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Jun 03
Qikshare 7.0 cross-platform sharing platform offers Apple Watch...

iVinnyApps has announced Qikshare 7.0 (http://www.qikshare.io/index.html), an update to its file sharing app for iOS devices. It offers cross platform file sharing to users of iOS and Android devices, as well as Mac and Windows users.

Qikshare uses iOS sharing extensions to allow anyone to share files directly from within apps. Version 7.0 now includes Apple Watch functionality, allowing Apple Watch users to share their favorite images directly from their wrist. The new version also adds support for a number of new languages, and now supports the following languages: English, Arabic, Bokmal, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese....

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Jun 03
LinkOptimizer 4.9.44 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.44, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version recognizes profiles in user's ColorSync folder, improves alpha channels handling during format conversion and introduces other bug fixes and improvements.

LinkOptimizer 4.9.44 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available for purchase from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo version is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and is a $130 to upgrade from previous versions.

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Jun 02
Sonnet announces high performance USB 3.0 PCI Express adapter...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe, a professional 4-port, 4-controller SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2.0 adapter card with charging capabilities.

The Allegro card provides users with a way to add four USB 3.0 ports, each providing full 5Gbps bandwidth, to Mac Pro and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis. This Sonnet pro adapter card supports bus-powered hard drives, SSDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray devices through each of its ports, and supports simultaneous sync and charge of iPads and other devices that support USB 3.0 charging.

Sonnet's Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card is equipped with four independent USB 3.0 controllers, with each port receiving its own dedicated bandwidth. As a result, the Sonnet pro card supports data transfers up to 450 MB/s per port and up to 1800 MB/s aggregate for the card, enabling high-speed data transfers between connected drives. 

Sonnet specially...

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Jun 02
Xojo announces space battle gaming code competition

Xojo, the company that enables 290,000 developers to build native cross-platform applications for the web, mobile and desktop, has announced a Xojo game coding competition open to the entire Xojo community.

Xojo Wars is a programmable space battle and was designed by Xojo, Inc. Using Xojo, participants implement the intelligence for their space ship to fight three other ships in a series of battles. Using the guides provided by Xojo, Inc., participants can control the ship direction, firing, tracking of enemies and more.

"You don’t need to have a lot of programming experience to enter," says Paul Lefebvre Xojo’s developer evangelist and Xojo Wars creator. "It’s designed so that even new users can get up to speed quickly. Xojo is free to use for learning and development, so no purchase is necessary to participate in the gaming competition."

Xojo is offering a kickoff webinar that will include all of the information needed to participate, it can also be viewed...

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Jun 02
MetalGL now available for iOS game developers

The Brenwill Workshop has announced the availability of MetalGL, which brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL games and applications on iOS devices.

MetalGL is an implementation of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API [application programming interface] that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework on compatible iOS devices. With MetalGL, OpenGL developers get many of the performance benefits of Metal, without having to abandon the proven and familiar OpenGL ES 2.0 API, or rewrite rendering logic and shaders for a different platform, says Bill Hollings, president of The Brenwill Workshop., the creators of MetalGL.MetalGL unleashes the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL, he adds.

"It's all automatic. Developers can continue to use a single OpenGL API to build games and applications that run unchanged across multiple devices, platforms, and...

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Jun 02
Lutron rolls out HomeKit-enabled Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge

Lutron Electronics (www.casetawireless.com) says its Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge now supports Apple's HomeKit. The Smart Bridge is part of the Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.

With the HomeKit-enabled Smart Bridge, homeowners can now control their Lutron Caséta Wireless dimmers using Siri on their iPhone or iPad. The Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge with HomeKit support allows homeowners to control lights in specific rooms or areas. For example, just before bed, tell Siri “turn the lights off” and the Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will turn off lights throughout the house. Unsure if the basement light is still on? Ask Siri to check and if so, turn it off.

The Caséta Wireless can also be set to recognize a user’s location automatically. Through geofencing, lights will automatically be turned on as you approach your home so that you never come home to a dark house. The Caséta Wireless Lighting...

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Jun 02
Insteon ships HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub

Insteon is now shipping its new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, bringing Insteon products like switches, outlets, thermostats and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem.

The HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub is available exclusively through Amazon.com and Smarthome.com for US$149.99. It will be available in retail stores in early July.

Also available is the new and completely redesigned Insteon+ app for iOS 8.1 or later, which will work with other HomeKit-enabled products from various manufacturers, including HomeKit-enabled lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats and other HomeKit-enabled products. It will also work with all Insteon products, when paired with the Insteon Hub. Ultimately, this Insteon+ app provides one simple, singular method for consumers to control connected devices, says Insteaon CEO Joe Dada.

HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of products...

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Jun 02
Despite open source community gripes about Apple, most still use...

Open source devotees aren’t quite as addicted to Apple as other people online, but they still use Apple overwhelmingly over other products and systems.

Web application developer Eldarion (www.eldarion.com) conducted an online survey of people who use and contribute to open source, people who use open source but don’t contribute to it, and people who neither contribute nor (knowingly) use open source. 132 people responded to the survey in March and April 2015.

° Nearly three out of four (73%) open source contributors use at least some Apple products.

° The majority of open source contributors (65%) use OS X as their main operating system, with 22% using Linux and 8% using Microsoft Windows.

° More than one in two (57%) open source contributors surveyed use the iPhone, while 38% use an Android phone.

° The top reason given by open source contributors for choosing Apple was “I like the...

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Jun 02
Emulsion is new photo library app for Mac OS X

The Escapers have introduced Emulsion (http://emulsionapp.com), a new photo library app for Mac OS X. It's designed to help you manage your photos, apply filters, fix dust spots, adjust metadata and so much more.

You can apply filters, make subtle adjustments, and create multiple versions of your images. Filters can be applied to several images at once. Geotagging is also supported, so you can see all your images on a Map, and even apply GPS information to images that don't already have it.

You can clone out dust spots, and even apply the film type to image collections. Scans can easily be straighten and flipped. RAW images (including DNG) are supported along with JPEG and TIFF.

Emulsion requires Mac OS X Yosemite, and Retina displays are fully supported. It costs US$49.99 (for a limited time). A 30-day demo is available for download.

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Jun 02
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Jun 02
PlugSpy for Mac OS X adds crafted activation panel

Celmaro (http://www.celmaro.com) has announced PlugSpy 2, an update to their first grade observation tool for Mac. It protects the device from unauthorized access or in case of unexpected occurrences.

PlugSpy lives in the OS X system menu, ready to monitor your Mac. Made for Yosemite, version 2 introduces a crafted activation panel and the ability to define rule based action-sets to trigger Boxcar and Pushover notifications, iSight snapshots and Twitter messages.

PlugSpy 2 costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category. The sale price of $1.99 is for a limited time only. The full price will be $4.99. Existing PlugSpy users can upgrade to PlugSpy 2 free of charge. A demo is available for download from the Celmaro website.

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Jun 02
iiHome HomeKit-enabled SmartPlug available for pre-order June 15

iHome says its HomeKit-enabled smart plug (model iSP5) will be available for pre-order on June 15 at iHome.com for US$39.99 and is expected to start hitting retail destinations in late June and throughout July. 
 
With the HomeKit-enabled iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, consumers can use Siri or the iHome Control app to control lamps, fans and other home devices from anywhere with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Users can also group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to control multiple connected devices within a home.

Additionally, the iHome Control app allows for the creation of custom scenes to control multiple SmartPlugs with a single command, or to create schedules for complete home automation. Its fits a standard wall socket and won't block the other outlet.

The slim design allows for one plug to be free, or the installation of two SmartPlugs in one standard wall socket. The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug requires a Wi-Fi connection and HomeKit...

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Jun 02
Audified releases old German broadcast compressor/limiter-...

Mac (AAX, AudioUnit, VST2, VST3) and PC (AAX, VST2, VST3). It's an emulation of the Sixties-vintage German broadcast compressor/limiter hardware predecessor with which its shares its name.

U73b Compressor is available to purchase (as an iLok dongle-protected plug-in) for US$149 directly from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/ohzudvp). A demo is available for download.

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Jun 01
EPI announces UltraClear 40-inch 4K UHD Display

EPI (www.lcdmonitors.philips.com) has announced the Philips UltraClear 40-inch 4K UHD Display (BDM4065UC), an Ultra High Definition with a 40-inch diagonal and 3840 x 2160 resolution.

It delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The sleek display features an ultra-narrow bezel to complement any modern space. The Philips UltraClear 40-inch 4K UHD Display is now available on Amazon.com for US$799.

The UltraClear utilizes high performance panels with high density pixel count, true 8-bit + FRC color depth and high bandwidth sources like Displayport, HDMI, Dual link DVI and MHL. The panel’s optimized pixel management technology offers 176/176 degree extra wide viewing angle. 
The display also features MultiView functionality to enable active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like computers and laptop side-by-side simultaneously.

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Jun 01
Zero-day software vulnerability could affect older Macs

A zero-day software vulnerability in the firmware of older Apple computers could be used to slip hard-to-remove malware onto a computer, reports the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/q2pkhpb).

Pedro Vilaca, who studies Mac security, says in his blog (http://tinyurl.com/qeohn2k) that the flaw he found builds on previous ones but this one could be far more dangerous. He says it's possible to tamper with an Apple computer’s UEFI (unified extensible firmware interface). UEFI is firmware designed to improve upon BIOS, which is low-level code that bridges a computer’s hardware and operating system at startup.

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Jun 01
The Inaugural Bay Area SuperMeetUp in San Jose will be held June...

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the inaugural Bay Area SuperMeetUp will take place on Friday, June 26, 2015, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Held in association with Future Media Concepts and the FCPX Creative Summit, the Bay Area SuperMeetUp will feature a keynote by Randy Ubillos (pictured), former chief architect of Final Cut Pro at Apple. In addition to Ubillos, there will be presentations by Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Other World Computing and That Studio.

Ubillos recently retired from Apple after 20 years. In that time he was chief architect on a wide range of products such as Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, iMovie '08 through '11, and iPhoto for iOS. In addition, he also created versions 1 through 4.2 of Adobe Premiere Pro.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the "SuperMeetUp Digital Showcase," featuring over a dozen software and hardware developers including Atomos, Boris FX, FCPWORKS, Flanders Scientific,...

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May 29
Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.1.

With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. In version 3.1, Rogue Amoeba updated the "File Limits" section of the Recorder Block to include a Silence Monitor. Now, users can control just how Audio Hijack reacts to silence in the audio stream. You can remove the silence from a recording, automatically start a new file when silence occurs, or stop the recording based on silence.

The file actions in Audio Hijack can now make quick work of common file tasks. Recordings can be passed over to the user's chosen audio editor, added to iTunes, or shared use the OS's built-in Share sheet.

Audio Hijack requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher....

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May 29
AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X adds new tools

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS SmartMask 7.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows.

The app lets you create selections and mask objects on images. Version 7.0 brings new features and tools: Refine Edges, standard selection tools, new post-processing tools' options, new Print options, and other changes and improvements.

All registered users of SmartMask can upgrade to the new version for free. A 10-day demo is available for download. A Home license is US$69. AKVIS subscribers can buy the product at a special reduced price of 10% off. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.

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May 29
IDC: PC shipments will continue to decline in 2015

Worldwide PC [personal computer] shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015 according to IDC (www.idc.com). This will be the fourth consecutive year of declining volume as the PC market continues to struggle with competition from tablets and smartphones and generally low demand, according to IDC.


The research group says the market almost saw stable shipments in mid-2014 as the end of support for Windows XP boosted demand for replacements, but that cycle has passed and been replaced by a reduction in inventory on the supply side as the market awaits the arrival of Windows 10 this summer. IDC says Windows 10 should be a significant contributor to the PC market — providing an upgrade path from Windows 7 for commercial users and a range of features boosting convenience and integrating the user experience across platforms.

Nevertheless, changes like the free upgrade option for consumers and platform integration...

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May 29
'Apple Watch eGuide' published

Stopframe has published the Apple Watch eGuide, an US$2.99, 157-page eBook by author T.A. Rudderham that's available in Apple's iBookstore that's packed with Apple Watch tips and tutorials.

Readers will learn how the Apple Watch is made, discover in-depth guides to apps, and more. The eBook also looks at technologies such as haptic feedback, a flexible Retina display, the Digital Crown and a heart rate monitor.

Apple Watch eGuide works with any iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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May 29
Apple working on fix for Messages bug

Earlier this week it was reported that there's an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script. Apple has acknowledged the problem and says that it's working on a fix.

With the bug, when a text or iMessage (but not part of a normal Messages conversation) containing the text string is received and presented in the lock screen or as a drop-down notification, iOS consumes resources trying to render the message, ultimately causing a crash.

In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204897), Apple has this to say:

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the...

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May 29
24U releases 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 14

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0, an upgrade to their popular FileMaker plugin for Mac OS X and Windows.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In enables FileMaker Pro 14 to display dynamically created OS-native error messages, input dialogs, and progress bars in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes. Version 5.0 takes full advantage of the 64-bit architecture. It also( offers better stability when multiple copies of the plug-in are accidentally installed at the same time.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 5.0 is available for download free of charge as a fully functional 14-days trial version; it can be activated after purchasing a license. Licenses for 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In start at US$49) per user; volume discounts are available for five or more users. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50% off the regular prices if placing an order within 14 days upon release...

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May 28
Typeeto turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard

Eltima Software has introduced Typeeto (http://mac.eltima.com/bluetooth-keyboard.html), an app that enables use of Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for other devices.

The tool provides a real-time access to a full-scale Mac keyboard for easier interaction and typing on other devices. You can connect as many devices as you need to your Mac and switch between them in one click.

No additional applications have to be installed on your device. Just launch Typeeto and start typing away. You can copy-paste text from your Mac to the device and the other way around.

Typeeto requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available on the Mac App Store and costs US9.99.

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May 28
Subject 13 game available for Mac OS X

Microids and developer Paul Cuisset have released Subject 13, a combination adventure/puzzle game, for Mac OS X and Windows.

In Subject 13, the player embodies Franklin Fargo, a discreet physics professor. Franklin leads a lonely and bitter life since Sophie, her fiancée, was killed during a robbery. One morning, he wakes up in a scientific abandoned underground plant with only one link with the outside world: a voice that calls him "Subject 13". His goal is to escape from this place where he is being held captive and to find out more about the reasons of his imprisonment.

Subject 13 costs US$13 for a limited time, then the price goes to $20. It's available here (http://store.steampowered.com/app/322970).

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May 28
Smith Micro rolls out Anime Studio 11

The Productivity and Graphics group of Smith Micro Software (mysmithmicro.com) has announced the latest version of Anime Studio software, which is designed to streamline production for studios and professional artists who create complex animations.

The new Frame-by-Frame feature of Anime Studio 11 lets artists switch between traditional animation techniques and more automated bone-rigging techniques. New and enhanced drawing and painting features provide a natural feel and raster-like characteristics with life-like results, according to the folks at Smith Micro. Key features of Anime Studio 11 include:

° Frame-by-Frame allows artists to immediately switch between bone-rigging and a frame-by-frame workspace;

° Layer Referencing propagates changes from one design layer to all related layers, even across multiple documents;

° Animated Shape Ordering extends the ability to rearrange shapes anywhere within an animation timeline rather than adjusting each...

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