DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta is available for download
Blackmagic Design has announced that the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12, its professional editing and color correction software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
"The new DaVinci Resolve 12 is the software’s biggest update ever and includes powerful new features, making it both the world’s most powerful editing system as well as the world’s most advanced color grading system," says Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "The DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta will allow customers to start testing and integrating it into their facilities, and will provide us with valuable feedback that will greatly assist us in finishing development so we can launch an extremely reliable and robust product."
With this public beta, the DaVinci Resolve product line has also been renamed to better reflect the models of DaVinci Resolve available. The free DaVinci Resolve Lite will now be renamed to just DaVinci Resolve. It's a complete professional...
Soft-touch Bluetooth Port.Folio keyboard released for the iPad
iwerkz (http://mywerkz.com/) has announced the Port.Folio water-resistant Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and iPad mini. It features a soft, faux suede keyboard surface and a magnetic sealed charging port that uses a snap adapter for charging the keyboard.
Designed to fit securely over an iPad or iPad mini when not in use, the back side of the folio folds into a 45 degree stand when typing. A sticky pad on the inside the folio secures the tablet into place and keeps it from slipping while typing and when on the go.
The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard fully charges in two hours through an included USB cable. It will hold a charge for over 40 hours of use, according to iwerkz.
The iwerkz Port.Folio keyboard has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. However, it launches on Amazon this week for $34.99 for the Port.Folio mini and $39.99 for the full sized Port.Folio.
Walter Murch to headline the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet
The CPUG Network says the Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.
Walter Murch, a three time Oscar winning film editor, will be the featured presenter. SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world. Early bird tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).
The full agenda won't be announced until shortly before the event date. However the producers have stated that there will be user driven presentations by Blackmagic Design and Adobe and others. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle," where thousands of Euros worth of filmmaker-related prizes will be handed out to winners.
Best Buy to begin selling the Apple Watch on August 7
The Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy locations starting Aug. 7. It will be the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.
The Apple Watch will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.
He adds that customers will be able to see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more.
You can visit BestBuy.com in the coming days for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.
App Cleaner for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2
Nektony (http://nektony.com) has introduced App Cleaner 2.2, an update of the cleanup utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.
App Cleaner was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete application service files that occupy not only disk space, but may influence on overall performance. The app also can look for leftovers; service files left after usual deletion by moving files into the Trash. With the help of App Uninstaller you may also reset all application settings and launch it as a first time.
App Cleaner requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is free. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Jumsoft releases two apps of spreadsheet templates
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced two new template apps, Set for Numbers and Set for Microsoft Excel. They're available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 each.
Each app provides 102 modern spreadsheet templates for Apple's Numbers and MS Excel for Mac. They cover everything from marketing budgets and business valuation to grocery shopping and wedding planning. The templates contain tables or checklists, and illustrate the given information with graphs and charts if applicable.Each package includes spreadsheet templates in 11 categories, such as Finance & Investment, Project Management, and Exercise & Health.
They require: Mac OS X 10.10 or later; Numbers 3.0 or later (for Set for Numbers); and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later (for Set for MS Excel).
Artboard for Mac OS X adds Photos support
Mapdiva has announced Artboard 1.9.8, an update of the Mac OS X vector drawing software. The new version adds support for Apple's new Photos app.
Artboard offers shared styles, expert stacked styles, and extensive clip art and a styles collection. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website (www.mapdiva.com), with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial.
Artboard 1.9.8 is available for US$29.99 through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category, and directly from the Mapdiva web store. It's a free update for existing users.
Merlin Project for Mac OS X now supports AppleScript
ProjectWizards (http://projectwizards.net/) has released Merlin Project 3.1, an upgrade of the project-management software for Mac OS X.
With support for AppleScript, version 3.1 has expanded its connections to popular and important third-party apps. Whether users import entire projects from Microsoft Project or just export individual tables from Microsoft Excel, Merlin Project lets users exchange data.
A demo is available for download. Merlin Project cost US$299 for a single-user license.
Worldwide smartphone market posts 11.6% year-over-year growth in...
According to the latest preliminary release from IDC (www.idc.com), vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14.
The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above average first quarter (1Q15), smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the previous quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 464.6 million units, down -0.4% from the 466.3 million units shipped 2Q14.
"The overall growth of the smartphone market was not only driven by the success of premium flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, and others, but more importantly by the abundance of affordable handsets that continue to drive shipments in many key markets," says Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team.
Although premium handsets sold...
Addonics announces OS independent rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1...
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage.
When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can purportedly deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it's backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage.
The converter comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket.
The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s a model with a Write-Protect function for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to...
LEGO Jurassic World comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive says LEGO Jurassic World is now available for the Mac via Steam, the Mac App Store and other online stores.
Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, through a license with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, LEGO Jurassic World is a LEGO reimagining of the Jurassic films, spanning more than two decades of epic films from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment including, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, as well as the global blockbuster, Jurassic World, now in theaters.
Here's how the game is described: "Reimagined with TT Games’ signature LEGO humor, the thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to experience for themselves the franchises’ most memorable moments and the opportunity to fully explore the expansive grounds of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.
"In LEGO Jurassic World, players can take on...
Juniper: Apple is the biggest smartwatch seller yet
Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) estimates that Apple sold between 2 and 2.5 million watches this quarter, bringing in approximately US$1 billion in revenue. That makes it the best-selling smartwatch in the market, with over six million sales expected by year-end.
"However, despite buyers being satisfied with the device, we continue to see that the product is running out of steam," says Juniper devices analyst James Moar. "We would also expect a decline in sales following launch, especially as the first half of the year draws to a close. This means we are unlikely to see more than seven million Apple Watches sold by the end of 2015, even with a boost to sales over the Christmas period."
Hyperbolic Software releases Tidy Up 4.1.2 for Mac OS X
Hyperbolic Software has announced Tidy Up 4.1.2, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
The utility allows you to reclaim disk space taken up by duplicate files and packages. Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content.
Version 4.1.2 introduces many new features to this already comprehensive tool. Among the improvements are: a Yosemite style user interface; a rewritten search engine; a new "view by duplicate" group; a new "auto-check" feature; new Smart Search methods; and more.
Tidy Up 4 can be purchased for US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Products may be purchased at Hyperbolic Software online (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com).
Default Folder X 4.7.3 for Mac OS X delivers compatibility...
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.7.3, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.3 brings compatibility fixes and supports OS X El Capitan if System Integrity Protection is turned off.
Default Folder X 4.7.3 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Apple issues firmware update for some MacBook Pros
Apple has issued MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nzovdaa) for mid-2015 models.
It addresses a storage firmware issue that, in rare cases (according to Apple), may cause data corruption. MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update is a 1.9MB download.
Prosoft announces Data Rescue ONE
Prosoft Engineering has released Data Rescue ONE (http://tinyurl.com/nm3tbkl), a new product that combines software, hardware and services into one (as in ONE) product.
"Data Rescue ONE is the first complete recovery solution for everyone. When faced with a computer disaster, you now have just ONE product to buy, ONE device to plug in, ONE click to recover all your missing or deleted photos, videos, music and documents," says Prosoft CEO Greg Brewer. "Data Rescue ONE also includes support and data recovery services to ensure your data is recovered safely."
Data Rescue ONE's hardware is a 5400 RPM hard drive available in 500GB or 1TB versions. After you've used the hard drive to recovered your files, you can use it as a secondary hard drive. You can preorder the product now; it will ship in October. You can find pricing details here (http://tinyurl.com/ogdlkap).
Media 100 and Boris RED ready for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015
Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced that Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 and Boris RED 5.6 are Adobe Creative Cloud 2015-compatible.
Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X with broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards. It delivers broadcast-quality output for file-based workflows. You can export your Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects, including AE CC 2015, using the included XML Transfer plug-in.
Boris RED (www.borisfx.com/red) is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software. Every purchase of Media 100 also includes the Boris RED plug-in (an US$695 value) for Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac – with support for Premiere Pro CC 2015.
Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 with Boris Boris RED may be purchased from the Media 100 website (www.media100.com) for $99. A 60-day demo is available for download.
Researcher discloses OS X privilege escalation vulnerability
German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in Mac OS X that's yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system, according to ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/pa6n8h8).
He says the security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad and iPhone maker in the newest evolutions of the OS, Yosemite and El Capitan. The new features exploitable by the vulnerability are based upon the dynamic linker dyld and environment variable DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE, which enables error logging to an arbitrary file.
Esser says it's "unclear" whether Apple knows about the security flaw or not, as it has already been patched in the first beta versions of OS X El Capitan 10.11, but not in the current release of OS X 10.10.4 or in the current beta of OS X 10.10.5, which has been released to public beta testers.
copyThing 5 for Mac OS X synchronizes media and playlists from...
crispSofties has launched copyThing 5, an update to the Mac utility for transferring music and more from an iOS device to iTunes.
copyThing connects with iPhones, iPads and iPods and lets you identify media content on those devices that's missing from your iTunes library. Media and playlists can be synchronized with one click. Version 5 has been completely re-written from scratch with a speed boost and a new user interface.
copyThing requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. It costs US$29.95 (upgrades to version 5 from previous versions are $14.95) and is available for download from crispSofties online (www.crispsofties.com).
TextExpander 5.1 updates suggested snippets, notifications, more
Smile Software (www.smilesoftware.com) has introduced TextExpander 5.1, an update to the Mac typing shortcut tool.
The upgrade improves the suggested snippets it recommends by excluding most single words found in a dictionary. There's also a new preference to control whether you receive notifications of the suggestions.
TextExpander 5.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. Pricing ranges from US$44.95 for a single user license to $779.95 for a site license.
CS Odessa has announced the Food Court solution for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released the Food Court addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10.
The Food Court solution provides users with a tool to illustrate food diagramming projects. It contains seven libraries containing 201 objects for adding color and appeal to food related diagrams.
ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for US$499. ConceptDraw Office is an integrated set of visualization products and document exchange technologies. It consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool.
Deliver Express can now automatically expire files on remote...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally with email notifications.
The app can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users automatically expire files by deleting them from final destination after specific number of days since their transfer date.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Apple reports third quarter financial results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter that ended June 27. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7% compared to 39.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue.
The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone and Mac, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch™.
"We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59%over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,”" says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in...
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course planned for September
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in September.
Remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work. All you need is a good Internet connection.
Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there's no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc.
The FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 offers a series of 9 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 14 where necessary.
Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes: Planning a FileMaker Solution;...
Cusby announces 'building block' USB-C ports for the...
Gone are the days owners of the newest MacBook edition have to choose which device they want to connect to using the USB-C thanks to Cusby (www.cusby.com), which has introduced a line of modular and expandable solutions to break free port limitations.
The Cusby “building blocks” will be available for pre-order starting at US$25 on Indiegogo (https://goo.gl/qtWLwW) with delivery expected in October 2015. Cusby is modular, meaning you don’t have to commit to a set of ports. Instead, just plug in the appropriate Cusby that serves your current needs.
The more devices you need connected, the more building blocks you can add, while always keeping a USB-C port open. For every Cusby connected, a new USB-C port is created. At launch, Cusby will be offering the following three models:
° USB-C Power Port, which offers a USB-C port to connect a power adapter to charge the MacBook;
° USB-A Data Port, which will connect any standard device like a smartphone, tablet, keyboard, mouse, and printer...
Canalys: Apple ships 4.2 million watches
Apple became the world’s leading vendor of wearable bands in the second quarter of 2015, according to Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates.
With 4.2 million shipments, it easily overtook Fitbit, Xiaomi and all the smart watch vendors, despite the Apple Watch’s significantly higher pricing. Apple has done an excellent job designing its WatchKit SDK [software development kit], which it delivered "quickly and comprehensively," says the research group.
Native WatchKit extensions provide a capable developer platform without sacrificing battery life. But early sales were hindered due to two factors. Firstly, Apple missed the fourth quarter 2014 holiday season. Secondly, supply constraints stalled shipments for the first couple months after launch.
"The Apple Watch is the most sophisticated smart watch to date, and it has proved popular with Apple fans worldwide," says Chris Jones, vice president and principal analyst at Canalys. "But Apple and other vendors still face important challenges...
Add-in board beats PCs in the first quarter
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for the first quarter of 2015.
JPR’s AIB Report (www.jonpeddie.com) tracks computer add-in graphics boards, which carry discrete graphics chips. AIBs used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They're sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, as compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.
The news was encouraging and seasonally understandable, quarter-to-quarter, the AIB market decreased -8.79% (compared to the desktop PC market, which decreased -14.77%), according to JPR. On a year-to-year basis, the research group found that total AIB shipments during the quarter fell...
Output Factory for InDesign can now add serial numbers to file...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 1.5.32, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users automatically print & export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users automatically add sequential serial numbers to the variable names of exported output files.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X improves UI responsiveness, more
einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced Monochrome 3.0.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the application for post-processing batches of color images to grayscale.
Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent set of output images. Version 3.0.1 improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides fullscreen and high-resolution drawing support.
Monochrome requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store (in the Photography category).
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi implemented drag and drop functionality for the 64-bit version of FileMaker 14 on OS X. They also updated the drag and drop example file and made a small improvement to the DataIn example file.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.3 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$99 per user..
Upgrading to version 8.0.3 is free for all users of version 8.0, 8.0.1 and 8.0.2; version 8.0.3 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.3. Upgrades from licenses bought before Nov. 1, 2014, are available from $59 per user.
TrendForce: Samsung topped global smartphone shipments
The latest analysis from the global market research firm TrendForce (www.trendforce.com) finds smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2015 grew 1.9% over the previous quarter to 304 million units. Samsung tops global shipments, while Apple is expected to maintain its high sales record with the next-generation iPhone in the second half of 2015, according to the research group.
Shipment growth in the second quarter slowed as vendors prepared to launch their flagship devices in this year's second half. However, shipments of branded Chinese smartphones benefited from the Chinese Labor Day sales and their entries into the overseas markets. TrendForce reports the second quarter shipments of Chinese branded smartphones had an above global average growth of 15.6% with 126M units shipped.
TrendForce has also made downward revision to smartphone shipment growth for the entire 2015 from 11.6% to 8.2%. According to Avril Wu, TrendForce's smartphone analyst, this revision is attributed to...
Movavi Mac Cleaner update improves system performance
Movavi has rolled out Mac Cleaner 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool that restores your Mac's performance, reclaiming storage space by regularly removing junk files without the risk of data loss.
Mac Cleaner scans the entire computer, recognizing files that are no longer needed, while leaving personal files alone. Version 1.3 includes RAM cleaning to prevent slowdowns, deletion of duplicate files, and a file shredder for permanent, unrestorable file deletion.
MacCleaner costs US$29.95 and is available at the Movavi website (www.movavi.com). A demo is available for download.
Squeezer for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.3
InSili.com has launched Squeezer 1.3, an update of its web resources minifier, compiler and compressor.
Version 1.3 is available for US$14.99 and is available at the Squeezer website (www.squeezerapp.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in quarter one
Graphics processor units were below the 10-year average of -3.6% in the first quarter compared to the year-ago quarter, according to Jon Peddie Research (www.jonpeddie.com).
AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased -17.80% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments decreased -12.01% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s decreased -13.5%, according to JPR. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 148%, which was up 2.95% from last quarter, and 30.57% of PCs had discrete GPUs, which is up 0.39%, the research group adds.
The overall PC market decreased -14.77% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -6.5% year-to-year. Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs decreased -8.79% from last quarter—less than the PC market.
Because GPUs go into every system before it is shipped, GPUs shipments are a leading indicator of the market. Most of the PC vendors are guiding cautiously for quarter two indicating GPU shipments may be down in Q2,...
Melesta Games updates Toy Defense for Mac OS X
Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has released Toy Defense 1.23, an update to its game for Mac OS X 10.8 or later.
Here's how the game and update are described: "Experience a totally explosive gameplay in this tower defense game in a WWI setting. Now users are able to play on several devises without losing their progress. A brand new tournament mode with new rules is sure to entertain all players. Special offers, improved performance and stable gameplay will make playing the game even more exciting.
"One more great and wanted feature has also been added. Now all users can transfer their entire game progress from one device to another. They can play on several devices and keep the current progress. As always, the game suggests amazing bonus offers and gives many opportunities for exciting battles with an improved performance and stable gameplay."
Toy Defense 1.23 is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
SIMsmart Prepaid re-launches its low cost Europe SIM card
SIMsmart Prepaid (http://www.simsmartprepaid.com), part of the Cellhire Group of Companies, has re-launched its Europe SIM card with what it says is the lowest rates, higher data allowances and all incoming calls from anywhere in the world now free instead of US$0.35 a minute.
The SIM is particularly good with the iPhone, compared to an Android, because it behaves so seamlessly/fluidly, thanks to iOS in the phone, says Greg Kraynak, CEO, Cellhire. With an Android there is a slight delay when callback is initiated; not with the iPhone.
The card is preloaded with $20 credit, accepts free incoming calls across Europe from anywhere in the world, has simple call-back connections, features three-in-one [Standard, Micro and Nano] and comes with a 14-day money back guarantee. In addition, delivery is free.
Audiffex introduces iTones2 music app for Macs
Audiffex has released inTone2, a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) with CoreAudio-compatible audio interface.
The inTone2 serves as a simple jamming tool as well as a sophisticated playback machine. It’s a live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio-quality effects plug-ins. It plays audio files and allows users to play virtual instruments while changing tracks, effects, or instrument configurations.
Every track in inTone2 features eight audio effect slots. Users can enlarge their effects collection by adding additional Audiffex plug-ins, including ampLion Pro (aimed at guitarists), GK Amplification 2 Pro (aimed at bassists), and more, as well as AU-, DirectX-, and VST-compatible third-party plug-ins.
inTone2 is available for US$49 at Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/nbqu63u).
Tembo for Mac OS X gets a refreshed user interface
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has announced Tembo 2.0, an upgrade to their file search helper for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It's a file search tool that builds upon the existing Spotlight index. Version 2.0 has been updated with a fresh user interface. It's also faster and adds new features.
To celebrate its release, single user and single family licenses are 53% off until July 31. A single-user license costs US$15, and a family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are priced $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Upgrades are available through the Houdah store built into the demo version of Tembo 2.0.
Zevrix Deliver 2.4.21 improves file transfer over local network
Zevrix Solutions has delivered Deliver 2.4.21, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.
The software lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. Deliver will automatically notify recipients about delivered files which can be instantly downloaded from a link in the email. The new version improves transfer of non-compressed folders on local networks and addresses some performance and stability issues.
Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).
Logo Pop Lite for Mac OS X gets new logos, graphics
128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.2, an update to the logo design app for Mac OS X.
The software allows you to create a vector -based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.2 adds new pre-designed templates and royalty free graphics, and fixes bugs reported by customers.
Logo Pop Lite 1.2 is available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of US$2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Apple bag search lawsuit certified as class action
Apple Store employees who sued Apple over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o587qwr).
It's part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate thousands of store employees for the time taken to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise. Reuters notes that Apple had argued in court filings that the case wasn't suitable for class action status because not all store managers conducted bag searches, and any searches that did occur took a tiny amount of time which don't deserve compensation. Alsup ruled that those issues could be litigated at trial.
Feeder 3.0 gets a new Yosemite inspired look
Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has unveiled Feeder 3.0, an update to the RSS editor for creating news feeds, iTunes podcasts and appcasts on Mac OS X.
Version 3.0 sports a brand new look for OS X Yosemite, Markdown editing, autosave and a global search and replace for links. Feeder's library can now be shared with cloud services such as iCloud Drive and Dropbox.
Feeder 3 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, costs $49.99 for new customers, $24.99 for those upgrading from Feeder 2 and is available exclusively from Reinvented Software. A 15-day demo is available for download. Free upgrades are available for anyone who purchased Feeder 2 after the release of OS X Yosemite on Oct. 16, 2014, regardless of whether they purchased the app through the Mac App Store or directly from Reinvented Software.
Labelist 9 for Mac OS X adds new Photos browser, more
Chronos has launched Labelist 9, an upgrade to itslabel-making software for Mac OS X Yosemite. The new version adds two all-new media browsers for integrating with Apple’s iTunes and Photos applications.
These new features make it easier to add song titles, album cover art, and photos to labels of all kinds. Labelist comes with a) hundreds of templates; b) a collection of matching label, envelope, and letterhead sets; c) 100+ super-masks; and d) a collection of artwork. The software is compatible with over 2,500 label, DVD/CD label, and envelope stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, DYMO, APLI, Formtec and more.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Registration is US$39.99; a family pack is also available for $69.99.
IK Multimedia ships the iRig PowerBridge
IK Multimedia is shipping the iRig PowerBridge, a performance and charging system that lets musicians continuously create music and play with their digital IK Multimedia iRig accessories while sending a stream of conditioned power to keep their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch charged.
It works with all of IK's digital audio and MIDI interfaces, microphones and controllers like the iRig HD, iRig PRO, iRig MIC Studio, iRig MIC HD, iRig Keys, iRig Keys PRO, iRig Pads, iRig MIDI 2 and more. Players simply plug their IK Multimedia digital accessory into the iRig PowerBridge via the included Mini-DIN cable, then plug the iRig PowerBridge into their device via the Lightning or 30-pin connector.
Once plugged into a power source, iRig PowerBridge provides a continuous supply of conditioned power for charging and non-stop operation plus a pristine digital audio signal path and MIDI control data. PowerBridge connects to a power outlet on one end, a Lightning or 30-pin for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch...
Paragon rolls out Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview. (http://tinyurl.com/pyuyvub). It provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on OS X.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Preview is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple's OS X El Capitan Preview. All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 when the commercial version is released.
To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by Apple delivers a new protection feature. System Integrity Protection prevents modifications to certain system files, folders and processes. This protects components on disk and at run-time, only allowing system binaries to be modified by the system installer and software updates. Code injection and runtime attachments to system binaries are no longer allowed.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is fully compatible with Apple’s new security policy.
Once the program is...
Intel's 10nm processors pushed back to 2017
During a conference call with journalists to talk about the company's latest quarterly financial numbers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the vendor will add a third 14-nanometer processor—dubbed "Kaby Lake"—to its roadmap, pushing back the timetable for its 10nm processor to the second half of 2017, reports eWeek (http://tinyurl.com/n9w892e).
"This is similar to what happened on the 14-nanometer," Krzanich said. "On all of these technologies, each one has its own recipe of complexity and difficulty. [The move from] 14-nanometer to 10-nanometer [is the] same thing that happened from 22-nanometer to 14-nanometer. The lithography is continuing to get more difficult as you try and scale and the number of multipattern steps you have to do is increasing."
Intel will try to get back to a two-year schedule, but company officials will have to continue to evaluate the situation as the process moves from 10nm to 7nm and lower, Krzanich said.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). Demos are available at the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com ). DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.
It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.
LightTable 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Apple introduces a new iPod touch
Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.
The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease, Joswiak adds. The iPod touch comes with a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 8 and a collection of built-in apps.
The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the 16GB model, $249 for the...
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure
To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.
It sports a recessed frame for a full tamper proof enclosure. Made of industrial strength aluminum, it is extremely lightweight yet durable and allows for full cable management, according to the folks at Maclock. It's designed to, among other things, help secure retail enclosure for Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system. Crucial for that environment is the blocked access to the On/Off and volume buttons and limited audio port access while still allowing for charging.
Designed to be installed on any flat surface, the Rokku iPad enclosure can be mounted to walls and counters. The rear frame has the standard VESA pattern that can be attached to Maclocks' full line of mounts. As with all tablet kiosks from Maclocks, the unit can be docked in either portrait or landscape mode.