Apple has posted its humorous WWDC "Backstage" video...
Apple has posted the spoof video that opened this week's Worldwide Developer Conference on YouTube.
Dubbed "Backstage," it features Saturday Night Live alumnis Bill Hader as a director tasked with producing an opening musical number for the developer event. The parody features celebrity cameos, an elevator full of Tim Cook look-a-likes, nodes to popular apps such as Angry Birds, and more.
Twitter removing the character limit on Direct Messages
In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/nbmog2s), Twitter says it will be effectively removing the character limit on Direct Messages between users sent through the social network. Previously DMs shared the same character limit as tweets which max out at 140 characters.
Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today. However, direct messages have a character limit of 10,000 starting next month.
MacFamily Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 7.5
Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has launched MacFamilyTree 7.5, an upgrade of their genealogy application for Mac OS X. The new version allows you to create Family tree books, browse places of your family history in Apple Maps or access original documents through FamilySearch.
You can now create, share and print family books. Family books include all important data contained in your family tree and supplements it with informative and graphically impressive charts, statistics, and reports. Numerous templates and styles are available to help you create family books quickly.
MacFamilyTree 7.5 also supports Apple's new Photos app for access to images and videos. The app comes with full integration of FamilySearch, which is a free research service that lets you search not only billions of ancestral data sets but also original documents such as certificates, immigration and church registers, and many more official documents.
Until June 21, MacFamilyTree is available for US$24.99...
Outline 3.5 for Mac OS X and the iPad now supports iCloud Drive
Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.5 (http://outline.ws/), an update to its smart digital notebook for the Mac and iPad.
It allows users to take typewritten or handwritten notes, then annotate them, store and organize together into structured notebooks. Version 3.5 brings support for iCloud Drive, a repository that provides a full access to files stored in cloud from practically any device.
Outline 3.5 for Mac costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Outline is also available for iPad on the Apple App Store.
At least two employees complained to Tim Cook about Apple's...
At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to CEO Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was "embarrassing and demeaning," according to a court filing made public on Wednesday — as noted by Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ofdvfp3).
The employee complaints, which a judge ordered unsealed, are part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate employees for the time it takes to conduct the searches. One worker, whose name was blacked out of the court filing, told Cook in a 2012 message that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals."
Cook forwarded it to top retail and human resources executives with the query: "Is this true?" Reuters says the court filing doesn't include what responses the CEO received.
Foxconn may build iPhone manufacturing plant in India
Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ow78f26), quoting government officials. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers, by 2020.
"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of India's western state Maharashtra, told Reuters.
India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow, the article says. Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer, adds Reuters.
CPPlay for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1
YAWMOO (http://www.yawmoo.com ) has released CPPlay 1.1, an update to its C and C++ interpreted environment for Mac OS X Yosemite.
CPPlay allows developers to enter code and immediately see the results, much like Apple's Swift Playground feature in Xcode. Its environment allows customization of the window layout, with available views that include the Source Code view to create, edit and remove source code files; the Web view to browse the web for tutorials and other documentation without ever leaving CPPlay; the Console view for standard input/output; the Notes view for taking notes about their project; and the OpenGL view for viewing any drawing or animation they create with CPPlay.
CPPlay 1.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite and costs US$6.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9 simplifies PDF color conversion
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color of PDF document elements, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version recognizes color profiles in user's ColorSync folder, as well as in subfolders of all designated ICC profile locations.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Apple tweaks policy for building, running apps on devices
9to5Mac.com notes that Apple has changed its policy regarding permissions required to build and run apps on devices.
Until now, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program (https://developer.apple.com), this is no longer necessary. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.
Sony makes PlayStation Vue TV service available for the iPad
Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue TV service for the iPad. The PlayStation Vue Mobile app — free at the Apple App Store — lets you enjoy live TV, catch up on TV and on-demand programming on your Apple tablet. It's available for those with an active PlayStation Vue subscription with an established home location originating through a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3.
The Vue service — costing from US$50 to $70 per month, depending on the channel bundle — is only available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia for now. Also, while it includes access to over 50 channels, some shows and networks are blocked on the iPad due to licensing issues.
iOS 9 code hints at vastly improved iPhone cameras
Code hidden within iOS 9 files hints that the front-facing camera in upcoming iPhones could sport flash support and support for a FaceTime camera with 1080p video capture. (That's up from the current 720p camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.)
The coding also suggests support for capturing 240fps video at 720p using the front facing FaceTime camera. Other additions to iOS 9 discovered in the code include support for a front-facing camera flash and the ability to capture panoramic selfie photos using the front camera.
"CAMCaptureCapabilities" files in iOS 9 discovered by developer Hamza Sood (http://tinyurl.com/pyzxzhf) —as noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nf8vv7b) — have file names like "[CAMCaptureCapabilities isFront1080p120Supported]," which seems to refer to the front-facing camera on the iPhone. At the current time, the front-facing "FaceTime" camera is able to capture 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p HD video.
Rob Papen rolls out Reason RE release
Rob Papen Soundware has announced VECTO, a sound-shaping vector synthesizer for Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software’s Reason.
It allows users to draw in VECTOR paths to shape the resultant sound in a variety of ways. It comes with professionally- programmed presets and a range of oscillator waveforms.
VECTO can be purchased and directly downloaded for US$99 from the Propellerhead Shop (http://tinyurl.com/nb9sab2). A demo is available for download.
Bundle for MS Office for the Mac revved to version 4.0
Theme Inn (http://www.themeinn.com) has announced Bundle for MS Office 4.0, the latest update to their Mac OS X application.
Featuring over 1,600 items with a variety of designs, from letters and brochures to greeting cards and books, Bundle for MS Office contains five collections of customizable designs. Version 4.0 introduces a number of new templates, redesigned interface, and an option to download only selected content rather than the 6GB app in its entirety.
Bundle for MS Office 4 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Apple using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery...
Apple has confirmed (http://maps.apple.com/vehicles/) what's been suspected: that the company has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for its Maps app for Mac OS X and iOS.
"Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps," Apple says "Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."
A new Transit view in an upcoming Maps update includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries. Maps can even survey the entrances and exits of a station so you can find the quickest way in and out. Transit in Maps will launch with support for many of the world’s most traveled cities (Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco,Toronto, Washington DC).
The app will...
Cisdem launches DataRecovery 3 for Mac OS X
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated DataRecovery to Version 3.0, offering more powerful features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats and at a much faster recovering speed.
Cisdem Data Recovery is Mac data recovery software that can recover your deleted, formatted, lost and inaccessible data from Mac, USB drive, external hard drive, mobile phone, digital camera, iPod, MP3/ MP4 player, and other storage media. It has four data recovery options (Document Recovery, Media Recovery, Archive File Recovery, Universal Recovery).
One of the biggest improvements of Cisdem DataRecovery 3 for Mac is on the interface, according to Brandon Hancock, manager of DataRecovery project for Cisdem. The app has also been fine-tuned and offers improved stability and faster scanning speed.
After the Data Recovery 3 upgrade, Cisdem DataRecovery now supports file formats up to 280+. The supported file formats have been divided into six categories (Photo, Audio, Video, Document, Archive, Others),...
Excel Software releases AppProtect 4
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has released AppProtect 4.0, an update of the protection software for Mac OS X and Windows.
It applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming, according to the folks at Excel. It supports MAX MSP 5, 6 or 7 music applications or Unity games. AppProtect works with OfficeProtect to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
AppProtect can be used to protect a standard Mac OS X application (.app), Windows executable (.exe) or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xlsm). A single user license is US$295 on either Mac OS X (10.7 or later) Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1) or Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
Cadillac announces CarPlay integration for 2016 models
Cadillac’s 2016 model year products will feature enhanced connectivity and control, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These additions are part of a broader enhancement of CUE, Cadillac’s user experience, with new features and a faster, streamlined operation.
Apple CarPlay will debut in 2016 Cadillac models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016. Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date. The 2016 model year will begin this summer.
"Cadillac’s product transformation includes continuing upgrades to connectivity and in-car technology," says David Leone, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “In 2015 Cadillac became the first luxury brand to feature broad use of wireless charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and now in 2016 we’re moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance."
Cadillac CUE provides owners a simple...
Apple announces 2015 Apple Design winners
Apple has announced the 2015 Apple Design Award winners at this week's Worldwide Developer Conference. The award goes to developers whose iOS and OS X apps "combined design and technology in powerful ways."
The iOS and Mac winners are:
• Shadowmatic by TRIADA Studio
• Metamorphabet by Vectorpark.com
• Robinhood by Robinhood Markets, Inc.
• Fantastical by Flexibits Inc.
• Affinity Designer by Serif Labs
• Crossy Road by Hipster Whale
• Workflow by DeskConnect, Inc.
• Does not Commute by Mediocre AB
• Vain Glory by Super Evil Megacorp
• Pacemaker by Pacemaker Music AB
Student winners are:
• Elementary Minute by Klemens Strasser
• jump-O by ByteBrushers
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign adds new variable file name...
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.26, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery, output history and more. Version 1.5.26 lets users insert the current workflow name into the variable name of exported output files.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95 (there's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700). 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 2014.
Point in Space announces FileMaker Pro 14 hosting on FileMaker...
Point In Space Internet Solutions has announced availability of FileMaker Pro 14 database hosting on FileMaker Server 14.
"FileMaker Pro 14 provides many updates to the FileMaker product, including new scripting, design and performance features" says John May, Point In Space's President. "By hosting on FileMaker Server 14, all of these new features are available to our clients."
Point In Space is offering FileMaker Pro 14 hosting, available immediately, at the same price as their other FileMaker accounts. Current Point In Space customers should contact the company directly regarding details on migrating from previous FileMaker versions. Go to http://www.pointinspace.com/filemakerpro14hosting/ for more info.
OWC announces USB-C Dock
Other World Computing has announced the OWC USB-C Dock. Available for immediate pre-order, it provides a complete connectivity solution for the 2015 Apple MacBook and other computers that utilize USB-C ports.
Available in silver, space gray, and gold, the OWC USB-C Dock provides 11 ports and enables everyday peripheral connectivity. Users will be able to charge devices, connect a display, add external storage, import photos from an SD card, utilize wired Gigabit Ethernet connections, connect their favorite audio accessories, and even power their MacBook, all through a single USB Type-C cable.
Included with every OWC USB-C Dock is an 80 watt power adapter capable of powering not only the new MacBook but also all of the USB peripherals users will directly attach. As an added benefit, users can keep the original Apple MacBook 29 watt power supply in their bag for when they're on the go.
The OWC USB-C Dock is currently available for pre-order at www.macsales.com/usbcdock for US$129. ...
Apple Pay expands benefits, heads to the UK
Apple says Apple Pay is making everyday payments even better by adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. It's also heading to the United Kingdom.
Apple Pay in the US is expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, the payment system will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98% of all credit card purchase volume in the US, says Jennifer Bailey, Apple's vice president of Internet Services,
With the addition of Apple Pay, the Passbook app in iOS has become much more than simply a place for keeping coupons, gift cards, boarding passes and tickets. So, starting this fall with iOS 9, it's been renamed Wallet, bringing additional options at checkout with Apple Pay support for rewards and store-issued credit and debit cards.
To get the most out of purchases, users add participating...
Apple launches News app for the iPhone and iPad
Apple has unveiled an all-new News app that will be available with iOS 9 this fall for the iPhone and iPad. It combines the layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media, according to Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of product marketing, who demoed the app at today's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.
News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy, she says. It's powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format.
News collects all the stories you want to read in one place, in a customized newsfeed called For You. Readers can see the publisher channels and topics they’re following in Favorites, and to discover new content, Explore makes suggestions based on what you’ve already read. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your iPhone or iPad.
Apple unveils Apple Music; available June 30
Apple has introduced Apple Music, an app that the company says "combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place." It's a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.
Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. It will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.
Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs. You can stream any song, album or playlist you choose — or let Apple Music do the work for you.
Curation is the soul of every playlist created...
Apple introduces watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch
Today at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build apps running natively on the smartwatch.
It allows developers to take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs [application programming interfaces] to build new app experiences, says Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch.
The new APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, and with the ClockKit framework, developers can represent their data as complications on the watch face. These new tools allow developers to make apps more robust, says Lynch.
For example, Strava can more accurately track your...
Apple previews iOS 9 at WWDC
Apple has unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy, according to according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.
"iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public...
Apple announces OS X El Capitan
Apple has announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors, he says.
"OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade," Federighi adds.
"Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever," he says...
Troi Encryptor Plug-in for FileMaker 14 updated to version 3.0
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the tool for for securing your FileMaker data, exporting or emailing your data without risk and importing safely back into FileMaker.
Version 3.0 adds support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14. It also adds AES-256 bit encryption, up from 128-bit in earlier versions.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Licenses cost US$79 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.
Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug...
ComScore: Apple was top U.S. smartphone manufacturer in April
ComScore (www.comscore.com), a digital media analytics firm, says that, as of April, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 43.1% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.2% platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.
ComScore says 188.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphone during the three months ending in April. Apple ranked as the top OEM of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.8 percentage points from January). Samsung ranked second with 28.6% market share, followed by LG with 8.4% (up 0.4 percentage points), Motorola with 4.9% and HTC with 3.7% (up 0.1 percentage points).
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in April with 52.2% market share. It was followed by Apple with 43.1% (up 1.8 percentage points from January), Microsoft with 3%, BlackBerry with 1.5%, and Symbian with 0.1%.
Cities in Motion Collection launches on Mac App Store with 50%...
MacPlay has announced that Colossal Order's hit title, Cities in Motion Collection, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher.
Cities in Motion is a city-based mass transportation simulator. Players operate their own transportation company, building a public network with a variety of vehicle types, including buses, trams, and subway trains. By meeting the needs of city residents, the player tries to make as much profit as possible.
To celebrate the release, Cites in Motion Collection is available during the month of June for 50% off the regular price: US$24.99 instead of $49.99. Cities in Motion Collection includes the Cities in Motion and all DLC and cities.
DayBack Calendar for FileMaker adds multi-day resource scheduling
SeedCode has updated DayBack Calendar, the add-on scheduling calendar for FileMaker Pro databases. It lets users balance their workload with multi-day resource scheduling.
Users can see their workload as a series of columns, each representing the tasks, activities or appointments allocated to each resource. The new multi-day resource scheduling view is delivered as an in-app update, so there's no need for existing calendar users to re-integrate DayBack Calendar with their database.
DayBack Calendar is Completely unlocked and can be added to existing FileMaker databases following simple step-by-step instructions. It can be "linked" to your file in as little as ten minutes, or pasted into your file as a new layout. In addition to Multi-Day Resource Scheduling, DayBack Calendar offers:
Pricing for DayBack Calendar (http://tinyurl.com/nnklmwh) starts at US$219. A 30-day demo is available for download.
AltConf streaming of WWDC content cancelled (and then not)
AltConf has received a letter from Apple’s legal representatives demanding that AltConf refrain from streaming or displaying any video content from the Apple Worldwide Develper Conference.
This includes the Keynote and State of the Union stream on Monday, June 8, which has been a part of the AltConf program for the last few years. This also affects the Viewing Room, where video sessions from WWDC were going to be shown in the hopes to create a collective place where AltConf attendees could view and discuss WWDC content together.
All AltConf speaking sessions have remained untouched and will proceed as scheduled. Hero tickets are unaffected, as these only apply to seating in the two speaking theaters of AltConf.
According to the correspondence from Apple’s legal representatives, “Apple exercises control over not only the content of its messaging, but also the manner in which those messages are packaged, distributed and delivered.” AltConf’s streaming of Apple content “would strip...
Media 100 announces Yosemite support, new $99 pricing
Boris FX and MacVideo Promo have announced Media 100 Suite Version 2.1.6, an upgrade of the video editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Yosemite and is available at a new price of US$99.
Media 100's Native QuickTime codec support includes ProRes, DVCPRO HD, and more. Mix supported codecs without conversion or rendering. The utility supports dozens of video standards in 4K, 2K, HD, and SD resolutions at frame rates from 23.98 to 60 frames per second. Acquisition interfaces for AVCHD, AVC-Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCAM are provided as well as support for video I/O interfaces from manufacturers such as AJA and Blackmagic Design.
Media 100 Suite 2.1.6 is available for purchase from the aMedia 100 website (www.media100.com). Version 2.1.6 is a free update for Media 100 Suite v2.1.x users. A 60-day demo is available for download.
Apple Watch arrives in seven more countries June 26
Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will be available in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan beginning Friday, June 26 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
"The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way, and we are thrilled to bring it to more customers around the world," says Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations, in a press announcement. "We’re also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders, and we thank our customers for their patience. All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores."
The Apple Watch is available in three collections: Apple Watch Sport, priced at $349 and $399; Apple Watch, available from $549 to $1,099;...
Apple ranks number five on the 2015 Fortune 500 list
Fortune has released the 61st Fortune 500 (http://fortune.com/fortune500/), its annual list of the largest corporations in the United States ranked by revenue for the 2014 fiscal year. Apple ranks number five on the list.
The Fortune 500 companies earned a combined total revenue of US$12.5 trillion in 2014, up 2.6% from last year and an all-time high. The total market value for the Fortune 500 hit $17.4 trillion (as of March 31, 2015), setting an all-time record for worth and marking an increase of 7.7% over the previous year. This year's Fortune 500 companies also employ more people than ever, with 26.8 million total employees. Profits decreased 12.6% over the previous year, falling below the trillion dollar mark at a combined total of $945 billion.
Walmart takes the top spot for the third year in a row and the eleventh time ever. Only three companies have held the no. 1 spot on the Fortune 500 since its creation in 1955: General Motors, Exxon Mobil and Walmart. No. 5 Apple boasts...
ArtistInfo enhances iTunes and Spotify with relations among...
Metason (http://www.metason.net) has released ArtistInfo 2.4 , an update to their Mac OS app that presents a concise overview of artists involved in a music album.
Band members, musicians' biographies, played music instruments, discographies, performed musical genres, and upcoming concerts are displayed in detail. Version 2.4 offers synchronization with Spotify, and supports the playback of discovered album tracks and songs using either the local iTunes music collection or Spotify's audio streaming.
ArtistInfo requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$5.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Apple announces recall of all Beats Pill XL speakers
Apple has announced a voluntary recall of Beats Pill XL speakers, including a refund for customers. Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the battery in the Beats Pill XL may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. The recall doesn't affect any other Beats or Apple products.
Customers who purchased a Beats Pill XL speaker should visit www.apple.com/support/beats-pillxl-recall for details about how to return their product to Apple, and how to receive an Apple Store credit or electronic payment of US$325.
The Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle. The product is sold in five colors: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white. The Beats Pill XL was introduced by Beats by Dre in November 2013. Apple acquired Beats in 2014.
nVeil is a new image remix tool for Mac OS X
Storek Studio (http://storekstudio.com) has introduced nVeil for Mac OS X, a graphic remix tool.
The app generates works of digital abstract cubism by filtering photos or video through vector-drawn veils. Colors and motion come from the source imagery, and can be further modified with nVeil's controls. The app plays with the hidden image, always displaying a harmonic palette of colors, and syncs most music with nVeiled video, through the proximal incidence algorithm.
nVeil requires Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It's comprised of two Mac apps, nVplay and nVmake. nVplay costs US$29 and includes 100 predesigned veils. nVmake, the veil-making app, is priced at $39. Both apps are available in a $49 bundle.
Qikshare 7.0 cross-platform sharing platform offers Apple Watch...
iVinnyApps has announced Qikshare 7.0 (http://www.qikshare.io/index.html), an update to its file sharing app for iOS devices. It offers cross platform file sharing to users of iOS and Android devices, as well as Mac and Windows users.
Qikshare uses iOS sharing extensions to allow anyone to share files directly from within apps. Version 7.0 now includes Apple Watch functionality, allowing Apple Watch users to share their favorite images directly from their wrist. The new version also adds support for a number of new languages, and now supports the following languages: English, Arabic, Bokmal, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
Qikshare 7.0 is Free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category....
LinkOptimizer 4.9.44 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.44, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version recognizes profiles in user's ColorSync folder, improves alpha channels handling during format conversion and introduces other bug fixes and improvements.
LinkOptimizer 4.9.44 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available for purchase from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo version is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and is a $130 to upgrade from previous versions.
Sonnet announces high performance USB 3.0 PCI Express adapter...
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe, a professional 4-port, 4-controller SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 adapter card with charging capabilities.
The Allegro card provides users with a way to add four USB 3.0 ports, each providing full 5Gbps bandwidth, to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis. This Sonnet pro adapter card supports bus-powered hard drives, SSDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray devices through each of its ports, and supports simultaneous sync and charge of iPads and other devices that support USB 3.0 charging.
Sonnet's Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card is equipped with four independent USB 3.0 controllers, with each port receiving its own dedicated bandwidth. As a result, the Sonnet pro card supports data transfers up to 450 MB/s per port and up to 1800 MB/s aggregate for the card, enabling high-speed data transfers between connected drives.
Sonnet specially engineered the Allegro Pro USB 3....
Xojo announces space battle gaming code competition
Xojo, the company that enables 290,000 developers to build native cross-platform applications for the web, mobile and desktop, has announced a Xojo game coding competition open to the entire Xojo community.
Xojo Wars is a programmable space battle and was designed by Xojo, Inc. Using Xojo, participants implement the intelligence for their space ship to fight three other ships in a series of battles. Using the guides provided by Xojo, Inc., participants can control the ship direction, firing, tracking of enemies and more.
"You don’t need to have a lot of programming experience to enter," says Paul Lefebvre Xojo’s developer evangelist and Xojo Wars creator. "It’s designed so that even new users can get up to speed quickly. Xojo is free to use for learning and development, so no purchase is necessary to participate in the gaming competition."
Xojo is offering a kickoff webinar that will include all of the information needed to participate, it can also be viewed on-demand after it airs....
MetalGL now available for iOS game developers
The Brenwill Workshop has announced the availability of MetalGL, which brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL games and applications on iOS devices.
MetalGL is an implementation of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API [application programming interface] that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework on compatible iOS devices. With MetalGL, OpenGL developers get many of the performance benefits of Metal, without having to abandon the proven and familiar OpenGL ES 2.0 API, or rewrite rendering logic and shaders for a different platform, says Bill Hollings, president of The Brenwill Workshop., the creators of MetalGL.MetalGL unleashes the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL, he adds.
"It's all automatic. Developers can continue to use a single OpenGL API to build games and applications that run unchanged across multiple devices, platforms, and operating systems,...
Lutron rolls out HomeKit-enabled Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge
Lutron Electronics (www.casetawireless.com) says its Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge now supports Apple's HomeKit. The Smart Bridge is part of the Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.
With the HomeKit-enabled Smart Bridge, homeowners can now control their Lutron Caséta Wireless dimmers using Siri on their iPhone or iPad. The Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge with HomeKit support allows homeowners to control lights in specific rooms or areas. For example, just before bed, tell Siri “turn the lights off” and the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will turn off lights throughout the house. Unsure if the basement light is still on? Ask Siri to check and if so, turn it off.
The Caséta Wireless can also be set to recognize a user’s location automatically. Through geofencing, lights will automatically be turned on as you approach your home so that you never come home to a dark house. The Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, with HomeKit-enabled Smart Bridge, is available for US$229.95 at Apple Stores...
Insteon ships HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub
Insteon is now shipping its new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, bringing Insteon products like switches, outlets, thermostats and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem.
The HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub is available exclusively through Amazon.com and Smarthome.com for US$149.99. It will be available in retail stores in early July.
Also available is the new and completely redesigned Insteon+ app for iOS 8.1 or later, which will work with other HomeKit-enabled products from various manufacturers, including HomeKit-enabled lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats and other HomeKit-enabled products. It will also work with all Insteon products, when paired with the Insteon Hub. Ultimately, this Insteon+ app provides one simple, singular method for consumers to control connected devices, says Insteaon CEO Joe Dada.
HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of products throughout the house. With...
Despite open source community gripes about Apple, most still use...
Open source devotees aren’t quite as addicted to Apple as other people online, but they still use Apple overwhelmingly over other products and systems.
Web application developer Eldarion (www.eldarion.com) conducted an online survey of people who use and contribute to open source, people who use open source but don’t contribute to it, and people who neither contribute nor (knowingly) use open source. 132 people responded to the survey in March and April 2015.
° Nearly three out of four (73%) open source contributors use at least some Apple products.
° The majority of open source contributors (65%) use OS X as their main operating system, with 22% using Linux and 8% using Microsoft Windows.
° More than one in two (57%) open source contributors surveyed use the iPhone, while 38% use an Android phone.
° The top reason given by open source contributors for choosing Apple was “I like the ecosystem” (33%), followed by “dependability” (30%), “better than Microsoft (21%), and “other” (16...
Emulsion is new photo library app for Mac OS X
The Escapers have introduced Emulsion (http://emulsionapp.com), a new photo library app for Mac OS X. It's designed to help you manage your photos, apply filters, fix dust spots, adjust metadata and so much more.
You can apply filters, make subtle adjustments, and create multiple versions of your images. Filters can be applied to several images at once. Geotagging is also supported, so you can see all your images on a Map, and even apply GPS information to images that don't already have it.
You can clone out dust spots, and even apply the film type to image collections. Scans can easily be straighten and flipped. RAW images (including DNG) are supported along with JPEG and TIFF.
Emulsion requires Mac OS X Yosemite, and Retina displays are fully supported. It costs US$49.99 (for a limited time). A 30-day demo is available for download.
Qikshare 7.0 cross-platform sharing platform offers Apple Watch...
PlugSpy for Mac OS X adds crafted activation panel
Celmaro (http://www.celmaro.com) has announced PlugSpy 2, an update to their first grade observation tool for Mac. It protects the device from unauthorized access or in case of unexpected occurrences.
PlugSpy lives in the OS X system menu, ready to monitor your Mac. Made for Yosemite, version 2 introduces a crafted activation panel and the ability to define rule based action-sets to trigger Boxcar and Pushover notifications, iSight snapshots and Twitter messages.
PlugSpy 2 costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category. The sale price of $1.99 is for a limited time only. The full price will be $4.99. Existing PlugSpy users can upgrade to PlugSpy 2 free of charge. A demo is available for download from the Celmaro website.
iiHome HomeKit-enabled SmartPlug available for pre-order June 15
iHome says its HomeKit-enabled smart plug (model iSP5) will be available for pre-order on June 15 at iHome.com for US$39.99 and is expected to start hitting retail destinations in late June and throughout July.
With the HomeKit-enabled iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, consumers can use Siri or the iHome Control app to control lamps, fans and other home devices from anywhere with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Users can also group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to control multiple connected devices within a home.
Additionally, the iHome Control app allows for the creation of custom scenes to control multiple SmartPlugs with a single command, or to create schedules for complete home automation. Its fits a standard wall socket and won't block the other outlet.
The slim design allows for one plug to be free, or the installation of two SmartPlugs in one standard wall socket. The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug requires a Wi-Fi connection and HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod...