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Jun 24
Apple Music strikes deals with independent label organization

Apple has made deals with the independent label's digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, reports Billboard (http://bit.ly/1Rw1nhW).

In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."

On Tuesday Apple reversed course and said it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service. This happened after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album “1989” from Apple Music. Apple's streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100...

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Jun 24
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog Plug-in, Troi File Plug-...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has rolled out updates for Troi Dialog Plug-in and Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14.

Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 6.1.1 is a maintenance release.

A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 6.1.1 is free for all users of version 6.0 and 6.1. The 6.1.1 version works with the 6.0 version of the registration.

Troi File Plug-in is a tool for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. Version 8.0.2 fixes a bug in the Reveal function.

A demo is available for download.The upgrade to version 8.0.2 is free for all users of version 8.0 and 8.0.1. The 8.0.2 version works with the 8.0 version of the registration.

Both updated plug-ins work with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14...

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Jun 23
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.30, a compatibility update to its professional solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, prepress bureaus, ad agencies and publishing houses worldwide by offering batch processing with powerful and time-saving output options. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently announced 2015 release of InDesign CC, featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

The update is offered free of charge to Output Factory users. The same version of Output Factory can be used with any version of InDesign from CS3 and later.

Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput...

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Jun 23
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.5 adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4, QuarkXPress 11, Microsoft Office 2016 Preview and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.

Cocktail 5 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Jun 23
Hasten app designed to reduce lags for Mac gamers

If you've played games online you may have suffered from lags and kicks. Hasten (http://www.nspira.com/hasten) is a new, US$5.99 status bar app for Mac OS X designed to reduce your latency to remote servers.

This helps to reduce your lag when playing online games and improve your performance by providing a smoother connection to the server. Hasten does this by optimizing your network performance to send vital data more quickly to the remote server, according to the app developers at Nspira.

"One of the main causes of lag when playing online, is the result of the server waiting for data from your computer," they say. "Delays can be caused by congestion on the internet. If there is a delay in the server receiving data, its causes lag. Hasten helps to prevent this congestion by changing how your Mac transfers data over the Internet."

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Jun 23
Magic Flowers app brings timelapse flowers to the Mac

Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has introduced Magic Flowers 1.0 (movingart.com/magicflowers), an app exclusively for Mac OS X.

Captured by the "master of timelapse," Louie Schwartzberg, Magic Flowers delivers slow-moving timelapse flowers to be used as wallpapers and screen savers. It includes 42 moving flower wallpapers; 22 are built into the app and 20 are downloaded after you install the app.

Magic Flowers is compatible with OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 23
Apple now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth SIG

Apple is now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (https://www.bluetooth.org). Founded in 1998, it's a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. The SIG owns the Bluetooth trademarks and oversees development of the Bluetooth standard.

The Bluetooth SIG’s main tasks are to: publish Bluetooth specifications; administer the qualification program; protect the Bluetooth trademarks; and evangelize Bluetooth wireless technology. Promoter members get voting rights on Bluetooth corporate matters and a guaranteed seat on the board of directors.

Other Promoter Members are Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba. Apple will now have even more influence over the tech roadmap for Bluetooth.

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Jun 23
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015

Zevrix Solutions has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.45, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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Jun 23
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets an user interface refresh

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has released AppDelete 4.2.1, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher).

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. AppDelete 4.2.1 is a Yosemite optimized version that includes an user interface refresh.

AppDelete 4.2.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available

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Jun 22
Flavours 2 Lite brings themes to Yosemite

Interacto Labs has announced Flavours 2 Lite for OS X Yosemite. It features a hand picked selection of 128 themes and their variants and lets you change the look of OS X.

Flavours 2 Lite was designed and built from the ground up for OS X Yosemite. It features a revamped user interface and introduces a new lightweight, fast theming engine.

Flavours costs US$5 and can be downloaded from the Flavours website (http://flavours.interacto.net/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite.

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Jun 22
Apple says it will pay artists for free three-month trial of...

Apple has changed its policy and now says it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service, after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album "1989" from Apple Music, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/nvfyeqg).

"When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview with Reuters.

Swift, 25, said in a Tumblr post (bit.ly/1eAa3Ys) on Sunday that she would hold back her album as she found Apple's policy of not paying artists during free trial shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.

After Apple reversed course, she turned to Twitter to thank both Apple and her supporters, telling her 59 million Twitter followers: "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for...

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Jun 22
Birdie Golf released on the Mac App Store

Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Birdie Golf 1.0 for OS X (10.8 and higher), a free sequel to the previous games, GL Golf and Nova Golf. It's available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Play the famous Birdie Links club for free while starting your career as a professional golfer, then unlock all of the prestigious tournaments and courses with in-game coin currency. Birdie Golf is simple enough to pick up and play but deep enough to keep you coming back over and over again."

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Jun 22
Econ Technologies updates ChronoSync, ChronoAgent for OS X

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent to version 1.5.3.

Both updates contain several fixes and, as always, whether it’s a minor or major update all existing users update for free. For new users ChronoSync costs US$49.99and ChronoAgent costs $14.99.

ChronoSync automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac. 

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Jun 19
Apple announces iMac 3TB hard drive replacement program

Apple has announced a 3TB hard drive replacement program for some iMacs. The company says it's determined that a "very small number" of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between December 2012 and September 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 3TB hard drive, you can enter your serial number at http://tinyurl.com/ndk57bf to see if it's part of this program.

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Jun 19
iPad mini disappears from Apple's website

The original iPad mini is no longer listed onApple’s web site, nor can you buy it from Apple's online store, notes 9to5Mac.com.

Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger iPad Air and iPad Air 2, the article notes. Apple continued to sell the 16GB iPad mini as an entry-level model alongside two of its sequels, dropping its price to US$299 in October 2013, then $249 in October 2014.

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Jun 19
Taylor Swift's '1989' album won't stream on...

1989, Taylor Swift's album that was released six months ago, won't be available on Apple Music, reports BuzzFeed (http://tinyurl.com/pv99758). That's no big surprise, as it's not available on any music streaming platform.

However, Swift’s back catalog, which is currently available on many streaming services that require users to pay for a subscription — including Rdio and Tidal — will be found on Apple Music. The artist has never been a fan of streaming music services, saying "music should be consumed as albums," notes BuzzFeed. In November, she removed all of her music from Spotify, arguing that its free version devalues the art form.

Apple Music launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.

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Jun 19
Eltima Software releases Typeeto 1.1 for OS X

Eltima Software has announced Typeeto 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/pl4arjk), an update to their keyboard controller for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.

Typeeto provides real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices, such as iOS, Android, game consoles and other gadgets. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click. Version 1.1 release boasts a number of improvements.

Typeeto 1.1 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jun 19
Default Folder X 4.7.2 fixes Yosemite file dialogs, addresses...

St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has released Default Folder X 4.7.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.2 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as addressing issues within Default Folder X itself.

Default Folder X 4.7.2 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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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.

The...

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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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