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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.

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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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Sep 23
Star Walk 2 for iOS 9 now available

Vito Technology ( has announced Star Walk 2, an update to the company's stargazing guide for iOS and Android devices.

The app provides a journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. Among new features in version 2 are iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 support, including integrated spotlight search, slide over, new widget, new Apple Watch app, notifications for calendar events, New Horizons mission, Portuguese language, and more.

Star Walk 2 costs US$0.99 (all additional content is $2.99). It's available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Education category. There's also an Android version available on Google Play.

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Sep 23
56 commercial use fonts added to Free Fonts Collection

128bit Technologies has released version 6.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. It adds over 50 new fonts.

The new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 450 to 500 in the Mac App Stor. All fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website ( download outside of the Mac App Store.

Additionally, the custom preview app showing how the fonts look before installing them now supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese languages. Already have Free Fonts downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store? Just check the Updates section of the Mac App Store to download version 6.0. If you downloaded through the MacAppware website you will receive an email with a download link for the new font additions.

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Sep 23
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports Office 2016

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3, a compatibility update to its popular output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating time consuming post-processing. The app also helps users effortlessly repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Microsoft Office 2016.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website ( A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Sep 23
'iPhone 6s Guide' is a new tips book for the iPhone 6s...

Stopframe ( has published the "iPhone 6s Guide," an US$3.99 eBook available in the Amazon Kindle Store that's packed with tips and tutorials for both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

It covers iOS 9, 3D Touch, Apple Music, Safari, Photos and the iPhone 6s hardware. The "iPhone 6s Guide" is also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.

The 201-page "iPhone 6s Guide" is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Kindle Devices. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Kindle Store in the Computers category.

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Sep 22
QuarkXPress 2015 users can save over $450 on

Quark says that until Sept. 30, all QuarkXPress 2015 users are eligible for a full year of the new Desktop Font Subscription of 9,000+ fonts for US$99. The offer saves QuarkXPress 2015 users $451 off the standard retail price.

QuarkXPress 2015 users who take advantage of the offer will have access to the Monotype, Linotype and ITC typeface libraries, which feature signature designs like the Neue Helvetica, Avenir Next, and ITC Franklin Gothic families, as well new releases, including the Metro Nova and Neue Haas Grotesk collections. To learn more about the offer go to

Designers who don’t have a copy of QuarkXPress 2015 can purchase or upgrade now to take advantage of this special offer. Upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 are available from all previous versions of QuarkXPress at

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Sep 22
Apple tells developers how to validate their version of Xcode

Apple has issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.

"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software," Apple said in a statement. "We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps."

Apple has posted instructions for making sure your version of Xcode is validated. You can find them at

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Sep 22
Office 2016 for Mac available as a $150 purchase

Microsoft has announced ( that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription.

Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. It requires OS X 10.10 or later.

In July, Office 2016 for Mac was released to Office 365 customers. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "are a significant step forward and provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—a familiar Office experience paired with the best of the Mac platform," according to Microsoft.

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Sep 22
Judge: Samsung must pay Apple $548 million

Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung must now pay US$548 million from the first patent trial between Apple and Samsung has ordered by the Federal Court of Appeals.

Samsung, as expected, is appealing the decision based on a lengthy and ongoing patent invalidation process, saying that because of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examination, the order isn't being performed as required by federal procedure, notes MacNN (

This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices. On May 14, 2014, an U.S. appeals court affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple is innocent of violating three patents owned by Samsung. Earlier that...

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Sep 22
BeLight giving away Get Backup Pro for Mac OS X for a limited...

For a limited time, BeLight Software is giving away ( Get Backup Pro, the company's backup and disc cloning software, for Mac users preparing to migrate to OS X El Capitan.

The software lets users clone their Mac's HD and SSD to get a backup disk that can be booted up and used in case of a crash or accidental data loss that may happen during migration to the new OS. Get Backup Pro will remain free until Sept. 30, when El Capitan is due for release. The regular price is US$19.95.

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Sep 22
3DWeather storms onto the Mac

Idea2Inspire ( has introduced 3DWeather 1.0, a personal weather assistant developed for Mac OS X. Depending upon the weather condition, the US$2.99 app prepares 3D animated atmospheric scenes in a small widget with basic climate status.

3DWeather comes with three themes featuring different scenes, places and atmosphere. It will change its look with the passing of time. You can change the scenes from the Locations under preferences.

3DWeather requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Weather category.

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Sep 22
China Unicom offers iPhone 6s mobile service for as low as CNY...

China Unicom, a Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator, will offer a mobile service for Apple’s iPhone 6s handsets for CNY 76-596 (about US$12-94) a month, reports reported, citing Internet posting on the prices.

Customers have to sign a 30-month contract for minimum CNY 396 ($62) a month to get a free iPhone 6s with 16 GB, says (as noted by, a global investment newswire). The contract for a free 64-GB iPhone 6s or 16-GB iPhone 6s Plus will cost minimum CNY 596 a month for 24 months.

China Unicom received more than 300,000 pre-orders for iPhone 6s devices on the first day of offer on Sept. 10. Chinese carriers will start selling the new Apple handsets on September 25.

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Sep 22
Alien: Isolation-The Collection coming to the Mac on Sept. 30

Feral Interactive says the survival horror game Alien: Isolation – The Collection will be released for Mac and Linux via Steam on Sept. 29, with the Mac App Store version arriving in early October. It's developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA Europe Limited for PCs and consoles.

Here's how Alien: Isolation – The Collection is described: "In an original story set fifteen years after the film, players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who seeks to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Marooned aboard the stricken space station Sevastopol along with a few desperate survivors, players must stay out of sight, scavenge for resources and use their wits to survive as they are stalked by an ever-present, deadly Alien.

"The labyrinthine Sevastopol is an incredibly detailed world that conceals hundreds of logs and hidden items which provide clues to the mystery behind the station’s catastrophic decline. As they explore, players will...

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Sep 22
Comm-Unity Networking Systems launches CNS Barcode 1.5

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 1.5, which includes 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro Server 12+.

It's available immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available for download. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes.

CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Codabar, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 8, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E.

If you purchased CNS Barcode any time after Sept. 21, 2014, you can install...

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Sep 22
AKVIS releases AirBrush 3 for Mac OS X, Windows

AKVIS has released version 3 of AirBrush for Mac OS X and Windows. The software allows you to create airbrush drawings from photos.

Version 3.0 provides an improved photo to drawing effect, a watermark feature, new tools and brushes, advanced print options, and other changes. The program now generates even better results, producing expressive images with the enhanced level of detail in the breathtaking airbrushing technique. New features in the Text tab allow adding watermarks to drawings which can be used to protect creative works or to promote brands and products. AirBrush 3 also adds several new tools.

It's a free upgrade for recent buyers. For new users the cost is US$14.95. A demo is available for download at the product website ( On the Mac, AirBrush 3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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Sep 22
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 22

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

Hovik Melikyan has announced Magnetola. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, the US$1.99 music player can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened."

Itemtopia has released their free cross-platform app Itemtopia. It instantly notifies consumers if any item they own has been recalled (all vehicles and all consumer items) and allows consumers to attach receipts, warranties, photos and notes to each item at any time during the life of the item's ownership.

Red Bull Media House has introduced Clashem - Video Battles. It's a free competitive mobile video app and online community. All Clashem videos are five seconds long. There's no need to wait passively for likes and views to add up; users know in an instant if their video is a hit or flop.

Armstrong Santiago has launched Your Second Chance. It...

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Sep 21
Apple's watchOS 2 now available

Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for the Apple Watch. It allows developers to take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs [application programming interfaces] to build new app experiences, according to Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology.

watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch. The new APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, and with the ClockKit framework, developers can represent their data as complications on the watch face. These new tools allow developers to make apps more robust, says Lynch.

For example, Strava can more accurately track your heart rate while on a ride or run using data from the heart rate sensor and accelerometer; Insteon can give customers more precise...

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Sep 21
Baso Labs releases Occasions for Mac

Baso Labs has introduced Occasions 1.0, an app that lets you store and combine events, gifts, and people along with notes, photos and more. It offers integration with iCloud contacts.

Occasions supports major holidays in 27 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States. It's localized in 10 languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian, Korean, Turkish.

Occasions requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. For more information, go to Occasions' website (

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Sep 21
iPhone 6s, 6s Plus arrive on Friday, Sept. 25

Apple has announced that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early.

Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.
"Customer response to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been incredibly positive, we can't wait to get our most advanced iPhones ever into customers’ hands starting this Friday," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history."

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver,...

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Sep 21
Apple cleaning up App Store after major hack attack

Apple is cleaning up its Apple App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs following what is being described as the first large-scale attack on the mobile software outlet.

The hackers took aim at popular Chinese apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of source code known as XcodeGhost, notes Seeking Alpha ( According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks (, "hundreds of millions" of users are at risk of having their personal data exposed due to the malware.

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Sep 21
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Express 3.5

Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Express 3.5, the latest release of their word processor for the Mac.

Nisus Writer Express adapts to your writing environment with a flexible interface. This new version introduces a lower price. It has also been updated with iCloud support, OS X document Auto Save and Versions, and is now 64 bit and sandboxed. There are also bug fixes, improvements, and enhancements.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5 requires OS X 10.7.5 or above. It's available now from the Nisus store ( and the Mac App Store for $20. Version 3.5 is a free update for Nisus Writer Express 3.x owners.

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Sep 21
Mac HD Video Converter updated for iPhone 6s, iPad Pro

Digiarty Software has announced a new version of WinX HD Video Converter ( for Mac. It's a Mac OS X based video compression and converting solution for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro.

Designed specifically to convert HD and SD videos, WinX HD Video Converter for Mac simplifies and automates the conversion of 4K UHD, multi-track HD, and camcorder videos on Mac for the target iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 devices, Apple TV 4, and more.

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac is designed to convert HD and SD videos. With about 370 built-in video and audio Codecs, it accepts MKV, MPEG4, H.264, H.265 (HEVC), MOV, M2TS, AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, VOB, F4V, 3GP, MXF and so on. It facilitates the playback of movie files on different devices and players, and also makes it easier to upload videos to YouTube, Facebook, etc.

It's capable of changing video resolutions from 4K (2160p) to...

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Sep 21
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 21

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

Didstopia has announced Mutebot. The audio/video utility offers a way to mute and/or remove audio from your videos. Mutebot is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

LITE Games has released iSolitaire. It's a free version of the most famous Solitaire game, Klondike.

Mudpie Studios has introduced Let's Play. It's an US$2.99 app for the creation of videos, game walkthroughs, reaction videos, product reviews and more.

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