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Oct 08
Apple announces Oct. 16 media event

Apple has sent out press invitations to a keynote address for Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite's tag line says, "it's been way too long."

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Oct 08
comScore reports August smartphone subscriber marketshare for...

comScore (www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has reported trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for August.

Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52% platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.

comScore says 174 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (72% mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in August, up 3 percent since May. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42% of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 0.1 percentage points from May). Samsung ranked second with 28.9% market share (up 1.1 percentage points), followed by LG with 6.7% (up 0.2 percentage points), Motorola with 5.4%and HTC with 4.5%.

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Oct 08
Apple remains top consumer brand for teens

Piper Jaffray (www.piperjaffray.com) as completed its 28th semi-annual Taking Stock With Teens market research project, which indicates increased spending across categories despite decreased optimism about the economy. Apple remains the top consumer electronics brand for teens.

Sixty-seven percent own iPhones, up 6% from spring 2014. Seventy-three percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone.

"Our fall 2014 survey results indicate teens continue to diversify their tastes through discovery of emerging brands and multi-brand experimentation, even as their views of the economy worsen," says Steph Wissink, co-director of research and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. "We also observe trends that indicate teens use social media, mainly Instagram, to create their own unique personal brands and seek peer affirmation. Millennials continue to be early adopters of change who use...

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Oct 08
App Tamer revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

 St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an upgrade (2.0.4) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version delivers full compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 2.x can upgrade to version 2.0.4 for free. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $7.95.

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Oct 08
'DigiTimes' claims a 12-inch MacBook Air has entered...

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has started production on a 12-inch MacBook Air "in small volumes" and will gradually increase output beginning November, claims "DigiTimes" (www.digitimes.com), quoting sources with Taiwan's supply chain.

"Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being," the article adds "As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated."

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Oct 08
ChronoSync ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.5.3, featuring compatibility with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

ChronoSync can synchronize, backup or create bootable backups to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives.

Existing users can update for free. A demo is available for download. Registration for new users is US$40.

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Oct 08
DEVONtechnologies updates its apps for Mac OS X Yosemite

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has upgraded all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink as well as the notebook app DEVONnote for the upcoming OS X Yosemite with new features, interface adjustments, and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

User interface adjustments make the apps look better in Yosemite's new flat design. 
Also, DEVONthink 2.8 comes with a new sharing extension. It allows users to clip text and web addresses from other Mac apps with a single click. Extensions are Yosemite's new way for exchanging data between applications.



Other new features include a script for Safari that adds the web addresses of all open tabs as bookmarks to DEVONthink. Sharing information becomes easier with a Share submenu available in contextual menus of PDF and web views. The Clip to DEVONthink web browser extension now also works...

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Oct 07
Goodsol serves up Pretty Good Solitaire for Mac

Goodsol Development (http://www.goodsol.com/) has announced Pretty Good Solitaire 3 for the Mac. It's an updated solitaire game collection with 550 different solitaire games.

It includes the games Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, Yukon, Scorpion, Pyramid, Crazy Quilt, Golf, Cruel and more. It has unlimited undo and redo functions, allowing you to go back to the beginning.

Pretty Good Solitaire 3.03 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games/Card category for $24.99.

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Oct 07
CS Odessa announced infographics solution for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) says it's new Data-driven Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is available immediately in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

It allows anyone to build infographics from data that conveys a complete story to one’s audience. The new solution provides graphical user elements needed to transform data into a visual message.

The Data-driven Infographics Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro 10 at no charge to customers. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Oct 07
Scorpion Barcode optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher), to version 2.5. The upgrade is optimized for the upcoming OS X 10 Yosemite.

Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$165; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.

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Oct 07
128bit Technologies releases Logo Pop Free on the Mac App Store

128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free, its new vector based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.

The utility allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.

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Oct 07
New Apple products for 2015 to consume 25% of DRAM industry...

While the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has created a global consumer frenzy, eager Apple fans are still anticipating the release of the upgraded 2GB storage iPad Air 2, and MacBook Pro, which will be equipped with LPDDR3 DRAM for the first time.
 
Apple’s consumption of mobile DRAM will grow from the current 16.5% of the industry’s total production volume to 25% in 2015, as the California-based tech giant equips more smartphones, tablets and even notebook products with DRAM, says Avril Wu, assistant vice president of DRAMeXchange, a subsidiary of the Taiwan-based market intelligence firm TrendForce (http://www.trendforce.com). 

"Since Apple is already a major player in the mobile DRAM market, PC DRAM manufacturers will switch to mobile DRAM to meet the company’s demands," says Wu. "This has indirectly caused supply shortages in the PC DRAM and server DRAM sectors."
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Oct 07
Easy Duplicate Finder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.7

WebMinds (http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com) has revved Easy Duplicate Finder, its duplicate finder for Mac OS X, to version 4.7. Its new scanning mode lets users scan their iTunes libraries for duplicate songs and delete the duplicates in a single click without having to worry about any synchronization issues.

Easy Duplicate Finder's iTunes Scan mode scans your Mac's hard drive for duplicate music tracks while scanning for duplicate iTunes library entries. This technique allows you to delete the duplicates without having to inspect countless folders that contain music.

Another advantage of Easy Duplicate Finder's iTunes Scan is that the program synchronizes iTunes and iPhoto after it deletes duplicate files. The synchronization is automatic.

In addition to the new iTunes Scan duplicate detection mode, Easy Duplicate Finder 4.7 features functionality improvements and...

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Oct 06
Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular messaging app

Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular messaging app, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group. Facebook Messenger, Skype, and SnapChat are ahead of it.

Among messaging app users, 53% use Facebook Messenger, and 45% use Skype,” says Tejas Mehta, research analyst, Parks Associates. “These two apps are dominant in this high-growth area. At the beginning of 2014, 34% of U.S. smartphone owners used a messaging app on a monthly basis. The difficulty, especially for new entrants, is turning user growth into revenues.”

Parks Associates notes smartphone penetration has exceed 75% of U.S. broadband households, driving growth of OTT [over-the-top] messaging apps as users look to avoid costs of SMS messaging services by their mobile operators. As a result, the rapid growth in messaging app usage comes at the cost of text messaging.

Parks Associates estimates that global OTT messaging volume will grow from 10 trillion messages in 2013 to nearly...

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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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