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.
Have a great Labor Day
Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. MacTech and Mac News won’t be updating as our crew celebrates the holiday with our families. And we hope all of you have a fantastic day.
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.
Clean Text is an iOS tool for web masters, graphic designers,...
Apimac has launched Clean Text (http://tinyurl.com/h3qfwjr) for iOS devices It’s a $3.99 tool for web masters, graphic designers, developers and magazine editors to reduce text cleanup and editing time.
It’s also a useful tool for any iPhone and iPad user who needs to cleanup and editing text from emails, documents, or other material. Clean Text performs functions such as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, converting tab characters, smart quotes, and more.
In addition to this, the “Clean“ and “Clean and Compact“ smart actions let you solve with a single tap, the most common cleaning problems of text from email messages, documents and web pages. Clean Text supports live research: while you type in the search field all occurrences within the text will be highlighted to give you a complete picture, then with the Select Next and Select Previous buttons you can gradually select instances to edit or change them.
Even the Find and Replace capabilities in Clean Text have...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3.5 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.5 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 9.3.5 offers improvements on the “Purge inactive memory procedure” and the “Clear User caches” procedure.
Cocktail 9.3.5 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, 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 the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Bowers & Wilkins announces new P7 Wireless headphones
Bowers & Wilkins has announced the $399.99 P7 Wireless headphones (http://tinyurl.com/z4jq4s8). Delivering professional quality sound on the move with the added convenience of simple wireless streaming, P7 Wireless set a new standard for on-the-go listening.
P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless. Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, bass is tighter, vocals are more defined, and there’s a “sense of space, balance and clarity across the whole frequency range,” according to the folks at Bowers & Wilkins.
Via aptX Bluetooth, the P7 Wireless can be paired with any of the most popular Bluetooth-enabled devices such as an phone, tablet or computer. Once paired, just switch it on and press play.
Playback is managed via intuitive on-board controls. The P7’s rechargeable battery purportedly provides 17 hours of wireless playback, and can be easily charged via USB. For times when a cable is required...
Lurssen Mastering Console adds Digital Delivery Mastering...
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced an update to the Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC and iOS that adds "Digital Delivery Mastering" - a feature that lets musicians and audio engineers prepare their mastered audio files for popular digital distribution services to comply with Apple's "Mastered for iTunes" specifications.
The update is complimentary for current owners of Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC, and is an included feature in the HD engine in-app purchase in the iOS release. Five new style presets for Hard Rock/Heavy Metal music are also included in this update.
Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC is available from the IK Multimedia web site and select retailers worldwide for $199.99. Users can download and test-drive Lurssen Mastering Console's full features at no cost for a period of 10 days. The update is free for current registered users.
Lurssen Mastering Console for iOS is a universal app and free download from the App Store that operates in...
Devontechnologies enhances all editions of DEVONthink, DEVONote
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its iOS counterpart DEVONthink To Go with synchronization improvements and bug fixes.
TDEVONthink 2.9.3 and DEVONthink To Go 2.0.2 bring a large number of sync-related improvements again. By using more aggressive chunking for static and small items synchronizing to sync stores, e.g. WebDAV or Dropbox, requires up to 30% less bandwidth, up to 50% less disk space, and up to 75% fewer files. This speeds up sync-related operations up to 3.7 times over the previous version.
What’s more, the updates improve the reliability of direct connections as well as sync performance and robustness in general. On iOS, DEVONthink To Go 2.0.2 better manages memory usage when synchronizing databases with many or very large documents. This makes it less likely that iOS kills the app during sync. It's also possible to use multiple Dropbox sync stores in DEVONthink To Go now.
On the Mac, all...
Disk Drill 3 is ready for macOS Sierra
CleverFiles (http://www.cleverfiles.com/) has announced Disk Drill 3, an update of its data recovery solution for the Mac. The app sports a set of file recovery tools that can undelete files from almost any device.
Version 3 offers iPhone and Android Recovery, macOS Sierra support, free features and more. It’s also powered by new, more efficient data retrieval methods.
Disk Drill 3 is available in free, “pro” ($89), and “enterprise” ($399) versions. Educational and non-profit discounts are available.
MAXON rolls out Cinema 4D Release 18
MAXON (www.maxon.net) has released Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It sports new tools tailored to the needs of creative professionals and designed to help users master the challenges of digital production for TV, film games, architecture, advertising and design.
New MoGraph features in R18 include the Voronoi Fracture object for procedural object fracturing and the ReEffector tool that works like a layer system for Effector setups. New interactive knife tools enable precision cutting across multiple surfaces while the new 3D object tracking capability allows seamless integration of 3D assets into video. There are additional shader and surface effects together with Substance Engine integration
MAXON Service Agreement customers whose MSA is active as of Sept.1, 2016, will be automatically upgraded. Cinema 4D R18 is available for Mac OS X and Windows; Linux nodes are also available for network...
Nyrius ships the ARIES Pro
Nyrius (www.nyrius.com) is shipping the $249.99 ARIES Pro, a wireless HDMI streaming product to stream high-quality content to TVs, laptops, gaming systems and desktop computers.
The ARIES Pro acts as an invisible HDMI cable that streams content to televisions in uncompressed 1080p 3D video. To use, you connect the receiver to a television or projector, and insert the included HDMI stick in a laptop. This installation process eliminates the need for Wi-Fi connections, while providing users with the freedom of an extended wireless range.
The ARIES Pro is capable of streaming content from up to 100 feet away through walls, floors and ceilings. It also streams with zero latency.
Sonnet announces Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt...
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com)has announced the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any Mac with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.
Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G SFP+ allows users to connect their computers to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard, which offers up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with many computers.
It’s equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+ transceivers (sold separately), and connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via LC fiber optic cables (sold separately) at long distances. Users may also select Twinax direct-attach copper cables for connections up to 10 meters (sold separately). The Twin 10G SFP+ includes two...
Nisus Writer Pro for OS X gets more intuitive interface, more
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X. Enhancements include a more intuitive interface, multilingual text support, more powerful find and replace, an easier-to-use style system, and more.
Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select "Check for Updates" from the "Nisus Writer Pro" menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Pro update pages (http://nisus.com/pro).
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.8.5 or above. It's available from the Nisus website (https://nisus.com/pro/). It costs $79; an upgrade from Pro 1.x is $49. A three-license Family Pack is available for $99. An academic version is also available.
App Tamer 2.2 is ready for macOS Sierra
St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has released an upgrade (2.2) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version delivers compatibility with the upcoming macOS Sierra and improves App Tamer's performance.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.
App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 2.x can upgrade to version 2.2 for free. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $7.95.
Galaxy Note7 Sync for Outlook comes to the Mac
CompanionLink Software (www.companionlink.com) has released CompanionLink for Outlook for the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone.
Featured is the DejaOffice for Outlook App available in the Google Play store. DejaOffice has Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes, with Category Colors, Recurring Tasks, and Android Widgets.
DejaOffice for Android is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store. For iPhone customers, DejaOffice for iOS is also available. CompanionLink for Outlook is $49.95 and one license can be used for either a Mac or PC.
LOGICnow launches MAX Risk Intelligence for the Mac
LOGICnow (https://www.logicnow.com), now a part of SolarWinds MSP and a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, has announced its MSP Dashboard for Mac will now execute MAX Risk Intelligence scans when installed as part of its MAX Remote Management (RM) platform. This release will allow Mac devices to perform the same automated risk assessments as the Windows platform.
MAX Risk Intelligence enables organizations to understand their total risk exposure by quantifying that risk in actual dollar terms delivering unique new security capabilities. With access to automated vulnerability scanning, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now prioritize threat mitigation strategies based directly on business costs.
Mac users are now able to run MAX Risk Intelligence as an automated task by activating the feature through the MSP dashboard for Mac devices’ global settings, allowing scans to execute as a background maintenance task.
“LOGICnow has made...
Station 1.0 provides a multilevel Dock for Mac OS X
True North Software has debuted Station 1.0, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.
With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is increased through logical groupings, which helps increase the number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size.
Related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Station can also launch all the items in a launch fold simultaneously. The utility implements scrollbars when a launch panel exceeds the width or height of the screen.
Station requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo version is available from the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com/...
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible articulating grip
olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.
The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder.
You can connect your smartphone or favorite camera through the included universal clamp or 1/4-20 tripod mount. Or use the GoPro adapter to connect your GoPro. The integrated cold shoe mount also allows for lightweight accessories such as a light or microphone to be attached.
Owners of olloclip’s Studio case can connect to Pivot using Studio’s tripod mount in either portrait or landscape orientation. Pivot also enhances the experience of shooting with smartphones paired with...
Camera Guard is new safety software for Mac OS X
ProtectStar (http://www.protectstar.com) has introduced Camera Guard Professional 2016, a safety software solution for Mac OS X. It’s designed to make sure that no hacker, spy or malware can observe you or listen in on you.
When Camera Guard is installed, a single click secures the camera and microphone. This safety tool then on reports all applications and processes that try to gain access to the camera and microphone. The user then decides if they wish to allow access. All accesses and warnings are protocoled in a log file.
The personal settings of the Camera Guard are also protected by a PIN number. It’s equipped with special hacker protection in order to prevent the software itself from being manipulated.
Camera Guard Professional 2016 requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher. It normally costs $29.90, but is being offered for $19.90 in the first week of launch. There’s also a free version of Camera Guard available that offers protection of the webcam and safety information over...
Mafia II: Director’s Cut available again at the Mac App Store
Mafia II: Director’s Cut is available again on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/xx/app/mafia-ii-directors-cut/id481672738?ls=1&...) for $29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later. You must be 17 to buy the game.
In Mafia II: Director’s Cut, you live the life of Vito Scaletta, a small-time gangster with plenty of ambition and a talent for taking care of business. As Vito rises through the ranks of a powerful mob family, he discovers that life as a wise guy is as dangerous as it is glamorous. From the mean streets of Little Italy and Chinatown to the dizzying heights of its glittering skyline, find out if you have what it takes to be somebody in the city of Empire Bay.
Players navigate the twists and turns of an intricate plot played out in a spectacularly cinematic recreation of post-war USA. Mafia II: Director’s Cut includes three expansion packs featuring over 12 hours of bonus content, plus five razor-sharp Style Packs.
AKVIS Noise Buster for OS X adds advanced noise reducing...
AKVIS has rolled out AKVIS Noise Buster 10.0 (http://akvis.com/en/noise-buster/index.php), an upgrade of the Mac OS X compatible noise reduction. The latest version offers an advanced noise reducing algorithm, new tools and options, significant user interface enhancements, and other changes.
AKVIS Noise Buster is designed to reduce both luminance and color noise on digital images without spoiling other aspects of the photo. You can work with automatic settings, select any ready-to-use preset or adjust the parameters manually.
AKVIS Noise Buster 10 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $49 for a home license. Version 10.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers of AKVIS Noise Buster who bought or upgraded the license during the last 12 months. If your license isn’t valid for the latest version, you can get the new version for only $14.95.
PDFPasswordRemover for OS X upgraded to version 3.5.0
Cisdem has updated PDFPasswordRemover (https://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html), its PDF password remover for decrypting both owner password and open passwords on a Mac.
Version 3.5.0 can not only be used to remove a PDF owner password (used to limit printing, copying and editing PDF files), but also recover PDF user password (used to limit opening PDF files) using brute force decryption. The software allows you to remove limitations of PDF files that are protected by owner password in batch.
PDFPassworld Remover 3.5.0 costs $34.99. Discounts are offered for qualified students and educators of qualifying educational institutions. A demo is available for download.
Default Folder 5.0.6 ready for macOS Sierra
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.
It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.6 is ready for the upcoming macOS Sierra and offers enhancements and bug fixes.
Default Folder X 5.0.6 is a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
SoftRAID revved to version 5.5.5
OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID version 5.5.5, featuring extra data protection for hardware failures, Japanese localization, and additional command line support. The upgrade features new technology designed to prevent data loss due to a Mac hardware bug, experienced by over 0.1% of Mac users.
This bug causes disks to be ejected while in use and reappear a few seconds later, which is particularly disruptive for RAID volumes, and results in directory damage or data loss. SoftRAID 5.5.5 circumvents data loss by saving all writes in a special queue. Critical information, which formerly would have been lost, is now saved for when the disk reappears and can once more be accessed.
With SoftRAID 5.5.5, command line help has been expanded into a fully featured main page containing highly detailed tips for using softraidtool—the command line version of SoftRAID—along with example usages. The upgrade can now detect problems occurring on the Thunderbolt port of a Mac, a bug in the hardware...
Apple debuts new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra
Apple has released the eighth beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the seventh beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.
The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. 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.
Sonoma Wire Works ships OS X compatible DrumCore 4
Sonoma Wire Works (www.sonomawireworks.com)— makers of RiffWorks recording software, the FourTrack iOS recording app, and the GuitarJack Stage StudioJack Mini iOS audio interfaces — has released DrumCore 4, an AAX/VST3/AU plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.
An upgrade to the DrumCore 3 and KitCore 2 plug-in drum instruments, DrumCore 4 now works with most popular 64-bit recording software, and includes 24-bit audio loops, MIDI loops, multi-velocity sampled drum kits, groove browser, song timeline, mixer, effects and more. Royalty free recordings of celebrity drummers are provided as tempo-adjustable GrooveSets in a wide variety of styles.
Users can create their own grooves using the included drum kits, which are MIDI-mapped and customizable, so DrumCore can be used with external controllers. Pricing starts at $49 for the “lite” version.
Apple announces special event for Sept. 7
Press invitations have gone out for an Apple event to be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite reads “See you on the 7th.”
The iPhone 7 is almost certain to be announced at the event. An Apple Watch 2 is likely to debut. Also possible is a revamped MacBook Pro line-up. This is the fifth consecutive year Apple has held an early-September product event.
Mac Backup Guru update means faster backups
MacDaddy has released Mac Backup Guru 6.0, an update to their backup app that offers Mac users direct drive cloning, synchronization, and incremental snapshots of their data.
The utility provides the ability to backup everything from individual files, data, and directories, as well as entire drives full of data. Version 6.0 brings faster backups, user interface improvements, an updated copy engine, and an improved incremental backup process.
Mac Backup Guru 6.0 costs $29 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available directly from the product website. (http://macdaddy.io) A free trial download is also available.
Check Writer for Mac OS X revved to version III
Match Software has announced Check Writer III for OS X. The app lets you create and print checks, as well as their accompanying letter, from any Mac.
Checks can be highly customized and printed on regular letter-size paper or professional looking check refill paper available from fine office supply and online stores. Checks layout can be modified with choice of fonts, and each element of the check can be moved at will.
Check Writer III costs $19.99. It’s available in the Mac App Store, as well as on the CheckWriter-Printer site (http://tinyurl.com/h5n63ot), where you can download a free evaluation copy. Check Writer III is offered in English, French and Spanish.
New developer, public betas of iOS 10 released
Apple has released the eighth beta of iOS 10 to developers and the seven beta for public beta testers. The finished version of the operating system is due this fall.
Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
File Extractor is a new file extraction tool for the Mac
MacDaddy (http://macdaddy.io/) has introduced File Extractor 1.0, a file extraction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to find and extract files from any selected file, folder, or browser cache.
You can recover and save files that wouldn’t normally be accessible from the Finder. File Extractor finds files inside PDFs, disk images, and even complex file types such as Adobe Photoshop documents. The app can extract text, graphics, video, and other types of files with just a few clicks of the mouse.
File Extractor can also recover corrupted or deleted files that may have been thought to be lost forever from camera SD cards, hard drives, and other media types. Users simply create a .dmg image file of the storage media they wish to search, and then File Extractor can go to work.
Users of Safari, Firefox, and Chrome browsers can also make use of the app’s ability to find and recover images, text, video, and other files from the browsers' cache. File Extractor includes presets to scan...
Apple releases iOS 9.3.5, an ‘important’ security update
Apple has posted iOS 9.3.5, an “important security update” that’s recommend for all users.
iOS 9.3.5 is available via the Software Update tool on iDevices. It can also be installed through iTunes on a connected Mac or PC.
New Assets Generator Plus for OS X lets you create icon asset...
Accesources Pty (http://www.accesources.com) has introduced Assets Generator Plus 1.0, an icon generation tool developed exclusively for the Mac. It allows developers to create icon asset catalogs for iOS, OS X or Android apps.
Simply drag and drop your icon into to Assets Generator Plus and click create asset catalog to get the job done in seconds. It provides automatic image naming.
Assets Generator Plus 1.0 is available for $1.99 at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.
AIC to launch all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node solutions
AIC (www.aicpc.com) will demonstrate its new all-flash VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node Solution at VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas beginning Aug. 28. The new line of all-flash array hardware is built with memory and solid-state disks (SSDs) from Micron along with SAS host bus adapters from ATTO.
IC's new solution takes advantage of solid-state disks. The Micron SSDs are fully optimized for VMware Virtual SAN. Organizations looking to maximize their workload performance can either integrate the solution into their existing VMware cluster or to build a new cluster using a minimum of three nodes.
The solution from AIC comes in two versions, both supporting 12 processor cores. The SDS-V110 is available with 64 GB and 128 GB RAM options, while the SDS-V224 comes in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB RAM options. End users get 10 hot-swap drive bays in the SDS-V110 and 24 bays in the SDS-V224. Raw storage ranges from 720 GB to 5.76 TB in the SDS-V100 and climbs to 2.64...
Apple Music Festival returns to London in September
Apple’s Apple Music Festival will return to London's legendary Roundhouse this September for a 10th anniversary celebration of live music, curated exclusively by Apple Music for fans around the world.
The full lineup was announced today by Julie Adenuga, the London voice of Beats 1, an Apple Music radio station that celebrates the best new music every day. She says Apple Music lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers during the Apple Music Festival with exclusive playlists, artist news and backstage interviews throughout September. The 10 spectacular nights of live performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones.
“Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of International Content. “This year’s...
Portrait Pro is new Mac compatible body photo editing software
Anthropics Technology has launched PortraitPro Body (www.portraitprobody.com), dedicated full body retouching software. The new software is designed to simplify and speed up body photo editing.
PortraitPro Body allows you to retouch upper body and full-length portrait photos,. Its technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty, which ensures fast automation and the most appropriate, fully adjustable results, according to the folks at Anthropics Technology.
PortraitPro Body retouching software is available in two editions - the $39.95 Standard (standalone) and $59.95 Studio (standalone and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom). It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Jackery introduces its 2-in-1 Lightning Power Cable
Jackery has announced its Apple MFi certified product that combines a compact, built-in external portable charger and battery in a single Lightning power cable. It’s designed to extend iPhones' and iPads' battery power, allow charging from any USB power outlet, and be used to transfer files to computers or other devices.
The $19.99 Jackery Jewel (http://www.jackery.com/jackery-jewel) can be plugged into a mobile device for up to 20% extra battery power while on the go and can also be used as the primary power and charging cord, says Julie Wang of Jackery. The 39.4 in lightweight cable features a polymer lithium ion battery and a high-efficiency circuit board embedded in a nine-layer protective shell.
The battery can purportedly keep an iPhone 6S charged for up to three extra hours of standby time. The battery and circuit board are encased in a rugged plastic shell.
A built-in LED on the battery and charger case gives users information on battery levels. In charging mode, an LED...
Pyle introduces a high speed 4K HD action sports camera
Pyle Audio has introduced the High Speed 4K HD Action Camera for action sport enthusiasts. It’s available in black, blue or grey for $79.99 at PyleUSA.com.
The High Speed 4K HD Action Camera boasts 16 megapixels and is complete with CMOS image sensor technology. Recording at 120 frames-per-second, this camera/camcorder produces high speed, high quality videos. Features such as 4X zoom and invertible screen display, are controlled via a two-inch LCD touch screen. The camera can also be operated by a Wi-Fi remote control or smartphone to wirelessly snap pictures and record video.
The High Speed 4K HD Action Camera comes equipped with a variety of accessories including a waterproof case and multiple mounts and clips, allowing the compact camera to be mounted to bike handlebars, armbands, helmets, snorkel masks and more. It packs a two-hour Lithium rechargeable battery and USB or car charging cables.
Kanex ships the GoPower battery pack for the Apple Watch
Kanex has shipped the $99.95 GoPower battery pack (http://tinyurl.com/zwyjtbt) for the Apple Watch. It contains a 4,000mAh cell, which can recharge the smartwatch around 10 times before it’s entirely out of juice.
It has the inductive charging disc built in, so there’s no need to mess around with yours or hide the cable inside the casing. The GoPower, which can be held in the palm of your hand, can also charge an iPhone along with your iPad.
The LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status. And your watch lays flat on the charger, making it easy to use it’s touchscreen and other features while charging.
Typinator for OS X adds over 50 new features
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.10, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. According to the folks at Ergonis, version 6.10 comes with 50 improvements, including new features, compatibility enhancements, as well as fixes and workarounds for known issues. Among the new features are highlighting of markers in expansions, a built-in Case function for selecting different text fragments depending on an input value, support for logical values in calculations, new and extended arithmetic functions like min, max, round, and more.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.10 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6.x. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.
SuperTab brings Voice Control to the Mac
SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.
The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.2 adds voice control. This let users simply use their voice to launch apps, open files, take screen shots, type commonly-used phrases and more.
According to the folks at SprTech, you don’t have to upgrade to macOS Sierra, due this fall, to get voice control. SuperTab 2.2 brings it to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11). However,, SuperTab's Voice Control will purportedlywork alongside Siri in macOS Sierra.
SuperTab 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 later. Version 2.2 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. You can...
Apple releases new developer and public betas of macOS Sierra
Apple has released the seventh beta of macOS Sierra for developers and the six beta for public beta testers. The final version is due this fall.
The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. 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.
Acronis True Image 2017 launches with wireless backup for mobile...
Acronis, a provider of hybrid cloud data protection, has debuted Acronis True Image 2017, the latest release of the company’s personal backup software.
The upgrade offers full image local and cloud backup for computers with new wireless backup for mobile devices to local Windows computers or the Acronis Cloud, support for an unlimited number of mobile devices, and complete backup of Facebook account data.
Acronis True Image 2017 is available for purchase starting at $39 for a single computer subscription, and $49 for a single computer license. Go to http://www.acronis.com/en-us/ for more info.
Agenda announced for the ninth annual Amsterdam SuperMeet
The agenda has been set for the Ninth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, which will take place during IBC2016 on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, NL.
The agenda will feature presentations on 360 VR filmmaking, including the making of "Pure McCartney VR." Also on stage will be user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP/NVIDIA, Lumaforge, and fayteq. To purchase tickets and for complete details, visit the SuperMeet website (http://supermeet.com).
HP and NVIDIA will present the VR experience "GIANT." Inspired by real events, this immersive virtual-reality experience, which mixes both game engine and live-action video, transports the viewer into the family's makeshift basement shelter.
Blackmagic Design will present the making of "Playing with Fire." Cinematographer Klaus B. Pedersen will be the presenter and give us an exclusive preview of his documentary short featuring Katalin Konya, the three-time world amateur champion in kickboxing.
VeprIT announces Photo Sense 2 for Mac
VeprIT has announced Photo Sense 2 for Mac, a new generation of the batch photo enhancement tool.
The automatic-first approach enables users to choose their preferred workflow complexity, from completely automatic to manual, and thus appeals both to novice and more advanced photographers. Version 2 offers more efficient batch adjustment tools, image settings synchronization, custom presets, and new customization tools.
Photo Sense 2.0.0 is free (but does tout in-app purchases) on the Mac App Store for $24.99. A demo that adds a watermark to exported images) is available on the product website (http://veprit.com/photosense).
Apple taking donations to help victims of Louisiana flooding
Apple has opened up donations to the American Red Cross at iTunes and its app stores to help victims of the flooding in Louisiana.
You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200. The full amount of each donation will go to the Red Cross. However, charitable givers can't use any existing iTunes credit.
Apple releases new public and developer betas of iOS 10
Apple has released the 10th sixth public beta and seventh development beta of iOS 10. The finished version is due this fall.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/). The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care. The developer beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-car audio system supports Apple CarPlay
Sony Electronics (www.sony.com) has announced its XAV-AX100 in-car audio system, which offers Apple CarPlay as an option. The system retails at $499.99 and will be available across North America as of late November
Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.
The XAV-AX100 in-car audio system packs a 55 watts x 4 Dynamic Reality Amp 2 and EXTRA BASS low boost circuitry to overcome engine noise and reproduce clear sound at any volume. It also has a 10-band graphic equalizer.