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MacTech, MacNews celebrate Memorial Day

MacTech and MacNews will be “closed” today to celebrate Memorial Day, federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Have a wonderful, safe holiday.

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May 27
Fox Pro 5.0 for OS X gets new interface, more

Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X.

It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.

Folx Pro costs $19.99. It can be downloaded from the developer's website (http://tinyurl.com/6xvuae). All registered users of Folx 4.0 Pro can upgrade to the latest version at a 50% discount.

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May 27
AppDelete Lite for OS X revved to version 4.0.5

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.5, an update to his Mac application deletion utility available at the Mac App Store. The new version is a maintenance upgrade.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. With it you don’t have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.

AppDelete Lite 4.0.5 costs $3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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May 26
Markzware’s Q2ID adds QuarkXPress 2016 support

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has announced a version version of Q2ID. The Adobe InDesign plug-in now has QuarkXPress 2016 (also known as QXP v12) support. Q2ID is available for Mac and Windows platforms for InDesign CC 2015, 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5.

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign) is an InDesign plugin that allows you to convert QuarkXPress documents to Adobe InDesign. You can open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch. File conversion with Q2ID gives you a way to import QuarkXPress content into InDesign, allowing the workflow to move forward.

Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. For more information on system requirements and pricing, please visit the Q2ID page (http://tinyurl.com/juexkuz).

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May 26
Allegorithmic integrates Substance Engine into Houdini 15

Allegorithmic has integrated Substance Engine into Houdini 15. VFX artists can now import, visualize and tweak materials with the same freedom AAA game developers have enjoyed for years.

By employing the same nodal system as Houdini, Substance Engine arrives in a format Houdini artists already understand. Materials can be created, customized and applied to any Houdini asset, including characters and environments. When finished, assets can be exported to the Unity game engine or sent to Mantra, Arnold or RenderMan (with a simple script) for a final render.

Using Houdini Expressions, variables can be attached to Substances, making the process of manipulating textures even more fluid for animated sequences. These expressions can also help artists produce thousands of randomized objects quickly, with all the scale and realism VFX requires, says Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.

The Substance Engine integration is free, compatible with Houdini 15.5...

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May 26
GraphicConverter 10 Adds Face Recognition, Live Photo, more

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 10, an update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to convert over 200 different file formats into any of 80 graphic formats. The upgrade brings a number of new features, including face recognition, collage creation, custom brushes, and the ability to work with Apple's new Live Photos file format.

GraphicConverter 10 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It’s available for $25.95 until June 30 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com) for $39.95. Users of the current version of GraphicConverter can upgrade at the Lemkesoft website for $25.95.

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May 26
Pixelmator Team releases a major update for Pixelmator for Mac

The Pixelmator Team has announces Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a major update to its image editor for Mac OS X.

The app allows you to create, edit, and enhance your images, letting you work seamlessly between a Mac and iPad. Version 3.5 brings a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool that automatically snaps to object edges, a Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app, and more.

Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later and costs $29.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It’s a free upgrade to all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store. More information and a free 30-day trial can be found at Pixelmator online (http://www.pixelmator.com).

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May 26
Malwarebytes EDR platform adds Mac support

Malwarebytes has introduced Malwarebytes Breach Remediation for Mac and new forensics capabilities as part of its Malwarebytes Breach Remediation platform. This Malwarebytes endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution hunts for and is designed to remove advanced threats from Mac OS X and Windows endpoints.

Malwarebytes Breach Remediation is an EDR solution that detects and removes infections and related artifacts simultaneously across all endpoints on a network. Malwarebytes Breach Remediation scans network endpoints looking for suspicious files or anomalies and, when found, pieces together the threat traces and automatically remediates compromised systems. This approach to breach remediation is designed to help eliminate the possibility of new cyber attacks or lateral movements that capitalize on leftover malware traces.

Although Macs have faced nuisance apps like adware and PUPS for years, new threats are materializing, including ransomware (e.g., KeRanger)....

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May 26
PopChar X 7.5 for OS X supports insertion of combined emoji...

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the OS X (10.6 or newer) tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version X 7.5 adds support for the combined emoji characters, comes with an improved font info view, and offers further enhancements to make insertion of special characters easier than ever.

PopChar X can be purchased at the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to PopChar X 7.5 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company's web site.

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May 26
M4P Converter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1.4

M4P Converter for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.1.4. It’s a DRM copy-protected audio and music converter designed for converting DRM protected music to unprotected MP3, AAC, AIFF, or M4A files ready for use on any player.

The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4. M4P Converter for Mac version 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.6 or later. It costs $39.95 and is available at the product website (http://www.m4p-to-mp3-converter.com/).

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May 25
ATTO launches Fibre Channel SAN upgrade kits

ATTO Technology has announced the availability of a range of Fibre Channel SAN Kits providing all the components needed to update existing direct-attached storage to a high-performance, low-latency storage area network.

The kits are available now through Ingram Micro's network of resellers, telecommunications companies, carriers, hosting companies, MSPs, system integrators and other IT suppliers. ATTO Fibre Channel SAN Kits enable SysAdmins to increase the ROI and lifespan of existing storage by quickly and cost-effectively converting direct-attached SAS RAID, JBOD or JBOF storage to SAN technology, according to James U’Ren, storage controller product manager at ATTO Technology..

The solution allows for storage to be scaled with little effort and will benefit any environment experiencing slow host-to-host data transfers. It also provides a faster method to perform live migrations in virtual environments such as VMware vSphere, along with redundancy for rapid virtual...

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May 25
X-Doria introduces Bump Gear Plus case for the iPhone

X-Doria is introducing the Bump Gear Plus case collection for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE. The Bump Gear Plus case collection was designed for slim-fitting protection with a style to match the elegant, minimalistic finish of the iPhone.

This new bumper case collection features a metal exterior design with an interior rubber lining. Volume and lock buttons are protected by machined metal button covers. The Bump Gear Plus for iPhone 6s/6s plus/SE is available now in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold for $29.99- $34.99 at XDorialife.com.

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May 25
PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X decryption of PDF files

Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files.

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.

PDF Decrypter Pro offers easy drag and drop file selection — or users can select multiple files via the cleanly designed file selection interface. Once files have been selected for decryption, a click of the button immediately begins the decryption process. Users can track the decryption process, which is displayed in the Results Column.

PDF Decrypter Pro requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It is also available through...

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May 25
Apple updates firmware for its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations

Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.

Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.

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May 25
Virtual TimeClock for OS X ticks to version 16

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has rolled out Virtual TimeClock 16, an update to the timecard management app for Mac OS X.

The utility records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 16 helps companies eliminate unwanted overtime and reduce labor costs by ensuring that worker start, stop, and meal break times are properly observed, according to the folks at Redcort.

One time license pricing starts at $99 for the Basic Edition and $195 for Virtual TimeClock Pro. Annual software maintenance and support enrollment and discounted upgrade pricing is available upon request or online at the Redcort Software store.

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May 25
Output Factory for InDesign adds variable file name options

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.54, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. The new version adds an option to ignore hidden layers when using the script label feature which lets users insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.

Output Factory 1.5.54 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server $700. a demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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May 24
olloclip partners with OtterBox to expand mobile universe

olloclip has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens as a module compatible with the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System (http://tinyurl.com/j879mzg).
 
This variation of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus was built exclusively for and attaches over the top of the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. It features four optic quick-change lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce.  Its pocket-sized, award-winning design works on both front and rear-facing camera and comes with two wearable pendants to keep the lenses instantly accessible, says Patrick O’Neill, founder of olloclip. 
 
olloclip’s 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s feature fisheye and wide-angle lenses. You access the Macro lenses by unscrewing the fisheye and wide-angle lenses to photograph close-ups and detail beyond...

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May 24
QuarkXPress 2016 offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing

Quark has released QuarkXPress 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zj38wvk) the new version of the graphic design and page layout software. Among many new features, QuarkXPress 2016 brings designers the ability to create HTML5 publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.

Called HTML5 Publications, the new feature frees users to create app-like Web experiences without needing to rely on or pay for digital publishing solutions. QuarkXPress 2016 is sold as a perpetual license, which means users can use the software as long as it remains compatible with supported operating systems. With HTML5 Publications designers can create their projects – such as ePapers, eMagazines, Webapps, and flipbooks – store them locally, and distribute when and how they choose using their own Webserver and domain.

QuarkXPress 2016 costs $849 for new...

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May 27
Big data, business analytics revenues to reach $187...

According to the new “Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide” from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period. The new Spending Guide expands on IDC's previous forecasts by offering greater revenue detail by technology, industry, and geography.

The services-related opportunity will account for more than half of all big data and business analytics revenue for most of the forecast period, with IT Services generating more than three times the annual revenues of Business Services, according to IDC (www.idc.com). Software will be the second largest category, generating more than $55 billion in revenues in 2019. Nearly half of these revenues will come from purchases of End-User Query, Reporting, and Analysis Tools and...

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May 26
Technavio: mobile ad spending revenue to surge

Technavio (www.technavio.com) is forecasting positive growth for many segments of the publishing and advertising market over the next four years as several markets, including mobile ad spending, programmatic ads, and advertising display, will witness an increase in revenues.

A rapid increase in the number of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has compelled advertisers to choose mobile advertising over other forms of advertising. Recently, it has been observed that many service providers have developed tools for programmatic advertising and real-time bidding. These tools allow app developers and advertisers to monetize customer usage by displaying relevant ads, according to Technavio.

These ads are customized based on data regarding the customer's mobile usage, location, and search keywords acquired from cookies embedded in apps and web pages. Technavio market research analysts predict the...

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May 24
Survey: cybersecurity fears rising, online commerce...

A survey shows cybersecurity fears about breaches, identity theft, and privacy violations are taking a severe toll on the public trust and online commerce.

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released more analysis of its 2015 survey of 41,000 Americans on the topic of online security and privacy. As Violet Blue (@violetblue) summed it up in a post on Peerlyst (https://www.peerlyst.com), "Trust in digital security is flatlining.”

The Engadget journalist and author goes on to say, "We're talking about a huge dent in online commerce and the free flow of information, simply because people don't trust online companies anymore. It's not a growing digital economy we're in, it's a shrinking one.”

Some the most alarming numbers she cites from the report are:

° Nearly half of all Internet users have begun limiting...

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May 24
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 3.9% in first quarter

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 349 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9% increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Smartphone sales represented 78% of total mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2016, notes the research group.

Sales were driven by demand for low-cost smartphones in emerging markets and for affordable 4G smartphones, led by 4G connectivity promotion plans from communications service providers (CSPs) in many markets worldwide.

"In a slowing smartphone market where large vendors are experiencing growth saturation, emerging brands are disrupting existing brands' long-standing business models to increase their share," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "With such changing smartphone market dynamics, Chinese brands are emerging as the new top global brands. Two Chinese brands ranked within the top five...

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May 23
Organizations are experiencing a slow shift to public...

Transitioning to a public cloud is a slow-moving process for most businesses, according to a new study by Softchoice, a managed services provider. The study, The State of Cloud Readiness, found that while progress is at hand, 61%of organizations are still experimenting with or have limited use of public cloud and less than 14% consider public cloud to be an internal corporate standard.

"Today, moving to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when," said David MacDonald, President and CEO at Softchoice (http://www.softchoice.com). "However, many organizations are stuck in endless pilots or are hesitant to migrate to the public cloud in a meaningful way because they lack the strategy, skillsets and governance structures to build and maintain a fully realized cloud solution.”

The State of Cloud Readiness surveyed 250 senior IT decision-makers and 250 line of business managers across the U.S....

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May 20
Intel reveals security risks associated with unsafe...

Intel Security has released findings from its new study, “Online Security Diet: You Are What You Click,” which examines the online behaviors and attitudes of Americans ages 21 to 54 toward dieting clickbait. The research revealed that when it comes to the desire for the ideal body, people may be willing to sacrifice their online security if it takes them a step closer to achieving desired results.

With the summer season approaching, May is a popular month to start a new diet routine, and people are turning online for quick solutions. Thanks to better weather, more hours of sunlight and planned vacations, consumers have more opportunities to be active, which kick-starts a new wave of diets long after New Year’s resolutions come to an end.

“Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly savvy at understanding the seasonality of consumer search habits and exploiting that information to their full potential,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security...

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May 19
2.3 million households own a VR headset

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 2% of U.S. broadband households, or 2.3 million households, own a virtual reality headset. The research firm’s survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households reveals 5% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a VR headset in 2016, an increase from only 1% who made a purchase the year prior.

"The big change in VR for 2016 has been the availability or pending availability of VR headsets from companies such as Facebook (Oculus Rift), Google (Google Cardboard), and HTC (Vive). Sony PlayStation VR is expected to be released in October.  We expect gamers to be the initial market for VR," said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates. "VR is an immersive experience, and more is better for gamers - more immersion, better sound, better graphics, and more players. The mass market is more likely to adopt mobile VR, which will be less...

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May 18
China will account for 40% of VR headset shipments...

Canalys (www.canalys.com) predicts vendors will ship 6.3 million virtual reality (VR) headsets worldwide in 2016, of which 40% will be in China.

VR has the potential to thrive in the country and the research group believes competition will be fierce this year. Barriers to enter the VR market have been lowered. Local vendors are releasing VR headsets that overcome the quality and performance issues of simple viewers, such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard. 

“The competition is around the user experience, hardware quality and content,” says Canalys Analyst Jason Low. “Currently, there isn’t a clear leader for VR content in China. Local content providers, game publishers and service providers are racing to exercise their influence on the development of VR beyond hardware. Numerous Chinese vendors are exhibiting their VR headsets at CES Asia 2016 this week. Attendees are willing to suffer long queues...

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May 17
98% of British consumers happy with their mobile...

A consumer survey conducted by leading mobile commerce analyst firm Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found near universal satisfaction amongst UK mobile banking users, with 98% of those surveyed stating that they were “very happy” or “quite happy” with their service.

However, the survey also found that with mobile access now perceived as a key pillar of a bank’s offering, 31% of mobile banking users would consider changing banks if they had a bad experience with their service. In the US it was much less of a concern, where users display similar levels of satisfaction with the service, but only 16% of respondents would consider leaving their current bank – suggesting that the mobile platform is less critical to their banking experience.

According to the survey, while 70% of UK respondents now use mobile banking services, a lack of trust in online services remains a key barrier to...

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May 16
Online transaction fraud to double by 2020

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the value of online fraudulent transactions is expected to reach $25.6 billion by 2020, up from $10.7 billion last year. This means that by the end of the decade, $4 in every $1,000 of online payments will be fraudulent.

The new study identified three hot areas for online fraud: eRetail (65% of fraud by value in 2020 - $16.6 billion); banking (27% - $6.9 billion); and airline ticketing (6% - $1.5 billion). The study also claimed that eRetail would be particularly susceptible to online fraud, with the value of fraud in this sector increasing at twice that of banking and seven times that of airline ticketing.

Juniper Research says that, although banks are able to counter online banking fraud by deploying new technologies such as 3D-Secure and device fingerprinting, these measures often only provide temporary respite as...

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Reviews and Kool Tools

Twelve South’s BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display... Read more »
Strada’s Live Segments (http://tinyurl.com/z4vw77x) for iOS is the latest Premium feature to inspire athletes to improve their performance. Designed for cyclists and runners who use a mobile phone as the their primary... Read more »
IK Multimedia’s T-RackS Saturator X is a new T-RackS digital signal processor module designed to impart the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings. T-RackS... Read more »
Grovemade’s newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad add to the company’s impressive collection of Apple accessories. The newly crafted trays reflect Grovemade’s design... Read more »

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Monday May 30

16:42
Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look...

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.

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15:09
How-To: Make Sony’s a6300 a vlogging camera by using...

Sony’s a6300 is one of the Japanese company’s most recently released cameras and is the successor to the very popular a6000. The camera has already received a ton of praise — Jeff took it for a test drive the other week, and enjoyed its 4K shooting abilities.
One common complaint, however, is the lack of a selfie screen on the a6300. Sony missed a big opportunity by not including a built-in way for vloggers to view themselves while on camera. 
The solution? Use your iPhone as a digital viewfinder. Not only will such a setup work with the a6300, but it’ll work with other digital cameras that support such functionality.
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15:03
Behold the carnage of England’s annual cheese roll...

The Brits do some very odd things. This is high on that list.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:55
Iran Forces Messaging Apps To Move Data To Iranian...

An anonymous reader writes: According a report from Reuters, the Iranian government wants to be able to track private and semi-private conversations on messaging apps, and has given companies behind popular messaging apps one year to move their data onto servers in Iran. As it stands, many social networks are already blocked in Iran, and now the government wants to control even more online communication platforms. Apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, which have become incredibly popular in Iran, allow users to communicate with no government control. With Telegram, users can contact hundreds of people by creating groups. Now, even though WhatsApp for example is required to move their data to Iranian servers, it's unlikely the government will be able to intercept messages from the app since it features end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp can't even read the content of communications -- only WhatsApp users can decrypt the messages in their conversations. Apple's iMessage also features an...

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14:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Memorial Day Fashion/Apple Sales...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Save on apparel, shoes, and more at Memorial Day Fashion Sales: Puma, Gap, Ralph Lauren, many more
Gear up for summer ...

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13:59
[Sponsor] Streaks

Streaks is the to-do list for iPhone that helps you form good habits.

It’s an effective, motivating app that will get you focused on tackling the things you want to achieve: reach your fitness goals, learn a language, write a book, quit smoking — anything!

Plus, if you’re an Apple Watch user, this is a must-have app: it’s fast to use and the complication is one-of-a-kind.

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12:20
Caltech sues Apple & Broadcom over alleged Wi-Fi...

Apple and one of its long-time Wi-Fi chip suppliers, Broadcom, violated several patents on Wi-Fi technology owned by the California Institute of Technology, according to a lawsuit launched this month.

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11:19
Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-...

With Apple's next-generation iPhone rumored to ditch the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, one Chinese accessory maker is hoping to capitalize on the anticipated switch, and is now advertising a series of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

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10:42
Apple's VocalIQ takeover could hint at Siri...

Assuming it makes it into Siri upgrades that may start as soon as next month's WWDC, technology Apple acquired from VoiceIQ could greatly improve the assistant's accuracy and contextual awareness, one report claims.

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10:42
Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama

I love Souza’s deeply personal style of photography. I have no doubt he’d take similar photos of every other president – regardless of your feelings towards any of them, they are human beings after all – but there’s something just a touch more poignant about the shots he’s shown us of President Obama.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Monday May 30

17:02
Canadian iPad owner unhappy over Vancouver Police's H...

A TV report on the morning news today in Calgary Canada covered what rights people have when they witness something and capture it on their smartphone camera or tablet.

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16:00
Samsung Continues to Work on a Foldable Galaxy Smartphone

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report about silver nanowire-based flexible touch display technology. The technology will allow OEMs to design phablets and tablets that could be folded and put in your pocket. Samsung's latest invention plans on doing just that.

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10:41
Caltech Accuses Apple of Violating its Patented Wi-Fi Tech...

Apple and Broadcom have been jointly named as defendants in a legal complaint filed by the California Institute of Technology last week over alleged infringement of its various patented Wi-Fi-related technologies.

Caltech's patents, granted between 2006 and 2012, are highly technical and relate to IRA/LDPC codes that utilize simpler encoding and decoding circuitry for improved data transmission rates and performance. The technologies are implemented in both the 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards used by many Apple products.

In the court filing with the U.S. District Court for Central California, Caltech accused Apple of selling various iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models, along with other Wi-Fi products, that incorporate these...

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07:19
Asus Announces ZenBook 3, a Retina MacBook Lookalike That...

ASUS today at Computex 2016 in Taiwan announced a wide range of new products, including the ZenBook 3, its third-generation ultraportable notebook that is thinner, lighter, and faster than Apple's lookalike 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The 12.5-inch ZenBook 3 has an ultra-thin 11.9mm aerospace-grade aluminum alloy chassis that weights just 2 pounds and is "50% stronger than the standard alloy" used in competing notebooks. Comparatively, the Retina MacBook is 13.1mm thick and weighs 2.03 pounds.

ZenBook 3's display is crafted from edge-to-edge, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 1,920x1,080 pixels resolution and wide 72% NTSC color gamut. The notebook has a slim bezel design that provides an 82% screen-to-body ratio for a maximum viewing experience with a minimal footprint.

The...

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06:39
Apple May Introduce Next-Gen Natural Language API in its A...

Last week we reported that Apple is said to be readying an Amazon Echo competitor that could be used in the home for features like listening to music, asking for information and getting news headlines.

The product is thought to include a camera with facial recognition capabilities and said to learn over time about its users, which interact with the device via an enhanced version of Siri. Meanwhile, Apple's virtual assistant is expected to be opened up to outside developers via a soon-to-be-released software development kit in order to facilitate this integration.

Now, Tech Insider claims that a natural language outfit bought by Apple late last year...

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05:18
Apple likely to Adopt Game Changing Silver Nanowire-Based...

Taiwan's TPK is a known Apple supplier (PDF) and the company behind Apple's 3D Touch display technology specifically. Today we're learning that TPK will be introducing a new technology that is likely to be used in future iOS devices – and it could be a game changer for many reasons.

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Sunday May 29

06:21
Apple spent more than $1 Million for their new San Francis...

Earlier this month we covered the opening of Apple's new Union Square Apple Store with its new features such as the Avenue, Genius Grove, The Boardroom and more. The new building design introduced massive 40 foot sliding glass doors that could one day turn that store into an iCar showroom if they wanted to. Over the weekend we learned ...

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Saturday May 28

10:23
The California Institute of Technology Sues Apple over Wi-...

The California Institute of Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Broadcom and Apple (and Avago Technologies owned by Broadcom). The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iPhones beginning with the iPhone 5, the iPad, MacBook Air, Apple Watch and more. Apple's use of ...

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08:34
Apple Store Worker Says Staff Routinely Get Death Threats...

Business Insider UK this morning published a detailed interview with an alleged UK Apple retail employee that provides an intriguing insight into what it's like to work in an Apple Store.

The interview is unusual because every Apple staffer signs a confidentiality agreement on their first day in the job, which apparently prevents them from speaking publicly or announcing their new employment on social media, and even bans them from taking a selfie wearing their Apple T-shirt.

According to the veteran staffer – who remained anonymous in fear that Apple would pursue a legal action against them – Apple pays about £8 per hour in the UK (around $11.70) and staff receive no bonus incentives for sales, leaving many unable to afford the products they sell.

The worker claims that although positions in the company's stores are highly prized, Apple doesn't promote internally in the...

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07:36
Samsung Presented a VR Smartphone Display this Week that P...

At the Display Week conference in San Francisco this week, Samsung made a big splash in presenting a rather interesting high resolution 4K screen for a future generation smartphone for their Gear VR

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Monday May 30

05:00
Connect Amazon Echo (Alexa) to IFTTT

IFTTT makes the possibilities practically endless for what you can do with an Amazon Echo running Alexa. IFTTT provides workflows that connect Alexa to many of the most popular cloud services on the Internet. For example, Alexa can make a spreadsheet of all the songs you listen to using your Prime account, Email you a shopping list, sync To-Dos to Evernote, find your phone, set reminders on your phone, extend Alexa to manage your TV using Harmony, run Wink shortcuts, print files, manage a Wemo bulb (Belkin), control otherwise unsupported thermostats, control items within apps (e.g. make all your Hue lights a given color), time things (e.g. turn on the air conditioning for an hour), lock a door using an otherwise unsupported lock (e.g. with a Smarthings), do random things (e.g. assign a random color to a Hue light), interface with Google Calendar, and so much more.
Basically, if a service can interact with IFTTT using an API, then your Alexa can be made to talk to it. But... | Read more »

Sunday May 29

05:00
Manage Alarms On Amazon Echo

One of those fun things that Alexa can do is set alarms for you. I usually sleep around 4 or 5 hours a night, so no amount of alarms is enough to roust me out of bed. Therefore, adding Alexa on my Amazon Echo to the extensive list of alarms I have around my house is welcome. Let’s look at some things you can tell Alexa to do for ya’, when it comes to alarms. First, let’s set an alarm for noon:
“Alexa, set an alarm for noon tomorrow.”
Alexa will then repeat back the alarm she just configured. Now, let’s setup a repeating alarm for every Tuesday morning at 6am:
“Alexa, set an alarm for every Tuesday at 6am.”
Now, let’s check a list of all the alarms running on your Amazon Echo account:
“Alexa, list my alarms.”
If an alarm for tomorrow is at 11am, we can then delete it using:
“Alexa, delete the 11am alarm for tomorrow”
To snooze an alarm, just say:
“Snooze”
You can also ask about what alarms you have for a given day. So that... | Read more »

Saturday May 28

20:30
Play Audible Books On Your Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a great device for accessing content using a Prime membership. But the Echo is also useful for media that isn’t sourced from Prime. One of these is Audible, which makes sense, given that Audible is owned by Amazon. I found that my Audible account was around before it was linked to an Amazon account with Prime. In order to link the account, I needed to open the Alexa website and link my Audible account. To do so, open http://alexa.amazon.com. Then click on Music & Books in the sidebar.

Then click on Audible and either you will see your Audible books, or you will be able to provide an Audible username and password. Once authenticated, you’ll see a list of books from your Audible account.
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Wednesday May 25

05:00
Block Specific iOS Versions From Accessing Exchang...

Exchange Online and Exchange 2010-2016 can block a device from accessing ActiveSync using a policy. To do so, first grab a list of all operating systems you’d like to block. To do so, first check which ones are out there using the Get-ActiveSyncDevice command, and looking at devicetype, deviceos, and deviceuseragent. This can be found using the following command:
Get-ActiveSyncDevice | select devicetype,deviceos,deviceuseragent
The command will show each of the operating systems that have accessed the server, including the user agent. You can block access based on each of these. In the following command, we’ll block one that our server found that’s now out of date:
New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule -Characteristic DeviceOS -QueryString "iOS 8.1 12A369" -AccessLevel Block
To see all blocked devices, use
Get-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule | where {$_.AccessLevel -eq 'Block'}
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Monday May 23

11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta (13G12) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.3 beta (13G12) Now Available

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tvOS 9.2.2 beta (13Y807) Now Available

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Technology Showcase

Sep 17
Video showcases iOS app built with Xojo

Xojo Inc., the company formerly known as Real Software, has posted a video of an iOS app that was built with Xojo. Xojo is an object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web and mobile.

The video showcases all the native controls and gives an overview of Xojo's support for building iOS apps. Building native iOS apps with Xojo is the same as building a web or desktop app as you do today. You can view the video at http://tinyurl.com/nvexpk7 .

Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Xojo for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...

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Feb 14
A look at SkySafari for iOS, Mac OS X and 2012 DA14

This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid with the thrilling name of "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. Don't worry, we're not talking a "Deep Impact" scenario. Which is good, right? And you can follow the asteroid using Apple devices.

The 50-meter space rock will come within 17,200 miles of earth -- that's closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although we don't have to worry about a collision, the passage of 2012 DA14 is a record close approach to the Earth for an object of this size.

Southern Stars has released update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android to let you track 2012 DA14. If you want to track the asteroid you'll want the updated apps. Why? Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, says Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis.

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Jan 05
Fusion Drive now available on entry-level iMacs

Apple's Fusion Drive Apple is available as a build-to-order option for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model. Previously, it was only offered for the high-end 21.5-inchers and the 27-inch iMac.

Apple says the Fusion Drive gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Apple says the Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

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May 02
Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station available for iOS...

Satechi (http://www.Satechi.net) has released the Divoom iBase Dock Station for the iPod, iPhone or iPad. The US$44.99 device combines a speaker system and docking station.

The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station features four full range neodymium dynamic drivers and a 20.6 ounce speaker. Additionally, it has a vertical support to ensure the iOS device is secured in place. The Satechi Divoom iBase Dock Station is also compatible with other MP3 players via the 3.5mm line-in jack.

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Dec 16
Appcelerator offers '4 Steps to creating a mobile...

Appcelerator has published a white paper on "4 Steps to creating a mobile development strategy."

"Companies now have a window of opportunity to think about how mobile can transform their business as radically as the web did," says AppCelerator. "By making mobile a part of their overall digital strategy, companies can transform their relationships with their customers in even greater ways than they did with the web."

The white paper tells you how this can be accomplished. Appcelerator (http://www.appcelerator.com/) is a company that helps web developers create mobile, tablet and desktop applications.

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Sep 19
InterMapper publishes white papers on network...

InterMapper has published four white papers on network monitoring, mapping and alerting and InterMapper. You can find them all at
http://www.intermapper.com/resources/whitepapers.aspx .

The papers look at "Top 8 reasons SMBs need to monitor their networks," "top 8 considerations for selecting SMB network monitoring software," "10 steps to streamline the deployment of network monitoring software for SMBs," and "6 ways to calculate returns from your networking monitoring investment."

InterMapper is Mac OS X compatible network monitoring software. It uses SNMP to monitor the network infrastructure, and has probes for monitoring many kinds of servers, including web, mail, LDAP, FTP, etc. More information and a free 30-day demo are available at the product Web site (...

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Aug 11
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters...

The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .

In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.

In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.

The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to...

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Mar 11
Video looks at 'Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut...

Future Media Concepts has posted a video on "Fixing Flat Color in Final Cut Pro." It teaches you how to make your colors "pop" in footage in Final Cut Pro. You can find it at
http://www.fmctraining.com/fmc.asp?w=blip_AYHdkS4C .

Future Media Concepts is a digital media training center representing the leading software manufacturers, including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Boris FX, Digidesign, NewTek and Softimage. Headquartered in New York City, FMC now operates 5 additional digital media training facilities located in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando and Chicago.

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Oct 04
Video showcases Zco's services

Zco Corp. (http://www.zco.com) has posted an overview video for their technology showcase. You can view it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzE89z-jexA .

Zco can help you build custom software, as well as market it. The company developsb oth industrial strength backend applications using .NET, PHP and Java as well as apps for all major mobile platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS and Symbian.

Zco can also help you promote your products and services using search engine optimization and social media optimization techniques, HD video, stunning graphics, 3D animation and video effects, press releases, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Aug 26
Video looks at digital storytelling features of...

A new online video (http://www.memoryminer.com) shows some of the best ways for using MemoryMiner, a digital storytelling application for Mac OS X. Designed an an complement the iLife suite, the software is all about capturing and exploring your life memories.

MemoryMiner allows anyone to zero in on the stories depicted in their photos by linking them to each other based on people, places and time. While photos are used as the starting point, the goal is always uncovering the backstory.

With MemoryMiner, you can directly record audio or video to capture the backstory of a photo. You can attach documents, web URL's, or other media to add depth and context. Each photo becomes a frame in a storyboard that can be browsed by periods in a person's life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination.

MemoryMiner requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs...

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