Apple rolls out new Lighting connector dock for iPhones
Apple is selling a new Lightning connector dock compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch. The dock retails for US$39 on the Apple Online Store and has an estimated shipping date of 1-3 business days.
The new iPhone Lightning Dock features a base wide enough for either sized iPhone and a Lightning connector on top of a protrusion for charging. Previous versions of the docks have used recesses to add support so you couldn't use them with an iPhone that was in a case.
MacDaddy launches Duplicate, a copy and paste tool for Mac OS X
MacDaddy has unveiled Duplicate 1.0, a productivity application developed specifically for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It's designed to enhance the Finder's standard copy and paste functionality by making them more efficient, as well as performing approximately 10% faster than stock copy and paste methods. Duplicate can also copy large folders with no issues involving file permissions, as well as the ability to copy entire volumes, creating an exact duplicate bootable copy of the original volume. It installs itself as an option into the contextual menu that appears when you Control-Click or right-click a file, folder, or drive.
This makes Duplicate just as easy to use as the standard OS X copy and paste functions, while providing a copy and paste operation that is both faster and more efficient. Duplicate avoids failed copies with large folders, and users won't experience any issues with permissions as they sometime do with the standard Copy and Paste functions. Duplicate creates an exact...
Insider Debuts Expo, an asset manager for Mac OS X
Insider Software has introduced Expo, an asset manager for Mac OS X. It allows creative and marketing professionals to discover, manage and utilize images, fonts, icons, multimedia and application documents in their projects.
Expo then auto-organizes them into customizable smart folders based on the assets' attributes and metadata. By supporting their creative workflow, Expo helps them develop better designs, websites, documents, presentations and materials.
As Expo imports asset files, it auto-tags them to preserve their Mac OS folder associations as well as any tags already assigned by asset vendors and associates. Users can also add their own automatic, manual and batch tags at any time. Later, users can search those tags to find matching assets.
Expo runs on Mac OS X 10.8 or later. Customers can purchase Expo or request a 30-day trial at Insider Software online (http://www.insidersoftware.com/). Single-user Expo licenses cost US$199, but are available for a limited time at an...
Paddle rolls out in-app analytics SDK for Mac app developers
London-based startup Paddle has announced their free analytics SDK [software development kit] for Mac developers, which allows them to track both App Store and independently distributed apps from a single dashboard.
With Apple's new analytics platform currently iOS only, Paddle's SDK provides "neglected" Mac developers with a free, easy-to-integrate method for gathering data about their apps and users, according to the folks at Paddle. With simple integration involving just three lines of code, the SDK is easy to setup, says Christian Owens, Paddles founder and CEO.
Developers can track real-time data like: daily, weekly and monthly active users; the number of installs, updates and launches; the devices and operating system versions being used; location data and more; and app-specific custom events.
Paddle also provides an analytics SDK for iOS so developers can manage all of their data for desktop and mobile from one place. The Paddle Analytics SDK for Mac Developers is free, and...
Plex Media Server now available on WD'S My Cloud NAS Series
WD (www.wd.com) is expanding its apps offerings by introducing Plex, an entertainment app that can now be downloaded to and deployed on the My Cloud NAS series. Plex (https://plex.tv) organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices.
According to Sven Rathjen, vice president and general manager, WD networked content solutions, says WD is committed to furthering its apps capabilities on its My Cloud product line up. The series of products will now be equipped with an array of Plex features, including:
° Stream supported file formats directly from your personal My Cloud (models: My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2/EX4, My Cloud EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud DL2100/4100) to any Plex app;
° DLNA support built right in to the app;
° The ability to share media among family and friends;
° One simple interface to organize all of your media.
Apple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad,...
Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics. The company also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299.
"The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display," Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. "Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made."
With built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback, the...
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.5
Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has updated Audio Switcher 2.5.5, a maintenance update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to control your input and output devices from login until shutdown. The app supports a wide range of devices, including USB audio devices, Apple's Thunderbolt monitors, AirPlay devices, along with Firewire devices as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.5 sports a resized menu bar icon.
Audio Switcher 2.5.5 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.
South River Technologies releases WebDrive for Mac 4.2
South River Technologies, which specializes in secure file transfer, has released a new version of WebDrive for Mac, version 4.2. New features include the ability to share profiles across multiple platforms and devices and availability in Italian.
A file access client, WebDrive for Mac allows users to connect to remote servers and cloud services as a mounted device. This enables access and editing of files on corporate SFTP, WebDAV and SharePoint Servers.
Connectivity is based on site profiles within the software which are configured by users to access different servers and services. WebDrive for Mac version 4.2 includes new import and export capabilities for these site profiles between WebDrive for Windows and WebDrive Mobile, allowing Mac users to configure all of their site connections on one platform and import them to others without reconfiguring.
The new version of WebDrive for Mac also includes localization in Italian with the software interface, and supporting...
Twelve South is shipping its HiRise for the Apple Watch
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) is shipping the HiRise for the Apple Watch. It's an US$49.99 stand that showcases the smartwatch while it's charging.
Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds Apple Watch at an elevated height and angle. Available in silver or black, this sturdy stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed-loop metal bands.
To use you simply insert the charging disk into the HiRise support stand and route the cable down and out the back. When it’s time to travel, push the disk out of HiRise, wrap up the cable and go.
MacPlay launches StarDrive 2 on the Mac App Store
MacPlay (www.macplay.com) says its 4X strategy game, StarDrive 2, is now available worldwide on the Apple’s Mac App Store for US$29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
Here's how the game is described: "Developed by Zero Sum Games and published by Iceberg Interactive, players in StarDrive 2 will reach into the unexplored regions of space fully loaded with options to engage in massive real-time space combat or enter into the all new ground combat, partner with friendly factions, research new technologies, design new ships, and much more. Built on the Unity Engine, StarDrive 2 is highlighted by its impressive new levels of graphic polish and detail, streamlined interfaces, and intense, sophisticated 4X gameplay.
"StarDrive 2 is a turn-based 4X strategy that builds on the premise of the popular original game, StarDrive, with the goal of building an empire to span the stars. Players will explore a vibrant galaxy filled with danger and intrigue in a deep turn-based strategy layer....
QuartzCode 1.3 released with multiple animations and shared color
Wan Ahmad Lutfi has announced QuartzCode 1.3 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com/), an update to his code generation tool for Mac OS X.
It's a lightweight animation tool that turns vector drawing and animation into Objective C and Swift code, bridging the gap between developer, designer and animator. Version 1.3 introduces multiple animations, shared color, new code generation options and new timeline panel and toolbar icon design.
Other than that, timeline panel and toolbar icons has been redesigned. Version 1.3 also offers other improvements and bug fixes.
QuartzCode requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Versioin 1.3 is available as a free update to existing QuartzCode customers. New customers can purchase QuartzCode 1.3 on the Mac App Store and Bijokmind store for US$89.99.
New 15-inch MacBook Pros, iMacs to ship this week?
According to MacG (http://tinyurl.com/ls6zhtn), a French site, Apple will update its MacBook Pro line and the 27-inch iMac this week. Updates of the pro laptop and best-selling all-in-one weren't anticipated until next month's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.
However, build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro have been unavailable of late, and shipping times for Apple's online inventory have slipped from immediate availability to 2-3 weeks.
A revved pro laptop, whenever it arrives, will doubtless pack the latest high-end Broadwell processors from Intel and the Force Touch trackpad introduced with the MacBook and revved 13-inch MacBook Pro.
As for the iMac, there's no clear indication on what the update might include beyond a faster processor. Apple's 27-inch model with 5K Retina display is still advertised to ship immediately.
iSMARTTrain for Mac OS X drives to version 4.0
Yellow Field Technologies has announced iSMARTtrain 4.0, an update to their Mac training journal application for endurance athletes.
iSMARTtrain allows endurance athletes to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from a variety of heart rate monitors and power meters and analyse it in graph, table and list formats. The latest release contains features such a revamped user interface and support for more devices.
iSMARTtrain 4.0 costs US$49.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category. A demo version, limited to 20 entries can be downloaded from iSMARTtrain online (http://www.ismarttrain.com).
MCE ships USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for Mac Pro, iMac...
MCE Technologies (http://mcetech.com/) has begun shipping its USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for the Mac. It takes advantage of the powerful high-definition video editing capabilities of the Mac Pro, iMac 5K, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display and is compatible with Final Cut Pro X.
The Blu-ray Authoring System is available with optional Blu-ray authoring software and includes Mac Blu-ray Player for viewing authored titles. The retail price is US$149 — $229 with Toast 12 Titanium Blu-ray Disc authoring software.
The MCE USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System is compatible with 25GB through 128GB Blu-ray media, as well as M-Disc media for permanent archiving. It can record to 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R media at up to 16X (72MB/sec), to 100GB triple-layer and 128GB Quad-Layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R XL media at 6X (27MB/sec), and to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB rewritable BD-RE discs at up to 2X (9MB/sec).
The drive is compatible with Apple's DVD Player...
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1. It's a minor update to the professional video editing software.
The upgrade restores support for Panasonic AVCCAM video at 25p and 30p. It also improves accuracy when dragging to select a range in the timeline.
Version 10.2.1 update is available through the Mac App Store. For new users Final Cut Pro X costs US$299.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.2 or higher.
Change textures on your images with AKVIS Decorator 4.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Decorator 4.0 as a standalone application and Photoshop compatible plug-in, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X. The software applies a new texture and color to an object on an image.
Decorator applies a new texture or a color keeping the volume of an object, following its folds and creases. The program is equipped with a Texture Library boasting more than 1,800 textures, from fabrics to stones and metal, from food to nature elements. You can also apply your own textures.
Decorator 4.0 adds a Share option that lets users post pictures from the program to Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and Dropbox. It also adds native support for 64 bit, improves the program performance on 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X sytems, and improves the compatibility of the plug-in with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014.
All registered users of Decorator can upgrade to the new version 4.0 for free. For new users the cost is US$54. A demo is available for download.
Apple reportedly delays HomeKit roll-out
According to FORTUNE (http://for.tn/1Fn4PL6), Apple's HomeKit will arrive in August or September instead of early summer as anticipated (though Apple has never actually announced a launch date).
"Sources close to the situation say Apple is planning a smaller announcement around HomeKit in the near term, but not the official launch," per FORTUNE. "Apparently, making it easy to sign in and get your devices (door locks, light blubs, et cetera) online is much harder to do than Apple anticipated. One source says the code base associated with that part of the process 'blew up' and required way too much memory for smaller, battery-powered devices, so Apple is trying to shrink the code back down to size."
However, Apple says this isn’t true. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/q4fgh2u), company spokesperson Trudy Miller has this to say: “”HomeKit [certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to...
PROMT provides offline translation into seven languages for Mac...
PROMT (www.prompt.com) has announced PROMT Offline Translator English Pack 1.1.7, an update of the translation app that lets Mac owners translate texts without an Internet connection.
PROMT Offline Translator English Pack translates text right on a source page without switching between program windows or browser tabs. Users only need to highlight a word or a text fragment, use a hotkey, and translation immediately appears in a pop-up window.
The desired hotkey combination can be set by users. Data is stored not on a server, as is the case with online translators, but on your Mac. PROMT Offline Translator English Pack supports translation from English to German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and vice versa.
PROMT Offline Translator English Pack 1.1.7 is US$36.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the References category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. More language pairs are available through in-...
Small tablet vendors gain ground in the first quarter
Pockets of growth in the tablet market was found among smaller vendors like Huawei, TCL-Alcatel, and LG while market leaders Apple and Samsung suffered double-digit shipment declines in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, pushing the total market 8% lower year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).
Smaller vendors are picking up steam in this environment, but Apple and Samsung are using 2015 as a rebuilding year for future growth, according to the research group. Huawei had a particularly good Q1 2015, having shipped 1.3 million units, a 147 % year-on-year increase, putting Huawei's total tablet market share at 2.4% and 3.5% in the Android tablet market. North America will account for 28% of global tablet shipment volumes in 2015 and the region’s tablet user penetration will reach 49% in 2015.
"Apple has begun a marketing campaign to revive sales after a five quarter slump. Recent history has shown that thinner and slightly faster SKUs aren’t going to bring...
Cole Haan announces Apple Pay support
Cole Haan (www.colehaan.com), the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, has launched Apple Pay within their mobile shopping application, allowing customers to make purchases with one touch.
Cole Haan partnered with leading mobile commerce platform, PredictSpring, to build the Cole Haan iPhone, iPad and Android mobile apps. Features include Shop the Look, allowing consumers to shop directly from the Cole Haan Instagram feed, as well as geo-fencing technology that alerts consumers to nearby Cole Haan stores. The Cole Haan app with Apple Pay is available for free download on the Apple App Store.
SMPit Pro ready for Filemaker Pro 14
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 4.6 of its flagship product, SMTPit Pro.
This version includes 64-bit client plug-ins for use with the newly announced FileMaker Pro 14 along with a few minor updates and bug fixes. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
SMTPit Pro is an email plug-in for FileMakerPro 7 and greater and provides an array of email options. You can send simple text based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect. A demo is available for download.
If you purchased SMTPit Pro after May 13, 2014, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime between May 13, 2013, and May 12th, 2014, you can renew your license for 50%...
24U Software announces a compatibility of plug-ins for FileMaker...
24U Software has announced the compatibility of their plug-ins with the new FileMaker 14.
Almost every single plug-in from 24U is now compatible with FileMaker Pro 14, and some of them even with FileMaker Server 14. All compatible plug-ins can be used with FileMaker Pro 14 in the 32-bit mode, Toolbox Plug-In also in 64-bit mode, 64-bit versions of SimpleFile and SimpleDialog are coming later this month. 64-bit versions of other plug-ins will be announced as they become available.
Every individual plug-in has its own pricing. All 24U plug-ins are available as a shareware and FileMaker developers can try them free of charge for 14 days. More information about plug-ins is available on the 24U website (http://www.24usoftware.com/).
equinux releases Mail Designer Pro 2.2 with Apple Watch support
Equinux (www.equinux.com) has updated Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices, to version 2.2. It adds five features to help you create emails and newsletters for the Apple Watch.
If you're already using Mail Designer Pro 2, you can update to version 2.2 for free. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is available for all users at the reduced upgrade price starting at approximately US$5.70. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 can be downloaded from the equinux Online Store as well as the Mac App Store.
Addonics announces M2 SSD controllers/adapters
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a M2 Hybrid Controller and M2 SSD (Solid State Drive) adapter that gives PCIe-based systems a performance boost over SATA-based SSDs with READ/WRITE speeds up to 1000 MB/s via a PCIe 4-lane slot.
The Addonics Dual Hyper HDD – M2 Hybrid Controller and the M2 PCIe SSD Adapter X100 are solutions for building your own SSD for IO intensive applications such as gaming, video editing, CAD/CAM or workstations.The Dual Hyper HDD - M2 SSD Hybrid Controller (model AD4SAHM2) is a two port SATA III PCI-e 4-lane host controller combined with two M2 (NGFF) SSD slots.
In standard mode, the connected two M2 SSDs and the two SATA hard drives can be set up to operate as four individual drives or combined to form a RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 10 group. The two SATA ports are Port Multiplier compatible and SATA III compliant with maximum throughput up to 6Gbps. When set to operate in Hybrid mode, the M2 SSD can be paired with a high capacity hard drive to...
Wow!Systems releases Haven for Mac OS X
Wow!Systems has released Haven 1.0 (http://www.placetowrite.com), a new writing tool for Mac OS X designed to help all kinds of amateur and professional writers to get inspired and focused on their writing.
It offers several different locations/themes, as well as such creative writing techniques and tools as a character builder, plot generator, a timer, and more. Regarding themes, you can select from several places to write. From snowy Jutland to mysterious Kyoto or the vibrant Berlin, there are eight different animated themes with corresponding music ambiance included.
The Character Builder suggests appearance, occupation and traits randomly as you click. The Plot Generator puts two characters at a random place, situation and under a given plot. The Random Word feature makes you focus on a random word in a subliminal way. A 3D word appears to float around to help you brainstorm.
According to your location (theme), this feature will display mythical stories about that place. You can...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign adds PDF security...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory Server 1.2, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version lets users automate creation of secure PDF files with password protection, encryption, print restrictions, and other options.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95 A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for...
Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has rolled Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the serial communication plug-in and adds support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14.
It also improves the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 to support the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14 and adds a new switch -GetRegistrationState to the Serial_Version function.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 to 14. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.x.
A cross platform developer license costs US$999. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect.
OTT STB sales like the Apple TV to overtake that of IPTV STBs...
Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) sold at retail -- including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes -- will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay TV services in 2015, according to a new report from IHS (www.ihs.com). This year, 31 million retail OTT STBs will be shipped, compared to 30 million IPTV STBs shipped by telcos, according to the research group.
"OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens," says Daniel Simmons director of connected home research at IHS Technology. "It was assumed that smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish."
Based on the latest information from IHS Technology, the success of OTT STBs can be attributed to the content strategies of their respective vendors. Apple, Google and Roku have been much...
BeatGauge is a new music utility for Mac OS X
Tagtraum Industries has introduced BeatGauge (http://tinyurl.com/njyfwvl), a new music utility for Mac OS X. It automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes.
You drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning, aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts.
BeatGauge 1.0.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. Music files must be locally stored in iTunes and writable. iCloud songs must be downloaded before analysis. DRM protected songs can't be analyzed. Also, Tagatraum says that BPM detection isn't 100% accurate and that some values may be off by a factor of two.
BeatGauge 1.0.0 is available for US$7.99 on the Mac App Store in the Music category.
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets improved cataloging features
Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.7) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version has improved cataloging of RAW, DPX, and Open Office files, and more.
NeoFinder (www.cdfinder.de) is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.
NeoFinder 6.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.7 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers.
Briksoftware rolls out PDFExtractor for Mac OS X
Briksoftware has introduced PDFExtractor 1.0 (http://pdfextractor-app.com) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a utility that extracts images, fonts, text, attachments and metadata from PDF documents.
With PDFExtractor you can:
° Extract JPG, PNG and TIFF images from PDF files and create a separate folder for them;
° Extract fonts in TTF format and create a separate folder for them;
° Extract attachments and create a separate folder for them;
° Extract text and metadata from PDFs and save them as .txt documents.
PDFExtractor 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher and is available as a full-featured free demo that allows user to process the first page of each PDF document. This limit is removed by purchasing an activation code for US$7.99.
Zymbit launches pre-configured hardware software
Zymbit has announced the first three products within its integrated IoT platform: the Zymbit Orange edge device, the Zymbit Iris interactive display, and Zymbit Connect software.
The platform is the first pre-configured hardware and software solution that is a finished, secure, out-of-the-box-ready product to let creative makers and developers get their IoT prototypes off their desk and into the market in just days. The company also announced a contest to find the top 5 most inspiring and impactful IoT projects. Makers can post their projects to the Zymbit website at www.zymbit.com/make, and the winning projects will each receive the first five Zymbit Orange devices to scale their projects. These announcements were made today at the MakerCon event in San Francisco where Zymbit will be exhibiting.
"Like the motherboard was to personal computing, Zymbit Orange is to the IoT market," sayshil Strong, CEO of Zymbit. "We're giving makers the first pre-packaged hardware and software...
FileMaker Inc. releases FileMaker 14
FileMaker has announced a new version of its development platform that speeds creation of custom solutions that run on Mac OS X, the iPad, iPhone, Windows, and the web.
The company says version 14 brings point-and-click simplicity to automating business processes, delivering desktop-style application functionality to mobile web browsers and providing productive experiences on desktops, iOS devices and mobile web browsers. The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of FileMaker software. FileMaker was the brainchild of a bootstrapped startup founded in Massachusetts by four entrepreneurs intent on creating easy-to-use database software.
According to the folks at FileMaker Inc., new features in FileMaker 14 include:
° A Script Workspace that speeds automation of common business processes, such as assigning a new task to the employee with the most availability, reordering inventory when stock is low or creating an invoice during a customer meeting.
° A redesigned FileMaker...
Deliver for OS X now lets you upload non-compressed folders to...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.17, a feature update to its OS X automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other time saving features. The new version allows users to transfer non-compressed folders directly to FTP and SFTP servers.
Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$19.95. A demo is available for download. The 2.4.17 update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x.
DCBM updates Word Writer Pro for Mac OS X
DCBM has updated Word Writer Pro (http://dcbm.livejournal.com/) for Mac OS X to version 1.2.1. The app lets you to open Word and Microsoft Office documents.
The upgrade supports Retina displays. Plus, all documents can easily be viewed, modified and saved in "perfect layouts," says Han Qiang of the DCBM development team.
Word Writer Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Peercisely is new cloud-based hiring service with a twist
Peercisely (www.peercisely.com) is a new cloud-based service that "fixes how companies recruit new talent by marrying the most effective method of recruiting - personal referrals - with the most powerful source of knowledge and insights, the social network." The service is starting with the San Francisco Bay Area, but expanding nationally and internationally soon.
"Peercisely allows anyone to become a recruiter," says Arek Sokol, CEO and founder. "Referrers make recommendations based on all the intangibles that make for a great hire: personality, temperament, flexibility, dedication. Qualities that don’t appear on a resume."
An employer posts jobs by buying Peercisely coins. One coin (which costs US$100) buys one posting and displays a thumbnail of the responses. For five coins ($500) the employer gains full access to the resumes, contact information and the referrals’ comments. Employers can also apply coins toward promotions such as tax-deductible charitable donations and referral...
Cisdem releases DocumentReader for Mac OS X
Cisdem has released DocumentReader for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). It's a Mac OS X document reader that allows users to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and to print or save them into PDF for sharing.
Cisdem DocumentReader supports reading many files types such as WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, and PDF. It also provides different viewing styles with toolbar consisting view mode, searching pane, page navigation, zoom, rotate, save, copy, etc. What's more, users can design the toolbar in the way they prefer.
Printing services are integrated with DocumentReader. Documents can be converted into PDF format for sharing or storing.
DocumentReader requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's DocumentReader is available now through the Cisdem website (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). A demo version available for download.
A single license of DocumentReader is available for $29.99. A license for two Macs costs $49.99, while a license for five Macs costs $69.99.
Video Ambush 1.0 released for Mac OS X
Tosha Serbian has announced Video Ambush for Mac OS X, a rebranded update to his MPEG encoder and movie re-converter application MPEG2 Works.
The app lets you convert your media, video and audio files, DVD and Blu-Ray discs to iOS compatible movies, video for the web, H.264, MP4, DivX, MKV, x264, MPEG2, DVD, HD DVD and all available standard and pro Quick Time formats. You can encode to MPEG2, make DVDs with built-in menus, burn it on a blank DVD media, and more.
Video Ambush requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$25 and is availalbe here (http://www.videoambush.com).
FunPlus announces new mobile game publishing program
The FunPlus Group, a worldwide mobile social gaming company, has created PublishingPlus, a revolutionary new mobile game publishing program that will provide game developers with an alternative to traditional publishing. PublishingPlus is now open for all free-to-play developers to apply, regardless of team size or location.
Before joining FunPlus as Head of Business Development, Greg Essig managed the games section of the App Store at Apple, where he liaised with numerous game publishers and developers. Prior to Apple, Essig helped create the gaming division for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) where he led numerous development and publishing arrangements.
He says PublishingPlus will provide independent development partners with a wide range of financial and operational support in addition to expert guidance throughout all stages of their games' lifecycles. Through a structured tier-based system, the program will give developers clearly defined, pre-negotiated milestones and...
Apple's iOS maintains lead in mobile app activations
In its eleventh quarterly Mobility Index Report, Good Technology (www.good.com), which specializes in secure mobility, today announced key findings showing that organizations are mobilizing apps and content at a rapid and accelerating pace. And Apple's iOS maintains its lead.
Over the past year, total app activations grew 160% as companies enable their workforces with enhanced collaboration tools and corporate content across an increasing range of mobile devices, according to Good Technology. Insurance emerges as an early adopter of custom apps with over a third of all apps activated focused on mobilizing custom business processes, says Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO at Good Technology.
Secure IM represented 27%of all apps activated. Business and professional services demonstrated a preference for apps that help mobilize content, with document editing, document access and secure browser making up 64% of all apps deployed by these firms. In manufacturing, almost half (47 percent) of...
Apple announces new environmental initiatives in China
Apple has announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China.
The new forestland program aims to protect as much as one million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products. Apple’s goal is to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fiber and power all its operations worldwide on 100% renewable energy.
"Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources," says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. "We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect—and create—as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging. This is an important step toward that goal and our commitment to leave the world better than we found it."
DIRECTV’s latest TV adds support for Apple Watch
DIRECTV customers have a new way to control and engage with their favorite shows through the update of its new DIRECTV app for iPhone, which now includes support for the Apple Watch.
Available at the App Store for Apple Watch, the updated DIRECTV Everywhere App enables users to remotely control the following functions on their HD DVRs. You can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on your TV on any connected receivers within the home.
You can view program title, channel and episode details of TV shows and movies, as well as set DVR recordings. And the DIRECTV app lets you navigate the on-screen guide, playlist and menu.
No separate DIRECTV app is needed for Apple Watch. All DIRECTV customers will have to do is to download the latest DIRECTV App from theApp Store on their iPhone 5 or later. Once Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone, the DIRECTV App will automatically appear on Apple Watch. The updated DIRECTV App requires a connected HD DVR (HR20, H21 and above).
Canalys: counting tablets, Apple is top PC manufacturer
The global personal computer [PC] market, including tablets, experienced an annual decline of 7% in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, reaching 115.7 million units worldwide. Apple held on to first place despite a 16% decline in its total shipments (almost all of the decline was in iPad sales), according to the Canalys research group (www.canalys.com)
It shipped 17.2 million units, taking a 15% share of the market. Lenovo and HP, second and third place respectively, both saw single-digit shipment growth in Q1 2015 and increases in market share. Samsung narrowly held on to fourth spot as its declining tablet sales led to Dell closing the gap in fifth place. Samsung and Dell took 8.2% shipment market share with 9.5 and 9.4 million units respectively.
"The growth drivers that previously helped the market through 2014 will have little effect this year. Vendors are struggling with exchange rate fluctuations which is making financial planning more difficult and forcing price increases," says Tim...
Apple is top smartphone manufacturer in March
comScore (www.comscore.com), which specializes in digital media analytics, has released data from comScore MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for March. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.6% OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market share.
Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52.4 % platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.
According to comScore, 187.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77 % mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in March, up 3% since December. As mentioned, Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42.6% of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up one percentage point from December). Samsung ranked second with 28.3% market share, followed by LG with 8.4% (up 0.4 percentage points), Motorola with 5% and HTC with 3.8% (up 0.1 percentage points).
Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in March with 52.4% market share,...
Ericsson sues Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom, the...
Ericsson (www.ericsson.com) has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands after failing to reach a global licensing agreement with the company over standard-essential and non-standardized patents.
The company claims that Apple doesn't currently have any license for Ericsson's technology, but continues to sell products such as the iPhone and iPad, for which its licenses have expired, "on a global scale."
Apple sued Ericsson in January, arguing the patents are not essential for LTE technology and that the price was excessive. Ericsson counter-sued two days later. The Swedish mobile telecom firm counter-sued the Cupertino, California-based company for infringing on its patents that are essential to 2G and 4G/LTE standards.
In a press release, Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, claims: "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place. Our technology is used in many features...
Apple's TestFlight still inaccessible to developers
Apple's TestFlight beta-testing platform for iOS has been inaccessible to developers since late Wednesday, with no hint as to when the service might be restored, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/prm3e8b).
Trying to install apps through the official TestFlight app, for instance, will trigger an error message saying the service is "currently unavailable." Apple hasn't updated its System Status page (http://tinyurl.com/a3swxz2) with any mention of the problem.
TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.
Apple, Samsung tie in tablet satisfaction study
Apple and Samsung tie for the highest rank in overall satisfaction with a score of 826 each in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study—Volume 1 (www.jdpower.com). Both brands perform particularly well in features and styling and design. Amazon (818) and Microsoft (815) follow closely in the rankings and each performs well in the performance factor.
The study, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction with tablets across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.
The market for tablets has grown during the past several years as the number of tablets purchased at retail stores has increased since the study was launched in 2012. In the 2015 Volume 1 study, 58% of tablet owners indicate purchasing their tablet in a retail store, compared with 54% in 2012, while 41% purchase online and just 1% purchase over the phone. ...
Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite now provides analytics for the...
Yahoo says the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite (https://developer.yahoo.com) now includes analytics for the Apple Watch.
Just weeks after the debut of the Apple Watch, Flurry Analytics has made it possible for developers to better understand how users interact with their apps on the smallest screen, says Brad Jones, director, Product Management at Flurry from Yahoo. Like Flurry Analytics always has, Yahoo is making analytics for the Apple Watch available to developers for free.
With the latest Flurry iOS software development kit and a few minutes of implementation time, developers will be able to track new users, active users and the actions of their Watch users with custom events. They will also be able to understand how usage balances out between the Apple Watch app and its parent app on the user's smartphone.
Apps will be reimagined, more intuitive and simplified for the Apple Watch, says Jones. Watch analytics are now available for free within Flurry Analytics.
Apple's Jeff Williams to speak at Code Conference
Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, will be a speaker at the second Code Conference (http://recode.net/events/code-conference/). The conference will be held May 26 to 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Code Conference is where "top industry influencers in media and technology gather for in-depth conversations about the impact of digital technology on our lives and our businesses, today and in the future." Executive producers and conference creators Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher go head to head with the same caliber of industry luminaries who shared their stage at the D conference since 2003.
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6 6.2.6
Apple has released Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6 for, respectively, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Yosemite. The security update fixes the following problems:
° Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
° A state management issue existed in Safari that allowed unprivileged origins to access contents on the filesystem. This issue was addressed through improved state management.
° An issue existed in the handling of the rel attribute in anchor elements. Target objects could get unauthorized access to link objects. This issue was addressed through improved link type adherence.
The Safari updates can be downloaded via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.