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Jul 13
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world's eight...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.

Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.

Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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Jul 13
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.

If you join Apple Music and are a current iTunes Match subscriber, you might notice that some previously matched songs appear as Apple Music songs after you add Apple Music playlists. Apple says to update to the latest version of iTunes to correct the information automatically. After you update, you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. If needed, remove and download songs again.

If needed, follow these steps to remove and download again songs that were incorrectly saved as Apple Music songs:

° Open iTunes 12.2.1.

° In the upper-left corner of iTunes, click the Music icon.

° Click My Music.

° Control-click the songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music, then choose Remove Download.

° Control-click...

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Jul 13
Bix now available at the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.

Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.

Bix requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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Jul 13
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of Apple'...

Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug developers, told the publication that it's "currently working on integrating (ResearchKit) into clinical trials and planning to start in coming months." Purdue Pharma — a privately held, multibillion-dollar drug developer best known for OxyContin painkillers — told BuzzFeed News that it’s in the early stages of exploring whether Apple’s new tool for research data collection can be used as part of its own drug R&D efforts.

ResearchKit is a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using...

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Jul 10
IDC: PC market continues to decline (but not the Mac)

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter — although Apple's Mac continues to do well.

The slow PC shipments were largely anticipated as a result of stronger year-ago shipments relating to end of support for windows XP as well as channels reducing inventory ahead of the release of Windows 10, according to IDC (www.idc.com). In addition, weaker or changing exchange rates for foreign currencies have effectively increased PC prices in many markets, thereby reducing purchasing power and also complicating investment planning, adds the research group.

"Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations," says Loren Loverde, vice president,...

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Jul 10
Screenium 3 lets you record your screen at 60 fps

Synium Software (www.screeniumsoftware.com) has announced Screenium 3, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X.

The utility now lets you record at 60 fps, offering optimum performance for tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen content. Screenium's video editor in version 3.0 comes with a more comprehensive tool kit.

Screenium 3.0 is available for 50% (US$24.99) off until Aug. 31. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher.

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Jul 09
Office 2016 for the Mac has been released

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages.
The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft.

If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you may be familiar with the new (for the Mac) ribbon interface and powerful panes. Office 2015 integrates Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. It also offers full Retina display support.
Office for Mac is cloud-connected. New, built-in document sharing tools lets you invite teammates to work on a document together. Office for Mac offers compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online.

Word’s new Design tab lets you apply designer-quality layouts, colors and fonts throughout your document. You can work on the...

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Jul 09
IBM Research Alliance produces industry’s first 7nm node test...

An alliance led by IBM Research (www.ibm.com) says it has made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips.

The industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors was accomplished in partnership with Global Foundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The development could result in the ability to place more than 20 billion tiny switches -- transistors -- on the fingernail-sized chips that power everything from smartphones to spacecraft.

To achieve the higher performance, lower power and scaling benefits promised by 7nm technology, researchers had to bypass conventional semiconductor manufacturing approaches. Among the novel processes and techniques pioneered by the IBM Research alliance were a number of industry-first innovations, most notably Silicon Germanium (...

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Jul 09
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.9.9.75 with Phoenix for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released Scannerz 1.9.9.75 for Mac OS X.

The utility employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The upgrade includes the new Phoenix Version 2.0, as well as Performance Probe and FSE. It also improves the graphical user interface of Scannerz making it easier for users to navigate more complicated Apple RAID and Core Storage drive configurations.

Scannerz 1.9.9.75 is fully Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Snow Leopard (MacOS 10.6). The update is be free for all current users. For new users pricing starts at US$39.95 (there's a "lite" version for $21.95.)

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Jul 08
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based mobile...

Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.

What's more, Apple smartphones are now used for 10.2% of all global online transactions, up from 8.6% at the turn of the year. Conversely, having once dominated the mobile payment scene with almost 50% market share in March 2013, iPad transactions now account for just 28.5% of all browser-based mobile transactions. 

Browser-based payments on Android smartphones have been growing roughly in parallel with the iPhone since September 2014, according to Adyen. Mobile’s total share of online payments is up from 27.2% in the first quarter of 2015 to 28.7% in quarter two.

"The continued...

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Jul 08
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions

Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.

Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.

With the new extensions, Mac users now have direct integration of Sticky Password with Safari and Chrome Web browsers. This allows them to save their passwords from these extensions directly to their password vault protected by military-grade AES-256 encryption algorithm. Firefox for Android – next to Dolphin and UCWeb that...

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Jul 08
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS devices

Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.

All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.

The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.

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Jul 08
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options and More

Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.

There's a new Editing preference that allows for optional automatic switching between the Edit and Select Text tools. The popup notes on highlights and stamps now offer a Delete note button and the context menu offers Edit and Delete note options. The sidebar's annotation list offers icons for easy identification of annotation type, wrapped text for improved readability, and date, author, and location when available.

PDFpen users will notice a new Inspector tab for viewing document permissions. Editing document permissions is still PDFpenPro only.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone v.2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive.

PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses,...

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Jul 07
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad

NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.

The Kitchen Kit includes the NewerTech NuStand 360 iPad holder that rotates 360 degrees and pivots up and down and the NewerTech NuScribe Stylus, a digital and traditional writing tool that functions as both a capacitive stylus and twist-barrel ballpoint pen. The stand features a soft touch, scratch-resistant rubberized black aluminum finish and a weighted, anti-skid rubber base with removable silicone blocks to keep your iPad stationary.

The stand has a rear cutout for clean cable routing and works with all full-sized iPads (original to fourth generation). You can clip the tablet in for a full 360-degree range of motion...

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Jul 07
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel

Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.

The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.

The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.

In June Apple added the NatGeo TV station from the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild channel. In May the Apple TV added CBS Sports and USA Now. In April the line-up expanded with NBC Sports Live Extra to the Apple TV line-up. In March, Apple added Young Hollywood, Tastemade, TED, and CNNGo channels.

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Jul 07
Tim Cook named to Duke University Board of Trustees

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight people named as trustees to the Duke University Board of Trustees.

In addition to cook, the new trustees are the Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.

Additionally, three observing members also joined the board -- Jack Boyd, Trinity ’85; recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Ben Shellhorn, a JD/MBA candidate at Duke. As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies. There are 37 members on the board.

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Jul 07
ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat available at Apple...

ecobee's ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, is now available at Apple Stores across North America for US$249.

The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors total. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.

"The new ecobee3 plays an integral role in the connected and energy-efficient home by allowing users to remotely control temperature in the rooms that matter most with simple commands using Siri," says Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.

Designed for homes with more than one room, the ecobee3 smarter Wi-Fi thermostat and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort when you’re home and energy savings when you’re away, he adds.

It addresses hot and cold spots in the home and conserves energy to deliver savings immediately after installation. The ecobee3 saves homeowners an average...

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Jul 07
RESTfm Goes Open Source

Australian FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty Ltd (http://www.goya.com.au/) has open sourced their RESTful Web Services product (http://www.RESTfm.com/) for FileMaker Server.

RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data over a RESTful Web Service API [application programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Previously a paid product, RESTfm is now free and open source, with a paid support model so everyone has the ability to try it and see the benefits for themselves. The RESTfm source code is now available under an MIT licence from GitHub.

Goya offers a paid annual sponsorship model for RESTfm that allows access to a dedicated support channel and code samples, for US$199 for individuals or $399 for companies. The sample code included...

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Jul 07
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Package Central 1.9.1, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator machines free from the document collection process. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.

Package Central 1.9.1 can be purchased for US$149.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.

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Jul 07
AirBeam for Mac OS X, iOS beams up to version 2

Appologics (http://appologics.com/airbeam) has announced AirBeam 2, a remake of its app-suite that turns iPhones, iPads and Macs into flexible remote cameras.

The tool streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of of iPhones, iPods or iPads. The stream can be followed and controlled remotely on another device with the app or a web browser.

To celebrate the release of AirBeam 2, the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store at a promotional price of US$0.99. The Mac OS X version is available at the Mac App Store in a free and US$3.99 "pro" version.

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Jul 06
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for QuarkXPress 11

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 7.9 adds compatibility with QuarkXPress 11 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.

Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, 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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Jul 06
IK releases Future Synths, Hugh Padgham Drums

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has launched two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and PC systems.

Exclusively made for the sound and groove workstation, these collections are: Future Synths, a collection of synthesizer leads, pads, basses and more; and Hugh Padgham Drums, a library of drum kits and MIDI patterns that give producers adjustable control of Hugh Padgham's unique "stone room" sound. These synth sounds have been designed to give SampleTank 3 users access to the same ultra-futuristic sound palette used by today's most famous electronic dance music producers, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.

The Future Synths and Hugh Padgham Drums sound libraries for SampleTank 3 are available now via the IK online store (www.ikmultimedia.com) and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for a special introductory price...

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Jul 06
Manpower for Mac OS X gets refreshed user interface, more

Code by Kevin has introduced Manpower 6.0 (http://tinyurl.com/4yaxes), an upgrade of the program that provides a three-pane interface for reading Unix documentation pages on Mac OS X.

The new version sports a refreshed user interface and smoother overall performance. To install Manpower, download the latest version. It can be installed anywhere on your Mac.

The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$29.99 to use the program past the 30-day trial period. Manpower 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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Jul 06
ArtHandler for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

Martin Walk has released ArtHandler 1.5 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the Artists Record Book application for Mac OS X.

It's built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.5 updates the user interface and improves sharing features.

ArtHandler 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$17.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Jul 02
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity

A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).

The Redmonk consultancy published a six-monthly analysis (http://tinyurl.com/o59g56w) based on Github usage and Stack Overflow discussions. JavaScript tops the list margin, followed by Java, PHP, Python, C#, C++ and Ruby (the last three are ranked fifth). Apple’s Swifthas risen from 22 to 18, making the top 20 for the first time.

The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior...

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