IBM Research Alliance produces industry’s first 7nm node test...
An alliance led by IBM Research (www.ibm.com) says it has made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips.
The industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors was accomplished in partnership with Global Foundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The development could result in the ability to place more than 20 billion tiny switches -- transistors -- on the fingernail-sized chips that power everything from smartphones to spacecraft.
To achieve the higher performance, lower power and scaling benefits promised by 7nm technology, researchers had to bypass conventional semiconductor manufacturing approaches. Among the novel processes and techniques pioneered by the IBM Research alliance were a number of industry-first innovations, most notably Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography...
SCSC releases Scannerz 22.214.171.124 with Phoenix for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released Scannerz 126.96.36.199 for Mac OS X.
The utility employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The upgrade includes the new Phoenix Version 2.0, as well as Performance Probe and FSE. It also improves the graphical user interface of Scannerz making it easier for users to navigate more complicated Apple RAID and Core Storage drive configurations.
Scannerz 188.8.131.52 is fully Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Snow Leopard (MacOS 10.6). The update is be free for all current users. For new users pricing starts at US$39.95 (there's a "lite" version for $21.95.)
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based mobile...
Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.
What's more, Apple smartphones are now used for 10.2% of all global online transactions, up from 8.6% at the turn of the year. Conversely, having once dominated the mobile payment scene with almost 50% market share in March 2013, iPad transactions now account for just 28.5% of all browser-based mobile transactions.
Browser-based payments on Android smartphones have been growing roughly in parallel with the iPhone since September 2014, according to Adyen. Mobile’s total share of online payments is up from 27.2% in the first quarter of 2015 to 28.7% in quarter two.
"The continued rise in popularity of the iPhone for making online purchases, coupled with the...
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions
Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.
Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.
With the new extensions, Mac users now have direct integration of Sticky Password with Safari and Chrome Web browsers. This allows them to save their passwords from these extensions directly to their password vault protected by military-grade AES-256 encryption algorithm. Firefox for Android – next to Dolphin and UCWeb that is already being supported – and Safari for iOS allow more advanced form-filling...
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS devices
Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.
All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.
The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options and More
Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.
There's a new Editing preference that allows for optional automatic switching between the Edit and Select Text tools. The popup notes on highlights and stamps now offer a Delete note button and the context menu offers Edit and Delete note options. The sidebar's annotation list offers icons for easy identification of annotation type, wrapped text for improved readability, and date, author, and location when available.
PDFpen users will notice a new Inspector tab for viewing document permissions. Editing document permissions is still PDFpenPro only.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone v.2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive.
PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers...
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad
NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.
The Kitchen Kit includes the NewerTech NuStand 360 iPad holder that rotates 360 degrees and pivots up and down and the NewerTech NuScribe Stylus, a digital and traditional writing tool that functions as both a capacitive stylus and twist-barrel ballpoint pen. The stand features a soft touch, scratch-resistant rubberized black aluminum finish and a weighted, anti-skid rubber base with removable silicone blocks to keep your iPad stationary.
The stand has a rear cutout for clean cable routing and works with all full-sized iPads (original to fourth generation). You can clip the tablet in for a full 360-degree range of motion and precise positioning.
To keep messy hands from touching the iPad screen, the Kitchen Kit...
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel
Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.
The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.
The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.
In June Apple added the NatGeo TV station from the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild channel. In May the Apple TV added CBS Sports and USA Now. In April the line-up expanded with NBC Sports Live Extra to the Apple TV line-up. In March, Apple added Young Hollywood, Tastemade, TED, and CNNGo channels.
Tim Cook named to Duke University Board of Trustees
Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight people named as trustees to the Duke University Board of Trustees.
In addition to cook, the new trustees are the Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.
Additionally, three observing members also joined the board -- Jack Boyd, Trinity ’85; recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Ben Shellhorn, a JD/MBA candidate at Duke. As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies. There are 37 members on the board.
ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat available at Apple...
ecobee's ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, is now available at Apple Stores across North America for US$249.
The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors total. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.
"The new ecobee3 plays an integral role in the connected and energy-efficient home by allowing users to remotely control temperature in the rooms that matter most with simple commands using Siri," says Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.
Designed for homes with more than one room, the ecobee3 smarter Wi-Fi thermostat and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort when you’re home and energy savings when you’re away, he adds.
It addresses hot and cold spots in the home and conserves energy to deliver savings immediately after installation. The ecobee3 saves homeowners an average of 23 percent on their heating...
RESTfm Goes Open Source
Australian FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty Ltd (http://www.goya.com.au/) has open sourced their RESTful Web Services product (http://www.RESTfm.com/) for FileMaker Server.
RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data over a RESTful Web Service API [application programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Previously a paid product, RESTfm is now free and open source, with a paid support model so everyone has the ability to try it and see the benefits for themselves. The RESTfm source code is now available under an MIT licence from GitHub.
Goya offers a paid annual sponsorship model for RESTfm that allows access to a dedicated support channel and code samples, for US$199 for individuals or $399 for companies. The sample code included with the sponsorship option also includes a complete syncing solution, that lets you sync FileMaker Pro and Go to FileMaker Server over RESTfm.
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Package Central 1.9.1, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator machines free from the document collection process. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.
Package Central 1.9.1 can be purchased for US$149.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.
AirBeam for Mac OS X, iOS beams up to version 2
Appologics (http://appologics.com/airbeam) has announced AirBeam 2, a remake of its app-suite that turns iPhones, iPads and Macs into flexible remote cameras.
The tool streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of of iPhones, iPods or iPads. The stream can be followed and controlled remotely on another device with the app or a web browser.
To celebrate the release of AirBeam 2, the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store at a promotional price of US$0.99. The Mac OS X version is available at the Mac App Store in a free and US$3.99 "pro" version.
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for QuarkXPress 11
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 7.9 adds compatibility with QuarkXPress 11 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, 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).
IK releases Future Synths, Hugh Padgham Drums
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has launched two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and PC systems.
Exclusively made for the sound and groove workstation, these collections are: Future Synths, a collection of synthesizer leads, pads, basses and more; and Hugh Padgham Drums, a library of drum kits and MIDI patterns that give producers adjustable control of Hugh Padgham's unique "stone room" sound. These synth sounds have been designed to give SampleTank 3 users access to the same ultra-futuristic sound palette used by today's most famous electronic dance music producers, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.
The Future Synths and Hugh Padgham Drums sound libraries for SampleTank 3 are available now via the IK online store (www.ikmultimedia.com) and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for a special introductory price of US$79.99 each.
Manpower for Mac OS X gets refreshed user interface, more
Code by Kevin has introduced Manpower 6.0 (http://tinyurl.com/4yaxes), an upgrade of the program that provides a three-pane interface for reading Unix documentation pages on Mac OS X.
The new version sports a refreshed user interface and smoother overall performance. To install Manpower, download the latest version. It can be installed anywhere on your Mac.
The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$29.99 to use the program past the 30-day trial period. Manpower 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
ArtHandler for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
Martin Walk has released ArtHandler 1.5 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the Artists Record Book application for Mac OS X.
It's built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.5 updates the user interface and improves sharing features.
ArtHandler 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$17.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity
A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).
The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference that it will be the “next big programming language” for 20 years to come. Swift...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has released. Logo Pop Free 1.2. It's an update of the free vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.
The upgrade has various bug fixes and enhancements. There's also a new tutorial about using the app at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com).
Logo Pop Free requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store.
IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and...
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig PRO and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces.
At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent, the company says. The iRig PRO is a compact audio and MIDI interface for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. The iRig HD is a compact audio interface with a quarter-in instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry.
Fileloupe is a new media browser for Mac OS X
Corduroy Code has released Fileloupe 1.0 (http://www.fileloupe.com), a new media browser for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single tool. Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Fileloupe.
The app offers copy & paste and drag & drop support for inserting images into third-party applications. There's support for most common image formats including RAW photos.
Fileloupe has variable playback rates for video including slow-motion playback along with inverted orientation correction, track scrubbing, frame stepping and frame-to-image exporting support. It packs a PDF viewer for viewing multiple PDF documents side by side and viewing different sections of a single PDF document within the same window.
24U offers Audit Service for existing FileMaker Solutions
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced its new audit service for FileMaker solutions.
It's a service designed to help managers and business owners to make data-driven decision about further maintenance and development of their FileMaker solutions. Managers and business owners can now order 24U's advice to have their internally developed FileMaker solution audited and prepare a long-term maintenance and development plan.
The audit service consists of analysis customer's existing FileMaker solution, identifying existing and potential issues, and suggesting strategy to keep it working and make it support customer's business evolution and growth. Output of the service is a document with a short term and a long term plan addressing all discovered needs and issues.
The audit service is being offered for a flat price of US$3,777 when auditing a solution with one key user. An extra $377 is charged for each additional key user being interviewed.
Conversion software for 25 languages launched
Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, has announced the availability of its new software that enables users to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.
Just go to a webpage and talk. The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. You can try it for free at http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com .
Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites side-software by the competing giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and more while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier, says Sue Reager, the company’s CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Translate Your World provides users with access to the best language features of each technology. Many of these side-software are found...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports CC 2015
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.2.1, 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. Version 1.2.1 makes Output Factory Server compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for a reduced price of US$299.95 until July 31 (it's $699.95 afterwards), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
PipelineFX’s Qube! now available in one-month installments
PipelineFX has added a subscription licensing option to Qube! render farm management software for visual effects. This new option can be limited to a single one-month installment.
"Sometimes an upfront investment or a long-term commitment is all that holds companies back from bringing efficiency to their farms," says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Subscription licensing is a simple way to get them there, on their own terms and through a package that doesn’t make them give up the power and support that Qube! is known for."
Subscription is available now online to existing PipelineFX customers at pipelinefx.com. Pricing is US$15/month per worker license for commercial customers and $10.50/month for education customers.
CS Odessa releases USA Mapping Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to assist individuals who are looking for county outlines to be represented in maps they draw.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The United States Mapping Solution is available for users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.
ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for $499.
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 for the Mac, Windows
Apple has released iTunes 12.2 for the Mac,adding support for its new Apple Music service. According to the update description in the Mac App Store — where you can obtain the update in the, well, Updates section, the upgrade includes the following Apple Music features:
° For You music recommendations;
° Radio, including Beats 1;
° New, which highlights new music curated by Apple’s music editors;
° My Music, where you find your purchased music, imported songs, and selections you’ve picked in Apple Music;
° Connect, the venue for artists to reach out to fans.
iTunes 12.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
GigSky offers cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple...
GigSky, a global mobile network designed for travelers, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories.
With Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select these short-term data plans directly on their Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel. US and UK customers have the added benefit of choosing from these short-term data plans at home.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular models in the US and UK come with Apple SIM pre-installed. Apple SIM is also available at select Apple Retail Stores for individual purchase.
iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel, says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, founder and CEO of GigSky. Apple SIM will also be available for individual purchase at Apple Retail Stores in 10 additional countries over...
Apple releases GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, Security Updates
Apple has updated GarageBand, its music creation software for the Mac, to version 10.1. It adds 10 new EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop drummers, 20 new electronic drum kits, 100 new EDM and Hip Hop synthesizer patches, new Morph Pad Smart Control, and 1,000 new loops to support all those new genres.
GarageBand 10.1 is available at the Mac App Store. It's free for existing users and those who've bought a recent Mac. It's US$4.99 for others.
Apple has also posted Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. They're part of OS X 10.10.4, but have been released as standalone updates for the older versions of OS X. The download installers are available at the Mac App Store.
Tropical Software rolls out iAddressX 3.6 for OS X
Tropical Software has rolled out iAddressX 3.6, an update of the Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) utility.
You can use iAddressX to navigate contacts from a small icon in the system menu, and to initiate various tasks including printing of Dymo labels, dialing regular and Skype calls, sending SMS messages to Skype pals or friend's cell phones, and more. Version 3.6.0 adds an option to show Contacts by Group as a sub-menu, or in the main menu (it's recommended that you enable Contacts by Group if you have many Groups).
It boasts a major rewrite of many parts of the code that was originally designed for OS X 10.5 Leopard and older. iAddressX was a Mac OS X Preference Pane. With version 3.6, it's now an app installed as a status item in the menu bar
A demo is available for download. For a short introductory period, iAddressX will be available for US$19.95 from the Tropical Software web site (http://www.tropic4.com/iaddressx.html).
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.
VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.
It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47
.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.
According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements,...
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).
According to Apple, the update:
° Improves networking reliability;
° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;
° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;
° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;
° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;
° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;
° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;
You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.
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.