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Oct 05
Ireland's finance minster: problem into Apple's taxes...

The findings of a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs, reports Blooomberg Business (

Ireland has an “indication ” the EU will decide before the end of the year whether the nation’s tax dealings with the iPhone maker violate the bloc’s state-aid rules, Noonan told reporters in Luxembourg.

Whatever happens, "we don’t think it will be damaging to us," Noonan said. "If it’s adverse, we think it’s based on very thin legal grounds and we’ll have it before the European Court of Justice.”"

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Oct 05
Adobe announces new mobile apps, desktop tools

At Adobe MAX 2015, Adobe has outlined its vision for Creative Cloud -- a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere.

Adding to Creative Cloud momentum, the company today shipped two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC, enabling quick retouching and asset capture on the go and announced new Touch capabilities across Creative Cloud desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe is also highlighting its patented CreativeSync technology, which powers connections between desktop and mobile apps and the assets creatives use every day. In addition, video content is coming soon to Adobe Stock, the company’s royalty-free collection of high-quality photos, illustrations and graphics.

"Creative Cloud has become the de facto platform for all creatives, providing the tools and services to fulfill every creative need. With this latest release, we’re giving our creative customers the freedom...

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Oct 05
Dialog Semiconductor announces Bluetooth support for Apple...

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth Smart technology, has announced a Bluetooth Smart development kit, with full support for Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories.

In a recent report on the connected home, BI Intelligence predicts that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 67% between now and 2019, resulting in 1.8 billion accessories being shipped in that year.

"HomeKit is unifying smart home accessories with a common set of controls, user interface elements and end-to-end encryption which is an important step for the home automation market," says Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. "
Dialog's Bluetooth Smart development kit, based on its SmartBond(TM) DA14580 System-on-Chip (SoC), will help create accessories with the fastest response...

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Oct 05
MediaTek announces two software development kits for Apple...

MediaTek (, a fabless semiconductor company, has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

"By adding HomeKit support, MediaTek takes another step in our mission to connect the world's next billion people," says SR Tsai, general manager of MediaTek's Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. "Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them."<

MediaTek's new SDKs support two SoCs, the MT7688 and MT7687. The MT7688, for smart appliances runs on Linux and powers higher performance, more complex use cases, such as wireless speakers and webcams. The MT7687 is a low-...

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Oct 04
RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU support for...

RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for the OpenFX plug-in hosts Nuke, Vegas Pro, Fusion, HitFilm, Scratch, Natron and Nucoda. And it continues to be available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.

DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker will also help transform your timelapse photography so that viewers watch the footage you intended them to watch and not the pops that often accompany timelapse photography. It handles the common problems of color shifts, exposure and other camera setting and lighting inconsistencies that may...

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Oct 02
Exploit discovered that can get around the Mac's malware...

A security researcher has uncovered an exploit that can get around the Mac’s malware gatekeeper. The malware uses a binary file already trusted by Apple to get around the gatekeeper and can then execute malicious files including password loggers, apps that capture audio and video or botnet software, according to Ken Westin, security analyst for Tripwire, a software company that develops, markets and sells information technology solutions that provide security and compliance automation.

"To mitigate the potential damage from the continual barrage of endpoint vulnerabilities organizations need rigorous security analytics," he says. "The only way to detect anomalous behavior that can indicate a system has been compromised is through the correlation of endpoint and network activity.”
To mitigate the potential damage from the continual barrage of endpoint vulnerabilities organizations need rigorous security analytics, Westin adds. The only way to detect anomalous...

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Oct 02
ATTO Technology announces support for OS X El Capitan

ATTO Technology has announced driver support for El Capitan, the latest update to Mac OS X. Customers can download the new drivers immediately.

The announcement of El Capitan support follows ATTO’s release of Xtend SAN 4.0. ATTO’s Mac OS X iSCSI initiator has been the market standard for OS X for over 10 years. Optimized for OS X 10.11, Xtend SAN 4.0 represents a major overhaul and includes a refreshed graphical user interface and other enhancements to ensure optimal performance of block-based iSCSI transfers in OS X environments. Products included in ATTO’s portfolio of Mac OS X 10.11 supported solutions:

° Celerity 16 and 8Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with MultiPath Director;

° ExpressSAS 6Gb SAS/SATA HBAs and 6Gb RAID Adapters;

° Thunderbolt technology enabled ThunderLink and ThunderStream Desklink Devices;

° FastFrame 10GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs);

° Software including ATTO ConfigTool, CLI Tools, Xtend SAN iSCSI...

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Oct 02
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan

Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan, their latest video tutorial for the Mac.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan consists of 75 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's latest operating system for the Mac. It also includes lessons on setting up OS X default behaviors through System Preferences, installing and uninstalling apps, working with documents, and what's new in El Capitan applications.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan is included in membership to NoteboomTutorials online ( Membership is available for US$8 a month, $19 a quarter, and $59 a year.

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Oct 02
'Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation' available

Quark has published "The Beginner’s Guide to Content Automation,"( a free eBook for professionals focused on solving challenges related to the creation, management, publishing, and delivery of multi-channel content. Topics covered in the book include:

° Understand the difference between traditional content workflows and content automation;

° Discover the benefits that enterprise content automation brings to organizations;

° Assess whether content automation can help your business or organization
Content automation is best deployed for business-critical content that has one or more of the following characteristics:

° A high volume of similar documents;

° A high volume of revisions;

° Frequently repeated creation processes;

° Government-regulated or corporate-regulated documents;

° A high possibility of reusing content...

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Oct 02
BatchOutput PDF now supports custom paper sizes

Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.16, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset, saving users the time and effort of printing the files manually. Version 2.2.16 supports custom paper sizes defined in system's Page Setup dialog and addresses some performance and stability issues.

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$24.95 (there's a server version for $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac Apple Store. The 2.2.16 update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Oct 02
The latest iOS apps for Oct. 2

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

Zuhanden has announced Gravity Jack. It's an US$0.99 run and jump game.

Microids has released My Farm. It's an US$2.99 game in which players must manage their virtual farm.

Ateam has introduced Big Bang Galaxy. The free game tasks players with leading a military campaign in outer space.

Full Fat has launched Flick Quarterback. In the free game, you're the quarterback. Pass to receivers, dodge blitzing defenders, score touchdowns and throw amazing trick shots. Earn free boosts, cheerleaders, player upgrades, fireworks and even new game modes.

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Oct 01
James Bell joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple has announced that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

Bell brings more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.

"James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO," says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him."

Bell is a member of the board of directors of JP Morgan Chase, Dow Chemical Company, CDW, and a Trustee of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. He has also worked with New Leaders for New Schools to help develop talented teachers and principals, and served...

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Oct 01
ChronoSync updated with El Capitan support

Econ Technologies ( has updated ChronoSync to version 4.6.4 with fixes related to OS X El Capitan.

ChronoSync is a Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app. It works with any device you can connect to a Mac, such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. Additionally the 4.6.4 update — free to registered users — includes fixes to problems with establishing IPv6 network connections. Whether it's a minor or major update all existing users update for free.

For new users ChronoSync costs US$49.99. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 01
The latest iOS apps for Oct. 1

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

Red Camel Studios has announced 4 or More. While progressing through the game, players will be introduced to a variety of game modes. Play at your own pace, race against time, melt ice blocks, and sink anchors. 4 or More is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Day2Life has released JUNE. It's a free mobile planner app shows your whole agenda on the small screen of your smartphone. JUNE lets you drag and drop schedules with a swipe of your finger.

Note-Ify Apps has introduced EasyDocScan. It's an US$2.99 (for a limited time) app for quick scanning and recognition of short texts, documents or checks without complicated settings or long-term training.

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Oct 01
SyncMate 6.1 supports sync with Outlook and Office 365 accounts

Eltima Software has releasedSyncMate 6.1 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the tool for syncing Mac data with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTPs, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and Outlook.

SyncMate offers Mac users to sync Calendar entries, Contacts, any folders and files, iTunes and libraries, and do it all automatically in the background. The newest version of this universal syncing tool offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.

SyncMate 6.1 brings in the long-awaited sync with Microsoft solutions. They include Live Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. From now on SyncMate enables users to sync much more than just personal data. The app supports OneDrive integration, the content of your iTunes and iPhoto libraries can now be transferred to 1 TB cloud storage space. Users can sync folders and files and mount OneDrive as another Mac disk.

SyncMate 6.1 boasts a number of other...

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Oct 01
Twocanoes releases Winclone 5.4 with El Capitan compatibility

Twocanoes Softwarehas released Winclone 5.4 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Winclone is a solution for cloning Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. It clones Windows for backup or migration to a new Mac. Winclone 5 is available in Basic, Standard and Pro editions.

Winclone System 5.4 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's a free upgrade for current Winclone 5 customers and customers with active Maintenance Contracts. Contact Twocanoes ( for pricing on Winclone and support and maintenance options.

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Oct 01
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of Apple Mail

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Apple Mail."

He covers Mail in both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. While there haven’t been major changes to either, there are enough small changes that you will want to get Kissell's advice on how they make devices more powerful and your life easier. From El Capitan’s new activity window to automating your email to customizing the applications to your specifications, his hours of research pay off in this comprehensive guide to Mail on both platforms.

You can watch the video here ( Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.

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Sep 30
Prosoft releases Data Rescue ONE All-In-ONE Recovery Solution

Prosoft Engineering has released Data Rescue ONE for Mac OS X (10.7.5 or higher), which combines software, hardware and services into one product.

Data Rescue ONE is a self-contained computer hard drive recovery solution. Designed to be easy to use, it doesn’t require any special technical expertise, nor do you need to download or install software, says Prosoft CEO Greg Brewer. Data Rescue ONE can recover your photos, music, emails, videos and important documents in just one click.
Data Rescue ONE is available to purchase directly from in four sizes, including a professional version. Pricing starts at US$59.

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Sep 30
Mail Designer Pro 2.5 optimized for OS X El Capitan

Equinux has revved Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X to version 2.5. It's compatible with OS X El Capitan. The upgrade also sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and formatting controls.

The new paragraph style feature in Mail Designer Pro 2.5 gives you an instant control over the look and feel of your entire mail document. You can make adjustments to a style and instantly preview the changes across your entire design . You'll even be able to see what it'll look like on an iPhone or iPad. What's more, version 2.5 is packed with artwork and tools for building email newsletters.

Existing Mail Designer Pro users get the new features and can update to 2.5 free-of-charge now on the Mac App Store and at the equinux website ( Mail Designer Pro 2.5 is available for US$49.99 for a limited time. Normally, it's $89.99.

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Sep 30
Bare Bones Software releases TextWrangler 5.0 for El Capitan

Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.0, an upgrade to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X. It's built on a new, modernized foundation and compatible with OS X El Capitan.

TextWrangler 5.0 also introduces newly overhauled systems for Find Differences and syntax coloring. In addition, the upgrade introduces new built-in support for EditorConfig and adds dozens of other enhancements and new features.

"With this new release, TextWrangler gains the latest advancements and extensive modernization that we did for BBEdit 11," says Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software, Inc. "This new foundation supports Mac OS X back to Mountain Lion while being compatible with the newly released El Capitan, sets the stage for ongoing development, and enhances TextWrangler's usability and power in ways that our customers can appreciate right now."

TextWrangler 5.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. You can download TextWrangler 5.0 free of charge from...

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Sep 30
Commander One 1.1 supports OS X El Capitan

Eltima has revved Commander One, their first product developed entirely in Swift, to version 1.1.

The tool is a dual pane file manger. Commander One 1.1 is fully compatible with El Capitan, the latest major upgrade to OS X.

Commander 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. The free edition of the app is available for download from Eltima Software ( The Pro Pack is now available in a demo version; registration is US$29.95.

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Sep 30
CS Odessa releases Australia Map solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa ( has released the Australia Map Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. It's a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawing.

The Australia Map Solution offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities and capitals. It's available for an US$25 charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Office includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for US$499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. ConceptDraw Pro as a single app costs $199.

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Sep 30
Paragon Software Group releases NTFS for Mac 14

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14, an upgrade to the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows. The new version gives OS X full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions.

NTFS for Mac 14 is compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and still supports all versions back to 10.8 Mountain Lion. To use, you simply install it and go to work. No further system adjustments are necessary once it's been installed.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is available for immediate download for US$19.99 at .All users who purchased NTFS for Mac 12 will get a free upgrade to version 14. They will receive an invitation to upgrade via email or they can view their real-time upgrade status at .

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Sep 30
Apple Music, iTunes Movies, iBooks now available in China

Apple today announced that Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks are now available to customers in China. Launching with millions of songs in its catalog, Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a wide range of international artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and many more.

Fans can also rent or purchase movies from a great selection of Chinese studios as well as Hollywood blockbusters on the iTunes Store, in addition to enjoying paid and free books from the iBooks Store. For the first time, customers in China will have access to Apple’s entertainment ecosystem with music, movies and books right at their fingertips.

"Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music,...

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Sep 30
NeoFinder ready for Mac OS X El Capitan

Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 6.8 (formerly known as CDFinder). It's an update of the app that helps you keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDROMs, and any other digital media.

NeoFinder ( generates thumbnails and metadata of your files, for powerful search possibilities, smart folders, albums, and more. Version 6.8 is certified to run Mac OS X El Capitan. Also, NeoFinder 6.8 now can write Finder Tags for files and folders.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. NeoFinder 6.x is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder, update price starting at approximately US$21. Cross-grades for users of competing applications (DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, and more) are available.

A demo version...

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