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App Update for Oct 7, 2015
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a 50 percent discount on the text-expansion tool Typinator, as well as detailing updates to drive maintenance utility DriveDX, system optimization tool Cocktail, iOS manager iMazing, image stitcher DoubleTake, iTunes utility TrackSift, and backup software ForeverSave.
Online deal highlights for October 7, 2015
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new sales joining the still-alive deals include a D-Link network surveillance camera for $30, a Roku Streaming Stick for $28, and hefty discounts on boxed sets of Battlestar Galactica on Blu-ray and DVD.
Last major UK bank will support Apple Pay months after launch
One of the last major financial institutions in the United Kingdom that currently does not support for Apple Pay in the country will be offering it to customers, though later than expected. Barclays will be joining the roster of UK banks, including Lloyds, HSBC, Natwest, and Santander, in allowing owners of iPhones and the Apple Watch to make payments using their devices, but apparently this will not take place until early next year.
Apple makes third beta of El Capitan available to developers, testers
The third beta of OS X El Capitan version 10.11.1 has been released to both developers and the public. The release, with build number 15B30a comes six days after the last public build of the update. Not known is what is specifically changed from the last version of the beta software patch. As with previous versions, Apple advises that "it is not advisable to use this software on a production systemn with information on it that you depend on for your business." Also recommended is a complete data backup, and regular updates of same.
Never miss a new episode of your favorite show ever again
If you're still paying for cable TV but haven't sprung for a DVR so far, we're willing to bet you get pretty mad when you miss a TV show. That's why we're going to make sure you know about Trak TV Show, an app that makes sure you don't have to worry about missing any of your beloved shows ever again.
Apple pulling developer withdrawn apps from user history, and this is bad
Its no secret that there is a large amount of software on the iOS App Store that has been abandoned. Even some well-regarded titles, like GoodReader, have lain fallow for a while in a half-functional state after some Apple update or other made it unstable. Games are generally the first to break on newer OSes, but will churn along fine on older hardware and software combinations. Recently, however, users are discovering that when a company retracts a piece of software from sale for whatever the reason, it is utterly removed from both the store and users' purchase histories -- making it impossible to re-download and re-acquire if not backed up on a computer. This is a very, very bad thing.
Portable chargers with various benefits on offer by MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the items available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's offers are all portable power packs, allowing you to spend longer periods away from a charging point for your smartphone or other devices. The collection on offer includes high-capacity battery packs, a package of smaller, stackable packs, and one that also protects your iPhone 6s.
Android still has majority, but grip is slipping in the US even as LG rises
As with recent quarters, Apple is continuing to erode the marketshare of Android in the US, according to new figures from ComScore. The iPhone moved up to 44.1 percent marketshare for the period ending in August -- a 0.6 percent gain prior to the latest iPhones being introduced, which came at the end of the quarter. The gain came entirely from drops in combined Android sales (down 0.4 percent) combined with smaller drops in share from Microsoft and BlackBerry (0.1 percent each).
Likeable origami cover, but keyboard version doesn't quite hit the mark
Up-front disclaimer: I'm very fond of products by Moshi. As someone who gets to use a lot of brands of accessories, I have used and enjoyed the company's keyboard protectors, iPhone cases, iPad cases, adapters, and car chargers. The company's products are unfailingly lovely, practical, sturdy, and beautifully packaged. They are among a handful (but growing number, happily) of top-quality Mac accessory makers. With the Versacover, they have created another high-quality iPad cover, but with the Versakeyboard, I feel like they missed their mark somewhat. Let's take a closer look.
New 4K iMacs allegedly going on sale from October 13
Apple may be preparing to launch new iMacs with 4K-resolution displays in the near future, according to a report. It is claimed new 21.5-inch iMacs equipped with the high-resolution screens will be revealed next week, with Apple allegedly looking to ship the initial batches to stores by October 13, with increased availability of the computer apparently expected in November, in preparation for the holiday shopping period.
Fantastical update brings speed, native Apple Watch app
Flexibits today announced two free updates for their award-winning calendar apps, Fantastical 2 for iPhone and Fantastical 2 for iPad. Both app updates include many new productivity-enhancing iOS 9 features. Fantastical 2 for iPhone now includes 3D Touch support which allows users to firmly press on the app icon to get instant access to Fantastical's most popular actions. Fantastical 2 for Apple Watch is included for free with the iPhone app and now includes complications, a "go to date" option, plus improved speed for watchOS 2 users. Fantastical 2 for iPhone is available now for $5 on the App Store, with the iPad version selling for $10.
New printer brings fast duplex printing, auto-document scanning to SOHO
Epson America yesterday announced the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6530 all-in-one printer powered by the company's PrecisionCore tchnology. Epson claims the small workgroup-tailored WF-6530 that can print up to 13x47-inch prints through manual feed saves up to 50 percent on printing costs versus color laser printers.
New Bento-style database for Mac
It says a lot about the old Bento personal database app for OS X that people still refer to new, comparatively basic databases as being Bento-like or Bento-style. If only as many people used it as talked about, we might still have that software around, and there'd be little place for alternatives. However, Bento is gone, and for some users, Steward 1.0 is going to be a viable alternative.
Amazon brings Prime Now one-hour deliveries to more London areas
Amazon is expanding its Prime Now service in London to cover more areas. Originally launched in June, the launch of a new delivery station in Wimbledon now means the service can now perform one-hour deliveries to five times as many postcodes (zip codes) in the UK capital, with coverage of areas eligible for two-hour deliveries also trebling. Following its success in London and Birmingham, Amazon plans to bring Prime Now deliveries to more UK cities before the end of the year.
First wireless speaker set released since Apple's acquisition
Apple's Beats brand has revealed a refresh of the Pill wireless speaker line. Called the Pill+, the new model with a refined design ships in November, and utilizes Apple's Lightning port for charging. Alongside the new speaker, the company has also unveiled a new app, which will be released with the speaker in November.
How a cheap non-Apple cable stands up
It's not as if you go out of your way to pay Apple more money than you want to for things, but common wisdom holds that they do charge more -- how accurate that statement is, depends greatly on what product you're talking about. They charge enough more that if you have a Mac or an iPhone, you've been asked why you'd spend all that money, and you've been told that PCs and Androids are much better anyway, so there. The counter-argument you've probably started with is that no, they're not. When pressed, you've gone further and explained that you do spend more on Macs, but all the PC users you know have to keep replacing their hardware at what seems unfathomably short intervals. I've said all these things so often that I was programmed to ignore non-Apple Lightning cables.
Optimize your Mac, become more productive with this app bundle from MacNN Deals
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time it is the brand new Big Mac Bundle from our own MacNN Deals store, which will provide you with a collection of 14 apps to help you be more productive in your work, organize your stored content, and even optimize your Mac to make it run smoother.
Brand value rises $51B on strength of myriad new launches
Apple is once again the top most valuable brand in the world, a title it took from Coca-Cola in 2013 and has retained ever since. In the new survey by Interbrand, Coke is down to third place, trailing Google but ahead of Microsoft. Apple enterprise partner IBM rounded out the top five, while the next set of five were made up of Toyota, Samsung, GE, McDonald's, and Amazon. Apple, Amazon, 23rd-ranked Facebook, and Apple Watch partner Hermes (at 41st place) all saw significant growth, earning a "top riser" tag.
Focus on your work by fading out everything else
This is you. On your Mac. Countless apps open, endless windows, you have to dig through to find what you're doing next -- and then as you work, your eyes flick to that Facebook window over to the left, or that email inbox to the right. HazeOver: Distraction Dimmer 1.5 for OS X focuses you by making the document you're working on be clear and vivid, while the rest of your desktop is darker, dimmed, almost greyed out.
AT&T complains about asymmetrical regulation over TTL waivers
AT&T customers will soon be able to make calls from their smartphones over Wi-Fi, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided the carrier with a waiver. Issued yesterday, the Wi-Fi calling waiver arrives after AT&T complained about its competitors enabling the feature on their networks without abiding by certain rules, something the waiver allows AT&T to bypass for a limited period of time.
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