djay Pro updated to 2.0.1, receives massive overhaul in the process

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:17
Category: Fun, News, Software

In the category of “nifty software that we like”, algoriddim GmbH has released djay Pro 2.0.1, the newest version of its DJ/mixing software.

The new version, a 273.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

– All-new user interface.

– New media library: create your own playlists from Spotify, iTunes, and Finder.

– Smart Filters, Smart Playlists, Manual Match.

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iMac Pro to incorporate T2 chip to handle discrete functions, security functions and secure enclave processes

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:50
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, security, Touch ID

The upcoming iMac Pro will feature new security hardware in the form of a new custom chip dubbed the T2, serving as a secure enclave for encrypted keys, giving users the ability to lock down their Mac’s boot process and also handling system functions like the camera, audio control, and managing the solid-state hard drive.

Details about the new T2 chip were revealed by Caleb Sasser, cofounder of Panic.

Per Sasser, the T2 chip combines previously discrete functions, such as the system management controller, image signal processor for FaceTime camera, audio control, and SSD control.

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Rumor: iMac Pro could be available for sale as early as Thursday, December 14th

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:53
Category: Hardware, iMac, retail, Rumor

The iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for could go on sale via Apple’s website as early as Tuesday, December 14th, the mighty Phil Schiller having been quoted as saying that a release was coming in “a matter of days.”

The desktop is rumored to be the answer to the professional community’s demands and feature Xeon processors, a 5K display, and include a Radeon Vega GPU, among other extremely high-end specs such as a 10-core CPU and is said to start at a price point of $4,999.

The entry-level model features an 8-core processor with 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte solid-state hard drive. With a 27-inch Retina 5K display, the chassis boasts four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, four full-size USB 3 ports, an SDXC card slot, and 10Gb Ethernet.

Users can upgrade the RAM to 64 or 128 gigabytes while the SSD is also configurable to 2 or 4 terabytes of storage.

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GymKit surfaces in Manhattan following launches in London and Australia

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Apple Watch, GymKit, News, Software, Wearables

This could lead to something nifty.

Apple’s GymKit platform seems to have made its first debut in the United States. After initially surfacing in Australia and London, GymKit was seen as Life Time Athletic at Sky, a “luxury health club” in Manhattan. GymKit is also expected to be incorporated at the Equinox line of clubs beginning in 2018. Life Time Athletic says it plans to expand to over 130 locations soon and is currently using equipment from TechnoGym.

The GymKit platform pairs an Apple Watch with workout equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Once paired, the user has access to more accurate information such as speed and incline.

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iPhone X delivery times improve dramatically, drop to one to three days in some locations

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:32
Category: iPhone, News, retail

It’s now a bit more likely that the iPhone X you ordered will ship in as few as one to three days in some locations.

Apple’s website has U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

The lead times have improved in international markets such as Canada and China, these countries both showing estimated delivery dates of one to three business days. In the European market, ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

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Jony Ive to return to leadership post with Apple’s design team

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

The master is returning to head up Apple’s design team.

Per Bloomberg, Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company’s design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

The news came from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman after Apple removed both Alan Dye and Richard Howarth from its Leadship profiles page. The pair had taken over daily affairs when Ive assumed the Chief Design Officer position in 2015.

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Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Shazam, could add company’s technologies to audio/music assets

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple, Apple Music, Finance, Rumor, Siri

With Spotify gradually moving towards a public offering, it seems that Apple is looking to acquire yet another music property. Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advertisement in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search.

It’s been said that the deal is being signed this week, and will be announced on Monday, although that could always change.

One source has stated that the deal could take place for around £300 million ($401 million). Other figures that have been cited are lower than the $1.02 billion (according to PitchBook) post-money valuation Shazam had in its last funding round, in 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2018, 6.1-inch unit could feature LCD screen, metal back

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:16
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

Late Wednesday night, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. The update, a roughly 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices.

– Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview.

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MarsEdit 4.0.1 out the door, offers new features, fixes

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 03:12
Category: Uncategorized

It’s come a long way in 10 years.

Recently, Red Sweater Software announced the release of MarsEdit 4.0.1, the newest version of its blog creation software.

The new version, a 14.5 megabyte download from the Mac App Store offers the following major fixes and changes:

– A new look, a more modern toolbar and a cleaner interface.

– Enhanced WordPress support, including the ability to set the featured image for posts, select Post Format, and to see and change the author of published posts.

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