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Sep 09
Agenda set for the Amsterdam SuperMeet
The agenda has now been set for the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place during IBC2015 on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam. The SuperMeet agenda will feature three time Oscar winning film and sound editor, Walter Murch as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP/NVIDIA, Boris/Imagineer, and local stop-motion animator/filmmaker, Mascha Halberstad. Tickets to the the Amsterdam SuperMeet can be purchased at the SuperMeet website. Doors open at 16:30 and SuperMeet stage show begins at 19:00. The SuperMeet Digital Showcase wills start at 16:30 and featureg 17 software and hardware developers including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, HP/NVIDIA, iZotope, Audio Network, ACES, BorisFX, CoreMelt, FieldCast, The Future Store, FxFactory, GenArts, HighPoint, Intelligent Assistance, Imagineer Systems, Lumberjack, Pond5, Quantum | StorNext, and Red Giant. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle," where currently over 68,000...
Sep 09
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 9
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Bugart Games has announced Quby Jump. It's an US$1.99 game in which you must jump and fly over a variety of boxes. Hybrid Humans has unleashed Hop Hop Away. It's a $2.99 puzzle action game about the bunnies living in the EVOL circus. In this two-dimensional world, you must solve each level's puzzle and utilize the game's mechanics to cheer up the bunnies in their journey the best way you can. Anawiki Games has released Avalon Legends Solitaire 2. In the game, you harness the power of the cards as you travel across Avalon through 300 crafted levels of solitaire to collect the resources you need to restore the kingdom to glory. Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 is free, but does tout in-app purchases.
Sep 08
SwiftCapture is new OS X video capture, animation software
Ben Software has introduced SwiftCapture, Mac OS X software product for high-performance video capture. It lets you create video recordings, timelapse captures and stop-motion movies from a variety of video input devices. SwiftCapture supports any video input device that works on a Mac, including built-in FaceTime and iSight cameras, USB webcams and the Blackmagic range of devices. It records standard MOV and MP4 movie files. SwiftCapture costs approximately US$46 for a single-user license and about $630) for a site license. A 30-day fully-functional trial version of SwiftCapture is available for download (www.bensoftware.com).
Sep 08
Tune Sweeper 4 identifies Apple Music Tracks in iTunes
Wide Angle Software (www.wideanglesoftware.com) has unveiled Tune Sweeper 4, an update to their iTunes clean-up utility for Mac OS X. Tune Sweeper helps keep iTunes music libraries clean and organized. The app not only keeps iTunes libraries duplicate free and free from missing files, but also fixes missing artwork and track information too. Version 4 identifies tracks from Apple Music, making it simpler to see which songs will vanish from iTunes if users cancel their Apple Music subscription. Tune Sweeper 4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$24.99; a demo is available for download.
Sep 08
AppDelete 4.2.2 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite
Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.2.2 (http://tinyurl.com/ngg3ugq), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X. Via drag and drop, the software will uninstall just about anything along with all of its associated items. You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, screensavers, etc. Version 4.2.2 has been optimized for OS X Yosemite (though it's still backwards compatible with Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks). It has a refreshed user interface, improved search algorithm, and the ability to to copy/paste from the log. AppDelete 4.2.2 requires OS X Version 10.7 Lion or later. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available. Version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade.
Sep 08
LinkOptimizer Light for InDesign adds Resolution, color editing...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer Light 4.6, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and convert colors. Version 4.6 lets the Light version users access several new features from the full version such as  resolution upsampling, color profile conversion, presets sharing and other. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix's website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The 4.6 update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015. Mac OS X 10.11 will be supported upon release.
Sep 08
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 8
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Marbotic has announced Vocabubble for the iPad. With the US$2.99 app, children from 3 to 7 years discover new words in a "quirky and fun" universe: artichoke, iguana, Zeus, or even tablet. Each letter of the alphabet has several pictures that come to life, allowing them to discover the word spelled out in full. The illustrations come from the Pictorial Webster's dictionary. Foodworthy is a new, free app for finding and sharing photos of the hottest local food. It gives users the ability to capture their meal and get up-to-date results of the most popular food in their area. Full Fat has released Magic MixUp, a magical puzzle game for iOS devices. Join Luna as she makes her way through a magical fairyland, starting out in her humble village, through the enchanted caves and a winter wonderland and beyond. To help her on her way she can collect stickers to unlock...
Sep 07
Have a great Labor Day
Today is Labor Day in the U.S., so "MacNews" and "MacTech" will be closed. Have a great day with family and friends and be safe if you're traveling.
Sep 04
AKVIS releases Coloriage 10 for Mac OS X
AKVIS has released AKVIS Coloriage 10, a new version of its photo colorization software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The upgrade offers variations of coloring, new print options, and other changes. Coloriage lets you colorize black and white photos, replace colors in color images, perform selective desaturation or coloring. Using the program you can also turn modern digital pictures into vintage black and white images or make a sepia effect. It works for coloring portraits, landscapes, fashion, and still life. The skin, sky, verdure, and tree color patterns help you to select realistic colors for your pictures. AKVIS Coloriage 10's Variations of Colorization option makes it possible to save colorization results into the special section. You can switch between them to compare different versions of colorization. However, this feature is only available to Home Deluxe and Business licenses owners. For the users of all versions, version 10 also offers new print options,...
Sep 04
Kenton cultivates connections with bi-directional MIDI to DIN...
MIDI utilities specialist Kenton has released the D-SYNC bi- directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor, a new addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes that converts MIDI Clock to DIN Sync (sync24) and DIN Sync to MIDI Clock signals. Central to its namesake MIDI to DIN Sync-converting "dialogue" is an ability to receive MIDI Clock and run/stop signals and convert them to DIN Sync (sync24) and back again. The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor conveniently packs MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, SYNC IN, and SYNC OUT five-pin DIN sockets into a road-ready metal box finished in brushed aluminum. The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor can be purchased for approximately US$88. Go to http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/d-sync.shtml for more info. (Note that a currently in beta testing firmware update will enable the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor to work with vintage sync48-equipped devices, such as those from Korg,...
Sep 04
A Better Finder Rename 10 starts public beta testing
publicspace.net has released the first public beta (http://tinyurl.com/okgp67f) of the upcoming 10th generation of their batch file renaming solution. Version 10 introduces context aware highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface. A Better Finder Rename's streamlined interface includes an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features. Version 10 introduces context-aware highlighting in its Instant Preview table to make it easier than ever to dial in the correct settings. The Multi-Step Rename Interface gets a major overhaul. The new Preview Pane provides extensive information about any selected file including a graphical preview of the file's contents and its meta-data. Finally, version 10 features a new graphical style that merge...
Sep 04
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 4
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. SAHM, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, has announced THRIVE, a new, free mobile app as part of a collaboration with Pfizer and UNITY Consortium. THRIVE provides parents with an interactive resource to help teens and young adults aged 16 to 25 understand their role in, and increase ownership over their own health. The app features a library of teen health and wellness topics relevant to this transformative and often complex stage of life. Joy Renee and David Weber of Sinapis Apps have released PrismaJoy. The free entertainment app allows anyone to an artist by coloring PrismaJoy's original art. Qrayon has introduced Cardflow+ for the iPad, the latest in their line of digital stationery products. It simulates working with collections of index cards organized on a large board. There are two editions of Cardflow. Cardflow 1.0 (Standard Edition) is free....
Sep 03
comScore: Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in July
comScore (www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has reported its July data on key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for July 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 51.4 percent platform market share. Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in July with 51.4 percent market share (down from 52.2% in June), followed by Apple with 44.2 percent (up 1.1 percentage points from July). Microsoft had 2.9 percent, BlackBerry had 1.3 percent and Symbian had 0.1 percent. Approximately 191.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77.1 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in July. Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 73.3 percent of the app audience, followed by Facebook Messenger (59.5 percent), YouTube (59.3 percent) and Google Search (52 percent). 
Sep 03
Wacom introduces new Intuos tablets
Wacom (www.wacom.com) has launched the next generation of its Intuos product family. The new range of Intuos Pen & Touch tablets consists of four models: Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only). Each model includes free creative software as well as additional training and service offers. The pen tablets come in two different sizes (small and medium), a choice of colors (white, blue and black) and a pen or pen & touch version – with a wireless connection kit as an optional accessory. Containing many of the original Intuos' features, the new range offers 1,024 pen pressure-sensitivity levels to add details to drawings and photos, multi-touch capability that allows users to zoom and rotate their work at the flick of a finger and four customizable ExpressKeys. The tablet's ergonomic design ensures that photographers and artists can comfortably work creatively over long periods of time, says Jeff Mandell, executive vice president at Wacom. Intuos Draw is...
Sep 03
Judge says no to new Apple-Smartflash trial
A Texas federal judge has denied Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit; however, he also upheld a decision to toss US$532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/nonsll5). U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap nixed Apple's request on the basis that the jury's verdict was supported by adequate evidence and thus shouldn't be overturned, according to court documents (http://tinyurl.com/qdzm9px). He also defended the validity of the disputed patents, and dismissed an Apple allegation that the court made a mistake omitting a jury instruction about prior art. On Feb. 26, 2015 — one day after Apple was ordered to pay an US$532.9 million settlement to Smartflash for alleged patent infringement, the Texas-based patent licensing firm — the company sued Apple again over the same patents. The new lawsuit covered Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed. These...
Sep 03
Over one million Apple Watches sold in China
Sales of the Apple Watch in China have exceeded 1.07 million total devices, according to a big data analysis by a Chinese company called TalkingData — as noted by BusinessInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qdxdsmb). TalkingData is a mobile app monitoring platform used by 80,000 apps, including China's chat app WeChat. WeChat has over one billion registered users, and 549 monthly active users.
Sep 03
Final approval granted to 'anti-poaching' lawsuit...
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/n9pv3k2). She had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. However, in March Koh said she was satisfied after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. The lawsuit involved about 60,000 Silicon Valley workers who claimed that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe conspired to drive down wages by agreeing not to “poach” each other’s employees. The complaint sought restitution for lost compensation and treble damages for the anti-competitive employment practices of the aforementioned companies.
Sep 03
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 17
MAXON (www.maxon.net) has announced the immediate availability of Cinema 4D Release 17 (R17), the newest version of its 3D software solution for motion graphics, visual effects, visualization and rendering. Cinema 4D R17 delivers new features to increase production pipeline performance and positively impact the creative experience. According to MAXON these include: the new Take System that offers functions above and beyond those of any conventional render layer system; Render Tokens to easily organize rendering tasks and files, with project-file-based names, named object buffers, and folders for each pass; a versatile new Color Chooser; and updated import and export functions. R17 also sports innovative sculpting functions, expanded motion tracking features and completely reworked spline tools that enhance the modeling, sculpting and animation design workflow. Cinema 4D Release 17 is available at MAXON or its authorized dealers. MAXON customers with a MAXON Service Agreement (MSA)...
Sep 02
Data Rescue software now available for entry level price of $49
Prosoft Engineering has announced new lower-cost license options with the release of Data Rescue 4.2. These new license options offer entry-level price points that are designed for customers looking to recover just a few files. Data Rescue is computer recovery software for the Mac.  Data Rescue Free, Data Rescue Lite, and Data Rescue Full offer licensing options based on specific recovery needs. Data Rescue 4.2 is available to purchase directly from www.prosofteng.com.
Sep 02
WD rolls out the My Book Pro external storage solution
WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device, providing professionals and enthusiasts who must efficiently manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435 MB/s transfer rates on WD's fastest external storage solution yet.  It comes in capacity options including 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB, the power of two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller. "The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow.  We've been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it," says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD's Content Solutions business. "It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments."  The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store at...
Sep 02
Apple, Samsung headed back to court in early 2016
The fourth jury trial between Apple and Samsung over alleged patent infringements is set for early 2016, according to The Recorder (http://tinyurl.com/ouur2ez). U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the revised damages will be determined by a jury trial in March or April 2016. Last month, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the Supreme Court. "The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote. 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...
Sep 02
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 2
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Quark Solutions has announced All My Guitars. The USS$0.99 app allows input of information about individual guitars, along with a sound sample and images. You can create a PDF of your entire guitar collection for documentation, insurance purposes or just to share with other guitar aficionados. room.me says it's now available across California online and via its newly launched iOS app. By answering questions about interests, opinions, lifestyle and housing needs, room.me's smart algorithm connects potential roommates based on personality matching. Hai Pham has released WordCaptain. The free app is designed to help you retain and memorize new words in their context. WordCaptain allows you to look up any unfamiliar English words and instantly translate them into your native language when you read on any website from the built-in web browser or reading references listed...
Sep 02
CS Odessa announces 25 Typical Orgcharts solution for...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution for Concept Pro 10 to assist users to build organizational chart structures. Inside the 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution there are (as you might guess) 25 organizational templates. They allow you to depict an array of organizational structure types and to represent any matrix organization structure, functional organizational structure, or business structure. The 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution contains predesigned samples and vector shape libraries that contain icons for illustrating an organizational structure chart. The 25 Typical Orgchart Solution for ConceptDraw Pro costs US$25.
Sep 01
Apple plans a 'next generation' retail store in the...
Apple is planning to move its Germantown store (in the Memphis, Tennessee area) with a “next generation” design planned for the new location, reports the Memphis Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/pjx8st4). The Cupertino, California-basec company has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new storefront and interior renovation at 2031 West St., within the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Apple’s current store (pictured) is at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., in the Shops of Saddle Creek North. Rick Millitello, who presented the plan to the design commission on behalf of Apple, said the store will be one of the first to feature Apple’s new store design, notes the Memphis Daily News. He adds that other aspects of the design include a matte granite reinforced panel on the exterior as well as natural oak tables inside. The store will also feature a changeable display that will include living plants at times, TV displays that...
Sep 01
JixiPix introduces RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android
JixiPix (www.jixipix.com) has launched a new photo app called RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It applies combinations of texture and tone to photos, then brings focus to the subject in the form of a ripped paper effect. RipPix lets you create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cutout objects. It includes 55 worn textures, 34 ages papers, 20 one-touch presets, the ability to replace the foreground photo, the ability to add and remove edges to cut photos, and a Move Image Tool moves and transforms ripped and bordered pieces. The Mac OS X version of RipPix costs US$4.99 for a limited time (it's regularly $9.99) and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version of RipPix costs $0.99 for a limited time (it's normally $2.99) and is available for download at the Apple App Store.
Sep 01
eFileCabinet announces compatibility with Mac OS X
eFileCabinet, a hosted electronic document management (EDM) solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online will be compatible with the Mac platform effective November. "Mac support was a major strategic goal and fills a gap that our customers were requesting," says Matt Peterson, CEO of eFileCabinet. "With the added compatibility, we are able to target a whole new market of SMB customers and provide them with a solution to make sure their document management needs are more accessible and manageable while meeting all regulations and compliance standards, ultimately helping them to be more efficient and profitable." eFileCabinet products are used by more than 150,000 users worldwide to provide simple but effective document management solutions to store, categorize, search, manage, and share, all with the required security to protect content in transit and at rest for audits. To learn more about eFileCabinet and its products...
Sep 01
Seagate develops world’s highest density mobile hard drive...
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) says it's achieved a major milestone in areal density with a new hard disk that can offer as much as 2TB of capacity in a slim 7mm package. This achievement is significant because in final product form it will give OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] the freedom to design a new generation of elegant mobile products that are extremely thin and stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective, says Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25TB SSD at a substantially lower cost," he adds. The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—to achieve even greater areal densities. It weighs just 3.17 ounces, and is 25 percent lighter than the previous generation of Seagate’s mobile...
Sep 01
WaterField Designs unveils the Cosmzo 2.0 laptop briefcase
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Cozmo 2.0, an all-leather laptop briefcase. You can stow your laptop in the padded laptop compartment and have plenty of room for lots more gear. The Cozmo’s naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain leather—sourced from a US Tannery—is soft and luxurious, says Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. A deep outside front pocket secures shut with a leather tab and classic metal screw stud. There are waterproof zippers. A stiff (hidden) plate lines the bottom of the bag giving it structure to stand on its own. Additional features address professionals’ daily needs. Dual zippers open the main compartment wide for access to the interior. A gold liner brightens the main compartment as if someone “turned a light on” inside. A padded laptop compartment lines one side; on the other, two internal hanging pockets add organization capability, and a key tether keeps keys or a pouch at hand in a hurry. Comfortable dual leather handles...
Sep 01
New work life conference announced for FileMaker consultants
The Find Your Moose conference (https://findyourmoose.com/), a work/life conference for FileMaker developers and consultants will be held Oct. 28-29, in downtown Chicago. Attendees who register by Aug. 31 will receive an "early bird" discount that saves US$100 on the usual conference fee. The conference is hosted by Elusive Moose, an organization led by FileMaker developers Molly Thorsen Connolly and Jason Mundok. They designed the conference "to help independent consultants and owners of consulting firms find the balance required to enjoy life as successful entrepreneurs." Topics cover work life balance, including sessions on optimizing sales and marketing; effective time and project management; networking; managing personal and business finances, reducing stress, and aligning personal and work cultures. There are over 15 sessions to choose from over the course of two days. Find Your Moose 2015 is open to: FileMaker developers; software, design, social media, and marketing...
Sep 01
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 1
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Andrew Kaz has introduced TurnTable, which provides a new graphical interface for music. The app lets you scroll through a quilt of albums, flick through full-screen Records, and scroll through charts of Artists, and their discographies. Tap an Album, and it's just like an album; the track titles "printed" right on full-screen album art. TurnTable is being offered for US$2.99 for a limited time. Zach Gage has announced Sage Solitaire. It's a free solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Klondike Solitaire with the depth of poker. Newtronium has released SkillShot. In the game players engage in a squash-like single-player experience by trying to hit the ball against the wall as many times as possible, without hitting the floor twice in a row or going out of bounds. SkillShot is available in a free, ad-supported version and an $0.99, ad-free version. Simian...
Aug 31
Apple, Cisco partner on enterprise venture
Apple and Cisco have nnounced a partnership to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration the on iPhone and iPad. "Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive," says Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness." To address the ever-increasing demands on corporate infrastructure, Cisco networks and iOS devices will be optimized so that they work together more efficiently and reliably with the goal of providing users with even greater performance, he adds. What's more, Apple and...
Aug 31
Apple releases eighth 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.
Aug 31
Yoink for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1
Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink, to version 3.1. Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.1 sports a less cluttered interface, improved support for some apps (such as Mail and Photos), and reduced CPU usage. Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths. Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for $4.99. It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
Aug 31
Shimo VPN Client for Mac OS revved to version 4
Feingeist Software has announced Shimo 4, the latest update to its virtual private network client for Mac OS X.   Shimo integrates seamlessly with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. There's no need for an additional window to have full control over VPN connections. With Shimo, you can connect and disconnect, access statistics and information straight from the drop down menu bar on OS X. Version 4 offers increased security and user productivity. For more information and to get Shimo 4, visit Feingeist online (www.feingeist.io/) . A 30-day demo is available for download.
Aug 31
Survey: Apple devices at work are a security threat
PC Advisor (http://tinyurl.com/navms3s) reports that a new survey by Dimensional Research (http://www.dimensionalresearch.com), commissioned by cyber-threat security company, Centrify Corp., has found that user-owned Apple devices are massive security threat to businesses. Of the 2249 US workers surveyed, 45 percent said they used at least one Apple device for work. Results showed the majority of devices (63 percent) were owned by the user as opposed to the company, and are used to access work email, corporate documents and business applications. The study also discovered that 59 percent of Macs are used to access confidential company information and 65 percent are used to access regulated customer information. What's more, 51 percent of iPhones in the workplace are used to gain access to business applications with 58 percent of iPads used for the same purpose. Despite the popularity of Apple devices in the workplace, Dimensional Research says businesses don't invest enough resources...
Aug 31
Android Wear now works with iPhones
Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. It allows you to pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch. With it you can: ° Get your info at a glance: Check info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. ° Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate. ° Save time with smart help: Receive tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.” Android Wear for iOS works with the LG Watch Urbane. All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawe, Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS. The Android Wear app is due to appear on the Apple App Store at some point today.
Aug 31
Tips guidebook for the Apple Watch available
Stopframe has released their new "Apple Watch Unofficial Guide," a 164-page, eBook available in the iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips, tutorials and knowledge. Readers will learn how Apple's smartwatch is made, discover guides to each app, how to make the most of its unique operating system and much more. It's written by author Tom Rudderham and priced at US$2.99. The "Apple Watch Unofficial Guide" is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
Aug 28
Betas 1 lead Ian Rogers leaves Apple
Apple Music and Beats 1 lead Ian Rogers has unexpectedly left Apple two months since the Apple Music launch, reports the Financial Times (http://tinyurl.com/pfujvst). The departure is unexpected. Rogers is reportedly leaving to work for a Europe-based company in an unrelated industry. Apple said this month that 11 million people had signed up for free trials of Apple Music in the first four weeks since its launch. Spotify claims 75M active users, and Pandora has about 80M.
Aug 28
Fusion 8 Public Beta is available for download
Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). This beta is for the free version of Fusion 8 and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows. A beta for the paid version, Fusion 8 Studio, which adds stereoscopic 3D tools and is designed for multi user workgroups and larger studios, will be available shortly. However, current Fusion Studio customers can download the public beta for the free version of Fusion 8 and start using it today. This public beta is also the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. By bringing the free version of Fusion 8 to the Mac, high end visual effects are available to even more users than ever before, opening the door to millions of motion graphic artists, broadcast designers, video editors, visual effects compositors, and 3D animators. In...
Aug 28
PopChar X 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and is ready for El Capitan
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.2, an update of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. Version 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and prepares for OS X El Capitan, which is due this fall. It adds searchable descriptions and Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters and includes many enhancements that improve overall speed, stability, and compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications. PopChar X 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to PopChar X 7.2 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company's web site.
Aug 28
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 27
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Jumpin' Labs has released Geronimo for the iPhone and Apple Watch. It's a gesture-based, mobile email app. Pinkerton Road Studio and Phoenix Online Studios have announced that Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition, Jane Jensen’s remake of the 1993 classic Sierra hit, is available now for the iPad. It's an US$2.99 "moody, mature murder mystery." ZenBrains has introduced Swipeout! The free game is a combination of a mind-provoking puzzle and a quick-reactions game, in which players need to act quickly as well as think strategically and tactically. iThinkdiff has launched Math Mastery Multiplayer. The free game provides players with seven math problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When the player figures out the answer to each problem, they then have to find the answer in a grid of numbers. Sascha Rank and...
Aug 27
It's official; Apple will hold a media event on Sept. 9
It's official. Apple will hold a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 am (Pacific), at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The media invitation came with the teaser: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Apple will almost certainly announce new iPhones. Speculation also calls for the unveiling of the next generation Apple TV and perhaps new iPads. What's a bit unusual about the event is that it's being held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium instead of the Yerba Buena Center or Cupertino's Flint Center. Apparently, Apple is expecting a big presence as the Civic Auditorium seats 7,000 compared to 1,500 for the Yerba Center and 2,400 for the Flint Center.
Aug 27
Apple to hold a September event at SF's Bill Graham Civic...
Apple will hold a September event announcing new iPhones (and perhaps more) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, reports Hoodline (http://tinyurl.com/o8clrwl). An unnamed "trusted source, who wished to remain anonymous due to the extreme privacy surrounding the event, has shown us documentation from event logistics indicating that Apple is renting the building through September 12th," the article adds. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, an updated Apple TV, and perhaps new iPads sometime next month.
Aug 27
Haima Tech releases a Chinese Android emulator for Macs
Beijing's Haima Technology, a Chinese software developer, has released the first Chinese Android emulator for Macs, reports CCTime reported (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire). The emulator lets users develop and test Android applications on Mac computers. (CCTime is a Chinese website that covers telecommunications-related news.)
Aug 27
Media 100 launches free educational licensing program for...
Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced a limited-time program that provides free, perpetual Media 100 site licenses to qualified educational institutions. In addition, limited-time discounted pricing is available for qualified students and educators. Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X. Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software. Through Oct. 31, any educational institution that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students may apply for a free perpetual Media 100 v2.1.6 site license. A perpetual Boris RED site license is also included with support for Media 100, Adobe Premiere Pro, and standalone rendering on Mac. Through Oct. 31,...
Aug 26
Ex-TSMC employee found guilty of leaking tech secrets to Samsung
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, has won a lawsuit against a former employee who leaked secrets including 28-nm process technology to Samsung, reports the EE Times (http://tinyurl.com/osklm3r). Taiwan’s Supreme Court decided in favor of TSMC against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC's Advanced Modules Technology Division. After leaving TSMC, Liang became Samsung's System LSI division chief technology officer. The tech leak may have helped Samsung catch up and surpass TSMC in leading-edge 14-nm FinFET chips that foundry customers such as Qualcomm and Apple are designing for next-generation mobile devices, says the EE Times. Samsung has declined to comment on the case.
Aug 26
Addonics unveils host adapter with up to 20 Gbps throughput
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the 6G 4-port eSATA controller, a high performance host adapter that provides total throughput of up to 20 Gbps (20,000 Mbps) via single PCIe 4-lane slot. The Addonics’ controller supports any SATA hard drive, SSDs or optical drive. All drives appear as individual drives and can be configured to form a RAID group using the RAID utility of the operating system. By attaching four high performance SSDs, a high performance, large capacity storage system can be created by stripping the four drives using the OS RAID utility. The US$169 plug and play product is compatible with HDD, SSD, Optical Drives and Blu-Ray Drives. It can be installed into the PCI-Express 4 lanes slot (also fits into PCI-Express 8/16 Lane or the graphic card slot). It will fit just about any computing system with a standard full height slot. The controller is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, Linux or any operating system with a built-in AHCI driver.
Aug 26
Judge denies request by 'patent troll' to relaunch...
US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has shut down a non-practicing entity, or "patent troll," seeking to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Sony, Amazon, and Apple, among others, over 4G patents, reports MacNN (http://tinyurl.com/qhyh3e3). Patent aggregation company Acacia and subsidiary Adaptix has been denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology. The judge says it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements in place. Adaptix sued Apple in 2013 for patent infringement. The company claimed the iPhone 5 and iPad mini infringed upon their 4G technology. (By the way, a "patent troll" is a company that licenses patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.)
Aug 26
Tim Cook awarded $58 million of Apple stock
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been awarded company stock with a market value close to US$58 million, according to an SEC filing, as noted by Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nqmc4bf). The award came with stipulations that Apple’s TSR performance had to be in the top third of S&P 500 companies. The company now ranks 46th, which meant Cook’s stock options were vested. If Apple had wound up in the middle of the S&P 500, Cook’s award would have been reduced to 50 percent, while a placement in the bottom third would have earned him nothing, notes Cult of Mac. Cook still has 4.76 million outstanding restricted AAPL stock units, which will vest in 2016 and 2021. An additional 1.68 million will vest in six annual installments beginning 2016.
Aug 26
German court denies uniqueness of Apple's 'swipe to...
The German Federal Court of Justice has canceled Apple's patent for the swipe movement to unlock iPhones and iPads. The court said the patent in question was not a new invention, reports German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (http://tinyurl.com/nzl6hfd). Judges in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said Apple's European patent, which was applied for in 2006 and awarded in 2010, is not new and that a mobile phone from a Swedish company already displayed these characteristics before Apple's devices did. The Karlsruhe court thus maintained a decision passed by the German patents court, which Apple had pleaded against, declaring the European patent void within Germany. The German Federal Court is the country's highest authority which rules on patents cases. 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...
 

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