Samsung, Apple resume patent talks
Apple and Samsung have resumed negotiations out of court in an effort to resolve disputes over ongoing patent-infringement, according to "Forbes" (http://tinyurl.com/kf8tcwx)
This announcement comes a couple of days after Apple once again sought an injunction against Samsung to prevent it from selling certain "copycat" products in the U.S. At stake in the negotiations is an overall resolution to the copycat allegations brought by Apple against Samsung, notes "Forbes."
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
SCSC releases SpotOff 2, Spot-O-Meter 2 for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released SpotOFf 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini for Mac OS X.
SpotOff 2 is the next generation of the company's original product, SpotOff. It takes control of both Spotlight and Time Machine indexing related to the mds [meta data server] process. With the new versions, a user can tell when mds indexing is out of control, and then turn it on and off as needed.
The new version of SpotOff allows a user to control not only meta data server (mds) problems associated with Spotlight, but those associated with Time Machine as well. In addition, the original Spot-O-Meter has been re-vamped and comes in both a standard sized version, as well as a new "mini" version.
SpotOff 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini cost $10.95 each. Both versions of Spot-O-Meter can be downloaded from the company's web site (http://www.scsc-online.com) without SpotOff at no cost. Previous users of earlier versions of SpotOff have been e-mailed...
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 3.50
EaSynth Solution has released ForeUI 3.50, an update to their UI [user interface] prototyping tool for all popular desktop operating systems including Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
With it, users can build GUI [graphic user interface] mockups for desktop software, mobile apps, websites, or web applications. The software provides six UI themes and users may also design their own by using the "UI Theme Editor" plug-in. Several enhancements for the prototyping of mobile apps are available in the new version.
ForeUI 3.50 costs US$150 per user. Volume discounts are also available. A 15-day trial of the full version can be downloaded from the EaSynth Solution website (http://www.foreui.com/).
Apple seeks ban once more for U.S. ban on Samsung products
Apple filed a motion on Thursday to renew its effort to stop sales of Samsung products that it says infringes on three of its patents, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/k6d5t47).
On Nov. 18, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revived Apple's bid for a permanent patent injunction against Samsung's Android-based devices with respect to three multitouch software patents, while affirming Judge Lucy Koh's denial of injunctive relief with respect to the asserted design patents. "FOSS Patents" notes that Samsung could have tried to delay the process through a petition for a rehearing, but didn't.
As a result, the Federal Circuit yesterday (December 26, 2013) issued the formal mandate to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Koh's court). On the same Apple brought a renewed motion for a permanent injunction, requesting that another injunction hearing be held as early as Jan. 30, 2014.
Political scandal in Turkey could sour iPad, Apple store deals
A growing political scandal in Turkey threatens to involve the country’s prime minister, a "key player in a program to purchase $4 billion worth of iPads for thousands of schools, which in turn was a major motive for Apple’s plans to open a retail store in the country early next year, reports "ifo Apple Store."
Three ministers resigned Christmas night in the face of corruption allegations. They called on prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to also resign. If Erdogan does leave office, it could put the iPad deal in jeopardy, and leave the nearly-finished and high-profile Apple store with fewer customers. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/my7zbm3 .
Apple accused of iPhone pricing interference in Taiwan
Apple has been fined NT$20 million (US$670,000) fine by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for interfering with pricing procedures carried out by mobile service providers and mobile phone distributors, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/meyl3k3)
The company has also been ordered to stop interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors' pricing, the article adds. Apple can appeal, but may get slapped with the fine if it doesn't comply.
The FTC said that, after examining email correspondence between the iPhone maker and the Taiwanese mobile companies, they "discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market." The ruling doesn’t apply to other Apple products, such as the iPad.
Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac gets new editing tools
Enolsoft has updated Video Converter for Mac, an app that lets you convert all common 2D video. The new version adds new video editing tools such as rotate videos, choose subtitles or audio track and import external subtitles into videos.
Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac lets you convert between all common video formats including AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB, MOV, 3GP, Xvid, MPEG, RM, RMVB, MP4, etc., and extract audios from videos on Mac to save as MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, AAC, and OGG files. With the converter, Mac users can: play AVI, MKV, AVCHD videos on portable devices like iPad, iPhone; upload recorded AVCHD videos to YouTube; or edit home-made video in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.
What's more, your videos can be personalized with a wide array of build-in video editing tools. Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is available for US$35. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mwa9245 for more info.
Happy holidays from all of us at MacTech and MacNews
All of us at MacTech and MacNews wish all our readers and advertisers the very best of the holiday season.
Keep safe and enjoy this time with your family and friends. Then rejoin us for the latest Apple news on Thursday, Dec. 26.
Addonics ships port multipliers with 6Gbps data transfer rates
Addonics Technologies has announced two new members of its Port Multiplier family, both designed to support SATA 3.0 6Gbps and enhance the storage capabilities for a wide range of computer systems.
The new products are the Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier, which is an excellent solution for adding more drives to a computer that has limited SATA ports, and the 5-Port 6G Rack Mount Port Multiplier, which has more flexibility for large volume storage needs. As many as five hard drives, SSD or optical drives can be connected to these PMs.
The hard drives or SSD drives appear as five individual drives when connecting to a Port Multiplier compatible controller. The drives can also be set up as a RAID group using the RAID software of the OS or the host controller.
The Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier is designed to be mounted into an add-on card slot of any standard desktop or low profile system. It connects up to 5 SATA hard drives or optical drives into a single SATA port on a system...
Apple, China Mobile enter into multi-year agreement
Apple and China Mobile have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring the iPhone to the world's largest mobile network.
As part of the agreement, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (pictured) will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The iPhones will be available for pre-registration from China Mobile's official website (www.10086.cn) and customer service hotline "10086" beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
"Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service," says Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.
"Apple has enormous respect...
Text Converter for Mac OS X gets improved converter engine, more
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Text Converter, the Mac OS X tool for converting files from various formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain text, to version 1.2.
Text Converter works via drag and drop. Version 1.2 now keeps a log of processed files, even though a re-launch of the app. It also sports an improved converter engine and enhanced layout.
Text Converter requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$10 from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Virtual City Playground for Mac OS X adds holiday elements
G5 Entertainment has released Virtual City Playground 1.13, an update of its game for the Mac. The new version adds holiday elements.
Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets create your own cities. Yor must provide the inhabitants with business opportunities, neighborhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities.
Virtual City Playground requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later. It's free at the Mac App Store. For more info go to http://www.g5e.com .
VisionTek announces portable toolkits
VisionTek Products has added two custom configured portable toolkits to its e-commerce website. The kits, starting at US$19.99, provide the ability to open, upgrade, and repair Macs, iOS devices, PCs, and other digital gadgets.
The VisionTek 26 Piece Toolkit, priced at $26.99 MSRP, includes a six piece straight blade and Phillips screwdriver set. The VisionTek 12 Piece Toolkit $19.99 comes with everything needed to perform upgrades and repairs on Macs, iOS devices, and other digital devices. Both kits are available for immediate purchase from VisionTek’s Accessories product category and come backed by a one year warranty. For more info go to http://www.visiontekproducts.com .
Passware enhances FileVault2 decryption on Mac OS X
Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announces the addition of a hardware-accelerated FileVault2 password recovery option to its disk decryption feature in Passware Kit Forensic, originally released in 2012.
Passware’s previous solution relied on memory analysis for extraction of FileVault2 encryption key. While the decryption process was a matter of minutes, in many cases it was unavailable to computer forensics, because often the target Mac was shut down making the encryption keys no longer available in the memory. Passware adds the new option in response to increased demand on Mac forensics, says CEO Dmitry Sumin.
Now Passware offers a brute-force recovery of the FileVault2 password that works with the disks images, regardless of whether the computer is still running or not. Acceleration of Passware’s password...
Apple releases updates for Mavericks Server, new Mac Pro
Apple has posted VPN Update for Mavericks Server (http://tinyurl.com/k8fdhml). The update addresses an issue that prevented users from connecting to VPN services using Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, or L2TP. It requires Mac OS X 10.9.1 and Server 3.0.1.
If you bought a new Mac Pro, Apple has released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 (http://tinyurl.com/ko7a9vf). This update improves system reliability during reboot, resolves an issue with memory self-test, and improves graphics power management when using Boot Camp.
Devulder Software rolls out Numismatik for Mac OS X
Devulder Software has released Numismatik for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store.
The software allows you to manage a collection of pieces of money. You can follow and print the history of your purchases and sales.
A graph display for a given period is possible. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/ktga4cp .
SoundSoap 3 now available at the Mac App Store
Soundness says version 3 of its SoundSoap audio noise reduction software is now available on the Mac App Store in the Video category.
SoundSoap 3 is designed to solve audio noise problems in videos and audio files like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, and rumble. The latest version of the software adds new features, a new user interface, and 64-bit compatibility.
SoundSoap 3 works as a standalone application or as a companion to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand, iPhoto, Premiere, Skype, and other audiovisual software.
The standalone SoundSoap 3 application now features audio recording. After media files have been cleaned with SoundSoap, they can now be shared with one click directly to Facebook, Email, Messaging, AirDrop, and more.
Pricing and Availability:
SoundSoap 3.0.2 on the Mac App Store is a standalone application and costs $79.95 (USD). The SoundSoap 3 application requires Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. The standalone version...
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.1 adds advanced printer page feed options
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.1, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.
Users only need to drop PDF files into hot folders, and the documents will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset settings. The new version introduces advanced paper feed options that allow users to specify an output printer tray for all pages, or separate trays for the first page and remaining ones.
The software is available in two licenses: BatchOutput PDF and BatchOutput PDF Server. BatchOutput PDF Server allows users to create hot folders on a network, which makes it possible to serve multiple users with a single copy of the program. The low-cost regular version targets users who need to automate PDF printing on a single computer.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$24.95 (the Server version is$99.95), as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free for...
SkySafari acquired by Simulation Curriculum; SkySafari 4 released
Simulation Curriculum (http://www.simulationcurriculum.com) has acquired Southern Stars Group's SkySafari apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android, as well as its SkyFi, and SkyWire hardware product lines. Simulation Curriculum Corp. is the publisher of the Starry Night and Layered Earth software.
The acquisition also includes Southern Stars (http://www.southernstars.com) developers Tim DeBenedictis and Bill Tschumy. They'll join Simulation Curriculum, and continue to support and develop Southern Stars' products under the new company.
The first new product to be released under the combined company is SkySafari 4, an update of Southern Stars' flagship mobile astronomy app. SkySafari 4 represents a complete overhaul of this award-winning product line for iOS 7, and is available on the Apple App Store now. SkySafari 4 will be offered at an introductory 50% discount through Jan. 20, 2014.
"SkySafari and Starry Night are the two most well-known and highly regarded astronomy software...
OWC announces memory upgrades for the new Mac Pro
Other World Computing has announced the full certification and availability of OWC Memory upgrade kits for Apple’s new Mac Pro 2013 models.
These new ECC 1866MHz Quad-Channel Matched Kits are now available in 32GB and 64GB kits and offer savings of up to 31% versus the factory option cost additions, according to OWC. Trade-in rebates for factory installed memory provide for net savings of up to over 37% versus factory, they add. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ewapc for more info.
VirnetX announces denial of Apple's petitions for patent...
VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, says the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied seven petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed by Apple.
These petitions sought review of certain claims of VirnetX's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135, 7,418,504, 7,490,151 and 7,921,211. The USPTO found that Apple's petitions weren't filed within the time limit imposed by the statute and declined to institute inter partes review.
Thecus announces devices that support RAID 50, 60
Thecus has announced what it says is world's first NAS devices with support for RAID 50 and RAID 60. They're targeted to small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.
Full RAID 50 support is now available in the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850 (pictured), N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000 N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60.
For ultra high speed connectivity, 10GB Ethernet cards are supported. Maximum capacity starts at 24TB in the entry-level N6850 and ranges up to 2.5 petabytes for N12000PRO and N16000PRO systems with additional daisy-chained Thecus D16000 DAS units.
Standard features in Thecus NAS devices include OLED touch panel display, web and mobile administration, HDMI output, and USB 3.0. Go to http://www.thecus.com for more info.
Apple upgrades Logic Pro X to version 10.0.5
Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional recording software, to version 10.0.5. The upgrade adds three new drummers and 11 new drum-kit designs.
Also, volume and pan automation can now be used in XML interchange with Final Cut Pro X. Logic Pro X 10.0.5 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$200. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Password Repository for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Password Repository, a app for managing passwords on your Mac, to version 3.1.2. It's a maintenance upgrade with bug fixes.
Password Repository lets manage an unlimited numbers of documents containing as many password records (records + related data) you like. Any document you create is protected by a "master password"with an AES-256 encryption algorithm.
Password Repository for OS X is compatible with the similar version for iOS on iTunes and any document created with Password Repository 3 on a Mac, can be transferred via iTunes and used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without any changes.
Password Repository requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$20 and can be purchased from Tension Software or at the Mac App Store.
Apple updates Final Cut Pro for the new Mac Pro
Apple has updated its Final Cut Pro video editing software with tweaks to accommodate the new Mac Pro, which goes on sale today. According to Apple, Final Cut Pro 10.1's features include:
° Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro;
° Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers;
° 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators;
° Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle;
° Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need;
° Option to import media to locations inside or outside a library;
° Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location;
° Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning;
° Non-rippling retime option;
° One-step Replace and Retime;
° Detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately;
° Make video or audio-only edits into the...
MaBaSoft conjures up Application Wizard 3.4.1
MaBaSoft has conjured up Application Wizard 3.4.1, an update of the OS X tool that provides fast access to your applications, documents, folders, and disks.
It lets you quickly open, quit, and make applications active, run AppleScripts, and turn single application mode on to reduce screen clutter.
With Application Wizard you can also browse volumes and favorite folders to open or share enclosed items, eject and mount disks, check memory usage, and access
recent documents, contacts, and your iPhoto or Aperture library. Finally, Application Wizard lets you preview images, music, movies, and documents and view file properties and metadata.
On Mac OS X 10.6 or later, the automatic showing and hiding of the menu panel has a lower energy impact now in Application Wizard 3.4.1. On Mavericks, the icon of the iPhoto Library item has been updated.
Application Wizard requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and runs on Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19. For more info go to http://www.mabasoft.net .
CryptoEdit for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Tension Software has updated CrytoEdit, a Mac OS X app for creating/editing "encrypted by default" documents, to version 2.0. It's been optimized for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
CryptoEdit can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) formats. It saves documents on disk always as encrypted and is designed as a solution for managing reserved documents with formatted text and images.
CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$5. For more info go to http://www.tensionsoftware.com .
olloclip launches the 3-IN-1 lens for the iPhone 5c
olloclip has rolled out the 3-IN-1 clip-on photo lens solution in five colors for iPhone 5c owners who want to take full advantage of iPhone’s 8-megapixel iSight camera.
The olloclip for iPhone 5c combines fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one package. Retailing for US$59.99, the olloclip photo lens can be mixed and matched with the new iPhone 5c and can be purchased at http://www.olloclip.com .
It fits into a pocket and is made from aircraft grade aluminum and ground coated glass optics. For more info go to http://www.olloclip.com.
Everimaging gives us HDR Darkroom 3 for Mac, Windows
The latest version of HDR Darkroom from Everimaging adds a bevy of new features. A new assortment of HDR styles gives users more options. The app also gets real-time processing.
HDR, or high dynamic range, is a photo editing technique whereby three images of the same scene, each with different shutter speeds, are merged together with the help of computer software. The result is an image with more detail in both the lightest and darkest regions.
In HDR Darkroom 3, an improved alignment algorithm corrects problems that arise when the camera moves from one frame to the next. Similarly, the advanced ghost reduction technology detects and removes moving objects from the frame.
Hardware compatibility has also been improved with the release of HDR Darkroom 3. The software now supports more than 150 camera models, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic.
HDR Darkroom 3, in both Mac and Windows versions, is on sale at http://www.everimaging.com with a 33% discount during the holidays....
Hummingz EVO X alights on the Mac
Stefan Preuss has introduced Hummingz EVO X 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a retro arcade shooter with extras and boss enemies.
Here's how the game is described: "Shoot your way through many different levels filled with nasty bugs, spiders, frogs, bees and more. Hummingz EVO X offers two game modes with fun and fast arcade style action. Fight huge boss enemies and collect extras. The game is easy to control; players can use the mouse to control their bug.
Hummingz EVO X 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games/Arcade category. For more info go to http://preussie.miscstuff.de/iphone/ .
Ambify for Mac integrates with Philips Hues bulbs, lamps
Kai Aras has launched Ambify for Mac OS X. It generates visuals from any audio source including iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube — and even AirPlay devices such as iPhone or iPad.
Ambify captures live audio and applies specially developed algorithms to analyze and visualize audio in real time. It uses Philips Hue bulbs, lamps, lightstrips and more.
What's more, Ambify for Mac supports timing sensitive applications such as music videos, DJ or production tools. It comes with a graphic-driven visualizer that integrates with Hue-based effects.
Ambify for Mac is available through Monday, Dec. 23, a 30% discount for US$14. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Go to http://ambifyapp.com/mac.html for more info.
Native Instruments introduces Halcyon Sky Expansion for Maschine...
Native Instruments has released Halcyon Sky, a new Maschine Expansion that delivers the "downtempo rhythms, organic synths, and hazy atmospheres of contemporary ambient electronica."
Designed exclusively for the Maschine 2.0 software, Halcyon Sky is the first Maschine expansion to feature exclusive presets for the Prism synth — included in the Maschine 2.0 software update. Halcyon Sky also includes fresh presets for the Massive synth and drum kits that take advantage of Maschine 2.0's drum synths. Halcyon Sky is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49. Go to http://www.native-instruments.com/halcyonsky for more info.
Ashlar-Vellum rolls out Graphite 9 for Mac and Windows
Ashlar-Vellum has released Graphite 9, a new version of their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac OS X and Windows.
The familiar Graphite interface has been updated to include optionally larger text and new icons that are designed to be easier to read on "super-high resolution" monitors. Also new are tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation.
New functionality in Graphic 9 includes the Stretch tool and the Copy along Path tool. The import/export capabilities have also been enhanced to included the latest DXF/DWG support up to 2013, PDF import and enhanced PDF export. With a new Unicode core, Graphite supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the interface and the drawing document.
Graphite 9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon 8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software. Go to http...
Remotix VNC & RDP for Mac updated with new features and...
Nulana LTD has released Remotix VNC & RDP 2.1, the update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X.
Remotix with support for both VNC & RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. The updated version includes a new design and some new features like Multi-Touch gestures that go to the remote machine, server categories, and master password.
Remotix 2.1 for Mac costs US$39.99 and is available for purchase on the Mac App Store and Nulana's website (http://nulana.com/remotix-mac/). The update is free for current users.
iStopMotion 3.5 now spports Canon DSLR Live View
Boinx Software has updated iStopMotion, its stop motion animation tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. The new version adds support for live view with Canon DSLR cameras, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 40D, 60D, 60Da, Rebel XSi (aka the 450D in Europe / Kiss X2 in Japan), Rebel T2i (aka 550D / Kiss X4), and Rebel T5i (aka 700D / Kiss X7i).
It also adds support for animated GIF export; you can save any sequence of up to 200 frames as an animated GIF right to a hard drive. Version 3.5 also adds: the ability to capture anything on your screen and turn it into an animation or time lapse movie; onion skinning; a rotoscope feature, a tilt shift filter, and chroma keying.
iStopMotion 3.5 is available for US$49.99. It's a free update for registered 3.x users. Go to http://www.boinx.com/ for more info.
New Mac Pro available on Thursday
Apple says the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, Dec. 19. It features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ECC memory.
Designed around an unified thermal core, the Mac Pro sports a chassis that's just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. It features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.
Apple says PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for tasks such as editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro...
Lessonater version 1.0 announced with a free music lesson...
Lessonator has released version 1.0 release of its new music lesson and presentation authoring program for the Mac. Lessonator allows music teachers, students and hobbyists to create their own interactive music lessons without programming.
Sporting a slide interface similar to Apple's Keynote, the app lets users create lessons by adding audio, video, movies, images and notation (standard and tablature) onto a multi-layered canvas. Slides look and operate just like other presentation packages, except each have a animated 3D instrument and music notation.
Each slide is made of three graphical layers: back, 3D instrument and front. Lessonator users can choose among a flexible set of slide templates for guitar, bases or keyboards. 3D guitars, bases and keyboards are generated on the fly from 2D CAD drawings. A visual chord sequencer is designed to help you define a MIDI background track for the duration of a slide.
To celebrate the version 1.0 release Lessonator introduces the "Year Of...
Tap Forms 2.0 is new version of the Mac OS X database app
Tap Zapp Software has announced Tap Forms 2.0, an update of the Mac OS X database app designed to help you keep your info organized.
The two most important new features in version 2.0 are the new layout designer and the Bento template importer. The layout designer gives you the power to create professional form designs using a drag and drop interface. The Bento template lets you import photos, file attachments, related data fields, and other data from the discontinued Bento app.
The Bento template importer also works with the new layout designer to re-create your Bento forms. Further layout customizations can be made by dragging objects around on the page and editing object properties such as font styles, colours, sizes, and text alignments.
Tap Forms Organizer and Secure Database 2.0 costs US$29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A demo is available at the Tapp Zapp Software web site (http://www.tapforms.com).
Apple must adopt new refund policy in Australia
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says Apple has been lying to consumers about its obligation to replace or repair faulty computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods, but has now promised to retrain staff and reassess claims stretching back two years, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
The consumer watchdog group says Apple misled customers into thinking they were entitled to less recourse than Australian consumer laws allowed. "The ACCC was concerned that Apple was applying its own warranties and refund policies effectively to the exclusion of the consumer guarantees contained in the Australian Consumer Law," ACCC chairman Rod Sims told The Herald.
The competition watchdog could take Apple to court if it fails to follow proper procedures. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/n322u9f.
New Zealand courts says 'driPhone' doesn't...
Apple has lost a trademark case in New Zealand regarding a waterproof phone case by an inventor named Hayden Crowther, who dubbed his creation the "driPhone."
Apple said the name was too close to that of their iPhone. However, the New Zealand courts essentially told Apple to go away as this didn't impinge upon their trademark, notes Forbes. That the court also told Apple to pay Crowther’s court costs. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/lcrm2xx .
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now a 64-bit application
Zevrix Solutions has introduced Output Factory Server 1.0.4, a maintenance update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders and is a major upgrade of the company's program BatchOutput Server. The new version makes Output Factory Server a fully 64-bit native application, thus improving its performance and reducing the likelihood of memory-related errors.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
Cronette 1.6 optimized for OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Cronette, Mac OS X software designed to specify tasks to be launched unattended by the Mac, to version 1.6. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Cronette can be used on unattended Mac servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks; any task can be specified to launch different type of execution.
Cronette 1.6 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download at the Tension Software web site; registration is US10.
Akitio unveils new Thunderbolt docking station
Akitio has unveiled its newest Thunderbolt solution, the Thunder Dock. The US$269 dock provides users access to data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800.
In addition, it's also equipped with two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage. By connecting one Thunderbolt cable from the dock to a computer, users will receive instant access to all of the additional storage drives that are hooked up to the dock.
The Thunderbolt Dock is compatible with Thunderbolt 2. It comes in an aluminum casing. Go to Akitio.com for more info.
iPro Lenses now available for even more devices
Schneider Optics, makers of the iPro Lenses for smartphones, says the system is now compatible with even more devices. The set of fiveiPro lenses can add creative versatility for those using an iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy S4, and iPad mini.
Designed by professional lens and filter maker, Schneider Optics, the iPro Lens System is purpose-built to enable professional quality photographic and video imagery with smartphones and iPads by adding the benefits of interchangeable macro, wide angle, super wide, fisheye, and telephoto lenses.
With a slide-on design, the 2-piece case offers fast installation and removal and a soft touch feel. A quick bayonet mount securely fastens the lenses to the custom iPro case.
The iPro System is available in kits or by individual lenses or components. For more info go to http://www.iprolens.com.
Whitelabel brings finger swipe tech to Bluetooth headphones
Whitelabel has released the RaveTouch Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, the latest addition to their line of wearable technology. Their Touch Control function is designed to recognize movement and allows you to control music playback functions by touching the headphones’ earpiece.
With RaveTouch’s new NFC Pairing (Near Field Communication), you can \pair supported smartphones with your headphones by simply touching them together. Optional Bluetooth functionality for up to 12 hours means the headphones can be used wirelessly or through a wired connection to your audio device.
Using the Touch Control on the left earpiece is simple. The perceptive function recognizes a tap on the earpiece using a single finger to pause music, a swipe up to turn up the volume and a swipe down to minimize sound. To skip to the next track, use two fingers to vertically swipe down or swipe up to play the previous track.
RaveTouch headphones feature voice recognition and automatic shut-off. Collapsible, they can...
New Trent introduces the PowerPak Ultra for USB-based devices
The New Trent PowerPak Ultra is a new outdoor accessory for users who need to keep their USB-based devices juiced in extreme environments. Featuring a rugged exterior and IP-67 rating, the PowerPak Ultra can purportedly survive most drops and can be temporarily submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without damage.
The PowerPak Ultra features 14,000 mAh of power, so it's powerful enough to store 700% of the average smartphone’s battery life. The battery pack features two USB ports able to simultaneously charge any combination of smartphones, tablets or other USB-based device. The New Trent PowerPak Ultra is available now in black or orange for US$69.95 at NewTrent.com and Amazon.com.
Superstring allows you to create lyric videos on your Mac
Simplest Ways has announced Superstring, which lets you create a lyric video. It's available at the Mac App Store in a free or pro (US$29.99) version. The latter lets you use effects, edit or remove the watermark, import Superstring data, or export your lyric video in more sizes than the free version.
With Superstring, you select a song that you want to create a lyric video and find lyrics from ID3 tags. You can align the timing of lyrics by dragging, customize styles, colors, and more.
Superstring requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://www.simplestways.com/mac for more info.
Sound Siphon is new tool for capturing app audio on your Mac
Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon, a tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and costs US$29.99.
Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.
Sound Siphon is available from the Static Z Software website (http://staticz.com). You can also download a demo there.
PDFpen 6.1.2 improves performance, reduces memory usage
Smile has rolled out PDFpen 6.1.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update improves performance and reduces memory usage. PDFpen 6.1.2 also includes a number of minor fixes and improvements.
The changes in PDFpen 6.1.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. PDFpen 6.1.2 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)
PDFpen retails for US$59.95, and PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses, which cover up to five users in an office, are $179.95 for PDFpen and $279.95...
Lemke Software releases GraphicConverter 9 for Mac OS X
Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version is compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and, as well as enhancements to existing functionality, comes with some new features like non-destructive image editing and undo in the browser.
You can also now perform undo via the browser. GraphicConvert 9 sports an improved histogram with an export option of the graph and data.
GraphicConverter 9 is offered at a reduced price of US$25.95 until Dec. 31. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. Upgrades are available from the Lemke web store.