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Jun 18
Citizens oppose Apple's proposed data center near Athenry,...

A group of local citizens is opposing Apple's proposed €850 million data center near Athenry, Co Galway, Ireland, according to The Irish Times (http://tinyurl.com/olvyfw2).

Energy use concerns, impact of noise on a local primary school and on bird life, and the potential for a "greenway" cycle route are among the issues raised in a number of submissions on the project lodged with the Galway County Council by residents of Lisheenkyle, near Oranmore in Co Galway. The governing body was supposed to reach a decision on Apple's application on Thursday, but is now seeking "further information."

The residents are critical of the environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanying Apple’s planning application, which seeks approval for a 24,505 square meter, single-story data center building, along with logistics, administration, maintenance and security buildings in the townland of Palmerstown and...

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Jun 18
Samsung asks court to review damages in legal battle with Apple

Samsung has asked that a full bench of an appeals court should review a damages award in a long-standing patent infringement dispute with Apple, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/o2q4luj).

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The appeals court decision removed $382 million in damages, but $548 million still remained. Samsung is now challenging $399 million of the balance, which is an award of its entire profits from products found to infringe Apple’s design patents, according to a Samsung filing Wednesday in the appeals court.

The court affirmed a jury’s verdict finding that Samsung violated Apple’s design and utility patents. However, the appeals court also ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s trade dress, and overturned the jury’s findings on that...

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Jun 18
DxO introduces DSLR-quality camera that attaches directly to the...

DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that delivers DSLR image quality and which attaches directly to an iPhone.

At 3.8 ounces and 2.65 inches tall, the DxO ONE fits in a pocket, yet features a f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6-blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor. Made of aluminum, the DxO ONE that has been engineered with the iPhone and iPad in mind; it attaches via the Lightning connector, turning the Apple smartphone display into the camera's viewfinder. The camera swivels 60 degrees in either direction/
The DxO ONE achieves a DxOMark Sensor Score of 70, and up to 85 when using the SuperRAW technology, on par with full frame DSLRs and dramatically higher than any smartphone, according to Jerome Meniere, CEO and founder of DxO. A SuperRAW file is the result of four RAW frames captured in quick succession.

"It's possible to shoot crystal-clear images under moonlight, which is incredible for a camera this small,"...

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Jun 18
DriveDX now supports Yosemite's dark mode

BinaryFruit has announced DriveDx 1.4 (http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an upgrade of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring.

It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get advanced warning before their drives fail.

Version 1.4 supports the "dark mode" of Mac OS X Yosemite. The user can now turn off the S.M.A.R.T attribute (health indictor) raw value alert and more.

The software requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer. DriveDx 1.4.0 has four types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion: personal license - US$19.99; family license - $39.99; business license - starting from $99.99; and IT-Consultant License, starting from $49.99.

DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website or through the Mac...

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Jun 18
321 Software releases EasySplitMerge 2.0.1 for Mac OS X

321Soft (www.321soft.com) has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.1, an update of the file splitter and merger for Mac OS X.

It lets you split a large file into multiple chunks, then rejoin them. EasySplitMerge supports most types of files.  

A demo version is available for download. A single user license is available for US$19.95. EasySplitMerge requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher

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Jun 17
Samsung announces 'thinnest, lightest 4TB external hard...

Samsung HDD (http://samsunghdd.seagate.com), a division of Seagate Technology, has announced 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which the company says are the first 4TB USB-powered single drive solutions to come in 2.5-inch cases in the world.

"Previously only attainable in desktop or bulky multi-drive internal designs, we can now achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive thanks to the latest Samsung HDD technology," says Dave Klenske, director of product line management, Samsung HDD. "By going to a single drive solution, we can power the drive through just a USB connection while fitting it into a case that is only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive."

The 4TB Samsung M3 Portable and the Samsung P3 Portable drives measure 0.78 inches thin and weigh only 8.3 ounces. They operate at USB 3.0 speeds without requiring any external power supplies.

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Jun 17
Researchers claim to have found zero-day flaws in iOS, OS X

Six university researchers claim to have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple's iOS and OS X, saying it's possible to crack Apple's Keychain, break app sandboxes and bypass its App Store security checks so that attackers can steal passwords from any installed app including the native email client without being detected, reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/o4y4wja).

The team says it was able to upload malware to the Apple app store, passing the vetting process without triggering alerts that could raid the keychain to steal passwords for services including iCloud and the Mail app, and all those store within Google Chrome. Lead researcher says he and his team complied with Apple's request to withhold publication of the research for six months, but had not heard back as of the time of writing. They say the holes are still present in the Apple operating systems, says The Register.

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Jun 17
EverWeb 1.8 for Mac OS X gets enhanced e-commerce support

RAGE Software has revved EverWeb (www.everwebapp.com), its website design and publishing tool for OS X, to version 1.8.

EverWeb is designed to remove all the hurdles from designing, creating, and publishing professional websites with a complete drag and drop user interface for website creation combined with a one-click publishing solution. Version 1.8 brings enhanced e-commerce support with greater control over product options and the payment process, full width objects that expand with the browser width, automatic project backups to prevent data loss and much more.

EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service and costs US$79.95 — or an EverWeb + Hosting option which includes both the software and web hosting starting at $99.95 USD/year. The EverWeb + Hosting option comes with live, 24/7 phone support.

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Jun 17
Candy Apple for Mac OS X adds support for SVG export

MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com) has updated Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

It lets you create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.7 adds support for exporting in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, adds video tutorials to the MacAppware website, and fixes a couple bugs reported by users.

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available on both the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website, for a limited time discount of US$14.99, a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99.

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Jun 16
Mellel 3.4 adds advanced export options, and language switching

RedleX has announced Mellel 3.4 (http://www.mellel.com/mellel), an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

Available in a regular, educational, and "lite" version, Mellel offers a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.4 introduces enhanced export to PDF, various improvements for language switching, excelarated FindSets, and more.

Mellel 3.4 is released concurrently with Mellel for iPad, a sibling version of Mellel for iPads. Mellel for iPad supports display of all the features in Mellel 3.4, with easy moving back and forth between the two versions.

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Jun 16
CS Odessa releases Azure Architecture Solution for ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to document Microsoft Azure cloud implementations.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make make short work of describing any business' cloud implementation. The ConceptDraw Pro Azure Architecture Solution is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The Azure Architecture Solution for ConceptDraw PRO includes six libraries with 242 scalable objects that can be used to describe Azure management, Azure storage, and Azure services. They can be used to illustrate diagrams with any level of detail desired.

ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Pro 10, ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7 and the...

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Jun 16
FileMaker releases FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14

FileMaker, Inc. has announced the availability of the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 14 (http://www.filemaker.com/r/fts_pr), in-depth training materials that help anyone create FileMaker solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Windows and the web.

The free FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 is targeted at beginners, while the low-cost FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 14 offer intermediate to advanced users instruction to build compelling customized business solutions using the newest version of FileMaker, including exercises and downloadable activity files.

FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 (FTS: Basics) focuses on the features and benefits of the FileMaker Platform with special attention to the newest version, FileMaker 14. Students will learn how to build a sample FileMaker solution from start to finish. FTS:...

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Jun 16
Adobe unveils 2015 Creative Cloud Release

Adobe (www.adobe.com) has launched the 2015 upgrade of its Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services, which updates Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC, as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android.

The company also shipped Adobe Stock, a stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day. In addition, Adobe announced an expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering that includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.

According to David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe, with the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe magic and Mercury performance provide speed and technology breakthroughs across 15 CC desktop applications, including:

° Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, a way to design...

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Jun 16
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.14 for Mac OS X improves print workflow...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput PDF 2.2.14, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset, saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. The new version adds an option to process files under workflows where PDF files initially arrive to hot folders with an alternative file extension.

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix for US$24.95 (a server version costs $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Jun 15
Apple Music will pass on more than 70% of subscription payments...

Robert Kondrk, the Apple executive who negotiates music deals along with media boss Eddy Cue, says that, in the U.S., Apple will pay music owners 71.5% of Apple Music’s subscription revenue. The average among other streaming services is around 70%.

Outside the U.S., the number will fluctuate, but will average around 73%, he told Re/code (http://on.recode.net/1Bi1T0O). The article says these totals include payments to the people who own the sound recordings Apple Music will play, as well as the people who own the publishing rights to songs’ underlying compositions.

That doesn’t mean the money will necessarily go to the musicians who recorded or wrote the songs, since their payouts are governed by often-byzantine contracts with music labels and publishers, notes Re/code. Also, these payments aren't in effect for the three-month free trial period Apple offers. In fact, during that time...

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Jun 15
New features are coming to GarageBand for Mac

Apple's GarageBand website (https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/) says that new features are coming to the music creation studio. The update will arrive right in time for the debut of Apple Music, Apple's new streaming music service.

The site says the new features will be available on June 30 in the United States and as "coming soon" in other countries, which is consistent with the Apple Music website. However, Apple doesn't say what the new features of GarageBand will be.

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Jun 15
Waldorf releases Nave Mac and PC plug-in and Attack for iPad

Synthesizer developer Waldorf has released its Nave advanced wavetable synthesizer plug-in for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher Windows 7 or higher, as well as the Attack advanced drum synthesizer for the iPad.

Nave for Mac OS X runs 32- bit as well as 64-bit host software supporting AAX64-, AU-, VST2.4-, and/or VST3-compatible virtual instruments. The Attack virtual drum and percussion soft synth is complemented by an integrated 16-step sequencer.

The Nave advanced wavetable plug-in for Mac and PC is available to buy online directly from Waldorf via the Waldorf Shop (http://www.waldorfmusic-shop.de) for US$199. Attack for iPad costs $14.99 and is available at the Apple App Store.

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Jun 15
Mac Backup Guru 5.0 offers improved data backup options for Mac...

MacDaddy (http://macdaddy.io) has launched Mac Backup Guru 5.0, an update to their backup app for Mac OS X.

Mac Backup Guru offers direct drive cloning, synchronization, and incremental snapshots of data. Users can backup small amounts of files and data, or entire drives full of data. Version 5.0 offers an improved interface, faster and more stable cloning ability, more intuitive scheduling, improved incremental snapshots, and better performing background synchronization.

Mac Backup Guru 5.0 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$39. It's available directly from the MacDaddy website. A free trial download is also available.

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Jun 15
Fokus 2 for Mac OS X gets multi-monitor support

Didstopia has released Fokus 2, an upgrade to their productivity tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings with it a host of new features, including support for multiple monitors, more dimming options and massive performance tweaks and improvements.

Fokus is designed to help keep you focused on your current task by dimming all other windows except the currently active one. It also let's you choose the best (for you) brightness for background windows.

Fokus 2 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available from the Didstopia Store (http://didstopia.com). A demo is available for download.

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Jun 12
Apple has posted its humorous WWDC "Backstage" video...

Apple has posted the spoof video that opened this week's Worldwide Developer Conference on YouTube.

Dubbed "Backstage," it features Saturday Night Live alumnis Bill Hader as a director tasked with producing an opening musical number for the developer event. The parody features celebrity cameos, an elevator full of Tim Cook look-a-likes, nodes to popular apps such as Angry Birds, and more.

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Jun 12
Twitter removing the character limit on Direct Messages

In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/nbmog2s), Twitter says it will be effectively removing the character limit on Direct Messages between users sent through the social network. Previously DMs shared the same character limit as tweets which max out at 140 characters.

Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today. However, direct messages have a character limit of 10,000 starting next month.

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Jun 12
MacFamily Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 7.5

Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has launched MacFamilyTree 7.5, an upgrade of their genealogy application for Mac OS X. The new version allows you to create Family tree books, browse places of your family history in Apple Maps or access original documents through FamilySearch.

You can now create, share and print family books. Family books include all important data contained in your family tree and supplements it with informative and graphically impressive charts, statistics, and reports. Numerous templates and styles are available to help you create family books quickly.

MacFamilyTree 7.5 also supports Apple's new Photos app for access to images and videos. The app comes with full integration of FamilySearch, which is a free research service that lets you search not only billions of ancestral data sets but also original documents such as certificates, immigration and church registers...

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Jun 12
Outline 3.5 for Mac OS X and the iPad now supports iCloud Drive

Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.5 (http://outline.ws/), an update to its smart digital notebook for the Mac and iPad.

It allows users to take typewritten or handwritten notes, then annotate them, store and organize together into structured notebooks. Version 3.5 brings support for iCloud Drive, a repository that provides a full access to files stored in cloud from practically any device.

Outline 3.5 for Mac costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Outline is also available for iPad on the Apple App Store.

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Jun 11
At least two employees complained to Tim Cook about Apple's...

At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to CEO Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was "embarrassing and demeaning," according to a court filing made public on Wednesday — as noted by Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ofdvfp3).

The employee complaints, which a judge ordered unsealed, are part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate employees for the time it takes to conduct the searches. One worker, whose name was blacked out of the court filing, told Cook in a 2012 message that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals."

Cook forwarded it to top retail and human resources executives with the query: "Is this true?" Reuters says the court filing doesn't include what responses the CEO received.

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Jun 11
Foxconn may build iPhone manufacturing plant in India

Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ow78f26), quoting government officials. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers, by 2020.

"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of India's western state Maharashtra, told Reuters.

India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow, the article says. Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer, adds Reuters.

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