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Apple, Salesforce team up on two new apps, SDK

Apple and Salesforce (www.salesforce.com) have launched two flagship apps from the customer relationship management company: the redesigned Salesforce Mobile App and new Trailhead GO learning app.  Both provide features exclusive to iOS and iPadOS. The companies also...

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Path Finder 9.0 improves compatibility with macOS Catalina

Cocoatech has launched Path Finder 9.0, an of their file browser for macOS 10.11 or higher. The utility allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse...

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Opinion

Will 5G spur smartphone market growth?
Will 5G spur smartphone market growth?

The global smartphone market showed signs of recovery ending a long period of continuous quarterly year-over-year declines thanks in part to 5G support, according to Counterpoint Research (www.counterpointresearch.com).  Shipments during the third quarter 2019 were...

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Reviews & KoolTools

Kool Tools: Spark smart guitar amplifier, app

Positive Grid's Spark is a smart guitar amp and accompanying app (iOS/Android) driven by intelligent technology to offer real-time Smart Jam accompaniment, Auto Chord detection and intuitive practice features for players of all levels. It also functions as a...

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Kool Tools: Xcentz 36W wall charger

Xcentz, a consumer electronics and intelligent hardware company, has launched the $23 AW-32011 wall charger that supports both Power Delivery (PD) and Quick Charge (QC) fast charging protocols to charge two devices at full-speed simultaneously. "The PD fast charging...

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MacTech Pro New York
MacTech Pro New York

Join us at MacTech Pro New York About the Event Date: September 18, 2019 Time: All Day. See Detailed Schedule. Registration at 8:30am Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm. Location: TBA closer to the event. Sessions Chair: Neil Ticktin

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Showcase

CameraBag 2 lets you quickly apply filters, effects in 32-bit color

By Erik Vlietinck

CameraBag 2 is standalone application with a collection of filters and effects for editing images. It’s easy to use, comes with a huge collection of presets, and offers total control over adjustments and effects. Although it can be used for applying just one of the many presets — called styles — users can create their own styles from scratch.

Wacom Intuos5 is top notch, multitouch pro tablet

By Pete Collins

About 10 years ago I borrowed (stole) my sister’s Intuos2 tablet and I’ve rarely used a mouse since. I almost can’t work without my tablets.

When I heard that Wacom was coming out with the Intuos5, I couldn’t figure out how they were going to add anything that the Intuos4 didn’t already have since it was so good. Boy, was I naive. There are a couple of new functions that make this upgrade a no-brainer.

Akvis Sketch 13 offers pro quality art creation

By Jay Nelson

Photographers and other creative people have many reasons to convert a photo into a sketch or painting. Let’s say that the subject of a photo is important, but poor lighting makes it unsalvageable as a photo.

By converting it to a sketch you can make it an object worth keeping. Or maybe you’re given several photos to use in a layout, but they’re too different from each other to harmonize; just convert them all to pencil sketches for instant harmony! Or maybe a client simply requests a hand-painted effect but you have 10 untrained thumbs.

Recommended Reading: ‘iPod: Missing Manual, 11th Edition’

The iPod may be “old news” in the Apple world, but it’s still the best selling MP3 player in the universe. And it has lots of features you may not be aware of.

Enter “iPod: The Missing Manual” from O’Reilly Publishing. It shows you how to play music, movies, and slideshows; shoot photos and videos; and navigate Apple’s redesigned iTunes media-management program. Topics include:

° Fill it up. Load your iPod with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, ebooks, and podcasts.

° Manage your stuff. Download media and apps from the iTunes and App Stores, then organize your collection.

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