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Mar 21
Apple introduces four-inch iPhone SE

Apple has introduced the iPhone with a four-inch retina display and a compact aluminum design updated with matte-chamfered edges, a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo, and four metallic finishes (including rose gold).

It offers the same 64-bit A9 chip with a M9 motion co-processor offered in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, longer battery life, faster wireless, a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash (and featuring Live Photos and 4K video), and Touch ID with Apple Pay, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is integrated into A9 allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri” without having to pick up your iPhone, and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring your steps and distance. iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with Wi-Fi up to three times and LTE up to 50% faster than iPhone...

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Mar 21
Apple advances health apps with CareKit

Apple has announced CareKit (www.apple.com/carekit), a new software framework designed to help developers enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. iPhone apps using CareKit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health, he says. CareKit will be released as an open source framework next month allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple, that include:

° Care Card helps people track their individual care plans and action items, such as taking medication or completing physical therapy exercises. Activities...

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Mar 21
Apple announces advancements to ResearchKit

Apple has announced advancements to the open source ResearchKit framework that bring genetic data and a series of medical tests typically conducted in an exam room to iPhone apps. Medical researchers are adopting these new features to design targeted studies for diseases and conditions that affect billions of people around the world and to gather more specific types of data from participants.

“The response to ResearchKit has been fantastic. Virtually overnight, many ResearchKit studies became the largest in history and researchers are gaining insights and making discoveries that weren’t possible before,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Medical researchers around the world continue to use iPhone to transform what we know about complex diseases, and with continued support from the open source community, the opportunities for iPhone in medical research are endless.”

ResearchKit turns iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors,...

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Mar 21
plasq Releases Comic Life 3.5 for Mac, PC, and iOS

lasq (http://plasq.com) has introduced Comic Life 3.5, the latest version of its photo comic creation software for Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows. The upgrade includes a suite of new comic templates, a new full color halftone feature for dynamic comic styling effects, and an improved workflow to the drag and drop script feature.

Comic Life 3.5 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6.5. Comic Life 3.5 for iOS requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with the iPad 2 or better, iPhone 4 or better and iPod touch (fifth generation) or better.

The software is available today for Mac and PC from plasq's website for $29.99. Comic Life 3 for iOS is available on Apple's App Store for $4.99. Version 3.5 is a free update for existing Comic Life 3 license holders.

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Mar 21
Contactless usage soars as digital payment limits rise

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com) has found that hat the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments will reach $3.6 trillion this year, up from $3 trillion on 2015, resulting in a 20% increase.

The new research argues that the recent surge in contactless payments would continue, fueled by further scaling up of infrastructure rollout and increased card payment limits in key markets. The research group also anticipates that while cards will account for 90% of contactless payments over the next five years, the deployment of NFC (Near Field Communications) payments by high-profile players such as Apple and Samsung will increase consumer awareness and usage of smartphones to fulfill transactions.

Meanwhile, the research highlighted the growing presence of social media companies in the eRetail space. It pointed out that several leading companies,...

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Mar 21
Deliver Express upgrade improves file transfers on local networks

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.11, a feature update to its hot folder based solution to send files  automatically across the Internet and locally with email notifications.

Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version lets users label completed local deliveries with a Finder tag, preserves file timestamps and custom icons, and introduces other improvements on local networks.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.9. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).

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Mar 18
Chronos announces FotoFuse for Mac OS X

Chronos has launched FotoFuse, a tool for creating photo collages on Mac OS X (10.11 or higher). To use it, your drag photos into professionally-designed templates to create collages.

For a little extra flare, you can add text and artwork. After you finish your masterpiece, you can share it via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Mail, Messages, AirDrop, and more.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). FotoFuse costs $39.99 for a single user license; a family pack is available for $69.99.

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Mar 18
New Escape is the first Ford vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay,...

Production of the new 2017 Ford Escape – available with driver-assist technology that can help keep drivers in their lane, maintain a set speed and distance on the highway, and even aid drivers in getting out of a tight parking spot — is now underway.

The new Escape, which goes on sale in May, will be the first Ford vehicle available with all-new SYNC Connect technology, which offers features such as remote start and door locking via the new FordPass platform. Escape will also be first to offer SYNC 3 featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Mar 17
MCE ships PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrades for MacBook Pros

MCE Technologies (MCE) has announced a range of PCIe-based Flash Storage Upgrade Solutions (http://store.mcetech.com/mm/merchant.mvc) made for late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

They’re available in 1TB, 512GB, and 256GB capacities for $899.00, $499.00, and $349, respectively. Faster PCIe v3.0-based 1TB, and 512GB capacities available for early and mid-2015 MacBook Pros are $999 and $549, respectively. All models are available for immediate shipment.

All MCE PCIe-based Flash Storage Solutions are user installable and each solution includes all necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation and upgrade guide, and drive cloning software.

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Mar 17
Wireless, handheld ultrasound debuts

Clarius Mobile Health (www.clarius.me) is showcasing the world's first handheld ultrasound scanner with a mobile application for iOS and Android smart devices at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Conference in New York.

It’s wireless and works with a mobile app that’s compatible with most iOS and Android smart devices. With automated adjustments and an intuitive interface, the personal ultrasound device is designed to be carried around for quick exams and to guide procedures such as nerve blocks and targeted injection, says Laurent Pelissier, chairman and CEO of Clarius Mobile Health. Pending regulatory clearance from the FDA, CE and Health Canada, the company will offer “several mobile scanners for the price of a single traditional compact system,” he adds.

Clarius expects to begin filing for regulatory clearance to distribute the product around the world in the spring of 2016.

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Mar 17
Nano Enterprise Management is a small business management tool...

Indie developer Erziman Asaliyev has released Nano Enterprise Management for Mac OS X 3.3, an update to his management app designed exclusively for small businesses.

The tool lets you manage purchase orders, sales, suppliers, warehouses, and inventory without any special training. Version 3.3 adds new default values for specifications to goods, shipment and calculations, as well as minor bug fixes.

Nano Enterprise Management for Mac OS X 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/gwvfo8f).

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Mar 17
Clip Studio Paint now includes classic animation

Smith Micro Software has released a new version of its comic software, Manga Studio, which now includes frame-by-frame animation features and a rebrand to Clip Studio Paint. 

The new release — compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher — enables digital artists to create classical animations from their designs using a sequence of drawings that flow automatically to create the illusion of movement.  Smith Micro is offering special pricing of $20 (55% off of retail) for the standard version, Clip Studio Paint Pro, through March 21. New features of the upgrade include:

° Cel animation Also known as frame-by-frame or traditional animation, this technique makes an object or character appear to move on its own. The artist can draw individual cels (frames), which act as transparent sheets that can be layered, and create the illusion of movement when the series of cels is played as a continuous sequence.

° Animation timeline This feature provides granular control over...

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Mar 16
Ally Bank adds support for Apple Pay

Ally Bank, the direct banking subsidiary of Ally Financial, now offers customers with debit cards access to Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service.

In participating stores, Apple Pay will work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Once a customer has entered their Ally Bank debit card information on a device, they’ll be ready to make payments with Apple Pay at supported merchants, according to Diane Morais, CEO and president of Ally Bank.

To pay at checkout, users simply hold their mobile device near a contactless reader and authorize the payment using a passcode or Touch ID, and a subtle vibration and beep will confirm that the payment has been processed. Ally Bank (www.ally.com) offers online savings, interest checking, money market accounts, certificates of deposit with terms ranging from three...

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Mar 16
Kaspersky Lab, WISekey team up for encrypted vault app

Kaspersky Lab and WISeKey, a Swiss based cyber-security company, have teamed up for a special edition of the cyber-resilience app, WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security. This new edition integrates the technologies from both cyber-security companies.

The WISeID Kaspersky Lab Security cyber-resilience edition locks personal data such as account usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and access PINs into a secure personal data organizer, creating accountable identities for online activity while the data itself remains protected in a secure cloud vault. The edition includes Kaspersky Mobile Security SDK a solution for protecting mobile phones against security threats. The software development kit’s inclusion in the app delivers security features like web and network protection, device protection and risk detection to smartphones, offering users an effective layer of self-defense.

Among other things, WISeID keeps passwords in an encrypted vault, generates passwords, and...

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Mar 16
Program announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2016

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the program for the 21st annual FileMaker Developer Conference (DevCon), the largest gathering of FileMaker independent and corporate custom business app developers, trainers and users from around the world. DevCon 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zyjdrs3) will be held July 18-21 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

With the theme of "Aptitude for Apps," the conference is designed to enhance the capabilities of those using the FileMaker Platform to create custom apps for desktop, iOS, and the web. Attendees will gain insight on the future direction of the FileMaker Platform, learn from other developers' unique app creation talents and expand their abilities in design, mobility, web and more. DevCon 2016 offers a wide range of topics on how to plan, create, and deploy custom apps using the FileMaker platform.

DevCon 2016 will hold a...

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Mar 16
EKG band for the Apple Watch coming this spring

AliveCor (www.alivecorcom), which specializes in FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (EKG) technology for mobile devices, has announced what it says is the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band.

It’s due this spring, along with a new app. Pricing hasn’t been announced. The Kardia Band for Apple Watch, and new Kardia app, allow folks to discretely capture their EKG anytime, anywhere.

Users can record a single-lead EKG by simply touching Kardia Band's integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app, Kardia by AliveCor.  The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detector then uses Kardia's automated analysis process (algorithm) to detect the presence of AF in an EKG, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of stroke. Also included is the Normal Detector, which indicates whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal, and the Unreadable Detector, which tells you when to retake an...

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Mar 16
iMobie Airs MacClean 3 to Clean, Optimize and Protect Your Mac...

iMobie has announced MacClean 3 (https://www.imobie.com/macclean/), an update to their a free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection.

The utility can now also secure any Mac users' privacy and protect their Mac from all types of security threats, including malware, spyware, worms, scareware, adware, malicious cookies, etc. With the third version, MacClean has become an all-round free tool that helps users with Mac cleaning, system optimization, privacy care, and security protection, says Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.

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Mar 15
Mac version of Origin Viewer app now available

OriginLab, a publisher of data analysis and graphing software, has debuted a Mac version of its Origin Viewer app.

OriginLab is most widely known for its Origin and OriginPro software, which provide scientists and engineers with tools to analyze, configure and present their latest research in publication-quality graphs. Previously only available for Windows, Origin Viewer is a standalone application that allows users to view and copy graph or worksheet information from Origin Project (OPJ) files, even if they don’t have Origin or OriginPro installed.

The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later. It’s available as a free download from the OriginLab website (http://www.originlab.com/viewer/).

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Mar 15
ADATA releases the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Apple OTGFlash Drive

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive. Designed to match the look of Apple devices such as iPhone 6s/6s plus, it joins previous i-Memory series offerings in catering to the storage expansion needs of mobile device users.

Available in up to 128GB, the Apple-certified drive includes Lightning and USB connectivity for data portability and sharing. It provides users with performance up to 30MB/s read speeds (via a Lightning connector) and 94MBs/22MBs (via USB 3.0). Users can switch between the two connectors with the flick of a switch.

The i-Memory US710 Rose Gold Flash Drive is accompanied by the latest version of the free i-Memory app with support for Apple Live Photos back-up. The ADATA i-Memory app is readily free at the Apple App Store. Pricing for the i-Memory UE710 Rose Gold Flash Drive starts at $70.

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Mar 15
VPN Tracker for OS X now lets you remotely wipe VPN connections

Equinux has updated VPN Tracker (www.vpntracker.com), its VPN software for Mac OS X, to version 365. It’s now possible to remotely wipe VPN connections when, for instance, a MacBook gets lost or stolen.

Also, administrators gain total control over who may or may not use VPN connections. If an employee leaves the company, or a MacBook goes missing, administrators can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting connections from these Macs. This prevents access to corporate VPN connections. Pricing for VPN Tracker starts at $49.99 per year.

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Mar 15
Dubset launches MixBANK clearance/distribution platform

Dubset Media Holdings has launched MixBANK, a clearance and distribution platform for mix and remix content. It will deliver high-demand remixes via Apple Music, creating a new royalty stream for the artists whose music was sampled and the DJs who create the remixes, says Dubset CEO Stephen White.

Until now, traditional music services were unable to offer unofficial remix content due to licensing challenges. Dubset has solved that by identifying the copyrighted music used within the mix and clearing the use of that music through the appropriate labels and publishers, says White. 

“Although DJs were able to sample tracks during live performances, they were not allowed to legally distribute the recordings,” he adds. “Most of this content has lived in the shadows of unlicensed pirate distribution channels with neither the original artist, composer, nor the DJ getting compensated for their creative work.  We are thrilled to make this amazing new content available on Apple...

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Mar 15
Gravity Clock for OS X ticks to version 3.0

Gravity Clock for Mac OS X has ticked to version 3.0.


The app combines a physics simulator with a minimalist clock design to create the 21st century successor of an hour glass. It not only shows the current time, but also visualizes the passage of time in a tangible way by the permanent destruction and reconstruction of the clock face. Every second the hand breaks numbers out of the dial and lets them drop to the floor.

Gravity Clock for Mac 3.0 requires mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jrqs72w) in the Utilities category.

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Mar 14
Grammarian Pro2 X for OS X upgraded to version 2.0.11

Linguisoft (http://linguisoft.com/) has released Grammarian Pro2 X  2.0.11, an update to its grammar, spelling, AutoType, AutoCorrect, proof reading application for the Mac. 

The new version offers fixes and new features for Mac OS 10.11, global menus, Clipboard checking, Interactive Checking, Dock menu, dictionaries, updated grammar and spelling dictionaries, grammar/spelling issues, version control, and more. Grammarian Pro2 X costs $49.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

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Mar 14
Philips Lightning expands its Hue connected lighting ecosystem

Philips Lighting (www.philips.com) is introducing the newest addition to the Philips Hue connected lighting ecosystem: Philips Hue white ambiance.
 
Philips Hue white ambiance unlocks the power of connected white light, inspired by the sun, to deliver every shade of white light, from cool daylight (6500k) to warm white light (2200k), according to says Chris Worp, leader of Philips home lighting business. With the new “Routines” feature in the Philips Hue app, Philips Hue white ambiance can gradually brighten to help you wake up naturally in the morning, and dim to low levels, helping you fall asleep at night. You can also use light recipes proven to help you feel relaxed, concentrated or energized, Worp adds.
 
The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit includes two Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs, (800 lumens at 4000k) compatible with existing light fixtures, a bridge that supports Apple HomeKit...

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Mar 14
QNAP unveils new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, more

At the opening of CeBIT 2016, QNAP Systems announced full-throttle network-attached storage products, including the new Thunderbolt 2 NAS, compact M.2 SSD NASbook, Enterprise ZFS NAS with dual active controllers, and multiple features including network-defined Virtual JBOD, QPulse unified remote server management, Linux Station, Hybrid Backup Sync, and more.

The new TVS-x82T Thunderbolt 2 NAS is powered by the latest Intel sixth generation Core processor and features an enhanced hardware design. The TVS-x82T series not only features Thunderbolt 2 technology but also has dual 10GbE ports. Additional advanced hardware includes built-in SATA M.2 SSD, dedicated 2.5-inch SSD trays, compartmentalized smart cooling, tool-less hard drive trays, three HDMI ports (including one HDMI 2.0), and more, according to David Tsao, product manager of QNAP.

Besides offering DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN triple solution, the TVS-x82T series is capable of playing 4K, 60fps videos. It’s a perfect...

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