Apple releases second gold master of macOS Sierra
Apple has released a second gold master of macOS Sierra to developers, even though the finished version of the operating system is due next week.
A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing. The first non-beta version of macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept 20.
TouchCopy for OS X revved to version 16
Wide Angle Software has rolled out TouchCopy 16 for Mac OS X. The tool will backup all iPod, iPhone and iPad content to your Mac, ensuring all iOS content stays safe including music, playlists, videos, photos, messages, contacts, calendars, iBooks and more.
Compatible with iOS 10 and the iPhone 7, version 16 features enhancements and product improvements, as well as a new, modern look. A demo of TouchCopy 16 is available (http://tinyurl.com/o77s96d) and works with all iPhones, iPods, and iPads. A 12-month software license retails for $29.95, while a lifetime license for two computers is $39.95.
PDFpen 8.1 adds object snap & guides for precision...
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has upgraded PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac, to version 8.1. This version aids the positioning of images, text, and other objects by adding visible guidelines and position snap.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.1 add “snap to guides” that allows images, shapes, and other objects to snap into alignment with the center and edges of existing objects. Guides are visible when dragging. Special consideration is given to text boxes, which can now snap to the same baseline as existing text.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App Store.
PDFpen retails for $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (for five users) and $...
ScreenFloat is ready for macOS Sierra
Eternal Storms Software (www.eternalstorms.com) says ScreenFloat has been upgraded to version 1.5.13 and is ready for macOS Sierra, which is due for release next week. You can use ScreenFloat to keep information always visible, no matter which application you're in.
ScreenFloat is available for purchase on the Mac App Store for $8.99. Version v1.5.13 is a free update for existing customers of the app. A 15-day trial can be downloaded for free from the product website (http://tinyurl.com/qxmax3c). ScreenFloat runs on Mac OS X 10.7.3 or newer.
Avadon 3: The Warborn released for the Mac
Spiderweb Software has released the Mac version of Avadon 3: The Warborn (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon3/), the final chapter in the Avadon Trilogy. It’s a retro fantasy role-playing game full of battles, lands to conquer, and more.
You can choose from five different character classes, each with dozens of spells and abilities. You can explore dungeons, hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts, and pass judgment on your enemies. Avadon 3: The Warborn costs $20.
New Webfonts added to Premium Fonts collection
128bit Technologies has released Premium Fonts 7.0. It features new webfont versions to the fonts in the Premium Fonts collection, as well as a PDF sample book of all the font families.
The Premium Fonts 7.0 collection includes 160 original font families, with a total of 2,018 fonts in all. Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project. Western European international character support is standard for every premium font, and new fonts are delivered at no extra charge to Premium Fonts subscription customers when available. The Mac App Store version includes the subscription to receive all new fonts released in the Premium Fonts collection.
The collection requires OS X 10.6 or later. It’s available on the Mac App Store or on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) for a limited time discount of $29.99, a savings of 70% off the full price of $99. The Premium Fonts subscription includes all current 2,108 fonts and subscribers will...
booq introduces the Pack Pro backpack
The team at booq (www.booqbags.com) has released a new backpack built for designers on the go: the $295 Pack Pro.
“Because the original Cobra pack was a favorite among Booq fans, we wanted to evolve the design to include several key upgrades such as a larger, industrial plastic coil zipper, interior mesh pockets for added storage options, simplified straps for easy carrying and a redesigned front panel to better hold the pack’s shape and give a boxier, rigid look,” says Kema Subsomboon, lead product designer at booq. “The result is a more refined Pack Pro that gives Booq fans, who often travel for business, a comfortable solution for carrying their gear while maintaining the features they loved from the original Cobra pack.”
The Pack Pro’s 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating and YKK high-performance zippers keep items safe from the elements outside. The backpack features a lightweight, rigid frame and a protective laptop compartment with a water-...
Retrospect announces support for Dropbox
Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, has announced cloud storage support for Dropbox with integration with the latest release of Retrospect's hybrid data protection solution.
Retrospect 13.5 for Mac and Retrospect 11.5 for Windows allow Dropbox users to back up their critical data off-site to Dropbox, including Basic, Pro, and Business accounts. Dropbox support was the most requested cloud storage provider among our customers since cloud storage support was released earlier this year, says Jean-Christian Dumas, vice president of Worldwide Sales, Retrospect, Inc.
In addition to Dropbox, Retrospect continues to expand its growing list of certified cloud storage providers with AWS Mumbai, Swisscom, and Cloudian. With every certified cloud storage provider, Retrospect allows customers to protect their entire environment on-site on disk and tape or off-site in the cloud, giving them instant access to files and systems locally with the added protection of...
MacFlite Software releases Tube Saver 1.0.4 for Mac OS X
MacFlite Software has served up Tube Saver 1.0.4 for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make downloading YouTube videos simple and easy.
Tube Saver also includes its own native media player to play videos directly from the download list fully supporting full screen and Apple AirPlay. It costs $9.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Tube Saver is available at the MacFlite website (http://www.macflite.com).
Better Finder Attributes 6 adds JPEG EXIF meta-data editing
publicspace.net has given us A Better Finder Attributes 6.0 for Mac OS X. The product is used by professional and hobby photographers for correcting photo shooting date information. The new version adds JPEG EXIF meta-data editing, meta-data and image preview and a redesigned user experience.
A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 later. It costs $14.95; family, business and enterprise licensing are available.
Rebelle for Mac OS X adds new, more realistic paint blending
Escape Motions (http://www.escapemotions.com) has released Rebelle 1.5, an update to its watercolor and acrylic painting application for Mac OS X. Its watercolor simulation is based on a real-world color mixing, blending, wet- diffusion, and drying.
Rebelle mimics the way natural media interacts with the canvas and itself. Users can paint, smear, re-wet dried colors, blow wet washes across the paper, tilt the paper to create water drops and runs and create countless fantastic watercolor effects. Wet tools — watercolors, acrylics or ink pen — can be combined with pastels, pencils, airbrush many other dry-media tools and effects. Version 1.5 offers: new, more realistic paint blending for watercolors and acrylics; new options for watercolors and acrylic; touch gestures for Wacom, Surface and other tablets; and more.
Rebelle is available for $59.99 at the Escape Motions website. A demo is available for download; version 1.5 is a free upgrade for registered users.
KeyCue 8.2 for OS X closely integrates with PopChar X
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.2, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade now closely integrates with PopChar X, allowing you to quickly show recently used and favorite characters from PopChar in KeyCue's head-up display and insert them with a click.
KeyCue 8.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who owns KeyQue 8 or how purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
VMware Fusion revved to version 8.5; a two-day sale is underway
VMWare has launched VMFusion 8.5 and VMFusion 8.5 Pro and there’s a two-day sale underway (http://tinyurl.com/zoja2oa) that let’s you save 15% or more.
VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Fusion let you choose among hundreds of operating systems, from lesser-known Linux distributions to the latest Windows 10 release. Fusion securely connects with vSphere, ESXi and Fusion servers to launch, control and manage both virtual machines and physical hosts. Thanks to a common VMware platform, you can transfer virtual machines to and from your Mac.
You can keep Windows and Mac OS X securely apart, or integrate them as one experience. You can install a fresh OS like Windows 10 or easily convert an older PC into a virtual one.
Fusion also makes it simple to test almost any OS and application on a Mac. You can build a new app, build the supporting cloud servers, and test the end-to-end process right on a laptop.
Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and Windows Server 2016 will be built-in to...
StarTech announces a Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station
StarTech (www.startech.com) has released a $260 Thunderbolt 3 docking station with dual 4K 60Hz display support. It will harness the raw speed of Thunderbolt 3 by supporting two uncompressed 4K 60Hz (3840 x 2160p) displays or a single 5K 60Hz (5120 x 2880p) display, three USB 3.0 devices, Gigabit Ethernet, and stereo audio in/out.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the dock operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to five daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10Gb/s), and DisplayPort devices. Now users can select thinner notebooks with fewer connectors without compromising performance and the ability to connect to everything on the desktop, according to Carey Cline, senior product manager at StarTech.
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gb/s. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth...
LiveCode 8.1 released with new networking layer
LiveCode has announced the next feature release in the 8.x series of LiveCode (www.livecode.com).
Faster networking and support for sFTP, TLS and SMTP makes this cross platform coding environment even more powerful on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux and Server. Multimedia support has also been reworked with a new Player object removing Quicktime dependency. The new feature list includes:
The new LiveCode Builder language which allows users to build and add their own widgets and extensions has made good progress in this release, according to LiveCode CEO Kevin Miller. Following the "Infinite LiveCode,” campaign the next iteration of LiveCode Builder will make it even easier to wrap external functionality to add it to LiveCode, he adds.
Specific improvements in the latest release mean that most variables now get initialized by default, so less boilerplate is needed, unsafe blocks and handlers can be used to flag sections of code that do dangerous things, and you can even include raw...
watchOS 3 is here
Apple has rolled out watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.
Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of technology, said the top focus of the operating system update is performance. Launch times should be “instantaneous” as watch OS 3 lets you keep your favorite apps in memory, does background updates, and refreshes data before you bring them up, he adds.
Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.
It’s easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a message, starting a Workout or skipping a...
iOS 10 is here with a new Home app, updates to Messages &...
Apple has released iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects. It’s available at the Apple App Store.
iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy,” he adds.
Messages is the most frequently...
Twelve South introduces the HiRise 2 for the iPhone, iPad
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has launched the HiRise 2, a refined version of its iPhone charging stand. The new model sports a new design, new colors and new functionality. W
The HiRise 2 has a footprint that’s one-third smaller than the original, saving space on your bedside or desk. It’s twice as heavy for added stability with larger devices. It comes in two new colors besides silver: “Technical Black” (the perfect complement to Apple’s new Jet Black and Black iPhones) and “Matte White.”
You can not only use the HiRise 2 to charge your iPhone and iPad, but also the Apple TV remote, Apple AirPods, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard, and most third party game controllers. In addition to charging, it allow you to position your iPhone atop the stand to raise your screen to a more comfortable height for FaceTime or Skype calls. The Deluxe model includes both MFi-certified Lightning and Micro-USB cables.
The HiRise 2 costs $39.99; the HiRise 2 Deluxe is $59.99. Both are available now.
Apple posts iTunes 12.5.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has updated iTunes for Mac OS X to version 12.5.1. It’s available at the Mac App Store for free and includes support for iOS 10, which is due to be released today.
According to Apple, iTunes 12.5.1 also has these features:
° Now with an all-new Apple Music design, which brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.
° Siri. Play music from your Library and Apple Music using your voice. Just ask Siri.
° Picture-in-Picture. Watch videos as you multitask and use different apps. Your video floats above your desktop in any corner of the screen.
The Siri and Picture-in-Picture features require macOS Sierra, which is due for release on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Git client Tower for Mac OS X adds new features
Fournova has announced Tower 2.5 (https://www.git-tower.com), an update to the Git client for Mac OS X. It provides an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer.
Version 2.5 boasts over 100 improvements, according to Fournova CEO Tobias Gunther. New features include:
° Tab support: in addition to its support for multiple windows Tower 2.5 now offers tabs for users who use Apple's latest operating system macOS Sierra.
° Clone dialog: Tower's clone dialog now automatically searches on GitHub.com, lets users choose their preferred cloning protocol, and visually displays the cloning progress.
° Open quickly: the Open Quickly dialog has been completely rewritten. It's now much faster, more responsive, and more clever.
° Drag and drop: Tower's drag and drop feature now offers more functionalities for repository folders.
° Search: bookmarks and services can now be searched.
° Custom service accounts: users can now add accounts for their self-managed server....
Image Smith 2.3 released on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has posted Image Smith 2.3 on the Mac App Store. The app allows you to process several photos simultaneously. You can apply name changes, image enhancements, cropping, image format changes, and more to a large batch of images.
With Image Smith you can use the pre-defined presets to scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, creating backups, and more. Image Smith 2.3 requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs $14.99.
Disk Drill on the Mac App Store is offered for $1.99 today only
CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has announced a special price of $1.99 on Disk Drill Media Recovery 2.6 for today (Sept. 13) only. The usual price is $39.99.
The app supports recovery of all types of data and file formats. It runs on any file system and even on formatted drives. Disk Drill Media Recovery is a separate MAS-dedicated edition of an award-winning Disk Drill data recovery suite.
Xojo 2016 Release 3 is now available
Xojo, Inc, says Xojo 2016 Release 3 — the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi — is now available.
The tool has built-in support for graphics, database servers, Internet protocols and more. The latest release adds compiler optimization options and refactoring features for the IDE and Code Editor, along with more than 90 total improvements and 11 new features.
Xojo is available to try in a free, time-unlimited trial (http://www.xojo.com). Registration starts at $99 for a single desktop license.
TLA Systems updates PCal for, well, everything
TLA Systems updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), the omnipresent scientific calculator, adding support for iOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra operating systems.
PCalc for the Mac is available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store. PCalc for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for $9.99 from the Apple App Store at the following link. PCalc Lite for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 is available for free at the Apple App Store.
Camera Guard Pro available for Mac OS X
Miami-based security solutions company, ProtectStar, has launched Camera Guard Professional for Mac 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/h9mpgrn), a security solution designed to protect any Mac's webcam and microphone from being accessed by hackers, spyware or malware.
It runs in the background, constantly monitoring for applications or processes that attempt to access the Mac's camera or microphone. The app blocks any attempted access, and immediately informs the user of the access attempt, according to ProtectStar CEO Chris Bohn.
Camera Guard Professional also offers an added layer of security by protecting the individual settings of the software via a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that the user creates and enters. Any changes to the settings of the app will then require the entry of that PIN in order to take effect.
Camera Guard Professional also offers an “intelligent” feature called Deep Detective, which keeps a close eye on all attempted accesses to the protected Mac. While...
SimpleumSafe for OS X gets a maintenance upgrade
Simpleum Media (https://simpleum.com) has announced SimpleumSafe 1.1.1, an update to their Mac OS X encryption app for password-based encryption of personal and professional data. It uses AES-256 encryption technology.
With SimpleumSafe, you can create and use different safes at various locations such as hard disk, USB flash drive or cloud storage. The size and number of files to be encrypted is only limited by the capacity of the selected storage medium. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug where SimpleumSafe could crash in some circumstances when editing a file with an external App.
SimpleumSafe requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
SCOSCHE expands MagicMount line
SCOSCHE (www.scosche.com) is expanding its line of mobile accessories with two new MagicMount products. The MagicMount Wall Charger and MagicMount PowerBank, magnetically mounted portable power for Type-C devices, are specifically designed to keep consumers’ mobile devices juiced up, propped up and connected in any location, during any situation.
The MagicMount Wall Charger employs SCOSCHE’s MagicMount technology to dock a mobile device to a wall outlet. The 12W (2.4A) Perfect Charge USB port automatically detects and charges phones and tablets at the correct rate. Its surface is covered by a non-scratch silicon pad to prevent any marring of your device’s surface.
As with other MagicMount products, the wall charger ships with a large and small MagicPlate metal plate for use in mounting a mobile device to the wall charger. It will be available for $29.99 in the fourth quarter.
The MagicMount PowerBank, magnetically mounted portable power for Type-C devices, attaches to smartphones...
MailButler for Apple Mail introduces ‘new, improved’ free plan
Feingeist Software has announced that its Essential Plan offering many additional features for Apple Mail is now available free on MailButler, the add-on for Apple's built-in mail app.
Starting today MailButler users can have unlimited access to such productivity functionalities such as the ability to upload email attachments regardless of size, undo emails, get reminders for forgotten email attachments, and many more. In addition, the users can enjoy up to 30 free actions per month for all MailButler Professional features, which include the ability to track, snooze, schedule emails, and so much more.
MailButler's latest version is 6434. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Feingeist Software website (https://www.feingeist.io/).
Apple releases ‘golden master’ public betas of macOS Sierra and...
Apple has released the “golden master” public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing.
macOS Sierra is due to arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 20. iOS 10 should be available for download on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack: out now on the Mac App Store
The XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack is now available at the Mac App Store. Owners of the $49.99 strategy game XCOM 2 (http://tinyurl.com/ztqre3m) can now upgrade their XCOM army and play new narrative-based missions with the Reinforcement Pack, now available as an in-app purchase.
The Reinforcement Pack comprises three themed DLC packs: Anarchy’s Children, Alien Hunters, and Shen’s Last Gift, and introduces over 100 exotic armor customizations, adds two exciting missions, four new alien Ruler enemies, and a brand new soldier class, complete with new upgradable weapons and armor.
The three DLC packs are also available to buy separately as in-app purchases.
3D scanner launches on the Mac
Fuel3D (www.fuel-3d.com), a 3D capture and imaging company, has updated its Fuel3D Studio software. In addition to several new features, the software is now available for OS X, making SCANIFY, the company’s high speed 3D scanner, available to Mac users for the first time.
The $1,490 SCARIFY is a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner that captures high-resolution, color 3D models of objects in in under 0.1 seconds, according to Fuel3D CEO Stuart Mead. The scanner is designed for use across a range of 3D applications, including 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D animation and virtual reality.
WaterField iPhone Wallet designed to solve Phone 7 Lightning...
With their recent Kickstarter campaign launch, WaterField Designs' new Intrepid iPhone Travel Wallet is designed to solve the issue of where to store the new Apple Lightning adapter, EarPods or Bluetooth AirPods.
The Intrepid Wallet with RFID-blocking has play-through capability and keeps the iPhone 7, its accessories, a Passport, foreign currency, and other travel essentials together in one compact case. It is available as a reward via their Kickstarter campaign (http://tinyurl.com/gv98o2h) until Sept. 25.
"The Bluetooth-enabled AirPods, or the Lightning headphone adapter and EarPods that come with the iPhone 7, can be easy to lose or misplace," said company owner, Gary Waterfield. "Most iPhone cases only protect the phone itself, but the Intrepid does that and much more. We designed it for business travelers with a play-through iPhone 7 compartment, storage space for travel necessities - passport foreign currency, credit and metro cards - and a Micro Wallet for coins, or the new...
QNAP releases Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 for the Mac
QNAP Systems has released an updated version of Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 (http://tinyurl.com/jjurc3t) for the Mac. This version rectifies slow Samba file transfer in Mac OS X (10.11.5 and newer), allowing Mac users to directly mount Samba shared folders with efficient high-speed data transfer.
“Mac OS X 10.11.5 sometimes caused Samba transfer speeds to drop. We're pleased to release Qfinder Pro 2.1.2, which fixes this issue and provides other new user-friendly features,” said Bobby Chen, product manager of QNAP, adding "in addition to fixing the Samba file transfer issue, Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 can automatically check for new updates, allowing users to ensure they always have the newest version of Qfinder Pro.”
Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 also provides an enhanced user experience for QNAP NAS models that include a USB QuickAccess port. After upgrading to Qfinder Pro 2.1.2, Mac users can mount NAS shared folders faster and directly access files stored on the NAS, with no extra mounting processes required...
Apple unveils its AirPods wireless headphones
Apple has introduced AirPods, new wireless headphones that use advanced technology and interact with Siri.
They eliminate the hassles of wireless headphones, by just flipping open the lid of its charging case and, with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work with your iPhone and Apple Watch, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music.
Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access your favorite personal assistant with just a double tap. This revolutionary experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design, says Schiller. They’ll be available starting in late October.
To use, just open the charging case near your iPhone and with a simple tap, AirPods are immediately set up with all the devices signed into your iCloud...
Apple debuts the Apple Watch Series 2
Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of their smartwatch. It’s packed with fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone.
The Apple Watch Series 2 also features a brighter display and a dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “
The Apple Watch Series 2 is rated water resistant 50 meters for swimming, surfing or just playing in the pool. For swimmers, Apple developed all-new algorithms after hundreds of hours of research for two new workout options, pool and open water. Apple Watch Series 2 can count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type to accurately measure active calorie burn.
With built-in GPS, the Apple Watch...
Apple and Nike team up for the Apple Watch Nike+
Apple and Nike have teamed up for the Apple Watch Nike+, designed as the “ultimate tool for anyone who runs.” It pairs xclusive Nike Sport Bands with the Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, a two-times-brighter display, water resistance 50 meters, a dual-core processor and watchOS 3.
Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with deep integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress, and guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes.
Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track pace, distance and route, so users can run without an iPhone. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, no matter the sun’s glare, and if users decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, for swimming.
The Nike Sport band is crafted from the...
Apple introduces the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Apple has introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which feature advanced camera systems, the best battery life ever in an iPhone, stereo speakers, a wide color system from camera to display, and two new finishes.
They’re also the first water and dust resistant iPhone. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, Sept. 16.
“The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The new smartphones boast entirely new camera systems. The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter...
Apple Watch Hermes announces new styles and colors
Apple and Hermès have introduced new Apple Watch Hermès styles and an expanded assortment of bands that incorporate Hermès' signature palette alongside a series of new colors.
The collection pairs Apple Watch Series 2 with handcrafted leather bands in distinctive styles from Hermès. It features exclusive watch face designs inspired by the Clipper, Cape Cod and Espace Hermès models. Apple Watch Hermès is the ultimate tool for modern living, a product of elegant, artful simplicity and functionality.
The expanded Apple Watch Hermès collection includes a new style — the Double Buckle Cuff in Swift and Epsom calfskin leathers, inspired by an archetypal Hermès sandal design by Pierre Hardy, creative director of Hermès shoes and jewelry. It frames your wrist in new colors including Rose Jaipur, Étoupe and Bleu Agate.
The new Single Tour Deployment Buckle band is a reimagined take on a classic form, pairing the elemental simplicity of Hermès Barenia calfskin leather with the modernity of an...
Super Mario Run running onto iOS devices this December
Nintendo says Mario will star in Super Mario Run, a full-sized Super Mario Bros. action platformer that has been developed specifically for mobile, and will be available first on the Apple App Store this December.
In the game, Mario runs forward on his own, but relies on the touch of a single finger to jump over obstacles, avoid pesky enemies and capture the flag pole to complete levels. Super Mario Run has a mode in which the player collects coins and heads for the goal, and a mode in which the player competes against the acrobatic moves of other people who have completed the same course. In addition, there is a mode in which you create your own Mushroom Kingdom based upon these play results.
iOS users will be able to download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free and will be able to enjoy all of the game content available in this release after paying a set purchase price. More details will be disclosed at a later date.
New QuarkXPress 2016 training book available
Quark announced today the availability of a new $28.77 book, “Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2016” (http://tinyurl.com/z3m9w8f) by Martin Turner, a new training resource available now through Amazon.
The author is a brand consultant at Brand Motor and a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner. He’s a long-time QuarkXPress user, having started with the software in 1996 after migrating to the Mac. In his new 356-page paperback book, Turner offers insight on desktop publishing and QuarkXPress for both new and seasoned users.
Working from the basics, “Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2016” covers mastering desktop publishing, digital publishing, deep features such as job jackets and automation, and lists and explains every panel, palette, menu and function of QuarkXPress 2016. The marginal notes are full of information, pro-tips and trade secrets.
ChronoSync 4.7 adds a direct connection to the cloud
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has releases a public preview of ChronoSync 4.7 featuring cloud support. This pdate includes direct cloud connections for Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and SFTP file servers.
Additional cloud services will be added in future releases. ChronoSync is a sync, backup, and bootable backup app for the Mac. With the addition of direct connections to cloud services ChronoSync is able to backup and synchronize files to virtually anything you can connect to your Mac. Econ Technologies invites Mac users to join the Public Preview of ChronoSync 4.7 as a free trial to experience ChronoSync and all of its new features.
In addition to cloud services support, ChronoSync 4.7 features SFTP server support, Disk Image and FileVault 2 mounting options, and over 50 new features and fixes. This is a free update so all of these new features come at no charge to existing ChronoSync users.
ChronoSync is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. A demo is...
AnyTrans 5 gets new interface and a speed boost
iMobie has announced AnyTrans 5, a feature update to their all-in-one iPhone manager.
It was specifically created to clone all types of items, including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. Version 5 has been redesigned with a minimalistic interface and Flash-Sync for faster data transfer.
Users can download AnyTrans 5 for both Mac and Windows from its official homepage (http://tinyurl.com/z9ffmvl). iMobie is currently offering a promotion through Sept. 12. A personal license is discounted at half-price ($19.99), while a family licenses $20 off ($39.99).
WD, Atomos collaborate to streamline 4K, HDR workflow processes
G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) and Atomos (www.atomos.com), a provider of smart 4K and HD video production tools, have announced a suite of storage solutions designed to streamline the content creation process.
The new solutions include the ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition, the Atomos Master Caddy 4K by G-Technology and the Atomos Master Caddy HD by G-Technology. Also announced is the new G-Technology ev Series Reader CFast 2.0 Edition, supporting fast CFast media cards for 4K video workflows for people using professional cameras. In addition, the G-Technology brand announced the new lightweight 2TB G-DRIVE ev RaW with up to 100% more capacity for creative professionals on the go.
All of these solutions will be showcased at IBC, September 9-13, in Amsterdam at the G-Technology booth in Hall 7, Stand 7.H39. The Atomos-compatible solutions and workflows from G-Technology will be shown in G-Technology’s booth as well as in the Atomos booth located in Hall 11, Stand...
ATTO Technology to intro Thunderbolt 3 to Fibre Channel...
ATTO Technology (www.atttotech.com)will introduce several new Thunderbolt 3 connectivity devices at IBC, Sept. 8-12 in Amsterdam. The company will reveal its Thunderbolt 3 to 32Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel ThunderLink device.
The demonstration will feature a workstation streaming 4K footage from a Facilis® Terrablock with Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 host bus adapters (HBAs) through a Brocade 32Gb Fibre Channel switch in addition to a Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Thunderbolt 3 mobile workstation connected to the Terrablock through the new ThunderLink 3322 32Gb Fibre Channel device.
ATTO says it will continue to support 16Gb Fibre Channel with the introduction of the ThunderLink 3162 Thunderbolt 3 to 16Gb Fibre Channel device. These new devices allow customers to take full advantage of the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 with speeds of up to 2750 MB/s. The new Fibre Channel ThunderLink devices offer:
° MultiPath Director for failover and load balancing, coupled with dual ports for redundancy and...
AKVIS presents the Italy Frame pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has presented the next addition to the popular Countries frame collection for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite — the $15 Italy Frame pack. The pack consists of 80 frame designs created by professional artists: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical.
It’s a complement to the Countries Series. To use the frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames Free (free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49). All AKVIS products run Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
EditShare updates Stream EFS platform
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has announced a new release of its EditShare EFS XStream Shared Storage platform. With this launch, the EFS storage platform enables users to mix and match high performance SSD, performance-optimized HDD, and cost-optimized HDD nodes in any combination.
Accompanying this are Storage Goal features and an expanded suite of file protection schemes designed to enable users to match the degree of fault tolerance with the value of the media assets on a workspace-by-workspace or project-by-project basis. Even the most sophisticated EFS configurations still remain easy to manage, easy to scale and ultra-reliable with one management interface, one set of user accounts and one IP network, combined with its proven automatic integration of new storage resources and XStream EFS High Availability options, according to the folks at EditShare.
An XStream EFS system can start as small as 96TB and scale up to 5 petabytes. XStream EFS is based on 16-drive storage nodes,...
Reezaa debuts PDF Merger Mac 1.0
Reezaa has debuted PDF Merger Mac 1.0, a free Mac OS X utility that allows users to merge multiple PDF files into a single file. You can select multiple PDF documents and, with the click of a single button, efficiently save them into a single document.
The final result retains the formatting, page size, and page orientation of the original files. The sequence of the source PDFs can be modified via the app's Up and Down buttons.
PDF Merger Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It’s available exclusively through the PDF Merger Mac website (http://www.pdfmergermac.com/).
‘Effective Tactics to Grow Loyal Users For Your App’ webinar...
Dot Com Infoway is organizing a webinar, "Effective Tactics to Grow Loyal Users For Your App (Organic and Paid User Acquisition)" (http://tinyurl.com/jx4gssc) on Sept. 21. It will focus on techniques and tactics designed to help app developers build and retain a loyal client base for their app.
The webinar will help app developers and app owners “develop a thoughtful customer acquisition strategy by throwing light on most effective means of user acquisition - both organic and paid,” according to the folks at Dot Com Infoway. The webinar will be presented by Raja Manoharan, the company’s head of Mobile Marketing.
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PDFPasswordRemover for OS X gets improved decryption speed
Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3.5.0 (http://tinyurl.com/jrj9d4g) for Mac. It’s an update of the PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.
PDFPasswordRemover supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). Version 3.5.0 offers improved decryption speed to batch remove owner passwords and more.
PDFPasswordRemover 3.5.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.