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Jan 20
U.S. Bank adds Apple Pay to its FlexPerks American Express cards

Apple Pay is now available to customers who use U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cards.

“Enabling Apple Pay for our U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cardmembers continues our efforts to give customers choices in how they manage payments, as well as providing them an easy, secure and private way to pay,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for the U.S. Bank retail credit-card division.

Apple Pay is now available with the: U.S. Bank FlexPerks Reserve American Express Card; U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card; and U.S. Bank FlexPerks Select+ American Express Card. With this announcement, all U.S. Bank credit and debit cards (consumer and small business) work with Apple Pay.

With Apple’s mobile payment service, card numbers aren’t stored on the iOS device; instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element. If the device is lost or stolen, you can suspend the device and stop the...

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Jan 20
iPad Pro and iPhone support added to Logic Remote

Apple has upgraded its Logic Remote app to version 1.3 adding iPad Pro and iPhone support.

Available at the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hcqjgtu), Logic Remote is a companion app for Logic Pro X on the Mac. It provides a way to extend the power of Logic by using your iPhone or iPad.

Designed to take advantage of Multi-Touch, Logic Remote offers ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X. It’s a free download and requires iOS 9.1 or later.

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Jan 20
Apple releases, updates music apps for iOS devices

Apple has announced a new addition and a major update to its family of music-making apps for iOS to let folks tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are.

An all-new app called Music Memos lets musicians and songwriters capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. And a major update to GarageBand for iOS introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, a fun way for anyone to make music like a DJ using only their iPhone or iPad.

“Musicians around the world, from the biggest artists to aspiring students, use Apple devices to create amazing music; the innovative new Music Memos app will help them quickly capture their ideas on iPhone and iPad whenever inspiration strikes,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world, and this update helps everyone easily tap into their musical talent with the...

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Jan 20
BestiPhoneCleaner releases iPhone Cleaner for Mac

BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean.

Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac can be incredibly useful, and has proven itself capable of freeing a good amount of space in iOS devices. iPhone Cleaner for Mac was specifically designed for its purpose.

iPhone Cleaner for Mac is completely free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online (http://tinyurl.com/gl33q4c).

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Jan 20
OWC announces Mercury Electra MAX6G 2TB SSD

OWC has announced announced the Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive the company has ever offered.

It delivers “exceptional speeds and offers reliable, consistent high performance” via the 6G SATA interface, according to OWC. Sequential read performance reaches up to 490MB/s, with write performance up to 471 MB/s.  Read performance for incompressible data is up to 466 MB/s with write speeds of up to 447 MB/s.

The Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD provides RAID-like data protection and reliability. Shipping this month, it will be available at OWC authorized resellers and MacSales.com at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/jabjaoo for more info.

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Jan 20
Led by the iPhone 6s, the sensor hub market is growing fast

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming.

In fact due to “always on” sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com). Samsung, Apple and Motorola have already been using sensor hubs in their smartphones for a number of years, and Apple, Motorola and Microsoft explicitly advertise their use of sensor hubs or sensor cores in certain smartphones, notes the research group.
 
“The sensor hub market is incredibly dynamic, changing rapidly over the last two years, due in large part to Apple’s iPhones,” said Marwan Boustany, senior analyst for IHS Technology. “When Apple shifted from a discrete microcontroller to an integrated application-processor-based solution for...

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Jan 20
GeekSuit announces beta test of Client Folder Maker 4.5 for OS X

GeekSuit has announced open beta testing of Client Folder Maker 4.5, an t update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.

Client Folder Maker offers a folder creation and management tool and is targeted to the busy web developer, graphic designer, app developer, desktop publisher, or prepress operator. GeekSuit is offering users the chance to beta test version 4.5 of the app in order to test drive the new features before it goes public.

Mac users who are running Mac OS X 10.8 or later on their machine are invited to participate in the Client Folder Maker 4.5 beta at the MacDeveloper website (http://macdeveloper.net/). Users simply need visit the website and login if they're already registered as a user, or become a tester by filling out a form.

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Jan 20
CS Odessa releases UK map solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new UK Map Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. It’s designed to assist individuals who are looking for UK map content to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro simplifies the job of drawing maps that contain county information. The UK Map Solution offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.

It’s available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

ConceptDraw Pro 10 costs $199 per end user license. Or you can obtain it by purchasing the $499 ConceptDraw Office 3 which also includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw...

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Jan 19
iMovie for Mac revved to version 10.1.1

iMovie for Mac has been revved to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts;

° Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips;

° Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second;

° Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images.

Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list. iMovie 10.1.1 also sees stability improvements.

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Jan 19
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.8 

PipelineFX has launched released Qube! 6.8 (http://www.pipelinefx.com/features/), an update to the render farm management software for visual effects. The new version expands the capabilities of ArtistView bringing job submissions, a simpler configuration process and tabbed navigation into a new user interface.

ArtistView was designed to streamline WranglerView, so artists only have to focus on creative elements like queue control, project updates, and render previews. Qube! 6.8 kickstarts that process by taking submission elements from WranglerView and presenting them in a way that speaks to the workflow needs of top studios. The update also adds: centralized preferences; OS X El Capitan support; Harmony 12 support; and VRED Sequencer support.

Customers currently on maintenance and support can download version 6.8 immediately from the PipelineFX ftp site. Monthly ...

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Jan 19
Just Mobile introduces its first iPad Pro accessories

Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has released its first iPad Pro accessories -- Just Mobile AutoHeal and TENC for Apple’s iPad Pro.

The $44.95 AutoHeal self-healing full-coverage screen protectors protecting the super-sized iPad screen from minor scratches. The naturalist “wanting the true beauty of their iPad Pro to shine” will love the TENC self-healing, ultra-slim transparent cases, says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. 

Crafted from auto-healing smart material and tailored to the iPad's curved edges, the $49.95 TENC (pictured) is designed to complement Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard.

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Jan 19
Screenium for OS X now lets you record from iOS devices

Synium Software has served up Screenium 3.1, an update to their screen recording tool for OS X.

The app lets you record at 60 fps. Version 3.1 lets you record the contents of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and tvOS devices.

Screenium requires a OS X 10.9 or later. Recording iOS devices requires iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 or later as well as an iOS device with a Lightning connector.
Until January 19, Screenium is offered with a 50% discount. After that, the regular price of $49.99 will apply.

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Jan 19
iTaskX for OS X revved to version 3

Techno-Grafit has released iTaskX 3 (http://tinyurl.com/zlvmdvd) for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the Microsoft Project compatible, pro project management software.

The update sports a revamped user interface inspired by OS X El Capitan. It also boasts: new usage views; cost rate tables; recurring tasks; advanced work calendars; effort-driven scheduling; and more.

iTaskX 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Pricing starts at US$140 for a single-user license.

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Jan 18
Apple’s home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple has again dedicated its home page (www.apple.com) to honor Marin Luther King Jr on the day that honors him.

There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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Jan 18
Miko Mole goes gem hunting in new Mac arcade puzzler

EnsenaSoft has released Miko Mole 1.0.3 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/miko-mole/id1057333338), a stealth-action gem collecting title for Mac OS X.

Here’s how the game is described: “Miko Mole is a great arcade puzzler suitable to players of all ages and experience levels. Featuring the charismatic Miko with a passion for shiny gems, this game is a lot of fun with its stealth-action gameplay and mind-bending puzzles. The ability to grab and move objects, and the ability to blow-up stuff is not just insanely cool it is a recipe for success.”

Miko Mole 1.0.3 costs $6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.

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Jan 15
SCSC launches Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/zjjec3g).

The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.

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Jan 15
PFiddlesoft ships version 3.6.1 of its PFAssistive Framework

PFiddlesoft (http://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/) has released version 3.6.1 of PFAssistive Framework. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X.

It was updated to complete the implementation of full support for subclassing by client applications that need special or additional features. The PFAssistive Framework was created in 2003 as the engine driving PFiddlesoft’s UI Browser application for developers and for users of Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting technology.

The framework supports and enhances Apple's Accessibility API. The PFEventTaps Framework was created in 2007 as the engine underlying PFiddlesoft’s free Event Taps Testbench utility for developers. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Quartz Event...

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Jan 14
Public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 available

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4. Corresponding developer betas were released earlier this week. They’re available to those registered in Apple's Beta Software Program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).

The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

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Jan 14
Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war.

“On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare,...

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Jan 14
Excel Software rolls out RbApp 4.0 for Xojo programmers

Excel Software has introduced RbApp 4.0 for Xojo  programmers. These pure Xojo code components require no plugins.  

RbApp is used to build Mac or Windows desktop applications with Xojo 2013, 2014, 2015 or later.  It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications including both Carbon and Cocoa frameworks.

RbApp 4.0 adds new enhancements to the RbGrid and RbChart components to create flexible programmatic or human controlled grids, tables, charts and graphs.  The RbGrid component adds cell range selection properties and methods to easily implement copy, paste, undo and other functions across a range of cells.

RbChart lets users create dynamic charts and graphs from programmatically controlled definition and data files. A new area bar chart was added to the supported chart types as of version 4.0. Charts can be resizable with programmatic control over variables, axis values, colors, fonts, styles, keys and other presentation parameters. RbApp 4.0 adds new source...

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Jan 14
MailButler assistant for Apple Mail coming Jan. 18

Feingeist Software says MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler/), a new Apple Mail assistant, will be released on Jan. 18. It’s designed for both business and private purposes. Pricing and system requirements haven’t been announced.

MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.

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Jan 13
Markzware releases MarkzTools2 for Mac

Markzware (www.markzware.com), a developer of data conversion software and desktop publishing tools, has released MarkzTools2. This new technology converts Adobe InDesign (INDD) files to IDML, using a stand-alone application.

MarkzTools2 features include: the ability to batch convert InDesign files into IDML files, the ability to create low resolution image previews, so users do not have to look at gray tinted place holder boxes, and the ability to display the version of a selected InDesign file. All these features are available without requiring Adobe InDesign to be present on the user’s computer.

MarkzTools2 conversion software is a Mac-only application and runs under Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. AnIinternet connection is required to activate the application.

MarkzTools2 is available as part of the MarkzTools Annual Subscription Bundle, which retails for $149/ year. This bundle also contains...

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Jan 13
SecureMac Launches MacScan 3

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users.

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

MacScan 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for $49.99/year. Each MacScan subscription includes protection against the latest malware threats, automatic cleaning of blacklisted tracking cookies, product updates, knowledge base access, online tech support, and security advisory notifications.

A 30-day trial of MacScan 3 is available for download directly from SecureMac (http://tinyurl.com/jgbpjcv). Existing MacScan users may be eligible for discounted pricing, including free upgrades for those who...

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Jan 13
Fixstars launches 10TB and 13TB SSDs

Fixstars Corp. (http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/) has launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which the company says is the world's largest SSD with 13TB of capacity. Starting today, Fixstars is accepting orders; the drives are expected to ship to US customers in late February.

The SSD-13000M and SSD-10000M are equipped with Fixstars' proprietary SSD controller, which enables the fast, sustainable I/O performance (read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s) throughout the lifetime of the SSD, according to CEO Satoshi Miki. The combination of such high performance and enterprise-grade reliability is e highly sought after in applications such as object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX productions, 4K/8K video processing and various other use cases in which steady sequential access is critical, he adds...

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Jan 13
Seagate unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive

Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD): the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD.

It provides maximum storage capacity for easy system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, says Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD, he adds.

What’s more, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms to help cloud data center managers manage the increasing volume of data more quickly, he adds. It features Seagate’s PowerChoice technology, which helps manage and reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling...

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