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Sep 24
Fantastical 2.1 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan
Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2.1 ( for Mac OS X. It's the first major update for the calendar app and is compatible with El Capitan, due for a Sept. 30 release. Fantastical 2 for Mac is available now for a limited-time sale price of US$39.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from the Flexibits Store. The standard price will be $49.99 after a few weeks. Fantastical requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Sep 24
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 24
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Mac Daddy's Legendary Outdoors has announced Brother's Keeper. It's a free app to help you know the relative location of other hunters to help maintain safe separation in the field. Digital World Studio has released Udaaku: The Destiny of a Charm King. In the US$0.99, 2.5D endless adventure game players save their beloved king Udaaku from notorious birds and kill them to be on the top in the leaderboards. InRFood is a new, free app for helping individuals manage dietary restrictions. By simply scanning the barcode of a food's packaging or searching for that food on the app a shopper will learn essential information on its sodium and sugar content, as well as that food's carbohydrate and calorie scores. Ubacoda has launched Spooktacular Creeps. It's a free, physics based puzzle game in which players collect gold by popping spooky monsters to level up characters and...
Sep 23
Records is ready for OS X El Capitan
Push Popcorn ( has introduced Records 1.1 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] visual editor is ready for the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan release. Records lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation. Records for Mac is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users.
Sep 23
Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 expands color correction experience
Red Giant has rolled out Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, a free update to the Magic Bullet Suite 12 color correction, finishing and film looks solution. Packed with new features, presets and host support, the Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 update offers a more fluid color correction experience that includes new trackpad controls and real time color correction during video playback. Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Colorista III, Magic Bullet Film, Magic Bullet Mojo, Magic Bullet Cosmo, Denoiser II and LUT Buddy. To update an existing Magic Bullet Suite, go to For more information, or to purchase, cruise on over to It costs US$799 for new users.
Sep 23
Apple posts iOS 9.0.1
Apple has released iOS 9.0.1. It's a bug fix release that addresses several issues, including (per Apple): ° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating; ° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play; ° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted; ° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data. iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.
Sep 23
Booq unveils the Shadow messenger bag
The team at booq have announced their latest messenger bag: the Shadow. Available in gray and black, the Shadow features a unique profile and sleek exterior. Compact and lightweight, the Shadow’s interior offers a spacious main compartment, a zippered pocket to store smaller accessories and a padded laptop compartment to keep a 15-inch MacBook or PC safely stored. The Shadow is available now for US$130 (black) and $160 (gray) at and various retailers. The exterior of the gray Shadow features a water resistant jute, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with aluminum buckles, while the black version features a water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon material, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with plastic buckles. Both include a large back pocket for exterior storage. The interior of the gray Shadow is lined with a smooth polyester, while the black Shadow is lined with nylon and offers room for books,...
Sep 23
Pope Francis' US visit could affect new iPhone delivery...
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are due to arrive Friday, Sept. 25. However, deliveries in certain areas, such as New York City, may be delayed due to the security involving Pope Francis' US visit. According to The Verge (, some customers are receiving the following email from Apple: "Thank you for your recent Apple Store purchase. "Your iPhone 6s 64GB Rose Gold is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed. "If we're unable to complete the delivery on Friday, we'll also be making Saturday deliveries at most locations. "To track your package, please visit UPS with your tracking number: XXXX. "We know you're looking forward to receiving your new iPhone, and we apologize if your order is affected."
Sep 23
Star Walk 2 for iOS 9 now available
Vito Technology ( has announced Star Walk 2, an update to the company's stargazing guide for iOS and Android devices. The app provides a journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. Among new features in version 2 are iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 support, including integrated spotlight search, slide over, new widget, new Apple Watch app, notifications for calendar events, New Horizons mission, Portuguese language, and more. Star Walk 2 costs US$0.99 (all additional content is $2.99). It's available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Education category. There's also an Android version available on Google Play.
Sep 23
56 commercial use fonts added to Free Fonts Collection
128bit Technologies has released version 6.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. It adds over 50 new fonts. The new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 450 to 500 in the Mac App Stor. All fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website ( download outside of the Mac App Store. Additionally, the custom preview app showing how the fonts look before installing them now supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese languages. Already have Free Fonts downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store? Just check the Updates section of the Mac App Store to download version 6.0. If you downloaded through the MacAppware website you will receive an email with a download link for the new font additions.
Sep 23
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports Office 2016
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3, a compatibility update to its popular output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating time consuming post-processing. The app also helps users effortlessly repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Microsoft Office 2016. BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website ( A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
Sep 23
'iPhone 6s Guide' is a new tips book for the iPhone 6s...
Stopframe ( has published the "iPhone 6s Guide," an US$3.99 eBook available in the Amazon Kindle Store that's packed with tips and tutorials for both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It covers iOS 9, 3D Touch, Apple Music, Safari, Photos and the iPhone 6s hardware. The "iPhone 6s Guide" is also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials. The 201-page "iPhone 6s Guide" is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Kindle Devices. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Kindle Store in the Computers category.
Sep 22
QuarkXPress 2015 users can save over $450 on
Quark says that until Sept. 30, all QuarkXPress 2015 users are eligible for a full year of the new Desktop Font Subscription of 9,000+ fonts for US$99. The offer saves QuarkXPress 2015 users $451 off the standard retail price. QuarkXPress 2015 users who take advantage of the offer will have access to the Monotype, Linotype and ITC typeface libraries, which feature signature designs like the Neue Helvetica, Avenir Next, and ITC Franklin Gothic families, as well new releases, including the Metro Nova and Neue Haas Grotesk collections. To learn more about the offer go to Designers who don’t have a copy of QuarkXPress 2015 can purchase or upgrade now to take advantage of this special offer. Upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 are available from all previous versions of QuarkXPress at
Sep 22
Apple tells developers how to validate their version of Xcode
Apple has issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode. "We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software," Apple said in a statement. "We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps." Apple has posted instructions for making sure your version of Xcode is validated. You can find them at
Sep 22
Office 2016 for Mac available as a $150 purchase
Microsoft has announced ( that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription. Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. It requires OS X 10.10 or later. In July, Office 2016 for Mac was released to Office 365 customers. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "are a significant step forward and provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—a familiar Office experience paired with the best of the Mac platform," according to Microsoft.
Sep 22
Judge: Samsung must pay Apple $548 million
Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung must now pay US$548 million from the first patent trial between Apple and Samsung has ordered by the Federal Court of Appeals. Samsung, as expected, is appealing the decision based on a lengthy and ongoing patent invalidation process, saying that because of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examination, the order isn't being performed as required by federal procedure, notes MacNN ( This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had 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. On May 14, 2014, an U.S. appeals court affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple is innocent of violating three patents owned by Samsung. Earlier that month, a jury handed back a verdict in the latest Apple-Samsung legal battle over patent...
Sep 22
BeLight giving away Get Backup Pro for Mac OS X for a limited...
For a limited time, BeLight Software is giving away ( Get Backup Pro, the company's backup and disc cloning software, for Mac users preparing to migrate to OS X El Capitan. The software lets users clone their Mac's HD and SSD to get a backup disk that can be booted up and used in case of a crash or accidental data loss that may happen during migration to the new OS. Get Backup Pro will remain free until Sept. 30, when El Capitan is due for release. The regular price is US$19.95.
Sep 22
3DWeather storms onto the Mac
Idea2Inspire ( has introduced 3DWeather 1.0, a personal weather assistant developed for Mac OS X. Depending upon the weather condition, the US$2.99 app prepares 3D animated atmospheric scenes in a small widget with basic climate status. 3DWeather comes with three themes featuring different scenes, places and atmosphere. It will change its look with the passing of time. You can change the scenes from the Locations under preferences. 3DWeather requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Weather category.
Sep 22
China Unicom offers iPhone 6s mobile service for as low as CNY...
China Unicom, a Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator, will offer a mobile service for Apple’s iPhone 6s handsets for CNY 76-596 (about US$12-94) a month, reports reported, citing Internet posting on the prices. Customers have to sign a 30-month contract for minimum CNY 396 ($62) a month to get a free iPhone 6s with 16 GB, says (as noted by, a global investment newswire). The contract for a free 64-GB iPhone 6s or 16-GB iPhone 6s Plus will cost minimum CNY 596 a month for 24 months. China Unicom received more than 300,000 pre-orders for iPhone 6s devices on the first day of offer on Sept. 10. Chinese carriers will start selling the new Apple handsets on September 25.
Sep 22
Alien: Isolation-The Collection coming to the Mac on Sept. 30
Feral Interactive says the survival horror game Alien: Isolation – The Collection will be released for Mac and Linux via Steam on Sept. 29, with the Mac App Store version arriving in early October. It's developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA Europe Limited for PCs and consoles. Here's how Alien: Isolation – The Collection is described: "In an original story set fifteen years after the film, players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who seeks to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Marooned aboard the stricken space station Sevastopol along with a few desperate survivors, players must stay out of sight, scavenge for resources and use their wits to survive as they are stalked by an ever-present, deadly Alien. "The labyrinthine Sevastopol is an incredibly detailed world that conceals hundreds of logs and hidden items which provide clues to the mystery behind the station’s catastrophic decline. As they explore, players will crawl through...
Sep 22
Comm-Unity Networking Systems launches CNS Barcode 1.5
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 1.5, which includes 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro Server 12+. It's available immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available for download. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Codabar, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 8, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time after Sept. 21, 2014, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between Sept. 21, 2013, and Sept. 20, 2014...
Sep 22
AKVIS releases AirBrush 3 for Mac OS X, Windows
AKVIS has released version 3 of AirBrush for Mac OS X and Windows. The software allows you to create airbrush drawings from photos. Version 3.0 provides an improved photo to drawing effect, a watermark feature, new tools and brushes, advanced print options, and other changes. The program now generates even better results, producing expressive images with the enhanced level of detail in the breathtaking airbrushing technique. New features in the Text tab allow adding watermarks to drawings which can be used to protect creative works or to promote brands and products. AirBrush 3 also adds several new tools. It's a free upgrade for recent buyers. For new users the cost is US$14.95. A demo is available for download at the product website ( On the Mac, AirBrush 3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Sep 22
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 22
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Hovik Melikyan has announced Magnetola. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, the US$1.99 music player can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened." Itemtopia has released their free cross-platform app Itemtopia. It instantly notifies consumers if any item they own has been recalled (all vehicles and all consumer items) and allows consumers to attach receipts, warranties, photos and notes to each item at any time during the life of the item's ownership. Red Bull Media House has introduced Clashem - Video Battles. It's a free competitive mobile video app and online community. All Clashem videos are five seconds long. There's no need to wait passively for likes and views to add up; users know in an instant if their video is a hit or flop. Armstrong Santiago has launched Your Second Chance. It's a free, GPS-enabled app that...
Sep 21
Apple's watchOS 2 now available
Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for the Apple Watch. 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, according to Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. 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 heart rate while on a ride or run using data from the heart rate sensor and accelerometer; Insteon can give customers more precise controls to dim their...
Sep 21
Baso Labs releases Occasions for Mac
Baso Labs has introduced Occasions 1.0, an app that lets you store and combine events, gifts, and people along with notes, photos and more. It offers integration with iCloud contacts. Occasions supports major holidays in 27 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States. It's localized in 10 languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian, Korean, Turkish. Occasions requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. For more information, go to Occasions' website (
Sep 21
iPhone 6s, 6s Plus arrive on Friday, Sept. 25
Apple has announced that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.   "Customer response to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been incredibly positive, we can't wait to get our most advanced iPhones ever into customers’ hands starting this Friday," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history." The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space gray and the new rose...
Sep 21
Apple cleaning up App Store after major hack attack
Apple is cleaning up its Apple App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs following what is being described as the first large-scale attack on the mobile software outlet. The hackers took aim at popular Chinese apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of source code known as XcodeGhost, notes Seeking Alpha ( According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks (, "hundreds of millions" of users are at risk of having their personal data exposed due to the malware.
Sep 21
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Express 3.5
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Express 3.5, the latest release of their word processor for the Mac. Nisus Writer Express adapts to your writing environment with a flexible interface. This new version introduces a lower price. It has also been updated with iCloud support, OS X document Auto Save and Versions, and is now 64 bit and sandboxed. There are also bug fixes, improvements, and enhancements. Nisus Writer Express 3.5 requires OS X 10.7.5 or above. It's available now from the Nisus store ( and the Mac App Store for $20. Version 3.5 is a free update for Nisus Writer Express 3.x owners.
Sep 21
Mac HD Video Converter updated for iPhone 6s, iPad Pro
Digiarty Software has announced a new version of WinX HD Video Converter ( for Mac. It's a Mac OS X based video compression and converting solution for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro. Designed specifically to convert HD and SD videos, WinX HD Video Converter for Mac simplifies and automates the conversion of 4K UHD, multi-track HD, and camcorder videos on Mac for the target iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 devices, Apple TV 4, and more. WinX HD Video Converter for Mac is designed to convert HD and SD videos. With about 370 built-in video and audio Codecs, it accepts MKV, MPEG4, H.264, H.265 (HEVC), MOV, M2TS, AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, VOB, F4V, 3GP, MXF and so on. It facilitates the playback of movie files on different devices and players, and also makes it easier to upload videos to YouTube, Facebook, etc. It's capable of changing video resolutions from 4K (2160p) to 1080p, 1080p to 720, etc. Users can even use it to download videos and music from over...
Sep 21
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 21
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Didstopia has announced Mutebot. The audio/video utility offers a way to mute and/or remove audio from your videos. Mutebot is free, but does offer in-app purchases. LITE Games has released iSolitaire. It's a free version of the most famous Solitaire game, Klondike. Mudpie Studios has introduced Let's Play. It's an US$2.99 app for the creation of videos, game walkthroughs, reaction videos, product reviews and more.
Sep 18
ICNSmini is new bitmap shrinking app for the Mac
Ohanaware ( has introduced ICNSmini 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a developer utility that slims PNG, ICNS, TIFF and Iconset images down in file size. Some files can shed up to 85% of their digital fat. Underneath ICNSmini's exterior lies Ohanaware's custom ICNS generator, custom TIFF processor and "pngquant." pngquant is a process for compressing PNG files, and its behind many image compression tools. ICNSmini converts iconsets into compressed ICNS files, with the same savings as an ICNS file. It compresses PNG files up to 25% of their original size. It can slim TIFF files, on average, down to 30% of their original file size. (Actual compression rates will vary, dependent upon the content of the image.) ICNSmini requires OS X 10.9 or newer. It's free from the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Batch processing is available via an in-app purchase; without batch processing images can still be compressed, one at a time.
Sep 18
Magnetola is new music player with sound softener for Mac OS X
Hovik Melikyan has introduced Magnetola 1.0 ( for OS X. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, it's a "sensory-friendly" music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened." Magnetola's unique audio softener filter can smoothen the rough edges of individual instruments, as well follow the overall dynamic of the song and suppress sudden big attacks, according to Melikyan. The player also features sliders for adjusting highs and lows (that's shelving filters in technical language). You can either boost or cut off high and low frequencies to your liking; we call these parameters "silk" and "wool" respectively. Magnetola plays songs from your music library and features a library browser stylized as a compact cassette collection. It requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$3.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Music category. Magnetola is also available on the iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 or...
Sep 18
iTunes accepting new American Red Cross donations
Apple has added a banner to the iTunes Store ( that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe. You can click the Donate button under the amount you wish to donate. Donation choices are $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.
Sep 18
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Darin Myman has announced DatChat Secret Messages & Hidden Picture. It's a free app that allows you to change how long your messages can be viewed before or after you send them, prevent screen shots and hide encrypted messages on your camera roll. DatChat offers you a traditional texting experience while providing total control and security for your messages. Peter and Benita Schontag have introduced EZ ABC Keyboard. It's an US$1.99 custom keyboard that makes all the standard letters, numbers and symbols available on three individual screens. The app offers three-tap access to all characters to make the entering text, numbers, and symbols more efficient. Flight Systems has released Wrecked. In the free vehicle destruction game,your goal is to cause a maximum amount of devastation and destruction as you crash into oncoming traffic. Therapy Box has launched a...
Sep 18
TimeTable for Mac OS revved to version 3
Capparsa has released TimeTag 3, an update to their popular productivity app for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher). TimeTag is a time management tool designed for on-the-go freelancers and people who want to track their time quickly and easily. Version 3.0 brings one of the most requested features: syncing records with the iPhone and iPad. People can now login to their TimeTag Pro accounts created on their iPhone or iPad, and keep their records, tags and categories in sync automatically on the Mac. TimeTag 3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Syncing across iOS and OS X is available as an in-app purchase of $0.99/month or $9.99/year. Go to for more info.
Sep 18
Rememoried game for Mac OSX available on Steam
Hangonit has announced Rememoried for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a game available at Steam ( for US$9.99. Here's how the game is descibed: "Rememoried is a virtual place where memories change to dreams and the only possible way is forgetting, which becomes a mechanism for proceeding to the next layer of dreams. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls. "The basic element of gameplay is the ability to forget. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls. Finding such a way to the higher levels is a matter of his aptness and intuition, rewarded by advancing higher. Failure, on the other hand, brings a return to the lower levels, which may be more or less altered then. "If...
Sep 17
Court says Apple can block competitors for using its...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that Apple is entitled to blocking competitors from using its intellectual property, reports Bloomberg ( The court said Apple was entitled to a narrow order that prevents Samsung from using Apple’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features. To rule otherwise would eliminate patent rights of inventors of certain features in multicomponent devices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket. This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had 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. On May 14, 2014, an U.S. appeals court affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple is innocent of violating three patents owned by Samsung....
Sep 17
Apple wants the Supreme Court to look into the ebook price...
Apple will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge’s finding that it conspired to fix the prices of ebooks when it launched its original iPad and iBook store in January 2010, according to FORTUNE ( "This case . . . presents issues of surpassing importance to the United States economy," the company argues in papers filed with the high court Wednesday. "Dynamic, disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets—the lifeblood of American economic growth—often requires the very type of" conduct that Apple engaged in, the company argues, and which U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of Manhattan found to be illegal in July 2013. In June a federal appeals court ruled that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase ebook prices, in a victory for the U.S. Justice Department. The company is due to pay an US$450 million settlement. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge that the conspiracy...
Sep 17
Turntable is new 'real album' app for the Mac
Turntable for Mac, a "real album" app for Mac OS X, is now available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99. (A demo is available at It's touted as the first desktop music player ever to present real albums as you have in a physical collection. Albums and album art play full-screen and wide-screen on your computer. It’s the first time album art displays just like a real-life LP, like the records in the 60s, 70s, & 80s.  The app, presenting Albums as the main navigation medium, provides also varied, visual ways to navigate an album. You can scroll through a matte collection of tiled album art. You can scroll/thumb through full screen records like a physical album. Or you can browse by charts of artists.
Sep 17
Quark introduces content automation at Information Development...
Quark Software Inc. is a gold sponsor of Information Development World, the only conference dedicated to helping organizations rethink the way they create, manage, and deliver content experiences. While exhibiting onsite Quark will introduce content automation, a new transformational approach to streamlining the entire lifecycle of business-critical content. Content automation is the practice of leveraging smart content to automate the assembly, publishing, and delivery of content for multiple media and audiences. By removing the traditional manual tasks that continue to stifle the content lifecycle, organizations in industries such as finance, manufacturing, energy and government can reduce costs, improve content quality and ensure compliance throughout the process – from creation to consumption. Information Development World, held in San Jose, California, hosts a variety of content strategists, content marketers, information architects, technical writers, and content engineers,...
Sep 17
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 17
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Dare Do Be has announced Pendilly. The free messaging app allows anyone to type a message, capture or import a photo or video, and then choose a future time to deliver the message. The recipient then receives a notification telling them a message is on the way, but not what the message is, who it's from, or even when it will arrive. Kidonkadonk has released Casino Coach Three Card Poker. Serving as both a game and learning tool, it allows you to play three card poker for free and teaches you how to play to win. Three Card Poker 1.0 is free, but does tout in-app purchases of advanced features. Do502 has introduced the Do502 app. It's a tool for planning a night (or several) in Louisville, along with the 16 other cities across North America in the growing DoStuff Network.  German publisher Deep Silver FISHLABS and Spanish developers Tama Games and Mutant Games have...
Sep 17
'MacVoices' looks at the iOS 9 version of JAMF's...
On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with Jason Wudi, the chief technology officer for JAMF Software, about the iOS 9 version of Casper Suite. It's designed to help IT professionals deploy apps and protect corporate assets in an enterprise or large educational institution setting. With Casper, it doesn’t matter if a user has a company iPhone or iPad or if they're in the bring-your-own-device camp. Wudi talks about Apple’s often un-sung efforts in the enterprise market and their part in helping users enjoy the benefits of a new iOS as soon as they can download it. You can watch the video here ( Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.
Sep 16
iTunes 12.3 ready for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan
Apple has posted iTunes 12.3, which adds support for iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, which is coming later this month. According to Apple, the upgrade also: ° Offers improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver; ° Resolves a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next; ° Fixes a problem where some radio stations did not appear within Recently Played; ° Addresses an issue where songs you loved on iOS did not appear loved on iTunes; ° Supports two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID; ° Includes improvements to overall stability and performance. You can download iTunes 12.3 via the Software Update option in the Mac App Store or from the iTunes website.
Sep 16
iOS 9 now available for download
Apple has released iOS 9. It can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch. iOS 9 will come preloaded on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, launching on Sept. 25, and the iPad Pro, coming in November.
Sep 16
Tim Cook to meet with India's prime minister
Apple CEO Tim Cook is among several CEOs slated to meet with Norendra Modi, Indian's prime minister, when the PM visits the U.S. later this month, reports The Economic Times ( An Apple spokesperson confirmed that a meeting between its Cook and Modi will take place. However, the spokesperson declined to comment on topics of discussion. The prime minister will be keen to showcase initiatives such as "Make in India" and "Digital India" and persuade the maker of iPhones and iPads to invest in manufacturing and research & development (R&D) in India, says The Economic Times. For its part, Apple has "become increasingly conscious of India's importance as a market," the article adds.
Sep 16
Apple delays watchOS 2
watchOS 2 was due for release today. However, Apple has delayed it due to a bug. The company hasn't said exactly what the issue is. However, in a statement ( to the press, Apple says: "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected. We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly."
Sep 16
Three iOS 9 security tips you can use
Apple is releasing iOS 9 today, and Norton has shared Norton wanted to share iOS 9 security best practices. While Apple devices and operating systems have a reputation for strong security, 84 percent of mobile vulnerabilities discovered last year were on iOS according to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. In fact, a recent malware family called KeyRaider compromised a record number of user accounts on jailbroken iPhones. Following are three iOS 9 security tips you can use to safeguard your personal information (for more information go to ° Use a strong, unique Apple ID password. Apple’s new iOS 9 now requires a six-digit passcode rather than four-digits. This, paired with a strong Apple ID password that uses letters, numbers and symbols, will make it harder for criminals to guess passwords and help protect users’ data. ° Enable Two-factor authentication. In iOS 9 two-factor authentication, an extra layer of security, is extended to iTunes...
Sep 16
iOS 8 now running on 87 percent of compatible devices
An update on Apple's developer web page ( says that iOS 8 is now running on 87 percent of compatible devices. iOS 7 is running on 11 percent, while all other versions combined account for two percent. iOS 9 is due to be released today. Around this time last year, when iOS 7 was about to be replaced by iOS 8, adoption for Apple's current-generation operating system is down three points.
Sep 16
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 16
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. SmartWired has launched Smart Spark: Ignite Your Child's Learning Potential. It's a free tool for parents to help their children (and themselves) understand how to best learn and communicate. Maysalward has announced Aliens Invasion VR. It's a free virtual reality (VR) shooter game. The gameplay puts the player in a 360 degree environment, flying an F16 to save Earth from aliens by simply staring at the waves of alien UFOs headed to destroy Pisa, Paris, and New York. Migoi Studios introduces Pitchers: Endless Arcade Bartending. As a bartender in the free game, you have to keep the drinks flowing and your patrons happy.
Sep 16
CS Odessa announces IDEF Business Process Diagrams Solution
CS Odessa ( has announced IDEF Business Process Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. It provides individuals with new libraries and objects to assist in IDEF process definition. Libraries in the new solution include support for IDEF0 and IDEF3 standards. ConceptDraw’s IDEF Business Process Diagrams solution is designed for individuals who capture and record business processes and system architecture. The solution contains four libraries that include a selection of vector stencils, allowing you to create business process diagrams of any complexity. IDEF is a standardized descriptive language designed to describe systems and software engineering tasks. IDEF spans many uses including functional modeling, data simulation, object-oriented analysis, and knowledge acquisition. IDEF0 and IDEF3 libraries have been added to ConceptDraw PRO as a paid solution ($25 USD). These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10,...
Sep 16
'MacVoices' offers a look behind the scenes of Rindle
On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with Brian Faust and Tom Planer, the co-founders of Rindle, a soon-to-be project management application. They talk about how they're building the software that they want to use, and that they believe others will too. Publicity, feedback from potential users and product vision, as well as funding, integration with other products, and the business aspects of a start-up are all part of the conversation. You can watch the video here ( Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.

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