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Aug 17
Two zero-day vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X

An Italian teenager has found two zero-day vulnerabilities in Mac OS X operating system that could be used to gain remote access to a Mac, reports the IDC News Service (http://tinyurl.com/nmvps79).

Eighteen-year-old Luca Todesco posted details of the exploit he developed on GitHub. The exploit uses two bugs to cause a memory corruption in OS X’s kernel, he wrote via email.

The memory corruption condition can then be used to circumvent kernel address space layout randomization (kASLR), a defensive technique designed to thwart exploit code from running. The attacker then gains a root shell.

The exploit code works in OS X versions 10.9.5 through 10.10.5. IDG says it's fixed in the latest beta version of El Capitan.

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Aug 17
Sprint customers can now upgrade their iPhone anytime

Sprint has unveiled iPhone Forever. Starting today, new and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get an iPhone for just US$22 per month with iPhone Forever.

Anytime customers don’t have the latest Apple smartphone they're eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone to a Sprint store and upgrade on the spot. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. Qualified customers can get a 16GB iPhone 6 model at Sprint branded retail stores, Sprint.com, 1-800-Sprint-1, Best Buy and Target.

Through Dec. 31, 2015, customers on any other carrier or existing Sprint customers who are upgrade eligible and turn-in any smartphone will get a promotional rate of US$15 per month on a new iPhone. When they upgrade to the latest iPhone after Dec. 31, their monthly lease rate returns to current lease pricing, $22 per month.

New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and...

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Aug 17
Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay

Australian banks aren't on board with Apple Pay yet as they're not willing to give give Apple a slice of the US$2 billion a year they earn in interchange fees, which are paid by merchants for use of payments infrastructure, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (http://tinyurl.com/q8j8xnt). 

In the United States, Apple is believed to earn about 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. It is understood Apple has been asking for the same amount of interchange fee in Australia, says the SMH. The article says that Australia's big banks won't agree to this level given that interchange fees in Australia are about half the US level – equivalent to an average of 50¢  $100 of transaction compared with about $1 for $100 of transaction fees in the US.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private...

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Aug 17
Winmail Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Enolsoft (www.enolsoft.com) has released Winmail Viewer 3.0, an update of its tool for opening and reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text (RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments.

It also enables users to preview, export and save the attachments that a Winmail.dat file contained. Winmail Viewer 3.0 gets optimized performance, a tweaked user interface, and the ability to display the Winmail.dat files' attachment in two modes: thumbnail and information.

It also adds support for reading all the contents of a Winmail.dat file, including the text(RTF, TXT and HTML encode) and attachments and a support tab to view, open and read multiple Winmail.dat files simultaneously.

Winmail Viewer 3.0 is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It costs US$0.99.

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Aug 14
QuickerTek creates Solar Power option for MacBook

QuickerTek has announced the US$299, 30 Watt 2015 Type-C MacBook Solar Panel (http://tinyurl.com/omewbse). It features the USB 3.1 adaptor cable which powers and charges the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

This new solar product powers the MacBook battery for use even while charging the internal battery. Even when the MacBook battery is completely dead, the QuickerTek solar panel charges and powers the laptop simultaneously.

The Type-C MacBook Solar Panel is made with thin film photovoltaic creating a lightweight, foldable design. At only a hair over 11 inches x 6.5 inches folded, and at only 1.3 pounds, it's light but still powerful enough to charge the MacBook as quickly as an Apple AC charger, minimizing downtime.

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Aug 14
Genealogy for Mac: MacFamilyTree 7.6 released

Synium Software has launched MacFamilyTree 7.6 (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), an update to the genealogy application for OS X.

MacFamilyTree helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. Version 7.6 offers a new source management, the person analysis report, and a new fractal ancestor chart. In addition to these new features, the upgrade also comes with other improvements.

MacFamilyTree 7.6 requires a Mac with OS X 10.7 Lion or later, though some features (for example Statistics Maps), are only available on OS X Yosemite. It's a free update for all customers of MacFamilyTree 7 and can be downloaded or updated at the Mac App Store. For new customers MacFamilyTree 7.6 is offered with 50% and sells for just US$24.99 until Aug. 30.

There's a mobile version of MacFamilyTree available, too. It's called...

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Aug 14
Federal court says 'no' to Samsung's appeal

A federal appeals court has refused to re-examine Samsung's appeal of a 2012 jury verdict that found the company violated Apple's iPhone patents, reports the San Jose Mercury News (http://tinyurl.com/ota5wgt).

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung's bid to reconsider a previous ruling. This leaves the U.S. Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn hundreds of millions of dollars in damages it now owes Apple.

Samsung had urged the Federal Circuit to rehear the case with its full 12-judge roster, arguing that a three-judge panel erred earlier this year when it left intact a jury's verdict that the South Korean tech giant's smartphones and tablets infringed on Apple's design patents.

In May the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit adjusted Samsung’s US$930 million penalty, related to its patent infringement suit with Apple. The...

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Aug 14
IK Multimedia introduces SampleTank Custom Shop

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has introduced SampleTank Custom Shop, a free introductory version of SampleTank 3, the sound and groove workstation application and DAW plug-in for Macs and PCs.

Now musicians, producers and engineers have a new way to explore over 14,000 samples, over 19GB of additional sound content and 3,700 loops, 1,200 MIDI patterns and over 500 instruments. SampleTank Custom Shop comes with a fully functional curated library of 30 instruments — including eight new instruments and the Grand Piano 1 SE — that can be edited, manipulated and customized .

SampleTank Custom Shop also lets users browse, purchase and play with the growing collection of SampleTank 3 Instruments available in the Custom Shop — like the new Alan Parsons Grand Piano, American Acoustic Guitar, Neil Peart Drums, Billy Cobham Drums, Future Synths and more — all from a standalone application or DAW plug-...

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Aug 14
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X can now search image metadata

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.1, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files.

Graphic Inspector checks multiple files for potential problems according to user's workflow requirements saving the time and hassle of checking the documents manually. The new version lets users check image metadata for specific values using custom list of metadata tags, and introduces several other improvements and bug fixes.

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Version 2.1 is a free update for users of version 2.x and $20 for licensed users of version 1. Graphic Inspector is free with the purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. It requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.10. Mac OS X 10.11 will be supported upon release.

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Aug 14
RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU support for...

RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe Premiere Pro, with support now included when purchasing DE:Flicker for After Effects. DE:Flicker continues to be available for Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.

DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out those annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one...

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Aug 13
Apple updates Mac OS X, iTunes, and iOS

Apple has released updates for Mac OS X, iTunes and iOS.

Mac OS X 10.10.5 concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit. This update:

° Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail ;

° Fixes an issue in Photos that prevents importing videos from GoPro cameras;

° Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.

Mac OS X 10.10.5 can be downloaded via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store.

iTunes 12.2.1 offers stability and performance improvements. For example:

° You can click on the Beats 1 banner to see what's currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show.

° You can now view a list of the artists you're following on Apple Music.

° An issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music has been resolved.

° The upgrade addresses a...

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Aug 13
iHome HomeKit compatible 'iSP5 Smartplug' now available

iHome has released the iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series.

Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on iHome.com and Amazon.com for US$39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.

The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug allows consumers to use the free iOS iHome Control app to turn on and off small appliances such as lamps, fans, air conditioning and other home devices with ease from any location. iOS users may also use Siri to remotely control their devices. The design ecosystem of iHome Control allows users the ability to group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to manipulate multiple connected devices within a home.

Additionally the iHome Control app allows for the creation of “custom scenes”...

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Aug 13
Apple's Boot Camp adds support for Microsoft Windows 10

Apple has updated Book Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10. that lets it install Microsoft Windows 10.

You need support software (drivers) installed with Boot Camp to use Windows 10. This software is automatically downloaded when you use Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 when used with a supported Mac.

Windows 10 is available from Microsoft as an ISO file, an installation DVD, and a USB flash drive. You need an ISO file of the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer to install Windows on your Mac.

If you don't have an ISO file, you can use Disk Utility to make one from your Windows installation DVD or USB flash drive. If you're installing Windows for the first time, make sure the Windows installer you're using is for a full installation (not an upgrade installer).

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Aug 13
Simon 4.1 for Mac OS X includes redesigned web feature

Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ydovrx), an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports allow remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.1 includes a redesigned web feature, the ability to send custom headers and load dynamic content, and more.


Simon 4.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$99, though it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 4.0. Upgrades from version 3.x are $49. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 13
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 13

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

Cullaboration Media has announced One Song Workout, a fitness app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It automatically creates a high-intensity interval training exercise routine that is timed to fit any song from your iTunes account. Exercise repetition goals are automatically adjusted based on user feedback at the completion of a workout. One Song Workout is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Baby Monitor 3G is an US$3.99 app for parents who want to stay in touch with their children, even when the little ones are sleeping. It's available for iOS, Mac and Android operating systems.

Comics publisher Contents First released TappyToon. The free app allows U.S. and international fans digital access to licensed comics and webtoons.

Michael Granzin has introduced Bam Bam Squid. In the game, you play squid that's combing...

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Aug 13
PDFpen 7.3 for Mac OS X improves scanning

Smile has released PDFpen 7.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. This update includes improvements to scanning performance and reliability. It also prepares for the upcoming OS X El Capitan release.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. PDFpen retails for US$74.95 and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users).

Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30 and free to users who purchased on or after Aug. 1, 2014. Upgrades to PDFpenPro 7 from previous versions of PDFpen are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found on the Smileweb store: ...

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Aug 12
Apple announces partnership with Code2040

Buzzfeed (http://tinyurl.com/p3wfweo) reports that Apple has announced a partnership with Code2040 (http://www.code2040.org), a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry.

CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends. 

As a "platinum" sponsor of the fellowship program, Apple will hire as paid interns 10 of the 80 fellows in Code2040’s current class, and an additional two beyond that, says Buzzfeed. For three months, these fellows will work at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.

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Aug 12
Apple joins NFC Forum

Apple has joined the NFC Forum (nfc-forum.org) as a sponsor member, a non-profit industry association who mission is "to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology."

Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 3.9 inches or less.

"The top tier of NFC Forum membership, sponsor membership, entitles an organisation to a seat on the NFC Forum board of directors, the association’s governing body," NFC Forum director Paula Hunter says. "We are delighted to welcome Apple to our board of directors as an NFC Forum sponsor member."

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Aug 12
Cocktail Yosemite Edition revved to version 8.5.2

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running Mac OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to rebuild Help database and adds two new Automator actions. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status on startup" and "Clear kernel caches" procedures.

Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available at the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail)

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Aug 12
10 new Fonts Added to Free Halloween Fonts Collection on Mac App...

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has announced an update of 10 new fonts to their free Halloween Fonts collection available on the Mac App Store under the name: Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts.

This commercial use font collection now includes 40 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. International
character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many
of them.

Halloween Fonts require Mac OS X 10.6.6. They're available free at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (http://tinyurl.com/lpthrve).

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Aug 12
Applied Acoustics Systems releases the Transparency sound bank

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Transparency sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk a.k.a. Status.

Transparency is sound designer Daniel Stawczyk’s fourth title in AAS' Sound Bank Series and his third for Ultra Analog VA-2. The 149 presets explore the percussive nature of AAS' analog synthesizer. Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, and Percussion loops are bundled along with Ambient, Synth, and Effect sounds.

The Transparency sound bank is available (http://tinyurl.com/n9j5ejo) until Aug. 31 at the introductory price of US$19 (the regular price is $39). The instant download delivery package includes both a Ultra Analog VA-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows and supports the VST, Audio Units, AAX Native, and RTAS plug-in formats.

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Aug 12
KOAMTAC announces iOS KTSync Keyboard Wedge Application

KOAMTAC (www.koamtac.com) has released KTSync for iOS, a keyboard wedge software for iOS applications, which will enable transmission of barcode and RFID data collected with the KDC barcode scanner or RFID reader to any iOS application. The app is available free at the Apple App Store.
 
As long as the iOS device is updated with iOS 8.1 or later and the KTSync for iOS application has been downloaded, users will be able to send barcode data collected with the KDC scanner to any iOS application through KTSync, which supports a faster and more reliable data transmission speed than the standard HID Bluetooth connection. Users can send barcode or RFID data to any existing iOS application through the KTSync keyboard wedge application, without having to develop their own custom application.
 
Options for KDC hardware include 1D/2D barcode, RFID, NFC, MSR, and Chip-and-PIN readers, as well as, models that...

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Aug 11
Sonnet ships Fusion PCIe Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is now shipping its Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device.

The newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 products, the Fusion is an alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives and SSD storage products. The device connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

"The Fusion PCIe Flash Drive delivers blazing-fast performance comparable to a multi-drive RAID storage system, and yet it fits neatly in the palm of your hand," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. "Based on the latest Gen 3 PCIe SSD module — the fastest standard SSD type now available — the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive is made for speed. And its 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 interface provides the bandwidth necessary to sustain...

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Aug 11
Autodesk announces new Maya extensions

At the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Expo, being held Aug. 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, Autodesk announced the latest extension releases for its Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016 3D modeling, animation, VFX and rendering software, available to Autodesk Subscription customers beginning today for 3ds Max and September 9 for Maya.

Concurrently, the company unveiled the new 3D marketplace on Creative Market – its online platform for purchasing and selling custom content developed by artists. These solutions, along with Autodesk’s newly announced Stingray Game Engine, will be on display throughout SIGGRAPH, with additional resources available on AREA.

Autodesk Maya 2016 Extension 1 is a new text tool designed to make it easier to create branding, flying logos, title sequences, and other projects that require 3D text. 3D Type allows artists to create editable, non-destructive, multi-line, deformable type.

Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) support helps artists bring 2D designs...

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Aug 11
Parallels launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote Access app

Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for remote access to Macs and PCs.

Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent. As part of this launch, Parallels is introducing a companion app for Apple Watch, providing users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience.

"The need to do more on mobile devices has been a growing trend among both consumers and business professionals alike. Our latest Parallels Access update brings new features that make it easier than ever before to get work done with native touch gestures on mobile devices, as well as from any computer with a web browser," says Jack Zubarev...

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