Kenton cultivates connections with bi-directional MIDI to DIN...
MIDI utilities specialist Kenton has released the D-SYNC bi- directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor, a new addition to its growing family of compact and sturdy MIDI utility boxes that converts MIDI Clock to DIN Sync (sync24) and DIN Sync to MIDI Clock signals.
Central to its namesake MIDI to DIN Sync-converting "dialogue" is an ability to receive MIDI Clock and run/stop signals and convert them to DIN Sync (sync24) and back again. The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor conveniently packs MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, SYNC IN, and SYNC OUT five-pin DIN sockets into a road-ready metal box finished in brushed aluminum.
The D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor can be purchased for approximately US$88. Go to http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/d-sync.shtml for more info. (Note that a currently in beta testing firmware update will enable the D-SYNC bi-directional MIDI to DIN Sync convertor to work with vintage sync48-equipped devices, such as those from Korg,...
A Better Finder Rename 10 starts public beta testing
publicspace.net has released the first public beta (http://tinyurl.com/okgp67f) of the upcoming 10th generation of their batch file renaming solution. Version 10 introduces context aware highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface.
A Better Finder Rename's streamlined interface includes an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.
Version 10 introduces context-aware highlighting in its Instant Preview table to make it easier than ever to dial in the correct settings. The Multi-Step Rename Interface gets a major overhaul. The new Preview Pane provides extensive information about any selected file including a graphical preview of the file's contents and its meta-data. Finally, version 10 features a new graphical style that merge...
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 4
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
SAHM, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, has announced THRIVE, a new, free mobile app as part of a collaboration with Pfizer and UNITY Consortium. THRIVE provides parents with an interactive resource to help teens and young adults aged 16 to 25 understand their role in, and increase ownership over their own health. The app features a library of teen health and wellness topics relevant to this transformative and often complex stage of life.
Joy Renee and David Weber of Sinapis Apps have released PrismaJoy. The free entertainment app allows anyone to an artist by coloring PrismaJoy's original art.
Qrayon has introduced Cardflow+ for the iPad, the latest in their line of digital stationery products. It simulates working with collections of index cards organized on a large board. There are two editions of Cardflow. Cardflow 1.0 (Standard Edition) is free....
comScore: Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in July
comScore (www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has reported its July data on key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for July 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 51.4 percent platform market share.
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in July with 51.4 percent market share (down from 52.2% in June), followed by Apple with 44.2 percent (up 1.1 percentage points from July). Microsoft had 2.9 percent, BlackBerry had 1.3 percent and Symbian had 0.1 percent.
Approximately 191.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77.1 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in July. Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 73.3 percent of the app audience, followed by Facebook Messenger (59.5 percent), YouTube (59.3 percent) and Google Search (52 percent).
Wacom introduces new Intuos tablets
Wacom (www.wacom.com) has launched the next generation of its Intuos product family. The new range of Intuos Pen & Touch tablets consists of four models: Intuos Art, Intuos Comic, Intuos Photo and Intuos Draw (pen only).
Each model includes free creative software as well as additional training and service offers. The pen tablets come in two different sizes (small and medium), a choice of colors (white, blue and black) and a pen or pen & touch version – with a wireless connection kit as an optional accessory.
Containing many of the original Intuos' features, the new range offers 1,024 pen pressure-sensitivity levels to add details to drawings and photos, multi-touch capability that allows users to zoom and rotate their work at the flick of a finger and four customizable ExpressKeys. The tablet's ergonomic design ensures that photographers and artists can comfortably work creatively over long periods of time, says Jeff Mandell, executive vice president at Wacom.
Intuos Draw is...
Judge says no to new Apple-Smartflash trial
A Texas federal judge has denied Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit; however, he also upheld a decision to toss US$532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/nonsll5).
U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap nixed Apple's request on the basis that the jury's verdict was supported by adequate evidence and thus shouldn't be overturned, according to court documents (http://tinyurl.com/qdzm9px). He also defended the validity of the disputed patents, and dismissed an Apple allegation that the court made a mistake omitting a jury instruction about prior art.
On Feb. 26, 2015 — one day after Apple was ordered to pay an US$532.9 million settlement to Smartflash for alleged patent infringement, the Texas-based patent licensing firm — the company sued Apple again over the same patents. The new lawsuit covered Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed.
Over one million Apple Watches sold in China
Sales of the Apple Watch in China have exceeded 1.07 million total devices, according to a big data analysis by a Chinese company called TalkingData — as noted by BusinessInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qdxdsmb).
TalkingData is a mobile app monitoring platform used by 80,000 apps, including China's chat app WeChat. WeChat has over one billion registered users, and 549 monthly active users.
Final approval granted to 'anti-poaching' lawsuit...
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, has granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/n9pv3k2).
She had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. However, in March Koh said she was satisfied after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million.
The lawsuit involved about 60,000 Silicon Valley workers who claimed that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe conspired to drive down wages by agreeing not to “poach” each other’s employees. The complaint sought restitution for lost compensation and treble damages for the anti-competitive employment practices of the aforementioned companies.
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 17
MAXON (www.maxon.net) has announced the immediate availability of Cinema 4D Release 17 (R17), the newest version of its 3D software solution for motion graphics, visual effects, visualization and rendering.
Cinema 4D R17 delivers new features to increase production pipeline performance and positively impact the creative experience. According to MAXON these include: the new Take System that offers functions above and beyond those of any conventional render layer system; Render Tokens to easily organize rendering tasks and files, with project-file-based names, named object buffers, and folders for each pass; a versatile new Color Chooser; and updated import and export functions. R17 also sports innovative sculpting functions, expanded motion tracking features and completely reworked spline tools that enhance the modeling, sculpting and animation design workflow.
Cinema 4D Release 17 is available at MAXON or its authorized dealers. MAXON customers with a MAXON Service Agreement (MSA)...
Data Rescue software now available for entry level price of $49
Prosoft Engineering has announced new lower-cost license options with the release of Data Rescue 4.2. These new license options offer entry-level price points that are designed for customers looking to recover just a few files.
Data Rescue is computer recovery software for the Mac. Data Rescue Free, Data Rescue Lite, and Data Rescue Full offer licensing options based on specific recovery needs. Data Rescue 4.2 is available to purchase directly from www.prosofteng.com.
WD rolls out the My Book Pro external storage solution
WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device, providing professionals and enthusiasts who must efficiently manage large amounts of digital content with up to 435 MB/s transfer rates on WD's fastest external storage solution yet.
It comes in capacity options including 6TB, 8TB, 10TB and 12TB, the power of two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller.
"The My Book Pro device has been designed from the ground up for the creative professional workflow. We've been able to take the newest, highest capacity 6 TB 7200 RPM drives on the market and marry them with leading technologies to deliver a product you can leverage from the moment you connect it," says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing for WD's Content Solutions business. "It really is designed to perform under the most demanding environments."
The My Book Pro storage device is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store at...
Apple, Samsung headed back to court in early 2016
The fourth jury trial between Apple and Samsung over alleged patent infringements is set for early 2016, according to The Recorder (http://tinyurl.com/ouur2ez). U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the revised damages will be determined by a jury trial in March or April 2016.
Last month, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the Supreme Court. "The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote.
In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of its entire profits from products found to infringe Apple’s design patents, according to a...
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 2
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Quark Solutions has announced All My Guitars. The USS$0.99 app allows input of information about individual guitars, along with a sound sample and images. You can create a PDF of your entire guitar collection for documentation, insurance purposes or just to share with other guitar aficionados.
room.me says it's now available across California online and via its newly launched iOS app. By answering questions about interests, opinions, lifestyle and housing needs, room.me's smart algorithm connects potential roommates based on personality matching.
Hai Pham has released WordCaptain. The free app is designed to help you retain and memorize new words in their context. WordCaptain allows you to look up any unfamiliar English words and instantly translate them into your native language when you read on any website from the built-in web browser or reading references listed...
CS Odessa announces 25 Typical Orgcharts solution for...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution for Concept Pro 10 to assist users to build organizational chart structures.
Inside the 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution there are (as you might guess) 25 organizational templates. They allow you to depict an array of organizational structure types and to represent any matrix organization structure, functional organizational structure, or business structure.
The 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution contains predesigned samples and vector shape libraries that contain icons for illustrating an organizational structure chart. The 25 Typical Orgchart Solution for ConceptDraw Pro costs US$25.
Apple plans a 'next generation' retail store in the...
Apple is planning to move its Germantown store (in the Memphis, Tennessee area) with a “next generation” design planned for the new location, reports the Memphis Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/pjx8st4).
The Cupertino, California-basec company has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new storefront and interior renovation at 2031 West St., within the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Apple’s current store (pictured) is at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., in the Shops of Saddle Creek North.
Rick Millitello, who presented the plan to the design commission on behalf of Apple, said the store will be one of the first to feature Apple’s new store design, notes the Memphis Daily News. He adds that other aspects of the design include a matte granite reinforced panel on the exterior as well as natural oak tables inside. The store will also feature a changeable display that will include living plants at times, TV displays that...
JixiPix introduces RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android
JixiPix (www.jixipix.com) has launched a new photo app called RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It applies combinations of texture and tone to photos, then brings focus to the subject in the form of a ripped paper effect.
RipPix lets you create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cutout objects. It includes 55 worn textures, 34 ages papers, 20 one-touch presets, the ability to replace the foreground photo, the ability to add and remove edges to cut photos, and a Move Image Tool moves and transforms ripped and bordered pieces.
The Mac OS X version of RipPix costs US$4.99 for a limited time (it's regularly $9.99) and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version of RipPix costs $0.99 for a limited time (it's normally $2.99) and is available for download at the Apple App Store.
eFileCabinet announces compatibility with Mac OS X
eFileCabinet, a hosted electronic document management (EDM) solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online will be compatible with the Mac platform effective November.
"Mac support was a major strategic goal and fills a gap that our customers were requesting," says Matt Peterson, CEO of eFileCabinet. "With the added compatibility, we are able to target a whole new market of SMB customers and provide them with a solution to make sure their document management needs are more accessible and manageable while meeting all regulations and compliance standards, ultimately helping them to be more efficient and profitable."
eFileCabinet products are used by more than 150,000 users worldwide to provide simple but effective document management solutions to store, categorize, search, manage, and share, all with the required security to protect content in transit and at rest for audits. To learn more about eFileCabinet and its products...
Seagate develops world’s highest density mobile hard drive...
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) says it's achieved a major milestone in areal density with a new hard disk that can offer as much as 2TB of capacity in a slim 7mm package.
This achievement is significant because in final product form it will give OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] the freedom to design a new generation of elegant mobile products that are extremely thin and stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective, says Mark Re, Seagate’s chief technology officer. Combining new mechanical firmware architectures, with state of the art heads, media and electronic design, this technology is a real game changer- providing four times more capacity than a 0.25TB SSD at a substantially lower cost," he adds.
The new drive technology is the first to incorporate recording-subsystem components—head, media, preamp, channel—to achieve even greater areal densities. It weighs just 3.17 ounces, and is 25 percent lighter than the previous generation of Seagate’s mobile...
WaterField Designs unveils the Cosmzo 2.0 laptop briefcase
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Cozmo 2.0, an all-leather laptop briefcase.
You can stow your laptop in the padded laptop compartment and have plenty of room for lots more gear. The Cozmo’s naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain leather—sourced from a US Tannery—is soft and luxurious, says Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. A deep outside front pocket secures shut with a leather tab and classic metal screw stud.
There are waterproof zippers. A stiff (hidden) plate lines the bottom of the bag giving it structure to stand on its own. Additional features address professionals’ daily needs. Dual zippers open the main compartment wide for access to the interior. A gold liner brightens the main compartment as if someone “turned a light on” inside.
A padded laptop compartment lines one side; on the other, two internal hanging pockets add organization capability, and a key tether keeps keys or a pouch at hand in a hurry. Comfortable dual leather handles...
New work life conference announced for FileMaker consultants
The Find Your Moose conference (https://findyourmoose.com/), a work/life conference for FileMaker developers and consultants will be held Oct. 28-29, in downtown Chicago. Attendees who register by Aug. 31 will receive an "early bird" discount that saves US$100 on the usual conference fee.
The conference is hosted by Elusive Moose, an organization led by FileMaker developers Molly Thorsen Connolly and Jason Mundok. They designed the conference "to help independent consultants and owners of consulting firms find the balance required to enjoy life as successful entrepreneurs."
Topics cover work life balance, including sessions on optimizing sales and marketing; effective time and project management; networking; managing personal and business finances, reducing stress, and aligning personal and work cultures. There are over 15 sessions to choose from over the course of two days.
Find Your Moose 2015 is open to: FileMaker developers; software, design, social media, and marketing...
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 1
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Andrew Kaz has introduced TurnTable, which provides a new graphical interface for music. The app lets you scroll through a quilt of albums, flick through full-screen Records, and scroll through charts of Artists, and their discographies. Tap an Album, and it's just like an album; the track titles "printed" right on full-screen album art. TurnTable is being offered for US$2.99 for a limited time.
Zach Gage has announced Sage Solitaire. It's a free solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Klondike Solitaire with the depth of poker.
Newtronium has released SkillShot. In the game players engage in a squash-like single-player experience by trying to hit the ball against the wall as many times as possible, without hitting the floor twice in a row or going out of bounds. SkillShot is available in a free, ad-supported version and an $0.99, ad-free version.
Apple, Cisco partner on enterprise venture
Apple and Cisco have nnounced a partnership to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration the on iPhone and iPad.
"Ninety-five percent of companies in the Fortune 500 count on Cisco Collaboration and Cisco networks to help their teams be more productive," says Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. "Through this engineering and go-to-market partnership, we’re offering our joint customers the ability to seamlessly extend that awesome Cisco environment to their favorite iOS devices. Together, we’re going to help teams achieve higher levels of productivity and effectiveness."
To address the ever-increasing demands on corporate infrastructure, Cisco networks and iOS devices will be optimized so that they work together more efficiently and reliably with the goal of providing users with even greater performance, he adds. What's more, Apple and...
Apple releases eighth beta of El Capitan for developers
Apple has made available the seventh beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
The new beta focuses on performance enhancements not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Yoink for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1
Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink, to version 3.1.
Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.1 sports a less cluttered interface, improved support for some apps (such as Mail and Photos), and reduced CPU usage.
Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths.
Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for $4.99. It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
Shimo VPN Client for Mac OS revved to version 4
Feingeist Software has announced Shimo 4, the latest update to its virtual private network client for Mac OS X.
Shimo integrates seamlessly with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. There's no need for an additional window to have full control over VPN connections. With Shimo, you can connect and disconnect, access statistics and information straight from the drop down menu bar on OS X. Version 4 offers increased security and user productivity.
For more information and to get Shimo 4, visit Feingeist online (www.feingeist.io/) . A 30-day demo is available for download.
Survey: Apple devices at work are a security threat
PC Advisor (http://tinyurl.com/navms3s) reports that a new survey by Dimensional Research (http://www.dimensionalresearch.com), commissioned by cyber-threat security company, Centrify Corp., has found that user-owned Apple devices are massive security threat to businesses.
Of the 2249 US workers surveyed, 45 percent said they used at least one Apple device for work. Results showed the majority of devices (63 percent) were owned by the user as opposed to the company, and are used to access work email, corporate documents and business applications.
The study also discovered that 59 percent of Macs are used to access confidential company information and 65 percent are used to access regulated customer information. What's more, 51 percent of iPhones in the workplace are used to gain access to business applications with 58 percent of iPads used for the same purpose.
Despite the popularity of Apple devices in the workplace, Dimensional Research says businesses don't invest enough resources...
Android Wear now works with iPhones
Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. It allows you to pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch. With it you can:
° Get your info at a glance: Check info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps.
° Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
° Save time with smart help: Receive tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”
Android Wear for iOS works with the LG Watch Urbane. All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawe, Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS. The Android Wear app is due to appear on the Apple App Store at some point today.
Tips guidebook for the Apple Watch available
Stopframe has released their new "Apple Watch Unofficial Guide," a 164-page, eBook available in the iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips, tutorials and knowledge.
Readers will learn how Apple's smartwatch is made, discover guides to each app, how to make the most of its unique operating system and much more. It's written by author Tom Rudderham and priced at US$2.99.
The "Apple Watch Unofficial Guide" is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
Betas 1 lead Ian Rogers leaves Apple
Apple Music and Beats 1 lead Ian Rogers has unexpectedly left Apple two months since the Apple Music launch, reports the Financial Times (http://tinyurl.com/pfujvst).
The departure is unexpected. Rogers is reportedly leaving to work for a Europe-based company in an unrelated industry.
Apple said this month that 11 million people had signed up for free trials of Apple Music in the first four weeks since its launch. Spotify claims 75M active users, and Pandora has about 80M.
Fusion 8 Public Beta is available for download
Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com). This beta is for the free version of Fusion 8 and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.
A beta for the paid version, Fusion 8 Studio, which adds stereoscopic 3D tools and is designed for multi user workgroups and larger studios, will be available shortly. However, current Fusion Studio customers can download the public beta for the free version of Fusion 8 and start using it today.
This public beta is also the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. By bringing the free version of Fusion 8 to the Mac, high end visual effects are available to even more users than ever before, opening the door to millions of motion graphic artists, broadcast designers, video editors, visual effects compositors, and 3D animators. In...
PopChar X 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and is ready for El Capitan
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.2, an update of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
Version 7.2 supports Unicode 8.0 and prepares for OS X El Capitan, which is due this fall. It adds searchable descriptions and Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters and includes many enhancements that improve overall speed, stability, and compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications.
PopChar X 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to PopChar X 7.2 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014.
Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company's web site.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 27
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Jumpin' Labs has released Geronimo for the iPhone and Apple Watch. It's a gesture-based, mobile email app.
Pinkerton Road Studio and Phoenix Online Studios have announced that Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition, Jane Jensen’s remake of the 1993 classic Sierra hit, is available now for the iPad. It's an US$2.99 "moody, mature murder mystery."
ZenBrains has introduced Swipeout! The free game is a combination of a mind-provoking puzzle and a quick-reactions game, in which players need to act quickly as well as think strategically and tactically.
iThinkdiff has launched Math Mastery Multiplayer. The free game provides players with seven math problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When the player figures out the answer to each problem, they then have to find the answer in a grid of numbers.
Sascha Rank and...
It's official; Apple will hold a media event on Sept. 9
It's official. Apple will hold a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 am (Pacific), at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The media invitation came with the teaser: "Hey Siri, give us a hint."
Apple will almost certainly announce new iPhones. Speculation also calls for the unveiling of the next generation Apple TV and perhaps new iPads.
What's a bit unusual about the event is that it's being held in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium instead of the Yerba Buena Center or Cupertino's Flint Center. Apparently, Apple is expecting a big presence as the Civic Auditorium seats 7,000 compared to 1,500 for the Yerba Center and 2,400 for the Flint Center.
Apple to hold a September event at SF's Bill Graham Civic...
Apple will hold a September event announcing new iPhones (and perhaps more) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, reports Hoodline (http://tinyurl.com/o8clrwl).
An unnamed "trusted source, who wished to remain anonymous due to the extreme privacy surrounding the event, has shown us documentation from event logistics indicating that Apple is renting the building through September 12th," the article adds.
Apple is expected to announce new iPhones, an updated Apple TV, and perhaps new iPads sometime next month.
Haima Tech releases a Chinese Android emulator for Macs
Beijing's Haima Technology, a Chinese software developer, has released the first Chinese Android emulator for Macs, reports CCTime reported (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).
The emulator lets users develop and test Android applications on Mac computers. (CCTime is a Chinese website that covers telecommunications-related news.)
Media 100 launches free educational licensing program for...
Boris FX, a developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, have announced a limited-time program that provides free, perpetual Media 100 site licenses to qualified educational institutions. In addition, limited-time discounted pricing is available for qualified students and educators.
Media 100 is video editing software for Mac OS X. Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software.
Through Oct. 31, any educational institution that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students may apply for a free perpetual Media 100 v2.1.6 site license. A perpetual Boris RED site license is also included with support for Media 100, Adobe Premiere Pro, and standalone rendering on Mac.
Through Oct. 31,...
Ex-TSMC employee found guilty of leaking tech secrets to Samsung
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, has won a lawsuit against a former employee who leaked secrets including 28-nm process technology to Samsung, reports the EE Times (http://tinyurl.com/osklm3r).
Taiwan’s Supreme Court decided in favor of TSMC against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC's Advanced Modules Technology Division. After leaving TSMC, Liang became Samsung's System LSI division chief technology officer.
The tech leak may have helped Samsung catch up and surpass TSMC in leading-edge 14-nm FinFET chips that foundry customers such as Qualcomm and Apple are designing for next-generation mobile devices, says the EE Times. Samsung has declined to comment on the case.
Addonics unveils host adapter with up to 20 Gbps throughput
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the 6G 4-port eSATA controller, a high performance host adapter that provides total throughput of up to 20 Gbps (20,000 Mbps) via single PCIe 4-lane slot.
The Addonics’ controller supports any SATA hard drive, SSDs or optical drive. All drives appear as individual drives and can be configured to form a RAID group using the RAID utility of the operating system. By attaching four high performance SSDs, a high performance, large capacity storage system can be created by stripping the four drives using the OS RAID utility.
The US$169 plug and play product is compatible with HDD, SSD, Optical Drives and Blu-Ray Drives. It can be installed into the PCI-Express 4 lanes slot (also fits into PCI-Express 8/16 Lane or the graphic card slot). It will fit just about any computing system with a standard full height slot. The controller is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, Linux or any operating system with a built-in AHCI driver.
Judge denies request by 'patent troll' to relaunch...
US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has shut down a non-practicing entity, or "patent troll," seeking to relaunch suits against cellphone manufacturers Sony, Amazon, and Apple, among others, over 4G patents, reports MacNN (http://tinyurl.com/qhyh3e3).
Patent aggregation company Acacia and subsidiary Adaptix has been denied further suits over new products launched by the companies using the same technology. The judge says it must be satisfied with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements in place.
Adaptix sued Apple in 2013 for patent infringement. The company claimed the iPhone 5 and iPad mini infringed upon their 4G technology. (By the way, a "patent troll" is a company that licenses patents to win court rulings limiting product sales.)
Tim Cook awarded $58 million of Apple stock
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been awarded company stock with a market value close to US$58 million, according to an SEC filing, as noted by Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nqmc4bf).
The award came with stipulations that Apple’s TSR performance had to be in the top third of S&P 500 companies. The company now ranks 46th, which meant Cook’s stock options were vested. If Apple had wound up in the middle of the S&P 500, Cook’s award would have been reduced to 50 percent, while a placement in the bottom third would have earned him nothing, notes Cult of Mac.
Cook still has 4.76 million outstanding restricted AAPL stock units, which will vest in 2016 and 2021. An additional 1.68 million will vest in six annual installments beginning 2016.
German court denies uniqueness of Apple's 'swipe to...
The German Federal Court of Justice has canceled Apple's patent for the swipe movement to unlock iPhones and iPads. The court said the patent in question was not a new invention, reports German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (http://tinyurl.com/nzl6hfd).
Judges in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said Apple's European patent, which was applied for in 2006 and awarded in 2010, is not new and that a mobile phone from a Swedish company already displayed these characteristics before Apple's devices did.
The Karlsruhe court thus maintained a decision passed by the German patents court, which Apple had pleaded against, declaring the European patent void within Germany. The German Federal Court is the country's highest authority which rules on patents cases.
In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million...
IDC: tablet sales will continue to decline
According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.
The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious about this market and as a result, the research group expects the 2-in-1 segment to grow 86.5% year over year in 2015 with 14.7 million units shipped. Although this volume is far below that of the more affordable slate tablet segment, IDC believes these devices appeal to an audience seeking an alternative to pure tablets with smaller screens.
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in
FabFilter has announced FabFilter Pro-C 2, an update to the FabFilter Pro-C compressor plug-in.
Five brand-new compression styles are designed to make it even easier to set up and more effective in common scenarios such as vocal processing, mastering or EDM pumping. Other new features include lookahead, range, hold, side-chain EQ, oversampling, and a fully redesigned user interface.
FabFilter Pro-C 2 costs US$179 and supports both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-C 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop
Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Pro-C 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account (www.fabfilter.com/myaccount).
System requirements on the Mac platform are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with an Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are...
Archiware presents P5 Archive App at IBC 2015
At IBC, the trade show for the broadcast and media industry, the Archiware (www.archiware.com) product line P5 will be shown and supported by the largest number of partners ever.
This year, 25 hardware and software companies make up the list of P5 compatible products – with NEC Corporation and NEXSAN by Imation joining the ever-growing partner network. A list of all partners with a map of Exhibition Hall 7 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pz3rr85 .
At this year’s show, Archiware presents version 5.3 of the P5 Software Suite, now running on Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD and including ZFS Snapshot capability. Also coming this fall is the new P5 Archive App. This add-on simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself.
Metadata can be added when archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. Archived files and folders are...
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage
Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now includes Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer.
With it you can quickly find and shape sounds from the massive Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a broad range of effects.
Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.
Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available today from the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and $29.99, respectively. Logic Remote is available today as a free download from the Apple App Store. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, go to www.apple.com/logic-pro .
Logic Remote, the...
VMware ships WorkStation 12 and WorkStation 12 Pro
VMware (www.vmware.com) has updated WorkStation and Workstation Pro to version 12. On the most basic level, Workstation is to a PC what Fusion is to a Mac (see our separate article on the upgrade of VMware Fusion 8 being released).
If you're a former Workstation user, you should note some naming changes. The former Workstation is now dubbed Workstation Pro. The app formerly known as Player Pro now goes by the moniker of Workstation Player. The change was done to reduce confusion.
Workstation Pro is akin to what VMware is doing with Fusion Pro. It's really more about developing and testing virtual machines with different versions of Windows or Linux on one platform. Workstation Player is for less technical users than those of Workstation Pro, including IT administrators, teachers and trainers.
The target audience for Workstation Pro is software engineers/developers; quality assurance teams, IT administrators, technical sales teams, and teachers/trainers. Version 12 adds support for...
VMware launches VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro
VMware (www.vmware.com) is launching VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, an update of its software for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. The former is for home users; the latter is targeted to users with additional needs: developers and Macs in businesses.
VMware says Fusion 8 (and Fusion 8 Pro) takes virtualization on the Mac to the next level with features designed for technical professionals that want to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting into Apple’s BootCamp. Version 8 adds support for the latest operating systems, but a main goal of this release is to improve performance — especially in regards to graphics and suspend/resume functions — while maintaining consistency in the main Windows environment.
Fusion 8 (and Pro) adds support for Windows 10 (including Cortana — Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). It's also ready for OS X El Capitan, due this fall. Both flavors of the new version support up to 16 virtual CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, and up...
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available
IK Multimedia has shipped AmpliTube MESA/Boogie (www.amplitube.com/mesaboogie) on the AmpliTube Custom Shop, from authorized retailers and from the IK Online store.
A collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie brings some of the legendary amplifiers and cabinets from the original boutique manufacturer to AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. It's being offered for US$99.99 for a limited time.
After Sept. 1, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie will cost $149.99. Individual MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets are available a la carte in the AmpliTube Custom Shop starting at $34.99 for the amps and $€9.99 for the cabinets.
Nektony releases Memory Cleaner X for Mac OS X
Nektony has announced Memory Cleaner X, a freeware app addressed to those who want to manage and track Random-access memory (RAM) performance in real time.
Memory Cleaner X cleans up inactive memory and displays all memory-consuming applications. Users can find out what apps take the most memory and quit them with the help of the app if necessary.
Memory Cleaner X provides you with the following information: memory used by the system; memory used by applications and processes; the amount of available memory; date and size of latest memory release. It requires OS X 10.9 or later
Memory Cleaner X is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nt4e3go for more info.
Gome to start selling Apple Watch online on Aug. 28
Gome, a Chinese company that sells home appliances and consumer electronic products, will start selling the Apple Watch online on Aug. 28, the Chinese language site ZOL reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).
Gome's offline stores will start offering the wearable a week later, the article adds. The Apple Store on Alibaba's Tmall shopping site started selling Apple Watch on August 6, Sina Tech reported earlier.