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Sep 28
Apple may set up a manufacturing base in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India and CEO Tim Cook responded "positively," reports The Times of India (

"The Prime Minister (in his meeting with Cook) said he would like Apple to start manufacturing in India. He mentioned the huge opportunities India offered," Ministry of external affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters. ""Cook responded positively. I think India does fits into his long term plans. He particularly was interested in the whole App development economy, which he said could be a very very important factor for entrepreneurship where individual app developers can just become part of the app universe."

Earlier this year it was reported that Foxconn, which is Apple's largest manufactures, is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including...

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Sep 28
ArtistInfo Goes Mobile with iOS Release

Metason has rolled out first release of ArtistInfo for iOS along with an update of ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. ArtistInfo is an artist browser and music discovery app.

It provides album credits for music played in iTunes, Apple Music, as well as Spotify by presenting musicians, band members, biographies, played music instruments, discographies, composers, producers, and performed musical genres. My Favorites' can be synchronized via iCloud and shared  with friends via Social Media or AirDrop.

Features of the new releases of ArtistInfo for Mac and iOS include:
° Album credits about musicians, composers, and producers;

°  Portrait photo, biography, discography, and band relations of artists;

°  In sync with iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify;

° Playback of discovered music via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, and Youtube;

° Management of favorite artists and albums among OS X and iOS devices via iCloud;

° Sharing of links to...

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Sep 28
Rob Papen expands EQ essentials from RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has released RP-EQ, which expands EQ essentials from its RAW soft synth for "distorted" sounds specifically suited to EDM (electronic dance music) production and beyond.

It creates an EQ effects plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10). RP-EQ can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide or downloaded directly from Rob Papen for US$89 at .

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Sep 28
Apple announces record iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus sales

Apple has announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning Oct. 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

"Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9."

Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store app or to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup service,...

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Sep 28
Moving winds of Jupiter and space exploration in new Solar...

Vito Technology ( has introduced Solar Walk 2, the next generation of the company's 3D solar system guide.

Redesigned from the inside out, the new Solar Walk 2 is an educational tool at the edge of graphic technology that shows wonders of the solar system. Based on real physics and latest photographic data, Solar Walk 2 comes with visual effects of planetary atmospheres, solar flares, auroras, and asteroid belts.

In Solar Walk 2 the life of the solar system is presented as a series of events: celestial (solar eclipses, conjunctions, etc.) and man-made missions. Users can see experience the progress of space exploration and see how the planets moved at the time and how they are going to move in the future.

With the new Calendar users can travel with Voyager 1, see how gravity assists helped Cassini get to the outer edges of the solar system, and explore Hubble...

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Sep 26
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 25

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

The EatBy Smart Kitchen App is a new, free utility app that saves its users money and reduces food waste. It displays food stored in the kitchen, reminds users to eat food before it expires and includes an intelligent shopping list.

Jutiful has announced AZZL. It's an US$2.99 animation puzzle game featuring almost 100 cartoon stories.

Tap Guides has released Tips & Tricks for Apple Watch. With more than 100 helpful tips and tricks, the $0.99 app is designed to help you to unleash the power of Apple's smartwatch.

Midnight Tea Studio has introduced Numberful. It's a free, math-based game in which the goal is to find the sums that add up to the target in order to progress from #1 to #100 before running out of time.

GAEA Mobile has launched Ace of Arenas. It's a free, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.

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Sep 25
MCE ships 2TB SSD upgrade kits for non-Retina MB Pro, MacBook,...

MCE Technologies (MCE) is now shipping a new lineup of SSD upgrade solutions for pre-retina MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini named Lightspeed.

The Lightspeed solution replaces the Mac's original internal drive with a high-performance 2.5-inch SATA-III solid state drive (SSD) and is available in 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 128GB capacities. The Lightspeed upgrade kit includes a portable USB 3.0 enclosure, cloning software, install guide and tools. Prices range from US$99 for 128GB to $799 for 2TB.

The MCE Lightspeed SSD Upgrade Kits feature SATA-III solid state drives with read and write specifications up to 540MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively, says Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE. The drives support TRIM if enabled in Mac OS X and have their own built-in garbage collection function to increase longevity.

S.M.A.R.T. status monitoring is also supported and can warn of possible or impending failure long before one actually occurs allowing the user to take...

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Sep 25
Avecto announces Mac version of its security software

Endpoint security software firm Avecto has announced a Mac version of its Defendpoint software ( Go to the product web site for more info, including pricing.
By drawing on Avecto’s least privilege capabilities, organizations can finally achieve least privilege on their OS X devices.Taking this approach, all Mac users operate without admin rights and can still remain productive, while closing a security loophole that has made Macs an increasingly soft target for hackers, says Paul Kenyon, EVP at Avecto.

"It is naive to think that Macs are more secure than Windows devices as that is a totally false perception. With Macs becoming an increasingly popular choice in business, it is no longer possible to ignore the growing risk they present," he says. "In recent weeks we've seen growing evidence of Mac products becoming an increasing target for cyber criminals. The recent XCode Ghost Malware, where cyber criminals planted malware on Apple apps...

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Sep 25
iOS 9's App Slicing feature disabled for now

Apple has temporarily removed iOS 9's App Slicing feature due to a bug in iCloud. The feature will purportedly be reenabled at some point.

In a note to developers (, Apple says: "App slicing is currently unavailable for iOS 9 apps due to an issue affecting iCloud backups created from iOS 9 where some apps from the App Store would only restore to the same model of iOS device.

When a customer downloads your iOS 9 app, they will get the Universal version of your app, rather than the variant specific for their device type. TestFlight will continue to deliver variants for your internal testers. App slicing will be reenabled with a future software update. No action is needed by you at this time."\

App Slicing (also known as app thinning) tailors app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device,...

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Sep 25
Just Press Record syncs your audio recordings across all your...

Open Planet Software ( has introduced Just Press Record, an audio recording app for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X. It instantly syncs your recordings across all your devices using iCloud.

It's designed for capturing ideas, thoughts and memos at home, in the studio or on the go. You can record with a single tap on your iOS device, Apple Watch or Mac and instantly play back high quality audio across all your devices. The app's compatibility with iCloud Drive allows audio recordings to be used anywhere.

You can record on your Apple Watch even when your iPhone isn't around. The next time they connect, recordings made on Apple's smartwatch will transfer to your other devices.

With Just Press Record, you can share to any of the apps and services you have set up on your device (e.g. Dropbox, email, Messages) and into your iTunes library. With...

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Sep 25
Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter for Mac free on StackSocial

Cisdem says Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter is available free of charge on StackSocial (

The utility converts PDF to editable text, while keeping MacFonts, hyperlinks, and tables in their original layout. StackSocial is an e-commerce platform that provides its users with discounts and special offers on software and hardware.

The Mac Freebie bundle will run for three months. Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter normally costs US$29.99.

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Sep 25
Guide book released for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus

Tap Guides ( ) has published "iPhone 6s Guidebook," a 313-page eBook available in the iBookstore for US$3.99.

It's packed with in-depth tutorials and tips about the things you need to know about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, their apps, user interface and settings. You'll learn about the history of the iPhone, how 3D Touch can be used to peek, and pop at content, how to stream songs via Apple Music, capture Live Photos, troubleshoot common problems and more.

"iPhone 6s Guidebook" includes color screenshots. It's available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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Sep 25
'MacVoices' looks at upgrading to El Capitan

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan."

He discusses all the pre-upgrade work you need to do, what software needs to be updated, and why some software won’t function post-upgrade. Kissell also explains why, in spite of your best efforts, there could be a hiccup or two, and how to find out what’s causing them.

It's designed to help IT professionals deploy apps and protect corporate assets in an enterprise or large educational institution setting. With Casper, it doesn’t matter if a user has a company iPhone or iPad or if they're in the bring-your-own-device camp. Wudi talks about Apple’s often un-sung efforts in the enterprise market and their part in helping users enjoy the benefits of a new iOS as soon as they can download it.

You can watch the video here ( Joiner is...

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Sep 25
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for FileMaker Pro 14.

Version 8.0.4 is a maintenance update of our plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi added compatibility with Windows 10, fixed some problems in the LaunchFile and DiskInfo functions and improved the working of the FindFolder and Metadata functions.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 is available for downloading at Troi's website ( Licenses cost US$99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the web site.

Upgrading to version 8.0.4 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.3: version 8.0.4 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.4. Eligible users have been...

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Sep 24
Construction Estimator mm 1.0 released for OS X

MICOM Software ( has introduced Construction Estimator mm, an estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, Construction Estimator can help anyone estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.

Construction Estimator doesn't have a set beginning point; you can start with any function. Each function has inputs that relate to the area to be calculated. After inputting the measurements press the calculate button. This will calculate and display the cost and the materials.

These totals are then displayed in the Totals form. The Totals form is where you can also save and load your estimates. After completing a function you can exit the form...

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Sep 24
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version addresses compatibility issues with OS X Server 5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Microsoft Office 2016. It also contains many other bug fixes and overall performance improvements.

Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (

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Sep 24
FmPro Migrator 7.70 adds FileMaker 14 to Microsoft Access...

.com Solutions Inc. has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.70 ( with an updated FileMaker 14 to Microsoft Access conversion feature.

Enhancements have also been made to the conversion of FileMaker Portals to Access SubForms by adding the LinkMasterFields and LinkChildFields properties to automatically use the relationship between the main form and the SubForm. This release supports FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12, 13 and 14.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at US$600 per developer. You can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Sep 24
New synchronization engine offers data protection For FileMaker

The data synchronization engine SyncDeK is now SyncServer Pro ( and offers a completely redesigned wizard based assistant, simplified setup requirements and easy-to-use tools to help recover from disasters.

According to the folks at Linear Blue, SSP has completely reimagined how synchronization solutions are setup, deployed and managed. By answering simple questions about project goals, a user can trigger one of several set-up assistants depending on the complexity of the project, making it ideal for all knowledge levels.

With this new release of SyncServer Pro, there's a free version offering the capability of a re-deployment assistant to roll live data into your offline development version. Because the brand-new SyncServer Pro has been designed to meet both the needs of small businesses and large enterprises, the functionality built-in to it is purposely wide-ranging...

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Sep 24
Fantastical 2.1 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan

Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2.1 ( for Mac OS X. It's the first major update for the calendar app and is compatible with El Capitan, due for a Sept. 30 release.

Fantastical 2 for Mac is available now for a limited-time sale price of US$39.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from the Flexibits Store. The standard price will be $49.99 after a few weeks. Fantastical requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or OS X El Capitan 10.11.

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Sep 24
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 24

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

Mac Daddy's Legendary Outdoors has announced Brother's Keeper. It's a free app to help you know the relative location of other hunters to help maintain safe separation in the field.

Digital World Studio has released Udaaku: The Destiny of a Charm King. In the US$0.99, 2.5D endless adventure game players save their beloved king Udaaku from notorious birds and kill them to be on the top in the leaderboards.

InRFood is a new, free app for helping individuals manage dietary restrictions. By simply scanning the barcode of a food's packaging or searching for that food on the app a shopper will learn essential information on its sodium and sugar content, as well as that food's carbohydrate and calorie scores.

Ubacoda has launched Spooktacular Creeps. It's a free, physics based puzzle game in which players collect gold by popping spooky...

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Sep 23
Records is ready for OS X El Capitan

Push Popcorn ( has introduced Records 1.1 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] visual editor is ready for the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan release.

Records lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.

Records for Mac is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Sep 23
Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 expands color correction experience

Red Giant has rolled out Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, a free update to the Magic Bullet Suite 12 color correction, finishing and film looks solution. Packed with new features, presets and host support, the Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 update offers a more fluid color correction experience that includes new trackpad controls and real time color correction during video playback.

Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Colorista III, Magic Bullet Film, Magic Bullet Mojo, Magic Bullet Cosmo, Denoiser II and LUT Buddy. To update an existing Magic Bullet Suite, go to For more information, or to purchase, cruise on over to It costs US$799 for new users.

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Sep 23
Apple posts iOS 9.0.1

Apple has released iOS 9.0.1. It's a bug fix release that addresses several issues, including (per Apple):

° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating;

° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play;

° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted;

° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Sep 23
Booq unveils the Shadow messenger bag

The team at booq have announced their latest messenger bag: the Shadow. Available in gray and black, the Shadow features a unique profile and sleek exterior.

Compact and lightweight, the Shadow’s interior offers a spacious main compartment, a zippered pocket to store smaller accessories and a padded laptop compartment to keep a 15-inch MacBook or PC safely stored. The Shadow is available now for US$130 (black) and $160 (gray) at and various retailers.

The exterior of the gray Shadow features a water resistant jute, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with aluminum buckles, while the black version features a water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon material, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with plastic buckles. Both include a large back pocket for exterior storage.

The interior of the gray Shadow is lined with a...

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Sep 23
Pope Francis' US visit could affect new iPhone delivery...

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are due to arrive Friday, Sept. 25. However, deliveries in certain areas, such as New York City, may be delayed due to the security involving Pope Francis' US visit.

According to The Verge (, some customers are receiving the following email from Apple: "Thank you for your recent Apple Store purchase.

"Your iPhone 6s 64GB Rose Gold is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed.

"If we're unable to complete the delivery on Friday, we'll also be making Saturday deliveries at most locations.

"To track your package, please visit UPS with your tracking number: XXXX.

"We know you're looking forward to receiving your new iPhone, and we apologize if your order is affected."

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