Tag - Processing
According to a new report from a Chinese site, Apple's negotiations with Chinese banking authorities to launch Apple Pay in the country involved the company agreeing to take a significantly lower cut from the fees banks charge merchants for credit processing -- but in exchange for this concession, the iPhone maker got the right to suspend the discount for banks that didn't sign up to support Apple Pay on launch. In addition, Apple agreed to a two-year delay in collecting the fees, which amount for 0.07 percent of each transaction, rather than 0.15 percent as Apple charges in the US and other countries.
Agile Tortoise is the developer of four apps. We enthused about Terminology, we raved about Tally 2, we fair evangelise Drafts 4 daily. That leaves Phraseology 2.06, and of course after those three we went in expecting to like it -- but we also thought we might not. For Phraseology is a word processor, and we have already written thousands of words in the note-taking Drafts 4. A trip into Phraseology, therefore, became simultaneously a practical question of whether we needed it, and a more philosophical one of what exactly the difference is between a note-taking app and a word processing one.
[Updated with Apple confirmation] In addition to reader reports of the first wave of Apple Watch pre-orders moving from "processing" to "preparing for shipment" -- a sign that the delivery will be taking place soon -- some customers who ordered non-Sport or other Apple Watch models who initially were given 6-8 week shipment windows have reported that their credit cards have been charged and their order status also changed to "preparing to ship," though the estimated delivery dates have not yet been amended. Those who have ordered custom Retina MacBook models are also reporting charges.
Cross Culture has announced the release of a completely re-written and re-designed Mergemill Pro 4.0, introducing powerful data-processing capabilities such as multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, multiple search-and-replace actions, support for Unicode and other text encodings, project scheduling and autorun functionality. The program takes diverse sources of data, such as databases, webpages, e-mails and more, then merges them with templates or other sources to produce the desired output, from personalized e-mails to spoken RSS feeds.
JS8 Media has released AudioLobe 3, an update to its audio-speed and pitch-processing software. AudioLobe allows users to alter the speed of audio playback without changing the pitch rate. Version 3.0 adds the ability to alter playback speed and pitch independently and to save audio and video files with altered speeds. The software also updates the user-interface and supports most audio and video formats. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and costs $20.
DataMind recently unveiled Jade 1.0.2, a program designed to enhance image colors, contrast and dynamics, while preserving overall image quality. Users can fine-tune the algorithms that Jade uses to tweak any processing done to a photo. Jade can also batch process images, saving users the work of repeating a set of corrections to potentially thousands of images. DataMind is offering a free 30-day demo of Jade, with the full copy available for the current discounted price of $100.