LaCie ships new portable external storage solution
LaCie has released what it says is the fastest portable external storage solution ever: the LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s and fits in a laptop bag.
Thanks to its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the LaCie Little Big Disk can be daisy chained with other devices. Professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable.
The new Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2, is available in 1TB SSD capacity through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at US$1,299. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.
Hitman: Absolution — Elite Edition coming to the Mac this spring
Feral Interactive says the stealth-action game Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition will be released on the Mac this spring. Developed by Io-Interactive and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Hitman: Absolution — Elite Edition brings Hitman’s Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time.
Here's how the game is described: "Agent 47, a genetically-engineered contract killer, has taken on a very personal assignment: protecting a vulnerable girl with whom he shares an unhappy connection. Hunted by the police, marked for death by his former employers and locked in conflict with a ruthless arms dealer, 47 must use his enhanced instincts and deadly skills to eliminate his enemies and save the girl.
"As Agent 47, players will become the ultimate assassin as they master superhuman reflexes, creative stealth techniques and a powerful arsenal of weapons to pull off both clean kills and dramatic executions. While using disguises and distractions to remain undetected, resourceful...
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Keynote
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Keynote, their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
With Tutor for Keynote, the user watches videos to learn how to use Apple's latest version of Keynote for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 67 video chapters on various subjects. Each video chapter covers a specific feature and averages five minutes in length for easy comprehension.
Tutor for Keynote is at an introductory price of $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Reference category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ky34bxl for more info.
Samsung appeals California district court's judgement
Samsung has appealed a California district court's final judgment of the original Apple vs. Samsung patent trial and dropped declared standard-essential patents from a second upcoming case slated to begin at the end of the month, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/qx83tbf).
The company is appealing presiding Judge Lucy Koh's ruling that awarded Apple $929 million as a result of Samsung's infringement of multiple patents. Florian Mueller of "FOSS Patents" says the ruling is now ripe for appeal after the conclusion of a November retrial over vacated damages due to juror error and a December appeal from Apple over a denied injunction against 23 Samsung devices. And "presumably it won't take long before Apple will also appeal the unfavorable parts of that ruling," he adds.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-...
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign improves transparency handling...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.8.11, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.
It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version preserve transparency when converting image formats to TIFF and addresses some monochrome image issues on German systems.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
DiskStation Manger gets revamped interface
Synology has introduced DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, the latest NAS operating system that runs on DiskStations and RackStations. It sports a new interface and several new features.
Synology DSM 5.0 is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation x10 series and onward. Go to www.synology.com for more info.
Meadows Publishing Solutions releases AutoPrice software for...
Meadows Publishing Solutions has releasedAutoPrice for Adobe InDesign CS7 Creative Cloud, supporting both Mac and Windows-based platforms. It's a tool for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents.
As the name implies, AutoPrice is engineered to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also designed for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file.
AutoPrice is now available for InDesign Creative Cloud, as well as previous versions of the application. For more information go to http://www.meadowsps.com .
Apple releases firmware update for the Apple TV
Apple has posted a firmware update for the Apple TV. It allows users to hide some of the channels directly from the home screen.
After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to "jiggle." Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon. After a channel has been hidden, users can reactivate it through the Settings application.
Before, it was only possible to change visible apps by blocking them through the Parental Controls menu. The new firmware can be downloaded via the Apple TV Software Update system.
Apple posts iOS 7.1
Apple has released iOS 7.1, which adds, among other things, support for CarPlay, an automobile-oriented interface gives iDevice users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.
You can also now control how long Siri listens to you. There are also improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition, bug fixes, and more.
To download the update, go to Settings on your iDevice. Select General and tap Software Update.
shinywhitebox announces upcoming iShowU Studio 1.0 for Mac OS X
shinywhitebox says iShowU Studio 1.0 for OS X has been scheduled for release late this month. The screen casting solution is designed to provide easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage.
Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio shares several of the same features of the popular iShowU HD and iShowU Pro, including ease-of-use, camera capture, keyboard/mouse compositing, and upload services, according to the folks at shinywhitebox. It also includes a color correction pipeline from import through to export, hardware accelerated H264 recording for Mavericks and other tools.
iShowU Studio will be available in late March for $89.95 and work with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lozmqsh for more info.
GlucoAide is new Mac software for diabetics
ToThePoint Software has announced GlucoAide, an application built especially for Mac users with diabetics. With GlucoAide, you can track your meter readings in either mmol/L or mg/dL.
Data entry has been designed to be quick and easy. Results can be graphed by separate test time intervals and as a daily average over any span of days. Because GlucoAide isn't restricted to any proprietary brand of meter it can be used regardless of the type of meter you have.
Results can be graphed by separate test time intervals and as a daily average over any span of days. Users can select which days to graph and print the results out to share with health professionals. Data can be also be printed in table form for sharing with health professionals. In addition data can be saved in PDF format.
The program allows people with diabetes to keep food and exercise logs along with a journal. GlucoAide can store links to diabetes related resources such as websites, documents, folders, email addresses, etc....
TRENDnet ships AC1900 wireless router
TRENDnet has released the AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU. Powered by a 1GHz processor, radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds, it's designed to "provide the optimum wireless experience in a busy connected home," according to the folks at TRENDnet.
The TEW-818DRU creates two wireless networks: an "ultimate performance" 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available, and an "extreme performance" 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.
Beamforming technology directs the highest wireless signal strength to each user's specific location. On the wired side, the router features all Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also offers one USB 2.0 port and a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port, to network high performance USB 3.0 storage devices and other peripherals.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.2.1 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.2.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure and adds Notification Center integration as well as OS X 10.9.2 compatibility.
Cocktail 7.2.1 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
Apple awards top execs nearly 36,000 restricted stock units each
Apple awarded top executive leadership nearly 36,000 restricted stock units each, which at current prices would net over US$19 million, per U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, as noted by "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/l8hb9py).
In the identical filings, six Apple executives were awarded 35,780 RSUs each, the bulk of which are scheduled to vest in three intervals through 2018. As it has in the past, the company is likely issuing the restricted units as an incentive to keep production levels high, notes "AppleInsider."
Apple reportedly avoided taxes on $8 billion in profits in...
An investigative report says Apple successfully avoided taxes on profits of $8 billion in Australia, reports the "Australian Financial Review" — as noted by "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/k5mwexv).
According to the report, Apple Sales International, the Irish-based entity in charge of Apple's international tax dealings, has never filed financial returns with the Companies Registrations Office in Dublin. However, the company reported over $100 billion in profit over the last five years while paying less than 50 cents in tax on every $1,000 of income.
Photo Slideshow for Mac OS X gets better iPhoto support
iFunia Studio has released Photo Slideshow 2.2.0, an update of the Mac tool for combining digital pictures, and music into home movies and DVD slideshows complete with captions and transitional effects, and sharing via YouTube, on mobile devices, or on the big screen with a DVD. New features in this version include better support for loading iPhoto resources, totally redesigned App icon, and enhanced program stability.
The output video/DVD slideshow can be shared on TV, YouTube, Facebook, iPhone, iPad, etc. Also intelligent management of Timeline and Storyboard is applied in Photo Slideshow for Mac, which makes it easier for consumers to edit and control slideshow time, according to Derek Lee, product manager of iFunia Studio.
Photo Slideshow for Mac is available now through the iFunia website. The retail price of iFunia Photo Slideshow for Mac is $39.95. To get more information or to obtain a free trial version, go to http://tinyurl.com/mlsmm49 .
Washing Machine for Mac OS X updated with improved scan speed
Intego, a provider of security products and performance utilities built exclusively for Mac users, has released version 10.8.2 of Washing Machine 2014 for Mac OS X. The new release has been updated to improve scan speed by ignoring Time Machine backups. It also includes an enhanced scanning user interface.
Washing Machine 2014 seeks out and removes large, unneeded files, frees up hard disk space, speeds up the operating system, organizes the dock and desktop, and lets users create Smart Folders for quick access to frequently used files.
The software is compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher including Mavericks. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for Washing Machine 2014 starts at US$29.99. For more info go to www.macwashingmachine.com .
IGG Software rings up iBank 5.1
IGG Software has released iBank 5.1, an upgrade to its money management program for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. The app provides improved bank connectivity, enhanced reports, better bill pay, and superior transaction management among scores of new features and fixes.
iBank 5.1 is available from the IGG online store (www.iggsoftware.com) for US$59.99 for new users. It's a free upgrade for users of version 5.0.
For optional, automatic updating of transactions, users of iBank 5.1 have the opportunity to try Direct Access for free during a 30-day trial.
Maintaining the service costs as little as 11 cents a day: just $4.99 per month, or $39.99 for an annual subscription. That data can be synced with iBank for iPad 2 directly from the desktop app over local Wi-Fi or via WebDAV server.
Miraizon releases DNxHD and ProRes Codec Components for QuickTime
Miraizon has released DNxHD and ProRes Codec components for QuickTime. The DNxHD (VC-3) and ProRes codecs have both enjoyed increasing popularity among video editors.
Unfortunately, support for the two codecs is uneven across computer platorms and editing systems, making it often difficult for editors to collaborate and exchange files. This patchy support situation also poses problems for archiving projects if an organization decides to switch editing platforms or computer systems.
With Miraizon's DNxHD and ProRes compatible codec components, video editors can select the best codec for the job while maintaining their preferred editing system and computer platform. The Miraizon components offer identical functionality and identical compression and decompression capabilities for both Mac and Windows users.
Because QuickTime components are system resources, those same capabilities become available to all installed QuickTime-compatible applications. More info and pricing can be found at...
Registration now open for MacAdmins Conference
"Early bird" registration is now open for the 2014 MacAdmins Conference. It's an East Coast conference for anyone who deploys and manages Macs and iOS devices.
Early bird registration pricing is the same as last year. It's US$400 for the conference only (July 9-11) or $550 for the conference and a pre-conference workshop (July 8-11).
This year's conference will be home to over 50 sessions on Mac and iOS administration topics, five new pre-conference workshops, and three evening events. The workshops will cover: "D&D - Deployment and Delivery," "iOS and Mobile Device Management," "More Shell Scripting than Necessary," "Python and Git for System Admins," and "Mac Admin Fundamentals."
The MacAdmins Conference is held at Pennsylvania State University. Go to www.myharmony.com/smartkeyboard for more info. Go to http://macadmins.psu.edu .
Contour Design rolls out the RollerMouse
Contour Design has introduced the RollerMouse, which uses the company’s proprietary 7SENSES tracking technology and a Phillips twin-eye laser sensor inside the polished aluminum rollerbar to provide "a perfect internal environment to interpret cursor movement."
The rollerbar glides effortlessly and precisely over a frictionless bearing surface with pinpoint accuracy, according to the folks at Contour Designs. For users whose jobs demand a great deal of repetitive scrolling, the integral center button offers an automatic scrolling feature that makes scrolling less tedious and more accurate, they add.
Additionally, all controls are centrally located including the single click buttons for copy and paste. The RollerMouse is available in a variety of models. Go to www.rollermouse.com for more info.
Retrospect 11 for Mac OS X includes block level incremental...
Retrospect has announced new versions of Retrospect Backup & Recovery Software for Mac OS X. Retrospect 11 includes block level incremental backup technology for smaller, faster backups, a new high-level dashboard, and detailed email reporting.
Retrospect 11 for Mac is available immediately from Retrospect resellers or www.retrospect.com as an electronic download. Boxed product will be available from resellers at the end of March. Retrospect is available in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Pricing for Retrospect ranges from US$119 for Retrospect Desktop, which protect a single non-server computer and up to five additional networked computers, up to $2,199 for Retrospect Multi Server, which protects as many Mac, Windows, and Linux servers and PCs as your bandwidth and storage capacity will allow.
Upgrades range from $69 to $1,299. Individuals and organizations that purchased a Retrospect license on or after Feb. 1, 2014 will receive an email...
Nuance unveils Dragon Dictate for Mac 4
Nuance Communications has announced Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4. It's an update of the personalized voice recognition software. The upgrade has improved accuracy with new and improved speech recognition technology, and now features the ability to transcribe text from any single speaker’s pre-recorded audio file, combining both voice recognition and transcription offerings into one powerful product.
As a pure 64-bit application, Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4, now enables higher performance and improved memory management capabilities over previous versions, says Peter Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Nuance. In addition, Dragon Dictate for Mac lets you control your Gmail inbox within the Safari or Firefox browser with a few simple voice commands.
Dragon Dictate provides Full Text Control in Gmail, so you can mix your talking and typing and still be able to edit, correct and format your text using voice commands. The software also supports Full Text Control in Apple Pages...
Anime Studio 10 updated with new Bone Constraint feature, more
Smith Micro Software's Productivity and Graphics Group has released Anime Studio Pro 10 and Anime Studio Debut 10, an update of the animation software that allows artists of all ages and skill levels to craft 2D animations
To celebrate the 10th edition of Anime Studio, Smith Micro has teamed up with Wacom Technology, makers of digital interface solutions, for a giveaway with no purchase necessary. From March 4 to April 4, users can enter for the chance to win a Wacom Cintiq Companion grand prize or a Intuos Pro Medium or Intuos Medium tablet for second and third place prizes. As well, award-winning animator Victor Paredes has created an exclusive animation clip with Anime Studio 10, highlighting the various ways users can utilize preloaded content available immediately in the software.
The latest version features include rigging options to help set up more complex characters, says Fahim Niaz, senior product manager for Smith Micro Software. The independent angle constraints allows...
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X adds support for more cameras
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.3, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.
SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include support for BlackMagic video hardware, the latest Apple FaceTime cameras, and several new network cameras.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing US$1,100. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).
Apple's Peter Oppenheimer to retire at the end of September
Apple has announced that Peter Oppenheimer (pictured), Apple’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will retire at the end of September. Luca Maestri, Apple’s vice president of finance and corporate controller, will succeed him as CFO reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Oppenheimer will transition the CFO role to Maestri in June and the balance of his responsibilities over the remaining time.
"Peter has served as our CFO for the past decade as Apple’s annual revenue grew from $8 billion to $171 billion and our global footprint expanded dramatically. His guidance, leadership and expertise have been instrumental to Apple’s success, not only as our CFO but also in many areas beyond finance, as he frequently took on additional activities to assist across the company. His contributions and integrity as our CFO create a new benchmark for public company CFOs," said Cook in a press release. "Peter is also a dear friend I always knew I could count on. Although I am sad to see him leave, I...
EDGE Memory announces diskGO Sonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive
EDGE Memory has released the diskGO Sonic USB 3.0 flash drive as part of their new portable SSD line. It's powered by a SandForce SSD controller and is available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB versions. A 480GB version is in the works.
The diskGO Sonic is equipped with USB 3.0 and is encased in aluminum. ach drive is covered by a two-year warranty and is Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux compatible.
Pricing starts at US$72. Go to www.edgememory.com for more info.
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.7 for the Mac
Software and Computer System Company has rolled out Scannerz Version 1.7 for Mac OS X. The tool employs hard drive analysis algorithms to repair and maintain your hard drives.
Version 1.7 includes a Diagnostics Mode, which can automatically detect and analyze drive and system problems. It can catch data corruption caused by bad cables and faulty interface circuitry, catch system bus and memory problems and more.
The update is free for all registered users of Scannerz. For new users the cost is US$49.95. Go to http://www.scsc-online.com for more info.
Whetstone releases redesign of DayMap for Mac and iPhone
Whetstone Apps has released DayMap 1.8 for Mac and 1.4 for iPhone. Both versions sport an updated user interface. DayMap is an app for organizing and scheduling projects and tasks with a Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.
A Mac demo version is now available for free on the Whestone Apps website (http://whetstoneapps.com). DayMap 1.8 is regularly priced at US$12.99 and is available for purchase from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It's being sold for a limited time for $9.99. DayMap for the iPhone is available at the Apple App Store for $0.99.
RemObjects C# brings native C# to iOS and Mac OS X
RemObjects Software has introduced RemObjects C#, a new compiler and development tool chain that brings the C# programming languages to native iOS, Mac and Android software development.
RemObjects C# works directly with the frameworks that are native to each platform, creating 100% native Cocoa applications for iOS and OS X, or creating pure Java/Dalvik apps for Android. Developers can use their existing language skills to write applications for all major development platforms.
RemObjects C# uses Visual Studio 2013. Full tool chain integration is provided; for example allowing developers to deploy and debug their applications right from the IDE to their iOS or Android devices. Full debugger engines for both Java and Cocoa are provided, as well.
RemObjects C# costs US$699 per developer. The price includes support for all three platforms (.NET, Cocoa and Java/Android) and one year of free updates. The purchase also includes Visual Studio 2013, so no separate purchase is necessary. A...
Briefcase for Mac integrates SharePoint into the Finder
Colligo, which specializes in enterprise SharePoint collaboration, has launched Colligo Briefcase for Mac, which integrates SharePoint into the Finder. SharePoint is enterprise collaboration software from Microsoft.
"The Colligo Briefcase product suite extends capabilities offered by Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) solution by including support for a broad range of platforms — including Mac, iOS and Windows — allowing connectivity to both on-premise and cloud-based SharePoint, and providing advanced ECM features such as email management and metadata," says Trevor Dyck, director, Product Management, Colligo. He adds that areas where Briefcase for Mac benefits companies are:
° User adoption: allowing access to company-wide projects across PC, Mac and handheld device users, means employees can engage more easily in company-wide projects, where those would have been difficult for Mac users with a previously poor experience.
° Document management: where Mac...
D-Link ships portable 11AC router and charger
D-Link is shipping what it says is world’s first portable 11AC router, the Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L). This latest addition to the D-Link family of connectivity solutions allows mobile users to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing Internet connection, whether that be 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, while on-the-go.
The Portable Wi-Fi Router also features a 4,000mAh rechargeable battery that can charge mobile devices. Additionally, with the free mydlink SharePort mobile app, users can upload, download and stream multimedia and documents to a storage drive attached to one of the Portable Router’s two USB ports from anywhere in the world.
Leveraging dual band technology to bypass radio congestion and interference, the DIR-510L can deliver a total of 750Mbps using the combined throughput of its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, according to Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems. In addition, each band can operate as a separate Wi-Fi network,...
Alchaemy introduces MacBook Pro customizations
Alchaemy has introduced customization options for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines. The company says it doesn't paint your Apple laptop, but anodizes it the way Apple does so it has the same finish.
There are various customization choices. For example, Alchaemy can customize your MacBook Pro with Retina display in 15 color options — plus tweak a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display to match.
There are two processes: COLORZ, which coats the standard aluminum with the color of your choice, and SHYNE, which plates your device in chrome, black diamond. You can send in an existing device to be transformed, or buy a new one from Alchaemy. Pricing varies by customization request and the system to be customized. Basic customizations start at US$99. Go to www.alchaemy.com for more info.
Free QuarkXPress 10 update boosts performance
Quark Software has announced QuarkXPress 10.1, an update to QuarkXPress 10 that's free to all version 10 users. The upgrade adds HTML5 animation capabilities to App Studio layouts within QuarkXPress and provides version 10 support for Quark Publishing Platform.
QuarkXPress 10.1 also provides 8,000% zooming and dynamic guides. The latter automatically appear when items that are created, moved or resized align with other items on the page. Dynamic guides also show when items have the same width and height as other elements on the page or when several items have the same distance to other items to help evenly distribute elements.
QuarkXPress 10.1 supports Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks, as well as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. It can be downloaded at http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/.
Apple drives out CarPlay for using an iPhone in the car
Apple has announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the "smarter, safer and more fun way" to use iPhone in the car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.
Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.
"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS...
TS Calc for Mac OS X gets improved layout, more
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Calc, a Mac OS X document-based application for solving mathematical models, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports an improved layout, a window info panel for any view, and more.
A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. When the document is set up, the user can insert the input value and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations to solve the problem.
TS Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$15.
German court tosses IPCom's patent lawsuit against Apple
A German court has thrown out two patent lawsuits against Apple by non-practicing IP licensing firm IPCom, one of which sought US$2.2 billion in damages over alleged infringement of a wireless patent, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/nnclgfu).
Early this month IPCom accused Apple of using a patent for technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks. The company says the patent is essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards, and a narrowed version of the patent was upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO) last month following challenges from Apple, Nokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone.
Native Instruments introduces Marble Rims Expansion for Maschine
Native Instruments has released Marble Rims, a new Maschine Expansion offering producers the "laid-back, sun-kissed flavor of classic and contemporary SoCal hip hop." It delivers exclusive recordings from West Coast artists and producers.
Producers can choose from a palette of 40 sampled instruments ranging from SoCal staples such as analog basses and leads, electric pianos, and layered percussion, to live sampled guitar licks, one-shots and beat sequences. Benchmark keyboard instruments and synths such as the Fender Rhodes Mark 1, Hammond B3 Organ, a Minimoog Model D, and more were all sampled, then equalized using vintage EQs.
Marble Rims is available now exclusively at the NI Online Shop for US$49. Go to www.native-instruments.com/marblerims for more info.
Beltone releases iPhone compatible hearing aid
Beltone First has hit the market. It's a hearing aid capable of streaming stereo sound from an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the need for an additional pendant-like device.
Wearers can also customize their hearing experience through the Beltone HearPlus app. The app allows users to set preferred volume levels as well as treble/bass settings, and use geo-tagging to assign and adjust to the acoustics of frequently visited places like home, work, favorite restaurants and more.
Beltone HearPlus also features a "Find My Hearing Aid" function to help users pinpoint their hearing aids if misplaced. Go to www.beltone.com for more info.
Apple is number one of Fortune's 'World's Most...
FORTUNE has revealed its 31st annual list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." Apple topped the list for the seventh year in a row.
Following it in the top 10 are Amazon, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, and General Electric. You can find the entire list at http://tinyurl.com/85ybdhb .
To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall, the Hay Group, a survey company, asked 3,920 respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s survey, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry.
FTC: Samsung's claims about Apple infringements are...
The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that Samsung’s claims that Apple infringed on its wireless patents are acceptable, and does not violate the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing principles, reports "The Korea Times" (http://tinyurl.com/kkywrlj).
“What’s important is how sincerely the two companies tried to resolve the patent dispute, but it is difficult to believe that Apple was sincere in negotiating with Samsung to iron out their differences,” an FTC official said. “Therefore, we don’t think Samsung unfairly used the lawsuit to hinder Apple’s business activities.”
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
Apple releases SMC Update 2.0 for the Mac Pro
Apple has released SMC Firmware Update 2.0 for the new Mac Pro. It's a 544KB download.
This update enables Mac Pro to enter Power Nap without running the fan for most Power Nap activities. It also addresses a rare issue where a low-speed USB device may not be detected at boot.
Apple says the update is recommended for all Mac Pro (Late 2013) models. You can download it at http://tinyurl.com/mbaevwk .
UT Wire introduces cord organizing solutions
UT Wire has introduced the Cable Station 2 and Cable Station Mini for organizing and accessing cords.
The Cable Station offers a way to organize messy and tangled cables on a desk. It creates a station for loose cords that can be mounted using double sided tape on the top, back or side of a desk, table or media stand to gather and organize multiple cords from the computer, router, speakers, telephone and more.
The five slots store individual cords separately, holding them in place and preventing loose cords from slipping under the desk. Individual cords can be extended or removed, and the Cable Station can be written on so you can identify which cord belongs to which device.
Available in two sizes, the 2.75-inch Cable Station 2 and 1.5-inch Cable Station Mini have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$5.99 each. Go to www.UT-Wire.com for more info.
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5
Apple has released iTunes 11.1.5. It's available at the Mac App Store and is a free download.
Apple says the update fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpected when a device is connected. It also improves compatibility for iBooks for the Mac on Mac OS X Mavericks.
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc for the Mac
Brotens has announced Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It's an OpenGL native Cocoa application designed to perform lighting calculations for prismatic rooms.
According to the folks at Brotens, with Room Lighting Calc you don’t need to be a specialist. Simply fill the form and in few seconds you’ll be able to prepare a complete and professional lighting report, formatted wit your style, they add.
Room Lighting Calc works with parametric 3D objects (faces, vaults, quadric, domes, cubes, spheres, cones, etc..) used for modeling. The light sources are managed entirely by RoomLightingCalc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63 (American standards), EULUMDAT (European standards) and even DXF data files.
Room Lighting Calc requires Mac OS X 10. or higher. A demo is available at the Brotens web site (www.brotens.com). Registration is US$ 69.99.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.4 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.4 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version adds ability to turn on Dock translucency and ability to change Safari's default search on page behavior. It also addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding when trying to display certain log files.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Version 6.8.4 requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard and editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as...
MEI updates ad layout solutions
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) has released Page Director Ad Layout System 5.7, ALS for Magazines 5.7 and AdForce 5.7. For ad layout groups working in Adobe InDesign, ALS 5.7 is compatible with Creative Cloud. For QuarkXPress users, ALS 5.7 is also compatible with QuarkXPress 10.
In addition to supporting the latest page layout software, ALS 5.7 includes numerous bug fixes. ALS 5.7 is certified to run natively on Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher.
ALS for Magazines 5.7, a version of MEI's ad-placement solution, and AdForce 5.7, a system for ad-layout and issue-management designed for small to mid-size newspapers, are also universal applications. Upgrading is free for customers in MEI's Premium Site Support Agreement program. For more info go to http://www.maned.com .
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.9.2 with SSL vulnerability fix
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.2, which offers a solution to the SSL security flaw that's been in the news this week. It also:
▪ Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
▪ Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
▪ Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
▪ Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail
▪ Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
▪ Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
▪ Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
▪ Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
▪ Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
▪ Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
▪ Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
▪ Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites
▪ Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes
▪ Includes improvements to Gmail labels
New DLC content available for The Bureau
TransGaming says three new DLC packs for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified on Mac, are now available for purchase on the Mac App Store.The DLC content includes the following:
° The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - Hangar 6 R&D: "In the days leading up to the events of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Agent Nico DaSilva volunteers for a series of secret psycho-medical experiments to identify and treat a terrifying new pathogen. Maximize your combat skills and push your team to its limits to protect them from terrifying hallucinations as the experiments turn dangerous."
° The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - CodeBreakers: "A top secret government communications facility responsible for intercepting and decoding enemy transmissions has gone radio-silent. In a desperate attempt to turn the tides of the secret war, Special Agent Carter and his squad must investigate the incident, eliminate any threats, and make contact with personnel in order to bring the facility back online and crack the...
Native Instruments introduces SuperCharger GT
Native Instruments has released SuperCharger GT, a compressor inspired by the tube-driven sound of a boutique hardware unit.
A follow-up to the SuperCharger compressor released in December 2013, SuperCharger GT goes beyond modern tube compression by adding dedicated Saturation and Character modes and additional controls for complete sonic fine-tuning, according to the folks at Native Instruments. It was designed for sound shaping. Producers can dial in a wide range of compression effects using a single Compress knob.
The SuperCharger GT is available at the NI Online Shop for US$99. Owners of the original SuperCharger can upgrade for $49. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lw2b622 for more info.