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Aug 10
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.1

Recosoft Corp. is shipping ID2Office 2.1 the newest version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.

The new version has been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, version 2.1 adds support for InDesign CC 2015 properties such as Paragraph shadings and Graphic cells in tables, and more.

On the Mac, ID2Office 2.1 requires OS X 10.6.8 and higher. It's available at Recosoft (http://www.recosoft.com) in the following configurations:

° ID2Office Standard 2.1 annual subscription (Mac/Windows), US$199;
° ID2Office Professional 2.1 annual subscription (Mac only), $249.

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Aug 08
European Commission: no evidence of collusion between Apple,...

The European Commission found no evidence of collusion among the major music labels and Apple to stifle free music streaming services such as those offered by Spotify, reports Re/code (http://tinyurl.com/ocqcveq), quoting four unnamed "sources with knowledge of the matter."

Investigators examined whether the labels conspired with one another or with Apple on Apple’s new streaming music service in a way that would hurt rivals, the article adds. The probe failed to turn up any illegal activity, though the EU will continue to monitor the market, sources said.

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Aug 07
Apple extends back to school promotion

Apple has extended its annual back to school promotion. It's now online (http://tinyurl.com/nl9zv29) and available in some European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

Those who buy an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac Pro get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. There’s also an option to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones for $100.

The iPhone, iPad and (for some reason) the Mac mini aren’t among the eligible items for purchase with free headphones. The back to school promo runs through Sept. 18 at Apple Stores.

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Aug 07
Apple merges online store into all its web pages

Apple has built its online store into its main website and separate web pages. There's no longer a separate "Store" listing on Apple's pages.

Instead, there's a shopping bag icon that displays products in the shopping cart, past order information, account details, and favorites. You buy an item by clicking the "Buy" button on a product's page. This links you to the purchasing menus formerly available in the online store.

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Aug 07
Apple Watch arrives at Best Buy

The Apple Watch is now available at Best Buy locations. It's the first national retailer in the U.S., other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the smartwatch.

The Apple Watch has arrived in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of the stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping, says  Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy.

Customers can see, try and buy 16 Apple Watch models – including Sport and Watch models in both 38mm and 42mm sizes – and nearly 50 accessories, including watch bands, screen shields, stands, chargers and more. Visit BestBuy.com for more information, including which stores will have the Apple Watch, how to accessorize your new device, and more.

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Aug 07
nVeil Art for Mac OS X adds photo enhancement masking, more

Storek Studio has announced nVeil Art 2.0 (http://nVeil.com), an update to its graphic remix tool for Mac OS X.

nVeil generates works of digital abstract cubism by filtering photos or video through vector-drawn veils. Colors and motion come from the source imagery, and can then be further modified with nVeil's controls. Version 2.0 features photo enhancement masking, a new image format, an enlarged library of veils, new tutorials, an improved user interface, and more.

nVeil runs on OS X 10.7 or higher. Bundled app pricing of both the creating/exporting app and the veil-making app for a limited time is US$29, with a special educational price of $19. The regular price $39.

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Aug 07
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 7

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

Sugar Games has released Brownies the mobile version. It's a free (with in-app purchases) game that plunges the player into the magical land of cute little creatures where mundane objects naturally intertwine with fantastic landscapes and buildings.

Giants Software has announced Farming Simulator 16 for iOS. In the US$4.99 app, players can operate tractors and machines, raise, harvest, and sell crops, and master their land. In addition to crops, farmers can feed sheep and cows to sell wool and milk.

Fan Studio has introduced Save the Planet - Airplane Fighter for the iPhone. It's an $1.99, vertically scrolling shoot 'em up game set in the time of World War II. The player pilots a fighter airplane while on a mission to save the planet. Players must deftly navigate through the various levels with a weaponized plane, in the manner of desert...

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Aug 07
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 7.9.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.

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Aug 06
Open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Apple's Swift...

Since June 2014, more than 100 programmers have contributed to an open source Mandarin Chinese translation of Swift, the in-house programming language Apple uses for iOS development, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/ox4wr7j).

Designed for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, Swift — which debuted last summer — combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

A round of finishing touches was added to the Mandarin Chinese tranlstion last month, making it easier for 850 million native Mandarin speakers to build iOS apps. The project’s originator is Jie Liang, a student at BeiHang University in Beijing, who wrote in a celebratory blog post that he began translating Swift to "synchronize China and the world," says Bloomberg.

The next version...

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Aug 06
ZFoundry releases zCloud for Mac OS X

zFoundry (http://zfoundry.co) has released zCloud for Mac OS X. It's an app that connects to Dropbox to allow users to create shareable links to screenshots, images and other files for instant collaboration without the hassle of bulky attachments or signing into additional software or websites.

An instantly shareable link is generated by dragging a file to the zCloud icon in the menubar, taking a screenshot with customizable keyboard shortcuts or designating a Finder folder(s) that will automatically upload and generate links for files added to it. The link is automatically copied to the clipboard when any of these actions are performed, so all the user has to do is paste and share via email, instant message or any other method.

"In today’s world of virtual offices and remote collaboration, it saves an enormous amount of time—and disk space," says Nicholas Fortino, CDO of zFoundry, who first conceived the...

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Aug 06
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility issues with...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 7.9.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.

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Aug 06
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in October

The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided.

Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks Textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for the iPad and Mac. Its been redesigned for OS X Yosemite. It supports galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more.

The 2015 iBooks Author Conference is a global gathering of the growing iBooks Author user base, spanning educators, instructional designers, creative professionals, learning professionals,...

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Aug 06
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital work flows

vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS).

vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort.

In addition, the new version simplifies processes within corporates and editorial workflows. If a task is assigned to a user as part of the workflow, he will receive an email notification containing a description of the task and an URL. All the user has to do is to click this link and the assigned asset will open in the right client, be it a browser-based web editor, Adobe InDesign, InCopy, or another program.

Teams consisting of in-house staff and outside contributors who work less frequently in vjoon...

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Aug 06
11 million sign up for Apple Music

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version).

"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 a month for individual access to 30 million songs as well as human-curation playlists and a live radio station. Assuming all the trial memberships are converted into paying customers come October, Apple would already boast half the paid memberships of reigning streaming champ Spotify, which launched nearly a decade ago, notes USA Today.

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Aug 06
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei

Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

"Accepting Apple Pay is a win for Pei Wei because it’s convenient and gives our guests the flexibility to use their preferred method of payment," says Pei Wei CEO Ralph Bower. "It allows us to safely and quickly process transactions, increasing both customer service and restaurant efficiency. This is just one way we’re implementing the latest technology to improve the dining experience."

Pei Wei launched Apple Pay acceptance as a pilot in its 16 Phoenix area restaurants in July. The technology became available at all of Pei Wei registers nationwide on Aug. 4. This follows the company's large technology investment in the implementation of new payment terminals, pin pad devices and point-to-point...

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Aug 05
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple

The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).

Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.

According to the SEC data, the SNB held shares in more than 2,500 U.S.-listed companies, valued at $38.6 billion. A quarter earlier, it held U.S. shares worth $37.5 billion.

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Aug 05
Santa Fe Opera planning an opera based on Steve Jobs' life

If two (and counting) movies/documentaries and various books weren't enough, now there's an opera in the works based on the life of the late Steve Jobs.

The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, is scheduled to debut in 2017. The work is a Santa Fe Opera commission, reports the Los Angeles Times (http://tinyurl.com/nz2tyny). 

The opera will explore Jobs' complicated professional and personal lives. It will include characters based on Jobs' father, Paul, and his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. The opera will also delve into "the touchy area of his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned," according to the L.A. Times.

The Santa Fe Opera said "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" will receive its first workshop in San Francisco in September in collaboration with Cal Performances at UC...

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Aug 05
Apple's TestFlight app flies to version 1.2.0

Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.2.0, which adds support for testing upcoming iOS 9 features such as watchOS 2 apps and App Thinning.

TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to.

With the new version, testers can now choose how to receive update notifications for each app they're testing. Also, watchOS 2 beta apps will install automatically when the "Automatic Downloads" setting is turned on in the Apple Watch app. TestFlight is a free download at the Apple App Store.

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Aug 05
StickyBrain for Mac OS X — it's baaaack

Chronos has announced the return of StickyBrain, its note manager, after a 10 year hiatus. It's been entirely rewritten from the ground up in Apple’s new Swift programming language in order to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies.

"StickyBrain lets users store anything, find anything, fast," says Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Its familiar sticky note interface combined with its powerful Note Viewer helps users manage all of the information in their lives with aplomb."

StickyBrain features include a: Note Viewer for managing notes; hierarchical folders for note organization; application attachments (notes float above other windows when application active); the ability to import text files in popular formats; the ability to import notes from Apple’s Stickies app; exporting; printing; Spotlight integration; QuickLook integration, and more.

A fully functional 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site (...

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Aug 05
Apple defeats group lawsuit bit over iMessage 'message...

Apple has defeated a group lawsuit sought by a former iPhone user who claimed the company’s messaging system interfered with delivery of texts after she switched to an Android-based smartphone.

Plaintiff Adrienne Moore said in her complaint filed in San Jose, California, last November that Apple’s iMessage's message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4.

Moore sought class-action status and unspecified damages, claiming that Apple failed to disclose how iOS 5 would obstruct the delivery of "countless"messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has ruled the case can’t proceed as a group lawsuit because it’s not clear enough that all proposed members of the suit suffered an inconvenience due to any “contractual breach or interference” stemming from the iMessage...

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Aug 05
IBM launches cloud-based IT services to help enterprise clients...

IBM (www.ibm.com) has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications.

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM deploying Macs to employees around the globe at speed and scale, in a highly secure enterprise environment, according to Patterson. With its...

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Aug 05
Apple now selling the sixth gen iPod touch in Korea

Apple Korea is now selling the sixth generation iPod touch, reports Seoul Finance — as noted by BrightWire (www.brightwire.com), a global investment newswire.

The new iPod touch is priced at KRW 279,000-KRW 499,000 (about US$238-$426) in the country, the article said. Seoul Finance is a Seoul-based online and offline publication that provides financial and economic news.

The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three...

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Aug 05
You can now replay taped broadcasts from Beats 1

A new Apple Music Connect feature called Beats 1: Replay lets you replay taped Internet broadcasts of their favorite shows, including those hosted by DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, Ebro Darden, and Elton John, reports MacStories (http://tinyurl.com/qde6ayr).

Previously, if you missed a live show, or its rerun, lyou were out of luck. Some of the shows on Beats 1 offered the ability to follow them on Connect and listen to the playlists of songs played during the show, but that didn't include the complete show with DJ and guests. Now, if you've missed a show and would prefer to listen to it whenever you'd like, you can find the Replay (again, through Connect) and tap to start listening, notes MacStories.

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Aug 05
Rep. Barbara Lee wants Apple to release diversity data

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., called on the nation's technology companies such as Apple to release federal data on the diversity of their work forces. She was in Silicon Valley this week with two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus to push the tech industry to hire more African Americans.

"We have asked them all to release the data," Lee told USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/nvbhgn8). "If they believe in inclusion, they have to release the data so the public knows that they are being transparent and that they are committed to doing the right thing."

So far Apple has refused requests from the daily newspaper to make public data it routinely supplies to the U.S. Department of Labor on the demographics of their workers.

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Aug 05
CS Odessa announces Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a solution that allows individuals and teams to collaborate on core development issues involved in putting together a website. Suitable for web masters, UI designers, product managers, and programmers, the Website Wireframe Solution for ConceptDraw Pro supports the depiction of website layout and structure.

The solution includes interface elements, navigation methods, to build a demonstration model of how a website is intended to be used by visitors. This ConceptDraw Pro 10 solution is targeted to web masters, business analysts, user experience designers, interaction designers, product managers, and programmers.

The Website Wireframe solution is free to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. ConceptDraw PRO retails for US$199, and will open and save files that are in Visio 2013 format.

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