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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.

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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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Sep 18
ICNSmini is new bitmap shrinking app for the Mac

Ohanaware ( has introduced ICNSmini 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a developer utility that slims PNG, ICNS, TIFF and Iconset images down in file size.

Some files can shed up to 85% of their digital fat. Underneath ICNSmini's exterior lies Ohanaware's custom ICNS generator, custom TIFF processor and "pngquant." pngquant is a process for compressing PNG files, and its behind many image compression tools.

ICNSmini converts iconsets into compressed ICNS files, with the same savings as an ICNS file. It compresses PNG files up to 25% of their original size. It can slim TIFF files, on average, down to 30% of their original file size. (Actual compression rates will vary, dependent upon the content of the image.)

ICNSmini requires OS X 10.9 or newer. It's free from the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Batch processing is available via an in-app purchase; without batch...

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Sep 18
Magnetola is new music player with sound softener for Mac OS X

Hovik Melikyan has introduced Magnetola 1.0 ( for OS X. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, it's a "sensory-friendly" music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened."

Magnetola's unique audio softener filter can smoothen the rough edges of individual instruments, as well follow the overall dynamic of the song and suppress sudden big attacks, according to Melikyan. The player also features sliders for adjusting highs and lows (that's shelving filters in technical language). You can either boost or cut off high and low frequencies to your liking; we call these parameters "silk" and "wool" respectively.

Magnetola plays songs from your music library and features a library browser stylized as a compact cassette collection. It requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$3.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the...

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Sep 18
iTunes accepting new American Red Cross donations

Apple has added a banner to the iTunes Store ( that allows customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

You can click the Donate button under the amount you wish to donate. Donation choices are $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200.

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Sep 18
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 18

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

Darin Myman has announced DatChat Secret Messages & Hidden Picture. It's a free app that allows you to change how long your messages can be viewed before or after you send them, prevent screen shots and hide encrypted messages on your camera roll. DatChat offers you a traditional texting experience while providing total control and security for your messages.

Peter and Benita Schontag have introduced EZ ABC Keyboard. It's an US$1.99 custom keyboard that makes all the standard letters, numbers and symbols available on three individual screens. The app offers three-tap access to all characters to make the entering text, numbers, and symbols more efficient.

Flight Systems has released Wrecked. In the free vehicle destruction game,your goal is to cause a maximum amount of devastation and destruction as you crash into oncoming traffic.


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Sep 18
TimeTable for Mac OS revved to version 3

Capparsa has released TimeTag 3, an update to their popular productivity app for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher).

TimeTag is a time management tool designed for on-the-go freelancers and people who want to track their time quickly and easily. Version 3.0 brings one of the most requested features: syncing records with the iPhone and iPad. People can now login to their TimeTag Pro accounts created on their iPhone or iPad, and keep their records, tags and categories in sync automatically on the Mac.

TimeTag 3 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Syncing across iOS and OS X is available as an in-app purchase of $0.99/month or $9.99/year. Go to for more info.

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Sep 18
Rememoried game for Mac OSX available on Steam

Hangonit has announced Rememoried for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a game available at Steam ( for US$9.99.

Here's how the game is descibed: "Rememoried is a virtual place where memories change to dreams and the only possible way is forgetting, which becomes a mechanism for proceeding to the next layer of dreams. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls.

"The basic element of gameplay is the ability to forget. Some elements in the surroundings change when the player turns away or leaves, and become more than just a direction sign: they become the way along which the player walks, flies and falls. Finding such a way to the higher levels is a matter of his aptness and intuition, rewarded by advancing higher. Failure, on the...

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Sep 17
Court says Apple can block competitors for using its...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that Apple is entitled to blocking competitors from using its intellectual property, reports Bloomberg (

The court said Apple was entitled to a narrow order that prevents Samsung from using Apple’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and quicklinks features. To rule otherwise would eliminate patent rights of inventors of certain features in multicomponent devices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket.

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...

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Sep 17
Apple wants the Supreme Court to look into the ebook price...

Apple will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge’s finding that it conspired to fix the prices of ebooks when it launched its original iPad and iBook store in January 2010, according to FORTUNE (

"This case . . . presents issues of surpassing importance to the United States economy," the company argues in papers filed with the high court Wednesday. "Dynamic, disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets—the lifeblood of American economic growth—often requires the very type of" conduct that Apple engaged in, the company argues, and which U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of Manhattan found to be illegal in July 2013.

In June a federal appeals court ruled that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five publishers to increase ebook prices, in a victory for the U.S. Justice Department. The company is due to pay an US$450 million settlement.

By a 2-1...

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Sep 17
Turntable is new 'real album' app for the Mac

Turntable for Mac, a "real album" app for Mac OS X, is now available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99. (A demo is available at

It's touted as the first desktop music player ever to present real albums as you have in a physical collection. Albums and album art play full-screen and wide-screen on your computer. It’s the first time album art displays just like a real-life LP, like the records in the 60s, 70s, & 80s. 

The app, presenting Albums as the main navigation medium, provides also varied, visual ways to navigate an album. You can scroll through a matte collection of tiled album art. You can scroll/thumb through full screen records like a physical album. Or you can browse by charts of artists.

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Sep 17
Quark introduces content automation at Information Development...

Quark Software Inc. is a gold sponsor of Information Development World, the only conference dedicated to helping organizations rethink the way they create, manage, and deliver content experiences. While exhibiting onsite Quark will introduce content automation, a new transformational approach to streamlining the entire lifecycle of business-critical content.

Content automation is the practice of leveraging smart content to automate the assembly, publishing, and delivery of content for multiple media and audiences. By removing the traditional manual tasks that continue to stifle the content lifecycle, organizations in industries such as finance, manufacturing, energy and government can reduce costs, improve content quality and ensure compliance throughout the process – from creation to consumption.

Information Development World, held in San Jose, California, hosts a variety of content strategists, content marketers, information architects, technical writers, and...

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Sep 17
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 17

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

Dare Do Be has announced Pendilly. The free messaging app allows anyone to type a message, capture or import a photo or video, and then choose a future time to deliver the message. The recipient then receives a notification telling them a message is on the way, but not what the message is, who it's from, or even when it will arrive.

Kidonkadonk has released Casino Coach Three Card Poker. Serving as both a game and learning tool, it allows you to play three card poker for free and teaches you how to play to win. Three Card Poker 1.0 is free, but does tout in-app purchases of advanced features.

Do502 has introduced the Do502 app. It's a tool for planning a night (or several) in Louisville, along with the 16 other cities across North America in the growing DoStuff Network. 

German publisher Deep Silver FISHLABS and Spanish developers Tama...

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Sep 17
'MacVoices' looks at the iOS 9 version of JAMF's...

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with Jason Wudi, the chief technology officer for JAMF Software, about the iOS 9 version of Casper Suite.

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 the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.

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Sep 16
iTunes 12.3 ready for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan

Apple has posted iTunes 12.3, which adds support for iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, which is coming later this month.

According to Apple, the upgrade also:

° Offers improved Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver;

° Resolves a problem that prevented ordering of songs within Up Next;

° Fixes a problem where some radio stations did not appear within Recently Played;

° Addresses an issue where songs you loved on iOS did not appear loved on iTunes;

° Supports two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID;

° Includes improvements to overall stability and performance.

You can download iTunes 12.3 via the Software Update option in the Mac App Store or from the iTunes website.

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Sep 16
iOS 9 now available for download

Apple has released iOS 9. It 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. iOS 9 will come preloaded on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, launching on Sept. 25, and the iPad Pro, coming in November.

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Sep 16
Tim Cook to meet with India's prime minister

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among several CEOs slated to meet with Norendra Modi, Indian's prime minister, when the PM visits the U.S. later this month, reports The Economic Times (

An Apple spokesperson confirmed that a meeting between its Cook and Modi will take place. However, the spokesperson declined to comment on topics of discussion.

The prime minister will be keen to showcase initiatives such as "Make in India" and "Digital India" and persuade the maker of iPhones and iPads to invest in manufacturing and research & development (R&D) in India, says The Economic Times. For its part, Apple has "become increasingly conscious of India's importance as a market," the article adds.

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Sep 16
Apple delays watchOS 2

watchOS 2 was due for release today. However, Apple has delayed it due to a bug. The company hasn't said exactly what the issue is.

However, in a statement ( to the press, Apple says: "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected. We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly."

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Sep 16
Three iOS 9 security tips you can use

Apple is releasing iOS 9 today, and Norton has shared Norton wanted to share iOS 9 security best practices.

While Apple devices and operating systems have a reputation for strong security, 84 percent of mobile vulnerabilities discovered last year were on iOS according to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. In fact, a recent malware family called KeyRaider compromised a record number of user accounts on jailbroken iPhones.

Following are three iOS 9 security tips you can use to safeguard your personal information (for more information go to

° Use a strong, unique Apple ID password. Apple’s new iOS 9 now requires a six-digit passcode rather than four-digits. This, paired with a strong Apple ID password that uses letters, numbers and symbols, will make it harder for criminals to guess passwords and help protect users’ data.

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