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Aug 26
Tim Cook awarded $58 million of Apple stock

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been awarded company stock with a market value close to US$58 million, according to an SEC filing, as noted by Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nqmc4bf).

The award came with stipulations that Apple’s TSR performance had to be in the top third of S&P 500 companies. The company now ranks 46th, which meant Cook’s stock options were vested. If Apple had wound up in the middle of the S&P 500, Cook’s award would have been reduced to 50 percent, while a placement in the bottom third would have earned him nothing, notes Cult of Mac.

Cook still has 4.76 million outstanding restricted AAPL stock units, which will vest in 2016 and 2021. An additional 1.68 million will vest in six annual installments beginning 2016.

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Aug 26
German court denies uniqueness of Apple's 'swipe to...

The German Federal Court of Justice has canceled Apple's patent for the swipe movement to unlock iPhones and iPads. The court said the patent in question was not a new invention, reports German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (http://tinyurl.com/nzl6hfd).

Judges in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe said Apple's European patent, which was applied for in 2006 and awarded in 2010, is not new and that a mobile phone from a Swedish company already displayed these characteristics before Apple's devices did.

The Karlsruhe court thus maintained a decision passed by the German patents court, which Apple had pleaded against, declaring the European patent void within Germany. The German Federal Court is the country's highest authority which rules on patents cases.

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent...

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Aug 26
IDC: tablet sales will continue to decline

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious about this market and as a result, the research group expects the 2-in-1 segment to grow 86.5% year over year in 2015 with 14.7 million units shipped. Although this volume is far below that of the more affordable slate tablet segment, IDC believes these devices appeal to an audience seeking...

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Aug 26
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-C 2 compressor plug-in

FabFilter has announced FabFilter Pro-C 2, an update to the FabFilter Pro-C compressor plug-in.

Five brand-new compression styles are designed to make it even easier to set up and more effective in common scenarios such as vocal processing, mastering or EDM pumping. Other new features include lookahead, range, hold, side-chain EQ, oversampling, and a fully redesigned user interface.

FabFilter Pro-C 2 costs US$179 and supports both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-C 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop

Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to FabFilter Pro-C 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account (www.fabfilter.com/myaccount).

System requirements on the Mac platform are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher...

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Aug 26
Archiware presents P5 Archive App at IBC 2015

At IBC, the trade show for the broadcast and media industry, the Archiware (www.archiware.com) product line P5 will be shown and supported by the largest number of partners ever.

This year, 25 hardware and software companies make up the list of P5 compatible products – with NEC Corporation and NEXSAN by Imation joining the ever-growing partner network. A list of all partners with a map of Exhibition Hall 7 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pz3rr85 .

At this year’s show, Archiware presents version 5.3 of the P5 Software Suite, now running on Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD and including ZFS Snapshot capability. Also coming this fall is the new P5 Archive App. This add-on simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need...

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Aug 25
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now includes Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer.

With it you can quickly find and shape sounds from the massive Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a broad range of effects.

Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

Logic Pro X and MainStage 3 are available today from the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and $29.99, respectively. Logic Remote is available today as a free download from the Apple App Store. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, go to...

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Aug 25
VMware ships WorkStation 12 and WorkStation 12 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) has updated WorkStation and Workstation Pro to version 12. On the most basic level, Workstation is to a PC what Fusion is to a Mac (see our separate article on the upgrade of VMware Fusion 8 being released).

If you're a former Workstation user, you should note some naming changes. The former Workstation is now dubbed Workstation Pro. The app formerly known as Player Pro now goes by the moniker of Workstation Player. The change was done to reduce confusion.

Workstation Pro is akin to what VMware is doing with Fusion Pro. It's really more about developing and testing virtual machines with different versions of Windows or Linux on one platform. Workstation Player is for less technical users than those of Workstation Pro, including IT administrators, teachers and trainers.

The target audience for Workstation Pro is software engineers/developers; quality assurance teams, IT...

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Aug 25
VMware launches VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro

VMware (www.vmware.com) is launching VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, an update of its software for running Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting.  The former is for home users; the latter is targeted to users with additional needs: developers and Macs in businesses.

VMware says Fusion 8 (and Fusion 8 Pro) takes virtualization on the Mac to the next level with features designed for technical professionals that want to run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting into Apple’s BootCamp. Version 8 adds support for the latest operating systems, but a main goal of this release is to improve performance — especially in regards to graphics and suspend/resume functions — while maintaining consistency in the main Windows environment.

Fusion 8 (and Pro) adds support for Windows 10 (including Cortana — Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). It's also ready for OS X El Capitan, due this fall. Both flavors...

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Aug 25
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available

IK Multimedia has shipped AmpliTube MESA/Boogie (www.amplitube.com/mesaboogie) on the AmpliTube Custom Shop, from authorized retailers and from the IK Online store.

A collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie brings some of the legendary amplifiers and cabinets from the original boutique manufacturer to AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. It's being offered for US$99.99 for a limited time.

After Sept. 1, AmpliTube MESA/Boogie will cost $149.99.  Individual MESA/Boogie amps and cabinets are available a la carte in the AmpliTube Custom Shop starting at $34.99 for the amps and $€9.99 for the cabinets.

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Aug 25
Nektony releases Memory Cleaner X for Mac OS X

Nektony has announced Memory Cleaner X, a freeware app addressed to those who want to manage and track Random-access memory (RAM) performance in real time.

Memory Cleaner X cleans up inactive memory and displays all memory-consuming applications. Users can find out what apps take the most memory and quit them with the help of the app if necessary.

Memory Cleaner X provides you with the following information: memory used by the system; memory used by applications and processes; the amount of available memory; date and size of latest memory release. It requires OS X 10.9 or later

Memory Cleaner X is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nt4e3go for more info.

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Aug 25
Gome to start selling Apple Watch online on Aug. 28

Gome, a Chinese company that sells home appliances and consumer electronic products, will start selling the Apple Watch online on Aug. 28, the Chinese language site ZOL reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Gome's offline stores will start offering the wearable a week later, the article adds. The Apple Store on Alibaba's Tmall shopping site started selling Apple Watch on August 6, Sina Tech reported earlier.

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Aug 25
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 24

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

Alex Melman has released AudioBrain. Available in free and US$4.99 versions, the app uses techniques to help arouse under-active brain regions, namely the ones used for processing audio data. Through the use of classical poems, users are able to enliven their remembering process, according to Melman.

Mezmedia has announced Bamba Clock, the eleventh in the Bamba series of educational apps for kids. With the $2.99 app, kids learn to tell the time on an analog clock via a pirate-themed adventures.

Imperative Software has introduced Meetings for the iPad. It enables the recording of notes, agenda items, actions, remarks and more. The free app has a limit of 20 meetings, but customers may make a one time in-app purchase of $24.95 to remove the meetings limit.

inCreWave has launched Jawzle Bali - Jigsaw Puzzles for the iPad. The $0.99 app...

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Aug 25
Multiclock is a new sync box for Mac OS X, Windows

E-RM Erfindungsbüro has announced multiclock — a multi-channel, multi-format sync box that builds a musical bridge between DAWs and external (MIDI, DIN Sync/sync24, and analogue modular) musical gear. It converts clock signals for integration into digital production workflow.

Multiclock is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Connectivity comes courtesy of four corresponding DIN sockets, fully configurable to transmit MIDI Clock (MIDI), DIN Sync/sync24 (DIN) or analogue clock (analog) on each channel.

Multiclock is available for approximately US$521 for the classic version and $603 for the USB version. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/n9kprav.

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Aug 25
LinkOptimizer 4.9.47 for Adobe InDesign improves conversion to...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.47, 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 convert colors and file formats. The new version streamlines conversion of InDesign links to JPEG by automatically flattening image layers prior to the conversion.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95). 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 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015. Mac OS X 10.11 will be supported upon release.

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Aug 24
AppLinX is new app analytics app for Mac OS X

Atlantia Software has rolled out AppLinX 1.0.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nd9sbq3) for Mac OS X. It's designed to simplify the process of creating and distributing iTunes App Analytics links.

With AppLinX, you can create campaign link right from the Mac menu bar. All links are saved to and synced via iCloud, are searchable, and available to be added to the clipboard with a single click. The app even lets iTunes Affiliate Program members enter their token to have it automatically appended to every link.

AppLinX requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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Aug 24
InSili.co introduces Objective-C to Swift converter for OS X

InSili.co has introduced iSwift, an Objective-C to Swift converter for Mac OS X. It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor.

It provides a way to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files, Cocoa or iOS, to Swift on the fly, making Xcode project migration a lot easier, says InSili.co's Chief Software Architect Ioannis Zafeiropoulos. iSwift, with its intuitive approach, can help minimize the time needed for converting old Objective-C projects to the new Swift language, or simply make learning Swift fun, he adds.

iSwift requires OS X 10.7 or alter. It's available for US$9.99 at the product website (http://iswift.org).

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Aug 24
Ibidex releases Petri on the Mac App Store

Ibidex (http://www.ibidex.com/ ) has introduced Petri 0.8 for Mac OS X (10.9 or later), a local multi-player shooting game using smartphones as controllers.

Suitable for all ages, Petri is available to play with up to 16 players. Using Ibidex's multi-player connectivity, anyone with the free universal Ibidex iOS or Android controller app can join the game.

"We wanted to build something that allows large groups of friends to play together. Not strangers," says Steve Olesansky, CEO of Ibidex. "The solution was simple, once we thought about it. Why not use smartphones - the most accessible controller in the world? Ibidex multi-player technology uses your own device to draw everyone in the room into an inclusive and shared experience."

For a limited period of time, Petri 0.8 is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category. It will be priced at US$6.99 after the...

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Aug 24
AKVIS releases Wedding Pack II

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released Wedding Pack II, an US$17 collection of frame designs for use with the AKVIS software. It includes 100 ready-to-use frames, 50 horizontal and 50 vertical templates.

The picture frames can help you decorate moments of your wedding day or of your relatives' or friends' marriage ceremony. Some of the templates let you place two photos and combine them into a collage.

With the release of the new set, AKVIS now offers 22 themed packs. Among them you'll find special event sets, four seasons sets, and more.
The frame packs can only be used with the free AKVIS Frames or the AKVIS ArtSuite (available in standalone, home and business versions). the programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) and AKVIS ArtSuite (Standalone/Home Deluxe/Business). On the Mac platform, the software requires OS X 10.6 or higher.

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Aug 24
EasySplitMerge for Mac OS X gets 'self-uniting...

321Soft has released EasySplitMerge 2.0.2, an update to its file splitter and merger for Mac.

EasySplitMerge enables you to split any files regardless of size or type into smaller chunks, then join them together to recreate the original file so that you can move them between systems or email them. Version 2.0.2 adds "self-uniting functionality' to the spanned set, When EasySplitMerge splits your file into pieces, it can also make a small self-uniting program.

This small program is able to join the piece files together in order to restore the original file. If you want to rejoin the pieces later without this software, you just mark the checkbox for "Add Self-Joining Functionality to the split files set".

EasySplitMerge costs US$19.95 for a single-user license. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. For version 2.0.2 users the upgrade is free. A fully-featured trial of EasySplitMerge is available for download at the product website (...

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Aug 24
Easy Cut Studio for Mac OS X revved to version 4.092

Easycutsudio (www.easycutstudio.com) has released Easy Cut Studio 4.092, an update to its cutting software for your electronic cutting machines, plotters, vinyl cutters. It works on Mac OS X and Windows.

The app is designed to let you create your own designs, plus cut and draw/edit shapes for beautiful customized projects. It works with your installed TrueType and OpenType fonts, as well as thousands of free TrueType Fonts, including
Dingbat/Wingding Fonts.

Easy Cut Studio lets you manipulate an image and place it on the mat where you would like. You can size, move, flip, rotate, stretch, slant, and scale images and letters. It supports import vector image formats, including SVG, PDF, EPS, WPC, and etc. The app also has an auto trace feature to make vector images from raster graphics.

Easy Cut Studio supports various electronic cutting machines, including Bosskut Gazelle, Craftwell...

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Aug 24
Watermarker 2 for Mac OS X adds annotations, pixellate feature,...

Reactiv Code has announced Watermarker 2 (http://tinyurl.com/ombs3j6) for Mac OS X, an update of the professional utility for customizing images with a variety of watermarking options.

The folks at Reactiv Code say it was necessary to completely re-write Watermarker from the ground up using the latest OS X 10.10 technologies to accomplish "ambitious" feature set. Thanks to these new technologies, not only is Watermarker fundamentally faster but it also has new features like the Photo Editing extension that allows you to watermark images from other apps, such as Mac OS X Mail.

Other new features include the ability to: overlay custom text on photographs; use a logo or image as a watermark; apply a customizable strike through an entire image; annotate with shapes; pixellate sensitive portions of photographs; batch rename images with patterns, and more. Watermarker 2 also has a revamped user...

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Aug 21
QuickerTek releases USB-C Cigarette Lighter Charger and USB...

QuickerTek (www.quickertek.com) has announced two new products: the USB Type-C Cigarette Lighter Charger and USB Expander for the 2015 12-inch MacBook.

The US$24.95 Cigarette Lighter Charger (pictured) features an LED indicator with a filtered and fused four foot cable. The $19.95 USB Expander is a hub that plugs into the MacBook's USB connector to expand it to four USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. It allows you to sync and charge their iPhone, iPad and most, if not all, USB devices to their 2015 MacBook.

The Cigarette Lighter Charger is an automotive and airline type cigarette adaptor that powers and charges the laptop with a Type-C USB connector. It'is an auto-polarity adaptor, meaning fully reversible and can charge the MacBook as quickly as Apple's 30 Watt OEM charger. It also features a filtered and fused four foot cable.

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Aug 21
Apple raises $16 billion in bond deal in Australia

Apple has raised A$2.25B (about US$1.6 billion) with a debut "Kangaroo" bond issue, smashing the record for the largest-ever corporate bond deal in Australia, reports Seeking Alpha (http://tinyurl.com/nf5txnz).

The company sold A$1.15B of seven-year notes at a yield of 110 bps more than swap rates and A$1.1B of four-year securities at a 65 bps spread, bringing its total debt issuances over the past two years to $50B. Apple had only sold U.S. currency bonds until last November, but has since expanded to euros, yen, pounds, Swiss francs and Aussie dollars, notes Seeking Alpha.

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Aug 21
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 21

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

PlayScreen has announced Whos The Candidate 1.0, a free photo trivia game for the iPhone and iPad. Who's The Candidate challenges players to recognize the announced and potential candidates in the 2016 presidential race.

PlayScreen has also released Whats The State 1.0, a free photo trivia game developed for iPhone and iPad devices. What's The State challenges players to recognize all 50 states, on a map or individually. There are 100 questions in total to improve anyone's geographic knowledge of the USA.

WeatherBrush LLC has introduced WeatherBrush. It's a free app that takes the guesswork out of daily styling by providing users with real-time weather data for their location, including current conditions, and both hourly and 7-day forecasts. The app offers a Diary feature that helps users learn how they should style their hair based on...

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Aug 20
Apple launches 'benchmark' sized Australian corporate...

Apple has launched a "benchmark" sized Australian dollar corporate bond issue, its first ever sale in the currency, with order books "swelling to $1.2 billion within two hours," reports the Sydney Morning Herald (http://tinyurl.com/pg67qwy).
   
Fixed-income investors were notified on Thursday morning that the AA+ rated maker of the iPhone would launch a two-part "benchmark" bond sale - offering four- and seven-year bonds. The Sydney Morning Herald notes that a "benchmark"-sized bond issue typically refers to a raising of between $500 million and $1 billion. By 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, order books for the bond issue reached $1.2 billion, "a sign of strong demand for the offer," the article adds.

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