iPad Pro available for pre-order on Wednesday
Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in...
Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.
With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.
Taking observational data that describe a system or process, the software constructs a working mathematical model of that system by AI-powered, self-organizing knowledge extraction technologies. It implements a set of modeling tools such as self-detection of relevant input factors, cost-optimized and prevalence-sensitive classification, or similar patterns recognition, which is applied to health and life sciences related problems, energy forecasting, sales...
24U rolls out 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0
FileMaker solutions provider, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 13. 2
4U Toolbox Plug-In is designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0 brings full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro with improved stability on server, as well as a better registration interface.
24U Toolbox Plug-In is available as shareware. User can install it and try it out for 14 days for free. After this period, 24U Toolbox Plug-In can stop working and require a registration code.
Licenses for 24U Toolbox Plug-In start at US$49 per user and $499 per server. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 percent off the regular price if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 percent off if buying later.
Customers who have bought 24U Toolbox Plug-In within the last 30 days before...
NetShred X updated for El Capitan
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.6 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
Version 4.8.6 includes adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Thunderbird 38, and Apple Mail 9. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. For more info, go to http://mireth.com/products/netshred/ .
Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with Apple Pay
Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.
Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.
Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple TV and...
Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.
The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.
Beamer 3.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Beamer website (http://beamer-app.com/). Existing Beamer 2 owners can upgrade via Beamer's "Pay What You Want" upgrade program. .
SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite
SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.
RAID functionality was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan, leaving a gap in functionality for users that want to take advantage of RAID to improve system reliability and performance. SoftRAID Lite restores software mirroring (RAID 1) and striping (RAID 0) to the Mac, while adding the advanced features and disk health monitoring of the SoftRAID engine. SoftRAID Lite volumes are bootable and can be used on any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.
SoftRAID Lite has nearly all the features of the professional version of SoftRAID, except for RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 1+0 support, Email Notification, and the command line interface.
SoftRAID has also introduced the SoftRAID forum, an online knowledge...
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
Graphic Node revamps its Template Collection for iWork
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com) has released Bundle for iWork 4.0 for OS X, a revamped application previously marketed as Set for iWork.
Bundle for iWork packs over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. Beside the new name, this version will feature over 400 previously unreleased designs, and full support for OS X El Capitan. There’s also a price drop from $49.99 to $39.99.
After the latest update, Bundle for iWork carries a selection of designs: over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and 3D objects. All templates are available in the US and international paper sizes.
"This is our key product for iWork, so we pay special attention to...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to repair disk permissions and ability to reset home directory ACLs. It also contains new "Force Empty Trash" (with ability to securely empty the Trash) Automator action and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, 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.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). A demo is available. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire...
Pollen VC, Priori Data announce App Developer Millionaires Index
The app economy is maturing, opening up opportunities for a growing middle-class of app developers and companies to make it big. This is the key finding of The Millionaires Index, a research “snapshot” released as the first phase of a new research program spearheaded by Pollen VC (https://pollen.vc/#/), a FinTech company giving developers quicker access to their app store revenues, together with Priori Data (www.prioridata.com), a data-driven mobile app store intelligence company.
The Index reveals that a total of 1,887 app developers and companies have already generated $1 million in revenues from a mix of app purchases and in-app purchases in the last 12 months. The research draws on recent app store data and a review of “ranked”' apps, defined as apps that have been listed among the top grossing apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play to track growth in the number of Long Tail app developers and map their monthly revenues. Key findings include:
° Games continue to be the...
Fujitsu launches ScanSnap Sync
Fujitsu (www.fujitsu.com) has introduced ScanSnap Sync, which is designed to easier than ever for ScanSnap scanner customers to access and manage their scanned documents across multiple devices.
When scanning to an iOS or Android mobile device with the “ScanSnap Connect” app or launching ScanSnap Organizer on a Mac or PC documents are automatically synchronized with supported cloud services, utilizing the ScanSnap Sync application. Customers can then make edits to the documents and those changes are synchronized back to the mobile device when stored in the preconfigured ScanSnap Sync folder.
ScanSnap Sync is available now, via a free online update, and is compatible with the entire ScanSnap scanner lineup, including the ScanSnap iX500, iX100, SV600, S1300i and S1100i.
XcodeGhost still haunting ‘dozens’ of Apple mobile apps
Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware for a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.
The computer security firm FireEye said it detected that 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware "is a persistent security risk," according to computerworld.com. Last month, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, an application development tool from Apple. The malicious version, dubbed XcodeGhost, adds hidden code to apps, which can collect identifying information about a device or even open URLs.
In October Apple issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.
"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,"...
TapCommerce is a new mobile SMB solution
TapPublisher has launched TapCommerce, a mobile e-commerce solution for SMB and local businesses aimed to help them grow their sales and build customer loyalty.
It’s an app editor for creating native iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. TapPublisher uses 100 percent native iOS API [application programming interface] and Objective-C, says Frederic Aloe, co-founder and CEO.
Users create their app using a tool based on drag and drop. They can either use an app template (food trucks, restaurants, local producers, retailers, etc.) or create their app by adding modules from a comprehensive list (catalog, cart, payment , loyalty card, etc.). Apps can also integrate content from external sources such as Wordpress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each app can then be designed in their own unique style.
Before publishing, they can be previewed and tested in real conditions thanks to TapPlayer a free companion app available on the Apple App Store. Once the app is...
Sound Siphon 2.0.2 brings Free Public API for Mac Audio Capture
Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has announced Sound Siphon 2.0.2, an update to their audio capture application for Mac OS X.
The $39 app makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. Version 2.0.2 sports a public API (application programming interface) for third party developers, enabling them to access Sound Siphon's application audio capture abilities. Now a developer can add the ability to record application audio to their own Mac app. A demo is available for download.
CS Odessa adds solution for creating SIPOC diagrams
CS Odessa has announced the availability of a new Business Process Mapping solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The solution, based on ConceptDraw Pro’s vector drawing features, allows you to build diagrams and is available for $25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into a way to diagram suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers (SIPOC) diagrams. The solution allows users to define the scope of work for a team and helps one to identify at a high level any potential gaps between what a process expects from its suppliers and what customers expect from the process.
A SIPOC diagram maps processes and finds potential gaps between suppliers and inputs specifications. Also the Business Process Mapping solution will identify breaks between outputs specifications and customers’ expectations, thus defining the scope for process improvement activities.The new Business Process Mapping solution is available now for professionals who capture and...
Apple releases new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, tvOS
Apple has made available betas of Mac OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, and tvOS 9.1 to developers. tvOS is only compatible with the new fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote. (By the way, Apple is again warning that devices running iOS 9.2 can’t be restored to earlier versions of iOS.)
The new betas are available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.3, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrixcom). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.
Boris FX releases Boris Continuum Complete 10 for Avid
Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 10, brand new plug-in tools designed for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.
New features include integrated mocha technology for planar motion tracking and masking, BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX's next generation 3D titling and motion graphics tool. It includes new filters, new transitions, and a new subscription/rental option.
"BCC 10 builds on our company history of developing advanced and accelerated 3D titling, effects, and finishing tools," explains Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX. "The addition of Title Studio, Beauty Studio, mocha, new filters, and new transitions makes this our largest release to date and we are excited about early customer response. Beta testers from the Avid editing community have given us excellent feedback and we next look forward to delivering BCC 10 for Adobe, Apple, Resolve, and more hosts very soon."
BCC 10 for...
Mosaiscope launches news aggregation platform
Mosaiscope has launched its web-based platform, which allows news to be extracted from both sources and topics pre-selected by the user, as well as being able to add their own sources.
Founded by an early Tesla Motors employee, John Rokos, it’s the first product born from Enemy Tree, a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Mosaiscope allows consumers “to keep up with news and interests in an innovatively designed, user friendly, and constantly updating platform that ensures all the latest topics and sources, along with the most cutting edge and useful tools available, all working together to create a seamless experience,” says Rokos.
Mosaiscope is a free platform available on any device online at www.Mosaiscope.com. More features and function available with a Mosaiscope Premium subscription.
Flexera Software App Portal adds Mac support
Flexera Software (http://www.flexerasoftware.com/) — a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises — announced the latest release of its universal enterprise app store, App Portal.
The new release provides support for the growing number of enterprises who want to deliver cloud apps to their employees, support Mac environments, and track time and cost savings associated with implementing a self-service enterprise app store, according to Maureen Polte, vice president of Product Management for Flexera Software. He adds that it’s the only universal enterprise app store that also delivers back-end governance, like software license management, approvals and workflow, which can be implemented stand-alone or within an organization’s IT Service Management system such as ServiceNow or BMC Remedy.
App Portal now offers self-service provisioning of Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office 365, Box, and other...
Quark’s special software bundle runs through Nov. 30
Quark Software (www.quark.com) has announced a new special bundle offer for users who upgrade to or purchase QuarkXPress 2015 in November.
Throughout the month, all eligible purchases of QuarkXPress 2015 will include a free copy of AutoCorrectXT, a QuarkXPress XTension worth $50 from AthenaSoft. AutoCorrectXT is the professional choice when it comes to "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections in QuarkXPress 2015 documents.
It provides language-based spelling dictionaries and custom support for correcting misspelled words for more than 10 languages, including US English, International English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Norwegian. AutoCorrectXT also offers customized support for correcting misspelled words in real time as they are typed, enabling editors and typographers at every skill level to create accurate QuarkXPress documents quickly.
Apple, other tech companies form Financial Innovation Now
Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (www.financialinnovationnow.org), a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”
“Innovation is coming to financial services, and now is the time for Washington to help enable a modern financial system that is more accessible, affordable, and secure,” Brian Peters, executive director of Financial Innovation Now, said in a press release “This alliance of remarkably innovative companies brings a new voice to Washington’s financial conversations, and we look forward to engaging on a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is protecting consumers, growing small businesses, or promoting financial literacy and savings, Financial Innovation Now wants policymakers to understand how new technologies can help solve today’s policy challenges.”
The organization and its member companies believe that financial innovation will empower consumers...
PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple Color Emoji
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.
PopChar X 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for US$29.99 for new users. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.3 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.
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.website.com) for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam
Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.
Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit’s video and audio production capabilities are expanded via Vegas Pro Connect, the Vegas Pro 13 Edit collaboration enhancement app for iPad.
Vegas Pro 13 will be available at Steam for US$259.99 for one week, starting Nov. 2. Thereafter, its regular price will be $399.99. Further, upgrades to Vegas Pro 13 from Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and Suite, Steam-Powered, will be available at 25 percent off the full version price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/om3oth2 for more info.
SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (www.softraid.com), an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.
Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
InSili.com introduce iSwift 2.0
InSili.com has announced iSwift 2.0 (http://iswift.org), an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.
iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 makes intuitive data media formatting possible again. What’s more, the product now allows users to check the file system integrity of NTFS volumes and repair them, if necessary. Instead of configuring command-line tools, the volume management functions can now be easily accessed directly through the program’s graphical user interface.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It’s available for download (http://tinyurl.com/yp3xgo) and costs $19.95.
App Game Kit upgrade added animated 3D features, more
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit Version 2.0.15 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). The upgrade adds such new features as animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms . Apps can be deployed cross platform, including on iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux systems. The pay once, royalty free price also drops down to $79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides that are designed and written to take a novice coder and turn him/her into an expert game developer .
Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the Official AppGameKit User Guide ($39.99) covering many more programming subjects. To aid developers two Giant Asset Packs are also being launched today. They...
IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 4 for the Mac, PC
IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 4 (www.amplitube.com/4) for the Mac and PC. It’s an upgrade of the guitar and bass tone studio.
It includes what IK Multimedia says is the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed. It also packs a new speaker modeling, five new British amplifiers, a new acoustic simulator pedal, a built-in 8-track DAW and a more.
AmpliTube 4 is available now via the IK Online Store and select music instrument retailers. It costs 149.99 or 150 Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.
Fast Reports releases platform independent tool for visual...
Report generator creators Fast Reports have released a new version of FastReport.NET: 2015.4 The upgrade includes a list of important changes, but the main news is that report designer FastReport Online Designer is now a standalone application.
FastReport Online Designer has joined company´s cross-platform product line. Designer works on devices based on iOS, Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. It uses HTML 5 technology.
FastReport Online Designer’s touch-oriented interface adjusts according to platform specifics (desktop and mobile). The ability to choose and pick only necessary components makes designer lighter and faster and helps integrating it into any business system, according to the folks at Fast Reports.
Online Designer allows users to create, edit and preview the reports not causing any compatibility problems, while helping to conduct fully-featured work on the reports — even offline. The Internet connection is required only for initial loading and saving the...
Apple asks Supreme Court to dismiss ebook antitrust lawsuit
Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ptvqyv). The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.
Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.
If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's civil liability being upheld.
Apple’s iPhone has 14 percent worldwide marketshare
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 10 percent annually to reach 354 million units in the third quarter of 2015. Samsung grew its smartphone shipments six percent and finally returned to positive growth for the first time in over a year.
Global smartphone shipments grew just 10 percent annually from 323.4 million units in the third quarter (Q3) 2014 to 354.2 million in Q3 2015, according to the research. This quarter was the smartphone industry's slowest growth rate for six years, since the depths of the global economic recession back in 2009. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets of the US, Europe and China.
Samsung shipped 83.8 million smartphones worldwide in Q3 2015, growing 6 percent annually from 79.2 million units in Q3 2014. Samsung has finally returned to positive smartphone growth for the first time in six quarters since Q1 2014. Its smartphone...
Olloclip introduces Rose Gold 4-IN-1 iPhone lens
olloclip has announced a new addition to its growing product line — the special-edition rose gold 4-IN-1 Lens to complement the new iPhone 6s &and iPhone 6s Plus. The new rose gold finish joins the 4-IN-1 Lens family, currently available in olloclip’s signature red as well as space gray, silver, and gold to coordinate with the colors of Apple’s iPhone 6 line.
The 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x and 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce. The Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses offer a larger field of view to capture more scenery — ideal for photographing panoramic landscapes or snapping a selfie with a group of friends .
The Macro lenses are accessible by unscrewing the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses. Macro lenses transform the iPhone into a digital microscope to capture detail that cannot be seen with the naked eye — like patterns in fabric and close-ups of flowers and insects.
DE:Flicker released for Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, Scratch, more
RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for Nuke, Fusion, Scratch and Nucoda and also on Vegas Pro, Natron and HitFilm. It’s already been available for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
DE:Flicker is a tool to help users smooth out annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or time-lapse video. It’s recommended for those using a specialized high-speed camera, a DSLR, a compact action cam or even a phone.
DE:Flicker costs US$249. Go to www.revisionfx.com for more info.
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.3, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version makes Output Factory Server compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. 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.
Satechi launches Type-C hub adapter
Satechi has introduced the Type-C Hub Adapter for computers such as the 12-inch MacBook. The adapter expands Type-C USB 3.1 ports into three Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card slot and a Micro SD Card slot.
Available in gunmetal, silver and gold, the Type-C Hub adapter fits in any purse, backpack or laptop case allowing users the convenience of full-time access to their USB peripherals anytime, anywhere. The Type-C Hub Adapter is available now for $34.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
MetalGL now supports OS X for low-latency OpenGL ES rendering...
The Brenwill Workshop announced that they’ve added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, which brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL ES games and applications on iOS, and now OS X.
MetalGL is designed to unleash the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL ES games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, and benefit from the tools available for the Metal development ecosystem, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL ES. According to Bill Hollings, president of The Brenwill Workshop (the creators of MetalGL), with MetalGL, OpenGL ES developers get many of the performance benefits and added debugging and performance tuning capabilities of Metal, without having to abandon the proven and familiar OpenGL ES 2.0 API, or rewrite rendering logic and shaders for a different platform.
The addition of OpenGL ES support for OS X means that developers can now port OpenGL ES games and applications from iOS to OS X without having to rewrite...
Red Giant releases Trapcode Suite 13
Red Giant has released Trapcode Suite 13, an upgrade to its set of tools for creating motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe After Effects.
In addition to major updates to Trapcode Particular, Shine and Mir, the release introduces Trapcode Tao, a new plugin for generating 3D geometries along a path. The update also includes new features in Trapcode Form, Sound Keys and Starglow.
Trapcode Particular’s new Effects Builder lets artists drag and drop blocks of particle behaviors and styles, and includes a built-in instant preview window for immediate feedback. In addition to the library of Sprites, users can choose from more than 130 new presets to help kick off any project. You can instantly create flames, spaceflight, fireworks, explosions, smoke and more with tools to customize just about every detail. For existing users who prefer to work with particle effects the old-school way, Trapcode Particular 2.5 includes its standard After Effects user interface.
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MacPilot flies to version 8
Koingo Software has announced MacPilot 8, an update of its tool for tinkering with Mac OS X. The latest version is for El Capitan only (Mac OS X 10.11) and boasts a number of enhancements, fixes, and new features for Apple's new operating system.
With Mac Pilot,you can do things such as disable the Dashboard, enable debug menus, optimize your system for broadband, change Finder grid spacing, disable Finder animations, prevent Dock modifications, disable Safari PDF support, speed up Safari, schedule power events, customize Apple File Sharing, enhance the Login Window and more.
Upgrades are free for: Utility Package Pro owners, users with a current MacPilot subscription, and traditional license buyers ordering within the past six months. All upgrades can be obtained by logging into Koingo Software web site accounts, clicking "Orders" and then clicking "Renew" or “Upgrade." For new users the cost is $$29.95 for a single user license; a demo is available for download.
Drive Genius 4.2 lets you repartition a hard drive in Yosemite,...
Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 4.2. Among the list of improvements and updates to code in this new version, Drive Genius 4.2 most notably adds the very popular repartitioning tool back into Drive Genius.
"Drive Genius users love the repartition feature that allows you to manage your hard drive space by creating, deleting and resizing volumes without erasing them,” says Presort CEO Greg Brewer. "We're excited to add this powerful tool back into Drive Genius, which now fully supports the latest El Capitan and Yosemite operating systems from Apple."
Drive Genius’s DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become problems. Top features like Defrag and DriveSlim are designed to help keep your Mac running fast. BootWell lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive.
Drive Genius 4.2 is a free update available to download from or update within the application. For new users the cost is US$99.
Ntractive releases Elements CRM 6.0.3 for Mac OS X
Ntractive (www.ntractive.com) has announced Elements CRM 6.0.3, an update of its cloud-based Mac Customer Relationship Management (Mac CRM) Solution for the Mac.
Designed for business and enterprise environments, it enables you to manage your business, automate business processes, make your data more useful and accessible, and improve your team's efficiency. The new Elements CRM 6.0.3 update includes customer feature requests, enhancements and fixes to its recent 6.0 release.
Elements CRM 6.0.3 is available immediately. The download is free but requires a subscription to Elements CRM. Group pricing starts at $24.95/user/month, professional pricing starts at $49.95/user/month, enterprise pricing starts at $69.95/user/month, and performance pricing starts at $99.95 Some features are not available in all of the editions. Elements CRM 6.0.3 is available on the Ntractive Website and the Mac App Store.
Primera Disc Publishers now burn Blu-ray Discs at triple the...
Primera Technology has rolled out Version 2.2.1 of its PT Publisher disc burning software. This new version has a number of updates included.
Most significant is the improved burn time for Blu-ray Disc (BD-R) media. In previous versions, burning a full 25 GB BD-R took about 33 minutes. With version 2.2.1, burning a full 25 GB BD-R disc takes about 11 minutes – about three times as fast, says Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.
Version 2.2.1 will be included with all Primera BD-R Disc Publishers starting today. Existing owners of Primera’s BD-R disc publishers can download the software at no additional cost at Primera main website under “Support” or at http://bit.ly/1OGIUCo.
QuickerTek announces Wi-Fi, BT upgrades for Unibody Macbook Pro
QuickerTek has announced their new UCard product line upgrades that add 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability to Unibody MacBooks. There are three models to match each of the differing physical profiles of the Unibody Macbook Pro, including the non-retina Pro's.
The Ucards use Apple’s built-in drivers in Kexts just as the Airport cards do that Apple supplies in original new MacBooks. The Ucards antenna ports are matched to your Mac's stock configuration.
The Ucards range in price from $99 to $149. Go to http://tinyurl.com/p42tqqp for more info.
Alien: Isolation — the Collection now available for the Mac
Alien: Isolation – The Collection (http://tinyurl.com/ngnpxms) is out now for Mac (OS X 10.10.5 or higher) and Linux systems and available for download from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99. It will be released on the Mac App Store soon.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game with an original story based on the Alien film franchise. It evokes the look and feel of the original 1979 film, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott.
In Alien: Isolation players take the role of Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from Alien. Upon hearing that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered, Amanda Ripley journeys to Sevastopol Station to discover her fate. Once on board, it quickly becomes apparent there’s a killer on the loose: a creature of the same alien species that terrorized the crew of the Nostromo 15 years earlier.
Plaaying offers a new way to control and share iTunes, Spotify...
KaL MichaeL has introduced Plaaying 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/obxd7sm) for Mac OS X. The $3.99 app is designed to make controlling and sharing media on your Mac much better. It has support for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.
Plaaying boasts features like "Intermission," automatic and manual sharing to social media, and four designs to choose from. Auto-Share can tell Twitter every song and video that plays without you lifting a finger, or you can manually share just the right ones to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
Playing requires OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Power Manger 4.5 for OS X adds new triggers, tasks, more
DssW has released release of Power Manager 4.5 for OS X. This release adds new triggers, Schedule Assistant tasks, and numerous refinements.
Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It enables users to create sophisticated energy saving schedules and to automate complex tasks. Version 4.5 adds new Schedule Assistant tasks that help users attach AppleScripts, Automator workflows, and shell scripts to computer-wide triggers. The triggers include logging in and out.
A new sleep trigger is now available through the event editor. The sun trigger has been extended to include an optional offset time. This time allows the creation of triggers at times relative to the astronomical event; such as half an hour before sunset or ten minutes after dusk.
A 30-day demo of Power Manager for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/q5f3dkn). Registration is US$49.95.
PDF Checkpoint now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13, a compatibility update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF elements to specific ICC profile. For example, users can convert RGB PDF files to CMYK.PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13 makes PDF Checkpoint compatible with the OS X El Capitan.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
ZAGG launches Power Amp Portable battery line
ZAGG (www.zagg.com) has announced a new line of portable backup batteries for mobile devices. The Zagg Power Amp line features a fast-charging output technology called Quick Charge that instantly recognizes hundreds of devices and automatically delivers the fastest charge to each.
Along with the Quick Charge technology, the Zagg Power Amp line features pass-through charging, which lets users charge their devices quickly, even when the Power Amp itself is plugged in. The Zagg Power Amp line has a slim, sleek design, including a built-in LED flashlight and is available in capacities of 3,000mAh, 6,000mAh, 12,000mAh, and 18,000mAh. With the two larger capacities, users also have the convenience of being able to rapidly charge multiple devices at the same time.