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Aug 12
Apple announces partnership with Code2040
Buzzfeed (http://tinyurl.com/p3wfweo) reports that Apple has announced a partnership with Code2040 (http://www.code2040.org), a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry. CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends.  As a "platinum" sponsor of the fellowship program, Apple will hire as paid interns 10 of the 80 fellows in Code2040’s current class, and an additional two beyond that, says Buzzfeed. For three months, these fellows will work at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
Aug 12
Apple joins NFC Forum
Apple has joined the NFC Forum (nfc-forum.org) as a sponsor member, a non-profit industry association who mission is "to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology." Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 3.9 inches or less. "The top tier of NFC Forum membership, sponsor membership, entitles an organisation to a seat on the NFC Forum board of directors, the association’s governing body," NFC Forum director Paula Hunter says. "We are delighted to welcome Apple to our board of directors as an NFC Forum sponsor member."
Aug 12
Cocktail Yosemite Edition revved to version 8.5.2
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running Mac OS X Yosemite. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to rebuild Help database and adds two new Automator actions. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status on startup" and "Clear kernel caches" procedures. Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available at the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail)
Aug 12
10 new Fonts Added to Free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has announced an update of 10 new fonts to their free Halloween Fonts collection available on the Mac App Store under the name: Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts. This commercial use font collection now includes 40 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. International character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many of them. Halloween Fonts require Mac OS X 10.6.6. They're available free at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (http://tinyurl.com/lpthrve).
Aug 12
Applied Acoustics Systems releases the Transparency sound bank
Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Transparency sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk a.k.a. Status. Transparency is sound designer Daniel Stawczyk’s fourth title in AAS' Sound Bank Series and his third for Ultra Analog VA-2. The 149 presets explore the percussive nature of AAS' analog synthesizer. Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, and Percussion loops are bundled along with Ambient, Synth, and Effect sounds. The Transparency sound bank is available (http://tinyurl.com/n9j5ejo) until Aug. 31 at the introductory price of US$19 (the regular price is $39). The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.
Aug 12
KOAMTAC announces iOS KTSync Keyboard Wedge Application
KOAMTAC (www.koamtac.com) has released KTSync for iOS, a keyboard wedge software for iOS applications, which will enable transmission of barcode and RFID data collected with the KDC barcode scanner or RFID reader to any iOS application. The app is available free at the Apple App Store.   As long as the iOS device is updated with iOS 8.1 or later and the KTSync for iOS application has been downloaded, users will be able to send barcode data collected with the KDC scanner to any iOS application through KTSync, which supports a faster and more reliable data transmission speed than the standard HID Bluetooth connection. Users can send barcode or RFID data to any existing iOS application through the KTSync keyboard wedge application, without having to develop their own custom application.   Options for KDC hardware include 1D/2D barcode, RFID, NFC, MSR, and Chip-and-PIN readers, as well as, models that support GPS and Wi-Fi. The combination of KDC hardware and KTSync provides wireless...
Aug 11
Sonnet ships Fusion PCIe Flash Drive
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is now shipping its Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device. The newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 products, the Fusion is an alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives and SSD storage products. The device connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable.  "The Fusion PCIe Flash Drive delivers blazing-fast performance comparable to a multi-drive RAID storage system, and yet it fits neatly in the palm of your hand," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. "Based on the latest Gen 3 PCIe SSD module — the fastest standard SSD type now available — the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive is made for speed. And its 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface provides the bandwidth necessary to sustain ultra-high file transfer speeds, fast enough to support 4K workflows."  Capable of...
Aug 11
Autodesk announces new Maya extensions
At the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Expo, being held Aug. 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, Autodesk announced the latest extension releases for its Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016 3D modeling, animation, VFX and rendering software, available to Autodesk Subscription customers beginning today for 3ds Max and September 9 for Maya. Concurrently, the company unveiled the new 3D marketplace on Creative Market – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists. These solutions, along with Autodesk’s newly announced Stingray Game Engine, will be on display throughout SIGGRAPH, with additional resources available on AREA. Autodesk Maya 2016 Extension 1 is a new text tool designed to make it easier to create branding, flying logos, title sequences, and other projects that require 3D text. 3D Type allows artists to create editable, non-destructive, multi-line, deformable type. Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) support helps artists bring 2D designs created in applications...
Aug 11
Parallels launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote Access app
Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for remote access to Macs and PCs. Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent. As part of this launch, Parallels is introducing a companion app for Apple Watch, providing users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience. "The need to do more on mobile devices has been a growing trend among both consumers and business professionals alike. Our latest Parallels Access update brings new features that make it easier than ever before to get work done with native touch gestures on mobile devices, as well as from any computer with a web browser," says Jack Zubarev, president of Parallels. "Parallels Access makes every application and file on your remote work...
Aug 11
WaterField Designs unveils the Field Tote business bag for men

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Field Tote, an US$119 tote for men made of waxed canvas and distressed leather. It weighs one pound and will ship Aug. 14. "We set out to design a men's tote that works well for guys to use professionally or on casual outings—not just the look, but the size and features as well," says owner Gary Waterfield. You can stow your laptop-in-a-sleeve or tablet in the Field Tote or stuff in your gym towels, wine bottles, or magazines. We’ve included deep pockets for security and leather handles that are just the right length for putting on your shoulders, or carrying at your side." The Field Tote is so lightweight that it can be folded and carried in another bag for use upon arrival at a new destination. It's available in brown, burgundy or navy waxed canvas.
Aug 11
Seagate Expands Flash Portfolio with new Nytro Flash Products
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has announced the Nytro XF1440 2.5”, Nytro XM1440 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card. These products extend Seagate’s portfolio of flash-based solutions, which are designed to work in conjunction with Seagate storage products to meet nearly any data storage need. The drives and the accelerator card are best suited for demanding enterprise applications, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), high frequency trading, high-performance computing (HPC), data warehousing, data mining and data analytics as well as workloads with mixed IO sizes and multiple applications running simultaneously. The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 are high performance NVMe SSDs available in ultra-small (2.5” and M.2) form factors. Offering a balance of power and performance, these drives are engineered to increase storage density, while reducing the storage footprint and power use in data...
Aug 11
NextDrive announces NextDrive Plug to wirelessly expand...
It's frustrating when your iPhone reminds you that you don't have enough storage to take a picture or complete a task. With the new NextDrive Plug, you can increase storage capacity and auto-backup your photos. Available today for pre-order (http://tinyurl.com/ps7wywk) for US$99, the plug works with the NextDrive Connect app to turn your smartphone into a wireless remote for USB devices. You can build your own cloud, add storage capacity to your phone or hook up a webcam for remote video streaming. The NextDrive Plug is a micro IoT computer in the form of a small plug. It works with the corresponding NextDrive Connect App over a Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly link your smartphones, tablets or laptops with USB devices – such as hard drives and web cameras.
Aug 11
Google morphs into Alphabet, a company that will own Google
On Aug. 10, Google announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. and a new operating structure to increase management scale and focus on its consolidated businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android and the related technical infrastructure (the "Google business"). Businesses such as Calico, Nest, and Fiber, as well as its investing arms, such as Google Ventures and Google Capital, and incubator projects, such as Google X, will be managed separately from the Google business. In an announcement about the changes — which you can read here (https://abc.xyz) — Larry Page, who cofounded Google with Sergey Brin, had this to say: "Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by...
Aug 11
Output Factory for InDesign can now insert document text into...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.35, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery and more. The new version improves the way users can insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names. Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's also a "lite" version for $120, Sand a server version $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Aug 11
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 11
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. 2pensmedia has announced Coinnect. In the free game, players score points by matching adjacent coins of the same color before the timer runs out. Coins can be matched in a variety of ways, including horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or through a combination of directions. Austin Shaf has released Bumper Jumper. The game (free, but with in-app purchases) involves bouncing aliens as high as you can through space. Tap to create bumpers that juggle you up and up. Progressively harder the higher you go, Bumper Jumper features gravity flip, mega bouncer, and slo-mo power ups, an original soundtrack and Game Center support. Travel Mate is a new, US$2.99 app that provides tools necessary to help users stay in control of their money while traveling the world. You can set your trip's budget in your preferred currency, and record your expenses on the fly in any of the 153...
Aug 10
Apple Pay now available to Bellco members
Bellco members will become some of the first credit union members in Colorado to have the ability to use Apple Pay for purchases at participating stores. Bellco is one of Colorado’s largest financial institutions, with more than $2.9 billion in assets and 21 branches in Colorado. Apple Pay provides a private and secure way to make in-store payments from Bellco accounts using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch; or within apps from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. "Our commitment to our members is to offer them the best, most convenient banking experience possible, and adding Apple Pay is just one more way we are working to live up to that commitment," says Doug Ferraro, CEO of Bellco Credit Union. "Not only is Apple Pay simple and convenient, but it also adds a layer of privacy and security to making digital or in-store payments." For more information on how to begin using Apple Pay with Bellco accounts, go to www.bellco.org/applepay.
Aug 10
Mac OS X version of Excalibur security solution available
The first Mac OS X version of Excalibur (https://getexcalibur.com/en/blog), a security solution that's free for non-commercial users, is now available. Instead of syncing your data across computers, the utility is cloud based by design. No syncing is required, and all your passwords and notes are immediately accessible. "Excalibur is a completely new and drastically different approach to Password Managers solving all the pitfalls of existing solutions," says Excalibur CEO Ivan Klimek. "Instead of using a master password we use your phone — the most personal device that you always carry with you. The phone will ask your for you specific acknowledgment for every action that might require your attention. As you don't type any passwords anymore, keyloggers and malware is ineffective. Instead of storing your sensitive data in one place, Excalibur stores them "decentralized" — one cryptographic part on your phone and one in the cloud, he adds. The only place where the data is reconstructed...
Aug 10
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's the latest version of the tool for for dealing with text in your FileMaker Pro database. Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. It also adds the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12, with support for the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14. A fully functional demo of Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d). It works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12, 13 or 14. The plug-in is available for Nac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$49 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site, where you can order licenses. Troi Text Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the...
Aug 10
FileMakers launches Boost Your Business Kit offer
FileMaker has launched the Boost Your Business Kit (http://tinyurl.com/nzy8zhs), a special limited-time offer that includes things new customers need to create and run business solutions that work across iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web for the discounted price of US$828. Purchase one FileMaker Server 14 annual license with five concurrent connections and receive five FileMaker Pro 14 annual licenses at no additional cost. The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store. The Boost Your Business Kit is available only through Sept. 24, globally, to new customers under FileMakers Annual Volume Licensing program only. Non-profit and educational pricing is available to eligible institutions.
Aug 10
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.1
Recosoft Corp. is shipping ID2Office 2.1 the newest version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015. The new version has been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, version 2.1 adds support for InDesign CC 2015 properties such as Paragraph shadings and Graphic cells in tables, and more. On the Mac, ID2Office 2.1 requires OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available at Recosoft (http://www.recosoft.com) in the following configurations: ° ID2Office Standard 2.1 annual subscription (Mac/Windows), US$199; ° ID2Office Professional 2.1 annual subscription (Mac only), $249.
Aug 08
European Commission: no evidence of collusion between Apple,...
The European Commission found no evidence of collusion among the major music labels and Apple to stifle free music streaming services such as those offered by Spotify, reports Re/code (http://tinyurl.com/ocqcveq), quoting four unnamed "sources with knowledge of the matter." Investigators examined whether the labels conspired with one another or with Apple on Apple’s new streaming music service in a way that would hurt rivals, the article adds. The probe failed to turn up any illegal activity, though the EU will continue to monitor the market, sources said.
Aug 07
Apple extends back to school promotion
Apple has extended its annual back to school promotion. It's now online (http://tinyurl.com/nl9zv29) and available in some European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada. Those who buy an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. There’s also an option to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones for $100. The iPhone, iPad and (for some reason) the Mac mini aren’t among the eligible items for purchase with free headphones. The back to school promo runs through Sept. 18 at Apple Stores.
Aug 07
Apple merges online store into all its web pages
Apple has built its online store into its main website and separate web pages. There's no longer a separate "Store" listing on Apple's pages. Instead, there's a shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. You buy an item by clicking the "Buy" button on a product's page. This links you to the purchasing menus formerly available in the online store.
Aug 07
Apple Watch arrives at Best Buy
The Apple Watch is now available at Best Buy locations. It's the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch. The Apple Watch has arrived in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says  Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy. Customers can see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more. Visit BestBuy.com for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.
Aug 07
nVeil Art for Mac OS X adds photo enhancement masking, more
Storek Studio has announced nVeil Art 2.0 (http://nVeil.com), an update to its graphic remix tool for Mac OS X. nVeil generates works of digital abstract cubism by filtering photos or video through vector-drawn veils. Colors and motion come from the source imagery, and can then be further modified with nVeil's controls. Version 2.0 features photo enhancement masking, a new image format, an enlarged library of veils, new tutorials, an improved user interface, and more. nVeil runs on OS X 10.7 or higher. Bundled app pricing of both the creating/exporting app and the veil-making app for a limited time is US$29, with a special educational price of $19. The regular price $39.
Aug 07
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 7
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch. Sugar Games has released Brownies the mobile version. It's a free (with in-app purchases) game that plunges the player into the magical land of cute little creatures where mundane objects naturally intertwine with fantastic landscapes and buildings. Giants Software has announced Farming Simulator 16 for iOS. In the US$4.99 app, players can operate tractors and machines, raise, harvest, and sell crops, and master their land. In addition to crops, farmers can feed sheep and cows to sell wool and milk. Fan Studio has introduced Save the Planet - Airplane Fighter for the iPhone. It's an $1.99, vertically scrolling shoot 'em up game set in the time of World War II. The player pilots a fighter airplane while on a mission to save the planet. Players must deftly navigate through the various levels with a weaponized plane, in the manner of desert strikes and river raids....
Aug 07
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 7.9.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Aug 06
Open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Apple's Swift...
Since June 2014, more than 100 programmers have contributed to an open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Swift, the in-house programming language Apple uses for iOS development, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/ox4wr7j). Designed for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, Swift — which debuted last summer — combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. A round of finishing touches was added to the Mandarin Chinese tranlstion last month, making it easier for 850 million native Mandarin speakers to build iOS apps. The project’s originator is Jie Liang, a student at BeiHang University in Beijing, who wrote in a celebratory blog post that he began translating Swift to "synchronize China and the world," says Bloomberg. The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. Federighi says it will be...
Aug 06
ZFoundry releases zCloud for Mac OS X
zFoundry (http://zfoundry.co) has released zCloud for Mac OS X. It's an app that connects to Dropbox to allow users to create shareable links to screenshots, images and other files for instant collaboration without the hassle of bulky attachments or signing into additional software or websites. An instantly shareable link is generated by dragging a file to the zCloud icon in the menubar, taking a screenshot with customizable keyboard shortcuts or designating a Finder folder(s) that will automatically upload and generate links for files added to it. The link is automatically copied to the clipboard when any of these actions are performed, so all the user has to do is paste and share via email, instant message or any other method. "In today’s world of virtual offices and remote collaboration, it saves an enormous amount of time—and disk space," says Nicholas Fortino, CDO of zFoundry, who first conceived the app while collaborating on a variety of creative projects with co-founder...
Aug 06
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 7.9.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Aug 06
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in October
The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided. Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks Textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for the iPad and Mac. Its been redesigned for OS X Yosemite. It supports galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more. The 2015 iBooks Author Conference is a global gathering of the growing iBooks Author user base, spanning educators, instructional designers, creative professionals, learning professionals, authors, corporate trainers, and others.  The Conference will provide thought leadership, best practices, and a...
Aug 06
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital work flows
vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS). vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort. In addition, the new version simplifies processes within corporates and editorial workflows. If a task is assigned to a user as part of the workflow, he will receive an email notification containing a description of the task and an URL. All the user has to do is to click this link and the assigned asset will open in the right client, be it a browser-based web editor, Adobe InDesign, InCopy, or another program. Teams consisting of in-house staff and outside contributors who work less frequently in vjoon K4 also enjoy the support...
Aug 06
11 million sign up for Apple Music
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version). "We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people. Apple Music costs US$9.99 a month for individual access to 30 million songs as well as human-curation playlists and a live radio station. Assuming all the trial memberships are converted into paying customers come October, Apple would already boast half the paid memberships of reigning streaming champ Spotify, which launched nearly a decade ago, notes USA Today.
Aug 06
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei
Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. "Accepting Apple Pay is a win for Pei Wei because it’s convenient and gives our guests the flexibility to use their preferred method of payment," says Pei Wei CEO Ralph Bower. "It allows us to safely and quickly process transactions, increasing both customer service and restaurant efficiency. This is just one way we’re implementing the latest technology to improve the dining experience." Pei Wei launched Apple Pay acceptance as a pilot in its 16 Phoenix area restaurants in July. The technology became available at all of Pei Wei registers nationwide on Aug. 4. This follows the company's large technology investment in the implementation of new payment terminals, pin pad devices and point-to-point encryption. To use...
Aug 05
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple
The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g). Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations. According to the SEC data, the SNB held shares in more than 2,500 U.S.-listed companies, valued at $38.6 billion. A quarter earlier, it held U.S. shares worth $37.5 billion.
Aug 05
Santa Fe Opera planning an opera based on Steve Jobs' life
If two (and counting) movies/documentaries and various books weren't enough, now there's an opera in the works based on the life of the late Steve Jobs. The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, is scheduled to debut in 2017. The work is a Santa Fe Opera commission, reports the Los Angeles Times (http://tinyurl.com/nz2tyny).  The opera will explore Jobs' complicated professional and personal lives. It will include characters based on Jobs' father, Paul, and his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. The opera will also delve into "the touchy area of his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned," according to the L.A. Times. The Santa Fe Opera said "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" will receive its first workshop in San Francisco in September in collaboration with Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and with additional support from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 
Aug 05
Apple's TestFlight app flies to version 1.2.0
Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.2.0, which adds support for testing upcoming iOS 9 features such as watchOS 2 apps and App Thinning. 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. With the new version, testers can now choose how to receive update notifications for each app they're testing. Also, watchOS 2 beta apps will install automatically when the "Automatic Downloads" setting is turned on in the Apple Watch app. TestFlight is a free download at the Apple App Store.
Aug 05
StickyBrain for Mac OS X — it's baaaack
Chronos has announced the return of StickyBrain, its note manager, after a 10 year hiatus. It's been entirely rewritten from the ground up in Apple’s new Swift programming language in order to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies. "StickyBrain lets users store anything, find anything, fast," says Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Its familiar sticky note interface combined with its powerful Note Viewer helps users manage all of the information in their lives with aplomb." StickyBrain features include a: Note Viewer for managing notes; hierarchical folders for note organization; application attachments (notes float above other windows when application active); the ability to import text files in popular formats; the ability to import notes from Apple’s Stickies app; exporting; printing; Spotlight integration; QuickLook integration, and more. A fully functional 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site (www.chronosnet.com). StickyBrain...
Aug 05
Apple defeats group lawsuit bit over iMessage 'message...
Apple has defeated a group lawsuit sought by a former iPhone user who claimed the company’s messaging system interfered with delivery of texts after she switched to an Android-based smartphone. Plaintiff Adrienne Moore said in her complaint filed in San Jose, California, last November that Apple’s iMessage's message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4. Moore sought class-action status and unspecified damages, claiming that Apple failed to disclose how iOS 5 would obstruct the delivery of "countless"messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has ruled the case can’t proceed as a group lawsuit because it’s not clear enough that all proposed members of the suit suffered an inconvenience due to any “contractual breach or interference” stemming from the iMessage system, reports...
Aug 05
IBM launches cloud-based IT services to help enterprise clients...
IBM (www.ibm.com) has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications. This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade. These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM deploying Macs to employees around the globe at speed and scale, in a highly secure enterprise environment, according to Patterson. With its partnership with Apple, this presented an opportunity for IBM to commercialize...
Aug 05
Apple now selling the sixth gen iPod touch in Korea
Apple Korea is now selling the sixth generation iPod touch, reports Seoul Finance — as noted by BrightWire (www.brightwire.com), a global investment newswire. The new iPod touch is priced at KRW 279,000-KRW 499,000 (about US$238-$426) in the country, the article said. Seoul Finance is a Seoul-based online and offline publication that provides financial and economic news. The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing. With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime...
Aug 05
You can now replay taped broadcasts from Beats 1
A new Apple Music Connect feature called Beats 1: Replay lets you replay taped Internet broadcasts of their favorite shows, including those hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden, and Elton John, reports MacStories (http://tinyurl.com/qde6ayr). Previously, if you missed a live show, or its rerun, lyou were out of luck. Some of the shows on Beats 1 offered the ability to follow them on Connect and listen to the playlists of songs played during the show, but that didn't include the complete show with DJ and guests. Now, if you've missed a show and would prefer to listen to it whenever you'd like, you can find the Replay (again, through Connect) and tap to start listening, notes MacStories.
Aug 05
Rep. Barbara Lee wants Apple to release diversity data
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., called on the nation's technology companies such as Apple to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was in Silicon Valley this week with two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to push the tech industry to hire more African Americans. "We have asked them all to release the data," Lee told USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/nvbhgn8). "If they believe in inclusion, they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing." So far Apple has refused requests from the daily newspaper to make public data it routinely supplies to the U.S. Department of Labor on the demographics of their workers.
Aug 05
CS Odessa announces Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a solution that allows individuals and teams to collaborate on core development issues involved in putting together a website. Suitable for web masters, UI designers, product managers, and programmers, the Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw Pro supports the depiction of website layout and structure. The solution includes interface elements, navigation methods, to build a demonstration model of how a website is intended to be used by visitors. This ConceptDraw Pro 10 solution is targeted to web masters, business analysts, user experience designers, interaction designers, product managers, and programmers. The Website Wireframe solution is free to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. ConceptDraw PRO retails for US$199, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format.
Aug 05
Maxon announces Cinema 4D Release 17
Maxon (www.maxon.net) has announced Cinema Release 17 (R17), an update of its of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It's due to ship in September for both Mac OS X and Windows. It delivers new, expanded and completely reworked features designed to allow creatives to more easily and efficiently manage and create outstanding content. Central to Cinema 4D R17 is the new Take System that provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage render layers and animation variations. Also included are new Lens Distortion tools for improved motion tracking, and completely reworked Spline Tools for a more efficient workflow for manipulating points, lines, tangents, arcs and more. Cinema Release 17 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Aug 05
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 5
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch. Jessica Zhao has released Affirmations - Your Passport to Health, Success, and Happiness. Featuring professionally developed affirmations in multiple categories, the free app was developed specifically for helping people boost confidence and relieve anxiety. Daily affirmations enable anyone to begin their day with positive energy. Kids Games has announced Animals Farm. The US$5.99 game is designed to transport toddlers and young children to the countryside, where they learn about farm-related tasks through simple cause-and-effect methods. Real Agent Guard, an innovative mobile-enabled personal security service for real estate agents and brokers, is now available. Starting at $3.99 per month, real estate firms can provide their agents with a way to feel secure when showing properties by themselves. The security solution has an array of tools, such as video monitoring,...
Aug 04
Beats 1? How about a Beats 2, Beats 3, etc?
Apple’s 24/7 radio station Beats 1 — part of its Apple Music service — may not be the only official station from Apple for long. The company has the ability to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations at will, reports The Verge (http://tinyurl.com/qgxfzf7), quoting unnamed "sources with knowledge of the situation." As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations without having to renegotiate with the labels. The Verge says this means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day). Or Apple could take a more targeted approach and produce holiday stations, the article adds. Also, as noted by AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qx9lqon), Music magazine Billboard has "quietly added" Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main...
Aug 04
Apple releases fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan
Apple has made available the fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The new beta focuses on bug fixes and minor tweaks, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.
Aug 04
Epson unveils EcoTank, a 'supertank' printer
Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs – what Epson defines as the "Supertank" category – that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink..      When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges or more, depending on the model, says Keith Kratzberg, executive vice president, Epson America.  About 90% of the pages printed in the United States are printed in black-and-white, not color. Two-thirds of those pages could be in color. Previously, a major barrier to color printing has been the cost of ink replacements, says Kratzberg. EcoTank printers are loaded and ready with up to two years of ink. When replacement ink is needed, the cost will reportedly be as low as US$12.99 per bottle, or $52 per set of bottles. For example, a standard home printer requires approximately 20 sets of cartridges to...
Aug 04
Funnel is new media management app for Mac OS X
Synaptic Edge (http://synapticedge.com/) has introduced Funnel: Organize Your Photos and Videos 1.0, a new media management application for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It automatically renames and organizes your photos and videos into a structured file system. You drag and drop files, folders, drives, or devices onto Funnel's drop screen and it will find, sort, and rename your photos and videos using Exif and other metadata. Media types supported include: all RAW Formats supported by Mac, JFIF, JPG, JPF (JPEG 2000), PNG, TIFF, GIF, Bitmap, Adobe PSD and PSB, MPO, SVG, MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, MPG, AVI, DVs, iTunes media files, 3GP, 3G2, and M2V. All file types can be filtered. Funnel keeps sidecar files with their main files. (e.g. if you import a RAW image and it has an associated Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) it will be imported as well). Sidecar files currently supported are: Apple AAE, Adobe(R) Digital Negative (DNG), WAV, GoPro LRV, THM, and XMP. As an introductory offer, Funnel is...
 

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