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Aug 18
QuickerTek produces external battery for the MacBook

QuickerTek has announced the 2015 Type-C MacBook External Battery ( for Apple's 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

The US$2.99 battery's base unit charges the MacBook for eight extra hours of run time. It also includes a light weight 3D case, allowing QuickerTek to custom build the battery in any size. PCM and Smart Charging protection is included in the design so cells won't overheat, over or under charge. 

Instead of LED indicators, this battery includes a button which can be pushed by the user, and the battery will send a message via Bluetooth 4.0 LE to their iPhone, iPad or MacBook displaying the charge status. You can use this product in conjunction with QuickerTek's new 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar panel.

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Aug 18
Nuance introduces Dragon Anywhere

Nuance Communications has announced Dragon Anywhere, a cloud-based mobile application available this fall for iOS and Android that delivers Dragon’s voice dictation and documentation productivity capabilities to mobile devices for the first time.

Designed for the mobile workforce, Dragon Anywhere brings professional-grade continuous dictation to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, enabling users to create and edit complete reports and documents, capture detailed notes, and more, while on the go. This new, cloud-based mobile app empowers field workers, lawyers, social workers, insurance adjusters, public safety officers, and other professionals to keep up with documentation demands even when they are away from their desks.

Dragon Anywhere offers a cross-device experience, enabling Dragon users to access documents saved to a preferred cloud service from their desktop. Customized vocabularies and auto-texts are also shared across an entire Dragon experience with...

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Aug 18
USPTO invalidates one of Apple's iPhone patents

Three months after the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated $380 million in damages, thus necessitating a third trial in the first California case between these parties, but upheld approximately $547 million in mostly design patent-related damages, "it looks like one of the patents underlying that damages claim should never have been granted in the first place," according ot FOSS Patents (

The Central Reexamination Division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reexamined one of the key iPhone design patents in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit. The validity of one of the patents (618,677) has received a "non-final" rejection.

According to FOSS Patents: "The problem the D'677 patent faces here is that the USPTO has determined (for now) that this patent "is not entitled to benefit of the filing date" of two previous Apple...

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Aug 18
Company of Heroes 2 advancing to the Mac on Aug. 27

Feral Interactive has announced that World War II real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2 will be released for Mac and Linux via Steam on Aug. 27 with the Mac App Store version to follow shortly afterwards. It's developed by Relic Entertainment and published by SEGA for PC,.

Here's how the game is described: "Players will direct their troops through fast-paced real-time battles in the brutal fight to turn the tide of World War II. From the desperate defense of Stalingrad to victory in Berlin, they must defeat a tenacious enemy and survive the deadly cold of the Russian winter. 

"Objective-based missions challenge players to maneuver soldiers, guns, and tanks across feature-rich environments to scope out the battlefield, secure targets and destroy enemies. Players will navigate hazardous terrain, take advantage of cover and overcome the freezing temperatures and treacherous ice that can make the difference between crushing defeat and hard-won victory."


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Aug 18
Apple Music Festival brings live performances to fans in...

Apple has announced that Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September.

Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1 alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect.

"We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1."

The Apple Music Festival takes place over 10 nights from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28. UK residents can...

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Aug 18
WD Red Pro Drives now available in 6TB

WD has expanded its WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5TB and 6TB capacities. The WD Red Pro family is designed for NAS (network attached storage) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives.

Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5 and 6 TB drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 megabytes per second (MB/s). WD's NASware 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and integration, says Cindi Grace, senior vice president of the WD storage technology group.

Equipped with a multi- axis shock sensor, the drive automatically detects subtle shock events and, along with dynamic fly height technology, adjusts each read-write function to compensate and protect the data, further protecting the drive in large 1- to 16-bay NAS environments. Firmware enables integration, data protection and optimal performance for systems...

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Aug 18
Speedo, Misfit partner to introduce Swim Tracker in Apple Stores

Misfit and Speedo are launching a Speedo-branded activity, swim, and sleep tracker: Speedo Shine. It will initially be available in retail exclusively at Apple stores worldwide September 1, as well as on and  for US$79.99.

Proprietary lap counting algorithms embedded in the device’s firmware track a swimmer’s lap count and works for all stroke types. Speedo Shine syncs with the Misfit app for iOS and Android and displays laps and swim distance, along with calories burned and points earned. The device will soon also work with Speedo’s personalized swim tracking app, Speedo Fit.

Speedo Shine is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum and is offered in new light silver color, Pure. Like the original Misfit Shine, Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters. The device is meant to be worn both in and out of the water, and also tracks walking, running, cycling, and light and deep sleep.

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Aug 17
Two zero-day vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X

An Italian teenager has found two zero-day vulnerabilities in Mac OS X operating system that could be used to gain remote access to a Mac, reports the IDC News Service (

Eighteen-year-old Luca Todesco posted details of the exploit he developed on GitHub. The exploit uses two bugs to cause a memory corruption in OS X’s kernel, he wrote via email.

The memory corruption condition can then be used to circumvent kernel address space layout randomization (kASLR), a defensive technique designed to thwart exploit code from running. The attacker then gains a root shell.

The exploit code works in OS X versions 10.9.5 through 10.10.5. IDG says it's fixed in the latest beta version of El Capitan.

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Aug 17
Sprint customers can now upgrade their iPhone anytime

Sprint has unveiled iPhone Forever. Starting today, new and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get an iPhone for just US$22 per month with iPhone Forever.

Anytime customers don’t have the latest Apple smartphone they're eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone to a Sprint store and upgrade on the spot. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. Qualified customers can get a 16GB iPhone 6 model at Sprint branded retail stores,, 1-800-Sprint-1, Best Buy and Target.

Through Dec. 31, 2015, customers on any other carrier or existing Sprint customers who are upgrade eligible and turn-in any smartphone will get a promotional rate of US$15 per month on a new iPhone. When they upgrade to the latest iPhone after Dec. 31, their monthly lease rate returns to current lease pricing, $22 per month.

New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and...

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Aug 17
Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay

Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay yet as they're not willing to give give Apple a slice of the US$2 billion a year they earn in interchange fees, which are paid by merchants for use of payments infrastructure, according to The Sydney Morning Herald ( 

In the United States, Apple is believed to earn about 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. It is understood Apple has been asking for the same amount of interchange fee in Australia, says the SMH. The article says that Australia's big banks won't agree to this level given that interchange fees in Australia are about half the US level – equivalent to an average of 50¢  $100 of transaction compared with about $1 for $100 of transaction fees in the US.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private...

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Aug 17
Winmail Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Enolsoft ( has released Winmail Viewer 3.0, an update of its tool for opening and reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text (RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments.

It also enables users to preview, export and save the attachments that a Winmail.dat file contained. Winmail Viewer 3.0 gets optimized performance, a tweaked user interface, and the ability to display the Winmail.dat files' attachment in two modes: thumbnail and information.

It also adds support for reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text(RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments and a support tab to view, open and read multiple Winmail.dat files simultaneously.

Winmail Viewer 3.0 is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It costs US$0.99.

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Aug 14
QuickerTek creates Solar Power option for MacBook

QuickerTek has announced the US$299, 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar Panel ( It features the USB 3.1 adaptor cable which powers and charges the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

This new solar product powers the MacBook battery for use even while charging the internal battery. Even when the MacBook battery is completely dead, the QuickerTek solar panel charges and powers the laptop simultaneously.

The Type-C MacBook Solar Panel is made with thin film photovoltaic creating a lightweight, foldable design. At only a hair over 11 inches x 6.5 inches folded, and at only 1.3 pounds, it's light but still powerful enough to charge the MacBook as quickly as an Apple AC charger, minimizing downtime.

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Aug 14
Genealogy for Mac: MacFamilyTree 7.6 released

Synium Software has launched MacFamilyTree 7.6 (, an update to the genealogy application for OS X.

MacFamilyTree helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. Version 7.6 offers a new source management, the person analysis report, and a new fractal ancestor chart. In addition to these new features, the upgrade also comes with other improvements.

MacFamilyTree 7.6 requires a Mac with OS X 10.7 Lion or later, though some features (for example Statistics Maps), are only available on OS X Yosemite. It's a free update for all customers of MacFamilyTree 7 and can be downloaded or updated at the Mac App Store. For new customers MacFamilyTree 7.6 is offered with 50% and sells for just US$24.99 until Aug. 30.

There's a mobile version of MacFamilyTree available, too. It's called...

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Aug 14
Federal court says 'no' to Samsung's appeal

A federal appeals court has refused to re-examine Samsung's appeal of a 2012 jury verdict that found the company violated Apple's iPhone patents, reports the San Jose Mercury News (

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung's bid to reconsider a previous ruling. This leaves the U.S. Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn hundreds of millions of dollars in damages it now owes Apple.

Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury's verdict that the South Korean tech giant's smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple's design patents.

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

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Aug 14
IK Multimedia introduces SampleTank Custom Shop

IK Multimedia ( has introduced SampleTank Custom Shop, a free introductory version of SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation application and DAW plug-in for Macs and PCs.

Now musicians, producers and engineers have a new way to explore over 14,000 samples, over 19GB of additional sound content and 3,700 loops, 1,200 MIDI patterns and over 500 instruments. SampleTank Custom Shop comes with a fully functional curated library of 30 instruments — including eight new instruments and the Grand Piano 1 SE — that can be edited, manipulated and customized .

SampleTank Custom Shop also lets users browse, purchase and play with the growing collection of SampleTank 3 Instruments available in the Custom Shop — like the new Alan Parsons Grand Piano, American Acoustic Guitar, Neil Peart Drums, Billy Cobham Drums, Future Synths and more — all from a standalone application or DAW plug-...

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Aug 14
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X can now search image metadata

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.1, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files.

Graphic Inspector checks multiple files for potential problems according to user's workflow requirements saving the time and hassle of checking the documents manually. The new version lets users check image metadata for specific values using custom list of metadata tags, and introduces several other improvements and bug fixes.

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Version 2.1 is a free update for users of version 2.x and $20 for licensed users of version 1. Graphic Inspector is free with the purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. It requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.10. Mac OS X 10.11 will be supported upon release.

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Aug 14
RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU support for...

RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe Premiere Pro, with support now included when purchasing DE:Flicker for After Effects. DE:Flicker continues to be available for Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.

DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out those annoying 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 is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one...

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Aug 13
Apple updates Mac OS X, iTunes, and iOS

Apple has released updates for Mac OS X, iTunes and iOS.

Mac OS X 10.10.5 concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit. This update:

° Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail ;

° Fixes an issue in Photos that prevents importing videos from GoPro cameras;

° Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.

Mac OS X 10.10.5 can be downloaded via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.

iTunes 12.2.1 offers stability and performance improvements. For example:

° You can click on the Beats 1 banner to see what's currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show.

° You can now view a list of the artists you're following on Apple Music.

° An issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music has been resolved.

° The upgrade addresses a...

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Aug 13
iHome HomeKit compatible 'iSP5 Smartplug' now available

iHome has released the iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series.

Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on and for US$39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.

The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug allows consumers to use the free iOS iHome Control app to turn on and off small appliances such as lamps, fans, air conditioning and other home devices with ease from any location. iOS users may also use Siri to remotely control their devices. The design ecosystem of iHome Control allows users the ability to group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to manipulate multiple connected devices within a home.

Additionally the iHome Control app allows for the creation of “custom scenes”...

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Aug 13
Apple's Boot Camp adds support for Microsoft Windows 10

Apple has updated Book Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10. that lets it install Microsoft Windows 10.

You need support software (drivers) installed with Boot Camp to use Windows 10. This software is automatically downloaded when you use Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 when used with a supported Mac.

Windows 10 is available from Microsoft as an ISO file, an installation DVD, and a USB flash drive. You need an ISO file of the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer to install Windows on your Mac.

If you don't have an ISO file, you can use Disk Utility to make one from your Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive. If you're installing Windows for the first time, make sure the Windows installer you're using is for a full installation (not an upgrade installer).

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Aug 13
Simon 4.1 for Mac OS X includes redesigned web feature

Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.1 (, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports allow remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.1 includes a redesigned web feature, the ability to send custom headers and load dynamic content, and more.

Simon 4.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$99, though it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 4.0. Upgrades from version 3.x are $49. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 13
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 13

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

Cullaboration Media has announced One Song Workout, a fitness app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It automatically creates a high-intensity interval training exercise routine that is timed to fit any song from your iTunes account. Exercise repetition goals are automatically adjusted based on user feedback at the completion of a workout. One Song Workout is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Baby Monitor 3G is an US$3.99 app for parents who want to stay in touch with their children, even when the little ones are sleeping. It's available for iOS, Mac and Android operating systems.

Comics publisher Contents First released TappyToon. The free app allows U.S. and international fans digital access to licensed comics and webtoons.

Michael Granzin has introduced Bam Bam Squid. In the game, you play squid that's combing...

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Aug 13
PDFpen 7.3 for Mac OS X improves scanning

Smile has released PDFpen 7.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. This update includes improvements to scanning performance and reliability. It also prepares for the upcoming OS X El Capitan release.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. PDFpen retails for US$74.95 and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users).

Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30 and free to users who purchased on or after Aug. 1, 2014. Upgrades to PDFpenPro 7 from previous versions of PDFpen are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found on the Smileweb store: ...

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Aug 12
Apple announces partnership with Code2040

Buzzfeed ( reports that Apple has announced a partnership with Code2040 (, a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry.

CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends. 

As a "platinum" sponsor of the fellowship program, Apple will hire as paid interns 10 of the 80 fellows in Code2040’s current class, and an additional two beyond that, says Buzzfeed. For three months, these fellows will work at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.

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Aug 12
Apple joins NFC Forum

Apple has joined the NFC Forum ( as a sponsor member, a non-profit industry association who mission is "to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology."

Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 3.9 inches or less.

"The top tier of NFC Forum membership, sponsor membership, entitles an organisation to a seat on the NFC Forum board of directors, the association’s governing body," NFC Forum director Paula Hunter says. "We are delighted to welcome Apple to our board of directors as an NFC Forum sponsor member."

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