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Oct 06
GT Advanced, files for bankruptcy

GT Advanced Technologies (www.gtat.com), Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, has together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.

In a press release, GT says it expects the court will authorize the company to continue to conduct business as usual while it devotes renewed efforts to resolve its current issues and develops a reorganization plan. The company indicated that as of Sept. 29, 2014, it had approximately $85 million of cash.

In addition, it is now seeking debtor-in-possession financing, which, once obtained, would provide the company with an immediate source of additional funds. These funding sources will enable GT to satisfy the customary obligations associated with the daily operation of its business,...

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Oct 06
Apple updates Xprotect malware list

Apple has updated its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware. First introduced with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Xprotect watches for signatures from known malware threats and works to stop them from invading your computer.

Apple's updated definitions list can identify two iWorm variants. Xprotect definitions are updated automatically.

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Oct 06
Adobe takes creativity mobile at MAX 2014

At the Adobe MAX 2014 creativity conference, Adobe announced it's shipping a new release of Creative Cloud that "transforms how creatives work across desktops and devices."

This release includes feature updates to 13 CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Central to this release is an all-new Creative Profile that drives deep connections between CC desktop tools and nine new mobile apps that extend the power of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices.
 
Adobe also launched a public beta of a Creative SDK [software developer kit] that enables the delivery of mobile apps that connect to Creative Cloud. The company also introduced Creative Talent Search, connecting creatives around the world with job opportunities from top brands and companies.

Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no...

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Oct 06
NuMac Solutions announces BluDrive Plus for the Mac Pro

NuMac Solutions has announced BluDrive Plus, an optical disc burning and 2TB storage solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

It supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs, as well as 2TB of storage connected via USB 3.0. Built with a aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, the BluDrive Plus is designed to sit directly beneath the new Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space.

With both power and data being transferred via the USB cables, there's no need for a power adapter or extra cables at your workstation. Because of the slot load design, the BluDrive Plus has no tray to get in the way or break off. Just slide your media right in and start burning.

The BluDrive Plus features 2TB of storage connected via USB 3.0. It also features Quad Layer burning support for Blu-Ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity when using a quad-layer Blu-Ray Disk. The BluDrive Plus can...

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Oct 06
Koingo Software updates AirRadar for Mac OS X to version 3

Koingo Software has updated AirRadar, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.0.

New features are an improved graph, the ability to join enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, network card switching, 100% Apple-native WiFi frameworks, enhanced smart collections, "official" Keychain integration, streamlining of the interface and more.

Upgrades are free for buyers ordering AirRadar 2.x within the past 6six months. All previous customers wishing to use 3.x must use the upgrades form on the Koingo website (www.koingosw.com). This form will either automatically issue a free upgrade, or redirect to a shopping cart with the paid upgrade pricing. Paid upgrades are US$7 for customers outside of the free upgrades policy. For new users the cost is $9.95. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 04
iPhone pre-orders surpass four million in China

Pre-orders for new iPhones have surpassed four million in China since September 30, including more than two million pre-orders through JD.com, reports Tencent Tech — as noted by BrightWire (www.brightwire.com), a global investment newswire.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus surpassed two million in China on the first day of sales, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom took pre-orders for a combined one million units, while retailers took the rest, reports Tencent Tech, the technology news section of Tencent, a major Chinese web portal.

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Oct 03
RoGame Software releases Space 2048 for Mac OS X

RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has released Space 2048 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Space 2048 recreates the 2048 game in outer space with amazing visuals, animations and the universe as background. It has great sound effects, includes a soundtrack and has you move entire planets to get to your score in style, surrounded by asteroids, suns and galaxies. Space 2048 is the full game - no add ons needed and it makes for great entertainment for the entire family."

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Oct 03
Apple to hold next big media event on Oct. 16?

A new rumor says the next Apple media event will be held on Oct. 16

Sources tell Code/red (http://tinyurl.com/kbp4k9y) that Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not Oct. 21 as previously rumored. Also certain to be unveiled at the event is Mac OS X Yosemite and new iPad Airs and minis.

Other possibilities are a new Mac mini, a revamped Apple TV, a Retina display iMac, a 12-inch iPad Pro, and a 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air. Code/red says the event will be held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA.

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Oct 03
17,000 Macs reportedly infected by botnet

Researchers at Russian anti-virus company Dr Web think they've uncovered a new botnet, which has recruited thousands of Macs, according to Graham Cluley (http://tinyurl.com/okynns3).

A botnet is a collection of Internet-connected programs communicating with other programs to perform tasks. This can be as harmless as keeping control of an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, or it could be used to send spam email or participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks.

According to the Dr Web report (http://bit.ly/1rTbNzf), the sophisticated malware – which they have dubbed Mac.BackDoor.iWorm – has infected more than 17,000 computers running OS X. Unfortunately, what isn’t documented is how the malware spreads. Check out the Dr Web and Graham Cluley websites for more info.

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Oct 03
Crackdown on corporate tax avoidance in Australia could target...

Companies such as Apple and Google could soon have their accounts put under the microscope in Australia as part of a crackdown on corporate tax avoidance, according to CNET (http://tinyurl.com/pe65u9y).

The upper house of the Australian parliament voted to refer the matter to the Parliament's Economics References Committee for inquiry, in order to address "tax avoidance and aggressive minimisation by corporations registered in Australia and multinational corporations operating in Australia." The Committee is due to report back in June 2015.

The issue was raised by Senator Christine Milne following revelations in a report that, of Australia's largest 200 companies, 14 percent have an effective tax rate of 0%. In addition, the report found that a further 29% of these companies have an effective tax rate of 10%, significantly less than the Australian company tax rate of 30%.

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Oct 03
Bill Gates praises Apple Pay

In an interview (http://tinyurl.com/ox9s3qx) with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates praised Apple Pay, calling it a "real contribution"

As noted by TUAW (http://tinyurl.com/plj98pf), he said: "Well, Apple Pay's a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive. So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that's fantastic. The fact I don't need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you're going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution.

Gates added that it's only a matter of time before similar functionality becomes available across all mobile platforms.

"And all the platforms, whether it's Apple's or Google's or...

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Oct 03
CEO Tim Cook sends Apple employees memo just before third...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to Apple employees ahead of the third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, reports iClarified (http://tinyurl.com/mjrl6de). The memo reads:

"Team,

"Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

"I hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces.

"Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us. Many of the ideas and projects we’re working on today got started after...

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Oct 03
iPhone 6 Plus sales may cannibalize iPad mini sales

The Phone 6 Plus looks to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments, reports DigiTimes (http://tinyurl.com/pd5qhco). These higher-than-expected sales of the larger Apple smartphone with its 5.5-inch screen may harm the sale of the iPad mini, which has a display size of 7.9 inches, the article adds.

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Oct 03
Default Folder is ready for OS X Yosemite

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/l5wtxoj) has delivered Default Folder X 4.6.9, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and the capability to decompress zip archives.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Default Folder X 4.6.9 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Oct 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.1 (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. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.1 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.

Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Oct 03
MaBaSoft releases Currency Assistant 3.2 for Mac OS X

MaBaSoft (www.mabasoft.net) has revved Currency Assistant, a Mac OS X tool that lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating
currencies plus the 18 Eurozone legacy currencies), to version 3.2. It's ready for the upcoming OS X Yosemite.

Currency Assistant automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy. With the software, you can create multiple converters and manage currencies, import and convert series of amounts, calculate and convert the result of expressions, and log, save, export, and print your conversions.

Currency Assistant requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's currently being offered for US$8.95 for a single-user license. That's 50% off the usual price.

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Oct 02
Apple has sold more than one million iPhones in India since the...

According to a new report from the Hong-Kong based research group, Counterpoint Research, Apple has sold over one million iPhones in India since the start of the current financial year. This is considered “a significant milestone for a company that wasn’t considered to be a serious contender in the South Asian market until relatively recently,” according to Cult of Mac (http://tinyurl.com/peukylb).

The sales data hasn’t been released, but research agencies put the figure at 1.02 million between October 2013 and August 2014, with a total of 1.1 million units projected by the time the fiscal year ends on September 30.

“The strong Apple brand and backward software compatibility has allowed Apple to sell even three to four year old models such as iPhone and 4S in a healthy and profitable Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 range whereas affluent urban consumers are flocking to buy more expensive and newer...

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Oct 02
Wide Angle Software releases Duplicate Remover software for Mac...

Wide Angle Software (http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/) says its Windows duplicate file remover application, Duplicate Sweeper, is now also available on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It's designed to make finding, selecting and removing duplicate files on your Mac quick and easy.

Duplicate Sweeper enables you to search for duplicates of all file types, such as your photos, videos, music or documents and you can select which folders to search for duplicate files in. For even more control, search preferences can be added so that only files matching your given criteria are searched. Duplicate Sweeper can ignore files that are larger than and/or smaller than given sizes. It can also ignore files with the given file extensions so that any important file types can be left out of the search.

Once Duplicate Sweeper has found all of the duplicates in the given folders, it allows you to...

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Oct 02
Altium releases TASKING ARM Cortex-M embedded development tools

Altium (www.altium.com) — which specializes in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design and embedded software development — has released its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Mac OS X.

Traditionally embedded software development tools have been available exclusively for the Windows operating system and Altium has a long history in providing its TASKING cross compilers and debuggers for running on Windows, including its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M. With ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers becoming popular in broad market consumer applications, especially with wearable electronics and electronic systems that can be controlled from the iPhone, it is apparent that embedded software engineers want to use the Mac as their development platform, according to Harm-Andre Verhoef, product manager TASKING.

To serve this development community, Altium has developed a native OS X port of release v5.1r1 of...

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Oct 02
PowerSkin launches PoP'n battery packs for the iPhone 6 line

PowerSkin (www.Power-Skin.com) says its PoP’n battery packs now includes PoP’n 2 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, available for only $69.99.

Utilizing patented suction adhering technology, the PoP’n 2 suctions onto the back of the iPhone for an integrated charging experience. It features a 4000 mAh battery and 2.1 amp charging.

According to the folks at PowerSkin, the PoP'n gives the iPhone 6 one and a half full charges and the iPhone 6 Plus one full charge. It weighs less than five ounces and comes with a clear protective case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The PoP’n 2 costs US$69.99. It's available in black, white, pink and blue versions.

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Oct 02
QNAP releases TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems has released the TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.

Available in 1, 2, and 4-bay models, the TS-x31 series is designed as a network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. With the Notes Station, the TS-x31 series allows users to create digital notes on their private cloud and share with friends and colleagues without paying monthly fees and knowing that sensitive information is fully under their control and not stored on a third party’s server.

Users can edit their notes with the web-based editor, take screenshots with a Google Chrome extension or desktop Qsnap application, and create to-do lists & calendar alerts that can be synchronized to Google Calendar. Users can also enrich their notes...

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Oct 02
Pioneer announces availability of Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Electronics is one of the first aftermarket manufacturers to support Apple CarPlay with the official release of a compatible firmware update for five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as well as the introduction of the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120).

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to CarPlay. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

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Oct 02
Pomfort introduces Silverstack 4

Pomfort (www.pomfort.com) has released an upgrade (version 4) to Silverstack, its media acquisition and data management tool for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

Version 4 speeds up all backup processes with a tuned copy engine, and the checksum verification type "xxhash." What's more it adds support for Sony F55 / F65 RAW files and enables checksum verified copy processes to LTO tapes via LTFS. Silverstack 4 also sports features like cascading copy, export of still images from movies, a newly developed thumbnail report, and a new user interface.

With the release of Silverstack 4 Pomfort introduces a new subscription license model. A yearly subscription for Silverstack can be purchased for US$390; the yearly subscription for Silverstack XT is $590. Pomfort also offers the possibility to rent Silverstack for 14 days, one month, or two months, and Silverstack XT for the duration of one month or two months. A 14-day...

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Oct 02
SixtyFour memory optimizer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2.0

1951FDG has released a new version (1.2.0) of SixtyFour (http://getsixtyfour.com/), a memory optimizer for Mac OS X.

SixtyFour is designed to help Mac users keep their older Macs running longer and better, even when today's apps are 64-bit and require much more RAM than Macs of just a few years ago. It facilitates the setting of a preference to force a 64-bit app to open in 32-bit mode.

SixtyFour is compatible with any 64-bit-capable Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks). It costs US$4.99.

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Oct 01
Plustek ships PS 4080U scanner

Plustek Technology (www.plustek.com/usa) has begun shipment of the Plustek PS 4080U, a workgroup document scanner.

It features a scan speed of 40 pages per minute (80 images-per-minute in duplex mode), a 100-sheet feeder and a daily duty cycle of 4,000 pages per day. the Plustek PS 4080U is designed to be shared among a workgroup with applications requiring frequent scanning, says Robert Fuchs, Plustek marketing manager. 

The US$649 scanner is bundled with a suite of document management and OCR software. Its feeder enables pages sized from 2”x2.5” up to 8.5”x10” to be scanned without sorting.  A special long-paper mode enables scanning of non-standard sizes: contract and loan forms, EKGs, oil well logs and strip charts. 

Industry standard TWAIN ensure compatibility with thousands of scanning and imaging programs.  ABBYY FineReader Sprint is included to create and manage searchable PDFs.

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