ZFoundry releases zCloud for Mac OS X
zFoundry (http://zfoundry.co) has released zCloud for Mac OS X. It's an app that connects to Dropbox to allow users to create shareable links to screenshots, images and other files for instant collaboration without the hassle of bulky attachments or signing into additional software or websites.
An instantly shareable link is generated by dragging a file to the zCloud icon in the menubar, taking a screenshot with customizable keyboard shortcuts or designating a Finder folder(s) that will automatically upload and generate links for files added to it. The link is automatically copied to the clipboard when any of these actions are performed, so all the user has to do is paste and share via email, instant message or any other method.
"In today’s world of virtual offices and remote collaboration, it saves an enormous amount of time—and disk space," says Nicholas Fortino, CDO of zFoundry, who first conceived the app while collaborating on a variety of creative projects with co-founder...
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
Cocktail 7.9.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in October
The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided.
Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks Textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for the iPad and Mac. Its been redesigned for OS X Yosemite. It supports galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more.
The 2015 iBooks Author Conference is a global gathering of the growing iBooks Author user base, spanning educators, instructional designers, creative professionals, learning professionals, authors, corporate trainers, and others. The Conference will provide thought leadership, best practices, and a...
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital work flows
vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS).
vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort.
In addition, the new version simplifies processes within corporates and editorial workflows. If a task is assigned to a user as part of the workflow, he will receive an email notification containing a description of the task and an URL. All the user has to do is to click this link and the assigned asset will open in the right client, be it a browser-based web editor, Adobe InDesign, InCopy, or another program.
Teams consisting of in-house staff and outside contributors who work less frequently in vjoon K4 also enjoy the support...
11 million sign up for Apple Music
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version).
"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.
Apple Music costs US$9.99 a month for individual access to 30 million songs as well as human-curation playlists and a live radio station. Assuming all the trial memberships are converted into paying customers come October, Apple would already boast half the paid memberships of reigning streaming champ Spotify, which launched nearly a decade ago, notes USA Today.
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei
Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.
"Accepting Apple Pay is a win for Pei Wei because it’s convenient and gives our guests the flexibility to use their preferred method of payment," says Pei Wei CEO Ralph Bower. "It allows us to safely and quickly process transactions, increasing both customer service and restaurant efficiency. This is just one way we’re implementing the latest technology to improve the dining experience."
Pei Wei launched Apple Pay acceptance as a pilot in its 16 Phoenix area restaurants in July. The technology became available at all of Pei Wei registers nationwide on Aug. 4. This follows the company's large technology investment in the implementation of new payment terminals, pin pad devices and point-to-point encryption.
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple
The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).
Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.
According to the SEC data, the SNB held shares in more than 2,500 U.S.-listed companies, valued at $38.6 billion. A quarter earlier, it held U.S. shares worth $37.5 billion.
Santa Fe Opera planning an opera based on Steve Jobs' life
If two (and counting) movies/documentaries and various books weren't enough, now there's an opera in the works based on the life of the late Steve Jobs.
The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, is scheduled to debut in 2017. The work is a Santa Fe Opera commission, reports the Los Angeles Times (http://tinyurl.com/nz2tyny).
The opera will explore Jobs' complicated professional and personal lives. It will include characters based on Jobs' father, Paul, and his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. The opera will also delve into "the touchy area of his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned," according to the L.A. Times.
The Santa Fe Opera said "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" will receive its first workshop in San Francisco in September in collaboration with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and with additional support from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Apple's TestFlight app flies to version 1.2.0
Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.2.0, which adds support for testing upcoming iOS 9 features such as watchOS 2 apps and App Thinning.
TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.
With the new version, testers can now choose how to receive update notifications for each app they're testing. Also, watchOS 2 beta apps will install automatically when the "Automatic Downloads" setting is turned on in the Apple Watch app. TestFlight is a free download at the Apple App Store.
StickyBrain for Mac OS X — it's baaaack
Chronos has announced the return of StickyBrain, its note manager, after a 10 year hiatus. It's been entirely rewritten from the ground up in Apple’s new Swift programming language in order to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies.
"StickyBrain lets users store anything, find anything, fast," says Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Its familiar sticky note interface combined with its powerful Note Viewer helps users manage all of the information in their lives with aplomb."
StickyBrain features include a: Note Viewer for managing notes; hierarchical folders for note organization; application attachments (notes float above other windows when application active); the ability to import text files in popular formats; the ability to import notes from Apple’s Stickies app; exporting; printing; Spotlight integration; QuickLook integration, and more.
A fully functional 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site (www.chronosnet.com). StickyBrain...
Apple defeats group lawsuit bit over iMessage 'message...
Apple has defeated a group lawsuit sought by a former iPhone user who claimed the company’s messaging system interfered with delivery of texts after she switched to an Android-based smartphone.
Plaintiff Adrienne Moore said in her complaint filed in San Jose, California, last November that Apple’s iMessage's message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4.
Moore sought class-action status and unspecified damages, claiming that Apple failed to disclose how iOS 5 would obstruct the delivery of "countless"messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has ruled the case can’t proceed as a group lawsuit because it’s not clear enough that all proposed members of the suit suffered an inconvenience due to any “contractual breach or interference” stemming from the iMessage system, reports...
IBM launches cloud-based IT services to help enterprise clients...
IBM (www.ibm.com) has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications.
This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.
These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM deploying Macs to employees around the globe at speed and scale, in a highly secure enterprise environment, according to Patterson. With its partnership with Apple, this presented an opportunity for IBM to commercialize...
Apple now selling the sixth gen iPod touch in Korea
Apple Korea is now selling the sixth generation iPod touch, reports Seoul Finance — as noted by BrightWire (www.brightwire.com), a global investment newswire.
The new iPod touch is priced at KRW 279,000-KRW 499,000 (about US$238-$426) in the country, the article said. Seoul Finance is a Seoul-based online and offline publication that provides financial and economic news.
The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime...
You can now replay taped broadcasts from Beats 1
A new Apple Music Connect feature called Beats 1: Replay lets you replay taped Internet broadcasts of their favorite shows, including those hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden, and Elton John, reports MacStories (http://tinyurl.com/qde6ayr).
Previously, if you missed a live show, or its rerun, lyou were out of luck. Some of the shows on Beats 1 offered the ability to follow them on Connect and listen to the playlists of songs played during the show, but that didn't include the complete show with DJ and guests. Now, if you've missed a show and would prefer to listen to it whenever you'd like, you can find the Replay (again, through Connect) and tap to start listening, notes MacStories.
Rep. Barbara Lee wants Apple to release diversity data
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., called on the nation's technology companies such as Apple to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was in Silicon Valley this week with two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to push the tech industry to hire more African Americans.
"We have asked them all to release the data," Lee told USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/nvbhgn8). "If they believe in inclusion, they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing."
So far Apple has refused requests from the daily newspaper to make public data it routinely supplies to the U.S. Department of Labor on the demographics of their workers.
CS Odessa announces Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a solution that allows individuals and teams to collaborate on core development issues involved in putting together a website. Suitable for web masters, UI designers, product managers, and programmers, the Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw Pro supports the depiction of website layout and structure.
The solution includes interface elements, navigation methods, to build a demonstration model of how a website is intended to be used by visitors. This ConceptDraw Pro 10 solution is targeted to web masters, business analysts, user experience designers, interaction designers, product managers, and programmers.
The Website Wireframe solution is free to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. ConceptDraw PRO retails for US$199, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format.
Maxon announces Cinema 4D Release 17
Maxon (www.maxon.net) has announced Cinema Release 17 (R17), an update of its of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It's due to ship in September for both Mac OS X and Windows.
It delivers new, expanded and completely reworked features designed to allow creatives to more easily and efficiently manage and create outstanding content. Central to Cinema 4D R17 is the new Take System that provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage render layers and animation variations.
Also included are new Lens Distortion tools for improved motion tracking, and completely reworked Spline Tools for a more efficient workflow for manipulating points, lines, tangents, arcs and more. Cinema Release 17 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 5
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.
Jessica Zhao has released Affirmations - Your Passport to Health, Success, and Happiness. Featuring professionally developed affirmations in multiple categories, the free app was developed specifically for helping people boost confidence and relieve anxiety. Daily affirmations enable anyone to begin their day with positive energy.
Kids Games has announced Animals Farm. The US$5.99 game is designed to transport toddlers and young children to the countryside, where they learn about farm-related tasks through simple cause-and-effect methods.
Real Agent Guard, an innovative mobile-enabled personal security service for real estate agents and brokers, is now available. Starting at $3.99 per month, real estate firms can provide their agents with a way to feel secure when showing properties by themselves. The security solution has an array of tools, such as video monitoring,...
Beats 1? How about a Beats 2, Beats 3, etc?
Apple’s 24/7 radio station Beats 1 — part of its Apple Music service — may not be the only official station from Apple for long. The company has the ability to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations at will, reports The Verge (http://tinyurl.com/qgxfzf7), quoting unnamed "sources with knowledge of the situation."
As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations without having to renegotiate with the labels. The Verge says this means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day). Or Apple could take a more targeted approach and produce holiday stations, the article adds.
Also, as noted by AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qx9lqon), Music magazine Billboard has "quietly added" Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main...
Apple releases fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan
Apple has made available the fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
The new beta focuses on bug fixes and minor tweaks, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Epson unveils EcoTank, a 'supertank' printer
Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs – what Epson defines as the "Supertank" category – that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink..
When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges or more, depending on the model, says Keith Kratzberg, executive vice president, Epson America. About 90% of the pages printed in the United States are printed in black-and-white, not color. Two-thirds of those pages could be in color.
Previously, a major barrier to color printing has been the cost of ink replacements, says Kratzberg. EcoTank printers are loaded and ready with up to two years of ink. When replacement ink is needed, the cost will reportedly be as low as US$12.99 per bottle, or $52 per set of bottles. For example, a standard home printer requires approximately 20 sets of cartridges to...
Funnel is new media management app for Mac OS X
Synaptic Edge (http://synapticedge.com/) has introduced Funnel: Organize Your Photos and Videos 1.0, a new media management application for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher).
It automatically renames and organizes your photos and videos into a structured file system. You drag and drop files, folders, drives, or devices onto Funnel's drop screen and it will find, sort, and rename your photos and videos using Exif and other metadata.
Media types supported include: all RAW Formats supported by Mac, JFIF, JPG, JPF (JPEG 2000), PNG, TIFF, GIF, Bitmap, Adobe PSD and PSB, MPO, SVG, MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, MPG, AVI, DVs, iTunes media files, 3GP, 3G2, and M2V. All file types can be filtered.
Funnel keeps sidecar files with their main files. (e.g. if you import a RAW image and it has an associated Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) it will be imported as well). Sidecar files currently supported are: Apple AAE, Adobe(R) Digital Negative (DNG), WAV, GoPro LRV, THM, and XMP.
As an introductory offer, Funnel is...
'Z' sequel now available for the Mac
Z Steel Soldiers, the continuation and sequel to the "Z" game is now available for the Mac at the Mac App Store for US$7.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Z Steel Soldiers improves on the classic action-packed gameplay of its predecessor, and takes the game into the 21st century with its vivid 3D visuals and impressive game engine bringing the game to life. Encounter an exciting new breed of robots with a taste for war and a warped sense of humor. Take control of your Steel Soldiers unit and hit the ground running, as you take powerful war machinery straight into the heat of battle.
"Offering all your favorite strategies and elements from the classic game, you can build up your forces when this firefight is over. Experience more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride with the games inter-twined and non-linear plot. Partake in an epic battle with fearless troops, who drink rocket fuel and pick fights with saber-tooth snow slugs just for fun."
Nocturnal Aviation Software releases update of...
Nocturnal Aviation Software has announced FTranProjectBuilder 2.0, a new version of the Mac-native integrated development environment (IDE) designed specifically to speed up and simplify modern Fortran code development.
Created for scientists, engineers and students, it allows programmers to write and run simple or complex programs using any Mac Fortran compiler without resorting to tools not dedicated to Fortran or the Mac. HPC programmers can use FTranProjectBuilder to develop and run parallel MPI or OpenMP codes.
It has a built-in Fortran code editor with features like templates, syntax coloring and automatic comment formatting. FTranProjectBuilder provides project-wide search and allows terminal or file input. It automatically handles Fortran module dependencies, making compilation an easy one-click operation.
Version 2 encourages writing modern F2003+ code by adding autocomplete and inquiry functions. The new context sensitive autocomplete feature suggests appropriate variables...
New SAS solid state drive is the first product from the Seagate...
Seagate Technology has announced the availability of the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD). The Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD is the first product to result from a strategic alliance between Seagate and Micron Technology, which was announced in February.
The framework established between Seagate and Micron has led to the development and production of this next-generation, high-capacity SAS SSD platform, says Brett Pemble, vice president of flash products, Seagate cloud systems and electronics solutions. It's the first 12 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s) SAS device to optimize dual channel throughput with up to 1800 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential reads and offer multiple endurance choices within a single hardware and firmware design, he adds.
The Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD is engineered for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system builder partners who design and build scalable, modular storage solutions for enterprise applications. It's also available to...
Deliver Express 2.5.1 adds bandwidth throttling for file uploads
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.1, a feature update to its solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders with email notifications.
Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other services. The new version adds an option to enable bandwidth throttling and specify the maximum speed for file uploads.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10.
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 4
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.
The Stone Age adventure Fire: Ungh’s Quest from Daedalic Entertainment is now available for the iPad for US$3.99. It's the tale of the clumsy Ungh, who falls asleep during the night watch and lets his tribe’s campfire go out. He's then ordered to go on a quest for a new fire. With unusual tools like mammoths, monkeys, and coconuts, the exploration adventure relies on intuitive puzzles and a lot of tricky tasks.
NipaDidIt ha announced Yikes! Spikes! It's a free game where players try to dodge spiked blocks in order to finish the 51 increasingly hard levels.
Bohemia Touch has released Shire Defense. It's a free (though one that offers in-app purchases) tower defense game. Set in a mystical world of magic, players must defend their shire from the invading hordes of zombies, wizards, warriors, mages and hobbit ogres.
Scout Ahead has introduced League of Legends for the...
CNS Query FileMaker plug-in revved to version 1.6
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated MMQuery, now called CNS Query. New in version 1.6 is 64-bit support and many bug fixes and core updates. CNS Query is available at http://tinyurl.com/q96xmx2 for both Mac OS X and Windows.
You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query any time from Aug. 3, 2014, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge, though you'll need to contact CNS Query for a new license key. If you purchased CNS Query any time between Aug. 3, 2013, and Aug. 2, 2014, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price.
If you purchased CNS Query any time before Aug. 3, 2013, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price. You can check your eligibility for license renewals by logging into your account on the CNS Query online store.
The server license is now separate from the multiuser license. If you previously purchased a 10-user or above license, you can renew to...
Apple reportedly buys 43-acre site in San Jose
Apple has bought an undeveloped 43-acre site in San Jose in a deal worth US$138 million, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/phylr7v). It could add as much as 2.8 million square feet of space to Apple's inventory, the article says.
The deal comes on the heels of Apple's lease of property from Ellis Partners in an already constructed building almost next door. The Cupertino-based company is the new tenant of the 290,000-square-foot building near the corner of Orchard Parkway and Charcott Avenue in North San Jose.
Apple is currently building out their Campus 2 — the “spaceship campus” in Cupertino, California. It’s expected to launch next year.
Researchers say they've created a firmware bug that attacks...
Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs, claims Wired (http://tinyurl.com/nmkesyl).
What’s more, the article says that researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.
"[The attack is] really hard to detect, it’s really hard to get rid of, and it’s really hard to protect against something that’s running inside the firmware,"says Xeno Kovah, one of the researchers who designed the worm, told Wired. "For most users that’s really a throw-your-machine-away kind of situation. Most people and organizations don’t have the wherewithal to physically open up their machine and electrically reprogram the chip."
The Mac firmware research was conducted by Kovah, owner of LegbaCore, a firmware security consultancy, and Trammell Hudson, a security...
D-Link announces new 1GbE and 10GbE SAN arrays
D-Link (http://us.dlink.com) has released two new iSCSI SAN Arrays, the 1GbE DSN-6210 and 10GbE DSN-6510. They're designed for small to mid-size businesses, state and federal government agencies, and educational institutions seeking a cost-effective iSCSI solution for their server applications. Pricing starts at US$2,949.99.
The DSN-6210 includes (6) 1GbE Copper iSCSI data ports per controller and the DSN-6510 includes (2) 10GbE SFP+ iSCSI data ports per controller for high performance environments, dual-redundant power supplies, and a suite of data protection features for demanding applications, including snapshot, volume cloning and remote replication at no additional cost. With an integrated and intuitive management GUI, this cost-effective network storage solution ensures the system can be up and running in no time, even with limited IT experience, says Mike Boschma, director of product marketing, D-Link System.
Housed in an industry standard 2U form factor chassis, the DSN-...
JMR announces BlueStor DataMover appliance
JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the availability of their new BlueStor DataMover appliance.
The JMR DataMover appliance is a high speed enterprise class data mover that operates at near line speed and is independent of file size or depth of directory nesting. This allows users to transfer large and small files across networks, whether locally, across the nation, or around the world.
The system includes the capability to compress, de-duplicate, encrypt, and difference data, in virtually any combination, during data movement. All of these features operate at full bandwidth, independent of any latency introduced by the distance between the source and destination.
With the DataMover, typical transfers across a 10GbE fiber optic link are in excess of 925MB/s with a 300ms latency and approximately 1.1 GB/s with lower latencies. JMR has tested file transfers inclusive of media files, such as DPX, large contiguous mezzanine files, and metadata files that typically choke even...
Apple in third place for smartphone sales in China
As market consolidation continues in China, one in three smart phones shipped were from Huawei or Xiaomi in the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, according to the Canalys research group (www.canalys.com).
Xiaomi regained its crown as the largest smart phone vendor in China with 15.9% market share, according to Canalys estimates. However Huawei is hot on its heels, growing 48% sequentially — the fastest growing vendor in the top ten. Huawei’s 15.7% share leaves a very slim lead for Xiaomi. Apple fell to third place, followed by Samsung and Vivo.
"The China smart phone market continues to mature, remaining stagnant quarter-on-quarter. Competition among major brands has never been so intense. Huawei recorded the highest smart phone shipments in its history without compromising its product margin or profitability. Apple and Samsung have both increased their sales activities in the China market, expanding rapidly in channel coverage through flagship stores and small to medium size phone...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.5.1fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server 4.1. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.
Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail 8.5.1 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Apple may be launching an iCloud and Siri-based voicemail service
According to Business Insider (http://tinyurl.com/ov74gye), Apple employees are testing a voicemail service that uses Siri — the company's "personal assistant" on iOS devices — to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.
Apple's iCloud service will then send you the text of the transcribed voicemail. This means you'll never need to listen to your voicemails again, says Business Insider, which says the new service is being prepared for launch in 2016.
According to the article, this is how it will work: When someone using iCloud Voicemail is unable to take a call, Siri will answer instead of letting the call go to a standard digital audio recorder. iCloud Voicemail can relay information about where you are and why you can't pick up the phone to certain people. Siri will transcribe any incoming voicemails.
FmPro Migrator 7.58 adds FileMaker 14 Merge Database automation
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 7.58 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds a Merge Database/Table Consolidation process to upgrade older multi-file solutions into easier-to-maintain FileMaker Pro 14 single file solutions.
Upgrading to FileMaker Pro 14 also offers developers the opportunity to take advantage of the latest design, development and security features included with FileMaker Pro Advanced 14 and FileMaker Server 14. FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application which migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, SQLite and Valentina.
FileMaker Pro database structure and data are migrated to a database table in the destination database. Large text, repeating fields data and container field JPEG preview images are also migrated without manual data entry. Go to the product website for pricing info.
Rogue Amoeba revs Audio Hijack for Mac OS X to version 3.2
Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.2.
With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. In version 3.2, Time Shift Block now features a popover that can be made to float above other windows for easy access from any application. As well, global hotkeys enable access to Time Shift's controls without even using the mouse.
Audio Hijack users will also find two brand new Blocks in version 3.2. First up is the new Sync Block, which adds a precise delay to any audio. While Sync is similar in concept to Time Shift, it works at much smaller scale: up to 1000 ms (one second) per Block. It's designed for syncing an audio stream with video that's lagging behind.
Next up, the new Peak/RMS Meters provide a fully-calibrated visual of audio, showing both RMS and Peak Levels,...
Apple releases sixth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan for developers
Apple has made available the fifth beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition comes to...
Feral Interactive today announced that the open-world action adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition is out now on Mac and Linux via Steam, and will be released on the Mac App Store by early August.
The game is developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Here's how Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition: "The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance.
"Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the...
Apple's 'spaceship campus' to have a visitor...
Apple's upcoming "spaceship" campus will have a visitor's center complete with a store and viewing platform, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/qd9uz8p).
The company’s 2013 approvals for the massive project included the ability for Apple to build a visitor’s center, but a detailed project description had not been submitted until April. The project will "give visitors of Apple Campus 2 the opportunity to see the Main Building from the rooftop observation deck," Apple wrote in a planning document.
The plans show a glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store “which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products.
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.2 with Windows 10 Compatibilit
Twocanoes Software has announced Boot Runner 2.2, an upgrade of the dual-boot startup manager for Mac. It adds Windows 10 compatibility.
Boot Runner puts you in control of startup of native and virtual operating systems running on Mac computers. Boot Runner 2.2 also offers a customizable system selection screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows running on the Mac is available to receive critical security updates. The update is free to all current Boot Runner 2 customers.
Boot Runner 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available at the Twocanoes online store (www.twocanoes.com). Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.2 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.
El Capitan updates issued for DEVONagent and DEVONsphere Express
Here's a list of the latest software updates for Mac OS X compatible apps.
DEVONtechnologies has updates all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express for compatibility with the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan.
All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.2 improve the compatibility to OS X El Capitan, DEVONagent Pro also to OS X Yosemite. In addition, DEVONagent Pro 3.9.2 uses the title of PDFs displayed in the build-in web browser and captures non-HTML documents to DEVONthink. New search windows always start with default settings to make search results more predictable.
The Twitter, Thumbnail Gallery, Audio, and Video scanners as well as the Marketing and New Software search sets have been updated. Scanners filter search results by looking for, say, Twitter accounts or image galleries, and return matching objects. Search sets query multiple search engines and web sites in one go.
Also, DEVONagent Pro and Express 3...
Apple releases third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan
Apple has made available the third public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
The new beta focuses on bug fixes, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Paragon products get full Windows 10 support
Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com) has updated Paragon HFS+ for Windows and Paragon ExtFS for Windows for full Windows 10 compatibility.
Paragon HFS+ for Windows (US$19.95), Paragon ExtFS for Windows Free and Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional ($19.95) allow users to extend the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability, providing full read and write access to OS X and Linux file systems on Windows and transferring files at a rate higher than native file-system performance.
Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 provides full read and write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10 automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications.
VMWare Fusion 7 supports Windows 10
For Mac users who want to kick the tires on Windows 10, which is now available, VMware Fusion 7 (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/) offers a Windows on Mac experience and allows Mac users to run a virtual Windows desktop on their system without rebooting.
Support for Windows 10 is not only available immediately in VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming release of VMware Fusion 8 this summer will be further optimized for Windows 10 and include over 50 new features. If Mac users decide to purchase VMware Fusion 7 (or Fusion 7 Pro), they'll receive a special 10% discount and be eligible for a free upgrade to VMware Fusion 8 (or Fusion 8 Pro) when it arrives later this summer.
SubRosaSoft announces FileSalvage 9.0
SubRosaSoft.com has launched FileSalvage 9. The latest version of the data recovery tool features a performance boost, a new user interface, and support for Mac OS X Yosemite.
FileSalvage 9 is a designed to recover accidentally deleted files or reformatted drives. The new version sports a complete update of the underlying architecture that makes the recovery process faster and easier.
FileSalvage 9 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$89.95. Owners of FileSalvage 8 or below can upgrade to FileSalvage 9 for $29.95.
Winclone 5 adds support for Windows 10
Two canoes (http://twocanoes.com) has introduced an update to Winclone 5 with support for Windows 10.
Winclone 5 is a Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac. It's designed to help everyone who uses Boot Camp on the Mac to clone Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions. Version 5.1 introduces support for cloning and restoring Windows 10 Boot Camp partitions.
Winclone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Details on pricing and maintenance options can be found at the Twocanoes website.
Intel, Micron announce breakthrough memory technology
Intel (www.intel.com) and Micron Technology (www.micron.com) have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that the companies say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data.
Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, says the explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, which creates challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions.
Crooke says 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today...
LinkOptimizer 4.9.46 for InDesign adds new Photoshop Action...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.46, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The utility lets users reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by resizing images to their InDesign dimensions at the target resolution, as well as converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.46 gives users an option to run Photoshop actions prior to all other processing, which is especially helpful for applying smart filters before image is resized.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Macro 4 adds Email to Print and AirPrint support
Macro 4 (www.macro4.com) has introduced a new mobile printing capability that allows enterprise users to print securely from any mobile device — smartphone, tablet or laptop — to any printer within their organization.
The new mobile printing solution supports both Email to Print and Apple's AirPrint feature and is available as an add-on to Macro 4’s Columbus OM output management software, which is designed to increase the reliability, efficiency and security of business-critical printing.
"The print job sits on a central print server until it’s released," says Neil Evans, development manager at Macro 4. "The user just walks up to a convenient printer on the network, confirms their identify using a smart card, security code or other authentication method and the document prints off. And if their chosen printer has a fault they can move to a different one without worrying about their document printing off at the...