Splice 1.4.18 - Cloud platform for music creation, collaboration, and sharing (beta). (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 13:13
Splice is a cloud platform for music creation, collaboration, and sharing. The Splice desktop app syncs all of your projects, samples, and presets with the cloud. Get notified of changes in a music project and instantly load any save to view and even comment on progress.

Version 1.4.18:
  • Improvements around Logic frozen tracks and finding some missing files on the HD.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Flux 5.2.1 - Advanced Web design tool. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 13:08

Flux is an advanced XHTML and CSS Web design software.

You can do Web 2.0, AJAX, and most other buzzword-compliant things. Flux has the following features:

  • Drag-and-drop design of Web pages, you can do almost anything without touching or even seeing XHTML/CSS . But you can meddle with the code if you want.
  • Apply cool (or cheesy) effects to images from right within Flux.
  • Attach funky javascript actions to your page without having a clue what you're doing.
  • Embed Quicktime Movies, Flash and other objects.
  • Edit sites directly off FTP and SFTP
Create the whole site within the WYSIWYG editor, type in XHTML, or a bit of both. You can use one of the supplied templates to get you started, or just stare creatively at a blank page.

Version 5.2.1:
  • Many bug fixes

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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TexturePacker 3.5.1 - Creates and optimizes sprite sheets. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 13:02

TexturePacker creates and optimizes sprite sheets for game and web development.

Main features:

  • Fully automated sprite sheet packing
  • Graphical user interface and command line
  • Image optimizations for 16 bit pixel formats including dithering
  • Support for PVR images
  • High quality scaling algorithms
Free for basic use - advanced features require a license.

Direct support for: cocos2d, sparrow framework, libgdx, java script/html 5

Version 3.5.1:


  • Enabling non-squared PVRTC textures
  • Artifacts on PVRTC, ETC1, DXT1, RGB888, RGB565 with semi transparent images
  • Writing compressed ATFs instead of raw data (PVCTC4, ETC1, DXTn)

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Microsoft confirms it’s opening its “first flagship store” a few blocks from Apple’s iconic cube as Steve Jobs backstory revealed

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:58

Microsoft has confirmed its rumored plan to open what it describes as its “first flagship store” on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from Apple’s glass-cubed flagship store, reports the WSJ.

“As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience,” said David Porter, corporate vice president for Microsoft retail stores. “This is a goal we’ve had since day one—we were only waiting for the right location. And now we have it.”

Microsoft started opening its own stores in 2009, some eight years after Apple opened its first retail store in McLean, Virginia. Microsoft currently has 104 stores across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, selling laptops, smartphones, Surface tablets, Xbox consoles and accessories.

The store will be located at 677 Fifth Avenue, currently a Fendi outlet. Presumably the company is hoping it might sell a few Surface tablets to help offset the $1.7B loss it has made on the device, despite its series of misleading ads attacking both the iPad (and iPad mini) and MacBook Air

NYMag also has an interesting piece today on the story behind Apple’s famous glass cube, a clever way of transforming a ‘useless’ basement space into one of the most famous stores in the world.

Steve Jobs apparently wanted a 40-foot cube, which the owner of the property, Harry Macklowe, felt would be too large. Having got to know Steve over numerous conversations, he decided that it would be pointless trying to change his mind. He instead decided on a demonstration.

He invited Apple’s retail development executives, Ron Johnson and Robert “Rob” Briger, to the building two weeks after the Cupertino meeting, to view a scaffolding mock‐up of the cube — in the dead of night. (Regulations forbade Macklowe to build during the day.)

Around two in the morning, the group met in front of the GM Building. The 40‐foot cube was unveiled. They all agreed it was too big. It obscured the building. Macklowe was grinning. He then gave the signal, and the model was dismantled — only to reveal a 30‐foot cube he had secretly constructed underneath.

His magic trick worked. Apple was sold on the smaller cube.

Macklowe said that he was getting so many calls from Steve that he felt they were becoming friends, and the property developer offered Steve a NY office in the GM building behind the Plaza. Steve refused.

When I come to New York, I want to be in Soho. I want to be in Chelsea. I want to be surrounded by young people … I can listen to what they’re thinking. I want to have new ideas.

Macklowe also revealed that part of the deal included a percentage of the store’s sales – but as even Apple had no idea what to expect from the store, he opted for most of the rent in cash with only a tiny percentage – or ‘stop.’

Apple really had no idea what this store was going to do in business per year, and we negotiated the ‘stop’ at a level that turned out to be horrendously low. The first year they made a million dollars a day.

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M3Unify 1.1.0 - M3U playlist maker and iTunes file exporter. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:57
M3Unify is a flexible M3U playlist creator and file exporter that will allow you to load a USB thumb drive or SD card with copies of your iTunes songs the way you and your audio player want. M3Unify can archive playlists and audio files to a folder, volume or portable media and includes options to create Artist/Album sub-folders, rename files, convert to AAC, and more. Watch the video demonstration.

Version 1.1.0:
  • Applies basic meta-data to AAC files when converting
  • Provides keyboard shortcut for "Clear" menu item
  • Fixes issue converting some types of single-channel MP3 files
  • Additional support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iTunes 12

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • iTunes 11 or later

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MoneyMoney 2.1.14 - German banking application. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:52
MoneyMoney is a banking application for keeping track of your German bank accounts and doing bank transfers within Germany. Interactive account statements and precise infographics show all your finances at a glance.

Important: Currently only German bank accounts are fully supported (requires HBCI/FinTS with PIN/TAN or a HBCI smartcard). PayPal balance and transactions import does work internationally.

Version 2.1.14:

  • New: Split postings.
  • Support for the new RAH security profiles for smart cards and key files.
  • Import transactions from OFX files.
  • Adaptation of the MT940-export to DATEV software.
  • Support of BIW Bank (flatex, auxmoney, Benk).
  • Support of the securities portfolios of the Targobank.
  • Support DekaBank using web scraping.
  • Resolution of collective remittances through split transactions.
  • Menu item to send sales of YNAB.
  • Menu items to change and delete transactions in online accounts.
  • When dissolved marked accounts are no longer displayed in the overview.
  • Support of old RDH1 key files from EFIN and db dialog.
  • Bugfix: Improved compatibility with old RSA smart cards BfG.
  • Bugfix: Improved compatibility with personalized HBCI smart card of the cooperative banks.
  • Bugfix: Some cooperative banks and the PSD banks transfer from your savings account did not work.
  • Bugfix: batch file transfer could not be created when a line break was included in the application.
  • Neu: Splitbuchungen.
  • Unterstützung der neuen RAH-Sicherheitsprofile für Chipkarten und Schlüsseldateien.
  • Import von Buchungen aus OFX-Dateien.
  • Anpassung des MT940-Exports an DATEV-Software.
  • Unterstützung der BIW Bank (flatex, auxmoney, benk).
  • Unterstützung des Wertpapierdepots der Targobank.
  • Unterstützung der DekaBank mittels Web-Scraping.
  • Auflösung von Sammelüberweisungen durch Splitbuchungen.
  • Menüeintrag, um Umsätze an YNAB zu schicken.
  • Menüeinträge, um Umsätze in Online-Konten ändern und löschen zu können.
  • Als aufgelöst markierte Konten werden nicht mehr in der übersicht angezeigt.
  • Unterstützung von alten RDH1-Schlüsseldateien aus eFIN und db dialog.
  • Bugfix: Verbesserte Kompatibilität zu alten RSA-Chipkarten der BfG.
  • Bugfix: Verbesserte Kompatibilität mit personalisierten HBCI-Chipkarten der Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken.
  • Bugfix: Bei einigen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken und den PSD-Banken funktionierte die Umbuchung vom Sparkonto nicht.
  • Bugfix: Sammelüberweisung konnten nicht erstellt werden, wenn ein Zeilenumbruch im Verwendungszweck enthalten war.

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • German bank account with HBCI/FinTS support.

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Gigaom: Apple could be liable for billions of euros in fines, as EU reportedly prepares tax accusations

theAppleBlog - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:02
Back in June, the European Commission started sniffing around Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, to see whether the Irish government's acceptance of the firm's elaborate tax avoidance tricks amounted to unlawful…
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European Commision to accuse Ireland of giving illegal state aid to Apple, fines could be €Billions

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 02:35

It looks like this week’s Apple “xxx-gate” is a big one with the Financial Times reporting that the European Commision is about to come down hard on Apple for its long held tax avoidance strategies in Ireland.

Typically the EU has used its state aid powers to address broader competition issues. But in the past year Brussels has attempted to target the tax affairs of companies such as Apple, Starbucks and Amazon. It is a novel application of the law with far-reaching implications, not just for the companies, or EU countries, but for EU-US relations in general.

This week the European Commission will publish the first findings in the Apple case. The details – including evidence from bygone tax negotiations – are likely to be explosive.

The US is no happier with Apple’s use of specially created Irish tax loopholes which allow it to avoid paying taxes it would otherwise be due. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other execs faced Senate Subcommittee questioning in May in which focused on Apple’s tax avoidance schemes.

Did Apple apply pressure to Irish authorities in 1991 and again in 2007 when negotiating tax deals and if so were these illegal competitive measures that gave Apple advantages over competitors? Luca Maestri, Apple’s finance chief, of course denies any wrongdoing…

“If countries change the tax laws, we will abide by the new laws and we will pay taxes according to those laws,” Maestri is quoted as saying.

In August, Apple started campaigning hard on its benefits to Europe saying it had created 629,000 jobs on the continent, many from the App Store.

Apple’s rebuttal falls into two major categories:

  1. The commission’s attempt to retrospectively apply international guidelines on taxing branches of multinationals is misleading and wrong. The OECD rules only came into force in 2010, and have yet to be adopted by Ireland.
  2. Apple argues the rates agreed with Irish authorities are appropriate. It hopes to show its tax bills were a measure of the profits attributable to its Irish subsidiaries and within a similar profit range to comparable companies.

Maestri said that Apple plans to stay in Ireland no matter what the outcome of the investigation yields.

Perhaps a little irony here: If Ireland is found to have made special deals with Apple, it stands to make a great windfall of money from the fines and new taxes levied on Apple.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, Apple, Europe, European Commission, Financial Times, Ireland, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Starbucks

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ProCamera 8: A solid app with new features and manual adjustments

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 01:30
One of the nice things iOS 8 brought to camera apps is the ability to manually adjust your photos before you shoot them, meaning that photographers get the kind of control normally associated with a DSLR. Things like ISO, shutter speed and exposure...
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Last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW you don't want to miss

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Mon, 29/09/2014 - 00:30
Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Slices of Apple episode 7: Real...
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A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 23:30
Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: Hive73 Mac Pro Deck: A great way to organize your...
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All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 22:30
Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...
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Apple removes Launcher app from App Store for ‘misuse’ of iOS 8’s widget capability

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 21:50

An iOS 8 app that allowed users to create custom shortcuts and access them from a Notification Center widget has been removed from the App Store by Apple for what it calls “misuse of widgets,” the developers said in a notice posted on the app’s website.

The app, called Launcher, worked by letting users enter a URL or select an application to be launched when a shortcut was tapped. The shortcuts would then be displayed in Notification Center, allowing quick access to a variety of tasks such as starting a phone or FaceTime call, creating a new text message, email, or iMessage, opening an application, or more.

The app was pulled from the store on Friday night and Apple says there is no chance that it will be allowed back with the widget functionality still in place.

Users who already upgraded to the pro version of the app through an in-app purchase will still be able to use the pro capabilities, but no one else will be able to purchase the upgrade. The developers have said that while no new bug fixes or features will be able to be released for the software, it will still be able to connect to their own servers and download updates to its list of tasks, giving them the ability to add new functions to the app over time.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, launcher, widget

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10 Beautifully Abstract High-Res Bokeh Wallpapers

OS X Daily - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 21:28
Abstract images make some of the best wallpapers because they’re gorgeous and, unlike scenery or text, they’re not distracting. This group of ten high-resolution bokeh pictures from hobbyist photographer Radoslav Holan are no exception, they’re absolutely beautiful to look at and make for perfect desktop backgrounds. He shot the pictures over the last two days ... Read More
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AT&T now offering double data on 15 GB and higher Mobile Share Value plans through October 31st

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 21:28

Today AT&T launched a new limited-time offer to new and existing subscribers featuring double data on Mobile Share Value plans 15 GB and up. The offer is good through October 31st, at which point the data buckets will revert to their regular sizes. Subscribers who sign up for the a new line on these plans before October 31st will be able to keep their double data for as long as they want it, even after the offer has expired.

At the new prices, a 30 GB shared data bucket will cost $130 per month, where the same amount of data would normally run for $225, coming out to a total savings of $95 per moth. While the usual offers only go up to 50 GB, there are now three larger buckets at 60, 80, or 100 GB, with most costing only a fraction of the price of the regular $50.

The move is likely being made to compete with carriers like Sprint, which recently doubled its data offering for all subscribers. T-Mobile has also continued driving the rest of the nation’s carriers to change their pricing and plans with its “un-carrier” movement.

Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, double data, Sprint, T-Mobile

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iOS 8 How-to: Customize and disable the contacts section in the multitasking interface

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 21:00

Multitasking dramatically got redesigned with iOS 7. With iOS 8, Multitasking added a shortcut to the people who are most important to you. In this how to, I will discuss customizing the people that appear at the top, using multitasking to contact your important people, as well as disabling it.

By default, the app switcher is designed to display pictures of your contacts in your address book. Chances are most users do not have pictures assigned to their contacts. As you can tell, I am guilty of this.

To add the photos to the persons’  vCard, you have two options. The first option is to find the photo of the person in the Photos app. Then you are going to press the Share button, the one with the blue square and arrow sticking up in the lower left hand corner. Then you are going to press on the word Next in the upper right hand corner in blue. Then you choose Assign to Contact down in the lower right hand corner. This opens up your address book so that way you can assign the photo to the person. There are options to resize and move the image to fit.

The other method to assign a photo to a persons’  vCard is to find them in your Contacts app. Then press on the word Edit in blue in the upper right hand corner. Pressing on the word add photo in the circle next to the contacts name will give you the option to either take a photo of the person, or to choose an already existing photo in the Photo app.

By doing these steps, now your contact has a picture in the Contacts app, as well as having a picture displayed in the app switcher.

There are two different categories of people that are displayed in the app switcher: Recents and Favorites. Recents are the people you have contacted most recently. These people appear first when opening the app switcher and the order will change based on the frequency you contact them. The app switcher always displays the seven most recent people. Favorite people are the contacts you designate as being favorite on your iPhone. To do so, open up the Phone app, and press on Favorites located on the left hand corner. Then pressing the plus button pulls up your contacts, and you can choose who you want to be a favorite.

In the app switcher, swiping from left to right will show you your contacts that are in your favorites.

If you want to contact any of the people that are in the app switcher, tapping on the person’s name reveals options to give them a phone call, text them, use FaceTime or use FaceTime Audio.

To disable having your contacts in the app switcher, open up Settings and scroll down until you see Mail, Contacts and Calendars. Then scroll down until you see Show in App Switcher, which is turned on by default. Tapping on it gives you options. You can either turn off both Phone Favorites and Recents, or just turn off one of them.




Filed under: How-To Tagged: Apps, contacts, iOS 8, multi-tasking, thumbnail

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Mac Setup: The Incredible Custom Office of a Landscape Architect

OS X Daily - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 20:24
We feature a wide range of Mac setups here, but this one is particularly stunning and may be one of the most amazing workstations we’ve covered yet. From top-of-the-line Apple hardware, an entire custom designed building and office, to the whopping 65′ x 16′ projection screen (yes, that is measured as FEET, not inches) displaying ... Read More
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Gigaom: How I plan to incorporate iOS 8 and an iPhone 6 Plus into my workflow

theAppleBlog - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 19:30
How will the release of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 affect my determination to use Apple's mobile technology in as much of my daily workflow as possible?
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Review: Intrepid’s Journeyman – an impressive leather messenger bag that can go corporate

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 18:10

Indiana Jones meets bike messenger meets business briefcase is how I’d describe Intrepid’s $369 Journeyman messenger bag. My carrying case of choice over the past 3 months has been this hybrid satchel/briefcase that you carry like a messenger bag comfortably on your back with a big strap holding it up firmly but comfortably across your chest…

Inside the thick Saddle Leather enclosure held tight by two belt straps is a Herringbone-lined interior fit for the businessperson. It features a padded enclosure for both a 13-inch laptop (MacBook Air in my case) as well as a 10-inch tablet (iPad Air in my case) as well as stow-away pockets for phones, cameras, notebooks, pens/pencils etc. There’s even a hidden slot for a passport (shhh).

Going from “Bike Messenger mode” into business meeting, you swing the pack around to your front where you can unload the contents onto a desk or use the leather handle strap above to go full corporate.

The thick “saddle leather” couldn’t be more impressive and besides the normal scuffs you get from months of use, I saw no flaws in the leather or the marine-grade nylon stitching holding it together. It exudes quality and craftsmanship and I’ve gotten more than a fair share of compliments about it. The only downside is leather isn’t for everyone and the price is “you get what you pay for” high.

Intrepid’s Journeyman is highly recommended if you are looking for a new way to carry your Apple products or a great gift idea. 9to5mac readers can get 5% off using 5% Discount code: ‘IHeartIntrepidBags

Full gallery and specs below:

Journeyman Features:
• Cross-body messenger design
• Side mounted 2″ padded strap
• Rugged full-grain Saddle Leather
• Marine grade nylon stitching
• Solid steel hardware
• Herringbone lining
• Suspended floating 13″ laptop pocket
• Leather iPad pocket
• Hidden passport pocket
• Price: $369

Filed under: Reviews Tagged: Apple, Backpack, Indiana Jones, iPad, Journeyman, Laptop, Leather, MacBook Air, Messenger bag, Strap

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Apple seemingly preparing for China iPhone 6 launch on October 10th

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sun, 28/09/2014 - 17:35

A supposed screenshot of a notice (via TechWeb) sent to Apple retail employees suggests that Apple is readying a China iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) launch for October 10th. As stated on the Chinese site (translated):

It is important that the person broke new iPhone prototype store shelves will be put on Oct. 7, and should be officially on sale in October 10. A few days ago the Ministry of Industry Minister Miao Wei once said in an interview, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has entered the final stage of the audit, which means the phones will soon be landing in mainland China.

This is shortly after China’s national week-long holiday. Independently, the Chinese press have also reported the same October 10th date for the iPhone 6 debut. Last week, regulators stated that the phone was nearing final approval, causing black market iPhone 6 prices to plummet.

Last year, Apple managed to launch the iPhone 5s in China in its first round of sales. A launch on October 10th would mean the iPhone 6 launched three weeks behind schedule in the country, assuming Apple was originally aiming for a day-one release in China like last year. Despite the lack of China availability, Apple announced 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in the first three days.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, china, iOS, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus

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