Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5 (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 adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4, QuarkXPress 11, Microsoft Office 2016 Preview and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.
Cocktail 5 (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 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Hasten app designed to reduce lags for Mac gamers
If you've played games online you may have suffered from lags and kicks. Hasten (http://www.nspira.com/hasten) is a new, US$5.99 status bar app for Mac OS X designed to reduce your latency to remote servers.
This helps to reduce your lag when playing online games and improve your performance by providing a smoother connection to the server. Hasten does this by optimizing your network performance to send vital data more quickly to the remote server, according to the app developers at Nspira.
"One of the main causes of lag when playing online, is the result of the server waiting for data from your computer," they say. "Delays can be caused by congestion on the internet. If there is a delay in the server receiving data, its causes lag. Hasten helps to prevent this congestion by changing how your Mac transfers data over the Internet."
Magic Flowers app brings timelapse flowers to the Mac
Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has introduced Magic Flowers 1.0 (movingart.com/magicflowers), an app exclusively for Mac OS X.
Captured by the "master of timelapse," Louie Schwartzberg, Magic Flowers delivers slow-moving timelapse flowers to be used as wallpapers and screen savers. It includes 42 moving flower wallpapers; 22 are built into the app and 20 are downloaded after you install the app.
Magic Flowers is compatible with OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Apple now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth SIG
Apple is now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (https://www.bluetooth.org). Founded in 1998, it's a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. The SIG owns the Bluetooth trademarks and oversees development of the Bluetooth standard.
The Bluetooth SIG’s main tasks are to: publish Bluetooth specifications; administer the qualification program; protect the Bluetooth trademarks; and evangelize Bluetooth wireless technology. Promoter members get voting rights on Bluetooth corporate matters and a guaranteed seat on the board of directors.
Other Promoter Members are Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba. Apple will now have even more influence over the tech roadmap for Bluetooth.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015
Zevrix Solutions has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.45, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and 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 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets an user interface refresh
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has released AppDelete 4.2.1, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher).
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. AppDelete 4.2.1 is a Yosemite optimized version that includes an user interface refresh.
AppDelete 4.2.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available
Flavours 2 Lite brings themes to Yosemite
Interacto Labs has announced Flavours 2 Lite for OS X Yosemite. It features a hand picked selection of 128 themes and their variants and lets you change the look of OS X.
Flavours 2 Lite was designed and built from the ground up for OS X Yosemite. It features a revamped user interface and introduces a new lightweight, fast theming engine.
Flavours costs US$5 and can be downloaded from the Flavours website (http://flavours.interacto.net/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite.
Apple says it will pay artists for free three-month trial of...
Apple has changed its policy and now says it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service, after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album "1989" from Apple Music, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/nvfyeqg).
"When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview with Reuters.
Swift, 25, said in a Tumblr post (bit.ly/1eAa3Ys) on Sunday that she would hold back her album as she found Apple's policy of not paying artists during free trial shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.
After Apple reversed course, she turned to Twitter to thank both Apple and her supporters, telling her 59 million Twitter followers: "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."
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Birdie Golf released on the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Birdie Golf 1.0 for OS X (10.8 and higher), a free sequel to the previous games, GL Golf and Nova Golf. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Play the famous Birdie Links club for free while starting your career as a professional golfer, then unlock all of the prestigious tournaments and courses with in-game coin currency. Birdie Golf is simple enough to pick up and play but deep enough to keep you coming back over and over again."
Econ Technologies updates ChronoSync, ChronoAgent for OS X
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent to version 1.5.3.
Both updates contain several fixes and, as always, whether it’s a minor or major update all existing users update for free. For new users ChronoSync costs US$49.99and ChronoAgent costs $14.99.
ChronoSync automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac.
Apple announces iMac 3TB hard drive replacement program
Apple has announced a 3TB hard drive replacement program for some iMacs. The company says it's determined that a "very small number" of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.
Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 3TB hard drive, you can enter your serial number at http://tinyurl.com/ndk57bf to see if it's part of this program.
iPad mini disappears from Apple's website
The original iPad mini is no longer listed onApple’s web site, nor can you buy it from Apple's online store, notes 9to5Mac.com.
Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger iPad Air and iPad Air 2, the article notes. Apple continued to sell the 16GB iPad mini as an entry-level model alongside two of its sequels, dropping its price to US$299 in October 2013, then $249 in October 2014.
Taylor Swift's '1989' album won't stream on...
1989, Taylor Swift's album that was released six months ago, won't be available on Apple Music, reports BuzzFeed (http://tinyurl.com/pv99758). That's no big surprise, as it's not available on any music streaming platform.
However, Swift’s back catalog, which is currently available on many streaming services that require users to pay for a subscription — including Rdio and Tidal — will be found on Apple Music. The artist has never been a fan of streaming music services, saying "music should be consumed as albums," notes BuzzFeed. In November, she removed all of her music from Spotify, arguing that its free version devalues the art form.
Apple Music launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Eltima Software releases Typeeto 1.1 for OS X
Eltima Software has announced Typeeto 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/pl4arjk), an update to their keyboard controller for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
Typeeto provides real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices, such as iOS, Android, game consoles and other gadgets. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click. Version 1.1 release boasts a number of improvements.
Typeeto 1.1 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Default Folder X 4.7.2 fixes Yosemite file dialogs, addresses...
St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has released Default Folder X 4.7.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.2 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as addressing issues within Default Folder X itself.
Default Folder X 4.7.2 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Citizens oppose Apple's proposed data center near Athenry,...
A group of local citizens is opposing Apple's proposed €850 million data center near Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland, according to The Irish Times (http://tinyurl.com/olvyfw2).
Energy use concerns, impact of noise on a local primary school and on bird life, and the potential for a "greenway" cycle route are among the issues raised in a number of submissions on the project lodged with the Galway County Council by residents of Lisheenkyle, near Oranmore in Co Galway. The governing body was supposed to reach a decision on Apple's application on Thursday, but is now seeking "further information."
The residents are critical of the environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanying Apple’s planning application, which seeks approval for a 24,505 square meter, single-story data center building, along with logistics, administration, maintenance and security buildings in the townland of Palmerstown and Toberroe near Athenry, notes The Irish Times. Apple's application includes proposals for 18...
Samsung asks court to review damages in legal battle with Apple
Samsung has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with Apple, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/o2q4luj).
In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of its entire profits from products found to infringe Apple’s design patents, according to a Samsung filing Wednesday in the appeals court.
The court affirmed a jury’s verdict finding that Samsung violated Apple’s design and utility patents. However, the appeals court also ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s trade dress, and overturned the jury’s findings on that issue.
This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had filed more...
DxO introduces DSLR-quality camera that attaches directly to the...
DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that delivers DSLR image quality and which attaches directly to an iPhone.
At 3.8 ounces and 2.65 inches tall, the DxO ONE fits in a pocket, yet features a f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor. Made of aluminum, the DxO ONE that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad in mind; it attaches via the Lightning connector, turning the Apple smartphone display into the camera's viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction/
The DxO ONE achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using the SuperRAW technology, on par with full frame DSLRs and dramatically higher than any smartphone, according to Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. A SuperRAW file is the result of four RAW frames captured in quick succession.
"It's possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small," Meniere adds. "The shallow...
DriveDX now supports Yosemite's dark mode
BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.4 (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an upgrade of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring.
It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get advanced warning before their drives fail.
Version 1.4 supports the "dark mode" of Mac OS X Yosemite. The user can now turn off the S.M.A.R.T attribute (health indictor) raw value alert and more.
The software requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer. DriveDx 1.4.0 has four types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion: personal license - US$19.99; family license - $39.99; business license - starting from $99.99; and IT-Consultant License, starting from $49.99.
DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website or through the Mac App Store (a personal license only). A fully functional, 10-day trial version is available for download at the...
321 Software releases EasySplitMerge 2.0.1 for Mac OS X
321Soft (www.321soft.com) has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.1, an update of the file splitter and merger for Mac OS X.
It lets you split a large file into multiple chunks, then rejoin them. EasySplitMerge supports most types of files.
A demo version is available for download. A single user license is available for US$19.95. EasySplitMerge requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
Samsung announces 'thinnest, lightest 4TB external hard...
Samsung HDD (http://samsunghdd.seagate.com), a division of Seagate Technology, has announced 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which the company says are the first 4TB USB-powered single drive solutions to come in 2.5-inch cases in the world.
"Previously only attainable in desktop or bulky multi-drive internal designs, we can now achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive thanks to the latest Samsung HDD technology," says Dave Klenske, director of product line management, Samsung HDD. "By going to a single drive solution, we can power the drive through just a USB connection while fitting it into a case that is only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive."
The 4TB Samsung M3 Portable and the Samsung P3 Portable drives measure 0.78 inches thin and weigh only 8.3 ounces. They operate at USB 3.0 speeds without requiring any external power supplies.
The Samsung 4TB M3 and MP Portable hard drives will be available in late June. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Researchers claim to have found zero-day flaws in iOS, OS X
Six university researchers claim to have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, saying it's possible to crack Apple's Keychain, break app sandboxes and bypass its App Store security checks so that attackers can steal passwords from any installed app including the native email client without being detected, reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/o4y4wja).
The team says it was able to upload malware to the Apple app store, passing the vetting process without triggering alerts that could raid the keychain to steal passwords for services including iCloud and the Mail app, and all those store within Google Chrome. Lead researcher says he and his team complied with Apple's request to withhold publication of the research for six months, but had not heard back as of the time of writing. They say the holes are still present in the Apple operating systems, says The Register.
EverWeb 1.8 for Mac OS X gets enhanced e-commerce support
RAGE Software has revved EverWeb (www.everwebapp.com), its website design and publishing tool for OS X, to version 1.8.
EverWeb is designed to remove all the hurdles from designing, creating, and publishing professional websites with a complete drag and drop user interface for website creation combined with a one-click publishing solution. Version 1.8 brings enhanced e-commerce support with greater control over product options and the payment process, full width objects that expand with the browser width, automatic project backups to prevent data loss and much more.
EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service and costs US$79.95 — or an EverWeb + Hosting option which includes both the software and web hosting starting at $99.95 USD/year. The EverWeb + Hosting option comes with live, 24/7 phone support.
Candy Apple for Mac OS X adds support for SVG export
MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com) has updated Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.
It lets you create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.7 adds support for exporting in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, adds video tutorials to the MacAppware website, and fixes a couple bugs reported by users.
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available on both the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website, for a limited time discount of US$14.99, a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99.
Mellel 3.4 adds advanced export options, and language switching
RedleX has announced Mellel 3.4 (http://www.mellel.com/mellel), an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.
Available in a regular, educational, and "lite" version, Mellel offers a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.4 introduces enhanced export to PDF, various improvements for language switching, excelarated FindSets, and more.
Mellel 3.4 is released concurrently with Mellel for iPad, a sibling version of Mellel for iPads. Mellel for iPad supports display of all the features in Mellel 3.4, with easy moving back and forth between the two versions.
CS Odessa releases Azure Architecture Solution for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to document Microsoft Azure cloud implementations.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make make short work of describing any business' cloud implementation. The ConceptDraw Pro Azure Architecture Solution is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The Azure Architecture Solution for ConceptDraw PRO includes six libraries with 242 scalable objects that can be used to describe Azure management, Azure storage, and Azure services. They can be used to illustrate diagrams with any level of detail desired.
ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Pro 10, ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7 and the ConceptDraw Solution Park and retails for $499.
FileMaker releases FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14
FileMaker, Inc. has announced the availability of the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 (http://www.filemaker.com/r/fts_pr), in-depth training materials that help anyone create FileMaker solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Windows and the web.
The free FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 is targeted at beginners, while the low-cost FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 14 offer intermediate to advanced users instruction to build compelling customized business solutions using the newest version of FileMaker, including exercises and downloadable activity files.
FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 (FTS: Basics) focuses on the features and benefits of the FileMaker Platform with special attention to the newest version, FileMaker 14. Students will learn how to build a sample FileMaker solution from start to finish. FTS: Basics is available for free on the FileMaker web site (pdf format) and the iBooks Store. It is available in...
Adobe unveils 2015 Creative Cloud Release
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has launched the 2015 upgrade of its Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services, which updates Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC, as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android.
The company also shipped Adobe Stock, a stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day. In addition, Adobe announced an expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering that includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.
According to David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe, with the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe magic and Mercury performance provide speed and technology breakthroughs across 15 CC desktop applications, including:
° Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, a way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview...
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.14 for Mac OS X improves print workflow...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput PDF 2.2.14, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.
With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset, saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. The new version adds an option to process files under workflows where PDF files initially arrive to hot folders with an alternative file extension.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix for US$24.95 (a server version costs $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
Apple Music will pass on more than 70% of subscription payments...
Robert Kondrk, the Apple executive who negotiates music deals along with media boss Eddy Cue, says that, in the U.S., Apple will pay music owners 71.5% of Apple Music’s subscription revenue. The average among other streaming services is around 70%.
Outside the U.S., the number will fluctuate, but will average around 73%, he told Re/code (http://on.recode.net/1Bi1T0O). The article says these totals include payments to the people who own the sound recordings Apple Music will play, as well as the people who own the publishing rights to songs’ underlying compositions.
That doesn’t mean the money will necessarily go to the musicians who recorded or wrote the songs, since their payouts are governed by often-byzantine contracts with music labels and publishers, notes Re/code. Also, these payments aren't in effect for the three-month free trial period Apple offers. In fact, during that time period, there are no payments to anyone.
Apple Music launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices....
New features are coming to GarageBand for Mac
Apple's GarageBand website (https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/) says that new features are coming to the music creation studio. The update will arrive right in time for the debut of Apple Music, Apple's new streaming music service.
The site says the new features will be available on June 30 in the United States and as "coming soon" in other countries, which is consistent with the Apple Music website. However, Apple doesn't say what the new features of GarageBand will be.
Global Payments announces support for Apple Pay in the UK
Global Payments (https://www.globalpaymentsinc.com), a worldwide provider of payment technology services, says it will offer its merchants in the UK the ability to accept Apple Pay.
"Global Payments is delighted to offer Apple Pay to merchants in another of our major markets, clearly demonstrating our ability to effectively leverage our global infrastructure and market position," says said David Mangum, Global Payments president and chief operating officer. "Just as our U.S. merchants have experienced the simplified checkout process and enhanced customer experience, including privacy and security, that come with Apple Pay, our UK merchants will soon enjoy the same benefits."
When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren't stored on the device, or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security...
Waldorf releases Nave Mac and PC plug-in and Attack for iPad
Synthesizer developer Waldorf has released its Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer plug-in for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher Windows 7 or higher, as well as the Attack advanced drum synthesizer for the iPad.
Nave for Mac OS X runs 32- bit as well as 64-bit host software supporting AAX64-, AU-, VST2.4-, and/or VST3-compatible virtual instruments. The Attack virtual drum and percussion soft synth is complemented by an integrated 16-step sequencer.
The Nave advanced wavetable plug-in for Mac and PC is available to buy online directly from Waldorf via the Waldorf Shop (http://www.waldorfmusic-shop.de) for US$199. Attack for iPad costs $14.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.
Mac Backup Guru 5.0 offers improved data backup options for Mac...
MacDaddy (http://macdaddy.io) has launched Mac Backup Guru 5.0, an update to their backup app for Mac OS X.
Mac Backup Guru offers direct drive cloning, synchronization, and incremental snapshots of data. Users can backup small amounts of files and data, or entire drives full of data. Version 5.0 offers an improved interface, faster and more stable cloning ability, more intuitive scheduling, improved incremental snapshots, and better performing background synchronization.
Mac Backup Guru 5.0 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$39. It's available directly from the MacDaddy website. A free trial download is also available.
Fokus 2 for Mac OS X gets multi-monitor support
Didstopia has released Fokus 2, an upgrade to their productivity tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings with it a host of new features, including support for multiple monitors, more dimming options and massive performance tweaks and improvements.
Fokus is designed to help keep you focused on your current task by dimming all other windows except the currently active one. It also let's you choose the best (for you) brightness for background windows.
Fokus 2 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available from the Didstopia Store (http://didstopia.com). A demo is available for download.
Apple has posted its humorous WWDC "Backstage" video...
Apple has posted the spoof video that opened this week's Worldwide Developer Conference on YouTube.
Dubbed "Backstage," it features Saturday Night Live alumnis Bill Hader as a director tasked with producing an opening musical number for the developer event. The parody features celebrity cameos, an elevator full of Tim Cook look-a-likes, nodes to popular apps such as Angry Birds, and more.
Twitter removing the character limit on Direct Messages
In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/nbmog2s), Twitter says it will be effectively removing the character limit on Direct Messages between users sent through the social network. Previously DMs shared the same character limit as tweets which max out at 140 characters.
Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today. However, direct messages have a character limit of 10,000 starting next month.
MacFamily Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 7.5
Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has launched MacFamilyTree 7.5, an upgrade of their genealogy application for Mac OS X. The new version allows you to create Family tree books, browse places of your family history in Apple Maps or access original documents through FamilySearch.
You can now create, share and print family books. Family books include all important data contained in your family tree and supplements it with informative and graphically impressive charts, statistics, and reports. Numerous templates and styles are available to help you create family books quickly.
MacFamilyTree 7.5 also supports Apple's new Photos app for access to images and videos. The app comes with full integration of FamilySearch, which is a free research service that lets you search not only billions of ancestral data sets but also original documents such as certificates, immigration and church registers, and many more official documents.
Until June 21, MacFamilyTree is available for US$24.99...
Outline 3.5 for Mac OS X and the iPad now supports iCloud Drive
Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.5 (http://outline.ws/), an update to its smart digital notebook for the Mac and iPad.
It allows users to take typewritten or handwritten notes, then annotate them, store and organize together into structured notebooks. Version 3.5 brings support for iCloud Drive, a repository that provides a full access to files stored in cloud from practically any device.
Outline 3.5 for Mac costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Outline is also available for iPad on the Apple App Store.
At least two employees complained to Tim Cook about Apple's...
At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to CEO Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was "embarrassing and demeaning," according to a court filing made public on Wednesday — as noted by Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ofdvfp3).
The employee complaints, which a judge ordered unsealed, are part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate employees for the time it takes to conduct the searches. One worker, whose name was blacked out of the court filing, told Cook in a 2012 message that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals."
Cook forwarded it to top retail and human resources executives with the query: "Is this true?" Reuters says the court filing doesn't include what responses the CEO received.
Foxconn may build iPhone manufacturing plant in India
Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ow78f26), quoting government officials. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers, by 2020.
"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of India's western state Maharashtra, told Reuters.
India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow, the article says. Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer, adds Reuters.
CPPlay for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1
YAWMOO (http://www.yawmoo.com ) has released CPPlay 1.1, an update to its C and C++ interpreted environment for Mac OS X Yosemite.
CPPlay allows developers to enter code and immediately see the results, much like Apple's Swift Playground feature in Xcode. Its environment allows customization of the window layout, with available views that include the Source Code view to create, edit and remove source code files; the Web view to browse the web for tutorials and other documentation without ever leaving CPPlay; the Console view for standard input/output; the Notes view for taking notes about their project; and the OpenGL view for viewing any drawing or animation they create with CPPlay.
CPPlay 1.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite and costs US$6.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9 simplifies PDF color conversion
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color of PDF document elements, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version recognizes color profiles in user's ColorSync folder, as well as in subfolders of all designated ICC profile locations.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Apple tweaks policy for building, running apps on devices
9to5Mac.com notes that Apple has changed its policy regarding permissions required to build and run apps on devices.
Until now, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program (https://developer.apple.com), this is no longer necessary. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.
Sony makes PlayStation Vue TV service available for the iPad
Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue TV service for the iPad. The PlayStation Vue Mobile app — free at the Apple App Store — lets you enjoy live TV, catch up on TV and on-demand programming on your Apple tablet. It's available for those with an active PlayStation Vue subscription with an established home location originating through a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3.
The Vue service — costing from US$50 to $70 per month, depending on the channel bundle — is only available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia for now. Also, while it includes access to over 50 channels, some shows and networks are blocked on the iPad due to licensing issues.
iOS 9 code hints at vastly improved iPhone cameras
Code hidden within iOS 9 files hints that the front-facing camera in upcoming iPhones could sport flash support and support for a FaceTime camera with 1080p video capture. (That's up from the current 720p camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.)
The coding also suggests support for capturing 240fps video at 720p using the front facing FaceTime camera. Other additions to iOS 9 discovered in the code include support for a front-facing camera flash and the ability to capture panoramic selfie photos using the front camera.
"CAMCaptureCapabilities" files in iOS 9 discovered by developer Hamza Sood (http://tinyurl.com/pyzxzhf) —as noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nf8vv7b) — have file names like "[CAMCaptureCapabilities isFront1080p120Supported]," which seems to refer to the front-facing camera on the iPhone. At the current time, the front-facing "FaceTime" camera is able to capture 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p HD video.
Rob Papen rolls out Reason RE release
Rob Papen Soundware has announced VECTO, a sound-shaping vector synthesizer for Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software’s Reason.
It allows users to draw in VECTOR paths to shape the resultant sound in a variety of ways. It comes with professionally- programmed presets and a range of oscillator waveforms.
VECTO can be purchased and directly downloaded for US$99 from the Propellerhead Shop (http://tinyurl.com/nb9sab2). A demo is available for download.
Bundle for MS Office for the Mac revved to version 4.0
Theme Inn (http://www.themeinn.com) has announced Bundle for MS Office 4.0, the latest update to their Mac OS X application.
Featuring over 1,600 items with a variety of designs, from letters and brochures to greeting cards and books, Bundle for MS Office contains five collections of customizable designs. Version 4.0 introduces a number of new templates, redesigned interface, and an option to download only selected content rather than the 6GB app in its entirety.
Bundle for MS Office 4 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Apple using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery...
Apple has confirmed (http://maps.apple.com/vehicles/) what's been suspected: that the company has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for its Maps app for Mac OS X and iOS.
"Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps," Apple says "Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."
A new Transit view in an upcoming Maps update includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries. Maps can even survey the entrances and exits of a station so you can find the quickest way in and out. Transit in Maps will launch with support for many of the world’s most traveled cities (Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco,Toronto, Washington DC).
The app will...
Cisdem launches DataRecovery 3 for Mac OS X
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated DataRecovery to Version 3.0, offering more powerful features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats and at a much faster recovering speed.
Cisdem Data Recovery is Mac data recovery software that can recover your deleted, formatted, lost and inaccessible data from Mac, USB drive, external hard drive, mobile phone, digital camera, iPod, MP3/ MP4 player, and other storage media. It has four data recovery options (Document Recovery, Media Recovery, Archive File Recovery, Universal Recovery).
One of the biggest improvements of Cisdem DataRecovery 3 for Mac is on the interface, according to Brandon Hancock, manager of DataRecovery project for Cisdem. The app has also been fine-tuned and offers improved stability and faster scanning speed.
After the Data Recovery 3 upgrade, Cisdem DataRecovery now supports file formats up to 280+. The supported file formats have been divided into six categories (Photo, Audio, Video, Document, Archive, Others),...