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Aug 05
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple

The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).

Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.

According to the SEC data, the SNB held shares in more than 2,500 U.S.-listed companies, valued at $38.6 billion. A quarter earlier, it held U.S. shares worth $37.5 billion.

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Aug 05
Santa Fe Opera planning an opera based on Steve Jobs' life

If two (and counting) movies/documentaries and various books weren't enough, now there's an opera in the works based on the life of the late Steve Jobs.

The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, is scheduled to debut in 2017. The work is a Santa Fe Opera commission, reports the Los Angeles Times (http://tinyurl.com/nz2tyny). 

The opera will explore Jobs' complicated professional and personal lives. It will include characters based on Jobs' father, Paul, and his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. The opera will also delve into "the touchy area of his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned," according to the L.A. Times.

The Santa Fe Opera said "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" will receive its first workshop in San Francisco in September in collaboration with Cal Performances at UC...

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Aug 05
Apple's TestFlight app flies to version 1.2.0

Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.2.0, which adds support for testing upcoming iOS 9 features such as watchOS 2 apps and App Thinning.

TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.

With the new version, testers can now choose how to receive update notifications for each app they're testing. Also, watchOS 2 beta apps will install automatically when the "Automatic Downloads" setting is turned on in the Apple Watch app. TestFlight is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Aug 05
StickyBrain for Mac OS X — it's baaaack

Chronos has announced the return of StickyBrain, its note manager, after a 10 year hiatus. It's been entirely rewritten from the ground up in Apple’s new Swift programming language in order to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies.

"StickyBrain lets users store anything, find anything, fast," says Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Its familiar sticky note interface combined with its powerful Note Viewer helps users manage all of the information in their lives with aplomb."

StickyBrain features include a: Note Viewer for managing notes; hierarchical folders for note organization; application attachments (notes float above other windows when application active); the ability to import text files in popular formats; the ability to import notes from Apple’s Stickies app; exporting; printing; Spotlight integration; QuickLook integration, and more.

A fully functional 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site (...

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Aug 05
Apple defeats group lawsuit bit over iMessage 'message...

Apple has defeated a group lawsuit sought by a former iPhone user who claimed the company’s messaging system interfered with delivery of texts after she switched to an Android-based smartphone.

Plaintiff Adrienne Moore said in her complaint filed in San Jose, California, last November that Apple’s iMessage's message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4.

Moore sought class-action status and unspecified damages, claiming that Apple failed to disclose how iOS 5 would obstruct the delivery of "countless"messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has ruled the case can’t proceed as a group lawsuit because it’s not clear enough that all proposed members of the suit suffered an inconvenience due to any “contractual breach or interference” stemming from the iMessage...

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Aug 05
IBM launches cloud-based IT services to help enterprise clients...

IBM (www.ibm.com) has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications.

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM deploying Macs to employees around the globe at speed and scale, in a highly secure enterprise environment, according to Patterson. With its...

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Aug 05
Apple now selling the sixth gen iPod touch in Korea

Apple Korea is now selling the sixth generation iPod touch, reports Seoul Finance — as noted by BrightWire (www.brightwire.com), a global investment newswire.

The new iPod touch is priced at KRW 279,000-KRW 499,000 (about US$238-$426) in the country, the article said. Seoul Finance is a Seoul-based online and offline publication that provides financial and economic news.

The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three...

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Aug 05
You can now replay taped broadcasts from Beats 1

A new Apple Music Connect feature called Beats 1: Replay lets you replay taped Internet broadcasts of their favorite shows, including those hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden, and Elton John, reports MacStories (http://tinyurl.com/qde6ayr).

Previously, if you missed a live show, or its rerun, lyou were out of luck. Some of the shows on Beats 1 offered the ability to follow them on Connect and listen to the playlists of songs played during the show, but that didn't include the complete show with DJ and guests. Now, if you've missed a show and would prefer to listen to it whenever you'd like, you can find the Replay (again, through Connect) and tap to start listening, notes MacStories.

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Aug 05
Rep. Barbara Lee wants Apple to release diversity data

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., called on the nation's technology companies such as Apple to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was in Silicon Valley this week with two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to push the tech industry to hire more African Americans.

"We have asked them all to release the data," Lee told USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/nvbhgn8). "If they believe in inclusion, they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing."

So far Apple has refused requests from the daily newspaper to make public data it routinely supplies to the U.S. Department of Labor on the demographics of their workers.

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Aug 05
CS Odessa announces Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a solution that allows individuals and teams to collaborate on core development issues involved in putting together a website. Suitable for web masters, UI designers, product managers, and programmers, the Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw Pro supports the depiction of website layout and structure.

The solution includes interface elements, navigation methods, to build a demonstration model of how a website is intended to be used by visitors. This ConceptDraw Pro 10 solution is targeted to web masters, business analysts, user experience designers, interaction designers, product managers, and programmers.

The Website Wireframe solution is free to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. ConceptDraw PRO retails for US$199, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format.

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Aug 05
Maxon announces Cinema 4D Release 17

Maxon (www.maxon.net) has announced Cinema Release 17 (R17), an update of its of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software. It's due to ship in September for both Mac OS X and Windows.

It delivers new, expanded and completely reworked features designed to allow creatives to more easily and efficiently manage and create outstanding content. Central to Cinema 4D R17 is the new Take System that provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage render layers and animation variations.

Also included are new Lens Distortion tools for improved motion tracking, and completely reworked Spline Tools for a more efficient workflow for manipulating points, lines, tangents, arcs and more. Cinema Release 17 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Aug 05
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 5

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

Jessica Zhao has released Affirmations - Your Passport to Health, Success, and Happiness. Featuring professionally developed affirmations in multiple categories, the free app was developed specifically for helping people boost confidence and relieve anxiety. Daily affirmations enable anyone to begin their day with positive energy.

Kids Games has announced Animals Farm. The US$5.99 game is designed to transport toddlers and young children to the countryside, where they learn about farm-related tasks through simple cause-and-effect methods.

Real Agent Guard, an innovative mobile-enabled personal security service for real estate agents and brokers, is now available. Starting at $3.99 per month, real estate firms can provide their agents with a way to feel secure when showing properties by themselves. The security solution has an array of tools, such...

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Aug 04
Beats 1? How about a Beats 2, Beats 3, etc?

Apple’s 24/7 radio station Beats 1 — part of its Apple Music service — may not be the only official station from Apple for long. The company has the ability to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations at will, reports The Verge (http://tinyurl.com/qgxfzf7), quoting unnamed "sources with knowledge of the situation."

As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations without having to renegotiate with the labels. The Verge says this means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day). Or Apple could take a more targeted approach and produce holiday stations, the article adds.

Also, as noted by AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/qx9lqon...

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Aug 04
Apple releases fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple has made available the fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The new beta focuses on bug fixes and minor tweaks, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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Aug 04
Epson unveils EcoTank, a 'supertank' printer

Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs – what Epson defines as the "Supertank" category – that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink..   
 
When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges or more, depending on the model, says Keith Kratzberg, executive vice president, Epson America.  About 90% of the pages printed in the United States are printed in black-and-white, not color. Two-thirds of those pages could be in color.

Previously, a major barrier to color printing has been the cost of ink replacements, says Kratzberg. EcoTank printers are loaded and ready with up to two years of ink. When replacement ink is needed, the cost will reportedly be as low as US$12.99 per bottle, or $52 per set of bottles. For example, a standard home printer requires approximately 20...

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Aug 04
Funnel is new media management app for Mac OS X

Synaptic Edge (http://synapticedge.com/) has introduced Funnel: Organize Your Photos and Videos 1.0, a new media management application for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher).

It automatically renames and organizes your photos and videos into a structured file system. You drag and drop files, folders, drives, or devices onto Funnel's drop screen and it will find, sort, and rename your photos and videos using Exif and other metadata.

Media types supported include: all RAW Formats supported by Mac, JFIF, JPG, JPF (JPEG 2000), PNG, TIFF, GIF, Bitmap, Adobe PSD and PSB, MPO, SVG, MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, MPG, AVI, DVs, iTunes media files, 3GP, 3G2, and M2V. All file types can be filtered.

Funnel keeps sidecar files with their main files. (e.g. if you import a RAW image and it has an associated Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) it will be imported as well). Sidecar files currently supported are: Apple AAE, Adobe(...

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Aug 04
'Z' sequel now available for the Mac

Z Steel Soldiers, the continuation and sequel to the "Z" game is now available for the Mac at the Mac App Store for US$7.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Z Steel Soldiers improves on the classic action-packed gameplay of its predecessor, and takes the game into the 21st century with its vivid 3D visuals and impressive game engine bringing the game to life. Encounter an exciting new breed of robots with a taste for war and a warped sense of humor. Take control of your Steel Soldiers unit and hit the ground running, as you take powerful war machinery straight into the heat of battle.

"Offering all your favorite strategies and elements from the classic game, you can build up your forces when this firefight is over. Experience more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride with the games inter-twined and non-linear plot. Partake in an epic battle with fearless troops, who drink rocket fuel and pick fights with saber-tooth snow slugs just for fun."

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Aug 04
Nocturnal Aviation Software releases update of...

Nocturnal Aviation Software has announced FTranProjectBuilder 2.0, a new version of the Mac-native integrated development environment (IDE) designed specifically to speed up and simplify modern Fortran code development.

Created for scientists, engineers and students, it allows programmers to write and run simple or complex programs using any Mac Fortran compiler without resorting to tools not dedicated to Fortran or the Mac. HPC programmers can use FTranProjectBuilder to develop and run parallel MPI or OpenMP codes.

It has a built-in Fortran code editor with features like templates, syntax coloring and automatic comment formatting. FTranProjectBuilder provides project-wide search and allows terminal or file input. It automatically handles Fortran module dependencies, making compilation an easy one-click operation.

Version 2 encourages writing modern F2003+ code by adding autocomplete and inquiry functions. The new context sensitive autocomplete feature...

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Aug 04
New SAS solid state drive is the first product from the Seagate...

Seagate Technology has announced the availability of the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD). The Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD is the first product to result from a strategic alliance between Seagate and Micron Technology, which was announced in February.

The framework established between Seagate and Micron has led to the development and production of this next-generation, high-capacity SAS SSD platform, says Brett Pemble, vice president of flash products, Seagate cloud systems and electronics solutions. It's the first 12 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s) SAS device to optimize dual channel throughput with up to 1800 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential reads and offer multiple endurance choices within a single hardware and firmware design, he adds.

The Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD is engineered for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system builder partners who design and build scalable, modular storage solutions for enterprise applications. It's also...

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Aug 04
Deliver Express 2.5.1 adds bandwidth throttling for file uploads

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.1, a feature update to its solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders with email notifications.

Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other services. The new version adds an option to enable bandwidth throttling and specify the maximum speed for file uploads.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10.

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Aug 04
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 4

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

The Stone Age adventure Fire: Ungh’s Quest from Daedalic Entertainment is now available for the iPad for US$3.99. It's the tale of the clumsy Ungh, who falls asleep during the night watch and lets his tribe’s campfire go out. He's then ordered to go on a quest for a new fire. With unusual tools like mammoths, monkeys, and coconuts, the exploration adventure relies on intuitive puzzles and a lot of tricky tasks.

NipaDidIt ha announced Yikes! Spikes! It's a free game where players try to dodge spiked blocks in order to finish the 51 increasingly hard levels.

Bohemia Touch has released Shire Defense. It's a free (though one that offers in-app purchases) tower defense game. Set in a mystical world of magic, players must defend their shire from the invading hordes of zombies, wizards, warriors, mages and hobbit ogres.

Scout Ahead has...

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Aug 03
CNS Query FileMaker plug-in revved to version 1.6

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated MMQuery, now called CNS Query. New in version 1.6 is 64-bit support and many bug fixes and core updates. CNS Query is available at http://tinyurl.com/q96xmx2 for both Mac OS X and Windows.

You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query any time from Aug. 3, 2014, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge, though you'll need to contact CNS Query for a new license key. If you purchased CNS Query any time between Aug. 3, 2013, and Aug. 2, 2014, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price.

If you purchased CNS Query any time before Aug. 3, 2013, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price. You can check your eligibility for license renewals by logging into your account on the CNS Query online store.

The server license is now separate...

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Aug 03
Apple reportedly buys 43-acre site in San Jose

Apple has bought an undeveloped 43-acre site in San Jose in a deal worth US$138 million, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/phylr7v). It could add as much as 2.8 million square feet of space to Apple's inventory, the article says.

The deal comes on the heels of Apple's lease of property from Ellis Partners in an already constructed building almost next door. The Cupertino-based company is the new tenant of the 290,000-square-foot building near the corner of Orchard Parkway and Charcott Avenue in North San Jose.

Apple is currently building out their Campus 2 — the “spaceship campus” in Cupertino, California. It’s expected to launch next year.

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Aug 03
Researchers say they've created a firmware bug that attacks...

Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs, claims Wired (http://tinyurl.com/nmkesyl).

What’s more, the article says that researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

"[The attack is] really hard to detect, it’s really hard to get rid of, and it’s really hard to protect against something that’s running inside the firmware,"says Xeno Kovah, one of the researchers who designed the worm, told Wired. "For most users that’s really a throw-your-machine-away kind of situation. Most people and organizations don’t have the wherewithal to physically open up their machine and electrically reprogram the chip."

The Mac firmware research was conducted...

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Aug 03
D-Link announces new 1GbE and 10GbE SAN arrays

D-Link (http://us.dlink.com) has released two new iSCSI SAN Arrays, the 1GbE DSN-6210 and 10GbE DSN-6510. They're designed for small to mid-size businesses, state and federal government agencies, and educational institutions seeking a cost-effective iSCSI solution for their server applications. Pricing starts at US$2,949.99.
 
The DSN-6210 includes (6) 1GbE Copper iSCSI data ports per controller and the DSN-6510 includes (2) 10GbE SFP+ iSCSI data ports per controller for high performance environments, dual-redundant power supplies, and a suite of data protection features for demanding applications, including snapshot, volume cloning and remote replication at no additional cost. With an integrated and intuitive management GUI, this cost-effective network storage solution ensures the system can be up and running in no time, even with limited IT experience, says Mike Boschma, director of product marketing, D-...

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