.4 is released concurrently with Mellel for iPad, a sibling version of Mellel for iPads. Mellel for iPad supports display of all the features in Mellel 3.4, with easy moving back and forth between the two versions.